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Luke v. 17–26. 18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy ;

and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.

19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went upon the house-top,

and let him down through the tiling, with his couch, into the midst before Jesus.

20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him,

Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying,

Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

22 But when Jesus perceived

Matt. ix. 2-8. their thoughts,

Mark ii. 1-12. they so reasoned within themselves,

said, Wherefore he said unto them, Why think ye evil

reason ye these things in your hearts?

in your hearts ? 5 For whether is easier to say,

9 Whether is it easier to say

to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; Thy sins be forgiven thee: or to say, Arise,

or to say, Arise,

and take up thy bed, and walk?

and walk ? 6 But that ye may know

10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath

that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive power on earth to forgive sins,

sins, (then saith he to the sick of

(he saith to the sick of the palsy,)

the palsy,)

11 I say unto thee,

Arise, and take up thy bed,

take up thy bed, and go unto thine

and go thy way into thine house.

house. 7 And he

12 And immediately he arose, arose,

took up the bed, and went

and departed forth before them all ; to his house.

Arise,

8 But when the multitude insomuch that saw it, they

they marvelled,

were all amazed, and glorified God,

and glorified God, which had given such power saying, We never saw it on unto men.

this fashion.

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and walk ?

24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins,

(he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I

say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go unto thine house.

25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay,

and departed to his own house, glorifying God.

26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to-day.

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THE CALLING OF ST. MATTHEW

Luke v. 27, 28. 27 And after these things he went forth,

and saw a publican, named
Levi,
sitting at the receipt of cus-
tom; and he said unto him,
Follow me.
28 And he left all,

rose up, and followed him.

* See Vol. Nativity, pp. 507–510.

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