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Matt.1 The book of the genealogy of
Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham was the father
of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of
Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram,
 and Ram the father of Ammin'adab, and
Ammin'adab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Bo'az by Rahab, and Bo'az the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father
 and Jesse the father of David the king.
And David was the father of
Solomon by the wife of Uri'ah,
 and Solomon the father of Rehobo'am, and
Rehobo'am the father of Abi'jah, and Abi'jah the father of Asa,
 and Asa the
father of Jehosh'aphat, and Jehosh'aphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzzi'ah,
 and Uzzi'ah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the
father of Hezeki'ah,
 and Hezeki'ah the father of Manas'seh, and Manas'seh the
father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josi'ah,
 and Josi'ah the father of
Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoni'ah was the father of She-al'ti-el, and She-al'ti-el the
father of Zerub'babel,
 and Zerub'babel the father of Abi'ud, and Abi'ud the
father of Eli'akim, and Eli'akim the father of Azor,
 and Azor the father of
Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eli'ud,
Eli'ud the father of Elea'zar, and Elea'zar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob,
 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born,
who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David were
fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and
from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been
betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit;
 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to
shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
 But as he considered this, behold, an
angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take
Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit;
 she will
bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
 All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
 "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and his name shall be
(which means, God with us).
 When Joseph woke from
sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife,
knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in
the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying,
 "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his
star in the East, and have come to worship him."
 When Herod the king heard
this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
 and assembling all the chief
priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
 They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet:
 `And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among
the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will govern my people
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from
them what time the star appeared;
 and he sent them to Bethlehem, saying,
"Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him bring me word, that I too
may come and worship him."
 When they had heard the king they went their way;
and lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the
place where the child was.
 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly
with great joy;
 and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his
mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him
gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
 And being warned in a dream not to
return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
"Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is
about to search for the child, to destroy him."
 And he rose and took the
child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt,
 and remained there until
the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, "Out of Egypt
have I called my son."
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked
by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem
and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had
ascertained from the wise men.
 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the
 "A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled,
they were no more."
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord
appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying,
 "Rise, take the child and
his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child's life are dead."
 And he rose and took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel.
 But when he heard that Archelaus reigned over Judea in place of his father
Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of
 And he went and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken
by the prophets might be fulfilled, "He shall be called a Nazarene."
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the
wilderness of Judea,
 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, "The voice
of one crying in the wilderness:
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths
 Now John wore a garment of camel's hair, and a leather girdle around
his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
 Then went out to him
Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan,
 and they were
baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw
many of the Pharisees and Sad'ducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers!
Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
 Bear fruit that befits
 and do not presume to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our
father'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does
not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
"I baptize you
with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am
not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into
the granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
 But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil
all righteousness." Then he consented.
 And when Jesus was baptized, he went
up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of
God descending like a dove, and alighting on him;
 and lo, a voice from heaven,
saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the
wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
 And he fasted forty days and forty
nights, and afterward he was hungry.
 And the tempter came and said to him, "If
you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread."
he answered, "It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that
proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
 Then the devil took him to the holy city, and
set him on the pinnacle of the temple,
 and said to him, "If you are the Son of
God, throw yourself down; for it is written, `He will give his angels charge of you,'
their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.'"
Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, `You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world
and the glory of them;
 and he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will
fall down and worship me."
 Then Jesus said to him, "Begone, Satan! for it is
written, `You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you
 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.
Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee;
 and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Caper'na-um by the sea, in the
territory of Zeb'ulun and Naph'tali,
 that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah
might be fulfilled:
 "The land of Zeb'ulun and the land of Naph'tali,
the sea, across the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles --
 the people who sat in
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of
light has dawned."
 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying,
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
As he walked by the Sea
of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net
into the sea; for they were fishermen.
 And he said to them, "Follow me,
and I will make you fishers of men."
 Immediately they left their nets and
 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the
son of Zeb'edee and John his brother, in the boat with Zeb'edee their father, mending their nets,
and he called them.
 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and
And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues
and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the
 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all
the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and
he healed them.
 And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the
Decap'olis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and
when he sat down 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
 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
 "Blessed are the pure in
heart, for they shall see God.
 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be
called sons of God.
 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness'
sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when men
revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men
persecuted the prophets who were before you.
"You are the salt of the
earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for
anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.
do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and
give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
"Think not that I have come to
abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a
dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
 Whoever then relaxes one
of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of
heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and
Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
"You have heard
that it was said to the men of old, `You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to
 But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother
shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever
says, `You fool!' shall be liable to the hell of fire.
 So if you are offering your
gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.
 Make friends quickly with your accuser,
while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge
to the guard, and you be put in prison;
 truly, I say to you, you will never get
out till you have paid the last penny.
"You have heard that it was said,
`You shall not commit adultery.'
 But I say to you that every one who
looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of
your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.
 And if your right
hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members
than that your whole body go into hell.
"It was also said, `Whoever
divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.'
 But I say to you
that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an
adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
"Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, `You shall not swear falsely, but
shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.'
 But I say to you, Do not
swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
 or by the earth, for it
is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
 And do not
swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
 Let what you
say be simply `Yes' or `No'; anything more than this comes from evil.
have heard that it was said, `An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn
to him the other also;
 and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him
have your cloak as well;
 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him
 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would
borrow from you.
"You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your
neighbor and hate your enemy.'
 But I say to you, Love your enemies and
pray for those who persecute you,
 so that you may be sons of your Father who
is in heaven; 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 have you? Do
not even the tax collectors do the same?
 And if you salute only your brethren,
what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
"Beware of practicing your piety before men in order
to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
"Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the
hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say
to you, they have received their reward.
 But when you give alms, do not let
your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
 so that your alms may be in
secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
"And when you
pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at
the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their
 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray
to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
"And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they
think that they will be heard for their many words.
 Do not be like them, for
your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
 Pray then like this: Our
Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
 Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily
 And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our
 And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from
 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will
 but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your
Father forgive your trespasses.
"And when you fast, do not look dismal,
like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say
to you, they have received their reward.
 But when you fast, anoint your
head and wash your face,
 that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your
Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where
thieves break in and steal,
 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.
 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
"The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of
 but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of
darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will
be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you
shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than
food, and the body more than clothing?
 Look at the birds of the air: they
neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not
of more value than they?
 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit
to his span of life?
 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies
of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin;
 yet I tell you, even
Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 But if God so
clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he
not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?
 Therefore do not be anxious,
saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?'
For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be
yours as well.
"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for
tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.
"Judge not, that you be not judged.
 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure
you give will be the measure you get.
 Why do you see the speck that is in your
brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
 Or how can you
say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own
 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see
clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
"Do not give dogs what
is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to
"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you.
 For every one who asks receives, and
he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
 Or what man of
you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
 Or if he asks for a fish,
will give him a serpent?
 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts
to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those
who ask him!
 So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them;
for this is the law and the prophets.
"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate
is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those
who find it are few.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's
clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
 You will know them by their
fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?
 So, every sound
tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit.
 A sound tree cannot bear
evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
 Every tree that does not bear good
fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
 Thus you will know them by their
"Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the
kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
 On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in
your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?'
 And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you
"Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them
will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;
 and the rain fell,
and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it
had been founded on the rock.
 And every one who hears these words of mine
and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;
 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that
house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."
And when Jesus finished
these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
 for he taught
them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him;
and behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me
 And he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean."
And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
 And Jesus said to him, "See that you
say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses
commanded, for a proof to the people."
As he entered Caper'na-um, a
centurion came forward to him, beseeching him
 and saying, "Lord, my
servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress."
 And he said to him, "I
will come and heal him."
 But the centurion answered him, "Lord, I am not
worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.
 For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, `Go,'
and he goes, and to another, `Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, `Do this,' and he does it."
 When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him,
"Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.
 I tell you, many
will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of
 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness;
there men will weep and gnash their teeth."
 And to the centurion Jesus said,
"Go; be it done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.
And when Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick
with a fever;
 he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and
 That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with
demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick.
This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, "He took our infirmities and bore our
Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders
to go over to the other side.
 And a scribe came up and said to him,
"Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes
have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head."
 Another of the disciples said to him, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father."
 But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead."
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.
 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was
being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.
 And they went and woke him,
saying, "Save, Lord; we are perishing."
 And he said to them, "Why are you
afraid, O men of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a
 And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even
winds and sea obey him?"
And when he came to the other side, to the
country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one
could pass that way.
 And behold, they cried out, "What have you to do
with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?"
Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them.
 And the
demons begged him, "If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine."
And he said to them, "Go." So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd
rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters.
herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the
 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw
him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.
And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.
behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to
the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven."
 And behold, some of
the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming."
 But 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, `Rise and walk'?
 But that you may
know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he then said to the paralytic --
"Rise, take up your bed and go home."
 And he rose and went home.
 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had
given such authority to men.
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man
called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and
And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax
collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.
when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax
collectors and sinners?"
 But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well
have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
 Go and learn what this
means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the
Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
 And Jesus said to them,
"Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come,
when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
 And no
one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment,
and a worse tear is made.
 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is,
the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh
wineskins, and so both are preserved."
While he was thus speaking to
them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died; but come
and lay your hand on her, and she will live."
 And Jesus rose and followed
him, with his disciples.
 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a
hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment;
 for she said to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well."
 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made
you well." And instantly the woman was made well.
 And when Jesus came to
the ruler's house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd making a tumult,
said, "Depart; for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him.
But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
 And the report of this went through all that district.
as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son
 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and
Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord."
 Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you."
 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, "See that no one
 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.
As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him.
 And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the
crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel."
 But the
Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons."
went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the
kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity.
 When he saw the
crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without
 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the
laborers are few;
 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers
into his harvest."
And he called to him his twelve
disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease
and every infirmity.
 The names of the twelve apostles are these: first,
Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zeb'edee, and John his
 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James
the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot,
who betrayed him.
These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, "Go
nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans,
 but go
rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
 And preach as you go, saying,
`The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers,
cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay.
 Take no gold,
nor silver, nor copper in your belts,
 no bag for your journey, nor two tunics,
nor sandals, nor a staff; for the laborer deserves his food.
 And whatever town
or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it, and stay with him until you depart.
 As you enter the 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 if any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust
from your feet as you leave that house or town.
 Truly, I say to you, it shall be
more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomor'rah than for that town.
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as
serpents and innocent as doves.
 Beware of men; for they will deliver you
up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues,
 and you will be dragged
before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles.
 When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you
are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour;
 for it is not
you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and
have them put to death;
 and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he
who endures to the end will be saved.
 When they persecute you in one town,
flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel,
before the Son of man comes.
"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a
servant above his master;
 it is enough for the disciple to be like his
teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Be-el'zebul,
how much more will they malign those of his household.
"So have no fear
of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
 What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear
whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.
 And do not fear those who kill the
body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the
ground without your Father's will.
 But even the hairs of your head are all
 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
 So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge
before my Father who is in heaven;
 but whoever denies me before men, I also
will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
"Do not think that I have
come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her
mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
 and a man's foes will
be those of his own household.
 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 me is not worthy of me.
 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find
"He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him
who sent me.
 He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet shall
receive a prophet's reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man
shall receive a righteous man's reward.
 And whoever gives to one of these little
ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his
And when Jesus had finished instructing
his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.
Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent
word by his disciples
 and said to him, "Are you he who is to come, or shall
we look for another?"
 And Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you
hear and see:
 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed
and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
 And blessed is he who takes no offense at me."
went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the
wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind?
 Why then did you go
out? To see a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, those who wear soft raiment are in kings'
 Why then did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more
than a prophet.
 This is he of whom it is written, `Behold, I send my messenger
before thy face,
who shall prepare thy way before thee.'
 Truly, I say to you,
among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is
least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
 From the days of John the
Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by
 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John;
and if you are willing to accept it, he is Eli'jah who is to come.
 He who has ears
to hear, let him hear.
"But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like
children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates,
piped to you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.'
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, `He has a demon';
Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, `Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of
tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds."
began to upbraid the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not
 "Woe to you, Chora'zin! woe to you, Beth-sa'ida! for if the mighty
works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in
sackcloth and ashes.
 But I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of
judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
 And you, Caper'na-um, will you be
exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had
been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
 But I tell you that it
shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you."
At that time Jesus declared, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and
earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to
 yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and
no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is
At that time Jesus went through the
grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and
 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your
disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath."
 He said to them,
"Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him:
 how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was
not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?
 Or have you not read in the law how on the sabbath the priests in the temple
profane the sabbath, and are guiltless?
 I tell you, something greater than the
temple is here.
 And if you had known what this means, `I desire mercy, and not
sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.
 For the Son of man is
lord of the sabbath."
And he went on from there, and entered their
 And behold, there was a man with a withered hand. And they
asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath?" so that they might accuse him.
He said to them, "What man of you, if he has one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath, will
not lay hold of it and lift it out?
 Of how much more value is a man than a
sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath."
 Then he said to the man,
"Stretch out your hand." And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, whole like the other.
 But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy him.
Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he
healed them all,
 and ordered them not to make him known.
 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
"Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he shall proclaim justice to the
 He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will any one hear his voice
in the streets;
 he will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smoldering
till he brings justice to victory;
 and in his name will the Gentiles
Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed
him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw.
 And all the people were
amazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?"
 But when the Pharisees
heard it they said, "It is only by Be-el'zebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out
 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided
against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand;
and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
 And if I cast out demons by Be-el'zebul, by whom do your sons cast them out?
Therefore they shall be your judges.
 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast
out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
 Or how can one
enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then
indeed he may plunder his house.
 He who is not with me is against me, and he
who does not gather with me scatters.
 Therefore I tell you, every sin and
blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
 And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever
speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
"Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its
fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.
 You brood of vipers! how can
you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
 The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out
of his evil treasure brings forth evil.
 I tell you, on the day of judgment men will
render account for every careless word they utter;
 for by your words you will
be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."
Then some of the
scribes and Pharisees said to him, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you."
 But he answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a
sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three
days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
 The men of Nin'eveh will arise at
the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah,
and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
 The queen of the South will
arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
"When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through
waterless places seeking rest, but he finds none.
 Then he says, `I will
return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in
 Then he goes and brings with him seven other spirits more evil than
himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the
first. So shall it be also with this evil generation."
While he was still
speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.
 But he replied to the man who told him, "Who is my mother, and who are
 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, "Here
are my mother and my brothers!
 For whoever does the will of my Father in
heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother."
same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
 And great
crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood
on the beach.
 And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went
out to sow.
 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came
and devoured them.
 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much
soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,
 but when
the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away.
Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
 He who has ears, let him hear."
Then the disciples came
and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"
 And he
answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to
them it has not been given.
 For to him who has will more be given, and he will
have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and
hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
 With them indeed is fulfilled
the prophecy of Isaiah which says: `You shall indeed hear but never understand,
shall indeed see but never perceive.
 For this people's heart has grown dull,
and their ears are heavy of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should
perceive with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and turn for me to heal them.'
 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your
ears, for they hear.
 Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men
longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
"Hear then the parable of the sower.
 When any one
hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away
what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path.
 As for what
was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or
persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.
 As for
what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the
delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
 As for what was
sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and
yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."
Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a
man who sowed good seed in his field;
 but while men were sleeping, his
enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
 So when the
plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also.
 And the servants
of the householder came and said to him, `Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then
has it weeds?'
 He said to them, `An enemy has done this.' The servants said to
him, `Then do you want us to go and gather them?'
 But he said, `No; lest in
gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them.
 Let both grow
together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and
bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'"
Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of
mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field;
 it is the smallest of
all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of
the air come and make nests in its branches."
He told them another parable.
"The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till
it was all leavened."
All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables;
indeed he said nothing to them without a parable.
 This was to fulfil what
was spoken by the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter what has been
hidden since the foundation of the
Then he left the crowds and
went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the
weeds of the field."
 He answered, "He who sows the good seed is the Son
 the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the
kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one,
 and the enemy who sowed
them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels.
Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age.
 The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all
causes of sin and all evildoers,
 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there
men will weep and gnash their teeth.
 Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in
his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
 who, on
finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish
of every kind;
 when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and
sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad.
 So it will be at the close
of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous,
and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
"Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes."
 And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the
kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is
And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from
 and coming to his own country he taught them in their synagogue,
so that they were astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty
 Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are
not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
 And are not all his
sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?"
 And they took offense at
him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his
 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard
about the fame of Jesus;
 and he said to his servants, "This is John the
Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him."
 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of
Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife;
 because John said to him, "It is not lawful
for you to have her."
 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the
people, because they held him to be a prophet.
 But when Herod's birthday came,
the daughter of Hero'di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod,
that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
 Prompted by
her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter."
And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given;
 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison,
 and his head
was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely
place apart. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.
 As he went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them,
and healed their sick.
 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said,
"This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and
buy food for themselves."
 Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them
something to eat."
 They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two
 And he said, "Bring them here to me."
 Then he
ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked
up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave
them to the crowds.
 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up
twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
 And those who ate were
about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Then he made the
disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by
himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
 but the boat by this
time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against
 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the
 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified,
saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear.
 But immediately he spoke to
them, saying, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear."
And Peter answered him,
"Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water."
 He said, "Come." So
Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus;
 but when
he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me."
 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "O man
of little faith, why did you doubt?"
 And when they got into the boat, the wind
 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of
And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.
 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent round to all that
region and brought to him all that were sick,
 and besought him that they might
only touch the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.
Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from
Jerusalem and said,
 "Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the
elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat."
 He answered them,
"And why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
 For God commanded, `Honor your father and your mother,' and, `He who
speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die.'
 But you say, `If any one tells
his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is given to God, he need not honor
 So, for the sake of your tradition, you have made void the word of
 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
 `This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from
 in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the precepts of
And he called the people to him and said to them, "Hear and
 not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes
out of the mouth, this defiles a man."
 Then the disciples came and said to him,
"Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?"
He answered, "Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.
 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man,
both will fall into a pit."
 But Peter said to him, "Explain the parable to us."
 And he said, "Are you also still without understanding?
you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and so passes on?
 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a
 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication,
theft, false witness, slander.
 These are what defile a man; but to eat with
unwashed hands does not defile a man."
And Jesus went away from there
and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
 And behold, a Canaanite
woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my
daughter is severely possessed by a demon."
 But he did not answer her a word.
And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us."
 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
 But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me."
And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
 She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their
 Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it
done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.
Jesus went on from there and passed along the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain,
and sat down there.
 And great crowds came to him, bringing with them
the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he
 so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking,
the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion on the
crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and I am
unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way."
 And the
disciples said to him, "Where are we to get bread enough in the desert to feed so great a crowd?"
 And Jesus said to them, "How many loaves have you?" They said, "Seven, and
a few small fish."
 And commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground,
 he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them
and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
 Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
 And sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of
And the Pharisees and Sad'ducees came,
and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven.
answered them, "When it is evening, you say, `It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.'
 And in the morning, `It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.'
You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the
 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign shall be
given to it except the sign of Jonah." So he left them and departed.
the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread.
Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sad'ducees."
 And they discussed it among themselves, saying, "We brought no bread."
 But Jesus, aware of this, said, "O men of little faith, why do you discuss among
yourselves the fact that you have no bread?
 Do you not yet perceive? Do you
not remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
 Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
 How is it that you fail to perceive that I did not speak about bread? Beware of
the leaven of the Pharisees and Sad'ducees."
 Then they understood that he did
not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare'a Philip'pi,
he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man is?"
 And they
said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli'jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
 And Jesus
answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to
you, but my Father who is in heaven.
 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this
rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound
in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
 Then he
strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things
from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
 And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid, Lord!
This shall never happen to you."
 But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind
me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men."
Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any man would come after me, let him
deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
 For whoever would
save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give
in return for his life?
 For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory
of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.
 Truly, I
say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man
coming in his kingdom."
And after six days Jesus
took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart.
 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and
his garments became white as light.
 And behold, there appeared to them Moses
and Eli'jah, talking with him.
 And Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is well that we
are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for
 He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and
a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to
 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with
 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and have no fear."
 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, "Tell
no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead."
 And the
disciples asked him, "Then why do the scribes say that first Eli'jah must come?"
He replied, "Eli'jah does come, and he is to restore all things;
 but I tell you that
Eli'jah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So
also the Son of man will suffer at their hands."
 Then the disciples understood
that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
And when they came to
the crowd, a man came up to him and kneeling before him said,
have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire,
and often into the water.
 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could
not heal him."
 And Jesus answered, "O faithless and perverse generation, how
long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me."
 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was
 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could
we not cast it out?"
 He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I
say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, `Move from
here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you."
they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of man is to be delivered into the
hands of men,
 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third
day." And they were greatly distressed.
When they came to Caper'na-um,
the collectors of the half-shekel tax went up to Peter and said, "Does not your teacher pay the
 He said, "Yes." And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him first,
saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From
their sons or from others?"
 And when he said, "From others," Jesus said to him,
"Then the sons are free.
 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea
and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find
a shekel; take that and give it to them for me and for yourself."
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying,
"Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
 And calling to him a child,
he put him in the midst of them,
 and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn
and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
"Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me;
whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to
have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
"Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that
temptations come, but woe to the man by whom the temptation comes!
And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to
enter life maimed or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.
 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better for
you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
"See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in
heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven.
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not
leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the
ninety-nine that never went astray.
 So it is not the will of my Father who is in
heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
"If your brother sins
against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have
gained your brother.
 But if he does not listen, take one or two others
along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen
even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
 Truly, I
say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth
shall be loosed in heaven.
 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth
about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I
forgive him? As many as seven times?"
 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to
you seven times, but seventy times seven.
"Therefore the kingdom of
heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
 When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten
 and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with
his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.
 So the
servant fell on his knees, imploring him, `Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you
 And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and
forgave him the debt.
 But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of
his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, `Pay
what you owe.'
 So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, `Have
patience with me, and I will pay you.'
 He refused and went and put him in
prison till he should pay the debt.
 When his fellow servants saw what had taken
place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken
 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked servant! I
forgave you all that debt because you besought me;
 and should not you have
had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?'
 And in anger his
lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt.
 So also my
heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart."
Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went
away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan;
large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
And Pharisees came
up to him and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?"
 He answered, "Have you not read that he who made them from the
beginning made them male and female,
 and said, `For this reason a man shall
leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?
 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined
together, let not man put asunder."
 They said to him, "Why then did Moses
command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?"
 He said to
them, "For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the
beginning it was not so.
 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for
unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery."
The disciples said to
him, "If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry."
 But he said to them, "Not all men can receive this saying, but only those to
whom it is given.
 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there
are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made
themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands
on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people;
 but Jesus said, "Let
the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven."
 And he laid his hands on them and went away.
behold, one came up to him, saying, "Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?"
 And he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is
who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments."
 He said to him,
"Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal,
You shall not bear false witness,
 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall
love your neighbor as yourself."
 The young man said to him, "All these I have
observed; what do I still lack?"
 Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go,
sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come,
 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he
had great possessions.
And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you,
it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
 Again I tell
you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the
kingdom of God."
 When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished,
saying, "Who then can be saved?"
 But Jesus looked at them and said to them,
"With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
 Then Peter
said in reply, "Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What then shall we have?"
 Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man
shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging
the twelve tribes of Israel.
 And every one who has left houses or brothers or
sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold,
and inherit eternal life.
 But many that are first will be last, and the last first.
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder
who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place;
 and to them he said, `You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will
give you.' So they went.
 Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth
hour, he did the same.
 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found
others standing; and he said to them, `Why do you stand here idle all day?'
said to him, `Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, `You go into the vineyard too.'
 And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, `Call the
laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.'
when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius.
 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of
them also received a denarius.
 And on receiving it they grumbled at the
 saying, `These last worked only one hour, and you have made
them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.'
But he replied to one of them, `Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a
 Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give to this last as I
give to you.
 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?
Or do you begrudge my generosity?'
 So the last will be first, and the first last."
And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside,
and on the way he said to them,
 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem;
and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to
 and deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and
crucified, and he will be raised on the third day."
Then the mother of the
sons of Zeb'edee came up to him, with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for
 And he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him,
"Command that these two sons of mine may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in
 But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking.
Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?" They said to him, "We are able."
 He said to them, "You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my
left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."
 And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers.
 But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the
Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.
shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave;
even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for
And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him.
 And behold, two blind men sitting by the roadside, when they heard that
Jesus was passing by, cried out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!"
 The crowd
rebuked them, telling them to be silent; but they cried out the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son
 And Jesus stopped and called them, saying, "What do you want me
to do for you?"
 They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened."
 And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight
and followed him.
And when they drew near to
Jerusalem and came to Beth'phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
 saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will
find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.
 If any one
says anything to you, you shall say, `The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them
 This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
 "Tell the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of an ass."
disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;
 they brought the ass and the
colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon.
 Most of the crowd
spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the
 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted,
"Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the
 And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who
 And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of
And Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold
and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of
those who sold pigeons.
 He said to them, "It is written, `My house shall be
called a house of prayer'; but you make it a den of robbers."
And the blind
and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
 But when the
chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in
the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant;
 and they said
to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,
`Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
thou hast brought perfect
 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.
In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry.
 And seeing a fig tree by the wayside he went to it, and found nothing on it
but leaves only. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree
withered at once.
 When the disciples saw it they marveled, saying, "How did
the fig tree wither at once?"
 And Jesus answered them, "Truly, I say to you, if
you have faith and never doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even
if you say to this mountain, `Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will be done.
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."
when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he
was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this
 Jesus answered them, "I also will ask you a question; and if
you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.
 The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from men?" And they
argued with one another, "If we say, `From heaven,' he will say to us, `Why then did you not
 But if we say, `From men,' we are afraid of the multitude; for all
hold that John was a prophet."
 So they answered Jesus, "We do not know."
And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
"What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and
said, `Son, go and work in the vineyard today.'
 And he answered, `I will
not'; but afterward he repented and went.
 And he went to the second and said
the same; and he answered, `I go, sir,' but did not go.
 Which of the two did the
will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax
collectors 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 tax collectors and
the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not afterward repent and believe him.
"Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard,
and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants,
and went into another country.
 When the season of fruit drew near, he
sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit;
 and the tenants took his
servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
 Again he sent other
servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them.
 Afterward he sent
his son to them, saying, `They will respect my son.'
 But when the tenants saw
the son, they said to themselves, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.'
 And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
 When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those
 They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death,
and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons."
Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: `The very
stone which the builders rejected
has become the head of the corner;
this was the Lord's
and it is marvelous in our eyes'?
 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of
God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it."
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived
that he was speaking about them.
 But when they tried to arrest him, they
feared the multitudes, because they held him to be a prophet.
And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage
feast for his son,
 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the
marriage feast; but they would not come.
 Again he sent other servants, saying,
`Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are
killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.'
 But they made light
of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,
 while the rest seized
his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.
 The king was angry, and
he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
 Then he
said to his servants, `The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.'
 And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found,
both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment;
 and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding
garment?' And he was speechless.
 Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind
him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their
 For many are called, but few are chosen."
the Pharisees went and took counsel how to entangle him in his talk.
they sent their disciples to him, along with the Hero'di-ans, saying, "Teacher, we know that you
are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the
position of men.
 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to
Caesar, or not?"
 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why put me to the
test, you hypocrites?
 Show me the money for the tax." And they brought him a
 And Jesus said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?"
 They said, "Caesar's." Then he said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the
things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
 When they
heard it, they marveled; and they left him and went away.
The same day
Sad'ducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question,
 saying, "Teacher, Moses said, `If a man dies, having no children, his
brother must marry the widow, and raise up children for his brother.'
there were seven brothers among us; the first married, and died, and having no children left his
wife to his brother.
 So too the second and third, down to the seventh.
 After them all, the woman died.
 In the resurrection,
therefore, to which of the seven will she be wife? For they all had her."
Jesus answered them, "You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of
 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage,
but are like angels in heaven.
 And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you
not read what was said to you by God,
 `I am the God of Abraham, and the God
of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not God of the dead, but of the living."
And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.
when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sad'ducees, they came together.
 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him.
 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and
with all your mind.
 This is the great and first commandment.
And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
 On these two
commandments depend all the law and the prophets."
Now while the
Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question,
"What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David."
 He said to them, "How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls him
 `The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand,
put thy enemies under thy feet'?
 If David thus calls him Lord, how is he his
 And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did any
one dare to ask him any more questions.
Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples,
 "The scribes and the Pharisees sit
on Moses' seat;
 so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what
they do; for they preach, but do not practice.
 They bind heavy burdens, hard to
bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.
 They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad
and their fringes long,
 and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best
seats in the synagogues,
 and salutations in the market places, and being called
rabbi by men.
 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and
you are all brethren.
 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one
Father, who is in heaven.
 Neither be called masters, for you have one master,
 He who is greatest among you shall be your servant;
 whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be
"But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you
shut the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who
would enter to go in.
 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for
you traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make
him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
"Woe to you, blind guides,
who say, `If any one swears by the temple, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gold of the
temple, he is bound by his oath.'
 You blind fools! For which is greater, the
gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?
 And you say, `If any one
swears by the altar, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound
by his oath.'
 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that
makes the gift sacred?
 So he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by
everything on it;
 and he who swears by the temple, swears by it and by him
who dwells in it;
 and he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God
and by him who sits upon it.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! for you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of
the law, justice and mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you cleanse the outside
of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of extortion and rapacity.
 You blind Pharisee! first cleanse the inside of the cup and of the plate, that
the outside also may be clean.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! for you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within
they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
 So you also
outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you build the tombs of
the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
 saying, `If we had
lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of
 Thus you witness against yourselves, that you are sons of those
who murdered the prophets.
 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.
 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to
 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom
you will kill and crucify, and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from town
 that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from
the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechari'ah the son of Barachi'ah, whom you murdered
between the sanctuary and the altar.
 Truly, I say to you, all this will come upon
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning
those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen
gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!
 Behold, your
house is forsaken and desolate.
 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until
you say, `Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"
Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his
disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple.
 But he
answered them, "You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one
stone upon another, that will not be thrown down."
As he sat on the Mount
of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be
the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?"
 And Jesus answered
them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray.
 For many will come in my name,
saying, `I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray.
 And you will hear of
wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not
 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there
will be famines and earthquakes in various places:
 all this is but the beginning of
"Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to
death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake.
 And then
many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another.
 And many
false prophets will arise and lead many astray.
 And because wickedness is
multiplied, most men's love will grow cold.
 But he who endures to the end will
 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the
whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.
when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place
(let the reader understand),
 then let those who are in Judea flee to the
 let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his
 and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle.
 And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those
 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath.
 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning
of the world until now, no, and never will be.
 And if those days had not been
shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be
 Then if any one says to you, `Lo, here is the Christ!' or `There he is!'
do not believe it.
 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great
signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
 Lo, I have
told you beforehand.
 So, if they say to you, `Lo, he is in the wilderness,' do not
go out; if they say, `Lo, he is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it.
 For as the
lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of
 Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the
heavens will be shaken;
 then will appear the sign of the Son of man in
heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on
the clouds of heaven with power and great glory;
 and he will send out his
angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end
of heaven to the other.
"From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its
branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.
 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the
 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these
things take place.
 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of
heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.
 As were the days of Noah, so
will be the coming of the Son of man.
 For as in those days before the flood they
were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the
 and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so
will be the coming of the Son of man.
 Then two men will be in the field; one is
taken and one is left.
 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and
one is left.
 Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is
 But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the
night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken
 Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an
hour you do not expect.
"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom
his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?
 Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing.
 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.
But if that wicked servant says to himself, `My master is delayed,'
 and begins to
beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken,
 the master of
that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know,
 and will punish him, and put him with the hypocrites; there men will weep and
gnash their teeth.
"Then the kingdom of heaven shall
be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
 For when
the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;
 but the wise took flasks
of oil with their lamps.
 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and
 But at midnight there was a cry, `Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to
 Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps.
 And the foolish said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are
 But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for
you; go rather to the dealers 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 feast; and
the door was shut.
 Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, `Lord, lord,
open to us.'
 But he replied, `Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
"For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his
 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to
each according to his ability. Then he went away.
 He who had received the five
talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more.
also, he who had the two talents made two talents more.
 But he who had
received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.
Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents
more, saying, `Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.'
 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been
faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.'
And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, `Master, you delivered to me two
talents; here I have made two talents more.'
 His master said to him, `Well done,
good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into
the joy of your master.'
 He also who had received the one talent came forward,
saying, `Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering
where you did not winnow;
 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in
the ground. Here you have what is yours.'
 But his master answered him, `You
wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I
have not winnowed?
 Then you ought to have invested my money with the
bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.
 For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but
from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
 And cast the
worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.'
"When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then
he will sit on his glorious throne.
 Before him will be gathered all the
nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the
 and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.
 Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and
you welcomed me,
 I was 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,
`Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?
 And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe
 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?'
 And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the
least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'
 Then he will say to those at his left
hand, `Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no
 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not
clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'
 Then they also will
answer, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison,
and did not minister to thee?'
 Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as
you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.'
 And they will
go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to
 "You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and
the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified."
Then the chief priests
and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, who was called Ca'iaphas,
 and took counsel together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.
 But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be a tumult among the people."
Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,
 a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive
ointment, and she poured it on his head, as he sat at table.
 But when the disciples
saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste?
 For this ointment might
have been sold for a large sum, and given to the poor."
 But Jesus, aware of
this, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.
 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.
 In pouring this ointment on my body she has done it to prepare me for burial.
 Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what
she has done will be told in memory of her."
Then one of the twelve, who
was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
 and said, "What will
you give me if I deliver him to you?" And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.
And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where will you have us
prepare for you to eat the passover?"
 He said, "Go into the city to a
certain one, and say to him, `The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at
your house with my disciples.'"
 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed
them, and they prepared the passover.
When it was evening, he sat at table
with the twelve disciples;
 and as they were eating, he said, "Truly, I say to
you, one of you will betray me."
 And they were very sorrowful, and began to
say to him one after another, "Is it I, Lord?"
 He answered, "He who has dipped
his hand in the dish with me, 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 would have been
better for that man if he had not been born."
 Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Is
it I, Master?" He said to him, "You have said so."
Now as they were
eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take,
eat; this is my body."
 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he
gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you;
 for this is my blood of the
covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
 I tell you I
shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the
Mount of Olives.
 Then Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away because
of me this night; for it is written, `I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be
 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee."
 Peter declared to him, "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never
 Jesus said to him, "Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the
cock crows, you will deny me three times."
 Peter said to him, "Even if I must
die with you, I will not deny you." And so said all the disciples.
went with them to a place called Gethsem'ane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I go
yonder and pray."
 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of
Zeb'edee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
 Then he said to them, "My
soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me."
going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass
from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt."
 And he came to the
disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, "So, could you not watch with me one
 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed
is willing, but the flesh is weak."
 Again, for the second time, he went away and
prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, thy will be done."
again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
 So, leaving
them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.
Then he came to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking 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; see, my betrayer is at hand."
he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and
clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
 Now the betrayer
had given them a sign, saying, "The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him."
he came up to Jesus at once and said, "Hail, Master!" And he kissed him.
said to him, "Friend, why are you here?" Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized
 And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and
drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by
 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once
send me more than twelve legions of angels?
 But how then should the
scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?"
 At that hour Jesus said to the
crowds, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after
day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me.
 But all this has taken
place, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples forsook him and
Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Ca'iaphas the high priest,
where the scribes and the elders had gathered.
 But Peter followed him at a
distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see
 Now the chief priests and the whole council sought false testimony
against Jesus that they might put him to death,
 but they found none, though
many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward
 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 stood up and said, "Have you no answer to make? What is
it that these men testify against you?"
 But Jesus was silent. And the high priest
said to him, "I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God."
 Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, hereafter you will see the
Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."
 Then the high priest tore his robes, and said, "He has uttered blasphemy. Why
do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy.
 What is your
judgment?" They answered, "He deserves death."
 Then they spat in his face,
and struck him; and some slapped him,
 saying, "Prophesy to us, you Christ!
Who is it that struck you?"
Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard.
And a maid came up to him, and said, "You also were with Jesus the Galilean."
 But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you mean."
 And when he went out to the porch, another maid saw him, and she said to the
bystanders, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth."
 And again he denied it with
an oath, "I do not know the man."
 After a little while the bystanders came up
and said to Peter, "Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you."
 Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, "I do not know the
man." And immediately the cock crowed.
 And Peter remembered the saying of
Jesus, "Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.
When morning came, all the chief priests and the
elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death;
they bound him and led him away and delivered him to Pilate the governor.
When Judas, his betrayer, saw that he was condemned, he repented and brought back the
thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,
 saying, "I have
sinned in betraying innocent blood." They said, "What is that to us? See to it yourself."
 And throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went
and hanged himself.
 But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, "It is
not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money."
 So they
took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.
Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
 Then was
fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, "And they took the thirty pieces
of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel,
 and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord directed me."
Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, "Are
you the King of the Jews?" Jesus said, "You have said so."
 But when he
was accused by the chief priests and elders, he made no answer.
 Then Pilate
said to him, "Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?"
he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge; so that the governor wondered greatly.
Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd
any one prisoner whom they wanted.
 And they had then a notorious
prisoner, called Barab'bas.
 So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them,
"Whom do you want me to release for you, Barab'bas or Jesus who is called Christ?"
 For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up.
 Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him,
"Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much over him today in a
 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the people to ask for
Barab'bas and destroy Jesus.
 The governor again said to them, "Which of the
two do you want me to release for you?" And they said, "Barab'bas."
 Pilate said
to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said, "Let him be
 And he said, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the
more, "Let him be crucified."
So when Pilate saw that he was gaining
nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the
crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves."
And all the people answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!"
he released for them Barab'bas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they
gathered the whole battalion before him.
 And they stripped him and put a
scarlet robe upon him,
 and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head,
and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of
 And they spat upon him, and took the reed and struck him on the
 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put
his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him.
As they went out,
they came upon a man of Cyre'ne, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross.
 And when they came to a place called Gol'gotha (which means the place
of a skull),
 they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall; but when he
tasted it, he would not drink it.
 And when they had crucified him, they divided
his garments among them by casting lots;
 then they sat down and kept watch
over him there.
 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read,
"This is Jesus the King of the Jews."
 Then two robbers were crucified with him,
one on the right and one on the left.
 And those who passed by derided him,
wagging their heads
 and saying, "You who would destroy the temple and build
it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying,
 "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come
down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
 He trusts in God; let God
deliver him now, if he desires him; for he said, `I am the Son of God.'"
 And the
robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, la'ma
sabach-tha'ni?" that is, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
some of the bystanders hearing it said, "This man is calling Eli'jah."
 And one of
them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him
 But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Eli'jah will come to save
 And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom;
and the earth shook, and the rocks were split;
 the tombs also were opened,
and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,
 and coming
out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus,
saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, "Truly this was the
Son of God!"
There were also many women there, looking on from afar,
who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him;
 among whom
were Mary Mag'dalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathe'a,
named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.
 He went to Pilate and
asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.
Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud,
 and laid it in his
own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the
tomb, and departed.
 Mary Mag'dalene and the other Mary were there, sitting
opposite the sepulchre.
Next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the
chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate
 and said, "Sir, we
remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, `After three days I will rise again.'
 Therefore order the sepulchre to be made secure until the third day, lest his
disciples go and steal him away, and tell the people, `He has risen from the dead,' and the last
fraud will be worse than the first."
 Pilate said to them, "You have a guard of
soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can."
 So they went and made the
sepulchre secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
Now after the sabbath, toward the dawn of the first
day of the week, Mary Mag'dalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulchre.
 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord
descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.
 And for fear of
him the guards trembled and became like dead men.
 But the angel said to the
women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you
to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you."
 So they departed quickly
from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
 And behold,
Jesus met them and said, "Hail!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.
 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to
Galilee, and there they will see me."
While they were going, behold, some
of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place.
 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they
gave a sum of money to the soldiers
 and said, "Tell people, `His disciples came
by night and stole him away while we were asleep.'
 And if this comes to the
governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
 So they took
the money and did as they were directed; and this story has been spread among the Jews to this
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which
Jesus had directed them.
 And when they saw him they worshiped him; but
 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and
on earth has been given to me.
 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the
close of the age."