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THE WEDDING FEAST.
No. 176. Luke xiv.7-24.
127 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which 2 had the dropsy. And Jesus answering spake unto the 3 lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath-day ? And they held their peace. And he took 4 him, and healed him, and let him go ; and answered them, 5 saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath
And they could not answer him again to these 6 things.
And he put forth a parable to those which 7
were bidden, when he marked how they chose of Galilee. out the chief rooms; saying unto them, When 8 thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room ; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; and he that bade thee and him come 9 and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, 10 go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher; then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth 11 himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou 12 makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours ; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, 13 the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed; for they 14 cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard 15 these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. Then said he unto him, 16 A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: and 17 sent his servant at supper-time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they 18
lawful. Mt. xii. 10-2. Lu. vi. 9; xiii. 14-7. Jno.
v. 10–6; vii. 23; ix. 16. could not. Mt. xxii. 46. Lu. xxi. 15. Ac. vi. 10. chief. Pr. xxv. 6,7. Mt. xxiii. 6. Ph. ii. 3. [6. abased. Job xl.10-2. Pr.xvi.18; xxix. 23. 1 Ti.lii. exalted. 1 Sa. ii. 8; xv. 17. Job xxii. 29. Pr.xv.
33. Mt. xxiii. 12 ; xxv. 34-40. 1 Pe.v.5. (10-2. pont. De, xiv. 29 ; xvi. 11; xxvi, 12, 3. Ne. viii.
Job xxxi 16-20. Pr. xxii. 16. Is. lviii. 7. Ja.
ii. 15-7. 1 Jno. iii. 17, 8. recomp. Pr. xix. 17. Mt. x. 41, 2; xix. 29. (Mk.
x. 29, 30. Ln. xviii. 29, 30.) Ga. vi. 9. He.vi.10. resur. of. 1 Co. xv. 42-9. He. xi. 35. Re. xx. 5, 6. supper. Pr. ix. 1-5. Ca. v. 1. 18. Ixv. 6. Mti
xxii. 11--4. Re, iii. 20; xix. 9; xxii. 14, 7. servant. Mt. xi, 27-30. 1 Co. ix.19. 2 Co. v.18-21
THE WEDDING FEAST.
all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said
unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must 19 needs
go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to 20 prove them: 1
thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come 21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things.
Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the
city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the 22 halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done 23 as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the
lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and
hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be 24 filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which
were bidden shall taste of my supper. 25
And there went great multitudes with him : 26 and he turned, and said unto them, If any
man come to me, and hate not his father, and of Galilee.
mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, 27 yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, 28 cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to
build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, 29 whether he have sufficient to finish it ? Lest haply, after
he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all 30 that behold it begin to mock him, saying, This man began 31 to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going
to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and
consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet 32 him that cometh against him with twenty thousand ?
Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an 33 ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise
whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be
my disciple. 34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, where
excuse. Lu. viii. 14; xvii. 26-9. Ac. xxiv. 25.
Ja. ii. 5. See · poor,' p. 127.
xxii. 9, 10; xxviii. 19. Mk. xvi. 15. Ac. xi. 18
21; xxvi. 18-20. Ro. i. 14; x. 18. Ep. ii. 11-22. none. Mt. xxi. 43. Ac. xiii. 46. He. iv. 6-11. If any. Ps. lxxiii. 25. Mt. x. 37, 8. Jno. xii. 25. own life. Ac. xx. 24. Re. xii, 11. Ph. iii. 8.
Note. Hatred, in several places in Scripture,
implies only an inferior degree of love, and not
positive aversion. See De. xxi. 15. Mal. i. 3. cross. Mt. xvi. 24. 2 Ti. iii. 12. He. xiii. 13. consulteth, 1 Ki. xx. 11. Pr. xx. 18. Mt. vii. 24, 6. desireth. 2 Ki. x. 4, 5. Mt. v. 25. Ac. xii. 20. forsaketh, Lu. xviii. 22-30. Ph. iii. 7-11. 1 Jno. Salt. Mt. v. 13. Mk. ix. 50. Col. iv. 6. i1.16-7. lost. Eze. xv. 2-8. Lu. ix. 62. Jno. xv. 6. 1 Co.
ix. 27. Ga. iii. 1-3; iv. 9. 1 Ti. iv, 10. He. ri. 4-8; 2. 26, 7. 2 Pe. ii. 20—2. Re. ii. 4, 5.
THE PRODIGAL SON.
129 with shall it be seasoned ? It is neither fit for the land, nor 35 yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
SECTION 68.-(178) Jesus defends himself for eating with publicans and sinners(179) and delivers the parable, as it is commonly called, of the prodigal son. LU.XV.
No, 178. Then drew near unto him all the publicans 1 Luke xv. 1410. Last circuit" and sinners for to hear him. And the Phari- 2
of Galilee. sees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man 3 of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, 4 doth not leave the ninety-and-nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he 5 hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And 6 when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that 7 likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety-and-nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she 8 lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath 9 found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say
there is joy in the 10 presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
And he said, A certain man had two sons : 11 and the younger
of them said to his father, 12 of Galilee.
Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.
And he divided unto them his living. And not 13 many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, 14 there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to
No. 179. Luke xv. 11-32.
let. Is. i. 2. Je. xiii. 15. Mt. xl. 15; xv.10. See
Is. xxx. 9. Je. xxii. 21. Jno. viii. 43. 1 Co.xiv.
21. also Is. lv. 3. Ro. a. 17. Ja. i. 25. Re. i. 3. publicans. Mt. ix. 10, 11; xi. 19; xxi. 31, 2. La.
vii. 29 ; xviii. 10—4 xix. 2-10. sinners. Lu. v. 27-32. Ro. v. 6-8. 1 Ti. i. 15. Acar. Mt. vii. 28,9; xvii. 5. Lu. iv. 22. Jno.vii.46. muro, ls, lsv. 5. Ac. x. 28. See 1 Co. v. 9-11.
go after. Exe. xxxiv. 11-6. Jno. x. 16.
11. Mt. xviii, 10,3. Lu. ii. 9-14. 2 Co. i. 14. repenteth. 2. Co. vii. 9, 10. 2 Pe. iii. 9. pp. 16, 30. two. 2 Sa. xii. 8. 1 Ki. xii. 16-20. Eze. xxiii. 2. far. Ps.z.4-6; lxxiii. 27. Pr. xxvii. 8. (Ho. i. 6,7 wasted. Is. xxii. 13. Je. ii. 32-6. Am. vi. 3--7.
See Pr. xxviii, 7. Lu. xxi. 34. Ro. xiii. 13.
THE PRODIGAL SON.
130 15 be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen
of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed 16 swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the
husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many
hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, 18 and I perish with hunger ! I will arise and go to my
father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against 19 heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be
called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off
, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and 21 kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have
sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more 22 worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his
servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and 23 put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet :
and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be 24 merry: 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 27 things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is
come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he 28 hath received him safe and sound.
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 yet thou never gavest me a kid, 30 that I might make merry with my friends: but as soon as
this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living 31 with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And
he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I
want. La. iv. 4, 5. Ez. Iv. 16,7. Re. iii. 17. See
Ps. xxxiv. 9, 10. Pr. x. 21. Lu. xvi. 19-31. joined. Ex. xxxiv. 12. Ezr. ix. 14. 2 Co. vi. 14. when. De. xxx. 1-4. Ps. cxxxvii, 1. Je. xxxi.19. arise. 2 Ch. xxxiii. 11-3. Je. xxxi. 6-9. Ep. v.14. will say. Job xxxiii. 27,8. Ps. xxxii. 5; li. 3, 4.
Pr. xxviii. 13. Je, iii. 12-4. La. iii. 40, 1. Ho.
robe. Is.lxi.10. Zec. iii. 3-5. Re. iii. 5, 19; vi.1l. ring. Ge. xli. 42. Est. iii. 10; viii. 2. See Eze.
XX. 37. 2 Co. i. 22 ; v. 5. Ep. i. 13, 4; iv. 30. shoes. De. xxxiii. 25. Eze. xvi. 10. Ep. vi. 15. fatted. Pr. ix. 2. Is. xxv. 6. Mt. xxii.1-10. [14. alive. Ex. xxxvij.11-4. Ro. vi.11, 3. Ep. ii.l; v. merry. Is. xliv. 23; xlix. 13. Je. xxxi. 12–4. angry. Lu. v. 30. Ac. xi. 2, 3; xxli. 21, 2. Ro.
xiv. 1-3. 1 Jno. i. 9. came. Je. xxiii. 7,8; xi. 7-9. compas. Is. Ixv. 24. Je. sci. 18–20. Ho. xi. 8. son said. Hz. xvi. 63. See' will say,' above.
x. 19; xi. 28. would not. Mt. iii. 13. serve. Ac. xxvi. 7. Ro. ii. 17-29; iii. 1,2
THE UNJUST STEWARD.
131 have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, 32 and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
SECTION 69,-(180) Jesus subjoins two more parables, both moral, or relating to the
rule of life: the parable of the unjust steward—(181) and the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. LUKE xvi.
No. 180. And he said also unto his disciples, There I Luke xvi. 1-18. Last circuit
was a certain rich man, which had a steward; of Galilee. and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto 2 him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? 3 for my
lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, 4 that, when I am pat out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. So he called every one of 5 his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord ? And he said, An hundred 6 measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, 7 And how much owest thou ? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust 8 steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. And I
Make to yourselves friends of 9 the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is 10 faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If 11 therefore
ħave not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches ? And 12 if ye
have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own ? No servant 13 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.
wasted. Ho. ii. 8. Lu. xv. 13. Ja. iv. 3.
friends. Ac. X. 4,31. 2 Co. ir. 6-15. 1 Ti, vi.17-9.
vi. 16-22, Ga. i. 10. Ja. iv. 4. 1 Jno. ii. 15,