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19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye (hall speak: for it (hall be given you in that lame hour what ye shall speak.
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father" which speaketh in you.
21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my names lake: but he that endurech to the end, (hall be saved.
23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I fay unto you, ye (hall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son'of man be come.
tous about the method-of yofir Defence \ neither be afraid, as being destitute of Eloquence: The holy Spirit of God will furnish you with Arguments, and the divine Assistance will abundantly supply the want of a premeditated Defence. The Jews and Gentiles shall impeach the nearest Relations they have, and deliver them up to the Persecutors for their Adherence to my Doctrine. A Brother shall betray his Brother, a Father his Son, and a Son his Father; and thus you (hall be generally hated and tormented for being my Disciples: but whosoever shall contemn their Threats and Injuries, and (hall persevere in his Obedience to my Doctrine, tho he be punifh'd with Death for it, thaSman shall obtain everlasting Life in the next World. But when you are thus persecuted by the Jews, fly from one City to another, and be assured that you shall not have gone thro all the Citie* of the Jews before I come to take vengeance on them.
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24 The disciple is not above bit master, nor the servant above his lord.
25 It is enough for the
26 Fear them not there."
not be known.
27 What I tell you io^ darkness, that speak ye in .
light; and what ye hear in'
the ear, that preach ye upon
28 And fear not them
body in hell. , *
You have a proverbial Saying amongst you, importing that the Scholar oughtto be contented, if he meet with no worse usage than his Teacher; and the Ser-i > vantyif he be as kindly, dealt with as .his Master, if then the Pharisees have as
\ • tributed my Miracles to. the-Power of Bedutbub, if they have calumniated roe
as.possessed by him, that Prince of the evil,Spirits, how. much rather will they defame you who are my Scholars and Ministers? Be not however" afraid of their Ac- , cusations \ for neither 11 alL their Tricks nor your Innocence be alwavs hid. Believe me, there is nothing so secret that stall notonedav be dHcIoi'd," nothing fohiddenas shall not be laid open. Therefore what I now instruct you in private, I authorize you to declare in publics and .what 1 now seem to.whisper to you,. that shall you proclaim from the tv>ps of the Houses (asimay so say) that, it .may be heard by all.
Be not afraid:pf Men, whose Power extends only to the destruction of the Body and afterwards are not able to hurt the Soul: Stand in awe of him only, who aftertb)slife> ended jean condemn both Soul.and Body to the place of Torment. There
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aj Are not two sparrows fold for a farthing? and one • •
of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbred.
31 Fear ye not therefore,
ye are of more value than •
many sparrows. •« • .
32 Whosoever therefore
shall confess me before men, . ,
him will I confess also before »
my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever (hall
deny me before men, him •
will I also deny before my- •• j
Father which is in heaven.
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, buta sword.
35 For I am come to sec a man at variance against his father, and the daughter a-, gainst her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
is nothing unknown to God, nor doth any thing happen without his permission j.i and his good Providence will protect you in the discharge of your Office. There ~ is not so much as a Sparrow, whose price is so very trivial, kill'd without his' • knowledg and permission-, how much rather will he take care of you, as men,' and the Messengers of my Gospel? The very Hairs of your Head are all numbred. Take courage then •, for he that takes care of the smallest Creatures will be careful of vou who are of so much more value. Whosoever shall constantly profess • himself to be my Disciple in words and actions before Men, shall be owned by' me before my heavenly Father: but whosoever shall, to avoid Persecution, disown-> his being my Disciple, (lia.ll also bedisclaim'd by me before my heavenly Father. Do not imagine, because my Doctrine breaths nothing but Love and Charity, that" men (hall lay aside all Animosities, and exercise a mutual Friendship. My Gospel,'-, which so much recommends these Virtues, shall be the occasion of the greatest Feuds ■* and Dissensions, as if I had come exprefly to sow Discord among Men. For, as I have already told you, Children lhall quarrel with their Parents-, the Mother-in- ■ law with her Daughter-in-law j the nearest Relations shall be at variance upon this*
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36 And a man's foes /W/ itr they of his own houfliold.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followcth after me, is not worthy of me. /
39 He that findeth his life (Hall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my lake,
(hall find it. «
40 He that receiveth you, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me. •
41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive a prophets reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous mm, mall receive a righteous mans reward.
account, and Servants become prosess'd Enemies to their Masters and Benefactors.
Whosoever llial! prefer the advantages that may probably accrue to him from his Parents or Children, before Obedience to my Commands, shall be judg'd unworthy to be my Disciple. Nav, whoever does not resolutely propose to undergo all manner of Indignities and contumelious Outrage, as I have done before him, rather than to reject my Doctrine, cannot be accounted in the number of my Disciples. Whosoever shall reject my Doctrine out of hopes of securing his Life, shall be often punilh'd in this World: On the contrary, whoso shall constantly profess himself my Disciple, st all not b? disappointed ofhis hopes, but frequently preserve his Use by those very means which the former avoided as tending to their destruction.
Whoso stiall receive you as sent by me, and rely upon you as soch, (ball be rewarded as if he had believed on me. and received me in person; arid whoever believes on me, believes on my heavenly Father who lent me. Whoever receives a Prophet sent by me, and accounts him as a true one, tho he run some danger by it, stiall be as much rewarded by me as the Prophet himself •, and whoso shall receive and own a good man, tho he incurs never so much Hatred and Envy -by it, ILall receive as great Rewards from me as that goodman, provided he also
The End of the second Tear of Christ's Ministry.
Jl<res in asteddy Course of Virtue.; nor fliall he be unrewarded who makes a hearty tender of the least good Office to any of my Disciples on that account.
Jeftu having given this Commission to his Disciples, and sent them by two and two into different places, went himself into another part of the Country with design to publish his Gospel, and acquaint them with the Laws of his Kingdom and the Rewards belonging to it. The Apostles accordingly enter'd upon their Office, exhorting the Jews to repent, and confirming their divine Mission by casting out the evil Spirits, and healing the Sick (anointing them with Oil) according to the Power confer'd 6n them by Jesut Christ