Images de page
PDF
ePub

some of you they will cause to be put to death. 17 And ye will be hated by all men, because of my name. 18 And yet a hair of your head shall not perish. 19 By perseverance will ye preserve your lives.

20" And when ye shall see Jerusalem surrounded with armies, then know that its desolation approacheth. 21 Then let those that are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let those that are within the city depart out; and let not those that are in the country places enter therein. 22 For these are the days of vengeance; that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But alas for them that are with child, and for them that give suck in those days! for there will be great distress in the land, and anger upon this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the gentiles, until the times of the gentiles be fulfilled.

25 "And there will be signs in the sun, and moon, and stars; and upon the earth, distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men's hearts failing them, for fear and expectation of those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of man coming on a cloud with great power and glory.

28" And when these things begin to be accomplished, look up and raise your heads: for

your redemption approacheth." 29 And he spake to them a parable: "Behold the fig-tree, and all the trees: 30 when they now shoot forth, ye see them, and know of yourselves that now the summer is near. 31 So likewise, when ye see these things accomplishing, know ye that the reign of God is near. 32 Verily I tell you, This generation will not pass away till all be accomplished. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away; but my words cannot pass away.

34"But take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be oppressed by excess, and drunkenness, and the anxious cares of this life, and that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of the whole land. 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray continually, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things, which will soon come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

37 AND in the day time, he was teaching in the temple; and at night, he went out of the city, and abode in the mount which is called the mount of Olives. 38 And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple, to hear him.

CH XXII. 1 Now the feast of unleavened bread, which is called the passover, drew near. 2 And the chief-priests and the scribes sought how they might safely destroy him: for they feared the people.

3 Then an adversary* enter-passover with you before I sufed into Judas surnamed Isca- fer: 16 for I tell you, I shall riot, who was of the number of not any more eat of it, until it be 1 the twelve. 4 And he went and fulfilled in the kingdom of communed with the chief God." priests and the officers, how he might deliver him up to them. 5 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. 6 And he promised, and sought for a convenient opportunity to deliver him up to them, in the absence of the multitude.

7 THEN came the day of unleavened bread, on which the passover was to be killed. 8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, "Go, and prepare for us the passover, that we may eat it." 9 And they said to him, "Where wilt thou that we prepare it ?" 10 And he said to them, "Lo, on your entering into the city, a man will meet you, carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he goeth in. 11 And ye shall say to the master of the house, The Teacher saith to thee, Where is the guest-chamber, in which I may eat the passover with my disciples? 12 And he will show you a large upper room, furnished there make ready." 13 And they went, and found as he had told them and they made ready the passover.

14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this

17 And taking a cup, he gave thanks, and said, "Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18 for I tell you, that I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine, until the reign of God be come.'

""

19 And he took bread, and having given thanks, he brake, and gave to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me." 20 In like manner he took cup also, when he had supped; saying, "This cup is the new covenant, through my blood which is poured out for you.

the

21" Yet, behold, the hand of him who delivereth me up is with me on the table. 22 And indeed the Son of man is going, as it hath been determined; but alas for that man by whom he is delivered up!" 23 Then they began to inquire among themselves, which of them was about to do this thing.

24 NOW there had been a contention also among them, which of them should be ac-. counted the greatest. 25 And he said to them, "The kings of the nations use dominion over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26 But ye must not do thus: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the

* Gr.-satan, i. e. an evil disposition, a covetous spirit; by which he expected to defraud the priests and enemies of Jesus of a sum of money, by delivering his master into their hands; who, he thought, no doubt, would easily escape from them. See the note on Luke xiii. 16.

[ocr errors]

a

smaller; and he that is chief, as he that serveth. 27 For which is greater; he that is at table, or he that serveth? is not he that is at table? But I am among you as he that serveth. 28 Now ye are they that have continued with me in my trials. 29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; 30 that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

he

31 AND the Lord said, "Simon, Simon, behold, the adversary hath sought you, * that may sift you like wheat:† 32 but I have prayed for thee, that d thy faith may not quite fail: and when thou hast recovered thyself, strengthen thy brethren." 33 And Peter said to him, "Master, I am ready to going down, he prayed, 42 saying,

39 AND he came out, and went, as his custom was, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40 And coming to the place, he said to them, " Pray that ye enter not into temptation.” 41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and kneel

e

66

Father, O that thou wouldst take away this cup from me! nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done." 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And, being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.§ 45 And having arisen from

with thee, both into prison and to death." 34 And he said, "I tell thee, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, before thou hast thrice denied that thou knowest me."

35 And he said to them, "When I sent you without purse, and bag, and sandals, wanted ye any thing?" And they said, "Nothing." 36 Then

6

he said to them, "But now he that hath a purse, let him take it; and in like manner his bag : and he that hath no sword, let him sell his mantle, and buy one. 37 For I tell you, that this portion of scripture, And he was reckoned among the transgressors,' must [yet] be accomplished in me: for the things concerning me will soon have an end." 38 And they said " "Master, behold, here are two swords." And he said to them, "It is enough."

* In allusion to the history of Job, e. i. 9-19.

† agitate you violently by severe trials. Newcome. As the account in Job is to be understood allegorically, and not literally, so likewise is this.

i. e. "the trumpet of the third watch will not sound," etc. "It is well known that no cocks were allowed to remain in Jerusalem during the passover feast. The Romans, who had a strong guard in the castle of Antonia, which overlooked the temple, divided the night into four watches, beginning at six, nine, twelve, and three. Mark xiii. 35, alludes to this division of time. The two last watches were both called cock-crowings. The Romans relieved guard at each watch by sound of trumpet: the trumpet of the third watch was called the first, and that of the fourth the second cock. And when it was said the cock crew, the meaning is, that the trumpet of the third watch sounded; which always happened at midnight." See Theological Repository, vol. vi. p. 105.

"These verses are wanting in the Vatican, the Alexandrian, and other manuscripts; and are marked as doubtful in some in which they are inserted." Im. Ver. note.

prayer, he came to his disciples, and found them asleep from grief; 46 and he said to them, "Why sleep ye? rise and pray, that ye enter not into tempta

tion."

47 AND while he was yet speaking, behold a multitude; and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near to Jesus, to kiss him. 48 And Jesus said to him, "Judas, deliverest thou up the Son of man with a kiss?" 49 And when those that were about Jesus saw what would follow, they said to him, "Master, shall we smite with the sword?" 50 And one of them smote the servant of the high-priest, and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus speaking, said, "Let this suffice." And touching his ear, he healed him.

servant saw him, as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looking upon him, said, "This man also was with him." 57 But he denied [him], saying, "Woman, I know him not." 58 And after a short time another seeing him, said, "Thou also art one of them." And Peter said, "Man, I am not." 59 And about the space of one hour after, another strongly affirmed, saying, "In truth this man also was with him: for he is a Galilean." 60 And Peter said, “Man, I know nothing of what thou sayest.' And forthwith, while he was yet speaking, the cock crew.* 61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter called to remembrance the word of the Lord, that he had said to him, "Before the cock crow, thou wilt deny me thrice." 62 And he went out, and wept bitterly.

52 Then Jesus said to the chief-priests, and officers of the temple, and the elders, who came to him, "Are ye come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye did not stretch forth" your hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness."

54 THEN they took him, and led him away, and brought [him] into the high-priest's house. And Peter followed at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were sitting down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 And a certain maid

[ocr errors]

63 AND the men that held Jesus derided him, and smote him. 64 And having blindfolded him, they smote him on the face, and asked him, saying,

Prophesy, Who is he that struck thee?" 65 And many other things they blasphemously spake against him.

66 AND as soon as it was day, the elders of the people, and the chief priests and the scribes assembled, and brought him into their council; 67 saying, "If thou be the Christ, tell us. And he said to them, "If I tell you, ye will not believe: 68 and if I also ask you, ye will not

99

* i. e. the trumpet sounded.

[ocr errors]

answer me; nor release me. 69 Hereafter the Son of man will sit on the right hand of the power of God." 70 And they all said, "Art thou then the Son of God?" And he said to them, "Ye say truly; for I am." 71 Then they said, "What further need have we of testimony? for we ourselves have heard from his own mouth."

CH. XXIII. 1 AND the whole multitude of them rising up, they conducted him to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cesar, saying, that he himself is Christ, a king." 3 And Pilate asked him, saying, "Art thou the king of the Jews?" And he answering him, said, "Thou sayest truly." 4 Then Pilate said to the chief-priests and to the multitudes, "I find nothing faulty in this man." 5 But they were the more violent, saying, "He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, having began from Galilee, to this place." 6 Now when Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilean. 7 And ascertaining that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was in Jerusalem at that time.

8 And Herod seeing Jesus, he was very glad: for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard [many things] of him; and he hoped to see some miracle done by him. 9 Then |

he questioned him in many words; but he answered him nothing. 10 And the chiefpriests and the scribes stood and clamorously accused him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers, despised and derided him, and having arrayed him in gorgeous apparel, sent him again to Pilate. 12 And on that day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they had been at enmity between themselves.

13 And Pilate, having called together the chief-priests and the rulers and the people, 14 said to them, "Ye have brought to me this man, as one who perverteth the people: and, behold, I have examined him before you, and have found nothing faulty in this man concerning those things of which ye accuse him : 15 no, nor Herod : for I sent you to him :* and, behold, nothing worthy of death hath been done by him: 16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him." 17 [For it was necessary that he should release one to them at the feast.]

18 But the whole multitude cried out at once, saying, " Destroy this man, and release to us Barabbas :" 19 (who for a certain insurrection raised in the city, and for murder, had been cast into prison.) 20 Pilate therefore, desiring to release Jesus, spake again to them. 21 But they cried aloud, saying, "Crucify him, crucify him." 22 And he said to them a third time, "But what evil hath he

* Some valuable copies read, "for he sent him back to us.”

« PrécédentContinuer »