Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order for a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
Even as they delivered them to us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you in order, most excellent Theophilus,
That you might know the certainty of those things, wherein you have been instructed.
There was, in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia, and his wife [was] of the daughters of Aaron, and her name [was] Elisabeth.
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
And they had no child, because Elisabeth was barren, and they both were [now] well stricken in years.
And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,
According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
And the whole multitude of the people were praying alone at the time of incense.
And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
And when Zacharias saw [him], he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
But the angel said to him, "Do not fear, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth will bear you a son, and you will call his name John.
And you will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth.
For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and will drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. *3:39
And he will turn many of the Children of Israel to the Lord their God.
And he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, *Malachi 4:6 and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord [God]."
And Zacharias said to the angel, "By what will I know this? *3:41, *19:10 For I am an old man, and my wife, well stricken in years." *3:40, *19:8
And the angel answering said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God; and I am sent to speak to you, and to show you these glad tidings.
And, behold, you will be mute, and will not able to speak, until the day that these things will be performed, *3:41, *19:10 because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their season."
And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he delayed so long in the temple.
And when he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them, and remained speechless. *19:11
And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
And after those days, his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
Thus the Lord [God] has dealt with me in the days wherein He looked on [me], to take away my reproach among men.
And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name [was] Mary.
And the angel came in toward her, and said, "Hail, [you who are] highly favored, the Lord [God is] with you, blessed [are] you among women." *3:42
And when she saw [him], she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
And the angel said to her, "Do not fear, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
And, behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, *19:19 and will call his name Jesus.
He will be great, and will be called the son of the Highest, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David.
And he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom, there will be no end."
Then Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, seeing I know no man?" *3:47, *19:20
And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you, therefore also that holy thing which will be born of you will be called the son of God.
And, behold, your cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
For with God nothing will be impossible."
And Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord [God]; be it to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit;
And she spoke out with a loud voice, and said, "Blessed [are] you among women, and blessed [is] the fruit of your womb.
And from where [is] this to me, that the mother of my lord should come to me?
For, look, as soon as the voice of your salutation sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
And blessed [is] she who believed, for there will be a performance of those things which were told to her from the Lord [God]."
And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord [God],
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden, for, behold, from henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done to me great things; and Holy [is] His name.
And His mercy [is] on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from [their] seats, and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has supported His servant Israel, *19:93, *21:26 in remembrance of [His] mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to His seed forever."
And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.
And her neighbors and her cousins heard how the Lord [God] had showed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
And his mother answered and said, "Not [so]; but he will be called John."
And they said to her, "There is none of your kindred that is called by this name." *19:7
And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, "His name is John." And they all marveled.
And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue [loosed], and he spoke, and praised God.
And fear came on all who dwelt round about them, and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.
And all those who heard [them] laid [them] up in their hearts, saying, "What manner of child will this be!" And the hand of the Lord [God] was with him.
And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,
"Blessed [is] the Lord God of Israel; for He has visited and redeemed His people,
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David; *19:93, *21:26
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began,
That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us; *Deuteronomy 20:1 - 4, *37:171 - 173
To perform the mercy [promised] to our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant;
The oath which He swore to our father Abraham,
That He would grant to us, that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest, for you will go before the Face of the Lord [God] to prepare His ways;
To give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us,
To give light to those who sit in darkness and [in] the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." *5:16
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts until the day of his showing to Israel.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
([And] this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David),
To be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were, in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. *Isaiah 60:7
And, look, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord [God] shone around them, and they were afraid.
And the angel said to them, "Do not fear, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all people.
For to you is born this day, in the city of David a savior, the Messiah the master.
And this [will be] a sign to you; 'You will find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.'"
And suddenly, a multitude of the heavenly host was with the angel, praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go even to Bethlehem, and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord [God] has made known to us."
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen [it], they made the saying known abroad, which was told to them concerning this child.
And all those who heard [it] wondered at those things which were told to them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered [them] in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told to them.
And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
And when the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present [him] to the Lord;
(As it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb will be called holy to the Lord")
And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, "A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name [was] Simeon; and the same man [was] just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
And it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord [God].
And he came by the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
Then he took him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
"Lord [God], now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word.
For my eyes have seen Your salvation,
Which You have prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel." *Isaiah 49:5 - 6
And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him.
And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this [child] is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which will be spoken against;
(Indeed, a sword will pierce through your own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser, she was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;
And she [was] a widow of about eighty four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served [God] with fastings and prayers night and day.
And she, coming in that instant, gave thanks likewise to the Lord [God], and spoke of him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord [God], they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus waited behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother did not know [of it].
But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among [their] kinsfolk and acquaintance.
And when they did not find him, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
And it came to pass, that after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
And all who heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
And when they saw him, they were amazed; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you thus dealt with us? Behold, your father and I have sought you sorrowing."
And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not perceive that I must be about my Father's business?"
And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them.
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,
Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.
And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of the Lord [God], make His paths straight.
Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be brought low; and the crooked will be made straight, and the rough ways [will be] made smooth;
And all flesh will see the salvation of God.'" *Isaiah 40:3 - 5
Then he said to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, "O generation of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say within yourselves, 'We have Abraham to [our] father,' for I say to you, 'That God is able to raise up children to Abraham out of these stones.'
And now the ax is also laid to the root of the trees, every tree therefore which does not bring forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."
And the people asked him, saying, "What will we do then?"
He answers and says to them, "He who has two coats, let him impart to him who has none; and he who has meat, let him do likewise."
Then publicans also came to be baptized, and said to him, "Master, what will we do?"
And he said to them, "Exact no more than that which is appointed to you."
And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, "And what will we do?" And he said to them, "Do violence to no man, neither accuse [any] falsely; and be content with your wages."
And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Messiah, or not;
John answered, saying to [them] all, "I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I comes, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose; *Acts 13:25 he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with Fire. *Acts 11:16
Whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable Fire."
And he preached many other things in his exhortation to the people.
But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done,
Added this yet above all, that he shut up John in prison.
Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus, also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
And the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, "You are My beloved son; in you I am well pleased."
And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, who was [the son] of Heli,
Who was [the son] of Matthat, who was [the son] of Levi, who was [the son] of Melchi, who was [the son] of Janna, who was [the son] of Joseph,
Who was [the son] of Mattathias, who was [the son] of Amos, who was [the son] of Naum, who was [the son] of Esli, who was [the son] of Nagge,
Who was [the son] of Maath, who was [the son] of Mattathias, who was [the son] of Semei, who was [the son] of Joseph, who was [the son] of Juda,
Who was [the son] of Joanna, who was [the son] of Rhesa, who was [the son] of Zorobabel, who was [the son] of Salathiel, who was [the son] of Neri,
Who was [the son] of Melchi, who was [the son] of Addi, who was [the son] of Cosam, who was [the son] of Elmodam, who was [the son] of Er,
Who was [the son] of Jose, who was [the son] of Eliezer, who was [the son] of Jorim, who was [the son] of Matthat, who was [the son] of Levi,
Who was [the son] of Simeon, who was [the son] of Juda, who was [the son] of Joseph, who was [the son] of Jonan, who was [the son] of Eliakim,
Who was [the son] of Melea, who was [the son] of Menan, who was [the son] of Mattatha, who was [the son] of Nathan, who was [the son] of David,
Who was [the son] of Jesse, who was [the son] of Obed, who was [the son] of Boaz, who was [the son] of Salmon, who was [the son] of Nahshon,
Who was [the son] of Amminadab, who was [the son] of Ram, who was [the son] of Hezron *1 Chronicles 2:9 - 15 who was [the son] of Pharez, *Ruth 4:18- 22 who was [the son] of Juda,
Who was [the son] of Jacob, who was [the son] of Isaac, who was [the son] of Abraham, who was [the son] of Terah, who was [the son] of Nahor,
Who was [the son] of Serug, who was [the son] of Reu, who was [the son] of Peleg, who was [the son] of Eber, who was [the son] of Salah,
Who was [the son] of Cainan, who was [the son] of Arphaxad, who was [the son] of Shem, who was [the son] of Noah, who was [the son] of Lamech,
Who was [the son] of Methuselah, who was [the son] of Enoch, who was [the son] of Jared, who was [the son] of Mahalaleel, who was [the son] of Cainan,
Who was [the son] of Enos, who was [the son] of Seth, who was [the son] of Adam, who was [the son] of God.
And Jesus, being full of the Holy Spirit, *2:87, *2:253, *5:110 returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Being tempted forty days by the devil. And in those days he ate nothing, and when they had ended, he afterward hungered.
And the devil said to him, "If you are the son of God, command this stone that it be made bread."
And Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'That man will not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'" *Deuteronomy 8:3
And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said to him, "All this power will I give you, and their glory, for that is delivered to me; and to whomever I will I give it.
If you will therefore prostrate to me, all will be yours."
And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind me, Satan, for it is written, 'You will prostrate to the Lord your God, and Him only will you serve.'" *Deuteronomy 10:12, *Deuteronomy 10:20, *3:51, *5:117, *19:36, *43:64
And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the son of God, cast yourself down from here,
For it is written, 'He will give His angels charge over you, to keep you,
And in [their] hands they will bear you up, unless at any time you dash your foot against a stone.'" *Psalms 91:11 - 12
And Jesus answering said to him, "It is said, 'You will not tempt the Lord your God.'" *Deuteronomy 6:16
And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up to read.
And there was delivered to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
"The Spirit of the Lord [God is] upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." *Isaiah 61:1 - 2
And he closed the book, and gave [it] again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all those who were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say to them, "This day this Scripture is fulfilled in your ears."
And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, "Is this not Joseph's son?"
And he said to them, "You will surely say to me this proverb, 'Physician, heal yourself;' whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in your country."
And he said, "Verily I say to you, 'No prophet is accepted in his own country.'
But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
But to none of them was Elijah sent, except to Sarepta, [a city] of Sidon, to a woman [who was] a widow.
And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them were cleansed, except Naaman the Syrian."
And all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way,
And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.
And they were astonished at his doctrine, for his word was with power.
And in the synagogue there was a man, who had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,
Saying, "Let it be; what have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are; the Holy One of God."
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Hold your peace, and come out of him." And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and did not hurt him.
And they were all amazed, and spoke among themselves, saying, "What a word [is] this! For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out."
And his fame went out into every place of the country round about.
And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they asked him for her.
And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her, and immediately she arose and ministered to them.
Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.
And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, "You are the Messiah, the son of God." And he, rebuking [them], left them not to speak, for they knew that he was the Messiah.
And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place, and the people sought him, and came to him, and kept him, that he should not depart from them.
And he said to them, "I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also, for this, I am sent."
And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.
And it came to pass that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
And saw two ships standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing [their] nets.
And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
Now when he had left speaking, he said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch."
And Simon, answering, said to him, "Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing, nevertheless at your word I will let down the net."
And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fish, and their net broke.
And they beckoned to [their] partners, who were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw [it], he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O master."
For he was astonished, and all who were with him, at the catch of the fish which they had taken.
And so [was] also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not fear; from now on you will catch men."
And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy, who seeing Jesus, fell on [his] face, and asked him, saying, "Master, if you will, you can make me clean."
And he put forth [his] hand, and touched him, saying, "I will, be clean." And immediately the leprosy departed from him. *3:49, *5:110
And he charged him to tell no man, but go, and show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing, accordingly as Moses commanded, for a testimony to them. *Leviticus 14:2 - 4
But his fame went abroad there so much the more, and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.
And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem, and the power of the Lord was [present] to heal them.
And, behold, men brought a man who was taken with a palsy in a bed, and they sought [means] to bring him in, and to lay [him] before him.
And when they could not find by what [way] they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with [his] couch into the midst before Jesus.
And when he saw their faith, he said to him, "Man, your sins are forgiven."
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"
But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he, answering, said to them, "Why do you reason in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven;' or to say, 'Rise up and walk?'
But that you may know that the Son of man has power upon earth to forgive sins," (he said to the sick of the palsy) "I say to you, 'Arise, and take up your couch, and go into your house.'"
And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereupon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, "We have seen strange things today."
And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom, and he said to him, "Follow me."
And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
And Levi made him a great feast in his own house, and there was a great company of publicans and of others who sat down with them.
But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with publicans and sinners?"
And Jesus, answering, said to them, "Those who are whole do not need a physician; but those who are sick.
I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
And they said to him, "Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise [the disciples] of the Pharisees; but yours eat and drink?"
And he said to them, "Can you make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come, when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days."
And he also spoke a parable to them; "No man puts a piece of a new garment upon an old; otherwise, then both the new makes a rent, and the piece that was [taken] out of the new does not agree with the old.
And no man puts new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and are spilled, and the bottles will perish.
But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
No man also having drunk old [wine] straightway desires new, for he says, 'The old is better.'"
And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and ate, rubbing [them] in [their] hands.
And some of the Pharisees said to them, "Why do you do that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?"
And Jesus answering them said, "Have you not read so much as this, what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him;
How he went into the House of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to those who were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?" *1 Samuel 21:2 - 6
And he said to them, "That the Son of man is also master of the sabbath."
And it came to also pass on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, "Rise up, and stand forth in the midst." And he arose and stood forth.
Then Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one thing; is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? To save life, or to destroy [it]?"
And looking round about upon them all, he said to the man, "Stretch forth your hand." And he did so, and his hand was restored whole as the other.
And they were filled with madness; and communed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. *Psalms 92:1 - 2, *Psalms 119:55, *50:40
And when it was day, he called his disciples [to him], and of them, he chose twelve, whom he also named apostles;
Simon (whom he also named Peter), and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,
Matthew and Thomas, James, the [son] of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,
And Judas [the brother] of James, and Judas Iscariot, who also was the traitor.
And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;
And those who were vexed with unclean spirits, and they were healed.
And the whole multitude sought to touch him, for virtue went out of him, and healed [them] all.
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, "Blessed [are the] poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed [are you] who hunger now, for you will be filled. Blessed [are you] who weep now, for you will laugh.
Blessed are you, when men will hate you, and when they will separate you [from their company], and will reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for, behold, your reward [is] great in heaven, for in the like manner did their fathers do to the prophets.
But woe to you who are rich! For you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are full! For you will hunger. Woe to you who laugh now! For you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you, when all men will speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets.
But I say to you who hear, 'Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, *41:34
Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who despitefully use you.'
And to him who smites you on the [one] cheek, offer also the other; and he who takes away your cloak, do not forbid [to take your] coat also.
Give to every man who asks of you; and of him who takes away your goods, do not ask [for them] again.
And as you would will that men should do to you, do also to them likewise.
For if you love those who love you, what thanks do you have? For sinners also love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks do you have? For sinners also do even the same.
And if you lend [to those] of whom you hope to receive, what thanks do you have? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; *92:17 - 19 and your reward will be great, and you will be the sons of the Highest, for He is kind to the unthankful and [to] the evil.
Be therefore merciful, as your Father also is Merciful.
Do not judge, and you will not be judged, do not condemn, and you will not be condemned, forgive, and you will be forgiven. *Sirach 28:2, *~24:22
Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, will men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure, it will be measured to you again."
And he spoke a parable to them, "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?
The disciple is not above his master, but everyone who is perfect will be as his master.
And why do you behold the mote that is in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the beam that is in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not behold the beam that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast the beam out of your own eye, and then will you see clearly to pull out the mote that is in your brother's eye.
For a good tree does not bring forth corrupt fruit; neither does a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For men do not gather figs of thorns, nor do they gather grapes of a bramble bush.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil, for of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks. *24:26
And why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say?
Whoever comes to me, and hears my sayings, and does them, I will show you to whom he is like:
He is like a man who built a house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock, and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded upon a rock.
But he who hears, and does not do, is like a man who built a house upon the earth without a foundation; against which the stream beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great."
Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear to him, was sick, and ready to die.
And when he heard of Jesus, he sent the elders of the Jews to him, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
And when they came to Jesus, they asked him instantly, saying, "That he was worthy for whom he should do this.
For he loves our nation, and he has built us a synagogue."
Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, "Master, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof.
Therefore neither did I think myself worthy to come to you, but say in a word, and my servant will be healed.
For I am also a man set under authority, having soldiers under me, and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does [it]."
When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about, and said to the people who followed him, "I say to you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."
And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole who had been sick.
And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and many people.
Now when he came near the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and many people of the city were with her.
And when the master saw her, he had compassion on her, and said to her, "Do not weep."
And he came and touched the bier, and those who bore [him] stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, 'Arise.'"
And he who was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. *3:49, *5:110
And there came a fear on all, and they glorified God, saying, "That a great prophet has risen up among us;" and, "That God has visited His people."
And this rumor of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.
And the disciples of John showed him of all these things.
And John, calling two of his disciples [to him] sent [them] to Jesus, saying, "Are you he who should come? Or do we look for another?"
When the men had come to him, they said, "John Baptist has sent us to you, saying, 'Are you he who should come? Or do we look for another?"
And in that same hour he cured many of [their] infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and to many [who were] blind he gave sight.
Then Jesus, answering, said to them, "Go your way, and tell John what things you have seen and heard; how the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the Gospel is preached to the poor.
And blessed is [he], whosoever will not be offended in me."
And when the messengers of John had departed, he began to speak to the people concerning John, "For what did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
But for what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, those who are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.
But for what did you go out to see? A prophet? Indeed, I say to you, and much more than a prophet.
This is [he], of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send My messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.' *Malachi 3:1
For I say to you, 'Among those who are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist, but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than him.'"
And all the people who heard [him], and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, not being baptized by him.
And the master said, "Whereto then will I liken the men of this generation? And to what are they like?
They are like children sitting in the marketplace, and calling to one another, and saying, 'We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have mourned to you, and you have not wept.'
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread or drinking wine; and you say, 'He has a devil.'
The Son of man has come eating and drinking; and you say, 'Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!'
But wisdom is justified of all her children."
And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.
And, behold, a woman in the city, who was a sinner, when she knew that [Jesus] sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
And stood at his feet behind [him] weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and wiped [them] with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed [them] with the ointment.
Now when the Pharisee who had bidden him saw [it], he spoke within himself, saying, "This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman [this is] who touches him, for she is a sinner."
And Jesus, answering, said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he says, "Master, say on."
"There was a certain creditor who had two debtors, the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?"
Simon answered and said, "I suppose that [he] to whom he forgave most." And he said to him, "You have rightly judged."
And he turned to the woman, and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with tears, and wiped [them] with the hairs of her head.
You gave me no kiss, but this woman since the time I came in has not ceased to kiss my feet.
You did not anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with ointment.
Therefore I say to you, 'Her sins, which are many, are forgiven;' for she loved much, but to whom little is forgiven, [the same] loves little."
And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
And those who sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, "Who is this who forgives sins also?"
And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God, and the twelve [were] with him,
And certain women, who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
And Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, who ministered to him of their substance.
And when many people had gathered together, and had come to him out of every city, he spoke by a parable:
"A sower went out to sow his seed, and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
And another fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bore fruit a hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
And his disciples asked him, saying, "What might this parable be?"
And he said, "To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Those by the way side are those who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, unless they should believe and be saved.
Those on the rock [are those] who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while, and in a time of temptation, fall away.
And those that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
But those on the good ground are those who, in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience.
No man, when he has lit a candle, covers it with a vessel, or puts [it] under a bed; but sets [it] on a candlestick, that those who enter in may see the light.
For nothing is secret, which will not be made manifest; neither [anything] hidden, which will not be known and come abroad.
Take heed therefore how you hear, for whoever has, to him will be given; and whoever does not have, from him will be taken even that which he seems to have."
Then [his] mother and his brothers came to him, and could not come at him for the press.
And it was told to him [by some] who said, "Your mother and your brothers stand alone, desiring to see you."
And he answered and said to them, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God, and do it."
Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples, and he said to them, "Let us go over to the other side of the lake." And they launched forth.
But as they sailed, he fell asleep, and a storm of wind came down on the lake; and they were filled [with water], and were in jeopardy.
And they came to him and awoke him, saying, "Master, master, we perish." Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water, and they ceased, and there was a calm.
And he said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they, being afraid, wondered, saying to one another, "What manner of man is this! For he commands even the winds and water, and they obey him."
And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
And when he went forth to land, a certain man met him out of the city, who had devils a long time, and wore no clothes, neither abode in [any] house, but in the tombs.
When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with you, Jesus, son of God Most High? I beseech you, do not torment me."
For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For often times it had caught him, and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he broke the bands, and was driven by the devil into the wilderness.
And Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion," because many devils had entered into him.
And they asked him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
And there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain, and they asked him that he would permit them to enter into them. And he permitted them.
Then the devils went out of the man, and entered into the swine, and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.
When those who fed [them] saw what was done, they fled, and went and told [it] in the city and in the country.
Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind, and they were afraid.
Those also who saw [it] told them by what means he who was possessed of the devils was healed.
Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about asked him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear, and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.
Now the man out of whom the devils had departed asked him that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,
Return to your own house, and show what great things God has done to you. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done to him.
And it came to pass, that, when Jesus had returned, the people [gladly] received him, for they were all waiting for him.
And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue, and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and asked him that he would come into his house;
For he had only one daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay dying. But as he went, the people thronged him.
And a woman having an issue of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed by any,
Came behind [him], and touched the border of his garment, and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
And Jesus said, "Who touched me?" When all denied, Peter and those who were with him said, "Master, the multitude throngs you and press [you], and you say, 'Who touched me?'"
And Jesus said, "Somebody has touched me, for I perceive that virtue has gone out of me."
And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared to him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
And he said to her, "Daughter, be of good comfort, your faith has made you whole; go in peace."
While he still spoke, there comes one from the ruler of the synagogue's [house], saying to him, "Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the master."
But when Jesus heard [it], he answered him, saying, "Do not fear, believe only, and she will be made whole."
And when he came into the house, he let no man go in, except Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.
And all wept, and bewailed her, but he said, "Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeps."
And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.
And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, "Maid, arise."
And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway, *5:110 and he commanded to give her meat.
And her parents were astonished, but he charged that they should tell no man what was done.
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
And he said to them, "Take nothing for [your] journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
And whatever house you enter into, abide there, and from there, depart.
And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them."
And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the Gospel, and healing everywhere.
Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead;
And by some, that Elijah had appeared; and by others, that one of the old prophets had risen again.
And Herod said, "I have beheaded John, but who is this, of whom I hear such things?" And he desired to see him.
And the apostles, when they had returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
And the people, when they knew [it], followed him, and he received them, and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.
And when the day began to wear away, then the twelve came, and said to him, "Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals, for we are here in a desert place."
But he said to them, "Give them to eat." And they said, "We have no more but five loaves and two fish; except we should go and buy meat for all this people."
For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, "Make them sit down by fifties in a company."
And they did so, and made them all sit down.
Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and broke, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.
And they ate and were all filled, and of the fragments that remained, twelve baskets were taken up to them.
And it came to pass, as he was praying alone, his disciples were with him, and he asked them, saying, "Whom do the people say that I am?"
They answering said, "John the Baptist; but some [say], Elijah; and others [say], that one of the old prophets has risen again."
He said to them, "But whom do you say that I am?" Peter answering said, "The Messiah of God."
And he straightly charged them, and commanded [them] to tell no man that thing;
Saying, "The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day."
And he said to [them] all, "If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
For whoever will save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same will save it. *9:111
For what is a man advantaged, if he gains the whole world, and loses himself, or is cast away?
For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed, when he will come in his own glory, and [in his] Father's, and of the holy angels.
But I tell you of a truth, there are some standing here, who will not taste of death, until they see the kingdom of God."
And it came to pass about eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment [was] white [and] glistering.
And, behold, two men talked with him there, who were Moses *~Exodus 34:29 - 30 and Elijah,
Who appeared in glory, and spoke of his exodus which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
But Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men who stood with him.
And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here, and let us make three tabernacles; one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah," not knowing what he said.
While he thus spoke, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them, and they feared as they entered into the cloud.
And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved son, hear him."
And when the voice had past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept [it] close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.
And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they had come down from the hill, many people met him.
And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, "Master, I beseech you, look upon my son, for he is my only child.
And, look, a spirit takes him, and he suddenly cries out; and it tears him that he foams again, and bruising him, hardly departs from him.
And I asked your disciples to cast him out; and they could not."
And Jesus, answering, said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you and tolerate you? Bring your son here."
And as he was coming, the devil threw him down, and tore [him]. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.
And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while everyone wondered at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples,
Let these sayings sink down into your ears, for the Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men.
But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them, that they did not perceive it, and they feared to ask him of that saying.
Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.
And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,
And said to them, "Whoever will receive this child in my name receives me, and whoever will receive me receives Him that sent me, for he who is least among you all, the same will be great."
And John answered and said, "Master, we saw one casting out devils in your name; and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us."
And Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid [him], for he who is not against us is for us."
And it came to pass, when the time had come that he should ascend, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
And sent messengers before his face, and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.
And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
And when his disciples James and John saw [this], they said, "Master, do you will that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did?" *1 Kings 18:36 - 38, *2 Kings 1:10 - 14, *3:183
But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, "You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.
For the Son of man has not come to destroy men's lives, but to save [them]." And they went to another village.
And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain [man] said to him, "Master, I will follow you wherever you go."
And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air [have] nests; but the Son of man does not have [a place] to lay [his] head."
And he said to another, "Follow me." But he said, "Master, permit me first to go and bury my father."
Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their dead, *~9:84 but go and preach the kingdom of God."
And another also said, "Master, I will follow you; but let me first go bid them farewell, who are at home at my house."
And Jesus said to him, "No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
After these things the master appointed seventy others also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, where he himself would come.
Therefore he said to them, "The harvest truly [is] great, but the laborers [are] few, pray therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into His harvest.
Go your ways, behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes, and salute no man by the way.
And into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house.'
And if the son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon it, if not, it will turn to you again.
And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his hire. *1 Timothy 5:18 Do not go from house to house.
And into whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.
And heal the sick that are therein, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near you.'
But into whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
'Even the very dust of your city, which cleaves on us, we wipe off against you, notwithstanding be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.'
But I say to you, that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom, than for that city.
Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they would have a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the Judgment, than for you.
And you, Capernaum, which are exalted to heaven, will be thrust down to Hell.
He who hears you hears me; and he who despises you despises me; and he who despises me despises Him who sent me."
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, "Master, even the devils are subject to us through your name."
And he said to them, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Behold, I give to you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will by any means hurt you.
Notwithstanding do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in the heavens."
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, "I thank You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babes, even so, Father; for so it seemed good in Your sight.
All things are delivered to me of my Father, and no man knows who the Son [of man] is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son [of man], and [he] to whom the Son [of man] will reveal."
And he turned him to [his] disciples, and said privately, "Blessed [are] the eyes that see the things that you see.
For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things that you see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear those things that you hear, and have not heard [them]."
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, "Master, what will I do to inherit eternal life?"
He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?"
And he answering said, "You will love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; *Deuteronomy 6:5, *5:117 and your neighbor as yourself." *Leviticus 19:18, *4:36
And he said to him, "You have answered right, this do, and you will live."
But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
And Jesus answering said, "A certain [man] went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his raiment, and wounded [him], and departed, leaving [him] half dead.
And by chance a certain priest came down that way, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion [on him],
And went to [him], and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave [them] to the host, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever you spend more, when I come again, I will repay you.'
Which now of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?"
And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, "Master, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me."
And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are careful and troubled about many things.
But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, "Master, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples."
And he said to them, "When you pray, say, 'Our Father who is in the heavens, let Your name be Holy. Let Your kingdom come. Let Your will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation; but deliver us from evil.'"
And he said to them, "Which of you will have a friend, and will go to him at midnight, and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves;
For a friend of mine in his journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?'
And he from within will answer and say, 'Do not trouble me, the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you.'
I say to you, 'Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as much as he needs.'
And I say to you, 'Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; *Deuteronomy 4:29, *1 Chronicles 28:9, *2 Chronicles 15:2 - 4, *2 Chronicles 15:15, *Jeremiah 29:13 knock, and it will be opened to you.'
For everyone who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him that knocks it will be opened.
If a son will ask bread of any of you who is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if [he asks] a fish, will he give him a serpent for a fish?
Or if he will ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?"
And he was casting out a devil, and it was mute. And it came to pass, when the devil had gone out, the mute spoke; and the people wondered.
But some of them said, "He casts out devils through Baalzebub the chief of the devils."
And others, tempting [him], sought a sign beside him from heaven.
But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house [divided] against a house falls.
If Satan is also divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say that I cast out devils through Baalzebub.
And if I by Baalzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast [them] out? Therefore they will be your judges.
But if I, with the finger of God, cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God has come upon you.
When an armed strong man keeps his palace, his goods are in peace.
But when a stronger one will come upon him, and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and divides his spoils.
He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, 'I will return to my house from where I came out.'
And when he comes, he finds [it] swept and garnished.
Then he goes and takes [to him] seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there, and the last [state] of that man is worse than the first."
And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said to him, "Blessed [is] the womb that bore you, and the paps which you have sucked."
But he said, "Indeed rather, blessed [are] those who hear the word of God, and keep it."
And when the people had gathered together, he began to say, "This is an evil generation, they seek a sign; *2:118 and there will no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonah the prophet.
For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of man also be to this generation.
The queen of the south will rise up in the Judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them, for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon [is] here.
The men of Nineveh will rise up in the Judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah [is] here.
No man, when he has lit a candle, puts [it] in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that those who come in may see the light.
The light of the body is the eye, therefore when your eye is single, your whole body is also full of light; but when [your eye] is evil, your body [is] also full of darkness.
Take heed therefore that the light which is in you is not darkness.
If your whole body therefore [is] full of light, having no dark part, the whole will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle gives you light."
And as he spoke, a certain Pharisee asked him to dine with him, and he went in, and sat down to meat.
And when the Pharisee saw [it], he marveled that he had not first washed before dinner.
And the master said to him, "Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and the platter clean; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.
[You] fools, did He who made that which is outside not make that which is within also?
But rather give alms of such things as you have; and, behold, all things are clean to you.
But woe to you, Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God, these you should have done, and not leave the other undone.
Woe to you, Pharisees! For you love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are as graves that do not appear, and the men that walk over [them] are not aware [of them]." *5:78
Then one of the lawyers answered and said to him, "Master, thus you also outrage us."
And he said, "Woe to you also, [you] lawyers! For you lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
Woe to you! For you build the sepulchers of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. *5:78
Truly you bear witness that you allow the deeds of your fathers, for they indeed killed them, and you built their sepulchers.
Therefore the wisdom of God also said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, and [some] of them they will slay and persecute,'
That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
From the blood of Abel to the blood of Zacharias, who perished between the altar and the temple, verily I say to you, 'It will be required of this generation.'
Woe to you, lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge, you did not enter in yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering in." *5:78
And as he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge [him] vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things,
Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.