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6. Then the Pharisees went out, and straightway consulted with the Herodians against him to destroy him.
7. But Jesus retired with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude followed him from Galilee, and Judea, 8. And Jerusalem and Idumea, and beyond Jordan; and those about Tyre and Sidon, hearing what great things he did, came to him. 9. Then he told his disciples, to cause a small ship wait on him, because of the multitude, lest they should throng him. 10. For he healed many; so that all that had plagues pressed to touch him. 11. And unclean spirits, seeing him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. 12. And he straitly charged the people, not to make him known.
13. Then he went up on a mountain, and called to him whom he would; and they came to him. 14. And he appointed twelve to be with him, whom he might send forth to preach, 15. And with power to heal diseases, and cast out devils.
16. Simon he surnamed Peter; 17. James and John Zebedee's sons, he surnamed Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; 18. Andrew, and Philip, Nathaniel Bartholomew, and Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Zealot, 19. And Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him; and they went into an house.
20. Now the multitude crowded them again, - so that they could not get time to eat bread. 21.
And those who belonged to him, seeing this, went out to suppress them, for they said, They are beside themselves.
22. And the scribes who came from Jerusalem, said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth out devils.
23. But he called them, and addressed them in parables, saying, How can Satan cast out Satan? VOL. III.
24. And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26, And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot endure, but must have an end. 27. No man can enter into a strong man's house, and plun. der his goods, except he first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. 28. Verily I tell you, All sins may be forgiven to men, and blasphemies whereby they blaspheme; 29. Except the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, (in ascribing his acts to Satan) which never hath forgiveness, but is obnoxious to eternal punishment. 30. Because they said, He hạth an unclean spirit.
31. Then came to him his mother and his kindred, and, standing without, sent to call him.
32. Now as the multitude sat about him; they said to him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. 33. Then he answered them, Who is my mother, or my brethren? 34. And he looked about on them who sat around him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 35. For whoever shall do the will of God, he is dearer to me than brother, or sister, or mother.
THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER. He began again to teach by the sea side; and a great multitude was gathered to him, so he entered into a ship, and sat thereon, on the sea: and the whole multitude was on the land.
2. Then he taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his doctrine, 3. Hearken! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4. And as he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and the fowls came and devoured it. 5. And some fell on rocky ground; and immediately it sprung up, because it had no depth of earth; 6. But when the sun was
up it was scorched; and, because it had no root, it withered. 7. And some fell among thorns, which grew up, and choked it, that it yielded no fruit. 8. And others fell on good ground, and sprung up, and increased, and yielded fruit, some thirty, some sixty, and some an hundred fold.
9. Then he said to them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hearken!
10. But when he was in private, they who were about him, with the twelve, asked of him the parable.
11. Then he said, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto those without, all these things are said in parables, (as they are capable of nothing else); 12. For tho' they see clearly, they perceive not; and tho they hear distinctly, they understand not; so that they might be converted, and be forgiven. 13. Then he said to them, Know ye not this parable? how then will ye know all parables?
14. The sower soweth the word. 15. And these sown by the way-side, are they that heard it; but Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16. And these sown in stony ground, are they who heard the word, and immediately received it with gladness; 17. But have no fixed root in them. selves, and so endure but for a time; for when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
18. And these sown among thorns, are such as hear the word, 19. But the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires of other things, entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
20. And these sown on good ground, are such as hear the word, and receive it, and yield fruit, some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
21. Then he said to them, Is a candle brought to
be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a candlestick? 22. For there is nothing hidden, which shall not be manifested; nor any thing secret, that shall not be discovered.
23. If any man hath ears to hear, let him hearken.
24. Then he saith unto them, Mind what ye hear. With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you. To you that give ear, more shall be given. 25. For to him that improveth what he hath, more shall be given; and from him that improveth not what he hath, shall be taken even what he hath.
26. T Then he said, the kingdom of God, is as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27. And should sleep by night, and rise by day, and the seed should spring and grow, he knows not how. 28. For the earth brings forth fruit of itself; first the blade, then the ear, next the full ear. 29. But when the fruit is ripened, immediately he useth the sickle, because the harvest is come.
30. | Then he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? 31. It is like a grain of mustard. seed, which, when sown in the earth, is less than all seeds. 32. But being grown up, it becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out branches so great, that the fowls of the air may lodge under its shadow.
33. And by many such parables he spake the word to them, as they were able to bear it. 34. But without a parable he spake not to them. And when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
35. On the same day, at even, he said to them, Let us pass over to the other side.
36. And having sent away the multitude, they took him away as he was in the ship. And there were also other ships with him.
37. Then a great tempestuous wind arose, which
beat great waves into the ship, so that it was soon full. 38. Now he was in the hinder part, asleep on a pillow; and they awoke him, saying, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind; and said to the sea, Be at peace, be still. Then the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40. Then he said to them, Why are ye so fearful? have ye no faith. 41. Then fearing exceedingly, they said one to another, Who is this, whom even the wind and the sea obey him!
CHAP. V. THE LEGION OF DEVILS DISPOSSESSED. At length they came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2. And being come out of the ship, immediately a man with an unclean spirit, 3. Met him, whom no man could bind, not even with chains: 4. For he had often been bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been pulled asunder by him, and the fetters broken: nor could any man tame him. 5. And always night and day he was on the mountains, and in the tombs where he abode; cry. ing, and cutting himself with stones.
6. But seeing Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7. And crying out aloud, said, What hast thou to do with me, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I conjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9. Then he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10. And he besought him much not to send them away out of the country.
11. Now there was near the mountains, a great herd of swine feeding. 12. And all the devils besought him, saying, suffer us to enter into the swine.