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He also that had received two I him, Thou wicked and slothful talents came and said, Lord, servant, thou knewest that I thou deliveredst unto me two reap where I sowed not, and talents: behold, I have gained gather where I have not strawed: two other talents beside them. 27. Thou oughtest, therefore, 23. His lord said unto him, to have put my money to the Well done, good and faithful exchangers, and then at my servant thou hast been faith- coming I should have received ful over a few things, I will mine own with usury. 28. make thee ruler over many Take therefore the talent from things: enter thou into the joy | him, and give it unto him which of thy lord. 24. Then he hath ten talents. 29. For unto which had received the one ta- every one that hath shall be lent came, and said, Lord, I given, and he shall have abunknew thee, that thou art an hard dance: but from him that hath man, reaping where thou hast not shall be taken away even not sown, and gathering where that which he hath. 30. And thou hast not strawed: 25. And cast ye the unprofitable servant I was afraid, and went and hid into outer darkness; there shall thy talent in the earth: lo, there be weeping and gnashing of thou hast that is thine. 26. His teeth. lord answered and said unto

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After repeated injunctions of watchfulness, the next thing is diligence and faithfulness in improving the talents thou hast given. Lord, give us to know and attend to these; and whatever abilities, means, opportunities thou givest us, grant we may faithfully improve them in thy service. Save us from unprofitableness.

SECT. XCII.

Christ will come to judge the World.

31. When the Son of Man | his right hand, Come ye blesshall come in his glory, and all sed of my Father, inherit the the holy angels with him, then kingdom prepared for you from shall he sit upon the throne of the foundation of the world: his glory: 32. And before him 35. For I was an hungered, shall be gathered all nations; and ye gave me meat: I was and he shall separate them one thirsty, and ye gave me drink: from another, as a shepherd di- I was a stranger, and ye took videth his sheep from the goats: me in: 36. Naked, and 33. And he shall set the sheep ye clothed me: I was sick, on his right hand, but the goats and ye visited me: I was in on the left. 34. Then shall prison, and ye came unto me. the King say unto them on 37. Then shall the righteous VOL. I.

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saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38. When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? $9. Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40. And the King shall answer and say unto thein, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42. For I was an hungered,

was thirsty, and ye gave me no
drink: 48. I was a stranger,
and ye took me not in: naked,
and ye clothed me not: sick,
and in prison, and ye visited me
not. 44. Then shall they also
answer him, saying, Lord, when
saw we thee an hungered, or
athirst, or a stranger, or naked,
or sick, or in prison, and did
not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them,
saying, Verily, I say
you, In as much as ye did
it not to one of the least
of these, ye did it not to me.
46. And these shall go away
into everlasting punishment: but
the righteous into life eternal.

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Lord, give us the lively faith of what thou hast here revealed. We believe, that thou shalt come in thy glory, and all the holy angels with thee; and that thou shalt sit upon the throne of thy glory; and that all pations shall be gathered before thee, and a separation made of the righteous from the wicked. We believe, Lord, that thou shalt say to the one, "Come, ye blessed "of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you "from the foundation of the world;" and to the other, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, pre"pared for the devil and his angels ;" and that the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment, and the righteous into life eternal. We believe also, that the kind and merciful behaviour of the one, and the unkind and unmerciful behaviour of the other, to thy brethren, will be found, at that day, an evidence of their regard or disregard to thee. O Son of God, grant that, seeing we know these things, we may act agreeably to this knowledge. Lord, prepare us, and cause us to abide in thee, that when thou shalt appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before thee at thy coming. May we know, that we have passed from death to life,

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because we love the brethren; and may we know and believe the love that God hath to us, and dwell in love : and herein may our love be made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as thou art, so are we in this world.

SECT. XCIII.

The Rulers conspire against Christ, whose Head a Woman anoints.

CHAP. XXVI.

AND it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, 2. Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of Man is betrayed to be crucified. 3. Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4. And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. 5. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people. 6. Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7. There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious

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ointment, and poured it on his
head as he sat at meat.
But when his disciples saw it,
they had indignation, saying, To
what purpose is this waste? 9.
For this ointment might have
been sold for much, and given
to the poor. 10. When Jesus
understood it, he said unto
them, Why trouble ye the wo-
man? for she hath wrought a
good work upon me.
ye have the poor always with
you; but me ye have not al-
ways. 12. For in that she
hath poured this ointment on
my body, she did it for my bu-
rial. 13. Verily I say unto
you, Wheresoever this gospel
shall be preached in the whole
world, there shall also this, that
this woman hath done, be told
for a memorial of her.

Adored be thy obedience to thy father, and love to poor sinners, which continued firm in the view of thy being betrayed to be crucified. How blind is human wisdom in spiritual things, when the mind is not en lightened by grace! Men of the greatest reputation for religion and learning, and of the greatest authority, were enemies to thee, and consulted to take away thy life. Lord, save us from every degree of such blindness and hardness of heart. We would be like the woman who poured the precious ointment on thy head. Nothing is too precious; nothing is precious enough for thee.

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Some of the disciples disapproved of what she did, saying, To what purpose is this waste? But she, who had acted from a sincere affection and regard to thy glorious person, was happy to be defended and approved by thee. Thou wast pleased to declare, that she had wrought a good work on thee; and that this ointment was poured on thy body for thy burial, which was soon to happen; and further to promise, (which has been visibly fulfilled above these seventeen hundred years,) that wheresoever this gospel should be preached, this action of the woman shall be told for a memorial of her. Lord, give us to spare no cost in warrantable expressions of regard and veneration for thy blessed name; and save us from the spirit of those complainers, who grudged the expence, and pretended care for the poor. To the poor we have always opportunity of doing good: may we be kind to them; but may we remember, that there are special seasons of expressing regard and affection to thy holy name, which ought by no means to be omitted.

SECT. XCIV.

Judas betrays Jesus.

14. Then one of the twelve, I called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15. And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto

you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 16. And from that time, he sought opportunity to betray him.

How dreadful was the sin of Judas! What could be his motive to commit such a horrid crime? He was covetous. But surely thirty pieces of silver (the ransom of a slave) was a poor bribe: he might have got much more. Perhaps he was irritated to revenge by thy saying formerly of the twelve apostles, "One of you is a "devil." Perhaps he did not think that matters would go so far; and expected, that thou wouldst deliver thyself out of their hands, and he would enjoy the bribe. O merciful Saviour, keep us from covetousness, and from revenge and sullenness, and from doing a base or sinful thing, in hopes that the consequences of it may

not be so bad. Lord, keep us from giving place to the devil. Keep us from living in any secret sin. Lord, suffer us not to betray thee in any manner : any other hell would be preferable to this. But we trust, thou who hast kept Satan from that power over us which our sins deserved, wilt deliver us entirely from him, and destroy all his works in our souls.

SECT. XCV.

Jesus eats the Passover, and discovers the Traitor Judas.

17. Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover? 18. And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. 19. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. 20. Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 21.And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, That one

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of you shall betray me.
And they were exceeding sor-
rowful, and began every one of
them to say unto him, Lord, is
it I? 23. And he answered
and said, He that dippeth his
hand with me in the dish, the
same shall betray me. 24. The
Son of Man goeth, as it is
written of him: (Ps. xli. 9.)
but woe unto that man by whom
the Son of Man is betrayed! it
had been good for that man if
he had not been born.
Then Judas,who betrayed him,
answered and said, Master is it
I? He said unto him, Thou
hast said.

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Thou shewedst thy power over the hearts of men, and thy foreknowledge of the minutest circumstances, in giving orders to thy disciples where to prepare the passover. Lord, give us the greater happiness of thy dwelling in our hearts. Thou sawest the treachery of Judas, and warnedst him of his misery, that it had been good for him by whom thou wast betrayed, that he had never been born. But he was so obdurate, he would take no warning; yea, had the impudence to say, "Master, is "it I?" O merciful Son of God, keep us from a hard heart, and a seared conscience, and a tempting devil. Thy other disciples were jealous of themselves, and were afraid every one it should be he. Lord, we flee to thee

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