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he was come, he goeth ftraightway to him, and faith, Mafter, mafter; and kissed him. And they laid their hands on him, and took him.

* And one of them that stood by, drew a sword, and smote fervant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And Jesus an fwered and said unto them, Are ye come out as against a thief, wish swords and with staves to take me? I was daily with you in the temple, teaching, and ye took me not: but the Scriptures must be fulfilled. And they all forsook him, and fed. And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body ; and the young men laid hold on him. And he left the linen cloth, and Aed from them naked. And they led Jesus away to the high priest, and with him were assembled all the chief priests, and the e'ders, and the scribes; and Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire. And the chief priests, and all the council fought for witness against Jesus to put him to death, and found none. For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together. And there arofe certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. But neither so did their witness agree together. And the high priest ftood in the midft, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the son of the blessed?

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And one of them that fiood by, &c. Observe here Ciochin which he had been lying, and having a respect Peter's r.odery in the relation of this event. For tho for Jesus, followed him, forgetting

his dress. it # as he (as we are told by St. John) that cut of Mal- Arribou the Chrift the Son of the Blefed? The craft chus’Ear: yet he forbore having his Name mentioned; of the Quettion lay in this, that if Jesus answered, in the tho" the action was a proof of his zeal für his Master's afirmative, they would condemn him as a Blafphemer, service.

but if in the negative, they proposed to punish him as an † And there followed him a certain young man, &c. Imp ftor, who, by accepting the title of the Meilah, had This n as perhaps the Proprietor of the Garden, who deceived the people. being awakened by the noite, came out with the Linen

And Jesus said, I am; and ye shall see the fon of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, and faith, What need we any further witnesses ? ye have heard the blafphemy: what think ye? And * they all condemned him to be guilty of death. + And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to fay unto him, Prophesy; and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands. And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest; and when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and faid, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth. But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayeit. And he went out into the porch, and the cock crew.

And a maid faw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them. And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by, said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them; for thou art a Galilean, and thy speech agreeth thereto. But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. I And when he thought thereon,

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gave my back to the They all cundemned him to be guilty of Death. It And when he thought thereon, &c. Behold in PeMould have been translated, They all agreed that he was ter an eminent example of the vanity of self-confidence, guilty of a capital crime, viz. Blasphemy.

and of the weaknefs of human nature, unsupported by And some began to spit on him, &c. &c. Thus was God's help! God grant that all

who Sin, like Peter, may the Judge of the World placed at the bar of his own like him also immediately consider their ways and turn guilty creatures, falsely accused by the Witnesses, un- their feet unto God's testimonies, and henceforward juftiy condemned by his Judges, and barbaroully insult, glorify their Redeemer even unto Death. ed tiy all. Yet, because it was agreeable to the end of This portion of Scripture contains fo exact a dehis coming, he patiently submitted. Though with a fcription of the barbarous indignities our Saviour sufferfrown he could have made his Judges, his accusers, and ed, and of his meek depoitment under them as seems those who had him in custody, to drop down dead in a more like a history, than a prophecy which was fulfilled moment, or fhrink into nothing.

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smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid. not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God will help me, therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. He is , near that justifieth me, who will contend with me? let us stand together; who is mine adversary? let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? Lo, they all shall wax old as a garment: the moth shall eat

*Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the Name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compafs yourselves about with sparks; walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand, ye shall lie down in forrow.

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sultation with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, tand delivered him to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, Art thou the king of the Jews ? And he answering, said unto him, Thou fayest it. And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? Behold, how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet answered nothing : so that Pilate marvelled. Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomfoever they defired. And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. And the multitude crying aloud, began to desire

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Who is among you that feareth the Lord, &c. liverance. i.e. Whof ever feareth God, and obeyeth the Gospel of + And delivered him to Pilate. Thus the Je.v's deJesus Chrift: if they be under grievous troubles ; let livered up our Lord to the Ronani, and they for that not their af Stions drive them to defpair: but let then Sin, were, themielves, afterwards given up into the fix a firm depandance on God, for protection and de- hands of the R9.11.1!) ja

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him to do as he had ever done unto them. But Pilate answere them, fuving, Will ye that: I release unto you the king of the Jews ? (ş for he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.) But the chief priests moved the people, that he fhould rather release Barabbas unto them. And Pilate answered, and said again unto thein, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom

ye call the king of the Jews ? And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done ?' And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. And so Pilate willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, I and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Pretorium; and they call together the whole band. clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head; and began to falute him, Hail, king of the Jews. And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees, worshipped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from hiin, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, of the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. And they bring him unto the place || Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, the place of a scull. And they gave him to drink wine iningled with myrrh; but he received it not. And when they had erucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them,

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f. For he knew that the Chief Priests had deli-vered him buted to increase our Lord's suffering. But, whilft for Envy. What pity it was that he who was so well our hearts sympachize with our afflicted Saviour, blessed acquainted with the motive of their accusations against be God who hath taught us that by those ftripes we are Jesus, should yield to the execution of their malicious bealed. designs ! But, alas ! when ambition and view of world- + The Father of Alexander and Rufus. These were Jy interest have taken polfe lion of a Man's heart, he is two noted Men amongst the frit Christians. See Als too often apt to sacrifice to them, conscience, integrity, xix. 33. Rom. xvi. 13. and every good inclination.

|| Golgotha probably so called from the criminals I And delive ed' Jefus,wben he bad fcourged him, &c. The bones which lay scattered there. Ant for this reason Romans usually sconrged the criminals whom they con- perhaps, (as well as his being crucified berwixt two demned to be crucified. This was the reason of Pi- Thieves) Chrift might be said to be numbered among late's proceeding in that respect. Thus custom contri- the Transgreffors.

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what every man should take. * And it was-the third hour, and they crucified him. And the fuperfcription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. And with hin they crucify two thieves, the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the Scripture was fulfilled, which faith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. : And they that passed by, railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou thai destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, fave thyfelf, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking, said among themselves, with the fcribes, He saved others, hi nfelf he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him, reviled him. And when the fixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land, until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama fabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why haft thou forsaken me? And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, faid, Behold, he calleth Elias. And one ran, and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone ; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion which stood over against him, saw that he fo cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

And it was the third hour, and they crucifiea kim. Sun, never continue above twelve or fifteen mingtes. That is, it was the thi-d Jewilh hcur when he was fixed . Wherefore it must have been produced by a divine to the cross--which is about our nine o'clock in the power, in a manner we are not able to explain. To this morning.

we may add that Phlegon the Astronomer, and FreedAnd where the fixtb hour was come there was dark- man of Adrian (as he is cited by Origen) in treating of refs over all sbe land um: il the ninth bour. That is from the 4th year of the 2020 Olympiad the 19th of Tibetwelve till three in the afternoon. That this Darkness rius, (supposed to be the year in which our Lord, was was not occafioned hy a natural Eclipfe is evident, be- crucified) tells us, “ That the greatest Eclipse of the cause it was full Moon then. A natural Eclipse never “ Sun that ever was known, happened then; for the happening, except when the Moon is about the change. “ day was so turned into night that the stars in the hea. Besides, the darkness, occafioned by Eclipses of the ".vens were seen.”

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