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Matthew. Mark. Luke. John.

CHAP. XIX. -CHAP. XII.

40 And he answered and
laid unto them, I cell you,

that it" these should hold their
peace, the stones would im-
mediately cry out.

&5* 19 The Pharisees therefore
laid among themselves, Per-
ceive ye how ye prevail no-
thing? behold, the world is

41 Asidwhenhewascome f^f aftCs him' near, he beheld the city, and ^^

wept over it,

42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things wbkb belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep dice in on every side;

44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another, because

look'd on as undeserved and seditious. But^r/w* replied, If I fliould silence these men, the very Stones (as I may fay) would cry out; meaning, that they must be mere Stocks or Stones not to discern so clear a manifestation of his being the Mejffiaio. I he Pharisee; hereupon advis'd the Sanhedrim to defer no longer the putting in execution what they had reiblv'd against him, inasmuch as the number of his-Disciples augmented daily.

Jesiu being not far from Jerusalem, and reflecting on the grievous Calamities which should befal that City thro the obstinacy of its Inhabitants, could not forbear weeping, and brake forth into this Exclamation: O that thou especially of all the Cities c f JyJa.i wouldst lay to heart the things that make for thy Salvation, now that thou art admonifli'd of the necessity of a Reformation, which even vet may be thy safeguard against the impending Kuin! But alas! thy Corruption has rendred thee unable to discern them •, and the appointed hour draws near in which thy Enemies (hall surround thee, and assault thee on every side, nor shall they desist tUl they have put thy Inhabitants to the Sword, and thou be made a heap of Ruin?.

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CHAP. XXI.

id And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, faying, Who is this '.

11 And the multitude laid, This is Jesus the prophet ot' Nazareth of Galilee.

1 a And Jesus went „jinto the temple of God, and cast out all them tint fold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the feats of them that fold doves;

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13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be cal

16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called

46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house

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Ail these Evils shall befal thee because thou negligently didst let flip the time in which* Crod by his Ministers has invited thee to repent.

Jesus then entred Jerusalem, follow'd by a vast Crowd, insomuch that tht whole City was in an uproar, and inquir'd who this was that made his entry with so numerous a Retinue that flock'd to him from all parts. The Multitude that came along with him replied, it was Jesus of Nax.arttb, the Prophet, that came from Galilee.. Now Jest&went directly to the Temple, and perceiving a great number of Traders there that had brought Doves, and Beasts for Sacrifice, which they expos'd to side in a place consecrated to the Worship of God, began to drive them out, as he did once before (which is related chap. 11.) and overthrew the Tables of the Mon^- • changers, and the Stalls of those that sold Doves, upbraiding them with their pro' fane abuse of a place dedicated to the immediate Service of God, according to those pasiage* of the Prophets, Isa. 56. 7. Jer.y. 11. wherein itisexprefly saicTthat the Temple of Jerusalem should be esteemed by all Nations a place consecrated wholly

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CHAP. XXI. CHAP. XI.

led the house of pray- of all nations the

er: but ye have made house of prayer? but

it a den of thieves. ye have made it a den

of thieves.

14 And the blind «\3 and the lame came to him in the temple, and

he healed them.

15 And when the chief priests and scribes law the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosannatothe son of David; they were sore displeased,

16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus faith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

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to the Service of God, whereas they, the Inhabitants of Jerusalem, had chan^'d it as it were into a Den of Thieves, by permitting cunning Merchants to make an unjust; gain and advantage of their Brethren.

Jesus's coming into the Tempi; being rumor'd about the City, the Lime and Blind were brought to him from all parts, all whom he cur'd of their Infirmities; upon which the Children in the Temple cried out, May the coming of Jesus of the Family of David be propitious to us! Which when the chief Priests and Dodors of the Law observed, they came* to him, saying, Dost thou not take notice of the importunate and idle Clamors of the Children { Why dost thou not suppress them? Jesus replied, that he had taken particular notice of them, and that tie saw no reason to contemn these their Acclamations, since it was recorded in Pfal. 8. 3. Out of the mouth of Babes and Sucklings hast thou perfetled Praise.

Jesus, not at all afraid of their Machinations against him, continued to instruct the People thatreibrted to him daily in the Temple, till the Passover, tho he was nqt ignorant that the Sanhedrim sought all ways to destroy him. But they bein^

Ihatthsw. Mark. Loki. John.

C H A P. XIX. C H A p. xrr.

and the scribes, and the chief • of the people sought to de

stroy him,

48 And could not find what they might do: (or all the people were very attentive to hear . . . him. K5* 2° ATM TMcr« were certain *-* Greeks among them, that came up to worship at the feast:

21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and defired him, faying, Sir, we would sec Jesus.

22 Philip cometh and tellethAndrew: and again, Andrew and Philip told Jcl'us.

2j And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

24 Verily verily I say unto you, Except a corn os wheat fall into the ground, and die,

afraid of the People who admir'd Jeftu 'for his Doctrin, and esteems him a Prophet, knew not which way to make any attempt upon him.

CHAP. LIII.

The Curiosity of some Greeks to see Jesus. Hit Speech coVlcefning hvs Death, and theIncredulity os the Jews; which ended., he returned in the. Evening to Bethany.

THERE were at that time certain Greeks at Jerusalem, who tho not circum■*■ cis'd, were yet Worshippers of the true God. These came thither against the Passover to offer up their Prayers to God in the Temple; and having heard various reports concerning Jeftu, they desired Philip of Bethsaida to introduce them into his presence. Philip not knowing whether Jesrit were willing to receive these Greeks, acquainted Andrew with it, and both came to their Master, and told him of their desire to see him. Jesus answered them to this purpose (by which they might perceive that tho he would not refuse admittance to HxGentiles, yet they would be'much disappointed if they expected to see one who affected to make- himself a King, and was ambitious of a Monarchy here on Earth) The time approaches, said he, in which he who is generally look'd on as a mere Man, and one of the Vulgar, lliall be rais'd to the highest pitch of Glory, and be manifested not only to the Jews, but the Gentiles also. As a Grain of Wheat is unfruitful, unless it be Juried in the

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Matthew. Mark. Luke. John.

CHAP. XII.

it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

sj He that Iovcth his life, shall lose it: and he that hateth his lise in this world, shall keep it unto life eternal.

26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be : is any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

27 Now is my foul troubled} and what shall I say? Father, lave nie from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a vdice from heaven, faying, I have both glorified //, and will glorify it again.

Earth and putrefy, but if it be sown and putrefy fends forth a vast increase of Fruit so also is it necessary for me to die and to be buried,before I can admit any of the GenL tiles into the number of my Disciples. And in this particular my Disciples must follow my example : for whoever out of a greedy desire of prolonging his Life here, sliall renounce my Gospel, will at the same time forfeit all hopes of Eternal Life; as on the contrary, whoever sliall be as it were lavish of his Life in this World by a stedfast adhering to mv Gospel, sliall shortly change this transitory Life for one eternal in Heaven, lo far shall he be from being justly deem'd a Loser. Whoever professes himself my Disciple, must follow my example j and such a Servant sliall after this mortal Life, be with me in the eternal Seats of Bliss : for whoever sliall behave himself here on Earth as becomes my Disciple, sliall be rewarded by my Father with everlasting Glory in Heaven. And that no one may think I require unequal Conditions from him, as if I were to be exempted from all sense of the Indignities and Torments that will be inflicted on me, I readily own that I am fill'd with horror and apprehension of the Calamities that I foresee will shortly befal me. Shall I therefore pray my Father to shield me against these impending Evils? But, for this very purpose am I come into the World, that I might endure them. Yet, O Father (addressing himself to God) give some demonstration of my having bin sent by thee. These words were scarce propounded, when a great noise was heard resembling Thunder, and God express'd himself in words to this purpose: I have already demonstrated this Truth by many Miracles, and will continue to do so still.

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