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Destruction of Jerusalem. 233 hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 0 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye


The Widow's Mite.

shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord ?.

Christ prefers the Widow's Mite to the Dona

tions of the Rich. AND Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And he saw also a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing And he called unto him

, his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in than all they which have cast into the treasury: for all these have their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury did cast in all that she had, even all her living . Christ, departing from the Temple for the last

time, predicts its Destruction. And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple : and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master,

Matt. xxii, 1–39. Mark xii. 38-40. Luke xx.

Mark xii. 41–44. Luke xxi. 1-4.



Christ predicts the Temple's Destruction. 235 see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, See ye not all these things? these great buildings ? Verily I say unto you, As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, the disciples, Peter and James and John and Andrew, came unto him privately, and asked him, saying, Master, tell us, when shall these things be ? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world ? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, and commotions ; see that ye be not terrified nor troubled : for all these things must first come to pass ; but the end shall not be yet. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and there shall be famines, and pestilences; and troubles, and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. All these


Christ predicts the

are the beginning of sorrows. But take heed to yourselves : for before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, and deliver you up to councils, and to the synagogues, and into prisons, to be afflicted ; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my name's sake, and they shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony against them. But the gospel must first be published among all nations. And when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, settle it therefore in your hearts; and take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends, and some

When ye

Destruction of the Temple. 237 of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

therefore shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh: and when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand :) then let them which be in Judæa flee into the mountains : and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house : and let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which

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