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be saved. This is he that was sown by the wayside. And he that was sown upon the rocky places is he that heareth the word, and straightway receiveth it with joy: yet hath he not root in himself, but for awhile he believeth and endureth; then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway he stumbleth and in time of temptation falleth away.

And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that heareth the word; and as he goeth on his way the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the pleasures of this life, and the lusts of other things, entering in, choke the word, and bringeth no fruit to perfection. And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word and understandeth and accepteth it, and holdeth it fast in a good and honest heart, and bringeth forth fruit with patience; some thirty fold, some sixty fold, some a hundred fold.

Is the lamp brought to be put under the bushel or under the bed, and not to be put on the stand? No man, when he hath lighted a lamp, covereth it with a vessel or putteth it in a cellar, neither under a bed, but on a stand, that they that enter in may see the light. For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor secret that shall not be known and come to light. If any man hath ears to hear, let him hear. The lamp of thy body is thine eye: when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when it is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Look therefore whether the light that is in thee be not darkness. If therefore thy whole body be full of light, having no part dark, it shall be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining doth give thee light.

The Parable of Wheat and

Tares.

Another parable set he before them, saying,

The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man that sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept,

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his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away. But when the blade sprang up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. And the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it tares? And he saith unto them, An enemy hath done this. And the servants say unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he saith, Nay; lest haply while ye gather up the tares ye root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather up 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, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth; and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not how. The earth beareth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come.

Another parable set he before them, saying:

How shall we liken the kingdom of God? or in what parable shall we set it forth? The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and cast into his own garden; which, when it is sown upon the earth is indeed less than all the seeds that are upon the earth; yet when it is sown it groweth up and becometh greater than all the herbs, and putteth out great branches. And it grew and became a tree, so that the birds of the heaven came and lodged in the branches thereof.

And again he spake another parable unto them, and said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened.

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All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude with many such parables, as they were able to hear; and without a parable spake he nothing to them: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world; but privately to his own disciples he expounded all things. Then he left the multitudes, and went into the house and his disciples came unto him, saying, Explain unto us the parable of the tares of the field. And he answered and said,

He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy that sowed them is the devil; and the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are angels.

As therefore the tares are gathered up and burned with fire; so shall it be in the end of the world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and them that do iniquity, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire there shall be the weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears, let him hear.

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in the field; which a man found, and hid; and in his joy he goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a merchant seeking goodly pearls: and having 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 filled, they drew up on the beach; and they sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but the bad they

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cast away.
So shall it be in the end of the world: the
angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among
the righteous, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire:
there shall be the weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea. And he said unto them,

Therefore every scribe who hath been made a disciple to the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

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The Wind and

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ND on that day when even was come, when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he saith unto his disciples, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And leaving the multitude they take him with them, even as he was, in the boat. And other boats were with him. And they launched forth. And as they sailed he fell asleep.

the Sea Obey Him. Matt. 8: 18-27. Mark 4: 35-41. Luke 8: 22-25.

And behold there came down a storm of wind on the lake, and there arose a great tempest in the sea, and the waves beat into the boat, insomuch that the boat was covered with the waves and was now filling and they were in jeopardy; but he himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushions. And they came to him and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish carest thou not that we perish? Save, Lord. And he awoke and said unto them,

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Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Have ye not yet faith? Where is your faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea and the raging of the water, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And they ceased, and there was a great calm. And the men marvelled, and feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that he commandeth even the winds and the sea, and they obey him?

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The Gadarene
Demoniacs.

Matt. 8: 28-34.
Mark 5: 1-21.
Luke 8: 26-40.

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ND they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes which is the other side of the sea, over against Galilee. And when he was come out of the boat upon the land, straightway there met him two possessed with devils, coming forth out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man could pass by that way; there met him a certain man out of the city, who had devils; and for a long time he had worn no clothes, and abode not in any house, but had his dwelling in the tombs. And no man could any more bind him, no, not with a chain; because he had often been bound with fetters and chains: and the chains had been rent asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces; and no man had strength to tame him; but he was seized and driven of the devil into the deserts. And always, night and day in the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying out, and cutting himself with stones.

And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him, and, crying out with a loud voice, he said, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou son of the Most High God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? I adjure thee by God, torment me not. For he had said unto him, Come forth, thou unclean spirit, out of the man.

And Jesus asked him, What is thy name? And he said, My name is Legion, for we are many; for many devils were entered into him. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country, and entreated him that he would not command them to depart into the abyss.

Now there was a great herd of about two thousand swine, afar off from them, on the mountain side, feeding. And the devils entreated him, saying, If thou cast us out, send us into the herd of swine, that we may enter into them. And he said unto them, Go.

And the devils came out from the man, and entered into the swine. And behold, the whole herd rushed down the

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