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o the Chief Priests and the Scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,

48 And could not find what they might do : for all the people were very 'attentive" to hear him. 12

CHAP. XX. 1 Christ avoucheth his authority by a question of John's baptism :

9 the parable of the vineyard: 19 of giving tribute to Cæsar : 27 he convinceth the Sadducees that denied the resurrection : 41 how Christ is the Son of David: 45 he warneth his disciples to beware of the Scribes.

AND "it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the Gospel, the Chief Priests and the Scribes came upon him with the elders,

2 And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, "by what authority' doest thou these things ? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

3 And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask you one thing; and answer me:

hanged on him. See Acts, xvi. 14. A. V. as they heard him took his part. ?in what power. Rh. the world ; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.

• MARK, xi. 18: The Scribes and Chief Priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him : for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. John, vii. 19: Why go ye about to kill me? do. viii. 37: Ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in

place in you. P Neh. viii. 3: The ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law. Acts, xvi. 14: Lydia- whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended to the things which were spoken of Paul.

CHAP. XX. * Mat. xxi. 23: When he was come into the temple, the Chief Priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things ? and who gave thee this authority ? MARK, xi. 27: And they come again to Jerusalem : and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the Chief Priests, and the Scribes, and the elders.

• Acts, iv.7: By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? do. vii. 27 : Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?


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4 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men ?

5 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall

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say, Why then believed ye him not?

6 But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us : for they be persuaded2 that John was a 'prophet.

7 And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was.

8 And Jesus said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; "A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.

10 And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard : but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.

11 And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully,4 and sent him away empty.

12 And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.

13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send


beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.

14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir : come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be our's.

15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and certain. Wi. Rh. 3 at the time of gathering of grapes. Wi. proachfully abusing him. Rh. c See on MAT. xi. 9. See on Mat. xxi. 33, &c.

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killed him. What therefore shali the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall gives the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?

18 Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken ;? but 'on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

19 | And the Chief Priests and the Scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him ; and they feared the people : for they perceived that he had spoken this parable "against them.

20 And they 'watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.

21 And they asked him, saying, "Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest' thou the person 10 of any, but teachest the way of God truly:11 5 let out. Ma. Cr. 6 doth stumble. Cr. Ud. 7 bruised. Wi.

8 dash him to shivers. Pu. regardest. Co. outward appearance. Co. Cr. Ud. ll of a truth. A. V. e See on LUKE, ii. 34. See on LUKE, ii, 34. & See on LUKE, xix. 47.

b Acts, vii. 54: When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him [Stephen] with their teeth.

See on MAT. xxii. 15, 16. Mat. xxii. 16: They sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Mark, xii. 15: Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.


22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Cæsar, or not?

23 But he perceived their craftiness, 12 and said unto them, Why tempt ye me? 24 Show me a penny.

Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.

25 And he said unto them, 'Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which be Cæsar's, and unto God the things which be God's.

26 And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.

27 Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him,

28 Saying, Master, "Moses wrote unto us, 14 If any man's brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

29 There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children.

30 And the second took her to wife, and he died childless. 12 deceit. Wi. 13 See Mat. xviii. 28. A. V.

" gave us in writing. Rh. See on MAT. xxii. 21. m See on MARK, xii. 18, 19.

n Deut. xxv. 5–8: If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her. And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel. And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband's brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother. Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him, &c.

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31 And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also : and they left no children, and died.

32 Last of all the woman died also.

33 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.

34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage :

35 But they which shall be accounted 'worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

36 Neither can they 'die any more : for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, 'being the children of the resurrection.

37 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses • Luke, xxi. 36: Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Col. i. 12: Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. 2 Thes. i. 5: That ye may be accounted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer. 1 John, iii. 3: Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Rev. iii. 4: Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white : for they are worthy.

P 1 Cor. xv. 54: Death is swallowed up in victory. Rev. xxi. 4: There shall be no more death.

91 Cor. xv. 42, 49, 52: So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruptionAnd as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly-In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 John, iji. 2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: But we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Rom. viii. 23: Ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

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