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11 And he said, A certain man had two sons : 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gather. ed all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land ; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled [him] with the husks that the swine did eat : and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise, and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son : make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto hiin, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. · 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet : 23 and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it : and let us eat, and be merry : 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again ; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25 Now his eldest son was in the field : and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant ? 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come : and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound: 28 And he was angry, and would not go in ; therefore came his father out, and entreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment ; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends : 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine, 32 It was meet that we should make merry and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
Chap. XVI. Against Injustice and Inhumanity.
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him, that he had wasted his goods. 2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship : for thou mayest be no longer steward. .10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much : and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye, have not been faithful in the unrighteous ma nmon, who will commit to your trust the true riches ? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own ?,
13 No servant can serve two masters : for either he will hate the one, and love the other : or else he will hold to the one, and dispise the other. Ye
isteri cannot serve God and mammon. 14 And the PhaUDO risees also, who were covetous, heard all these belt but things, and they derided him. 15 And he said od tine unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves in TOE before men; but God knoweth your hearts : for and that which is highly esteemed among men is abonito mi ha ination in the sight of God. 16 The law and the e related prophets were until John : since that time the Amese kingdom of God is preached, and every man presi miel seth into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and enoble earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. well: 19 There was a certain rich man, which was hind clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumpPatil tuously every day: 20 And there was a certain bege gar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate full in body of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs in which fell from the rich man's table : moreover
the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it
cajne to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried w lay bythe angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich my man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he
lifted up his eyes being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24. And he cried, and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of bis finger in water, and cool my tongue : for I am tormented in this flame. 25
But Abraham said, Son, remember, that thou in mert thy life-time receivedst thy good things, and Foreign likewise Lazarus evil things : but now he is comcontent forted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside
all this, between us and you there is a great gulf ve fixed : so that they which would pass from hence
to you cannot: neither can they pass to us that Le would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's
house: 28 For I have five brethren: that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets : let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Meses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.
CHAP. XVIII. Prayer and Humility. And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint ; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city ; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. , 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, sball he find faith on the earth ? .
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others : 10 Two men went up in- , ! to the temple to pray ; the one a Pharisee, and I the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood, and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I
mit fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I or is possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar nff,
would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, This
man went down to his house justified rather than will the other : for every one that exalteth himself
shall be abased ; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
15 And they brought unto him also infants that he would touch them: but when his disci. He ples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus en called them unto him, and said, Suffer little chil
dren to come unto me, and forbid them not : for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall in no wise enter therein. 18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life ? 19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good ? none is good save one, that is, God. 20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. 21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
22 Now, when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing ; sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven : and come, follow me. 23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 24 And, when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches en. ter into the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier
for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than this for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
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