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No. 210. The kingdom of God is like unto a certain king, which made as marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding ; and they would not come. Again he sent forth other servants, saying, "tell them which are bidden, "Behold I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fat"lings are killed, and all things are ready; come unto the marriage." But they made light of it, and went their ways, one unto his farm, another to his merchandize: and the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Matt. xxii. 2-7. (so Luke xiv. 16-26.)

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No. 211. Behold, I (i. e. Jesus) send unto you prophets, and wise men and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify, and some of them shall you scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city; that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias the son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you,

not by the husbandmen. They both too omit that part of the "prophecy, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you," &c. "A marriage," i. e. " a marriage feast."

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"The wedding or marriage feast," (the feast of fat things, the feast of wines on the lees well ripened, of fat things full of marrow-mentioned Is. xxv. 6,ante)" the gospel," and "them that were bidden," "the Jews, or their leaders."

St. Luke omits those parts which mention the ill usage to the servants, and the vengeance inflicted. Taken as it is in St. Matthew, the part here set forth of this prophetic parable looks forward clearly to the unsuccessful attempts to bring in the Jews to Christianity, their rejection of the gospel, and the vengeance that should be inflicted upon them and upon their city,"The King," is evidently "God."

all these things shall come upon this generation. Matt. xxiii. 34-36; (so Luke xi. 49, 50, 51.)

No. 212. "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest "the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, "how often would I have gathered thy children together, " even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, " and ye would not. Behold your house is left unto you

"desolate." Matt. xxiii. 37, 38.

Luke xiii. 34, 35.

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No. 213. Shall not God avenge his own elect, "which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long "with them.? I tell you that he will avenge them spee"dily." Luke xviii. 7, 8.

No. 214. He (i. e. Jesus,) beheld the City (i. e. Jerusalem,), 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 hid from thine

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eyes for the days shall come upon thee, that thine "enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass "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." Luke xix. 41—44.

No. 215. Jesus departed from the temple, and his disciples came to him to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, see ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Matt. xxiv. 1, 2. Mark xiii. 1, 2. Luke xxi. 5, 6.

"His own elect," i. e. " the Christians, the objects of per"secution by the Jewish unbelievers."

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y "The buildings," &c. St. Mark's introduction to this prophecy, is "One of his disciples said unto him as he went out "of the temple, Master, see what manner of stones and what "buildings are here.'" St. Luke's, St. Luke's, "As some spake of the "temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts."

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No. 216. As he (i. e. Jesus,) sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying "tell us, when shall these things be, and what shall be "the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" And Jesus answered, and said, "Take heed that no man "deceive you: for many shall come in my name, saying I "am Christ, and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear "of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not trou"bled: for all these things must come to pass: but the "end is not yet." Matt. xxiv. 3-6. Mark xiii. 3—7.

Luke xxi. 7-9.

No. 217. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come. Matt. xxiv. 14. first be published among all nations.

The Gospel must Mark xiii. 10.

No. 218. When ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judea flee to the mountains, &c. &c. for in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. Mark xiii. 14. 19. Matt. xxiv. 15-19.

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No. 219. When ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea 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 thereinto: for these be the days of vengeance, that

z "The disciples," i. e. according to St. Mark, "Peter and "James and John and Andrew."


"The world." Q. Should not the translation be "the "age," the Jewish establishment? The original is rov ȧuvos. The question in Mark and Luke only is "when shall these "things be, and what "shall be fulfilled?" b" Where it ought St. Matthew says, " stand in the holy place."

shall be the Mark xiii. 4.

not," this is the

sign when all these things Luke xxi. 7.

language in St. Mark :


all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days: for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people; and they shall fall d by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. Luke xxi. 20-24.




No. 220. As the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be, for wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Matt. xxiv. 27. No. 221. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory: and he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect, from one end of heaven to the other. Matt. xxiv. 29-31. (so Mark xiii. 24—27.)


"With child," &c. as not being in a condition to fly with the expedition that will be requisite. A mode of intimating the extraordinary urgency of the times.

d Fall, &c." It is supposed that considerably more than "100,000 Jews were slain in Jerusalem and other parts of Judea." e "Wheresoever," &c. i. e. wherever an unbelieving Jew is, God's

vengeance shall find him out.

f "The sun," "the moon," and "the stars," i. e. the heads of the Jewish people.

"The sign," i. e. (probably) in a figurative sense: Proof of Christ's establishment and power.

h"The tribes of the earth," i. e. "the adversaries of "Christ;" unbelievers.

"His elect," i. c. (probably) "Christians."

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 and the waves roaring, men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud 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 draweth nigh. Luke xxi. 25-28.


No. 222. Now learn a parable of the fig tree: when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Matt. xxiv. 32-35. Mark xiii. 28-31. Luke xxi. 29-33.

No. 223. Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children: for behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, "Bless"ed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare."Luke xxiii. 28, 29.

No. 224. "If I will that he (i. e. John,) tarry till I "come, what is that to thee, (i. e. Peter,) follow thou "me." Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die, &c. John xxi. 22, 23.


Redemption," i. e. (probably)" deliverance from Jewish persecution."

"It," i. e. (as explained Luke xxi. 31.) "The kingdom "of God." The passage in Luke is, 66 so likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of "God is nigh at hand."


1 "Till I come," i. e. " at the destruction of Jerusalem," which happened A. D. 70.-John did not die until long after that


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