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give us to do thy will, as far as we do understand it, that we may know of every doctrine, whether it be of God.

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6. And ye shall hear of wars, take any thing out of his house: and rumours of wars: see that 18. Neither let him which is ye be not troubled: for all in the field return back to take these things must come to pass, his clothes. 19. And woe unto but the end is not yet. 7. For them that are with child, and nation shall rise against nation, to them that give suck in those and kingdom against kingdom: days! 20. But pray ye that | and there shall be famines, and your flight be not in the winter, pestilences, and earthquakes, in neither on the sabbath-day: 21. divers places. 8. All these are | For then shall be great tributhe beginning of sorrows. 9. lation, such as was not since the Then shall they deliver you up beginning of the world to this to be afflicted, and shall kill time, no, nor ever shall be. 22. you; and ye shall be hated of And except those days should all nations for my name's sake. be shortened, there should no 10. And then shall many be flesh be saved: but for the offended, and shall betray one elect's sake those days shall be another, and shall hate one ano- shortened. 23. Then if any ther. 11. And many false man shall say unto you, Lo, prophets shall rise, and shall here is Christ, or there; bedeceive many. 12. And believe it not. 24. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch, that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25. Behold, I have told you before. 26. Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: Be

cause iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15. When ye, therefore, shall see the abomi-hold, he is in the secret chamnation of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet stand in the holy place (whoso readeth, let him understand), 16. Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: 17. Let him which is on the house-top not come down to

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bers; believe it not. 27. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. 28. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Before the destruction of Jerusalem there were wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes; and while it was besieged, and the abomination of desolation stood in the holy place, it was a time of unheard-of tribulation; but

the days were shortened for the sake of thy elect. Dreadful times may yet come before the end of the world. Lord, let not our hearts be troubled, come what will, for any thing that we may suffer; for thou canst support us, and canst with every temptation make a way to escape. Thou hast forewarned thy disciples, that they must expect to be afflicted, and killed, and hated of all nations, for thy name's sake: and that many shall be offended, and betray one another, and hate one another. Lord, if we shall be called to suffer the worst, strengthen us by thy holy Spirit, who can make the weak and timorous more than conquerors. Thou hast said, "Iniquity shall "abound, and the love of many wax cold; but he that "endureth to the end shall be saved." Let us not stumble when we see iniquity abounding, and when we see the love of many professing Christians far inferior to that of their predecessors; but may we acknowledge and revere the accomplishment of thy predictions: and may we, O merciful Saviour, endure to the end, by thy Spirit dwelling in us, in spite of all temptations from bad examples and a body of death.

Thy gospel was preached to many nations before the ruin of Jerusalem; and, glory be to thee, we have rea son to look for a greater spread of it than ever, before the final judgment. Lord, let thy kingdom come: let the kingdom of thy grace be advanced through all the earth, and the kingdom of thy glory hastened. Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly.

SECT. LXXXIX.

Jesus declares the Sign of his second coming.

29. 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: 30. 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. 31. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet; and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. S2. Now learn a parable of the fig-tree: When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth

leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. 33. So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34. Verily I say unto

you, This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled. 35. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Were not these words of thine fulfilled in that generation, when the kingdoms of this world were shaken, and the gospel of thy kingdom established? when thou wast declared to be the Son of God, by that power and glory with which thy kingdom shone in its infancy, and when thy messengers were sent out from Jerusalem to every part of the earth, to preach thy gospel, and bring in thy elect. But they will be fulfilled also at thy coming to judge the world, when thou thyself shalt descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. What an awful appearance will that be! how far superior to any event that was ever seen since the creation of the world! yet all who love thy name may rejoice in it.

36. But of that day and hour | other left. 41. Two women knoweth no man, no, not the shall be grinding at the mill; angels of heaven, but my Fa- the one shall be taken, and the ther only. 37. But as the days other left. 42. Watch, thereof Noe were, so shall also the fore; for ye know not what coming of the Son of Man be. hour your Lord doth come. 38. For as in the days that were 43. But know this, that if the before the flood they were eat- good man of the house had ing and drinking, marrying and known in what watch the thief giving in marriage, until the would come, he would have day that Noe entered into the watched, and would not have ark, 39. And knew not, until suffered his house to be broken the flood came and took them up. 44. Therefore be ye also all away; so shall also the com- | ready for in such an hour as ing of the Son of Man be. 40. | ye think not the Son of Man "Then shall two be in the field; cometh.

the one shall be taken, and the

As no man or angel knoweth of that day or hour, as it will seize on a careless world, just as the flood of Noah did, or the storm of fire and brimstone upon the cities of the plain; Lord, help us to watch let us never have thy coming out of our minds, as the carnal world have it. Thou comest as a thief in the night, unexpectedly. O may we be ready; for thou comest in such an hour as

we think not. Probably thou wilt soon call us to come and appear before thee, which will be much the same as to our interests. O Lord Jesus, make us ready: let us not deceive ourselves. May we be on the right foundation, and may we be employed in thy work patiently and diligently. Lord, suffer us not to be mistaken as to our state. O hear us, merciful Saviour.

45. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat ́in due season? 46. Blessed is that servant whom his lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing. 47. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord

delayeth his coming; 49. And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50. The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51. And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Lord, make all thy servants in the gospel faithful and wise in the service and work thou hast assigned us. give us to feed the souls we have the care of with the true bread of life. Give us, Lord, that we may give to them; and may we keep back nothing that is profitable for them, but give every one his portion, rightly dividing the word of truth. Lord, keep us from being like that evil servant, who says in his heart, "My lord delayeth his coming;" and begins to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken. May we keep at the utmost distance from this character, by thy grace.

THEN

SECT. XC.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins.

CHAP. XXV.

HEN shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten¦ virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3. They that were foolish took their lamps, and

took no oil with them: 4. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7. Then all those

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The evident design of this parable is, to shew the necessity of watchfulness. Lord, grant that we may not slumber and sleep, but may have our lamps always trimmed, and ready for thy approach. Above all, keep us from deceiving ourselves with an empty profession: give us the oil of true grace. Blest be thy name, we may obtain it now. O give it, Lord, and give more of it; and cause us to live in perpetual readiness for death, or for thy second coming, that we may go in with thee to the marriage, before the door be shut.

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13. Watch, therefore, for ye | two. know neither the day nor the ceived one, went and digged hour wherein the Son of Man in the earth, and hid his cometh. 14. For the king-lord's money. 19. After a long dom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16. Then he that had received the five talents, went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17. And likewise he that had reseived two, he also gained other

time, the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20. And so he that had received five talents, came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents; behold, I have gained besides them five talents more. 21. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22.

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