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The Gospel According to Matthew (I - VII)

Full Text The Gospel According to Matthew (I - VII)

I.

Book of the generation of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham. 2Abraham begot Isaac; and Isaac begot Jacob; and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers; 3and Judah begot Pharez and Zarah, of Tamar; and Pharez begot Hezron; and Hezron begot Ram; 4and Ram begot Amminadab; and Amminadab begot Nahshon; and Nahshon begot Salmon; 5and Salmon begot Boaz, of Rahab; and Boaz begot Obed, of Ruth; and Obed begot Jesse; 6and Jesse begot David the king; and David begot Solomon, of the wife of Uriah; 7and Solomon begot Rehoboam; and Rehoboam begot Abijah; and Abijah begot Asa; 8and Asa begot Jehoshaphat; and Jehoshaphat begot Joram; and Joram begot Uzziah; 9and Uzziah begot Jotham; and Jotham begot Ahaz; and Ahaz begot Hezekiah; 10and Hezekiah begot Manasseh; and Manasseh begot Amon; and Amon begot Josiah; 11and Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the removal to Babylon. 12And after the removal to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Salathiel; and Salathiel begot Zerubbabel; 13and Zerubbabel begot Abiud; and Abiud begot Eliakim; and Eliakim begot Azor; 14and Azor begot Zadock; and Zadock begot Achim; and Achim begot Eliud; 15and Eliud begot Eleazar; and Eleazar begot Matthan; and Matthan begot Jacob; 16and Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

17All the generations, therefore, from Abraham unto David are fourteen generations; and from David unto the removal to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the removal to Babylon unto the Christ, fourteen generations.

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was after this manner. His mother Mary having been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child by the Holy Spirit. 19And Joseph her husband, being just, and not willing to expose her openly, desired to put her away privately. 20But while he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take to thee Mary thy wife; for that which is begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins.

22And all this has come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:

23Behold, the virgin shall be with child,

And shall bring forth a son,

And they shall call his name Immanuel;

which is interpreted, God with us.

24And Joseph, awaking from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord bade him, and took to him his wife; 25and he knew her not till she brought forth a son; and he called his name Jesus.

II

And Jesus having been born in Bethlehem of Judæa, in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2saying: Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and came to do him homage. 3And the king, Herod, hearing it, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4And having assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ should be born. 5And they said to him: In Bethlehem of Judæa; for thus it is written by the prophet:

6And thou Bethlehem, land of Judah,

Art by no means least among the princes of Judah;

For out of thee shall come forth a Governor,

Who shall rule my people Israel.

7Then Herod, having secretly called the wise men, inquired of them exactly the time of the appearing of the star. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said: Go and inquire strictly concerning the child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I also may come and do him homage. 9And they, having heard the king, departed; and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the child was. 10And seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11And coming into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and did homage to him; and opening their treasures, they presented to him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12And being warned by God in a dream, not to return to Herod, they departed into their own country by another way.

13And when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appears to Joseph in a dream, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be there until I bring thee word; for Herod is about to seek the child to destroy him. 14And he arose and took the child and his mother by night and departed into Egypt, 15and was there until the death of Herod; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: Out of Egypt I called my son.

16Then Herod, seeing that he was mocked by the wise men, was exceedingly enraged; and he sent forth, and slew all the male children that were in Bethlehem, and in all its borders, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had exactly learned from the wise men. 17Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying:

18A voice was heard in Ramah,

Weeping, and great mourning;

Rachel weeping for her children,

And would not be comforted, because they are not.

19But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appears in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel; for they are dead who sought the child's life. 21And he arose, and took the child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22But hearing that Archelaus reigned in Judæa instead of Herod his father, he was afraid to go thither; and being warned by God in a dream, he retired into the region of Galilee. 23And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets: He shall be called a Nazarene.

III.

In those days comes John the Immerser, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa, 2and saying: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3For this is he that was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, saying:

The voice of one crying in the wilderness,

Prepare the way of the Lord,

Make straight his paths.

4And he, John, had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his food was locusts and wild honey.

5Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judæa, and all the region about the Jordan; 6and they were immersed by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 7But seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his immersion, he said to them: Brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance; 9and think 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. 10And already the axe is laid to the root of the trees; therefore every tree that brings not forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire. 11I indeed immerse you in water unto repentance; but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to bear; he will immerse you in the Holy Spirit and fire; 12whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing-floor, and will gather his wheat into the garner; but the chaff he will burn up with fire unquenchable.

13Then Jesus comes from Galilee to the Jordan, to John, to be immersed by him. 14But John sought to hinder him, saying: I have need to be immersed by thee, and dost thou come to me? 15And Jesus answering said to him: Suffer it now; for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16And having been immersed, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and lo, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending, as a dove, and coming upon him. 17And lo, a voice out of heaven, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

IV.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the Devil. 2And having fasted forty days and forty nights, he afterwards hungered. 3And coming to him, the tempter said: If thou art the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread. 4But he answering said: It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

5Then the Devil takes him into the holy city, and sets him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6and says to him: If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written:

He will give his angels command concerning thee;

And on their hands they will bear thee up,

Lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone.

7Jesus said to him: Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

8Again the Devil takes him into an exceedingly high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9and says to him: All these things I will give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10Then Jesus says to him: Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written: Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11Then the Devil leaves him; and behold, angels came and ministered to him.

12And hearing that John was delivered up, he retired into Galilee. 13And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali; 14that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying:

15The land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali,

By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles,

16The people that sat in darkness, saw great light,

And to those sitting in the region and shadow of death light sprang up.

17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 18And walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19And he says to them: Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20And they, immediately leaving the nets, followed him. 21And going on from thence, he saw other two brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 22And they, immediately leaving the ship and their father, followed him.

23And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every infirmity among the people. 24And his fame went forth into all Syria; and they brought to him all that were sick, taken with divers diseases and torments, and possessed with demons, and lunatic, and palsied; and he healed them. 25And great multitudes followed him from Galilee, and Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judæa, and from beyond the Jordan.

V.

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain; and he having sat down, his disciples came to him. 2And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying:

3Happy the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4Happy they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.

5Happy the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.

6Happy they that hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.

7Happy the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.

8Happy the pure in heart; for they shall see God.

9Happy the peacemakers; for they shall be called sons of God.

10Happy they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11Happy are ye, when they shall revile and persecute you, and shall say all evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12Rejoice, and exult; because great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.

13Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt become tasteless, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot by men.

14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill can not be hid. 15Nor do they light a lamp and put it under the bushel, but on the lamp-stand; and it shines to all that are in the house. 16Thus let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

17Think not that I came to destroy the law, or the prophets; I came not to destroy, but to fulfill. 18For verily I say to you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall not pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20For I say to you, that except your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

21Ye heard that it was said to those of old: Thou shalt not kill; and whoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. 22But I say to you, that every one who is angry with his brother, without cause, shall be in danger of the judgment; and whoever shall say to his brother, Raca! shall be in danger of the council; and whoever shall say, Thou fool! shall be in danger of hell-fire. 23Therefore if thou bringest thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother has aught against thee; 24leave there thy gift before the altar, and go, first be reconciled to thy brother and then come and offer thy gift.

25Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him; lest haply the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26Verily I say to thee, thou shalt not come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

27Ye heard that it was said: Thou shalt not commit adultery. 28But I say to you, that every one who looks on a woman, to lust after her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29And if thy right eye causes thee to offend, pluck it out and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell. 30And if thy right hand causes thee to offend, cut it off and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell.

31And it was said: Whoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement. 32But I say to you, that whoever shall put away his wife, save for the cause of fornication, makes her commit adultery; and whoever shall marry her when put away, commits adultery.

33Again ye heard, that it was said to those of old: Thou shalt not swear falsely, but shalt perform to the Lord thine oaths. 34But I say to you, swear not at all; neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36Nor shalt thou swear by thy head; because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37But let your word be, Yea, yea, Nay, nay; for that which is more than these comes of evil.

38Ye heard that it was said: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. 39But I say to you, that ye resist not evil; but whoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 41And whoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him two. 42Give to him that asks of thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away.

43Ye heard that it was said: Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and shalt hate thine enemy. 44But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you; 45that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. 46For if ye love those who love you, what reward have ye? Do not also the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye that excels? Do not also the heathen thus? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

VI.

Take heed that ye do not your righteousness before men, to be seen by them; otherwise ye have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. 2Therefore when thou doest alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say to you, they have in full their reward. 3But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand does; 4that thine aims may be in secret and thy Father who sees in secret will himself reward thee.

5And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Verily I say to you, they have in full their reward. 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who sees in secret will reward thee.

7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8Be not ye therefore like to them; for your Father knows what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9Do ye, therefore, pray after this manner:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

10Thy kingdom come; thy will be done, as in heaven, so also on the earth.

11Give us this day our daily bread.

12And forgive us our debts, as also we forgave our debtors.

13And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

16And when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance; for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear to men to fast. Verily I say to you, they have in full their reward. 17But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face; 18that thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who sees in secret will reward thee.

19Lay not up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal. 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. 21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body will be light; 23but if thine eye be evil, thy whole body will be dark. If therefore the light that is in thee is darkness, how great the darkness! 24No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. Ye can not serve God and Mammon.

25For this cause I say to you, take not thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than food, and the body than raiment? 26Behold the birds of the air, that they sow not, nor reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they? 27And which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature? 28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, nor spin; 29and I say to you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30And if God so clothes the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, will he not much more you, ye of little faith? 31Take not thought therefore, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewith shall we be clothed? 32For after all these do the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that ye have need of all these. 33But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these shall be added to you. 34Take not thought, therefore, for the morrow; for the morrow will take thought for itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.

VII.

Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you. 3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother: Let me cast out the mote from thine eye; and behold, the beam is in thine own eye? 5Hypocrite! first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then thou wilt see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

6Give not that which is holy to the dogs, nor cast your pearls before the swine; lest they trample them with their feet, and turn and rend you.

7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. 8For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. 9Or what man is there of you, of whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10And if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If ye 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 those who ask him? 12Therefore all things whatever ye would that men should do to you, so also do ye to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

13Enter in through the strait gate; because wide is the gate, and broad the way, that leads to destruction, and many are they who go in thereat. 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow the way, that leads to life, and few are they who find it.

15Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheeps' clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.

16Ye shall know them from their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17So every good tree brings forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. 18A good tree can not bring forth evil fruit, nor a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire. 20So then, from their fruits ye shall know them.

21Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in thy name, and in thy name cast out demons, and in thy name do many miracles? 23And then will I profess to them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye who work iniquity.

24Every one, therefore, who hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on the rock. 25And the rain descended, and the streams came, and the winds blew, and fell upon that house; and it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26And every one who hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. 27And the rain descended, and the streams came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.

28And it came to pass, when Jesus ended these sayings, that the multitudes were astonished at his teaching. 29For he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.