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4 And JEsus making answer said |ing por drinking ; and they say · to them : Go and relate to John He hath a devil. what you have heard and seen. 19 The son of man came eating

5 The blind see, the lame walk, and drinking, and they say : Bethe lepers are cleansed, the deaf hold a man that is a glutton and a hear, the dead rise again, the poor wine-drinker, a friend of publicans have the gospel preached to them. and sinners. And wisdom is jus

6 And blessed is he that shall tified by her children. not be scandalized in me.

20 Then began he to upbraid the 7 And when they went their way, cities, wherein were done the most JEsus began to say to the multi- of his miracles, for that they had tudes concerning John: What went not done penance. you out into the desert to see ? a 21 Wó to thee, Corozain, wo reed shaken with the wind ? to thee, Bethsaida : for if in Tyre

8 But what went you out to see? and Sidon had been wrought the a man clothed in soft garments ? miracles that have been wrought Behold they that are clothed in in you, they had long ago done pesoft garments, are in the houses of nance in sack-cloth and ashes. kings.

22 But I say unto you, it shall be 9 But what went you out to see? more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon a prophet ? yea I tell you, and more in the day of judgment, than for you. than a prophet.

23 And thou,

Capharnaum, shalt 10 For this is he of whom it is thou be exalted up to heaven? written : Behold I send my Angel thou shalt go down even unto hell. before thy face who shall prepare For if in Sodom had been wrought thy way before thee.

the miracles that have been wrought 11 Amen I say to you, there in thee, perhaps it had remained hath not risen among them that are unto this day. born of women a greater than John 24 But I say unto you, that it the baptist : yet he that is the les- shall be more tolerable for the land ser in the kingdom of heaven is of Sodom in the day of judgment, greater than he.

than for thee. 12 And from the days of John the 25 At that time Jesus answered Baptist until now, the kingdom of and said : I confess to thee, O Faheaven suffereth violence, and the ther, Lord of heaven and earth, beviolent bear it away.

cause thou hast hid these things 18 For all the prophets and the from the wise and prudent, and hast law prophesied until John : revealed them to little ones.

14 And if you will receive it, he 26 Yea, Father; for so hath it is Elias that is to come.

seemed good in thy sight. 15 He that hath ears to hear, let 27 All things are delivered to him hear.

me by my Father. And no one 16 But whereunto shall I esteem knoweth the Son, but the Father: this generation to be like? It is like neither doth any one know the Fato children sitting in the market- ther, but the Son, and he to whom place,

it shall please the Son to reveal 17 Who crying to their compa- him. nions say: We have piped to you, 28 Come to me, all you that laand you have not danced: we have bour, and are burdened, and I will lamented, and you have not mourn- refresh you. ed.

29 Take up my yoke upon you, 18 For John came neither eat- and leam of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall will he not take hold on it and lin find rest to your souls.

it up? 30 For my yoke is sweet and 12 How much better is a man my burden light.

than a sheep? Therefore it is lawCHAP. XII.

ful to do a good deed on the sabChrist reproves the Pharisees. bath-days. T that time JESUS went 13 Then he saith to the man :

A Through on the Web Stretch for the engithand and a ne

bath: and his disciples being hun- stretched it forth, and it was regry, began to pluck the ears, and stored to health even as the other. to eat.

14 And the Pharisees going out 2 And the Pharisees seeing them, made a consultation against him, said to him: Behold thy disciples how they might destroy him. do that which is not lawful to do 15 But Jesus knowing it, retired on the sabbath-days.

from thence : and many followed 3 But he said to them : Have him, and he healed them all. you not read what David did when

16 And he charged them that he was hungry, and they that were they should not make him known. with him :

17 That it might be fulfilled 4 How he entered into the house which was spoken by Isaias the of God, and did eat the loaves of prophet, saying : proposition, which it was not law- 18 Behold my servant whom I have ful for him to eat, nor for them that chosen, my beloved in whom my soul were with him, but for the priests hath been well pleased. I will put only?

my Spirit upon him, and he shall 5 Or have ye not read in the law, shew judgment to the gentiles. that on the sabbath-days the priests 19°He shall not contend, por cry in the temple break the sabbath, out, neither shall any man hear his and are without blame ?

voice in the streets. 6 But I tell you that there is 20 The bruised reed he shall not here a greater than the temple. break, and smoking flax he shall not

7 And if you knew what this extinguish : till he send forth judgmeaneth, I will have mercy, and ment unto victory. not sacrifice : you would never 21 And in his name the gentiles have condemned the innocent. shall hope.

8. For the son of man is Lord 22 Then was offered to him one eyen of the sabbath.

possessed with a devil, blind and 9 And when he had passed from dumb: and he healed him, so that thence, he came into their syna- he spoke and saw. gogue.

23 And all the multitudes were 10 And behold there was a man amazed, and said : Is not this the who had a withered hand, and they son of David ? asked him, saying : Is it lawful to 24 But the Pharisees hearing it, heal on the sabbath-days ? that said: This man casteth not out dethey might accuse him.

vils but by Beelzebub the prince of 11 But he said to them: What the devils. man shall there be among you, that 25 And JESUS knowing their hath one sheep: and if the same thoughts, said to them : Every fall into a pit on the sabbath-day, kingdom divided against itself shal?

Ver. 4. The loaves of proposition. So were called the twelve loaves which were placed before the sanctuary in the temple of God,

be made desolate : and every city| 35 A good man out of a good or house divided against itself shall treasure bringeth forth good not stand.

things: and an evil man out of an 26 And if satan cast out satan, evil treasure bringeth forth evil he is divided against himself: how things. then shall his kingdom stand ? 36 But I say unto you, that eve

27 And if I by Beelzebub cast ry idle word that men shall speak, out devils, by whom do your child- they shall render an account for it ren cast them out? Therefore they in the day of judgment. shall be your judges.

37 For by thy words thou shalt 28 But if I by the Spirit of God be justified, and by thy words thou cast out devils, then is the kingdom shalt be condemned. of God come upon you.

38 Then some of the Scribes and 29 Or how can any one enter into Pharisees answered him, saying : the house of the strong, and rifie Master, we would see a sign from his goods, unless he first bind the thee. strong ? and then he will rifle his 39 Who answering said to them: house.

An evil and adulterous generation 30 He that is not with me, is seeketh a sign; and a sign shall against me : and he that gathereth not be given it, but the sign of Jonot with me, scattereth.

nas the prophet. 31 Therefore I say to you: Every 40 For as Jonas was in the sin and blasphemy'shall be forgiv- whale's belly three days and three en men, but the blasphemy of the nights : so shall the son of man be Spirit shall not be forgiven. in the heart of the earth three days

32 And whosoever shall speak a and three nights. word against the son of man, it 41 The men of Ninive shall rise shall be forgiven him : but he that in judgment with this generation, shall speak against the Holy Ghost, and shall condemn it: because it shall not be forgiven him neither they did penance at the preaching in this world, nor in the world to of Jonas. And behold a greater

than Jonas here. 33 Either make the tree good, 42 The queen of the south shall and its fruit good : or make the tree rise in judgment with this generaevil, and its fruit evil. For by the tion, and shall condemn it: because fruit the tree is known.

she came from the ends of the 34 O generation of vipers, how earth to hear the wisdom of Solocan you speak good things, where- mon, and behold a greater than as you are evil ? for out of the Solomon here. abundance of the heart the mouth 43 And when an unclean spirit speaketh.

is gone out of a man he walketh


Ver. 31. The blasphemy of the Spirit. The sin here spoken of is that blasphemy by which the Pharisees attributed the miracles of Christ, wrought by the Spirit of God, to Beelzebub the prince of devils. Now this kind of sin is usually accompanied with such obstinacy &such wilful opposing the Spirit of God, and the known truth, that men who are guilty of it are seldom or never converted. And therefore are never forgiven, because they will not repent. Otherwise there is no sin which God cannot, or will not forgive, to such as sincerely repent, and have recourse to the keys of the church.

Ver. 32. Nor in the world to come. From these words St. Augustine (De Civ. l. xxi. c.13.) and St. Gregory (Dialog. l. iv. c. 39.) gather, that some sins may be remitted in the world to come: and consequently that there is a purgatory, or a middle place.

Ver. 36. Every idle word. This shews there must be a place of temporal punishment hereaster, where these slighter faults shall be punished.

through dry places seeking rest, ground, where they had not much and findeth none.

earth: and they sprung up immo44 Then he saith, I will return diately, because they had no deepinto my house from whence I came ness of earth, out. And coming he findeth it 6 And when the sun was up, they empty, swept, and garnished. were scorched: and because they

45 Then he goeth, and taketh had not root, they withered away. with him seven other spirits more 7 And others fell among thorns ; wicked than himself, and they enter and the thorns grew up and choked in and dwell there : and the last them. state of that man is made worse 8 And others fell upon good than the first. So shall it be also ground : and they brought forth to this wicked generation. fruit, some an hundred fòld, some

46 As he was yet speaking to sixty fold, and some thirty fold. the multitudes, behold his mother 9 He that hath ears to hear, let and his brethren stood without, him hear. seeking to speak to him.

10 And his disciples came and 47 And one said unto him, Be- said to him: Why speakest thou to hold thy mother and thy brethren them in parables ? stand without, seeking thee.

11 Who answered and said to 48 But he answering him that them : Because to you it is given told him, said: Who is my mother, to know the mysteries of the kingand who are my brethren? dom of heaven : but to them it is

49 And stretching forth his hand not given. towards his disciples, he said : Be- 12 For he that hath, to him shall hold my mother and my brethren. be given, and he shall abound : but

50 For whosoever shall do the he that hath not, from him shall be will of my Father, that is in heaven; taken away that also which he hath. he is my brother, and sister, and 13 Therefore do I speak to them mother.

in parables : because seeing they CHAP, XIII.

see not, and hearing they hear The parable of the sower. not, neither do they understand : TUTE VIIE same day Jesus going out 14 And the prophecy af Isaias

of the house, sat by the sea side, is fulfilled in them, who saith ; By 2 And great multitudes were ga- hearing you shall hear; and shall thered together unto him, so that not understand : and seeing you he went up into a boat and sat: shall see, and shall not perceive. and all the multitude stood on the 15 For the heart of this people is shore ;

grown gross, and with their ears 3 And he spoke to them many they have been dull of hearing, and things in parables, saying, Behold their eyes they have shut : lest at any the sower went forth to sow. time they should see with their eyes,

4 And whilst ho soweth some fell and hear with their ears, and underby the way side, and the birds of stand with their heart, and be conthe air came and ate them up. verted, and I should heal them. 5 And other some fell upon stony,

16 But blessed are your eyes, Ver. 48. Who is my mother! This was not spoken by way of slighting his mother ; but to shew that we are never to suffer ourselves to be taken off from the service of God, by any inordinate affection to our earthly parents : And that what our Lord chiefly regarded in his mother, was her doing the will of his Father in heaven. It may also further allude to the re. probation of the Jews, his carnal kindred, and the election of the Ganfiles.

my barn.

way side.

because they see, and your ears, seed in thy field ? whence then hath because they hear.

it cockle ? 17 For, "Amen I say to you, 28 And he said to them: Anene. many prophets and just men have my hath done this. And the serdesired to see the things that you vants said to him: Wilt thou that see, and have not seen them: and we go and gather it up? to hear the things that you hear 29 And he said: No, lest perand have not heard them.

haps gathering up the cockle, you 18 Hear you therefore the para- root up the wheat also together with ble of the sower.

it. 19 When any one heareth the 30 Suffer both to grow until the word of the kingdom, and under- harvest, and in the time of the harstandeth it not, there cometh the vest I will say to the reapers : Ga. wicked one, and catcheth away that ther up first the cockle, and bind it which was sown in his heart: this into bundles to burn, but the wheat is he that received the seed by the gather ye into

31 Another parable he proposed 20 And he that received the seed unto them, saying: The kingdom upon stony ground: this is he that of heaven is like to a grain of musheareth the word, and immediately tard-seed, which a man took and receiveth it with joy.

sowed in his field. 21 Yet hath he not root in him- 32 Which is the least indeed of self, but is only for a time : and all seeds : but when it is grown up, when there ariseth tribulation and it is greater than all herbs, and bepersecution because of the word, he cometh a tree, so that the birds of is presently scandalized.

the air come, and dwell in the 22 And he that received the seed branches thereof. among thorns, is he that heareth 33 Another parable he spoke to the word, and the care of this world them: The kingdom of heaven is and the deceitfulness of riches cho- like to leaven, which a woman took keth up the word, and he becometh and hid in three measures of meal, fruitless.

until the whole was leavened. 23 But he that received the seed 34 All these things Jesus spoke upon good ground: this is he that in parables to the multitudes; and heareth the word, and understand without parables he did not speak eth, and beareth fruit, and yieldeth to them : the one an hundred fold, and ano- 35. That it might be fulfilled ther sixty, and another thirty. which was spoken by the prophet

24 Another parable he proposed saying: Į will open my mouth in to them, saying: The kingdom of parables, I will utter things hidden heaven is likened to a man that from the foundation of the world. sowed good seed in his field.

36 Then having sent away the 25 But while men were asleep, multitudes, he came into the house, his enemy came and oversowed and his disciples came to him, saycockle among the wheat, and went ing: Expound to us the parable of

the cockle of the field. 26 And when the blade was sprung 37 Who made answer and said up, and had brought forth fruit, then to them : He that soweth the gool appeared also the cockle.

seed, is the son of man. 27 And the servants of the good 38 And the field, is the world. man of the house coming, said to And the good seed are the children nim: Sir, didst thou not sow good lof the kingdom. And the cockle,

his way;

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