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receiving the kingdom, he commanded those servants to whom he gave the money to he called to him, that he might know what each had gamed by trading. So the first came, saying, 'Sir, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.' And the king said unto him, 'Well done, thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful, be thou governor of ten cities.' Then the second came and said, 'Sir, thy pound hath made five pounds.' And he said to him likewise, 'Be thou also over five cities.* And another came, saying, 'Sir, behold, here is thy pound which I have kept, laid up in a napkin; for I feared thee, because thou art an austere man; thou takest up what thou laidest not down, and reapest what thou didst not sow.' Then the king saith unto him, ' Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest then that I was an austere ,man, taking up what I laid not down, and reaping what I did not sow. Why therefore didst thou not put my money into the bank, and at my coming I should have received it with interest?' And he said to those thac stood by, « Take the pound from him, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. For I say unto you, to every one that hath will be given; but from him who hath little, even that little will be taken away. Moreover, those my enemies, who wished me not to reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before my face."
And when he had spoken these things, he continued to go before his disciples, to Jerusalem. And when he was come nigh it as far as Bethphage, and Bethany, to the mount, called the Mount of Olives, he sent forth two of his disciples,
1 A proverbial way of speaking, to denote the moral impossibility that his kingdom
saying, "Go into that village over CHAP, against you, in which, as ye enter, *' ye will find a colt tied, on which 30 no man ever sat ; loose, and bring it. And if any one ask you, 31 'Why are ye loosing it?' say, 'The master hath need of it." And 32 when they who had been sent came there, they found it as he had told them. And as they were loosing 33 the colt, the owner of it said unto them, 'Why loose ye the colt!' But they said, 'The master hath 3* need of him.' And they brought 35 it to Jesus, and threw their own clothes over the colt, and set Jesus thereon. And as he went, they 36 spread their clothes under him in the way.
And as he was coming nigh the 37 city, at the descent of the Mount of bailed f,y Olives, the whole multitude of thethe?"*le} disciples began joyfr.'y to praise' God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works which they had seen, saying, "Blessed be the king who 38 cometh in the name of the Lord: may the peace of mankind be ratified in heaven, and glory be ascribed to God in the highest/Juices." Then some of the Pharisees among 3D the multitude, said unto him, "Teacher, rebuke thy disciples." But he answered," I say unto you, 40 If these should keep silence, the stones would soon cry out1."
And as he was come near enough 41 to see the city, he wept over it, laments saying, " O that thou hadst known, °^^. at least in this thy day, the things which belong to thy peace! but42. now they are hidden from thy eyes. For the days will come upon thee, 43 when thy enemies will cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and enclose thee, and thy children within thee on every side; and will 44 level thee with the ground, and not leave in thee one stone upon „ano
should not be acknowledged by some.
ther, because thou knewest not the time of God's gracious visitation to thee.'"
45 And he went into the temple, and began to drive out the sellers, and buyers in it, saying unto them,
46 " It is written, 'My house is the house of prayer,' but ye have made
47 it a den of robbers." And he taught daily in the temple: but the chief
• priests and the scribes, and the rulers of the people sought to destroy him, but could not tell what to do'; 43 for all the people were very attentive to him, as they heard him.' Chap. And as some spake of the tcmXXI* pie, that it was adorned with goodProphecy Jy stones, and gifts, he said, "As for these things which ye behold,
of the de
theUt<OTpie. the days will come in which there
6 will not be left one stone upon another, which will not be thrown
1 down." Then they asked him, saying, "Master, but when will these things be, and what will be the sign of their near accomplish
3 ment." And he said, "Take care that ye be not deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, '1 am the Christ,' and the* time draweth near, go not therefore after
9 them. Nor be alarmed when ye hear of wars and tumults, for these things must first come to pass, but the 3 end will not immediately suc\Oceed.'" He said also unto them, "Nation will rise up against * nation, and kingdom against king11 dom; and there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines, and pestilences, and frightful appearances, and great signs from heaven.
"But before all these things men will lay their hands on you, and persecute you, and will deliver you up to synagogues to be publicly
scourged, and to prisons, after ye
"But when ye shall see Jerusa- 20 lem surrounded with armies, then S'P»S of ye may be assured that her desola- j.^°di°* tion is at hand. Then let those a;o out that are within her; let theni 21 that are in Judea flee unto the mountains, and them that are in the neighbourhood, not go in: for 22 these are days of vengeance, to accomplish all those things that have been written. But alas ! for them 2$ that are with child, and for them who give suck in those davs, for there will be great distress in the land of Judea, and sore punishment among this people. And 24 they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led away captive into all nations; and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times appointed for the full conversion of the Gentiles to Christ be fulfilled.
"Then there will be signs in the 25 sun, and moon, and stars, and Tota' upon earth; distress of 5 nations through perplexity at the roaring of state', the ' sea, and waves, men's hearts failing them through a fearful expectation of those things which are coming on the earth ; for the powers of the heaven will be shaken. Then will they see the son of man coming on a cloud with power and great glory.
'The 20th Chapter is omitted here, because it differs in no material respect from what the former Evangelists have related.
'The time for the appearance of false Christs.
Christ's disciples would be treated.
downfal of the Jewish
3 The destruction of Jerusalem.
4 The Romans against the Jews, and one part of the Jewish nation against another.
4 Particularly the Jewish nation.
"Now when these things are beginning to he done, lift yourselves up, and raise your heads, for your deliverance is at hand." And he spake a parable to them, " Behold! the fig-tree and all the trees; when ye see them shoot forth, ye know of yourselves, that now the summer is nigh. So likewise when ye see these thmgs coming to pass, be assured that the kingdom of God, which is to be erected in the place of the Jewish constitution is nigh. Verily I say unto you, This generation will not pass away till all be done. Heaven and earth will sooner pass away, than tliese words of mine pass away.
"But take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be oppressed with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and the anxious cares of this life, and so that day overtake you unawares; for as a snare it will come on all those who dwell on the face of the whole land. Be ye therefore perpetually watchful, praying that ye may be thought worthy to escape all these things which will soon come to pass, and to a stand before the son of man."
And in the day time he was teaching in the temple, and at night he went out of the city, and abode in the mount, which i- called the Mount of Olives. And early in the morning great numbers of the people used to come to him in the temple to hear him.
1 Popular and national commotions and tumults arc probably meant.
* To escape when he displays his power in destroying his enemies ofthe Jewish nation.
Now the feast of Unleavened bread, which is called the passover, drew near, and the chief priests -^das and the scribes were seeking how ^;.e" t0 they might destroy Jesus, but were lesus, p afraid of the people. Then Satan 3 entered into Judas surnamed I seariot, who was of the number of the twelve, and he went and talked 4 with the chief priests, and the Captains of the temple, how he might deliver Jesus up unto them. And 5 they were glad, and agreed among themselves to give him money ; 6 and he accepted the agreement, and sought for a convenient opportunity to deliver Jesus up unto them, apart from the multitude.
Then came the day of unleavcn- 1 ed bread, on which the passover Celebralamb was to be sacrificed. Andtkmofthe Jesus sent forth Peter and John, p ssover* saying, " Go and make ready for 8 us to eat the passover." But they 9 said unto him, "Where dost thou wish us to make ready?" And he 10 said unto them, " Behold, when ye have entered the 4 city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you; follow him into the house where he goeth in. And ye 11 shall say to the owner of the house, 'The teacher saith unto thee, Where is the guest chamber in which I may eat the passover with my disciples?' and he will show 12 you a large upper room furnished, there make ready." So they went, 13 and found as he had told them, and made ready the passover.
And when the hour was come, 14 he placed himself at table together with the twelve apostles; and he 15 said unto them, " I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer. For 1 say unto 16 you I will not eat any more of* it, till all things be accomplished in
* Inferior Jewish officers who commanded the divisions of the priests and Levites, that attended the. temple. j * Jerusalem,
Chap, the kingdom of God." And he
*X1- took a cup and gave thanks, and said, " Take this, and share the
18 wine in it among yourselves; for I say unto you, I will not drink of this produce of the vine, until the kingdom of God be 1 come."
19 Then he took bread, and gave The Eii- thanks, and brake it and gave it eiianst. to them, saying, " This is a re'
presentation of my body which js given for you; do this in remem
20 brance of me." In like manner he took the cup also, when he had supped, saying, "This cup is a representation of the new covenant ratified by my blood, which is to be
21 shed for you. But Io! the hand of him who is going to deliver me
22 up is with me on this table. And the son of man indeed must die, as it is written of him; but alas! for that man, by whom he is delivered up."
23 And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that was going to do this.
24 Now there had been also a conAmfcitioa tention among them, which of of ~? them should be accounted the areat
apostlesre- . . . &
proved. est. And he said unto them,
25" The kings of the nations lord it over them, and their tyrants are
26 called benefactors. But do not ye act thus; but let him that is greatest among you be as the younger,
27 and the chief as the servant. For which is greater; he that is at table, or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at meat? But I am among
28 you, as he that serveth. Ye have continued with me throughout all
29 my trials, and I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me, that ye may eat
30 and drink at my table, and sit on thrones as judges of tha twelve tribes of Israel,"*
'After his resurrection.
• That ye may be distinguished as my friends
Then the Lord said, ci Simon! C'map. Simon! behold Satan hath obtain- XXI1, ed leave to sift vou all like wheat. Peter's deBut I have prayed for thee, thatTM^"thy faith may not utterly forsake thee i and when thou hast returned 32 by true repentance, strengthen thy brethen." And Peter said, "Lord, 33 I am ready to go with thee, even unto prison, and to death." And 34 he said, " I tell thee, Peterj the cock will not crow this 5 day, before thou hast thrice denied that thou knowest me."
And he said unto them s "When 35 I sent you without purse, and scrip, Apostles and sandals, wanted ye any thing i" "gj^f And they said, " Nothing." Then gtt. he said unto them, " But now he 36 that hath a purse, let him take it, and in like manner his scrip; and and he that hath no sword, let him * sell his clothes and buy one. For 37 I say unto you, this scripture is yet to be accomplished in me, 'And he was numbered with transgressors,' for my course is nearly at an end. And they said, " Mas- 38 ter, behold! here are two swotds." And he said unto them, " It is enough; I meant not to command you to make resistance, but to apprise you of your danger, and to guard you against temptation.
And he went out, and came ac- 39 cording to his custom to the Mount Tl* Wl of Olives, and his disciples follow- J"TM' ed him. And when he was at the 40 place, he said unto them, " Pray that ye come not into temptation." And he separated himself from 41 them about a stone's throw, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, "Father, O that thou wouldest 42 takeaway this cup from me ; nevertheless not my will, but thine be done. And an angel from hea- 43 ven appeared t» him, to strengthen 44 him And being in an agony of dis
and he eminently exalted and glorified. 9 The twemy-foiu hours next to come.
Chap, tress he prayed with unusual ear
'nestness, and his sweat run down,
like great drops of blood, upon the
4-5 And when he rose up from pray
>braids er, and was come to his disciples,
he found them sleeping through
Holes, weariness, and said unto them,
46 " What! are ye asleep? rise, and pray, that ye come not into temp
47 tation." And while he was yet speaking, behold a multitude with Judas, spoken of before, one of the twelve, at their head, who came up to Jesus to kiss him.
48 And Jesus said unto him, "Judas, deliverest thou up the son of man with a kiss?"
49 And when his disciples saw what ta use* was likely to be done, they said i»wori. unto jesus, " Master, shall we
50 smite with the sword?" And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right
51 ear. Then Jesus said to those who held him, " Suffer me thus far." And he touched his ear, and healed him,
52 Then said Jesus to the chief *» «- priests and captains of the temple »fH"* suaid, who came to him, " Are aaies. ye come out as against a murderer,
53 with swords and staves? When I was daily with you in the temple, ye did not put forth your hands against me; but this is your hour, and the1 power of darkness."
54 Then they took him, and led is ap- him away, and brought him into '"nied tne n'Sn prlest's house; and Peter Peter followed at a distance, and after
55 wards sat down with some who had lighted a fire in the midst of the hall, and were sitting together.
56 And a maid servant saw him, sitting by the light, and looking earnestly upon him, said, "This
57 man also was with him." But he denied it, saying: "Woman, I
do not know him." And a little Chap. after another saw him, and said, "Thou also belongest to them." 38 But Peter said, "Man, I do not." And about an hour after, another 59 confidently affirmed, "Certainly this man was with him, for he is a Galilean." And Peter said, 60 "Man, 1 know not what thou meanest." And immediately while he was yet speaking, athe cock crew. And the Lord turned, and 61 looked upon Peter; and Peter called to remembrance the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, "Before the cock crow, thou wilt deny me thrice." And Peter went 62 out and wept bitterly.
And the men who held Jesus 63 mocked and beat him, and when insulted; they had blindfolded him, they 64 smote him on the face, and asked him, saying, " Tell us, prophet, 65 who smote thee?" And many other wicked things did they speak against him.
And as soon as it was day, the 66 elders of the people, and the chief brought priests and scribes, assembled and ca^^.e brought him into their council, saying, " Art thou the Christ? tell us." But he said unto them, 67 "If I tell you, ye will not believe, 68 , and if I also ask you a question, ye will not answer me, nor let me go. Hereafter the son of man will sit 69 on the right hand of the power of God." And they all said. "Art 70 thou then the son of God!" And he said unto them "Ye say true, for I am." They" said, " What 71 need have we of further testimony, for we ourselves have heard from his own mouth."
And the whole multitude of them Chap. arose up, and led him to Pilate. XX11' And they began to accuse him*,tnen bef'<Ks saying, " We found this man >ll*testirring up the nation to rebellion,
1 The time in which ignorance and wickedness are permitted for a season to triumph.
* The trumpet sounded the witch ot huirt f of cock-crowmg. o