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Christ's testimony of John.
Of the sabbath 6 And blessed is he whosoever shall 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be not be offended in me. more tolerable for the land of Sodom,
7 ¶ And as they departed, Jesus began in the day of judgment than for thee. to say unto the multitudes concerning 25 ¶ At that time Jesus answered and John, What went ye out into the wil-said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of derness to see? A reed shaken with heaven and earth, because thou hast hid the wind?
8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
11 Verily, I say unto you, Among them that are born of women, there hath not risen a greater than Jolin the Baptist: notwithstanding, he that is least in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist, until now, the kingdom of heave suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied unti! John.
14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias which was for to come.
these things from the wise and prudent,
27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father; and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
29¶ Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my bur den is light.
Of blasphemy, &c.
T that time Jesus went on the sab bath-day through the corn, and his disciples were a hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they 15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do 16 ¶ But whereunto shall I liken this that which is not lawful to do upon the generation? It is like unto children sit-sabbath-day.
ting in the markets, and calling unto 3 But he said unto them, Have ye not their fellows,
17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; We have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamer.ted.
read what David did when he was a hungered, and they that were with him ; 4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shew-bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither 18 For John came neither eating nor for them which were with him, but only drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. for the priests? 19 The Son of man came eating and 5 Or have ye not read in the law how drinking, and they say, Behold, a man that on the sabbath-days the priests in gluttonous, and a wine-bibber, a friend the temple profane the sabbath, and are of publicans and sinners. But Wisdom blameless?
is justified of her children.
8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath-day.
9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue.
6 But I say unto you, That in this 20 Then began he to upbraid the cit-place is one greater than the temple. iss wherein most of his mighty works 7 But if ye had known what this meanwere done, because they repented not. eth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, 21 Wo unto thee, Chorazin! wo unto ye would not have condemned the thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day 1 And behold, there was a man which ef judgment, than for you. had his hand withered. And they asked 23 And thou Capernaum, which art him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the xalted unto heaven, shalt be brought sabbath-days? that they might accuse down to hell: for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the
The Pharisees reproved
sabbath-day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath-days.
13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
14 ¶ Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they! might destroy him.
15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.
16 And charged them that they should not make him known:
e manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy i against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
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 the tree cor. rupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his 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.
17 That it might be fulfilled which was 35 A good man, out of the good treas spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,ure of the heart, bringeth forth good 18 Behold my servant, whom I have things: and an evil man, out of the evil chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul treasure, bringeth forth evil things. is well pleased: I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to
19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the
20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. 21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
22 ¶ Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind and dumb; and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 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 fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself, shall not stand.
26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your 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 ine; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad.
*1 ¶ Wherefore I say unto you, All
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they sha!! give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be jus tified, 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 to them, An evil and adulterous generation seek. eth 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 in judgment 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 gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell
there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall is
The parable of the
sower and the seed be niso unto this wicked generation.gross, and their ears are duil of hearing, 46 While he yet talked to the people, and their eyes they have closed; lest at hehold, his mother and his brethren stood any time they should see with their eyes, without, desiring to speak with him. and hear with their ears, and should 47 Then one said unto him, Behold, understand with their heart, and should thy mother and thy brethren stand be converted, and I should heal them. without, desiring to speak with thee. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they 48 But he answered and said unto him see: and your ears, for they hear. that told him, Who is my mother? and 17 For, verily, I say unto you, That who are iny brethren? many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. CHAP. XII.
Of the sower and the seed.
HE same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea-side. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way-side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundred-fold, some sixty-fold, some thirty-fold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing, see not; and hearing, they hear not; neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then 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 hear eth the word, and anon with joy receiv eth 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 that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundred-fold, some sixty, some thirty. 24 ¶ Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy. came and sowed tares among 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 householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
25 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 yo gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye to
-Sundry other parables.
CHAP. XIV. The reward of the
31 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 tid 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 which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye un derstood all these things? They say un to 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 a householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
53 ¶ 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 syna. 36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, gogue, insomuch that they were astonand went into the house: and his dis-ished, and said, Whence hath this man ciples 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 harvest is 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
this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55 Is not thi the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? 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 mighty works there, because of their unbelief. CHAP. XIV. Herod's opinion of Christ.
his kingdom all things that offend, and AT that time Herod the Tetrarch heard
them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
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¶ For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.
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 4 For John said unto him, It is not which when a man hath found, he hid-lawful for thee to have her. eth, and for joy thereot'goeth and selleth 5 And when he would have put him all that he hath, and buyeth that field. to death, he feared the multitude, be 45 Again, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant-man seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
47 ¶ Again, The kingdom of heaven is
cause they counted him as a prophet.
The pa Baptist beheaded.
S. MATTHEW. be and she, being before instructed of 46r mother, said, Give me here John heBaptist'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.
10 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 he 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 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.
Christ reproveth Peter
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boister ous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. 34 ¶ And when they were gone over. they came into the land of Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place had
15 ¶ And when it was evening, his dis-knowledge of him, they sent out into all ciples 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 victuals.
that country round about, and brought
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. 17 And they say unto him, We have nere 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 2 Why do thy disciples transgress the five loaves, and the two fishes, and tradition of the elders? for they wash looking up to heaven, he blessed, and not their hands when they eat bread. brake, and gave the loaves to his disci- 3 But he answered and said unto them, ples, and the disciples to the multitude. Why do ye also transgress the com 20 And they did all eat, and were fill-mandment of God by your tradition? ed: and they took up of the fragments 4 For God commanded, saying, Honthat remained twelve baskets full. our thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
HEN came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusa-lem, saying,
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to 22 ¶ And straightway Jesus constrain- his father or his mother, It is a gift, by ed his disciples to get into a ship, and to whatsoever thou mightest be profited go before him unto the other side, while by me; he sent the multitudes away.
6 And honour not his father or his 23 And when he had sent the multi-mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye tudes away, he went up into a moun-made the commandment of God of none tain apart to pray: and when the even-effect by your tradition.
ing 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.
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
S This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me 25 And in the fourth watch of the night with their lips; but their heart is far Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. from me. 26 And when the disciples saw him 9 But in vain they do worship me, walking on the sea, they were troubled, teaching for doctrines the command. saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out ments of men.
10 T And he called the multitude, and