An Exposition of the Parables and of Other Parts of the Gospels. 5 Vols [In 6].
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 Excerpt: ... They differ lastly; the labourers of all the orders next after the first, as well as those of the first, from the labourers of the fifth, that the engagement of the former, in each instance, was the result of design, or the effect of a visit to the market-place expressly to find them; that of the latter appears to have been accidental, or the consequence of discovering persons in the market-place, at the close of the day, whom one in search of workmen could not have expected to find there still unengaged, so late in the day. THE MORAL. If it is reasonable to suppose that our Saviour's parables are well-connected histories, the parts and circumstances of which have all a proper meaning, and conspire to some common result--it must be evident that the first part of the preceding narrative is preliminary and subordinate to the second. The final end proposed by the account of the engagement of labourers for hire, on the service of a vineyard, during a certain day, would not have been answered without the account of the payment of their wages, as the due for that service, at the end of the day. The narrative itself too, which touches summarily on the fact of the engagement, and leaves to implication the fact of the stipulated services, begins to be circumstantial with the account of the payment of the wages. Admitting however, that the first part of the parabolic narrative, relating to every thing which passes during the day--is preliminary to the account of what passes at the end of the day--still when the history comes to this account, it dwells upon two facts only, one in respect to each order of the labourers in common, and the other in respect to those of the first in particular: the former of these, that the labourers of every order, are all paid for their...
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