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and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever : but the Son abideth ever. If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
I know that ye are Abraham's seed: but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me; for I proceeded forth and came from God: neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech ? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own : for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God, heareth God's words : ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil ?
Jesus answered, I have not a devil ; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory : there is one that seeketh and judgeth. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets : and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.
Art thou greater than our father Abraham which is dead? and the prophets are dead : whom makest thou thyself?
Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is n da thing; it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, That he is your God.
Yet ye have not known him ; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you; but I know him and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.
Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham ? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am.
Then took they up stones and cast at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by..
LESSON XLV. LUKE, CHAP. X. AND, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
He said unto him, What is written in the law ? how readest thou ?
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do and thou shalt live. But he willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour ?
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was : and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.
And went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again I will repay thee.
Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves ? And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then Jesus said unto him, Go and do thou likewise.
Now, it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain women, named Martha, received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things ; but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
LESSON XLVI. LUKE, CHAP. XII. And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you ? and he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness : for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully :
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits ?
And he said, This will I do; I will pull down my barns, and build greater ; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years ; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee : then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided ?
- Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Sell that ye have, and give alms : provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not; where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord when he will return from the wedding; and when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
Blessed are those servants whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching : verily, I say unto you, That he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth to serve them.
And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
And this know, that if the good man of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
Be ye therefore ready also : for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all ?
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season ?
Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
But, and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming : and shall begin to beat the men-servants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken :
The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required ; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
LESSON XLVII. LUKE, CHAP. XIII.
THERE were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. · And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen upon whom the tower of Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem ? I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
He spake also this parable: A certain man had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard : and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and find none : cut it down : why cumbereth it the ground?
And he answering, said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: and if it bear fruit, well; and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath : and behold there was a woman, which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. · And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
And he laids his hands on her : and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath-day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work : in them, therefore, come and be healed, and not on the sabbath-day. ' The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite. doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering ?