Of the Children playing in the Marketplace.

Luke AND the Lord faid, Whereunto fhall I liken the of this Generation? and to what are they



32. They are like unto Children fitting in the Marketplace, and calling one to another, and faying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced: we have mourned unto you, and ye have not wept.

33. For John the Baptift came neither eating Bread, nor drinking Wine; and ye fay, He hath a Devil.

34. The Son of Man is come eating and drinking; and ye fay, Behold, a gluttonous Man, and a Wine-bibber, a Friend of Publicans and Sinners.

35. But Wisdom is justified of all her Children.


8. And he answering, faid unto him, Lord, let it alone this Year alfo, till I fhall dig about it, and dung it:

9. And if it (a) bear Fruit, well and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

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Parable of the Fig-tree.

Luke HE fpake alfo this Parable: A certain Man had xiii. 6. a Fig-tree planted in his Vineyard, and he came and fought Fruit thereon, and found none.

7. Then faid he unto the Dreffer of his Vineyard, Behold, these three Years I come seeking Fruit on this Figtree, and find none cut it down, why cumbreth it the Ground?

(a) Luke iii. 8. Bring forth therefore FRUITS worthy of Repentance.

9. And now alfo the Ax is laid unto the Roor of the Trees: every Tree therefore which bringeth not forth GOOD FRUIT, is hewn down, and caft into the Fire.

Rom. ii. 4. Or despisest thou the Riches of his Goodnefs, and Forbearance, and Long-fuffering, not

knowing that the Goodness of God leadeth thee to Repentance?

5. But after thy Hardness and impenitent Heart, treasurest up unto thy felf WRATH against the Day of Wrath, and Revelation of the righteous Judgment of God;

6. Who will render to every Man according to his Deeds:

7. To them who by patient Continuance in WELL-DOING, seek for Glory, and Honour, and Immortality; Eternal Life :

8. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the TRUTH, but obey UNRIGHTEOUSNESS; Indignation and Wrath,

9. Tribulation and Anguish upon every Soul of Man that doth EVIL. 10. But Glory, Honour, and Peace, to every Man that worketh GOOD, to the Jew firft, and alfo to the Gentile.

11. For there is no respect of Perfons with God.


Of the Feaft, and of the great Supper.

Luke AND he put forth a Parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief Rooms; faying unto them,

8. When thou art bidden of any Man to a Wedding, fit not down in the highest Room, left a more honourable Man than thou be bidden of him;

9. And he that bade thee and him, come and fay to thee, Give this Man place; and thou begin with Shame to take the lowest Room.

10. But when thou art bidden, go and fit down in the lowest Room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may fay unto thee, Friend, go up higher: Then fhalt thou have Worship in the Prefence of them that fit at Meat with thee.

11. For whofoever EXALTETH himself, fhall be ABASED; and he that HUMBLETH himself, fhall be EXALTED.

12. Then faid he alfo to him that bade him, When thou makeft a Dinner or a Supper, call not thy Friends, nor thy Brethren, neither thy Kinfmen, nor thy rich Neighbours; left they alfo bid thee again, and a Recompenfe be made thee.

13. But when thou makeft a Fcaft, call the Poor, the Maimed, the Lame, the Blind :

14. And thou shalt be bleffed; for they cannot recom penfe thee for thou fhalt be recompenfed at the Refurrection of the Juft.

15. And when one of them that fat at Meat with him, heard thefe Things, he faid unto him, Bleffed is he that fhall eat Bread in the Kingdom of God.

16. Then

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24. For I fay unto you, that none of thofe Men which were BIDDEN, fhall tafle of my SUPPER.

Feast of Wines on the Lces, of fat Things full of MARROW, of Wines on the Lees well refined.

Chap. Iv. 1. Ho, every one that ters, and he that hath no Money: come buy Wine and Milk without Money, and without Price.

7. And he will destroy in this Mountain the Face of the COVERING caft over all People, and the Veil that is fpread over all Nations. THIRSTETH, come ye to the WaCome ye, BUY and EAT, yea,

2. Wherefore do ye fpend Money for that which is NOT BREAD? and your Labour for that which fatisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and EAT ye that which is GOOD, and let your Soul DELIGHT itself in FATNESS.

Of the Loft Sheep.


Of the Piece of SilOf the Prodigal Son.

3. And he fpake this Parable unto them, faying,

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HEN drew near unto him all the Publicans and Sinners, for to hear him.

XV. I.

2. And the Pharifees and Scribes murmured, faying, This Man receiveth Sinners, and eateth with them.

(a) Pf. cxix. 176. I have gone ASTRAY like a LOST SHEEP, icek thy Servant, for I do not forget thy


4. What Man (a) of you having an hundred Sheep, if he lofe one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine

in the Wildernefs, and go after that which was loft, until he find it?

5. And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his Shoulders, rejoicing.

6. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his Friends and Neighbours, faying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my Sheep which was loft.

7. I fay unto you, that likewife Joy fhall be in Heaven over one Sinner that REPENTETH, more than over ninety and nine juft Perfons, which need no REPENTANCE.

8. Either what Woman having ten Pieces of Silver, if fhe lofe one Piece, doth not light a Candle, and fweep the Houfe, and fiek diligently till fhe find it?

9. And when fhe hath found it, fhe calleth her Friends and her Neighbours together, faying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the Piece which I had loft.

10. Likewife I fay unto you, There is Joy in the Prefence of the ANGELS of God, over one SINNER that RE


11. And he faid, A certain Man had two Sons :

12. And the younger of them faid to his Father, Father, give me the Portion of Goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his Living.

13. And not many Days after, the younger Son gathered all together, and took his Journey into a far Country, and there wafted his Subitance with RIOTOUS LIVING.

14. And when he had fpent all, there arofe a mighty Famine in that Land, and he began to be in wANT.

15. And he went and joined himfelf to a Citizen of that Country; and he fent him into his Fields to feed SWINE.

16. 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 faid, How many hired Servants of my Father's have Bread enough and to fpare, and I perish with Hunger.

18. I will arife (b) and go to my Father, and fay unto him, Father, I have finned against Heaven, and before thee,


19. And am no more worthy to be called thy Son make me as one of thy Servants.


20. And he arofe, and came to his Father. But when he was yet a great way off, his FATHER faw him, and had COMPASSION, and ran, and fell on his Neck, and kiffed him.

21. And the Son faid unto him, Father, I have finned


(b) Exod. xxxiv. 6. And the Lord palled by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, Long-fuffering,

and abundant in GooDNESS and TRUTH.

7. Keeping MERCY for thousands, FORGIVING INIQUITY, and Tranfgreffion, and Sin; and that will by no means clear the GUILTY; vifiting the Iniquity of the Fathers upon the Children, and upon the Childrens Children, unto the third and fourth Generation.

Pfal. cxxx. 3. If thou, Lord, fhouldft mark INIQUITIES: O Lord, who fhall stand?

4. But there is Forgivenefs with thee; that thou mayft be feared.

Ifai. i. 18. Come now, and let us reafon together, faith the Lord: though your SINS be as Scarlet, they fhail be as white as Snow: though they be red like Crimton, they fhall be as Wool.

Chap. xliii. 25. I, even I am he that blotteth out thy Tranfgreftions

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