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Christ heals a Demoniac, The Scribes and

Pharisees blaspheme. Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall never be forgiven.

And it came to pass afterward, that Jesus went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, and certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him : for they said, He is beside himself.

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. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David ? But when the Pharisees and the scribes which came down from Jerusalem heard it, they said, This fellow hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. But Jesus knew their thoughts, and called them unto him, and said unto them in para84 Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. bles, How can Satan cast out Satan? Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation ; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: and if Satan rise up against and cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand ? he cannot stand, but hath an end.

And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto

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, but he is in danger of eternal damnaThe Scribes and Pharisees seek a sign. 85 tion : because they said, He hath an unclean spirit o. The Scribes and Pharisees seek a sign. They

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are reproved : but that of Jonas is given.

EITHER make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things ? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every

. idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it but the sign of the prophet Jonas: for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights 86 Christ's Disciples his nearest Relations. in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

6 Matt. xii. 22-32. Mark iii. 20—30. Luke viji. 1-3. xi. 14--23.

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

Everi so shall it be also unto this wicked generation'. Christ regards his true Disciples as his nearest

Relations. And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea

Matt. xii. 33-45. Luke xi. 16. 24-26. 29–36.

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Christ teaches by Parables.

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rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

While he yet talked to the people, behold, there came then his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press, and, standing without, they sent unto him, calling him, desiring to speak with him. And the multitude sat about him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever sliall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother 8. Christ teaches by Parables. The Parable of the

Sower. The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side, and began again to teach. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, and were come to him out of every city, so that he went into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole mul

8 Matt. xii. 46–50. Mark iii. 31–35. Luke xi. 27, 28.

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