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Pharisees reproved. S. Matthew. Of Sabbath-breakers.

Of blasphemy against the 8 For the Son of man is Holy Ghost.

Lord even of the Sabbath-day. AT that time Jesus went on 9 1 And when he was dethe sabbath-day a through the parted thence, he went into corn; and his disciples were their synagogue.c an hungered, and began to 10 And, behold, there was a pluck the ears of corn, and to man which had his hand witheat.

ered; and they asked him, 2 But when the Pharisees saying, Is it lawful to heal on saw it, they said unto him, the sabbath-days ? that they Behold, thy disiples do that might accuse him. which is not lawful to do


11 And he said unto them, the sabbath-day.

What man shall there be 3 But he said unto them, among you that shall have one Have

ye not read what David sheep, and if it fall into a pit did when he was an hungered, on the sabbath-day, will he not and they that were with him; lay hold on it, and lift it out ?

4 How he entered into the 12 How much then is a man house of God, and did eat the better than a sheep? Whereshew-bread, which was not fore it is lawful to do well on lawful for him to eat, neither the sabbath-days. for them which were with him, 13 Then saith he to the but only for the priests ? man, Stretch forth thine hand,

50r, Have ye not read in the And he stretched it forth; and law, how that on the sabbath- it was restored whole, like as days the priests in the temple the other. profane the sabbath b and are 14 T Then the Pharisees blameless ?

went out, and held a council 6 But I say unto you, That against him, how they might in this place is one greater than destroy him. the temple.

15 But when Jesus knew ✓ But if ye had known what it he withdrew himself from this meaneth, I will have mer- thence; and great multitudes cy, and not sacrifice, ye would followed him, and he healed not have condemned the guilt- them all; Jess.

16 And charged them, that a The Jews' Sabbath-day was our they should not make him Saturday. It continued from Friday known : at sunset, to Saturday at sunset. 17 That it might be fulfil

b Profane the Sabbath, &c. The led which was spoken by Esaipriests in the temple violate the rest,

as d the prophet, saying, enjoined to be observed on the Sabbath, or perform such works, as c Synagogue, a meeting house, or would not be considered lawful for house for public worship among

the others.


d Esaias, Isaiah.

Dumb man healed. Chap. xii. Of blasphemy, &e.

18 Behold my servant, and every city or house dividwhom I have chosen; my be ed against itself shall not loved, in whom my soul is well stand : pleased; I will put my Spirit 26 And if Satan cast out upon him, and he shall shew Satan, he is divided against judgment to the Gentiles.e himself; how shall then his

19 He shall not strive f nor kingdom stand ? cry; neither shall any man And if I by Beelzebub h hear his voice in the streets. cast out devils, by whom do

20 A bruised reed shall he your children cast them out? not break, and smoking flax therefore shall they be your shall he not quench, till he judges. send forth judgment unto vic- 28 But if I cast out devils tory.

by the Spirit of God, then the 21 And in his name shall kingdom of God is come unto the Gentiles g trust.

you. 22 | Then was brought un

29 Or else how can one ento him one possessed with a ter into a strong man's house, deyil, blind and dumb; and he and spoil his goods, except he healed him, insomuch that the first bind the strong man and blind and dumb both spake then he will spoil his house. and saw.

30 He that is not with me, 23 And all the people were is against me; and he that amazed, and said, Is not this gathereth not with me, scatthe son of David ?

tereth abroad. 24 But when the Pharisees 31 | Wherefore I say unto heard it, they said, This fellow you, All manner of sin and doth not east out devils but by blasphemy shall be forgiven Beelzebub, the prince of the unto men; but the blasphemy devils.

against the Holy Ghost shaú 25 And Jesus knew their not be forgiven unto men. thoughts, and said unto them, 32 And whosoever, speakEverykingdom divided against eth a word against the Son of itself' is brought to desolation; man, it shall be forgiven

him; but whosoever speaketh · Sbew judgment to the Gentiles, against the Holy Ghost, it carry my religion and its blessings to shall not be forgiven him, neiother nations.

ther in this world, neither in Sball not strive, &c. The 19 and the world to come. 20th verses figuratively describe a 33 Either make the treo person of a most gentle and benevo- good, and his fruit good; or lent character.

& Gentiles. The Jews called all else make the tree corrupt, Gations, but their own, Gentiles. The b Beelzebub, the prince of evil spiword signifies nations.


The unfaithful S. Matthew.

rebuked. and his fruit corrupt; for the 42 The queen of the southj tree is known by his fruit. shall rise up in the judgment

34 O generation of vipers ! with this generation, and shall how can ye, being evil, speak condemn it; for she came from good things ? for out of the the uttermost parts of the abundance of the heart the earth to hear the wisdom of mouth speaketh.

Solomon; and, behold, a great:35 A good man, out of the er than Solomon is here. good treasure of the heart, 43 When the unclean spirbringeth forth good things : it k is gone out of a man he and an evil man, out of the walketh through dry places, evil treasure, bringeth forth seeking rest, and findeth none. evil things.

44 Then he saith I will 36 But I


unto you, That return into my house from every idle word that men shall whence I came out; and, when speak, they shall give account he is come, he findeth it empty, in the day of judgment. swept, and garnished.

37 For by thy words thou 45 Then goeth he, and takshalt be justified, and by thy eth with himself seven other words thou shalt be condem- spirits more wicked than himned.

self, and they enter in and 38 | Then certain of the dwell there; and the last state scribes and of the Pharisees of that man is worse than the answered, saying, Master, we first. Even so shall it be also would see a sign i from thee. unto this wicked generation.

39 But he answered, and 46 [ While he yet talked said unto them, An evil and to the people, behold, his moadulterous generation seeketh ther and his brethren stood after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the

; Queen of the south, in the old sign of the prophet Jonas. Testament, queen of Sheba.

40 For as Jonas was three & Unclean spirit, &c. The wicked days and three nights in the disposition of a man is here represen, whale's belly, so shall the Son

ted by an unclean spirit, that could

leave and return to the man at pleaof man be three days and three

The 43, 44, and 45th verses nights in the heart of the earth.

are designed to describe a person, 41 The men of Nineveh shall who, under conviction of sin, makes rise in judgment with this ge- good resolutions, and partially reneration, and shall condemn forms, but on account of persecution, it; because they repented at

or the cares of life, soon becomes rethe preaching of Jonas ; and, forgetfulness of God; then the return

miss, and again relapses into sin and behold, a greater than Jonas

to a holy life is more difficult, and is here.

the state of this man is more hope i Sign. A miracle.

less and desperate, than at first.


Why Christ

Chap. xiii. spake in parables. without, desiring to speak with earth; and forthwith they him.

sprung up, because they had no 47 Then one said unto him, deepness of earth. Behold thy mother and thy

6 And when the sun was up brethren stand without, desir- they were scorched; and, being to speak with thee. cause they had no root, they

48 But he answered, and withered away. said unto him that told hiin, v And some fell among Who is my mother? and who thorns; and the thorns sprung are my brethren?

up and choked them. 49 And he stretched forth 8 But other fell into good his hand toward his disciples, ground, and brought forth and said, Behold my mother fruit, some an hundred-fold, and my brethren!

some sixty-fold, some thirty50 For whosoever shall do fold. the will of my Father which 9 Who hath ears to hear, is in heaven, the same is my let him hear. brother, and sister, and mo- 10 9 And the disciples came, ther.

and said unto him, Why speak

est thou unto them in paraCHAP. XIII,

bles ? 3 Of the sower and the seed. 24 11 He answered, and said Several other parables. 34 unto them, Because it is given Why Christ spake in para- unto you to know the mystebles. 53 Christ contemned ries of the kingdom of heaven, by his own countrymen.

but to them it is not given. THE same day went Jesus 12 For whosoever hath, to out of the house, and sat by the him shall be given, and he sea-side.

shall have more abundance; 2 And great multitudes were but whosoever hath not, from gathered together unto him, 80 him shall be taken

away even that he went into a ship, and that he hath. sat; and the whole multitude 13 Therefore speak I to stood on the shore.

them in parables; because they 3 And he spake many things seeing, see not; and hearing, unto them in parables, saying, they hear not; neither do they Behold, a sower went forth to understand.

14 And in them is fulfilled 4 And when he sowed, some the prophecy of Esaias, which seeds fell by the way-side, and saith, By hearing ye shall the fowls came and devoured hear, and shall not under

stand; and seeing ye shall 5 Some fell upon stony pla- see, and shall not perceive. ces, where they had not much 15 For this people's heart is


them up.

Parable of the

S. Matthew. sower and the seed. waxed grossa and their ears for when tribulation or perseare dull of hearing, and their cution ariseth because of the eyes they have closed ; lest word, by and by he is offendat any time they should see ed.e with their eyes, and hear with 22 He also that received their ears, and should under- seed

among the thorns, is he stand with their heart, and that heareth the word; and the should be converted, and I care of this world, and the deshould heal them.

ceitfulness of riches, choke the 16 But blessed are your eyes, word, and he becometh unfor they see; and your ears,

fruitful. for they hear.

23 But he that received 17 For verily I say unto you, seed into the good ground is That many prophets and righ- he that heareth the word, and teous men have desired to see understandeth it; which also those things which ye see, beareth fruit, and bringeth and have not seen them; and forth, some an hundred-fold, to hear those things which ye some sixty, some thirty. hear, and have not heard them. 24 4 Another parable put

18 1 Hear ye, therefore, the he forth unto them, saying, parable b of the sower. The kingdom of heaven is

19 When any one heareth likened unto a man which the word of the kingdom, c and sowed good seed in his field; understandeth it not, then com- 23 But, while men slept, his eth the wicked one, and catch-enemy came and sowed tares eth away that which was sown among the wheat, and went in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way-side. 26 But when the blade was

20 But he that received the sprung up, and brought forth seed into stony places, the fruit, then appeared the tares same is he that heareth the also. word, and anond with joy re- 27 So the servants of the ceiveth it:

householder came, and said un24 Yet hath he not root in to him, Sir, didst not thou sow himself, but dureth for a while; good seed in thy field ? from

whence then hath it tares ? a Heart is waxed gross, under- 28 He said unto them, An standing is stupified.

enemy hath done this.

The 6 Parable, a similitude or compa- servants said unto him, Wilt rison, which in a fabulous or figura- thou then that we go and gative manner conveys moral and spi

ther them up ? ritual truth.

c The word of the kingdom, the Gospel.

Is offended, relapseth, or falleth Anon, Immediately.

into sin.

his way

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