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Matt. 13. 10.
Mar. 4. 10.
Isa. 6. 9.

Mar. 4. 14.

5 The sower went out to sow his grain ; and in sowing, part fell

by the way-side, and was crushed under foot, or picked up by 6 the birds ; part fell upon a rock, and, when it was sprung up, 7 withered away for want of moisture; part also fell among thorns, 8 and the thorns grew up and choked it; and part fell into good

soil, and sprang up, and yielded increase a hundred-fold. Hav

ing said this, he cried : Whoso hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9 And his disciples asked him, saying: What meaneth this 10 parable? He answered : It is your privilege to know the

secrets of the reign of God, which to others are couched in parables, that, though they look, they may not perceive; though

they hear, they may not understand. Matt. 13. 18. 11

Now this is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word 12 of God. By the way-side are meant those hearers out of whose

hearts the devil coming taketh away the word, less they should 13 believe and be saved. By the rock was meant those who,

when they hear, receive the word with joy, yet not having it

rooted in them, are but temporary believers; for in the time of ,14 trial they fall off. By the ground encumbered with thorns, are

meant those hearers who are entangled in the business, and pur

suits, and pleasures of life, which stifle the word, so that it 15 bringeth no fruit to maturity. But by the soil are meant those

who, having heard the word, retain it in a good and honest

heart, and persevere in bringing forth fruit. 16 A lamp is never lighted to be covered with a vessel, or put

under a bed, but to be set on a stand, that they who enter may 17 see the light. For there is no secret which shall not be discov

ered ; nor any thing concealed which shall not be known and 18 become public. Take heed, therefore, how ye hear; for to

him who hath, more shall be given : but from him who hath

not, shall be taken even that which he seemeth to bave. 19 Then his mother and brothers came to speak with him, but 20 could not get near him for the crowd. And it was told him by

some persons: Thy mother and thy brothers are without, de21 siring to see thee. But he answering, said unto them: My

mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God,

and obey it. Matt. &. 23. 22 ONE day Jesus having gone into a bark with his disciples,

said to them: Let us cross the lake. Accordingly they set 23 sail. But while they sailed he fell asleep, and there blew such

a storm upon the lake as filled the bark with water, and endan24 gered their lives. And they came to him, and awakened him,

saying: Master, Master, we perish. Then he arose and re

buked the wind, and the raging of the water : and they ceased, 25 and there was a calm. And Jesus said to them: Where is

your faith? But they said one to another with fear and ad

Matt. 5. 15.
Mar. 4. 21.
Matt. 10. 26.
Matt. 25. 29.

Matt. 12. 46.
Mar. 3. 31.

Mar. 5. 35.

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Mar. 5. I.

miration : Who is this that commandeth even the winds and 26 the water, and they obey him? And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite to Galilee.

Being come ashore, a man of the city met him who had been Matt. 9. 28. long possessed by demons, and who wore no clothes, and had no 28 habitation but the sepulchres. When he saw Jesus, he roared

out, and threw himself at his feet, crying : What bast thou to

do with me, Jesus, Son of the most High God? I beseech 29 thee, do not torment me. (For he had ordered the unclean

spirit to come out of the man ; for it had frequently seized bim,

insomuch that, when he was chained and fettered, he broke his 30 bonds, and was driven by the fiend into the desert.) Then

Jesus asked him, saying: What is thy name? He answered: 31 Legion, because many demons had 'entered into him. And 32 they entreated him that he would not command them to go into

the abyss, but, as there was a numerous herd of swine feeding

on the mountain, that he would permit them to enter into the 33 swine. And he permitted them. Then the demons, having

quitted the man, entered into the swine ; and the herd rushed 34 down a precipice into the lake, and were drowned. The

herdsmen seeing this, fled, and spread the news through the city 35 and villages. And the inhabitants flocked out to see what

had happened. Being come to Jesus, and finding the man,

of whom the demons were dispossessed, sitting at the feet of 36 Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind, they were afraid. But

having been informed by the spectators in what manner the 37 demoniac had been delivered, all the people of the country of

the Gadarenes entreated him to leave them ; for they were

struck with terror. Accordingly he re-entered the bark, and 38 returned. Now the man, out of whom the demons were gone, 39 entreated permission to attend bim. But Jesus dismissed

bim, saying: Return home and relate what great things God

hath done for thee. Then he departed, and published through 40 all the city what great things Jesus had done for him. Jesus,

at his return, was welcomed by the crowd, who were all wait

ing for him. 41 Meantime came a man named Jairus, a ruler of the syna- Matt.2. 18.

gogue, who, throwing himself at the feet of Jesus, besought him 42 to come into his house ; for he had an only daughter, about

twelve years old, who was dying. 43 As Jesus went along, the people crowded bim; and a woman, Mar. 5. 25.

who had been twelve years afflicted with an issue of blood, and

bad consumed all her living upon physicians, none of whom 44 could cure her, coming behind, touched the tuft of bis mantle ; 45 upon which her issue was stanched. Then Jesus said: "Who

touched me? When every body denied, Peter, and those with

him, answered : Master, the multitude throng and press thee, 46 and dost thou say, Who touched me?' Jesus replied:

Somebody hath touched me; for I am sensible that my power 47 was just now exerted. Then the woman perceiving that she

was discovered, came trembling, and having thrown herself prostrate, declared to him, before all the people, why she had touch

ed vim, and how she had been immediately healed ; and he said 48 to her: Daughter, take courage, thy faith hath cured thee ; go

in peace.

Mar. 5. 35.

Matt. 9. 23.

Mar. 3. 13.
Matt. 10. 7.
Mar. 6. 7.

49 While he was yet speaking, one came from the house of the

director of the synagogue, who said : Thy daughter is dead, 50 trouble not the Teacher. Jesus hearing this, said to Jairus : 51 Fear not; only believe, and she shall be well. Being come

to the house, he allowed nobody to enter with him, except Pe

ter and John and James, and the maiden's father and mother. 52 And all wept and lamented her. But he said : Weep not; 53 she is not dead, but asleep. And they derided bim, knowing 54 that she was dead. But he, having made them all retire, took 55 her by the hand, and called, saying: Maiden, arise. And her

spirit returned, and she arose immediately, and he commanded 56 to give her food. And her parents were astonished; but he

charged them not to mention to any body what had happened. Mat t.10. 1. IX. JESUS having convened the twelve, gave them power and

authority over all the demons, and to cure diseases, and 2 commissioned them to proclaim the reign of God, and to heal 3 the sick. And he said to them : Provide nothing for your

journey ; nor staves, nor bag, nor bread, nor silver, nor two Matt. 10. 11. 4 coats a-piece; and continue in whatever house ye are received

5 into, until ye leave the place. And wheresoever they will not

receive you, shake even the dust off your feet, as a protestation 6 against them. They accordingly departed, and travelled through

the villages, publishing the good tidings, and performing cures

every-where. 7 Now Herod the tetrarch having heard of all that Jesus had

done, was perplexed, because some said: John is risen from the 8 dead; some: Elijah hath appeared ; and others : One of the 9 ancient prophets is risen again. And Herod said: John I

beheaded; but who is this of whom I hear such things ? And

he was desirous to see him. Matt. 14. 13. 10 Now the apostles being returned, reported to Jesus all that

they had done : and he, taking them with him, retired privately 11 to a desert belonging to the city of Bethsaida. When the mul

titude knew it, they followed bim; and he receiving them, spoke to them concerning the reign of God, and healed those

who had need of healing. Matt. 14. 15 12 When the day began to decline, the twelve accosting him,

Acts. 13. 51.

Matt. 14. 1.
Mar. 6. 14.

Mar. 6. 32.

said: Dismiss the people, that they may go to the nearest Mar. 6; 35

towns and villages, and provide themselves in lodging and 13 food; for we are here in a desert. He answered: Supply

them yourselves with food. They replied: We have only five

loaves and two fishes; unless we go and buy victuals for all this 14 people. For they were about five thousand men. Then he

said to his disciples : Make them lie down in parties, fifty in a 15. party. And they did so, making them all lie down. Then he

took the five loaves and two fishes; and looking up to heaven,

he blessed and brake them, and gave them to his disciples to 17 set before the multitude. When all had eaten, and were satis

fied, they took up twelve baskets full of fragments.

SECTION VII.—THE TRANSFIGURATION.

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18 AFTERWARDS, Jesus, having withdrawn from the inul- Matt. 16.–13.

titude to pray apart with his disciples, asked them, saying : 19 Who do the people say that I am ? They answered : John

the Baptist ; others say, Elijah; and others, that one of the 20 ancient prophets is risen again. He said to them: But who

say ye that I am ? Peter answered: The Messiah of God. 21 Then having strictly charged them, he prohibited them from 22 telling this to any body, adding: The Son of Man must suffer

many things, and be rejected by the elders, and chief priests,

and scribes, and be killed, and rise again the third day. 23 Then he said to all the people: If any man will come under Matt. 10. 38,

my guidance, let him renounce himself, and take his cross daily, Mar. 8. 34. 24 and follow me. For whosoever would save his life, shall lose & 17. 33.

it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake, shall save it. Matt. 10. 83. 25 What will it profit a man to gain the whole world, with the for- 2 Tim. 2. 12. 26 feit or ruin of himself? For whosoever shall be ashamed of

me and of my words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed,

when he shall come in his own glory, and in that of the Father, 27 and of the holy messengers. I certify you, that there are some

standing here who shall not taste death until they see the reign

of God. 28 ABOUT eight days after this discourse, he took with him Matt. 17. 1.

Peter, and John, and James, and went up upon a mountain to 29 pray. While he prayed, the appearance of his countenance

was changed, and his raiment contracted a dazzling whiteness. 30 And behold two men of a glorious aspect, Moses and Elijah, 31 conversed with him, and spoke of the departure which he was 32 to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter, and those that were

with him, were overpowered with sleep; but when they awoke, 33 they saw his glory, and the two men who stood with him. As Vol. II.

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Matt. 17. 14.
Mar. 9. 14.

these were removing from Jesus, Peter said to him, not knowing what he said : Master, it is good for us to stay here: let us

then make three booths, one for thee, one for Moses, and one 34 for Elijah. While he was speaking, a cloud came and covered

them, and the disciples feared when those men entered the 35 cloud: from the cloud a voice came, which said: This is my 36 beloved Son, hear hiin. While the voice was uttered, Jesus

was found alone. And this they kept secret, telliny nobody in

those days aught of what they had seen. 37

The next day, when they were come down from the moun38 tain, a great multitude met hiin. And one of the crowd cried

out, saying : Rabbi, I beseech thee, take piry on my son; for 39 he is my only child. And, lo, a spirit seizeth bim, making him

instantly cry out, and fall into convulsions : so that be foameth; 40 and after he is much bruised, hardly leaveth him. And I be

sought thy disciples to expel the demon ; but they were not 41 able. Then Jesus answering, said : 0 incredulous and per

verse generation; how long shall I be with you, and suffer you ? 42 Bring thy son hither. And as he was coming, the demon dash

ed him down in convulsions. And Jesus rebuked the unclean

spirit; and having cured the child, delivered him to his father. 43 And they were all amazed at the great power of God.

While all were admiring everything which Jesus did, be Matt. 17; 22. 44 said to his disciples : Mark diligently these words : "The Son

45 of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men.' But they

understood not this language : it was veiled to them, that they might not apprehend it; and they were afraid to ask him con

cerning it. Matt. 18. 1. 46

And there arose a debate among them, which of them should 47 be the greatest. But Jesus who perceived the thought of their

heart, took a child, and placing bim near himself, said to them : 48 Whosoever shall receive this child for my sake, receiveth me;

and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth him who sent me:

for he who is least amongst you all shall be greatest. Mar. 9. 38. 49 Then John said: Master, we saw one expelling demons iss

thy name, and we forbade him, because he consorteth not with

Jesus answered : Forbid not such, for whoever is not against us, is for us. 51 NOW as the time of his removal approached, he set out

resolutely for Jerusalem, and sent messengers before, who went 52 into a village of the Samaritans to make preparation for him. 53 But they would not admit him, because they perceived he was 54 going to Jerusalem. His disciples James and John, observing

this, said: Master, wilt thou that we call down fire from heaven 55 to consume them, as Elijah did ? But he turned and rebuked 56 them, saying: Ye know not what spirit ye are of; for the Son

Mar. 9. 33.

50 us.

2 Ki. 1. 9.

Jo. 3. 17.

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