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new piece that filled it up, taketh away from 22 the old, and the rent is made worse. And no

man putteth new wine into old bottles : else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred; but

new wine must be put into new bottles. * 23 And it came to pass, that he went through the

cornfields on the sabbath-day : and his disci.

ples began, as they weni, to pluck the ears of 24 corn. And the Pharisees said unto him, Be.

hold, why do they on the sabbath-day that 25 which is not lawful ?' And he said unto them

Have ye never read what David did when he

had need, and was hungry, he, and they that 26 were with him ?? How he went into the house

of God in the clays of Abiathar the high priest and did eat the shew bread, which is not law.

ful to eat, but for the priests, and gave also' to 27 them which were with him? And he said

unto them, The sabbath was made for man, 28 and not man for the sabbath :1 Therefore the

Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath..

CHAP. III.

AND he entered again into the synagogue; and was a man there who had a withered hand. 2 And they watched him, whether he would

heal him on the sabbath-day ; that they might * The bottles were of leather.

† Any mere forms or rites of religion may be dispensed with in cases urgency.

# The Sabbath was designed for the benefit and inzprovement of man ; and not man merely to observe the Sabbath.

of

3 have a charge against him. And he saith unto

the man who had the withered hand, Stand 4 forth. And he saith unto them, Is it lawful

to do good on the sabbath-days, or to do evil ?

to save life, or to kill ? but they were silent. 5 And when he had looked round about on them

with anger, * being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out :

and his hand was restored whole as the other. 6 And the Pharisees went forth, and immediate

ly conspired with the Herodianst against him, 7 how they might destroy him. But Jesus

withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea :

and a great multitude from Galilee followed 8 him, and from Judea, and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond Jordan

; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great mul

titude, when they had heard what great things 9 he did, came unto him. And he spake to his

disciples, that a small ship should wait on him,

because of the multitude, lest they should 10 throng him. For he had healed many ; inso

much that they pressed upon him to touch 11 him, as many as had plagues. And unclean

spirits, when they saw him, fell down before

him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of 12 God. And he strictly charged them, that they

* Well might he be angry at such perverseness.

+ Men of no religion, mere politicians, and men of the world; partizans of Herod, the reigning prince. The Pharisees hated Herod and the Romans, by whose authority he ruled the Jews. But to accomplish their malignant purposes against Jesus, they united with this prince, and pretended our Lord was aiming at political and civil power.

13 should not make him known. And he goeth

up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom 14 he would : and they came unto him. And

he ordained twelve that they should be with

him, and that he might send them forth to 15 preach ; and to have power to heal sicknesses, 16 and to cast out devils. And Simon he sur . 17 named Peter, and James the son of Zebedee,

and John the brother of James (and he sur

named thein Boanerges, which is, the sons 18 of thunder ;) and Andrew and Philip, and

Bartholomew, and Matthew and Thomas, and

James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, and 19 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, which

also betrayed him : and they went into an 20 house. And the multitude cometh together

again, so that they could not so much as eat 21 bread. And when his friends heard of it,

they went out to lay hold on him : for they

said, He is beside himself. 22 And the scribes which came down from Je

rusalem, said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. And he called them unto him, and said unto

them in parables, How can Satan cast out Sa24 tan ? And if a kingdom be divided against it25 self, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a

house be divided against itself, that house can26 not stand. And if Satan rise up against him

self, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath 27 an end. No man can enter into a strong man's

house and spoil his goods, except he will first

bind the strong man : and then he vill spoil 28 his house. Verily I say unto you, All the

sins of men are pardonable, and blasphemies,

wherewith soever they shall blaspheme : But 29 he that shall blaspheme against the Holy

Spirit, hath never forgiveness, but is in dan30 ger of eternal damnation : * Because they said,

He hath an unclean spirit. 31 Then his brethren and his mother came,

and standing without, sent unto him, call32 ing him. And the multitude sat about him,

and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother 33 and thy brethren without seek for thee. And

he answered them saying, Who is my mother, 34 or my brethren ? And he looked round about

on them which sat about him, and said, Behold 35 my mother and my brethren. For whosoever

shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

CHAP. IV.

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AND he began again to teach by the seaside : and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea ; and the whole multitude was

The sin against the Holy Spirit appears to have consisted in attributing the miraculous works of the Spirit to the agency of Satan, and in a perverse and wilful opposition to the proofs afforded in favor of Christ as the Son of God, by the works, which he was enabled to do by the power of God: For with such a disposition, and such an obstinate temper, there was no way to convince thein ; and without belief and acknowledgment of Christ, there woul' be no forgiveness—The 30th gives the reason.

2 by the sea on the land. And he taught them

many things by parables, and said unto them 3 in his doctrine, Hearken ; behold, there went 4 out a sower to sow : And it came to pass as

he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and the 5 fowls of the air came and devoured it. And

some fell on stony ground, where it had not

much earth ; and immediately it sprang up, 6 because it had no depth of earth. But when

the sun was up, it was scorched ; and because 7 it had no root, it withered away. And some

fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and 8 choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other

fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up, and increased, and brought forth,

some thirty, and some sixty, and some 'an 9 hundred fold. And he said unto them, He 10 that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And

when he was alone, they that were about him,

with the twelve, asked of him the parable.* 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given

to know the mystery of the kingdom of God:

but unto them that are withoutf all these things 12 are done in parables ; that seeing they may

see, and not perceive ; and hearing they may hear and not understand ; lest at any time they

should be converted, and their sins should be 13 forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know

ye not this parable ? how then will ye know all parables ?

* An explanation of the parable.
+ That is, those who did not receive him.

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