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ciples are doing that which it is not lawful to do on 3 the sabbath. And he said to them: Have ye not

read what David did, when he hungered, himself and 4 those with him; how he entered into the house of God, and ate the showbread, which it was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those with him, but for 5 the priests alone? Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane 6 the sabbath, and are blameless? But I say to you, 7 that a greater than the temple is here. But if ye

had known what this means, I desire mercy and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the blameless. 8 For the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath.

9 And departing from thence, he went into their 10 synagogue. And behold, there was a man, having

his hand withered. And they asked him, saying: Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath? that they might. 11 accuse him. And he said to them: What man

shall there be of you, that shall have one sheep, and if this fall into a pit on the sabbath, will not lay 12 hold of it, and raise it up? How much better then is a man than a sheep! So that it is lawful to do Then says he to the man:

13 well on the sabbath. Stretch forth thy hand.

And he stretched it forth;

and it was restored whole, as the other.

14 Then the Pharisees went out, and took counsel 15 against him, how they might destroy him. But Jesus knowing it, withdrew himself from thence;

and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all, and charged them that they should not 16 make him known. That it might be fulfilled which 17 was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: Be- 18 hold my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall declare judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; nor shall 19 any one hear his voice in the streets. A bruised 20 reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall Gentiles hope.


Then was brought to him one possessed with a 22 devil, blind, and dumb; and he healed him, so that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And 23 all the multitudes were amazed, and said: Is this the Son of David? But the Pharisees hearing it 24 said: This man does not cast out devils, except through Beelzebul prince of the devils. And Jesus, 25 knowing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and any city or house divided against itself shall not stand. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided 26 against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand? And if I through Beelzebul cast out devils, through 27 whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if through the Spirit 28

V. 22. The oldest copies omit, blind, and both.

of God I cast out devils, then is the kingdom of 29 God come near to you. Or how can any one enter



into a strong man's house, and seize upon his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters abroad.

Therefore I say to you, Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men; but the blasphemy against 32 the Spirit shall not be forgiven men. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in that which is to come.



Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for by the fruit the tree is known.

Brood of vipers! How can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the 35 heart the mouth speaks. The good man out of the good treasure sends forth good things; and the evil man out of the evil treasure sends forth evil things. 36 But I say to you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the 37 day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be

justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. 38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees

answered him saying: Teacher, we desire to see a 39 sign from thee. But he answered and said to them:

An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and no sign shall be given to it, but the sign of Jonah the prophet. For as Jonah was three days and 40 three nights in the belly of the fish, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Men of Nineveh shall rise in the judg- 41 ment with this generation, and shall condemn it; because they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, a greater than Jonah is here. A queen 42 of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it; for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

But when the unclean spirit is gone out from the 43 man, he goes through dry places seeking rest, and finds it not. Then he says, I will return into my 44 house from whence I came out; and coming he finds it empty, swept, and set in order. Then goes he, 45 and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be also with this wicked generation.

While he yet talked to the multitudes, behold, 46 his mother and his brothers were standing without, seeking to speak to him. Then one said to him: 47 Behold, thy mother and thy brothers stand without, seeking to speak to thee. But he answered and 48 said to him that told him: Who is my mother, and

49 who are my brothers? And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, and said: Behold my 50 mother and my brothers! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.


XIII. THE Same day went Jesus out of the house, 2 and sat by the sea-side. And great multitudes were gathered together to him, so that he went into the ship and sat down; and all the multitude stood on 3 the beach. And he spake many things to them in parables, saying:


Behold, the sower went forth to sow. And as he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and the fowls came 5 and devoured them. And others fell on the rocky places, where they had not much earth; and forthwith they sprang up, because they had not depth of 6 earth. And when the sun was up, they were scorch

ed; and because they had not root, they withered 7 away. And others fell upon the thorns; and the 8 thorns came up, and choked them. And others fell

on the good ground, and yielded fruit, some a hun9 dredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

10 And the disciples came and said to him: Why 11. speakest thou to them in parables? And he an

V. 9. In some ancient copies: He that hath ears, let him hear.

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