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of mint and rue and every herb, and pass by judgment and the love of God. These ought ye to have done, and not to leave those undone.

Woe to you, Pharisees! because ye love the first 43 seat in the synagogues, and the greetings in the markets.

Woe to you! because ye are as tombs that ap- 44 pear not, and men walking over them know it not.

And a certain one of the lawyers answering says 45 to him: Teacher, in saying these things thou reproachest us also. And he said: Woe to you 46 lawyers also! because ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

Woe to you! because ye build the sepulchres of 47 the prophets, and your fathers killed them. So 48 then ye bear witness to and approve the deeds of your fathers; because they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also said the 49 wisdom of God: I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will slay and persecute; that the blood of all the prophets, which was 50 shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel 51 unto the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the temple. Verily I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.

V. 48. In some ancient copies, and ye build!

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Woe to you lawyers! because ye have taken away the key of knowledge; ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. 53 And as he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, 54 and to provoke him to speak of many things; lying in wait for him, seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

1 XII. IN the mean time, the multitude having gathered together in tens of thousands, so that they trode one upon another, he began first to say to his disciples: Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, 2 which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed, nor hidden, that shall not 3 be known. Wherefore, whatever ye have said in the darkness shall be heard in the light; and what ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

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And I say to you, my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no 5 more that they can do. But I will warn you whom ye shall fear; fear him, who after he has killed has power to cast into hell; yea, I say to you, fear him.

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Are not five sparrows sold for two pence? And 7 not one of them is forgotten before God. But even

V. 53. Gr. to answer off-hand concerning many things

the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; ye are of more value than many sparrows.

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And I say to you: Whosoever shall confess me 8 before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God; but he that denied me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. And whoever shall speak a word against the Son 10 of man, it shall be forgiven him; but to him that blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven.

And when they bring you to the synagogues, and 11 magistrates, and authorities, take not thought how or what ye shall answer, or what ye shall say. For 12 the Holy Spirit shall teach you in that very hour what ye ought to say.

And a certain one of the multitude said to him: 13 Teacher, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said to him: Man, 14 who made me a judge or a divider over you? And 15 he said to them: Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; because a man's life consists not in the abundance of his possessions.

And he spake a parable to them, saying: The 16 ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying: 17 What shall I do, because I have not where to store my fruits? And he said: This will I do; I 18 will pull down my barns, and will build greater; and there will I store all my fruits and my goods.

19 And I will say to my soul: Soul, thou hast many goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, 20 drink, be merry. But God said to him, Fool! this night thy soul shall be required of thee; and whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

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And he said to his disciples: Therefore I say to you, take not thought for the life, what ye shall eat, nor 23 for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more 24 than food, and the body than raiment. Consider

the ravens, that they sow not nor reap; which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. 25 How much better are ye than the fowls? And

which of you by taking thought can add a cubit to 26 his stature? If therefore ye can not do even that which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

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Consider the lilies, how they grow; they toil not, nor spin; and I say to you, that even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these. 28 And if God so clothes the grass, which to-day is in

the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, how 29 much more you, O ye of little faith? And ye, seek not what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, and be 30 not of a doubtful mind. For all these things do the

after; and your Father

nations of the world seek 31 knows that ye have need of these.

kingdom, and these things shall be

V. 25. or, to his age

But seek his

added to you.

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good 32 pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, 33 and give alms; provide yourselves purses that wax not old, a treasure unfailing in the heavens, where a thief approaches not, nor moth corrupts. For 34 where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps 35 burning; and ye like men waiting for their lord, 36 when he shall return from the wedding; that, when he comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately. Happy those servants, whom their lord 37 when he comes shall find watching! Verily I say to you, that he will gird himself, and make them recline at table, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or in the 38 third watch, and find it so, happy are those servants. And this know, that if the master of the house had 39 known at what hour the thief is coming, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye also ready; for at an hour 40 when ye think not the Son of man comes.

And Peter said to him: Lord, speakest thou this 41 parable to us, or also to all? And the Lord said: 42 Who then is the faithful, the wise steward, whom his lord will set over his household, to give the portion of food in due season? Happy that servant, 43 whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing! Of a truth I say to you, that he will make him ruler 44 over all his goods.

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