Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to draw up a
narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us,
even as they delivered them unto us, who from the
beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,
it seemed good to me also, having traced the
course of all things accurately from the first, to write unto thee in
order, most excellent Theophilus; that thou
mightest know the certainty concerning the things wherein thou wast
instructed. There was in the days of Herod, king
of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abijah: and
he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
And they were both righteous before God, walking
in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was
barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
Now it came to pass, while he executed the
priest's office before God in the order of his course,
according to the custom of the priest's office,
his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
And the whole multitude of the people were
praying without at the hour of incense. And
there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of
altar of incense. And Zacharias was troubled
when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.
But the angel said unto him, Fear not,
Zacharias: because thy supplication is heard, and thy wife Elisabeth shall
bear thee a son, and thou will call his name John.
And thou will have joy and gladness; and many
shall rejoice at his birth. For 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 mother's
womb. And many of the children of Israel shall
be turn unto the Lord their God. And 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. And Zacharias said unto the angel,
Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken
in years. And the angel answering said unto him,
I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak
unto thee, and to bring thee these good tidings.
And behold, thou will be silent and not able to
speak, until the day that these things shall come to pass, because thou
believedst not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and
they marvelled while he tarried in the temple.
And 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.
And it came to pass, when the days of his
ministration were fulfilled, he departed unto his house.
And after these days Elisabeth his wife
conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying,
Thus hath the Lord done unto me in the days
wherein he looked upon me, to take away my reproach among men.
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was
sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was
Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And he came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou
that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee.
But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and
cast in her mind what manner of salutation this might be.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for
thou hast found favor with God. And behold, thou
will conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and will call his name
JESUS. He 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: and he shall reign over the
house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be,
seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered
and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of
the Most High shall overshadow thee: wherefore also the holy thing which
is begotten shall be called the Son of God. And
behold, Elisabeth thy kinswoman, she also hath conceived a son in her old
age; and this is the sixth month with her that was called barren.
For no word from God shall be void of power.
And Mary said, Behold, the handmaid of the Lord;
be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
And Mary arose in these days and went into the
hill country with haste, into a city of Judah;
and entered into the house of Zacharias and
saluted Elisabeth. And 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; and
she lifted up her voice with a loud cry, and said, Blessed art thou
among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
And whence is this to me, that the mother of my
Lord should come unto me? For behold, when the
voice of thy salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb
for joy. And blessed is she that
believed; for there shall be a fulfilment of the things which have been
spoken to her from the Lord. And Mary said,
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath looked upon the low estate of his
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great
And holy is his name.
And his mercy is unto generations and generations
On them that fear him.
He hath showed strength with his arm;
He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.
He hath put down princes from their
And hath exalted them of low degree.
The hungry he hath filled with good things;
And the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath given help to Israel his servant,
That he might remember mercy
(As he spake unto our fathers)
Toward Abraham and his seed for ever.
And Mary abode with her about three months, and
returned unto her house. Now Elisabeth's time
was fulfilled that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.
And her neighbors and her kinsfolk heard that
the Lord had magnified his mercy towards her; and they rejoiced with her.
And 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. And his mother
answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.
And they said unto her, There is none of thy
kindred that is called by this name. And they
made signs to his father, what he would have him called.
And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote,
saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
And his mouth was opened immediately, and his
tongue loosed, and he spake, blessing God.
And fear came on all that dwelt round about
them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill
country of Judaea. And 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. And his father
Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
For he hath visited and wrought redemption for his people,
And hath raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of his servant David
(As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets
that have been from of old),
Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of
all that hate us;
To show mercy towards, our fathers,
And to remember his holy covenant;
The oath which he spake unto Abraham our father,
To grant unto us that we being delivered out of
the hand of our enemies
Should serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him all our
Yea and thou, child, will be called the prophet
of the Most High:
For thou will go before the face of the Lord to make ready his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people
In the remission of their sins,
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
Whereby the dayspring from on high shall visit us,
To shine upon them that sit in darkness and the
shadow of death;
To guide our feet into the way of peace.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit,
and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.
Now it came to pass in those days, there went out
a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius
was governor of Syria. And all went to enrol
themselves, every one to his own city. And 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; to enrol himself with Mary,
who was betrothed to him, being great with child.
And it came to pass, while they were there, the
days were fulfilled that she should be delivered.
And 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. And there were
shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by
night over their flock. And an angel of the Lord
stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they
were sore afraid. And 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: for there is born to
you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.
And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall
find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a
multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased.
And it came to pass, when the angels went away
from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go
even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the
Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with
haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger.
And when they saw it, they made known concerning
the saying which was spoken to them about this child.
And all that heard it wondered at the things
which were spoken unto them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them
in her heart. And the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and
seen, even as it was spoken unto them. And 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.
And 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 (as it is
written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be
called holy to the Lord), and to offer a
sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair
of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. And
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. And it had been
revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before
he had seen the Lord's Christ. And 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,
then he received him into his arms, and blessed
God, and said,
Now lettest thou thy servant depart, Lord,
According to thy word, in peace;
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all
A light for revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of thy people Israel.
And his father and his mother were marvelling at
the things which were spoken concerning him; and
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; yea and a
sword shall pierce through thine own soul; that thoughts out of many
hearts may be revealed. And 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,
and 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. And coming up
at that very hour she gave thanks unto God, and spake of him to all them
that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
And when they had accomplished all things that
were according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to
their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and
waxed strong, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
And his parents went every year to Jerusalem at
the feast of the passover. And when he was
twelve years old, they went up after the custom of the feast;
and when they had fulfilled the days, as they
were returning, the boy Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and his parents
knew it not; but supposing him to be in the
company, they went a day's journey; and they sought for him among their
kinsfolk and acquaintance: and when they found
him not, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking for him.
And 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: and all that
heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
And when they saw him, they were astonished; and
his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold,
thy father and I sought thee sorrowing. And he
said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? knew ye not that I must be in
my Father's house? And they understood not the
saying which he spake unto them. And 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.
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in
favor with God and men.
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,
in the highpriesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the
word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
And he came into all the region round about the
Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins;
as it is written in the book of the words of
Isaiah the prophet, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye
ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, And every mountain
and hill shall be brought low; And the crooked shall become straight, And
the rough ways smooth; And all flesh shall see
the salvation of God. He said therefore to the
multitudes that went out to be baptized of him, Ye offspring of vipers,
who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of
repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our
father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up
children unto Abraham. And even now the axe also
lieth at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that bringeth not
forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
And the multitudes asked him, saying, What then
must we do? And he answered and said unto them,
He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that
hath food, let him do likewise. And there came
also publicans to be baptized, and they said unto him, Teacher, what must
we do? And he said unto them, Extort no more
than that which is appointed you. And soldiers
also asked him, saying, And we, what must we do? And he said unto them,
Extort from no man by violence, neither accuse any one wrongfully;
and be content with your wages. And as the
people were in expectation, and all men reasoned in their hearts
concerning John, whether haply he were the Christ;
John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed
baptize you with water; but there cometh he that is mightier than I, the
latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you in
the Holy Spirit and in fire: whose 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. With many other exhortations therefore
preached he good tidings unto the people; but
Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother's wife,
and for all the evil things which Herod had done,
added this also to them all, that he shut up
John in prison. Now it came to pass, when all
the people were baptized, that, Jesus also having been baptized, and
praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy
Spirit descended in a bodily form, as a dove, upon him, and a voice came
out of heaven, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
And 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, the
son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi,
the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,
the son of Mattathias, the son of
Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of
Naggai, the son of Maath, the son
of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the
son of Joda, the son of Joanan,
the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of
Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the
son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the
son of Elmadam, the son of Er, the
son of Jesus, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the
son of Matthat, the son of Levi,
the son of Symeon, the son of
Judas, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son
of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the
son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan,
the son of David, the son of
Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of
Salmon, the son of Nahshon, the
son of Amminadab, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron,
the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
the son of Jacob, the son of
Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son
of Nahor, the son of Serug, the
son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the
son of Shelah the son of Cainan,
the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of
Noah, the son of Lamech, the son
of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the
son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan,
the son of Enos, the son of Seth,
the son of Adam, the son of God.
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from
the Jordan, and was led in the Spirit in the wilderness
during forty days, being tempted of the devil.
And he did eat nothing in those days: and when they were completed, he
hungered. And the devil said unto him, if thou
art the Son of God, command this stone that it become bread.
And Jesus answered unto him, It is written, Man
shall not live by bread alone. And he led him up,
and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said unto him, To thee will I give
all this authority, and the glory of them: for it hath been delivered unto
me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou
therefore wilt worship before me, it shall all be thine.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, It is
written, Thou will worship the Lord thy God, and him only will thou
serve. And he led him to Jerusalem, and set him
on the pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou art the Son of
God, cast thyself down from hence: for it is
He shall give his angels charge concerning thee, to guard thee:
On their hands they shall bear thee up,
Lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone.
And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said,
Thou will not make trial of the Lord thy God.
And when the devil had completed every
temptation, he departed from him for a season.
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit
into Galilee: and a fame went out concerning him through all the region
round about. And he taught in their synagogues,
being glorified of all.
And 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. And there was
delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And he opened the book,
and found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
Because he anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor:
He hath sent me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovering of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty them that are bruised,
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
And 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. And he began to say unto them,
To-day hath this scripture been fulfilled in your ears.
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the
words of grace which proceeded out of his mouth: and they said, Is not
this Joseph's son? And he said unto them,
Doubtless ye will say unto me this parable, Physician, heal thyself:
whatsoever we have heard done at Capernaum, do also here in thine own
country. And he said, Verily I say unto you, No
prophet is acceptable in his own country. But 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; and unto
none of them was Elijah sent, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon,
unto a woman that was a widow. And there were
many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them
was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian. And
they were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these
things; and 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.
But he passing through the midst of them went
his way. And he came down to Capernaum, a city
of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath day:
and they were astonished at his teaching; for
his word was with authority. And in the
synagogue there was a man, that had a spirit of an unclean demon; and he
cried out with a loud voice, Ah! what have we to
do with thee, Jesus thou Nazarene? art thou come to destroy us? I know
thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And
Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy 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 hurt. And amazement came upon all,
and they spake together, one with another, saying, What is this word? for
with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come
out. And there went forth a rumor concerning him
into every place of the region round about. And
he rose up from the synagogue, and entered into the house of Simon. And
Simon's wife's mother was holden with a great fever; and they besought him
for her. And he stood over her, and rebuked the
fever; and it left her: and immediately she rose up and ministered unto
them. And 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.
And demons also came out from many, crying out,
and saying, Thou art the Son of God. And rebuking them, he suffered them
not to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
And when it was day, he came out and went into a
desert place: and the multitudes sought after him, and came unto him, and
would have stayed him, that he should not go from them.
But he said unto them, I must preach the good
tidings of the kingdom of God to the other cities also: for therefore was
I sent. And he was preaching in the synagogues
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; and he saw two boats standing by the
lake: but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
And he entered into one of the boats, which was
Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down
and taught the multitudes out of the boat. And
when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Put out into the deep, and
let down your nets for a draught. And Simon
answered and said, Master, we toiled all night, and took nothing: but at
thy word I will let down the nets. And when they
had done this, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes; and their nets
were breaking; and they beckoned unto their
partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. And they
came, and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
But Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell down at
Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
For he was amazed, and all that were with him, at
the draught of the fishes which they had taken;
and so were also James and John, sons of
Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear
not; from henceforth thou will catch men. And
when they had brought their boats to land, they left all, and followed
him. And it came to pass, while he was in one of
the cities, behold, a man full of leprosy: and when he saw Jesus, he fell
on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make
me clean. And he stretched forth his hand, and
touched him, saying, I will; be thou made clean. And straightway the
leprosy departed from him. And he charged him to
tell no man: but go thy way, and show thyself to the priest, and offer for
thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
But so much the more went abroad the report
concerning him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be
healed of their infirmities. But he withdrew
himself in the deserts, and prayed. And 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. And behold, men bring on a bed
a man that was palsied: and they sought to bring him in, and to lay him
before him. And 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. And seeing their faith, he said,
Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes
and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this that speaketh
blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
But Jesus perceiving their reasonings, answered
and said unto them, Why reason ye in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven
thee; or to say, Arise and walk? But that ye may
know that the Son of man hath authority on earth to forgive sins (he said
unto him that was palsied), I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch,
and go unto thy house. And immediately he rose
up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his
house, glorifying God. And amazement took hold
on all, and they glorified God; and they were filled with fear, saying, We
have seen strange things to-day. And after these
things he went forth, and beheld a publican, named Levi, sitting at the
place of toll, and said unto him, Follow me. And
he forsook all, and rose up and followed him.
And Levi made him a great feast in his house:
and there was a great multitude of publicans and of others that were
sitting at meat with them. And the Pharisees and
their scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and
drink with the publicans and sinners? And Jesus
answering said unto them, They that are in health have no need of a
physician; but they that are sick. I am not come
to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
And they said unto him, The disciples of John
fast often, and make supplications; likewise also the disciples of
the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink. And
Jesus said unto them, Can ye make the sons of the bride-chamber fast,
while the bridegroom is with them? But the days
will come; and when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, then
will they fast in those days. And he spake also
a parable unto them: No man rendeth a piece from a new garment and putteth
it upon an old garment; else he will rend the new, and also the piece from
the new will not agree with the old. And no man
putteth new wine into old wine-skins; else the new wine will burst the
skins, and itself will be spilled, and the skins will perish.
But new wine must be put into fresh wine-skins.
And no man having drunk old wine desireth
new; for he says, The old is good.
Now it came to pass on a sabbath, that he was
going through the grainfields; and his disciples plucked the ears, and did
eat, rubbing them in their hands. But certain of
the Pharisees said, Why do ye that which it is not lawful to do on the
sabbath day? And Jesus answering them said, Have
ye not read even this, what David did, when he was hungry, he, and they
that were with him; how he entered into the house
of God, and took and ate the showbread, and gave also to them that were
with him; which it is not lawful to eat save for the priests alone?
And he said unto them, The Son of man is lord of
the sabbath. And 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. And
the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the
sabbath; that they might find how to accuse him.
But 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. And 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? And he looked
round about on them all, and said unto him, Stretch forth thy hand. And he
did so: and his hand was restored. But
they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they
might do to Jesus. And it came to pass in these
days, that he went out into the mountain to pray; and he continued all
night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he
called his disciples; and he chose from them twelve, whom also he named
apostles: Simon, whom he also named Peter, and
Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip and Bartholomew,
and Matthew and Thomas, and James the son
of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot,
and Judas the son of James, and Judas
Iscariot, who became a traitor; and 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; and they that were
troubled with unclean spirits were healed. And
all the multitude sought to touch him; for power came forth from him, and
healed them all. And he lifted up his
eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed are ye poor: for yours is
the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that
hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now:
for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, 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 man's sake. Rejoice 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.
But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have
received your consolation. Woe unto you, ye that
are full now! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you, ye that laugh now!
for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto
you, when all men shall speak well of you! for in the same manner did
their fathers to the false prophets. But I say
unto you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you,
bless them that curse you, pray for them that
despitefully use you. To him that smiteth thee
on the one cheek offer also the other; and from him that taketh
away thy cloak withhold not thy coat also. Give
to every one that asketh thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask
them not again. And as ye would that men should
do to you, do ye also to them likewise. And if
ye love them that love you, what thank have ye? for even sinners love
those that love them. And if ye do good to them
that do good to you, what thank have ye? for even sinners do the same.
And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to
receive, what thank have ye? even sinners lend to sinners, to receive
again as much. But love your enemies, and do
them good, and lend, never despairing; and your reward shall be
great, and ye shall be sons of the Most High: for he is kind toward the
unthankful and evil. Be ye merciful, even as
your Father is merciful. And judge not, and ye
shall not be judged: and condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned:
release, and ye shall be released: give, 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 ye
mete it shall be measured to you again. And he
spake also a parable unto them, Can the blind guide the blind? shall they
not both fall into a pit? The disciple is not
above his teacher: but every one when he is perfected shall be as his
teacher. And why beholdest thou the mote that is
in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own
eye? Or how canst thou say to thy brother,
Brother, let me cast out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself
beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out
first the beam out of thine own eye, and then will thou see clearly to
cast out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
For there is no good tree that bringeth forth
corrupt fruit; nor again a corrupt tree that bringeth forth good fruit.
For each tree is known by its own fruit. For of
thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
The good man out of the good treasure of his
heart bringeth forth that which is good; and the evil man out of
the evil treasure bringeth forth that which is evil: for out of the
abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. And
why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Every one that cometh unto me, and heareth my
words, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like:
he 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 brake against that house, and could not shake it:
because it had been well builded. But he that
heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that built a house upon the earth
without a foundation; against which the stream brake, and straightway it
fell in; and the ruin of that house was great.
After he had ended all his sayings in the ears of
the people, he entered into Capernaum. And a
certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick and at the
point of death. And when he heard concerning
Jesus, he sent unto him elders of the Jews, asking him that he would come
and save his servant. And they, when they came to
Jesus, besought him earnestly, saying, He is worthy that thou shouldest do
this for him; for he loves our nation, and
himself built us our synagogue. And Jesus went
with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent
friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself; for I am not
worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof:
wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come
unto thee: but say the word, and my servant shall be healed.
For I also am a man set under authority, having
under myself soldiers: and I say to this one, Go, and he goeth; and to
another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
And when Jesus heard these things, he marvelled
at him, and turned and said unto the multitude that followed him, I say
unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
And they that were sent, returning to the house,
found the servant whole. And it came to pass
soon afterwards, that he went to a city called Nain; and his disciples
went with him, and a great multitude. Now 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 much
people of the city was with her. And when the
Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
And he came nigh and touched the bier: and the
bearers stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak.
And he gave him to his mother. And fear took
hold on all: and they glorified God, saying, A great prophet is arisen
among us: and, God hath visited his people. And
this report went forth concerning him in the whole of Judaea, and all the
region round about. And the disciples of John
told him of all these things. And John calling
unto him two of his disciples sent them to the Lord, saying, Art thou he
that cometh, or look we for another? And when
the men were come unto him, they said, John the Baptist hath sent us unto
thee, saying, Art thou he that cometh, or look we for another?
In that hour he cured many of diseases and
plagues and evil spirits; and on many that were blind he bestowed sight.
And he answered and said unto them, Go and tell
John the things which ye have seen and heard; the blind receive their
sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead
are raised up, the poor have good tidings preached to them.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall find no
occasion of stumbling in me. And when the
messengers of John were departed, he began to say unto the multitudes
concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed
shaken with the wind? But what went ye out to
see? a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that are gorgeously
apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.
But what went ye out to see? a prophet? Yea, I
say unto you, and much more than a prophet. This
is he of whom it is written,
Behold, I send my messenger before thy face,
Who shall prepare thy way before thee.
I 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. And all the
people when they heard, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized
with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and
the lawyers rejected for themselves the counsel of God, being not baptized
of him. Whereunto then shall I liken the men of
this generation, and to what are they like? They
are like unto children that sit in the marketplace, and call one to
another; who say, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and
ye did not weep. For John the Baptist is come
eating no bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a demon.
The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and
ye say, Behold, a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans
and sinners! And wisdom is justified of all her
children. And one of the Pharisees desired him
that he would eat with him. And he entered into the Pharisee's house, and
sat down to meat. And behold, a woman who was in
the city, a sinner; and when she knew that he was sitting at meat in the
Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster cruse of ointment,
and 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.
Now when the Pharisee that had bidden him saw
it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would
have perceived who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him,
that she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said
unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he says, Teacher,
say on. A certain lender had two debtors: the
one owed five hundred shillings, and the other fifty.
When they had not wherewith to pay, he
forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?
Simon answered and said, He, I suppose, to whom
he forgave the most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
And turning to the woman, he said unto Simon,
Seest thou this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water
for my feet: but she hath wetted my feet with her tears, and wiped them
with her hair. Thou gavest me no kiss: but she,
since the time I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but she
hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I
say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much:
but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.
And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
And they that sat at meat with him began to say
within themselves, Who is this that even forgiveth sins?
And he said unto the woman, Thy faith hath saved
thee; go in peace.
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,
and certain women who had been healed of evil
spirits and infirmities: Mary that was called Magdalene, from whom seven
demons had gone out, and Joanna the wife of
Chuzas Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, who ministered unto
them of their substance. And when a great
multitude came together, and they of every city resorted unto him, he
spake by a parable: The 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.
And other fell on the rock; and as soon as it
grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture.
And other fell amidst the thorns; and the thorns
grew with it, and choked it. And other fell into
the good ground, and grew, and brought forth fruit a hundredfold. As he
said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And his disciples asked him what this parable
might be. And 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.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of
God. And those by the way side are they that
have heard; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word from their
heart, that they may not believe and be saved.
And 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.
And 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. And 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. And
no man, when he hath lighted a lamp, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth
it under a bed; but putteth it on a stand, that they that enter in may see
the light. For nothing is hid, that shall not be
made manifest; nor anything secret, that shall not be known and
come to light. Take heed therefore how ye hear:
for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from
him shall be taken away even that which he thinketh he hath.
And there came to him his mother and brethren,
and they could not come at him for the crowd.
And it was told him, Thy mother and thy brethren
stand without, desiring to see thee. But he
answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these that hear
the word of God, and do it. Now 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. But 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.
And 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.
And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And
being afraid they marvelled, saying one to another, Who then is this, that
he commandeth even the winds and the water, and they obey him?
And they arrived at the country of the
Gerasenes, which is over against Galilee. And
when he was come forth upon the land, there met him a certain man out of
the city, who had demons; and for a long time he had worn no clothes, and
abode not in any house, but in the tombs.
And when he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell
down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee,
Jesus, thou Son of the Most High God? I beseech thee, torment me not.
For 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 asunder,
he was driven of the demon into the deserts. And
Jesus asked him, What is thy name? And he said, Legion; for many demons
were entered into him. And they entreated him
that he would not command them to depart into the abyss.
Now 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. And 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.
And when they that fed them saw what had come to
pass, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country.
And 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. And they that saw it told them
how he that was possessed with demons was made whole.
And all the people of the country of the
Gerasenes round about asked him to depart from them, for they were holden
with great fear: and he entered into a boat, and returned.
But the man from whom the demons were gone out
prayed him that he might be with him: but he sent him away, saying,
Return to thy house, and declare how great
things God hath done for thee. And he went his way, publishing throughout
the whole city how great things Jesus had done for him.
And as Jesus returned, the multitude welcomed
him; for they were all waiting for him. And
behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the
synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him to come into
his house; for he had an only daughter, about
twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as he went the multitudes
thronged him. And a woman having an issue of
blood twelve years, who had spent all her living upon physicians, and
could not be healed of any, came behind him, and
touched the border of his garment: and immediately the issue of her blood
stanched. And Jesus said, Who is it that touched
me? And when all denied, Peter said, and they that were with him, Master,
the multitudes press thee and crush thee.
But Jesus said, Some one did touch me; for I
perceived that power had gone forth from me. And
when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling
down before him declared in the presence of all the people for what cause
she touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath
made thee whole; go in peace. While he yet
spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house,
saying, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Teacher.
But Jesus hearing it, answered him, Fear not:
only believe, and she shall be made whole. And
when he came to the house, he suffered not any man to enter in with him,
save Peter, and John, and James, and the father of the maiden and her
mother. And all were weeping, and bewailing her:
but he said, Weep not; for she is not dead, but sleepeth.
And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she
was dead. But he, taking her by the hand,
called, saying, Maiden, arise. And her spirit
returned, and she rose up immediately: and he commanded that
something be given her to eat. And her
parents were amazed: but he charged them to tell no man what had been done.
And he called the twelve together, and gave them
power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
And he sent them forth to preach the kingdom of
God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them,
Take nothing for your journey, neither staff, nor wallet, nor bread, nor
money; neither have two coats. And into
whatsoever house ye enter, there abide, and thence depart.
And as many as receive you not, when ye depart
from that city, shake off the dust from your feet for a testimony against
them. And they departed, and went throughout the
villages, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere.
Now 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; and by some, that
Elijah had appeared; and by others, that one of the old prophets was risen
again. And Herod said, John I beheaded: but who
is this, about whom I hear such things? And he sought to see him.
And 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. But
the multitudes perceiving it followed him: and he welcomed them, and spake
to them of the kingdom of God, and them that had need of healing he cured.
And 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 desert place. But he said unto
them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more than five loaves
and two fishes; except we should go and buy food for all this people.
For they were about five thousand men. And he
said unto his disciples, Make them sit down in companies, about fifty
each. And they did so, and made them all sit
down. And 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. And
they ate, and were all filled: and there was taken up that which remained
over to them of broken pieces, twelve baskets.
And it came to pass, as he was praying apart,
the disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Who do the
multitudes say that I am? And they answering
said, John the Baptist; but others say, Elijah; and others, that
one of the old prophets is risen again. And he
said unto them, But who say ye that I am? And Peter answering said, The
Christ of God. But he charged them, and
commanded them to tell this to no man;
saying, 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. And he
said unto all, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and
take up his cross daily, and follow me. For
whosoever would save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his
life for my sake, the same shall save it. For
what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose or forfeit
his own self? For whosoever shall be ashamed of
me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh
in his own glory, and the glory of the Father, and of the holy
angels. But I tell you of a truth, There are
some of them that stand here, who shall in no wise taste of death, till
they see the kingdom of God. And 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.
And as he was praying, the fashion of his
countenance was altered, and his raiment became white and
dazzling. And behold, there talked with him two
men, who were Moses and Elijah; who appeared in
glory, and spake of his decease which he was about to accomplish at
Jerusalem. Now 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. And 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
thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah: not knowing what he said.
And while he said these things, there came a
cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the
cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud,
saying, This is my Son, my chosen: hear ye him.
And 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. And it came to pass, on the
next day, when they were come down from the mountain, a great multitude
met him. And behold, a man from the multitude
cried, saying, Teacher, I beseech thee to look upon my son; for he is mine
only child: and behold, a spirit taketh him, and
he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth, and it hardly
departeth from him, bruising him sorely. And I
besought thy disciples to cast it out; and they could not.
And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and
perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and bear with you?
bring hither thy son. And as he was yet a
coming, the demon dashed him down, and tare him grievously. But
Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to
his father. And 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, Let these words
sink into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered up into the
hands of men. But they understood not this
saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it;
and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
And there arose a reasoning among them, which of
them was the greatest. But when Jesus saw the
reasoning of their heart, he took a little child, and set him by his side,
and said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this
little child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me
receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same
is great. And John answered and said, Master, we
saw one casting out demons in thy name; and we forbade him, because he
follows not with us. But Jesus said unto him,
Forbid him not: for he that is not against you is for you.
And it came to pass, when the days were
well-nigh come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face
to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before
his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to
make ready for him. And they did not receive
him, because his face was as though he were going to Jerusalem.
And when his disciples James and John saw
this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we bid fire to come down from
heaven, and consume them? But he turned, and
rebuked them. And they went to another village.
And as they went on the way, a certain man said
unto him, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
And Jesus said unto him, The foxes have holes,
and the birds of the heaven have nests; but the Son of man hath not
where to lay his head. And he said unto another,
Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
But he said unto him, Leave the dead to bury
their own dead; but go thou and publish abroad the kingdom of God.
And another also said, I will follow thee, Lord;
but first suffer me to bid farewell to them that are at my house.
But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his
hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Now after these things the Lord appointed
seventy others, and sent them two and two before his face into every city
and place, whither he himself was about to come.
And he said unto them, The harvest indeed is
plenteous, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the
harvest, that he send forth laborers into his harvest.
Go your ways; behold, I send you forth as lambs
in the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no
wallet, no shoes; and salute no man on the way.
And into whatsoever house ye shall enter, first
say, Peace be to this house. And if a son
of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him: but if not, it shall
turn to you again. And 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.
And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they
receive you, eat such things as are set before you:
and heal the sick that are therein, and say unto
them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
But into whatsoever city ye shall enter, and
they receive you not, go out into the streets thereof and say,
Even the dust from your city, that cleaveth to
our feet, we wipe off against you: nevertheless know this, that the
kingdom of God is come nigh. I say unto you, it
shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee,
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. But it shall be more tolerable for
Tyre and Sidon in the judgment, than for you.
And thou, Capernaum, will thou be exalted unto
heaven? thou will be brought down unto Hades.
He that heareth you heareth me; and he that
rejecteth you rejecteth me; and he that rejecteth me rejecteth him that
sent me. And the seventy returned with joy,
saying, Lord, even the demons are subject unto us in thy name.
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan fallen as
lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you
authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of
the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you.
Nevertheless in this rejoice not, that the
spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice that your names are written in
heaven. In that same hour he rejoiced in the
Holy Spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
that thou didst hide these things from the wise and understanding, and
didst reveal them unto babes: yea, Father; for so it was well-pleasing in
thy sight. All things have been delivered unto
me of my Father: and no one knoweth who the Son is, save the Father; and
who the Father is, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to
reveal him. And turning to the
disciples, he said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the
things that ye see: for I say unto you, that
many prophets and kings desired to see the things which ye see, and saw
them not; and to hear the things which ye hear, and heard them not.
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and made
trial of him, saying, Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
And he said unto him, What is written in the
law? how readest thou? And he answering said,
Thou will love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy
soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor
as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast
answered right: this do, and thou will live.
But he, desiring to justify himself, said unto
Jesus, And who is my neighbor? Jesus 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. And by chance
a certain priest was going down that way: and when he saw him, he passed
by on the other side. And in like manner a
Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the
other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he
journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he was moved with
compassion, and came to him, and bound up his
wounds, pouring on them oil and wine; and he set him on his own
beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow he took out two shillings,
and gave them to the host, and said, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou
spendest more, I, when I come back again, will repay thee.
Which of these three, thinkest thou, proved
neighbor unto him that fell among the robbers?
And he said, He that showed mercy on him. And
Jesus said unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Now as they went on their way, he entered into
a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her
house. And she had a sister called Mary, who
also sat at the Lord's feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving; and
she came up to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister did
leave me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
But the Lord answered and said unto her,
Martha, Martha, thou art anxious and troubled about many things:
but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen
the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
And it came to pass, as he was praying in a
certain place, that when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him,
Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his disciples.
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say,
Father, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins; for we ourselves also
forgive every one that is indebted to us. And bring us not into
temptation. And 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; for a friend of
mine is come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him;
and 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 thee? I 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 needeth.
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given
you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he
that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
And of which of you that is a father shall his
son ask a loaf, and he give him a stone? or a fish, and he for a fish give
him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an
egg, will he give him a scorpion? If ye 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? And he was casting out a demon that
was dumb. And it came to pass, when the demon was gone out, the dumb
man spake; and the multitudes marvelled. But
some of them said, By Beelzebub the prince of the demons casteth he out
demons. And others, trying him, sought
of him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing
their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is
brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.
And if Satan also is divided against himself,
how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out demons by
Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out
demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your
judges. But if I by the finger of God cast out
demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you.
When the strong man fully armed guardeth
his own court, his goods are in peace: but when
a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from
him his whole armor wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
He that is not with me is against me; and he
that gathereth not with me scattereth. The
unclean spirit when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless
places, seeking rest, and finding none, he says, I will turn back unto my
house whence I came out. And when he is come,
he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth
he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more evil than himself;
and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man becometh
worse than the first. And 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 thee, and the
breasts which thou didst suck. But he said, Yea
rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
And when the multitudes were gathering together
unto him, he began to say, This generation is an evil generation: it
seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it but the sign
of Jonah. For even as Jonah became a sign unto
the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.
The 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. The 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. No man, when he
hath lighted a lamp, putteth it in a cellar, neither under the bushel, but
on the stand, that they which enter in may see the light.
The lamp of thy body is thine eye: when thine
eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when it is evil,
thy body also is full of darkness. Look
therefore whether the light that is in thee be not darkness.
If therefore thy 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 doth give thee light.
Now as he spake, a Pharisee asketh him to dine
with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.
And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that
he had not first bathed himself before dinner.
And the Lord said unto him, Now ye the
Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter; but your
inward part is full of extortion and wickedness.
Ye foolish ones, did not he that made the
outside make the inside also? But give for alms
those things which are within; and behold, all things are clean unto you.
But woe unto you Pharisees! for ye tithe mint
and rue and every herb, and pass over justice and the love of God: but
these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Woe unto you Pharisees! for ye love the chief
seats in the synagogues, and the salutations in the marketplaces.
Woe unto you! for ye are as the tombs which
appear not, and the men that walk over them know it not.
And one of the lawyers answering says unto
him, Teacher, in saying this thou reproachest us also.
And he said, Woe unto you lawyers also! for ye
load men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not
the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe unto
you! for ye build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
So ye are witnesses and consent unto the works
of your fathers: for they killed them, and ye build their tombs.
Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will
send unto them prophets and apostles; and some of them they shall
kill and persecute; that the blood of all the
prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required
of this generation; from the blood of Abel unto
the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary:
yea, I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.
Woe unto you lawyers! for ye took away the key
of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in
ye hindered. And when he was come out from
thence, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press upon him
vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things;
laying wait for him, to catch something out of
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 ye of the
leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. But
there is nothing covered up, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that
shall not be known. Wherefore whatsoever ye have
said in the darkness shall be heard in the light; and what ye have spoken
in the ear in the inner chambers shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
And 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.
But I will warn you whom ye shall fear: Fear
him, who after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say
unto you, Fear him. Are not five sparrows sold
for two pence? and not one of them is forgotten in the sight of God.
But the very hairs of your head are all
numbered. Fear not: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
And 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: but he that denieth me in the presence of
men shall be denied in the presence of the angels of God.
And every one who shall speak a word against
the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth
against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven.
And when they bring you before the synagogues,
and the rulers, and the authorities, be not anxious how or what ye shall
answer, or what ye shall say: for the Holy
Spirit shall teach you in that very hour what ye ought to say.
And one out of the multitude said unto him,
Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.
But he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge
or a divider over you? And he said unto them,
Take heed, and keep yourselves from all covetousness: for a man's life
consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The
ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
and he reasoned within himself, saying, What
shall I do, because I have not where to bestow my fruits?
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down
my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my grain and my
goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou
hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, be
merry. But God said unto him, Thou foolish one,
this night is thy soul required of thee; and the things which thou hast
prepared, whose shall they be? So is he that
layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say
unto you, Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat; nor yet
for your body, what ye shall put on. For the
life is more than the food, and the body than the raiment.
Consider the ravens, that they sow not, neither
reap; which have no store-chamber nor barn; and God feedeth them: of how
much more value are ye than the birds! And
which of you by being anxious can add a cubit unto the measure of his
life? If then ye are not able to do even that
which is least, why are ye anxious concerning the rest?
Consider 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. But if
God doth so clothe the grass in the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow
is cast into the oven; how much more shall he clothe you, O ye of
little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall
eat, and what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
For all these things do the nations of the
world seek after: but your Father knoweth that ye have need of these
things. Yet seek ye his kingdom, and these
things shall be added unto you. Fear not,
little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the
kingdom. Sell that which ye have, and give
alms; make for yourselves purses which wax not old, a treasure in the
heavens that faileth not, where no thief draweth near, neither moth
destroyeth. For where your treasure is, there
will your heart be also. Let your loins be
girded about, and your lamps burning; and be ye
yourselves like unto men looking for their lord, when he shall return from
the marriage feast; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may
straightway open unto him. Blessed are those
servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say
unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and
shall come and serve them. And if he shall come
in the second watch, and if in the third, and find them so blessed
are those servants. But 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.
Be ye also ready: for in an hour that ye think
not the Son of man cometh. And Peter said,
Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even unto all?
And 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? Blessed is
that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Of a truth I say unto you, that he will set him
over all that he hath. But if that servant
shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to
beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be
drunken; the lord of that servant shall come in
a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not, and shall
cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the unfaithful.
And that servant, who knew his lord's will, and
made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many
stripes; but 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 the more. I
came to cast fire upon the earth; and what do I desire, if it is already
kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized
with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
Think ye that I am come to give peace in the
earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
for there shall be from henceforth five in one
house divided, three against two, and two against three.
They 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. And he said to the
multitudes also, When ye see a cloud rising in the west, straightway ye
say, There cometh a shower; and so it cometh to pass.
And when ye see a south wind blowing, ye
say, There will be a scorching heat; and it cometh to pass.
Ye hypocrites, ye know how to interpret the
face of the earth and the heaven; but how is it that ye know not how to
interpret this time? And why even of yourselves
judge ye not what is right? For as thou art
going with thine adversary before the magistrate, on the way give
diligence to be quit of him; lest haply he drag thee unto the judge, and
the judge shall deliver thee to the officer, and the officer shall cast
thee into prison. I say unto thee, Thou will
by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the very last mite.
Now there were some present at that very season
who told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their
sacrifices. And he answered and said unto them,
Think ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans,
because they have suffered these things? I tell
you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.
Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam
fell, and killed them, think ye that they were offenders above all the men
that dwell in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but,
except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
And he spake this parable; A certain man had a
fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit thereon, and
found none. And he said unto the vinedresser,
Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find
none: cut it down; why doth it also cumber the ground?
And he answering says unto him, Lord, let it
alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
and if it bear fruit thenceforth, well;
but if not, thou will cut it down. And he was
teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath day.
And behold, a woman that had a spirit of
infirmity eighteen years; and she was bowed together, and could in no wise
lift herself up. And when Jesus saw her, he
called her, and said to her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
And he laid his hands upon her: and immediately
she was made straight, and glorified God. And
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. But the Lord
answered him, and said, Ye hypocrites, doth not each one of you on the
sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to
watering? And ought not this woman, being a
daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound, lo, these eighteen
years, to have been loosed from this bond on the day of the sabbath?
And as he said these things, all his
adversaries were put to shame: and all the multitude rejoiced for all the
glorious things that were done by him. He said
therefore, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I
liken it? It 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.
And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the
kingdom of God? It is like unto leaven, which a
woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened.
And he went on his way through cities and
villages, teaching, and journeying on unto Jerusalem.
And one said unto him, Lord, are they few that
are saved? And he said unto them, Strive to
enter in by the narrow door: for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter
in, and shall not be able. When once the master
of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye 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 whence ye are;
then shall ye begin to say, We did eat and
drink in thy presence, and thou didst teach in our streets;
and he shall say, I tell you, I know not whence
ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
There shall be the weeping and the gnashing of
teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the
prophets, in the kingdom of God, and yourselves cast forth without.
And they shall come from the east and west, and
from the north and south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
And behold, there are last who shall be first,
and there are first who shall be last. In that
very hour there came certain Pharisees, saying to him, Get thee out, and
go hence: for Herod would fain kill thee. And
he said unto them, Go and say to that fox, Behold, I cast out demons and
perform cures to-day and to-morrow, and the third day I am
perfected. Nevertheless I must go on my way
to-day and to-morrow and the day following: for it cannot be that a
prophet perish out of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem,
Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto
her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen
gathereth her own brood under her wings, and ye would not!
Behold, your house is left unto you
desolate: and I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until ye shall
say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
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. And behold, there was before
him a certain man that had the dropsy. And Jesus
answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to
heal on the sabbath, or not? But they held their
peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go.
And he said unto them, Which of you shall have
an ass or an ox fallen into a well, and will not straightway draw him up
on a sabbath day? And they could not answer
again unto these things. And he spake a parable
unto those that were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief
seats; saying unto them, When thou art bidden of
any man to a marriage feast, sit not down in the chief seat; lest haply a
more honorable man than thou be bidden of him,
and he that bade thee and him shall come and say
to thee, Give this man place; and then thou will begin with shame to take
the lowest place. But when thou art bidden, go
and sit down in the lowest place; that when he that hath bidden thee
cometh, he may say to thee, Friend, go up higher: then will thou have
glory in the presence of all that sit at meat with thee.
For everyone that exalteth himself shall be
humbled; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
And he said to him also that had bidden him,
When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy
brethren, nor thy kinsmen, nor rich neighbors; lest haply they also bid
thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But
when thou makest a feast, bid the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
and thou will be blessed; because they have
not wherewith to recompense thee: for thou will be recompensed in
the resurrection of the just. And when one of
them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him,
Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
But he said unto him, A certain man made a
great supper; and he bade many: and he sent
forth his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come;
for all things are now ready. And they
all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him,
I have bought a field, and I must needs go out and see it; I pray thee
have me excused. And another said, I have
bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them; I pray thee have me
excused. And another said, I have married a
wife, and therefore I cannot come. And the
servant came, and told his lord 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 hither the poor and maimed and blind and lame.
And the servant said, Lord, what thou didst
command is done, and yet there is room. And 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.
For I say unto you, that none of those men that
were bidden shall taste of my supper. Now there
went with him great multitudes: and he turned, and said unto them,
If any man cometh unto me, and hates not his
own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters,
yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Whosoever doth not bear his own cross, and come
after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of
you, desiring to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the
cost, whether he have wherewith to complete it?
Lest haply, when he hath laid a foundation, and
is not able to finish, all that behold begin to mock him,
saying, This man began to build, and was not
able to finish. Or what king, as he goeth 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 cometh against him
with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other
is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and asketh conditions of
peace. So therefore whosoever he be of you that
renounceth not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Salt therefore is good: but if even the salt
have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
It is fit neither for the land nor for the
dunghill: men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Now all the publicans and sinners were drawing
near unto him to hear him. And both the
Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners,
and eateth with them. And he spake unto them
this parable, saying, What man of you, having a
hundred sheep, and having lost one of them, doth not leave the ninety and
nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his
shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home,
he calleth together his friends and his neighbors, saying unto them,
Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.
I say unto you, that even so there shall be joy
in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and
nine righteous persons, who need no repentance.
Or what woman having ten pieces of silver, if
she lose one piece, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek
diligently until she find it? And when she hath
found it, she calleth together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice
with me, for I have found the piece which I had lost.
Even so, I say unto you, there is joy in the
presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
And he said, A certain man had two sons:
and the younger of them said to his father,
Father, give me the portion of thy substance that falleth to me.
And he divided unto them his living. And not
many days after, the younger son gathered all together and took his
journey into a far country; and there he wasted his substance with riotous
living. And when he had spent all, there arose
a mighty famine in that country; and he began to be in want.
And he went and joined himself to one of the
citizens of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
And he would fain have filled his belly with
the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
But when he came to himself he said, How many
hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish
here with hunger! I will arise and go to my
father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and
in thy sight: I am no more worthy to be called
your son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
And he arose, and came to his father. But while
he was yet afar off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion,
and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
And the son said unto him, Father, I have
sinned against heaven, and in thy sight: I am no more worthy to be called
thy son. But 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: and bring the
fatted calf, and kill it, and let us eat, and make merry:
for this my son was dead, and is alive again;
he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he
came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.
And he called to him one of the servants, and
inquired what these things might be. And he
said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted
calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
But he was angry, and would not go in: and his
father came out, and entreated him. But he
answered and said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, and
I never transgressed a commandment of thine; and yet thou never
gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
but when this thy son came, who hath devoured
thy living with harlots, thou killedst for him the fatted calf.
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with
me, and all that is mine is thine. But it was
meet to make merry and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is
alive again; and was lost, and is found.
And he said also unto the disciples, There was a
certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused unto him
that he was wasting his goods. And he called
him, and said unto him, What is this that I hear of thee? render the
account of thy stewardship; for thou canst be no longer steward.
And the steward said within himself, What shall
I do, seeing that my lord taketh away the stewardship from me? I have not
strength to dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am
resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may
receive me into their houses. And calling to him
each one of his lord's debtors, he said to the first, How much owest thou
unto my lord? And he said, A hundred measures of
oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bond, and sit down quickly and write
fifty. Then said he to another, And how much
owest thou? And he said, A hundred measures of wheat. He says unto him,
Take thy bond, and write fourscore. And 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. And 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.
He 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. If therefore ye have
not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust
the true riches? And if ye have not been
faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your
own? No 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. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
And the Pharisees, who were lovers of money,
heard all these things; and they scoffed at him.
And he said unto them, Ye are they that justify
yourselves in the sight of men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that
which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
The law and the prophets were until
John: from that time the gospel of the kingdom of God is preached, and
every man entereth violently into it. But it is
easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one tittle of the law
to fall. Every one that putteth away his wife,
and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth one that
is put away from a husband committeth adultery.
Now there was a certain rich man, and he was
clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day:
and a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at
his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed
with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table; yea, even the
dogs come and licked his sores. And it came to
pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels
into Abraham's bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried.
And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in
torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And 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.
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in
thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil
things: but now here he is comforted and thou art in anguish.
And besides all this, between us and you there
is a great gulf fixed, that they that would pass from hence to you may not
be able, and that none may cross over from thence to us.
And he said, I pray thee therefore, father,
that thou wouldest send him to my father's house;
for I have five brethren; that he may testify
unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
But Abraham says, They have Moses and the
prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay,
father Abraham: but if one go to them from the dead, they will repent.
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses
and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, if one rise from the
And he said unto his disciples, It is impossible
but that occasions of stumbling should come; but woe unto him, through
whom they come! It were well 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.
Take heed to yourselves: if thy brother sin,
rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And
if he sin against thee seven times in the day, and seven times turn again
to thee, saying, I repent; thou will forgive him.
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase
our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as
a grain of mustard seed, ye would say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou
rooted up, and be thou planted in the sea; and it would obey you.
But 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 straightway and sit down to meat;
and will not rather say unto him, Make ready
wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and
drunken; and afterward thou will eat and drink?
Doth he thank the servant because he did the
things that were commanded? Even so ye also,
when ye 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.
And it came to pass, as they were on their way
to Jerusalem, that he was passing along the borders of Samaria and
Galilee. And as he entered into a certain
village, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off:
and they lifted up their voices, saying, Jesus,
Master, have mercy on us. And 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. And one
of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, with a loud voice
glorifying God; and he fell upon his face at
his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
And Jesus answering said, Were not the ten
cleansed? but where are the nine? Were there
none found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger?
And he said unto him, Arise, and go thy way:
thy faith hath made thee whole. And being asked
by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God cometh, he answered them and
said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, There!
for lo, the kingdom of God is within you. And
he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to
see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
And they shall say to you, Lo, there! Lo, here!
go not away, nor follow after them: for
as the lightning, when it lighteneth out of the one part under the heaven,
shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall the Son of man be in
his day. But first must he suffer many things
and be rejected of this generation. And as it
came to pass in the days of Noah, even so shall it be also in the days of
the Son of man. They 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.
Likewise even as it came to pass in the days of
Lot; they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they
builded; but in the day that Lot went out from
Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all:
after the same manner shall it be in the day
that the Son of man is revealed. In 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. Remember Lot's wife.
Whosoever shall seek to gain his life shall
lose it: but whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
I 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.
There shall be two women grinding together; the
one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
There shall be two men in the field; the one
shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
And they answering say unto him, Where, Lord?
And he said unto them, Where the body is, thither will the eagles
also be gathered together.
And he spake a parable unto them to the end that
they ought always to pray, and not to faint;
saying, There was in a city a judge, who feared
not God, and regarded not man: and there was a
widow in that city; and she came oft unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine
adversary. And he would not for a while: but
afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
yet because this widow troubleth me, I will
avenge her, lest she wear me out by her continual coming.
And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous
judge says. And shall not God avenge his elect,
that cry to him day and night, and yet he is longsuffering over
them? I say unto you, that he will avenge them
speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on
the earth? And he spake also this parable unto
certain who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and set all
others at nought: Two men went up into the
temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with
himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as the rest of men,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all
that I get. But the publican, standing afar
off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote his
breast, saying, God, be thou merciful to me a sinner.
I say unto you, This man went down to his house
justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall
be humbled; but he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
And they were bringing unto him also their
babes, that he should touch them: but when the disciples saw it, they
rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him,
saying, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not:
for to such belongeth the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not
receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall in no wise enter
therein. And a certain ruler asked him, saying,
Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me
good? none is good, save one, even God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit
adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor thy
father and mother. And he said, All these
things have I observed from my youth up. And
when Jesus heard it, he said unto him, One thing thou lackest yet: sell
all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou will have
treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. But
when he heard these things, he became exceeding sorrowful; for he was very
rich. And Jesus seeing him said, How hardly
shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
For it is easier for a camel to enter in
through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of
God. And they that heard it said, Then who can
be saved? But he said, The things which are
impossible with men are possible with God. And
Peter said, Lo, we have left our own, and followed thee.
And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you,
There is no man that hath left house, or wife, or brethren, or parents, or
children, for the kingdom of God's sake, who
shall not receive manifold more in this time, and in the world to come
eternal life. And he took unto him the twelve,
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. For he shall be delivered up unto the
Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and shamefully treated, and spit upon:
and they shall scourge and kill him: and the
third day he shall rise again. And they
understood none of these things; and this saying was hid from them, and
they perceived not the things that were said.
And it came to pass, as he drew nigh unto
Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired
what this meant. And they told him that Jesus
of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying,
Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And
they that went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he
cried out the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be
brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? And
he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And
Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight; thy faith hath made thee whole.
And immediately he received his sight, and
followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave
praise unto God.
And he entered and was passing through Jericho.
And behold, a man called by name Zacchaeus; and
he was a chief publican, and he was rich. And he
sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the crowd, because he
was little of stature. And he ran on before, and
climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up,
and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to-day I must
abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came
down, and received him joyfully. And when they
saw it, they all murmured, saying, He is gone in to lodge with a man that
is a sinner. And 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 aught of any man, I restore fourfold.
And Jesus said unto him, To-day is salvation
come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
For the Son of man came to seek and to save
that which was lost. And as they heard these
things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem,
and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was immediately
to appear. He said therefore, A certain
nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to
return. And he called ten servants of his, and
gave them ten pounds, and said unto them, Trade ye herewith till I
come. But his citizens hated him, and sent an
ambassage after him, saying, We will not that this man reign over us.
And it came to pass, when he was 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. And the first came
before him, saying, Lord, thy pound hath made ten pounds more.
And he said unto him, Well done, thou good
servant: because thou wast found faithful in a very little, have thou
authority over ten cities. And the second came,
saying, Thy pound, Lord, hath made five pounds.
And he said unto him also, Be thou also over
five cities. And another came, saying, Lord,
behold, here is thy pound, which I kept laid up in a napkin:
for I feared thee, because thou art an austere
man: thou takest up that which thou layedst not down, and reapest that
which thou didst not sow. He says unto him,
Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou
knewest that I am an austere man, taking up that which I laid not down,
and reaping that which I did not sow; then
wherefore gavest thou not my money into the bank, and I at my coming
should have required it with interest? And he
said unto them that stood by, Take away from him the pound, and give it
unto him that hath the ten pounds. And they
said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds. I say
unto you, that unto every one that hath shall be given; but from him that
hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away from him.
But these mine enemies, that would not that I
should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
And when he had thus spoken, he went on before,
going up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass,
when he drew nigh unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called
Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying,
Go your way into the village over against you; in which as ye enter
ye shall find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat: loose him, and
bring him. And if any one ask you, Why do ye
loose him? thus shall ye say, The Lord hath need of him.
And they that were sent went away, and found
even as he had said unto them. And as they were
loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the
colt? And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
And they brought him to Jesus: and they threw
their garments upon the colt, and set Jesus thereon.
And as he went, they spread their garments in
the way. And as he was now drawing nigh,
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; saying,
Blessed is the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in
heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of
the Pharisees from the multitude said unto him, Teacher, rebuke thy
disciples. And he answered and said, I tell you
that, if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.
And when he drew nigh, he saw the city and wept
over it, saying, If thou hadst known in this
day, even thou, the things which belong unto peace! but now they are hid
from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon
thee, when thine enemies shall cast up a bank about thee, and compass thee
round, and keep thee in on every side, and
shall dash thee to the ground, and thy children within thee; and they
shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not
the time of thy visitation. And he entered into
the temple, and began to cast out them that sold,
saying unto them, It is written, And my house
shall be a house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of robbers.
And 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: and they could not find
what they might do; for the people all hung upon him, listening.
And it came to pass, on one of the days, as he
was teaching the people in the temple, and preaching the gospel, there
came upon him the chief priests and the scribes with the elders;
and they spake, saying unto him, Tell us: By
what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this
authority? And he answered and said unto them, I
also will ask you a question; and tell me: The
baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men?
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we
shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why did ye not believe him?
But if we shall say, From men; all the people
will stone us: for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.
And they answered, that they knew not whence
it was. And Jesus said unto them, Neither
tell I you by what authority I do these things.
And he began to speak unto the people this
parable: A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to husbandmen, and went
into another country for a long time. And at
the season he sent unto the husbandmen a servant, that they should give
him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent
him away empty. And he sent yet another
servant: and him also they beat, and handled him shamefully, and sent him
away empty. And he sent yet a third: and him
also they wounded, and cast him forth. And the
lord of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; it
may be they will reverence him. But 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.
And they cast him forth out of the vineyard,
and killed him. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do unto them?
He will come and destroy these husbandmen, and
will give the vineyard unto others. And when they heard it, they said, God
forbid. But 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?
Every one that falleth on that stone shall be
broken to pieces; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will scatter him as
dust. And 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 spake this parable against them.
And they watched him, and sent forth spies, who
feigned themselves to be righteous, that they might take hold of his
speech, so as to deliver him up to the rule and to the authority of the
governor. And they asked him, saying, Teacher,
we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, and acceptest not the
person of any, but of a truth teachest the way of God:
Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto
Caesar, or not? But he perceived their
craftiness, and said unto them, Show me a
denarius. Whose image and superscription hath it? And they said, Caesar's.
And he said unto them, Then render unto Caesar
the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's.
And they were not able to take hold of the
saying before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their
peace. And there came to him certain of the
Sadducees, they that say that there is no resurrection;
and they asked him, saying, Teacher, Moses
wrote unto us, that if a man's brother die, having a wife, and he be
childless, his brother should take the wife, and raise up seed unto his
brother. There were therefore seven brethren:
and the first took a wife, and died childless;
and the second: and
the third took her; and likewise the seven also left no children, and
died. Afterward the woman also died.
In the resurrection therefore whose wife of
them shall she be? for the seven had her to wife.
And Jesus said unto them, The sons of this
world marry, and are given in marriage: but
they that are accounted worthy to attain to that world, and the
resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
for neither can they die any more: for they are
equal unto the angels; and are sons of God, being sons of the
resurrection. But that the dead are raised,
even Moses showed, in the place concerning the Bush, when he
calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of
Jacob. Now he is not the God of the dead, but
of the living: for all live unto him. And
certain of the scribes answering said, Teacher, thou hast well said.
For they durst not any more ask him any
question. And he said unto them, How say they
that the Christ is David's son? For David
himself says in the book of Psalms,
The Lord said unto my Lord,
Sit thou on my right hand,
Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy
David therefore calleth him Lord, and how is he
his son? And in the hearing of all the people
he said unto his disciples, Beware 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; who devour widows' houses, and for a
pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater condemnation.
And he looked up, and saw the rich men that were
casting their gifts into the treasury. And he
saw a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, This
poor widow cast in more than they all: for all
these did of their superfluity cast in unto the gifts; but she of her want
did cast in all the living that she had. And as
some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and
offerings, he said, As for these things which ye
behold, the days will come, in which there shall not be left here one
stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
And 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? And he
said, Take heed that ye be not led astray: for many shall come in my name,
saying, I am he; and, The time is at hand: go ye not after them.
And when ye shall hear of wars and tumults, be
not terrified: for these things must needs come to pass first; but the end
is not immediately. Then said he unto them,
Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
and there shall be great earthquakes, and in
divers places famines and pestilences; and there shall be terrors and
great signs from heaven. But before all these
things, 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 name's sake. It shall turn
out unto you for a testimony. Settle it
therefore in your hearts, not to meditate beforehand how to answer:
for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which
all your adversaries shall not be able to withstand or to gainsay.
But ye 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. And ye shall be hated
of all men for my name's sake. And not a hair
of your head shall perish. In your patience ye
shall win your souls. But when ye see Jerusalem
compassed with armies, then know that her desolation is at hand.
Then 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.
For these are days of vengeance, that all
things which are written may be fulfilled. Woe
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. And 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. And 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; men
fainting for fear, and for expectation of the things which are coming on
the world: for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
And then shall they see the Son of man coming
in a cloud with power and great glory. But when
these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads;
because your redemption draweth nigh. And he
spake to them a parable: Behold the fig tree, and all the trees:
when they now shoot forth, ye see it and know
of your own selves that the summer is now nigh.
Even so ye also, when ye see these things
coming to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall
not pass away, till all things be accomplished.
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words
shall not pass away. But take heed to
yourselves, lest haply your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and
drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you suddenly as
a snare: for so shall it come upon all
them that dwell on the face of all the earth.
But watch ye at every season, making
supplication, that ye may prevail to escape all these things that shall
come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
And every day he was teaching in the temple;
and every night he went out, and lodged in the mount that is called
Olivet. And all the people came early in the
morning to him in the temple, to hear him.
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh,
which is called the Passover. And the chief
priests and the scribes sought how they might put him to death; for they
feared the people. And Satan entered into Judas
who was called Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
And he went away, and communed with the chief
priests and captains, how he might deliver him unto them.
And they were glad, and covenanted to give him
money. And he consented, and sought opportunity
to deliver him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
And the day of unleavened bread came, on which
the passover must be sacrificed. And he sent
Peter and John, saying, Go and make ready for us the passover, that we may
eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou
that we make ready? And he said unto them,
Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall meet you a man
bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house whereinto he goeth.
And ye shall say unto the master of the house,
The Teacher says unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat
the passover with my disciples? And he will
show you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.
And they went, and found as he had said unto
them: and they made ready the passover. And
when the hour was come, he sat down, and the apostles with him.
And he said unto them, With desire I have
desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
for I say unto you, I shall not eat it, until
it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he
received a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said, Take this, and
divide it among yourselves: for I say unto you,
I shall not drink from henceforth of the fruit of the vine, until the
kingdom of God shall come. And 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.
And 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. But behold, the hand of
him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.
For the Son of man indeed goeth, as it hath
been determined: but woe unto that man through whom he is betrayed!
And they began to question among themselves,
which of them it was that should do this thing.
And there arose also a contention among them,
which of them was accounted to be greatest. And
he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles have lordship over them; and
they that have authority over them are called Benefactors.
But ye 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 doth serve. For which is
greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that
sitteth at meat? but I am in the midst of you as he that serveth.
But ye are they that have continued with me in
my temptations; and I appoint unto you a
kingdom, even as my Father appointed unto me,
that ye may eat and drink at my table in my
kingdom; and ye shall sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you,
that he might sift you as wheat: but I made
supplication for thee, that thy faith fail not; and do thou, when once
thou hast turned again, establish thy brethren.
And he said unto him, Lord, with thee I am
ready to go both to prison and to death. And he
said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, until thou
will thrice deny that thou knowest me. And he
said unto them, When I sent you forth without purse, and wallet, and
shoes, lacked ye anything? And they said, Nothing.
And he said unto them, But now, he that hath a
purse, let him take it, and likewise a wallet; and he that hath none, let
him sell his cloak, and buy a sword. For I say
unto you, that this which is written must be fulfilled in me, And he was
reckoned with transgressors: for that which concerneth me hath fulfilment.
And they said, Lord, behold, here are two
swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.
And he came out, and went, as his custom was,
unto the mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed him.
And when he was at the place, he said unto
them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
And he was parted from them about a stone's
cast; and he kneeled down and prayed, saying,
Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my
will, but thine, be done. And there appeared
unto him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly;
and his sweat became as it were great drops of blood falling down upon the
ground. And when he rose up from his prayer, he
came unto the disciples, and found them sleeping for sorrow,
and said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and
pray, that ye enter not into temptation. While
he yet spake, 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.
But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou
the Son of man with a kiss? And when they that
were about him saw what would follow, they said, Lord, shall we smite with
the sword? And a certain one of them smote the
servant of the high priest, and struck off his right ear.
But Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye
them thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
And Jesus said unto the chief priests, and
captains of the temple, and elders, that were come against him, Are ye
come out, as against a robber, with swords and staves?
When I was daily with you in the temple, ye
stretched not forth your hands against me: but this is your hour, and the
power of darkness. And they seized him, and led
him away, and brought him into the high priest's house. But Peter
followed afar off. And when they had kindled a
fire in the midst of the court, and had sat down together, Peter sat in
the midst of them. And a certain maid seeing
him as he sat in the light of the fire, and looking stedfastly upon
him, said, This man also was with him. But he
denied, saying, Woman, I know him not. And
after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou also art one
of them. But Peter said, Man, I am not. And
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.
But Peter said, Man, I know not what thou
sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
And 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 thou will deny me thrice.
And he went out, and wept bitterly.
And the men that held Jesus mocked him,
and beat him. And they blindfolded him, and
asked him, saying, Prophesy: who is he that struck thee?
And many other things spake they against him,
reviling him. And 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,
If thou art the Christ, tell us. But he said
unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:
and if I ask you, ye will not answer.
But from henceforth shall the Son of man be
seated at the right hand of the power of God.
And they all said, Art thou then the Son of
God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.
And they said, What further need have we of
witness? for we ourselves have heard from his own mouth.
And the whole company of them rose up, and
brought him before Pilate. And 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. And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou
the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest.
And Pilate said unto the chief priests and the
multitudes, I find no fault in this man. But
they were the more urgent, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching
throughout all Judaea, and beginning from Galilee even unto this place.
But when Pilate heard it, he asked whether the
man were a Galilaean. And when he knew that he
was of Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him unto Herod, who himself also was
at Jerusalem in these days. Now when Herod saw
Jesus, he was exceeding 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. And he questioned him in many
words; but he answered him nothing. And the
chief priests and the scribes stood, vehemently accusing him.
And Herod with his soldiers set him at nought,
and mocked him, and arraying him in gorgeous apparel sent him back to
Pilate. And Herod and Pilate became friends
with each other that very day: for before they were at enmity between
themselves. And Pilate called together the
chief priests and the rulers and the people,
and said unto them, Ye brought unto me this
man, as one that perverteth the people: and behold, I having examined him
before you, found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye
accuse him: no, nor yet Herod: for he sent him
back unto us; and behold, nothing worthy of death hath been done by him.
I will therefore chastise him, and release him.
Now he must needs release unto them at the
feast one prisoner. But they cried out all
together, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: --
one who for a certain insurrection made in the
city, and for murder, was cast into prison. And
Pilate spake unto them again, desiring to release Jesus;
but they shouted, saying, Crucify, crucify him.
And he said unto them the third time, Why, what
evil hath this man done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will
therefore chastise him and release him. But
they were urgent with loud voices, asking that he might be crucified. And
their voices prevailed. And Pilate gave
sentence that what they asked for should be done.
And 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. And 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.
And there followed him a great multitude of the
people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him.
But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of
Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your
children. For behold, the days are coming, in
which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never
bare, and the breasts that never gave suck.
Then shall they begin to say to the mountains,
Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if
they do these things in the green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
And there were also two others, malefactors,
led with him to be put to death. And 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.
And Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they
know not what they do. And parting his garments among them, they cast
lots. And 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. And
the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, offering him vinegar,
and saying, If thou art the King of the Jews,
save thyself. And there was also a
superscription over him, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
And one of the malefactors that were hanged
railed on him, saying, Art not thou the Christ? save thyself and us.
But the other answered, and rebuking him said,
Dost thou not even fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due
reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
And he said, Jesus, remember me when thou
comest in thy kingdom. And he said unto him,
Verily I say unto thee, To-day will thou be with me in Paradise.
And it was now about the sixth hour, and a
darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,
the sun's light failing: and the veil of the
temple was rent in the midst. And Jesus, crying
with a loud voice, said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and
having said this, he gave up the ghost. And
when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly
this was a righteous man. And all the
multitudes that came together to this sight, when they beheld the things
that were done, returned smiting their breasts.
And all his acquaintance, and the women that
followed with him from Galilee, stood afar off, seeing these things.
And behold, a man named Joseph, who was a
councillor, a good and righteous man (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:
this man went to Pilate, and asked for the body
of Jesus. And 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. And it was the day of
the Preparation, and the sabbath drew on. And
the women, who had come with him out of Galilee, followed after, and
beheld the tomb, and how his body was laid. And
they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. And on the sabbath they
rested according to the commandment.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn,
they came unto the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared.
And they found the stone rolled away from the
tomb. And they entered in, and found not the
body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass,
while they were perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in
dazzling apparel: and as they were affrighted
and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye
the living among the dead? He is not here, but
is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
saying that the Son of man must be delivered up
into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise
again. And they remembered his words,
and returned from the tomb, and told all these
things to the eleven, and to all the rest. Now
they were Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James:
and the other women with them told these things unto the apostles.
And these words appeared in their sight as idle
talk; and they disbelieved them. But Peter
arose, and ran unto the tomb; and stooping and looking in, he seeth the
linen cloths by themselves; and he departed to his home, wondering at that
which was come to pass. And behold, two of them
were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was threescore
furlongs from Jerusalem. And they communed with
each other of all these things which had happened.
And it came to pass, while they communed and
questioned together, that Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
But their eyes were holden that they should not
know him. And he said unto them, What
communications are these that ye have one with another, as ye walk? And
they stood still, looking sad. And one of them,
named Cleopas, answering said unto him, Dost thou alone sojourn in
Jerusalem and not know the things which are come to pass there in these
days? And 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:
and how the chief priests and our rulers
delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
But we hoped that it was he who should redeem
Israel. Yea and besides all this, it is now the third day since these
things came to pass. Moreover certain women of
our company amazed us, having been early at the tomb;
and when they found not his body, they came,
saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was
alive. And certain of them that were with us
went to the tomb, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they
saw not. And he said unto them, O foolish men,
and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
Behooved it not the Christ to suffer these
things, and to enter into his glory? And
beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them in
all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
And they drew nigh unto the village, whither
they were going: and he made as though he would go further.
And 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. And it came to pass, when
he had sat down with them to meat, he took the bread and blessed; and
breaking it he gave to them. And their
eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
And they said one to another, Was not our heart
burning within us, while he spake to us in the way, while he opened to us
the scriptures? And they rose up that very
hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together,
and them that were with them, saying, The Lord
is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
And they rehearsed the things that
happened in the way, and how he was known of them in the breaking of
the bread. And as they spake these things, he
himself stood in the midst of them, and says unto them, Peace be
unto you. But they were terrified and
affrighted, and supposed that they beheld a spirit.
And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and
wherefore do questionings arise in your heart?
See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself:
handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye behold me
having. And when he had said this, he showed
them his hands and his feet. And while they
still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here
anything to eat? And they gave him a piece of a
broiled fish. And he took it, and ate before
them. And he said unto them, These are my words
which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must
needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the
prophets, and the psalms, concerning me. Then
opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures;
and he said unto them, Thus it is written, that
the Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day;
and that repentance and remission of sins
should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from
Jerusalem. Ye are witnesses of these things.
And behold, I send forth the promise of my
Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city, until ye be clothed with power
from on high. And he led them out until they
were over against Bethany: and he lifted up his hands, and blessed
them. And it came to pass, while he blessed
them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.
And they worshipped him, and returned to
Jerusalem with great joy: and were continually
in the temple, blessing God.