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1:1 | The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ { Note: Messiah (Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) both mean “Anointed One” } , the son
1:1 of David, the son of Abraham.
1:2 | Abraham became the father of Isaac. Isaac became the father of Jacob. Jacob became the father of Judah and his brothers.
1:3 | Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron. Hezron became the father of Ram.
1:4 | Ram became the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon. Nahshon became the father of Salmon.
1:5 | Salmon became the father of Boaz by Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed by Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse.
1:6 | Jesse became the father of King David. David became the father of Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah.
1:7 | Solomon became the father of Rehoboam. Rehoboam became the father of Abijah. Abijah became the father of Asa.
1:8 | Asa became the father of Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat became the father of Joram. Joram became the father of Uzziah.
1:9 | Uzziah became the father of Jotham. Jotham became the father of Ahaz. Ahaz became the father of Hezekiah.
1:10 | Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh. Manasseh became the father of Amon. Amon became the father of Josiah.
1:11 | Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the exile to Babylon.
1:12 | After the exile to Babylon, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel. Shealtiel became the father of Zerubbabel.
1:13 | Zerubbabel became the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim. Eliakim became the father of Azor.
1:14 | Azor became the father of Sadoc. Sadoc became the father of Achim. Achim became the father of Eliud.
1:15 | Eliud became the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan. Matthan became the father of Jacob.
1:16 | Jacob became the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, from whom was born Jesus { Note: “Jesus” means “Salvation.” } , who is
1:16 called Christ.
1:17 | So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the exile to Babylon fourteen generations; and
1:17 from the carrying away to Babylon to the Christ, fourteen generations.
1:18 | Now the birth of Jesus Christ was like this; for after his mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was
1:18 found pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
1:19 | Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, intended to put her away secretly.
1:20 | But when he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David,
1:20 don’t be afraid to take to yourself Mary, your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
1:21 | She shall bring forth a son. You shall call his name Jesus, for it is he who shall save his people from their sins.”
1:22 | Now all this has happened, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying,
1:23 | “Behold, the virgin shall be with child,
1:23 and shall bring forth a son.
1:23 They shall call his name Immanuel;”
1:23 which is, being interpreted, “God with us.” { Note: Isaiah 7:14 }
1:24 | Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took his wife to himself;
1:25 | and didn’t know her sexually until she had brought forth her firstborn son. He named him Jesus.
2:1 | Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men { Note: The word for “wise men”
2:1 (magoi) can also mean teachers, scientists, physicians, astrologers, seers, interpreters of dreams, or sorcerers. } from the east came
2:1 to Jerusalem, saying,
2:2 | “Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.”
2:3 | When King Herod heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
2:4 | Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked them where the Christ would be born.
2:5 | They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is written through the prophet,
2:6 | ‘You Bethlehem, land of Judah,
2:6 are in no way least among the princes of Judah:
2:6 for out of you shall come forth a governor,
2:6 who shall shepherd my people, Israel.’” { Note: Micah 5:2 }
2:7 | Then Herod secretly called the wise men, and learned from them exactly what time the star appeared.
2:8 | He sent them to Bethlehem, and said, “Go and search diligently for the young child. When you have found him, bring me word, so
2:8 that I also may come and worship him.”
2:9 | They, having heard the king, went their way; and behold, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and
2:9 stood over where the young child was.
2:10 | When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
2:11 | They came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Opening their
2:11 treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
2:12 | Being warned in a dream that they shouldn’t return to Herod, they went back to their own country another way.
2:13 | Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise and take the young child and
2:13 his mother, and flee into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”
2:14 | He arose and took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt,
2:15 | and was there until the death of Herod; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out
2:15 of Egypt I called my son.” { Note: Hosea 11:1 }
2:16 | Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was exceedingly angry, and sent out, and killed all the male children
2:16 who were in Bethlehem and in all the surrounding countryside, from two years old and under, according to the exact time which he had
2:16 learned from the wise men.
2:17 | Then that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying,
2:18 | “A voice was heard in Ramah,
2:18 lamentation, weeping and great mourning,
2:18 Rachel weeping for her children;
2:18 she wouldn’t be comforted,
2:18 because they are no more.” { Note: Jeremiah 31:15 }
2:19 | But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying,
2:20 | “Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel, for those who sought the young child’s life are
2:20 dead.”
2:21 | He arose and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
2:22 | But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in the place of his father, Herod, he was afraid to go there. Being warned
2:22 in a dream, he withdrew into the region of Galilee,
2:23 | and came and lived in a city called Nazareth; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets: “He will be called
2:23 a Nazarene.”
3:1 | In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
3:2 | “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”
3:3 | For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying,
3:3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
3:3 make ready the way of the Lord.
3:3 Make his paths straight.” { Note: Isaiah 40:3 }
3:4 | Now John himself wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.
3:5 | Then people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him.
3:6 | They were baptized { Note: or, immersed } by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
3:7 | But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for his baptism, { Note: or, immersion } he said to them, “You
3:7 offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
3:8 | Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of repentance!
3:9 | Don’t think to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from
3:9 these stones.
3:10 | “Even now the axe lies at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast
3:10 into the fire.
3:11 | I indeed baptize { Note: or, immerse } you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am
3:11 not worthy to carry. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit. { Note: TR and NU add “and with fire” }
3:12 | His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but
3:12 the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.”
3:13 | Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
3:14 | But John would have hindered him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?”
3:15 | But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he
3:15 allowed him.
3:16 | Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God
3:16 descending as a dove, and coming on him.
3:17 | Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
4:1 | Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
4:2 | When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward.
4:3 | The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4:4 | But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of
4:4 God.’” { Note: Deuteronomy 8:3 }
4:5 | Then the devil took him into the holy city. He set him on the pinnacle of the temple,
4:6 | and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will put his angels in charge of you.’
4:6 and,
4:6 ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
4:6 so that you don’t dash your foot against a stone.’” { Note: Psalm 91:11-12 }
4:7 | Jesus said to him, “Again, it is written, ‘You shall not test the Lord, your God.’” { Note: Deuteronomy 6:16 }
4:8 | Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory.
4:9 | He said to him, “I will give you all of these things, if you will fall down and worship me.”
4:10 | Then Jesus said to him, “Get behind me, { Note: TR and NU read “Go away” instead of “Get behind me” } Satan! For it is
4:10 written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.’” { Note: Deuteronomy 6:13 }
4:11 | Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and served him.
4:12 | Now when Jesus heard that John was delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee.
4:13 | Leaving Nazareth, he came and lived in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
4:14 | that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
4:15 | “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
4:15 toward the sea, beyond the Jordan,
4:15 Galilee of the Gentiles,
4:16 | the people who sat in darkness saw a great light,
4:16 to those who sat in the region and shadow of death,
4:16 to them light has dawned.” { Note: Isaiah 9:1-2 }
4:17 | From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
4:18 | Walking by the sea of Galilee, he { Note: TR reads “Jesus” instead of “he” } saw two brothers: Simon, who is called Peter, and
4:18 Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
4:19 | He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men.”
4:20 | They immediately left their nets and followed him.
4:21 | Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their
4:21 father, mending their nets. He called them.
4:22 | They immediately left the boat and their father, and followed him.
4:23 | Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every disease
4:23 and every sickness among the people.
4:24 | The report about him went out into all Syria. They brought to him all who were sick, afflicted with various diseases and torments,
4:24 possessed with demons, epileptics, and paralytics; and he healed them.
4:25 | Great multitudes from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and from beyond the Jordan followed him.
5:1 | Seeing the multitudes, he went up onto the mountain. When he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
5:2 | He opened his mouth and taught them, saying,
5:3 | “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
5:3 for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. { Note: Isaiah 57:15; 66:2 }
5:4 | Blessed are those who mourn,
5:4 for they shall be comforted. { Note: Isaiah 61:2; 66:10,13 }
5:5 | Blessed are the gentle,
5:5 for they shall inherit the earth. { Note: or, land. Psalm 37:11 }
5:6 | Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,
5:6 for they shall be filled.
5:7 | Blessed are the merciful,
5:7 for they shall obtain mercy.
5:8 | Blessed are the pure in heart,
5:8 for they shall see God.
5:9 | Blessed are the peacemakers,
5:9 for they shall be called children of God.
5:10 | Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
5:10 for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
5:10
5:11 | “Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
5:12 | Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before
5:12 you.
5:13 | “You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavor, with what will it be salted? It is then good for nothing,
5:13 but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men.
5:14 | You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden.
5:15 | Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house.
5:16 | Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
5:17 | “Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill.
5:18 | For most certainly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter { Note: literally, iota } or one
5:18 tiny pen stroke { Note: or, serif } shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished.
5:19 | Whoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of
5:19 Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
5:20 | For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into
5:20 the Kingdom of Heaven.
5:21 | “You have heard that it was said to the ancient ones, ‘You shall not murder;’ { Note: Exodus 20:13 } and ‘Whoever shall murder
5:21 shall be in danger of the judgment.’
5:22 | But I tell you, that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause { Note: NU omits “without a cause”. } shall be in
5:22 danger of the judgment; and whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca { Note: “Raca” is an Aramaic insult, related to the word for “empty”
5:22 and conveying the idea of empty-headedness. } !’ shall be in danger of the council; and whoever shall say, ‘You fool!’ shall be in
5:22 danger of the fire of Gehenna. { Note: or, Hell }
5:23 | “If therefore you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you,
5:24 | leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
5:25 | Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are with him in the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor deliver you to the judge, and the
5:25 judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.
5:26 | Most certainly I tell you, you shall by no means get out of there, until you have paid the last penny. { Note: literally, kodrantes.
5:26 A kodrantes was a small copper coin worth about 2 lepta (widow’s mites)—not enough to buy very much of anything. }
5:27 | “You have heard that it was said, { Note: TR adds “to the ancients,” } ‘You shall not commit adultery;’ { Note: Exodus 20:14 }
5:28 | but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
5:29 | If your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of
5:29 your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna. { Note: or, Hell }
5:30 | If your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of
5:30 your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna. { Note: or, Hell }
5:31 | “It was also said, ‘Whoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorce,’ { Note: Deuteronomy 24:1 }
5:32 | but I tell you that whoever puts away his wife, except for the cause of sexual immorality, makes her an adulteress; and whoever
5:32 marries her when she is put away commits adultery.
5:33 | “Again you have heard that it was said to them of old time, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall perform to the Lord your
5:33 vows,’
5:34 | but I tell you, don’t swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God;
5:35 | nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
5:36 | Neither shall you swear by your head, for you can’t make one hair white or black.
5:37 | But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No.’ Whatever is more than these is of the evil one.
5:38 | “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ { Note: Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy
5:38 19:21 }
5:39 | But I tell you, don’t resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.
5:40 | If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.
5:41 | Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
5:42 | Give to him who asks you, and don’t turn away him who desires to borrow from you.
5:43 | “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, { Note: Leviticus 19:18 } and hate your enemy. { Note: not in the
5:43 Bible, but see Qumran Manual of Discipline Ix, 21-26 } ’
5:44 | But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you
5:44 and persecute you,
5:45 | that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends
5:45 rain on the just and the unjust.
5:46 | For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same?
5:47 | If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same?
5:48 | Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
6:1 | “Be careful that you don’t do your charitable giving before men, to be seen by them, or else you have no reward
6:1 from your Father who is in heaven.
6:2 | Therefore when you do merciful deeds, don’t sound a trumpet before yourself, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the
6:2 streets, that they may get glory from men. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward.
6:3 | But when you do merciful deeds, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand does,
6:4 | so that your merciful deeds may be in secret, then your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
6:5 | “When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners
6:5 of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most certainly, I tell you, they have received their reward.
6:6 | But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your
6:6 Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
6:7 | In praying, don’t use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.
6:8 | Therefore don’t be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him.
6:9 | Pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
6:10 | Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.
6:11 | Give us today our daily bread.
6:12 | Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
6:13 | Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.
6:13 Amen. { Note: NU omits “For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.” } ’
6:14 | “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
6:15 | But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
6:16 | “Moreover when you fast, don’t be like the hypocrites, with sad faces. For they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen
6:16 by men to be fasting. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward.
6:17 | But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;
6:18 | so that you are not seen by men to be fasting, but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will
6:18 reward you.
6:19 | “Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal;
6:20 | but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and
6:20 steal;
6:21 | for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
6:22 | “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light.
6:23 | But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is
6:23 the darkness!
6:24 | “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise
6:24 the other. You can’t serve both God and Mammon.
6:25 | Therefore, I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body,
6:25 what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
6:26 | See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t
6:26 you of much more value than they?
6:27 | “Which of you, by being anxious, can add one moment { Note: literally, cubit } to his lifespan?
6:28 | Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin,
6:29 | yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these.
6:30 | But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won’t he much more clothe
6:30 you, you of little faith?
6:31 | “Therefore don’t be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘With what will we be clothed?’
6:32 | For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
6:33 | But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.
6:34 | Therefore don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day’s own evil is sufficient.
7:1 | “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged.
7:2 | For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured
7:2 to you.
7:3 | Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but don’t consider the beam that is in your own eye?
7:4 | Or how will you tell your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye;’ and behold, the beam is in your own eye?
7:5 | You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s
7:5 eye.
7:6 | “Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their
7:6 feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
7:7 | “Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.
7:8 | For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.
7:9 | Or who is there among you, who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
7:10 | Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent?
7:11 | If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give
7:11 good things to those who ask him!
7:12 | Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
7:13 | “Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who
7:13 enter in by it.
7:14 | How { Note: TR reads “Because” instead of “How” } narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those
7:14 who find it.
7:15 | “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.
7:16 | By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
7:17 | Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit.
7:18 | A good tree can’t produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit.
7:19 | Every tree that doesn’t grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire.
7:20 | Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.
7:21 | Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in
7:21 heaven.
7:22 | Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many
7:22 mighty works?’
7:23 | Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’
7:24 | “Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock.
7:25 | The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the
7:25 rock.
7:26 | Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand.
7:27 | The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
7:28 | It happened, when Jesus had finished saying these things, that the multitudes were astonished at his teaching,
7:29 | for he taught them with authority, and not like the scribes.
8:1 | When he came down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
8:2 | Behold, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.”
8:3 | Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be made clean.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
8:4 | Jesus said to him, “See that you tell nobody, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a
8:4 testimony to them.”
8:5 | When he came into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking him,
8:6 | and saying, “Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented.”
8:7 | Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
8:8 | The centurion answered, “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed.
8:9 | For I am also a man under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and tell another, ‘Come,’ and
8:9 he comes; and tell my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
8:10 | When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, “Most certainly I tell you, I haven’t found so great a faith,
8:10 not even in Israel.
8:11 | I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of
8:11 Heaven,
8:12 | but the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
8:13 | Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.” His servant was healed in that
8:13 hour.
8:14 | When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever.
8:15 | He touched her hand, and the fever left her. She got up and served him. { Note: TR reads “them” instead of “him” }
8:16 | When evening came, they brought to him many possessed with demons. He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were
8:16 sick;
8:17 | that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He took our infirmities, and bore our
8:17 diseases.” { Note: Isaiah 53:4 }
8:18 | Now when Jesus saw great multitudes around him, he gave the order to depart to the other side.
8:19 | A scribe came, and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
8:20 | Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his
8:20 head.”
8:21 | Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.”
8:22 | But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”
8:23 | When he got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
8:24 | Behold, a violent storm came up on the sea, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, but he was asleep.
8:25 | They came to him, and woke him up, saying, “Save us, Lord! We are dying!”
8:26 | He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and
8:26 there was a great calm.
8:27 | The men marveled, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
8:28 | When he came to the other side, into the country of the Gergesenes, { Note: NU reads “Gadarenes” } two people possessed by demons
8:28 met him there, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that nobody could pass that way.
8:29 | Behold, they cried out, saying, “What do we have to do with you, Jesus, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the
8:29 time?”
8:30 | Now there was a herd of many pigs feeding far away from them.
8:31 | The demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of pigs.”
8:32 | He said to them, “Go!”
8:32 They came out, and went into the herd of pigs: and behold, the whole herd of pigs rushed down the cliff into the sea, and died in the
8:32 water.
8:33 | Those who fed them fled, and went away into the city, and told everything, including what happened to those who were possessed with
8:33 demons.
8:34 | Behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged that he would depart from their borders.
9:1 | He entered into a boat, and crossed over, and came into his own city.
9:2 | Behold, they brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son,
9:2 cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you.”
9:3 | Behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man blasphemes.”
9:4 | Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?
9:5 | For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven;’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk?’
9:6 | But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...” (then he said to the paralytic),
9:6 “Get up, and take up your mat, and go up to your house.”
9:7 | He arose and departed to his house.
9:8 | But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
9:9 | As Jesus passed by from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax collection office. He said to him, “Follow
9:9 me.” He got up and followed him.
9:10 | It happened as he sat in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.
9:11 | When the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
9:12 | When Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do.
9:13 | But you go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ { Note: Hosea 6:6 } for I came not to call the
9:13 righteous, but sinners to repentance. { Note: NU omits “to repentance”. } ”
9:14 | Then John’s disciples came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don’t fast?”
9:15 | Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come
9:15 when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
9:16 | No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch would tear away from the garment, and a worse hole is made.
9:17 | Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else the skins would burst, and the wine be spilled, and the skins ruined.
9:17 No, they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
9:18 | While he told these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay
9:18 your hand on her, and she will live.”
9:19 | Jesus got up and followed him, as did his disciples.
9:20 | Behold, a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years came behind him, and touched the fringe { Note: or, tassel } of his
9:20 garment;
9:21 | for she said within herself, “If I just touch his garment, I will be made well.”
9:22 | But Jesus, turning around and seeing her, said, “Daughter, cheer up! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made
9:22 well from that hour.
9:23 | When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd in noisy disorder,
9:24 | he said to them, “Make room, because the girl isn’t dead, but sleeping.”
9:24 They were ridiculing him.
9:25 | But when the crowd was put out, he entered in, took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
9:26 | The report of this went out into all that land.
9:27 | As Jesus passed by from there, two blind men followed him, calling out and saying, “Have mercy on us, son of David!”
9:28 | When he had come into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do
9:28 this?”
9:28 They told him, “Yes, Lord.”
9:29 | Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”
9:30 | Their eyes were opened. Jesus strictly commanded them, saying, “See that no one knows about this.”
9:31 | But they went out and spread abroad his fame in all that land.
9:32 | As they went out, behold, a mute man who was demon possessed was brought to him.
9:33 | When the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke. The multitudes marveled, saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in
9:33 Israel!”
9:34 | But the Pharisees said, “By the prince of the demons, he casts out demons.”
9:35 | Jesus went about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and
9:35 healing every disease and every sickness among the people.
9:36 | But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed { Note: TR reads “weary” instead
9:36 of “harassed” } and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.
9:37 | Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest indeed is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
9:38 | Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest.”
10:1 | He called to himself his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every
10:1 disease and every sickness.
10:2 | Now the names of the twelve apostles are these. The first, Simon, who is called Peter; Andrew, his brother; James the son of
10:2 Zebedee; John, his brother;
10:3 | Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus; Lebbaeus, whose surname was { Note: NU omits
10:3 “Lebbaeus, whose surname was” } Thaddaeus;
10:4 | Simon the Canaanite; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
10:5 | Jesus sent these twelve out, and commanded them, saying, “Don’t go among the Gentiles, and don’t enter into any city of the
10:5 Samaritans.
10:6 | Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
10:7 | As you go, preach, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!’
10:8 | Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers { Note: TR adds “, raise the dead” } , and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give.
10:9 | Don’t take any gold, nor silver, nor brass in your money belts.
10:10 | Take no bag for your journey, neither two coats, nor shoes, nor staff: for the laborer is worthy of his food.
10:11 | Into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy; and stay there until you go on.
10:12 | As you enter into the household, greet it.
10:13 | If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it isn’t worthy, let your peace return to you.
10:14 | Whoever doesn’t receive you, nor hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust from your feet.
10:15 | Most certainly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that
10:15 city.
10:16 | “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
10:17 | But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you.
10:18 | Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations.
10:19 | But when they deliver you up, don’t be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you
10:19 will say.
10:20 | For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
10:21 | “Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be
10:21 put to death.
10:22 | You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved.
10:23 | But when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next, for most certainly I tell you, you will not have gone through
10:23 the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man has come.
10:24 | “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord.
10:25 | It is enough for the disciple that he be like his teacher, and the servant like his lord. If they have called the master of the
10:25 house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!
10:26 | Therefore don’t be afraid of them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed; and hidden that will not be known.
10:27 | What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops.
10:28 | Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul
10:28 and body in Gehenna. { Note: or, Hell. }
10:29 | “Aren’t two sparrows sold for an assarion coin { Note: An assarion is a small coin worth one tenth of a drachma or a sixteenth of a
10:29 denarius. An assarion is approximately the wages of one half hour of agricultural labor. } ? Not one of them falls on the ground apart
10:29 from your Father’s will,
10:30 | but the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
10:31 | Therefore don’t be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows.
10:32 | Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven.
10:33 | But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.
10:34 | “Don’t think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn’t come to send peace, but a sword.
10:35 | For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her
10:35 mother-in-law.
10:36 | A man’s foes will be those of his own household. { Note: Micah 7:6 }
10:37 | He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isn’t worthy of me.
10:38 | He who doesn’t take his cross and follow after me, isn’t worthy of me.
10:39 | He who seeks his life will lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
10:40 | He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.
10:41 | He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. He who receives a righteous man in the name of
10:41 a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward.
10:42 | Whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, most certainly I tell you he
10:42 will in no way lose his reward.”
11:1 | It happened that when Jesus had finished directing his twelve disciples, he departed from there to teach and preach in their
11:1 cities.
11:2 | Now when John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples
11:3 | and said to him, “Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?”
11:4 | Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:
11:5 | the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, { Note: Isaiah 35:5 } the dead are raised up, and
11:5 the poor have good news preached to them. { Note: Isaiah 61:1-4 }
11:6 | Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me.”
11:7 | As these went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to
11:7 see? A reed shaken by the wind?
11:8 | But what did you go out to see? A man in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in king’s houses.
11:9 | But why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet.
11:10 | For this is he, of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before
11:10 you.’ { Note: Malachi 3:1 }
11:11 | Most certainly I tell you, among those who are born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptizer; yet he who
11:11 is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.
11:12 | From the days of John the Baptizer until now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. { Note: or,
11:12 plunder it. }
11:13 | For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
11:14 | If you are willing to receive it, this is Elijah, who is to come.
11:15 | He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
11:16 | “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call to their companions
11:17 | and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you didn’t dance. We mourned for you, and you didn’t lament.’
11:18 | For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’
11:19 | The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and
11:19 sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children. { Note: NU reads “actions” instead of “children” } ”
11:20 | Then he began to denounce the cities in which most of his mighty works had been done, because they didn’t repent.
11:21 | “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you,
11:21 they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
11:22 | But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
11:23 | You, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, you will go down to Hades. { Note: or, Hell } For if the mighty works had been done in
11:23 Sodom which were done in you, it would have remained until this day.
11:24 | But I tell you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, on the day of judgment, than for you.”
11:25 | At that time, Jesus answered, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and
11:25 understanding, and revealed them to infants.
11:26 | Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.
11:27 | All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows the Son, except the Father; neither does anyone know the Father,
11:27 except the Son, and he to whom the Son desires to reveal him.
11:28 | “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
11:29 | Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.
11:30 | For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
12:1 | At that time, Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the grain fields. His disciples were hungry and began to pluck heads of
12:1 grain and to eat.
12:2 | But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said to him, “Behold, your disciples do what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.”
12:3 | But he said to them, “Haven’t you read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him;
12:4 | how he entered into the house of God, and ate the show bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for those who were with
12:4 him, but only for the priests? { Note: 1 Samuel 21:3-6 }
12:5 | Or have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless?
12:6 | But I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.
12:7 | But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ { Note: Hosea 6:6 } you would not have condemned
12:7 the guiltless.
12:8 | For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
12:9 | He departed there, and went into their synagogue.
12:10 | And behold there was a man with a withered hand. They asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?” that they might accuse
12:10 him.
12:11 | He said to them, “What man is there among you, who has one sheep, and if this one falls into a pit on the Sabbath day, won’t he
12:11 grab on to it, and lift it out?
12:12 | Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath day.”
12:13 | Then he told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out; and it was restored whole, just like the other.
12:14 | But the Pharisees went out, and conspired against him, how they might destroy him.
12:15 | Jesus, perceiving that, withdrew from there. Great multitudes followed him; and he healed them all,
12:16 | and commanded them that they should not make him known:
12:17 | that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
12:18 | “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen;
12:18 my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased:
12:18 I will put my Spirit on him.
12:18 He will proclaim justice to the nations.
12:19 | He will not strive, nor shout;
12:19 neither will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
12:20 | He won’t break a bruised reed.
12:20 He won’t quench a smoking flax,
12:20 until he leads justice to victory.
12:21 | In his name, the nations will hope.” { Note: Isaiah 42:1-4 }
12:22 | Then one possessed by a demon, blind and mute, was brought to him and he healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and
12:22 saw.
12:23 | All the multitudes were amazed, and said, “Can this be the son of David?”
12:24 | But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “This man does not cast out demons, except by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons.”
12:25 | Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or
12:25 house divided against itself will not stand.
12:26 | If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
12:27 | If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
12:28 | But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
12:29 | Or how can one enter into the house of the strong man, and plunder his goods, unless he first bind the strong man? Then he will
12:29 plunder his house.
12:30 | “He who is not with me is against me, and he who doesn’t gather with me, scatters.
12:31 | Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.
12:32 | Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be
12:32 forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in that which is to come.
12:33 | “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its
12:33 fruit.
12:34 | You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth
12:34 speaks.
12:35 | The good man out of his good treasure brings out good things, and the evil man out of his evil treasure { Note: TR adds “of the
12:35 heart” } brings out evil things.
12:36 | I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
12:37 | For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
12:38 | Then certain of the scribes and Pharisees answered, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”
12:39 | But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, but no sign will be given it but the sign of Jonah
12:39 the prophet.
12:40 | For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in
12:40 the heart of the earth.
12:41 | The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of
12:41 Jonah; and behold, someone greater than Jonah is here.
12:42 | The queen of the south will rise up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for she came from the ends of the
12:42 earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, someone greater than Solomon is here.
12:43 | But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and doesn’t find it.
12:44 | Then he says, ‘I will return into my house from which I came out,’ and when he has come back, he finds it empty, swept, and put in
12:44 order.
12:45 | Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits more evil than he is, and they enter in and dwell there. The last state of
12:45 that man becomes worse than the first. Even so will it be also to this evil generation.”
12:46 | While he was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, seeking to speak to him.
12:47 | One said to him, “Behold, your mother and your brothers stand outside, seeking to speak to you.”
12:48 | But he answered him who spoke to him, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
12:49 | He stretched out his hand towards his disciples, and said, “Behold, my mother and my brothers!
12:50 | For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
13:1 | On that day Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the seaside.
13:2 | Great multitudes gathered to him, so that he entered into a boat, and sat, and all the multitude stood on the beach.
13:3 | He spoke to them many things in parables, saying, “Behold, a farmer went out to sow.
13:4 | As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them.
13:5 | Others fell on rocky ground, where they didn’t have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of earth.
13:6 | When the sun had risen, they were scorched. Because they had no root, they withered away.
13:7 | Others fell among thorns. The thorns grew up and choked them.
13:8 | Others fell on good soil, and yielded fruit: some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.
13:9 | He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
13:10 | The disciples came, and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”
13:11 | He answered them, “To you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but it is not given to them.
13:12 | For whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have abundance, but whoever doesn’t have, from him will be taken away even that
13:12 which he has.
13:13 | Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they don’t see, and hearing, they don’t hear, neither do they understand.
13:14 | In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says,
13:14 ‘By hearing you will hear,
13:14 and will in no way understand;
13:14 Seeing you will see,
13:14 and will in no way perceive:
13:15 | for this people’s heart has grown callous,
13:15 their ears are dull of hearing,
13:15 they have closed their eyes;
13:15 or else perhaps they might perceive with their eyes,
13:15 hear with their ears,
13:15 understand with their heart,
13:15 and should turn again;
13:15 and I would heal them.’ { Note: Isaiah 6:9-10 }
13:16 | “But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.
13:17 | For most certainly I tell you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which you see, and didn’t see
13:17 them; and to hear the things which you hear, and didn’t hear them.
13:18 | “Hear, then, the parable of the farmer.
13:19 | When anyone hears the word of the Kingdom, and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes, and snatches away that which has been
13:19 sown in his heart. This is what was sown by the roadside.
13:20 | What was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;
13:21 | yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he
13:21 stumbles.
13:22 | What was sown among the thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of this age and the deceitfulness of riches choke the
13:22 word, and he becomes unfruitful.
13:23 | What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word, and understands it, who most certainly bears fruit, and brings
13:23 forth, some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.”
13:24 | He set another parable before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field,
13:25 | but while people slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel weeds { Note: darnel is a weed grass (probably bearded darnel or lolium
13:25 temulentum) that looks very much like wheat until it is mature, when the difference becomes very apparent. } also among the wheat, and
13:25 went away.
13:26 | But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the darnel weeds appeared also.
13:27 | The servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where did this darnel come
13:27 from?’
13:28 | “He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’
13:28 “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them up?’
13:29 | “But he said, ‘No, lest perhaps while you gather up the darnel weeds, you root up the wheat with them.
13:30 | Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First, gather up the darnel weeds, and
13:30 bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
13:31 | He set another parable before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed
13:31 in his field;
13:32 | which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds
13:32 of the air come and lodge in its branches.”
13:33 | He spoke another parable to them. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast, which a woman took, and hid in three
13:33 measures { Note: literally, three sata. 3 sata is about 39 litres or a bit more than a bushel } of meal, until it was all
13:33 leavened.”
13:34 | Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without a parable, he didn’t speak to them,
13:35 | that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,
13:35 “I will open my mouth in parables;
13:35 I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.” { Note: Psalm 78:2 }
13:36 | Then Jesus sent the multitudes away, and went into the house. His disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the
13:36 darnel weeds of the field.”
13:37 | He answered them, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,
13:38 | the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the children of the Kingdom; and the darnel weeds are the children of the evil
13:38 one.
13:39 | The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.
13:40 | As therefore the darnel weeds are gathered up and burned with fire; so will it be at the end of this age.
13:41 | The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and those who do
13:41 iniquity,
13:42 | and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
13:43 | Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
13:44 | “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and hid. In his joy, he goes and sells all
13:44 that he has, and buys that field.
13:45 | “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls,
13:46 | who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
13:47 | “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet, that was cast into the sea, and gathered some fish of every kind,
13:48 | which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw
13:48 away.
13:49 | So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous,
13:50 | and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.”
13:51 | Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?”
13:51 They answered him, “Yes, Lord.”
13:52 | He said to them, “Therefore, every scribe who has been made a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a
13:52 householder, who brings out of his treasure new and old things.”
13:53 | It happened that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from there.
13:54 | Coming into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get
13:54 this wisdom, and these mighty works?
13:55 | Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother called Mary, and his brothers, James, Joses, Simon, and Judas { Note: or,
13:55 Judah } ?
13:56 | Aren’t all of his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all of these things?”
13:57 | They were offended by him.
13:57 But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and in his own house.”
13:58 | He didn’t do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
14:1 | At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,
14:2 | and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptizer. He is risen from the dead. That is why these powers work in him.”
14:3 | For Herod had laid hold of John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife.
14:4 | For John said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”
14:5 | When he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
14:6 | But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced among them and pleased Herod.
14:7 | Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she should ask.
14:8 | She, being prompted by her mother, said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptizer.”
14:9 | The king was grieved, but for the sake of his oaths, and of those who sat at the table with him, he commanded it to be given,
14:10 | and he sent and beheaded John in the prison.
14:11 | His head was brought on a platter, and given to the young lady: and she brought it to her mother.
14:12 | His disciples came, and took the body, and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.
14:13 | Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat, to a deserted place apart. When the multitudes heard it, they followed
14:13 him on foot from the cities.
14:14 | Jesus went out, and he saw a great multitude. He had compassion on them, and healed their sick.
14:15 | When evening had come, his disciples came to him, saying, “This place is deserted, and the hour is already late. Send the
14:15 multitudes away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves food.”
14:16 | But Jesus said to them, “They don’t need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
14:17 | They told him, “We only have here five loaves and two fish.”
14:18 | He said, “Bring them here to me.”
14:19 | He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass; and he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he
14:19 blessed, broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes.
14:20 | They all ate, and were filled. They took up twelve baskets full of that which remained left over from the broken pieces.
14:21 | Those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
14:22 | Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat, and to go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes
14:22 away.
14:23 | After he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain by himself to pray. When evening had come, he was there alone.
14:24 | But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, distressed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
14:25 | In the fourth watch of the night, { Note: The night was equally divided into four watches, so the fourth watch is approximately 3:00
14:25 A. M. to sunrise. } Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. { Note: see Job 9:8 }
14:26 | When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It’s a ghost!” and they cried out for fear.
14:27 | But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying “Cheer up! It is I! { Note: or, I AM! } Don’t be afraid.”
14:28 | Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the waters.”
14:29 | He said, “Come!”
14:29 Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus.
14:30 | But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
14:31 | Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
14:32 | When they got up into the boat, the wind ceased.
14:33 | Those who were in the boat came and worshiped him, saying, “You are truly the Son of God!”
14:34 | When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.
14:35 | When the people of that place recognized him, they sent into all that surrounding region, and brought to him all who were sick,
14:36 | and they begged him that they might just touch the fringe { Note: or, tassel } of his garment. As many as touched it were made
14:36 whole.
15:1 | Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying,
15:2 | “Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat bread.”
15:3 | He answered them, “Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?
15:4 | For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ { Note: Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16 } and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or
15:4 mother, let him be put to death.’ { Note: Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9 }
15:5 | But you say, ‘Whoever may tell his father or his mother, “Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift
15:5 devoted to God,”
15:6 | he shall not honor his father or mother.’ You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition.
15:7 | You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,
15:8 | ‘These people draw near to me with their mouth,
15:8 and honor me with their lips;
15:8 but their heart is far from me.
15:9 | And in vain do they worship me,
15:9 teaching as doctrine rules made by men.’” { Note: Isaiah 29:13 }
15:10 | He summoned the multitude, and said to them, “Hear, and understand.
15:11 | That which enters into the mouth doesn’t defile the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”
15:12 | Then the disciples came, and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?”
15:13 | But he answered, “Every plant which my heavenly Father didn’t plant will be uprooted.
15:14 | Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
15:15 | Peter answered him, “Explain the parable to us.”
15:16 | So Jesus said, “Do you also still not understand?
15:17 | Don’t you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and then out of the body?
15:18 | But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man.
15:19 | For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies.
15:20 | These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands doesn’t defile the man.”
15:21 | Jesus went out from there, and withdrew into the region of Tyre and Sidon.
15:22 | Behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, you son of David! My daughter is
15:22 severely demonized!”
15:23 | But he answered her not a word.
15:23 His disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away; for she cries after us.”
15:24 | But he answered, “I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
15:25 | But she came and worshiped him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
15:26 | But he answered, “It is not appropriate to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
15:27 | But she said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
15:28 | Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Be it done to you even as you desire.” And her daughter was healed
15:28 from that hour.
15:29 | Jesus departed there, and came near to the sea of Galilee; and he went up into the mountain, and sat there.
15:30 | Great multitudes came to him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others, and they put them down at his feet.
15:30 He healed them,
15:31 | so that the multitude wondered when they saw the mute speaking, injured whole, lame walking, and blind seeing—and they glorified
15:31 the God of Israel.
15:32 | Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and
15:32 have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away fasting, or they might faint on the way.”
15:33 | The disciples said to him, “Where should we get so many loaves in a deserted place as to satisfy so great a multitude?”
15:34 | Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
15:34 They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”
15:35 | He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground;
15:36 | and he took the seven loaves and the fish. He gave thanks and broke them, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples to the
15:36 multitudes.
15:37 | They all ate, and were filled. They took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over.
15:38 | Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
15:39 | Then he sent away the multitudes, got into the boat, and came into the borders of Magdala.
16:1 | The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing him, asked him to show them a sign from heaven.
16:2 | But he answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’
16:3 | In the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the
16:3 appearance of the sky, but you can’t discern the signs of the times!
16:4 | An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and there will be no sign given to it, except the sign of the prophet
16:4 Jonah.”
16:4 He left them, and departed.
16:5 | The disciples came to the other side and had forgotten to take bread.
16:6 | Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
16:7 | They reasoned among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.”
16:8 | Jesus, perceiving it, said, “Why do you reason among yourselves, you of little faith, ‘because you have brought
16:8 no bread?’
16:9 | Don’t you yet perceive, neither remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up?
16:10 | Nor the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up?
16:11 | How is it that you don’t perceive that I didn’t speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and
16:11 Sadducees.”
16:12 | Then they understood that he didn’t tell them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
16:13 | Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of
16:13 Man, am?”
16:14 | They said, “Some say John the Baptizer, some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”
16:15 | He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16:16 | Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
16:17 | Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is
16:17 in heaven.
16:18 | I also tell you that you are Peter, { Note: Peter’s name, Petros in Greek, is the word for a specific rock or stone. } and on this
16:18 rock { Note: Greek, petra, a rock mass or bedrock. } I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades { Note: or, Hell } will not
16:18 prevail against it.
16:19 | I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever
16:19 you release on earth will have been released in heaven.”
16:20 | Then he commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.
16:21 | From that time, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief
16:21 priests, and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up.
16:22 | Peter took him aside, and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This will never be done to you.”
16:23 | But he turned, and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, for you are not setting your mind on
16:23 the things of God, but on the things of men.”
16:24 | Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow
16:24 me.
16:25 | For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it.
16:26 | For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his
16:26 life?
16:27 | For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will render to everyone according to his
16:27 deeds.
16:28 | Most certainly I tell you, there are some standing here who will in no way taste of death, until they see the Son of Man coming in
16:28 his Kingdom.”
17:1 | After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain by
17:1 themselves.
17:2 | He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light.
17:3 | Behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them talking with him.
17:4 | Peter answered, and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, let’s make three tents here: one for you, one
17:4 for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
17:5 | While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them. Behold, a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my
17:5 beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”
17:6 | When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were very afraid.
17:7 | Jesus came and touched them and said, “Get up, and don’t be afraid.”
17:8 | Lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus alone.
17:9 | As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Don’t tell anyone what you saw, until the Son of Man
17:9 has risen from the dead.”
17:10 | His disciples asked him, saying, “Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
17:11 | Jesus answered them, “Elijah indeed comes first, and will restore all things,
17:12 | but I tell you that Elijah has come already, and they didn’t recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted to. Even so the Son
17:12 of Man will also suffer by them.”
17:13 | Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptizer.
17:14 | When they came to the multitude, a man came to him, kneeling down to him, saying,
17:15 | “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is epileptic, and suffers grievously; for he often falls into the fire, and often into the
17:15 water.
17:16 | So I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him.”
17:17 | Jesus answered, “Faithless and perverse generation! How long will I be with you? How long will I bear with you? Bring him here
17:17 to me.”
17:18 | Jesus rebuked him, the demon went out of him, and the boy was cured from that hour.
17:19 | Then the disciples came to Jesus privately, and said, “Why weren’t we able to cast it out?”
17:20 | He said to them, “Because of your unbelief. For most certainly I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
17:20 you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
17:21 | But this kind doesn’t go out except by prayer and fasting.”
17:22 | While they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered up into the hands of men,
17:23 | and they will kill him, and the third day he will be raised up.”
17:23 They were exceedingly sorry.
17:24 | When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins { Note: A didrachma is a Greek silver coin worth 2
17:24 drachmas, about as much as 2 Roman denarii, or about 2 days’ wages. It was commonly used to pay the half-shekel temple tax, because 2
17:24 drachmas were worth one half shekel of silver. } came to Peter, and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the didrachma?”
17:25 | He said, “Yes.”
17:25 When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive
17:25 toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?”
17:26 | Peter said to him, “From strangers.”
17:26 Jesus said to him, “Therefore the children are exempt.
17:27 | But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its
17:27 mouth, you will find a stater coin. { Note: A stater is a silver coin equivalent to four Attic or two Alexandrian drachmas, or a Jewish
17:27 shekel: just exactly enough to cover the half-shekel temple tax for two people. } Take that, and give it to them for me and
17:27 you.”
18:1 | In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”
18:2 | Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the midst of them,
18:3 | and said, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into
18:3 the Kingdom of Heaven.
18:4 | Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
18:5 | Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me,
18:6 | but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him that a huge millstone should be
18:6 hung around his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depths of the sea.
18:7 | “Woe to the world because of occasions of stumbling! For it must be that the occasions come, but woe to that person through whom the
18:7 occasion comes!
18:8 | If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or
18:8 crippled, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire.
18:9 | If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather
18:9 than having two eyes to be cast into the Gehenna { Note: or, Hell } of fire.
18:10 | See that you don’t despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my
18:10 Father who is in heaven.
18:11 | For the Son of Man came to save that which was lost.
18:12 | “What do you think? If a man has one hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine, go to the
18:12 mountains, and seek that which has gone astray?
18:13 | If he finds it, most certainly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.
18:14 | Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
18:15 | “If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back
18:15 your brother.
18:16 | But if he doesn’t listen, take one or two more with you, that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be
18:16 established. { Note: Deuteronomy 19:15 }
18:17 | If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the assembly. If he refuses to hear the assembly also, let him be to you as a Gentile
18:17 or a tax collector.
18:18 | Most certainly I tell you, whatever things you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever things you
18:18 release on earth will have been released in heaven.
18:19 | Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for
18:19 them by my Father who is in heaven.
18:20 | For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”
18:21 | Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?”
18:22 | Jesus said to him, “I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.
18:23 | Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants.
18:24 | When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. { Note: Ten thousand talents represents an
18:24 extremely large sum of money, equivalent to about 60,000,000 denarii, where one denarius was typical of one day’s wages for agricultural
18:24 labor. }
18:25 | But because he couldn’t pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be
18:25 made.
18:26 | The servant therefore fell down and kneeled before him, saying, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will repay you all!’
18:27 | The lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
18:28 | “But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him one hundred denarii, { Note: 100 denarii was about
18:28 one sixtieth of a talent. } and he grabbed him, and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’
18:29 | “So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay you!’
18:30 | He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due.
18:31 | So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were exceedingly sorry, and came and told to their lord all that was done.
18:32 | Then his lord called him in, and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me.
18:33 | Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?’
18:34 | His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him.
18:35 | So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don’t each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds.”
19:1 | It happened when Jesus had finished these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the borders of Judea beyond the
19:1 Jordan.
19:2 | Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there.
19:3 | Pharisees came to him, testing him, and saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?”
19:4 | He answered, “Haven’t you read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, { Note: Genesis 1:27 }
19:5 | and said, ‘For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall join to his wife; and the two shall become one
19:5 flesh?’ { Note: Genesis 2:24 }
19:6 | So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, don’t let man tear apart.”
19:7 | They asked him, “Why then did Moses command us to give her a bill of divorce, and divorce her?”
19:8 | He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it
19:8 has not been so.
19:9 | I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries
19:9 her when she is divorced commits adultery.”
19:10 | His disciples said to him, “If this is the case of the man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry.”
19:11 | But he said to them, “Not all men can receive this saying, but those to whom it is given.
19:12 | For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and
19:12 there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven’s sake. He who is able to receive it, let him receive it.”
19:13 | Then little children were brought to him, that he should lay his hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them.
19:14 | But Jesus said, “Allow the little children, and don’t forbid them to come to me; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones like
19:14 these.”
19:15 | He laid his hands on them, and departed from there.
19:16 | Behold, one came to him and said, “Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?”
19:17 | He said to him, “Why do you call me good? { Note: So MT and TR. NU reads “Why do you ask me about what is good?” } No one is good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the
19:17 commandments.”
19:18 | He said to him, “Which ones?”
19:18 Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder.’ ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ ‘You shall not steal.’ ‘You shall not offer false testimony.’
19:19 | ‘Honor your father and mother.’ { Note: Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20 } And, ‘You shall love your neighbor as
19:19 yourself.’” { Note: Leviticus 19:18 }
19:20 | The young man said to him, “All these things I have observed from my youth. What do I still lack?”
19:21 | Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in
19:21 heaven; and come, follow me.”
19:22 | But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sad, for he was one who had great possessions.
19:23 | Jesus said to his disciples, “Most certainly I say to you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty.
19:24 | Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of
19:24 God.”
19:25 | When the disciples heard it, they were exceedingly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”
19:26 | Looking at them, Jesus said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
19:27 | Then Peter answered, “Behold, we have left everything, and followed you. What then will we have?”
19:28 | Jesus said to them, “Most certainly I tell you that you who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will
19:28 sit on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
19:29 | Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake,
19:29 will receive one hundred times, and will inherit eternal life.
19:30 | But many will be last who are first; and first who are last.
20:1 | “For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire
20:1 laborers for his vineyard.
20:2 | When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius { Note: A denarius is a silver Roman coin worth 1/25th of a Roman aureus. This
20:2 was a common wage for a day of farm labor. } a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
20:3 | He went out about the third hour, { Note: Time was measured from sunrise to sunset, so the third hour would be about 9:00 AM. } and
20:3 saw others standing idle in the marketplace.
20:4 | To them he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went their way.
20:5 | Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, { Note: noon and 3:00 P. M. } and did likewise.
20:6 | About the eleventh hour { Note: 5:00 PM } he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, ‘Why do you stand here
20:6 all day idle?’
20:7 | “They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’
20:7 “He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.’
20:8 | When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the
20:8 last to the first.’
20:9 | “When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius.
20:10 | When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius.
20:11 | When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household,
20:12 | saying, ‘These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching
20:12 heat!’
20:13 | “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me for a denarius?
20:14 | Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you.
20:15 | Isn’t it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?’
20:16 | So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
20:17 | As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them,
20:18 | “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will
20:18 condemn him to death,
20:19 | and will hand him over to the Gentiles to mock, to scourge, and to crucify; and the third day he will be raised up.”
20:20 | Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, kneeling and asking a certain thing of him.
20:21 | He said to her, “What do you want?”
20:21 She said to him, “Command that these, my two sons, may sit, one on your right hand, and one on your left hand, in your Kingdom.”
20:22 | But Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink,
20:22 and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
20:22 They said to him, “We are able.”
20:23 | He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with, but to sit on my
20:23 right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it is for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
20:24 | When the ten heard it, they were indignant with the two brothers.
20:25 | But Jesus summoned them, and said, “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones
20:25 exercise authority over them.
20:26 | It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be { Note: TR reads “let him be” instead of “shall
20:26 be” } your servant.
20:27 | Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant,
20:28 | even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
20:29 | As they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
20:30 | Behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, you son
20:30 of David!”
20:31 | The multitude rebuked them, telling them that they should be quiet, but they cried out even more, “Lord, have mercy on us, you son
20:31 of David!”
20:32 | Jesus stood still, and called them, and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
20:33 | They told him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.”
20:34 | Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received their sight, and they followed him.
21:1 | When they drew near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethsphage, { Note: TR & NU read “Bethphage” instead of “Bethsphage” } to the
21:1 Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
21:2 | saying to them, “Go into the village that is opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with
21:2 her. Untie them, and bring them to me.
21:3 | If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
21:4 | All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,
21:5 | “Tell the daughter of Zion,
21:5 behold, your King comes to you,
21:5 humble, and riding on a donkey,
21:5 on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” { Note: Zechariah 9:9 }
21:6 | The disciples went, and did just as Jesus commanded them,
21:7 | and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their clothes on them; and he sat on them.
21:8 | A very great multitude spread their clothes on the road. Others cut branches from the trees, and spread them on the road.
21:9 | The multitudes who went before him, and who followed kept shouting, “Hosanna { Note: “Hosanna” means “save us” or “help us, we
21:9 pray.” } to the son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” { Note: Psalm 118:26 }
21:10 | When he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”
21:11 | The multitudes said, “This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
21:12 | Jesus entered into the temple of God, and drove out all of those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the money
21:12 changers’ tables and the seats of those who sold the doves.
21:13 | He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ { Note: Isaiah 56:7 } but you have made it a
21:13 den of robbers!” { Note: Jeremiah 7:11 }
21:14 | The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
21:15 | But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children who were crying in the temple and
21:15 saying, “Hosanna to the son of David!” they were indignant,
21:16 | and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?”
21:16 Jesus said to them, “Yes. Did you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing babies you have perfected
21:16 praise?’” { Note: Psalm 8:2 }
21:17 | He left them, and went out of the city to Bethany, and lodged there.
21:18 | Now in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry.
21:19 | Seeing a fig tree by the road, he came to it, and found nothing on it but leaves. He said to it, “Let there be no fruit from
21:19 you forever!”
21:19 Immediately the fig tree withered away.
21:20 | When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree immediately wither away?”
21:21 | Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, if you have faith, and don’t doubt, you will not only do what was
21:21 done to the fig tree, but even if you told this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it would be done.
21:22 | All things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
21:23 | When he had come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what
21:23 authority do you do these things? Who gave you this authority?”
21:24 | Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, which if you tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I
21:24 do these things.
21:25 | The baptism of John, where was it from? From heaven or from men?”
21:25 They reasoned with themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’
21:26 | But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the multitude, for all hold John as a prophet.”
21:27 | They answered Jesus, and said, “We don’t know.”
21:27 He also said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
21:28 | But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first, and said, ‘Son, go work today in my vineyard.’
21:29 | He answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind, and went.
21:30 | He came to the second, and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but he didn’t go.
21:31 | Which of the two did the will of his father?”
21:31 They said to him, “The first.”
21:31 Jesus said to them, “Most certainly I tell you that the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering into the Kingdom of God
21:31 before you.
21:32 | For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you didn’t believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes
21:32 believed him. When you saw it, you didn’t even repent afterward, that you might believe him.
21:33 | “Hear another parable. There was a man who was a master of a household, who planted a vineyard, set a hedge about it, dug a
21:33 winepress in it, built a tower, leased it out to farmers, and went into another country.
21:34 | When the season for the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, to receive his fruit.
21:35 | The farmers took his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
21:36 | Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they treated them the same way.
21:37 | But afterward he sent to them his son, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
21:38 | But the farmers, when they saw the son, said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and seize his inheritance.’
21:39 | So they took him, and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
21:40 | When therefore the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?”
21:41 | They told him, “He will miserably destroy those miserable men, and will lease out the vineyard to other farmers, who will give him
21:41 the fruit in its season.”
21:42 | Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,
21:42 ‘The stone which the builders rejected,
21:42 the same was made the head of the corner.
21:42 This was from the Lord.
21:42 It is marvelous in our eyes?’ { Note: Psalm 118:22-23 }
21:43 | “Therefore I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and will be given to a nation bringing forth its fruit.
21:44 | He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but on whoever it will fall, it will scatter him as dust.”
21:45 | When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke about them.
21:46 | When they sought to seize him, they feared the multitudes, because they considered him to be a prophet.
22:1 | Jesus answered and spoke again in parables to them, saying,
22:2 | “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son,
22:3 | and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come.
22:4 | Again he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “Behold, I have made ready my dinner. My cattle and my
22:4 fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast!”’
22:5 | But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise,
22:6 | and the rest grabbed his servants, and treated them shamefully, and killed them.
22:7 | When the king heard that, he was angry, and sent his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
22:8 | “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited weren’t worthy.
22:9 | Go therefore to the intersections of the highways, and as many as you may find, invite to the marriage feast.’
22:10 | Those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. The wedding was filled
22:10 with guests.
22:11 | But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who didn’t have on wedding clothing,
22:12 | and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here not wearing wedding clothing?’ He was speechless.
22:13 | Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him into the outer darkness; there is where
22:13 the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.’
22:14 | For many are called, but few chosen.”
22:15 | Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how they might entrap him in his talk.
22:16 | They sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are honest, and teach the way of God
22:16 in truth, no matter who you teach, for you aren’t partial to anyone.
22:17 | Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
22:18 | But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test me, you hypocrites?
22:19 | Show me the tax money.”
22:19 They brought to him a denarius.
22:20 | He asked them, “Whose is this image and inscription?”
22:21 | They said to him, “Caesar’s.”
22:21 Then he said to them, “Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
22:22 | When they heard it, they marveled, and left him, and went away.
22:23 | On that day Sadducees (those who say that there is no resurrection) came to him. They asked him,
22:24 | saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed for his
22:24 brother.’
22:25 | Now there were with us seven brothers. The first married and died, and having no seed left his wife to his brother.
22:26 | In like manner the second also, and the third, to the seventh.
22:27 | After them all, the woman died.
22:28 | In the resurrection therefore, whose wife will she be of the seven? For they all had her.”
22:29 | But Jesus answered them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.
22:30 | For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like God’s angels in heaven.
22:31 | But concerning the resurrection of the dead, haven’t you read that which was spoken to you by God, saying,
22:32 | ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’ { Note: Exodus 3:6 } God is not the God of the dead, but of the
22:32 living.”
22:33 | When the multitudes heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.
22:34 | But the Pharisees, when they heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, gathered themselves together.
22:35 | One of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, testing him.
22:36 | “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”
22:37 | Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your
22:37 mind.’ { Note: Deuteronomy 6:5 }
22:38 | This is the first and great commandment.
22:39 | A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ { Note: Leviticus 19:18 }
22:40 | The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
22:41 | Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question,
22:42 | saying, “What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is he?”
22:42 They said to him, “Of David.”
22:43 | He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying,
22:44 | ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
22:44 sit on my right hand,
22:44 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet?’ { Note: Psalm 110:1 }
22:45 | “If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?”
22:46 | No one was able to answer him a word, neither did any man dare ask him any more questions from that day forth.
23:1 | Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples,
23:2 | saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sat on Moses’ seat.
23:3 | All things therefore whatever they tell you to observe, observe and do, but don’t do their works; for they say, and don’t do.
23:4 | For they bind heavy burdens that are grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not lift a
23:4 finger to help them.
23:5 | But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries { Note: phylacteries (tefillin in Hebrew) are small
23:5 leather pouches that some Jewish men wear on their forehead and arm in prayer. They are used to carry a small scroll with some Scripture
23:5 in it. See Deuteronomy 6:8. } broad, enlarge the fringes { Note: or, tassels } of their garments,
23:6 | and love the place of honor at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues,
23:7 | the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi, Rabbi’ by men.
23:8 | But don’t you be called ‘Rabbi,’ for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers.
23:9 | Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven.
23:10 | Neither be called masters, for one is your master, the Christ.
23:11 | But he who is greatest among you will be your servant.
23:12 | Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
23:13 | “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and as a pretense you make long
23:13 prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.
23:14 | “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men; for you don’t
23:14 enter in yourselves, neither do you allow those who are entering in to enter. { Note: Some Greek manuscripts reverse the order of verses
23:14 13 and 14, and some omit verse 13, numbering verse 14 as 13. }
23:15 | Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel around by sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he
23:15 becomes one, you make him twice as much of a son of Gehenna { Note: or, Hell } as yourselves.
23:16 | “Woe to you, you blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the
23:16 temple, he is obligated.’
23:17 | You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold?
23:18 | ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obligated?’
23:19 | You blind fools! For which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
23:20 | He therefore who swears by the altar, swears by it, and by everything on it.
23:21 | He who swears by the temple, swears by it, and by him who was living in it.
23:22 | He who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him who sits on it.
23:23 | “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, { Note: cumin is an aromatic seed from
23:23 Cuminum cyminum, resembling caraway in flavor and appearance. It is used as a spice. } and have left undone the weightier matters of
23:23 the law: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone.
23:24 | You blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel!
23:25 | “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are
23:25 full of extortion and unrighteousness. { Note: TR reads “self-indulgence” instead of “unrighteousness” }
23:26 | You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the platter, that its outside may become clean also.
23:27 | “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitened tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but
23:27 inwardly are full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
23:28 | Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
23:29 | “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and decorate the tombs of the
23:29 righteous,
23:30 | and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we wouldn’t have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
23:31 | Therefore you testify to yourselves that you are children of those who killed the prophets.
23:32 | Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.
23:33 | You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the judgment of Gehenna { Note: or, Hell } ?
23:34 | Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets, wise men, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify; and some of them
23:34 you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city;
23:35 | that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zachariah son of
23:35 Barachiah, whom you killed between the sanctuary and the altar.
23:36 | Most certainly I tell you, all these things will come upon this generation.
23:37 | “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often I would have gathered your children
23:37 together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would not!
23:38 | Behold, your house is left to you desolate.
23:39 | For I tell you, you will not see me from now on, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the
23:39 Lord!’” { Note: Psalm 118:26 }
24:1 | Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way. His disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple.
24:2 | But he answered them, “You see all of these things, don’t you? Most certainly I tell you, there will not be left here one
24:2 stone on another, that will not be thrown down.”
24:3 | As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign
24:3 of your coming, and of the end of the age?”
24:4 | Jesus answered them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray.
24:5 | For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will lead many astray.
24:6 | You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you aren’t troubled, for all this must happen, but the end is not yet.
24:7 | For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines, plagues, and earthquakes in various
24:7 places.
24:8 | But all these things are the beginning of birth pains.
24:9 | Then they will deliver you up to oppression, and will kill you. You will be hated by all of the nations for my name’s sake.
24:10 | Then many will stumble, and will deliver up one another, and will hate one another.
24:11 | Many false prophets will arise, and will lead many astray.
24:12 | Because iniquity will be multiplied, the love of many will grow cold.
24:13 | But he who endures to the end, the same will be saved.
24:14 | This Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will
24:14 come.
24:15 | “When, therefore, you see the abomination of desolation, { Note: Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11 } which was spoken of through Daniel
24:15 the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
24:16 | then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
24:17 | Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take out things that are in his house.
24:18 | Let him who is in the field not return back to get his clothes.
24:19 | But woe to those who are with child and to nursing mothers in those days!
24:20 | Pray that your flight will not be in the winter, nor on a Sabbath,
24:21 | for then there will be great oppression, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever will be.
24:22 | Unless those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved. But for the sake of the chosen ones, those days will be
24:22 shortened.
24:23 | “Then if any man tells you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or, ‘There,’ don’t believe it.
24:24 | For there will arise false christs, and false prophets, and they will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if
24:24 possible, even the chosen ones.
24:25 | “Behold, I have told you beforehand.
24:26 | If therefore they tell you, ‘Behold, he is in the wilderness,’ don’t go out; ‘Behold, he is in the inner chambers,’ don’t believe
24:26 it.
24:27 | For as the lightning flashes from the east, and is seen even to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
24:28 | For wherever the carcass is, there is where the vultures { Note: or, eagles } gather together.
24:29 | But immediately after the oppression of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall
24:29 from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; { Note: Isaiah 13:10; 34:4 }
24:30 | and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son
24:30 of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
24:31 | He will send out his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds,
24:31 from one end of the sky to the other.
24:32 | “Now from the fig tree learn this parable. When its branch has now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the
24:32 summer is near.
24:33 | Even so you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
24:34 | Most certainly I tell you, this generation { Note: The word for “generation” (genea) can also be translated as “race.” } will not
24:34 pass away, until all these things are accomplished.
24:35 | Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
24:36 | But no one knows of that day and hour, not even the angels of heaven, { Note: NU adds “nor the son” } but my Father only.
24:37 | “As the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
24:38 | For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that
24:38 Noah entered into the ship,
24:39 | and they didn’t know until the flood came, and took them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
24:40 | Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and one will be left;
24:41 | two women grinding at the mill, one will be taken and one will be left.
24:42 | Watch therefore, for you don’t know in what hour your Lord comes.
24:43 | But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched,
24:43 and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
24:44 | Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don’t expect, the Son of Man will come.
24:45 | “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has set over his household, to give them their food in due season?
24:46 | Blessed is that servant whom his lord finds doing so when he comes.
24:47 | Most certainly I tell you that he will set him over all that he has.
24:48 | But if that evil servant should say in his heart, ‘My lord is delaying his coming,’
24:49 | and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with the drunkards,
24:50 | the lord of that servant will come in a day when he doesn’t expect it, and in an hour when he doesn’t know it,
24:51 | and will cut him in pieces, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. There is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will
24:51 be.
25:1 | “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom.
25:2 | Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
25:3 | Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them,
25:4 | but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
25:5 | Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
25:6 | But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!’
25:7 | Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. { Note: The end of the wick of an oil lamp needs to be cut off periodically to
25:7 avoid having it become clogged with carbon deposits. The wick height is also adjusted so that the flame burns evenly and gives good light
25:7 without producing a lot of smoke. }
25:8 | The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
25:9 | But the wise answered, saying, ‘What if there isn’t enough for us and you? You go rather to those who sell, and buy for
25:9 yourselves.’
25:10 | While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was
25:10 shut.
25:11 | Afterward the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’
25:12 | But he answered, ‘Most certainly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
25:13 | Watch therefore, for you don’t know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
25:14 | “For it is like a man, going into another country, who called his own servants, and entrusted his goods to them.
25:15 | To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey.
25:16 | Immediately he who received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.
25:17 | In like manner he also who got the two gained another two.
25:18 | But he who received the one went away and dug in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
25:19 | “Now after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reconciled accounts with them.
25:20 | He who received the five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents. Behold, I
25:20 have gained another five talents besides them.’
25:21 | “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many
25:21 things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
25:22 | “He also who got the two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents. Behold, I have gained another two talents
25:22 besides them.’
25:23 | “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many
25:23 things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
25:24 | “He also who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow,
25:24 and gathering where you did not scatter.
25:25 | I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.’
25:26 | “But his lord answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant. You knew that I reap where I didn’t sow, and gather where I didn’t
25:26 scatter.
25:27 | You ought therefore to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back my own with interest.
25:28 | Take away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.
25:29 | For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have abundance, but from him who doesn’t have, even that which he has will be
25:29 taken away.
25:30 | Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
25:31 | “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.
25:32 | Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the
25:32 goats.
25:33 | He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
25:34 | Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the
25:34 foundation of the world;
25:35 | for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took
25:35 me in.
25:36 | I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’
25:37 | “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink?
25:38 | When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you?
25:39 | When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’
25:40 | “The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my
25:40 brothers { Note: The word for “brothers” here may be also correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.” } , you did it
25:40 to me.’
25:41 | Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the
25:41 devil and his angels;
25:42 | for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink;
25:43 | I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t
25:43 visit me.’
25:44 | “Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison,
25:44 and didn’t help you?’
25:45 | “Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you didn’t do it to one of the least of these,
25:45 you didn’t do it to me.’
25:46 | These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
26:1 | It happened, when Jesus had finished all these words, that he said to his disciples,
26:2 | “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
26:3 | Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, who was
26:3 called Caiaphas.
26:4 | They took counsel together that they might take Jesus by deceit, and kill him.
26:5 | But they said, “Not during the feast, lest a riot occur among the people.”
26:6 | Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
26:7 | a woman came to him having an alabaster jar of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table.
26:8 | But when his disciples saw this, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?
26:9 | For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.”
26:10 | However, knowing this, Jesus said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? Because she has done a good work for me.
26:11 | For you always have the poor with you; but you don’t always have me.
26:12 | For in pouring this ointment on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.
26:13 | Most certainly I tell you, wherever this Good News is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of
26:13 as a memorial of her.”
26:14 | Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests,
26:15 | and said, “What are you willing to give me, that I should deliver him to you?” They weighed out for him thirty pieces of
26:15 silver.
26:16 | From that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
26:17 | Now on the first day of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying to him, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to
26:17 eat the Passover?”
26:18 | He said, “Go into the city to a certain person, and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover
26:18 at your house with my disciples.”’”
26:19 | The disciples did as Jesus commanded them, and they prepared the Passover.
26:20 | Now when evening had come, he was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples.
26:21 | As they were eating, he said, “Most certainly I tell you that one of you will betray me.”
26:22 | They were exceedingly sorrowful, and each began to ask him, “It isn’t me, is it, Lord?”
26:23 | He answered, “He who dipped his hand with me in the dish, the same will betray me.
26:24 | The Son of Man goes, even as it is written of him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better
26:24 for that man if he had not been born.”
26:25 | Judas, who betrayed him, answered, “It isn’t me, is it, Rabbi?”
26:25 He said to him, “You said it.”
26:26 | As they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks for { Note: TR reads “blessed” instead of “gave thanks for” } it, and broke it.
26:26 He gave to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
26:27 | He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, “All of you drink it,
26:28 | for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins.
26:29 | But I tell you that I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when I drink it anew with you in my
26:29 Father’s Kingdom.”
26:30 | When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
26:31 | Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written, ‘I will strike the
26:31 shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ { Note: Zechariah 13:7 }
26:32 | But after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.”
26:33 | But Peter answered him, “Even if all will be made to stumble because of you, I will never be made to stumble.”
26:34 | Jesus said to him, “Most certainly I tell you that tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”
26:35 | Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.” All of the disciples also said likewise.
26:36 | Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go there and
26:36 pray.”
26:37 | He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and severely troubled.
26:38 | Then he said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch with me.”
26:39 | He went forward a little, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me;
26:39 nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire.”
26:40 | He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What, couldn’t you watch with me for one hour?
26:41 | Watch and pray, that you don’t enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
26:42 | Again, a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cup can’t pass away from me unless I drink it, your
26:42 desire be done.”
26:43 | He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
26:44 | He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same words.
26:45 | Then he came to his disciples, and said to them, “Sleep on now, and take your rest. Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of
26:45 Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
26:46 | Arise, let’s be going. Behold, he who betrays me is at hand.”
26:47 | While he was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the
26:47 chief priest and elders of the people.
26:48 | Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, “Whoever I kiss, he is the one. Seize him.”
26:49 | Immediately he came to Jesus, and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
26:50 | Jesus said to him, “Friend, why are you here?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
26:51 | Behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, and
26:51 struck off his ear.
26:52 | Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place, for all those who take the sword will die by the sword.
26:53 | Or do you think that I couldn’t ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels?
26:54 | How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that it must be so?”
26:55 | In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to seize me? I sat
26:55 daily in the temple teaching, and you didn’t arrest me.
26:56 | But all this has happened, that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.”
26:56 Then all the disciples left him, and fled.
26:57 | Those who had taken Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.
26:58 | But Peter followed him from a distance, to the court of the high priest, and entered in and sat with the officers, to see the end.
26:59 | Now the chief priests, the elders, and the whole council sought false testimony against Jesus, that they might put him to death;
26:60 | and they found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward,
26:61 | and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.’”
26:62 | The high priest stood up, and said to him, “Have you no answer? What is this that these testify against you?”
26:63 | But Jesus held his peace. The high priest answered him, “I adjure you by the living God, that you tell us whether you are the
26:63 Christ, the Son of God.”
26:64 | Jesus said to him, “You have said it. Nevertheless, I tell you, after this you will see the Son of Man sitting at the
26:64 right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of the sky.”
26:65 | Then the high priest tore his clothing, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Behold, now you
26:65 have heard his blasphemy.
26:66 | What do you think?”
26:66 They answered, “He is worthy of death!”
26:67 | Then they spit in his face and beat him with their fists, and some slapped him,
26:68 | saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who hit you?”
26:69 | Now Peter was sitting outside in the court, and a maid came to him, saying, “You were also with Jesus, the Galilean!”
26:70 | But he denied it before them all, saying, “I don’t know what you are talking about.”
26:71 | When he had gone out onto the porch, someone else saw him, and said to those who were there, “This man also was with Jesus of
26:71 Nazareth.”
26:72 | Again he denied it with an oath, “I don’t know the man.”
26:73 | After a little while those who stood by came and said to Peter, “Surely you are also one of them, for your speech makes you
26:73 known.”
26:74 | Then he began to curse and to swear, “I don’t know the man!”
26:74 Immediately the rooster crowed.
26:75 | Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” He went out and
26:75 wept bitterly.
27:1 | Now when morning had come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
27:2 | and they bound him, and led him away, and delivered him up to Pontius Pilate, the governor.
27:3 | Then Judas, who betrayed him, when he saw that Jesus was condemned, felt remorse, and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to
27:3 the chief priests and elders,
27:4 | saying, “I have sinned in that I betrayed innocent blood.”
27:4 But they said, “What is that to us? You see to it.”
27:5 | He threw down the pieces of silver in the sanctuary, and departed. He went away and hanged himself.
27:6 | The chief priests took the pieces of silver, and said, “It’s not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of
27:6 blood.”
27:7 | They took counsel, and bought the potter’s field with them, to bury strangers in.
27:8 | Therefore that field was called “The Field of Blood” to this day.
27:9 | Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah { Note: some manuscripts omit “Jeremiah” } the prophet was fulfilled, saying,
27:9 “They took the thirty pieces of silver,
27:9 the price of him upon whom a price had been set,
27:9 whom some of the children of Israel priced,
27:10 | and they gave them for the potter’s field,
27:10 as the Lord commanded me.” { Note: Zechariah 11:12-13; Jeremiah 19:1-13; 32:6-9 }
27:11 | Now Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
27:11 Jesus said to him, “So you say.”
27:12 | When he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
27:13 | Then Pilate said to him, “Don’t you hear how many things they testify against you?”
27:14 | He gave him no answer, not even one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
27:15 | Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the multitude one prisoner, whom they desired.
27:16 | They had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
27:17 | When therefore they were gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus,
27:17 who is called Christ?”
27:18 | For he knew that because of envy they had delivered him up.
27:19 | While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have
27:19 suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.”
27:20 | Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes to ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
27:21 | But the governor answered them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”
27:21 They said, “Barabbas!”
27:22 | Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do to Jesus, who is called Christ?”
27:22 They all said to him, “Let him be crucified!”
27:23 | But the governor said, “Why? What evil has he done?”
27:23 But they cried out exceedingly, saying, “Let him be crucified!”
27:24 | So when Pilate saw that nothing was being gained, but rather that a disturbance was starting, he took water, and washed his hands
27:24 before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this righteous person. You see to it.”
27:25 | All the people answered, “May his blood be on us, and on our children!”
27:26 | Then he released to them Barabbas, but Jesus he flogged and delivered to be crucified.
27:27 | Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium, and gathered the whole garrison together against him.
27:28 | They stripped him, and put a scarlet robe on him.
27:29 | They braided a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they kneeled down before him, and mocked
27:29 him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
27:30 | They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head.
27:31 | When they had mocked him, they took the robe off of him, and put his clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him.
27:32 | As they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, and they compelled him to go with them, that he might carry his cross.
27:33 | They came to a place called “Golgotha,” that is to say, “The place of a skull.”
27:34 | They gave him sour wine to drink mixed with gall. When he had tasted it, he would not drink.
27:35 | When they had crucified him, they divided his clothing among them, casting lots, { Note: TR adds “that it might be fulfilled which was
27:35 spoken by the prophet: ‘They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots;’” [see Psalm 22:18 and John 19:24] }
27:36 | and they sat and watched him there.
27:37 | They set up over his head the accusation against him written, “THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
27:38 | Then there were two robbers crucified with him, one on his right hand and one on the left.
27:39 | Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads,
27:40 | and saying, “You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the
27:40 cross!”
27:41 | Likewise the chief priests also mocking, with the scribes, the Pharisees, { Note: TR omits “the Pharisees” } and the elders, said,
27:42 | “He saved others, but he can’t save himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe
27:42 in him.
27:43 | He trusts in God. Let God deliver him now, if he wants him; for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
27:44 | The robbers also who were crucified with him cast on him the same reproach.
27:45 | Now from the sixth hour { Note: noon } there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. { Note: 3:00 P. M. }
27:46 | About the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lima { Note: TR reads “lama” instead of “lima” }
27:46 sabachthani?” That is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” { Note: Psalm 22:1 }
27:47 | Some of them who stood there, when they heard it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.”
27:48 | Immediately one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him a drink.
27:49 | The rest said, “Let him be. Let’s see whether Elijah comes to save him.”
27:50 | Jesus cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up his spirit.
27:51 | Behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split.
27:52 | The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
27:53 | and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, they entered into the holy city and appeared to many.
27:54 | Now the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, feared
27:54 exceedingly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.”
27:55 | Many women were there watching from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, serving him.
27:56 | Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
27:57 | When evening had come, a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who himself was also Jesus’ disciple came.
27:58 | This man went to Pilate, and asked for Jesus’ body. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given up.
27:59 | Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
27:60 | and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut out in the rock, and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and
27:60 departed.
27:61 | Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb.
27:62 | Now on the next day, which was the day after the Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to
27:62 Pilate,
27:63 | saying, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise again.’
27:64 | Command therefore that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest perhaps his disciples come at night and steal him away,
27:64 and tell the people, ‘He is risen from the dead;’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.”
27:65 | Pilate said to them, “You have a guard. Go, make it as secure as you can.”
27:66 | So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone.
28:1 | Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the
28:1 tomb.
28:2 | Behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from the sky, and came and rolled away the stone from the
28:2 door, and sat on it.
28:3 | His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.
28:4 | For fear of him, the guards shook, and became like dead men.
28:5 | The angel answered the women, “Don’t be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified.
28:6 | He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying.
28:7 | Go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead, and behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there you will see
28:7 him.’ Behold, I have told you.”
28:8 | They departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring his disciples word.
28:9 | As they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!”
28:9 They came and took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.
28:10 | Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go tell my brothers { Note: The word for “brothers” here may be also correctly
28:10 translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.” } that they should go into Galilee, and there they will see me.”
28:11 | Now while they were going, behold, some of the guards came into the city, and told the chief priests all the things that had
28:11 happened.
28:12 | When they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave a large amount of silver to the soldiers,
28:13 | saying, “Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
28:14 | If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him and make you free of worry.”
28:15 | So they took the money and did as they were told. This saying was spread abroad among the Jews, and continues until this day.
28:16 | But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had sent them.
28:17 | When they saw him, they bowed down to him, but some doubted.
28:18 | Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.
28:19 | Go, { Note: TR and NU add “therefore” } and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
28:19 Son and of the Holy Spirit,
28:20 | teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
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Modified by Vincent Cheung (http://veenix.blogspot.com/) July 17, 2006 */ /* >8)&0xFF); state[2][j]^=((roundKey[j]>>16)&0xFF);state[3][j]^=((roundKey[j]>>24)&0xFF);}} function keyExpansion(key){var expandedKey=new Array();var temp; Nk=keySizeInBits/32;Nb=blockSizeInBits/32;Nr=roundsArray[Nk][Nb];for(var j=0; j>8)&0xFF])|(SBox[(temp>>16)&0xFF]<<8)|(SBox[(temp>>24) &0xFF]<<16)|(SBox[temp&0xFF]<<24))^ Rcon[Math.floor(j/Nk)-1]; else if(Nk>6&&j%Nk==4)temp=(SBox[(temp>>24)&0xFF]<<24)|(SBox[(temp>>16) &0xFF]<<16)|(SBox[(temp>>8)&0xFF]<<8)|(SBox[temp&0xFF]); expandedKey[j]=expandedKey[j-Nk]^ temp;}return expandedKey;}function Round(state, roundKey){byteSub(state,"encrypt");shiftRow(state,"encrypt");mixColumn(state,"encrypt"); addRoundKey(state,roundKey);}function InverseRound(state,roundKey) {addRoundKey(state,roundKey);mixColumn(state,"decrypt");shiftRow(state,"decrypt"); byteSub(state,"decrypt");}function FinalRound(state,roundKey){byteSub(state,"encrypt"); shiftRow(state,"encrypt");addRoundKey(state,roundKey);} function InverseFinalRound(state,roundKey){addRoundKey(state,roundKey); shiftRow(state,"decrypt");byteSub(state,"decrypt");}function encrypt(block,expandedKey) {var i;if(!block||block.length*8!=blockSizeInBits)return;if(!expandedKey)return; block=packBytes(block);addRoundKey(block,expandedKey);for(i=1;i0;i--)InverseRound(block, expandedKey.slice(Nb*i,Nb*(i+1)));addRoundKey(block,expandedKey); return unpackBytes(block);}function byteArrayToHex(byteArray){var result=""; if(!byteArray)return;for(var i=0;i0) {plaintext=plaintext.concat(getRandomBytes(bpb-i));}return plaintext;} function getRandomBytes(howMany){var i,bytes=new Array();for(i=0;i0; block--){aBlock=decrypt(ciphertext.slice(block*bpb,(block+1)*bpb),expandedKey); if(mode=="CBC")for(var i=0;i */ /* =0){a=a%0x80000000;a>>=b;a+=0x40000000>>(b-1);}else{a>>=b;} return a;}function shl1(a){a=a%0x80000000;if(a&0x40000000==0x40000000) {a-=0x40000000;a*=2;a+=0x80000000;}else{a*=2;}return a;}function shl(a,b) {a=integer(a);b=integer(b);for(var i=0;i=0){if(t2>=0){return((t1&t2)+0x80000000);} else{return(t1&b);}}else{if(t2>=0){return(a&t2);}else{return(a&b);}}} function or(a,b){a=integer(a);b=integer(b);var t1=a-0x80000000; var t2=b-0x80000000;if(t1>=0){if(t2>=0){return((t1|t2)+0x80000000);} else{return((t1|b)+0x80000000);}}else{if(t2>=0){return((a|t2)+0x80000000);} else{return(a|b);}}}function xor(a,b){a=integer(a);b=integer(b); var t1=a-0x80000000;var t2=b-0x80000000;if(t1>=0){if(t2>=0){return(t1 ^ t2);} else{return((t1 ^ b)+0x80000000);}}else{if(t2>=0){return((a ^ t2)+0x80000000);} else{return(a ^ b);}}}function not(a){a=integer(a);return 0xffffffff-a;} var state=new array(4);var count=new array(2);count[0]=0;count[1]=0; var buffer=new array(64);var transformBuffer=new array(16); var digestBits=new array(16);var S11=7;var S12=12;var S13=17;var S14=22; var S21=5;var S22=9;var S23=14;var S24=20;var S31=4;var S32=11;var S33=16; var S34=23;var S41=6;var S42=10;var S43=15;var S44=21;function F(x,y,z) {return or(and(x,y),and(not(x),z));}function G(x,y,z){return or(and(x,z),and(y, not(z)));}function H(x,y,z){return xor(xor(x,y),z);}function I(x,y,z) {return xor(y,or(x,not(z)));}function rotateLeft(a,n){return or(shl(a,n),(shr(a, (32-n))));}function FF(a,b,c,d,x,s,ac){a=a+F(b,c,d)+x+ac;a=rotateLeft(a,s);a=a+b; return a;}function GG(a,b,c,d,x,s,ac){a=a+G(b,c,d)+x+ac;a=rotateLeft(a,s);a=a+b; return a;}function HH(a,b,c,d,x,s,ac){a=a+H(b,c,d)+x+ac;a=rotateLeft(a,s);a=a+b; return a;}function II(a,b,c,d,x,s,ac){a=a+I(b,c,d)+x+ac;a=rotateLeft(a,s);a=a+b; return a;}function transform(buf,offset){var a=0,b=0,c=0,d=0; var x=transformBuffer;a=state[0];b=state[1];c=state[2];d=state[3];for(i=0;i<16; i++){x[i]=and(buf[i*4+offset],0xFF);for(j=1;j<4;j++) {x[i]+=shl(and(buf[i*4+j+offset],0xFF),j*8);}}a=FF(a,b,c,d,x[0],S11,0xd76aa478); d=FF(d,a,b,c,x[1],S12,0xe8c7b756);c=FF(c,d,a,b,x[2],S13,0x242070db);b=FF(b,c,d,a, x[3],S14,0xc1bdceee);a=FF(a,b,c,d,x[4],S11,0xf57c0faf);d=FF(d,a,b,c,x[5],S12, 0x4787c62a);c=FF(c,d,a,b,x[6],S13,0xa8304613);b=FF(b,c,d,a,x[7],S14,0xfd469501); a=FF(a,b,c,d,x[8],S11,0x698098d8);d=FF(d,a,b,c,x[9],S12,0x8b44f7af);c=FF(c,d,a,b, x[10],S13,0xffff5bb1);b=FF(b,c,d,a,x[11],S14,0x895cd7be);a=FF(a,b,c,d,x[12],S11, 0x6b901122);d=FF(d,a,b,c,x[13],S12,0xfd987193);c=FF(c,d,a,b,x[14],S13,0xa679438e) ;b=FF(b,c,d,a,x[15],S14,0x49b40821);a=GG(a,b,c,d,x[1],S21,0xf61e2562);d=GG(d,a,b, c,x[6],S22,0xc040b340);c=GG(c,d,a,b,x[11],S23,0x265e5a51);b=GG(b,c,d,a,x[0],S24, 0xe9b6c7aa);a=GG(a,b,c,d,x[5],S21,0xd62f105d);d=GG(d,a,b,c,x[10],S22,0x2441453); c=GG(c,d,a,b,x[15],S23,0xd8a1e681);b=GG(b,c,d,a,x[4],S24,0xe7d3fbc8);a=GG(a,b,c, d,x[9],S21,0x21e1cde6);d=GG(d,a,b,c,x[14],S22,0xc33707d6);c=GG(c,d,a,b,x[3],S23, 0xf4d50d87);b=GG(b,c,d,a,x[8],S24,0x455a14ed);a=GG(a,b,c,d,x[13],S21,0xa9e3e905); d=GG(d,a,b,c,x[2],S22,0xfcefa3f8);c=GG(c,d,a,b,x[7],S23,0x676f02d9);b=GG(b,c,d,a, x[12],S24,0x8d2a4c8a);a=HH(a,b,c,d,x[5],S31,0xfffa3942);d=HH(d,a,b,c,x[8],S32, 0x8771f681);c=HH(c,d,a,b,x[11],S33,0x6d9d6122);b=HH(b,c,d,a,x[14],S34,0xfde5380c) ;a=HH(a,b,c,d,x[1],S31,0xa4beea44);d=HH(d,a,b,c,x[4],S32,0x4bdecfa9);c=HH(c,d,a, b,x[7],S33,0xf6bb4b60);b=HH(b,c,d,a,x[10],S34,0xbebfbc70);a=HH(a,b,c,d,x[13],S31, 0x289b7ec6);d=HH(d,a,b,c,x[0],S32,0xeaa127fa);c=HH(c,d,a,b,x[3],S33,0xd4ef3085); b=HH(b,c,d,a,x[6],S34,0x4881d05);a=HH(a,b,c,d,x[9],S31,0xd9d4d039);d=HH(d,a,b,c, x[12],S32,0xe6db99e5);c=HH(c,d,a,b,x[15],S33,0x1fa27cf8);b=HH(b,c,d,a,x[2],S34, 0xc4ac5665);a=II(a,b,c,d,x[0],S41,0xf4292244);d=II(d,a,b,c,x[7],S42,0x432aff97); c=II(c,d,a,b,x[14],S43,0xab9423a7);b=II(b,c,d,a,x[5],S44,0xfc93a039);a=II(a,b,c, d,x[12],S41,0x655b59c3);d=II(d,a,b,c,x[3],S42,0x8f0ccc92);c=II(c,d,a,b,x[10],S43, 0xffeff47d);b=II(b,c,d,a,x[1],S44,0x85845dd1);a=II(a,b,c,d,x[8],S41,0x6fa87e4f); d=II(d,a,b,c,x[15],S42,0xfe2ce6e0);c=II(c,d,a,b,x[6],S43,0xa3014314);b=II(b,c,d, a,x[13],S44,0x4e0811a1);a=II(a,b,c,d,x[4],S41,0xf7537e82);d=II(d,a,b,c,x[11],S42, 0xbd3af235);c=II(c,d,a,b,x[2],S43,0x2ad7d2bb);b=II(b,c,d,a,x[9],S44,0xeb86d391); state[0]+=a;state[1]+=b;state[2]+=c;state[3]+=d;}function md5_init() {count[0]=count[1]=0;state[0]=0x67452301;state[1]=0xefcdab89;state[2]=0x98badcfe; state[3]=0x10325476;for(i=0;i=63){transform(buffer,0);}} function md5_finish(){var bits=new array(8);var padding;var i=0,index=0,padLen=0; for(i=0;i<4;i++){bits[i]=and(shr(count[0],(i*8)),0xFF);}for(i=0;i<4;i++) {bits[i+4]=and(shr(count[1],(i*8)),0xFF);}index=and(shr(count[0],3),0x3F); padLen=(index<56)?(56-index):(120-index);padding=new array(64);padding[0]=0x80; for(i=0;i */ /* maxLineLength){b64t+=b64l+"\n";b64l="";} b64l+=base64code.charAt(b[i]>>2);b64l+=base64code.charAt(((b[i]&3)<<4) |(b[i+1]>>4));b64l+=base64code.charAt(((b[i+1]&0xF)<<2)|(b[i+2]>>6)); b64l+=base64code.charAt(b[i+2]&0x3F);}if((b.length-i)==1) {b64l+=base64code.charAt(b[i]>>2);b64l+=base64code.charAt(((b[i]&3)<<4)); b64l+="==";}else if((b.length-i)==2){b64l+=base64code.charAt(b[i]>>2); b64l+=base64code.charAt(((b[i]&3)<<4)|(b[i+1]>>4)); b64l+=base64code.charAt(((b[i+1]&0xF)<<2));b64l+="=";}if((b64l.length+4) >maxLineLength){b64t+=b64l+"\n";b64l="";}if(base64addsent) {b64l+=base64esent;}b64t+=b64l+"\n";return b64t;}function disarm_base64(s) {var b=new Array();var i=0,j,c,shortgroup=0,n=0;var d=new Array(); if((j=s.indexOf(base64sent))>=0){s=s.substring(j+base64sent.length,s.length);} if((j=s.indexOf(base64esent))>=0){s=s.substring(0,j);}while(i=s.length){if(j>0){ //alert("Base64 cipher text truncated."); return b;}break;} c=base64code.indexOf(s.charAt(i));if(c>=0){d[j++]=c;}else if(s.charAt(i)=="=") {d[j++]=0;shortgroup++;}else if(s.substring(i,i+base64esent.length)==base64esent) {i=s.length;continue;}else{}i++;}if(j==4){b[n++]=((d[0]<<2)|(d[1]>>4))&0xFF; if(shortgroup<2){b[n++]=((d[1]<<4)|(d[2]>>2))&0xFF;if(shortgroup<1) {b[n++]=((d[2]<<6)|d[3])&0xFF;}}}}return b;} /* ]]> */ /* =0x80)&&(c<=0x7FF)){utf8+=String.fromCharCode((c>>6)|0xC0); utf8+=String.fromCharCode((c&0x3F)|0x80);}else{utf8+=String.fromCharCode((c>>12) |0xE0);utf8+=String.fromCharCode(((c>>6)&0x3F)|0x80); utf8+=String.fromCharCode((c&0x3F)|0x80);}}return utf8;} function utf8_to_unicode(utf8){var s="",i=0,b1,b2,b2;while(i=0xC0)&&(b1<0xE0)){b2=utf8.charCodeAt(i+1); s+=String.fromCharCode(((b1&0x1F)<<6)|(b2&0x3F));i+=2;} else{b2=utf8.charCodeAt(i+1);b3=utf8.charCodeAt(i+2); s+=String.fromCharCode(((b1&0xF)<<12)|((b2&0x3F)<<6)|(b3&0x3F));i+=3;}}return s;} function encode_utf8(s){var i,necessary=false;for(i=0;i0xFF)){necessary=true;break;}} if(!necessary){return s;}return String.fromCharCode(0x9D)+unicode_to_utf8(s);} function decode_utf8(s){if((s.length>0)&&(s.charCodeAt(0)==0x9D)) {return utf8_to_unicode(s.substring(1));}return s;} /* ]]> */ /* ').replace(/\\n/g,'
'); keyText = prompt("Please enter the decryption key", ""); setKey(keyText); var ct=new Array(); // remove line breaks ct=disarm_base64(encryptedText.replace(/
/gi, "").replace(/
/gi, "").replace(/\\n/gi, "")); var result=rijndaelDecrypt(ct,key,"CBC"); var header=result.slice(0,20); result=result.slice(20); var dl=(header[16]<<24)|(header[17]<<16)|(header[18]<<8)|header[19]; if((dl<0)||(dl>result.length)) { // alert("Message (length "+result.length+") truncated. "+dl+" characters expected."); dl=result.length; } var i,plaintext=""; md5_init(); for(i=0;i')); } /* ]]> */