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On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but He: And to love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst
ask him any question.
While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What think ye of Christ? whose Son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. And Jesus answered and said unto them, while he taught in the temple, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord? For David himself saith by the Holy Ghost, in the Book of Psalms, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore himself calleth him Lord; if David then call him Lord, how is he his son ? And no man was able to answer him a word: neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions. And the common people heard him gladly.
Then, in the audience of all the people, spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples: And he said unto them in his doctrine, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works for they say and do not. Beware of the scribes, for they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them
HE TEACHES HUMILITY AND CANDOUR.
with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men : they love to go in long clothing, they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi; they devour widows' houses, and for a shew, and a pretence, make long prayers; the same shall receive greater damnation. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called Masters for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever
shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint, and anise, and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye ser
THE WIDOW'S MITE.
pents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, all these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say,
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and he looked up, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury and many that were rich cast in much. And there came also a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all that she had, even all her living.
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple. And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples came to him to shew him the buildings of the
temple; how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, and saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? Verily I say unto you, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, the disciples, Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, came unto him privately, and they asked him, saying, Master, but tell us when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? when all these things shall be fulfilled? And Jesus auswering them began to say unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many : and the time draweth near go ye not therefore after them. And ye
shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: But when ye shall hear of wars, and rumours of wars, and commotions, be not terrified; see that ye be not troubled; for all these things must needs first come to pass, but the end shall not be yet. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And great earthquakes shall be in divers places; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and troubles, and fearful sights, and great signs shall there be from heaven. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
But take heed to yourselves: for before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up; they shall deliver you up to the councils; to the synagogues, (and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten :) and into prisons, to be afflicted,