1: The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the
son of David, the son of Abraham.
2: Abraham was the father of Isaac,
and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3: and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the
father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram,
4: and Ram the father
of Ammin'adab, and Ammin'adab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of
5: and Salmon the father of Bo'az by Rahab, and Bo'az the
father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse,
6: and Jesse
the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of
7: and Solomon the father of Rehobo'am, and Rehobo'am the
father of Abi'jah, and Abi'jah the father of Asa,
8: and Asa the
father of Jehosh'aphat, and Jehosh'aphat the father of Joram, and Joram the
father of Uzzi'ah,
9: and Uzzi'ah the father of Jotham, and Jotham
the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezeki'ah,
Hezeki'ah the father of Manas'seh, and Manas'seh the father of Amos, and Amos
the father of Josi'ah,
11: and Josi'ah the father of Jechoniah and
his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoni'ah was the father of She-al'ti-el, and
She-al'ti-el the father of Zerub'babel,
13: and Zerub'babel the
father of Abi'ud, and Abi'ud the father of Eli'akim, and Eli'akim the father of
14: and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of
Achim, and Achim the father of Eli'ud,
15: and Eli'ud the father of
Elea'zar, and Elea'zar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob,
16: and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus
was born, who is called Christ.
17: So all the generations from
Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to
Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ
18: Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in
this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came
together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit;
her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved
to divorce her quietly.
20: But as he considered this, behold, an
angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do
not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the
21: she will bear a son, and you shall call his name
Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
22: All this
took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
"Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called
Emmanuel" (which means, God with us).
24: When Joseph woke from
sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife,
25: but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his
1: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in
the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
2: "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we
have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him."
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
4: and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he
inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5: They told him,
"In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet:
you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers
of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern my people Israel.'"
7: Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from
them what time the star appeared;
8: and he sent them to Bethlehem,
saying, "Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him
bring me word, that I too may come and worship him."
9: When they had
heard the king they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the
East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was.
10: When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy;
11: and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother,
and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they
offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
12: And being
warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by
13: Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the
Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his
mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about
to search for the child, to destroy him."
14: And he rose and took
the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt,
remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what the Lord had
spoken by the prophet, "Out of Egypt have I called my son."
Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious
rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that
region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had
ascertained from the wise men.
17: Then was fulfilled what was spoken
by the prophet Jeremiah:
18: "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and
loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled,
because they were no more."
19: But when Herod died, behold, an angel
of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying,
"Rise, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those
who sought the child's life are dead."
21: And he rose and took the
child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel.
22: But when he
heard that Archelaus reigned over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was
afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of
23: And he went and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that
what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, "He shall be called a
1: In those days came John the Baptist, preaching
in the wilderness of Judea,
2: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is
3: For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah
when he said, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the
Lord, make his paths straight."
4: Now John wore a garment of camel's
hair, and a leather girdle around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild
5: Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea and all the
region about the Jordan,
6: and they were baptized by him in the
river Jordan, confessing their sins.
7: But when he saw many of the
Pharisees and Sad'ducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of
vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8: Bear fruit
that befits repentance,
9: and do not presume to say to yourselves,
`We have Abraham as our father'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones
to raise up children to Abraham.
10: Even now the axe is laid to the
root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut
down and thrown into the fire.
11: "I baptize you with water for
repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am
not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
12: His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his
threshing floor and gather his wheat into the granary, but the chaff he will
burn with unquenchable fire."
13: Then Jesus came from Galilee to the
Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
14: John would have prevented
him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
15: But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting
for us to fulfil all righteousness." Then he consented.
16: And when
Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the
heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and
alighting on him;
17: and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, "This is
my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
1: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the
wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2: And he fasted forty days
and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry.
3: And the tempter
came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become
loaves of bread."
4: But he answered, "It is written, `Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
5: Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the
pinnacle of the temple,
6: and said to him, "If you are the Son of
God, throw yourself down; for it is written, `He will give his angels charge of
you,' and `On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot
against a stone.'"
7: Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, `You
shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"
8: Again, the devil took him to
a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory
9: and he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you
will fall down and worship me."
10: Then Jesus said to him, "Begone,
Satan! for it is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God and him only
shall you serve.'"
11: Then the devil left him, and behold, angels
came and ministered to him.
12: Now when he heard that John had been
arrested, he withdrew into Galilee;
13: and leaving Nazareth he went
and dwelt in Caper'na-um by the sea, in the territory of Zeb'ulun and Naph'tali,
14: that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
15: "The land of Zeb'ulun and the land of Naph'tali, toward the sea,
across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles --
16: the people who sat
in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and
shadow of death light has dawned."
17: From that time Jesus began to
preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called
Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were
19: And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you
fishers of men."
20: Immediately they left their nets and followed
21: And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the
son of Zeb'edee and John his brother, in the boat with Zeb'edee their father,
mending their nets, and he called them.
22: Immediately they left the
boat and their father, and followed him.
23: And he went about all
Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom
and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.
So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick,
those afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and
paralytics, and he healed them.
25: And great crowds followed him
from Galilee and the Decap'olis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the
1: Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain,
and when he sat down his disciples came to him.
2: And he opened his
mouth and taught them, saying:
3: "Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4: "Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
5: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall
inherit the earth.
6: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7: "Blessed are the
merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
8: "Blessed are the pure in
heart, for they shall see God.
9: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for
they shall be called sons of God.
10: "Blessed are those who are
persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11: "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter
all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12: Rejoice and
be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets
who were before you.
13: "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt
has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for
anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.
15: Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a
stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
16: Let your light so
shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your
Father who is in heaven.
17: "Think not that I have come to abolish
the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
18: For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an
iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
19: Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and
teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does
them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20: For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the
scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
21: "You have heard that it was said to the men of old, `You shall
not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.'
22: But I
say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to
judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and
whoever says, `You fool!' shall be liable to the hell of fire.
if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother
has something against you,
24: leave your gift there before the altar
and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
25: Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with
him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the
guard, and you be put in prison;
26: truly, I say to you, you will
never get out till you have paid the last penny.
27: "You have heard
that it was said, `You shall not commit adultery.'
28: But I say to
you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery
with her in his heart.
29: If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck
it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than
that your whole body be thrown into hell.
30: And if your right hand
causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one
of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
31: "It was
also said, `Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of
32: But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife,
except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries
a divorced woman commits adultery.
33: "Again you have heard that it
was said to the men of old, `You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to
the Lord what you have sworn.'
34: But I say to you, Do not swear at
all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
35: or by the
earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great
36: And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair
white or black.
37: Let what you say be simply `Yes' or `No';
anything more than this comes from evil.
38: "You have heard that it
was said, `An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
39: But I say
to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right
cheek, turn to him the other also;
40: and if any one would sue you
and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well;
41: and if any
one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
42: Give to him
who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.
43: "You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor
and hate your enemy.'
44: But I say to you, Love your enemies and
pray for those who persecute you,
45: so that you may be sons of your
Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good,
and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46: For if you love
those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the
47: And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you
doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
1: "Beware of practicing your piety before men in
order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who
is in heaven.
2: "Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before
you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be
praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
3: But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your
right hand is doing,
4: so that your alms may be in secret; and your
Father who sees in secret will reward you.
5: "And when you pray, you
must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the
synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say
to you, they have received their reward.
6: But when you pray, go
into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and
your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7: "And in praying do
not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be
heard for their many words.
8: Do not be like them, for your Father
knows what you need before you ask him.
9: Pray then like this: Our
Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10: Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
11: Give us this day
our daily bread;
12: And forgive us our debts, As we also have
forgiven our debtors;
13: And lead us not into temptation, But
deliver us from evil.
14: For if you forgive men their trespasses,
your heavenly Father also will forgive you;
15: but if you do not
forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16: "And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for
they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say
to you, they have received their reward.
17: But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
18: that your fasting may not be
seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in
secret will reward you.
19: "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures
on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal,
20: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth
nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be
full of light;
23: but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will
be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the
24: "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate
the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
25: "Therefore I tell you, do
not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor
about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body
more than clothing?
26: Look at the birds of the air: they neither
sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are
you not of more value than they?
27: And which of you by being
anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?
28: And why are you
anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they
neither toil nor spin;
29: yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his
glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30: But if God so clothes
the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the
oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we
drink?' or `What shall we wear?'
32: For the Gentiles seek all these
things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be
yours as well.
34: "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for
tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for
1: "Judge not, that you be not judged.
2: For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the
measure you give will be the measure you get.
3: Why do you see the
speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your
4: Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me take the
speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?
hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly
to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
6: "Do not give dogs
what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them
under foot and turn to attack you.
7: "Ask, and it will be given you;
seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it
will be opened.
9: Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread,
will give him a stone?
10: Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a
11: If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts
to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good
things to those who ask him!
12: So whatever you wish that men would
do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads
to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
14: For the gate
is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are
15: "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's
clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
16: You will know them by
their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?
17: So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears
18: A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad
tree bear good fruit.
19: Every tree that does not bear good fruit is
cut down and thrown into the fire.
20: Thus you will know them by
21: "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall
enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in
22: On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not
prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty
works in your name?'
23: And then will I declare to them, `I never
knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'
24: "Every one then who
hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his
house upon the rock;
25: and the rain fell, and the floods came, and
the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had
been founded on the rock.
26: And every one who hears these words of
mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon
27: and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds
blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."
28: And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished
at his teaching,
29: for he taught them as one who had authority, and
not as their scribes.
1: When he came down from the mountain, great
crowds followed him;
2: and behold, a leper came to him and knelt
before him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean."
And he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And
immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4: And Jesus said to him, "See
that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer
the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to the people."
5: As he
entered Caper'na-um, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him
6: and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in
7: And he said to him, "I will come and heal
8: But the centurion answered him, "Lord, I am not worthy to
have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be
9: For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me;
and I say to one, `Go,' and he goes, and to another, `Come,' and he comes, and
to my slave, `Do this,' and he does it."
10: When Jesus heard him, he
marveled, and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I say to you, not even in
Israel have I found such faith.
11: I tell you, many will come from
east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of
12: while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the
outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth."
to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; be it done for you as you have believed." And
the servant was healed at that very moment.
14: And when Jesus
entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever;
15: he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and
16: That evening they brought to him many who were
possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all
who were sick.
17: This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet
Isaiah, "He took our infirmities and bore our diseases."
18: Now when
Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side.
19: And a scribe came up and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you
wherever you go."
20: And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and
birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head."
21: Another of the disciples said to him, "Lord, let me first go and
bury my father."
22: But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the
dead to bury their own dead."
23: And when he got into the boat, his
disciples followed him.
24: And behold, there arose a great storm on
the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.
25: And they went and woke him, saying, "Save, Lord; we are
26: And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O men of
little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a
27: And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is
this, that even winds and sea obey him?"
28: And when he came to the
other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out
of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way.
behold, they cried out, "What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you
come here to torment us before the time?"
30: Now a herd of many
swine was feeding at some distance from them.
31: And the demons
begged him, "If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine."
32: And he said to them, "Go." So they came out and went into the
swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and
perished in the waters.
33: The herdsmen fled, and going into the
city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs.
34: And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they
saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.
1: And getting into a boat he crossed over and came
to his own city.
2: And behold, they brought to him a paralytic,
lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, "Take
heart, my son; your sins are forgiven."
3: And behold, some of the
scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming."
4: But Jesus,
knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?
5: For which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say,
`Rise and walk'?
6: But that you may know that the Son of man has
authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he then said to the paralytic -- "Rise,
take up your bed and go home."
7: And he rose and went home.
8: When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God,
who had given such authority to men.
9: As Jesus passed on from
there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to
him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him.
10: And as he sat at
table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down
with Jesus and his disciples.
11: And when the Pharisees saw this,
they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and
12: But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have
no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
13: Go and learn what
this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the
righteous, but sinners."
14: Then the disciples of John came to him,
saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
15: And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as
the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken
away from them, and then they will fast.
16: And no one puts a piece
of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment,
and a worse tear is made.
17: Neither is new wine put into old
wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are
destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved."
18: While he was thus speaking to them, behold, a ruler came in and
knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand
on her, and she will live."
19: And Jesus rose and followed him, with
20: And behold, a woman who had suffered from a
hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his
21: for she said to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I
shall be made well."
22: Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take
heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made
23: And when Jesus came to the ruler's house, and saw the flute
players, and the crowd making a tumult,
24: he said, "Depart; for the
girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him.
25: But when
the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the
26: And the report of this went through all that
27: And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men
followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David."
When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them,
"Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord."
29: Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be
it done to you."
30: And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly
charged them, "See that no one knows it."
31: But they went away and
spread his fame through all that district.
32: As they were going
away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him.
33: And when the
demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying,
"Never was anything like this seen in Israel."
34: But the Pharisees
said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons."
35: And Jesus
went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and
preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every
36: When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them,
because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
37: Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the
laborers are few;
38: pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send
out laborers into his harvest."
1: And he called to him his twelve disciples and
gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every
disease and every infirmity.
2: The names of the twelve apostles are
these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son
of Zeb'edee, and John his brother;
3: Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas
and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
4: Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5: These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, "Go nowhere among the
Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans,
6: but go rather to
the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7: And preach as you go,
saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
8: Heal the sick, raise
the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give
9: Take no gold, nor silver, nor copper in your belts,
10: no bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor a
staff; for the laborer deserves his food.
11: And whatever town or
village you enter, find out who is worthy in it, and stay with him until you
12: As you enter the house, salute it.
13: And if
the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let
your peace return to you.
14: And if any one will not receive you or
listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house
15: Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the
day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomor'rah than for that town.
16: "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be
wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
17: Beware of men; for they
will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues,
18: and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake,
to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles.
19: When they deliver
you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what
you are to say will be given to you in that hour;
20: for it is not
you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21: Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his
child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;
22: and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who
endures to the end will be saved.
23: When they persecute you in one
town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through
all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes.
24: "A disciple
is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master;
25: it is
enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master.
If they have called the master of the house Be-el'zebul, how much more will they
malign those of his household.
26: "So have no fear of them; for
nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
27: What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you
hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.
28: And do not fear
those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can
destroy both soul and body in hell.
29: Are not two sparrows sold for
a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's will.
30: But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my
Father who is in heaven;
33: but whoever denies me before men, I also
will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
34: "Do not think that I
have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35: For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter
against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
36: and a man's foes will be those of his own household.
37: 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;
38: and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of
39: He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life
for my sake will find it.
40: "He who receives you receives me, and
he who receives me receives him who sent me.
41: He who receives a
prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward, and he who
receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous
42: And whoever gives to one of these little ones even
a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not
lose his reward."
1: And when Jesus had finished instructing his
twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.
2: Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he
sent word by his disciples
3: and said to him, "Are you he who is to
come, or shall we look for another?"
4: And Jesus answered them, "Go
and tell John what you hear and see:
5: the blind receive their sight
and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are
raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
blessed is he who takes no offense at me."
7: As they went away,
Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into
the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind?
8: Why then did
you go out? To see a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, those who wear soft
raiment are in kings' houses.
9: Why then did you go out? To see a
prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
10: This is he of
whom it is written, `Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall
prepare thy way before thee.'
11: Truly, I say to you, among those
born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who
is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12: From the
days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence,
and men of violence take it by force.
13: For all the prophets and
the law prophesied until John;
14: and if you are willing to accept
it, he is Eli'jah who is to come.
15: He who has ears to hear, let
16: "But to what shall I compare this generation? It is
like children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates,
17: `We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did
18: For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they
say, `He has a demon';
19: the Son of man came eating and drinking,
and they say, `Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and
sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds."
20: Then he began to
upbraid the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they
did not repent.
21: "Woe to you, Chora'zin! woe to you, Beth-sa'ida!
for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would
have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22: But I tell you, it
shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
23: And you, Caper'na-um, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be
brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in
Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24: But I tell you that
it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for
25: At that time Jesus declared, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and
understanding and revealed them to babes;
26: yea, Father, for such
was thy gracious will.
27: All things have been delivered to me by my
Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father
except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and
lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30: For my
yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
1: At that time Jesus went through the grainfields
on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of
grain and to eat.
2: But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him,
"Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath."
3: He said to them, "Have you not read what David did, when he was
hungry, and those who were with him:
4: how he entered the house of
God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat
nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?
5: Or have
you not read in the law how on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane the
sabbath, and are guiltless?
6: I tell you, something greater than the
temple is here.
7: And if you had known what this means, `I desire
mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.
8: For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath."
9: And he
went on from there, and entered their synagogue.
10: And behold,
there was a man with a withered hand. And they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal
on the sabbath?" so that they might accuse him.
11: He said to them,
"What man of you, if he has one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath,
will not lay hold of it and lift it out?
12: Of how much more value
is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath."
13: Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And the man
stretched it out, and it was restored, whole like the other.
the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy him.
15: Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him,
and he healed them all,
16: and ordered them not to make him known.
17: This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
18: "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my
soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall proclaim
justice to the Gentiles.
19: He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor
will any one hear his voice in the streets;
20: he will not break a
bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick, till he brings justice to victory;
21: and in his name will the Gentiles hope."
22: Then a
blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb
man spoke and saw.
23: And all the people were amazed, and said, "Can
this be the Son of David?"
24: But when the Pharisees heard it they
said, "It is only by Be-el'zebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out
25: Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom
divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against
itself will stand;
26: and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided
against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
27: And if I cast
out demons by Be-el'zebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they
shall be your judges.
28: But if it is by the Spirit of God that I
cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first
binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.
who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
31: Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven
men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever
speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in
the age to come.
33: "Either make the tree good, and its fruit good;
or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.
34: You brood of vipers! how can you speak good, when you are evil?
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
35: The good
man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil
treasure brings forth evil.
36: I tell you, on the day of judgment
men will render account for every careless word they utter;
by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."
38: Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, "Teacher, we
wish to see a sign from you."
39: But he answered them, "An evil and
adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except
the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40: For as Jonah was three days and
three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and
three nights in the heart of the earth.
41: The men of Nin'eveh will
arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at
the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
42: The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with this
generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the
wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
43: "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through
waterless places seeking rest, but he finds none.
44: Then he says,
`I will return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes he finds it
empty, swept, and put in order.
45: Then he goes and brings with him
seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and
the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be also
with this evil generation."
46: While he was still speaking to the
people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to
48: But he replied to the man who told him, "Who is my mother,
and who are my brothers?"
49: And stretching out his hand toward his
disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers!
whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and
1: That same day Jesus went out of the house and
sat beside the sea.
2: And great crowds gathered about him, so that
he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach.
3: And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went
out to sow.
4: And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and
the birds came and devoured them.
5: Other seeds fell on rocky
ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they
had no depth of soil,
6: but when the sun rose they were scorched;
and since they had no root they withered away.
7: Other seeds fell
upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
8: Other seeds
fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some
9: He who has ears, let him hear."
10: Then the
disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"
11: And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the
secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
12: For to him who has will more be given, and he will have
abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
13: This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do
not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says: `You shall
indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive.
15: For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy
of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with
their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn
for me to heal them.'
16: But blessed are your eyes, for they see,
and your ears, for they hear.
17: Truly, I say to you, many prophets
and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear
what you hear, and did not hear it.
18: "Hear then the parable of the
19: When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not
understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart;
this is what was sown along the path.
20: As for what was sown on
rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with
21: yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and
when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he
22: As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who
hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the
word, and it proves unfruitful.
23: As for what was sown on good
soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit,
and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."
24: Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of
heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field;
but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and
26: So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the
weeds appeared also.
27: And the servants of the householder came and
said to him, `Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it
28: He said to them, `An enemy has done this.' The servants
said to him, `Then do you want us to go and gather them?'
29: But he
said, `No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them.
30: Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I
will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be
burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'"
31: Another parable he
put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed
which a man took and sowed in his field;
32: it is the smallest of
all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a
tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."
33: He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like
leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all
34: All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed
he said nothing to them without a parable.
35: This was to fulfil
what was spoken by the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter
what has been hidden since the foundation of the world."
36: Then he
left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying,
"Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field."
answered, "He who sows the good seed is the Son of man;
38: the field
is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the
sons of the evil one,
39: and the enemy who sowed them is the devil;
the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels.
Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close
of the age.
41: The Son of man will send his angels, and they will
gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers,
and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their
43: Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom
of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
44: "The kingdom of
heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up;
then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45: "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of
46: who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and
sold all that he had and bought it.
47: "Again, the kingdom of heaven
is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind;
48: when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the
good into vessels but threw away the bad.
49: So it will be at the
close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the
50: and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men
will weep and gnash their teeth.
51: "Have you understood all this?"
They said to him, "Yes."
52: And he said to them, "Therefore every
scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who
brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."
53: And when
Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there,
coming to his own country he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were
astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty
55: Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called
Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
56: And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get
57: And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them,
"A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house."
58: And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their
1: At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the
fame of Jesus;
2: and he said to his servants, "This is John the
Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work
3: For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in
prison, for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife;
because John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they
held him to be a prophet.
6: But when Herod's birthday came, the
daughter of Hero'di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod,
7: so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might
8: Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John
the Baptist here on a platter."
9: And the king was sorry; but
because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given;
he sent and had John beheaded in the prison,
11: and his head was
brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
12: And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they
went and told Jesus.
13: Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from
there in a boat to a lonely place apart. But when the crowds heard it, they
followed him on foot from the towns.
14: As he went ashore he saw a
great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick.
15: When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is
a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the
villages and buy food for themselves."
16: Jesus said, "They need not
go away; you give them something to eat."
17: They said to him, "We
have only five loaves here and two fish."
18: And he said, "Bring
them here to me."
19: Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the
grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and
blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave
them to the crowds.
20: And they all ate and were satisfied. And they
took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
22: Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to
the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
23: And after he had
dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When
evening came, he was there alone,
24: but the boat by this time was
many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was
25: And in the fourth watch of the night he came to
them, walking on the sea.
26: But when the disciples saw him walking
on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for
27: But immediately he spoke to them, saying, "Take heart, it
is I; have no fear."
28: And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you,
bid me come to you on the water."
29: He said, "Come." So Peter got
out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus;
when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord,
31: Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him,
saying to him, "O man of little faith, why did you doubt?"
when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33: And those in the
boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.
when the men of that place recognized him, they sent round to all that region
and brought to him all that were sick,
36: and besought him that they
might only touch the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made
1: Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from
Jerusalem and said,
2: "Why do your disciples transgress the
tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat."
3: He answered them, "And why do you transgress the commandment of
God for the sake of your tradition?
4: For God commanded, `Honor your
father and your mother,' and, `He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him
5: But you say, `If any one tells his father or his
mother, What you would have gained from me is given to God, he need not honor
6: So, for the sake of your tradition, you have made
void the word of God.
7: You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of
you, when he said:
8: `This people honors me with their lips, but
their heart is far from me;
9: in vain do they worship me, teaching
as doctrines the precepts of men.'"
10: And he called the people to
him and said to them, "Hear and understand:
11: not what goes into
the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man."
12: Then the disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the
Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?"
answered, "Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted
14: Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if a blind man
leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
15: But Peter said to
him, "Explain the parable to us."
16: And he said, "Are you also
still without understanding?
17: Do you not see that whatever goes
into the mouth passes into the stomach, and so passes on?
what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a man.
19: For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery,
fornication, theft, false witness, slander.
20: These are what defile
a man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."
Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
22: And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and
cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely
possessed by a demon."
23: But he did not answer her a word. And his
disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after
24: He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house
25: But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord,
26: And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's
bread and throw it to the dogs."
27: She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even
the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."
Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as
you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.
29: And Jesus
went on from there and passed along the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the
mountain, and sat down there.
30: And great crowds came to him,
bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others,
and they put them at his feet, and he healed them,
31: so that the
throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame
walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
32: Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have
compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have
nothing to eat; and I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on
33: And the disciples said to him, "Where are we to get
bread enough in the desert to feed so great a crowd?"
34: And Jesus
said to them, "How many loaves have you?" They said, "Seven, and a few small
35: And commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground,
36: he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he
broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the
37: And they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up
seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
38: Those who ate
were four thousand men, besides women and children.
39: And sending
away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Mag'adan.
1: And the Pharisees and Sad'ducees came, and to
test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven.
answered them, "When it is evening, you say, `It will be fair weather; for the
sky is red.'
3: And in the morning, `It will be stormy today, for the
sky is red and threatening.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the
sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
4: An evil and
adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except
the sign of Jonah." So he left them and departed.
5: When the
disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread.
6: Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the
Pharisees and Sad'ducees."
7: And they discussed it among themselves,
saying, "We brought no bread."
8: But Jesus, aware of this, said, "O
men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves the fact that you have
9: Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five
loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
11: How is it that you fail to perceive that I did not speak about
bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sad'ducees."
Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread,
but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sad'ducees.
13: Now when
Jesus came into the district of Caesare'a Philip'pi, he asked his disciples,
"Who do men say that the Son of man is?"
14: And they said, "Some say
John the Baptist, others say Eli'jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the
15: He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
16: Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living
17: And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona!
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in
18: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will
build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
19: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever
you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth
shall be loosed in heaven."
20: Then he strictly charged the
disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
21: From that time
Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many
things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the
third day be raised.
22: And Peter took him and began to rebuke him,
saying, "God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you."
he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me;
for you are not on the side of God, but of men."
24: Then Jesus told
his disciples, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up
his cross and follow me.
25: For whoever would save his life will
lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or
what shall a man give in return for his life?
27: For the Son of man
is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay
every man for what he has done.
28: Truly, I say to you, there are
some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man
coming in his kingdom."
1: And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and
James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart.
And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his
garments became white as light.
3: And behold, there appeared to them
Moses and Eli'jah, talking with him.
4: And Peter said to Jesus,
"Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here,
one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli'jah."
5: He was still
speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud
said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."
6: When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were
filled with awe.
7: But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise,
and have no fear."
8: And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no
one but Jesus only.
9: And as they were coming down the mountain,
Jesus commanded them, "Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised
from the dead."
10: And the disciples asked him, "Then why do the
scribes say that first Eli'jah must come?"
11: He replied, "Eli'jah
does come, and he is to restore all things;
12: but I tell you that
Eli'jah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever
they pleased. So also the Son of man will suffer at their hands."
Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
14: And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and
kneeling before him said,
15: "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is
an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and
often into the water.
16: And I brought him to your disciples, and
they could not heal him."
17: And Jesus answered, "O faithless and
perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with
you? Bring him here to me."
18: And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon
came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly.
19: Then the
disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?"
20: He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say
to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this
mountain, `Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be
impossible to you."
22: As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said
to them, "The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men,
23: and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day."
And they were greatly distressed.
24: When they came to Caper'na-um,
the collectors of the half-shekel tax went up to Peter and said, "Does not your
teacher pay the tax?"
25: He said, "Yes." And when he came home,
Jesus spoke to him first, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings
of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from others?"
26: And when he said, "From others," Jesus said to him, "Then the
sons are free.
27: However, not to give offense to them, go to the
sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open
its mouth you will find a shekel; take that and give it to them for me and for
1: At that time the disciples came to Jesus,
saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them,
3: and said,
"Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never
enter the kingdom of heaven.
4: Whoever humbles himself like this
child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
receives one such child in my name receives me;
6: but whoever causes
one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to
have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of
7: "Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is
necessary that temptations come, but woe to the man by whom the temptation
8: And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off
and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than with
two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.
9: And if
your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better for you
to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of
10: "See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for
I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who
is in heaven.
12: What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep,
and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the
mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
13: And if he
finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the
ninety-nine that never went astray.
14: So it is not the will of my
Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
15: "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault,
between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
16: But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you,
that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
17: If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he
refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax
18: Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall
be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19: Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything
they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
21: Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my
brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"
22: Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy
23: "Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to
a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
24: When he
began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents;
25: and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with
his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26: So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, `Lord, have
patience with me, and I will pay you everything.'
27: And out of pity
for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
28: But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his
fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he
said, `Pay what you owe.'
29: So his fellow servant fell down and
besought him, `Have patience with me, and I will pay you.'
refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.
31: When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were
greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken
32: Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked
servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me;
should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?'
34: And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he
should pay all his debt.
35: So also my heavenly Father will do to
every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart."
1: Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he
went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan;
2: and large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
3: And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, "Is it
lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?"
4: He answered, "Have
you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,
5: and said, `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?
they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together,
let not man put asunder."
7: They said to him, "Why then did Moses
command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?"
8: He said to them, "For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to
divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
9: And I
say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries
another, commits adultery."
10: The disciples said to him, "If such
is the case of a man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry."
11: But he said to them, "Not all men can receive this saying, but
only those to whom it is given.
12: For there are eunuchs who have
been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and
there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom
of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it."
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray.
The disciples rebuked the people;
14: but Jesus said, "Let the
children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of
15: And he laid his hands on them and went away.
16: And behold, one came up to him, saying, "Teacher, what good deed
must I do, to have eternal life?"
17: And he said to him, "Why do you
ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life,
keep the commandments."
18: He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said,
"You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You
shall not bear false witness,
19: Honor your father and mother, and,
You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
20: The young man said to
him, "All these I have observed; what do I still lack?"
said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the
poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great
23: And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to
you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
24: Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye
of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then
can be saved?"
26: But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With
men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Then Peter said in reply, "Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What
then shall we have?"
28: Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, in
the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who
have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of
29: And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters
or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a
hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
30: But many that are first
will be last, and the last first.
1: "For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder
who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
2: After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent
them into his vineyard.
3: And going out about the third hour he saw
others standing idle in the market place;
4: and to them he said,
`You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they
5: Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he
did the same.
6: And about the eleventh hour he went out and found
others standing; and he said to them, `Why do you stand here idle all day?'
7: They said to him, `Because no one has hired us.' He said to them,
`You go into the vineyard too.'
8: And when evening came, the owner
of the vineyard said to his steward, `Call the laborers and pay them their
wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.'
9: And when those
hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius.
10: Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more;
but each of them also received a denarius.
11: And on receiving it
they grumbled at the householder,
12: saying, `These last worked only
one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the
day and the scorching heat.'
13: But he replied to one of them,
`Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?
14: Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give to this last
as I give to you.
15: Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what
belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?'
16: So the last
will be first, and the first last."
17: And as Jesus was going up to
Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them,
18: "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be
delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death,
19: and deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and
crucified, and he will be raised on the third day."
20: Then the
mother of the sons of Zeb'edee came up to him, with her sons, and kneeling
before him she asked him for something.
21: And he said to her, "What
do you want?" She said to him, "Command that these two sons of mine may sit, one
at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom."
Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the
cup that I am to drink?" They said to him, "We are able."
23: He said
to them, "You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is
not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my
24: And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the
25: But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know
that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise
authority over them.
26: It shall not be so among you; but whoever
would be great among you must be your servant,
27: and whoever would
be first among you must be your slave;
28: even as the Son of man
came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
29: And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him.
30: And behold, two blind men sitting by the roadside, when they
heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!"
31: The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent; but they cried
out the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"
32: And Jesus
stopped and called them, saying, "What do you want me to do for you?"
33: They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened."
And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight
and followed him.
1: And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to
Beth'phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find
an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.
If any one says anything to you, you shall say, `The Lord has need of them,' and
he will send them immediately."
4: This took place to fulfil what was
spoken by the prophet, saying,
5: "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold,
your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the
foal of an ass."
6: The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed
7: they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on
them, and he sat thereon.
8: Most of the crowd spread their garments
on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9: And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted,
"Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!"
10: And when he entered Jerusalem, all the
city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?"
11: And the crowds said,
"This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee."
12: And Jesus
entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple,
and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who
13: He said to them, "It is written, `My house shall be
called a house of prayer'; but you make it a den of robbers."
the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
15: But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful
things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the
Son of David!" they were indignant;
16: and they said to him, "Do you
hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,
`Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast brought perfect praise'?"
17: And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged
18: In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was
19: And seeing a fig tree by the wayside he went to it, and
found nothing on it but leaves only. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come
from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once.
20: When the
disciples saw it they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither at once?"
21: And Jesus answered them, "Truly, I say to you, if you have faith
and never doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but
even if you say to this mountain, `Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will
22: And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you
23: And when he entered the temple, the chief priests
and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, "By
what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?"
24: Jesus answered them, "I also will ask you a question; and if you
tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these
25: The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from
men?" And they argued with one another, "If we say, `From heaven,' he will say
to us, `Why then did you not believe him?'
26: But if we say, `From
men,' we are afraid of the multitude; for all hold that John was a prophet."
27: So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them,
"Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
"What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, `Son,
go and work in the vineyard today.'
29: And he answered, `I will
not'; but afterward he repented and went.
30: And he went to the
second and said the same; and he answered, `I go, sir,' but did not go.
31: Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The
first." Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the
harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
32: For John came to
you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax
collectors and the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not
afterward repent and believe him.
33: "Hear another parable. There
was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a
wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into
34: When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his
servants to the tenants, to get his fruit;
35: and the tenants took
his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to
37: Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, `They will
respect my son.'
38: But when the tenants saw the son, they said to
themselves, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.'
39: And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed
40: When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he
do to those tenants?"
41: They said to him, "He will put those
wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who
will give him the fruits in their seasons."
42: Jesus said to them,
"Have you never read in the scriptures: `The very stone which the builders
rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it is
marvelous in our eyes'?
43: Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God
will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it."
45: When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they
perceived that he was speaking about them.
46: But when they tried to
arrest him, they feared the multitudes, because they held him to be a prophet.
1: And again Jesus spoke to them in parables,
2: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave
a marriage feast for his son,
3: and sent his servants to call those
who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come.
Again he sent other servants, saying, `Tell those who are invited, Behold, I
have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything
is ready; come to the marriage feast.'
5: But they made light of it
and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,
6: while the
rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.
7: The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those
murderers and burned their city.
8: Then he said to his servants,
`The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you
10: And those servants went out into the streets and gathered
all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with
11: "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw
there a man who had no wedding garment;
12: and he said to him,
`Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was
13: Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind him hand
and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash
14: For many are called, but few are chosen."
15: Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how to entangle him in
16: And they sent their disciples to him, along with the
Hero'di-ans, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of
God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men.
17: Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to
Caesar, or not?"
18: But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why put
me to the test, you hypocrites?
19: Show me the money for the tax."
And they brought him a coin.
20: And Jesus said to them, "Whose
likeness and inscription is this?"
21: They said, "Caesar's." Then he
said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to
God the things that are God's."
22: When they heard it, they
marveled; and they left him and went away.
23: The same day
Sad'ducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked
him a question,
24: saying, "Teacher, Moses said, `If a man dies,
having no children, his brother must marry the widow, and raise up children for
25: Now there were seven brothers among us; the first
married, and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother.
26: So too the second and third, down to the seventh.
After them all, the woman died.
28: In the resurrection, therefore,
to which of the seven will she be wife? For they all had her."
But Jesus answered them, "You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures
nor the power of God.
30: For in the resurrection they neither marry
nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
31: And as
for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God,
32: `I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of
Jacob'? He is not God of the dead, but of the living."
33: And when
the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.
when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sad'ducees, they came
35: And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to
36: "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
37: And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
is the great and first commandment.
39: And a second is like it, You
shall love your neighbor as yourself.
40: On these two commandments
depend all the law and the prophets."
41: Now while the Pharisees
were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question,
"What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son
43: He said to them, "How is it then that David, inspired
by the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,
44: `The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand, till I put thy enemies under thy feet'?
David thus calls him Lord, how is he his son?"
46: And no one was
able to answer him a word, nor from that day did any one dare to ask him any
1: Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his
2: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat;
3: so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they
do; for they preach, but do not practice.
4: They bind heavy burdens,
hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move
them with their finger.
5: They do all their deeds to be seen by men;
for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long,
they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues,
7: and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by
8: But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher,
and you are all brethren.
9: And call no man your father on earth,
for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
10: Neither be called
masters, for you have one master, the Christ.
11: He who is greatest
among you shall be your servant;
12: whoever exalts himself will be
humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
13: "But woe to
you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut the kingdom of heaven
against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter
to go in.
15: Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you
traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a
proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
16: "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, `If any one swears by the
temple, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gold of the temple, he is
bound by his oath.'
17: You blind fools! For which is greater, the
gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?
18: And you say,
`If any one swears by the altar, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the
gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.'
19: You blind
men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
20: So he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on
21: and he who swears by the temple, swears by it and by him who
dwells in it;
22: and he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne
of God and by him who sits upon it.
23: "Woe to you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! for you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have
neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these
you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
24: You blind
guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!
25: "Woe to you,
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you cleanse the outside of the cup and of
the plate, but inside they are full of extortion and rapacity.
You blind Pharisee! first cleanse the inside of the cup and of the plate, that
the outside also may be clean.
27: "Woe to you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly
appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men's bones and all
28: So you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but
within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
29: "Woe to you,
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you build the tombs of the prophets and
adorn the monuments of the righteous,
30: saying, `If we had lived in
the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the
blood of the prophets.'
31: Thus you witness against yourselves, that
you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
32: Fill up, then,
the measure of your fathers.
33: You serpents, you brood of vipers,
how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?
34: Therefore I send
you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify,
and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from town to town,
35: that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth,
from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechari'ah the son of
Barachi'ah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.
36: Truly, I say to you, all this will come upon this generation.
37: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those
who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a
hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!
your house is forsaken and desolate.
39: For I tell you, you will not
see me again, until you say, `Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"
1: Jesus left the temple and was going away, when
his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple.
2: But he answered them, "You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say
to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be
3: As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came
to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign
of your coming and of the close of the age?"
4: And Jesus answered
them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray.
5: For many will come
in my name, saying, `I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray.
6: And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not
alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be
famines and earthquakes in various places:
8: all this is but the
beginning of the birth-pangs.
9: "Then they will deliver you up to
tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my
10: And then many will fall away, and betray one
another, and hate one another.
11: And many false prophets will arise
and lead many astray.
12: And because wickedness is multiplied, most
men's love will grow cold.
13: But he who endures to the end will be
14: And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout
the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.
15: "So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the
prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
16: then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains;
17: let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his
18: and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his
19: And alas for those who are with child and for those who
give suck in those days!
20: Pray that your flight may not be in
winter or on a sabbath.
21: For then there will be great tribulation,
such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never
22: And if those days had not been shortened, no human being
would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
23: Then if any one says to you, `Lo, here is the Christ!' or `There
he is!' do not believe it.
24: For false Christs and false prophets
will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible,
even the elect.
25: Lo, I have told you beforehand.
So, if they say to you, `Lo, he is in the wilderness,' do not go out; if they
say, `Lo, he is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it.
27: For as
the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the
coming of the Son of man.
28: Wherever the body is, there the eagles
will be gathered together.
29: "Immediately after the tribulation of
those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and
the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken;
30: then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then
all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming
on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory;
31: and he will
send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect
from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts
forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.
33: So also, when you
see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
34: Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all
these things take place.
35: Heaven and earth will pass away, but my
words will not pass away.
36: "But of that day and hour no one knows,
not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.
As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man.
38: For as in those days before the flood they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the
39: and they did not know until the flood came and swept them
all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man.
40: Then two men
will be in the field; one is taken and one is left.
41: Two women
will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left.
therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the
thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be
44: Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man
is coming at an hour you do not expect.
45: "Who then is the faithful
and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their
food at the proper time?
46: Blessed is that servant whom his master
when he comes will find so doing.
47: Truly, I say to you, he will
set him over all his possessions.
48: But if that wicked servant says
to himself, `My master is delayed,'
49: and begins to beat his fellow
servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken,
50: the master of
that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he
does not know,
51: and will punish him, and put him with the
hypocrites; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
1: "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to
ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
3: For when the
foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;
4: but the wise
took flasks of oil with their lamps.
5: As the bridegroom was
delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6: But at midnight there was a
cry, `Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.'
7: Then all
those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps.
8: And the foolish said
to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
9: But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and
for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.'
while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in
with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut.
the other maidens came also, saying, `Lord, lord, open to us.'
But he replied, `Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
14: "For it
will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to
them his property;
15: to one he gave five talents, to another two,
to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
16: He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with
them; and he made five talents more.
17: So also, he who had the two
talents made two talents more.
18: But he who had received the one
talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.
after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with
20: And he who had received the five talents came forward,
bringing five talents more, saying, `Master, you delivered to me five talents;
here I have made five talents more.'
21: His master said to him,
`Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I
will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.'
he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, `Master, you delivered to
me two talents; here I have made two talents more.'
23: His master
said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over
a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.'
24: He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying,
`Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and
gathering where you did not winnow;
25: so I was afraid, and I went
and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.'
But his master answered him, `You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I
reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed?
27: Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at
my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.
29: For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have
abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
30: And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men
will weep and gnash their teeth.'
31: "When the Son of man comes in
his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
32: Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate
them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,
33: and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at
34: Then the King will say to those at his right hand,
`Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world;
35: for I was hungry and you gave me food, I
was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
36: I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I
was in prison and you came to me.'
37: Then the righteous will answer
him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee
38: And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or
naked and clothe thee?
39: And when did we see thee sick or in prison
and visit thee?'
40: And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to
you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'
41: Then he will say to those at his left hand, `Depart from me, you
cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
42: for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you
gave me no drink,
43: I was a stranger and you did not welcome me,
naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'
44: Then they also will answer, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry or
thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to
45: Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did
it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.'
they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
1: When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he
said to his disciples,
2: "You know that after two days the Passover
is coming, and the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified."
3: Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in
the palace of the high priest, who was called Ca'iaphas,
4: and took
counsel together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.
But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be a tumult among the people."
6: Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,
7: a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive
ointment, and she poured it on his head, as he sat at table.
when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste?
9: For this ointment might have been sold for a large sum, and given
to the poor."
10: But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you
trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.
you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.
12: In pouring this ointment on my body she has done it to prepare me
13: Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached
in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her."
14: Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to
the chief priests
15: and said, "What will you give me if I deliver
him to you?" And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.
16: And from
that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
17: Now on the
first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where will
you have us prepare for you to eat the passover?"
18: He said, "Go
into the city to a certain one, and say to him, `The Teacher says, My time is at
hand; I will keep the passover at your house with my disciples.'"
And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the
20: When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve
21: and as they were eating, he said, "Truly, I say to
you, one of you will betray me."
22: And they were very sorrowful,
and began to say to him one after another, "Is it I, Lord?"
answered, "He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me.
24: The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man
by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he
had not been born."
25: Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Is it I,
Master?" He said to him, "You have said so."
26: Now as they were
eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the
disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."
27: And he took a
cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all
28: for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out
for many for the forgiveness of sins.
29: I tell you I shall not
drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with
you in my Father's kingdom."
30: And when they had sung a hymn, they
went out to the Mount of Olives.
31: Then Jesus said to them, "You
will all fall away because of me this night; for it is written, `I will strike
the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'
after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee."
declared to him, "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall
34: Jesus said to him, "Truly, I say to you, this very night,
before the cock crows, you will deny me three times."
35: Peter said
to him, "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you." And so said all the
36: Then Jesus went with them to a place called
Gethsem'ane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I go yonder and
37: And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zeb'edee, he
began to be sorrowful and troubled.
38: Then he said to them, "My
soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me."
39: And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, "My
Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I
will, but as thou wilt."
40: And he came to the disciples and found
them sleeping; and he said to Peter, "So, could you not watch with me one hour?
41: Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit
indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
42: Again, for the second
time, he went away and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink
it, thy will be done."
43: And again he came and found them sleeping,
for their eyes were heavy.
44: So, leaving them again, he went away
and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.
45: Then he
came to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your
rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands
46: Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand."
47: While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and
with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the
elders of the people.
48: Now the betrayer had given them a sign,
saying, "The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him."
49: And he came
up to Jesus at once and said, "Hail, Master!" And he kissed him.
Jesus said to him, "Friend, why are you here?" Then they came up and laid hands
on Jesus and seized him.
51: And behold, one of those who were with
Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and struck the slave of the
high priest, and cut off his ear.
52: Then Jesus said to him, "Put
your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the
53: Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he
will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?
54: But how
then should the scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?"
that hour Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out as against a robber, with
swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and
you did not seize me.
56: But all this has taken place, that the
scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples forsook
him and fled.
57: Then those who had seized Jesus led him to
Ca'iaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered.
58: But Peter followed him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of
the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end.
59: Now the chief priests and the whole council sought false
testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death,
they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came
61: and said, "This fellow said, `I am able to destroy the
temple of God, and to build it in three days.'"
62: And the high
priest stood up and said, "Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men
testify against you?"
63: But Jesus was silent. And the high priest
said to him, "I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the
Son of God."
64: Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell
you, hereafter you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power,
and coming on the clouds of heaven."
65: Then the high priest tore
his robes, and said, "He has uttered blasphemy. Why do we still need witnesses?
You have now heard his blasphemy.
66: What is your judgment?" They
answered, "He deserves death."
67: Then they spat in his face, and
struck him; and some slapped him,
68: saying, "Prophesy to us, you
Christ! Who is it that struck you?"
69: Now Peter was sitting outside
in the courtyard. And a maid came up to him, and said, "You also were with Jesus
70: But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do
not know what you mean."
71: And when he went out to the porch,
another maid saw him, and she said to the bystanders, "This man was with Jesus
72: And again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know
73: After a little while the bystanders came up and said to
Peter, "Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you."
74: Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, "I do
not know the man." And immediately the cock crowed.
75: And Peter
remembered the saying of Jesus, "Before the cock crows, you will deny me three
times." And he went out and wept bitterly.
1: When morning came, all the chief priests and the
elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death;
2: and they bound him and led him away and delivered him to Pilate
3: When Judas, his betrayer, saw that he was condemned,
he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests
and the elders,
4: saying, "I have sinned in betraying innocent
blood." They said, "What is that to us? See to it yourself."
throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and
6: But the chief priests, taking the pieces of
silver, said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are
7: So they took counsel, and bought with them the
potter's field, to bury strangers in.
8: Therefore that field has
been called the Field of Blood to this day.
9: Then was fulfilled
what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, "And they took the thirty
pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the
sons of Israel,
10: and they gave them for the potter's field, as the
Lord directed me."
11: Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the
governor asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus said, "You have said
12: But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he
made no answer.
13: Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how
many things they testify against you?"
14: But he gave him no answer,
not even to a single charge; so that the governor wondered greatly.
15: Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the
crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted.
16: And they had then a
notorious prisoner, called Barab'bas.
17: So when they had gathered,
Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to release for you, Barab'bas or Jesus
who is called Christ?"
18: For he knew that it was out of envy that
they had delivered him up.
19: Besides, while he was sitting on the
judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, "Have nothing to do with that
righteous man, for I have suffered much over him today in a dream."
20: Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the people to ask
for Barab'bas and destroy Jesus.
21: The governor again said to them,
"Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" And they said,
22: Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with
Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said, "Let him be crucified."
23: And he said, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all
the more, "Let him be crucified."
24: So when Pilate saw that he was
gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed
his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to
25: And all the people answered, "His blood be on us
and on our children!"
26: Then he released for them Barab'bas, and
having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
27: Then the
soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the
whole battalion before him.
28: And they stripped him and put a
scarlet robe upon him,
29: and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it
on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him they
mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
30: And they spat upon
him, and took the reed and struck him on the head.
31: And when they
had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put his own clothes on him,
and led him away to crucify him.
32: As they went out, they came upon
a man of Cyre'ne, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross.
33: And when they came to a place called Gol'gotha (which means the
place of a skull),
34: they offered him wine to drink, mingled with
gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.
35: And when they
had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots;
36: then they sat down and kept watch over him there.
And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus
the King of the Jews."
38: Then two robbers were crucified with him,
one on the right and one on the left.
39: And those who passed by
derided him, wagging their heads
40: and saying, "You who would
destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son
of God, come down from the cross."
41: So also the chief priests,
with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying,
42: "He saved
others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now
from the cross, and we will believe in him.
43: He trusts in God; let
God deliver him now, if he desires him; for he said, `I am the Son of God.'"
44: And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in
the same way.
45: Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all
the land until the ninth hour.
46: And about the ninth hour Jesus
cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, la'ma sabach-tha'ni?" that is, "My God, my
God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
47: And some of the bystanders
hearing it said, "This man is calling Eli'jah."
48: And one of them
at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and
gave it to him to drink.
49: But the others said, "Wait, let us see
whether Eli'jah will come to save him."
50: And Jesus cried again
with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
51: And behold, the
curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook,
and the rocks were split;
52: the tombs also were opened, and many
bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,
coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and
appeared to many.
54: When the centurion and those who were with him,
keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were
filled with awe, and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"
were also many women there, looking on from afar, who had followed Jesus from
Galilee, ministering to him;
56: among whom were Mary Mag'dalene, and
Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zeb'edee.
57: When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathe'a, named
Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.
58: He went to Pilate and
asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.
59: And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud,
60: and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock;
and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed.
61: Mary Mag'dalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite
62: Next day, that is, after the day of Preparation,
the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate
said, "Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, `After
three days I will rise again.'
64: Therefore order the sepulchre to
be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away,
and tell the people, `He has risen from the dead,' and the last fraud will be
worse than the first."
65: Pilate said to them, "You have a guard of
soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can."
66: So they went and
made the sepulchre secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
1: Now after the sabbath, toward the dawn of the
first day of the week, Mary Mag'dalene and the other Mary went to see the
2: And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel
of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat
3: His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white
4: And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like
5: But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for
I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
6: He is not here; for
he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold,
he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you."
8: So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy,
and ran to tell his disciples.
9: And behold, Jesus met them and
said, "Hail!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.
10: Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my
brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."
they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief
priests all that had taken place.
12: And when they had assembled
with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sum of money to the soldiers
13: and said, "Tell people, `His disciples came by night and stole
him away while we were asleep.'
14: And if this comes to the
governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
15: So they took the money and did as they were directed; and this
story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
16: Now the eleven
disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
17: And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted.
18: And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on
earth has been given to me.
19: Go therefore and make disciples of
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
20: teaching them to observe all that I have commanded
you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."