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Machærus. king was exceedingly. sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.

27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 and brought his head in a charger; and gave it to the damsel, and the damsel gave it to her mother. when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

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§ 18. MIRACLE OF FEEDING THE FIVE THOUSAND.

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30 The apostles on their return, wearied and oppressed by

crowds, are taken to a desert place by ship. 33 The people outrun them. 34 Our Lord teaches the assembling multitudes. 35 He feeds them with five loaves

and two fishes, leaving twelve basketsful of fragments. 30 And the apostles gathered themselves together A.D. 29. unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they April 5.

Desert of had done, and what they had taught.

Bethsaida. 31 And he said unto them, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while; ” for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. 32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. 33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him,

34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd. And he

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began to teach them many things. 35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, “This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed ; 36 send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.' answered and said unto them, “ Give ye

them to eat." And they say unto him, “Shall we go and buy two

, hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?” 38 He saith unto them, “How many loaves have ye? go and see.” And when they knew, they say, “Five, and two fishes." 39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. they sat down in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.

42 And they did all eat, and were filled. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. 46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

§ 19. WALKING ON THE SEA.

47 The apostles alone in the ship proceed with great diffi

culty. 48 About the fourth watch of the night they see our Lord walking on the sea, and are troubled. He cheers them, 51 enters the ship, and the wind ceases. 53 They land in Gennesaret. 55 The sick are brought to our Lord in great numbers, and He heals them.

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47 And when even was come, the ship was in the April 6. midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.

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Galilee. he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them. And about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. 49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out; 50 for they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, “Be of good cheer, it is I; be not afraid."

61 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased. And they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. 52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves; for their heart was hardened.

53 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore. 54 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him, 55 and ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was. 56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment; and as many as touched him were made whole.

Year the third : A.D. 29 April to September. From the

lessons to the apostles on purity of heart to those on humility and forbearance.

§ 20. VISIT OF PAARISEES AND SCRIBES FROM

JERUSALEM

VII. 1 Having observed some of our Lord's followers

eating with unwashen hands, they ask why this neglect of tradition. 6 Our Lord severely rebukes the questioners, referring for a description of themselves and their principles to a passage in Isaiah, 9 and giving a glaring instance of their contempt of God's law. 14 He instructs the people that defilement proceeds from the heart; 17 and when in the house impresses the same truth on his disciples.

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certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. naum, 2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread

with defiled, that is to say with unwashen, hands, they found fault. 3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. 5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, “Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?” 6 He answered and

said unto them, “Well hath Esaias prophesied of you Is. xxix. 13. hypocrites, as it is written, “This people honoureth

me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

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? Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for A.D. 29. doctrines the commandments of men.'

April. aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradi- naum. tion of men, as the washing of pots and cups; and many other such like things ye do." And he said

9 unto them, “Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. 10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother;' Ex. xx. 12. and, “Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die Ex. xxi. 17. the death;'

“If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. 12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; 13 making the

; word of God of noné effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered ; and many such like things

! do ye."

14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, “ Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand. 15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. 16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.”

17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. 18 And he saith unto them, “Are ye so without understanding also ? Do ye not perceive,

? that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man,

it cannot defile him; 19 because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats ?”

20 And he said, “That which cometh out of the man, that

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