· According to Matthew ·


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CHAPTER 1
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The Genealogy of Jesus

1The book of the origins of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2Abraham became the father of Isaac. Isaac became the father of Jacob. Jacob became the father of Judah and his brothers. 3Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron. Hezron became the father of Ram. 4Ram became the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon. Nahshon became the father of Salmon. 5Salmon became the father of Boaz by Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed by Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse. 6Jesse became the father of King David. David became the father of Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. 7Solomon became the father of Rehoboam. Rehoboam became the father of Abijah. Abijah became the father of Asa. 8Asa became the father of Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat became the father of Joram. Joram became the father of Uzziah. 9Uzziah became the father of Jotham. Jotham became the father of Ahaz. Ahaz became the father of Hezekiah. 10Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh. Manasseh became the father of Amon. Amon became the father of Josiah. 11Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the exile to Babylon. 12After the exile to Babylon, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel. Shealtiel became the father of Zerubbabel. 13Zerubbabel became the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim. Eliakim became the father of Azor. 14Azor became the father of Sadoc. Sadoc became the father of Achim. Achim became the father of Eliud. 15Eliud became the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan. Matthan became the father of Jacob. 16Jacob became the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. 17And so, all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the exile to Babylon fourteen generations; and from the exile to Babylon until the Christ, fourteen generations.

The Birth of Jesus

18Now, the birth of Jesus Christ happened like this: after his mother, Mary, was promised in marriage to Joseph but before they came together, she was found pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19Joseph, her betrothed, who was a righteous man did not want to make her a public spectacle and so intended to put her away quietly. 20But as he was thinking about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife home, for what is conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son and you shall give him the name Jesus because he will be the one to save his people from their sins.”

22Now, all this happened so that what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled:

23Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bring forth a son.
They shall call his name Emmanuel;
which means, ‘God with us.’ (Isaiah 7:14)

24Joseph arose from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him: he took his wife to him, 25and had no relations with her before she had brought forth her firstborn son; and he named him Jesus.

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CHAPTER 2
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The visit of the wise men (magi)

1When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, 2“Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and we have come to bow down before him.” 3When King Herod heard about this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked them where the Christ would be born. 5They replied, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is written through the prophet:

6You Bethlehem, land of Judah,
are in no way least among the princes of Judah:
for out of you shall come forth a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel. (Micah 5:2)

7Then Herod privately called the wise men, and learned from them exactly what time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the young child. When you have found him, bring me word, so that I also may come and bow down before him.”

9After listening to the king, they continued on their journey and behold, the star which they had seen in the east was going ahead of them, until it came and stood over the place where the young child was. 10When they saw the star, they were filled with tremendous joy. 11Entering the house, they saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12But having been warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they returned to their own country using another way.

The sojourn in Egypt – The massacre of the infants

13After they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise. Take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” 14So Joseph arose and took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt. 15They remained there until the death of Herod, so what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled:

Out of Egypt I have called my son. (Hosea 11:1)

16When Herod saw that he had been outwitted by the wise men, he became extremely angry. He dispatched his men and killed all the male children who lived in Bethlehem and all the surrounding countryside, two years old and under, according to the exact time which he had learned from the wise men. 17And so, what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

18A voice was heard in Ramah,
lamentation, weeping and great mourning:
Rachel weeping for her children.
She would not be comforted,
because they are no more. (Jeremiah 38:15)

19But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream when he was in Egypt, saying, 20“Arise. Take the young child and his mother, and return the land of Israel; those who were trying to kill the young child are dead.”

21Joseph arose and took the young child and his mother, and they came into the land of Israel. 22However, when Joseph heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in the place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Being warned in a dream, he withdrew into the region of Galilee. 23He thus arrived and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazarene.”

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CHAPTER 3
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The ministry of John the Baptist

1In those days, John the Baptizer was preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” 3This is the one whom Isaiah the prophet had spoken about in these words:

The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
Make ready the way of the Lord.
Make his paths straight. (Isaiah 40:3)

4It was peculiar about John that he wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5Soon, people from Jerusalem, all of Judea and the entire region around the Jordan river went out to him. 6They were baptized by John in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 7But when John saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to receive his baptism, he told them, “You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Therefore, bring forth fruit worthy of repentance. 9Do not think to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that from these stones, God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 10Even now, the axe lies at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that does not produce good fruit is to be cut down and cast into the fire. 11I indeed baptize you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is more powerful than I, and I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly clear his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff, he will burn up with unquenchable fire.”

Theophany: The Lord’s Baptism

13Then, Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14However, John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you who come to me?”

15But Jesus answered and said to him, “Allow it for now, for it is fitting that in this way, we should fulfil all righteousness.” Then John allowed Jesus to be baptized. 16After he had been baptized, Jesus immediately came out of the water and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and coming down on him. 17And behold, a voice from heaven said:

This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.

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CHAPTER 4
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The temptation in the desert wilderness

1Jesus was then led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, Jesus was hungry. 3The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4But Jesus answered, “It is written:

One shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)

5Then the devil took him to the holy city. He placed him on the pinnacle of the temple 6and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will put his angels in charge of you’ and

they will carry you in their hands so that you may not dash your foot against a stone. (Psalms 90[91]:11-12)

7Jesus replied, “But it is also written,

You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” (Deuteronomy 6:16)

8The devil took him to an extremely high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9The devil said to Jesus, “I will give you all of these things if you will fall down and venerate me.”

10Then Jesus said to him, “Get behind me, Satan. For it is written,

You shall bow down before the Lord your God, and him only shall you worship.” (Deuteronomy 6:13)

11Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.

The beginning of the Lord’s ministry in Galilee – First disciples

12Now, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13Leaving Nazareth, he came and lived in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled:

15The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,
16the people who sat in darkness saw a great light,
to those who sat in the region and shadow of death,
to them light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:1-2)

17From that time on, Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent. For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

18Walking by the sea of Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother. They were casting a net into the sea since they were fishermen. 19He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fish for people.”

20Immediately, they left their nets and followed him. 21Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called them. 22At once, they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

23Jesus travelled throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing all kinds of diseases and illness among the people. 24His fame spread into all Syria, and they brought him all who were ill, afflicted with various diseases and torments, people possessed with demons, epileptics, and paralytics; and he healed them. 25Great crowds from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and from beyond the Jordan followed him.

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CHAPTER 5
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The sermon on the mount

1Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up to the mountain and when he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 2He began to speak and to teach them, saying:

3Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. (Isaiah 57:15; 66:2)
4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted. (Isaiah 61:2; 66:10,13)
5Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth. (Psalms 36[37]:11)
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
11Blessed are you when people revile you, persecute you,
and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake.
12Rejoice, and be extremely glad,
for great is your reward in heaven.

Indeed, this is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is then good for nothing, only to be cast out and trampled under foot. 14You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do you light a lamp and place it under a measuring basket, but on a stand. And so it shines to all who are in the house. 16Likewise, let your light shine before all, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

The Law

17Do not think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18Amen, I tell you: until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until everything is accomplished. 19Whoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments and teach others to do so shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20Indeed, I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Anger

21You have heard that it was said of old, ‘You shall not murder;’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be in danger of the judgement.’ 22But I tell you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement. Whoever calls his brother ‘Raca.’ shall be answerable to the Sanhedrin; and whoever shall say, ‘You fool.’ shall be in danger of the fire of Gehenna.

23If therefore you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has anything against you, 24leave your gift there, before the altar. First, go your way and be reconciled to your brother, and then offer your gift. 25Find an agreement with your adversary as soon as possible, even as you are on your way to court, fearing that perhaps the prosecutor will deliver you to the judge, the judge to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26Amen, I tell you: you will not get out of there until you have paid the last penny.

Adultery and divorce

27You have heard that it was said to the ancients, ‘You shall not commit adultery;’ 28but I tell you that anyone who gazes at a woman with a view to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. Indeed, it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna. 30If your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, and throw it away from you. It is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna.

31It was also said, ‘Whoever shall divorce his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce,’ 32but I tell you that whoever divorces his wife except for the cause of sexual immorality, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a woman put away in this manner commits adultery.

About swearing and oaths

33Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not swear falsely; you must fulfil your vows to the Lord.’ 34But I tell you: do not swear at all. Neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God; 35nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36Do not even swear by your head because you cannot make a single hair white or black. 37Instead, let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No.’ Whatever goes beyond these is from the evil one.

Retaliation and love for one’s enemies

38You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39But I tell you: do not resist one who is evil, but to whoever strikes you on your right cheek, present the other cheek as well. 40If anyone sues you to take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him for two. 42Give to whoever asks you, and do not deny whoever desires to borrow from you.

43You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour, and hate your enemy. ’ 44But I tell you: love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you. Pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, 45so that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust. 46And so, if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 48Therefore, be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

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CHAPTER 6
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Almsgiving

1Be careful not to make your charitable giving before other people, with the intention to be seen by them. If you do so, you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2Therefore, when you do merciful deeds, do not sound a trumpet before yourself, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets in order to receive glory from men. Amen, I tell you: they have received their reward. 3But when you do merciful deeds, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your merciful deeds may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you openly.

Prayer – ‘The Lord’s prayer’

5When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Amen, I tell you: they have received their reward. 6But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret. Then your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7When you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard on account of their many words. 8Therefore, do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need even before you ask him. 9Pray like this:

Our Father in heaven,
may your Name be sanctified.
10May your Kingdom come, may your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us this day our sustaining bread
and 12forgive us our debts
as we also forgive our debtors.
13Do not bring us to a period of trial,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the Kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
now and unto ages of ages. Amen.

14For if you forgive people their offences, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive people their offences, neither will your Father forgive your offences.

About fasting – Treasures in heaven – The light of the body

16Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites with their gloomy faces. For they disfigure their faces so that people may see that they are fasting. Amen, I tell you: they have received their reward. 17But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 18so that people may not see that you are fasting. Only your Father who is in secret will see, and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

19Do not store up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal. 20Instead, store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness.

Two masters – Dependence on God’s providence

24No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Mammon. 25Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, wondering what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26See the birds of the air: they do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of much more value than they?

27Which of you, by being anxious, can add one moment to his lifespan? 28Why then are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They do not toil or spin, 29yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 30But if God clothes the grass of the field which today exists and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, you of little faith? 31Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?,’ ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘What will we wear?’ 32It is the Gentiles who seek after all these things, but your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
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CHAPTER 7
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Judging others – ‘Pearls offered to swine’

1Do not judge in order not to be judged.

2For in the same way that you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure that you use, it will be measured to you. 3Why do you see the speck that is in someone else’s eye but do not consider the beam that is in your own eye? 4How can you tell someone, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye;’ and behold, there is a beam in your own eye? 5You hypocrite. First, remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.

6Do not give what is holy to the dogs and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for fear that they might trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Perseverance in prayer – The Golden Rule

7Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you. 8Indeed, everyone who asks receives. Whoever seeks finds. To the one who knocks, it will be opened. 9Who is there among you, who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a snake? 11If 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. 12Therefore, whatever you desire other people to do for you, you shall also do for them. This is the law and the prophets.

13Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. 14How narrow is the gate, and how pressing is the way that leads to life. Few are those who find it.

False prophets and true disciples

15Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing. Inwardly, they are ravenous wolves. 16You will recognise them by their fruits. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise, every good tree produces good fruit, but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot produce evil fruit, and neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. 19Every tree that does not grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire. 20Therefore, by their fruits you will recognise them. 21It is not everyone who calls me, ‘Lord, Lord’ who will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will tell me in that Day, ‘Lord, Lord, did not we prophesy in your Name, cast out demons in your Name and do many deeds of power in your Name?’ 23Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who do what is wicked.’

Foundations on rock or sand

24Everyone therefore who hears my words and does them, I will compare to a wise person who built his house on a rock. 25The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, beating hard on that house. Yet, it did not collapse, because it was founded on the rock. 26But everyone who hears my words and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, beating hard on that house; then it collapsed, and great was its downfall.”

28It happened, when Jesus had finished saying these things, that the crowds were astonished at his teaching 29because he taught them with authority, not like the scribes.

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CHAPTER 8
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Healing of a leper

1When Jesus came down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 2Behold, a leper came to him and bowed down to him, saying, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.”

3Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be made clean.” Immediately, this man’s leprosy was cleansed. 4Jesus then said to him, “Do not tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Healing of the centurion’s servant – The centurion’s faith

5When Jesus came into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking 6and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying in the house paralysed, grievously tormented.” 7Jesus answered, “I will come and heal him.” 8But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof. Only say the word and my servant shall be healed. 9For I am also a man under authority, having soldiers under my own authority. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and if I tell another, ‘Come,’ he comes. Or if I tell my servant, ‘Do this,’ he does it.”

10When Jesus heard this, he marvelled and said to those who followed, “Amen, I tell you that I have never found so great a faith, not even in Israel. 11I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven. 12But the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.” And his servant was healed in that hour.

The healing of Peter’s mother in law and other healings

14When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying ill with a fever. 15He touched her hand, and the fever left her. She got up and served him. 16When evening came, many who were possessed with demons were brought to him. He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. 17Thus, what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet was fulfilled:

He took our infirmities, and bore our diseases. (Isaiah 53:4)

18Now, when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave the order to depart to the other side.

Requirements for discipleship – The calming of the storm

19A scribe came and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20Jesus replied, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

21Another of his disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.” 22But Jesus replied, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”

23When he got into a boat, his disciples followed him. 24Behold, a violent storm came up on the sea, so much that the waves swept over the boat, but Jesus was asleep. 25They came to him and woke him up, saying, “Save us, Lord. We are dying.”

26He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then he stood up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm.

27The men marvelled, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

The healing of the demoniacs – The expulsion of the demons into pigs

28When Jesus arrived on the other side, into the country of the Gergesenes, two men possessed by demons met him there, coming out of the tombs. They were extremely violent, so much that nobody could pass that way. 29Behold, they cried out, saying, “What do we have to do with you, Jesus, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30Now, there was a herd of many pigs feeding at some distance from them. 31The demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, allow us to go away into the herd of pigs.”

32He said to them, “Go.”

The demons came out and went into the herd of pigs: and behold, the whole herd of pigs rushed down the cliff into the sea and died in the water. 33Those who fed them fled and went into the city where they told everything, including what had happened to those who were possessed with demons. 34Behold, the entire city came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged that he would depart from their borders.

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CHAPTER 9
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The healing of a paralytic

1Jesus entered into a boat, crossed over and came into his own town. 2Behold, some people brought him a man who was paralysed, lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer. Your sins are forgiven.”

3At this, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man blasphemes.”

4Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or, ‘Get up, and walk?’ 6But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then he said to the paralytic, “Get up, take up your mat, and go up to your house.” 7The man got up and departed to his house.

8But when the crowds saw this, they were astonished and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

The calling of Matthew

9As Jesus was passing by from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax collection office. Jesus said to him, “Follow me,” and the man got up and began to follow him. 10It so happened that as Jesus was sitting in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12When Jesus heard it, he told them, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are ill do. 13But go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. ”

About fasting – The old and new

14Then, John’s disciples came to Jesus, asking, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”

15Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then, they will fast. 16No one puts a piece of new cloth on an old garment because the patch would tear away from the garment, and a worse hole would be made. 17Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else the skins would burst, and the wine be spilled, and the skins ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

The resurrection of a ruler’s daughter – The healing of a woman’s bleeding

18While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came and bowed down to him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”

19Jesus got up and followed him, as did his disciples. 20Behold, a woman who had had an issue of blood for twelve years came behind him and touched the fringe of his garment. 21She said within herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.”

22But Jesus, turning around and seeing her, said, “Daughter, rejoice. Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that very hour.

23When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, he saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion. 24He said to them, “Make room, because the girl is not dead, but sleeping,” and they started to ridicule him. 25But when the crowd was put out, he entered in, took the girl by the hand and she arose. 26The report of this spread into the entire region.

27As Jesus passed by from there, two blind men followed him, calling out and saying, “Have mercy on us, son of David.”

28When he entered the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

They replied, “Yes, Lord.”

29He then touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith, let it be done to you.” 30And their eyes were opened. Jesus strictly commanded them, saying, “See that no one knows about this.” 31However, they went out and spread his fame throughout that entire land.

32As they were leaving, behold, a mute man who was demon-possessed was brought to him. 33When the demon was cast out, the mute began to speak. The multitudes marvelled, saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”

34But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of the demons that he casts out demons.”

35Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Good News of the Kingdom. He also healed every kind of disease and illness among the people. 36But when he saw the crowds, he was moved with compassion for them because they were distressed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd. 37He then said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful indeed, but the workers are few. 38Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out workers into his harvest.”

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CHAPTER 10
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The commission of the Twelve

1Jesus called to himself his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and illness. 2The names of the Twelve apostles are: first, Simon, who is called Peter; Andrew, his brother; James the son of Zebedee; John, his brother; 3Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus; Lebbaeus, the one called Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Canaanite; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

5Jesus sent these Twelve out and gave them this instruction, “Do not go among the Gentiles and do not enter into any city of the Samaritans. 6Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7As you go, preach and say, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’ 8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead , and cast out demons. Freely you have received, give freely as well. 9Do not take any gold, silver or copper in your money belts. 10Do not take a bag for your journey, or two coats, or shoes, or staff: the one who works is worthy of his food. 11As you enter any city or village, find out who is worthy and stay there until you go on. 12As you enter into the household, greet it. 13If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14If some place does not receive you and does not hear your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you depart from that house or that city. 15Amen, I tell you: on the day of judgement, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that city.

Persecutions – Sheep among wolves

16Behold, I send you out as sheep among wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents, and yet innocent as doves. 17But beware of men: they will hand you over to councils and in their synagogues, they will flog you. 18Yes, you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, as witnesses to them and to the nations. 19When they arrest you, do not worry about what you will say; what you are to say will be given you in that hour. 20Indeed, it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

21Brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death. 22You will be hated by all for my Name’s sake, but the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23Nevertheless, when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next. Amen, I tell you: you will not have finished going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.

24A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher and the servant like his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household. 26Therefore, do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed and nothing hidden that will not be known. 27What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops. 28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.

29Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin ? Not one of them falls on the ground apart from your Father’s will, 30but the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Therefore, do not be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows. 32Whoever confesses me before men I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. 33But whoever denies me in front of others I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Not peace but the sword

34Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35Indeed, I came to set a son against his father, a daughter against her mother and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in- law. 36A man’s enemies will be members of his own household.

Requirements for discipleship – Rewards

37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38Whoever does not take his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. 39The one who saves his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will obtain it. 40Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. 41Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever receives a righteous person because of this person’s righteousness will receive the reward of the righteous. 42Amen, I tell you that whoever gives one of these little ones even just a cup of cold water to drink because he is a disciple will in no way lose his reward.”

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CHAPTER 11
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Message from John the Baptist – The Lord bears witness to John

1When Jesus had finished giving instructions to his twelve disciples, he left that place to teach and preach in their cities.

2Now, when John heard about the works of Christ from his prison, he sent two of his disciples 3to ask him, “Are you the one who comes or should we look for another?”

4Jesus replied to them, “Go and tell John about the things you hear and see: 5the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have Good News preached to them. 6Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me.”

7As they went their way, Jesus began to speak to the multitudes concerning John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8If not, what did you go out to see? A man in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in king’s houses. 9Why then did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet. 10Indeed, he is the one of whom it is written:

Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you. (Malachi 3:1)

11Amen, I tell you: among those born of women, there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptizer. Yet the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. 12From the days of John the Baptizer until now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14If you are willing to accept it, this is Elijah who was to come. 15Let anyone with ears listen.

16But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces who call to their friends 17and say, ‘We played the flute for you and you did not dance. We mourned for you and you did not lament.’ 18As it is, John came neither eating nor drinking, and so they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and so they say, ‘Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ Nevertheless, Wisdom is justified by her children.”

Woe on Chorazin and Bethsaida

20He then began to rebuke the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because the people did not repent.

21“Woe to you, Chorazin. Woe to you, Bethsaida. For if the deeds of power which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgement than for you. 23You, Capernaum, who were exalted to heaven, you will go down to hades. For if the deeds of power which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24But I tell you: on the day of judgement, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, than for you.”

Jesus prays to God the Father – Finding rest in Christ

25At that time, Jesus exclaimed, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the learned and intelligent, and revealed them to infants. 26Yes, Father, this was well-pleasing in your sight. 27Everything has been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and the one to whom the Son desires to reveal him.”

28“Come to me, all of you who labour and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me because I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30Indeed, my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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CHAPTER 12
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About the Sabbath – The Lord of the Sabbath

1At that time, on the Sabbath day, Jesus was going through grain fields. Being hungry, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain and to eat them. 2When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Behold, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.”

3But Jesus replied, “Have not you read what David did, when he and those who were with him were hungry? 4He entered into the house of God and ate the show bread, which it was not lawful for him and those with him to eat, but only for the priests? 5Or have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and yet remain without guilt? 6But I tell you that someone greater than the temple is here. 7If you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

The healing of the man with the withered hand

9Going from that place, he went into their synagogue. 10And behold, there was a man with a withered hand. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, the Pharisees asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?”

11Jesus replied, “Who among you, having one sheep, and if this one falls into a pit on the Sabbath day, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12Of how much more value is a man compared to a sheep. Therefore, it is lawful to do what is good on the Sabbath day.” 13Then he told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man stretched it out, and it was restored whole, just like the other hand. 14But the Pharisees went out and began to conspire against him, how they might destroy him. 15Perceiving it, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him and he healed them all, 16commanding them not to reveal who he was, 17so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled:

18Behold, my servant whom I have chosen;
my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit on him,
He will proclaim justice to the nations,
19He will not quarrel or shout;
No one will hear his voice in the streets.
20He will not break a bruised reed,
He will not put out a smoking wick,
until he leads justice to victory.
21In his Name, the nations will hope. (Isaiah 42:1-4)

The Lord accused of casting out demons by Beelzebul – The unforgivable sin

22Then, a person possessed by a demon, blind and mute, was brought to him. Jesus healed him, so that the blind and mute man was now able to speak and to see. 23The crowds were amazed and exclaimed, “Can this be the son of David?” 24However, when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man can only cast out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons.”

25Knowing their thoughts, Jesus told them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27If it is by Beelzebul that I cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore, they will be your judges. 28However, if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. 29Or how can someone enter into the house of the strong man and plunder his goods, unless he first bind the strong man? Then he will plunder his house.

30Whoever is not with me is against me. Whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31Therefore, I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, neither in this age, nor in the one which is to come.

The tree and its fruits

33Make the tree good and its fruit will be good, or make the tree corrupt and its fruit will be corrupt, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? Indeed, words flow out of what fills the heart. 35The good man brings out good things out of his good treasure, and the evil man brings out evil things out of his evil treasure . 36I tell you that for every idle word that people speak, they will give an account of it in the day of judgement. 37For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Asking for a sign – The sign of Jonah

38Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

39But Jesus answered, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, but no sign will be given to this generation except for the sign of Jonah the prophet. 40For just 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. 41The people of Nineveh will stand up in the judgement with this generation and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. And behold, someone greater than Jonah is here. 42The queen of the south will stand up in the judgement with this generation and she will condemn it because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And behold, someone greater than Solomon is here.

An unclean spirit leaves and returns

43After an unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he wanders through dry places seeking rest and does not find it. 44He then says, ‘I will return into my house from which I came out,’ and when he has come back, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45Then, he goes and brings with himself seven other spirits more evil than he, and they enter in and dwell there. And so, the last state of that person becomes worse than the first. This is how it will be with this evil generation.”

The Lord’s true family

46While Jesus was still speaking to the multitudes, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, desiring to speak to him. 47Someone said to him, “Behold, your mother and your brothers stand outside, desiring to see you.”

48But to the person who had spoken, Jesus answered, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 49He then stretched out his hand towards his disciples and said, “Behold, my mother and my brothers. 50As it is, whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

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CHAPTER 13
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The parable of the sower

1On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the seaside. 2Since great crowds had gathered to him, he entered into a boat and sat while the people stood on the beach. 3He told them many things in parables, saying, “Behold, a farmer went out to sow. 4As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them. 5Others fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up. But because they had no depth of soil, 6when the sun rose, they were scorched, and since they had no root, they withered away. 7Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Others fell on good soil, and yielded fruit: some a hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. 9Anyone who has ears should listen.”

Parables – The mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven

10The disciples came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”

11He answered them, “To you, it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them, it is not given. 12Anyone who has will be given more and will have in abundance; but the one who does not have will be deprived even of what he has. 13Therefore, I speak to them in parables, because ‘seeing, they do not see,’ and ‘hearing, they do not hear,’ and neither do they understand. 14In them, the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:

By hearing you will hear, and will in no way understand;
Seeing you will see, and will in no way perceive:
15for this people’s heart has grown callous;
their ears are dull of hearing, they have closed their eyes;
otherwise, they might perhaps perceive with their eyes,
hear with their ears, understand with their heart,
and should turn again; and I would heal them. (Isaiah 6:9-10)

16But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17Amen, I tell you that many among the prophets and the righteous desired to see what you see and they did not see them; and to hear what you hear, and did not hear them.

The parable of the sower explained

18Hear, then, the parable of the farmer. 19When someone hears the word of the Kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in this person’s heart. This is what was sown by the roadside. 20The seed sown on the rocky places is when someone hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. 21Yet, this person has no root but endures only for a while. When oppression or persecution comes because of the word, this one immediately stumbles. 22What was sown among the thorns is when someone hears the word, but the anxieties of this age and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and so it produces nothing. 23What was sown on the good ground is when someone hears the word, understands it, and truly bears fruit, bringing forth, some a hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty times as much.”

The parable of the good wheat and the weed grass

24He also presented them another parable in these words, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25While people slept, his enemy came and also sowed weed grass among the wheat, and went away. 26But when the wheat sprang up and brought forth fruit, the weeds also appeared. 27The servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where did this darnel come from?’

28The man said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’

The servants then asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them up?’

29But the man replied, ‘No, for fear that while you gather up the darnel weeds, you might also uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will tell the reapers, “First, gather up the darnel weeds, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

The parable of the mustard seed, of the yeast – The Lord’s us of parables

31Jesus also presented another parable to them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field. 32It is indeed smaller than all seeds, but when it is grown, it is the biggest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air can come and find shelter in its branches.”

33He told them another parable, “The kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”

34Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds; and he did not speak to them without a parable, 35so that that had been spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:

I will open my mouth in parables;
I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world. (Psalms 77[78]:2)

The parable of the good seed and weeds explained

36Then Jesus sent the multitudes away and went into the house. His disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the grass weeds of the field.”

37He answered them, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom and the darnel weeds are the children of the evil one. 39The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40As the weeds are gathered up and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of this age. 41The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his Kingdom everything that causes stumbling, and those who do evil, 42and he will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Anyone who has ears should listen.

Other illustrations of the Kingdom – Old and new treasures

44The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field. When a man found it, he hid it again. In his joy, he then goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.

45The Kingdom of Heaven is also like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls. 46Having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

47The Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea which gathered fish of every kind. 48When the net was filled, people drew it up on the beach. They sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. 49This is how it will be at the end of the age: the angels will come forth and separate the wicked from the righteous; 50they will cast them into the furnace of fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

51Jesus asked them, “Have you understood all these things?”

They answered him, “Yes, Lord.”

52He said to them, “Therefore, every trained person who has been made a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new and old things.”

Rejected in Nazareth

53When Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from there. 54Coming into his own country, he taught the people in their synagogue and they were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? 55Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brothers, James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? 56Are not all of his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all of these things?” 57And they stumbled because of him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour, except in his own country and in his own house.” 58He did not do many deeds of power there because of their unbelief.

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CHAPTER 14
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Herod and the beheading of John the Baptist

1At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus, 2and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He is risen from the dead. That is why these powers work in him.” 3As it is, Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. 4For John had told him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5Even though Herod desired to have John put to death, he feared the crowds because they considered him to be a prophet. 6But when Herod’s birthday came, Herodias’ daughter danced among them and pleased Herod, 7so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she would ask. 8She, prompted by her mother, said, “Give me here, on a platter, the head of John the Baptist.”

9The king was grieved, but for the sake of his oaths and because of those who sat at the table with him, he commanded that it be brought. 10Herod gave orders and had John beheaded in the prison. 11His head was brought on a platter, given to the young woman, and she brought it to her mother. 12John’s disciples came, took the body, and buried it; and they went and told Jesus. 13When Jesus heard this, he withdrew from that place in a boat and went to a deserted place apart. When the crowds heard about this, they followed him on foot from the cities.

The feeding of the five thousand

14Jesus went out and saw that there was a great crowd. He had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15When evening came, his disciples came to him and said, “This place is deserted, and the hour is already late. Send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

16But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17They replied, “We only have here five loaves and two fish.”

18Jesus said, “Bring them to me.” 19Having instructed the crowds to sit down on the grass, he took the five loaves and the two fish. Looking up to heaven, he blessed, broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples distributed it to the multitudes. 20And so, everyone ate and was satisfied. His disciples gathered up twelve baskets full of what remained left over from the broken pieces. 21Those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

The Lord and Peter walk on water

22Immediately after this, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and told them to go ahead of him to the other side, while he would send the crowds away. 23After he had sent the people away, he went up into the mountain by himself in order to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. 24But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, distressed by the waves, because the wind was against it. 25In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled and said, “It is a ghost.” and they cried out in fear. 27But at once, Jesus spoke to them, saying “Take heart. It is I. Do not be afraid.”

28Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it is you, tell me to come to you upon the waters.”

29And Jesus said, “Come.”

Peter stepped down from the boat and walked on the waters to come to Jesus. 30But when he saw that the wind was strong, he became afraid and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me.”

31Immediately, Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of Peter, and said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got up into the boat, the wind ceased. 33Those who were in the boat came and bowed down to him, saying, “You are truly the Son of God.”

Healings in Gennesaret

34When they had crossed over, they arrived in the land of Gennesaret. 35When the people of that place recognised Jesus, they sent word into that entire surrounding region and people brought him all who were ill. 36They begged him to be able to just touch the fringe of his garment, and all those who touched it were healed.

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CHAPTER 15
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About tradition(s) that nullify the word of God

1Pharisees and scribes then came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying, 2“Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”

3Jesus answered them, “Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4For God commanded, ‘Honour your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever speaks evil of father or mother should be put to death.’ 5But you say, ‘Anyone may tell his father or his mother, “Whatever support you might otherwise have received from me is now a gift devoted to God,” and is not bound to honour his father or mother.’ 6Thus, you have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition. 7You hypocrites. Isaiah prophesied about you quite well when he said:

8These people draw near to me with their mouth,
and honour me with their lips;
but their heart is far from me.
9In vain do they bow down to me,
teaching as doctrine rules made by men. (Isaiah 29:13)

10Jesus gathered the crowds and said to them, “Hear, and understand. 11What enters into the mouth does not defile a person, but what comes out of the mouth, this is what defiles a person.”

12Then, the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”

13But Jesus answered, “Every plant which my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. 14Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind; and if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

15Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”

16And so, Jesus answered, “Do you still fail to understand? 17Do you not understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18But the things which come out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile the person. 19Indeed, it is from the heart that evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies come forth. 20These are the things which defile a person; but to eat with unwashed hands does not make anyone impure.”

The faith of a Canaanite woman – Crumbs from their masters’ table

21Jesus then left that area and withdrew into the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22Behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders and cried out, “Have mercy on me, Lord, you son of David. My daughter is severely demonised.”

23But Jesus did not answer her a word.

His disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away. She is shouting after us.”

24However, Jesus answered, “I was not sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

25Still, the woman came forward and bowed down to him, saying, “Lord, help me.”

26But he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”

27But she replied, “Yes, Lord, but even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”

28Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith. Let it be it done to you even as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.

Other healings – Feeding of the four thousand

29Jesus departed and came near the sea of Galilee. He went up into the mountain and sat there. 30Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, blind, mute, crippled, and many others; and they put them down at his feet. So he healed them, 31and the crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

32Jesus called his disciples and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have remained with me for three days now and they have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they might faint on the way.”

33The disciples said to him, “But where should we get so many loaves in a deserted place in order to satisfy such a great multitude?” 34Jesus asked them, “How many loaves do you have?”

They replied, “Seven, and a few small fish.”

35Jesus then told the people to sit down on the ground 36and took the seven loaves and the fish. He gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples distributed them to the multitudes. 37Everyone ate and was satisfied. They gathered up seven baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over. 38Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39Then, Jesus sent the people away, got into the boat, and came to the borders of Magdala.

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CHAPTER 16
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Seeking after a sign – The yeast or leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees

1The Pharisees and Sadducees came and put Jesus to the test by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. 2But he answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘The weather will be pleasant because the sky is red.’ 3In the morning, you say, ‘The weather will be bad today because the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites. You know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, but no sign will be given to this generation, except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”

He left them and moved on. 5The disciples, arriving to the other side, found they had forgotten to take bread. 6Jesus then said to them, “Take heed and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

7At this, they reasoned among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.”

8Perceiving this, Jesus said, “Why do you reason among yourselves, you of little faith, ‘because you have brought no bread?’ 9Do you still not understand or remember the five loaves that fed the five thousand and how many baskets you gathered up? 10Or do you not remember the seven loaves for the four thousand and how many baskets you took up? 11How is it that you do not understand that I was not speaking to you about bread? But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

12Then, they understood that he had not told them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Peter’s confession – “I will build my Church”

13Now, when Jesus arrived in the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples a question, saying, “Who do people say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

14They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15Jesus then said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18I also tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hades will not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven.” 20Then, he commanded the disciples not to tell anyone that he was Jesus, the Christ.

The passion announced – The Lord rebukes Peter – Discipleship

21From that time, Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up.

22Peter then took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord. This will never be done to you.”

23But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stumbling block to me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God but on the things of men.” 24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 25Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it. 26Indeed, what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and loses his life? Or what will a person give in exchange for his life? 27For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then, he will render to everyone according to their deeds. 28Amen, I tell you: some are standing here who will not have tasted death until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

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CHAPTER 17
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The Lord’s transfiguration – Elijah’s coming

1Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and he brought them up into a high mountain by themselves. 2He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light. 3And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with him.

4Peter then said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, let us make three tents here: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

5While Peter was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them. And behold, a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”

6When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were very afraid. 7Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” 8Lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus alone. 9As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus gave them this order, “Do not tell anyone what you saw, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”

10His disciples asked him, “Why then is it that the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”

11Jesus answered them, “Elijah indeed is coming first, and he will restore everything. 12But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognise him. Instead, they did to him whatever they wanted to. Likewise, the Son of Man will also suffer at their hands.” 13Then, the disciples understood that he was speaking about John the Baptist.

The healing of a possessed boy

14When they came to the crowd, a man came to Jesus. He knelt down before him and said, 15“Lord, have mercy on my son. He is epileptic and suffers terribly as he often falls into the fire and in the water. 16And so, I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”

17Jesus answered, “Faithless and perverse generation. How much longer must I be with you? How long must I bear with you? Bring him to me.” 18When Jesus rebuked it, the demon went out of the boy and he was cured from that hour.

19Then, the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why were we not able to cast it out?”

20He replied, “Because of your unbelief. Amen, I tell you that if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

The passion announced again – The payment of the temple tax

22While they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men. 23They will kill him, and the third day, he will be raised up.”

They were extremely distressed. 24When they arrived in Capernaum, those who collected the temple tax came to Peter, and said, “Does not your teacher pay the temple tax?” 25He replied, “Yes.”

When he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from foreigners?”

26Peter replied, “From strangers.”

Jesus said to him, “Therefore, the children are exempt. 27But in order not to cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take it, and give it to them for me and you.”

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CHAPTER 18
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Like a child – Greatest in the Kingdom – Causing little ones to sin

1At that time, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” 2Jesus called a little child to himself and set him in their midst. 3He then said, “Amen, I tell you that unless you change and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

4But whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5Whoever receives such a little child in my Name receives me, 6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for such a person that a huge millstone be hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

7Woe to the world because of occasions of stumbling. Such occasions are bound to come, but woe to the one through whom the occasion does come. 8If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off, and throw it away from you. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled rather than to have two hands or two feet and yet be cast into eternal fire. 9If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than to be cast into the Gehenna of fire having two eyes. 10Do not despise any of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven, their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

11For the Son of Man has come to save the lost.

The parable of the lost sheep

12What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine to go into the mountains and look for the one that has gone astray? 13Amen, I tell you: if he finds it, he rejoices over this one more than over the ninety-nine which did not go astray. 14Likewise, it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that any of these little ones should perish.

Dealing with a brother who has sinned – The authority of the Church

15If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother. 16But if he does not listen, take one or two more with you, so that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the Church. If he refuses to hear the Church also, let him be to you as a Gentile or a tax collector. 18Amen, I tell you that whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven. 19Again, I tell you that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. 20Indeed, where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there I am among them.”

The parable of the unforgiving servant

21Then Peter came forward and asked Jesus, “Lord, how often shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Until seven times?”

22Jesus said to him, “I do not tell you until seven times, but seventy times seven. 23Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a king who wanted to settle his accounts with his servants. 24When he began the settlement, someone was brought in who owed him ten thousand talents. 25But because the servant could not pay, his lord gave orders that he be sold, with his wife, children, and all that he had, so that payment may be made. 26At this, the servant fell down on his knees before him, saying, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will repay you all.’ 27The lord of that servant, moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

28However, that servant went out and found one of his fellow-servants who owed him one hundred denarii. He grabbed him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe.’

29And so, his fellow-servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay you.’ 30But the first man would not, but went off and had him cast into prison, until he should pay back what was due. 31When his fellow-servants saw what had been done, they were extremely distressed and came to their lord to report all that had taken place. 32Then, his lord summoned the servant and said to him, ‘You wicked servant. I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33Should not you also have had mercy on your fellow-servant, even as I had mercy on you?’ 34His lord was angry and delivered him to the jailers until he would pay all that was due. 35This is how my heavenly Father will also treat you if you do not each forgive each other from your hearts.”

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CHAPTER 19
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About marriage and divorce – Eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom

1When Jesus had finished these words, he departed from Galilee and arrived at the borders of Judea, beyond the Jordan. 2Great crowds followed him, and he healed them there. 3Pharisees came to him to test him, asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?”

4Jesus answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, 5and said, ‘For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be attached to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?’ 6And so, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one tear apart.”

7They asked him, “Why then did Moses command us to give our wife a bill of divorce and send her away?”

8Jesus replied, “Because of the hardness of your hearts, Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it has not been so. 9I tell you that whoever divorces his wife except for reason of sexual immorality and marries another commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

10His disciples said to him, “If this is the situation of the man with his wife, it is not advantageous to marry.”

11But Jesus said to them, “Not all men can receive this saying: only those to whom it is given. 12Certainly, there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, there are also eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. He who is able to receive this saying, let him receive it.”

The Lord blesses little children

13Then, little children were brought to him so that he may lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples began to rebuke the people, 14but Jesus said, “Allow the little children and do not forbid them to come to me, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones like these.” 15He laid his hands on them, and departed from that place.

The rich young man – How to enter into eternal life

16Behold, a man came to him and asked, “Good teacher, what good thing shall I do in order to have eternal life?”

17Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

18The man asked him, “Which ones?”

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder.’ ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ ‘You shall not steal.’ ‘You shall not bear false witness.’ 19‘Honour your father and mother;’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’”

20The young man then said to him, “All these things I have observed from my youth. What do I still lack?”

21Jesus replied, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, and follow me.” 22But when the young man heard these words, he went away sad because he was a person with great possessions. 23Jesus said to his disciples, “Amen I say to you: it will be hard for someone who is rich to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 24Indeed, I tell you that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.”

25When the disciples heard this, they were extremely astonished and said, “Who then can be saved?”

26Gazing at them, Jesus answered, “By human resources, this is impossible, but with God everything is possible.”

27Then Peter said, “Behold, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?”

28Jesus said to them, “Amen, I tell you that you who have followed me, at the regeneration, when the Son of Man will sit on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29Everyone who has left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, wife, children, or lands for my Name’s sake will receive a hundred times and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”

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CHAPTER 20
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Labourers in the vineyard

1“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household and who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the labourers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3He went out when it was about the third hour and saw other men standing idle in the marketplace. 4He told them, ‘You too should go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ And so, they went their way. 5Again, he went out when it was about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did the same thing. 6About the eleventh hour, he went out and still found others standing idle. He asked them, ‘Why do you stand here all day, doing nothing?’

7They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’

The master told them, ‘You too should go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.’ 8When evening came, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the labourers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.’

9When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius. 10Now, when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more, but they each likewise received one denarius. 11When they received it, they grumbled against the master of the household, 12saying, ‘These last have spent one hour, and yet you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’

13But the master answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for one denarius? 14Take what is yours, and go your way. What if I wish to give to this last one just as much as to you. 15Is it not lawful for me to do what I want with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?’ 16And so, the last will be first, and the first last. Indeed, many are called, but few are chosen.”

The passion announced for the third time

17As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, 18“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes. They will condemn him to death, 19and they will hand him over to the Gentiles to mock, scourge and crucify him. And on the third day, he will be raised up.”

Request from James and John – The great shall be the servant

20Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, kneeling and asking a certain thing of him. 21He said to her, “What do you want?”

She said to him, “Command that these, my two sons, may sit, one on your right hand, and one on your left hand, in your Kingdom.”

22But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”

They said to him, “We are able.”

23Jesus answered, “You will indeed drink my cup and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with, but to sit on my right and left hand is not mine to give. It is for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

24When the ten heard this, they were upset with the two brothers.

25However, Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and great ones make their authority felt. 26But it shall not be so among you. Instead, whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 27Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your servant, 28even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

The healing of two blind men

29As they were leaving Jericho, a great crowd was following Jesus. 30Behold, two blind men were sitting by the road, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, you son of David.” 31The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but the blind men cried out even more, “Lord, have mercy on us, you son of David.”

32Jesus stood still and called them, asking, “What do you want me to do for you?”

33They told him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.”

34Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes received their sight, and they began to follow him.

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CHAPTER 21
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The Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem

1As they were approaching Jerusalem and came to Bethsphage, to the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples. 2He told them, “Go into the village that is opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them, and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately, he will let them go.”

4All this was done so that what had been spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:

5Tell the daughter of Zion, behold,
your King comes to you,
humble, and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)

6The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus had instructed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8A very great crowd spread their clothes on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9Many people went before him and those who followed kept shouting, “Hosanna to the son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.”

10When he had come into Jerusalem, the entire city was stirred up and people were saying, “Who is this?” 11And the multitude answered, “This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

The cleansing of the temple

12Jesus entered into the temple of God and drove out all of those who did business there. He overthrew the table of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of thieves.”

14The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he was doing and that children were shouting in the temple and saying “Hosanna to the son of David”, they were very displeased. 16They asked him, “Do you hear what these are saying?”

Jesus replied, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing babies you have prepared praise?’”

The cursing of the fig tree

17He left them, went out of the city to Bethany and spent the night there.

18In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry. 19Seeing a fig tree by the roadside, he came to it, and found nothing on it but leaves. He said to it, “Let there be no fruit from you, unto the ages.”

Immediately the fig tree withered away. 20When the disciples saw it, they marvelled and asked, “How did the fig tree wither away at once?”

21Jesus answered them, “Amen, I tell you that if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you told this mountain ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it would be done. 22Whatever you ask in prayer, if you believe, you will receive them all.”

By what authority

23When he had come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching. They asked, “By what authority do you do these things? Who gave you this authority?”

24Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question and if you answer me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25The baptism of John, where was it from? From heaven or from men?”

They reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the crowd because everyone considers John as a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.”

He also said to them, “Then neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

The parable of the two sons – The parable of the vineyard tenants

28“But what do you think? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in my vineyard.’ 29The son answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he was sorry and went. 30The father came to his second son, and said the same thing. The son answered, ‘I will go, sir,’ but he did not go. 31Which one of the two sons did the will of his father?”

They replied, “The first.”

Jesus said to them, “Amen, I tell you that tax collectors and prostitutes are entering into the Kingdom of God before you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. After seeing this, you did not even repent and you did not believe him.

33Hear another parable. There was a man who was the owner of a household. He planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a winepress in it, built a tower and leased it out to farmers. He then left for another country. 34When the season for the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, to receive his fruit. 35But the farmers took his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned yet another. 36Again, the owner sent other servants, even more than the first time; and they treated them in the same way. 37Then, he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But the farmers, when they saw the son, said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ 39And so, they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40Therefore, when the lord of the vineyard returns, what will he do with those farmers?”

41They answered him, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and he will lease out the vineyard to other farmers who will give him the fruit in its season.”

42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

The stone which the builders rejected
was made the head of the corner.
This was from the Lord
and it is marvellous in our eyes? (Psalms 117[118]:22-23)

43Therefore, I tell you that the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and it will be given to a people bringing forth its fruit. 44Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, and whoever it will fall on will be scattered as dust.”

45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he had spoken about them. 46They began to look for a way to arrest Jesus, but they feared the crowds because the people considered him to be a prophet.

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CHAPTER 22
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The parable of the wedding feast – The wedding garment

1Jesus now addressed them with another parable, saying, 2“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a king who planned a wedding feast for his son. 3He then sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they refused to come. 4Again, the king sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner. My cattle and my fatted calves have been killed and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ 5But those who were invited made light of it and went off, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise, 6and the others seized the king’s servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7When the king heard about it, he was furious. He sent out his soldiers to destroy those murderers and to burn their city.

8Then, the king said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the crossroads of the highways, and as many people as you may find, invite to the wedding feast.’ 10Those servants went out into the highways and gathered as many people as they could find, both good and bad. Thus, the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man who was not wearing a wedding garment. 12He asked him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here, not wearing a wedding garment?’ And the man was speechless. 13Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few chosen.”

Paying taxes to Caesar

15Then the Pharisees went off and took counsel on how they might ensnare Jesus in his talk. 16They sent their own disciples to Jesus, along with the Herodians, and asked, “Teacher, we know that you are honest and that you teach the way of God in truth. You are not swayed by men because you pay no attention to who they are. 17Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”

18But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test me, you hypocrites? 19Show me the tax money.”

They brought him a denarius.

20Jesus asked them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”

21They answered, “Caesar’s.”

Then he said to them, “Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

22When they heard this, they were amazed, and leaving him, they went away.

The Sadducees question the resurrection

23On that day, Sadducees, those who say that there is no resurrection, came to him. They asked him, 24saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies without having children, his brother shall marry his wife and have a posterity for his brother.’ 25Now there were with us seven brothers. The first married and died, and having no descendant he left his wife to his brother. 26In the same way, the second also, and the third, to the seventh. 27After them all, the woman also died. 28In the resurrection therefore, which one of the seven brothers will have her as wife, for they all had her as wife?”

29But Jesus answered them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures or the power of God. 30For in the resurrection, people neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels of God in heaven. 31However, concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, 32‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’ God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

33When the crowds heard it, they were astonished at his teaching. 34But the Pharisees, when they heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, gathered together.

The greatest commandment

35One of them, a lawyer, then asked him a question in order to test him. 36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”

37Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and great commandment. 39The second is likewise, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40The entire law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

About Messiah, Son of David

41Now while the Pharisees were assembled, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?”

42They answered, “The son of David.”

43Jesus said to them, “How, then, does David, in the Spirit, call him ‘Lord,’ saying,

44The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet? (Psalms 109[110]:1)

45If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?”

46No one was able to answer him a word, and from that day on, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

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CHAPTER 23
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Woe on the Scribes and Pharisees

1Jesus then spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, 2saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses. 3Therefore, whatever they tell you to observe, observe and do, but do not imitate their works; for they preach and do not act accordingly. 4Indeed, they bind heavy burdens that are dreadful to bear and put them on people’s shoulders; but they themselves will not lift a finger to help them. 5Instead, they do all their works to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad, they enlarge the fringes of their garments, 6and love the place of honour at feasts. They love the best seats in the synagogues, 7the greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi, Rabbi’ by people. 8But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers. 9Call no man on the earth ‘your father,’ for one is your Father, he who is in heaven. 10And do not be called ‘teacher,’ for one is your teacher, the Christ. 11Instead, the one who is the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

13Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. For you devour widows’ houses, and as a pretence you make long prayers. Therefore, you will receive a greater condemnation.

14Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. Because you shut the Kingdom of Heaven in the face of people and you yourselves do not enter. And those who would enter, you prevent from doing so. 15Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. For you travel around by sea and land to make one convert; and when one is converted, you make him twice as much of an heir of Gehenna as yourselves.

16Woe to you, you blind guides, who say, ‘If someone swears by the sanctuary, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the sanctuary is bound.’ 17You blind fools. Which is greater, the gold, or the sanctuary that sanctifies the gold? 18You say, ‘If someone swears by the altar, it is nothing; but if someone swears by the gift that is placed on it, he is bound.’ 19You blind and foolish men. Which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 20Therefore, whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21Whoever swears by the sanctuary swears by it and by the one dwelling in it. 22Whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by the one who sits on it.

23Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, but you have not fulfilled the truly significant matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. It is these you should have practised, without neglecting the others. 24You are blind guides who filter out a fly and yet swallow a camel.

25Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. For you clean the outside of the cup and the platter, but inside, they are full of greed and unrighteousness. 26You blind Pharisees, first clean the inside of the cup and platter, so that the outside may also become clean.

27Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. For you are like whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside, they are full of dead bones and all impurity. 28Likewise, you also appear righteous to men in appearance, but inside, you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

29Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the tombs of the righteous, 30saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have partaken with them in the blood of the prophets.’ 31Therefore, you testify to yourselves that you are children of those who killed the prophets. 32Fill up, then, the measure of your forefathers. 33You serpents, offspring of vipers, how will you escape the judgement of Gehenna ? 34Therefore, behold, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes. Some of them, you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from city to city. 35Thus all the righteous blood shed on the earth will come upon you, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah whom you killed between the sanctuary and the altar. 36Amen, I tell you: all these things will come upon this generation.

The Lord laments over Jerusalem

37Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often have I desired to gather your children, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings; but you were not willing. 38Behold, your house is left to you in a desolate state. 39For I tell you, you will not see me from now on until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord.’”

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CHAPTER 24
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Questions about the Lord’s coming – Prophecies of calamities

1Jesus went out from the temple and was going on his way. His disciples came to him and showed him the buildings of the temple. 2But he told them, “You see all of these things, do you not? Amen, I tell you that not one stone will be left standing on another; all will be thrown down.”

3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him in private, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4Jesus answered them, “Be careful not to be led astray. 5For many will come in my Name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many people astray. 6You will hear of wars and rumours of wars. Do not be troubled; all of this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines, plagues, and earthquakes in various places. 8But all these things are the beginning of the birth pains. 9Then, they will deliver you up to oppression and they will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations for my Name’s sake. 10Many will stumble and will betray and hate each other. 11Many false prophets will arise and they will lead many astray. 12Because wickedness will be multiplied, the love of many will grow cold. 13But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14This Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

The abomination of desolation – The great tribulation

15Therefore, when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken about by the prophet Daniel standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17The one who is on the housetop should not go down to carry out the things that are in the house. 18The one who is in the field should not return to get his clothes. 19But woe to those who are with child and to nursing mothers in those days. 20Pray that your flight will not be in the winter or a Sabbath day. 21For then, there will be great oppression, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, and such as will never be again. 22Unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.

23Then, if any one tells you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or, ‘There,’ do not believe it. 24False messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders in order to lead many astray, and if possible, even the elect.

25Behold, I have told you this in advance. 26If therefore people tell you, ‘Behold, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or ‘Behold, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27For as the lightning flashes from the east and is seen even to the west, this is how the coming of the Son of Man will be.

The sign of the Son of Man – The glorious coming

28For wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together. 29But immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky, the powers of the heavens will be shaken; 30and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. 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. 31He will send out his angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

Learning from the fig tree – The days of Noah – Hour and day unknown

32Now, learn this parable from the fig tree. When its branch has become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near. 33Likewise, when you see all these things, know that the time is near, even at the doors. 34Amen, I tell you that this generation will not pass away, until all these things are accomplished. 35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 36No one knows that day and hour, not even the angels of heaven, but only my Father.

37As in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38Just as in those days which were before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark. 39They did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then, two men will be in the field: one will be taken and one will be left; 41two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and one will be left. 42Therefore, watch, because you do not know in what hour your Lord is coming. 43However, know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44Therefore, be ready, for it is at an hour which you do not expect that the Son of Man will come.

The faithful and wise servant

45Who then is the faithful and wise servant whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food in due season? 46Blessed is that servant whom his lord finds doing so when he comes. 47Amen, I tell you that he will set him over all that he has. 48But if that evil servant should say in his heart, ‘My lord is delaying his return,’ 49and if he should begin to beat his fellow-servants and eat and drink with the drunkards, 50the lord of that servant will come in a day when he does not expect it and in an hour when he does not know, 51and he will cut him into pieces and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. And there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

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CHAPTER 25
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The parable of the ten wise and foolish virgins

1“Then, the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3Those who were foolish took their lamps but brought no oil along with them, 4whereas the wise ones brought oil in their vessels along with their lamps. 5Now, since the bridegroom was late, they all became tired and fell asleep. 6But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold. The bridegroom is coming. Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish virgins said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise virgins answered, ‘What if there is not enough for us and you? You should rather go to those who sell and buy some for yourselves.’ 10While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and then the door was shut. 11Afterwards, the other virgins also arrived and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’ 12But he answered, ‘Amen, I tell you that I do not know you.’ 13Watch therefore, for you do not know the day or the hour that the Son of Man is coming.

The parable of the talents

14Indeed, the Kingdom is like a man who was leaving for another country. He called his own servants and entrusted his goods to them. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. 16Immediately, the one who received five talents went off, did business with them and earned another five talents. 17In the same way, the one who had received two gained another two. 18But the servant who received one talent went off, dug in the ground and hid his lord’s money.

19After a long time, the lord of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20The one who had received the five talents came forward and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents. Behold, I have gained another five.’

21The lord said to the servant, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

22The one who had received the two talents also came forward and said, ‘Lord, you entrusted me with two talents. Behold, I have gained another two talents.’

23The lord said to this servant, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

24The one who had received one talent now came forward and said, ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter. 25I was afraid. I went away and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.’

26But his lord answered, ‘You wicked and lazy servant. You understood that I reap where I did not sow, and that I gather where I did not scatter. 27And so, you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming, I would have received it back with interest. 28Therefore, take away the talent from this one, and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29For to everyone who has, will be given and he will have in abundance. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

The judgement – The sheep and the goats

31“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will place the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34Then, the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of my Father. Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me food to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in. 36I was naked and you clothed me; I was ill and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me.’

37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you a drink? 38When did we see you as a stranger and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? 39When did we see you ill, or in prison, and visit you?’

40The King will answer them, ‘Amen, I tell you: as much as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ 41Then, he will also say to those on his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me no food; I was thirsty and you gave me no drink; 43I was a stranger and you did not receive me; naked, and you did not clothe me; ill, and in prison, and you did not visit me.’

44Then, they will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or ill, or in prison, and did not help you?’

45Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Amen, I tell you: as much as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

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CHAPTER 26
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The passion announced again – The plot against Jesus

1When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to his disciples, 2“You know that in two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

3Then, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people were assembled in the court of the high priest who was called Caiaphas. 4They were taking counsel together in order to take Jesus by deceit and kill him. 5But they were saying, “Not during the feast, for fear that the people may cause a riot.”

A woman anoints the Lord

6Now, when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7a woman came to him with an alabaster jar containing very expensive fragrant oil, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. 8But when his disciples saw this, they were upset and said, “Why this waste? 9This oil could have been sold for a good amount and given to the poor.”

10However, knowing this, Jesus said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? She has done a good deed for me. 11You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me. 12But by pouring this oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13Amen, I tell you: wherever this Good News is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Judas betrays the Lord – Preparations for the Passover

14Then one of the Twelve who was called Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests 15and said, “What are you willing to give me in order for me to hand him over to you?” They weighed out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16From that time on, Judas looked for an opportunity to betray Jesus.

17Now, on the first day of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

18He replied, “Go into the city to a certain person and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.”’”

19The disciples did as Jesus instructed them and they prepared the Passover. 20When evening had come, he was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21As they were eating, he said, “Amen, I tell you that one of you will betray me.”

22They were extremely distressed, and each one began to ask him, “Surely not I, Lord?”

23He answered, “He who dipped his hand with me in the dish is the one who will betray me. 24The Son of Man goes, even as it is written of him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had not been born.”

25Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?”

And Jesus replied, “You have said it.”

26As they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks for it, and broke it. He gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27Taking the cup, he gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, “Drink it all of you, 28for this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for many, for the remission of sins. 29But I tell you that from now on, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” 30After singing [the psalms], they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Peter’s denial foretold – The agony in the Garden

31Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will stumble because of me tonight, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32But after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.”

33But Peter replied, “Even if everyone stumbles because of you, I never will.”

34Jesus said to him, “Amen, I tell you that tonight, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.”

35Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And all the disciples said likewise.

36Then Jesus arrived with them in a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go there and pray.” 37He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and he began to feel sadness and anguish. 38Then, he said to them, “My soul is extremely sorrowful, even unto death. Stay here, and watch with me.”

39He went a little forward, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will.”

40When he returned to the disciples and found them sleeping, he said to Peter, “Could you not watch with me for one hour? 41Watch and pray, so that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42Again, a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is not possible to let this cup pass from me unless I drink it, let your will be done.” 43Again, he came back and found them asleep because their eyes were heavy. 44He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same words. 45Then, he came to his disciples and told them, “Sleep on now, and take your rest. Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Arise, let us go. Behold, he who betrays me is near.”

Judas’ kiss of betrayal – The Lord is arrested

47While he was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived and with him came a great crowd with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priest and elders of the people. 48Now, he who betrayed Jesus gave them a sign, saying, “Whoever I kiss is the one. Seize him.” 49Immediately, he came to Jesus, and said, “Hail, Rabbi.” and kissed him.

50Jesus said to him, “Friend, why are you here?” Then, they came, laid hands on Jesus, and took him away. 51But behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place, for all those who take the sword will die by the sword. 53Do you not think that I could ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen this way?”

55In that hour, Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to seize me? I sat every day in the temple, teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56But all this has happened so that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.”

Then, all the disciples left him and fled.

The Lord before the Sanhedrin

57Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58But Peter followed Jesus from a distance, to the court of the high priest. Having entered in, he sat with the officers to see the outcome. 59Now, the chief priests, the elders, and the whole council were looking for a false witness against Jesus, so that they might put him to death, 60and they found none. Even though many false witnesses were coming forward, they found none [valid]. But at last, two false witnesses came forward, 61and they said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the sanctuary of God, and to build it in three days.’”

62The high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Do you not have any answer? What is this that these people testify against you?” 63But Jesus remained quiet. The high priest told him, “I adjure you by the living God, to tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God.”

64Jesus replied, “You have said it. Nevertheless, I tell you that after this, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, coming on the clouds of heaven.”

65Then the high priest tore his vestments and exclaimed, “He has spoken blasphemy. Why do we need any more witnesses? Behold, now you have heard his blasphemy. 66What do you think?”

They answered, “He deserves death.” 67Then, they spat in his face and beat him with their fists. And some slapped him, 68saying, “Prophesy to us, O Christ. Who hit you?”

Peter’s threefold denial

69As Peter was sitting outside in the court, a servant-girl came to him and said, “You too were with Jesus, the Galilean.”

70But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.”

71When he had gone out into the porch, someone else saw him and said to those who were there, “This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72Again, Peter denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.”

73After a little while those who stood by came and said to Peter, “Surely you are also one of them, for your speech reveals that you are.”

74Then, he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man.”

Immediately, the cock crowed. 75Then Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” He went out and wept bitterly.

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CHAPTER 27
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The Lord before Pilate – Judas hangs himself

1In the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death; 2they bound him, led him away, and delivered him up to Pontius Pilate, the governor. 3When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he felt remorse and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”

But they answered, “What is that to us? You see to it.”

5He threw the pieces of silver in the sanctuary, and departed. He then went away and hanged himself. 6The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood.” 7They took counsel and bought the potter’s field with the money, to bury strangers. 8Therefore, that field was called “The Field of Blood” even to this day. 9Thus, what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:

They took the thirty pieces of silver,
the price of him upon whom a price had been set,
whom some of the children of Israel priced,
10and they gave them for the potter’s field,
as the Lord commanded me. (Zechariah 11:12-13; Jeremiah 19:1-13; 32:6-9)

Pilate questions the Lord – The Lord condemned to be crucified

11Now, Jesus stood before the governor and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”

Jesus answered, “And so, you say.”

12But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he answered nothing. 13Pilate then said to him, “Do you not hear how many charges they present against you?”

14Jesus gave him no answer, not even one word, so that the governor was astonished. 15Now, at the feast, the governor had the custom to release one prisoner to the crowd, whoever they desired. 16At that time, they had a notable prisoner called Barabbas. 17When they were gathered, Pilate asked them, “Who do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?” 18For he perceived that it was because of envy that they had arrested him.

19While Pilate was sitting on the judgement seat, his wife sent a note to him that said, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man. Today, I have suffered many things in a dream because of him.” 20Now, the chief priests and the elders convinced the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus done away with. 21But the governor asked them, “Which one of the two do you want me to release to you?”

They said, “Barabbas.”

22Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do to Jesus, who is called Christ?”

They all replied, “Let him be crucified.”

23The governor asked, “Why? What evil has he done?”

But they cried out loudly, saying, “Let him be crucified.”

24And so, when Pilate saw that nothing was being gained, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man. You see to it.”

25All the people answered, “May his blood be on us, and on our children.”

26At this, Pilate released Barabbas to them, but had Jesus flogged and delivered to be crucified.

Roman soldiers mock the Lord – The crown of thorns

27Then, the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the praetorium and gathered the whole garrison against him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. 29They made a crown of thorns and placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. They knelt down before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews.” 30They also spat on him, took the reed and struck him on the head. 31When they had mocked him, they removed the robe from him, put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.

Simon of Cyrene – The way to Golgotha – The crucifixion of the Lord

32As they were coming out, the soldiers found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, and they compelled him to go with them and to carry the cross. 33They arrived to a place called “Golgotha,” which means, “The place of a skull.” 34They gave him sour wine mixed with gall to drink, but having tasted it, he would not drink. 35After crucifying him, they divided his clothing among them, casting lots.’ 36Then, the soldiers sat and watched him. 37They placed above his head the accusation against him in these words, “THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

38Two rebels were also crucified with him, one on his right hand and one on the left. 39Those who passed by blasphemed him, shaking their heads 40and saying, “You who would destroy the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save yourself. If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

41Likewise the chief priests also mocked him, with the scribes, the elders and the Pharisees, saying, 42“He saved others, but he cannot save himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 43He trusts in God. Let God deliver him now, if he wants him; for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44The rebels also who were crucified with him reviled him as well in the same way.

The death of the Lord – Miraculous signs

45From the sixth hour, there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46 About the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” That is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

47Some of those who stood there heard it and said, “This man is calling Elijah.”

48Immediately, one of them ran to take a sponge; he filled it with vinegar, put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49But the others said, “Let him be. Let us see whether Elijah comes to save him.”

50Jesus cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up his spirit. 51Behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split. 52The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised 53and came out of the tombs after his resurrection. They entered into the holy city and appeared to many. 54Now, when the centurion and those who were with him watching Jesus saw the earthquake and the things that were taking place, they became extremely fearful and said, “Truly, this was the Son of God.”

55Many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee to serve him were there, watching from afar. 56Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

The burial of the Lord – Joseph of Arimathea – Events at the tomb

57When evening came, a rich man from Arimathaea named Joseph, who himself was also a disciple of Jesus, arrived. 58This man went to Pilate, asked for the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave order that the body be delivered to him. 59Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had carved out in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and departed. 61Mary Magdalene was there, and also the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb. 62On the next day which was the day after the day of preparation, a the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate 63and said, “Lord, we remember what that deceiver said when he was still alive, ‘After three days, I will rise again.’ 64Therefore, give orders that the tomb be made secure until the third day, for fear that his disciples may come at night, steal him away, and then tell the people, ‘He is risen from the dead.’ This last deception would be worse than the first.”

65Pilate said to them, “You have a guard. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66And so, they went off in order to made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting a watch.

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CHAPTER 28
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The Lord’s resurrection

1After the Sabbath, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2Behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came to roll away the stone from the door, and the angel sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4Out of fear, the guards were shaken and became as dead. 5The angel told the women, “Do not be afraid. I know that you seek Jesus who has been crucified. 6He is not here, for he is risen, just as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying. 7Go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead, and behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, this is my message for you.”

8They departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to report it to his disciples. 9As they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice.”

They came forward and took hold of his feet, and worshipped him.

10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brethren that they should go into Galilee. There, they will see me.”

The Jewish guards make their report

11While they were going, behold, some of the guards came into the city and told the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12When they were assembled with the elders in order to take counsel, they gave the soldiers a large amount of silver, 13with these words, “Say that his disciples came by night and stole him away while we slept. 14If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him and make you free of worry.” 15And so, they took the money and did as they were told. This story is widespread among the Jews until this day.

The Great Commission

16The eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they bowed down to him, but they doubted. 18Jesus came to them and said, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all the things that I have commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.