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And leaving all, he arose and followed 29 him. And Levi made him a great feast in
his own house : and there was a great com
pany of publicans, and of others who sat down 30 with them. But their scribes and Pharisees
murmured against his disciples, saying, Why
do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31 And Jesus answering, said unto them, They
who are whole need not a physician; but 32 they who are sick. I came not to call the
righteous, but sinners to repentance. * 33 And they said unto him, Why do the dis
ciples of John and of the Pharisees fast often,
and make prayers, but thine eat and drink? 34 And he said unto them, Can ye make the
children of the bride-chamber fast, while the 35 bridegroom is with them? But the days will
come, when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in
those days. 36 And he also addressed to them this simili.
tude : No man putteth a piece of new garment upon an old : if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken
out of the new agreeth not with the old. 37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles, f
else che new wine will burst the bottles, and 38 be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But
* The Savior was full of compassion to sinners, and promised them pardon on repentance: Yet his doctrines are most pure and holy. He discovers no favor towards those who continue in sin.
† The bottles were large leather bags, and new wine by fermeutation would be likely to burst them.
new wine must be put into new bottles; and 39 both are preserved. No man also having
drunken old wine, immediately desireth new : for he saith, The old is better.
1 AND it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first,* that he went through the corn-fields; and his disciples plucked the
ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their 2 hands. And some of the Pharisees said unto
them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to 3 do on the sabbath-days? And Jesus answer
ing them, said, Have ye not read so much as
this, what David did, when himself was 4 hungry, and they who were with him ? How
he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shew-bread, and gave also to them
that were with him ; which is not lawful to 5 eat, but for the priests alone? And he said
unto thein, That the Son of man is Lord also 6 of the sabbath. And it came to pass also on
another sabbath, that he entered into the
synagogue, and taught : and there was a man 7 whose right hand was withered: And the
scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath-day ; that they
* Learned men are not agreed in construing this expression. It probably has reference to some arrangement or appellation of the sabbath among the Jews relative to some of their festivals. It might be the second sabbath after the first day of the passover.
8 might find an accusation against him.* But
he knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, Rise up, and stard
forth in the midst. And he arose and stood 9 forth. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask
you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath
days to do good, or to do evil ? to save life, 10 or to destoy it? And looking round about
upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch
forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand 11 was restored whole as the other. And they
were filled with madness,t and consulted one 12 with another what they might do to Jesus. And
it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all
night in prayer to God. I 13 And when it was day, he called unto him
his disciples : and of them he chose twelve, 14 whom also he named Apostles : Simon
(whom he also named Peter) and Andrew his
brother ; James and John ; Philip and Bar15 tholomew ; Matthew and Thomas, James the
son of Alpheus, and Simon called Zelotes; 16 and Judas the brother of James; and Judas
Iscariot, who also was the traitor.
* The Pharisees were very superstitions. They condemned Jesus for performing miracles of mercy upon the afflicted, on the sabbath. They must have been confounded and ashamed when he inquired of them if they did not labor on that day for the comfort of the brutes ?
+ They could not answer his queries, and yet they were determined to oppose bim.
If Jesus found the advantage of prayer, how much more important should it be considered for man, who is so liable to err, and so much exposed to temptation ?
17 And he came down with them, and stood
in the plain ; and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of the people, out of all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the sea-coasts
of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him, 18 and to be healed of their diseases, and they
who were vexed with unclean spirits : and 19 they were healed. And the whole multitude
sought to touch him : for there went virtue
out of him, and healed them all. 20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples,
and said, Blessed are ye poor : for yours is 21 the kingdom of God.* Blessed are ye that
hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now : for
now : for ye shall rejoice. 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and
when they shall avoid you, and shall reproach 23 and defame you for the Son of man's sake. Re
joice ye in that day, and triumph : for behold, your reward is great in heaven : for in like
inanner did their fathers treat the prophets. 24 But wo unto you who are rich: for ye have 25 received your consolation.
Wo unto you who are full : for ye shall hunger. Wo unto
you who laugh now :t for ye shall mourn 26 and weep
Wo unto you when men shall speak well of you : for so did their fathers to
the false prophets. 27 But I say unto you who hear, Love your
* This is the substance of the Lord's sermon from the mount, which Matthew more fully gives, and contains three chapters, the fifth, sixth and seventh.
+ Indulge to levity and inerriment: and are inconsiderate and devoted to worldly pleasures.
enemies, do good to them who hate you. 28 Bless them who curse you, and pray for them 29 who despitefully use you. And unto him
that smiteth thee on the one cheek, offer also
the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak, 30 forbid not to take thy coat also.* Give to
every man that asketh of thee ; and of him
that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31 And as ye would that men should do to you, 32 do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love
them who love you, what thank have ye ?
for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them who do good to
you, what thank have ye? for singers also do 34 even the same. And if ye lend to them of
whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye ?
for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as 35 much again. But love ye your enemies, and
do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again ; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Most High: for he is
kind unto the unthankful, and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also 37 is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be
judged : condemn not, and ye shall not be
condemned : forgive and ye shall be forgiven : 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you ; good
measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure with which ye mete, it shall be measured to you
* These expressions are not to be understood literally, They inculcate a pacific and forgiving spirit.