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The Announcement of Matthew
The Holy Gospel, the Announcement of Matthew the Legate.

I.

  01 THE book of the nativity of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, son of Abraham.
  02 Abraham begat Isaac: Isaac begat Jacob: Jacob begat Judah and his brothers: 
  03 Judah begat Pharez and Zara of Tamar: Pharez begat Hezron: Hezron begat Ram: 
  04 Ram begat Aminadab: Aminadab begat Nahshon: Nahshon begat Salmon: 
  05 Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab: Boaz begat Obed of Ruth: Obed begat Jesse: 
  06 Jesse begat David the king: David begat Solomon of the wife of Uriah: 
  07 Solomon begat Rehoboam: Rehoboam begat Abia: Abia begat Asa: 
  08 Asa begat Jehoshaphat: Jehoshaphat begat Joram: Joram begat Uzziah: 
  09 Uzziah begat Jotham: Jotham begat Ahaz: Ahaz begat Hezekiah: 
  10 Hezekiah begat Manasseh: Manasseh begat Amon: Amon begat Josiah: 
  11 Josiah begat Jeconiah and his brothers, in the captivity of Babylon.
  12 And after the captivity of Babylon, Jeconiah begat Salathiel: Salathiel begat Zerubbabel: 
  13 Zerubbabel begat Abiud: Abiud begat Eliakim: Eliakim begat Azor: 
  14 Azor begat Zadok: Zadok begat Achim: Achim begat Eliud: 
  15 Eliud begat Eleazar: Eleazar begat Matthan: Matthan begat Jacob: 
  16 Jacob begat Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called the Messiah. 
  17 All the generations, therefore, are, from Abraham to David fourteen generations, and from David to the captivity of Babylon fourteen generations, and from the captivity of Babylon to the Messiah fourteen generations.
  18 And the birth of Jesus the Messiah was thus. While his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they had cohabited, she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 
  19 And Joseph her husband was a righteous man, and unwilling to expose her: and he thought of putting her away privately. 
  20 And while he contemplated these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, and said to him: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her, is from the Holy Spirit: 
  21 and she will bear a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he will resuscitate his people from their sins. 
  22 Now all this that occurred, was to fulfill what was spoken of the Lord by the prophet: 
  23 Behold, a virgin will conceive, and will bear a son, and thou shalt call his name Emmanuel, which is interpreted, Our God with us. 
  24 And when Joseph rose from his sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took his wife. 
  25 And he knew her not, until she had borne her firstborn son, and called is name Jesus.

II.

  01 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea, in the days of Herod the king, there came Magi from the east unto Jerusalem, 
  02 saying: Where is the king of the Jews that is born ? For we have seen his star in the east, and have come to worship him. 
  03 And Herod the king heard, and he was disturbed; and all Jerusalem with him. 
  04 And he assembled all the chiefs of the priests and the scribes of the people, and inquired of them, Where is the birthplace of the Messiah ? 
  05 And they said: In Bethlehem of Judaea; for thus it is written in the prophet: 
  06 Thou also, Bethlehem of Judaea, art not the little among the kings of Judaea, for a king shall come from thee who shall rule my people Israel. 
  07 Then Herod privately called the Magi, and learned from them at what time the star appeared to them.
  08 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said to them, Go, search diligently for the child; and when ye have found him, come and tell me, that I also may go and worship him. 
  09 And they, when they had heard from the king, went forward: and lo, the star they had seen in the east went before them, until it came and stood over where the child was.
  10 And when they saw the star, they rejoiced much, with great joy. 
  11 And they entered the house; and they saw the child, with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped him: and they opened their treasures, and presented to him gifts, gold, and myrrh, and frankincense. 
  12 And it was shown them in a dream, that they should not return to Herod. And by another way, they returned to their country.
  13 And when they were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, and said to him, Arise, take the child and his mother, and flee into Egypt; and be thou there, until I tell thee: for Herod will seek for the child, to destroy it. 
  14 Then Joseph arose, took the child and his mother, by night, and fled to Egypt. 
  15 And he was there, until the death of Herod; that so might be fulfilled that which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, From Egypt have I called my son. 
  16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been deluded by the Magi, was very angry. And he sent and slew all the children in Bethlehem, and in all its confines, from a child of two years and under, according to the time that he had carefully learned from the Magi. 
  17 Then was that fulfilled, which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: 
  18 A voice was heard in Rama, weeping and great lamentation; Rachel bemoaning her children  , and unwilling to be comforted, because they are no more. 
  19 But when king Herod was dead, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
  20 and said to him: Arise, take the child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel; for they are dead who sought the life of the child. 
  21 And Joseph arose, and took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. 
  22 But when he heard that Archelaus was king in Judaea, instead of his father Herod, he feared to go thither. And it was revealed to him in a dream, that he should go into the land of Galilee. 
  23 And he came and dwelt in a city that is called Nazareth : that so might be fulfilled that which was said by the prophet, that he should be called a Nazarene.

III.

  01 And in those days came John the Baptizer. And he proclaimed in the desert of Judaea,
  02 and said: Repent; the kingdom of heaven hath approached. 
  03 For this is he of whom it was said, by Isaiah the prophet: The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make smooth his paths. 
  04 And as to this John, his raiment was of camel's hair, and a girdle of skin was upon his loins; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 
  05 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the country about the Jordan. 
  06 And they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, while they confessed their sins. 
  07 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees, who came to be baptized, he said to them: Generation of vipers, who hath taught you to flee from the wrath that cometh ? 
  08 Bring forth the fruits therefore, that accord with repentance. 
  09 And do not think, and say within yourselves, that Abraham is our father: for I say to you, that God is able of these tones to raise up children to Abraham. 
  10 And lo, the ax is put to the root of trees. Every tree,  therefore,  which beareth not good fruit, is felled, and falleth into the fire. 
  11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but he that cometh after me is more powerful than I; whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 
  12 His winnowing shovel is in his hand; and he will make clean his threshing-floor. The wheat he will gather into his storehouse; and the chaff he will burn with fire not extinguished.
  13 Then came Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized by him. 
  14 But John refused him; and said, I need to be baptized by thee, and hast thou come to me ? 
  15 And Jesus answered, and said to him: Allow it now, for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he permitted him. 
  16 And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water. And heaven was opened to him; and he saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove, and it came upon him. 
  17 And lo, a voice from heaven, which said: This is my beloved Son, in whom I have delight.

IV.

  01 Then was Jesus led by the Holy Spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the Calumniator 
  02 And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he hungered. 
  03 And the Tempter came, and said to him: If thou art the Son of God, command these stones to become bread. 
  04 But he replied, and said: It is written, that not by bread only, doth man live; but by every word proceeding from the mouth of God. 
  05 Then the Calumniator took him to the holy city, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, 
  06 and said to him: If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, that he will give his angels charge of thee, and in their hands will they sustain thee, lest thou strike thy foot against a stone. 
  07 Jesus said to him: It is moreover written, that thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 
  08 Again the Calumniator took him to a mountain that was very high, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory; 
  09 and said to him: All these will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 
  10 Then Jesus said to him: Begone, Satan ; for it is written, that thou shalt worship the Lord, thy God; and him only shalt thou serve. 
  11 Then the Calumniator left him: and lo, angels came, and ministered to him.
  12 And when Jesus had heard that John was delivered up, he retired to Galilee. 
  13 And he left Nazareth, and came and dwelt in Capernaum, by the side of the sea, on the confines of Zebulon and Naphthali. 
  14 That so might be fulfilled that which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, who said:
  15 The land of Zebulon, the land of Naphthali, the way of the sea, the ford of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 
  16 the people that sat in darkness, have seen great light; and to them who sat in the region and shadow of death, light is arisen.
  17 From that time began Jesus to proclaim and say: Repent; for the kingdom of heaven  hath approached. 
  18 And as he  walked on the shore of the  sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Cephas, and Andrew his brother, who were casting nets into the sea; for they were fishermen. 
  19 And Jesus said to them: Follow me; and I will cause you to become fishers of men. 
  20 And immediately, they left their nets, and went after him. 
  21 And as he passed on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, who were mending their nets. And Jesus called them. 
  22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and went after him. 
  23 And Jesus traveled over all Galilee. and he taught in their synagogues and proclaimed the tidings of the kingdom; and he cured every disease and malady among the people. 
  24 And his fame spread through all Syria. And they brought to him all them that were very sick with diverse diseases, and them that were afflicted with pains, and demoniacs, and lunatics and paralytics; and he healed them. 
  25 And there followed him great multitudes from Galilee, and from the Ten Cities, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea,  and from beyond the Jordan.

V.

  01 And when Jesus saw the multitudes, he ascended a hill; and when he was seated, his disciples drew near him: 
  02 and he opened his mouth, and taught them, and said: 
  03 Blessed are the poor in spirit for the kingdom of heaven is theirs! 
  04 Blessed are the mourners: for they shall be comforted! 
  05 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth! 
  06 Blessed are they that  hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be satiated! 
  07 Blessed are the merciful: for on them shall be mercies! 
  08 Blessed are the clean in heart: for they shall behold God ! 
  09 Blessed are the cultivators of peace: for they shall be called sons of God ! 
  10 Blessed are they that are persecuted on account of righteousness: for the kingdom of heaven is theirs! 
  11 Blessed are ye, when they revile you and persecute you, and speak every evil thing against you, falsely, on my account. 
  12 At that time, rejoice and be glad: for your reward in heaven is great. For so  they persecuted the prophets that were before you.
  13 Ye are the salt of  the earth! But if the salt  become insipid, with what shall it be seasoned ? It is fit for nothing; but to be thrown out, and be trodden under foot by men. 
  14 Ye are the light of the world! A city built upon a hill, not be concealed. 
  15 And they do not light a lamp and place it under a bushel; but upon a lightstand, and it giveth light to all that are in the house. 
  16 Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in heaven.
  17 Do not suppose that I have come to subvert the law or the prophets: [I have come] not to subvert, but to fulfill. 
  18 For verily I say to you, that until heaven and earth shall pass away, one iota or one letter shall not pass from the law, until all shall be fulfilled. 
  19 Therefore whoever shall  break one of these small commands and shall so inculcate on the children of men, shall be called little in the kingdom of heaven: but every one that shall do and teach [them], shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 
  20 For I  say to you, that unless your righteousness shall abound more than that of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
  21 Ye have heard that it was said to the ancients, Thou shalt not kill: and every one that killeth, is obnoxious to judgment. 
  22 But I say to you, That every one who is angry with his brother rashly, is obnoxious to judgment: and every one that saith to his brother, Raka! is obnoxious to the council : and every one that shall say, Fool is obnoxious to hell-fire. 
  23 If therefore thou shalt bring thy oblation to the altar, and shalt there remember that thy brother hath any offence against thee, 
  24 leave there thy oblation before the altar, and go first and be reconciled with thy brother; and then come and present thy oblation.
  25 Be at agreement with thy prosecutor, forthwith, and while on the way with him; lest the prosecutor deliver thee up to the judge, and the Judge deliver thee over to the sheriff, and thou fall into the house of prisoners. 
  26 Verily I  say to thee, Thou wilt not come out from there until thou hast paid the last farthing.
  27 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt not commit adultery. 
  28 But I say to you, That whoever gazeth on a woman with concupiscence, at once committeth adultery with her in his heart.
  29 If therefore thy right eye make thee offend, pluck it out, and cast it from thee; because it is better for thee that thy one member perish, than that thy whole body fall into hell.
  30 And if thy right hand make thee offend, cut it off, and cast it from thee; because it is better for thee that one of thy members perish, than that thy whole body fall into hell.
  31 It hath been said, That if a man will put away his wife, he must give her a writing of divorcement. 
  32 But I say to you, That whoever putteth away his wife, except for the offence of whoredom, causeth her to commit adultery: and he that taketh the divorced woman, committeth adultery.
  33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said to the ancients, Thou shalt not be false in thy oaths; but thou shalt perform thine oaths to the Lord. 
  34 But I say to you, Swear not at all: not by heaven, for it is the throne of God: 
  35 and not by the earth, for it is the footstool under his feet: and likewise not by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king. 
  36 Moreover, thou shalt not swear by thy head, for thou canst not make one hair in it either black or white. 
  37 But let your  language be, Yes, yes; or No, no; for whatever is beyond these proceedeth from evil.
  38 Ye have heard that it hath been said: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. 
  39 But I say to you: Resist not evil; but if a person smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 
  40 And if one is disposed to sue thee and get away thy coat, relinquish to him also thy cloak. 
  41 Whoever compelleth thee to go one mile, go with him two. 
  42 Whoever demandeth of thee, give to him: and whoever wisheth to borrow of thee, deny him not.
  43 Ye have heard that it hath been said: Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thy enemy. 
  44 But I say to you: Love your enemies; and bless him that curseth you; and do good to him that hateth you; and pray for them that lead  you in bonds, and that persecute you: 
  45 that ye may be the children of your Father that is in heaven, who causeth his sun to rise upon the good and upon the bad, and sendeth his rain upon the righteous and upon the unrighteous. 
  46 For, if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans do this? 
  47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye that is not common? Do not even publicans do this?
  48 Be ye therefore perfect; even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

VI.

  01 Be cautious in your alms-giving, not to perform it before men, so that ye may be seen of them: otherwise, ye have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 
  02 Therefore, when thou doest alms thou shalt not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may get praise from men. Verily I say to you, They have gotten their reward. 
  03 But thou, when doing alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
  04 that thy alms may be in secret. And thy Father, who seeth in secret, will reward thee openly.
  05 And when thou prayest. thou shalt not be like the hypocrites, who are fond of standing up in the synagogues and at the corners of streets to pray, so that they may be seen by people. Verily I say to you, they have gotten their reward. 
  06 But thou, when thou prayest enter into thy closet and close the door, and pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father, who seeth in secret, will  reward thee openly. 
  07 And when ye pray, be not garrulous like the heathen; for they expect to be heard for their abundance of words.
  08 Therefore, be not like them; for your Father knoweth what is needful for you, before ye ask him.
  09 In this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name: 
  10 Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done; as in heaven, so on earth: 
  11 Give us our needful bread, this day: 
  12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors: 
  13 And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever: Amen. 
  14 For if ye forgive men their faults, your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you.
  15 But if ye shall not forgive men, your Father also forgiveth not you your faults.
  16 And when ye fast, be not sad like the hypocrites. For they distort their faces, that they may be seen of men to fast. Verily I say to you, they have gotten their reward. 
  17 But, when thou fastest, wash thou thy face, and anoint thy head: 
  18 that thou mayest not be seen by men as a faster, but by thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret, will recompense thee.
  19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust spoil, and where thieves dig through and steal. 
  20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where no moth and no rust can spoil, and no thieves dig through nor steal. 
  21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart also be.
  22 The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore thy eye shall be sound, thy whole body will be luminous. 
  23 But if thy eye shall be diseased, thy whole body will be dark. If then the light that is in thee be darkness, how great will be thy darkness !
  24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will honor the one and neglect the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 
  25 Therefore I say to you: Be not anxious about your life, what ye shall eat, and what ye shall drink; nor about your body, how ye shall clothe yourselves. Is not the life more important than food, and the body than raiment ? 
  26 Look at the birds of heaven; which sow not, and reap not, and gather not into storehouses, but your Father who is in heaven feedeth them. Are not ye more important than they ? 
  27 And who of you that shall be anxious, can add to his stature a cubit ? 
  28 And about raiment, why are ye anxious? Consider the lilies of the desert, in what manner they grow. They toil not; and they spin not. 
  29 Yet I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory, was arrayed like one of them. 
  30 And if God so clothe the grass of the field, which exists to-day, and tomorrow falls into the oven, will he not much more [clothe] you, ye small in faith? 
  31 Therefore be not anxious; nor say, What shall we eat, or what shall we drink; or wherewith be clothed? 
  32 For, all these things the people of the world seek after. And your Father, who is in heaven, knoweth that all these things are needful to you. 
  33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added to you.
  34 Therefore be not anxious about the morrow: for the morrow hath its own anxieties. Sufficient for the day, is its own evil.

VII.

  01 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 
  02 For with the judgment that ye judge, ye shall be judged; and by the measure that ye measure, shall it be measured to you. 
  03 And why observest thou the straw in thy brother's eye, and regardest not the beam that is in thine own eye ? 
  04 Or how canst thou say to thy brother, Allow me to pluck the straw from thy eye; and lo! a beam is in thy own eye. 
  05 Thou hypocrite; pluck first the beam from thy own eye; and then thou wilt see clearly, to pluck the straw out of thy brother's eye.
  06 Give not a holy thing to dogs: and cast not your pearls before swine; lest they tread them under their feet, and turn and lacerate you.
  07 Ask, and it shall be given to you: seek, and ye shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.
  08 For, every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. 
  09 For what man is there among you, of whom if his son ask bread, will he reach him a stone? 
  10 Or if he ask of him a fish, will he reach him a serpent? 
  11 If ye then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
  12 Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you;  so also do ye to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 
  13 Enter ye in by the strait gate; for wide is the gate and broad the way which leadeth to destruction; and many are they that walk in it.
  14 How small the gate and straitened the way that leadeth to life, and few they who find it!
  15 Beware of false prophets; who come to you in the garb of sheep, but internally they are rapacious wolves.
  16 And from their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes; or figs from thistles? 
  17 So every good tree beareth good fruits; but a bad tree beareth bad fruits. 
  18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruits; nor can a bad tree bear good fruits. 
  19 Every tree that beareth not good fruits, is cut down and consigned to the fire. 
  20 Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them. 
  21 Not whoever may say to me, My Lord, my Lord, will enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. 
  22 Many will say to me in that day, My Lord, my Lord, have-we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name cast out demons ? and in thy name wrought many works of power? 
  23 And then will I declare to them; I never knew you. Depart from me, ye doers of evil. 
  24 Every one therefore that heareth these my discourses, and doeth them, will be like to a wise man, one that built his house upon a rock. 
  25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew; and they rushed upon that house; and it fell not, for its foundations were laid upon a rock. 
  26 And every one that heareth these my discourses, and doeth them not, will be like a foolish man that built his house upon sand. 
  27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew; and they rushed upon that house, and it fell; and great was the ruin of it. 
  28 And so it was, that when Jesus had ended these discourses, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching: 
  29 for he taught them as one having authority; and not as their Scribes and Pharisees.

VIII.

  01 And as he descended from the mountain, great multitudes gathered around him. 
  02 And behold, a leper came and worshipped him, and said: My Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 
  03 And Jesus stretched forth his hand, touched him, and said: I will: be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 
  04 And Jesus said to him, See, thou tell no man: but go, show thyself to the priests, and present an oblation as Moses enjoined, for a testimony to them.
  05 And when Jesus had entered into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, and besought him, 
  06 and said: My Lord, my child lieth at home an is paralytic, and badly afflicted. 
  07 Jesus said to him, I will come and heal him. 
  08 The centurion replied, and said: My Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my child will be healed. 
  09 For I also am a man under authority, and there are soldiers under my hands, and I say to this  one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this thing, and he doeth [it]. 
  10 And when Jesus heard [this], he admired [it]; and he said to those walking with him, Verily I say to you, I have not found faith like this even in Israel. 
  11 And I say to you, that many shall come from the east, and from the west, and shall recline with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven; 
  12 but the children of the kingdom shall go forth into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 
  13 And Jesus said to the centurion. Go; be it to thee as thou hast believed. And his child was cured in that same hour.
  14 And Jesus came to the house of Simon  and saw his wife's mother prostrate, confined by a fever. 
  15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose and ministered to them.
  16 And when it was evening, they brought many demoniacs before him; and he expelled their demons by a word, and healed all them that were diseased: 
  17 that so might be fulfilled that which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, who said: He will bear our sorrows, and our infirmities he will take upon him.
  18 And when Jesus saw great multitudes, around him, he ordered that they should go to the site shore. 
  19 And a Scribe came and said to him: Rabbi, I will follow thee to the place whither thou goest. 
  20 Jesus said to him, For foxes there are holes, and for the birds of heaven there are nests; but for the Son of man, there is not where he may recline his head. 
  21 And another of his disciples said to him: My Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 
  22 But Jesus said to him: Follow thou me, and leave the dead to bury their dead.
  23 And when Jesus entered the ship, his disciples embarked with him.
  24 And lo, a great commotion arose in the sea, so that the vessel was covered by the waves. But Jesus was asleep: 
  25 and his disciples came to awake him, and said to him: Our Lord, deliver us; we are perishing!
  26 Jesus said to them, Why are ye afraid, ye small in faith! Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the sea; and there was great tranquillity. 
  27 And the men were amazed; and they said, What a man is this, to whom the winds and the sea are obedient !
  28 And when Jesus arrived at the farther shore, in the country of the Gadarenes, there met him two demoniacs, who came out from the sepulchres, very furious, so that no one could pass that way. 
  29 And they cried out, and said: What have we to do with thee ? Jesus, thou Son of God. Hast thou come hither before the time to torment us? 
  30 And at a distance from them there was a herd of many swine feeding 
  31 And the demons entreated of him, and said: If thou cast us out, suffer us to go into the herd of swine. 
  32 And Jesus said to them, Go ye. And immediately they came out, and entered into the swine; and that whole herd ran straight to a precipice and plunged into the sea, and perished in the waters. 
  33 And the herdsmen fled, and entered the city, and related all that had occurred, and concerning the demoniacs. 
  34 And all the city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him to retire from their coasts.

IX.

  01 And he entered the ship, and passed over and came to his own city. 
  02 And they brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And Jesus saw their faith, and said to the paralytic: Take courage, my son; thy sins are forgiven thee. 
  03 And some of the Scribes said in their minds, This man blasphemeth. 
  04 But Jesus knew their thoughts: and he said to them, Why do ye think evil [things] in your heart? 
  05 For, which is the easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk? 
  06 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath authority on earth to forgive sins, he said to the paralytic: Arise, take up thy bed, and go to thy home. 
  07 And he arose and went to his home. 
  08 And when the multitudes saw [it], they were struck with awe; and they praised God, who had given authority like this to men.
  09 And as Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man sitting at the custom-house, whose name was Matthew. And he said to him, Follow me: and he arose and followed him. 
  10 And as they were reclining in a house, many publicans an sinners came and reclined with Jesus and his disciples. 
  11 And when the Pharisees saw [it] they said to his disciples, Why doth your Rabbi eat with publicans and sinners? 
  12 And as Jesus heard [it], he said to them: They who are in health have no need of a physician, but they that are very sick. 
  13 Go and learn what that is: I require compassion, and not a sacrifice! For I did not come to call the righteous, but the sinful.
  14 Then came to him the disciples of John, and said: Why do we and the Pharisees fast much and thy disciples fast not? 
  15 Jesus said to them: Can the children of the nuptial chamber fast, so long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and then they will fast. 
  16 No one inserteth a piece of new cloth on an old garment; lest that which filleth up, tear from that garment, and the rent become greater. 
  17 And they do not put new wine into old sacks; lest the sacks burst, and the wine run out, and the sacks perish. But they put new wine into new sacks and they are both preserved.
  18 And while he was thus discoursing with them a certain ruler came, drew near, worshipped him and said: My daughter is already dead, but come lay thy hand upon her, and she will live. 
  19 And Jesus rose up, and his disciples; and they followed him. 
  20 And behold, a woman whose blood had flowed fourteen years, came up behind him, and touched the extremity of his robe: 
  21 for she had said in her mind, If I but touch his garment I shall be cured. 
  22 And Jesus turned himself, looked at her, and said to her: Take courage, my daughter; thy faith hath given thee life. And the woman was cured from that very hour. 
  23 And Jesus came to the house of the ruler: and he saw there pipers, and multitudes making outcry. 
  24 And he said to them: Retire; for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they scoffed at him. 
  25 And when he had ejected the throngs, he entered in, and took her by the hand, and the maid rose up. 
  26 And the fame of this [thing] spread in all that land.
  27 And when Jesus had passed from there, two blind men followed after him, and said: Have mercy on us, Thou Son of David! 
  28 And when he had entered a house, those blind men approached him, and Jesus said to them: Believe ye that I am able to do this ? They said to him, Yes, our Lord. 
  29 Then he touched their eyes, and said: As ye have believed, so shall it be to you. 
  30 And forthwith their eyes were opened. And Jesus charged them and said: See, that no man know [of it]. 
  31 But they went out and spread the fame of it in all that land.
  32 And as Jesus went out, they brought to him a dumb man in whom was a demon. 
  33 And when the demon had gone out, the dumb man conversed. And the multitudes admired, and said: Never was it so seen in Israel! 
  34 But the Pharisees said: It is by the Prince of demons, he casteth out demons.
  35 And Jesus traveled over all the cities and the villages: and he taught in their synagogues, and proclaimed the tidings of the kingdom, and healed all diseases and all pains. 
  36 And when Jesus looked on the multitudes, he pitied them; because they were wearied and dispersed, like sheep that have no shepherd. 
  37 And he said to his disciples, The harvest is great, and the laborers few. 
  38 Entreat, therefore, of the Lord of the harvest, that he would send laborers into his harvest.

X.

  01 And he called his twelve disciples [to him], and gave them authority over unclean spirits to cast them out, and to heal every pain and disease. 
  02 And the names of those twelve Legates are these: The first of them, Simon who is called Cephas, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 
  03 and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Thomas, and Matthew the publican; and James the son of Alpheus, and Lebbeus who was called Thaddeus; 
  04 and Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, he who betrayed him. 
  05 These twelve Jesus sent forth: and he commanded them and said: Go not in the way of the Gentiles: and enter not the cities of the Samaritans. 
  06 But, go ye rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 
  07 And as ye go, proclaim and say: The kingdom of heaven hath approached. 
  08 Heal ye the sick; cleanse the leprous; [raise the dead;] and cast out demons. Freely ye have received; freely give. 
  09 Provide not gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses; 
  10 nor a wallet for the journey: neither two coats, nor shoes, nor a staff. For the laborer is worthy of his food. 
  11 And into whatever city or town ye enter, inquire, who in it is worthy; and there stay until ye depart. 
  12 And when ye enter a house, salute the household. 
  13 And if the house be worthy, your peace will come upon it; but if it be not worthy, your peace will return upon yourselves. 
  14 And whoever will not receive you, nor hear your discourses, when ye depart from that house or that town, shake off the dust from your feet. 
  15 Verily I say to you, that it will be comfortable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, rather than for that city.
  16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep among wolves. Therefore be ye sagacious as serpents, and guileless as doves. 
  17 And beware of men; for they will deliver you over to the tribunals, and will scourge you in their synagogues. 
  18 And they will bring you before governors and kings, on my account, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 
  19 And when they deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye shall speak; for it shall be given you in that hour what to say. 
  20 For it is not ye that speak, but the spirit of your Father speaking in you. 
  21 And brother shall deliver up his brother to death, and a father his son; and children shall rise up against parents, and cause them to die. 
  22 And ye shall be hated by every one, on account of my name. But he that shall endure to the end, shall have life.
  23 And when they persecute you in one city, flee to another: for verily I say to you, Ye shall not have completed all the cities of the house of Israel, till the Son of man shall come. 
  24 No disciple is better than his rabbi; nor a servant, than his lord. 
  25 It is sufficient for the disciple, that he be as his rabbi; and the servant, as his lord. If they call the lord of the house Beelzebub, how much more the children of his family? 
  26 Therefore be not afraid of them; for there is nothing covered up, that shall not be exposed; nor concealed, that shall not become known. 
  27 Whatever I say to you in the dark, that speak ye in the light; and what ye have heard in your ears, proclaim ye on the housetops. 
  28 And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but cannot kill the soul; but be afraid rather of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 
  29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing ? Yet one of them doth not fall to the ground without your Father. 
  30 As for you, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 
  31 Therefore be not afraid: ye are more important than many sparrows. 
  32 Wherefore, whoever shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven. 
  33 But whoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.
  34 Think not that I have come to sow quietness on the earth: I have not come to sow quietness, but conflict. 
  35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 
  36 And a man's foes will be the members of his household. 
  37 He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me: 
  38 and he that doth not bear his cross and follow after me, is not worthy of me. 
  39 He that preserveth his life, shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake, shall preserve it. 
  40 He that entertaineth you, entertaineth me: and he that entertaineth me, entertaineth him that sent me. 
  41 He that entertaineth a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive a prophet's reward: and he that entertaineth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man, shall receive a righteous man's reward. 
  42 And whoever shall give one of these little ones to drink a cup of cold [water] only, in the name of a disciple, verily I say to you, he shall not lose his reward. 

XI.

  01 And when Jesus had ended the instructions to his twelve disciples, he went from there, to teach and to proclaim in their cities.
  02 Now when John, in the house of prisoners, heard of the works of Messiah, he sent by the hand of his disciples, 
  03 and said to him: Art thou he that cometh, or are we to expect another ? 
  04 Jesus answered, and said to them: Go, tell John the things that ye hear and see: 
  05 the blind see, and the lame walk, and the leprous are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead rise up, and the needy hear good tidings: 
  06 and happy is he, who shall not be stumbled at me. 
  07 And when they were gone, Jesus began to say to the multitudes, concerning John: What went ye into the wilderness to see ? A reed that waved in  the wind? 
  08 And if not; what went ye out to see? A man clothed in delicate robes ? Lo, they that are clothed in delicate [robes], are in the dwelling of kings. 
  09 And if not; what went ye out to see ? A prophet ? Yes, say I to you, and more than a prophet. 
  10 For this is he of whom it is written: Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, that he may prepare the way before thee. 
  11 Verily I say to you, Among those born of women, there hath not arisen a greater than John the Baptizer: yet the small one in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he. 
  12 And from the days of John the Baptizer, until now, the kingdom of heaven is assailed by force, and the violent seize it. 
  13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied, until the time of John. 
  14 And, if ye are willing, receive ye, that this is he who was to come. 
  15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear ! 
  16 But to what shall I compare this generation ? It is like to children, that sit in the marketplace and call to their associates, 
  17 and say:  We have sung to you, and ye did not dance: we have wailed to you, and ye did not lament. 
  18 For John came, not eating and not drinking; and they said, He hath a demon. 
  19 The Son of man came, eating and drinking; and they say: Behold, a gluttonous man, and a wine drinker, and a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified by her works. 
  20 Then began Jesus to reproach the cities, in which his many deeds of power were wrought, yet they repented not. 
  21 And he said: Woe to thee, Chorazin ! Woe to thee, Bethsaida ! For if the deeds of power done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, doubtless, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes. 
  22 But I say to you, It will be comfortable for Tyre and Sidon, in the day of judgment, rather than for you. 
  23 And thou, Capernaum, which hast been lifted up to heaven, shalt be brought down to the  grave.  For if those deeds of  power which were done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have stood to this day. 
  24 But I say to thee, It will be comfortable for the land of Sodom, in the day of judgment, rather than for thee.
  25 At that time Jesus answered and said: I praise thee, O my Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and knowing, and hast revealed them to little children. 
  26 Yes, my Father; for so it seemed good before thee. 
  27 Every thing is given up by my Father to me. And no one knoweth the Son, except the Father. Also, no one knoweth the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son is pleased to reveal [him]. 
  28 Come unto me, all ye wearied and heavily burdened, and I will ease you. 
  29 Take my yoke upon you; and learn from me, that I am gentle and subdued in my heart: and ye will find rest for your souls: 
  30 for my  yoke is pleasant, and my burden is light.

XII.
 
  01 At that time Jesus, on the sabbath, walked in the tillage grounds: and his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the ears and to eat. 
  02 And when the Pharisees saw them, they said to him: See; thy disciples are doing that which it is not lawful to do on the sabbath. 
  03 But he said to them, Have ye not read what David did when he was hungry, and they that were with him? 
  04 How he went to the house of God, and ate the bread of the Lord's table; which it was not lawful for him to eat, nor for them that were with him, but solely for the priests ? 
  05 Or have ye not read in the law, how that in the temple the priests profane the sabbath, and are without fault ?
  06 But I say to you, that a greater than the temple is here. 
  07 And if ye had known what that is, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice; ye would not have criminated them who are without fault. 
  08 For the Son of man, is lord of the sabbath.
  09 And Jesus went from there, and came to their synagogue. 
  10 And a man was there, whose hand was withered. And they questioned him and said, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath ? that they might defame him. 
  11 And he said to them, What man among you is there, who, if he have a sheep, and it fall into a pit on the day of the sabbath, doth not lay hold of it and lift it out ? 
  12 Now, how much better is a human being than a sheep ! Wherefore it is lawful to do what is good, on the sabbath. 
  13 Then said he to the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched out his hand; and it was restored, and like the other. 
  14 And the Pharisees went out and held a consultation against him, that they might destroy him.
  15 But Jesus knew [it]; and he retired from there. And great multitudes followed him: and he cured them all. 
  16 And he charged them not to make him known: 
  17 that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled, saying: 
  18 Behold my servant, in whom I have complacency; my beloved, in whom my soul delighteth. I will put my spirit upon him; and he shall proclaim judgment to the Gentiles. 
  19 He shall not contend, nor be clamorous, nor shall any one hear his voice in the market-place. 
  20 The crushed reed he will not break; and the flickering lamp he will not extinguish; until he bring judgment to be victorious. 
  21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
  22 Then they brought to him a demoniac that was dumb and blind; and he healed him, so that the dumb and blind man both talked and saw. 
  23 And all the multitude were amazed, and said: Is not this the son of David ? 
  24 But when the Pharisees heard [it], they said: This man doth not cast out demons, except by Beelzebub the prince of demons. 
  25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: Every kingdom that is divided against itself, will become desolate; and every house or city which is divided against itself, will not stand. 
  26 Now if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then doth his kingdom stand ? 
  27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out ? Wherefore they will be your judges. 
  28 But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, the kingdom of God hath come near to you. 
  29 Or how can one enter the house of a strong man, and plunder his goods, unless he first bind the strong man? and then  he may plunder his house. 
  30 He that is not  with me, is  against me; and he that gathereth not with me actually scattereth. 
  31 Therefore I say to you, that all sins and contumelies shall be forgiven to men; but the contumely which is against the Spirit, shall not be forgiven to men. 
  32 And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him: but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him;not in this world, and not in the world to come. 
  33 Either make the tree good, and its fruits good; or make the tree bad, and its fruits bad: for a tree is known by its fruits. 
  34 Offspring of vipers, how can  ye who are evil, speak good things ? For out of the fullnesses of the heart the mouth speaketh. 
  35 A good man out of good treasures bringeth forth good things, and a bad man out of bad treasures bringeth forth bad things. 
  36 For I  say to you, That for every idle word that  men shall speak, they shall give account of it in  the day of judgment. 
  37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified; and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
  38 Then answered some of the Scribes and of the Pharisees, and said to him: Teacher, we wish to see from thee a sign. 
  39 But he replied and said to them: A wicked and adulterous generation demandeth a sign: but a sign will not be given to it, unless it be the sign of Jonah the prophet. 
  40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights; so will the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. 
  41 The people of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment against this generation, and will condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and lo, a greater than Jonah is here. 
  42 The queen of the south will stand up in the judgment against this generation, and will condemn it: for she came from the extremities of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and lo, a superior to Solomon is here. 
  43 And when an unclean spirit goeth out of a man, it wandereth in places where is no water, and seeketh comfort and findeth  [it] not. 
  44 Then it saith: I will return to my house, from which I came out. And it cometh, and findeth it vacated, and swept clean, and set in order. 
  45 So it goeth and taketh with it seven other spirits, worse than itself, and they enter and dwell in it; and the end of that man is worse than his beginning. So will it be to this evil generation.
  46 And while he was discoursing to the multitudes, his mother and his brothers came and stood with out, and sought to speak with him. 
  47 And a person said to him: Lo, thy mother and thy brothers stand without, and seek to speak with thee. 
  48 But he replied, and said to him that informed him: Who is my mother ? and who are my brothers ? 
  49 And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, and said: Behold my mother, and behold my brothers! 
  50 For every one that doeth the good pleasure of my Father who is in heaven, that person is my brother, and my sister, and my mother.

XIII

  01 And on that day Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the side of the sea. 
  02 And great multitudes assembled around him; so that he embarked and seated himself in a ship, and all the multitude stood on the shore of the sea. 
  03 An he discoursed with them much, by similitudes. And he said, Behold, a sower went forth to sow. 
  04 And as he sowed, some [seed] fell upon the side of a path: and a bird came and devoured it. 
  05 And other [seed] fell upon a rock, so that it had not much soil: and it sprung up forthwith, because there was no depth of earth. 
  06 But when the sun was up it wilted. And, because it lacked root, it dried up.
  07 And other [seed] fell among thorns: and the thorns shot up, and choked it. 
  08 And other [seed] fell on good ground; and bore fruits, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, and some thirtyfold. 
  09 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
  10 And his disciples came and said to him, Why discoursest thou to them in similitudes ? 
  11 And he answered, and said to them: Because, to you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 
  12 For to him that hath, shall be given; and he shall abound: but from him that hath not, even what he hath shall be taken from him. 
  13 For this cause I discourse to them in similitudes, because they see and do not see, and they hear and do not hear, nor understand. 
  14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, who said: By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and by seeing ye see, and shall not know: 
  15 For the heart of this people hath grown fat, and with their ears they have heard heavily, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and should hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should turn; and I should heal them. 
  16 But happy are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. 
  17 For verily I say to you, That many prophets and righteous [men] longed to see what ye see, and did not see [it]; and to hear what ye hear, and did not hear [it]. 
  18 But hear ye the similitude of the seed. 
  19 Every one that heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, the evil one cometh and snatcheth away the seed sowed in his heart: this is what was sowed by the side of the path. 
  20 And that which was sowed on the rock, is he that heareth the word, and at once receiveth it with joy. 
  21 Yet hath he no root in him, but is of short duration, and when there is trouble or persecution on account of the word, he soon stumbleth. 
  22 And that which was sowed among thorns, is he that heareth the word; and care for this world and the deceptiveness of riches, choke the word; and he is without fruits. 
  23 But that which was sowed on good ground, is he that heareth my word, and understandeth. and beareth fruits, and yieldeth, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, and some thirtyfold.
  24 Another similitude he proposed to them, and said: The kingdom of heaven is like to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 
  25 And while people were asleep, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. 
  26 And when the plant shot up and bore fruits, then appeared also the tares. 
  27 And the servants of the householder came, and said to him, Our lord, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? From whence are the tares in it. 
  28 And he said to them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said to him, Is it thy pleasure that we go and gather them out ? 
  29 And he said to them, [No,] lest, while ye gather out the tares, ye also eradicate the wheat with them. 
  30 Let them both grow together until the harvest; and at the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, Gather out first the tares, and bind them in bundles to be burned; but the wheat gather ye into my granary.
  31 Another similitude proposed he to them, and said: The kingdom of heaven is like to a kernel of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. 
  32 And this is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown, it is greater than all the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that a bird of heaven may come and nestle in its branches.
  33 Another similitude spake he to them, The kingdom of heaven is like the leaven, which a woman took and buried in three measures of meal, until the whole fermented. 
  34 All these things Jesus discoursed to the multitude in similitudes; and without similitudes he did not discourse with them. 
  35 That so  might be fulfilled that which was spoken by the prophet, who said: I will open my mouth in similitudes; I will utter things concealed from before the foundation of the world.
  36 Then Jesus sent away the multitudes, and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, and said: Explain to us the similitude of the tares and the field. 
  37 And he answered, and said to them: He that soweth the good seed, is the Son of God. 
  38 And the field is the world. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked One.
  39 The enemy that sowed them, is Satan. The harvest is the end of the world : and the reapers are the angels. 
  40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so will it be in the end of the world. 
  41 The Son of man will send forth his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all the stumbling blocks, and all the doers of evil; 
  42 and will cast them into a furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 
  43 Then will the righteous shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 
  44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that is hid in a field; which when a man findeth, he concealeth it, and, from his joy, he goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 
  45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchantman, who sought after rich pearls: 
  46 and when he found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it. 
  47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a sweep net, which was cast into the sea, and collected [fishes] of every kind. 
  48 And when it was full, they drew it to the shores of the sea; and they sat down and culled over: and the good they put into vessels, and the bad they cast away. 
  49 So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will go forth, and will sever the wicked from among the just; 
  50 and will cast them into a furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
  51 Jesus said to them: Have ye understood all these things? They say to him: Yes, our Lord. 
  52 He said to them: Therefore every Scribe who is instructed for the kingdom of heaven, is like a man who is master of a house, who bringeth forth from his treasures things new and old. 
  53 And it was so, that when Jesus had ended these similitudes, he departed thence.
  54 And he entered into his own city. And he taught them in their synagogues, in such manner that they wondered, and said: Whence hath he this wisdom and [these] works of power ? 
  55 Is not this man the carpenter's son ? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brothers James and Joses and Simon and Judas? 
  56 And all his sisters, are they not with us ? Whence then hath this man all these things? 
  57 And they were stumbled at him. But Jesus said to them: There is no prophet who is little, except in his own city and in his own house. 
  58 And he did not perform there many works of power, because of their unbelief.

XIV.
 
  01 And at that time Herod the Tetrarch heard the fame of Jesus: 
  02 and he said to his servants: This is John the Baptizer: he is risen from the grave: therefore works of power are wrought by him. 
  03 Now this Herod had seized John, and bound him and cast him into prison; on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. 
  04 For John had said to him: It is no lawful for her to be thy wife. 
  05 And he had wished to kill him; but he was afraid of the people, seeing that they regarded him as a prophet. 
  06 But when Herod's birthday festival occurred, the daughter of Herodias danced before the guests; and she pleased Herod. 
  07 Therefore he swore to her by an oath, that he would give her whatsoever she might ask. 
  08 And she, as she had been instructed by her mother, said: Give me here in a dish the head of John the Baptizer. 
  09 And it troubled the king: nevertheless, on account of the oath, and the guests, he commanded that it should be given her. 
  10 And he sent and cut off the head of John in the prison. 
  11 And the head was brought in a dish and given to the girl; and she brought it to her mother. 
  12 And his disciples came and bore away the corpse, and buried [it]; and they went and informed Jesus. 
  13 And Jesus, when he had heard [it], retired alone, in a ship, to a desert place. And when the multitudes heard [of it], they followed him by dry land from the cities.
  14 And when Jesus disembarked, he saw great multitudes; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. 
  15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, and said to him: This is a desert place, and the time is gone; send away the throngs of people, that they may go to the villages, and buy themselves food. 
  16 But he said to them: It is not necessary for them to go; give ye them to eat. 
  17 And they said to him: We have nothing here but five cakes and two fishes. 
  18 Jesus said to them: Bring them here to me. 
  19 And he commanded the multitudes to recline on the ground: and he took the five cakes and two fishes, and he looked towards heaven, and blessed, and brake, and gave to his disciples; and the disciples placed before the multitudes. 
  20 And they all ate, and were satisfied : and they took up the broken remains, twelve full baskets. 
  21 And the men who had eaten were five thousand, besides the women and children.
  22 And immediately he constrained his disciples to embark in a ship, and to go before him to the other side, while he sent away the multitudes. 
  23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he ascended a mountain alone to pray. And when it was dark, he was there alone. 
  24 And the ship was distant from land many furlongs: meanwhile it was much tossed by the waves; for the wind was adverse to it. 
  25 And in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came up to them, walking upon the waters. 
  26 And his disciples saw him as he walked upon the waters, and they were perturbated: and they said, What we see is a spectre: and they cried out through fear. 
  27 But Jesus immediately spoke to them, and said: Have courage: it is I; be not afraid. 
  28 Cephas replied, and said to him: My Lord, if it be thou, bid me come to thee on the waters. 
  29 And Jesus said to him, Come. And Cephas descended from the ship, and walked upon the waters to go to Jesus. 
  30 But when he saw the wind to be violent, he was afraid, and began to sink. And he raised his voice, and said : My Lord, rescue me. 
  31 And immediately our Lord reached forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him: O small in faith, why didst thou distrust! 
  32 And as they entered the ship, the wind subsided. 
  33 And they that were in the ship, came and worshipped him, and said: Truly thou art the Son of God ! 
  34 And they rowed on, and came to the land of Gennesaret. 
  35 And the men of that place knew him: and they sent to all the villages around them; and they brought to him all that were very sick; 
  36 and they entreated of him, that they might touch at least the extremity of his garment. And they who touched, were  healed.

XV.

  01 Then came to Jesus Pharisees and Scribes that  were from Jerusalem, and said: 
  02 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders, and wash not their hands when they eat bread ? 
  03 Jesus replied and said to them: Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God, on account of your tradition ? 
  04 For  God hath said: Honor thy father, and thy mother; and he that revileth his father or his mother, shall be put to death. 
  05 But ye say : Whosoever shall say to a father or to a mother, Be that my offering, by which ye get profit from me: then he must not honor his father or his mother. 
  06 And [thus] ye make void the word of God, for the sake of your tradition. 
  07 Ye hypocrites, well did the prophet Isaiah prophesy of you, and say : 
  08 This people honoreth me with the lips, but their heart is far from me. 
  09 And in vain they pay me homage, while they teach doctrines that are the precepts of men. 
  10 And he called the multitudes, and said to them, Hear and understand.
  11 Not that which entereth the mouth, defileth a man; but that which proceedeth from the mouth, that defileth a man. 
  12 Then came his disciples, and said to him: Knowest thou, that the Pharisees were offended when they heard that speech ? 
  13 And he replied, and said to them: Every plant, which my Father who is in heaven hath not planted, shall be eradicated. 
  14 Let them alone: they are blind leaders of the blind. And if a blind man leadeth one blind, they will both fall into the ditch.
  15 And Simon Cephas answered and said to him: My Lord, explain to us this similitude.
  16 And he said to them: Are ye also, up to this time, without understanding ? 
  17 Know ye not, that whatever entereth the mouth, passeth into the belly, and from there is ejected by purgation ?
  18 But that which proceedeth from the mouth, cometh from the heart: and that is what defileth a man. 
  19 For, from the heart proceed evil  thoughts, adultery, murder, whoredom, theft, false testimony, reviling. 
  20 These are the things that defile a man. But if a man eat while his hands are unwashed, he is not defiled.
  21 And Jesus departed from there, and went to the confines of Tyre and Sidon. 
  22 And lo, a woman, a Canaanitess from those confines, came forth, calling out and saying: Compassionate me, my Lord, thou son of David: my daughter is grievously distressed by a demon. 
  23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and requested of him, and said: Send her away, for she crieth after us. 
  24 But he answered and said to them: I am not sent, except to the sheep that have strayed from the house of Israel. 
  25 And she came, and worshipped him, and said: Help me, my Lord. 
  26 Jesus said to her: It is not proper, to take the bread of the children and throw it to the dogs. 
  27 And she said: Even so, my Lord; yet the dogs eat of the fragments that fall from the tables of their masters, and live. 
  28 Then Jesus said to her: O woman, great is thy faith: be it to thee, as thou desirest. And her daughter was cured from that hour.
  29 And Jesus departed from there, and came to the side of the sea of Galilee: and he ascended a mountain, and sat there. 
  30 And great multitudes came to him; and with them were the lame, and the blind, and the dumb, and the maimed, and many others: and they laid them at the feet of Jesus, and he healed them.
  31 So that the multitudes were amazed, when they saw the dumb speaking, and the maimed made whole, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing: and they praised the God of Israel. 
  32 Then Jesus called his disciples, and said to them: I pity this multitude; for lo, these three days they have continued with me, and they have nothing to eat: and I am unwilling to send them away fasting, lest they faint by the way. 
  33 His disciples say to him: Whence can we get bread in the wilderness, to satisfy all this multitude ? 
  34 Jesus said to them, How many loaves have ye ? They said to him, Seven, and a few little fishes. 
  35 And he commanded the multitudes to recline on the ground. 
  36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 
  37 And they all ate, and were satisfied. And they took up the remains of fragments, seven full baskets. 
  38 And they that had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children.
  39 And when he had sent away the multitudes, he took ship, and came to the coasts of Magdala.

XVI.

  01 And Pharisees and Sadducees came near, tempting him, and asking him to show them a sign from heaven. 
  02 But he answered, and said to them: When it is evening ye say, It will be fair weather; for the heavens are red. 
  03 And in the morning ye say, There will be a storm to-day; for the heavens are sadly red. Ye hypocrites, ye are intelligent to discover the aspect of the heavens, but the signs of this time ye have no skill to discern. 
  04 A wicked and adulterous generation asketh for a sign; but no sign shall be given it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah. And he left them, and departed.
  05 And when his disciples had come to the farther shore, they had forgotten to take bread with them. 
  06 And he said to them: Take heed, and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. 
  07 And they reasoned among themselves, and said, [it was] because they had taken no bread.
  08 But Jesus knew [it] and said to them : O ye small in faith! why reason ye among yourselves because ye have taken no bread? 
  09 Have ye not yet understood ? Do ye not remember the five loaves and the five thousand, and the many baskets ye took up? 
  10 Nor the seven loaves and the four thousand, and the many baskets ye took up? 
  11 How is it that ye do not understand that it was not concerning bread that I spoke to you; but that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 
  12 Then understood they, that he did not bid them beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
  13 And when Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, he questioned his disciples, and said: What do men say concerning me, that I the Son of man, am? 
  14 And they said: Some say that [thou art] John the Baptizer; but others, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. 
  15 He said to them: But, who do ye yourselves say that I am ? 
  16 Simon Cephas answered and said: Thou art the Messiah, the Son of the living God. 
  17 Jesus answered, and said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon son of Jonas; for flesh and blood have not revealed [it] to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. 
  18 Also I say to thee, that thou art Cephas: and upon this rock, I will build my church: and the gates of death shall not triumph over it. 
  19 To thee will I give the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven: and whatever thou shalt unbind on earth, shall be unbound in heaven. 
  20 Then he enjoined on his disciples, that they should tell no man that he was the Messiah.
  21 And from that time Jesus began to show to his disciples, that he was to go up to Jerusalem, and to suffer much from the Elders, and from the chief priests and Scribes, and be killed, and on the third day arise. 
  22 And Cephas took him, and began to rebuke him; and he said: Far be it from thee, my Lord, that this should be to thee. 
  23 But he turned, and said to Cephas: Get thee behind me, Satan : Thou art a stumbling block to me; for thou thinkest not the things of God, but the things of men.
  24 Then said Jesus to his disciples: If any one desireth to come after me, let him deny himself; and let him bear his cross, and come after me. 
  25 For, whoever chooseth to preserve his life, shall lose it; and whoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it. 
  26 For what will it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and shall lose his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul ? 
  27 For the Son of man is to come in the glory of his Father, with all his holy angels; and then will he recompense to every man as his deeds are. 
  28 Verily I say to you: There are some persons standing here, who shall not taste death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

XVII.

  01 And after six days Jesus took Cephas, and James, and John his brother, and conducted them alone to a high mountain. 
  02 And Jesus was changed before them: and his face shone like the sun; and his vestments became white like the light. 
  03 And there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, in conversation with him. 
  04 Then Cephas answered and said to Jesus: My Lord, it is good for us to be here: and, if it please thee, we will make here three booths; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah. 
  05 And while he was yet speaking, lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and there was a voice from the cloud which said: This is my beloved Son, in whom I have pleasure; hear ye him. 
  06 And when the disciples heard [it], they fell on their faces, and were much afraid. 
  07 And Jesus came to them and touched them, and said: Arise, and be not afraid. 
  08 And they raised their eyes, and they saw no person, except Jesus only. 
  09 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, and said to them: Speak of this vision before no person, until the Son of man shall have arisen from the dead. 
  10 And his disciples asked him, and said to him: Why then do the Scribes say, that Elijah must first come? 
  11 Jesus answered, and said to them: Elijah doth first come, to fulfill every thing. 
  12 And I say to you. That, behold, Elijah hath come, and they did not know him; and they have done to him whatever they pleased: and, in like manner, also the Son of man is to suffer from them. 
  13 Then the disciples understood, that he spake to them of John the Baptizer.
  14 And when they came to the multitude, a man approached him, and bowed himself on his knees,
  15 and said to him: My Lord, compassionate me. I have a son who is a lunatic, and grievously afflicted; for often he falleth into the fire, and often into the water. 
  16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not heal him. 
  17 Jesus answered and said: O unbelieving and perverse generation ! How long shall I be with you ? and how long bear with you ? Bring him here to me. 
  18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it departed from him: and from that hour the child was healed. 
  19 Then came the disciples to Jesus, apart, and said to him: Why could not we heal him? 
  20 Jesus said to them: Because of your unbelief. For verily I say to you, That if there be in you faith like a grain of mustard seed, ye may say to this mountain, Remove hence, and it will remove: and nothing will be too hard for you. 
  21 But this kind goeth not out, except by fasting and prayer. 
  22 And while they were resident in Galilee, Jesus said to them: The Son of man is to be betrayed into the hands of men; 
  23 and they will kill him; and the third day he will arise. And it saddened them much. 
  24 And when they came to Capernaum, those who receive the two drachmas of capitation money came to Cephas, and said to him: Doth not your rabbi pay his two drachmas ? 
  25 He said to them, Yes. And when Cephas had entered the house, Jesus anticipated him and said to him: How doth it appear to thee, Simon? The kings of the earth, of whom do they receive tribute and capitation money ? of their children, or of aliens ? 
  26 Simon said to him: Of aliens. Jesus said to him: Then the children are free. 
  27 But still, lest they be stumbled with us, go thou to the sea and cast in a fish-hook, and the fish that shall first come up, open its mouth, and thou wilt find a stater : that take, and give for me and for thyself.

XVIII.

  01 In that hour the disciples approached Jesus, and said: Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 
  02 And Jesus called a child, and placed him in the midst of them, 
  03 and said: Verily I say to you, that unless ye be converted, and become like children, ye will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 
  04 He therefore that shall humble himself  like this child, he will be great in the kingdom of heaven. 
  05 And he that shall receive in my name [one who is] like to this child, he receiveth me. 
  06 And whosoever shall stumble one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were suspended to his neck, and that he were sunk in the depths of the sea. 
  07 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks ! For it must be, that stumbling blocks come. But, woe to the person by whose means the stumbling blocks come. 
  08 If then thy hand or thy foot make thee stumble, cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is good for thee to enter into life lame or mutilated, and not that, with two hands or two feet, thou fall into eternal fire.
  09 And if thine eye make thee stumble, pluck it out and cast it from thee: for it is good for thee to enter into life with one eye, and not that, with two eyes, thou fall into the hell of fire. 
  10 See that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say to you, That their angels in heaven, at all times, are beholding the face of my Father who is in heaven. 
  11 For the Son of man, hath come to give life to that which was lost. 
  12 How doth it appear to you ? If a man should have a hundred sheep, and one of them should go astray, will he not leave the ninety and nine in the mountains, and go and seek the one that strayed ? 
  13 And if he find it, verily I say to you, that he rejoiceth in it, more than in the ninety and nine that did not stray. 
  14 Just so, it is not the pleasure of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
  15 Moreover, if thy brother commit an offence against thee, go and admonish him between thee and him only. If he hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 
  16 But if he hear thee not, take with thee one or two, that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
  17 And if he will also not hear them, tell [it] to the church. And if he will also not hear the church, let him be to thee as a publican and a heathen. 
  18 Verily I say to you, That whatever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven: and whatever ye shall unbind on earth, shall be unbound in heaven. 
  19 Again I say to you, That if two of you shall agree on earth concerning any thing that they shall ask, it shall be to them from my Father who is in heaven. 
  20 For where two or three [are] assembled in my name, there [am] I in the midst of them.
  21 Then Cephas approached him, and said to him: My Lord, how many times, if my brother commit offence against me, shall I forgive him ? up to seven times ? 
  22 Jesus said to him: I do not say to thee, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 
  23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like to some king, who wished to have a reckoning with his servants. 
  24 And when he began to reckon, they brought to him one debtor of ten thousand talents. 
  25 And as he had not wherewith to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, him and his wife and his children, and all that he possessed, and payment to be made. 
  26 And that servant fell down and worshipped him, and said: My lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee the whole. 
  27 And his lord had compassion on that servant, and set him free, and forgave him his debt. 
  28 Then that servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants who owed him a hundred denarii. And he laid hold of him and choked him, and said to him: Pay me what thou owest me. 
  29 And that fellow-servant fell at his feet and entreated him, and said: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee the whole. 
  30 But he would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay him what he owed him. 
  31 And when their fellow-servants saw what was done, it grieved them much; and they came and made known to their lord all that had occurred. 
  32 Then his lord called him, and said to him: Thou vile servant ! Lo, I forgave thee that whole debt, because thou entreatedst of me: 
  33 oughtest not thou also to have compassion on thy fellow-servant, as I had compassion on thee? 
  34 And his lord was angry, and delivered him over to the torturers, until he should pay all he owed him. 
  35 So will my Father who is in heaven do to you, unless ye from your heart forgive each his brother his offence.

XIX.

  01 And when Jesus had ended these discourses, he removed from Galilee, and came to the confines of Judaea on the other side of Jordan. 
  02 And great multitudes followed after him, and he healed them there. 
  03 And Pharisees came to him, and tempted him and said: Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for every cause ? 
  04 And he answered and said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made [them] at the beginning, made them a male and a female? 
  05 And he said: For this reason, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and adhere to his wife; and they two shall be one flesh. 
  06 Wherefore they were not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath united, let not man sunder. 
  07 They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put her away ? 
  08 He said to them: Moses, on account of the hardness of your heart, permitted you to divorce your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 
  09 And I say to you, That whoever leaveth his wife not being an adulteress, and taketh another, committeth adultery. And whoever taketh her that is divorced, committeth adultery. 
  10 His disciples say to him: If such is the case between man and wife, it is not expedient to take a wife. 
  11 But he said to them: Not every one is capable of that thing, but he only to whom it is given. 
  12 For there are some eunuchs, born so from their mother's womb; and there are some eunuchs, who were made eunuchs by men; and there are some eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He that can be contented let him be contented.
  13 Then they brought children to him, that he might lay his hand upon them and pray. And his disciples rebuked them. 
  14 But Jesus said to them: Allow children to come to me, and forbid them not; for of those that are like them is the kingdom of heaven. 
  15 And he laid his hand upon them, and departed from there.
  16 And one came, drew near, and said to him: Good Teacher, what good thing must I do, that eternal life may be mine ? 
  17 And he said to him: Why callest thou me good ? There is none good, except one, [namely,] God. But if thou wouldst enter into life, keep the commandments.
  18 He said to him, Which ? And Jesus said to him: Thou shalt not kill; and thou shalt not commit adultery; and thou shalt not steal; and thou shalt not bear false testimony; 
  19 and honor thy father and thy mother; and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 
  20 The young man saith to him: All these have I kept from my childhood. What do I lack? 
  21 Jesus saith to him: If thou desirest to be perfect, go, sell thy property, and give to the poor; and there shall be for thee a treasure in heaven; and come thou after me.
  22 And the young man heard that speech, and he went away in sadness; for he had much property. 
  23 And Jesus said to his disciples: Verily I say to you, it is difficult for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of  heaven. 
  24 And again, I say to you: It is easier for a camel to enter the aperture of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the  kingdom of God 
  25 And when the disciples heard [it], they wondered greatly, and said: Who then can attain to life! 
  26 Jesus looked on them, and said to them: With  men this is not practicable, but with God every thing is practicable. 
  27 Then answered Cephas, and said to him: Lo, we have forsaken every thing, and come after thee: What therefore shall we receive ? 
  28 Jesus  said to them: Verily I say to you, that, as for you who have followed me, when the Son of  man shall sit on  the throne of his glory in the  new  world, ye also shall sit on twelve seats, and shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel. 
  29 And every  man that  relinquisheth houses, or brothers or sisters, or  father or  mother, or wife or children, or  lands, for my  name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit eternal life. 
  30 But there are  many first who shall be last, and last  [who shall be]  first. 


XX.

  01 For the kingdom of heaven is like a man, the lord of a house, who went out, at dawn of day, to hire laborers for his vineyard. 
  02 And  he contracted with the  labors for a denarius a day: and sent them into his vineyard. 
  03 And he went out at the third hour, and saw others standing  idle in the market-place: 
  04 and he said to them, Go ye also into my vineyard,  and what is right I will give you; 
  05 and they went. And  again he  went out at the sixth and ninth hours, and did  the same. 
  06 And about  the  eleventh hour, he went out and found others who were standing and idle; and he said to them: Why stand ye all the day, and are idle ? 
  07 They  say to him, Because no one hath hired us.  He  saith to them: Go ye also into  the vineyard; and what is right ye shall receive. 
  08 And when it was evening, the lord of the vineyard said to his steward: Call the laborers, and give them their wages; and commence with the last, and proceed to the first. 
  09 And those of the eleventh  hour came, and received each a denarius. 
  10 And when the first came, they supposed they should receive more; but they also received  each a denarius. 
  11 And when they received [it], they murmured against the lord of the house, 
  12 and said: These last have labored but one hour, and thou hast made them equal with us who have borne the burden of the day and the heat of it. 
  13 But  he answered, and said to one of them: My friend, I do thee no injustice: was it not for a denarius that thou didst contract with me? 
  14 Take what belongeth to thee, and go: for I am disposed to give to this last, as to thee. 
  15 Is it not lawful for me, to do what I please with what belongeth to me; or is thy eye evil, because I am good ? 
  16 Thus the last shall be first, and the first last: for the called are many, but the chosen are few.
  17 And Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem: and he took his twelve disciples aside, on the way, and said to them: 
  18 Behold we are going to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered up to the chief priests and to the Scribes, and they will condemn him to death. 
  19 And they will deliver him over to the Gentiles: and they will mock him, and will scourge him, and will crucify him; and the third day, he will arise. 
  20 Then came, to him the mother of Zebedee's children, she and her sons; and she worshipped him, and asked something from him. 
  21 And he said to her, What desirest thou? She said to him: Say, that these my two sons shall sit, the one on thy right hand and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom. 
  22 Jesus answered and  said: Ye know not what ye ask for. Can ye drink of the cup, of which I am to drink ? or be baptized with the baptism, that I am baptized with ? They say to him: We can. 
  23 He saith to them: Ye will [indeed] drink of my cup, and will be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but that ye should sit on my right hand and on my left, is not mine to give, except to those for whom it  is prepared by my Father. 
  24 And when the ten heard [it], they were angry against the two brothers. 
  25 And Jesus called them, and said to them: Ye know that the princes of the nations are their lords, and their great men exercise authority over them. 
  26 Not so shall it be among you. But whoever among you desireth to be great, let him be to you, a ministerer: 
  27 and whoever among you desireth to be first, let him be your servant: 
  28 even as the Son of man came, not to be served, but to serve; and to give his life a ransom for many.
  29 And as Jesus passed out of Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 
  30 And lo, two blind men were sitting by the way side. And when they heard that Jesus was passing, they called out, and said: Have compassion on us, my Lord, thou son of David ! 
  31 And the multitudes rebuked them, that they might be silent. But they raised their voice the more, and said: Our Lord, have compassion on us, thou son of David. 
  32 And Jesus stopped, and called them, and said: What wish ye, that I should do for you? 
  33 They  said to him: Our Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 
  34 And he had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes were opened, and they followed him.

XXI.

  01 And as he approached Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, by the side of the mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples; 
  02 and said to them: Go into this village which is over against you, and directly ye will find an ass tied, and a colt with her. Untie and bring [them] to me. 
  03 And if any man say ought to you,  tell him, That they are needed by our Lord: and at once he will send them hither. 
  04 Now this whole occurrence was, that so might be fulfilled that which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 
  05 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy king cometh to thee, meek, and riding on an ass, and on a colt the foal of an ass. 
  06 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them. 
  07 And they brought the ass and the colt. And they placed their garments on the colt, and set Jesus upon it. 
  08 And a very great throng strewed their clothes in the path; and others cut branches from the trees, and cast them in the path. 
  09 And the multitudes that went before him, and that followed after him, shouted and said: Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. 
  10 And as he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in commotion; and they said, Who is this? 
  11 And the multitudes said, This is Jesus the prophet, who is from Nazareth of Galilee. 
  12 And Jesus entered into the  temple of God, and expelled all them that bought and sold in the temple, and overset the counters of the money-brokers, and the seats of them that sold doves. 
  13 And he said to them: It is written, my house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of robbers. 
  14 And there came to him in the temple the blind and the lame; and he healed them. 
  15 And when the chief priests and Pharisees saw the wonderful things which he performed, and the children shouting in the temple and  saying, Hosanna to  the son of David, their indignation was excited.
  16 And they said to him: Hearest thou what  these are saying ? Jesus said to  them:  Yes. Have ye never read, Out of the mouth of children and infants thou hast acquired praise ?   17 And he left them, and retired out of the city to Bethany, and lodged there. 
  18 And in the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry. 
  19 And he saw a fig-tree by the way, and came to it and found  nothing on it, except leaves only. And he said to it: There shall no more be fruit on thee for ever. And immediately the fig-tree withered.
  20 And the disciples saw [it], and admired, and said: How suddenly hath the fig-tree withered!
  21 Jesus replied and said to them: Verily I say to you, That if there be faith in you, and ye shall not doubt, ye may not only do this thing of the fig-tree, but also if ye shall say to this mountain, be thou lifted up, and fall into the sea, it will be so.
  22 And whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, and shall believe, ye shall receive. 
  23 And when Jesus came to the temple, the chief priests and the Elders of the people came to him  as he was teaching, and said to him: By what authority doest thou these things? And who gave thee this authority ? 
  24 Jesus replied and said to them: I also will ask you one question, and if ye will tell me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 
  25 The baptism of John, from whence was it ? From heaven, or from men ? And they reasoned among themselves, and said: If we should say, From heaven; he will say to us, Why did ye not believe in him ? 
  26 And if we should say, From men; we are afraid of the multitude, for they all hold John as a prophet. 
  27 And they answered, and said to him: We do not know. Jesus said to them: Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things. 
  28 But how appeareth it to you ? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first and said to him, My son, go, labor to-day in the vineyard. 
  29 And he answered and said, I am not willing. But afterwards he repented and went. 
  30 And he came to the other, and said the same to him. And he answered and said: I [go], my lord, but did not go. 
  31 Which of these two performed the pleasure of his father ? They say to him, The first. Jesus said to them: Verily I say to you That publicans and harlots go before you into the kingdom of God. 
  32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and harlots believed him: and ye, after ye had seen [it], did not even then repent and believe in him. 
  33 Hear ye another similitude. A certain man, the lord of a house, planted a vineyard, and inclosed it with a hedge, and digged in it a wine-press, and built a tower in it, and leased it to cultivators, and removed to a distance. 
  34 And when the time for the fruits arrived, he sent his servants to the cultivators that they might remit to him of the fruits of the vineyard. 
  35 And the cultivators laid hold of his servants, and beat one, and stoned another and one they slew. 
  36 And again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first; and they did the like to them. 
  37 And at last he sent to them his son: for he said, Perhaps they will respect my son. 
  38 But the cultivators, when they saw the son, said among themselves: This is the heir: Come; let us kill him, and retain his inheritance. 
  39 And they laid hold of him, thrust him out of the vineyard, and slew him. 
  40 When the lord of the vineyard, therefore, shall come; what will he do to those cultivators ? 
  41 They say to him: He will utterly destroy them; and will lease the vineyard to other cultivators, who will render him the fruits in their seasons. 
  42 Jesus said to them: Have ye never read in the scripture, The stone which the builders rejected, hath become the head of the corner: this is from the Lord; and it is marvellous in our eyes ?
  43 Therefore I say to you, That the kingdom of  God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to a people that will yield fruits. 
  44 And whoever shall fall upon this stone, will be fractured; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will crush him to atoms ? 
  45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his similitudes, they understood that he spoke in reference to them. 
  46 And they sought to apprehend him, but were afraid of the multitude, because they accounted him as a prophet.


XXII.

  01 And Jesus answered again by similitudes, and said: 
  02 The kingdom of  heaven is like to a royal person, who made a feast for his son.
  03 And  he sent his servants to call those that had been invited, to the feast: and they would not come.
  04 And again he sent other servants, and said: Tell those invited, Behold, my entertainment is prepared, my oxen and my fatlings are slain, and every thing is prepared; come ye to the feast.
  05 But they showed contempt, and went away, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise;
  06 and the rest seized his servants, and abused them, and slew them. 
  07 And  when the king  heard [of it],  he was angry; and he sent his military forces, and destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 
  08 Then said  he to his servants, The feast is prepared, but they who were invited were unworthy.
  09 Go ye therefore to the terminations of the streets; and as many as ye find, bid to the feast. 
  10 And those servants went out into the streets, and collected all they found, both bad and good; and the place of feasting was filled with guests. 
  11 And the king went in to see the guests: and  he saw there a man who was not clad in the festal garments. 
  12 And he said to  him:  My friend, how camest thou here without the festal robes ? But he was silent. 
  13 Then said the king to the servitors: Bind his hands and his feet, and cast him into the outer darkness: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 
  14 For the called are many, and the chosen are few.
  15 Then went the Pharisees and took counsel, how they might ensnare him in discourse. 
  16 And they sent to him their disciples, with domestics of Herod, and said to him: Teacher, we know that thou art veracious, and teachest the way of God with  truth, regardless of man, for thou hast no respect of persons. 
  17 Tell us, therefore, how doth it appear to thee: is it lawful to pay capitation money to Caesar, or not ? 
  18 But Jesus knew their  wickedness, and said: Why tempt ye me, ye  hypocrites ? 
  19 Show me a denarius of the capitation money. And they brought to him a denarius. 
  20 And Jesus said to them: Whose is this image and inscription? 
  21 They say,  Caesar's. He saith to them: Give then Caesar's things to Caesar, and God's things to God. 
  22 And when they  heard [it] they were surprised: and they left him, and went away.
  23 The same day came Sadducees, and said to him: There is no life of the dead. And they questioned him, 
  24 and said to him: Teacher ; Moses commanded us, that if a man should die childless, his brother must take his  wife and raise up seed to his brother. 
  25 Now there were with us seven brothers. The first took a wife, and deceased; and, as he had no children, he left his wife to his brother.
  26 In like manner also the second, and the third, and up to the whole seven. 
  27 And after them all, the woman also herself died. 
  28 In the resurrection, therefore, to which of those seven will she be the wife ? For they all had taken her ? 
  29 Jesus answered, and said to them: Ye do err, from not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 
  30 For in the resurrection of the dead, they do not take wives, nor are wives given to husbands; but they are as the angels of God in heaven. 
  31 But as to the resurrection of the dead,: have ye not read what was spoken to you by God, who said: 
  32 I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob ? Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 
  33 And when the multitude heard [it] they were astonished at his doctrine.
  34 And when the Pharisees heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they assembled together; 
  35 and one of them, who was expert in the law, to tempt him, inquired: 
  36 Teacher, which is the great command in the law ? 
  37 Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart,  and with all thy soul, and with all thy might, and with all thy  mind. 
  38 This is the great and first command. 
  39 And the second, which is like it, is, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 
  40 On these two commands hang the law and the prophets. 
  41 And while the Pharisees were assembled, Jesus questioned them, 
  42 and said: What say ye respecting, the Messiah? Whose son is he ? They say to him; The son of David. 
  43 He saith to them:  How then doth David, by the Spirit, call him Lord? for he said: 
  44 The Lord said to my Lord, Seat thyself at my right hand, until I place thy enemies under thy feet. 
  45 If David then  call] him Lord, how is he his son ? 
  46 And no one was able to give him an answer ? And from that day, no one dared to question him.

XXIII.

  01 Then Jesus conversed with the multitude and with his disciples, 
  02 and said to them:  The Scribes and Pharisees sit in the seat of Moses. 
  03 Whatever therefore they tell you to observe, that observe and do. But according to their deeds, practise ye not: for they say, and do not. 
  04 They tie up heavy burdens, and lay [them] on men's shoulders; but will not themselves touch them with their finger. 
  05 And all their works they do, to be  seen of men: for they make their phylacteries broad, and extend the fringes of their garments. 
  06 And they love the highest couches at suppers and the highest seats in the synagogues, 
  07 and the greeting in the market places, and to be addressed by men with Rabbi.
  08 But be not ye called Rabbi; for one is your Rabbi, and ye are all brethren. 
  09 And ye shall not call yourselves Father on earth; for one is your Father, who is in heaven. 
  10 And be ye not called guides; for one is your Guide, the Messiah. 
  11 And the great one among you will be your servitor. 
  12 For whoever shall] exalt himself, will be abased: and whoever shall abase himself, will be exalted.
  13 Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: for ye devour the houses of widows, under the disguise of protracting your prayers. Therefore ye shall receive greater condemnation. 
  14 Woe to you. Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: for ye hold the kingdom of heaven closed before men; for ye enter not yourselves, and those that would enter ye suffer not to enter. 
  15 Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: for ye traverse sea and land to make one proselyte ; and when he is gained, ye make him a child of hell twofold more than yourselves. 
  16 Woe to you, ye blind guides: for ye say, Whoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever shall swear by the gold that is in the temple, he is holden. 
  17 Ye fools, and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold ? 
  18 And, whoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing: but whoever shall swear by the oblation upon it, he is holden. 
  19 Ye fools, and blind: for which is greater, the oblation, or the altar that sanctifieth the oblation ? 
  20 He therefore who sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all that is upon it. 
  21 And he who sweareth by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth in it. 
  22 And he who sweareth by heaven, sweareth by throne of God, and by him that sitteth on it. 
  23 Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: for ye tithe mint, and anise, and cummin, and omit the graver [matters] of the law, judgment, and mercy, and fidelity: these ought ye to do, and  those not to omit. 
  24 Ye blind guides, who strain out gnats, and swallow down camels. 
  25 Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: for ye cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, while within they are full of rapine and wickedness. 
  26 Ye blind Pharisees, cleanse first the inside of the cup and dish, that their outside may be clean also. 
  27 Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: for ye are like whited sepulchres, which appear comely without, but are within full of bones of the dead and all impurity. 
  28 So ye also, outwardly, appear to men as righteous; but  within, ye are full of iniquity and hypocrisy. 
  29 Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: for ye build the tombs of the prophets and ye adorn the sepulchres of the righteous; 
  30 and ye say: If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been participators with them in the blood of the prophets. 
  31 Wherefore ye are witnesses, against yourselves, that ye are the children of them that killed the prophets. 
  32 And as for you, fill ye up the measure of your fathers. 
  33 Ye serpents, ye race of vipers: how can ye escape the condemnation of hell ? 
  34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes; some of whom ye will kill and crucify, and some of them ye will scourge in your synagogues, and will persecute them from city to city: 
  35 so that on you may come all the blood of the righteous, which hath been shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zachariah, son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 
  36 Verily I say to you, that all these things will come upon this generation. 
  37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee: how often would I have gathered thy children, as a hen gathereth her young under her wings, and ye would not. 
  38 Behold, your house is left to you desolate ! 
  39 For I say to you, That ye shall not see me henceforth, until ye shall say: Blessed is he that cometh in the  name  of the  Lord.

XXIV.

  01 And Jesus passed out of the temple to go away: and his disciples came to him, showing him the structure of the temple. 
  02 And he said to them: See ye not all these? Verily I say to you, There will not be left here a stone upon a stone, that is not demolished. 
  03 And as Jesus  sat on the mount of Olives, his disciples came, and said between themselves and him: Tell us when these things are to be; and what will be the sign of thy coming, and of the consummation of the world. 
  04 Jesus answered and said to them:  Take heed, that no one deceive you. 
  05 For many will come in my name, and will say, I am the Messiah: and they will deceive many. 
  06 And ye are to hear of conflicts, and the rumor of battles. See that ye be not disquieted: for all these things must come; but the consummation is not yet. 
  07 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places. 
  08 But all these are only the commencement of sorrows. 
  09 And they will deliver you up to tribulation, and will kill you: and ye will be hated by all nations, on account of my name. 
  10 Then many will be stumbled: and they will hate one another, and will betray one another. 
  11 And many false prophets will rise up; and they will deceive many. 
  12 And on account of the abounding of iniquity, the love of many will decline. 
  13 But he that shall persevere to the end, will have  life. 
  14 And this announcement of the kingdom shall be published in all the world, for a testimony to all nations: and then will come the consummation. 
  15 And when ye see the abominable sign of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place; then let the reader consider; 
  16 and then let them who are in Judaea, flee to the mountain: 
  17 and let him who is on the roof, not come down to take what is in his house: 
  18 and let him who is in the field, not return back to take his clothing. 
  19 But woe to those with child, and to them that are nursing, in those days. 
  20 And pray ye, that your flight be not in winter, or on the sabbath. 
  21 For there will then be great  distress, such as hath not been from the commencement of the world, until now, and will not be. 
  22 And unless those days should be cut short, no flesh would remain alive. But, for the elect's sake, those days will be cut short. 
  23 Then, if any one shall say to you, Lo, the Messiah is here, or is there; give no credence. 
  24 For there will arise false Messiahs, and mendacious prophets; who will exhibit great signs, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 
  25 Behold, I have told you beforehand. 
  26 If therefore they say to you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not out: or, Behold, he is in a secret chamber; give no credence. 
  27 As the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth unto the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 
  28 And wherever the carcass may be, there will the eagles be congregated. 
  29 And immediately after the distress of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not show her light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be agitated. 
  30 And then will be seen the signal of the Son of man in heaven: and then will all the tribes of the earth mourn, when they see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.
  31 And he will send his angels with a great  trumpet and they will collect together his elect from the four winds, from one extremity of heaven to the  other. 
  32 And learn ye an illustration from the fig-tree. As soon as its branches become tender and its leaves shoot forth, ye know that summer is coming on. 
  33 So also ye, when ye perceive all these things, know ye, that he is  nigh, [even] at  the  door. 
  34 Verily I say to you, That this generation shall not pass away, till all these things shall be. 
  35 Heaven and earth will pass away; but my words shall not pass away. 
  36 But of that day and of that hour, knoweth no man, nor even the angels of heaven, but the Father only.
  37 And as the days of Noah, so will the coming of the Son of man be. 
  38 For  as, before the flood, they  were eating and drinking, taking wives and giving to husbands, up to the day that Noah entered  the  ark,
  39 and knew not, until the flood came and took them all away; so will  the coming of the Son of man be. 
  40 Then will two [men] be in the field; the one will be taken, and the other left. 
  41 Two [women] will be grinding at the mill; the one taken, and the other left. 
  42 Watch, therefore, since ye know not at what hour your Lord cometh. 
  43 But know this, that if the lord of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have been awake, and would not have suffered his house to be broken into. 
  44 Therefore, be ye also ready; for at an hour ye do not expect, the Son of man will come. 
  45 Who then, is that faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath placed over his domestics, to give them their food in its time?
  46 Happy is that servant, whom, when his lord shall  come, he will find so doing. 
  47 Verily I say to you,  He will place him over all that he hath.
  48 But if that servant, being wicked, shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 
  49 and shall  begin to beat his fellow-servants, and shall be eating and drinking with drunkards; 
  50 the lord of that servant will come in a day he will not expect, and in an hour he knoweth not, 
  51 and will cut him asunder, and will assign him his portion with the hypocrites; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

XXV.

  01 Then may the kingdom of heaven be shadowed forth by ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet  the bridegroom and  bride. 
  02 And five of them were  wise, and five  were foolish. 
  03 And the foolish took their lamps, but took no oil with them. 
  04 But the wise took oil in vessels, with their lamps. 
  05 And while the bridegroom delayed, they all became sleepy and fell asleep. 
  06 And at midnight there was an outcry:  Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 
  07 Then all  those virgins arose,  and trimmed their lamps. 
  08 And  the foolish said to the wise; Give us of your oil; for, behold, our lamps have gone out. 
  09 The wise  answered and said:  [We must  refuse,] lest there should not be enough for us and for you: but go ye to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 
  10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom  came; and they that were ready, went with him into  the  house of the nuptials, and the door was shut. 
  11 And at length came also the other virgins, and said: Our lord, our lord, open to us.
  12 But  he answered, and said to them: Verily I say to  you, I know you not. 
  13 Watch, therefore,  seeing ye know not the day nor the hour. 
  14 For, as a man that took a journey, called his servants and delivered to them his property; 
  15 to one he gave five talents; to another, two; and to another, one: to each, according to his ability: and he immediately departed. 
  16 Then he that received five talents, went and traded with them, and gained five more. 
  17 And likewise: the one of two [talents], by trading gained two more. 
  18 But he that received one, went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. 
  19 And after a long time, the lord of those servants came, and received account from them. 
  20 And he who had received the five talents, came and brought five others; and said, My lord, thou gavest me five talents; behold, I have gained by trading five more to them. 
  21 His lord said to him: Well done! good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful with a little; I will set thee over much: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 
  22 And he of the two talents came, and said: My lord, thou gavest me two talents; behold, I have by trading gained two more to them. 
  23 His lord said to him: Well done! good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful with a little; I will set thee over much: enter thou into the Joy of thy lord. 
  24 And he also that received the one talent, came and said: My lord, I knew thee, that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sowed, and gathering where thou hast not scattered; 
  25 and I was afraid, and I went and hid thy talent in the earth. Behold, thou hast what is thine. 
  26 His lord answered, and said to him: Wicked and slothful servant ! Thou knewest me, that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not scattered! 
  27 Thou oughtest to have cast my money into the exchange; and I might have come and demanded my property with its interest. 
  28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it to him that hath ten talents. 
  29 For, to him that hath, shall be given, and he shall have more; but from  him that hath not, even what he hath shall be taken away. 
  30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
  31 And when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all his holy angels with him, then will he sit upon the throne of his glory. 
  32 And before him will be gathered all nations; and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd severeth the sheep from the goats. 
  33 And he will place the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on his left. 
  34 Then will the king say to those on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father; inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 
  35 For I was hungry, and ye gave me food; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me home; 
  36 I was naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came to me. 
  37 Then will the righteous say to him: Our Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed  thee? or thirsty, and gave  thee drink ?
  38 And when  saw  we thee a stranger, and took thee  home? or naked, and clothed thee? 
  39 And when  saw  we  thee sick, or in  prison, and came to  thee ? 
  40 And  the king will answer,  and say to  them: Verily I Say to  you, That inasmuch as ye  did so to one of these my  little brothers, ye did so to me. 
  41 Then will he  say also to them on his left hand: Go from me, ye accursed, into everlasting fire,  which was  prepared for  the Calumniator  and his  angels, 
  42 For I was hungry, and ye gave me no food; and I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink; 
  43 and I was a stranger, and ye took me not home;  and I was naked, and ye clothed me not;  and I was sick and in prison, and ye did not visit me. 
  44 Then will they also answer and say: Our Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee ? 
  45 Then will he answer,  and say to them: Verily I say to you, That in as much as ye did not so to  one of these little ones, ye did not so to me. 
  46 And these will go into everlasting torment, and the righteous into everlasting life.

XXVI.
 
  01 And it came to pass, when Jesus had concluded all these discourses, that  he said to his disciples: 
  02 Ye know that after  two days is the Passover; and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. 
  03 Then assembled the chief priests and the  Scribes and the  Elders of  the  people, at the hall of  the high priest,  who was  called Caiaphas. 
  04 And they held a counsel  against Jesus, that they  might  take  him by  guile,  and kill him. 
  05 But they said: Not on  the festival, lest  there be a commotion among the people. 
  06 And when Jesus was at Bethany, in  the  house of Simon the leper, 
  07 there came to him a  woman having a vase of aromatic ointment very precious, and she poured it on the head of Jesus as he was reclining. 
  08 And when his disciples saw [it] they were displeased, and said: Why is this waste ? 
  09 For this [ointment] might have been sold for much, and have been given to the poor. 
  10 But Jesus knew [their dissatisfaction], and said to them: Why trouble ye the woman ? She hath performed a good deed towards me. 
  11 For the poor ye have at all times with you; but I am not with you always 
  12 And this her act, pouring the ointment on my body, she hath done as it were for my burial. 
  13 Verily I say to you, That wherever this my gospel shall be proclaimed, in all the world, this thing that she hath done shall be told for a memorial of her.
  14 Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, 
  15 and said to them: What will ye give me, if I will deliver him to you ? And they promised him thirty pieces of silver. 
  16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. 
  17 And on the first day of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, and said to him: Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the Passover ? 
  18 And he said to them: Go ye into the city, to such a man, and say to him: Our Rabbi saith, My time approaches: with thee will I  keep the Passover with my disciples 
  19 And his disciples did as Jesus directed them, and made ready the Passover. 
  20 And when it was  evening, he reclined with his twelve disciples. 
  21 And as they were eating, he said: Verily I say to you, That one of you will betray me. 
  22 And it troubled them much. And they began each one of them to say to him; My Lord is it I ? 
  23 And he answered and said: One that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, he will betray me. 
  24 And the Son of man goeth,  as it is written of him: but woe to that man, by whom the Son of man is betrayed. It would have been better for that man, if he had not been born.
  25 Judas the betrayer answered and said: Rabbi, is it I ? Jesus said to him: Thou hast said. 
  26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake; and gave to his disciples, and said: Take, eat; this is my body. 
  27 And he took the cup, and offered thanks and gave [it] to them, saying: Take, drink of this all of you.
  28 This is my blood of the new testament, which, in behalf of many, is shed for the remission of sins.
  29 But I say to you, that I will henceforth not drink of this product of the vine, until the day in which I shall drink it with you new in the kingdom of God. And they sang praises, and went forth to the mount of Olives. 
  31 Then said Jesus to them: Ye will all be offended in me this night; for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of his flock will be dispersed. 
  32 But after I am arisen, I will go before you into Galilee. 
  33 Cephas replied, and said to him: Though all men should be offended in thee, I will never be offended in thee. 
  34 Jesus said to him: Verily I say to thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou wilt thrice deny me. 
  35 Cephas said to him: If I were to die with thee, I would not deny thee: and so also said all the disciples.
  36 Then came Jesus with them to a place called Gethsemane: and he said to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray. 
  37 And he took Cephas and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be dejected and sorrowful. 
  38 And he said to them: There is anguish in my soul, even unto death. Wait for me here; and watch with me. 
  39 And retiring a little, he fell on his face, and prayed, and said: My Father, if it can be so, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I choose, but  as thou. 
  40 And he came to his disciples, and found them asleep: and he said to Cephas: So! could ye not watch with me one hour ? 
  41 Wake ye, and pray, lest ye fall into temptation. The mind is prepared, but the body is infirm. 
  42 Again he went away the second time, and prayed,  and said: My Father, if it cannot be that this  cup pass, except I drink it, thy will be done. 
  43 And he came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 
  44 And he left them, and went again and prayed the third time, and used the same language. 
  46 Then he came to his disciples, and said to them: Sleep on now, and take rest. Behold, the hour is come: and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 
  46 Arise, let us go. Behold, he that betrayeth me hath come. 
  47 And while he was yet speaking, lo, Judas the betrayer, one of the twelve, arrived; and a great multitude with him, with swords and clubs, from the presence of the chief priests and elders of the people. 
  48 And Judas the betrayer had given them a sign, saying: He it is, whom I shall kiss: him seize ye. 
  49 And forthwith he approached Jesus, and said: Hail, Rabbi; and kissed him. 
  50 And Jesus said to  him: My friend, is it for this thou hast come? Then they came up, and laid their hands on Jesus, and took him. 
  51 And lo, one of them with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 
  52 Then Jesus said to him: Return the sword to its place; for all they that take swords, shall die by swords. 
  53 Supposest thou that I cannot ask  of my Father, and he now assign me more than twelve legions of angels ? 
  54 But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be ? 
  55 At that time Jesus said to the multitude: Have ye come out, as against a cut-throat, with swords and clubs, to take me ? I daily sat with you, and taught in the temple, and ye did not apprehend me. 
  56 And this occurred, that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then the disciples all forsook him and fled.
  57 And they who apprehended Jesus carried him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the Scribes and Elders were assembled. 
  58 And Simon Cephas followed after him at a distance, unto the high priest's hall, and entered, and sat with the servants within, that he might see the issue. 
  59 And the chief priests and the Elders and the whole assembly sought for witnesses against Jesus, that they might put him to death; 
  60 and found them not. And many false witnesses came; and at last, two came forward, 
  61 and said: This man said, I can destroy the temple of God, and in three days rebuild it. 
  62 And the high priest rose up and said to him: Respondest thou nothing ? What do these testify against thee ? 
  63 And Jesus was silent. And the high priest answered, and said to him: I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou art the Messiah, the Son of God. 
  64 Jesus saith to him: Thou hast said. And I say to you, That hereafter ye will see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven. 
  65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, and said: Behold, he hath blasphemed! Why therefore should we seek for witnesses ? Behold, ye have now heard his blasphemy. 
  66 What is your pleasure ? They answered and said: He is liable to death. 
  67 Then they spit in his face, and buffeted him, and others smote him, 
  68 and said to him: Prophesy to us, thou Messiah, who is it smote thee ?
  69 And Cephas was sitting without in the hall, and a certain maid approached him, and said to him: Thou also wast with Jesus the Nazarean. 
  70 But he denied [it] before them all, and said: I know not what thou  sayest. 
  71 And as he went out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said to them:  This man was also there with Jesus the Nazarean. 
  72 And again he denied, with oaths: I know not that man. 
  73 And a little  after, those standing [there] came up and said to Cephas: Certainly, thou too art one of them; and thy speech maketh thee manifest. 
  74 Then he began to imprecate and to swear, I know not that man. And in that hour the cock crew. 
  75 And Cephas remembered the declaration of Jesus, who said to him: Before the  cock croweth, thou wilt three times deny me. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

XXVII

  01 And when it was morning, the chief priests and the elders of the people held a council against Jesus, how they might put him to death. 
  02 And they bound him, and carried him and delivered him up to Pilate, the president.
  03 Then Judas the betrayer, when he saw that Jesus was condemned, repented. And he went and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders; 
  04 and said: I have sinned, by betraying innocent blood. And they said: What is that to  us? See to it thyself. 
  05 And he cast down the silver in the temple, and retiring, went and strangled himself 
  06 And the chief priests took up the silver, and said: It is not lawful to put it into the treasury, because it is the price  of blood. 
  07 And they took counsel, and bought with it the potter's field, for a place to bury strangers.
  08 Wherefore that field is called the field of blood, unto this day. 
  09 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by the prophet, saying: I took the thirty [shekels] of silver, the price of the precious one, which they of the children of Israel had stipulated; 
  10 and I gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord directed me. 
  11 And Jesus stood before the president. And the resident asked him, and said to him: Art thou  the king of the Jews? And Jesus said to him:  Thou hast said. 
  12 And when the chief priests and  elders accused  him, he made no reply. 
  13 Then Pilate said to him: Hearest thou not how much they testify against thee ? 
  14 But he gave  him no answer, not even one word: and therefore Pilate wondered greatly. 
  15 And at each festival, the president was accustomed to release to the people one prisoner, such as they preferred. 
  16 And they had then in bonds a noted prisoner, called Bar Abas. 
  17 And when they were assembled, Pilate said to them: Whom will ye, that I release to you, Bar Abas, or Jesus who is called Messiah ? 
  18 For Pilate knew that it was from  enmity they had delivered him up. 
  19 And as the president was sitting on his  tribunal, his wife sent to him, and said:  Have thou nothing to do  with that just man; for I have suffered much this I day in a dream because of him. 
  20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitude that they should demand Bar Abas, and destroy Jesus. 
  21 And the president answered,  and  said to them: Which of the two, will ye, that I release to you ? And they said: Bar Abas. 
  22 Pilate said to them: And what shall I do to Jesus who is called Messiah ? They all replied: Let him be crucified. 
  23 The president said to them: But what hath he done, that is evil ? And they cried out the more, and said: Let him be crucified. 
  24 And Pilate, when he saw that it availed  nothing, but rather that tumult was produced, took water, and washed his hands before the eyes of the multitude,  and said: I am pure from the blood of this just  man: see ye to it. 
  25 And all the people answered, and said  His blood be on us, and on our children!
  26 Then released he to them  Bar Abas; and scourged Jesus with whips and delivered him to be crucified. 
  27 Then the soldiers of the president took Jesus into the Praetorium, and assembled the whole regiment against him. 
  28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet military cloak. 
  29 And they wove a crown of thorns, and set it on his head, and [put] a reed in his hand, and they bowed their  knees before him, and mocked him, and said: Hail, thou king of the Jews. 
  30 And they spit in his face, and took the reed, and smote him on his head. 
  31 And when they had mocked him, they divested him of the cloak, and clothed him in his  own garments, and led him out to be crucified.
  32 And as they went out, they found a man of Cyrene whose name was Simon; him they compelled to bear his cross. 
  33 And they came to a place which is called Golgotha, which is interpreted a skull. 
  34 And they gave him to drink vinegar mixed with gall. And he tasted [it], and would not drink. 
  35 And when they had crucified him, they distributed his garments by lot. *
  36 And they sat down, and watched him there 
  37 And they placed over his head the cause of his death, in the writing: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 
  38 And there were crucified with him two robbers, the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
  39 And they that passed by reviled him, and shook their heads 
  40 and said: Destroyer of the temple, and builder of it in three days, deliver thyself; if thou art the Son of God, and come down from the cross. 
  41 So also the chief priests mocked, with the Scribes and Elders and Pharisees, 
  42 and said:  He gave life to others, his own life he cannot preserve. If he is the king of Israel, let him now descend from the cross, and we will believe in him. †
  43 He trusted in God; let him rescue him now, if he hath pleasure in him: for he said, I am the Son of God. 
  44 In like manner the marauders also, that were crucified with him, reproached him.
  45 And from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land, until the ninth hour. 
  46 And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice and said: O God, O God; why hast thou forsaken me ? * 
  47 And some of them that stood there, when they heard [it], said:  He calleth for  Elijah. 
  48 And immediately one  of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to  drink. 
  49 But the rest said: Desist; we will  see if  Elijah will come to rescue him. 
  50 Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up his spirit.
  51 And instantly, the curtain of the door of the temple was torn asunder, from the top to the bottom; and the earth shook; and the rocks rived; 
  52 and graves were opened; and many bodies of saints who slept, arose, 
  53 and came forth; and, after his resurrection, entered into the holy city, and appeared to many. 
  54 And the centurion, and they that were with him guarding Jesus, when they saw the earthquake  and the things that occurred, feared greatly, and said: Verily, this was the Son of God. 
  55 And many women were there, looking on from a distance; the same who had followed Jesus from Galilee, and had ministered to him. 
  56 One of them was Mary of Magdala, also Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children. 
  57 And when it was evening, there came a rich man of Ramath, whose name was a Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 
  58 This man went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And Pilate directed the body to be given him. 
  59 And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a winding-sheet of clean linen;
  60 and laid it in his new sepulchre, that was excavated in a rock. And he rolled a great stone against the door of the sepulchre, and departed:
  6l And there were present Mary of Magdala, and the other Mary, who sat over against the grave. 
  62 And on the day that was next after the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees assembled before Pilate, 
  63 and said to him: Our Lord, we remember that this deceiver said, while he  was alive,  After three days, I shall arise.
  64 Command, therefore to guard the sepulchre; until the third day; lest his disciples come and steal him away by  night, and say to the people that  he hath risen from  the dead; and the last delusion be worse than the first. 
  65 Pilate said to them: Ye have soldiers: go and guard it, as ye  know  how. 
  66 And they went and set a  guard to the sepulchre, and sealed the stone.

* In the editions of 1815 and 1826 is the following note:

" According to some of the Greek copies, there is added, thus: that so might be fulfilled that which was spoken by the prophet David: They distributed my garments among them, and upon my vesture they cast the lot."

This addition is not found in four of the most ancient editions of the Syriac New Testament, and it is put in the margin of the more modern editions. It was doubtless a modern addition to the Syriac New Testament, borrowed from the Greek._ Translator.

  † In some editions: that we may see, and believe in him.

  * Il, Il, lemňno shebákthone ?

XXVIII.

  01 And in the close [evening] of the sabbath, as the first [day] of the week began to dawn, came Mary of Magdala and the other Mary, to view the sepulchre.
  02 And lo, there was a great  earthquake: for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled away the stone  from the door, and sat upon it. 
  03 And his aspect was like the lightning; and his raiment white like  snow: 
  04 and from fear of him the  keepers were astounded, and became as dead men. 
  05 And the angel answered, and said to the women:  Be not ye afraid, for I know that  ye seek Jesus who was crucified. 
  06 He is not  here; for he is risen, as he predicted. Come  ye, see the place where our Lord was laid. 
  07 And [then] go quickly, tell his disciples, that he is risen  from the dead; and lo, he precedeth you to Galilee; there will ye see him. Behold, I have told you. 
  08 And they went quickly from the  sepulchre, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 
  09 And lo, Jesus met them, and said to them: Hail, ye. And they came and clasped his feet, and worshipped him. 
  10 Then Jesus said to them: Be not afraid; but go, tell my brethren, that they go into Galilee, and there they  will  see me.
  11 And  while they were going, some of the guards came into the city, and told the chief priests all that had occurred. 
  12 And they assembled with the Elders, and  held a council; and they gave no little money to the guards, 
  13 and said to them: Say ye, that his disciples came and stole him away by night, while we were asleep. 
  14 And if this should be reported before the President, we will pacify him, and cause you not to be troubled. 
  15 And they, having received the money, did as they were instructed. And this story is current among the Jews to this day.
  16 And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.
  17 And when they beheld him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 
  18 And Jesus came near, and discoursed with them, and said to them: All authority is given to me, in heaven and on earth. And as my Father sent me, so also I send you. 
  19 Go ye, therefore, and instruct all nations; and baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 
  20 And teach them to observe all that I have commanded you. And, behold, I am with you always, unto the consummation of the worlds Amen.

Completion of the Holy Gospel as published by Matthew; and which he published in Hebrew, in the land of the Palestineans.