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every thing was still and quiețiH So, tare John king with him, a band of men ondoffgers

from the Chief Priests and Pharifees, with lanterns and torches and weaponisy he cons ducted them, over the Brook Cedron, which ran close by the Walls of the City, into a suburbian Garden ; where JESUS s'd often to resort, with his Disciples. There they found him, accordinglyn and took him, and bound him, and so led him away. ingil “ a jas Jud

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SECT. VII.

2. I 30 The Trial of Our LOR D.*** Now this celebrated Trial and Condemnation of our blessed LORD, being the most ample Instance of any in

in Scripture, of the Method of Proceeding in the Great Council or : Sanhedrim, it will be worth while to trace every Step taken therein, from the Time of his being apprehended, to that of his Crucifixion; as they are severally related by the four Evangelists.

They had him first before Annas, who John was Father-in-Law to Caiaphes, which vili. 13. was the High-Priest, chat same Year. He,

being either che Judge to whom the Wric was recurnable, or a Perfon, in great Au

thority ;' whom the High-Priest, his Soncin-Law, and the Rest of the Council, had deputed to take his Examination first. Or perhaps where he was only to be detain'd, till the Council . could be got together. For we do not find that Annas took

any Cognizance of Jesus, at that Time; but sent him, bound, unto Caiapbas the --- 24. High-Priest; with whom were assembled the Chief Priests, and the Elders, and the Scribes. This Assembly therefore was the Great Council.

The High-Priest then asked JESU S, of his disciples, and of his doctrine. Jesus answer'd him, I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always refort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? Ask them which beard

me, what I have said unto them: bebold, they know what I have said. Upon this, one of the Officers that stood by, ftruck him with his Hand, saying, An

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They hop'd to draw him in to accusé hiinself; but, that Project not fucceeding, we are told the Chief Priests and Elders, and all the Council fought falfe Witness against Je s U 's to put him to Death. And, accordingly, many false Witneffes offer'd to testify againft him: But they were so ill concerted, and blunder'd ro egregiously in their Evidence, that it

would nor do. At last there tood up Matt. two false Witnesses, and faid, This fellow

faid, F am able to destroy the temple of God, Mark and to build it in three days; or, I will xiv. 58.

destroy this temple that is made with bands, and, within three days, I will build anos ther, made without bands. But neither, fo, did their Witness agree together.

Upon which, che High-Priest, defirous of drawing him into a Confeffion, stood op, and faid unto him, Anfwereft rbou nos thing? What is it which these witness again tbee? But Jesus held his Peace, and answered nothing. The High-Prief, there

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fore, spoke to him again, and said, I adjure, theeby the living God, that thou fæll us 3 whether Thou be the CHRIST, the son

of God? Jesus then spoke calmly, and withouc Hefication, to this Effect; I am: And, though I appear in a mean Form, now, neverthelefs, I say unto you, Hereafter fəall ye see the for of man, sitting on the right bands of power, and coming in the

clouds of beaven. 0 V to Upon this, the High-Priest, to Thew the w great Transport of Indignation this Answer

puc him into, very indecently, rent his Clothes; and, addressing himself to the rest ofche Judges, faid, He bathSpokenblafphemy, what further need bave we of witnesses ? Behold, now ye have beard bis blafphemy, what think ye? They answered, and said, He is guilty of death: And so they all condemn'd him, and adjourn'd the Court.

: Then it was that those who had him Luke in custodys insulted him in a very brutish and barbarous Manner; Spitting in his Face, buffeting and deriding him, various ways, during the rest of the Night. He was left to the arbitrary Insolence of a Parcel of Slaves, the very Dregs of his Enemies; Сс

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all his Friends having forsaken him, and fled. Or, if any of them had been courageous enough to venture in with the Crowd; they hop'd to pass for his Enemies; and, when challeng'd, durft noc confess that they belong'd to him. For though Love and Fidelity to their Master had prevail’d with two of his Disciples, Peter and John, to get Admittance inco the High-Priest's Palace; that they might hoar and see a little, how Matters were like to go; yet, the former of these, Pea ter, while he stood and warmed himself, in the High-Priest's Hall, among the Servants and Officers, happening to be suspected by some of them, of belonging JESUS, denied with an Oath, cwo or three Times, that he so much as knew him.

This, Jesus (notwithstanding Peter's boasted Resolution of dying with him) both foresaw, and foretold. The Court, therefore, being up, and Jesus brought out into the Hall to be kept in Custody there 'till the Morning, at the samne Time that he was treated with all sorts of In. dignity, by the Servants and Officers, had's

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