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36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first and they did unto them likewise.

37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.


38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.


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39 And they caught him, and "cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

been now the betrayers and murderers. They stoned Stephen. 2 Cor. xi. 25: Once was I stoned. 1 THES. ii. 15: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us. HEB. xi. 36, 37: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheep skins and goat skins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented. REV. vi. 9: And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.



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Ps. ii. 8: Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. HEB. i. 2: God-hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things. Ps. ii. 2: The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed. MAT. xxvi. 3: Then assembled together the Chief Priests and the Scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the High Priest. do. xxvii. 1: When the morning was come, all the Chief Priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. ACTS, iv. 25-27: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together.

'MAT. xxvi. 50, &c.: And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they and laid hands on Jesus, and took him, &c. MARK, xiv. 46: And they laid their hands on him, and took him. LUKE, xxii. 54: Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the High Priest's

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40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? 41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.



42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye ye never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the cor

house. JOHN, Xviii. 12, &c.: Then the band, and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, &c. ACTS, ii. 23: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have

crucified and slain.

" HEB. xiii. 12: Jesus-suffered without the gate.


LUKE, XX. 16: He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and give the vineyard to others.

"LUKE, xxi. 24: And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations, and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. HEB. ii. 3: How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.

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'ACTs, xiii. 46: It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing you put it from you and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. do. xv. 7: And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them; Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. do. xviii. 6: And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he [Paul] shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. do. xxviii. 28: Be it known, therefore, unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. ROM. ix. 26: And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. do. xi. 11: I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid : but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

See on LUKE, ii. 34.

ner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

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43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will 'grind him to powder. 11

45 And when the Chief Priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.


46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.


1 The parable of the marriage of the king's son : 9 The vocation of the Gentiles: 12 The punishment of him that wanted the wedding garment: 15 Tribute ought to be paid to Cæsar : 23 Christ confuteth the Sadducees for the resurrection: 34 answereth the Lawyer, which is the first and great commandment: 41 and poseth the Pharisees about the Messiah.

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AND Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

11 It will dash him to shivers. Pu.

2 MAT. viii. 12: The children of the kingdom shall be cast into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. a See on LUKE, ii. 34.

ISA. Ix. 12: The nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. DAN. ii. 34: Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. HEB. ii. 2, 3: For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.


LUKE, vii. 16: They glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up amongst us. JOHN, vii. 40: Many of the people-said, Of a truth this is the prophet.


a LUKE, xiv. 16: A certain man made a great supper, and

2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage1 for his son.

3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not


4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

5 But they made ‘light of it,3 and went their 1 marriage feast. Hum. 2 fat beasts. Pu. 3 neglected. Rh. bade many. REV. xix. 7, 9: Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.

b Ps. lxviii. 11: The LORD gave the word; great was the company of those that published it. JER. xxv. 4: And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear. do. xxxv. 15: I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings:-but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me. REV. xxii. 17: And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst, come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

CPRO. ix. 2: She hath killed her beasts.

a Ps. cvi. 24, 25: Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word: But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD. PRO. i. 24, 25: Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof. - Acts, xxiv. 25 : And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. Rom. ii. 4: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? HEB. ii. 3: How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.


ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.


7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth 'his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were "not worthy.

9 Go ye therefore into the

*shamefully. Co. Cr. Wi.

highways, and

e1 THES. ii. 15: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men. See on MAT. xxi. 35.

fDAN. ix. 26: The people of the prince that shall come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. LUKE, Xix. 27, 43, 44: But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. The days shall come upon thee that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

* ACTs, iii. 26: Unto you first, God having raised up his son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.

1 MAT. x. 11, 13: And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. ACTs, xiii. 46: Seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. REV. iii. 4: Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white : for they are worthy. do. xxii. 14: Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

i ROM. x. xviii: Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

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