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field, which I must go and see; I pray thee have me excused.' 19 Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, which I am 20 going to prove; I pray thee have me excused.' A third said, 21 'I have married a wise, and therefore I cannot go.', The ser
vant 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 22 tbe poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind. After
wards the servant said, “Sir, thy orders are executed, and 23 still there is room. The master answered, 'Go out into the
bighways, and along the hedges, and compel people to come, 'X 24 that my house may be filled : for I declare to you, that none of those who were invited shall taste of my supper.'
Mate 10:37. 25 AS great multitudes travelled along with him, he turned to Mar. 8. 34. 26 them and said : If any man come to me, and hate not his fa
ther and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sis27 ters, nay, and himself too, he cannot be my disciple. And
whosoever doth not follow me carrying his cross, cannot be my 28 disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, doth
not first by himself compute the expense, to know whether he 29 have wherewith to complete it ; lest, having laid the foundation,
and being unable to finish, he become the derision of all who 30 see it, who will say, 'This man began to build, but was not 31 able to finish? Or what king going to engage another king with
whom he is at war, doth not first consult by himself, whether
he can with ten thousand men encounter him who cometh 42 against him with twenty thousand ; that, if he cannot, he may,
while the other is at a distance, send an embassy to sue for
peace? So, then, whosoever he be of you who doth not re- Matt. 5. 13. 34 nounce all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is
good; but if the salt become insipid, wherewith shall it be sea35 soned ? It is fit, neither for the land, nor for the dung-hill, but
is thrown away. Whoso hath ears to hear, let him hear.
XV. NOW all the publicans and the sinners resoried to Jesus 2 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 : What man Matt. 18. 12. 4 amongst you that hath a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them,
doth not leave the ninety-nine in the desert, to go after that 5 which is lost, until he find it? And having found it, doth he 6 not joyfully lay it on his shoulders, and, when he is come home,
convene his friends and neighbors, saying to them, · Rejoice 7 with me, for I 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,* if she lose one,
doth not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and search care9 fully until she find it? And having found it, doth she not
assemble her female friends and neighbors, saying, “Rejoice 10 with me, for I have found the drachma which I had 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. And the youn12 ger of them said to his father, “Father, give me my portion of 13 the estate.' And he allotted to them their shares. Soon after,
the younger son gathered all together, and travelled into a dis14 tant country, and there wasted his substance in riot. When all
was spent, a great famine came upon that land, and he began 15 to be in want. Then he applied to one of the inhabitants of 16 that country, who sent bim into the fields to keep swine. And
he was fain to fill his belly with the husks on which the swine 17 were feeding ; for nobody gave him aught. At length coming
to himself, he said, “How many birelings hath my father, who
have all more bread than sufficeth them, while I perish with 18 hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto
him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and thee, and an no 19 longer worthy to be called thy son; make me as one of thy 20 hirelings.' And he arose and went to his father. · When he
was yet afar off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran 21 and threw himself upon his neck, and kissed him. And the son
said, ' Father, I have sinned against heaven and thee, and am 22 no longer worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to
his servants, · Bring hither the principal robe and put it on him, 23 and put a ring on his finger, and shoes on his feet : bring also 24 the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and 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 26 he drew near the house, he heard music and dancing. He,
therefore called one of the servants, and asked the reason of 27 this. He answered, “Thy brother is returned, and thy father
hath killed the fatted call, because he hath received him in 28 health. And he was angry, and would not go in; therefore 29 his father came out and entreated him. He answering, said to
his father, · These many years I have served thee, without disobeying thy command in any thing; yet thou never gavest me
* About one dollar and thirty-nine cents.
30 a kid that I might entertain my friends : but no sooner did this
thy son return, who hath squandered thy living on prostitutes, 31 than thou killedst for him the fatted calf.' 'Son,' replied the
father, 'thou art always with me, and all that I have is thine : 22 it was but reasonable that we should rejoice and be merry; be, cause this thy brother was dead, and is alive again ; he was
lost, and is found.' XVI. He said likewise to his disciples : A certain rich man had 2 a steward, who was accused to him of wasting his estate. Hav
ing therefore called him, he said, “What is this that I hear of
thee? Render an account of thy management, for thou shalt 3 be steward no longer.' And the steward said within himself,
• What shall I do? My master taketh from me the steward4 ship; I cannot dig, and an ashamed to beg. I am resolved
what to do, that when I am discarded, there may be some who 5 will receive me into their houses. Having therefore sent seve 6 erally for all his master's debtors, he asked one, · How much
owest thou to my master ?' He answered, 'A hundred baths
of oil.'* " Take back thy bill,' said the steward, sit down di7 rectly, and write one for fifty.' Then he asked another · How much owest thou ?' He answered, 'A hundred homerst of
wheat.' Take back thy bill,' said he,' and write one for eighty.' 8 The master commended the prudence of the unjust steward;
for the children of this world are more prudent in conducting 6 their affairs than the children of light. Therefore I say unto
you, With the deceitful mammon procure to yourselves friends, who, after your discharge may receive you into the eternal
mansions. 10 Whoso is faithful in little, is faithful also in much; and who11 so is unjust in little, is unjust also in much. If therefore ye
have not been honest in the deceitful, who will intrust you with 12 the true riches? And if ye have been unfaithful managers for
another, who will give you any thing to manage for yourselves? 13 A servant cannot serve two masters ; for either he will hate Matt. 6. 24,
one, and love the other, or at least will attend one, and neglect
the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 14. When the Pharisees, who loved money, heard all these things, 15 they ridiculed him. But he said unto them: As for you, ye
make yourselves pass upon men for righteous, but God knoweth your hearts; for that which is admired by men is abhorred of
God. 16 Ye had the law and the prophets until the coming of John, Matt. 11. 12.
since whose time the kingdom of God is announced, and every
you, whails them of ibided the
* A bath thought equal to 74 English gallons.
Mar. 10. 11.
Matt. 5. 18. 17 occupant entereth it by force. But sooner shall heaven and
earth perish, than one tittle of the law shall fail. Matt. 5. 32. 18 Whoever divorceth his wife, and taketh another, committeth
adultery; and whoever marrieth the divorced woman, committeth adultery.
There was a certain rich man who wore purple and fine lin20 en, and feasted splendidly every day. There was also a poor
man named Lazarus covered with sores, that was laid at his 21 gate ; and was fain to feed on the crumbs which fell from the
rich man's table : yea, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 It happened that the poor man died, and was conveyed by an
gels to Abraham's bosom : the rich man also died, and was 23 buried. And in hades, being in torments, he looked up, and
saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom, and cried, 24 saying, “ Have pity on me, father Ahraham, and send Lazarus
to dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I 25 am tortured in this flame. Abraham answered, 'Son, remem
ber that thou, in thy life-time, receivedst good things, and
Lazarus received evil things; but now he is in joy, and thou 26 art in torments. Besides, there lieth a huge gulf betwixt us
and you, so that they who would pass hence to you, cannot ; 27 neither can they pass to us who would come thence. The
other replied, ' I entreat thee then, father, to send him to my 28 father's house ; for I have five brothers; that he may admonish 29 them, lest they also come into this place of torment.' Abra30 ham answered, · They have Moses and the prophets, let them
hear them.' . Nay,' said he, ' father Abraham, but if one went 31 to them from the dead, they would reform. Abraham replied,
• If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one should arise from the dead.'
SECTION XI.-INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS.
Mar. 9. 42.
Matt. 18. 21 Ecclus. 19. 13.
XVII. THEN Jesus said to his disciples: It is impossible to Matt. 18. 2 exclude snares entirely, but wo unto him who insnareth. It
would be more eligible for him to have an upper millstone fastened to his neck, and to be cast into the sea, than to insnare
any of these little ones. 1. 3 Take heed to yourselves: if thy brother trespass against 4 thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him; and if he
trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in
a day return to thee, saying, ' I repent,' thou shalt forgive him. 20. 5 Then the apostles said to the Lord : Increase our faith.
6 He answered : If ye had faith, though it were but as a grain of
mustard-seed, ye might say to this sycamine, · Be extirpated and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
Matt. 17. 20.
en; afterwardkyself, and ser and not 'racheme, imme
7 Would any of you, who hath a servant ploughing or feeding
cattle, say to him, on his return from the field, • Come imme8 diately, and place thyself at table ?' and not rather,Make
ready my supper; gird thyself, and serve me, until I have eaten 9 and drunken; afterwards thou mayest eat and drink. Is he 10 obliged to that servant for obeying his orders? I suppose not.
In like manner say ye, when ye have done all that is commanded you, 'We thy servants have conferred no favor; we have
done only what we were bound.' 11 NOW, in travelling to Jerusalem, he passed through the 12 confines of Samaria and Galilee, and being about to enter a
certain village, there met him ten lepers, who stood at a dis13. tance, and cried out, Jesus, Master, take pity upon us. When Lev. 14. 2.
he saw them, he said to them: Go, show yourselves to the 15 priests. And as they went they were cleansed. And one of
them perceiving that he was healed, turned back, glorifying 16 God aloud. Then throwing himself prostrate at the feet of
Jesus, he returned him thanks: now this man was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus said : Were not ten cleansed? Where then are the 18 other pine? Have none returned glory to God, except this 19 alien ? And lie said to him : Arise, go thy way, thy faith hath
cured thee. 20 Being questioned by the Pharisees when the reign of God
should commence, he answered: The reign of God is not ush21 ered in with parade; nor shall people say, “Lo here !' or 'Lo
yonder ! for behold the reign of God is within you. 22 Then he said to his disciples : The time will come when ye
shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and 23 shall not see it.
han Matt. 24. 23. But when they say to you, 'Lo here,' or Mar. 13. 21. 24 · Lo yonder,' go not out to follow them. For as the light
ning flasheth in an instant from one extremity of the sky to
the other, so will the appearance of the Son of Man be in his 25 day. But first he must suffer much, and be rejected of this 26 generation. And, as it happened in Noah's days, it will also Matt. 24. 37. 27 happen in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank,
they married and were given in marriage, until the day that
Noah entered the ark, when the deluge came and destroyed 28 them all. In like manner as it was in the days of Lot, they
ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they 29 built; but on the day that Lot lest Sodom, it rained fire and Gen. 19. 24. 30 brimstone from heaven, which destroyed them all. So will it. 31 also be on the day when the Son of Man shall appear. On
that day, let not him who shall be on the house-top, having his
furniture in his house, come down to take it away. Let not 32 him who shall be in the field, return home. Remember Lot's Matt. 10.39. wise. Whosoever shall seek to save his life, shall lose it; and Mar. 8. 35. VOL. II.