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.
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.
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,
And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
And the angel said to her, "Do not fear, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
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 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.
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 his mother answered and said, "Not [so]; but he will be called John."
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,
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began,
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,
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 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, 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 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 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;
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.
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;
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."
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 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 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,
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, 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.
For it is written, 'He will give His angels charge over you, to keep you,
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 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,
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."
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 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;
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 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.
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 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.
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?
For a good tree does not bring forth corrupt fruit; neither does a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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 another also said, "Master, I will follow you; but let me first go bid them farewell, who are at home at my house."
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 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.
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 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.'
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; 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 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.
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.
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;
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.
In the mean time, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, insomuch that they treaded upon one another, he began to say to his disciples first of all, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
For there is nothing covered, that will not be revealed; neither hidden, that will not be known.
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.
Also I say to you, 'Whoever will confess me before men, the Son of man will also confess him before the angels of God.
But he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
And whoever will speak a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him, but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.'
And when they bring you to the synagogues, and [to] magistrates, and powers, take no thought how or what thing you will answer, or what you will say,
For the Holy Spirit will teach you in the same hour what you should say."
And one of the company said to him, "Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me."
And he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?"
And he said to them, "Take heed, and beware of covetousness, for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of the things that he possesses."
And he spoke a parable to them, saying, "The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully,
And he thought within himself, saying, 'What will I do, because I have no room to bestow my fruits?'
And he said, 'I will do this, I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there, I will bestow all my fruits and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, [and] be merry.''
But God said to him, '[You] fool, this night your soul will be required of you, then whose will those things be, which you have provided?'
So [is] he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I say to you, 'Take no thought for your life, what you will eat; neither for the body, what you will put on.
And which of you, by taking thought, can add one cubit to his stature?
If you then are not able to do that thing which is least, why do you take thought for the rest?
Consider the lilies, how they grow, they do not toil, they do not spin; and yet I say to you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
If God then so clothes the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more [will He clothe] you, O you of little faith?
And do not seek what you will eat, or what you will drink, neither be of a doubtful mind.
For all these things do the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you have need of these things.
But rather seek the kingdom of God; and all these things will be added to you.
Do not fear, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Sell what you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags that do not wax old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches, neither does moth corrupt.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart also be.
Let your loins be girded about, and [your] lights burning;
And you yourselves like men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately.
Blessed [are] those servants, whom the lord, when he comes, will find watching, verily I say to you, that he will gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
And if he will come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find [them] so, blessed are those servants.
And know this, that if the goodman of the house had known what Hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have let his house to be broken through.
Be therefore also ready, for the Son of man comes at an Hour when you do not think."
Then Peter said to him, "Master, do you speak this parable to us, or even to all?"
And the master said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom [his] lord will make ruler over his household, to give [them their] portion of meat in due season?
Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord, when he comes will find so doing.
Of a truth I say to you, that he will make him ruler over all that he has.
But if that servant says in his heart, 'My lord delays his coming;' and will begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
The lord of that servant will come in a Day when he does not look for [him], and at an Hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
And that servant, who knew his lord's will, and did not prepare [himself], neither did according to his will, will be beaten with many [stripes].
But he who did not know, and committed things worthy of stripes, will be beaten with few [stripes]. For to whomever much is given, of him will much be required, and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask more.
I have come to send fire on the earth; and what am I willing, if it is already kindled?
But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened until it is accomplished!
Do you suppose that I have come to give peace on earth? I tell you, 'No; but rather division.'
For from henceforth there will be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
The father will be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law."
And he also said to the people, "When you see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway you say, 'There comes a shower;' and so it is.
And when [you see] the south wind blow, you say, 'There will be heat;' and it comes to pass.
[You] hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that you do not discern this time?
Indeed, and why even of yourselves do you not judge what is right?
When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, [as you are] in the way, give diligence that you may be delivered from him; unless he drags you to the judge, and the judge delivers you to the officer, and the officer casts you into prison.
I tell you, you will not depart from there, until you have paid the very last mite."
There were present at that season, some who told him about the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
And Jesus, answering, said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
I tell you, 'No, but, except you repent, you will all likewise perish.'
Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, do you think that they were sinners above all men who dwelt in Jerusalem?
I tell you, 'No, but, except you repent, you will all likewise perish.'"
He spoke also this parable; "A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
Then he said to the dresser of his vineyard, 'Behold, these three years, I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none, cut it down; why does it encumber the ground?'
And he, answering, said to him, 'Lord, leave it alone this year also, until I will dig about it, and fertilize [it]:
And if it bears fruit, [well], and if not, [then] after that you will cut it down.'"
And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
And, behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up [herself].
And when Jesus saw her, he called [her to him], and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity."
And he laid [his] hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said to the people, "There are six days in which men should work, in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day."
He then answered him, and said, "[You] hypocrite, does not each one of you loose his ox or [his] ass from the stall on the sabbath, and lead [him] away to watering?
And should this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound, look, these eighteen years, not be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?"
And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed, and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
Then he said, "To what is the kingdom of God like? And whereto will I resemble it?
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it."
And again he said, "To what will I liken the kingdom of God?
It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened."
And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
Then one said to him, "Master, are there few who are saved?" And he said to them,
When the master of the house has risen up, and has shut to the door, and you begin to stand alone, and to knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us;' and he will answer and say to you, 'I do not know from where you are.'
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you will see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you [yourselves] thrust out.
And they will come from the east, and [from] the west, and from the north, and [from] the south, and will sit down in the kingdom of God.
And, behold, there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last."
The same day some of the Pharisees came, saying to him, "Get out, and depart from here, for Herod will kill you."
And he said to them, "Go, and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third [day] I will be perfected.'
And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.
And, behold, there was a certain man before him who had the dropsy.
And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?"
And they held their peace. And he took [him], and healed him, and let him go;
And answered them, saying, "Which of you will have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?"
And they could not answer him again to these things.
"When you are bidden of any [man] to a wedding, do not sit down in the highest room; unless a more honourable man than you is bidden of him;
And he who bade you and him comes and says to you, 'Give this man a place;' and you begin with shame to take the lowest room.
For whosoever exalts himself will be abased; and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Then he also said to him who bade him, 'When you make a dinner or a supper, do not call your friends, nor your brothers, neither your kinsmen, nor [your] rich neighbors; unless they also bid you again, and a recompense be made you.
But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind,
And you will be blessed; for they cannot recompense you, for you will be recompensed at the Resurrection of the just.'"
And when one of those who sat at meat with him heard these things, he said to him, "Blessed [is] he who will eat bread in the kingdom of God."
Then he said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and bade many.
And sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were bidden, 'Come; for all things are now ready.'
And they all with one [consent] began to make excuse. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it, I pray you have me excused.'
And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them, I pray you have me excused.'
And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'
So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor here, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.'
And the servant said, 'Lord, it is done as you have commanded, and yet there is room.'
And the lord said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel [them] to come in, that my house may be filled.'
For I say to you, 'That none of those men who were bidden will taste of my supper.'"
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first, and count the cost, whether he has [enough] to finish [it]?
Unless haply, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish [it], all who behold [it] begin to mock him,
Saying, 'This man began to build, and was not able to finish.'
Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first, and consult whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends an ambassage, and desires conditions of peace.
So likewise, every one out of you who does not forsake all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.
Salt [is] good, but if the salt has lost his savor, by what will it be seasoned?
It is neither fit for the land, nor for the dunghill; [but] men cast it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Then all the publicans and sinners drew near him to hear him.
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, "This man receives sinners, and eats with them."
And he spoke this parable to them, saying,
"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he finds it?
And when he has found [it], he lays [it] on his shoulders, rejoicing.
And when he comes home, he calls [his] friends and neighbors together, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.'
I say to you that likewise, joy will be in heaven over one sinner who repents, more than over ninety nine just persons, who need no repentance.
Or what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she loses one piece, does not light a candle and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds [it]?
And when she has found [it], she calls [her] friends and [her] neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.'
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
And he said, "A certain man had two sons,
And the younger of them said to [his] father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls [to me].' And he divided to them [his] living.
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there he wasted his substance with riotous living.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
And he desired to have his belly filled with the husks that the swine ate, and no man gave to him.
And when he came to himself, he said, 'How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough to spare, and I perish with hunger!
I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before you,
And am no longer worthy to be called your son, make me as one of your hired servants.'
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
But the father said to his servants, 'Bring forth the best robe, and put [it] on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on [his] feet,
And bring the fatted calf here, and kill [it]; and let us eat, and be glad.
For my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to be glad.
Now his elder son was in the field, and as he came and drew near the house, he heard music and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
And he said to him, 'Your brother has come; and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.'
And he was angry, and would not go in, therefore his father came out, and entreated him.
And he, answering, said to [his] father, 'Look, I served you many years, neither did I transgress your commandment at any time, and yet you never gave me a kid, that I might joy with my friends.
But as soon as this son had come, who has devoured your living with harlots, you have killed the fatted calf for him.'
And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.
It was binding that we should joy, and be glad, for your brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.'"
And he said also to his disciples, "There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused to him that he had wasted his goods.
And he called him, and said to him, 'How is it that I hear this of you? Give an account of your stewardship; for you may no longer be steward.'
Then the steward said within himself, 'What will I do? For my lord takes away the stewardship from me, I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg.
I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.'
So he called every one of his lord's debtors [to him], and said to the first, 'How much do you owe my lord?'
And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.'
Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' And he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.'
And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely, for the children of this world are, in their generation, wiser than the children of light.
And I say to you, 'Make friends of the mammon of unrighteousness to yourselves; that, when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.'
He who is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much, and he who is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit the true [riches] to your trust?
And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things, and they derided him.
And he said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts, for that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
The law and the prophets [were] until John, since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.
And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one letter of the law to fail.
Whoever puts away his wife and marries another, commits adultery, and whoever marries her who is put away from [her] husband, commits adultery.
There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day.
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate, full of sores,
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table, moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom, the rich man also died, and was buried;
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who would pass from here to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, who [would come] from there.'
Then he said, 'I pray you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house,
And he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if one went to them from the dead, they will repent.'
Take heed to yourselves, if your brother trespasses against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he trespasses against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turns again to you, saying, 'I repent;' you will forgive him."
And the apostles said to him, "Increase our faith."
And the master said, "If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you might say to this sycamine tree, 'Be plucked up by the root, and be planted in the sea;' and it should obey you.
But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say to him immediately, when he has come from the field, 'Go and sit down to meat?'
And will not rather say to him, 'Make ready and I may sup, and gird yourself and serve me, until I have eaten and drunken; and afterward you will eat and drink?'
Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I do not presume [so].
So likewise, when you will have done all those things which are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants, we have done that which was our duty to do.'"
And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.
And they lifted up [their] voices, and said, "Jesus, master, have mercy on us."
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
And fell down on [his] face at his feet, giving him thanks, and he was a Samaritan.
And Jesus answering said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where [are] the nine?
None are found who returned to give glory to God, except this stranger."
And he said to him, "Arise, go your way, your faith has made you whole."
And when he was demanded by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation.
Neither will they say, 'Look here! Or, look there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.'
And he said to the disciples, "The days will come, when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will not see [it].
And they will say to you, 'See here;' or, 'See there;' do not go after [them], nor follow [them].
For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one [part] under heaven, shines to the other [part] under heaven; so will also the Son of man be in his day.
But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
Even thus will it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Whoever will seek to save his life will lose it; and whoever will lose his life will preserve it.
I tell you, in that night there will be two [men] in one bed; the one will be taken, and the other will be left.
Two [women] will be grinding together; the one will be taken, and the other left.
Two [men] will be in the field; the one will be taken, and the other left."
And they answered and said to him, "Where, master?" And he said to them, "Wherever the body [is], there will the eagles be gathered together."
And he spoke a parable to them [to this end], that men should always pray, and not faint;
Saying, "There was in a city a judge, who did not fear God, neither regarded man.
And there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Avenge me of my adversary.'
And he would not for a while, but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God, nor regard man;
Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, unless by her continual coming she wearies me.'"
And the master said, "Hear what the unjust judge says.
And will God not avenge His own elect, who cry day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?
I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
And he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.
"Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.'
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes to heaven, but struck upon his breast, saying, 'God be merciful to me, a sinner.'
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other, for everyone who exalts himself will be abased; and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
And they also brought infants to him, that he would touch them, but when [his] disciples saw [it], they rebuked them.
But Jesus called them [to him], and said, "Allow little children to come to me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say to you, 'Whoever will not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will in no wise enter therein.'"
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good master, what will I do to inherit eternal life?"
And he said, "I have kept all these from my youth up."
Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, "Yet you lack one thing, sell all that you have, and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me."
And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful, for he was very rich.
And those who heard [it] said, "Who then can be saved?"
And he said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
Then Peter said, "Look, we have left all, and followed you."
And he said to them, "Verily I say to you, 'There is no man who has left house, or parents, or brothers, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake,
Who will not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come, life everlasting.'"
Then he took the twelve [to him], and said to them, "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man will be accomplished.
For he will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on.
And they will scourge [him], and put him to death, and the third day he will rise again."
And they understood none of these things, and this saying was hidden from them, neither did they know the things which were spoken.
And it came to pass, that as he had come near Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging.
And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passes by.
And he cried, saying, "Jesus, [you] Son of David, have mercy on me."
And those who went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace, but he cried so much more, "Son of David, have mercy on me."
Saying, "What do you will that I will do to you?" And he said, "Master, that I may receive my sight."
And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight, your faith has saved you."
And [Jesus] entered and passed through Jericho.
And, behold, [there was] a man named Zacchaeus, who was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
And he sought to see Jesus, who he was; and could not for the press, because he was of little stature.
And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that [way].
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, be diligent, and come down; for today I must abide at your house."
And he was diligent, and came down, and received him joyfully.
And when they saw [it], they all murmured, saying, "That he had gone to be guest with a man who is a sinner."
And Zacchaeus stood, and said to the master; "Behold, master, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore [him] fourfold."
And Jesus said to him, "This day salvation has come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
For the Son of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
And as they heard these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said to them, 'Occupy until I come.'
But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, 'We will not have this [man] to reign over us.'
And it came to pass, that when he had returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called to him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
Then the first came, saying, 'Lord, your pound has gained ten pounds.'
And he said to him, 'Well, you good servant, because you have been faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.'
And the second came, saying, 'Lord, your pound has gained five pounds.'
And he said likewise to him, 'Be also over five cities.'
And another came, saying, 'Lord, behold, [here is] your pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin.
For I feared you, because you are an austere man, you take up that which you did not lay down, and reap that which you did not sow.'
And he says to him, 'Out of your own mouth will I judge you, [you] wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, taking up that which I did not lay down, and reaping that which I did not sow.
Why then did you not give my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required my own with usury?'
And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the pound from him, and give [it] to him who has ten pounds.'
And they said to him, 'Lord, he has ten pounds.'
For I say to you, 'That to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even that [which] he has will be taken away from him.
But those, my enemies, who did not will that I should reign over them, bring here, and slay [them] before me.'"
And when he had thus spoken, he went before, stepping up to Jerusalem.
And it came to pass, when he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called [the mount] of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
Saying, "Go into the village over against [you]; by which, at your entering, you will find a colt tied, whereon a man has never sat, loose him, and bring [him here].
And if any man asks you, 'Why do you loose [him]?' You will thus say to him, 'Because the Lord has need of him.'"
And those who were sent went their way, and found even as he had said to them.
And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said to them, "Why do you loose the colt?"
And they said, "The Lord has need of him."
And they brought him to Jesus, and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
And when he had come near, even now at the stepping down from the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Saying, "Blessed [is] the king who comes in the name of the Lord, peace in heaven, and glory in the highest."
And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said to him, "Master, rebuke your disciples."
And when he had come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Saying, "If you had known, even you, at least in this, your day, the things [which belong] to your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
For the days will come upon you, that your enemies will cast a trench about you, and encompass you around, and keep you in on every side,
And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,
And could not find what they might do, for all the people were very attentive to hear him.
And it came to pass, [that] on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the Gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon [him] with the elders,
And spoke to him, saying, "Tell us, by what authority do you these things? Or who is he who gave you this authority?"
And he answered and said to them, "I will also ask you one thing; and answer me,
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?"
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we will say, 'From heaven;' he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'
But and if we say, 'Of men;' all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet."
And they answered, that they could not tell from where [it was].
And Jesus said to them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things."
Then he began to speak to the people this parable; "A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.
And at the season, he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard, but the husbandmen beat him, and sent [him] away empty.
And again he sent another servant, and they beat him also, and entreated [him] shamefully, and sent [him] away empty.
And again he sent a third, and they wounded him also, and cast [him] out.
Then the lord said of the vineyard, 'What will I do? I will send my beloved son, it may be they will reverence [him] when they see him.'
But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, 'This is the heir, come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'
So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed [him]. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do to them?
Whoever will fall upon that stone will be broken; but on whomever it will fall, it will grind him to powder."
And the chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on him the same hour; and they feared the people, for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.
And they watched [him], and sent forth spies, who should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that they might deliver him to the power and authority of the governor.
And they asked him, saying, "Master, we know that you say and teach rightly, neither do you accept the person [of any], but teach the way of God truly.
Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?"
But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, "Why do you tempt me?
Show me a penny. Whose image and superscription does it have?" They answered and said, "Caesar's."
And he said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
And they could not take hold of his words before the people, and they marveled at his answer, and held their peace.
There were therefore seven brothers, and the first took a wife, and died without children.
And the second took her to wife, and he died childless.
And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also, and they left no children, and died.
Last of all, the woman died also.
Therefore in the Resurrection, whose wife of them is she? For seven had her to wife."
And Jesus, answering, said to them, "The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage.
But those who will be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the Resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage.
Neither can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the Resurrection.
Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
For He is not a God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to Him."
Then some of the scribes, answering, said, "Master, you have said well."
And after that they did not ask him any [question at all].
And David himself says in the book of Psalms, 'The Lord said to my lord, Sit on My right hand,
David therefore calls him lord, how is he then his son?"
Then in the audience of all the people, he said to his disciples,
"Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;
Who devour widows' houses, and make long prayers for a show, the same will receive greater damnation."
And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
And he also saw a certain poor widow casting two mites in there.
And he said, "Of a truth I say to you, that this poor widow has cast in more than them all.
And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,
And they asked him, saying, "Master, but when will these things be? And what sign [will there be] when these things will come to pass?"
And he said, "Take heed that you do not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am;' and the time draws near, therefore do not go after them.
Then said he to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
And great earthquakes will be in various places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and there will be great signs from heaven.
But before all these, they will lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
And it will turn to you for a testimony.
Settle [it] therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before, what you will answer.
For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries will not be able to gainsay nor resist.
And you will be betrayed both by parents, and brothers, and kinsfolks, and friends; and [some] of you they will cause to be put to death.
And you will be hated of all [men] for my name's sake.
But there will not a hair of your head perish.
In your patience, possess your souls.
And when you will see Jerusalem encompassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is near.
Then let those who are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let those who are in the midst of it depart out; and do not let those who are in the countries enter therein.
For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near."
And he spoke to them a parable; "Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
When they now shoot forth, you see and know of your ownselves that summer is now near at hand.
So likewise you, when you see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is near at hand.
Verily I say to you, 'This generation will not pass away, until all is fulfilled.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.'
And take heed to yourselves, unless at any time your hearts are overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and [so] that day comes upon you unawaringly.
For as a snare, it will come on all those who dwell on the face of all the land.
Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."
And in the daytime, he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called [the mount] of Olives.
And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple to hear him.
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew near, which is called the Passover.
And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
Then Satan entered into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him to them.
And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of the multitude.
Then the day of unleavened bread came, when the passover must be killed.
And he sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat."
And they said to him, "Where do you will that we prepare?"
And he said to them, "Behold, when you have entered into the city, a man will meet you there bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he enters in.
And you will say to the goodman of the house, 'The master says to you, 'Where is the guestchamber, where I will eat the passover with my disciples?'
And he will show you a large upper room furnished, there make ready."
And they went, and found as he had said to them, and they made ready the passover.
And when the hour had come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
And he said to them, "With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer,
For I say to you, I will not eat thereof any longer, until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, "Take this, and divide [it] among yourselves.
For I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God will come."
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and broke [it], and gave to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of me."
Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, "This cup [is] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you."
"But, behold, the hand of him who betrays me [is] with me on the table.
And truly the Son of man goes, as it was determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!"
And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was who should do this thing.
And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
And he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and those who exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
But you [will] not [be] so, but he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he who is chief, as he who serves.
For which [is] greater, he who sits at meat, or he who serves? [Is it] not he who sits at meat? But I am among you as he who serves.
You are those who have continued with me in my temptations.
And I appoint a kingdom to you, as my Father has appointed to me;
That you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
And the master said, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired [to have] you, that he may sift [you] as wheat.
But I have prayed for you, that your faith does not fail, and when you are converted, strengthen your brothers."
And he said to him, "Master, I am ready to go with you, both into prison, and to death."
And he said, "I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, before that you will deny three times that you know me."
And he said to them, "When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, did you lack anything?" And they said, "Nothing."
And they said, "Master, behold, here [are] two swords." And he said to them, "It is enough."
And he came out, and went, according to custom, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
And when he was at the place, he said to them, "Pray that you do not enter into temptation."
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and knelt down and prayed,
Saying, "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from me, nevertheless not my will, but Yours, be done."
And there appeared an angel to him from heaven, strengthening him.
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
And when he rose up from prayer and had come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
And while he still spoke, behold a multitude, and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near to Jesus to kiss him.
When those who were about him saw what would follow, they said to him, "Master, will we smite with the sword?"
And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
And Jesus answered and said, "Leave until this." And he touched his ear, and healed him.
Then Jesus said to the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, who had come to him, "Do you come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?
When I was with you daily in the temple, you stretched forth no hands against me, but this is your Hour, and the power of darkness."
Then they took him, and led [him], and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off.
And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall and had set down together, Peter sat down among them.
But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, "This man was also with him."
And he denied him, saying, "Woman, I do not know him."
And after a little while another saw him, and said, "You are also of them." And Peter said, "Man, I am not."
And about the space of one hour, after another confidently affirmed, saying, "Of a truth this [fellow] also was with him, for he is a Galilaean."
And Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you say." And immediately, while he still spoke, the cock crew.
And the master turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered his word, how the master had said to him, "Before the cock crow, you will deny me three times."
And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
And the men who held Jesus mocked him, and struck [him].
And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, "Prophesy, who is it that struck you?"
And they spoke many other things blasphemously against him.
And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying,
"Are you the Messiah? Tell us." And he said to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe.
And if I also ask [you], you will not answer me, nor let [me] go.
Hereafter the Son of man will sit on the right hand of the power of God."
Then said they all, "Are you then the son of God?" And he said to them, "You say that I am."
And they said, "Why do we need any further witness? For we ourselves have heard from his own mouth."
And the whole multitude of them arose and led him to Pilate.
And they began to accuse him, saying, "We found this [fellow] perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king."
And Pilate asked him, saying, "Are you the king of the Jews?" And he answered him and said, "You say [it]."
Then Pilate said to the chief priests and [to] the people, "I find no fault in this man."
And they were more fierce, saying, "He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place."
When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
And as soon as he knew that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself was also at Jerusalem at that time.
And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad, for he was desirous to see him of a long [season], because he had heard many things about him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
Then he questioned him in many words; but he answered him nothing.
And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
And Herod, with his men of war, scorned him, and mocked [him], and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
And the same day, Pilate and Herod were made friends together, for before they were at enmity between themselves.
And Pilate, when he had called the chief priests and the rulers and the people together,
Said to them, "You have brought this man to me, as one who perverts the people, and, behold, I, having examined [him] before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof you accuse him.
No, nor yet Herod, for I sent you to him; and, look, nothing worthy of death is done to him.
I will therefore chastise him, and release [him]."
(For of necessity he must release one to them at the feast.)
And they cried out all at once, saying, "Away with this [man], and release Barabbas to us."
(Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)
Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spoke to them again.
But they cried, saying, "Crucify [him], crucify him."
And he said to them the third time, "Why, what evil has he done? I have found no cause of death in him, I will therefore chastise him, and let [him] go."
And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of those and of the chief priests prevailed.
And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.
And he released him to them, who, for sedition and murder, was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, who also bewailed and lamented him.
But Jesus, turning to them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
And there were also two other malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
And when they had come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they do." And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
And saying, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."
And a superscription was also written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, "This is the king of the Jews."
And one of the malefactors who was hanged railed on him, saying, "If you are the Messiah, save yourself and us."
But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, seeing you are in the same condemnation?
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds, but this man has done nothing amiss."
And he said to Jesus, "Master, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
And Jesus said to him, "Verily I say to you, 'Today you will be with me in Paradise.'"
And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, "Father, I commend my spirit into Your hands," and having said thus, he breathed out.
Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, "Certainly this was a righteous man."
And, behold, [there was] a man named Joseph, a counselor; [and he was] a good man, and just:
(The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them); [he was] of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who also waited himself for the kingdom of God.
This [man] went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulcher that was hewn in stone, wherein no man was laid before.
And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
And the women also, who came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulcher, and how his body was laid.
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
Now upon the first [day] of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulcher, bringing the spices that they had prepared, and certain [others] with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher.
And they entered in, and did not find the body of the master Jesus.
And it came to pass, as they were very perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.
And as they were afraid, and bowed down [their] faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
He is not here, but has risen, remember how he spoke to you when he was in Galilee,
Saying, 'The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.'"
And they remembered his words,
And returned from the sepulcher, and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest.
It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary [the mother] of James, and other [women who were] with them, who told these things to the apostles.
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they did not believe them.
Then Peter arose, and ran to the sepulcher; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which had come to pass.
And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem [about] sixty furlongs.
And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
And it came to pass, that, while they communed [together] and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
But their eyes were held that they should not know him.
And he said to them, "What manner of communications [are] these that you have to one another, as you walk, and are sad?"
And one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering, said to him, "Are you only a stranger in Jerusalem, and have not known the things that have come to pass there in these days?"
And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.
And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
But we trusted that it had been him who should have redeemed Israel, and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done.
Indeed, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, who were at the sepulcher early;
And when they did not find his body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
And some of them who were with us went to the sepulcher, and found [it] even so as the women had said, but they did not see him."
Then he said to them, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.
Should the Messiah not have to suffer these things, and to enter into his glory?"
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
And they drew near to the village, where they went, and he made as though he would have gone further.
But they constrained him, saying, "Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent." And he went in to remain with them.
And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed [it], and broke, and gave to them.
And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
And they said to one another, "Did our heart not burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?"
And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them,
Saying, "The master has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon."
And they told what things [were done] in the way, and how he was known by them in breaking of bread.
And as they thus spoke, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and says to them, "Peace [be] to you."
But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
And he said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself, handle me, and see; for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see me have."
And when he had thus spoken, he showed them [his] hands and [his] feet.
And while they did not yet believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Do you have any meat here?"
And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of a honeycomb.
And he took [it], and ate before them.
Then he opened their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures,
And said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it behooved the Messiah to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day.
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
And you are witnesses of these things.
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you, but be seated in the city of Jerusalem, until you are endued with power from on high."
And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy;
And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.