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ånd persecute: 50. That the blood of all the Prophets, which was fhed from the foundation of the World, may be (1) required of this generation ; 51. From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the Altar and the Temple: verily I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation. 52. Wo unto you * Lawyers : for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entred not in your selves, and them that were entring in, ye * hindred [Or, forbad].

53. And as he said these things unto them, the Scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many

: 54. a Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

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ed the Meffengers of God, and defpic will I require the Life of man. Sed his Words, and misused his Pro Psal. 9. 12. When he maketh Inquiphets.

1 Efdr. 1.51. They had sition for Blood, he remembreth his Meslengers in Derision ; and look them. Rev.18. 24. In her was when the Lord fpake unto them, s found the Blood of Prophets and of they made a sport of his Prophets. Saints, and of all that were lain 2 Efdr. 1. 32. I sent unto you my Servants the Prophets, whom ye

b* Gen. 4. 8.

+ 2 Chron. 24. have taken and pain, and torn their

See on Mat. 23. 34. Bodies in Pieces, whose Blood ! 10 Ć * Mat. 23. 13. Wo unto you will require of your Hands, faith Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites : the Lord. See on Mat. 23. 34.

for ye shut up the Kingdom of Hea* Gen. 9.5. Surely the Blood of ven against men : for ye neither go your Lives will I require; at the in your selves, neither fuffer ye Hand of every Beast will I require 15 them that are entring to go in. it; and at the Hand of man, at

d See on Mat. 22. 15. Hi the Hand of every man's Brother

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(1) If it be demanded, How is it consistent with Reason and Justice to require the Blood of all the Prophets and righteous Men, which were slain from the Beginning of the World, of this Generation? I answer; That they, however they might pretend to reverence the Prophets, did by their Behaviour to those who were at this Time sent to them by God, approve of what their Fore-fathers did. Since therefore they imitated them in their cruel Treatment of Prophets and righteous Men, that testified that they approved their Deeds, and made them Partakers of their Sin, and therefore it was just to punish them for it. But there is, I think, á better Solution of this Difficulty; for our Lord's Meaning seems to be this

, That their Punishment for rejecting him, in which their City and Temple would be destroyed, should be fo fevere, as if God intended to revenge on them all the righteous Blood that was ever shed in the World, though their Punishment was in Truth no greater than their

own Sins had deserved. See Archbishop Tillotson's Sermon on Lisko . 11.49, 50, 51.

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CH A P. XII. N the mean time when there were gathered together

an innumerable multitude of People, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hy pocrisie. 2. For there is nothing & covered, that fhalt not be revealed; neither hid, that hall not be known. 3. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness, shall be heard in the light: and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets, shall be proclaimed upon the house-tops. 4. And h I say unto you my friends, * Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that, have no more that they can do. s. But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed, hath power to caft into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. 6. Are not five sparrows sold for ' two farthings, and 110t one of them is m forgotten before God? 7. But even the very n hairs of your head are all numbred. Fear not therefore: ye are of o more

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Mat. 16. 6. Then Jesus said which kill the Body, but are not a unto them, Take heed and beware ble to kill the Soul: but rather of the Leaven of the Pharisees, and fear him, which is able to destroy of the Sadducees. + Mar. 8. 16. both Souland Body in Hell. They reasoned among themselves, s it Joh. 15. 14, 15. Ye are my saying, it is because we have no Friends, if ye do whatsoever I com Bread.

mand you. Henceforth I call you f.:: Mat. 16. 12. Then under not Servants; for the Servant stood they how that he bade them knoweth not what his Lord doch : not beware of the leaven of Bread, 10 but I have called you Friends ; for but of the Doärine of che Pharisees all things that I have heard of my and of the Sadducees.

Father, I have made known unco 8 * Mat. 10. 26. + Mar. 4. 22. you. There is nothing hid which'fhall See on Mat. 10. 28. not be manififted: neither was any

15 1 * See Mat. 10. 29. Are not svo thing kept secret, but that it should Sparrows fold for a Farthing ? and come abroad. + Luk 8. 17. No. one of them shall not fail to the thing is fecret, that shall not be Ground without your Father. made manifest: neither any thing in Pfal. 36.6.

O Lord, thou bid, that shall not be known and 20 preservest Man and Beaft. Pfal.145. come abroad. Job 12. 22. He dis is. The Eyes of all wait upon thee, covereth deep things out of Dark. and thou givest them their Min ia nefs. Eccl. 12. 14. God shall due Season. brirg every Work into Judgment, n See on Mat. 10. 30. with every secret thing

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value than many sparrows. 8. Also a I say unto you, Whosoever fall.confess me before men,him shall the Son of man also confefs before the angels of God. 9. But he that denieth me before men, fhall be denied before the angels of God. And whosoever fhall speak a word againft the Son of man, it fhall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth a. gainst the holy Ghoft, it shall not be forgiven.

11. And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto Magifrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12. For the holy Ghost fhall teach you in the same hour, what ye ought to fay. 13. And one of the company said unto him, Mafter,

speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. 13

14. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? 15. And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of ecovetousness: for a man's life con

fifteth Mar. 10. 32. Whosoever then I coveted them.- Pfal. 119. me therefore shall confefs me before 36. Incline my Heart unto thy Te.

Men, him will I confess before my ftimonies, and not to Covet oufnefi. Father which is in Heaven. † Mar. Prov. 21. 6. The getting of Trea. 8.38. Whofoever thall be ashameds fures by a lying Tongue, is a Va. of me, and of my Words, in this a nity tossed to and fro of them thac

dulterous and Sinful Generation, seek Death. Prov. 28. 6. The 13 of him also thall the Son of Man Prince that wantech Understand.

be ashamed when he cometh in the ing is also a great Oppressor; buc Glory of the Father, with the holy 10 he that hatet b Covetoufness fhall pro

Angels. * 2 Tim.2.1.2. If we Juffer, we'long his Days. Ifa. 57.17. For * Thall alforeign with him; ifwedeng him, the iniquity of his Covetoufness was be also will denyus See on Mat.10.32

I wroch. and smote him. Ez. 2. Mar. 3. 28. + 1 Joh. 5. 16.

33:31. They come unto thee as See on Mat. 12.31. of the sin a-15 the People cometh, and they fit gainst the Holy Ghof, fee the Note before thee as my People, and they

hear my Words, but they will not + Mar. 13. 11. Luk. 21. 14.

do them: for with their Mouth

they fhew much love, but their .: Joh. 18. 36. Jefus answered, 20 Heart goeils after their Covet ousness. My Kingdom is not of this World: if Hab. 2. 2. They covet Fields, and

were of this World, take them by Violence,and Houses, then would my Servants fight, that

and take them away: So they op

press a man and his Houfe, even a Jews: but now is my Kingdom 2s man and his Herirage. Mar. 7. 21, not from hence.

22. From within, out of the Heart * Exod. 20. 17. The Tenth Com. of men, proceed evil Thoughts,mandment . Josh. 7. 21. When I

Covetousness.- Rom. 1. 29. Being - faw among the Spoils a gcodly Ba.

filled with all Unrighteousness, bylonish Garment, and cwo hun- 2. Fornication, Wickedness, Covetouf dred Shekels of Silver, and a Wedge' nefs. tiTim. 6. 74

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Sisteth not in the abundance of the things which he poseso seth. 16. And he spake a Parable unto theni, saying, Th ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, cause I have no room where to bestow my fruits ? 18. An he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, a build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and goods. 19. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou haft me goods laid

many years; take thine ease, seat, drin and be merry.

20. But God said unto him, Thou for this night *thy soul shall be required of thee [Or, do require thy Scul]: then i whose fhall those things be who

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brought nothing into this World, on the Earth, and been Women and it is certain we can carry no have nourished your Hearts, co thing out. The Love of Money is the Day of Slaughter. the Root of all Evil; which while h Dan.4.31. While the World fome coveted after, they have erreds in the King's Mouth, there from the Faith, and pierced them.' Voice from Heaven, faying selves through with many Sor King Nebuchadnezzar, to the rows. Heb. 13. 5. Let your Con- Spoken, The Kingdom is dep Versation be without Covet ousness; from thee. Thel. 's 3. W and be content with such things as 10 they shall say Peace and sa ye have.

1 Cor. 6. 10. Nor then sudden Destruction comethi Thieves, nor Covetous, shall inherit them.-the Kingdom of God.

Job. 26. 22. In the Fulness of * Jcb 14. 1. Man that is born of Stufficiency he shall be in Straits a Woman, is of few Days, and full of 15 very Hand of the Wicked Trouble.

'come upon him. + Job 27.8 18+ Ecclef. u. 9. Rejoice o what is the Hope of the Hypog young man in thy Youth, and let though he hath gained, when thy Heart cheer thee in the Days taketh away his Soul. † Pfal. of thy Youth, and walk in the 20 Lo, this is the man that made Ways of thy Heart, and in the Godhis Strength: but trusted Sight of thine Eyes: but know Abundance of his Riches, thou that for all these things God strengthened himself in his Wir will bring thee into Judgment. Ec nefs. + Pfal. 39. 6. Surely clesiasticus 5. 1. Ser not thy Heart 25 man walketh in a vain Shew : upon thy Goods, and say not I have

ly they are disquieted in a enough for my Life. t Ecclesiastic he heapeth up Riches, and kn cus 11. 19. Whereas he faith, I not who shall gather them. *Jet. have found Rest, and now will eat 11. As the Patridge fitteth continually of my Goods, and yet he 30 Eggs and hatcheth them not knoweth not what Time shall come he that getteth Riches, and s upon him, and that he must leave right, shall leave them in the me those things to others, and die. of his Days, and at his End fhall

1 Cor. 15. 32. -Let us Eat and a Fool, Drink,for to morrow we die. + Jam: 35 5. 5. Ye have lived in Pleasure

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T faid unto his Disciples, Therefore I say unto you, " Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23. The life is more than meats and the body is more than raiment. 24. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which

neither have storehouse nor barn; and God m feedeth them: How much more are ye better than the fowls? 25. And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit ? 26. If ye then be not able to do that thing which is leaft, why take ye thought for the rest ? 27. Consider the lilies how they grow : They toil not, they spin not : and yet I lay unto you, that Solomon in all his glory, was not arayed like one of these. 28. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven: how much more will be clothe you, Oye of little faith? 29. And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, * neither be ye of n doubtful mind [Or, live not in cares ful suspence).

30. For all these things do the nations of the as world seek after : and your Father knoweth that ye have

need of these things. 31. q But ° rather seek ye the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you. 32. Fear not, Plittle flock; for it is 9 your Fathers good plea

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See on Mat. 6. 25. * Rust doth corrupt, and where mit Job 38. 41. † Pfal. 147.91

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Time Jesus answered and faid, I 29 chosen the Poor' of this world, thank thee, O Father, Lord of Heaplus rich in Faith; and Heirs of the King

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