Page images

Watchfulness en

Now learn a parable of the fig-tree : When his branch 32 forced, by the par- is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that sumables of the fig-tree:

mer is nigh : so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these 33 things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily, I say unto you, 'This 34 generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and 35 earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away. But of that day 36 and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son 37 of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood, they were 38 eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, ' and knew not until the flood came, and took 39 them all away: so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then 40 shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two 41 women shall be grinding at the mill ; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore ; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth 42 come. But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in 43 what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready : 44 for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh. Who then 45 is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season ? Blessed is that servant, 46 whom his lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing. Verily, I say unto 47 you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that 48 evil servant shall say in his heart, • My lord delayeth his coming ;' ' and 49 shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken ;

the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh 50 not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,' and shall cut him 51 asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites ; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto 25 foolish virgins : ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 2 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 3

but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. ! While the bride- 4,5 groom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was 6 a cry made, Behold the bridegroom cometh ; go ye out to meet him ! ' Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 'And the foolish 7,8 said unto the wise, Give us of your oil : for our lamps are gone out. But 9 the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you : but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And 10 while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward 11 came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us! But he an- 12 swered and said, Verily, I say unto you, I know you not. Watch there- 13 fore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into 14

a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, 15. and to another one; to every man according to his several ability ; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents, 16 went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And 17 likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that 18 had received one, went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants,cometh, and reckoneth with 19 them. And so he that had received five talents, came and brought other 20

of the wise and

and of the servants

and the talents.

His discourse re

five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents : behold, I have gained besides them five talents more. His lord said unto him, 21 Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things : enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came, and said, 22 Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents : behold, I have gained two other talents besides them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good 23 and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things : enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came, and said, Lord, I knew 24 thee, that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed: and I was afraid, and went and 25 hid thy talent in the earth : lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord 26 answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed : thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, 27 and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten 28 talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have 29 abundance : but from him that hath not, shall be taken away, even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness : 30 there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

WHEN the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all 31 specting the end of the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne judgment, and the of his glory : and before him shall be gathered all na- 32 awards of the right- tions : and he shall separate them one from another, as a

shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall 33 set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall 34 the King say unto 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 a hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave 35 me drink : I was a stranger, and ye took me in :' naked, and ye clothed 36 me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we 37 thee a hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When 38 saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto theę ? And the 39 King shall answer and say unto them, Verily, I say unto you, Inasmuch ha

done it unto one the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, 41 Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels : 'for I was a hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was 42 thirsty, and ye gave me no drink : I was a stranger, and ye took me not 43 in: naked, and ye clothed me not : sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee 44 a hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily, 45 I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment : 46 but the righteous into life eternal.

And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these 26 approaching death. sayings, he said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two 2 days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

eous and the



as ye

Jesus foretells his

The sanhedrim con

Mark xiv. 1.

John xii. I.

xiv. 10. Luke xxii. 1.

Christ directs two

the passover. Mark xiv, 12. Luke

xxii. 7.

THEN assembled together the chief priests, and the 3 sult how to kill him. scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of

the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 'and consulted 4 that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him. But they said, 5 Not on the feast-day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon 6 Mary. Mark xix. 3. the leper, there came unto him a woman having an ala- 7

baster-box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indigna- 8 tion, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might 9 have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood 10 it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you ; but me 11 ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my 12 body, she did it for my burial. Verily, I say unto you, Wheresoever this 13 gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

THEN one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went 14 Judas engages to be tray Christ. Mark unto the chief priests, ' and said unto them, What will ye 15

give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he 16 sought opportunity to betray him.

Now, the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, 17 disciples to prepare the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt

thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover ? And 18

he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed 19 them: and they made ready the passover. He partakes of the

Now, when the even was come, he sat down with the 20 passover, and speaks twelve. And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto 21 Mark xiv. 17. Luke you, That one of you shall betray me. And they were 22

exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I ? And he answered and said, He that dippeth his 23 hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.

The Son of man 24 goeth, as it is written of him : but wo unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed: it had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? 25 He said unto him, Thou hast said.

AND as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed 26 eucharist. Mark xiv. it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take,

eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave 27 thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it: for this is my 28 blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the 29 vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

AND when they had sung a hymn, they went out into 30 Going to Mount Olivet, he predicts the mount of Olives. Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye 31 Peters denial of, shall be offended because of me this night : for it is written,

“ I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.” But after I am risen again, I will go before 32 you

into Galilee. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men 33 shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said 34 unto him, Verily, I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with 35 thee, yet will not I deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

xx. 17.

He institutes the

22. Luke xxix. 19.

him. Mark xiv. 27.

John xviii. 1.

xxii. 47. John

xviii. 3.

Christ goes into the

THEN cometh Jesus with them unto a place called 36 garden of Geth: Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, 32. Luke xxii. 40. while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter, 37

and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding 38 sorrowful, even unto death : tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he 39 went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them 40 asleep, and saith unto Peter, What! could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation : the spirit in- 41 deed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second 42 time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found 43 them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and 44 went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and 45 take your rest; behold the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going : behold, he is at 46 hand that doth betray me.

AND while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, 47 He is betrayed and apprehended. The came, and with him a great multitude with swords and Mark xiv. 43. Luke staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

Now, he that betrayed him, gave them a sign, saying, 48

Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he : hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Master; and kissed 49 him. 'And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then 50 came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. And behold, 51 one of them which were with Jesus, stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place : for all 52 they that take the sword, shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that 53 I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be ful- 54 filled, that thus it must be ? In that same hoúr said Jesus to the multi- 55 tudes, Are ye come out as against a thief, with swords and staves for to take me ? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be 56 fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

AND they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away 57 Annas, and to the palace of Caiaphas, to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the el.

ders were assembled. But Peter followed him afar off, 58 51. Luke xxii. 54. unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the

John xviii. 12. servants to see the end. Now, the chief priests, and el- 59 ders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death ; ' but found none. Yea, though many false witnesses came, yet 60 found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, and said, This 61 fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest 62 thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 'But Jesus 63 held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said : nevertheless, I 64 say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest 65

Christ is taken to

where he is condemned. Mark xiv.

Peter thrice denies

xviii. 17.

rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses ? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What 66 think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. T'hen did 67 they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, 'saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he 68 that smote thee ?

Now Peter sat without in the palace : and a damsel 69 his unaster, and re- came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Gal. Luke xxii. 56. John ilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not 70

what thou sayest. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, 71 and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. 72

And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, 73 Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrayeth thee. Then 74 began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And im. mediately the cock crew.' And Peter remembered the words of Jesus, 75 which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. Being condemned

WHEN the morning was come, all the chief priests 27 by the Sanhedrim, and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Pilate : Mark xvi. 1. him to death.. And when they had bound him, they led 2

him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the gov

Luke xxii. 66.


Judas declares the

Christ is accused

THEN Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw innocence of Christ. that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,' saying, 4 I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of 5 silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And 6 the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. ! Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. "Then 8,9 was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, “ And they took the thirty pieces of silver,--the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value,--and gave them for the 10 potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.

And Jesus stood before the governor ; and the gov- 11 before Pilate, and is declared innocent; And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

ernor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews ? yet is adjudged to

| And when he 12 was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered sviii. 28. Other par- nothing. Then saith Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not 13

how many things they witness against thee? And he an- 14 swered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. that feast, the governor was wont to release unto the 15 people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable pris- 16 oner, called Barabbas. Therefore, when they were gathered together, 17 Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you ? Barabbas, or Jesus, which is called Christ? (For he knew that for envy they had 18 delivered him.)

When he was set down on the judgment-seat, his wife sent unto him, 19 saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man : for I have suffered many things this day in a dream, because of him. But the chief 20 priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether 21

die: Mark xv. 2. Luke xxiii. 3. John


« PreviousContinue »