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ned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no
more worthy to be called thy son.

But the father said to his servants, Bring forth Luke xv. 22.
the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring
on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it ; Luke xv. 23. and let us eat, and be merry: For this

my

son was dead, and is alive again ; Luke xv. 24. he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Now his elder son was in the field : and as he Luke xv. 25. came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing

And he called one of the servants, and asked Luke xv. 25. what these things meant.

And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; Luke xv. 27. and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

And he was angry, and would not go in; there- Luke xv. 28. fore came his father out, and intreated him.

And he answering said to his father, Lo, these Luke xv. 20. many years do I serve thee, neither trsnsgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends :

But as soon as this thy son was come, which Luke xv. 30. hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with Luke xv. 31. me, and all that I have is thine.

It was meet that we should make merry, and Luke xv. 32. be glad : for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again ; and was lost, and is found.

SECTION XXVIII.

Parable of the unjust Steward.

LUKE xvi. 1-14.

And he said also unto his disciples, There was Luke xvi. 1. a certain rich man, which had a steward ; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.

And he called him, and said unto him, How Luke xvi. 2. is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of

Luke xvi. 4.

Luke xvi. 5.

Luke xvi. 6.

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Luke xvi. 7.

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steward.
Luke xvi. 3. Then the steward said within himself, What
shall I do? for

my
lord taketh

away

from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.

I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.

So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord ?

And he said, An hundred * measures of oil. The word And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit original condown quickly, and write fifty.

gallons three Then said he to another, And how much owest quarts : See

, thou? And he said, An hundred + measures of 1,114.

+ The word wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, here inter.

preted a meaand write fourscore. Luke xvi. 8. And the lord commended the unjust steward, taineth about

because he had done wisely : for the children of
this world are in their generation wiser than the pottle.

children of light.
Luke xvi. 9. And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends

of the I mammon of unrighteousness; that, when 10t, riches. ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much : and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous g mammon, who will commit to your Or, riches. trust the true riches?

And if have not been faithful in that which
is another man's, who shall give you that which
is
your

own ? Luke xvi. 13. • No servant can serve two masters : for either a Matt. vi. 24.

he will hate the one, and love the other;
he will hold to the one, and despise the otlier.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

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Luke xvi. 10.

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Luke xvi, 12.

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SECTION XXIX.

Christ reproves the Pharisees.

LUKE xvi. 14-18. And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, Luke xvi. 14. heard all these things : and they derided him.

And he said unto them, Ye are they which Luke xvi. 15. justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts : for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

e The Law and the Prophets were until John : Luke xvi. 16. since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

f And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

e Matt. xi. 12; 13.

f Matt. v. 18.

Luke xvi. 17.

SECTION XXX.

Christ answers the Question concerning Divorce and Marriage ".

MATT. xix. 3–13. MARK X. 2—13. LUKE xvi. 18.

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting Matt. xix. 3. him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

23 The arguments which induced Pilkington to place this section in its present position appear to me sufficiently weighty to induce me to reject the authority of the other four, who would insert it elsewhere. Lightfoot places the conversation respecting divorce after Luke xviii. 30. as he will not break in upon the supplementary chapters of St. Luke. Newcome, upon very insufficient grounds, has placed this conversation after the account of the resurrection of Lazarus : separating the passages Matt. xix. 3—12. and Mark x. 2-12. from Luke xvi. 18. Newcome's note. His argument from Matthew xix. 1. and Mark x. 1. proves nothing, as these passages are the connecting links between the former and the latter parts of Christ's life. Doddridge and Michaelis also consider the passages as distinct. · I have adopted Pilkington's arrangement, because the order of the other Evangelists is not thereby disturbed ; and a reason is given for the conversation itself; which would otherwise, if confined to the account in Luke xvi. 18. appear to be strangely abrupt. “In the present order," says Pilkington, “the reason is evident why the Pharisees came and tempted Christ with this question. He had just before declared that it was easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail. Upon which they put the case of divorces to him; concluding that he would resolve it contrary to the then existing law; or more properly, as Doddridge observes, (note to sect. 135, Family Expositor,)

Mark x. 3.

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Mark x, 5.

Mark x. 6.

Matt. xix. 5.

Matt. xix. 7.

Matt. xix. 8.

And he answered and said unto them, What

did Moses command you ? Mark X. 4. And they say, Moses suffered to write a bill of

divorcement, and to put her away.

And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you

this

precept: Matt. xix. 4. Have ye not read, 5 that he which made them at 8 Gen. i, 27.

the beginning

of the creation, Matt. xix. 4. made them male and female.

And said, For this cause shall a man leave h Gen. ii. 24. father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife : Eph. v. 31. and they twain shall be one flesh ?

il Cor. vi. 16. Matt. xix. 6. Wherefore they are no more twain, but one

flesh. What therefore God hath joined together,
let not man put asunder.

They say unto him, Why did Moses then k Deut. xxiv
command to give a writing of divorcement, and ".
to put away?

He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives : but from the beginning it was not

And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put 1 Ch. v. 32. away his wife, except it be for fornication, and Mark X. 11, shali

marry another, committeth adultery : and 1 Cor. vii. 10, whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.

And he saith unto them, m Whosoever shall put m Matt. v. 32. away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

His disciples say unto him, If the case of the

man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. Matt. xix. 11.

But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.

For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are

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Matt. xix. 9.

Mark x, 10.

Mark x. II.

Mark x, 12,

Matt. xix. 10.

Matt, xix. 12.

contrary to the received interpretation of the law by the school of Hillel, who had taught the people that divorces might be permitted for comparatively trivial causes."

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some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men:
and there be eunuchs, which have made them-
selves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake.
He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

MARK X. ver. 2. part of ver. 3. 6, 7. and ver. 8, 9.
2 And the Pharisees caine to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to
put away his wife ? tempting him.

3 -And he answered and said unto them
6-But from the beginning-God made them male and female-
7 -For this cause shall a man leave—and cleave to his wife ;-

8 And they twain shall be one hesh : so then they are no more twain, but
one flesh.
9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

LUKE xvi. ver. 18. n Matt. v. 32. 18 n Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth

adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

SECTION XXXI 24.

Christ receives and blesses little Children.

Lukexviii. 15.

Mark x. 13.

MATT. xix. 13-16. MARK X. 13–17. Luke xviii. 15–18.

Then were there brought unto him little chil- Matt. xix. 13. dren, that he should put his hands on them, and pray. But when his disciples saw it, they rebuked those that brought them.

But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeas- Mark x. 14. ed, and called them unto him, and

Lukexviii. 16. said unto them, Suffer the little children to come Mark x. 14. unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not re- Mark X. 15. ceive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein ;

24 Pilkington is anxious, on all occasions, to preserve the order of St. Luke, and he has not therefore followed a rule of harmonizing, which in the great majority of instances is a safe guide. The concurrent order of two Evangelists is preferable to the arrangement adopted by one only. Both St. Matthew and St. Mark place this section after their account of the decision of our Lord respecting divorces, I follow their authority, therefore, in observing the present order. Lightfoot, Newcome, Doddridge, and Michaelis, have arranged the sections on the same plan.

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