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And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars ; and upon the earth

distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea 26 and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing

them for fear, and for apprehension of those

things which are coming on the earth: for the 27 powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then

shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud 28 with power and great glory. And when these

things begin to come to pass, then look up,

and lift up your heads; for your redemption 29 draweth near. And he spake this parable to

them; Behold the fig-tree, and all other trees: 30 When they shoot out, ye sce and know of your 31 own selves, that the summer is near. So when ye see these things come to pass,

know 32 that the kingdom of God is near. Verily I

say unto you, this generation shall not pass 33 away, till all be fulfilled. * Heaven and earth

shall pass away; but my words shall not pass

away. 34 Take heed then to yourselves, lest at any

time your hearts be overcharged with surfeit

ing and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and 35 that day come upon you uuawares.

snare it shall come on all them that dwell on 36 the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore

and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come

to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. 37 And in the day he taught in the temple: and

ye also

For as a

* All the events and judgments predieted in this passage, must then have reference to the destruetion of Jerusalem, and of the Jews, by the Romans.

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at night he went out of the city, and abode in

the mount that is called, the mount of Olives. * 38 And all the people came early in the morning

to him in the temple, to hear him.

CHAP. XXII.

1. NOW the feast of unleavened bread, which 2 is called the passover, was near.

And the chief priests and scribes sought means to kill

him : 'for they feared the people. 3 Then Satan entered into Judas surnamed

Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4 And he went his way, and consulted with the

chief priests and officers, how he might betray 5 him unto them. And they were glad, and 6 covenanted to give him money. And he prom

ised, and sought opportunity to betray him

unto them in the absence of the multitude. 7 Meantime was the day of unleavened bread, 8 when the passover must be killed. And he

sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare 9 us the passover, that we may eat.

And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we pre10 pare?

And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, a man will meet

you, bearing a pitcher of water ; follow him 11 into the house where he entereth. And ye

shall say unto the good man of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guest

* Jesus did this for several days successively.

† The passover was a great feast of the Jews, which all were required to attend.

chamber, where I shall eat the passover with 12 my disciples ? And he shall shew you a largeup13 per room furnished: there mike ready. Anil

they went and found as he said unto them : and 14 they made ready the passover. And when the

hour was come, he sat down, and thetwelve apos15 tles with him. And he said unto them, With de

sire I have desired* to eat this passover with 16 you before I suffer. For I say unto you, I

will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfill17 ed in the kingdom of God.t And he took the

cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and 18 divide it among yourselves : For I say unto

you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine,

until the kingdom of God shall come. 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and

brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is

my body which is given for you: this do in 20 remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup,

after supper, saying, This cup is the new tes

tament in my blood, which is shed for you. 21 But behold, the hand of him that betrayeth 22 me is with me on the table. And truly the

Son of man goeth as it was determined : but

wo unto that man by whom he is betrayed. . 23 And they began to inquire among themselves,

which of them it was that should do this thing. 24 And there was also a strife among them,

which of them should be considered the great

* That is, I have very earnestly desired to eat, &c.

+ The meaning is, that he should not again partake of any thing before his crucifixion. Strictly speaking, the kingdom of God commenced after the resurrection of our Lord.

25 est. And he said unto them, The kings of

the Gentiles exercise dominion over them;

and they who have authority with them* are 26 called benefactors. Let it not be so with you :

but he who is greatest among you, let him be

as the younger : and he that is chief, as one who 27 serveth. For whether is greater, he that sitteth

at meat or he that serveth? Is not he who sit.

teth at meat? Yet I am among you as one who 28 serveth, Ye are they who have continued with 29 me in my temptations; and I appoint unto you a

kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; 30 that ye may eat and drink at my table in my

kingdom, and sit on thrones, judging the twelve

tribes of Israel.+ 31 Then the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold,

Satan hath been seeking you, that he may sift 32 you as wheat : But I have prayed for thee,

that thy faith fail not : and when thou art con33 verted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said

unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, 34 both into prison, and to death. And he said,

I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this

day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou 35 knowest me. And he said unto them, When

I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes,

lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. 36 Then said he unto them, But now he who

hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he who hath no sword, let him sell

* That is, use their power arbitrarily and oppressively.

† After the ascension of Christ, the apostles were divinely inspired, and constituted the spiritual teachers and judges of the Jews, as well as of other nations. By them the doctrines of the gospel were communicated to the world.

say unto

37 his garment, and buy one. For I

you, that this* which is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned

among the transgressors : for the things con38 cerning me have an end. And they said, Lord,

behold, here are two swords. And he said

unto them, It is enough. 39 And he came out of the city, and went, as

usual, to the mount of Olives; and his disci. 40 ples accompanied him. And when he was

come to that place, he said unto them, Pray 41 that ye enter not into temptation. And he was

withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and 42 kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if

thou art willing, remove this cup from me :

nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from 44 heaven, strengthening him. And being in an

agony, he prayed more earnestly : and his

sweat was like great drops of blood falling down 45 to the ground. And when he rose up from

prayer, and came to his disciples, he found 46 them sleeping for sorrow;t and said unto them, Why sleep re? rise and

pray,
that

ye overcome by temptation. 47 And while he was speaking, behold, a mul

titude, and he who was called Judas, one of the

twelve, went before them, and drew near to 48 Jesus, to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him,

Judas, dost thou betray the Son of man with a

be not

* See Isaiah liji. 12.

+ They were probably overcome with disappointment and grief, to see their Lord, who, they bad supposed, would manifest his princely power, thus distressed.

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