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ed: If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone or if he ask, a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion . If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall yout heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
? * And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said upto bim, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea, rather blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
:>. † No man; when he hath lighted a candle, put. eth it in a secret, place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which, come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
And as he spake, a certain. Pharisee besought him to dine with him; and he went in, and sat down to meat. And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisées make clean the outside of the cup and the platter ; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Ye fools, did not he that made that which is - without make that which is within also ? But rather give alms of such things as you have"; and, behold, all things are clean-unto you. But woe unto yon, Pharisees ! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgement and the love of God': these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Woe 'unto you Pharisees! for yè love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Woe unto yoii, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not; and the men that walk over them are not aware of them. Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying, thou reproachest us also. And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be bornë, and ye yourselves touch riot-the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them, Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and soine of them they shall slay and persécute; that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; from the blood of Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple : verily I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation. Woe unto you, lawyers ! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge : ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
* In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware yé of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that shall not be reveal. ed; neither hid, that sball not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken 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, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will foreward you whom , ye shall fear: fear lim which, after he haih killed, hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings ? and uot one of them is forgotten before God : but even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore: ye are of more value than many spar. rows. Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall coufess me before men, biin shalt the Son of inan also confess before the angels of God: but he that denieth me before men, shall be denied before the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven' him : but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven. And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates and powers, take ye no thought how. or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: for the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge 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 he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saving, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and "lie thoảight within himself, saying, What shall I do,' because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will 1 do:+I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will 1 bestow all my fruits and my goods. *And I'will say to my sor), Son), thou hast uuch gooils laid up for many years; take thive ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thorin fool!- this night thy soul shall be required of-thee: Alren whose shall those things bë which thou hast providect? So is he that layéth'up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God. And he said unto his disciples, Tlièrefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat ; neither for the body, * what ye shall put on. The life is inore than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ra"vens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storeliouse nor baro; and God feedeth them. How much more are ye better than the fowls? * And which of you with taking thought can add to "his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do
that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow; they toil not, they spiù not: and yet 1 say unto you, That Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to-day in tlie field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, 0 ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that have need of these things. But rather seek ye ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the king.
dom. Sell that ye have, and give almg: provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning ; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants whoin the lord, when he cometh, shall fiud watching : verily I say unto you, That he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve theni. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the good mau of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also : for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all. And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, That he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the men-servants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; the lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint hiin his portion with the