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these things be? and what will not him that is on the house-top, be the sign of thy coming, and go down, to take any thing out of the conclusion of the age ?" of his house : 18 nor let him 4 Then Jesus answering, said that is in the field turn back to to them, “ Take heed that no take his garments. 19 But alas one deceive you. 5 For many for them that are with child, will come in my name, saying, and for them that give suck,

I am Christ;' and will deceive in those days ! 20 And pray ye many. 6 And ye will soon hear that your flight be not in win. of wars and rumours of wars : ter, nor on the sabbath, 21 For see that ye be not troubled : for then there will be great tribula. [all] these things must come to tion such as hath not been since pass, but the end is not yet. 7 the beginning of the world, to this For nation will rise against na- time; no, nor ever will be. 29 tion, and kingdom against king- And unless those days should dom; and there will be famines, be shortened, no one could be and pestilences, and earth-preserved: but because of the quakes, in many places. 8 But chosen, those days will be short all these things are the begin- ened. ning of sorrows.

23 Then if any one say to 9 “ Then will they deliver you, "Lo! here is the Christ, or you up to affliction, and will there;' believe not. 24 For false kill you; and ye will be hated Christs and false prophets will by all nations because of my arise, and will propose great

10 And then many will signs and wonders, so as to defall away, and will deliver up ceive, if it were possible, even one another, and will hate one the chosen. 25 Lo! I have fore. another. 11 And many false told you this. 26 Wherefore, if prophets will arise and will de- they say to you, · Behold, he is

12 And because in the desert;' go not forth: iniquity will be multiplied, the Behold, he is in the secret love of many will become cold: chambers ;' believe it not. 27 13 but whosoever endureth to For as the lightning cometh out the end, he shall be preserved. of the east, and shineth to the 14 And these glad tidings of west ; so (also] will be the com. the reign will be preached in ing of the Son of man. 28 (For) all the world, for a witness to wheresoever the carcaseis, there all nations; and then the end the eagles will be gathered towill come.

gether. 15 “ When, therefore, ye see 29“ Now, soon after the tributhe desolating abomination, spo- lation of those days, the sun will ken of by the prophet Daniel, be darkened, and the moon will standing on holy ground, (let not give her light, and the stars him who readeth consider,) 16 will fall from heaven, and the then let those that are in Judea, powers of the heavens will be flee to the mountains : 17 let shaken. 30 And then will ap

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pear the sign of the Son of man, will be taken, and the other in heaven; and then will all the left. tribes of the land lament, and 42 “ Watch therefore: for ye will see the Son of man coming, i know not at what hour your on the clouds of heaven, with master will come. 43 But this great power and glory. 31 ye know, that if the householder And he will send his angels knew at what time of the night with a great sound of a trum- the thief would come, he would pet; and they will gather to watch, and not suffer him to gether his chosen, from the four break into his house. 44 Wherewinds, from one end of the hea. fore, be ye also ready; for in vens to the other.

an hour of which ye think not, 32 " But learn a parable from the Son of man will come. the fig-tree: When its branch 45 “ Who then is the faith. is now tender, and putteth forth ful and wise servant, whom his leaves, ye know that summer is master hath placed over his near: 33 so likewise, when ye household, to give them food see all these things, know ye in due season? 46 Happy is that the Son of man is near, even that servant whom his master, at the door. 34 Verily I tell on coming, shall find so employyou, This generation will not ed. 47 Verily I tell you, that pass away till all these things he will place him over all that be accomplished. 35 Heaven he hath. 48 But as to that viand earth will pass away; but cious servant, who shall say in my words cannot pass away.

his heart, • My master delayeth 36 “But of that day and his coming;' 49 and shall behour no one knoweth ; no, not gin to strike his fellow-servants, the angels of heaven; but the and eat and drink with the Father only. 37 But as the drunken; 50 the master of that days of Noah were, so will also servant will come in a day be the coming of the Son of when he looketh not for him,

38 For as in the days and in an hour of which he is (before those) of the flood, they not aware; 51 and will discard were eating and drinking, mar- him, and appoint him his porrying and giving in marriage, tion with the hypocrites : there until the day when Noah en- will be weeping, and gnashing tered into the ark ; 39 and un- of teeth. derstood not, until the flood CH. XXV. 1“ Then the kingcame and destroyed them all ; dom of heaven will be like ten So also will be the coming of virgins, who took their lamps, the Son of man.

40 Then will and went forth to meet the two men be in the field, the bridegroom. 2 And five of one will be taken, and the them were wise, and five foolother left. 41 Two women will ish. 3 The foolish took their be grinding at the mill; the one lamps, and took no oil with.

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them : 4 but the wise took oil, , 18 But he that had received in their vessels, besides their the one, went and digged a hole lamps. 5 And, while the bride in the ground, and hid his masgroom tarried, they all slum- ter's money. bered and slept. 6 And at mid 19 “Now after a long time the night there was a cry, “Behold! master of those servants came, the bridegroom [cometh]: go and reckoned with them. ye forth to meet him.'

20 “ Then he that had receiv7 “ Then all those virgins ed the five talents, coming, rose, and trimmed their lamps. brought other five talents, say8 And the foolish said to the ing, “Sir, thou deliveredst to wise, "Give us of your oil : me five talents : see, I have for our lamps are going out.' gained (besides them] five other 9 But the wise answered, say

talents, 21 His master said ing, · Lest there be not enough to him, “Well done, good and for us and you, go rather to faithful servant: thou hast been those who sell, and buy for faithful over a few things, I yourselves.' 10 And, while will place thee over many they went to buy, the bride- things: enter into the joy of groom came : and those who thy master.' were ready went in with him to 22 “ Then he also that [had the marriage-feast; and the received] the two talents, comdoor was shut. 11 And after-ing, said, “Sir thou deliveredst wards came also the other vir- unto me two talents : see, I gins, saying, "Master, master, lave gained (besides them) two open for us.' 12 But he answer other talents. 23 His master ing, said, “Verily I tell you, I said to him, 'Well done, gooď know you not.'

and faithful servant : thou hast 13 « Watch therefore, for ye been faithful over a few things, know not the day nor the hour, I will place thee over many wherein the Son of man cometh. things : enter into the joy of 14 For he is like a man who, in- thy master.' tending to travel, called his ser 24 " Then he that had receivvants, and delivered to themed the one talent, coming, said, his effects : 15 and to one in. Sir, I know that thou art a deed he gave five talents, and hard man, reaping where thou to another two, and to another hast not sown, and gathering one; to every man according where thou hast not scattered: to his ability; and immediately 25 and being afraid, I went and set out on his journey. 16 hid thy talent in the ground: Then he that had received the see, thou hast what is thine.' five talents, went and traded 26“ Then his master answer. with them, and gained other | ing, said to him, "Malignant and five (talents). 17 And in like slothful servant! Didst thou know manner he that had received the that I reap where I have not two, she also] gained other two sown, and gather where I have

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not scattered ? 27 Thou ought- when did we see thee hungry, est therefore to have put my and fed thee? or thirsty, and money to the exchangers; and gave thee drink? 38 And when then, at my coming, I should did we see thee a stranger, and have received mine own with lodged thee? naked and interest. 28 Take ye therefore clothed thee? 39 And when the talent from him, and give did we see thee sick, or in priit to him that hath the ten tal. son, and came to thee?' 40 And ents. 29 For to every one that the king will reply to them, improveth, more shall be given, Verily I tell you, Inasmuch and be shall abound: but from as ye did it to one of the least him that improveth not, even of these my brethren, ye did it that which he hath shall be ta- to me.'

30 And cast the 41 “ Then he will say also unprofitable servant into the to them on the left hand, Deouter darkness : there will be part from me, ye cursed, into weeping and gnashing of teeth.' the aionian fire, prepared for

31" SO when the Son of man the impostor and his emissashall come in his glory, and all ries. 42 For I was hungry, the angels with him, then he and ye gave me no food: I was will sit upon the throne of his thirsty, and ye gave me no glory : 32 and before him will drink : 43 I was a stranger, and be gathered all nations : and he ye lodged me not: naked and ye will separate them one from clothed me not : sick, and in another, as a shepherd separa prison, and ye visited me not.' teth the sheep from the goats : 44“Then they also will answer, 33 and he will set the sheep on saying, “Lord, when did we see his right hand, and the goats on thee hungry, or thirsty, or a his left.

stranger, or naked, or sick, or 34 "Then the king will say in prison, and did not minister to them on his right hand, to thee?' 45 Then he will anCome, ye blessed of my Fa- swer them, saying, “Verily I ther, inherit the kingdom pre tell you, Inasmuch as ye did it pared for you from the foun- not to one of the least of these, dation of the world. 35 For I ye did it not to me.'

46 And was hungry, and ye gave me these shall go away into aiofood : I was thirsty, and ye gave nian punishment *: but the me drink : I was a stranger, and righteous into aionian life.” ye lodged me: 36 I was na Ch. XXVI. 1 AND it came ked, and ye clothed me: I was to pass, when Jesus had ended sick, and ye visited me: I was all these words, that he said to in prison and ye came to me.' his disciples, 2“ Ye know that

57 “ Then the righteous will after two days will be the passanswer him, saying, “Lord, over : and then the Son of man

. The word here rendered punishment, properly signifies correction inflicted for the be. nefit of the offender. The word aionian is explained in the preface : which see.

will be delivered up to be cruci- the chief-priests, 15 and said, fied."

“ What are ye willing to give 3 Then the chief-priests, [and me, and I will deliver him up the scribes,] and the elders of to you?" And they weighed to the people, assembled together him thirty pieces of silver. 16 in the palace of the high-priest, And from that time he sought who was called Caiaphas; 4 for a convenient opportunity to and consulted' how they might deliver him up. apprehend Jesus by craft, and 17 NOW on the first day of unkill him. 5 But they said, “Not leavened bread, the disciples during the feast, lest there became to Jesus, saying [to him), a disturbance among the peo

6 Where wilt thou that we preple.”

pare for thee, to eat the pass6 NOW Jesus being in Be- over? 18 And he said, “ Go into thany, in the house of Simon the city to such a man, and say the leper, 7 a woman came to to him, “The Master saith, My ! him, having an alabaster-box of time is near; I will keep the most precious ointment, and passover at thy house, with my poured it out on his head as he disciples.'” 19 And the disciwas at table. 8 But [his] disciples did as Jesus had commandples seeing it, said, with indig-ed them : and they made ready nation, Why is this waste ? | the passover. 9 For this ointment might have

20 Now in the evening, he been sold for much, and given placed himself at table with the to the poor.” 10 And Jesus Twelve. 21 And as they were knowing this, said to them, eating, he said “Verily I tell

Why trouble ye the woman ? you, that one of you will deliver for she hath done a good deed me up." 22 And they were very to me. 11 For ye have the

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and began every one with you always; but me ye of them to say to him, “ Mas. have not always. 12 For she ter, is it I ?" 23 And he answerhath poured this ointment on ing, said, “ He who dippeth his my body, to embalm me. 13 hand with me in the dish, even Verily I tell you, Wheresoever he will deliver me up. 24 'The this gospel shall be preached in Son of man goeth indeed, as it the whole world, this also which is written of him : but alas for she hath done shall be spoken that man by whom the Son of of, for a memorial of her., man is delivered up! good were

14 Then one of the twelve, it for that man if he were not called Judas Iscariot, went to | born.”* 25 Then Judas, who

* The text is ambiguous. It is literally, “Good were it for him, if that man were not born." It will admit of the following constructions, " Good were it for him (the Son ofman) if that man (the traitor) were not born.” Or, “Good were it for him, (the traitor) if that man (the Son of man) were not born.” Or, (what is more probably the true sense.. " Good were it for him, (the traitor) if that man, (the traitor) were not born."'Or, lastly, (which is nearly the same in sense.) “ Gond were it for him.(the traitor) if he were not born that man.” But, “ Good were it for that man (the traitor) if he had never been born,” (that is, never existed) is a construction that the words will not possibly bear.

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