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2 upon him, with the elders, And spake unto him,

saying, Tell us, By what authority doeft thou these

things? or who is he that gave thee this authority ? 3 And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask 4 you one thing; and answer me : The baptisin of 5 John, was it from heaven, or of

men?

And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall

say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed 6

ye him not (a)? But and if we say, Of men; all the

people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John 7 was a prophet. And they answered, that they could 8 not tell whence it was. 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 (b). A certain man planted a vineyard, and

let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far coun1o try for a long time. And at the season, he sent a

fervant to the husbandmen, that they should give

him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husband11 men beat him, and sent him away empty.

And again he sent another servant; and they beat him

also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him 12 away empty. And again he sent the third; and 13 they wounded him, and cast bim out. Then said

the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will

fend my beloved son: it may be they will reverence 14 him when they see him. But when the husbandmen

saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying,

This is the heir, come, let us kill him, that the in15 heritance may be ours. So they cast him out of the

vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the 16 lord of the vineyard do unto them? He shall come

and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said,

(a! When he testified concerning mc, that I am the Christ.
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17 God forbid. And he beheld them, and said, What

is this then that is written, The stone which the

builders rejected, the fame is become the head of 18. the corner. Whofoever shall fall upon that stone,

shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it

will grind him to powder (c). 19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour

fought to lay hands on him; and they feared the peo

ple (d): for they perceived that he had spoken this 20 parable against them. 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 autho21 rity of the governor. And they asked him, saying,

Master, we know that thou fayeit and teachest right

ly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but 22 teachest the way of God truly. Is it lawful for us 23 to give tribute unto Cesar, or no (e)? But he per

ceived their craftiness, and said unto thein, Why 24 tempt ye me? Shew me a penny: whose image

and superscription hath it? They answered and said, 25 Cesar's (f). And he said unto them, Render there

fore unto Cesar the things which be Cefar's, and un26 to God the things which be God's. And they could

not take hold of his words before the people : and

thev 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 28 him, Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If

any man's brother die, having a wife, and he die

without children, that his brother. should take his 29 wife, and raise up feed unto his brother. There

(c) See Matt. xxi. 44. (d) But they were afraid the people might rise in his defence. Chap. xix. 48.

(e) See Matt. xxii. 17.
c) See Matt. xxii. 19, 20.

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were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a 30 wife, and died without children. And the second 31 took her to wife, and he died childless. And the

third took her; and in like manner the seven also. 32 And they left no children, and died, Last of all the 33 woman died also. Therefore, in the resurrection,

whole 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 : But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain

that world, and the resurrection from the dead, nei36 ther marry, nor are given in marriage : Neither

can they die any more ; for they are equal unto the

angels, and are the children of God, being the chil37 dren of the resurrection. Now that the dead are

raised, even Mofes fhewed at the bush, when he

calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God 38 of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For he is not a

God of the dead, but of the living : for all live unto

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him (8).

39 Then certain of the scribes answering said, Maf40 ter, thou hast well said. And after that they durft 41 not ask him any question at all. And he said unto

them, How fay they that Christ is David's fon? 42 And David himself faith in the book of psalms, The

LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right 43 hand, 'Till I make thine enemies thy footstool. 44 David therefore calleth him Lord ; how is he then

his fon (b)? 45 Then, in the audience of all the people, he said 46 unto his disciples, Beware of the scribes, which

desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in

the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, 47 and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour wia

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AND he looked up, and saw the rich men caft

ing their gifts into the treasury (a). And he saw also a certain

poor widow casting in thither two mites. 3 And he said, of a truth I say unto you, that this 4 poor widow hath cast in more than they all. For

all there have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury haft cast in

all the living that she had (b). 5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was 6 adorned with goodly stones, and gifts, he said, As

for these things which ye behold, the days will

come, in the which there shall not be left one stone z upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And

they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these

things be ? and what sign will there be when these 8 things shall come to pats? And he said, Take heed that ye

be not deceived : for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Chrift; and the time draweth 9 near : go ye not therefore after them. But when

ye shall hear of wars and cominotions, be not terri

fied: for these things must first come to pass, but 10 the end is not by and by (c). Then said he unto them,

Nation shall rile against nation, and kingdom against II kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers

places, and fainines, and peftilences, and fearful

fights, and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these they shall lay their hands on you,

and perfecute you, delivering you up to the fyna

(a) The chest where the contributions were kepi for the use of the Temple.

(b) See Mark xii. 43, 44. Note.
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gogues,

gogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings 13 and rulers for my name's sake. And it shall turn to 14 you for a testimony (d). Settle it therefore in your

hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer. 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which

all your adversaries shall not be able to gainfay, nor 16 refift (e). And ye shall be betrayed both by parents,

and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends ; and some 77 of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye 18 shall be hated of all men for my name's fake.' But 19 there shall not an hair of your head perish (f). In 20 your patience possess ye your souls (g). And when ye

laall fee Jerusalem compassed with armies, then 21 know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let

them which are in Judea, flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it, depart

out; and let not them that are in the countries, enter 22 thereinto (b). For these be the days of vengeance,

that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23

But wo unto them that are with child, and to them that give fuck in those days : for there shall be great

distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and

shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jeru

(d) For a proof of your innocence, faith, and constancy. (e) See Matt. x. 19.

f) When this unbelieving city shall be destroyed, you that are faithful, and endure to the end, shall be safe. Matt. x. 22. Accordingly, when Jerusalem was besieged by the Roman General, Titus, there was not a Christian left in it; they all having escaped to Pella, a small town beyond the river Jordan. Thus did it please God to reserve the faithful disciples of his Son from impending destruction. And let this remarkable passage teach us to reverence the wonderful ways of Providence; which, if such be God's good pleasure, can preserve us even in the most imininent danger from the smallest hurt.

(8) By patience and perseverance preserve your lives.

(h) Let not them that are in the adjacent country attempt to re, turn to Jerusalein. M 3

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