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
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
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
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
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.
*Herusalem (Jerusalem) *Herico (Jericho)
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
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.
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),
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
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
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.
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
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.
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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