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24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his elder son was in the field : and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28 And he was *angry, and would not go in : therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do 'I serve thee, neither 'transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and
Ver. 32. See on John, v. 25.
w Ps. xxx. 11: Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness. do. cxxvi. 1, 2: When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing; then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.
* JONAH, iv. 1-3: But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish; for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. ROM. X. 19 : But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
y Isa. lxv. 5: Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thov. LUKE, xviii. 11: The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this Publican.
2 Phil. iii. 6: Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my
friends : 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living3 with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art 'ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
32 It was 4 meet that we should make merry, and be glad : for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
CHAP. XVI. 1 The parable of the unjust steward: 14 Christ reproveth the hypocrisy
of the covetous Pharisees : 19 the rich glutton, and Lazarus the beggar.
AND he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.
2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of
* Rom. ix. 4: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises. do. xi. 1: I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
DJONAH, iv. 10, 11: Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: and should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
c ISA. xxxv. 10: And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Ver. 24.
CHAP. XVI. · Eccles. xii. 14: God shall bring every work into judg
thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord ? · 6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou ? And he said, An hundred measures? of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generationwiser than the "children of light.
1 the word Batus, in the original, coutaineth nine gallons three quarts. See EZEK. xlv. 10, 11, 14. A. V. ? the word here interpreted a measure, in the original containeth about fourteen bushels and a pottle. A.V. 3 kind. Co. Ma.
ment. Rom. xiv. 12: Every one of us shall give account of himself to God. LUKE, xii. 42: And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 1 Cor. iv. 2: It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 1 Tim.iv. 14: Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 1 Pet. iv. 5: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. Rev. xx. 12: I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God.
• John, xii. 36: While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. EPH. v. 8: Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord; walk as
9 And I say unto you, ‘Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness : that, when yę fail, othey may receive you into everlasting habitations.
10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much : and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
children of light. Thes. v.5,8: Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day:-Let us who are of the day be sober.
· Eccles. xi. 1: Cast thy bread upon the waters : for thou shalt find it after many days. Dan. iv. 27: Break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Mat. vi. 19: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. do. 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. Luke, xi, 41: Rather give alms of such things as you have ; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. do. xix. 8: Zaccheus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him four-fold. 1 Tim, vi. 17–19: Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
AMAT. xxv. 34: Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Acts. x. 4: Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for memorial before God.
€ MAT. xxv. 21, 23: 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. Ver. 23 nearly the same. LUKE, xix. 17. Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
13 J'No servant can serve two masters : for either he will hate the one, and love the other ; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
14 And the Pharisees also, who were 'covetous, heard all these things : and they derided him.
15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which "justify yourselves before men ; but God 'knoweth your hearts : for "that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. 16 'The law and the prophets were? until John:
6 lean. Ma. Cr. Gen. ? reigned. Ma. Ud. JOSHUA, xxiv. 16: And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods. See on Mat. vi. 24.
& EZEK. xxxiii. 31: With their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. Mat. xiii. 22: He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. do. xxiii. 14: Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye devour widows' houses.
LUKE, X. 29: But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
! Ps. vii. 9: The righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. JER. xvii. 10: I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
k 1 SAM. xvi. 7: The LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him; for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. 2 Esp. xvi. 54: Behold, the Lord knoweth all the works of men, their imaginations, their thoughts, and their hearts.
Mar. iv. 17: From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. do. xi.