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falem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until

the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled (i). 25

And there fhall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of na

tions, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roar26 ing; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for

looking after those things which are coming on the

earth (k): for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a 28 cloud with power and great glory. And when these

things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift

up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. 29 And he spake to them a parable, Behold the fig-tree, 30 and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye

fee, and know of your own felves, that summer is 31 now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye fee

these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom 32 of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you,

This generation shall not pass away, till all be ful-
filled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my

words shall not pass away (2). 34

And take heed to yourselves, left at any time your hearts bę overcharged with surfeiting, and drunken

ness, and cares of this life, and so that day come 35 upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on

all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth (m). 36 Watch ye therefore and pray always, that ye may

be accounted worthy to escape all these things that

33 filled.

(i) Until the Gentiles shall be converted, and the kingdoms of the world shall become the kingdoms of the Lord, and of his Chrift.

(k) On the land of Judea.

(2) The power and dominion of God will soon be manifested in the defruction of the unbelieving Jews, according to my predic.

for that will most affuredly be established and fulfilled, notwithstanding all the revolutions that shall happen in the world.

(m) They fall be taken when they think themselves moft se. cure, as a foolish helpless animal is taken in a snare or net.



shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of 37 man.

And in the day-time he was teaching in the temple, and at night he went out, and abode in the 38 mount that is called the mount of. Olives. And all

the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.

c H A P. XXI. : NOW the feast of (a) unleavened bread drew

nigh, which is called the paflover. And the chief priests and fcribes fought how they might kill him;

for they feared the people. 3

Then entered Satan into Judas, surnamed Iscariot, 4 being of the number of the twelve. And he went

his way, and communed with the chief priests and

captains, how he might betray him unto them. 5 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him 6 inoney. And he promised, and fought opportunity

to betray-him unto them in the absence of the mula

titude (b). 7

Then came the day (c) of unleavened bread, 8 when the passover must be killed. And he fent

Peter and John, faying, Go and prepare us the 9 passover, that we may eat. And they said unto 10 him, Where wilt thou that we prepare (d)? And he

faid unto thein, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there thall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher

of water ; follow him into the house where he en: 11 tereth in. And ye shall say unto the good-man of the

house, The Master faith unto thee, Where is the

(a) Seven days together the Jews were obliged to eat unleavened bread, in memory of their forefathers having departed from Egypi, in such halte that they had not time to inix leaven in their bread as usual.

(6) Without disturbance.
(c) The first of the seven days.
(d) See Matt. xxvi. 17. Mark xiv. 14.




guest-chamber where I shall eat the paffover with 12 my disciples ? And he shall Thew you a large upper 13 room furnished : there make ready. And they went

and found as he had said unto them : and they made 14 ready the passover. And when the hour was come,

he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 15 And he said unto them, (e) With defire I have desired 16 to eat this passover with you before I suffer. For I

say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until 17 it be fulfilled (f) in the kingdom of God. And he

took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, 18 and divide it among yourselves (8). For I say unto

you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until

the kingdom of God shall come (b). 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake

it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body (i) which is given for you: this do in remembrance of

Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

But behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me 22 is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man

goeth as it was determined: but wo unto that man 23 by whom he is betrayed. And they began to en

quire among themselves, which of them it was that

should do this thing. 24 And there was also a strife among them, which of 25 them should be accounted the greatest. And he

faid unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise

20 me.


(e) Moft earnestly I have desired.

(f) Until it be fulfilled in the gospel-state by the facrifice of my death; of which the paschal lamb was but the emblein and type. See Matt. xxvi. 29.

(g) This was the cup at the paschal supper. (h) See Matt. xxvi. 30. Note.

ii) See Matt. xxvi. 26. This is my body, in the same sense as the la:nb was called the. pallover, being the memorial and fign of it.



lördship over them ; and they that exercise authority 25 upon them, are called benefactors (k). But ye mall not be so

but he that is greatest among you, let hini be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he 27 that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that

sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that

fitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that" 28 ferveth (1). Ye are they which have continued 29 with me in my temptations (m). And I appoint

unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed 30 unto me: That ye may eat and drink at my table

in my kingdom, and fit on thrones, judging the

twelve tribes of Israel (n). 31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may


you 32 as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith

fail not (); and when thou art converted, strengthen 33 thy prethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am

ready to go with thee, both into prison, and in 34 death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock fall

not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice de35 ny that thou knowelt me, And he said unto them,

When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes,

lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing (p). 36 Then said he unto them, But now he that hath a

purse, let him take it, and likewise his fcrip: and he that hath no sword (?), let him fell his garment, (*) As some of the Kings of Egypt took the tiile of benefactor. (l) See John xiii. 4. (m) In my trials and sufferings.

(n) Contend not for honours in this world ; you shall be railed to the highest in the next,

(0) That ihou mayst not fall into despair; and when thou hast recovered thyself, strengthen thy brethren, that they may retain their integrity in all the great trials they are to undergo.

(p) See Matt: x: 9.

(q) In the time of very imminent danger, (and such is now approaching) a prudent man will postpone every other.consideration, and part with whatever at other times was the most valuable and necessary to him, in order to provide for his safety and defence.

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37 and

37 and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is

written (r), must yet be accomplished in me, And

he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the 38 things concerning me have an end. And they said,

Lord, behold, here are two swords (s). And he

said unto them, It is enough. 39 And he came out, and went as he was wont, to

the mount of Olives; and his difciples also followed 40 him. And when he was at the place, he said unto 41 them, Pray, that ye enter not into temptation. And

he was withdrawn from them about a stone's caft, 42 and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father,

if thou be willing, remove this cup from me : never43 theless not my will, but thine, be done. And there

appeared an angel unto him from heaven, Itrength44 ening him. And being in an agony, he prayed

more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great 45 drops of blood falling down to the ground. And

when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his 46 difciples, he found them sleeping for forrow, And

said unto them (t), Why sleep ye? rise and pray,

left ye enter into temptation. 47 And while he yet fpake, behold, a multitude, and

he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went

before them, and drew near unto Jesus, to kiss (2) 48 him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest

(r) Whatever is prophesied concerning me is now going to be fulfilled. My end is near at hand.

(s) What our Lord had spoken figuratively of preparing for defence, verse 36, the disciples underfood literally: nor doth he here explain his meaning, but says, It is enough. There is no need to fay any more about it. And probably he declined to enter into any explanation, from his foreknowledge of the miracle which (by per. mitting ihem to take the swords) he should have an opportunity of performing on the ear of Malchus. See Verse 51.

(0) See Matt. xxvi. 45. (u) See Matt. xxvi. 49.

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