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time they should see with their cyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your cars for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side,

20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it: Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a wbile : for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

22 He also that received seed among the thorns, is he that heareth the word ; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh un. fruitful.

23 But he that received seed into the good ground, is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also bear. eth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundred fold, some sixty, some thirtv.

LESSON XXXI.*

. Matthew, Chap. 13. 24 ANOTHER parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field ; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. Ć 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thoų sow good seed in thy field ? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy bath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather thenr up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together

* N. B. In the third edition of the Scripture Catechism this is qum. bered XXX, as well as the foregoing Lesson.

until the harvest : and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

31 Another parable put he forth unto thein, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field.

32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not uuto them :

35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables : I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of Man: the field is the world: the good seed are the children of the kingdom ; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

39. The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire ; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of Man shall send forth bis angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire; there shall be wailing and goashing of teeth,

43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their father. Who hath ears to hear let him bear.

44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field, the which, when a man bath found he hideth, and, for joy thereof, goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man seeking goodly pearls : Who, when be had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

. 47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

49 So shall it be at the end of the world : the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth...

51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord, ' I. 52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every seribe which

is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old,

53 And it came to pass, that wben Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.. And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?

55 Is not not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas ? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things ?

57 Aud they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in bis own house. :

58 And he did not many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. . .

LESS O N XXXII......

Luke, Chap. 8, Matthew, Chap. 14. And it came to pass afterwards, that he went throughout every city and village preaching, and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God, and the twelve were with liim. 1*.

' is 2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,and Joanna, the wife of Chuża, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. . . . . }

* . 1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of, Jesus, and said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist;

he is risen from the dead : and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.

3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.

4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, anal pleased Herod.

7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.

9 And the king was sorry; nevertheless for the oath's sake, and thein which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.

11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel : and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when ne peopie nad neard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.

LESSON XXXIII,

Luke, Chap. 7. And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and • sat down to meat.

37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,

38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the

ointment. · 39 Now when the Pharisee, which had bidden him, saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him; for she is a sinner.

40 And Jesus answering, said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors ; the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And

when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me, therefore, which of them will love him most?

43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast i rightly judged.

44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.

45 Thou gavest me no kiss ; but this woman, since the time I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. ;

47 Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins, which are many, are forgiven ; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, who is this that forgiveth sins also ? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee ; go in peace.

LESSON XXXIV.

John, Chap. 5. AFTER this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem, by the sheep-market, a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, hav, ing five porches.

3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

4. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first, after the troubling of the water, stepped in, was made whole of whatever disease he had.

5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw hin lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith wnto him, Wilt thou be made whole ?

The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled to put me into the pool; but while I. am coming, another steppeth down before me.

8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed and walk.

9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked; and on the same day was the sabbath,

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