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aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes ; -. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

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• When we read an account of the destruction of the
Jewish nation, we shall find, that notwithstanding all
the signs which our LORD foretold actually preceded,
it was still to the Jews sudden and unexpected; and so
will be our Lord's second coming; it is, therefore, in
vain for any person to pretend to form conjectures how
long the present state of the world will last. The pre-
cise day and hour appointed for the destruction of Jeru-
salem, or the day of judgment (which he alluded to),
was, according to his own declaration, unknown even
to our Lord himself, whilst in his human state. From
whence we may infer, that his soul being inferior to his
Divine nature, could not, by its human faculties, obtain
knowledge of spiritual things, but stood in need of
communications from the Godhead, in respect to sub-
jects above their réach, as our bodies do of the intelli-
gence of our minds to direct them to rutional actions ;
and, if this was the case, our Lord might, as man, be
unacquainted with particulars, which were perfectly
known to him as God. But it is of little use to indulge
our curiosity in speculations on such difficult passages

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as this: when in a future state the powers of our minds shall be enlarged, what now appears dark and obscure, will be clear and intelligible to us. In the mean time, as the hour of our LORD's coming is, without doubt, unknown to us, we should live in a course of constant preparation for it, since the day of our death will de. termine our future state of happiness or misery: and it will make no difference to us, whether it happens in our generation or many ages hence, or whether our SAviour knows the precise day and hour, or not

Let us, then, give our attention to the duties appointed us, and pray with fervency for Divine grace, that we be not surprised in the midst of vicious courses; for in proportion to our crimes will be our punishment; and according to our obedience and faith shall we mest with rewards *;

SECTION XX.

THE PAR ABLE OF THE VIRGINS-OF THE TALENTS.

AND AN ACCOUNT OF THE LAST JUDGMENT.

From Matthew, Chap. xxv.

· Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom...

And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them :

But the wise took oil in their vessels with their

* I have added to what properly belongs to this Section part of a discourse which our Lord evidently delivered on a former occa. sion, as both contain general instructions of the same nature..

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lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all: slumbered and slept. .

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him. . Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out.

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; test there be not enough for us and you : but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man coineth.

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods :

And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to every man according to his several ability, and straightway took his journey.

Then he that had received the five talents, went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one, went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. I .

After a long time, the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.' ... And so he that received five talents, came, and brought other five talents, saying, lord, thou deli

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veredst upto mě five talents :' behold, I have gained beside them five-talents more. 1 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over.'a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things : enter thou into the joy of thy lord.. ..

He also that had received two talents, came and said, lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents; behold I have gained two other talents beside them.

His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; 'thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thée ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent, came, and said, lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed : ..

And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth :-lo, there thou hast that is thine.

His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed ;

Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath ten talents. i For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away, even that which he hath.

And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer dark. ness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. . 24

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And before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a sliepherd divideth his sheep from the goats :

And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. . . . . . .

Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye, blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye vi. sited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. i. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, then saw. we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?. . .?

And the king shall answer, and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. ..

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hands Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, pre - pared for the devil and his angels.

For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:...

I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye vi: sited me not... more inte r ior,

Then shall they also answer him, saying, LORD, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or, naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto ee... eben ! Unsere 9 :, .

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