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Lu. 8: 41.

Lu, 8; 34.

legion sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind, they were 16 afraid. And those who had seen the whole, having related to

them what had happened to the demoniac, and to the swine; 17. they entreated him to leave their territories. As he entered

the bark, the man who had been possessed begged permission 19 to attend him. Jesus, however, did not permit him, but said :

Go home to thy relations, and tell them what great things the 20 Lord in pity hath done for thee. Accordingly he departed,

publishing in Decapolis* what great things Jesus had done for

him. And all were amazed. 21 Jesus having repassed in the bark, a great crowd gathered Matt. 9: 18. 22 round him while he was on the shore. Then came one of the

directors of the synagogue, named Jairus, who seeing him,

threw himself at his feet, and entreated him earnestly, saying : 23 My little daughter is in extreme danger; I pray thee come and

lay thy hands upon her to recover her, and she will be well. 24 And Jesus went with him, followed by a great multitude, who

thronged him. 25 And a woman who had been twelve years distressed with an Matt. 9: 19. 26 issue of blood, who had suffered much from several physicians,

and had spent her all without receiving any relief, but rather 27 growing worse, having heard of Jesus, came in the crowd be28 bind, and touched his mantle; for she had said, If I but 29 touch his clothes, I shall recover.' Instantly the source of her

distemper was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was 30 delivered from that scourge. Jesus immediately, conscious of

the virtue which had issued from him, turned towards the 31 crowd, saying: Who touched my clothes ? His disciples an

swered, Thou seest how the multitude throng thee; yet thou say32 est, · Who touched me?' But he looked round him to see her 33 who had done it. Then the woman knowing the change

wrought upon her, came trembling with fear, threw herself pros34 trate before him, and confessed the whole truth. But he said Lu. 7: 50.

to her, Daughter, thy faith bath cured thee; go in peace, re

leased from this scourge. 35 Ere he had done speaking, messengers came from the house Lu. 8: 49.

of the director of the synagogue, who said : Thy daughter is

dead, why shouldst thou trouble the teacher any further? 36 Jesus hearing this message delivered, said immediately to the 37 director : Fear not; only believe. And he allowed nobody 10

follow him except Peter and James, and John the brother of 38 James. Being arrived at the director's house, and seeing the 39 tumult, and the people weeping and wailing immoderately, he Matt.

said to them, as he entered, Why do ye weep, and make a

latt. 9: 23.

* A district of ten cities.

40 bustle ? the child is not dead, but asleep. And they derided

him. But having made them all go out, he took with him the

child's father and mother, and those who came with him; and 41 be entered the chamber, where she was lying, and, taking her

by the hand, said to her: Talitha cumi, (which signifieth, 42 • Damsel, arise,') I command thee. Immediately the damsel

arose and walked, for she was twelve years old; and they were 43 confounded with astonishment. But he strictly enjoined them

not to mention it to any body, and ordered that something should be given her to eat.

SECTION III.--THE FIRST MISSION OF THE APOSTLES.

Lu. 4; 16.

Jo. 6: 42.

Matt. 10; 1.
Lu. 9; 1.
ch. 3: 14.

And having ca them pove for their i

Matt. 13: 54. VI. JESUS leaving that place, went to his own country, ac

2 companied by his disciples. And on the Sabbath he taught in

their synagogues, and many who heard him said with astonishment: Whence hath this man these abilities? what wisdom is

this which he hath gotten? and how are so great miracles per3 formed by him ? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary,

the brother of James and Joses, and Judas and Simon? Are

not his sisters also here with us? And they were scandalized Jo. 4; 44. 4 at him. But Jesus said to them: A prophet is nowhere dis

regarded, except in his own country, and amongst his own re5 lations, and in his own house. And he could do no miracle

there, except curing a few sick, by laying his hands on them. 6 And he wondered at their unbelief. 7 And he went through the neighboring villages teaching.

And having called to him the twelve, he sent them out two by 8 two, and gave them power over the unclean spirits ; and order

ed them to take nothing for their journey but a single staff, no 9 bag, no bread, and in their girdle no money ; to be shod with 10 sandals, and not to put on two coats. He said also : Whatever

house ye enter in any place, continue in that house until ye 11 leave the place. But wheresoever they will not receive you,

nor hear you, shake off the dust under your feet at your departure, as a protestation against them. Verily I say unto you, the condition of Sodom and Gomorra shall be more tolera

ble on the day of judgment than the condition of that city. 12 And being departed, they publicly warned men to reform; and 13 expelled many demons, and cured many sick persons, anointing

them with oil. Matt. 14:1. 14 And king Herod heard of him, (for his name was become

famous), and said : John the baptizer is raised from the dead, 15 and therefore miracles are performed by him. Others said :

It is Elijah. Others : It is a prophet like those of ancient

Acts 13: 51.

Lu. 9: 7.

20; 21.

16 times. But when Herod heard of him, he said : This is John

whom I beheaded. He is raised from the dead. 17 For Herod had caused John to be apprehended and kept Matt. 14; 3.

bound in prison, on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's 18 wise, whom he had himself married. For Jobo had said to

Herod : It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. Lev. 18: 16. 19 Now this roused Herodias' resentment, who would have killed 20 John, but could not, because Herod respected him, and, know

ing him to be a just and holy man, protected him, and did ma

ny things recommended by him, and heard him with plea21 sure. At length a favorable opportunity offered, which was

Herod's birth-day, when he made an entertainment for the

great officers of his court and army, and the persons of dis22 tinction in Galilee. For the daughter of Herodias came in

and danced before them, and pleased Herod and his guests so

much, that the king said to the damsel : Ask whatever thou 23 wilt, and I will give it thee; nay, he swore to her: Whatso

ever thou shalt ask, I will give thee, were it the half of my 24 kingdom. And she withdrew and said to her mother: What

shall I ask? She answered: The head of John the Bap25 tist. Her daughter then, returning hastily to the king, made

this request : I would that thou give me presently in a basin 26 the head of John the Baptist. And the king was much griev

ed: however, from a regard to his oath, and his guests, he 27 would not refuse her, but immediately dispatched a sentinel 28 with orders to bring the Baptist's head. Accordingly he went

and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a ba

sin, and presented it to the damsel ; and the damsel presented 29 it to her mother. When his disciples heard this, they went and

fetched his corpse, and laid it in a monument. 30 NOW the Apostles, being assembled, related every thing Lu. 9; 10.

to Jesus, both what they had done and what they had taught. Matt. 31 And he said to them: Come ye apart into a desert place, and

rest awhile ; for there were so many coming and going, that 32 they had not leisure so much as to eat. And they retired by 33 ship to a desert place to be by themselves. But many who saw

them depart, and knew whither they were sailing, ran out of

all the cities, and got thither by land before them, and came 34 together to him. Jesus being landed, saw a great multitude, Matt. 9; 36.

and had compassion on them ; because they were as a flock

which hath no shepherd; and he taught them many things. 35 When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said ; This Matt. 14; 15. 36 is a desert place, and it is now late; dismiss the people, that Jo.

they may go to the neighboring farms and villages, and buy 37 themselves bread, for they have nothing to eat. He answer

ing, said unto them; Supply them yourselves. They replied :

Matt. 14; 13.

6; 1.

Lu. 9; 12.
Jo. 6: 5.

Matt. 14;
Jo. 6; 16.

Shall we go and give two hundred denarii* for bread, in or38 der to supply them? He said to thein: How many loaves 39 have ye? go and see. Upon inquiry they answered: Five,

and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all the

people lie down upon the green grass in separate companies, 40 And they formed themselves into squares, by hundreds and by 41 fifties. Then Jesus taking the five loaves and the two fishes,

and looking up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and 42 gave then to his disciples to set before the multitude. He dis43 tributed also the two fishes among them all. When they all

had eaten and were satisfied, they carried off twelve baskets 44 full of the fragments of the bread and of the fishes. Now they

who ate of the loaves were five thousand men. 16.; 22 45 And immediately he obliged his disciples to embark, and pass

over before towards Bethsaida, while he dismissed the people. 46 And having sent them away, he retired to the mountain to 47 pray. In the evening, the bark being in the midst of the sea, 48 and he alone on the land, he observed them toiling at the oar,

for the wind was against them : and about the fourth watch of

the nightt he went to them, walking upon the water, and seemed 49 intending to pass by them. When they saw him walking upon

the sea, they thought it was an apparition, and cried out: 50 For they all saw him, and were terrified; but he immediately

spake to them saying: Take courage, it is I, be not afraid. 51 And having gone aboard to them, the wind ceased, which struck 52 them still more with astonishment and admiration : for their

minds were so stupified, that they never reflected upon the

. loaves. Matt. 14; 34. 53 When they had crossed, they came to the territory of Gene

54 saret,f where they landed. And being come ashore, the people 55 knew him, and ran through all the country, carrying the sick 56 on couches to every place where they heard he was. And what

ever village, or city, or town he entered, they laid the diseased in the streets, and besought him that they might touch were it but a tuft of his mantle; and whosoever touched him were healed.

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Mett. 25: 1. VII. NOW the Pharisees and some Scribes who came from

2 Jerusalem, resorted to Jesus. When these observed some of

his disciples eating with impure (that is, unwashen) hands,

* About L. 6. 58. sterling. Between three and six in the morning. | In the Old Testament Chinnereth.

Deut. 5; 16.
Ex. 21: 17.

* Pro. 20; 20

3 they found fault. For the Pharisees, and indeed all the Jews

who observe the tradition of the elders, eat not until they have 4 washed their hands, by pouring a little water upon them; and

if they be come from the market, by dipping them; and many

other usages there are which they have adopted, as baptisms 5 of cups and pots, and brazen vessels and beds. Then the

Pharisees and the scribes asked him: Whence cometh it that

thy disciples observe not the tradition of the elders, but eat 6 with unwashen hands? He answering, said unto them: 0 hy

pocrites, well do ye suit the character which Isaiah gave of

you, when he said, “This people honoreth me with their lips ; Ita. 28; 13. 7 but their heart is estranged from me. In vain, however, they

worship me, while they teach institutions merely human.' 8 For, laying aside the commandment of God, ye retain the

traditions of men, baptisms of pots and cups, and many other 9 the like practices. Ye judge well, continued he, in annulling

the commandment of God, to make room for your tradition. Ex. 20; 12. 10 For Moses bath said, “Honor thy father and thy mother,' and Be

Whosoever revileth father or mother shall be punished with Lev. 20; 9. 11 death. But ye maintain, If a man say to father or mother,

· Be it corban (that is, devoted) whatever of mine shall pro12 fit thee;' he must not thenceforth do aught for bis father or 13 his mother; thus invalidating the word of God by the tradi

tion which ye have established. And in many other instances

ye act thus. 14 Then having called the whole multitude, he said to them : Matt. 15; 10. 15 Hearken to me all of you, and be instructed. There is no

thing from without which, entering into the man, can pollute

bim; but the things which proceed from within the man, are 16 the things that pollute him. If any man have ears to hear, let

bim hear. 17 When he had withdrawn from the people into the house, his Matt. 15; 15. 18 disciples asked him the meaning of that sentence. He answer

ed : Are ye also void of understanding ? Do ye not conceive,

that whatsover from without entereth into the man, cannot pol19 lute him; because it entereth not into his heart, but into his bel20 ly, whence all impurities in the victuals pass into the sink. But,

added he, that which proceedeth out of the man, is what pol21 luteth the man : for from within the human heart proceed vi22 cious machinations, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, in

satiable desires, malevolence, fraud, immodesty, envy, ca23 lumny, arrogance, levity. All these evils issue from within,

and pollute the man. 24 Then he arose and went to the frontiers of Tyre and Sidon : Matt. 15; 21.

and having entered a house, he desired that none might know of 25 him; but he could not be concealed. For a woman whose little

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