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which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, ** saying, Go ye into the vil- 30 By foreseeing these various cirlage over against you ; in the cumstances, Jesus gave ample proof which at your entering ye to his disciples that He was God. shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him ? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them. And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? And they said, The Lord hath need of him. And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. And as they went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; 38 saying, Blessed be 38 They thus expressed their faith the King that cometh in the in Him as the promised Messiah. name of the Lord : peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would im- . mediately cry out. -1 And
41 and 41 How tenderly He wept in the hen he was come near, he prospect of his country's fall. beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are 43 This was literally fulfilled. The hid from thine eyes. “For the Romans surrounded the city by a days shall come upon thee, deep trench, which hemmed in the that thine enemies shall cast besieged, like sheep penned for the a trench about thee, and com
Slau pass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another ; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought : say- 46 It was his early and his late care ing unto them, It is written, that his Father's house of prayer
My house is the house of should be kept with all holy reveprayer : but ye have made rence. it a den of thieves. And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him, and could not find what they might do : for all the people were very attentive to hear him.
MARCH 9, JULY 8, Nov. 4. And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and scribes came upon him with the elders, and spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave 3 Our Lord had bid his disciples thee this authority? And “ be wise as serpents, and harmless he answered and said unto as doves.” He here exemplifies his them. I will also ask you one own precept. Never was an attack thing; and answer me: The more skilfully parried. baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men ? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed ye him not? But and if we say, Of men ; all the people will stone us : for they be persuaded that John was a prophet. And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was. And Jesus said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.
Then began he to speak to God planted his Church, and the people this parable : A placed it in the care of the Jews. certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country 10 He looked that they should give for a long time. And at the fruit of a holy life, and sent bis the season he sent a servant prophets, at different times, to direct to the husbandmen, that they their labours. should give him of the fruit of the vineyard : but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. And again he sent a third : and they wounded him also, and cast him out. 13 Then said the lord of the 13 At last He sent his Son, Jesus vineyard, What shall I do? Christ; but Him they slew. I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir : come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be our's. So
they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the 16 The Jews were punished by the vineyard do unto them? “He destruction of their city, and the disshall come and destroy these persion of their nation. The Gospel husbandmen, and shall give was given to the Gentiles. the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid. 17 And he be- 17 What if Jesus was despised and held them, and said, What is rejected of men? He is now the this then that is written, The chief corner-stone, by which the stone which the builders re- whole Church is fitly framed tojected, the same is become geen the head of the corner ? Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken ; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 19 And the 19 Conscience taught them this apchief priests and the scribes plication of the parable. the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people : for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them. And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor. And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly : Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Cæsar, or no? But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me? 24 Shew 24 By bringing the matter to the me a penny. Whose image test of a recognised principle of right and superscription hath it? and wrong, He left them at once They answered and said, Cæ
themselves to judge it ; and so con
demn their own detected cunning. sar's. 25 And he said unto 25 Are not we sealed as God's own! them, Render therefore un- Take we heed to render Him his to Cæsar the things which dues. (See Matt. xxii. 17, note.) be Cæsar's, and unto God the things which be God's. And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace. Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him, saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man's brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children, And the second took her to wife, and he died childless. And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also ; and they left no children, and died. Last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife. And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage : but they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage : 36 When this world shall have * neither can they die any passed away, and God hath “ accommore : for they are equal plished the number of his elect; unto the angels; and are the marriage will cease, because it will
be unnecessary. (See Matt. xxii. 30.) children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
con 37 As the Sadducees had brought
* forward the writings of Moses in 37 Now that the dead are
proposing their insidious question, raised, even Moses shewed at Jesus, in reply, refers them to the the bush, when he calleth the same acknowledged authority, in Lord the God of Abraham, establishing his sublime and conand the God of Isaac. and forting doctrine, which refuted it. the God of Jacob. For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him. Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said. And after that they durst not ask him any question at all. And he said unto them, How say they that 42 By thus referring to the book of Christ is David's son? 42 And Psalms, Hegives the strongest, though David himself saith in the indirect, evidence of the truth of book of Psalms, The LORD those scriptures. See Luke xxiv. 44. said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son? Then in the audience of all the people be said unto his disciples, Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts ; 47 which devour widows' 47 How noble is his indignation houses, and for a shew make against all pretence and hypocrisy! long prayers : the same shall and how uniformly does He guard us receive greater damnation against it!
March 10, JULY 9, Nov. 5. And he looked up, and saw Gifts for the use of the temple. the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. 3. And he said, Of a truth I 3 Every individual is thus encolo say unto you, that this poor raged to do all the good he can. The widow hath cast in more than least holy act, for Christ's sake, shall they all : for all these have not lose its reward.
of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury bath cast in all the living that she had. And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, “ As Foretelling the signal overthrow for these things which ye of Jerusalem. behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass ? And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived : for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified : for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. 10 Then said he 10 The Roman armies gathered unto them, Nation shall rise round; and their coming was heagainst nation, and kingdom ralded by many prodigies. against kingdom: and great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
12 “In the interval, you, my follow
12 12 But before ers, shall suffer sad persecutions. all these, they shall lay their Those sufferings, however, as fulfil. hands on you, and persecute ling my prophetic warnings, shall you, delivering you up to the confirm your faith, and so add testisynagogues, and into prisons,
mony to the cause of truth.” being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer : for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your ad. versaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16 And 16 These sad consequences of per
secution literally took place. ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my 18 Warned of God, all the faithful name's sake. 18 But there followers of Christ did escape out of shall not an hair of your Jerusalem, during a truce, before its head perish. In your pa- overthrow. tience possess ye your souls. And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judæa flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter