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Chapter Verse xxvi. '6 and Luke ch. xxi, v. 37 and 38. Matthew pro

ceeds to relate-that in Bethany at the house of 7 Simon the leper, as Jesus sat at meat ; a woman

poured upon his head some very precious ointment. Mark calls it ointment of spikenard, very precious : and adds,' that it might have been • sold for more than three hundred pence, and

given to the poor.' Luke says nothing about it ; though he was more likely to know the value than either of thein : but he, and he only gives us an account of another anointing, vide his fixth chapter. John relates this matter differently, both as to time and circumstances; and I think, place also. Ch. xii, v. 6— Then Jesus, fix days • before the passover, came to Bethany where * Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he

raised from the dead. (This miracle is re' corded by John only.) There they made him

a supper, Martha served, but Lazarus was ' one of them that fat at the table with him.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of

spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet is of Jesus : (he likewise in ch, xi, v. 2, calls

it feet) and wiped his feet with her hair.' John tells us, that Judas Iscariot seeing this waste, asked - Why the ointment had not been sold for three hundred pence, and the money given to the poor? And upon this question of Judas's, St. John gives us the following extraordinary comment- This " he said, not that he cared for the poor, but be

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'cause he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare Chapter Verte

what was put therein.' (It is plain that this bag contained the public or joint stock, and it may be asked, how it was that Jesus (who knew all things) trusted this charge in the hands of a thief ?) Matthew proceeds—But when his disciples faw xxvi. 8 ' it, they had indignation ; laying, to what puro pose is this waste? for this ointment might have 'been sold for much, and given to the poor. Matthew fays--this anointing was in the house of Simon the leper. But from John's account, connected with other corroberating circumstances, we may rather suppose it was at the house of Lazarus. We are told by John (previous to the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead) that Jesus loved Martha and her fifter (Mary) and Lazarus (their brother) Here it is said that Martha served, but Lazarus sat at the table with Jesus, when her fifter Mary performed this expensive ceremony. There is indeed a probability, as they were all poor, that Lazarus and his sisters were joint tepants with Simon the leper in the same house, When the Disciples, according to Matthew and Mark, or Judas only, according to John ; exclaimed against this waste, and observed that it had been better to have given its value to the poor: Jesus said — Why trouble ye the woman? She

jo ' hath wrought a good work upon me. Ye have

the poor always with you, but me ye have not always; for in rhat she hath poured this oint

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Chapter Versement on my body, she did it for my burial. xxvi. 13' And adds – Wherever the gospel ihall be

• preached throughout the world, this shall be
• told for a menorial of her.' Mary, it seems, was
a favorite. (Vide Luke ch. x, v. 38 to 42.) This
was a costly mode of expressing her kindness, and
though its produce might have been appropriated
to more beneficial purposes, yet if it obtained-

her a memorial throughout the world, we find it 14 was approved. St. Matthew in the following

verses, informs us, that Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests and asked what they would give him to deliver Jesus into their hands ; and having bargained for thirty pieces of silver, he from that time, fought opportunity to betray him. This being done by Judas immediately upon his disgust relative to the waste, I am inclined to think St. John gives the best account of the matter : this departure, and the manner of it, might naturally create a suspicion, especially in the mind of the favourite difciple who calls Judas a thief. Neither Mark or Luke mention the sum : John says nothing of

their offering money at all. Matthew goes on to 17 record-that upon the first day of the feast, Jesus

being asked by his disciples, where preparation

should be made for him to eat the passover, re18 plied — Go into the city to such a man, and say ' unto him, The Master faith, my time is at

hand, I will keep the passover at thy house

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Chapter Verse with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus xxvi. 19 had appointed them, and they made ready the pafsover. Mark says that Jesus sent two of his disciples; told them they would meet with a man bearing a pitcher of water; him they should follow home, and say to the good man of the house-5 The Master faith, where is the guest

chamber, where I shall eat the passover with ' my disciples, and he will shew you a large up"per-room furnished and prepared; these make

ready for us. Luke's record agrees with Mark's, and he gives us the names of the two disciples, Peter and John : but John himself gives us no account of this preparation ; mentions the supper itself in a very flight manner, and concludes it with circumstances totally different. Matthew proceeds Now when the

even was come he sat down with the twelve

and as they did eat, he said-Verily I say sunto you, that one of you shall betray me. * And they were exceeding sorrowful, and be• gan every one of them to say unto him, Lord ' is it I ? and he answered and said, He that dipSpeth his hand with me in the dish, the same

shall betray me. The Son of Man goeth as it ' is written of him : but woe unto that inan by

whom the Son of Man is betrayed : it had been ' good for that men if he had not been born. " Then Judas which betrayed him, answered and

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Chapter Verle xxvi. "26` haft said. And as they were eating, Jesus took

bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave

to his disciples, and said, take eat ; this is my 27 • body. And he took the cup and gave thanks,

and gave it to them saying, drink je all of it: 28 " For this is my blood of the new testament which

is shed for many for the remiffion of sins. (Was 29 ? Judas included ?) But I say unto you, I will

not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine,

until that day when I drink it new with you in 30 my Father's kingdom' And when they had

sung an hymn they went out into the Mount of Olives.

St. Mark relates the particulars of this supper nearly in the same terms. St. Luke differs exceedingly: He says (ch. xxii, v. 14, &c.) - And * when the hour was come, he sat down, and the

twelve Apostles with him ; and he said unto them ; with desire I have desired to eat this

pafsover with you before I suffer. For I say ' unto you, I will not any more eat thereof unStil it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God, and

he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, take this, and divide it among yourselves; for

I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of • the vine, until the kingdom of God shall coine. • And he took bread and gave thanks, and brake

it, and gave unto them saying, this is my body ' which is given for you : do this in remembrance of me. Likewise the cup after supper saying,

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