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the sabbath, or not? And they were silent. And 4 taking hold of him, he healed him, and let him go.

And to them he said: Who is there of you, whose 5 ox or ass shall fall into a pit, and he will not straightway draw him up on the sabbath day? And they 6 could not answer him again to these things.

And he spake a parable to those who were bidden, 7 when he marked how they chose out the first places; saying to them: When thou art bidden by any one 8 to a wedding, recline not in the first place at table, lest one more honorable than thou may have been bidden by him; and he that bade thee and him shall 9 come and say to thee, Give place to this man; and then thou shalt begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when thou art bidden, go and recline in 10 the lowest place; that when he that bade thee comes, he may say to thee, Friend, go up higher. Then shalt thou have honor in the presence of them that recline at table with thee. For every one that ex- 11 alts himself shall be humbled; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.

And he said also to him that bade him: When 12 thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brothers, nor thy kinsmen, nor rich neighbors; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, 13 call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And 14

V. 5. In the oldest copies: whose son, or ox,


happy shalt thou be, because they can not recompense thee; for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the righteous.

And a certain one of them that reclined at table with him, hearing these things, said to him: Happy is he, who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God! 16 And he said to him: A certain man made a great 17 supper, and bade many. And he sent his servant, at

the hour of the supper, to say to them that were 18 bidden Come, for all things are now ready. And they all, with one mind, began to excuse themselves. The first said to him: I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go out and see it; I pray 19 thee let me be excused. And another said: I have

bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to prove 20 them; I pray thee let me be excused. And another said: I have married a wife; and therefore I can not



And the servant came, and reported these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being. angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the 22 poor, and maimed, and lame, and blind. And the

servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast com23 manded, and yet there is room. And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and

V. 18. or, they all, at once, began

V. 23. or, and constrain them

hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you, that none of those 24 men who were bidden shall taste of my supper.

And there went great multitudes with him. And 25 he turned and said to them: If any one comes to 26 me, and hates not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, and even his own life besides, he can not be my disciple. And 27 whoever does not bear his cross, and come after me, can not be my disciple. For who of you, intending 28 to build a tower, does not first sit down, and count the cost, whether he has sufficient to finish it? Lest 29 haply, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all that behold begin to mock him, saying: This man began to build, and was 30 not able to finish. Or what king, going to make 31 war against another king, does not first sit down and consult, whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand? Else, while he is yet a great way off, 32 he sends an embassy, and desires conditions of peace.

So then, whoever of you forsakes not all that he 33 hath can not be my disciple. Salt therefore is 34 good; but if even the salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is fit neither for the 35 land, nor for the dunghill; they cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

1 XV. AND there were drawing near to him all 2 the publicans and the sinners to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying: This man receives sinners, and eats with them.


And he spake this parable to them, saying: What 4 man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he 5 finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on 6 his shoulders, rejoicing. And coming home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them: Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep 7 which was lost. I say to you: So shall there be joy

in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons who have no need of repentance.

8 Or what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, does not light a lamp, and sweep the 9 house, and seek carefully till she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying: Rejoice with me; for 10 I have found the piece which I had lost. So, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.


And he said: A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to h's father:

Father, give me the portion of the property that falls to me. And he divided to them his living. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered

all together, and went abroad into a far country, and there wasted his substance in riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a grievous 14 famine in that country; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to one of the citi- 15 zens of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his 16 belly with the husks which the swine ate; and no one gave to him. And coming to himself, he said: 17 How many hired servants of my father have bread enough and to spare, and I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to 18 him: Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee. I am no longer worthy to be called thy 19 son; make me as one of thy hired servants.

And he arose, and came to his father. But when 20 he was yet a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said to him: Father, I 21 have sinned against heaven, and before thee; I am no longer worthy to be called thy son. But the 22 father said to his servants: Bring forth a robe, the best, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and sandals on his feet; and bring the fatted calf, 23 and kill it; and let us eat and be merry. Because 24 this my son was dead and is alive again, was lost and is found. And they began to be merry.

Now his elder son was in the field. And as he 25 came, and drew nigh to the house, he heard music

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