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Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because Lu. 11, 39. ye cleanse the outside of those cups and platters, which with26 in are laden with rapine and iniquity. Blind Pharisee, begin

with cleansing the inside of the cup and of the platter, if ye

would make even the outside clean. 27 Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because

ye resemble whitened sepulchres, which without indeed are

beautiful, but within are full of corruption, and of dead men's 28 bones. Thus ye also outwardly appear righteous to men ;

but are inwardly fraught with subtilty and injustice. 29 Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because Lu. 11, 47

ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and adorn the monu30 ments of the righteous, and say, 'Had we lived in the days

of our fathers, we would not have been their accomplices in 31 the slaughter of the prophets.' Thus ye testify against your

selves, that ye are the sons of those who'murdered the pro32. phets. Fill ye up, then, the measure of your fathers.

fathers. Ah! serpents ! offspring of vipers! How can ye escape the pu

nishment of hell ? 34 Therefore, I send you prophets, and wise men, and scribes. Lu. 11, 49

Some of them ye will kill and crucify; others ye 35 in your synagogues, and banish from city to city; so that all

the innocent blood shed upon the earth shall be charged upon you, from the blood of the righteous Abel to the blood Gen. 4, 8.

of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the 36 altar and the sanctuary. Verily I say unto you, all shall be

charged upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! that killest the prophets, and Lu. 13, 34

stonest them whom God sendeth to thee; how often would

I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathereth her 38 chickens under her wings ! but ye would not. Quickly shall 39 your habitation be transformed into a desert: for know that ye shall not henceforth see me, until ye say,

“ Blessed be he Ps. 118, 26. who cometh in the name of the Lord."*

will scourge

2 Cor. 24, 20

SECTION XIII.-THE PROPHECY ON MOUNT OLIVET. XXIV. AS Jesus walked out of the temple, his disciples came Mar. 13, ! 2 and made him observe the buildings of it. Jesus said to them, Lu. 19:44.

All this ye see; verily I say unto you, one stone shall not be

left here upon another. All shall be razed. 3 As he sat upon the Mount of Olives, his disciples accosted Mar. 13, 3.

him privately, saying, Tell us, when will this happen? and

what will be the sign of thy coming, and of the conclusion 4 of this state? Jesus answering, said to them, Take heed that 5 no man seduce you: for many will assume my character, 6 saying, 'I am the Messiah, and will seduce many. Nay,

. Jehovah.

Lu. 21, 7

Mar. 13, 8
Lil 21, 10
ch. 10, 17.
Jo. 16, 2.

ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars; but take care that ye be not alarmed : for all these things must happen;

but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will arise against nation; and kingdom against

kingdom ; and there shall be famines and pestilences and 8 earthquakes in sundry places. Yet these are but the prelude 9 of woes.

For they will consign you to torments and to death, 10 and ye shall be hated by all nations on my account. Then

many will be insnared and will betray their fellows, and hate 11 them. And many false prophets will arise, who will seduce 12 many. And because vice will abound, the love of the greater 13 number will cool. But the man who persevereth to the end 14 shall be saved. And this good tidings of the reign shall be

published through all the world, for the information of all

nations. And then shall come the end. Mar. 13, 14, 15 When, therefore, ye shall see, on holy ground, the desoban. 9; 26 16 lating abomination foretold by the Prophet Daniel, (Reader,

17 attend !) then let those in Judea flee to the mountains : let

not him who shall be upon the house-top, come down to 18 carry things out of his house; and let not him who shall 19 be in the field, return to take his mantle. But woe unto

the women with child, and unto them that give suck in 20 those days. Pray therefore that your flight happen not in 21 the winter, nor on the Sabbath; because there shall be then

so great tribulation, as hath not been since the beginning of 22 the world until now, nor shall be ever after. For if the time

were protracted, no soul could survive; but, for the sake of the

elect, the time shall be short. Mar. 13, 21. 23 If any shall to you then, Lo! the Messiah is here,

24 or he is there,' believe it not; for false Messiahs and false

prophets will arise, who will perform great wonders and pro

digies, so as to seduce, if possible, the elect themselves. 25. Remember I have warned you. Wherefore, if they cry,

• He is in the desert,' go not out; He is in the closet,' be27 lieve it not. For the coming of the Son of Man shall be

like the lightning, which, breaking forth from the east, shin28 eth even unto the west. For wheresoever the carcass is, the

eagles will be gathered together. Mar. 13, 24. 29


after those days of affliction, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall withhold her light; and the

stars shall fall from heaven, and the heavenly powers shall 30 be shaken. Then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man

in heaven : and all the tribes of the land shall mourn, when

they shall see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of hea31 ven with great majesty and power. And he will send his

messengers with a loud-sounding trumpet, who shall assemble his elect from the four quarters of the earth, from one extremity of the world to the other.

Lu. 17, 23

Lu. 17, 37.

Lu. 21, 25

Isa. 13, 10
Ezek. 32, 7.
Joel 2, 31.
Rev. i. 7.


Learn now a similitude from the fig-tree. When its Mar. 13, 28°

branches become tender, and put forth leaves, ye know that Lu. 21, 29. 33 summer is nigh. In like manner, when ye shall see all these 34 things; know that he is near, even at the door. Verily I say

unto you, this generation shall not pass until all these things 35 happen. Heaven and earth shall fail; but my words shall 36 never fail. But of that day and that hour knoweth none

but my Father, no not the heavenly messsengers. 37 Now that which happened in Noah's time, will also hap- Lu. 17. 2638 pen at the coming of the Son of Man. For as in the days

before the flood, even to that day that Noah entered the 39 ark, they were eating and drinking and marrying, and sus

pected nothing, until the flood came and swept them all

away; so shall it also be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men shall be in the field; one shall be taken, and one Lu. 17, 3541 shall escape.

Two women shall be grinding at the mill; one shall be taken, and one shall escape. 42 Watch, therefore, since ye know not at what hour your Mar. 13, 32. 43 Master will come. Ye are sure that if the householder knew th. 392

, 39. at what time of the night the thief would come, he would 1 Th. 5, 2. 44. watch and not suffer him to break into his house. Be ye Rev. 3, 3.

therefore always prepared; because the Son of Man will & 16, 16.

come at an hour when ye are not expecting him. 45

Who now is the discreet and faithful servant, whom his master hath set over his household, to dispense to them re46 gularly their allowance ? Happy that servant, if his master, 47 at his return, shall find him so employed. Verily I say unto

you, he will entrust him with the management of all his 48 estate. But as to the vicious servant, who shall say within 49 himself, ‘My master deferreth his return,' and shall beat his 50 fellow-servants, and feast and carouse with drunkards; the

master of that servant will come on a day when he is not 51 expecting him, and at an hour he is not apprized of, and

having discarded him, will assign him his portion with the

perfidious. Weeping and gnashing of teeth shall be there. XXV. Then may the kingdom of heaven be compared to ten

virgins, who went out with their lamps to meet the bride2. groom. Of these, five were prudent, and five foolish. The 4 foolish took their lamps, but carried no oil with them. But

the prudent beside their lamps, carried oil in their vessels. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all became drowsy and 6 fell asleep. And at midnight a cry was raised, · The bride7 groom is coming, go out and meet him.' Then all the vir8 gins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said

to the prudent, Give us of your oil : for our lamps are go9 ing out.' But the prudent answered, saying, "Lest there be

not enough for us and you, go rather to them who sell, and 10 buy for yourselves.' While they went to buy, the bride

ch 24, 42.

Ma“. 13, 32


groom came, and those who were ready went in with him to 11 the marriage, and the door was shut. Afterwards came also 12 the other virgins, saying, “Master, master, open unto us.' He 13 answered, “Verily I say unto you, I know you not.' Watch,

therefore, because ye know neither the day nor the hour. 14

For the Son of Man is like one who, intending to travel, 15 called his servants, and committed to them his stock : to one

gave five talents,* to another two, and to another one; to each according to his respective ability ; and immediately set 16 out. Then he who had received the five talents went and 17 traded with them, and gained other five. Likewise he who 18 had received two, gained other two: whereas he who had

received but one, digged a hole in the ground, and hid his 19 master's money. After a long time, their master returned 20 and reckoned with them. Then he who had received the

five talents came and presented other five, saying, “Sir, thou

deliveredst to me five talents : here they are, and other five 21 which I have gained.' His master answered, Well done,

good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful in a small 22 matter, I will give thee a more important trust. Partake

thou in thy master's joy.' He also who had received the two talents advancing, said, 'Sir, thou deliveredst to me

two talents: here they are, and other two which I have 23 gained.' His master answered, Well done, good and faith

ful servant, thou hast been faithful in a small matter, I will

give thee a more important trust. Partake thou in thy masLu. 19, 20• 24 ter's joy.' Then came he also who had received the single

talent, and said, “Sir, I know that thou art a severe man,

reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou 25 hast not scattered; being therefore afraid, I hid thy talent 26 under ground; but now I restore thee thine one.' His mas

ter answering, said unto him, Malignant and slothful ser

vant, didst thou know that I reap where I have not sown, 27 and gather where I have not scattered ? Should thou not,

then, have given my money to the bankers, that at my return eh. 13. 12. 28 I might have received it with interest ? Take from him,

29 therefore, the talent, and give it to him who hath ten: for

to every one that hath, more shall be given, and he shall

abound; but from him that hath not, even that which he 30 hath shall be taken: And thrust out this unprofitable servant

into darkness, where shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 31 Now when the Son of Man shall come in his glory, ac

companied by all the holy angels, and shall be seated upon 32 his glorious throne ; then shall all the nations be assembled

before him; and out of them he will separate the good from

the bad, as a shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats. 33 The sheep he will set at his right hand, and the goats at his left.

A talent thought to be equal to 1871. 10s. sterling.

Mar. 4, 25. Lu. 8, 18. & 19, 26.


as ye

34 Then will the king say to those at his right hand, 'Come,

ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for 35 you

from the formation of the world: for I was hungry, and ye gave me food; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; 1 1a, 58, 736 was a stranger, and ye lodged me; I was naked, and ye

clothed me; I was sick, and ye assisted me; I was in prison, and 37 ye visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, saying,

Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; or 38 thirsty, and gave thee drink? When did we see thee a stran39 ger, and lodged thee; or naked, and clothed thee? When 40 did we see thee sick, or in prison, and visited thee?' The

king will reply to them, Verily I say, unto you, that inasmuch have done this to any the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.'

Then will he say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from eh. 7, 23. me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and 42 his angels : for I was hungry, but ye gave me no food; I 43 was thirsty, but ye gave me no drink; I was a stranger, but

ye did not lodge me; naked, but ye did not clothe me; sick, 44 and in prison, but ye did not mind me.' Then they also

will answer, saying, “Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or

thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did 45 not assist thee? Then he will reply to them, saying, Verily

I say unto you, that inasmuch as ye did it not to any the 46 least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go to Jo. 5. 29.

eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

Lu. 13, 27.

Dan. 12, 2.

& 53.

SECTION XIV.—THE LAST SUPPER. XXVI. JESUS having ended this discourse, said to his dis- Mar. 14, ! 2 ciples, Ye know that two days hence cometh the passover: Jo. 11, 47.

Then the Son of Man shall be delivered up to be crucified. 3 About this time the chief priests and the scribes, and the elders

of the people, were convened in the palace of Caiaphas the 4 high-priest, where they consulted how they might take Jesus 5 by surprise, and kill him. They said, however, Not during

the festival, lest there be a commotion among the people. 6 Now Jesus being in Bethany, in the house of Simon [for- Mar. 14, 37 merly] a leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster box of & 12, 2.

balsam, very precious, which she poured on his head while he 8 was at table. His disciples observing it, said with indignation, 9 Why this profusion? This balsam might have been sold for 10 a great price, and the money given to the poor.

Jesus knowing it, said to them, Why trouble ye the woman? She 11 hath done me a good office. For ye have the poor always Deut. 15, 11. 12 amongst you, but me ye have not always. For it is to em

balm me that she hath poured this balsam upon my body. 13 Verily I say unto you, in what part soever of the world the

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