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Jesus fore- sary for him to go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again 22 on the third day. Upon that Peter took him aside, and reproved him, saying, "Be it far from thee, Master, this shall by no means be23 fal thee." But he turned and said to Peter, "Get thee behind me thou adversary, thou art a snare unto me, for thou regardest not the things of God, but the things of men.


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From that time Jesus began to bright as snow. And lo there CHAP. tell his disciples that it was neces-appeared unto them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then 4 Peter said unto Jesus, "Master it is better for us to abide here. Wilt thou that we make here three tents, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah?" While he 5 was yet speaking, behold! 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, listen ye unto him.' And when the disciples 6 heard it, they fell on their faces, and were greatly afraid. And Jesus 7 came near and touched them, and said. "Arise and be not afraid." And they lifted up their eyes, and 8 saw no one but Jesus.


Then Jesus said unto his disciWhat re- ples, "If any one is willing to Christ's come after me, let him deny himdisciples. self, and take up his cross and fol25 low me. For whosoever desireth And as they were coming down 9 to save his life, by unworthy com- from the mountain, Jesus com- Elijah's pliances, shall lose it, and whoso-manded them, saying, "Tell the coming vision to no one till the son of man be risen from the dead." And his 10 disciples asked him, saying, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first. Jesus answered, 11 " Elijah indeed doth come first and restore all things. But I say un- 12 to you that Elijah is come already, and men did not acknowledge him, but did into him whatever they pleased. So also the son of man will suffer from them." Then the 13 disciples understood that Jesus spake to them of John the Baptist.

ever shall lose his life for my sake, shall gain it in the world to come. 26 For what will a man be profited, though he gain the whole world, if he forfeit his own life, and what can a man give as a ransom for his 27 life when once lost. For the son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will render to every man 28 according to his deeds. Verily I 'say unto you, some here present will not taste of death till they have seen the son of man coming in his kingdom.


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Six days after, Jesus taketh with XVII. him Peter, James, and John his Transfigu- brother, and bringeth them up into ration of a high mountain privately, where Jesus. his appearance was changed in their 2 presence: for his face shone like the sun, and his garments became

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CHAP. disciples, and they could not cure XVII. him. Then Jesus answered and 17 said, "Perverse and unbelieving race! how long must I be with you? how long shall I endure you? 18 Bring him hither to me." And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the child was well from that moment. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus Why the privately,and said, "Why could not we cast it out?" and Jesus said, "Because of your unbelief, for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard-seed shall ye say to this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place,' and it shall remove: and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

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And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, "The son of man is going to be delivered up 23 into the hands of men; and they will kill him, and the third day he will be raised again." And they were much grieved.


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And when they were come to Jesus pays Capernaum, the receivers of the tribute to 3 tribute for the temple came to Peter, and said, "Doth not your 25 master pay the tribute?" He saith, "Yes." And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke first, and said, "What thinkest thou, Simon? from whom do the kings of the earth receive tribute? froin their own sons, or from strangers?" 26 Peter saith unto him, "From strangers." Jesus said unto him, "So then their 5 sons are free. 27 Notwithstanding, lest we estrange them from us, go to the lake, cast a hook, and take the fish that first cometh up; and when thou openest his mouth, thou wilt find a

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Now the disciples came to Jesus CHAP. at the very time, when they were disputing which would be greatest Recomin the kingdom of heaven. Then humility, Jesus called a child unto him, and set it in the midst of them, and 2 said, "Verily I say unto you, un- 3 less ye turn and become as little children, ye cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever 4 therefore shall humble himself like this child,is greatest in the kingdom of heaven; and whosoever shall re- 5 ceive one like this child in my name, receiveth me; but whoso- 6 ever shall lead into sin one of these lowly disciples, who believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.


"Alas! for the world because of 7 temptations! for though, consider- Cautions ing the state of human nature, men against temptations must come, yet alas! tions, for that man by whom the temptation cometh. Wherefore if thy 8 hand or thy foot lead thee to sin, cut them off and cast them from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life lame, or without a limb, than with two hands or two feet to be cast into longlasting fire. if thine eye lead thee to sin, pluck it out, and cast it from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, than with two eyes to be cast into hell-fire.

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"Take heed that ye despise not 10 one of these lowly disciples, for I and against say unto you, their angels in hea- despising ven always behold the face of my of his disFather who is in heaven. What ciples.

5 Then I as the heir of David am free from this levy.


A stater or shekel, equal to four drachms, as the tribute of two persons.

7 Lay aside your notions of temporal greatness.


Superior beings esteem men according to their virtue, not their rank.

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CHAP. think ye? If a man have an hunXVIII. dred sheep, and one of them have 12 strayed, doth he not leave the ninety and nine upon the mountains, and go and seek that which "As to this matter, the kingdom 23 13 hath strayed? And if he find it, of heaven is like a king, who wish- Parable of verily I say unto you, he rejoicethed to reckon with his servants. more over it than over the ninety And when he had begun to reckon, vant. and nine which had not strayed. one was brought to him that owed 14 Even so it is not the will of him ten thousand talents. your But as 25 Father who is in heaven, that one of these lowly disciples should be lost. Moreover if thy brother have How of committed a fault against thee, go fenders are and the matter between thee and him alone; if he listen to thee, 16 thou hast gained thy brother; but if he will not listen, take with thee one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every 17 word may be established. And if he will not listen to them, tell the church, and if he will not listen to the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen and a taxgatherer, by avoiding all intercourse with him. 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind or declare obligatory on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever ye shall loose shall 19 be loosed in heaven. Again, I say unto you, if two of you agree in asking any thing for the miraculous confirmation of your decisions it shall be granted them by my 20 Father, who is heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in effect in the midst of them."

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he had not wherewith to pay, his
inaster ordered him, and his wife
and children, to be sold, and pay-
ment to be made: The servant 26
therefore fell down and did him
obeisance, saying, "Master, have
patience with me, and I will pay
thee all." Then the master took 27
pity on that servant, and released
him, and forgave him the debt.
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with one of his fellow-servants,
who owed him an hundred de-
narii; and he seized him by the
throat, and said, "Pay me what
thou owest." His fellow-servant 29
fell down at his feet and besought
him, saying, "Have patience with
me, and I will pay thee all" and 30
he would not, but went and threw
him into prison, till he should pay
the debt. When his fellow-servants 31
saw what was done, they were very
sorry, and went and told their mas-
ter all that was done. Then his 32
master called him, and saith unto
him, "Thou wicked servant, I for-
gave thee all that debt because thou
desiredst me. Oughtest not thou 33
also to have had pity on thy fellow-
servant, even as I had pity on
thee?" And his master was angry, 34
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respecting divorce.

CHAP. When Jesus had ended these words, he departed from Galilee, Jesus cures and came into the borders of Judea multitudes, by the side of Jordan; and great 2 multitudes followed him, and he 3 cured them there. Then the Phaanswers the risees came to him, to try him, Pharisees and said, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any fault?" 4 And he answered, "Have ye not read that the Creator in the beginning made them a male and a fe5 male, and said, 'Hence a man should leave even his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, for these two are but one flesh.' 6 So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God joined together, let not man put 7 asunder. They say unto him, Why then did Moses command us to give a wife a bill of divorcement, and to put her away?" & He saith unto them, "Moses, because of the perverseness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives; but in the beginning 9 it was not so. But I say unto you, 'Whosoever shall put away his wife except for adultery, and marry another, committeth adultery, and whoso marrieth her that hath been divorced, committeth adultery."



His disciples say unto him, "If and his dis- the condition of the husband be so ciples re- with his wife, it is better not to the condi- marry." He said unto them, tions of "None are capable of that, but



I 1 By Adam, or by Moses. See Gen.

ii. 24: To prevent the greater evils which your perverseness would have occasioned. 3 Who are by constitution or particular circumstances, indisposed to marriage.

That is, in the highest and strictest sense of the word.

5 Probably Jesus selected the commandments which relate to mens' duties to their

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Then children were brought to 13 him, that he might put his hands blesses upon them, and pray for a blessing upon them, and the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But Jesus said, "Suffer the chil- 14 dren to come unto me, and hinder them not; for of those, who resemble them, is the kingdom of heaven." And he put his hands on 15 them, and having prayed for a blessing on them, departed thence.

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And behold! one came, and said 16 unto him, "Good teacher, what and states good thing must I do, that I may upon what have eternal life?" And Jesus eternal said unto him, "Why callest thou may be me good! none is good, but God expected. only. But if thou desire to enter into life, keep the commandments." He saith unto Jesus, "Which ?” 18 Jesus said, "These, Thou shalt do no murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false testimony, honour thy father and thy mother, 19 and thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." The young man saith 20 unto him, "All these things have I kept from my youth, what want I more?" Jesus said unto him, "If 21 thou wishest to be perfect, go, sell

fellow-creatures, because the Jews in general laid too little stress upon them.

6 That is, to attain the highest degree of happiness hereafter. To have acted in the manner recommended, would have been perfection, when Christ might have been constantly followed. But it was not necessary in all early converts. A few only were selected to be stated attendants on our Lord.

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dency of riches.

23 Then said Jesus to his disciples, Bad ten-Verily I say unto you, a rich man will hardly come into the kingdom of heaven. Again, I say 24 unto you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to come into 25 the kingdom of heaven." The disciples on hearing this were greatly amazed, saying, "What 26 rich man then can be saved?" But Jesus, looking earnestly on them, said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."



27 Then Peter answered, "We Promise of gave up all to come with thee, what reward to shall we have therefore?" And the Apos Jesus said unto them, "Verily I 28 say unto you, ye who have accompanied me, shall, in the future renovation of all things, when the son of man sitteth on the throne of his glory, yourselves also sit on twelve thrones as judges of the 29 twelve tribes of Israel. And every one who hath left houses or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive what is equal to an hundred times as much as he leaves, and shall inherit eternal life.

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For the kingdom of heaven is like CHAP. an householder, who went out early XX. in the morning to hire labourers Parable of for his vineyard, and having agreed labourers with some labourers for a denarius work in a a day, he sent them into his vine- vineyard. yard. And he went out about the 3 third hour, and saw others standing without work in the market place, and he said unto them, "Go ye also 4 into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you," and they went. Again, he went out about 5 the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh 6 hour he went out, and found others standing without work, and saith unto them, "Why are ye standing here all the day doing nothing?" They say unto him, "No man hath hired us." He saith unto 7 them, "Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatever is right ye shall receive." And in the evening, the 8 owner of the vineyard saith unto his steward, "Call the labourers, and give them their wages from the last to the first." And they who 9 were hired at the eleventh hour, came and received each a denarius. But when the first came, they sup- 10 posed that they should receive more, and they also received each a denarius. But when they received 11 it, they murmured against the householder, and said, "These 12 last have worked but one hour, and dost thou make them equal to us who have borne the burden and heat of the day?" But he answered 13 one of them and said, "Friend, I do thee no wrong; didst thou not agree with me for a denarius? Take 14

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