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wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind ?

But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparalled, and live delicately, are in king's courts.

But what went ye out for to see ? a prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

For this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist : notwithstanding, he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

And from the days of John the Baptist, until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselyes, being not baptized of him.

And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I

liken the men of this generation ? and to what are they like ?

They are like unto 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, and ye have not wept.

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine ; 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, a friend of publicans and sinners!

But Wisdom is justified of all her children,

Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:

Woe unto thee, Chorazin !' woe unto thee, Bethsaida !’ for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre? and Sidon, they would have repented lorg ago in sackcloth and ashes. .

But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgement, than for you.

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell :

• Chorazin, a city of Galilee, near the lake.

? Bethsaida, situated a league or two from the desert mountain,

3 Sidon was a very ancient city, built by Sidon the son of Ham.

for if the mighty works which have been done. in thee had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. .

But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom' in the day of judgement, than for thee.

At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

All things are delivered unto me of my Father : and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 1 Tyre was built by a Colony from Sidon. , ;

Sodom, a town in Asia, destroyed by fire.—Bible.

CHAPTER XLII. In Capernaum Jesus dines with Simon the Pha

risee ; and is anointed for the first time. And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him; and he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.

And, behold, a woman in the city which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,

And stood at his feet behind him weeping, aud began to wash his feet with tears, and wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him ; for she is a sinner.

And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

There was a certain creditor which had two debtors : the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty :

And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me, therefore, which of them will love him most ?

Simon answered and said, I suppose that he

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