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758 The fig-tree cursed. ST. MATTHEW.. Parable of the vineyard.

8 And a very great multitude spread | if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you their garments in the way ; others cut || by what authority I do these things. down branches from the trees, and strew- 25 The baptism of John, whence was ed them in the way.

ll it? from heaven, or of men ? And they 9 And the multitudes that went before, reasoned with themselves, saying, If we and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna || shall say, From heaven; he will say unto to the son of David : blessed is he that us, Why did ye not then believe him? cometh in the name of the Lord : Ho 26 But if we shall say, Ofmen; we fear sanna in the highest.

the people : for all hold John as a prophet. 10 And when he was come into Jeru 27 And they answered Jesus, and said, salem, all the city was moved, saying,

We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Who is this?

Neither tell I you by what authority I 11 And the multitude said, This is Je do these things. sus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. 28 [ But what think ye? Acertain man

12 And Jesus went into the temple had two sons; and he came to the first, and of God, and cast out all them that sold and said, Son, go work to-day in my vineyard. bought in the temple, and overthrew the 29 He answered and said, I will not ; tables of the money-changers, and the but afterward he repented, and went. seats of them that sold doves,

30 And he came to the second, and 13 And said unto them, It is writ- || said likewise. And he answered and ten, My house shall be called the house I said, I go, sir : and went not. of prayer, but ye have made it a den of 31 Whether of them twain did the will thieves.

ll of his father? They say unto him, The 14 And the blind and the lame came first. Jesus saith into them, Verily. I say to him in the temple; and he healed | unto you, that the publicans and the harlots them.

go into the kingdom of God before you. 15 And when the chief pricsts and l 32 For John came unto you in the way scribes saw the wonderful things that he of righteousness, and ye believed him did, and the children crying in the tem- | not : but the publicans and the harlots ple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of believed him ; and ye, when ye had seen David ; they were sore displeased, lit, repented not afterward, that ye might

16 And said unto him, Hearest thou || believe him. what these say? And Jesus saith unto 33 | Hear another parable; There was them, Yea ; have ye never read, Out of a certain householder, which planted a the mouth of babes and sucklings thou | vineyard, and hedged it round about, hast prefected praise?

and digged a wine-press in it, and built 17 | Andhe left them, and went out ofthe l a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, city into Bethany, and he lodged there. and went into a far country:

18 Now in the morning as he returned 34 And when the time of the fruit into the city, he hungered.

drew near, he sent his servants to the 19 And when he saw a fig-tree in the | husbandmen, that they might receive the way, he came to it, and found nothing ! fruits of it. thereon, but leaves only, and said unto 35 And the husbandmen took his serit, Let no fruit grow on thee hencefor. vants, and beat one, and killed another, ward for ever. And presently the fig and stoned another. tree withered away.

56 Again he sent other servants more 20 And when the disciples saw it, they than the first ; and they did unto them marvelled, saying, How Soon is the fig likewise. tree withered away!

37 But last of all, he sent unto them his 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, son, saying, They will reverence my son. Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, 38 But when the husbandmen saw the and doubt not, ye shall not only do this son, they said among themselves, This is which is done to the fig-tree, but also, if the heir ; come, let us kill him, and let ve shall say unto this mountain, Be thou us seize on his inheritance. removed, and be thou cast into the sea ; 59 And they caught him, and cast him it shall be done.

out of the vineyard, and slew him. 22 And all things whatsoever ye shall | 40 When the Lord therefore of the ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. I vineyard cometh, what will he do unto

23 | And when he was come into the those husbandmen ? temple, the chief priests and the elders 41 They say unto him, He will miseraof the people caine unto him as he was bly destroy those wicked men, and will teaching, and said, By what authority || let out his vineyard unto other husband. doest thou these things and who gave men, which shall render him the fruits thee this authority ?

in their seasons. 24 And Jesus answered and said unto || 42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never them, I also will ask you one thing, which I read in the scriptures, Thestone which the The parable of the marriage. CHAP. xxii. The Sadducees confuled. 759 builders rejected, the same is become the | 15 | Then went the Pharisees, and head of the corner: this is the Lord's do took counsel how they might entangle ing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? im in his talk.

43 Therefore say I unto you, The 16 And they sent unto him their diskingdom of God shall be taken from you, ciples, with the Herodians, saying, Masand given to a nation bringing forth the ter, we know that thou art true, and fruits thereof.

teachest the way of God in truth, neither 44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone, carest thou for any man: for thou reshall be broken: but on whomsoever it gardest not the person of men. shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 17 Tell us therefore, what thinkest thou?

45 And when the chief priests and is it lawful to give tribute unto Cesar, Pharisees had heard his parables, they or not? perceived that he spake of them.

18 But Jesus perceived their wicked46 But when they sought to lay hands ness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye on him, they feared the multitude, be- hypocrites? cause they took him for a prophet.

i9 Shew me the tribute-money. And CHAP. XXII. .

they brought unto him a penny. 1 The marriage of the king's son. 11 The 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is wedding-garment. 15 Of paying tri- this image, and superscription? bute, 23 and of the resurrection.

21 They say unto him, Cesar's. Then AND Jesus answered and spake unto saith he unto them, Render therefore un

them again by parables, and said, to Cesar, the things which are Cesar's; 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto and unto God, the things that are God's a certain king, which made a marriage 22 When they had heard these words, for his son,

| they marvelled, and left him, and went 3 And sent forth his servants to call their way. them that were bidden to the wedding: 23 The same day came to him the and they would not come.

Sadducees, which say that there is no 4 Again, he sent forth other servants, resurrection, and asked him, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Be 24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a hold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen man die, having no children, his brother and my fatlings are killed, and all things shall marry his wife, and raise up seed are ready; come unto the marriage. unto his brother.

5 But they made light of it, and went 25 Now there were with us seven breththeir ways, one to his farm, another to ren: and the first, when he had married his merchandise.

a wife, deceased; and having no issue, 6 And the remnant took his servants, left his wife unto his brother. and entreated them spitefully, and slew 26 Likewise the second also, and the them.

third, unto the seventh. 7 But when the king heard thereof, he 27 And last of all the woman died also. was wroth : and he sent forth his ar- 28 Therefore in the resurrection, whose mies, and destroyed those murderers, I wife shall she be of the seven? for they and burned up their city.

all had her. 8 Then saith he to his servants, The | 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, wedding is ready, but they which were Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, bidden were not worthy.

nor the power of God. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, 30 For in the resurrection they neither and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marry, nor are given in marriage, but marriage.

are as the angels of God in heaven.' 10 So those servants went out into the li 31 But as touching the resurrection of high ways, and gathered together all as the dead, have ye not read that which m. ny as they found, both bad and good : lwas spoken unto you by God, saying, and the wedding was furnished with guests. 32 I am the God of Abraham, and the

11 f And when the king came in to God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? see the guests, he saw there a man which God is not the God of the dead, but of had not on a wedding-garment:

the living 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how 33 And when the multitude heard this, camest thou in hither, not having a wed I they were astonished at his doctrine. ding-garment? And he was speechless. 34 s But when the Pharisees had heard

13 Then said the king to the servants, | that he had put the Sadducees to silence, Bind him hand and foot, and take him they were gathered together. away, and cast him into utter darkness: ll 35 Then one of them which was a lawthere shall be weeping and gnashing of yer, asked hini a question, tempting him, teeth.

and saying, 14 For many are called, but few are 1 36 Master, which is the great comchosen

Il mandment in the law?

760 Chriat exposeth the Pharisces. ST. MATTHEW. Against hypocrisy.

37 Jesus said unto him, 'Thou shalt love I go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and that are entering, to go in. with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees,

38 This is the first and great com- hypocrites ! for ye devour widows housmandment.

es, and for a pretence make long prayer: 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou therefore ye shall receive the greater shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. damnation.

40 On these two commandments hang! 15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, all the law and the prophets.

hypocrites! for ye compass sea and lanı 7197 While the Pharisees were gather to inake one proselyte, and when he is ed together, Jesus asked them,

made, ye make hiin two-fold more the 42 Saying, What think ye of Christ ? | child of hell than yourselves. whose son is he? They say unto him, 16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which The son of David.

say, Whosoevershall swearby the temple, 43 He saith unto them, How then doth | it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear David in spirit call him Lord, saying, by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor.

44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit 17 Ye fools, and blind : for whether thou on my right hand, till I make thine is greater, the gold, or the temple that enemies thy footstool?

sanctifieth the gold? 45 If David then call him Lord, how 18 And whosoever shall swear by the is he his son ?

altar, it is nothing ; but whosoever swear46 And no man was able to answer him eth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. a word, neither durst any man, from that 19 Ye fools, and blind : for whether is day forth, ask him any more questions. I greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctiCHAP. XXIII.

fieth the gift? 1 The scribes and Pharisees good doc I 20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the

trine, but evil examples of life. 34 The l altar, sweareth by it, and by all things destruction of Jerusalem foretold. thereon. THEN spake Jesus to the multitude, 21 And whoso shall swear by the tem1 and to his disciples,

ple, sweareth by it, and by him that 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees dwelleth therein. sit in Moses' seat.

! 22 And he that shall swear by heaven, 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid | sweareth by the throne of God, and by you observe, that observe and do: but | him that sitteth thereon. do not ye after their works : for they say, 23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, and do not.

|| hypocrites ! for ye pay tithe of mint, and 4 For they bind heavy burdens, and i anise, and cummin, and have omitted the grievous to be borne, and lay them on weightier malters of the law, judgment, men's shoulders ; but they themselves mercy, and faith; these ought ye to have will not move them with one of their fin- done, and not to leave the other undone.

| 24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a 5 But all their works they do for to gnat, and swallow a camel. be seen of men : they make broad their 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of hypocrites ! for ye make clean the outside their garments,

ll of the cup and of the platter, but within 6 And love the uppermost rooms at they are full of extortion and excess. feasts, and the chief seats in the syna- 26 Thou blind Pharisee,cleanse first that gogues,

which is within the cup and platter, that 7 And greetings in the markets, and the outside of them may be clean also. to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one hypocrites ! for ye are like unto whited is your Master, even Christ; and all ye sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiare brethren.

li ful outward, but are within full of dead 9 And call no man your father upon men's bones, and of all uncleanness. the earth: for one is your Father which il 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear is in heaven.

rigliteous unto men, but within ye are 10 Neither be ye called masters: for full of hypocrisy and iniquity. one is your Master, even Christ.

29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, 11 But he that is greatest among you, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs shall be your servant.

of the prophets, and garnish the sepul 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself, chres of the righteous, shall be abased ; and he that shall hum 30 And say, If we had been in the ble himself, shall be exalted.

days of our fathers, we would not have 13 But woeunto you, scribes and Phar- been partakers with them in the blood of isees, hypocrites ! for ye shut up the king- || the prophets. dom of heaven against men: for ye neither il 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto

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Destruction of Jerusalem foretold. CHAP. XXIV. Signs of Christ's coming. 761 yourselves, that ye are the children of 1 11 And many false prophets shall rise, them which killed the prophets.

and shall deceive many. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your 12 And because iniquity shall abound, fathers.

the love of many shall wax cold. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, 13 But he that shall endure unto the how can ye escape the damnation of hell? end, the same shall be saved.

34 | Wherefore behold, I send unto 14 And this gospel of the kingdom you prophets, and wise men, and scribes; shall be preached in all the world, for a and some of them ye shall kill and cruci- witness unto all nations; and then shall fy, and some of them shall ye scourge in the end come. your synagogues, and persecute ihem 15 When ye therefore shall see the afrom city to city :

bomination of desolation, spoken of by 35 That upon you may come all the Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, righteous blood shed upon the earth, from (whoso readeth, let him understand,) the blood of righteous Abel, unto the blood 16 Then let them which be in Judea of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye flee into the mountains : slew between the temple and the altar. 17 Let him which is on the house-top

36 Verily I say unto you, All these not come down to take any thing out of things shall come upon this generation. his house :

S7 o Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that . 18 Neither let him which is in the killest the prophets, and stonest them field return back to take his clothes. which are sent unto thee, how often 19 And woe unto them that are with would I have gathered thy children to child, and to them that give suck in gether, even as a hen gathereth her chick- those days! ens under her wings, and ye would not ! | 20 But pray ye that your flight be not

38 Behold, your house is left unto you in the winter, neither on the sabbath-day: desolate.

| 21 For then shall be great tribulation, 59 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see such as was not since the beginning of the me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. he that cometh in the name of the Lord. | 22 And except those days should be CHAP. XXIV.

shortened, there should no flesh be saved : 1 The destruction of the temple foretold. but for the elect's sake those days shall be

29 Of Christ's coming to judgment. shortened. AND) Jesus went out, and departed 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, A from the temple : and his disciples Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. came to him for to shew him the build 24 For there shallarise false Christs,and ings of the temple.

false prophets, and shall shew great signs 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not and wonders; insomuch that, if it were all these things ? verily I say unto you, s possible, they shall deceive the very elect. There shall not be left here one stone up- 25 Behold, I have told you before. on another, that shall not be thrown down. 26 Wherefore, if they shall say unto

3 And as he sat upon the mount of you, Behold, he is in the desert ; go not Olives, the disciples came unto him pri- forth : behold, he is in the secret chainvately, saving, Tell us, when shall these bers; believe it not. things be? and what shall be the sign of 27 For as the lightning cometh out of thy coming, and of the end of the world? | theeast, and shineth even unto the west; so

4 And Jesus answered and said unto shall also the coming of the Son of man be. them, Take heed that no man deceive 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there you.

will the eagles be gathered together. 5 For many shall come in my name,say- | 29 [ Immediately after the tribulation ing, I am Christ; and shall deceive many of those days, shall the sun be darkened,

6 And ye shall hear of wars, and ru- | and the moon shall not give her light, and mours of wars : see that ye be not troub- the stars shall fall from heaven, and the led : for all these things must come to powers of the heavens shall be shaken : pass, but the end is not yet.

30 And then shall appear the sign of 7 For nation shall rise against nation, the Son of man in heaven : and then and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, shall be famines, and pestilences, and i and they shall see the Son of man coming earthquakes in divers pinces,

in the clouds of heaven with power and 8:\ll these are the beginning of sorrows. great glory.

9 Then shall they deliver you up to be 31 And he shall send his angels with a afficied, and shall kill you; and ye shall be great sound of a trumpet, and they shall hated of all nations for my name's sake. li gather together his elect from the four

10 And then shall many be offenced, winds, from one end of heaven to the and shall betray one another, and shall other. hate one another.

.: Now learn a parable of the fig-tree;

762 Signs of Christ's coming. ST. MATTHEW. Parable of the ten virgina. When his branch is yet tender, and put it 2 And five of them were wise, and five teth forth leaves, ye know that summer were foolish. is nigi :

3 They that were foolish took their 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all lamps, and took no oil with them : these things, know that it is near, even 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels at the doors.

with their lamps. 34 Verily I say unto you, This gener 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they ation shall not pass, till all these things all slumbered and slept. bu fulfilled.

6 And at midnight there was a cry S5 Heaven and earth shall pass away, I made, behold, the bridegroom cometh; wasi 11,' qvords shall not pass a way. go ye out to meet him.

O ut of that day and hour knowethì Then all those virgins arose, and ! , no, not the angels of heaven, but | trimmed their lamps. DX Fither only.

8 And the foolish said unto the wise, 3. But as the days of Noe were, so shall Give us of your oil : for our lamps are also the coming of the Son of man be. gone out.

38 For as in the days that were before 9 But the wise answered, saving, Not the flool, they were eating and drinking, so ; lest there be not enough for us and marrying and giving in marriage, until you : but go ye rather to them that sell, the day that Noe entered into the ark, land buy for yourselves.

39 Ánd knew not until the food came, | | 10 And while they went to buy, the and took them all away: so shall also the bridegroom came; and they that were coming of the Son cf man be.

ready, went in with him to the marriage : 40 Then shall two be in the field ; the l and the door was shut. one shall be taken, and the other left. 11 Afterward came also the other vir

41 Tivo women shall be grinding at gins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. the mill; the one shall be taken, and the 12 But he answered and said, Verily I oiher left.

say unto you, I know you not. 42 Watch therefore ; for ye know I 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neinot what hour your Lord doth come ther the day nor the hour wherein the

43 But know this, that if the goodl-man Son of man cometh. of the house had known in what waten 14 | For the kingdom of heaven is as the thief would come, he would have a man travelling into a far country, tuho watched, and would not have suffered il called his own servants, and delivered his house to be broken up.

unto them bis gooxls. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in 15 And unto one he gave fire talents, such an hour as ye think not, the Son of | to another two, and to another one ; to man cometh.

every man accordig to his sereral abili45 Who then is a faithful and wise ty ; and straight way took his journey. servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler 16 Then he that had received the fire over his household, to give them meat in talents, went 2014 traded with the same, due season ?

and made them other five talents. 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his 17 And likewise he that had received Lord, when he come:h, shall find so doing. W two, he also gained other two.

47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall || 18 But he that had received one, went make him ruler over all his goods. and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's

48 But and if that evil servant shall say il money. in his heart, My Lord delayeth his coming; 19 After a long time the lord of those

49 And shall begin to smite his fellow- || servants cometii, and reckoneth with servants, and to eat and drink with the them. drunken;

20 And so he that had received five 50 The Lord of that servant shall come talents, came and brought other five talin a day when he looketh not for him, and enis, saying, Loril, thou deliveredst unta in an hour that he is not aware of, me fire talents ; behold, I have gained

51 And shwl cut him asunder, and ap- beside them fire talents more. point him his portion with the hypocrites: 11 21 His lord said unto him, Well donc, there shall be weeping and glashing of Thou good and faithtul servant ; thou hast teeth. .

been firithful over a few things, I will CHAP. XXV.

make thce rulettver many things: enter 1 The parable of the ten virgins, 14 and thou into the joy of thy lord.

of the talents. 31 Also the description 22 lle also that had received two talof the last judgment.

ents came, and said, Lord, thou deliverHEN shall the kingilom of heaven edst unto me two talents : tehold, I 1 be likened unto ten virgins, which have gained two other tulents beside took their lamps, and went forth to meet thein. the bridegroom.

23 His lord said unto him, Well done,

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