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MARK. LUKI. Јонх. CHA P. XXV. with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour, wherein the Sun of man comech.

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own fervants, and delivered unco them his goods :

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, and to every man according to his several ability, and straigheway took his journy.

16 Then he that had received che tive talents, went and traded with the lame, and made them other five talents.

17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had receive

went and digged in dent, having joind the Train, were admitted with the rest into the Banquetingroom. The Door being shut, the five other Virgins came, earnestly intreating the Bridegroom to give them admittance to the Fealt; but he regarded their Requefts no more than if they had bin perfect strangers to him. So allo at my coming will I deal with those whom I shall find inllav'd to their vitious habits : Wherefore diligently take heed not to deviate from the ways of Virtue.

Another Parable he spoke to them, like to that he had made use of lately (chap. 51.) A certain man, said he, being to take a long journy, calld his Servants to him, and divided his Mony among them in different sums according to their leveral abilities : To one he gave five Talents, to another two, to a third one. Having distributed his Mony, with orders for them to trade with it, he departed. During his absence, he who had received the five Talents, was fo diligent as to double them against his Lord's return; so also did he that had receiv'd the two Talents. but the Servant intrusted but with one, being afraid of making any

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19 After a long time, the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

20 And so he that had received five talents, came and brought other five talents, faying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five calents : behold, I have gained besides them five talents more.

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful fervant, thou haft been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things : enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

22 He also that had received two talents, came and said, Lord, thou deliveredft unto me two talents : behold, I have gained two other talents besides them.

23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant ; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over niany things : enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

24 Then he which had received the one talent, canle and faid, Lord, I kneiv thee that venture with it, buried it in the Ground. A long time after their Lord return'd, and began to account with them for the Mony he had given them : And first of all came he who had received the five Talents, and brought with him five others he gain'd by Trade ; which his Lord perceiving, he told him this was a proof of his Fidelity and Industry; and since he had shewn himself faithful in a small Sum, he would afterwards intrust him with a greater ; but for the present, said he, sit down with me at my Table, and let us celebrate together my safe return. In like manner he who had receiv'd the two Talents, came, and brought the other two he gain'd by trafficking with them ; and being commended by his Master, received the like Encouragement. At last came he who had but one Talent, and thus bespoke his Master : I knew, said he, that thou wert of an exacting temper, that thou reapest, Non

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chou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast noc Town, and gathering where thou hast not Itrawed :

25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the carth: lo, there thou hast that is chine.

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and Nothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I lowed not, and gather where I have noc strawed :

27 Thou oughtest therefore to have puc my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received minc own with usury.

28 Take therefore che talent from him, and give it unto him which hach cen talents.

29 For unto every one that hath, fhall be given, and he shall have abundance : but from him that hath not, shall be taken away even that which he hach.

30 And cast ye the unprofitablc fervant into outer darkness :

where thou hast not fown, and gatherest where thou hast not scatter'd ; that is, thou art fo far from being contented with thy own, that thou invadeft what of right belongs to another. This Refle&tion made me afraid of using thy Talent, lest if I loft it thou shouldst require the Debt with rigour ; I therefore hid it in the Ground till thy return, and now bring it thee just as I received it. His Lord replied : O negligent and nothful Servant, thou sayest thou art acquainted with my Temper, and knoweft I am wont to reap where I have not fown, and gather where I have not scatter'd : Since thou hadft this opinion of me, thou oughteft at least, conformably to it, to have put my Mony out to use, that at my return I mighc receive it with the ordinary Interest, since, as thou pretendelt, thou knewest not how to trade with it. Upon this be ordered his Servants to take the Talent from him and give it to him that had the ten Talents (for whoever has any gift, and makes a right use of it, shall receive more ; but whoso abuses that he has, however nall, it shall be taken from bim) and to turn him out of the Banqueting Room, that he might spend the Night in Darkness, lamenting his wretched cafe, while tbe diligent

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31 When the Son of man Thall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he fit upon the throne of

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations, and he Thall separate them one from anorher, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goars :

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat : I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink : I was a stranger, and ye took me in :

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited and faithful Servants were admitted to their Lord's Table in the Banqueting Room illuminated with Lamps and Torches.

Jesus having premis d these Parables, that he might the more effectually recommend the constant practice of Virtue, thus describ'd his Coming, and those chief Offices of which he would require an exact account from Men. When he who is now esteem'da vulgar perfon, faid he, ball come from Heaven, furrounded with a most glorious Company of Angels, he thall seat himself on a lofty Throne, and proceed to judg the whole Human Race. At that time shall all Mankind be rais'd from Death, and brought before his Tribunal ; and he shall divide them into two parts, as a Shepherd divides the Sheep from the Goats: The Sheep, or good men, shall stand on his Right Hand, and the Goats or wicked on his Left. Then shall the King of Men and Angels speak to those on his Right Hand: Approach, O ye whom my Father has decreed to reward with the possession of a Heavenly Kingdom prepar'd for fuch as you from the beginning of all things. For when I was hungry, you gave me Meat ; when I thirsted, you gave me Drink; when I was a Stranger, you courteously entertain d me; when naked, you clothed me; when fick, you lucNnn 2

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me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we chee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When law we thee a ftranger, and took thee in? or baked, and cloched thee?

39 Or when saw we thee fick, or in prison, and came unco. chee?

40 And the King shall answer, and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart: from me, ye cursed, into ever. lafting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no mear : I was.. chirsty, and ye gave mę nọ, drink :

43. I was a stranger, and ye. took me not in; naked, and ye. clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

cor'd me; when imprison'd, you visited me, and offer'd me your aslistance, con doling my Misfortune. The Good will then ask him, When all these things hap; pen'd, since they never saw him in want of their assistance, nor could they remember they had ever bestowed any thing upon him. But the King will reply, that he will look upon all the charitable relief they have given those whom he esteems as his Brethren, tho of the poorest condition among men, on the account of their Belief of him, and Obedience to his Precepts, as done to biulelf. Then turning to those on his Left Hand, he will pronounce this dreadful Sentence : Away from me, you condemned Wretches, into everlasting Flames prepar’d for Devils and wicked men :- When I was hungry, you refusd me Meat ; when thirsty, Drink ; when a Stranger, you entertaip'd me not-; when fick and in prison, you disdain'd to comş

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