no fruit

grow on

And pre

The fig-tree cursed. S. Matthew. Christ rebuketh the Jesus saith unto them, Yea; these things ? and who gave have ye never read, Out of the thee this authority ? mouth of babes and sucklings 24 And Jesus answered and thou hast perfectedd praise ? said unto them, I also will ask

17 9 And he left them, and you one thing, which if ye went out of the city into Betha- tell me, I in like wise will tell ny; and he lodged there. you by what authority I do

18 Now, in the morning, as these things. he returned into the city he 25 The baptism of John, hungered.

whence was it? from heaven, 19 And when he saw a fig. or of men ? And they reasontree in the way, he came to it, ed with themselves, saying, If and found nothing thereon but we shall say, From heaven; leaves only, and said unto it, he will say unto us, Why did Let

thee hence- ye not then believe him? forward for ever.

26 But if we shall say,

Of sently the fig-tree withered men; we fear the people; for away.

all hold John as a prophet. 20 And when the disciples 27 And they answered Jesus, saw it they marvelled, saying, and said, We cannot tell. And Ilow soon is the fig-tree wi- he said unto them, Neither tell thered away!

I you by what authority I do 21 Jesus answered, and said these things. into them, Verily I say unto 28 4 But what think ye? you, If ye have faith, and doubt A certain man had two sons ; not, ye shall not only do this and he came to the first, and which is done to the fig-tree, said, Son, go work to-day in but also if


my vineyard. this mountain, Be thou remov 29 He answered and said, I ed, and be thou cast into the will not; but afterward he resea ; it shall be done.

pented, and went. 22 And all things, whatso 30 And he came to the seever ye shall ask in prayer, cond, and said likewise. And believing, ye shall receive. he answered and said, I go,

239 And when he was come sir; and went not. into the temple, the chief 81 Whether of them twain priests and the elders of the did the will of his father? people e came unto him as he They say unto him, the first: was teaching, and said, By Jesus saith unto them, Verily what authority doest thou I say unto you, That the pub

licans and the harlots d Perficted, procured praise.


go e Elders of the people

, senators; the the kingdom of God before you. seventy, who composed the supreme

32 For John came into you council of the Jews.

in the way of righteousness,

say unto

I unto you,

priests and elders. Chap. xxii. Parable of the vineyard. and

ye believed hiin not; but wicked men, and will let out the publicans and the harlots his yineyard unto other husbelieved him; and ye, when bandmen, which shall render ye had seen it, repented not him the fruits in their seasons. afterward, that ye might be 42 Jesus saith unto them, lieve him.

ye never

read in the scrip33 I Hear another parable; tures, f The stone which the There was a certain house- builders rejected, the same is holder which planted a vine- become the head of the corner; yard, and hedged it round a- this is the Lord's doing, and it bout, and digged a wine-press is marvellous in our eyes ? in it, and built a tower, and let 43 Therefore

say it out to husbandmen, and went The kingdom of God shall be into a far country:

taken from you, and given to 34 And when the time of a nation bringing forth the the fruit drew near, he sent fruits thereof. his servants to the husbandmen 44 And whosoever shall fall that they might receive the on this stone shall be broken; g fruits of it.

but on whomsoever it shall 35 And the husbandmen fall, it will grind him to powtook his servants, and beat one, der. and killed another, and stoned 45 And when the chief

priests and Pharisees had heard 36 Again, he sent other ser- his parables, they perceived vants more than the first; and that he spake of them. they did unto them likewise. 46 But when they sought to

37 But last of all he sent lay hands on him they feared unto them his son, saying, they the multitude, because they will reverence my son.

took him for a prophet. 38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said CHAP. XXII. among themselves, This is the 1 The marriage of the king's heir; come, let us kill him, 9 The calling of the and let us seize on his inheri Gentiles. 11 The weddingtance.

garment. 21 Tribute ought 39 And they caught him, to be paid to Cesar. 23 Christ and cast him out of the vine. confuteth the Sadducees. yard, and slew him.

40 When the lord, therefore, f See Psalm cxviii. 22. Isai.xxviii. 16. of the vineyard cometh, what g Fall on this stone. Whosoever will he do unto those husband- shall stupible, or be offended with

Jesus Christ and his religion, will men?

severely suffer, but on him who con41 They say unto him, He

temns and finally rejects it, will fall will miserably destroy those its heaviest denunciations



his son,

The marriage-parable. S. Matthew. of paying tribute

AND Jesus answered, and 11 I And when the king spake unto them again by came in to see the guests, he parables, and said,

saw there a man which had 2 The kingdom of heaven not on a wedding garment: is like unto a certain king, 12 And he saith unto him, which made a marriage for Friend, how camest thou in

hither not having a wedding3 And sent forth his ser- garment? And he was speech. vants to call them that were less.b bidden to the wedding; and 13 Then said the king to they would not come.

the servants, Bind him hand 4 Again he sent forth other and foot, and take him away, servants saying, Tell them and cast him into outer darkwhich are bidden, Behold, I ness; there shall be weeping have prepared my dinner; my and gnashing of teeth. oxen and my fatlings are killed, 1+ For many are called, but and all things are ready; come few are chosen. unto the marriage

15 4 Then went the Phari5 But they made light of it, sees,c and took counsel how and went their ways, one to they might entangle him in his his farm, another to his mer- talk. chandise ;

16 And they sent out unto 6 And the remnanta took him their disciples with the his servants, and intreated Herodians,d saying, Master, them spitefully, and slew them. we know that thou art true, ✓ But when the king heard and teachest the way

of God thereof he was wroth : and he in truth, neither carest thou sent forth his armies, and des- for any man; for thou regardtroyed those murderers, and est not the person of men. burnt up their city.

17 Tell us, therefore, what 8 Then saith he to his ser- thinkest thou? Is it lawful to vants, The wedding is ready, give tribute unto Cesar, e or but they which were bidden not? were not worthy. 9 Go ye, therefore, into the

b In ancient times wedding-garhighways, and, as many as ye

ments were often provided by the shall find, bid to the marriage. person who made the wedding ; 50

10 So those servants went that they who appeared without had out into the highways, and

no excuse ; the king was therefore gathered together all, as many just in his command. as they found, both bad and

c Pharisees, see Matt. v. 20. good ; and the wedding was

d Herodians, Partisans or friends

of Herod. furnished with guests.

e Is it lawful for us to give tribute a Remnant, the rest or remainder. to Cesar, the Roman emperor ?

him a penny.

Chap. xxii.

of the dead. 18 But Jesus perceived their 23 Now, there were with us wickedness, f and said, Why seven brethren; and the first, tempt ye me, ye hypocrites ? when he had married a wife,

19 Shew me the tribute-mó- deceased; and having no isney. And they broaght unto sue,i left his wife unto his

brother : 20 And he saith unto them, 26 Likewise the second also, Whose is this image and super- and the third, unto the seventh. scription ? 8

27 And last of all the wa21 They say unto him, Ce- man died also. sar's. Then saith he unto 28 Therefore, in the resurthem, Render, therefore, unto rection, whose wife shall she Cesar the things which are Ce- be of the seven? for they all sar's; and unto God the things had her. that are God's.

29 Jesus answered and said 22 When they had heard unto them, Ye do err, not these words they marvelled, knowing the scriptures nor the and left him, and went their power of God. way.

30 For in the resurrection 23 | The same day came they neither marry nor are to him the Sadducees, h which given in marriage; but are as say that there is no resurrec the angels of God in heaven. tion, and asked him,

31 But, as touching the 24 Saying, Master, Moses resurrection of the dead,hi have said, If a man die, having no ye not read that which was children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed

i Issue, children. unta his brother.

j As touching, concerning.

k Resurrection, &c. In the 31 and

32d verses our Saviour is reasoning to f Their wickedness consisted in en shew there was a future state, which deavouring, by indirect questions, to the Sadducees denied. Jesus told induce Jesus to tell them whether it them, that God proclained himself were lawful for the Jews to obey the the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Roman emperor,or whether he him- long after they had been dead, (see self had come to be their temporal Exodus iii. 6.) which he could not prince to relieve them from the yoke have done, unless they still existed in of their enemies.

a future state ; for he could not with : Image and superscription. The any propriety style himself the God current coin a: this time in Judea of those who were finally dead, or had the head of Cesar and his name did not exist; he can be a God only impressed upon it; the piece of mo of those who live either in this or å ney here called a penny, was a Ro future state; therefore the Sadducees man coin, in value about 14 cents. might have understood from the Old

b. Sadducees, a Jewish sect, who "Testament, which they believed, that denied the resurrection of the dead, there was a future scate, and night and that there were angels or spirits

. be a resurrection.

Sadducees confuted. S. Matthew. Pharisees exposed. spoken unto you by God, say 43 He saith unto them, How ing,

then doth David in spirit call 32 I am the God of Abra- him Lord, n saying, ham, and the God of Isaac, 44 The Lord said unto my and the God of Jacob ? God Lord, Sit thou on my right is not God of the dead, but of hand, till I make thine enethe living:

mies thy footstool ? 33 And when the multitude 45 If David then call him heard this they were astonish- Lord, how is he his son ? ed at his doctrine. I

46 And no man was able to 34 9 But when the Phari. answer him a word; neither sees had heard that he had put durst any man, from that day the Sadducees to silence they forth, ask him any more queswere gathered together. tions.

35 Then one of them, which CHAP. XXIII. was a lawyer, asked him a 1 The scribes' and Pharisees' question, tempting him, and good doctrine, but evil exsaying,

amples of life. 34 The des36 Master, which is the truction of Jerusalem foregreat commandment in the told. law ?

THEN spake Jesus to the 37 Jesus said unto him, multitude, and to his disciples, Thou shalt love the Lord thy 2 Saying, the scribes and God with all thy heart, and the Pharisees sit in Moses' with all thy soul, and with all seat. a

3 All, therefore, whatsoev38 This is the first and er they bid you observe, that great commandment.

observe and do ; but do not ye 39 And the second is like after their works; for they unto it, Thou shalt love thy say, and do not. neighbour as thyself.

4 For they bind heavy bur40 On these two command- dens, and grievous to be borne, ments hang m all the law and and lay them on men's shoulthe prophets.

ders; but they themselves will 41 [ While the Pharisees not move them with one of were gathered together, Jesus their fingers. b asked them,

ģBut all their works they 42 Saying, What think ye do for to be seen of men; they of Christ : whose son is he ? They say unto him, The son of

* See Psalm cx. David.

a Moses' seat, the chair of Moses. | Doctrine, instruction.

6 Burdens, &c. which they themm Hang, depend.

selves will not put a finger to.

thy mind.

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