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from the four winds, from one end of the heaven to the

other. 32 “But learn a parable from the fig-tree: When its

branch is now tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know 33 that summer is near : so likewise, when ye see all these

things, know ye that the Son of man is near, even at the 34 door. Verily I say unto you, This generation will not 35 pass away till all these things be accomplished. Heaven

and earth will pass away; but my words cannot pass

away. 36 “But of that day and hour none knoweth ; no, not 37 the angels of heaven; but my Father only. But as ihe

days of Noah were, so will the appearance of the Son of 38 man also be. For as in the days which were before the.

food, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giv

ing in marriage, until the day when Noah entered into 39 the ark; and understood not, until the flood came, and

destroyed them all ; so will the appearance of the Son of 40 man also be. Then will two men be in the field; the one 41 will be taken, and the other left. Two women will be

grinding at the mill; the one will be taken, and the

other left. 42 “ Watch therefore : for ye know not at what hour 43 your master cometh. But this ye know, that if the

master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief would come, he would have watched, and

would not have suffered his house to be broken into. 44 Wherefore be ye also ready ; for in an hour of which ye

think not, the Son of man cometh. 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his

master hath placed over his household, to give them food 46 in due season ? Happy is that servant whom his master, 47 when he cometh, shall find doing thus. Verily I say 48 unto you, that he will place him over all that he hath. But

if that servant, being evil, say in his heart, My master 49 delayeth his coming ;' and begin to strike his fellow-ser

50 vants, and eat and drink with the drunken ; the master

of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not 51 for him, and in an hour of which he is not aware ; and

will discard him*, and appoint him his portion with the

perfidioust: there will be weeping, and gnashing of teeth. Ch. xxv.“ Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten vir.

gins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the 2 bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were 3 foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps, and 4 took with them no oil : but the wise took oil in their 5 vessels, together with their lamps. And, while the bride6 groom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at

midnight there was a cry, Behold, the bridegroom 7 cometh : go ye forth to meet him. Then all those vir8 gins rose, and set their lamps in order. And the foolish

said to the wise, 'Give us of your oil : for our lamps are 9 going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'Not so ;

lest there be not enough for us and you : go ye rather to 10 those who sell, and buy for yourselves. And, while they

went to buy, the bridegroom came : and those who were

ready went in with him to the marriage-feast ; and the 11 door was shut. And afterward the other virgins also 12 come, saying, “Sir, sir, open it for us.' But he an

swered and said, " Verily I say unto you, I know you

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13 “Watch therefore, for ye know not the day and hour t. 14 “For the Son of man is like one going into another

country, who called his servants, and delivered to them 15 what he had : and gave to one five talents, and to another

two, and to another one ; to every man according to his

ability ; and immediately went into another country. 16 Then he that had received the five talents, went and traded 17 with them, and made of them other five talents. And in

* cut him asunder, N. See Pearce and Campbell, in loc. + hypocrites, N. See Pearce and Campbell, in loc.

wherein the Son of man cometh. R. T.

like manner he that had received the two, he also gained 18 other two. But he that had received the one, went and 19 digged in the ground, and hid his master's money. Now

after a long time the master of those servants cometh, 20 and reckoneth with them. Then he that had received

the five talents came near, and brought other five talents,

saying, ' Sir, thou deliveredst unto me five talents : see, I 21 have gained besides them five other talents. His master

said unto him, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant : thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will

place thee over many things : enter into the joy of thy 22 master.' Then he also that (had received] the two talents

came near, and said, “Sir, thou deliveredst unto me two

talents: see, I have gained besides them two othertalents.' 23 His master said unto him, "Well done, thou good and

faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things,

I will place thee over many things : enter into the joy of 24 thy master.' Then he that had received the one talent

came near, and said, “Sir, I knew that thou art an hard

man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering 25 where thou hast not scattered : and I was afraid, and

went and hid thy talent in the ground: see, thou hast 26 what is thine. Then his master answered, and said unto

him, “Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest

that I reap where I sowed not ? and gather where I scat27 tered not? Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money

to the exchangers ; and then at my coming I should have 28 received mine own with increase. Take ye therefore the

talent from him, and give it unto him that hath the ten 29 talents. For to every one that hath much, to him shall be

given, and he shall abound: but from him that hath little 30 shall be taken away even that which he hath. And put

forth the unprofitable* servant into the outer darkness : there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

worthless, N.

31 “ But when* the Son of man shall come in his glory, and

all the angels with him, then he will sit upon the throne 32 of his glory : and before him will be gathered all nations :

and he will separate them one from another, as a shep33 herd separateth his sheep from the goats : and he will set

the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left. 34 Then the king will say to them on his right hand, • Come,

ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared 35 for you from the foundation of the world. For I was

hungry, and ye gave me food : I was thirsty, and ye gave 36 me drink : I was a stranger, and ye took me in : naked,

and ye clothed me : I was sick, and ye took care of me: 37 I was in prison, and ye came unto me.' Then will the

righteous answer him, saying, "Lord, when saw we thee

hungry, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in ? or 39 naked, and clothed thee? And when saw we thee sick, 40 or in prison, and came unto thee ?' And the king will

answer and say unto them, "Verily I say unto you,

Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of the least of these my 41 brethren, ye did it unto me.' Then he will say unto them

also on the left hand, · Depart from me, ye cursed, into

the everlasting fire, which was prepared † for the devil 42 and his angels. For I was hungry, and ye gave me no 43 food : I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink : I was a

stranger, and ye took me not in : naked, and ye clothed

me not : sick, and in prison, and ye took no care of me.' 44 Then they also will answer, saying, “ Lord, when saw

we thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or 45 sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then

he will answer them, saying, “Verily I say unto you,

Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of the least of these, 46 ye did it not unto me. And these shall go away into

. Now when, w.
† Some of the best authorities read, “which my Father hath prepared."

everlasting punishment*: but the righteous into ever

lasting life.” Ch. xxvi. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended all these 2 words, that he said to his disciples, “ Ye know that after

two days will be the passover : and then the Son of man

will be delivered up to be crucified.” 3 Then the chief-priests, (and the scribes) and the elders

of the people assembled together in the palace of the 4 high-priest, who was called Caiaphas ; and consulted

how they might apprehend Jesus by craft, and kill him. 5 But they said, “ Not during the feast, lest there be a dis

turbance among the people.” 6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of 7 Simon called the leper, a woman came near unto him,

having an alabaster-box of most precious ointment, and 8 poured it out on his head as he was at table. But when

[his] disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, 9 “ Why is this waste? For this ointment might have been 10 sold for much, and have been given to the poor.” And

Jesus knew this, and said unto them, “ Why trouble ye 11 the woman ? for she hath done a good deed to me. For

ye have the poor with you always; but me ye have not 12 always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on 13 my body, she hath done it for my embalming. Verily I

say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, this also which she hath done shall

be spoken of, for a memorial of her.” 14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to 15 the chief-priests, and said, “ What are ye willing to give

me, and I will deliver him up unto you?" And they ap

* The word here rendered punishment, properly signifies coirection inflicted for the benefit of the off nder. And the word translated everlasting, is often used to express a long but irdefinite duration. Rom. xvi. 2 ; 2 Tim. i. 9; Philemon v. 15. This text, therefore, so far from giving countenance to the harsh doctrine of eternal misery, is rather favourable to the more pleasing, and more probable hypothesis, of the ultimate restitution of the wicked to virtue and to happiness. See Simpson's Essay on Future Punishments.

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