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ed as Jesus had commanded them, were allowed to take 7 him. Accordingly they brought the colt to Jesus, whereon Jo. 12. 12. 8 having laid their mantles, Jesus sat upon him. And many
spread their mantles in the way ; others cut down sprays from 9 the trees, and strewed them in the way. And they who went
before, and they who followed, shouted, saying: Hosanna !* Ps. 118: 25.
blessed be be that cometh in the name of the Lord.t Happy 10 be the approaching reign of our father David. Hosannat in 11 the highest heaven. In this manner Jesus entered Jerusalem
and the temple ; where, after surveying every thing around, it
being late, he departed with the twelve to Bethany. 12 On the morrow, when he left Bethany, he was hungry; and Matt. 21: 18. 13 observing a fig-tree at a distance, full of leaves, went to look
for fruit on it, for the fig-harvest was not yet. And being 14 come, he found nothing but leaves. Thereupon Jesus said to
it: Henceforth let never man eat fruit of thee. And his dis
ciples heard him. 15
Being returned to Jerusalem, Jesus went into the temple, and M.: 12: 12. drove out them who sold and them who bought in the temple, Lu. 19: 45.
and overturned the tables of the money-changers, and the stalls 16 of them who sold doves; and would suffer nobody to carry ves17 sels through the temple. He also taught them, saying : Is it
not written, " My house shall be called a house of prayer for Isa. 56: 7: 18 all nations ? but ye have made it a den of robbers. And the
scribes and the chief priests hearing this, sought ineans to de
stroy him ; for they dreaded him, because all the multitude 19 admired his doctrine. And in the evening he went out of the
city. 20 Next morning, as they returned, they saw that the fig-tree 21 was dried up from the root. Peter recollecting, said to him :
Rabbi, behold the fig-tree which thou hast devoted, already 22 withered. Jesus answered: Have faith in God. For verily 23 I say unto you, Whoever shall say to this mountain, 'Be lifted
and thrown into the sea,' and shall not in the least doubt, but
shall believe that what he saith shall happen ; whatever he 24 shall command shall be done for him : for which reason I assure
you, that what things soever ye pray for, if ye believe that ye
shall obtain them, they shall be yours. 25
And when ye pray, forgive, if ye have matter of complaint Matt. & 14. against any ; that your Father who is in heaven may also forgive 26 you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your
Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses. 27 Again they arrived at Jerusalem, and as he was walking in Matt. 21: 23.
the temple, the chief priests, the scribes and the elders, came
Matt. 21: 20.
Matt 18: 35.
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28 and said to him : By what authority dost thou these things ? 29 and who empowered thee to do them? Jesus answering them,
said unto them: I also have question to ask; answer me, 30 and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
the title which John had to baptize, from heaven, or from men? Matt. 14: 5. 31 answer
Then they argued thus among themselves : If we say, From heaven; he will reply, Why then did ye not be32 lieve him? But if we say, from men; we are in danger from
the people, who are all convinced that John was a prophet.' 33 They therefore answering, said to Jesus, We cannot tell. Je
sus replied: Neither tell 1 you by what authority I do these
thinys. Matt. 21; 33. XII. Then addressing them in parables, he said: A man planted
a vineyard, and hedged it about, and dug a place for the wine
vat, and built a tower, and having farmed it out, went abroad. 2 The season being come, he sent a servant to the husbandmen, 3 to receive his portion of the fruits of the vineyard. But they 4 seized him, beat him, and sent him away empty. Again, he
sent to them another servant, whom they wounded in the head 5 with stones, and sent back with disgrace. Again, he sent an
other, whom they killed: and of many more that he sent, some 6 they beat and some they killed. At last, having an only son,
whom he loved, he sent him also to them; for he said, they 7 will reverence my son.' But those husbandmen said among
themselves, · This is the heir ; come, let us kill him, and the 8 inheritance will be our own.' Then they laid hold on bim, and, 9 having thrust him out of the vineyard, killed him. What,
therefore, will the proprietor of the vineyard do? He will come
and destroy the husbandmen, and give the vineyard to others. Ps. 118; 22. 10 Have ye not read this passage of Scripture: “A stone which the
11 builders rejected, is made the head of the corner. This the
Lord* hath performed, and we behold it with admiration.' 12 And they would fain have seized him, but were afraid of the
multitude; for they knew that he spake the parable against them.
Acts 4: 11. 1 Pet. 2. 6.
SECTION VII.-THE PROPHECY ON MOUNT OLIVET.
Matt. 22, 15. 13
THEN the chief priests, the scribes and the elders, leaving Lu. 20; 20.
Jesus, went away, and sent to biin certain Pharisees and Hero14 dians,t to catch him in his words. These coming up, said to
bim: Rabbi, we know that thou art upright, and standest in awe of none; for thou respectest not the persons of men, but
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teachest the way of God faithfully. Is it lawful to give tribute 15 to Cæsar, or not? Shall we give? or shall we not give ? He,
perceiving their artifice, answered: Why would ye entangle 16 me? Bring me a denarius, that I may see it. When they
had brought it, he asked them : Whose is this image and in17 scription? They answered Cæsar's. Jesus replied: Render
to Cæsar that which is Cæsar's, and to God that which is God's.
And they wondered at him. 18 Then came Sadducees to him, who say that there is no fu- Matt. 22: 23. 19 ture life, and proposed this question : Rabbi, Moses hath enact- Acts 23: 8.
ed, that if a man's brother die, survived by a wife without chil
dren, he shall marry the widow, and raise issue to his brother. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and dy21 ing, left no issue. The second married her, and died; neither 22 left he any issue ; so did also the third. Thus all seven mar23 ried her, and left no issue. Last of all the woman also died.
At the resurrection, therefore, when they are risen, to which of
the seven will she belong ; for she hath been wife to them 24 all? Jesus answering, said unto them: is not this the source of
your error, your not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of 25 God? For there will be neither marrying, nor giving in mar
riage, among them who rise from the dead. They will then 26 resemble the heavenly messengers.
But as to the dead, that Ex. 3; 6. they are raised, have ye not read in the book of Moses, how
God spoke to birn in the bush, saying: “I am the God of Abra27 ham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God
is not a God of the dead, but of the living. Therefore ye
greatly err. 28 A scribe who had heard them dispute, perceiving the just- Matt.2: 35.
ness of his reply, came to him and proposed this question : Deut. 6: 4. 29 Which is the chief commandment of all ? Jesus answered,
The chief of all the commandments is, Hearken, Israel, the 30 Lord* is our God: the Lord* is one;' and, · Thou shalt love
the Lord* thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, 31 and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.' This is the
first commandment. The second resembleth it: “ Thou shalt
love thy neighbor as thyself.' There is no commandment Lev. 19; 18. 32 greater than these. The scribe replied: Truly, Rabbi, thou 33 hast answered well. There is one God, and only one ; and to
love him with all the heart, and with all the spirit, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor
as one's sell, is more than all burnt-offerings and sacrifices. 34 Jesus observing how pertinently he had answered, said to him :
Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. After that, nobody ventured to put questions to him.
Matt. 22: 41.
Lu. 11: 43. & 20, 46.
Lu. 21: 1.
35 As Jesus was teaching in the temple, he asked them : Why
do the scribes assert that the Messiah must be a son of David? 36 Yet David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, saith, The
Lord* said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I make thy 37 foes thy footstool." David bimself, therefore, calleth him his
Lord, how then can he be his son ? And the common people
heard him with delight. Matt. 23: 6. 38
Further, in teaching he said to them: Beware of the scribes, 39 who affect to walk in robes, who love salutations in public pla
cles, and the principal seats in the synagogues, and the upper40 most places at entertainments; who devour the families of wid
ows, and use long prayers for a disguise. These shall undergo
the severest punishment. 41 And Jesus, sitting over against the treasury, observed the
people throwing money into the treasury: and many rich per42 sons put in much. Then came a poor widow, who threw in 43 two mites, which make a farthing. Jesus having called his
disciples, said to them : Verily I say unto you, that this poor
widow hath given more than any of those who have thrown 44 into the treasury; for they all contributed out of their superflu
ous store ; whereas she hath given all the little that she had,
her whole living. Matt. 24: 1. XIII. AS he was going out of the temple, one of his disciples
said to him: Rabbi, look what prodigious stones and stately 2 buildings are here! Jesus answering, said to him : Thou seest
these great buildings. They shall all be so razed, that one stone
will not be left upon another. 3 Afterwards, as he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, over
against the temple, Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, 4 asked him privately : Tell us, when will this happen? And 5 what will be the sign when all this will be accomplished ? Jesus
answering them, took occasion to say: Take heed that no man 6 seduce you; for many will assume my character, saying, 7 'I am the person,' and will seduce many. But when ye hear
of wars, and rumors of wars, be not alarmed; for this must hap
pen, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against king
dom; and there will be earthquakes in sundry places, and
there will be famines and commotions. These are the prelude 9 of woes. But take heed to yourselves; for they will deliver you to councils; and ye will be beaten in the synagogues,
and brought before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testi10 mony to them. The good tidings, however, must first be pub11 lished amongst all nations. But when they conduct you, to de
Lu. 19. 44. & 21: 5.
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liver you up, have no anxiety beforehand, nor premeditate what ye shall speak; but whatever shall be suggested to you in that
moment, speak; for it is not ye that shall speak, but the Holy 12 Spirit. Then the brother will deliver up the brother to death;
and the father the child; and children will rise against their pa13 rents, and procure their death. And on my account ye
shall be bated universally; but the man who persevereth to the end
shall be savedh 14 But when ye shall see, in an unsuitable place, the desolating Matt, 24; 15. 15 abomination foretold by the prophet Daniel, (Reader, attend !) Dan. 9: 6.
then let those in Judea flee to the mountains : and let not him
who shall be on the roof, go down into the house, nor enter it, 16 to carry any thing out of the house; and let not him who shall 17 be in the field, turn back to setch his mantle. But wo to the
women with child, and to thein who give suck in those days. 18 Pray, then that your flight happen not in the winter ; because 19 there shall be such affliction in those days, as bath not been be
fore, froin the beginning of the world which God created, nor 20 shall be ever after. Had the Lord assigned it a long duration,
no soul could escape: but for the sake of the people whom he
hath elected, he hath made its duration the shorter. 21 Then if any one shall say to you, ‘Lo! the Messiah is here,' Matt. 24; 23. 22 or, 'Lo! he is yonder,' believe it not: For false messiahs and be 21: 8.
false prophets will arise, who will perform wonders and pro23 digies, in order to impose, if possible, even on the elect. Be
ye therefore upon your guard: remember, I have warned you
of every thing. 24 But in those days, after that affliction, the sun shall be dark- Matt 24:29. 25 ened, and the moon shall withold her light ; and the stars of Isa. 13:10,
Heaven shall fall; and the powers which are in heaven shall Joel 2: 10, 26 be shaken. Then they shall see the Son of Man coming in the Rev. 1. 7. 27 clouds with great power and glory. Then he will send his
messengers, and assemble his elect from the four quarters of the
world, from the extremities of heaven and earth. 28 Learn now a similitude from the fig-tree. When its branch- Matt. 24: 32.
es become tender, and put forth leaves, ye know that the sum29 mer is nigh. In like manner, when ye shall see these things 30 happen, know that he is near, even at the door. Verily I say
unto you, that this generation shall not pass until all these things 31 be accomplished. For heaven and earth shall fail; but my words
shall not fail. 32 But of that day or of that hour knoweth none (not the heavenly Matt. 24: 42 33 messengers, no not the Son) but the Father. Be circumspect, be 34 vigilant, and pray; for ye know not when that time will be. When
a man intendeth to travel, he leaveth his household in charge to his servants, assigneth to every one his task, and ordereth
Lu. 21: 29.