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1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to draw up a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us, 2even as they delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, 3it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first, to write unto you in order, most excellent Theophilus; 4that you might know the certainty concerning the things wherein you were instructed.

5There was in the days of Herod, king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, who was of the course of Abijah: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6And they were both righteous before God, walking blameless in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord. 7And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. 8Now it came to pass, while he executed the priestís office before God in the order of his course, 9according to the custom of the priestís office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the hour of incense. 11And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of altar of incense. 12And Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: because your supplication is heard, and your wife Elisabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14And you shall have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his motherís womb. 16And many of the children of Israel shall be turn unto the Lord their God. 17And he shall go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to walk in the wisdom of the just; to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him. 18And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well stricken in years. 19And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stands in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak unto you, and to bring you these good tidings. 20And behold, you shall be silent and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall come to pass, because you believed not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. 21And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marveled while he tarried in the temple. 22And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: and he continued making signs unto them, and remained dumb. 23And it came to pass, when the days of his ministration were fulfilled, he departed unto his house. 24And after these days Elisabeth his wife conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, 25Thus has the Lord done unto me in the days wherein he looked upon me, to take away my reproach among men.

26Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city in Galilee, named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virginís name was Mary. 28And he came in unto her, and said, Hail, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you. 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and wondered in her mind what manner of salutation this might be. 30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I have not know a man? 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God. 36And behold, Elisabeth your kinswoman, she also has conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that was called barren. 37For no word from God shall be void of power. 38And Mary said, Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.

39And Mary arose in those days and with haste went into the hill country, into a city of Judah; 40and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth. 41And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit; 42and she lifted up her voice with a loud cry, and said, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And what is this, that the mother of my Lord should come unto me? 44For behold, when the voice of your salutation came into my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45And blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord. 46And Mary said, My soul does magnify the Lord, 47And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48For he has looked upon the low estate of his handmaid: For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49For he that is mighty has done to me great things; And holy is his name. 50And his mercy is unto generations and generations On them that fear him. 51He has showed strength with his arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart. 52He has put down princes from their thrones, And has exalted them of low degree. 53The hungry he has filled with good things; And the rich he has sent away empty. 54He has given help to Israel his servant, That he might remember mercy 55(As he spoke unto our fathers) Toward Abraham and his seed for ever. 56And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned unto her house.

57Now Elisabethís time was fulfilled that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 58And her neighbors and her kinsfolk heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy towards her; and they rejoiced with her. 59And it came to pass on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him Zacharias, after the name of the father. 60And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. 61And they said unto her, There is none of your kindred that is called by this name. 62And they made signs to his father, what he would have him called. 63And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they all marveled. 64And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. 65And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea. 66And all that heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, What then shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.

67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, 68Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; For he has visited and worked redemption for his people, 69And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of his servant David 70(As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets that have been from of old), 71Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72To show mercy towards, our fathers, And to remember his holy covenant; 73The oath which he spoke unto Abraham our father, 74To grant unto us that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies Should serve him without fear, 75In holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76Yes and you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High: For you shall go before the face of the Lord to make ready his ways; 77To give knowledge of salvation unto his people In the remission of their sins, 78Because of the tender mercy of our God, Whereby the dayspring from on high shall visit us, 79To shine upon them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death; To guide our feet into the way of peace. 80And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.


2 Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled. 2This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to enroll themselves, every one to his own city. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; 5to enroll himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child. 6And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. 9And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all the people: 11for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this is the sign unto you: You shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased. 15And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord has made known unto us. 16And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. 17And when they saw it, they told them concerning the saying which was spoken to them about this child. 18And all that heard it wondered at the things which were spoken unto them by the shepherds. 19But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken unto them.

21And when eight days were fulfilled for circumcising him, his name was called JESUS, which was so called by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord), 24and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

25And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lordís Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, that they might do concerning him after the custom of the law, 28then he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29Now let you your servant depart, Lord, According to your word, in peace; 30For mine eyes have seen your salvation, 31Which you have prepared before the face of all peoples; 32A light for revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of your people Israel. 33And his father and his mother were marveling at the things which were spoken concerning him; 34and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel; and for a sign which is spoken against; 35yes and a sword shall pierce through your own soul; that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed. 36And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (she was of a great age, having lived with a husband seven years from her virginity, 37and she had been a widow even unto fourscore and four years), who departed not from the temple, worshipping with fastings and supplications night and day. 38And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks unto God, and spoke of him to all them that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39And when they had accomplished all things that were according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 40And the child grew, and waxed strong, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

41And his parents went every year to Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up after the custom of the feast; 43and when they had fulfilled the days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not; 44but supposing him to be in the company, they went a dayís journey; and they sought for him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance: 45and when they found him not, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking to find him. 46And it came to pass, after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions: 47and all that heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48And when they saw him, they were astonished; and his mother said unto him, Son, why have you dealt with us this way? Behold, your father and I sought you sorrowing. 49And he said unto them, How is it that you sought me? Knew you not that I must be in my Fatherís house? 50And they understood not the saying which he spoke unto them. 51And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth; and he was subject unto them: and his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.


3 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. ***3And he came into all the region round about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins; 4as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight. 5Every valley shall be filled, And every mountain and hill shall be brought low; And the crooked shall become straight, And the rough ways smooth; 6And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. 7He said therefore to the multitudes that went out to be baptized of him, You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say within yourselves, We have Abraham as our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 9And even now the axe also is laid at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that does not bring forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 10And the multitudes asked him, saying, What then must we do? 11And he answered and said unto them, He that has two coats, let him impart to him that has none; and he that has food, let him do likewise. 12And there came also publicans to be baptized, and they said unto him, Teacher, what must we do? 13And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. 14And soldiers also asked him, saying, And we, what must we do? And he said unto them, Exact from no man by violence, neither accuse any one wrongfully; and be content with your wages.

15And as the people were in expectation, and all men reasoned in their hearts concerning John, whether by chance he were the Christ; 16John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but there comes he that is mightier than I, the latches of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire: 17whose fan is in his hand, thoroughly to cleanse his threshing-floor, and to gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire. 18Therefore with many other exhortations he preached good tidings unto the people; 19but Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brotherís wife, and for all the evil things which Herod had done, 20added this also to them all, that he shut up John in prison.

21Now it came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that, Jesus also having been baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form, as a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of heaven, You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased. 23And Jesus himself, when he began to teach, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29the son of Jesus, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30the son of Symeon, the son of Judas, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, 33the son of Amminadab, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah 36the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.


4 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led in the Spirit in the wilderness 2for forty days, being tempted of the devil. And he did eat nothing in those days: and when they were completed, he hungered. 3And the devil said unto him, if you are the Son of God, command this stone that it become bread. 4And Jesus answered him, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone. 5And he led him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6And the devil said unto him, To you will I give all this authority, and the glory of them: for it has been delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7If you therefore will worship before me, it shall all be your. 8And Jesus answered and said unto him, It is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve. 9And he led him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here: 10for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning you, to guard you: 11and, On their hands they shall bear you up, Unless by chance you dash your foot against a stone. 12And Jesus answering, said unto him, It is said, You shall not make trial of the Lord your God. 13And when the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him for a season.

14And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and the fame concerning him went out through all the region round about. 15And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and he entered, as his custom was, into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And he opened the book, and found the place where it was written, 18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because he anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor: He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised, 19To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. 20And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down: and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21And he began to say unto them, Today has this scripture been fulfilled in your ears. 22And all bare him witness, and wondered at the words of grace which proceeded out of his mouth: and they said, Is not this Josephís son? 23And he said unto them, Doubtless you will say unto me this parable, Physician, heal yourself: whatsoever we have heard done at Capernaum, do also here in your own country. 24And he said, Truly I say unto you, No prophet is acceptable in his own country. 25But of a truth I say unto you, There were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land; 26and unto none of them was Elijah sent, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 27And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian. 28And they were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things; 29and they rose up, and cast him forth out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong. 30But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way.

31And he came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath day: 32and they were astonished at his teaching; for his word was with authority. 33And in the synagogue there was a man, that had a spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice, 34Ah! What have we to do with you, Jesus you Nazarene? Are you come to destroy us? I know you, who you are, the Holy One of God. 35And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold your peace, and come out of him. And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36And amazement came upon all, and they spoke together, one with another, saying, What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out. 37And there went forth a rumor concerning him into every place round about that region. 38And he rose up from the synagogue, and entered into the house of Simon. And Simonís wifeís mother was sick with a great fever; and they asked him for her. 39And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she rose up and ministered unto them. 40And when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 41And demons also came out from many, crying out, and saying, You are the Son of God. And rebuking them, he suffered them not to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ. 42And when it was day, he came out and went into a deserted place: and the multitudes sought after him, and came unto him, and would have stayed him, that he should not go from them. 43But he said unto them, I must preach the good tidings of the kingdom of God to the other cities also: for that reason was I sent. 44And he was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.


5 Now it came to pass, while the multitude pressed upon him and heard the word of God, that he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret; 2and he saw two boats setting in the lake: but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3And he entered into one of the boats, which was Simonís, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the multitudes out of the boat. 4And when he had finished speaking, he said unto Simon, Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch. 5And Simon answered and said, Master, we toiled all night, and took nothing: but at your word I will let down the nets. 6And when they had done this, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes; and their nets were breaking; 7and they beckoned unto their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8But Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell down at Jesusí knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9For he was amazed, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10and so were also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth you shall catch men. 11And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything, and followed him.

12And it came to pass, while he was in one of the cities there was a man full of leprosy: and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face, and asked him, saying, Lord, if you will, you can make me clean. 13And he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be made clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. 14And he charged himóĎtell no man: but go your way, and show yourself to the priest, and offer according as Moses commanded for your cleansing, for a testimony unto them. 15But so much the more there went abroad the report concerning him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed of their infirmities. 16But he withdrew himself in a deserted place, and prayed.

17And it came to pass on one of those days, that he was teaching; and there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, who were come out of every village of Galilee and Judaea and Jerusalem: ***and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18And behold, men brought a man on a bed that was palsied: and they sought to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 19And not finding by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went up to the housetop, and let him down through the tiles with his couch into the midst before Jesus. 20And seeing their faith, he said, Man, your sins are forgiven you. 21And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 22But Jesus perceiving their reasonings, answered and said unto them, Why do you reason in your hearts? 23Which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven you; or to say, Arise and walk? 24But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins (he said unto him that was palsied), I say unto you, Arise, and take up your couch, and go unto your house. 25And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his house, glorifying God. 26And amazement took hold on all, and they glorified God; and they were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things today.

27And after these things he went forth, and beheld a publican, named Levi, sitting at the place of toll, and said unto him, Follow me. 28And he left everything, and rose up and followed him. 29And Levi made him a great feast in his house: and there was a great multitude of publicans and of others that were sitting at the meal with them. 30And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do you eat and drink with the publicans and sinners? 31And Jesus answering said unto them, ***They that are in health have no need of a physician; but they that are sick. 32I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. 33And they said unto him, The disciples of John fast often, and make supplications; likewise also the disciples of the Pharisees; but yours eat and drink. 34And Jesus said unto them, Can you make the sons of the bride-chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35But the days will come; and when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, then will they fast in those days. 36And he spoke also a parable unto them: No man takes a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; else he will rip the new, and also the piece from the new will not agree with the old. 37And no man puts new wine into old wine-skins; else the new wine will burst the skins, and the wine itself will be spilled, and the skins will perish. 38But new wine must be put into fresh wine-skins. 39And no man having drunk old wine desires new; for he said, The old is good.


6 Now it came to pass on a Sabbath, that he was going through the grain fields; and his disciples plucked the ears, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. 2But certain of the Pharisees said, Why do you do that which is not lawful to do on the Sabbath day? 3And Jesus answering them said, Have you not read even this, what David did, when he was hungry, he, and they that were with him; 4how he entered into the house of God, and took and ate the showbread, and gave it also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat accept for the priests alone? 5And he said unto them, The Son of man is lord of the Sabbath. 6And it came to pass on another Sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man there, and his right hand was withered. 7And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the Sabbath; that they might find how to accuse him. 8But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man that had his hand withered, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. 9And Jesus said unto them, I ask you, Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to destroy it? 10And he looked around on them all, and said unto him, Stretch forth your hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored. 11But they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

12And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into the mountain to pray; and he continued all night in prayer to God. 13And when it was day, he called his disciples; and he chose from them twelve, whom also he named apostles: 14Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip and Bartholomew, 15and Matthew and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor; 17and he came down with them, and stood on a level place, and a great multitude of his disciples, and a great number of the people from all Judaea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18and they that were troubled with unclean spirits were healed. 19And all the multitude sought to touch him; for power came forth from him, and healed them all.

20And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed are you who are poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are you that weep now: for you shall laugh. 22Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of manís sake. 23Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the same manner did their fathers unto the prophets. 24But woe unto you that are rich! For you have received your consolation. 25Woe unto you, you that are full now! For you shall hunger. Woe unto you, you that laugh now! For you shall mourn and weep. 26Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets.

27But I say unto you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, 28bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you. 29To him that strikes you on the one cheek offer also the other; and from him that takes away your cloak withhold not your coat also. 30Give to every one that asks you; and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again. 31And as you would that men should do to you, do likewise also to them. 32And if you love them that love you, what thank do you have? For even sinners love those that love them. 33And if you do good to them that do good to you, what thank do you have? For even sinners do the same. 34And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thank do you have? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive again as much. 35But love your enemies, and do them good, and lend, never despairing; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be sons of the Most High: ***for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil. 36You be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

37And judge not, and you shall not be judged: and condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: release, and you shall be released: 38give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they give into your bosom. For with what measure you measure out it shall be measured to you again. 39And he spoke also a parable unto them, Can the blind guide the blind? Shall they not both fall into a pit? 40The disciple is not above his teacher: but every one when he is perfected shall be as his teacher. 41And why do you behold the mote that is in your brotherís eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? 42Or how can you say to your brother, Brother, let me cast out the mote that is in your eye, when you yourself behold not the beam that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast the beam out of your own eye, and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote that is in your brotherís eye. 43For there is no good tree that brings forth corrupt fruit; nor again a corrupt tree that brings forth good fruit. 44For each tree is known by its own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush do they gather grapes. 45The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 46And why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which I say? 47Every one that comes unto me, and hears my words, and does them, I will show you to whom he is likened: 48he is like a man building a house, who digged and went deep, and laid a foundation upon the rock: and when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it: because it had been well built. 49But he that hears, and does not, is like a man that built a house upon the earth without a foundation; against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell in; and the ruin of that house was great.


7 After he had ended all his sayings in the ears of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2And a certain centurionís servant, who was dear unto him, was sick and at the point of death. 3And when he heard concerning Jesus, he sent unto him elders of the Jews, asking him if he would come and save his servant. 4And they, when they came to Jesus, sought him earnestly, saying, He is worthy that you should do this for him; 5for he loves our nation, and he himself built us our synagogue. 6And Jesus went with them. And when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, do not trouble yourself; for I am not worthy that you should come under my roof: 7neither have I thought myself worthy to come unto you: but say the word, and my servant shall be healed. 8For I also am a man set under authority, having under myself soldiers: and I say to this one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it. 9And when Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned and said unto the multitude that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great a faith, no, not in Israel. 10And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole.

11And it came to pass soon afterwards, that he went to a city called Nain; and his disciples went with him, and a great multitude. 12Now when he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, there was carried out one that was dead, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and many people of the city were with her. 13And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14And he came near and touched the bearer: and the bearers stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto you, Arise. 15And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. 16And fear took hold on all: and they glorified God, saying, A great prophet is arisen among us: and, God has visited his people. 17And this report went forth concerning him in the whole of Judaea, and all the region round about. 18And the disciples of John told him of all these things.

19And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to the Lord, saying, Are you he that comes, or should we look for another? 20And when the men had come unto him, they said, John the Baptist has sent us unto you, saying, Are you he that comes, or should we look for another? 21In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits; and on many that were blind he bestowed sight. 22And he answered and said unto them, Go and tell John the things which you have seen and heard; the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up, and the poor have good tidings preached to them. 23And blessed is he, whosoever shall find no occasion of stumbling in me. 24And when the messengers of John had departed, he began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken with the wind? 25But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kingsí courts. 26But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. 27This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, Who shall prepare your way before you. 28I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there is none greater than John: yet he that is but little in the kingdom of God is greater than he. 29And all the people when they heard, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. ***30But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected for themselves the counsel of God, being not baptized of him. 31Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation, and to what are they like? 32They are like unto children that sit in the marketplace, and call one to another; who say, We piped unto you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep. 33For John the Baptist is come eating no bread nor drinking wine; and you say, He has a demon. 34The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and you say, Behold, a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! 35And wisdom is justified of all her children.

36And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he entered into the Phariseeís house, and sat down to eat. 37And behold, a woman who was in the city, a sinner; and when she knew that he was sitting at the meal in the Phariseeís house, she brought an alabaster cruse of ointment, 38and standing behind at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 39Now when the Pharisee that had invited him saw it, he spoke within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what manner of woman this is that touches him, that she is a sinner. 40And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto you. And he said, Teacher, say on. 41A certain lender had two debtors: the one owed five hundred shillings, and the other fifty. 42When they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most? 43Simon answered and said, He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most. And he said unto him, You have rightly judged. 44And turning to the woman, he said unto Simon, See you this woman? I entered into your house, you gave me no water for my feet: but she has wetted my feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair. 45You gave me no kiss: but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46My head with oil you did not anoint: but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47Wherefore I say unto you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. 48And he said unto her, Your sins are forgiven. 49And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that even forgives sins? 50And he said unto the woman, Your faith has saved you; go in peace.


8 And it came to pass soon afterwards, that he went about through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good tidings of the kingdom of God, and with him the twelve, 2and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary that was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3and Joanna the wife of Chuzas Herodís steward, and Susanna, and many others, who ministered unto them of their substance.

4And when a great multitude came together, and they of every city came unto him, he spoke by a parable: 5The sower went forth to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden under foot, and the birds of the heaven devoured it. 6And other fell on the rock; and as soon as it grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7And other fell amidst the thorns; and the thorns grew with it, and choked it. 8And other fell into the good ground, and grew, and brought forth fruit a hundredfold. As he said these things, he cried, He that has ears to hear, let him hear. 9And his disciples asked him what this parable might be. 10And he said, ***Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to the rest in parables; that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. 11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12And those by the way side are they that have heard; then comes the devil, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. 13And those on the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14And that which fell among the thorns, these are they that have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience. 16And no man, when he has lighted a lamp, covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed; but puts it on a stand, that they that enter in may see the light. 17For nothing is hid, that shall not be made manifest; nor anything secret, that shall not be known and come to light. 18Take heed therefore how you hear: for whosoever has, to him shall be given; and whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that which he thinks he has. 19And there came to him his mother and brethren, and they could not come to him for the crowd. 20And it was told him, Your mother and your brethren stand without, desiring to see you. 21But he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these that hear the word of God, and do it.

22Now it came to pass on one of those days, that he entered into a boat, himself and his disciples; and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake: and they launched forth. 23But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. And he awoke, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And being afraid they marveled, saying one to another, Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him? 26And they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is over against Galilee. 27And when he had come forth upon the shore, there met him a certain man out of the city, who had demons; and for a long time he had worn no clothes, and lived not in any house, but in the tombs. 28And when he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, ***What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? I beg you, torment me not. 29For he was commanding the unclean spirit to come out from the man. For oftentimes it had seized him: and he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters; and breaking the bands apart, he was driven of the demon into the deserts. 30And Jesus asked him, What is your name? And he said, Legion; for many demons were entered into him. 31And they entreated him that he would not command them to depart into the abyss. 32Now there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they entreated him that he would give them leave to enter into them. And he gave them leave. 33And the demons came out from the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd rushed down the steep into the lake, and were drowned. 34And when they that fed them saw what had come to pass, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. 35And they went out to see what had come to pass; and they came to Jesus, and found the man, from whom the demons were gone out, sitting, clothed and in his right mind, at the feet of Jesus: and they were afraid. 36And they that saw it told them how he that was possessed with demons was made whole. 37And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes round about asked him to depart from them, for they were filled with great fear: and he entered into a boat, and returned. 38But the man from whom the demons were gone out prayed that he might go with him: but he sent him away, saying, 39Return to your house, and declare how great things God has done for you. ***And he went his way, publishing throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done for him.

40And as Jesus returned, the multitude welcomed him; for they were all waiting for him. 41And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesusí feet, and begged him to come into his house; 42for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as he went the multitudes thronged him. 43And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, who had spent all of her living upon physicians, and could not be healed from any, 44came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately the issue of her blood stopped. 45And Jesus said, Who is it that touched me? And when all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitudes press you and crush you. 46But Jesus said, Some one did touch me; for I perceived that power has gone forth from me. 47And when the woman saw that she was discovered, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48And he said unto her, Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace. 49While he yet spoke, there comes one from the ruler of the synagogueís house, saying, Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher. 50But Jesus hearing it, answered him, Fear not: only believe, and she shall be made whole. 51And when he came to the house, he refused that any man should enter in with him, accept for Peter, and John, and James, and the father of the maiden and her mother. 52And all were weeping, and bewailing her: but he said, Weep not; for she is not dead, but asleep. 53And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54But he, taking her by the hand, called, saying, Maiden, arise. ***55And her spirit returned, and she rose up immediately: and he commanded that something be given her to eat. 56And her parents were amazed: but he charged them to tell no one what had been done.


9 And he called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2And he sent them forth to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. 3And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staff, nor wallet, nor bread, nor money; neither have two coats. 4And into whatsoever house you enter, there abide, and then depart. 5And as many as receive you not, when you depart from that city, shake off the dust from your feet for a testimony against them. 6And they departed, and went throughout the villages, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere. 7Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done: and he was much perplexed, because that it was said by some, that John was risen from the dead; 8and by some, that Elijah had appeared; and by others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. 9And Herod said, John I beheaded: but who is this, about whom I hear such things? And he sought to see him.

10And the apostles, when they were returned, declared unto him what things they had done. And he took them, and withdrew apart to a city called Bethsaida. 11But the multitudes perceiving it followed him: and he welcomed them, and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and them that had need of healing he cured. 12And the day began to wear away; and the twelve came, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages and country round about, and lodge, and get provisions: for we are here in a deserted place. 13But he said unto them, You give them something to eat. And they said, We have no more than five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy food for all these people. 14For they were about five thousand men. And he said unto his disciples, Make them sit down in companies, about fifty each. 15And they did as he asked, and made them all sit down. 16And he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake; and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. 17And they ate, and were all filled: and there was taken up that which remained over to them of broken pieces, twelve baskets.

18And it came to pass, as he was apart praying, the disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Who do the multitudes say that I am? 19And they answering, said, John the Baptist; but others say, Elijah; and others, that one of the old prophets is risen again. 20And he said unto them, But who do you say that I am? And Peter answering said, The Christ of God. 21But he charged them, and commanded them to tell this to no man; 22saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up. 23And he said unto all, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24For whosoever would save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25For what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose or forfeit his own self? 26For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in his own glory, and the glory of the Father, and of the holy angels. 27But I tell you of a truth, There are some of them that stand here, who shall in no way taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

28And it came to pass about eight days after these sayings, that he took with him Peter and John and James, and went up into the mountain to pray. 29And as he was praying, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became white and dazzling. 30And behold, there talked with him two men, who were Moses and Elijah; 31who appeared in glory, and spoke of his decease which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: but when they were fully awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. 33And it came to pass, as they were parting from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah: not knowing what he said. 34And while he said these things, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my Son, my chosen: you are to hear him. 36And when the voice came, Jesus was found alone. And they held their peace, and told no man in those days any of the things which they had seen.

37And it came to pass, on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great multitude met him. 38And behold, a man from the multitude cried, saying, Teacher, I beg you to look upon my son; for he is my only child: 39and behold, a spirit takes him, and he suddenly cries out; and it tears at him that he foams, and it hardly departs from him, bruising him sorely. 40And I sought your disciples to cast it out; and they could not. 41And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and bear with you? Bring your son here. 42And as he was yet coming, the demon dashed him down, and tore him grievously. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.

43And they were all astonished at the majesty of God. But while all were marvelling at all the things which he did, he said unto his disciples, 44Let these words sink into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered up into the hands of men. 45But they did not understood this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying. 46And there arose a discussion among them, which of them was the greatest. 47But when Jesus saw the reasoning of their heart, he took a little child, and set him by his side, 48and said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this little child in my name receives me: and whosoever shall receive me receives him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same is great. 49And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out demons in your name; and we forbid him, because he did not follow with us. 50But Jesus said unto him, ***Forbid him not: for he that is not against you is for you.

51And it came to pass, when the days were very near that he should be received up, he firmly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 52and sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 53And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he were going to Jerusalem. 54And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, will you that we bid fire to come down from heaven, and consume them? 55But he turned, and rebuked them. 56And they went to another village.

57And as they went on the way, a certain man said unto him, I will follow you wheresoever you go. 58And Jesus said unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven have nests; but the Son of man has not where to lay his head. 59And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60But he said unto him, Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but you go and publish abroad the kingdom of God. 61And another also said, I will follow you, Lord; but first suffer me to bid them farewell that are at my house. 62But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.


10 Now after these things the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two before his face into every city and place, wherever he himself was about to come. 2And he said unto them, The harvest indeed is plenteous, but the laborers are few: pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth laborers into his harvest. 3Go your ways; behold, I send you forth as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no wallet, no shoes; and salute no man on the way. 5And into whatsoever house you shall enter, first say, Peace be to this house. 6And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him: but if not, it shall turn to you again. 7And in that same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. 8And into whatsoever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: 9and heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come near unto you. 10But into whatsoever city you shall enter, and they receive you not, go out there into the streets and say, 11Even the dust from your city, that sticks to our feet, we wipe off against you: nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God is come near. 12I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. 13Woe unto you, Chorazin! woe unto you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which were done in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment, than for you. 15And you, Capernaum, shall you be exalted unto heaven? You shall be brought down unto Hades. 16He that hears you hears me; and he that rejects you rejects me; and he that rejects me rejects him that sent me.

17And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject unto us in your name. 18And he said unto them, I beheld Satan fall as lightning from heaven. 19Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any way hurt you. 20Nevertheless in this do not rejoice, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. 21In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you did hide these things from the wise and understanding, and did reveal them unto babes: yes, Father; for so it was well-pleasing in your sight. 22All things have been delivered unto me of my Father: and no one knows who the Son is, accept the Father; and who the Father is, accept the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son wills to reveal him. 23And turning to the disciples, he said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see: 24for I say unto you, that many prophets and kings desired to see the things which you see, and saw them not; and to hear the things which you hear, and heard them not.

25And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tempted him, saying, Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26And he said unto him, How do you read what is written in the law? 27And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. 28And he said unto him, You have answered right: do this, and you shall live. 29But he, desiring to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor? 30Jesus made answer and said, A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31And by chance a certain priest was going down that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32And in like manner a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was laying: and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion, 34and came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35And on the next day he took out two shillings, and gave them to the host, and said, Take care of him; and whatsoever you spend more, I, when I come back again, will repay you. 36Which of these three do you think, proved to be a neighbor unto him that fell among the robbers? 37And he said, He that showed mercy on him. And Jesus said unto him, You go, and do likewise.

38Now as they went on their way, he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39And she had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lordís feet, and heard his word. 40But Martha was distracted about much serving; and she came up to him, and said, Lord, do you not care that my sister did leave me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. 41But the Lord answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things: 42but one thing is needful: for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.


11 And it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, that when he had finished, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his disciples. 2And he said unto them, When you pray, say, Father, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3Give us day by day our daily bread. 4And forgive us our sins; for we ourselves also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And bring us not into temptation. 5And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6for a friend of mine is come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him; 7and he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give unto you? 8I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will arise and give him as many as he needs. 9And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. 11And of which of you that is a father shall his son ask a loaf, and he would give him a stone? Or a fish, and he for a fish would give him a serpent? 12Or if he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion? 13If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

14And he was casting out a demon that was dumb. And it came to pass, when the demon was gone out, the dumb man spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15But some of them said, By Beelzebub the prince of the demons he casts out demons. 16And others, trying him, sought from him a sign from heaven. 17But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falls. 18And if Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? Because you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore shall they be your judges. 20But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, ***then is the kingdom of God come upon you. 21When the strong man fully armed guards his own court, his goods are secure: 22but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he takes from him his whole armor wherein he trusted, and divides his spoils. 23He that is not with me is against me. And he that gathers not with me scatters. 24The unclean spirit when he is gone out of the man, passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and finding none, he said, I will turn back unto my house from where I came out. 25And when he is come, he finds it swept and garnished. 26Then he goes in, and takes to him seven other spirits more evil than himself; and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.

27And it came to pass, as he said these things, a certain woman out of the multitude lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare you, and the breasts which you did suck. 28But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

29And when the multitudes were gathering together unto him, he began to say, This generation is an evil generation: it seeks  after a sign; and there shall no sign to be given to it but the sign of Jonah. 30For even as Jonah became a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. 31The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and shall condemn them: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 32The men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, a greater than Jonah is here. 33No man, when he has lighted a lamp, puts it in a cellar, neither under the bushel, but on the stand, that they which enter in may see the light. 34The lamp of your body is your eye: when your eye is single, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness. 35Look therefore whether the light that is in you be not darkness. 36If therefore your whole body be full of light, having no part dark, it shall be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining does give you light.

37Now as he spoke, a Pharisee asks him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to eat. 38And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that he had not first bathed himself before dinner. 39And the Lord said unto him, Now you the Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter; but your inward part is full of extortion and wickedness. 40You foolish ones, did not he that made the outside make the inside also? 41But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, all things are clean unto you. 42But woe unto you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and pass over justice and the love of God: but these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 43Woe unto you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues, and the salutations in the marketplaces. 44Woe unto you! For you are as the tombs which appear not, and the men that walk over them know it not. 45And one of the lawyers answering said unto him, Teacher, in saying this you reproach us also. 46And he said, ***Woe unto you lawyers also! For you load men with grievous burdens to be borne, and you yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. 47Woe unto you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48So you are witnesses and consent unto the works of your fathers: for they killed them, and you build their tombs. 49Therefore this also said the wisdom of God, I will send unto them prophets and apostles; and some of them they shall kill and persecute; 50that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 51from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary: yes, I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation. 52Woe unto you lawyers! For you took away the key of knowledge: you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered. 53And when he was come out from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press upon him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things; 54laying wait for him, to catch something out of his mouth.


12 In the mean time, when the many thousands of the multitude were gathered together, insomuch that they trod one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2But there is nothing covered up, that shall not be revealed; and nothing hid, that shall not be known. 3Wherefore whatsoever you have said in the darkness shall be heard in the light; and what you have spoken in the ear in the inner chambers shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. 4And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5But I will warn you whom you shall fear: Fear him, who after he has killed has power to also cast into hell; yes, I say unto you, Fear him. 6Are not five sparrows sold for two pence? And not one of them is forgotten in the sight of God. 7But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not: you are of more value than many sparrows. 8And I say unto you, Every one who shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9but he that denies me in the presence of men shall be denied in the presence of the angels of God. ***10And every one who shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemes against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven. 11And when they bring you before the synagogues rulers and the authorities, be not anxious how or what you shall answer, or what you shall say: 12for the Holy Spirit shall teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.

13And one from the multitude said unto him, Teacher, bid my brother that he should divide the inheritance with me. 14But he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? 15And he said unto them, Take heed, and keep yourselves from all covetousness: for a manís life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses. 16And he spoke a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17and he reasoned within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not room to store my fruits? 18And he said, This I will do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater barns; and there will I store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry. 20But God said unto him, You foolish one, this night is your soul required of you; and the things which you have prepared, whose shall they be? 21So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

22And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious for your life, what you shall eat; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. 23For the life is more than the food, and the body more than the raiment. 24Consider the ravens, that they sow not, neither reap; which have no store-chamber nor barn; and God feeds them: of how much more value are you than the birds! 25And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit unto the measure of his life? 26If then you are not able to do even that which is least, why are you anxious concerning the rest? 27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say unto you, Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28But if God does so clothe the grass in the field, which today is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven; how much more shall he clothe you, O you of little faith? 29And seek not what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, neither be of doubtful mind. 30For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: but your Father knows that you have need of these things. 31Yet seek his kingdom, and these things shall be added unto you. ***32Fear not, little flock; for it is your Fatherís good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell that which you have, and give alms; make for yourselves purses that does not become old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fails, where no thief draws near, neither moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 35Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning; 36and be you yourselves like unto men looking for their lord, when he shall return from the marriage feast; that, when he comes and knocks, they may immediately open unto him. 37Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes shall find watching: truly I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them sit down to eat, and shall come and serve them. 38And if he shall come in the second watch, and if in the third, and find them so doing, blessed are those servants. 39But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not have left his house to be broken through. 40You also be ready: for in an hour that you think not the Son of man will come.

41And Peter said, Lord, do you speak this parable unto us, or even unto all? 42And the Lord said, Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall set over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? 43Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing. 44Of a truth I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he has. 45But if that servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he expects not, and in an hour when he knows not, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the unfaithful. ***47And that servant, who knew his lordís will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes; 48but he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom they commit much, of him will they ask even more. 49I came to cast fire upon the earth; and what do I desire, if it is already kindled? 50But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51Think you that I am come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, No; but rather division: 52for there shall be from henceforth five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53They shall be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against her mother; mother in law against her daughter in law, and daughter in law against her mother in law.

54And he said to the multitudes also, When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, There comes a shower; and so it comes to pass. 55And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, There will be a scorching heat; and it comes to pass. 56You hypocrites, you know how to interpret the face of the earth and the heaven; but how is it that you know not how to interpret this time? 57And why even of yourselves do you not judge what is right? 58For as you are going with your adversary before the magistrate, on the way give diligence to be quit of him; unless by chance he drag you unto the judge, and the judge shall deliver you to the officer, and the officer shall cast you into prison. 59I say unto you, You shall by no means come out from there, till you have paid the very last mite.


13 ***Now there were some present at that very season who told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2And he answered and said unto them, Do you think that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they have suffered these things? 3I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all in like manner perish. 4Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them, do you think that they were offenders above all the men that dwell in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.

6And he spoke this parable; ***A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit thereon, and found none. 7And he said unto the vinedresser, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and have found none: cut it down; why does it also cumber the ground? 8And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9and if it bear fruit thenceforth, well; but if not, you shall cut it down.

10And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day. 11And behold, a woman that had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years; and she was bowed together, and could in no way lift herself up. 12And when Jesus saw her, he called her, and said to her, Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity. 13And he laid his hands upon her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. 14And the ruler of the synagogue, being moved with indignation because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, answered and said to the multitude, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the day of the Sabbath. 15But the Lord answered him, and said, You hypocrites, does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? 16And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound, lo, these eighteen years, to have been loosed from this bounding on the day of the Sabbath? 17And as he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame: and the entire multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

18He said therefore, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? And whereunto shall I liken it? 19It is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his own garden; and it grew, and became a tree; and the birds of the heaven lodged in the branches thereof. 20And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? 21It is like unto leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened. 22And he went on his way through cities and villages, teaching, and journeying on unto Jerusalem.

23And one said unto him, Lord, are they but few that are saved? And he said unto them, 24Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the door, and you begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, open to us; and he shall answer and say to you, I know you not; 26then shall you begin to say, We did eat and drink in your presence, and you did teach in our streets; 27and he shall say, I tell you, I know not who you are; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity. 28There shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth, when you shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and yourselves cast forth without. 29And they shall come from the east and the west, and from the north and the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. 30And behold, there are those last who shall be first, and there are those first who shall be last.

31In that very hour there came certain of the Pharisees, saying to him, Get out, and go from here: for Herod would gladly kill you. 32And he said unto them, Go and say to that fox, Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and to-morrow, and the third day I am perfected. 33Nevertheless I must go on my way today and to-morrow and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. 34O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets, and stones them that are sent unto her! How often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her own brood under her wings, and you would not! 35Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and I say unto you, You shall not see me, until you shall say, Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.


14 And it came to pass, when he went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees on a Sabbath to eat bread, that they were watching him. 2And behold, there was before him a certain man that had the dropsy. 3And Jesus answering spoke unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not? 4But they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go. 5And he said unto them, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a well, and will not immediately draw him up on a Sabbath day? 6And they could not answer again unto these things.

7And he spoke a parable unto those that were present, when he remarked how they chose out the chief seats; saying unto them, 8When you are invited by any man to a marriage feast, do not sit down in the chief seat; unless by chance a more honorable man than you be invited by him, 9and he that invited you and him shall come and say to you, Give this man your place; and then you shall begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place; that when he that has invited you comes, he may say to you, Friend, go up higher: then shall you have glory in the presence of all that sit dining with you. 11For everyone that exalts himself shall be humbled; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted. 12And he said to him also that had invited him, When you make a dinner or a supper, call not your friends, nor your brethren, nor your kinsmen, nor rich neighbors; unless by chance they also invite you again, and a recompense be made to you. 13But when you make a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14and you shall be blessed; because they have not wherewith to recompense you: for you shall be recompensed ***in the resurrection of the just.

15And when one of them that sat at the meal with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. 16But he said unto him, A certain man made a great supper; and he invited many: 17and he sent forth his servant at supper time to say to them that were invited, Come; for all things are now ready. 18And they all, with one consent, began to make excuses. The first said unto him, I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused. 19And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them; I pray you, have me excused. 20And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 21And the servant came and told his Lord all these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame. 22And the servant said, Lord, what you commanded is done, and yet there is still room. 23And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and constrain them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24For I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited shall taste of my supper.

25Now there went with him great multitudes: and he turned, and said unto them, ***26If any man comes unto me and does not hate (love less than me) his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27Whosoever does not bear his own cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has the wherewithall to complete it? 29Unless by chance, when he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all that are watching begin to mock him, 30saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31Or what king, as he goes to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand? 32Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an emissary, and asks conditions of peace. 33So therefore whosoever he is of you that renounces not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple. 34Salt therefore is good: but if the salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill: men cast it out. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.


15 Now all the publicans and sinners were drawing near unto him to hear him. 2And both the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, This man receives sinners, and eat with them. 3And he spoke unto them this parable, saying, 4Which one of you, having a hundred sheep, and having lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he finds it? 5And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost. ***7I say unto you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety and nine righteous persons, who need no repentance. 8Or what woman, having ten pieces of silver, if she loses one piece, does not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek diligently until she find it? 9And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10Even so, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.

11And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of your substance that you will to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13And not many days after, the younger son gathered all that was his together and took his journey into a far country; and there he wasted his substance with riotous living. 14And when he had spent all that he had, there arose a mighty famine in that country; and he began to be in want. 15And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16And he would gladly have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. ***17But when he came to himself he said, How many hired servants of my fatherís have bread enough and to spare, and I perish here with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and I will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight: 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son: make me as one of your hired servants. 20And he arose, and came to his father. But while he was yet far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight: I am not worthy to be called your son. 22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23and bring the fatted calf, and kill it, and let us eat, and make merry: 24for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to celebrate. 25Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26And he called one of the servants to him, and inquired what these things might be. 27And he said unto him, Your brother is come home; and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound. 28But he was angry, and would not go in: and his father came out, and pleaded with him. 29But he answered and said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve you, and I never transgressed a commandment of your; and yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30but when this your son came home, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf. 31And he said unto him, Son, you are ever with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32But it was right to make merry and be glad: for this your brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.


16 And he said also unto the disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and it was told unto him that the same was wasting his goods. 2And he called him, and said unto him, What is this that I hear of you? Render the account of your stewardship; for you can no longer be steward. 3And the steward said within himself, What shall I do, seeing that my lord takes away the stewardship from me? I have not strength to dig, and to beg I am ashamed. 4I am resolved what I will do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. 5And calling to him each one of his lordís debtors, he said to the first, How much do you owe unto my lord? 6And he said, A hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty. 7Then said he to another, And how much do you owe? And he said, A hundred measures of wheat. He said unto him, Take your bill, and write fourscore. 8And his lord commended the unrighteous steward because he had done wisely: for the sons of this world are for their own generation wiser than the sons of the light. ***?9And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends by means of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when it shall fail, they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles. 10He that is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much: and he that is unrighteous in a very little is unrighteous also in much. 11If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful in that which is anotherís, who will give you that which is your own? 13No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 14And the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things; and they scoffed at him. 15And he said unto them, You are they that justify yourselves in the sight of men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. 16The law and the prophets were until John: from that time the gospel of the kingdom of God is preached, and every man enters violently into it. 17But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one tittle of the law to fall. 18Every one that puts away his wife, and marries another, commits adultery: and he that marries one that is put away from a husband commits adultery.

19Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, living sumptuously every day: 20and a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich manís table; yes, even the dogs come and licked his sores. 22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abrahamís bosom: and then the rich man also died, and was buried. 23And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame. 25But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted and you are in anguish. 26And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that they that would pass from here to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us. 27And he said, I pray you therefore, father, that you would send him to my fatherís house; 28for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, unless they also come into this place of torment. 29But Abraham said, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30And he said, No, father Abraham: but if one go to them from the dead, they will repent. 31And he said unto him, If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, if one rise from the dead.


17 And he said unto his disciples, It is impossible but that occasions of stumbling should come; but woe unto him, through whom they come! 2It were better for him if a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, rather than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3Take heed to yourselves: if your brother sin, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4And if he sin against you seven times in the day, and seven times turn again to you, saying, I repent; you shall forgive him. 5And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 6And the Lord said, If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you would say unto this sycamine tree, Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea; and it would obey you. 7But who is there of you, having a servant plowing or keeping sheep, that will say unto him, when he is come in from the field, Come immediately and sit down to eat; 8and will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird yourself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward you shall eat and drink? 9Does he thank the servant because he did the things that were commanded? ***10Even so you also, when you shall have done all the things that are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which it was our duty to do.

11And it came to pass, as they were on their way to Jerusalem, that he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee. 12And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off: 13and they lifted up their voices, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go and show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, as they went, they were cleansed. 15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, with a loud voice glorifying God; 16and he fell upon his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17And Jesus answering said, Were not the ten cleansed? But where are the other nine? 18Were there none found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger? 19And he said unto him, Arise, and go your way: your faith has made you whole.

20And being asked by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, ***The kingdom of God comes not with observation: 21neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, There! For lo, the kingdom of God is within you. ***22And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when you shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you shall not see it. 23And they shall say to you, Lo, there! Lo, here! go not away, nor follow after them: 24for as the lightning, when it lightens out of the one part under the heaven, shines unto the other part under heaven; so shall the Son of man be in his day. 25But first he must suffer many things and be rejected of this generation. 26And as it came to pass in the days of Noah, even so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28Likewise even as it came to pass in the days of Lot; they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all: 30after the same manner shall it be in the day that the Son of man is revealed. 31In that day, he that shall be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away: and let him that is in the field likewise not return back. 32Remember Lotís wife. 33Whosoever shall seek to gain his life shall lose it: but whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34I say unto you, In that night there shall be two men on one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35There shall be two women grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 36There shall be two men in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 37And they answering said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Where the body is, there will the eagles also be gathered together.


18 And he spoke a parable unto them to the end that they ought always to pray, and not to falter; 2saying, There was in a city a judge, who did not feared God, and did not regard man: 3and there was a widow in that city; and she came often unto him, saying, Avenge me of my adversary. 4And for a while he would not: but afterward he said within himself, Though I do not fear God, nor regard man; 5yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, unless she wear me out by her continual coming. 6And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge said. 7And shall not God avenge his elect that cry to him day and night? And yet he is longsuffering over them. 8I say unto you, that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?

9And he spoke also this parable unto some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised the others: 10Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get. 13But the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me a sinner. 14I say unto you, This man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalts himself shall be humbled; but he that humbles himself shall be exalted.

15And they were bringing unto him also their babes that he should touch them: but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16But Jesus called them unto him, saying, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17Truly I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall in no way enter therein.

18And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 19And Jesus said unto him, Why call you me good? No one is good, save one, even God. 20You know the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother. 21And he said, All these things have I observed from my youth up. 22And when Jesus heard it, he said unto him, One thing you yet lack: sell all that you have, and distribute unto the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 23But when he heard these things, he became exceeding sorrowful; for he was very rich. 24And Jesus seeing him said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 25For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needleís eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26And they that heard it said, Then who can be saved? 27But he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. 28And Peter said, Lo, we have left our own, and followed you. 29And he said unto them, Truly I say unto you, There is no man that has left house, or wife, or brethren, or parents, or children, for the kingdom of Godís sake, 30who shall not receive manifold more in this time, and in the world to come eternal life.

31And he took the twelve unto him, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets shall be accomplished unto the Son of man. 32For he shall be delivered up unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and shamefully treated, and spit upon: 33and they shall scourge and kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. ***34And they understood none of these things; and this saying was hid from them, and they perceived not the things that were said.

35And it came to pass, as he drew near unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: 36and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. 37And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth passes by. 38And he cried, saying, Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me. 39And they that went before rebuked him, that he should hold his place: but he cried out a great deal more, son of David, have mercy on me. 40And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was brought near, he asked him, 41What will you that I should do unto you? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. 42And Jesus said unto him, Receive your sight; your faith has made you whole. 43And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.


19 And he entered and was passing through Jericho. 2And behold, a man called by name Zacchaeus; and he was a chief publican, and he was rich. 3And he sought to see who Jesus was; and could not for the crowd, because he was little of stature. 4And he ran on before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for today I must abide at your house. 6And he hurried and came down, and received him joyfully. 7And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, He is gone in to lodge with a man that is a sinner. 8And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wrongfully exacted anything of any man, I restore fourfold. 9And Jesus said unto him, ***Today is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost.

11And as they heard these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was immediately to appear. 12He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13And he called ten of his servants, and gave them ten pounds, and said unto them, Trade with this till I come. 14But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, We will not have this man reign over us. 15And it came to pass, when he had come back again, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, unto whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by trading. 16And the first came before him, saying, Lord, your pound has made ten pounds more. 17And he said unto him, Well done, you good servant: because you were found faithful in a very little, you will have authority over ten cities. 18And the second came, saying, Your pound, Lord, has made five pounds. 19And he said unto him also, You also be over five cities. 20And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is your pound, which I kept laid up in a napkin: 21for I feared you, because you are an austere man: you take up that which you layed not down, and reap that which you did not sow. 22He said unto him, You wicked servant, out of your own mouth will I judge you. You knew that I am an austere man, taking up that which I laid not down, and reaping that which I did not sow; 23then why did you not gave my money into the bank, and at my coming, I should have required it with interest? 24And he said unto them that stood by, Take away from him the pound, and give it unto him that has the ten pounds. 25And they said unto him, Lord, he has ten pounds. 26I say unto you, that unto every one that has shall be given; but from him that has not, even that which he has shall be taken away from him. 27But these my enemies, that refused that I should reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.

28And when he had thus spoken, he went on as before, going up to Jerusalem. 29And it came to pass, when he drew near unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, Go your way into the village over against you; in which, as you enter you shall find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat: loose him, and bring him. 31And if any one ask you, Why do you loose him? Thus shall you say, The Lord has need of him. 32And they that were sent, went their away and found even as he had said unto them. 33And as they were untying the colt, the owners said unto them, Why do you loose the colt? 34And they said, The Lord has need of him. 35And they brought him to Jesus: and they threw their garments upon the colt, and set Jesus thereon. 36And as he went, they spread their garments in the way. 37And as he was now drawing near, even at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen; 38saying, Blessed is the King that comes in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. 39And some of the Pharisees from the multitude said unto him, Teacher, rebuke your disciples. 40And he answered and said, I tell you that, if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.

41And when he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, 42saying, If you had known in this day, even you, the things that belong unto peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. 43For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies shall cast up a bank about you, and compass you roundabout, and keep you in on every side, 44and shall dash you to the ground, and your children within you; and they shall not leave in you one stone upon another; because you knew not the time of your visitation. 45And he entered into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold, 46saying unto them, It is written, And my house shall be a house of prayer: but you have made it a den of robbers. 47And he was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people sought to destroy him: 48and they could not find which they might do; for the people all hung upon him, listening.


20 And it came to pass on one of the days, as he was teaching the people in the temple, and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came unto him; 2and they said unto him, Tell us: By what authority do you do these things? Or who is he that gave you this authority? 3And he answered and said unto them, I also will ask you a question; tell me: 4The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? 5And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why did you not believe him? 6But if we shall say, From men; all the people will stone us: for they are persuaded that John was a prophet. 7And they answered, that they knew not from where it came. 8And Jesus said unto them, Neither do Itell you by what authority I do these things.

9And he began to speak this parable unto the people: A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to husbandmen, and then went into another country for a long time. 10And at due season he sent a servant unto the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. 11And he sent yet another servant: whom also they beat, and handled him shamefully, and sent him away empty. 12And he sent yet a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him forth. 13And the lord of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; it may be they will reverence him. 14But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned one with another, saying, This is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. 15And they cast him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do unto them? 16He will come and destroy these husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid. 17But he looked upon them, and said, What then is this that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner? 18Every one that falls on that stone shall be broken to pieces; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will scatter him as dust. 19And the scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him in that very hour; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he spoke this parable against them.

20And they watched him, and sent forth spies, who thought themselves to be righteous, that they might use his own words against him, so as to deliver him up to the rule and to the authority of the governor. 21And they asked him, saying, Teacher, we know that you say and teach rightly, and accept not the person of any, but of a truth teach the way of God: 22Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 23But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, 24Show me a denarius. Whose image and superscription has it? And they said, Caesarís. 25And he said unto them, Then render unto Caesar the things that are Caesarís, and unto God the things that are Godís. 26And they were not able to find any fault with his saying before the people: and they marveled at his answer, and held their peace.

27And there came to him certain of the Sadducees, they that say that there is no resurrection; 28and they asked him, saying, Teacher, Moses wrote unto us, that if a manís brother die, having a wife, and he be childless, his brother should take the wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 29There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died childless; 30and the second: 31and the third took her; and likewise the seven also left no children, and died. 32Afterward the woman also died. 33In the resurrection therefore whose wife of them shall she be? For the seven had her to wife. 34And Jesus said unto them, The sons of this world marry, and are given in marriage: 35but they that are accounted worthy to attain to that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 36for neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the place concerning the Bush, when he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

39And certain of the scribes answering said, Teacher, you have well said. 40For they dared not to ask him any more question. 41And he said unto them, How say they that the Christ is Davidís son? 42For David himself said in the book of Psalms, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit on my right hand, 43Till I make your enemies the footstool of your feet. 44If David therefore calls him Lord, then how is he his son? 45And in the hearing of all the people he said unto his disciples, 46Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and love salutations in the marketplaces, and chief seats in the synagogues, and chief places at feasts; 47who devour widowsí houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater condemnation.


21 And he looked up, and saw the rich men that were casting their gifts into the treasury. 2And he saw a certain poor widow casting in there two mites. 3And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, This poor widow has cast in more than they all: 4for all these did of their overabundance cast in unto the gifts; but she of her want did cast in all the living that she had.

5And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and offerings, he said, 6As for these things which you behold, the days will come, in which there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 7And they asked him, saying, Teacher, when therefore shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when these things are about to come to pass? 8And he said, Take heed that you be not led astray: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am he; and, The time is at hand: go not after them. 9And when you shall hear of wars and turmoil, be not troubled: for these things must come to pass first; but the end is not immediate. 10Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11and there shall be great earthquakes, and in divers places famines and pestilence; and there shall be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12But before all these things come about, they shall lay their hands on you, and shall persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for my nameís sake. 13It shall turn out unto you for a testimony. 14Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate beforehand how to answer: 15for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to withstand or to dispute. 16But you shall be delivered up even by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolk, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17And you shall be hated of all men for my nameís sake. 18And not a hair of your head shall perish. 19In your patience you shall win your souls.

20But when you see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that her desolation is at hand. 21Then let them that are in Judaea flee unto the mountains; and let them that are in the midst of her depart out; and let not them that are in the country enter therein. 22For these are days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23Woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! For there shall be great distress upon the land, and wrath unto this people. 24And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led captive into all the nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. 25And there shall be signs in sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, in perplexity for the roaring of the sea and the billows; 26men fainting for fear, and for expectation of the things which are coming on the world: for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. 27And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.

29And he spoke a parable to them: Behold the fig tree, and all the trees: 30when they now shoot forth, you see it and know of your own selves that the summer is now near. 31Even so you also, when you see these things coming to pass, know you that the kingdom of God is near. 32Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all things be accomplished. 33Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 34But take heed to yourselves, unless by chance your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you suddenly as a snare: 35for so shall it come upon all them that dwell on the face of all the earth. 36But you are to watch at every season, making supplication, that you may prevail to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. 37And every day he was teaching in the temple; and every night he went out, and lodged in the mount that is called Olivet. 38And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, to hear him.


22 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might put him to death; for they feared the people. 3And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, being one of the twelve. 4And he went away, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might deliver him unto them. 5And they were glad, and contracted to give him money. 6And he consented, and sought opportunity to deliver him unto them in the absence of the multitude.

7And the day of unleavened bread came, on which the Passover must be sacrificed. 8And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and make ready for us the Passover, that we may eat. 9And they said unto him, Where will you that we make ready? 10And he said unto them, Behold, when you are entered into the city, there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house whereinto he goes. 11And you shall say unto the master of the house, The Teacher said unto you, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the Passover with my disciples? 12And he will show you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. 13And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the Passover. 14And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the apostles with him. 15And he said unto them, With desire I have longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: 16for I say unto you, I shall not eat it again, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. 17And he received a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18for I say unto you, I shall not drink from henceforth of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 19And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave to them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20And the cup in like manner after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood, even that which is poured out for you.

21But behold, the hand of him that betrays me is with me on the table. 22For the Son of man indeed goes, as it has been determined: but woe unto that man through whom he is betrayed! 23And they began to question among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. 24And there arose also a contention among them, which of them was accounted to be greatest. 25And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles have lordship over them; and they that have authority over them are called Benefactors. 26But you shall not be so: but he that is the greater among you, let him become as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that does serve. 27For which is greater, he that sits at meat, or he that serves? Is not he that sits at meat? But I am in the midst of you as he that serves. 28But you are they that have continued with me in my temptations; 29and I appoint unto you a kingdom, even as my Father appointed unto me, 30that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and you shall sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 31Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat: 32but I made supplication for you, that your faith should not fail; and you, when once you have returned again, establish your brethren. 33And he said unto him, Lord, with you I am ready to go both to prison and to death. 34And he said, I tell you, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, until you shall deny that you know me three times. 35And he said unto them, When I sent you forth without purse, and wallet, and shoes, did you lacked anything? And they said, Nothing. 36And he said unto them, But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and likewise a wallet; and he that has none, let him sell his cloak, and buy a sword. 37For I say unto you, that this which is written must be fulfilled in me, And he was counted with transgressors: for that which concerns me has fulfillment. 38And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

39And he came out, and went, as his custom was, unto the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed him. 40And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that you enter not into temptation. 41And he departed from them about a stoneís cast; and he kneeled down and prayed, 42saying, Father, if you be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but your, be done. 43And there appeared unto him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became as it were great drops of blood falling down upon the ground. 45And when he rose up from his prayer, he came unto the disciples, and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46and said unto them, Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, that you enter not into temptation.

47While he yet spoke, behold, a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them; and he drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. 48But Jesus said unto him, Judas, you betray the Son of man with a kiss? 49And when they that were about him saw what would follow, they said, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? 50And a certain one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and struck off his right ear. 51But Jesus answered and said, Suffer them thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him. 52And Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and elders, that were come against him, Are you come out, as against a robber, with swords and staves? 53When I was daily with you in the temple, you stretched not forth your hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

54And they seized him, and led him away, and brought him into the high priestís house. But Peter followed afar off. 55And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the court, and had sat down together, Peter sat in the midst of them. 56And a certain maid seeing him as he sat in the light of the fire, and looking steadfastly upon him, said, This man also was with him. 57But he denied, saying, Woman, I know him not. 58And after a little while another saw him, and said, You also are one of them. But Peter said, Man, I am not. 59And after the space of about one hour another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this man also was with him; for he is a Galilaean. 60But Peter said, Man, I know not what you say. And immediately, while he yet spoke, the cock crew. 61And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how that he said unto him, Before the cock crow this day you shall deny me three times. 62And he went out, and wept bitterly.

63And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and beat him. 64And they blindfolded him, and asked him, saying, Prophesy: who is he that struck you? 65And many other things they spoke against him, reviling him. 66And as soon as it was day, the assembly of the elders of the people was gathered together, both chief priests and scribes; and they led him away into their council, saying, 67If you are the Christ, tell us. But he said unto them, If I tell you, you will not believe: 68and if I ask you, you will not answer. 69But from henceforth shall the Son of man be seated at the right hand of the power of God. 70And they all said, Are you then the Son of God? And he said unto them, You say that I am. 71And they said, What further need have we of witness? For we ourselves have heard from his own mouth.


23 And the whole company of them rose up, and brought him before Pilate. 2And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ a king. 3And Pilate asked him, saying, Are you the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, You say. 4And Pilate said unto the chief priests and the multitudes, I find no fault in this man. 5But they were the more urgent, saying, He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judaea, and beginning from Galilee even unto this place. 6But when Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man was a Galilaean. 7And when he knew that he was of Herodís jurisdiction, he sent him unto Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem in these days. 8Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad: for he was of a long time desirous to see him, because he had heard concerning him; and he hoped to see some miracle done by him. 9And he questioned him in many words; but he answered him nothing. 10And the chief priests and the scribes stood, vehemently accusing him. 11And Herod with his soldiers set him without, and mocked him, and arraying him in gorgeous apparel sent him back to Pilate. 12And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day: for before, they were at enmity between themselves.

13And Pilate called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14and said unto them, You brought this man unto me, as one that perverts the people: and behold, I having examined him before you, found no fault in this man touching those things whereof you accuse him: 15no, nor yet Herod: for he sent him back unto us; and behold, nothing worthy of death has been done by him. 16I will therefore chastise him, and release him. 17Now he must release unto them at the feast one prisoner. 18But they cried out all together, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: -- 19one who for a certain insurrection made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison. 20And Pilate spoke unto them again, desiring to release Jesus; 21but they shouted, saying, Crucify, crucify him. 22And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil has this man done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him and release him. 23But they were urgent with loud voices, asking that he might be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24And Pilate gave sentence that what they asked for should be done. 25And he released him that for insurrection and murder had been cast into prison, whom they asked for; but Jesus he delivered up to their will.

26And when they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, and laid on him the cross, to bear it after Jesus. 27And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him. 28But Jesus turning unto them said, ***Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. 29For behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that should never bare, and the breasts that should never gave suck. 30Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. 31For if they do these things in the green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

32And there were also two others, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. 33And when they came unto the place which is called The skull, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34And Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And parting his garments among them, they cast lots. 35And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also scoffed at him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if this is the Christ of God, his chosen. 36And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, offering him vinegar, 37and saying, If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself. 38And there was also a superscription over him, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 39And one of the malefactors that were hanged railed on him, saying, Are not you the Christ? Save yourself and us. 40But the other answered, and rebuking him said, Do you not even fear God, seeing you are in the same condemnation? 41And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man has done nothing amiss. 42And he said, Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingdom. 43And he said unto him, Truly I say unto you, Today shall you be with me in Paradise.

44And it was now about the sixth hour, and a darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45the sunís light failing: and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. 46And Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, Father, into your hands I commend my spirit: and having said this, he gave up the ghost. 47And when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. 48And all the multitudes that came together to this sight, when they beheld the things that were done, returned smiting their breasts. 49And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed with him from Galilee, stood afar off, seeing these things.

50And behold, a man named Joseph, who was a councilor, a good and righteous man 51(he had not consented to their counsel and deed), a man of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who was looking for the kingdom of God: 52this man went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. 53And he took it down, and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb that was hewn in stone, where never man had yet lain. 54And it was the day of the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew on. 55And the women, who had come with him out of Galilee, followed after, and beheld the tomb, and how his body was laid. 56And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.


24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came unto the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4And it came to pass, while they were perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel: 5and as they were frightened and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek you the living among the dead? 6He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spoke unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7saying that the Son of man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 8And they remembered his words, 9and returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest. 10Now they were Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James: and the other women with them told these things unto the apostles. 11And these words appeared in their sight as idle talk; and they disbelieved them. 12But Peter arose, and ran unto the tomb; and stooping and looking in, he sees the linen cloths by themselves; and he departed to his home, wondering at that which was come to pass.

13And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was threescore furlongs from Jerusalem. 14And they communed with each other of all these things which had happened. 15And it came to pass, while they communed and questioned together, that Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16But he was concealed from their eyes that they should not know him. 17And he said unto them, What communications are these that you have one with another, as you walk? And they stood still, looking sad. 18And one of them, named Cleopas, answering said unto him, Do you alone sojourn in Jerusalem and not know the things which are come to pass there in these days? 19And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 20and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21But we hoped that it was he who should redeem Israel. Yes and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things came to pass. 22Moreover certain women of our company amazed us, having gone early to the tomb; 23and when they did not find his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24And certain of them that were with us went to the tomb, and found it even as the women had said: but him they saw not. ***25And he said unto them, O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26Did it not behoove the Christ to suffer these things, and to enter into his glory? 27And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28And they drew near unto the village where they were going: and he made as though he would go further. 29And they constrained him, saying, Abide with us; for it is toward evening, and the day is now far spent. And he went in to abide with them. 30And it came to pass, when he had sat down with them to eat, he took the bread and blessed; and breaking it he gave to them. 31And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32And they said one to another, Was not our heart burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, while he opened to us the scriptures? 33And they rose up that very hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, 34saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon. 35And they rehearsed the things that happened in the way, and how he was known of them in the breaking of the bread.

36And as they spoke these things, he himself stood in the midst of them, and said unto them, Peace be unto you. 37But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed that they beheld a spirit. 38And he said unto them, Why are you troubled? And why do these questionings arise in your heart? 39See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you behold me having. 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have you anything to eat here? 42And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish. 43And he took it, and ate before them. 44And he said unto them, These are my words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me. ***45Then he opened their mind, that they might understand the scriptures; 46and he said unto them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day; 47and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And behold, I send forth the promise of my Father upon you: but you to remain in the city, until you be clothed with power from on high.

50And he led them out until they were over against Bethany: and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 53and were continually in the temple, blessing God.


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 All text copyright © 2005 Aaron Randall. All rights reserved.  Photos, unless otherwise credited, are the property of the auth, all rights reserved.  Originally posted February 24, 2004.  Revised: April 07, 2010.