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the Jews still rejected the repeated offers of the Gospel, preferring the advantages of this Life to the hopes of a future, and going on obstinately in their own way, and even persecuting and saying the Disciples that were sent to

preach to them. 7 But when the 7. But when the King king heard thereof; heard this, he was greatly inhe fent forth his ar censed, and sent out his Armies, and destroyed my, and destroyed those un those murderers, and burnt up their city. grateful Men that murdered

his Šervants, and he burnt. their City : Thus God, highly provoked at the incorrigible obstinacy of the Jews, fent at last the Ron man Army upon them, and destroyed the City Fea rufalem and their whole

Nation. 8 Then faith he 8 & 9. Then he sent out to his servants, The Servants again, Saying ; wedding is ready,but they which were bid. The Guests that were invia den were not wor- ted, were not worthy to come thy.

9 Go ye therefore to my Feaft; Go therefore into the high-ways, into the high-ways, and inand as many as ye vite such as you meet, and Iball find, bid to the marriage.

urge

them to come in: Thus God, rejecting the Jews for T 3

their

10 So those rere vants went out into

their impenitency and unbelief,commanded the Gofpel to be preached to the Gentiles,

10. Accordingly the Şervants went out, and invited the high-ways, and all they met,both good and bad, gathered together all and the room was filled with as many as they

found, both bad and guests : Thus the Disciples good and the wedof Christ preached the ding was furnished

with guests. Gospel to the Gentiles; and they believed and received it, and were admitted into the Church ; some of them being good and sincere Christians, others Hypocrites and wicked Men. 11 Then the King came

11 ( And when in to view his Guests, and the king came in to

see the guefts, he saw a Man among them not

them not saw there a man having on · Wedding garn which had not on a ment: Thus God sees some

wedding-garment: in the Church, who professing themselves to be Christians, yet obey not the Gospel, but live unworthily of it. 12 & 13. And when the

12 And he saith Man

upon Examination, unto him, Friend,how had nothing to say in Ex-ther , not having a

. cuse of his neglect, the King wedding - garment commanded him to be turned And he was speechout of doors into the dark :

less.

13 Then said the Thus wicked Christians, king to the servants, who profess the Gospel, but foot, and take him obey it not ; having noaway, and caft him thing to plead in excuse there shall be weep. for themselves, shall be fe ing and gnashing of parated by God from ateeth,

mong the Faithful, and be caft into the Regions of Eternal darkness, most remote from the happiness

of Heaven. 14 For many are 14. For many indeed called, but few are hear and receive the Gof. chofen,

pel, and many there are that profess

profess themselves Christians; but there are but few who live suitable to that holy Profeffion and approve themselves before God, so as to be thought worthy of its

Reward. 15 ? Then went

15 All these Parables the Pharisees , took counsel' how the Pharisees heard : And they might intangle though these Discourses rehim in his talk. ferred to many things,

which at that time were not yet accomplished, so that the Pharisees could not fully understand them ; yet in general they perceived, that all these fimilitudes were directed against T 4

Them,

Them. Resolving therefore,
some way or other to de-
ftroy Jesus; and seeing the
People had at present such
an opinion of his being a
great Prophet, that they
durft not venture to ap-
prehend him by force ;
they contrived, if possible,
to insnare him in his talk,
so as to draw him in to say
fomething that might give
offence to the People.
16. Sending therefore

16 And they sent

out unto him their some of their own Disci

difciples, with the ples, together with some Herodians, saying, of the followers of He- Mafter , we know

that thou art true, rod, they instructed them and teacheft the way to assault him with a Shew of God in truth, nei

ther careft thou for of great Honour and

any man : for thou Efteem, saying: Master, regardeft not We believe you to be a

person of men. true and sincere Teacher of the Law of God, and that you have so much Courage and Freedom, as not to flatter any Man, nor be moved by any Fear or Affection to conceal the Truth: We desire there, fore you would folve us this Doubt.

17 Tell

17 Tell us there

17. Is it lawful for the fore, What thinkeft thou ?" Is it lawful Jews, who are the peculiar to give tribute unto People of God, and under Cæsar, or not? his immediate Govern

ment, to pay Tribute to Cæfar, and to submit to the Authority of the Ro

mans, or not? 18 But Jesus per 18. By this Question ceived their wickedness, and said, why they hoped to draw him tempt ye me, ye hy into such a snare, that eipocrites?

ther he might offend the People, and seem to flatter the Roman Emperor in op: position to the Liberty and Religion of the Jews, if he should say Tribute ought to be paid; or that he might offend the Romans, if he should say it ought not. But Jesus knowing this their cunning and malice, faid ; Wherefore do ye tempt me, ye Hypocrites? I am aware of your wicked and deceitful intenti

ons. 19 Shew me the

19, 20, & 21. And caltribute-money. And they brought untoling for a piece of the mo

ney wherewith the Roman 20 And he faith Tax used to be paid, he unto them, Whose is this image and fu- asked them, Whole Image perscription ? and Inscription was upon

it?

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