The Acts of the Apostles

Acts of the Apostles
CHAP. I.

The ascension of Christ. Matthias is chosen in place of Judas.

1 THE former treatise I made, O Theophilus, of all things, which Jesus began to do and to teach,
2 Until the day on which, giving commandments by the Holy Ghost to the apostles whom he had chosen, he was taken up:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many proofs, for forty days appearing to them, and speaking of the kingdom of God.
4 And eating with them, he commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard (saith he) by my mouth.
5 For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 They, therefore, who were come together, asked him, saying; Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom of Israel:
7 But he said to them; It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power:
8 But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had said these thing, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And whilst they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments;
11 Who also said; Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, so shall he come as you have seen him going into heaven.
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem, from the mount that is called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, within a sabbath-day’s journey.
13 And when they had entered in, they went up into an upper room, where abode Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James, of Alpheus, and Simon Zelotes, and Jude, of James.
14 All these were persevering with one another in prayer with the women, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brethren.
15 In those days Peter, rising up in the midst of the brethren, said: (now the number of persons together, was about a hundred and twenty.)
16 Men, brethren, the Scripture must be fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost foretold by the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who was the leader of them that apprehended Jesus:
17 Who was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
18 And he indeed hath possessed a field of the reward of iniquity, and being hanged, burst asunder in the midst: and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: so that the field is called in their tongue, Haceldama; that is, The field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms: Let their habitation become desolate, and let there be none to dwell therein: and let another take his bishoprick.
21 Wherefore of these men who have companied with us, all the time that the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, until the day wherein he was taken up from us, one of these must be made a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And praying, they said; Thou, O Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, shew which of these two thou hast chosen.
25 To take the place of this ministry, and apostleship, from which Judas hath by transgression fallen, that he might go to his own place.
26 And they gave them lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

CHAP. II.
The disciples receive the Holy Ghost. Peter’s sermon to the people. The piety of the first converts.

1 AND when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place:
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared to them cloven tongues, as it were of fire, and it sat upon each of them:
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.
5 Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men out of every nation under heaven.
6 And when this voice was made, the multitude came together, and was confounded in mind, because that every one heard them speaking in his own tongue.
7 And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying; Behold are not all these, who speak, Galileans?
8 And how have we every one heard our own tongue wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Lybia about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome,
11 Jews also, and Proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.
12 And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another; What meaneth this?
13 But others mocking, said; These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my words.
15 For these are not drunk as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day:
16 But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet, Joel;
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, (saith the Lord) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And upon my servants indeed, and upon my handmaids, will I pour out in those days of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in the heavens above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and vapour of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord cometh.
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.
22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus, of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles and wonders, and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as you also know;
23 This same being delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have crucified and put to death by the hands of wicked men:
24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be held by it.
25 For David saith concerning him; I foresaw the Lord always before my face: because he is at my right hand, that I may not be moved:
26 For this my heart hath been glad, and my tongue hath rejoiced: moreover, my flesh also shall rest in hope:
27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, nor suffer thy holy one to see corruption.
28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
29 Ye men, brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch, David, that he died, and was buried: and his sepulchre is with us to this present day.
30 Whereas, therefore, he was a prophet, and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath, that of the fruit of his loins on should sit upon his throne,
31 Foreseeing he spoke of the resurrection of Christ, for neither was he left in hell, neither did his flesh see corruption.
32 This Jesus hath God raised up again, whereof we are all witnesses.
33 Being exalted, therefore, by the right hand of God, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath poured forth this which you see and hear.
34 For David did not ascend into heaven: but he himself said; The Lord said to my Lord, sit thou on my right hand,
35 Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know most assuredly, that God hath made this Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37 Now when they had heard these things they had compunction in their heart, and they said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles; What shall we do, men, brethren?
38 But Peter said to them; Do penance, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is to you, and to your children and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with a great many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying; Save yourselves from this perverse generation.
41 They therefore that received his word were baptized: and there were added in that day about three thousand souls.
42 And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles in Jerusalem, and there was great fear in all.
44 And all they that believed were together, and had all things common.
45 They sold their possessions and goods, and divided them to all, according as every one had need.
46 And continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they took their meat with gladness and simplicity of heart:
47 Praising God together, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added daily to their society such as should be saved.

CHAP. III.
The miracle upon the lame man, followed by the conversion of many.

1 NOW Peter and John went up to the temple at the ninth hour of prayer.
2 And a certain man who was lame from his mother’s womb, was carried; whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple, which is called the Beautiful, that he might beg alms of them that went into the temple.
3 He, when he had seen Peter and John about to go into the temple, begged to receive an alms.
4 But Peter, with John, fixing his eyes upon him, said; Look upon us.
5 But he looked earnestly upon them, hoping he should receive something from them.
6 But Peter said; Silver and gold I have none: but what I have, I give thee: in the name of Jesus Christ, of Nazareth, rise up, and walk.
7 And having taken him by the right hand, he lifted him up, and forthwith his feet and sole became firm.
8 And he leaping up, stood, and walked: and entered with them into the temple, walking and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God.
10 And they knew him, that it was he who sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to him.
11 And as he held Peter and John, all the people, amazed, ran to them to the porch which is called Solomon’s.
12 Which Peter seeing, made answer to the people: Ye men of Israel, why wonder you at this? Or why look you upon us, as if by our strength or power, we had made this man to walk?
13 The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son, Jesus, whom you indeed delivered up and denied before the face of Pilate, when he judged he should be released.
14 But you denied the Holy and the Just one, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you.
15 But the author of life you killed, whom God hath raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
16 And his name, through the faith of his name, hath made this man strong whom you have seen and known: and the faith which his by him, hath given this perfect soundness in the sight of you all.
17 And now, brethren, I know that you did it through ignorance, as also your rulers.
18 But those things, which God had foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19 Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out:
20 That when the times of refreshment shall come from the presence of the Lord, and he shall send him who hath been preached unto you, Jesus Christ,
21 Whom heaven indeed must receive until the times of the restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of his holy prophets from the beginning of the world.
22 For Moses indeed said; A prophet shall the Lord, your God, raise up unto you out of your brethren, like unto me: him you shall hear, according to all things whatsoever he shall speak to you.
23 And it shall be, that every soul which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
24 And all the prophets, from Samuel and afterwards, that have spoken, have foretold these days.
25 You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made to our fathers, saying to Abraham: And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
26 To you first God, raising up his Son, sent him to bless you: that every one should convert himself from his wickedness.

CHAP. IV.
Peter and John are apprehended. Their constancy. The Church is increased.

1 AND as they were speaking to the people, the priests, and the officer of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead:
3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody till the next day: for now it was evening.
4 But many of them, who had heard the word, believed: and the number of the men was made five thousand.
5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and ancients, and Scribes, were gathered together in Jerusalem:
6 And Annas, the high priest, and Caiphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the priestly race.
7 And setting them in the midst, they asked; By what power, or in what name, have ye done this?
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them; Yes rulers of the people, and ancients, hear:
9 If we this day are examined concerning the good deed done to the infirm man, by what means he hath been made whole,
10 Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you, whole.
11 This is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders; which is become the head of the corner:
12 Nor is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name, under heaven, given to men, whereby we must be saved.
13 Now they, seeing the constancy of Peter and John, knowing that they were illiterate and ignorant men, they wondered: and they knew them, that they had been with Jesus:
14 Seeing also the man standing with them, who had been healed, they could say nothing against it.
15 But they commanded them to go aside out of the council: and they conferred among themselves,
16 Saying; What shall we do to these men? for a notable miracle, indeed, hath been done by them, it is manifest to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: it is manifest, and we cannot deny it.
17 But that it may be no further divulged among the people, let us threaten them, that they speak no more in this name to any man.
18 And calling them, they charged them not to speak at all, nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answering, said to them; If it be just in the sight of God, to hear you rather than God, judge ye.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
21 But they, threatening them, sent them away, not finding how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified what had been done, in that which had come to pass.
22 For the man was above forty years old, in whom that miraculous cure had been wrought.
23 And being let go, they came to their own company, and related all that the chief priests and ancients had said to them.
24 Who, having heard it, with one accord lifted up their voice to God, and said; Lord, thou art he that didst make heaven and earth, the sea, and all things that are in them:
25 Who, in the Holy Ghost, by the mouth of our father, David, thy servant, hast said; Why have the Gentiles raged, and the people devised vain thing?
26 The kings of the earth stood up and the princes assembled together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
27 For of a truth there assembled together in this city, against thy holy child, Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel,
28 To do what thy hand and thy counsel decreed to be done.
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatening, and grant to thy servants, with all confidence to speak thy word,
30 By stretching forth thy hand to cures, and signs, and wonders, to be done by the name of thy holy Son, Jesus.
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken wherein they were assembled: and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with confidence.
32 And the multitude of the believers had but one heart and one soul: neither did any one say, that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but all things were common to them.
33 And with great power did the apostles give testimony of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord: and great grace was in them all.
34 For neither was there any one among them that wanted. For as many as were owners of lands, or houses, sold them, and brought the price of the things they sold,
35 And laid it down before the feet of the apostles. And distribution was made to every one, according as he had need.
36 And Joseph, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is by interpretation the son of consolation) a Levite, a Cyprian born,
37 Having land, sold it, and brought the price, and laid it at the feet of the apostles.

CHAP. V.
The judgment of God upon Ananias and Saphira. The apostles are cast into prison.

1 BUT a certain man, named Ananias, with Saphira, his wife, sold a field,
2 And by fraud kept part of the price of the field, his wife being privy thereto, and bringing a certain part of it, laid it at the feet of the apostles.
3 But Peter said: Ananias, why hath Satan tempted thy heart, that thou shouldst lie to the Holy Ghost, and by fraud keep part of the price of the field?
4 Whilst it remained, did it not remain to thee? and when sold, was it not in thy power? Why hast thou now conceived this thing in thy heart? Thou hast not lied to men, but to God.
5 And Ananias hearing these words, fell down, and gave up the ghost. And great fear came upon all that heard it.
6 And the young men, rising up, removed him, and carrying him out, buried him.
7 And it came to pass, about the space of three hours after, that his wife also not knowing what had happened, came in.
8 And Peter said unto her: Why have you agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold the feet of those, who have buried thy husband, are at the door, and they shall carry thee out.
10 And immediately she fell down before his feet, and gave up the ghost. And the young men coming in, found her dead; and carried her out, and buried her by her husband.
11 And there came great fear upon the whole church, and upon all that heard these things.
12 And by the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were wrought among the people. And they were all, with one accord, in Solomon’s porch.
13 But of the rest, no one durst join himself to them: but the people magnified them.
14 And the multitude of men and women, that believe in the Lord, was more increased,
15 Insomuch, that they brought out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that when Peter came, his shadow, at the least, might overshadow any of them, and they might be delivered from their infirmities.
16 And there came also together, to Jerusalem, a multitude out of the neighbouring cities, bringing sick persons, and such as were troubled with unclean spirits: who were all healed.
17 Then the high priest, rising up, and all that were with him, (which is the heresy of the Sadducees) were filled with indignation.
18 And they laid hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
19 But an Angel of the Lord, by night opening the doors of the prison, and leading them out, said:
20 Go, and, standing, speak in the temple, to the people, all the words of this life.
21 They having heard this, entered early in the morning into the temple, and taught. Now the high priest coming, and they that were with him, called together the council, and all the ancients of the children of Israel; and sent to the prison to have them brought.
22 But when the officers came, and having opened the prison, found them not, returning back, they told,
23 Saying; The prison indeed we found shut with all diligence, and the keepers standing before the doors: but opening it, we found no man within.
24 Now, when the magistrate of the temple, and the chief priests, heard these words, they were in doubt concerning them what this would come to.
25 But a man coming, told them: Behold, the men whom you put in prison, are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.
26 Then went the magistrate with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned.
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them,
28 Saying; Commanding, we commanded you, that you should not teach in this name: and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and you have a mind to bring the blood of this man upon us.
29 But Peter answering, and the apostles, said: We ought to obey God rather than men.
30 The God of our fathers hath raised up Jesus, whom you put to death, hanging him upon a tree.
31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand, to be Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins.
32 And we are witnesses of these things, and the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to all that obey him.
33 When they had heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they though to put them to death.
34 But one in the council rising up, a Pharisee, by name Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, respected by all the people, commanded the men to be put forth a little while.
35 And he said to them; Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves, what you are about to do with these men.
36 For before these days rose up Theodas, affirming himself to be some body, whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined; who was slain: and all who believed him, were dispersed, and brought to nothing.
37 After this man rose up Judas, of Galilee, in the days of the enrolling, and drew away the people after him: he also perished: and all who adhered to him, were dispersed.
38 And now, therefore, I say to you, refrain from these men, and let them alone: for is this counsel, or work be of men, it will come to nothing:
39 But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it: lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God. And they agreed with him.
40 And calling in the apostles, after they had scourge them, they charged them not to speak at all in the name of Jesus, and they dismissed them.
41 And they indeed went from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were accounted worthy to suffer reproach for the name of Jesus.
42 And they ceased not every day in the temple, and from house to house, to teach and preach Christ Jesus.

CHAP. VI.
The ordaining of the seven deacons. The zeal of Stephen.

1 And in those days, the number of the disciples increasing, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, for that their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
2 Then the twelve calling together the multitude of the disciples, said: It is not reasonable that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
3 Therefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
5 And the saying pleased all the multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte of Antioch.
6 These they set before the apostles: and they, praying, imposed hands upon them.
7 And the word of the Lord increased, and the number of the disciples was multiplied very much in Jerusalem: a great multitude also of the priests obeyed the faith.
8 Now Stephen, full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
9 But some of the synagogue, that is called of the Libertines, and of the Cyreneans, and of the Alexandrians, and of those that were of Cilicia, and Asia, rose up disputing with Stephen:
10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit which spoke.
11 Then they suborned men to say, that they had heard him speaking words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.
12 They stirred up therefore the people, and the ancients, and the Scribes: and running together they took him, and brought him to the council.
13 And they set up false witnesses, who said: This man ceaseth not to speak words against the holy place, and the law.
14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus, of Nazareth, shall destroy this place, and shall change the traditions, which Moses delivered to us.
15 And all that sat in the council looking intently upon him, saw his face as the face of an Angel.

CHAP. VII.
Stephen’s speech before the council: his martyrdom.

1 THEN the high priest said: Are these things so?
2 He said: Ye men, brethren, and fathers, give ear. The God of glory appeared to our father, Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charan,
3 And said to him: Go forth out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I will shew thee.
4 Then he went out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in Charan. And from thence, after his father was dead, he removed him into this land, in which you now dwell.
5 And he gave him no inheritance in it, no not the pace of a foot: but he promised to give it to him in possession, and to his seed after him, when he had no child.
6 And God said to him: That his seed should sojourn in a strange country, and that they should bring them under bondage, and treat them ill for four hundred years:
7 And the nation which they shall serve, I will judge, said the Lord: and after these things they shall go out and shall serve me in this place.
8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so he begot Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day: and Isaac, Jacob: and Jacob, the twelve patriarchs.
9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: and God was with him.
10 And he delivered him out of all his tribulations: and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharao, king of Egypt, and he appointed him governor over Egypt, and over all his house.
11 Now there came a famine over all Egypt, and Chanaan, and great tribulation: and our fathers found no food.
12 But when Jacob had heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent our fathers first:
13 And at the second time Joseph was known by his brethren, and his kindred was made known to Pharao.
14 And Joseph, sending, called thither Jacob, his father, and all his kindred, seventy-five souls.
15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, and our fathers.
16 And they were translated to Sichem, and were laid in the sepulchre, which Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Hemor the son of Sichem.
17 And when the time of the promise drew near, which God had promised to Abraham, the people increased and were multiplied in Egypt,
18 Till another king arose in Egypt who knew not Joseph.
19 The same dealing craftily with our race, afflicted our fathers, that they should expose their children, to the end they might not be kept alive.
20 At the same time was Moses born, and he was acceptable to God, and he was nourished three months in his father’s house.
21 But he being exposed, Pharao’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.
22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was powerful in his words, and in his deeds.
23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel.
24 And having seen one suffer an injury, he defended him: and striking the Egyptian, he avenged him who suffered the injury.
25 And he thought that his brethren understood that God, by his hand, would save them: but they understood it not.
26 And the next day he shewed himself to them when they were at strife: and would have reconciled them in peace, saying; Men, ye are brethren, why hurt ye one another?
27 But he that did the injury to his neighbour, thrust him away, saying: Who hath appointed thee prince and judge over us?
28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou didst yesterday kill the Egyptian?
29 And Moses fled upon this word: and became a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.
30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the desert of Mount Sinai an Angel, in a flame of fire, in a bush.
31 And Moses seeing it, wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to view it, the voice of the Lord came to him, saying;
32 I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses being terrified, durst not behold.
33 And the Lord said to him; Loose the shoes from off thy feet; for the place wherein thou standest, is holy ground.
34 Seeing, I have seen the affliction of my people, which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, and I will send thee into Egypt.
35 This Moses, whom they refused, saying, Who hath appointed thee prince and judge? him God sent prince and redeemer, by the hand of the Angel, who appeared to him in the bush.
36 He brought them out, doing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the desert for forty years.
37 This is what Moses who said to the children of Israel; A prophet will God raise up to you of your own brethren, as myself: him shall you hear.
38 This is he who was in the church in the wilderness, with the Angel, who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the words of life to give to us.
39 Whom our fathers would not obey: but thrust him away, and in their hearts turned back into Egypt,
40 Saying to Aaron; Make us gods to go before us: for as to this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42 And God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets; Did you offer victims and sacrifices to me for forty years in the desert, O house of Israel?
43 And you took unto you the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god, Rempham, figures which you made to adore them. And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
44 The tabernacle of the testimony was with our fathers in the desert, as God ordained for them, speaking to Moses that he should make it according to the form which he had seen.
45 Which also our fathers receiving, brought in with Jesus, into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers, until the days of David:
46 Who found grace before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built him a house.
48 Yet the most High dwelleth not in houses made by hands, as the prophet saith;
49 Heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool. What houses will you build me, saith the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?
50 Hath not my hand made all these things?
51 Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you also.
52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold of the coming of the Just One: of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers:
53 Who have received the law by the disposition of Angels, and have not kept it.
54 Now hearing these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed with their teeth at him.
55 But he being full of the Holy Ghost, looking up steadfastly to heaven, saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said: Behold I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.
56 And they crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord rushed violently upon him.
57 And casting him out of the city, they stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul.
58 And they stoned Stephen, invoking and saying; Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
59 And falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, saying; Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord. And Saul was consenting to his death.

CHAP. VIII.
Philip converts the Samaritans, and baptizes the eunuch.

1 AND at that time there was raised a great persecution against the church, which was at Jerusalem, and they were all dispersed through the countries of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
2 And devout men took care of Stephen’s funeral, and made great mourning over him.
3 But Saul ravaged the church, entering into the houses, and dragging away men and women, committed them to prison.
4 They, therefore, who were dispersed, went out about preaching the word of God.
5 And Philip going down to the city of Samaria, preached Christ to them.
6 And the people were attentive to those things which were said by Philip, with one accord hearing, and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, went out of many who were possessed.
8 And many taken with the palsy, and that were lame, were healed.
9 There was therefore great joy in that city. But a certain man, named Simon, who before had been a magician in the city, seducing the people of Samaria, giving out that he was some great one:
10 To whom all hearkened, from the least to the greatest, saying; This man is the power of God, which is called great.
11 And they were attentive to him, because for a long time he had bewitched them with his sorceries.
12 But when they had believed Philip preaching of the kingdom of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and being baptized, he adhered to Philip. Seeing also the wonders and exceeding great miracles which were done, he was struck with amazement.
14 Now when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John.
15 Who when they were come, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 For he was not yet come upon any one of them, but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
18 And when Simon saw, that by the imposition of the hands of the apostles, the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying: Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I shall lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said to him:
20 May thy money perish with thee: because thou hast though that the gift of God could be purchased with money.
21 Thou hast no part, nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Do penance, therefore, for this thy wickedness: and pray to God, if perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.
23 For I see thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bonds of iniquity.
24 Then Simon answering, said; Pray you to the Lord for me, that none of these things which you have spoken, may come upon me.
25 And they indeed having testified, and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel to many countries of the Samaritans.
26 Now an Angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying: Arise, and go towards the south to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem to Gaza; this is desert.
27 And rising up, he went. And behold a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch, of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge over all her treasures, had come to Jerusalem to adore:
28 And he was returning, sitting in his chariot, and reading Isaias, the prophet.
29 And the Spirit said to Philip: Go near, and join thyself to that chariot.
30 And Philip running thither, heard him reading the prophet, Isaias, and he said: Thinkest thou that thou understandest what thou readest?
31 He said: How can I, unless some one shew me? And he desired Philip to come up, and sit with him.
32 And the place of the Scripture, which he was reading, was this: As a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb without a voice before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth.
33 In humility his judgment was taken away. Who shall declare his generation, for his life shall be taken away from the earth?
34 And the eunuch answering Philip, said: I beseech thee, of whom doth the prophet speak this? of himself, or of some other?
35 Then Philip, opening his mouth, and beginning at that Scripture, preached to him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came to a certain water: and the eunuch saith; See, here is water, what hindereth me from being baptized?
37 And Philip said: If thou believest with thy whole heart, thou mayest. And he answering, said: I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, Philip, and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took away Philip, and the eunuch saw him no more. And he went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found in Azotus, and passing through, he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Cæsarea.

CHAP. IX.
Paul’s conversion and zeal. Peter heals Æneas, and raises Tabitha to life.

1 AND Saul, still breathing out threatening, and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,
2 And asked of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues: that if he found any men and women of this way, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 And as he went on his journey, it came to pass that he drew near to Damascus: and suddenly a light from heaven shined round about him.
4 And falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him: Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute me?
5 And he said: Who art thou, Lord? And he: I am Jesus, whom thou persecutes. It is hard for thee to kick against the goad.
6 And he, trembling and astonished, said: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
7 And the Lord said to him: Arise, and go into the city, and there it shall be told thee what thou must do. Now the men who went in company with him, stood amazed, hearing indeed a voice, but seeing no one.
8 And Saul arose from the ground, and his eyes being open, he saw nothing. But they leading him by the hands, brought him to Damascus.
9 And he was there three days, without sight, and he neither eat nor drank.
10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, by name Ananias: and the Lord said to him in a vision: Ananias. And he said: Behold I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said to him: Arise, and go into the street, that is called Strait, and seek in the house of Judas, one named Saul, of Tarsus: for behold he prayeth.
12 (And he saw a man named Ananias coming in, and laying his hands upon him, that he might receive his sight.)
13 But Ananias answered: Lord, I have heard from many of this man, how great evils he hath done to thy saints in Jerusalem:
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all, that invoke thy name.
15 And the Lord said to him: Go, for this man is a vessel of election to me, to carry my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and children of Israel.
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name.
17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house: and laying his hands upon him, he said: Saul, brother, the Lord Jesus hath sent me, he who appeared to thee in the way as thou camest, that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight: and rising up, he was baptized.
19 And when he had taken meat, he was strengthened. And he was with the disciples who were at Damascus, for some days.
20 And immediately he preached Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
21 And all were astonished that heard him, and said: Is not this he who in Jerusalem attacked violently those who called upon that name: and came hither for this purpose, that he might lead them bound to the chief priests?
22 But Saul increased much more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, affirming that this is the Christ.
23 And when many days were passed, the Jews consulted together to kill him.
24 But their laying in wait was made known to Saul. And they guarded the gates also day and night, that they might kill him.
25 But the disciples taking him by night, conveyed him away by the wall, letting him down in a basket.
26 And when he was come into Jerusalem, he tried to join himself to the disciples, and they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.
27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles, and related to them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had acted confidently in the name of Jesus.
28 And he was with them, coming in and going out, in Jerusalem, and acting confidently in the name of the Lord.
29 He spoke also to the Gentiles, and disputed with the Grecians: but they sought to kill him.
30 Which when the brethren had known, they brought him down to Cæsarea, and sent him away to Tarsus.
31 Now the church had peace throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria, and was edified, walking in the fear of the Lord, and was filled with the consolation of the Holy Ghost.
32 And it came to pass, that Peter, as he passed through, visiting all, came to the saints, who dwelt at Lydda.
33 And he found there a certain main, named Æneas, lying on his bed for eight years, who was ill of the palsy.
34 And Peter said to him: Æneas, the Lord Jesus Christ healeth thee: arise, and make thy bed. And immediately he arose.
35 And all that dwelt at Lydda, and Saron, saw him: and they were converted to the Lord.
36 And in Joppe there was a certain disciple, named Tabitha, which, being interpreted, is called Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and alms-deeds, which she did.
37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died. Whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
38 And Lydda being near to Joppe, the disciples hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, requesting: Delay not to come to us.
39 And Peter rising up, came with them. And when he was arrived, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood round about him weeping, and shewing him the coats and garments, which Dorcas had made them.
40 And having put them all out, Peter kneeling down, prayed; and turning to the body, he said: Tabitha, arise: And she opened her eyes: and seeing Peter, sat up.
41 And giving her his hand, he raised her up. And when he had called the saints and the widows, he presented her alive.
42 And it was made known throughout all Joppe; and many believed in the Lord.
43 And it came to pass, that he stayed many days in Joppe, with one Simon, a tanner.

CHAP. X.
Cornelius is received into the Church. Peter’s vision.

1 NOW there was a certain man in Cæsarea, a centurion of the band, which is called the Italian,
2 A religious man, and one that feared God, with all his house, giving much alms to the people, and praying to God always:
3 He saw in a vision manifestly, about the ninth hour of the day, an Angel of God coming in to him, and saying to him: Cornelius.
4 And he beholding him, being seized with fear, said: What is it, Lord? And he said to him: Thy prayers, and thy alms, have ascended for a memorial in the sight of God.
5 And now send men to Joppe, and call hither one Simon, who is surnamed Peter:
6 He lodgeth with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou must do.
7 And when the Angel who spoke to him was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a soldier, that feared the Lord, of them who were under him:
8 To whom, when he had related all, he sent them to Joppe.
9 And on the next day, whilst they were going on their journey, and drawing near to the city, Peter went up to the higher parts of the house to pray, about the sixth hour.
10 And being hungry, he was desirous to taste somewhat. And as they were preparing, there came upon him an ecstasy of mind.
11 And he saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as it were a great sheet, let down by the four corners from heaven to the earth,
12 In which were all manner of four-footed beasts, and creeping things of the earth, and fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him: Arise, Peter, kill, and eat.
14 But Peter said: Far be it from me, Lord, for I have never eaten any common and unclean thing.
15 And the voice spoke to him again the second time: That which God hath purified, do not thou call common.
16 And this was done thrice: and presently the vessel was taken up again into heaven.
17 Now, whilst Peter was doubting within himself what the vision which he had seen should mean, behold the men who were sent by Cornelius, inquiring for Simon’s house, stood at the gate.
18 And when they had called, they asked, if Simon, who is surnamed Peter, lodged there?
19 And as Peter was thinking on the vision, the Spirit said to him: Behold three men seek thee.
20 Arise, therefore, go down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
21 Then Peter going down to the men, said: Behold I am he whom you seek: what is the cause, for which you are come?
22 They said, Cornelius, a centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and that hath good testimony from all the nations of the Jews, received an answer of a holy Angel, to send for thee into his house, and to hear words from thee.
23 Then bringing him in, he lodge them. And the day following, he arose and went with them: and some of the brethren from Joppe, accompanied him.
24 And the day after he entered into Cæsarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his kinsmen, and special friends.
25 And it came to pass, when Peter was come in, Cornelius met him, and falling down at his feet, worshipped.
26 But Peter raised him up, saying: Arise, I myself also am a man.
27 And talking with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
28 And he said to them: You know how abominable a thing it is for a man that is a Jew, to keep company with, or to come to, one of another nation: but God hath shewed to me, to call no man common or unclean.
29 Wherefore, making no doubt, I came when I was sent for. I ask, therefore, for what cause you have sent for me?
30 And Cornelius said: Four days ago, until this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold a man stood before me in white apparel and said:
31 Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thy alms are remembered in the sight of God.
32 Send, therefore, to Joppe, and call hither Simon, who is surnamed Peter: he lodgeth in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea side.
33 Immediately, therefore, I sent to thee: and thou hast done well in coming. Now, therefore, all we are present in thy sight, to hear all things whatsoever are commanded thee by the Lord.
34 Then Peter, opening his mouth, said: In truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.
35 But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh justice, is acceptable to him.
36 God sent the word to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all).
37 You know the word which hath been published through all Judea: for it began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached,
38 Jesus, of Nazareth: how God anointed him with the Holy Ghost, and with power, who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by the devil: for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things, which he did in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem, whom they killed, hanging him upon a tree.
40 Him God raised up the third day, and gave him to be made manifest,
41 Not to all the people, but to witnesses preordained by God, even to us, who eat and drank with him, after he rose again from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he who hath been appointed by God to be the judge of the living and of the dead.
43 To him all the prophets give testimony, that through his name all receive remission of sins, who believe in him.
44 While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost fell upon all them that heard the word.
45 And the faithful of the circumcision, who had come with Peter, were astonished because the grace of the Holy Ghost was also poured out upon the Gentiles.
46 For they heard them speaking with tongues, and magnifying God.
47 Then Peter answered: Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then they entreated him to stay with them some days.

CHAP. XI.
Peter defends his having received the Gentiles into the Church. Many are converted at Antioch.

1 AND the apostles and brethren who were in Judea, heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they who were of the circumcision, disputed against him,
3 Saying: Why didst thou go in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them?
4 But Peter began and declared to them the matter in order, saying:
5 I was in the city of Joppe, praying, and I saw an ecstasy of mind a vision, a certain vessel descending, as it were a great sheet let down from heaven by four corners, and it came even to me.
6 Into which looking I considered, and saw four-footed creatures of the earth, and beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air:
7 And I heard also a voice, saying to me: Arise, Peter, kill and eat.
8 And I said: Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath ever entered into my mouth.
9 And the voice answered the second time from heaven: What God hath made clean, call not thou common.
10 And this was done three times: and all were taken up again into heaven.
11 And behold immediately there were three men come to the house wherein I was, sent to me from Cæsarea.
12 And the spirit said to me, that I should go with them, nothing doubting. And these six brethren went with me also, and we entered into the man’s house.
13 And he told us, how he had seen an Angel in his house, standing and saying to him: Send to Joppe, and call hither Simon, who is surnamed Peter,
14 Who shall speak to thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.
15 And when I had begun to speak, the Holy Ghost fell upon them, as upon us also in the beginning.
16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said: John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
17 If then God gave to them the same grace, as to us also who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could withstand God?
18 When they had heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying: God then hath also to the Gentiles given repentance unto life.
19 And they indeed, who had been dispersed, by the persecution that arose on occasion of Stephen, went about as far as Phœnice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to none, but to the Jews only.
20 But some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had entered into Antioch, spoke also to the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.
21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believing, was converted to the Lord.
22 And the report of these things came to the ears of the church that was at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch.
23 Who when he was come, and had seen the grace of God, rejoiced: and exhorted them all with purpose of heart to continue in the Lord.
24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord.
25 And Barnabas went to Tarsus, to seek Saul: whom, when he had found, he brought to Antioch.
26 And they conversed there in the church a whole year: and they taught a great multitude, so that at Antioch the disciples were first name Christians.
27 And in these days there came prophets from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28 And one of them, named Agabus, rising up, signified by the spirit, that there should be a great famine over the whole world, which came to pass under Claudius.
29 And the disciples, every man according to his ability, resolved to send relief to the brethren who dwelt in Judea:
30 Which also they did, sending it to the ancients by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

CHAP. XII.
Herod’s persecution. Peter’s deliverance by an Angel. Herod’s punishment.

1 AND at the same time Herod, the king, stretched forth his hands, to afflict some of the church.
2 And he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.
3 And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to apprehend Peter also. Now it was in the days of the azymes.
4 Whom when he had apprehended, he cast into prison, delivering him to four files of soldiers, to be kept, intending after the Pasch to bring him forth to the people.
5 Peter, therefore, was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing, by the church, to God, for him.
6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, that very night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the guards before the door kept the prison.
7 And behold an Angel of the Lord stood by him: and a light shined in the room: and he striking Peter on the side, raised him up, saying: Arise quickly. And the chains fell off from his hands.
8 And the Angel said to him: Gird thyself, and put on thy sandals. And he did so. And he said to him: Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
9 And going out, he followed him, and knew not that what was done by the Angel was true: but thought he saw a vision.
10 And having passed through the first and the second ward, they came to the iron gate that leadeth to the city, which of itself opened to them. And going out, they passed on through one street: and immediately the Angel departed from him.
11 And Peter coming to himself, said: Now I know truly, that the Lord hath sent his Angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
12 And considering he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John, who was surnamed Mark, where many were assembled, and praying.
13 And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhode.
14 And as soon as she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for joy, but running in, she told that Peter stood before the gate.
15 But they said to her: Thou art mad. But she affirmed that it was so. Then said they: It is his Angel.
16 But Peter continued knocking. And when they had opened, they saw him, and were astonished.
17 But he beckoning to them with his hand to hold their peace, told how the Lord had brought him out of prison, and he said: Tell these things to James and to the brethren. And going out, he went into another place.
18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small confusion among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.
19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, having examined the keepers, he commanded that they should be led to execution: and going down from Judea to Cæsarea, he abode there.
20 And he was angry with the Tyrians and the Sidonians. But they with one accord came to him, and having gained Blastus, who was the king’s chamberlain, they desired peace, because their countries were nourished by him.
21 And upon a day appointed, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on the judgment-seat, and made an oration to them.
22 And the people with acclamations cried out: It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
23 And forthwith an Angel of the Lord struck him, because he had not given the honour to God: and eaten up by worms, he expired.
24 But the word of the Lord increased and multiplied.
25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having fulfilled their ministry, taking with them John, who was surnamed Mark.

CHAP. XIII.
Saul and Barnabas are sent forth by the Holy Ghost. They preach in Cyprus and in Antioch of Pisidia.

1 NOW there were in the church, which was at Antioch, prophets and teachers, among whom was Barnabas, and Simon, who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manahen, who was the foster-brother of Herod, the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 And as they were ministering to the Lord, and fasting, the Holy Ghost said to them: Separate me Saul and Barnabas, for the work to which I have taken them.
3 Then they fasting and praying, and imposing their hands upon them, sent them away.
4 So they being sent by the Holy Ghost, went to Seleucia: and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
5 And when they were come to Salamina, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John also in their ministry.
6 And when they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a certain man, a magician, a false prophet, a Jews, whose name was Bar-jesu,
7 Who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man. He, sending for Barnabas and Saul, desired to hear the word of God.
8 But Elymas, the magician, (for so his name is interpreted) withstood them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith.
9 Then Saul, otherwise Paul, filled with the Holy Ghost, looking upon him,
10 Said: O thou full of all guile, and of all deceit, son of the devil, enemy of all justice, thou dost not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord.
11 And now behold the hand of the Lord upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a time. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness, and going about, he sought some one to lead him by the hand.
12 Then the proconsul, when he had seen what was done, believed, marveling at the doctrine of the Lord.
13 And when Paul, and they who were with him, had sailed from Paphos, they came to Perge, in Pamphylia. But John departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.
14 But they passing through Perge, came to Antioch, in Pisidia: and entering into the synagogue on the sabbath-day, they sat down.
15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying: Ye men, brethren, if you have any word of exhortation to make to the people, speak.
16 Then Paul rising up, and with his hand bespeaking silence, said: Ye men of Israel, and you that fear God, give ear:
17 The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people, when they were sojourners in the land of Egypt, and with a mighty arm brought them out from thence,
18 And for the space of forty years endured their manners in the desert.
19 And destroying seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them, by lot,
20 As it were, after four hundred and fifty years: and after these things he gave them judges, until Samuel, the prophet.
21 And afterwards they desired a king: and God gave them Saul, the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, forty years.
22 And when he had removed him, he raised them up David to be king: to whom giving testimony, he said: I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man according to my own heart, who shall do all my will.
23 Of this man’s seed God, according to his promise, hath raised up to Israel a Saviour, Jesus,
24 John first preaching before his coming the baptism of penance to all the people of Israel.
25 And when John was fulfilling his course, he said: I am not he, whom you think me to be: but behold he cometh after me, the shoes of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.
26 Men, brethren, sons of the race of Abraham, and whosoever among you fear God, to you the word of this salvation is sent.
27 For they who inhabited Jerusalem, and the rulers thereof, not knowing him, nor the voices of the prophets, which are read every sabbath, judging him, have fulfilled them.
28 And finding no cause of death in him, they petitioned of Pilate, that they might put him to death.
29 And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, taking him down from the tree, they laid him in a sepulchre.
30 But God raised him up from the dead the third day: who was seen for many days by those,
31 Who went up together with him from Galilee to Jerusalem: who, to this present time, are witnesses of him to the people.
32 And we declare to you that the promise which was made to our fathers,
33 This same hath God fulfilled to our children, raising up Jesus again, as in the second Psalm also is written: Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
34 And to shew that he raised him up from the dead to return now no more to corruption, he said thus: That I will give you the holy things of David sure.
35 And, therefore, in another place also he saith: Thou shalt not suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.
36 For David, after he had served in his generation, according to the will of God, slept: and was laid unto hi s fathers, and saw corruption.
37 But he whom God hath raised from the dead, saw no corruption.
38 Be it known, therefore, to you, men, brethren, that through him forgiveness of sins is preached to you: and from all the things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses,
39 In him every one, who believeth, is justified.
40 Beware, therefore, lest that come upon you which is said in the prophets:
41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which you will not believe, if any man shall tell it to you.
42 And as they went out, they desired them that on the next sabbath they would speak these words to them.
43 And when the synagogue was broken up, many of the Jews, and of the strangers who served God, followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44 But the next sabbath-day, the whole city almost came together, to hear the word of God.
45 And the Jews seeing the multitudes, were filled with envy, and contradicted those things which were said by Paul, blaspheming.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas said boldly: To you it behoved us first to speak the word of God: but seeing you reject it, and judge for yourselves unworthy of eternal life: behold we turn to the Gentiles.
47 For so the Lord hath commanded us: I have set thee to be the light of the Gentiles: that thou mayest be for salvation unto the utmost part of the earth.
48 And the Gentiles hearing this, were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were pre-ordained to eternal life, believed.
49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout the whole country.
50 But the Jews stirred up religious and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised a persecution against Paul and Barnabas: and cast them out of their borders.
51 But they shaking off the dust of their feet against them, came to Iconium.
52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Ghost.

CHAP. XIV.
Paul and Barnabas preach in Iconium and Lystra: Paul heals a cripple and they are taken for gods. Paul is stoned. They preach in Derbe and Perge.

1 AND it came to pass in Iconium, that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews and spoke, so that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks did believe.
2 But the unbelieving Jews, stirred up, and incensed the minds of the Gentiles against the brethren.
3 A long time, therefore, they abode there, acting confidently in the Lord, who gave testimony to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
4 And the multitude of the city was divided: and some indeed held with the Jews, but some with the apostles.
5 And when there was an assault made by the Gentiles and the Jews, with their rulers, to treat them contumeliously, and to stone them:
6 Understanding it, they fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the whole country round about, and were there preaching to gospel.
7 Now there sat a certain man at Lystra disabled in his feet, lame from his mother’s womb, who never had walked.
8 This man heard Paul speaking: who looking upon him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
9 Said with a loud voice: Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and walked.
10 And when the multitudes had seen what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice in the Lycaonian tongue, saying: The gods, in the likeness of men, are come down to us.
11 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter: but Paul, Mercury; because he was the chief speaker.
12 The priest also of Jupiter, that was before the city, bringing oxen and garlands before the gate, would have offered sacrifice with the people.
13 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, had heard, rending their clothes, they ran among the people, crying out,
14 And saying: Men, why do ye these things? We also are mortals, men like unto you, preaching to you to be converted from these vain things to the living God, who made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are in them:
15 Who in past generations suffered all nations to walk in their own way.
16 Nevertheless he left not himself without testimony, doing good from heaven, giving rains, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
17 And speaking these things, they scarce restrained the people from sacrificing to them.
18 Now there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium: and having persuaded the multitude, and stoned Paul, they dragged him out of the city, thinking him to be dead.
19 But as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up and entered into the city, and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
20 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra and to Iconium, and to Antioch:
21 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith: and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God.
22 And when they had ordained for them priests in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in whom they believed.
23 And passing through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia.
24 And having spoken the word of the Lord in Perge, they went down to Attalia:
25 And thence they sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been delivered to the grace of God, unto the work which they accomplished.
26 And when they were come, and had assembled the church, they related what great things God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
27 And they abode no little time with the disciples.

CHAP. XV.
A dissension about circumcision. The decision and letter of the council of Jerusalem.

1 AND some coming down from Judea, taught the brethren: That unless you be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved.
2 And when Paul and Barnabas had no small contest with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of the other side, should go up to the apostles and priests to Jerusalem, about this question.
3 They, therefore, being brought on their way by the church, passed through Phœnice and Samaria, relating the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy to all the brethren.
4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church, and by the apostles and ancients, declaring how great things God had done with them.
5 But there rose up some of the sect of the Pharisees that believed, saying: They must be circumcised, and be commanded to observe the law of Moses.
6 And the apostles and ancients assembled to consider of this matter.
7 And when there was much disputing, Peter rising up, said to them: Men, brethren, you know that in former days God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8 And God, who knoweth the hearts, gave them testimony, giving the Holy Ghost to them as well as to us.
9 And made no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10 Now, therefore, why tempt you God, to put a yoke upon the necks of the disciples, which neither our fathers now we were able to bear?
11 But by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we believed to be saved, as they also.
12 And all the multitude held their peace: and gave ear to Barnabas and Paul, relating what great signs and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying: Men, brethren, hear me.
14 Simon hath related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take out of them a people to his name.
15 And to this agree the words of the prophets, as it is written:
16 After these things I will return, and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down, and I will rebuild the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
17 That the rest of men may seek after the Lord, and all nations upon whom my name is invoked, saith the Lord, who doth these things.
18 To the Lord was known his own work from the beginning of the world.
19 Wherefore I judge that they, who from among the Gentiles are converted to God, are not to be disquieted.
20 But that we write to them, that they refrain themselves from the pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
21 For Moses, from ancient times, hath in every city them that preach him in the synagogues, where he is read every sabbath.
22 Then it pleased the apostles and ancients, with the whole church, to choose men of their own company, and to send them to Antioch, with Paul and Barnabas; Judas, who was surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren,
23 Writing by their hands. The apostles and ancients, brethren, to the brethren of the Gentiles, that are at Antioch, and in Syria, and Cilicia, greeting.
24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that some, who went out from us, have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, to whom we gave no commands:
25 It hath seemed good to us, assembled together, to choose out men, and send them to you, with our dearly beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26 Men who have given their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 We have sent, therefore, Judas and Silas, who themselves also will, by word of mouth, tell you the same things.
28 For it hath seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay no further burthen upon you, than these necessary things:
29 That you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which things keeping yourselves, you shall do well. Fare ye well.
30 They, therefore, being dismissed, went down to Antioch: and when they had gathered together the multitude, they delivered the epistle.
31 Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.
32 But Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, comforted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
33 And having remained there some time, they were dismissed with peace, by the brethren, to those who had sent them.
34 But it seemed good to Silas to remain there: and Judas alone set out for Jerusalem.
35 But Paul and Barnabas continued at Antioch, teaching and preaching with many others the word of the Lord.
36 And after some days, Paul said to Barnabas: Let us return and visit the brethren in all the cities, wherein we have preached the word of the Lord, to see how they do.
37 And Barnabas wished to take along with him John also, who was surnamed Mark.
38 But Paul desired that he (as having departed from them out of Pamphylia, and not gone with them to the work) might not be received.
39 And there was a dissension, so that they departed one from another, and Barnabas indeed taking Mark, sailed to Cyprus.
40 But Paul, choosing Silas, departed, being delivered by the brethren to the grace of God.
41 And when he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches: commanding them to keep the precepts of the apostles, and the ancients.

CHAP. XVI.
Paul visits the churches. He is called to preach in Macedonia. He is scourged at Philippi.

1 AND he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold there was a certain disciple there named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who believed, his father being a Gentile.
2 To this man the brethren, who were in Lystra and Iconium, gave a good testimony.
3 Him Paul would have to go along with him: and taking him, he circumcised him, because of the Jews, who were in those places. For they all knew that his father was a Gentile.
4 And as they passed through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, that were decreed by the apostles and ancients, who were at Jerusalem.
5 And the churches indeed were confirmed in faith, and increased in number daily.
6 Now having passed through Phrygia, and the country of Galatia, they were forbidden, by the Holy Ghost, to preach the word of God in Asia.
7 And when they were come into Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus permitted them not.
8 And when they had passed through Mysia, they went down to Troas:
9 And a vision was shewn to Paul in the night: A man of Macedonia standing, and beseeching him, and saying: Pass over into Macedonia, and help us.
10 And as soon as he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, being assured that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
11 So sailing from Troas, we came with a direct course to Samothracia, and the day following to Neapolis:
12 And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were in this city some days, conferring together.
13 And upon the sabbath-day, we went forth without the gate by a river side, where it seemed that there was prayer: and sitting down, we spoke to the women that were assembled.
14 And a certain woman, named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one that worshipped God, heard us, whose heart the Lord opened to attend to the things which were spoken by Paul.
15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying: If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and remain. And she constrained us.
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain girl, possessed with pythonical spirit, met us, who brought her masters much gain by divining.
17 The same, following Paul and us, cried out, saying: These men are the servants of the most high God, who announce to you the way of salvation.
18 And this she did many days. But Paul being grieved, turned, and said to the spirit: I command thee, in the name of Jesus Christ, to go out of her. And he went out the same hour.
19 But her masters seeing that the hope of their gain was gone, apprehending Paul and Silas, they brought them into the market-place to the rulers;
20 And presenting them to the magistrates, said: These men disturb our city, being Jews:
21 And preach a fashion which it is not lawful for us to receive, nor observe, being Romans.
22 And the people ran together against them: and the magistrates tearing off their clothes, commanded them to be beaten with rods.
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them securely.
24 Who having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 And at midnight, Paul and Silas praying, praised God: and they who were in prison heard them.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened: and the bands of all were loosed.
27 And the keeper of the prison being awakened, and seeing the doors of the prison open, drawing his sword, would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying: Do thyself no harm, for we are all here.
29 Then calling for a light, he went in, and trembling, fell down at the feet of Paul and Silas:
30 And bringing them out, he said: Masters, what must I do, that I may be saved?
31 But they said: Believe in the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32 And he taking them the same hour of the night, washed their wounds: and he himself was baptized, and all his family forthwith.
34 And when he had brought them into his own house, he laid the table for them, and rejoiced with all his family, believing God.
35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying: Let those men go.
36 And the keeper of the prison told these words to Paul: The magistrates have sent to have you discharged: now therefore depart, and go in peace.
37 But Paul said to them: After having beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men that are Romans, they cast us into prison: and now do they thrust us out privately? Not so: but let them come,
38 And discharge us themselves. And the serjeants told these words to the magistrates. And they were afraid, hearing that they were Romans:
39 And coming, they intreated them: and bringing them out, they desired them to depart out of the city.
40 And going out of the prison, they entered into the house of Lydia: and having seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

CHAP. XVII.
Paul preaches to the Thessalonians and Berœans. His discourse to the Athenians.

1 AND when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
2 And Paul, according to his custom, went in to them: and for three sabbath-days he reasoned with them out of the Scriptures,
3 Laying open and including that the Christ was to suffer, and to rise again from the dead: and that this is the Jesus Christ, whom I preach to you.
4 And some of them believed, and were joined to Paul and Silas, and of those who served God, and of the Gentiles, a great multitude, and noble women not a few.
5 But the Jews moved with envy, taking with them some wicked men of the vulgar sort, and making a tumult, set the city in an uproar: and besetting Jason’s house, sought to bring them out to the people.
6 And when they had not found them, they dragged Jason and certain brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out: That they who disturb the city, are come hither also,
7 Whom Jason hath received, and these all do contrary to the decrees of Cæsar, saying: that there is another king, Jesus.
8 And they stirred up the people, and the rulers of the city hearing these things.
9 And having taken satisfaction from Jason, and the rest, they let them go.
10 But the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night to Berœa. Who when they were come thither, entered into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 Now these were more noble than those of Thessalonica, who received the word with all eagerness, daily searching the Scriptures, whether these things were so.
12 And many indeed of them believed, and not a few of honourable Gentile women and men.
13 But when the Jews in Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was also preached by Paul at Berœa, they came thither also, stirring up, and troubling the multitude.
14 And then the brethren immediately sent away Paul, to go to the sea: but Silas and Timothy remained there.
15 And they that conducted Paul, brought him as far as Athens, and receiving a commandment from him to Silas and Timothy, that they should come to him with all speed, they departed.
16 Now whilst Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was excited within him, seeing the city given up to idolatry.
17 He disputed, therefore, in the synagogue with the Jews, and with them that served God, and in the market-place, every day, with those that were present.
18 And certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers disputed with him, and some said: What is it that this babbler would say? But others: He seemeth to be a preacher of new gods: because he preached to them Jesus, and the resurrection.
19 And taking him, they brought him to the Areopagus, saying: May we know what this new doctrine is, which thou speakest of?
20 For thou bringest certain new things to our ears: We would know, therefore, what these things mean.
21 (Now all the Athenians, and strangers that were there, employed themselves in nothing else but either in telling or in hearing something new.)
22 But Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: Ye men of Athens, I perceive that ye are in all things over-religious.
23 For passing by, and seeing your idols, I found an altar also, on which was written: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. What, therefore, you worship without knowing it, that I preach to you.
24 God, who made the world and all things therein, he being the Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.
25 Nor is he served by the hands of men, as thou he needed any thing, seeing it is he who giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one, all mankind, to dwell upon the whole face of the earth, determining appointed times, and the limits of their habitation.
27 That they should seek God, if haply they may feel after him or find him: although he be not far from every one of us.
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being: as some also of your own poets said: For we are also his offspring.
29 Being, therefore, the offspring of God, we must not suppose the Divinity to be like unto gold or silver, or stone, the grave of art, and device of man.
30 And God, indeed, having overlooked the times of this ignorance, now declareth to me, that all should every where do penance,
31 Because he hath appointed a day wherein he will judge the world in equity, by the man, whom he hath appointed, giving faith to all, by raising him up from the dead.
32 And when they had heard of the resurrection of the dead, some indeed mocked: but others said: We will hear thee again concerning this matter.
33 So Paul went out from among them.
34 But certain men adhered to him and believed: among whom was also Dionysius, the Areopagite, and a woman, named Damaris, and others with them.

CHAP. XVIII.
Paul founds the church of Corinth: and preaches at Ephesus, &c. Apollo goes to Corinth.

1 AFTER these things, departing from Athens, he came to Corinth.
2 And finding a certain Jew, name Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had lately come from Italy, with Priscilla, his wife, (because Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome) he came to them.
3 And because he was of the same trade, he remained with them, and wrought: (now they were tentmakers by trade.)
4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, introducing the name of the Lord Jesus, and he persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
5 And when Silas and Timothy were come from Macedonia, Paul was earnest in preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.
6 But they contradicting and blaspheming, shaking his garments, he said to them: Your blood be upon your own heads: I am clean: from henceforth I will go to the Gentiles.
7 And departing thence, he entered into the house of a certain man, named Titus Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined to the synagogue.
8 And Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his house: and many of the Corinthians hearing, believed, and were baptized.
9 And the Lord said to Paul in the night, by a vision; Fear not, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
10 Because I am with thee: and no man shall set upon thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
11 And he stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul, and brought him to the judgment-seat,
13 Saying: That this man persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
14 And when Paul was beginning to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews: If it were some matter of injustice, or a heinous deed, ye Jews, I should with reason bear with you.
15 But if they be questions of a word, and of names, and of your law, look you to it: I will not be judge of such matters.
16 And he drove them from the judgment-seat.
17 And all laying hold on Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, beat him before the judgment-seat: and Gallio cared for none of those things.
18 But Paul, when he had stayed yet many days, taking leave of the brethren, he sailed from thence into Syria, (and with him Priscilla and Aquila,) having shorn his head in Cenchra: for he had a vow.
19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there. But he himself entering into the synagogue, reasoned with the Jews.
20 And when they intreated him to make a longer stay, he consented not,
21 But taking his leave, and saying: I will return to you again, God willing, he departed from Ephesus.
22 And going down to Cæsarea, he went up, and saluted the church, and so came down to Antioch.
23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, passing in order through the country of Galatia and Phrygia, confirming all the disciples.
24 Now, a certain Jew, named Apollo, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus, one mighty in the Scriptures.
25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord: and being fervent in spirit, spoke, and taught diligently the things that are of Jesus, knowing only the baptism of John.
26 This man, therefore, began to speak boldly in the synagogue. Whom when Priscilla and Aquila had heard, they took him to them, and expounded more perfectly to him the way of the Lord.
27 And whereas he was desirous to go to Achaia, the brethren exhorting, wrote to the disciples to receive him. Who, when he was come, helped them much, who had believed.
28 For he with might convinced the Jews in public, shewing, by the Scriptures, Jesus to be the Christ.

CHAP. XIX.
Paul establishes the church at Ephesus. The tumult of the silversmiths.

1 AND it came to pass, while Apollo was at Corinth, that Paul having passed through the upper parts, came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples:
2 And he said to them: Have you received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? But they said to him: We have not so much as heard whether there be a Holy Ghost.
3 And he said: In what then were you baptized? Who said: In John’s baptism.
4 Then Paul said: John baptized the people with the baptism of penance, saying; That they should believe in him who was to come after him, that is to say, in Jesus.
5 Having heard these things, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had imposed his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
7 And all the men were about twelve.
8 And entering into the synagogue, he spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading concerning the kingdom of God.
9 But when some were hardened and believed not, but spoke evil of the way of the Lord before the multitude, departing from them, he separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
10 And this continued for two years, so that all that dwelt in Asia, heard the word of the Lord, Jews and Gentiles.
11 And God wrought by the hand of Paul more than common miracles:
12 So that even there were brought from his body to the sick handkerchiefs and aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the wicked spirits went out of them.
13 Now some also of the Jewish exorcists, who went about, attempted to invoke over them, that had evil spirits, the name of the Lord Jesus, saying: I conjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were certain men, seven sons of Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, who did this.
15 But the evil spirit answering, said to them: Jesus I know, and Paul I know: but who are you?
16 And the man, in whom the evil spirit was, leaping upon them, and mastering them both, prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
17 And this became known to all the Jews and the Gentiles who dwelt at Ephesus: and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18 And many of those who believed, came confessing and declaring their deeds.
19 And many of those who had followed curious arts, brought their books together, and burnt them before all: and computing the price of them, they found the money to be fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20 So mightily increased the word of God, and was confirmed.
21 Now these things being ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying: After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
22 So sending into Macedonia two of those that ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, he himself remained for a time in Asia.
23 Now at that time there arose no small disturbance about the way of the Lord.
24 For a certain man, named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver temples for Diana, brought no small gain to the craftsmen:
25 Whom calling together, with the workmen of like occupation, he said: Ye men, know that our gain is by this trade:
26 Now you see, and hear, that this Paul, by persuasion hath drawn away a great multitude, not only at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, saying: That they are no gods which are made with hands.
27 So that not only this our craft is in danger of being vilified, but also the temple of great Diana shall be thought nothing of, yea, and her majesty shall begin to be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
28 Having heard these things, they were full of anger, and cried out, saying: Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
29 And the whole city was filled with confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theatre, having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, companions of Paul.
30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.
31 And some also of the rulers of Asia, who were his friends, sent unto him, desiring that he would not venture himself into the theatre.
32 Now some cried out one thing, some another. For the assembly was confused, and the greater part knew not for what cause they were come together.
33 And they drew forth Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews thrusting him forward. And Alexander, beckoning with his hand for silence, would have given the people satisfaction.
34 But as soon as they perceived him to be a Jew, all with one voice, for the space of about two hours, cried out: Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
35 And when the town-clerk had appeased the multitudes, he said: Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great Diana, and of Jupiter’s offspring?
36 Since, therefore, these things cannot be contradicted, you ought to be quiet, and do nothing rashly.
37 For you have brought hither these men, who are neither guilty of sacrilege, nor of blasphemy against your goddess.
38 But if Demetrius, and the craftsmen who are with him, have a cause against any man, the courts of justice are open, and there are proconsuls: let them accuse one another.
39 And if you inquire after any other matter, it may be decided in a lawful assembly.
40 For we are in danger of being arraigned for this day’s uproar: there being no man guilty (of whom we can give an account) of this concourse. And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

CHAP. XX.
Paul passes through Macedonia and Greece: he raises a dead man to life at Troas. His discourse to the clergy of Ephesus.

1 AND after the tumult ceased, Paul calling to him the disciples, and exhorting them, took his leave, and set forward to go into Macedonia.
2 And when he had gone over those parts, and had exhorted them with many words, he came into Greece:
3 Where, when he had spent three months, the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria: so he took a resolution to return through Macedonia.
4 And there accompanied him Sopater, the son of Pyrrhus, of Berœa, and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus, and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy: and of Asia, Tychicus, and Trophimus.
5 These having gone before, waited for us at Troas.
6 But we sailed from Philippi after the days of the azymes, and came to them to Troas in five days, where we abode seven days.
7 And on the first day of the week, when we assembled to break bread, Paul discoursed with them, being to depart on the morrow, and he continued his speech until midnight.
8 And there were a great many lamps in the upper chamber, where we were assembled.
9 And a certain young man, named Eutychius, sitting on the window, being oppressed with a heavy sleep, as Paul was long preaching, by occasion of his sleep fell from the third loft down, and was taken up dead.
10 To whom, when Paul went down he laid himself upon him: and embracing him, said, Be not troubled; for his soul is in him.
11 Then going up, and breaking bread and tasting: and having talked a long while to them until day-light, so he departed.
12 And they brought the youth alive, and were not a little comforted.
13 But we going on board the ship, sailed to Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so he had appointed, himself purposing to travel by land.
14 And when he had met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.
15 And sailing from thence, the following day we came over against Chios: and the next day we arrived at Samos: and the day following we came to Miletus.
16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, lest he should be delayed any time in Asia. For he hastened on, if it were possible for him to keep the day of Pentecost at Jerusalem.
17 And sending from Miletus to Ephesus, he called the ancients of the church.
18 And when they were come to him, and were together, he said to them: You know from the first day that I came into Asia, in what manner I have been with you all the time,
19 Serving the Lord with all humility, and with tears, and temptations, which befell me from the snares of the Jews:
20 How I have kept back nothing that was profitable to you, but have preached it to you, and taught you publicly, and from house to house.
21 Testifying both to Jews and Gentile penance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
22 And now behold bound in the spirit, I go to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
23 Only that the Holy Ghost in every city witnesseth to me, saying: That chains and afflictions wait for me at Jerusalem.
24 But I fear none of these things: neither do I count my life more precious than myself, so that I may consummate my course, and the ministry of the word, which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
25 And now behold I know that all you, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
26 Wherefore I take you to witness this day, that I am clear from the blood of all.
27 For I have not spared to declare to you all the counsel of God.
28 Take heed to yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops, to rule the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
29 I know, that after my departure, ravenous wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 And of your own selves will rise up men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, keeping in memory, that for three years I ceased not night and day, with tears admonishing every one of you.
32 And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, who is able to build up, and to give an inheritance among all the sanctified.
33 I have not coveted any man’s silver, gold, or apparel, as
34 You yourselves know: that as for such things as were needful for me, and for them that are with me, these hands have furnished.
35 I have shewed you all things, how that laboring so you ought to support the weak, and remember the word of the Lord Jesus, how he said: It is more blessed to give, than to receive.
36 And when he had said these things, kneeling down, he prayed with them all.
37 And there was much weeping among them all: and falling on Paul’s neck, they kissed him,
38 Being grieved most of all for the word which he had said, that they should see his face no more. And they conducted him to the ship.

CHAP. XXI.
Paul goes up to Jerusalem. He is apprehended by the Jews in the temple.

1 AND when it came to pass that, being parted from them, we set sail, we came with a direct course to Coos, and the day following to Rhodes, and from thence to Patara.
2 And having found a ship sailing over to Phœnice, we went aboard, and set sail.
3 And when we had discovered Cyprus, leaving it on the left hand, we sailed into Syria, and came to Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.
4 And finding disciples, we remained there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
5 And the days being expired, departing, we went forward, they all bringing us on our way, with their wives and children, till we were out of the city: and kneeling down on the shore, we prayed.
6 And when we had taken leave of one another, we took ship: and they returned home.
7 But we having finished the voyage by sea from Tyre, came down to Ptolemais: and saluting the brethren, we abode one day with them.
8 And the next day departing, we came to Cæsarea. And entering into the house of Philip, the evangelist, who was one of the seven, we abode with him.
9 And he had four daughters, virgins, who did prophesy.
10 And as we remained there for some days, there came from Judea a certain prophet, named Agabus.
11 And when he was come to us, he took Paul’s girdle: and binding his own feet and hands, he said: Thus saith the Holy Ghost: The man whose girdle this is, the Jews shall so bind in Jerusalem, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
12 And when we had heard this, both we, and they who were of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answered, and said: What do you mean, weeping and afflicting my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus.
14 And when we could not persuade him, we ceased, saying: The will of the Lord be done.
15 And after those days, being prepared, we went up to Jerusalem.
16 And there went also with us some of the disciples from Cæsarea, bringing with them one Mnason, a Cyprian, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.
17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
18 And the day following Paul went in with us to James, and all the ancients were assembled.
19 And when he had saluted them, he related particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles, by his ministry.
20 But they hearing it, glorified God, and said to him: Thou seest, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews who have believed: and they are all zealous for the law.
21 Now they have heard of thee, that thou teachest those Jews, who are among the Gentiles, to forsake Moses: saying, that they ought not to circumcise their children, nor to walk according to the custom.
22 What is it, therefore? The multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
23 Do, therefore, this that we say to thee: We have four men, who have a vow upon them.
24 Taking them, purify thyself with them: and pay for them, that they may shave their heads: and all will know that the things which they have heard of thee, are false: but that thou thyself also walkest keeping the law.
25 As for those of the Gentiles who have believed, we have written, decreeing that they should refrain themselves from that which has been offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication.
26 Then Paul taking the men, the next day being purified with them, entered into the temple, giving notice of the accomplishment of the days of purification, until an oblation should be offered for every one of them.
27 But while the seven days were drawing to an end, those Jews who were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands upon him, crying out;
28 Men of Israel, help: This is the man that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and moreover hath brought in Gentiles into the temple, and hath violated this holy place.
29 For they had seen Trophimus, the Ephesian, in the city with him, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.
30 And the whole city was in an uproar: and there was a rush of the people. And seizing Paul, they drew him out of the temple: and immediately the doors were shut.
31 And as they were seeking to kill him, it was told the tribune of the band; That all Jerusalem was in confusion.
32 Who forthwith taking with him soldiers and centurions, ran down to them. And when they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they left off beating Paul.
33 Then the tribune coming near, took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains: and demanded who he was, and what he had done.
34 And some cried out one thing, some another, among the multitude. And when he could not know the certainty, because of the tumult, he commanded him to be brought into the castle.
35 And when he was come to the stairs, it happened that he was carried by the soldiers, because of the violence of the people.
36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying out: Away with him.
37 And as Paul was about to be brought into the castle, he saith to the tribune: May I speak something to thee? Who said: Canst thou speak Greek?
38 Art not thou that Egyptian, who before these days didst raise a tumult, and didst lead forth into the desert four thousand men that were murderers?
39 But Paul said to him: I am indeed a Jew, a man of Tarsus, in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city. And I beseech thee, permit me to speak to the people.
40 And when he had given him leave, Paul standing on the stairs, beckoned with his hand to the people. And a great silence being made, he spoke to them in the Hebrew tongue, saying:

CHAP. XXII.
Paul declares to the people the history of his conversion. He escapes scourging by claiming the privilege of a Roman.

1 MEN, brethren, and fathers, hear ye the account which I now give you.
2 And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew tongue, they kept the more silence.
3 And he saith: I am a Jew, born at Tarsus, in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the truth of the law of the fathers, zealous for the law, as also all you are this day:
4 And I persecuted this way unto death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women,
5 As the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the ancients: from whom also receiving letters to the brethren, I went to Damascus, to bring them bound from thence to Jerusalem, that they might be punished.
6 And it came to pass, as I was going and drawing near to Damascus, at mid-day, that suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me:
7 And falling on the ground, I heard a voice saying to me: Saul, Saul, why persecutes thou me?
8 And I answered: Who art thou, Lord? And he said to me: I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutes.
9 And they that were with me, saw indeed the light, but they heard not the voice of him that spoke with me.
10 And I said: What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said to me: Arise, and go to Damascus: and there is shall be told thee of all things thou must do.
11 And whereas I did not see for the brightness of that light, being led by the hand by my companions, I came to Damascus.
12 And one Ananias, a man according to the law, having a good character from all the Jews dwelling there,
13 Coming to me, and standing by me, said to me: Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And I the same hour looked upon him.
14 And he said: The God of our fathers hath preordained thee that thou shouldst know his will, and see the Just One, and shouldst hear the voice from his mouth.
15 For thou shalt be his witness to all men, of those things which thou hast seen and heard.
16 And now why delayest thou? Rise up, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling upon his name.
17 And it came to pass, when I was come again to Jerusalem, and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance,
18 And saw him, saying unto me: Make haste, and go quickly out of Jerusalem: because they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.
19 And I said: Lord, they know that I cast into prison, and beat in every synagogue, them that believed in thee.
20 And when the blood of Stephen, thy witness, was shed, I stood by and consented, and kept the garments of them who killed him.
21 And he said to me: Go, for unto the Gentiles afar off will I send thee.
22 And they heard him until this word, and then lifted up their voice, saying: Away with such a one from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.
23 And as they cried out, and threw off their garments, and cast dust into the air,
24 The tribune commanded him to be brought into the castle, and to be scourged, and tortured: that he might know for what cause they cried out thus against him.
25 And when they had bound him with thongs, Paul saith to the centurion standing by him: Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?
26 Which the centurion hearing, went to the tribune, and told him, saying: What art thou about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.
27 Then the tribune coming, said to him: Tell me, art thou a Roman? But he said: Yes.
28 And the tribune answered: I obtained the freedom of this city with a great sum. And Paul said: But I was born so.
29 Immediately, therefore, they that were about to torture him, departed from him. The tribune also was afraid after he understood that he was a Roman citizen, and because he had bound him.
30 But on the next day, wishing to know more diligently, for what cause he was accused by the Jews, he loosed him, and commanded the priests to come together and all the council: and bringing forth Paul, he set him before them.

CHAP. XXIII.
Paul stands before the council: the Jews conspire his death. He is sent away to Cæsarea.

1 AND Paul looking upon the council, said: Men, brethren, I have conversed with an entire good conscience before God until this present day.
2 And the high priest, Ananias, commanded them who stood by him, to strike him on the mouth.
3 Then Paul said to him: God shall strike thee, thou whited wall. And thou sitting dost thou judge me according to the law, and, contrary to the law, command me to be struck?
4 And they that stood by, said: Dost thou revile the high priest of God?
5 And Paul said: I knew not, brethren, that he is the high priest. For it is written: Thou shalt not speak evil of the prince of thy people.
6 And Paul knowing that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisee, cried out in the council: Men, brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees: concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
7 And when he had said this, there arose a dissention between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
8 For the Sadducees say there is no resurrection, neither Angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
9 Now a great clamour was raised. And some of the Pharisees rising up, contended, saying: We find no evil in this man: what if a spirit hath spoken to him, or an Angel?
10 And when there arose a great dissension, the tribune, fearing lest Paul should be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
11 And the night following the Lord standing by him, said: Be constant: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
12 And when it was day, some of the Jews assembled together, and bound themselves with a curse, saying: that they would neither eat, nor drink, till they had killed Paul.
13 And they were more than forty men that had made this conspiracy.
14 They came to the chief priests, and the ancients, and said: We have bound ourselves under a great curse that we will eat nothing, till we kill Paul.
15 Now, therefore, do you with the council signify to the tribune, that he bring him forth to you, as if you meant to know something more certain concerning him. And we, before he come near, are ready to kill him.
16 And when Paul’s sister’s son had heard of their lying in wait, he came, and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
17 Then Paul calling to him one of the centurions, said: Bring this young man to the tribune, for he hath something to tell him.
18 So he took him, and brought him to the tribune, and said: Paul, the prisoner, desired me to bring this young man to thee, who hath something to say to thee.
19 And the tribune taking him by the hand, went aside with him privately, and asked him: What is it that thou hast to tell me?
20 And he said: The Jews have agreed to desire thee, that thou wouldst bring forth Paul to-morrow into the council, as if they meant to inquire something more certain concerning him:
21 But do not thou give credit to them: for there lie in wait for him more than forty men of them, who have bound themselves by oath neither to eat nor to drink till they kill him: and they are now ready waiting for thy promise.
22 The tribune, therefore, dismissed the young man, charging him to tell no man that he had made known these things to him.
23 Then having called two centurions, he said to them: Make ready two hundred soldiers, to go as far as Cæsarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen, for the third hour of the night:
24 And provide beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe to Felix, the governor.
25 (For he feared lest the Jews might take him away by force, and kill him, and he should afterwards be slandered, as if he was to receive money. )
26 And he wrote a letter after this manner: Claudius Lysias, to the most excellent governor, Felix, greeting.
27 This man being seized by the Jews, and ready to be killed by them, I rescued coming in with the soldiers, having understood that he is a Roman:
28 And wishing to know the cause which they objected to him, I brought him forth into their council.
29 Whom I found to be accused of questions of their law: but having nothing laid to his charge worthy of death, or of chains.
30 And when it was told me that they had prepared an ambush for him, I sent him to thee, signifying also to his accusers to plead before thee. Farewell.
31 Then the soldiers, according as it was commanded them, taking Paul, brought him by night to Antipatris.
32 And the next day, leaving the horsemen, to go with him, they returned to the castle.
33 Who, when they were come to Cæsarea, and had delivered the letter to the governor, presented Paul also before him.
34 And when he had read it, and had asked of what province he was: and understood that he was of Cilicia:
35 I will hear thee, said he, when thy accusers come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment-hall.

CHAP. XXIV.
Paul defendeth his innocence before Felix, the governor. He preaches the faith to him.

1 AND after five days, the high priest, Ananias, came down, with some of the ancients, and one Tertullus, an orator, who went to the governor, against Paul.
2 And Paul being cited, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: Whereas through thee we live in much peace, and many things are rectified by thy provision;
3 We accept it always, and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness.
4 But that I be no further tedious to thee, I beseech thee, of thy clemency, to hear us in a few words.
5 We have found this a pestilent man, and an exciter of seditions among all the Jews throughout the whole world, and author of the sedition of the sect of the Nazarenes:
6 Who also attempted to profane the temple: whom we apprehended, and would have judged according to our law.
7 But Lysias, the tribune, coming upon us, took him away with great violence out of our hands,
8 Commanding his accusers to come to thee: from him, thou, judging, mayest know concerning all these things, of which we accuse him.
9 And the Jews also assented, and said that these things were so.
10 Then Paul answered, (the governor making a sign to him to speak) Knowing that for many years thou hast been judge over this nation, I will with good courage answer for myself.
11 For thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days, since I went up to adore in Jerusalem:
12 And neither in the temple did they find me disputing with any man, or causing any concourse of the people, neither in the synagogues,
13 Nor in the city: neither can they prove to thee the things of which they now accuse me.
14 But this I confess to thee, that according to the way, which they call a heresy, so do I serve the Father, and my God, believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets:
15 Having hope in God, which these also themselves look for, that there shall be a resurrection of the just and unjust.
16 In this I myself also study to have always a conscience without offence towards God, and towards men.
17 Now, after many years, I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings, and vows.
18 In which they found me purified in the temple: not with a crowd, nor with a tumult.
19 But certain Jews of Asia, who ought to be present before thee, and to accuse, if they had any thing against me:
20 Or let these men themselves say, if they found in me any iniquity, when standing before the council,
21 Except it be for this one voice only, that I cried out, standing among them: That concerning the resurrection of the dead am I judged this day by you.
22 And Felix put them off, knowing most certainly of this way, saying: When Lysias, the tribune, shall come down, I will hear you.
23 And he commanded a centurion to keep him, and to let him be easy, and that he should not hinder any of his friends to minister to him.
24 And after some days, Felix coming with Drusilla, his wife, who was a Jewess, sent for Paul, and heard from him the faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
25 And as he treated of justice, and chastity, and of the judgment to come, Felix being terrified, answered: For this time, go thy way: but at a convenient time, I will send for thee.
26 Hoping also withal, that money would be given him by Paul: on which account also frequently sending for him, he spoke with him.
27 But when two years were ended, Felix had for successor Portius Festus. And Felix being willing to gratify the Jews, left Paul bound.

CHAP. XXV.
Paul appeals to Cæsar. King Agrippa desires to hear him.

1 NOW when Festus was come into the province, after three days he went up to Jerusalem from Cæsarea.
2 And the chief priests, and principal men of the Jews, went to him against Paul: and they besought him,
3 Requesting favour against him, that he would command him to be brought to Jerusalem, laying wait to kill him in the way.
4 But Festus answered: That Paul was to be kept in Cæsarea: and that he himself should very shortly depart.
5 Let them, therefore, saith he, among you that are able, going down with me, accuse him, if there be any crime in the man.
6 And having remained among them no more than eight or ten days, he went down to Cæsarea, and the next day he sat in the judgment-seat: and commanded Paul to be brought.
7 And when he was brought, the Jews that were come down from Jerusalem, stood about him, objecting many and grievous accusations which they could not prove:
8 Paul making answer; That neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Cæsar, have I offended in any thing.
9 But Festus being willing to gratify the Jews, answered Paul, and said: Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?
10 Then Paul said; I stand at Cæsar’s tribunal where I ought to be judged: To the Jews I have done no injury, as thou very well knowest.
11 For if I have injured them, or have committed any thing that deserveth death, I refuse not to die: but if there be nothing of these things whereof they accuse me, no man can deliver me to them. I appeal to Cæsar.
12 Then Festus having conferred with the council, answered: Hast thou appealed to Cæsar? To Cæsar thou shalt go.
13 And after some days, king Agrippa and Bernice came down to Cæsarea, to salute Festus.
14 And as they stayed there many days, Festus told the king of Paul, saying; There is a certain man left prisoner by Felix,
15 Concerning whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests, and the ancients of the Jews, came to me, desiring judgment against him.
16 To whom I answered: It is not the custom of the Romans to condemn any man, before that he who is accused have his accusers present, and have liberty of making his defence, to clear himself of the things laid to his charge.
17 When, therefore, they were come hither, without any delay, on the day following, sitting on the judgment-seat, I commanded the man to be brought forth.
18 Against whom, when the accusers stood up, they brought no cause wherein I suspected evil:
19 But had certain questions of their own superstition against him, and of one Jesus deceased, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
20 And as I was in doubt of this manner of question, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of those things.
21 But Paul appealing to be reserved to the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept, till I might send him to Cæsar.
22 Then Agrippa said to Festus: I would also hear the man myself. To-morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.
23 And on the next day, when Agrippa, and Bernice were come with great pomp, and had entered into the hall of audience, with the tribunes and principal men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought forth.
24 And Festus saith: King Agrippa, and all ye men who are here present with us, you see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews solicited me at Jerusalem, petitioning and crying out that he ought not to live any longer.
25 Yet have I found nothing that he hath committed worthy of death. But he himself appealing to Augustus, I have determined to send him.
26 Of whom I have nothing certain to write to my lord. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and especially before thee, O king Agrippa, that examination being made, I may have something to write.
27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable, to send a prisoner, and not to signify the things laid to his charge.

CHAP. XXVI.
Paul gives an account to Agrippa of his life, conversion, and calling.

1 THEN Agrippa said to Paul: Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretching forth his hand, began to make his answer.
2 I think myself happy, O king Agrippa, that I am to answer for myself this day before thee, concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews,
3 Especially, as thou knowest all, both customs and questions, which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.
4 And my life indeed from my youth, which was from the beginning among my own nation in Jerusalem, all the Jews do know:
5 Having known me from the beginning, (if they will give testimony) that according to the most sure sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
6 And now I stand under judgment for the hope of the promise which was made by God to our fathers:
7 Unto which our twelve tribes, serving night and day, hope to come. For which hope, O king, I am accused by the Jews.
8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
9 And I indeed thought that I ought to do many things in opposition to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10 Which also I did at Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests: and when they were put to death, I brought the sentence.
11 And I punished them often in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme: and being yet more mad against them I persecuted them, even unto foreign cities.
12 Whereupon when I was going to Damascus with authority and permission of the chief priests,
13 At mid-day, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun, shining about me and them that were in company with me.
14 And when we were all fallen down to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew tongue: Saul, Saul, why persecutes thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the goad.
15 And I said: Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord answered: I am Jesus, whom thou persecutes.
16 But rise up and stand upon thy feet: for to this end have I appeared to thee, that I may make thee a minister and a witness of those things which thou hast seen, and of those things wherein I will appear to thee,
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the nations, unto which now I send thee,
18 To open their eyes, that they may be converted from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and a lot among the saints, by the faith that is in me.
19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not incredulous to the heavenly vision:

20 But preached first to them that are at Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judea, and to the Gentiles, that they should do penance, and turn to God, doing works worthy of penance.
21 For this cause the Jews, when I was in the temple, having apprehended me, attempted to kill me.
22 But being aided by the help of God, I continue to this day witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come to pass:
23 That Christ should suffer, and that he the first of the resurrection from the dead, should shew light to the people and to the Gentiles.
24 As he was speaking these things, and making answer, Festus said with a loud voice: Paul, thou art beside thyself: much learning doth make thee mad.
25 And Paul said: I am not mad, most excellent Festus, but I speak words of truth and sobriety.
26 For the king knoweth of these things, to whom also I speak with confidence: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him. For neither were any of these things done in a corner.
27 Believest thou the prophets, O king Agrippa? I know that thou believest.
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul: In a little thou persuadest me to become a Christian.
29 And Paul said: I would to God, that both in a little and in much, not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, should become such as I also am, except these chains.
30 And the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them.
31 And when they were gone aside, they spoke with each other, saying: This man hath done nothing deserving death or chains.
32 And Agrippa said to Festus: This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Cæsar.

CHAP. XXVII.
Paul is shipped for Rome. His voyage and shipwreck.

1 AND when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, and that Paul, with the other prisoners, should be delivered to a centurion, named Julius, of the band Augusta,
2 Going on board a ship of Adrumetum, we weighed anchor, commencing to sail by the coast of Asia; Aristarchus, the Macedonian, of Thessalonica, continuing with us.
3 And the next day we came to Sidon. And Julius treating Paul courteously, permitted him to go to his friends, and to take care of himself.
4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus: because the winds were contrary.
5 And sailing over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Lystra, which is in Lycia:
6 And there the centurion finding a ship of Alexandria, sailing to Italy, he put us aboard her.
7 And when for many days we had sailed slowly, and were scarce come over against Gnidus, the wind not permitting us, we sailed near Crete, by Salmone:
8 And with much difficulty sailing by it, we came to a certain place which is called Good-havens, near to which was the city of Thalassa.
9 And when much time was spent, and when sailing now was dangerous, because the fast was now past, Paul comforted them,
10 Saying to them: Ye me, I see that the voyage begins to be with injury and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.
11 But the centurion believed the pilot and the master of the ship more than those things which were said by Paul.
12 And whereas it was not a commodious haven to winter in, the greatest part gave counsel to sail thence, if by any means they might reach Phœnice, to winter there; which is a haven of Crete, looking towards the south-west and north-west.
13 And the south wind blowing gently, thinking that they had obtained their purpose, when they had loosed from Asson, they sailed close by Crete.
14 But not long after there arose against her a tempestuous wind, called Euroaquila.
15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear against the wind, giving up the ship to the winds, we were driven.
16 And running under a certain island that is called Cauda, we had much work to come by the boat.
17 Which being taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship, and fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, they let down the sail-yard, and so were driven.
18 And we being mightily tossed with the tempest, the next day they lightened the ship.
19 And the third day they cast out with their own hands the tackling of the ship.
20 And neither sun nor stars appearing for many days, and no small storm pressing, all hopes of our safety were now lost.
21 And after they had fasted a long time, Paul standing forth in the midst of them, said: You should indeed, O ye men, have hearkened to me, and not have put off from Crete, and have saved this harm and loss.
22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer. For there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but only of the ship.
23 For an Angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, stood by me this night,
24 Saying: Fear not, Paul, thou must be brought before Cæsar: and behold God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
25 Wherefore, ye men, be of good cheer: for I believe God that it shall so be as it hath been told me.
26 But we must come into a certain island.
27 Now after the fourteenth night was come, as we were sailing in the Adria about midnight, the ship-men deemed that they discovered some country.
28 And they sounded, and found twenty fathoms: and going on a little farther, they found fifteen fathoms.
29 Then, fearing lest we should fall upon rough places, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.
30 But as the ship-men sought to fly out of the ship, having let down the boat into the sea, under pretence as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,
31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers: Unless these stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.
32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.
33 And when it began to be light, Paul besought them all to take food, saying: This day is the fourteenth day that you expecting, remain fasting, taking nothing.
34 Wherefore, I pray you, to take some food for your health’s sake: for there shall not a hair of the head of any of you perish.
35 And when he had said these things, taking bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.
36 Then were they all of better cheer, and they also took food.
37 And we were in all, in the ship, two hundred and seventy-six souls.
38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, casting out the wheat into the sea.
39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek having a shore, into which they thought, if they could, to thrust the ship.
40 And when they had weighed the anchors they committed themselves to the sea, loosing also the rudderbands: and hoisting up the main-sail to the wind, they made towards the shore.
41 And when we had fallen into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground: and the fore-part indeed sticking fast, remained immoveable: but the hinder-part was broken with the violence of the sea.
42 And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them, swimming out, should escape.
43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, forbade it to be done: and he commanded them who could swim, to cast themselves first out, and save themselves, and get to land.
44 And the rest, some they carried on planks, and some on those things that belonged to the ship and so it came to pass, that every soul got safe to land.

CHAP. XXVIII.
Paul, after three months’ stay in Malta, continues his voyage, and arrives at Rome. His conference there with the Jews.

1 AND when we had escaped, then we knew that he island was called Melita. But the barbarians shewed us no small courtesy.
2 For kindling a fire, they refreshed us all, because of the rain which was falling, and of the cold.
3 And when Paul had gathered together a bundle of sticks, and had laid them on the fire, a viper coming out of the heat, fastened on his hand.
4 And when the barbarians saw the beast hanging on his hand, they said one to another: Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, who, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth him not to live.
5 And he indeed shaking off the beast into the fire, suffered no harm.
6 But they supposed that he would begin to swell up, and that he would suddenly fall down, and die. But after they had waited a long time, and seeing that no harm was done to him, changing their minds, they said he was a god.
7 Now in those places were possessions of the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us, and for three days entertained us courteously.
8 And it happened that the father of Publish lay sick of a fever, and of a bloody flux. To whom Paul entered in: and when he had prayed, and laid his hands on him, he healed him.
9 Which being done, all that had diseases in the island came, and were healed:
10 Who also honoured us with many honours, and when we were setting sail, they laded us with such things as were necessary.
11 And after three months, we sailed in a ship of Alexandria, that had wintered in the island, whose sign was the Castors.
12 And when we were come to Syracusa, we remained there three days.
13 From thence coasting, we came to Rhegium: and after one day, the south wind blowing, we came the second day to Puteoli:
14 Where finding brethren, we were invited to stay with them seven days: and so we went for Rome.
15 And from thence, when the brethren had heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii-forum and the Three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he gave thanks to God, and took courage.
16 And when we were come to Rome, Paul was permitted to dwell by himself, with a soldier that guarded him.
17 And after the third day, he called together the chief of the Jews. And when they were assembled, he said to them: Men, brethren, I, having done nothing against the people, or the custom of our fathers, was delivered up a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans:
18 Who when they had examined me, would have let me go, for that there was no cause of death in me:
19 But the Jews opposing it, I was forced to appeal to Cæsar, not that I had any thing to accuse my nation of.
20 For this cause, therefore, I desired to see you, and to speak to you. Because that for the hope of Israel, I am bound with this chain.
21 But they said to him: We neither received letters concerning thee from Judea, neither did any of the brethren that came hither, relate or speak any evil of thee.
22 But we desire to hear from thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that it is every where gainsayed.
23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came very many to him to his lodgings; to whom he expounded, testifying the kingdom of God, and persuading them concerning Jesus, out of the law of Moses and the prophets, from morning till evening.
24 And some believed the things that were said: and some believed not.
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, Paul saying this one word: Well did the Holy Ghost speak to our fathers by Isaias, the prophet,
26 Saying: Go to this people, and say to them: With the ear you shall hear, and shall not understand: and seeing, you shall see, and shall not perceive.
27 For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears have they heard heavily, and their eyes they have shut: lest perhaps they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
28 Be it known, therefore, to you, that this salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it.
29 And when he had said these words, the Jews went out from him, having much discussion among themselves.
30 And he remained two whole years in his own hired lodging: and he received all that came in to him,
31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, without prohibition.

edit: 5-10-2009 Acts 14:18. stone Paul to stoned Paul

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The Epistle of Saint Paul, the Apostle, to the Romans

The Epistle of St. Paul, The Apostle, To The Romans.

CHAP. I.
He commends the faith of the Romans, whom he longs to see. The philosophy of the heathens, being void of faith and humility, betrayed them into shameful sins.

1 PAUL, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
2 Which he had promised before by his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
3 Concerning his Son, who was made to him of the seed of David, according to the flesh,
4 Who was predestinated the Son of God in power, according to the spirit of sanctification, by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead:
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith, in all nations for his name,
6 Among whom are you also the called of Jesus Christ:
7 To all that are at Rome, the beloved of God, called to be saints. Grace to you, and peace from God, our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I give thanks to my God, through Jesus Christ, for you all, because your faith is spoken of in the whole world.
9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that, without ceasing, I make a commemoration of you
10 Always in my prayers: beseeching, if by any means I may at length have a prosperous journey, by the will of God, in coming to you.
11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual grace, to strengthen you:
12 That is to say, that I may be comforted together in you, by that which is common to us both, your faith and mine.
13 And I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that I have often purposed to come to you, (and have been hindered hitherto) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
14 To the Greeks, and to the Barbarians, to the wise, and to the unwise, I am a debtor:
15 So (as much as is in me) I am ready to preach the gospel to you also that are at Rome.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and to the Greek.
17 For the justice of God is revealed therein from faith to faith: as it is written: The just man liveth by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven, against all impiety and injustice of those men that detain the truth of God in injustice.
19 Because that which is known of God is manifest in them. For God hath manifested it to them.
20 For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made: his eternal power also and divinity: so that they are inexcusable.
21 Because that, when they knew God, they did not glorify him as God, nor give thanks: but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened:
22 For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
23 And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God, into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of four-footed beasts, and of creeping things.
24 Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, to uncleanness: to dishonour their own bodies among themselves.
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie: and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature.
27 And in like manner the men also, leaving the natural use of the woman, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.
28 And as they like not to have God in their knowledge; God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient,
29 Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers,
30 Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy.
32 Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they, who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they who do them, but they also who consent to them that do them.

CHAP. II.
The Jews are censured, who make their boast of the law, and keep it not. He declares who are the true Jews.

1 WHEREFORE thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest. For wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself: for thou dost the same things which thou judgest.
2 For we know that the judgment of God is, according to truth, against them that do such things.
3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them who do such things, and dost the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and patience, and long-suffering? Knowest thou not that the benignity of God leadeth thee to penance?
5 But according to thy hardness, and impenitent heart, thou treasurest up to thyself wrath, against the day of wrath, and revelation of the just judgment of God,
6 Who will render to every man according to his works:
7 To them indeed, who, according to patience in good work, seek glory, and honour, and incorruption, life everlasting:
8 But to them who are contentious, and who obey not the truth, but give credit to iniquity, wrath and indignation.
9 Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that worketh evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Greek.
10 But glory, and honour, and peace, to every one that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For whosoever have sinned without the law, shall perish without the law: and whosoever have sinned in the law, shall be judged by the law.
13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature those things that are of the law, these having not the law, are a law to themselves:
15 Who shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness to them, and their thoughts between themselves accusing, or excusing them,
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
17 But if thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
18 And knowest his will, and approves the things that are more profitable, being instructed by the law,
19 Art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them that are in darkness,
20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, having the form of knowledge and of truth in the law.
21 Thou, therefore, that teachest another, teachest not thyself: thou that preaches that men should not steal, stealest:
22 Thou that sayest, men should not commit adultery, committest adultery: thou that abhorrest idols, committest sacrilege:
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, by the transgression of the law dishonourest God.
24 (For the name of God, through you, is blasphemed among the Gentiles, as it is written. )
25 Circumcision profiteth indeed if thou keep the law: but of thou be a transgressor of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
26 If then the uncircumcised keep the ordinances of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be reputed for circumcision?
27 And shall not that which by nature is uncircumcision, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision art a transgressor of the law?
28 For it is not he is a Jew, who is so outwardly: nor is that circumcision which is outwardly in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew that is one inwardly: and the circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, not in the letter: whose praise is not of men, but of God.

CHAP. III.
The advantages of the Jews. All men are sinners, and none can be justified by the works of the law, but only by the grace of Christ.

1 WHAT advantage then hath the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision?
2 Much every way. First indeed, because the words of God were committed to them.
3 For what if some of them have not believed? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid.
4 But God is true: and every man a liar, as it is written: that thou mayest be justified in thy words, and mayest overcome when thou art judged.
5 But if our injustice commend the justice of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust, who executeth wrath?
6 (I speak according to man). God forbid: otherwise how shall God judge this world?
7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie, unto his glory: why am I also yet judged as a sinner?
8 And not rather (as we are slandered, and as some affirm that we say) let us do evil, that there may come good: whose damnation is just.
9 What then? Do we excel them? By no means. For we have charged both Jews, and Greeks, that they are all under sin:
10 As it is written: There is not any man just:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 All have turned out of the way, they are become unprofitable together: there is none that doth good, there is not so much as one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues they have dealt deceitfully: The venom of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace they have not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19 Now we know that what things soever the law speaketh, it speaketh to them that are in the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may be made subject to God:
20 Because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified in his sight. For by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now without the law the justice of God us made manifest: being witnessed by the law and the prophets.
22 Even the justice of God, by faith of Jesus Christ, unto all and upon all that believe in him: for there is no distinction:
23 For all have sinned, and do need the glory of God.
24 Being justified gratis by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to the shewing of his justice, for the remission of past sins,
26 Through the forbearance of God for the shewing of his justice in this time: that he himself may be just, and the justifier of him who is of the faith of Jesus Christ.
27 Where is then thy boasting? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No: but by the law of faith.
28 For we account a man to be justified by faith without the works of the law.
29 Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also.
30 For it is one God who justifieth circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
31 Do we then destroy the law through faith? God forbid: but we establish the law.

CHAP. IV.
Abraham was not justified by works done, as of himself: but by grace, and by faith; and that before he was circumcised. Gentiles by faith are his children.

1 WHAT shall we say, then, that Abraham hath found, who is our father according to the flesh?
2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath glory, but not with God.
3 For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice.
4 Now to him that worketh, the reward is not reckoned according to grace, but according to debt.
5 But to him that worketh not, yet believeth in him that justifieth the impious, his faith is reputed to justice, according to the purpose of the grace of God.
6 As David also termeth the blessedness of a man, to whom God reputeth justice without works:
7 Blessed are they, whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man, to whom the Lord hath not imputed sin.
9 This blessedness, then, doth it abide in the circumcision only, or in the uncircumcision also? For we say that fiath was reputed to Abraham unto justice.
10 How then was it reputed? In circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the justice of the faith, which is in uncircumcision: that he might be the father of all the believers uncircumcised, that to them also it may be reputed to justice:
12 And might be the father of circumcision, not to them only that are of the circumcision, but to them also who follow the steps of the faith, that our father Abraham had, being as yet uncircumcised.
13 For not through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed, that he should be the heir of the world, but through the justice of faith.
14 For is they who are of the law, be heirs: faith is made void, the promise is made of no effect.
15 For the law worketh wrath. For where there is no law, there is no transgression.
16 Therefore it is faith, that according to grace the promise might be firm to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations) before God, whom he believed, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things that are not, as those that are.
18 Who, against hope, believed in hope, that he might be made the father of many nations, according to that which was said to him: So shall thy seed be.
19 And he was not weak in faith: neither did he consider his own body now dead, whereas he was almost a hundred years old, nor the dead womb of Sara.
20 In the promise also of God he staggered not by distrust: but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God:
21 Most fully knowing that whatsoever he has promised, he is able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was reputed to him unto justice.
23 Now it is not written only for him, that it was reputed to him unto justice:
24 But for us also, to whom it shall be reputed, if we believe in him, that raised up Jesus Christ, our Lord, from the dead,
25 Who was delivered up for our sins, and rose again for our justification.

CHAP. V.
The grounds we have for hope in Christ. Sin and death came by Adam: grace and life by Christ.

1 THEREFORE, being justified by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory also in tribulations: knowing that tribulation worketh patience:
4 And patience trial, and trial hope;
5 And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured out into our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
6 For why did Christ, when as yet we were weak, according to the time, die for the ungodly?
7 For scarce for a just man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man some one would venture to die.
8 But God commendeth his charity towards us; because when as yet we were sinners, according to the time.
9 Christ died for us: much more, therefore, being now justified by his blood, shall we be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son: much more being reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
11 And not only so: but also we glory in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received reconciliation.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into this world, and by sin death, and so death passed upon all men, in whom all have sinned.
13 For until the law, sin was in the world: but sin was not imputed, when the law was not.
14 But death reigned from Adam unto Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of the transgression of Adam, who is a figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the gift: for if by the offence of one, many have died: much more the grace of God, and the gift in the grace of one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one sin, so also is the gift: for the judgment indeed was by one unto condemnation: but the grace is of many offences, unto justification.
17 For if by one man’s offence, death reigned through one: much more they who receive abundance of grace, and of the gift, and of justice, shall reign in life, through one, Jesus Christ.
18 Therefore, as by the offence of one, unto all men to condemnation: so also by the justice of one, unto all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners: so also by the obedience of one, many shall be made just.
20 Now the law entered in, that sin might abound. But where sin abounded, grace hath abounded more.
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, so also grace might reign by justice, unto everlasting life, through Jesus Christ out Lord.

CHAP. VI.
The Christian must die to sin, and live to God.

1 WHAT shall we say them? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. For how shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know you not that all we, who are baptized in Christ Jesus, are baptized in his death?
4 For we are buried together with him by baptism unto death: that as Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, in like manner we shall be also of his resurrection.
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin may be destroyed, and that we may serve sin no longer.
7 For he that is dead, is justified from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall live also together with Christ:
9 Knowing that Christ rising again from the dead, dieth now no more, death shall no more have dominion over him.
10 For in that he died to sin, he died once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 So do you also reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
12 Let not sin, therefore, reign in your mortal body, so as to obey the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of iniquity unto sin: but present yourselves to God as those that are alive from the dead: and your members as instruments of justice unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are whom you obey, whether it be of sin, unto death, or of obedience, unto justice.
17 But thanks be to God, that you were the servants of sin, but have obeyed from the heart, unto that form of doctrine, into which you have been delivered.
18 Being then made free form sin, you are become the servants of justice.
19 I speak a human thing, because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as you have yielded your members to serve uncleanness, and iniquity unto iniquity: so now yield your members to serve justice unto sanctification.
20 For when you were the servants of sin, you were free from justice.
21 What fruit, therefore, had you then in those things, of which you are now ashamed? For the end of them is death.
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death. But the grace of God, everlasting life, in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

CHAP. VII.
We are released by Christ from the law, and from the guilt of sin: though the inclination to it still tempt us.

1 KNOW you not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law) that the law hath dominion over a man as long as it liveth?
2 For the woman that hath a husband, whilst her husband liveth, is bound to the law: but if her husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
3 Wherefore, whilst her husband liveth, she shall be called an adultress, if she be with another man: but if her husband be dead, she is free from the law of her husband: so that she is not an adultress, if she be with another man.
4 Therefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the law, by the body of Christ: that you may belong to another, who is risen again from the dead, that we may bring forth fruit to God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the passions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members, to bring forth fruit unto death.
6 But now we are loosed from the law of death, wherein we were detained, so that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. But I did not know sin, but by the law: for I had not known concupiscence, if the law had not said: Thou shalt not covet.
8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law, sin was dead.
9 And I lived some time without the law. But when the commandment came, sin revived.
10 And I died: and the commandment, that was ordained to life, the same was found to be unto death to me.
11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment seduced me, and by it killed me.
12 Wherefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
13 Was that then which is good, made death to me? God forbid. But sin, that it may appear sin, by that which is good, wrought death in me: that sin, by the commandment, might become sinful above measure.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I work, I understand not. For I do not that good which I will, but the evil which I hate, that I do.
16 If, then, I do that which I will not, I consent to the law, that it is good.
17 Now, then, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that there dwelleth not in me, that is to say, in my flesh, that which is good. For to will, is present with me; but to accomplish that which is good, I find not.
19 For the good which I will, I do not: but the evil which I will not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that which I will not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that when I have a will to do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I am delighted with the law of God, according to the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, fighting against the law of my mind, and captivating me in the law of sin, that is in my members.
24 Unhappy man that I am: who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 The grace of God, by Jesus Christ, our Lord. Therefore, I myself, with the mind, serve the law of God: but, with the flesh, the law of sin.

CHAP. VIII.
There is no condemnation to them, who being justified by Christ, walk not according to the flesh, but according to the spirit. Their strong hope, and love of God.

1 THERE is, therefore, now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh.
2 For the law of the spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, hath freed me from the law of sin, and of death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak, through the flesh: God sending his own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, even of sin, condemned sin in the flesh,
4 That the justification of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the spirit.
5 For they who are according to the flesh, relish the things that are of the flesh: but they who are according to the spirit, mind the things which are of the spirit.
6 For the wisdom of the flesh is death: but the wisdom of the spirit is life and peace.
7 Because the wisdom of the flesh is an enemy to God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither can it be.
8 And they who are in the flesh, cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body, indeed, is dead, because of sin, but the spirit liveth, because of justification.
11 And if the Spirit of him, who raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you: he that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead, shall quicken also your mortal bodies, because of his spirit dwelling in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
13 For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die: but if by the spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live.
14 For whosoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear: but you have received the spirit of adoption of sons, whereby we cry: Abba, (Father.)
16 For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit, that we are the sons of God.
17 And if sons, heirs also: heirs indeed of God, and joint-heirs with Christ: yet so if we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him.
18 For I reckon, that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come, that shall be revealed in us.
19 For the expectation of the creature waiteth for the revelation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him, that made it subject in hope:
21 Because the creature also itself shall be delivered from the servitude of corruption, into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.
22 For we know that every creature groaneth, and is in labour even till now.
23 And not only it, but ourselves also, who have the first-fruits of the spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption of the sons of God, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope, But hope that is seen, is not hope: For what a man seeth, why doth he hope for?
25 But if we hope for that which we see not: we wait for it with patience.
26 Likewise the spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts, knoweth what the Spirit desireth: because he asketh for the saints according to God.
28 And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as according to his purpose are called to be saints.
29 For whom he foreknew, he also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of his Son: that he might be the first-born amongst many brethren.
30 And whom he predestinated, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who is against us?
32 He that spared not even his own Son, but delivered him up for us all: how hath he not also, with him, given us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of the elect of God? God who justifieth,
34 Who is he that shall condemn? Christ Jesus who died, yea, who rose also again, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation? Or distress? Or famine? Or nakedness? Or danger? Or persecution? Or the sword?
36 (As it is written: For thy sake we are put to death, all the day long: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.)
37 But in all these things we overcome, because of him that hath loved us.
38 For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor Angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

CHAP. IX.
The apostle’s concern for the Jews. God’s election is free, and not confined to their nation.

1 I SPEAK the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing me witness of the Holy Ghost:
2 That I have great sadness, and continual sorrow in my heart.
3 For I wished myself to be anathema from Christ, for my brethren, who are my kinsmen according to my flesh,
4 Who are Israelites, to whom belongeth the adoption of sons, and the glory, and the covenant, and the giving of the law, and the worship, and the promises:
5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom is Christ according to the flesh, who is over all things, God blessed for ever. Amen.
6 Not as though the word of God hath failed. For all are not Israelites that are of Israel:
7 Neither are all they, who are the seed of Abraham, children: but in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
8 That is to say, not they who are the children of the flesh, are the children of God: but they that are the children of the promise, are counted for the seed.
9 For this is the word of the promise: According to this time will I come: and Sara shall have a son.
10 And not only she: but when Rebecca also had conceived at once, by Isaac, our father.
11 For when the children were not yet born, nor had done any good or evil, (that the purpose of God according to election might stand)
12 Not of works, but of him that calleth, it was said to her:
13 That the elder shall serve the younger, as it is written: Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.
14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? God forbid.
15 For he saith to Moses: I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy: and I will shew mercy to whom I will shew mercy.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
17 For the Scripture saith to Pharao: To this purpose have I raised thee up, that I may shew my power in thee: and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore he hath mercy on whom he will, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19 Thou wilt say, therefore, to me: Why doth he then find fault? For who resisteth his will?
20 O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it: Why hast thou made me thus?
21 Or hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump, to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 And if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath, fitted for destruction,
23 That he might she the riches of his glory upon the vessels of mercy, which he hath prepared unto glory.
24 Even us, whom also he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles,
25 As he saith in Osee: I will call them my people, that were not my people: and her beloved, that was not beloved: and her, that had not obtained mercy, one that hath obtained mercy.
26 And it shall be, in the place where it was said to them: you are not my people: there they shall be called the children of the living God.
27 And Isaias crieth out concerning Israel: If the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved.
28 For he shall finish his word, and cut it short in justice: because a short word shall the Lord make upon the earth.
29 And as Isaias foretold: unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been made as Sodom, and we had been like unto Gomorrha.
30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who followed not after justice, have attained to justice: even the justice that is of faith.
31 But Israel, in following after the law of justice, is not come to the law of justice.
32 Why so? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were of works: for they stumbled at the stumbling-stone;
33 As it is written: Behold I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone, and a rock of scandal: and whosoever believeth in him, shall not be confounded.

CHAP. X.
The end of the law is faith in Christ: which the Jews refusing to submit to, cannot be justified.

1 BRETHREN, the will of my heart, indeed, and my prayer to God, is for them unto salvation.
2 For I bear them witness, that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they, not knowing the justice of God, and seeking to establish their own, have not submitted themselves to the justice of God.
4 For the end of the law is Christ, unto justice to every one that believeth.
5 For Moses wrote, that the justice which is of the law, the man that shall do it, shall live by it.
6 But the justice which is of faith, speaketh thus: Say not in thy heart: Who shall ascend into heaven? That is, to bring Christ down:
7 Or who shall descend into the deep? That is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.
8 But what saith the Scripture? The word is near thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: this is the word of faith, which we preach:
9 That if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thy heart that God hath raised him up from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For, with the heart, we believe unto justice: but with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the Scripture saith: Whosoever believeth in him, shall not be confounded.
12 For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek; for the same is Lord over all, rich to all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher?
15 And how can they preach, unless they be sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things?
16 But all do not obey the gospel. For Isaiah saith: Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 Faith then cometh by hearing: and hearing by the word of Christ.
18 But I say: Have they not heard? Yes, verily, their sound went forth over all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the whole world.
19 But I say: Hath not Israel known? First Moses saith: I will provoke you to jealousy by that which is not a nation: by a foolish nation I will anger you.
20 But Isaias is bold, and saith: I was found by them that did not seek me: I appeared openly to them that asked not after me.
21 But to Israel he saith: All the day long have I spread forth my hands to a people, that believeth not, and contradicteth me.

CHAP. XI.
God hath not cast off all Israel. The Gentiles must not be proud; but stand in faith, and fear.

1 I SAY then: Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God hath not cast away his people, which he foreknew. Know you not what the Scripture saith of Elias; how he calleth on God against Israel?
3 Lord, they have slain thy prophets, they have dug down thy altars: and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the divine answer to him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed their knees to Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also, there is a remnant saved, according to the election of grace.
6 And if by grace, it is not now by works: otherwise grace is no more grace.
7 What then? That which Israel sought, he hath not obtained: but the election hath obtained it, and the rest have been blinded:
8 As it is written: God hath given them the spirit of insensibility: eyes, that they should not see, and ears, that they should not hear, until this present day.
9 And David saith: Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling-block, and a recompense to them.
10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see: and bow down their back always.
11 I say then, have they so stumbled, that they should fall? God forbid. But by their offence, salvation is come to the Gentiles, that they may be emulous of them.
12 Now if the offence of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them, the riches of the Gentiles: how much more the fullness of them?
13 For I say to you, Gentiles: As long, indeed, as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I will honour my ministry,
14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation those who are my flesh, and may save some of them.
15 For is the loss of them be the reconciliation of the world: what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
16 For if the first-fruit be holy, so is the mass also: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
17 And if some of the branches be broken, and thou being a wild olive-tree, art ingrafted in them, and art made partaker of the root and of the fatness of the olive-tree,
18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast: thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19 Thou wilt say then: the branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.
20 Well: because of unbelief they were broken off. But thou standest by faith: be not high-minded, but fear.
21 For if God hath not spared the natural branches: he may not perhaps spare thee also.
22 See, therefore, the goodness, and the severity of God: towards them, indeed, that are fallen, the severity: but towards thee, the goodness of God, if thou continue in goodness, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be ingrafted: for God is able to ingraft them again.
24 For is thou wert cut out of the wild olive-tree, which is natural to thee, and, contrary to nature, wert ingrafted into the good olive-tree: how much more shall they, that are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive-tree?
25 For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, of this mystery, (lest you should be wise in your own conceits) that blindness in part has happened in Israel, until that fullness of the Gentiles should come in,
26 And so all Israel should be saved, as it is written: There shall come out of Sion he that shall deliver, and shall turn away impiety from Jacob.
27 And this is to them my covenant: when I shall take away their sins.
28 According to the gospel, indeed, they are enemies for your sake: but according to election, they are most dead for the sake of the fathers.
29 For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance.
30 For as you also in times past did not believe God, but now have obtained mercy, through their unbelief:
31 So these also now have not believed for your mercy, that they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God hath concluded all in unbelief, that he may have mercy on all.
33 O the depth of the riches, of the wisdom, and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways!
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor?
35 Or who hath first given to him, and recompense shall be made him?
36 For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen.

CHAP. XII.
Lessons of Christian virtues.

1 I BESEECH you, therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be reformed in the newness of your mind: that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace that is given me, to all that are among you, not to be more wise than it behoveth to be wise, but to be wise unto sobriety: and according as God hath divided to every one the measure of faith.
4 For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one, members one of another.
6 And having gifts different, according to the grace that is given us, whether prophecy, according to the proportion of faith,
7 Or ministry, in ministering: or he that teacheth, in doctrine,
8 He that exhorteth in exhorting, he that giveth with simplicity, he that ruleth with solicitude, he that sheweth mercy with cheerfulness.
9 Love without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, adhering to that which is good:
10 Loving one another with brotherly love; in honour preventing one another:
11 In solicitude not slothful: in spirit fervent: serving the Lord.
12 Rejoicing in hope: patient in tribulation: instant in prayer:
13 Communicating to the necessities of the saints: pursuing hospitality.
14 Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that rejoice, weep with them that weep:
16 Being of one mind one towards another: not high-minded: but condescending to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits:
17 Rendering to no man evil for evil: providing things good, not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as is in you, have peace with all men.
19 Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved: but give place to wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 But if thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat: if he thirst, give him drink: for, doing this, thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.

CHAP. XIII.
Lessons of obedience to superiors, and mutual charity.

1 LET every soul be subject to higher powers: for there is no power but from God: and those that are, are ordained of God.
2 Therefore he that resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God, and they that resist, purchase to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Wilt thou them not be afraid of the power> Do that which is good: and thou shalt have praise from the same.
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, fear: for he beareth not the sword in vain. For he is the minister of God: and avenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil.
5 Wherefore be subject of necessity, not only for wrath, but also for conscience-sake.
6 For therefore also you pay tribute: for they are the ministers of God, serving unto this purpose.
7 Render, therefore, to all their dues: tribute, to whom tribute is due: custom, to whom custom: fear, to whom fear: honour, to whom honour.
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbour, hath fulfilled the law.
9 For thou shalt not commit adultery: Thou shalt not kill: Thou shalt not steal: Thou shalt not bear false witness: Thou shalt not covet: and if there be any other commandment, it is comprised in this word: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 The love of the neighbour worketh no evil. Love, therefore, is the fulfilling of the law.
11 And that knowing the time: that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep: for now our salvation is nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us, therefore, cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy:
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences.

CHAP. XIV.
The strong must bear with the weak. Cautions against judging; and giving scandal.

1 NOW him, that is weak in faith, take unto you; not in disputes about thoughts.
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: but he that is weak, let him eat herbs.
3 Let not him that eateth, despise him that eateth not; and he that eateth not, let him not judge him that eateth: For God hath taken him to him.
4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth, or falleth: and he shall stand: for God is able to make him stand.
5 For one judgeth between day and day: and another judgeth every day: let every man abound in his own sense.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord: and he that eateth, eateth to the Lord: for he giveth thanks to God. And he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth thanks to God.
7 For none of us liveth to himself: and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live to the Lrod: or whether we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live, or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
9 For to this end Christ died, and rose again: that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou despise thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ.
11 For it is written: As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me: and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 Therefore every one of us shall render an account for himself to God.
13 Let us not, therefore, judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that you put not a stumbling-block or a scandal in your brother’s way.
14 I know, and am confident, in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself, but to him that thinketh any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
15 For if, because of thy meat, thy brother be grieved: thou walkest not now according to charity. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
16 Let not then our good be evil spoken of .
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink but justice, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he, that in this serveth Christ, pleaseth God, and is approved of men.
19 Therefore let us follow after the things that are of peace: and keep the things that are of edification one towards another.
20 Destroy not the work of God for meat. All things indeed are clean: but it is evil for that tman who eateth through offence.
21 It is good not to eat flesh, and not to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother is offended, or scandalized, or made weak.
22 Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that which he alloweth.
23 But he, that discerneth, if he eat, is condemned: because not of faith. For all that is not of faith, is sin.

CHAP. XV.
He exhorts them to be all of one mind: and promises to come and see them.

1 NOW we that are stronger, ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let every one of you please his neighbour unto good, to edification.
3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written: The reproaches of them that reproached thee, fell upon me.
4 For what things soever were written, were written for our instruction: that, through patience, and the comfort of the Scriptures, we might have hope.
5 Now the God of patience, and of comfort, grant you to be of one mind one towards another, according to Jesus Christ:
6 That with one mind, and with one mouth, you may glorify God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Wherefore receive one another, as Christ also hath received you to the honour of God.
8 For I say that Christ Jesus was minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers.
9 But that the Gentiles are to glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: Therefore will I confess to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and will sing to thy name.
10 And again he saith: Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.
11 And again: Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles: and magnify him, all ye people.
12 And again Isaias saith: There shall be a root of Jesse: and he that shall rise up to rule the Gentiles, in him the Gentiles shall hope.
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing: that you may abound in hope, and in the power of the Holy Ghost.
14 And I myself also, my brethren, am assured of you, that you also are full of love, replenished with all knowledge, so that you are able to admonish one another.
15 But I have written to you, brethren, more boldly in some sort, as putting you in mind: because of the grace which is given me from God,
16 That I should be the minister of Christ Jesus among the Gentiles; sanctifying the gospel of God, that the oblation of the Gentiles may be made acceptable, and sanctified in the Holy Ghost.
17 I have, therefore, glory in Christ Jesus towards God.
18 For I dare not speak of any of those things which Christ worketh not by me, for the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and by deeds,
19 By the virtue of signs and wonders, in the power of the Holy Ghost; so that from Jerusalem, round about as far as unto Illyricum, I have spread the gospel of Christ.
20 And I have so preached this gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation; but as it is written:
21 They to whom he was not spoken of, shall see, and they that have not heard, shall understand.
22 For which cause also I was hindered very much from coming to you, and have been kept away till now.
23 But now having no more place in these countries, and having a great desire these many years past to come to you,
24 When I shall begin to take my journey into Spain, I hope that as I pass, I shall see you, and be brought on my way thither by you, if first, in part, I shall have enjoyed you.
25 But now I shall go to Jerusalem, to minister to the saints.
26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia, and Achaia, to make some contribution for the poor saints who are in Jerusalem.
27 For it hath pleased them: and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, they ought also in carnal things to minister to them.
28 When, therefore, I shall have accomplished this, and consigned to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.
29 And I know, that when I come to you, I shall come in the abundance of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
30 I beseech you, therefore, brethren, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the charity of the Holy Ghost, that you assist me in your prayers for me to God.
31 That I may be delivered from the unbelievers that are in Judea, and that the oblation of my service may be acceptable in Jerusalem to the saints;
32 That I may come to you with joy, by the will of God, and may be refreshed with you.
33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

CHAP. XVI.
He concludes with salutations, bidding them beware of all that should oppose the doctrine they had learnt.

1 AND I commend to you Phœbe, our sister, who is in the ministry of the church that is in Cenchrea:
2 That you receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints: and that you assist her in whatsoever business she shall have need of you. For she also hath assisted many, and myself also.
3 Salute, Prisca, and Aquila, my helpers in Christ Jesus,
4 (Who have for my life laid down their own necks: to whom not I only give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles)
5 And the church which is in their house. Salute Epænetus, my beloved, who is the first-fruits of Asia, in Christ.
6 Salute Mary, who hath laboured much among you.
7 Salute Andronicus, and Junias, my kinsmen and fellow-captives: who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
8 Salute Ampliatus, most beloved to me in the Lord.
9 Salute Urbanus, our helper in Christ Jesus, and Stachys, my beloved.
10 Salute Apellas, approved in Christ.
11 Salute them that are of Aristobulus’ household. Salute Herodion, my kinsman. Salute them that are of Narcissus’ household, who are in the Lord.
12 Salute Tryphæna, and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute Persis, the dearly beloved, who hath much laboured in the Lord.
13 Salute Rufus, elect in the Lord, and his mother and mine.
14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them.
15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympias: and all the saints who are with them.
16 Salute one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ salute you.
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who cause dissensions and offences, contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them.
18 For they that are such, serve not Christ, our Lord, but their own belly: and by pleasing speeches, and good words, seduce the hearts of the innocent.
19 For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice, therefore, in you. But I would have you to be wise in good, and simple in evil.
20 And may the God of peace crush Satan speedily under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
21 Timothy, my fellow-labourer, saluteth you, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen.
22 I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.
23 Caius, my host, and the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, saluteth you, and Quartus, a brother.
24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
25 Now to him that is able to establish you, according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret from eternity.
26 (Which now is made manifest by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, for the obedience of faith) known among all nations,
27 To God, the only wise, through Jesus Christ, to whom be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The Epistle of St Paul, the Apostle, to Titus

THE EPISTLE OF S. PAUL, THE APOSTLE, TO TITUS.

CHAP. I.
What kind of man he is to ordain priests. Some men are to be sharply rebuked.

1 PAUL, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of the elect of God, and the acknowledging of the truth, which is according to piety:
2 Unto the hope of life everlasting, which God, who lieth not, hath promised before the times of the world:
3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed to me according to the commandment of God, our Saviour.
4 To Titus, my beloved son, according to the common faith, grace and peace from God, the Father, and from Christ Jesus, our Saviour.
5 For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou shouldst set in order the things that are wanting, and shouldst ordain priests in every city, as I also appointed thee.
6 If any be without crime, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of luxury, or unruly.
7 For a bishop must be without crime, as the steward of God: not proud, not subject to anger, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre:
8 But given to hospitality, gentle, sober, just, holy, continent,
9 Embracing that faithful word which is according to doctrine: that he may be able to exhort in sound doctrine, and to convince the gainsayers.
10 For there are also many disobedient, vain talkers, and seducers: especially they who are of the circumcision:
11 Who must be reproved, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
12 One of the, a prophet of their own, said: The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slothful bellies.
13 This testimony is true: wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
14 Now attending to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn themselves away from the truth.
15 All things are clean to the clean: but to the defiled, and unbelievers, nothing is clean, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
16 They confess that they know God, but in their deed they deny him: being abominable, and incredulous, and to every good work reprobate.

CHAP. II.
How he is to instruct both old and young. The duty of servants. The Christian’s rule of life.

1 BUT speak thou the things that become sound doctrine:
2 That the aged men be sober, chaste, prudent, sound in faith, in love, in patience.
3 The aged women, in like manner, in holy attire, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teaching well:
4 That they may teach the young women prudence, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, sober, having a care of the house, gentle, obedient to their husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
6 Young men in like manner exhort to be sober.
7 In all things shew thyself an example of good works, in doctrine, in integrity, in gravity,
8 A sound speech, unblameable: that he, who is on the contrary part, may be afraid having no evil to say of us.
9 Exhort servants to be obedient to their masters, in all things pleasing, not contradicting,
10 Not defrauding, but in all things shewing good fidelity: that they may adorn the doctrine of God, our Saviour, in all things.
11 For the grace of God, our Saviour, hath appeared to all men,
12 Instructing us, that denying impiety, and worldly desires, we should live soberly, and justly, and piously in this world,
13 Waiting for the blessed hope, and coming of the glory of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people acceptable, pursuing good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

CHAP. III.
Other instructions and directions for life and doctrine.

1 ADMONISH them to be subject to princes, and powers, to obey at a word, to be ready to every good work:
2 To speak evil of no man, not to be litigious, but modest, shewing all meekness towards all men.
3 For we ourselves also were some time unwise, incredulous, erring, slaves to divers desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4 But when the goodness and kindness of our Saviour, God, appeared:
5 Not by the works of justice, which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the laver of regeneration, and renovation of the Holy Ghost,
6 Whom he hath poured forth upon us abundantly, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour:
7 That being justified by his grace, we may be heirs according to the hope of life everlasting.
8 It is a faithful saying: and concerning these things I will have thee to affirm earnestly: that they who believe in God, may be careful to excel in good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law: for they are unprofitable and vain.
10 A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, avoid:
11 Knowing that he that is such a one, is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned by his own judgment.
12 When I shall send to thee Artemas, or Tychicus, make haste to come to me to Nicopolis: for there I have determined to winter.
13 Send forward Zenas, the lawyer, and Apollo, carefully, that nothing be wanting to them.
14 And let our men also learn to excel in good works for necessary uses: that they be not unfruitful.
15 All that are with me, salute thee: salute them that love us in the faith. The grace of God be with you all. Amen.

Gospel According to Mark

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ,
According to Saint Mark

CHAP. I.
The preaching of John the Baptist. Christ is baptized by him. He calls his disciples, and works many miracles.

1 THE beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in Isaias, the prophet: Behold I send my Angel before they face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.
3 The voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.
4 John was in the desert baptizing, and preaching the baptism of penance for the remission of sins.
5 And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all they of Jerusalem, and were baptized by him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
6 And John was clothed with camels’ hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins: and he eat locusts and wild honey, and he preached, saying:
7 There cometh after me one mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.
8 I have baptized you with water; but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
9 And it came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee; and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10 And forthwith coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit as a dove descending, and remaining on him.
11 And there came a voice from heaven: Thou art my beloved Son, in thee I am well pleased.
12 And immediately the Spirit drove him out into the desert.
13 And he was in the desert forty days, and forty nights: and was tempted by Satan, and he was with beasts, and the Angels ministered to him.
14 And after that John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God;
15 And saying: The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel.
16 And passing by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew, his brother, casting nets into the sea, (for they were fishermen.)
17 And Jesus said to them: Come after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
18 And immediately leaving their nets, they followed him.
19 And going on from thence a little farther, he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets;
20 And forthwith he called them. And having left their father, Zebedee, in the ship, with his hired men, they followed him.
21 And they enter into Capharnaum: and forthwith on the sabbath-days, going into the synagogue, he taught them.
22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he was teaching them as one having power, and not as the Scribes.
23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit: and he cried out,
24 Saying: What have we to do with thee, Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know who thou art, the holy one of God.
25 And Jesus threatened him, saying: Speak no more, and go out of the man.
26 And the unclean spirit tearing him, and crying out with a loud voice, went out of him.
27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying: What thing is this? What is this new doctrine? For with power, he commandeth even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.
28 And the fame of him was spread forthwith through all the country of Galilee.
29 And immediately going out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
30 And Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever: and forthwith they tell him of her.
31 And approaching lifted her up, taking her by the hand: and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
32 And when it was evening, after sunset, they brought all to him that were diseased, and that were possessed with devils.
33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.
34 And he healed many that were suffering of divers diseases: and he cast out many devils, and he suffered them not to speak, because they knew him.
35 And rising very early in the morning, going out he went into a desert place: and there he prayed.
36 And Simon, and they who were with him, followed after him.
37 And when they had found him, they said to him: All men seek for thee.
38 And he saith to them: Let us go into the neighbouring towns and cities, that I may preach there also; for to this purpose I am come.
39 And he was preaching in their synagogues, and in all Galilee, and casting out devils.
40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him; and kneeling down, said to him: If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
41 And Jesus having compassion on him, stretched forth his hand; and touching him, saith to him: I will. Be thou made clean.
42 And when he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean.
43 And he strictly charged him, and forthwith sent him away.
44 And he saith to him: See thou tell no man: but go, shew thyself to the high priest, and offer for thy cleansing the things that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.
45 But he being gone out, began to publish and to blaze abroad the word: so that now he could not go openly into the city, but was without in desert places, and they flocked to him from all sides.

CHAP. II.
Christ heals the sick of the palsy: calls Matthew; and excuses his disciples.

1 AND again he entered into Capharnaum after some days.
2 And it was heard that he was in the house, and many came together, so that there was no room, not even at the door: and he spoke to them the word.
3 And they came to him, bringing one sick of the palsy, who was carried by four.
4 And when they could not offer him to him for the multitude, they uncovered the roof where he was: and opening it, they let down the bed wherein the man sick of the palsy lay.
5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he saith to the sick of the palsy: Son, thy sins are forgiven thee.
6 And some of the Scribes were sitting there, and thinking in their hearts:
7 Why doth this man speak thus? He blasphemeth. Who can forgive sins, but God only?
8 Which Jesus presently knowing in his spirit, that they so thought within themselves, saith to them: Why think you these things in your hearts?
9 Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy: Thy sins are forgiven thee: or to say: Arise, take up thy bed, and walk?
10 But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say to thee, Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house.
12 And immediately he arose: and taking up his bed, went his way in the sight of all: so that all wondered, and glorified God, saying: We never saw the like.
13 And he went forth again to the sea side: and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them.
14 And when he was passing by, he saw Levi, the son of Alpheus, sitting at the receipt of custom; and he saith to him: Follow me. And rising up, he followed him.
15 And it came to pass, that as he sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat down together with Jesus and his disciples: for they were many, who also followed him.
16 And the Scribes and Pharisees, seeing that he did eat with publicans and sinners, said to his disciples: Why doth your master eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
17 Jesus hearing this, saith to them: They that are well have no need of a physician, but they that are sick: for I came not to call the just, but sinners.
18 Now the disciples of John, and the Pharisees, used to fast: and they come, and say to him: Why do the disciples of John, and of the Pharisees, fast; but thy disciples do not fast?
19 And Jesus saith to them: Can the children of the marriage fast, as long as the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them: and then they shall fast in those days.
21 No man seweth a piece of raw cloth to an old garment: otherwise the new piecing taketh away from the old, and there is made a greater rent.
22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: otherwise the wine will burst the bottles, and both the wine will be spilled, and the bottles will be lost. But new wine must be put into new bottles.
23 And it came to pass again, as the Lord walked through the corn-fields on the sabbath, that his disciples began to go forward and to pluck the ears of corn.
24 And the Pharisees said to him: Behold, why do they on the sabbath-day that which is not lawful?
25 And he said to them: Have you never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry, he and they that were with him?
26 How he went into the house of God, under Abiathar, the high priest, and did eat the loaves of proposition, which it was not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave to them who were with him?
27 And he said to them: The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.
28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

CHAP. III.
Christ heals the withered hand. He chooses the twelve. He confutes the blasphemy of the Pharisees.

1 AND he entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand.
2 And they watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath-day: that they might accuse him.
3 And he saith to the man who had the withered hand: Stand up in the midst.
4 And he saith to them: Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath-day, or to do evil? To save life, or to destroy? But they held their peace.
5 And looking round about on them with anger, being grieved for the blindness of their hearts, he saith to the man: Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth; and his hand was restored unto him.
6 And the Pharisees going out immediately, made a consultation with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
7 But Jesus retired with his disciples to the sea; and a great multitude followed him from Galilee and Judea,
8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond the Jordan: and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, hearing the things which he did, came to him.
9 And he spoke to his disciples that a small ship should wait on him, because of the multitude, lest they should throng him:
10 For he healed many, so that they pressed upon him to touch him, as many as had evils.
11 And the unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him; and they cried, saying:
12 Thou art the Son of God. And he strictly charged them that they should not make him known.
13 And going up into a mountain, he called unto him whom he would himself: and they came to him.
14 And he made that twelve should be with him: and that he might send them to preach.
15 And he gave them power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.
16 And to Simon he gave the name of Peter:
17 And James, the son of Zebedee, and John, the brother of James, and he named them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
18 And Andrew and Philip, and Bartholomew and Matthew, and Thomas, and James, of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Cananean,
19 And Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
20 And they come to a house: and the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
21 And when his friends had heard of it, they went out to lay hold of him: for they said: He is become mad.
22 And the Scribes, who were come down from Jerusalem, said: He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils he casteth out devils.
23 And after he had called them together, he said to them in parables: How can Satan cast out Satan?
24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26 And if Satan be risen up against himself, he is divided, and cannot stand, but hath an end.
27 No man can enter into the house of a strong man, and rob him of his goods, unless he first bind the strong man, and then shall he plunder his house.
28 Amen, I say to you, that all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they shall blaspheme:
29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, shall never have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin.
30 Because they said: He hath an unclean spirit.
31 And his mother and his brethren came: and standing without, sent to him, calling him.
32 And the multitude sat about him: and they say to him: Behold thy mother and they brethren, without, seek for thee.
33 And answering them, he said: Who is my mother and my brethren?
34 And looking round on them who sat about him, he saith: Behold my mother and my brethren.
35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, he is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

CHAP. IV.
The parable of the sower. Christ stills the tempest at sea.

1 AND he began again to teach by the sea side: and a great multitude was gathered together unto him, so that he went up into a ship, and sat in the sea, and all the multitude was upon the land, by the sea side:
2 And he taught them many things in parables, and said to them in his teaching:
3 Hear ye: Behold a sower went out to sow.
4 And whilst he is sowing, some fell by the way side: and the birds of the air came, and eat it up.
5 And other some fell upon stony ground, where is had not much earth: and it shot up immediately, because it had no depth of earth:
6 And when the sun was risen, it was scorched: and because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And some fell among the thorns: and the thorns grew up, and choaked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And some fell upon good ground: and brought forth fruit that grew up, and increased, and yielded, one thirty, another sixty, and another a hundred.
9 And he said: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And when he was alone, the twelve that were with him, asked him the parable.
11 And he said to them: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand: lest at any time they should be converted, and their shins should be forgiven them.
13 And he saith to them: Know you not this parable? How then shall you know all parables?
14 He that soweth, soweth the word.
15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; and as soon as they have heard, immediately satan cometh and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16 And these likewise are they that are sown on the stony ground: who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy.
17 And they have no root in themselves, but are only for a time: and then when tribulation and persecution arise on account of the word, they are presently scandalized.
18 And others there are that are sown among thorns: these are they that hear the word,
19 And the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts after other things entering in, choak the word, and it is made fruitless.
20 And these are they who are sown upon the good ground, who hear the word, and receive it, and yield fruit, the one thirty, another sixty, and another a hundred.
21 And he said to them: Doth a candle come to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? And not to be set on a candlestick?
22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be made manifest: neither was it made secret, but that it may come abroad.
23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
24 And he said to them: Take heed what you hear: With what measure you shall mete, it shall be measured to you again, and more shall be given you.
25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, that also which he hath, shall be taken away from him.
26 And he said: So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the earth,
27 And should sleep, and rise, and night and day, and the seed should not spring, and grow up whilst he knoweth not.
28 For the earth of itself bringeth forth fruit, first the blade, then the ear, afterwards the full corn in the ear:
29 And when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
30 And he said: To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or to what parable shall we compare it?
31 It is as a grain of mustard-seed, which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth:
32 And when it is sown, it growth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches, so that the birds of the air may dwell under the shadow thereof.
33 And with many such parables he spoke to them the word, according as they were able to hear.
34 And without parable he did not speak unto them: but apart, he explained all things to his disciples.
35 And he saith to them that day, when evening was come: Let us pass over to the other side.
36 And sending away the multitude, they take him even as he was in the ship: and there were other ships with him.
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that the ship was filled.
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, sleeping upon a pillow; and they awake him, and say to him: Master, doth it not concern thee that we perish?
39 And rising up, he rebuked the wind, and said to the sea: Peace; be still. And the wind ceased; and there was made a great calm.
40 And he said to them: Why are you fearful? Have you not faith yet? And they feared exceedingly, and they said one to another: Who is this (thinkest thou) that both wind and sea obey him?

CHAP. V.
Christ casts out a legion of devils: he heals the issue of blood, and raises the daughter of Jairus to life.

1 AND they came over the strait of the sea into the country of the Gerasens.
2 And as he went out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit:
3 Who had his dwelling in the tombs, and no man now could bind him, not even with chains:
4 For having been often bound with fetters and chains, he had burst the chains, and broken the fetters in pieces, and no man could tame him.
5 And he was always day and night in the tombs, and in the mountains, crying and cutting himself with stones.
6 And seeing Jesus, afar off, he ran and adored him:
7 And crying with a loud voice, he said: What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
8 For he said to him: Go out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him: What is thy name? And he saith to him: My name is Legion; for we are many.
10 And he besought him much, that he would not drive him away out of the country.
11 And there was there near the mountain a great herd of swine, feeding.
12 And the spirits besought him, saying: Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
13 And Jesus immediately gave them leave. And the unclean spirits going out, entered into the swine: and the herd with great violence was carried headlong into the sea, being about two thousand, and were stifled in the sea.
14 And they that fed them fled, and told it in the city, and in the fields. And they went out to see what was done.
15 And they come to Jesus, and they see him that was troubled with the devil, sitting, clothed, and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
16 And they that had seen it, told them in what manner he had been dealt with who had the devil; and concerning the swine.
17 And they began to pray him to depart from their coasts.
18 And when he went up into the ship, he that had been troubled with the devil, began to beseech him that he might be with him.
19 And he admitted him not, but saith to him: Go into thy house to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had mercy on thee.
20 And he went his way, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men wondered.
21 And when Jesus had passed again in the ship over the strait, a great multitude assembled together unto him, and he was nigh unto the sea.
22 And there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, named Jairus: and seeing him, he falleth down at his feet;
23 And he besought him much, saying: My daughter is at the point of death; come, lay thy hand upon her, that she may be safe, and may live.
24 And he went with him, and a great multitude followed him, and they thronged him.
25 And a woman who was under an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things from many physicians: and had spent all that she had, and was nothing the better, but rather worse:
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the crowd behind him, and touched his garment.
28 For she said: If I shall but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
29 And forthwith the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the evil.
30 And immediately Jesus knowing in himself the virtue that had proceeded from him, turning to the multitude, said: Who hath touched my garments?
31 And his disciples said to him: Thou seest the multitude thronging thee; and sayest thou, Who hath touched me?
32 And he looked about to see her who had done this.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34 And he said to her: Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole: go in peace, and be thou whole of the disease.
35 While he was yet speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue, saying: Thy daughter is dead: why dost thou trouble the master any farther?
36 But Jesus having heard the word that was spoken, saith to the ruler of the synagogue: Fear not: only believe.
37 And he admitted not any man to follow him, but Peter, and James, and John, the brother of James.
38 And they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he seeth a tumult, and people weeping and wailing much.
39 And going in, he saith to them: Why make you this outcry, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
40 And they laughed him to scorn. But he having put them all out, taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying:
41 And taking the damsel by the hand, he saith to her: Talitha, cumi; which is, being interpreted; damsel, (I say to thee) arise.
42 And immediately the damsel rose up, and walked: now she was twelve years old: and they were astonished with a great astonishment.
43 And he charged them strictly that no man should know it: and commanded that something should be given her to eat.

CHAP. VI.
Christ teaches at Nazareth. He sends forth the twelve apostles: He feeds five thousand with five loaves; and walks upon the sea.

1 AND going out from thence, he went into his own country; and his disciples followed him.
2 And when the sabbath was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were in admiration at his doctrine: saying: How came this man by all these things? And what wisdom is this that is given to him, and such mighty works as are wrought by his hands?
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joseph, and Jude and Simon? Are not also his sisters here with us? And they were scandalized in regard of him.
4 And Jesus said to them: A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and in his own house, and among his own kindred.
5 And he could not do any miracle there, only that he healed a few that were sick, laying hands upon them;
6 And he wondered because of their unbelief, and he went through the villages round about teaching.
7 And he called the twelve; and began to send them two and two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.
8 And he commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, but a staff only: no scrip, no bread, nor money in their purse,
9 But to be shod with sandals, and that they should not put on two coats.
10 And he said to them: Wheresoever you shall enter into a house, there abide till you depart from that place.
11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, going forth from thence, shake off the dust from your feet for a testimony to them.
12 And going forth they preached that they should do penance:
13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them:
14 And king Herod heard, (for his name was made manifest) and he said: John the Baptist is risen again from the dead, and therefore mighty works shew forth themselves in him.
15 And others said: It is Elias. But others said: It is a prophet, as one of the prophets.
16 Which Herod hearing, said: John whom I beheaded, he is risen again from the dead.
17 For Herod himself had sent and apprehended John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, the wife of Philip, his brother, because he had married her.
18 For John said to Herod: It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.
19 Now Herodias laid snares for him: and was desirous to put him to death, and could not.
20 For Herod feared John, knowing him to be a just and holy man: and kept him, and when he heard him, did many things: and he heard him willingly.
21 And when a convenient day was come, Herod made a supper for his birthday, for the princes, and tribunes, and chief men of Galilee.
22 And when the daughter of the same Herodias had come in, and had danced, and pleased Herod, and them that were at table with him, the king said to the damsel: Ask of me what thou wilt, and I will give it thee.
23 And he swore to her: Whatsoever thou shalt ask I will give thee, thou it be the half of my kingdom.
24 And when she was gone out, she said to her mother: What shall I ask? But she said: The head of John the Baptist.
25 And when she had come in immediately with haste to the king, she asked, saying: I will that forthwith thou give me in a dish the head of John the Baptist.
26 And the king was struck sad: yet because of his oath, and because of them that were with him at table, he would not displease her:
27 But sending an executioner, he commanded that his head should be brought in a dish. And he beheaded him in the prison,
28 And brought his head in a dish; and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.
29 Which his disciples hearing, came, and took his body: and laid it in a tomb.
30 And the apostles coming together unto Jesus, related to him all things that they had done and taught.
31 And he said to them: Come ye apart into a desert place, and rest a little. For there were many coming and going: and they had not so much as time to eat.
32 And going up into a ship, they went into a desert place apart.
33 And they saw them going away, and many knew: and they ran flocking thither on foot from all the cities, and were there before them.
34 And Jesus going out, saw a great multitude: and he had compassion on them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things.
35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came to him, saying: This is a desert place, and the hour is now past:
36 Send them away, that going into the next villages and towns, they may buy themselves meat to eat.
37 But he answering, said to them: Give you them to eat. And they said to him: Let us go and buy bread for two hundred pence, and we will give them to eat.
38 And he saith to them: How many loaves have you? Go and see. And when they knew, they say: Five, and two fishes.
39 And he commanded them to make them all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
41 And when he had taken the five loaves, and the two fishes; looking up to heaven, he blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave to his disciples to set before them: and the two fishes he divided among them all.
42 And they all did eat, and had their fill.
43 And they took up the leavings, twelve baskets full of fragments, and of the fishes.
44 And they that did eat, were five thousand men.
45 And immediately he obliged his disciples to go up into the ship, that they might go before him over the water to Bethsaida: whilst he dismissed the people.
46 And when he had dismissed them, he went up to the mountain to pray.
47 And when it was late, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone in the land.
48 And seeing them laboring in rowing, (for the wind was against them) and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh to them, walking upon the sea; and he would have passed by them.
49 But they seeing him walking upon the sea, thought it was an apparition, and they cried out.
50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he spoke with them, and said to them: Have a good heart, it is I; fear ye not.
51 And he went up to them into the ship, and the wind ceased. And they were far more astonished within themselves.
52 For they understood not concerning the loaves: for their heart was blinded.
53 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Genesareth, and set to the shore.
54 And when they were gone out of the ship, immediately they knew him:
55 And running through that whole country, they began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.
56 And whithersoever he entered, into towns, or into villages, or cities, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch but the hem of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.

CHAP. VII.
Christ rebukes the Pharisees. He heals the daughter of the woman of Chanaan; and the man that was deaf and dumb.

1 AND there assembled together unto him the Pharisees, and some of the Scribes, coming from Jerusalem.
2 And when they had seen some of his disciples eat bread with common, that is, with unwashed, hands, they found fault.
3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, eat not without often washing their hands, holding the tradition of the ancients:
4 And when they come from the market, unless they be washed, they eat not: and many other things there are that have been delivered to them to observe, the washing of cups, and of pots, and of brazen vessels, and of beds.
5 And the Pharisees and Scribes asked him: Why not thy disciples walk according to the tradition of the ancients, but eat bread with common hands?
6 But he answering, said to them: Well did Isaias prophesy of you, hypocrites, as it is written: This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and precepts of men.
8 For leaving the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men, the washing of pots, and of cups: and many other things you do like to these.
9 And he said to them: Well do you make void the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.
10 For Moses said: Honour thy father and thy mother: and he that shall curse father or mother, let him die the death.
11 But you say: If a man shall say to his father or mother, Corban, (that is a gift) whatsoever is from me, shall profit thee:
12 And farther you suffer him not to do any thing for his father or his mother,
13 Making void the word of God by your own tradition, which you have given forth. And many other such like things you do.
14 And calling again the multitude unto him, he said to them: Hear ye me all, and understand.
15 There is nothing from without a man entering into him, that can defile him: but the things which come from a man, those are they that defile a man.
16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
17 And when he was come into the house from the multitude, his disciples asked him the parable.
18 And he saith to them: Are you also so unwise? Understand you not that whatsoever things from without entereth into a man, it cannot defile him:
19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but goeth into the belly, and goeth out into the privy, purging all meats?
20 And he said that the things which come out from a man, they defile a man.
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders.
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
23 All these evil things come from within, and defile a man.
24 And rising from thence, he went to the borders of Tyre and Sidon: and entering into a house, he would have no man know it, but he could not be hid.
25 For a certain woman heard of him, whose daughter had an unclean spirit, and presently came in, and fell down at his feet.
26 For the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophœnician born. And she besought him to cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
27 And he said to her: Let the children first be filled: for it is not good to take the bread of the children, and cast it to the dogs.
28 But she answered, and said to him, Yea, Lord; for the whelps also eat under the table of the crumbs of the children.
29 And he said to her: For this saying, go thy way, the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
30 And when she was come to her house, she found the girl lying upon the bed, and that the devil was gone out.
31 And again going out of the borders of Tyre, he came to Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the borders of Decapolis.
32 And they bring to him one that was deaf and dumb, and they besought him to lay his hand upon him.
33 And taking him aside from the multitude, he put his fingers into his ears, and spitting, he touched his tongue;
34 And looking up to heaven, he groaned, and said to him, Ephphetha; that is, Be opened.
35 And immediately his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke right.
36 And he charged them that they should tell no man, But the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal did they publish it:
37 And so much the more did they wonder, saying, He hath done all things well; he hath made both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

CHAP. VIII.
Christ feeds four thousand. He gives sight to a blind man. He foretells his passion.

1 IN those days again, when there was a great multitude, and they had nothing to eat; calling his disciples together, he saith to them:
2 I have compassion on the multitude: for behold they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
3 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint in the way; for some of them came from afar off.
4 And his disciples answered him: From whence can any one satisfy them here with bread in the wilderness?
5 And he asked them: How many loaves have ye? And they said: Seven.
6 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and taking the seven loaves, giving thanks, he broke, and gave to his disciples to set before them, and they set them before the people.
7 And they had a few little fishes: and he blessed them, and commanded them to be set before them.
8 And they did eat and were filled, and they took up that which was left of the fragments, seven baskets.
9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
10 And immediately going up into a ship with his disciples, he came into the parts of Dalmanutha.
11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.
12 And sighing deeply in spirit, he saith: Why doth this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, a sign shall not be given to this generation.
13 And leaving them, he went up again into the ship, and passed to the other side of the water.
14 And they forgot to take bread: and they had but one loaf with them in the ship.
15 And he charged them, saying: Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying: Because we have no bread.
17 Which Jesus knowing, saith to them: Why do you reason, because you have no bread? Do you not yet know nor understand? Have you still your heart blinded?
18 Having eyes, see you not? And having ears, hear you not? Neither do you remember.
19 When I broke five loaves among five thousand: how many baskets full of fragments took you up? They say to him: Twelve.
20 And when the seven loaves among four thousand, how many baskets of fragments took you up? And they say to him: Seven.
21 And he said to them: How do you not yet understand?
22 And they came to Bethsaida: and they bring to him a blind man, and they besought him to touch him.
23 And taking the blind man by the hand, he led him out of the town: and spitting upon his eyes, laying his hands on him, he asked him if he saw any thing.
24 And looking up, he said: I see men, as trees, walking.
25 After that he laid his hands again upon his eyes, and he began to see, and was restored, so that he saw all things clearly.
26 And he sent him to his house; saying: Go into thy house, and if thou enter into the town, tell no body.
27 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Cæsarea Philippi; and in the way he asked his disciples, saying to them: Whom do men say that I am?
28 And they answered him, saying: John the Baptist; but some Elias, and others as one of the prophets.
29 The he saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Peter answering, said to him: Thou art the Christ.
30 And he strictly charged them that they should not tell any man if him.
31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the ancients, and by the high priests, and the Scribes, and be killed: and after three days rise again.
32 And he spoke the word openly: And Peter taking him, began to rebuke him.
33 But he turning about and seeing his disciples, threatened Peter, saying: Go after me, Satan, because thou dost not relish the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.
34 And calling together the multitude with his disciples, he said to them: If any man will follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
35 For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, and for the gospel, shall save it.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also shall be ashamed of him, when he shall come in the glory of his Father with the holy Angels.
39 And he said to them: Amen, I say to you, that there are some of them that stand here, who shall not taste death, till they see the kingdom of God coming in power.

CHAP. IX.
Christ is transfigured. He casts out the dumb spirit. He teaches humility, and to avoid scandal.

1 AND after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John: and leadeth them up to a high mountain apart by themselves, and was transfigured before them.
2 And his garments became shining, and exceedingly white as snow, so as no fuller on earth can make white.
3 And there appeared to them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
4 And Peter answering, said to Jesus: Rabbi, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
5 For he knew not what he said: for they were struck with fear.
6 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, saying: This is my most beloved Son: hear ye him.
7 And immediately looking about, they saw no man any more, but Jesus only with them.
8 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them not to tell any man what things they had seen, till the Son of man shall be risen again from the dead.
9 And they kept the word to themselves: questioning together what that should mean: When he shall be risen from the dead.
10 And they asked him, saying: Why then do the Pharisees and Scribes say, that Elias must come first?
11 He answering, said to them: Elias, when he shall come first, shall restore all things: and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be despised.
12 But I say to you, that Elias also is come, (and they have done to him whatsoever they would) as it is written of him.
13 And coming to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the Scribes questioning with them.
14 And presently all the people seeing Jesus, were astonished and struck with fear: and running to him, they saluted him.
15 And he asked them, What do you question about among you?
16 And one of the multitude answering, said: Master, I have brought to thee my son who hath a dumb spirit.
17 Who wheresoever’s he taketh him, dasheth him, and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away; and I spoke to thy disciples to cast him out, and they could not.
18 He answering them, said: O incredulous generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him to me.
19 And they brought him. And when he had seen him, immediately the spirit troubled him: and being thrown down upon the ground, he rolled about, foaming.
20 And he asked his father: How long a time is it since this hath happened unto him? But he said: From his infancy.
21 Oftentimes hath he cast him into the fire, and into waters, to destroy him. But if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
22 And Jesus saith to him: If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
23 And immediately the father of the boy crying out, with tears, said: I do believe, Lord; help my unbelief.
24 And when Jesus saw the multitude running together, he threatened the unclean spirit, saying to him: Thou deaf and dumb spirit, I command thee, go out of him; and enter no more into him.
25 And crying out, and greatly tearing him, he went out of him, and he became as one dead, insomuch that many said, He is dead.
26 But Jesus taking him by the hand, lifted him up, and he arose.
27 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately; Why could not we cast him out?
28 And he said to them: This kind can go out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
29 And departing from thence, they passed through Galilee, and he would not that any man should know it.
30 And he taught his disciples, and said to them: The Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise again the third day.
31 But they understood not the word: and they were afraid to ask him.
32 And they came to Capharnaum. And when they were in the house, he asked them: What did you treat of in the way?
33 But they held their peace: for in the way they had disputed among themselves, which of them should be the greatest.
34 And sitting down, he called the twelve, and saith to them: If any man desire to be first, he shall be the last of all, and the servant of all.
35 And taking a child, he set him in the midst of the them: and when he had embraced him, he saith to them:
36 Whosoever shall receive one such child as this in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
37 John answered him, saying: Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, who followeth not us, and we forbade him.
38 But Jesus said: Do not forbid him: For there is no man that doth a miracle in my name, that can soon speak ill of me.
39 For he that is not against you, is for you.
40 For whosoever shall give you to drink a cup of water in my name, because you belong to Christ, Amen, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.
41 And whosoever shall scandalize one of these little ones, who believe in me, it were better for him that a mill-stone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
42 And if thy hand scandalize thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than, having two hands, to go into hell, into unquenchable fire:
43 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished.
44 And if thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off; it is better for thee to enter lame into life everlasting, than, having two feet, to be cast into the hell of unquenchable fire:
45 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished.
46 And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee, with one eye, to enter into the kingdom of God; than, having two eyes, to be cast into the hell of fire:
47 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished.
48 For ever one shall be salted with fire: and every victim shall be salted with salt.
49 Salt is good: but if the salt become unsavoury, wherewith will you season it? Have salt in you, and have peace among you.

CHAP. X.
Marriage is not to be dissolved. The danger of riches. The ambition of the sons of Zebedee. A blind man is restored to his sight.

1 AND rising up from thence, he cometh into the borders of Judea, beyond the Jordan: and the multitudes flock to him again. And as he was accustomed, he taught them again.
2 And the Pharisees coming to him, asked him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? Tempting him.
3 But he answering, saith to them: What did Moses command you?
4 They said: Moses permitted to write a bill of divorce, and to put her away.
5 Jesus answering, said to them: Because of the hardness of your heart, he wrote you that precept.
6 But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.
7 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife.
8 And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh.
9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
10 And in the house again his disciples asked him concerning the same thing.
11 And he saith to them: Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
12 And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
13 And they brought to him young children, that he might touch them. And the disciples rebuked them that brought them.
14 Whom when Jesus saw, he was much displeased, and said to them: Suffer the little children to come to me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
15 Amen, I say to you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall not enter into it.
16 And embracing them, and laying his hands upon them, he blessed them.
17 And when he was gone forth into the way, a certain man running up and kneeling before him, asked him: Good Master, what shall I do that I may receive life everlasting?
18 And Jesus said to him: Why callest thou me good? None is good, but one; that is God.
19 Thou knowest the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, bear not false witness, do not fraud, honour thy father and mother.
20 But he answering, said to him: Master, all these things I have observed from my youth.
21 And Jesus looking on him, loved him; and said to him: One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
22 But he being struck sad at the saying, went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looking round about, saith to his disciples: How hardly shall they who have riches, enter into the kingdom of God!
24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answering again, saith to them: Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches, to enter the kingdom of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 They wondered the more, saying among themselves: When then can be saved?
27 And Jesus looking on them, saith: With men it is impossible; but not with God: for all things are possible with God.
28 And Peter began to say to him: Behold, we have left all things, and have followed thee.
29 Jesus answering, said: Amen, I say to you, there is no man, who hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or lands, for my sake and for the gospel,
30 Who shall not receive a hundred times as much now in this time; houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions: and in the world to come, life everlasting.
31 But many that are first, shall be last, and the last first.
32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem: and Jesus went before them, and they were astonished: and following, were afraid. And taking again the twelve, he began to tell them the things that should befall him.
33 Saying: Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be betrayed to the chief priests, and to the Scribes and ancients, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles.
34 And they shall mock him, and spit on him, and scourge him, and kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
35 And James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying: Master, we desire that whatsoever we shall ask, thou wouldst do it for us.
36 But he said to them: What would you that I should do for you?
37 And they said: Grant to us, that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.
38 And Jesus said to them: You know now what you ask. Can you drink of the chalice that I drink of: or be baptized with the baptism wherewith I am baptized?
39 But they said to him: We can. And Jesus saith to them: You shall indeed drink of the chalice that I drink of: and with the baptism wherewith I am baptized, you shall be baptized:
40 But to sit on my right hand, or on my left, is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared.
41 And the ten hearing it, began to be much displeased at James and John.
42 But Jesus calling them, saith to them: You know that they who seem to rule over the Gentiles, lord it over them: and their princes have power over them.
43 But it is not so among you: but whosoever will be greater, shall be your minister.
44 And whosoever will be first among you, shall be the servant of all.
45 For the Son of man also is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many.
46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho, with his disciples and a very great multitude, Bartimæus, the blind man, the son of Timæus, sat by the way side, begging.
47 And when he had hear that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and to say: Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.
48 And many rebuked him, that he might hold his peace. But he cried a great deal the more: Son of David, have mercy on me.
49 And Jesus standing still, commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying to him: Be of better comfort: arise, he calleth thee.
50 He casting off his garment, leaped up, and came to him.
51 And Jesus answering, said to him: What wilt thou that I should do to thee? And the blind man said to him: Rabboni, that I may see.
52 And Jesus saith to him: Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he saw, and followed him in the way.

CHAP. XI.
Christ enters into Jerusalem upon an ass: curses the barren fig-tree: and drives the buyers and sellers out of the temple.

1 AND when they were drawing near to Jerusalem, and to Bethania, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth two of his disciples,
2 And saith to them: Go into the village that is over-against you, and immediately at your coming in thither, you shall find a colt tied, upon which no man yet hath sat: loose him, and bring him.
3 And if any man shall say to you: What are you doing? Say ye that the Lord hath need of him: and immediately he will let him come hither.
4 And going their way, they found the colt tied before the gate without, in the meeting of two ways: and they loose him.
5 And some of them that stood there, said to them: What do you, loosing the colt?
6 They said to them as Jesus had commanded them: and they let him go with them.
7 And they brought the colt to Jesus: and they lay their garments on him, and he sat upon him.
8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down boughs from the trees, and strewed them in the way.
9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna:
10 Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father, David, that cometh: Hosanna in the highest.
11 And he entered Jerusalem, into the temple: and having viewed all things round about, when now the hour of evening was come, he went out to Bethania with the twelve.
12 And the next day, when they came out from Bethania, he was hungry.
13 And when he had seen afar off a fig-tree having leaves, he came, if perhaps he might find any thing on it. And when he was come to it, he found nothing but leaves: for it was not the time for figs.
14 And answering, he said to it: May no man hereafter eat fruit of thee any more for ever. And his disciples heard it.
15 And they came to Jerusalem. And when he had entered into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and he overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the chairs of them that sold doves.
16 And he suffered not that any man should carry a vessel through the temple.
17 And he taught, saying to them: Is it not written: My house shall be called the house of prayer to all nations? But you have made it a den of thieves.
18 Which when the chief priests, and the Scribes, had heard, they sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because the whole multitude was in admiration at his doctrine.
19 And when evening was come, he went forth out of the city.
20 And when they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig-tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter remembering, said to him: Rabbi, behold the fig-tree, which thou cursedst, is withered away.
22 And Jesus answering, saith to them: Have the faith of God.
23 Amen, I say to you, that whosoever shall say to this mountain: Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea, and shall not stagger in his heart, but believe, that whatsoever he saith shall be done: it shall be done for him.
24 Therefore, I say to you, all things, whatsoever you ask when ye pray, believe that you shall receive, and they shall come unto you.
25 And when you shall stand to pray, forgive, if you have any thing against any man, that your Father also, who is in heaven, may forgive you your sins.
26 But if you will not forgive, neither will your Father, who is in heaven, forgive you your sins.
27 And they came again to Jerusalem. And when he was walking into the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the Scribes, and the ancients;
28 And they say to him: By what authority dost thou these things? And who hath given thee this authority to do these things?
29 And Jesus answering, said to them: I will also ask of you one word, and answer me: and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? Answer me.
31 But they thought with themselves, saying: If we say, from heaven: he will say, Why then did you not believe him?
32 If we say, From men, we fear the people. For all men counted John that he was a prophet indeed.
33 And they answering, say to Jesus: We know not. And Jesus answering, saith to them: Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

CHAP. XII.
The parable of the vineyard and husbandmen. Cæsar’s right to tribute. The Sadducees are confuted. The first commandment. The widow’s mite.

1 AND he began to speak to them in parables: A man planted a vineyard, and made a hedge round it, and dug a place for the wine-vat, and built a tower, and let it to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, to receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
3 But they having laid hands on him, beat him: and sent him away empty.
4 And again he sent to them another servant: and him they wounded in the head, and used him reproachfully.
5 And again he sent another, and him they killed: and many others, of whom some they beat, and others they killed.
6 Having therefore yet one most dearly beloved son: he sent him also to them last of all, saying: They will reverence my son.
7 But the husbandmen said one to another: This is the heir: come, let us kill him; and the inheritance shall be ours.
8 And laying hold on him, they killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
9 What, therefore, will the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard to others.
10 And have you not read this Scripture: The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner:
11 By the Lord hath this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?
12 And they sought to lay hands on him: but they feared the people. For they knew that he spoke this parable against them. And leaving him, they went their way.
13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees, and of the Herodians; to catch him in his words.
14 They coming, say to him: Master, we know that thou art a true speaker, and carest not for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to give tribute to Cæsar; or shall we not give it?
15 But he knowing their hypocrisy, saith to them: Why tempt you me? Bring me a penny that I may see it.
16 And they brought it to him. And he saith to them: Whose is this image and inscription? They say to him: Cæsar’s.
17 And Jesus answering, said to them: Render, therefore, to Cæsar the things that are Cæsar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at him.
18 And there came to him the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying:
19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, that if any man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed to his brother.
20 Now there were seven brethren; and the first took a wife, and died, leaving no issue.
21 And the second took her, and died: and neither did he leave any issue. And the third in like manner.
22 And the seven took her in like manner; and did not leave issue. Last of all the woman also died.
23 In the resurrection, therefore, when they shall arise again, whose wife shall she be of them? For the seven had her to wife.
24 And Jesus answering, saith to them: Do ye not therefore err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God?
25 For when they shall rise again from the dead, they shall neither marry, nor be married, bur are as the Angels in heaven.
26 And, as concerning the dead that they rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spoke to him, saying: I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You therefore do greatly err.
28 And there came one of the Scribes, that had heard them reasoning together, and seeing that he had answered them well, asked him which was the first commandment of all?
29 And Jesus answered him: The first commandment of all is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord thy God, is one God:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like to it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other command greater than these.
32 And the Scribe said to him: Well, master, thou hast said in truth, that there is one God, and there is no other besides him.
33 And that he should be loved with the whole heart, and with the whole understanding, and with the whole soul, and with the whole strength: and to love one’s neighbour as oneself, is a greater thing than all the holocausts and sacrifices.
34 And Jesus seeing that he had answered wisely, said to him: Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
35 And Jesus answering, said, teaching in the temple: How do the Scribes say, that Christ is the son of David?
36 For David himself saith by the Holy Ghost: The Lord said to my Lord, Sit on my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy foot-stool.
37 David, therefore, himself calleth him Lord, and whence is he then his son? And the great multitude heard him gladly.
38 And he said to them in his doctrine: Beware of the Scribes, who love to walk in long robes, and to be saluted in the market-place,
39 And to sit in the first chairs in the synagogues, and to have the highest places at suppers:
40 Who devour the houses of widows under the pretense of long prayer: these shall receive greater judgment.
41 And Jesus sitting over-against the treasury, beheld how the people cast money into the treasury, and many that were rich cast in much.
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And calling his disciples together, he saith to them: Amen, I say to you, this poor widow hath cast in more than all they who have cast into the treasury.
44 For they all did cast in of their abundance: but she, of her want, cast in all she had, even her whole living.

CHAP. XIII.
Christ foretells the destruction of the temple, and the signs that shall forerun the day of judgment.

1 AND as he was going out of the temple, one of his disciples saith to him: Master, behold what manner of stones, and what buildings are here.
2 And Jesus answering, said to him: Seest thou all these great buildings? There shall not be left a stone upon a stone, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he sat on the mount of Olives, over-against the temple, Peter and James, and John and Andrew, asked him apart:
4 Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the signs when all these things shall begin to be fulfilled.
5 And Jesus answering, began to say to them: Take heed, lest any man deceive you.
6 For many shall come in my name, saying: I am he: and they shall deceive many.
7 And when you shall hear of wars, and rumors of wars, fear ye not: for such things must needs be: but the end is not yet.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be earthquakes in places, and famines. These are the beginning of sorrows.
9 But look to yourselves. For they shall deliver you up to councils, and in the synagogues you shall be beaten, and you shall stand before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony unto them.
10 And unto all nations the gospel must first be preached.
11 And when they shall lead you, delivering you up, be not thoughtful beforehand what you shall speak; but whatsoever shall be given you in that house, that speak ye. For it is not you that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
12 And the brother shall betray his brother unto death, and the father his son; and children shall rise up against the parents, and shall put them to death.
13 And you shall be hated by all men for my name’s sake. But he that shall endure unto the end, he shall be saved.
14 And when you shall see the abomination of desolation, standing where it ought not: let him that readeth, understand: then let them that are in Judea, flee to the mountains:
15 And let him that is on the house-top not go down into the house, nor enter therein to take any thing out of his house:
16 And let him that shall be in the field, not turn back again to take up his garment.
17 And wo to them that are with child, and that give suck in those days.
18 But pray ye, that these things happen not in winter.
19 For in those days, shall be such tribulations as were not from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, neither shall be.
20 And unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the elect which he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
21 And then if any man shall say to you: Lo, here is Christ; lo, he is there: do not believe.
22 For there will rise up false Christs, and false prophets; and they shall sew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
23 Take you heed, therefore: behold, I have foretold you all things.
24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light.
25 And the stars of heaven shall be falling down, and the powers that are in heaven, shall be moved.
26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds, with great power and glory.
27 And then shall he send his Angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
28 Now of the fig-tree learn ye a parable. When the branch thereof is now tender, and the leaves are come forth, you know that summer is very near:
29 So you also, when you shall see these things come to pass, know ye that it is very nigh, even at the doors.
30 Amen, I say to you, that this generation shall not pass, until all these things be done.
31 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
32 But of that day or hour no man knoweth, neither the Angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch, and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34 Even as a man who, going into a far country, left his house, and gave authority to his servants over every work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye, therefore, (for you know not when the lord of the house cometh: at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning.)
36 Lest coming on a sudden, he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch.

CHAP. XIV.
The first part of the history of the Passion of Christ.

1 NOW the feast of the Pasch, and of the azymes, was after two days: and the chief priests, and the Scribes, sought how they might by craft lay hold on him, and kill him.
2 But they said: Not on the festival day, lest there should be a tumult among the people.
3 And when he was in Bethania, in the house of Simon, the leper, and was at meat; there came a woman, having an alabaster-box of ointment of precious spikenard, and breaking the alabaster-box, she poured it out upon his head.
4 Now there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said: Why was this waste of the ointment made?
5 For this ointment might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
6 But Jesus said: Let her alone; why do you molest her? She hath wrought a good work upon me.
7 For the poor you have always with you; and whensoever you will, you may do them good: but me you have not always.
8 What she had she hath done: she is come beforehand to anoint my body for the burial.
9 Amen, I say to you, wheresoever’s this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that also which she hath done, shall be told for a memorial of her.
10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests, to betray him to them.
11 They hearing it, were glad: and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
12 Now, on the first day of the unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the Pasch, the disciples say to him: Whither wilt thou that we go, and prepare for thee to eat the Pasch?
13 And he sendeth two of his disciples, and saith to them: Go ye into the city: and there shall meet you a man carrying a pitcher of water, follow him;
14 And wheresoever’s he shall go in, say to the master of the house: The master saith, Where is my refectory: where I may eat the Pasch with my disciples?
15 And he will shew you a large dining-room, furnished: and there prepare ye for us.
16 And his disciples went their way, and came into the city: and they found as he had told them, and they prepared the Pasch.
17 And when evening was come, he cometh with the twelve.
18 And when they were at table, and eating, Jesus saith: Amen, I say to you, that one of you who eateth with me, shall betray me.
19 But they began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one by one: Is it I?
20 He said to them: One of the twelve who dippeth his hand in the dish with me.
21 And the Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but wo to that man, by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed. It were better for him if that man had not been born.
22 And whilst they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessing broke, and gave to them, and said: Take ye, This is my body.
23 And having taken the chalice, giving thanks, he gave to them, and they all drank of it.
24 And he said to them: This is my blood of the New Testament, which shall be shed for many.
25 Amen, I say unto you, that I will drink no more of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it new in the kingdom of God.
26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went forth to the mount of Olives.
27 And Jesus saith to them: You will all be scandalized in me this night: for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep shall be dispersed;
28 But after I shall be risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
29 But Peter saith to him: Although all shall be scandalized in thee, yet not I.
30 And Jesus saith to him: Amen, I say to thee, to-day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.
31 But he spoke the more vehemently: Although I should die together with thee, I will not deny thee: And in like manner also said they all.
32 And they came to a farm called Gethsemani. And he saith to his disciples: Sit you here while I pray.
33 And he taketh Peter, and James, and John, with him; and he began to fear, and to be heavy.
34 And he saith to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto death: stay you here and watch.
35 And when he had gone forward a little, he fell flat on the ground: and he prayed, that, if it could be, the hour might pass from him:
36 And he said: Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee; take away this chalice from me: but not what I will, but what thou wilt.
37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping. And he saith to Peter: Simon, sleepest thou? Couldst thou not watch one hour?
38 Watch ye, and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
39 And going away again, he prayed, saying the same words.
40 And when he returned, he found them again asleep, (for their eyes were heavy) and they knew not what to answer him.
41 And he cometh the third time, and saith to them: Sleep ye now, and take your rest. It is enough: the hour is come: behold the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners.
42 Rise up: let us go. Behold, he that will betray me, is at hand.
43 And while he was yet speaking, cometh Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve: and with him a great multitude, with swords and staves, from the chief priests, and the Scribes, and the ancients.
44 And he that betrayed him had given them a sign, saying: Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he, lay hold on him, and lead him away cautiously.
45 And when he was come, immediately going up to him, he saith: Hail, Rabbi: and he kissed him.
46 But they laid hands on him, and held him.
47 And one of them that stood by drawing a sword, struck a servant of the chief priest, and cut off his ear.
48 And Jesus answering, said to them: are you come out as against a robber with swords and staves to apprehend me?
49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not lay hands on me. But, that the Scriptures may be fulfilled.
50 Then his disciples leaving him, all fled away.
51 And a certain young man followed him, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body: and they laid hold on him.
52 But he casting off the linen cloth, fled from them naked.
53 And they brought Jesus to the high priest: and all the priests, and the Scribes, and the ancients, assembled together.
54 And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants at the fire, and warmed himself.
55 And the chief priests, and all the council, sought for evidence against Jesus, that they might put him to death; and they found none.
56 For many bore false witness against him, and their evidence did not agree.
57 And some rising up, bore false witness against him, saying:
58 We heard him say: I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another, not made with hands.
59 And their witness did not agree.
60 And the high priest rising up in the midst, asked Jesus, saying: Answerest thou nothing to the things that are laid to they charge by these men?
61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said to him: Art thou the Christ, the Son of the blessed God?
62 And Jesus said to him: I am: And you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming with the clouds of heaven.
63 Then the high priest rending his garments, saith: What need we any farther witnesses?
64 You have heard the blasphemy. What think you? They all condemned him to be guilty of death.
65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say to him: Prophesy: and the servants struck him with the palms of their hands.
66 Now, when Peter was in the court below, there cometh one of the maid-servants of the high priest:
67 And when she had seen Peter warming himself, looking on him, she saith: Thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
68 But he denied, saying: I neither know nor understand what thou sayest. And he went forth before the court, and the cock crew.
69 And again a maid-servant seeing him, began to say to the standers-by: This is one of them.
70 But he denied again. And after a while they that stood by, said again to Peter: Surely thou art one of them: for thou art also a Galilean.
71 But he began to curse and to swear: I know not this man of whom you speak.
72 And immediately the cock crew again. And Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said to him: Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he began to weep.

CHAP. XV.
The continuation of the history of the Passion.

1 AND straightway in the morning the chief priests, holding a consultation with the ancients, and the Scribes, and the whole council, binding Jesus, led him away, and delivered him to Pilate.
2 And Pilate asked him: Art thou the king of the Jews: But he answering, saith to him: Thou sayest it.
3 And the chief priests accused him in many things.
4 And Pilate again asked him, saying: Answerest thou nothing? Behold in how many things they accuse thee.
5 But Jesus still answered nothing; so that Pilate wondered.
6 Now on the festival-day he was wont to release unto them one of the prisoners, whomsoever they demanded.
7 And there was one called Barabbas, who was put in prison with seditious men, who in the sedition had committed murder.
8 And when the multitude was come up, they began to desire that he would do as he had always done to them.
9 And Pilate answered them, and said: Will you that I release to you the king of the Jews?
10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him up through envy.
11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas to them.
12 And Pilate again answering, saith to them: What will you then that I do to the king of the Jews?
13 But they cried out: Crucify him.
14 And Pilate saith to them: Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more: Crucify him.
15 So Pilate being willing to satisfy the people, released to them Barabbas, and delivered up Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.
16 And the soldiers led him into the court of the palace, and they call together the whole band.
17 And they clothe him with purple, and platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon him.
18 And they began to salute him: Hail, king of the Jews!
19 And they struck his head with a reed: And they did spit on him, and bowing their knees, they worshipped him.
20 And after they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own garments on him, and they led him out to crucify him.
21 And they forced one Simon, a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander, and of Rufus, to take up his cross.
22 And they bring him into the place called Golgotha, which being interpreted, is, The place of Calvary.
23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: and he took it not.
24 And crucifying him, they divided his garments, casting lots upon them what every man should take.
25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
26 And the inscription of his cause was written over: THE KING OF THE JEWS.
27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
28 And the Scripture was fulfilled, which saith: And with the wicked he was reputed.
29 And they that passed by, blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying: Vah, thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days buildest it up again:
30 Save thyself, coming down from the cross.
31 In like manner also the chief priests, with the Scribes, mocking, said one to another: He saved others, himself he cannot save.
32 Let Christ, the king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him, reviled him.
33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole earth, until the ninth hour.
34 And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
35 And some of the standers-by hearing, said: Behold, he calleth Elias.
36 And one running, and filling a sponge with vinegar, and putting it upon a reed, gave him to drink, saying: Stay, let us see if Elias come to take him down.
37 And Jesus having cried out with a loud voice, gave up the ghost.
38 And the veil of the temple was rent in two, from the top to the bottom.
39 And the centurion who stood over-against him, seeing, that crying out in this manner, he had given up the ghost, said: Indeed this man was the Son of God.
40 And there were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene; and Mary, the mother of James the less, and of Joseph; and Salome;
41 Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered to him, and many other women that came up with him to Jerusalem.
42 And when evening was now come, (because it was the Parasceve, that is, the day before the sabbath),
43 Joseph, of Arimathea, a noble counsellor, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, came and went in boldly to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
44 But Pilate wondered that he should be already dead. And sending for the centurion, he asked him if he were already dead.
45 And when he had understood it by the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.
46 And Joseph buying fine linen, and taking him down, wrapped him up in the fine linen, and laid him in a sepulchre, which was hewed out of a rock, and he rolled a stone to the door of the sepulchre.
47 And Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of Joseph, beheld where he was laid.

CHAP. XVI.
Christ’s resurrection and ascension.

1 AND when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, bought sweet spices, that coming they might anoint Jesus.
2 And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they come to the sepulchre, the sun being now risen.
3 And they said one to another: Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
4 And looking, they saw the stone rolled back. For it was very great.
5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed with a white robe: and they were astonished.
6 He saith to them: Be not affrighted; you seek Jesus, of Nazareth, who was crucified: he is risen, he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
7 But go tell his disciples, and Peter, that he goeth before you into Galilee: there you shall see him, as he told you.
8 But they going out, fled from the sepulchre: for a trembling and fear had seized them: and they said nothing to any man: for they were afraid.
9 But he rising early the first day of the week, appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
10 She went, and told them that had been with him, who were mourning and weeping.
11 And they hearing that he was alive, and had been seen by her, did not believe.
12 And after that he appeared in another form to two of them walking, as they were going into the country.
13 And they going, told it to the rest: neither did they believe them.
14 At length he appeared to the eleven, as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart; because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again.
15 And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not, shall be condemned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues:
18 They shall take up serpents: and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover.
19 And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and setteth on the right hand of God.
20 But they going forth, preached every where: the Lord co-operating with them, and confirming the word, with signs, that followed.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint John

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ
According to Saint John

CHAP. I.
The divinity and incarnation of Christ. John bears witness of him. He begins to call his disciples.

1 IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, that all men might believe through him.
8 He was not the light, but was to bear witness of the light.
9 That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, he gave to them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13 Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us: and we saw his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John beareth witness of him: and crieth out, saying: This was he of whom I spoke, He that shall come after me, is preferred before me, because he was before me.
16 And of his fullness we all have received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18 No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent from Jerusalem priests and Levites to him, to ask him: Who art thou?
20 And he confessed, and did not deny: and he confessed: I am not the Christ.
21 And they asked him: What then? Art thou Elias? And he said: I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered: No.
22 They said therefore to him: Who art thou, that we may give an answer to them that sent us? What sayest thou of thyself?
23 He said: I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord, as the prophet, Isaias, said.
24 And they that were sent, were of the Pharisees.
25 And they asked him, and said to him: Why then dost thou baptized, if thou be not Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet?
26 John answered them, saying: I baptize with water: but there hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not.
27 The same is he that shall come after me, who is preferred before me: the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose.
28 These things were done in Bethania beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sins of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said: After me cometh a man, who is preferred before me, because he was before me.
31 And I knew him not, but that he may be made manifest in Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John gave testimony, saying: I saw the Spirit coming down as a dove from heaven, and he remained upon him.
33 And I knew him not; but he, who sent me to baptize with water, said to me: He upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, he it is that baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw: and I gave testimony, that this is the Son of God.
35 Again, the following day, John stood, and two of his disciples.
36 And looking upon Jesus, walking, he saith: Behold the lamb of God.
37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38 And Jesus turning, and seeing them following him, saith to them: What seek you? They said to him: Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, master) where dwellest thou?
39 He saith to them: Come and see. They came, and saw where he abode, and they staid with him that day: now it was about the tenth hour.
40 And Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who had heard of John, and followed him.
41 He first findeth his brother, Simon, and saith to him: We have found the Messias; which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
42 And he brought him to Jesus. And Jesus looking upon him, said: Thou art Simon, the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is interpreted, Peter.
43 On the following day he would go forth into Galilee, and he findeth Philip. And Jesus saith to him: Follow me.
44 Now Philip was Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and said to him: We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus, the son of Joseph, of Nazareth.
46 And Nathanael said to him: Can any thing of good come from Nazareth? Philip saith to him: Come and see.
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him: and he saith of him; Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile.
48 Nathanael said to him: Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered, and said to him: Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig-tree, I saw thee.
49 Nathanael answered him, and said: Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art the king of Israel.
50 Jesus answered, and said to him: Because I said to thee, I saw thee under the fig-tree, thou believest: greater things than these shalt thou see.
51 And he saith to him: Amen, amen, I say to you, you shall see the heaven opened, and the Angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

CHAP. II.
Christ changes water into wine. He casts the sellers out of the temple.

1 AND the third day there was a marriage in Cana, of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there.
2 And Jesus also was invited, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3 And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus saith to him: They have no wine.
4 And Jesus saith to her: Woman, what is it to me and to thee? My hour is not yet come.
5 His mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye.
6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three measures a-piece.
7 Jesus saith to them: Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And Jesus saith to them: Draw out now, and carry to the chief steward of the feast. And they carried it.
9 And when the chief steward had tasted the water made wine, and knew not whence it was, but the waiters knew who had drawn the water, the chief steward calleth the bridegroom,
10 And saith to him: Every man at first setteth forth good wine, and when men have well drank, then that which is worse: But thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11 The beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana, of Galilee: and he manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him.
12 After this, he went down to Capharnaum, he and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they remained there not many days.
13 And the Pasch of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem:
14 And he found in the temple those that sold oxen, and sheep, and doves, and the changers of money sitting.
15 And when he had made as it were a scourge of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple, the sheep also and the oxen, and he poured out the changers’ money, and the tables he overthrew.
16 And he said to them that sold doves: Take these things hence, and make not the house of my Father a house of traffic.
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written: The zeal of thy house hath eaten me up.
18 The Jews therefore answered, and said to him: What sign dost thou shew us, seeing thou dost these things?
19 Jesus answered, and said to them: Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
20 The Jews then said: Six and forty years was this temple in building, and wilt thou raise it up in three days?
21 But he spoke of the temple of his body.
22 When, therefore, he was risen again from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture, and the word that Jesus had said.
23 Now when he was at Jerusalem, at the Pasch, upon the festival day, many believed in his name, seeing his miracles, which he did.
24 But Jesus did not trust himself to them, because he knew all men.
25 And because he needed not that any should give testimony of man: for he knew what was in man.

CHAP. III.
Christ’s discourse with Nicodemus. John’s testimony.

1 AND there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
2 This man came to Jesus by night, and said to him: Rabbi, we know that thou art come a teacher from God: for no man can do these miracles, which thou dost, unless God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said to him: Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith to him: How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born again?
5 Jesus answered: Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh, is flesh: and that which is born of the spirit, is spirit.
7 Wonder not that I said to thee, you must be born again.
8 The Spirit breatheth where he will, and thou hearest his voice; but thou knowest not whence he cometh, nor whither he goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered, and said to him: How can these things be done?
10 Jesus answered, and said to him: Art thou a master in Israel, and knowest not these things?
11 Amen, amen, I say to thee: that we speak what we know, and we testify what we have seen, and you receive not our testimony.
12 If I have spoken to you earthly things, and you believe not: how will you believe if I shall speak to you heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended from heaven, the Son of man, who is in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so much the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
16 For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son: that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.
18 He that believeth in him is not judged: but he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil.
20 For every one that doth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved.
21 But he that doth truth, cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, because they are done in God.
22 After these things, Jesus and his disciples came into the land of Judea: and there he abode with them, and baptized.
23 And John also was baptizing in Ennon, near Salem; because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
24 For John was not yet cast into prison.
25 And there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews, concerning purification.
26 And they came to John, and said to him: Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond the Jordan, to whom thou gavest testimony, behold he baptizeth, and all men come to him.
27 John answered, and said: A man cannot receive any thing unless it be given him from heaven.
28 You yourselves do bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ; but that I am sent before him.
29 He that hath the bride, is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, who standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth with joy, because of the bridegroom’s voice. This my joy, therefore, is fulfilled.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 He that cometh from above, is above all. He that is of the earth, of the earth he is, and of the earth he speaketh. He that cometh from heaven is above all.
32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
33 He that hath received his testimony, hath attested by his seal that God is true.
34 For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God: for God doth not give the Spirit by measure.
35 The Father loveth the Son: and he hath given all things into his hand.
36 He that believeth in the Son hath life everlasting: but he that believeth not the Son, shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.

CHAP. IV.
Christ talks with the Samaritan woman. He heals the ruler’s son.

1 WHEN, therefore, Jesus understood that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus maketh more disciples, and baptizeth more than John,
2 (Though Jesus himself did not baptize, but his disciples, )
3 He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.
4 And it was necessary he should pass through Samaria.
5 He cometh, therefore, to a city of Samaria which is called Sichar; near the piece of land which Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus saith to her: Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone into the city, to buy food.)
9 Then that Samaritan woman saith to him: How dost thou, being a Jew, ask of me to drink, who am a Samaritan woman? For the Jews do not communicate with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered, and said to her: If thou didst know the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink: thou perhaps wouldst have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith to him: Sir, thou hast nothing wherein to draw, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered, and said to her: Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but he that shall drink of the water that I shall give him, shall not thirst for ever.
14 But the water that I shall give him, shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith to him: Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come hither to draw.
16 Jesus saith to her: Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
17 The woman answered, and said: I have no husband. Jesus said to her: Thou hast said well, I have no husband:
18 For thou hast had five husbands: and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband. This thou hast said truly.
19 The woman saith to him: Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 Our fathers adored on this mountain, and you say that at Jerusalem is the place where men must adore.
21 Jesus saith to her: Woman, believe me, that the hour cometh when you shall neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, adore the Father.
22 You adore that which you know not: we adore that which we know: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him.
24 God is a spirit, and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith to him: I know that the Messias cometh (who is called Christ); therefore when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith to her: I am he, who am speaking with thee.
27 And immediately his disciples came: and they wondered that he talked with the woman. Yet no man said: What seekest thou, or why talkest thou with her?
28 The woman, therefore, left her water-pot, and went away into the city, and said to the men there:
29 Come, and see a man who hath told me all things that I have done. Is not he the Christ?
30 They went therefore out of the city, and came to him.
31 In the mean time the disciples prayed him, saying: Rabbi, eat.
32 But he said to them: I have meat to eat which you know not of.
33 The disciples, therefore, said one to another: Hath any man brought him any thing to eat?
34 Jesus said to them: My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may perfect his work.
35 Do not you say, there are yet four months, and then the harvest cometh? Behold I say to you, lift up your eyes, and see the countries for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto everlasting life: that both he that soweth, and he that reapeth, may rejoice together.
37 For in this is the saying true: that is one man that soweth, and it is another that reapeth.
38 I have sent you to reap that in which you have entered into their labours.
39 Now of that city many of the Samaritans believed in him, for the word of the woman giving testimony: that he told me whatsoever I have done.
40 So when the Samaritans were come to him, they desired him that he would stay there. And he staid there two days.
41 And many more believed in him, because of his own word.
42 And they said to the woman: We now believe, not for thy saying; for we ourselves have heard him, and know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world.
43 Now, after two days, he departed thence; and went into Galilee.
44 For Jesus himself gave testimony that a prophet hath not honour in his own country.
45 Then, when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things he had done at Jerusalem on the festival day: for they also went to the festival day.
46 He came again, therefore, into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain ruler whose son was sick at Capharnaum.
47 He having heard that Jesus was come from Judea into Galilee, went to him, and prayed him to come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death.
48 Jesus therefore said to him: Unless you see signs and wonders, you believe not.
49 The ruler saith to him: Lord, come down before that my son die.
50 Jesus saith to him: Go thy way, thy son liveth. The man believed the word which Jesus said to him, and went his way.
51 And as he was going down, his servants met him: and they brought word, saying: that his son lived.
52 He asked, therefore, of them the hour wherein he grew better. And they said to him: Yesterday, at the seventh hour, the fever left him.
53 The father, therefore, knew that it was at the same hour that Jesus said to him: Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.
54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judea into Galilee.

CHAP. V.
Christ heals on the sabbath the man languishing thirty-eight years; his discourse upon this occasion.

1 AFTER these things there was a festival day of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is at Jerusalem a pond, called Probatica, which is Hebrew is named Bethsaida, having five porches.
3 In these lay a great multitude of sick, of blind, of lame, of withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 And an Angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond: and the water was moved: And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water, was made whole of whatsoever infirmity he lay under.
5 And there was a certain man there, that had been eight and thirty years under his infirmity.
6 Him when Jesus has seen lying, and knew that he had been now a long time, he saith to him: Wilt thou be made whole?
7 The infirm man answered him: Sir, I have no man when the water is troubled, to put me into the pond: for whilst I am coming, another goeth down before me.
8 Jesus saith to him: Arise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9 And immediately the man was made whole: and he took up his bed, and walked. And it was the sabbath that day.
10 The Jews, therefore, said to him that was cured: It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for thee to take up thy bed.
11 They asked him, therefore: Who is that man that said to thee: Take up thy bed, and walk?
13 But he that was healed, knew not who it was. For Jesus went aside from the multitude that was standing in the place.
14 Afterwards Jesus findeth him in the temple, and saith to him: Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest some worse thing happen to thee.
15 The man went his way, and told the Jews that it was Jesus that had made him whole.
16 Thereupon, the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did these things on the sabbath.
17 But Jesus answered them: My Father worketh until now, and I work.
18 Hereupon, therefore, the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he did not only break the sabbath, but also said that God was his Father, making himself equal to God. Then Jesus answered, and said to them:
19 Amen, amen, I say unto you: the Son cannot do any thing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doth, these the Son also doth in like manner.
20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things which himself doth; and greater works than these will he shew him, that you may wonder.
21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and giveth life: so the Son also giveth life to whom he will.
22 For neither doth the Father judge any man: but hath committed all judgment to the Son.
23 That all men may honour the Son, as they honour the Father. He who honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father who hath sent him.
24 Amen, amen, I say unto you, that he who heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath everlasting life; and cometh not into judgment, but is passed from death to life.
25 Amen, amen, I say unto you, that the hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so he hath given to the Son also to have life in himself:
27 And he hath given him power to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man.
28 Wonder not at this, for the hour cometh, wherein all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God.
29 And they that have done good, shall come forth unto the resurrection of life: but they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.
30 I can do nothing of myself. As I hear, so I judge: and my judgment is just: because I seek not my own will, but the will of him that sent me.
31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
32 There is another that beareth witness of me: and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
33 You sent to John: and he gave testimony to the truth.
34 But I received not the testimony from man: but I say these things that you may be saved.
35 He was a burning and shining light. And you were willing, for a time, to rejoice in his light.
36 But I have a greater testimony than that of John. For the works which the Father hath given me to perfect: the works themselves, which I do, give testimony of me, that the Father hath sent me.
37 And the Father himself, who hath sent me, hath given testimony of me: neither have you heard his voice at any time: nor seen his shape.
38 And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him you believe not.
39 Search the Scriptures, for you think in them to have life everlasting: and the same are they that give testimony of me:
40 And you will not come to me that you may have life.
41 I receive not glory from men.
42 But I know you, that you have not the love of God in you.
43 I am come in the name of my Father, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.
44 How can you believe, who receive glory one from another: and the glory which is from God alone, you do not seek?
45 Think not that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one that accuseth you, Moses, in whom you trust.
46 For if you did believe Moses, you would perhaps believe me also; for he wrote of me.
47 But if you do not believe his writings: how will you believe my words?

CHAP. VI.
Christ feeds five thousand with five loaves: he walks upon the sea, and discourses of the bread of life.

1 AFTER this, Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is that of Tiberias:
2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw the miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
3 Jesus therefore went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
4 Now the Pasch, the festival day of the Jews, was near at hand.
5 When Jesus, therefore, had lifted up his eyes, and seen that a very great multitude cometh to him, he said to Philip: Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
6 And this he said to try him: for he himself knew what he would do.
7 Philip answered him: Two hundred penny-worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one may take a little.
8 One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, saith to him:
9 There is a boy here that hath five barley loaves, and two fishes; but what are these among so many?
10 Then Jesus said: Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves: and when he had given thanks, he distributed to them that were sat down: In like manner also of the fishes, as much as they would.
12 And when they were filled, he said to his disciples: Gather up the fragments that remain, lest they be lost.
13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets, with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above to them that had eaten.
14 Then those men, when they had seen what a miracle Jesus had done, said: This is of a truth, the prophet that is to come into the world.
15 When Jesus, therefore, perceived that they would come to take him by force, and make him king, he fled again into the mountain himself alone.
16 And when evening was come, his disciples went down to the sea.
17 And when they had entered into a ship, they went over the sea to Capharnaum: and it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.
18 And the sea arose, by reason of a great wind that blew.
19 When they had rowed therefore about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing near to the ship, and they were afraid.
20 But he saith to them: It is I: be not afraid.
21 They were willing, therefore, to take him into the ship: and presently the ship was at the land to which they were going.
22 The next day the multitude that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other ship there but one, and that Jesus had not entered into the ship with his disciples, but that his disciples were gone away alone:
23 But other ships came in from Tiberias, near to the place where they had eaten the bread, the Lord giving thanks.
24 When the people, therefore, saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they took shipping, and came to Capharnaum, seeking for Jesus.
25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him: Rabbi, when camest thou hither?
26 Jesus answered them, and said: Amen, amen, I say to you: you seek me, not because you have seen miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man will give you. For him hath God the Father sealed.
28 They said, therefore, to him: What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered, and said to them: This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he hath sent.
30 They said, therefore, to him: What sign then dost thou shew that we may see, and may believe thee? what dost thou work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert, as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
32 Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you: Moses gave you not bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is that which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life to the world.
34 Then they said to him: Lord, give us always this bread.
35 And Jesus said to them: I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me, shall not hunger: and he that believeth in me, shall never thirst.
36 But I said to you, that you also have seen me, and you believe not.
37 All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me: and him that cometh to me, I will not cast out:
38 Because I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 Now this is the will of the Father, that sent me: that of all that he hath given me, I should not lose thereof, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of my Father, who sent me: that every one who seeth the Son, and believeth in him, may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 The Jews therefore murmured at him, because he had said: I am the living bread which came down from heaven.
42 And they said: Is not this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then saith he, I came down from heaven?
43 Jesus, therefore, answered, and said to them: Murmur not among yourselves.
44 No man can come to me, except the Father, who hath sent me, draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets: And they shall all be taught of God. Every one that hath heard of the Father, and hath learned, cometh to me.
46 Not that nay man hath seen the Father, but he, who is of God, he hath seen the Father.
47 Amen, amen, I say unto you: He that believeth in me, hath everlasting life.
48 I am the bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the desert, and they died.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven: that if any one eat of it, he may not die.
51 I am the living bread, which came down from heaven.
52 If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread which I will give, is my flesh for the life of the world.
53 The Jews, therefore, disputed among themselves, saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
54 Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say to you: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.
55 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
56 For my flesh, is meat indeed: and my blood, is drink indeed.
57 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him.
58 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me.
59 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and died. He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever.
60 These things he said, teaching in the synagogue, in Capharnaum.
61 Many, therefore, of his disciples hearing it, said: This saying is hard, and who can hear it?
62 But Jesus knowing in himself, that his disciples murmured at this, said to them: Doth this scandalize you?
63 If then you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
64 It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I have spoken to you, are spirit and life.
65 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that did not believe, and who he was that would betray him.
66 And he said: Therefore did I say to you, that no man can come to me, unless it be given him by my Father.
67 After this many of his disciples went back: and walked no more with him.
68 Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away?
69 And Simon Peter answered him: Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
70 And we have believed, and have known that thou art the Christ, the Son of God.
71 Jesus answered them: Have not I chosen you twelve: and one of you is a devil?
72 Now he meant Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon: for this same was about to betray him, whereas he was one of the twelve.

CHAP. VII.
Christ goes to the feast of the tabernacles: he teaches in the temple.

1 AFTER these things Jesus walked in Galilee, for he would not walk in Judea: because the Jews sought to kill him.
2 Now the Jewish feast of tabernacles was at hand.
3 And his brethren said to him: Pass from hence, and go into Judea, that thy disciples also may see thy works which thou dost.
4 For there is no man that doth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly: If thou do these things, manifest thyself to the world.
5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.
6 Then Jesus said to them: My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready.
7 The world cannot hate you: but me it hateth: because I give testimony of it, that the works thereof are evil.
8 Go you up to this festival day, but I go not up to this festival day: because my time is not yet fulfilled.
9 When he had said these things, he himself staid in Galilee.
10 But after his brethren were gone up, then he also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
11 The Jews, therefore, sought him on the festival day, and said: Where is he?
12 And there was much murmuring among the multitude concerning him. For some said: he is a good man. And others said: No, but he seduceth the people.
13 Yet no man spoke openly of him, for fear of the Jews.
14 Now about the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.
15 And the Jews wondered, saying: How doth this man know letters, having never learned?
16 Jesus answered them, and said: My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
17 If any man will do the will of him: he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be from God, or whether I speak from myself.
18 He that speaketh from himself, seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh the glory of him that sent him, he is true, and there is no injustice in him:
19 Did not Moses give you the law: and none of you keepeth the law?
20 Why seek you to kill me? The multitude answered, and said: Thou hast a devil; who seeketh to kill thee?
21 Jesus answered, and said to them: One work I have done: and you all wonder:

22 Therefore Moses gave you circumcision: (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers,) and on the sabbath-day you circumcise a man.
23 If a man receive circumcision on the sabbath-day, that the law of Moses may not be broken: are you angry at me because I have healed the whole man on the sabbath-day?
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge just judgment.
25 Some therefore of Jerusalem said: Is not this he whom they seek to kill?
26 And behold he speaketh openly, and they say nothing to him. Have the rulers known of a truth that this is the Christ?
27 But we know this man whence he is: but when the Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
28 Jesus, therefore, cried out in the temple, teaching and saying: You both know me, and you know whence I am: and I am not come of myself: but he that sent me, is true, whom you know not.
29 I know him: because I am from him, and he hath sent me.
30 They sought, therefore, to apprehend him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
31 But of the people many believed in him, and said: When the Christ cometh, shall he do more miracles than these which this man doth?
32 The Pharisees heard the people murmuring these things concerning him: and the rulers and Pharisees sent ministers to apprehend him.
33 Jesus, therefore, said to them: Yet a little while I am with you: and I go to him that sent me.
34 The Jews, therefore, said among themselves: Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? Will he got to the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?
36 What is this saying that he hath said: You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, you cannot come?
37 Now on the last great day of the festivity, Jesus stood and cried out, saying: If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink.
38 He that believeth in me, as the Scripture saith, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 Now this he said of the spirit which they should receive who believed in him: for as yet the spirit was not given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
40 Of that multitude, therefore, when they had heard these words of his, some said: This is the prophet indeed.
41 Others said: This is the Christ. But some said: Doth the Christ come out of Galilee?
42 Doth not the Scripture say: That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of Bethlehem, the town where David was?
43 So there arose a dissension among the people because of him.
44 And some of them would have apprehended him: but no man laid hands upon him.
45 The ministers therefore came to the chief priests and the Pharisees. And they said to them: Why have you not brought him?
46 The ministers answered: Never did man speak like this man.
47 Then the Pharisees answered them: Are you also seduced?
48 Hath any one of the rulers believed in him, or of the Pharisees?
49 But this multitude, that knoweth not the law, are accursed.
50 Nicodemus said to them, he that came to him by night, who was one of them:
51 Doth our law judge any man, unless it first hear him, and know what he doth?
52 They answered, and said to him: Art thou also a Galilean? Search the Scriptures, and see that out of Galilee a prophet riseth not.
53 And every man returned to his own house.

CHAP. VIII.
The woman taken in adultery. Christ justifies his doctrine.

1 AND Jesus went to Mount Olivet.
2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him, and sitting down he taught them.
3 And the Scribes and the Pharisees bring to him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst,
4 And said to him: Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou?
6 And this they said, tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus, stooping down, wrote with his finger on the ground.
7 When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground.
9 But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning from the eldest: and Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 Then Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more.
12 Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying: I am the light of the world: he that followeth me, walketh no in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
13 The Pharisees, therefore, said to him: Thou givest testimony of thyself: thy testimony is not true.
14 Jesus answered, and said to them: Although I give testimony of myself, my testimony is true: for I know whence I came and whither I go: but you know not whence I come, or whither I go.
15 You judge according to the flesh: I judge not any man:
16 And if I do judge, my judgment is true, because I am not alone: but I and the Father that sent me.
17 And in your law it is written, that the testimony of two men is true.
18 I am one that give testimony of myself: and the Father that sent me, giveth testimony of me.
19 They said, therefore, to him: Where is thy Father? Jesus answered: Neither me do you know, nor my Father: if you did know me, you would know my Father also.
20 These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, teaching in the temple: and no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
21 Then Jesus said to them again: I go, and you shall seek me, and you shall die in your sin. Whither I go, you cannot come.
22 The Jews, therefore, said: Will he kill himself, because he said: Whither I go you cannot come?
23 And he said to them: You are from beneath, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world.
24 Therefore, I said to you, that you shall die in your sins: for you if believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sin.
25 They said, therefore, to him: Who art thou? Jesus said to them: The beginning, who also speak to you.
26 I have many things to speak, and to judge of you. But he that sent me is true: and the things I have heard from him, the same I speak in the world.
27 Now they did not understand that he called God his father.
28 Jesus, therefore, said to them: When you shall have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as the Father hath taught me, these things I speak:
29 And he that sent me is always with me, and he hath not left me alone: for I do always the things that please him.
30 When he spoke these things, many believed in him.
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews that believed him: If you continue in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed:
32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 They answered him: We are the seed of Abraham, and we have never been slaves to any man: how sayest thou, You shall be free?
34 Jesus answered them: Amen, amen, I say unto you: that whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin.
35 Now the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the son abideth for ever.
36 If, therefore, the son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
37 I know that you are the children of Abraham: but you seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and you do the things that you have seen with your father.
39 They answered, and said to him: Abraham is our Father. Jesus saith to them: If you be the children of Abraham, do the works of Abraham.
40 But now you seek to kill me, a man who have spoken the truth to you, which I have heard from God: this Abraham did not.
41 You do the works of your father. They said then to him: We are not born of fornication: we have one Father, God.
42 Jesus therefore said to them: If God were your father, verily you would love me. For I proceeded and came from God: for I came not of myself, but he sent me.
43 Why do you not know my speech? Because you cannot hear my word.
44 You are of your father, the devil, and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he abode not in the truth: because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof.
45 But if I say the truth, you believe me not.
46 Which of you shall convince me of sin? If I say the truth to you, why do you not believe me?
47 He that is of God, heareth the words of God. Therefore, you hear them not, because you are not of God.
48 The Jews, therefore, answered, and said to him: Do we not say well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
49 Jesus answered: I have not a devil: but I honour my Father, and you have dishonoured me.
50 But I seek not my own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
51 Amen, amen, I say to you, if any man keep my word, he shall not see death for ever.
52 The Jews, therefore, said, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets: and thou sayest, If any man keep my word, he shall not taste death for ever.
53 Art thou greater than our father, Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Whom dost thou make thyself?
54 Jesus answered: If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing: it is my Father that glorifieth me, whom you say that he is your God.
55 And you have not known him, but I know him: And if I should say that I know him not, I should be like to you, a liar. But I know him, and keep his word.
56 Abraham, your father, rejoiced that he might see my day: he saw it, and was glad.
57 The Jews then said to him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
58 Jesus said to them, Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am.
59 Then they took up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

CHAP. IX.
He gives sight to the man born blind.

1 AND Jesus passing by, saw a man that was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him: Rabbi, who hath sinned, this man, or his parents, that he should be born blind?
3 Jesus answered: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, whilst it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
6 When he had said these things, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and spread the clay upon his eyes;
7 And said to him: Go, wash in the pool of Siloe, (which is interpreted, Sent). He went, therefore, and washed, and he came seeing.
8 The neighbours, therefore, and they who had seen him before that he was a beggar, said: is not this he that sat, and begged? Some said: This is he.
9 But others, No: but he is like him. But he said: I am he.
10 They said, therefore, to him: How were thy eyes opened?
11 He answered: That man who is called Jesus, made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me; God to the pool of Siloe, and wash. And I went, I washed, and I see.
12 And they said to him: Where is he? He saith; I know not.
13 They bring him that had been blind, to the Pharisees.
14 Now it was the sabbath, when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
15 Again, therefore, the Pharisees asked him how he had received his sight. But he said to them: He put clay upon my eyes, and I washed, and I see.
16 Some, therefore, of the Pharisees said; This man is not of God, who keepeth not the sabbath. But others said; How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
17 They say, therefore, to the blind man again; What sayest thou of him that hath opened thy eyes? And he said; He is a prophet.
18 The Jews then did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight:
19 And asked the, saying; Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then doth he now see?
20 His parents answered them, and said: We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
21 But how he now seeth, we know not: or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: ask himself; he is of age; let him speak for himself.
22 These things his parents said, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had already agreed among themselves, that if any man should confess him to be Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
23 Therefore did his parents say; He is of age; ask himself.
24 They, therefore, called the man again that had been blind, and said to him: Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.
25 He said then to them; If he be a sinner, I know not: one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see.
26 Then they said to him; What did he to thee? How did he open thy eyes?
27 He answered them: I have told you already, and you have heard: why would you hear it again? Will you also become his disciples?
28 They reviled him, therefore, and said; Be thou his disciple: but we are the disciples of Moses.
29 We know that God spoke to Moses: but as to this man, we know not from whence he is.
30 The man answered, and said to them; Why herein is a wonderful thing, that you know not from whence he is, and he hath opened my eyes:
31 Now we know that God doth not hear sinners: but if a man be a worshipper of God, and doth his will, him he heareth.
32 From the beginning of the world it hath not been heard, that any man hath opened the eyes of one born blind.
33 Unless this man were of God, he could not do any thing.
34 They answered, and said to him: Thou wast wholly born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out: and when he had found him, he said to him; Dost thou believe in the Son of God?
36 He answered, and said; Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?
37 And Jesus said to him; Thou hast both seen him, and it is he who talketh with thee.
38 And he said; I believe, Lord. And falling down, he adored him.
39 And Jesus said; For judgment I am come into this world; that they who see not, may see, and they who see, may become blind.
40 And some of the Pharisees, that were with him, heard: and they said to him; Are we also blind?
41 Jesus said to them; If you were blind, you should not have sin: but now you say, We see; Your sin remaineth.

CHAP. X.
Christ is the door, and the good shepherd. He and his Father are one.

1 AMEN, amen, I say to you; he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door, is the shepherd of the sheep;
3 To whom the porter openeth: and the sheep hear his voice, and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.
5 But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.
6 This parable Jesus spoke to them. But they understood not what he was speaking to them.
7 Jesus, therefore, said to them again; Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All they who came, are thieves and robbers, and the sheep heard them not.
9 I am the door. If any one enter by me, he shall be saved: and he shall go in, and go out, and shall find pastures.
10 The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep.
12 But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf snatcheth, and scattereth the sheep.
13 But the hireling fleeth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and I know mine, and mine know me.
15 As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father, and I lay down my life for my sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
17 Therefore doth the Father love me: because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.
18 No man taketh it away from me: but I lay it down of myself, and I have power to lay it down; and I have power to take it up again. This commandment I have received from my Father.
19 A dissension rose again among the Jews for these words.
20 And many of them said: He hath a devil, and is mad: why hear you him?
21 Others said; These are not the words of one that hath a devil: Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
22 And it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem, and it was winter:
23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.
24 The Jews, therefore, came round about him, and said to him; How long dost thou keep our minds in suspense? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered them; I speak to you, and you believe not: the works that I do in the name of my Father, they give testimony of me:
26 But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give them life everlasting: and they shall not perish for ever, and no man shall snatch them out of my hand.
29 That which my Father hath given me, is greater than all: and no one can snatch them out of the hand of my Father.
30 I and the Father are one.
31 The Jews then took up stones, to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them; Many good works I have shewn to you from my Father: for which of those works do you stone me?
33 The Jews answered him; For a good work we stone thee not, but for blasphemy: and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
34 Jesus answered them; Is it not written in your law: I have said, you are gods?
35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God was spoken, and the Scripture cannot be broken;
36 Do you say of him, whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
38 But if I do: though you will not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.
39 They sought, therefore, to take him: and he escaped out of their hands.
40 And he went away again beyond the Jordan into that place where John was baptizing first, and there he abode:
41 And many resorted to him, and they said: John indeed did no sign.
42 But all things whatsoever John said of this man were true. And many believed in him.

CHAP. XI.
Christ raises Lazarus to life. The rulers resolve to put him to death.

1 NOW there was a certain man sick, named Lazarus, of Bethania, of the town of Mary, and of Martha, her sister.
2 (And Mary was she that anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair: whose brother, Lazarus, was sick.)
3 His sisters, therefore, sent to him, saying; Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest , is sick.
4 And Jesus hearing it, said to them; This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God: that the Son of God may be glorified by it.
5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, Mary, and Lazarus.
6 When he had heard, therefore, that he was sick, he still remained in the same place two days.
7 Then after that he said to his disciples; Let us go into Judea again.
8 The disciples say to him; Rabbi, the Jews but just now sought to stone thee: and goest thou thither again?
9 Jesus answered: Are there not twelve hours of the day? If a man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world:
10 But if he walk in the night, he stumbleth, because the light is not in him.
11 These things he said: and after that he said to them; Lazarus, our friend, sleepeth: but I go that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 His disciples, therefore, said; Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 But Jesus spoke of his death: and they thought that he spoke of the repose of sleep.
14 Then, therefore, Jesus said to them plainly; Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad, for your sake, that I was not there, that you may believe: but let us go to him.
16 The Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow-disciples: Let us go also, that we may die with him.
17 Jesus therefore came: and found that he had been four days already in the grave.
18 (Now Bethania was near Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off.)
19 And many of the Jews were come to Martha, and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20 Martha, therefore, as soon as she heard that Jesus was come, went to meet him: but Mary sat at home.
21 Martha therefore said to Jesus: Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died:
22 But now also I know that whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith to her; Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith to him; I know that he shall rise again, in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said to her; I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, although he be dead, shall live:
26 And every one that liveth, and believeth in me, shall not die for ever. Believest thou this?
27 She saith to him; Yea, Lord, I have believed that thou art Christ, the Son of the living God, who art come into this world.
28 And when she had said these things, she went, and called her sister, Mary, secretly, saying; The master is come, and calleth for thee.
29 She, as soon as she heard this, riseth quickly, and cometh to him.
30 For Jesus was not yet come into the town: but he was still in that place where Martha had met him.
31 The Jews, therefore, who were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary that she rose up speedily and went out, followed her, saying; She goeth to the grave to weep there.
32 When Mary, therefore, was come where Jesus was, seeing him, she fell down at his feet, and saith to him; Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
33 When Jesus, therefore, saw her weeping, and the Jews that were come with her weeping, he groaned in the spirit, and troubled himself.
34 And said; Where have you laid him? They say to him; Lord, come and see.
35 And Jesus wept.
36 The Jews, therefore, said; Behold how he loved him.
37 But some of them said; Could not he that opened the eyes of the man born blind, have caused that this man should not die?
38 Jesus, therefore, again groaning in himself, cometh to the sepulchre: Now it was a cave: and a stone was laid over it.
39 Jesus saith; Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him; Lord, by this time he stinketh, for he is now of four days.
40 Jesus saith to her; Did not I say to thee, that if thou believe, thou shalt see the glory of God?
41 They took, therefore, the stone away: And Jesus, lifting up his eyes, said; Father, I give thee thinks that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always; but because of the people who stand about, have I said it: that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 When he had said these things, he cried with a loud voice: Lazarus, come forth.
44 And presently he that had been dead came forth, bound feet and hands with winding-bands, and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said to them; Loose him, and let him go.
45 Many, therefore, of the Jews, who were come to Mary and Martha, and had seen the things that Jesus did, believed in him.
46 But some of them went to the Pharisees, and told them the things that Jesus had done.
47 The chief priests, therefore, and the Pharisees, gathered a council, and said; What do we, for this man doth many miracles?
48 If we let him alone so, all men will believe in him: And the Romans will come, and take away our place and nation.
49 But one of them, named Caiphas, being the high priest of that year, said to them; You know nothing at all.
50 Neither do you consider that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
51 And this he spoke not of himself: but being the high priest of that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation.
52 And not only for the nation, but to gather together in one the children of God, that were dispersed.
53 From that day, therefore, they devised to put him to death.
54 Wherefore Jesus walked no more openly among the Jews, but he went into a country near the desert, unto a city that is called Ephrem, and there he abode with his disciples.
55 And the Pasch of the Jews was at hand: and many from the country went up to Jerusalem before the Pasch, to purify themselves.
56 They sought, therefore, for Jesus: and they discoursed one with another, standing in the temple: What think you, that he is not come to the festival day? And the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that if any man knew where he was, eh should tell, that they might apprehend him.

CHAP. XII.
The anointing of Christ’s feet. His riding into Jerusalem upon an ass. A voice from heaven.

1 NOW six days before the Pasch, Jesus came to Bethania, where Lazarus had been dead, whom Jesus raised to life.
2 And they made him a supper there: and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of them that were at table with him.
3 Mary, therefore, took a pound of ointment of right spikenard, of great price, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
4 Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, he that was about to betray him, said;
5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
6 Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and having the purse, carried what was put therein.
7 But Jesus said; Let her alone, that she may keep it against the day of my burial.
8 For the poor you have always with you: but me you have not always.
9 A great multitude, therefore, of the Jews knew that he was there: and they came, not for Jesus’s sake only, but that they might see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
10 But the chief priests though to kill Lazarus also:
11 Because many of the Jews, by reason of him, went away, and believed in Jesus.
12 And on the next day a great multitude, that was come to the festival day, when they had heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem;
13 Took branches of palm-trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried: Hosannah, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel!
14 And Jesus found a young ass, and sat upon it, as it is written;
15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy king cometh, sitting on the colt of an ass.
16 These things his disciples did not know at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things to him.
17 The multitude, therefore, gave testimony, which was with him, when he called Lazarus out of the grave, and raise him from the dead.
18 For which reason also the people came to meet him: because they heard that he had done this miracle.
19 The Pharisees, therefore, said among themselves; Do you see that we prevail nothing? Behold, the whole world is gone after him.
20 Now there were certain Gentiles among them, that came up to adore on the festival day.
21 These, therefore, came to Philip, who was of Bethsaida, of Galilee, and desired him, saying; Sir, we wish to see Jesus.
22 Philip cometh, and telleth Andrew: again Andrew and Philip told Jesus.
23 But Jesus answered them, saying; The hour is come that the Son of man should be glorified.
24 Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground, die,
25 Itself remaineth alone. But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life, shall lose it: and he that hateth his life in this world, keepeth it unto life everlasting.
26 If any man minister to me, let him follow me: and where I am, there also shall my minister be. If any man minister to me, him will my Father honour.
27 Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? Father, saved me from this hour. But for this cause I came unto this hour.
28 Father, glorify thy name. A voice, therefore, came from heaven: I have both glorified it, and I will glorify it again.
29 The multitude, therefore, that stood and heard, said that it thundered. Others said; An Angel spoke to him.
30 Jesus answered, and said; This voice came not for mine, but for your sake.
31 Now is the judgment of the world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself.
33 (Now this he said signifying what death he should die.)
34 The multitude answered him: We have heard out of the law, that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of man?
35 Jesus, therefore, said to them; Yet a little while, the light is among you. Walk whilst you have the light, that the darkness overtake you not: and he that walketh in darkness, knoweth not whither he goeth.
36 Whilst you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. These things Jesus spoke, and he went away, and hid himself from them.
37 And whereas he had done so many miracles before them, they believed not in him:
38 That the saying of Isaias, the prophet, might be fulfilled, which he said; Lord, who hath believed our hearing? And to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
39 Therefore they could not believe, for Isaias said again;
40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart, that they should not see with their eyes nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
41 These things said Isaias, when he saw his glory, and spoke of him.
42 However, many of the chief men also believed in him: but because of the Pharisees, they did not confess it, that they might not be cast out of the synagogue.
43 For they loved the glory of men, more than the glory of God.
44 But Jesus cried out, and said; He that believeth in me, doth not believe in me, but in him that sent me.
45 And he that seeth me, seeth him that sent me.
46 I am come a light into the world; that whosoever believeth in me, may not remain in darkness.
47 And if any man hear my words, and keep them not, I do not judge him: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48 He that despiseth me, and receiveth not my words hath one that judgeth him. The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
49 For I have not spoken of myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me commandment what I should say, and what I should speak.
50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting. The things, therefore, that I speak, even as the Father said unto me, so do I speak.

CHAP. XIII.
Christ washes his disciples’ feet: the treason of Judas: the new commandment of love.

1 BEFORE the festival of the Pasch, Jesus knowing that his hour was come, that he should pass out of this world to the Father: having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 And when supper was done, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas, the son of Simon, the Iscariot, to betray him:
3 Knowing that the Father had given him all things into his hands, and that he came from God, and goeth to God;
4 He riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments: and having taken a towel, he girded himself.
5 After that, he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them with the towel, wherewith he was girded.
6 He cometh, therefore, to Simon Peter. And Peter saith to him: Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
7 Jesus answered, and said to him: What I do, thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter.
8 Peter saith to him: Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him: If I wash thee not, thou shalt have no part with me.
9 Simon Peter saith to him: Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.
10 Jesus saith to him: He that is washed, needeth not but to wash his feet, but is clean wholly. And you are clean, but not all.
11 For he knew who he was that would betray him: therefore he said; You are not all clean.
12 Then after he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, having sat down again, he said to them: Know you what I have done to you?
13 You call me, Master, and Lord: and you say well, for so I am.
14 If I then, being Lord and Master, have washed your feet: you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you do also.
16 Amen, amen, I say to you; The servant is not greater than his lord: neither is the apostle greater than he that sent him.
17 If you know these things, you shall be blessed if you do them.
18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the Scripture may be fulfilled: He that eateth bread with me, shall lift up his heel against me.
19 At present I tell you before it come to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe, that I am he.
20 Amen, amen, I say to you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me: and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.
21 When Jesus had said these things, he was troubled in spirit: and he protested, and said; Amen, amen, I say to you, that one of you will betray me.
22 The disciples, therefore, looked one upon another, doubting of whom he spoke.
23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’s bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
24 Simon Peter, therefore, beckoned to him: and said to him; Who is it, of whom he speaketh?
25 He, therefore, leaning on the bread of Jesus, saith to him; Lord, who is it?
26 Jesus answered: He it is, to whom I shall reach bread dipped. And when he had dipped the bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 And after the morsel, Satan entered into him. And Jesus said to him; That which thou dost, do quickly.
28 Now no man at the table knew for what purpose he said this to him.
29 For some though, because Judas had the purse, that Jesus had said to him: Buy those things which we have need of for the festival day: or that he should give something to the poor.
30 He then having received the morsel, went out immediately. And it was night.
31 When, therefore, he was gone out, Jesus said; Now is the Son of man glorified: and God is glorified in him.
32 If God be glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself: and immediately will he glorify him.
33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You shall seek me: and as I said to the Jews, Whither I go, you cannot come: so now I say to you.
34 I give you a new commandment: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.
36 Simon Peter saith to him: Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered: Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now: but thou shalt follow me afterwards.
37 Peter saith to him: Why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thee.
38 Jesus answered him: Wilt thou lay down thy life for me? Amen, amen, I say to thee, the cock shall not crow, till thou deny me thrice.

CHAP. XIV.
Christ’s discourse after his last supper.

1 LET not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: that I go to prepare a place for you:
3 And if I shall go, and prepare a place for you: I will come again, and will take you to myself, that where I am, you also may be.
4 And whither I go you know, and the way you know.
5 Thomas saith to him: Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.
7 If you had known me, you would surely have known my Father also: and from henceforth you shall know him, and you have seen him.
8 Philip saith to him: Lord, shew us the Father, and it is enough for us.
9 Jesus saith to him: Have I been so long a time with you; and have you not known me? Philip, he that seeth me, seeth the Father also. How sayest thou, Shew us the Father?
10 Do you not believe, that I am in the Father, and the Father in my? The words that I speak to you, I speak not of myself. But the Father who abideth in me, he doth the works.
11 Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?
12 Otherwise believe for the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, he that believeth in me, the works that I do, he shall do also, and greater than these shall he do: because I go to the Father.
13 And whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, that will I do: that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you shall ask me any thing in my name, that I will do.
15 If you love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever,
17 The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him: but you shall know him; because he shall abide with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while: and the world seeth me no more. But you see me: because I live, and you shall live.
20 In that day, you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them: he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me, shall be loved by my Father: and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas saith to him, not the Iscariot, Lord, how is it, that thou wilt manifest thyself to us, and not to the world?
23 Jesus answered, and said to him: If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him:
24 He that loveth me not, keepeth not my words. And the word which you have heard is not mine: but the Father’s who sent me.
25 These things I have spoke to you, remaining with you.
26 But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world giveth, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.
28 You have heard that I said to you: I go away, and I come again to you. If you loved me, you would indeed be glad, because I go to the Father: for the Father is greater than I.
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe.
30 I will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of this world cometh, and in me he hath not any thing.
31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father hath given me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

CHAP. XV.
A continuation of Christ’s discourse to his disciples.

1 I AM the true vine; and my Father is the husband-man.
2 Every branch in me, that beareth not fruit, he will take away: and every one that beareth fruit, he will purge it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now you are clean, by reason of the word, which I have spoken to you.
4 Remain in my: and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit itself, unless it abide in the vine: so neither can you, unless you abide in me.
5 I am the vine: you the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
6 If any one remaineth not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall whither, and they shall gather him up, and cast him into the fire, and he burneth.
7 If you remain in me, and my words remain in you: you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done to you.
8 In this is my Father glorified, that you bring forth very much fruit, and become my disciples.
9 As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love.
10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, as I also have kept my Father’s commandments, and do remain in his love.
11 These things I have spoken to you: that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be filled.
12 This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you.
15 I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends: because all things whatsoever I have heard from my Father, I have made known to you.
16 You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you, and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit, and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father is my name, he may give it to you.
17 These things I command you, that you love one another.
18 If the world hate you, know ye that it hated me before you.
19 If you had been of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things they will do to you for my name’s sake: because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come, and spoken to them, they would not have sin: but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 He that hateth me, hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath done, they would not have sin: but now they have both seen, and hated both me and my Father.
25 But that the word may be fulfilled which is written in their law: They have hated me without cause.
26 But when the Paraclete is come, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall give testimony of me:
27 And you shall give testimony, because you are with me from the beginning.

CHAP. XVI.
The conclusion of Christ’s last discourse to his disciples.

1 THESE things have I spoke to you, that you may not be scandalized.
2 They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God.
3 And these things will they do to you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
4 But these things I have told you: that when the hour of them shall come, you may remember that I told you.
5 But I told you not these things from the beginning, because I was with you: And now I go to him that sent me: and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?
6 But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
7 But I tell you the truth: it is expedient for you that I go: for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you: but if I go, I will send him to you.
8 And when he is come, he will convince the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment.
9 Of sin indeed: because they have not believed in me.
10 And of justice: because I go to the Father, and you shall see me no longer:
11 And of the judgment: because the prince of this world is already judged.
12 I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now.
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth: for he shall not speak of himself, but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak: and the things that are to come, he will shew you.
14 He shall glorify me: because he shall receive of mine, and will declare it to you.
15 All things whatsoever the Father hath are mine. Therefore, I said, that he shall receive of mine, and will shew it to you.
16 A little while, and now you shall not see me, and again a little while, and you shall see me: because I go to the Father.
17 Then some of his disciples said one to another, What is this that he saith to us: A little while, and you shall not see me, and again a little while, and you shall see me: and because I go to the Father?
18 They said, therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we know not what he speaketh.
19 And Jesus knew that they wished to ask him: and he said to them: Of this do you inquire among yourselves, because I said, A little while, and you shall not see me; and again a little while, and you shall see me.
20 Amen, amen, I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
21 A woman, when she is in labour, hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy no man shall take from you.
22 So also you now indeed have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice: and your joy no man shall take from you.
23 And in that day you shall not ask me any thing. Amen, amen, I say to you: If you ask the Father any thing in my name, he will give it to you.
24 Hitherto you have not asked any thing in my name: Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 These things I have spoken to you in proverbs. The hour cometh when I will no more speak to you in proverbs, but will shew you plainly of the Father.
26 In that day you shall ask in my name, and I say not to you, that I will ask the Father for you.
27 For the Father himself loveth you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came forth from God.
28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again I leave the world, and I go to the Father.
29 His disciples say to him: behold now thou speakest plainly, and speakest no proverb.
30 Now we know that thou knowest all things, and thou needed not that any man ask thee: by this we believe, that thou camest forth from God.
31 Jesus answered them: Do you now believe?
32 Behold the hour cometh, and is now come, that you shall be dispersed, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you shall have distress: but have confidence, I have overcome the world.

CHAP. XVII.
Christ’s prayer for his disciples.

1 THESE things Jesus spoke, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said; Father, the hour is come, glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee.
2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he may give life everlasting to all whom thou hast given him.
3 Now this is life everlasting, that they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
4 I have glorified thee upon the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do:
5 And now glorify thou me, O Father, with thyself, with the glory which I have with thee before the world was.
6 I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou hast given me out of the world. Thine they were, and to me thou gavest them: and they have kept thy word.
7 Now they have known that all things which thou hast given me are from thee.
8 Because the words which thou gavest me, I have given to them: and they have received them, and have known for certain that I came forth from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them whom thou hast given me: because they are thine:
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine: and I am glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, whom thou hast given me: that they may be one, as we also are.
12 While I was with them, I kept them in thy name. Those whom thou gavest me, I have kept: and none of them hath perished, but the son of perdition, that the Scripture may be fulfilled.
13 And now I come to thee: and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy filled in themselves.
14 I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world: as I also am not of the world.
15 I do not ask that thou take them away out of the world, but that thou preserve them from evil.
16 They are not of the world: as I also am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
19 And for them do I sanctify myself: that they also may be sanctified in truth.
20 And not for them only do I pray, but for those also who through their word shall believe in me.
21 That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me:
22 And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them: that they may be one, as we also are one.
23 I in them, and thou in me: that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast love them, as thou hast also loved me.
24 Father, I will that where I am, they also whom thou hast given me, may be with me: that they may see my glory, which thou hast given me: because thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 Just Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee: and these have known, that thou hast sent me.
26 And I have made know thy name to them, and will make it known: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me, may be in them, and I in them.

CHAP. XVIII.
The history of the Passion of Christ.

1 WHEN Jesus had said these things, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where there was a garden, into which he entered with his disciples.
2 Now Judas also, who betrayed him, knew the place: because Jesus had often resorted thither together with his disciples.
3 Judas, therefore, having received a band of soldiers, and servants, from the chief priests and the Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns, and torches, and weapons.
4 Jesus, therefore, knowing all things that were to come upon him, went forward, and said to them: Whom seek ye?
5 They answered him; Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith to them; I am he. And Judas also, who betrayed him, stood with them.
6 As soon then, as he had said to them; I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
7 Again, therefore, he asked them; Whom seek ye? And they said: Jesus of Nazareth.
8 Jesus answered, I have told you, that I am he: if, therefore, you seek me, let those go their way.
9 That the word might be fulfilled which he said; Of them whom thou hast given me, I have not lost any one.
10 Then Simon Peter having a sword, drew it, and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And the name of the servant was Malchus.
11 Then Jesus said to Peter: Put up thy sword into the scabbard. The chalice which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
12 Then the band, and the tribune, and the servants of the Jews, took Jesus, and bound him:
13 And they led him away to Annas first; for he was father-in-law to Caiphas, who was the high priest of that year.
14 Now Caiphas was he, who had given the counsel to the Jews; that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciples. And that disciple was known to the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the court of the high priest.
16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, and spoke to the portress, and brought in Peter.
17 The maid therefore that was portress, saith to Peter; Art thou not also one of this man’s disciples? He saith: I am not.
18 Now the servants and officers stood at a fire of coals, because it was cold, and warmed themselves: and with them was Peter also standing, and warming himself.
19 The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
20 Jesus answered him: I have spoke openly to the world: I have always taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither all the Jews resort: and in secret I have spoken nothing.
21 Why askest thou me? Ask them who have heard what I have spoke to them: behold they know what things I have said.
22 And when he had said these things, one of the officers standing by, gave Jesus a blow, saying; Answerest thou the high priest so?
23 Jesus answered him; If I have spoken evil, give testimony of the evil: but if well, why strikest thou me?
24 And Annas sent him bound to Caiphas, the high priest.
25 And Simon Peter was standing, and warming himself. They said, therefore, to him: Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not.
26 One of the servants of the high priest, a kinsman to him whose ear Peter cut off, saith to him; Did I not see thee in the garden with him?
27 Then Peter again denied: and immediately the cock crew.
28 Then they led Jesus from Caiphas to the governor’s hall. And it was morning: and they went not into the hall, that they might not be defiled, but that they might eat the Pasch.
29 Pilate, therefore, went out to them, and said; What accusation bring you against this man?
30 They answered, and said to him; If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up to thee.
31 Pilate then said to them; Take him you, and judge him according to your law. The Jews, therefore, said to him; It is not lawful for us to put any one to death.
32 That the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he said, signifying what death he should die.
33 Pilate, therefore, went into the hall again, and called Jesus, and said to him; Art thou the king of the Jews?
34 Jesus answered; Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told it thee of me?
35 Pilate answered; Am I a Jew? Thy nation and the chief priests have delivered thee up to me: what hast thou done?
36 Jesus answered; My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence.
37 Pilate, therefore, said to him; Art thou a king then? Jesus answered; Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world, that I should give testimony to the truth: every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice.
38 Pilate saith to him; What is truth? And when he had said this, he went forth again to the Jews, and saith to them; I find no cause in him.
39 But you have a custom that I should release one unto you at the Pasch: will you, therefore, that I release unto you the king of the Jews?
40 Then they all cried again, saying; Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.

CHAP. XIX.
The continuation of the history of the Passion of Christ.

1 THEN, therefore, Pilate took Jesus, and scourged him.
2 And the soldiers platting a crown of thorns, put it upon his head: and they put on him a purple garment.
3 And they came to him, and said; Hail, king of the Jews: and they gave him blows.
4 Pilate, therefore, went forth again, and saith to them; Behold I bring him forth to you, that you may know that I find no cause in him.
5 (So Jesus came forth bearing the crown of thorns, and the purple garment.) And he saith to them; Behold the man.
6 When the chief priests, therefore, and the officers, had seen him, they cried out, saying; Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith to them; Take him, you, and crucify him; for I find no cause in him.
7 The Jews answered him, We have a law; and according to the law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
8 When Pilate, therefore, had heard this saying, he feared the more.
9 And he entered into the hall again, and he said to Jesus; Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.
10 Pilate, therefore, saith to him; Speakest thou not to me? Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and I have power to release thee?
11 Jesus answered; Thou shouldst not have any power against me, unless it were given thee from above. Therefore, he that hath delivered me to thee, hath the greater sin.
12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him. But the Jews cried out, saying; If thou release this man, thou art not Cæsar’s friend. For whosoever maketh himself a king, speaketh against Cæsar.
13 Now when Pilate had heard these words, he brought Jesus forth: and sat down in the judgment seat, in the place that is called Lithostrotos, and in Hebrew, Gabbatha.
14 And it was the Parasceve of the Pasch, about the sixth hour, and he saith to the Jews: Behold your king.
15 But they cried out: Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith to them; Shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered; We have no king but Cæsar.
16 Then, therefore, he delivered him to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him forth.
17 And bearing his own cross, he went forth to that place which is called Calvary, but in Hebrew, Golgotha:
18 Where they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side, and Jesus in the midst.
19 And Pilate wrote a title also; and he put it upon the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
20 This title, therefore, many of the Jews read; because the place, where Jesus was crucified, was near to the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Greek, and in Latin.
21 Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate; Write not, The king of the Jews: but that he said, I am the king of the Jews.
22 Pilate answered; What I have written, I have written.
23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified him, took his garments, (and they made four parts, to every soldier a part) and also his coat. Now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
24 They said then one to another; Let us not cut it, but let us cast lots for it, whose it shall be; that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saying, They have parted my garments among them; and upon my vesture they have cast lot. And the soldiers indeed did these things.
25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
26 When Jesus, therefore, saw his mother, and the disciple standing, whom he loved, he saith to his mother; Woman, Behold thy son.
27 After that, he saith to the disciple; Behold thy mother. And from that house the disciple took her to his own.
28 Afterwards Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scriptures might be fulfilled, said; I thirst.
29 Now there was a vessel set there full of vinegar. And they putting a sponge full of vinegar about hyssop, put it to his mouth.
30 When Jesus, therefore, had taken the vinegar, he said; It is consummated. And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost.
31 Then the Jews, (because it was the Parasceve) that the bodies might not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that was a great sabbath day) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
32 The soldiers, therefore, came; and they broke the legs of the first, and of the other that was crucified with him.
33 But when they came to Jesus, as they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
34 But one of the soldiers opened his side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.
35 And he that saw it, gave testimony; and his testimony is true. And he knoweth that he saith true, that you also may believe.
36 For these things were done, that the Scripture might be fulfilled; You shall not break a bone of him.
37 And again another Scripture saith; They shall look on him whom they pierced.
38 And after these things, Joseph of Arimathea (because he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews) besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted him. He came, therefore, and took away the body of Jesus.
39 And Nicodemus also came; he who at first came to Jesus by night, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pound.
40 They took, therefore, the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as it is the custom with the Jews to bury.
41 Now there was in the place, where he was crucified, a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein no man had yet been laid.
42 There, therefore, because of the Parasceve of the Jews, they laid Jesus, for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

CHAP. XX.
Christ’s resurrection, and manifestation to his disciples.

1 AND on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene cometh in the morning, it being yet dark, to the sepulchre; and she saw the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
2 She ran, therefore, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and saith to them; They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
3 Peter, therefore, went out, and that other disciple, and they came to the sepulchre.
4 And they both ran together, and that other disciple out-ran Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
5 And when he stooped down, he saw the linen cloths lying; but yet he went not in.
6 Then cometh Simon Peter, following him, and went into the sepulchre, and saw the linen cloths lying,
7 And the napkin, that had been about his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but apart, wrapt up into one place.
8 Then that other disciples also went in, who came first to the sepulchre; and he saw, and believed.
9 For as yet they knew not the Scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
10 The disciples therefore went away again to their home.
11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre, weeping. Whilst she was then weeping, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre:
12 And she saw two Angels in white, sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been laid.
13 They say to her; Woman, why weepest thou? She saith to them; Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
14 When she had said this, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing: and she knew not that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus saith to her; Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She thinking that it was the gardener, saith to him; Sir, if thou hast taken him away, tell me where thou hast laid him: and I will take him away.
16 Jesus saith to her; Mary. She turning, saith to him; Rabboni, (that is to say, Master).
17 Jesus saith to her; Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say to them; I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God.
18 Mary Magdalene cometh, and telleth the disciples; I have seen the Lord, and these things he said to me.
19 Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together for fear of the Jews: Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them; Peace be to you.
20 And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands, and his side. The disciples, therefore, were glad, when they saw the Lord.
21 He said therefore to them again; Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you.
22 When he had said this, he breathed on them, and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
23 Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them: and whose you shall retain, they are retained.
24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples, therefore, said to him; We have seen the Lord. But he said to them; Unless I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hands into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days, his disciples were again within, and Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said; Peace be to you.
27 Then he saith to Thomas; Put in thy finger hither, and see my hands, and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side: and be not incredulous, but faithful.
28 Thomas answered, and said to him; My Lord, and my God.
29 Jesus saith to him; Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed.
30 Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book.
31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is Christ, the Son of God: and that believing you may have life in his name.

CHAP. XXI.
Christ manifests himself to his disciples by the sea side, and gives Peter the charge of his sheep.

1 AFTER this Jesus manifested himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. And he manifested himself after this manner:
2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas, who is called Didymus, and Nathanael, who was of Cana, in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.
3 Simon Peter saith to them; I go a fishing. They say to him; We also come with thee. And they went forth and entered into a ship: and that night they caught nothing.
4 But when the morning was come, Jesus stood on the shore: yet the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
5 Jesus therefore said to them; Children, have you any meat? They answered him; No.
6 He saith to them; Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and you shall find. They cast, therefore: and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
7 That disciple, therefore, whom Jesus loved, said to Peter; It is the Lord. Simon Peter, when he heard that it was the Lord, girded his coat about him, (for he was naked) and cast himself into the sea.
8 But the other disciples came in the ship, (for they were not far from the land, but as it were two hundred cubits) drawing the net with fishes.
9 As soon, then, as they came to land, they saw hot coals lying, and a fish laid thereon, and bread.
10 Jesus saith to them; Bring hither of the fishes which you have now caught.
11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of great fishes, one hundred and fifty-three. And although there were so many, the net was not broken.
12 Jesus saith to them; Come, and dine. And none of them who were at meat, durst ask him, Who art thou? Knowing that it was the Lord.
13 And Jesus cometh and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish in like manner.
14 This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to his disciples, after he was risen from the dead.
15 When, therefore, they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter; Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him; Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him; Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again; Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him; Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him; Feed my lambs.
17 He saith to him the third time; Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved, because he said to him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said to him; Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him; Feed my sheep.
18 Amen, amen, I say to thee: when thou wast younger thou didst gird thyself, and didst walk where thou wouldst: But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and lead thee whither thou wouldst not.
19 And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had said this, he saith to him; Follow me.
20 Peter turning about, saw that disciple whom Jesus loved, following, who also leaned on his breast at the supper, and said; Lord, who is he that shall betray thee?
21 Him, therefore, when Peter had seen, he saith to Jesus; Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith to him; So I will have him to remain till I come, what is it to thee? Follow thou me.
23 This saying, therefore, went abroad among the brethren, that that disciples should not die. And Jesus did not say to him, He should not die: but, So I will have him to remain till I come, what is it to thee?
24 This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things, and hath written these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
25 But there are also many other things which Jesus did, which is they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written.

update 4/1/2009 – fixed 8:36 sons to son.
4/7/2009 – fixed 13:13 Mater to Master

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Luke

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ,
According to Saint Luke

CHAP. I.
The conception of John the Baptist, and of Christ: the visitation and canticle of the blessed Virgin: the birth of the Baptist, and the canticle of Zachary.

1 FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set forth, in order, a narration of the things that have been accomplished among us:
2 According as they have delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eye-witnesses and ministers of the word;
3 It seemed good to me also, having diligently attained to all things from the beginning, to write to thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
4 That thou mayest know the truth of those words in which thou hast been instructed.
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zachary, of the course of Abia, and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name Elizabeth.
6 And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame.
7 And they had no son, for that Elizabeth was barren, and they both were well advanced in years.
8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priestly office before God, in the order of his course,
9 According to the custom of the priestly office, it was his lot to offer incense, going into the temple of the Lord;
10 And all the multitude of the people were praying without, at the hour of incense.
11 And there appeared to him an Angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And Zachary seeing him, was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the Angel said to him: Fear not, Zachary, for thy prayer is heard: and thy wife, Elizabeth, shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John;
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice at his birth.
15 For he shall be great before the Lord: and shall drink no wine, nor strong drink, and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb:
16 And he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord, their God:
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias: that he may turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the incredulous to the wisdom of the just, to prepare for the Lord a perfect people.
18 And Zachary said to the Angel: Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.
19 And the Angel answering, said to him: I am Gabriel, who stand before God: and am sent to speak to thee, and to bring thee these good tidings.
20 And behold, thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be able to speak until the day wherein these things shall come to pass: because thou hast not believed my words, which shall be fulfilled in their time.
21 And the people were waiting for Zachary: and they wondered that he staid so long in the temple.
22 And when he came out he could not speak to them, and they understood that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he made signs to them, and remained dumb.
23 And it came to pass, after the days of his office were accomplished, that he departed to his own house.
24 And after those days his wife, Elizabeth, conceived, and hid herself five months, saying:
25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he hath had regard to take away my reproach among men.
26 And in the sixth month, the Angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary.
28 And the Angel being come in, said to her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Blessed art thou among women.
29 But she having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the Angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God:
31 Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name, Jesus.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David, his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever,
33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 And Mary said to the Angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?
35 And the Angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God.
36 And behold thy cousin, Elizabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren:
37 Because no word shall be impossible with God.
38 And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word. And the Angel departed from her.
39 And Mary rising up in those days, went into the mountainous country with haste, into a city of Juda:
40 And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth.
41 And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb: and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42 And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Bless art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
45 And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to the by the Lord.
46 And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord:
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God, my Saviour.
48 Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid: for behold, from henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath done great things to me: and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is from generation to generations, to them that fear him.
51 He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent away empty.
54 He hath received Israel, his servant, being mindful of his mercy.
55 As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed, for ever.
56 And Mary abode with her about three months: and she returned to her own house.
57 Now Elizabeth’s full time of being delivered was come, and she brought forth a son.
58 And her neighbours and kinsfolks heard that the Lord had shewed his great mercy towards her, and they congratulated with her.
59 And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they called him by his father’s name, Zachary.
60 And his mother answering, said: Not so, but he shall be called John.
61 And they said to her: There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
63 And demanding a tablet, he wrote, saying: John is his name. And they all wondered.
64 And immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.
65 And fear came upon all their neighbours: and all these words were divulged over all the mountainous country of Judea.
66 And all they who had heard them, laid them up in their heart, saying: What a one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.
67 And Zachary, his father, was filled with the Holy Ghost: and he prophesied, saying:
68 Blessed by the Lord God of Israel, because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people:
69 And hath raised up a horn of salvation to us, in the house of David, his servant.
70 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning:
71 Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us:
72 To shew mercy to our fathers: and to remember his holy covenant.
73 The oath which he swore to Abraham, our father, that he would grant to us:
74 That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear,
75 In holiness and justice before him, all our days.
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the most High: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord, to prepare his way.
77 To give knowledge of salvation to his people, unto the remission of their sins.
78 Through the bowels of the mercy of our God: in which the Orient, from on high, hath visited us.
79 To enlighten them that sit in darkness, and the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace.
80 And the child grew up, and was strengthened in spirit: and was in the deserts until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

CHAP. II.
The birth of Christ: his presentation in the temple: Simeon’s prophecy. Christ, at twelve years of age, is found amongst the doctors.

1 AND it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled.
2 This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria.
3 And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David,
5 To be enrolled with Mary, his espoused wife, who was with child.
6 And it came to pass that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him up in swaddling-clothes, and laid him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds, watching, and keeping the night-watches over their flock.
9 And behold an Angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them, and they feared with a great fear.
10 And the Angel said to them: Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people:
11 For this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ, the Lord, in the city of David.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling-clothes, and laid in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying:
14 Glory to God in the highest: and on earth, peace to men of good will.
15 And it came to pass that after the Angels departed from them into heave, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.
16 And they came with haste: and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in a manger.
17 And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard wondered: and at those things that were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they have heard, and seen, as it was told unto them.
21 And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised: his name was called Jesus, which was called by the Angel, before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord,
23 As it is written in the law of the Lord: that every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord.
24 And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons.
25 And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Ghost was in him.
26 And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
27 And he came by the spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law;
28 He also took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said:
29 Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word, in peace:
30 Because my eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people:
32 A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people, Israel.
33 And his father and mother were wondering at these things which were spoken concerning him.
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother: Behold, this child is set for the ruin, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted.
35 And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.
36 And there was on Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was far advanced in years, and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity.
37 And she was a widow until fourscore and four years: who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day.
38 Now she at the same hour coming in, gave praise to the Lord: and spoke of him to all that looked for the redemption of Israel.
39 And after they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
40 And the child grew and waxed strong, full of wisdom, and the grace of God was in him.
41 And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the Pasch.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast.
43 And after they had fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child, Jesus, remained in Jerusalem, and his parents knew it not.
44 And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day’s journey, and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance.
45 And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all, that heard him, were astonished at his wisdom, and his answers.
48 And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee, sorrowing.
49 And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? Did you now know, that I must be about the things that are my Father’s?
50 And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth: and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.

CHAP. III.
John’s mission and preaching. Christ is baptized by him.

1 NOW in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, Pontius Pilate being the governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip, his brother, tetrarch of Iturea, and the country of Trachonitis, and Lysanias, tetrarch of Abilina,
2 Under the high priests, Annas and Caiphas: The word of the Lord came to John, the son of Zachary, in the desert.
3 And he came into all the country about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of penance for the remission of sins,
4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaias, the prophet: A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord: make his paths straight:
5 Every valley shall be filled: and every mountain and hill shall be brought low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways plain:
6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
7 He said, therefore, to the multitudes that came forth to be baptized by him: Ye offspring of vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth, therefore, fruits worthy of penance, and do not begin to say: We have Abraham for our father. For I say to you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
9 For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree, therefore, that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down and cast into the fire.
10 And the people asked him, saying: What then shall we do?
11 And he answering, said to them: He that hath two coats, let him give to him that hath none: and he that hath meat, let him do in like manner.
12 And the publicans also came to be baptized, and said to him: Master, what shall we do?
13 But he said to them: Do nothing more than that which is appointed you.
14 And the soldiers also asked him, saying: And what shall we do? And he said to them: Do violence to no man: neither calumniate any man: and be content with your pay.
15 And as people were of opinion, and all were thinking in their hearts of John, that perhaps he might be the Christ:
16 John answered, saying to them all: I indeed baptize you with water: but there shall come one mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to loose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.
18 And many things, exhorting, did he preach to the people.
19 But Herod, the tetrarch, when he was reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done,
20 He added this also above all, and shut up John in prison.
21 Now it came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also was being baptized, and praying, heaven was opened:
2 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape, as a dove upon him: and a voice came from heaven: Thou art my beloved Son, in thee I am well pleased.
23 And Jesus himself was beginning about the age of thirty years: being (as it was supposed) the son of Joseph, who was of Heli, who was of Mathat,
24 Who was of Levi, who was of Melchi, who was of Janne, who was of Joseph,
25 Who was of Mathathias, who was of Amos, who was of Nahum, who was of Hesli, who was of Nagge,
26 Who was of Mahath, who was of Mathathias, who was of Semei, who was of Joseph, who was of Juda,
27 Who was of Joanna, who was of Reza, who was of Zorobabel, who was of Salathiel, who was of Neri,
28 Who was of Melchi, who was of Addi, who was of Cosan, who was of Elmadan, who was of Her,
29 Who was of Jesus, who was of Eliezer, who was of Jorim, who was of Mathat, who was of Levi,
30 Who was of Simeon, who was of Juddas, who was of Joseph, who was of Jona, who was of Eliakim,
31 Who was of Melea, who was of Menn, who was of Mathatha, who was of Nathan, who was of David,
32 Who was of Jesse, who was of Obed, who was of Booz, who was of Salmon, who was of Naasson,
33 Who was of Aminadab, who was of Aram, who was of Esron, who was of Phares, who was of Judas,
34 Who was of Jacob, who was of Isaac, who was of Abraham, who was of Thare, who was of Nachor,
35 Who was of Sarug, who was of Ragau, who was of Phaleg, who was of Heber, who was of Sale,
36 Who was of Cainan, who was of Arphaxad, who was of Sem, who was of Noe, who was of Lamech,
37 Who was of Mathusale, who was of Henoch, who was of Jared, who was of Malaleel, who was of Cainan,
38 Who was of Henos, who was of Seth, who was of Adam, who was of God.

CHAP. IV.
Christ’s fasting, and temptation. He is persecuted in Nazareth: his miracles in Capharnaum.

1 AND Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost, returned from the Jordan: and was led by the spirit into the desert,
2 For the space of forty days, and was tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days: and when they were ended he was hungry.
3 And the devil said to him: If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
4 And Jesus answered him: It is written: That man liveth not by bread alone, but by every word of God.
5 And the devil led him into a high mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time:
6 And he said to him: To thee will I give all this power, and the glory of them: for to me they are delivered, and to whom I will I give them.
7 If thou, therefore, wilt adore before me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answering, said to him: It is written: Thou shalt adore the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence.
10 For it is written, that he hath given his Angels charge over thee, that they keep thee:
11 And that in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone.
12 And Jesus answering, said to him: It is said: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord, thy God.
13 And when all the temptation was ended, the devil departed from him for a time.
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and the fame of him went out through the whole country.
15 And he taught in their synagogues, and was extolled by all.
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he was brought up, and he went into the synagogues, according to his custom, on the sabbath day, and he rose up to read.
17 And the book of Isaias, the prophet, was delivered unto him. And as he unfolded the book, he found the place where it was written:
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me: wherefore he hath anointed me, to preach the gospel to the poor he hath sent me, to heal the contrite of heart,
19 To preach deliverance to the captives, and sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of reward.
20 And when he had folded the book, he restored it to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
21 And he began to say to them: This day is fulfilled this Scripture in your ears.
22 And all gave testimony to him: and they wondered at the words of grace that proceeded from his mouth, and they said: Is not this the son of Joseph?
23 And he said to them: Doubtless you will say to me this similitude: Physician, heal thyself: as great things as we have heard done in Capharnaum, do also here in thy own country.
24 And he said: Amen, I say to you, that no prophet is accepted in his own country.
25 In truth I say to you, there were many widows in the days of Elias, in Israel, when heaven was shut up three years and six months: when there was a great famine through all the land:
26 And to none of them was Elias sent, but to a widow at Sarepta of Sidon.
27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Eliseus, the prophet: and none of them was cleansed but Naaman, the Syrian.
28 And all they in the synagogue, hearing these things, were filled with anger.
29 And they rose up, and thrust him out of the city: and they brought him to the brow of the hill, whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
30 But he passing through the midst of them, went his way.
31 And he went down to Capharnaum, a city of Galilee, and there he taught them on the sabbath-days.
32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had an unclean devil, and he cried out with a loud voice,
34 Saying: Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy one of God.
35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying: Hold thy peace, and go out of him. And when the devil had thrown him into the midst, he went out of him, and hurt him not at all.
36 And there came fear upon all, and they talked among themselves, saying: What word is this: for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they go out?
37 And the fame of him was published in every place of the country.
38 And Jesus rising up out of the synagogue, went into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever: and they besought him for her.
39 And standing over her, he commanded the fever: and it left her. And immediately rising, she ministered to them.
40 And when the sun was down, all they that had any sick with divers diseases, brought them to him. But he laying his hands on every one of them, healed them.
41 And the devils went out of many, crying out and saying: Thou art the Son of God. And rebuking them, he suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.
42 And when it was day, going out, he came into a desert place: and the multitudes sought him, and came to him: and they detained him, that he should not depart from them.
43 To whom he said: I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.
44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.

CHAP. V.
The miraculous draught of fishes. The cure of the leper and of the paralytic. The call of Matthew.

1 AND it came to pass, that when the multitudes pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Genesareth,
2 And he saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
3 And going up into one of the ships that was Simon’s, he desired him to thrust out a little from the land. And sitting down, he taught the multitudes out of the ship.
4 Now when he had ceased to speak, he said to Simon: Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
5 And Simon answering, said to him: Master, we have laboured all the night, and have taken nothing: but at thy word I will let down the net.
6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a very great multitude of fishes, and their net was breaking.
7 And they beckoned to their partners that were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they were almost sinking.
8 Which when Simon Peter saw, he fell down at Jesus’s knees, saying: Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
9 For he was wholly astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
10 And so were also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners. And Jesus saith to Simon: Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt be taking men.
11 And when they had brought their ships to land, leaving all things, they followed him.
12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy, who seeing Jesus, and falling on his face, besought him, saying: Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
13 And stretching for his hand, he touched him, saying: I will: Be thou cleansed. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
14 And he charged him to tell no man: but, Go, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing according as Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.
15 But the fame of him went abroad the more: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed of their infirmities.
16 And he retired into the desert, and prayed.
17 And it came to pass on a certain day, that he sat teaching. And there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, that were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was to heal them.
18 And behold, men brought in a bed a man who had the palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.
19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went up upon the roof, and let him down through the tiles, with his bed, into the midst, before Jesus.
20 And when he saw their faith, he said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
21 And the Scribes and the Pharisees began to think, saying: Who is this who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
22 And when Jesus knew their thoughts, answering, he said to them: What is it you think in your hearts?
23 Which is easier to say: Thy sins are forgiven thee: or to say: Arise, and walk?
24 But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy) I say to thee: Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house.
25 And immediately rising up before them, he took up the bed on which he lay: and he went away into his own house, glorifying God.
26 And all were astonished, and they glorified God. And they were filled with fear, saying: We have seen wonderful things to-day.
27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the custom-house, and he said to him: Follow me.
28 And leaving all things, he rose up, and followed him.
29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans, and of others, that were at table with them.
30 But the Pharisees and Scribes murmured, saying to his disciples: Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees in like manner: but thine eat and drink?
31 And Jesus answering, said to them: They who are in health need not the physician: but they that are sick.
32 I came not to call the just, but sinners, to penance.
33 And they said to him: Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees in like manner: but thine eat and drink?
34 And he said to them: Can you make the children of the bridegroom fast, whilst the bridegroom is with them?
35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them; then shall they fast in those days.
36 And he spoke also a similitude to them: That no man putteth a piece from a new garment upon an old garment: otherwise he both rendeth the new, and the piece taken from the new agreeth not with the old.
37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: otherwise the new wine will burst the bottles, and it will be spilled, and the bottles will be lost.
38 But new wine must be put into new bottles, and both are preserved.
39 And no man drinking old, hath presently a mind to new: for he saith, The old is better.

CHAP. VI.
Christ excuses his disciples. He cures upon the sabbath-day: chooses the twelve, and makes a sermon to them.

1 AND it came to pass on the second first sabbath, that as he went through the corn-fields, his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.
2 And some of the Pharisees said to them: Why do you that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath-days?
3 And Jesus answering them, said: Have you not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was hungry, and they that were with him:
4 How he went into the house of God, and took and eat the bread of proposition, and gave to them that were with him, which it is not lawful to eat but only for the priests?
5 And he said to them: The Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And there was a man, whose right hand was withered.
7 And the Scribes and Pharisees watched, to see if he would heal on the sabbath: that they might find an accusation against him.
8 But he knew their thoughts: and said to the man who had the withered hand: Arise, and stand forth in the midst. And he rising, stood forth.
9 Then Jesus said to them: I ask you, if it be lawful on the sabbath-days to do good, or to do evil: to save life, or to destroy?
10 And looking round about on them all, he said to the man: Stretch for thy hand. And he stretched it forth: and his hand was restored.
11 And they were filled with madness, and they talked one with another, what they might do to Jesus.
12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and he passed the whole night in the prayer of God.
13 And when it was day, he called his disciples: and he chose twelve of them, (whom also he named apostles: )
14 Simon, whom he surnamed Peter, and Andrew, his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,
15 Matthew and Thomas, James, the son of Alpheus, and Simon, who is called Zelotes:
16 And Jude, the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, who was the traitor.
17 And coming down with them, he stood in an open plain, and the company of his disciples, and a very great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the sea-coast both of Tyre and Sidon,
18 Who had come to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits, were cured.
19 And all the multitude sought to touch him, for virtue went out from him, and healed all.
20 And he lifting up his eyes on his disciples, said: Blessed are ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh.
22 Bless shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast our your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
23 Be glad in that day, and rejoice: for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For according to these things did their fathers to the prophets.
24 But wo to you that are rich: for you have your consolation.
25 Wo to you that are filled: for you shall hunger. Wo to you that laugh now: for you shall mourn and weep.
26 Wo to you when men shall bless you: for according to these things did their fathers to the false prophets.
27 But I say to you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you.
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that calumniate you.
29 And to him that striketh thee on the one cheek, offer also the other. And him that taketh away from thee thy cloak, hinder not to take thy coat also.
30 Give to every one that asketh thee, and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again.
31 And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them, in like manner.
32 And if you love them that love you, what thanks have you? For sinners also love those that love them.
33 And if you do good to them that do good to you; what thanks have you? For sinners also do this.
34 And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive; what thanks have you? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much.
35 But love ye your enemies: do good, and lend, hoping for nothing thereby: and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Most High: for he is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil.
36 Be ye, therefore, merciful, as your father also is merciful.
37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven.
38 Give, and it shall be given to you: good measure, and pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall they give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you shall mete, it shall be measured to you again.
39 And he spoke also to them a similitude: Can the blind lead the blind? Do they not both fall into the ditch?
40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one shall be perfect, if he be as his master.
41 And why seest thou the mote in thy brother’s eye, but the beam that is in thy own eye, thou considerest not?
42 Or how canst thou say to thy brother: Brother, let me pull the mote out of thy eye: when thou thyself seest not the beam in thy own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast first the beam out of thy own eye: and then shalt thou see clearly to take out the mote from thy brother’s eye.
43 For there is no good tree that bringeth forth evil fruit: nor an evil tree that bringeth forth good fruit.
44 For every tree is known by its fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns: nor from a bramble bush do they gather grapes.
45 A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is good: and an evil man, out of the evil treasure, bringeth forth that which is evil. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
46 And why call you me Lord, Lord: and do not the things which I say?
47 Every one that cometh to me, and heareth my words, and doth them: I will she you to whom he is like.
48 He is like to a man building a house, who digged deep, and laid the foundation upon a rock. And when a flood came, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and it could not shake it: for it was founded on a rock.
49 But he that heareth, and doth not: is like to a man building his house upon the earth without a foundation: against which the stream beat vehemently, and immediately it fell: and the ruin of that house was great.

CHAP. VII.
Christ heals the centurion’s servant: raised the widow’s son to life: answers the messengers sent by John: and absolves the penitent sinner.

1 AND when he had finished all his words in the hearing of the people, he entered into Capharnaum.
2 And the servant of a certain centurion, who was dear to him, was sick, and ready to die.
3 And when he had heard of Jesus, he sent to him the ancients of the Jews, desiring him to come and heal his servant.
4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him earnestly, saying to him: He is worthy that thou shouldst do this for him.
5 For he loveth our nation: and he hath built us a synagogue.
6 And Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent his friends to him, saying: Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof.
7 Wherefore neither did I think myself worthy to come to thee: but say the word, and my servant shall be healed.
8 For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers: and I say to one, Go, and he goeth: and to another, Come, and he cometh: and to my servant, Do this, and he doth it.
9 Which when Jesus heard, he marveled: and turning about to the multitude that followed him, he said: Amen, I say to you, I have not found so great faith, even in Israel.
10 And they who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole, who had been sick.
11 And it came to pass, after this, that he went into a city called Naim: and there went with him his disciples, and a great multitude.
12 And when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
13 Whom when the Lord had seen, he had compassion on her, and said to her: Weep not.
14 And he came near and touched the bier. (And they that carried it, stood still.) And he said: Young man, I say to thee, arise.
15 And he that was dead, sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
16 And there came a fear on them all: and they glorified God, saying: that a great prophet is risen up among us: and God hath visited his people.
17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the country round about.
18 And John’s disciples told him of all these things.
19 And John called to him two of his disciples, and sent them to Jesus, saying: Art thou he who is to come: or expect we another?
20 And when the men were come to him, they said: John, the Baptist, hath sent us to thee, saying: Art thou he who is to come: or expect we another?
21 (And in that same hour, he cured many of their diseases, and sores, and evil spirits, and to many that were blind, he gave sight.)
22 And, answering, he said to them: Go and related to John what you have heard and seen: That the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, to the poor the gospel is preached:
23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be scandalized in me.
24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
25 But what went you out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, they that are in costly apparel and live delicately, are in the houses of kings.
26 But what went you out to see? A prophet? Yea, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
27 This is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.
28 For I say to you: Amongst those that are born of women, there is not a greater prophet than John, the Baptist: but he who is lesser in the kingdom of God, is greater than he.
29 And all the people hearing, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
30 But the Pharisees, and the lawyers, despised the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized by him.
31 And the Lord said: Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? And to what are they like?
32 They are like to children sitting in the marketplace, and speaking one to another, and saying: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have mourned, and you have not wept.
33 For John, the Baptist, came, neither eating bread, nor drinking wine, and you say: He hath a devil.
34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking, and you say: Behold a man that is a glutton and a drinker of wine, a friend of publicans and sinners.
35 And wisdom is justified by all her children.
36 And one of the Pharisees desired him to eat with him. And entering the house of the Pharisees, he sat down to meat.
37 And behold, a woman in the city, who was a sinner, when she knew that he sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster-box of ointment:
38 And standing behind his feet, she began to wash his feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39 And the Pharisees, who had invited him, seeing it, spoke within himself, saying: This man, if he were a prophet, would know surely who and what kind of woman it is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
40 And Jesus answering, said to him: Simon, I have something to say to thee. But he said: Master, say it.
41 A certain creditor had two debtors; the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And, whereas they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which, therefore, of the two loveth him most?
43 Simon answering, said: I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And he said to him: Thou hast judged rightly.
44 And turning to the woman, he said to Simon: Dost thou see this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with her hair.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but she, since she came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 My head, with oil, thou didst not anoint: but she, with ointment, hath anointed my feet.
47 Wherefore I say to thee: Many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much. But to whom less is forgiven, he loveth less.
48 And he said to her: Thy sins are forgiven thee.
49 And they that sat with him at table began to say within themselves: Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
50 And he said to the woman: Thy faith hath saved thee: go in peace.

CHAP. VIII.
The parable of the seed. Christ still the storm at sea: casts out the legion: heals the issue of blood: and raised the daughter of Jairus to life.

1 AND it came to pass afterwards, that he travelled through the cities and towns, preaching and evangelizing the kingdom of God: and the twelve with him;
2 And certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary called Magdalene, out of whom seven devils were gone forth,
3 And Joanna, the wife of Chusa, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who ministered unto him of their substance.
4 And when a very great multitude was gathered together, and hastened out of the cities to him, he spoke by a similitude:
5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6 And other some fell upon a rock: and as soon as it was spring up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.
7 And other some fell among thorns, and the thorns growing up with it, choked it.
8 And other some fell upon good ground: and sprung up, and yielded fruit a hundred-fold. Saying these things, he cried out: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
9 And his disciples asked him what this parable might be.
10 To whom he said: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to the rest in parables, that seeing, they may not see, and hearing, they may not understand.
11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12 And they, by the way side, are they that hear; then the devil cometh, and taketh the word out of their heart, lest believing, they should be saved.
13 Now they upon the rock: are they who when they hear, receive the word with joy: and these have no roots; who believe for a while, and in time of temptation, fall away.
14 And that which fell among thorns: are they who have heard, and going their way, are choked with the cares and riches, and pleasures of this life, and yield no fruit.
15 But that on the good ground, are they who in a good and perfect heart, hearing the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit in patience.
16 Now no man that lighteth a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed: but setteth it upon a candlestick, that they who come in, may see the light.
17 For there is not any thing secret, that shall not be made manifest: nor hidden, that shall not be known, and come abroad.
18 Take heed, therefore, how you hear. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given: and whosoever hath not, that also which he thinketh he hath, shall be taken away from him.
19 And his mother and brethren came to him: and they could not come at him for the crowd.
20 And it was told him: Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee.
21 He answering, said to them: My mother and my brethren are they, who hear the word of God, and do it.
22 And it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a little ship with his disciples, and he said to them: Let us go over to the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
23 And when they were sailing, he slept: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake, and they were filled, and were in danger.
24 And they came and awaked him, saying, Master, we perish. But he arising, rebuked the wind, and the raging of the water: and it ceased, and there was a calm.
25 And he said to them: Where is your faith? And they being afraid, wondered, saying one to another: Who is this: (think you) that he commandeth both the winds and the sea, and they obey him?
26 And they sailed to the country of the Gerasens, which is over-against Galilee.
27 And when he was come forth to the land, there met him a certain man who had a devil now a long time, and he wore no clothes, neither did he abide in a house, but in the tombs.
28 And when he saw Jesus, he fell down before him: and crying out with a loud voice, he said: What have I to do with thee, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I beseech thee, do not torment me.
29 For he commanded the unclean spirit to go out of the man. For many times it seized him, and he was bound with chains, and kept in fetters: and he broke the bonds, and was driven by the devil into the deserts.
30 And Jesus asked him, saying: What is thy name? But he said: Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go into the abyss.
32 And there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.
33 The devils, therefore, went out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were stifled.
34 Which, when they that fed them, saw done, they fled away, and told it in the city and in the villages.
35 And they went out to see what was done: and they came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils had departed, sitting at his feet, clothed, and in his right mind, and they were afraid.
36 And they also that had seen it told them, how he had been healed from the legion.
37 And all the multitude of the country of the Gerasens besought him to depart from them: for they were taken with great fear. And he going up into the ship, returned back again.
38 Now the man, out of whom the devils were departed, besought him that he might be with him. But Jesus sent him away, saying:
39 Return to thy house, and tell how great things God hath done to thee. And he went through the whole city, publishing how great things Jesus had done to him.
40 And it came to pass, that when Jesus was returned, the multitudes received him. For they were all waiting for him.
41 And behold there came a man whose name was Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at the feet of Jesus, beseeching him that he would come into his house,
42 For he had an only daughter, almost twelve years old, and she was dying. And it happened, as he went, that he was thronged by the multitudes.
43 And there was a certain woman having an issue of blood twelve years, who had bestowed all her substance on physicians, and could not be healed by any:
44 She came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: and immediately the issue of her blood stopped.
45 And Jesus said: Who is it that touched me? And when all denied, Peter, and they that were with him, said: Master, the multitudes throng and press thee, and dost thou say: Who touched me?
46 And Jesus said: Some body hath touched me: for I know that virtue is gone out from me.
47 And the woman seeing, that she was not hid, came trembling, and fell down before his feet, and declared, before all the people, for what cause she had touched him, and how she was immediately healed.
48 But he said to her: Daughter, thy faith hath healed thee: go in peace.
49 While he was yet speaking, there cometh one to the ruler of the synagogue, saying to him: Thy daughter is dead, trouble him not.
50 But Jesus hearing this word, answered the father of the maid: Fear not, believe only, and she shall be healed.
51 And when he was come to the house, he suffered no man to go with him, but Peter, and James, and John, and the father and mother of the maiden.
52 And all wept and mourned for her. But he said: Weep not; the maid is not dead, but sleepeth.
53 And they laughed scornfully at him, knowing that she was dead.
54 But he taking her by the hand cried out, saying: Maid, arise.
55 And her spirit returned, and she rose immediately. And he bade them give her to eat.
56 And her parents were astonished, whom he charged to tell no one what was done.

CHAP. IX.
Christ sends forth his apostles: feeds five thousand with five loaves: is transfigured: and casts out a devil.

1 THEN having called together the twelve apostles, he gave them power, and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
3 And he said to them: Take nothing for your journey, neither staff, nor scrip, nor bread, nor money, neither have two coats.
4 And whatsoever house you shall enter into, abide there, and depart not thence.
5 And whosoever will not receive you: when ye go out of that city, shake off even the dust of your feet for a testimony against them.
6 And going out, they went about through the towns preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
7 Now Herod, the tetrarch, heard of all that was done by him; and he was in a doubt, because it was said 8 By some; That John was risen from the dead: but by some others; that Elias had appeared: and by others; that one of the ancient prophets was risen.
9 And Herod said: John I have beheaded: but who is this of whom I hear such things? And he sought to see him.
10 And the apostles being returned, related to him all they had done: and taking them, he retired apart into a desert place, which belongeth to Bethsaida.
11 Which, when the people knew, they follow him: and he received them, and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and healed them who had need of healing.
12 Now the day began to decline. And the twelve came and said to him: Send away the multitude, that going into the towns and villages round about, they may lodge and get victuals; for we are here in a desert place.
13 But he said to them: Give you them to eat. And they said: We have no more than five loaves and two fishes: unless perhaps we should go and buy food for all this multitude.
14 Now there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples: Make them sit down by fifties in a company.
15 And they did so: and made them all sit down.
16 And taking the five loaves, and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed them: and he broke, and distributed to his disciples, to set before the multitude.
17 And they did all eat, and were filled. And there were taken up of fragments, that remained to them, twelve baskets.
18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples also were with him: and he asked them, saying; Whom do the people say that I am?
19 But they answered, and said: John the Baptist: but some say Elias; and others say, that one of the former prophets is risen again.
20 And he said to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answering, said: The Christ of God.
21 But he strictly charging them, commanded they should tell this to no man,
22 Saying: The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the ancients, and chief priests, and Scribes, and be killed, and rise again the third day.
23 And he said to all: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
24 For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it: for he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall save it.
25 For what doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, and cast away himself?
26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words; of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his majesty, and that of his Father, and of the holy Angels.
27 But I say to you, truly: There are some standing here that shall not taste death, till they see the kingdom of God.
28 And it came to pass about eight days after these words, that he took Peter, and James, and John, and went up into a mountain to pray.
29 And whilst he prayed, the appearance of his countenance was altered: and his raiment became white and glittering.
30 And behold two men were talking with him. And they were Moses and Elias,
31 Appearing in majesty: and they spoke of his decease, which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem.
32 But Peter, and they that were with him, were heavy with sleep. And awaking, they saw his majesty, and the two men that stood with him.
33 And it came to pass, that as they were departing from him, Peter saith to Jesus: Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.
34 And as he spoke these things, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they were afraid, when they entered into the cloud.
35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, hear him.
36 And whilst the voice was uttered, Jesus was found alone. And they held their peace, and told no man in those days any of these things which they had seen.
37 And it came to pass, that on the day following, when they came down from the mountain, there met him a great multitude.
38 And behold a man, among the crowd, cried out, saying: Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son, for he is my only one.
39 And lo, a spirit seized him, and he suddenly crieth out, and he throweth him down, and teareth him so that he foameth, and bruising him, hardly departeth from him:
40 And I desired thy disciples to cast him out, and they could not.
41 And Jesus answering, said: O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.
42 And as he was approaching, the devil threw him down and tore him.
43 And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and cured the boy, and restored him to his father.
44 And all were astonished at the mighty power of God: But while they all wondered at all the things he did, he said to his disciples: Lay you up in your hearts these words: for it shall come to pass, that the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.
45 But they understood not this word, and it was hid from them, so that they perceived it not. And they were afraid to ask him concerning this word.
46 And there entered a thought into them, which of them should be greater.
47 But Jesus seeing the thoughts of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,
48 And said to them: Whosoever shall receive this child in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth him that sent me. For he that is the least among you all, he is the greatest.
49 And John answering, said: Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and we forbade him, because he followeth not with us.
50 And Jesus said to him Forbid him not: for he that is not against you, is for you.
51 And it came to pass when the days of his assumption were being accomplished, that he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.
52 And he sent messengers before his face: and going, they entered into a city of the Samaritans to prepare for him.
53 And they received him not, because his face was of one going to Jerusalem.
54 And when his disciples, James and John, had seen this, they said: Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?
55 And turning, he rebuked them, saying: You know not of what spirit you are.
56 The Son of man came not to destroy souls, but to save. And they went into another town.
57 And it came to pass as they walked in the way, that a certain man said to him: I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
58 Jesus said to him: The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air, nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
59 But he said to another: Follow me. And he said: Lord, suffer me first to go, and to bury my father.
60 And Jesus said to him: Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou, and preach the kingdom of God.
61 And another said: I will follow thee, Lord, but let me first take my leave of them that are at my house.
62 Jesus said to him: No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

CHAP. X.
Christ sends forth, and instructs his seventy-two disciples. The good Samaritan.

1 AND after these things the Lord appointed also other seventy-two: and he sent them two and two before his face, into every city and place, whither he himself was to come.
2 And he said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that he send labourers into his harvest.
3 Go: Behold I send you as lambs among wolves.
4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes, and salute no man by the way.
5 Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house:
6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him: but if not, it shall return to you.
7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house.
8 And into what city soever you enter, and they receive you, east such things as are set before you;
9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say to them: The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
10 But into whatsoever city you enter, and they receive you not, going forth into the streets thereof, say:
11 Even the very dust of your city that cleaveth to us, we wipe off against you: yet know this that the kingdom of God is at hand.
12 I say to you, it shall be more tolerable at that day for Sodom, than for that city.
13 Wo to thee, Corozain, wo to thee, Bethsaida: for if in Tyre and Sidon had been wrought in you, they would have done penance long ago, sitting in sack-cloth and ashes.
14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon, at the judgment, than for you.
15 And thou, Capharnaum, which are exalted unto heaven: thou shalt be thrust down to hell.
16 He that heareth you, heareth me: and he that despiseth you, despiseth me. And he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me.
17 And the seventy-two returned with joy, saying: Lord, the devils, also, are subject to us in thy name.
18 And he said to them: I saw Satan as lightning falling from heaven.
19 Behold, I have given you power to tread upon serpents, and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
20 But ye not rejoice in this, that spirits are subject unto you: but rejoice in this, that your names are written in heaven.
21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Ghost, and said: I give thanks to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to the little ones. Yea, Father: because so it hath pleased thee.
22 All things are delivered to me by my Father: and no one knoweth who the Son is, but the Father: and who the Father is, but the Son, and to whom the Son will reveal him.
23 And turning to his disciples, he said: Blessed are the eyes that see the things which you see.
24 For I say to you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them; and to hear the things that you hear, and have not heard them.
25 And behold a certain lawyer stood up, tempting him, and saying: Master, what must I do to possess eternal life?
26 But he said to him: What is written in the law? How readest thou?
27 He answering, said: Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself.
28 And he said to him: Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus: And who is my neighbour?
30 And Jesus answering, said: A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, who also stripped him, and having wounded him, went away leaving him half dead.
31 And it happened that a certain priest went down the same way, and seeing him, he passed by.
32 In like manner, also, a Levite, when he was near the place and saw him, passed by.
33 But a certain Samaritan being on his journey, came near him: and seeing him, was moved with compassion;
34 and going up to him, bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine: and setting him upon his own best, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And the next day he took out twopence, and gave them to the host, and said: take care of him; and whatsoever thou shalt spend over and above, I at my return will repay thee.
36 Which of these three, in thy opinion, was neighbour to him that fell among the robbers?
37 But he said: He that shewed mercy to him. And Jesus said to him: Go, and do thou in like manner.
38 Now it came to pass as they went, that he entered into a certain town: and a certain woman, named Martha, received him into her house:
39 And she had a sister, called Mary, who sitting also at the Lord’s feet, heard his word.
40 But Martha was busy about much serving: who stood, and said: Lord, hast thou no care that my sister hath left me alone to serve? speak to her, therefore, that she help me.
41 And the Lord answering, said to her: Martha, Martha, thou art careful, and art troubled by many things.
42 But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.

CHAP. XI.
He teaches his disciples to pray. Casts out a dumb devil. Confutes the Pharisees; and pronounces woes against them for their hypocrisy.

1 AND it came to pass, that as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him: Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said to them: When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.
3 Give us this day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins: for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.
5 And he said to them: Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and shall say to him: Friend, lend me three loaves?
6 For a friend of mine is come off his journey to me, and I have nothing to set before him.
7 And he from within, should answer and say: Trouble me not, the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed: I cannot rise and give thee.
8 Yet if he shall continue knocking: I say to you, although he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend: yet because of his importunity he will rise, and give him as many as he needeth.
9 And I say to you: Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.
10 For everyone that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
11 And which of you, if he ask his father bread, will give him a stone? Or a fish, will he, for a fish, give him a serpent?
12 Or, if he shall ask an egg, will he reach him a scorpion?
13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father from heaven give the good Spirit to them that ask him?
14 And he was casting out a devil, and the same was dumb. And when he had cast out the devil, the dumb spoke, and the multitude wondered.
15 But some of them said: He casteth out devils, through Beelzebub, the prince of devils.
16 And others tempting, asked of him a sign from heaven.
17 But he seeing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself shall be brought to desolation, and house upon house shall fall.
18 And if Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? Because you say, that through Beelzebub I cast out devils.
19 Now if I cast out devils through Beelzebub: through whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
20 But if I by the finger of God cast out devils: doubtless the kingdom of God is come upon you.
21 When a strong man, armed, keepeth his court, those things which he possesseth are in peace.
22 But if a stronger than he come upon him and overcome him, he will take away all his armour wherein he trusted, and will distribute his spoils.
23 He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.
24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through places without water, seeking rest: and not finding, he saith: I will return into my house whence I came out.
25 And when he is come, he findeth it swept and garnished.
26 Then he goeth and taketh with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and entering in, they dwell there. And the last state of that man becometh worse than the first.
27 And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, that a certain woman, from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to him: Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the paps that gave thee suck.
28 But he said: Yea, rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it.
29 And when the people were gathered together, he began to say: This generation is a wicked generation: they ask a sign, and a sign shall not be given them, but the sign of Jonah, the prophet.
30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninivites, so shall the Son of man also be to this generation.
31 The Queen of the South shall rise in judgment with the men of this generation, and shall condemn them: because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold more than Solomon here.
32 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it, because they did penance at the preaching of Jonah; and behold more than Jonah here.
33 No man lighteth a candle, and putteth it in a hidden place, nor under a bushel: but upon a candlestick, that they come in may see the light.
34 The light of the body is thy eye. If thy eye be single, thy whole body will be lightsome: but if it be evil, thy body, also, will be darksome.
35 Take heed, therefore, that the light which is in thee, be not darkness.
36 If then thy whole body be lightsome, having no part of darkness; the whole shall be lightsome and as a bright lamp shall enlighten thee.
37 And as he was speaking a certain Pharisee prayed him to dine with him. And going in, he sat down to eat.
38 And the Pharisee began to say, thinking within himself, why he was not washed before dinner.
39 And the Lord said to him: Now you Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup, and of the platter: but your inside is full of rapine and iniquity.
40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without, make also that which is within?
41 But yet that which remaineth, give alms; and behold all things are clean unto you.
42 But wo to you Pharisees, because you tithe mint and rue, and every herb, and pass over judgment, and the charity of God: Now these things you ought to have done, and not to leave the others undone.
43 Wo to you Pharisees, because you love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the market-place.
44 Wo to you, because you are as sepulchers that appear not, and men that walk over them are not aware.
45 Then one of the lawyers answering, said to him: Master, in saying these things, thou reproachest us also.
46 But he said: Wo to you lawyers also: because you load men with burdens which they cannot bear, and you yourselves touch not the packs with one of your fingers.
47 Wo to you who build the monuments of the prophets: and your fathers killed them.
48 Truly you bear witness that you consent to the doings of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and you build their sepulchres.
49 Therefore, also, the wisdom of God said: I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute:
50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation.
51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, who was slain between the altar and the temple. Yea, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
52 Wo to you lawyers, for you have taken away the key of knowledge: you yourselves have not entered in, and those that were entering in you have hindered.
53 And as he was saying these things to them, the Pharisees and the lawyers began vehemently to urge him, and to oppress his mouth about many things,
54 Lying in wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

CHAP. XII.
Christ warns us against hypocrisy, the fear of the world, and covetousness: and admonishes all to watch.

1 AND when great multitudes stood about him, so that they trod one upon another, he began to say to his disciples: Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed: nor hidden, that shall not be known.
3 For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness, shall be punished in the light: and that which you have spoke in the ear, in the chambers, shall be proclaimed on the house-tops.
4 And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will shew you whom ye shall fear: fear ye him who, after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear him.
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.
8 And I say to you: Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the Angels of God.
9 But he that shall deny me before men, shall be denied before the Angels of God.
10 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but to him that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven.
11 And when they shall bring you into the synagogues, and to magistrates, and powers, be not solicitous how or what you shall answer, or what you shall say.
12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say.
13 And one of the multitude said to him: Master, speak to my brother that he divide the inheritance with me.
14 But he said to him: Man, who hath made me a judge or a divider over you?
15 And he said to them: Take heed and beware of all covetousness: for a man’s life doth not consist in the abundance of things which he possesseth.
16 And he spoke a similitude to them, saying: The land of a certain rich man brought forth plenty of fruits.
17 And he thought within himself, saying: What shall I do, because I have no place to lay up together my fruits?
18 And he said: This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and will build greater: and into them will I gather all things that are grown to me, and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul: Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years, take thy rest, eat, drink, make good cheer.
20 But God said to him: Thou fool, this night do they require thy soul of thee: and whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.
22 And he said to his disciples: Therefore I say to you: Be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat: nor for your body, what you shall put on.
23 The life is more than the food, and the body is more than the raiment.
24 Consider the ravens, for they do not sow, nor do they reap, neither have they store-house, nor barn, and God feedeth them. How much are you more valuable than they?
25 And which of you by thinking can add to his stature one cubit?
26 If then you are not able to do even the least thing, why are you solicitous for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, not even Solomon, in all his glory, was clothed like one of these.
28 Now if God clothe in this manner the grass that is to-day in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven: how much more you, O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink: and be not lifted up on high:
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after. But your Father knoweth that you have need of these things.
31 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice: and all these things shall be added unto you.
32 Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom.
33 Sell what you possess, and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, a treasure in heaven which faileth not: where the thief approacheth not, nor the moth corrupteth.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
35 Let your loins be girded, and lamps burning in your hands,
36 And you yourselves like to men who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding: that when he cometh, and knocketh, they may open to him immediately.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord, when he cometh, shall find watching. Amen, I say to you, that he will gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and passing, will minister to them.
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or if he shall come in the third watch, and fine them so, blessed are those servants.
39 But this know ye, that if a master of a family did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch, and would not suffer his house to be broke upon.
40 Be you also ready: for at what hour you think not, the Son of man will come.
41 And Peter said to him: Lord, dost thou speak this parable to us, or likewise to all?
42 And the Lord said: Who (thinkest thou) is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord setteth over his family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season?
43 Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come, he shall find so doing.
44 Verily I say to you, he will set him over all that he possesseth.
45 But if that servant shall say in his heart: My lord is long a coming; and shall begin to strike the men-servants, and maid-servants, and to eat, and to drink, and be drunk;
46 The lord of that servant will come in a day that he expecteth not, and at an hour that he knoweth not, and shall separate him, and shall appoint him his portion with unbelievers.
47 And that servant who knew the will of his lord, and hath not prepared, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
48 But he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required: and to whom they have committed much, of him they will demand the more.
49 I am come to send fire on the earth, and what will I but that it be kindled?
50 And I have a baptism, wherewith I am to be baptized: and how am I straitened until it be accomplished?
51 Think ye that I am come to give peace on earth: I tell you no, but separation:
52 For there shall be from henceforth five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three
53 Shall be divided: the father against the son, and the son against his father, the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother, the mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
54 And he said also to the multitudes: When you see a cloud rising out of the west, presently you say: A shower is coming: and so it happeneth:
55 And when ye see the south wind blow, you say: There will be heat: and it cometh to pass.
56 You hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the heavens, and of the earth; but how is it that you do not discern this time?
57 And why even of yourselves do you not judge that which is just?
58 And when thou goest with thy adversary to the ruler, whilst thou art in the way, endeavour to be delivered from him: lest, perhaps, he draw thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the exactor, and the exactor cast thee into prison.
59 I say to thee: thou shalt not go out thence, until thou pay the very last mite.

CHAP. XIII.
The necessity of penance. The barren fig-tree. The cure of the infirm woman, &c.

1 AND there were present, at that very time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And he answering, said to them: Think you that these Galileans were sinners above all the men of Galilee, because they suffered such things?
3 I say to you, No: but unless you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen upon whom the tower fell in Siloe, and slew them: think you that they also were debtors above all the men that dwell in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you: No: but unless you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
6 He spoke also this parable: A certain man had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none.
7 And he said to the tiller of the vineyard: Behold these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and I find none. Cut it down, therefore; why doth it take up the ground?
8 But he answering, said to him: Lord, let it alone this year also, until I dig about it, and dung it.
9 And if happily it bear fruit: but if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
10 And he was teaching in their synagogue on the sabbath.
11 And behold there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years: and she was bent down, and could not look upwards at all.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said to her: Woman, thou art delivered from thy infirmity.
13 And he laid hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 And the ruler of the synagogue, being angry that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, answering, said to the multitude: There are six days wherein you ought to work: in them therefore come, and be healed, and not on the sabbath-day.
15 And the Lord answering him, said: Ye hypocrites, doth not every one of you, on the Sabbath-day, loose his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead them to water?
16 And ought not this daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath-day?
17 And when he said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the things that were gloriously done by him.
18 He said, therefore: To what is the kingdom of God like, and whereunto shall I resemble it?
19 It is like to a grain of mustard-seed, which a man took and cast into his garden, and it grew, and became a great tree, and the birds of the air lodged in the branches thereof.
20 And again he said: Whereunto shall I compare the kingdom of God?
21 It is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
22 And he went through the cities and towns teaching, and making his journey to Jerusalem.
23 And a certain man said to him: Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them:
24 Strive to enter by the narrow gate: for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able.
25 But when the master of the house shall be gone in, and shall shut the door, you shall begin to stand without, and knock at the door, saying: Lord, open to us: and he answering, shall say to you: I know you not whence you are.
26 Then you shall begin to say: We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou has taught in our streets.
27 And he shall say to you: I know you not whence you are: depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth: when you shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
29 And there shall come from the east, and the west, and the north, and the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
30 And behold they are last who shall be first, and they are first who shall be last.
31 The same day there came some of the Pharisees, saying to him: Depart, and get thee hence: for Herod hath a mind to kill thee.
32 And he said to them: Go, and tell that fox: Behold I cast out devils, and do cures, to-day and to-morrow, and the third day I am consummated.
33 Nevertheless I must walk to-day, and to-morrow, and the day following: because it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children, as the bird doth her brood under her wings, and thou wouldst not?
35 Behold, your house shall be left to you desolate. And I say to you, that you shall not see me till the time come, when you shall say: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

CHAP. XIV.
Christ heals the dropsical man. The parable of the supper. The necessity of renouncing all to follow Christ.

1 AND it came to pass, when Jesus went into the house of a certain chief of the Pharisees, on the sabbath-day, to eat bread, and they were watching him.
2 And behold there was a certain man before him, who had the dropsy.
3 And Jesus answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying: Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath-day?
4 But they held their peace. But he, taking him, healed him, and sent him away.
5 And answering them, he said: Which of you, whose ass or his ox shall fall into a pit, and he will not immediately draw him out, on the sabbath-day?
6 And they could not answer him to these things.
7 And he spoke a parable also to them that were invited, marking how they chose the first seats at the table, saying to them:
8 When thou art invited to a wedding, sit not down in the highest place, lest perhaps one more honourable than thou be invited by him:
9 And he who invited thee, and him, come and say to thee: Give place to this man; and then thou begin, with blushing, to take the lowest place.
10 But when thou art invited, go sit down in the lowest place; that when he who invited thee cometh, he may say to thee: Friend, go up higher. Then shalt thou have glory before them that sit at table with thee.
11 Because every one that exalteth himself, shall be humbled: and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.
12 And he said to him also that had invited him: When thou makest a dinner, or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor thy kinsmen, nor thy neighbors who are rich; lest they also invite thee again, and a recompense be made to thee.
13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the feeble, the lame, and the blind:
14 And thou shalt be blessed, because they have not wherewith to make thee recompense: for recompense shall be made thee at the resurrection of the just.
15 When one of them that sat at table with him, had heard these things, he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16 But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
17 And he sent his servant, at suppertime, to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.
18 And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee, have me excused.
19 And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them: I pray thee, have me excused.
20 And another said: I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master of the house being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame.
22 And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 But I say to you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste my supper.
25 And there went great multitudes with him: and turning, he said to them:
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not carry his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, having a mind to build a tower, doth not first sit down and reckon the charges that are necessary, whether we have wherewithal to finish it?
29 Lest after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that see it begin to mock him,
30 Saying: This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king about to go to make war against another king, doth not first sit down and think, whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that with twenty thousand cometh against him?
32 Or else whilst the other is yet afar off, sending an embassy, he desireth conditions of peace.
33 So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth, cannot be my disciple.
34 Salt is good. But if the salt shall lose its savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither profitable for the land, nor for the dunghill, but shall be cast out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

CHAP. XV.
The parables of the lost sheep, and of the prodigal son.

1 NOW the publicans and sinners drew near unto him, to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and the Scribes murmured, saying: This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spoke to them this parable, saying:
4 What man among you that hath a hundred sheep, and if he shall lose one of them, doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the desert, and go after that which is lost until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, doth he not lay it upon his shoulders rejoicing:
6 And coming home call together his friends and neighbors, saying to them: Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost?
7 I say to you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven upon one sinner that doth penance, more than upon ninety-nine just who need not penance.
8 Or what woman, having ten groats, if she lose one groat, doth not light a candle and sweep the house, and seek diligently, till she find it?
9 And when she hath found it, call together her friends and neighbours, saying: Rejoice with me, because I have found the groat which I had lost.
10 So I say to you, there shall be joy before the Angels of God upon one sinner doing penance.
11 A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father: Father, give me the portion of substance that falleth to me. And he divided until them his substance.
13 And not many days after, the younger son gathering all together, went abroad into a far country: and there wasted his substance by living riotously.
14 And after he had spent all, there came a might famine in that country, and he began to be in want.
15 And he went, and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country. And he sent him into his farm to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And returning to himself, he said: How many hired servants in my father’s house have plenty of bread, and I here perish with hunger?
18 I will arise, and will go to my father, and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee:
19 I am not now worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And rising up, he went to his father. And when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and running to him, fell upon his neck and kissed him.
21 And the son said to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee: I am not now worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants: Bring forth, quickly, the first robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it, and let us eat and make merry:
24 Because this, my son, was dead, and is come to life again: he was lost and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and when he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing:
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said to him: Thy brother is come, and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe.
28 And he was angry, and would not go in. His father, therefore, coming out, began to entreat him.
29 And he answering, said to his father: Behold, for so many years do I serve thee, and I have never transgressed thy commandment, and yet thou hast never given me a kid to make merry with my friends:
30 But as soon as this, thy son, is come, who hath devoured his substance with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31 But he said to him: Son, thou art always with me, and all I have is thine.
32 But it was fit that we should make merry and be glad, for this, thy brother, was dead, and is come to life again: he was lost, and is found.

CHAP. XVI.
The parable of the unjust steward: of the rich man and Lazarus.

1 AND he said also to his disciples: There was a certain rich man who had a steward: and the same was accused unto him, that he had wasted his goods.
2 And he called him, and said to him: How is it that I hear this of thee? Give an account of thy stewardship: for now thou canst be steward no longer.
3 And the steward said within himself: What shall I do, for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship? To dig I am not able: To beg I am ashamed.
4 I know what I will do, that when I shall be put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
5 Therefore, calling together every one of his lord’s debtors, he said to the first: How much dost thou owe my lord?
6 But he said: A hundred barrels of oil. And he said to him: Take thy bill: and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
7 Then he said to another: And how much dost thou owe? Who said: A hundred quarters of wheat. He said to him: Take thy bill and write eighty.
8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, forasmuch as he had done wisely: for the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light.
9 And I say to you: Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of iniquity, that when you shall fail, they may receive you into everlasting dwellings.
10 He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in that which is greater: And he that is unjust in that which is little, is unjust in that which is greater.
11 If then you have not been faithful in the unjust mammon, who will trust you with that which is the true?
12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s: who will give you that which is your own?
13 No servant can serve two masters: for either you he will hate the one, and love the other; or he will hold to the one, and despise the other: you cannot serve God and mammon.
14 Now the Pharisees who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
15 And he said to them:You are they who justify yourselves before men: but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is high to men, is an abomination before God.
16 The law and the prophets were until John: from that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every one useth violence towards it.
17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than for one tittle of the law to fail.
18 Every one that putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her that is put away from her husband, committeth adultery.
19 There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen: and feasted sumptuously every day.
20 And there was a certain beggar, by name Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores,
21 Desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table; and no one did give him: moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass that the beggar died, and he was carried by the Angels into Abraham’s bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried in hell.
23 And lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom:
24 And he cried, and said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, to cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.
25 And Abraham said to him: Son, remember that thou didst receive good things in thy life-time, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And besides all this, between us and you there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you, cannot, nor from thence come hither.
27 And he said: Then, Father, I beseech thee that thou wouldst send him to my father’s house:
28 For I have five brethren, that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torments.
29 And Abraham said to him: They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 But he said: No, father Abraham; but if one went to them from the dead, they will do penance.
31 And he said to him: If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe if one rise again from the dead.

CHAP. XVII.
Lessons of avoiding scandal; of the efficacy of faith, &c. The ten lepers. The manner of the coming of Christ.

1 AND he said to his disciples: It is impossible that scandals should not come: but wo to him through whom they come.
2 It were better for him that a millstone were put about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should scandalize one of these little ones.
3 Take heed to yourselves. If thy brother sin against thee, reprove him: and if he do penance, forgive him.
4 And if he sin against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying: I repent: forgive him.
5 And the apostles said to the Lord; Increase our faith.
6 And the Lord said: If you had faith like a grain of a mustard-seed, you might say to this mulberry-tree; Be thou rooted up, and be transplanted into the sea, and it shall obey you.
7 But which of you having a servant ploughing or feeding cattle, will say to him when he is come from the field: Immediately go, sit down to table:
8 And will not rather say to him: Make ready my supper, and gird thyself, and serve me whilst I eat and drink, and afterwards thou shalt eat and drink?
9 Doth he thank that servant, because he did the things which he commanded him?
10 I think not. So you also, when you shall have done all the thing that are commanded you, say: We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which we ought to do.
11 And it came to pass, as he was going to Jerusalem that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12 And as he entered into a certain town, there met him ten men, that were lepers, who stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voice, saying; Jesus, master, have mercy on us.
14 And when he saw them, he said: Go, shew yourselves to the priests. And it came to pass, that as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was cleansed, went back, with a loud voice, glorifying God.
16 And he fell on his face before his feet, giving thanks: and this man was a Samaritan.
17 And Jesus answering, said: Were there not ten made clean? And where are the nine?
18 There is no one found to return and give glory to God, but this stranger.
19 And he said to him: Arise, go thy way: for thy faith has made thee whole.
20 And being asked by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come? He, answering them, said: The kingdom of God cometh not with observation.
21 Neither shall they say: Behold here, or behold there: for, lo, the kingdom of God is within you.
22 And he said to his disciples: The days will come, when you shall desire to see one day of the Son of man, and you shall not see it.
23 And they will say to you: Lo here, and lo there. Go ye not after, nor follow them:
24 For as the lightning that lighteneth from under heaven, shineth unto the parts that are under heaven, so shall the Son of man be in his day.
25 But first he must suffer many things, and be rejected by this generation.
26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat and drink, they married wives, and were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark: and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise, as it was in the days of Lot: They did eat and drink, they bought and sold, they planted and built:
29 And in the day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all:
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man be revealed.
31 In that hour he that shall be on the house top, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away: and he that shall be in the field, in like manner, let him not return back.
32 Remember Lot’s wife.
33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life, shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose it, shall preserve it.
34 I say to you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed: the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken and the other shall be left: two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
36 They answering, said to him: Where Lord?
37 He said to them: Wheresoever the body shall be, thither will the eagles also be gathered together.

CHAP. XVIII.
We must pray always. The Pharisee and the publican. The danger of riches. The blind man is restored to sight.

1 AND he spoke also a parable to them, that we ought always to pray, and not to faint,
2 Saying: There was a judge in a certain city, who feared not God, nor regarded man.
3 And there was a certain widow in that city, and she came to him, saying: Avenge me of my adversary.
4 And he would not for a long time. But afterwards he said within himself: Although I fear not God, nor regard man,
5 Yet because this widow is troublesome to me, I will avenge her, lest continually coming, she weary me out.
6 And the Lord said: Hear what the unjust judge saith:
7 And will not God avenge his elect, who cry to him day and night: and will he have patience in their regard?
8 I say to you, he will quickly avenge them. But yet, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on earth?
9 He spoke also this parable to some who trusted in themselves as just, and despised others.
10 Two men went up into the temple, to pray: the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican:
11 The Pharisee standing, prayed thus with himself: O God, I give thee thanks that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, nor such as this publican:
12 I fast twice in the week: I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not so much as lift his eyes towards heaven: but struck his breast, saying; O God, be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I say to you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; because every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
15 And they brought to him also infants, that he might touch them. Which when the disciples saw, they rebuked them.
16 But Jesus, calling them together, said: Suffer children to come to me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.
17 Amen, I say to you: Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a child, shall not enter into it.
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying: Good master, what shall I do to possess everlasting life?
19 And Jesus said to him: Why dost thou call me good? None is good by God alone.
20 Thou knowest the commandments: Thou shalt not kill: Thou shalt not commit adultery: Thou shalt not steal: Thou shalt not bear false witness: Honour thy father and mother.
21 But he said: All these I have kept from my youth.
22 Now when Jesus had heard this, he said to him: Yet one thing is wanting to thee: sell all that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
23 He having heard these things, was sorrowful: for he was very rich.
24 And Jesus, seeing him become sorrowful, said: How hardly shall they that have riches, enter into the kingdom of God.
25 For it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 And they that heard it, said: Who then can be saved?
27 He said to them: The things that are impossible with men, are possible with God.
28 Then Peter said: Behold we have left all things, and have followed thee?
29 He said to them: Amen, I say to you, there is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake,
30 Who shall not receive much more in this present time, and in the world to come, life everlasting.
31 Then Jesus took unto him the twelve, and said to them: Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things shall be accomplished which were written by the prophets, concerning the Son of man.
32 For he shall be delivered to the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and scourged, and spit upon:
33 And after they have scourged him, they will put him to death, and the third day he shall rise again.
34 And they understood none of these things, and this word was hid from them, and they understood not the things that were said.
35 Now it came to pass, that when he drew nigh to Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way-side, begging.
36 And when he heard the multitude passing by, he asked what this meant.
37 And they told him that Jesus, of Nazareth, was passing by.
38 And he cried out, saying: Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.
39 And they that went before, rebuked him, that he should hold his peace. But he cried out much more: Son of David, have mercy on me.
40 And Jesus standing, commanded him to be brought to him. And when he was come near, he asked him,
41 Saying: What wilt thou that I do to thee? But he said: Lord, that I may see.
42 And Jesus said to him: Receive thy sight; thy faith hath made thee whole.
43 And immediately he saw, and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

CHAP. XIX.
Zacheus entertains Christ. The parable of the pounds. Christ rides upon an ass, and weeps over Jerusalem.

1 And entering in, he walked through Jerico.
2 And behold there was a man, by name Zacheus; and he was the chief of the publicans, and was rich.
3 And he sought to see Jesus, who he was: and he could not for the crowd, because he was low in stature.
4 And running before, he climbed up into a sycamore tree, that he might see him: for he was to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus was come to the place, looking up, he saw him, and said to him: Zacheus, make hast, and come down; for today I must abide in thy house.
6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him with joy.
7 And when they all saw it, they murmured saying: That He was gone to be a guest with a man that is a sinner.
8 But Zacheus standing, said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wronged any man of any thing, I restore him fourfold.
9 Jesus said to him: This day salvation come to this house: because he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek, and to save that which was lost.
11 As they were hearing these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem: and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately be manifested.
12 He said, therefore: A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13 And calling his ten servants, he delivered them ten pounds, and said to them: Trade till I come.
14 But his citizens hated him: and they sent an embassage after him, saying: We will not have this man to reign over us.
15 And it came to pass that he returned, having received the kingdom: and he commanded his servants to be called, to whom he had given the money: that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16 And the first came, saying: Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
17 And he said to him: Well done, thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful in a little, thou shalt have power over ten cities.
18 And the second came, saying: Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
19 And he said to him: Be thou also over five cities.
20 And another came, saying: Lord, behold here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up what thou didst not lay down, and thou reapest what thou didst not sow.
22 He saith to him: Out of thy own mouth I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking what I laid not down, and reaping that which I did not sow:
23 And why then didst thou not give my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required it with usury?
24 And he said to them that stood by: Take the pound away from him, and give it to him that hath the ten pounds.
25 And they said to him: Lord, he hath ten pounds.
26 But I say to you, that to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: and from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him.
27 But as for those my enemies, who would not have me reign over them, bring them hither; and kill them before me.
28 And having said these things, he went before going up to Jerusalem.
29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethpage and Bethania, at the mountain called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples,
30 Saying: Go ye into the town, which is over-against you; entering into it, you shall find a colt of an ass tied, on which no man hath ever sat: loose him, and bring him hither.
31 And if any man shall ask you: Why do you loose him? You shall say thus unto him: Because the Lord hath need of his service.
32 And they that were sent went their way, and found the colt standing, as he had said to them.
33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said to them: Why loose you the colt?
34 But they said: Because the Lord hath need of him.
35 And they brought him to Jesus. And casting their garments on the colt, they set Jesus thereon.
36 And as they went, they spread their clothes underneath in the way.
37 And when he was now coming near the descent of Mount Olivet, the whole multitude of his disciples began with joy to praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works they had seen,
38 Saying: Blessed is he who cometh king in the name of the Lord, peace in heaven, and glory on high.
39 And some of the Pharisees, from amongst the multitude, said to him: Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40 And he said to them: I tell you, that if these should hold their peace, the stones will cry out.
41 And when he drew near, seeing the city, he wept over it, saying:
42 If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are for thy peace: but now they are hidden from thy eyes.
43 For the days shall come upon thee; and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and straiten thee on every side,
44 And beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee: and they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone: because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation.
45 And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought,
46 Saying to them: It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves.
47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. And the chief priests, and the Scribes, and the rulers of the people sought to destroy him:
48 And they found not what to do to him. For all the people heard him attentively.

CHAP. XX.
The parable of the husbandmen. Of paying tribute to Cæsar; and of the resurrection of the dead.

1 AND it came to pass, in one of the days as he was teaching the people in the temple, and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and Scribes, with the ancients, met together,
2 And spoke to him, saying: Tell us, by what authority dost thou these things? Or, who is he that hath given thee this authority?
3 And Jesus answering, said to them: I will also ask you one word. Answer me:
4 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?
5 But they thought within themselves, saying: If we shall say, From heaven: he will say: Why then did you not believe him?
6 But if we say, Of men: the whole people will stone us: for they are certain that John was a prophet.
7 And they answered, that they knew not whence it was.
8 And Jesus said to them: Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
9 And he began to speak to the people this parable: A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to husbandmen: and he was abroad from a long time.
10 And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the the vineyard. But they beating him, sent him away empty.
11 And again he sent another servant. But they beat him also, and treating him reproachfully, sent him away empty.
12 And again he sent the third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.
13 Then the lord of the vineyard said: What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be, when they see him, they will reverence him.
14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they thought within themselves, saying: This is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.
15 And casting him out of the vineyard, they killed him. What, therefore, will the lord of the vineyard do to them?
16 He will come, and will destroy these husbandmen, and will give the vineyard to others. And when they heard this, they said to him: God forbid.
17 But he looking on them, said: What is this then that is written: The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
18 Whosoever shall fall upon that stone, shall be bruised: and upon whomsoever it shall fall, it will crush him to pieces.
19 And the chief priests, and the Scribes, sought to lay hands upon him the same hour: but they feared the people: for they knew that he spoke this parable against them.
20 And being upon the watch, they sent spies, who should feign themselves just, that they might take hold of him in his words, that they might deliver him up to the authority and power of the governor.
21 And they asked him, saying: Master, we know that thou speakest and teachest rightly: and thou hast no respect of person, but teachest the way of God in truth:
22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Cæsar, or not?
23 But he, considering their deceit, said to them: Why tempt you me?
24 Shew me a penny. Whose image and inscription hath it? They answering, said to him: Cæsar’s.
25 and he said to them: Render, therefore, to Cæsar the things that are Cæsar’s: and to God the things that are God’s.
26 And they could not reprehend his word before the people: and wondering at his answer, they held their peace.
27 And there came to him some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is any resurrection, and they asked him,
28 Saying: Master, Moses wrote unto us: If any man’s brother die, having a wife, and he leave no children, that his brother should take her to wife, and raise up seed to his brother.
29 There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children.
30 And the next took her to wife, and he also died childless.
31 And the third took her. And in like manner all the seven, and they left no seed, and died.
32 Last of all the woman died also.
33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of them shall she be? since the seven had her to wife.
34 And Jesus said to them: The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
35 But they that shall be accounted worthy of that world, and of the resurrection from the dead, shall neither be married, nor take wives.
36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal to the Angels, and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
37 Now that the dead rise again, Moses also shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord, The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
38 For he is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live to him.
39 And some of the Scribes answering, said to him: Master, thou hast said well.
40 And after that they durst not ask him any more questions.
41 But he said to them: How say they that Christ is the son of David?
42 And David himself saith in the book of psalms: The Lord said to my Lord, sit thou on my right hand,
43 Till I make thy enemies thy footstool.
44 David then calleth him Lord: and how is he his son?
45 And in the hearing of all the people, he said to his disciples:
46 Beware of the Scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and love salutations in the market-place, and the first chairs in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts:
47 Who devour the houses of widows, feigning long prayer. These shall receive greater damnation.

CHAP. XXI.
The widow’s mites. The signs that should forerun the destruction of Jerusalem, and the end of the world.

1 AND looking on, he saw the rich men cast their gifts into the treasury.
2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in two brass mites.
3 And he said: Verily I say to you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all.
4 For all these have, of their abundance, cast into the offerings of God: but she, of her want, hath cast in all her living that she had.
5 And as some were saying of the temple, that it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said:
6 These things which you see, the days will come, in which there shall not be left a stone upon a stone, that shall not be thrown down.
7 And they asked him, saying: Master, when shall these things be: and what shall be the sign when they shall begin to come to pass?
8 He said: Take heed that you be not seduced; for many will come in my name, saying, I am he: and the time is at hand: Go ye not, therefore, after them.
9 And when you shall hear of wars and seditions, be not terrified: these things must first come to pass, but the end is not yet immediately.
10 Then he said to them: Nations shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
11 And there shall be great earthquakes in divers places, and pestilences and famines, and terrors from heaven, and there shall be great signs.
12 But before all these things they will lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and into prisons, dragging you before kings and governors, for my name’s sake:
13 And it shall happen to you for a testimony.
14 Lay it up, therefore, in your hearts, not to meditate before how you shall answer.
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to resist and gainsay.
16 And you shall be betrayed by your parents and brethren, and kinsmen and friends: and some of you they will put to death.
17 And you shall be hated by all men, for my name’s sake.
18 But a hair of your head shall not perish.
19 In your patience you shall possess your souls.
20 And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed about with an army: then know that the desolation thereof is at hand.
21 Then let them that are in Judea, flee to the mountains: and let them that are in the midst thereof, depart out: and let them that are in the countries enter into it.
22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things may be fulfilled that are written.
23 But wo to them that are with child, and give suck in those days; for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword: and shall be led away captives into all nations, and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles: till the times of the nations be fulfilled.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars: and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves:
26 Men withering away for fear, and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of heaven shall be moved.
27 And then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud with great power and majesty.
28 But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads: because your redemption is at hand.
29 And he spoke to them a similitude: See the fig tree, and all the trees:
30 When they now shoot forth their fruit, you know that summer is nigh.
31 So you also, when you shall see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is at hand.
32 Amen, I say to you, this generation shall not pass away, till all things be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest perhaps your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and the cares of this life: and that day come upon you suddenly.
35 For as a snare shall it come upon all that sit upon the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye, therefore, praying at all times, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that are to come, and to stand before the Son of man.
37 And in the day-time he was teaching in the temple: but at night going out, he abode in the mount that is called Olivet.
38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, to hear him.

CHAP. XXII.
The treason of Judas. The last supper. The first part of the history of the Passion.

1 NOW the feast of unleavened bread, which is called the Pasch, was at hand.
2 And the chief priests, and the Scribes, sought how thy might put Jesus to death: but they feared the people.
3 And Satan entered into Judas, who was surnamed Iscariot, one of the twelve.
4 And he went, and discoursed with the chief priests, and the magistrates, how he might betray him to them.
5 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
6 And he promised. And he sought for an opportunity to betray him in the absence of the multitude.
7 And the day of the unleavened bread came, on which it was necessary that the Pasch should be killed.
8 And he sent Peter and John, saying: Go and prepare for us the Pasch that we may eat.
9 But they said: Where wilt thou that we prepare?
10 And he said to them: Behold, as you go into the city, there shall meet you a man carrying a pitcher of water: follow him into the house, which he entereth into:
11 And you shall say to the master of the house: The Master saith to thee: Where is the guest-chamber, where I may eat the Pasch with my disciples?
12 And he will shew you a large dining-room furnished: and there prepare.
13 And they going, found as he had said to them, and they made ready the Pasch.
14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
15 And he said to them: With desire I have desired to eat this Pasch with you before I suffer.
16 For I say to you, that from this time I will not eat it, till it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
17 And having taken the chalice, he gave thanks, and said: Take, and divide it among you.
18 For I say to you, that I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, till the kingdom of God come.
19 And taking bread, he gave thanks, and brake, and gave to them, saying: This is my body which is given for you: Do this for a commemoration of me.
20 In like manner, the chalice also, after he had supped, saying: This is the chalice, the new testament in my blood, which shall be shed for you.
21 But yet behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me, is with me on the table.
22 And the Son of man indeed goeth, according to that which is determined: but wo to that man by whom he shall be betrayed.
23 And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.
24 And there was also a strife amongst them, which of them should seem to be the greater.
25 And he said to them: The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and they that have power over them, are called beneficent.
26 But you not so: but he that is the greater among you, let him be as the younger: and he that is the leader, as he that serveth.
27 For which is greater, he that sitteth at table, or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at table? But I am in the midst of you, as he that serveth.
28 And you are they who have continued with me in my temptations:
29 And I assign to you, as my Father hath assigned to me, a kingdom,
30 That you may eat and drink at my table, in my kingdom: and may sit upon thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31 And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou being once converted, confirm thy brethren.
33 But he said to him: Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison and to death.
34 And he said: I say to thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, till thou thrice deny that thou knowest me. And he said to them:
35 When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, did you want any thing?
36 But they said: Nothing. Then said he to them: But now he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise a scrip: and he that hath not, let him sell his coat, and buy a sword.
37 For I say to you, that this, which is written, must yet be fulfilled in me: And he was reckoned with the wicked: For the things concerning me have an end.
38 But they said: Lord, behold here are two swords. And he said to them: It is enough.
39 And going out, he went, according to his custom, to the mount of Olives. And his disciples also followed him.
40 And when he was come to the place, he said to them: Pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
41 And he was withdrawn away from them a stone’s cast: and kneeling down, he prayed,
42 Saying: Father, if thou wilt, remove this chalice from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared to him an Angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in agony, he prayed the longer.
44 And his sweat became as drops of blood trickling down upon the ground.
45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow.
46 And he said to them: Why sleep you? Arise, pray, lest you enter into temptation.
47 As he was yet speaking, behold a multitude: and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near to Jesus, to kiss him.
48 And Jesus said to him: Judas, dost thou betray the Son of man with a kiss?
49 And they that were about him, seeing what would follow, said to him: Lord, shall we strike with the sword?
50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
51 But Jesus answering, said: Suffer ye thus far. And when he had touched his ear, he healed him.
52 And Jesus said to the chief priests, and magistrates of the temple, and the ancients that were come to him: Are you come out, as it were against a thief, with swords and clubs?
53 When I was daily with you in the temple, you did not stretch forth your hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
54 Then laying hold on him, they led him to the high priest’s house: but Peter followed afar off.
55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were sitting about it, Peter was in the midst of them.
56 Whom, when a certain servant maid had seen sitting at the light, and had looked upon him intently, she said: This man was also with him.
57 But he denied him, saying: Woman, I know him not.
58 And after a little while, another seeing him, said: Thou also art one of them. But Peter said: O man, I am not.
59 And about the space of one hour after, another man affirmed, saying: Surely this man was also with him: for he is a Galilean.
60 And Peter said: Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he was yet speaking, the cock crew.
61 And the Lord turning, looked on Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said: Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
63 And the men that held him, mocked him, and struck him.
64 And they blindfolded him, and smote him on the face. And they asked him, saying: Prophesy, who is it that struck thee?
65 And many other things, blaspheming, they said against him.
66 And as soon as it was day, the ancients of the people, and the chief priests, and Scribes, came together, and they brought him into their council, saying: If thou be the Christ, tell us.
67 And he said to them: If I shall tell you, you will not believe me:
68 And if I shall also ask you, you will not answer me, nor let me go.
69 But hereafter the Son of man shall be sitting on the right hand of the power of God.
70 Then said they all: Art thou then the Son of God? He said: You say that I am.
71 Then they said: What need we any farther testimony? For we ourselves have heard it from his own mouth.

CHAP. XXIII.
The continuation of the history of the Passion.

1 AND the whole multitude of them rising up, led him away to Pilate.
2 And they began to accuse him, saying: We have found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, and say that he is Christ, the king.
3 And Pilate asked him, saying: Art thou the king of the Jews? But he answering, said: Thou sayest it.
4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests, and to the multitude: I find no cause in this man.
5 But they were more earnest, saying: He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.
6 But Pilate hearing of Galilee, asked if the man were a Galilean?
7 And when he understood that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him away to Herod, who himself was also at Jerusalem in those days.
8 And Herod seeing Jesus, was very glad, for he was desirous of a long time to see him, because he had heard many things of him: and he hoped to see some miracle wrought by him.
9 And he questioned him with many words. But he answered him nothing.
10 And the chief priests, and the Scribes, stood by, earnestly accusing him.
11 And Herod, with his soldiers, despised him: and mocked him, putting on him a white garment, and sent him back to Pilate.
12 And Herod and Pilate were made friends together that same day: for before they were enemies one to another.
13 Then Pilate calling together the chief priests, and the magistrates, and the people,
14 Said to them: You have brought this man to me, as one that perverteth the people, and behold I, having examined him before you, find no cause in this man touching those things wherein you accuse him.
15 Nor Herod either: For I sent you to him, and behold nothing worthy of death is done to him.
16 I will chastise him, therefore, and release him.
17 Now of necessity, he was to release to them one upon the feast-day.
18 But the whole multitude cried out together, saying: Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas;
19 Who, for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.
20 And Pilate spoke to them again, desiring to release Jesus.
21 But they cried out, saying: Crucify him, crucify him.
22 And he said to them the third time: Why, what evil hath this man done? I find no cause of death in him: I will chastise him, therefore, and let him go.
23 But they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified: and their voices prevailed.
24 And Pilate gave sentence that their petition should be granted.
25 And he released unto them him, who for murder and sedition, had been cast into prison, whom they had desired: but Jesus he delivered up to their will.
26 And as they led him away, they laid hold on one Simon, of Cyrene, coming from the country: and they laid the cross on him to carry after Jesus.
27 And there followed him a great multitude of people and of women: who bewailed and lamented him.
28 But Jesus turning to them, said: Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
29 For behold the days shall come, wherein they will say: Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck.
30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains: Fall upon us; and to the hills: Cover us.
31 For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?
32 And there were also two other malefactors led with him, to be put to death.
33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, they crucified him there: and the robbers, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
34 And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. But dividing his garments, they cast lots.
35 And the people stood beholding, and the rulers with them derided him, saying: He saved others, let him save himself, if he be Christ, the elect of God.
36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
37 And saying: If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
38 And there was also a superscription written over him in Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew letters: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 And one of these robbers who were hanging, blasphemed him, saying: If thou be Christ, save thyself, and us.
40 But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art under the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done no evil.
42 And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me, when thou shalt come into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said to him: Amen, I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with him in paradise.
44 And it was almost the sixth hour: and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
45 And the sun was darkened; and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
46 And Jesus crying with a loud voice, said: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. And saying this, he gave up the ghost.
47 Now the centurion seeing what was done, glorified God, saying: Indeed this was a just man.
48 And all the multitude of them that were come together to that sight, and saw the things that were done, returned striking their breasts.
49 And all his acquaintance, and the women that had followed him from Galilee, stood afar off beholding these things.
50 And behold there was a man, by name Joseph, who was a counsellor, a good and just man:
51 He had not consented to their counsel and doings; of Arimathea, a city of Judea, who also himself expected the kingdom of God.
52 This man went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
53 And taking him down, he wrapped him in fine linen, and laid him in a sepulchre that was hewed in stone, wherein never yet any man had been laid.
54 And it was the day of the parasceve, and the sabbath drew near.
55 And the women that were come with him from Galilee, following after, saw the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
56 And returning, they prepared spices, and ointments: and on the sabbath-day they rested, according to the commandment.

CHAP. XXIV.
Christ’s resurrection; and manifestation of himself to his disciples.

1 BUT on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared.
2 And they found the stone rolled back from the sepulchre.
3 And going in, they found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, while they were astonished in mind at this, behold two men stood by them in shining apparel.
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their countenance towards the ground, they said to them: Why seek you the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spoke to you, when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying: the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words.
9 And going back from the sepulchre, they told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest.
10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James, and the other women that were with them, that told these things to the apostles.
11 And these words seemed to them as an idle tale: and they did not believe them.
13 And behold, two of them went that same day to a town which was sixty furlongs from Jerusalem, named Emmaus.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that while they talked and reasoned with one another, Jesus himself also drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were held, that they should not know him.
17 And he said to them: What are these discourses that you hold one with another, as you walk, and are sad?
18 And the one, whose name was Cleophas, answering, said to him: Art thou alone a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things that have been done there in these days?
19 He said to them: What things? And they said: Concerning Jesus, of Nazareth, who was a prophet, mighty in work and word, before God, and all the people:
20 And how our chief priests and rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
21 But we hoped that it was he who should have redeemed Israel: and now, besides all this, to-day is the third day since these things were done.
22 Yea, and certain women also of our company, affrighted us, who, before it was light, were at the sepulchre,
23 And not finding his body, came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of Angels, who say that he is alive.
24 And some of our people went to the sepulchre, and found it so as the women had said; but him they found not.
25 Then he said to them: O foolish, and slow of heart, to believe in all the things which the prophets have spoken!
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and so to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning from Moses, and all the prophets, he expounded to them in all the Scriptures, the things that were concerning him.
28 And they drew nigh to the town whither they were going: and he made as though he would go farther.
29 But they constrained him, saying: Stay with us, because it is towards evening, and the day is now far spent. And he went in with them.
30 And it came to pass, whilst he was at table with them, he took bread, and blessed, and brake, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him: and he vanished out of their sight.
32 And they said one to the other: Was not our heart burning within us, whilst he was speaking in the way, and opened to us the Scriptures?
33 And rising up the same hour they went back to Jerusalem: and they found the eleven gathered together, and those that were with them,
34 Saying: The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 And they told what things were done in the way: and how they knew him in the breaking of bread.
36 Now whilst they were speaking these things, Jesus stood in the midst of them, and said to them: Peace be to you; it is I, fear not.
37 But they being troubled and affrighted, supposed that they saw a spirit.
38 And he said to them: Why are you troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 See my hands and feet, that it is I myself: feel, and see: for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as you see me to have.
40 And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
41 But while they yet believed not, and wondered for joy, he said: Have you here any thing to eat?
42 And they offered him a piece of a broiled fish, and a honeycomb.
43 And when he had eaten before them, taking the remains, he gave to them.
44 And he said to them: These are the words which I spoke to you while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms concerning me.
45 Then he opened their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures.
46 And he said to them: Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise again from the dead the third day:
47 And that penance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And you are witnesses of these things.
49 And I send the promise of my Father upon you: but stay you in the city, till you be endued with power from on high.
50 And he led them out as far as Bethania: and lifting up his hands, he blessed them.
51 And it came to pass, whilst he blessed them, that he departed from them, and was carried up to heaven.
52 And they adoring, went back to Jerusalem with great joy.
53 And they were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

edit: corrected Lk 4:27 “by Naaman” to “but Naaman”

Haydock Bible Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew

This should be the complete Matthew as found in the Haydock Bible. It really hasn’t been proofread.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ
According to Saint Matthew
CHAP. I.

The genealogy of Christ: he is conceived and born of a virgin.

1 THE book of the generation of JESUS CHRIST, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2 Abraham begot Isaac. And Isaac begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Judas and his brethren.
3 And Judas begot Phares and Zara, of Thamar. And Phares begot Esron. And Esron begot Aram.
4 And Aram begot Aminadab. And Aminadab begot Naasson. And Naasson begot Salmon.
5 And Salmon begot Booz of Rahab. And Booz begot Obed of Ruth. And Obed begot Jesse.
6 And Jesse begot David, the king. And David, the king, begot Solomon, of her that had been the wife of Urias.
7 And Solomon begot Roboam. And Roboam begot Abias. And Abias begot Asa.
8 And Asa begot Josaphat. And Josaphat begot Joram. And Joram begot Ozias.
9 And Ozias begot Joatham. And Joatham begot Achas. And Achas begot Ezechias.
10 And Ezechias begot Manasses. And Manasses begot Amon. And Amon begot Josias.
11 And Josias begot Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon.
12 And after they were carried to Babylon, Jechonias begot Salathiel. And Salathiel begot Zorobabel.
13 And Zorobabel begot Abiud. And Abiud begot Eliacim. And Eliacim begot Azor.
14 And Azor begot Sadoc. And Sadoc begot Achim. And Achim begot Eliud.
15 And Eliud begot Eleazar. And Eleazar begot Mathan. And Mathan begot Jacob.
16 And Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations: and from David until the carrying away to Babylon, fourteen generations: and from the carrying away to Babylon till Christ, fourteen generations.
18 Now the birth of Christ was thus: When Mary, his mother, was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Whereupon Joseph, her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done that the word might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying:
23 Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife.
25 And he knew her not till she brought forth her first-born son, and he called his name Jesus.

CHAP. II.
The offerings of the wise men: the flight into Egypt: the massacre of the innocents: and the return from Egypt.

1 NOW when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Juda, in the days of king Herod, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
2 Saying: Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and we are come to adore him.
3 And Herod the king hearing this, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And assembling together all the chief priests, and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born.
5 But they said to him: In Bethlehem of Juda: For so it is written by the prophet:
6 And thou Bethlehem, the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come forth the ruler, who shall rule my people Israel.
7 Then Herod privately calling the wise men, inquired of them diligently the time of the star’s appearing to them:
8 And sending them into Bethlehem, said: Go, and search diligently after the child; and when you have found him, bring me word again, that I also may come and adore him.
9 And when they had heard the king, they went their way: and behold the star which they had seen in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the child was.
10 And seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and falling down they adored him: and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And having received an answer in sleep, that they should not return to Herod, they went back another way into their own country.
13 And when they were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt, and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy him.
14 Who, rising up, took the child and his mother by night, and returned into Egypt:
15 And he was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16 Then Herod perceiving that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceeding angry, and sending, killed all the men children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias the prophet, saying:
18 A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning: Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
19 But when Herod was dead, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt.
20 Saying: Rise, and 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 Who, rising up, took the child, and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
22 But hearing that Archelaus reigned in Judea in the room of Herod, his father, he was afraid to go thither: and being warned in sleep, he retired in the parts of Galilee.
23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled, what was said by the prophets: That he shall be called a Nazarene.

CHAP. III.
The preaching of John: his penance: his baptism. His reproaches against the Pharisees and Sadducees. Jesus Christ comes to him, and is baptized.

1 NOW, in those days cometh John the Baptist, preaching in the desert of Judea,
2 And saying: Do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he, who was spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
4 And John himself had his garment of camels’ hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the country about the Jordan:
6 And they were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 And seeing many of the Pharisees, and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them: Ye brood of vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth, therefore, fruit worthy of penance.
9 And think not to say within yourselves: We have Abraham for our father: for I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children of Abraham.
10 For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that yieldeth not good fruit, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto penance: but he who is to come after me, is stronger than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his floor: and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan, unto John, to be baptized by him.
14 But John stayed him, saying, I ought to be baptized by thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said to him: Suffer (allow) it now: for so it becometh us to fulfil all justice. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus being baptized, went up presently out of the water: and behold the heavens were opened to him: and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him,
17 And behold a voice from heaven, saying: This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.

CHAP. IV.
Christ’s fast of forty days: he is tempted: begins his preaching in Galilee according to the prophets: fixes his abode at Capharnaum: calls Peter and Andrew, James and John: his miracles, reputation, and numerous followers.

1 THEN Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterwards hungry.
3 And the tempter coming, said to him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered, and said: It is written: Man liveth not by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6 and said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written: That he hath given his angels charge of thee, and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said to him: It is written again: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain: and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them,
9 and said to him: All these will I give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me.
10 Then Jesus said to him: Begone, Satan, for it is written: The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve.
11 Then the devil left him; and behold angels came and ministered to him.
12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was delivered up, he retired into Galilee:
13 And leaving the city of Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capharnaum, on the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
14 That what was said by Isaiah, the prophet, might be fulfilled:
15 The land of Zabulon and the land of Nephthalim, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.
16 The people that sat in darkness, saw great light: and to them that sat in the region of the shadow of death, light is spring up.
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say: Do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
18 And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishers).
19 And he saith to them: Come after me, and I will make you become fishers of men.
20 And they, immediately leaving their nets, followed him.
21 And going on from thence, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and he called them.
22 And they, immediately leaving their nets and father, followed him.
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom: and healing all diseases, and infirmities among the people.
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all sick people, that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and such as were possessed by devils and lunatics, and those that had the palsy, and he healed them:
25 And great multitudes followed him from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

CHAP. V.
Christ’s sermon on the mount. The eight beatitudes, &c.

1 NOW Jesus seeing the multitudes, went up into a mountain, and when he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
2 And opening his mouth he taught them, saying:
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.
5 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
6 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peace-makers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you untruly, for my sake;
12 Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for your reward is very great in heaven: for so they persecuted the prophets, that were before you.
13 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more, but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men.
14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a mountain cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may give light to all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For amen, I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one joy or one tittle shall not pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say to you, that unless your justice abound more than that of the Scribes and of the Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill, shall be liable to the judgment.
22 But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be liable to the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be liable to the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23 Therefore, if thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there shalt remember that thy brother hath any thing against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother: and then come and offer thy gift.
25 Agree with thy adversary quickly, whilst thou art in the way with him: lest perhaps the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
26 Amen, I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence, till thou pay the last farthing.
27 You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery.
28 But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29 And if thy right eye cause thee to offend, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is better for thee that one of thy members should perish, than that thy whole body should go into hell.
30 And if thy right hand cause thee to offend, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is better for thee that one of thy members should perish, than that thy whole body should go into hell.
31 It hath also been said: Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce.
32 But I say to you: that whosoever shall put away his wife, excepting the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.
33 Again you have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not forswear thyself: but thou shalt perform thy oaths to the Lord.
34 But I say to you, not to swear at all, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God:
35 Now by the earth, for it is his footstool: nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king:
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37 But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: but that which is over and above these, is of evil.
38 You have heard that it hath been said: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
39 But I say to you, not to resist evil: but if any one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will go to law with thee, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
41 And whosoever shall force thee to go one mile, go with him other two.
42 Give to him that asketh of thee, and from him that would borrow of thee, turn not away.
43 You have heard that it hath been said: Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thy enemy.
44 But I say to you: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you,
45 That you may be the children of your Father, who is in heaven: who maketh his sun to rise upon the good and the bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust.
46 For if you love those that love you, what reward shall you have? Do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more? Do not also the heathens the same?
48 Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.

CHAP. VI.
Alms, prayer, and fasting recommended, but ostentation to be avoided. Forgiveness of injuries urged: simplicity of intention, and greater solicitude for the next than this life.

1 TAKE heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall have no reward of your Father, who is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou dost an alms-deed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues, and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
3 But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth:
4 That thy alms may be in secret, and thy Father, who seeth in secret will repay thee.
5 And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, who love to pray standing in the synagogues, and at the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men: Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
6 But thou, when thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret: and thy Father, who seeth in secret, will reward thee.
7 And when you are praying, speak not much, as the heathens do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not you therefore like them. For your Father knoweth what you stand in need of, before you ask him.
9 You therefore shall pray in this manner: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our supersubstantial bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.
14 For if you forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences.
15 But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences.
16 And when you fast, be not as the hypocrites, sad: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear fasting to men. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face,
18 That thou appear not fasting to men, but to thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret, will repay thee.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and the moth consume, and where thieves dig through, and steal.
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor the moth doth consume, and where thieves do not dig through, nor steal.
21 For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also.
22 The light of thy body is thy eye. If thy eye be simple, thy whole body shall be lightsome.
23 But if thy eye be evil, thy whole body shall be darksome. If, therefore, the light that is in thee be darkness, how great will the darkness itself be?
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
25 Therefore I saw to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body what you shall put on. Is not the life more than the meat: and the body more than the raiment?
26 Behold the birds of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not you of much more value than they?
27 And which of you by thinking can add to his statue one cubit?
28 And for raiment why are you solicitous? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin.
29 Yet I say to you, that not even Solomon, in all his glory, was arrayed as one of these.
30 Now if God so clothe the grass of the field, which is to-day, and to-morrow is cast into the oven: how much more you, O ye of little faith?
31 Be not solicitous, therefore, saying: What shall we eat, or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed?
32 For after all these things do the heathens seek. For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things.
33 Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice: and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Be not therefore solicitous for to-morrow: for the morrow will be solicitous for itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.

CHAP. VII.
Rash judgment and the profanation of holy things condemned. Confidence in prayer, and earnest endeavours for salvation, recommended. Caution against false teachers. Perseverance in the practice of Christian virtues.

1 JUDGE not, that you may not be judged.
2 For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye: and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye?
4 Or how sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye: and behold a beam is in thy own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
6 Give not that which is holy to dogs: neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, tear you.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.
8 For everyone that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone?
10 Or if he shall ask a fish, will he reach him a serpent?
11 If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father, who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him?
12 All things, therefore, whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who enter by it.
14 How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way, which leadeth to life: and few there are who find it!
15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16 By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes off thorns, or figs off thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the bad tree bringeth forth bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot yield bad fruit, neither can a bad tree yield good fruit.
19 Every tree that yieldeth not good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father, who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many wonderful works in thy name?
23 And then will I profess unto them: I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
24 Every one, therefore, who heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man, who built his house upon a rock.
25 And the rain fell, and the flood came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And everyone that heareth these my words, and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.
27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the wind blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof.
28 And it came to pass when Jesus had fully ended these words, the people were in admiration at his doctrine.
29 For he was teaching them as one having power, and not as their Scribes and Pharisees.

CHAP. VIII.
Cure of a leper; of the centurion’s servant; of the mother-in-law of S. Peter. Dispositions for following Jesus Christ. The storm appeased. Devils driven out of two men possessed, and suffered to go into the swine.

1 AND when he was come down form the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
2 And behold a leper coming, adored him, saying: Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
3 And Jesus stretching for his hand, touched him, saying: I will. Be thou made clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4 And Jesus said to him: See thou tell no man: but go, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift which Moses commanded for a testimony to them.
5 And when he had entered into Capharnaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him,
6 And saying: Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grievously tormented.
7 And Jesus saith to him: I will come, and heal him.
8 And the centurion making answer, said: I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me, and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth: and to another, Come, and he cometh: and to my servant, Do this, and he doth it.
10 And Jesus hearing this, marveled, and said to them that followed him: Amen, I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel.
11 And I say unto you, that many shall come from the East, and the West, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven:
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said to the centurion: Go, and as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee. And the servant was healed at the same hour.
14 And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying, and sick of a fever:
15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she arose and ministered to them.
16 And when evening was come, they brought to him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word: and all that were sick he healed:
17 That it might be fulfilled, which was spoken by the prophet Isaias, saying: He took our infirmities, and bore out diseases.
18 And Jesus seeing great multitudes about him, gave orders to pass over the water.
19 And a certain scribe came and said to him: Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou shalt go.
20 And Jesus saith to him: The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air nests: but the son of man hath not where to lay his head.
21 And another of his disciples said to him: Lord, permit me first to go, and bury my father.
22 But Jesus said to him: Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.
23 And when he entered into the boat, his disciples followed him.
24 And behold a great tempest arose in the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves, but he was asleep.
25 And his disciples came to him, and awaked him, saying: Lord, save us, we perish.
26 And Jesus saith to them: Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith? Then rising up, he commanded the winds, and the sea, and there came a great calm.
27 But the men wondered, saying: What manner of man is this, for the winds, and the sea obey him?
28 And when he was come on the other side of the water, into the country of the Gerasens, there met him two that were possessed with devils, coming out of the sepulchres, exceeding fierce, so that no one could pass by that way.
29 And behold they cried out, saying: What have we to do with thee, Jesus, Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
30 And not far from them, there was a herd of many swine feeding.
31 And the devils besought him, saying: If thou cast us out hence, send us into the herd of swine.
32 And he said to them: Go. But they going out went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
33 And they that kept them, fled: and coming into the city, told every thing, and concerning them that had been possessed by the devils.
34 And behold the whole city went out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart from their coasts.

CHAP. IX.
Christ heals one sick of the palsy; calls Matthew; cures the issue of blood; raises to life the daughter of Jairus; gives sight to two blind, and heals a dumb man possessed by the devil. Harvest, and workmen.

1 AND entering into a boat, he passed over the water, and came into his own city.
2 And behold they brought to him a man sick of the palsy lying on a bed. And Jesus seeing their faith, said to the man sick of the palsy: Son, be of good heart, thy sins are forgiven thee.
3 And behold some of the scribes said within themselves: This man blasphemeth.
4 And Jesus seeing their thoughts, said: Why do you think evil in your hearts?
5 Which is easier to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
6 But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, then saith he to the man sick of the palsy: Arise, take thy bed, and go into thy house.
7 And he arose, and went into his house.
8 And the multitude seeing it, feared, and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
9 And when Jesus passed on from thence, he saw a man sitting in the custom-house, name Matthew: and he saith to him: Follow me. And he rose up, and followed him.
10 And it came to pass as he was sitting at table in the house, behold many publicans and sinners came, and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.
11 And the Pharisees seeing it, said to his disciples: Why doth your master eat with publicans, and sinners?
12 But Jesus hearing it, said: They that are in health, need not a physician, but they that are ill.
13 Go then and learn what this meaneth: I will have mercy, and not sacrifice. For I am not come to call the just, but sinners.
14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we, and the Pharisees fast often, but thy disciples do not fast?
15 And Jesus said to them: Can the children of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they shall fast.
16 And no one putteth a piece of raw cloth to an old garment: for it taketh away what was whole from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
17 Neither do they put new wine into old bottles: otherwise the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles are lost. But new wine they put itno new bottles: and both are preserved.
18 While he was speaking these things to them, behold a certain ruler came up, and adored him, saying: Lord, my daughter is just now dead: but come, lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
19 And Jesus rising up, followed him, with his disciples.
20 And behold a woman who was troubled with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment.
21 For she said within herself: If I shall only touch his garment, I shall be healed.
22 But Jesus turning about, and seeing her, said: Take courage, daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
23 And when Jesus came into the house of the ruler, and saw the minstrels and the multitude in an uproar, he said:
24 Give place: for the girl is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed scornfully at him.
25 And when the crowd was turned out, he went in, and took her by the hand: and the girl arose.
26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that country.
27 And as Jesus passed from thence, there followed him two blind men, crying out, and saying: Son of David, have mercy on us.
28 And when he was comet o the house, the blind men came to him. And Jesus saith to them: Do you believe that I can do this unto you? They say to him: Yea, Lord.
29 Then he touched their eyes, saying According to your faith be it done unto you.
30 And their eyes were opened: and Jesus strictly charged them, saying: See that no man know it.
31 But they going out, spread his fame abroad in all that country.
32 And when they were gone out, behold they brought to him a dumb man, possessed with a devil.
33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb man spoke, and the multitude wondered, saying: The like was never seen in Israel.
34 But the Pharisees said: He casteth out devils by the prince of the devils.
35 And Jesus went about all the cities, and towns, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease, and every infirmity.
36 And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then he saith to his disciples: The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few.
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth labourers into his harvest.

CHAP. X.
Christ sends out his twelve apostles, with the power of miracles. The lessons he gives them.

1 AND , having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities.
2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother.
3 James, the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, Philip, and Bartholomew, Thomas, and Matthew, the publican, and James, the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus.
4 Simon, the Chananean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent; and commanded them, saying: Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into the cities of the Samaritans enter not:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And going, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: gratis you have received, gratis give.
9 Do not possess gold, nor silver, nor money in your purses:
10 Nor scrip for your journey, nor two coats, nor shoes, nor a staff; for the workman is worthy of his meat.
11 And into whatsoever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy: and there abide till you go thence.
12 And when you come into a house, salute it, saying: Peace be to this house.
13 And if that house be worthy, your peace shall come upon it: but if it be not worthy, your peace shall return to you.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words: going forth out of that house, or city, shake off the dust from your feet.
15 Amen I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
16 Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and simple as doves.
17 But beware of men. For they will deliver you up in councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues.
18 And you shall be brought before governors, and before kings, for my sake, for a testimony to them, and to the Gentiles.
19 But when they shall deliver you up, be not thoughtful how or what to speak: for it shall be given you in that hour what to speak.
20 For it is not you that speak, but the spirit of your Father that speaketh in you.
21 The brother also shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the son: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and shall put them to death.
22 And you shall be hated by all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.
23 And when they shall persecute you in this city, flee into another. Amen I say to you, you shall not finish all the cities of Israel, till the Son of man come.
24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more them of his household?
26 Therefore fear them not: for there is nothing hid, that shall not be revealed: nor secret that shall not be known.
27 That which I tell you in the dark, speak ye in the light: and that which you hear in the ear, preach ye upon the house-tops.
28 And fear not them that kill the body, and cannot kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing: and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father, who is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father, who is in heaven.
34 Do not think that I am come to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 And a man’s enemies shall be they of his own 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 taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it.
40 He that receiveth you, receiveth me: and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.
41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive the reward of a prophet: and he that receiveth a just man in the name of a just man, shall receive the reward of a just man.
42 And whosoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones, a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple: Amen, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.

CHAP. XI.
John sends his disciples to Christ, who upbraids the Jews with their incredulity, and calls to him such as are sensible of their burthens.

1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, that he passed from thence, to teach and preach in their cities.
2 Now when John had heard, in prison, the works of Christ, sending two of his disciples, he said to him:
3 Art thou he that is to come, or do we look for another?
4 And Jesus making answer, said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen.
5 The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them.
6 And blessed is he that shall not be scandalized in me.
7 And when they went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitude, concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? A reed shaken in with the wind?
8 But what went you out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold they that are clothed in soft garments, are in the houses of kings.
9 But what went you out to see? A prophet? Yea, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is he of whom it is written: Behold I will send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.
11 Amen I say to you, there hath not risen among them that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist: yet he that is the lesser in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away.
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John:
14 And if you will receive it, he is Elias that is to come.
15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
16 But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like to children sitting in the market-place, who crying out to their companions,
17 Say: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have lamented, and you have not mourned.
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking; and they say: He hath a devil.
19 The son of man came eating and drinking, and they say: Behold a man that is a glutton and a wine-drinker, a friend of publicans and sinners. And wisdom is justified by her children.
20 Then he began to upbraid the cities, wherein were done the most of his mighty works, because they had not done penance.
21 Wo to thee, Corozain, wo to thee Bethsaida: for if in Tye and Sidon the mighty works had been done that have been done in you, they would long ago have done penance in sack-cloth and ashes.
22 But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment, than for you.
23 And thou, Capharnaum, shalt thou be exalted up to heaven? Thou shalt go down even unto hell. For if the mighty works had been done in Sodom that have been done in thee, perhaps it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for thee.
25 At that time Jesus answered, and said: I give thanks to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent and hast revealed them to little ones.
26 Yea, Father; for so hath it seemed good in thy sight.
27 All things are delivered to me by my Father. And no one knoweth the Son, but the Father: neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal him.
28 Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you.
29 Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.
30 For my yoke is sweet and my burden light.

CHAP. XII.
Christ reproves the blindness of the Pharisees, and confutes their attributing his miracles to Satan.

1 AT that time Jesus went through the cornfields on the sabbath-day: and his disciples being hungry, began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
2 And the Pharisees seeing them, said to him: Behold thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath-days.
3 But he said to them: Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and they that were with him:
4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the loaves of proposition, which it was not lawful for him to eat, nor for them that were with him, but for the priests only?
5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath-days the priests in the temple break the sabbath, and are without blame?
6 But I tell you that there is here a greater than the temple.
7 And if you knew what this meaneth: I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: you would never have condemned the innocent.
8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath.
9 And when he had departed from thence, he came into their synagogue.
10 And behold there was a man who had a withered hand, and they asked him, saying: Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath-days? That they might accuse him.
11 But he said to them: What man shall there be among you, that hath one sheep: and if the same fall into a pit on the sabbath-day, will he not take hold on it and lift it up?
12 How much better is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do a good deed on the sabbath-days.
13 Then he saith to the man: Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth, and it was restored to health like the other.
14 And the Pharisees going out, made a consultation against him, how they might destroy him.
15 But Jesus knowing it, retired from thence: and many followed him, and he healed them all.
16 And he charged them that they should not make him known.
17 That the word might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaias, the prophet, saying:
18 Behold my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom my soul hath been well pleased. I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
19 He shall not contend, nor cry out, neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
20 The bruised reed he shall not break, and smoking flax he shall not extinguish: till he send forth judgment unto victory.
21 And in his name the Gentiles shall hope.
22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind and dumb: and he healed him, so that he both spoke and saw.
23 And all the multitude were amazed, and said: Is not this the son of David?
24 But the Pharisees hearing it, said: This man casteth not out devils, but by Beelzebub, the prince of the devils.
25 And Jesus knowing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself shall be made desolate: and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.
26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself: how then shall his kingdom stand?
27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I by the spirit of God cast out devils, then is the kingdom of God come unto you.
29 Or how can any one enter into the house of the strong man, and rifle his goods, unless he first bind the strong man? And then he will rifle his house.
30 He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.
31 Therefore I say to you: Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven.
32 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him neither in this world, nor in the world to come.
33 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good: or make the tree evil, and its fruit evil: for by the fruit the tree is known.
34 O generation of vipers, how can you speak good things, whereas you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of a good treasure bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of an evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for 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 some of the Scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying: Master, we would see a sign from thee.
39 But he answering, said to them: An evil and adulterous generation seeketh for a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas, the prophet.
40 For as Jonas was in the whale’s belly three days and three nights: so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.
41 The men of Ninive shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they did penance at the preaching of Jonas. And behold a greater than Jonas is here.
42 The queen of the south shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold a greater than Solomon is here.
43 And when an unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44 Then he saith: I will return into my house from whence I came out. And coming he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then he goeth, and taketh with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is made worse than the first. So shall it be also to this wicked generation.
46 As he was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold his mother and his brethren stood without, seeking to speak to him.
47 And one said to him: Behold thy mother and thy brethren stand without, seeking thee.
48 But he, answering him that told him, said: Who is my mother, and who are my brethren?
49 And stretching forth his hand towards his disciples, he said: Behold my mother and my brethren.
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father, who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.

CHAP. XIII.
The parables of the sower of the cockle: of the mustard seed, &c.

1 THE same day Jesus going out of the house, sat by the sea-side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a boat and sat: and all the multitudes stood on the shore.
3 And he spoke to them many things in parables, saying: Behold the sower went forth the sow;
4 And whilst he soweth, some fell by the wayside, and the birds of the air came and ate them up.
5 And other some fell upon stony ground, where they had not much earth: and they sprung up immediately, because they had no deepness of earth.
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched and because they had not root, they withered away.
7 And others fell among thorns: and the thorns grew up and choaked them.
8 And others fell upon good ground: and they brought forth fruit, some a hundred-fold, some sixty-fold, and some thirty-fold.
9 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And his disciples came and said to him: Why speakest thou to them in parables?
11 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 he that hath, to him shall be given, and he shall abound, but he that hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.
13 Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And the prophecy of Isaias is fulfilled in them, who saith: By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive.
15 For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears they have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.
17 For, amen I say to you, many prophets and just men have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them: and to hear the things that you hear, and have not heard them.
18 Hear you therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, there cometh the wicked one, and catheth away that which was sown in his heart: this is he that received the seed by the way side.
20 And he who received the seed upon stony ground, is he that heareth the word, and immediately receiveth it with joy.
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but is only for a time: and when there arise tribulation and persecution because of the word, he is presently scandalized.
22 And he who received the seed among the thorns, is he that heareth the word, and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choak up the word, and he becometh fruitless.
23 But he who received the seed into good ground, is he that heareth the word, and understandeth and beareth fruit, and yieldeth one a hundred-fold, and another sixty, and another thirty.
24 Another parable he proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field.
25 But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat, and went his way.
26 And when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle.
27 Then the servants of the master of the house came and said to him: Master, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it cockle?
28 And he said to them: An enemy hath done this. And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?
29 And he said: No, lest perhaps while ye gather up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it.
30 Let both grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but gather the wheat into my barn.
31 Another parable he proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field.
32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown up, it is greater than any herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come, and dwell in the branches thereof.
33 Another parable he spoke to them: The kingdom of heaven is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened.
34 All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes: and without parables he did not speak to them.
35 That the word might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.
36 Then having sent away the multitudes, he came into the house, and his disciples came to him, saying: Explain to us the parable of the cockle in the field.
37 He made answer, and said to them: He that soweth the good seed, is the Son of man.
38 And the field is the world. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom. And the cockle are the children of the wicked one.
39 And the enemy that sowed them, is the devil. But the harvest is the end of the world. And the reapers are the angels.
40 Even as cockle therefore is gathered up, and burnt with fire, so shall it be at the end of the world.
41 The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity.
42 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
44 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field: which, when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy therefore goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls.
46 Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kind of fishes.
48 Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world, the angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just,
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 Have ye understood all these things? They say to him: Yea.
52 He said unto them: Therefore every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a master of a house, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old.
53 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from thence.
54 And coming into his own country he taught them in their synagogues, so that they wondered, and said: How came this man by this wisdom, and miracles?
55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary; and his brethren James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Jude?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath he all these things?
57 And they were scandalized in his regard. But Jesus said to them: A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
58 And he wrought not many miracles there, because of their unbelief.

CHAP. XIV.
Herod puts John to death. Christ feeds five thousand in the desert. He walks upon the sea, and heals all the diseased with the touch of his garment.

1 AT That time Herod, the tetrarch, heard of the fame of Jesus:
2 And he said to his servant: This is John the Baptist: he is risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works shew forth themselves in him.
3 For Herod had apprehended John, and bound him and put him in prison, because of Herodias, his brother’s wife.
4 For John said to him: It is not lawful for thee to have her.
5 And wishing to put him to death, he feared the people: because they esteemed him as a prophet.
6 But on Herod’s birth-day, the daughter of Herodias danced before them: and pleased Herod.
7 Whereupon he promised, with an oath, to give her whatsoever she would ask of him.
8 But she being instructed before by her mother, said: Give me here in a dish the head of John the Baptist.
9 And the king was struck sad: yet because of his oath, and for them that sat with him at table, he commanded it to be given.
10 And he sent and beheaded John in the prison.
11 And his head was brought in a dish: and it was given to the damsel, and she brought it to her mother.
12 And his disciples came and took the body, and buried it, and came and told Jesus.
13 Which, when Jesus had heard, he retired from thence in a boat into a desert place apart: and the multitudes having heard of it, followed him on foot out of the cities.
14 And he coming forth saw a great multitude, and had compassion on them, and healed their sick.
15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying: This is a desert place, and the hour is now past: send away the multitudes, that going into the towns, they may buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said to them: They have no need to go: give you them to eat.
17 They answered him: We have here but five loaves and two fishes.
18 He said to them: Bring them hither to me.
19 And when they had commanded the multitudes to sit down upon the grass, he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up what remained, twelve baskets full of fragments.
21 And the number of them that had eaten, was five thousand men, besides women and children.
22 And forthwith Jesus obliged his disciples to get up into the boat, and to go before him over the water, while he sent the multitude away.
23 And having dismissed the multitude, he went up into a mountain alone to pray. And when the evening was come he was there alone.
24 But the boat in the midst of the sea was tossed with the waves: for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night, he came to them walking upon the sea.
26 And they seeing him walking on the sea, were troubled, saying: It is an apparition. And they cried out for fear.
27 And immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying: Be of good heart: It is I, be not afraid.
28 And Peter making answer, said: Lord, if it be thou, big me come to thee upon the waters.
29 And he said: Come. And Peter, going down out of the boat, walked upon the water to come to Jesus.
30 But seeing the wind strong he was afraid: and when he began to sink, he cried out, saying: Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretching forth his hand, took hold of him, and said to him: O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were come up into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 Then they that were in the boat came and worshipped him saying: Thou art truly the Son of God.
34 And having passed over, they came into the country of Genesar.
35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country, and brought to him all that were diseased.
36 And they besought him that they might touch but the hem of his garment. And as many as touched, were made whole.

CHAP. XV.
Christ reproves the Scribes. He cures the daughter of the woman of Chanaan: and many others: and feeds four thousand with seven loaves.

1 THEN came to him from Jerusalem Scribes and Pharisees, saying:
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the ancients? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
3 But he answering said to them: Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for your tradition? For God said:
4 Honour thy father and mother: And he that shall curse father or mother, let him die the death.
5 But you say: Whosoever shall say to his father or mother, The gift whatsoever proceedeth from me, shall profit thee.
6 And he shall not honour his father or his mother: and you have made void the commandment of God for your tradition.
7 Ye hypocrites, well hath Isaias prophesied of you, saying:
8 This people honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me.
9 And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and commandments of men.
10 And having called together the multitudes unto him, he said to them: Hear ye and understand.
11 Not that which goeth into the mouth, defileth a man: but what cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
12 Then came his disciples, and said to him: Dost thou know that the Pharisees, when they heard this word, were scandalized?
13 But he answering said: Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
14 Let them alone: they are blind, and leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both fall into the pit.
15 And Peter answering, said to him: Explain to us this parable.
16 But he said: Are you also yet without understanding?
17 Do you not understand, that whatsoever entereth into the mouth, goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the privy?
18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth, come forth from the heart, and those things defile a man.
19 For from the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies.
20 These are the things that defile a man. But to eat with unwashed hands doth not defile a man.
21 And Jesus went from thence, and retired into the parts of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And behold a woman of Chanaan, who came out of those parts, crying out, said to him: Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David, my daughter is grievously troubled by a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying: Send her away, for she crieth after us:
24 And he answering, said: I was not sent but to the sheep that are lost of the house of Israel.
25 But she came and worshipped him, saying: Lord, help me.
26 But he answered, and said: It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to cast it to the dogs.
27 But she said: Yea, Lord: for the whelps also eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters.
28 Then Jesus answering, said to her: O woman, great is thy faith: be it done unto thee as thou wilt. And her daughter was cured from that hour.
29 And when Jesus had departed from thence, he came nigh the sea of Galilee: and going up into a mountain, he sat there.
30 And there came to him great multitudes, having with them the dumb, the blind, the lame, the maimed, and many others: and they cast them down at his feet, and he healed them:
31 So that the multitudes marveled, seeing the dumb speak, the lame walk, the blind see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
32 Then Jesus Called together his disciples, and said: I have compassion on the multitudes, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
33 And the disciples say unto him: Whence then should we have so many loaves in the desert, as to fill so great a multitude?
34 And Jesus said to them: How many loaves have you? But they said: Seven, and a few little fishes.
35 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
36 And taking the seven loaves and the fishes, and giving thanks, he brake, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples gave to the people.
37 And they did all eat, and had their fill. And they took up seven baskets full, of what remained of the fragments.
38 And they that did eat, were four thousand men, besides children and women.
39 And having dismissed the multitude, he went up into a boat, and came into the coasts of Magedan.

CHAP. XVI.
Christ refuses to shew the Pharisees a sign from heaven. Peter’s confession is rewarded. He is rebuked for opposing Christ’s passion. All his followers must deny themselves.

1 AND there came to him the Pharisees and Sadducees, tempting: and they asked him to shew them a sign from heaven.
2 But he answered and said to them: When it is evening, you say: It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.
3 And in the morning: To-day there will be a storm, for the sky is red and lowering.
4 You know then how to discern the face of the sky: and can you not know the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. And he left them and went away.
5 And when his disciples were come over the water, they had forgotten to take bread.
6 And he said to them: Take heed, and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and Sadducees.
7 But they thought within themselves, saying: Because we have taken no bread.
8 And Jesus knowing it, said: Why do you think within yourselves, O ye of little faith, because you have no bread?
9 Do you not yet understand, neither do you remember the five loaves among the five thousand men, and how many baskets you took up?
10 Now the seven loaves, among the four thousand men, and how many baskets you took up?
11 Why do you not understand that it was not concerning bread I said to you: Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and Sadducees?
12 Then they understood that he said not that they should beware of the leaven of the bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees, and of the Sadducees.
13 And Jesus came into the parts of Cæsarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is?
14 But they said: Some John the Baptist, and others Elijah, and others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
15 But Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?
16 Simon Peter answering said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the Living God.
17 And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father, who is in heaven.
18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.
20 Then he commanded his disciples, that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.
21 From that time forth Jesus began to shew to his disciples, that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the ancients and the Scribes, and the chief priests, and be put to death, and the third day rise again.
22 And Peter taking him, began to rebuke him, saying: Lord, be it far from thee; this shall not be unto thee.
23 But he turning, said to Peter: Go after me, Satan, thou art a scandal unto me: because thou dost not relish the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it.
26 For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels: and then will he render to ever man according to his works.
28 Amen, I say to you, there are some of them standing here, who shall not taste death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

CHAP. XVII.
The transfiguration of Christ: He cures the lunatic child, foretells his passion: and pays the didrachma.

1 And after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart:
2 And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow.
3 And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias, talking with him.
4 Then Peter answering, said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
5 And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And behold a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him.
6 And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were very much afraid.
7 And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them: Arise, and be not afraid.
8 And lifting up their eyes, they saw no man by only Jesus.
9 And as they came down for the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead.
10 And his disciples asked him, saying: Why then do the Scribes say that Elias must come first?
11 But he answering, said to them: Elias indeed shall come, and restore all things.
12 But I say to you, that Elias is already come, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they had a mind. So also the Son of man shall suffer from them.
13 Then the disciples understood that he had spoken to them of John the Baptist.
14 And when he was come to the multitude, there came to him a man falling down on his knees before him, saying: Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic, and suffereth much: for he falleth often into the fire, and often into the water.
15 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
16 Then Jesus answered, and said: O unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me.
17 And Jesus rebuked him, and the devil went out of him, and the child was cured from that hour.
18 Then came the disciples to Jesus secretly, and said: Why could not we cast him out?
19 Jesus said to them: Because of your unbelief. For amen I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard-seed, you shall say to this mountain: Remove from hence to yonder place, and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible to you.
20 But this kind is not cast out but by prayer and fasting.
21 And while they abode together in Galilee, Jesus said to them: The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:
22 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall rise again. And they were troubled exceedingly.
23 And when they were come to Capharnaum they that received the didrachmas, came to Peter, and said to him: Doth not your master pay the didrachma?
24 He said: Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying: What is thy opinion, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth receive tribute or custom? Of their own children, or of strangers?
25 And he said: Of strangers. Jesus said to him: Then the children are free.
26 But that we may not scandalize them, go thou to the sea, and cast in a hook: and that fish which shall first come up, take: and when thou hast opened its mouth, thou shalt find a stater: take that, and give it to them for me and thee.

CHAP. XVIII.
Christ teaches humility, to beware of scandal, and to flee the occasions of sin: to denounce to the church incorrigible sinners, and to look upon such as refuse to hear the church as heathens. He promises to his disciples the power of binding and loosing: and that he will be in the midst of their assemblies. No forgiveness for them that will not forgive.

1 AT that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who, thinkest thou, is the greater in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them,
3 And said: Amen I say unto you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.
6 But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a mill-stone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Wo to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but, nevertheless wo to that man by whom the scandal cometh.
8 And if thy hand or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to enter into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire.
9 And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee with one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
10 Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
12 What think you? If a man have a hundred sheep, and one of them should go astray; doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the mountains, and go to seek that which is gone astray?
13 And if it be so that he find it, amen, I say to you, he rejoiceth more for that than for the ninety-nine that went not astray.
14 Even so it is not the will of your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
15 But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and reprove him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand.
17 And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and the publican.
18 Amen, I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven.
19 Again I say to you, that if two of you shall agree upon earth, concerning any thing whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done for them by my Father, who is in heaven.
20 For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
21 Then Peter came unto him, and said: Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?
22 Jesus said to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven:
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a king, who would take an account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to take the account, one was brought to him, that owed him ten thousand talents.
25 And as he had not wherewith to pay it, his lord commanded that he should be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had, and payment be made.
26 But that servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 And the lord of that servant being moved with pity, let him go, and forgave him the debt.
28 But when that servant was gone out, he found one of his fellow-servants that owed him a hundred pence: and laying hold of him, he throttled him, saying: Pay what thou owest.
29 And his fellow-servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 Now his fellow-servants seeing what was done, were very much grieved, and they came, and told their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord called him: and said to him: Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all the debt, because thou besoughtest me.
33 Shouldst not thou then have compassion also on thy fellow-servant, even as I had compassion on thee?
34 And his lord being angry, delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all the debt.
35 So also shall my heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.

CHAP. XIX.
Christ declares matrimony to be indissoluble: he recommends the making one’s self an eunuch for the kingdom of heaven; and parting with all things for him. He shews the dangers of riches, and the reward of leaving all to follow him.

1 AND it came to pass when Jesus had ended these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the confines of Judea beyond the Jordan.
2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
3 And the Pharisees came to him tempting him, and saying: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
4 But he answering, said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made man in the beginning, made them male and female? And he said:
5 For this cause, shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh.
6 Therefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
7 They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away?
8 He saith to them: Moses because of the hardness of your hearts permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9 And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery; and he who shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.
10 His disciples say unto him: If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not good to marry.
11 He said to them: All receive not this word, but they to whom it is given.
12 For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mother’s womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can receive, let him receive it.
13 Then were little children presented to him, that he should lay his hands upon them and pray. And the disciples rebuked them.
14 But Jesus said to them: Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to me: for the kingdom of heaven is for such.
15 And when he had laid his hands upon them, he departed thence.
16 And behold one came and said to him: Good Master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting?
17 But he said to him: Why askest thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith to him: Which? And Jesus said: Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness.
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith to him: All these have I kept from my youth: what is yet wanting to me?
21 Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
22 And when the young man had heard this word, he went away sad: for he had great possessions.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples: Amen, I say to you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say to you: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
25 And when the disciples had heard this, they wondered very much, saying: Who then can be saved?
26 And Jesus beholding, said to them: With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible.
27 Then Peter answering, said to him: Behold we have left all things, and have followed thee: what therefore shall we have?
28 And Jesus said to them: Amen, I say to you, that you, who have followed me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of his majesty, you also shall sit on twelve seats, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundred-fold, and shall possess life everlasting.
30 But man that are first, shall be last: and the last shall be first.

CHAP. XX.
The parable of the labourers in the vineyard. The ambition of the two sons of Zebedee. Christ gives sight to two blind men.

1 THE kingdom of heaven is like to a master of a family, who went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
2 And having agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3 And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing idle in the market-place,
4 And he said to them, Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give you what shall be just.
5 And they went their way. And again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour: and did in like manner.
6 But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he saith to them: Why stand you here all the day idle?
7 They say to him: Because no man hath hired us. He saith to them: Go you also into my vineyard.
8 And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward: Call the labourers and pey them their hire, beginning from the last even to the first.
9 When therefore they came, who had come about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
10 But when the first also came, they thought that they should have received more: and they likewise received every man a penny.
11 And receiving it, they murmured against the master of the house,
12 Saying: These last have worked but one hour, and thou hast made them equal to us, that have borne the burden of the day and the heats.
13 But he answering one of them, said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny?
14 Take what is thine, and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee.
15 Or is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Is thy eye evil, because I am good?
16 So shall the last be first, and the first last. For many are called but few chosen.
17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples apart, and said to them:
18 Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be betrayed to the chief priests and the Scribes, and they shall condemn him to death.
19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked, and scourged, and crucified, and the third day he shall rise again.
20 Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, worshipping and asking something of him.
21 And he said to her: What wilt thou? She saith to him: Say that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom.
22 But Jesus answering, said: You know not what you ask. Can you drink of the chalice that I shall drink? They say to him: We can.
23 He saith to them: My chalice indeed you shall drink: but to sit on my right or left hand, is not mine to give you, but to them for whom it is prepared by my Father.
24 And the ten hearing it, were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
25 But Jesus called them to him, and said: You know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them: and they that are greater, exercise power upon them.
26 It shall not be so among you; but whosoever will be the greater among you, let him be your minister:
27 And he who would be the first among you, shall be your servant.
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many.
29 And when they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
30 And behold tow blind men sitting by the way side, heard that Jesus passed by, and they cried out, saying: O Lord, son of David, have mercy on us.
31 And the multitude rebuked them that they should hold their peace. But they cried out the more, saying: O Lord, son of David, have mercy on us.
32 And Jesus stood and called them, and said: What will ye that I do to you?
33 They say to him: Lord, that out eyes may be opened.
34 And Jesus having compassion on them, touched their eyes. And immediately they received sight, and followed him.

CHAP. XXI.
Christ rides into Jerusalem upon an ass: he casts the buyers and sellers out of the temple: curses the fig-tree: and puts to silence the priests and Scribes.

1 And when they drew nigh to Jerusalem, and were come to Bethpage, unto Mount Olivet, then Jesus sent two disciples,
2 Saying to them: Go ye into the village that is over against you, and immediately you shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them and bring them to me.
3 And if any man shall say any thing to you, say ye, that the Lord hath need of them: and forthwith he will let them go.
4 Now all this was done that what was spoken by the prophet might be fulfilled, saying:
5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion: Behold, thy king cometh to thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass and a colt, the foal of her that is used to the yoke.
6 And the disciples going, did as Jesus commanded them.
7 And they brought the ass and the colt: and laid their garments upon them, and made him sit thereon.
8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way: and others cut boughs from the trees, and strewed them in the way.
9 And the multitudes that went before and that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, the whole city was moved, saying: Who is this?
11 And the people said: This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth of Galilee.
12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the chairs of them that sold doves.
13 And he saith to them: It is written: My house shall be called the house of prayer: but you have made it a den of thieves.
14 And the blind, and the lame came to him in the temple: and he healed them.
15 And the chief priests and Scribes seeing the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying: Hosanna to the son of David; were moved with indignation.
16 And said to him: Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus said to them: Yea, have you never read: Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise.
17 And leaving them, he went out of the city into Bethania: and remained there.
18 And in the morning, returning into the city, he was hungry.
19 And seeing a fig-tree by the wayside, he came to it: and found nothing on it but leaves only, and he saith to it: May no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And immediately the fig-tree withered away.
20 And the disciples seeing it, wondered, saying: How is it presently withered away?
21 And Jesus answering, said to them: Amen, I say to you, if you shall have fiath, and stagger not, not only this of the fig-tree shall you do, but also if you shall say to this mountain, Take up and cast thyself into the sea, it shall be done.
22 And all things whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.
23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and ancients of the people came to him as he was teaching, saying: By what authority dost thou these things? And who gave thee this authority?
24 Jesus answering, said to them: I also will ask you one word, which if you shall tell me, I will tell also tell you by what authority I do these things.
25 The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from men? But they thought within themselves, saying:
26 If we shall say, From heaven, he will say to us: Why then did you not believe him? But if we shall say, From men, we are afraid of the multitude: for all held John as a prophet.
27 And answering Jesus, they said: We know not. And he said to them: Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
28 But what think you: A certain man had two sons, and coming to the first he said: Son, go work today in my vineyard.
29 And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went.
30 And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go sire. And he went not.
31 Which of the two did the father’s will? They say to him: The first. Jesus saith to them: Amen, I say to you, that the publicans and the harlots shall go into the kingdom of God before you.
32 For John came to you in the way of justice, and you did not believe him. But the publicans and the harlots believed him: but you seeing it, did not even afterwards repent, that you might believe him.
33 Hear ye another parable: There was a master of a family who planted a vineyard, and made a hedge round about it, and dug in it a wine-press, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen: and went into a strange country.
34 And when the time of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
35 And the husbandmen having laid hold of his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
36 Again he sent other servants more than the former: and they did to them in like manner.
37 And last of all he sent to them his son, saying: They will reverence my son.
38 But the husbandmen seeing the son, said among themselves: This is the heir, come, let us kill him, and we shall have his inheritance.
39 And taking him, they cast him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him.
40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard shall come, what will he do to those husbandmen?
41 They say to him: He will bring those evil men to an evil end: and will let out his vineyard to other husbandmen, that shall render him the fruit in due season.
42 Jesus saith to them: Have you never read in the Scriptures: The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? By the Lord this hath been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes.
43 Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone, shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they understood that he spoke of them.
46 And seeking to lay hands on him, they feared the multitudes: because they held him as a prophet.

CHAP. XXII.
The parable of the marriage feast: Christ orders tribute to be paid to Cæsar: he confutes the Sadducees: shews which is the first commandment in the law: and puzzles the Pharisees.

1 AND Jesus answering, spoke to them again in parables, saying:
2 The kingdom of heaven is like to a man being a king, who made a marriage for his son.
3 And he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage: and they would not come.
4 Again he sent other servants, saying, Tell these that were invited: Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my beeves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come ye to the wedding.
5 But they neglected, and went their ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandize.
6 And the rest laid hands on his servants, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death.
7 But when the king heard of it, he was angry, and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city.
8 Then he saith to his servants: The wedding indeed is ready, but they that were invited, were not worthy.
9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, invite to the wedding.
10 And his servants going out into the highways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good and the wedding was filled with guests.
11 And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment.
12 And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding-garment? But he was silent.
13 Then the king said to the waiters: Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
15 Then the Pharisees going away, consulted among themselves how to ensnare him in his speech.
16 And they send to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying: Master, we know that thou art a true speaker, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou dost not regard the person of men.
17 Tell us therefore what dost thou think? Is it lawful to give tribute to Cæsar, or not?
18 But Jesus knowing their wickedness, said: Why do you tempt me, ye hypocrites?
19 Shew me the coin of the tribute. And they offered him a penny.
20 And Jesus saith to them: Whose image and inscription is this?
21 They say to him: Cæsar’s. Then he saith to them: Render therefore to Cæsar the things that are Cæsar’s: and to God, the things that are God’s.
22 And hearing this, they wondered, and leaving him went their way.
23 The same day the Sadducees came to him, who say there is no resurrection: and asked him,
24 Saying: Master, Moses said: If a man die having no son, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up issue to his brother.
25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first having married a wife, died: and not having issue, left his wife to his brother.
26 In like manner, the second, and the third, and so on to the seventh.
27 And last of all the woman died also.
28 At the resurrection therefore whose wife shall she be of the seven? For they all had her.
29 And Jesus answering, said to them: You err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they shall neither marry, nor be given in marriage: but shall be as the angel s of God in heaven.
31 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoke by God, saying to you:
32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob: He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
33 And the multitudes hearing this, were in admiration at his doctrine.
34 And the Pharisees hearing that he had silenced the Sadducees, came together:
35 And one of them, a doctor of the law, asked him, tempting him:
36 Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind.
38 This is the greatest and first commandment.
39 And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets.
41 And the Pharisees being gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 Saying: What think you of Christ? whose son is he? They say to him: David’s.
43 He saith to them: How then doth David in spirit call him Lord: Saying:
44 The Lord said to my Lord: Sit on my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy foot-stool?
45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
46 And no man was able to answer him a word: neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more question.

CHAP. XXIII.
Christ admonishes the people to follow the good doctrine, not the bad example of the Scribes and Pharisees: he warns his disciples not to imitate their ambition: and denounces divers woes against them for their hypocrisy and blindness.

1 THEN Jesus spoke to the multitude and to his disciples,
2 Saying: The Scribes and the Pharisees have sitteth on the chair of Moses.
3 All therefore whatsoever they shall say to you, observe and do: but according to their works do ye not: for they say and do not.
4 For they bind heavy and insupportable burdens: and lay them on men’s shoulders: but with a finger of their own they will not move them.
5 And all their works they do to be seen by men: For they make their phylacteries broad and enlarge their fringes.
6 And they love the first places at feasts, and the first chairs in the synagogues,
7 And salutations in the market-place, and to be called by men, Rabbi.
8 But be not you called Rabbi. For one is your master, and all you are brethren.
9 And call none your father upon earth: for one is your Father, who is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your master, Christ.
11 He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself, shall be humbled: and he that shall humble himself, shall be exalted.
13 But wo to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men: for you go not in yourselves: and those that are going in, you suffer not to enter.
14 Wo to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: because you devour the house of widows, making long prayers: therefore you shall receive the greater judgment.
15 Wo to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: because you go round about sea and land to make one proselyte: and when he is made, you make him the child of hell two-fold more than yourselves.
16 Wo to you blind guides, who say: Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing: but he that shall swear by the gold of the temple, is a debtor.
17 Ye foolish and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
18 And whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing: but whosoever shall swear by the gift that is upon it, he is a debtor.
19 Ye blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
20 Whosoever therefore sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things that are upon it:
21 And whosoever sweareth by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth in it.
22 And he that sweareth by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.
23 Wo to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: who tithe mint, and anise, and cumin, and have omitted the weightier things of the law, judgment, and mercy, and faith. These things you ought to have done, and not to leave those others undone.
24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel.
25 Wo to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: because you make clean the outside of the cup, and of the dish: but within you are full of extortion and uncleanness.
26 Thou blind Pharisee, first make clean the inside of the cup, and of the dish, that the outside may come clean.
27 Wo to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: because you are like to whitened sepulchres, which outwardly appear to me beautiful, but within are full of dead men’s bones, and of all filthiness.
28 So you also outwardly, indeed, appear to men just: but within, you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
29 Wo to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, who build the sepulchres of the prophets, and adorn the monuments of the just,
30 And say: If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them, in the blood of the prophets.
31 Wherefore you are witnesses against yourselves, that you are the sons of them who killed the prophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpents, generation of vipers, how will you escape the judgment of hell:
34 Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets and wise men, and Scribes: and some of them you will put to death, and crucify, and some you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city:
35 That upon you may come all the just blood, that hath bee shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the just, even unto the blood of Zacharias, the son of Barachias, whom you killed between the temple and the altar.
36 Amen, I say to you, all these things shall come unto this generation.
37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldst not?
38 Behold, your house shall be left to you desolate.
39 For I say to you, you shall not see me henceforth till you say: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

CHAP. XXIV.
Christ foretells the destruction of the temple: with the signs that shall come before it, and before the last judgment. We must always watch.

1 AND Jesus being come out of the temple went away. And his disciples came to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2 And he answering, said to them: DO you see all these things? Amen, I say to you, there shall not be left here a stone upon a stone that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he was sitting on Mount Olivet, the disciples came to him privately, saying: Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and the consummation of the world?
4 And Jesus answering, said to them: Take heed that no man seduce you:
5 For man will come in my name, saying, I am Christ: and they will seduce many.
6 And you shall hear of wars, and rumours of wars. See that ye be not troubled. For these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be pestilences, and famines, and earthquakes in places.
8 Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall put you to death: and you shall be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.
10 And then shall many be scandalized, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall seduce many.
12 And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold.
13 But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world, for a testimony to all nations, and then shall the consummation come.
15 When therefore, you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel, the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand.
16 Then let them that are in Judea flee to the mountains:
17 And let him that in on the house top, not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 And let him that is in the field, not go back to take his coat.
19 And wo to them that are with child, and that give suck in those days.
20 But pray that your flight be not in the winter, or on the sabbath.
21 For there shall be then great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be.
22 And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the elect, those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say to you: Lo, here is Christ, or there: do not believe him.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if it were possible) even the elect.
25 Behold, I have told it to you before hand.
26 If therefore, they shall not say to you: Behold he is in the desert: go ye not out: Behold he is in the closets, believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and appeareth, even unto the west: so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 Wheresoever the body shall be, there shall the eagles also be gathered together.
29 And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be moved:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn: and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and majesty.
31 And he shall send his Angels with a trumpet, and a great voice: and they shall gather together his elect, from the four winds, from the farthest parts of the heavens to the utmost bounds of them.
32 Now learn a parable from the fig-tree: when its branch is now tender, and the leaves come forth, you know that summer is nigh.
33 So also you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Amen, I say to you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour no one knoweth, no not the Angels of heaven, but the Father alone.
37 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And they knew not till the flood came, and took them all away: so also shall the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field: the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill: the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
42 Watch ye, therefore, because you know not at what hour your Lord will come.
43 But this know ye, that if the master of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would certainly watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open.
44 Wherefore be ye also ready, because at what hour you know not, the Son of man will come.
45 Who, thinkest thou, is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath set over his family, to give them meat in season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom, when his lord shall come, he shall find so doing.
47 Amen, I say to you, he shall set him over all his goods.
48 But if that evil servant shall say in his heart: My lord is long a coming:
49 And shall begin to strike his fellow-servants, and shall eat, and drink with drunkards:

50 The lord of that servant shall come, in a day that he expecteth not, and in an hour that he knoweth not:
51 And shall separate him, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

CHAP. XXV.
The parable of the ten virgins, and of the talents: the description of the last judgment.

1 THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins, who, taking their lamps, went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride.
2 Now five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
3 But the five foolish, having taken their lamps, took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels, with the lamps.
5 And while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil: for our lamps are gone out.
9 The wise answered, saying: Lest there be not enough for us and for you, go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 Now while they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they who were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.
11 But at last came also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord open to us.
12 But he answering, said: Amen, I say to you I know you not.
13 Watch ye, therefore, because ye know not the day nor the hour.
14 For even as a man going into a far country, called his servants, and delivered to them his goods;
15 And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey.
16 And he that had received the five talents, went his way, and traded with the same, and gained other five.
17 And in like manner he that had received the two, gained other two.
18 But he that had received the one, going his way, digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 But after a long time, the lord of those servants came, and reckoned with them.
20 And he that had received the five talents, coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou deliveredst to me five talents; behold I have gained other five over and above.
21 His lord said to him: Well done, thou good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me: behold I have gained other two.
23 His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 But he that had received the one talent, came, and said: Lord, I know that thou art a hard man; thou reapest where thou hast not sown, and gatherest where thou hast not strewed:
25 And being afraid, I went and hid thy talent in the earth: behold here thou hast that which is thine.
26 And his lord answering, said to him: Wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sow not, and gather where I have not strewed.
27 Thou oughtest, therefore, to have committed my money to the bankers, and at my coming, I should have received my own with usury.
28 Take ye away, therefore, the talent from him, and give it to him that hath ten talents.
29 For to every one that hath, shall be given, and he shall abound: but from him that hath not, that also which he seemeth to have shall be taken away.
30 And the unprofitable servant, cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 And when the Son of man shall come in his majesty, and all the Angels with him, then shall he sit upon the seat of his majesty:
32 And all nations shall be gathered together before him, and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 For I was hungry, and you gave me to drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in:
36 Naked, and you clothed me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.
37 Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee: thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in: or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when did we see thee sick, or in prison, and came to thee?
40 And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen, I say to you: as long as you did it to one of these, my least brethren, you did it to me.
41 Then shall he say to them also, that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me not to drink:
43 I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee?
45 Then he shall answer them, saying: Amen, I say to you: as long as you did it not to one of these least ones, neither did you do it to me.
46 And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.

CHAP. XXVI
The Jews conspire against Christ. He is anointed by Mary. The treason of Judas. The last supper. The prayer in the garden. The apprehension of our Lord: His treatment in the house of Caiphas.

1 AND it came to pass, when Jesus had ended all these words, he said to his disciples:
2 You know that after two days shall be the Pasch, and the Son of man shall be delivered up to be crucified.
3 Then were gathered together the chief priests, and the ancients of the people, into the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiphas:
4 And they consulted together, that by subtilty they might apprehend Jesus, and put him to death.
5 But they said: Not on the festival day, lest perhaps there should be a tumult among the people.
6 And when Jesus was in Bethania, in the house of Simon, the leper,
7 There came to him a woman having an alabaster-box of precious ointment, and poured it on his head as he was at table.
8 And the disciples seeing it, had indignation, saying: To what purpose is this waste?
9 For this might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10 And Jesus knowing it, said to them: Why do you trouble this woman? For she hath wrought a good work upon me.
11 For the poor you have always with you: but me you have not always.
12 For she, in pouring this ointment upon my body, hath done it for my burial.
13 Amen, I say to you, wheresoever’s this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that also which she hath done, shall be told for a memory of her.
14 Then went one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, to the chief priests:
15 And he said to them: What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? But they appointed him thirty pieces of silver.
16 And from thenceforth he sought opportunity to betray him.
17 And on the first day of the azymes, the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the Pasch?
18 But Jesus said: Go ye into the city to a certain man, and say to him: The master saith: My time is near at hand, with thee I make the Pasch with my disciples.
19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them, and they prepared the Pasch.
20 Now when it was evening, he sat down with his twelve disciples.
21 And whilst they were eating, he said: Amen, I say to you, that one of you is about to betray me.
22 And they being very much troubled, began every one to say: Is it I, Lord?
23 But he answering, said: He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
24 The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but wo to that man, by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed: It were better for that man if he had not been born.
25 And Judas, that betrayed him, answering, said: Is it I, Rabbi? he saith to him: Thou hast said it.
26 And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke, and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat: This is my body.
27 And taking the chalice he gave thanks: and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this.
28 For this is my blood of the new testament which shall be shed for many, for the remission of sins.
29 And I say to you: I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day, when I shall drink it new with you in the kingdom of my Father.
30 And having sung a hymn, they went out to Mount Olivet.
31 Then Jesus saith to them: All you shall be scandalized in me this night. For it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be dispersed.
32 But after I shall be risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
33 And Peter answering, said to him: Though all men shall be scandalized in thee, I will never be scandalized.
34 Jesus said to him: Amen, I say to thee, that in this night, before the cock crow, thou wilt deny me thrice.
35 Peter saith to him: Though I should die with thee, I will not deny thee. And in like manner said all the disciples.
36 Then Jesus came with them to a country place, which is called Gethsemani, and he said to his disciples: Sit you here, till I go yonder, and pray.
37 And taking with him Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be sad.
38 Then he saith to them: My soul is sorrowful, even unto death: stay you here, and watch with me.
39 And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying, and saying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh to his disciples, and findeth them asleep, and he saith to Peter: What? Could you not watch one hour with me?
41 Watch ye and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42 Again, he went the second time, and prayed, saying: My Father, if this chalice can not pass away, but I must drink it, thy will be done.
43 And he cometh again, and findeth them asleep: for their eyes were heavy.
44 And leaving them, he went away again: and he prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45 Then he cometh to his disciples, and saith to them: Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46 Rise, let us go: behold he is at hand that will betray me.
47 As he yet spoke, behold Judas, one of the twelve came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the ancients of the people.
48 And he that betrayed him, gave them a sign, saying: Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he, hold him fast.
49 And forthwith coming to Jesus, he said: Hail, Rabbi. And he kissed him.
50 And Jesus said to him: Friend, whereto art thou come? Then they came up, and laid hands on Jesus, and held him.
51 And behold one of them that were with Jesus, stretching forth his hand, drew out his sword; and striking the servant of the high priest, cut off his ear.
52 Then Jesus saith to him: Put up again thy sword into its place. For all that take the sword, shall perish by the sword.
53 Thinkest thou, that I cannot ask my Father, and he will give me presently, more than twelve legions of Angels?
54 How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that so it must be done?
55 In that same hour, Jesus said to the multitude: You are come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs, to apprehend me: I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and you laid not hands on me.
56 Now all this was done, that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then the disciples all leaving him, fled away.
57 But they holding Jesus, led him to Caiphas, the high priest, where the Scribes and the ancients were assembled:
58 But Peter followed him afar off, to the high priest’s palace. And going in, he sat with the servants, to see the end.
59 Now the chief priests, and the whole council, sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death:
60 And they found not, though many false witnesses had come in. And last of all there came to false witnesses,
61 And they said: This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and after three days to rebuild it.
62 And the high priest rising up, said to him: Answerest thou nothing to the things which these witness against thee?
63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest said to him: I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us if thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
64 Jesus saith to him: Thou hast said it. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son of man, sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
65 Then the high priest rent his garments, saying: He hath blasphemed, what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard the blasphemy:
66 What think you? But they answering, said: He is guilty of death.
67 Then they spat in his face, and buffeted him, and others struck his face with the palms of their hands;
68 Saying; Prophecy unto us, O Christ, who is he that struck thee?
69 But Peter sat without in the palace: and there came to him a servant-maid, saying: Thou also wast with Jesus, the Galilean.
70 But he denied before them all, saying: I know not what thou sayest.
71 And as he went out of the gate, another maid saw him, and she saith to them that were there: This man also was with Jesus, of Nazareth.
72 And again he denied with an oath: That I know not the man.
73 And after a little while they that stood by came, and said to Peter: Surely thou also art one of them for even thy speech doth discover thee.
74 Then he began to curse and to swear that he knew not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus which he had said: Before the cock crow, thou wilt deny me thrice. And going forth, he wept bitterly.

CHAP. XXVII.
The continuation of the history of the passion of Christ. His death and burial.

1 AND when morning was come, all the chief priests and ancients of the people held a council against Jesus, to put him to death.
2 And they brought him bound, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate, the governor.
3 Then Judas, who betrayed him, seeing that he was condemned, repenting himself, brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the ancients,
4 Saying: I have sinned in betraying innocent blood. But they said: What is that to us? Look thou to it.
5 And casting down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed: and went and hanged himself with a halter.
6 But the chief priests having taken the pieces of silver, said: It is not lawful to put them into the Corbona, because it is the price of blood.
7 And having consulted together, they bought with them the potter’s field, to be a burying place for strangers.
8 Wherefore that field was called Haceldama; that is, The Field of Blood, even to this day.
9 Then was fulfilled the prophecy that which was spoken by Jeremiah, the prophet, saying: And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they prized of the children of Israel.
10 And they gave them unto the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed to me.
11 And Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, saying: Art thou the king of the Jews? Jesus saith to him: Thou sayest it.
12 And when he was accused by the chief priests and ancients, he answered nothing.
13 Then Pilate saith to him: Dost not thou hear how great testimonies they allege against thee?
14 And he answered him not to any word; so that the governor wondered exceedingly.
15 Now upon the solemn day the governor was accustomed to release to the people one prisoner, whom they would.
16 And he had notorious prisoner, that was called Barabbas.
17 They therefore being gathered together, Pilate said: Whom will you that I release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?
18 For he knew that through envy they had delivered him up.
19 And as he was sitting on the judgment-seat, his wife sent to him, saying: Have thou nothing to do with that just man. For I have suffered many things this day in a dream on account of him.
20 But the chief priests and ancients persuaded the people, that they should ask Barabbas, and make Jesus away.
21 And the governor answering, said to them: Which will you have of the two to be released unto you? But they said, Barabbas.
22 Pilate saith to them: What shall I do then with Jesus that is called Christ? They all say: Let him be crucified.
23 The governor said to them: Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying: Let him be crucified.
24 And Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing; but that rather a tumult was made; having taken water, washed his hands before the people, saying: I am innocent of the blood of this just man: look you to it.
25 And all the people answering, said: His blood is upon us, and upon our children.
26 Then he released to them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to them to be crucified.
27 Then the soldiers of the governor taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto him the whole band:
28 And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him.
29 And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: Hail, king of the Jews.
30 And spitting upon him, they took the reed, and struck his head.
31 And after they had mocked him, they took off the cloak from him, and put on him his own garments, and led him away to crucify him.
32 And going out, they found a man of Cyrene, named Simon: him they forced to take up his cross.
33 And they came to the place that is called Golgotha, which is the place of Calvary.
34 And they gave him wine to drink, mingled with gall. And when he had tasted, he would not drink.
35 And after they had crucified him, they divided his garments, casting lots; that the word might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: They divided my garments among them; and upon my vesture they cast lots.
36 And sitting down they watched him.
37 And they put over his head his cause written: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38 Then were there crucified with him two thieves: one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
39 And they that passed by, blasphemed him, wagging their heads,
40 And saying: Vah, thou who destroyest the temple of God, and in three days dost rebuild it, save thy own self: if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
41 In like manner, also the chief priests with the Scribes and ancients mocking: said:
42 He saved others; himself he cannot save: if he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
43 He trusted in God, let him deliver him now if he will have him: for he said: I am the Son of God.
44 And the same thing of the thieves also, that were crucified with him, reproached him with.
45 Now from the sixth hour, there was darkness over all the earth, until the ninth hour.
46 And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? That is, My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?
47 And some that stood there and heard, said: This man calleth Elias.
48 And immediately one of them running, took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar; and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
49 And the others said: Stay, let us see whether Elias will come to deliver him.
50 And Jesus again crying with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent.
52 And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had slept, arose:
53 And coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, came into the holy city and appeared to many.
54 Now the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, having seen the earthquake and the things that were done, were greatly afraid, saying: Indeed this was the Son of God.
55 And there were many women afar off, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
56 Among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
57 And when it was evening, there came a certain rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus.
58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded that the body should be delivered.
59 And Joseph taking the body wrapt it up in a clean linen cloth,
60 And laid it in his own new monument, which he had hewn out in a rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the monument, and went his way:
61 And there was there Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary sitting over against the sepulchre.
62 And the next day, which followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate,
63 Saying: Sir, we have remembered, that that seducer said, while he was yet alive: After three days I will rise again.
64 Command, therefore, the sepulchre to be guarded until the third day; lest his disciples come, and steal him away, and say to the people: He is risen from the dead; and the last error shall be worse than the first.
65 Pilate said to them: You have a guard: go, guard it as you know.
66 And they departing, made the sepulchre sure, with guards, sealing the stone.

CHAP. XXVIII.
The resurrection of Christ. His commission to his disciples.

1 AND in the end of sabbath, When it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
2 And behold there was a great earthquake. For an Angel of the Lord descended from heaven: and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
3 And his countenance was as lightning, and his raiment as snow.
4 And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answering, said to women: Fear not you: for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified:
6 He is not here; for he is risen, as he said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid.
7 And going quickly, tell ye his disciples that he is risen: and behold he will go before you into Galilee: there you shall see him. Lo, I have foretold it to you.
8 And they went out quickly from the sepulchre, with fear and great joy, running to tell his disciples.
9 And behold Jesus met them, saying: All hail. But they came up and took hold of his feet and worshipped him.
10 Then Jesus said to them: Be not afraid. Go, tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, there they shall see me.
11 Now when they were departed, behold some of the guards came into the city, and told the chief priests all the things that had been done.
12 And they being assembled together with the ancients, having taken counsel, they gave a great sum of money to the soldiers;
13 Saying: Say you, that his disciples came by night, and stole him away when we were asleep.
14 And if the governor shall hear of this, we will persuade him, and secure you.
15 So they, taking the money, did as they were taught. And this word was spread abroad among the Jews even unto this day.
16 And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And seeing him, they adored: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.
19 Going, therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost;
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

Edited: Matthew 20:23. shall not drink replaced by shall drink