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and he went and beheaded John in the prison, and brought his head in a basin, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his dead body, and laid it in a sepulchre. Then the apostles gather themselves together unto Jesus; and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them, “Come ye yourselves privately to a desert place, and rest a short time:” for many were coming and going, and they had not leisure even to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. And the multitudes saw them departing; and many knew him, and ran by land out of all the cities, *and came thither. And Jesus went out of the ship, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came to him, and say, “This is a desert place, and the day is now far spent. Send them away, that they may go into the country and towns round about, and buy for themselves [bread: for they have nothing to eat.”] But he answered and said unto them, “Give ye them

food to eat.” And they say unto him, “Shall we go and

buy bread for two hundred denarii, and give them to eat?” Then he saith unto them, “How many loaves have ye? go [and] see.” And when they knew, they say, “Five, and two fishes.” And he commanded them to make all place themselves in divisions upon the green grass. And they placed themselves in ranges; by hundreds and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples that they might set before them; and the two fishes

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* “and outwent them, and came together to him.” R. T.

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he parted among them all. And they all ate, and were
filled. And they took up twelve panniers full of the frag-
ments, and of the fishes. And those that ate of the loaves
were five thousand men.
And immediately he compelled his disciples to get into
a ship, and to go before unto the other side toward Beth-
saida, while he sent away the people. And when he had
dismissed them”, he went up a mountain to pray. And
when evening was come, the ship was in the midst of the
sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw them
distressed in rowing; for the wind was contrary to them:
and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh to
them, walking on the sea, and would have passed by
them. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they
supposed that it was an apparition, and cried out. (For
they all saw him, and were troubled.) And immediately
he talked with them and saith unto them, “Take cou-
rage: It is I; be not afraid.” And he went up to them
into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were
[greatly] amazed in themselves [beyond measure and
wondered.] For they considered not the miracle of the

loaves: for their heart was hardened.

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And when they had passed over, they came to the country of Gennesaret, and brought the ship to land. And when they were come out of the ship, the people immediately knew him again, and ran through all the country round about, and began to carry about on couches those who were diseased, where they heard that he was. And whithersoever he entered, into towns, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the market-places, and these besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched it were cured.

CH. vii. TheN the Pharisees, and some of the scribes, who

* bidden the people farewel, N.

2 had come from Jerusalem, resort* unto him. And they

saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled 3 (that is, with unwashen) hands t. (For the Phari.

sees, and all the Jews, unless they wash their hands

diligently, eat not, holding the tradition of their fore4 fathers. And when they come from the market-place, un

less they wash | their hands, they eat not. And many other things there are, which they have received to hold, as the

washings of cups, and of pots, and of brasen vessels, and 5 of couches. Then the Pharisees and the scribes ask him,

· Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition 6 of the elders; but eat bread with defiled hands ?" And he answered and said unto them,

“ Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, · This people

honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from 7 me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines 8 which are the commandments of men.' For ye lay aside

the commandments of God, and hold the tradition of men; as the washings of pots and of cups: and many

other 9 such like things ye do.” He said also unto them, “ Well do ye

make void the commandment of God, that ye may 10 keep your own tradition. For Moses said, 'Honour thy

father and thy mother :' and, “He who curseth father or 11 mother, let him surely die.' But ye say, “If a man shall

say to his father or his mother, It is Corban,' (that is,“ a

gift,) whereby thou mightest be profited by me; it is 12 well. And ye suffer him not thenceforth to do aught 13 for his father or his mother; making the word of God of

none effect through your tradition which ye deliver: and 14 many such like things ye do.” And when he had called

unto him all the multitude, he said unto them, Hearken 15 unto me, every one of you, and understand. There is

nothing from without a man which, entering into him, can defile him : but the things which proceed out of him,

* are gathered together, N. See W. + R. T. adds, “they found fault.” Gr. dip,

16 are they which defile a man. If

any man have ears to 17 ear, let him hear.” And when he was entered into an

house from the multitude, his disciples asked him about 18 that saying. And he saith unto them, “Are ye also

thus without understanding ? Do ye not perceive that

whatsoever thing from without entereth into a man, can19 not defile him? because it entereth not into his heart, but

into the belly; and goeth out into the vault, cleansing all 20 food.” And he said, “ That which proceedeth out of a 21 man, that defileth a man. For from within, out of the

heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornica22 tions, murders, thefts, covetousness, maliciousness, de

ceit, impurity, an evil eye, evil-speaking, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and defile a

man.” 24 And he arose, and departed thence into the confines

of Tyre and Sidon; and entered into an house, and

was desirous that no man should know it : but he could 25 not be concealed. For a woman, whose young daughter

had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell 26 at his feet; (now the woman was a gentile, a Syrophe

nician by birth ;) and besought him that he would cast 27 the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her,

“Let the children be filled first: for it is not right to take 28 the children's bread, and cast it to the dogs.” And she

answered and saith unto him, “ True*, Sir: and yet the 29 dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.” Then

he said unto her, “ For these words, depart: the demon 30 is gone out of thy daughter.” And when she was come

to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her

daughter lying on the bed. 31 And he departed from the borders of Tyre and Sidon,

and came again to the lake of Galilee, through the bor32 ders of Decapolis. And they bring unto Jesus one that

* Truth, N.

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was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and beseech Jesus to put his hand upon him. And Jesus took him apart from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears; and spat, and touched his tongue ; and when he had looked up to heaven, he sighed, and saith to the man, “Ephphatha:” (that is, “Be opened.”) And immediately his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plainly. And Jesus charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more abundantly they published it; and were beyond measure amazed, saying, “He doeth all things well ; he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.”

Ch. viii. In those days the multitude being very great, and

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having nothing to eat, Jesus called to him [his] disciples,
and saith unto them, “I have compassion on the multi-
tude, because they have now continued with me three
days, and have nothing to eat. And if I send them hence
fasting to their own houses, they will grow faint on the
way: for some of them come from far.” And his disciples
answered him, “Whence can any one satisfy these with
bread here in the desert?” And he asked them, “How
many loaves have ye?” And they said, “Seven.” And
he commanded the multitude to place themselves on the
ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks,
and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples to set be-
fore them; and they set them before the multitude. And
they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and com-
manded to set those also before them. So they ate, and
were satisfied: and the people took up the remains of the
fragments, seven baskets. Now those that had eaten were
about four thousand : and he sent them away.
And immediately he entered into a ship with his dis-
ciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha. And the
Pharisees came forth, and began to dispute with him,
seeking of him a sign from heaven, trying him. And he

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