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2 an high mountain apart; and was transfigured before

them: and his face shone as the sun, and his garments 3 became white as the light. And, lo, there appeared unto 4 them Moses and Elijah talking with him. Then Peter

spake, and said to Jesus, “ Master, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles;

one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he yet spake, lo, a bright cloud overshadowed

them : and, lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying, “ This

is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear 6 ye him.” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on 7 their face, and feared greatly. And Jesus came near and 8 touched them, and said, Arise, and fear not.” And

when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man,

except Jesus only. 9 And as they were coming down from the mountain,

Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no

one, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead." 10 And his disciples asked him, saying, “Why then say the 11 scribes, that Elijah must come first ?" And [Jesus] an

swered and said unto them, “ Elijah indeed doth come 12 first, and restore all things. But I say unto you, that

Elijah is come already; and men knew him not, but did

to him whatsoever they chose : in like manner the Son 13 of man also will thus suffer from them.” Then the dis

ciples understood that he spake to them of John the

Baptist. 14 And when they were come to the multitude, a certain

man approached him, kneeling down to him, and say15 ing, “Sir, have pity on my son; for he is lunatic*, and

grievously afflicted: for often he falleth into the fire, and 16 often into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, 17 and they were not able to cure him.". Then Jesus an

swered and said, “O unbelieving and perverse genesation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I

* More properly, epileptic. See Mark ix.

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18 endure you ? Bring him hither to me." And Jesus re

buked the demon, and it came out of the child; who was

cured from that very hour. 19 Then the disciples came near to Jesus apart, and said,

Why were not we able to cast him out?” And Jesus said unto them, “ Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard-seed, ye shall say to this mountain, 'Remove hence to yonder

place,' and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossi21 ble unto you. However, this kind of demons goeth not

out but by prayer and fasting.” 22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them,

“ The Son of man is about to be delivered up into the 23 hands of men ; and they will kill him, and the third day

he will be raised again.And they were much grieved. 24 And when they were come to Capernaum, those who

received the half-shekel came near to Peter, and said, 25 “ Doth not your Master pay the half-shekel ?” He saith,

“ Yes.” And when Peter entered into the house, Jesus spake before him, saying, “ What thinkest thou, Simon?

from whom do the kings of the earth take tribute or cus26 tom ? from their own sons, or from strangers ?” [Peter]

saith unto him, From strangers.” Jesus said unto him, 27 “ Then are the sons free, Notwithstanding, lest we

estrange them from us, go to the sea, and cast an hook, and take the fish which first cometh up; and, when thou hast opened its mouth, thou wilt find a shekel : that take

and give them for me and thee.” Ch. xvII. At that time the disciples came near to Jesus, say2 ing, “ Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then

Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the 3 midst of them, and said, “ Verily I say unto you, Unless

ye be changed *, and become as little children, ye cannot A enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore

shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greatest

* See Newcome's margin.

5 in the kingdom of heaven. And whosoever shall receive 6 one such little child in my name receiveth me. But

whosoever shall cause one of these little ones who believe in me to offend, it were better for him that an upper-millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were

drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Alas for the world from causes of offending ! for it

must needs be that causes of offending come; but alas for 8 that man by whom the cause of offending cometh ! But

if thine hand or thy foot cause thee to offend, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter

into life lame or maimed, than, having two hands or two 9 feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye

cause thee to offend, pluck it out, and cast it from thee : it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, than,

having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire. 10 “ Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones:

for I say unto you, that their angels in heaven always be11 hold the face of my Father that is in heaven *.

[For the 12 Son of man is come to save that which was lost.] What

think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and

nine on the mountains, and go and seek that which is 13 gone astray ? And if it happen that he find it, verily I say

unto you that he rejoiceth more for that sheep, than for 14 the ninety and nine which went not astray. In like man

ner it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that

one of these little ones should be lost. 15 Moreover, if thy brother shall sin against thee, go

and reprove him between thee and him alone: if he shall 16 hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he shall

not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that

by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may 17 be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, ,

tell it to the congregationt: but if he shall neglect to hear

* An emblematical representation of the care of divine providence over little children. + See Newton's margin and note,

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the congregation also, let him be unto thee as an heathen 18 and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye

shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and what.

soever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaveu. 19 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on

earth concerning any thing which they shall ask, it shall 20 be done for them by my Father that is in heaven. For

where two or three are gathered together in my name,

there am I in the midst of them." 21 Then Peter came near to him, and said, “Master, how

often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? 22 till seven times ?” Jesus saith unto him, “ I say not unto

thee, Till seven times :' but. Till seventy times seven.' 23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a king, who 24 chose to reckon with his servants. And when he had be

gun to reckon, one was brought to him, that owed him 25 ten thousand talents. But as he had not wherewith to

pay, his master commanded him to be sold, and his wife

and children, and all that he had ; and payment to be 26 made. The servant therefore fell down and did him

obeisance, saying, “Sir, have patience with me, and I will 27 pay thee all.' Then the master of that servant was moved

with compassion, and sent him away, and forgave him 28 the debt. But that servant went out, and met with one

of his fellow-servants, that owed him an hundred denarii:

and he seized on him, and took him by the throat, say29 ing, • Pay [me] what thou owest." His fellow-servant

therefore fell downt, and besought him, saying, 'Have 30 patience with me, and I will pay thee all.' And he

* This promise, and those in the two preceding verses, are to be understood as limited to the apostolic age, and, perhaps, to the apostles themselves. To be gathered together in the name of Christ, is to assemble as his disciples, and as acting under his authority. And he was in the midst of them, eitber, by his personal presence, agreeably to his promise, Matt. xxviii, 20., or, by a spiritual presence, similar to the gift occasionally conferred upon the apostles, of knowing things which passed in places where they were not actually present, 1 Cor, v. 3, 4. or, lastly, by that authority which he had delegated, and by the powers which he had communicated to them to perform miracles in his name, See Pearce and Newcome.

— fell donn at his feet, R. T.

would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he 31 should pay the debt. So when his fellow-servants saw

what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told 32 their master all which was done. Then his master called

him, and saith unto him, “Thou wicked servant, I for

gave thee all that debt, because thou' desiredst me. 39 Oughtest not thou also to have had pity on thy fellow34 servant, even as I had pity on thee?' And his master

was angry, and delivered him over to the gaolers*, till 35 he should pay all which was due to him. In like manner

my heavenly Father also will do unto you, if from your

hearts ye forgive not every one his brother t." CH. XIX. And it came to pass that, when Jesus had ended

these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the 2 borders of Judea, by the side of Jordan. And great mul,

titudes followed him; and he cured them there. 3 Then the Pharisees came near unto him, trying him,

and saying [to him,] “ Is it lawful that a man should 4 put away his wife for every cause ?" And he answered

and said unto them, “ Have ye not read, that he who

made them from the beginning, made them a male and a 5 female ? and said, · For this cause a man will leave fa

ther and mother, and cleave to his wife: and they two 6 will be one flesh.' So that they are no more two; but

one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let 7 not man put asunder.” They say unto him, “Why then

did Moses command to give a wife a bill of divorcement, 8 and to put her away?" He saith unto them, “Moses, be

cause of the perverseness of your hearts, suffered you to

put away your wives : yet from the beginning it was not 9 so, But I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his

wife, except for whoredom, and shall marry another, com

mitteth adultery: and he who marrieth her that is put 10 away committeth adultery." His disciples say unto him,

* & tormentors. Seo N.

f their trespasses. R. T.

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