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Christ prophesieth the CHAP. XXIII. destruction of Jerusalem. swear by the gold of the temple, appear righteous unto men, but he is a debtor.

within ye are full of hypocrisy 17 Ye fools, and blind! for

and iniquity. whether is greater, the gold, or 29 Wo unto you, scribes and the temple that sanctifieth the Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye gold?

build the tombs of the prophets, 18 And whosoever shall swear and garnish the sepulchres of the by the altar, it is nothing ; but righteous. whosoever sweareth by the gift 30 And say, If we had been in that is upon it, he is guilty. the days of our fathers, we would

19 Ye fools, and blind! for not have been partakers with whether is greater, the gift, or them in the blood of the prophets. the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses

20 Whoso therefore shall swear unto yourselves, that ye are the by the altar, sweareth by it, and children of them which killed the by all things thereon.

prophets. 21 And whoso shall swear by 32 Fill ye up then the measure the temple, sweareth by it, and of your fathers. 'by him that dwelleth therein. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation

22 And he that shall swear by of vipers, how can ye escape the heaven, sweareth by the throne of damnation of hell ? God, and by him that sitteth 34 F Wherefore behold, I send thereon.

unto you prophets, and wise men, 23 Wo unto you, scribes and and scribes; and some of them ye Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shall kill and crucify, and some of pay tithe of mint, and anise, and them shall ye scourge in your cummin, and have omitted the synagogues, and persecute them weightier matters of the law, judge from city to city : ment, mercy, and faith : these 35 That upon you may come ought ye to have done, and not all the righteous blood shed upto leave the other undone.

on the earth, from the blood of 24 Ye blind guides, which strain righteous Abel, unto the blood at a gnat, and swallow a camel. of Zacharias, son of Barachias,

25 Wo unto you, scribes and whom ye slew between the temPharisees, hypocrites! for ye ple and the altar. make clean the outside of the cup 36 Verily I say unto you, All and of the platter, but within these things shall come upon this they are full of extortion and ex generation.

37 0 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse thou that killest the prophets, first that which is within the cup and stonest them which are sent and platter, that the outside of unto thee, how often would I them may be clean also.

have gathered thy children to27 Wo unto you, scribes and gether, even as a hen gathereth Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye are her chickens under her wings, like unto whited sepulchres, which and ye would not ! indeed appear beautiful outward, 38 Behold, your house is left but are within full of dead men's

unto you desolate. bones, and of all uncleanness. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall 28 Even so ye also outwardly not see me henceforth, till ye

cess.

Signs of Christ's S MATTHEW. coming to judgment. shall say, Blessed is he that offended, and shall betray one cometh in the name of the Lord. another, and shall hate one anCHAP. XXIV.

other. 1 Christ foretelleth the destruction of 11 And many false prophets

the temple : 3 what and how great shall rise, and shall deceive many. calamities shall be hefore it : 29 the signs of his coming to judgment.

12 And because iniquity shall 36° And because that day and hour abound, the love of many shall are unknown, 42 we ought to watch

wax cold. like good servants, expecting every moment our master's coming.

13 But he that shall endure unA ND Jesus went out, and de to the end, the same shall be parted from the temple: and

saved. his disciples came to him for to 14 And this gospel of the kingshew him the buildings of the dom shall be preached in all the temple.

world, for a witness unto all na2 And Jesus said unto them, tions; and then shall the end See ye not all these things ? ver come. ily I say unto you, There shall 15 When ye, therefore, shall see not be left here one stone upon

the abomination of desolation, another, that shall not be thrown spoken of by Daniel the prophet, down.

stand in the holy place, (whoso 3 g And as he sat upon the readeth, let him understand,) mount of Olives, the disciples

16 Then let them which be in came unto him privately, saying, Judea flee into the mountains : Tell us, when shall these things

17 Let him which is on the be ? and what shall be the sign of housetop not come down to take thy coming, and of the end of the any thing out of his house : world?

18 Neither let him which is in 4 And Jesus answered and said the field return back to take his unto them, Take heed that no clothes. man deceive you.

19 And wo unto them that are 5 For many shall come in my with child, and to them that give name, saying, I am Christ; and suck in those days! shall deceive many.

20 But pray ye that your flight 6 And ye shall hear of wars, and be not in the winter, neither on rumours of wars : see that ye be the sabbath-day: not troubled : for all these things 21 For then shall be great tribmust come to pass, but the end is ulation, such as was not since the not yet.

beginning of the world to this 7 For nation shall rise against time, no, nor ever shall be. nation, and kingdom against

king 22 And except those days should dom : and there shall be famines, be shortened, there should no and pestilences, and earthquakes flesh be saved: but for the elect's in divers places.

sake those days shall be short8 All these are the beginning of cned. sorrows.

23 Then if any man shall say 9 Then shall they deliver you unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or up to be afflicted, and shall kill there; believe it not. you: and ye shall be hated of all 24 For there shall arise false nations for my name's sake. Christs, and false prophets, and 10 And then shall many be shall shew great signs and won

very elect.

Signs of Christ's CHAP. XXIV. coming to judgment. ders; insomuch that, if it were 36 But of that day and hour possible, they shall deceive the knoweth no man, no, not the an

gels of heaven, but my Father 25 Behold, I have told you be only. fore.

31 But as the days of Noe were, 26 Wherefore, if they shall say so shall also the coming of the unto you, Behold, he is in the des Son of man be. ert; go not forth : behold, he is in 38 For as in the days that were the secret chambers ; believe it before the flood, they were eating not.

and drinking, marrying and giv27 For as the lightning comething in marriage, until the day that out of the east, and shineth even Noe entered

into the ark, unto the west ; so shall also the 39 And knew not until the flood coming of the Son of man be. came, and took them all away :

28 For wheresoever the carcass so shall also the coming of the is, there will the eagles be gath- Son of man be. ered together.

40 Then shall two be in the 29 T Immediately after the trib- field ; the one shall be taken, and ulation of those days, shall the sun the other left. be darkened, and the moon shall 41 Two women shall be grindnot give her light, and the stars ing at the mill; the one shall be shall fall from heaven, and the taken, and the other left. powers of the heavens shall be 42 | Watch therefore: for ye shaken:

know not what hour your Lord 30 And then shall appear the doth come. sign of the Son of man in heaven: 43 But know this, that if the and then shall all the tribes of the good man of the house had known earth mourn, and they shall see in what watch the thief would the Son of man coming in the come, he would have watched, clouds of heaven with power and and would not have suffered his great glory.

house to be broken up. 31 And he shall send his an 44 Therefore be ye also ready : gels with a great sound of a for in such an hour as ye think trumpet, and they shall gather not the Son of man cometh. together his elect from the four 45 Who then is a faithful and winds, from one end of heaven to wise servant, whom his lord hath the other.

made ruler over his household, 32 Now learn a parable of the to give them meat in due season? fig-tree; When his branch is yet 45 Blessed is that servant, tender, and putteth forth leaves, whom his lord, when he cometh, ye

know that summer is nigh : shall find so doing. 33 So likewise ye, when ye 47 Verily I say unto you, That shall see all these things, know he shall make him ruler over all that it is near, even at the doors. his goods.

34 Verily I say unto you, This 48 But and if that evil servant generation shall not pass, till all shall say in his heart, My lord these things be fulfilled. delayeth his coming ;

35 Heaven and earth shall pass 49 And shall begin to smite his away, but my words shall not fellow-servants, and to eat and pass away.

drink with the drunken ;

The ten virgins.
S. MATTHEW.

The talents, 50 The lord of that servant shall 13 Watch therefore, for ye know come in a day when he looketh neither the day nor the hour not for him, and in an hour that wherein the Son of man cometh. he is not aware of,

14 For the kingdom of heav51 And shall cut him asunder, en is as a man travelling into a and appoint him his portion with far country, who called his own the hypocrites: there shall be servants, and delivered unto them weeping and gnashing of teeth.

his goods.

15 And unto one he gave five CHAP. XXV. 1 The parable of the ten virgins, 14

talents, to another two, and to . and of the talents. 31 Also the de.

another one ; to every man acscription of the last judgment. cording to his several ability ; THEN shall the kingdom of and straightway took his journey,

heaven be likened unto ten 16 Then he that had received virgins, which took their lamps, the five talents, went and traded and went forth to meet the bride with the same, and made them groom.

other five talents. 2 And five of them were wise, 17 And likewise he that had and five were foolish.

received two, he also gained oth3 They that were 'foolish took er two. their lamps, and took no oil with 18 But he that had received them :

one,

went and digged in the earth, 4 But the wise took oil in their and hid his lord's money. vessels with their lamps.

19 After a long time the lord 5 While the bridegroom tarried, of those servants cometh, and they all slumbered and slept. reckoneth with them.

6 And at midnight there was a 20 And so he that had received cry made, Behold, the bridegroom five talents, came and brought cometh ; go ye out to meet him. other five talents, saying, Lord, 7 Then all those virgins arose,

thou deliveredst unto

me five and trimmed their lamps. talents : behold, I have gained

8 And the foolish said unto the besides them five talents more. wise, Give us of your oil : for our

21 His lord said unto him, Well lamps are gone out.

done, thou good and faithful ser9 But the wise answered, say vant ; thou hast been faithful ing, Not so; lest there be not over a few things, I will make thee enough for us and you : but go ruler over many things : enter ye rather to them that sell, and thou into the joy of thy lord. buy for yourselves.

22 He also that had received 10 And while they went to buy, two talents came, and said, Lord, the bridegroom came ; and they thou deliveredst unto me two that were ready, went in with talents : behold, I have gained him to the marriage : and the two other talents besides them. door was shut.

23 His lord said unto him, Well 11 Afterward came also the oth- done, good and faithful servant ; er virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, thou hast been faithful over a few open to us.

things, I will make thee ruler 12 But he answered and said, over many things : enter thou Verily I say unto you, I know into the joy of thy lord. you not.

24 Then he which had received

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CHAP. XXVI.

the last Judgment. the one talent came, and said, and ye gave me drink : I was a Lord, I knew thee that thou art stranger, and ve took me in : an hard man, reaping where thou 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I hast not sown, and gathering was sick, and ye visited me:

:I where thou hast not strewed : in prison, and ye came unto me.

25 And I was afraid, and went 37 Then shall the righteous anand hid thy talent in the earth : swer him, saying, Lord, when lo, there thou hast that is thine. saw we thee an hungered, and

26 His lord answered and said fed thee? or thirsty, and unto him, Thou wicked and sloth- drink? ful servant, thou knewest that I 38 When saw we thee a stranreap where I sowed not, and ger, and took thee in? or naked, gather where I have not strew and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, 27 Thou oughtest therefore to or in prison, and came unto thee? have put my money to the ex 40 And the King shall answer changers, and then at my coming and say unto them, Verily I say I should have received mine own unto you, Inasmuch as ye have

done it unto one of the least of 28 Take therefore the talent these my brethren, ye have done from him, and give it unto him it unto me. which hath ten talents.

41 Then shall he say also unto 29 For unto every one that them on the left hand, Depart hath shall be given, and he shall from me, ye cursed, into everlasthave abundance : but from him ing fire, prepared for the devil that hath not, shall be taken away and his angels : even that which he hath.

42 For I was an hungered, and 30 And cast ye the unprofitable ye gave me no meat: I was servant into outer darkness : thirsty, and ye gave me no drink : there shall be weeping and gnash 43 I was a stranger, and ye ing of teeth.

took me not in : naked, and ye 31 | When the Son of man shall clothed me not: sick, and in come in his glory, and all the ho- prison, and ye visited me not. ly angels with him, then shall he 44 Then shall they also ansit upon the throne of his glory : swer him, saying, Lord, when

32 And before him shall be saw we thee an hungered, or gathered all nations : and he shall athirst, or a stranger, or naked, separate them one from another, or sick, or in prison, and did not as a shepherd divideth his sheep minister unto thee? from the goats :

45 Then shall he answer them, 33 And he shall set the sheep saying, Verily I say unto you, on his right hand, but the goats Inasmuch as ye did it not to one on the left.

of the least of these, ye did it not 34 Then shall the King say un

to me. to them on his right hand, Come, 46 And these shall go away inye blessed of my Father, inherit to everlasting punishment : but the kingdom prepared for you the righteous into life eternal. from the foundation of the world :

CHAP. XXVI. 35 For I was an hungered, and

1 The rulers conspire against Christ. ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, 6 The coman anointeth his head.

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