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MATT.

MARK XVI.

LUKE XXIV.

19 THE Lord, therefore, after he had spoken unto them, was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God: 20 but they went forth, and preached every where; the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs accompanying it.†

I send upon you the promise of
my Father: but tarry ye in the
city until ye are endued with
power from on high."

50 And he led them out as
far as to Bethany: and he
lifted up his hands, and blessed
them. 51 And it came to pass,
while he was blessing them, he
was parted from them, and
carried up into heaven.
52 And
they did him reverential ho-
mage, and returned to Jeru-
salem with great joy:
53 and
they were continually in the
temple, praising and blessing
God.

JOHN

The more detailed Account of the Ascension of Christ, given by Luke in Acts i. 1—14.

THE former narration I made, O Theophilus, concerning all things which Jesus began both to do and to teach, § 2 until the day when, after having, through the holy spirit, given charge to the Apostles whom he had chosen, he was taken up into heaven : 3 to whom also, after he suffered, he showed himself alive, by many infallible proofs; presenting himself to be seen by them during forty days, and declaring things concerning the kingdom of God.

And having assembled them together, he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father, "which," he said, "ye have heard from me: s for John indeed baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the

Bethany lay on the eastern side of the Mount of Olives, about two miles from the city: but tradition fixes upon a spot on the western side, near one of the summits, as the place of our Lord's ascension. We know nothing more, however, than what Luke has said; and this is decided as to its being in the immediate neighbourhood of Bethany. What he says in Acts i. 12, merely respects the site of the Mount of Olives, not of the spot where Christ ascended. The Sabbath-day's journey is said to have been 2000 cubits; Josephus somewhere speaks of the hill as six furlongs from the city, and elsewhere as five.

+ The last portion of Mark's Gospel, ver. 9-20, is regarded by some as of doubtful authority: Griesbach expresses himself very strongly to this effect; but Kuinoel ably defends it. The external evidence against it is very slight: the supposed inconsistencies between it and the other Gospels are the chief ground of argument. Considering the nature of the circumstances to be recorded, and the number of persons whose opinions, and of others whose information, would altogether form the basis of the narratives, there is less appearance of discrepancy than might reasonably have been expected. On cautiously examining the whole, as we might examine the testimony of any other faithful and well-informed witnesses, even the appearance almost entirely vanishes; and we readily discern how the whole would arise from the reality, viewed under different aspects.

Or, both did and tanght, if notaro is used idiomatically.

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holy spirit, not many days hence." They therefore, having come together, asked him, saying," Lord! art thou at this time restoring the kingdom to Israel?" " But he said unto them, "It is not yours to know times or seasons, which the Father hath placed in his own disposal:* but ye shall receive power when the holy spirit cometh upon you; and ye shall be witnesses to me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the extremity of the earth."+ 9 And having said these things, while they were beholding him, he was taken up from the earth; and a cloud beneath removed him from their eyes. 10 And as they were steadfastly looking towards heaven, while he was departing, lo! two men stood near them in white raiment, who also said, 11 "Men of Galilee! why stand ye looking up towards heaven? This same Jesus, who is taken up from you to heaven, will come again in the same manner as ye have seen him going to heaven." 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem, at the distance of a sabbath day's journey. 13 And when they had entered the city, they went up into the upper chamber; § and there abode Peter and James, and John and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphæus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all with one consent continued in prayer, together with certain women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

* εξουσία.

+ Or, of the land, έως έσχατου της γης.

Η νεφελη ὑπελαβεν αυτόν. So Wakefield.

Tо VTEрov. It is reasonable to conjecture, that this was the chamber where our Lord ate the Passover; where also the Apostles appear to have assembled on the evening of the resurrection. If so, it was in the house of a disciple. See Matt. xxvi. 18, &c. p. 235.

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