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2. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out.

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you ; but go ye 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. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to 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.

THE TALENTS.

[Matthew xxv. 14.] 3. The kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability, and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents, went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one, went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

4. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents, came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents, behold, I have gained besides them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

5. He also that had received two talents, came, and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents, behold, I have gained two other talents besides them. 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 many things : enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent, came, and said, Lord, I knew thee, that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strowed; and I was

afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth. Lo, there thou hast that is thine.

6. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant ! thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strowed! thou oughtest, therefore, to have put my money to the exchangers, and then, at my coming, I should have received mine own with usury. Take, therefore, the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not, shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness : there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

SECTION III.

HISTORY OF THE TRIAL, CRUCIFIXION,

RESURRECTION, AND ASCENSION OF
JESUS.

LESSON LXXXIX.

EXAMINATION OF JESUS BEFORE THE HIGH PRIEST.

1. THEN the band, and the captain, and officers of the Jews, took Jesus, and bound him, and led him away to Annas first, (for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.) Now Caiaphas was he which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people. And they that had laid hold on Jesus, led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. That disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals, (for. it was cold,) and they warmed themselves : and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.

2. The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine. Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me ? Ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them : behold, they know what I said. And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by, struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so? Jesus answered bim, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil, but if well, why smitest thou me? (Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.)

3. Now, the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death, but found none. Yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none, for many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together. And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, We heard liim 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 stood up in the midst, 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 ?

4. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, I AM. Nevertheless, I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy! what further need have we of witnesses ? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him. And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? And many other things blas'phemously spake they against him.

5. Now Peter sat without in the palace. And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest, the damsel that kept the door, and when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth. But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. Woman, I know him not. And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. [The servants and officers) said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not. One of the servants of the high priest (being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off) saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him ? Peter then denied again. And he went out into the porch, and immediately the cock

crew.

6. And when he was gone out into the porch, after a little while, another maid. saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. And about the space of one hour after, another confidently afa firmed, saying, Of a truth, this fellow also was with him, for he is a Galilean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew the second time. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

7. And straightway in the morning, as soon as it was day, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders of the people, and the scribes, and the whole council, to put Jesus to death, And they led him into their council, saying, Art thou the Christ ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe. And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go. Hereafter shall the Son of Man sit on the right hand of the power of God. Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God! And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness ? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth,

8. Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the Potter's Field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore, that field was called, The Field of Blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

“And they took the thirty pieces of silver,
(The price of him that was valued,

Whom they of the children of Israel did value,)
And gave them for the Potter's Field, as the Lord appointed me.”

LESSON XC.

EXAMINATION AND CONDEMNATION OF JESUS BY THE

ROMAN GOVERNOR, PONTIUS PILATE.

1. And the whole multitude of them arose. And when they had bound him, they led him away from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. It was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment-hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover. Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee. Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law.

The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawFul for us to put any man to death ; (that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.)

2. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cesar, saying, That he himself is Christ, a king. Then Pilate entered into the judgment-hall again, and called Jesus,

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