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demn it; because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The

queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it; for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

“ When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith ; • I will return into my house, from whence I came out.' And when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits, more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there ; and the last stale of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.”

While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him; Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee."

But he answered and said unto him that told him ; “Who is my mother ? and who are my brethren ?" And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, and said ; " Behold, my mother, and my brethren. For whosoever shall do the will of my Father, which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."

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CHAPTER X VIII.

Jesus at the House of a Pharisee Parables — Jesus

visits Nazareth. AND as he spake, a certain Pharisee bem sought him to dine with him. And he went in and sat down to meat. And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. And the Lord said unto him ; « Now do

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Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Ye fools, did not he that made that without, make that which is within also ? But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and belold all things are clean unto you. But woe unto you Pharisees, for ye tithe mint, and rue, and all manner of herbs; and pass over judgment and the love of God. These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Woe unto you Pharm isees, for

ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them."

Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him; “Master, thus saying, thou reproachest us also.” And he said

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“ Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grie

vous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe unto you, for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed thein. Truly ye bear witness, that ve allow the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also said the wisdom of God; I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute, that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation ; from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple. Verily I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation. Woe unto you lawyers, for ye have taken away the key of knowledge ; ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”

And as he said these things unto them, the Scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things; laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth that they might accuse him.

The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea-side ; and great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying;

Behold, a sower went forth to sow. And

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when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside ; and the fowls came and devoured them up. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth; and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth; and when the sun was up, they were scorched ; and because they had no root, they withered

away. And some fell among thorns ; and the thorns sprung up, and choked thern. But other fell into good ground; and brought forth fruit, some an hundred fold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

And the disciples came, and said unto him ; Why speakesi thou unto them in parables ?"

He answered and said unto them; “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven ; but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more aburidance; but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables; because they seeing see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith ; 'By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand ; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive. For this people's heart is waxed gross,

and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with

and should understand with their

their ears,

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heart, and should be converted, and I should
heal them.' But blessed are your eyes, for
they see ; and your ears, for they hear. For
verily I say unto you, that many prophets and
righteous men have desired to see those things
which ye see, and have not seen them; and
to hear those things which ye hear, and have
not heard them.
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therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart : this is he which received seed by the wayside. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while ; for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns, is he that heareth the word, and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word; and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth,

some a hundred fold, some sixty, some thirty." MK... And he said unto them; “ Is a candle brought

to be put under a bushel, or under a bed ? and not to be set on a candlestick ? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested ; neither was anything kept secret, but that it

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