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SECT. IX. 58
When thou goest with thy creditor to the magis- Mat. 5; 25trate, endeavour on the road to satisfy him, lest he drag thee before the judge, and the judge con
sign thee to the sergeant, and the sergeant commit 59 thee to prison; I assure thee, thou wilt not be re
leased, until thou hast paid the last mite.
THE NATURE OF THE KINGDOM.
XIII. THERE were then present some who informed
Jesus of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had min. 2 gled with that of their sacrifices. Jesus answering,
said unto them, Think ye that these Galileans
were the greatest sinners in all Galilee, because 3 they suffered such usage ? I tell you, 'No; but 4 ' unless ye reform, ye shall all likewise perish:'
or those eighteen whom the tower of Siloam fell
upon, and slew; think ye that they were the 5 greatest profligates in all Jerusalem ? I tell you,
No: but unless ye reform, ye also shall all pe-
He also spake this parable. A man had a figtree planted in his vineyard, and came seeking 7 fruit on it, but found none. Then he said to the
vine-dresser, “This is the third year that I have
come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, without find8'ing any.
Cut it down, why should it cumber 'the ground ?' He answered, “Sir, let it alone
one year longer, until I dig about it and dung it; 9' perhaps it will bear fruit: if not, thou mayest
6 afterwards cut it down.'
10 ONE sabbath, as he was teaching in a syna11 gogue, a woman was present who had for eighteen
years had a spirit of infirmity, whereby she was so
bowed down, that she could not so much as look ир. . 12. Jesus, perceiving her, called her to him, and laying
his hands on her, said, Woman, thou art delivered
from thine infirmity. Immediately she stood up14 right, and glorified God. But the director of the
synagogue, moved with indignation because Jesus had performed a cure on the Sabbath, said to the people, There are six days for working; come,
therefore, on those days, and be healed, and not 15 on the Sabbath-day. To which the Lord replied, ,
Hypocrites, who is there amongst you, that doth
not on the Sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the 16 stall, and lead him away to watering? And must
not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom
Satan hath kept bound, lo, these eighteen years, 17 be released from this bond on the Sabbath-day ?
On his saying this, all his opposers were ashamed ; but the whole multitude was delighted with all the
glorious actions performed by him. Mat. 13; 31: 18 He said, moreover, What doth the kingdom of
19 God resemble? Whereunto shall I compare it? It
Mar. 4; 31
resembleth a grain of mustard seed, which a man
in its branches. 20 Again he said, Whereunto shall I compare the Mat. 13; 33. 21 kingdom of God? It resembleth leaven which a
woman mingled in three measures of meal, until
the whole was leavened. 22 AND he took a journey to Jerusalem, teaching Mat. 9; 35. 23 as he passed through cities and villages, and one
asked him, Master, are there but few who shall 24 be saved ? He answered, Force your entrance Mat. 7; 13.
through the strait gate; for many, I assure you,
will request to be admitted, who shall not prevail. 25 If once the master of the house shall have arisen Mat. 25; 10:
and locked the door, and ye standing without and
he will answer, I know not whence ye are.' 26 Then ye will say, 'We have eaten and drunk
with thee, and thou hast taught in our streets.' 27 But he will answer, “I tell you, I know not Mat: 7: 23.
• whence ye are : remove hence, all ye workers of
unrighteousness.' Then will ensué weeping and 28 gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham,
and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, receiv
ed into the kingdom of God, and yourselves ex29 cluded: nay, people will come from the east, from
the west, from the north, and from the south, and
will place themselves at table in the kingdom of 30 God. And behold they are last who shall be first, Mar. 10; 31. and they are first who shall be last.
& 25; 41
Mat. 19; 30.
31 The same day certain Pharisees came to him, and
said, Get away ; depart hence; for Herod intend32 eth to kill thee. He answered, Go tell that fox,
To-day and to-morrow I expel demons and per
form cures, and the third day my course will be 33 completed. Nevertheless I must walk about to-day
and to-morrow, and the day following; for it can
not be that a prophet should be cut off any where Mat. 23; 37. 34 but at Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that
killest the prophets, aud stonest them whom God
thy children together, as a hen gathereth her brood
your habitation be transformed into a desert; for
XIV. IT happened on a Sabbath, when he was gone
to eat at the house of one of the rulers who was a
him, a man who had a dropsy stood before him.
Pharisees, said, Is it lawful to cure on the Sab-
course, he said to them, Who amongst you, if his
6 will not immediately pull him out ? And to this
they were not able to make him a reply. 7
Observing how eager the guests were to possess the higher places at table, he gave them this injunc8 tion, When thou art invited to a wedding, do not
occupy the highest place at table, lest one more 9 considerable than thou be bidden, and he who in
vited you both come and say to thee, Give place to
this man, and thou shouldst then rise with confu· 10 sion to take the lowest place. But, when thou
Prov. 25; 7. art invited, go to the lowest place, that when he who bade thee cometh, he may say to thee, 'Friend, go up higher;' for that will do thee honour be
ch. 18; 14. 11 fore the company. For whoever exalteth himself, Mat. 23; 12.
shall be humbled; and whoever humbleth him
self, shall be exalted.
thou givest a dinner or a supper, do not invite thy
lest they also invite thee in their turn, and thou be 13 recompensed. But when thou givest an entertain
ment, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the 14 blind; and thou shalt be happy : for as they have
not wherewith to requite thee, thou shalt be re
quited at the resurrection of the righteous. 15 One of the guests hearing this said to him, Hap16 py he who shall feast in the reign of God. Jesus Mat
. 22; 2 said to him, A certain man made a great supper and 17 invited many. And at supper-time he sent his ser
vants to tell those who had been bidden to come · 18 presently'; for that all was ready. But they all,