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CH. XVI. Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came near; and, trying Jesus, desired him to show them a sign from hea2 ven. And he answered and said unto them, "When it is evening, ye say, ' It will be fair weather: for the sky 3 is red;' and in the morning, ye say, It will be stormy weather to-day*, for the sky is red and lowering.' [Ye hypocrites!] ye know how to discern the face of the sky; 4 but can ye not discern the signs of the times? An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and a sign shall not be given it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah." And he left them, and departed.


Now when his disciples were come to the other side, 6 they had forgotten to take bread with them. Then Jesus said unto them, “Take heed, and beware of the leaven of 7 the Pharisees and Sadducees." And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no 8 bread with us." But Jesus knew this, and said unto them, "O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, 9 because ye have taken no bread with you? Do ye not yet perceive; nor remember the five loaves of the five thou10 sand, and how many panniers ye took up? nor the seven

loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye 11 took up? How is it that ye do not perceive that I did not say unto you concerning bread, Beware now of the 12 leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees?" Then they

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understood that he did not bid them beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

13 Now when Jesus came into the parts of Cesarea in the dominion of Philip, he asked his disciples, saying, “Whot 14 do men say, that I, the Son of man, am?" And they said, "Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." 15 He saith unto th m, "But whot say ye that I am?" 16 Then Simon Peter answered, and said, "Thou art the

* this day, N.

+ Whom, N. See Campbell.

17 Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered and said unto him, "Happy art thou, Simon, son of Jonah for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, 18 but my Father that is in heaven. And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, which is, by interpretation, A rock; and upon this rock I will build my church; and 19 the gates of death shall not prevail against it. 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 20 shall be loosed in heaven." Then he commanded his disciples to tell no man that he was the Christ.


From that time Jesus began to tell his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief-priests and scribes, and be killed, and 22 be raised on the third day. Then Peter took him aside, and began to reprove him, saying, "Be it far from thee, 23 Master: this shall by no means befal thee." But he turned, and said to Peter, "Get thee behind me, Thou adversary thou art a snare unto me for thou regardest 24 not the things of God, but the things of men." Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any man choose to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and 25 follow me. For whosoever desireth to save his life shall lose it and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake 26 shall gain it. For what has a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and forfeit his own life? or what 27 would a man give in exchange for his life? For the Son

of man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels; and then he will render to every man according 28 to his deeds. Verily I say unto you, There are some

standing here, who shall not taste of death, till they have seen the Son of man coming in his kingdom."

CH. XVII. Now after six days, Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up

⚫ that he was Jesus the Christ. R. T.

+ In the original, Satan.

2 an high mountain apart; and was transfigured before

them and his face shone as the sun, and his garments 3 became white as the light. And, lo, there appeared unto 4 them Moses and Elijah talking with him. Then Peter spake, and said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 5 While he yet spake, lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and, lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear 6 ye him." And when the disciples heard it, they fell on 7 their face, and feared greatly. And Jesus came near and 8 touched them, and said, "Arise, and fear not." And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, except Jesus only.

And as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, "Tell the vision to no one, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead." 10 And his disciples asked him, saying, "Why then say the 11 scribes, that Elijah must come first?" And [Jesus] an

swered and said unto them, "Elijah indeed doth come 12 first, and restore all things. But I say unto you, that Elijah is come already; and men knew him not, but did to him whatsoever they chose: in like manner the Son 13 of man also will thus suffer from them." Then the disciples understood that he spake to them of John the Baptist.


And when they were come to the multitude, a certain man approached him, kneeling down to him, and say15 ing, “Sir, have pity on my son; for he is lunatic*, and grievously afflicted: for often he falleth into the fire, and 16 often into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, 17 and they were not able to cure him." Then Jesus an

swered and said, "O unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I

* More properly, epileptic. See Mark ix.

18 endure you? Bring him hither to me." And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the child; who was cured from that very hour.


Then the disciples came near to Jesus apart, and said, 20"Why were not we able to cast him out?" 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, ye shall say to this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place,' and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossi21 ble unto you. However, this kind of demons goeth not out but by prayer and fasting."



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And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, "The Son of man is about to be delivered up into the 23 hands of men; and they will kill him, and the third day he will be raised again." And they were much grieved. And when they were come to Capernaum, those who received the half-shekel came near to Peter, and said, 25" Doth not your Master pay the half-shekel?" He saith, "Yes." And when Peter entered into the house, Jesus spake before him, saying, "What thinkest thou, Simon? from whom do the kings of the earth take tribute or cus26 tom? from their own sons, or from strangers?" [Peter]

saith unto him, "From strangers." Jesus said unto him, 27"Then are the sons free. Notwithstanding, lest we

estrange them from us, go to the sea, and cast an hook, and take the fish which first cometh up; and, when thou hast opened its mouth, thou wilt find a shekel: that take, and give them for me and thee."

CH. XVIII. At that time the disciples came near to Jesus, say2 ing, "Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Then

Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the 3 midst of them, and said, " Verily I say unto you, Unless ye be changed*, and become as little children, ye cannot 4 enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greatest

* See Newcome's margin.

5 in the kingdom of heaven. And whosoever shall receive 6 one such little child in my name, receiveth me. But

whosoever shall cause one of these little ones who believe in me to offend, it were better for him that an upper-millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

7" Alas for the world from causes of offending! for it must needs be that causes of offending come; but alas for 8 that man by whom the cause of offending cometh! But if thine hand or thy foot cause thee to offend, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life lame or maimed, than, having two hands or two 9 feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye cause thee to offend, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.


"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones: for I say unto you, that their angels in heaven always be11 hold the face of my Father that is in heaven*. [For the 12 Son of man is come to save that which was lost.] What

think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine on the mountains, and go and seek that which is 13 gone astray? And if it happen that he find it, verily I say unto you that he rejoiceth more for that sheep, than for 14 the ninety and nine which went not astray. In like manner it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.


"Moreover, if thy brother shall sin against thee, go and reprove him between thee and him alone: if he shall 16 hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he shall not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more; that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may 17 be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the congregationt: but if he shall neglect to hear

* An'emblematical representation of the care of divine providence over little children. + See Newcome's margin and note.

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