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Studies In Matthew Chapters 9-14



Jesus heals the paralyzed man.  In verse 4 Christ says he knows the thoughts  (Psalms 139:1-2)
 1.  O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.


V 9 Matthew the tax collector,
V 10 Matthew’s house (see)
Mark 2:15
And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.

Luke 5:27-29
And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.
 28.  And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
29. And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.


The righteous – 
 Romans 3:9-10
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Psalms 14:1-3
 1.  The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
 2.  The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
3. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

V14-17 The question of fasting

Christ says that at this time the disciples are with the bridegroom, but there will be a day when the bridegroom will be gone.

This man is called Jairus:
 Luke 8:41
41. And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:


Jesus tells the woman that her faith had made her whole.


Jesus raises the woman.  He states that she just sleeps.  They laughed.

V27-31 Two Blind men receive sight

Thou son of David shows that these men saw him as the Messiah.   Matthew 1:1
1. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

 Luke 1:32-33
32.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

V32-35 A possessed man speaks


A thought that the harvest needs laborers. 



Christ gave them a power to perform miracles.


The names of the apostles are arranged in six pairs of two to equal 12.

Peter heads the list as in:
KJV Mark 3:14-16
14.  And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
 15.  And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:
 16.  And Simon he surnamed Peter;

KJV Luke 6:13-14
 13.  And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
 14.  Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,

KJV Acts 1:13
13. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.

The list is started the same as in 

KJV Matthew 4:18-22
18.  And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
 19.  And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
 20.  And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
 21.  And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
22. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

Bartholomew is thought to have been Nathanael because of his reference with being with Philip.

KJV John 1:45-50
45.  Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
 46.  And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
 47.  Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
 48.  Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
 49.  Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
50. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.

Matthew the publican was the tax collector.

James the son of Alpheus  was also called James the less and it is thought that his mother was the sister of Mary mother of Jesus whose name was also Mary.

Lebbeus, whose surname is Thaddeus, was also called Judas is
KJV Luke 6:16
16. And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. 

Judas Iscariot whose name has definition according to Hebrew as Iscara (the one who was strangled).


GO to the lost of Israel and preach repentance

V 14
Shake the dust off your feet is simply a symbol of rejection.  The Jews wouldn’t accept.

VERSES 16-23

Warning of Persecutions

Verses 24-33

More instruction : The disciple is not above his master, do not fear the unknown, preach in light and on housetops, do not fear physical but spiritual death, and continue to confess Christ as the Lord.


VS> 35-36a mention of 
KJV Micah 7:6-7
 6.  For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7. Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Put no one above the LORD.

VS 38-39
Take up your cross, follow him and give your life.

VS 40-42


Verses 1-3
John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to ask about Jesus.

It is logical here that John the Baptist would be concerned for Christ and if he is the fine.  The allocation that the disciples here asked if Christ truly was the ONE, was likely the disciples of John’s question considering what John would have seen in Christ’ Baptism.
Yet, Christ left in prison and this may have been the question here.  Why with all of the power of Christ did he leave John there?  We see in Christ’ baptism that John saw God declare the Christ was his son.

KJV Matthew 3:13-17
13  Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14  But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15  And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Verses 4-6
Christ answers the questions with some Old Testament prophecy being fulfilled.  This to show that he was the Messiah.  Not that John surely needed to be taught, but to be reminded.  John at this point had been imprisoned for approx. 12 months.

KJV Isaiah 35:5-6
 5.  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

Verses 7-10
Jesus speaks to the multitudes concerning John.

Christ states by question that John was not a reed.  He was strong and stable.  Along the Jordan reeds grew in great numbers and were always blowing in the wind.  This was to simply state that John was solid and not swaying one way or the other.

The fact stated that John was not going to be pleasantly dressed in a robe fit for a king.  Again, Christ is teaching not to expect those things for an earthly kingdom.

V 10
A reference from
KJV Malachi 3:1
1. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

V11 The expression of thought here of a man is born of woman, simply to mean that all men are born of a woman and are equal in that fact. 
KJV Job 15:7-14
7.  Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?
 8.  Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?
 9.  What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?
 10.  With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.
 11.  Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?
 12.  Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,
 13.  That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?
14. What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

Verses 12-15
This is based on the context of the previous verses and the following verses notices change in the Kingdom.  The kingdom form the time John started his work, marking a changing of the times in the law of the Testaments, was under some fire.  There were those expecting an earthly benefit from this so called Kingdom.  The reference to Elijah being the forerunner and previous statements of John being the preparing figure of the New Law shows a time in change.

KJV Malachi 4:5-6
 5.  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
 6.  And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Verses 16-19

Christ compares the people then to those who would be children playing a game at a wedding, and a funeral (dancing then mourning).

Then says that John was a prophet that lived as a prophet.  He attended no ceremonies, nor ate or drank wine.  Yet, they propose that Christ is guilty of such charges.

Verses 20-24
Jesus foretells of judgment and condemns certain cities of Galilee that repents not seeing the Kingdom coming.  Chorazin, which was north of Capernaum, about 5 miles.  Bethasaida on the west side of the Sea of Galilee about three miles southeast of Chorazin.  Tyre and Sidon, which were North West of Galilee, about 60-80 miles on the Mediterranean Sea. 

Capernaum is compared to Sodom, which was destroyed for Homosexuality and unrighteousness of the flesh.  It says that they had opportunities that if Sodom had would have not been destroyed. Capernaum  had several great works done there since Christ was there after leaving Nazareth. 
KJV Matthew 4:12-13
 12.  Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
 13.  And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
Sodom and Gomorrah are spoken of in Genesis 18:16-33; Genesis 19:1-29.  Let us turn there to see just what destruction is referred to in this section of reading. 

The casting into Hell in reference is a major punishment seeing is how Satan was cst this punishment.
KJV Isaiah 14:12-15
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Verse 25-27
A prayer offered by Christ thanking God that those babes in the Lord had opportunity to see such things and learn these lessons.  That Christ is the teacher of Heaven and the way to the Father.

Verses 28-30 – An Invitation
The Burden of Christ and the work is easy and not heavy to be considering the reward. 


Verses 1-8  - Christ speaks of the Sabbath Day 

What is the Sabbath Day?
KJV Exodus 31:15
15.  Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

The reference that is made of the Bread (shewbread)
KJV Exodus 25:30
30.  And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway.

The reference to the passage in verse 3
KJV 1 Samuel 21:1-6
 1.  Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?
 2.  And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.
 3.  Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.
 4.  And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women.
 5.  And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel.
 6.  So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the Lord, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.

The priest were to take of this with their families
KJV Leviticus 24:5-9
 5.  And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake.
 6.  And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the Lord.
 7.  And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
 8.  Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the Lord continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.
9. And it shall be Aaron's and his sons'; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the Lord made by fire by a perpetual statute.
Christ states in verse 8 that he is the Lord even of the Sabbath.
KJV Isaiah 66:1-2
 1.  Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
2. For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

Verse 9-14 Christ heals the man with the withered (shriveled) hand

Luke’s account of this passage tells us that on another Sabbath Christ healed this man
KJV Luke 6:1-11
 1.  And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.
 2.  And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?
 3.  And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him;
 4.  How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?
 5.  And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
 6.  And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
 7.  And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
 8.  But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.
 9.  Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
 10.  And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
10. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

V 14 The Pharisees held a council against Christ.

Verses 15-21
The chosen servant
Is Christ the one whom will remain quiet in the streets, not known as prophesied in:
KJV Isaiah 42:1-4
1.  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
 2.  He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
 3.  A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
4. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

Verse 22-24 Christ heals a demonically possessed person and the Pharisees are not pleased with this.

Verses 25-30 A House divided cannot stand
Christ states he is not of Satan yet more powerful, and that those that stand not with Christ are then against him.

Verses 31-37
Sin against the Holy Spirit
The six sin against the Holy Spirit

1.) Matthew 12,Verse31 – Blasphemy
2.) Lie or to Tempt
KJV Acts 5:3-4
3  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
KJV Acts 5:9
 9.  Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

3.) Despising
KJV Hebrews 10:29
29.  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

4.) Resisting or striving with
KJV Acts 7:51
51.  Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

5.) Grieving
KJV Ephesians 4:30
 30.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

6.) Quenching
KJV 1 Thessalonians 5:19
19. Quench not the Spirit.

The sign that Christ was to be resurrected after 3 days and nights.
Verses 38-45
Christ would spend 3 days in the ground as Jonah did the whale’s belly (great fish)
KJV Jonah 1:17
 17.  Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Notice that Christ said this great fish was a whale – V 40.

Verses 46-50
The chapter closes by Christ saying that the same as his fleshly born brother would be a brother of belief in God the Father and he who does the will of the father.


Verses 1-9 & 18-23 with a break in verses 10-17 for Christ to explain the use of parables.
First the SOWER

KJV Matthew 28:19
19.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

KJV Mark 16:15-16
 15.  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
 16.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

KJV Luke 8:11
 11.  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

KJV 1 Peter 1:22-23
22.  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
 23.  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

KJV 2 Corinthians 5:7
 7.  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

KJV Romans 10:17
 17.  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

KJV Hebrews 11:6
 6.  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

KJV Acts 20:32
32. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

1.) The seeds by the way side (No response to the message, it fell on deaf ears, and a hardened heart).

2.) Those that fell on the rocks (no roots or foundation)

3.) Those seeds that fell among thorns (the cares of the world choke the message out)

4.) The good ground (the seed was planted and grew)

Verses 24-30 explained in verses 36-43

Satan has tares that are planted among the wheat(the children of God)
The good convert versus the bad convert
True versus false

Christ tells us that there will be those that sow good, and they should leave those that sow discord alone till the harvest.

When Christ says this at we degree are we to step in and pull the tares from the harvest?  It is obvious when the tares start to overtake the good crop!


A small seed can grow to be large in size.  The seed is still planted, although it may not be a huge seed.  Let us learn that what you do may not seem significant, yet that small seed you could plant could turn to be very large.

A little leaven hidden in measures can cause the bread of evil to rise.

KJV Matthew 16:11-12
 11.  How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
12. Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Reference to:
KJV Psalms 78:2
2. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Never should the Kingdom (the Church) be hidden yet this parable is of a man that wants to give all that he has for the Kingdom.  We should be in want of the Kingdom as to giving all that we have to devote our lives to it.

Again the thought that we should give all of ourselves to Christ.  He paid our price now we owe him

Again Christ tells that there will be a division from the good and the bad on that final day.

Householders kept the treasures.  DO NOT keep the treasures of the Kingdom hidden and stored rather have them be shared, both new and old.

Where there is one that teaches truth many will not like it.


Verses 1-2
Herod hears of Christ and is afraid that it is John the Baptist from the dead.

Verses  3-14 an account of what happened at the time of John the Baptist’s death.

We find that Herodias hates John the Baptist for condemning her marriage.
Marriage and divorce is one subject that will always draw battle lines.
KJV Mark 6:17-19
 17.  For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.
 18.  For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.
19. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not:
KJV Matthew 5:31-32
 31.  It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
 32.  But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

KJV Matthew 19:3-9
 3.  The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
 4.  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
 5.  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
 6.  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
 7.  They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
 8.  He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

KJV 1 Corinthians 7:1-13

 1.  Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
 2.  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
 3.  Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
 4.  The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
 5.  Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
 6.  But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.
 7.  For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
 8.  I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
 9.  But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
 10.  And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:
 11.  But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
 12.  But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
13. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

KJV Romans 7:2-3
 2.  For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
3. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Verses 15-21 Jesus feeds 5,000+women and children

This is the only miracle that is listed in all four of the Gospel records.  Matthew 14:15-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-13. 

Verses 22-33 Jesus calms the storm , walks on water, and Peter walks briefly on water as well.
Following this:
In the record according to the inspired John we have then a lesson on the bread of life this happening as a result of the feeding of 5,000+.
READ John 6:22-65.  Which then is followed by Peter’s great confession.

The sick in Gennesaret verses 34-36.  Healed with just the touch of a garment.

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