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Matthew. .mark. Luke. "john.

'* CHAP. XIII.

2 j But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed

tarts among the wheat,, and"

went his way.

26" But when the blade was sprung up, and broughe

torch fruit,, chen appeared the ,

tares also. ,j

27 So the servants of die koufholder came and said unco

him, Sir, didst not thou , *

sow good seed in thy field?

from whence then liath it *

tares?

23 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that, we go and gather them up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the cares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow togecher ', #uncil the harvest: and in the

time ot harvest I will say to

the reapers, Gather ye-to-'

gethcr first che tares, and

bind them in bundles to burn

them, but gather the wheat

into my barn.

in the nighttime, and sowed Tares amongst'it. When the Wheat grew up, thev Tares also grew up along with it; which the Servants taking notice of, acquainted1 their Master widi it, asking him if he had not sowed his Field with Wheat y from whence then, said they, are these Tares? He told them he had sown only Wheat, and knew nothing ot the Tares before, but that he imagin'd some Enemy had .mischievously mix d the Tares among the Wheat. The Servants then propos'erto have the Tares,rooted up, that the Corn afterwards might receive the' greater hfourisliment. But the Master forbad it, lest while they pluck'd up theTares, they might pluck up the Corn also-, but, said he, kt both" grow together until the time of Harvest, and then you (hall gather the Tares, and bundle them op for fewel, and reap the Corn to be stor d up in my Barns.

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Mark.

CHAP. IV.

26 And he said, So is the kingdom of Gcd, as if a man should cast feed into the ground,

27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

28 For the earth bringeth forth firuic of her self, first the blade, then the ear, after that the full com id the ear.

29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the fickle, because the harvest is come.

30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?

31 It « like a grain of mustard-seed,which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the feeds that be in the earth.

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The preaching of my Gospel may be also likened to Seed sown in the Ground, which springs up, and grows insensibly, whilst Men are asleep, or imploy'd about their worldly Affairs: For the Earth, after it has been sown with Corn, without any further labour of the Husbandman, completes the Work, bringing forth at first the Blade, then the Ear, after that the full Corn iu the Ear; which, When it is ripe, is reap'd, and laid up in Storehouses.

We may also compare the Doctrine of the Gospel to a"Grainof JVluIlardsced, which, tho ic be of the smallest sort of Seeds, yet shoots forth to such a height.

and Matthbw. Mark. Lckb. John.

CHAP. XIII. CHAP. IV.

but when it is 32 But when it is

grown, it is the great- sown it groweth up,

est among herbs, and and becometh greater «

becometh a tree: so than all herbs, and

that the birds of Ihooteth out great

the air come and branches, so that the

lodg in the branches fowls of the air may

thereof. lodg under the shadow of it.

23 Another parable *\3) spake he unto them, The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took

and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

24 All these things 33 And with many spake Jesus to the such parables spake he multitude in parables, the word unto them,

Jj3 as they were

able to hear it. and without a pa- 34 But without arable spake he not un- parable spake he not to them: unto them:

and has so many Branches, as to be able to afford shelter to the Birds against the Heat of the Sun, and places for them to build their Nests in.

The Gospel may also not unfitly be compar'd to a little Leaven which a Woman mixes with a large quantity of Meal, and which causes the whole Mais to swell, and to dilate it self in every part of it.

Jesus made use of these Similitudes in his Discourses to the People at a time when it was not seasonable for him to express himself more clearly: for questionless they would have been offended, if be had at first openly declar'd unto them that the Power of the Meffiah here on Earth was only to set them free from their Vices; that their Jewijh Rites were now to be abrogated, and give place to a new Religion, and other like Truths; which were indeed for the honour of the Gospel, but little agreeing with the common Opinions of the Jews concerning the MejJLtL, and the perpetual obligation of the Law of Mefes. For these Reasons Jesus wrap'd up those Truths in Parables, which might else have offended the Ears of the unprepar'd Jews j not to conceal his meaning alike from all, but that he might not immcdiatly alknate the Minds of those from nim who as yet were not sufficiently dispos'd to

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and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples. 3$ That it might be *^G

fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, faying, Declare unto us the parable of the

tares of the field. y

37 He answered and said unto them, He that ibweth the good seed is the Son of man:

38 The field is the" world: the good feed arc the children of the kingdom: but the cares are the children of the wicked one: .

receive the naked Truth: for be interpreted whatever was obfcure in them to his Disciples in private. • To which practice of Jesm those words may be applied which we read in the jSth Psalm, v. 2. I will open my Mouth in a Parable: / will utter dark sayings of old.

'The Multitude being separated, Jesus return'd home, and his Disciples came to him, desiring him to explain to them the Similitude of the Tares, which they did not throughly understand. To whom Jcfus thus replied : I am the Sower of the good Seed I spoke of: The Field is the Earth: The Seed they that hear the Gospel, believe it, and live according to the Rules of it; and shall therefore participate of the Rewards of the Kingdom ot" Heaven. The Tares are wicked Men, who are every where mix'd with the Good, and who iliall have no share in the

* Happiness Matthew. Mark. Luke. John,

Chap. xnr.

39 The enemy that sowed them, is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world: and the reapers are the angels.

40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burnt in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity:

4a And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there

shall be wailing and gnashing '.

of teeth.

43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the fun, in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let •

him hear.

44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field: the which when a man hath found, he

Happiness of that Kingdom. The Enemy who privately sowed Tares among the" Wheat, is the evil Spirit, who by private Artifices seeks to undermine and corrupt mens Integrity. The Harvest is the End of the World, and the hist Judgment •, and the Reapers are the Angels.

Lastly, Like as the Tares are gathered together border to be burnt, while the Wheat is carefully stor'd up, thus shall I send the Angels as Executioners of my Father's Will, to separate the Good from the Bad, that these may be. thrown into Fire, that is, a Place allotted for them to endure the Torments they have merited, where all their Lamentations and Complaints of the Misery of their Condition /hall be vain and fruitless to them, while the former are admitted into the Seats of eternal Bliss, where they (hall stiine like the Sun in its greatest Lustre. Let those who make a right use of the Abilities God hath given them, attend to my Sayings, and they (hall understand them.

I might also compare the Doctrine of the Gospel to Treasure formerly hid in the Ground, and conceal'd for a long time, but at last discover'd by a Passenger,

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