At the same time, the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?"
And Jesus called a little child to him, and set him in the midst of them,
And said, "Verily I say to you, 'Unless you are converted, and become as little children, you will not enter into the kingdom of the heavens.'
Whoever therefore will humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.
And whoever will receive one such little child in my name receives me.
But whoever will offend one of these little ones who believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, *~111:5 and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Woe to the world because of offences! For it must be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence comes!
Therefore if your hand or your foot offends you, cut them off, and cast [them] from you, it is better for you to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting Fire.
And if your eye offends you, pluck it out, and cast [it] from you, it is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the Gehenna of the Fire.
Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I say to you, 'That in the heavens their angels always behold the Face of my Father who is in the heavens.'
For the Son of man has come to save that which was lost.
How do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety nine, and go into the mountains, and seek that which has gone astray?
And if he finds it, verily I say to you, he rejoices more for that [sheep], than for the ninety nine that did not go astray.
Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in the heavens, that one of these little ones should perish.
Moreover if your brother will trespass against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone, if he will hear you, you have gained your brother.
But if he will not hear [you, then] take with you one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. *Deuteronomy 19:15
And if he will neglect to hear them, tell [it] to the church, but if he neglects to hear the church, let him be to you as a heathen man and a publican.
Verily I say to you, 'Whatever you will bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you will loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.'
Again I say to you, 'That if two of you will agree on earth as touching anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in the heavens.'
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them."
Then Peter came to him and said, "Master, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?"
Jesus says to him, "I do not say to you, 'Until seven times,' but, 'Until seventy times seven.'
Therefore the kingdom of the heavens is likened to a certain king, who would take account of his servants.
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought to him, who owed him ten thousand talents.
But forasmuch as he had nothing to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
The servant therefore fell down, and prostrated to him, saying, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'
Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, who owed him a hundred pence, and he laid hands on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe.'
And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and asked him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'
And he would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay the debt.
So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told their lord all that was done.
Then his lord, after he had called him, said to him, 'O you wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you desired me.
Should you not also have had compassion on your fellowservant, even as I had pity on you?'
And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him.
So likewise will my heavenly Father also do to you, if you, from your hearts, do not forgive each brother their trespasses." *Sirach 28:2, *~24:22
And it came to pass, [that] when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
The Pharisees also came to him, tempting him, and saying to him, "Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?"
And he answered and said to them, "Have you not read, that He who made [them] at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, 'For this cause will a man leave father and mother, and will cleave to his wife, and the two will be one flesh?' *Genesis 2:24
Therefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder."
They say to him, "Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?"
He says to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to put away your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
And I say to you, 'Whoever will put away his wife, except for fornication, and will marry another, commits adultery, and whoever marries her who is put away commits adultery.'"
His disciples say to him, "If the case of the man is so with [his] wife, it is not good to marry."
But he said to them, "All [men] cannot receive this saying, except [those] to whom it is given.
For there are some eunuchs, who were so born from [their] mother's womb, and there are some eunuchs, who were made eunuchs of men, and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of the heavens' sake. He who is able to receive [it], let him receive [it]."
Then little children were brought to him, that he should put [his] hands on them, and pray, and the disciples rebuked them.
But Jesus said, "Let the little children [come], and do not forbid them to come to me, for of such is the kingdom of the heavens."
And he laid [his] hands on them, and departed from there.
And, behold, one came and said to him, "Good master, what good thing will I do, that I may have eternal life?"
And he said to him, "Why do you call me good? [There are] none good but One, [that is], God, *Sirach 18:2 but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments."
He says to him, "Which?" Jesus said, "'You will do no murder,' 'You will not commit adultery,' 'You will not steal,' 'You will not bear false witness,' *Exodus 20:13 - 16
'Honor your father and [your] mother,' *Exodus 20:12, *17:23, *29:8, *46:15 and, 'You will love your neighbor as yourself.'" *Leviticus 19:18, *4:36
The young man says to him, "All these things have I kept from my youth up, what do I still lack?"
Jesus said to him, "If you will be perfect, go [and] sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come [and] follow me."
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Verily I say to you, 'That a rich man will hardly enter into the kingdom of the heavens.'
And again I say to you, 'It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, *7:40 than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.'"
When his disciples heard [it], they were exceedingly amazed, saying, "Who then can be saved?"
But Jesus beheld [them], and said to them, "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."
Then Peter answered and said to him, "Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed you; what will we have therefore?"
And Jesus said to them, "Verily I say to you, 'Those who have followed me, in the Resurrection when the Son of man will sit in the throne of his glory, you also will sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.'
And everyone who has forsaken houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit everlasting life.
But many [who are] first will be last; and the last [will be] first.
For the kingdom of the heavens is like a man [who is] a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.
And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
And said to them; 'Go also into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' And they went their way.
Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and says to them, 'Why do you stand here all the day idle?'
They say to him, 'Because no man has hired us.' He says to them, 'Go also into the vineyard; and whatever is right, [that] you will receive.'
So when evening had come, the lord of the vineyard says to his steward, 'Call the laborers, and give them [their] hire, beginning from the last to the first.'
And when they came who [were hired] about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
And when they had received [it], they murmured against the goodman of the house,
Saying, 'These last have worked [but] one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden and heat of the day.'
But he answered one of them, and said, 'Friend, I do you no wrong, did you not agree with me for a penny?
Take yours, and go your way, I will give to this last, even as to you.
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good?'
So the last will be first, and the first last, for many are called, but few chosen."
And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said to them,
"Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes, and they will condemn him to death,
And will deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify [him], and the third day he will rise again."
Then the mother of Zebedee's children came to him with her sons, prostrating [to him], and desiring a certain thing of him.
And he said to her, "What do you will?" She says to him, "Grant that my two sons may sit, the one on your right hand, and the other on the left, in your kingdom."
But Jesus answered and said, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I will drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They say to him, "We are able."
And he says to them, "You will drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with, but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but [it will be given to them] for whom it is prepared of my Father."
And when the ten heard [it], they were moved with indignation against the two brothers.
But Jesus called them [to him], and said, "You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and those who are great exercise authority upon them.
But it will not be so among you, but whoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.
Even as the Son of man did not come to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, "Have mercy on us, O master, Son of David."
And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace, but they cried the more, saying, "Have mercy on us, O master, Son of David."
And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, "What do you will that I will do to you?"
They say to him, "Master, that our eyes may be opened."
So Jesus had compassion [on them], and touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. *3:49, *5:110
And when they drew near to Jerusalem, and had come to Bethphage, to the mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
Saying to them, "Go into the village over against you, and straightway you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her, loose [them], and bring [them] to me.
And if any [man] says anything to you, you will say, 'The Lord has need of them;' and straightway he will send them."
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your king comes to you, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.' *Zechariah 9:9
And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set [him] thereon.
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and laid [them] in the way.
And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David, Blessed [is] he who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest."
And when he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?"
And the multitude said, "This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee."
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of those who sold doves,
And said to them, "It is written, 'My House will be called the House of prayer;' *Isaiah 56:7 but you have made it a den of thieves." *Jeremiah 7:11
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David;" they were sorely displeased,
And said to him, "Do you hear what these say?" And Jesus says to them, "Indeed; have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have perfected praise?'" *Psalms 8:2
And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you henceforth forever." And presently the fig tree withered away.
And when the disciples saw [it], they marveled, saying, "How soon has the fig tree withered away!"
Jesus answered and said to them, "Verily I say to you, if you do not doubt, you will not only do this [which is done] to the fig tree, but also, if you will say to this mountain, 'Be removed and cast into the sea;' it will be done.
And all things, whatever you will ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
And when he had come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority do you these things? And who gave you this authority?"
And Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things.
The baptism of John, from where was it? From heaven, or of men?" And they reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven;' he will say to us, 'Why did you not then believe him?'
But if we will say, 'Of men;' we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet."
And they answered Jesus, and said, "We cannot tell." And he said to them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
But what do you think? A [certain] man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, 'Son, go work today in my vineyard.'
He answered and said, 'I will not,' but afterward he repented, and went.
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, 'I [go], sir,' and did not go.
Which of those two did the will of [his] father?" They say to him, "The first." Jesus says to them, "Verily I say to you, 'That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.'
For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the publicans and the harlots believed him, and you, when you had seen [it], did not repent afterward, that you might believe him.
Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, who planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and dug a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. *Isaiah 5:1 - 2
And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
Again, he sent other servants more than the first, and they did to them likewise.
But last of all he sent to them his son, saying, 'They will reverence my son.'
But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.'
And they caught him, and cast [him] out of the vineyard, and slew [him].
When the lord therefore of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those husbandmen?"
They say to him, "He will miserably destroy those wicked men, *Isaiah 5:5 and will let out [his] vineyard to other husbandmen, who will render him the fruits in their seasons."
Jesus says to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, 'The stone which the builders rejected, the same has become the head of the corner, this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?' *Psalms 118:22 - 23
Therefore I say to you, 'The kingdom of God will be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
And whoever will fall on this stone will be broken, but on whomsoever it will fall, it will grind him to powder.'" *21:11
And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke of them.
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables, and said,
"The kingdom of the heavens is like a certain king, who made a marriage for his son,
And sent forth his servants to call those who were bidden to the wedding, and they would not come.
Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are bidden, 'Behold, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and fatlings [are] killed, and all things [are] ready, come to the marriage.'
But they made light of [it], and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise.
And the remnant took his servants, and entreated [them] spitefully, and slew [them].
But when the king heard [thereof], he was wroth, and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
Then he says to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were bidden were not worthy.'
Go therefore into the highways, and as many as you will find, bid to the marriage.'
So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good, and the wedding was furnished with guests.
And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have a wedding garment on.
And he says to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here not having a wedding garment?' *Zephaniah 1:7 - 8 And he was speechless.
Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; *~Book of Enoch 10:4 there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' *14:49, *25:13, *44:47, *69:30 - 31, *89:25 - 26, *96:15
For many are called, but few [are] chosen." *Barnabas 4:14
Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how they might entangle him in [his] talk.
And they sent out their disciples with the Herodians to him, saying, "Master, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God in truth, neither do you care for any [man], for you do not regard the person of men.
Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?"
But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you tempt me, hypocrites?
Show me the tribute money." And they brought to him a penny.
And he says to them, "Whose [is] this image and superscription?"
They say to him, "Caesar's." Then he says to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's."
When they had heard [these words], they marveled and left him, and went their way.
The same day the Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no Resurrection, and asked him,
Saying, "Master, Moses said, 'If a man dies having no children, his brother will marry his wife, and raise up seed to his brother.' *Deuteronomy 25:5
Now there were seven brothers with us, and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife to his brother.
Likewise the second also, and the third, to the seventh.
And last of all the woman died also.
Therefore in the Resurrection whose wife will she be of the seven? For they all had her."
Jesus answered and said to them, "You do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.
For in the Resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. *Book of Enoch 15:6 - 7
But as touching the Resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying,
'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?' *Exodus 3:6 God is not the God of the dead, but of the living."
And when the multitude heard [this], they were astonished at his doctrine.
But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
Then one of them, [who was] a lawyer, asked [him a question], tempting him, and saying,
Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said to him, "'You will love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
This is the first and great commandment. *5:117
And the second [is] like to it, 'You will love your neighbor as yourself.' *Leviticus 19:18, *Mark 12:31, *Luke 10:27, *Romans 13:9
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
Saying, "What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?" They say to him, "[The son] of David."
He says to them, "How then does David in Spirit call him lord, saying,
'The Lord said to my lord, 'Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool?'' *Psalms 110:1
If David then called him lord, how is he his son?"
And no man was able to answer him a word, neither did any [man] from that day forth ask him any more [questions].
Then Jesus spoke to the multitude, and to his disciples,
Saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.
All therefore whatever they bid you to observe, [that] observe and do; but do not go after their works, for they say and do not do.
For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay [them] on men's shoulders; but they [themselves] will not move them with one of their fingers.
But all their works they do to be seen of men, they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi.'
But do not be called Rabbi, for one is your Master, [even for] the Messiah; and all of you are brothers.
And call no [man] your father upon the earth, for one is your Father, who is in the heavens.
Neither be called masters, for one is your Master, [even for] the Messiah.
But he who is greatest among you will be your servant.
And whoever will exalt himself will be abased; and he who will humble himself will be exalted.
But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of the heavens against men, for you neither go in [yourselves], neither do you let those who are entering to go in.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer, therefore you will receive the greater damnation.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of Gehenna than yourselves.
Woe to you, [you] blind guides, who say, 'Whoever will swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever will swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!' *5:78
[You] fools and blind, for what is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold?
And, 'Whoever will swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.'
[You] fools and blind, for what [is] greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
Whoever therefore will swear by the altar, swears by it, and by all things thereon.
And whoever will swear by the temple, swears by it, and by Him who dwells therein.
And he who will swear by heaven, swears by the Throne of God, and by Him who sits thereon.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith, these you should have done, and not leave the other undone.
[You] blind guides, who strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you make the outside of the cup clean and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
[You] blind Pharisee, cleanse first that [which is] within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may also be clean.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all uncleanness.
Even so, you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous,
And say, 'If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.'
Therefore you are witnesses to yourselves, that you are the children of those who killed the prophets. *35:42
Fill up then the measure of your fathers.
[You] serpents, [you] generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of Gehenna? *5:78
Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes, and [some] of them you will kill and crucify; and [some] of them will you scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city:
That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you slew between the temple and the altar.
Verily I say to you, 'All these things will come upon this generation.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [you] who kill the prophets, and stone those who are sent to you, *3:21, *2 Chronicles 24:19 - 21 how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under [her] wings, and you would not! *2 Ezra 1:30
Behold, your house is left to you desolate.' *2 Ezra 1:33
For I say to you, you will not see me henceforth, until you will say, 'Blessed [is] he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple, and his disciples came to [him] to show him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Verily I say to you, 'There will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down.'" *17:7
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what [will be] the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world?"
And Jesus answered and said to them, "Take heed that no man deceives you.
For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Messiah [of God];' and will deceive many.
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars, see that you are not troubled, for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, *2 Ezra 13:31 and there will be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, *2 Ezra 9:3, *~56:4, *~99:1 in various places. *~17:58
All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.
Then will they deliver you up to be afflicted, and will kill you, and you will be hated of all nations for My name's sake.
And then will many be offended, and will betray one another, and will hate one another.
And many false prophets will rise, and will deceive many.
And because iniquity will abound, the love of many will wax cold. *2 Ezra 5:2
But he who will endure to the end, the same will be saved.
And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then the end will come.
When you will therefore see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand).
Then let those who are in Judaea flee into the mountains.
Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house.
Neither let him who is in the field return back to take his clothes.
And woe to those who are with child, and to those who give suck in those days! *2 Ezra 6:21, *22:2
But pray that your flight is not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day;
For then will be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever will be. *Daniel 12:1
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved, but for the elect's sake, those days will be shortened.
Then if any man will say to you, 'Look, here [is] the Messiah, or there;' do not believe.
For there will arise false Messiahs, and false prophets, and will show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they will deceive the very elect.
Behold, I have told you before.
Therefore if they will say to you, 'Behold, he is in the desert;' do not go forth, 'Behold, [he is] in the secret chambers;' do not believe.
For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so will also the coming of the Son of man be.
For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give her light, *75:6 - 8 and the stars will fall from heaven, *Isaiah 34:4, *81:1 - 2, *82:2 and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, *16:89, *43:61 and then will all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he will send his angels with a great sound of a Trumpet, *50:41 - 42 and they will gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree: When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer [is] near.
So likewise, when you will see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.
Verily I say to you, 'This generation will not pass, until all these things are fulfilled.'
But of that Day and Hour knows no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but the Father only. *7:187, *31:34, *33:63, *41:47
But as the days of Noah [were], so will also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
And did not know until the flood came, and took them all away; so will also the coming of the Son of man be.
Then two will be in the field; the one will be taken, and the other left.
Two [women will be] grinding at the mill; the one will be taken, and the other left.
Watch therefore, for you do not know what Hour your lord comes.
But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have left his house to be broken up.
Therefore be also ready, for in such an Hour as you do not think the Son of man comes.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord, when he comes, will find so doing.
Verily I say to you, 'That he will make him ruler over all his goods.'
But and if that evil servant will say in his heart, 'My lord delays his coming;'
And will begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
The lord of that servant will come in a Day when he does not look for [him], and in a Hour that he is not aware of,
And will cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Then the kingdom of the heavens will be likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
And five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish.
They who [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them.
But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, 'Behold, the bridegroom comes; go out to meet him.'
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us of your oil; for our lamps have gone out.'
But the wise answered, saying, '[Not so]; unless there is not enough for us and you, but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.'
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. *57:12 - 13
Afterward the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us.'
But he answered and said, 'Verily I say to you, I do not know you.'
Watch therefore, for you know neither the Day nor the Hour wherein the Son of man comes.
For [it is] as a man travelling into a far country, [who] called his own servants, and delivered his goods to them.
And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his own ability; and straightway took his journey.
Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made [them] five other talents.
And likewise he who [had received] two, he also gained two others.
But he who had received one went and dug in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
After a long time the lord of those servants comes, and reckons with them.
And so he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents, behold, I have gained beside them, five talents more.'
His lord said to him, 'Well done, [you] good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things, enter into the joy of your lord.'
He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered two talents to me, behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.'
His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things, enter into the joy of your lord.'
Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew that you were a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not strewn.
And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the earth, look, you have [what is] yours.'
His lord answered and said to him, '[You] wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reaped where I did not sow, and gathered where I have not strewn.
You ought to have therefore put my money to the exchangers, and [then] at my coming I should have received my own with usury.
Take therefore the talent from him, and give [it] to him who has ten talents.
For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have abundance, but from him who does not have, even that which he has will be taken away.
And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
When the Son of man will come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit upon the throne of his glory.
And all nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides [his] sheep from the goats.
And he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. *56:8 - 9
Then the king will say to those on his right hand, *74:39 'Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. *17:71, *56:27, *69:19 - 21, *84:7 - 8
For I was hungry, and you gave me meat, *90:14 - 18 I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, I was a stranger, and you took me in;
Naked, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you visited me, I was in prison, and you came to me.'
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Master, when did we see you hungry, and feed [you]? Or thirsty, and gave [you] drink?
When did we see you a stranger, and took [you] in? Or naked, and clothed [you]?
Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and came to you?'
And the king will answer and say to them, 'Verily I say to you, inasmuch as you have done [it] to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done [it] to me.'
Then he will say also to those on the left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting Fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. *56:41 - 42, *69:25 - 31, *90:19 - 20
For I was hungry, and you gave me no meat, I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink.
I was a stranger, and you did not take me in, naked, and you did not clothe me, sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.'
Then they will also answer him, saying, 'Master, when did we see you hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to you?'
Then he will answer them, saying, 'Verily I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do [it] to one of the least of these, you did not do [it] to me.'
And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal."
And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples,
You know that after two days is [the feast of] the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
Then the chief priests assembled together, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, to the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill [him].
But they said, "Not on the feast [day], unless there is an uproar among the people."
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
There came to him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat [at meat].
But when his disciples saw [it], they had indignation, saying, "To what purpose [is] this waste?
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor."
When Jesus understood [it], he said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work upon me.
For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have me.
For in that, she has poured this ointment on my body, she did [it] for my burial.
Verily I say to you, 'Wherever this Gospel will be preached in the whole world, this will also be told for a memorial of her, what this woman has done.'"
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests,
And said [to them], "What will you give me, and I will deliver him to you?" And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. *58:14
Now the first [day] of the [feast of] unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying to him, "Where do you will that we prepare for you to eat the passover?"
And he said, "Go into the city to such a man, and say to him [that] the master says, 'My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at your house with my disciples.'"
And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
Now when the evening had come, he sat down with the twelve.
And as they ate, he said, "Verily I say to you, that one of you will betray me."
And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and every one of them began to say to him, "Master, is it I?"
And he answered and said, "He who dips [his] hand with me in the dish, the same will betray me.
The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born."
Then Judas, who betrayed him, answered and said, "Master, is it I?" He said to him, "You have said."
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed [it], and broke [it], and gave [it] to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat, this is my body."
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave [it] to them, saying, "Drink all of it;
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
But I say to you, 'I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom.'"
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
Then Jesus says to them, "All of you will be offended because of me this night, for it is written, 'I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered abroad.' *Zechariah 13:7
But after I have risen again, I will go before you into Galilee."
Peter answered and said to him, "Though all [men] will be offended because of you, [yet] will I never be offended."
Jesus said to him, "Verily I say to you, 'That this night, before the cock crow, you will deny me three times.'"
Peter said to him, "Though I should die with you, yet I will not deny you." Likewise all the disciples also said.
Then Jesus comes with them to a place called Gethsemane, and says to the disciples, "Sit here, while I go and pray there."
And he took Peter with him and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
Then he says to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death, wait here, and watch with me."
And he went a little further, and fell on his face, *48:29 and prayed, saying, "O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless not as I will, but as You [will]."
And he comes to the disciples, and finds them asleep, and says to Peter, "What, could you not watch with me one hour?
Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation, the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak."
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, "O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, Your will be done."
And he came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Then he comes to his disciples, and says to them, "Sleep on now, and take [your] rest, behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Rise, let us be going, behold, he is at hand who betrays me."
And while he still spoke, look, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. *58:14
Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, "Whomever I will kiss, the same is him, hold him fast."
And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, "Hail, master;" and kissed him.
And Jesus said to him, "Friend, from where did you come?" Then they came, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
And, behold, one of them, who was with Jesus stretched out [his] hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and struck off his ear.
Then Jesus said to him, "Put up your sword again into his place, for all those who take the sword will perish with the sword.
Do you think that I cannot now pray to my Father, and He will presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
But how then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must thus be?"
In that same hour Jesus said to the multitudes, "Have you come out as against a thief with swords and staves to take me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you laid no hold on me."
But all this was done, that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
And those who had laid hold on Jesus led [him] away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
But Peter followed him afar off to the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
But found none, indeed, though many false witnesses came, [yet] they found none. At the last came two false witnesses,
And said, "This [fellow] said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.'"
And the high priest arose, and said to him, "Do you answer nothing? What [is it which] these witness against you?"
But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said to him, "I adjure you by the living God, that you tell us whether you are the Messiah, the son of God."
Jesus says to him, "You have said, nevertheless I say to you, 'Hereafter will you see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.'"
Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, "He has spoken blasphemy; what further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard his blasphemy.
What do you think?" They answered and said, "He is guilty of death."
Then they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others struck [him] with the palms of their hands,
Saying, "Prophesy to us, you Messiah, who is he who struck you?"
Now Peter sat alone in the palace, and a damsel came to him, saying, "You also were with Jesus of Galilee."
But he denied before [them] all, saying, "I do not know what you say."
And when he had gone out into the porch, another [maid] saw him, and said to those who were there, "This [fellow] was also with Jesus of Nazareth."
And again he denied with an oath, "I do not know the man."
And after a while, those who stood by came to [him], and said to Peter, "Surely you also are [one] of them; for your speech betrays you."
Then he began to curse and swear, [saying], "I do not know the man." And immediately the cock crew.
And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, who said to him, "Before the cock crow, you will deny me three times." And he went out, and wept bitterly.
When the morning had come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
And when they had bound him, they led [him] away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate, the governor.
Then Judas, who had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood." And they said, "What [is that] to us? See [to that]."
And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. *58:14 - 16
And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood."
And they took counsel, and bought the potter's field with them, to bury strangers in.
Therefore that field was called, "The field of blood," to this day.
Then that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying, "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him who was valued, whom they of the Children of Israel valued;
And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me." *Zechariah 11:12 - 13
And Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, saying, "Are you the king of the Jews?" And Jesus said to him, "You say."
And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how many things they witness against you?"
And he did not answer him one word; insomuch that the governor marveled greatly.
Now at [that] feast, the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner to the people, whom they would.
And they had a notable prisoner then, called Barabbas.
Therefore when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you will that I release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?"
For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
When he had set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, "Have nothing to do with that just man, for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him."
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
The governor answered and said to them, "Which of the two do you will that I release to you?" They said, "Barabbas."
Pilate says to them, "What will I do then with Jesus, who is called the Messiah?" [They] all say to him, "Let him be crucified."
And the governor said, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they cried out the more, saying, "Let him be crucified."
When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but [that] rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed [his] hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person, see [to it]."
Then all the people answered and said, "His blood [is] on us, and on our children."
Then he released Barabbas to them, and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered [him] to be crucified.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered the whole band [of soldiers] to him.
And they stripped him, and put a scarlet robe on him.
And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put [it] upon his head, and a reed in his right hand, and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!"
And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and struck him on the head.
And after they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify [him].
And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, him they compelled to bear his cross. *4:157, *53:37 - 38
And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall, and when he had tasted [thereof], he would not drink. *Psalms 69:21
And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, "They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture they cast lots." *Psalms 22:18
And sitting down they watched him there;
And set up over his head his accusation written, "This is Jesus, the king of the Jews."
Then there were two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
And those who passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
And saying, "You who destroys the temple, and builds [it] in three days, save yourself. If you are the son of God, come down from the cross."
Likewise also the chief priests mocking [him], with the scribes and elders, said,
"He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he is the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
He trusted in God; let Him deliver him now, *Psalms 22:8 if He will have him, for he said, 'I am the son of God.'"
The thieves also, who were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land to the ninth hour.
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" That is to say, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" *Psalms 22:1
Some of those who stood there, when they heard [that], said, "This [man] calls for Elijah."
And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled [it] with vinegar, and put [it] on a reed, and gave him to drink. *Psalms 69:21
The rest said, "Let [him] be, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him."
When Jesus had cried again with a loud voice, he yielded up the ghost.
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks rent.
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the holy that slept arose,
And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared to many.
Now when the centurion, and those who were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly this was the son of God."
And many women were there beholding afar off, who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him. *Psalms 38:11, *Psalms 88:8, *Psalms 88:18
Among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.
When the evening had come, a rich man of Arimathaea came, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple.
He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock, and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
Now the next day, which followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together to Pilate,
Saying, "Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was still alive, 'After three days I will rise again.'
Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, unless his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead,' so the last error will be worse than the first."
Pilate said to them, "You have a watch, go your way, make [it] as sure as you can."
So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, Mary Magdalene came, and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre.
And, behold, there was a great earthquake, for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.
And for fear of him, the keepers shook, and became as dead [men].
And the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not fear, for I know that you seek Jesus, who was crucified.
He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the master lays.
And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead; and, behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there you will see him, look, I have told you."
And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and ran to bring his disciples word.
And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "All hail." And they came and held him by the feet, and prostrated to him.
Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid, go tell my brothers that they go into Galilee, and there they will see me."
Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and showed to the chief priests, all the things that were done.
And when they had assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money to the soldiers,
Saying, "Say, 'His disciples came by night, and stole him [away] while we slept.'
And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you."
So they took the money, and did as they were taught, and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
And when they saw him, they prostrated to him, but some doubted.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.
Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit."
Teaching them to observe all things, whatever I have commanded you, and, look, I am with you always, [even] to the end of the world. Amen.