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2 upon him, with the elders, And spake unto him,
saying, Tell us, By what authority doeft thou these
things? or who is he that gave thee this authority? 3 And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask 4 you one thing; and answer me : The baptisin of 5 John, was it from heaven, or of
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall
say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed 6
ye him not (a)? But and if we say, Of men; all the
people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John 7 was a prophet. And they answered, that they could 8 not tell whence it was. And Jesus said unto them,
Neither tell I you by what authority I do these
Then began he to speak to the people this parable (b). A certain man planted a vineyard, and
let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far coun1o try for a long time. And at the season, he sent a
fervant to the husbandmen, that they should give
him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husband11 men beat him, and sent him away empty.
And again he sent another servant; and they beat him
allo, and entreated him Thamefully, and sent him 12 away empty. And again he sent the third; and 13 they wounded him, and cast him out. Then said
the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will
fend my beloved son: it may be they will reverence 14 him when they fee him. But when the husbandmen
saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying,
This is the heir, come, let us kill him, that the in15 heritance may be ours. So they cast him out of the
vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the 16 lord of the vineyard do unto them? He shall come
and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said,
(a! When he testified concerning mc, that I am the Christ.
17 God forbid. And he beheld them, and said, What
is this then that is written, The stone which the
builders rejected, the fame is become the head of 18 the corner. Whosoever shall fall upon that stone,
shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it
will grind him to powder (c). 19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour
sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the peo
ple (d): for they perceived that he had spoken this 20 parable against them. And they watched him, and
sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words; that
so they might deliver him unto the power and autho21 rity of the governor. And they asked him, saying,
Master, we know that thou fayeit and teachest right
ly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but 22 teachest the way of God truly. Is it lawful for us 23 to give tribute unto Cefar, or no (e)? But he per
ceived their craftinefs, and faid unto thein, Why 24 tempt ye me? Shew me a penny: whose image
and superscription hath it? They answered and faid, 25 Cesar's (f). And he said unto them, Render there
fore unto Cesar the things which be Cefar’s, and un26 to God the things which be God's. And they could
not take hold of his words before the people : and
they inarvelled at his answer, and held their peace. 27 Then came to him certain of the Sadducees (which
deny that there is any resurrection) and they asked 28 him, Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If
any man's brother die, having a wife, and he die
without children, that his brother should take his 29 wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. There
(c) See Matt. xxi. 44.
(d) But they were afraid the people might rise in his defence. Chah. xix. 48.
(e) Sec Matt. xxii. 17.
were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a 30 wife, and died without children. And the second 31 took her to wife, and he died childless. And the
third took her; and in like manner the seven also. 32 And they left no children, and died, Last of all the 33 woman died also. Therefore, in the resurrection,
whole wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.. 34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children
of this world marry, and are given in marriage : But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain
that world, and the resurrection from the dead, nei36 ther marry, nor are given in marriage : Neither
can they die any more ; for they are equal unto the
angels, and are the children of God, being the chil37 dren of the resurrection. Now that the dead are
raised, even Mofes shewed at the bush, when he
calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God 38 of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For he is not a
God of the dead, but of the living : for all live unto 39 Then certain of the scribes answering said, Maf40 ter, thou hast well said. And after that they durft 41 not ask him any question at all. And he said unto
them, How fay they that Christ is David's fon? 42 And David himself faith in the book of psalms, The
LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right 43 hand, 'Till I make thine enemies thy footstool. 44 David therefore calleth him Lord; how is he then
. his son (b)? 45 Then, in the audience of all the people, he said 46 unto his disciples, Beware of the scribes, which
desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in
the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, 47 and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour wia
(g) God's promises cannot fail; and if they were not made good in this life, they certainly will in a future staté. Matt. xxii. 32. (h) See Matt. xxii. 45. Note.
dows' gogues, falem
dows' houses, and for a few make long prayers : the same shall receive greater damnation.
AND he looked up, and saw the rich men caft-
ing their gifts into the treasury (a). And he saw also a certain
poor widow casting in thither two mites. 3 And he said, of a truth I say unto you, that this 4 poor widow hath cast in more than they all. For
all there have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury haft cast in
all the living that she had (b). 5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was 6 adorned with goodly stones, and gifts, he said, As
for these things which ye behold, the days will
come, in the which there shall not be left one stone 7 upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And
they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these
things be ? and what sign will there be when these 8 things shall come to pats? And he said, Take heed that ye
be not deceived : for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Chrift; and the time draweth 9 near : go ye not therefore after them. But when
ye shall hear of wars and cominotions, be not terri
fied: for these things must first come to pass, but 10 the end is not by and by (c). Then said he unto them,
Nation shall rile against nation, and kingdom against II kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers
places, and fainines, and pestilences, and fearful
fights, and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these they shall lay their hands on you,
and perfecute you, delivering you up to the fyna
(a) The chest where the contributions were kepi for the use of the Temple.
(b) See Mark xii. 43, 44. Note.
gogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings 13 and rulers for my name's sake. And it shall turn to 14 you for a testimony (d). Settle it therefore in your
hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer. 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which
all your adversaries shall not be able to gainfay, nor 16 refift (e). And ye shall be betrayed both by parents,
and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends ; and some 77 of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye 18 shall be hated of all men for my name's fake.' But 19 there shall not an hair of your head perish (f). In 20 your patience possess ye your souls (g). And when ye
laall fee Jerusalem compassed with armies, then 21 know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let
them which are in Judea, flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it, depart
out; and let not them that are in the countries, enter 22 thereinto (b). For these be the days of vengeance,
that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23
But wo unto them that are with child, and to them that give fuck in those days : for there shall be great
distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and
shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jeru
(d) For a proof of your innocence, faith, and constancy. (e) See Matt. x. 19.
f) When this unbelieving city shall be destroyed, you that are faithful, and endure to the end, shall be safe. Matt. x. 22. Accordingly, when Jerusalem was besieged by the Roman General, Titus, there was not a Christian left in it; they all having escaped to Pella, a small town beyond the river Jordan. Thus did it please God to reserve the faithful disciples of his Son from impending destruction. And let this remarkable passage teach us to reverence the wonderful ways of Providence; which, if such be God's good pleasure, can preserve us even in the most imininent danger from the smallest hurt.
(8) By patience and perseverance preserve your lives.
(h) Let not them that are in the adjacent country attempt to re, turn to Jerusalein. M 3