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[1] 19961996    Matt. xix. 23.Verily I say unto you, It is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of [2] heaven.  19971997    Matt. xix. 24.And I say unto you also, that it is easier for a camel to enter the eye of [3] a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.  19981998    Mark x. 24.And the disciples were wondering at these sayings.  And Jesus answered and said unto them again, My children, how hard it is for those that rely on their possessions to enter the [4] kingdom of God!  19991999    Mark x. 26.And those that were listening wondered more, and said amongst [5] themselves, being agitated,20002000    cf. note, § 1, 14.  Borg. MS, omits being agitated. Who, thinkest thou, can be saved?  20012001    Mark x. 27.And Jesus looked at 88them intently, and said unto them, With men this is not possible, but with God it is:  [6] [Arabic, p. 111] it is possible for God to do everything.  20022002    Luke xviii. 28; Matt. xix. 27<b.Simon Cephas said unto him, Lo, we have left everything, and followed thee; what is it, thinkest thou, that we [7] shall have?  20032003    Matt. xix. 28.Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, Ye that have followed me, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, ye also [8] shall sit on twelve thrones, and shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel.  20042004    Mark x. 29b.Verily I say unto you, No man leaveth houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or kinsfolk, or lands, because of the kingdom of God, or for [9] my sake, and the sake of my gospel, 20052005    Luke xviii. 30.who shall not obtain20062006    Lit. meet with; or, be recompensed with. many times as much in this [10] time, and in the world to come inherit eternal life:  20072007    Mark x. 30b.and now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecution; [11] and in the world to come everlasting life.  20082008    Mark x. 31.Many that are first shall be last,20092009    The Arabic words are not so strong. and that are last shall be first.

[12] 20102010    Luke xvi. 14.And when the Pharisees heard all this, because of their love for wealth they [13] scoffed at him.  20112011    Luke xvi. 15.And Jesus knew what was in their hearts, and said unto them, Ye are they that justify yourselves before men; while God knows your hearts:  the thing that is lofty with men is base before God.

[14] 20122012    Luke xvi. 19.And he began to say, A certain man was rich, and wore silk and purple, and enjoyed [15] himself every day in splendour:  20132013    Luke xvi. 20.and there was a poor man named Lazarus, and [16] he was cast down at the door of the rich man, 20142014    Luke xvi. 21.afflicted with sores, and he longed to fill [Arabic, p. 112] his belly with the crumbs that fell from the table of that rich man; yea, [17] even20152015    Or, so that. the dogs used to come and lick his sores.  20162016    Luke xvi. 22.And it happened that that poor man died, and the angels conveyed him into the bosom of Abraham:  and the [18] rich man also died, and was buried.  20172017    Luke xvi. 23.And while he was being tormented in Hades, [19] he lifted up his eyes from afar, and saw Abraham with20182018    Or, and. Lazarus in his bosom.  20192019    Luke xvi. 24.And he called with a loud voice, and said, My father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to wet the tip of his finger with water, and moisten my tongue [20] for me; for, behold, I am burned in this flame.  20202020    Luke xvi. 25.Abraham said unto him, My son, remember that thou receivedst thy good things in thy life, and Lazarus his afflictions:  [21] but now, behold, he is at rest here, and thou art tormented.  20212021    Luke xvi. 26.And in addition to all this, there is between us and you a great abyss placed, so that they that would cross unto you from hence cannot, nor yet from thence do they cross unto [22] us.  20222022    Luke xvi. 27.He said unto him, Then I beseech thee, my father, to send him to my father’s [23] house; 20232023    Luke xvi. 28.for I have five brethren; let him go, that they also sin not,20242024    The Syriac and Arabic versions here agree with the Greek.  For a plausible suggestion as to the origin of the strange reading in the text, see Harris, The Diatessaron of Tatian, p. 21, who cites a parallel from Aphraates. and come to [24] the abode of this torment.20252025    This may be simply a corruption of the Peshitta.  20262026    Luke xvi. 29.Abraham said unto him, They have Moses and the [25] prophets; let them hear them.  20272027    Luke xvi. 30.He said unto him, Nay,20282028    Or, Surely.  The word is omitted by Borg. ms. my father Abraham:  but [26] let a man from the dead go unto them, and they will repent.  20292029    Luke xvi. 31.Abraham said unto him, If they listen neither to Moses nor to the prophets, neither if a man from the dead rose would they believe him.

[27] 20302030    Matt. xx. 1.The kingdom of heaven is like a man that is a householder, which went out early [28] in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard.  20312031    Matt. xx. 2.And he agreed with the labourers on [29] one penny a day for each labourer, and he sent them into his vineyard.  20322032    Matt. xx. 3.And he went [30] [Arabic, p. 113] out in three hours, and saw others standing in the market idle.  20332033    Matt. xx. 4.He said unto them, Go ye also into my vineyard, and what is right I will pay you.  [31] 20342034    Matt. xx. 5.And they went.  And he went out also at the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise, [32] and sent them.  20352035    Matt. xx. 6.And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle.  He said unto them, Why are ye standing the whole day idle?  [33] 20362036    Matt. xx. 7.They said unto him, Because no one hath hired us.  He said unto them, Go ye [34] also into the vineyard, and what is right ye shall receive.  20372037    Matt. xx. 8.So when evening came, the lord of the vineyard said unto his steward, Call the labourers, and pay them [35] their wages; and begin with the later ones, and end with the former ones.  20382038    Matt. xx. 9.And [36] those of eleven hours20392039    i.e., probably the eleventh hour (cf. § 21, 10). came, and received each a penny.  20402040    Matt. xx. 10.When therefore the first came, they supposed that they should receive something more; and they also [37] received each a penny.  20412041    Matt. xx. 11.And when they received it, they spake angrily against the 89[38] householder, and said, 20422042    Matt. xx. 12.These last worked one hour, and thou hast made them equal [39] with us, who have suffered the heat of the day, and its burden.  20432043    Matt. xx. 13.He answered and said unto one of them, My friend, I do thee no wrong:  was it not for a penny that [40] thou didst bargain with me?  20442044    Matt. xx. 14.Take what is thine, and go thy way; for I wish to [41] give this last as I have given thee.  20452045    Matt. xx. 15.Or am I not entitled to do with what is mine20462046    Lit. my thing. [42] what I choose?  20472047    Matt. xx. 16.Or is thine eye perchance evil, because I am good?  Thus shall the last ones be first, and the first last.  The called are many, and the chosen are few.

[43] 20482048    Luke xiv. 1.And when Jesus entered into the house of one of the chiefs of the Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, and they were watching him to see what he would [44, 45] do, 20492049    Luke xiv. 2.and there was before him a man which had the dropsy, 20502050    Luke xiv. 3.Jesus answered and [46] said unto the scribes and the Pharisees, Is it lawful on the sabbath to heal?  20512051    Luke xiv. 4.But [Arabic, p. 114] they were silent.  So he took him, and healed him, and sent him away.  [47] 20522052    Luke xiv. 5.And he said unto them, Which of you shall have his son or his ox fall on the sabbath day into a well, and not lift him up straightway, and draw water for [48] him?  20532053    Luke xiv. 6.And they were not able to answer him a word to that.

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