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LUKE XV.

to his father; Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after, the younger son. gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country; and there 14 wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had

spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he 15 began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to 16 feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat; and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said; How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare! and 18 I perish here with hunger. I will arise and go to my father,

and will say unto him; Father, I have sinned against 19 Heaven, and before thee; I am no more worthy to be called 20 thy son; make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion; and 21 ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him; Father, I have sinned against Heaven and in thy sight; and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants; Bring forth the best robe,

and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on 23 his feet. And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and 24 let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to 25 be merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dan26 cing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what 27 these things meant. And he said unto him; Thy brother is

come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he 28 hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore came his father out, and en29 treated him. And he answering said to his father; Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment; and yet thou never gavest me 30 a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him; Son, thou art ever with me, and all 32 that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad, for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

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So he called said unto the And he said;

And he said also unto his disciples; There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused 2 unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him; How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no 3 longer steward. Then the steward said within himself; What shall I do, because my lord taketh away from me the 4 stewardship? I cannot dig, to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the steward5 ship, they may receive me into their houses. every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and 6 first; How much owest thou unto my lord? A hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him; Take 7 thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another; And how much owest thou? And he said; A hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him; 8 Take thy bill, and write four-score. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely; for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the 9 children of light. And I say unto you; Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much; and he that is unjust in the least, is unjust also in 11 much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true 12 riches? and if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

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And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all 15 these things; and they derided him. And he said unto them; Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts; for that which is highly es16 teemed among men, is abomination in the sight of God. The law and the prophets were until John; since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into 17 it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one 18 tittle of the law to fail. Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery; and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth 19 adultery. There was a certain rich man, which was

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clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every 20 day. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, 21 which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table; 22 moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was 23 buried. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried, and said; Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this 25 flame. But Abraham said; Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that they which would pass from hence to you, cannot, neither can they pass to us, that would come from 27 thence. Then he said; I pray thee therefore, father, that 28 thou wouldest send him to my father's house; for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also 29 come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him;

They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said; Nay, father Abraham; but if one went unto 31 them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him; If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

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Then said he unto the disciples; It is impossible but that offences will come; but woe unto him through whom 2 they come ! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke. 4 him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again, saying; I repent; thou shalt forgive him. 5 And the apostles said unto the Lord; Increase our faith. 6 And the Lord said; If ye had faith as a grain of mustardseed, ye might say unto this sycamine-tree; Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should 7 obey you. But which of you having a servant ploughing, or feeding cattle, will say unto him, when he is come from the 8 field; Go immediately and sit down to meat? Will he not

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rather say unto him; Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shall eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant, because he did the things that were commanded? I 10 trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say; We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which was our duty to do.

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And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said; 21 The kingdom of God cometh not with observation; neither shall they say; Lo here, or, lo there; for behold, the 22 kingdom of God is within you. And he said unto the disciples; The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man; and ye shall not And they shall say to you; See here, or, see there 24 go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall the Son of man be in his 25 day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected 26 of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so 27 shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark; and the 28 flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they 29 bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone 30 from heaven, and destroyed them all; even thus shall it be 31 in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day,

he which shall be upon the house-top, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away; and he that 32 is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember 33 Lot's wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life, shall lose 34 it; and whosoever shall lose his life, shall preserve it. preserve it. I tell

you; In that night there shall be two men in one bed; 35 one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken and the 37 other left. And they answered and said unto him; Where, Lord? And he said unto them; Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered togethAnd he spake a parable unto them to this 2 end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint, saying; There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither

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3 regarded man. And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying; Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while. But afterward he said within 5 himself; Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet, because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her; lest by 6 her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said; 7 Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he 8 bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others; 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Phar11 isee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood by himself, and prayed thus; God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as 12 this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all 13 that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would

not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven; but smote upon

14 his breast, saying; God, be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

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