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these things be? and what will
be the sign of thy coming, and
of the conclusion of the age?"
4 Then Jesus answering, said
to them, "Take heed that no
one deceive you.
5 For many
will come in my name, saying,
'I am Christ;' and will deceive
many. 6 And ye will soon hear
of wars and rumours of wars:
see that ye be not troubled: for
[all] these things must come to
pass, but the end is not yet. 7
For nation will rise against na-
tion, and kingdom against king-
dom; and there will be famines,
and pestilences, and
quakes, in many places. 8 But
all these things are the begin-
ning of sorrows.

not him that is on the house-top, go down, to take any thing out of his house: 18 nor let him that is in the field turn back to take his garments. 19 But alas for them that are with child, and for them that give suck, in those days! 20 And pray ye that your flight be not in win ter, nor on the sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribula tion such as hath not been since the beginning of the world, to this time; no, nor ever will be. 22 And unless those days should be shortened, no one could be earth-preserved: but because of the chosen, those days will be shortened.

9" Then will they deliver you up to affliction, and will kill you; and ye will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10 And then many will fall away, and will deliver up one another, and will hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and will deceive many. 12 And because iniquity will be multiplied, the love of many will become cold: 13 but whosoever endureth to the end, he shall be preserved. 14 And these glad tidings of the reign will be preached in all the world, for a witness to all nations; and then the end will come.

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23" Then if any one say to you, Lo! here is the Christ, or there;' believe not. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will propose great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if it were possible, even the chosen. 25 Lo! I have fore told you this. 26 Wherefore, if they say to you, Behold, he is in the desert;' go not forth: Behold, he is in the secret chambers;' believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth to the west; so [also] will be the com ing of the Son of man. 28 [For] wheresoever the carcase is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

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15 "When, therefore, ye see the desolating abomination, spo-lation of those days, the sun will ken of by the prophet Daniel, be darkened, and the moon will standing on holy ground, (let not give her light, and the stars him who readeth consider,) 16 will fall from heaven, and the then let those that are in Judea, powers of the heavens will be flee to the mountains: 17 let shaken. 30 And then will ap

pear the sign of the Son of man, in heaven; and then will all the tribes of the land lament, and will see the Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven, with great power and glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet; and they will gather together his chosen, from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32" But learn a parable from the fig-tree: When its branch is now tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: 33 so likewise, when ye see all these things, know ye that the Son of man is near, even at the door. 34 Verily I tell you, This generation will not pass away till all these things be accomplished. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away; but my words cannot pass away. 36 "But of that day and hour no one knoweth; no, not the angels of heaven; but the Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so will also be the coming of the Son of

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38 For as in the days [before those] of the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered into the ark; 39 and understood not, until the flood came and destroyed them all; so also will be the coming of the Son of man. 40 Then will two men be in the field, the one will be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; the one

42 "Watch therefore: for ye know not at what hour your master will come. 43 But this ye know, that if the householder knew at what time of the night the thief would come, he would watch, and not suffer him to break into his house. 44 Wherefore, be ye also ready; for in an hour of which ye think not, the Son of man will come.

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45 "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master hath placed over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Happy is that servant whom his master, on coming, shall find so employed. 47 Verily I tell you, that he will place him over all that he hath. 48 But as to that vicious servant, who shall say in his heart, My master delayeth his coming;' 49 and shall begin to strike his fellow-servants, and eat and drink with the drunken; 50 the master of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour of which he is not aware; 51 and will discard him, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there will be weeping, and gnashing of teeth.

CH. XXV. 1" Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five foolish. 3 The foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with.

them: 4 but the wise took oil, in their vessels, besides their lamps. 5 And, while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry, 'Behold! the bridegroom [cometh]: go ye forth to meet him.'

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7 "Then all those virgins rose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil: for our lamps are going out.' 9 But the wise answered, saying, Lest there be not enough for us and you, go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' 10 And, while they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and those who were ready went in with him to 22 "Then he also that [had the marriage-feast; and the received] the two talents, comdoor was shut. 11 And after-ing, said, Sir thou deliveredst wards came also the other vir- unto me two talents: see, I gins, saying, Master, master, have gained [besides them] two open for us.' 12 But he answer- other talents.' 23 His master ing, said, 'Verily I tell you, I said to him, Well done, good know you not.' and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter into the joy of thy master.'

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13"Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour, wherein the Son of man cometh. 14 For he is like a man who, intending to travel, called his servants, and delivered to them

18 But he that had received the one, went and digged a hole in the ground, and hid his master's money.

19 "Now after a long time the master of those servants came, and reckoned with them.

deed he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his ability; and immediately set out on his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents, went and traded with them, and gained other five [talents]. 17 And in like manner he that had received the two, [he also] gained other two

20" Then he that had receiv ed the five talents, coming, brought other five talents, saying, Sir, thou deliveredst to me five talents: see, I have gained [besides them] five other talents." 21 His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant : thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter into the joy of thy master."

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24" Then he that had received the one talent, coming, said, his effects: 15 and to one in-Sir, I know that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not scattered: 25 and being afraid, I went and hid thy talent in the ground: see, thou hast what is thine."" 26" Then his master answering, said to him, 'Malignant and slothful servant! Didst thou know that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have

not scattered? 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers; and then, at my coming, I should have received mine own with interest. 28 Take ye therefore the talent from him, and give it to him that hath the ten talents. 29 For to every one that improveth, more shall be given, and he shall abound: but from him that improveth not, even that which he hath shall be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

31" SO when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 and before him will be gathered all nations: and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats: 33 and he will set the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on his left.

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when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 And when did we see thee a stranger, and lodged thee? or naked and clothed thee? 39 And when did we see thee sick, or in prison, and came to thee?' 40 And the king will reply to them,

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Verily I tell you, Inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it to me.'

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41 "Then he will say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into the aionian fire, prepared for the impostor and his emissaries. 42 For I was hungry, and ye gave me no food: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye lodged me not: naked and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.'

44"Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister

34 "Then the king will say to them on his right hand, to thee?' 45 Then he will an'Come, ye blessed of my Fa-swer them, saying, 'Verily I ther, inherit the kingdom pre-tell you, Inasmuch as ye did it pared for you from the foun- not to one of the least of these, dation of the world. 35 For Iye did it not to me.' 46 And was hungry, and ye gave me these shall go away into aiofood: I was thirsty, and ye gave nian punishment but the me drink: I was a stranger, and righteous into aionian life." ye lodged me: 36 I was naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison and ye came to me.'

CH. XXVI. 1 AND it came to pass, when Jesus had ended all these words, that he said to his disciples, 2" Ye know that after two days will be the passover: and then the Son of man

37" Then the righteous will answer him, saying, Lord,

The word here rendered punishment, properly signifies correction inflicted for the be. nefit of the offender. The word aionian is explained in the preface: which see.

will be delivered up to be cruci- | the chief-priests, 15 and said, fied." "What are ye willing to give me, and I will deliver him up to you?" And they weighed to him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that time he sought for a convenient opportunity to deliver him up.

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17 NOW on the first day of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying [to him], "Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee, to eat the pass6 NOW Jesus being in Be- over? 18 And he said, " Go into thany, in the house of Simon the city to such a man, and say the leper, 7 a woman came to to him, The Master saith, My him, having an alabaster-box of time is near; I will keep the most precious ointment, and passover at thy house, with my poured it out on his head as he disciples.' 19 And the disciwas at table. 8 But [his] disciples did as Jesus had commandples seeing it, said, with indig-ed them and they made ready nation, Why is this waste? the passover. 9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor." 10 And Jesus knowing this, said to them,

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Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath done a good deed to me. 11 For ye have the poor with you always; but me ye have not always. 12 For she hath poured this ointment on my body, to embalm me. 13 Verily I tell you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, this also which she hath done shall be spoken of, for a memorial of her."

20 Now in the evening, he placed himself at table with the Twelve. 21 And as they were eating, he said "Verily I tell you, that one of you will deliver me up." 22 And they were very sorrowful; and began every one of them to say to him, "Master, is it I?" 23 And he answering, said, "He who dippeth his hand with me in the dish, even he will deliver me up. 24 The Son of man goeth indeed, as it is written of him: but alas for that man by whom the Son of man is delivered up! good were it for that man if he were not born."* 25 Then Judas, who

3 THEN the chief-priests, [and the scribes,] and the elders of the people, assembled together in the palace of the high-priest, who was called Caiaphas; 4 and consulted how they might apprehend Jesus by craft, and kill him. 5 But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be a disturbance among the people."

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14 THEN one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to

* The text is ambiguous. It is literally, "Good were it for him, if that man were not born." It will admit of the following constructions, "Good were it for him (the Son ofman) if that man (the traitor) were not born." Or, "Good were it for him, (the traitor) if that man (the Son of man) were not born." Or, (what is more probably the true sense.) "Good were it for him, (the traitor) if that man, (the traitor) were not born." Or, lastly, (which is nearly the same in sense) "Good were it for him. (the traitor) if he were not born that man." But, "Good were it for that man (the traitor) if he had never been born," (that is, never existed) is a construction that the words will not possibly bear.

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