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Sin against the Holy Ghost. Chap. xii.

23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This follow doth not cast out devils, but by ozebub the prince of the deW11S. 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city orhouse divided against itself shall not stand: 26 And if Satan cast out Satan, heis divided againsthimself; how shall then his kingdom stand 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your chilÖren cast them out therefore they shall be i. judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. . 29 Or else, how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and Spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad. * 31 T. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men : but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto IIle11. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him : but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make

Jonas a sign.

corrupt: for the tree is known by Åis fruit. 34 O generation of vipers! how can ye, being evil, speak good things : for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man, outof the good treasure of the heart, bringeth forth good things: and an evil man, out of the evil treasure, bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. 38 || Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly: so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh shall rise injudgment with this generation, and shall condemn it : because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. 42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it : for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon ; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. - * * 43 When the unclean spirit is

the tree corrupt, and his fruit

gone out of a man, he walketh

through dry places, seeking rest,

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and findeth none.

S. Matthew.

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seeds fell by the way-side, and the

. 44. Then he saith, I will return fowls came and devoured them into my house from whence Ilup :

came out; and when he is come,

5 Some fell upon stony places,

he findeth it empty, swept, and where they had not much earth :

4.5 Then goeth he, and taketh

and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of

with himself seven other spirits earth:

more wicked than himself, and

6 And when the sun was up,

they enter in and dwell there: they were scorched; and, because and the last state of that man is they had no root, they withered

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48 But he answered and, said said unto him, . Why, speakest

unto him that told him, Who is thou unto them in parables?

my mother ? and who are my brethren :

11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto

49 And he stretched forth his you to know the mysteries of the hand toward his disciples, and kingdom of heaven, but to them said, Behold my mothér and myit is not given.

brethren :

12 For whosoever hath, to him

50 For whosoever shall do the shall be given, and he shall have

will of my Father which is in more abundance: but whosoever

heaven, the same is my brother, hath not, from him shall be taken

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Jesus scé not; and hearing, they hear out of the house, and sat by not; neither do they understand.

14 And in them is fulfilled the

2 And great multitudes were prophecy of Esaias, which saith, gathered together unto him, so By hearing yeshall hear, and shall that he went into a ship, and sat;|not understand; and seeing ye and the whole multitude stood on shall see, and shall not perceive :

the shore.

15 For this peoples, heart is

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and hear with their ears, and should understand with their hearts, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see : and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them ; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 18 TI Hear ye, therefore, the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, them cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side, 20 But he that received the Seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while ; for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns, is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground, is he thatheareth the word and understandeth it ; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 24. T Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed

in his field:

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25 But, while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares a-mong the wheat, and went his Way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the housholder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field 2 from whence then hath it tares 2 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up ; 29 But he said, Nay; lest, while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 3o Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them : but gather the wheat into my barn. 31 Ts. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds ; but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree; so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. 33 || Another parable spake he unto them : The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. 34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them : 35 That it might be fulfilled

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saying, I will open my mouth in - parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. 36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom ; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvestis the end of the world: and the reapers are the angels. 40 As, therefore, the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 44 || Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found he hideth, and, for joy thereof, goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 45 || Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchantman, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found

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47 's Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind : 48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50 And, shall cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. 52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. 53 T And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. 54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and

said, Whence hath this man this

wisdom, and these mighty works :
55 Is not this the carpenter’s
son is not his mother called Ma-
ry 3 and his brethren, James, and
Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
56 And his sisters, are they not
all with us? Whence then hath
this man all these things
57 And they were offended in
him. But Jesus said unto them,
A prophet is not without honour,
Save in his own country, and in
his own house.
58 And he did not many migh-

one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

ty works there, because of their unbelief."

john Baptist beheaded.

CHAP. XXIV. Herod's opinion of Christ.

T that time Herod the Tet-|

rarch heard of the fame of Jesus, - 2 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. - 3 T For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. 4. For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

5 And when he would have put

him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. 6 But when Herod's birth-day was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. 7. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. 8 And she, being before instrućted of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger. 9 And the king was sorry : nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. 1o And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. 11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. 12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus. 13 || When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they

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followed him on foot out of the cities. 14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. 15 T And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves vićtuals. 16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. 17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18 He said, Bring them hither to me. 19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and, looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. 21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. 22 || And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to getinto a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray ; and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with

waves: for the wind was contrary.

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