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"fixed: so that they which would pass from "hence to you cannot; neither can they pass
to us, that would come from thence. Then ** he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that
thou wouldest send him to my father's house; "for I have five brethren; that he may testify "unto them, lest they also come into this place "of torment. Abraham saith unto him, they "have Moses and the prophets; let them hear "them. And he said. Nay, father Abraham: "but if one went unto them from the dead, "they will repent. And he said unto him, "If they hear1 not Moses and the prophets, f< neither will they be persuaded, though one "rose from the dead."b
94, Jesus further instructs his disciples.
Then said he unto the disciples, <s It is im* "possible but that offences will come: but woe ** unto him, through whom they come! it were "better for him that a milstone were hanged "about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than "that he should offend one of these little ones. "Take heed to yourselves: if thy brother tres"pass against thee, rebuke him; and if he re-= f< pent, forgive him. And if he trespass against "thee seven times in a day, and seven times *' in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; *' thou shalt forgive him." And the apostles
* As it was exemplified in the case af our Lord's resurrection,
said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.3 And the Lord said, " If ye had faith as a grain of "mustard-seed, ye might say unto this syca"mine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, "and be thou planted in the sea; and it "should obey you. But which of you, hav"ing a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will "say unto him by and by, when he is come "from the field, Go and sit down to meat? "And will not rather say unto .him, Make "ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thy"self, and serve me, till I have eaten and "drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and "drink? doth he thank that servant because "he did the things that were commanded "him? I trow not." So likewise ye, when ye "shall have done all those things which are "commanded you, say, We are unprofitable "servants :c we have done that which was our "duty to do.
95. The Samaritans will not receive Jesus. James and John are reproved for their zeal against them.
And it came to pass, when the time was come, that he should be received up, hestedfastly set his faced to go to Jerusalem. And
a Faith to enable us to work miracles. b I think he does not.
c Servants were slaves bought by their masters. Though we perform all the commands of Cinist, we are not worth the price of his blood.
d He resolved.
it came to pass, as he went to Jeru- Plac^salem, that he passed through the Samar,amidst of Samaria and Galilee, and sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from hea-r ven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, "Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are "of. For the Son of man is not come to de-? "stroy men's lives, but to save them." And they went to another village.
96. Jesus cleanseth ten lepers.
And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:a and they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, "Go shew yourselves unto the priests."b And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks, and he was a Samaritan, And Jesus answering said, "Were "there not ten cleansed? but where are the
3 Lepers were obliged to stand at a distance, lest they should infect others. Levit. xiii. 46. b Levit. xiv. 2.
"nine? there are not found that returned to "give glory to God, save this stranger." And he said unto him, " Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole."
97- The Pharisees ask when the kingdom of God should come. Our Lord's answer.
And when he was demanded of p]ace the Pharisees when the kingdom of Probably God should come, he answered them Judea. and said, "The kingdom of God cometh not *' with observation :a neither shall they say, Lo "here! or, lo there! for, behold, the king** dom of God is within you." And he said unto the disciples, "The days will come, when * .** ye shall desire to see one of the days of the <( Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And "they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: "go not after them, nor follow them, For as *' the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other *' part under heaven; so shall also the Son of "man be in his day. But first must he suffer "many things, and be rejected of this genera** tion. And as it was in the days of Noe, so "shall it be also in the days of the Son of "of man. They did eat, they drank, they "married wives, they were given in marriage, "until the day that Noe entered into the ark; "and the flood came, and destroyed them all. LikeAvise also, as it was in the days of Lot;
* Not with outward marks of splendor.
"they did eat, they drank, they bought, they "sold, they planted, they builded; but the ** same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it "rained fire and brimstome from heaven, and "destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in "the day when the Son of man is revealed. *' In that day, he which shall be upon the "housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him ** not come down to take it away: and he that "is in the field, let him likewise not return "back. Remember Lot's wife.1 Whosoever "shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and ** whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. "I tell you, in that night there shall be two "men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and "the other shall be left. Two women shall be "grinding together; the one shall be taken, "and the other left. Two men shall be in the "field; the one shall be taken, and the other "left. And they answered and said unto him, "Where, Lord? And he said unto them,Where"soever the body is, thither will the eagles be "gathered together.""
* Who was turned into a pillar of salt, as a punishment for turning back. Gen. xix.
k Alluding to the approaching destruction of Jerusalem. The Roman legions, who carried the eagles in their standards, shall destroy the Jews, as those birds of prey devour a carcase.