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knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. 21. And he said, All these have 1 kept from my youth up. 22. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 23. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 24. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of

God! 25. For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? 27. And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. 28. Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. 29. And he said unto them, Verily, I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, 30. Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XVIII. v. 1-4. p. 81. And on Matt. XIX. v. 1—30. p. 85—87.]

SECT. LXXIII.

Jesus foretels his Death and Resurrection; and restores a Blind Man to sight.

31. Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 32. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33. And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 34. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken. 35. And it came

to pass, that as he was come uigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side, begging: 36. And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. 37. And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. 38. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 39. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. 40. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him; and when he was come near, he

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[See the Reflections on Matt. XX. v. 17-19. and v. 29-34. p. 89-91.]

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SECT. LXXIV.

Jesus Christ visits Zaccheus the Publican.

CHAP. XIX.

ND Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2. And, behold, there was a man named Zaccheus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore-tree to see him; for he was to pass that way. 5. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zaccheus, make haste, and come down; for to-day I must abide at thy house. 6. And he

made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. 7. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner: 8. And Zaccheus stood, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him four-fold. 9. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Here we observe an earnest desire in Zaccheus to see thee; a desire so strong, that it made him, though he was chief of the publicans and a rich man, not ashamed to climb up into a tree, to get a sight of thee passing byThy kind call to him to come down, and entertain thee at his house-His ready compliance, and his receiving thee joyfully-The murmuring of the people against thy going into the house of one whom they looked upon as a profligate Zaccheus's justice and charity; the fruits of thy grace in his soul-Thy gracious declaration, "This "day salvation is come to this house; for so muel as VOL. I.

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" he also is the son of Abraham"-Thy still more gracious declaration with respect to sinners in general, "The "Son of man is 'come to seek and to save that which was lost."

Lord, give us the highest esteem of thy blessed name, and the most earnest desire to see thee; a desire superior to all temporal considerations. And, oh, be pleased to invite thyself into our hearts, where by thy grace we would receive thee most joyfully. Oh, blessed Son of God, and of man, thou camest to seek and save that which was lost. How utterly lost were we, when it pleased thee (we would fain hope) to seek and save us. But if we be mistaken in this, we are doubly lost. Oh, merciful Jesus, now seek and save us, that we may not perish for ever. We must, we will hope in thee.

SECT. LXXV.

The Parable of the Talents.

11. And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. 12. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till 1 come. 14. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 15. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every

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man had gained by trading.
16. Then came the first, saying,
Lord, thy pound hath gained
ten pounds. 17. And he said
unto him, Well, thou good ser-
vant: because thou hast been
faithful in a very little, have thou
authority over ten cities.
And the second came, saying,
Lord, thy pound hath gained
five pounds. 19. And he said
likewise to him, Be thou also
over five cities. 20. And ano-
ther came, saying, Lord, be-
hold, here is thy pound, which
I have kept laid up in a napkin:
21. For I feared thee, because
thou art an austere man: thou
takest up that thou layedst not
down, and reapest that thou
didst not sow. 22. And he
saith unto him, Out of thine
own mouth will I judge thee,
thou wicked servant. Thou

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[See the Reflections on Matt. XXV. v. 14-30. p. 113. And also on v. 41---44. of this Chapter, p. 114.]

SECT. LXXVI.

Jesus triumphantly enters Jerusalem.

29. 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, 30. Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which, at your entering, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet' never man sat loose him, and bring him hither. 31. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. 32. And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them. 33. And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? 34. And they said, The Lord hath need of him. 35. And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast

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their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. 36, And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. 37. 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; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. 39. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. 40. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

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It is absolutely necessary thy blessed name should be praised, and thy glorious salvation proclaimed. There is enough in this subject to make the dullest heart to indite good matter, and the most stammering tongue the pen of a ready writer. Whatever we are silent about, let us not be silent here. How miserable are they who do not join! We rejoice, that in spite of the envy of hell, and the wickedness of the earth, there shall never be wanting multitudes to praise thy name here below; and that there shall be a multitude in heaven, which no man can number, whose happy employment this will be through eternity.

41. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 42. 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 eyes. 43. 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, 44. 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.

Blessed Saviour, thy citizens hated thee, and would not have thee to reign over them. By this they brought themselves under remarkable divine vengeance, the prospect of which greatly affected thee, and made thee lament their obstinacy with many tears. How exactly was thy prediction of their overthrow fulfilled! Hence we learn the certain and fearful ruin of those who hate and reject the Son of God, and will not have him to reign over their souls; and with what deep commiseration all, who have the same mind that was in thee, must look upon obstinate unbelievers. Lord, grant to all thy disciples, and especially to ministers, much of this divine temper: and, oh, give sinners to know the time of their visitation.

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