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17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona, e for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my

Father which is in heaven.

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter;f and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hellg shall not prevail against it.

19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.h

20 Then charged he his disciples, that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

21 ¶ From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders, and chief priests, and scribes, and

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his death.

be killed, and be raised again the third day.

22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord;

this shall not be unto thee.

23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan; thou art an offence unto me; for thou savouresti not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, j and take up his cross and follow me.

25 For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it;k and whosoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or, what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here which shall not taste of deathl till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

i Savourest, approvest.

j Let bim deny himself temporal care and enjoyment, bear patiently any hardship for my sake and the Gospel, and follow my example.

k Whosoever will save and prolong his present life, rather than expose it, if necessary, for me and my religion, shall lose it forever.

Not taste of death, shall not die.

Christ's transfiguration. Chap. xvii.


1 Transfiguration of Christ; 14 he healeth the lunatic. AND after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

2 And was transfigured before them; and his face did l as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here; a if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; b one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and, behold, a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

6 Ånd when the disciples heard it they fell on their faces, and were sore afraid.

7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

8 And when they had lifted up their eyes they saw no man, save c Jesus only.

a It is good for us to stay or continue here.

b Tabernacle, a place of public worship or of temporary residence;

a tent.

c Save, except.

Of Elias.

9 And, as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias d must first come?

11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not; but have done unto him whatsoever they listed; e likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

14 ¶ And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

15 Lord, have mercy on my son; for he is lunatic, and sore vexed; for oft-times he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation! how long shall I be with you? how long

d Elias, Elijah. e Listed, pleased:

A lunatic healed.

S. Matthew.

shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me.

18 And Jesus rebuked the devil, and he departed out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, f and said, Why could not we cast him out ? 20 And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief; for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard-seed, g ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit, this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

22 ¶ And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men;

23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

24 And when they were come to Capernaum, h they that received tribute-money i came to Peter, and said, Doth not your Master pay tribute? 25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the

f Apart, privately.

g If you had but a small degree of faith, no more comparatively than a grain of mustard-seed.

b Capernaum, see note, Matt. iv. 13.

i Tribute, toll or tax.

Of paying tribute.

house Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.j

27 Notwithstanding, les should offend them, go to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money; that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

CHAP. XVIII. 1 Christ teacheth to be humble. 7 Touching offences, 21 and forgiving one another.

AT the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the. kingdom of heaven ?

2 And Jesus called a little child unto him and set him in the midst of them,

3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, a

To understand j Children free. this verse and the others in connex

ion, it should be remembered, that

the tribute here exacted was for the support of the temple, from which Jesus, as being the Son of God, whose house the temple was, ought to have been exempted.

a As little children, humble and teachable.

Of giving offences,

Chap. xviii. and forgiving others.

ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4 Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.

6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Wo unto the world be cause of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but wo to that man by whom the offence cometh!

8 Wherefore, if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, b cut them off, and cast them from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life halt c or maimed, rather than having two hands, or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire.

9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell-fire. 10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. b Offend thee, occasion thee to sin. Halt, lame.

11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

12 How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, He rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

14 Even so, it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

15 Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone; if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church; but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen mand and a publican. e

18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind ƒ on d Heathen, a Pagan or idolator. e Publican, a Roman tax-gatherer. f Ye shall bind, ye shall loose, &c. Whatever you shall determine upon earth agreeable to my directions, shall be approved and confirmed by God in heaven.

The merciless servant S. Matthew. earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching g any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst

of them.

21 ¶ Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times ?

22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times


23 ¶Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him which owed him ten thousand talents.h

25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26 The servant, therefore, fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with & I will pay thee all.


g Touching, concerning.

b Talent, above 1500 dollars; 10,000 talents were above 1517 millions.

and merciful master.

27 Then the Lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants which owed him an hundred pence ;i and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

29 And his fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30 And he would not; but went and cast him into prison till he should pay the debt.

31 So when his fellow-servants saw what was done they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me :

33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee?

34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors,k till he should pay all that was due unto him.

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