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ers, and the seats of them that sold doves;

16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him; for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

19 And when even was Come he went out of the city.

20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig-tree dried up from the roots.

21 And Peter, calling to remembrance, saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig-tree which thou cursedst is wither ed away.

22 And Jesus answering, saith unto them, Have faith in God.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye

with the scribes.

receive them, and ye shall have them.

25 And when ye stand praying forgive, if ye have ought against any; that your father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

27 And they come again to Jerusalem; and, as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,

28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?

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29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men ?

answer me.

31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?

32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people; for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.

33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering, saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Parable of the vineyard. Chap. xii.

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AND he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the wine-fat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.

2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.

3 And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.

4 And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.

5 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.

6 Having yet, therefore, one son, his well-beloved, he sent him also last unto them, say ing, They will reverence my


7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.

Paying of tribute.

killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.

lord of the vineyard do? He 9 What shall therefore, the will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.

10 And have ye not read this scripture, The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:

11 This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people; for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them; and they left him, and went their way.

13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees, and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.

14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man; for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth; Is it lawful to give tribute to Cesar or not?

15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, why tempt ye me ? bring me a penny, that I may see it.

16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? a And they said unto him, Cesar's.

a Whose is this image, &c. See

8 And they took him, and Matt, xxii. 20.

Resurrection of the dead. S. Mark. Of the first commandment.

17 And Jesus answering, said unto them, Render to Cesar the things that are Cesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, b which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him saying,

19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

20 Now, there were seven brethren; and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.

21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any sced; and the third likewise. 22 And the seven had her, and left no seed; last of all the woman died also.

23 In the resurrection, therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.

24 And Jesus answering, said unto them, Do ye not, therefore, err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

25 For when they shall rise from the dead they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

b Sadducees. See Matt. xxii. 23.

26 And as touching c the dead, that they rise; have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living; ye, therefore, do greatly err.

28¶ And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord :

30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. This is the first commandment.

31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other command

ment greater than these.

32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth; for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the

e Touching, concerning. For an explanation of the 26 & 27th verses, see Matt, xxii. 31, 32.

Scribes' opinion refuted. Chap. xiii. Poor widow recommended.

soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.d 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question. 35 And Jesus answered, and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?

36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

37 David, therefore, himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.

38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutationse in the market-places,

39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts;

40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers; these shall receive greater damna


41 ¶ And Jesus sat over a gainst the treasury, and bed Offerings, sacrifices and oblations

consisted in whatever was devoted or given to God.

e Salutations. Tokens of respect and honour.

held how the people cast money into the treasury; and many that were rich cast in much.

42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in than all they which have cast into the treasury:

44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.


The destruction of the temple.
9 Persecutions for the Gospel.
10 The Gospel must be preach-
ed to all nations.
14 Great
calamities to the Jews. 18
The Sadducees confuted. 35
A difficulty proposed to the

AND as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples. saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones, and what buildings, are here!

2 And Jesus answering, said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown


3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, over against the temple, Peter, and James,

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S. Mark.

and John, and Andrew, asked him privately,

4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

5 And Jesus answering them, began to say, Take heed, lest any man deceive


6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

7 And when ye shall hear of wars, and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled; for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.a

8 For nation shall rise a gainst nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

9 But take heed to your selves; for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten; and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.b

a But the end, i. e. the final destruction of the temple, and the dispersion of the Jews by the Romans shall not be yet. Our Saviour's fortelling the destruction of Jerusalem, and that the Jews would be deprived of their kingdom, is a lasting proof of his prophetic power.

b For a testimony, &c. That you may bear witness to them of the truth and reality of my religion by: vindicating and supporting it even at the risk of your lives.

temple, &c. foretold.

10 And the Gospel must first be published among all nations.

11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate; but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye; for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

12 Now, the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.

13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake; but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation,c spoken of by Daniel the prophet,standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judea flee to the moun tains :

15 And let him that is on the house-top not go down intherein, to take any thing out to the house, neither enter of his house:

16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.

17 But wo to them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days!

The abomination, &e. See Matt. xxiv. 15.

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