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ch 24, 42. Mar. 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 he 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 delivereds 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
ch. 13, 12.
Mar. 4, 25.
Lu. 8, 18. & 19, 26.
ter answering, said unto him, 'Malignant and slothful servant, 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 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.' Now when the Son of Man shall come in his glory, accompanied 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.
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
Isek. 18, 7.
ye gave me food; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I a. 58, 7. 36 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 as ye 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 Lu. 13, 27. 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.
SECTION XIV.-THE LAST SUPPER.
Dan. 12, 2.
Lu. 22, 1.
XXVI. JESUS having ended this discourse, said to his dis- Mar. 14, 1 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. 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
Jo. 11, 2.
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
Mar. 14, 10. 14
Mar. 14, 12.
Lu. 22, 7.
gospel shall be preached, what this woman hath now done shall be mentioned to her honour.
Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the 15 chief priests, and said, What will ye give me, and I will 16 deliver him to you? And they weighed him thirty shekels ;* and from that time he watched an opportunity to deliver him up. Now on the first day of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Where shall we prepare for thee the paschal 18 supper? He answered, Go into the city to such a man, and tell him, 'The teacher saith, My time is near, I must cele19 brate the passover at thy house with my disciples.' And the disciples did as they were ordered, and prepared the passover. In the evening he placed himself at table with the twelve; 21 and while they were eating, he said, Verily I say unto you, 22 that one of you will deliver me up. And they were extremely
Mar. 14, 17. 20
Lu. 22, 21.
Jo. 13, 21
Ps. 41, 9.
sorrowful, and began every one of them to say, Master, is it I? 23 He answering, said, The man whose hand is in the dish with 24 mine, is he who betrayeth me. The Son of Man departeth
in the manner foretold in Scripture concerning him; but woe unto that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed; it had 25 been better for that man never to have been born. Then Judas, who betrayed him, said also, Rabbi, is it I? Jesus answered, It is.
Mar. 14, 22. 26
Lu. 22, 14.
1 Cor. 11, 23.
As they were eating, Jesus took the loaf, and having given thanks, broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, 27 eat, this is my body. Then he took the cup, and having given 28 thanks, gave it to them, saying, Drink hereof all of you; for
this is my blood, the blood of the new covenant, shed for 29 many, for the remission of sins. I assure you that I will not henceforth drink of the product of the vine, until the day 30 when I shall drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. And after the hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Mar. 14, 27 31
Zech. 13, 7.
Jo. 16, 32.
Then Jesus said to them, This night I shall prove a stumbling-stone to you all; for it is written, "I will smite the Lu. 22, 31 32 shepherd, and the flock will disperse." But after I am raised 33 again, I will go before you into Galilee. Peter thereupon
Jo. 13, 37.
said to him, Though thou shouldst prove a stumbling-stone 34 to them all, I never will be made to stumble. Jesus answered, Verily I say unto thee, that this very night, before the cock 35 crow, thou wilt thrice disown me. Peter replied, Although I should die with thee, I never will disown thee. And all the disciples said the same.
Mar. 14, 32. 36
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to his disciples, Stay here, while I go yonder and 37 pray. And he took with him Peter, and the two sons of Zebe38 dee; and being oppressed with grief, said to them, My soul is overwhelmed with a deadly anguish; abide here, and watch * About 31. 15s. sterling.
39 with me.
said to Peter, Is it so then, that ye could not keep awake with 41 me a single hour? Watch and pray, that ye be not overcome
by temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is 42 weak. A second time he withdrew and prayed, saying, O my
Father, if there be no exemption for me, if I must drink this 43 cup, thy will be done. Upon his return he again found them 44 sleeping, for their eyes were overpowered. Again, leaving them, 45 he went and prayed the third time, using the same words. Then he came back to his disciples, and said them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold the hour approacheth when the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Arise, let us be going; lo! he who betrayeth me is at hand. 47
Before he had done speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, Mar. 14, 43 appeared with a great multitude armed with swords and clubs, J. 22, 37 48 and sent by the chief priests and elders of the people. Now
the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, The man whom I 49 shall kiss is he, secure him. And coming directly to Jesus, 50 he said, Hail Rabbi, and kissed him. Jesus answered, Friend, for what purpose comest thou? Then they advanced, and 51 laying hands on Jesus, seized him. Upon this, one of Jesus'
company, laying his hand upon his sword, drew it, and striking 52 the servant of the high-priest, cut off his ear. Jesus said to him, Sheathe thy sword; for whoever hath recourse to the Gen. 9, 6. 53 sword shall fall by the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot presently invoke my Father, who would send to my relief 54 more than twelve legions of angels?* But in that case how
should the Scriptures be accomplished, which declare that 55 these things must be? Then, turning to the multitude, he said, Do ye come with swords and clubs to apprehend me, like people in pursuit of a robber? I sat daily amongst you, 56 teaching in the temple, and ye did not arrest me. But all this hath happened, that the writings of the Prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.
SECTION XV.-THE CRUCIFIXION.
Rev. 13, 10.
Lu. 22, 54.
NOW they who had apprehended Jesus brought him to Mar. 14, 53Caiaphas the high-priest, with whom the scribes and elders 30. 18, 13. 58 were assembled. But Peter followed him at a distance to the & 24. court of the high-priest's house, and having gone in, sat with the officers to see the issue.
Meantime the chief-priests and the elders, and the whole Mar. 14. 55 Sanhedrim, sought out false evidence against Jesus, upon which Lu, 22, 66* A Roman legion consisted of 6000 men; sometimes more, sometimes fewer.
Jo. 2, 19.
Isa. 50, 6.
60 they might condemn him to die. But though many false witnesses appeared, they found it not. At length came two false 61 witnesses, who charged him with saying, 'I can demolish the 62 temple of God, and rebuild it in three days.' Then the highpriest rising, said to him, Answerest thou nothing to what 63 these men testify against thee? Jesus remaining silent, he
added, On the part of the living God I adjure thee to tell 64 us, whether thou be the Messiah, the Son of God? Jesus answered him, It is as thou sayest: nay, be assured, that hereafter ye shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand 65 of the Almighty, and coming on the clouds of heaven. Then the high-priest, rending his clothes, said, He hath uttered blasphemy: What further need have we of witnesses, now 66 that ye have heard him blaspheme? What think ye? They 67 answered, He deserveth to die. Then they spat in his face. Some gave him blows on the head, and others struck him on 68 the cheeks, and said, Divine to us, Messiah, who it was that smote thee.
Now Peter was sitting without in the court, and a maidservant came to him and said, Thou also wast with Jesus the Mar. 14, 66 70 Galilean. But he denied before them all, saying, I know 71 nothing of the matter. And as he went out into the porch,
Lu. 22, 55.
Jo. 18, 17. & 25.
ch. 26, 34
Mar. 15, 1
Lu. 23, 1.
Jo. 18, 28.
Acts 1, 18.
Zec. 11, 12
another maid observing him, said to them, This man too was 72 there with Jesus the Nazarene. Again he denied, swearing 73 that he knew him not. Soon after some of the bystanders said to Peter, Thou art certainly one of them, for thy speech 74 discovereth thee. Whereupon, with execrations and oaths, he asserted that he did not know him; and immediately the cock 75 crew. Then Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said to him, "Before the cock crow, thou wilt thrice disown me." And he went out and wept bitterly.
XXVII. WHEN it was morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people, having consulted against Jesus how they 2 might procure his death, conducted him bound to Pontius Pilate the procurator, to whom they consigned him.
Then Judas who had betrayed him, finding that he was condemned, repented; and returning the thirty shekels to the 4 chief priests and the elders, said I have sinned, in that I have
betrayed the innocent. They answered, What is that to us? 5 see thou to that. After which, having thrown down the money 6 in the temple, he went away and strangled himself. The chief priests taking the money, said, It is not lawful to put it into 7 the sacred treasury, because it is the price of blood. But after deliberating, they bought with it the potter's field, to be 8 a burying-place for strangers; for which reason that field is to 9 this day called the field of blood. Then was the word of Jeremiah the Prophet verified, "The thirty shekels, the price at