Imagini ale paginilor

98 Christ heals the Demoniacs of Gadara. suffer us to go away into the herd of swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave, and said unto them, Go. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and behold the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand ;) and perished in the waters. And when they that fed the swine saw what was done, they fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing in the city, and in the country, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and to see what it was that was done. And they came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, and that had the legion, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed, and also concerning the swine. Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them, and out of their coasts; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship. And when he was come into the ship, the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be The Feast in Matthew's House.


with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but sent him away, saying, Return to thine own house, and to thy friends, and tell them how great things God bath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and went his way, and began to publish throughout the whole city and in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel. And he entered into a ship, and passed over again unto the other side, and much people gathered unto him, and gladly received him; for they were all waiting for him : and he was nigh unto the sea '. The Feast in Matthew's House. Our Lord

defends his Disciples for not Fasting. And Levi made bim a great feast in his own house. And it came to pass, that as Jesus sat at meat, behold a great company of publicans and sinners came and sat down also with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many, and they followed him. But when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he, answering, said unto

* Matt. viii. 28; ix. 1. Mark v. 1--21. Luke viji. 26-40.

100 Our Lord's Discourse on Fasting.

But go ye

them, They that be whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast often, and make prayers; but thy disciples fast not, but eat and drink? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?" as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

And he spake a parable unto them. No man seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles, and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new : for he saith, The old is better. 6 Matt. ix. 10--17. Mark ii. 15-22. Luke 29-39.

[ocr errors]

The Raising of Jairus' Daughter A Woman

cured of an Issue of Blood. Two Blind Men receive their Sight.

WHILE he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was one of the rulers of the synagogue : and when he saw him he fell down at Jesus' feet, and worshipped him, and besought him greatly that he would come into his house : for he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. And he besought him, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. But as he went much people followed him, and thronged him. And behold a certain woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind him, and touched the border of his garment. For she said within herself, If I may touch but his garment, I shall be whole. And straightway the foun102 A Woman cured of an Issue of Blood. tain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, and fell down before him, and told him all the truth, and declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. But Jesus said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. And the woman was made whole from that hour. While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said to him, Thy daughter is dead : why troublest thou the Master any further ? But as soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he answered and said unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid,

« ÎnapoiContinuați »