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SECT. IX. without exception, made excuses. One said, “I

have purchased a field, which I must go and see; 19 • I pray thee have me excused.? Another said, “I

• have bought five yoke of oxen, which I am go20 “ing to prove; I pray thee, have me excused.' A 21 third said, I have married a wife, and therefore I

cannot go.' The servant, being returned, related all to his master. Then the master of the house was angry, and said to his servants, 'Go forth* with into the streets and lanes of the city, and

bring in hither the poor, the maimed, the lame, 22 6 and the blind. Afterwards the servant said,

“Sir, thy orders are executed, and still there is 23 room. The master answered, 'Go out into the "highways, and along the hedges, and compel

people to come, that my house may be filled : 24 ' for I declare to you, that none of those who were

' invited shall taste of my supper.'

25 AS great multitudes travelled along with him, Mat. 10; 37

” 26 he turned to them and said, If any man come to me Mar 8; 34

and hate not his father and mother, and wife and

children, and brothers and sisters ; nay, and him.' 27 self too, he cannot be my disciple. And whoso: ever doth not follow me carrying his cross, cannot 28 be my disciple. For, which of you intending to

build a tower, doth not first by himself compute

the expense, to know whether he have wherewith 29 to complete it ; lest, having laid the foundation,

and being unable to finish, he become the derision 30 of all who see it, who will say, This man began

SECT, X.

CH. 15. 31 to build, but was not able to finish.' Or what : king going to engage another king with whom he

is at war, doth not first consult by himself, whe-
ther he can with ten thousand men, encounter him

who cometh against him with twenty thousand; 32 that, if he cannot, he may, while the other is at a 33 distance, send an embassy to sue for peace. So

then, whosoever he be of you, who doth not renounce all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is good; but if the salt become insipid, Mat. 5; 13. wherewith shall it be seasoned ? It is fit, neither for the land, nor' for the dunghill, but is thrown away. Whoso hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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SECTION X.

PARABLES.

XV. NOW all the publicans and the sinners resorted 2 to Jesus to hear him. But the Pharisees and the

scribes murmured, saying, This man admitteth

sinners, and eateth with them. 3 Then he addressed this similitude to them : Mat. 18; 12 4 What man amongst you, who hath a hundred

sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the

ninety-nine in the desert, to go after that which is 5 lost, until he find it? And having found it, doth 6 he not joyfully lay it on his shoulders, and, when

ch. 15.

SECT. I, 'he is come home, convene his friends and neigh

bours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I . 7 have found my sheep which was lost ?' Thus,

I assure you, there is greater joy in heaven for one sinner who reformeth, than for ninety-nine

righteous persons who need no reformation. 8 Or what woman, who hath ten drachmas 47, if · she lose one, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the 9 house, and search carefully, until she find it? And

having found it, doth she not assemble her female friends and neighbours, saying, “Rejoice with

'me, for I have found the drachma which I had 10 lost.' Such joy, I assure you, have the angels

of God, when any one sinner reformeth. 11 He said also, A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, · Fa

ther, give me my portion of the estate.' And · 13 he allotted to them their shares. Soon after, the

younger son gathered all together, and travelled in

to a distant country, and there wasted his substance 14 in riot. When all was spent, a great famine

came upon that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he applied to one of the inhabitants of that

country, who sent him into his fields to keep swine. 16 And he was fain to fill his belly with the husks

on which the swine were feeding; for nobody gave 17 him aught. At length, coming to himself, he said,

“How many hirelings hath my father, who have all ' more bread than sufficeth them, while I perish

47 About 6s. 3d. sterling.

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SECT. X.

CH. 15. 18 - with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and

will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against 19 heaven and thee, and am no longer worthy to be

called thy son; make me as one of thy hire20 “lings. And he arose and went to his father. . When he was yet afar off, his father saw him, and

had compassion, and ran, and threw himself upon 21 his neck, and kissed him. And the son said,

· Father, I have sinned against heaven and thee,

and am no longer worthy to be called thy son.' 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring hither

the principal robe and put it on him, and put a.. 23 ring on his finger, and shoes on his feet : bring

also the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and 24 be merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive.

again; he was lost, and is found.' So they began

to be merry. 25 Now his elder son was in the field walking

home. And as he drew near the house, he heard 26 music and dancing. He, therefore, called one of 27 the servants, and asked the reason of this. He

answered, “Thy brother is returned, and thy fa

ther hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath 28 received him in health.' And he was angry, and . would not go in; therefore his father came out. 29 and entreated him. He answering, said to his father, “These many years I have served thee, with

out disobeying thy command in any thing; yet

'thou never gavest me a kid that I might entertain 30 ‘my friends; but no sooner did this thy son re

'turn, who hath squandered thy living on pros

CH. 16.

SECT. X titutes, than thou killedst for him the fatted calf.' 31 · Son,' replied the father, “thou art always with .me, and all that I have is thine: it was but rea

sonable that we should rejoice and be merry; because this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.'

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XVI. HE said likewise to his disciples, A certain rich

man had a steward, who was accused to him of 2 wasting his estate. Having, therefore, called him, he said, “What is this that I hear of thee ? · Ren

der an account of thy management, for thou 3 shalt be steward no longer. And the steward said within himself, “What shall I do? My mas

ter taketh from me the stewardship; I cannot 4 dig, and am ashamed to beg. I am resolved

what to do, that when I am discarded, there

may be some who will receive me into their 5 houses. Having therefore sent severally for all

his master's debtors, he asked one, “How much 6 owest thou to my master ?' He answered, “A

hundred baths of oil 48. * Take back thy bill,' said the steward, sit down directly, and write one ny for fifty.' Then he asked another, How much

owest thou ?' He answered, “A hundred ho8 mers 49 of wheat.' "Take back thy bill,' said he,

and write one for eighty.' The master commended the prudence of the unjust steward; for

18 A bath thought equal to 7 1.half English gallons.

49 A homer to 75 1.half gallons.

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