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many of diseases, and grievous maladies, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he had given sight.)
22 Then [Jesus] answered and said unto them, "Go and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; that the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor
23 glad tidings are preached. And happy is he, whosoever shall not offend because of me."
24 And when the messengers of John were departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, "What went ye out into the desert to behold? A reed
25 shaken by the wind? But what went ye out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Lo, those that are gorgeously apparelled, and live luxuriously, are in palaces.
26 But what went ye out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say
27 unto you, and much more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send my messenger be
28 fore thy face; who will prepare thy way before thee.' For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women, there is no greater [prophet] than John the Baptist: but the least in the kingdom of God is greater than
29 he. And all the people, and the publicans, that heard him, acknowledged the mercy of God, and were * bap
30 tized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and teachers of the law have rejected t the council of God
31 toward them, not having been baptized by him.f To what therefore shall I liken the men of this generation?
32 and to what are they like? They are like children sitting in the market-place, and calling one to another, and saying, 'We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced: we have mourned unto you, and ye have not
33 wept.' For John the Baptist hath come neither eating bread, nor drinking wine; and ye say, 'He hath a de
• Si* Symonds ibid. p. 26. have justificd the way* of God, having been, N.
34 mon*.' The Son of man hath come eating and drinking; and ye say, 'Behold, a glutton, and a wine-bibber,
35 a friend of publicans and sinners.' And yet wisdom is justified by all her children."
36 And one of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him. And he entered into the Pharisee's house, and placed
37 himself at meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, who had been a sinner t, when she knew that Jesus was at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster-box
38 of ointment, and stood behind at his feet weeping, and began to wet his feet with tears ; and she wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed
39 them with the ointment. But when the Pharisee that had invited him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, "This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what kind of woman this is that toucheth him;
40 for she is a sinner." Then Jesus spake and said unto him, "Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee." And
41 he saith, "Teacher \, say it." "There was a certain creditor that had two debtors: the one owed five hundred
42 denarii, and the other fifty. And, as they had nothing to pay, he freely forgave them both. Tell me, therefore,
43 Which of them will love him more?" Then Simon answered and said, "I suppose, that he to whom he freely forgave more." And Jesus said unto him, "Thou hast
44 judged rightly." And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, "Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house: thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath wetted my feet with tears, and wiped them with
45 her hair. Thou gavest me no kiss: but she, since the time she || entered in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
* L e. he is melancholy and insane.
t Probably, not of a bad moral character, but a superstitious idolater, who was now become a worshipper of the truc God. All the unconverted heathen were, in the technisal phrascology of the Jews, tinners, whatever their moral character might Ik-. Sce Gal. ii. 15.
t Master, N. [ 1 entered in, R. T. and N.
46 Thou didst not anoint mine head with oil: but she hath
47 anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many*, are forgivent ; for she hath loved much : but to whom little is forgiven, that per
48 son loveth little." Then he said unto her, "Thy sins are
49 forgiven." And those that were at meat with him began to say within themselves, "Who is this that even for
50 giveth sins?" And he said to the woman, "Thy faith hath saved theei: go in peace."
Ch. Viii. And it came to pass afterward, that he journeyed through every city and village, preaching and proclaiming the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the
2 twelve were with him ; and certain women, that had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities; Mary called Mag
3 dalene, out of whom had gone seven demons||; and Joanna, the wife of Chuza Herod's steward; and Susanna, and many other women; who ministered to him of their
4 substance. And when a great multitude assembled, and inhabitants of every city came together unto him, he
5 spake by a parable : " A sower went out to sow his seed: and, as he sowed, some seed fell by the way-side ; and it was trodden under foot, and the fowls of the air devoured
6 it. And some fell upon a rock; and when it grew up,
7 it withered away, because it had not moisture. And some fell amidst thorns; and the thorns grew up with it, and
8 choked it. And other fell on good ground, and grew up, and yielded fruit an hundred-fold." As he said these things, he cried out, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."
9 And his disciples asked him, [saying,] "What may 10 this parable be I" And he said, "Unto you it is given
* She had probably been a very zealous idolater.
t The remainder of this vene is omitted in the Camb. manuscript.
t q. d. Having now become a belicver in the truc God, thou art admitted to the privuci^esofthe visible church.
S who had been cured of raving insanity. There i s no reason to believe that Mary 'Magdalene had ever been either a gentile, or an immoral person. Lardner, roL xi UT to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but te others / sfieak in parables; so that seeing they see not,
11 and hearing they understand not. Now the parable is
12 this: The seed is the word of God. And those by the way-side, are they that hear: but then the devil cometh and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they
13 should believe and be saved. And those on the rock are they, that, when they have heard, receive the word with joy: and these have no root, but for a short time be
14 lieve, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among the thorns are they, that, having heard, go forth, and are choked by anxious cares and riches, and pleasures of this life; and bring not fruit to per
15 fection. But that in the good ground are they, that, having heard the word, keep it in an honest and good heart; and bring forth fruit with perseverance.
16 "Now no man, when he hath lighted a lamp, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a couch; but setteth it on a stand, that those who enter in may see the light.
17 For nothing is hidden, which shall not be manifest: nor is any thing secret, which shall not be known and come
18 abroad. Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath much, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath little, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have."
19 And his mother and his brethren came to him, and could
20 not gain access to him because of the multitude. And it was told him by some, who said, "Thy mother and
21 thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee." And he answered and said unto them, "My mother and my brethren are these, that hear the word of God, and do it."
22 It also came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples, and said unto them, "Let us
23 pass over to the other side of the lake." And they launched forth. But as they sailed, he fell asleep: and a storm of wind came down on the lake; and they were filling with ws
24 ter, and were in danger. And they came near, and awoke him, saying, "Master, master, we perish." Then he arose, and rebuked the wind, and the raging of the water:
25 and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, "Where is your faith?" And they feared and wondered, saying one to another, "Who is this? for he commandeth even the winds and the water, and they
26 obey him." And they arrived at the country of the Ga27 darenes, which is over-against Galilee. And when he had gone forth to land, there met him a certain man of the city, that had demons a long time*, and ware no
28 clothes, nor abode in any house, but in the tombs. And when he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, "What have I to do with theet, Jesus; thou son of the most high God? I en
29 treat thee, torment me not." (For Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him ; and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven by
30 the demon into desert places.) And Jesus asked him, saying "What is thy name?" And he said, "Legion:"
31 (for many demons had entered into him.) And the demons besought Jesus that he would not command them to go
32 out into the abyssf. Now an herd of many swine was there, feeding on the mountain: and the demons besought him that he would give them leave to enter into them.
33 And he gave them leave. Then the demons went out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran
•This demoniac had probably intervals of reason: but often, (see ver. 29,) he had violent paroxysms of insanity, which made it necessary for his fricnd, to bind him: though it seems that he sometime, eseaped from his kcepers. He faneicd himself possessed by a legion of demon,,and talk, to Jesusas a raving lunatic. Sce Fanmr on Demoniacs, c. ii. see. 1. Mr. Evanson suspects the whole aceount to bean interpolation; particularly from the use of a Latin word in Grcek charaeters, which, he observes, is not customary with Luke, nor with any elassieal writer in the apostolic agi\ Eranson's Dissonance, chap. i. sce. 1. t Or, What hast thou to do with me? IN. m. Deep pit, X.