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so died, and was buried. And in the unseen state he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and beholdeth Abraham at a distance, and Lazarus in his bosom ; and he cried out, and said, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am pained in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that thou in thy life-time didst receive thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art pained. And, besides all this, between us and you a great gulf is fixed: so that they who would go hence to you, are not able; nor can they pass to us, who would come thence.” Then he said, * I beseech thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house; for I have five brethren; that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment.” Abraham saith unto him; ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear these.’ And he said, ‘Nay, father Abraham: but if one go to them from the dead, they will repent.” Then JAbraham said unto him, ‘ If they hear not Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded, even if one rise again from the dead.’”
Ch. xvii. Jesus said also to his disciples, “It is impossible
that causes of offending should not come: but alas for him through whom they come ! It were better for him that an upper millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to offend. Take heed to yourselves. “Now if thy brother trespass [against thee..] rebuke him: and, if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again, saying, ‘ I repent;’ thou shalt forgive him.” And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” And the Lord said, “If ye had faith as a grain of mustard-seed, ye might say to this sycamine-tree, “Be thou
rooted up, and be thou planted in the sea;” and it should obey you. But which of you, having a servant plowing, or feeding cattle, will immediately say to him when he is come from the field, ‘ Go, and place thyself at meat 2' and will not rather say unto him, ‘Make ready whereon I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou thyself shalt eat and drink?' Doth he thank that servant, because he did the things which were commanded him * I suppose not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants: for we have done what we ought to have done.” And it came to pass, as he journeyed to Jerusalem, that he went through Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain town, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off: and they lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us.” And, when he saw them, he said unto them, “Go, show yourselves to the priest.” And it came to pass that, as they were going, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was cured, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice; and fell on his face at the feet of Jesus”, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed ? but where are the nine P Not any are found that have returned to give glory to God, except this stranger.” Then . Jesus said unto him, “Arise, depart: thy faith hath restored thee.” Now having been asked by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God was to come, Jesus answered them and said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with outward show it. Nor will men say, Lo, he is here ! or, Lo, he is there ! for, lo, the kingdom of God is among you.” Then he said to the disciples, “The days will come
* at Jesus's feet, N. + Or, so as to be observed. Symonds,
when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of 23 man, and will not behold it. And men will say to you, ‘Lo, he is here !” or, Lo, he is there:’ go not after them, 24 nor follow them. For as the lightning which lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth to the other part under heaven; so will the Son of man be in his day. 25 But first he must suffer many things, and be rejected by 26 this generation. And as it was in the days of Noah, so 27 will it be also in the days of the Son of man. They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage; until the day when Noah entered into the ark, 28 and the flood came, and destroyed them all. In like manner as it was also in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built: 29 but on the day when Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all: 30 thus it will be, in the day when the Son of man is re31 vealed. In that day, whoever shall be on the house-top, and his goods in the house, let him not come down to take them away; and, in like manner, let not him that 32 is in the field turn back. Remember Lot's wife. Who33 ever shall seek to save his life, shall lose it; and whoever 34 shall lose his life, shall preserve it. I say unto you, In that night two men will be on one bed; one will be 35 taken, and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together; one will be taken, and the other left”.” 37 And they answered and say unto him, “Where, Master?” And he said unto them, “Where the body is, thither the eagles will be gathered together.” Ch. xviii. And he spake a parable also unto them to this end, that they ought to pray always, and not to be weary: 2 saying, “ In a certain city there was a judge, who fear3 ed not God, nor regarded man: and there was a widow in that city; who came to him, saying, “Judge my cause
* v. 36. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. R.T.
against mine adversary".' And he would not for a time: but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet, because this widow giveth me trouble, I will judge her cause t; lest by her continual coming she tire me.’ And the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge saith. And will not God execute judgement in behalf of his own elect, who cry unto him day and night? and will he be slow in their cause 2 I say unto you, He will speedily: execute judgement in their behalf. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, will he find faith in the land P’” And he spake this parable also to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood by himself, and prayed thus: “God, I thank thee that I am not as other men arc, oppressors, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week; I pay tithes of all that I possess.' But the publican, standing at a distance, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner.' . I say unto you, This man went down to his house justified, and not the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” And some brought unto him infants also, that he might
touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the infants unto him, and said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such-like is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the
* Or, get justice done me by mine adversary.
+ Or, I will get justice done her.
1. By the destruction which the Romans will bring on the Jewish nation, before
the present race of men passes away. The beginning of this chapter is therefore connected with the close of the foregoing. N.
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kingdom of God as a little child, he can by no means enter therein.” And a certain ruler asked him, saying, “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit everlasting life P” And Jesus said unto him, “Why callest thou me good? there is none good, but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, “Do not commit adultery: Do no murder: Do not steal : Do not bear false witness: Honour thy father and [thy] mother.’” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” And when Jesus heard these words, he said unto him, “ Still thou needest . one thing : sell all which thou hast, and distribute to the poor; and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.” But when the ruler heard this, he was much grieved: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was much grieved, he said, “With what difficulty will those that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier that a camel should go through the eye of a needle, than that a rich man should enter into the kingdom of God.” And those that heard it said, “Who then can be saved P’” But he said, “The things which are impossible with men, are possible with God.” Then Peter said, “Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.” And he said unto them, “Verily I say unto you,
there is no man that hath left house, or parents, or bre
thren, or wife, or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive much more in this present time, and in the world to come everlasting life.” Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, “Behold we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets will be accomplished in the Son of man. For he will be delivered up to the gentiles, and derided, and will be shamefully treated, and spit on ; and he will be scourged and killed; but the third day he will rise again.” And they understood none