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JESUS SAID

QUESTIONS OF LIFE ANSWERED

BY THE ONE WHO ALONE SPEAKS

WITH AUTHORITY

SELECTED AND ARRANGED BY
FRANCES E. LORD




BOSTON

SHERMAN, FRENCH <fr COMPANY

1913



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copyright, 1913
Sherman, French 6* Company



PREFATORY NOTE

This little hand book is put forth with a
single and definite purpose.

When Jesus was about to leave his dis-
ciples he told them that the Comforter,
the Holy Spirit whom the Father would
send in his name, would teach them all
things and bring to their remembrance all
that he himself had said to them.

This is the need of the Christian — to have
the Holy Spirit bring to his mind at the
right moment the words of Christ.

But how if the Christian be not familiar
with these words? The lack — the weakness
— of so many Christians to-day is that,
never having learned them, these words are
not "in mind" to be "brought to remem-
brance."

The mission of this little book is to pre-
sent the final word that has been, or can be,
spoken on the pressing questions of life in



such shape that it may be easily carried
and daily studied.

With this purpose it is sent forth.

May the Lord grant that its mission be
fulfilled.

F. E. L.



CONTENTS



I.
II.


PAGE

Questions Out of the Night . . 1
Questions From Without the
Pale 4


III.


A Question of Caste ....


9


IV.


A Question of Times and Sea-
sons


10


V.


The Sabbath Question ....


11


VI.


Question From a Prison . . .


13


VII.


Which Will Love Him Most?


14


VIII.


What May This Parable Be?


16


IX.


Question as to the Meaning of
the Parable of the Tares of
the Field


18


X.


Question — A Cry That Wakes
the Tired Sleeper


20


XI.


What Shall We Do to Work the
Works of God?


22


XII.


What Dost Thou Work? . . .


23


XIII.


Question of the Traditionists . .


25


XIV.


Heaven-Born Wit Brings the
Heavenly Blessing ....


28


XV.


Who Do Men Say That the Son
of Man Is?


30


XVI.


If Thou Canst


31



PAGE

XVII. Who Is the Greatest? .... 34

XVIII. How Many Times Shall I For-
give? 36

XIX. Who Pats Tribute? 37

XX. Where Are the Nike? .... 38

XXI. What it Means to Follow Jesus 40

XXII. And Who is My Neighbor? . . 42

XXIII. Whose is the Good Portion? . . 44

XXIV. Lord, Teach Us to Pray ... 45

XXV. Whose Was the Sin? . . . .46

XXVI. How Long Dost Thou Keep Us in

Suspense? 48

XXVII. In What Does the Abundance of

a Man's Life Not Consist? . . 50

XXVIII. Are the Saved Few? .... 51

XXIX. When Cometh the Kingdom of

God? 53

XXX. The Question of Divorce ... 54

XXXI. Bringing Their Little Ones to

Jesus 56

XXXII. What Lack I Yet? 57

XXXIII. What Then Shall We Have? . 59

XXXIV. Whose Shall Be the Seats of

Honor in the Coming King-
dom? 60

XXXV. A New-Made Son of Abraham . 62

XXXVI. Why This Waste? 64

XXXVII. Is It Lawful to Give Tribute to

Caesar or Not? . . . . . .66



PAGE

XXXVIII. A Question of Not Knowing the
Scriptures Nor the Power op
God 68

XXXIX. Which Is the Great Command in

the Law? 70

XL. When Shall the End Be? . .71
XLI. How Can We Know the Way? . 73

XLII. Questions to Philip — the Still

Unsatisfied 74

XLIII. How Comes It? 75

XLIV. The Solemn Question of the

High Priest 76

XLV. Paradise, the Answer to the
Humble Request of a Poor Sin-
ner to be Remembered ... 77

XLVI. Lovest Thou Me? 78

XL VI I. Last Question of the Disciples —
Lord, Dost Thou at This Time
Restore the Kingdom to Israel? 82



QUESTIONS OUT OF THE NIGHT

A man of the Pharisees named Nicode-
mus came to Jesus by night and said unto
him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a
teacher come from God, for no one can do
these signs that thou doest except God be
with him.

Jesus answered and said unto him:

Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except one
be born from above he cannot see the king-
dom of God.

Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a
man be born when he is old? Can he enter
a second time into his mother's womb and
be born?

Jesus answered:

Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except one
be born of water and Spirit he cannot enter

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into the kingdom of God. That which is
born of the flesh is flesh ; and that which is
born of the spirit is spirit. Marvel not
that I said to thee, Ye must be born from
above. The wind blows where it wills, and
thou hearest the voice of it, but knowest not
whence it comes or whither it goes; thus is
it with every one that is born of the spirit.

Nicodemus said to him, How can these
things be?

Jesus answered and said to him:
Art thou the teacher of Israel and under-
standest not these things? Verily, verily,
I say to thee, we speak that which we know,
and bear witness of that which we have
seen; and ye receive not our witness. If
I have told you earthly things, and ye
believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you
heavenly things? And no one hath as-
cended into heaven but he that came down
from heaven, the Son of man who is in
heaven. As Moses lifted up the serpent in
the wilderness, even so must the Son of man
be lifted up, that every one that believeth on
him may have everlasting life. For so did
God love the world, that he gave his Son —
his only begotten — that whosoever believeth
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on him should not perish, but have eternal

life.

John 3:5-8, 10-16.*



* Notes — References throughout these pages are to
the words of Jesus only.

Italics are more freely used than otherwise they
would be because of the lack of the English, as
compared with the Greek, in various modes of em-
phasis.

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II



QUESTIONS FROM WITHOUT THE
PALE

Jesus leaving Judea to return to Galilee
must pass through Samaria. Near to the
city of Sychar was Jacob's well x ; and while
his disciples went into the city to buy food
Jesus wearied with the journey sat thus at
the well. 2 It was about the sixth hour.
There came a woman of Samaria to draw
water.

Jesus saith to her:

Give me to drink.

The woman saith to him, How is it that
thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, a
Samaritan woman ? For Jews have no deal-
ings with Samaritans.

Jesus answered and said to her:

If thou knewest the gift of God and who

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it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink,
thou wouldst have asked of him, and he
would have given thee living water.

The woman saith to him, Sir, thou hast
nothing to draw with and the well 8 is deep ;
whence then hast thou that living water?
Art thou greater than our father Jacob,
who gave us the well 4 and himself drank
from it, and his sons, and his cattle?

Jesus answered and said to her:

Every one drinking of this water will
thirst again; but whosoever drinketh of the
water that / shall give him, it will become
in him a spring 5 of water leaping up unto
eternal life.

The woman saith to him, Sir, give me
this water that I thirst not, neither come
hither to draw.

Jesus saith to her:

Go, call thy husband and come hither.

The woman answered, I have no husband.

Jesus saith to her:

Thou hast well said, I have no husband,
for thou hast had five husbands and he whom
thou now hast is not thy husband ; this hast
thou spoken truly.

The woman saith to him, Sir, I perceive
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that thou art a prophet. Our fathers
worshiped in this mountain; and ye say
that in Jerusalem is the place where one
must worship.

Jesus saith to her:

Woman, believe me, the hour cometh when
neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem
shall ye worship the Father. Ye worship
that which ye know not; we worship that
which we know; for salvation is from the
Jews. But, the hour cometh and now is
when the true worshipers shall worship the
Father in spirit and in truth; for such the
Father also seeketh for his worshipers.
God is a spirit, and those who worship him
must worship in spirit and truth.

The woman saith to him, I know that
Messiah cometh (he that is called Christ) ;
when he is come he will tell us everything.

Jesus saith to her:

/ that speak to thee am he.

Upon this came his disciples, and they
marveled that he talked with a woman, yet
no one said, What seekest thou? or, Why
talkest thou with her?

The woman then left her waterpot and
went away into the city and saith to the
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people, Come, see a man that told me all
things that ever I did ; can it be that this is
the Christ? They went out of the city and
were coming to him. Meanwhile the disci-
ples begged him, saying, Rabbi, eat.

But he said to them :

J have food to eat that ye know not.

The disciples therefore said one to an-
other, Can someone have brought him some-
thing to eat?

Jesus saith to them :

My food is to do the will of him that
sent me, and to complete his work. Are ye
not saying, There are yet four months and
then cometh the harvest? Behold, I say to
you, Lift your eyes and look on the fields,
that they are white to the harvest already.
He that reapeth receiveth wages and gather-
eth fruit unto life eternal ; that he that sow-
eth and he that reapeth may rejoice to-
gether. For in this is the saying true, One
is the sower and another the reaper. I sent
you to reap that whereon ye have not la-
bored; others have labored and ye are en-
tered upon their labor.
John 4:7, 10, 13, 14, 16-18, 21-24, 26, 32, 34-38.



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i Gr. irrrfrjt spring.
* Gr. wijyii.

3 Gr. <pp£ap, well, including both spring and sur
rounding stone-work.
*■ Gr. (ppcap.
8 Gr. Tryyii.

Word in Eng. is (in No. 5) "spring" — rrtfyii i
Greek — same word as (in Nos. 1 and 2) translated
♦Veil."



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HI
A QUESTION OF CASTE

As Jesus passed by he saw a man named
Matthew sitting at the place of toll.

And Jesus said to him:

Follow me.

He rose up, and left all, and followed
him. And he made him a great feast in his
house. And as they were at table many
publicans and sinners came and took their
places with Jesus and his disciples, for there
were many, and they followed him. But
when the Pharisees saw it, they said to his
disciples, Why eateth your Master with
publicans and sinners?

Jesus, hearing it, said:

They that are whole have no need of a
physician, but they that are sick; I came
not to call the righteous, but sinners.

Mark 2:17.



IV



A QUESTION OF TIMES AND
SEASONS

Then came to Jesus the disciples of John,
saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast,
but thy disciples fast not?

And Jesus said to them:

Can the sons of the bridechamber fast in

the time when the bridegroom is with them?

So long as the bridegroom is with them they

cannot fast. But the days will come when

the bridegroom shall be taken away from

them, and then will they fast in that day.

Mark 2:19, 20.



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THE SABBATH QUESTION

It came to pass that Jesus was going on
the sabbath-day through the grainfields;
and his disciples were hungry and began as
they went to pluck the ears and to eat,
rubbing them in their hands.

The Pharisees said to him, Behold why do
they on the sabbath-day that which is not
lawful ?

And he said :

Did ye never read what David did when
he had need and was hungry himself and
they that were with him? How he entered
into the house of God when Abiathar was
high priest, and ate the shew-bread, which
is not lawful to eat save for the priests, and
gave also to them that were with him?
And have ye not read in the law, how that
on the sabbath-day the priests in the temple

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profane the sabbath and are guiltless?

But I say unto you that something greater

than the temple is here. If ye had known

what this meaneth, I will have mercy and

not a sacrifice, ye would not have condemned

the guiltless. And he said:

The sabbath came because of the man,

not the man because of the sabbath; so that

the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath also.

Mark 2:25-28.
Matt. 12: 3-8



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VI

QUESTION FROM A PRISON

Now when John in prison heard of the
works of the Christ, he called two of his
disciples and sent to the Lord, asking, Art
thou the Coming One, or look we for an-
other ?

Jesus answered and said to them:
Go and tell John the things which ye
hear and see: the blind receive their sight,
and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up,
and the poor have good news brought to
them. And happy is he who shall find noth-
ing to offend in me.

Matt. 11:4-6.



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VII
WHICH WILL LOVE HIM MOST?

One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat
with him. And he entered into the Phar-
isee's house and reclined at table. And be-
hold, a woman who was in the city, a sinner,
when she knew that he was at table in the
Pharisee's house brought an alabaster cruse
of ointment, and standing behind at his feet
weeping, she began to wet his feet with tears
and wiped them with the hair of her head,
and tenderly kissed his feet and anointed
them with the ointment. Seeing this the
Pharisee who had invited him said to him-
self, This man if he were a prophet would
have perceived who and what sort of a
woman this is that touched him, that she is
a sinner.

Jesus answering said unto him:

Simon, I have something to say to thee.

And he said, Master, say on.
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A certain lender had two debtors; one
owed five hundred shillings and the other
fifty. When they had nothing to pay with
he freely forgave them both. Which of
them now will love him most?

Simon answering said, I suppose he to
whom he forgave most.

Jesus said to him:

Thou hast rightly judged.

And turning to the woman, he said to
Simon :

Seest thou this woman? I entered into
thy house ; thou gavest me no water for my
feet, but she has wetted my feet with her
tears and wiped them with her hair. Thou
gavest me no kiss; while she from the time
I came in has not ceased to kiss my feet.
My head with oil thou didst not anoint ; but
she has anointed my feet with ointment.
For this reason I say to thee, Her sins —
the many — have been forgiven, for she loved
much; but he to whom little is forgiven,
he loveth little.

And he said to the woman :

Thy sins have been forgiven; thy faith

hath saved thee; go forth into peace.

Luke 7:40-48, 50.

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vm

WHAT MAY THIS PARABLE BE?

After Jesus had spoken the parable of
the sower, his disciples came to him and
asked him what this parable might be.

And Jesus said:

Unto you it is given to know the mysteries
of the kingdom of God; but to the rest in
parables ; that seeing they may not see, and
hearing they may not understand. Now
the parable is this: The seed is the word
of God. Those by the wayside are they
that have heard; then cometh the devil and
taketh away the word from their heart that
they may not believe and be saved. Those
on the rock are they who when they have
heard receive the word with joy; and these
have no root; who for a while believe, and
in time of temptation fall away. And that
which fell among the thorns, these are they
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that have heard, and as they go on their

way they are choked with cares and riches

and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit

to perfection. While that in the good

ground, these are such as in an honest and

good heart, having heard the word hold it

fast, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Luke 8:10-15.



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IX



QUESTION AS TO THE MEANING OF

THE PARABLE OF THE TARES

OF THE FIELD

When Jesus left the multitudes and went
into the house his disciples came to him,
asking him to explain to them 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: the good
seed, these are the sons of the kingdom,
and the tares are the sons of evil ; the enemy
that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is
the completion of the age; and the reapers
are angels. As therefore the tares are
gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it
be at the completion of the age. The Son
of man shall send forth his angels, and they
shall gather out of his kingdom all things
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that give offence, and them that do iniquity,

and shall cast them into the 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.

Matt. 13:37-43.



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QUESTION— A CRY THAT WAKES
THE TIRED SLEEPER

As Jesus taught by the seaside a very
great multitude gathered about him, so
that he entered into a boat and sat, while all
the multitudes were by the sea on the land.
And with many parables spake he the word
unto them as they were able to hear it, and
without a parable spake he not unto them;
and privately to his disciples he explained
all things. And when even was come,

He saith to them :

Let us go over to the other side. And
leaving the multitude they take him away
with them as he was in the boat. And
other boats were with him. And there came
up a great storm of wind and the waves beat
into the boat so that it was already filling.
And he himself was in the stern asleep on
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the cushion; and they wake him and say to
him, Master, carest thou not that we
perish ?

And he awoke, and rebuked the wind and
said to the sea,

Hush, be still.

And the wind ceased and there was a
great calm.

And he said to them :

Why are ye fearful? Have ye not yet

faith?

Mark 4:35, 39, 40.



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XI

WHAT SHALL WE DO TO WORK THE
WORKS OF GOD?

On the morrow after the feeding of the
five thousand the multitude sought for
Jesus, and when they found him on the other
side of the sea, they said to him, Rabbi,
when earnest thou hither?

Jesus answered them and said:
Verily, verily, I say to you, Ye seek me,
not because ye saw signs but because ye ate
of the loaves and were filled. Work not for
the food which perisheth, but for the food
which remaineth unto eternal life, which the
Son of man shall give you; for him the
Father, God, hath sealed.

They said therefore unto him, What shall
we do to work the works of God?
Jesus answered and said to them:
This is the work of God, that ye believe
on him whom he hath sent.

John 6:26, 27, 28.



XII
WHAT DOST THOU WORK?

They said therefore to Jesus, What then
doest thou for a sign, that we may see and
believe thee? What dost thou work?
Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness ;
as it is written, He gave them bread from
heaven to eat.

Jesus said to them :

It was not Moses that gave you that
bread from heaven; but my Father giveth
you the bread from heaven — the real bread.
For the bread of God is that coming down
from heaven, and giving life to the world.

They said then unto him, Lord, give us
always this bread.

Jesus said to them :

/ am the bread of life ; he that cometh to
me shall not hunger, and he that believeth
on me shall never thirst. But, I said to
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you that ye have seen me and yet believe
not. All that which the Father giveth me
shall come unto me, and him that cometh
unto me I will not reject.

John 6:31-33, 35-37.



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XIII
QUESTION OF THE TRADITIONISTS

There come to Jesus from Jerusalem
Pharisees and scribes, saying, Why do thy
disciples transgress the tradition of the eld-
ers, for they wash not their hands when
they eat bread.

Jesus answered them:

And why do ye transgress the command
of God through your tradition? For God
said, Honor thy father and thy mother;
and, He that revileth father or mother, let
him die the death. While ye say, Whoso-
ever shall say to his father or his mother,
That wherewith thou mightest have been
helped by me is Corban (devoted to God) he
shall not honor his father or his mother.
And ye have made void the word of God
through your tradition. Hypocrites, well
did Isaiah prophecy of you, saying,
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This people honoreth me with the lips ;

But their heart is far from me.

But in vain do they worship me,

Teaching for doctrines the command-
ments of men.

And he called to him the multitudes and
said to them:

Hear and understand; Not that which
entereth into the mouth defileth the man;
but that which proceedeth forth from the
mouth, this defileth the man.

Then came the disciples and said to him,
Knowest thou that the Pharisees were of-
fended when they heard this saying?

And he answered and said:

Every plant which has not been planted
by my Heavenly Father shall be rooted up.
Let them alone; they are blind guides.
And if the blind guide the blind, both shall
fall into a pit.

Peter answered and said to him, Declare
to us the parable.

And Jesus said :

Are ye also even yet without understand-
ing?

Perceive ye not that all that goes into
the mouth passes into the belly and is cast

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out into the draught? But the things that
proceed forth from the mouth come forth
out of the heart; and those defile the man.
For out of the heart come forth evil
thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication,
thefts, false witness, railings; these are the
things which defile the man ; but to eat with
unwashed hands defileth not the man.

Matt. 15:2-20.



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XIV

HEAVEN-BORN WIT BRINGS THE
HEAVENLY BLESSING

Jesus went away into the borders of Tyre
and Sidon. And he entered into a house
and would have no one know it; and he
could not be hid: for straightway a woman,
whose little daughter had an unclean spirit,
having heard of him, came and fell down
at his feet: the woman was a Greek, a
Syrophenician by race. And she cried
unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O
Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is
grievously vexed with a demon.

But he answered her not a word.

And his disciples came and besought him,
saying, Send her away, for she crieth after
us.

But he answered and said:

I was not sent but unto the sheep, — the
lost ones — of the house of Israel.
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Then came she and worshiped him, say-
ing, Lord help me !

And he said to her:

Let the children first be filled ; for it is not
good to take the children's bread and throw
it to the dogs.

And she said, yes, Lord, and the dogs un-
der the table eat of the children's crumbs.

Then answered Jesus and said to her:

O woman, great is thy faith; be it unto
thee as thou wilt. For this word go thy
way; the demon is gone out of thy daugh-
ter.

Matt. 15:24, 26, 28.
Mark 7:27, 29.



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XV

WHO DO MEN SAY THAT THE SON
OF MAN IS?

And it came to pass as he was praying
apart, the disciples were with him.

And he asked them, saying:

Who do men say that the Son of man is ?

And they answered, Some say, John the
Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jere-
miah, or one of the prophets.

He said to them:

And ye, who say ye that I am?

And Simon Peter answering said, Thou
art the Christ the Son of God — the living
God.

Jesus answered and said to him :

Blessed art thou, Simon Bariona (Simon,
son of John) ; for flesh and blood hath not
revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in
Heaven (rots ovpavols, in the heavens).

Matt. 16:13, 15, 17.

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XVI
IF THOU CANST

On the morrow after the transfiguration,
when Jesus, with Peter and James and John,
came down from the mountain to the other
disciples, they saw a great multitude about
them and scribes disputing with them.

And Jesus asked them:

What are ye disputing with them?

And one of the multitude came to him
and kneeling said, Master, I brought unto
thee my son who hath a dumb spirit, and
wherever it taketh him it dasheth him down,
and he grindeth his teeth and pineth away ;
and I spake to thy disciples that they should
cast it out and they had not the power.

Jesus answered and said:

O faithless generation, how long shall I
be with you? How long shall I bear with
you? Bring him unto me.
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And as he was yet coming the demon
dashed him down and tare him grievously.

Jesus asked his father:

How long is it that this has been upon
him?

And he said, From a child. And oft-
times it has cast him into the fire and into
the waters to destroy him; but, if thou
canst at all, help us ! Have pity on us !

Jesus said to him:

That "If thou canst"! All things can
be to him that believeth.

Straightway the father of the child cried,
I believe; help my unbelief.

And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and
healed the boy and gave him back to his
father. And they were all astonished at the
majesty of God.

And when he was come into the house, his
disciples asked him privately, For what rea-
son were we not able to cast it out?

Jesus saith unto them:

By reason of your little faith. For
verily I say to you, if ye have faith as a
grain of mustard seed ye shall say to this
mountain, Remove hence to yonder place,
and it shall remove; and nothing shall be
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