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снА Р. XI.
45 Then answered one of the
46 And he said, wo unto you also ye lawyers for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be born, and ye yourselves 'touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.
47. Wo unto you: for ye build the fepulchres of the prophers, and your fathers killed them.
48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers : for they indeed killed them, and ye build their fepulchres.
49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of
'em they shall flay and persecute : Oye Lawyers and Pharisees; in thus playing the Hypocrites you make God your Enemy, and are truly like those Sepulchres under ground, which are fill'd with Bones and Rottenness, tho the men that walk over them cannot discern it. This is in short your condition, while all your aim is to seem good men, tho your heart be fillid with all manner of sinful Lusts and Vices.
A certain Lawyer there present told him that in this general Reproof he reflected on the whole Order. But Fesus not mov'd by this admonition, and very well perceiving their ill intentions which were not to be remov'd by gentle means, began to inveigh against them with greater vehemency. O pretended Interpreters of the Law, you draw down a severe Punishment upon your felves by imposing a heavy Barden of Rites and Ceremonies upon other men, which you will not in the leait undergo your felves. Great Thall be your Punishment for the Cruelty you have Thown towards those whom God has sent to you, tho you take care to repair the Monuments of those whom your Ancestors have put to death. Imprudent men; in that very action you betray your approbation of those Crimes by perpetuating the memory of them, which it so much concerns you to have quite abolish'd. Not withstanding all this obstinacy, the divine Wisdom has determind to send bis Mer sengers and Prophets to you, tho he knows they will be perfecuted and murder'd by
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so Thar the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
si From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the alcar and the temple : verily I say unco you, it shall be required of this generation.
52 Wo unto you lawyers : for ye have taken away the key of knowledg : ye entred nor in your selves, and them that were entring in, ye hindred.
53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things :
54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
yon. Thus it will come to pass, that since you are not to be deter'd by repeated instances of God's jult Judgment, and the many threats in the holy Scriptures, from this cruel temper, you will not undeservedly be reckoned to have consented to those impious Adions of your Ancestors : So that all the Punishments shall be repeated upon this Age for the Cruelty exercis'd to God's Messengers by your Predecessors, from the Slaughter of Abel the Son of Adam, to the Murder of Zacharias the Son of Barachias, who was Nain between the Temple and the Altar. I tell you, a most severe and just Judgment thall pass upon you, who by your Actions plainly give your approbation of all the Inhumanities practis'd by your Ancestors. You hall be severely punish’d, O ye Interpreters of the Law, who have as it were the key of Knowledg, and yet make no use of it for the explaining the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, which you neither enter your felves, nor fuffer others to do.
These words greatly provok'd the Lawyers and the Pharisees, who made use of all their Artifices to catch at something that they might accuse him of before the Sanhedrim, or the Roman Governour.
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2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not 'be revealed ; neither hid, that shall not be known.
3 Therefore whatsoever ye have fpoken in darkness, shall be heard in the light : and thac which ye have spoken in the ear in closers, shall be proclaimed upon the house-tops.
4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after thac have no more that they can do.
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Divers Precepts of Christ concerning the Leven of the Pharisees, of preacb
ing the Gospel boldly and with plainness, of the unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost, Avarice, Anxiety for things future, Liberality to the Poor, Watch fulness, the Dissensions that shall arise from the preaching of the Gospel thro the pravity of Mankind; of the signs of the coming of the Messiah, and reconciling our selves to our Enemies.
In the mean time there was so great a, Concourse of People to hear him, that
they trod one upon the other, while he preach'd to his Disciples, and caution'd 'em particularly against the Leven of the Pharisees, by which said he, I mean their Hypocrisy; and take care that all the Adions of your Life be not corrupted by it. As for these men, the Mask will fall off sooner or later; for as it is in the Proverb, Nothing is hid that shall not be reveald, nothing secret that fall not be discover'd. Wherefore take notice, that whatever you say in privat, and do as it were whisper in the most retir'd part of your Houses, sall one day be divulg’d and proclaim'd from the House-top: For which reason be careful not to do any thing in privat which you will be alham'd to own in publick. But as for you, whom I have made choice of for my Apostles, go on boldly in your holy Ministry, and be not discourag'd by those whole Power extends no further than to the destruction of a
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6 Are not five sparrows fold
7 But even che very hairs of your head are all numbred. Fear noc therefore: ye are of more value chan many iparrows.
8 Allo I say unto you, whofoever Tall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of
, But he that denieth me before men, shall be denied before the angels of God.
10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, ic shall be forgiven him: but to him that blasphemech against the holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven.
mortal Body. I will tell you whom you ought to fear; namely, that Almighty Being who cannot only destroy the Body, but thrust the Soul into the place of Torment. Stand in awe of bim, who is able to panilh your Souls to all Eternity.
Assure your felves nothing can happen without God's knowledg and permission: The very Sparrows, which are of so sinall value, do not escape his all-feeing Eye.
His Providence then ought to be your consolation, and be not afraid of his not observing the dangers you will encounter. He knows the very number of your Hairs, nor can the least alteration be made in your condition without his taking notice of it.
Whoever shall andauntedly own his being my Disciple before any persons whatever, I also will own him in the presence of God's holy Angels
. On the other hand, whoever shall be afraid of professing himself my Disciple before Men, shall likewise he disclaim'd by me before the Angels of God. If any one who is unacquainted with the Miracles I have wrought, Thall detract from me, such a one acknowledge ing his Error Mall obtain Forgiveness for it : but wo to those that attribute the Miracles which I perform by the aslistance of the Holy Spirit for a confirmation of my Do&trin, to the power of the Demons! These men are irreclaimable, and confiquently shall never obtain forgiveness of that Blasphemy.
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11 And when they bring you to the fynagogues, and to magistrates and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye Thall answer, or what ye Thall say:
12 For the holy Ghost Thall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to fay.
13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother that he divide the inheritance with me.
14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judg, or a divider over you?
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covecousness: for a mans life consistech not in the abundance of the things which he poffefseth.
16 And he spake a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully.
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What Thall I do, because I have no room where
to beflow my fruits ? Omy Disciples, you will be hurried before the Magistrats, and forc'd to plead in your defence at their Tribunals : Be not at that time afraid of not defending the Cause of the Gospel as you ought, neither meditate beforehand what you shall fay in answer to their objections: For the holy Spirit, which shall be given you, thall at that time suggest whatever is proper for you to reply to the Calumnies of your Adversaries.
One of his Followers.interrupted him, saying; Master, command my Brother to make an equal division of our Patrimony. But Jesus told him he was not come upon the Earth to act as a Judg in a ffairs relating to this Life, or to compel any to make a division of their Goods. Then laying hold of this opportunity to inveigh against Avarice, Do not imagin, faid he, that the Happiness even of this Life consists in an affluence of good things, a few only are necessary to support it:: which he illustrated in the following Parable. The Ground of a certain rich man yielded an extraordinary Crop, which made him think with himself what he should do with all that plenty, which was so much greater than his Barns could-hold. His