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said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of 15 such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child,* he shall not enter 16 therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.t
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do 18 that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus
said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Hon20 our thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I 21 observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him, loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and 22 come, take up the cross and follow me. And he was sad at that declaration, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith
* That is, with docility, meekness, and a spirit of obedi
† It is not true then, as some imagine, that infants are objects of divine wrath, and fit subjects of eternal punish
That is, perfectly good, but the one God, or one, even
unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God !* 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of 25 God! It is easier for a camel to go through
the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter 26 into the kingdom of God. And they were
astonished out of measure, saying among 27 themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them, saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we 29 have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my sake and the 30 gospel's, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world 31 to come eternal life. But But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
* Because there is danger of their being unduly attached to the world. The idea is fully expressed in 24 verse, "How hard is it for them who trust in riches."
†This was a common proverb among the Jews to express the great difficulty of a thing.
The disciples of Christ have in all ages found friends to impart to them of their substance, and to afford them shelter and comfort.
32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should 33 happen unto him, saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, 34 and shall deliver him to the Gentiles :* And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him : and the third day he shall rise again.
And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall 36 desire. And he said unto them, What would 37 ye that I should do for you? They said unto
him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, 38 in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask can ye drink of the cup of which I drink? and be baptized with 39 the baptism with which I am baptized? And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup of which I drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, shall ye be baptized: 40 But to sit on my right hand, and on my left
*He was delivered to the Romans, a Gentile nation : The Jews were then governed as a Roman colony or province, and had not themselves the power to put any one to death. The apostles were yet very worldly in their views and expectations.
hand, is not mine to give except to them for 41 whom it is prepared. And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with 42 James and John. But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they who are accounted to rule over the Gentiles, exercise lordship over them; and their great 43 ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you; but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minis44 ter: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, 45 shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
And they came to Jericho and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples, and a great number of people, blind Bartimeus, the son of 47 Timeus, sat by the high-way, begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son 48 of David, have mercy on me. And many
charged him that he should hold his peace : but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son 49 of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called: and they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50 And he casting away his garment, rose, and 51 came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said
unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, 52 Lord, that I might receive my sight. And
Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith
1 AND when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethpage, and Bethany,* at the mount of Olives, he sent forth two of his disciples, 2 and said unto them, Go your way into the village over against you and as soon as ye are entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never a man sat; loose him, and And if any man say unto you, 3 bring him. Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and immediately he will send 4 him hither. And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without, in a place where two ways met; and they loose 5 him. And some of them who stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? 6 And they said unto them, even as Jesus had 7 commanded: and they let them go. And
they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. 8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches from the trees, 9 and strewed in the way. And they who went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna Blessed is he that cometh in the
These were small villages.