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The 9th Chapter

     Then called he the twelve together and gave them power, and authority over all devils, and that they might heal diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to cure the sick. And he said to them: Take nothing to *succour you by the way: neither staff, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money, neither have two coats. And whatsoever house you enter into there abide and from that place depart. And whosoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet, for a testimony against them. And they went out, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
     And Herod the Tetrarch heard of all that was done of him, and doubted, because that it was said of some, that John was risen again from death: and of some, that *Helias had appeared: and of some, that one of the old Prophets was risen again. And Herod said: John have I beheaded: who then is this of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.
     And the Apostles returned: and told him what great things they had done. And he took them and went aside into a solitary place, near to a city called Bethsaida. And the people knew of it, and followed him. And he received them, and spoke unto them of the kingdom of God and healed them that had need to be healed. And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve and said unto him: send the people away, that they may go into the towns and villages round about, and lodge, and get meat, for we are here in a place of wilderness. But he said unto them: Give you them to eat. And they said. We have no more but five loaves and two fishes, except we should go and buy meat for all this people. And they were about a five thousand men. And he said to his disciples: Cause them to sit down by fifties in a company. And they did so, and made them all sit down. And he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looked up to heaven, and blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples, to set before the people. And they ate, and were all satisfied. And there was taken up of that remained to them, twelve baskets full of broken meat.
     And it fortuned as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him, and he asked them saying: Who say the people that I am? They answered and said: John Baptist: Some say *Helias. And some say, one of the old prophets is risen again. He said unto them who say you that I am? Peter answered and said: you are the Christ of God. And he warned and commanded them that they should tell no man that thing saying: that the son of man must suffer many things, and be reproved of the elders, and of the high priests and scribes, and be slain, and the third day rise again.
     And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me. Whosoever will save his life, shall lose it. And whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what advantages it a man to win the whole world if he lose himself or run in damage of himself? For whosoever is ashamed of me, and of my sayings: of him shall the son of man be ashamed, when he comes in his own glory, and in the glory of his father, and of the holy angels. And I tell you of a surety: There be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.
     And it followed about an eight days after those sayings, that he took Peter, James, and John, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was changed, and his garment was white and shone. And behold, two men talked with him, and they were Moses and *Helias, which appeared gloriously, and spoke of his departing, which he should end at Jerusalem. Peter and they that were with him, were heavy with sleep. And when they woke, they saw his glory, and two men standing with him.
     And it chanced as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus: Master, it is good being here for us: Let us make three tabernacles, one for you, and one for Moses, and one for *Helias: and *wist not what he said. While he thus spoke, there came a cloud and shadowed them and they feared when they were come under the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud saying: This is my dear son, hear him. And as soon as the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close: and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.
     And it chanced on the next day as they came down from the hill, much people met him. And behold a man of the company cried out saying: Master, I beseech you behold my son, for he is all that I have: and see, a spirit takes him and suddenly he crys, and he teares him that he foams again, and with much pain departs from him, when he has rent him, and I besought your disciples to cast him out, and they could not. Jesus answered and said? O generation without faith, and crooked: how long shall I be with you? and shall suffer you? Bring your son hither. As he yet was a coming, the fiend rent him and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him to his father. And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God.
     While they wondered every one at all things which he did, he said unto his disciples: Let these sayings sink down into your ears. The time will come, when the son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. But they *wist not what that word meant, and it was hid from them, that they understood it not. And they feared to ask him of that saying.
     Then there arose a disputation among them who should be the greatest. When Jesus perceived the thoughts of their hearts, he took a child, and set him hard by him, and said unto them. Whosoever receives this child in my name, receives me. And whosoever receives me, receives him that sent me. For he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.
     And John answered and said: Master we saw one casting out devils in your name, and we forbade him, because he follows not with us. And Jesus said unto him: forbid you him not. For he that is not against us, is with us.
     And it followed when the time was come that he should be received up, then he set his face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before him. And they went and entered into a city of the Samaritans to make ready for him. But they would not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw that, they said. Lord, will you that we command, that fire come down from heaven and consume them, even as *Helias did? Jesus turned about, and rebuked them saying: you know not what manner spirit you are of. The son of man is not come to destroy mens lives, but to save them. And they went to another town. And it chanced as he went in the way, a certain man said unto him: I will follow you whithersoever you go.
     And he said unto another: follow me. And the same said: Lord allow me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him. Let the dead, bury their dead: but go you and preach the kingdom of God.
     And another said: I will follow you Lord: but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. Jesus said unto him: No man that puts his hand to the plough, and looks back, is apt to the kingdom of God.


*succour (secure) *Helias (Elias) *wist (knew)




The 10th Chapter

     After these things, the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before him into every city and place, whither he himself would come. And he said unto them, the harvest is great but the laborers are few. Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest, to send forth laborers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Bear no wallet, neither scrip, nor shoes, and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him: if not, it shall return to you again. And in the same house tarry still, eating and drinking such as they have. For the laborer is worthy of his reward.
     Go not from house to house: and into whatsoever city you enter, if they receive you, eat such things as are set before you, and heal the sick that are there, and say unto them: the kingdom of God is come near upon you. But into whatsoever city you shall enter, if they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same and say: even the very dust, which cleaves on us of your city, we wipe off against you: Notwithstanding, mark this that the kingdom of God was come near upon you. Yea and I say unto you, that it shall be easier in that day for *Zodome than for that city.
     Woe be to you, Chorazin: woe be to you, Bethsaida. For if the miracles had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented sitting in hair and ashes. Nevertheless it shall be easier for Tyre and Sidon, at the judgement, than for you. And you Capernaum which are exalted to heaven, shall be thrust down to hell. He that hears you, hears me: and he that despises you, despises me: and he that despises me, despises him that sent me.
     And the seventy returned again with joy, saying: Lord even the very devils are subdued to us through your name. And he said unto them: I saw Satan, as it had been lightning, fall down from heaven. Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all manner power of the enemy: and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, in this rejoice not, that the spirits are under your power: but rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
     That same time rejoiced Jesus in the spirit, and said: I confess unto you father: Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have opened them to the babes. Even so father, for so pleased it you. All things are given me of my father. And no man knows who the son is, but the father: neither who the father is, save the son, and he to whom the son will show him.
     And he turned to his disciples, and said secretly: Happy are the eyes, which see that you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them: and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.
     And behold a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying: Master what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him:: What is written in the law? How read you? And he answered and said: Love your Lord God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind: and your neighbor as yourself. And he said unto him: You have answered right. This do and you shall live. He willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus: Who is then my neighbor?
     Jesus answered and said: A certain man descended from *Herusalem into *Herico, and fell into the hands of thieves, which robbed him of his raiment and wounded him, and departed leaving him half dead. And by chance there came a certain Priest that same way, and when he saw him, he passed by. And likewise a Levite, when he was come near to the place, went and looked on him, and passed by. Then a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came near unto him and when he saw him, had compassion on him, and went to and bound up his wounds, and poured in oil and wine, and put him on his own beast, and brought him to a common inn, and made provision for him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence and gave them to the host, and said unto him: Take care of him, and whatsoever you spend more, when I come again, I will recompense you. Which now of these three think you, was neighbor unto him that fell into the thieves hands? And he said: he that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him: Go and do you likewise.
     It fortuned as they went, that he entered into a certain town. And a certain woman named Martha, received him into her house. And this woman had a sister called Mary, which sat at Jesus feet, and heard his preaching. And Martha was cumbered about much serving, and stood and said: master, do you not care, that my sister has left me to minister alone? Bid her therefore, that she help me. And Jesus answered, and said unto her: Martha, Martha, you care, and are troubled about many things: verily one is needful. Mary has chosen her that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.


*Zodome (Sodom) *Herusalem (Jerusalem) *Herico (Jericho)




The 11th Chapter

     And it fortuned as he was praying in a certain place: when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him: Master, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples. And he said unto them: When you pray, say: O' our father which are in heaven, hallowed by your name. your kingdom come. your will be fulfilled, even in earth as it is in heaven. Our daily bread give us evermore. And forgive us our sins: For even we forgive every man that trespasses us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil.
     And he said unto them: if any of you should have a friend, and should go to him at midnight, and say unto him: friend lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine is come out of the way to me, and I have nothing to set before him: and he within should answer and say, trouble me not, the door is now shut, and my servants are with me in the chamber, I cannot rise and give them to you. I say unto you, though he would not arise and give him, because he is his friend: yet because of his importunity he would rise, and give him as many as he needed. And I say unto you: ask, and it shall be given you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks, receives: and he that seeks, finds: and to him that knocks, shall it be opened. If the son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father: will he give him a stone? Or if he ask fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he ask an egg: will he offer him a scorpion? If you then which are evil, can give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall the father of heaven give an holy spirit to them, that desire it of him?
     And he was casting out a devil, which was dumb. And it followed when the devil was gone out, the dumb spoke, and the people wondered. But some of them said: he casts out devils by the power of Belzebub, the chief of the devils. And other tempted him seeking of him a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts, and said unto them: Every kingdom divided with in itself shall be desolate: and one house shall fall upon another. So if Satan be divided with in himself: how shall his kingdom endure? Because you say that I cast out devils by the power of Belzebub. If I, by the power of Belzebub cast out devils: by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore shall they be your judges. But if I, with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
     When a strong man armed watches his house: that he possesses is in peace. But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him: he takes from him his harness wherein he trusted and divides his goods. He that is not with me, is against me. And he that gathers not with me, scatters.
     When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through waterless places, seeking rest. And when he finds none, he says: I will return again unto my house from where I came out. And when he comes, he finds it swept and garnished. Then goes he and takes to him seven other spirits worse than him self: and they enter in, and dwell there. And the end of that man, is worse than the beginning.
     And it fortuned as he spoke those things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him: Happy is the womb that bare you, and the paps which gave you suck. But he said: Ye, happy are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
     When the people were gathered thick together: he began to say. This is an evil nation: they seek a sign, and there shall no sign be given them, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign to the Ninivites, so shall the son of man be to this nation.
     The queen of the south shall rise at judgement, with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the end of the world, to hear the wisdom of Salomon. And behold a greater than Salomon is here. The men of Nineveh shall rise at the judgement with this generation: and shall condemn them: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas. And behold a greater than Jonas is here.
     No man lights a candle, and puts it in a *privy place, neither under a bushel: but on a candlestick, that they that come in may see the light. The light of your body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is single: then is all your body full of light. But if your eye be evil: then shall your body also be full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in you, be not darkness. For if all your body shall be light, having no part dark: then shall all be full of light, even as when a candle does light you with his brightness.
     And as he spoke, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in and sat down to meat. When the Pharisee saw that, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. And the Lord said to him: Now do you Pharisees, make clean the outside of the cup, and of the platter: but your inward parts are full of ravening and wickedness. you fools, did not he that made that which is without: make that which is within also? Nevertheless give *almose of that you have and behold all is clean to you. But woe be to you Pharisees, for you tithe the mint and *rue, and all manner herbs, and pass over judgement and the love of God. These ought you to have done, and yet not to have left the other undone.
     Woe be to you, Pharisees: for you love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Woe be to you scribes and Pharisees hypocrites, for you are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them, are not ware of them. Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him: Master, thus saying you put us to rebuke also. Then he said: Woe be to you also, you lawyers: for you lade men with burdens grievous to be born, and you your selves touch not the packs with one of your fingers. Woe be to you: you build the sepulchers of the Prophets, and your fathers killed them, truly you bear witness, that you allow the deeds of your fathers: for they killed them, and you build their sepulchers. Therefore said the wisdom of God: I will send them Prophets and Apostles, and of them they shall slay and persecute: that the blood of all Prophets, which was shed from the beginning of the world, may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zachary, which perished between the altar and the temple. Verify I say unto you: it shall be required of this nation.
     Woe be to you lawyers: for you have taken away the key of knowledge, you entered not in yourselves, and them that came in you forbade. When he thus spoke unto them, the lawyers and the Pharisees began to wax busy about him, and to stop his mouth with many questions, laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something of his mouth, whereby they might accuse him.


*privy (private, hidden) *almose: this is the exact spelling as found in the text. If this word is "almost" it is consistent with "the giving up of all goods" found in the Acts of the Apostles. Some have read it as alms. *rue (aromatic plant),




The 12th Chapter

     As there gathered to gether an innumerable multitude of people (in so much that they trod one another) he began to say unto his disciples: First of all beware of the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be uncovered: neither hid that shall not be known. For what soever you have spoken in darkness: that same shall be heard in light. And that which you have spoken in the ear even in secret places, shall be preached even on the top of the houses.
     I say unto you my friends: Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you, whom you shall fear. Fear him which after he has killed, has power to cast into hell. Yes, I say unto you, him fear. Are not five sparrows bought for two farthings? And yet not one of them is forgotten of God. Also even the very hairs of your heads are numbered. Fear not therefore: you are more of value, than many sparrows.
     I say unto you: Whosoever confesses me before men, even him shall the son of man confess also before the angels of God. And he that denies me before men: shall be denied before the angels of God. And whosoever speaks a word against the son of man it shall be forgiven him. But unto him that blasphemes the holy ghost, it shall not be forgiven.
     When they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto the rulers, and officers, take no thought how or what thing you shall answer or what you shall speak. For the holy ghost shall teach you in the same hour, what you ought to say.
     One of the company said unto him: Master, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him: Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? Wherefore he said unto them: take heed, and beware of covetousness. For no mans life stands in the abundance of the things which he possesses. And he put forth a similitude unto them saying: The ground of a certain rich man brought forth fruits plenteously, and he thought in him self saying: what shall I do? because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said: This will I do. I will destroy my barns, and build greater, and therein will I gather all my fruits, and my goods: and I will say to my soul: Soul you have much goods laid up in store for many years, take your ease: eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him: You fool, this night will they fetch away your soul again from you. Then whose shall those things be which you have provided? So is it with him that gathered riches? and is not rich in God.
     And he spoke unto his disciples: Therefore I say unto you: Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat: neither for your body, what you shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more then raiment. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which neither have storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. How much are you better then the fowls. Which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If you then be not able to do that thing which is least: why take you thought for the remnant? Consider the lilies how they grow: They labor not: they spin not: and yet I say unto you, that Salomon in all this royalty, was not clothed like to one of these.
     If the grass which is today in the field, and tomorrow shall be cast into the furnace, God so clothe, how much more will he clothe you, o you endued with little faith? And ask not what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither climb you up on high: for all such things the heathen people of the world seek for. Your father knows that you have need of such things. Wherefore seek you after the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be ministered unto you. Fear not little flock, for it is your fathers pleasure, to give you a kingdom. Sell that you have, and give alms. And make you bags, which wax not old, and treasure that fails not in heaven, where no thief comes, neither moth corrupts. For where your treasure is, there will your hearts be also.
     Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning, and you yourselves like unto men, that wait for their master, when he will return from a wedding: that as soon as he comes and knocks, they may open unto him. Happy are those servants, which the Lord when he comes shall find waking. Verily I say unto you, he will gird himself about and make them sit down to meat, and walk by and minister unto them. And if he come in the second watch, you if he come in the third watch, and shall find them so, happy are those servants. This understand, that if the good man of the house knew what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch: and not allow his house to be broken up. Be you prepared therefore: for the son of man will come at an hour when you think not.
     Then Peter said unto him: Master, tell you this similitude unto us, or to all men? And the Lord said: If there be any faithful servant and wise, whom his Lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their duetie of meat at due season: happy is that servant, whom his master when he comes, shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you: that he will make him ruler over all that he has. But and if the evil servant shall say in his heart: My master will defer his coming, and shall begin to smite the servants and maidens, and to eat and drink and to be drunken: the lord of that servant will come in a day, when he thinks not and at an hour when he is not ware, and will divide him, and will give him his reward with the unbelievers.
     The servant that knew his masters will and prepared not him self, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and yet did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whom much is given, of him shall be much required. And to whom men much commit, the more of him will they ask.
     I am come to send fire on earth: and what is my desire, but that it were already kindled? Notwithstanding I must be baptised with a baptism: and how am I pained till it be ended? Suppose you that I am come to send peace on earth? I tell you no, but rather debate. For from now on there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the 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.
     Then said he to the people: when you see a cloud rise out of the west straight way you say: we shall have a shower, and so it is. And when you se the south wind blow, you say: we shall have heat, and it comes to pass. Hypocrites, you can skill of the fashion of the earth, and of the sky: but what is the cause, that you cannot skill of this time? you and why judge you not of yourselves what is right?
     While you go with your adversary to the ruler: as you are in the way, give diligence that you may be delivered from him, least he bring you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the jailer, and the jailer cast you in to prison. I tell you, you depart not from that place, till you have made good the utmost mite.




The 13th Chapter

     There were present at the same season, that showed him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate mingled with their own sacrifice. And Jesus answered, and said unto them: Suppose you that these Galileans were greater sinners then all the other Galileans, because they suffered such punishment? I tell you no: but except you repent, you shall all in like wise perish. Or those eighteen upon which the tower in Siloe fell, and slew them, think you that they were sinners above all men that dwell in Jerusalem? I tell you no: But except you repent, you all shall likewise perish.
     He put forth this similitude: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he to the dresser of his vineyard: Behold, this three year have I come and sought fruit in this fig tree, and find none: cut it down: why cumbers it the ground? And he answered and said unto him: Lord let it alone this year also, till I dig round about it, and dung it, to see whether it will bear fruit: and if it bear not then, after that, cut it down. And he taught in one of their synagogues on the Saboth days. And behold there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years: and was bowed together and could not lift up herself at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said to her: woman, you are delivered from your disease. And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation (because that Jesus had healed on the Saboth day) and said unto the people. There are six days in which men ought to work: in them come and be healed, and not on the Saboth day.
     Then answered him the Lord, and said: Hypocrite, does not each one of you on the Saboth day, loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him to the water? And ought not this daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound lo eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Saboth day? And when he thus said, all his adversaries were ashamed, and all the people rejoiced on all the excellent deeds, that were done by him.
     Then said he: What is the kingdom of God like? or whereto shall I compare it? Is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his garden: and it grew and waxed a great tree, and the fowls of the air made nests in the branches of it.
     And again he said: whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three bushels of flour, till all was through leavened. And he went through all manner of cities and towns teaching, and journeying towards Jerusalem. Then said one unto him: Lord, are there few that shall be saved? And he said unto them: strive with your selves to enter in at the strait gate: For many I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
     When the goodman of the house is risen up, and has shut to the door, you shall begin to stand without, and to knock at the door saying: Lord, Lord, open unto us: and he shall answer and say unto you: I know you not from where you are. Then shall you begin to say: We have eaten in your presence and drunk, and you have taught in our streets. And he shall say: I tell you, I know you not from where you are: depart from me all you workers of iniquity. 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 yourselves thrust out at doors. And they shall come from the east and from the west, and from the north and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And behold, there are last, which shall be first: And there are first which shall be last.
     The same day there came certain of the Pharisees and said unto him: Get you out of the way, and depart from here, now: for Herod will kill you. And he said unto them, Go you and tell that fox, behold I cast out devils and heal the people today and tomorrow, and the third day I make an end. Nevertheless, I must walk today and tomorrow, and the day following: For it cannot be, that a Prophet perish any other where, save at Jerusalem.
     O' Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kill Prophets, and stone them that are sent to you: how often would I have gathered your children together, as the hen gathers her nest under her wings, but you would not. Behold your habitation shall be left unto you desolate. For I tell you, you shall not see me until the time come that you shall say, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.




The 14th Chapter

     And it chanced that he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on a Saboth day: and they watched him. And behold there was a man before him, which had the dropsy. And Jesus answered and spoke unto the lawyers and Pharisees saying: is it lawful to heal on the Saboth day? And they held their peace. And he took him and healed him, and let him go: and answered them saying, which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straight way pull him out on the Saboth day? And they could not answer him again to that.
     He put forth a similitude to the guests, when he marked how they pressed to the highest rooms, and said unto them: When you are bidden to a wedding of any man, sit not down in the highest room, least a more honorable man than you be bidden of him, and he that bade both him and you, come and say to you: give this man room, and you then begin with shame to take the lowest room. But rather when you are bidden, go and sit in the lowest room, that when he that bade you comes, he may say unto you: friend sit up higher. Then shall you have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with you. For whosoever exalts himself, shall be brought low. And he that humbles himself, shall be exalted.
     Then said he also to him that had desired to him to dinner: When you make a dinner or a supper: call not your friends, nor your brethren neither your kinsmen nor yet rich neighbors: least they bid you again, and a recompense be made you. But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind, and you shall be happy, for they cannot recompense you. But you shall be recompensed at the resurrection of the just men.
     When one of them that sat at meat also heard that, he said unto him: happy is he that eats bread in the kingdom of God. Then said he to him. A certain man ordained a great supper, and bade many, and sent his servant at supper time, to say to them that were bidden, come: for all things are now ready. And they all at once began to make excuse. The first said unto him: I have bought a farm, and I must needs go and see it, I pray you have me excused. And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them, I pray you have me excused. The third said: I have married a wife and therefore I cannot come. And the servant went, and brought his Master word thereof.
     Then was the good man of the house displeased, and said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and quarters of the city, and bring in hither the poor and the maimed and the halt and the blind. And the servant said Lord it is done as you commanded and yet there is room. 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. For I say unto you, that none of those men which were bidden, shall taste of my supper.
     There went a great company with him, and he turned and said unto them: If a man come to me, and hate not his father and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, moreover and his own life, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever bear not his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
     Which of you disposed to build a tower, sits not down before and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to perform it? least after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to perform it, all that behold it, begin to mock him saying: this man began to build, and was not able to make an end. Or what king goes to make battle against another king, and sits not down first, and casts in his mind, whether he be able with ten thousand, to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else while the other is yet a great way off, he will send ambassadors, and desire peace. So likewise one of you that forsakes not all that he has, can be my disciple. Salt is good, but if salt have lost her saltiness, what shall be seasoned there with? It is neither good for the land nor yet for the dunghill, but men cast it out at the doors. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.


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