Sivut kuvina
PDF
ePub

manded him to be brought unto him : and

when he was come near, he asked him, 41 saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto

thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive 42 my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive 43 thy sight : thy faith hath saved thee : And

immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God : and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

CHAP. XIX.

1 AND Jesus entered and passed through 2 Jericho. And behold there was a man named

Zaccheus, who was the chief among the pub3 licans, and he was rich. And he wished to see

Jesus, who he was: and could not for the crowd, because he was low in stature.

And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore-tree to 5 see him ; for he was to pass that way. And

when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zaccheus,

make haste, and come down : for to-day 1 6 must abide at thy house. And immediately

he came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all murmured,

saying, He has gone to be a guest with one that 8 is a sinner. And Zaccheus standing up, said

unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if in any thing

I have injured a man, I restore him four-fold. 9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation

15 us.

come to this house, as he also is a son of Abra10 ham. For the Son of man is come to seek and 11 to save that which was lost. And while they

were listening to him, he added, and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and

because they thought that the kingdom of 12 God would immediately appear.

Then he said, A certain nobleman went into a far

country to receive for himself a kingdom, and 13 to return.* And he called his ten servants,

and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto 14 them, Occupy till I come.

But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over

And it was so, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, he commanded the servants to be called unto him to whom

he had given the money, that he might know 16 what everyone had gained. Then the first

came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten 17 pounds. And he said unto him, This is well,

thou good servant : and because thou hast

been faithful in a very little, thou shalt have 18 authority over ten cities. And the second

came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained 19 five pounds. And he said likewise to him, 20 Be thou also over five cities. And another

came, saying, Lord, behold, thy pound which 21 I have kept laid up in a napkin: For I feared

thee because thou art a severe man : thou takestup that thou didst not lay down,

Implying that they must yet have a season of trial and discipline; and that their happiness depended on the improvement of their privileges,

22 and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he

saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth I will judge thee, thou wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid

not down, and reaping that I did not sow : 23 Why then did you not put my money into the

bank, that at my coming I might have requir24 ed mine own with interest ?* And he said

unto them that stood by, Take from him the

pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. 25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten 26 pounds.) For I say unto you, that unto

every one who hath, shall be given ; and from

him that hath not, even that he hath shall be 27 taken away. But those mine enemies, who

would not that I should reign over them, bring

hither and slay before me. 28

And when he had thus spoken, he went on 29 before, journeying up to Jerusalem. And it came

to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethpage

and Bethany, at the mount called the mount 30 of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying,

Go ye into the village over against you ; in which, as you enter it, ye shall find a colt

tied, whereon yet never man sat : loose him, 31 and bring him hither. And if any man ask

you, Why do ye loose him ? ye shall say

unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. 32 And they who were sent, went their way, and 33 found even as he had said unto them. And

[ocr errors]

* We are here taught the necessity of active and useful virtue. It is not enough for the Christian, that lie be free of gross vices. He must be diligent in doing good and promoting the happiness of his fellow men,

as they were loosing the colt, the owners there.

of said unto them, Why loose ye the colt ? 34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him. 35 And they brought him to Jesus : and they

cast their garments upon the colt, and they 36 set Jesus thereon. And as he went, they 37 spread their clothes in the way. And when

he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God

with a loud voice, for all the mighty works 38 that they had seen, saying, Blessed be the

King that cometh in the name of the Lord,

Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.* 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the

multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy 40 disciples. And he answered and said unto

then, I tell you, that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry

out. 41 And when he was come near, he beheld

the city, and wept over it, saying, Othat

thou hadst known, at this day, the things of 42 thy peace! but now they are hidden from 43 thine eyes. For the days will come upon

thee, when thine enemies shall cast a trench

about thee, and compass thee round, and keep 44 thee in on every side, and will lay thee even

with the ground, and thy children within thee : and they will not leave in thee one stone upon

another : because thou didst not know the 45 time of thy visitation. And he went into the

* In the highest strains ; or among the highest angels,

temple, and began to cast out them that sold 46 therein, and them that bought, saying unto

them, It is written, My house is the house of

prayer : bet ye have made it a den of thieves 47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the

chief priests, and the scribes, and the rulers of 48 the people, sought to destroy bim ; and could

not find how they might do it: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

CHAP. XX.

1 AND on one of those days, as he taught

the people in the temple, and preached the

gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with 2 the elders, came to him, and addressed him,

saying, Tell us, by what authority thou dost

these things ? or who he is that gave thee this 3 authority? And he answered and said unto

them, I will also ask you one thing ; and 4. answer me: The baptism of John, was it from

heaven, or of man? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From

heaven ; he will say, Why then did ye not 6 believe him? But if we say, Of men; all the

people will stone us : for they are persuaded 7 that John was a prophet. And they answered, 8 that they could not tell whence it wns. And

Jesus said unto them, Neither do I tell you by 9 what authority I do these things. Then he

spake to the people this parable: A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it out to hus. bandmen, and went into a far country for a

« EdellinenJatka »