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thou deliveredst unto me two talents : behold, I have gained two 23 other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done,

good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few

things, I will make thee ruler over many things : enter thou into 24 the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent

came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man,

and shall lead them unto living fountains of saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the waters, and God shall wipe away all tears kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the from their eyes. Re. vii. 17.

will of my Father which is in heaven. Mat. 22 I have gained two other talents.] And vii. 21. Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do the second (servant) came (to his lord), saying, not the things which I say? Lx. vi, 46. Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds; and I knew thee that thou art an hard man.) he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five These last (said the labourers in the parable cities. Lu. xix. 18, 19. Having then gifts who were first hired, to the householder,) hare differing according to the grace that is given wrought but one hour, and thou hast made to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy ac- them equal unto us which have borne the cording to the proportion of faith ; or ministry, burden and heat of the day. Mat. 1x. 12. let us wait on our ministering: or he that Therefore they (the wicked) say unto God, teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on Depart from us, for we desire not the knowexhortation : he that giveth, let him do it ledge of thy ways: what is the Almighty, that with simplicity; he that ruleth, with dili- we should serve him ? and what profit should gence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheer- we have if we pray unto him? Job xxi. 14, 15. fulness. Ro. xii. 6, 7, 8. Moreover, brethren, Wherefore have we fasted, say " they" (the we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed hypocrites"), and thou (God) seest not? on the churches of Macedonia ; how that in Wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and a great trial of affliction the abundance of thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the their joy and their deep poverty abounded day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact unto the riches of their liberality. For to all your labours ! Is. lviii. 3. O generation, their power (I bear record), yea, and beyond see ye the word of the Lord. Have I been their power, they were willing of themselves. wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness! Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in wherefore say my people, We are lords, we faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all will come no more unto thee? Je ii. 31. diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye As for the word that thou hast spoken unte abound in “this grace” also (liberality). 1 us (said the people that dwelt in the land of not by commandment, but by occasion of the Egypt, in Pathros, to Jeremiah) in the name forwardness of others, and to prove the sin. of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee. cerity of your love. For if there be first a But we will certainly do whatsoever thing willing mind, it is accepted according to that goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burti a man hath, and not according to that he hath incense unto the queen of heaven, and to 2 Co. viii. 1, 2, 3. 7, 8, 12.

pour out drink-offerings unto her, as we have 23 Well done, good and faithful servant.] done, we and our fathers, our kings and out See verse 21. Jesus sat over against the princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the treasury, and beheld how the people cast streets of Jerusalem; for then had we plenty money into the treasury; and many that were of victuals, and were well, and saw no etik rich cast in much. And there came a certain But since we left off to burn incense to the poor widow, and she threw in two mites, queen of heaven, and to pour out drinkwhich make a farthing. And he called unto offerings unto her, we have wanted all trings, him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily and have been consumed by the sword, and I say unto you, that this poor widow hath by the famine. Je. xliv. 16, 17, 18. Yes cast more in than all they which have cast " ye" (the "wicked") say, The way of the into the treasury. For all they did cast in of Lord is not equal. Hear now, o house of their abundance; but she of her want did Israel, Is not my way equal ? are not your east in all that she had, even all her living ways unequal ? When a righteous mas Mar. xii . 41-44. She (who anointed Jesus' turneth away from his righteousness

, and head) hath done what she could (said Jesus); committeth iniquity, and dieth in them, for she is come aforehand to anoint my body to his iniquity that he hath done shall he die

. the burying. Verily I say unto you, where- Again, wben the wicked man turneth away soever this Gospel shall be preached through- from his wickedness that he hath committed out the whole world, this also that she hath and doeth that which is lawful and right, he done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. shall save his soul alive: because he cone Mar. xiv. 8, 9.

sidereth, and turneth away from all his trans24 Lord, I knew thee.] Not every one that gressions that he hath committed, he shall

not.

reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed : And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in 25 the earth : lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered 26 and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed : Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the 27 exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it 28

surely live, he shall not die. Yet, saith the not received the spirit of bondage again to house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not fear; but ye have received the spirit of adopequal. O house of Israel, are not my ways tion, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Ro. equal? Are not your ways unequal? Ez. viii. 15. Wherefore I put thee in rememxviii

. 25—29. But "ye" (" Israel") have brance that thou stir up the gift of God, profaned "it" (the "name of the Lord") in which is in thee, by the putting on of my that ye say, The table of the Lord is polluted, hands. For God hath not given us the spirit and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is con- of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a temptible.' Ye said also, Behold, what a sound mind. 2 Ti. i. 6, 7. The fearful, and weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it! unbelieving, and the abominable, and mursaith the Lord of hosts. And ye brought that derers, and whore-mongers, and idolaters, and which was torn, and the fame, and the sick ; all liars, shall have their part in the lake thus ye brought an offering ; should I accept which burneth with fire and brimstone ; this of your hand ? saith the Lord. Mal. i. which is the second death. Re. xxi. 8. 12, 13. Ye have said, It is vain to serve 26 Thou wicked and slothful servant.] 0 God! and what profit is it that we have kept thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that his ordinances, and that we have walked debt, because thou desiredst me : shouldest mournfully before the Lord of hosts? and not thou also have had compassion on thy now we call the proud happy; yea, they that fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee? work wickedness are set up; yea, they that Mat. xviii. 32, 33. Thy mouth uttereth thine tempt God are even delivered. Mal. iii. 14, iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the 15. Lo, these many years (said the elder crafty: thine own mouth condemneth thee, brother of the prodigal son) do I serve thee, and not I; yea, thine own lips testify against neither transgressed I at any time thy com- thee. Job xv. 5, 6. mandment, and yet thou never gavest me a 27 Oughtest therefore to have put my money, kid, that I might make merry with my &c.] Out of thine own mouth will I judge friends. Lu. xv. 29. And another (servant) thee, thou wicked servant; thou knewest that came, saying, Lord, behold here is thy pound, I was an austere man, taking up that I laid which I have kept laid up in a napkin ; for not down, and reaping that I did not sow; I feared thee, because thou art an austere wherefore then gavest not thou my money man: thou takest up that thou layedst not into the bank, that at my coming I might down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. have required mine own with usury? Lu. Lu. xix. 20, 21, 22. Because the carnal xix. 22, 23. Now we know, that what things mind is enmity against God, for it is not soever the law saith, it saith to them who are subject to the law of God, neither indeed can under the law; that every mouth may be be. Ro. viii. 7. Nay, but, o man, who art stopped, and all the world may become guilty thou that repliest against God? Shall the before God. Ro. iii. 19. Behold, the Lord thing formed say to him that formed it, Why cometh with ten thousand of his saints, to hast thou made me thus? Ro. ix. 20.

execute judgment upon all, and to convince 25 Was afraid.] David was afraid of the all that are ungodly among them of all their Lord (at the death of Uzzah, for putting ungodly deeds which they have ungodly forth his hand to touch the Ark), and said, committed, and of all their hard speeches How shall the Ark of the Lord come to me? which ungodly sinners have spoken against So David would not remove the Ark of the him. Jude 15. Lord unto him into the city of David ; but With usury.] Thou shalt not lend upon David carried it aside into the house of Obed- usury to thy brother, usury of money, usury edom, the Gittite. 2 Sa. vi. 9, 10. The of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent slothful mar saith, There is a lion in the way; upon usury. Unto a stranger thou mayest a lion is in the streets. Pr. xxvi. 13. Of lend upon usury, but unto thy brother thou whom hast thou (Israel) been afraid, or shalt not lend upon usury: that the Lord thy feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not God may bless thee in all that thou settest remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? thine hand to in the land whither thou goest Have not I held my peace even of old, and to possess it. De. xxiii. 19, 20. thou fearest me not? Is. lvii. 11. Ye have 28 Therefore the talent from him.] One

29 unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath

shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that 30 hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast

thing is needful, and Mary (the sister of thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But Lazarus) hath chosen that good part, which God said unto him, Thou fool, this night they shall not be taken away from her. Lu. X. 42. soul shall be required of thee; then whose Take from him the pound, and give it to him shall those things be which thou hast prothat hath ten pounds. Lu. xix. 24.

vided? So is he that layeth up treasure for 29 Unto every one that hath, &c.] For himself, and is not rich toward God. Lu. whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he xii. 19, 20, 21. There was a certain rich shall have more abundance : but whosoever man which had a steward : and the same was hath not, from him shall be taken away, even accused unto him, that he had wasted his that he hath. Mat. xiii. 12. He that hath, goods. And he called him, and said unto to him shall be given; and he that hath not, him, How is it that I hear this of thee! give from him shall be taken, even that which he an account of thy stewardship, for thou hath. Mar, iv. 25. Take heed, therefore, mayest be no longer steward. Then the how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him steward said within himself, What shall I do! shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from for my lord taketh away from me the stewardhim shall be taken even that which he ship; I cannot dig, to beg I am ashamed. seemeth to have. Lu. viii. 18. Make to There was a certain rich man which was yourselves friends of the mammon of unright- clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared eousness, that when ye fail they may receive sumptuously every day: and there was a you into everlasting habitations : he that is certain beggar named Lazarus, which was faithful in that which is least, is faithful also laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to in much; and he that is unjust in the least, is be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich unjust also in much. If, therefore, ye have not man's table : moreover, the dogs came and been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, licked his sores. And it came to pass that the who will commit to your trust the true riches? beggar died, and was carried by the angels And if ye have not been faithful in that which into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also is another man's, who shall give you that died, and was buried; and in hell be lift op which is your own? Lu. xvi. 9-12. Lord, his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abrirhe hath ten pounds (said they to the nobleman ham 'afar off, and Lazarus in his bosen in the parable). I say unto you (said Jesus), And he cried, and said, Father Abraham, That unto every one that hath shall be given, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that and from him that hath not, even that he he may dip the tip of his finger in water, hath shall be taken away from him. Lu. and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in xix. 25, 26. Every branch in me that beareth this flame. But Abraham said, Son, rennennot fruit, he (the Father) taketh away: and ber that thou in thy life time receivedst thy every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; it, that it may bring forth more fruit. John but now he is comforted, and thou art to xv. 2.

mented. Lu. xvi. 1, 2, 3. 20—25. If we Shall be taken away, &c.] He will miser- let "him” (Jesus") thus alone (said the ably destroy those wicked men, and he will chief priests and Pharisees) all men will be let ou

his vineyard unto other husbandmen, lieve on him, and the Romans shall come and which shall render him the fruits in their take away both our place and nation. Joka

Mat. xxi. 41. And he (the Lord) xi. 48. Remember, therefore, from whence hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first if it were of a garden, he hath destroyed his works, or else I will come unto "thee" (the places of the assembly, the Lord hath caused church of Ephesus ") quickly, and will rethe

solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten move thy candlestick out of his place, except in Zion, and hath despised, in the indignation thou repent. Re. ii. 5. of his anger, the king and the priest. La. 30 Cast ye the unprofitable servant, &c.] ii. 6. Therefore (on account of Israel's idol- And now also the axe is laid to the root of atry) will I return and take away my corn in the trees; therefore every tree which bringeth the time thereof, and my wine in the season not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and east thereof, and will recover my wool and my into the fire. Mat. iii. 10.

Ye (Christ's flax, given to cover her nakedness. Ho. ii. 9. disciples) are the salt of the earth ; but if the One thing is needful (said Jesus to Martha), salt have lost its savour, wherewith shall it be and Mary hath chosen that good part which salted ? It is thenceforth good for nothing shall not be taken away from her. Lu. x. 42. but to be cast out, and trodden under foot of And I will say to my soul (said the vain- men. Mat. v. 13. Then said the Lord unto boasting rich man in the parable), Soul, thou me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before hast much goods laid up for many years, take me, yet my mind could not be toward thật

seasons.

ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. When the Son of man shall 31 come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be 32

people : cast them out of my sight, and let away, and his kingdom that which shall not them go forth. And it shall come to pass, if be destroyed. Da. vii. 13, 14. Ye shall they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? Alee to the valley of the mountains, for the Then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Lord, Such as are for death, to death; and Azal; yea, ye shall flee like as ye fled from such as are for the sword, to the sword ; and before the earthquake, in the days of Uzziah, such as are for the famine, to the famine; king of Judah, and the Lord my God shall and such as are for the captivity, to the come, and all the saints with thee. Zec. xiv. captivity. Je. xv. 1, 2. Son of man, what is 5. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter the vine tree more than any tree? or than a ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of branch which is among the trees of the forest? God ascending and descending upon the Son Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? of man. John i. 51. And (the Father) hath or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel given him (the Son) authority to execute thereon ? Behold, it is cast into the fire for judgment also, because he is the son of man. fuel, the fire devoureth both the ends of it, Marvel not at this, for the hour is coming, in and the midst of it is burnt: is it meet for the which all that are in the graves shall hear any work? Behold, when it was whole, it his voice, and shall come forth, they that have was meet for no work; how much less shall done good unto the resurrection of life; and it be meet yet for any work, when the fire they that have done evil unto the resurrection hath devoured it, and it is burned? Ez. xv. of damnation. John v. 27, 28, 29. Ye men 2-5. Salt is good, but if the salt have lost his of Galilee (said the angels after Christ's ascensavour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It sion), why stand ye gazing up into heaven? is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the This same Jesus which is taken up from you dunghill ; but men cast it out. Lu. xiv. into heaven, shall so come in like manner as 34, 35. If a man abide not in me, he is cast ye have seen him go into heaven. Ac. i. 11. forth as a branch, and is withered ; and men For the Lord himself shall descend from gather them, and cast them into the fire, and heaven with a shout, with the voice of the they are burned. John xv. 6. And let our's archangel, and with the trump of God; and also (the christian converts) learn to maintain the dead in Christ shall rise first. i Th. iv. good works for necessary uses, that they be 16. But unto the Son, he (God) saith, Thy not unfruitful. Tit. iii. 14. The earth which throne, O God, is for ever and ever ; a sceptre drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, of righteousness is the sceptre of th y kingdom. and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by He. i. 8. Behold, he cometh with clouds ; whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from and every eye shall see him, and they also God: but that which beareth thorns and which pierced him; and all kindreds of the briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; earth shall wail because of him, even so, whose end is to be burned. He. vi. 7, 8. Amen. Re. 7. I know thy works, that thou (the church of Then shall he sit upon the throne, &c.] the Laodiceans) art neither cold nor hot; 1 The Lord shall endure for ever; he hath would thou wert cold or hot: so then because prepared his throne for judgment. Ps. ix. 7. thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, To him that overcometh will I grant to sit I will spue thee out of my mouth. Re. iii. with me in my throne, even as I also over15, 16.

came, and am set down with my Father in Outer darkness.] See chap. viii. 12. The his throne. Re. iii. 21. And I saw a great fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, white throne, and him that sat on it; from and murderers, and whore-mongers, and sor

whose face the earth and the heaven fled cerers, and all liars, shall have their part in away; and there was found no place for the lake which burneth with fire and brim- them. Re. xx. 11. stone, which is the second death. Re. xxi. 8. 32 Before him shall be gathered.] Then

31 The Son of man shall come, &c.] See shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before verse 6, and chap. xvi. 27 ; xix. 28. I saw the Lord: for he cometh to judge the earth. in the night visions, and behold, one like the He shall judge the world with righteousness, Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and the people with his truth. Ps. xcvi. and came to the Ancient of days; and they 12, 13. Let the hills be joyful together brought him near before him. And there before the Lord; for he comeih to judge the was given him dominion, and glory, and a earth ; with righteousness shall he judge the kingdom, that all people, nations, and lan- world, and the people with equity. Ps. xcviii. guages should serve him ; his dominion is an 8, 9. And the times of this ignorance (of the everlasting dominion, which shall not pass Gentile nations) God winked at; but now

gathered all nations : and he shall separate them one from another, 33 as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set 34 the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall

cammandeth all men every where to repent: feet the residue of your pastures and to because he hath appointed a day in the which have drunk of the deep waters, but ye most he will judge the world in righteousness by foul the residue with your feet! And as far that man whom he hath ordained ; whereof my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden he hath given assurance unto all men in that with your feet; and they drink that which he hath raised him from the dead. Ac. xvii. ye have fouled with your feet. Therefore, 30, 31. As many as have sinned without thus saith the Lord God unto them, Behold, law, shall also perish without law; and as I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle, many as have sinned in the law, shall be and between the lean cattle : because ye bare judged by the law; in the day when God thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed shall judge the secrets of men, by Jesus Christ, all the diseased with your horns, till ye have according to my Gospel. Ro. ii. 12. 16. scattered them abroad: therefore will I save But why dost thou judge thy brother? or my flock, and they shall no more be a prey: why dost thou set at nought thy brother? and I will judge between cattle and cattie. For we shall all stand before the judgment- Ez. xxxiv. 17-22. I will spare " them." seat of Christ : for it is written, As I live, (" that fear the Lord") as a man spareth his saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, own son that serveth him; then shall ye and every tongue shall confess to God. So return, and discern between the righteous that every one of us shall give account of and the wicked; between him that serveth himself to God. Ro. xiv. 10, 11, 12. For God, and him that serveth him not. Mal

. we must all appear before the judgment-seat iii. 18. Judge nothing before the time, until of Christ, that every man may receive the the Lord come, who both will bring to light things done in his body, according to that he the hidden things of darkness; and will make hath done, whether it be good, or bad. 2 Co. manifest the counsels of the hearts ; and then v. 10. And I saw the dead, small and great, shall every man have praise of God. 1 Ca. stand before God; and the books were iv. 5. opened, and another book was opened, which As a shepherd divideth his sheep.] But is the book of life, and the dead were judged (God) made his own people to go forth like out of those things which were written in sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like the books, according to their works. And a flock. Ps. lxxviii. 52. I am the good the sea gave up the dead which were in it, shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known and death and hell delivered up the dead of mine. My sheep hear my voice; and I which were in them. And they were judged know them, and they follow me. Joka L. every man according to their works; and 14. 27. death and hell were cast into the lake of fire : The sheep.) So we thy people and sheep this is the second death. And whosoever was of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever; not found written in the book of life, was cast we will shew forth thy praise to all generainto the lake of fire. Re. xx. 12-15. tions. Ps. lxxix. 13. For he is our God,

He shall separate them, &c.] See chap. iii. and we are the people of his pasture, and the 12. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand sheep of his hand : to-day if ye will hear his in the judgment, nor sinners in the congre- voice, harden not your heart.' Ps. xcv. 7,8 gation of the righteous. Ps. i. 5. Our God Know ye that the Lord he is God; it is he shall come, and shall not keep silence : a fire that hath made us and not we ourselves; ** shall devour before him, and it shall be very are his people and the sheep of his pasture. tempestuous round about him. He shall call Ps. c. 3. Ye believe not (said Jesus), because to the heavens from above, and to the earth, ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you: that he may judge his people. Gather my My sheep hear my voice, and I know therm, saints together unto me, those that have and they follow me. And I give unto them made a covenant with me by sacrifice. Ps. I. eternal life, and they shall never perish; 3, 4, 5. I will purge out from among you neither shall any pluck them out of my hand. the rebels, and them that transgress against John X. 26, 27, 28. So when they had dined, me: I will bring them forth out of the country Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of where they sojourn, and they shall not enter Jonas, lorest thou me more than these! He into the land of Israel, and ye shall know that saith unto him, Yea, Lurd; thou knowest I am the Lord. Ez. xx. 38. As for you, o that I love thee. He saith unto him, Peed my flock, thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I my lambs. He saith to him again the second judge between cattle and cattle, between the time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me! rams and the he-goats. Seemeth it a small He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest thing unto you to have eaten up the good that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feel pasture, but ye must tread down with your my sheep. He saith unto him a third time,

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