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big, and it is wonderful in our eyes." And they sought to apprehend him, but feared the people; for they knew that he had spoken this parable against them ; but they feared the multitude, so they left him and went away.
Then they send unto him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to catch him by questions. And when they were come, they say unto him, "Master, we know that thou art true, and fearest no one, for thou regardest not the persons of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Cesar or not. Should we give, or should we not give?" But he perceiving their hypocrisy, said unto them, "Why arc ye trying me? Bring me a denarius, that I may see it." Then they brought one; and he saith unto them, "Whose is this image and superscription?" And they said unto him, " Cesar's." And Jesus answered, "Render to Cesar the things that are Cesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they wondered at him.
Then the Sadducees come to him, who say there is no resurrection, and they asked him, siying, "Master, Moses gave us this law. If a man's brother die, and leave a .wife without children, his brother shall take his wife, and faise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brethren, and the first took a wife, and died without issue; when the second took her, and died also without issue; and the third likewise, and all the seven, and left no issue. Last of all the woman died also. In the resurrection therefore, when they return to life, whose wife of them all will she be? for all the seven married
1 So dead as never to rise from the grave. * Must mean, those who are designed to live again, otherwise this would be no proof Christian.
her." Then Jesus answered, and said unto them, " Do ye not err concerning this matter, from not considering the scriptures nor the power of God? For when the dead rise again, there will be no marrying, nor giving in marriage, but they will be as the angels that are in heaven. Now concerning the dead, 26 that they are to be raised, have ye not read in the book of Moses, how at the bush God spake to him, saying, ' I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?' He is not the God of the ' dead, but of the * living. Ye therefore greatly err."
Then one of the scribes came near, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that Jesus had answered them well, asked him, "Which is the first commandment of all?" And Jesus answered," Thefirst of all the commandments is, 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.' This is the first commandment. And the second is,like unto it: ' Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." And the scribe said unto him, "In truth, master, thou had said well, for there is one God, and there is none other but he; and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love our neighbour as ourself, is better than all whole burnt-offerings, and sacrifices." And Jesus seeing that he 34 answered wisely, said unto him, "Thou art not' far from the kingdom of God." And no man durst
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of the resurrection.
3 Or want much of being
IV view's mite.
Chap, ask him again any further quesXI,L tion.
35 Then Jesus said, as he was ous con- teaching in the temple, 'c Why do
^tes.thC tne scrioes saythat the Christ is the son of David? For David himself
36 said by the holy spirit, 'Jehovah saith unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine
37 enemies thy footstool,' David himself therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his ' son?"
38 And the multitude heard him intions gladly ; and he said unto them, as kstgainstlie was teaching, "Beware of the hem. scribes, who like to walk in robes,
and love salutations in the streets, and the first seats in the syna
39 gogues; and the first places at
40 feasts; who devour the families of widows, and for a show, make long prayers ; these will receive an heavier condemnation.
And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and observed how the multitude put money into the5 treasury : and many rich persons put in
42 much. And a certain poor widow came, and put in two mites, which
43 make a farthing. And he called his disciples to him, and said unto them, " Verily I say unto you, this poor widow hath put in more than all those who have put into the
44 treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty put in all she had, even all the money she then had for her livelihood."
And as Jesus was going away from the temple, one of his disciples saith to him, "Master, see what stones, and what buildings there are." And Jesus answered,
2 " Dost thou observe these great buildings? There is not one stqne upon another, that will not be loos
3 ened and thrown down.''' And, as
'The Christ or Messiah is lord of David, by virtue of his Office, his son bv natural descent.
• A chest or box, to receive the gifts of
he was sitting upon the Mount of CHAP. Olivesoveragainst the temple, Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, asked him privately. " Tell us, when 4 will these things happen? And what will be the sign when all thesje things will be accomplished V . Then Jesus answered, and began 5 with saying, "Take heed that no 6 one deceive you ; for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. But when ye shall hear of wars and 7 rumours of wars, be not troubled;, for these are to be, but the end will not be yet. For nation will rise up 8 against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be earthquakes mmany places, and there will be famines and tumults. These things are but the beginning of sorrows.
i( But take ye heed to yourselves, 9 for ye will be delivered up to coun- Advice to cils, and be beaten in the syna- "£ dlsc'" gogues, and be brought before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony to the truth of my religion before them. And the 10 gospel must first, before the destruction of Jerusalem, be preached to many nations. But when 11 they deliver you up as criminals, be, not anxious beforehand, nor consider about what ye shall speak; but speak what shall be given you at this time; for ye are not in effect the speakers, but the holy spirit. Now the brother will deliver up the 12 brother unto death, and the father the child ; and children will rise up against their parents, and will cause them to be put to death; and ye 13 will be hated by all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth unto the end, will be preserved.
"But when ye see that desolating 14 3 abomination standing where it
3 The Roman army with its idolatrous standards.
CHAP, ought not (let him who readeth,
XUI- understand), then let those who are
in Judea, flee to the mountains;
15 and let not him who is on the roof go down into the house, nor enter m to take any thing out of his
16 house ; and let not him that is in the field turn back to take away his
IT garment. But alas! for them who are with child, and for them who
18 give suck in those days! And pray that your flight be not in the win
19 ter. For the affliction of those Hays will be such as hath not been since the beginning of God's creation, until now, nor ever will be.
20 And unless the Lord had appointed those days to be short, no one could he preserved; but because of the elect whom he hath chosen, he hath appointed those days to be short.
21 "And then if any one say unto you, ' Lo ! here is the Christ,' or
22 ' lo! there,' believe hinl not; for false Christs, and false prophets will rise, and will propose signs and wonders, so as to draw away, if
23 they can, even the elect. But do ye beware: lo! I have told you all these things beforehand
24 "But in those days, after that Downfall affliction, the sun will be darkened,
lewUh go- anc* tne moon wiH not g've ner
Tounenr. light, and the stars of heaven will
25 fall, and the ' powers in the hea
26 vens will be shaken. And then will be seen the * son of man coming in the clouds with great power and
27 glory; and then he will send his messengers, and will gather together his elect from the four winds.
28 "But learn a comparison from How the the fig-tree : when its branch is now coming of tencler and putteth forth leaves, ye
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man is to know that the summer is near ; so be known, likewise when ye see these things
29 accomplishing, know that the son of man is * near, even at the doors.
30 Vcriiy 1 say unto you, This very
1 The same as is expressed, Mat. xxiv. 29. by the firmament of heaven.
generation will not pass away, till allthese things be accomplished. The heaven and the earth will sooner pass away, than these words of mine pass away.
"But the very day and hour no one knoweth, except the Father only, not even the angels that are in heaven, nor the son. Take heed, watch and pray, for ye know not when the time will be. For the son of man is as one going into another country, wholefthis house, and gave authority to his servants over it, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch therefore, for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, in the evening, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or early in the morning; lest he come suddenly, and find you sleeping. But What I sav unto you I say unto all, ' Watch."
Now, two days after was the passover, and the time of unleavened bread; and the chief priests, and scribes were contriving how they might take Jesus, privately, and killhim. But, they said, "Not during the festival, lest there be an uproar of the people.''
And when he was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he was at table, a woman came, having an alabaster box of mixed perfumes, a pure, and very costly ointment; and after shaking the box together, poured the ointment out upon his head.
Then some expressed their indignation to each other, saying, " To what purpose was this waste of the ointment? for it might have been sold for above three hundred denarii, and given to the poor: and they murmured against her. But Jesus said," "Let her alone, why do ye trouble her? She hath done a
• Not in person, but in the execution of divine judgment.
Chap. g00d deed to me. For ye have the 'poor with you always, and when
7 soever ye will, ye can do them good, but me ye have not always.
8 She hath done what she was able: she hath anointed my bodv before
9 hand for my embalment. Verily I 6ay unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, what she hath done will also be spoken of for a memorial of her."
10 And Judas Iscariot, ope of the Judas twelve, went to the chief priests to atiirer ° deliver him up unto them. Now teus up; when they heard this, they, were
11 glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought a good opportunity to deliver Jesus up.
12 Now qn the first day of unleavened bread, when the lamb for the passover was killed, the disciples say unto Jesus, tl Where wilt thou that we go, and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover lamb.
13 And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, "Go into the city, and there will meet you a man carrying a pitcher
14 of water : follow him. And whatever house he entereth, say to the owper of it, 'The master saith, W'here is the guest chamber for me to eat the passover lamb in with
J 5 my disciples?? And he will show you a large upper room, fornished and ready: there prepare for us."
J 6 So his disciples went out, and came into the city, and found as he had told them: and they made ready the passover.
17 And in the evening he cometh
18 with the twelve. And as they were at table, eating, Jesus said, " Verily I say unto you, one of you that is eating with me will deliver me
19 up." And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one by one,
20" Is it I?" And he said," It wone of these twelve, one that is dipping his
21 hand with me in this dish. The son of man is going indeed to suffer dcath,as it is written of him; but
alas! for that man, by whom the CHAP. son of man is delivered up; good '' were it for that man if he had not been born."
And as they were eating, Jesus 22 took bread; and after blessing God, Th= eubrake it, and gave unto them, and charl"
• i , Vn i b i • ' ,i appointed.
said, f Take eat, this is the rcpreserration of my body." And he 9$ took the cup, and when he had given thanks to God, gave it fo them, and they all drank of it. And he said, "This is the rcpre- 21 sentation of 'my blood, that blood which is a seal of the new covenant, which is to be poured out for the benefit of all. Verily I say un- 25 to you, I will drink no more of this fruit of the vine, till that day in' which I drink it with you after a new order of things has arisen in my Father's kingdom." And after 26 using a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
And Jesus saith unto them, "Ye 27 will all forsake me this very night; Peter's dcasitis written, ' I will smite the "'*] forc" shepherd, and the sheep will be zech. scattered abroad:' but after I am xlii. 7. raised up I will go before you into Galilee." Then Peter said unto 29 him, "Though they all forsake thee, yet will not I." And Jesus 30 saith unto him, "Verily I say un- , to thee, that to-day, even in this very night, before the cock crow twice thou shalt deny me thrice. But Peter said again and again, 31 "If I must die with thee I will by no means deny thee." And in like manner said they all.
Then they come to a place call- 32 ed Gethsemane: and Jesus saith to The asmy his disciples, "Stay here while I ° Jesus" pray." And he taketh with him 33 Peter and James, and John, and began to be in great anguish and consternation. And he saith unto 34 them, "My soul is overwhelmed with a deadly sorrow ; remain here and watch." And he went forward 35 a little, and fell upon the ground, and prayed, that if it were possible,
that afflicting moment might pass from him ; and said, "O ! my Father! all things are possible to thee: remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done." Then coming to them, finding them asleep, he saith to Peter, .*.' Simon, art thou asleep? Couldst thou not watch with me so short a time as this? Watch and pray, thaj ye come not into these trials. The spirit indeed may be willing, but the flesh is weak." And he went away again, and prayed in the same words. And when he came back, he found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy: and they knew not what to answer. And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, "Do ye still sleep and take your rest? It is all over: the moment of distress is come: behold! the son of man is upon the point of being delivered up into the hands of sinners. Arise, let us begone : behold! he that is going to deliver me up is here."
And immediately while, he was yet speaking cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude, with swords and staves, from the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders. Now he who was to deliver him up had given them a token, saying, "The man whom I shall kiss is he ; take hold of him, and carry him away safely." And as soon as he was come, he went up to Jesus, and said, "Master!" and fondly kissed him. And they laid their hands on him and apprehended him. Upon this one who stood by, drew a sword, and struck a servant of the highpriest, and cut off his ear. Then Jesus spake, and said unto them, "Am I a murderer, that ye are come out in a body against me, with swords and staves to seize me? Day after day have I been with you, teaching in the temple, and ye did not seize me; but thus thescriptures
are fulfilled." Then all the discipies forsook him and fled. And a certain young man followed him with a linen cloth wrapt about his waist, and the young men laid hold on him; but he let go the linen cloth and fled from them naked.
Now they carried away Jesus to the highrpries.t, with whom the chief priests and the elders were assembled. And Peter followed him at a distance, even unto the hall of the high-priest; and was sitting with the servants within sight of the fire, and warming himself.
Then the chief priests and all the council were seeking testimony against Jesus to cause him to be put to death,butdidriotfindit, Fprthere were many false witnesses against him, but their testimony was not sufficient. Then some arose and testified falsely against him, saying, r? We heard him say, f I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days build another not made with hands." But even thus their testimony was not sufficient. Thep the high-priest arose in the midst of them, and asked Jesus, "Dost thou make no answer? What is it which these witness against theer" Bui he continued silent, and answered nothing. Again, the high-priest asked him, "Art thou the Christ, the son of the blessed God?'' Then Jesus said, 'f I am : and ye will see the son of man sitting on the right hand of divine power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.'' Upon this the high-priest rent his clothes, and said, "What need have we more of witnesses? Ye have heard this wicked speech. What think ye?" And they all condemned him to be guilty of a crime worthy of death. Then some began to spit upon him, and to cover up his face, and to buffet him, and to say to him, " Who smote thee, prophet ?" And these?