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108 Christ sends forth the Twelve Apostles.


that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul : but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing ? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many spar

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 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. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he


The Death of John the Baptist. 109 that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent

He that receiveth a prophet 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. 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.

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. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed every where

The Death of John the Baptist. At that time King Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, and of all that was done by him: (for his name was spread abroad :) and he was perplexed, because that

• Matt. ix. 35—38 ; x. 1-xi. 1. Mark vi. 6-13. Luke ix. 1-6.



The Death of John the Baptist.

it was said of some that John the Baptist was risen from the dead; and of some that Elias had appeared ; and of others, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. And Herod said unto his servants, John have I beheaded : but who is this, of whom I hear such things? This is John the Baptist: he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. And he desired to see him. For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her. For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. But when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; and when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask The Twelve Apostles return. 111 of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask ? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me here by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her, but commanded it to be given her. And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel brought it, and gave it to her mother. And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb: and went and told Jesus!

The Twelve Apostles return. Christ feeds Five Thousand with Five Loaves and Two Fishes.

THE Apostles, when they were returned, gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and 112 Christ feeds Five Thousand. told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And when Jesus heard of it, he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest à while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And he took them, and departed thence

* Matt. xiv. 1-12. Mark vi. 14-29. Luke ix.

. by ship, and went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias, and went privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went forth up into a mountain, and there he

a , sat with his disciples. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd : and he received them, and began to teach them many things, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. . And when the day was now far spent, the twelve came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed : send the

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