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time is fulfilled and the reign]" What is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority he commandeth even the impure spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And his fame soon spread abroad through the whole country of Galilee.

29 AND going immediately out of the synagogue, they went, with James and John, into the house of Simon and Andrew. 30 Now the mother of Simon's wife lay sick of a fever; and immediately they told him of her. 31 And approaching, he took her by the hand, and raised her up and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered to them.

of God approacheth: reform, and believe the good tidings."

16 Now, walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 17 And Jesus said to them, "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." 18 And immediately, leaving [their] nets, they followed him.

32 Now in the evening, about sunset, they brought to him, all that were sick, and the demoniacs. 33 And the whole city was

19 Passing on a little further [thence], and seeing James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in a ship, mending their nets, 20 he immediately called them: whereupon, leaving their father Zebedee in the ship, with the hired servants, they followed him. 21 AND they went to Caper-assembled at the door. 34 And naum; and [going] directly to he cured many that were sick the synagogue, on the sabbath, of various diseases, and cast he taught the people. 22 And out many demons: and sufferthey were amazed at his doc-ed not the demons to say that trine: for he taught them as they knew him. having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an impure spirit; and he cried out, saying, 24" [Ah !] Jesus! Nazarene! what hast thou to do with us? art thou come to destroy us? I know who thou art, the holy one of God." 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of of him." 26 And the impure spirit, having convulsed him,and having cried with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And all were amazed, so that they reasoned amongst themselves, saying,

35 And in the morning, having risen before day, he went out, and departed into a desert place, and there prayed. 36 And Simon, and his company, went in search of him. 37 And having found him, they said to him, "They all seek thee." 38 And he said to them, "Let us go into the neighbouring towns, that I may preach there, also: for I came forth with this design." 39 And he preached in their synagogues, throughout all Galilee; and cast out de

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down to him, saying, "If thou wilt, thou canst cleanse me." 41 And Jesus, being moved with compassion, extended his hand, touched him, and said, "I will; be thou cleansed." 42 And [on his speaking], the leprosy, immediately departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43 And having strictly charged him, he immediately sent him away; 44 and said to him, "See thou tell no one any thing but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing what Moses commanded; for a testimony to them." 45 But going out, he began to publish much, and to spread abroad the report; so that Jesus could no more, openly, enter into the city, but was without, in desert places and they came to him from all parts.

beseeching him, and kneeling | who were present, reasoned thus in their hearts, 7 "How doth he speak such blasphemies? who can forgive sins, but God alone ?" 8 Now Jesus, immediately perceiving, in his spirit, that they reasoned thus within themselves, said to them, "Why reason ye thus in your hearts? 9 Which is easier? to say to the paralytic, Thy sins are forgiven thee?' or, to say, Arise, take up thy couch, and walk P' 10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power, on earth, to forgive sins, (he said to the paralytic,) I say to thee, 11 Arise, take up thy couch, and go home. 12 And immediately he arose, took up his couch, and went out before them all; so that all were amazed, and glorified God, saying, "We never saw it thus!"

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13 AND he went out again, towards the sea : and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them.

CH. II. 1 AND after some days, he again entered into Capernaum; and it was known that he was in a house. 2 And immediately, many were assembled; so that not even the parts about the door could any longer contain them: and he preached to them the word.

14 And passing on, he saw Levi, the son of Alpheus, sitting at the toll-office, and said to him, "Follow me." And rising up, he followed him.

S And they came to him, bringing a paralytic, carried by four. 4 And not being able to approach him, because of the

ing where he was: and through the opening, let down the couch on which the paralytic lay. 5 Now Jesus perceiving their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, thy sins are forgiven thee."

15 And it came to pass, that, as he was eating in this man's house, many publicans and sinners placed themselves at tacrowd, they removed the cover-ble, with Jesus and his disciples: for many of these people followed him. 16 And the scribes and the Pharisees secing him eating with the publi cans and sinners, said to his disciples, "Wherefore doth he eat and drink with the publicans

6 But some of the scribes,

and sinners ?" 17But on hearing this Jesus said to them, " The whole need not a physician, but the sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."

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18 NOW the disciples of John, and the Pharisees, were accustomed to fast: and they came and said to him, Why do the disciples of John, and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?" 19 And Jesus said to them, "Can the companions of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them? [As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.] 20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom will be taken from them; and then, in that day, they will fast. 21 No one seweth a piece of undressed cloth upon an old garment: otherwise, the new piece which filleth it up, taketh from the old, and a worse rent is made. 22And no one putteth new wine into old leathern bottles:

entered the house of God, [in the days of Abiathar the high-priest,] and ate the loaves of the presence, which none but the priests could lawfully eat, and gave, also, to those with him?" 27 And he said to them, "The sabbath was made for man; not man for the sabbath. 28 So that the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath."

CH. III. 1 AND he entered again into the synagogue; and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 And they watched him, whether he would cure on the sabbath; that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Stand up in the midst.” 4 Then he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill?" But they kept silent. 5 And looking round on them, with anger, being grieved at the hardness of their hearts, he said to the man,

otherwise, the [new] wine" Stretch forth thy hand." And bursteth the bottles, and the he stretched it forth: and his wine is spilled, and the bottles hand was restored. 6 And the are destroyed: but new wine Pharisees, with the Herodians, must be put into new bottles." going immediately out, conspired against him, how they might destroy him.

23 AND it came to pass, that he went through the corn-fields on the sabbath; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. 24 And the Pharisees said to him, "See, why do they, [on] the sabbath, that which is not lawful?" 25 And he said to them, "Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, when both he himself, and those with him, hungered? 26 how he

7 BUT Jesus with his disciples, withdrew to the sea and a great multitude [followed] [him] from Galilee, and from Judea, and from Jerusalem, 8 and from Idumea, and from beyond Jordan; they also about Tyre and Sidon, even a great multitude, having heard what great things he did, came to him. 9 And he spake to his

not even eat bread. 21 And his kinsmen hearing this, went out to lay hold on him: for they said, "He is beside himself."

disciples, that a small ship should attend him, because of the crowd, lest they should throng him. 10 For he had cured many; so that those who 22 And the scribes, who had had grievous diseases, pressed come down from Jerusalem, upon him, to touch him. 11 said, "He hath Beelzebub;* And the impure spirits, when and, by the prince of the dethey beheld him, fell down be- mons, he casteth out defore him, and cried, saying, mons." 23 Then calling them, "Thou art the Son of God." he said to them, in parables, 12 But he charged them much," How can an adversary, cast that they should not make him out an adversary? 24 And if a known. kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand: 26 and if the adversary rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand; but must have an end.

13 AND he went up a mountain, and called to him whom | he desired; and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve, that they might be with him; and that he might send them forth to preach, 15 and to have the power of curing diseases, and of casting out de

27"No one can plunder the goods of the strong one, by enmons. 16 Now these were Simontering his house, unless he first (whom he surnamed Peter;) 17 overpower the strong one: and and James the son of Zebedee, then, indeed, he may plunder and John the brother of James; his house. (now he had surnamed them Boanerges, that is, Sons of thunder;) 18 and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Canaanite, 19 and Judas Iscariot; who also delivered him up.

20 AND they went into a house. And the crowd collected again, so that they could

28 "Verily I tell you, All sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29 but he who shall blaspheme against the holy spirit, hath not forgiveness [to the age]; but is liable to aionian punishment."+ 30 He said this, because they affirmed that he had an impure spirit.

31 His mother, therefore, and

* A heathen god, a human ghost: the supposed chief of possessing demons. See Luke xi. 15.

†The word anaganatos, sin, which Griesbach has placed in the margin, but has given

it his mark of strong probability, is believed by many to be the true reading: it is a Hebraism for punishment, the effect of sin. See Newcome. The sin against the holy spirit is, ver. 30, plainly stated to be, ascribing the miracles of Christ and his apostles to demoniacal agency. They who acted thus, could not be converted to the christain faith, because they resisted the strongest possible evidence. They remained therefore in the same forlorn state in which chris tianity found them: which is expressed by the phrase, "he hath not forgiveness."

his brethren came; and, stand-others fell on good ground, and yielded fruit, which sprang up, and increased, and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some a hundred fold." Then he said, "He that hath ears to hear let him hear."

ing without, they sent to him,
[calling him]. 32 Now the
crowd who sat around him, said
to him, "Lo! thy mother, and
thy brethren, are without seek-9
ing thee." 33 And he answer-
ed them, saying, "Who is my
mother, or my brethren?" 34
And looking round on those
who sat [around him], he said,
"Behold my mother, and my
brethren. 35 For whosoever
shall do the will of God, he is
my brother, and my sister, and
mother."

CH. IV. 1 AND again, he began to teach by the sea-side, when so great a multitude gathered about him, that he went into a ship, and sat therein on the sea; and the whole multitude were near the sea, on the land.

2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said to them, in his teaching, 3 "Hearken: Behold, a sower went out to sow: 4 and it came to pass as he sowed, that some seed fell by the way-side, and the fowls came and devoured it. 5 And some fell on a rocky place, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth. 6 But the sun having risen, it was scorched; and, because it had no root, it withered. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 And

10 And when he was in private, those who were about him, with the twelve, asked him concerning the parable. 11 And he said to them, "To you is given [to know] the mystery of the reign of God: but to those who are without, all things are spoken in parables; 12 so that seeing they see, and do not perceive; and hearing they hear, and do not understand, neither are they converted, nor their [sins] forgiven."

15 And he said to them, "Do ye not understand this parable? how then will ye understand all parables? 14 The sower soweth the word. 15 And the way-side, where the word is sown, denoteth those, who have no sooner heard the word, than the adversary cometh and taketh away that which was sown in their hearts. 16 And the rocky places, in like manner, denote those who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy; 17 yet, having no root in themselves, endure but for a short time : for afterward, when affliction, or persecution ariseth because of the word, they immediately relapse. 18 And the ground overrun with

i. e. the enemies of truth and goodness.

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