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in the city who was a sinner, knowing that he ate 38 at the house of the Pharisee, brought an alabaster
box of balsam, and standing behind at his feet weeping, bathed them with tears, and wiped them
with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, 39 and anointed them with the balsam. The Phari
see who had invited him, observing this, said within himself, 'If this man were a prophet, he would • have known who this woman is that toucheth him,
' and of what character; for she is a sinner.' 40 Then Jesus said to him, Simon, I have something 41 to say to thee. He answered, Say it, Rabbi. A
certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five 42 hundred denarii 39, the other fifty. But not
having wherewith to pay, he freely forgave them
both. Say then, which of them will love him most? 43 Simon answered, I suppose he to whom he forgave 44 most. Jesus replied, Thou hast judged rightly.
Then turning to the woman, he said to Simon, Thou seest this woman : when I came into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet, but she hath washed
my feet with tears, and wiped them with 45 the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss;
but she, since she entered, hath not ceased kissing 46 my feet. Thou didst not anoint my head with oil, 47 but she hath anointed my feet with balsam. Where
fore, I tell thee, her sins, which are many, are
forgiven; therefore her love is great. But he to 48 whom little is forgiven, hath little love.
39 About 15l. 12s. sterling.
40 About 11. 11s. sterling.
49 said to her, Thy sins are forgiven. Those who Mat. 9; 2.
were at table with him said within themselves, ch. 5; 20. 50 · Who is this that even forgiveth sins ? But he
said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go
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VIII. AFTERWARDS he travelled through cities 2 and villages, proclaiming the joyful tidings of the
reign of God, being attended by the twelve, and by
certain women who had been delivered from evil 3 spirits and distempers, Mary called Magdalene, Mar. 16; 9.
out of whom went seven demons, Joanna wife of
Now when a great multitude was assembled, and Mat. 13; 3 the people were flocking to him out of the cities, he 5 spake by a parable, The sower went out to sow his
grain : and in sowing, part fell by the way-side, 6 and was crushed under foot, or picked up by the
birds ; part fell upon a rock, and when it was
sprung up, withered away for want of moisture; 7 part also fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up 8 and choked it; and part fell into good soil, and
sprang up, and yielded increase a hundred fold. Having said this, he cried, Whoso hath ears to
hear, let him hear. 9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What Mat. 13; 10 10 meaneth this parable? He answered, It is your Is. 6; 9.
privilege to know the secrets of the reign of God,
Mar. 4; 10
сн. 8. Mat. 13; 18: 11 Now this is the meaning of the parable. The Mar. 4;.14
12 seed is the word of God. By the wayside are
meant those hearers out of whose hearts the devil
coming taketh away the word, lest they should be. 13 lieve and be saved. By the rock are meant those
who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, yet not having it rooted in them, are but tempo
rary believers ; for in the time of trial they fall off. 14 By the ground encumbered with thorns, are meant
those hearers who are entangled in the business, and pursuits, and pleasures of life, which stifte
the word, so that it bringeth no fruit to ma15 turity. But by the good soil are meant those,
who, having heard the word, retain it in a good and honest heart, and persevere in bringing forth
fruit. Mat. 5; 15. 16 A lamp is never lighted to be covered with a Mat. 10; 26. vessel, or put under a bed, but to be set on a stand,
17 that they who enter may see the light. For there
is no secret which shall not be discovered; nor
any thing concealed which shall not be known and 18 become public. Take heed, therefore, how ye
hear; for to him who hath, more shall be given; but from him who hath not, shall be taken even
that which he seemeth to have. Mat. 12; 46: 19 Then his mother and brothers came to speak
20 with him, but could not get near him for the crowd.
And it was told him by some persons, Thy mother
and thy brothers are without, desiring to see thee. 21 But he answering, said unto them, My mother
Mar. 4; 21:
Mat. 25; 29.
Mar. 3; 31:
brothers are those who hear the word of
Mat. 5; 35.
22 ONE day Jesus having gone into a bark with his Mat. 8; 23 23 disciples, said to them, Let us cross the lake. Ac
cordingly they set sail. But while they sailed, he fell asleep, and there blew such a storm upon the
lake as filled the bark with water, and endangered 24 their lives. And they came to him, and awakened
him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he
arose and rebuked the wind, and the raging of the 25 water : and they ceased, and there was a calm.
And Jesus said to them, Where is your faith?
ration, Who is this that commandeth even the 26 winds and the water, and they obey him? And they
arrived at the country of the Gadarenes which is
opposite to Galilee. 27 Being come ashore, a man of the city met him Mat. 9; 28
who had been long possessed by demons, and who
wore no clothes, and had no habitation but the se28 pulchres. When he saw Jesus, he roared out, and
threw himself at his feet, crying, What hast thou
to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? 29 I beseech thee, do not torment me. (For he had
ordered the unclean spirit to come out of the man ;
bonds, and was driven by the fiend into the desert.) 30 Then Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name?
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He answered, Legion, because many demons had 31 entered into him. And they entreated him that he 32 would not command them to go into the abyss, but,
as there was a numerous herd of swine feeding on
the mountain, that he would permit them to enter 33 into the swine. And he permitted them. Then
the demons, having quitted the man, entered into
the swine ; and the herd rushed down a precipice 34 in!o the lake, and were drowned. The herdsmen
seeing this, fled, and spread the news through the 35 city and villages. And the inhabitants flocked out
to see what had happened. Being come to Jesus, and finding the man, of whom the demons were
dispossessed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, 36 and in his right mind, they were afraid. But hav
ing been informed by the spectators, in what man57 ner the demoniac had been delivered, all the peo
ple of the country of the Gadarenes entreated him
to leave them; for they were struck with terror. 38 Accordingly he re-entered the bark and returned.
Now the man out of whom the demons were gone,
entreated his permission to attend him. But Je39 sus dismissed him, saying, Return home and re
late what great things God hath done for thee.
Then he departed and published through all the city 40 what great things Jesus had done for him. Jesus,
at his return, was welcomed by the crowd, who
were all waiting for him. Mat. 9; 18 41 Meantime came a man named Jairus, a ruler of
the synagogue, who, throwing himself at the feet of Jesus, besought him to come into his house: for he
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