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Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a narration concerning the things fully believed among us, 2as they, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, delivered them to us; 3it seemed good to me also, having accurately traced all from the very first, to write to thee in order, most excellent Theophilus; 4that thou mightest know the certainty concerning those things wherein thou wast instructed.
5There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judæa, a certain priest, Zachariah by name, of the course of Abijah; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7And they had no child, because Elisabeth was barren; and they both were now far advanced in years.
8And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God, in the order of his course, 9it fell to his lot, according to the custom of the priest's office, to burn incense, going into the temple of the Lord. 10And the whole multitude of the people were praying without, at the hour of incense. 11And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12And Zachariah seeing him was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said to him: Fear not, Zachariah; for thy prayer was heard, and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15For he shall be great before the Lord; and he shall not drink wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. 16And many of the sons of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a prepared people for the Lord.
18And Zachariah said to the angel: Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is far advanced in years. 19And the angel answering said to him: I am Gabriel, that stands in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak to thee, and to bring thee these glad tidings. 20And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou didst not believe thy words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
21And the people were waiting for Zachariah; and they were wondering at his long tarrying in the temple. 22And when he came out he was not able to speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he was making signs to them, and remained speechless.
23And it came to pass, when the days of his ministration were completed, that he departed to his own house.
24And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying: 25Thus has the Lord dealt with me, in the days wherein he looked on me to take away my reproach among men.
26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28And the angel coming in to her, said: Hail, highly favored! The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women. 29And she was troubled at the saying; and was considering what manner of salutation this might be. 30And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary; for thou didst find favor with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 32He shall be great, and shall be called Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of David his father; 33and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34Then said Mary to the angel: How shall this be, seeing that I know not a man? 35And the angel answering said to her: The Holy Spirit will come upon thee, and the power of the Highest will overshadow thee; therefore also the Holy One that is born shall be called the Son of God. 36And, behold, Elisabeth thy kinswoman, she also has conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her who is called barren. 37For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill-country with haste, into a city of Judah; 40and entered into the house of Zachariah, and saluted Elisabeth. 41And it came to pass, as Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42And she spoke out with a loud voice and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For, behold, as the voice of thy salutation came into my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45And happy is she, who believed that there shall be a fulfillment of the things told her from the Lord.
46And Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord; 47and my spirit rejoiced in God my Savior. 48Because he looked upon the low estate of his handmaid; for, behold, henceforth all generations will call me happy. 49Because the Mighty One did great things for me; and holy is his name. 50And his mercy is from generation to generation, to those who fear him. 51He wrought might with his arm; he scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52He cast down princes from thrones, and exalted those of low degree. 53The hungry he filled with good, and the rich he sent empty away. 54He helped Israel, his servant; to remember mercy, 55as he spoke to our fathers, for Abraham and for his seed forever.
56And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
57Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 58And her neighbors and her kindred heard that the Lord showed great mercy toward her; and they rejoiced with her.
59And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zachariah, after the name of his father. 60And his mother answered and said: Nay; but he shall be called John. 61And they said to her: There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. 62And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. 63And asking for a writing-tablet, he wrote, saying: His name is John. And they all wondered. 64And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue was loosed; and he spoke, blessing God. 65And fear came on all that dwelt around them. And all these things were told abroad in all the hill-country of Judæa. 66And all who heard laid them up in their hearts, saying: What then will this child be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
67And Zachariah his father was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: 68Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, that he visited and wrought redemption for his people; 69and raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the house of David his servant, 70(as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets of old,) 71salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72to show mercy to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 73the oath which he swore to Abraham our father, 74to grant to us, that without fear, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, we should serve him, 75in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76And also thou, O child, shalt be called Prophet of the Highest; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord, to prepare his ways, 77in order to give knowledge of salvation to his people in remission of their sins; 78through the tender mercies of our God, whereby the dayspring from on high visited us, 79to give light to those sitting in darkness and the shadow of death, in order to guide our feet into the way of peace.
80And the child grew, and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be registered. 2This registering was the first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each one to his own city. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and family of David), 5to be registered with Mary his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were completed that she should bring forth. 7And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swathing bands, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, behold, an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all the people. 11For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be to you the sign: Ye will find a babe wrapped in swathing bands, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying: 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among men.
15And it came to pass, when the angels were gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said one to another: Let us go now unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord made known to us. 16And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. 17And having seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18And all that heard wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 19And Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they heard and saw, as it was told to them.
21And when eight days were completed for circumcising him, his name was called Jesus; the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22And when the days of their purification, according to the law of Moses, were completed, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord, 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord: A pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons.
25And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him, 26And it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. 27And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28then he took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said: 29Now, Lord, thou lettest thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; 30because my eyes saw thy salvation, 31which thou preparedst before the face of all the peoples, 32a light for a revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
33And his father and mother wondered at the things spoken of him. 34And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be spoken against, 35(and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul also), that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.
36And there was Anna, a prophetess, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37and she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, who departed not from the temple, serving day and night with fastings and prayers. 38And she, coming up at that very time, likewise gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of him to all that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 40And the child grew, and became strong, being filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
41And his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they having gone up according to the custom of the feast, 43and completed the days, as they returned, Jesus the child remained behind in Jerusalem. And his parents knew it not, 44but supposing that he was in the company, went a day's journey, and sought him among their kindred and acquaintance; 45and not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47And all that heard him, were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48And seeing him they were amazed. And his mother said to him: Child, why didst thou thus deal with us? Behold, thy father and I sought thee, sorrowing. 49And he said to them: How is it that ye sought me? Did ye not know, that I must be in my Father's house? 50And they understood not the saying which he spoke to them.
51And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judæa, and Herod tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch, of Iturea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2when Annas was high priest and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zachariah, in the wilderness. 3And he came into all the country about the Jordan, preaching the immersion of repentance, unto remission of sins, 4as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
Make straight his paths.
5Every valley shall be filled,
And every mountain and hill shall be brought low;
And the crooked shall be straight,
And the rough ways smooth;
6And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
7He said therefore to the multitudes that came out to be immersed by him: Brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance; and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father; for I say to you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9And now also the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore, that brings not forth good fruit, is cut down and cast into the fire.
10And the multitudes asked him, saying: What then shall we do? 11He answering says to them: He that has two coats, let him impart to him that has none; and he that has food, let him do likewise.
12And there came also publicans to be immersed; and they said to him: Teacher, what shall we do? 13And he said to them: Exact no more than that which is appointed you. 14And soldiers also asked him, saying: What shall we also do? And he said to them: Do violence to no one, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
15And while the people were in expectation, and all were reasoning in their hearts concerning John, whether he himself were not the Christ, 16John answered them all, saying: I indeed immerse you in water; but there comes he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to loose; he will immerse you in the Holy Spirit and fire; 17whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing-floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn up with fire unquenchable.
18And with many other exhortations he published the good tidings to the people.
19But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother, and for all the evils which Herod did, 20added to all this also, that he shut up John in prison.
21Now it came to pass, when all the people had been immersed, that as Jesus, having also been immersed, was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape as a dove upon him; and there came a voice out of heaven: Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
23And Jesus himself was, when he began, about thirty years of age; being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Janna, the son of Joseph, 25the son of Matthias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Shimei, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah, 27the son of Joanna, the son of Reza, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Salathiel, the son of Neri, 28the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmodam, the son of Er, 29the son of Joses, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim, 31the son of Meleah, the son of Mainan, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahon, 33the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Pharez, the son of Judah, 34the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Salah, 36the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mehalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan; and he was led in the Sprit into the wilderness 2forty days, tempted by the Devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he hungered.
3And the Devil said to him: If thou art the Son of God, command this stone that it become bread. 4And Jesus answered him, saying: It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone.
5And the Devil, leading him up into a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6And the Devil said to him: All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them; because it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomsoever I will. 7If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8And Jesus answering said to him: It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
9And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him: If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence. 10For it is written: He will give his angels command concerning thee, to keep thee; 11and on their hands they shall bear thee up, lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone. 12And Jesus answering said to him: It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
13And having finished every temptation, the Devil departed from him for a season.
14And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee; and there went out a report concerning him through all the surrounding country. 15And he taught in their synagogues, being honored by all.
16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day; and he stood up to read. 17And there was delivered to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And unrolling the book, he found the place where it was written:
18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me;
Because he anointed me to publish good tidings to the poor;
He has sent me to proclaim deliverance to the captives,
And recovering of sight to the blind,
To send the oppressed away free,
19To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
20And rolling up the book he gave it again to the servant, and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21And he began to say to them: To-day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. 22And all bore witness to him, and wondered at the words of grace which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said: Is not this Joseph's son? 23And he said to them: Ye will surely say to me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself. Whatever we heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. 24And he said: Verily I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. 25But I tell you of a truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there was a great famine throughout all the land; 26and to none of them was Elijah sent, but unto Zarephath of Sidonia, to a woman that was a widow. 27And there were many lepers in Israel, in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian. 28And all in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath. 29And they rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, to cast him down headlong. 30But he, passing through the midst of them, went away.
31And he came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath; 32and they were astonished at his teaching, because his word was with power.
33And in the synagogue there was a man having a spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice, 34saying: Ah! what have we to do with thee, Jesus of Nazareth? Didst thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 35And Jesus rebuked him, saying: Hold thy peace, and come out from him. And the demon throwing him in the midst came out from him, doing him no harm. 36And amazement came on all; and they spoke with one another, saying: What is this word, that with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out? 37And there went out a rumor concerning him into every place of the country around.
38And he rose up and went from the synagogue, and entered into the house of Simon. And the mother-in-law of Simon was seized with a violent fever; and they besought him for her. 39And standing over her he rebuked the fever, and it left her; and immediately she arose and ministered to them.
40Now when the sun was setting, all that had any sick with divers diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each one of them, and healed them. 41And demons also came out from many, crying out, and saying: Thou art the Son of God. And he, rebuking them, suffered them not to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
42And when it was day he went out, and went into a desert place. And the multitudes sought him, and came to him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them. 43And he said to them: I must publish the good news of the kingdom of God to other cities also; because for this I was sent forth. 44And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.
And it came to pass, as the multitude pressed upon him to hear the word of God, and he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2that he saw two ships standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing the nets. 3And entering into one of the ships, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And sitting down, he taught the multitudes out of the ship.
4And when he ceased speaking, he said to Simon: Put out into the deep; and do ye let down your nets for a draught. 5And Simon answering said to him: Master, we toiled all night and took nothing; but at thy word I will let down the net. 6And having done this, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes; and their net began to break. 7And they beckoned to their partners in the other ship, to come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8And Simon Peter, seeing it, fell down at the knees of Jesus, saying: Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9For astonishment had seized him, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken; 10and likewise also James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.
And Jesus said to Simon: Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 11And having brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
12And it came to pass, when he was in one of the cities, that there was a man full of leprosy. And seeing Jesus he fell on his face, and besought him, saying: Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst cleanse me. 13And stretching forth his hand he touched him, saying: I will; be thou cleansed. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. 14And he charged him to tell no one: But go, and show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing as Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.
15But all the more went abroad the report concerning him; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed of their infirmities. 16And he was wont to retire into the solitary places, and pray.
17And it came to pass, on a certain day, that he was teaching; and there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galilee, and Judæa, and Jerusalem; and there was power of the Lord for healing them. 18And, behold, men brought on a bed a man who was palsied; and they sought to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 19And not finding by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with the couch into the midst before Jesus. 20And seeing their faith he said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 21And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying: Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 22But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, answering said to them: What reason ye in your hearts? 23Which is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk? 24But that ye may know that the Son of man has power on the earth to forgive sins, (he said to the palsied man,) I say to thee, arise, and taking up thy couch go to thy house. 25And immediately standing up before them, he took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his house, glorifying God. 26And they were all amazed; and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying: We have seen strange things to-day.
27And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the place of receiving custom; and he said to him: Follow me. 28And leaving all, he arose and followed him.
29And Levi made him a great feast in his own house; and there was a great company of publicans and of others who reclined at the table with them. 30And the Pharisees, and their scribes, murmured against his disciples, saying: Why do ye eat and drink with the publicans and sinners? 31And Jesus answering said to them: They who are well need not a physician, but they who are sick. 32I have not come to call righteous men, but sinners to repentance.
33And they said to him: Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but thine eat and drink? 34And he said to them: Can ye make the sons of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35But days will come, when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then shall they fast in those days. 36And he spoke also a parable to them: No one rends a piece from a new garment, and puts it on an old garment; else both the new will make a rent, and the piece from the new agrees not with the old. 37And no one puts new wine into old skins; else the new wine will burst the skins, and will itself be poured out, and the skins will perish. 38But new wine must be put into new skins, and both are preserved together. 39And no one having drunk old wine straightway desires new; for he says: The old is better.
And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he was going through grain-fields; and his disciples plucked and ate the ears of grain, rubbing them with their hands. 2And some of the Pharisees said: Why do ye that which it is not lawful to do on the sabbath? 3And Jesus answering them said: And have ye not read this, what David did when he hungered, himself and they who were with him; 4how he went into the house of God, and took and ate the show-bread, and gave to those who were with him, which it is not lawful to eat except for the priests alone? 5And he said to them: The Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
6And 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. 7And the scribes and Pharisees were watching, whether he would heal on the sabbath; that they might find an accusation against him. 8But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man having the withered hand: Arise, and stand forth in the midst. And he rose up, and stood. 9Then said Jesus to them: I will ask you what is lawful on the sabbath, to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to destroy it? 10And looking round on them all, he said to him: Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so, and his hand was restored. 11And they were filled with madness, and conferred one with another, as to what they should do to Jesus.
12And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13And when it was day, he called to him his disciples. And having chosen from them twelve (whom he named also apostles); 14Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip and Bartholomew, 15and Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, and Simon called Zelotes, 16and Judas brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a betrayer; 17and having come down with them, he stood on a plain, and a company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people from all Judæa and Jerusalem and the sea-coast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18and those vexed by unclean spirits were healed; 19and all the multitude sought to touch him, because power went out from him and healed them all.
20And he, lifting up his eyes on his disciples, said: Happy are ye poor; for yours is the kingdom of God. 21Happy are ye that hunger now; for ye shall be filled. Happy are ye that weep now; for ye shall laugh.
22Happy are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from them, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of man. 23Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy; for, behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the same manner did their fathers to the prophets.
24But woe to you that are rich; for ye have received your consolation. 25Woe to you that are full; for ye shall hunger. Woe to you that laugh now; for ye shall mourn and weep. 26Woe! when all men shall speak well of you; for in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets.
27But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29To him who smites thee on the cheek offer also the other; and him who takes away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.
30Give to every one that asks of thee; and of him who takes away thy goods demand them not again. 31And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also in like manner to them.
32For if ye love those who love you, what thanks have ye? For even the sinners love those who love them. 33And if ye do good to those who do good to you, what thanks have ye? For even the sinners do the same. 34And if ye lend to those of whom ye hope to receive, what thanks have ye? And sinners lend to sinners, that they may receive as much in return.
35But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be sons of the Highest; for he is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36Be ye merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
37And judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned; acquit, and ye shall be acquitted.
38Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they give into your bosom. For with the same measure with which ye mete it shall be measured to you again.
39And he spoke also a parable to them: Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch? 40A disciple is not above the teacher; but every one shall be perfected as his teacher.
41And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
42How canst thou say to thy brother: Brother, let me cast out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Hypocrite! cast out first the beam out of thine eye, and then thou shalt see clearly to cast out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
43For there is no good tree that bears corrupt fruit, nor corrupt tree that bears good fruit. 44For every tree is known from its own fruit. For from thorns they do not gather figs, nor from a bramble bush do they harvest grapes. 45The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and the evil, out of the evil, brings forth that which is evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
46And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47Every one that comes to me, and hears my sayings, and does them, I will show you to whom he is like. 48He is like a man building a house, who digged deep, and laid a foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream burst upon that house, and could not shake it; because it was well builded. 49But he that hears, and does not, is like a man that built a house upon the earth without a foundation; on which the stream burst, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
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