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39 again. And he spake a parable unto them; Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not 40 both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not
above his master: but every one that is perfect 41 shall be as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam* that is in thine own 42 eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye. 43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth 44.good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit for of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble-bush gather they grapes. 45 A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man, out of the evil treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
And why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do 47 not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is 48 like. He is like a man who built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock and when the flood arose, the stream
• Or splinter.
beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that, without a foundation, built an house upon the earth, and against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
NOW when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into 2 Capernaum. And a centurion's servant, whowas dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him earnestly, saying, That he was worthy for 5 whom he should do this. For he loveth our
nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. 6 Then Jesus went with them; and when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that 7 thou shouldest enter under my roof; wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee
but say in a word, and my servant shall 8 be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come and he cometh; and to my servant, Do 9 this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard
these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great 10 faith, no not in Israel. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.
And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain: and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow and much people of the city was with 13 her. And when the Lord saw her, he had
compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep 14 not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, 15 Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he
that was dead sat up, and began to speak. 16 And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his 17 people. And this rumor of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the 18 region round about. And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things.
19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples, sent them unto Jesus, saying, Art thou
* See xxiv. chapter and 19th verse.
he that should come? or look we for another ?* 20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look 21 we for another? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits, and unto many that were 22 blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering, said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to 23 the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in me.
And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the 25 wind? But what went ye out to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they who are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, 26 are in kings' courts. But what went ye out
* John, perhaps, sent his disciples to Jesus for their own satisfaction yet it is very possible he was in doubt himself, whether Jesus were the promised Messiah. He knew indeed that he was sent of God-but the Jews seemed to have had an opinion, that before Christ's appearance, not only Elijah, but another great prophet would come, as predicted by Moses. See John i. 25.
+ Christ here probably alludes to the opinion prevalent among the Jews, that the Messiah was to be a mighty prince. If ye went out to find a worldly character, ye were disappointed. If ye expected a prophet, John, indeed was such and in some respects greater. For he was the immediate and contemporary herald of Messiah.
to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, 27 and much more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, Behold I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare 28 thy way before thee. For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women, there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist : but he that is least in the kingdom of God, is 29 greater than he.* And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, glorified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and lawyerst rejected the counsel of God against themselves, not being baptized of him.
And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what 32 are they like? They are like children sitting in the market-place, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, 33 and ye have not wept. For John the Baptist came neither cating bread, nor drinking wine; 34 and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold, a gluttonous man, and a wine-bibber, 35 a friend of publicans and of sinners.§ But wisdom is justified of all her children.
And one of the Pharisees desired him that
Greater in his knowledge of religion and of the doctrines of the gospel, which is called the kingdom of God. + Scribes, or teachers of the law.
Or is insane.
It appears the Jews possessed a cavilling disposition, and were determined to object to every thing.