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within you. 23 And he said 2- In the troubles, sudden and unto the disciples, The days

es violent, which are coming upon Je

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rusalem, ye shall wish, but wish in will come, when ye shall de- vain, that I were again present with sire to see one of the days you." of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there : go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of 27 The Jews were engaged in their man. 27 They did eat, they usual concerns, when the Roman drank, they married wives, legions burst into their city, and with they were given in marriage, fire and sword, like a mighty temuntil the day that Noe entered pest, laid its glory in the dust. into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and 30 « Thus it shall be, when the day of destroyed them all. * Even destruction foretold by me, shall thus shall it be in the day have its accomplishment." when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife 33 Whosoever shall seek to 33 Whoso prefers his religion to his save his life shall lose it ; and life, shall be recompensed with life whosoever shall lose his life eternal. shall preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be 35 These circumstances indicated grinding together ; the one their unpreparedness ; and the sudshall be taken, and the other denness of the calamity. Reader! left. Two men shall be in

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Watch, and be ready! the field ; the one shall be

37 As the eagles gather together, taken, and the other left.

where the prey is ; so will the Ro37 And they answered and said man armies, whose ensign is an unto him, Where, Lord ? And eagle, make a prey of the devoted he said unto them, Where- Jerusalem. soever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

* This incidental mention of the fact, is a beautiful internal evidence to the truth of the whole history of which it forms a part.

CHAPTER XVIII.

MARCH 7, July 6, Nov. 2. " AND he spake a parable The heart should always be ready unto them to this end, that to pray ; and should pray persevemen ought always to pray, ringly--not in a fainting or doubting and not to faint ; saying, SP There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man : and there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while : but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And on

' 7 If importunity prevail with man, shall not God avenge his own much more shall perseverance preelect, which cry day and night vail with God; for Jesus' sake. unto him, though he bear However the Gospel may proslong with them? I tell you per, wickedness will continually strive

t be will avenge them against it. speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth ? 'And 9 Self-righteousness, and a vain he spake this parable unto pretence to superior sanctity, profit certain which trusted in them- not. Many a lowly spirit, despised selves that they were righ- by the Pharisee, is blessed of God. teous, and despised others : Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them : but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not : for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Verily I say 17 It is the part of wisdom to receive unto you, Whosoever shall the Gospel - teachably, gratefully, not receive the kingdom of obediently * * As dutiful children receive the commands of their parents, without God as a little child shall in 18 Our Lord argues reprovinglyno wise enter therein. 16 And “If you really believe me to be thus

good, why not believe me to be, as I a certain ruler asked nim, claim to be, God as well as man! saying, Good Master, what for none is absolutely good, except shall I do to inherit eternal God." life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. 22 Now when Jesus heard 22 Let each man put a strieter these things, he said unto guard against the sin which doth him, Yet lackest thou one most easily beset him. thing: sell all that thou hast and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven : and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful : for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For 10 25 This is a proverb used to express is easier for a camel to go great difficulty. through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. "For 32 He is thus minute for two reahe shall be delivered unto the sons. He prevented surprise when Gentiles, and shall be mock- the events occurred; and their exact ed, and spitefully entreated, fulfilment, according to his word, and snitted on: and they chali would confirm the faith of his disa

ciples. scourge him, and put him to death : and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things : and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken. And it

questioning their authority ; even when they may, perhaps, not understand their reasonableness-80 let us obey God.

came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging : and hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth pass- 38 He thus acknowledges Jesus to eth by. 36 And he cried, say- be the long-promised Messiah. ing, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, " saying, What wilt thou

41 A noble instance of faith well

412 that I shall do unto thee? rewarded! It is recorded for our And he said, Lord, that I example and encouragement. In may receive my sight. And our darkest sorrows, He, the Sun of Jesus said unto him. Receive righteousness, is at hand, both to thy sight : thy faith hath

guide and to cheer us by his light.

& saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

CHAPTER XIX.

MARCH 8, JULY 7, Nov. 3. And Jesus entered and passed 2 Zaccheus was despised by his through Jericho. ? And, be- countrymen, because, being a Jew, hold, there was a man named he was the chief collector of the pubZacchæus, which was the lic taxes for the Romans. chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was ; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him : for he was to pass that way. * And when Jesus came to the 5 Jesus is ever ready to abide with place, he looked up, and saw us also. O that we too may receive him, and said unto him, Zac- Him joyfully! chæus, make haste, and come down ; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord ; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save

that which was lost. And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. ” He 12 Jesus went to heaven, to receive said therefore, A certain the kingdom He had gained by subnobleman went into a far duing Satan. country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to returi. 13 And he called his ten ser

13 He delivered to them his Gospel

13 Ho delivered to vants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to

ice,

15 When He returns at the dard

15 Whom Hor reign over us. " And it came judgment, He will recompenses to pass, that when he was who have been diligent according to returned, having received the their ability. Each who has dove kingdom. then he comman- his utmost, will receive proportionate ded these servants to be de called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading, Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. And another came, saying Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin : for I feared thee, because thou art an austere man : thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. 22 And 22 The idle and the unprofitable He he saith unto him, Out of will punish. They will be without thine own mouth will I judge excuse ; for God revealed Himself as thee. thou wicked servant. a strictly just and most righteous Thou knewest that I was an Judge : and they knew Him to be austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine on with usury? And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds. 26 For I say unto you, That 26 As careful men add riches to unto everyone which hath riches, whilst the idle lose what obce shall be given ; and from him they possessed, so the faithful conthat hath not, even that he tinually add grace to grace. hath shall be taken away from him. But those mine enemies,

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