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27 Afterwards some of the Sadducees, who deny a future state, Matt. 22. 23. 28 came to him with this question : Rabbi, Moses hath enjoined Nets

in his writings, that a man whose brother died childless outlived Deut. 25. 5.

by his wife, shall marry the widow, and raise issue to his broth29 er. Now there were seven brothers, the first of whom having 30 taken a wife, died childless; the second married the widow, and 31 also died childless; the third too married her, as did likewise 32 the rest; and all the seven died leaving no children. Last of 33 all the woman also died. To which of them, therefore, will she

be the wife at the resurrection; for she hath been married to 34 all the seven? Jesus answering, said unto them: The peo35 ple of this world marry and are given in marriage ; but among

them who shall be honored to share in the resurrection and the

other world, there will be neither marrying nor giving in mar36 riage : For they cannot die any more ; because angel-like they 37 are children of God, being children of the resurrection. But

that the dead are raised, even Moses hath suggested, calling the

Lord who appeared in the bush, the God of Abraham, and the 38 God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is not a God of

the dead, but of the living; for they are all, though dead to us, 39 alive to him. Then some of the Scribes said to him : Rabbi, 40 thou hast spoken well. After that they did not venture to ask

him any more questions. 41 And he said to them : Why is it affirmed that the Messiah Matt. 22. 41. 42 must be a son of David ? Yet David himself says in the book M, 43 of Psalms, " The Lord* said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand 44 until I make thy foes thy footstool.” As David thus calleth

bim his lord, how can he be David's son ? 45 Tben in the audience of the people he said to his disciples : ch. 11. 43. 46 Beware of the scribes, who love to walk in robes, and affect Matt. 23. 6.

salutations in public places, and the principal seats in the syna- Mar. 12., 38. 47 gogues, and the uppermost places at feasts ; who devour the

families of widows, and make long prayers for a disguise. These

shall suffer the severest punishment. XXI. As Jesus was observing the rich casting their gists into the Mar. 12. 41. 2 treasury, he saw an indigent widow throw in two mites. And 3 be said : I tell you truly, that this poor widow hath cast in 4 more than any of them ; for all these, out of their superfluous

store, have thrown into the sacred chest; whereas she hath
thrown in all the little she had to subsist upon.

Mar. 12. 35.
Ps. 110.1.

* Jehovah.

SECTION XIII.-THE LAST SOPPER.

Matt. 24. 1.

ch. 19. 44.

Matt. 24. 3.
Mar. 13. 3.

Mar. 13. 8.

Mar. 13. 1.: 5 SOME having remarked that the temple was adorned with 44. 6 beautiful stones and presents, he said : The time will come

when these things which ye behold shall be so razed, that one 7 stone will not be left upon another. Then they asked him,

saying : Rabbi, when will these things be; and what will be 8 the sign when they are about to be accomplished ? He answer

ed: Take care that ye be not seduced; for many will assume my character, saying, "I am the person,' and the time ap9 proacheth; therefore do not follow them. But when ye shall

hear of wars and insurrections, be not terrified; for these things

must first happen, but the end will not immediately follow. Matt. 24.7. 10 He added : Then will nation rise against nation, and king.

11 dom against kingdom. And there shall be great earthquakes

in sundry places, and famines, and pestilences : there shall be 12 also frightful appearances and great prodigies in the sky. But,

before all this, ye shal} be apprehended and prosecuted, and

consigned to synagogues, and imprisoned, and dragged before 13 kings and governors, because of my naine : and this will afford 14 scope for your testimony. Be therefore resolved not to pre15 meditate what defence ye shall make ; for I will give you an

utterance and wisdom, which none of your adversaries shall be 16 able to refute or resist. And ye shall be given up even by pa

rents and brothers, and kinsmen, and friends, and some of you 17 they will put to death. And, on my account, ye shall be hated 18. universally. Yet not a hair of your head shall be lost. Save

yourselves by your perseverance. 5. 20 Now, when ye shall see Jerusalern invested with armies, 21 know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let those in

Judea flee to the mountains ; let those in the city make their 22 escape, and let not those in the country enter the city : for

these will be days of vengeance, wherein the denunciations of 23 Scripture shall be accomplished. But wo unto the women with

child, and unto them who give suck in those days: for there

shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 They shall fall by the sword; they shall be carried captive in

to all nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden by the Gentiles, Matt. 24. 29. 25 until the times of the Gentiles be over. And there shall be

signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon

26 the earth the anguish of desponding nations; and roarings in 31. & 3.15.

the seas and floods ; men expiring with the fear and apprehension of those things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Then they shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great glory and power.

Matt. 24. 15.
Mar. 13. 14.

Mar. 13. 24. i
Is. 13. 10.
Ezek. 32, 7.
Joel 2: 10,

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28 Now when these things begin to be fulfilled, look up and

lift up your heads, because your deliverance approacheth. 29 He proposed to them also this comparison : Consider the fig- Matt. 24. 32. 30 tree, and the other trees. When ye observe them shooting 31 forth, ye know of yourselves that the summer is nigh. Know

ye in like manner, when ye shall see these events, that the 32 reign of God is nigh. Verily I say unto you, that this genera33 tion shall not pass until all be accomplished. Heaven and earth 34 shall fail; but my words shall not fail. Take heed, therefore,

to yourselves, lest your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting

and drunkenness and worldly cares, and that day come upon 35 you unawares : for as a net it shall enclose all the inhabitants 36 of the earth. Be vigilant, therefore; praying, on every occa

sion, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these im

pending evils, and to stand before the Son of Man. 37" Thus Jesus taught in the temple by day, but retired at night 38 to the mountain called the Mount of Olives. And every morn

ing the people resorted early to the temple to hear him. XXII. NOW the feast of unleavened bread, called the passover, Matt. 26. 1. 2 being near, the chief priests and the scribes sought how they 3 might kill him ; for they feared the people. Then Satan en- Matt. 26. 14

tered into Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was of the number of Mar. 14. 10." 4 the twelve. And he went and concerted with the chief priests 5 and officers, how he might deliver Jesus into their hands. And 6 they were glad, and agreed to give him a certain sum ; which

Judas having accepted, watched an opportunity to deliver him up without tumult. 7 Now the day of unleavened bread being come, on which the Matt. 26. 17. 8 passover must be sacrificed, Jesus sent Peter and John, saying : 9 Go and prepare for us the passover, that we may eat it. They 10 asked him : Where wilt thou that we prepare it? He answered:

When ye enter the city, ye will meet a man carrying a pitcher Il of water ; follow him into the house which he shall enter, and

say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher asketh thee,

Where is the guest-chamber, where I may eat the passover 12 with my disciples ?' And he will show you a large upper-room 13 furnished : make ready there. So they went, and having found

every thing as he had told them, prepared the passover. 14 When the hour was come, he placed himself at table 15 with the twelve apostles, and said to them: Much have I 16 longed to eat this passover with you before I suffer! for I de

clare to you, that I will never partake of another, until it be ac17 complished in the kingdom of God. Then taking a cup, he gave 18 thanks, and said : Take this, and share it amongst you: for I as

sure you that I will not again drink of the product of the vine, until 19 the reign of God be come. Then he took bread, and having giv- Matt. 26. 26.

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Mar. 14. 22.
1 Cor. 11. 23.

Matt. 26. 21
Mar. 14. 18.

Matt. 20. 2

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en thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: This is my

body which is given for you. Do this in commemoration of 20 me. He likewise gave the cup after supper, saying : This cup

is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you. 28.12.: 21 Mark, however, that the hand of him who betrayeth me, is Jo. 13. 21. 22 on the table with mine. The Son of Man is going away, as

hath been determined ; nevertheless, wo unto that man by 23 whom he is betrayed. Then they began to inquire among

themselves, which of them it could be that would do this. Mar. 10. 42.

5. 24 There had been also a contention among them, which of 25 them should be accounted the greatest. And he said to them :

The kings of the nations exercise dominion over them, and they 26 who oppress them are styled benefactors. But with you it

must be otberwise: nay, let the greatest amongst you be as the smallest, and bim who governeth, as he who serveth. For, whether is greater; he who is at table, or he who serveth? Is

it not he that is at table? Yet I am amongst you as one who 28 serveth. Ye are they who have continued with ine in my tri29 als. And I grant unto you to eat and to drink at my table in

my kingdom, (forasmuch as my Father hath granted me a - kingdom), and to sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of

Israel. 31 The Lord said also: Simon, Simon, Satan hath obtained per32 mission to sift you all as wheat; but I have prayed for thee that

thy faith fail not: do thou, therefore, when thou hast recovered Matt. 26. 34. 33 thyself, confirm thy brethren. He answered: Master, I am

34 ready to accompany thee both to prison and to death. Jesus

replied: I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow to-day, be

fore thou have thrice denied that thou knowest me. Matt. 10. 9. 35 Then he said to thein: When I sent you without purse, and

scrip, and shoes, did ye want anytbing ? Nothing, answered 36 they. But now, said he, let bim that hath a purse take it, and

likewise bis scrip; and let him who hath no sword, sell his Isa. 53. 12. 37 mantle and buy one ; for I tell you that this Scripture," he

was ranked among malefactors," is now to be accoinplished in 38 me : for the things relating to me must soon be fulblled. They

said : Master, here are two swords. He replied: It is enough. 39 Then he went out, and repaired, as he was wont, to the Mount

of Olives, and bis disciples followed him. 6. 40 Being arrived there, he said to them : Pray that ye may not

41 yield to temptation. Then being withdrawn from them about a 42 stone's cast, he kneeled down and prayed, saying: Father, if

thou wilt, take this cup away from me; nevertheless, not my 43 will, but thine be done. And there appeared to him a mes44 senger from heaven strengthening him. And being in an agony

of grief, he prayed the more fervently, and his sweat fell like

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Matt. 26. 36
Mar. 14. 13.

Mar. 14. 43.

45 clotted blood to the ground. Having arisen from prayer, and

returned to his disciples, he found them sleeping, oppressed 46 with grief, and said to thein: Why do ye sleep? Arise and

pray, lest the trial overcome you. 47 Before he had done speaking, he saw a multitude, and he Matt. 76. 14.

who was called Judas, one of the twelve, walked before them. Jo. 18. 3. 48 and came up to Jesus to kiss him. Jesus said to him: Judas, 49 betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss ? Now those who

were with him, foreseeing what would happen, said to him : 50 Master, shall we strike with the sword ? And one of them

struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. 51 Jesus said : Let this suffice; and touching his ear, he healed 52 him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, and the officers of

the temple-guard, and the elders who were come to apprehend

him: Do ye come with swords and clubs, as in pursuit of a 53 robber? While I was daily with you in the temple, ye did

not attempt to arrest me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

ers wh priests, his ear, height ear

SECTION XIV.—THE CRUCIFIXION.

THEN they still Peter followed the court,

Matt. 26. 57.
Mar. 14.53.

Matt. 26. 69.

54 THEN they seized him, and led him away to the high- Matt. 26.57. 55 priest's house. And Peter followed at a distance. When they Jo. 18. 13, 34.

had kindled a fire in the middle of the court, and were sitting Mar. 14.66. 56 round it, Peter sat down among them. And a maid servant &

Jo. 18. 16. having observed him sitting by the fire, and viewed him atten57 tively, said: This man also was with him. But he disowned 58 bim, saying : Woman, I know him not. A little while after,

another seeing him, said: Thou also art one of them. Peter 59 answered, Man, I ain not. About an hour after, another aver

red the same thing, saying: This man was surely with him, for

he is a Galilean. Peter answered : Man, I know nothing of 60 this matter. And just as he spake the word, the cock crew. 61 Then the Lord turping, looked upon Peter, and Peter called to 62 mind the word which the Lord had said unto him, “ Before the

cock crow, thou wilt disown me thrice.” And Peter went out,

and wept bitterly. 63 Meantime, they who had Jesus in charge, mocked and beat 64 him; and having blindfolded bim, struck him on the face, and 65 asked him, saying: Divine who it is that smote thee. And

many other abusive things they said against him. 66 As soon as it was day, the national senate, with the chief Matt. 27. I

priests and scribes, were assembled, who having caused him to 67 be brought into their council-chamber, said to him: If thou be 68 the Messiah, tell us. He answered: If I tell you, ye will not

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