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MATT. XXIV. 45-47.
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love thee. He saith unto him, Feed the fruit of my labour : yet what I my sheep. He saith unto him the shall choose I wot not. For I am in a third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest strait betwixt two, having a desire to thou me? Peter was grieved because depart, and to be with Christ; which he said unto him the third time, Lovest is far better, Phil. i. 21–23. For I thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, am now ready to be offered, and the thou knowest all things ; thou know time of my departure is at hand. I est that I love thee. Jesus saith unto have fought a good fight, I have finish. him, Feed my sheep, John xxi. 15—ed my course, I have kept the faith : 17. And I, brethren, could not speak Henceforth there is laid up for me unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto a crown of righteousness, which the carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. Lord, the righteous judge, shall give I have fed you with milk, and not with me at that day: and not to me only, meat; for hitherto ye were not able but unto all them also that love his apto bear it, neither yet now are ye able, pearing, 2 Tim. iv. 6—8. Yea, I 1 Cor. iii. 1, 2. And he gave some, think it meet, as long as I am in this apostles ; and some, prophets ; and tabernacle, to stir you up by putting some, evangelists; and some, pastors you in remembrance; Knowing that and teachers. For the perfecting of shortly I must put off this my taberthe saints, for the work of the minis- | nacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ try, for the edifying of the body of hath shewed me. Moreover, I will Christ : Till we all come in the unity endeavour that ye may be able after of the faith, and of the knowledge of my decease to have these things althe Son of God, unto a perfect man, ways in remembrance, 2 Pet. i. 13— unto the measure of the stature of the 1). I know thy works, and charity, fulness of Christ, Eph. iv. 11–13. and service, and faith, and thy patiThe elders which are among you I ex- ence, and thy works; and the last to hort, who am also an elder, and a wito be more than the first, Rev. ii. 19. Beness of the sufferings of Christ, and hold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he also a partaker of the glory that shall that watcheth, and keepeth his garbe revealed. Feed the flock of God ments, lest he walk naked, and they which is among you, taking the over- see his shame, xvi, 15. sight thereof, not by constraint, but
VER. 47. willingly ; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind : neither as being lords
'Αμήν λέγω υμίν, ότι επί πάσι τοις over God's heritage, but being en
υπάρχουσιν αυτού καταστήσει αυτόν. samples to the flock, 1 Pet. v. 1-3. Verily I say unto you, a That he shall
inake him ruler over all his gonds. VER. 46.
a His lord said unto him, Well done, Maxácsos ó doữaoç extīvos, év érdày ô xú- thou good and faithful servant : thou ριος αυτού εύρήσει ποιoύντα ούτως. hast been faithful over a few things, I
a Blessed is that servant, whom his lord will make thee ruler over many things : when he cometh shall find so doing.
enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
His lord said unto him, Well done, a Then shall the King say unto them good and faithful servant; thou hast on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of been faithful over a few things, I will my Father, inherit the kingdom pre- make thee ruler over many things : pared for you from the foundation of enter thou into the joy of thy lord, the world, Matt. xxv. 54. Blessed Matt. xxv. 21. 23. And they that are those servants, whom the lord be wise shall shine as the brightness when he cometh shall find watch of the firmament : and they that turn ing : verily I say unto you, that he many to righteousness as the stars for shall gird himself, and make them to ever and ever, Dan. xii. 3. Blessed sit down to meat, and will come forth are those servants whom the lord when and serve them, Luke xii. 37. Blessed he cometh shall find watching: verily is that servant, whom his lord when I say unto you, that he shall gird himhe cometh shall find so doing, 43. For self, and shall make them to sit down to me to live, is Christ, and to die, is to meat, and will come forth and serve gain. But if I live in the flesh this is them, Luke xii. 37. Of a truth I say
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MATT. XXIV. 47-49.
unto you, that he will make him ruler shall come in the last days scoffers, over all that he hath, 44. And he walking after their own lusts, And saysaid unto him, Well, thou good ser. ing, Where is the promise of his comvant : because thou hast been faith- ing? for since the fathers fell asleep, ful in a very little, have thou autho- all things continue as they were from rity over ten cities, xix. 17. And I the beginning of the creation. For appoint unto you a kingdom, as my this they willingly are ignorant of, Father hath appointed unto me: That that by the word of God the beavens ye may eat and drink at my table in were of old, and the earth standing my kingdom, and sit on thrones judg. out of the water, 2 Pet. iii. 3—5. ing the twelve tribes of Israel, xxii.
VER. 49. 29, 30. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there ir lieur de rai givetv metà rão uslubyrer
Και άρξηται τύπτειν τους συνοδούλους, shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour,
And shall begin a to smite his fellowJohn xii. 26. If we suffer we shall servants, and to eat and drink with the also reign with him: if we deny him, drunken ; he also will deny us, 2 Tim. ii. 12. a Hear the word of the Lord, ye And when the chief Shepherd shall that tremble at his word; Your breappear, ye shall receive a crown of thren that hated you, that cast you glory that fadeth not away, 1 Pet. v. out for my name's sake, said, Let the 4. To him that overcometh will I Lord be glorified : but he shall apgrant to sit with me in my throne, pear to your joy, and they shall be even as I also overcame, and am set ashamed, Isa. Ixvi. 3. For ye suffer, down with my Father in his throne, if a man bring you into bondage, if a Rev. iii. 21. He that overcometh man devour you, if a man take of you, shall inherit all things; and I will be if a man exalt himself, if a man smite his God, and he shall be my son, you on the face, 2 Cor. xi. 20. Neixxi. 7.
ther as being lords over God's heritage, VER. 48.
but being ensamples to the flock, 1 Pet. 'Eày dà dirin ó xaxos , deīnog ixtīvos in. Diotrephes, who loveth to have the
v. 3. I wrote unto the Church : but καρδία αυτού• Χρονίζει ο κύριός μου ελθείν.
pre-eminence among them, receiveth But and if that eril servant shall a suy us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will in his heart, b My lord delu yeth his remember his deeds which he doeth, coming;
prating against us with malicious a For from within, out of the heart words : and not content therewith, of men, proceed evil thoughts, adul- neither doth he himself receive the teries, fornications, murders, Mark brethren, and forbiddeth them that vii. 21. But and if that servant say would, and casteth them out of the in his heart, My lord delayeth his Church, 3 John 9, 10. For they have coming, Luke xii. 45. Repent there shed the blood of saints and prophets, fore of this thy wickedness, and pray and thou hast given them blood to God, if perhaps the thought of thine drink; for they are worthy, Rev. xvi. heart may be forgiven thee, Acts 6. And I saw the woman' drunken viii. 22.
with the blood of the saints, and with Because sentence against an evil the blood of the martyrs of Jesus : work is not executed speedily, there and when I saw her, I wondered with fore the heart of the sons of men is great admiration, xvii. 6. For true fully set in them to do evil, Ec. viii. and righteous are his judgments : for 11. Son of man, what is that proverb he hath judged the great whore, which that ye have in the land of Israel, saydid corrupt the earth with her forni. ing, The days are prolonged, and cations, and hath avenged the blood every vision faileth ? Ezek. xii. 92. of his servants at her hand, xix. 2. Son of man, behold, they of the house • Beware of false prophets, which of Israel say, The vision that he seeth come to you in sheep's clothing, but inis for many days to come, and he pro- wardly they are ravening wolves, Matt. phesieth of the times that are far off, vii. 15. And the priest's custom with 27. Knowing this first, that there the people was, that when any man
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MATT. XXIV. 49–51.
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offered sacrifice, the priest's servant of adultery, and that cannot cease came, while the flesh was in seething, from sin ; beguiling unstable souls: with a flesh-hook of three teeth in his an heart they have exercised with hand ; And he struck it into the pan, covetous practices ; cursed children, or kettle, or cauldron, or pot; all that 2 Pet. ii. 13, 14. These are spots in the flesh-hook brought up the priest your feasts of charity, when they feast took for himself. So they did in Shi- with you, feeding themselves without loh unto all the Israelites that came fear: clouds they are without water, carthither. Also before they burnt the ried about of winds; trees whose fruit fat, the priest's servant came, and withereth, without fruit, twice dead, said to the man that sacrificed, Give plucked up by the roots, Jude 12. flesh to roast for the priest ; for he
VER. 50. will not have sodden flesh of thee,
“Ηξει ο κύριος του δούλου εκείνου εν ημέρα but raw. And if any man said unto ou raspoodoxa, xai ly Sopa i ov YIVÁTHEL him, Let them not fail to burn the fat
The lord of that servant shall a come presently, and then take as much as
in a day when he looketh not for him, thy soul desireth ; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it and in an hour that he is not aware of, me now: and if not, I will take it by what hour your Lord doth come, ver.
a Watch therefore : for ye know not force, 1 San. ii. 13-16. Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice, and at mine 42. Therefore be ye also ready: for in offering, which I have commanded of man cometh, 44.
He, that being
such an hour as ye think not the Son in my habitation; and honourest thy often reproved hardeneth his neck, sons above me, to make yourselves shall suddenly be destroyed, and that fat with the chiefest of all the offer without remedy, Prov. xxix. 1. For ings of Israel my people? 29. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we
yourselves know perfectly that the will åll ourselves with strong drink; the night, 1 Thess. v. 2. Remember
day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in and to morrow shall be as this day, therefore how thou hast received and and much more abundant, Isa. Ivi. 12. heard, and hold fast, and repent. If Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe
therefore thou shalt not watch, I will the wool, ye kill them that are fed : but ye feed not the flock, Ezek. xxxiv.
come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt 3. Thus saith the LORD concerning thee, Rev. iii. 3.
not know what hour I will come upon the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry,
VER. 51. Peace; and he that putteth not into
Και διχοτομήσει αυτόν, και το μέρος their mouths, they even prepare war
αυτού μετά των υποκριτών θήσει εκεί έσ. against him, Mic. iii. 5.
ται ο κλαυθμός και ο βρυγμός των οδόντων. that are such serve not our Lord Jesus
And a shall cut him asunder, band Christ, but their own belly; and by appoint him his portion with the hypogood words and fair speeches deceive crites: Cthere shall be weeping and the hearts of the simple, Rom. xvi. gnashing of teeth. 18. Whose end is destruction, whose
Or, cut him off. God is their belly, and whose glory is in a And Samuel said, As thy sword their shame, who mind earthly things, hath made woman childless, so shall Phil. iii. 19. Whose mouths must be thy mother be childless among wostopped, who subvert whole houses, men. And Samuel hewed Agag in teaching things which they ought not, pieces before the Lord in Gilgal, 1 for filthy lucre's sake. One of them. Sam. xv. 33. Therefore I make a deselves, even a prophet of their own, cree, that every people, nation, and said, The Cretians are alway liars, language, which speak any thing amiss evil beasts, slow bellies, Tit. i. 11, 12. against the God of Shadrach, MeAnd shall receive the reward of un- shech, and Abednego, shall be cut righteousness, as they that count it in pieces, Dan. iii. 29. pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots This is the portion of a wicked They are and blemishes, sporting them- man from God, and the heritage apselves with their own deceivings, while pointed unto him by God, Job xx. 29. they feast with you; Having eyes full l The sinners in Zion are afraid ; fear.
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A. D. 33. fulness hath surprised the hypocrites. I lous over you with godly jealousy: Who among us shall dwell with the for I have espoused you to one husdevouring fire? who among us shall band, that I may present you as a dwell with everlasting burnings? Isa. chaste virgin to Christ, 2 Cor. xi. 2. Xxxiii. 14. The lord of that servant Husbands, love your wives, even as will come in a day when he looketh Christ also loved the Church, and gave not for him, and at an hour when he is himself for it ; That he might sanctify ‘not aware, and will cut him in sun and cleanse it with the washing of der, and will appoint him his portion water by the word, That he might with the unbelievers, Luke xii. 46. present it to himself a glorious Church, See on chap. viii. ver. 12. clause 2. not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such
thing; but that it should be holy and CHAP. XXV.-VER. 1.
without blemish. So ought men to
love their wives as their own bodies. Τότε ομοιωθήσεται και βασιλεία των ου- I He that loveth his wife loveth him. ρανών δέκα παρθένοις, αίτινες λαβούσαι τας | self. For no man ever yet hated his λαμπάδας αυτών, εξήλθον εις απάντησιν
own flesh; but nourisheth and cheτου νυμφίου.
risheth it, even as the Lord the Church : Then shall athe kingdom of heaven be For we are members of his body, of likened unto ten virgins, 5 which took his flesh, and of his bones. For this their lamps, and C went forth to meet the
cause shall a man leave his father bridegroom.
and mother, and shall be joined unto
his wife, and they two shall be one a See on chap. iii. ver. 2. clause 2. flesh. This is a great mystery: but
bLet your light so shine before men, I speak concerning Christ and the that they may see your good works, Church. Nevertheless let every one and glorify your Father which is in of you in particular so love his wife heaven, Matt. v. 16. Let your loins even as himself; and the wife see that be girded about, and your lights burn- she reverence her husband, Eph. v. ing; And ye yourselves like unto men 25--33. Let us be glad and rejoice, that wait for their lord, when he will and give honour to him: for the marreturn from the wedding ; that when he riage of the Lamb is come, and his cometh and knocketh, they may open wife hath made herself ready, Rev. unto him immediately,Luke xii. 35, 36. xix. 7. See also chap. ix. ver. 15. That ye may be blameless and harm- clause 1. less, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse
VER. 2. nation, among whom ye shine as Πέντε δε ήσαν εξ αυτών φρόνιμοι, και αι lights in the world; Holding forth FÉVTE raagai. the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run
And a five of them were wise, and five in vain, neither laboured in vain, Phil.
were foolish. ii. 15, 16. Henceforth there is laid a Therefore whosoever heareth up for me a crown of righteousness, these sayings of mine, and doeth which the Lord, the righteous judge, them, I will liken him unto a wise shall give at that day: and not to me man, which built his house upon a only, but unto all them also that love his rock : And the rain descended, and appearing, 2 Tim. iv. 8. Looking for the floods came, and the winds blew, that blessed hope, and the glorious and beat upon that house ; and it fell appearing of the great God and our not : for it was founded upon a rock. Saviour Jesus Christ, Tit. ii. 13. And every one that heareth these say
c The kingdom of heaven is like un- | ings of mine, and doeth them not, to a certain king, which made a mar- sball be likened unto a foolish man, riage for his son, Matt. xxii. 2. For which built his house upon the sand : thy maker is thine husband ; the And the rain descended, and the floods Lord of hosts is his name: and thy came, and the winds blew, and beat Redeemer the Holy One of Israel ; upon that house; and it fell, and great The God of the whole earth shall he was the fall of it, Matt. vii. 24-27. be called, Isa. liv, 5. For I am jea- See also chap. xiii. ver. 47. clauso 2.
MATT. XXV. 3-5.
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But the wise took a oil in their vessels
with their laups. Αϊτινες μωραι, λαβούσαι τας λαμπάδας εαυτων, ουκ έλαβον μεθ' εαυτων έλαιον: a Thou lovest righteousness, and
hatest wickedness: therefore God, They that were a foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them :
thy God, hath anointed thee with the
oil of gladness above thy fellows, a Woe unto you Scribes and Phari. Psal. xlv. 7. John bare witness of sees, hypocrites ! for ye make clean the him, and cried, saying, This was he outside of the cup and of the platter, of whom I spake, He that cometh afbut within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, was before me.
ter me is preferred before me : for he
And of his fulness cleanse first that which is within the have all we received, and grace for cup and platter, that the outside of grace, John i. 15, 16. For he whom them may be clean also, Matt. xxiii. God hath sent speaketh the words 25, 26.
Hear ye this, O house of of God: for God giveth not the SpiJacob, which are called by the name rit by measure unto him, iii. 54. But of Israel, and are come forth out of ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spi: the waters of Judah ; which swear by rit, if so be that the Spirit of God the name of the LORD, and make dwell in you. Now if any man have mention of the God of Israel, but not
not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of in truth, nor in righteousness. For his, Rom. viii. 9. Who hath also they call themselves of the holy city, sealed us, and given the earnest of and stay themselves upon the God of the Spirit in our hearts, 2 Cor. i. 22. Israel ; The LORD of hosts is his name, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, Isa. xlviii. 1, 2. Yet they seek me joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, daily, and delight to know my ways, goodness, faith, meekness, tempeas a nation that did righteousness, rance: against such there is no law, and forsook not the ordinance of their Gal. v. 22, 23. But ye have an uncGod: they ask of me the ordinances tion from the Holy One, and ye know of justice; they take delight in ap- all things, 1 John ii
. 20. But the proaching to God, lviii. 2.
And they anointing which ye have received of come unto thee as the people cometh, him abideth in you, and ye need not and they sit before thee as my people, that any man teach you : but as the and they hear thy words, but they same anointing teacheth you of all will not do them: for with their mouth things, and is truth, and is no lie, they shew much love, but their heart and even as it hath taught you, ye goeth after their covetousness, Ezek. shall abide in him, 27. These be xxxiii. 31. Having a form of godli- they who separate themselves, senness, but denying the power thereof : sual, having not the Spirit, Jude 19. from such turn away, 2 Tim. iii. 5.
VER. 5. Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of
Χρονίζοντος δε του νυμφίου, ένύσταξαν bitterness springing up trouble
πάσαι, και εκάθευδον. and thereby many be defiled, Heb. xii.
While a the bridegroom turried, they 15. And unto the angel of the church all slumbered and slept. in Sardis write ; These things saith he a After a long time the lord of those that hath the seven Spirits of God, and servants cometh, and reckoneth with the seven stars ; I know thy works, them, ver. 19. But and if that evil that thou hast a name that thou livest, servant shall say in his heart, My and art dead, Rev. iii. 1. I know lord delayeth his coming, xxiv. 48. thy works, that thou art neither cold For the vision is yet for an appointed nor hot: I would thou wert cold or time, but at the end it shall speak, hot. So then because thou art luke- and not lie: though it tarty, wait for warm, and neither cold nor hot, I it; because it will surely come, it will will spue thee out of my mouth, 15, 16. not tarry, Hab. i. 3. But and if that VER. 4.
servant say in his heart, My lord de
layeth his coming; and shall begin Ai sè ogónovci šna bor edalov ły toiçay. to beat the men-servants and maid7100s aütür, puità Täv hau nádor aitav. I ens, and to eat and drink, and to be