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6. And the chief priests took the filver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into tbe treasury, because it is ibe price of blosd.
7. And they took counsel, and bougbe with rbem ebe patiers field, to bury strangers in. 8. Wherefore that field was called, the field of blood unto tbis day.
9. (Then was fulfilled that wbicb was spoken by Jeremy tbe propbet, saying, And they rock tbe ebirtý pieces of silver, the price of bim that was valued, wbom ebey of tte cbildren of Israel did value :
10. Andibey gave them for tbe potters field, as the Lord appointed me.)
11. And Jefus ftond before the governor, and the governor asked bim, saying, Art tlou tbe king of the Jews? Ar.dJefus said unto him, Thou sayeft.
12. And wben be was accused of ibe chief priefts and elders, be answered ncéking. 13. Iben fairb Pilate unto bim, Hearejt ibou not bow many tbings they witness
14. And be answered bim to never a word: insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
15. Now at that feas ebe governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would
16. And ebey had tben a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
17. Therefore when they were garbered rogether, Pilate said unto tbem, W bom vill ye that I release unto you ? Barabbas, or Jesus, whicb is called Christ?
18. For be knew that for envy obey kad delivered bim.
19. When he was set down on the judgment seat, bis wife fent unto him, saying, Have tbou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered many ebings tbis day in a dream, because of him.
20. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude, that they fould ask Barabbas, and destroy Jefus.
21. The governor answered, and said unto tbem, Wbether of tbe twain will ye iba: I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
22. Pilate said unto them, What mall I do tben wirb Jefus, which is called Cbris ? They all said unto bim, Let bim be crucified.
23. And the governor said, Why? wbat evil barb be done? But they cried out tbe more, saying, Let bim be crucified.
24. W ben Pilare saw that be could prevail nothing, but that ratber a tumult was made, be rook water, and avamed bis bands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of tbe blood of this just person : see ye to it.
25. Then answered allibe people, and said, His blood be cn us and on our children.
26. Then released be Barabbas unto them, and when be bad scourged J ejus, be delivered bim to be crucified.
27. Then tbe soldiers of the governor tock Jesus into the common ball, and garbered unto bim the whole bard of soldiers.
28. And they stripped bim, and put on him a scarlet robe.
29. And when they bad platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon bis head; and obey bowed the knee before him, and mocked bim, saying, Hail king of the Jews.
30. And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and (mote bim on the bead.
31. And after they had mocked him, they took the robe from off bim, and put bis own raiment on him, and led him away to crucifie him.
32. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name : bim sbey compelled to bear bis cross.
33. And wben they were come unto a place called Golgorba, that is to say, a place of a skull,
34. They gave bim vinegar to drink mingled with gall; and when be bad tafted obereof, be would not drink.
35. And they crucified bim, and parted his garments, cafting lots: that it might be fulfilled wbicb was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, arid upon my vesture did they cast lors.
36. And fitting down, they watched bim tbere :
37. And set over his bead bis accusation, written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38. Then were t bere two ibieves crucified with him, one on the right band, and another on the left.
39. And they that passed by, reviled him, wagging their beads,
40. And saying, Ibou ebat destroyeft tbe temple, and buildeft it in three days, savo sby self: if thou be obe Son of God, come down from tbe cross: 41. Likewise also ebe cbief priefis mocking bim, with the scribes and elders, said,
42. He saved orbers, bimself he cannot save : If be be ibe king of Israel, let bim now come down from ebe cross, and we will believe bim.
43. He truffed in God, let bim deliver bim now if be will bave bim : for be said, I am obe Son of God.
44. The ibieves also which were crucified with him, cast the same in bis teeth.
46. And about ibe ninib bour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani, ebat is to say, My God, my God, why bast thou forsaken me ?
47. Some of tbem that stood ibere, 'wben tbey beard that, said, This man calletbe for Elias.
48. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a read, and gave bim to drink.
49. The rest said, Let be, let us see wherber Elias will come to save him.
51. And bebold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain, from tbe top to the bottom, and the eartb did quake, and ebe rocks rent,
52. And the graves were opened, and many bodies of saints wbich pept, arose,
53. And came out of tbe graves after bis refurrection, and went into ibe boly city, and appeared unto many.
54. Now wben the Centurion, and tbey that were with him, watching Jefus, faz the earthquake, and ibole things tbat were done, tbey feared greatly, saying, Truly Ibis was the Son of God.
The Gospels for this, and the following Days of the
Week, being very long, and altogether Historical; and best understood by comparing the Parallel Places in the other Evangelists; (all which are read in the Course of the Week) It is thought not necessary, to swell this Volume with particular Paraphrases upon them,
Hough Almighty God was pleased to permit, that
his Bleffed Son should suffer all the Scandal and Punishment, due to the most heinous Malefactors; Yet did his Wisdom order Matters so, that all possible Right should be done to his Innocence. To this Purpose we read such Testimonies given of it, as, if the Jews had not been blinded by the Obstinacy of their own inveterate Malice and Rage, were abundantly full, and clear enough, to have convinced his bitterest Enemies, that they did very wickedly, in treating him so ignominiously, so barbarously. He was acquitted in the most solemn and publick Manner, by Herod and Pilate. All the Evidence, the Jews laboured to pick up and suborn against him, was acknowledged, either insufficient, or inconsistent. Nay, even the wicked Instrument of delivering hinn up into the Hands of them that sought his Life, enraged at their implacable and Blood-thirsty Proceedings, relented, desired to retract his Bargain, openly confessed his own Guilt, and the unblemish'd Holiness of his injured Mafter. For, finding that the Chief Priests had declared him guilty of Blasphemy, and delivered him over to the Power of the Roman Governor; Even This wretched Man was touched with a Compassion of his Case, and applied himself to the Jewish Rulers, to prevent farther Mischief. Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty Pieces of Silver to the Chief Priests, and Elders, saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the Innocent Blood.
This is the first remarkable Passage in the Gospel for the Day. And my Design is, to enquire into the Nature of Judas his Repentance, as we find it here describ’d; to shew, what Qualifications it had, and wherein it was defective. And afterwards, to make such
Collections from hence, as the Circumstances of that wretched Man, and the foregoing Particulars, minister occasion for.
I. First, I shall enquire into the Nature of Judas his Repentance, and Then, what Qualifications it had, and wherein it was defective. For, that it was defective in the main, I suppose there need no other Proofs, than such as offer themselves, from what our Saviour himself spoke concerning him. Those that thou ga
John xvii. 12. vest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, save the Son of Perdition. And again, The Son of Man goeth, as it is written of him, but wo unto that
Matth. xxvi. 240 Man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed, it had been better for that Man, if he had never been born. Now, how these things could be true of Judas, if his Repentance had been such, as was available for procuring Pardon and Salvation ; it is not possible to comprehend. He surely is not lost, whom true Repentance recovers ; Nor had it been good for that Man
never to have been born, who is saved at last, tho’at the Expence of never so painfuland laborious a Repentance. And therefore, since no one Truth in the Gospel is more express than This, that allwho truly repent, shall most certainlybe saved ; It must follow, That the Person, of whom those dreadful things are pronouced, did not truly and effectually repent.
The Evangelist indeed tells us, that he repented himself; and I am well content to lay no particular Stress upon the Original Word Mileuernbeis here. It being sufficiently notorious, to any attentive Reader, that pilepéneta and ušlévola are promiscuousiy used in Scripture; Which renders any Distinctions, from the Manner of Expression, of very little or no Force, in the Case before us. But then it is no less evident, that, by repenting, is not every where intended a Change of Heart and Life; Not the whole of that, which Repentance strictly signifies, when made the Condition of Pardon and Salvation; but only some part, or imperfect Degree, of it. And thus we are to take it here. Not that Judas was a thorough Penitent, and became a new Man; but, that he did something necessary to be done, in order to our becoming new Men. He felt some remorse for what he had done ; He wished he had not done it at all. This is one of the first Steps which all Penitents set out with. It is the Beginning, but very far from the Perfection, of Repentance. And yet This is all, which that Expression seems to import; And therefore no Argument can be formed from hence, to prove the Truth and Validity of his Repentance, properly so called. The most that can be made of it, is This ; that somewhat he did towards it, but not enough to bring it to due Perfection. And therefore it is, that I purpose to consider, so far as this Passage will guide us in the Matter, how far he advanced, and how far he fell short.
1. Now First, One good Step towards Repentance was, That Judas, as I said, exprest great Sorrow for what he had done, and condemned himself severely for his wicked Treachery. This is usually the Beginning of Reformation, to be sensible of one's Misery, and forely afflicted for it. But then we are to look at the Motives, which stir that Passion and Remorse, in an Offender's Breast. Few People so desperately hardned, as not to be struck with Terror, when they see the wretched Consequences of their Sins. And Fear and Suffering are Arguments, which oftentimes lay hold on those, who seem loft to all Arguments besides. Many are so profligate, as to have out-grown all Impressions of Ingenuity and Shame; But we cannot continue to be Men, and remain unconcerned for our own Interest and Safety, when once made sensible of it. Now, tho' these are Considerations, which are commonly the first in hardned and habitual Sinners, and capable of being improved from a Natural, to a Godly Sorrow; Yet, where this is the Main, or the Only Argument of our Remorse; I am afraid, it is not sufficient to work Repentance to Salva