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1 ? AND he arose from thence, and cometh

into the coasts of Judea, by the farther side of Jordan : and the people resort unto him again ; and, as he was wont, he taught the m

again. 2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked

him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his 8 wife ? tempting him. And he answered and

said unto them, What did Moses command 4 you? And they said, Moses suffered to write

a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. 5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For

the hardness of your heart, he wrote you this 6 precept. But from the beginning of the cre

ation, God made them male and female. 7 Therefore shall a man leave his father and 8 mother, and cleave to his wife ; and they two

shall be one flesh: so then they are no more 9 two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath

joined together, let no man put asunder. 10 And in the house his disciples asked him again 11 of the same matter. And he saith unto them,

Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry

another, committeth adultery against her. 12 And if a woman shall put away her husband,

and be married to another, she committeth

adultery. 13 And they brought young children to him,

that he should touch them : and his disciples 14 rebuked those that brought them. But when

Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and

said unto them, Suffer the little children to

come unto me, and forbid them not: for of 15 such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say

unto you, whosoever shall not receive the king

dom of God as a little child, * he shall not enter 16 therein. And he took them up in his arms,

put his hands upon them, and blessed them.t 17 And when he was gone forth into the way,

there came one running, and kneeled to him,

and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do 18 that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus

said unto him, Why callest thou me good ?

there is none good but one, that is God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not

commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal,

Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Hon20 our thy father and mother. And he answered

and said unto him, Master, all these have I 21 observed from my youth. Then Jesus be

holding him, loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor,

and thou shalt have treasure in heaven : and 22 come, take up the cross and follow me. And

he was sad at that declaration, and went away

grieved: for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith


* That is, with docility, meekness, and a spirit of obedi

† It is not true then, as some imagine, that infants are objects of divine wrath, and fit subjects of eternal punishment.

That is, perfectly good, but the one God, or one, even God.

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unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that

have riches enter into the kingdom of God!* 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words.

But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that

trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of 25 God! It is easier for a camel to go through

the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter 26 into the kingdom of God.t And they were

astonished out of measure, saying among 27 themselves, Who then can be saved ? And

Jesus looking upon them, saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with

God all things are possible. 28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we 29 have left all, and have followed thee. And

Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, cr brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or

wife, or children, or lands for my sake and the 30 gospel's,& but he shall receive an hundred

fold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and

lands, with persecutions ; and in the world 31 to come eternal life. But many that are first

shall be last; and the last first.

* Because there is danger of their being unduly attached to the world. The idea is fully expressed in 21 verse, “How hard is it for them who trust in riches."

+ This was a common proverb among the Jews to express the great difficulty of a thing.

# The disciples of Christ have in all ages found friends to impart to them of their substance, and to afford them shelter and comfort.

52 And they were in the way going up to

Jerusalem ; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed ; and as they followed they were afraid.

And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should 33 happen unto him, saying, Behold, we go up

to Jerusalem ; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the

scribes ; and they shall condemn him to death, 34 and shall deliver him to the Gentiles : * And

they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him :

and the third day he shall rise again. 35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee,

come unto him, saying, Master, we would that

thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall 36 deşire.f And he said unto them, What would 37 ye that I should do for you? They said unto

him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on

thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, 38 in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, Ye

know not what ye ask : can ye drink of the cup

of which I drink ? and be baptized with 39 the baptism with which I am baptized ? And

they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup of which I drink ; and with the baptism with

which I am baptized, shall ye be baptized : 40 But to sit on my right hand, and on my left

*He was delivered to the Romans, a Gentile nation : The Jews were then governed as a Roman colony or province, and had not themselves the power to put any one to death.

+ The apostles were yet very worldly in their views and expectations.

hand, is not mine to give : except to them for 41 whom it is prepared. And when the ten heard

it, they began to be much displeased with 42 James and John. But Jesus called them to

him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they who are accounted to rule over the Gentiles,

exercise lordship over them ; and their great 43 ones exercise authority upon them. But so

shall it not be among you ; but whosoever

will be great among you, shall be your minis44 ter : And whosoever of you will be the chicfest, 45 shall be servant of all. For even the Son of

man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for

niany. 46 And they came to Jericho : and as he went

out of Jericho with his disciples, and a great

number of people, blind Bartimeus, the son of 47 Timeus, sat by the high-way, begging. And

when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,

he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son 48 of David, have mercy on me.

charged him that he should hold his peace :

but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son 49 of David, have mercy on me.

And Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called : and they call the blind man, saying unio him,

Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50 And he casting away his garment, rose, and 51 came to Jesus, And Jesus answered and said

unto him, What wilt thou that I should do

unto thee? The blind man said unto him, 52 Lord, that I might receive my sight. And

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