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Matt. xxii, 35–46; xxiii, 1–8. Mark xii, 28—40. Luke xx, 39—47.

Itogether, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him la question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great, the first commandment of all 'in the law ? ?And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel ; The Lord our God is one Lord : and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and 5 with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, anamely, this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these, 'on these two command. ments hang all the law and the prophets.

10 2And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth : for there is one God; and there is none other but be: and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus 15 saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said. And after that they durst not, ?no man after that durst ask him any question ?at all.

"While the Pharisees were gathered together, while he taught in the 20 temple, 'Jesus asked them, saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. He saith unto them, ?How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David ? 'how then doth David in spirit call him Lord ? ?For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit 25 thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore ?himself calleth him Lord. 'If David then call him Lord, 'how is he then his son ? ?and whence is he then his son ? And no man was able to answer bim a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

30 And the common people heard him gladly.

Then in the audience of all the people, 'spake Jesus to the multitude, and 'unto his disciples, and he said unto them in his doctrine, 'saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works : for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders ; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men : ?Beware of the scribes, 'they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 40 'which desire to walk in long robes, fand love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the market-places, 'and the highest, the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost, the chief rooms at feasts, land to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi; 'which devour widows' houses, and for a shew, 'and for a pretence make long prayers : the same shall 45 receive greater damnation.

"But be not ye called Rabbi : for one is your Master, even Christ ;

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Matt. xxiii, 8—34.

'and all ye are brethren. And call no man your

Father

upon

the earth : for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be

ye

called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased ; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

5 "But woe nnto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men : for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall 10 receive the greater damnation.

1Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear 15 by the temple, it is nothing ; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold ? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing ; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind : for whether is 20 greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwel. leth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith : these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. 'Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye

make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye are like 35 unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

iWoe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! because ye build 40 the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and

say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye 45 serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and

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Even so ye

Matt. xxiii, 34–39; xxiv, 1–7. Mark xii, 41–44; xiii, 1–7. Luke xxi, 1–9.

unto you,

say unto

'scribes : and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily 5 I say

All these things shall come upon this generation. 10 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and

ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For 10 I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

?And Jesus sat over against the treasury, Sand he looked up, 'and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury, ’and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury: ’and many that were rich cast 15 in much. And there came, Sand he saw also a certain poor widow, casting in thither two mites, "and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, 3Of a truth I

you,
that this

poor

widow hath cast in more than ?all they which have cast into the treasury: Sfor all these have of their 20 abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury, ?she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living, 'all the living that she had.

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple. ?And as he went out of the temple, "his disciples came to him for to shew him the build- 25 ings of the temple. And one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, 1Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things, these great buildings? 3 A8 for these things which ye behold, 'verily I say unto you, the days 30 will come, in the which, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, 'over against the temple, the disciples came to him privately, 'and ?Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, saying, Master, 'tell us, when shall 35 these things be ? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled, 'when these things shall come to pass ? land what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world ? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man

shall come in my name, saying, 1 am Christ ; 40 and shall deceive many; "and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 1 And

ye
shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: land when

ye

shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, $when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, 'see that ye be not troubled, ?be ye not troubled, 'be not terrified : 45 for 'all 'these things must first come to pass, ?for such things must needs be; but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and king

deceive you.

For many

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Matt. xxiv, 7-21. Mark xiii, 8-19. Luke xxi, 11–24.

*dom against kingdom : and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and ögreat 'earthquakes, ?and troubles, 'in divers places; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

But take heed to yourselves : for before all these, they shall lay 5 their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, they shall deliver you up to councils, 'then shall they deliver you np to be afflicted, and shall kill you ; fand in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake; 'and it shall turn to you ’for a testimony against 10 them. And ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

?And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

?But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate, 3settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer : 15 but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye. For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist: or it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. ?Now the brother shall betray the brother to 20 death, and the father the son ; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends, and some of

you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. But there shall not an hair of head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls.

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world 30 for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

?But when ye 'therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, 'stand in the holy place, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) and when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desola- 35 tion thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judæa flee to the mountains, and let them which are in the midst of it depart out: ’and let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take anything out of his house : 'and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. Neither let him which is in the field 40 return back to take his clothes. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive 45 into all nations. But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 'for in those days shall be affliction, 'for then

your 25 Matt. xxiv, 21—38. Mark xiii, 19–32. Luke xxi, 24–32.

Ishall be great tribulation, snch as was not since the beginning of the creation, 'of the world ’which God created unto 'this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, 'except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved : 'but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened, 'for the elect's sake, whom he 5 hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: 'for there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders ; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. But take ye

heed :

10 behold, I have foretold you all things, 'before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth : behold, he is in the secret chambers ; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

15 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

*And Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

But in those days, 'immediately after the tribulation of those days, 20 Šthere shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring ; the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 'and the stars shall fall from heaven ; ?men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the 25 earth : for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall athen 'see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 2 And then shall he send his angels 'with a great sound of a trumpet, and 30 they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads ; for your redemption draweth nigh.

8 And he spake to them a parable. Now learn a parable of the fig 35 tree; 'Behold the fig tree, and all the trees, 'when her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, 'when they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, 'in like manner, when ye shall see all ?these things come to pass, know

ye

that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand, 'that it is near, even 40 at the doors. ?Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass Saway, 'till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall

pass away,

but
my

words shall not pass away. 2But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father, but my Father only. 45

But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the floud they were eating

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