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When Herod found that he had been trifled with by the Astrologers, he was very angry. He sent and put to death all the boys in Bethlehem and the whole of that neighborhood, who were two years old or under, guided by the date which he had ascertained from the Astrologers.

Then were fulfilled these words spoken in the Prophet Jeremiah, where he says--

'A voice was heard in Ramah, Weeping and much lamentation; Rachel, weeping for her children, Refused all comfort because they were not.'

As Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers--Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew--casting a net into the Sea; for they were fishermen.

Going further on, he saw two other men who were also brothers, James, Zebediah's son, and his brother John, in their boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus called them,

And his fame spread all through Syria. They brought to him all who were ill with any form of disease, or who were suffering pain--any who were either possessed by demons, or were lunatic, or paralyzed; and he cured them.

The rain poured down, the rivers rose, the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, for its foundations were upon the rock.

Jesus was surprised to hear this, and said to those who were following him: "Never I tell you, in any Israelite have I met with such faith as this!

And on getting to the other side--the country of the Gadarenes--Jesus met two men who were possessed by demons, coming out of the tombs. They were so violent that no one was able to pass that way.

Then their eyes were opened. Jesus sternly cautioned them. "See that no one knows of it," he said.

Just as they were going out, some people brought up to Jesus a dumb man who was possessed by a demon;

While these men were going back, Jesus began to say to the crowds with reference to John:

"Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For, if the miracles which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

About the same time Jesus walked through the corn-fields one Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and began to pick some ears of wheat and eat them.

"Have not you read," replied Jesus, "what David did, when he and his companions were hungry--

At this all the people were astounded. "Is it possible that this is the son of David?" they exclaimed.

While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and brothers were standing outside, asking to speak to him.

Going to his own part of the country, he taught the people in their Synagogue in such a manner that they were deeply impressed. "Where did he get this wisdom?" they said, "and the miracles?

The men who ate were about five thousand in number, without counting women and children.

But, when they saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. "It is a ghost," they exclaimed, and cried out for fear.

But the people of that place, recognizing Jesus, sent out to the whole country round, and brought to him all who were ill,

Begging him merely to let them touch the tassel of his cloak; and all who touched were made perfectly well.

On this his disciples came up to him, and said: "Do you know that the Pharisees were shocked on hearing what you said?"

Great crowds of people came to him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, or dumb, and many others. They put them down at his feet, and he cured them;

And the crowds were astonished, when they saw the dumb talking, the cripples made sound, the lame walking about, and the blind with their sight restored; and they praised the God of Israel.

The men who ate were four thousand in number without counting women and children.

As they were going down the mountain side, Jesus gave them this warning-- "Do not speak of this vision to any one, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead."

While Jesus and his disciples were together in Galilee, he said to them: "The Son of Man is destined to be betrayed into the hands of his fellow-men,

And they will put him to death, but on the third day he will rise." And the disciples were greatly distressed.

When his fellow-servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and went to their master and laid the whole matter before him.

Then some little children were brought to Jesus, for him to place his hands on them, and pray; but the disciples found fault with those who had brought them.

When Jesus was on the point of going up to Jerusalem, he gathered the twelve disciples round him by themselves, and said to them as they were on their way:

As they were going out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him.

Two blind men who were sitting by the road-side, hearing that Jesus was passing, called out: "Take pity on us, Master, Son of David!"

But, when the Chief Priests and the Teachers of the Law saw the wonderful things that Jesus did, and the boys who were calling out in the Temple Courts "God save the Son of David!", they were indignant,

For when John came to you, walking in the path of righteousness, you did not believe him, but tax-gatherers and prostitutes did; and yet you, though you saw this, even then were not sorry, nor did you believe him.

Yet, although eager to arrest him, they were afraid of the crowds, who regarded him as a Prophet.

He sent his servants to call those who had been invited to the banquet, but they were unwilling to come.

Then he said to his servants 'The banquet is prepared, but those who were invited were not worthy.

The crowds, who had been listening to him, were greatly struck with his teaching.

Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent.

But while they were on their way to buy it, the bridegroom came; and the bridesmaids who were ready went in with him to the banquet, and the door was shut.

The man who had received the six hundred pounds came up, too, and said 'Sir, I knew that you were a hard man; you reap where you have not sown, and gather up where you have not winnowed;

The disciples were indignant at seeing this. "What is this waste for?" they exclaimed.

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and, after saying the blessing, broke it and, as he gave it to his disciples, said: "Take it and eat it; this is my body."

And coming back again he found them asleep, for their eyes were heavy.

Suddenly one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and striking the High Priest's servant, cut off his ear.

Meanwhile the Chief Priests and the whole of the High Council were trying to get such false evidence against Jesus, as would warrant putting him to death,

Peter, meanwhile, was sitting outside in the courtyard; and a maidservant came up to him, and exclaimed: "Why, you were with Jesus the Galilean!"

When he had gone out into the gateway, another maid saw him, and said to those who were there: "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth!"

But soon afterwards those who were standing by came up and said to Peter: "You also are certainly one of them; why, your very way of speaking proves it!"

Then it was that these words spoken by the Prophet Jeremiah were fulfilled-- 'They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him who was valued, whom some of the people of Israel valued,

While charges were being brought against him by the Chief Priests and Councillors, Jesus made no reply.

When Pilate saw that his efforts were unavailing, but that, on the contrary, a riot was beginning, he took some water, and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying as he did so: "I am not answerable for this bloodshed; you must see to it yourselves."

As they were on their way out, they came upon a man from Cyrene of the name of Simon; and they compelled him to go with them to carry the cross.

Suddenly the Temple curtain was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth shook, the rocks were torn asunder,

The Roman Captain, and the men with him who were watching Jesus, on seeing the earthquake and all that was happening, became greatly frightened and exclaimed: "This must indeed have been God's Son!"

There were many women there, watching from a distance, who had accompanied Jesus from Galilee and had been attending on him.

Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebediah's sons.

While they were still on their way, some of the guard came into the city, and reported to the Chief Priests everything that had happened.

And told them to say that his disciples came in the night, and stole him while they were asleep;

So the soldiers took the money, and did as they were instructed. And this story has been current among the Jews from that day to this.

The whole of Judea, as well as all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, went out to him; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

As Jesus was going along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the Sea, for they were fishermen.

Going on a little further, he saw James, Zebediah's son, and his brother John, who also were in their boat mending the nets.

The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught them like one who had authority, and not like the Teachers of the Law.

And they were all so amazed that they kept asking: "What is this? Strange teaching indeed! He gives his commands with authority even to the foul spirits, and they obey him!"

In the evening, after sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who were ill or possessed by demons;

Jesus cured many who were ill with various diseases, and drove out many demons, and would not permit them to speak, because they knew him to be the Christ.

But some of the Teachers of the Law who were sitting there were debating in their minds:

The man got up, and immediately took up his mat, and went out before them all; at which they were amazed, and, as they praised God, they said: "We have never seen anything like this!"

And later on he was in his house at table, and a number of tax-gatherers and outcasts took their places at table with Jesus and his disciples; for many of them were following him.

Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were keeping a fast, and people came and asked Jesus: "Why is it that John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, while yours do not?"

For he had cured many of them, and so people kept crowding upon him, that all who were afflicted might touch him.

Jesus went into a house; and again a crowd collected, so that they were not able even to eat their food.

Jesus again began to teach by the Sea; and, as an immense crowd was gathering round him, he got into a boat, and sat in it on the Sea, while all the people were on the shore at the water's edge.

With many such parables Jesus used to speak to the people of his Message, as far as they were able to receive it;

So, leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him.

But they were struck with great awe, and said to one another: "Who can this be that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Jesus gave them leave. They came out, and entered into the pigs; and the drove--about two thousand in number--rushed down the steep slope into the Sea and were drowned in the Sea.

When they came to Jesus, they found the possessed man sitting there, clothed and in his right mind--the very man who had had the 'Legion' in him--and they were awe-struck.

By the time Jesus had re-crossed in the boat to the opposite shore, a great number of people had gathered to meet him, and were standing by the Sea.

But Jesus, overhearing what they were saying, said to the President of the Synagogue: "Do not be afraid; only have faith."

The little girl stood up at once, and began to walk about; for she was twelve years old. And, as soon as they saw it, they were overwhelmed with amazement;