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Nevertheless, among the chief rulers also many believed on him ; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Jesus cried, and said ; "He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me; and he that seeth me, seeth him that sent me.

I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not, (for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world ;) he that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him ; the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak; and I know that his commandment is life everlasting. Whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.”

And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry; and seeing a fig-tree afar off, having leaves, he came, if haply he m ght find any thing thereon; and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves ; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it; “No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever.” And his disciples heard it.

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And they come to Jerusalem ; and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple; and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves; and would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them ; “ Is it not written; • My house shall be called, of all nations, the house of prayer' ? but ye have made it a den of thieves.” And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him ; for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. And when even

was come he went out of the city.

And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig-tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, calling to remembrance, saith unto him;

Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.'

And Jesus answering saith unto them; “ Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain ; · Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them ; and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any; that your Father

also which is in heaven may forgive you your
trespasses. But, if ye do not forgive, neither
will
your

Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses."

And they come again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, and say unto him ; “By what authority doest thou these things; and who gave thee this authority, to do these things ?"

And Jesus answered and said unto thein; “I will also ask of you one question ; and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men ? answer me."

And they reasoned with themselves, saying; “ If we shall say ;

· From heaven;' he will say ; ' Why then did ye not believe him ?' But if we shali

say ; Of men ;'” they feared the people; for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed. And they answered and said unto Jesus; “ We cannot tell."

And Jesus answering, saith unto them; “ Neither do I tell you, by what authority I do these things."

“ But wh think ye? A certain man had Matt. two sons; and he came to the first, and said ; –46. • Son, go work to day in my vineyard.' He answered and said ; I will not; but afterward he repented and went. And he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said ; 'I go, Sir ;' and went not.

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Whether of them twain did the will of his father ?"

They say unto him ; “ The first.”
Jesus saith unto them ; “Verily I say unto

Ι you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came, unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him; and when

ye

had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him."

Hear another parable ; " There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a wine press in it, and built a tower; and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the hus. bandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first; and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying; · They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among

themselves ; · This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.' And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord, therefore, of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen ?"

They say unto him; “ He will miserably

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destroy those wicked men ; and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons."

Jesus saith unto them ; “ Did ye never read in the scriptures; · The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner ; this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?' Therefore say

I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken ; but on whomsvever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."

And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude ; be

; cause they took him for a prophet.

CHAPTER X X VIII.

Parable of the Marriage Feast — Tribute to Cæsar

Respecting the Resurrection of the dead - The First
Great Commandment.

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And Jesus answered and spake unto them Mezi again by parables, and said ; " The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to

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