The book of the generation of Jesus, the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham fathered Isaac; and Isaac fathered Jacob; and Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers;
And Judah fathered Pharez and Zarah of Tamar; *Genesis 38:29 - 30 and Pharez fathered Hezron; and Hezron fathered Ram;
And Ram fathered Amminadab; and Amminadab fathered Nahshon; and Nahshon fathered Salmon;
And Salmon fathered Boaz of Rachab; and Boaz fathered Obed of Ruth; and Obed fathered Jesse; *1 Chronicles 2:9 - 15
And Jesse fathered David the king; *Ruth 4:18- 22 and David the king fathered Solomon of the wife of Uriah; *2 Samuel 12:24
And Solomon fathered Rehoboam; and Rehoboam fathered Abia; and Abia fathered Asa;
And Asa fathered Jehoshaphat; and Jehoshaphat fathered Joram; and Joram fathered Uzziah;
And Uzziah fathered Jotham; and Jotham fathered Ahaz; and Ahaz fathered Hezekiah;
And Hezekiah fathered Manasseh; and Manasseh fathered Amon; and Amon fathered Josiah;
And Josiah fathered Jechoniah and his brothers, about the time they were carried away [captive] to Babylon. *2 Kings 24:14 - 16, *Jeremiah 24:1, *Jeremiah 27:20
And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechoniah fathered Salathiel; and Salathiel fathered Zerubbabel; *1 Chronicles 3:9 - 19
And Zerubbabel fathered Abiud; and Abiud fathered Eliakim; and Eliakim fathered Azor;
And Azor fathered Sadoc; and Sadoc fathered Achim; and Achim fathered Eliud;
And Eliud fathered Eleazar; and Eleazar fathered Matthan; and Matthan fathered Jacob;
And Jacob fathered Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called the Messiah.
So all the generations from Abraham to David [are] fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away [captive] into Babylon [are] fourteen generations; and from the carrying away [captive] into Babylon to the Messiah [are] fourteen generations.
Now the birth of Jesus, the Messiah, was on this wise: when his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
Then Joseph her husband, being a just [man], and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take your wife Mary to you, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
And she will bring forth a son, and you will call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a virgin will be with child, and will bring forth a son, and they will call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, 'God with us.' *Isaiah 7:14
Then Joseph, being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took to him his wife;
And did not know her until she had brought forth her firstborn son, and he called his name Jesus.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, "Where is he who is born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and have come to worship him."
When Herod the king had heard [these things], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where the Messiah should be born.
And they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judaea, for thus it is written by the prophet,
'And you Bethlehem, [in] the land of Juda, are not the least among the princes of Juda, for out of you will come a leader, who will rule My people Israel.'" *Micah 5:2
Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, "Go and search diligently for the young child; and when you have found [him], bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also."
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, look, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. *~Isaiah 60:1 - 3
And when they had come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him; and when they had opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. *~Isaiah 60:6
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
And when they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord [God] appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be there until I bring you word, for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him."
When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt;
And was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt, I have called My son." *Hosea 11:1
Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceedingly wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
Then that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying,
In Rama, there was a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning; Rachel, weeping [for] her children, would not be comforted, because they are not. *Jeremiah 31:15
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord [God] appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
Saying, "Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel, for those who sought the young child's life are dead."
And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus reigned in Judaea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee.
And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, "He will be called a Nazarene."
In those days, John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens is at hand."
For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of the Lord [God], make His paths straight.'" *Isaiah 40:3
And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leather girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
Then Jerusalem went out to him, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
And were baptized by him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said to them, "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 think to say within yourselves, 'We have Abraham to [our] father,' for I say to you, that God is able to raise up children from these stones to Abraham.
And now the ax is already laid to the root of the trees; therefore every tree which does not bring forth good fruit is struck down, and cast into the fire.
I indeed baptize you with water to repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; *Acts 13:25 he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and [with] Fire; *Acts 11:16
Whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable Fire."
Then Jesus comes from Galilee to Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
But John forbade him, saying, "I have need to be baptized of you, and you come to me?"
And Jesus answering said to him, "Let [it be so] now, for thus it becomes for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he let him.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water, and look, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.
And look a voice from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved son, in whom I am well pleased."
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
And when he had fasted for forty days and forty nights, afterward, he was hungry.
And when the tempter came to him, he said, "If you are the son of God, command that these stones be made bread."
But he answered and said, "It is written, 'Man will not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'" *Deuteronomy 8:3
Then the devil takes him up into the holy city, and sets him on a pinnacle of the temple,
And says to him, "If you are the son of God, cast yourself down, for it is written, 'He will give His angels charge concerning you, and in [their] hands they will bear you up, unless at any time you dash your foot against a stone.'" *Psalms 91:11 - 12
Jesus said to him, "It is written again, 'You will not tempt the Lord your God.'" *Deuteronomy 6:16
Again, the devil takes him up into an exceedingly high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
And says to him, "All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me."
Then Jesus says to him, "Get away from here, Satan, for it is written, 'You will worship the Lord your God, and Him only will you serve.'" *Deuteronomy 10:12, *Deuteronomy 10:20, *3:51, *5:117, *19:36, *43:64
Then the devil leaves him, and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.
Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali,
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying,
"The land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali, [by] the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
The people who sat in darkness saw great light; and to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, light sprung up." *Isaiah 9:1 - 2
From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens is at hand."
And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishers.
And he says to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
And they straightway left [their] nets, and followed him.
And going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
And his fame went throughout all Syria, and they brought all sick people who were taken with various diseases and torments to him, and those who were possessed with devils, and those who were lunatic, and those who had the palsy; and he healed them.
And great multitudes of people from Galilee followed him, and [from] Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judaea, and beyond Jordan.
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain; and when he was set, his disciples came to him,
And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
"Blessed [are] the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.
Blessed [are] those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed [are] the meek, for they will inherit the earth. *Book of Enoch 5:7, *Psalms 37:11, *39:74
Blessed [are] those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed [are] the merciful, for they will obtain mercy.
Blessed [are] the pure in heart, for they will see God [in Paradise].
Blessed [are] the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.
Blessed [are] those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.
Blessed are you, when [men] will revile you, and persecute [you], and will say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great [is] your reward in the heavens, for they so persecuted the prophets who were before you.
You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost his savor, by what will it be salted? It is therefore good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under feet of men.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, who is in the heavens.
Do not think that I have come to destroy the law, or the prophets, I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
For verily I say to you, 'Until heaven and earth pass, one jot or one letter will in no wise pass from the law, until all is fulfilled.'
Whoever therefore will break one of these least commandments, and will teach men so, he will be called the least in the kingdom of the heavens; but whoever will do and teach [them], the same will be called great in the kingdom of the heavens.
For I say to you, 'That unless your righteousness exceeds [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, you will in no case enter into the kingdom of the heavens.
You have heard that it was said by them of old time, 'You should not kill; and whoever will kill will be in danger of the Judgment.'
But I say to you, 'That whoever is angry with his brother without a cause will be in danger of the Judgment, and whoever will say to his brother, 'Raca,' will be in danger of the council, but whoever will say, 'You fool,' will be in danger of the Gehenna of the Fire.'
Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you;
Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him; unless at any time the adversary delivers you to the judge, and the judge delivers you to the officer, and you are cast into prison.
Verily I say to you, 'You will by no means come out from there, until you have paid the uttermost farthing.'
You have heard that it was said by them of old time, 'You will not commit adultery.'
But I say to you, 'That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.' *Proverbs 6:25, *Sirach 9:8, *Sirach 25:21, *24:30
And if your right eye offends you, pluck it out, and cast [it] from you, for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not [that] your whole body should be cast into Gehenna.
And if your right hand offends you, cut it off, and cast [it] from you, for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not [that] your whole body should be cast into Gehenna.
It has been said, 'Whoever will put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement.' *Deuteronomy 24:1
But I say to you, 'That whoever will put away his wife, except for the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery, and whoever will marry her who is divorced, commits adultery.'
Again, you have heard that it has been said by them of old time, 'You will not forswear yourself, but will perform to the Lord your oaths.'
But I say to you, 'Do not swear at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's Throne;
Nor by the earth; for it is His footstool, *Book of Enoch 84:2, *Isaiah 66:1 neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great king.
Neither will you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.'
But let your communication be, 'Yes, yes; No, no,' for whatever is more than these comes of evil. *24:53
You have heard that it has been said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth [as legal retribution].' *Exodus 21:24, *Deuteronomy 19:21, *5:45
But I say to you, 'That you do not withstand evil, but whoever will smite you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.' *Lamentations 3:30
And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have [your] cloak also.
And whoever will compel you to go a mile, go with him for two.
Give to him who asks you, and from he who would borrow from you, do not turn away. *93:10
You have heard that it has been said, 'You will love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.'
But I say to you, 'Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, *41:34 and pray for those who despitefully use you, and persecute you;'
That you may be the children of your Father who is in the heavens, for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do the publicans not even do the same?
And if you salute your brothers only, what do you do more [than others]? Do the publicans not even do so?
Be therefore perfect, even as your Father, who is in the heavens, is perfect.
Take heed that you do not do your alms before men, to be seen of them, otherwise you have no reward from your Father who is in the heavens.
Therefore when you do alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say to you, 'They have their reward.'
But when you do alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand does.
That your alms may be in the hidden, and your Father, who sees in the hidden Himself, will reward you openly.
And when you pray, you will not be as the hypocrites [are], for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say to you, 'They have their reward.'
But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, *7:55 and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father, who is in the hidden; and your Father, who sees in the hidden, will reward you openly.
But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions, as the heathen [do], for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.
Be therefore not like them, for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask Him.
After this manner therefore pray, 'Our Father who is in the heavens, let Your name be holy.
Let Your kingdom come. Let Your will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.'
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. *Sirach 28:2, *~24:22
Moreover when you fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance, for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear to men to fast. Verily I say to you, 'They have their reward.'
But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;
That you do not appear to men to fast, but to your Father, who is in the hidden, and your Father, who sees in the hidden, will reward you openly.
Do not lay up treasures for yourselves upon earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.
But lay up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth or rust corrupts, and where thieves do not break through or steal.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The light of the body is the eye, if therefore your eye is single, your whole body will be full of light.
But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great [is] that darkness!
No man can serve two masters, *16:51 for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. *2:165 You cannot serve God and mammon.
Therefore I say to you, 'Take no thought for your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will put on.' Is the life not more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air, for they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor do they gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. *Psalms 104:27, *Psalms 136:25, *11:6, *29:60 Are you not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?
And why take thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not toil, neither do they spin.
And yet I say to you, 'That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.'
Therefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, [will He] not much more [clothe] you, O you of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying, 'What will we eat?' Or, 'What will we drink?' Or, 'With what will we be clothed?'
For after all these things do the Gentiles seek, for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.
But seek first, the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow will take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient to the day [is] the evil thereof.
Do not judge, that you may not be judged.
For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged, and with what measure you measure, it will be measured to you again.
And why behold the mote that is in your brother's eye, but not consider the beam that is in your own eye?
Or how will you say to your brother, 'Let me pull out the mote out of your eye;' and behold, a beam [is] in your own eye?
You hypocrite, first cast the beam out of your own eye, and then will you see clearly to cast the mote out of your brother's eye.
Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, unless they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find *Deuteronomy 4:29, *1 Chronicles 28:9, *2 Chronicles 15:2 - 4, *2 Chronicles 15:15, *Jeremiah 29:13 knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.
Or what man is there of you, whom, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in the heavens give good things to those who ask Him?
Therefore all things whatever you would will that men should do to you, do even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets.
Enter in at the strait gate, for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in thereat.
Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is struck down, and cast into the fire.
Therefore you will know them by their fruits.
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, lord,' will enter into the kingdom of the heavens; but he who does the will of my Father who is in the heavens.
Many will say to me in that Day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And have cast out devils in your name? And in your name, done many wonderful works?'
And then will I profess to them, 'I never knew you, depart from me, you who work iniquity.' *Psalms 6:8, *4:159
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house upon a rock.
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded upon a rock.
And everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them will be likened to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell, and the fall of it was great."
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine.
For he taught them as [one] having authority, and not as the scribes.
When he had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
And, behold, there came a leper and he worshiped him, saying, "Master, if you will, you can make me clean."
And Jesus put forth [his] hand, and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. *3:49, *5:110
And Jesus says to him, "See that you tell no man; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them." *Leviticus 14:2 - 4
And when Jesus had entered into Capernaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him,
And saying, "Master, my servant lies at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented."
And Jesus says to him, "I will come and heal him."
The centurion answered and said, "Master, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof, but speak the word only, and my servant will be healed.
For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me, and I say to this [man], 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does [it]."
When Jesus heard [it], he marveled, and said to those who followed, "Verily I say to you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
And I say to you, 'That many will come from the east and west, and will sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of the heavens.
But the children of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'"
And Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, [so] be it to you." And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
And when Jesus had come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.
And he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she arose, and ministered to them.
When the evening had come, they brought to him many who were possessed with devils, and he cast out the spirits with [his] word, and healed all who were sick;
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "He took our infirmities, and bore [our] sicknesses."
Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart to the other side.
And a certain scribe came, and said to him, "Master, I will follow you wherever you go."
And Jesus says to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air [have] nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay [his] head."
And another of his disciples said to him, "Master, permit me to first go and bury my father."
But Jesus said to him, "Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead." *~9:84
And when he had entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves, but he was asleep.
And his disciples came to [him], and awoke him, saying, "Master, save us, we perish."
And he says to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
But the men marveled, saying, "What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!"
And when he had come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
And, behold, they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with you, Jesus, son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?"
And there was a good way off from them, a herd of many swine feeding.
So the devils asked him, saying, "If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine."
And he said to them, "Go." And when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine, and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
And those who kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told everything, and what was befallen to those possessed of the devils.
And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they asked [him] that he would depart out of their coasts.
And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed. And Jesus, seeing their faith said to the sick of the palsy, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven."
And, behold, some of the scribes said within themselves, "This [man] blasphemes."
And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?
For which is easier to say, '[Your] sins are forgiven;' or to say, 'Arise, and walk?'
But that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins." Then he says to the sick of the palsy, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."
And he arose, and departed to his house.
But when the multitudes saw [it], they marveled, and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
And as Jesus passed forth from there, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom, and he says to him, "Follow me." And he arose, and followed him.
And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
And when the Pharisees saw [it], they said to his disciples, "Why does your master eat with publicans and sinners?"
But when Jesus heard [that], he said to them, "Those who are whole do not need a physician, but those who are sick.
But go and learn what [that] means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, *Hosea 6:6 for I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?"
And Jesus said to them, "Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and then will they fast.
No man puts a piece of new cloth onto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up takes from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
Neither do men put new wine into old bottles, else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish; but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved."
While he spoke these things to them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshiped him, saying, "My daughter is even now dead, but come and lay your hand upon her, and she will live."
And Jesus arose, and followed him, and [so did] his disciples.
And, behold, a woman, who was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind [him], and touched the hem of his garment.
For she said within herself, "If I may but touch his garment, I will be whole."
But Jesus turned about, and when he saw her, he said, "Daughter, be of good comfort; your faith has made you whole." And the woman was made whole from that hour.
And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making noise,
He said to them, "Give place, for the maid is not dead, but sleeps." And they laughed him to scorn.
But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. *5:110
And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
And when Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us."
And when he had come into the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus says to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Indeed, master."
Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith, be it to you."
And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, "See [that] no man knows [it]." *3:49, *5:110
But they, when they had departed, spread his fame abroad in all that country.
As they went out, behold, they brought a mute man possessed with a devil to him.
And when the devil was cast out, the mute spoke, and the multitudes marveled, saying, "It was never so seen in Israel."
But the Pharisees said, "He casts out devils through the prince of the devils."
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
Then he says to his disciples, "The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the laborers [are] few;
Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest."
And when he had called to [him] his twelve disciples, he gave them power [against] unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: the first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother;
Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, "Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter into [any] city of the Samaritans.
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of the heavens is at hand.'
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils, [as] you have received freely, give freely.
Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
Nor scrip for [your] journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves, for the workman is worthy of his meat. *1 Timothy 5:18
And into whatever city or town you will enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide until you go from there.
And when you come into a house, salute it.
And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
And whoever will not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.
Verily I say to you, 'It will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment, than for that city.'
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves, be therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
And you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you will speak, for it will be given to you in that same hour what you will speak.
For it is not you who speaks, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you.
And the brother will deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child, and the children will rise up against [their] parents, and cause them to be put to death.
And you will be hated of all [men] for my name's sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved.
But when they persecute you in this city, flee into another, for verily I say to you, 'You will not have gone over the cities of Israel, until the Son of man has come.'
The disciple is not above [his] master, nor the servant above his lord.
It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Baalzebub, how much more [will they call] them of his household?
Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing covered, that will not be revealed; and hidden, that will not be known.
What I tell you in darkness, speak in light, and what you hear in the ear, preach upon the housetops.
And do not fear those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. *3:50, *4:131, *43:63
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them will not fall on the ground without your Father.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Do not fear therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.
Whoever therefore will confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father, who is in the heavens.
But whoever will deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father, who is in the heavens.
Do not think that I have come to send peace on earth, I did not come to send peace, but a sword.
For I have come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And a man's foes [will be] those of his own household. *Micah 7:6
He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And he who does not take his cross and follow after me, is not worthy of me. *9:23 - 24
He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. *9:111
He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives Him that sent me.
He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward.
And whoever will give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold [water] only in the name of a disciple, verily I say to you, 'He will in no wise lose his reward.'"
And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.
Now when John had heard the works of the Messiah in the prison, he sent two of his disciples,
And said to him, "Are you he who should come, or do we look for another?"
Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and show John again those things which you hear and see.
The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them.
And blessed is whoever will not be offended in me."
And as they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes 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 wear soft [clothing] are in kings' houses.
But for what did you go out to see? A prophet? Indeed, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
For this is [he] of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send My messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.' *Malachi 3:1
Verily I say to you, 'Among those who are born of women, there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist,' notwithstanding he who is least in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than him.
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of the heavens suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
And if you will receive [it], this is Elijah, who was to come. *Malachi 4:5
He who has ears to hear, let him hear. *Ezekiel 3:27
But to what will I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the markets, and calling to their fellows,
And saying, 'We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have mourned you, and you have not lamented.'
For John came neither eating or drinking, and they say, 'He has a devil.'
The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.' But wisdom is justified of her children."
Then he began to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they did not repent.
"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
But I say to you, 'It will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the Day of Judgment, than for you.'
And you, Capernaum, which are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hell, for if the mighty works, which have been done in you, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
But I say to you, 'That it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the Day of Judgment, than for you.'"
At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because 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 from the Father, and no man knows the Son [of man], but the Father; neither does any man know the Father, except the Son [of man], and [he] to whomever the Son [of man] will reveal [Him].
Come to me, all [you] who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest to your souls.
For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light."
At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
But when the Pharisees saw [it], they said to him, "Behold, your disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day."
But he said to them, "Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him;
How he entered into the House of God, and ate the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for those who were with him, but only for the priests? *1 Samuel 21:2 - 6
Or have you not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
But I say to you, 'That in this place is [one] greater than the temple.'
But if you had known what [this] means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, *Hosea 6:6 you would not have condemned the guiltless.
For the Son of man is master even of the sabbath day."
And when he had departed from there, he went into their synagogue.
And, behold, there was a man who had [his] hand withered. And they asked him, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days?" That they might accuse him.
And he said to them, "What man will there be among you, who will have one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift [it] out?
How much then is a man better than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days." *43:63
Then he says to the man, "Stretch forth your hand." And he stretched [it] forth; and it was restored whole, like the other.
Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
But when Jesus knew [it], he withdrew himself from there, and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
And he charged them that they should not make him known.
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying,
"Behold My servant, *19:93, *21:26, *43:59 whom I have chosen; My beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased, I will put My Spirit upon him, and he will show judgment to the Gentiles.
He will not strive, nor cry; neither will any man hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed will he not break, and smoking flax will he not quench, until he sends forth judgment to victory.
And in his name will the Gentiles trust." *Isaiah 42:1 - 4
Then was brought to him one possessed with a devil, blind, and mute, and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and mute both spoke and saw.
And all the people were amazed, and said, "Is this not the son of David?"
But when the Pharisees heard [it], they said, "This [fellow] does not cast out devils, but by Baalzebub the prince of the devils."
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
And if I by Baalzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast [them] out? Therefore they will be your judges.
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And then he will spoil his house.
He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters abroad.
Therefore I say to you, 'All manner of sin and blasphemy will be forgiven to men, but the blasphemy [against] the [Holy] Spirit will not be forgiven to men.'
And whoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the [world] to come.
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt, for the tree is known by [his] fruit.
O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. *24:26
But I say to you, 'That every idle word that men will speak, they will give account thereof in the Day of Judgment.'
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."
Then some of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, "Master, we would see a sign from you."
But he answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there will be no sign given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah:
For as Jonah was in the whale's belly for three days and three nights; so will the Son of man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.
The men of Nineveh will rise in Judgement with this generation, and will condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah [is] here.
The queen of the south will rise up in the Judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon [is] here.
When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.
Then he says, 'I will return into my house from where I came out;' and when he has come, he finds [it] empty, swept, and garnished.
Then he goes and takes with himself 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. Even so will it be also to this wicked generation."
While he yet talked to the people, behold, [his] mother and his brothers stood alone, desiring to speak with him.
Then one said to him, "Behold, your mother and your brothers stand alone, desiring to speak with you."
But he answered and said to him who told him, "Who is my mother? And who are my brothers?"
And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, "Behold my mother and my brothers!
For whoever will do the will of my Father, who is in the heavens, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."
The same day Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
And great multitudes were gathered together to him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
And when he sowed, some [seeds] fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up.
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth, and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth.
And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.
But others fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear." *Ezekiel 3:27
And the disciples came, and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"
He answered and said to them, "Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens, but to them it is not given.
For whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have more abundance, but whoever does not have, from him will be taken away even that he has.
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because they seeing, do not see; and hearing, they do not hear, neither do they understand.
And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says, 'By hearing you will hear, and will not understand; and seeing you will see, and will not perceive.
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and they have closed their eyes; unless at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.' *Isaiah 6:9 - 10
But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.
For verily I say to you, 'That many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see [those things] which you see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear [those things] which you hear, and have not heard [them].'
Hear therefore the parable of the sower.
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand [it], then the wicked [one] comes, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the way side.
But he who received the seed in stony places, the same is he who hears the word, and straightway receives it with joy;
Yet he does not have root in himself, but endures for a while, for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is offended.
He also who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
But he who received seed into the good ground is he who hears the word, and understands [it]; who also bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
Another parable he put forth to them, saying, "The kingdom of the heavens is likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then the tares also appeared.
So the servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? From where then does it have tares?'
He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you will then that we go and gather them up?'
But he said, 'No; unless while you gather up the tares, you also root up the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers to first gather the tares together, and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.'"
Another parable he put forth to them, saying, "The kingdom of the heavens is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field.
Which indeed is the least of all seeds, but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."
Another parable he spoke to them; "The kingdom of the heavens is like leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened."
All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and he did not speak to them without a parable.
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, "I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world." *Psalms 78:2 - 3
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house, and his disciples came to him, saying, "Declare to us the parable of the tares of the field."
He answered and said to them, "He who sows the good seed is the Son of man;
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one];
The enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so will it be in the end of this world.
The Son of man will send forth his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and those who do iniquity;
And will cast them into a furnace of Fire, there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like treasure hidden in a field; which, when a man has found, he hides, and for joy thereof goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a merchant man, seeking good pearls.
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. *3:92
Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind.
Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
So will it be at the end of the world, the angels will come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
And will cast them into the furnace of Fire, there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth." *Book of Enoch 54:6, *37:21 - 23, *66:6, *74:30 - 31, *96:18
Jesus says to them, "Have you understood all these things?" They say to him, "Indeed, master."
Then he said to them, "Therefore every scribe [who is] instructed to the kingdom of the heavens is like a man [who is] a householder, who brings forth out of his treasure [things] new and old."
And it came to pass, [that] when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from there.
And when he had come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, "From where does this [man] have this wisdom, and [these] mighty works?
Is this not the carpenter's son? Is his mother not called Mary? And his brothers, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
And his sisters, are they not all with us? From where then does this [man] have all these things?"
And they were offended in him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and in his own house."
And he did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,
And said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works show themselves forth in him."
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put [him] in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.
For John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.
Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she would ask.
And she, being instructed before of her mother, said, "Give me John the Baptist's head here in a charger."
And the king was sorry, nevertheless for the oath's sake, and those who sat with him at meat, he commanded [it] to be given [to her].
And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.
And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel, and she brought [it] to her mother.
And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
When Jesus heard [of it], he departed from there by ship into a desert place apart, and when the people had heard [thereof], they followed him on foot out of the cities.
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, "This is a desert place, and the time has now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals."
But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to depart; give them to eat."
And they say to him, "We have here but five loaves, and two fish."
He said, "Bring them here to me."
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and broke, and gave the loaves to [his] disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
And they all ate, and were filled, and they took up of the fragments that remained, twelve baskets full.
And those who had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray, and when the evening had come, he was there alone.
But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves, for the wind was contrary.
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a spirit;" and they cried out for fear.
But straightway Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer; it is I; do not be afraid."
And Peter answered him and said, "Master, if it is you, bid me to come to you on the water."
And he said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, "Master, save me."
And immediately Jesus stretched forth [his] hand, and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
And when they had come into the ship, the wind ceased.
Then those who were in the ship came and worshiped him, saying, "Of a truth you are the son of God."
And when they had gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.
And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought to him all who were diseased;
And asked him that they might only touch the hem of his garment, and as many who touched were made perfectly whole.
Then scribes and Pharisees came to Jesus, who were of Jerusalem, saying,
Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.
But he answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
For God commanded, saying, 'Honor your father and mother,' and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him die the death.' *Leviticus 20:9
But you say, 'Whoever will say to [his] father or [his] mother, '[It is] a gift, by whatever you might be profited by me;'
And he should not honor his father or his mother.' Thus you have made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
[You] hypocrites, Isaiah did prophesy well of you, saying,
'This people draws near to Me with their mouth, and honors Me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from Me.
But in vain they do worship Me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.'" *Isaiah 29:13
And he called the multitude, and said to them, "Hear, and understand.
Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man."
Then his disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?"
But he answered and said, "Every plant, which my heavenly Father has not planted, will be rooted up.
Leave them alone, they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the ditch."
Then Peter answered and said to him, "Declare to us this parable."
And Jesus said, "Are you also still without understanding?
Do you not yet understand, that whatever enters in at the mouth goes into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
These are [the things] which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."
Then Jesus went from there, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried to him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O master, Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil."
But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and asked him, saying, "Send her away; for she cries after us."
But he answered and said, "I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
Then she came and worshiped him, saying, "Master, help me."
But he answered and said, "It is not ideal to take the children's bread and cast [it] to dogs."
And she said, "Truth, master, yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great [is] your faith, be it to you even as you will." And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
And Jesus departed from there, and came near to the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.
And great multitudes came to him, having with them [those who were] lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them.
Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the mute to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.
Then Jesus called his disciples [to him], and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat, and I will not send them away fasting, unless they faint in the way."
And his disciples say to him, "From where should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?"
And Jesus says to them, "How many loaves do you have?" And they said, "Seven, and a few little fish."
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
And he took the seven loaves and the fish, and gave thanks, and broke [them], and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
And they all ate, and were filled, and they took up of the broken [meat] that was left, seven baskets full.
And those who ate were four thousand men, beside women and children.
And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.
The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting, desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven.
He answered and said to them, "When it is evening, you say, '[It will be] fair weather, for the sky is red.'
And in the morning, '[It will be] foul weather today, for the sky is red and lowering.' O [you] hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky; but can you not [discern] the signs of the times?
A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there will no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah." And he left them, and departed.
And when his disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.
Then Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "[It is] because we have taken no bread."
[Which] when Jesus perceived, he said to them, "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves, because you have brought no bread?
Do you not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up?
Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up?
How is it that you do not understand that I spoke [it] not to you concerning bread, that you should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?"
Then they understood how he bade [them] not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, "Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am?"
And they said, "Some [say that you are] John the Baptist, some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."
He says to them, "But whom do you say that I am?"
And Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Messiah, the son of the living God."
And Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, for flesh and blood has not revealed [it] to you, but my Father who is in the heavens.
And I say also to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.
And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of the heavens, and whatever you will bind on earth will be bound in the heavens, and whatever you will loose on earth will be loosed in the heavens."
Then he charged his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus, the Messiah.
From that time forth Jesus began to show to his disciples, how he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, "It is far from you, master, this will not be to you."
But he turned, and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan, you are an offence to me, for you do not savor the things that are of God, but those that are of men."
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever will save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it. *9:111
For what is a man profited, if he will gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
For the Son of man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then He will reward every man according to his works.
Verily I say to you, 'There are some standing here, who will not taste of death, until they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.'"
And after six days, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John his brother, and brings them up into a high mountain apart,
And was transfigured before them, and his face shined as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
And, behold, there appeared to them, Moses *~Exodus 34:29 - 30 and Elijah talking with him.
Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here, if you will, let us make three tabernacles here; one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
While he still spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, "This is My beloved son, in whom I am well pleased; hear him."
And when the disciples heard [it], they fell on their face, and were afraid.
And Jesus came and touched them, and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid."
And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, except Jesus only.
And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, "Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man has risen again from the dead."
And his disciples asked him, saying, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must first come?"
And Jesus answered and said to them, "Elijah will truly come first and restore all things.
But I say to you, 'That Elijah has already come, and they did not know him, but have done to him whatever they listed.' *Malachi 4:5 Likewise, the Son of man will also suffer by them."
Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptist.
And when they had come to the multitude, there came to him a [certain] man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
"Master, have mercy on my son, for he is lunatic, and sorely vexed, for he often times falls into the fire, and often into the water.
And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him."
Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I tolerate you? Bring him here to me."
And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him, and the child was cured from that very hour.
Then the disciples came to Jesus apart, and said, "Why could we not cast him out?"
And Jesus said to them, "Because of your disbelief, for verily I say to you, 'If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Remove from here to there;' and it will remove; and nothing will be impossible to you.'
Howbeit this kind does not go out but by prayer and fasting."
And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of man will be betrayed into the hands of men.
And they will kill him, and the third day he will be raised." And they were exceedingly sorry.
And when they had come to Capernaum, those who received tribute [money] came to Peter, and said, "Does your master not pay tribute?"
He says, "Yes." And when he had come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? Of their own children, or of strangers?"
Peter says to him, "Of strangers." Jesus says to him, "Then the children are free.
Notwithstanding, unless we should offend them, go to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that comes up first; and when you have opened his mouth, you will find a piece of money, take that and give to them for me and you."
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 worshiped 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, 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, worshiping [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. *Ecclesiastes 10:2, *56:8 - 9
Then the king will say to those on his right hand, '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, 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.' *74:39, *90:14 - 18
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
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.' *90:19 - 20
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, if He will have him, for he said, 'I am the son of God.'" *Psalms 22:8
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 worshiped 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 worshiped 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.