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vants, and eat and drink with the drunken; the master of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour of which he is not aware; and will discard him”, and appoint him his portion with the perfidioust: there will be weeping, and gnashing of teeth.

xxv. “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps, and took with them no oil : but the wise took oil in their vessels, together with their lamps. And, while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom cometh: go ye forth to meet him.” Then all those virgins rose, and set their lamps in order. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us of your oil: for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you : go ye rather to

...those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And, while they

went to buy, the bridegroom came : and those who were
ready went in with him to the marriage-feast; and the
door was shut. And afterward the other virgins also
come, saying, ‘Sir, sir, open it for us.” But he an-
swered and said, ‘Verily I say unto you, I know you
not.’ -
“Watch therefore, for ye know not the day and hourt.
“For the Son of man is like one going into another
country, who called his servants, and delivered to them
what he had : and gave to one five talents, and to another
two, and to another one ; to every man according to his
ability; and immediately went into another country.
Then he that had received the five talents went and traded
with them, and made of them other five talents. And in

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* cut him asunder, N. See Pearce and Campbell, inles.
+ hypocrites, N. See Pearce and Campbell, in loc,
# wherein the Son of man cometh. R. T.

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like manner he that had received the two, he also gaincd other two. But he that had received the one, went and digged in the ground, and hid his master's money. Now after a long time the master of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. Then he that had received the five talents came near, and brought other five talents, saying, ‘Sir, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: see, I have gained besides them five other talents.’ His master said unto him, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter into the joy of thy master.” Then he also that [had received] the two talents came near, and said, ‘Sir, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: see, I have gained besides them two other talents.” His master said unto him, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thce over many things: enter into the joy of thy master.” Then he that had received the one talent came near, and said, ‘Sir, I knew that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not scattered : and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the ground: see, thou hast what is thine.” Then his master answered, and said unto him, ‘Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not and gather where I scattered not 2 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money

to the exchangers; and then at my coming I should have

received mine own with increase. Take ye therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath the ten talents. For to every one that hath much, to him shall be given, and he shall abound: but from him that hath little shall be taken away even that which he hath. And put forth the unprofitable” servant into the outer darkncss: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

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“But when” the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him will be gathered all nations: and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separateth his sheep from the goats: and he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left. Then the king will say to 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 hungry, and ye gave me food: 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 took care of me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” Then will the righteous answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee P or thirsty, and gave thee drink? And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thce in P or naked, and clothed thee ? And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee P’ And the king will answer and say unto them, ‘Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it unto me.’ Then he will say unto them also on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into the everlasting fire, which was prepared t for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and ye gave me no food: 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 took no care of me.” Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee ?' Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of the least of these, ye did it not unto me.’ And these shall go away into everlasting punishment": but the righteous into everlasting life.”

* Now when, W. + Some of the best authorities read, “which my Father hath prepared.”

Ch. xxvi. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended all these

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words, that he said to his disciples, “Ye know that after two days will be the passover: and then the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Then the chief-priests, [and the scribes] and the elders of the people assembled together in the palace of the high-priest, who was called Caiaphas; and consulted how they might apprehend Jesus by craft, and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be a disturbance among the people.” Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon called the leper, a woman came near unto him, having an alabaster-box of most precious ointment, and poured it out on his head as he was at table. But when [his] disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, “Why is this waste 2 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and have been given to the poor.” And Jesus knew this, and said unto them, “Why trouble ye the woman 2 for she hath done a good deed to me. For ye have the poor with you always; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she hath done it for my embalming. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, this also which she hath done shall be spoken of, for a memorial of her.” Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief-priests, and said, “What are ye willing to give me, and I will deliver him up unto you ?” And they ap

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* The word here rendered punishment, properly signifies correction inflicted for the benefit of the offender. And the word translated everlasting, is often used to express a long but indefinite duration. Rom. xvi. 2; 2 Tim. i. 9; Philemon v. 15. This text, therefore, so far from giving countenance to the harsh doctrine of eternal misery, is rather favourable to the more pleasing, and more probable hypothesis, of the ultimate restitution of the wicked to virtue and to happiness. See Simpson's Essay on Future Punishments.

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pointed him thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought for a convenient opportunity to deliver Jesus up. Now on the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying [unto him], “Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee, to eat the passover ?” And he said, “Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, ‘The Master saith, My time is near; I will keep the passover at thine house with my disciples.” And the disciples did as Jesus had commanded them: and they made ready the passover. Now when evening was come, he placed himself at table with the Twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Verily I say unto you, that one of you will deliver me up.” And they were very sorrowful; and began every one of them to say unto him, “Master, is it I ?” And he answered and said, “He who dippeth his hand with me in the dish, even he will deliver me up. The Son of man goeth” indeed, as it is written of him: but alas for that man by whom the Son of man is delivered up good were it for that man if he had not been born +.” Upon this Judas, who delivered him up, said, “Master, is it I?” Jesus saith unto him, “Thou hast said truly.” And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “ Drink ye, all, out ; of it: for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many $ for the remission

* dieth. A known euphemism, N.

+ Or, “It would have been good for him (the traitor), if that man (the Son of man) had never been born.” f drink ye all of it, N.

5 shed for many: that is, all. See Newcome, Pearce, Comp. ch. xx. 28. For the remission of sins: that is, for the confirmation of a covenant, by which gentiles as well as Jews will be made a holy people. The gentiles, being in an uncovenanted state, were regarded by the Jews as unholy, and are called sinners. See Gal. ii. 15. When, by faith in Christ, they entered into the christian covenant, they became holy; and their sins are said to be forgiven. Thus the blood of Christ is said to have been shed for the remission of sins. These words in the institution of the eucharist are only to be found in Matthew, who wrote for the Jewish believers, and would be understood by them. See Bishop Pearce, and Taylor's Key to the Romans.

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