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and as they followed, they were afraid. And he the Jordan took again the twelve, and began to tell them what and Jeri

. things should happen unto him, 33 saying, “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles. 34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him; and the third day he shall rise again.”

§ 35. THE TWO AMBITIOUS APOSTLES.

35 James and John beg for the first places in Christ's

kingdom. 38 Our Lord intimates that their way is through self-denial and suffering, and that the rewards of His kingdom are distributed according to the unchangeable will of His Father. 41 The other ten apostles, indignant, are instructed that among our Lord's disciples the greatest is the lowliest.

35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come March 29. unto him, saying, “ Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire." 36 And he said unto them, “ What would ye that I should do for you?” 37 They said unto him, “Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.” 38 But Jesus said unto them, “ Ye know not what ye ask; can ye

drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with ?” 39 And they say unto him, “We can.” And Jesus said unto them, “ Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink

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of; and with the baptism that I am baptised withal
shall ye be baptised; 40 but to sit on my right hand
and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall
be given to them for whom it is prepared.” 41 And
when the ten heard it, they began to be much dis-
pleased with James and John. 42 But Jesus called
them to him, and saith unto them, “ Ye know that
they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles
exercise lordship over them; and their great ones
exercise authority upon them. 43 But so sball it not
be among you; but whosoever will be great among
you, shall be your minister ; 44 and whosoever of
you will be chiefest, shall be servant of all.
even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,
but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for
many."

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§ 36. BARTIMÆUS.

46 As our Lord passes out of Jericho, a blind beggar, calling

upon Him as the Messiah, repeatedly begs for mercy. 52 Our Lord restores his sight.

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Jericho.

46 And they came to Jericho. And as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimeus, the son of Timeus, sat by the highwayside begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, “Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.

* And many charged him that he should hold his peace;

but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called.

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50 And he, Jericho.

And they call the blind man, saying unto him, “ Be A.D. 30. of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee." casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, “ What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” The blind man said unto him, “ Lord, that I might receive my sight." 52 And Jesus said unto him, “Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

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§ 37. THE ENTERING INTO JERUSALEM.

XI. 1 At Bethphage our Lord sends for a colt. 7 Gar

ments are laid upon it and our Lord is seated thereon. 9 Thus, welcomed by the acclamations of the multitude, He enters the city, proceeds to the temple, and looks around on all things there. In the evening He returns to Bethany.

AND when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto April 1. Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he Mount of

Olives. sendeth forth two of his disciples, ? and saith unto them, “Go your way into the village over against you; and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him. 3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither. 4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. 5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, “What do ye, loosing the colt?" 6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded; and they let them go.

7 And they

A.D. 30. brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on April 1. him; and he sat

upon

him. 8 And many spread their garments in the way; and others cut down branches of the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, “Hosanna ; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; 10 Blessed be the kingdom

of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Jerusalem. Lord; Hosanna in the highest." 11 And Jesus

entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple. And when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out into Bethany with the twelve.

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12 On the morrow our Lord curses a barren fig-tree. 15

He casts out the traders from the Temple, 16 and forbids it to be made a passage way, teaching from the prophets that it was His house. 18 The Jeu's seek how they may destroy Him.

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Bethany.

12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing a fig-tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon; and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, “ No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever.” And his disciples heard it.

15 And they come to Jerusalem. And Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables

Jerusalem.

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of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that A.D. 30. sold doves; 16 and would not suffer that any man

April 2. should carry any vessel through the temple. he taught, saying unto them, "Is it not written, My Is. lvi. 7. house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer ?' but ye have made it a den of thieves.” 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him; for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.

§ 39. THE QUESTION BY THE SANHEDRIM.

20 The next day, from the withered fig-tree our Lord

shews the mighty power of faith, and at the same time enjoins the duty of forgiveness. 27 Questioned of his authority, He requires from the questioners their opinion of the authority of the Baptist.—XII. 1. By a parable our Lord declares the rejection of the Jewish nation and the calling of the Gentiles.

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20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw April 3.

From the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter

Bethany. calling to remembrance saith unto him, “Master, behold, the fig-tree which thou cursedst is withered

22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, “ Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you,

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