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35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughterin-law against her mother-inlaw.

36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross m and followeth after me,n is not worthy of me.

39 He that findeth o his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

40 He that receiveth you, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that

sent me.

41 He that receiveth a pro

m That taketh not his cross, That will not endure self-denial, affliction, and persecution, for the sake of the Gospel.

And followeth after me. To follow Christ is to imitate his example. • Findeth his life, preserveth his life.

sent forth to preach. phet in the name of a prophet, shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man, shall receive a righteous man's reward.

42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, He shall in no wise lose his reward.


2 John sendeth his disciples to Christ. The testimony of Christ concerning John. 20 Christ upbraideth the unthankfulness and impenitence of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, 25 and praiseth his Father's wisdom in revealing the Gospel to the simple.

AND it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence, to teach and to preach in their cities.

2 Now, when John had heard in the prison a the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, b or do we look for another?

4 Jesus answered, and said

a In prison. John the Baptist was imprisoned, because he objected to the marriage of Herod with Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip; see Matt. xiv. 3, &c. and Mark, vi. 17.

b He that should come. The Messiah or Christ the Saviour.

Christ's testimony

S. Matthew. of John the Baptist.

unto them, Go, and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them.

6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in


7 And, as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? c

8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

10 For this is he of whom it is written,d Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist; notwithstanding, he that is

The meaning of the 7, 8, & 9th verses is, that John the Baptist, whom multitudes flocked into the wilderness to see, was no ordinary person, but greater than any of the ancient prophets.

It is written, see Mal. iii. 1.

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15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,

17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a wine-bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners; but

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Chorazin upbraided.

Chap. xii,

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20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works h were done, because they repented


21 Wo unto thee, Chorazin!i wo unto thee Bethsaida! i for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth k and ashes. I 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of Judgment than for you.

23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, m shalt be brought down to hell; for if the mighty works which have been done in thee had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

But wisdom, or true religion will always be supported and defended by its friends.

b Mighty works. Miracles.

i Chorazin and Bethsaida are the same place. Here our Lord opened the eyes of the blind man ; and here he preached and performed other miracles; but for the blindness and obstinacy of the people, he denounced wo upon them, which speedily overtook them, as the place was soon greatly distressed by the Romans. k Sackcloth, a coarse cloth worn by the Jews to express mourning.

Ashes. To express great humility and grief the Jews sprinkled them

selves with ashes.

m Exalted unto heaven,&c. see Matt.

iv. 13

Christ's yoke easy.

24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

25 At that time Jesus answered, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, n and hast revealed them unto babes. o

26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight.

27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father; and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save p the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke q upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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S. Matthew.

Pharisees reproved.
Of blasphemy against the
Holy Ghost.

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2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath-day.

3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did when he was an hungered, and they that were with him;

4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shew-bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

5 Or, Have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbathdays the priests in the temple profane the sabbath b and are blameless ?

6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

a The Jews' Sabbath-day was our Saturday. It continued from Friday at sunset, to Saturday at sunset.

b Profane the Sabbath, &c.


priests in the temple violate the rest, enjoined to be observed on the Sabbath, or perform such works, as would not be considered lawful for others.

Of Sabbath-breakers.

8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath-day. 9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue.c

10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered; and they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath-days? that they might accuse him.

11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath-day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath-days.

13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

15 But when Jesus knew it he withdrew himself from thence; and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;

16 And charged them, that they should not make him known:

led which was spoken by Esai17 That it might be fulfilas d the prophet, saying,

e Synagogue, a meeting house, or house for public worship among the Jews.

d Esaias, Isaiah.

Dumb man healed.

Chap. xii.

18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased; I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.e

19 He shall not strive f nor ery; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

24 And in his name shall the Gentiles g trust.

22 ¶Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind and dumb; and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake

and saw.

23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils but by Beelzebub, the prince of the devils.

25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Everykingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation;

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Of blasphemy, &c.

and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27 And if I by Beelzebub h cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man ♬ and then he will spoil his house.

30 He that is not with me, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad.

31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, b Beelzebub, the prince of evil spi


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