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Jesus casts the Buyers and Sellers out of the Temple.

45. And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; 46. Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves. 47. And he taught daily in the

temple. But the chief priests and the scribes, and the chief of the people, sought to destroy him; 48. And could not find what they might do for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXI. v. 12, 13. p. 92.]


Jesus silences the Chief Priests and Elders.


ND it came to pass, that on one of these days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him, with the elders, 2. And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, By what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority? 3. And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask you one thing; and answer me: 4. The baptism of John, was it

from heaven, or of men? 5. And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed ye him not? 6. But and if we say, Of men ; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet. 7. And they answered, That they could not tell whence it was. 8. And Jesus said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXI. v. 23-27. p. 94.]


The Parable of the Vineyard, applied to the Jews.

9. Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. 10. And at the

season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. 11. And again he sent

another servant: and they beat |
him also, and entreated him
shamefully, and sent him away
empty. 12. And again he sent
a third and they wounded him
also, and cast him out. 13.
Then said the lord of the vine-
yard, What shall I do? I will
send my beloved son: it may
be they will reverence him,
when they see him. 14. But
when the husbandmen saw him,
they reasoned among them-


selves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them? 16. He shall come and destroy these husbandınen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

Lord, keep from impenitence and hardness of heart. Keep from thinking it enough to deprecate the punishments foretold in thy word, while there is a continuance in any course that leads to them. Thou lookedst steadfastly on these men, and referredst them to the word of God. When we behold thee by faith looking steadfastly on us, may the light of thy countenance dispel all the mists of error, and delusion, and sinful inclinations, and dispose us to follow thy will in all things.

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[See the Reflections on this Parable, on Matt. XXI. v. 33-46, p. 96, 97.]


Jesus silences the Pharisees, and confutes the Sadducees respecting the Resurrection.

20. And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might


deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor. 21. And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, nei

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[See the Reflections on Matt. XXII. v. 15—22. p. 99.]

27. Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him, 28. Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man's brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, aud raise up seed unto his brother. 29. There were therefore seven brethren and the first took a wife, and died without children. 30. And the second took her to wife, and he died childless. 31. And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no chil- |

dren, and died. 32. Last of all the woman died also. 33. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife. 34. And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: 35. But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 36. Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

How is it, Lord, that thy disciples shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world? Is it not by their believing in thee whose merit has purchased it? Is it not by their being made meet for the possession of it by thy Spirit? Lord, give us union with thee by faith, and thy Spirit in our hearts; and we shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and shall for ever acknowledge that eternal life is the gift of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. O what a blessed state shall we then be in? Immortal; equal to the angels, with whom we shall praise and serve thee; children of God fully declared, in consequence of our being fitted for the heavenly world, both

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in soul and body. Blessed be thy name for ever, for revealing and purchasing and bestowing that glorious world.

37. Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at ⚫ the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and

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[See also the Reflections on

the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38. For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Matt. XXII. v. 23-33.

p. 100.]


Jesus declares the Substance of the Prophets.

39. Then certain of the scribes | Lord; how is he then his son? answering said, Master, thou hast well said. 40. And after that they durst not ask him any question at all. 41. And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David's son? 42. And David himself saith in the book of psalms, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 43. Till I make thine enemies thy footstool. 44. David therefore calleth him

45. Then, in the audience of
all the people, he said unto his
disciples, 46. Beware of the
scribes, which desire to walk in
long robes, and love greetings
in the markets, and the highest
seats in the synagogues, and the
chief rooms at feasts;
Which devour widows' houses,
and for a shew make long pray-
ers: the same shall receive
greater damnation.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXII. v. 34–46.
p. 101, 102.]


The Destruction of the Temple, and of the Jewish Polity, foretold.


AND he looked up, and saw

the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. 2. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. 3. And he said, Of a

truth I


say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast in more than they all : 4. For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

[See the Reflections on Mark XII. v. 41. p. 184.]

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5. And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, 6. As for these things which ye behoid, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 7. And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? 8. And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived; for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time drawethout; and let not them that are near go ye not therefore after in the conntries enter thereinto. them. 9. But when ye shall 22. For these be the days of hear of wars and commotions, vengeance, that all things which be not terrified: for these things are writter may be fulfilled. must first come to pass; but 23. But woe unto them that the end is not by and by. 10. 10. are with child, and to them that Then said he unto them, Na- give suck in those days! for tion shall rise against nation, there shall be great distress in and kingdom against kingdom: the land, and wrath upon this 11. And great earthquakes shall people. 24. And they shall be in divers places, and famines, fail by the edge of the sword, and pestilences; and fearful and shall be led away captive sights and great signs shall there into all nations: and Jerusalem be from heaven, 12. But be- shall be trodden down of the fore all these, they shail lay Gentiles, until the times of the their hands on you, and perse- Gentiles be fulfilled. 25. And cute you, delivering you up to there shail be signs in the sun, the synagogues, and into pri- and in the moon, and in the sons, being brought before kings stars; and upon the earth disand rulers for my name's sake. tress of nations, with perplexi13. And it shall turn to you for ty; the sea and the waves roara testimony. 14. Settle it ing; 26. Men's hearts failing therefore in your hearts, not to them for fear, and for looking meditate before what ye shall after those things which are answer: 15. For I will give coming on the earth: for the you a mouth and wisdom, which powers of heaven shall be shak¬ all

by parents, and brethren, and
kinsfolks, and friends; and some
of you shall they cause to be-
put to death. 17. And ye shall
be hated of all men for my
name's sake. 18. But there
shall not an hair of your head •
perish. 19. In your patience
possess ye your souls. 20. And
when ye shail see Jerusalem
compassed with armies, then
know that the desolation there-
of is nigh. 21. Then let them
which are in Judea flee to the
mountains, and let them which
are in the midst of it depart

your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16. And ye shall be betrayed both


27. And then shall they see the Son of man, coming in a cloud with power and great

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