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6 sabbath day? And they could not answer again to these

things. 7 And he spake a parable to those who were called, when

he marked how they chose out the chief seats, saying unto 8 them, When thou art called by any one to a marriage

feast, sit not down in the chief seat, lest a more honour9 able man than thou have been called by him; and he that

called thee and him shall come and say to thee, Give place

to this man; and then thou shalt begin with shame to 10 take the lowest place. But when thou art called, go and

sit down in the lowest place; that when he that has called thee comes, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up

higher : then wilt thou have glory in the presence of all 11 that sit at meat with thee. For every one that exalts

himself will be humbled; and he that humbles himself will be exalted.

And he said also to him that had called him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, address not thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor thy kinsmen, nor rich neighbours; lest

they also call thee again, and a recompense be made thee. 13 But when thou makest a feast, call poor, maimed, lame, 14 blind : and thou shalt be blessed, because they cannot

recompense thee : but recompense will be made thee at the resurrection of the righteous.

And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat 16 bread in the kingdom of God. But he said unto him, A

certain man was making a great supper, and called many, 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to them that 18 were called, Come; for things are now ready. And they all

with one consent began to excuse themselves. The first

said unto him, I bought a field, and I must needs go forth 19 and see it; I ask thee have me excused. And another said,

I bought five yoke of oxen, and am going to prove them; 20 I ask thee have me excused. And another said, I married 21 a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So the servant came,

and told his lord these things. Then the householder being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the

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streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and maimed, and blind, and lame. And the servant said, 22 Lord, what thou commandedst is done, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into 23 the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled; for I say unto you, that 24 none of those men who have been called will taste of my supper.

And there were going with him great multitudes; and he 25 turned and said unto them, If any one comes to me, and 26 hates not his father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. Whosoever does not bear his own 27 cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which 28 of you, desiring to build a tower, sits not down first and counts the cost, whether he has the means to finish it ? Lest after he laid a foundation, and is not able 29 to complete, all that behold begin to mock him, say- 30 ing, This man began to build, and was not able to complete. Or what king, going to make war against another 31 king, will not first sit down and consult whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand ? Otherwise, while he is yet a great 32 way off, having sent an embassy, he asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that does not 33 bid farewell to all his goods, cannot be my disciple. Salt then is a good thing: but if even the salt have become 34 insipid, wherewith shall it be seasoned ? it is neither fit 35 for earth nor for dunghill; they cast it out. He that has ears, let him hear.

And there were drawing near unto him all the publicans xv. and the sinners to hear him. And both the Pharisees and 2 the scribes were murmuring, saying, This man receives sinners, and eats with them. And he spake this parable 3 unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred 4 sheep, and having lost one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost until he find it? ..nd when he found it, he lays it on 5

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6 his shoulders, rejoicing, and having come home, calls

together the friends and the neighbours, saying unto

them, Rejoice with me; for I found my sheep which was 7 lost. I say unto you, that thus there will be joy in

heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over

ninety and nine righteous who have no need of repent8 ance. Either what woman having ten drachmae, if she

lose one drachma, does not light a lamp, and sweep the 9 house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when

she found it, she calls together the friends and neigh

bours, saying, Rejoice with me; for I found the drachma 10 which I lost. Thus, I say unto 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. And the younger of them said to the father, Father, give me the

portion of the property that falls to me. And he divided 13 unto them his living. And not many days after the

younger son gathered all together, and went abroad into a

far country, and there scattered his property with riotous 14 living. And when he spent all, there arose a mighty 15 famine in that country; and he began to be in want. And

he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that

country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine: 16 and he was longing to fill his belly with the husks that the 17 swine were eating: and no one was giving unto him. But he

came to himself and said, How many hired servants of my

father's have superabundance of loaves, and I am perishing 18 here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will

say unto him, Father, I sinned against heaven, and before 19 thee; I am no more worthy to be called thy son: make 20 me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came

to his father. But when he was yet afar off, his father saw

him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on 21 his neck, and kissed him tenderly. And the son said unto

him, Father, I sinned against heaven, and before thee; I 22 am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father

said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and clothe him; and put a ring on his hand, and sandals on his feet:

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and bring the fatted calf; kill it, and let us eat and be 23 merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again ; was 24 lost and is found. And they began to be merry. But his 25 elder son was in the field : and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing, and 26 called to him one of the servants, and asked what these things méant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; 27 and thy father killed the fatted calf, because he received him back safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not 28 go in: and his father came out and besought him. But 29 he answering said to the father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, and never did I transgress thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might be merry with my friends. But when this thy son came who devoured 30 thy living with harlots, thou didst kill for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Child, thou art ever with me, 31 and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should 32 be merry and rejoice: for this thy brother was dead and is alive; was lost and found.

And he said also unto the disciples, There was a certain xvi. rich man, who had a steward ; and the same was accused unto him as scattering his goods. And he called him, and 2 said unto him, What is this that I hear of thee? render the account of thy stewardship; for thou canst be no longer steward. And the steward said within himself, 3 What shall I do, seeing that my lord takes away from me the stewardship? I am not able to dig, to beg I am ashamed. I know what I will do, that, when I am put 4 out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. So he called unto him each one of his lord's 5 debtors, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, An hundred pipes of oil. 6 And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much 7 owest thou ? And he said, An hundred quarters of wheat. He says unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unrighteous steward, that he 8 did prudently : for the sons of this world are more prudent

than the sons of the light with respect to their own genera9 tion. And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of

the mammon of injustice; that, when it shall fail, they 10 may receive you into the everlasting tabernacles. He

that is faithful in the least is faithful also in much;

and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye were not faithful in the unjust mammon, 12 who will commit to your trust the true good ? And if

ye were not faithful in that which is another's, who will 13 give you your own ? No domestic can serve two masters;

for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye

cannot serve God and mammon. 14 And the Pharisees, who were covetous, were hearing all 15 these things, and they were deriding him. And he said

unto them, Ye are they who justify yourselves before men,

but God knows your hearts: for that which is high among 16 men is an abomination before God. The law and the

prophets were until John; since that time the gospel of the

kingdom of God is preached, and every one enters into 17 it with violence. And it is easier for the heaven and the 18 earth to pass, than for one tittle of the law to fail. Who

soever puts away his wife, and marries another, commits adultery ; and he that marries her who is put away from

a husband commits adultery. 19 There was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in

purple and fine linen, making merry every day sumptu20 ously. And a certain poor man, named Lazarus, was laid 21 at his gate, full of sores, and longing to be fed with what

fell from the rich man's table : but even the dogs came 22 and usually licked his sores. And it came to pass, that

the poor man died, and was carried by the angels into

Abraham's bosom : the rich man also died and was buried. 23 And in hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and 24 sees Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. And,

he called and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this

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