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Christ foretelleth S. Matthew. false prophets. unto all nations; and then 20 But pray ye that your shall the end come.b

flight be not into the winter, 15 When ye, therefore, neither on the sabbath-day : shall see the abomination of 21 For then shall be great desolation,c spoken of by Da- tribulation, such as was not niel the prophet, stand in the since the beginning of the holy place, (whoso readeth world to this time, no, nor ever let him understand,)d

shall be. 16 Then let them which be 22 And except those days in Judea flee into the moun- should be shortened there tains :

should no flesh be saved,e but 17 Let him which is on the for the elect's sake those days house-top not come down to shall be shortened. take any thing out of his 23 Then if any man shall house :

say unto you, Lo, here is 18 Neither let him which is Christ, or there; believe it not. in the field return back to take 24 For there shall arise his clothes.

false Christs, and false pro19 And wo unto them that phets, and shall shew great are with child, and to them signs and wonders ; insomuch that give suck, in those days! that (if it were possible) they

shall deceive the very elect. 6 The end come. The end of the

25 Behold, I have told you Jewish state in Judea.

This event

before. took place with the destruction of 26 Wherefore, if they shall Jerusalem about forty years after the say unto you, Behold, he is in crucifixion of our Lord.

the desert; go not forth; bec Abomination of desolation, &c. See hold, he is in the secret chamDan. ix. 25, 27, and xii. 11. abomination of desolation here mention bers; believe it not. ed was probably the Roman armies,

21 For as the lightning composed of heathen idolators, who cometh out of the east, and had the images of idols painted on shineth even unto the west; their banners, and who burnt the

so shall also the coming of the temple, spread ravage and desolation

Son of man be. through the Holy Land, and put an end to the Jewish government,

28 For wheresoever the d Let him understand, that this re- carcase f is, there will the ealates to the fulfilment of Daniel's gles go be gathered together. prophecy concerning the destruction

e And except those days of tribuof Jerusalem by the Romans. Or, lation shall be shortened, there could when


shall see the Roman armies, no soul survive. the abo ination of desolation to the Jews, standing in the Holy Land, in trespasses and sing.

f Carcase, the Jewish nation dead or in the sacred temple of Jerusalem g Eagles, the Roman armies, on itself; then let them which are in whose banners was displayed the Judea, &c.


Of Christ's coming

Chap. xxiv. to judgment, & 29 I Immediately after the were, so shall also the coming tribulation of those days shall of the Son of man be. the sun be darkened, and the 38 For as in the days that moon shall not give her light, were before the flood they and the stars shall fall from were eating, and drinking, heaven, and the powers of the marrying and giving in marheavens shall be shaken : riage, until the day that Noe

30 And then shall appear entered into the ark, the sign of the Son of man in 39 And knew not until the heaven; and then shall all flood came, and took them all the tribesh of the earth mourn, away; so shall also the comand they shall see the Son of ing of the Son of man be. man coming in the clouds of 40 Then shall two be in the heaven with power and great field; the one shall be taken, glory.

and the other left. 31 And he shall send his 41 Two women shall be angels with a great sound of grinding at the mill; the one a trumpet, and they shall gath- shall be taken, and the other er together his elect from the left. four winds, from one end of 42 I Watch, therefore ; for heaven to the other.

ye know not what hour your 32 Now, learn a parable Lord doth come. of the fig-tree; When his 43 But know this, that if branch is yet tender, and put- the good man of the house had teth forth leaves, ye know that known in what watch the thief summer is nigh.

would "come he would have 33 So likewise ye, when ye watched, and would not have shall see all these things, know suffered his house to be broken that it is near, even at the up. doors.

44 Therefore be ye also 34 Verily I say unto you, ready; for in such an hour as This generation shall not pass ye think not the Son of man till all these things be fulfilled. cometh.

35 Heaven and earth shall 45 Who then is a faithful pass away,


my words shall and wise servant, whom his not pass away.

lord hath made ruler over his 36 9 But of that day and household, to give them meat hour knoweth no man, no, not in due season? the angels of heaven, but iny

46 Blessed is that servant Father only.

whom his lord, when he com37 But as the days of Noe eth, shall find so doing.

47 Verily I say unto you, b Tribes of the earth, tribes of the That he shall make him ruler Jews, or of the Jewish earth. over all his goods.


Parable of the ten virgins S. Matthew. and of the talents.

48 But and if that evil ser- 9 But the wise answered, vant shall say in his heart, saying, Not so ; lest there be My lord delayeth his coming; not enough for us and you;

49 And shall begin to smite but go ye rather to them that his fellow-servants, and to eat sell, and buy for yourselves. and drink with the drunken; 10 And while they went to

50 The lord of that servant buy, the bridegroom came; shall come in a day when he and they that were ready went looketh not for him, and in an in with him to the marriage; hour that he is not aware of, and the door was shut.

51 And shall cut him asun- 11 Afterward came also der, and appoint him his por- the other virgins, saying, tion with the hypocrites; there Lord, Lord, open to us. shall be weeping and gnashing 12 But he answered, and of teeth.

said, Verily I say unto you, I CHAP. XXV.

know you not. 1 The parable of the ten vir- 13 Watch, therefore, for ye

gins, 14 and of the talents. know neither the day nor the 31 Also the description of hour wherein the Son of man the last judgment.

cometh. THEN shall the kingdom 14 | For the kingdom of of heaven be likened unto ten heaven is as a man travelling virgins, which took their lamps into a far country, who called and went forth to meet the his own servants, and delivbridegroom.

ered unto them his goods. 2 And five of them were

15 And unto one he gave wise, and five were foolish. five talents, a to another two,

3 They that were foolish and to another one; to every took their lamps, and took no man according to his several oil with them :

ability; and straightway took 4 But the wise took oil in his journey. their vessels with their lamps. 16 Then he that had re

5 While the bridegroom ceived the five talents went tarried they all slumbered and and traded with the same, and slept.

made them other five talents. 6 And at midnight there was 17 And likewise he that a cry made, Behold, the bride- had received two, he also gaingroom cometh; go ye out to ed other two, meet him.

18 But he that had received 7 Then all those virgins one went and digged in the arose and trimmed theirlamps. earth, and hid his lord's mo

8 And the foolish said unto ney. the wise, Give us of your a Talent. A talent is thought to for our lamps are gone out. be worth 830 dellars.

oil ;

Of the faithful and Chap. xxv. unfaithful servants.

19 After a long time the knewest that I reap where I lord of those servants cometh, sowed not, and gather where I and reckoneth with them. have not strewed;

20 And so he that had re- 27 Thou oughtest, thereceived five talents came, and fore, to have put my money to brought other five talents, say- the exchangers, and then at my ing, Lord, thou deliveredst un- coming I should have received to me five talents; behold, I mine own with usury.b have gained besides them five 28 Take, therefore, the tatalents more.

lent from him, and give it un21 His lord said unto him, to him which hath ten talents. Well done, thou good and 29 For unto every one that faithful servant; thou hast hath shall be given, and he been faithfulover a few things, shall have abundance; but I will make thee ruler over from him that hath not, shall many things; enter thou into be taken away even that which the joy of thy lord.

he hath. 22 He also that had receiv- 30 And cast ye the

unproed two talents came, and said, fitable servant into outer darkLord, thou deliveredst unto ness; there shall be weeping me two talents; behold, I have and gnashing of teeth. gained two other talents be- 31 q When the Son of man sides them.

shall come in his glory, and all 23 His lord said unto him, the holy angels with him, then Well done, good and faithful shall be sit upon the throne of servant; thou hast been faith- his glory: ful over a few things, I will 32 And before him shall bo make thee ruler over many gathered all nations; and he things; enter thou into the shall separate them one from joy of thy lord.

another, as a shepherd divid24 Then he which had re- eth his sheep from the goats : ceived the one talent came, and 33 And he shall set the said, Lord, I knew thee that sheep on his right hand, but thou art an hard man, reaping the goats on the left. where thou hast not sown,

and 34 Then shall the King say gathering where thou hast not unto them on his right hand, strewed :

Come, ye blessed of my Father, 25 And I was afraid, and inherit the kingdom prepared went and hid thy talent in the for you from the foundation of earth; lo, there thou hast that the world : is thine.

35 For I was an hungered, 26 His lord answered and and ye gave me meat; I was said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou b Usury, interest.

of the last judgment. S. Matthew. The rulers' conspiracy. thirsty, and ye gave me drink; 45 Then shall he answer I was a stranger, and ye took them, saying, Verily I say unme in :


In as much as ye did it 36 Naked, and ye clothed not to one of the least of these, me; I was sick, and


visited ye did it not to me. me; I was in prison, and ye 46 And these shall go away came unto me.

into everlasting punishment; 37 Then shall the righteous but the righteous into life eteranswer him, saying, Lord, nal. when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty,

CHAP. XXVI. and gave thee drink?

1 The rulers conspire against 38 When saw we thee a


14 Judas selleth stranger, and took thee in ? or him. 17. Christ eateth the naked, and clothed thee?

passover. 39 Or, when saw we thee AND it came to pass, when sick, or in prison, and came Jesus had finished all these unto thee?

sayings he said unto his disci40 And the King shall an- ples, swer and

say unto them, Verily 2 Ye know that after two I

say unto you, In as much as days is the feast of the passoye have done it unto one of ver, a and the Son of man is the least of these my brethren, betrayed to be crucified. ye have done it unto me.

3 Then assembled together 41 Then shall he say also the chief priests, & the scribes, unto them on the left hand, and the elders b of the people, Depart from me, ye cursed, unto the palace of the high into everlasting fire, prepared priest, who was called Caiafor the devil and his angels. phas,

42 For I was an hungered, 4 And consulted that they and ye gave me no meat; I might take Jesus by subtilty, was thirsty, and ye gave me

and kill him. no drink:

5 But they said, Not on the 43 I was a stranger, and ye feast-day, lest there be an uptook me not in ; naked, and ye among the people. clothed me not; sick and in prison, and ye visited me not.

a The Passover was a feast of the 44 Then shall they also an- Jews, instituted in commemoration swer him, saying, Lord, when of the deliverance of the Israelites saw we thee an hungered, or

from Egyptian bondage. See Exod.

xii. Numb. ix, and xxviii. 16. Deut. athirst, or a stranger, or na

xvi. ked, or sick, or in prison, and

6 Elders, Senators. The seventy did not ministerc unto thee?

who composed the Sanhedrim, or Minister, to wait on, to serve, assist.

chief council of the Jews.


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