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thou shalt be blessed, for they cannot recompense thee; for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”

And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him ; 6 Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.” Then said he unto him ;

6 A certain man made a great supper, and bade many. And he sent his servant at supper-time, to say to them that were bidden ; • Come, for all things are now ready.' And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him;. · I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it; Ι have me excused.' And another said ; 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them ; I pray thee, have me excused.' And another said ; I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant; 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.' And the servant said; • Lord, it is done as thou hast coinmanded, and

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there is room. And the lord said unto the servant; •Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, that none of those inen which were bidden, shall taste of my supper.'

And there went great multitudes with him; and he turned, and said unto them; “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it ? lest haply after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock hiin, saying; . This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand ? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is good ; but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned ? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners, for to hear him. And the Phar. isees and Scribes murnured, saying ;

“ This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them." And he spake this parable unto them, saying;

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"What man of you having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing; and when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them; • Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.' I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance.

“ Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently, till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighs bors together, saying ; • Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.' Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."

And he said ; " A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father ; • Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.' And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country; and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land ; and he began to be in

want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat; and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said; How many hired servants of

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father's have bread enough and to spare! and I perish with hunger. I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him ; 'Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and before thee; and am no more worthy to be called thy son; make me as one of thy hired servants." And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion; and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him ; • Father, I have sinned against Heaven and in thy sight; and am no more worthy to be called thy son.' But the father said to his servants ; · Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew night to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him ; • Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received

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him safe, and sound.'

And he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore came his father out, and entreated him. And he answering said to his father; 'Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my

friends. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.' And he said unto him ; • Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad, for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again ; and was lost, and is found.'"

And he said also unto his disciples; “ There .. xvi. was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him ; · How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.' Then the steward said within himself; · What shall I do, because my

lord taketh

away

frorn me the stewardship?' I cannot dig, to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.' So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first; “How much owest thou 'unto my lord ?' And he said ; • A hundred measures of oil.' And he said unto him; Take thy bill, and sit down quickly,

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