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All these things spake Jesus to CHAP the multitudes in parables, and without a parable he spake not un- 34 to them. Thus was fulfilled the 35 word of the prophet, saying, "2 I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”

the weeds

He put forth to them another paParable of rable, saying, "The kingdom of the weeds heaven is like a man who sowed in the field; good seed in his field; and during Then Jesus left the multitudes 36 the time of sleep, his enemy came and went into the house, and his Parable of and sowed weeds among the wheat, disciples came near to him, saying, explained. 26 and went away. So when the Explain to us the parable of the blade sprang up, and brought forth weeds in the field." And he an- 37 fruit, then appeared the weeds also.swered, "The sower of the good 27 Then the servants of the houshold seed is the Son of man ; the field is 38 came near, and said unto him, the world; the good seed are the 'Sir, didst thou not sow good seed children of the kingdom: and the in thy field, whence then hath it weeds are the children of the evil 28 these weeds?' And he said unto one; the enemy who sowed the 39 them, An enemy hath done this.' seeds is the devil; the harvest is the The servants said unto him, Wilt end of the world; and the reapers thou, therefore, that we go and are the angels. As therefore the 40 29 pick them out?' But he said, weeds are picked out and burned Nay, lest whilst you pick out the up in a fire, so will it be at the end weeds, ye root up the wheat with of this world. The Son of man 41 30 them. Let both grow together un- will send forth his angels, and they, til the harvest, and in the time of will gather out of his kingdom all harvest I will say to the reapers, the faithless and the workers of iniGather together first the weeds, quity, and will cast them into a 42 and bind them in bundles to burn furnace of fire: there will be wailing them, but lay up the wheat in my and gnashing of teeth. Then will 43 barn"." the righteous shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him : hear.

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31 He put forth to them another of the mus- parable, saying, "The kingdom of tard seed; heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which is indeed one of the 32 smaller kinds of seeds; but when it is grown up, it is one of the greatest of herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and roost in its branches."



He spake to them another paraof leaven. ble, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took, and mixed with three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened."

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is 44 like treasure hidden in a field, which Hidden when a man hath found, he hideth treasure, it, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth the field.

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is 45 like a merchant seeking goodly Goodly pearls, who when he hath found pearls. one of great price, sold all that he 46 had, and bought it.

1 In eastern countries, this plant grows to a very considerable size.

See the verse just before Chap. xlix.

of Isaiah.

In this concealment we have a picture

of human nature, not a recommendation of
the fact. The instruction which parables
furnish, is to be derived from the general
scope and drift of them.

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"Again, the kingdom of heaven | in prison because of Herodias his CHAP. is like a net cast into the sea, and brother Philip's wife: for Johnhad The net. gathering together fishes of every often said to him, "It is not law48 kind: Which when it was filled ful for thee to have her." And he 5 men drew to shore, and sitting wished to put him to death, but down gathered the good into ves- feared the multitude, because they 49 sels, but cast the bad away. So it accounted John as a prophet. But 6 will be in the end of the world; the when Herod's birth-day was kept, angels will come forth and separate the daughter of Herodias danced the wicked from the righteous, and before them, and pleased Herod ; 50 cast them into a furnace of fire; upon which he promised with an 7 there will be wailing and gnashing oath to give her whatever she should 51 of teeth. Jesus saith unto them, ask. But she being set on by her 8 "Understand ye all these things?" mother, saith, "Give me here the 52 They say unto him, "Yes, master." head of John the Baptist on a dish." Then said he unto them, "There- And the king was sorry, yet be- 9 fore every scribe or teacher of cause of the oath and the guests, he truth that is instructed for the ordered it to be given her; and 10 kingdom of heaven, is like a house-sent to have John beheaded in the holder who bringeth out of his treasury, 'things new and old." 53 And, when Jesus had finished Treatment these parables, he departed thence; of Jesus by and when he was come to Nazahis towns- reth his own town, he taught in their synagogues in such a manner that they were astonished, and said, "Whence hath this man such wis55 dom and these miracles? Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren James and Joses, and Simon56 and Judas? and are not all his sisters with us? whence then hath 57 this man all these things?" And they revolted at him. And Jesus said unto them, "A teacher is not without honour, except in his own town and in his own family." 58 And he did not many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.




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At that time Herod the Tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, and said Account of to his servants, "This is John the of John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these mighty works are wrought by him." For Herod had apprehended John and put him


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prison. And the head was brought 11
on a dish, and given to the damsel,
who carried it to her mother. Then 12
his disciples went and took away
the body and buried it, and came
and told Jesus. When Jesus heard 13
that his fame had reached the ears
of Herod, he withdrew thence in
a vessel to a lonely place privately,
but the multitudes heard of it and.
followed him by land from the

cle of the


And Jesus went out of the vessel, 14 and saw a great multitude, and had First mira pity on them, and cured their sick. And in the evening his disciples 15 came to him, saying, "This is a lonely place, and the day is far spent, send the multitudes away, that they may go to the towns and buy themselves food." But Jesus 16 said unto them, "They need not go, do you give them food to eat.' And they say unto him, "We have 17 here but five loaves and two fishes." He said, "Bring them hither to 18 me." And when he had com- 19 manded the multitudes to sit down on the grass, he took the five

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of what was before under the dominion of
one person,


CHAP. loaves, and two fishes, and looking up to heaven blessed God, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples to 20 the multitudes. And they all ate


wind ceased. Then they who were CHAP.
in the vessel came and did him
obeisance, saying, "Truly thou
art a Son of God."

And they passed over and came 34


and were filled; and twelve pan-into the country of Gennesaret. Cures great niers full of the remaining frag- And when the men of that place 21 ments were taken away. And they knew him again, they sent into all 35 who had eaten were about five the country round about, and thousand men, besides women and brought unto him all who were dischildren. ordered; and these besought him 36 that they might touch only the border of his garment, and as many as touched it were perfectly

22 And immediately Jesus. conJesus strained his disciples to get into the walketh on vessel, and go before him farther

the water.





tion about

Then come near to Jesus, Scribes CHAP. and Pharisees from Jerusalem, saying, "Why do thy disciples trans- Replies to gress the tradition of their forefa- the objec thers? for they wash not their washing. hands when they eat bread?" But 3 he answered, "Why do ye also set aside the commandment of God by your tradition? For God com- 4 manded, saying, Honour thy Exod. father and mother; and he who xx. 12. revileth father or mother shall be xxi 21. put to death.' But ye teach, that 5


on, while he sent the multitudes 23 away; and when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up a mountain apart to pray, and was 24 there in the evening alone. But the vessel was now in the midst of the lake, tossed by the waves; for 25 the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the 26 lake; and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were troubled, saying, "It is an apparition ;" and they cried out 27 through fear. But Jesus immedi-a man may say to his father or his ately said unto them, "Take cou- mother, that by which I might 28 rage, it is I, be not afraid," and have profited thee is an offering to Peter answered him, and said, God, and so not honour his father Master, if it be thou, bid me come or his mother. Thus ye have made 6 29 to thee on the water ;" and he the commandment of God of none said, "Come;" so Peter went effect by your tradition. Ye hypo- 7 down from the vessel, and walked crites, well did Isaiah prophesy of 30 on the water towards Jesus. But you, saying, "This people hon- 8 perceiving the wind boisterous, he oureth me with their lips, while Isaiah was afraid, and when he began to their heart is far from me, but in xxix. 13. sink, he cried out, saying, "Master, vain do they worship me teaching 9 31 save me." And immediately Jesus doctrines which are only the comstretched forth his hand, and mandments of men." And he 10 caught him, and saith unto him, called to him the multitude and "O thou of little faith, wherefore said unto them, "Hear and under32 didst thou doubt?" And when stand. Not that which goeth into 11 they had entered the vessel, the the mouth defileth a man, but that

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This was the second Jewish evening which began at our six o'clock. The evening mentioned v. 15. began at our three in the afternoon.

• Sometime between three and six in the morning.

3 In other words, none came without finding the expected relief, who were worthy of it.

4 No kind of meat or drink makes a man sinful, but the quantity may through intemperance, which is a vice of the mind.


CHAP. which proccedeth out of the mouth and did him obeisance, saying, CHAP.
XV. defileth a man."
But he an-
"Master, help me!"

real defilement.



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Then Jesus departed thence and 29 came near the lake of Galilee, and went up a mountain, and sat down there. And great yet multitudes came 30

12 Then his disciples came to him swered, "It is not right to take Pharisees and said, 66 3 Knowest thou that the the children's bread, and throw it ispleased. Pharisees when they heard thy dis-to the dogs;" and she said, 27 13 course revolted at thee!" And he True, master; and yet the dogs answered, "Every plant which eat of the crumbs which fall from my Father hath not planted shall their master's table." Then Jesus 28 14 be rooted up. Regard them not, answered, "O woman! great is they are blind leaders of the blind. thy faith, be it unto thee as thou But if one blind man lead another, wishest," and her daughter was well they will both fall into a pit. "from that very moment. 15 Then answered Peter, and said unto him, Explain to us that saying which displeased the Pharisees. 16 And Jesus said, "Are also Nature of without understanding? do ye not near to him, having with them lame yet perceive that whatsoever enter-people, blind, dumb, those that eth into the mouth goeth into the had lost a limb, and many others, stomach, and passeth through the and laid them down at Jesus's feet, 18 body into the vault! But those and he cured them: so that the 31 things which proceed out of the multitudes wondered when they mouth come forth from the heart, perceived that the dumb spake, 19 and defile the man! For out of those who had lost a limb were the heart proceed evil thoughts, made whole, the lame walked, and murders, adulteries, fornications, the blind saw; and they glorified thefts, false testimonies, evil speak- the God of Israel. 20 ing. These are the things that de- Then Jesus called his disciples 32 file the man, but to eat with un- unto him, and said, "I have com- Second washen hands defileth not a man." passion on the multitude because the loaves. Then Jesus went thence and they have now continued with me withdrew into the parts about Tyre three days, and have nothing to eat, 22 and Sidon. And behold a Cana-and I am unwilling to send them anitish woman coming from the away fasting, lest they grow faint borders of that country, cried out, on the road." And his disciples 33 and said unto him, "O! Master. say unto him, "Whence should thou son of David! have pity on we have so many loaves in the deme, my daughter is grievously af-sert, as to satisfy so great a multiflicted with a demon." But he tude ?" And Jesus saith unto 34 23 answered her not a word. And his them, "How many loaves have disciples came near, and besought ye" And they said, "Seven, him, saying, "Send her away, and a few small fishes." And he 35 for she cometh crying after us." commanded the multitudes to sit 24 Then he answered, I am not down on the ground: And when 36 sent but to the lost sheep of the he had taken the seven loaves and 25 house of Israel." Then she came the fishes, and given thanks to


miracle of

As if he had said, These men are not the objects of God's favour, but the contrary.


By granting her request, in curing her daughter at a distance.

3 By children are meant the Jews.
The heathen. Jesus used this strong
proverbial language to try the woman's


CHAP. God, he brake them, and gave to XVI. his disciples, and the disciples to 37 the multitude. So they all ate and were satisfied, and seven baskets full of remaining fragments were 38 taken away. Now they that had eaten, were four thousand men, 39 besides women and children. And he sent away the multitudes and went into a vessel, and came into the-borders of Magdala.


СНАР. And the Pharisees and Sadducees XVI. came to try him by asking him to Pharisees show them a sign from heaven. again re- But he answered them and said, quire a "When it is evening, ye say it 3 will be fair weather, for the sky is red, and in the morning, it will be rainy weather to-day, for the sky is red and gloomy. Ye hypocrites, ye know how to discern the face of the sky, but can ye not discern the 4 signs of the times? An evil and wicked generation seeketh after a sign, but no sign shall be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet." And he left them and went

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5 Now when his disciples were Caution come to the other side of the lake, doctrine of they found that they had forgotthe Phai- ten to bring any bread with them. Then Jesus said unto them, "See that ye beware of the leaven, of the 7 Pharisees and Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "This is, because we have 8 brought no bread with us." When Jesus perceived it, he said unto them, "O ye of little faith! why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread! 9 Do ye not yet understand? Do ve not remember the five loaves of the five thousand; and how many 10 panniers full ye took up; nor the

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seven loaves of the four thousand, CHAP. and how many baskets full ye took away? How is it that ye do not 11 perceive that I meant not bread when I told you to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees?" Then they understood 12 that he did not bid them beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.




Now when Jesus came into the 13 parts of Cesarea in the dominion Peter acof Philip, he asked his disciples, Pledges saying, "Whom do the people say Jesus to be that I the son of man am!" And the Christ, they said, "Some say John the or Messiah, Baptist, some Elijah, and others 1-1 Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." He saith unto them, "But whom 15 say ye that I am." Simon Peter 16 answered, "Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God." And 17 Jesus answered, "Happy art thou Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood hath not revealed this to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I also say unto thee, 18 that thou art truly named Peter, which is by interpretation a rock. and upon thee as a rock along with my other Apostles I will build my church, and the gates or authority of those who have the power of inflicting death shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto 19 thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven, that thou mayest admit converts into it, and whatsoever thou shalt bind or declare obligatory on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven." Then he charged his disciples to tell no man that he was the Christ.

3 Thus distinguished from another Cesarea on the coast of the Mediterranean.

4 It is not a mere human conjecture, but an inference derived in a wise and honest manner from the miracles which God enables me to do.

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