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“ ligently, till she find it? and when she hath “ found it, she calleth her friends and her “ neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with “ me; for I have found the piece which I had “ lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy " in the presence of the angels of God over 66 one sinner that repenteth."
And he said, “ A certain man had two sons: " and the younger of them said to his father, “ Father, give me the portion of goods that “ falleth to me. And he divided unto them his “ living. And not many days after, the “ younger son gathered all together, and took “ his journey into a far country, and there “ wasted his substance with riotous living. And
when he had spent all, there arose “ famine in that land : and he began to be in “ want. And he went and joined himself to “ a citizen of that country ; and he sent him “ into his fields to feed swine. And he would “ fain have filled his belly with the husks that " the swine did eat: and no man gave unto “ him. And when he came to himself, he said, “ How many hired servants of my father's have “ bread enough and to spare, and I perish with “ hunger! I will arise and go to my father, “ and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned “ against heaven, and before thee, and am no 66 more worthy to be called thy son: make me w neck, and kissed him. And the son said * unto him, Father, I have sinned against hea“ ven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy “ to be called thy son. But the father said to 66 his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and '“ put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, “ and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the
as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, , 6 and came to his father. But when he was 66 yet a great way off, his father saw hin), and 6 had compassion, and ran, and fell on his
a Became a servan
me a servant.
fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be « merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive " again ; he was lost, and is found. And they “ began to be merry. Now his elder son was “ in the field : and as he came and drew nigh " to the house, he heard musick and dancing. “ And he called one of the servants, and asked “ what these things meant. And he said unto him, 66 Thy brother is come; and thy father hath 6 killed the fatted calf, because he hath re« ceived him safe and sound. And he was “ angry, and would not go in: therefore came - his father out, and entreated him.' And he “ answering said to his father, Lo, these many 6 years do I serve thee, neither trangressed 1 at “ any time thy commandment; and yet thou “ never gavest me a kid, that I might make “ merry with my friends : but as soon as this 6 thy son was come, which hath devoured thy
with harlots, thou hast killed for him “ the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son," " thou art ever with me, and all that I have is " thine. It was meet that we should make “ merry, and be glad : for this thy brother was
a Entreated him to partake of the festivity and rejoicing.
© By the elder son are meant the Jews; by the younger the Heathens.
« dead, and is alive again ; and was lost, and s! is found.”
93. Jesus instructs his disciples by the parable
of the unjust Steward. The Pharisees are reproved.
And he said also unto his disciples, “ There “ was a certain rich man, which had a steward; “ and the same was accused unto him that he " had wasted his goods. And he called him, 6 and said unto him, How is it that I hear this “ of thee? give an account of thy steward• ship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
Then the steward said within himself, What
shall I do? for my lord taketh away from “ me the stewardship: I cannot dig : to beg I “ am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, " that, when I am put out of the stewardship, " they may receive me into their houses. So “ he called every one of his lord's debtors * “ unto him, and said unto the first, How much “ owest thou unto my lord ? And he said, An " hundred measures of oil.' And he said unto “ him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and s write fifty. Then said he to another, And 6 how much owest thou ? And he said, An “ hundred measures of wheat. And he said " unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. " And the lord commended the unjust steward, " because he had done wisely: " for the chil
• Probably tenants, who paid their rents, not in money, but in kind. Upon his own principles of worldly interest.
dren of this world are in their generation “ wiser than the children of light. And I say “ unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the “ mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye “ fail, they may receive you into everlasting
habitations. He that is faithful in that which “ is least, is faithful also in much : and he that “ is unjust in the least, is unjust also in much. “ If therefore ye have not been faithful in the “ unrighteous mammon, who will commit to “ your trust the true riches? and if ye have not “ been faithful in that which is another man's, “who shall give you that which is your own? "no servant can serve two masters :: for either “ he will hate the one, and love the other; or “ else he will hold to the one, and despise the “ other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
“ And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, “ heard all these things : and they derided him. “ And he said unto them, Ye are they which “justify yourselves before men; but God “knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly “ esteemed among men, is abomination in the “ sight of God. The law, and the prophets “ were until John: since that time the king“ dom of Godd is preached, and every man “ presseth into it. And it is easier for heaven " and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law * to fail.
a Ye die.
Beware of the beginnings of sin; he that sins in a small matter, will more easily sin in a greater.
• The false riches of this world. : « The gospel covenanti
.“ Whosoever putteth away his wife, and “ marrieth another, committeth adultery: and " whosoever marrieth her that is put away froin s her husband, committeth adultery.
“ There was a certain rich man," which was s clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared “ sumptuously every day: and there was à “ certain beggar named Lazarus, which was 166 laid at his gate full of sores, and desiring to 6 be fed with the crumbs which fell from the “ rich man's table: moreover the dogs came 56 and licked his sores. And it came to pass, 6 that the beggar died, and was carried by the * angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich nian “ also died, and was buried; and in hell lie “ lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and “ seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his “ bosom. And he cried, and said, Father " Abraham, have mercy on me; and send La** zarus that he may dip the tip of his finger " in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tor“ mented in this flame. But Abraham said, " Son, remember that thou in thy life-time re~ ceivedst thy good things, and likewise La"s zarus evil things : but now he is comforted, " and thou art tormented. And beside all " this, between us and you there is a great gulf
- This is a parable not a history.
A Jewish phrase, signifying the most honourable place in the region of departed pious souls.
• The word in the original (Hades) signifies not the place of the eternally damned, but an invisible ; and from other parts of Scripture, the intermediate separate state of departed spirits, in which they are detained between death and the final judgment.