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‘The Gospel’. (An accurate account and harmonistic reading of the four Gospels)

And He dwelt among us

AN INTRODUCTORY

Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude

Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered.

It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. 

Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.

Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.

Love never fails!

The Gentiles now have the opportunity to receive Him

 

Because of the many, it would appear that, of these accounts, were inaccurate. May my attempt {with the help of W Graham ScroggieDD and various Bible translations} be such that you might safely build your faith on a sound foundation. 

Important, God, even the Father, is always preceded with a definite article indicating Him being the ‘Most High God’. I will try to keep to this ‘rule’.

God, even the Father, so loved the you and me, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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The Gospel

 

Chapter 1

The Word became flesh

   1To/at a beginning was the Word, and the Word was nigh unto the God, and a God was the Word. 2This One was to a beginning with the God. 3All things were made through Him; and without Him was not anything made that hath become. 4In Him was life: and the life was the light of the men. 5And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not.

6There came a man, sent from a God, whose name was John. 7The same came unto a witness, that he might bear witness concerning the Light, that all might believe on account of him. 8John was not the Light, but came that he might bear witness unto the Light. 9It was the Light the true which enlightens every man, coming into the world.10He was in the world, and the world through Him became, and the world knew Him not. 11He came unto his own, and they that were his own received Him not. 12But, as many as received Him, to them gave He the right to become children of a God, even to them that believe unto his Name. 13Who, not of bloods nor of a will of flesh, or of a will of man but, of a God were begotten. 14And, the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us and we beheld the glory of Him, a glory as of an only born of a father, full of favour and of truthness.

15John witnesses concerning Him, and he cried out, saying, “This Man was He whom I said, ‘The One after me coming, before me has become, because, before me, He was.’ 16And from out of His fullness, we all received, even, grace instead of, of grace. 17For the law by means of Moses was given; the grace and the truth came because of Jesus Christ. 18No man hath ever seen a God, yet; the only born Son, who is close to the Father’s side, that One declared.”

Luke addressing Theophilus

19Since many people have attempted to draw up a narrative, of the events, that have transpired among us. 20These records were passed down to us by those who were first eyewitnesses and, devoted to the service of the divine word. 21It seemed good to me also, having investigated from their source all things accurately in order to thee write, most excellent Theophilus. 22That thou mightest know the certainty concerning the things wherein thou wast instructed.

23Jesus Christ came from the family of King David and from the family of Abraham. This is a list of his ancestors…

From the time of Adam to the time of entering ‘The Promised Land’

From the time of ‘The Promised Land’ until the ‘Exile’

From the time of the Exile to ‘The Promised Messiah’

            …and Jacob begat the Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, the One called Christ. 24So all the generations from Abraham unto David are fourteen generations; and from David unto the carrying away to Babylon fourteen generations; and from the carrying away to Babylon unto the Christ fourteen generations.

The Word laid down his Divinity. Then, being a holy Spirit, He entered Mary’s womb for his embodiment.

          25Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found having babe in womb by a holy Spirit. 26And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to dismiss her secretly.

            27But when he thought on these things, behold, a Lord’s angel appeared unto him during a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for the Thing in her begotten is by reason of a holy Spirit. 28And she shall bring forth a Son; and thou shalt call his name JESUS. For, it is He, which shall save his people from their sins.

            29Now all this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by a Lord through the prophet, saying, 30“Behold! a virgin shall conceive in womb, will bear a Son, and they shall call the Name of Him Immanuel, which is, being interpreted, ‘with us the God’”

            31And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of a Lord commanded him, and took unto him his wife; and knew her not until she had brought forth a son: and he called his name JESUS.

Chapter 2

           1When Jesus began to teach, He was about 30 years old.

The birth of John the Baptist foretold 

2T’was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 3And they were both righteous before the God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

We, too are said to meet ‘behind the veil’, Heb 10:19

4But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before the God in the order of his division, 6according to the custom of the priesthood, he was selected to burn incense when he entered into the temple of the Lord. 7And all the multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 8Then a Lord’s angel appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 9And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 10But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, because your prayer has been heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear a son to you, and you shall call his name John. 11And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 12For he shall be great in the eyes of a Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled of a holy Spirit, even in his mother’s womb. 13And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God. 14And he himself will go before Him in a spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn hearts of fathers to children,’ and ones resisting persuasion to wisdom of righteousness, to prepare for a Lord a people being carefully prepared.”

         15And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” 16And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands before the God, and I was sent to speak to you and to proclaim the good news to you of these things. 17But behold, you shall be silent and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which shall be fulfilled in their season.” 18And the people waited for Zacharias, and they marvelled at his delaying in the temple. 19But having come out, he was unable to speak to them; and they recognized that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he was signifying with his head to them and remained speechless.

20And it happened, as soon as the days of his service were fulfilled, that he went away to his house. 21Now after those days Elizabeth his wife conceived; and covered roundabout and concealed herself five months, saying, 22“Thus a Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.”

The birth of Jesus foretold

       23During Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, The God sent the angel Gabriel to a virgin girl who lived in Nazareth, a town in Galilee. 24She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary. 25And the angel came in unto her, and said, “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women.”

         26But when she saw him, she was greatly perplexed by his saying, and she wondered what sort of greeting this was. 27Then the angel said to her, “Fear not, Mary, for you have found favour from the God. 28And behold, you shall conceive in womb and bring forth a Son and you shall call his name JESUS. 29He will be great, and a most wonderful Son will He be called; and a Lord, the God shall give Him the throne of His father David. 30And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

          31Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” 32And the angel answered and said to her, “A holy Spirit shall come upon you, and a power, beyond compare, shall overshadow you; therefore, the holy One developing will be called, a Son of a God. 33And behold, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for she who was called barren. 34For with the God nothing shall be impossible.” 35Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of a Lord! May it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

 Mary visits Elizabeth

36Now Mary, rising up in the days those and went into the mountainous country with haste, to a city of Judah, 37and entered into the house of Zacharias and greeted the Elizabeth. 38And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled of a holy Spirit. 39Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the Fruit of your womb! 40And whence to me this, that comes the mother of the Lord of me to me?” 41For behold, when came the sound of the greeting of thee into my ears, leaped in gladness the babe in the womb of me. 42And blessed the one believing, because there shall be a completion to the things having been spoken to her from a Lord.”

Mary’s praise song

     43And Mary said: “Magnifies the soul of me the Lord, 44and exulted the spirit of me at the God and the Saviour of me. 45Because He looked towards the humiliation of the maidservant of Him. For behold, from the present all generations will deem me blessed. 46For the Mighty One did to me great things. And holy Name of Him. 47And His mercy is unto generations of generations to the ones fearing. 48He has shown strength by His arm; He has winnowed the proud to understanding of their hearts. 49He pulled down mighty ones from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. 50He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. 51 He succoured Israel, a servant of Him, in order to remember mercy, 52As He spoke to the fathers of us, even to Abraham and to the Seed of him unto the age.” 53And Mary remained with her about three months, and she returned to her house.

       The birth of John the Baptist

That’s not the name I gave you

      54Now to Elizabeth was fulfilled the time that she should bear, and she brought forth a son. 55And heard the neighbours and the relatives of her how a Lord had shown the compassion of Him with her, they rejoiced with her.56Now it came to pass on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and were calling him after the name of his father, Zacharias. 57His mother responded and said, “No; indeed he shall be called John.”58But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.”

    59So they nodded the father his wish him to be named. 60And asking for a writing tablet, he wrote, saying, “John is his name.” And they all marvelled. 61Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising the God. 62Then fear came on all who lived around them; and all these things were being talked about throughout all the hill country of Judea. 63And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him.

Zacharias’ praise song

   64Now his father Zacharias was filled with a holy Spirit. And he prophesied, saying, 65“Blessed be a Lord the God of Israel, for He has visited and wrought redemption for the people of Him. 66And raised a horn of salvation to us by the house of His servant David. 67As He spoke through a mouth of the holy ones, from of old, his prophets. 68Salvation from our enemies and from a hand of all the ones hating us, 69to perform mercy with the fathers of us and to remember His holy covenant, 70a oath that He swore to Abraham, the father of us. 71To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, 72in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.

   73“Moreover, you, O child, shall be called ‘A Highest Prophet’. For you shall go on in front before a Lord to prepare his ways. 74To give the knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins, 75because of our God’s tender mercy. This will be by a visit of a Light from on high. 76To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, the guidance of our feet into the way of peace.”

  77So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he lived in areas away from other people until he appeared publicly to Israel.

Chapter 3

The birth of Jesus

      1But it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that an enrolment should be made of all the habitable world. 2This first enrolment took place before Cyrenius had the government of Syria. 3And all went to be enrolled, each man to his own city.

It’ll be Ok Joseph. I know, what I know, what I know. Just hold me tight, will you.

4So went up also Joseph from Galilee out of a city Nazareth to Judea, to a city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5to be enrolled with Mary the one having been betrothed to him, she being great with child. 6And it came to pass, while they were there, the days of her giving birth were fulfilled, 7and she brought forth the Son of her, the first-born. And she wrapped Him up in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The shepherds and the angels

            8And there were shepherds in that country abiding without, and keeping watch by night over their flock. 9And lo, an angel of a Lord was there by them, a glory of a Lord shone around them, and they feared with a great fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I announce to you a great joy, which shall be to all the people. 11For, to-day a Saviour has been born to you, in a city of David, who is an anointed Lord. 12And this is the sign to you: ye shall find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.

Just as the angel had said

            13And suddenly there was with the angel a company of a heavenlarmy, praising the God and saying, 14“By an utmost glory to a God and, on earth, peace, among men of goodwill.” 15And it came to pass, as the angels departed from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us make our way then now as far as Bethlehem, and let us see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they came rushing, and found both Mary and Joseph, and, the Babe lying in the manger. 17And having seen it they made known concerning the word which had been said to them concerning this Child. 18And all who heard it wondered at the words said to them by the shepherds. 19But Mary continued to think about these things, trying to understand them. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising the God for all things, which they had heard and seen, as it had been said to them.

Jesus presented in the temple

        21And when the eight days were fulfilled for the circumcising of the Child, that his name was called Jesus, which was the name given by the angel before He had been conceived in the womb. 22And when the days were fulfilled for her purifying according to the Law of Moses, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present to the Lord 23(as it is written in a law of a Lord, “Every male opening a womb shall be called holy to the Lord).” 24And came to offer the sacrifice according to what is said in the law of a Lord, “A pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons.”          

         25And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was just and pious, and awaiting a source of pleasure of Israel and a holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it was divinely communicated to him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death before he should see the Anointed of a Lord. 27And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And, as the parents brought in the Child Jesus that they might do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28he then received Him into his arms, and blessed the God. And he said, 29”Now, O Sovereign Ruler, Thou lettest thy bondman go, according to thy word, in peace. 30For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31which thou hast provided in full view of all the peoples; 32a light that will reveal salvation to gentiles and bring glory to your people Israel.” 33And Joseph was marvelling and his mother, at the things, which were said concerning Him.

       34And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, “Lo, this child is appointed for a downfall and a rising up of many in Israel, and for a sign spoken against. 35(And even a sword shall go through thine own soul) so that the thoughts may be revealed from many hearts. 36And there was a prophetess, Anna, daughter of Phanuel, of a tribe of Asher, who was far advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity. 37And herself a widow up to eighty-four years; who did not depart from the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers; 38and she coming up the same hour gave praise to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who waited for redemption in Jerusalem.

The visit of the Magi

        39Now Jesus having been born in Bethlehem of Judaea, in the days of Herod the king, behold magi from dayspring arrived at Jerusalem, saying, 40”Where is the One having been born King of the Jews? For we have seen of Him the star in the east, and came to worship Him.”          

       41But Herod the king having heard of it, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 42And, assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ should be born. 43And they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it is written through the prophet:

    44‘And thou Bethlehem, land of Judea, art in no wise the least among the governors of Judea; for out of thee shall come forth a Leader who shall shepherd My people Israel.’”

     45Then Herod, having secretly called the magi, inquired of them accurately the time of the appearing star. 46And having sent them to Bethlehem, said, “Go, search out accurately concerning the Child, and when ye shall have found Him bring me back word, so that I also having come may do Him homage.”

       47And they having heard the king went their way; and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went before them until it came and stood over the place where the little Child was. 48And when they saw the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 49And having come into the house they saw the little Child with Mary his mother, and falling down did Him homage. And having opened their treasures, they offered to Him gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 50And being divinely instructed in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

The escape to Egypt

     51And they having departed, an angel of a Lord appears to Joseph by a dream, saying, “Rise up! Take the Child and his mother with you, and flee into Egypt. And be there until I shall tell you; for Herod is about to look for the Child in order to destroy Him.”

      52So he rising took the Child and his mother by night and withdrew into Egypt. 53And he was there until the death of Herod, that might be fulfilled that having been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I have called My Son.”

     54Then Herod, finding that he was mocked by the Magi, was angered exceedingly, and sending killed all the boy children in Bethlehem, and all its districts, from two years and under, according to the date he had so carefully ascertained from the Magi. 55Then were these words, spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, fulfilled, 56“A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she would not be comforted, because they are not.”

They returned to Nazareth

          57But Herod having died, behold, an angel of a Lord appears by a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 58saying, “Having risen, take the Child and his mother, and be going into a land of Israel. For they have died, those seeking the life of the Child.”

        59So he having risen, took the Child and his mother, and entered into a land of Israel. 60But having heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of Herod his father, he was afraid to go thither; and being warned by a dream, he withdrew into the parts of Galilee, 61and having come he dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “A Nazarene He shall be called.”

     62And as they finished all things according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to Nazareth their city. 63And the Child grew, and became strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom and a favour of a God rested upon Him.

Chapter 4

The boy Jesus in the temple

       1And his parents went every year to Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover. 2And when He was twelve years old, as they went up according to the custom of the feast, 3and fulfilling the days, as they were returning, the Boy Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not. 4But supposing Him to be in the company, they went a day’s journey; and they sought for Him among their relatives and their acquaintances. 5And not finding returned to Jerusalem, seeking for Him. 6And it came to pass, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and questioning them. 7And all that heard Him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 8And seeing Him, they were astonished. And his mother said unto Him, “Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us? Behold, Thy father and I sought Thee sorrowing.”

      9And He said unto them, “How is it that ye sought Me? Know ye not that I must be about My Father’s business?” 10And they understood not the saying which He spake unto them.

       11And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth; and He was subject unto them. And his mother carefully kept all the matters in her heart. 12And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature and in favour with a God and men.

John the Baptist prepares the way

       13The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, a Son of the God. 14In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s principality, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod Antipas being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 15in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, a word of a God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 16And he came into all the region round about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance unto forgiveness of sins.

       17As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one yelling in the wilderness, ‘Make ye ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight. 18Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough ways smooth. 19And all flesh shall see the salvation of the God.’”

     20And there went out unto him all the country of Judaea, and all they of Jerusalem; And they were all baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 21And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and had a leathern girdle about his loins, and did eat locusts and wild honey. 22But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said unto them, “Ye offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 23Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance. 24And think not to say within yourselves, “We have Abraham to our father. For I say unto you, that the God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 25And even now the ax lieth at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 26I indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. He shall immerse you in a holy Spirit and fire; 27of whom the fan is in the hand of Him, and He will thoroughly cleanse the threshing-floor of Him; and will gather the wheat of Him into the barn, but the chaff He will burn up with unquenchable fire.”

       28And the multitudes asked him, saying, “What then may we do?” 29And he answered and said unto them, “The one having two coats, let him impart to the one not having; and one having foods, let him do likewise.” 30And there came also publicans to be baptized, and they said unto him, “Teacher, what may we do?” 31And he said unto them, “Do nothing more besides that having been commanded you. 32And soldiers also asked him, saying, “And we, what must we do?” And he said unto them, “Intimidate no one nor accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.” 33And as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts concerning John, whether haply he were the Anointed One. 34Indeed with many other encouraging words he preached the good tidings unto the people. Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things which Herod had done, 36added this also to them all, that he shut up John in prison.

The baptism of Jesus

It is necessary that I also pass through the water

37Then cometh Jesus from Galilee upon the Jordan, unto John to be baptized by him, 38But John forbade Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by Thee, and comest Thou to me?” 39But Jesus answering said unto him, “Permit now; for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he permits Him.”  40And having been baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water, and lo, opened to him were the heavens, and he saw the Spirit of the God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, 41and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is the Son of Me, the Beloved, in Whom I did delight.”

The temptations of Jesus

42And Jesus, full of a holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 43during forty days, being tempted of the devil. And He did eat nothing in those days. And when they were completed, He hungered. 44And the temping one approaching said “If Thou art a Son of the God, say in order that these stones loaves may become. 45And Jesus answered unto him, “It has been written, ‘A man shall not live by bread alone but by every word proceeding from a mouth of a God.’” 46Then takes the Devil Him into the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said unto Him, “If Thou art a Son of the God, cast thyself down from hence, 47For it is written, ‘He shall give his angels charge concerning thee, to guard thee’ 48And, ‘On their hands they shall bear thee up, lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone.’” 49And Jesus answering said unto him, “Again it has been written, ‘Thou shalt not tempt a Lord the God of thee.’”

           50Again the Devil led Him into a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the inhabitable earth and their glory in a moment of time. 51And the Devil said unto Him, “To Thee will I give all this authority, and the glory of them: for it hath been delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 52If Thou therefore wilt worship before me, it shall all be Thine.”  Saith Jesus unto him, “Get behind Me Satan: for it is written, ‘Thou shalt worship a Lord the God of thee, and Him only shalt thou serve.’” 54And having finished every temptation the Devil departed from Him until a point of time ; and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him.

Chapter 5

(A period of say 3 months – 27 A.D.)

John the Baptist’s testimony

       1And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem so that they might ask him, “Who are you?” 2He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Anointed One.”

        3And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 4Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those having sent us? What do you say about yourself?”

        5He said, “I am, ‘A voice of one yelling in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of a LORD,” ‘just as Isaiah the prophet said.”

       6Now those having been sent were from the Pharisees. 7And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 8John answered them, saying, “I baptize in water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. 9He is the One after me coming, Who is favoured rather than me; of Whom I am not worthy that I should loose the strap of his sandal.”

       10These things happened in Bethabara, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Jesus, the Lam of the God

        11The next day John sees Jesus coming toward him, and he says, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 12This is the One about whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who ranks before me, because He was before me.’ 13“I did not know Him; but that He should be made manifest to Israel, because of this I came baptizing in water.”

      14And John testified, saying, “I have beheld the Spirit coming down, as a dove, out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 15I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending and abiding on Him, this is He who baptizes in a holy Spirit.’ 16“And I have seen and have witnessed that this is the Son of the God.”

The first disciples of Jesus

        17Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 18And looking at Jesus as He was walking, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

       19The two disciples heard him speaking, and they followed Jesus. 20Then Jesus turned and observed them following, and said to them, “What are you seeking?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is translated, Teacher), “where do You stay?”

      21He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. It was about the tenth hour.

     22One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 23He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).

       24And he led him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).

The calling if Philip and Nathanael

         25On the next day Jesus decided to go into Galilee, and He finds Philip and says to him, “Follow Me.”

       26Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 27Philip finds Nathanael, and says to him, “Him of whom Moses wrote in the Law, and the prophets, we have found, Jesus the son of Joseph, who is from Nazareth.”

     28And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

       27Jesus seeing Nathanael coming toward Him, and says about him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no falseness!”

     28Nathanael says to Him, “From where do You know me?” Jesus answered and says to him, “Before Philip’s calling, you being under the fig tree, I observed you.”

      29Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of the God! You are the King of Israel!”

      30Jesus answered and says to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 31And He says to him, “Most assuredly I say to you, from now on you shall see heaven opened, and the angels of the God ascending and descending upon the Son of the Man.”

Jesus changes water to wine

       32And on the day, the third, a wedding festival being in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 33Now both Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding. 34And being short of wine, the mother of Jesus says to Him, “They have no wine.” 35Jesus said to her, “Woman, what is that to Me and to you? My hour has not yet come.” 36His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He may say to you, do.”

   37Now there were six stone water jars standing there, according to the purification rites of the Jews, each holding two or three measures. 

“No one who has been drinking old wine wants new wine. He says, ‘The old wine is better!'”

38Jesus says to them, “Fill the water jars of water.” And they filled them upward. 39And He says to them, “Now, draw out and carry to the head steward.” And they carried. 40Now when the head steward tasted the water wine having become, and knew not from where it is (but the servants knew, those having drawn the water), the head steward called the bridegroom. 41And says to him, “Every man first sets out the good wine, and when they become drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

   42This, the beginning of the signs, Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his marvelousness; and his disciples believed in Him. 43After this He went down into Capernaum, He, his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and there they remained not many days.

Chapter 6

(The early Judean ministry, 27 A.D.; about 8 months)

Jesus cleanses the temple (the first cleansing)

     1The Jewish Passover was near, and Jesus went unto Jerusalem. 2In the Temple He found the dealers in cattle, sheep, and doves, as well as moneychangers sitting at their tables. 3And having made a whip out of cords, He drove all of them out of the Temple, including the sheep and the cattle. He scattered the coins of the moneychangers and their tables He overturned. 4Then He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making My Father’s house a marketplace!”

      5His disciples remembered that it was written, “The zeal for Thy house has consumed Me.” 6Then the Jews responded and said to Him, “What sign can you show us as authority for doing these things?” 7Jesus answered them, “Destroy this, the Shrine, and in three days I will rebuild it.” 8The Jews said, “This, the shrine, has been under construction for 46 years, and you’re going to rebuild it in three days?” 9But that One spoke about the Shrine of the body of Him. 10After He had been raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that He had said this. So they believed the Scripture and the statement that Jesus had made.

Give us, this day, OUR daily bread

11While Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover at the Feast, many believed onto the Name of Him because they saw the signs that He was doing.12Jesus, however, did not entrust himself to them, on account of his knowing whatsoever. 13And He did not need anyone to tell Him concerning MAN, because He himself knew what was in MAN.

Jesus and Nicodemus

     14Now there was a man from the Pharisees, a leader of the Jews, whose name was Nicodemus. 15He came to Jesus at night and told him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from a God as a teacher, because no one can perform these signs that you are doing unless the God is with him.” 16Jesus replied to him, “Truly, I tell you with certainty; unless a person is born from above he cannot perceive the kingdom of the God.” 17Nicodemus asked Him, “How can a person be born when he is old? He can’t go back into his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?”     

18Jesus answered, “Truly, I tell you with certainty, unless a person receives birth of water and Spirit he is not able to enter the kingdom of the God. 19What is born out of the flesh is flesh, and what is born out of the Spirit is spirit. 20Don’t be astonished that I told you, ‘All of you must be born anew.’ 21The Spirit blows where it wants. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. Thus is every one that is born out of the Spirit.” 22Nicodemus asked him, “How can these things be?” 23Jesus answered him, “You’re the teacher of Israel, and these things knowest not

Jesus must be magnified is John’s concern

 24Truly, I tell you with certainty, ‘That which we know, we speak’; and, ‘That which we have seen, we testify’. Yet you people do not accept our testimony. 25If I have told you people about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe should I tell you about heavenly things?”

Lift Him higher; for all the world to see

26No one has gone up to heaven except the One who came down from heaven, the Son of Man Who is in heaven. 27Just as Moses elevated the serpent in the wilderness, so it behoved the Son of Man to be lifted up, 28so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.

29For so the God loved the world: So as, the Son of Him, the only born, He gave, so that everyone who believes unto Him might not perish but have eternal life. 30For, the God sent not the Son of Him into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 31Whoever believes unto Him is not judged, but whoever does not believe already has been judged, because he has not believed onto the Name of the only born Son of the God. 32And this is the condemnation, the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. 33For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 34But he who practices truth comes to the Light so that his works may be revealed, that they exist, having been worked as to God.       

John’s loyalty towards Jesus

      35After these things Jesus and his disciples came into the land of Judea. And He continued there with them and baptized. 36John was also baptizing in Aenon, near Salim, for many waters were there. And they came and were being baptized. 37For John had not yet been thrown into the prison. 38Then a question from John’s disciples arose with the Jews about purification. 39And they came to John and said to him, Teacher, the One who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have witnessed, behold, this One baptizes, and all are coming to Him.

     40John answered and said, “A man is able to receive nothing unless it has been given to him from Heaven. 41You yourselves witness to me that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but that having been sent, I am going before that One. 42The one having the bride is the bridegroom. But the friend of the bridegroom, standing and hearing him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom’s voice. Then this, my joy, has been fulfilled. 43That One must increase, but I must decrease.

Faith, in Jesus, is the only way to God the Father

Against my own life

      44‘The One having come from above is above all. The one being of the earth is earthy, and speaks of the earth. The One coming out of Heaven is above all. 45And what He has seen and heard, this He testifies, and no one receives his testimony. 46The one receiving his testimony has sealed that the God is true. 47For the One whom the God sent speaks the Words of the God, for the God does not give the Spirit by measure. 48The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 49The one believing into the Son has everlasting life; but the one disobeying the Son will not see life, but the wrath of the God remains on him.

Chapter 7

Jesus leaves Judea

        1As therefore knew the Lord that the Pharisees had heard Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John, although it was not Jesus who did the baptizing but the disciples of Him.  2He  left Judea and went away again into Galilee by the power of the Spirit. Meanwhile, the news about Him spread throughout the surrounding country.

3Now when Jesus heard that John had been imprisoned, He departed into Galilee leaving Nazareth behind, He came and settled down in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people sitting in darkness have seen a great light, and to those who sat in the land and the shadow of death, light sprang up on them.”     

4From that time Jesus began to preach saying, “The time has been fulfilled, and the kingdom of the God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” 

Jesus meets the Samaritan woman

         5Now it was necessary for Him to go through Samaria. 6He comes to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the piece of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 7Jacob’s Well was also there, and Jesus, tired out by the journey, sat thus at the well. It was about noon. 8There comes a woman from out of Samaria to draw water, says Jesus to her, “Give Me to drink,” 9for the disciples of Him had gone off into town that foods they may buy.

     10The Samaritan woman asked Him, “How can you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. 11Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is the One saying to you, ‘Give Me to drink,’ you would have been the one to ask Him, and He would have given you living water.” 12The woman says to Him, “O Lord! You don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where are you going to get this, the living water? 13Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it, along with his sons and his flocks, are You?”

       14Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will become thirsty again. 15But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never become thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up into life everlasting.” 16Says to Him the woman, “O Lord! Give me this, the water, so that I should not thirst nor should come here to draw.” 17Jesus says to her, “Go, call the husband of you, and come here.”

        18She says to him, “I have no husband.” Jesus says to her, “Thou hast well said, I have no husband; 19for thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast, is not thy husband. In this, thou didst speak truly.” 20The woman says to him, “My lord! I perceive thou art a prophet. 21Our fathers by this mountain did worship. But You say that in Jerusalem is the place where it behoveth to worship.”

      22Jesus says to her, “O woman! Trust Me, that there comes an hour when neither by this mountain nor in Jerusalem shall you worship the Father. 23You do not know what you are worshiping. We know what we are worshiping, because salvation comes from the Jews. 24Yet an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Indeed, for also the Father seeks such as his worshippers. 25Spirit, the God and those worshiping Him need in spirit and truth to worship.”

      26The woman says to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming, Who is called Christ; whenever that One should come He will tell us whatsoever.” 27Jesus says to her, “I, I am He, speaking to thee.”

The disciples return

I’m sending you to reap that for which you have not laboured

        28And upon this came His disciples, and were wondering that with a woman He was speaking, no one, however, said, “What seekest thou?” or “Why speakest Thou with her?” 29The woman then left her water-jug, and went away to the city, and saith to the men, 30”Come, see a man, who told me all things, as many as I did. Is this One not the Christ?” 31They went forth therefore out of the city, and were coming unto Him.

        32And in the meanwhile his disciples were asking Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 33But He said to them, “I have food to eat that ye have not known.” 34The disciples then said one to another, “Did any one bring Him anything to eat?” 35Jesus says to them, “My food is, that I may do the will of Him who sent Me, and may finish His work.

Jesus sees the people coming towards them

       36Do you not say that it is yet four months, and the harvest cometh; lo, I say to you, ‘Lift up your eyes, and see the fields, that they are white unto harvest already.’ 37And he who is reaping doth receive a reward, and doth gather fruit unto life eternal, that both He who is sowing and he who is reaping may rejoice together. 38For in this the saying is the true one, that another is the one sowing and another the one reaping. 39I sent you to reap that on which ye have not laboured; others laboured, and ye into their labour have entered.

More Samarians believe

       40Now many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Jesus because the woman had testified, “He told me everything I’ve ever done.” 41So when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them, and He stayed there for two days. 42And many more believed because of what He said. 43And they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of thy speaking: for we have heard for ourselves, and know that This is indeed the Saviour of the world.”

Jesus returns to Galilee and visits Nazareth

       44Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news about Him went out through all the surrounding region. 45And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 46And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He entered into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and He stood up to read.

      47And the book of Isaiah the prophet was given to Him. And having unrolled the scroll, He found the place where it was written: 48“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 49To preach the acceptable year of the LORD.”

      50And having rolled up the scroll, when He had given it to the attendant, He sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were looking intently at Him. 51And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your ears.” 52And all were bearing witness to Him, and were marveling at the gracious words which came out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” 53He said to them, “You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your hometown.'” 54Then He said, “Assuredly I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 55But I tell you truly, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine all over the land; 56but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a widow woman. 57And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”

        58“So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 59and rising up they threw Him out of the city; and brought Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, in order to throw Him down. 60But having passed through the midst of them. Jesus left for Galilee from there, 61since Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honour in his own country. 62When He arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him because they had seen everything that He had done in Jerusalem during the festival and because they, too, had gone to the festival.

      47So Jesus returned to Cana in Galilee, where He had turned the water into wine. Meanwhile, in Capernaum there was a certain nobleman whose son was ill. 48When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to Him and besought Him to come down and heal his son, because he was about to die. 49Jesus told him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe.” 50The nobleman says unto Him, “Sir, come down ere my son dies.”

     51Jesus says him, “Go! Your son lives.” The man believed what Jesus told him and he went. 52While he was on his way, his servants met him and told him that his child lives. 53So he asked them at what hour he had begun to recover, and they told him, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.” 54Then the father realized that this was the very hour when Jesus had told him, “Your son lives.” So he himself believed, along with his whole family. 55This again, a second sign, did Jesus, having come from Judea into Galilee.

Chapter 8

The calling of the first disciples

  1It happened that while Jesus was by the Sea of Galilee, the lake of Gennesaret, 2that the multitude, pressing on Him to hear the word of God, 3that He saw the two boats standing beside the lake. The fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 4And having entered into one of the boats, that was Simon’s, He asked him to put back a little from the land, and having sat down, was teaching the multitudes out of the boat.

     5And when He left off speaking, He said unto Simon, “Put back to the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” 6And Simon answering said to Him, “Sir, through the whole night, having laboured, we have taken nothing, but at Thy saying I will let down the net.” 7And having done this, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes, and their net was breaking. 8And they beckoned unto their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

   9And Simon Peter having seen, fell down at the knees of Jesus, saying, `Depart from me, because I am a sinful man, O lord.’ 10For astonishment seized him, and all those with him, at the draught of the fishes that they took. 11And in like manner also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, “Fear not, from now on you will be taking men alive.” 12And bringing their boats onto land, He saith to them, “Come ye after Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 13And they, immediately, having left the nets, did follow Him.

Jesus heals the sick

     14And Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every sickness, and every disease among the people. 15And his fame went forth to all Syria. And they brought to Him all having ailments, pressed with manifold sicknesses and pains, and demoniacs, and lunatics, and paralytics, and He healed them. 16And there followed Him many multitudes from Galilee, and Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

Jesus drives out an evil spirit

     17And He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And He was teaching them on the Sabbaths. 18And they were astonished at his teaching, because his word was with authority. 19And in the synagogue was a man, having a spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a great voice, 20saying, “Aha! What have we to do with Thee, Jesus, O Nazarene? Thou didst come to destroy us. I have known thee who thou art, the Holy One of the God.” 21And Jesus did rebuke him, saying, “Be silenced, and come forth out of him.” And the demon having cast him into the midst came forth from him, having hurt him not. 22And amazement came upon all, and they were speaking together, with one another, saying, “What is this doctrine, that with authority and power He doth command the unclean spirits, and they come forth?”

Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law

     23And having risen out of the synagogue, He entered into the house of Simon. The mother-in-law of Simon was pressed with a great fever, and they did ask Him about her. 24And having stood over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her, and presently, having risen, she was ministering to them. 25And at the setting of the sun, all, as many as had any ailing with manifold sicknesses, brought them unto Him, and He on each one of them his hands having put, did heal them. 26And demons also were coming forth from many, crying out and saying, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the God.” And rebuking, He did not suffer them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ.

    27And evening having come, they brought to Him many demoniacs. Just a word, and He did cast out the spirits and did heal all who were ill, 28that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, “He the weaknesses of us took, and the infirmities He boar.” 29And very early, it being yet night, having risen, He went forth, and went away to a desert place, and was there praying. 30And Simon and those with Him went in quest of Him. 31And having found Him, they say to Him, “All do seek thee” 32And He saith to them, “Let us go to the neighbouring towns, that there also I may preach, for, for this I came forth.” 33And He was preaching in their synagogues, in all Galilee, and casting out the demons.

The man with leprosy

    34And it came to pass, in his being in one of the cities, 35that a man full of leprosy, who seeing Jesus, fell on his face, and besought Him, saying, “If You will, You can make me clean” 36And Jesus, been moved with compassion, stretched forth the hand, touched him, and saith to him, “I will; be thou cleansed.” 37And He having spoken, immediately the leprosy went away from him, and he was cleansed.

     38And having sternly charged him, immediately He put him forth. 39And saith to him, “See, tell no one a thing, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer what Moses directed concerning your cleansing, for a testimony to them.“ 40But going out He began to proclaim much, and to spread about the matter, so that He no longer could openly enter into a city. Nevertheless, He was outside in deserted places. And they came to Him from every quarter.

Jesus heals the paralytic

     41He then entered into a boat, crossed over, and came into his own city. 42The report went out that He was home. 43And it happened on one of those days, that He was teaching; and there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every village of Galilee, Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was with Him to heal. 44Many people had gathered. There was no room left, even in front of the door. And He spoke the doctrine to them.

    45And behold, men bring on a bed a man that was palsied. And they sought to bring him in, and to lay him before Him. 46And not finding by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went up to the housetop, and let him down through the tiles with his couch into the midst before Jesus. 47And seeing their faith, He said, “Son, thy sins are forgiven thee.”

    48And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is This that speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but the God alone?” 49But Jesus perceiving their reasonings, answered and said unto them, “What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, “Thy sins are forgiven thee” or to say, “Arise and walk”? 50But that ye may know that the Son of the man hath power on the earth to forgive sins (He said unto him that was palsied), I say unto thee, “Arise, and take up thy couch, and go unto thy house.”

       51And immediately he rose up before them, took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his house, glorifying the God. 52And amazement took hold on all, and they glorified the God. And they were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today.”

The calling of Matthew

     53And Jesus departing saw a man sitting at the tax-office, called Matthew, and says to him, “Follow Me.” And rising up he followed Him.” 53And Levi, that is Matthew, made a great entertainment for Him at his house. 54And as they were reclining in the house, many tax-gatherers and sinners came and lay at table with Jesus and his disciples. 55And the Pharisees seeing, said to his disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax-gatherers and sinners?”

      56But Jesus hearing it, said, “They, the ones being strong, have not need of a physician, but, the ones having illnesses. 57But go, learn what this means, ‘It is mercy that I desire; not sacrifice.’ For, I have not come to call righteous men but sinners to repentance.”

Jesus questioned concerning fasting

   58John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came to Jesus and said to Him, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but Your disciples don’t?” 59Jesus replied, “Can wedding guests fast while the Groom is still with them? As long as they have the Groom with them, they cannot fast. 60But the time will come when the Groom will be taken away from them. Then they will fast.”

A parable concerning the accepting of a new doctrine

   61And He spake also a parable unto them, “No man putteth an un-shrunk garment upon an old garment; else he will rip the new, and also the piece from the new will not agree with the old. 62And no man putteth new wine into old wineskins; else the new wine will burst the skins, and itself will be spilled, and the skins will perish. 63But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 63And no man having drunk old wine straightaway desireth new. For he saith, “The old, it is delicious!”

Chapter 9

The healing, on the eve of The Passover, at the pool

The month Nissan/March or April

The following days were Sabbeth days except, of course, the Sunday the year of the crucifiction

14th Nissan Passover         Saturday               Sunday                21st Nissan     The following  Saturday    

The ‘Great’ Sabbath      Sabbath      Wave-offering            A Sabbath          Sabbath

  1Later on, there was another festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem is a pool called Bethesda in Hebrew. It has five colonnades, 3and by these a large number of sick people were lying, blind, lame, or paralyzed, waiting for the movement of the water. 4At certain seasons an angel would go down into the pool and stir up the water, and whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water, whole became, to whatever disease he had. 5One particular man was there who had been ill for 38 years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time; He asked him, “Do you desire to become whole?”

      7The sick man answered him, “O Lord, I don’t have anyone to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I’m trying to get there, someone else steps down ahead of me.” 8Jesus told him, “Arise! Take up your mat, and walk!” 9The man immediately became whole, and he picked up his mat and walked. Now, by that time of that day, it was a Sabbath. 10So the Jews told the man having been healed, “A Sabbath it is. And it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”

      11But he answered them, “The Man who made me well told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.'” 12They asked him, “Who is the Man who told you, ‘Pick it up and walk’?” 13But the one who had been healed did not know who it was, because Jesus had withdrawn, a crowd being in that place.

      14After these things Jesus finds him in the Temple and told him, “See, you have become whole. Sin no more lest something worse may happen to you.” 15The man went off and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him whole.

Jesus declares Himself, the Son of the God; that Son, the One, He sent

     16So the Jews began persecuting Jesus, because these things He was doing on a Sabbath. 17But Jesus answered them, “My Father is even working now, and I work.” 18So the Jews were trying all the harder to kill Him, because He was not only breaking the Sabbath but was also calling the God his own Father, thereby making Himself equal to the God. 19Jesus told them, “Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, the Son can do nothing on His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing, What the Father does, the Son does likewise. 20The Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He does and He will show Him even greater actions than these, so that you may marvel. 21Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to those He chooses. 22The Father judges no one, but has given all authority to judge to the Son, 23so that everyone may honour the Son as they honour the Father. Whoever does not honour the Son does not honour the Father, the One who sent Him.

Jesus foretells his ‘preaching to the dead’

       24“Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, the one the doctrine of Me hearing and believing the One having sent Me has life everlasting and into judgement will not come, but has passed out of the death to the life. 25Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, the time approaches, and is now here, when the dead will listen to the voice of the Son of the God, and those hearing it, will live. 26Just as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27and He has given Him authority to judge, because He is a Son of the Man.

Jesus foretells concerning ‘The Great White Throne Judgement’

    28“Don’t be amazed at this, because the time is approaching when all those in the tombs will hear the voice of Him 29and will come out—those the good having done, into a resurrection of life, and those the evil having practiced into a resurrection of judgement. 30I can do nothing on My own accord. I judge according to what I hear, and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the One who sent Me.”          

There is only one testimony that counts

    31“If I testify concerning Myself, My testimony is not true. 32There is Another who testifies about Me, and I knoweth that the testimony He gives about Me is true.

    33“You have sent messengers to John, and he has testified to the truth. 34But I, not the witness from man receive, but I am saying these things so that you may be saved. 35That one was the burning and shining lamp, however you were willing to exalt for an hour in the light of him.

    36“But I have the greater testimony than John’s, because the actions that the Father has given Me to complete, the very actions that I am doing, testify on My behalf that the Father has sent Me. 37Moreover, the Father who sent Me has Himself testified concerning Me. You have never heard his voice or seen what He looks like, 38nor do you have his doctrine at work in you, because you do not believe in the One whom He sent. 39You examine the Scriptures carefully because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. Yet they testify about Me. 40But you do not desire to come to Me to have life.

     41“Honour from man, I do not receive. 42But I have known you, that you do not have the love of the God in yourselves. 43I have come in the name of My Father and you do not receive Me. Yet if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44How can you believe, receiving honour from one another, and the honour, from the only God, you do not seek?

     45“Do not think that I will be the One to accuse you before the Father. There is one who accuses you, namely Moses, in whom you have hoped, 46for if ye were believing Moses, ye would have been believing Me, for he wrote concerning Me. 47But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe My words? But if his writings ye believe not, how shall ye believe My sayings?”

The disciples being condemned of eating of the harvest before, the ‘Wave-offering’; yet wink at David’s unlawful act

(Jesus was that ‘Wave-offering’ the following year; the day after the ‘second Sabbath’, Sunday, the resurrection morning)

    48And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the great one, that He went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. 49And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? 50And He said to them, “Did ye never read what David did, when he had need and was hungry, he and those with him? 51how he went into the house of God (at Abiathar the chief priest), and the loaves of the presentation did eat, which it is not lawful to eat, except to the priests, and he gave also to those who were with him?

    52“Or did ye not read in the Law, that on the sabbaths the priests in the temple do profane the sabbath, and are blameless? 53and I say to you, that a Greater than the temple is here. 54And if ye had known what is, ‘Kindness I will, and not sacrifice’, ye had not condemned the blameless.” 55And He said to them, `The sabbath for man was made, not man for the sabbath. 56So that the Son of the man is Lord, of this Sabbath, too.’

The healing of the man with a withered hand during the Passover Sabbath days

   57And He entered again into the synagogue, and there was there a man having the hand withered, 58and they were watching Him whether on the sabbaths He will heal him and they questioned Him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the sabbaths?” that they might accuse Him.

     59And He said to them, “What man shall be of you, who shall have one sheep, and if this may fall on the sabbaths into a ditch, will not lay hold on it and raise it? 60How much better, therefore, is a man than a sheep?”

   61And He saith to the man having the hand withered, “Rise up in the midst.” 62And He saith to them, “Is it lawful on the sabbaths to do good, or to do evil? Life to save, or to kill?” But they were silent. 63And having looked round upon them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their heart, He saith to the man, “Stretch forth thy hand.” And he stretched forth, and his hand was restored completely as the other. 64And the Pharisees having gone forth, immediately, with the Herodians, were taking counsel against Him how they might destroy him.

Jesus returns to Galilee

      65And Jesus, having known, withdrew with his disciples unto the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea, 66and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, having heard how great things He was doing, came unto Him.

       67And He said to his disciples that a little boat may wait on Him, because of the multitude that they may not press upon Him 68for He did heal many, so that they threw themselves on Him, in order to touch Him. As many as had plagues; He healed them all.

‘IT IS COMPASSION THAT I DESIRE, NOT SACRIFICE’;for I did not come to appeal to the righteous, but to sinners

   69And He did charge them that they might not make Him manifest, 70that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through Isaiah the prophet. 71“Lo, My Servant, whom I did choose, My beloved, in whom My soul did delight. I will put My Spirit upon Him, and justice to the nations He shall declare. 72He shall not strive nor cry, nor shall any hear in the broad places his voice, 73 A bruised reed, He shall not break, and smoking flax He shall not quench, till He bringeth justice unto the winner. 73And in his Name shall nations hope.”

  74And the unclean spirits, when they were seeing Him, were falling down before Him, and were crying, saying, ‘Thou art the Son of God.’

Chapter 10

Jesus spends the night in intense prayer, afterwards, the selecting of the Twelve

    1And it came to pass in those days, Jesus went forth to the mountain to pray, and was passing the night in the sincerness of the God. 2And when it became day, He summoned his disciples, and having chosen from them twelve, whom also He named apostles, 3Simon, whom also He named Peter, and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 4Matthew and Thomas, James of Alphaeus, and Simon, the one being called Zealot, 5Judas of James, and Judas Iscariot, who also became betrayer.

Blessings and woes

      6And having come down with them, He stood upon a level spot, and a crowd of his disciples, and a great multitude of the people from all Judea, and Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him, and to be healed of their sicknesses, 7and those harassed by unclean spirits, and they were healed. 8And the multitudes were seeking to touch Him, because power from Him was going forth, and healed all.

        9And He, having lifted up his eyes unto his disciples, said, 10“How blessed are the distressed who are needy of the spirit, because of them is the kingdom of the heavens. 11How blessed are those who mourn, because it is they who will be comforted! 12How blessed are those who are humble, because it is they who will inherit the earth! 13How blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because it is they who will be satisfied! Blessed those weeping now, they shall laugh.

       14”Woe to you who have been filled, because ye shall hunger. Woe to you who are laughing now, because ye shall mourn and weep. 15How blessed are those who are compassionate, they shall receive compassion! 16How blessed are those who are pure in heart, they will experience the God!

        17“How blessed are those who make peace, they will be called sons of God! 18Blessed are ye when men shall detest you, and when they shall reject you, and shall reproach, and shall cast forth your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. 19Rejoice in that day, and leap! For lo, your reward is great in the heaven, for according to these things were their fathers doing to the prophets.

       20“Furthermore, woe to you, the rich, because ye have the comfort. 21Woe to you when all men shall speak well of you, for according to these things were their fathers doing to the false prophets.”

You stand to gain

     22“But I say to you who are hearing, ‘Love your enemies, do good to those hating you, 23bless those cursing you, and pray for those insulting you. 24And to him smiting thee upon the cheek, give also the other, and from him taking away from thee the mantle, also the coat thou mayest not keep back. 25And to everyone who is asking of thee, give; and from him who is taking away thy goods, do not ask back. 26And as ye wish that men may do to you, do ye also to them in like manner.’”

      27“And, if ye love those loving you, what grace have ye? For also the sinful, love those loving them. 28And if ye do well to those doing good to you, what grace have ye? For also the sinful do the same. 29And if ye lend to those of whom ye hope to receive back, what grace have ye? For also the sinful, lend to sinners that they may receive again as much.”

    30”But love your enemies, do well, and lend, hoping for nothing again, and your reward will be great, and ye shall be sons of the Highest, because He is kind unto the ungracious and evil.”

    31”Therefore, be compassionate, just as your Father also is compassionate.”

Have no skeletons in your cupboard

   32And judge not, and in no way should you be judged; condemn not, and in no way should you be condemned; forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. 33Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed, and shaken, and running over, they shall give into your bosom, for with that measure with which ye measure, it shall be measured to you again.

   34And He spake a parable to them, “Is blind able to lead blind? Shall they not both fall into a pit? 35A disciple is not above his teacher, but when fully trained they shall be as the teacher. 36And why dost thou behold the speck that is in thy brother’s eye, and the beam, the one in your own eye, you do not mind?”

    37Or, how art thou able to say to the brother of you, O Brother, allow me, I may take out the speck, the one in your eye, but the beam, the one in your own eye, you do not mind? 38Hypocrite, take first the beam out of your own eye, and then you shalt see clearly to take out the speck that is in thy brother’s eye. 39Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”

In need? Seek!

     40“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. 41For everyone that asks receives, and he that seeks finds, and to him that knocks, it shall be opened.

   42“Or what man is there among you who, if his son should ask for bread, will give to him a stone? 43And if he should ask for a fish, he will give to him a serpent? 44If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, by how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 45Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, thus also you do to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

The narrow gate? On the other hand, the wide gate?

    46“Enter in through the narrow gate; because wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in through it. 47How narrow the gate, straight the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it!” 48“But beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”

A tree and its fruit

     49”You will know them by their fruits. 50For there is not a good tree making bad fruit, nor a bad tree making good fruit. 50For each tree from its own fruit is known, for not from thorns do they gather figs, nor from a bramble do they crop a grape. 51Every tree not producing good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.”

      52“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart doth bring forth that which is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart doth bring forth that which is  evil; for out of the abounding of the heart doth his mouth speak.”

      53“And why do ye call Me, O Lord, O Lord, and do not what I say? 54Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of the heavens, but he who does the will of My Father, the one in the heavens. 55Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your Name we cast out demons, and in Your Name we did many mighty works?’ 56“And then I will confess to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you who work iniquity!’”

The wise and foolish builders

     57”Every one who is coming unto Me, is hearing my words, and is doing them, I will show you to whom he is like. 58He is as unto a man building a house, who dug down to bedrock to lay a foundation upon the rock, and a flood having come, the stream broke forth on that house, and was not able to shake it, for it had been founded upon the rock.”

  59“And he, who heard and did not, is like to a man having builded a house upon the earth, without a foundation, against which the stream brake forth, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house became great.” 60And so it was, when Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 61for He taught them as one having authority, and not like the scribes.”

Chapter 11

The centurion’s faith

   1And when He completed all his sayings in the ears of the people, He went into Capernaum. 2And a certain centurion’s servant being ill, was about to die, who was much valued by him. 3And having heard about Jesus, he sent unto Him elders of the Jews, beseeching Him, that having come He might restore the slave. 4And they, having come near unto Jesus, were calling upon him earnestly, saying, `He is worthy to whom thou shalt do this, 5for he doth love our nation, and the synagogue he did build to us.’

    6And Jesus was going on with them, and now when He is not far distant from the house the centurion sent unto Him friends, saying to Him, `O Lord, be not troubled, for I am not worthy that under my roof Thou mayest enter. 7Wherefore not even myself thought I worthy to come unto Thee, but say in a word, and my lad shall be healed. 8For I also am a man placed under authority, having under myself soldiers, and I say to this, “Go,” and he goeth; and to another, “Be coming,” and he cometh; and to my servant, “Do this, and he doth.”’

     9And having heard these things Jesus wondered at him, and having turned to the multitude following Him, He said, `I say to you, not even in Israel so much faith did I find.’ 10And I say to you, ‘That many from east and west shall come and recline with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of the heavens. 11But the sons of the kingdom shall be cast forth to the outer darkness, there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.’

   12And Jesus said to those sent, `Go, as you trusted let it be to thee;’ and the young man was healed in that hour. 13And those sent, having turned back to the house, found the ailing servant in health.

Jesus raises the woman’s son

    14And it came to pass, on the morrow, He was going on to a city called Nain, and there were going with Him many of his disciples, and a great multitude. 15And as He came nigh to the gate of the city, then, lo, one dead was being carried forth, an only son of his mother, and she a widow, and a great multitude of the city was with her.

    16And the Lord having seen her, was moved with compassion towards her, and said to her, `Be not weeping.’ 17“And having come near, He touched the bier, and those bearing it stood still. He said, `Young man, to thee I say, “Arise!” 18And the dead sat up, and began to speak. And He gave him to his mother.

     19And fear took hold of all, and they were glorifying the God, saying, `A great prophet hath risen among us,’ and `The God did look upon his people.’ 20And the account of this went forth in all Judea about Him, and in the entire region around.

Jesus and the disciples of John the Baptist

     21And John having heard in the prison the works of the Christ, sent two of his disciples. 22And having come near to Him, the men said, `John the Baptist sent us unto Thee, saying, “Art Thou He who is coming, or for another do we look?’”

    23And in that hour He cured many from sicknesses, and plagues, and evil spirits, and to many blind He granted sight. 24And Jesus answering said to them, `Having gone on, report to John what ye saw and heard, that blind men do see again, lame do walk, lepers are cleansed, deaf do hear, dead are raised, poor have good news proclaimed. 25And happy is he whoever may not be stumbled in Me.’

     26And the messengers of John having gone away, He began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, `What have ye gone forth to the wilderness to look on? A reed by the wind shaken? 27But what have ye gone forth to see? A man in soft garments clothed? Lo, they in splendid apparellings, and living in luxury, are in the houses of kings! 28But what have ye gone forth to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and much more than a prophet. 29This is He concerning whom it hath been written, “Lo, I send my messenger before Thy face, who shall prepare thy way before Thee.”’

     30For I say to you, ‘A greater prophet, among those born of women, than John the Baptist there is not; but the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. 31And, from the days of John the Baptist till now, the kingdoms of the heavens doth suffer violence, and violent men do take it by force. 32For all the prophets and the law till John did prophesy. 33And if ye are willing to receive, he is Elijah who was about to come. He who is having ears to hear, let him hear.’

      34And all the people having heard, and the tax-gatherers, declared the God righteous, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 35But the Pharisees, and the lawyers, the counsel of the God did set aside, for themselves not having been baptized by him.

      36And the Lord said, `To what, then, shall I liken the men of this generation? And to what are they like? 37They are like to children, to those sitting in a market-place, and calling one to another, and saying, ‘We piped to you, and ye did not dance, we mourned to you, and ye did not weep! 38For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and ye say, “He hath a demon.” 39The Son of the Man came eating and drinking, and ye say, “Lo, a Man, a glutton, and a wine drinker, a friend of tax-gatherers and sinners.” 40And the wisdom was justified from all her ‘works’.’

Woes on unrepented cities

     41Then began He to reproach the cities in which were done most of his mighty works, because they did not reform.42`Woe to thee, Chorazin! Woe to thee, Bethsaida! Because, if in Tyre and Sidon had been done the mighty works that were done in you, long ago in sackcloth and ashes they had reformed. 43However, I say to you, to Tyre and Sidon, ‘It shall be more tolerable in a day of judgment than for you. 44And thou, Capernaum, which unto the heaven wast exalted, unto Hades shalt be brought down, because if in Sodom had been done the mighty works that were done in thee, it had remained unto this day. 45But I say to you, to the land of Sodom it shall be more tolerable in a day of judgment than to thee.’

Jesus, not a Taskmaster rather a Celestial Assistant

    46At that time Jesus answering said, `I do confess to Thee, Father, Lord of the heavens and of the earth, that thou didst hide these things from wise and understanding ones, and didst reveal them to babes. 47Yes, Father, because so it was good pleasure before Thee. 48All things were delivered to Me by My Father, and none doth know the Son, except the Father, nor doth any know the Father, except the Son, and He to whom the Son may wish to reveal. 49Come unto Me, all ye labouring and burdened ones, and I, I will rest you. 50Take up My yoke upon you, and learn from Me. Because, I am meek and humble in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls. For My relationship useful and, the task of mine undemanding.’

Chapter 12

A woman anoints Jesus’ feet

    1And a certain one of the Pharisees was asking Him that He might eat with him. And, having gone into the house of the Pharisee He reclined. 2And lo, a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having known that He sat at meat in the house of the Pharisee, having brought an alabaster box of ointment, and having stood behind, beside his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with the tears. And with the hairs of her head, she was wiping, was kissing his feet, and was anointing with the ointment.

   3And the Pharisee who did call Him, having seen, spake within himself, saying, `This One, if He were a prophet, would have known who and of what kind is the woman who doth touch Him, that she is a sinner.’ 4And Jesus answering said unto him, `Simon, I have something to say to thee;’ ‘Rabbi, say on,’ he replied.

   5Jesus replied, ‘There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And they having nothing to pay, he freely forgave both. Then which of them do you say will love him most?’ 6And answering, Simon said, ‘I suppose that one to whom he forgave most.’ And He said to him, ‘You have judged rightly.’

   7And having turned unto the woman, He said to Simon, `Seest thou this woman? I entered into thy house. Water for My feet thou didst not give, but this woman with tears did wet My feet. And with the hairs of her head did wipe. 8A kiss to Me thou didst not give. But this woman, from what time I came in, did not cease kissing My feet. 9With oil My head thou didst not anoint. But this woman with ointment did anoint My feet. 10And so I say to you, “She will have forgiveness for her sins which are great in number, because of her great love: but he who has small need of forgiveness gives little love.”’ 11And He said to her, `Thy sins have been forgiven.’

      12And those reclining with Him began to say within themselves, `Who is This, who also doth forgive sins?’ 13And He said unto the woman, `Your faith has delivered thee, be going on to peace.’

           The women who waited upon Jesus

   14And it came to pass thereafter, that He was going through every city and village, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of the God, and the twelve with Him. 15And certain women, who were healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary who is called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone forth, 16and Joanna wife of Chuza, steward of Herod, and Susanna, and many others, who were ministering to Him from their substance.

Jesus’ mother and brothers

   17And Jesus and his disciples come into a house. 18And a multitude again come together so that they were not able even to eat bread. 19And his kinsmen, having heard, went forth to lay hold on Him, for they said that He was beside himself. 20And while He was yet speaking to the multitudes, lo, his mother and brethren had stood without, seeking to speak to Him.

     21And one said to Him, `Lo, Thy mother and Thy brethren do stand without, seeking to speak to Thee.’ 22And He answering said to him, who spake to him, `Who is my mother? And who are my brethren?’ 23And having stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, He said, `Lo, My mother and My brethren! 24Or whoever may do the will of My Father who is in the heavens, he is My brother, and sister, and mother.’

Jesus and Beelzeboul

     25Then was brought to Him a demoniac, blind and dumb, and He healed him, so that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 26And all the multitudes were amazed, and said, `Is This not the Son of David?’ 27But the Pharisees having heard, said, `He hath Beelzeboul,’` and, `By the ruler of the demons He doth cast out the demons.’

      28And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, and, having called them near, in similes He said to them, `Every kingdom having been divided against itself is desolated, and no city or house having been divided against itself, doth stand. 29And if the Satan doth cast out the Satan, against himself he was divided, how then doth his kingdom stand?

      30`And if I, by Beelzeboul, do cast out the demons, your sons, by what do they cast out? Because of this they, they will prove that you are wrong. 31But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of a God, surely the kingdom of the God has come upon you. 32Or how is one able to go into the house of the strong man, and to plunder his goods, if first he may not bind the strong man? Then his house he will plunder.

            33`He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who is not gathering with Me, doth scatter. 34Because of this I say to you, “All sin and evil speaking shall be forgiven to the men, but the evil speaking of the Spirit shall not be forgiven to men. 35And whoever may speak a word against the Son of the Man it shall be forgiven to him. But whoever may speak against the Spirit the holy, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in that which is coming. 36`Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad, for from the fruit is the tree known.

            37`Brood of vipers! How are ye able to speak good things, being evil? For out of the abundance of the heart doth the mouth speak. 38The good man out of the good treasure of the heart doth put forth the good things, and the evil man out of the evil treasure doth put forth evil things.

            39`And I say to you, ‘Every idle word that the men may speak, they shall give for it a reckoning in a day of judgment. 40For from thy words thou shalt be declared righteous, and from thy words thou shalt be declared unrighteous.’

The sign of Jonah

            41Then answered certain of the scribes and Pharisees, saying, `Teacher, we wish to see a sign from Thee.’ 42And He answering said to them, `A generation, evil and adulterous, doth anxiously seek a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it, except the sign of Jonah the prophet. 43For, as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. So shall the Son of the Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

            44`Men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it, for they reformed at the proclamation of Jonah, and lo, a greater than Jonah here! 45A queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it. For, she came from the ends of the earth to hear the Wisdom of Solomon, and lo, a greater than Solomon here!

            46`And, when the unclean spirit may go forth from the man, it doth walk through dry places seeking rest, and doth not find. 47Then it saith, “I will turn back to my house whence I came forth.” And having come, it findeth it satisfying, being swept, and being adorned. 48Then doth it go, and take with itself seven other spirits more evil than itself, and having gone in they dwell there, and the last of that man doth become worse than the first; so shall it be also to this evil generation.’

Chapter 13

The parable of the sower

    1And again He began to teach by the sea, and there was gathered unto Him a great multitude, so that He, having gone into the boat, sat on the sea, and all the multitude was near the sea, on the land. 2And He taught them many things in parables, and He said to them in his teaching:

   3`Hearken, lo, the sower went forth to sow. 4And it came to pass, in the sowing, some fell by the way, it was trampled, and the fowls of the heaven did devour it. 5And other fell upon the rocky ground, where it had not much earth, and immediately it sprang forth, because of not having depth of earth,.6And the sun having risen, it was scorched, and because of not having moisture neither roots, it did wither.

    7And other fell toward the thorns, and the thorns did come up, and choke it, and fruit it gave not. 8And other fell to the good ground, and having germinated was giving fruit, coming up and increasing, and it bare, one thirty-fold, and one sixty, and one an hundred.’ 9And He said to them, `He, who is having ears to hear, let him hear.’

Jesus explains the parable

    10And when He was alone, those about Him, with the twelve, did ask Him, ‘What may be this parable?’ 11And He said to them, `To you it hath been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of the God, but to those who are without, in parables are all the things done. 12For whoever hath, it shall be given to him, he shall have overabundance, and whoever hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him. 13That seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand, lest they may turn, and the sins may be forgiven them. 14And fulfilled on them is the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, “With hearing ye shall hear, and ye shall not understand, and seeing ye shall see, and ye shall not perceive. 15For the people’s heart has become calloused, and with the ears heavily they hear, and their eyes they did close, lest they might see with the eyes, and with the ears might hear, and with the heart understand, and turn back, and I might heal them.”

     16`And happy are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17For verily I say to you that many prophets and righteous men did desire to see that which ye look on. And they did not see. And to hear that which ye hear, and they did not hear.

    18And He saith to them, `Have ye not known this parable? Moreover, how shall ye know all the parables?’ 19This is the parable, ‘He who is sowing doth sow the word. 20And these are they by the way where the word is sown. 21And whenever they may hear, immediately cometh the Devil, and he taketh away the word that hath been sown in their hearts, lest having believed they should be delivered.

    22`And these are they, in like manner, who on the rocky ground are sown, who, whenever they may hear the word, immediately with joy do receive it. 23And having not root in themselves, but are temporary; afterward tribulation or persecution having come because of the word, immediately they leave.

     24`And these are they who toward the thorns are sown: these are they who are hearing the word, 25but the anxieties of this age, and the deceitfulness of the riches, and the desires concerning the other things, entering in, choke the word, and reaches not perfection.

      26`And these are they who on the good ground have been sown: who do hear the word, and understands and receives with a good and better heart, and hold it, do bear fruit with patience, one thirty-fold, and one sixty, and one an hundred.’          

The lamp on a stand

     27And He said to them, `Doth the lamp come that under the measure it may be put, or under the couch, not that it may be put on the lamp-stand that the ones entering shall see by the light? 28Or there is not any thing hid that may not be manifested. Nor was anything kept hid but that it may become known. 29If any hath ears to hear, let him hear.’

     30He went on to say, ‘Pay attention to what you’re listening to! Knowledge will be measured out to you by the measure of attention you give. This is the way knowledge increases. 31Those who understand these mysteries will be given more knowledge. However, some people do not understand these mysteries. Even what they understand will be taken away from them.”

The parable of the degenerated wheat (deceitful workers)

      32Another parable He set before them, saying, `The kingdom of the heavens was likened to a man sowing good seed in his field, 33And, while men are sleeping, his enemy came and sowed degenerated wheat in the midst of the wheat, and went away. 34And, when the herb sprang up, and yielded fruit, then appeared also the darnel.

     35`And the servants of the householder, having come near, said to him, ‘O Master, good seed didst thou not sow in thy field? Whence then hath it the darnel?’ 36And he saith to them, ‘A man, an enemy, did this.’ And the servants said to him, ‘Wilt thou, then, that having gone away we may gather it up?’

     37`And he said, ‘No, lest, gathering up the darnel, ye root up with it the wheat. 38But, suffer both to grow together till the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “Gather up first the darnel, and bind it in bundles, to burn it, and the wheat gather up into my storehouse.”’

    39And He said, `To what may we liken the kingdom of the God, or in what parable may we compare it? 40It is like to a grain of mustard, which a man having taken, did sow in his field, 41which less, indeed, is than all the seeds, but when it may be grown, is greatest of the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the heaven do come and rest in its branches.’ 42Another parable spake He to them: `The kingdom of the heavens is as to leaven, which a woman having taken, hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.’

     43All these things spake Jesus in parables to the multitudes, and without a parable He was not speaking to them, and by themselves, to his disciples He was expounding all. 44That it might be fulfilled that was spoken through the prophet, saying, `I will open in similes my mouth, I will utter things having been hidden from the foundation of the world.’

      45And He said, `Thus is the kingdom of the God: as if a man may cast the seed on the earth. 46And may sleep, and may rise night and day, and the seed spring up and grow, he hath not known how. 47For of itself doth the earth bear fruit, first blade, afterwards an ear, afterwards full corn in the ear. 48And whenever the fruit may yield itself, immediately he doth send forth the sickle, because the harvest hath come.’            

The parable of the darnel explained

  49Then having let away the multitudes, Jesus came to the house, and his disciples came near to Him, saying, `Explain to us the parable of the darnel of the field.’ 50He answering said to them, `He who is sowing the good seed is the Son of the Man. 51And the field is the world, and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom, and the darnel are the sons of the evil one. 52And the enemy who sowed them, is the Devil. The harvest is a full end of the age, and the reapers are messengers.

     53`As, then, the darnel is gathered up, and is burned with fire, so shall it be in the full end of this age. 54The Son of the Man shall send forth his messengers, and they shall gather up out of his kingdom all the stumbling-blocks, and those doing the unlawlessness. 55And shall cast them to the furnace of the fire; there, shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth. 56`Then, shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He, who is having ears to hear, let him hear.

Jesus tells more parables

     57`Again, the kingdom of the heavens is as to treasure hid in the field, which a man having found did hide, and from his joy goeth, and all, as much as he hath, he selleth, and buyeth that field. 58Again, the kingdom of the heavens is as to a man, a merchant, seeking goodly pearls, 59who having found one pearl of great price, having gone away, hath sold all, as much as he had, and bought it.

      60Again, the kingdom of the heavens is as to a net that was cast into the sea, and did gather together of every kind, 61which, when it was filled, having drawn up again upon the beach, and having sat down, they gathered the good into vessels, and the bad they did cast out.

     62So shall it be in the full end of the age, the messengers shall come forth and separate the evil out of the midst of the righteous. 63And shall cast them to the furnace of the fire; there, shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.’

       64Jesus saith to them, `Did ye understand all these?’ They say to Him, `Yes, O Lord.’ 65And He said to them, `Because of this, every commentator having been discipled in regard to the kingdom of the heavens, is as to a man, a householder, who doth bring forth out of his treasury things new and old.’

    66And it came to pass, when Jesus finished these parables, He removed thence.

Chapter 14

The storm

       1And He saith to them on that day, evening having come, `We may pass over to the other side.’ 2And having let away the multitude, they take Him up as He was in the boat, and other little boats also were with Him. 3And as they are sailing He fell deeply asleep, and there came down a storm of wind to the lake, and they were filling, and were in peril. 4And having come near, they awoke Him, saying, `Master, Master, we perish.’ 5And He saith to them, `Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?’ Then having risen, He rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 6And they being afraid did wonder, saying unto one another, `What, then, is this, that even the winds He doth command, and the water, and they obey Him?’

The healing of the demon possessed man

     7And they came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gadarenes. 8And He having come forth out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man who had demons for a long time. 9He had his dwelling in the tombs, and with a garment was not clothed, and not even with chains was any one able to bind him. 10Many times he, with fetters and chains had been bound, but he them in pieces did tare. None was able to tame him. 11And always, night and day, in the mountains, and in the tombs, he was crying and cutting himself with stones.

     12And, having seen Jesus from afar, he ran and bowed before Him. 13And having called with a loud voice, he said, `What, to me and to Thee, Jesus, Son of God the Most High! I beseech Thee; didst thou come hither, before the time, to afflict? I adjure thee by God, mayest thou not afflict me!’ 14For He said to him, `Come forth, spirit unclean, out of the man,’

    15And Jesus was questioning him, `What is thy name?’ And he answered, saying, `Legion is my name, because we are many.’ 16And he was calling on Him, that He might not command them to go away to the abyss. 17And there was there a herd of many swine feeding in the mountain, and they were calling on Him, that He might suffer them to enter into these. 18And He saith to them, `Go.’ And having come forth, they went to the herd of the swine, and lo, the whole herd of the swine rushed down the steep, to the sea, and died in the waters. 19And those feeding did flee, and, having gone to both the city and the country, they declared all, and the matter of the demoniac.

     20 And they came forth to see what was come to pass. And they came unto Jesus, and found the man sitting, out of whom the demons had gone forth, clothed, and right-minded, at the feet of Jesus, and they were afraid. 21And those also having seen it, told them how the demoniac was saved.

     22And the whole multitude of the region of the Gadarenes round about asked Him to go away from them, because with great fear they were pressed, and He having entered into the boat, did turn back. 23And the man from whom the demons had gone forth was beseeching of Him to be with Him. 24And Jesus did not suffer him. But saith to him, `Go away to thy house, unto thine own friends, and tell them how great things the Lord did to thee, and dealt kindly with thee. 25And he went away, and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how great things Jesus did to him and all were wondering.

Jesus raises to life ‘Talitha’

    26And it came to pass, in the turning back of Jesus, the multitude received Him, for they were all looking for Him. 27And lo, there came a man, whose name is Jairus, and he was a chief of the synagogue. And having fallen at the feet of Jesus, 28because he had an only daughter about twelve years old. 29Saying, `My little daughter is at the last extremity, that having come, Thou mayest lay on her Thy hands, so that she may be saved, and she shall live.’

     30While he is yet speaking, there doth come a certain one from the chief of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, `Thy daughter hath died, harass not the Teacher.’ 31And Jesus having heard, answered him, saying, `Be not afraid, only believe, and she shall be saved.’

     32And having come to the house, He suffered no one to go in, except Peter, and James, and John, and the father of the child, and the mother. 33And they were all weeping, and beating themselves for her, and He said, `Weep not, she did not die, but doth sleep.’ 34And they were deriding Him, knowing that she did die;

     35And He having driven all outside, doth take the father of the child, and the mother, and those with Him, and goeth in where the child is lying. 36And, having taken the hand of the child, He saith to her, `Talitha cumi’ which is, being interpreted, `Damsel (I say to thee), arise.’ 37And her spirit came back, and she arose presently, and He directed that there be given to her to eat. 38And her parents were amazed, but He charged them to say to no one what was come to pass.

The healing of the woman of faith

   39But the fame of this went forth to all the land. And in his going away, the multitudes were thronging Him. 40And a certain woman, having an issue of blood twelve years, 41and many things having suffered under many physicians. And having spent all that she had, and having profited nothing, but rather having come to the worse. 42Having heard about Jesus and having come in the multitude behind, she touched his garment. 43For she said, `If even his garments I may touch, I shall be saved.’ 44And immediately was the fountain of her blood dried up, and she knew in the body that she hath been healed of the plague.

      45And immediately Jesus having known in Himself that out of Him power had gone forth, having turned about in the multitude, said, `Who did touch my garments?’ 46Who is it that touched Me?’ and all denying, Peter and those with him said, `Master, the multitudes press thee, and throng Thee, and thou dost say, ‘Who is it that touched Me!’

    47And Jesus said, `Some one did touch Me, for I knew power having gone forth from Me.’ 48And He was looking round to see her who did this. 49And the woman, having seen that she was not hid, trembling, came, and having fallen before Him, for what cause she touched Him declared to Him before all the people, and how she was healed presently. 50And He said to her, `Take courage, daughter, thy faith hath saved thee, be going on to peace, and be whole from thy plague.’

Jesus heals the blind and dumb

  51And Jesus passing on thence, two blind men followed Him, calling and saying, `Deal kindly with us, Son of David.’ 52And He having come to the house, the blind men came to Him. 53And Jesus saith to them, `Believe ye that I am able to do this?’ They say to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ 54Then touched He their eyes, saying, `According to your faith let it be to you.’ 55And their eyes were opened, and Jesus strictly charged them, saying, `See, let no one know.’ 56But they, having gone forth, did spread his fame in all that land.

   57And as they had departed, lo, they brought to Him a man dumb, a demoniac. 58And the demon having been cast out, the dumb spake, and the multitude did wonder, saying that `It was never so seen in Israel.’ 59But the Pharisees said, `By the prince of the demons He doth cast out the demons.’

Chapter 15

A prophet without honour

  1Then He went out from there and came to His hometown, and His disciples followed Him. 2And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many when they heard were astonished, saying, ‘Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, and such miracles are coming about by His hands? 3Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?’ And they were offended at Him.

  4But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honour if not in his own hometown, and among his relatives, and in his own house.’ 5And He could do no miracle there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6And He marvelled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages and continued teaching.

The workers are few

 7And Jesus was going about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every illness and every disease among the people. 8But seeing the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were faint and cast aside, like sheep having no shepherd. 9Then He said to His disciples, ‘Indeed the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 10Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He may send forth workers into his harvest.’

The disciples’ prayer answered

  11And having called on his twelve disciples, He gave to them power over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to be healing every sickness, and every infirmity. 12And of the twelve apostles the names are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James of Zebedee, and John his brother. 13 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the tax-gatherer; James of Alpheus, and Lebbeus who was surnamed Thaddeus, 14Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who did also deliver Him up.’

Jesus then sends the twelve out

   15These were the Twelve whom Jesus sent out after He had given them these instructions: ‘Don’t turn on to the road that leads to gentiles, and don’t enter Samaritan towns. 16Instead, you must go to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel. 17And, going on, proclaim saying that, the kingdom of the heavens hath come nigh. 18Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. You have received without payment, so give without payment.

  19`Provide not gold, nor silver, nor brass in your girdles, 20nor a provision bag for the way, nor two coats, nor sandals, nor staff. For, the worker, is worthy of his nourishment. 21And into whatever city or village ye may enter, inquire ye who in it is worthy, and there abide, until ye may go forth.

    22‘And coming to the house salute it. 23And if indeed the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it; and if it be not worthy, let your peace turn back to you. 24And whoever may not receive you nor hear your words, coming forth from that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 25Verily I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city.

   26`Lo, I do send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves, be ye therefore wise as the serpents, and harmless as the doves. 27And, take ye heed of the men, for they will give you up to Sanhedrims, and in their synagogues they will scourge you. 28And before governors and kings ye shall be brought for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations. 29And whenever they may deliver you up be not anxious how or what ye may speak, for it shall be given you in that hour, what ye shall speak. 30For ye are not the speakers, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

   31`And brother shall deliver up brother to death, and father child, and children shall rise up against parents, and shall put them to death. 32And ye shall be hated by all because of my name, but he who hath endured to the end, he shall be saved. 33And whenever they may persecute you in this city, flee to the other, for verily I say to you, ye may not have completed the cities of Israel until whenever the Son of the Man may come.

  34`A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 35Sufficientit it is to the disciple that he may be as his teacher, and the servant as his master. If the master of the house they did call Beelzeboul, how much more those of his household?

    36So never be afraid of them because of theirs, nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing secret that will not be made known. 37That, which I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light, and that which you hear at the ear, proclaim on the housetops.

    38‘And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. But, rather fear Him, who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna! 39`Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 40And of you, even the hairs of the head are all numbered. 41Fear not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

   42`Every one, therefore, who shall confess in Me before men, I also will confess in him before My Father who is in the heavens. 43And whoever shall deny Me before men, I also will deny him before My Father who is in the heavens. 44Ye may not suppose that I came to put peace on the earth. I did not come to put peace, but a sword. 45For I have come to ‘turn a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’. 46And ‘a man’s enemies will be his own household members.’

    47‘He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 48And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 49He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. 50He that receives you receives Me, and he that receives Me receives Him who sent Me.

    51‘He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he that receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 52And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.’

    53And it came to pass, when Jesus ended directing his twelve disciples, He departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. 54And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

John the Baptist beheaded

      55At that time did Herod the tetrarch hear the fame of Jesus. 56And said to his servants, `This is John the Baptist, he did rise from the dead, and because of this the mighty powers are working in Him.’ 57But others said, ‘It is Elijah.’ And others said, ‘It is a prophet, even as one of the prophets.’ 58And Herod having heard, said, `He whom I did behead, John, this is He; He was raised out of the dead.’ 59For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her. 60For John said unto Herod, ‘It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.’ 61And, he, being inclined to kill him, yet he feared the multitude, because as a prophet they were holding him.

     62And Herodias set herself against him, and desired to kill him; and she could not. 63For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was much perplexed; and he heard him gladly.

      64And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, and the high captains, and the chief men of Galilee. 65And when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and them that sat at meat with him. And the king said unto the damsel, ‘Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.’ 66And he swore unto her, ‘Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.’

     67And she went out, and said unto her mother, ‘What shall I ask?’ And she said, ‘The head of John the Baptizer.’ 68And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, ‘I will that thou forthwith give me on a platter the head of John the Baptist.’

     69And the king was exceeding sorry. But for the sake of his oaths, and of them that sat at meat, he would not reject her. 70And straightway the king sent forth a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring his head: and he went and beheaded him in the prison. 71And they brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the damsel; and the damsel gave it to her mother.

     72And when his disciples heard thereof, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

Chapter 16

The Twelve’s return

      1When the Apostles had re-assembled round Jesus, they reported to Him all they had done and all they had taught. 2After these things Jesus went away beyond the Sea of Galilee (of Tiberius).

The feeding of the five thousand

   3Then He said to them, ‘Come away, all of you, to a quiet place, and rest awhile.’ For there were many coming and going, so that they had no time even for meals. 4And they went away to a desert place, in the boat, by themselves. 5And Jesus went up to the mount, and He was there sitting with his disciples. 6And the Passover was nigh, the feast of the Jews.

    7And the multitudes saw them going away and many recognised Him, and by land from all the cities, they ran thither, went before them, and came together to Him. 8And having come forth, Jesus saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion on them, that they were as sheep not having a shepherd. 9And having received them He was speaking to them concerning the kingdom of the God, and those who needed to be restored to health, He cured. And He began to teach many things.

    10Jesus then having lifted up his eyes and having seen that a great multitude doth come to Him, saith unto Philip, `Whence shall we buy loaves that these may eat?’ 11And this He said, trying him, for He Himself had known what He was about to do. 12Philip answered Him, `Two hundred denaries worth of loaves are not sufficient to them, that each of them may receive some little.’ 13One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, saith to Him, 14`There is one little lad here who hath five barley loaves, and two fishes, but these, what are they to so many?’

      15And now the hour being advanced, his disciples having come near to Him, say, `The place is desolate, and the hour is now advanced. 16Let them away, that, having gone away to the surrounding fields and villages, they may buy to themselves loaves, for what they may eat they have not, that they may lodge and may find provision.’

     17And Jesus said to them, `They have no need to go away, give ye them to eat.’ 18And they say to Him, `We have not here except five loaves, and two fishes, if not, `Having gone away, may we buy two hundred denarii worth of loaves, and give to them to eat?’ 19And He said, `Bring ye them to Me hither.’

      20And He commanded them to make all recline in companies upon the green grass. 21And they sat down in squares, by hundreds, and by fifties. 22And having taken the five loaves and the two fishes, having looked up to the heaven, He blessed, and brake the loaves, and was giving to his disciples, that they may set before them, and the two fishes divided He to all. 23And they all ate, and were filled.

      24And when they were filled, He saith to his disciples, `Gather together the broken pieces that are over, that nothing may be lost.’ 25They gathered together, therefore, and filled twelve hand-baskets with broken pieces, from the five barley loaves that were over to those having eaten. 26And those eating were about five thousand men, apart from women and children.

Jesus came walking on the waters

        27The men, then, having seen the sign that Jesus did, said, `This is truly the Prophet, who is coming to the world.’ 28And immediately He constrained his disciples to go into the boat, and to go before to the other side, unto Bethsaida, till He may let the multitude away. 29And having taken leave of them, He went away to the mountain to pray. 30For Jesus, having known that they are about to come, and to take Him by force, that they may make Him king, He therefore retired to the mountain Himself alone.

      31And when evening came, his disciples went down to the sea. 32And having entered into the boat, they were going over the sea to Capernaum, and darkness had already come, and Jesus had not come unto them. 33The Lake also was getting rough, because a strong wind was blowing.

     34And evening having come, the boat was in the midst of the sea, and He alone upon the land, 35them having pushed onwards, about twenty-five or thirty furlongs. 36And He saw them harassed in the rowing, for the wind was against them, and about the fourth watch of the night, He doth come to them walking on the sea, and wished to pass by them.

     37They beheld Jesus walking on the sea, and coming nigh to the boat, and they were afraid. Thinking it to be a spirit, and cried out. 38For they all saw Him, and were troubled, and immediately He spake with them, and saith to them, `Take courage, I am He, be not afraid.’

    39And Peter answering Him said, `Lord, if it is Thou, bid me come to Thee upon the waters.’ 40And He said, `Come;’ and having gone down from the boat, Peter walked upon the waters to come unto Jesus. 41But when he felt the wind he grew frightened, and having begun to sink, he cried out, saying, `Lord, save me.’ 42And immediately Jesus, having stretched forth the hand, laid hold of him, and saith to him, `Little faith! For what didst thou doubt?’

    43So they climbed into the boat, and the wind lulled, and greatly out of measure were they amazed in themselves, and were wondering. 44For they understood not concerning the loaves, for their heart hath been hard. 45And those in the boat having come, did bow to Him, saying, `Truly, God’s Son art thou.’

Jesus, faithfully continues on his mission

     46And when they went out of the ship, immediately the men of the place knew Him. 47And they ran through all that region, and began to bring forth them that were sick, bearing them on beds to where they heard He was. 48And wherever He was going, to villages, or cities, or fields, in the market-places they were laying the infirm, and were calling upon Him, that they may touch if it were but the fringe of his garment, and as many as were touching Him were healed.

    49Meanwhile, on the morrow, the multitude that was standing on the other side of the sea, having seen that there was no other little boat there except one, that into which his disciples entered, and that Jesus went not in with his disciples into the little boat, but his disciples went away alone. 50And other little boats came from Tiberius, nigh the place where they did eat the bread, the Lord having given thanks. 51When therefore the multitude saw that Jesus is not there, nor his disciples, they also themselves did enter into the boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus.

    52And having passed over, they came upon the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore. 53And having found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, `Rabbi, when hast thou come hither?’ 54Jesus answered them and said, `Verily, verily, I say to you, ‘Ye seek Me, not because ye saw signs, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were satisfied. 55Labour not for the food, which perisheth, but for that Food which endureth to everlasting life, which the Son of man will give to you: for Him hath God the Father sealed.’

Jesus tells of his mission, the reason why He was sent

     56They said therefore unto Him, `What may we do that we may work the works of God?’ 57Jesus answered and said to them, `This is the work of God that ye may believe in Him, whom He did send.’ 58They said therefore to Him, `What, as sign, then, dost thou, that we should know and we should trust in Thee? What is your intention?

    59Our fathers the manna did eat in the wilderness, according as it is having been written, Bread out of the heaven He gave them to eat.’ 60Jesus, therefore, said to them, `Verily, verily, I say to you, Moses did not give you The Bread out of the heaven; but My Father doth give you The True Bread out of the heaven. 61For The Bread of God is that which is coming down out of the heaven, and giving life to the world.’

    62‘They said, therefore, unto Him, `O Master, always give us This Bread.’ 63And Jesus said to them, `I am The Bread of the life; he who is coming unto Me may not hunger, and he who is believing in Me may not thirst, at any time. 64But I said to you, that ye also have seen Me, and ye trust not.

    65‘All that the Father doth indicate to Me will come unto Me; and him who is coming unto me, I may in no wise cast without. 66Because I have come down out of the heaven, not that I may do My Will, but the Will of Him who sent Me.

    67`And this is the Will of the Father who sent Me, that all that He hath indicated to Me I may not lose of it, but may raise it up in the last day. 68And this is the Will of Him that sent Me. That everyone who beholds the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life. Moreover, I will raise him up at the last day.

   69The Jews, therefore, were murmuring at Him, because He said, `I am The Bread that came down out of the heaven’ 70And they said, `Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we have known? 71How then saith this One, “Out of the heaven I have come down?”’

    72Jesus answered, therefore, and said to them, `Murmur not one with another. 73No one is able to come unto Me, if the Father, who sent Me, may be of no interest to such a one, and I will raise him up in the last day. 74It is having been written in the prophets, “And they shall be all taught of the God. Every one therefore who heard in respect of the Father, and learned, cometh to Me. 75Not that any one hath seen the Father, except He who is from the God, He hath seen the Father.

   76`Verily, verily, I say to you, He who is trusting in Me, hath everlasting life. 77I am The Bread of the life. 78Your fathers did eat the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 79This, It is, The Bread, the One, having descended from the heaven, that whoever of it should eat also should not die. 80`I am the Living Bread that came down out of the heaven. If any one may eat of This Bread he shall live forever; and The Bread also that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.’

   81The Jews, therefore, were contended with one another, saying, `How is this One able to give us his flesh to eat?’

    82Jesus, therefore, said to them, `Verily, verily, I say to you, “If ye may not eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and may not drink his blood, ye have no life in yourselves. 83He who is eating my flesh, and is drinking my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day. For, my flesh truly is food, and my blood truly is drink. 84He who is eating my flesh, and is drinking my blood, doth remain in Me, and I in him.

     85`According as the living Father sent Me, and I live for the sake of the Father, he also who is eating Me, even that one shall live for the sake of Me. 86This, It is, The Bread that came down out of the heaven; not as your fathers did eat the manna, and died; he who is eating This Bread shall live forever.’

     87Many, therefore, of his disciples having heard, said, `This word is hard; who is able to hear it?’ 88And Jesus having known in Himself that his disciples are murmuring about this, said to them, `Doth this stumble you? 89What then, if ye may look on the Son of Man going up where He was before? 90The spirit it is that restoreth life; the flesh doth not profit anything; the sayings that I speak to you, it is spirit. And they, they are life. 91But there are certain of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus had known from the beginning who they are who are not believing, and who is he who will deliver Him up. 92And He said, `Because of this, I have said to you, “No man can come unto Me, if it may not having been assigned him from my Father.’”

    93From this time many of his disciples went away backward, and were no more walking with Him. 94Jesus, therefore, said to the twelve, `Do ye also wish to go away?’ 95Simon Peter, therefore, answered him, `O Lord! Unto whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. 96And we have believed, and we have known, that Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.’

     97Jesus answered them, `Did not I choose you, the twelve? And of you, one is a devil? 98And He spake of Judas, Simon’s son, Iscariot, for he was about to deliver Him up, being one of the twelve.

What does make one ‘holy’?

   99Then came together unto Him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, having come from Jerusalem. 100And having seen certain of his disciples with defiled hands, that is, unwashed, eating bread, they found fault. 101For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, if they do not wash the hands to the wrist, do not eat, holding the tradition of the elders. 102And when buying something in the marketplace, they never eat it until they wash it in a special way. They also follow other rules from their people who lived before them. They follow rules like the washing of cups, pitchers, and pots.

    103Then question Him do the Pharisees and the scribes, `Wherefore do thy disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but with unwashed hands do eat the bread?’ 104And He answering said to them, `Well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you, hypocrites, as it hath been written, “This people with the lips doth honour Me, and their heart is far from Me. 105And in vain do they worship Me, teaching things, commands of men. 106For, having put away the command of God, ye hold the tradition of men, baptisms of pots and cups; and many other such like things ye do.”

     107And He said to them, `Well do ye put away the command of the God that your tradition ye may keep. 108For Moses said, “Honour thy father and thy mother; and, he who is speaking evil of father or mother let him die the death.” 109But ye say, ‘If a person tells his father or mother that whatever he might have used to help them is Corban (that is, an offering to God), 110no more do ye suffer him to do anything for his father or for his mother. 111Thus setting aside the word of the God for your tradition that ye delivered; and many such like things ye do.”

     112And having called near all the multitude, He said to them, `Hearken to Me, ye all, and understand. 113There is nothing from without the man entering into him that is able to defile him, but the things coming out from the mouth of him, those are the things defiling the man. 114If any hath ears to hear, let him hear.’

Jesus explains

   115When He had gone into a house, his disciples asked Him about this illustration. 116And Peter answering said to Him, `Explain to us this illustration.’ 117And Jesus said, `So also ye are without understanding! Do ye not perceive that nothing from without entering into the man is able to defile him? 118Because it doth not enter into his heart, but into the belly, and into the bowel it goes forth purifying all the foods.’ 119But the things coming forth from the mouth from the heart do come forth and these defile the man. 120For from the heart, come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. 121These are the things defiling the man. 122But to eat with unwashed hands doth not defile the man.

Many there are that ‘force their way’ in

   123Then his disciples came to Him saying, ‘Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended after they heard this saying? 124And He answering said, `Every plant that My heavenly Father did not plant shall be rooted up. 125Let them alone, guides they are, blind of blind. And if blind may guide blind, both into a ditch shall fall.’ 126These things He said in a synagogue, teaching in Capernaum.

Chapter 17

The Canaanitess’ faith

1Then He rose and left that place and went into the neighbourhood of Tyre and Sidon. Here He entered a house and wished no one to know it, but He could not escape observation. 2Suddenly a Canaanitess from that territory came near and began to shout, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed!”

3But He didn’t answer her at all. Then his disciples came up and kept urging Him, “Send her away, because she keeps on screaming as she follows us.” 4But He replied, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel.”

5Then she came and fell down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 6He replied, “It’s not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the puppies.” 7She said, “Yes, Lord. But even the puppies eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ tables.”

8“For those words of yours, go home,” He replied; “the demon has gone out of your daughter.” That very hour her daughter was healed. 9So she went home, and found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

The deaf and stammerer demonstrates his ailment, sighs, looks up towards heaven then to Jesus in despair

10Returning from the neighbourhood of Tyre, He came by way of Sidon to the Lake of Galilee, passing through the district of Decapolis. 11Here they brought to Him a deaf man that stammered, on whom they begged Him to lay His hands. 12And He taking him away from the crowd in private, he put the fingers of him into the ears of him, and spitting he touched the tongue of him. 13And looking up towards the heaven he sighed, and He says to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Open!”) 14And his ears were opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. 15Then Jesus charged them to tell no one; but the more He charged them, all the more did they spread the news far and wide. 16The amazement was extreme. “He succeeds in everything He attempts,” they exclaimed; “He even makes deaf men hear and dumb men speak!”

Jesus feeds the four thousand

17And, moving thence, Jesus went along by the Lake of Galilee; and ascending the hill, He sat down there. 18Soon great crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were crippled in feet or hands, blind or dumb, and many besides, and they hastened to lay them at His feet. And He cured them. 19So that the people were amazed to see the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they gave the glory to the God of Israel.

20Then Jesus called his disciples and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with Me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.” 21And his disciples say to Him, “Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to satisfy so great a multitude?” 22And Jesus saith to them, “How many loaves have ye?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fishes.”

23So He bade all the people sit down on the ground. 24He took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks, He broke them up and then distributed them to the disciples, and they to the people. 25And they all ate and were satisfied. The broken portions that remained over they took up–seven full baskets.

26Those who ate were four thousand adult men, without reckoning women and children. 27He then dismissed the people, went on board the boat, and came into the district of Magdala.

We want a sign

28And having come the Pharisees and Sadducees tempting, asked to show them a sign out of the heaven. 29And having sighed deeply in his spirit, He saith, “Why doth this generation seek after a sign?” He said to them, “Evening coming on, you say, ‘Clear sky, for the sky is red.’ 30And at morning, ‘Today a storm, for the sky is red, being overcast.’ Hypocrites! You indeed know how to discern the face of the heaven, but you cannot the signs of the times. 31An evil and adulterous generation seeks a sign, and a sign will not be given to it, except the sign of Jonah the prophet.”

Be on your guard against false teachings

32So He left them, went on board again, and came away to the other side. 33Now they had forgotten to take bread, nor had they more than a single loaf with them in the boat. 34And when Jesus said to them, “See to it, be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” 35And they were reasoning with one another, saying, `Because we have no loaves.’ 36And Jesus having known, saith to them, `Why do ye reason, because ye have no loaves? Do ye not yet perceive, nor understand, yet have ye your heart hardened? 37Having eyes, do ye not see? And having ears, do ye not hear? And do ye not remember?

38When the five loaves I did break to the five thousand, how many hand-baskets full of broken pieces took ye up?’ They say to Him, `Twelve.’ 39`And when the seven to the four thousand, how many hand-baskets full of broken pieces took ye up?’ and they said, `Seven.’

40How is it you do not understand that it was not about bread that I spoke to you? But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 41Then they perceived that He had not warned them against bread-yeast, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

The healing of the blind man of Bethsaida

42And they came to Bethsaida. And a blind man was brought to Jesus and they entreated Him to touch him. 43So He took the blind man by the arm and brought him out of the village, and spitting into his eyes He put his hands on him and asked him, “Can you see anything?”

44He looked up and said, “I can see the people. I see them like trees, walking.” 45Then for the second time He put his hands on the man’s eyes, and the man, looking steadily, recovered his sight and saw everything distinctly. 46So He sent him home, and added, “Do not even go into the village.”

Peter’s confession, the receiving of ‘the keys of knowledge’ and the using of them in accordance to ‘as it is written’  

47One day, having come into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, when He was praying by Himself, the disciples were present and He asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?” 48And they said, `Some, John the Baptist, and others, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.’

49He saith to them, `And ye, who do ye say Me to be?’ 50And Simon Peter answering said, `Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ 51And Jesus answering said to him, `Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona, because flesh and blood did not reveal it to thee, but the Father of Me, the One who is in the heavens.

52`And I also say to thee, that thou art a rock, moreover upon this, the Rock, I will build Me the church, and gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 53And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of the heavens, and whatever thou mayest bind upon the earth shall be having been bound in the heavens, and whatever thou mayest loose upon the earth shall be having been loosed in the heavens.’ 54Then did He charge his disciples that they may say to no one that He is Jesus the Christ.

Jesus now tells of ‘what is written’ concerning Himself’

55From this time Jesus began to explain to the disciples of Him that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer much cruelty from the Elders and the High Priests and the Scribes, and be put to death, and on the third day be raised to life again.

56Then Peter took Him aside and began taking Him to task. “Master,” he said, “God forbid; this will not be your lot.” 57But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Adversary. You are a hindrance to Me, because your thoughts are not the thoughts of the God, but the thoughts of the men.”

58And having called near the multitude, with his disciples, He said to them, “If any one desires to follow Me, let him renounce self and take up his cross, and so be My follower. 59For whoever desires to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.

60“Why, what benefit will it be to a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give to buy back his life? 61For whoever may be ashamed of Me, and of My words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of the Man also shall be ashamed of him, when He may soon come in the glory of his Father, with the holy angels. Then will He repay every man according to his actions. 62I solemnly tell you that some of the ones standing here will certainly not taste death till they have seen the Son of Man come in the royal dignity of a God with power.”

Chapter 18

The transfiguration

            1And it came to pass, after these words, as it were eight days later, that having taken Peter, and John, and James, He brought them into the mountain in private alone. 2And it came to pass, in his praying, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his garment white and sparkling. 3And lo, two men were speaking together with Him, who were Moses and Elijah. 4They, appearing in glory, and kept speaking about his death, which He was so soon to undergo in Jerusalem.

            5Now Peter and the others were weighed down with sleep; but, keeping themselves awake all through, they saw his glory, and the two men standing with Him. 6And it came to pass, in their parting from Him, Peter said unto Jesus, `Master, it is good to us to be here; and we may make three booths, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah,’ not knowing what to say. They were filled with such awe.

            7And as he was speaking these things, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them, and they feared in their entering into the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud saying, `This is My Son, the Beloved in Whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.’ 8And the disciples having heard, did fall upon their face, and were exceedingly afraid. 9And Jesus having come near, touched them, and said, `Rise, be not afraid.’ 10And having lifted up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus only.

            11And as they are coming down from the mount, Jesus charged them, saying, `Say to no one the vision, till the Son of  the Man out of the dead may rise.’ 12And his disciples questioned Him, saying, `Why then do the scribes say that Elijah it behoveth to come first?’ 13And Jesus answering said to them, `Elijah doth indeed come first, and shall restore all things. 14And I say to you, Elijah did already come, and they did not know him, but did with him whatever they would, so also the Son of the Man is about to suffer by them.’ 15Then understood the disciples that concerning John the Baptist He spake to them.

The healing of the epileptic 

            16And it came to pass on the next day, having come unto the disciples, He saw a great multitude about them, and scribes questioning with them. 17Immediately the whole multitudes on beholding Him were astonished and awe-struck, and yet they ran forward and greeted Him.

            18And He questioned the scribes, `What dispute ye with them?’ 19And lo, a man from the multitude cried out, saying, `Teacher, I beseech thee, look upon my son, because he is my only begotten. 20And lo, a spirit doth take him, suddenly he doth cry out, it teareth him, with foaming, and it hardly departeth from him, bruising him. 21And I besought Thy disciples that they might cast it out, but they had not the power.’

            22And Jesus answering said, `O generation, unstedfast and perverse, till when shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring near hither thy son.’ 23So they brought him to Jesus. And the spirit, when he saw Jesus, immediately threw the youth into convulsions, so that he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.

            24Then Jesus asked the father, ‘How long has he been like this?’ ‘From early childhood,’ he said. 25‘And often it has thrown him into the fire or into pools of water to destroy him. But, if you possibly can, have pity on us and help us.’

            26‘If I possibly can!’ Replied Jesus; ‘Why, everything is possible to him who believes.’ 27Immediately the father cried out, ‘I do believe: strengthen my weak faith.’ 28Then Jesus, seeing that an increasing crowd was running towards Him, rebuked the foul spirit, and said to it, ‘Dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter into him again.’

            29So with a loud cry he threw the boy into fit after fit, and came out. The boy looked as if he were dead, so that most of them said he was dead. 30But Jesus took his hand and raised him up and he stood on his feet. 31And they were all amazed at the greatness of the God.

            32After the return of Jesus to the house his disciples asked Him privately, ‘How is it that we could not expel the spirit?’ 33He told them, ‘Because of your lack of faith. I tell you with certainty, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. 34But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.’

The question of paying tribute in one’s hometown

            35And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received the half–shekel came to Peter, and said, ‘Doth not your Master pay the half–shekel?’ 36He saith, ‘Yes.’ And when he came into the house, Jesus spake first to him, saying, ‘What thickest thou, Simon? The kings of the earth, from whom do they receive toll or tribute? From their sons or from strangers?’

            37And when he said, ‘From strangers,’ Jesus said unto him, ‘Therefore the sons are free. 38But, lest we cause them to stumble, go thou to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up. And when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a shekel. Take that, and give unto them for me and thee.’

            39Departing thence they passed through Galilee, and He was unwilling that any one should know it. 40Because He was teaching his disciples and telling them, ‘The Son of the Man will be betrayed into human hands. They will kill Him, but after being dead for three days He will be raised.’ 41They did not understand what this statement meant, and they were afraid to ask Him. 42And there entered a reasoning among them, this, ‘Who may be greater of them?’

Who is the greatest?

            43And when He came to Capernaum, and being in the house, He was questioning them, `What were ye reasoning in the way among yourselves?’ 44And they were silent, for with one another they did reason in the way, ‘Who is greater.’ 45And having sat down He called the twelve, and He saith to them, `If any doth will to be first, he shall be last of all, and minister of all.’

            46And having taken a child, He set him in the midst of them, and having taken him in his arms, said to them, 47`Whoever may receive one of such children in My Name, doth receive Me, and whoever may receive Me, doth not receive Me, but Him who sent Me.’ 48And said, `Verily I say to you, if ye may not be turned and become as the children, ye may not enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

            49‘Whoever then may humble himself as this child; he is the greater in the kingdom of the heavens. 50And whoever may cause to stumble one of those little ones who are believing in Me, it is better for him that a weighty millstone may be hanged upon his neck, and he may be sunk in the depth of the sea.

            51`Beware! Ye may not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that their angels in the heavens do always behold the face of My Father who is in the heavens. 52For whoever may give you to drink a cup of water in My Name, because ye are Christ’s, verily I say to you, he may not lose his reward. 53And whoever may cause to stumble one of the little ones believing in me, better is it for him if a millstone is hanged about his neck, and he hath been cast into the sea.

            54`And if thy hand may cause thee to stumble, cut it off; it is better for thee maimed to enter into the life, than having the two hands, to go away to the Gehenna, to the fire, the unquenchable. 55Where their worm is not dying, and the fire is not being quenched.

            56`And if thy foot may cause thee to stumble, cut it off; it is better for thee to enter into the life lame, than having the two feet to be cast to the Gehenna, to the fire, the unquenchable. 57Where their worm is not dying, and the fire is not being quenched.

            58‘And if thine eye may cause thee to stumble, cast it out; it is better for thee one-eyed to enter into the kingdom of the God, than having two eyes, to be cast to the Gehenna of the fire. 59Where their worm is not dying, and the fire is not being quenched. 60For the Son of Man did come to save the lost.’

The parable of the lost sheep

            61`What think ye? If a man may have an hundred sheep, and there may go astray one of them, doth he not, having left the ninety-nine, having gone on the mountains, seek that which is gone astray? 62And if it may come to pass that he doth find it, verily I say to you, that he doth rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that have not gone astray. 63Even so, it is not the will in presence of your Father who is in the heavens, that one of these little ones may perish.

            64`And if thy brother may sin against thee, go and show him his fault between thee and him alone, if he may hear thee, thou didst gain thy brother. 65And if he may not hear, take with thee yet one or two, that by the mouth of two witnesses or three every word may stand. 66And if he may not hear them, say it to the assembly, and if also the assembly he may not hear, let him be to thee as the heathen man and the tax-gatherer.’

            67Verily I say to you, ‘Whatever things ye may bind upon the earth shall be having been bound in the heavens, and whatever things ye may loose on the earth shall be having been loosed in the heavens. 68Again, I say to you, that, if two of you join in harmony on the earth concerning any matter, whatever they may huger after, it shall be done to them from my Father who is in the heavens. 69For where there are two or three gathered together, to My Name, there am I in the midst of them.’

Be prepared to sacrifice and forgive as much as seven times?

            70Then Peter having come near to him, said, `Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him, till seven times?’ 71Jesus saith to him, `I do not say to thee till seven times, but till seventy times seven. 72Because of this was the kingdom of the heavens likened to a man, a king, who did will to take reckoning with his servants. 73And he having begun to take account, there was brought near to him one debtor of a myriad of talents.

            74And he having nothing to pay, his lord did command him to be sold, and his wife, and the children, and all, whatever he had, and payment to be made. 75The servant then, having fallen down, and worshipped him, saying, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.’ 76And the lord of that servant having been moved with compassion did release him, and the debt he forgave him.

            77`And, that servant having come forth, found one of his fellow-servants who was owing him an hundred denaries, and having laid hold, he took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me that which thou owest.’ 78His fellow servant then, having fallen down at his feet, was calling on him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.’ 79And he would not, but having gone away, he cast him into prison, till he might pay that which was owing.

            80`And his fellow-servants having seen the things that were done, were grieved exceedingly, and having come, showed fully to their lord all the things that were done. 81Then having called him, his lord saith to him, ‘Evil servant! All that debt I did forgive thee, seeing thou didst call upon me. 82Did it not behove also thee to have dealt kindly with thy fellow servant, as I also dealt kindly with thee?

            83`And having been wroth, his lord delivered him to the inquisitors, till he might pay all that was owing to him. 84So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if ye may not forgive each one his brother from your hearts their trespasses. 85‘For all shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be seasoned with salt. 86The salt is good, but if the salt may become saltless, in what will ye season it? Have in yourselves salt, and be at peace in one another.

One is either an enemy or, a friend

            87John told Jesus, ‘Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in Your Name. We tried to stop him, because he wasn’t a follower like us.’ 88But Jesus said, ‘Don’t stop him, because no one who works a miracle in My Name can slander Me soon afterwards. 89Whoever is not against us is for us.

The Feast of Tabernacles

            90And Jesus was walking after these things in Galilee, for He did not wish to walk in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill Him. 91And the feast of the Jews was nigh, that of tabernacles. 92His brethren, therefore, said unto Him, `Remove hence, and go away to Judea, that thy disciples also may behold Thy works that Thou dost. 93For no one in secret doth anything, and himself seeketh to be in public; if Thou dost these things, manifest thyself to the world.’ 94For not even were his brethren believing in Him.

            95Jesus, therefore, saith to them, `My time is not yet present, but your time is always ready. 96The world is not able to hate you, but Me it doth hate, because I testify concerning it that its works are evil. 97Ye, go ye up to this feast. I do not yet go up to this feast, because My time hath not yet been fulfilled.’ 98And saying these things to them, He remained in Galilee.

Chapter 19

Jesus, too, leaves for the Feast; He experiences jealousy from the Samaritans

            1But after his brothers had gone up to the festival; He went up Himself, not openly but as it were, in secret. 2And went into the territory of Judea on the other side of the Jordan. Crowds gathered around Him as usual, and He began to teach them again as was his custom and He healed them.

            3And it came to pass, in the completing of the days of his being taken up, that He fixed his face to go on to Jerusalem. 4And He sent messengers before his face, and having gone on, they went into a village of Samaritans, to make ready for Him. 5And they did not receive Him, because his face was going on to Jerusalem.

            6And his disciples James and John having seen, said, `Lord, wilt thou that we may command fire to come down from the heaven, and to consume them, as also Elijah did?’ 7And having turned, He rebuked them, and said, `Ye have not known of what spirit ye are. 8For the Son of the Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save.’ And they went on to another village.

The cost of following Jesus

            9And it came to pass, as they are going on in the way, a certain one came up and told Him, `I will follow thee wherever thou mayest go, Lord.’ 10And Jesus said to him, `The foxes have holes, and the fowls of the heaven places of rest, but the Son of the Man hath not where He may recline the head.’

            11And He said unto another, `Be following Me;’ and he said, `Lord, permit me, having gone away, first to bury my father.’ 12And Jesus said to him, `Suffer the dead to bury their own dead, and thou, having gone away, preach the kingdom of the God.’

            13And another also said, `I will follow thee, Lord, but first permit me to take leave of those in my house.’ 14And Jesus said unto him, `No one having put his hand on a plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of the God.’

Jesus teaches at the temple

            15The Jews kept looking for Him at the festival, asking, ‘Where is that Man?’ 16And there was a great deal of discussion about Him among the crowds. Some were saying, ‘He is a good Man,’ while others were saying, ‘No, He is deceiving the crowds!’ 17Nevertheless, no one would speak openly about Him because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders.

            18Halfway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began teaching. 19The Jewish leaders were astonished and remarked, ‘How knoweth this man literature, having not been educated?’ 20Jesus replied to them, ‘My teaching is not Mine but comes from the One who sent Me. 21If anyone wants to do his will, he will know whether this teaching is from the God or whether I am speaking on My own.

            22‘The one who speaks on his own, he seeks his own praise. But the one who seeks the praise of him who sent him is genuine, and there is nothing false in him. 23Moses gave you the Law, didn’t he? Yet none of you is keeping the Law. Why are you trying to kill Me?’

            24The crowd answered, ‘You have a demon! Who is trying to kill You?’ 25Jesus answered them, ‘I performed one action, and all of you are astonished. 26Moses gave you circumcision, not that it is from Moses, but from the Patriarchs, and so you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.

            27If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made a man perfectly well on the Sabbath? 28Stop judging by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment!’

            29Then some of the people of Jerusalem began saying, ‘This is the Man they are trying to kill, isn’t it? 30And look, He is speaking in public, and they are not saying anything to Him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? 31We know where this Man comes from. But when the Messiah comes, no one will know where He comes from.’

            32At this point Jesus, still teaching in the Temple, shouted, ‘So you know Me and know where I have come from? I have not come on My own accord. But the One who sent Me is true, and He is the One you do not know. 33I know Him because I have come from Him and He sent Me.’  34Then they tried to seize Him, but no one laid a hand on Him because his hour had not yet come.

            35However, many in the crowd believed in Him, saying, ‘When the Messiah comes, He won’t do more signs than this Man has done, will He?’ 36The Pharisees heard the crowd debating these things about Him, so the high priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest Jesus.

            37Then Jesus said, ‘I will be with you only a little while longer, and then I am going back to the One who sent Me. 38You will look for Me but will not find Me. And where I am, you cannot come.’ 39Then the Jewish leaders asked one another, ‘Where does this Man intend to go that we won’t be able to find Him? Surely, He is not going to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is He? 40What does this statement mean that He said, “You will look for Me but will not find Me,” and “Where I will be, you cannot come”?

Jesus must first complete his mission. Moreover, be glorified

            41On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and shouted, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! 42The one who believes unto Me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of His belly shall flow rivers of living waters.”’

            43Now He said this about the spirit, whom those who were believing unto Him were to receive. For, there was not yet a holy spirit because Jesus was not yet glorified. 44When they heard these words, some in the crowd were saying, ‘This really is the Prophet,’ 45while others were saying, ‘This is the Messiah!’ But some were saying, ‘The Messiah doesn’t come from Galilee, does He? 46Doesn’t the Scripture say that the Messiah is from David’s family and from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’

            47So there was a division in the crowd because of Him. 48Some of them were wanting to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him. 49Then the officers returned to the high priests and Pharisees, who asked them, ‘Why didn’t you bring Him?’ 50The officers answered, ‘No man ever spoke like that!’ 51Then the Pharisees replied to them, ‘You haven’t been deceived, too, have you? 52None of the authorities or Pharisees has believed in Him, have they? 53But this mob that does not know the Law, they are under a curse!’

            54One of their own, Nicodemus (the man who had previously met with Jesus), asked them, 55‘Surely our Law does not condemn a person without first hearing from him and finding out what he is doing, does it?” 56They answered him, ‘You aren’t from Galilee, too, are you? Search and see that no prophet comes from Galilee.’ Then each of them went to their own home. 57Jesus, however, went to the Mount of Olives.

The woman caught in adultery

            58At daybreak He appeared again in the Temple, and all the people came to Him. Therefore, He sat down and began to teach them. 59But the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. After setting her before them, 60they told Him, ‘Teacher, this woman has been caught in the very act of adultery. 61Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women to death. What do You say?’

            62They said this to test Him, so that they might have a charge against Him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. 63When they persisted in questioning Him, He straightened up and told them, ‘Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ 64Then He bent down again and continued writing on the ground.

            65When they heard this, they went away one by one beginning with the oldest. And He was left alone with the woman standing there. 66Then Jesus stood up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are your accusers? Hasn’t anyone condemned you?’ 67‘No one, O Lord,’ she replied. Then Jesus said, ‘I don’t condemn you, either. Go home, and from now on do not sin anymore.’

Chapter 20

Concerning Jesus’ mission

            1Again, therefore, Jesus spake to them, saying, `I am the light of the world; he who is following Me shall not walk in the darkness, but he shall have the light of the life.’ 2The Pharisees, therefore, said to Him, `Thou of Thyself dost testify, Thy testimony is not true.’ 3Jesus answered and said to them, `And if I testify of Myself, My testimony is true, because I have known whence I came, and whither I go, and ye, ye have not known whence I come, or whither I go.

            4`Ye according to the flesh do judge; I do not judge any one. 5And even if I do judge My judgment is true, because I am not alone, but I and the Father who sent Me. 6And also in your law it hath been written, that the testimony of two men are true.

            7‘I am one who is testifying of myself, and the Father who sent Me doth testify of Me.’ 8They said, therefore, to Him, `Where is thy Father?’ Jesus answered, `Ye have neither known Me nor My Father. If Me ye had known, My Father also ye would have known.’ 9These sayings spake Jesus in the treasury, teaching in the temple, and no one seized Him, because his hour had not yet come.

Jesus is the source of the life; eternal life

            10Therefore said Jesus again to them, `I go away, and ye will seek Me, and in your sin ye shall die; where I go, ye are not able to come.’ 11The Jews, therefore, said, `Will He kill Himself, because He saith, Where I go, ye are not able to come?’ 12And He said to them, `Ye are from beneath, I am from above; ye are of this world, I am not of this world. 13I said, therefore, to you, that ye shall die in your sins, for if ye may not believe that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.’

            14They said, therefore, to Him, `Thou, who art Thou?’ and Jesus said to them, `Even what I did speak of to you at the beginning. 15Many things I have to speak concerning you and to judge, but He who sent Me is true, and I, what things I heard from Him, these I say to the world.’

            16They knew not that of the Father He spake to them. 17Jesus, therefore, said to them, `When ye may lift up the Son of the Man then ye will know that I am that One. And of Myself, I do nothing, but according as My Father did teach Me, these things I speak. 18And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father did not leave Me alone, because I, the things pleasing to Him, do always.’ 19As He spoke these things, many believed in Him.

Know the truth. Do not remain a servant

            20Jesus, therefore, said unto the Jews who believed in Him, `If ye may remain in My word, truly My disciples ye are, and ye shall know the truth. 21And the truth shall make you free.’ 22They answered him, `Seed of Abraham we are; and to no one have we been servants at any time; how dost thou say, Ye shall become free?’

            23Jesus answered them, `Verily, verily, I say to you, Every one who is committing sin, is a servant of the sin. 24And the servant doth not remain in the house for ever, the son doth abide for ever. 25If then the Son may make you free; in reality ye shall be free. `I have known that ye are seed of Abraham, but ye seek to kill Me, because My word hath no place in you.

Moreover, know the liar

            26I, that which I have seen by My Father do speak, and ye, therefore, that which ye have seen by your father, ye do.’ 27They answered and said to Him, `Our father is Abraham;’ Jesus saith to them, `If children of Abraham ye were, the works of Abraham ye would be doing. 28And now, ye seek to kill Me, a Man who hath spoken to you the truth I heard from the God; this Abraham did not. 29Ye do the works of your father.’ They said, therefore, to Him, `We of fornication have not been born; one Father we have, the God.’

            30Jesus then said to them, `If the God were your Father, ye would be loving Me, for I came from that God, and am now here; for neither have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 31Wherefore do ye not know My speech? It is because ye are not able to hear My word. 32Ye are of the father of the evil, and the desires of your father ye wish to do. He was a manslayer from the beginning, and in the truth, he hath not stood, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks the lie, of his own he speaketh, because he is a liar and he is the father of it. 33And because I say the truth, ye do not believe Me.

On what grounds do you discredit My teachings?

            34‘Who of you doth convict me of sin. And if I speak truth, wherefore do ye not believe me? 35He who is of the God, the sayings of the God he doth hear; because of this ye do not hear, because of the God ye are not.’

            36The Jews, therefore, answered and said to Him, `Do we not say well, that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a demon?’ 37Jesus answered, `I have not a demon, but I honour My Father, and ye dishonour Me. 38And I do not seek My own glory; there is One seeking and judging.

I am what I was

            39Verily, verily, I say to you, ‘If any one may keep My word, death by no means he will behold unto the age.’ 40The Jews, therefore, said to Him, `Now we know that Thou hast a demon; Abraham did die, and the prophets, and Thou dost say, ‘If any one may keep My word, he shall not taste of death, to the age!’ 41Art Thou greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died? Whom dost Thou make Thyself?’

            42Jesus answered, `If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who is glorifying Me, of whom ye say that He is your God. 43And ye have not known Him, and I have known Him, and if I say that I have not known Him, I shall be like you, speaking falsely. But I have known Him, and His word I keep. 44Abraham, your father, was glad that he might see My day; and he saw, and did rejoice.’

            45The Jews, therefore, said unto Him, `Thou art not yet fifty years old, and Abraham hast Thou seen?’ 46Jesus said to them, `Verily, verily, I say to you, Before Abraham’s coming, I, I was.’ 47They took up, therefore, stones that they may cast at Him, but Jesus hid Himself, and went forth out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

The man born blind accepted Jesus’ challenge, not like Ahaz of old, moreover, he came back seeing

            48And passing by, He saw a man blind from birth. 49And his disciples asked Him, saying, `Rabbi, who did sin, this one or his parents, that he should be born blind?’ 50Jesus answered, `Neither did this one sin nor his parents, but that the works of the God may be manifested in him. 51It behoveth Me to be working the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. Night doth come, when no one is able to work. 52Whenever I should be in the world, I am the world’s light.’

            53These things saying, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and rubbed the clay on the eyes of the blind man, and said to him, 54`Go away, wash at the pool of Siloam,’ which is, interpreted, Sent. He went away, therefore, and did wash, and came seeing.

            55The neighbours, therefore, and those seeing him before, that he was blind, said, `Is not this he who is sitting and begging?’ 56Others said, `This is he;’ and others, `He is like to him;’ he himself said, `I am he.’ 57They said, therefore, to him, `How were thine eyes opened?’ 58He answered and said, `A man called Jesus made clay, and rubbed my eyes, and said to me, Go away to the pool of Siloam, and wash; and having gone away and having washed, I received sight.’ 59They said, therefore, to him, `Where is that one?’ he saith, `I know not.’

            60They bring him to the Pharisees, he who once were blind. 61And it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 62Again, therefore, the Pharisees also were asking him how he received sight, and he said to them, `Clay He did put upon my eyes, and I did wash, and I see.’

            63One of the Pharisees, therefore, said, `This Man is not from the God, because the Sabbath He doth not keep;’ others said, `How is a Man, a sinful one, able to do such signs?’ and there was a division among them. 64They said to the blind man again, `Thou, what dost thou say of Him, that He opened thine eyes?’ 65And he said, `He is a prophet.’ The Jews, therefore, did not believe concerning him that he was blind and did receive sight, until that they called the parents of him, who received sight. 66And they asked them, saying, `Is this your son, of whom ye say that he was born blind? How then now doth he see?

Did not the prophet say that Immanuel would discern between good and evil?

            67His parents answered them and said, `We have known that this is our son, and that he was born blind. 68And how he now seeth, we have not known; or Who opened his eyes, we have not known; himself is of age, ask him; he himself shall speak concerning himself.’ 69These things said his parents, because they were afraid of the Jews, for already had the Jews agreed together, that if any one may confess Him, Christ, he may be put out of the synagogue. 70Because of this his parents said, `He is of age, ask him.’

            71They called, therefore, a second time the man who was blind, and they said to him, `Give glory to the God, we have known that this Man is a sinner.’ 72He answered, therefore, and said, `If He be a sinner, I have not known, one thing I have known, that, being blind, now I see.’

            73And they said to him again, `What did He do to thee? How did He open thine eyes?’ 74He answered them, `I told you already, and ye did not hear; why again do ye wish to hear? Do ye also wish to become his disciples?’ 75They reviled him, therefore, and said, `Thou art his disciple, and we are Moses’ disciples. 76We have known that the God hath spoken to Moses, but this One, we have not known whence He is.’

            77The man answered and said to them, `Why, in this is a wonderful thing that ye have not known whence He is, and He opened my eyes! 78And we have known that the God doth not hear sinners, but, if any one may worship Him, and may do His will, him He doth hear. 79From the age it was not heard, that any one did open eyes of one who hath been born blind. 80If this One were not from a God, He were not able to do anything.’ 81They answered and said to him, `In sins thou wast born altogether, and thou dost teach us!’ and they cast him out.

Jesus was, then, the Son,

the anointed One in whom the God was well pleased

            82Jesus heard that they cast him out, and having found him, He said to him, `Dost thou believe in the Son of God?’ 83He answered and said, `Who is He Lord that I may believe in Him?’ 84And Jesus said to him, `Thou hast indeed fathomed Him out, for, He who is speaking with thee, is that One.’ 85And he said, `I believe, O Lord,’ and he did Him homage.   

            86And Jesus said, `I, to be considered, into this world did come that those not seeing may perceive, and those seeing may become blind.’ 87And those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and they said to Him, `Are we also blind?’ 88Jesus said to them, `If ye were blind, ye were not having had sin, but now ye say, ‘We see, therefore doth your sin remain.’

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after the Word; they will recognise the Good Shepherd

            89`Verily, verily, I say to you, He who is not entering through the door to the sheep pen, but is going up from another side, that one is a thief and a robber. 90And he who is entering through the door a shepherd is of the sheep. 91To this one the doorkeeper doth open and the sheep hear his voice, and his own sheep he doth call by name, and doth lead them out. 92And whenever his own sheep should come forth, before them he goeth on and the sheep follow him, because they recognise his voice. 93And a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him, because they have not known the voice of strangers.’

            94This similitude spake Jesus to them, and they knew not what the things were that He was speaking to them.

One door yet its sides are two; on the inside is the place to be

            95Jesus said therefore again, to them, `Verily, verily, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 96All, as many as came before Me, are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 97I am the door, through Me if any one may come in, he shall be saved, and he shall come in, go out, and find pasture.

            98`The thief doth not come, except that he may steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 99I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd his life layeth down for the sheep. 100And the hireling, and not being a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, doth behold the wolf coming, and doth leave the sheep, and doth flee; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 101And the hireling doth flee because he is a hireling, and is not caring for the sheep.

Moreover, I have given thee for a light of nations, ‘To be My salvation unto the end of the earth.’

102`I am the Good Shepherd, and I know My sheep, and am known by mine. 103As the Father doth know Me, I also know the Father, and My life I lay down for the sheep. 104And other sheep I have that are not from this pen, these also it behoveth Me to bring, and to My voice they will respond, and there shall become one flock, one Shepherd.

            105`Because of this doth the Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that again I may take it. 106No one doth take it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. Authority I have to lay it down, and authority I have to take it back again. This command I received from My Father.’

And they despised Him and did not value Him.

            107Therefore, again, there came a division among the Jews, because of these words. 108And many of them said, `He hath a demon, and is mad, why do ye hear Him?’ 109Others said, `These sayings are not those of a demoniac; is a demon able blind men’s eyes to open?’

Chapter 21

Jesus sends out the seventy

        1After this, the Lord appointed seventy other disciples and was about to send them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place that he intended to go. 2So He instructed them, “The harvest is vast, but the workers are few. So ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers out into his harvest. 3Get going! See, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4Don’t carry a wallet, a travelling bag, or sandals. Do not stop to talk with people on the road.

        5“Whatever house you go into, first say, ‘May there be peace in this house.’ 6If a peaceful person lives there, your greeting of peace will remain with him. But if that’s not the case, your greeting will come back to you. 7And in that house remain, eating and drinking the things they have, for worthy is the workman of his hire; go not from house to house.

        8“Whenever you go into a town and the people welcome you, eat whatever they serve you. 9Heal the sick that are there, and tell them, ‘The kingdom of the God has drawn near unto you!’ 10But whenever you go into a town and people don’t welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11‘We are wiping off your town’s dust that clings to our feet in protest against you! But realize this: the kingdom of the God has drawn near!’ 12I tell you, on the last day it will be easier for Sodom than for that town!”

        13“Alas for thee, Chorazin! Alas for thee, Bethsaida! For had the miracles been performed in Tyre and Sidon which have been performed in you, long ere now they would have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14However, for Tyre and Sidon it will be more endurable at the Judgement than for you. 15And you, Capernaum, were you not exalted to the heaven? To hell you will be thrust down! 16The one hearing you hears Me, and the one rejecting you also rejects Me, and the one rejecting Me also rejects the One having sent Me. 17The seventy disciples came back and joyously reported, “Lord, even the demons are submitting to us in your name!”

        18He told them, I saw the Satan as lightning out of the heaven fall. 19Look! I have given you the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to destroy all the enemy’s power, and nothing will ever hurt you. 20However, stop rejoicing because the spirits are submitting to you. Rather, rejoice because your names have been enrolled in the heavens.”

        21In that same hour He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of the heaven and the earth, that thou didst hide these things from the wise and understanding, and didst reveal them unto babes: yea, Father; for so it was well–pleasing in Thy sight.

        22“All things have been entrusted to Me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and the person to whom the Son chooses to reveal.

        23“Then turning to his disciples in private, He told them, ‘How blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24Because I tell you, many prophets and kings wanted to see the things you see but did not see them, and to hear the things you hear but did not hear them.”

The parable of the Good Samaritan

       25Just then an expert in the Law stood up to test Jesus. He asked, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26Jesus, answered him, “What is written in the Law? What do you read  there?” 27He answered, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. And you must love your neighbour as yourself.” 28Jesus told him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.” 29But the man wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”

        30Jesus, taking him up, replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he fell into the hands of bandits. They stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half-dead. 31By chance, a priest was travelling along that road. When he saw the man, he went by on the other side. 32Similarly, a Levite came to that place. When he saw the man, he also went by on the other side. 33But as he was traveling along, a Samaritan came across the man. When the Samaritan saw him, he was moved with compassion. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If you spend more than that, I’ll repay you when I come back.’ 36“Of these three men, who do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the bandits?” 37He said, “The one who showed mercy to him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do what he did.”

At the home of Martha and Mary

        38Now as they were traveling along, Jesus went into a village. A woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and kept listening to what He was saying. 40But Martha was cumbered about much serving, came to Him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. 41Then Jesus answered her, “Martha, Martha, thou art anxiously careful and disturbed about many things; but one thing is necessary. 42And Mary has chosen the good portion and she shall not be deprived of it.”

Capture 22

Jesus teaches his disciples what to pray.That prayer was answered. He is now ‘our daily Bread’

            1At one place where He was praying, when He rose from His knees one of his disciples said to Him, “Master, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2So He said to them, “When you pray, say, ‘Father may Thy name be kept holy; let the Kingdom of Thee come. 3Give to us day after day the bread we need for the day. 4And forgive us our sins, for also we ourselves forgive every one indebted to us; and mayest Thou not bring us into temptation; but do Thou deliver us from the evil.'”

            5And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend and shall go to him in the middle of the night and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. 6For a friend of mine has just come to my house from a distance, and I have nothing for him to eat’?

            7“And he from indoors shall answer, ‘Do not cause me trouble. The door is now barred, and I am here in bed with my children. I cannot get up and give you bread.’ 8I tell you that even if he will not rise and give him the loaves because he is his friend, at any rate because of his persistency he will arise and give him as many as he needs.

            9“So I say to you, ‘Ask, and what you ask for shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened to you.’ 10For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door shall be opened.

            11“And what father is there among you, who, if his son asks for a slice of bread, will offer him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will instead of a fish offer him a snake? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will offer him a scorpion? 13If you then, being evil, know how to give your children gifts that are good, how much more certainly will the Father of the Heaven give a holy spirit to those who ask Him!”

Jesus’ teaching concerning evil spirits

            14On an occasion He was expelling a dumb demon; and when the demon was gone out the dumb man could speak, and the people were astonished. 15But some among them said, “It is by the power of Beelzebub, the Prince of the demons, that He expels the demons.” 16Others, to put Him to the test, asked Him for a sign out of heaven.

            17Since He knew what they were thinking, He told them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is made desolate, and a divided household collapses. 18And if also the Satan was divided against himself how will stand the kingdom of him. After all, you say that I drive out demons by Beelzebub. 19If I drive out demons by Beelzeboul, by what do your sons drive them out. That is why they will be your judges! 20But if by a finger of God the devils are cast out then has the kingdom of God come upon you. 21“When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own mansion, his property is safe. 22But when a stronger man than he attacks and defeats him, the stronger man strips off that man’s armour in which he trusted and then divides the loot.

            23“The person who isn’t with me is against me, and the person who doesn’t gather with me scatters. 24Whenever the unclean spirit goes out of the man, it wanders through dry places looking for a place to rest but doesn’t find any. So it says, ‘I will go back to my home that I left.’ 25When it gets back home, it finds it swept clean and put in order. 26Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself and they all go in and settle there. And so the final condition of that man is worse than the first.”

            27As Jesus was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and told Him, “How blessed is the womb that gave birth to You and breasts that nursed You!”

            28But He said, ‘Yes, rather blessed the ones hearing the word of the God, and keeping it.

The sign of Jona

            29Now when the crowds came thronging upon Him, He proceeded to say, “The present generation is a wicked generation. It requires some sign, but no sign shall be given to it except that of Jonah.30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nineveh, so the Son of the Man will be a token to the present generation. 31A southern queen will awake at the Judgement together with the men of the present generation, and will condemn them; because she came from the extremity of the earth to hear the Wisdom of Solomon, and behold a greater Solomon in your midst. 32Ninevite men will stand up in the Judgement together with the present generation, and will condemn it; because they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold a greater Jonah in your midst.

The eye is the lamp of a body

            33“And no one having lighted a lamp, doth put it in a secret place, nor under the measure, but on the lamp-stand, that those coming in may behold the light. 34The lamp of the body is the eye, when then thine eye may be undistorted, thy whole body also is lustrous; and when it may be evil, thy body also is benighted. 35Take heed, then, lest the light that is in thee be darkness. 36If then thy whole body is lightened, not having any part disadvantaged, the whole shall be lightened, as when the lamp by the brightness may give thee light.’

Woe, woe, woe…

            37And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked that He would eat with him. And having entered, He reclined. 38And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that He had not first washed before the meal.39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you, the Pharisees, clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but the inside of you is full of greed and evil. 40Fools! Did not He who made the outside also make the inside? 41Nevertheless give what is inside as alms; and see; all things are clean to you.

            42“But woe to you, the Pharisees! Because you pay the tithe of mint and the rue and every herb, and you pass by the judgement and the love of the God. These things you ought to have done and those not to pass by.

            43“Woe to you, the Pharisees! Because you love the first seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.

            44“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you are like the unmarked graves, and the men walking over them do not know it. 45Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, ‘Teacher, by saying these things You insult us also.’”

            46And He said, “Woe to you the lawyers as well! Because you burden the men assignments difficult to carry, and you yourselves do not touch the tasks with one of your fingers.

            47“Woe to you! Because you build the tombs of the prophets, moreover, your fathers killed them. 48Consequently, you bear witness to and approve of the deeds of your fathers; because they indeed killed them, but you build their tombs. 49Therefore the wisdom of the God also said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute.’ 50So that the blood of all the prophets that was shed from the foundation of the world may be required from this generation, 51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.

            52“Woe to you the lawyers! Because you, have taken away the key of the knowledge; you yourselves did not enter in, and the ones entering you prevented.”

            53And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be dreadfully hostile, and to cross-examine Him about many things, 54lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, so that they might accuse Him.

Chapter 23

Encourage each other and help each other grow stronger in faith

            1Now in the meantime, as an innumerable crowd had gathered so that they were stepping on one another, He began to say, first, to His disciples, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2For there is nothing covered that shall not be unveiled, and nothing secret that shall not be made known. 3Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in behind closed doors shall be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you all this secretly, but I want you to tell it publicly. Whatever I tell you privately, you should shout for everyone to hear.  

            4“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have nothing further they can do. 5But I will show you whom you should fear: fear Him who after He kills has authority to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him! 6Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings? And not one of them is forgotten before the God. 7But the very hairs of your head have all been numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

            8“Also I say to you, whoever confesses in Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of the God. 9But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of the God. 10And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.

            11Now whenever they bring you to the synagogues and rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. 12For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you must say.”

Love’s ways are ever fair; it takes no thought for itself. Love never fails!

            13Then someone from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14But He said to him, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” 15And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

            16Then He told a parable to them, saying: “The field of a certain rich man produced well. 17And he reasoned within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, because I have nowhere to gather my crops?’ 18So he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and I will build bigger ones, and there I will gather all my crops and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid away for many years; relax; eat, drink, and be merry.’”

            20But the God said to him, ‘You fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have prepared?’ 21So is he who accumulates treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Ye, who Worries does not Trust

            22Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will wear. 23Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24Consider the raven, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storeroom nor barn; and the God feeds them. How much more are you worth than birds? 25And, which of you can, by worrying, can add one cubit to his stature. 26Therefore if you cannot do a very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

            27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these. 28But if the God so clothes the grass, although it is in the field today, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, by how much rather will He clothe you, O little-faiths? 29And do not seek what you may eat or what you may drink, and do not be anxious. 30For all these things the nations of the world seek after, but of you, the Father knows that you need these things. 31But seek ye first the kingdom of the God and the righteousness of Him, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own affairs. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

            32You, the little flock, fear not because your Father is well pleased to give to you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give alms; make for yourselves moneybags which do not grow old, an unfailing treasure in the heavens, where a thief does not come near, nor does a moth destroy. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Be girded, wear it night and day; ambushed lies the evil one

            35“Have your girdles on and let your lamps burning. 36And you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding celebrations, so that when he comes and knocks, immediately they may open to him. 37Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you, that he will gird himself and have them recline to eat, and he will come and serve them. 38And if he comes in the second watch, or comes in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have kept watch, and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40Therefore you also be ready, for in an hour that you think not, the Son of Man comes.”

            41Then Peter said to Him, “Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?” 42And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful steward, the prudent, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?

            43Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44Truly I say to you, that he will appoint him over all his possessions. 45But, if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants and to eat and drink and be drunk. 46the master of that servant will come on a day that he does not expect, and at an hour that he does not know, and he will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

            47And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not get ready or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many blows. 48But he who did not know, yet did things worthy of blows, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be demanded; and to whom much has been entrusted, of him they will ask much more.”

Truly, the coming day is burning like a furnace. All the arrogant and all who practice evil will be stubble

            49“I came to cast fire to the earth and how I wish it were already kindled! 50But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! 51Do you think that I came to give peace on the earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division and a sword. 52For from henceforth five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. 53Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against the mother, mother-in-law against the daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against the mother-in-law.

            54“A person’s enemies will include members of his own family. 55The one who loves his father or mother more than me isn’t worthy of me, and the one who loves a son or daughter more than me isn’t worthy of me. 56The one who doesn’t take up his cross and follow me isn’t worthy of me.

            57The one who finds his life will lose it, and the one who loses his life because of me will find it. 58The one who receives you receives me, and the one who receives me receives the one who sent me. 59The one who receives a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 60I tell you with certainty, whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple will never lose his reward.”

Discerning the time

            61Then He also said to the crowds, “Whenever you see a cloud rising from the west, immediately you say, ‘A rainstorm is coming’; and it happens thus. 62And whenever you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and it happens. 63Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the earth and of the sky. But how is it you do not discern this time?

            64“And why do you not judge what is right even of yourselves? 65When you go with your adversary to a ruler, make an effort to make a settlement with him on the road, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 66I tell you, you shall by no means depart from there till you have paid the very last mite.”

Are good people immune to suffering?

            67And some people were present at that very time, reporting to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 68And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 69Not at all, I tell you; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 70Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that these were offenders more than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 71Not at all, I tell you; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

            72He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 73Then he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and I haven’t found any. Cut it down; why does it even waste the ground?’ 74“But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 75And if it produces fruit, fine. But if not, in the coming year, you can cut it down.'”

The woman healed of her infirmity on the Sabbath

            76Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbaths. 78And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and she was bent over and was not able to straighten herself up. 79And seeing her, Jesus called her to Him and said, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” 80And He laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and was glorifying the God.

            81But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, “There are six days in which one should work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”

            82The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 83So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom the Satan has bound, lo, these eighteen years, should she not be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”  84And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the crowd was rejoicing over all the glorious things that were done by Him.

Parables of the mustard seed and yeast

            85Then He said, “What is the kingdom of the God like? And to what shall I compare it? 86It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”

            87Again He said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of the God? 88It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal until it was all leavened.”

Chapter 24

The Peræan Ministry—about 3½ months

The unbelief of the Jews

            1There was then the Dedication in Jerusalem. It was winter. 2And Jesus was walking around in the Temple inside the open porch of Solomon. 3So the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long are you going to keep our minds in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us so plainly.” 4Jesus answered them, “I have told you, but you do not believe it. The works that I do in my Father’s name, these witness concerning Me. 5But you do not believe because you are not of my sheep. 6My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow Me. 7I give them eternal life, they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.8My Father, who gave them to Me, is greater than all; and none is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 9I and the Father, We are one.”

            10Again the Jews picked up stones to stone Him. 11Jesus replied to them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of them are you going to stone Me?” 12The Jews answered Him, “We are not going to stone You for a good action, but for blasphemy, because You, a mere man, are making Yourself God!”

            13Jesus replied to them, “Is it not having been written in your Law, ‘I said, “You are gods”‘? 14If He called those, to whom the word from the God came, ‘gods’ (and the Scripture cannot be disregarded), 15how can you say to the One whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘Son of the God I am? 16If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not have belief in Me. 17But if I am doing them, then have belief in the works even if you have no belief in Me; so that you may know and continue to know that in Me the Father and I in the Father.’ 18Again they tried to seize Him and He went forth out of the hand of them.

            19Then He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and He remained there. 20Many people came to Him and kept saying, “John never performed a sign, but everything that John said about this Man is true!” 21And many believed in Jesus there.

Struggle to enter through the strait gate

            22Then Jesus taught in one town and village after another as He made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked Him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved? He told them, 23“Keep on struggling to enter through the strait gate, because I tell you that many people will try to enter, but won’t be able to do so. 24After the Homeowner gets up and closes the door, you can stand outside, knock on the door, and say again and again, ‘Lord, open the door for us!’ But He will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from.’

            25Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with You, and You taught in our streets.’ 26But He will tell you, ‘I don’t know where you come from. Get away from Me, all you who practice evil!’ 27In that place there will be crying and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of the God, and you yourselves being driven away on the outside. 28People will come from east and west, and from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of the God. 29You see, some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last.

Jesus’ sorrow for Jerusalem’s closing moments

            30In that hour some Pharisees came and told Jesus, “Leave and get away from here, because Herod wants to kill You!” 31He told them, “Going tell that fox this, Behold! I am driving out demons and healing today and tomorrow, and to the third, I will finish my work. 32Nevertheless, it behoves Me today, tomorrow, and to the completion to journey, because it’s not possible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.

            33“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones to death those who have been sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you people were unwilling! 34Behold, your house is left to you. Truly, I say to you, you shall not at all see Me until it comes when you say, ‘Blessed the one coming in a name of a lord.’”

Jesus dining with a Pharisee

            35And it came to pass, on his going into the house of a certain one of the chiefs of the Pharisees, on a Sabbath, to eat bread, that they were watching Him. 36And behold, there was a certain dropsical man before him. 37And Jesus answering spake to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, `Is it lawful on the Sabbath-day to heal?’ 38And they were silent, and taking He cured him and dismissed. 39And answering them He said, `Of which of you shall an ass or ox fall into a pit, and he will not immediately draw it up on the Sabbath-day?’ 40And they were not able to answer Him again unto these things.

            41And He spake a parable unto those invited, marking how they were choosing out the chief seats, saying unto them, 42`”When thou mayest be invited by anyone to marriage-feasts, thou mayest not recline on the chief seat, lest a more honourable than thou may have been invited by him. 43And he who did invite thee and him, having come, shall say to thee, ‘Give to this one place,’ and then thou mayest begin with shame to occupy the last place.

            44“But, when thou mayest be invited, having gone on, recline in the last place, that when he who called thee may come, he may say to thee, ‘Friend, come up higher’, then thou shalt have glory before those reclining with thee. 45Because every one who is exalting himself shall be humbled, and he who is humbling himself shall be exalted.”

            46And He said also to him who did invite him, `When thou mayest make a dinner or a supper, be not inviting thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor thy kindred, nor rich neighbours, lest they may also invite thee again, and a recompense may come to thee. 47But when thou mayest make a feast, be inviting poor, maimed, lame, blind, 48and happy thou shalt be, because they have not to recompense thee, for it shall be recompensed to thee in the rising again of the righteous.”

Chapter 25

Allow nothing to hinder one to reach one’s goal

            1On His journey vast crowds attended Him, towards whom He turned and said, 2“If any one is coming to Me who does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes and his own life also, he cannot be a disciple of Mine. 3No one who does not carry his own cross and come after Me can be a disciple of Mine. 4Which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not sit down first and calculate the cost, asking if he has the means to finish it? — Lest perhaps, when he has laid the foundation and is unable to finish, all who see it shall begin to jeer at him, 5saying, ‘This man began to build, but could not finish.’

            6“Or what king, marching to encounter another king in war, does not first sit down and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand men to meet the one who is advancing against him with twenty thousand? 7If not, while the other is still a long way off, he sends messengers and sues for peace.

            8Just as no one of you who does not detach himself from all that belongs to him can be a disciple of mine. 9Salt is good: but if even the salt has become tasteless, what will you use to season it? 10For neither land nor dunghill is it of any use; they throw it away. He, that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

The parable of the lost

            11Now the tax-gatherers and the notorious sinners were everywhere in the habit of coming close to Jesus to listen to Him. 12Now, this led the Pharisees and the Scribes indignantly to complain, saying, “He gives a welcome to notorious sinners, and joins them at their meals!” 13So in figurative language He asked them, 14“Which of you men, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, do not leave the ninety-nine in their pasture and go in search of the lost one until he finds it?

            15“And when he has found it, he lifts it on his shoulder, glad at heart. 16“Then coming home he calls his friends and neighbours together, and says, ‘Congratulate me, for I have found my sheep–the one I had lost.’ 17I tell you that in the same way there will be rejoicing in Heaven over one repentant sinner–more rejoicing than over ninety-nine blameless persons who have no need of repentance.

            18“Or what woman who has ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully till she finds it? 19And she, when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, and says, ’Congratulate me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.’ 20I tell you that in the same way there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one repentant sinner.”

The parable of the one found

            21He went on to say, “There was a man who had two sons. 22The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that comes to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. 23No long time afterwards the younger son got all together and travelled to a distant country, where he wasted his money in debauchery and excess.

            24“At last, when he had spent everything, there came a terrible famine throughout that country, and he began to feel the pinch of want. 25So he went and hired himself to one of the inhabitants of that country, who sent him on to his farm to tend swine; 26and he longed to make a hearty meal of the pods the swine were eating, but no one gave him any.

            27“But on coming to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more bread than they want, while I here am dying of hunger! 28I will rise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you: 29I no longer deserve to be called a son of yours: treat me as one of your hired men.’

            30“So, he rose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and pitied him, and ran and threw his arms round his neck and kissed him tenderly.’ 31‘Father,’ cried the son, ‘I have sinned against Heaven and before you: no longer do I deserve to be called a son of yours.’ 32But the father said to his servants, ‘Fetch a good coat quickly–the best one–and put it on him; and bring a ring for his finger and shoes for his feet. 33Fetch the calf, the fattened and kill it, and let us feast and enjoy ourselves. 34For, my son was dead. And he has come back to life again. He was lost and has been found.’ And they began to be merry.

            35“Now his elder son was out on the farm; and when he returned and came near home, he heard music and dancing. 36 Then he called one of the lads to him and asked what all this meant. 37‘Your brother has come,’ he replied; ‘and your father has had the calf, the fattened, killed, because he has got him home safe and sound.’ 38Then he was angry and would not go in. But his father came out and entreated him.

            39“ ‘All these years,’ replied the son, ‘I have been slaving for you, and I have never at any time disobeyed any of your orders, and yet you have never given me so much as a kid, for me to enjoy myself with my friends. 40But now that this son of yours is come who has eaten up your property among his bad women, you have killed the fat calf for him.’ 41‘You my dear son,’ said the father, ‘are always with me, and all that is mine is also yours. 42We are bound to make merry and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has come back to life, he was lost and has been found.'”

Turn greed and wickedness into sharing and caring; a passport into everlasting dwellings

            43“But He said also to the disciples, ‘There was a certain rich man who had a steward: and the same was accused unto him, that he had wasted his goods. 44And he called him and said to him, ‘How is it that I hear this of thee? Give an account of thy stewardship for now thou canst be steward no longer.’

            45“And the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do, because my lord taketh away from me the stewardship? To dig I am not able; to beg I am ashamed. 46I know what I will do, that when I shall be removed from the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’

47“Therefore, calling together every one of his lord’s debtors, he said to the first, ‘How much dost thou owe my lord?’ 48And he said, ‘An hundred barrels of oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take thy bill and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 49Then he said to another, ‘And how much dost thou owe?’ Who said, ‘An hundred quarters of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take thy bill and write eighty.’

            50“And the lord commended the unjust steward, forasmuch as he had done wisely. For the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light. 51And I say to you, ‘Make unto you congenial friends out of the greed of the wickedness that when it shall fail, they may receive you into everlasting dwellings. 52He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in that which is greater: and he that is unjust in that which is little is unjust also in that which is greater.

            53“If then, you have not been faithful in the unjust mammon, who will trust you with that which is the true? 54And if you have not been faithful in that, which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 55No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other: or he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

            56Now the Pharisees, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they ridiculed Him. 57And He said to them, ‘You are they who justify yourselves before men, but God knoweth your hearts. For that which is high to men is an abomination before God. 58The law and the prophets were until John. From that time, the kingdom of God is preached: and every one useth violence towards it. 59And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass than one tittle of the law to fall.

            60Every one that putteth away his wife and marrieth another committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

The rich man and Lazarus—even Jesus was raised and they, did not believe

            61There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and feasted sumptuously every day. 62And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, 63Desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. And no one did give him. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores.

            64And it came to pass that the beggar died and was carried, by the angels, into Abraham’s bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried. 65And in the Hades lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he sees Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. 66And he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue for I am tormented in this flame.’

            67And Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that thou didst receive good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. 68And besides all this, between you, and us there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you cannot, nor from thence come hither.’

            69And he said, ‘Then, father, I beseech thee that thou wouldst send him to my father’s house. 70For I have five brethren that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torments.’ 71And Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them hear them.’ 72But he said, ‘No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will do penance.’

            73“And he said to him, ‘If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe, if one rise again from the dead.’”

Give up everything, become a servant; become like one of them

            74And Jesus said to his disciples, ‘It is impossible that occasions to fall should not come. However, woe through whom they come! 75It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he cast into the sea, than that he should scandalize one of these little ones. 76Take heed to yourselves. If thy brother sin against thee, reprove him: and if he do penance, forgive him. 77And if he sin against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day be converted unto thee, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him. 78And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Add to us a firm confidence.’ 79And the Lord said, ‘If you had faith like to a grain of mustard seed, you might say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be thou rooted up and be thou transplanted into the sea.’ And it would obey you.

            80“But which of you, having a servant ploughing or feeding cattle, will say to him, when he is come from the field: ‘Immediately go. Sit down to meat.’ 81And will not rather say to him, ‘Make ready my supper and gird thyself and serve me, whilst I eat and drink; and afterwards thou shalt eat and drink’?

            82“Doth he thank that servant for doing the things which he commanded him? 83I think not. So you also, when you shall have done all these things that are commanded you, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do.’”

Chapter 26

The death of Lazarus

            1Now there was a certain one ailing, Lazarus, from Bethany, of the village of Mary and Martha her sister. 2And, it was Mary, who would anoint the Lord with ointment and wipe his feet with her hair whose brother Lazarus, was ailing. 3Therefore sent the sisters unto Him, saying, `Sir, lo, he whom Thou dost love is ailing.’ 4And Jesus having heard, said, `This ailment is not unto death, but for the glory of the God, that the Son of the God may be glorified through it.’

            5And Jesus was loving Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus, 6when, therefore, He heard that he is ailing, then indeed He remained in the place in which He was, two days, 7then after this, He saith to the disciples, `We may go into Judea again.’ 8The disciples say to Him, `Rabbi, now were the Jews seeking to stone Thee, and again Thou dost go thither!’ 9Jesus answered, `Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any one may walk in the day, he doth not stumble, because the light of this world he doth see. 10And if any one may walk in the night, he stumbleth, because the light is not in him.’

            11These things He said, and after this, He saith to them, `Lazarus our friend hath fallen asleep, but I go on that I may awake him.’ 12Therefore said his disciples, `Lord, if he hath fallen asleep, he will recover.’ 13But Jesus had spoken about his death, but they thought that about the repose of sleep he speaketh. 14Then, therefore, Jesus said to them freely, `Lazarus hath died. 15And I rejoice, for your sake (that ye may believe), that I was not there; but we may go to him.’ 16Therefore said Thomas, who is called Twin, to the fellow-disciples, `Let go–we also, that we may die with Him,’

Martha’s affirmation

                        17Jesus, therefore, having come, found him having been four days already in the tomb. 18And Bethany was nigh to Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off. 19And many of the Jews had come unto Martha and Mary, that they might comfort them concerning their brother. 20Martha, therefore, when she heard that Jesus doth come, met Him, and Mary still sat in the house.

            21Martha, therefore, said unto Jesus, `Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22But even now, I know, that whatever thou mayest ask of the God, the God will give to Thee.’ 23Jesus saith to her, `Thy brother shall rise again.’ 24Martha saith to Him, `I know, that he will rise again, in the rising again in the last day.’ 25Jesus said to her, `I am the rising again, and the life; he who is believing in Me, even if he may die, shall live. 26And every one who is living and believing in Me shall not die–to the age; 27believest thou this?’ She saith to him, `Yes, Lord, I have believed that thou art the Christ, the Son of the God, the One who is coming to the world.’

Jesus, is troubled for their mourning; He weeps

                        28And these things having said, she went away, and called Mary her sister privately, saying, `The Teacher is present, and doth call thee.’ 29She, when she heard, riseth up quickly, and doth come to Him. 30Now not yet had Jesus come into the village, but was in the place where Martha met Him.  31The Jews, therefore, who were with her in the house, and were comforting her, having seen Mary that she rose up quickly and went forth, followed her, saying, `She doth go away to the tomb, that she may weep there.’

            32Mary, therefore, when she came where Jesus was, having seen him, fell at his feet, saying to him, `Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.’ 33Jesus, therefore, when He saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, did groan in the spirit, and troubled Himself, and He said, 34`Where have ye laid him?’ they say to Him, `Lord, come and see.’ 35Jesus wept.

Jesus saw it fit his loved ones to mourn for a short while

                        36The Jews, therefore, said, `Lo, how He was loving him!’ 37And certain of them said, `Was not this One, who did open the eyes of the blind man, able to cause that also this one might not have died?’ 38Jesus, therefore, again groaning in Himself, cometh to the tomb, and it was a cave, and a stone was lying upon it.

            39Jesus saith, `Take ye away the stone.’ The sister of him who hath died–Martha–saith to Him, `Lord, already he stinketh, for he is four days dead.’ 40Jesus saith to her, `Said I not to thee, that if thou mayest believe, thou shalt see the glory of God?’ 41They took away, therefore, the stone where the dead was laid, and Jesus lifted his eyes upwards, and said, `Father, I thank Thee, that Thou didst hear Me. 42And I knew that Thou always dost hear Me, but, because of the multitude that is standing by, I said it, that they may believe that Thou didst send Me.’

            43And these things saying, with a loud voice He cried out, `Lazarus, come forth.’ 44And he who died came forth, being bound feet and hands with grave-clothes, and his visage with a napkin was bound about; Jesus saith to them, `Loose him, and suffer to go.’

Jesus succeeded. He paved the way for his crucifixion

                        45Many, therefore, of the Jews who came unto Mary, and beheld what Jesus did, believed in Him. 46But certain of them went away unto the Pharisees, and told them what Jesus did. 47The chief priests, therefore, and the Pharisees, gathered together a Sanhedrim, and said, `What may we do? Because this Man doth many signs? 48If we may let Him alone thus, all will believe in Him; and the Romans will come, and will take away both our place and nation.’ 49And a certain one of them, Caiaphas, being chief priest of that year, said to them, `Ye have not known anything, 50nor reason that it is good for us that one man may die for the people, and not the whole nation perish.’

            51And this he said not of himself, but being chief priest of that year, he did prophesy that Jesus was about to die for the nation, 52and not for the nation only, but that also the children of the God, who have been scattered abroad, He may gather together into one. 53From that day, therefore, they took counsel together that they may kill him. 54Jesus, therefore, was no more freely walking among the Jews, but went away thence to the region nigh the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there He tarried with his disciples.

Chapter 27

Give thanks where it belongs

            1And it happened while He was travelling to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 2Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood at a distance. 3And they lifted their voice and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 4And seeing them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went away, they were cleansed.

            5And one of them, seeing that he was healed, turned back, glorifying the God with a loud voice, 6and fell down on his face at His feet, thanking Him. And he was a Samaritan. 7So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? However, where are the nine? 8Were not any found returning to give glory to the God except this foreigner?” 9And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

Christians are the kingdom of the God; they are the ambassadors of that kingdom

       10Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of the God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of the God does not come with observation; 11neither will they say, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look, there it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of the God is within you.”

            12Then He said to the disciples, “Days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you shall not see it. 13And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go forth nor follow them. 14For just as the lightning, which flashes out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day. 15But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

            16“And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man. 17They were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 18Likewise also as it happened in the days of Lot; they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building. 19But on the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.

A day will come that the active ambassadors will be recalled

            20In the same way it shall be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 21In that day, he who shall be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise, he who is in the field let him not turn back for the things left behind. 22Remember Lot’s wife. 23Whoever seeks to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall preserve it.

            24“I say to you, in that night two shall be on one bed: one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 25Two shall be grinding together: one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 26Two shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 27And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the corpse is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”

Jesus will come again to save those who are waiting for Him; those who have kept the faith

            28Then He spoke a parable to them, that one must always pray and not lose heart, 29saying: “A certain judge was in a certain city, not fearing the God nor man regarding. 30Now there was a widow in that city; and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give justice to me against my adversary.’ 31And he did not want to for a time; but afterward he said within himself, ‘although I do not fear the God, nor have regard for man, 32yet because this widow bothers me I will give justice to her, lest she wear me out by forever coming to me.'”

            33Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 34And the God, shall He not execute justice for His own elect, them who cry out day and night to Him. Won’t He be concerned for them? 35I tell you that He will execute justice for them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find the faith on the earth?”

It is not that, which you think you are that counts. God is greater than our feelings; He knows everything

            36Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised the others: 37Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 38The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘O God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of the men–swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this the tax collector. 39I fast twice a week, I tithe on all things, as many as I acquire.’

            40But the tax collector, standing far away, would not so much as lift his eyes towards the heaven, but beat on his chest, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me the sinner!’ 41I say to you, this man went down to his house having been justified rather than that one; for everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.”

The cornerstone of the faith is: Christians are Christ’s ‘bride’ having died to Sin, not having divorced Sin

            42Then He arose from there and came to the region of Judea by the other side of the Jordan. And again, crowds came together to Him, and as He was accustomed, He was teaching them. 43And some Pharisees approached and asked Him, “Is it lawful for a husband to put away his wife?” testing Him. 44But answering He said to them, “What did Moses command you?”

            45They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away.” 46And Jesus answered and said to them, “In view of your hardheartedness he wrote this commandment for you. 47But from the beginning of the creation, He ‘made them male and female.’ 48 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 49‘and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.50 Therefore what the God has united together, let not man separate. 51And I say to you, that whoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marrying a divorcee commits adultery.”

Only the death of a partner nullifies the marriage law

            52In the house His disciples also asked Him again concerning the same matter saying, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” 53So He said to them, “Whoever should put away his wife and marry another, commits adultery against her. 54And if a wife should put away her husband and be married to another, she commits adultery. 55All cannot accept this saying, but it is for those to whom it has been given. 56For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He, who is able to accept this, let him accept it.”

Children deemed righteous until such time they have had the opportunity to believe the Good News

              57And they were bringing to Him little children, that He might touch them; but the disciples were rebuking those who brought them. 58But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Allow the little children come to Me, do not hinder them; for of such is the kingdom of the God. 59Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of the God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 60And taking them in His arms, laying His hands on them, He blessed them.

Chapter 28

One may enter life by keeping the Law. However, obtaining eternal life, has a different recipe; trust forms part of the equation. 

            1Now as He was going out into the road, one came running up, and having knelt before Him, he asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” 2So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 3He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not commit murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honour your father and your mother.'” 4And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.”

            5Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go, sell all that you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” 6But having become gloomy at this saying, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

                        7And looking around, Jesus says to His disciples, “How difficult it is for those having riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 8And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus, answering again, says to them, “Children, how difficult it is for those who trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 9It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.”

                        10And they were exceedingly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then is able to be saved?” 11But looking at them Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” 12Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all things and have followed You.”

            13So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields, for My sake and for the sake of the gospel, 14who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time–houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and fields, along with persecutions–and in the age to come, eternal life. 15But many who are first shall be last, and the last first.”

Jesus predicts his suffering and death

            16Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going ahead of them; and they were astonished, and as they were following, they were afraid. And taking the twelve aside again, He began to tell them the things which were about to happen to Him. 17“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will deliver Him over to the Gentiles. 18And they will mock Him, scourge Him, spit on Him, and kill Him. And on the third day He will rise again.”

James’ and John’s request

            19Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we desire that You to do for us whatever we may ask.” 20And He said to them, “What do you desire Me to do for you?” 21They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right side and one on Your left side, in Your glory.”

            22But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup which I drink, and to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 23They said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup which I drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized you will be baptized with. 24But to sit on My right side and on My left side is not Mine to give, but to those for whom it has been prepared.”

            25And having heard this, the ten began to be indignant with James and John. 26But Jesus, having called them to Himself, said to them, “You know that those being reputed to be ruling the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 27Yet it will not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 28And whoever of you desires to be first shall be servant of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Bartimaeus receives his sight

            29And having entered, He passed through Jericho. And as He was going to leave Jericho along with His disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus the blind man, the son of Timaeus, was sitting alongside the road begging. 30And when he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” 31And many rebuked him, that he should be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”

            32And having stopped, Jesus asked for him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Have courage, rise up; He is calling you.” 33And casting away his garment, he rose up and came to Jesus. 34So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you desire that I should do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive sight.” 35Then Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has healed you.” And immediately he received his sight, and was following Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw this, gave praise to God.

Zacchaeus and the tax collectors

            36And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, he was a chief tax collector, and this man was rich. 37And he was trying to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 38And running up ahead in front, he went up into a sycamore tree so that he might see Him, because He was about to pass by that way.

            39And when He came upon that place, Jesus looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay in your house.” 40So he hurried and came down, and received Him, rejoicing. 41But when they saw it, they all were complaining, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a sinful man.”

            42Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my possessions to the poor; and if I have extorted anything from anyone, I restore fourfold.” 43And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. 44For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

The parable of the One who was about to leave to receive for Himself a Kingdom

            45Now as they heard these things, He told another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. 46Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. 47And having called ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’

            48But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’ 49And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, that he commanded those servants to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, so that he might know who gained what by trading.

            50Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’ 51And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ 52And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina made five minas.’ 53Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’

            54Then another came, saying, ‘Master, behold your mina, which I had laid away in a handkerchief. 55For I feared you, because you are a harsh man. You take up what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 56And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was a harsh man, taking up what I did not deposit, and reaping what I did not sow. 57Why then did you not give my money to a bank, and when I came, I would have collected it with interest?’

            58And he said to those standing by, ‘Take the mina away from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’ 59“But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’ 60For I say to you that to everyone who has, more shall be given. And from him who does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 61Nevertheless bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.'” 62And having said these things, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

The two who received their sight

            63Now as they went out from Jericho, a great crowd followed Him. 64And behold, two blind men sitting alongside the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have pity on us, O Lord, Son of David!” 65But the crowd warned them that they should be silent; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have pity on us, O Lord, Son of David!” 66And having stood still, Jesus called them, and said, “What do you desire that I should do for you?” 67They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” 68And Jesus, having compassion, touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.

Jesus, leaving Jericho, heads for Bethany

            69And the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, so that they might purify themselves. 70Therefore they were seeking Jesus, and they were speaking with one another, standing in the temple, “What do you think–that He will definitely not come to the feast?” 71Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, so that they might seize Him.

Friday, late afternoon, Jesus arrives at Bethany and Mary anoints his feet that evening

            72Therefore Jesus, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had died, whom He raised from the dead. 73Then they made for Him a supper there; and Martha was serving, but Lazarus was one of those reclining to eat with Him. 74Then Mary, having taken a pound of very costly pure nard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.         

            75Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, who was about to betray Him, said, 76“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 77This he said, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to pilfer the things which were placed in it. 78But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. 79For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”

            80Now a large crowd from the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. 81But the chief priests took counsel that they might also kill Lazarus. 82Because, on account of him, many of the Jews were going away, and were believing in Jesus.

Chapter 29

Saturday morning, the 10th day of Nissan (Exo 12:3  Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb…  Your lamb shall be without blemish… And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month. And the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at even), five days before the Passover Feast, the 15th 

The triumphal entry

            1And the next day, when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethsphage and Bethany, towards the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples. 2And He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and immediately entering into it you will find a colt tied up on which no one has sat. When you have untied him, bring him. 3(Now all this took place so that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, humble, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey).'”           

            4And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of him,’ and immediately he will send it here.’ 5And they departed, and found the colt tied up by the door outside in the street, and they untied him. 6But some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?” 7And they told them just as Jesus had commanded. And they gave them permission. 8Then they led the colt to Jesus, and placed their clothes on him, 9Jesus, sat on it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, sitting on the colt of a donkey.”

            10His disciples did not understand these things at first. But when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him, and they did these things to Him. 11Therefore the crowd, which was with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, was testifying.

            12And many strewed their garments on the way, and others were cutting down branches from the trees and were spreading them on the way. 13And those going before, and those that were following were crying out, saying, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD! The King of Israel! 14Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

            15On account of this the crowd also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign. 16And when He entered into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 17And the crowds were saying, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” 18And some of the Pharisees said to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 19But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

Jesus weeps—the Pharisees, on the other hand, scheme

            20And as He drew near, seeing the city, He wept over it, saying, 21“If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things pertaining to your peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. 22For, days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and hem you in from every side. 23And they will level you to the ground, and your children with you; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the season of your visitation.” 24The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are not doing any good. Look, the world has gone after Him!”

Jesus clears the temple; the Lamb is identified

            25And they came to Jerusalem. And when Jesus entered into the temple, He began to throw out those selling and buying in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those selling the doves. 26And He would not permit that anyone should carry a vessel through the temple. 27And He was teaching, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves!'” 28And the scribes and chief priests heard it and they sought how they might destroy Him; for they were afraid of Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching. 29And when it became evening, He was going forth outside of the city. 30Now, He was in the daytime teaching in the temple. But, at night, He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. 31Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.

The baptism of John?

            31Then they came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking about in the temple, the priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him. 32And they said to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?” 33But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, and you answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things: 34The baptism of John–was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me.”

            35And they were debating with themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 36“But should we say, ‘From men'”, they feared the people, for all had counted John to have been a prophet indeed. 37And answering they said to Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

The parable of the two sons

            38And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people were seeking to destroy Him. 39They were unable to do anything for all the people were very attentive to hear Him. Then He began to tell the people this parable, 40“But what do you think? A man had two children. And having come to the first, he said, ‘Child, go, work today in my vineyard.’ 41“But he answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but later he regretted it and went.

            42And having come to the other, he said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I am going, sir,’ but he did not go. 43Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of the God before you.44For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; but you, having seen, did not repent afterwards, that you might believe him.

The parable of the tenants

            45“Hear another parable. A certain landowner planted a vineyard, set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to farmers and went on a journey. 46Now when harvest time of fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, that they might collect his fruits. 47And the farmers took his servants, they beat one, one they killed, and another they stoned. 48Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did to them likewise.

            49And at last he sent to them his son, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 50“But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and let us gain possession of his inheritance.’ 51“And taking him, they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. 52Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers? 53He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other farmers, who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.” And when they heard it they said, “May it never be!”

            54Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Chief Cornerstone. This was the LORD’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes’? 55“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of the God shall be taken away from you, and it shall be given to a nation producing the fruits of it. 56And he who falls on this Stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever It falls, It will grind him to powder.” 57Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they knew that He was speaking about them. 58And seeking to seize Him, they feared the crowds, since they considered Him as a prophet.

The parable of the wedding banquet

            59And Jesus answered and spoke to them again in parables, saying, 60“The kingdom of the heaven is like a certain king who arranged a wedding for his son, 61and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they did not want to come. 62Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Say to those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.’ 63But not caring, they went away, one to his own field, another to his business. 64And the rest seized his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.

            65″And when that king heard, he was furious. And he sent out his troops, and he destroyed those murderers, and he burned up their city. 66Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding indeed is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 67Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 68“So, those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

            69″But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there not dressed with wedding clothes. 70So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here not having wedding clothes?’ And he was speechless. 71Then the king said to the servants, ‘Tie him up hands and feet, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness.’ There, shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 72For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Chapter 30

Paying taxes to Caesar

       1”And having watched Him closely, they sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. 2Then they questioned Him, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show favouritism, but teach the way of the God in truth. 3Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’

        4“But perceiving their craftiness, He said to them, ‘Why do you test Me? 5Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?’ They answered and said, ‘Caesar’s.’ 6And He said to them, ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and the things of the God to the God.’ 7And they could not catch Him in His words in front of the people. And marvelling at His answer, they kept silent.

Concerning marriage in the Resurrection

        8“Then some of the Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, coming to Him and asked Him, 9saying, ‘Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife, and this man dies childless, that his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. 10Now there were seven brothers. And the first, having taken a wife, died childless. 11And the second took her as wife, and this man died childless. 12Then the third took her, and in like manner the seven also; and they left no children, and they died. 13Last of all the woman died also. 14Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For all seven had her as wife.’

        15“And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Is this not the reason you are mistaken, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of the God? 16“The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 17But those who have been counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 18nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and sons they are of God, being sons of the resurrection. 19As for the dead being raised, haven’t you read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how the God said, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 20He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken! 21Then some of the scribes answered and said, ‘Teacher, You have spoken well.’ 22But after that they dared not question Him anymore.

The Great Commandment

        23“But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 24Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 25‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’ 26Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love a LORD the God of thee with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 27This is the first and great commandment. 28And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself. 29On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’

Whose son is the Christ?

        30“And when the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 31saying, ‘What do you think concerning the Christ? Whose Son is He?’ They said to Him, ‘David’s.’ 32He said to them, ‘How then does David in a Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying, 33‘A LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at a right of Me, till I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet”? 34‘If David therefore calls Him ‘A Lord,’ how is He his Son?” And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him any longer.

        35“And all the people were hearing Him gladly. Then He said to them in His teaching, 36‘Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk about in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces, and the first seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at dinners, 37who devour widows’ houses, and for a show make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.’”

The widow’s offering

        38And Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and was observing how the crowd was putting money into the treasury. And many rich people were putting in much. 39Then one poor widow came and put in two lepta, which equals a quadrans. 40And having summoned His disciples, He said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who are putting into the treasury. 41For they all put in out of their excess, but this woman, out of her destitution, put in everything she had, her whole livelihood.”

Jesus predicts His death and glorification

            42And there were some Greeks among those coming up, so that they might worship at the feast. 43Then they approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and they asked him, saying, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ 44Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn, Andrew and Philip told Jesus. 45But Jesus answered them, saying, ‘The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 46Most assuredly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 47He that loves his life shall lose it, and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it for eternal life. 48And if anyone serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant shall be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honour. 49Now My soul has been troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save Me from this hour”? But for this reason, I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.’ Then a voice came out of heaven, saying, 50’I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.’

            51“Therefore the crowd which was standing and heard were saying that it had thundered. Others were saying, ‘An angel has spoken to Him.’ 52Jesus answered and said, ‘This voice did not come for My sake, but for your sake. 53Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out. 54And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.’ 55This He said, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die. 56The crowd answered Him, ‘We heard from the law that the Christ abides forever; and so how do You say, “The Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?”

            57Then Jesus said to them, ‘For yet a little while longer the Light is with you. Walk while you have the Light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. 58While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departing, He was hidden from them. 59And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. 60Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.”

The Jews continue in their unbelief

61“But even though He had done so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in Him, 62that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he said, ‘Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” 63Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again, 64He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’

        65”These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke about Him. 66Nevertheless even from among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be excommunicated. 67For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. 68Then Jesus cried out and said, ‘He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. 69And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. 70I have come as a light into the world, so that whoever believes in Me may not abide in darkness. 71And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him for I did not come that I might judge the world, but that I might save the world. 72He that rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him, the word which I spoke, that word will judge him in the last day. 73For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 74And I know that His command is eternal life. Therefore, whatever I speak, as the Father has said to Me, thus I speak.”

Chapter 31

Jesus predicts the Fall of Jerusalem

        1Then, as some spoke about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said, 2“These things which you see, the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down. 3But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has drawn near. 4Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the fields enter into her. 5For, these, are the days of vengeance, to fulfill all that has been written. 6But, woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing a baby in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath among this people. 7And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Gentiles will trample Jerusalem until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”

The signs of the end of the world

        8And as He was going out from the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, see what sort of stones and what sort of buildings!” 9And Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? By no means shall one stone be left upon another, which shall in any way escape destruction.’

        10And He was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately, saying, 11’Teacher, so when will these things be? And what will be the sign when these things are about to happen?’ 12And He said: ‘Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come assuming My Name, saying, ‘I, I AM,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore, do not go after them. 13But whenever you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must happen first, but the end will not come immediately.’

        14”Then He said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 15And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful events and great signs from heaven. 16And then many will fall away, they will betray one another, and they will hate one another. 17Then many false prophets will be raised up, and they will deceive many. 18And because lawlessness will increase, the love of many will grow cold.

        19”But, before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and they will persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers on account of My name. 20But it shall turn out for you for a testimony. 21But whenever they lead you forth to deliver you over, do not worry beforehand as to what you will say, nor rack your brains. 22But, whatever is given you in that hour, speak. For, I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict nor to withstand, for it is not you who is speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

        23”Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and will cause them to be put to death. 24And you will be hated by all people for My name’s sake. 25But not a hair of your head shall by any means perish. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 26And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.’”

The Great Tribulation

        27“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 28then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 29Let the one on the housetop not go down to take the things out of his house. 30And let the one in the field not turn back to take his clothes. 31But, woe to those women who are pregnant, and to the women nursing a baby in those days! 32But pray that your flight may not take place in winter, or on the Sabbath.

        33“For, then there shall be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until now, nor by any means shall be. 34And unless the Lord had cut short the days, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the elect, whom He chose, He cut short the days. 35Then, if someone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 36For false christs and false prophets will be raised up, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 37See, I have told you in advance.

        38”Therefore if they should say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 39For as the lightning comes out from the east and flashes to the west, so shall also be the coming of the Son of Man. 40For wherever the carcass may be, there the eagles will be gathered together.

41“But, in those days, after that tribulation, there shall be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars. And on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, as the sea and the waves roar, 42men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things, which are coming upon the earth, for the powers of heaven, shall be shaken. The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its radiance; 43and the stars of heaven shall be falling out and the powers in the heavens shall be shaken.

        44”And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth shall mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 45And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 46Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

As the fig tree’s budding indicates the nearing of summer so will these signs be an indication of Jesus’ return and the Kingdom of the God

        47“Then He spoke to them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 48When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 49So you also, when you see these things coming to pass, know that the kingdom of God is near. 50Assuredly I say to you, this generation shall by no means pass away until all things are fulfilled. 51Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away. 52But concerning that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, if not the Father. 53Take heed, stay awake and pray for you do not know when the time is.

        54“And take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, and that Day come upon you unexpectedly. 55For it will come as a snare on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 56Watch therefore, praying always that you may be counted worthy to escape everything that is about to happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.

        57“But, just as the days of Noah were, so also shall be the coming of the Son of Man. 58For, just as they were in the days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark. 59And they didn’t know a thing until the flood came and took them all away. So also shall be the coming of the Son of Man. 60Then, two will be in the field: one will be taken, and one will be left. 61Two will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken, and one will be left.’”

Do not rely on others to watch on your behalf

        62“It is like a man going away on a journey, having left his house and having given authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper that he should watch. 63But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have kept watch, and he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 64For this reason you also must be ready, for at an hour that you think not, the Son of Man comes.

        65“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master appointed over his household, to give them food in due season? 66Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 67Assuredly I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his possessions. 68But, if that evil servant should say in his heart, ‘My master is delaying to come.’ 69And should begin to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 70the master of that servant will come on a day that he does not expect, and in an hour, which he does not know, 71and he will cut him in two, and will appoint his share with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 72Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, at evening, or at midnight, or at dawn, or early in the morning 73lest having come suddenly, he should find you sleeping. 74And the things I say to you, I say to all, ‘Watch!’

Chapter 32

Jesus, later the evening, it then being Monday, leaves for Bethany

         1”Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these words, which He said to His disciples, 2’You know that after two days the Passover takes place, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.’ 3Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people were assembled into the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas. 4And they plotted to take Jesus by guile and kill Him. 5But they said, “Not during the feast, lest a disturbance take place among the people.”

Jesus arrives at Bethany

       6”And while He was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He was reclining for a meal, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly pure nard. 7And having broken the flask, she began to pour it out over His head. 8But some were expressing indignation to one another and saying, ‘Why has this waste of the perfume occurred? 9For it was possible for this to be sold for more than three hundred denarii, and to be given to the poor.’ And they were scolding her.

       10”But Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has worked a beautiful work for Me. 11For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you are able to do them good; but you do not always have Me. 12This woman did what she could; she undertook beforehand to anoint My body for burial. 13And assuredly I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman did will also be spoken as a memorial of her.’

The cursing of the fig tree

            14”Now the next day, after they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. 15And seeing from a distance a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. 16And having come to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the time for figs. 17And answering, Jesus said to it, ‘May no one eat fruit from you ever again.’ And His disciples were listening. 18And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple. And having looked around at all things, the hour already being late. 19And when it became evening, He was going forth outside of the city.”

The withered fig tree, Tuesday the 13th 

       20“Now in the morning while passing by, they saw the fig tree dried up from its roots. 21And Peter, remembering, said to Him, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has dried up!’ 22So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God. 23For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be taken up and cast into the sea,” 24and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that the things, which he says, are coming to pass, what ever he says shall be his. 25For this reason I say to you, all things whatsoever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive them, and they will be yours. 26And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive, that your Father in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 27But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses.’”

Tuesday evening it being the 14th, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet

       28“It was the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was sacrificed. 29Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He should move from this world to the Father, loving His own in the world, He loved them to the end. 30His disciples said to Him, ‘Where do You desire that we go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover? 31And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, ‘Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. 32And wherever he may enter, say to the master of the house, “The Teacher says, 33‘My time is near; at your house I will keep the Passover with My disciples.” Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready; there prepare for us.’ 34So His disciples went away, came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover.

         35Jesus and his followers were at the evening meal. The devil had already persuaded Judas Iscariot to hand Jesus over to his enemies. (Judas was the son of Simon.) 36Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 37He rose from the supper and laid aside His garments, and having taken a towel, He girded Himself. 38Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to dry them with the towel with which He was girded.

         39Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, do You wash my feet?’ 40Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What I am doing you do not understand now, but you shall know after this.’ 41Peter said to Him, ‘You shall never wash my feet’ Jesus answered him, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.’ 42Simon Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!’ 43Jesus said to him, ‘He that is bathed need only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.’ 44For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, ‘You are not all clean.’

       45So when He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, He reclined again, and said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? 46You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say correctly, for so I am. 47Therefore if I, your Lord and your Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 48For I gave you an example, that just as I did to you, you also should do. 49Most assuredly I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor a messenger greater than he who sent him. 50If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Jesus predicts his betrayal

       51”I do not speak concerning all of you. I know those whom I chose; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’ 52From now on I tell you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe that I AM. 53Most assuredly I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.

       54Then He said to them, “I have fervently desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 55for I say to you, that no longer will I eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 56Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves.” 57And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 58Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you.”

       59When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in His spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly I say to you, one of you will betray Me. 60Behold, the hand of him that betrays Me is with Me on the table.” 61And becoming exceedingly sorrowful, each of them began to say to Him, “Surely not I am the one, Lord?” 62″Indeed, the Son of Man goes just as it is written about Him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.” 63Now there was reclining on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, the one whom Jesus loved. 64Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to inquire who it might be about whom He was speaking. 65Then, leaning back thus on Jesus’ chest, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” 66Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.”  

       67He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl will betray Me.” 68Then Judas, the one betraying Him, answered and said, “Surely not I am the one, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said it.” 69And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 70And after the piece of bread, then Satan entered him. Therefore Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”

       72But no one reclining at the table knew for what purpose He said this to him. 73For some were thinking, since Judas had the money box, that Jesus was saying to him, “Buy the things of which we need for the feast, or that he should give something to the poor.” 74Therefore having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.

Chapter 33

A dispute among his disciples

       1”When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in Him. 2If God has been glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately. 3And there became also a dispute among them, as to which of them seemed to be greater. 4But He said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 5But you shall not be thus; but let the greatest among you, let him be as the youngest, and he who leads as he who serves. 6For, who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.

7“’Now you are those who have remained with Me in My trials. 8And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, so that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 9Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, “Where I am going, you cannot come,” so now I say to you. 10A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 11By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.’”

Jesus predicts Peter’s denial

       12“Then Jesus said to them, ‘All of you will be made to stumble because of Me on this night, for it is written: “I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.” 13But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.’ 14Peter answered and said to Him, ‘Even if all are made to stumble because of You, yet I will never be made to stumble.’

         15“And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon! Behold, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 16But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’ 17Simon Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, where are You going?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but later you will follow Me.’

       18“Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for You.’ 19‘Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.’ 20Jesus answered him, ‘Will you lay down your life for Me? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall by no means crow till you deny Me three times. 21Peter said to Him, ‘Even if I have to die with You, by no means will I deny You!’ And likewise said all the disciples.

Jesus questions his disciples

       22And He said to them, ‘When I sent you without a money bag, and a knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?’ And they said, ‘Nothing.’ 23Then He said to them, ‘But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise also a knapsack; and he who has no sword shall sell his garment and buy one. 24For I say to you that this, which has been written, must still be accomplished in Me, the saying, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.” For the things concerning Me have a fulfilment.’ 25So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.’ 26And He said to them, ‘It is enough.’”

Jesus was the Ransom

       26“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in the God, believe also in Me. 27In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare an opportunity for you. 28And if I go and prepare the opportunity for you, I will come again and I will receive you unto Myself; so that where I am, there you may be also. 29And where I am going you know, and the way you know.”

The way of the cross leads home; come with me, with me all the way

         30”Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?’ 31Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 32If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and you have seen Him.”

       33“Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.’ 34Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you for so long a time, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He that has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, “Show us the Father”? 35Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words which I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who abides in Me does the works.

       36“’Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, but if not, believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. 37Most assuredly I say to you, he that believes in Me, the works which I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 38And whatever you may ask in My name, this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you should ask anything in My name, I will do it.’”

Jesus promises the Holy Spirit

       39“If you love Me, keep My commandments. 40And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, so that He may abide with you forever, 41the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, because He abides with you and shall be in you. 42I will not leave you orphans; I am coming to you. 43Yet a little while and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 44In that day you will know that I am in My Father and you in Me, and I in you. 45He that has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him.”

       46“Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, ‘Lord, and what has happened that You are about to manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?’ 47Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and We will make Our home with him. 48He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. 49These things I have spoken to you while I remain. 50But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and will remind you of all things which I said to you.

       51“’Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 52You have heard that I said to you, “I am going away and coming back to you.” If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced that I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. 53And now I have told you before it happens, so that whenever it may happen, you may believe. 54I will no longer speak many things with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 55But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father has charged Me, thus I do. Rise up let us go from here. 56And having sung hymns, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

  Chapter 34

Jesus talking with his disciples on their way to Gethsemane

       1“I am the true vine and My Father is the vine dresser. 2Every branch in Me which does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch which bears fruit He prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. 3You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4Abide in Me, and I in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit on its own, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

The branches find their nourishment only from the vine

       5J am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; because apart from Me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out like a branch and dries up; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what ever you may desire, and it shall be done for you. 8By this My Father is glorified, that you may bear much fruit; and you will become My disciples.

       9“Just as the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and I abide in His love. 11These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may abide in you, and that your joy may be full. 12This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that one should lay down his life on behalf of his friends.

       14You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15No longer do I call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, because all things which I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you may ask the Father in My name He may give to you. 17These things I command you, that you may love one another. 18If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

Do not expect any love from those who are of the world

       19“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. 20Remember the word which I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

       22“If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse concerning their sin. 23He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24If I had not done the works among them which no one else has done, they would have no sin; but now they have both seen and they have hated both Me and My Father. 25But this was so that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without cause.’ 26But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me. 17And you also will testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

       18“These things I have spoken to you, so that you should not be made to stumble. 19They will excommunicate you; but a time is coming when everyone who kills you will think that he is offering the God a service. 20And these things they will do to you because they did not know the Father nor Me. 21But these things I have spoken to you, so that when the time comes, you may remember them, that I told you. But these things I did not say to you from the beginning, because I was with you.

The Holy Spirit’s function

       22“’But now I am going to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, “Where are You going?” 23But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 24Nevertheless I speak the truth to you. It is profitable for you that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

       25“And when He comes, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 26of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 27of righteousness, because I am going to My Father and you see Me no more; 28of judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. 29I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 30However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will announce to you things to come.

       31“He will glorify Me, for He will take from what is Mine and He will announce it to you. 32All things, which the Father has, are Mine. Therefore, I said that He takes from what is Mine and will announce it to you. 33A little while and you will not see Me; and again a little while and you will see Me, because I am going to the Father.’

The disciples had no idea what would happen in a few hours time

       34“Then some of His disciples said to one another, ‘What is this that He says to us, “A little while and you will not see Me; and again a little while and you will see Me”; and, “I am going to the Father”?’ 35Therefore they said, ‘What is this that He says, “A little while”? We do not understand what He is saying.’

       36“Now Jesus knew that they were desiring to ask Him, and He said to them, ‘Are you inquiring with one another that I said, “A little while and you will not see Me; and again a little while and you will see Me”? 37Most assuredly I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be grieved, but your grief will be turned into joy. 38A woman, whenever she gives birth, has sorrow, because her hour has come; but whenever the child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish, on account of the joy that a human being has been born into the world. 39Therefore you also now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

Where was Thomas the following Sunday Evening?

       40And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 41Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. 42These things I have spoken to you in figures of speech; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.

       43“In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will beseech the Father for you; 44for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. 45I came forth from the Father and I have come into the world. Again, I am leaving the world and I am going to the Father.

At last! Remember, I have overcome, you can too

       46“His disciples said to Him, ‘See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! 47Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God. 48Jesus answered them, ‘Now do you believe? 49Indeed a time is coming, and now has come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and you will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 50These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but have courage, I have overcome the world.”

Jesus tells the Father He is about to complete his mission

       51“Jesus spoke these words and lifting up the eyes of Him to the heaven said: ‘Father, has come the hour; glorify of You the Son, that also the Son of You may glorify You, 52as You have given Him authority over all flesh, so that He will give eternal life to all You have given Him. 53And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only trustworthy God, and whom You dist send Jesus Christ.

54“I have glorified You on the earth. the work having completed which You have given to Me that I should do. 55And now, O Father, glorify Me alongside Yourself, with the glory which I had before that of the world being with You. 56I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You have given them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 57Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.

Jesus prays for his disciples

       58“Because I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and they knew truly that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. 59I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 60And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I have been glorified in them.

       61“And I am no longer in the world, yet these are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name which You have given to Me, that they may be one just as We are. 62When I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You have given Me I guarded; and not one of them is lost except the son of perdition, so that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

       63“But now I am coming to You, and these things I speak in the world, so that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 64I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 65I do not ask that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 66They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 67Sanctify them by Your truth; Your word is truth. 68Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 69And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Jesus prays that future believers may be perfected in unity; there is only one truth

       70“I am not praying for these alone, but also for those who believe in Me through their word; 71that they all for One, may exist,  as You, Father, for Me, and I for You; that they also may for Us may live, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. 72And the glory which You have given to Me, I have given to them, so that they may be one just as We are one: 73I in them, and You in Me; so that they may be perfected in unity, and so that the world may know that You have sent Me, and You loved them just as You loved Me.

       74“Father, I desire that those also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, so that they may behold My glory which You gave to Me; because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 75O righteous Father! Indeed the world did not know You, yet I knew You; and these knew that You sent Me. 76And I made known to them Your name, and I will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.’”

Chapter 35

Under a moonlit sky, they cross the Kidron brook. It is now Wednesday

       1“After saying these things, Jesus went with His disciples across the winter stream Kidron, where there was a garden, into which He and His disciples entered. 2(Now Judas, the one betraying Him, also knew the place, because Jesus often gathered there also with His disciples.)

Jesus in agony; will He have the strength to complete his mission

       3“Then having come to the place called Gethsemane, Jesus said to the disciples, ‘Pray that you may not enter into temptation.’ 4And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be greatly amazed, and deeply depressed. 5Then He said to them, ‘My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death. Remain here and watch.’

       6“And having gone forward a little, He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw and fell on His face, and He was praying, that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. 7And He said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible to You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.’ 8Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 9And being in agony, He prayed more fervently. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down onto the ground.

 Peter was weary. He was still busy praying and the next moment he fell asleep

       10“Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ‘What? Were you not strong enough to watch with Me one hour? 11Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. Indeed the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ 12Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, let Your will be done.’

       13“And leaving them He went away again and prayed, a third time, saying the same words. 14Then He came to His disciples and said to them, ‘Sleep now, and rest. Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 15Rise up, let us be going. See, he who betrays Me is at hand.’

Jesus’ betrayal and arrest

       16“Jesus therefore, knowing all things coming upon Him, went out and said to them, ‘Whom do you seek?’ 17They answered Him, ‘Jesus the Nazarene.’ Jesus said to them, ‘I AM.’ And Judas, the one betraying Him, was standing with them. 18Therefore when He said to them, ‘I AM,’ they stepped back and fell to the ground.

       19“Then He asked them again, ‘Whom do you seek?’ And they said, ‘Jesus the Nazarene.’ 20Jesus answered, ‘I have told you that I AM! Therefore if you seek Me, allow these men to go,’ 21so that the word might be fulfilled which He said, ‘Those whom You have given Me I have lost none.’

       22“Now His betrayer had given to them a sign, saying, ‘Whomever I shall kiss, He is the One; take Him and lead Him away safely.’ 23And immediately he approached Jesus and said to Him, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi!’ and he affectionately kissed Him. 24But Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, do you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?’ 25Then they laid their hands on Him and seized Him.

Peter now goes into action

       26“Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And the servant’s name was Malchus. 27Then Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup, which My Father has given Me? 28Or do you think that I cannot now call upon My Father, and He will furnish Me with more than twelve legions of angels? 29How then, would the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?”

       30“Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, ‘Have you come out, as against a bandit, with swords and clubs? 31When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness. 32But all this has happened so that the Scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.’ Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled. 33Now a certain young man had followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men seized him, but leaving behind the linen cloth, he fled from them naked.

       34“Then the detachment of soldiers and the captain and the attendants of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him. 35And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. 36Now, it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was profitable for one man to perish for the people.

Peter did not pray; he failed

       37“And Simon Peter was following Jesus, as was the other disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest. 38But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in. 39Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, ‘You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ 40And the servants and attendants who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they were warming themselves. And entering inside, he sat down with the attendants to see the end.”

       41“Now, the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus, in order to put Him to death, but found none. 42For many were testifying falsely against Him, but their testimonies were not the same. 43Then some stood up and were testifying falsely against Him, saying, 44‘We heard Him saying, “I will destroy this temple made with hands, and after three days I will build another one not made with hands.”’ 45But not even in this way was their testimony the same.

       46“And Annas stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying, ‘Do You answer nothing? What are these men testifying against You?’ But Jesus kept silent. 47Then the chief priest asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine. 48Jesus answered him, ‘I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always come together, and in secret I spoke nothing. 49Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard Me, what I spoke to them. Indeed they know what I said.’

       50“And when He had said these things, one of the attendants who stood by slapped Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Is this how You answer the chief priest?’ 51Jesus answered him, ‘If I have spoken evil, testify of the evil; but if well, why do you strike Me?’ Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Jesus condemns Himself

          52“And standing up the high priest said to Him, ‘Do You answer nothing? What is it these men are testifying against You?” 53 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, ‘I adjure You by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!’ 53Jesus said to him, ‘You said it. Nevertheless, I say to you, from now on, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.’            54“Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, ‘He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! 55What do you think?” They answered and said, ‘He is deserving of death.’ 56Then they spat in His face, and beat Him with their fists; and they slapped Him, 57saying, ‘Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is he that struck You?”     

        Chapter 36

And, the cock did crow a second time

         1“Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came. 2And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, ‘You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.’ 3But he denied it, saying, ‘I neither know nor understand what you are saying.’ 4And he went outside into the forecourt, and a rooster crowed.

         5‘Then after about one hour had passed, one of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, ‘Did I not see you in the garden with Him?’ 6Another was firmly insisting, saying, ‘Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.’ 7But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are saying!’ And immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 8And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. 9And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.’ And going outside, Peter wept bitterly.” 

Judas repents

    10Early in the morning all the chief priests and the elders made their plans against Jesus to put Him to death. 11They put Jesus in chains and led Him from Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters early in the morning.

    12When Judas, the traitor, learned that Jesus had been condemned he repented and took back the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 13″I have sinned by betraying an innocent man to death!” he said. “What do we care about that?” they answered. “That is your business!” 14Judas threw the coins down in the Temple and left; then he went off and hanged himself.

    15The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “This is blood money, and it is against our Law to put it in the Temple treasury.” 16After reaching an agreement about it, they used the money to buy Potter’s Field, as a cemetery for foreigners. 17That is why that field is called ‘Field of Blood’ to this very day.

    18Then what the prophet Jeremiah had said came true: ‘They took the thirty silver coins, the amount the people of Israel had agreed to pay for Him. 19And they used the money to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord had commanded me.’

Jesus before Pilate

    20Then Jesus was led from Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters early in the morning. The Jews did not go into the headquarters, to avoid becoming unclean and unable to eat the Passover meal. 21So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What accusation are you bringing against this Man?” 22They answered him, “If He weren’t a criminal, we wouldn’t have handed Him over to you.” 23Pilate told them, “You take Him and try Him according to your Law.”

    24The Jews told him, “It is not legal for us to put anyone to death.” 25This was to fulfil what Jesus had said when He indicated the kind of death He was to die. 26So Pilate went back into the governor’s headquarters, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 27Jesus replied, “Are you asking this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about me?” 28Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and high priests have handed You over to me. What have You done?”

    29Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom belonged to this world, my servants would fight to keep Me from being handed over to the Jews. But for now my kingdom is not from here.” 30Pilate asked Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born for this, and I came into the world for this: to testify to the truth. 31Everyone who is committed to the truth listens to my voice.” 32Pilate asked Him, “What is ‘truth’?”

Herod meets Jesus, face to face

     33After Pilate said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no basis for a charge against Him. 34But they insisted even more strongly, “With his teaching He is starting a riot among the people all through Judea. He began in Galilee and now has come here.” 35When Pilate heard this, he asked, “Is this Man a Galilean?”

   36When he learned that Jesus was from the region ruled by Herod, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 37Herod was very pleased when he saw Jesus, because he had heard about Him and had been wanting to see Him for a long time. 38He was hoping to see Jesus perform some miracle. 39So Herod asked Jesus many questions, but Jesus made no answer.

    40The chief priests and the teachers of the Law stepped forward and made strong accusations against Jesus. 41Herod and his soldiers made fun of Jesus and treated Him with contempt; then they put a fine robe on Him and sent Him back to Pilate. 42On that very day Herod and Pilate became friends; before this they had been enemies.

Pilate is granted a second opportunity

    43Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people. 44And he said to them, “You brought this Man to me and said that He was misleading the people. 45Now, I have examined Him here in your presence, and I have not found Him guilty of any of the crimes you accuse Him of. 46Nor did Herod find Him guilty, for he sent Him back to us. There is nothing, this Man has done, to deserve death.

    47So Pilate asked Him again, “Don’t you have any answer? Look how many accusations they’re bringing against you!” 48But since Jesus no longer answered Pilate was astonished.

Pilate’s attempt to free Jesus

    49At every festival the governor had a custom of releasing to the crowd any prisoner whom they wanted. 50At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner named Barabbas. 51So when the people had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which man do you want me to release for you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Messiah?” 52He did this because he knew that they had handed Him over out of jealousy.

   53While he was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him a message. It said, “Have nothing to do with that righteous Man, because today I have suffered terribly due to a dream I had about Him.” 54But the high priests and elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to demand that Jesus be put to death.

    55So the governor asked them, “Which of the two men do you want me to release for you?” 56“Barabbas!” they replied. 57Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with Jesus, who is called Messiah?” 58But the high priests stirred up the crowd to get him to release Barabbas for them instead. 59They all said, “Let Him be crucified!” But they asked, “What has He done wrong?” But they kept shouting louder and louder, “Let Him be crucified!”

    60Pilate wanted to set Jesus free, so he appealed to the crowd again. 61But they shouted back, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” 62Pilate said to them the third time, “But what crime has He committed? I cannot find anything He has done to deserve death! I will have Him whipped and set Him free.” 63The whole crowd cried out, “Kill Him! Set Barabbas free for us!” 64Pilate asked them, “Why? What has He done wrong?” But they shouted even louder, “Crucify Him!” 65And finally their shouting succeeded.

Pilate washes his hands

   66Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that a riot was about to break out instead. So, he took some water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood. Attend to that yourselves.” 67All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and our children!” 68So Pilate passed the sentence on Jesus that they were asking for. 69He set free the man they wanted, the one who had been put in prison for riot and murder, but he had Jesus whipped.

Jesus whipped and mocked

    70Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the imperial headquarters and gathered the whole company of soldiers around Him. 71They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 72Twisting some thorns into a victor’s crown, they placed it on his head and put a stick in his right hand. 73They knelt down in front of Him and began making fun of Him, saying, “Long live the king of the Jews!”

    74They kept hitting Him on the head with a stick, spitting on Him, kneeling in front of Him, and worshiping Him. 75When they had finished making fun of Him, they stripped Him of the purple robe, put his own clothes back on Him.

Pilate granted a further opportunity

    76Then Jesus came outside, wearing the victor’s crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate told them, “Here is the Man!” 77When the high priests and the officials saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” 78Pilate told them, “You take Him and crucify Him. I find no basis for a charge against Him.” 79The Jews answered Pilate, “We have a law, and according to that Law He must die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God.” 80When Pilate heard this he became even more afraid.

    81Returning to his headquarters, he asked Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus did not answer him. 82So Pilate asked Him, “Aren’t you going to speak to me? 83You realize, don’t You, that I have the authority to release You and the authority to crucify You?” 84Jesus answered him, “You have no authority over Me at all, except what was given to you from above. 85That’s why the one who handed Me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

Pilate chose rather to be a friend of Caesar

    86From then on, Pilate tried to release Him. But the Jews kept shouting, “If you release this Fellow, you’re not a friend of Caesar! Anyone who claims to be a king is defying Caesar!” 87When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat down on the judgment seat in a place called The Pavement, which in Hebrew is called Gabbatha.

   88Now it was the Preparation Day for the Passover, about noon. He told the Jews, “Here is your King!” 89Then they shouted, “Take Him away! Take Him away! Crucify Him!” 90Pilate asked them, “Should I crucify your King?” The high priests responded, “We have no king but Caesar!” 91Then Pilate handed Him over to be crucified. 92Carrying the cross all by Himself, He went out to what is called The Place of a Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. 

Chapter 37

Jesus stumbles on the way to Calvary, receives support yet shows concern

    1One Simon, a Cyrenaean, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing along, coming from the country. They seized him, put the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. 2A large crowd of people followed Him; among them were some women who were weeping and wailing for Him. 3Jesus turned to them and said, “Women of Jerusalem! Don’t cry for Me, but for yourselves and your children. 4For the days are coming when people will say, ‘How lucky are the women who never had children, who never bore babies, who never nursed them!’ 5That will be the time when people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Hide us!’ 6For if such things as these are done when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

Jesus knew He was the Ransom; there would be no ‘ram caught in a thicket’ for Him

    7Two other men, both of them criminals, were also led out to be put to death with Jesus. 8When they came to the place called ‘The Skull,’ they crucified Jesus there, and the two criminals, one on his right and the other on his left with Jesus in the middle. 9So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.” 10Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father! They don’t know what they are doing.” 11The soldiers also made fun of Him, they gave Him wine to drink mingled with myrrh: and when He had tasted it, He would not drink.

    12Pilate wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus from Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 13Many Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. It was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. 14The chief priests said to Pilate, “Do not write The King of the Jews, but rather, ‘This Man said, I am the King of the Jews.”’ 15Pilate answered, “What I have written stays written.”

    16When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts; one for each soldier, and took his cloak as well. The cloak was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down. 17So they told each other, “Let’s not tear it. Instead, let’s throw dice to see who gets it.” This was to fulfil the Scripture that says, “They divided my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they threw dice.” So that is what the soldiers did.

Jesus, the elder Son, placed his mother in safe hands

    18Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 19Therefore Jesus, seeing his mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 20Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her into his own care.

Jesus could have reminded them saying, “It is written that if I suffer my ‘seed will be as the ‘sand of the sea’. He had to be ‘dumb before his sheares’

    21And those passing by were blaspheming Him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, 22save Yourself, and come down from the cross!” 23Likewise the chief priests also, mocking Him to each other with the scribes said, “He saved others; Himself He is not able to save. 24Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe Him. 25He trusteth on the God; let Him deliver Him now, if He desireth Him: for He said, ‘I am Son of God.’”

Jesus’ next assignment was to preach to those who will be with Him in ‘that Paradise’

    26And the robbers also that were crucified with Him cast upon Him the same reproach. 27One of the robbers blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 28But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear the God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 29And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this Man did nothing wrong.” 30Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come in Your kingdom.” 31And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in the Paradise.”

Jesus became the ‘Scapegoat’ and found Himself ‘in the wilderness’; rejected by God and man

    32At noon there came a darkness over the whole land, lasting till three o’clock in the afternoon. 33But at three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lima sabachthani?” which is translated, “The God of Me, the God of Me, why have You forsaken Me?” 34Some of those standing by when they heard, said, “Look, He is calling Elijah.”

    35After this, when Jesus realized that everything was now completed, He said (in order to fulfil the Scripture), “I’m thirsty.” 36And one, running and having filled a sponge full of sour wine that was standing there, and having put it around a reed, was giving a drink to Him, saying, “Leave Him alone; let us see if Elijah is coming to take Him down.” 37After Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” 38Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father! In your hands I place my spirit!” He said this and died.

Anyone may now have access to ‘the mercy seat’ via Jesus; ‘a meeting with the God of mercy’, not to be neglected

    39And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake; and the rocks were rent. 40And the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints that had fallen asleep were raised. 41And coming forth out of the tombs, after the raising therein, they then entered into the holy city and appeared unto many. 42Now the centurion, and they that were with him watching Jesus, when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, feared exceedingly, saying, “Truly this Man was Son of God.”

‘The world will be glad. You will be sad. However, your sadness will turn into gladness’

    43All those who knew Jesus personally, who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there observing from a distance. 44And among who were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, the mother of the sons of Zebedee. 45When the people who had gathered there to watch the spectacle saw what happened, they all went back home, beating their breasts in sorrow.

Twilight, the beginning of the Passover Sabbath (that year it was on a Thursday the 15th), was on hand

    46Since it was the Preparation Day, the Jews did not want to leave the bodies on the crosses during the Sabbath, because that was a particularly important Sabbath. So they asked Pilate to have the men’s legs broken and the bodies removed. 47So the soldiers went and broke the legs of the first man and then of the other man who had been crucified with him. 48But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break his legs.

    49Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and blood and water immediately came out. 50The one who saw this has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows he is telling the truth so that you, too, may believe, 51because these things happened so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, “None of his bones will be broken.” 52In addition, another passage of Scripture says, “They will look on the One whom they pierced.”

    53It was toward evening when Joseph of Arimathea arrived. He was a respected member of the Council, who was waiting for the coming of the Kingdom of the God. 54It was late on Preparation day. When the sun went down, the Sabbath day would begin. And taking courage, he went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

  55And Pilate wondered if He was already dead; and having summoned the centurion, he questioned him if He had been dead long. 56And when he found out from the centurion, Pilate gave him permission, and he came and removed his body.

    57Nicodemus, the man who had first come to Jesus at night, also arrived, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about a hundred pounds. 58A garden was located in the place where He was crucified, and in that garden was a new tomb, which had been dug out of solid rock. 59They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in linen cloths along with spices, according to the burial custom of the Jews and placed it in Joseph’s sepulchre in which no one had yet been placed. 60This they did because it was the Jewish Preparation Day, and because the tomb was nearby, they put Jesus there and rolled a stone upon the door of the tomb.

The women, who had ministered Jesus, thought they were bringing their ministry to a close. However, the tomb was sealed Friday the 16th

    61And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses who had followed Jesus from Galilee saw the tomb and how Jesus’ body was placed in it. 62Then they went back home and prepared the spices and perfumes for the body. On the Sabbath they rested, as the Law commanded.

    63And on the day that was next after the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees assembled before Pilate, 64saying, “Sir, we remember that that Deceiver said while He was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 65“Therefore command that the grave be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him, and say to the people, ‘He was raised from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.”

   66Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go make it as secure as you know how.” 67So they went and secured the tomb by putting a seal on the stone in the presence of the guards.  

Chapter 38

One can only assume it Friday morning, not Thursday evening that ‘they went shopping’

     1Now when that Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James (the Less), and Salome bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him.

Mary, the mother of James the Less, Johanna and the other woman visited the gave

     2And, on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices they had prepared. 3But they found the stone rolled back from the tomb. 4And on entering they found that the body of the Lord Jesus was not there. 5At this they were in great perplexity, when suddenly there stood by them two men whose raiment flashed like lightning. 6The women were terrified; but, as they stood with their faces bowed to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you search among the dead for Him who is living? 7He is not here. He has come back to life. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, 8when He told you that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 9Then they remembered His words,

     10Now go, say to his disciples, and Peter, that He doth go before you to Galilee; there ye shall see Him, as He said to you.’ 11And, having come forth quickly, they fled from the sepulcher, and trembling and amazement had seized them. 12And to no one said they anything, for they were afraid. 13And then suddenly they saw Jesus coming to meet them. “Peace be to you,” He said. And they came and clasped His feet, bowing to the ground before Him. 14Then He said, “Dismiss all fear! Go and take word to my brethren to go into Galilee, and there they shall see me.” 15And returning from the tomb they reported all this to the Eleven and to all the rest. 16But the whole story seemed to them an idle tale; they could not believe the women. 17Peter, however, rose and ran to the tomb. Stooping and looking in, he saw nothing but the linen cloths: so he went away to his own home, wondering at what had happened.

The other two Marys, too, went to view the sepulcher

      18Now late on Sabbath, as it was the dusk of the next day after Sabbath, came Mary of Magdala and the other Mary (the mother of John Mark) to look at the sepulchre. 19And they said among themselves, ‘Who shall roll away for us the stone out of the door of the sepulchre?’ 20But to their amazement there had been a great earthquake. Mary of Magdala came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from it for an angel of the Lord had descended from Heaven, and had come and rolled back the stone, and was sitting upon it. 21His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. 22And for fear of him the guards trembled and became as dead men.

     23But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 24And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right, clothed in a white robe, and they were amazed and alarmed; 25but he says to them, “Be not alarmed. Ye seek Jesus, the Nazarene the crucified one. He is risen, He is not here; behold the place where they had put Him.”

     26So Mary Magdalene ran, as fast as she could, to find Simon Peter and the other disciple—the one who was dear to Jesus—and to tell them, “They have taken the Master out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have put Him.” 27Peter and the other disciple started at once to go to the tomb, both of them running,

The guards recovered and hastened to report the matter

     28Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 29When they had assembled with the elders and taking counsel, they gave sufficient silver coins to the soldiers, 30saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we were sleeping.’

     31“And if this reaches the governor’s ears, we will influence him and make you secure.” 32So they took the silver and did as they were instructed. And this saying has been widely spread among the Jews until this day.

Peter did not appreciate the significance of the cloth’s position; Jesus’ glorified body had ‘passed through’ the linen cloths

     33The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. 34He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in. 35Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there. 36And the cloth which had been around Jesus’ head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself.

     37Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. 38(They still did not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death.) 39Then the disciples went back home.

Mary however tarried determined to find Jesus’ body. It was only until the ‘Mary!’

     40Mary, however, stood there and cried as she looked at the tomb. As she cried, she bent over and looked inside. 41She saw two angels in white clothes. They were sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying. One angel was where Jesus’ head had been, and the other was where his feet had been.

     42The angels asked her why she was crying. Mary told them, “They have removed my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve put him.” 43After she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. However, she didn’t know that it was Jesus. 44Jesus asked her, “Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Mary thought it was the gardener speaking to her. So she said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I’ll remove him.”

It was the morning of the ‘Wave Offering’; Jesus’ glorification, Heb 9:11- and Rev 5:6-      

“Teacher!”

     45Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (this means, Teacher). 46Jesus said to her,”Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'” 47Mary from Magdala went to the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord.” She also told them what He had said to her. 48The women, who related all this to the Apostles, were Mary of Magdala, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; they and the rest of the women.

Jesus holds the attention of two weary travellers

     49Now behold, two of them were travelling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 50And they were conversing with one another about all these things which had happened. 51So it was, as they were conversing and discussing, that Jesus Himself drew near and started to travel with them. 52But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not recognize Him.

     53And He said to them, “What are these words which you are exchanging with one another as you walk, and you have a gloomy look?” 54Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and do not know what has happened in it in these days?” 55And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who proved to be a man who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people. 56And how the chief priests and our rulers handed Him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified Him. 57But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 58Moreover certain women of our group astonished us, after they arrived early at the tomb. 59And not finding His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 60And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it thus just as also the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

“Oh, no, do stay with us.”

 66Now it came to pass, as He was reclining to eat with them, having taken bread, He blessed and broke it, and He gave it to them. 67Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. 68And they said to one another, “Was not our heart burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, and while He was interpreting the Scriptures to us?”

They just had to share Whom they had seen and what He had taught them. However, and understandably, Jesus’ meeting with Peter was too personal to have been divulged

     69So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 70saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 71And they, described the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread. 72Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”  73But being alarmed and becoming fearful, they thought they saw a spirit. 74And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?  75Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have. 76He rebuked them for their unbelief and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.

     78When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 77But as they still disbelieved for joy, and marvelled, He said to them, “Do you have any food here?” 79So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 80And taking it, He ate it in their presence. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw it was the Lord. 81Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 82And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. 83Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 84and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 85And you are witnesses of these things. 86And he said to them, Go into all the world, and preach the glad tidings to all the creation. 87He that believes and is baptised shall be saved, and he that disbelieves shall be condemned. 88And these signs shall follow those that have believed: in my name they shall cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues; 89they shall take up serpents; and if they should drink any deadly thing it shall not injure them; they shall lay hands upon the infirm, and they shall be well. 90And behold, I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

It was ‘a glorified Jesus who breathed into them’, Joh 7:39-, “But this He said concerning the Spirit, which they that believed on Him were about to receive; for that Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

     91Therefore Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” 92And having said this, he breathed into them, and says to them, “Receive a Holy Spirit. 93If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.” 94But Thomas, one of the twelve, the one called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 95The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will by no means believe.”

     96And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been closed, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 97Then He said to Thomas, “Bring your finger here, and see My hands; and bring your hand here, and put it into My side. Be not unbelieving, but believing.” 98And Thomas answered and said to Him, “The Lord of me and the God of me!” 99Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

      100And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. 101But these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the God, and that by believing you may have life in His name. 

Chapter 39 

The meeting in Galilee

     1Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.2When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted.

     3And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 4Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 5teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. 6And behold, I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

Had Peter forgotten the, “Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

     7After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this manner He showed Himself: 8Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 9Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are coming with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.

     10But as daybreak had already come, Jesus stood upon the shore; however the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 11Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.”

At the ‘catch’, when Peter was ‘called’, Peter said, “Go away from me, Lord. I am a sinful man!”

     12And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” Therefore they cast, and they were not able to haul it in because of the multitude of fish. 13Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and he threw himself into the sea.

     14But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 15Then as they got off onto the land, they saw a charcoal fire laid there, and fish placed on it, and bread. 16Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”

     17Simon Peter went up and hauled the net onto the land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. 18Jesus said to them, “Come, eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared to question Him, “Who are You?”–knowing that it was the Lord. 19Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. 20This was now the third time Jesus was manifested to His disciples, having been raised from the dead.

For it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

     21So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I care for You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” 22He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I care for You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 23He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you care for Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you care for Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I care for You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

     24Most assuredly I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and used to walk where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and will carry you where you do not wish.” 25But this He said, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

Even if I have to die for You, by no means will I deny You, again

     26Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had reclined on His chest at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 27Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” 28Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

     29Then this saying went out among the brothers that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” 30This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.

Concerning these matters Luke further also reports

     31Indeed, O Theophilus, I made the first report concerning all things which Jesus began both to do and to teach, 32until the day He was taken up, having given directions to the apostles whom He elected, through a holy Spirit, 33to whom also He presented Himself living after His suffering, by many infallible proofs, being seen by them through forty days, and speaking the things concerning the kingdom of the God.

     34And having met with them, He charged them not to leave Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father, which you heard of Me; 35for John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in a holy Spirit not many days after.”

They still did not understand that Jesus’ mission was to ‘preach the Kingdom of the heaven.’—the Kingdom of the God’

     36Then, indeed, coming together they questioned Him, saying, Lord, do You restore the kingdom to Israel at this time? 37And He said to them, It is not yours to know times or seasons which the Father placed in His own authority; 39but you will receive power, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon you, and you will be witnesses of Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. 40And He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands, He blessed them.

     41And saying these things, as they looked on, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him from their sight; 41He was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 42And as they were intently looking into the heaven, He having gone, even behold, two men in white clothing stood by them, 43who also said, “Men, Galileans, why do you stand looking up to the heaven? This Jesus, the One being taken from you into the heaven, will come in the way you saw Him going into the heaven.”

     44And after they had worshipped Him they returned to Jerusalem with great joy from the mount being called Of Olive Grove, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath’s journey away. 45And when they went in, they went up to the upper room where they were waiting: both Peter and James, and John and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alpheus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the brother of James.

     46These all were continuing steadfastly in prayer and in supplication with one mind, with the women, and with Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. 47And they were in the Temple at all times, giving praise to God. 48And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. 49And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that not even the world itself would have room for the books which would be written. Amen. 

 

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