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hour, and saw others standing
idle in the market-place, 4.
And said unto them, Go ye
also into the vineyard; and
whatsoever is right, I will give
you. And they went their way.
5. Again, he went out about
the sixth and ninth hour, and
did likewise. 6. And about
the eleventh hour he went out,
and found others standing idle,
and saith unto them, Why stand
ye here all the day idle? 7.
They say unto him, Because
no man hath hired us. He
saith unto them, Go ye also
into the vineyard; and whatso-
ever is right, that shall ye re-
ceive. 8. So when even was
come, the lord of the vineyard
saith unto his steward, Call the
labourers, and give them their
hire, beginning from the last
unto the first. 9. And when
they came that were hired about
the eleventh hour, they receiv-

ed every man a penny. 10. Büt when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11. And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house, 12. Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong, didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 14. Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last even as unto thee. 15. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good? 16. So the last shall be first, and the first last ; for many be called, but few chosen.

All who serve thee shall receive a glorious reward, even eternal life. And this shall be the portion of the Gentiles, who were so late, as well as of the Jews, who were so early called to thy service; and of the oldest as well as the youngest converts. Lord, we are heartily sorry, such of us as have not served thee from our youth, that we did not go early in the morning to work in thy vineyard. We are ashamed, and grieved, and vexed, we lost so much time, and stood idle so long. We would now by thy grace redeem the time, and double our diligence. Thy work is most pleasant to them whose heart is wholly set upon it: O may it be our meat, as it was thine,

SECT. LXXII.

Christ foretells his Death and Resurrection.

17. And Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, 18. Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Mau shall be betrayed unto the chief priests, and unto

the scribes, and they shall con demn him to death, 19. And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

That painful, ignominious, and accursed death, with all the circumstances of it, was well known to thee long before. How great was thy zeal for thy Father, and for the salvation of souls, that supported thee in the expectation of it. Thou didst often revolve it in thy mind, and still continuedst firm in thy resolution to suffer. Let all thy redeemed bless thee for thy unshaken constancy and unexampled love. Worthy art thou of all that glory, and honour, and power, to which thy Father hath exalted thee in heaven. Lord, give us often to look forward to death, and to realize it in thoughts; and to rejoice by a lively faith in thee, that our souls shall go where thou art, and our bodies shall be raised from the grave, in due time.

SECT. LXXIII.

Christ teaches his Disciples humility.

20.Then came to him the mo- tized with? They say unto him, ther of Zebedee's children with We are able. 23. And he saith her sons, worshipping him, and unto them, Ye shall drink indesiring a certain thing of him. deed of my cup, and be baptiz21. And he said unto her, What [ed with the baptism that I am wilt thou? She saith unto him, baptized with: but to sit on my Grant that these my two sons right hand, and on my left, is not may sit, the one on thy right mine to give, but it shall be hand, and the other on thy left, given to them for whom it is in thy kingdom. 22. But Je- prepared of my Father. 24. sus answered and said, Ye know And when the ten heard it, not what ve ask. Are ye able they were moved with indignato drink of the cup that I shall tion against the two brethren, drink of, and to be baptized 25. But Jesus called them unto with the baptism that I am bap-him, and said, Ye know that

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the princes of the Gentiles ex- | 27. And whosoever will be ercise dominion over them, and they that are great, exercise authority upon them. 26. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

chief among you, let him be your servant: 28. Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

From thy words on this occasion, most wise Lord, we learn, that they who seek to reign with thee, must first suffer with thee; which many seem not to consider. We learn also, that thou givest the honours of thy kingdom, according to the will of thy Father, to those for whom he hath prepared them, and not from such motives as prevail with the kings of the earth. And, lastly, that thy disciples ought not to seek to exercise dominion or authority over their fellow-disciples, as the princes of the Gentiles do; but to be ambitious in a quite opposite way; to strive who shall do most good to their brethren, and serve them best: to seek to minister to others, rather than be ministered to by them, after thy example, O adorable Redeemer, who camest not to be served, (though all creatures are by right thy servants,) but to serve the meanest of mankind by doing them good, and suffering for them. Lord, give us to lay this seriously to heart, and to mind it in our practice, however opposite it is to the temper and way of the world, and even of too many who profess thy gospel.

SECT. LXXIV.

Jesus gives Sight to two Blind Men. '

29. And as they departed | O Lord, thou Son of David! 32. from Jericho, a great multitude And Jesus stood still, and callfollowed him. 30. And be-ed them, and said, What will hold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David! 31. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us,

ye that I should do unto you? 33. They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 34. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

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Gracious Saviour, we see it is good to be importunate in prayer. The multitude rebuked these blind men for so crying out; but they would not be silenced, nor discouraged. They cried the more, "Have mercy on us, "O Lord, thou Son of David." Their prayers were heard thou stoodst still, and calledst them. Oh with what joy would they be led to thee, and hear thee say, "What will ye that I should do unto you?" They say unto thee, Lord, that our eyes may be opened:" and thou hadst compassion on them, and touchedst their eyes, and immediately their eyes received sight, and they fol lowed thee. Encouraged by this example, we would cry incessantly to thee, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou "Son of David; and would not give over while we have a tongue to speak, or are capable to form a desire, until thou art pleased to hear us. All our request, O Lord, thou compassionate Saviour, is, that thou wouldst open the eyes of our minds, and turn us from darkness unto light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that we may thus follow thee, and be with thee for ever.

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SECT. LXXV.

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem.

CHAP. XXI.

ND when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, 2. Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. 3. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. 4. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, (Zech. ix. 9.) 5. Tell ye the daughter of

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Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. 6. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, 7. And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 8. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strewed them in the way. 9. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the

highest!

10. And when he | multitude said, This is Jesus, was come into Jerusalem, all the prophet of Nazareth of Gathe city was moved, saying, lilee.

Who is this? 11. And the

This action of thine, Lord, was foretold many years before in the prophetic writings. How different thy character and appearance from that of the kings and conquerors of this world! Many of them were proud destroyers; but thou art meek, and bringest salvation. When we see thee riding on an ass, with the mean trappings of thy disciples clothes, we are struck with astonishment at thy humiliation. At the same time, this sight makes all the triumphant processions of ancient conquerors appear childish and contemptible. Oh meek and merciful King of Zion, we adore thee in thy lowly state! We most gladly join with the multitudes in crying, "Hosanna to the Son of David: blessed is he that "cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosannah in the highest!" Save now, we beseech thee, O Lord. O Lord, we beseech thee, send now prosperity.

SECT. LXXVI.

Jesus casts the Buyers and Sellers ont of the Temple.

12. And Jesus went into the, temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 13. And said unto

them, It is written, (Isa. lvi. 7. Jer. vii. 11.) My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. 14. And the blind and the laine came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

Thou wast perfect in meekness and humility, yet thy zeal flamed against the profanation of thy Father's house. Those who turned the house of prayer into a house of merchandize and a den of thieves, thou didst with a holy violence drive out of the temple; but thou sufferedst the blind and lame to come there to be healed. Oh that thou wouldst still drive out all hirelings and all thieves out of thy church; and oh that thou wouldst purge the

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