GH A P. VHI. CHA P. IX. will come after me, ciples also, he said un- after me, let him delet him deny himself, to them, Whosoever ny himelf, and take and take up his crols,' will conie after me, up his cross,

let him deny himself,
and take up his cross,

daily, and follow me.

and follow me. and follow me. 25 For whosoever 35 For whosoever

24 For whosoever will save his life, shall will save his life, shall will save his life, shall lose it ; and whosoever lose it; but whosoever lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for shall lose his life for will lose his life for my fake, shall find it. my fake and the gof my fake, che same fhall

pels, the fame Thall save it.

save it. 26 For what is a 36 For what shall 25 For what is a man profited, if he it profit a man, if he man advantaged, if he Thall gain the whole fall gain the whole gain the whole world, world, and lose his world, and lose his and lose himself, or own soul?

own soul? or what shall 37 Or what shall a a man give in ex- man give in exchange change for his soul? for his foul?

in 38 Whosoever there 26 For whosoever

fore shall be ashamed shall be ashamed of
of me, and of my me and of my words,
words in this adul- of him shall the Son
terous and fintul gene. be man be afhamed,

be cast away.

· this effect: Whoever desires to be my Disciple, ought (without making account of the

advantages that might redound to him if he were at free liberty) to give himself intirely to the service of God, and daily resolve to adhere firmly to it, and to endure the greatest Misfortunes rather than violate the least of his Commands. Those only that are thus dispofed, Mhall be reputed my Disciples. And take notice moreover, that they who deny me to save their Life, Mall often lose it, and on the contrary, many, who fi:all couragiously hazard it for my fike, shall save it. Thus, if you regard only temporal advantages, it will be beneficial openly to profess your being my Disciples; for what will all the good things you expect to gain by your Treachery, avail you, if at last you lose your Life, the most valuable of all human Bleilings? With how much reason then ought you to part with all these, nay Life it filf, for the obtaining endless Happiness in a future state, which shall be the reward of those only who perlift in a constant profeilion of being my Disciples? For whoever shall not liave the courage in this deprav'd and degenerate Age publicly to own his Obedience to my Gospel, Mall not be est em'd one of my Disciples in that


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racion, of him also when he shall come
Thall the Son of man in his own glory, and
be ashamed, when he in his Fathers, and of
cometh in the glory of the holy angels.
his Father, with the

holy angels.
27 For the Son of
man shall come in the
glory of his Father,
with his angels; and
then he shall reward
every man according CHA P. IX.
to his works.

ND he said 27 But I tell you

unto them, of a truth, There be
standing here, which Verily I say unto you, fome standing here
shall not taste of death, that there be some of which shall not raste
till they see the Son them that stand here, of death, till they
of man coming in which shall not rafte see the kingdom of
his kingdom. of death, till they God.

have seen the king-
dom of God
come with power.

to you, There be Yome 'ANUR

Day when I fall come to judg the World with all the Pomp. of Heaven and the holy Angels: For let no one doubt but there Mall be such a day of Judgment in which I Thall come surrounded with divine Majesty, and attended by the Angels as Executioners of my Decrees, to reward men according to their Actions in this Life; nay, there are some here present who shall not dy till they have seen one remarkable instance of this my Office executed on the men of this Age.

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ND after six 2 And afçer fix · 28 And it came to

days, Jesus days, Jesus raketh pass about eight days taketh Peter, James, with him Peter, and after these sayings, he and John his brother, James, and John, and took Peter, and John, and bringeth them up leadeth them up into and James, and went into an high moun- an high mountain a- up into a mountain cain apart, part by themselves:.

to pray.
2 And was trans and he was trans 29 And as he pray-
figured before them, figured before them. ed, the fathion of his
and his face did shine 3 And his raiment countenance was al-
as the fun, and his became shining ex- rered, and his rai-
raiment. was white as ceeding white as snow; ment was white and
the light.

so as no fuller
on earth can white

them. 3. And behold, there

4. And there ap 30 And behold; appeared unto them peared unto them É- there talked with him Mofes and Elias talk- lias, with Mofes.: two men, which were ing with him. and they were talking Moses and Elias.:

with Jesus.

С НА Р. XXXVI: The Transformation of Christ, and a:Voice from Heaven commanding

Men to hear him. The Discourse of Christ concerning Elias. The Cure of a Boy poslesed with a dumb Dæmon, which his Apostles could not cast out: Christ foretels his Death and Resurrection to his Apostles, who do not comprehend his meaning.

THE eighth day after these Discourses, pafs d, Films commanded Peter, James

and John, the Sons of Zebedee, to retire with him into a very high Mountain, where he might pray without interruption from the Multitude. While he was at his Devotion; not far from the three Apostles jult now mention'd, suddenly hisCountenance chang’d, and began to thine with divine Majelty, infómuch that the Eyes of the men were no more able to endure the Splendor of his Looks, than they could behold the Sun in its brightest Luftre. His Garment also glitter'd with so pure a white, as furpass’d the Art of Men to imitate. There were also with him two Men, who appear'd in the fame Glory, and clad in the same Robes, who by their Discourse prov’d. to be Moses and Elias, the two greatest Prophets God had







31 Who appeared in glory, and 1pake of his decease, which he Thould accomplish at Jerusalem.

32 Buc Perer, and

they that were with

him, were heavy with
Neep : and when they
were awake, they
saw his glory, and
the two

men that
stood with him.

33 And it came to pass, as they deparred

from him, 4 Then answered s And Perer an

Peter saidlunPecer, and said unto swered and said to to Jesus, Malter, it is Jesus, Lord, it is good Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be for us to be here : if good for us to be here, and let us make thou wilt, let us make here: and let us make three cabernacles, one here three tabernacles, three tabernacles; one for thee, and one one for thee, and one for thee, and one for for Moses, and one

for Moses, and one Mofes, and one for for Elias : - for Elias.

6 For he wist noc

not knowing
what to say,

what he said.

for they

were sore afraid. s while he yet

34 While he thus Spake,


formerly sent to Men. The Subject of their Discourse was concerning the Punishments to be inflicted upon the obstinate Inhabitants of Jerusalem. A little before this, Peter and his two Brethren were fast alleep, but now waking, they beheld this glorious Congress, and heard part of their Discourse. Not long after, Moses and Elias began to take their leave of Jesus ; and Peter willing to detain them, said to Jesus, Malter, it is very beneficial for us to continue here, give us leave therefore to make three Tabernacles with the Boughs of Trees, one for thee, another for Moses, and a third for Elias. Now Peter was so astonish'd (as were the other Apostles also) that he learce knew what he said, since he might easily have understood that Mofes and Elias were not come down from Heaven to make any long itay among Mortals here on Earth. Peter had scarce made an end of speak.



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behold a tright cloud 7. And there was a

there came a overshadowed them: cloud that oversha. cloud, and overshadowed them :

lowed them :

and they feared, as they entred into

the cloud. and belold a

35 And there came voice out of the cloud, voice came out of the a voice out of the which said, This is my cloud, saying, This cloud, saying, This is beloved Son,

is my beloved Son, my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased ; hear ye him. hear him.

hear him. 6 And when the difciples heard it, they tell on their face, and were sore afraid.

7 And Jesus came ard touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 8 And when they 8 And suddenly

36 And when the had lift up their eyes, when they had looked voice was past, Jesus they saw no man, fave round about, they saw was found alone : Jesus only.

no man any more,
save Jefus only with

9 And as they came 9 And as they caine
down from the moun- down from the moun-
tain, Jesus charged tain, he charged them
them, saying, Tell that they should tell

ing, when a most bright Cloud came down from Heaven, and encompassed all that were prelent, which increas’d the amazement of the Apostles, who perceiv'd themselves inclos' in it. Then the Voice of God was heard out of the middle of the Cloud, expressing himself to this effect: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased : Give diligent attention to his Doctrine and Precepts. The Apostles having heard the Voice, were so terrified, that they fell fat with their faces upon the ground.

But Fesus coming to them, commanded them to rise and chear up. They accordingly obey'd, and looking round faw neither the Cloud, nor the men that had kept their Mafter company, whom they now beheld with his usual Countenance, and the Habit he had on before tris Transformation.

Jesus then came down from the Mountain, with his Apostles, and, by the way commanded them not to discover what they had seen till after his Resurrection


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