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lanterns and torches and weapons, he cone ducted them, ever the Brook Cedron, which ran close by the Walls of the City, into a suburbian Garden ; where JE s U-s us'd often to resort, with his Disciples. There they found him, accordingly, and took him, and bound him, and fo led him away.

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. 110 The Triat of our LORD. Now this celebrated Trial and Condemnation of our blefled Lord, being the most ample Instance of any in Scripture, of the Method of Proceeding in the Great Council or Sanhedrim, it will be worth while to trace every Step taken therein, from the Time of his being apprehended, to that of his Crucifixion; as they are severally related by the four Evangelifts.

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eing either che Judge to whom the Wric
vas returnable; or a Perfon, in great Au-
hority; whom the High-Priest, his Son
in-Law, and the Rest of the Council, had
ileputed to take his Examination first. Or
perhaps where he was only to be detain'd,
till the Council could be got together.
For we do not find that Annas took any
Cognizance of Jesus, at that Time;
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High-Priest; with whom were afsembled
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, and the Elders, and the
Scribes. This Affembly therefore was the
Great Council.
The High-Priest then asked JESUS,

19. of his disciples, and of bis doctrine. Jesus answer'd him, I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always refort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? Ask them which beard me, what I have said unto them: bebold, they know what I have said. Upon this, one of the Officers that stood by, struck him with his Hand, saying, An

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fwereft thou the High-Priest fo? To which Jesus replied, If I have spoker evil, beat witness of the evil; but, if well, wby fmiteft thou me?

They hop'd to draw him in to accusé hinself; but, that Project not fucceeding, we are told the Chief Priests and Elders, and all the Council fought false Witness against Jesu's to put him to Death. And, accordingly, many false Witneffes offer'd to testify againft him: But they were so ill concerted, and blunder'd lo cgregiously in their Evidence, that it

would nor do. At last there tood up Matt. two false Witnesses, and faid, This fellow xxvi. 61.

faid, I am able to destroy the temple of God, Mark and to build it in three days; or, I will xiv. 58.

destroy this temple that is made with hands, and, within three days, I will build anos ther, made without bands. But neither, fo, did their Witness agree together.

Upon which, che High-Priest, defirous of drawing him into a Confeffion, stood up, and faid unto him, Answereft rhou nos thing? What is it which these witness againf ibee? But Jesus held his Peace, and answered nothing. The High-Prief, there

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fore, Spoke to him agáin, and said, I adjure, thee, by the living God, that thou fæll us 3 whether Thou be the CHRIST, the fon

of God? Jesus then spoke calmly, and without Hefication, to this Effect; I am:

And, though I appear in a mean Form, ne now, neverthelefs, I say unto you, Hereafter Shall ye see the fon of man, hitting on the right bands of power, and coming in the

clouds of beaven. V be Upon this, the High-Priest, to thew the w great Transport of Indignation this Answer * put him into, very indecently, rent his Clothes; and, addressing himself to the rest ofche Judges, said, He batbspoken blasphemy: what further need have: we of witnesses ? Behold, now ye have beard bis blafphemy, what think ye? They answered, and said, He is guilty of death: And so they all condemn’d him, and adjourn'd the Court.

Then it was that those who had him Luke in custodys insulced him in a very brutish and barbarous Manner; Spitting in his Face, buffeting and deriding him, various ways, during the rest of the Night. He was left to the arbitrary Insolence of a Parcel of Slaves, the very Dregs of his Enemies; Сс

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all his Friends having forsaken him, and fled. Or, if any of them had been courageous enough to venture in with the Crowd; they hop'd to pass for his Enemies; and, when challeng'd, durft noc confess that they belong'd to him. For though Love and Fidelity to their Master had prevail’d with two of his Disciples, Peter and John, to get Admittance inco the High-Priest's Palace; that they might hoar and see a little, how Matters were like to go; yet, the former of these, Pea ter, while he stood and warmed himself, in the High-Priest's Hall, among the Servants and Officers, happening to be suspected by some of them, of belonging JESUS, denied with an Oath, cwo or three Times, that he so much as knew him.

This, Jesus (notwithstanding Peter's boasted Resolution of dying with him) both foresaw, and foretold. The Court, therefore, being up, and Jesus brought out into the Hall to be kept in Custody there 'till the Morning, at the samne Time that he was treated with all sorts of In. dignity, by the Servants and Officers, had's

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