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and put on them their clothes, and they set him 8 thereon. And a very great multitude spread their

garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strewed them in 9 the way. And the multitude that went be

fore, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosan. na to the son of David :* blessed is he that

cometh in the name of the Lord : Hosanna, 10 in the highest strains. And when he was

come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, 11 saying, Who is this? And the multitude

said, This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth in

Galilee. 12 And Jesus went into the temple of God,

and cast out all them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the

money-changers, and the seats of them that 13 sold doves. And he said unto them, It is

written, My house shall be called the house of

prayer ; but ye have made it a den of thieves. 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in 15 the temple ; and he healed them. And when

the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying

in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the 16 son of David; they were sore displeased, and

said unto him, Hearest thou what these say ? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea, and have ye

never read, Out of the mouth of babes and 17 sucklings thou hast perfected praise ? And

he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany, and he lodged there.

* That is, God preserve the Son of David.

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18 Now in the morning, as he returned into 19 the city, he was hungry. And when he saw a

fig-tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.

And presently the fig-tree withered 20 away. And when the disciples saw it, they

marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig-tree 21 withered away? Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you,

if faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig-tree, but also, if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou remov.

ed, and be thou cast into the sea ; it shall be 22 done. And all things whatsoever ye shall

ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. 23 And when he was come into the temple, the

chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority dost thou these things?

? and who 24 gave thee this authority ?* And Jesus answer

ed and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in likewise will

will tell you by what authority I do these 25 things. The baptism of John whence was it?

from heaven or of men ? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, from

heaven ; he will say unto us, why did ye not 26 then believe him? But if we shall say, Of

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Why did they not ingenuously confess with Nicodemus, that Christ could not have done such mighty works except God were with him? There was no way to account for the miracles he performed, but by admitting that he had divine power and authority.

men; we fear the people : for all consider 27 John a prophet. And they answered Jesus,

and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I

do these things. 28 But what think ye? A man had two sons;

and he came to the first, and said, Son, go 29 work to-day in my vineyard. He answered

and said, I will not ; but afterward he repent30 éd,* and went. And he came to the second,

and said likewise : And he answered and said, 31 I will; yet went not.

Whether of the two did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say

unto you, that the publicans and the harlots 32 precedle you into the kingdom of God. For

John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not : but the publicans and the harlots believed him, and ye, when ye had seen, repented not afterward, that

ye might believe him. 33 Hear another parable : There was a certain

householder who planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in

it, and built a tower, and let it out to hus34 bandmen, and went into a far country. And

when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the hus

bandmen took his servants, and beat one, and 36 killed another, and stoned another. Again he

sent other servants of more dignity than the

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37 first : and they did unto them likewise. But

last of all, he sent unto them his son, saying, 38 They will respect my son. But when the hus

bandmen saw the son, they said among them

selves, This is the heir ; come let us kill him, 39 and let us seize on his inheritance. And they

caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, 40 and slew him. When the lord therefore of

the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto 41 those husbandmen? They say unto him, He

will cause those wicked men to perish miserably, and will let out his vineyard unto other

husbandmen, who shall render him the fruits 42 in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did

ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner : This the Lord

has done, and it is marvellous in our eyes ? 43 Therefore I say unto you, the kingdom of

God shall be taken from you, and given to a 44 nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.* And

whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be bro

ken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will 45 grind him to powder. And when the chief

priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, 16 they perceived that he spake of them. But

though they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude since they esteemed him as a prophet.

* It appears that many of these parables had reference to the rejection of the Jewish nation for their unbelief and wickedness, and to the calling of the Gentiles.

CHAP. XXII.

1 AND Jesus answered, and spake unto them 2 again by parabies, and said, The kingdom of

heaven is like unto a certain king, who made 3 a marriage feast for his son. And sent forth

his servants to call them who were invited to

the wedding : and they would not come. 4 Again he sent forth other servants, saying,

Tell them who are invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner :,my oxen and fatlings

are killed, and all things are ready ; come to 5 the marriage feast. But they, slighting the

invitation, went away one to his farm, another 6 to his merchandise : And the remnant took

his servants, and treated them cruelly, and slew 7 them. But when the king heard it, he was

wroth : and he sent forth his armies, and des

troyed those murderers, and burnt up their 8 city. Then saith he to his servants, The

marriage feast is ready, but they which were 9 invited were not worthy. Go ye therefore

into the high-ways, and as many as ye shall 10 find, invite to the marriage feast. So those

servants went out into the high-ways, and gathered together all, as many as they found, both

bad and good; and the marriage feast was 11 furnished with guests. And when the king

came in to see the guests, he saw there a man 12 who had not on a wedding garment : And

he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou

in hither, 'not having a wedding garment ? 13 and he was speechless.

Then said the king

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