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his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. Then he saith to his servants : The marriage indeed is ready; but they that were invited were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways; and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage. And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good ; and the marriage was filled with guests. And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having on a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters : Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness : there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.
Why do you tempt me, ye hypocrites ? Whose image and inscription is this?... Render therefore to Cesar the things that are Cesar's; and to God the things that are God's.
You err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they shall neither marry nor be married ; but shall be as the angels of God in heaven. -The children of
THE TWO COMMANDMENTS OF THE LAW.
this world marr, and are given in marriage : but they that shall be accounted worthy of that world, and of the resurrection from the dead, shall neither be married, nor take wives.
Neither can they die any more : for they are equal to the angels, and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.—And as concerning the dead that they rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spoke to him, saying: I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live to him.—You therefore do greatly err.
The first commandment of all is, Hear, O Israel : the Lord thy God is one God. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength.—This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this : Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets. -There is no other commandment greater than these. ... Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.
JESUS PERPLEXES THE PHARISEES—THE CHAIR OF MOSES.
How do the scribes say, that Christ is the Son of David ? For David himself saith by the Holy Ghost: The Lord said to my Lord, Sit on my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool. David therefore himself calleth him Lord, and whence is he then his son ?
THE scribes and the Pharisees have sitten on the chair of Moses. All things therefore whatsoever they shall say to you, observe and do : but according to their works do ye not; for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy and insupportable burdens, and lay them on men's shoulders; but with a finger of their own they will not move them. And all their works they do for to be seen of men. For they make their phylacteries broad, and enlarge their fringes. And they love the first places at feasts, and the first chairs in the synagogues, and salutations in the marketplace, and to be called by men, Rabbi. But be not you called Rabbi. For one
your master; and all you are brethren. And 63 call none your father upon earth : for one is your father, who is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters; for one is your master, Christ. He that is the greatest among you shall be your servant. And who
VICES OF THE SCRIBES—THE WIDOW'S MITE-DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE PREDICTED THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS.
soever shall exalt himself shall be humbled ; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
BEWARE of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and love salutations in the marketplace, and the first chairs in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts : who devour the houses of widows, feigning long prayer. These shall receive greater damnation.
AMEN I say to you, this poor widow hath cast in more than all they who have cast into the treasury. For all they did cast in of their abundance : but she of her want cast in all she had, even her whole living.
Seest thou all these great buildings ?—These things which you see, the days will come in which there shall not be left a stone upon a stone that shall not be thrown down.
Take heed that no man seduce you : for many will come in my name saying, I am Christ-and the time is at hand:—and they will seduce many. Go ye not therefore after them. And when you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, fear ye not. For such things must needs be; but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.—And there shall
PERSECUTIONS OF THE APOSTLES AND THEIR FOLLOWERS.
be great earthquakes in divers places, and pestilences, and famines, and terrors from heaven; and there shall be great signs.—These things are the beginning of sorrows.
But look to yourselves. For-before all these things—they will lay hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to councils and into prisons;—and in the synagogues you shall be beaten, and you shall stand before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony unto them.—Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall put you to death : and you shall be hated by all nations for my name's sake.—Lay it up therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before how you shall answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to resist and gainsay. And when they shall lead you and deliver you up, be not thoughtful beforehand what you shall speak; but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye. For it is not you that speak, but the Holy Ghost.-And then shall many be scandalised: and shall betray one another; and shall hate one another.—And you shall be betrayed by your parents and brethren, and kinsmen and friends; and some of you