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And he was casting out a demon, and it was dumb. And it came to pass when the demon was gone out, that 15 the dumb spake and the multitudes wondered. But
some of them said, "He casteth out demons through 16 Beelzebub, prince of the demons." (And others trying 17 him, sought of him a sign from heaven.) But he, know
ing their thoughts, said unto them, "Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to desolation; and a 18 house divided against a house, falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? 19 because ye say that I cast out demons by Beelzebub. But
if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Wherefore they shall be your judges. 20 But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
"When a strong man armed guardeth his habitation, 22 his goods are in peace but when a stronger than he shall come upon him and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour in which he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
give good gifts unto your children; how much more will your heavenly Father give the holy spirit to those that ask him ?"
"He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.
24 "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he passeth through dry places, seeking rest; and, finding none, he saith, I will return to mine house whence I came 25 out.' And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and set 26 in order. Then he goeth and taketh to him seven other
spirits more evil than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there and the last state of that man becometh worse than the first *."
And it came to pass as he spake these things, that a
* A relapse into vice, like a relapse into insanity, renders the case more hopeless than before.
certain woman of the multitude lifted up her voice, and said unto him, "Happy is the womb which bare thee, and 28 the breasts which thou hast sucked." But he said, "Yea, rather, happy are they that hear the word of God and keep it."
And when the multitudes were gathered together about him, he began to say, "This is an evil generation : it seeketh after a sign; and a sign shall not be given it, ex30 cept the sign of Jonah*. For as Jonah was a sign to the
Ninevites, so will the Son of man also be to this genera31 tion. The queen of the south will rise in the judgement together with the men of this generation, and will condemn them: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a 32 greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgement together with this generation, and will condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here.
"Now no man, when he hath lighted a lamp, putteth it in a secret place, or under a measure, but on a stand; 34 that those who come in may see the light. The lamp
of the body is thine eye; when therefore thine eye is clear, thy whole body also is enlightened; but when 35 thine eye is dim, thy body also is in darkness. Take heed
therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. 36 If thy whole body therefore be enlightened, having no part dark, the whole will be enlightened, as when a lamp enlighteneth thee by its brightness."
And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him and he went in, and placed himself at 38 meat. And when the Pharisee saw it, he wondered that 9 Jesus had not first washed his hands before dinner. Then
the Lord said unto him, "Now ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and of the dish; but the inside of
* of the prophet Jonah, R. T. and N.
40 you is full of rapine and maliciousness. Ye inconsiderate, did not he who made the outside, make the inside 41 also? But rather give in alms the things which ye have*; 42 and, behold, all things are clean unto you. But alas for
you, Pharisees! for ye pay tithe of mint and rue and every herb, and pass over justice and the love of God: now these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other 43 undone. Alas for you, Pharisees! for ye love the chief
seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the market44 places. Alas for yout! for ye are as graves which ap
pear not, and the men that walk over them know it not." 45 Then one of the teachers of the law answered, and saith unto him, "Master, thus saying, thou reproachest us 46 also." And he said, "Alas for you, teachers of the law also because ye lade men with burthens hard to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burthens with one 47 of your fingers. Alas for you! because ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 Ye therefore bear witness that ye consent not to the deeds
of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build 49 [their] sepulchres. Wherefore also the wisdom of God
hath said, 'I will send unto them prophets and apostles; 50 and some of them they will kill, and persecute others: so
that the blood of all the prophets which hath been shed from the foundation of the world, will be required from 51 this generation: from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the temple: yes, I say unto you, it will be required from this 52 generation. Alas for you, teachers of the law! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye yourselves. have not entered in, and those that were entering in ye have hindered."
And while he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be greatly incensed, and to
* give alms according to your ability, W.
consent to, R. T. See Newcome's
54 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.]
CH. XII. At which time, when many thousands of the multitude were gathered together, so that they trode upon one another, he began to say unto his disciples, "First of all, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is 2 hypocrisy. But there is nothing covered, which shall not be revealed; or hidden, 'which shall not be known. 3 Whatsoever things therefore ye have said in darkness, shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets, shall be proclaimed upon the house-tops.
"And I say unto you, my friends, Fear not those who kill the body, and afterward have no more which they 5 can do. But I will warn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him that, after he hath killed, hath power to cast into 6 hell; yes, I say unto you, Fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pence? and yet not one of them is for7 gotten before God: but even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
8 "I say also unto you, Whosoever shall confess me be
fore men, him the Son of man also will confess before the 9 angels of God. But he who denieth me before men, shall 10 be denied in the presence of the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him; but unto him who blasphemeth against the holy spirit it will not be forgiven.
"And when ye are brought to synagogues, and to principalities and powers, take no anxious thought how or what ye shall speak in defence, or what ye shall say: 12 for the holy spirit shall teach you in that hour what ye ought to say."
And one of the multitude said unto him, "Master, speak to my brother, that he divide our inheritance with me."
14 And Jesus said unto him, "Man, who made me a judge 15 or a divider over you?" And he said unto them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which any one 16 possesseth." And he spake a parable unto them, saying, "The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plenti17 fully and he thought within himself, saying, What
shall I do, because I have no place where I can store my 18 crops?' Then he said, 'I will do this: I will take down
my barns, and build greater; and there I will store all 19 my produce and my goods. And I will say to my soul*, Soul, thou hast many goods laid up for many years; take 20 thine ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said unto him, Thou inconsiderate man, this night thy soul is required of theet: then whose will the things be which 21 thou hast provided?' So is he who layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God."
Then he said to his disciples, "Therefore I say unto you. Take no anxious thought for [your] life, what ye shall eat: nor for the body, with what ye shall be clothed. 23 Life is more than food; and the body, than clothing. 24 Observe the ravens, that they neither sow nor reap;
which have neither store-house, nor barn; and yet God feedeth them. How much better are ye than the fowls? 25 Now which of you by taking anxious thought can add 26 one cubit to his stature? If therefore ye be not able to do
even that which is least, why take ye anxious thought 27 for the rest? Observe how the lilies grow: they neither
labour nor spin; and yet I say unto you, Even Solomon 28 in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothe the herb, which to-day is in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the furnace; how much more 29 will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? Wherefore, seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor be
+ shall be demanded from thee, N.
his soul, i. e. himself. #flourisheth, N.