CHA P. XX. unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unco the first.

9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man 2 penny.

10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more, . and they likewise seccived every man a penny.

It And when they had reo ceived it, they murmured against the good man of the house,

12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have born the burden and heat of the day.

13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong, didst noc thou e agree with me for a penny ?

14 Take that chine is; and go thy way : I will give unco this: lalt, even as unto thee.

15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? is thine eye evil, because I am : good?

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receive their Wages, the Master order'd his Steward to call them all to him, and.pay them off, beginning with thofe he had hired last of all. Those there fore that were hir'd at the eleventh hour, came and received each a Denarius or feven pence half-penny: The first perceiving this, were in hopes of a much greater recompence, by how much they had work'd harder than the rest. But they also receiv'd no more, which made them murmur against the Master of the House, complaining that it was not fair to give those who came but in the evening the same pay with themselves, who had born the heat and toil of a whole day. But he faid to one of 'em ; Friend, what is the reason of this complaint? I do thee no wrong, since I pay thee punctually for what we bargain’d: Be content with receiving what is due to thee, and go thy way; thy muttering is not like to make me alter my resolution of rewarding these last comers equally with thee. Is it not in my power to bestow my mony as I see fitting ? and doft-thou envy my liberality to others?


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So also as to what relates to the Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven; those who last of all have bin made acquainted with my Gospel, and have not taken pains in propagating it, as living in those times in which it shall have spread it self far and near, Thall receive the same recompence with those that were first called to the knowledg of it, and have labour'd hard to increase the number of my Disciples, in times of Perfecution for my Names sake: and thus the last Mall receive an equal distribution with the rest. 'Tis true, many are now call’d, who have bin made acquainted with the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, yet very few excel others by an exemplary Virtue. Think it not strange therefore, that in the day of retribution, many to whom the Gospel will be last of all reveald, shall be made equal Narers with these first converts in the rewards of Heaven.

CH A P. L.
The Resurrection of Lazarus ; upon which the Sanhedrim confult bow tbey

ay put Christ to death.
WHILE Jesus was returning from Judæa into Galilec, it happen'd that Laza-

rus of Bethany, whom he greatly lov'd, fell sick. Now he was the Brother of Martha and Mary, at whole house fesus formerly lodged ; the latter of which, as we shall relate, anor:ited his feet with a precious Ointment, and wip'd them with the hair of her head. These Sisters knowing how much their Brother was beloved by him, sent to acquaint him with his Sickness, that if he saw fit he might restore him to his health. Jesus having heard it, comforted them by assuring them they should not by this Distemper be depriy'd of their Brother Lazarus ; but that he


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CA A P. XI. unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode tivo days still in the same place where he was.

7 Then after that saith he co his disciples, Let us go inco Ju

8 His disciples fay unto him, Master, the Jews of lace fought to stone thee; and goeft chou. chither again?

9 Jesus answered, Are there. not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he. Aumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

1 These things said he : and after that, he faith unto them, Our friend Lazarus Necpeth ; but I go that I may awake him out of sleep.

would not as yet cure him, that the power of God might be the more conspicuous by a remarkable Miracle, which would raise the wonder of many to a no small admiration of the Son of God. Wherefore, tho Jesus had a very great kindness for the whole family, and especially for Lazarus, yet he continued in those parts two days after he had receiv'd the Message. When these were expir’d, he acquainted his Apostles with his design of returning into Fudaa, who endeavor'd to deter him from it, by representing that the Jews took all occasions, as he well knew, to ftone. him, and therefore it was not safe to trust himself among them. Jesus replied inthis Similitude : As there are twelve hours in the day, in which a man is in no danger of stumbling, having the Light of the Sun to guide him, but is very liable to it in the night by reason of the darkness ; fo also I have nothing to be afraid of, while the time lasts in which God has determin’d to secure me against all the attacks. and underminings of the Jews, and I fall only be in danger when that time is expir'd, and the dark Powers of the Wicked unrestrain d. When he had thus spoke, he said to his Apostles, Our Friend Lazarus fleeps, but I am going into Judea to





C H A P. XI.
12 Then said his disciples,
Lord, if lie Neep, he shall do

13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his
death : but they thought that
he had spoken of taking of rest
in scep.

14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

15 And I am glad for your fakes chat I was not there to the intent ye may believe) nevertheless, let us go unto him.

16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, thac we may die with him.

17 Then when Jesus came, - he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

18 (Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off)

19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brocher.

20 Then Martha, as soon as Ne heard that Jesus was coming, went and mer him: bur Mary lat Still in the house.


awake him. The Apostles answer'd, that if he flept, he would in all likelihood

and so there would be no occasion for his journy; for Fesus having spoke concerning the sleep of Death, they misunderstood his words of taking rest in kleep. He then plainly told them that he was dead; and that he was glad he had not bin at Bethany during his sickness, because at his Sister's intreaty he hould have cur'd him.; whereas now he had an occasion of showing a remarkable Miracle, which would confirm their Faith. For which reason he told them he was refolv'd to go thither. Thomas, firnamed Didymies, said to the rest of the Apostles, Let us also go with him, that if it be necessary we may dy together with him, rather than betray our Trust.

When Jesus arriv'd at Bethany, the Body of Lazarus had bin four days buried, and many of the Citizens were come from Jerufalem, which was but about two miles distant, to condole with Martha and Mary for the loss of their Brother. Martha, when she heard Jesus was coming, went to meet him, but Mary remain d behind

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C H A P. XI. 21 Then said Marcha unto Jetus, Lord, if thou hadft been here, my brother had not died.

22 But I know, that even now whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it chee.

23 Jesus faith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

24 Marcha faith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the refurrection at the last day.

25 Jesus said unto her, I am che relurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

26 And whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall never dic. Believest thou this?

27 She faith unto him, Yea, Lord : I believe that chou art the Christ the Son of God, which Thould come into the world.

28 And when she had so said, the went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and callech for thee.

29 As soon as the heard that, The arose quickly, and came unco him.

with the Company: Martha, as soon as the law him, cried out, O Sir, if you had bin here four days ago, my Brother had not bin dead; but I know very well that whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, he will grant thee; not daring to add, that at his request God would not refuse to restore a man to life that had bin four days dead, which he was not wont to grant. But Jesus knowing her thoughts, comforted her, by assuring her he would raise her Brother again to Life. Martha re plied, that he doubted not but he should be rais'd again at the general Resurrection. But, answer'd Jesus, I have received power from my Father of restoring every one to life that believe in me; and whoever lives and believes on me, shall not die eternally. Believest thou what I say to thee? She replied, Lord, I believe whatever thou hast faid, since I make no doubt but thou art the Meffah, the Son of God, which was to come among us. Having faid this, Me return'd home, and told her sister that the Maiter was return'd out of Galilee, and would speak with her. Mary immediatly arole, and leaving the Company repair'd to Jesus, pad


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