| Hurlbut's Story of the Bible|
|by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut|
|A book which stands in such honor as the Bible should be known by all. And the time when one can most readily obtain a familiarity with the Bible is in early life. Those who in childhood learn the Story of the Bible are fortunate, for they will never forget it. In this unabridged and unedited edition you will find all the principal stories of the Bible, each one complete in itself, while together combining to form a continuous narrative. With 168 stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, there is ample material for a full year of reading. Ages 6-12 |
THE PARABLES ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
Matthew xxiv: 1, to xxv: 46; Mark xiii: 1 to 37, Luke xxi: 5 to 38.
FTER Jesus had spoken his last words to the people and their
rulers, he walked out of the Temple with his disciples.
As they were passing through the great gates on the
east of the Temple the disciples said to Jesus,
"Master, what a splendid building this is! Look at
these great stones in the foundation!"
Jesus answered his disciples, "Do you see these great
walls? The time is coming when these buildings shall be
thrown down; when not one stone that you are looking
upon shall be left in its place; when the very
foundations of this house and this city shall be torn
These words filled the followers of Jesus with the
deepest sorrow, for they loved the Temple and the city
of Jerusalem, as all Jews loved it, and to them it
seemed the ruin of the whole world. Yet they believed
the words of their Master, for they knew that he was a
prophet, whose words were sure to come to pass, and
that he was more than a prophet, even the son of God.
They walked with Jesus down into the valley of the
brook Kedron, and up the slopes of the Mount of Olives.
On the top of the mountain they looked down upon the
Temple and the city; and then some of the disciples
said to Jesus:
"Master, tell us when shall these dreadful things be?
Give us some sign, that we may know when they are
Then Jesus sat down with his disciples on the mountain
and told them of many things that were to come upon the
city and the world; how wars should arise, and
earthquakes and diseases should break forth; how
enemies were to come and fight against Jerusalem, and
destroy it and scatter its people; and how trouble
 upon all the earth. And he told them that he would
sometime come again, as the Lord of all; and that all
who believe in him should watch, and be ready to meet
him. Then he gave the Parable of "The Ten Young Women."
This was the story:
"There were ten young women who were going out one
night with their lamps in their hands to meet a wedding
party. Five of these young women were wise, and five
were foolish. Those that were foolish took with them
their lighted lamps, but had no more oil than that
which was in the lamps; but each of the wise young
women carried also a bottle of oil. It was night, and
while they were waiting for the bridal party they all
fell asleep. At midnight they were all awaked by the
sudden cry, 'The bridegroom is coming! Go out to meet
"Then all the young women rose up, and trimmed their
lamps. And the foolish ones said, 'Let us have some of
your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
"But the other young women said, 'Perhaps there will
not be enough for us and for you too; go to those who
sell, and buy oil for yourselves.'
 "The young women who had no oil went away to buy; and
while they were away the bridal party came, and those
that were ready went in with them to the feast; and
then the door was shut. And afterward the other young
women came, knocking on the door, and calling out,
'Lord, Lord, open to us!'
"But he said, 'I do not know you.'
"And he would not open the door. Watch, therefore, for
you do not know the day nor the hour when your Lord
THE COMING OF THE BRIDEGROOM
Jesus also gave to his disciples another parable or
picture of what shall come to pass at the end of the
world. He said:
"When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all
the angels of God shall come with him, then he shall
sit on his glorious throne as King. And before him
shall be brought together all the people of the world;
and he shall divide them, and make them stand apart,
just as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats.
And he shall put his sheep on his right hand, and the goats
 his left. Then the King shall say to those on his right
hand, 'Come, ye, whom my Father has blessed; come, and
take the kingdom which God has made ready for you. For
I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and
you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me
into your home; I was naked, and you gave me clothes; I
was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you
came to me.'
"Then all those on the right of the King will say:
" 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and feed thee? or
thirsty and gave thee drink? And when did we see thee
a stranger, and took thee in? or naked and gave thee
clothes? And when did we see thee sick, or in prison,
and come to thee?'
"And the King shall answer, and shall say to them:
" 'Inasmuch as you did it to one of these my brothers,
even the very least of them, you did it to me.'
"Then the King shall turn to those on his left hand,
and shall say to them:
" 'Go away from me, ye cursed ones, into the everlasting
fire which has been made ready for the devil and his
angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me no food; I
was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; I was a
stranger, and you did not open your doors to me; I was
naked, and you gave me no clothes; I was sick, and in
prison, and you did not visit me.'
"Then shall they answer him:
" 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or a
stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not
"And the King shall say to them:
" 'Inasmuch as you did it not to one of these the least
of my brothers, you did it not to me.'
"And the wicked shall go away to be punished forever;
but the righteous unto everlasting life."
After these words, Jesus went with his disciples again
THEY TOOK THE UNFAITHFUL SERVANT AWAY
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