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many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

iDI)cn ante tl)e illaster of tlje Ijouse is risen np, anli Ijatl)

sl)Ut to tl)C boor, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at
the door, saying. Lord, Lord, open imto us ; and he shall answer
and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are : then shall ye
begin to say. We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou
hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you
not whence ye are ; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see
Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the king-



Luke, X. 21.



John,
ix. 1-3,
35-41.



John, xi. 1-7.



Luke,
xiii. 23-30.



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Luke,
xvii. 34-3G.



Matthew,
xix. 10, 11.



Matthew,

XX. '.JO-23.

(Ami Mark,

X. 40.;



l^iike,
xix. 41-11.



Matt. xxi. 4-.J.



Matt. xxii.M,

Mallliew.
xxiii. -M-'J*'!.



dom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come
from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the
south, and .shall .sit down in the kingdom of God. x\nd behold,
there are last which shall be first ; and there are first which shall
be last.

I tell you, in that night there .shall be two men in one bed ;

tl]c one sljnil be taken, anb tl)c otl)cr sliall be left. Two wo-
men shall be grinding together ; tl^e one Gl)all be talicn, nnb tlje
Otl)er left. Two men shall be in the field; tl)e one sljilU bc

taken, anb tl)c otl)er left.

His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with
his wife, it is not good to marry. But he said unto tliom, All men
cannot receive this saying, saoe tl)Cn tO Uj|)Om it is ginen.

Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's cliildren, with
her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
And he said unto her. What wilt thou ? She saitli unto him.
Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right
hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus an-
swered and said. Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to diink
of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the bap-
tism that I am baptized with ? They say unto him. We are able.
And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and
be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with : but to sit
on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it

sljall bc giucn to tl)em for roljom it is prepared cf mn i^tul)er.

And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept
over it, saying, If thou iiadst known, even thou, at least in tl)i5 tijn
h>Xf)., the things which belong unto thy peace! but nou) t!)etl are
l)ib from tijine cnes. For the days shall conu^ upnu thee, tliat
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.

Jesus saith unto them. Did ye never read in the scriptures.
The stone which the builders rejected, tho satne is become the head
of the corner: tijis is tl)C £orii's boing, and it is marvellous in
our eyes ?

Many are called, but few are cl)Osen.

Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! because ye
build the tomljs of the prophets, and garnish the sepuK-hi'cs of the
riglitcuus, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we
would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the
prophi'ts. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are
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the measui-e of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of \'ipers,
how can ye escape the damnation of Iiell ?

iX)l)crcforc, bcljolb, J scnb unto riou propljcta, anb toisc

men, anb scribes ; and some of them y'e shall kill and crucify, and
some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute
tliem fi-om city to city : that upon you may C()me all the righteous
blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, unto
the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the
temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you. All these things shall
come upon this generation.

But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet
they believed not on him : that the saying of Esaias the prophet
might be fulfilled, which he spake. Lord, who hath believed our re-
port ? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed ?
(?Ll)ereforC tl)et} COulb not belieye, because that Esaias said again,

i)e l)iul) blinbeb U)eir enes, anb l)arbencb tijeir l)eart; that

they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their
heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things
said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.



And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven :
and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see
the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and
great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a
trumpet, and they shall gather together l)is elect from the four winds,
from one end of heaven to the other

Tlien shall two be in the field : tlje onc sljtlll bc taken, axxb
ll}C Otl)Cr left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill ; tl)e onc
sljall be taken, anb tl)e otijer left.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the
holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory :
and before him shall be gathered all nations : and he shall separate
them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the
goats : and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats
on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand,
Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for

jiott from tlie founbntion of tl)e toorlb.

If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

I speak not of you all : 3 knotD roljom J l)auc cl]osen :
bill tl)at tlje Scripture mnn be fulfiUeb, He that eateth bread
with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

Behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the
table. And truly the Son of man goeth as it Ujas betcrmiueb :
but wo unto that man by whom he is betrayed !

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants ; for the servant knoweth not
what his lord doeth : but I have called you friends ; for all things



John,
xii. 37-41.



Matthew,

xxiv. 30, 31,

40, 41.



Matthew,
XXV. 31-34.



John,
xiii. 17, 18.



Liiko,
xxii. -21, 22.



John,
XV. 14-19.



15



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that I have heard of my Father, I liave made known unto you.
Ye have not chosen me, bllt 3 Ijnyc cljoSCU llOU, ;iiid ordained
vou, tliat ve should aro and brino' forth fruit, and tliat vour fruit
should remain : that Avhatsoever ye sludl ask of the Father in
my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that
ve love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated
nie before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the wi)rld W(^uld
love his own ; but because ye are not of the world, blU 3 []CiVC
cl^OSCn t]OU out of tl)C UJOfib, therefore the world hateth you.



John,
xvii. 1, 2,
6-12, iM.



Matthew,

xxvi. 47,

51-5(i.



These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and
said. Father, the hour is come ; glorify thv Son, that thy Son also
may glorify thee : as thou hast given him power over all tiesh,
that he should give eternal life tO US maujl US tijOU l)ast gincu

l)im. ......

I have manifested thy name unto the men toljici) tl)OU giXtJCSt
1\XC out of tl)C tOOrlb : thine they were, and thou gavi.'st them me ;
and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all
things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee : for I have
given unto them the words which thou gavest me ; and they have
received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee,
and they have believed that thou didst send me. I j>rav for them :

3 prnn not for tl)c xaoxib, but for tl)cm iDljicI) tl]on i]ast gincn

xnc ; for they are thine. x\nd all mine are thine, and thine are
mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the
world, but these a)'e in the world, and I o<un<^ to thee. TToiy Fatlu-r,
keep through thine own name tl)OSC lDl)Om tl)On i)ast glucil mc,
that they may be one, as we are. While 1 wjis with tin-in in the
world, I kept them in thy name : tI]OSC ti]at t!)OU Qiiycst mc I have
kept, and none of them is lost, bltt tljc SOU of^pcrbitioil : iljat

t\)e scripture miglit be fulfillciiJ. Father, I

will that they also uj|)Om tl)OU brtSt giucil mc be wilii me where I
am; that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me :
for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and
with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief

priests and elders of the peo})le And b*diold,

one of them which were with Jesus, stretched out his hand, and
drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest, and smote
off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword
into his place : for all they that take the sword, shall perish with
the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray t() my Father,
and he shall present! v give me more than twelve logioiis of angols ?

I3nt horn tl]cn sljnll tljc scriutnrcs be fulfillcb, Jl)at tijus it

must be V III that same hour said Jesus to the iiiult'tudfs. Air ye
come out as against a thief with swords and stsives for to take me?
T sat daily with vou tcarhing in the temple, and ve laiil no hold

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projjl)CtS migl)t be fulfiUcb. Then all the disciples forsook him
and fled.

The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he
ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. When
Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid ; and
went again into the judgment-hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence
art thou ? But Jesus gave him no answer. Then saith Pilate unto
him, Speakest thou not unto me ? knowest thou not that I have
power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee ? Jesus an-
swered, ijljou cottlbGt \)avc no pomcx nt all against me, e^ccept

it IDCrc giucu tl)CC from abonc : therefore ho that delivered me
unto thee hath the greater sin. x\nd from thenceforth Pilate sought
to release him : but the Jews cried out, saying. If thou let this man
go, thou art not Caesar's friend. Whosoever maketh himself a king
speaketh against Caesar.

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his gar-
ments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part ; and also his
coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top
throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not
rend it, but cast lots for it whose it shall be : tljat tl)C SCriptUVC
migl)t be fulfiUei, which saith. They parted my I'aiment among
them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. (Jljese tljiugs tl}ere-

forc tl)C solbiers hib.

After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accom-
plished, tl)at tlje scripture tnigljt be fultilleb, saith, T thirst. Now
there was set a vessel full of vinegar : and they filled a sponge with
vinegar, and put it uj)on hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When
Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished : and
he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. The Jews therefore,
because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain
upon the cross on the sabbath-day, (for that sabbath-day was an
high day) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and
that they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and brake
the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already,
they brake not his legs ; but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced
his side, and forthwith came thereout blood and water. And he
that saw it, bare record, and his record is true : and he knoweth
that he saith true, that ye might believe, j^or tl]ese tl)ing5 tDCre

bone, tl)at tl)c scripture sljoulb be fulfiUeb, A bone of him shall

not be broken. And again another scripture saith. They shall look
on him whom they pierced.

AVlien they therefore were come together, they asked of him,
saying. Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to
Israel ? And he said unto them. It is not for you to know the
times or the seasons, Vi\)k\) tl)e fal\)CX Ijatl) put in l)is oujn
power.



John,
xix. 7-12.



John,
xix. Ii3, 24.



John,
xix. 21^37.

(And
Ps. Ixix. 21.



Acts, i. C, 7.



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Acts,
i. 21-26.



Acts,
ii. 22, 23.



Acts,
ii. 38, 39.



Acts, ii. 47.



Acts,

iii. 13-15,

17, 18.



Acts,
iv. 24-28.



Wherefore of these men which have corapanied with us all
the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among ns, beginning
from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken
up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his
resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who
was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said.
Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, sl)CU) U)l)Ctl)Cr of
tl)CSe tUJO tl)OU Ijnst cljOSCn, that he may take part of this min-
istry and apostleship, from which Judas l)y transgression fell, that
he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots ;
and the lot fell upon Matthias ; and he was numbered with the
eleven apostles.

Ye men of Israel, hear these words ; Jesus of Nazareth, a man
approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs,
which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also
know : |)im, being bcUiuTcb bn tl]c bctcrminatc counsel a\\b
forcknotolebge of C!?ob, ge 1)00^ token, anb bn toickeb l)nnbs
l)auc crucitieb and slain.

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and
ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is
unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar ofl', even

OS monn os tl)e Covb our (5ob sl)oU coll.

And the Lord added to the church daily sucl) OS sljoulb be
sooeb.

And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men
of Israel, why marvel ye at this ? or why look ye so earnestly on
us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man
to walk ? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the
God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus ; whom ye delivered
up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined
to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and de-
.sired a murderer to be granted unto you ; and killed the Prince of
life, whom God hath raised from the dead ; wlif-reof we are wit-
nesses And now, brethren, jj U30t tl)tU tl)l"OUgl)

ignoronce ne bib it, as did also your rulers. l)Ut those things,
whicli (rodl)efore had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets,
that Clirist should sutler, l)e l)atl) SO fulftllcb.

And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with
one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven
and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is : who l)y the moutli 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,



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and the people of Isi-ael, were gathered together, for to do inljat-'

socncr tl)ii \)i\nb anh tl)n counsel bctcrmineii before to be
ionc.

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and
hanofed on a tree : him hath God exalted with his riffht hand to be
a Prince and a Saviour, for tO giue repeutilUCC to Israel, and for-
giveness of sins.

And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias ;
and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Be-
hold, I am here. Lord. And the Lord said unto him. Arise, and
go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house
of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus : for behold, he prayeth, and
hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting
his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias
answered. Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil
he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem : and here he hath authority
from the chief priests, to bind all that call on tliy name. But the
Lord said unto him. Go thy way : for I)C is a cl)OSen UCSSel UUtO
tne, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the chil-
dren of Israel. For I will shew him how great things he must
suft'ei' for my name's sake.

Him God raised up the third day, and shewed liim openly ;
not to all the people, but unto witnesses c!)OSCn before of (J5ob,
even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the
dead.

And the apostles and brethren that were in Judea, heard that

the Gentiles had also received the word of God

When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified
God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles grnitteb repent-
ance nnto life.

Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution
that arose about Stephen, travelled as fer as Phenice, and Cyprus,
and Antioch, preaching the word tO nonc but UntO tl)e 3eU)S
Onlt). And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which
when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, pivaching

the Lord Jesus. QVnii tlic l)auii of tl)c toxts tDtis loitl) tl)cm:
anb a great number belieueb, :iik1 turned untu the Lord.

Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain
prophets and teachers ; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called
Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought
up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the
Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Sejjarate me i3ai"nabas

anb Saul, for tlje roork tol]ereunto 3 hane calleb tljem.

Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand, said, Men
of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience. The God of this
people of Israel t\)03C our fathers, and exalted the people when



Acts,
V. 30, 31.



Acts,
ix. 10-16.



Acts,
X. 40, 41.



Acts,
xi. 1, lS-21.



Acts,
xiii. 1, -2.



Acts,
xiii. 10, 17.



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Ads,
j xiii. 40, 41.



Acts,
xiii. 44-48.



Acts, XV. 14.



Acts,
xvi. 13, 14.



Act?,

xxi. 4(1, and

xxii. 1-15.



tliey dwelt a.s strangei's in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm
brought he them out of it.

Beware lest that come upon you, wliieli is spolvMi of in the
prophets; Bcl)olb, w bcspisers, unb roonbcx", aiib pcrisl) : for
1 work a work in your days, a work which ye sliall in no wise be-
lieve, though a man declare it unto you. ■

And the next sabbath-day came almost the whole city together
to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the muUitudes,
they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which
were spoken b}^ Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Then Paul
and Baniabns waxed bold, and said, St V3il5 nt'CCSGlU"2 tl^iU tl}C

tDori) of <3o^ sijoulb first i)iuic been spoken to nou : but seeing

ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unwoi-tiry of everlasting
life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles : for so hath the Lord commanded
us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou
shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. And when
the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and gloiifit'd the word of

the Lord : and as mant} OS xocxc ovbuineb to etei-nai life be-
lieved.

Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gen-
tiles, to take out of tijem a people for l]is name.

And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side,
where jtrayer was wont to be made ; and we sat down, and spake
unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman
named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which
worshipped God, lieard us: mljosc Ijcart tl]e I'orb openeb, that
she attended unto the things which were spoken of I'aul.

And when he had given him license, Paul stood on the .stairs,
and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there
was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue,
saying.

Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make
now unto you. (And when they heard that he s|)ake in the Hebrew
tongue to them, they kei>t the more silence : and he saith,) I am
verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tar.sus, a city in Cilicia, yet
brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according
to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, anil was zealous
toward (iod, as ye all are this day. And I j)crsecuted this way unto
the death, binding and delivering into piisons both men and women.
As also the high priest doth bear nic witness, and all the estate of
die elders; from whom also I rt'ccivod letters unto the brethr*-n,
and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unti.i
Jerusalem, for to be punished. And it came to pass, that, as I made
my journey, and was come nigli unto Damascus about noon, sud-
denly tiiere shone from heaven a great light round alxnit me. And
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whj^ persecutest thou me ? xVnd I answered, Who art tliou, Lord ?
And lie said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom tliou perse-
cutest? And they that were with me saw indeed tlie Hght, and
were afraid ; but they lieard not the voice of him that spake to me.
And I said, What shall I do. Lord? And tlie Lord said unto me,
Ai-ise, and go into Damascus, and there it shall be told thee of all
things which are appointed for thee to do.

And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led
by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good
report of all the Jews which dwelt there, came unto me, and stood,
and said unto me. Brother Saul, receive thv sio-ht. And the same
hour I looked uji upon him. And he said, (JIjc iJ5ob of OIU"
futljcrs i]atl) rllOSCU tl)CC, that thou shouldest know his will, and
see that J iist One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou
shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief
of the Jews together : And when they had ap-
pointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging ; to
whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading
them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of
the prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the
things which were spoken, and some believed not. And when they
agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had
spoken one word ; well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the
prophet uiit'i our fathers, saying, (<5o XHttO tljis pcoplc, lUlis Silt],

£)ciinug tic sljuU \]cax, anh sl]iiU not unbcrstaiib ; aiib seeing

nc 5l);ill sec, anb not pCl'CCiuc: for the heart of this people is
Avaxeil gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have
they closed ; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with
their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted,
and 1 sliduiil heal them.

L>e it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is
sent unto tlie Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

I'aul, a servant of Jesus Christ, ralicb to be an apostle, sep-
arated unto the gospel of God To all that be

in ll.iint', l>cloved of (rod, callcb tO bc suints: Grace to you, and
peace Iroiii God our Eallier, and the Lord -lesus Christ.

As bn t!)c offence of one jubgmcnt came npon nil men

to conbemnation, even so by the righteousness of one the free
gift came upDU all men unto justification of life. For as bll OUC

man's bisobebience mann rocre mabc sinners, so by the obe-
dience of one sh.-ill many be made righteous. Moreover the law
entered, that the otfence might abound. But where sin abounded,
grace! did much more abound: that as sin hath reigned unto
death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto
eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord.



Acts,

xxviii. 17,

i!3-28.



Rom. i. I, 7.



Romans,
V. 18-:il.



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