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"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass '** against thee, go and tell him his fault between "thee and him alone; if he shall hear thee, "thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will *' not hear thee, then take with thee one or two "more, that;in the mouth of two or . three wit"nesses every word may be established. And
if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto "the church:3 but if he neglect to hear the "church, let him be unto thee as a heathen "man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, "Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be "bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall *' loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven-.1' "Again I say unto you, That if two of you "shall agree on earth as touching any thing "that they shall ask, it shall be done for them "of my Father which is in heaven. For where "two or three are gathered together in my "name, there am I in the midst of them."
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I for
five him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto im, "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 servants. And when he had begun to "reckon, one was brought unto him, which ** owed him ten thousand talents/ But foras
a To the Society of Christian brethren.
b What ye determine shall be approved in heaven.
* Our forgiveness of injuries must be unlimited.
1 The value of a talent is about 187L 10s. English money.
"much as he had not to pay, his lord com"manded him to be sold; and his wife, and "children,1 and all that he had, and payment "to be made. The servant therefore fell down, "and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have pa"tience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then. "the lord of that servant was moved with com"passion, 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 with me, 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 ser"vant, I forgave thee all that debt, because "thou desiredst nie: 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 » .
a Among the Jews the creditor had this power over the insolvent debtor.
b The. Roman penny was about 7§d. English. How infinitely less are our offences against each other, than those we commit against God,..and yet his eompassions fail not!'
'c To be imprisoned and punished with the utmost severity.
unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not • '* every one his brother their trespasses." ->
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SO. The Seventy Disciples are instructed and
After these things the Lord ap- p]ace pointed other seventy2 also, and sent Galilee, them two and two before his face in- probably to every city and place, whither neCaPernaumhimself would come. Therefore said he unto them, "The harvest truly is great, but the la"bourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord "of the harvest, that he would send forth la"bourers into his harvest. Go your ways: be-. "hold, I send you forth as lambs among "wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor "shoes: and saluteb no man by the way. And "into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, "Peace be to this house. And if the sohc of "peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it:"if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the "same house remain, eating and drinking such "things as they give : for the labourer is worthy "of his hire- Go not from house to house.4 "And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they "receive you, eat such things as are set before "you: and heal the sick that are therein, and
a Seventy more besides the twelve Apostles.
b Let nothing divert your mind from the purpose for which you are sent. Salutations in the Eastern countries were long and tedious.
c If a pious worthy peison be there.
* To seek better entertainment,
"sa/ unto them, The kingdom of God is come "nigh unto you. But into whatsoever city ye "enter, and they receive you not, go your ways '* out into the streets of the same, and say* u Even the very dust of your city, which "cleaveth on us, w6 do wipe off against you: ** notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the "kingdom of God is come nigh Unto you. But "I say Unto you, that it shall be more tolerable "in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
"Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, "Bethsaido ! for if the mighty Works had been *c done in Tyre and Sidon,1 which have been *' done in you, they had a great while ago re*r pented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But n it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon
at the judgment, than for you. And thou "Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven* "shalt be thrust down to hell. He that heareth
you heareth me; and he that despiseth you u despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, de-t "spiseth him that sent me."
a Tyre and Sidon were destroyed for their wickedness.
8L Jesus goes to Jerusalem at the feast of tabernacles. His conduct and discourses during the feast.
Tune. Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles'
Six month'swas at nanG^* brethren therefore
after the said unto him, Depart hence, and go third into Judea, that thy disciples also Passover. may see tne works that thou doest.
For there k no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly: if thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. For neither did his brethren believe" in him. Then Jesus said unto them, ** My time is not yet come: but your time is ** alway ready. The world cannot hate you; ** but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that ** the works thereof are evil. Go ye up unto this ** feast; I go not up yet unto this feast; for ** my time is not yet full come." When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.
But when his brethren were gone Place. up, then went he also up unto the Jemsalemfeast, not openly, but as it were in secret. Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? And there was much murmuring' among the people concerning him: for
• At this feast the Jews dwelt seven days in tents, to remind them they had no permanent city here. Levit. xxiii. 34. Numb. xxix. 35.
b At that time; though afterwards they did believe. Acts i. 14.
c Various opinions concerning him.