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men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my

30 Under persecution, and even sake, and the Gospel's, *0 but martyrdom, the followers of Christ he shall receive an hundred- have found the love of God to supply fold now in this time, houses, every want, and the peace of God and brethren, and sisters, and

to allay every fear. mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first. And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem ; and Jesus went before them : and they were amazed ; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem ; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the Chief Priests, and unto the Scribes ; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him

34 His foretelling these minute parto the Gentiles. 34 And they ticulars brought this consolationshall mock him, and shall that he so proved himself to be God,

as well as man. No one but God scourge him, and shall spit

could so foresee events. upon him, and shall kill him : and the third day he shall rise again. And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for

37 They said unto him, 37 Zeal and ardent love for Him had Grant unto us that we may originated the question to which this sit, one on thy right hand, is a reply. Therefore the reply is and the other on thy left hand, mild, and gentle, and instructive". in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask : can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with ? And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal, shall ye be baptized: but to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.

And when the * As if he had said—“ Ye shall indeed share my cup of afliction in your persecutions—but for the rest, strive to be of the number of those righteous men for whom future glory is prepared by my Father in heaven. Leave all else to his supreme wisdom.

you ?

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ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them 42 He checks their bickerings, by to him, and saith unto them, adding a general exhortation to huYe know that they which are mility. accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you : but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister; and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall 45 He held up himself as an exbe servant of all.

ample of humility. Is it too hard even the Son of man came

for us to follow him? not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimæus, the son of Timæus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

And many charged him that he should hold his peace : but he cried the more, a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise ; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

52 Thus when God, by the spirit of And

Christ, gives thee clearer views of Jesus said unto him, Go thy his dispensations here, and opens to way; thy faith hath made thee thee a brighter prospect of his glories whole. And immediately he

hereafter ; rejoice in that light.received his sight, and fol

Go; follow Jesus. lowed Jesus in the way.

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CHAPTER XI.

FEB. 11, JUNE 10, Oct. 8. And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you : and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat ; loose him, and bring him. And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this ? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither. * And * This foreknowledge left no doubt

ii. 9.)

they went their way, and upon the minds of his disciples that found the colt tied by the he was God. door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded : and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. • And many spread their gar- umph “ the Prince of peace,” who,

8 They naturally hailed with triments in the way: and others as they fondly imagined, was cut down branches off the restore" again the "temporal” kingtrees, and strawed them in the dom to “ Israel.” (Is. lxi, 11. Zech. way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna ; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord : Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord : Hosanna in the highest. And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the even-tide was come, he went out unto Bethany with 12 Here we have proof of the huthe twelve. 12 And on the man nature of Christ. Thus God morrow, when they were come

and man is one Christ. from Bethany, he was hungry * : And seeing a fig-tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. 18 And they come to Jerusalem : and exclusively in temples made with

15 Though Jehovah dwelleth not Jesus went into the temple, hands-for He filleth all space-yet and began to cast out them He deigns to bless the house of that sold and bought in the prayer raised to his honour, and ac. temple, and overthrew the cepteth graciously a reverent dedi

cation of it to his service. tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold doves; and would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer ? but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him : for

*“ The time of” gathering “figs is not yet.” It is a peculiarity in the fig tree, that the fruit is formed before the leades put forth. As on this tree there were leaves, but no fruit, it was evident that it would continue fruitless.

they feared him, because all the people were astonished at his doctrine. And when even was come, he went out of the city. * And in the morning, as 20 On this occasion Jesus showed they passed by, they saw the himself Lord of the natural world. fig-tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig-tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in

23 He takes advantage of their surGod. 23 For verily I say prise, to conveya general instruction; unto you, That whosoever showing the importance of unwearied shall say unto this mountain, faith in our prayers. He would teach Be thou removed, and be thou

us that, if answer be delayed, the

delay is in mercy. cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass ; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 25 And when 25 The disciples had been disputing ye stand praying, forgive, if (chap. x. 41); hence the force of ye have ought against any :

this exhortation to forgiveness. that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if

ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive

27 The skill with which our Lord your trespasses. And they foils these unbelievers was successcome again to Jerusalem : ful. Surely never man spake like and as he was walking in the this man. temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, and say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things ? and who gave thee this authority to do

And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men ? answer me. And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven : he will say, Why then did ye not believe him? But if we shall

say, Of men ; they feared the people : for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed. 33 And they he was the meek and the lowly,”,

33 Jesus, though among his brethren answered and said unto Jesus, never for one moment compromised We cannot tell. And Jesus the dignity of his office, nor yielded answering saith unto them, one particle of his authority. Thus Neither do I tell you by every view of his actions stamps his What authority I do these example with perfection.

these things?

things.

CHAPTER XII.

Feb. 12, JUNE 12, Oct. 9. "And he began to speak unto · The vineyard is the Church of them by parables. A certain God; whose “own right hand did man planted a vineyard, and plant it,” and who did deliver it to

the Jews to cultivate it. set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the wine-fat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went

2 He sent, at different times, prointo a far country. And at phets and ministers, that the fruitthe season he sent to the bus

even holiness — might by them be bandmen a servant, that he gathered from the vineyard. These might receive from the hus- messengers the husbandmen evil

entreated. bandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some. Having yet therefore one son, his well-beloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be our's.

8 God at last sent his Son Jesus 8 And they took him, and Christ-Him they crucified. killed him, and cast him out 9 The vineyard was given to others of the vineyard. What shall —the Gospel was preached to the

Gentiles. therefore the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto 10 Jesus Christ is the chief corner others.

10 And have ye not stone of the spiritual building—that read this scripture; The stone

the Jews rejected. which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes ? And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people : for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them : and they left him, and went their way. And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words. And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man : for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth : Is it lawful to give tribute to Cesar, or not? 15 Shall we give, or

15 His answer (ver. 17) was a tri

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