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compassion on the multitude, because they have now attended me three days, and have nothing to eat: I will not dismiss 33 them fasting, lest their strength fail by the way. His disciples
answered, Whence can we get bread enough in this solitude 34 to satisfy such a crowd? He asked them, How many loaves 35 have ye? They said, Seven, and a few small fishes. Then, 36 commanding the people to lie down upon the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fishes, which, having given thanks, he divided, and gave to his disciples, who distributed them among 37 the people. When all had partaken, and were satisfied, they carried off seven maunds full of the fragments that remained. 38 Now they that had eaten were four thousand men, beside women and children.
Then having dismissed the multitude, he embarked, and XVI. sailed to the coast of Magdala. Thither some Pharisees Mar. 8, 11and Sadducees repaired, who, to try him, desired that he would Lu. 12, 54° 2 show them a sign in the sky. He answering, said to them, In
the evening ye say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is 3 red;' and in the morning, 'There will be a storm to-day, for the sky is red and lowering.' Ye can judge aright of the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the 4 times. An evil and adulterous race demandeth a sign, but ch. 12, 39. no sign shall be given them, save the sign of the Prophet Jonah. Then leaving them, he departed.
Lu. 12, 1.
5 Now his disciples, before they came over, had forgotten to Mar. 8, 14. 6 bring loaves with them. Jesus said to them, Take heed, and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. 7 Whereupon they said, reasoning among themselves, This is be8 cause we have brought no loaves with us. Jesus perceiving it, said to them, Why do ye reason amongst yourselves, O ye distrustful! that I speak thus because ye have brought no 9 loaves? Have ye no reflection? Or do ye not remember the ch. 14, 15five loaves among the five thousand, and how many baskets
ye filled with the fragments; nor the seven loaves among the ch. 15, 3211 four thousand, and how many maunds ye filled? How is it
that ye do not understand that I spake not concerning bread, when I bade you beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and 12 of the Sadducees? Then they understood that he cautioned them not against the leaven which the Pharisees and the Sadducees used in bread, but against their doctrines.
SECTION IX. THE TRANSFIGURATION.
Lu. 9, 18.
AS Jesus was going to the district of Cesarea Philippi, he Mar. 6, 27 asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that the Son of 14 Man is? They answered, Some say, 'John the Baptist,' others Elijah, others Jeremiah, or one of the Prophets.' 15 But who, returned he, say ye that I am? Simon Peter an- Jo. 6, 69.
Jo. 1, 42.
ch. 18, 18. Jo. 20, 23.
h. 17, 22ch. 20, 17.
Mar. 8, 31
& 9, 31.
Lu. 9, 44.
ch. 10, 38 Mar. 8, 34.
Lu. 9, 23. 14, 27, & 17, 33.
Ro. 2, 6.
Lu. 9, 27.
Lu. 9, 28.
16 swering, said, Thou art the Messiah, the Son of the living 17 God. Jesus replying, said to him, Happy art thou, Simon
Barjona; for flesh and blood hath not revealed this to thee, 18 but my Father who is in heaven. I tell thee likewise, Thou art named Rock; † and on this rock I will build my church, over which the gates of hades shall not prevail. Moreover, 19 I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever thou shalt bind upon the earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatever thou shalt loose upon the earth, shall be loosed 20 in heaven. Then he forbade his disciples to tell any man that he is the Messiah.
From that time Jesus began to discover to his disciples, that he must go to Jerusalem, and there suffer much from the elders and the chief priests, and the Scribes, and be killed, and that 22 he must be raised the third day. On which Peter, taking him
aside, reproved him, saying, God forbid, Master: this shall 23 not befal thee. But he turning, said to Peter, Get thee hence, adversary, thou art an obstacle in my way; for thou relishest not the things of God, but the things of men.
Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come under my guidance, let him renounce himself, and take up his 25 cross and follow me. For, whosoever would save his life, shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake, 26 shall find it. What is a man profited, if he should gain the
whole world, with the forfeit of his life? or what will a man 27 not give in ransom for his life? For the Son of Man, vested with his Father's glory, shall come hereafter with his angels, 28 and recompense every one according to his actions. Verily
I say unto you, Some of those who are present shall not taste death, until they see the Son of Man enter upon his reign.
Mar. 9, 2 XVII. AFTER six days Jesus took Peter, and James, and John brother of James, apart to the top of a high mountain, 2 and was transfigured in their presence. His face shone as 3 the sun; and his raiment became white as the light. And presently appeared to them Moses and Elijah conversing with 4 him. Peter, upon this addressing Jesus, said, Master, it is good for us to stay here; let us make here, if thou wilt, three booths, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah. 5 While he was speaking, behold! a bright cloud covered them,
2 Pet. 1, 17. ch. 3, 17. Mar. 1, 11. Lu. 3, 22.
Mar. 9, 9'
and out of the cloud came a voice which said, This is my be6 loved Son in whom I delight, hear him. The disciples hearing this, fell upon their faces, and were greatly frightened. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, Arise, be not afraid. 8 Then lifting up their eyes, they saw none but Jesus.
As they went down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, Tell nobody what ye have seen, until the Son Syr. son of Jonas. + So Peter in Greek, and Cephas in Syr. signifies.
10 of Man be risen from the dead.
Then the disciples asked him saying, Why say the Scribes that Elijah must come first? 11 Jesus answering, said to them. To consummate the whole, ch, 11, 14. 12 Elijah indeed must come first. But I tell you, Elijah is come
already, though they did not acknowledge him, but have treated him as they pleased. Thus they will treat the Son 13 of Man also. Then the disciples understood that he spake concerning John the Baptist.
14 When they were come to the multitude, a man came to him, 15 who kneeling, said, Sir, have pity on my son: for he is griev- Mar. 9, 14° ously distressed with lunacy: often he falleth into the fire, Lu. 9, 37 16 and often into the water; and I presented him to thy disciples, 17 but they could not cure him. Jesus answering, said, O unbelieving and perverse race! How long shall I be with you? 18 How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me. Then Jesus rebuked the demon, and he came out and the lad was instantly cured.
Hereupon the disciples came to him privately, saying, Why Mar. 9. 28° 20 could not we expel this demon? Jesus answered, Because of Lu. 17, 6. your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if he had faith, though but as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say to this mountain, Remove to yonder place, and it would remove;
21 yea nothing would be impossible to you. This kind, however, is not dispossessed, unless by prayer and fasting.
& 20, 18
22 While they remained in Galilee, Jesus said to them, The ch. 16, 21. 23 Son of Man is to be delivered up to men who will kill him: Mar. 9, 31. but the third day he shall be raised again. And they were grieved exceedingly.
When they were come to Capernaum the collectors came and asked Peter, Doth not your teacher pay the didrachma ?* 25 He said, Yes. Being come into the house before he spoke, Jesus said to him, What is thy opinion, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth exact tribute or custom? 26 From their own sons, or from others? Peter answered, From 27 others. Jesus replied, The sons then are exempted. Nevertheless, lest we should give them offence, go to the sea and throw a line, draw out the first fish that is hooked, and having opened its mouth, thou shalt find a stater; take that, and give it them for me and thee.
Lu. 9, 44.
XVIII. At that time the disciples came to Jesus inquiring, Mar. 9, 33 2 Who shall be the greatest in the reign of heaven? Jesus Lu, 9, 46calling to him a child placed him in the midst of them and
3 said, Verily I say unto you, unless ye be changed, and be- ch, 19, 14. come as children, ye shall never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever, therefore, shall become humble like this child, 5 shall be the greatest in the reign of heaven. Nay, whosoever 6 receiveth one such child, in my name, receiveth me; but + About 1s. 3d. sterling. + Value, half-a-crown
Mar. 9, 42.
Luke 17, 1.
ch. 5, 29' Mar. 9, 43.
Lu. 19, 10.
whosoever shall insnare any of these little ones who believe in me, it were better for him that an upper mill-stone were hanged about his neck, and that he were sunk in the ocean.
Woe unto the world because of snares; snares indeed there 8 must be; nevertheless, woe to the insnarer. Wherefore, if thy hand or thy foot insnare thee, cut it off, and throw it away; it is better for thee to enter lame or maimed into life, than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the ever9 lasting fire. And if thine eye insnare thee, pluck it out, and throw it away; it is better for thee to enter one-eyed into 10 life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell-fire. Beware of contemning any of these little ones; for I assure you that in heaven their angels continually behold the face of my 11 heavenly Father; and the Son of Man is come to recover 12 the lost. What think ye? If a man have a hundred sheep,
and one of them have strayed, will he not leave the ninety13 nine upon the mountains, and go in quest of the stray? And if he happen to find it, verily I say unto you, he deriveth greater joy from it than from the ninety-nine which went not 14 astray. Thus it is not the will of your Father in heaven that any of these little ones should be lost.
Lev. 19, 17. 15
Lu. 17, 3.
Deut. 19, 15,
Wherefore, if thy brother trespass against thee, go and expostulate with him, when thou and he are alone together 16 If he hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother: but if he will not hear, take one or two along with thee, and by the testimony of two or three witnesses every thing may be ascertained. 2 Cor. 13, 1. 17 If he despise them, acquaint the congregation with it; and if he despise the congregation also, let him be to thee as a 18 pagan or a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever shall bind upon the earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose upon the earth, shall be loosed in heaven.
ch. 16, 19. Jo. 20, 23.
19 Again I say unto you, Whatever two of you upon the earth shall agree to ask, shall be granted them by my Father who 20 is in heaven. For wheresoever two or three are assembled in my name, I am in the midst of them.
Luke 17,3 21 Then Peter approaching, said to him, Master, if my brother repeatedly trespass against me, how often must I forgive 22 him? Must I seven times? Jesus answered, I say unto thee Not seven times, but seventy times seven times.
In this the administration of heaven resembleth that of a king who determined to settle accounts with his servants. 24 Having begun to reckon, one was brought who owed him ten 25 thousand talents.* But that servant not having wherewith
to pay, his master, to obtain payment, commanded that he, and his wife and children, and all that he had, should be sold. 26 Then the servant throwing himself prostrate before his mas* Above three millions sterling.
ter, cried, 'Have patience with me, my Lord, and I will pay 27 the whole.' And his master had compassion upon him, and 28 dismissed him, remitting the debt. But this servant, as he
went out, meeting one of his fellow-servants, who owed him a hundred denarii,* seized him by the throat, saying, Pay 29 me what thou owest.' His fellow-servant threw himself at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, 30 and I will pay thee.' And he would not, but instantly caused him to be imprisoned, until he should discharge the 31 debt. His fellow-servants seeing this, were deeply affected, and went and informed their master of all that had passed. 32 Then his master having given orders to call him, said to him, Thou wicked servant; all that debt I forgave thee, 33 because thou besoughtest me. Oughtest not thou to have shown such pity to thy fellow-servant as I showed to thee?' 34 So his master, being provoked, delivered him to the jailors, to remain in their hands until he should clear the debt. 35 Thus will my celestial Father treat every one of you who forgiveth not from his heart the faults of his brother.
SECTION X.-THE RICH MAN'S APPLICATION.
XIX. WHEN Jesus had ended his discourse, he left Galilee, Mar. 10, 1. 2 and came into the confines of Judea upon the Jordan, whither
great multitudes followed him; and he healed their sick.
Then some Pharisees came to him, and trying him, asked, Mar. 10, 2 Can a man lawfully upon every pretence, divorce his wife?
4 He answered, Have ye not read, that at the beginning, when Gen. 1, 27. the Creator made man, he formed a male and a female, and
1 Cor. 6, 16. Eph. 5, 31.
ch. 5. 31.
5 said "For this cause a man shall leave father and mother, Gen. 2, 24. and adhere to his wife; and they two shall be one flesh.' 6 Wherefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. What 7 then God hath conjoined, let not man separate. They replied, Why then did Moses command to give a writing of 8 divorcement, and dismiss her? He answered, Moses, indeed, Deut. 24, 1. because of your untractable disposition, permitted you to divorce your wives, but it was not so from the beginning. 9 Therefore I say unto you, Whoever divorceth his wife, ex- Lu. 16, 18. cept for whoredom, and marrieth another, committeth adultery and whoever marrieth the woman divorced committeth 1 Cor. 7, 11. 10 adultery. His disciples said to him, If such be the condition 11 of the husband, it is better to live unmarried, He answered, They alone are capable of living thus, on whom the power is 12 conferred. For some are eunuchs from their birth; others have been made eunuchs by men; and others, for the sake of the kingdom of heaven, have made themselves eunuchs. Let him act this part who can act it.
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