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18. Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.

It is mentioned again, as a most affecting circumstance of Christ's passion, that he was entirely forsaken, and left all alone, in that dreadful day. The bitter cup was presented filled to the brim, and he drank it off to the dregs. No man could share in those sufferings by which all other men were to be redeemed. His lovers and friends,' his disciples and acquaintance,' were put far from him ;' they all · forsook him, and fled,' to hide themselves from the fury of the Jews, in darkness ;' in dark, i. e. secret places. Thus it is written in the Psalms, and thus in the Gospels it is recorded to have happened. Oftentimes, O blessed Jesu, do we forsake thee; but do not thou forsake us, or take thy holy Spirit from us.

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