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THE FORTY DAYS:
A CONTINUOUS NARRATIVE IN THE WORDS OF
CONSTRUCTED FROM THE FOUR GOSPELS.
A Commentary and Appendices
BY THE REV.
G. F. POPHAM BLYTH, M.A.,
senior CHAPLAIN, H.M. INDIAN (BENGAL) SERVICE;
CHAPLAIN TO THE EARL OF KIMBERLEY.
WO VOLUMES. VOLIOTHECA
. MAY 15.79
W. SKEFFINGTON & SON, 163, PICCADILLY.
101. f. 627.
THE HOLY WEEK
THE FORTY DAYS.
XXVII. THE WALK TO GETHSEMANE. PETER
WARNED. S. Matt. xxvi. 30–35; S. Mark xiv. 26–31 ; S. Luke xxii. 39, 31-38;
S. John xviii. 1. WHEN Jesus had spoken these words, and when they had sung an hymn, they went out over the brook Cedron,
1. an hymn.-There is little doubt this was the usual song of thanksgiving which terminated the Paschal feast in our Lord's time. It consisted of Ps. cxv.-cxviii., which formed the “great Hallel,” the second part of the Hallel (contracted from Hallelujah), or song of praise; the former part of which, Ps. cxiii., cxiv., was sung at the commencement of the feast. It is worthy of notice how constant is our Lord's use of the Book of Psalms, especially during the close of His life; they were to Him a manual of devotion, a " prayer-book.” He has thus left His blessing in the constant use of this portion of Holy Scripture, which has been so great a source of comfort to those in sorrow or in sickness; who have found, in every age, that under every trouble which is common to man, there is some gracious and appropriate devotion in the Book of Psalms.
2. went out.-See xxv. 6. 27. Our Lord now leaves the Supperroom, in which, after rising from supper, He appears to have lingered to deliver His last address to His disciples, and to offer His last solemn prayer.
3. brook Cedron.—The word “brook” implies a winter torrent, the bed of which would be dry, or nearly so, in the hot season. Corn. à