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of these things: and this matter was hidden from them, and they knew not the things which were spoken. 35 Now it came to pass that, as he drew near to Jericho, 36 a certain blind man sat by the way-side begging; and when he heard the multitude passing by, he asked what 37 it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth 38 was going by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, thou 39 son of David, have pity on me.” And those who went before rebuked him, that he might keep silence: but he called out much more, “ Thou son of David, have pity 40 on me.” Then Jesus stood still, and commanded the man to be brought unto him: and, when he had drawn near, 41 Jesus asked him, saying, “What desirest thou that I should do unto thee ?” And he said, “ Master, that I 42 may receive my sight.” And Jesus said unto him, “Re43 ceive thy sight; thy faith hath restored thee.” And forthwith he received his sight, and followed Jesus, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave Ch. xix. praise to God. And Jesus entered Jericho, and passed through it. 2 And, behold, there was a man named Zaccheus, who 3 was a chief of the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see what kind of person Jesus was: but he could not because of the multitude; for he was little of 4 stature. So he ran onward, and climbed up into a sycamore-tree to see Jesus; who was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said to him, “Zaccheus, make haste and come down : for to-day I must abide at thine house.” 6 And he made haste and came down ; and received him 7 joyfully. And when all saw it, they murmured, saying, 8 “He is gone in, to be guest with a sinner".” And Zaccheus stood forth, and said to the Lord, “Behold, Mas
* a sinner, i. e. a gentile: in opposition to which he is called by Jesus, ver, 9, a son of Abraham, in consequence of his conversion.
ter, the half of my goods I will give to the poor; and if in any thing I have wronged any man, I will restore four. . fold.” And Jesus said unto him, “This day salvation is come to this house; inasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” And while they heard these things, he proceeded to speak a parable; because he was near Jerusalem, and because the people thought that the kingdom of God would immediately appear. He said therefore, “A certain man of noble birth went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called ten of his servants, and delivered to them ten pounds, and said to them, ‘Traffic with these till I come.” But his citizens hated him, and sent an embassy after him, sying, ‘We are not willing that this man should reign over us.” And it came to pass when he was returned, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called unto him; that he might know how much every man had gained by traffic. Then the first came, saying, ‘Sir, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.’ And the king said unto him, ‘Well done, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Sir, thy pound hath produced five pounds.” And he said to him likewise, “Be thou also over five cities.’ And another came, saying, ‘Sir, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: for I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that which thou didst not lay down, and reapest that which thou didst not sow." [Then] the king saith unto him, “Out of thine own mouth I will judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that which I laid not down, and reaping that which I did not sow. Why then gavest not thou my money to the table of ex
changers; that at my coming I might have obtained mine own with interest?’ And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds:' (Then they said unto him, ‘Sir, he hath ten pounds:’) for I say unto you, To every one that hath much, shall be given; but from him that hath little, even that which he hath shall be taken away. But those mine enemies, who were not willing that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” And when Jesus had spoken thus, he went before his disciples up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass as he drew near to Bethphagé and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, that he sent two of his disciples, saying, “Go into the town over against you; in which, as ye enter, ye will find a colt tied, whereon no man ever sat; loose it, and bring it hither. And if any man ask you, ‘Why do ye loose it * yeshall say thus unto him, ‘The Master hath need of it.” And those that were sent departed, and found as he had said unto them. And as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said unto them, “Why loose ye the colt?” And they said, “The Master hath need of it.” And they brought it to Jesus; and threw their mantles upon the colt, and they set Jesus on it. And as he went, they spread their mantles under him in the way. And as he now drew near to the city, at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and to praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works which they had seen, saying, “Blessed be the King who cometh in the name of the Lord : peace be in heaven, and glory in the highest places.” Then some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said to him, “Teacher", rebuke thy disciples.” And he answered and said unto them, “I say unto you,
* See Newcome's margin.
If these should keep silence, the stones would soon cry out.”
And as he drew near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, “O that thou hadst known, at least in this [thy] day, the things which belong to thy peace But now they are hidden from thine eyes. For the days will come upon thee, in which thine enemies will cast a trench about thce, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee: and will not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”
And he entered into the temple, and began to drive out those who sold [and those who bought therein;| saying unto them, “It is written, “My house is the house of prayer:' but ye have made it a den of robbers.”
And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief
priests, and the scribes, and the chief of the people,
sought to destroy him; but could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to him, as they heard him.
Ch. xx. And it came to pass that, on one of those days, as
he was teaching the people in the temple, and preaching glad tidings, the chief-priests, and the scribes and the elders, suddenly came upon him; and spake to him, saying, “Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things or who is he that gave thee this authority ?” And he answered and said unto them, “I also will ask you one thing; and tell me, Was the baptism of John from heaven", or from men o’” And they reasoned together among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,' he will say, ‘Why then did ye not believe him o' But if we say, ‘From men;' all the people will stone us: for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” And they an8 swered, that they knew not whence it was. And Jesus
* Observe here, that “coming from heaven” signifies not local descent, but being of divine authority. Sce Matt. xxi. 25; Markxi. 30.
said unto them, “Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.” Then he began to speak this parable to the people: “A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country for a long time. And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they might give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. And he proceeded to send another servant: and they beat him also, and treated him disgracefully, and sent him away empty. And he proceeded to send a third : and they wounded him also, and drove him out. Then said the owner of the vineyard, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will reverence him, when they see him.” But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir : come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ So they drove him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore will the owner of the vineyard do unto them 2 he will come and destroy these husbandmen, and will give the vineyard to others.” And when they heard it, they said, “Be this far from us.” But he looked on them, and said, “What then is this which is written, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, is become the head of the corner P’ Whosoever falleth on that stone will be broken to pieces": but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powdert.” And in that very hour the chief-priests and scribes sought to lay hands on him, but feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them. And they watched him, and sent spies who feigned themselves righteous men, that they might take hold of his words, to deliver him up unto the power and au
* So W. by it, N. + So W. crush him w pieces, N.