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loving kindnesses. For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: fo he was their Saviour. In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love, and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit, therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. Then he remembered the days of old, Mofes and his people, saying, Where is he that brought thein up out of the fea, with the shepherd of his flock? Where is he that put his holy Spirit within him ? that led them by the right hand of Moses, with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting Name? that led them through the deep as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble? as a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious Name. Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness, and of thy glory: Where is thy zeal and thy strength, the founding of thy bowels, and of thy mercies towards me? are they restrained? Doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: Thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer, thy Name is from everlasting. SO Lord, why halt thou made us to err from thy ways? and hardened our hearts from thy fear ? Return, for thy servants fake, the tribes of thine inheritance. The people of thy holiness have poffesfed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy fanctuary. We are thine, thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.
The Gospel. S. Mark 14. I. A FTER two days was the feast of the passover, and of unA leavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes fought SO Lord why hast thou made us to err, &c. This obstinacy and wilful hardness of heart had suffered them does not imply that God was the cause and Author of to go astray, and, in just judgment upon them, had of the Wickedness of the Jews : but that he seeing their left them to themselves.
how they might take him by craft; and put him to death. But they said, Not on the feast-day, left there be an uproar of the people. And being in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he fat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster-box of ointment of spikenard, very precious, and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indig: nation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made ? for it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor: and they murmured against her. And Jesus said, Let her alone, why trouble you her ? * she hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whenfoever ye will, ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I fay unto you, Wherefover this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for à memorial of her. And Judas Iscariot one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests to betray him unto them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. + And he fought how he might conveniently betray him. And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the paffover, his disciples faid unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare, that thou mayest eat the passover? And he fendeth forth two of his disciples, and faith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there Thall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. And wherefoever he shall go in, fay ye to the good-man of the house, The master faith, Where is the guest-chamber, where I shall eat the paffover with my disciples ? And * he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared, there make ready for us. And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had faid unto them: and they made ready the passover. And in the evening he cometh with the twelve. And as they fat, and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, one of you, which eateth with me îhall betray me. And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him, one by one, Is it I? And another faid is it I? And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve that dippeth with me in the dish. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but wo to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed : good were it for that man if he had never been born. And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and faid, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them : and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new teftament, which is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, tuntil that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. And Jesus faith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night : for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep fhall be scattered. But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee. But Peter faid unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not 1. And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. But he fpake the more vehemently, $ If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewife also faid they all. • He will fhew you a large upper Room furnished, That sufferings were predetermined of God, and that he And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane : and he faith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and began to be fore amazed, and to be very heavy, and faith unto them, My soul 'is ex-! ceeding sorrowful unto death; tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed, that if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father; all things are possible unto thee; take away this. cup from , me: nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou wilt. And he cometh and findeth them sleeping, and faith unto Peter, $ Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, left ye enter into temptation: The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. And when he returned, he found them asleep again (for their eyes were heavy) neither wist they what to answer him. And he cometh the third time, and faith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of finners. Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves from the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders. And he that betrayed him, had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. And as soon as account of this denial of Jesus here, is a remarkable “thy Master's forrows? Thou who so lately boastedit of proof of his humility and sincerity. For, had he been “thy courage and constancy in my service.” Had otherwise disposed, it would have been very natural for Peter awoke, during this reproach, it surely must have him rather to have concealed a circumstance fo morti- pierced him to the heart.-But who must not be touched fying to human pride but, initead of being silent on with the kind and compassionate excuse which our this head, he relates this event with some aggravating Lord makes amidst all his afflictions, for the frailty and particulars not mentioned by the other Evangelifts. 'weakness of his Disciples ! The Spirit truly is ready but Such, for instance, is his being so very positive in his reso- the Flesh is weak. As if he had said, "I know very well lution of not denying his Master; of which we have no “ that your professions were fincere for my service : : reason to doubt ofthe fincerity : yet they are a lament- « but, alas ! it is too plain, (such is human weakness) able proof of the want of self-knowledge.
* She hath wrought a good Work, &c. This shews das's intention of delivering up his Master, seems to that works of charity are not so to be attended to, as have arisen from an infatiable avarice, and a wilful to forget the offices of piety and religion. For tho'opposition to the course of Providence, hoping perhaps Almfgiving is an important Christian Duty; yet he that by putting Jesus into the hands of the Grandees, who neglects, the religious worship, and service of Al- he would be laid under a necessity to prove himself to be mighty God, will foon te in great danger of omitting the Melfah : thinking that if they should yield to chose duties which he owes to his neighbour, through Christ's arguments, the whole nation would immediately want of a proper principle..
1 submit, and the Disciples raised forthwith to the height † And he jough: how he might conveniently, &c. Juo of their expectations,
is spread with a carpet, and having couches placed to lie submitted voluntarily to them, wi, upon at fupper : for the Eafterns did not fit at table as † Until that day that I drink it new in the Kingdom we do, but lay on couches called Triclinia, because they, of God, i. e, till after my resurre&ion. commonly contained three perfons. These orders from I If I pould die with shee, I will not deny thee in any our Saviour concerning the Pallover, plainly thew that wife, As St Mark's Gospel i, commonly reported to he foreknew all things that fhuuld befall him that his have been wrote under the direction of St. Peter : The
" that unless good resolutions be improved and con$ Simon, feepest thou ? could'A not thou watch one hour ?. « firmed by watchfulness and prayer, they will soon fall Asif he said, “O Peter, Is thy attention to my welfare “to the ground." 5 fo foon wearied out ? Doit thou Neep regardless of
he was come, he goeth straightway 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 a fervant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And Jesus anfwered 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 muft be fulfilled. And they all forsook him, and Aled. † 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 fåy, 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 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 faid unto him, I Art thou the Christ, the son of the bleffed ?
And one of them that fiood by, &c. Obierve here Ciochin which he had been lying, and having a respect Peter's modely in the relation of this event. For tho' for Jesus, followed him, forgetting his dress. . it was he (as we are told by St. John) that cut ef Mal- ,· I Ari ihou the Ghrift the Son of the Blefjed? The craft chus' Ear: yet he forbore having his Name mentioned; of the Question lay in this, that if Jesus answered, in the thor the action was a proof of his zeal for his Master's affirmative, they would condemn him as a Blafphemer, se: vice.
but if in the negative, they proposed to punish him as an + And there followerd him a certain young man, &c. Imp Ator, who, by accepting the title of the Meilah, had This was perhaps the Proprietor of the Garden, who deceived the people. being awakened by the noite, came out with the Linen