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*' cils and to the synagogues, and into prisons; "ye shall be beaten, and brought before rulers "and kings for my sake. They shall kill you: "and ye shall be hated of all nations for my "name's sake. And it shall turn to you for a "testimony. But when they shall lead you, and "deliver you up, take no thought before-hand "what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: "but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, "that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but "the Holy Ghost. For I will give you a mouth "and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not '' be able to gainsay or resist.

"And then shall many be offended, and shall "betray one another, and shall hate one another. ** Now the brother shall betray the brother to "death, and the father the son, and children shall "rise up against their parents, and shall cause "them to be put to death. But there shall not a

'** hair of your head perish. In your patience pos"sess ye your souls. And many false prophets "shall arise, and shall deceive many. And be** cause iniquity shall abound, the love of many "shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto "the end, the same shall be saved. And this "gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all "the world, for a witness unto all nations, and "then shall the end come.

"And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed "with armies, then know that the desolation "thereof is nigh. That is the abomination of de"solation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand

. "ing in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him "understand :) Then let them which be in Judea, "flee into the mountains; and let them which are "in the midst of it, depart out; and let not them

• "that are in the countries, enter thereinto: let

'him which is on the house-top, not come down 1 to take any tiling out of his house; and let him 1 that is in the field, not turn back to take his 1 clothes. For these be the days of vengeance, 'that all things which are written may be ful'filled. But wo unto them that are with child, 'and to them that give suck in those days: And 'pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither 'on the sabbath-day. For in those days shall be 'great tribulation, such as was not from the be'ginning of the creation which God created unto 'this time, nor ever shall be. For there shall be 'wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by 'the edge of the sword, and shall be led away 'captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be 'trodden down of the Gentiles, until the time of 'the Gentiles be fulfilled. And except those days 1 should be shortened, there should no flesh be 'saved: but for the elects sake those days shall 'be shortened. And then if any man shall say 'unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or he is there: 'believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs,

I and false prophets, and shall shew great signs 'and wonders, insomuch that (if it were possible) 'they shall deceive the very elect. But take ye 'heed: behold I have foretold you all things. 'Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, 'he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is 'in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as 'the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth 'even unto the west: so shall also the coming of 'the Son of man be. For wheresoever the car'case is, there will the eagles be gathered to* gether.

"Immediately after the tribulation of those 'days, there shall be signs in the sun, and in the

II moon, and in the stars. The sun shall be dark"ened, and the moon shall not give her light, and "the stars shall fall from heaven; and upon the "earth shall be distress of nations with perplexity, "the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts "failing them for fear, and for looking after those '' things which are coming on the earth: for the "powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then "shall appear the sign of the Son of man in "heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth "mourn, and they shall see the Son of man "coming in the clouds of heaven, with great *' power and glory. And he shall send his angels '' with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall "gather together his elect from the four winds, '' from one end of heaven to the other.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, 1' then look up, and lift up your heads; for your '' redemption draweth nigh. And he spake unto '' them a parable, Behold the fig-tree and all the '' trees. When their branch is yet tender, and 4' putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is '' nigh. So likewise when ye see these things '' come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of '' God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, 4' that this generation shall not pass, till all these "things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass 4' away: but my words shall not pass away. But '' of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no '' not the angels which are in heaven, neither the 4' Son, but my Father only.

'* And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time '' your hearts be over-charged with surfeiting, and 4' drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that '' day come upon you unawares. For as a snare *' shall it come on all them that dwell on the face ** of the whole earth. But as the days of Noe '' were, so shall also the coming of the Son of "man be. For as in the days that were before "the flood, they were eating and drinking, mar"rying, and giving in marriage, until the day "that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not "until the flood came, and took them all away; "so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. "Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be "taken, and the other left: two women shall be "grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and "the other left.

"Watch ye therefore and pray always, that ye "may be accounted worthy to escape all these "things that shall come to pass, and to stand be1' fore the Son of man. For ye know not what "hour your Lord doth come. For the Son of "man is as a man taking a far journey, who left "his house, and gave authority to his servants, *' and to every man his work, and commanded the "porter to watch. Watch ye therefore. But if "the good man of the house had known in what *' watch the thief would come, he would have '' watched, and would not have suffered his house 41 to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready; '* for in such an hour as you think not, the Son '' of man cometh.

'* Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom '1 his Lord hath made ruler over his household, to "give them meat in due season? Blessed is that '' servant, whom his Lord, when he cometh, shall '* find so doing. Verily I say unto you, he shall '' make him ruler over all his goods. But and if

that evil servant shall say in his heart, My Lord '' delayeth his coming, and shall begin to smite "his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with «« the drunken: The Lord of that servant shall "come in a day when he looketh not for him, and '' in an hour that he is not aware of; and shall cut "him asunder, and appoint him his portion with "the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and "gnashing of teeth. Watch ye therefore, for ye "know not when the master of the house cometh, "at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, "or in the morning. And what I say unto you, "I say unto all, watch.

Matt. xxv. 1-46. xxvi. 1-5. Luke xxii. 2. "Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened "unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and "went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of "them were wise, and five were foolish. They "that were foolish, took their lamps, and took no "oil with them: but the wise took oil in their '' vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom "tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at

"* " midnight there was aery made, Behold, the "bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him. "Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their "lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, "Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. u But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest "there be not enough for us and you: but go ye M rather to them that sell and buy for yourselves. "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom "came, and they that were ready went in with him "to the marriage, and the door was shut. After"wards came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, "Lord, open unto us. But he answered, and "said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day "nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. "For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travel-* •

"***" ling into a far country, who called his own ser"vants, and delivered unto them his goods: And *' vinto one he gave five talents, to another two, "and to another one, to every man according to

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