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should come abroad.
Another parable put he forth unto them, M saying; "The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came, and sowed tares among the wheat; and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him; 'Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?' He said unto them; 'An enemy hath done this.' The servants said unto him; Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?' But he said; 'Nay, lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers; Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles, to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.'
And he said; "So is the kingdom of God, 26-29. as if a man should cast seed into the ground, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself, first the blade, then the ear,
after that the full corn in the ear. But when 'the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come."
Another parable put he forth unto them, "The kindom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. Which indeed is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."
Another parable spake he unto them, saying; "The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened."
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables, and without a parable spake he not unto them; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying; "I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world."
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house. And his disciples came unto him, saying; "Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field."
He answered and said unto them; "He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy,
that sowed them, is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth, as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasures hid in a field, the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and, for joy thereof, goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls. But, when he had found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind; which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
Jesus saith unto them; "Have ye understood all these things?"
They say unto him; "Yea, Lord.”
Then said he unto them; "Therefore every scribe, which is instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like unto a man that is a householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.”
And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said; "Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man And they were offended
all these things?" in him.
But Jesus said unto them; "A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house."
And he did not many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
Herod hears of Jesus, &c. - Death of John the Baptist
AND King Herod heard of him, (for his M.. name was spread abroad,) and he said; "That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do show forth themselves in him." Others said; "That it is Elias." And others said; "That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets." But when Herod heard thereof, he said; "It is John whom I beheaded, he is risen from the dead."
(For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison, for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife, for he had married her. For John had said unto Herod; "It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife." Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not. For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man andan holy; and observedhim; and when heheard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birth day made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; and when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod