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And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some Elias: and others. Jeremias, or one of the prophets. · He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am ?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ. the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church : and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man, that he was Jesus the Christ.
From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord; this shall not be unto thee.
But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan : thou art an offence unto me; for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it : and whosoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul ?
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels : and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily, I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
LESSON XXXIX. MATTHEW, CHAP. XVII. AND after six days, Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John, his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain
apart, and was transfigured before them : and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
And behold, there appeared unto them, Moses and Elias talking with him.
Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here : if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles : one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud over-shadowed them : and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him.
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesús only.
And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the Scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man kneeling down to him, and saying,
Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is a lunatic, and sore vexed : for oft times he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you ? how long shall I suffer you ? bring him hither to me.
And Jesus rebuked the devil: and he departed out of him, and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence
to yonder piace, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men :
. And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. · And they were exceeding sorry.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute money?
He saith, yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon ? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute ? of their own children, or of strangers ? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money : take that, and give unto them for me and thee.
LESSON XL. MATTHEW, CHAP. XVIII. MARK, CHAP. IX. At the same time, came his disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? · And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a mill-stone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Woe unto the world because of offences ! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! ..
Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend theo, sut thor: off, and cast them from thee : it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire;
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee : it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire;
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones ; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
Then came Peter unto him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him ? till seven times ?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but until seventy times seven.
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his scrvants.
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him which owed him ten thousand talents.
But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his Lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
The servant, therefore, fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants which owed him an hundred pence; and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
And his fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt because thou desiredst me; shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to
the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
LESSON XLI. Matthew, CHAP. xx. Then said Jesus, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place. And said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard : and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle ?
They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard : and whatsoever is right that shall ye receive.
So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. i
And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the
first came they supposed that they should have received · more ; and they likewise received every man a penny.
And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house, saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong ; didst thou not agree with me for a penny ?
Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good ?
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.