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them, for their apparent carelessness and indifference ; warning them of the necesfity of guarding against temptation ; lest, (as afterwards actually happened, in their defertion of him;) they should be furprized and overcome by it: but, at the same time, with his usual benignity, he himself finds an excuse for them, in the weakness of their nature. He now retires; repeats his fupplications to his Father : again returns, and warns his disciples. Then, addressing himself a third time to the throne of grace, to be spared, if possible, from agonies which exceeded human fortitude to bear, is (as we are told by St. Luke) ftrengthened by an angel from Heaven ; when, knowing that the hour of man's redemption was now arrived, he calls up all his resolution to support him on that trying occasion; and, returning to his disciples, tells them They may now take their rest; that the struggle is over, and he who should betray him is at hand.


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As our blessed Lord was strengthened under his sufferings by an angel, let us not doubt but we also, when overwhelmed by calamity from which no human power can relieve us, shall, if we place our dependance upon God, receive aslistance from him, who alone is able to save us.

3. Judas then, having received a “ band of men and officers from the chief

priests and Pharisees, cometh thither “ with lanterns, and torches, and weapons.

4. Jesus, therefore, knowing all things " that should come upon him, went forth, “ and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

5. They answered him, Jesus of Na“ zareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am “ he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.

“6. As soon then as he had said unto “ them, I am he, they went backward, " and fell to the ground.

7. Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Na

“ zareth.

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"8. Jesus answered, I have told you “ that I am he. If, therefore, ye seek

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way: 9. That the saying might be fulfilled " which he spake, Of them which thou

gavest me have I loft none.'

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We have here an instance of the excess of depravity to which human nature may be impelled, by the base passions of avarice and resentment: the man who had been admitted as an inmate of his master's family, a guest at his table, and treated as

friend rather than a servant, takes advantage of the knowledge he had thereby gained of his places of retirement to betray him, for a paltry bribe, or in revenge for his having detected him in his fraudulent practices. If

any thing could add to the guilt of so foul a transaction, it would be the. strictness with which the laws of hospitality were observed amongst the Jews, (with whom the partaking of the same meal was regarded as a secure bond


of friendship,) and the hypocritical manner in which, as we are told by St. Mark, it was effected : namely, under the mask of a friendly falutation. The majestic conduct of our blessed Saviour upon this occasion, cannot escape our observation; firm in conscious rectitude, he at once declares himself to be the person they are in search of. Struck with awe at so uncommon a declaration, and at the noble keadiness of his conduct, they for awhile forget their guilty purpose, and fall proftrate on the ground: but it being our Lord's most gracious design to give himself up to their

power, for the accomplishment of man's redemption, (for, unlefs he had voluntarily submitted, no force could have prevailed against him,) he permits them to rise, and again questions them Whom they seek ? and when they repeat that it is Jesus of Nazareth, he again declares himself to be the person; reminding them that their commission extended only to the securing of his person,


and that therefore they could have no pretence to moleft his disciples.

“ 10. Then Simon - Peter, having a " fword, drew it, and smote the high priest's "servant, and cut off his right ear. The " fervant's name was Malchus,

11. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath : the

cup " which my Father hath given me, shall

I not drink it ?" And it is added in the gospel by St. Matthew: “ For all they " that take the sword, shall perish with the “ {word. Thinkest thou that I cannot "now pray to my Father, and he shall " presently give me more than twelve ' legions of angels? But how then shall " the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it

must be ?" In the relation of these transactions, St. Luke tells farther, that " he touched his ear and healed him."

Peter's zeal for his master's service here again manifests itself: his present conduct shews, that his former professions of readi


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