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look'd on as undeserved and feditious. But Jesus replied, If I Would filence these men, the very Stones (as I may say) would cry out; meaning, that they must be mere Stocks or Stones not to discern so clear a manifestation of his being the Meffiah. 1 he Pharisees hereupon advis’d the Sanhedrim to defer no longer the putting in exe cution what they had resolv'd against him, inasmuch as the number of his Disciples augmented daily.

Jalus being not far from Jerusalem, and reflecting on the grievous Calamities which should befal that City thro the

obstinacy of its Inhabitants, could not forbear weeping, and brake forth into this Exclamation : that thou especially of all the Cities of Judai wouldīt lay to heart the things that make for thy Salvation, now that thou art admonilhid of the necessity of a Reformation, which even yet may be thy safeguard against the impending, Ruin! But alas! thy Corruption has rendred thee unable to discern them; and the appointed hour draws near in which thy Enemies shall surround thee, and assault thee on every side, nor Thall they defist till they have put thy Inhabitants to the Sword, and thou be made a heap of Ruins.

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MATTHE W.

MARK
LUKE.

John.
CHA P. XXI. C H A P. XI. CHA P. XIX.

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time of thy visitation. 10 And when he was come into Jerufalem, all the city was moved, saying, who is this?

And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazarech of Galilee.

15 And they came

to Jerusalem : and 12 And Jesus went Jesus went into the 45 And he went in.. into the temple of temple, and began to to the temple, and beGod, and cast our all cast out them that gan to cast out them them that fold and sold and bought in that fold therein, and bought in the temple, the temple, and over- them that bought, and overthrew the threw the tables of tables of the money- the money-changers, changers, and che fears and the seacs of them of them that fold that fold doves; doves;

16 And would not suffer that any man Thould carry any verfel through the temple.

17 And he taught, 13 And said unto saying unto them, is 46 Saying unco them, It is written, it not written, My them, It is written, My house shall be cal- house shall be called My house is the house All these Evils Mall befal thee because thou negligently didst let slip the time in which God by his Ministers has invited thee to repent.

Jefus then entred Jerusalem, follow'd by a vast Crowd, insomuch that the whole : City was in an uproar, and inquir’d who this was that made his entry with so numerous a Retinue that flock'd to him from all parts. The Multitude that came along with him replied, it was Jesues of Nazareth, the Prophet, that came from Galilee.. Now Felix went diredly

to the Temple, and perceiving a great number of Traders there that had brought Doves, and Beasts for Sacrifice, which they expos’d to sale in a place consecrated to the Worship of God, began to drive them out, as he did once before (which is related chap. 11.) and overthrew the Tables of the Mony changers, and the Stalls of those that fold Doves, upbraiding them with their pro fane abuse of a place dedicated to the immediate Service of God, according to those paffages of the Prophets, Isa. 56. 7. Fer.7. 11. wherein it is expresly said that the Temple of Jerusalem should be esteemed by all Nations a place consecrated wholly

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LUKE. CHA P. XXI. C HA P. XI. CHA P. XIX. led the house of pray- of all nations the of prayer : but ye er : but ye have made house of prayer? but have made it a dea of it a don of thieves. ye have made it a dea thieves.

of thieves. 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.

15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David ; they were fore displeased,

16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jefus faith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and fucklings thou hast perfected praise ?

47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests

to the Service of God, whereas they, the Inhabitants of Ferusalem, liad chang'd it as it were into a Den of Thieves, by permitting cunning Merchants to make an unjust gain and advantage of their Brethren.

Fesus's coming into the Temple being rumor'd about the City, the Lame and Blind were brought to him from all parts, all whom he cur'd of their Infirmities; upon which the Children in the Temple cried out, May the coming of Jesus of the Family of David be propitious to us! Which when the chief Priests and Doctors of the Law observed, they came to him, saying, Dost thou not take notice of the importanate and idle Clamors of the Children? Why dost thou not suppress them? Felus replied, that he had taken particular notice of them, and that he saw no reason to contemn these their Acclamations, since it was recorded in Psal. 8. 3. Out of the mouth of Babes and Sucklings haft thou perfečted Praise,

Jefus, not at all afraid of their Machinations againit him, continued to instruct the People that resorted to him daily in the Temple, till the Passover, tho he was not ignorant that the Sanhedrin fought all ways to deitroy him. But they being

MATTHEW. MARK.

LUKE,

JOHN.
CHA P. XIX.

CHA P. XII.
and the scribes, and the chief
of the people fought to de-
stroy him,

48 And could not find what
they might do: for all the peo-
ple were very attentive to hear
him.

20 And there were certain Greeks among them, that came up to worship at the feast:

21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and defired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

22 Philip cometh and celleth Andrew: and again, Andrew and Philip told Jetus.

23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

24 Verily verily I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat

fall into the ground, and die, afraid of the People who admir'd Jesues for his Dodrin, and esteem'd him a Prophet, knew not which way to make any attempt upon him.

CHA P. LIII.
The Curiosity of some Greeks to see Jesus. His Speecb concerning bis Death,

and the Incredulity of the Jews; which ended, he returned in tbe Evening to

Bethany.
THERE were at that time certain Greeks af Jerusalem, who tho not circum-

cis’d, were yet Worshippers of the true God. These came thither against the Passover to offer up their Prayers to God in the Temple; and having heard various reports concerning Jesus, they desired Philip of Bethsaida to introduce them into his presence. Philip not knowing whether Jesus were willing to receive these Greeks, acquainted Andrew with it, and both came to their Master, and told him of their desire to see him. Jesus answered them to this purpose (by which they might perceive that tho he would not refuse admittance to the Gentiles, yet they would be much disappointed if they expected to see one who affected to make himself a King, and was ambitious of a Monarchy bere on Earth) The time approaches, faid he, in which he who is generally look'd on as a mere Man, and one of the Vulgar, shall be rais'd to the highest pitch of Glory, and be manifested not only to the Jews, but the Gentiles also. As a Grain of Wheat is unfruitful, unless it be buried in the

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MARK.
LUKE.

John.
CHA P. XII.

ir abideth alone : but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

25 He that loveth his life, shall lose it : and he that hatech his life in this world, shall keep it unto life eternal.

26 If any man serve me, let him follow me ; and where I am, there shall also my servanc be : if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

27 Now is my soul troubled ; and what shall I say? Father, lave me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, Saying, I have both glorified it, and will glority it 2gain.

Earth and putrefy, but if it be fown and putrefy sends forth a vast increase of Fruit; fo also is it neceffary for me to die and to be buried, before I can admit any of the Gentiles into the number of my Disciples. And in this particular my Disciples must follow my example : for whoever out of a greedy desire of prolonging his Life here, shall renounce my Gospel, will at the same time forfeit all hopes of Eternal Life ; as on the contrary, whoever fall be as it were lavish of his Life in this world by a sted fast adhering to my Gospel, Nall shortly change this transitory Life for one eternal in Heaven, lo far hall he be from being justly deem'd a Loser. Whoever professes himself my Disciple, must follow my example; and such a Servant shall after this mortal Life, be with me in the eternal Seats of Bliss : for whoever shall behave himfelf here on Earth as becomes my Disciple, thall be rewarded by my Father with everlasting Glory in Heaven. And that no one may think I require unequal Conditions from him, as if I were to be exempted from all sense of the Indignities and Torments that will be inflicted on me, I readily own that I am fill'd with horror and apprehension of the Calamities that I foresee will Mortly befal me. Shall I therefore pray my Father to hield me against these impending Evils? But, for this very purpose am I come into the World, that I might endure them. Yet, 6 Father (addrelling himself to God) give some demonstration of my having bin sent by thee. These words were scarce propounded, when a great noise was heard refembling Thunder, and God express’d bimself in words to this purpose : I have already de monftrated this Truth by many Miracles, and will continue to do so still.

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