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Christ warns his disciples. Chap. xvi.
THE Pharisees also, with the Sadducees, came, and tempting, desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.a
2 He answered, and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather, for the sky is red:
3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to-day, for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites! ye can discern the face of the sky; but ean ye not discern the signs of the times? b
4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
5 ¶ And when his disciples were come to the other side they had forgotten to take bread.
6 ¶ Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed, and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the Sadducees.
7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is be
a A sign from heaven, a miracle; they wished to see our Saviour produce some wonderful appearance in the heavens.
Opinions of Christ.
cause we have taken no bread. 8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?
9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
b Signs of the times; Do you not perceive, by comparing the present state of the world with prophecy, and by the correspondence of my miracles with those, which should be performed by the Messiah, that this is the time of his coming, and that I am indeed the very person, your long expected Saviour?
10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the Sadducees?
12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
13 ¶ When Jesus came into the coasts of Cesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am ?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias; c and others, Jeremias,d or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
c Elias, Elijah.
d Jeremias, Jeremiah.
Christ's transfiguration. Chap. xvii.
1 Transfiguration of Christ;
2 And was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here; a if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; b one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and, behold, a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
6 Ånd when the disciples heard it they fell on their faces, and were sore afraid.
7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
8 And when they had lifted up their eyes they saw no man, save c Jesus only.
a It is good for us to stay or continue here.
9 And, as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias d must first come?
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation! how long
b Tabernacle, a place of public shall I be with you? how long
worship or of temporary residence ;
11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not; but have done unto him whatsoever they listed; e likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son; for he is lunatic, and sore vexed; for oft-times he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
d Elias, Elijah.
e Listed, pleased.
A lunatic healed.
shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil, and he departed out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, f and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief; for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard-seed,g ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit, this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
22 ¶ And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men;
23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.
24 ¶ And when they were come to Capernaum, h they that received tribute-money i came to Peter, and said, Doth not your Master pay tribute? 25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the
f Apart, privately.
g If you had but a small degree of faith, no more comparatively than a grain of mustard-seed.
b Capernaum, see note, Matt. iv.
i Tribute, toll or tax.
Of paying tribute.
house Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.j
27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money; that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
1 Christ teacheth to be humble. 7 Touching offences, 21 and forgiving one another. AT the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, a
To understand j Children free. this verse and the others in convex
ion, it should be remembered, that the tribute here exacted was for the support of the temple, from which Jesus, as being the Son of God, whose house the temple was, ought to have been exempted.
a As little children, humble and teachable.