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39 And knew not the Flood untill the flood came and destroyed them all :

surpriz'd and took them all away; so fhall allo So in this Generation the the coming of the Jews shall go on obftinately Son of man be.

in their own ways, unconcerned at the warnings which I and my Disciples give them, till the Romans fhall come upon them and destroy them utterly:(And in like manner at the end of the World, Men will be wholly taken up about their Business and their Pleasures, till the Appear ance of Christ and the last Judgment sur

prize them). 40 Then shall two

40 og 41. Yet at these be in the field, the times God will make very one shall be taken, and the other left.

great and remarkable di41 Two women Itinctions of Men. For shall be grinding at the mill', the one at the General Desolation shall be taken , and of Judea, out of Men emthe other left.

ploy'd about the same business and seemingly equal in all Worldly concerns, God will by trange Acts of Providence rescue fome from this Calamity, where in the rest shall be left to perish: (And in like manner at the Day of Judgment, there shall be an infinite dif

ference

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, made between Men, whom the World distinguished not at all).

42. Since therefore these 42 Watch therethings will certainly be fore, for ye know not

what hour yourLord thus, and yet ye know not doth come. the time when they will be; it highly concerns you to be very vigilant and watchful, that when these Terrible Calamities, (or when Death and Judgment) soall

. come upon you, ye may

be found in the Number of those, whom God shall think worthy to be Reso cu'd or Sav’d.

43. Ye know in other 43 But know this, Cales, if a Housholder, for of the house had

that if the good-man instance, had notice given known in what watch him that his House was in the thief

thief would danger to be Robbed in watched, and would

come, he would have such or such a Night, he not have suffered his would be sure to Watch house to be broken and prevent the Thieves from breaking in.

44. How much more 44 Therefore be ought ye to be always rea- ge also ready: for dy and provided, since ye you think not, the know not at what time Son of man cometh. these Terrible Calamities, (or when Death and Judgment) will come?

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45 Who

45 Who then is 45. And now who is a faithful and wise that faithful and wife Disservant, whom his Lord hath made ru- ciple, who being intrusted ler over his hous with the Knowledge of hold, to give them God's Will, or being apmeat in due season?

pointed by him to Preach the Gospel and reform others; shall heartily and sincerely, make use of all his gifts and opportunities, to the Service of God, and to the best improvement

of himself and others ? 46 Blessed is that 46. Blessed is that Dif. Lord when he com- ciple, whom Chrift at his eth, shall find so do- coming shall find thus eming.

ploy'd. 47 Verily I say

47. Assuredly I tell you, unto you, that he

as an earthly Mafter reshall make him ruler over all his goods.

wards such a faithful Ser-
vant with great Honour
and Preferment in his Fa-
mily; so God will reward
the fidelity of such a Disci-
ple with the greatest de-
gree of Glory, in his Eter-

nal Kingdom
48 But and if that
evil servant shall say

48 & 49. But if on the in his heart, My contrary, such a Disciple Lord delayeth his as God has intrusted with coming,

49 And shall be great Talents, and many gin to smite his fel- opportunities of doing eat and drink with good, shall begin to think the drunken:

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with himself that God's Judgments are far off, and Thall neglect his Duty, and give himself up to Cruelty, Idleness and Luxury:

50 & 51. God will sur So The Lord of prize such a one in his Se that servant shall

come in a day when curity, and unexpectedly he looketh not for cut him off in the midst of him, and in an hour

that he is not ware his wickedness; over- of; whelming him with 51 And shall cut Atrange and sudden Judg- appoint him his Por

him asunder ; and ments here, and assigning tion with the hypohim a portion in Eternal crites: there shall be

weeping and gnashMisery hereafter.

ing of teeth.

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Henshall the 1. T that time the kingdom

State of the Gofheaven be likned unto ten Virgins, which pel, and the method of took their lamps, Gods dealing with Men, and went forth to

the bride will be such, as may fitly groom.

be Represented to you by this Similitude. There were ten Virgins, who being invited to a Wedding, took their Lámps in the Night, and went to meet the Bride-groom: Thus the Jews wereinvited to receive the Gospel, and they all pretended to expect the Messias : And thus those that professthe Name of Christ, make alla show of attending upon him, and

expecting his coming: 2 And five of them

2. Now five of these Vir: were wise, and five were foolish.

gins were Wise; and five were Foolish: Thus some of the Fews embrac'd the offers of the Gospel, and others re. jected them: And thus fome of those, who profess themfelves Christians, are fin Y

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