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But Jesus said unto him, “No man that hath put his hand to the plough and looketh back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Ch. x. Now after these things, the Lord appointed seventy
others also, and sent them two and two before him, into every city and place whither he himself was about to come. He said therefore unto them, “The harvest in
deed is plenteous, but the labourers are few : pray ye
therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Depart: behold, I send you as lambs amidst wolves. Carry neither purse, nor bag, nor sandals; and salute no man on the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, ‘ Peace be to this house.’ And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: but if not, it shall turn back to yourselves. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give : for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And cure the sick that are therein; and say unto them, ‘The kingdom of God draweth near unto you.’ But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go forth into the streets of it, and say, ‘Even the dust, which cleaveth to us from your city, we wipe off unto you: notwithstanding know this, that the kingdom of God draweth near [unto you]." I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable in the great day for Sodom, than for that city. “Alas far thee, O Chorazin' Alas for thee, O Bethsaida' for if the mighty works which have been done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgement, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be brought down to the grave. “He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth
you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth
him that sent me.”
And the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Master, even the demons are subject to us through thy name.” And he said unto them, “I beheld Satan fallen from heaven, as lightning”. Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the strength of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding, in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” In that hour Jesus greatly rejoiced in spirit, and said, “I praise thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding, yet thou hast revealed them to babes: yes, Father; for so it hath seemed good in thy sightf. All things have been delivered to me by my Father: and none knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son chooseth to reveal him?...” And he turned to his disciples, and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see. For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see the things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear the things which ye hear, and have not heard them.” And, behold, a certain teacher of the law rose up, tempting him, and saying, “Teachers, what shall I do to inherit everlasting life 2" And Jesus said unto him, “What is written in the law how readest thou?” And he answered and said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with
* As lightning.] “Swiftly and precipitately. The meaning is, I see, and have seen some time since, the kingdom of Satan rapidly diminishing,” Newcome.
+ “And turning to his disciples he said.” These words are added in many ancient copies.
: q. d. All things relating to the purposes of my mission are revealed to me, and no one knoweth the design and extent of this revelation but my Father and myself, and those to whom I choose to discover it. See Matt. xi. 27. § N. m. Master, N.
all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself.” Then Jesus said unto him, “Thou hast answered rightly : do this, and thou shalt live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbour 2" And Jesus replied and said, “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, who stripped him of his raiment, and wounded” him, and departed, having left him half dead. And by chance a certain priest came down that way; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In like manner a Levite also, when he reached the place, came and saw him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was : and, when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine; and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow, [when he departed, he took out two denariit, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, ‘Take care of him ; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come back I will repay thee.” Which then of these three thinkest thou to have been his neighbour who fell among the robbers ?” And the teacher of the law said, “He who showed pity to
him.” Then said Jesus unto him, “Go, and do thou in
like manner.” And it came to pass, as they journeyed, that he entered into a certain town : and a certain woman, named Martha, received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary; who sat also at the feet of Jesus, and heard his words. But Martha was harassed by much attendance, and came to him, and said, “ Master, carest thou not that my sister hath left me to attend alone * command therefore that she help me.” And Jesus an
* laid strokes on, N. + Or, pieces of money, N. m.
swered and said unto her, “ Martha, Martha, thou art anxious, and troubled about many things, and there is need of one thing only”: but Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken from her.”
xi. AND it came to pass that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, “Master, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” And he said unto them, “When ye pray, say, ‘O Fathert, sanctified be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Give us day by day the food sufficient for us. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one who trespasseth against us. And bring us not into temptation $.” And he said unto them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves: for a friend of mine is come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him:’ and he from within shall answer and say, ‘Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children and I are in bed; I cannot rise and give thee P’ I say unto you, Even if he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet, because of his importunity, he will rise and give him as many loaves as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you ; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and every one that seeketh, findeth ; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. Now if a son shall ask bread from any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone P or if he shall ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? or if he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion ? If ye therefore, being evil, know how to
* See Bishop Pearce: q. d. “there is need of one dish only for me to eat of.” Some good copies read, “there is need only of few, or even of one.” See Griesbach. But there is one thing which is necessary : and, &c. N. + Our Father, N. and R. T. who art in heaven, R.T. * Thy will be done as in heaven, so in earth. R. T. § But deliver us from evil. R. T.
give good gifts unto your children; how much more will your heavenly Father give the holy spirit to those that ask him P” And he was casting out a demon, and it was dumb. And it came to pass when the demon was gone out, that the dumb spake : and the multitudes wondered. But some of them said, “He casteth out demons through Beelzebub, prince of the demons.” (And others trying him, sought of him a sign from heaven.) But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, “Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to desolation; and an house divided against an house, falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? Because ye say that I cast out demons by Beelzebub. But if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Wherefore they shall be your judges. But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. “When a strong man armed guardeth his habitation, his goods are in peace: but when a stronger than he shall come upon him and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour in which he trusted, and divideth his spoils. “He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth. “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he passeth through dry places, seeking rest; and, finding none, he saith, ‘ I will return to mine house whence I came out.” And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and set in order. Then he goeth and taketh to him seven other spirits more evil than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man becometh worse than the first”.” And it came to pass as he spake these things, that a
* A relapse into vice, like a relapse into insanity, renders the case more hopeless than before.