But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.’
He who said to them, “Here is rest, give rest to the weary,”
And, “Here is repose,” but they would not listen.
The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”
Then I said, “They are only the poor,
They are foolish;
For they do not know the way of the Lord
Or the ordinance of their God.
To whom shall I speak and give warning
That they may hear?
Behold, their ears are closed
And they cannot listen.
Behold, the word of the Lord has become a reproach to them;
They have no delight in it.
Thus says the Lord,
“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
And you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business,
For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!
Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?”
He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.
But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.
But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.
And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,
But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.