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1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2Even as it is written in Isaiah the prophet, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, Who shall prepare your way. 3The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight; 4John came, who baptized in the wilderness and preached the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins. 5And there went out unto him all the country of Judaea, and all they of Jerusalem; And they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and had a leather girdle about his loins, and did eat locusts and wild honey. 7And he preached, saying, There comes one after me, he that is mightier than I, the latches of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and loosen. 8I baptized you in water; But he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit.

9And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And immediately coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens open, and the Spirit as a dove descending upon him: 11And a voice came out of the heavens, saying, You are my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased. 12And immediately the Spirit drove him forth into the wilderness. 13And he was in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan; And he was with the wild beasts; And the angels ministered unto him.

14Now after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent therefore, and believe in the gospel. 16And passing along by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said unto them, Come after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. 18And immediately they left their nets, and followed him. 19And going on a little further, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him. 21And they went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught. 22And they were astonished at his teaching: For he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.

23And at the same time there was a man with an unclean spirit in their synagogue; and he cried out, 24saying, 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. 25And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold your peace, and come out of him. 26And the unclean spirit, tearing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What is this? A new teaching! With authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him. 28And the report of him went out immediately everywhere into all the region round about Galilee.

29And immediately, when they were come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever; and immediately they tell him of her: 31and he came and took her by the hand, and raised her up; and the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. 32And at evening, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were sick, and them that were possessed with demons. 33And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34And he healed many that were sick with divers diseases, and cast out many demons; and he suffered not the demons to speak, because they knew him. 35And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and they that were with him followed after him; 37and they found him, and said unto him, All are seeking you. 38And he said unto them, Let us go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also; for to this end I came forth. 39And he went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.

40And there comes to him a leper, begging him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If you will, you can make me clean. 41And being moved with compassion, he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, and said unto him, I will; be made clean. 42And immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean. 43And he strictly charged him, and immediately sent him out, 44and said unto him, ***See that you say nothing to any man: but go show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 45But he went out, and began to publish what Jesus had done, and to spread abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into a city, but was without in deserted places: and they came to him from every quarter.


2 And when he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was rumored that he was in the house. 2And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, no, not even about the door: and he spoke the word unto them. 3And they come, bringing unto him a man sick of the palsy, borne of four. 4And when they could not come near unto him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken through it, they let down the bed whereon the sick of the palsy lay. 5And Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, your sins are forgiven. 6But there were certain ones of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7Why does this man thus speak? He blasphemes: who can forgive sins but one, even God? 8And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said unto them, Why do you reason these things in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy, Your sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and take up your bed, and walk? 10But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins (he said to the sick of the palsy), 11 I say unto you, Arise, take up your bed, and go unto your house. 12And he arose, and immediately took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw this fashion before.

13And he went forth again by the seaside; and all the multitude came along with him, and he taught them. 14And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the place of toll, and he said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. 15And it came to pass, that he was sitting and eating in his house, and many publicans and sinners sat down with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 16And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with the sinners and publicans, said unto his disciples, How is it that he eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 17And when Jesus heard it, he said unto them, ***They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.

18And John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting: and they come and said unto him, Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast? 19And Jesus said unto them, Can the sons of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then will they fast in that day. 21No man sows a piece of undressed cloth on an old garment: else that which should fill it up takes from it, the new from the old, and a worse rip is made. 22And no man puts new wine into old wineskins; else the wine will burst the skins, and the wine perish, and the skins: but they put new wine into fresh wineskins. 23And it came to pass, that he was going on the Sabbath day through the grain-fields; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears. 24And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the Sabbath day do that which is not lawful? 25And he said unto them, Did you never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry, he, and they that were with him? 26How he entered into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the showbread, which it is not lawful to eat save for the priests, and gave also to them that were with him? 27And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: 28so that the Son of man is lord even of the Sabbath.


3 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there who had his hand withered. 2And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day; that they might accuse him. 3And he said unto the man that had his hand withered, Stand forth. 4And he said unto them, Is it lawful on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill? But they were silent. 5And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their heart, he said unto the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it forth; and his hand was restored. 6And the Pharisees went out, and immediately with the Herodians took counsel against him, how they might destroy him. 7And Jesus with his disciples withdrew to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed; and from Judaea, 8and from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and beyond the Jordan, and about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, hearing what great things he did, came unto him. 9And he spoke to his disciples, that a little boat should wait on him because of the crowd, unless they should throng him: 10for he had healed many; insomuch that as many as had plagues pressed upon him that they might touch him. 11And the unclean spirits, whensoever they beheld him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, You are the Son of God. 12And he continually charged them that they should not make him known.

13And he goes up into the mountain, and calls unto him whom he himself would; and they went unto him. 14And he appointed twelve, that they might be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, 15and to have authority to cast out demons: 16and Simon he surnamed Peter; 17and James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and them he surnamed Boanerges, which is, Sons of thunder: 18and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, 19and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

And he comes into a house. 20And the multitude comes together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. 21And when his friends heard it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself. 22And the scribes that came down from Jerusalem said, He has Beelzebub, and, By the prince of the demons he casts out the demons. 23And he called them unto him, and gave unto them a parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? 24And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has rise up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. 27But no one can enter into the house of the strong man, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. 28Truly I say unto you, All their sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and their blasphemies wherewith whatsoever they shall blaspheme: 29but whosoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit has never any forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin: 30because they said, He has an unclean spirit.

31And there his mother and his brethren came; and, standing without, they sent unto him, calling him. 32And a multitude was sitting about him; and they said unto him, Behold, your mother and your brethren are seeking you from without. 33And he answered them, and said, Who is my mother and my brethren? 34And looking round on them that sat round about him, he said, Behold, my mother and my brethren! 35For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.


4 And again he began to teach by the sea side. And there is gathered unto him a very great multitude, so that he entered into a boat, and sat in the sea; and all the multitude were by the sea on the shore. 2And he taught them many things in parables, and said unto them in his teaching, 3Listen: Behold, the sower went forth to sow: 4and it came to pass, as he sowed, some seed fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured it. 5And other seed fell on the rocky ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no deepness of earth: 6and when the sun was risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7And other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8And other seed fell into the good ground, and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing; and brought forth, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold. 9And he said, Who has ears to hear, let him hear. 10And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables. 11And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables: 12that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; unless by chance they should turn again, and it should be forgiven them. 13And he said unto them, Know you not this parable? And how shall you know all the parables? 14The sower sows the word. 15And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, immediately comes Satan, and takes away the word which has been sown in them. 16And these in like manner are they that are sown upon the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy; 17and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they stumble. 18And others are they that are sown among the thorns; these are they that have heard the word, 19and the cares of the world, and the deceitfullness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20And those are they that were sown upon the good ground; such as hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.

21And he said unto them, Is the lamp brought to be put under the bushel, or under the bed, and not to be put on the stand? 22For there is nothing hid, accept that it should be manifested; neither was anything made secret, but that it should come to light. 23If any man has ears to hear, let him hear. 24And he said unto them, Take heed what you hear: with what measure you measure out it shall be measured unto you; and even more shall be given unto you. 25For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from him shall be taken away even that which he has. 26And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth; 27and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knows not how. 28The earth bears fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29But when the fruit is ripe, immediately he puts forth the sickle, because the harvest is come. 30And he said, How shall we liken the kingdom of God? or in what parable shall we set it forth? 31It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it be less than all the seeds that are upon the earth, 32yet when it is sown and grows up, it becomes greater than all the herbs, and puts out great branches; so that the birds of the heaven can lodge under the shadow thereof. 33And with many such parables he spoke the word unto them, as they were able to hear it; 34and he did not speak unto them without a parable: but privately to his own disciples he expounded all things.

35And on that day, when evening was come, he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side. 36And leaving the multitude, they took him with them, even as he was, in the boat. And other boats were with him. 37And then there arises a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, insomuch that the boat was now filling with water. 38And he himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion: and they woke him, and said unto him, Teacher, do you not care that we perish? 39And he awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, Be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40And he said unto them, Why are you fearful? Have you not faith yet? 41And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?


5 And they came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2And when he had come out of the boat, immediately out of the tombs, there met him a man with an unclean spirit, 3who had his dwelling place in the tombs: and no man could bind him any more, no, not even with a chain; 4because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been broken by him, and the fetters broken in pieces as well: and no man had strength to tame him. 5And always, night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying out, and cutting himself with stones. 6And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped him; 7and crying out with a loud voice, he said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, you, Son of the Most High God? I implore you by God, torment me not. 8For he said unto him, Come forth, you unclean spirit, out of the man. 9And he asked him, What is your name? And he said unto him, My name is Legion; for we are many. 10And he asked him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11Now there was there on the mountain side a great herd of swine feeding. 12And they asked him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13And he gave them leave. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered into the swine: and the herd rushed down the steep into the sea, in number about two thousand; and they were drowned in the sea. 14And they that fed them fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they came to see what it was that had come to pass. 15And they come to Jesus, and saw him that was possessed with demons sitting, clothed and in his right mind, even him that had the legion: and they were afraid. 16And they that saw it declared unto them how it happened to him that was possessed with demons, and concerning the swine. 17And they began to beg him to depart from their borders. 18And as he was entering into the boat, he that had been possessed with demons asked him that he might go with him. 19And he suffered him not, but said unto him, Go to your house unto your friends, and tell them how great things the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you. 20And he went his way, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men marveled.

21And when Jesus had crossed over again in the boat unto the other side, a great multitude was gathered unto him; and he was by the sea. 22And there comes one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and seeing him, he falls at his feet, 23and implored him much, saying, My little daughter is at the point of death: I pray you, that you come and lay your hands on her, that she may be made whole, and live. 24And he went with him; and a great multitude followed along, and they thronged him. 25And a woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years, 26and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was not any better, but rather she grew worse, 27having heard the things concerning Jesus, came in the crowd behind, and touched his garment. 28For she said, If I touch but the hem of his garments, I shall be made whole. 29And immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her plague. 30And immediately Jesus, perceiving in himself that the power proceeding from him had gone forth, turned himself about in the crowd, and said, Who touched my garments? 31And his disciples said unto him, You see the multitude thronging you, and you say, Who touched me? 32And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 33But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what had been done to her, came and fell down before him, and told him all. 34And he said unto her, Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace, and be healed of your plague.

35While he yet spoke, they come from the ruler of the synagogue’s house saying, Your daughter is dead: why trouble the Teacher any further? 36But Jesus, not heeding the word spoken, said unto the ruler of the synagogue, Fear not, only believe. 37And he suffered no man to follow with him, accept Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. 38And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he beheld a tumult, and many weeping and wailing greatly. 39And when he was entered in, he said unto them, Why do you make a tumult, and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeps. 40And they laughed him to scorn. But he, having put them all forth, took the father of the child and her mother and them that were with him, and went in where the child was. 41And taking the child by the hand, he said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto you, Arise. 42And immediately the damsel rose up, and walked; for she was twelve years old. And they were amazed immediately with a great amazement. 43And he strongly charged them that no man should know this: and he commanded that something should be given her to eat.


6 And he went out from there; and he comes into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 2And when the Sabbath was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From where has this man gotten these things? And what is the wisdom that is given unto this man, and what do such mighty works worked by his hand mean? ***3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended in him. 4And Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, accept in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. 5And he could do no mighty work there, accept that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went throughout the villages teaching.

7And he calls the twelve unto him, and began to send them forth by two and two. And he gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He charged them that they should take nothing extra for their journey, accept a staff only; no bread, no wallet, no money in their purse; 9but to go with sandals on their feet: and, said he, do not put on two coats. 10And he charged them, saying, Wheresoever you enter into a house, there abide till you depart. 11And whatsoever place shall not receive you, and they will not hear you, as you go forth there, shake off the dust that is under your feet for a testimony unto them. ***12And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 13And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

14And king Herod hearing of this; for his name had become known: and he said, John the Baptizer is risen from the dead, and therefore do these powers work in him. 15But others said, It is Elijah. And others said, It is a prophet, even as one of the prophets. 16But Herod, when he heard of this, said, John, whom I beheaded, he is risen. 17For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her. 18For John said unto Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife. 19And Herodias set herself against him, and desired to kill him; and she could not; 20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was much perplexed; and he heard him gladly. 21And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, and the high captains, and the chief men of Galilee. 22That the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, as she pleased Herod and them that sat eating with him; and the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever you will, and I will give it to you. 23And he swore unto her, Whatsoever you shall ask of me, I will give it to you, unto the half of my kingdom. 24And she went out, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptizer. 25And she immediately came in unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that you give me on a platter the head of John the Baptist. 26And the king was exceeding sorry; but for the sake of his oaths, and of them that sat eating, he could not reject her. 27And immediately the king sent forth a soldier of his guard, and commanded him to bring his head: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, 28and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the damsel; and the damsel gave it to her mother. 29And when his disciples heard of this, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

30And the apostles gather themselves together unto Jesus; and they told him all these things, whatsoever they had done, and whatsoever they had taught. 31And he said unto them, You yourselves come apart into a deserted place, and rest a while. For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a deserted place alone. 33And the people saw them going, and many knew them, and they ran together there on foot from all the cities, and outran them. 34And he came forth and saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. 35And when the day was ending, his disciples came unto him, and said, The place is deserted, and the day is now ending; 36send them away, that they may go into the country and villages round about, and buy themselves somewhat to eat. 37But he answered and said unto them, You give them something to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred shillings’ worth of bread, and give them that to eat? 38And he said unto them, How many loaves do you have? Go and see. And when they knew, they said, Five loves, and two fishes. 39And he commanded them that all should sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. 41And he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake the loaves; and he gave them to the disciples to set before them; and the two fishes he divided among them also. 42And they all ate, and were filled. 43And they took up broken pieces, twelve basketfuls, and also of the fishes. 44And they that ate the loaves were five thousand men.

45And immediately he constrained his disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before him unto the other side to Bethsaida, while he himself sends the multitude away. 46And after he had left them, he departed into the mountain to pray. 47And when evening was come, the boat was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. 48And seeing them in distress and rowing, for the wind was contrary unto them. About the fourth watch of the night he comes unto them, walking on the sea. And he would have passed by them: 49but they, when they saw him walking on the sea, supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; 50for they all saw him, and were troubled. But he immediately spoke with them, and said, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. 51And he went up unto them into the boat; and the wind ceased: and they were greatly amazed within themselves; 52for they understood not concerning the loaves, for their heart was hardened. 53And when they had crossed over, they came to the land unto Gennesaret, and moored the boat to the shore. 54And when they had come out of the boat, immediately the people knew him, 55and ran round about that whole region, and began to carry about on their beds those that were sick, wherever they heard he was. 56And wherever he entered into villages, or into cities, or into the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and asked him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.


7 And there are gathered together unto him certain of the Pharisees and the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, 2and had seen that some of his disciples ate their bread defiled, that is, with unwashed hands. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands diligently, do not eat—holding to the tradition of the elders. 4And when they come from the market-place, except they bathe themselves, they do not eat. And many other things there are, which they have received and hold: washings of cups, and pots, and brasen vessels.) 5And the Pharisees and the scribes ask him, Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with defiled hands? 6And he said unto them, Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honor me with their lips, But their heart is far from me. 7But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men. 8You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men. 9And he said unto them, Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. 10For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother; and, He that speaks evil of father or mother, let him die the death. 11But you say, If a man shall say to his father or his mother, That wherewith you might have been profited by me is Corban, that is to say, Given to God. 12You no longer suffer him to do anything for his father or his mother; 13making void the word of God by your tradition, which you have delivered: like many such things that you do. 14And he called to him the multitude again, and said unto them, All of you hear and understand me: 15there is nothing outside of the man, that going into him can defile him. But the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man. 16If any man has ears to hear, let him hear. 17And when he had entered into the house from the multitude, his disciples asked of him about the parable. 18And he said unto them, Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive, that whatsoever goes into the man from without, cannot defile him; 19because it goes not into his heart, but into his belly, and goes out into the catch? This he said, making all meats clean. 20And he said, That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. 21For from within, out of the heart of men, evil thoughts proceed, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22covetings, wickednesses, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, railing, pride, foolishness: 23all these evil things proceed from within, and defile the man.

24And from there he arose, and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered into a house, and would have no man know it; that he could not be hid. 25But immediately a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard of him, came and fell down at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. And she pleaded with him that he would cast forth the demon out of her daughter. 27And he said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not proper to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs. 28But she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord; but even the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs. 29And he said unto her, For this saying go your way; the demon is gone out of your daughter. 30And she went away unto her house, and found the child laid upon the bed, and the demon gone out.

31And again he went out from the borders of Tyre, and came through Sidon unto the Sea of Galilee, through the midst of the borders of Decapolis. 32And they brought unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beought him to lay his hand upon him. 33And he took him aside from the multitude privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue; 34and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. 35And his ears were opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plain. 36And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much more they published it a great deal. 37And they were beyond measure astonished, saying, He has done all things well; he makes even the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.


8 In those days, when there was again a great multitude, and they had nothing to eat. He called unto him his disciples, and said unto them— 2I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me for three days now, and have nothing to eat. 3And if I send them away fasting to their home, they will faint on the way; and some of them are come from afar. 4And his disciples answered him, From where shall one be able to fill these men with bread here in this deserted place? 5And he asked them, How many loaves have you? And they said, Seven. 6And he commands the multitude to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he brake, and gave to his disciples, to set before them; and they set them before the multitude. 7And they had a few small fishes: and having blessed them, he commanded to set these also before them. 8And they ate, and were filled: and they took up, of broken pieces that remained over, seven baskets. 9And they were about four thousand: and he sent them away.

10And immediately he entered into the boat with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha. 11And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, trying him. 12And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. 13And he left them, and again entering into the boat and departed to the other side. 14And they forgot to take bread; and they had none in the boat with them more than one loaf. 15And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. 16And they reasoned one with another, saying, We have no bread. 17And Jesus perceiving it said unto them, Why do you reason, because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive, nor understand? Have your heart hardened? 18Having eyes, see you not? and having ears, hear you not? And do you not remember? 19When I brake the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces took you up? They said unto him, Twelve. 20 And when the seven among the four thousand, how many basketfuls of broken pieces took you up? And they say unto him, Seven. 21And he said unto them, Do you not yet understand?

22And they come unto Bethsaida. And they brought to him a blind man, and asked him to touch him. 23And he took hold of the blind man by the hand, and brought him out of the village; and when he had spit on his eyes, and laid his hands upon him, he asked him, See do you anything? 24And he looked up, and said, I see men; for I behold them as trees, walking. 25Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked steadfastly and was restored, and he saw all things clearly. 26And he sent him away to his home, saying, Do not even enter into the village.

27And Jesus went forth, and his disciples, into the villages of Caesarea Philippi: and on the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Who do men say that I am? 28And they told him, saying, John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but others, One of the prophets. 29And he asked them, But who do you say that I am? Peter answered and said unto him, You are the Christ. 30And he charged them that they should tell no man of him. 31And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, and the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32And he spoke the saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33But he turning about, and seeing his disciples, rebuked Peter, and said, Get you behind me, Satan; for you do not mind the things of God, but the things of men. 34And he called unto him the multitude with his disciples, and said unto them, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35For whosoever would save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s shall save it. 36For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? 37For what should a man give in exchange for his life? 38For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also shall be ashamed of him, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.


9 And he said unto them, Truly I say unto you, There are some standing here that, who shall in no way taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God come with power. 2And after six days Jesus takes with him Peter, and James, and John, and brought them up into a high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them; 3and his garments became glistering, exceeding white, so as no fuller on earth can whiten them. 4And there appeared unto them Elijah with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. 5And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Rabbi, 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. 6For he knew not what to answer; for they became very afraid. 7And there came a cloud overshadowing them: and there came a voice out of the cloud, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 8And suddenly looking round about, they saw no one any more, accept Jesus only with them. 9And as they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, accept when the Son of man should have risen again from the dead. 10And they kept the saying, questioning among themselves what the rising again from the dead should mean. 11And they asked him, saying, How is it that the scribes say that Elijah must first come? 12And he said unto them, Elijah indeed must come first, and restore all things: and how is it written of the Son of man, that he should suffer many things and be set at nothing? 13But I say unto you, that Elijah is already come, and they have also done unto him whatsoever they would, even as it is written of him.

14And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great multitude about them, and scribes questioning with them. 15And immediately all the multitude, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and running to him they saluted him. 16And he asked them, What is your question with them? 17And one of the multitude answered him, Teacher, I brought my son unto you, who has a dumb spirit; 18and wheresoever it takes him, it dashes him down: and he foams, and grinds his teeth, and pines away: and I spoke to your disciples that they should cast it out; and they were not able. 19And he answered them and said, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him unto me. 20And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, immediately the spirit tore at him grievously; and he fell on the ground, and wallowing and foaming. 21And he asked his father, How long time is it since this has come unto him? And he said, From a child. 22And often it has cast him both into the fire and into the waters, to destroy him: but if you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. 23And Jesus said unto him, If you can! All things are possible to him that believes. 24Straightway the father of the child cried out, and said, I believe; but help me in my unbelief. 25And when Jesus saw that a multitude came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying unto him, You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 26And having cried out, and torn him much, he came out: and the boy became as one dead; insomuch that the majority said, He is dead. 27But Jesus took him by the hand, and raised him up; and he arose. 28And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, How is it that we could not cast it out? 29And he said unto them, This kind can come out by nothing, accept by prayer.

30And they went forth from there, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it. 31For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man will be delivered up into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he shall rise again. 32But they did not understood the saying, and were afraid to ask him. 33And they came to Capernaum: and when he was in the house he asked them, What were you reasoning on the way? 34But they held their peace: for they had disputed one with another on the way, who was the greatest. 35And he sat down, and called the twelve; and he said unto them, If any man would be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all. 36And he took a little child, and set him in the midst of them: and taking him in his arms, he said unto them, 37Whosoever shall receive one such as a little children in my name, receives me: and whosoever receives me, receives not me, but him that sent me. 38John said unto him, Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in your name; and we forbade him, because he did not followed us. 39But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man who shall do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me. 40For he that is not against us is for us.

41For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink, because you are Christ’s, truly I say unto you, he shall in no way lose his reward. 42And whosoever shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. 43And if your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off: it is good for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having your two hands to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire. 44where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. 45And if your foot cause you to stumble, cut it off: it is good for you to enter into life halt, rather than having your two feet to be cast into hell. 46where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. 47And if your eye cause you to stumble, cast it out: it is good for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell; 48where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. 49For every one shall be salted with fire. 50Salt is good: but if the salt have lost its saltness, wherewith will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace one with another.


10 And he arose from there and went into the borders of Judaea and beyond the Jordan: and multitudes come together unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again. 2And there came unto him Pharisees, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? Trying him. 3And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? 4And they said, Moses suffered us to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. 5But Jesus said unto them, For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6But from the beginning of the creation, Male and female made he them. 7For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; 8and the two shall become one flesh: so that they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. 10And in the house the disciples asked him again of this matter. 11And he said unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, commits adultery against her: 12and if she herself shall put away her husband, and marry another, she commits adultery.

13And they were bringing unto him little children, that he should touch them: and the disciples rebuked them. 14But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not: for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall in no way enter into it. 16And he took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.

17And as he was going forth along the way, there one ran to him, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18And Jesus said unto him, Why do you call me good? None is good accept one, even God. 19You know the commandments, Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother. 20And he said unto him, Teacher, all these things have I observed from my youth. 21And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said unto him, One thing you yet lack: go, sell whatsoever you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 22But his countenance fell at the saying, and he went away sorrowful: for he was one that had great possessions. 23And Jesus looked around, and said unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answered again, and said unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26And they were exceedingly astonished, saying unto him, Then who can be saved? 27Jesus looking upon them said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for all things are possible with God. 28Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed you. 29Jesus said, Truly I say unto you, There is no man that has left house, or brethren, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or lands, for my sake, and for the gospel’s sake, 30but that he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. 31But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

32And as they were on the way, going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus was going before them: and they were amazed; and they that followed were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them the things that were to happen unto him, 33saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests and the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him unto the Gentiles: 34and they shall mock him, and shall spit upon him, and shall scourge him, and shall kill him; and after three days he shall rise again. 35And there come James and John, the sons of Zebedee near unto him, saying unto him, Teacher, we would that you should do for us whatsoever we shall ask of you. 36And he said unto them, What would you that I should do for you? 37And they said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on your right hand, and one on your left hand, in your glory. 38But Jesus said unto them, You know not what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink? Or to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39And they said unto him, We are able. And Jesus said unto them, The cup that I drink you shall drink; and with the baptism that I am baptized with shall you be baptized: 40but to sit on my right hand or on my left hand is not mine to give; but it is for them for whom it has been prepared. 41And when the ten heard it, they began to be moved with indignation concerning James and John. 42And Jesus called them to him, and said unto them, You know that they who are accounted to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43But it is not so among you: but whosoever would become great among you, shall be your minister; 44and whosoever would be first among you, shall be servant of all. 45For the Son of man also came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

46And they come to Jericho: and as he went out from Jericho, with his disciples and a great multitude, the son of Timaeus, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the way side. 47And when he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me. 48And many rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried out a great deal more, You son of David, have mercy on me. 49And Jesus stood still, and said, Call him. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good cheer: rise, he calls you. 50And he, casting away his garment, sprang up, and came to Jesus. 51And Jesus answered him, and said, What will you that I should do unto you? And the blind man said unto him, Rabboni, that I may receive my sight. 52And Jesus said unto him, Go your way; your faith has made you whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him in the way.


11 And when they draw near unto Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, 2and said unto them, Go your way into the village that is over against you: and immediately as you enter into it, you shall find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat; loose him, and bring him. 3And if any one say unto you, Why do you do this? Say, The Lord has need of him; and immediately he will send him back here. 4And they went away, and found a colt tied at the door without in the open street; and they loose him. 5And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do you do, loosing the colt? 6And they said unto them even as Jesus had said: and they let them go. 7And they brought the colt unto Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. 8And many spread their garments upon the way; and others branches, which they had cut from the fields. 9And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, Hosanna; Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord: 10Blessed is the kingdom that comes, the kingdom of our father David: Hosanna in the highest. 11And he entered into Jerusalem, into the temple; and when he had looked round about him upon all things, it being now evening, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

12And on the morrow, when they were come out from Bethany, he hungered. 13And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if by chance he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season of figs. 14And he answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit from you henceforward for ever. And his disciples heard it. 15And they come to Jerusalem: and he entered into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and them that bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves; 16and he would not suffer that any man should carry a vessel through the temple. 17And he taught, and said unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? But you have made it a den of robbers. 18And the chief priests and the scribes heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, for the whole multitude was astonished at his teaching. 19And every evening he went forth out of the city. 20And as they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away from the roots. 21And Peter calling to remembrance said unto him, Rabbi, behold, the fig tree which you cursed is withered away. 22And Jesus answering said unto them, Have faith in God. ***23Truly I say unto you, Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be you taken up and cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he said comes to pass; he shall have it. 24Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever you pray and ask for, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. 25And whensoever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

27And they came again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders; 28and they said unto him, By what authority do you do these things? Or who gave you this authority to do these things? 29And Jesus said unto them, I will ask of you one question, and if you answer me, then I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? Answer me. 31And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; He will say, Why then did you not believe him? 32But should we say, From men--they feared the people: for all truly held John to be a prophet. 33And they answered Jesus and said, We know not. And Jesus said unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.


12 And he began to speak unto them in parables. A man planted a vineyard, and set a hedge about it, and dug a pit for the winepress, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country. 2And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruits of the vineyard. 3And they took him, and beat him, and sent him away empty. 4And again he sent unto them another servant; and him they wounded in the head, and handled shamefully. 5And he sent another; and him they killed: and many others; beating some, and killing some. 6He had yet one, a beloved son: he sent him last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. 7But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours. 8And they took him, and killed him, and cast him forth out of the vineyard. 9What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. 10Have you not read even this scripture: The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner; 11This was from the Lord, And it is marvelous in our eyes? 12And they sought to lay hold on him; and they feared the multitude; for they perceived that he spoke the parable against them: and they left him, and went away.

13And they sent unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, that they might catch him in his talk. 14And when they came, they sais unto him, Teacher, we know that you are true, and care not for any one; for you regard not the person of men, but of a truth teach the way of God: Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 15Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why do you make trial of me? Bring me a denarius, that I may see it. 16And they brought it. And he said unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s. 17And Jesus said unto them, Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s. And they marveled greatly at him.

18And there come unto him Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying, 19Teacher, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother dies, and leave a wife behind him, and leaves no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 20There were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed; 21and the second took her, and died, leaving no seed behind him; and the third likewise: 22and the seven left no seed. Last of all the woman also died. 23In the resurrection whose wife shall she be of them? For the seven had her as their wife. 24Jesus said unto them, Is it not for this cause that you err, that you know not the scriptures, nor the power of God? ***25For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as angels in heaven. 26But as touching the dead, that they are raised; have you not read in the book of Moses, in the place concerning the Bush, how God spoke unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 27He is not the God of the dead, but of the living: you do greatly err.

28And one of the scribes came, and heard them questioning together, and knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, What commandment is the first of all? 29Jesus answered, The first is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God, the Lord is one: 30and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. 31The second is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is none other commandment greater than these. 32And the scribe said unto him, Of a truth, ***Teacher, you have well said that he is one; and there is none other but he: 33and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is much more than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices. 34And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, You are not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that dared ask him any question.

35And Jesus answered and said, as he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that the Christ is the son of David? 36David himself said in the Holy Spirit, The Lord said unto my Lord, You sit on my right hand, Till I make your enemies the footstool of your feet. 37David himself calls him Lord; then how is he his son? And the common people heard him gladly. 38And in his teaching he said, Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and to have salutations in the marketplaces, 39and chief seats in the synagogues, and chief places at feasts: 40they that devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers; these shall receive greater condemnation.

41And he sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make a farthing. 43And he called unto him his disciples, and said unto them, Truly I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than all they that are casting into the treasury: 44for they all did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.


13 And as he went forth out of the temple, one of his disciples said unto him, Teacher, behold, what manner of stones and what manner of buildings! 2And Jesus said unto him, You see these great buildings? There shall not be left here one stone upon another, which shall not be thrown down. 3And as he sat on the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign when these things are all about to be accomplished?

5And Jesus began to say unto them, Take heed that no man lead you astray. 6Many shall come in my name, saying, I am he; and shall lead many astray. 7And when you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be not troubled: these things must come to pass; but the end is not yet. 8For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there shall be earthquakes in divers places; there shall be famines: these things mark the beginning of travail. 9But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in synagogues shall you be beaten; and before governors and kings shall you stand for my sake, for a testimony unto them. 10And the gospel must first be preached unto all the nations. 11And when they lead you to judgment, and deliver you up, be not anxious beforehand what you shall speak: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that you shall speak; for it is not you that speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12And brother shall deliver up brother to death, and the father his child; and children shall rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death. 13And you shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end, the same shall be saved.

14But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he should not (let him that reads understand), then let them that are in Judaea flee unto the mountains: 15and let him that is on the housetop not go down, nor enter in, to take anything out his house: 16and let him that is in the field not return back to take his cloak. 17But woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! 18And pray you that it be not in the winter. 19For in those days there shall be tribulation, such as there has not been the like from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never shall be. 20And except the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would have been saved; ***but for the elect’s sake, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21And then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ; or, Lo, there; believe it not: 22for there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23But take heed: behold, I have told you all things beforehand.

24But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 25and the stars shall be falling from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens shall be shaken. 26And then shall they see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27And then shall he send forth the angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

28Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near; 29even so you also, when you see these things coming to pass, know you that he is near, even at the doors. 30Truly I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, until all these things are accomplished. 31Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 32But of that day or that hour knows no one, not even the angels in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 33Take heed, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is. 34It is as when a man, sojourning in another country, having left his house, and given authority to his servants, to each one his work, commanded also the porter to watch. 35Watch therefore: for you know not when the lord of the house comes, whether at evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning; 36lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch!


14 Now after two days was the feast of the Passover and the unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him with subtlety, and kill him: 2for they said, Not during the feast, unless by chance there shall be an uproar of the people. 3And while he was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat eating, there came a woman having an very costly alabaster cruse of ointment of pure nard; and she broke the cruse, and poured it over his head. 4But there were some that had indignation among themselves, saying, To what purpose has this waste of the ointment been made? 5For this ointment might have been sold for above three hundred shillings, and given to the poor. And they murmured against her. 6But Jesus said, Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has worked a good work on me. 7For you have the poor always with you, and whensoever you will you can do them good: but me you do not always have. 8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for the burying. 9And truly I say unto you, Wheresoever the gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, that also which this woman has done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. 10And Judas Iscariot, he that was one of the twelve, went away unto the chief priests, that he might deliver him unto them. 11And they, when they heard it, were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently deliver him unto them.

12And on the first day of unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the Passover, his disciples say unto him, Where do you will that we go and make ready that you may eat the Passover? 13And he sent two of his disciples, and said unto them, Go into the city, and there you shall meet a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him; 14and wheresoever he shall enter in, say to the master of the house, The Teacher said, Where is my guest-chamber, where I shall eat the Passover with my disciples? 15And he will himself show you a large upper room furnished and ready: and there make ready for us. 16And the disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the Passover. 17And when it was evening he comes with the twelve. 18And as they sat and were eating, Jesus said, Truly I say unto you, One of you shall betray me, even he that eat with me. 19They began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? 20And he said unto them, It is one of the twelve, he that dips with me in the dish. 21For the Son of man goes, even as it is written of him: but woe unto that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born. 22And as they were eating, he took bread, and when he had blessed it, he brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take: this is my body. 23And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them: and they all drank of it. 24And he said unto them, This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25Truly I say unto you, I shall no more drink of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God. 26And when they had sung a hymn, they went out unto the Mount of Olives. 27And Jesus said unto them, All of you shall be offended: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered abroad. 28Howbeit, after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee. 29But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. 30And Jesus said unto him, Truly I say unto you, that you today, even this night, before the cock crow two times, shall deny me three times. 31But he spoke more vehemently, If I must die with you, I will not deny you. And in like manner also said they all.

32And they come unto a place which was named Gethsemane: and he said unto his disciples, You sit here, while I pray. 33And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly amazed, and sore troubled. 34And he said unto them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful even unto death: you abide here, and watch. 35And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him. 36And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto you; remove this cup from me: howbeit not what I will, but what you will. 37And he came, and found them sleeping, and said unto Peter, Simon, you sleep? could you not watch one hour? 38Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 39And again he went away, and prayed, saying the same words. 40And again he came, and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they knew not what to answer him. 41And he came the third time, and said unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough; the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Arise, let us be going: behold, he that betrays me is at hand.

43And immediately, while he yet spoke, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44Now he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he; take him, and lead him away safely. 45And when he had come, immediately he came to him, and said, Rabbi; and kissed him. 46And they laid hands on him, and took him. 47But a certain one of them that stood by drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear. 48And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are you come out, as against a robber, with swords and staves to seize me? 49I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you took me not: but this is done that the scriptures might be fulfilled. 50And they all left him, and fled. 51And a certain young man followed with him, having a linen cloth cast about him, over his naked body: and they lay hold on him; 52but he left the linen cloth, and fled naked.

53And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and there come together with him all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. 54And Peter had followed him afar off, even within, into the court of the high priest; and he was sitting with the officers, and warming himself in the light of the fire. 55Now the chief priests and the whole council sought witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found it not. 56For many bare false witness against him, and their witness agreed not together. 57And there stood up certain ones, and bare false witness against him, saying, 58We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands. 59And not even so did their witness agree together. 60And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, You answer nothing? What is it which these witness against you? 61But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? 62And Jesus said, I am: and you shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. 63And the high priest rent his clothes, and said, What further need have we of witnesses? 64You have heard the blasphemy: what do you think? And they all condemned him to be worthy of death. 65And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the officers received him with blows of their hands.

66And as Peter was beneath in the court, there came one of the maids of the high priest; 67and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, You also was with the Nazarene, even Jesus. 68But he denied, saying, I neither know, nor understand what you say: and he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. 69And the maid saw him, and began again to say to them that stood by, This is one of them. 70But he again denied it. And after a little while again they that stood by said to Peter, of a truth you are one of them; for you are a Galilaean. 71But he began to curse, and to swear, I know not this man of whom you speak. 72And immediately the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word, how that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow two times, you shall deny me three times. And when he thought thereon, he wept.


15 And immediately in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him up to Pilate. 2And Pilate asked him, Are you the King of the Jews? And he answering, said unto him, You say. 3And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4And Pilate again asked him, saying, Do you nswer nothing? Behold how many things they accuse you of. 5But Jesus answered nothing; insomuch that Pilate marveled. 6Now at the feast he used to release unto them one prisoner, whom they asked of him. 7And there was one called Barabbas, lying bound with them that had made insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder. 8And the multitude went up and began to ask him to do as he would to do unto them. 9And Pilate answered them, saying, Will you that I release unto you the King of the Jews? 10For he perceived that for envy the chief priests had delivered him up. 11But the chief priests stirred up the multitude, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them. 12And Pilate again answered and said unto them, What then shall I do unto him whom you call the King of the Jews? 13And they cried out again, Crucify him. 14And Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil has he done? But they cried out even more, Crucify him.

15And Pilate, wishing to satisfy the multitude, released unto them Barabbas, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. 16And the soldiers led him away within the court, which is the Praetorium; and they call together the whole band. 17And they clothe him with purple, and platting a crown of thorns, they put it on him; 18and they began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! 19And they smote his head with a reed, and spat upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. 20And when they had mocked him, they took off from him the purple, and put on him his garments. And they lead him out to crucify him. 21And they compel one passing by, Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might bear his cross.

22And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. 23And they offered him wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. 24And they crucify him, and part his garments among them, casting lots upon them, what each should take. 25And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. 26And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 27And with him they crucify two robbers; one on his right hand, and one on his left. 28And the scripture was fulfilled, which said, And he was counted with transgressors. 29And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ha! You that destroy the temple, and build it in three days, 30save yourself, and come down from the cross. 31In like manner also the chief priests mocking him among themselves with the scribes said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. 32Let the Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reproached him.

33And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 35And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calls Elijah. 36And one ran, and filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let it be; let us see whether Elijah comes to take him down. 37And Jesus uttered a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. 38And the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. 39And when the centurion, who stood by over against him, saw that he had given up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. 40And there were also women beholding from afar: among whom were both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; 41who, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him; and many other women that came up with him unto Jerusalem.

42And when evening was now come, because it was the Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43there came Joseph of Arimathaea, a councilor of honorable estate, who also himself was looking for the kingdom of God; and he boldly went in unto Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. 44And Pilate marveled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for awhile. 45And when he learned it of the centurion, he granted the corpse to Joseph. 46And he bought a linen cloth, and taking him down, wound him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of a rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.


16 And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun was risen. 3And they were saying among themselves, Who shall roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us? 4And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back: for it was exceedingly great. 5And entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, arrayed in a white robe; and they were amazed. 6And he said unto them, Be not amazed: you seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold, the place where they laid him! 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, He goes before you into Galilee: there shall you see him, as he said unto you. 8And they went out, and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them: and they said nothing to any one; for they were afraid.

9Now when he was risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10She went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11And they, when they heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, disbelieved. 12And after these things he was manifested in another form unto two of them, as they walked, on their way into the country. 13And they went away and told it unto the rest: neither did they believed them.

14And afterward he was manifested unto the eleven themselves as they sat eating; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them that had seen him after he was risen. 15And he said unto them, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. 16He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieves shall be condemned. 17And these signs shall accompany them that believe: in my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues; 18they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall in no way hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken unto them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen.


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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.