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an high mountain apart; and was transfigured before them: and his face shone as the sun, and his garments became white as the light. And, lo, there appeared unto 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.” 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 ye him.” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and feared greatly. And Jesus came near and touched them, and said, “Arise, and fear not.” And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, except Jesus only. - 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.” And his disciples asked him, saying, “Why then say the scribes, that Elijah must come first P” And [Jesus] answered and said unto them, “Elijah indeed doth come 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 of man also will thus suffer from them.” Then the disciples understood that he spake to them of John the Baptist. - And when they were come to the multitude, a certain man approached him, kneeling down to him, and saying, “Sir, have pity on my son; for he is lunatic”, and grievously afflicted: for often he falleth into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they were not able to cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you ? how long shall I
* More properky, epileptic. See Mark is.
endure you? Bring him hither to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the child; who was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came near to Jesus apart, and said, “Why were not we able to cast him out 2" 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 impossible unto you. However, this kind of demons goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, “The Son of man is about to be delivered up into the hands of men; and they will kill him, and the third day he will be raised again.” And they were much grieved. And when they were come to Capernaum, those who received the half-shekel came near to Peter, and said, “ 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 custom 2 from their own sons, or from strangers ?” [Peter] saith unto him, “From strangers.” Jesus said unto him, “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.” xviii. At that time the disciples came near to Jesus, saying, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven P’’ Then Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, “Verily I say unto you, Unless ye be changed”, and become as little children, ye cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greatest
* See Newcome's margin.
in the kingdom of heaven. And whosoever shall receive 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. “Alas for the world from causes of offending ! for it must needs be that causes of offending come; but alas for 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 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. “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones: for I say unto you, that their angels in heaven always behold the face of my Father that is in heaven". [For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.] What think ye 2 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 gone astray P And if it happen that he find it, verily I say unto you that he rejoiceth more for that sheep, than for the ninety and nine which went not astray. In like manner it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost. “Moreover, if thy brother shall sin against thee, go and reprove him between thee and him alone: if he shall 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 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. t See Newton's margin and note. - - - .
the congregation also, let him be unto thee as an heathen and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth concerning any thing which they shall ask, it shall 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.*.”
Then Peter came near to him, and said, “Master, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” Jesus saith unto him, “I say not unto thee, ‘Till seven times:’ but ‘Till seventy times seven.”
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a king, who chose to reckon with his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought to him, that owed him 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 made. The servant therefore fell down and did him obeisance, saying, ‘Sir, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.” Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, and sent him away, and forgave him 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, saying, “Pay [me] what thou owest.’ His fellow-servant therefore fell downt, and besought him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.” And he 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 forgave thee all that debt, because thou’ desiredst me. 83 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 brothert.” 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 multitudes 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 2" 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 2 and said, “ For this cause a man will leave father 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, because 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, committeth adultery: and he who marrieth her that is put 10 away committeth adultery.” His disciples say unto him,
* 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, either, 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 down at his feet, R. T.