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coming of the Lord shall not pre- | lamps. And the foolish said unto vent them which are asleep. For the wise, Give us of your oil: for the Lord himself shall descend from our lamps are gone out. But the heaven with a shout, with the voice wise answered, saying, Not so; Jest of the archangel, and with the trump there be not enough for us and you: of God: and the dead in Christ but go ye rather to theni that sell, shall rise first: then we which are and buy for yourselves. And while alive and remain shall be caught up they went to buy, the bridegroom together with them in the clouds, to came; and they that were ready, meet the Lord in the air: and so went in with him to the marriage: shall we

ever be with the Lord. and the door was shut. Afterward Wherefore, comfort one another came also the other virgins, saying, with these words.

Lord, Lord, open to us! But he John 11: 23. Thy brother shall answered and said, Verily, I say rise again. Martha saith unto him, unto you, I know you not. Watch, I know that he shall rise again in therefore, for ye know neither the the resurrection at the last day. | day nor the hour wherein the Son Jesus saith unto her, I am the res- of man cometh. urrection and the life.

1 For 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 CHAPTER IV.

unto one he gave five talents, to

another two, and to another one; FINAL JUDGMENT.

to every man according to his sev

eral ability; and straightway took THE FACT DECLARED.

his journey. Then he that had re

ceived the five talents went and JUDGMENT,

traded with the same, and made - THE CHARGES, AND

them other five talents. And like-
wise he that had received two, he

also gained other two. But he that Ps. 50: 6. God is judge himself. received one went and digged in

Eccl. 3: 17. God shall judge the the earth, and hid his lord's money. righteous and the wicked.

After a long time the lord of those 11: 9. Rejoice, O young man, in servants cometh, and reckoneth with thy youth, and let thy heart cheer them. And so he that had received thee in the days of thy youth, and five talents, came and brought other walk in the ways of thine heart, five talents, saying, Lord, thou deand in the sight of thine eyes ; but liveredst unto me five talents: beknow thou, that for all these things hold, I have gained besides them God will bring thee into judgment. five talents more.

His lord said 12 : 14. God will bring every unto him, Well done, thou good work into judgment, with every se- and faithful servant; thou hast been cret thing, whether it be good, or faithful over a few things, I will whether it be evil.

make thee ruler over many things: Mat. 25: 1. Then shall the king- enter thou into the joy of thy lord. dom of heaven he likened unto ten He also that had received two talvirgins, which took their lamps and ents, came and said, Lord, thou went forth to meet the bridegroom. deliveredst unto me two talents: beAnd five of them were wise, and hold, I have gained two other talents five were foolish. They that were besides them. His lord said unto foolish took their lamps, and took him, Well done, good and faithful no oil with them: but the wise took servant; thou hast been faithful oil in their vessels with their lamps. over a few things, I will make thee While the bridegroom tarried, they ruler over many things: enter thou all slumbered and slept. And_at into the joy of thy lord. Then he midnight there was a cry made, Be- which had received the one talent hold the bridegroom cometh ; go ye came, and said, Lord, I knew thee, out to meet him! Then all those that thou art a hard man, reaping virgins arose, and trimmed their | where thou hast not sown, and gath




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ering where thou hast not strawed: me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye and I was afraid, and went and hid gave me no drink: I was a stranger, thy talent in the earth: lo, there and ye took me not in: naked, and thou hast that is thine. His lord ye clothed me not : sick, and in answered and said unto him, Thou prison, and ye visited me not. Then wicked and slothful servant, thou shall they also answer him, saying, knewest that I reap where I sowed Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, not, and gather where I have not or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, strawed: thou oughtest therefore to or sick, or in prison, and did not have put my money to the exchang- minister unto thee? Then shall he ers, and then at my coming I should answer them, saying, Verily, I say have received mine own with usury. unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not Take therefore the talent from him, to one of the least of these, ye and give it unto him which hath ten did it not to me. And these shall talents. For unto every one that go away into everlasting punishhath shall be given, and he shall ment: but the righteous into life have abundance: but from him that eternal. hath not, shall be taken away even Mat. 12 : 36. Every idle word that which he hath. And cast ye that men shall speak, they shall give the unprofitable servant into outer account thereof in the day of judgdarkness: there shall be weeping ment. and gnashing of teeth.

Rom. 14: 11. For we shall all

stand before the judgment seat of When the Son of man shall Christ. - 12. So then every one of come in his glory, and all the holy us shall give account of himself angels with himi, then shall he sit unto God. upon the throne of his glory: and Heb. 13: 17. Ministers watch for before him shall be gathered all na- souls, as they that must give actions: and he shall separate them ove from another, as a shepherd 1 Thess. 5: 2. The day of the divideth his sheep from the goats: | Lord so cometh as a thief in the and he shall set the sheep on his night. right hand, but the goats on the left. Acts 17: 30. God now com

Then shall the King say unto mandeth all men every where to them on his right hand, Come, ye repent; because he hath appointed blessed of my Father, inherit the a day in which he will judge the kingdom prepared for you from the world in righteousness by Jesus foundation of the world: for I was Christ. an hungered, and ye gave me meat: 2 Thess. 2: 1. We beseech you, I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: brethren, by the coming of our Lord I was a stranger, and ye took me Jesus Christ, ... that ye be not soon in : naked, and ye clothed me : I shaken in inind. was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. | 1 Pet. 4: 7. The end of all Then shall the righteous answer things is at hand: be ye therefore him, saying, Lord, when saw we sober, and watch unto prayer. thee an hungered, and fed thee? or 2 Pet. 3: 7. The heavens and thirsty, and gave thee drink? When the earth which are now, ... are kept saw we thee a stranger, and took in store reserved unto fire against thee in? or naked, and clothed | the day of judgment and perdition thee? Or when saw we thee sick, of ungodly men. But, beloved, be or in prison, and came unto thee ? not ignorant of this one thing, that And the King shall answer and say one day is with the Lord as a thouunto them, Verily, I say unto you, sand years, and a thousand years Inasmuch as ye have done it unto as one day. - 10. But the day of one of the least of these my brethren, the Lord will come as a thief in the ye have done it unto me.

night, in the which the heavens Then shall he say also unto them shall pass away with a great noise, on the left hand, Depart from me, and the elements shall melt with ye cursed, into everlasting fire, pre- fervent heat: the earth also and the pared for the devil and his angels: works that are therein shall be burnt for I was an hungered, and ye gave | up.




Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of

CHAPTER V. persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness ; looking

BLESSEDNESS OF THE PENITENT for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent $1. heat. Nevertheless, we look for a new heaven and a new earth, where

Isa. 26: 1. We have a strong ciin dwelleth righteousness.

ty ; salvation will God appoint for Acts 17: 31. He hath appointed walls and bulwarks. Open ye the a day in which he will judge the gates, that the righteous nation which world in righteousness, by that man keepeth the truth may enter in. whom he hath appointed, whereof Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, he hath given assurance, in that he whose mind is stayed on thee: behath raised him from the dead. cause he trusteth in thee.

Joan 5: 28. All that are in the 33: 15. He that walketh rightegraves shall hear his voice and come ously, and speaketh uprightly ; he forth ; they that have done good, un

that despiseth the gain of oppresto the resurrection of life ; and they sions, that shaketh his hands from that have done evil, to the resurrec- holding of bribes, that stoppeth his tion of damnation.

ears from hearing of blood, and shut2 Cor. 5: 10. For we must all teth his eyes from seeing evil; he appear before the judgment seat of shall dwell on high: his place of deChrist, that every one may receive fence shall be the munitions of rocks: the things done in his body, accord bread shall be given him ; his waing to that he hath done, whether it ters shall be sure. Thine eyes shall be good or bad. Knowing therefore see the King in his beauty: they the terror of the Lord, we persuade shall behold the land that is very far

off. Heb. 9: 27. It is appointed unto 40: 29. He giveth power to the men once to die, and after death, faint ; and to them that have no the judgment.

might he increaseth strength. Even Rev. 20: 11. And I saw a great the youths shall faint and be weary, white throne, and him that sat on it, and the young men shall utterly fall: from whose face the earth and the but they that wait upon the Lord heaven fled away; and there was shall renew their strength; they shall found no place for them. And I mount up with wings as eagles; saw the dead, small and great, stand they shall run and not be weary; before God; and the books were and they shall walk, and not faint. opened : and another book was 41: 17. When the poor and neeopened, which is the book of life : dy seek water, and there is none, and and the dead were judged out of their tongue faileth for thirst, I the those things which were written in Lord, will hear them. I the God the books, according to their works. of Israel will not forsake them. I And the sea gave up the dead which will open rivers in high places, and were in it; and death and hell de- fountains in the midst of the valleys: livered up the dead which were in I will make the wilderness a pool them; and they were judged every of water, and the dry land springs man according to their works : and of water. death and hell were cast into the lake 54: 2. Enlarge the place of thy of fire. This is the second death. tent, and let them stretch forth the And whosoever was not found writ- curtains of thy habitations: spare ten in the book of life was cast into not, lengthen thy cords, and strengththe lake of fire.

en thy stakes : for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt | right, and hath not eaten upon the forget the shame of thy youth, and mountains, neither hath lifted up shalt not remember the reproach of his eyes to the idols of the house of thy widowhood any more. 10. Israel, neither hath defiled his neighNeither shall the covenant of my bor's wife, neither hath come near peace be removed, saith the Lord

to a menstruous woman, and hath that hath mercy on thee. 0 thou

not oppressed any, but hath restored afflicted, tossed with tempest' and to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled not comforted ! Behold, I will lay none by violence, hath given his thy stones with fair colors, and lay bread to the hungry, and hath covthy foundations with sapphires. ered the naked with a garment; he And I will make thy windows of that hath not given forth upon usuagates, and thy gates of carbuncles, ry, neither hath taken any increase, and all thy borders of pleasant stones that hath withdrawn his hand from And all thy children shall be taught iniquity, hath executed true judgment of the Lord; and great shall be the between man and man, hath walked peace of thy children. In right- in my statutes, and hath kept my eousness shalt thou be established. judgments, to deal truly ; he is just; Thou shalt be far from oppression; he shall surely live, saith the LORD for thou shalt not fear : and from God. – 21. But if the wicked will terror; for it shall not come near turn from all his sins that he hath thee.

committed, and keep all my statutes,

and do that which is lawful and right, T 55: 1. Ho, every one that thirst- he shall surely live, he shall not die. eth, come ye to the waters, and he All his transgressions that he hath that hath no money ; come ye, buy, committed, they shall not be menand eat; yea, come, buy wine and tioned unto him ; in his righteousmilk without money and without ness that he hath done he shall live, price. Wherefore do ye spend mon- Have I any pleasure at all that the ey for that which is not bread ? and wicked should die ? saith the LORD your labor for that which satisfieth God: and not that he should return not? Hearken diligently unto me, from his ways, and live ? and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 1 Gen. 89: 2. And the LORD was Incline your ear, and come unto me: with Joseph, and he was a prosperhear, and your soul shall live ; and I ous man; and he was in the house will make an everlasting covenant of his master the Egyptian. And his with you, even the sure mercies of | master saw that the LORD was with David.

him, and that the Lord made all 64: 4. For since the beginning that he did to prosper in his hand, of the world men have not heard, 'And Joseph found grace in his sight, nor perceived by the ear, neither and he served him; and he made him hath the eye seen, 0 God, beside overseer over his house, and all that thee, what he hath prepared for him he had he put into his hand. And that waiteth for him.

Thou meet

it came to pass from the time that est him that rejoiceth and worketh he had made him overseer in his righteousness, those that remember house, and over all that he had, that thee in thy ways: behold, thou art the LORD blessed the Egyptian's wroth; for we have sinned: in those house for Joseph's sake; and the is continuance, and we shall be blessing of the LORD was upon all saved.

that he had in the house, and in the Dan. 12: 2. And many of them field. And he left all that he had in that sleep in the dust of the earth Joseph's hand; and he knew not shall awake, soine to everlasting life, aught he had, save the bread which and some to shame and everlasting he did eat. And Joseph was a goodcontempt. And they that be wise ly person, and well-favored. - 20. shall shine as the brightness of the And Joseph's master took him, and firmament; and they that turn many put him into the prison, a place to righteousness as the stars forever where the king's prisoners were and ever.

bound: and he was there in the prisEzek. 18: 5. But if a man be on. But the LORD was with Joseph, just, and do that which is lawful and and showed him mercy, and gave

him favor in the sight of the keeper 84: 11. The LORD God is a sun of the prison.

and shield. The LORD will give 41:39. And Pharaoh said unto grace and glory; no good thing will Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath he withhold from them that walk showed thee all this, there is none uprightly. so discreet and wise as thou art: 23: 1. The Lord is my shepherd; thou shalt be over my house, and I shall not want. He maketh me to according unto thy word shall all my lie down in green pastures, and people be ruled: only in the throne leadeth me beside still waters; He will I be greater than thou. And restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I the paths of righteousness, for bis have set thee over all the land of name's sake.--6. Surely goodness and Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his inercy shall follow me all the days ring from his hand, and put it upon of my life, and I will dwell in the Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in house of the Lord forever. vestures of fine linen, and put a 1 Tim. 4:8. Godliness, is profitagold chain about his neck; and he ble unto all things, having promise made him to ride in the second char- of the life that now is, and of that iot which he had.

which is to come. Deut. 32: 9. For the Lord's portion is his people ; Jacob is the | Ps. 37:3. Trust in the LORD and lot of his inheritance. He found him do good; so shalt thou dwell in the in a desert land, and in the waste land, and verily thou shalt be fed. howling wilderness ; he led him Delight thyself in the Lord, and he about, he instructed him, he kept shall give thee the desire of thy him as the apple of his eye. As an heart. Commit thy way unto the eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth Lord, and he will bring it to pass: and over her young, spreadeth abroad he shall bring forth thy righteousness her wings, taketh them, beareth as the light, and thy judgment as the them on her wings: so the LORD noon-day. – 16. A little that a rightalone did lead him, and there was eous man hath, is better than the no strange god with him.

riches of many wicked. - 18. The

Lord knoweth the days of the up| Ps. 1: 1. Blessed is the man right, and their inheritance shall be that walketh not in the counsel of forever. They shall not be ashamed the ungodly, nor standeth in the way in the evil time; and in the days of of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of famipe, they shall be satisfied. - 25. the scornful; but his delight is in I have been young and now am old; the law of the LORD, and in his law yet have I never seen the righteous doth he meditate day and night. forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He shall be like a tree planted by - 28. For the LORD loveth judgrivers of water, that bringeth forth ment, and sorsaketh not his saints; fruit in bis season: his leaf also shall they are preserved forever.... The not wither, and whatsoever he doeth righteous shall inherit the land.

91; 1. He that dwelleth in the se12: 5. For the oppression of the cret place of the most High, shall poor, for the sighing of the needy, dwell under the shadow of the Alnow will I arise, saith the LORD, I mighty. - 4. He shall cover thee will set him in safety from him that with his feathers, and under bis puffesh at him.

wings shalt thou trust: bis truth shall 16:5. The Lord is the portion of be thy shield and buckler. Thou my inheritance and of my cup. Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by maintainest my lot. The lines are night; nor for the arrow that fieth fallen unto me in pleasant places; by day: nor for the pestilence that yea, I have a goodly heritage. walketh in darkness; nor for the de

25: 12. What man is he that fear- struction that wasteth at noon-day. eth the Lord... his soul shall dwell A thousand shall fall at thy side, at ease, and his seed shall inherit and ten thousand at thy right hand; the earth.

but it shall not come niyh thee. Be34: 9. Fear the Lord, ye his cause thou hast made the Lord, saints, for there is no want to them which is my refuge, even the most that fear him.

High, thy habitation, there shall

shall prosper.

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