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of Man is come, not to destroy men, but to save them. Then they went to another village.

As they were on the way, one said to him : Master, I will Matt. 8. 19. 58 follow thee whithersoever thou goest. Jesus answered : The

foxes have caverns, and the birds of the air bave places of shelter, but the Son of Man hath not where to repose his head.

He said to another: Follow me. He answered: Sir, permit Matt. 8. 21. 60 me first to go and bury my father. Jesus replied: Let the.

dead bury their dead, but go thou and publish the reign of

God. 61 Another likewise said: I will follow thee, Sir, but first per62 mit me to take leave of my family. Jesus answered: No man

who, having put his hand to the plough, looketh behind him, is fit for the kingdom of God.

AFTERWARDS the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two and two before him, into every city, and 2 place whither he intended to go. And he said to them: The Matt. 9. 37..

harvest is plentiful, but the reapers are few : pray, therefore,

the Lord of the harvest, that he would send laborers to reap it. 3 Go, then ; behold I send you forth as lambs amongst wolves. Matt. 10. 18. 4 Carry no purse, nor bag, nor shoes, and salute no person by the Mar. 6.8. 5 way. Whatever house ye enter, say, first, 'Peace be to this 6 house. And if a son of peace be there, your peace shall rest Matt. 10. 12. 7 upon him; if not, it shall return upon yourselves. But remain

in the same house, eating and drinking such things as it affordeth ;.

for the workman is worthy of his wages: go not from house to "* 8 house. And whatever city ye enter, if they receive you, eat

such things as are set before you ; cure the sick, and say to 9 them, "The reign of God coineth upon you.' But whatever Acts, 13. 51. 10 city ye enter, if they do not receive you, go out into the streets

and say, 'The very dirt of your streets, which cleaveth to us,

we wipe off against you : know, however, that the reign of God 12 cometh upon you.' 'I assure you, that the condition of Sodom

shall be more tolerable on that day, than the condition of that

city. 13 Wo unto thee Chorazin; wo unto thee Bethsaida ; for if Matt. 11. 21..

the miracles which have been performed in you, had been per

formed in Tyre and Sidon, they had repented long ago, sitting 14 in sackcloth and ashes. Wherefore the condition of Tyre and

Sidon shall be more tolerable in the judgment than yours. 15 And thou, Capernaum, which hast been exalted to heaven, shalt 16 be thrown down to hades. He that heareth you, heareth me; Matt. 10.40

and he that rejecteth you, rejecteth me; and he that rejecteth ".

me, rejecteth him who sent me. 17 And the seventy returned with joy, saying: Master, even the 18 demons are subject unto us, through thy name. He said to them :

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19 I beheld Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Lo, I empower

you to tread on serpents and scorpions, and all the might of the 20 enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, rejoice not

in this, that the spirits are subject unto you ; but rejoice that Matt. 11. 25. 21 your names are enrolled in heaven. At that time Jesus was

joyful in spirit, and said: I adore thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because having bidden these things from sages and the learned, thou hast revealed them unto babes. Yes,

Father, because such is thy pleasure. My Father hath impart& 10. 15.

ed every thing to me; and none knoweth who the Son is, ex

cept the Father ; nor who the Father is, except the Son, and Matt. 31. 16. 23 he to whom the Son will reveal him. Then turning, he said

24 apart to bis disciples : Blessed are the eyes which see what ye

see: For I assure you that many prophets and kings have wished to see the things which ye see, but have not seen them, and

to hear the things which ye hear, but have not heard them. Matt. 22. 35. 25 THEN a lawyer stood up, and said, trying bim : Rabbi,

26 what must I do to obtain eternal life? Jesus said unto him :

What doth the law prescribe? What readest thou there? Mar. 12. 28. 27 He answered : “ Thou shalt love the Lord* thy God with all

thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and 28 with all ihy mind, and thy neighbor as thyself.” Jesus re

plied: Thou hast answered right. Do this, and thou shalt live. 29 But he, desirous to appear blameless, said to Jesus : Who 30 is my neighbor? Jesus said in return: A man of Jerusalem

travelling to Jericho, sell among robbers, who having stripped 31 and wounded him, went away, leaving him half dead. A priest

accidentally going that way, and seeing him, passed by on the 32 further side. Likewise a Levite on the road, when he came 33 near the place and saw him, passed by on the further side. But

à certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was, and

when he saw bim he had compassion, and went up to him, and 34 having poured oil and wine into his wounds, he bound them

up. Then he set him on his own beast, brought him to an inn, 35 and took care of him. On the morrow, when he was going

away, he took out two denarii,t and giving them to the host,

said, “Take care of this man, and whatever thou spendest more, 36 when I return, I will repay thee.” Now which of these three,

thinkest thou, was neighbor to him who fell among the robbers ? 37 The lawyer answered : He who took pity upon him. Then

said Jesus: Go thou, and do in like manner. 38 AND as they travelled he went into a village, I where a wo39 man nained Martha entertained him at her house. She bad

a sister called Mary, who sat at the feet of Jesus, listening to

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40 his discourse to him and said

Bid her there for

40 his discourse : But Martha, who was much cumbered about

serving, came to him and said : Master, carest thou that my 41 sister leaveth me to serve alone ? Bid her therefore assist me.

Jesus answering, said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art anx42 ious, and troublest thyself about many things. One thing only

is necessary : And Mary hath chosen the good part which shall
not be taken from her.

SECTION VIII.-THE CHARACTER OF THE PHARISEES.

XI. IT happened that Jesus was praying in a certain place ;

and when he had done, one of his disciples said to him : Master, 2 teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. He an- Matt. 6. 9.

swered : When ye pray, say, '[Our] Father, (who art in hea

ven), thy name be hallowed; thy reign come ; [thy will be done 3 upon the earth, as it is in heaven); give us each day our daily 4 bread; and forgive us our sins, for even we forgive all who

offend us; and abandon us not to temptation, [but preserve us

from evil).' 5 Moreover, he said unto them: Should one of you have a friend,

and go to him at midnight, and say, ' Friend, lend me three 6 loaves; for a friend of mine is come off bis road to see me, and

I have nothing to set before him :' and he from within should 7 answer, 'Do not disturb me; the door is now locked; I and 8 my children are in bed ; I cannot rise to give thee:' I tell you,

if the other continue knocking, though he will not rise and

supply him because he is bis friend, he will, because of his im9 portunity, get up, and give him as many as he wanteth. 1 &

likewise tell you, Ask, and ye shall obtain ; seek, and ye shall Mar. 11. 24. 10 find; knock, and the door shall be opened to you: for who- Ja. 1. 5.

soever asketh, obtaineth ; whosoever seeketh, findeth ; and to 11 every one who knocketh, the door is opened. What father

amongst you would give his son a stone, when he asketh bread;

or when he asketh a fish, would, instead of a fish give him a 12 serpent; or, when he asketh an egg, would give him a scor13 pion? If ye, therefore, bad as ye are, can give good things to

your children; how much more will your Father give from

heaven the Holy Spirit to them that ask him ? 14 ONE time he was expelling a demon which caused dumb- Matt. 9: 32.

dumhopeloond & 12. 22. ness; and when the demon was gone out, the dumb spake, and 15 the people wondered. Some however said : He expelleth Mar. 3. 22. 16 demons by Beelzebub prince of the demons. (Oihers, to try 17 him, asked of him a sign in the sky.) But he knowing their

thoughts, said to them : By intestine broils any kingdom may 18 be desolated, one family falling after another. Now, if there

Matt. 7.7. & 21. 22.

Jo. 16. 24.

2 Pet. 2. 20. Heb. 6. 4. & 10. 26.

be intestine broils in the kingdom of Satan, how can that king

dom subsist? for ye say that I expel demons by Beelzebub. 19 Moreover, if I by Beelzebub expel demons, by whom do your

sons expel them? Wherefore they shall be your judges. 20 But if I by the finger of God expel demons, the reign of God 21 hath overtaken you. When the strong one armed guardeth his 22 palace, his effects are secure. But, if he who is stronger shall

attack and overcome him, he will strip him of his armor on 23 which he relied, and dispose of his spoils. He who is not for

me, is against me; and he who gathereth not with me, seat

tereth. Matt. 12. 43. 24 The unclean spirit, when he is gone out of a man, wandereth

over parched deserts, in search of a resting-place. But not find

ing any, he saith, I will return to my house whence I came.' 25. Being come, he findeth it swept and furnished. Whereupon

he goeth, and bringeth seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and having entered, they dwell there; and the last

state of that man becometh worse than the first. 27 While he was saying these things, a woman raising her voice,

cried to him from amid the crowd: Happy the womb which 28 bore thee, and the breasts which suckled thee. Say, rather,

replied he : Happy they who hear the word of God and obey it. Matt. 12. 38. 29 When the people crowded together, he said : This is an

evil generation. They demand a sign; but no sign shall be 30 given them, save the sign of the Prophet Jonah. For as Jo

nah was a sign to the Ninevites, so shall the Son of Man be to 1.31 this generation. The queen of the South* country will arise

in the judgment against the men of this generation, and cause them to be condemned; because she came from the extremi

ties of the earth to hear the wise discourses of Solomon ; and Jon. 3. 5. 32 behold here is something greater than Solomon. The men of

Nineveh will stand up in the judgment against this generation, and cause it to be condemned; because they repented when warned by Jonah : and behold here is something greater than

Jonah. Matt. 5. 15. 33 A lamp is lighted, not to be concealed, or put under a Corn Matt. 6. 22. measure, but on a stand, that they who enter may have light.

34 The lamp of the body is the eye: when, therefore, thine eye

is sound, thy whole body is enlightened; but when thine eye is 35 distempered, thy body is in darkness. Take heed, then, lest 36 the light which is in thee be darkness. If thy whole body, ; therefore, be enlightened, having no part dark, the whole will

be so enlightened as when a lamp lighteth thee by its flame. 37 While he was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with

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38 him. And he went and placed himself at the table. But the

Pharisee was surprised to observe, that he used no washing be39 fore dinner. Then the Lord said to him: As for you, Phari- Matt. 23. 2.

sees, ye cleanse the outside of your cups and dishes, while ye 40 yourselves are inwardly full of rapacity and malevolence. Un

thinking men! did not he who made the outside, make the in41 side also ? Only give in almas what ye have, and all things shall

be clean unto you. 42 Wo unto you, Pharisees, because ye pay the tithe of mint Matt. 23. 23.

and rue, and every kind of herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These things ye ought to have practised, and not to have omitted those.

Wo unto you, Pharisees, because ye love the most conspicu- Matt. 23. &

ous seat in synagogues, and salutations in public places. 44 Wo unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because ye

are like concealed graves, over which people walk without

knowing it. 45 Here one of the lawyers interposing, said : By speaking thus, 46 Rabbi, thou reproachest us also. Ile answered: Wo unto Matt. 23: 4.

you, lawyers, also, because ye lade men with intolerable burdens, burdens which ye yourselves will not so much as touch

with one of your fingers. 47 Wo unto you, because ye build the monuments of the pro- Mart. 23. 29. 48 phets, whom your fathers killed. Surely ye are both vouch

ers and accessories to the deeds of your fathers; for they kill

ed thein, and ye build their monuments. 49 Wherefore, thus saith the wisdom of God, I will send them pro- Matt. 23. 34.

phets and apostles ; some of them they will kill, otbers they will 50 banish; insomuch that the blood of all the prophets which hath

been shed since the formation of the world sball be required of 51 this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zecha- Gen. 4, 8.

riah, who fell between the altar and the house of God. Yes, 2Chr. 24. 20.

I assure you, all shall be required of this generation. 52 Wo unto you, lawyers, because ye have carried off the key Matt. 23. 13.

of knowledge : ye have not entered yourselves, and those who

were entering, ye hindered. 53 While he spake these things, the Scribes and the Pharisees

began vehemently to press him with questions on many points ; 54 laying snares for him, in order to draw from bis own mouth

matters of accusation against him. XII. MEANTIME, while the crowd in myriads flocked about

him, insomuch that they trod upon one another, he said, address- Ma

ing himself to his disciples : Above all things beware of the Matt. 10. 26. 2 leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing

covered that shall not be detected; nothing secret that shall 3 not be known. What ye have spoken in the dark, shall be re

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