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CHAP. think ye? If a man have an hun-seven times ?” Jesus saith unto CHAP. Ml. dred sheep, and one of them have him, " I say unto thee, not only as XVII. 12 strayed, doth he not leave the far as seven times, but as seventy 22
ninety and nine upon the moun- times seven.
tains, and go and seek that which “ As to this matter, the kingdom 23 13 hath strayed? And if he find it, of heaven is like a king, who wish- Parable of
verily I say unto you, he rejoicethed to reckon with his servants. the unmermore over it than over the ninety And when he had begun to reckon, van
and nine which had not strayed. one was brought to him that owed 14 Even so it is not the will of your him ten thousand talents. But as 25
Father who is in heaven, that one of he had not wherewith to pay, his
these lowly disciples should be lost. inaster ordered him, and his wife .
15 " Moreover if thy brother have and children, to be sold, and pay. How of- committed a fault against thee, go ment to be made: The servant 26 fenders are
are and argue the matter between thee therefore fell down and did him with, and him alone; if he listen to thee, obeisance, saying, “ Master, have
16 thou hast gained thy brother ; but patience with me, and I will pay
if he will not listen, take with thee thee all.” Then the master took 27
of two or three witnesses every him, and * forgave him the debt.
church, and if he will not listen who owed him an hundred deto the church, let him be unto thee narii ; and he seized him by the as an heathen and a taxgatherer, by throat, and said, “ Pay me what
avoiding all intercourse with him. thou owest.” His fellow-servant 29 IS Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever fell down at his feet and besought
ye shall bind or declare obligatory him, saying, “ Have patience with
and whatsoever ye shall loose shall he would not, but went and threw 19 be loosed in heaven. Again, I say him into prison, till he should pav
unto you, if two of you agree in the debt. When his fellow-servants 31
it shall be granted them by myter all that was done. Then his 32 20 Father, who is heaven. For where master callcd him, and saith unto
two or three are gathered together him, “Thou wicked servant, I for.
desiredst me. Oughtest not thou 33
must I 3 forgive him ? As far as and delivered him over to the gaol.
I The congregation of which thou and thy 5 A denarius, was a Roman coin, worth brother are members.
7 d. of our money, and was the Jewish hire
The general idea is enough, that the sum
| ceeded the sum which his fellow-servant
CHAP. what thou hast, and give it to the For the kingdom of heaven is like CHAP.
poor, and thou wilt have a treasure an householder, who went out early XX.
in heaven; and come, and be with in the morning to hire labourers Parable of 22 me.” But when the young man for his vineyard, and having agreed labourers
ced hired to heard these words, he went away with some labourers for a denarius work sorrowful; for he had great pos- a day, he sent them into his vine- vineyard. sessions.
yard. And he went out about the 3 23 Then said Jesus to his disciples, third hour, and saw others standing Bad ten- 6 Verily I say unto you, a rich without work in the market place, riches.
of man will hardly come into the and he said unto them, “Go ye also 4
kingdom of heaven. Again, I say into the vineyard, and whatever is 24 unto you, it is easier for a camel | right I will give you," and they
to pass through the eye of a needle, went. Again, he went out about 5
than for a rich man to come into the sixth and ninth hour, and did 25 the kingdom of heaven.” The likewise. And about the eleventh 6
disciples on hearing this were hour he went out, and found others
greatly amazed, saying, “What standing without work, and saith
Jesus, looking earnestly on them, here all the day doing nothing ?
them, “Go ye also into the vine27 Then Peter answered, " We yard, and whatever is right ye shall Promise of gave up all to come with thee, what receive.” And in the evening, the s the Apos.
on to shall we have therefore ?" And owner of the vineyard saith unto des. Jesus said unto them, “ Verily I his steward, “ Call the labourers,
28 say unto you, ye who have accom- and give them their wages from the
panied me, shall, in the future s re- last to the first.” And they who 9
twelve thrones as 4 judges of the posed that they should receive
one who hath left houses or brethren, a denarius. But when they received it
heat of the day ?” But he answered 13
into the kingdom of God, shall be do thee no wrong ; didst thou not
Rabbins as well as Arabs, in describing Qualified and authorised to bind and
2 The true love of God would make that its truth and divine original.
1 of future happiness, and an escape from the