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unto his brother. 20. Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. 21. And the second took her and died; neither left he any seed: and the third likewise. 22. And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. 23. In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife. 24. And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scrip

tures, neither the power of God? 25. For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. 26. And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abra ham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 27. He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXII. v. 23—33. p. 100.]


Jesus declares the tenor of the Law and the Prophets.

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28. And one of the scribes, mandment greater than these. came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29. And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. This is the first commandment. 31. And the second is like, namely this,Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other com

32. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: 33. And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt-offerings, and sacrifices. 34. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXIII. v. 34-40. p. 101.]


Question solved concerning the Messiah.---The Liberality of a Widow.

35. And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? 36. For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. (Ps. cx. 1.) 37. David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him

gladly. 38. And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the market-places, 39. And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts; 40. Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXII. v. 41-46. p. 102.]

41. And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury and many that were rich cast in much. 42. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 43. And he called unto him his dis- I

ciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in than all they which have cast into the treasury: 44. For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

Here is great comfort to those whose abilities are small, when thou hast given them a heart to serve thee to the utmost of their capacity. Lord, give us such a heart. Let us have no reserves in dealing with thee. Had we a thousand worlds, we hope, by thy grace, we would offer them all. We have only two mites; a weak, sinful, polluted soul, and a diseased decaying body. These, Lord, we would with deep humility beg thee to receive, and to dispose of them as thou pleasest for thy glory. O sanctify them to thyself.


Destruction of the Temple foretold.---Of Christ's second Coming.


AND as he went out of the

temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! 2. And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3. And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, over against the temple, Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4. Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when


all these things shall be fulfill5. And Jesus answering them, began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 6. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 7. And when ye shall hear of wars, and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. 8. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. Matt. XXIV. v. 1-10. p. 107, 108.]

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9. But take heed to yourselves for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. 10. And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

11. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate; but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

Though it may not be right to apply these words to the preaching of thy gospel, or speaking in defence of it in ordinary cases; yet surely we may, agreeably to thy will, make the following petition, which we beg, O heavenly Father, thou wouldest hear for Christ's sake: Give us thy blessed Spirit to apply the whole of Christ's redemption to our souls; to convince, to enlighten, to sanctify, to comfort, to guide, to strengthen us and give us that help from him in prayer, and meditation,

and in preaching, and hearing thy word, which thou givest to thy saints. We beg these assistances, which thy word gives all thy servants ground to plead for. O deny them not. We will by thy grace trust to them: let us not be ashamed of our hope. Oh fill us with the Holy Ghost, as thy primitive disciples (who were not Apostles nor Evangelists) were. We hope there is no harm in this desire: O that thou wouldst grant it. Yea, thou hast promised, blessed Saviour, that thy Father will give his Spirit to them that ask him, more readily than an earthly parent will give his hungry child bread: we trust therefore he will hear us for thy sake.

12. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. 13. And ye shall be hated of all men for my Name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14. But 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: 15. And let him that is on the house-top not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: 16. And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take


up his garment. 17. But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 18. And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. 19. 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. 20. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. 21. And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: 22. For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXIV. v. 11—24. p. 109.]

23. But take ye heed: behold I have foretold you all things. 24. But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon

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shall not give her light; 25. And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. 26. And then shall they see the Son

that day and that hour knoweth
no man, no, not the angels which
are in heaven,neither the Son,but
the Father. 33. Take ye heed,
watch and pray for ye know
not when the time is. 34. For
the Son of man is as a man
taking a far journey, who left
his house, and gave authority to
his servants, and to every man
his work, and commanded the
porter to watch. 35. Watch
therefore; for ye know not
when the master of the house
cometh, at even, or at midnight,
or at the cock-crowing, or in
the morning; 36. Lest com-

of Man coming in the clouds, with great power and glory. 27. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. 28. Now learn a parable of the fig-tree: When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: 29. So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. 30. Verily I say unto you, That this generation shall not pass, till all these things being suddenly he find you sleepdone. 31. Heaven and earth

ing. 37. And what I say unto

shall pass away but my words you, I say unto all, Watch. shall not pass away. 32. But of

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXIV. v. 29–42. p. 110, 111.]


TheRulers conspire against Christ, whose head a Woman anoints.


4. And there were some that

AFTER two days was the had indignation within themfeast of the passover, and selves, and said, Why was this of unleavened bread: and the waste of the ointment made? chief priests and the scribes 5. For it might have been sold sought how they might take for more than three hundred him by craft, and put him to pence, and have been given to death. 2. But they said, Not the poor. And they murmuron the feast-day, lest there be ed against her. 6. And Jesus an uproar of the people. 3. said, Let her alone; why trouAnd being in Bethany, in the ble ye her? she hath wrought house of Simon the leper, as a good work on me. 7. For he sat at meat, there came a ye have the poor with you alwoman having an alabaster-box | ways, and whensoever ye will ye of ointment of spikenard, very may do them good: but me ye precious; and she brake the have not always. 8. She hath box, and poured it on his head. I done what she could: she is

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