Woe unto thee, Chorazin!

Woe unto thee, Chorazin!

Mission of the Seventy.

(The Gospel History, Section 86)

Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not. Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Howbeit I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgement, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, shalt thou be exalted unto heaven? thou shalt be brought down unto Hades: for if the mighty works had been done in Sodom which were done in thee, it would have remained until this day. Howbeit, I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgement, than for thee. He that heareth you heareth me, and he that rejecteth you rejecteth me: and he that rejecteth me rejecteth him that sent me.

Woe unto thee, Chorazin!

(The Saviour of the World, Vol VI Book I Poem XII)

Ah, woful cities, upbraided of your Prince,
Chorazin and Bethsaida! “Had they seen,
E’en Tyre and Sidon, those works which have been
Performed within your walls, they had long since

“Repented them in ashes. Howbeit I say,
Better for those fierce sinners without fear,
Who never heard the words have graced your ear,
Than for you, reprobate, in th’ Judgment Day!

“And thou, Capernaum, what dost thou evince
For the high honours have been done to thee?
I tell thee, Sodom had been turned to Me,
Had she been graced as thou, this long while since!”


Then, doth the Lord judge cities? Shall they be,
Corporate, arraigned ’fore Heaven’s high Majesty?

St. Luke x. 13-16.
St. Matthew xi. 20-24.

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