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sion of theirs was not for any crime by them committed, but upon some other dislikes: but if ye look to the first institution of marriage, ye shall find that from the beginning it was not so; this liberty was not granted to the husband to put away his wife.
XIX. 10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
His disciples say unto him, If it be so, that what distaste soever the wife give unto her husband, he may not, save only in the case of adultery, put her away, it is the best way for a man to avoid this yoke of bondage, and not at all to marry.
XIX. 11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
Ye say it is the best way to abstain from marriage: but all men are not capable of this resolution; but only they, who, by a special gift of God, have the power of continency.
XIX. 12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive.
For, there are two sorts of eunuchs; some of necessity, and some of will: those, which are eunuchs of necessity, are such, as either are born such, or such as are made so by men forcibly; the other, which are voluntary cunuchs, are those, who, by the power of the Holy Spirit, have subdued their lustful desires, and so brought their bodies in subjection, as that, being freed from the inordinate heat of their unruly affections, they give themselves freely over to the service of God. He, who finds himself able, by the help of prayer and abstinence, to maintain and receive this state and gift of Continency, let him receive it.
XIX. 14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. For of them, and such as they are, so humbly and meekly affected, doth the kingdom of heaven consist.
XIX. 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Upon what ground is it, that thou givest me this title of Good? for herein thou affirmest a greater truth, than thou art aware of. There is none good but one, and that is God, only: he is truly and absolutely good, and he alone; so as, while thou callest me good, thou impliest me to be, what I am, the true God. It is a great and good demand, which thou hast made, how thou mayest come to heaven; although, if thou knewest the exactness of the law and thine own weakness, thou wouldest easily find that it is not doing, that can bring thee thither, but believing; but, if thine aim be to purchase heaven by thy works, behold thy task lies open before thee, keep all the laws and commandments of God, which if a man do, he shall live in them.
XIX. 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
Lord, if this be all that is required of me, I am safe enough; for all these have I kept exactly and carefully, ever since I came to the years of discretion; having not failed, in respect of any main violation, in any of them: Is there no further matter then to be performed, for the attaining of eternal life?
XIX. 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Alas! young man: thy self-love hath made thee apt to mistake thyself and thy condition: the truth is, there is no one of these commandments, which thou hast not broken; for the law of God is spiritual, and doth not only reach to the outward act, but to the inward motions and dispositions of the heart: but, since thou standest upon thine own abilities and perfections, herein shalt thou give proof of thy sincerity in loving God above all things, which the Law requireth; go thy ways, sell that which thou hast, and give it to the poor, for the sake of that God, who shall remunerate this bounty of thine with better treasures in heaven; and, when thou hast done, come and follow me, as a true and constant disciple.
XIX. 24 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a nee• dle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. There is nothing in the world more difficult, than for that man, who hath set his heart upon his riches, to enter into the kingdom of God.
XIX. 28 Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me; in the regeneration, when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye shall also sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Verily I say unto you, Ye, that have followed me in this mine humbled state upon earth, shall, in the day of the great restoration of all things, when the elect shall enter into a new life of unspeakable glory, even in that great and dreadful day, when the Son of Man shall sit upon his Throne of Majesty, to judge the quick and the dead, then shall ye, my Apostles, who are now despicable and mean, have the honour to sit upon several thrones, to second and assist this awful act of final judgment of the rebellious tribes of Israel.
XIX. 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
As for those, who have not gone so far, as to forsake and abandon all things, but only some particular comforts, whether houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, because they could not enjoy any of these together with the profession of my Truth and Gospel; they shall receive, in lieu thereof, that true and solid consolation, which shall be more unto them, than a hundred fold so many several favours
and blessings here, and, at last, everlasting glory and happi
XIX. 30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
But let none of you, my disciples, presume of his forwardness and precedency of time; as if, therefore, he should outstrip all others in the favour of his remuneration: for many of those, which are now, as in the first hour, called to the profession of my Gospel, shall yet be cast behind divers others, which shall be later in time; and even those, which shall come latest in time, may be the first in dignity and glory.
XX. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 13, 14 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market place, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
As some great and careful householder, that hath hired labourers at a set rate into his vineyard; calling in other workmen at several hours, at the latter end of the day, is pleased to give an equal retribution to those that came latest into the vineyard, with those that came in first, making good his promise and agreement with the first, while he is bountiful unto the latter; cannot be challenged to have done any wrong to the first, in his liberality to the last even so, God, the Great Master of this Earthly Family, having called some more early to the service and profession of his Name, some later, if he shall please to give a like gracious remuneration to all, cannot justly be excepted against; since, if some have cause to magnify his bounty, yet no man hath cause to complain.
XX. 21 Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left in thy kingdom. Lord, thou knowest I am thy kinswoman, and therefore worthy to be respected of thee before a stranger: two of my sons have attended thee thus long: we are persuaded that thou, being the Messiah, shalt restore a glorious temporal kingdom to Israel; grant me this favour, that these two sons of mine may be chief Peers under thee, and may be next of honour to thy own person.
XX. 22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to.
be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
I know there are more hands in this suit, than thine own: thy sons have set thee on to move this. But ye know not what it is, that ye sue for: ye think of reigning, and jollity, and magnificence, but I must call back your thoughts to sadness and suffering: much sorrow must be endured by me, ere I can reign and triumph; neither is my sovereignty such as ye fondly imagine, outward and earthly. Tell me then, have ye fully digested the expectation and resolution of those crosses and afflictions which ye inust undergo? can ye drink of that bitter cup, wherein I shall begin to you? can ye endure to be baptized in blood, as ye shall see me to be? They say to him; We are resolved, both that we are able, and to be willing to take part with thee, in whatsover measure shall be offered unto thee.
XX. 23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
And he saith unto them, As ye are my disciples and followers, ye shall indeed take part with me in my sufferings: make account of smarting and bleeding for me, and with me; but as for that glory which ye sue for, know that it is mistaken: my kingdom is spiritual, and my glory is and shall be heavenly: there are indeed degrees of honour and happiness above; but I came not now to dispose of them: my Father in Heaven hath ordained and predetermined, before the foundations of the world, upon whom he will confer these celestial honours and precedency, and eminence of glory; the end and purpose of my coming is, to purchase heaven for you and the rest of my Church: as for the principal rooms and ranks of glory, there is a bold ambition and curiosity in you to move for them, and it is no part of my commission to give you satisfaction therein.
XX. 24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
When the other ten apostles heard of this high and ambitious motion, which was made for their two fellows, the sons of Zebedee, they swelled with envy and secret indignation, to think that these two should make such earnest suit, to outstrip all the rest of their society; and every one began to compare himself with others, and to put himself forward into a competition of the like honour.
XX. 25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
But Jesus called them aside and rebuked them, saying, Ye do utterly mistake the matter: ye think, belike, that it is and shall be in the governing of the Spiritual Kingdom of my Church, as it is in the temporal regiments and courts of earthly princes: ye
dream of secular sovereignty and rule, each over other; but the case is quite otherwise here: here is no dominion to be exercised by any of you over the rest; as if ye were great sovereigns, and your brethren base subjects: thus it is indeed in the government of earthly princes.
XX. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister.
But it shall not be so among you, my apostles and disciples: there must needs indeed be distinct orders in my Church; neither is it possible, that there should be a mere parity without confusion: but this necessary inequality must be without a proud overliness, and insolent domineering over your brethren: all the ambition that I do allow amongst you, is, who shall be most serviceable to my Church, and most obsequious to the rest of his fellows.
XXI. 5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold thy king cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and the colt the foal of an ass. See Zech. ix. verse 9.
XXI. 7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
And they brought both the ass and her colt, and put their clothes upon them, and they set him upon the ass's colt thus clad, which had never been used to the yoke or carriage; and he rode thereon, in great humility and homely state, from Bethphage to Jerusalem.
XXI. 9 Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
O Lord, do thou save, and maintain, and prosper the kingdom of this true Son of David: blessed is this true and only Messiah, which cometh unto us, in the power and authority of the God of Heaven. O God, do thou, in the highest heaven, bless and save him, and give happy success to his rule over us.
XXI. 10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
And when he was come into Jerusalem with this joyful acclamation of the people, all the city was full of noise and stirring; and, as he passed the street with this attendance, the multitude, seeing the train, asked, Who is this, that is followed with such confluence of people, and such loud gratulations?
XXI. 12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves. And Jesus went up, in this equipage, to the Temple of God; and did now, the second time, cast out all them that bought and sold cattle and doves, and other things useful for their sacrifices, from the courts of the holy Temple; and overthrew the tables of those moneychangers which were employed in these bargains, and the seats of them that sold turtles and pigeons for their oblations.
XXI. 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.