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Parables of the

Chap. xiii.

hidden treasure, &c.

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye 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 together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.

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, f 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 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.

f Leaven, yeast or ferment.

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 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 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

S. Matthew.

Parable of the net. heaven is like unto a merchantman 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 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 severg 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 ¶ And it came to pass, that, when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.

64 And when he was come into his own country he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonish

Sever, to separate.

Christ contemned.

ed, 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 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 h in his own country, and in his own house.

58 And he did not many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

CHAP. XIV. 1 Herod's opinion of Christ. 3 John Baptist beheaded. 15 Five thousand fed.

AT that time Herod the tetrarch a 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 b 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.

b Save, except.

part of a kingdom or country. a Tetrarch, governor of a fourth

b Mighty works, &c. miracles are performed by him.

John Baptist beheaded.

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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 birthday 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 instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.c

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 the body, and buried it, and went and told Je

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Five thousand fed.

and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

15 ening his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past;e send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

And when it was ev.

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, besides women and children.

22 And straightway f Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

e The time is now past, the day is far spent.

f Straightway, immediately.

Christ walketh on the sea. S. Matthew. Of men's traditions.

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.

25 And in the fourth watch of the night g Jesus went unto them walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

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.

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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 knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased.

36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment; and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

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CHAP. XV. God's commandments, and men's traditions. 10 What defileth a man. THEN came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,

2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition a of the elders; b for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

3 But he answered, and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition ?

4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mo

a Tradition, something handed down from age to age without being

committed to writing; laws of the Jews not recorded in the Old Testa

ment.

b Elders, the ancients; ancient rulers or officers; ancestors.

The scribes reproved.

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ther; and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

5 But ye say, c Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me,

6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

7 Ye hypocrites! well did Esaias d prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand :

11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended after they heard this saying?

13 But he answered, and

e Verses 5 and 6. But ye say, if a man say to his distressed father or mother, "I give or devote to the altar whatsoever of mine might be appropriated to thy relief," he shall not afterwards be under obligation to honour or relieve them by his as

sistance.

d Esaias, Isaiah.

What defileth a man.

said, 'Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up.

14 Let them alone; they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

15 Then answered Peter, and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.

16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?

17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught:

18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart, and they defile the man?

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19 For out of the heart ceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies;

20 These are the things which defile a man; but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coast of Tyre and Sidon.

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have merey on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23 But he answered her not

a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

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