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for it must needs be that offences come ; but

wo to inan by ivhom the offence cometh.* 8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee,

cut them off, and cast them from thee : it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maim.

ed, rather than having two hinds or two feet, 9 to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine

eye offend thue, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life

with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to 10 be cast into hell-fire. Take heed that ve des..

pise not one of these little ones : for I s y unto you, that in heaven their angels do in

ways behold the face of my Father who is in il heaven. For the Son of man is come to 12 save that which was lost. How think ye? if

a man have an hundred sheep, and one of theni be gone astray, doth le not leave the ninety

and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and 13 seeketh that which is gone astray ?! And if

* It is certain, indeed, that offences will come there is a sort of necessity that there simuld be offences, seeing what is the nature and conslition of meu. But this is so excuse for sin. Wo to those who do evil.

+ The duty of self-{Xenial is here taught, and we are required to give up any worldly or personal pleasure rather than neglect our duty.

Angels mean the spirits of children, who invariably stand in the divine presence; or, are happy after death. This is truly a consoling doctrine. The passage does not at all support the idea of guardian angels.

$ This is the character of Christ : how aceeptable then should he be to sinful men !

| This is a beautiful parable, and foreibly represents the coinpassion and parental afectiva of the Deity:

he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoi.

ceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety 14 and nine which went not astray. Even so it

is not the will of your Father who is in heav

en, that one of these little ones should perish. 15 Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against

thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and

him alone : if he shall hear thee, thou hast 16 gained thy brother. But if he will not hear

thee, then take with thee one or two more, that

in the mouth of two or three witnesses every 17 word may be established. And if he shall ne

glect to hear them, tell it unto the church : but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be

unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.* 18 Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall

bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven : and

whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, shall be 19 loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, that

if two of you shall agree on earth, as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done

for them of my Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together

in my name, there am I in the midst of them. 21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord,

how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I 22 forgive him ; till seven times ? Jesus saith

unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven

times only : but until seventy times seven. 23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened

unto a certain king, who would take account

* The whole business of Christian discipline is here fully taught and explained.

24 of his servants. And when he had begun to

reckon, one was brought unto him, who 25 owed him ten thousand talents. But foras

much as he had not to pay, his master commanded him to be sold, and his wife and chil.

dren, and all that he had, and payment to be 26 made. Then the servant fell down and worship

ped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, 27 and I will påy thee all. Then the lord of

that servant was moved with compassion, and 28 loosed him, and förgave him the debt. But

the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, who owed him an hundred pence : and he laid hands on him, and

took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that 29 thou owest. And his fellow'-servant fell down

at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have

patience with me, and I will pay thce all. 30 And he would not ; but went and cast hiin 31 into prison, till he should pay the debt. So

when his fellow-servants saw what was done,

they were very sorry, and came and told unto 32 their master all that was done. Then bis mas

ter, after that he had called him, said unto him,

O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that 33 debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest

not thou also have had compassion on thy

fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee? 54 And his master was wroth, and delivered him

to the tormenters, * till he should pay all that 35 was due unto him. So likewise shall my

heavenly Father do also unto you, if

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* Those who kept the prisons.

your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.


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1 AND it came to pass, that when Jesus had

finished these sayings, he departed from Gali

lee, and came into the coast of Judea, near 2 Jordan ; and great multitudes followed him ;

and he healed them there. 3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempt

ing him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for

a man to put away his wife for every cause ? 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have

ye not read, that he who made them at the be5 ginning, made them male and female ? And

said, For this cause shall a man leave father

and mother, and shall cleave to his wife : and 6 they twain shall be one flesh. Wherefore they

are no more twain, but one flesh. What

therefore God hath joined together, let not man 7 put asunder. They say unto him, Why did

Moses then command to give a writing of di. 8 vorcement, and to put her away ?* He saith

unto them, Moses, because of the hardness of
your hearts, suffered you to put away your

wives; but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say unto you, whosoever shall put

away his wife, except it be for fornication, and
shall marry another, committeth adultery :

* Moses did not command to put away ; bot directed, that if a man divorced his wife, he should give a writing of diyorcement.

and whoso marrieth her who is put away, doth

commit adultery. 10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of

the man be so with his wife, it is not good to 11 marry. But he said unto them, All men

cannot receive this saying, save they to whom 12 it is given. For there are some eunuchs,

which were so born from their motheis womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is

able to receive it, let him receive it. 13 Then were brought unto him little chil.

dren, that he should put his hands on them,

and pray : and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid

them not to come unto me: for of such is 15 the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his

hands on them, and departed thence. 16 And behold, one came and said unto him,

Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that 17 I may have eternal life? And he said unto

him, Why callest thou me good ? there is none good but one, that is God :* but if thou

wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said,

Thou shalt do no murder, thou shalt not

commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou 19 shalt not bear false witness, honor thy father

and thy mother : and, thou shalt love thy 20 neighbor as thyself. The young man saith

* None perfectly good but God.

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