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this; and the things concerning those that had the de34 mons. And, lo, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their borders.

CH. IX. AND he went into a ship, and passed over, and came 2 to his own city. And, behold, there was brought to him

a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the sick of the palsy, "Take 3 courage, son; thy sins are forgiven thee." And, behold,

some of the Scribes said within themselves, "This man 4 blasphemeth." But Jesus perceived their thoughts, and 5 said, "Why think ye evil in your hearts? For which is easier to say, 6 Thy sins are forgiven thee?' or to say, 6 Arise, and walk?' But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins," (then he saith to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, 7 and go to thine house." And he arose, and departed to 8 his house. And when the multitudes saw it, they wondered, and glorified God, who had given such power to


9 And as Jesus passed by from that place, he saw a man named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom; and saith unto him, "Follow me." And Matthew rose up,


and followed him.

And it came to pass as Jesus was at meat in the house of Matthew, that, behold, many publicans and sinners came, 11 and placed themselves with him and his disciples.


when the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, "Why 12 eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?" But when Jesus heard that, he said [unto them], "Those that are well need not a physician, but those that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I desire pity, and not sacrifice :' for I came not to call righteous men to repentance, but sinners."


Then the disciples of John come to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but thy disciples fast

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15 not?" And Jesus said unto them, "Can the companions of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom 16 shall be taken from them; and then they will fast. Now

no man putteth a piece of unwrought cloth upon an old garment for the piece which filleth it up taketh from 17 the garment, and a worse rent is made. Nor do men put new wine into old skins: otherwise, the skins are burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins will be marred but they put new wine into new skins, and both are preserved."


While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler and did him obeisance, saying, "My daughter is by this time dead: but come and put thine 19 hand upon her, and she will live." And Jesus arose, and 20 followed him and his disciples also went. (And, behold,

a woman, who was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the border of his 21 garment for she said within herself, "If I may but 22 touch his garment, I shall be made well." But when Jesus turned about and saw her, he said, "Take courage, daughter; thy faith hath made thee well." And the wo23 man was made well from that hour.) And when Jesus

came into the ruler's house, and perceived the minstrels, 24 and the people making a disturbance, he saith unto them, "Depart for the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth." And 25 they derided him. But when the multitude were sent out,

he entered in, and took her by the hand, and the damsel 26 arose. And the fame of this went abroad into all that country.

27 And as Jesus passed by from that place, two blind men

followed him, crying out, and saying, "Thou son of 28 David, have pity on us." And when he had entered into an house, the blind men came near to him and Jesus saith unto them, "Believe ye that I am able to do this?" 29 They say unto him, "Yes, Master." Then he touched

their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it unto 30 you." And their eyes were opened: and Jesus strictly 31 commanded them, saying, "See that no man know it.” But they went out and spread abroad his fame in all that country.


And as they went out, behold, there was brought to 33 him a dumb man who had a demon. And when the demon was cast out, the dumb spake; and the multitudes wondered, saying, "It was never seen thus in Is34 rael." But the Pharisees said, “He casteth out demons by the prince of the demons."



AND Jesus went about all the cities and towns, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the glad tidings of his kingdom, and curing every disease and every malady.

And when he saw the multitudes, he had compassion on them, because they were wearied, and scattered abroad, 37 as sheep having no shepherd. Then he saith to his dis

ciples, "The harvest indeed is plenteous; but the la38 bourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest." CH. X. And when he had called to him his twelve disciples,

he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, 2 and to cure every disease and every malady. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the 3 son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alpheus, and Lebbeus surnamed Thaddeus ; 4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also delivered Jesus up.

5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, "Go NOT into the way of the gentiles, and into 6 any city of the Samaritans enter ye not. But go rather 7 to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

And as ye go,

preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven draweth near.'

8 Cure the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons: ye have 9 received of free bounty, give of free bounty. Provide 10 neither gold, nor silver, nor brass, in your purses; nor

bag for your journey, nor two vests, nor sandals, nor 11 staves: for the labourer is worthy of his food. And into

whatsoever city or town ye enter, inquire who in it is 12 worthy; and there remain, till ye depart. And when ye 13 enter into an house, salute it. And if the house be

worthy, let your wish of peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your wish of peace return to yourselves. 14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye go out of that house, or city, shake off the dust 15 of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in a day* of judgement, than for that city.


"Behold, I send you forth as sheep amidst wolves: be 17 ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. And beware of men for they will deliver you up to councils, 18 and they will scourge you in their synagogues. And ye

will be brought before governors and kings for my sake; 19 for a testimony to them and to the gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no anxious thought how or what ye shall speak: [for it shall be given you at the 20 time what ye shall speak.] For it is not ye who speak, 21 but the spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. Now

the brother will deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child; and the children will rise up against 22 their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye will be hated by all men because of my name : but who23 soever endureth to the end, he shall be preserved.


when they persecute you in one city, flee ye into another; and if they persecute you out of this, flee ye into another. For verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have finished † the cities of Israel, till the Son of man come. 24 A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant

the day, N.

that is, converted. See Bp. Pearce.

25 above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he

be as his teacher, and the servant as his master. If men have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how 26 much more will they call those of his household! Fear

them not therefore for there is nothing covered, which shall not be revealed; and nothing hidden, which shall 27 not be known: what I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light and what ye hear in the ear, that proclaim 28 ye upon the house tops: and fear not those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that is able to destroy both soul and body in 29 hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? and yet one of them falleth not [to the ground] without the will 30 of your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all 31 numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.


"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, I also will confess him before my Father that is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, I also will deny him before my Father that is in heaven.

34 "Think not that I came to bring peace on earth: I came 35 not to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother36 in-law. And a man's foes will be they of his own house37 hold. He who loveth father or mother more than me, is

not worthy of me and he who loveth son or daughter 38 more than me, is not worthy of me. And he who taketh

not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of 39 me. He who gaineth his life, shall lose it: and he who 40 loseth his life for my sake, shall gain it. He who receiveth

you, receiveth me; and he who receiveth me, receiveth 41 him that sent me. He who receiveth a prophet in the

name of a prophet, shall receive a prophet's reward; and he who receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righte42 ous man, shall receive a righteous man's reward. And

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