The New Testament

The Books of the New Testament

St. Matthew

St. Mark

 St. Luke 

St. John 

Acts of the Apostles Romans 

1 Corinthians 

2 Corinthians 




1 Thessalonians 

2 Thessalonians 

1 Timothy 

2 Timothy




St. James 

1 St. Peter 

2 St. Peter 

1 St. John 

2 St. John 

3 St. John 

St Jude


 New Testament
** The Gospel of Matthew **
[Matthew 1] {1:1} The book of the lineage of Jesus Christ,  the  son of David,  the  son of Abraham. {1:2} Abraham  conceived Isaac. And Isaac conceived Jacob. And Jacob conceived Judah and  his brothers. {1:3} And Judah conceived Perez and Zerah by Tamar. And Perez conceived Hezron. And Hezron conceived Ram. {1:4} And Ram  conceived Amminadab. And Amminadab conceived  Nahshon. And Nahshon conceived  Salmon. {1:5} And  Salmon  conceived Boaz by Rahab.  And Boaz conceived  Obed by Ruth. And Obed conceived Jesse. {1:6} And Jesse  conceived king David. And king David conceived Solomon,  by her who had been the wife of Uriah. {1:7} And Solomon  conceived Rehoboam. And  Rehoboam conceived  Abijah.  And  Abijah conceived  Asa. {1:8} And Asa conceived  Jehoshaphat. And Jehoshaphat conceived Joram. And Joram conceived Uzziah. {1:9} And Uzziah conceived Jotham. And Jotham conceived Ahaz. And Ahaz conceived Hezekiah. {1:10} And Hezekiah conceived Manasseh. And Manasseh  conceived Amos. And Amos conceived Josiah. {1:11} And  Josiah conceived Jechoniah  and his brothers in the transmigration of Babylon. {1:12} And after the transmigration of Babylon, Jechoniah  conceived Shealtiel. And Shealtiel conceived Zerubbabel. {1:13} And Zerubbabel conceived Abiud. And Abiud conceived Eliakim. And  Eliakim conceived Azor. {1:14} And Azor conceived Zadok. And Zadok conceived Achim. And Achim conceived Eliud.  {1:15} And Eliud conceived Eleazar. And Eleazar conceived  Matthan. And Matthan conceived Jacob. {1:16} And Jacob conceived Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. {1:17} And so, all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from  David to the transmigration of Babylon, fourteen generations;  and from the transmigration  of Babylon to the Christ,  fourteen generations.  {1:18} Now the procreation  of the  Christ occurred in this way. After his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they lived together, she was found  to have conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit.  {1:19} Then Joseph, her husband, since he was just and was not  willing to hand her over,  preferred to send her away secretly. {1:20} But while thinking over these things, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying:  “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to accept Mary as your wife. For what has been formed in her is of the Holy Spirit. {1:21} And she shall give birth to a son. And you shall  call his name JESUS. For he shall accomplish the salvation  of his people from their sins.” {1:22} Now all this occurred in order to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the  prophet, saying: {1:23} “Behold, a virgin shall conceive in her womb, and she shall give birth to a son. And they shall  call his name Emmanuel,  which means: God  is with us.”  {1:24} Then Joseph, arising from sleep, did just as the Angel  of the Lord had instructed him, and he accepted her as his  wife. {1:25} And he knew her not, yet she bore her son, the  firstborn. And he called his name JESUS. 
[Matthew 2] {2:1} And so,  when Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judah, in the days of king Herod, behold, Magi  from the east arrived in Jerusalem, {2:2} saying: “Where is  he who was born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and we have come to adore him.” {2:3} Now  king Herod, hearing  this, was disturbed,  and  all Jerusalem  with him. {2:4} And gathering together all the leaders of the  priests, and the scribes of the people, he consulted with them  as to where the Christ would be born. {2:5} And they said to him: “In Bethlehem of Judea. For so it has been written by the prophet: {2:6} ‘And you, Bethlehem, the land of Judah,  are by no means least among the leaders of Judah. For from  you shall go forth the ruler who shall guide my people Israel.’ ” {2:7} Then Herod, quietly  calling the  Magi, diligently learned from them the time when the star appeared  to them. {2:8} And sending them into Bethlehem, he said: “Go and diligently ask questions about the boy. And when you have found him, report back to me, so that I, too, may come and adore him.” {2:9} And when they had heard the  king, they  went away. And behold, the star that they had  seen in the east went before them, even until, arriving, it stood still above the place where the child was. {2:10} Then,  seeing the star, they were gladdened by a  very great joy. {2:11} And entering the home, they found the boy with his  mother Mary. And so, falling prostrate, they adored him.  And opening their treasures,  they offered him gifts: gold, frankincense, and  myrrh. {2:12} And having received a  response in sleep that they should not return to Herod, they went back by another way to their own region. {2:13} And  after they had gone away, behold, an Angel  of the Lord  appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: “Rise up, and take the  boy and his mother, and flee into Egypt. And remain there  until I tell you. For it will happen that Herod will seek the  boy to destroy him.” {2:14} And getting up, he took the boy and his mother by night, and withdrew into  Egypt.  {2:15} And he remained there, until the death of Herod, in  order to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the  prophet, saying: “Out  of  Egypt, I called my son.”  {2:16} Then Herod, seeing that he had been fooled by the  Magi, was very angry. And so he sent to kill all the boys who were in Bethlehem, and in all its borders, from two years of age and under, according to the time that he had learned by  questioning the Magi. {2:17} Then what was spoken through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled, saying: {2:18} “A voice has been heard in Ramah, great weeping and wailing: Rachel crying for her sons. And she was not willing to be consoled,  because they were no more.” {2:19} Then, when Herod had passed away, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt, {2:20} saying: “Rise up, and take the boy and his mother, and go into the land of Israel. For those who  were seeking the life of the boy have passed  away.” {2:21} And rising up, he took the boy and his mother, and he  went into the land of Israel. {2:22} Then, hearing that  Archelaus reigned in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was  afraid to go there.  And being warned in sleep, he withdrew into parts of Galilee. {2:23} And arriving, he lived  in a city which is called Nazareth, in order to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: “For he shall be called a  Nazarene.”
[Matthew 3] {3:1} Now in those  days, John the Baptist  arrived, preaching in the desert of Judea, {3:2} and saying: “Repent. For the kingdom  of heaven has drawn near.”  {3:3} For this is the one  who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, saying:  “A  voice crying  out in the  desert: Prepare the way of the  Lord. Make  straight his paths.” {3:4} Now the same John had a garment made from the hair  of camels, and a leather belt around his waist. And his food  was locusts and wild honey. {3:5} Then Jerusalem, and all Judea, and the entire region around the Jordan went out to him.  {3:6} And they were baptized by him in the Jordan, acknowledging their sins. {3:7} Then, seeing many  of the Pharisees and Sadducees arriving for his baptism, he said to them: “Progeny of vipers, who warned to you to flee from the  approaching wrath? {3:8} Therefore, produce fruit worthy of repentance. {3:9} And do not choose to say within yourselves,  ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God has the power to raise up sons to Abraham from these stones.  {3:10} For even now the axe has been placed at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that does not produce good fruit shall be cut down and cast into the fire. {3:11} Indeed, I  baptize you with water for repentance, but he who will come after me is more powerful than me. I am not worthy to carry  his shoes. He will baptize you with the fire of the Holy Spirit.  {3:12} His  winnowing fan is in his hand. And he will  thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. And he will gather his  wheat into the barn. But the chaff he will burn  with  unquenchable fire.” {3:13} Then Jesus came from Galilee, to  John at the Jordan, in order to be baptized by him.  {3:14} But John refused him, saying, “I ought to be baptized  by you, and yet you come to me?” {3:15} And responding, Jesus said to him: “Permit this for now. For in this way it is  fitting for us to fulfill all justice.”  Then he allowed him.  {3:16} And Jesus, having been baptized, ascended from the water immediately, and behold, the heavens were opened to him. And he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him. {3:17} And behold, there was a voice from heaven, saying: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am  well pleased.” 
[Matthew 4] {4:1} Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the  desert, in order to be tempted by the devil. {4:2} And when  he had fasted for forty days and forty nights, afterwards he  was hungry. {4:3} And approaching, the tempter said to him,  “If you are the Son  of God, tell these stones to become  bread.” {4:4} And in response he said, “It has been written: ‘Not by bread alone shall man live, but by every word that  proceeds from the  mouth of God.’  ”  {4:5} Then the devil  took him up, into the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, {4:6} and said to him: “If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down. For it has been written: ‘For he has  given charge of you to his angels, and they shall take you into their hands, lest perhaps you may hurt your foot against a  stone.’ ” {4:7} Jesus said to him, “Again, it has been written: ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” {4:8} Again, the  devil took him up, onto a very high mountain, and showed  him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, {4:9} and  said to him, “All these things I will give to you, if you will  fall down and adore me.” {4:10} Then Jesus said to him:  “Go away, Satan. For it has been written: ‘You shall adore  the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’  ” {4:11} Then the devil left him.  And behold,  Angels approached and ministered to him. {4:12} And when Jesus  had heard that John had been handed over, he withdrew into  Galilee. {4:13} And leaving behind the city of Nazareth, he  went and lived in Capernaum, near the sea, at the borders of  Zebulun and of Naphtali, {4:14} in order to fulfill what was  said through  the prophet Isaiah: {4:15} “Land of  Zebulun  and land of Naphtali, the way of the sea across the Jordan,  Galilee of the Gentiles: {4:16} A people who were sitting in darkness have seen a great light. And unto those sitting in the  region  of the shadow of death,  a  light has risen.”  {4:17} From  that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say: “Repent. For the kingdom  of heaven has drawn near.”  {4:18} And Jesus, walking near the Sea of Galilee, saw two  brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen).  {4:19} And he said to them: “Follow me, and I will make  you fishers of men.” {4:20} And at once, leaving behind their  nets, they followed him.  {4:21} And  continuing  on from  there, he saw another two brothers, James of Zebedee, and his brother John, in  a ship with their father Zebedee,  repairing their nets. And he called  them. {4:22} And  immediately, leaving their nets and their father behind, they  followed him. {4:23} And  Jesus traveled throughout  all  of Galilee, teaching in their  synagogues, and preaching the  Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every infirmity among the people. {4:24} And reports of him went  out to all of Syria, and they brought to him all those who had  maladies, those who were in the grasp of various sicknesses and torments, and those who were in the hold of demons,  and the  mentally ill, and  paralytics.  And he  cured  them. {4:25} And a great crowd  followed him from Galilee, and  from the Ten Cities, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from across the Jordan.
[Matthew 5] {5:1} Then, seeing the crowds, he ascended the  mountain, and when he had sat down, his disciples drew near to him, {5:2} and opening his mouth, he taught them, saying:  {5:3} “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. {5:4} Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess  the earth. {5:5} Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall  be consoled. {5:6} Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied. {5:7} Blessed are the  merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. {5:8} Blessed are the  pure in heart, for they shall see God. {5:9} Blessed are the  peacemakers, for they shall  be  called sons of God. {5:10} Blessed are those who endure persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. {5:11} Blessed are you when they have slandered you, and persecuted you,  and spoken all kinds of evil against you, falsely, for my sake: {5:12} be glad and exult, for your reward  in heaven  is  plentiful. For so they persecuted the prophets who were  before you. {5:13} You are the salt of the earth. But if salt  loses its saltiness, with what will it be salted? It is no longer  useful at all, except to be cast out and trampled under by men.  {5:14} You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. {5:15} And they do not light a  lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that it  may shine to all who are  in the house. {5:16} So then, let your light shine in the sight of men, so that they may see your  good works, and may glorify your Father, who is in heaven. {5:17} Do not think that I have come to loosen the law or the  prophets. I  have not  come to loosen, but to fulfill.  {5:18} Amen I say to you, certainly, until heaven and earth pass away, not one iota, not one dot shall pass away from the  law, until  all is  done. {5:19} Therefore, whoever  will have loosened one of the least of these commandments, and have taught men so, shall be called the least  in the kingdom  of heaven. But whoever will have done and taught these, such a  one shall be called  great in the kingdom  of heaven.  {5:20} For I say to you, that unless your justice has surpassed  that of the scribes and the Pharisees you shall not enter into  the kingdom of heaven. {5:21} You have heard that it was  said to the ancients: ‘You shall not murder; whoever will  have murdered shall be liable to judgment.’ {5:22} But I say  to you, that anyone who becomes angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment.  But whoever will have  called his brother, ‘Idiot,’ shall be liable to the council. Then, whoever  will have called him, ‘Worthless,’ shall be liable to the fires of  Hell. {5:23} Therefore, if you offer your gift at the altar, and  there you remember that your brother has something against  you, {5:24} leave your gift there, before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to your brother, and then you may approach and offer your gift. {5:25} Be reconciled with your adversary  quickly, while you are still on the way with him, lest perhaps  the adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge  may hand you over to the officer, and you will be thrown in  prison. {5:26} Amen I say to you, that you shall not go forth  from there, until you have repaid the last quarter. {5:27} You have heard that it was said to the ancients: ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ {5:28} But I say to you, that anyone who  will have looked  at a  woman, so as to lust after her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart. {5:29} And  if your right eye causes you to sin, root it out and cast it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members perish, than that your  whole body be cast  into  Hell.  {5:30} And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your  members perish, than that your whole body go into Hell. {5:31} And it has been said: ‘Whoever would dismiss his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce.’ {5:32} But I say to  you, that anyone who will have dismissed his wife, except in the case of fornication, causes her to commit adultery; and  whoever  will have married her who has been dismissed  commits adultery. {5:33} Again, you have heard that it was said to the  ancients: ‘You shall not swear falsely. For you shall repay your oaths to the Lord.’ {5:34} But I say to you,  do not swear an oath at all, neither by heaven, for it is the  throne of God, {5:35} nor by earth, for it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem, for it  is the city  of the great king.  {5:36} Neither shall you swear an oath by your own head,  because you are not able to cause one hair to become white  or black. {5:37} But let your word ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and ‘No’  mean ‘No.’ For anything beyond that is of evil. {5:38} You have heard that it was said: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth  for a tooth.’ {5:39} But I say to you, do not resist one who is evil, but if anyone will have struck you on your right cheek,  offer to him the other also. {5:40} And anyone who wishes to contend with you in judgment, and to take away your tunic,  release to him your cloak also. {5:41} And whoever will have compelled you for one thousand steps, go with him even for  two thousand steps. {5:42} Whoever asks of you, give to him.  And if anyone would borrow from you, do not turn away from him. {5:43} You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall  love your neighbor, and  you  shall have hatred for your enemy.’ {5:44} But I say  to you: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate  you. And pray for those who  persecute and slander you. {5:45} In this way, you shall be  sons of your Father, who is in heaven. He causes his sun to rise upon the good and the bad, and he causes it to rain upon  the just and the unjust. {5:46} For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Do not even tax collectors  behave this way? {5:47} And if you greet only your brothers, what more have you done? Do not even the pagans behave this way? {5:48} Therefore, be perfect, even as your heavenly  Father is perfect.”
[Matthew 6] {6:1} “Pay  attention, lest you  perform your  justice before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise  you shall not have  a reward with your Father, who is in  heaven. {6:2} Therefore, when you give alms, do not choose  to sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the  synagogues and in the towns, so that they may be honored by  men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.  {6:3} But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know  what your right hand is doing, {6:4} so that your almsgiving may be in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you. {6:5} And when you pray, you should not be like  the hypocrites, who love standing in the synagogues and at  the corners of the streets to pray, so that they may be seen by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.  {6:6} But you, when you  pray, enter into your room, and  having shut the door, pray to your Father in secret, and your  Father, who sees in secret, will repay you. {6:7} And when  praying, do not choose many words, as the pagans do. For they think that by their excess of words they might be heeded.  {6:8} Therefore, do not choose to imitate them. For your  Father knows what your needs may be, even before you ask  him. {6:9} Therefore, you shall pray in this way: Our Father,  who is in heaven: May your name be kept holy. {6:10} May your kingdom come. May your will be done, as in heaven, so  also  on earth. {6:11} Give us this day our life-sustaining bread. {6:12} And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. {6:13} And lead us not into temptation. But free us from evil. Amen. {6:14} For if you will forgive men their sins, your heavenly Father also will forgive  you your offenses. {6:15} But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your sins. {6:16} And when you fast, do  not choose to become gloomy, like the hypocrites. For they  alter their faces, so that their fasting may be apparent to men.  Amen I say to you, that they have received their reward.  {6:17} But as for you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, {6:18} so  that  your fasting  will not  be apparent to men, but to your Father, who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you. {6:19} Do not choose to store up for yourselves treasures on earth:  where rust and moth consume, and where thieves break in  and steal. {6:20} Instead, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither rust nor moth consumes, and where  thieves do not break in and steal. {6:21} For where your  treasure is, there also is your heart. {6:22} The lamp of your body is your eye. If your eye is wholesome, your entire body will be filled with light.  {6:23} But if your eye has been  corrupted, your entire body will be darkened. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great will that darkness be! {6:24} No one is able to serve two masters. For either he will  have hatred  for the  one,  and love the other,  or he will  persevere with the  one,  and despise the other. You  cannot  serve God and wealth. {6:25} And so I say to you, do not be anxious about your life, as to what you will eat, nor about  your body, as to what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? {6:26} Consider the  birds of the air, how they neither sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of much greater value than they are? {6:27} And which of you, by thinking, is able to add one cubit to his stature?  {6:28} And as for clothing, why are you anxious? Consider  the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither work nor  weave. {6:29} But I say to you, that not even Solomon, in all his glory, was arrayed like one of these. {6:30} So if God so  clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and cast into the oven tomorrow, how much more will he care for you, O little in faith? {6:31} Therefore,  do not choose to be anxious, saying: ‘What shall we eat, and what shall we drink, and with what shall we be clothed?’ {6:32} For the Gentiles  seek all these things. Yet your Father knows that you need all these things. {6:33} Therefore, seek first the kingdom of God  and his justice, and all these things shall be added to you as well. {6:34} Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow; for the future day will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the  day is its evil.”
[Matthew 7] {7:1} “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. {7:2} For with whatever judgment you judge, so shall  you be judged; and with whatever measure you measure out,  so shall it be measured back to you. {7:3} And how can you see the splinter in your brother’s eye, and not see the board in  your own eye? {7:4} Or how can you say to your brother,  ‘Let me take the splinter from your eye,’ while, behold, a  board is in your own eye? {7:5} Hypocrite, first remove the  board from your  own eye, and then you will see  clearly enough to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.  {7:6} Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not cast your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they may trample them  under their feet, and then, turning, they may tear you apart. {7:7} Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall  find.  Knock, and  it shall be opened to you. {7:8} For everyone who asks, receives; and whoever seeks, finds; and  to anyone who knocks, it will be opened. {7:9} Or what man  is there among you, who, if his son were to ask him for bread, would offer him a stone; {7:10} or if he were to ask him for a fish, would  offer him  a  snake? {7:11} Therefore, if you,  though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your sons,  how much more  will your Father, who is in heaven,  give good things to those who ask him? {7:12} Therefore, all things whatsoever that you wish that men would do to you,  do so also to them. For this is the law and the prophets.  {7:13} Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate,  and broad is the way, which leads to perdition, and many  there are who enter through it. {7:14} How narrow is the gate, and how straight is the way, which leads to life, and few there  are who find it! {7:15} Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.  {7:16} You shall know them by their fruits. Can grapes be  gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? {7:17} So then,  every good tree produces good fruit, and the evil tree  produces evil fruit. {7:18} A good tree is not able to produce  evil fruit, and an evil tree is not able to produce good fruit.  {7:19} Every tree which does not produce good fruit shall be  cut down and cast into the fire. {7:20} Therefore, by their  fruits you  will know them. {7:21} Not all who say to me,  ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom  of heaven. But whoever does the will of my Father, who is in heaven, the  same shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. {7:22} Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy  in your name, and cast out demons  in your name, and  perform many powerful deeds in your  name?’ {7:23} And  then will I disclose to them: ‘I have never known you. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity.’ {7:24} Therefore,  everyone who hears these words of mine and does them shall  be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. {7:25} And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds blew, and rushed upon that house, but it did  not fall, for it was founded on the rock. {7:26} And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them shall be  like a foolish man, who  built his house upon the  sand. {7:27} And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds blew, and rushed upon that house, and it did fall,  and great was its ruin.” {7:28} And it happened, when Jesus  had completed these words, that the crowds were astonished at his doctrine. {7:29} For he was teaching them as one who  has authority, and not like their scribes and Pharisees. 
[Matthew 8] {8:1} And  when he  had descended from the mountain, great crowds followed him. {8:2} And behold, a  leper, drawing near, adored him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you are able to cleanse me.” {8:3} And Jesus,  extending his hand, touched him, saying: “I am willing. Be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was  cleansed.  {8:4} And Jesus said to him: “See to it that you tell no one. But go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that  Moses instructed, as a testimony for them.” {8:5} And when he had entered into  Capernaum, a centurion approached,  petitioning him, {8:6} and saying, “Lord, my servant lies at home paralyzed and badly tormented.” {8:7} And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” {8:8} And responding, the centurion said: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed. {8:9} For  I, too, am  a  man placed  under  authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” {8:10} And, hearing  this, Jesus wondered. And he said to those following him:  “Amen I say to you, I have not found so great a faith in Israel.  {8:11} For I say to you, that many shall come from the east and the west, and they shall sit at table with Abraham, and  Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. {8:12} But the  sons of the kingdom shall be cast into  the outer darkness,  where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” {8:13} And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go, and just as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And the servant was healed at that very hour. {8:14} And when Jesus had arrived at the house of Peter, he saw his mother-in-law lying ill with a fever. {8:15} And he touched her hand, and the fever left  her, and she  rose up and  ministered to them. {8:16} And  when evening arrived, they brought to him many who had  demons, and he cast  out  the spirits with a  word. And he healed all those having maladies, {8:17} in order to fulfill  what was spoken through the prophet  Isaiah, saying, “He  took our infirmities, and  he carried away  our diseases.” {8:18} Then Jesus, seeing the  great crowds encircling him, gave orders to go across the sea. {8:19} And  one scribe,  approaching, said to him,  “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you will go.” {8:20} And Jesus said to him, “Foxes  have dens, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of  man has nowhere to rest his head.” {8:21} Then another of  his disciples said to him,  “Lord, permit  me first to go and bury my father.” {8:22} But Jesus said to him, “Follow me,  and allow the dead to bury their dead.” {8:23} And climbing into a boat, his disciples followed him. {8:24} And behold, a  great tempest occurred in the sea, so much so that the boat  was covered with  waves; yet truly, he was sleeping. {8:25} And his disciples drew  near to  him,  and  they awakened him, saying: “Lord, save us, we are perishing.” {8:26} And Jesus said to them, “Why are you afraid, O little  in faith?” Then rising up, he commanded the winds, and the  sea. And a great tranquility occurred. {8:27} Moreover, the  men wondered, saying: “What kind of man is this? For even  the winds and the sea obey him.” {8:28} And when he had  arrived across the sea, into the region of the Gerasenes, he  was met by two who had demons, who were so exceedingly savage, as they went out from among the tombs, that no one was able to cross by that way. {8:29} And behold, they cried  out, saying: “What are we to you, O Jesus, the Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the  time?” {8:30} Now there was, not far  from them, a  herd of many  swine feeding. {8:31} Then the demons petitioned him,  saying: “If you cast us from here, send us into the herd of  swine.” {8:32} And he said to them, “Go.” And they, going out,  went into the swine. And behold, the entire herd suddenly rushed along a steep place into the sea. And they  died in the waters. {8:33} Then the shepherds fled, and  arriving in the city, they reported on all this, and on those who had had the demons. {8:34} And behold, the entire city  went out to meet Jesus. And having seen him, they petitioned him, so that he would cross from their borders. 
[Matthew 9] {9:1} And climbing into a boat, he crossed the  sea, and he arrived at his own city. {9:2} And behold, they  brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And Jesus, seeing  their faith, said to the paralytic, “Be strengthened in faith, son;  your sins are forgiven you.” {9:3} And behold, some of the  scribes said within themselves, “He is blaspheming.”  {9:4} And when Jesus had perceived their thoughts, he said: “Why do you think such evil in your hearts? {9:5} Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up  and walk?’ {9:6} But, so that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” he then said to the paralytic, “Rise up, take up your bed, and go into your  house.”  {9:7} And he arose and went into his  house.  {9:8} Then the crowd, seeing this, was frightened, and they  glorified God, who gave such power to men. {9:9} And when  Jesus passed on from there, he saw, sitting at the tax office, a  man named  Matthew. And he said to  him,  “Follow me.” And rising up, he followed him. {9:10} And it happened that, as he was sitting down to eat in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners arrived, and they sat down to eat with  Jesus and his disciples. {9:11} And the Pharisees, seeing this,  said to his disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax  collectors and sinners?” {9:12} But Jesus, hearing this, said:  “It is not those who are healthy who are in need of a  physician, but those who have maladies. {9:13} So then, go  out  and learn what this means:  ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the just, but sinners.” {9:14} Then the disciples of John drew near to him, saying,  “Why  do we and the Pharisees fast frequently, but your disciples do not fast?” {9:15} And Jesus said to them: “How  can the sons of the groom mourn, while the groom is still  with them? But the days will arrive when the groom will be taken away from them. And then they shall fast. {9:16} For  no one would sew a patch of new cloth onto an old garment.  For it pulls its fullness away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. {9:17} Neither do they pour new wine into old  wineskins. Otherwise,  the wineskins rupture, and the wine  pours out, and the wineskins are destroyed. Instead, they pour new  wine into new wineskins.  And so, both are preserved.” {9:18} As he was speaking these things to them,  behold, a certain ruler approached and adored him, saying:  “Lord, my daughter has recently passed away. But come and  impose your hand upon her, and she will live.” {9:19} And  Jesus, rising up, followed him, with his disciples. {9:20} And  behold, a woman, who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years, approached from behind and touched the hem  of his garment. {9:21} For she said within herself, “If I will  touch even his garment, I shall be saved.” {9:22} But Jesus, turning  and  seeing her, said: “Be strengthened in faith, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. {9:23} And when Jesus had  arrived in the house of the ruler, and he had seen the musicians and the tumultuous crowd, {9:24} he said, “Depart. For the  girl  is not  dead, but  asleep.” And they  derided him. {9:25} And  when the crowd had been sent away, he entered. And he took her by the hand. And the girl  rose up. {9:26} And the news of this went out to that entire  land. {9:27} And as Jesus passed from there, two blind men  followed him, crying out and saying, “Take pity on us, Son of  David.” {9:28} And when he had arrived at the house, the blind men approached him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you trust that I am able to do this for you?” They say to him,  “Certainly, Lord.” {9:29} Then he touched their eyes, saying,  “According to your faith, so let it be done for you.” {9:30} And their eyes were opened. And Jesus warned them,  saying,  “See  to it that no one knows of this.” {9:31} But going  out, they spread the news  of it to all that land.  {9:32} Then, when they had departed, behold, they brought  him a man who was mute, having a demon. {9:33} And after  the demon  was cast out, the mute man spoke.  And the  crowds wondered, saying, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.” {9:34} But the Pharisees said, “By the prince  of demons does he cast out demons.” {9:35} And Jesus  traveled throughout all of the cities and towns, teaching in  their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom,  and healing every illness and every infirmity. {9:36} Then, seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them, because  they were distressed and were reclining, like sheep without a shepherd. {9:37} Then he said to his disciples: “The harvest  indeed is great, but the laborers  are few. {9:38} Therefore, petition the  Lord of the  harvest, so that he may sent out  laborers to his harvest.” 
[Matthew 10] {10:1} And having called together his twelve  disciples, he gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast  them out  and to cure every sickness  and every infirmity.  {10:2} Now the names of the twelve Apostles are these: the First, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother,  {10:3} James of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and  Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector, and  James of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, {10:4} Simon the  Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. {10:5} Jesus sent these twelve, instructing them, saying: “Do  not travel by the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter into the city of the Samaritans, {10:6} but instead go to the sheep who have fallen away from the house of Israel. {10:7} And  going forth, preach, saying: ‘For the kingdom of heaven has drawn near.’ {10:8} Cure the infirm, raise the dead, cleanse  lepers, cast out demons. You have received freely, so give freely. {10:9} Do not choose to possess gold, nor silver, nor money in your belts, {10:10} nor provisions for the journey, nor two tunics, nor shoes, nor a staff. For the laborer deserves his portion. {10:11} Now,  into whatever city  or town you will enter, inquire as to who is worthy within it. And stay there until you depart. {10:12} Then, when you enter into the  house, greet it, saying, ‘Peace to this house.’ {10:13} And if, indeed, that house is worthy, your peace will rest upon it. But  if it is not worthy, your peace will return to you. {10:14} And  whoever has neither received you, nor listened to your words,  departing from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. {10:15} Amen  I say to you, it will be  more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city. {10:16} Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the  midst of wolves. Therefore, be as  prudent  as serpents and  as simple as doves. {10:17} But beware of men. For they will hand you over to councils, and  they will scourge you in their synagogues. {10:18} And you shall be led before both rulers and kings for my sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. {10:19} But  when they hand you over, do not choose to think about how or what to speak. For what to speak shall be given to you in that hour. {10:20} For it is not you who will be speaking, but the  Spirit of your Father, who will speak in you. {10:21} And  brother will hand over brother to death, and father will hand  over son. And children will rise up against parents and bring  about their deaths. {10:22} And you will be hated by all for the sake of my name. But whoever will have persevered, even to the end, the same shall be saved. {10:23} Now when they  persecute you in one city, flee into another. Amen I say to you, you will not have exhausted all the cities of Israel, before the Son of man returns. {10:24} The disciple is not above the  teacher, nor  is the servant above his master. {10:25} It is sufficient for the disciple that he be like his teacher, and the  servant, like his master. If they have called the Father of the  family, ‘Beelzebub,’ how much more those of his household? {10:26} Therefore, do not fear them. For nothing is covered  that shall not be revealed, nor hidden that shall not be known. {10:27} What I tell you in darkness, speak in the light. And  what you hear whispered in the ear, preach  above the rooftops. {10:28} And do not be afraid of those who kill the  body, but are not able to kill the soul. But instead fear him  who  is able to destroy both soul  and body in Hell.  {10:29} Are not two sparrows sold for one small coin? And  yet not one  of them will  fall to the ground without your  Father. {10:30} For even the hairs of your head have all been numbered. {10:31} Therefore,  do not  be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows. {10:32} Therefore, everyone  who acknowledges me before men, I  also will  acknowledge before my Father, who is in  heaven.  {10:33} But whoever will have denied me before men, I also  will deny before my Father, who is in heaven. {10:34} Do not think that I came to send peace upon the earth. I came,  not to send peace, but the sword. {10:35} For I came to  divide a man against his father, and a daughter against her  mother, and a daughter-in-law against her  mother-in-law. {10:36} And the enemies of a man will be those of his own household. {10:37} Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy  of me.  And whoever loves son  or  daughter above me is not worthy  of me. {10:38} And  whoever  does not take up  his  cross, and follow me is not  worthy  of me. {10:39} Whoever finds his life, will lose it.  And whoever will have lost his life because of me, shall find  it. {10:40} Whoever receives you, receives me. And whoever receives me, receives him who sent me. {10:41} Whoever  receives a prophet, in the name of a prophet, shall receive the reward of a prophet. And whoever receives the just in the  name  of the just shall receive the reward  of the just. {10:42} And whoever shall give, even to one of the least of these, a cup of cold water to drink, solely in the name of a  disciple: Amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” 
[Matthew 11] {11:1} And it happened that, when Jesus had  completed instructing his twelve disciples, he went away from there in  order to teach  and to preach in their cities.  {11:2} Now  when John had heard, in prison,  about the  works of Christ, sending two of his disciples, he said to him,  {11:3} “Are you he  who is to  come,  or should we expect  another?” {11:4} And Jesus, responding, said to them: “Go and report to John what you have heard and seen.  {11:5} The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed,  the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor are evangelized.  {11:6} And blessed is he who has found no offense in me.”  {11:7} Then, after they departed, Jesus began to speak to the  crowds about John: “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind? {11:8} So what did you go out to see? A man in soft garments? Behold, those who are clothed  in soft garments are in the houses of kings. {11:9} Then what  did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. {11:10} For this is he, of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send my Angel before your face, who shall prepare  your way before you.’ {11:11} Amen I say to you, among those born of women, there has arisen no one greater than  John the Baptist. Yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than  he. {11:12} But from the days of John the  Baptist, even until now, the kingdom of heaven has endured  violence, and the violent carry it away. {11:13} For all the  prophets and the law prophesied, even until John.  {11:14} And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah,  who is to come. {11:15} Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear. {11:16} But to what shall I compare this generation? It  is like children sitting in the marketplace, {11:17} who, calling out to their companions, say: ‘We played music for you, and you did not dance. We lamented, and you did not mourn.’ {11:18} For John came neither eating nor drinking;  and they say, ‘He has a  demon.’ {11:19} The Son  of man came eating and drinking; and they say, ‘Behold, a man who eats voraciously and  who drinks  wine, a friend  of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is justified by her sons.” {11:20} Then he began to rebuke the cities in which many of his miracles were accomplished, for they still had not repented. {11:21} “Woe to you, Chorazin!  Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been  done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago  in haircloth and ashes. {11:22} Yet truly, I say to you, Tyre and Sidon shall be forgiven more than you,  on the day  of judgment. {11:23} And you, Capernaum, would you be exalted all the way to heaven? You shall descend all the way to Hell. For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, perhaps it would have remained, even to this day. {11:24} Yet truly, I say to you, that the land of Sodom  shall be forgiven more than you, on the day of judgment.” {11:25} At that time, Jesus responded and said:  “I  acknowledge you, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent,  and have revealed them to little ones. {11:26} Yes, Father, for this was pleasing before you. {11:27} All things have been delivered to me by my Father. And no one knows the Son  except the Father, nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son is willing to reveal him.  {11:28} Come to me, all you who labor  and have been burdened, and I will refresh you. {11:29} Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart;  and you shall find rest for your souls. {11:30} For my yoke is sweet and my burden is light.”
[Matthew 12] {12:1} At that time, Jesus went out through  the ripe grain on the Sabbath. And his disciples, being hungry,  began to separate the grain and to eat. {12:2} Then the  Pharisees, seeing this, said to him, “Behold, your disciples  are doing  what is not lawful to  do on the Sabbaths.”  {12:3} But he said to them: “Have you not read what David  did,  when he was hungry, and those who  were with him:  {12:4} how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for  those who were with him, but only for the priests? {12:5} Or  have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbaths the priests  in the temple violate the Sabbath, and they are without guilt? {12:6} But I  say to you, that something greater than the  temple is here. {12:7} And if you knew what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would never have condemned the innocent. {12:8} For the Son of man is Lord  even of the Sabbath.” {12:9} And when he had passed from there, he went into their synagogues. {12:10} And behold,  there was a man who  had a  withered hand, and they questioned him, so that they might accuse him, saying, “Is it  lawful to cure on the Sabbaths?” {12:11} But he said to them: “Who is there among you, having even one sheep, if it will  have fallen into a pit on the Sabbath, would not take hold of it and lift it up? {12:12} How much better is a man than a  sheep? And so, it is lawful to  do good  on the Sabbaths.” {12:13} Then he said to the man, “Extend your hand.” And  he extended it, and it was restored to  health, just like the other one. {12:14} Then the Pharisees, departing,  took council against him, as to  how  they might destroy  him.  {12:15} But Jesus, knowing this, withdrew from there. And  many followed him, and he cured them all. {12:16} And he instructed them, lest they  make him known. {12:17} Then  what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah was fulfilled,  saying: {12:18} “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,  my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased. I will place my  Spirit over him, and he shall announce judgment to the  nations. {12:19} He shall not contend, nor cry out, neither shall anyone hear his voice in the streets. {12:20} He shall  not crush the bruised reed, and he shall not extinguish the  smoking wick, until he sends  forth judgment unto  victory.  {12:21} And the Gentiles shall  hope in his name.”  {12:22} Then one who had a  demon, who  was blind and  mute, was brought to him.  And he cured him, so that he spoke and saw. {12:23} And all the crowds were stupefied,  and they said, “Could this be the son of David?” {12:24} But the Pharisees, hearing it, said, “This man does not cast out demons, except by Beelzebub, the  prince of the  demons.”  {12:25} But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said to them:  “Every kingdom divided against itself will become desolate.  And every city or house divided against itself will not stand.  {12:26} So if Satan casts out Satan, then he is divided against  himself. How then will his kingdom stand? {12:27} And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your own sons cast them  out? Therefore, they shall be your judges.  {12:28} But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then  the kingdom of God has arrived among you. {12:29} Or how can anyone enter into the house of a strong man, and plunder  his belongings, unless he first restrains the strong man? And  then he will plunder his house. {12:30} Whoever is not with me, is against me. And whoever does not gather with me,  scatters. {12:31} For this reason, I say to you: Every sin and  blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the  Spirit shall not be forgiven. {12:32} And anyone  who  will have spoken a word against the Son of man shall be forgiven.  But whoever will have spoken against the Holy Spirit shall  not be forgiven, neither in this age, nor in the future age.  {12:33} Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree evil and its fruit evil. For certainly a tree is known by  its fruit. {12:34} Progeny of vipers, how are you able to speak  good things while you are evil? For out of the abundance of  the heart, the mouth speaks. {12:35} A good man offers good things from a good storehouse. And an evil man offers evil things from an evil storehouse. {12:36} But I say to you, that for every idle word which men will have spoken, they shall  render an account in the  day  of judgment. {12:37} For by  your words shall you be justified, and by your words shall you be  condemned.” {12:38} Then certain  ones from the scribes and the Pharisees responded to him, saying, “Teacher,  we want to see a sign from you.” {12:39} And answering, he said to them: “An evil and adulterous generation seeks a sign. But a sign will not be given to it, except the sign  of the  prophet Jonah. {12:40} For just as Jonah was in the belly of  the whale for three days and three nights, so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. {12:41} The men of Nineveh shall arise in judgment  with this generation, and they shall condemn it. For, at the preaching of Jonah, they repented. And behold, there is a  greater than  Jonah here.  {12:42} The  Queen of the South shall arise in judgment  with this generation, and she shall condemn it. For she came from the ends of the earth to hear  the wisdom of Solomon. And behold, there is a greater than  Solomon here. {12:43} Now when an unclean spirit departs from a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and he does not find it. {12:44} Then he says, ‘I will return to my  house, from  which I  departed’.  And arriving, he finds it vacant, swept clean,  and decorated. {12:45} Then he goes  and takes with him seven  other spirits  more wicked than himself, and they enter in and live there. And in the end, the  man becomes worse than he was at first. So, too, shall it be  with this most wicked generation.” {12:46} While he was still  speaking to the crowds, behold, his mother and his brothers were  standing outside, seeking  to speak with him. {12:47} And  someone said to him: “Behold, your mother  and your brothers are standing  outside, seeking  you.” {12:48} But responding to the one speaking to him, he said,  “Which  one is my mother, and who  are my brothers?”  {12:49} And  extending his hand to his disciples, he said:  “Behold:  my mother and my  brothers. {12:50} For anyone who does the will of my Father, who is in heaven, the same is  my brother, and sister, and mother.” 
[Matthew 13] {13:1} In that day, Jesus, departing from the house, sat  down beside the sea. {13:2} And such great crowds were gathered to him that he climbed into a boat and  he sat down. And the entire multitude stood on the shore.  {13:3} And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow seed. {13:4} And while he  was sowing, some fell beside the road, and the birds of the air  came and ate it. {13:5} Then others fell in a rocky  place, where they did not have much soil. And they sprung up promptly, because they had no depth of soil. {13:6} But when the sun rose up, they were scorched, and because they had no roots, they withered. {13:7} Still  others  fell among thorns,  and the thorns increased  and suffocated them. {13:8} Yet  some others fell upon good soil, and they produced fruit:  some one hundred fold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold. {13:9} Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.” {13:10} And  his disciples drew near to him and said, “Why do you speak  to them in parables?” {13:11} Responding, he said to them:  “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but it has not been given to them.  {13:12} For whoever has, it shall be given to him, and he  shall have in abundance. But whoever has not, even what he  has shall be taken away from him. {13:13} For this reason, I  speak to them in parables: because seeing, they do not see, and hearing  they do not hear, nor  do they understand.  {13:14} And so, in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, who said, ‘Hearing, you shall hear, but not understand; and seeing, you shall see, but not perceive. {13:15} For the heart  of this people has grown fat, and with their ears they hear  heavily, and they have closed their eyes, lest at any time they might see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and  understand with their heart, and be converted, and then I  would heal them.’ {13:16} But blessed are your eyes, because  they see, and your ears, because they hear. {13:17} Amen I  say to you, certainly, that many of the prophets and the just  desired to see what you see, and yet they did not see it, and to  hear what you hear, and yet they  did not hear it. {13:18} Listen, then, to the  parable of the sower.  {13:19} With anyone who hears the word of the kingdom  and does not understand it, evil comes and carries away what  was sown in his heart. This is he who received the seed by the  side of the road. {13:20} Then whoever has received the seed upon  a rocky place, this is one who hears the word and  promptly accepts it with joy. {13:21} But he has no root in himself, so it is only for a time; then, when tribulation and  persecution occur because of the word, he promptly stumbles.  {13:22} And whoever has received the seed among thorns,  this is he who hears the word, but the cares of this age and  the falseness of riches suffocate the word, and he is effectively  without fruit. {13:23} Yet  truly, whoever has received the  seed into  good soil, this  is he who hears the word,  and understands it, and so he bears fruit, and he produces: some a  hundred fold, and another sixty fold,  and another  thirty  fold.” {13:24} He proposed another parable to them, saying:  “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. {13:25} But  while the men were sleeping, his  enemy came  and sowed weeds amid the wheat, and then  went away. {13:26} And  when the plants had grown, and had produced fruit, then the weeds also appeared. {13:27} So  the servants of the Father of the family, approaching, said to  him: ‘Lord, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then how is it that it has weeds?’ {13:28} And he said to them, ‘A man who is an enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to  him, ‘Is it your will that we should go and gather them up?’  {13:29} And he said: ‘No, lest perhaps in gathering the weeds,  you might  also root out the wheat together with it. {13:30} Permit both to grow until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest, I will say to the reapers: Gather first the weeds,  and bind them into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather into my  storehouse.’ ” {13:31} He proposed another parable to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his  field.  {13:32} It is, indeed, the least of all seeds, but when it has  grown, it is greater than all the plants, and it becomes a tree,  so much so that the birds of the air come and dwell in its branches.” {13:33} He spoke another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and  hid in three measures of fine wheat flour, until it was entirely  leavened.” {13:34} All these things Jesus spoke in parables to  the crowds. And he did  not speak to them apart from parables, {13:35} in order to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet, saying: “I will open my mouth in parables. I will  proclaim what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” {13:36} Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into  the house. And his  disciples  drew near to him, saying,  “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”  {13:37} Responding, he said to them: “He who sows the  good seed is the Son of man. {13:38} Now the field is the  world. And the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom. But  the weeds are the sons of wickedness. {13:39} So the enemy  who sowed them is the devil. And truly, the harvest is the consummation of the age; while the reapers are the Angels.  {13:40} Therefore, just as weeds are gathered up and burned  with fire, so shall it be at the consummation of the age.  {13:41} The Son of man shall send out his Angels, and they  shall gather from his kingdom all who lead astray and those  who work iniquity. {13:42} And he shall cast them into the  furnace of fire, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. {13:43} Then the just ones shall shine like the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear. {13:44} The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure  hidden in a field.  When a man finds it, he hides  it, and, because of his joy, he goes and sells everything that he has,  and he buys that field. {13:45} Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking good pearls. {13:46} Having found  one pearl of great value, he went away and sold all that he  had, and he bought it. {13:47} Again, the kingdom of heaven  is like a net cast into the sea, which gathers together all kinds of fish. {13:48} When it has been filled, drawing it out and  sitting beside the shore, they selected the good into vessels, but the bad they threw away. {13:49} So shall  it be  at the  consummation of the age. The Angels shall go forth and  separate the bad from the midst of the just. {13:50} And they  shall cast them into the furnace of fire, where there will be  weeping and gnashing of teeth. {13:51} Have you understood  all these things?” They say to him, “Yes.” {13:52} He said to  them, “Therefore, every scribe well-taught about the kingdom  of heaven, is like a man, the father of a family, who offers from his storehouse both the new and the old.” {13:53} And it happened that, when Jesus had completed these parables,  he went away from there. {13:54} And arriving in his own country, he taught them in their synagogues, so much so that they wondered and said: “How can such wisdom and power  be with this one? {13:55} Is this not the son of a workman? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brothers, James, and  Joseph, and  Simon, and Jude? {13:56} And his sisters, are  they not all  with us?  Therefore, from  where has this  one obtained all these things?” {13:57} And they took offense at  him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor,  except in his own country and  in  his  own house.”  {13:58} And he did not work many miracles there, because  of their unbelief. 
[Matthew 14] {14:1} In that time, Herod the Tetrarch heard  the news  about Jesus. {14:2} And he said to his servants:  “This is John the Baptist. He has risen from the dead, and that is why miracles are at work in him.” {14:3} For Herod  had apprehended John, and bound him,  and  put him  in  prison, because of Herodias, the wife of his brother.  {14:4} For John was telling him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” {14:5} And though he  wanted to kill  him, he  feared the people, because they held him to be  a  prophet.  {14:6} Then, on Herod’s birthday, the daughter of Herodias  danced in their midst, and it pleased Herod. {14:7} And so he promised with an oath to give her whatever she would ask of him. {14:8} But, having been advised by her mother, she said,  “Give me here, on a platter, the head of John the Baptist.”  {14:9} And the king was greatly saddened. But because of his  oath,  and because of those who sat at table with him, he ordered it to be given.  {14:10} And  he sent and beheaded John in prison. {14:11} And his head  was brought  on a  platter, and it was given to the girl, and she brought it to her  mother. {14:12} And his disciples approached and took the  body, and they buried it. And arriving, they reported it to  Jesus. {14:13} When Jesus had heard it, he withdrew from  there by boat, to a deserted place by himself. And when the  crowds had heard of it, they followed him on foot from the  cities. {14:14} And going out, he saw a great multitude, and  he took pity on them, and he cured their sick. {14:15} And  when evening had arrived, his  disciples approached him, saying:  “This is a  deserted  place, and the hour has now  passed. Dismiss the crowds, so that, by going into the towns,  they may buy food for themselves.” {14:16} But Jesus said to  them: “They have no need to go. Give them something to eat  yourselves.” {14:17} They answered him, “We have nothing  here, except five loaves  and two fish.”  {14:18} He said to  them, “Bring them here to me.” {14:19} And when he had  ordered the multitude to sit down upon the grass, he took the  five loaves and the two fish, and gazing up to heaven, he  blessed and broke and gave the bread to the disciples, and then the disciples to the multitudes. {14:20} And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up the remnants: twelve baskets full of fragments. {14:21} Now the number of those  who ate was five thousand men, besides women and children.  {14:22} And Jesus promptly compelled his disciples to climb  into the boat, and to precede him in crossing the sea, while he  dismissed the crowds. {14:23} And having dismissed the  multitude, he ascended alone onto a mountain to pray. And  when evening arrived, he was alone there. {14:24} But in the  midst of the  sea, the boat was being tossed about  by the  waves. For the wind was against them. {14:25} Then, in the  fourth watch of the night, he came to them, walking upon the sea. {14:26} And seeing him walking upon the sea, they were  disturbed, saying: “It must be an apparition.” And they cried  out, because of fear. {14:27} And immediately, Jesus spoke  to them, saying: “Have faith. It is I.  Do not be afraid.” {14:28} Then Peter responded by saying, “Lord, if it is you, order me come to you over the waters.” {14:29} And he said, “Come.” And Peter, descending from the boat, walked over  the water, so as to go to Jesus. {14:30} Yet truly, seeing that  the wind was strong, he was afraid. And as he began to sink, he cried  out, saying: “Lord, save me.” {14:31} And immediately Jesus extended his hand and took hold of him.  And he said to him, “O little in faith, why did you doubt?” {14:32} And when they had ascended into the boat, the wind  ceased. {14:33} Then those who were in the boat drew near  and adored him, saying: “Truly, you are the Son of God.” {14:34} And having crossed the sea, they arrived in the land  of Genesaret. {14:35} And when the men of that place had  recognized him, they sent into all that region, and they  brought to him all who had  maladies. {14:36} And they petitioned him, so that they might touch even the hem of his garment. And as many as touched it were made whole. 
[Matthew 15] {15:1} Then the scribes and the Pharisees came to him from Jerusalem, saying: {15:2} “Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their  hands when they eat  bread.” {15:3} But  responding, he said to them: “And why do you transgress the  commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For  God said:  {15:4} ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and,  ‘Whoever will have cursed father or mother shall die a  death.’ {15:5} But you say: ‘If anyone will have said to father  or mother, “It is dedicated, so that whatever is from me will  benefit you,” {15:6} then he shall not honor his father or his mother.’ So have you nullified the commandment of God, for the sake of your tradition. {15:7} Hypocrites! How well did  Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:  {15:8} ‘This people honors me  with their lips, but their heart is far from me.  {15:9} For in vain  do they worship me, teaching the  doctrines and commandments of men.’ ” {15:10} And having called the multitudes to him, he said to them: “Listen and understand. {15:11} A man is not defiled by what enters into  the mouth, but by what proceeds from  the mouth.  This is  what  defiles a man.” {15:12} Then his  disciples drew near and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees, upon hearing this word, were offended?” {15:13} But in response  he said:  “Every plant which has not been planted by my  heavenly Father shall be uprooted. {15:14} Leave them alone.  They are blind, and they lead the blind. But if the blind are in  charge of the blind, both will fall into the pit.” {15:15} And responding, Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.”  {15:16} But he  said: “Are you, even now,  without  understanding? {15:17} Do you not understand that  everything that enters into the mouth goes into the gut, and is cast into the sewer? {15:18} But what proceeds from the  mouth, goes forth from the heart, and those are the things  that defile  a  man. {15:19} For from the heart go out evil thoughts,  murders,  adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. {15:20} These are the things that  defile a man. But to eat  without  washing hands  does not  defile a man.” {15:21} And  departing from there, Jesus  withdrew into the areas of Tyre and  Sidon. {15:22} And behold,  a woman of Canaan, going  out from those parts,  cried out, saying  to him: “Take pity on me, Lord, Son of  David. My daughter is badly  afflicted by a  demon.”  {15:23} He  did not say a  word to her. And his disciples,  drawing near, petitioned him, saying: “Dismiss her, for she is  crying out after us.” {15:24} And responding, he said, “I was not sent except to the sheep who have fallen away from the  house of Israel.” {15:25} But she approached and adored him, saying, “Lord, help me.” {15:26} And responding, he said,  “It is not good to take the bread of the children and cast it to the dogs.” {15:27} But she said, “Yes, Lord, but the young  dogs also eat from the crumbs that fall from the table of their  masters.”  {15:28} Then Jesus, responding, said to her:  “O  woman, great is your faith. Let it be done for you just as you wish.”  And her daughter  was healed from that  very hour.  {15:29} And when Jesus had passed from there, he arrived  beside the sea of Galilee. And ascending onto a mountain, he  sat down there. {15:30} And great multitudes came to him, having with them the mute, the blind, the lame, the disabled,  and many others. And they cast them down at his feet, and he cured them, {15:31} so much so that the crowds wondered,  seeing the mute speaking, the lame walking, the blind seeing. And they magnified the God  of Israel.  {15:32} And  Jesus, calling together his disciples, said: “I have compassion on the crowds, because they have persevered with me now for three days, and they do not have anything to eat. And I am not willing to dismiss them, fasting, lest they faint along the way.” {15:33} And the disciples said to him: “From where,  then, in the desert, would we obtain enough bread to satisfy  so a great multitude?” {15:34} And Jesus said to them, “How  many loaves of bread do you have?” But they said, “Seven,  and a few little fish.” {15:35} And he instructed the crowds to recline upon the ground. {15:36} And taking the seven loaves  and the fish, and  giving thanks, he broke and  gave to his disciples, and the disciples gave to the people. {15:37} And  they all ate and were satisfied. And, from what was left over of the fragments, they took up seven full baskets. {15:38} But those who  ate were four thousand men, plus children and women. {15:39} And having  dismissed the crowd, he climbed into a boat. And he went into the coastal region of Magadan.
[Matthew 16] {16:1} And Pharisees and Sadducees  approached him to test him,  and they  asked him to show  them a sign from heaven. {16:2} But he responded by saying to them: “When evening arrives, you say, ‘It will be calm, for the sky is red,’ {16:3} and in the morning, ‘Today there will be a storm, for the sky is red and gloomy.’ So then, you know how to judge the appearance of the sky, but you are unable to  know the signs of the times? {16:4} An evil and adulterous  generation seeks a sign. And a sign shall not be given to it,  except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And leaving them  behind, he went away. {16:5} And when his disciples went  across the sea, they forgot to bring bread. {16:6} And he said  to them, “Consider and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” {16:7} But they  were thinking  within  themselves, saying,  “It is because we have not brought bread.” {16:8} Then Jesus, knowing this, said: “Why do you  consider within yourselves, O little in faith, that it is because you have no bread? {16:9} Do you not yet understand, nor remember, the five loaves among the five thousand men, and  how many containers  you took up?  {16:10} Or the  seven  loaves among the four thousand men, and how many baskets you took up? {16:11} Why do you not understand that it was not because of bread that I said to you: Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees?” {16:12} Then they  understood that he was not saying that they should beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. {16:13} Then Jesus  went into  parts of  Caesarea Philippi. And he questioned his disciples, saying,  “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” {16:14} And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, and others say Elijah, still  others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” {16:15} Jesus  said to them,  “But  who do you say that I am?” {16:16} Simon Peter responded by saying,  “You  are the  Christ, the Son of the living God.” {16:17} And in response,  Jesus said to him: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father,  who is in heaven. {16:18} And I say to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the  gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. {16:19} And I will  give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatever  you shall bind on earth shall be bound, even in heaven. And whatever you shall release on earth shall be released, even in  heaven.” {16:20} Then he instructed his disciples that they  should tell no one that he is Jesus the Christ. {16:21} From  that time, Jesus began to reveal to his disciples that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem,  and to suffer much  from the elders and the scribes and the leaders of the priests, and to be killed, and to rise again  on the third day. {16:22} And Peter, taking him aside, began to rebuke him,  saying, “Lord, may it be far from you; this shall not happen  to you.” {16:23} And turning away, Jesus said to Peter: “Get  behind me, Satan; you are an obstacle to me. For you are not  behaving according to what is of God, but according to what  is of men.”  {16:24} Then Jesus said to his  disciples: “If anyone is willing to come after me, let him deny himself, and  take up his cross, and follow me. {16:25} For whoever would  save his life, will lose it. But whoever will have lost his life for  my sake, shall find it. {16:26} For how does it benefit a man,  if he gains the whole world, yet truly suffers damage to his soul? Or what shall  a  man give in exchange for his  soul?  {16:27} For the Son of man will arrive in the glory of his Father, with his Angels. And then he will repay each one according to his works. {16:28} Amen I say to you, there are  some among those standing here, who shall not taste death,  until they see the Son of man arriving in his reign.” 
[Matthew 17] {17:1} And after six days, Jesus took Peter and James and his brother John, and he led them onto a lofty mountain separately. {17:2} And he was transfigured before  them. And his face shined brightly like the sun.  And his  garments were made  white like snow. {17:3} And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, speaking with him.  {17:4} And Peter responded by saying to Jesus: “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you are willing, let us make three  tabernacles here, one for you, one  for Moses,  and one  for  Elijah.”  {17:5} And  while  he was still speaking, behold,  a shining cloud overshadowed them. And behold, there was a voice from the cloud, saying: “This is my beloved Son, with  whom I am  well pleased. Listen to him.” {17:6} And the  disciples, hearing this, fell prone on their face, and they were very afraid. {17:7} And Jesus drew near and touched them.  And he said to them, “Rise up and do not be  afraid.” {17:8} And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus alone. {17:9} And as they were descending from the  mountain, Jesus instructed them, saying, “Tell no one about  the vision, until the Son of man has risen from the dead.” {17:10} And his disciples questioned him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that it is necessary for Elijah to arrive first?”  {17:11} But  in response, he said to them: “Elijah,  indeed, shall arrive and restore all things. {17:12} But I say to you,  that Elijah has already arrived, and they did not recognize  him, but they did whatever they wanted to him. So also shall the Son of man suffer from them.” {17:13} Then the disciples  understood that he had spoken to them about John the  Baptist. {17:14} And when he had arrived at the multitude, a man approached him, falling to his knees before him, saying:  “Lord, take pity on my son, for he is an epileptic, and he suffers harm. For he frequently falls into fire, and often also  into water. {17:15} And I brought him to your disciples, but  they were not able to cure him.” {17:16} Then  Jesus  responded by saying:  “What an unbelieving and  perverse  generation! How long shall I be with you? How long shall I endure you?  Bring him here to me.”  {17:17} And  Jesus  rebuked him, and the demon went out of him, and the boy was cured from that hour. {17:18} Then the disciples  approached Jesus privately and said, “Why were we unable to  cast him out?” {17:19} Jesus said to them: “Because of your unbelief. Amen I say to you, certainly, if you will have  faith like a grain  of  mustard seed, you will say to this  mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move. And nothing will be impossible for you. {17:20} But this kind is not cast out, except through prayer and fasting.” {17:21} And  when they were conversing together in Galilee, Jesus said to  them: “The Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of  men. {17:22} And they will kill him, but he will rise again on the third day.” And they were extremely saddened.  {17:23} And  when they had arrived  at Capernaum, those  who collected the half shekel approached Peter, and they said to him,  “Doesn’t your Teacher  pay the half shekel?”  {17:24} He said, “Yes.” And when he had entered into the  house, Jesus went before him, saying: “How does it seem to you, Simon?  The kings  of the earth, from whom do they receive tribute or the census tax: from their own sons or from foreigners?” {17:25} And he said, “From foreigners.” Jesus  said to him: “Then the sons are free. {17:26} But so that we may not become an obstacle to them: go to the sea, and cast in a hook, and take the first fish that is brought up, and when you have opened its mouth, you will find a shekel. Take it  and give it to them, for me and for you.”
[Matthew 18] {18:1} In that hour, the disciples drew near to  Jesus, saying, “Whom do you consider to be greater in the  kingdom of heaven?” {18:2} And Jesus, calling to himself a  little child, placed him  in their midst. {18:3} And he said:  “Amen I say to you, unless you change and become like little  children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  {18:4} Therefore, whoever will have humbled himself like this little child, such a one is  greater in the kingdom  of heaven. {18:5} And whoever shall accept one such little child  in my name, accepts me. {18:6} But whoever will have led  astray one of these little ones, who trust in me, it would be  better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck,  and to be submerged in the depths of the sea. {18:7} Woe to a world that leads people astray! Although it is necessary for temptations to arise, nevertheless: Woe to that man through  whom temptation arises! {18:8} So if your hand or your foot leads you to sin, cut it off and cast it away from you. It is  better for you to enter into life disabled or lame, than to be  sent into eternal fire having two hands  or two feet.  {18:9} And if your eye leads you to sin, root it out and cast it  away from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, than to be sent into the fires of Hell having two eyes.  {18:10} See to it that you do not despise even one of these little ones. For I say to you, that their Angels  in heaven  continually look upon the face of my Father, who is in heaven. {18:11} For the Son of man has come to save what had been lost. {18:12} How does it seem to you? If someone  has one hundred sheep, and if one of them has gone astray,  should he not leave behind the ninety-nine in the mountains,  and go out to seek what has gone astray? {18:13} And if he  should happen to find it: Amen I say to you, that he has more  joy over that one, than over the ninety-nine which did not go astray. {18:14} Even so, it is not the will before your Father,  who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should be lost.  {18:15} But if your brother has sinned against you, go and  correct him, between you and him alone. If he listens to you,  you will have regained your brother. {18:16} But if he will not listen you, invite with you one or two more, so that every word may stand  by the mouth  of two  or three witnesses.  {18:17} And if he will not listen to them, tell the Church. But if he will not listen to the Church, let him be to you like the  pagan and the tax collector. {18:18} Amen I say to you, whatever you will have bound on earth, shall be bound also  in  heaven, and whatever you will have released  on earth, shall be released also in heaven. {18:19} Again I say to you, that if two of those among you have agreed on earth, about anything whatsoever that they have requested, it shall be  done for them by my Father, who is in heaven. {18:20} For wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there am I,  in their midst.” {18:21} Then  Peter,  drawing near to him,  said: “Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me,  and I forgive him? Even seven times?” {18:22} Jesus said to him: “I do not say to you, even seven times, but even seventy  times seven times. {18:23} Therefore, the kingdom of heaven  is compared to a man who was king, who wanted to take  account of his servants. {18:24} And  when he had  begun taking account, one was brought to him who owed him ten  thousand talents. {18:25} But since he did not have any way  to repay it, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and  children, and all that he had, in order to repay it. {18:26} But that servant,  falling prostrate, begged  him, saying, ‘Have  patience with me, and I will repay it all to you.’ {18:27} Then  the lord of that servant, being moved with pity, released him,  and he forgave his  debt. {18:28} But when that  servant  departed, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred denarius. And taking hold of him, he choked him, saying: ‘Repay what you owe.’ {18:29} And his fellow  servant, falling  prostrate, petitioned  him, saying: ‘Have  patience with me, and I will repay it all to you.’ {18:30} But  he was not willing. Instead, he went out and had him sent to  prison, until he would repay the debt. {18:31} Now his fellow  servants, seeing what was done, were greatly saddened, and  they went and reported to their lord all that was  done.  {18:32} Then his lord called him, and he said to him: ‘You wicked servant, I forgave you  all your debt, because you pleaded with me. {18:33} Therefore, should you not also  have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I also had compassion on you?’ {18:34} And his lord, being angry,  handed him over to the torturers, until he repaid the entire  debt. {18:35} So, too, shall my heavenly Father do to you, if  each one of you will  not forgive his brother  from your hearts.” 
[Matthew 19] {19:1} And it happened that, when Jesus had  completed these words, he moved away from Galilee, and he arrived within the borders of Judea,  across the Jordan.  {19:2} And great crowds followed him, and he healed them there. {19:3} And the Pharisees approached him, testing him,  and saying, “Is it lawful for a man to separate from his wife,  no matter what the cause?” {19:4} And he said to them in  response, “Have you not read that he who made man from  the beginning, made them male and female?” And he said:  {19:5} “For this reason, a man shall separate from father and  mother, and he shall cling to his wife, and these two shall  become one flesh. {19:6} And so, now they are not two, but  one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no  man separate.” {19:7} They said to him, “Then why did  Moses command him to  give a bill of divorce,  and to  separate?” {19:8} He said to them: “Although Moses  permitted you to separate from your  wives, due to the hardness of  your heart, it was not that way from the  beginning. {19:9} And I say to you, that whoever will have separated from his wife, except because of fornication, and  who  will have married another, commits adultery, and  whoever will have married her  who has been separated,  commits adultery.”  {19:10} His disciples said to him, “If such is the case for a man with a wife, then it is not expedient  to marry.” {19:11} And he said to them: “Not everyone is able to grasp this word, but only those to whom it has been  given. {19:12} For there are chaste persons who were born so from their mother’s womb, and there are chaste persons who  have been made so by men, and there are chaste persons who have made themselves chaste for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever is able to grasp this, let him grasp  it.”  {19:13} Then they brought to him little children, so that he would place his hands upon them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them. {19:14} Yet truly, Jesus said to them: “Allow  the little children to come to me,  and do not choose to  prohibit them. For the kingdom of heaven is among such as  these.” {19:15} And when he had imposed his hands upon them, he went away from there. {19:16} And  behold, someone approached and said to him, “Good Teacher, what good should I do, so that I may  have eternal life?”  {19:17} And he said to him: “Why do you question me about  what is good? One is good: God. But if you wish to enter into  life, observe the commandments.” {19:18} He said to him,  “Which?” And Jesus said: “You shall not murder. You shall  not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. {19:19} Honor your father and your mother.  And, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” {19:20} The  young man said to him:  “All these I have kept from my childhood. What is still lacking for me?” {19:21} Jesus said  to him: “If you are willing to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.” {19:22} And  when the  young man had heard this word, he went away sad, for he  had  many  possessions. {19:23} Then  Jesus said to his  disciples: “Amen, I say to you, that the wealthy shall enter with  difficulty into the kingdom of heaven.  {19:24} And  again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the  eye of a needle, than for the wealthy to enter into the  kingdom of heaven.” {19:25} And  upon hearing this, the  disciples wondered greatly, saying: “Then who will be able to  be saved?” {19:26} But Jesus, gazing at them, said to them:  “With men, this is impossible. But with God, all things are possible.” {19:27} Then Peter responded by saying to him: “Behold, we have left behind all things, and  we have followed you. So then, what will be for us?” {19:28} And  Jesus said to them:  “Amen I say to you, that  at the resurrection, when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of his  majesty, those of you who have followed me shall also sit on twelve seats, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. {19:29} And anyone who has left behind home, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or land, for the sake of my name, shall receive one hundred times more, and shall possess eternal life. {19:30} But many of those who are first  shall be last, and the last shall be first.” 
[Matthew 20] {20:1} “The kingdom  of  heaven is like the  father of a family  who  went out in early morning to lead  workers into his vineyard. {20:2} Then, having made an agreement with the workers for one denarius per day, he sent  them into his vineyard. {20:3} And going out about the third  hour, he saw  others standing idle in the  marketplace.  {20:4} And he said to them, ‘You may go into my vineyard,  too, and what I will give you will be just.’ {20:5} So they  went forth. But again, he went out about the sixth, and about the ninth hour, and he  acted similarly. {20:6} Yet  truly, about the eleventh hour,  he went out and found  others  standing, and he said to them, ‘Why have you stood here idle  all day?’ {20:7} They say to him, ‘Because no one has hired  us.’ He said to them, ‘You also may go into my vineyard.’ {20:8} And  when evening had arrived, the lord  of the  vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages,  beginning from the last,  even to the  first.’  {20:9} And so, when those who had arrived about the eleventh hour came forward, each received a single denarius.  {20:10} Then when the first ones also came forward, they  considered that they would receive more. But they, too, received one denarius. {20:11} And upon receiving it, they  murmured against the father of the family, {20:12} saying,  ‘These last have worked for one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who worked bearing the weight and heat of  the day.’  {20:13} But responding to one of them, he said: ‘Friend, I caused you no injury. Did you not agree with me to  one denarius? {20:14} Take what is yours and go. But it is  my will to give to this last, just as to you. {20:15} And is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Or is your eye wicked  because I am good?’ {20:16} So then, the last shall be first,  and the first shall be last. For many are called, but few are  chosen.” {20:17} And Jesus, ascending  to Jerusalem, took the  twelve disciples aside in private and said to  them:  {20:18} “Behold, we are ascending to Jerusalem, and the Son  of man shall be handed over to the leaders of the priests and  to the scribes.  And they shall condemn him to  death.  {20:19} And they shall hand him over to the Gentiles to be  mocked and scourged and crucified. And on the third day, he shall rise  again.” {20:20} Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached him,  with her sons, adoring him, and  petitioning something from him. {20:21} And he said to her,  “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these, my two sons, may sit, one at your right hand, and the other at  your left, in your kingdom.” {20:22} But Jesus, responding,  said: “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink from the chalice, from which I will drink?” They said to  him,  “We are able.” {20:23} He said to them:  “From my chalice, indeed, you shall drink. But to sit at my right or my left is not mine to give to you, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” {20:24} And the ten, upon hearing this, became indignant with  the two brothers.  {20:25} But Jesus called them to himself and said:  “You know that the first ones among the Gentiles are their rulers,  and that those who are greater exercise power among them. {20:26} It shall not be this way among you. But whoever will  want to be  greater among you, let him be your minister. {20:27} And  whoever  will  want to be first among you, he  shall be your servant, {20:28} even as the Son of man has not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a redemption for many.” {20:29} And as they were departing  from Jericho, a  great crowd followed him. {20:30} And  behold, two blind men, sitting by the way, heard that Jesus  was passing by;  and  they cried out, saying, “Lord, Son of  David, take pity on us.” {20:31} But the crowd rebuked them  to be quiet. But they cried out all the more, saying, “Lord, Son of David, take pity on us.” {20:32} And Jesus stood still,  and he called them and said,  “What do you want, that I  might do for you?” {20:33} They said to him, “Lord, that our  eyes be opened.” {20:34} Then Jesus, taking pity on them,  touched their eyes.  And immediately they saw, and they  followed him. 
[Matthew 21] {21:1} And when they  had  drawn near to  Jerusalem, and had arrived at Bethphage, at the Mount of  Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, {21:2} saying to them: “Go into the town that is opposite you, and immediately you  will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Release them, and lead them to me. {21:3} And if anyone will have said  anything to you, say that the Lord has need of them. And he  will promptly dismiss them.” {21:4} Now all this was done in order to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet, saying,  {21:5} “Tell the daughter of Zion: Behold, your king comes to you meekly, sitting on a donkey and on a colt, the son of one accustomed to the  yoke.” {21:6} Then the  disciples,  going out, did just as Jesus instructed them. {21:7} And they  brought the donkey and the colt, and they laid their garments  on them, and they helped him sit upon them. {21:8} Then a  very numerous crowd spread their garments on the way. But  others cut branches from the trees and scattered them on the way. {21:9} And the crowds that preceded him, and those  that followed, cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son  of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!” {21:10} And when he had entered  into Jerusalem, the entire city was stirred up, saying, “Who is  this?” {21:11} But the people were saying, “This is Jesus, the  Prophet from  Nazareth of Galilee.” {21:12} And  Jesus entered into the temple of God, and he cast out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of the vendors of doves. {21:13} And he said to them: “It is written: ‘My house shall  be called a house of prayer. But you have made it into a den of robbers.’ ” {21:14} And the blind and the lame drew near  to him in the temple; and he healed them. {21:15} Then the  leaders of the priests and the scribes became indignant, seeing the miracles that he wrought, and the children crying out in the  temple, saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!”  {21:16} And they said to him, “Do you hear what these ones  are saying?” But Jesus said to them, “Certainly. Have you never read: For out of the mouth of babes and infants, you have perfected praise?” {21:17} And leaving them behind, he went out, beyond the city, into Bethania, and he lodged here. {21:18} Then, as he was returning to the city in the morning,  he was hungry. {21:19} And seeing a certain fig tree beside  the way, he approached it.  And he found nothing on it,  except only leaves. And he said to it, “May fruit never spring  forth from you, for all time.” And immediately the fig tree was dried up. {21:20} And seeing this, the disciples  wondered, saying,  “How did it dry up so quickly?” {21:21} And Jesus responded to them by saying: “Amen I  say to you, if you have faith and do not hesitate, not only  shall you do  this, concerning the fig tree, but even if you  would say to this mountain, ‘Take and cast yourself into the  sea,’ it shall be done. {21:22} And all things whatsoever that you shall ask for in  prayer: believing,  you shall receive.”  {21:23} And when he had arrived at the temple, as he was teaching, the leaders of the priests and the elders of the people  approached him, saying: “By what authority do you do these things? And who has given this authority to you?” {21:24} In  response, Jesus said to them: “I also will question you with one word: if you tell me this, I also will tell you by what  authority I  do these things. {21:25} The baptism  of John, where was it from? Was it from heaven, or from men?” But they thought within themselves, saying: {21:26} “If we say,  ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Then why did you not  believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ we have the crowd  to fear, for they all hold John to be a prophet.” {21:27} And  so, they answered Jesus by saying, “We do not know.” So he also said to them: “Neither will I tell you by what authority I  do these things. {21:28} But how  does  it seem to you? A  certain man had two sons. And approaching the first, he said: ‘Son, go out today to work in  my  vineyard.’ {21:29} And responding, he said, ‘I am not willing.’ But afterwards, being  moved by repentance, he went. {21:30} And approaching the  other, he spoke similarly.  And answering, he said,  ‘I am  going, lord.’ And he did not go. {21:31} Which of the two  did the  will  of the father?” They said to him,  “The first.” Jesus said to them: “Amen I say to you, that tax collectors  and prostitutes shall precede you, into the kingdom of God. {21:32} For John came to you in the way of justice, and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. Yet even after seeing this, you did not repent, so as to believe him. {21:33} Listen to another parable. There was a man, the father of a family, who planted a vineyard,  and surrounded it with a hedge, and dug a press in it, and  built a tower. And he loaned it out to farmers, and he set out  to sojourn abroad. {21:34} Then, when the time of the fruits  drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, so that they might receive its fruits. {21:35} And the farmers apprehended  his servants; they struck one, and killed another, and stoned  yet another. {21:36} Again, he sent other servants, more than  before; and they treated them similarly. {21:37} Then, at the  very end, he sent his son to them, saying: ‘They will revere  my son.’ {21:38} But the farmers, seeing the son, said among  themselves: ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and then  we will have his inheritance.’ {21:39} And apprehending him, they cast him outside the vineyard,  and they killed him.  {21:40} Therefore,  when the lord of the vineyard arrives,  what will he do to those farmers?” {21:41} They said to him,  “He will bring those evil men to an evil end, and he will loan  out his vineyard to other farmers, who shall repay to him the fruit in its time.” {21:42} Jesus said to them: “Have you  never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders have rejected has become the cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our  eyes?’ {21:43} Therefore, I say to you, that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and it shall be given to a people  who shall produce its fruits. {21:44} And whoever will have  fallen on this stone shall be broken, yet truly, on whomever it  shall fall, it will crush him.” {21:45} And when the leaders of  the priests, and the Pharisees had heard his  parables, they  knew that he was speaking about them. {21:46} And though  they sought to take hold of him, they feared the crowds,  because they held him to be a prophet. 
[Matthew 22] {22:1} And responding, Jesus again spoke to  them in parables, saying: {22:2} “The kingdom of heaven is  like a man who was king, who celebrated a wedding for his  son. {22:3} And he sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding. But they were not willing to come.  {22:4} Again, he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell the invited: Behold, I have prepared my meal. My bulls and fatlings have  been killed, and all is ready. Come to the wedding.’ {22:5} But they ignored this and they went away: one to his country estate, and another to his business. {22:6} Yet truly, the rest took hold of his servants and, having treated them with contempt, killed them. {22:7} But when the king heard  this, he was angry. And sending out his armies, he destroyed  those murderers, and he burned their city. {22:8} Then he  said to his servants: ‘The wedding, indeed, has been prepared. But those who  were invited  were not  worthy. {22:9} Therefore, go out to the ways, and call whomever you  will find to the wedding.’ {22:10} And his servants, departing into the ways, gathered all those whom they found, bad and good, and the wedding was filled with guests. {22:11} Then  the king entered to see the guests. And he saw a man there who was not clothed in a wedding garment. {22:12} And he  said to him, ‘Friend, how is it that you have entered here without having a wedding garment?’ But he was dumbstruck. {22:13} Then the king said to the ministers: ‘Bind his hands  and feet, and cast him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. {22:14} For many are  called, but few are chosen.’ ”  {22:15} Then the Pharisees, going out, took counsel as to how they might entrap him in speech. {22:16} And they sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying: “Teacher, we know that you are truthful,  and that you teach the  way  of God in truth, and that the  influence of others is nothing to you. For you do not consider the reputation of men. {22:17} Therefore, tell us, how does it  seem to you? Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar, or not?”  {22:18} But Jesus,  knowing their wickedness, said:  “Why do you test me, you hypocrites? {22:19} Show me the coin of the census tax.” And they offered him a denarius.  {22:20} And Jesus said to them, “Whose image is this, and  whose  inscription?” {22:21} They said to him, “Caesar’s.”  Then he said to them,  “Then render to Caesar what is  of Caesar; and to God what is of God.” {22:22} And hearing  this, they wondered. And having left him behind, they went  away. {22:23} In that day, the Sadducees, who say there is to  be no resurrection, approached him. And they  questioned  him, {22:24} saying:  “Teacher, Moses said: If anyone will  have died, having no son, his brother shall marry his wife,  and he shall raise up offspring to his brother. {22:25} Now  there were seven brothers with us. And the first, having taken  a wife, died. And having no offspring, he left his wife to his brother: {22:26} similarly  with the second, and the third, even to the seventh. {22:27} And last of all, the woman also passed away. {22:28} In the resurrection, then, whose wife of  the seven will she be? For they all had her.” {22:29} But Jesus responded to them by saying: “You have gone astray by knowing neither the Scriptures, nor the power of God. {22:30} For in the resurrection, they shall neither marry, nor  be given in marriage. Instead, they shall be like the Angels of  God in heaven. {22:31} But concerning the resurrection of  the dead, have you not read what was spoken by God, saying  to you: {22:32} ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’ He is not the God of the dead,  but of the living.” {22:33} And when the crowds heard this,  they  wondered  at his doctrine.  {22:34} But  the Pharisees,  hearing that he had caused the Sadducees to be silent, came together as one. {22:35} And one of them, a doctor of the law,  questioned him, to test him: {22:36} “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” {22:37} Jesus said to him:  “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God from all your heart, and  with all your soul and with all your mind.’ {22:38} This is the  greatest and first commandment. {22:39} But the second is similar to it: ‘You shall love your neighbor  as yourself.’  {22:40} On these two commandments the entire law depends,  and also the prophets.” {22:41} Then,  when the Pharisees  were gathered together, Jesus  questioned  them, {22:42} saying: “What do you think about the Christ? Whose  son is he?” They said to him, “David’s.” {22:43} He said to them: “Then how can David, in the Spirit, call him Lord, saying: {22:44} ‘The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right  hand, until I make your enemies your footstool?’ {22:45} So  then, if David calls him  Lord, how can he be his son?”  {22:46} And no one was able to respond to him a word. And  neither did anyone dare, from that day forward, to question him. 
[Matthew 23] {23:1} Then Jesus spoke to the crowds, and to his disciples, {23:2} saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees  have sat down in the chair of Moses. {23:3} Therefore, all things whatsoever that they shall say to you, observe and do.  Yet truly, do not choose to act according to their works. For  they say, but they do not do. {23:4} For they bind up heavy  and unbearable burdens, and they impose them on men’s  shoulders. But they are not willing to move them with even a  finger of their own. {23:5} Truly, they do all their works so  that they may be seen by men. For  they enlarge their  phylacteries and glorify their hems. {23:6} And they love the  first places at feasts, and the first chairs in the synagogues,  {23:7} and  greetings in the marketplace, and to be called  Master by men. {23:8} But you must not be called Master.  For One is your Master, and you are all brothers. {23:9} And do not choose to call anyone on earth your father. For One is your Father, who is in heaven. {23:10} Neither should you be called teachers. For One is your  Teacher, the  Christ.  {23:11} Whoever is greater among you shall be your minister.  {23:12} But whoever has exalted himself, shall be humbled.  And whoever has humbled himself, shall be exalted.  {23:13} So then: Woe to  you, scribes  and Pharisees, you  hypocrites! For you close the kingdom of heaven before men.  For you yourselves do not enter, and those who are entering, you would not permit to enter. {23:14} Woe to you scribes  and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you consume the houses  of widows, praying long prayers. Because of this, you shall receive the greater judgment. {23:15} Woe to you, scribes  and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you travel around by sea  and by land, in order to make one convert. And when he has  been converted, you make him twice the son of Hell that you  are yourselves. {23:16} Woe to you, blind guides, who say:  ‘Whoever will have sworn by the temple, it is nothing. But  whoever will have sworn by the  gold of the temple is obligated.’ {23:17} You are foolish and blind! For which is greater: the gold,  or the temple that sanctifies the gold? {23:18} And you say: ‘Whoever will have sworn by the altar,  it is nothing. But whoever will have sworn by the gift that is on  the altar is  obligated.’ {23:19} How blind you are! For which is greater: the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift?  {23:20} Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears by it,  and by all that is on it. {23:21} And whoever will have sworn by the temple, swears by it, and by him who dwells in it.  {23:22} And  whoever swears by heaven, swears by the  throne of God, and by him who sits upon it. {23:23} Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you collect  tithes on mint and dill and cumin, but you have abandoned  the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, while not omitting the others. {23:24} You blind  guides, straining  out a  gnat, while swallowing  a camel! {23:25} Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you clean what is outside the cup and the dish, but on the inside you are full of avarice and  impurity. {23:26} You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the dish, and then what is outside becomes  clean. {23:27} Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed sepulchers, which outwardly appear brilliant to men, yet truly, inside, they are filled with the bones of the dead and with all filth. {23:28} So also, you certainly appear to men outwardly to be just. But  inwardly you are filled with hypocrisy and iniquity. {23:29} Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites, who build the sepulchers  of the  prophets and adorn the  monuments of the just. {23:30} And then you say, ‘If we had  been there in the days  of our fathers,  we would not have joined with them in the blood of the prophets.’ {23:31} And  so you are witnesses against yourselves, that you are the sons  of those who killed the prophets. {23:32} Complete, then, the  measure of your fathers. {23:33} You serpents, you brood of  vipers! How  will you escape from the  judgment  of Hell? {23:34} For this reason, behold, I send to you prophets and  wisemen, and scribes.  And some  of these you  will  put to  death and crucify; and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, {23:35} so that upon you may fall all the blood of the just, which has been shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the just, even to  the blood  of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you killed between the temple and the altar. {23:36} Amen I say to you, all these things shall fall upon this generation.  {23:37} Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the  prophets and  stone those who have been sent to you. How often I have  wanted to gather your children together, in the way that a  hen gathers her young under her wings. But you were not  willing! {23:38} Behold, your house shall be abandoned to  you, having  been deserted. {23:39} For I say to you, you shall not see  me again, until  you say: ‘Blessed is he who  comes in the name of the Lord.’ ” 
[Matthew 24] {24:1} And Jesus departed from the temple  and went away. And his disciples approached him, so as to  show him the buildings of the temple. {24:2} But he said to  them in response: “Do you see all these things? Amen I say  to you, there shall not remain here stone upon stone, which is not torn down.” {24:3} Then, when he was seated at the  Mount of Olives, the disciples drew near to him privately,  saying: “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be  the sign of your advent and of the consummation of the age?”  {24:4} And  answering, Jesus said to them:  “Pay  attention,  lest someone lead you astray. {24:5} For many will come in my name saying, ‘I am the Christ.’ And they will lead many astray. {24:6} For you  will hear of battles and rumors of  battles. Take care not to be disturbed. For these things must  be, but the end is not so soon. {24:7} For nation will rise  against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will  be pestilences, and famines, and earthquakes in places.  {24:8} But all these things are just the beginning  of the  sorrows. {24:9} Then they will hand you over to tribulation, and they will kill you. And you will be hated by all nations for the sake of my name. {24:10} And then many will be led  into sin, and will betray one another, and will have hatred for one another. {24:11} And many false prophets will arise, and  they will lead many astray. {24:12} And because iniquity has abounded, the charity of many will grow cold. {24:13} But whoever will have persevered until the end, the same shall be saved. {24:14} And this Gospel  of the  kingdom shall be  preached throughout the entire world, as a testimony to all nations. And then the consummation will  occur.  {24:15} Therefore, when you will have seen the abomination  of desolation, which was spoken of by the prophet Daniel,  standing in the holy place, may he who reads understand,  {24:16} then  those who are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains. {24:17} And whoever is on the roof, let him not  descend to take anything from his house.  {24:18} And  whoever is in the field, let him not turn back to take his tunic.  {24:19} So then, woe to those who are pregnant or nursing in  those days. {24:20} But pray that your flight may not be in  winter, or on the Sabbath. {24:21} For then there will be a  great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until the present, and such as  will not be.  {24:22} And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh  would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days shall  be shortened. {24:23} Then if anyone will have said to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘he is there,’ do not be willing  to believe it. {24:24} For there will arise false Christs and  false prophets. And they will produce great signs and  wonders, so much so as to lead into error even the elect (if  this could  be). {24:25} Behold, I have warned you beforehand. {24:26} Therefore, if they will have said to you, ‘Behold, he is in the  desert,’ do not choose to go out, or, ‘Behold, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not be willing to believe  it. {24:27} For just as lightning goes out from the east, and  appears even in the west, so shall it be also at the advent of  the Son of man. {24:28} Wherever the body shall be, there also  will the eagles be gathered together. {24:29} And  immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened,  and the  moon will  not  give its light,  and the  stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will  be shaken. {24:30} And then the sign of the Son of man shall  appear in heaven. And then all tribes of the earth shall mourn. And they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven, with great power and majesty. {24:31} And he shall  send out his Angels with a trumpet and a great voice. And  they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the heights of the heavens, even to their furthest limits.  {24:32} So, from the fig tree learn a parable. When its branch  has now become tender and the leaves have sprung forth, you know that summer is near. {24:33} So also, when you will  have seen all these things, know that it is near, even at the  threshold. {24:34} Amen I say to you, that this lineage shall not  pass away, until all these things have been  done.  {24:35} Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. {24:36} But concerning that day and  hour, no one knows, not even the Angels of the heavens, but  only the Father. {24:37} And just as in the days of Noah, so  also will be the advent of the Son of man. {24:38} For it will be just as it was in the days before the flood: eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, even until  that day when Noah entered into the ark. {24:39} And they did not realize it, until the flood came and took them all away.  So also will the advent of the Son of man be. {24:40} Then two men will be in a field: one will be taken up, and one will be left behind. {24:41} Two women will be  grinding at a  millstone: one will be taken up, and one will be left behind. {24:42} Therefore, be vigilant. For you do not know at what hour your Lord will return. {24:43} But know this: if only the  father of the family knew at what hour the thief would arrive, he would certainly keep vigil and not permit his house to be broken into. {24:44} For this reason, you  also must be  prepared, for you do not know at what hour the Son of man will return. {24:45} Consider this:  who is a faithful and  prudent servant, who has been appointed by his lord over his family, to  give them  their portion in  due time?  {24:46} Blessed is that servant, if, when his lord has arrived,  he shall find him doing so. {24:47} Amen I say to you, he shall appoint him over all of his goods. {24:48} But if that evil servant has said in his heart, ‘My lord has been delayed  in returning,’ {24:49} and so, he begins to strike his fellow  servants,  and he eats and drinks  with the inebriated: {24:50} then the lord of that servant will arrive on a day that  he does not expect, and at an hour that he does not know.  {24:51} And  he shall separate him,  and he shall place his portion with the hypocrites, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 
[Matthew 25] {25:1} “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be  like ten virgins, who, taking their lamps, went out to meet the groom and the bride. {25:2} But five of them were foolish,  and five were prudent. {25:3} For the  five foolish,  having  brought their lamps, did not take oil with them. {25:4} Yet  truly, the prudent ones brought the oil, in their containers,  with the lamps. {25:5} Since the bridegroom was delayed,  they all fell asleep, and they were sleeping. {25:6} But in the  middle of the night, a cry went out: ‘Behold, the groom is arriving. Go out to meet him.’ {25:7} Then all those virgins rose up and trimmed their lamps. {25:8} But the foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give to us from your oil, for our lamps are being extinguished.’ {25:9} The prudent responded by saying, ‘Lest perhaps there may not be enough for us and for you, it  would be better for you to go to the vendors and buy some for  yourselves.’ {25:10} But while they were going to buy it, the  groom arrived. And those who were prepared entered with  him to the wedding, and the door was closed. {25:11} Yet  truly, at the  very end, the remaining  virgins also arrived, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’ {25:12} But he responded  by saying, ‘Amen I say to you, I  do not  know you.’  {25:13} And  so you  must  be vigilant, because you do not know the day or the hour. {25:14} For it is like a man setting  out on a long journey, who called his servants and delivered  to them his goods. {25:15} And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, yet to another he gave one, to each according to his own  ability. And promptly, he set out.  {25:16} Then he who had received five talents went out, and  he made use of these, and he  gained another five.  {25:17} And  similarly, he who had received two gained another two. {25:18} But he who had received one, going out, dug into the earth, and  he hid the money  of his lord. {25:19} Yet truly, after a long time, the lord of those servants returned and he settled accounts  with them. {25:20} And  when he who had received five talents approached, he brought another five talents, saying: ‘Lord, you delivered five talents to me. Behold, I have increased it by another five.’ {25:21} His lord said to him: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Since you have been faithful over a few things, I will appoint you  over many things. Enter  into the  gladness of your  lord.’ {25:22} Then he  who had  received two  talents also approached, and he said:  ‘Lord, you delivered two talents to  me. Behold, I have  gained another two.’  {25:23} His lord said to him: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Since you have been faithful over a few things, I will appoint you  over many things. Enter  into the  gladness of your lord.’ {25:24} Then  he who had  received  one  talent, approaching, said: ‘Lord, I know that you are a hard man. You reap where you have not sown, and gather where you have not scattered. {25:25} And so, being afraid, I went out  and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.’ {25:26} But his lord said to him in response: ‘You evil and lazy servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I  have not scattered. {25:27} Therefore, you should have deposited my  money with the bankers, and then, at my arrival, at least I would  have received what is  mine with interest. {25:28} And so,  take the talent away from him and give it the one who has ten  talents. {25:29} For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he shall have in abundance. But from him who has not,  even what he seems to have, shall be taken  away.  {25:30} And cast that useless servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing  of teeth.’  {25:31} But  when the Son  of man will have  arrived in his majesty, and all the Angels with him, then he will sit upon the seat of his majesty. {25:32} And all the nations shall be gathered together before him.  And he shall separate them from one another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from  the goats. {25:33} And he shall station the sheep, indeed, on his right, but the goats  on his left. {25:34} Then the King  shall say to those who will be on his right: ‘Come, you blessed of my Father. Possess the kingdom prepared for you  from the foundation of the world. {25:35} For I was hungry,  and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in; {25:36} naked,  and you covered me; sick, and you visited me; I was in prison,  and you came to me.’ {25:37} Then the just will answer him,  saying: ‘Lord, when have we see you hungry, and fed you;  thirsty, and given you  drink? {25:38} And when have we seen you a stranger, and taken you in? Or naked, and covered  you? {25:39} Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and visit to you?’ {25:40} And in response, the King shall say to  them, ‘Amen I say to you, whenever you did this for one of these, the least of my brothers, you did it for me.’  {25:41} Then he shall also say, to those who will be on his  left: ‘Depart from me, you accursed ones, into the eternal fire,  which was prepared for the devil and his angels. {25:42} For I was hungry, and you did not give me to eat; I was thirsty,  and you did not give me to drink; {25:43} I was a stranger and you did not take me in; naked, and you did not cover me; sick and in prison, and you did not visit me.’ {25:44} Then they will also answer him, saying: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in  prison, and did not minister to you?’ {25:45} Then he shall  respond to them by saying: ‘Amen I say to you, whenever you did not do it to one of these least, neither did you do it to me.’ {25:46} And these shall go into eternal punishment, but the just shall go into eternal life.” 
[Matthew 26] {26:1} And it happened that, when Jesus had  completed all these words, he said to his disciples,  {26:2} “You know that after two days the Passover will begin,  and the Son  of man will  be handed over to be crucified.” {26:3} Then the leaders of the priests and the elders of the  people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas. {26:4} And they took counsel so  that by deceitfulness they might take hold of Jesus and kill him. {26:5} But they said, “Not on the feast day, lest perhaps  there may be a tumult among the people.” {26:6} And when Jesus was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the  leper,  {26:7} a woman drew near to him, holding an alabaster box of precious ointment, and she poured it over his head while he was reclining at table. {26:8} But the disciples, seeing this, were indignant, saying: “What is the purpose of this waste? {26:9} For this could have been sold for a great deal, so as to  be given to the poor.” {26:10} But Jesus, knowing this, said  to them: “Why are you bothering this woman? For she has  done a good deed to me. {26:11} For the poor you will  always have  with you. But you will not always have me.  {26:12} For in pouring this ointment on my body, she has  prepared for my burial. {26:13} Amen I say to you, wherever this Gospel will be preached in the whole world, what she  has done also shall be told, in memory of her.” {26:14} Then  one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the leaders of the priests, {26:15} and he said to them, “What are  you willing to give me, if I hand him over to you?” So they  appointed thirty pieces of silver for him. {26:16} And from  then on, he sought  an opportunity to betray him.  {26:17} Then, on the first day  of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us  to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” {26:18} So Jesus said,  “Go into the city, to a certain one, and say to him: ‘The  Teacher said: My time is near. I am observing the Passover  with  you, along  with my disciples.’ ”  {26:19} And  the  disciples did  just as Jesus appointed to them. And they  prepared the Passover. {26:20} Then, when evening arrived, he sat at table with his twelve disciples. {26:21} And while  they were eating, he said: “Amen I say to you, that one of you is about to betray  me.” {26:22} And being  greatly saddened, each one of them began to say, “Surely, it is not I,  Lord?” {26:23} But he responded by saying: “He who dips his hand with me into the dish, the same will betray me.  {26:24} Indeed, the Son of man goes,  just as it has been  written about him. But woe to that man by whom the Son of man will be betrayed. It would be better for that man if he  had not been born.” {26:25} Then Judas, who betrayed him,  responded by saying, “Surely, it is not I, Master?” He said to  him, “You have said it.” {26:26} Now while they were eating  the meal, Jesus took bread, and he blessed and broke and  gave it to his disciples, and he said: “Take and eat. This is my  body.” {26:27} And taking the chalice, he gave thanks. And  he gave it to them, saying: “Drink from this, all of you.  {26:28} For this is my blood of the new covenant, which shall be shed for many as a remission of sins. {26:29} But I  say to you, I will not drink again from this fruit of the vine, until that day when I  will drink it new with you in the  kingdom of my Father.” {26:30} And after a hymn was sung,  they went out to the Mount of Olives. {26:31} Then Jesus said to them: “You will all fall away from me in this night.  For it has been written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ {26:32} But after I have risen again, I will go before you to Galilee.” {26:33} Then  Peter responded by saying to him, “Even if everyone else has  fallen away from you, I will never fall away.” {26:34} Jesus  said to him, “Amen I say to you, that in this night, before the  rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” {26:35} Peter said to him, “Even if it is necessary for me to die with you, I will not  deny you.”  And  all the  disciples spoke similarly.  {26:36} Then Jesus went with them to a garden,  which is  called Gethsemani. And he said to his disciples, “Sit down here, while I go there and pray.” {26:37} And taking with him  Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began  to be sorrowful and saddened. {26:38} Then he said to them: “My soul is sorrowful, even unto death. Stay here and keep vigil  with me.” {26:39} And continuing on a little further, he fell  prostrate on his face, praying and saying: “My Father, if it is  possible, let this chalice pass away from me. Yet truly, let it not be as I will, but as you will.” {26:40} And he approached  his disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter: “So, were you not able to keep vigil with me for one hour?  {26:41} Be vigilant and pray, so that you may not enter into temptation. Indeed, the spirit  is  willing, but the flesh is  weak.” {26:42} Again, a second time, he went and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this chalice cannot pass away, unless I  drink it, let your will be done.” {26:43} And again, he went  and found them sleeping, for their  eyes were heavy.  {26:44} And leaving them behind, again he went and prayed  for the third time, saying the same words. {26:45} Then he approached his disciples and said to them: “Sleep now and  rest. Behold, the hour has drawn near, and the Son of man will be delivered into the hands of sinners. {26:46} Rise up;  let us go. Behold, he who will betray me draws  near.”  {26:47} While he was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived,  and with him was a large crowd  with swords and clubs, sent from the leaders of the priests and the  elders of the people. {26:48} And he who betrayed him gave them a sign,  saying:  “Whomever I  will  kiss, it is he.  Take hold of him.” {26:49} And quickly drawing close to Jesus, he  said, “Hail, Master.” And he kissed him. {26:50} And Jesus said to him,  “Friend, for  what purpose have you  come?”  Then they approached,  and they put their hands  on Jesus, and they held him. {26:51} And behold, one of those who were with Jesus, extending his hand, drew his sword  and struck the servant of the  high priest, cutting  off his ear.  {26:52} Then Jesus said to him: “Put your sword back in its  place. For all who take up the sword  shall perish by the sword. {26:53} Or do you think that I cannot ask my Father, so that he  would give me, even now,  more than twelve  legions of Angels? {26:54} How then would the Scriptures be  fulfilled, which say that it must be so?” {26:55} In that same  hour, Jesus said to the crowds: “You went out, as if to a  robber,  with  swords and clubs to seize  me. Yet I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not take hold of me. {26:56} But  all this has  happened so that the  Scriptures  of the prophets may be fulfilled.” Then all the  disciples fled, abandoning him. {26:57} But those who were holding Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the  scribes and the elders had joined together. {26:58} Then  Peter followed him from a distance, as far as the court of the high priest. And going inside, he sat down with the servants,  so that he might see the end. {26:59} Then the leaders of the priests and the entire council sought false testimony against  Jesus, so that they might deliver him to death. {26:60} And  they did not find any, even though many false witnesses had  come forward. Then, at the very end, two false witnesses came forward, {26:61} and they said, “This man said: ‘I am  able to destroy the temple of God, and, after three days, to rebuild it.’ ” {26:62} And the high priest, rising up, said to him, “Have you nothing to respond to what these ones testify  against you?” {26:63} But  Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, “I bind you by an oath to the living God to  tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” {26:64} Jesus  said to him: “You have  said it. Yet truly I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son  of man sitting at the right  hand  of the power of God, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” {26:65} Then the high  priest  tore his garments,  saying: “He has blasphemed. Why do we still need witnesses?  Behold, you  have now heard  the blasphemy. {26:66} How  does it seem to you?” So they responded by saying, “He is guilty  unto death.” {26:67} Then they spit in his face, and  they struck him with fists. And others struck his face with the  palms  of their hands, {26:68} saying:  “Prophesy for us, O  Christ. Who is the one that struck you?” {26:69} Yet truly,  Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a maidservant  approached  him, saying, “You also were with Jesus the  Galilean.” {26:70} But he denied it in the sight of them all,  saying, “I do not know what you are saying.” {26:71} Then,  as he exited by the gate, another maidservant saw him. And  she said to those who were there, “This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth.” {26:72} And again, he denied it with an  oath, “For I do not know the man.” {26:73} And after a little while, those  who were standing nearby came  and said to Peter: “Truly, you also are  one of them. For even your  manner of speaking reveals you.” {26:74} Then he began to curse and to swear that he had not known the man. And  immediately the rooster crowed.  {26:75} And Peter  remembered the words of Jesus, which he had said: “Before  the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And going  outside, he wept bitterly. 
[Matthew 27] {27:1} Then, when  morning arrived, all the  leaders of the priests and the elders of the people took counsel  against Jesus, so that they might  deliver him to death. {27:2} And they led him, bound, and handed him over to Pontius Pilate, the procurator. {27:3} Then Judas, who betrayed him, seeing that he had been condemned, regretting  his conduct, brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the  leaders of the priests and the elders, {27:4} saying, “I have sinned in betraying just blood.” But they said to him: “What  is that to us? See to it yourself.” {27:5} And throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed. And going out,  he hanged himself with a snare. {27:6} But the leaders of the  priests, having taken up the pieces of silver, said, “It is not  lawful to put them into the temple offerings, because it is the  price of blood.” {27:7} Then, having taken counsel, they bought the potter’s  field with  it, as a  burying place  for  sojourners. {27:8} For this reason, that field is called  Haceldama, that is, ‘The Field of Blood,’ even to this very day. {27:9} Then what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah  was fulfilled, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one being appraised, whom they appraised before the sons of  Israel,  {27:10} and they gave it for the  potter’s field, just  as the Lord appointed to me.”  {27:11} Now Jesus stood before the  procurator, and the procurator questioned him, saying, “You are the king of the  Jews?” Jesus said to him, “You are saying so.” {27:12} And  when he was accused by the leaders of the priests and the  elders, he responded nothing. {27:13} Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how much testimony they speak against you?” {27:14} And he did not respond any word to him, so that the procurator  wondered greatly. {27:15} Now  on the  solemn day, the procurator was accustomed to release to the  people one prisoner, whomever they wished. {27:16} And at that time, he had  a notorious prisoner, who was  called  Barabbas. {27:17} Therefore, having been gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Who is it that you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?” {27:18} For  he knew that it was out of envy they had handed him over.  {27:19} But as he was sitting in the place for the tribunal, his  wife sent to him, saying: “It is nothing to you, and he is just.  For I have experienced many things today through a vision  for his sake.” {27:20} But the leaders of the priests and the elders persuaded the  people, so that they would  ask for  Barabbas, and so that Jesus would perish. {27:21} Then, in  response, the procurator said to them, “Which of the two do you want to be released to you?” But they said to him, “Barabbas.” {27:22} Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I  do about Jesus, who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him  be crucified.” {27:23} The procurator said to them, “But what evil has he done?” But they cried out  all the  more,  saying, “Let  him be crucified.” {27:24} Then  Pilate,  seeing  that he was able to accomplish nothing, but that a greater  tumult was occurring, taking water, washed his hands in the  sight of the people, saying: “I am innocent of the blood of this just man. See to it yourselves.” {27:25} And the entire people responded by saying, “May his blood be upon us and upon our  children.” {27:26} Then he released Barabbas to them.  But Jesus, having been scourged, he handed over to them, so that he would be crucified. {27:27} Then the soldiers of the  procurator, taking Jesus up to the praetorium, gathered the entire cohort around him. {27:28} And  stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak around him. {27:29} And plaiting a crown of thorns, they placed it on his head, with a reed in his right hand. And genuflecting before him, they mocked him, saying,  “Hail, King of the Jews.” {27:30} And spitting on him, they  took the reed and struck his head. {27:31} And after they had  mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, and clothed him  with his own garments, and they led him away to crucify him.  {27:32} But as they were going out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, named Simon, whom they compelled to take up his  cross. {27:33} And they arrived at the place which is called  Golgotha, which is the place of Calvary. {27:34} And they gave him wine to drink, mixed with gall. And when he had  tasted it, he refused to drink it. {27:35} Then, after they had  crucified him, they divided his garments, casting lots, in order  to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying: “They divided my garments among them, and over my  vestment they cast lots.” {27:36} And sitting down, they observed him.  {27:37} And they set his accusation above his head, written as: THIS IS JESUS, KING OF THE JEWS. {27:38} Then two robbers were crucified with him: one on the right and  one on the left. {27:39} But those passing by blasphemed him,  shaking their heads, {27:40} and saying: “Ah, so you would  destroy the temple of God and in three days rebuild it! Save your own self. If you are the Son of God, descend from the  cross.” {27:41} And similarly, the leaders of the priests, with  the scribes and the elders, mocking him, said: {27:42} “He  saved  others; he  cannot save  himself. If he is the  King  of Israel, let him  descend now from the cross,  and  we will  believe in him. {27:43} He trusted in God; so now, let God  free him, if  he wills him. For  he said, ‘I am the Son  of  God.’ ” {27:44} Then, the robbers who were crucified with him also reproached him with the very same thing.  {27:45} Now  from the sixth hour, there was  darkness over  the entire earth, even until the ninth hour. {27:46} And about  the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: “Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani?” that is,  “My God, My God,  why  have you forsaken me?” {27:47} Then certain ones who were  standing and listening there said, “This man calls  upon Elijah.”  {27:48} And  one  of them, running quickly, took  a  sponge and filled it with vinegar, and he set it on a reed and  he gave it to him to drink. {27:49} Yet truly, the others said, “Wait. Let us see whether Elijah will come to free  him.”  {27:50} Then Jesus, crying out again with a loud voice, gave  up his life. {27:51} And behold, the veil of the temple was  torn into two parts, from top to bottom. And the earth was shaken, and  the rocks were split apart. {27:52} And the tombs were opened. And many bodies of the saints, which had been sleeping, arose. {27:53} And going out from the  tombs, after his resurrection, they went into the holy city, and  they appeared to many. {27:54} Now the centurion and those  who  were with him,  guarding Jesus, having seen the  earthquake and the things that were done, were very fearful,  saying: “Truly, this was the Son of God.” {27:55} And in that place, there were many women, at a distance, who had  followed Jesus from  Galilee, ministering to him.  {27:56} Among these were Mary Magdalene and Mary the  mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of  Zebedee. {27:57} Then, when evening had arrived, a certain  wealthy man from Arimathea, named Joseph, arrived, who  himself was  also a  disciple of Jesus. {27:58} This  man approached Pilate and asked for the body  of Jesus.  Then Pilate ordered the body to be released. {27:59} And Joseph,  taking  the  body, wrapped it  in a  clean finely-woven linen  cloth, {27:60} and he placed it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out of a rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and he went away. {27:61} Now Mary  Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the sepulcher. {27:62} Then the next day, which is after the Preparation day, the leaders of the priests and the Pharisees  went to Pilate together,  {27:63} saying:  “Lord, we have remembered that that this seducer said, while he was still  alive, ‘After three days, I will rise again.’ {27:64} Therefore,  order the sepulcher to be guarded until the third  day, lest perhaps his disciples may come and steal him, and say to the people, ‘He  has risen from the dead.’ And this last error would be worse than the first.” {27:65} Pilate said to them:  “You have a guard. Go, guard it as you know how.”  {27:66} Then, going  out, they secured the sepulcher with guards, sealing the stone. 
[Matthew 28] {28:1} Now on the morning of the Sabbath,  when it began to grow light  on the first Sabbath,  Mary  Magdalene and the  other Mary  went to see the sepulcher.  {28:2} And behold, a  great earthquake occurred. For an  Angel  of the Lord descended from heaven, and as he approached,  he rolled back the stone and sat  down on it.  {28:3} Now  his appearance was like lightning, and his vestment was like snow. {28:4} Then, out of fear of him, the guards were terrified,  and they became like  dead men. {28:5} Then the Angel responded by saying to the women:  “Do not be afraid. For I know that you are seeking Jesus, who was crucified. {28:6} He is not here. For he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where the Lord was  placed. {28:7} And then, go quickly, and tell his disciples that  he has risen. And behold, he  will  precede you to  Galilee. There you shall see him. Lo, I have told you beforehand.”  {28:8} And they went out of the tomb quickly, with fear and  in great joy, running to announce it to his disciples.  {28:9} And behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Hail.” But they  drew near and took hold of his feet, and they adored him. {28:10} Then Jesus said to them:  “Do not be  afraid. Go,  announce it to my brothers, so that they may go to Galilee. There they shall see me.” {28:11} And when they had departed, behold, some of the guards went into the city, and  they reported to the leaders of the priests all that had  happened.  {28:12} And gathering together with the elders, having taken counsel, they gave an abundant sum of money to the soldiers, {28:13} saying: “Say that his disciples arrived at night and stole him away, while we were sleeping. {28:14} And  if the procurator hears about this, we will persuade him, and  we will protect  you.” {28:15} Then,  having accepted the money, they did as they were instructed. And this word has been spread among the Jews, even to this  day. {28:16} Now the eleven disciples went on to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. {28:17} And, seeing him, they worshipped him, but certain ones doubted.  {28:18} And Jesus, drawing near, spoke to them, saying: “All  authority has been given  to me  in heaven and on earth.  {28:19} Therefore, go forth and teach all nations, baptizing  them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the  Holy Spirit, {28:20} teaching them to observe all that I have ever commanded you. And behold, I am with you always,  even to the consummation of the age.”
** The Gospel of Mark **
[Mark 1] {1:1} The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,  the Son of God. {1:2} As it has been written by the prophet  Isaiah: “Behold, I send my Angel before your face, who shall prepare your way before you. {1:3} The voice of one crying  out in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight his  paths.” {1:4} John was in the  desert, baptizing and  preaching a baptism of repentance, as a remission of sins. {1:5} And there went out to him all the region of Judea and all those of Jerusalem, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  {1:6} And John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist.  And he ate locusts and wild honey.  {1:7} And he preached, saying: “A stronger one comes after me. I am not worthy to reach  down and loosen the laces  of his shoes. {1:8} I have baptized you with water. Yet truly, he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” {1:9} And it happened that,  in those days, Jesus arrived from Nazareth of Galilee. And he was baptized by John in the Jordan. {1:10} And immediately,  upon ascending from the water, he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit, like a dove, descending, and remaining with  him. {1:11} And there was a voice from heaven: “You are  my  beloved Son; in  you I  am well  pleased.” {1:12} And  immediately the Spirit prompted him into the desert.  {1:13} And he was in the desert for forty days  and forty  nights. And he was tempted by Satan. And he was with the  wild animals, and the Angels ministered to him. {1:14} Then,  after John was  handed  over, Jesus went into  Galilee, preaching the Gospel  of the kingdom  of God, {1:15} and  saying: “For the time has been fulfilled and the kingdom of God has  drawn near.  Repent and believe in the Gospel.”  {1:16} And passing by the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw  Simon and his brother Andrew, casting nets into the sea, for  they were fishermen. {1:17} And Jesus said to them, “Come  after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” {1:18} And at  once abandoning their nets, they followed him. {1:19} And  continuing on a little ways from there, he saw James of Zebedee and his brother John, and they were mending their nets in a boat. {1:20} And immediately he called them. And  leaving behind their father Zebedee in the boat with his hired  hands, they  followed him. {1:21} And they entered into  Capernaum. And entering into the synagogue promptly on the Sabbaths, he taught them. {1:22} And they were  astonished over his doctrine. For he was teaching them as  one who has authority, and not like the scribes. {1:23} And  in their synagogue, there was a man with an unclean spirit;  and he cried out, {1:24} saying: “What are we to you, Jesus  of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you  are: the Holy One of God.” {1:25} And Jesus admonished him, saying, “Be silent, and  depart from the  man.”  {1:26} And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, departed from him. {1:27} And they were all so amazed that they inquired among themselves, saying:  “What  is this? And what is this new  doctrine? For with  authority he  commands even the unclean spirits,  and they  obey him.” {1:28} And his fame  went out quickly,  throughout the entire region of Galilee. {1:29} And soon  after departing from the synagogue, they went into the house  of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. {1:30} But the  mother-in-law of Simon lay ill with a fever. And at once they told him about her. {1:31} And  drawing near to her, he  raised her up, taking her by the hand. And immediately the  fever left her, and she ministered to them. {1:32} Then, when  evening arrived, after the sun had set, they brought to him all  who had maladies and those who had demons. {1:33} And  the entire city was gathered together at the door. {1:34} And  he healed many who  were troubled with various illnesses. And he cast out many demons, but he would not permit them  to speak, because they knew him. {1:35} And rising up very  early, departing, he went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. {1:36} And Simon, and those who were with him, followed after him. {1:37} And when they had found him,  they said to him, “For everyone is seeking you.” {1:38} And  he said to them: “Let us go into the neighboring towns and  cities, so that I may preach there also. Indeed, it was for this  reason that I came.” {1:39} And he was preaching in their  synagogues and throughout all of Galilee, and casting out demons. {1:40} And a leper came to him, begging him. And  kneeling down, he said to him, “If you are willing, you are able to cleanse me.” {1:41} Then Jesus, taking pity on him, reached out his hand. And touching him, he said to him: “I am willing. Be cleansed.” {1:42} And after he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. {1:43} And he admonished him, and he promptly  sent him away. {1:44} And he said to him: “See to it that you tell no one. But go and show yourself to the high priest, and  offer for your cleansing that which  Moses instructed, as a testimony for them.” {1:45} But having departed, he began to  preach and to disseminate the word, so that he was no longer able to  openly enter a  city, but had to  remain  outside, in  deserted places. And they were gathered to him from every  direction.
[Mark 2] {2:1} And after some days, he again entered into  Capernaum. {2:2} And it was heard that he was in the house.  And so many gathered that there was no room left, not even  at the door. And he spoke the word to them. {2:3} And they came to him, bringing a paralytic, who was being carried by  four men. {2:4} And when they were not able to present him to him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where  he was. And opening it, they lowered down the stretcher on which the paralytic was lying. {2:5} Then, when Jesus had  seen their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are  forgiven you.” {2:6} But some of the scribes were sitting in  that place and thinking in their hearts: {2:7} “Why is this  man speaking in this way? He  is blaspheming.  Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” {2:8} At once, Jesus, realizing  in his spirit that they were thinking this within themselves, said to them: “Why are you thinking these things in your  hearts? {2:9} Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’  or to say,  ‘Rise up, take up your  stretcher, and walk?’ {2:10} But so that you may know that  the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” he  said to the paralytic: {2:11} “I say to you: Rise up, take up your stretcher, and go into your house.”  {2:12} And  immediately he got up, and lifting up his stretcher, he went  away in the sight of them all, so that they all wondered. And  they honored God, by saying, “We have never seen anything  like this.” {2:13} And he departed again to the sea. And the  entire crowd came to him, and he taught them. {2:14} And  as he was passing by, he saw Levi of Alphaeus, sitting at the  customs office. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And rising  up, he followed him. {2:15} And it happened that, as he sat at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat at  table together with Jesus and  his  disciples. For those who  followed him were many. {2:16} And  the scribes and the Pharisees, seeing that he ate with tax collectors and sinners,  said to his disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” {2:17} Jesus, having heard  this, said to them: “The healthy have no need of a doctor, but those who have maladies do. For I came not to call the just, but sinners.” {2:18} And the disciples of John, and the Pharisees, were fasting. And they arrived and said to him,  “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” {2:19} And Jesus said to them: “How can the sons of the wedding fast while the groom is still with them? During whatever time they have the groom  with them, they are not able to fast. {2:20} But the days will  arrive when the groom will be taken away from them, and  then they shall fast, in those days. {2:21} No one sews a patch of new cloth onto an old garment. Otherwise, the new  addition pulls away from the old, and the tear becomes worse.  {2:22} And no one puts  new wine into old  wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the wineskins, and the wine will  pour out, and the wineskins will be lost. Instead, new  wine must be put into new  wineskins.” {2:23} And again, while the Lord was walking through the ripe  grain on the  Sabbath, his  disciples, as they advanced, began to separate the ears of grains. {2:24} But the Pharisees said to him, “Behold,  why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbaths?” {2:25} And he said to them: “Have you never  read what David  did, when he had need and  was hungry,  both he and those who were with him? {2:26} How he went  into the house of God, under the high priest Abiathar, and  ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful to eat,  except for the priests, and how he gave it to those who were with him?” {2:27} And he said to them: “The Sabbath was  made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. {2:28} And so,  the Son of man is Lord, even of the Sabbath.” 
[Mark 3] {3:1} And again, he entered into the synagogue.  And there was a man there who had a withered  hand.  {3:2} And they observed him, to see if he would cure on the  Sabbaths, so that they might accuse him. {3:3} And he said  to the man  who had the  withered hand, “Stand up in the  middle.” {3:4} And he said to them: “Is it lawful to do good  on the Sabbaths, or to do evil, to give health to a life, or to destroy?” But they remained silent. {3:5} And looking around at them with  anger, being  very  saddened  over the  blindness of their hearts, he said to the man, “Extend your  hand.” And he extended it, and his hand was restored to him.  {3:6} Then the Pharisees, going  out, immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him, as to how they  might  destroy him. {3:7} But Jesus  withdrew  with his  disciples to the sea. And a great crowd followed him from  Galilee and Judea, {3:8} and from Jerusalem, and  from Idumea and across the Jordan. And those around Tyre and  Sidon, upon hearing what he was doing, came to him in a great multitude. {3:9} And he told his disciples that a small  boat would be useful to him, because of the crowd, lest they press upon him. {3:10} For he healed so many, that as many of them as had wounds would rush toward him in order to touch him.  {3:11} And the unclean spirits, when they saw  him, fell prostrate before him. And they cried out, saying,  {3:12} “You are the Son  of God.” And he strongly  admonished them, lest they make him known. {3:13} And  ascending onto a mountain, he called to himself those whom  he willed, and they came to him. {3:14} And he acted so that  the twelve would be with him, and so that he might send them out to preach. {3:15} And he gave them authority to  cure infirmities, and to  cast out  demons: {3:16} and he  imposed  on  Simon the name Peter; {3:17} and also he imposed on James of Zebedee, and John the brother of James,  the name ‘Boanerges,’ that is, ‘Sons of Thunder;’ {3:18} and  Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Canaanite, {3:19} and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed  him. {3:20} And they went to a house, and the crowd gathered together again, so much so that they were not even able to eat bread. {3:21} And when his own had heard of it,  they went out to take hold of him. For they said: “Because he has gone mad.” {3:22} And the scribes who had descended from Jerusalem said,  “Because he has  Beelzebub,  and  because by the prince of demons does he cast out demons.” {3:23} And having called them together, he spoke to them in  parables: “How can Satan  cast out Satan? {3:24} For if  a  kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom is not able to  stand. {3:25} And if a house is divided  against itself, that house is not able to stand. {3:26} And if Satan has risen up against himself, he would be divided, and he would not be able to stand; instead he reaches the end. {3:27} No one is  able to plunder the goods of a strong man, having entered into the house, unless he first binds the strong man, and then he shall plunder his house. {3:28} Amen I say to you, that all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and the blasphemies by  which they will have blasphemed. {3:29} But he who will  have blasphemed against  the Holy Spirit shall not have forgiveness in eternity; instead he shall be guilty of an eternal offense.” {3:30} For they said: “He has an unclean spirit.”  {3:31} And his mother and brothers arrived. And standing outside, they sent to him, calling him. {3:32} And the crowd  was sitting around him. And they said to him, “Behold, your mother and your brothers are  outside, seeking you.” {3:33} And responding to them, he said, “Who is my mother  and my brothers?” {3:34} And looking around at those who were sitting all around him, he said: “Behold, my mother and  my brothers. {3:35} For whoever has done the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister and mother.” 
[Mark 4] {4:1} And again, he began to teach by the sea. And  a great crowd was gathered to him, so much so that, climbing  into a boat, he was seated on the sea. And the entire crowd  was  on the land along the sea. {4:2} And he taught them  many things in parables, and he said to them, in his doctrine:  {4:3} “Listen. Behold, the sower went out to sow. {4:4} And  while he was sowing, some fell along the way, and the birds  of the air came and ate it. {4:5} Yet truly, others fell upon stony ground, where it did not have much soil. And it rose up  quickly, because it had no depth of soil. {4:6} And when the  sun was risen, it was scorched. And because it had no root, it  withered away. {4:7} And some fell among thorns. And the thorns grew up and suffocated it, and it did not produce fruit. {4:8} And some fell on good soil. And it brought forth fruit  that grew up, and increased, and yielded: some thirty, some sixty, and some one hundred.” {4:9} And he said, “Whoever  has ears to hear, let him  hear.” {4:10} And when he was alone, the twelve, who were with him, questioned him about  the parable. {4:11} And he said to them: “To you, it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God. But to those who are outside, everything is presented in parables: {4:12} ‘so that, seeing, they may see, and not perceive; and  hearing, they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they may be converted, and their sins would be forgiven  them.’ ” {4:13} And he said to them: “Do you not understand this parable? And so, how will you understand all  the parables? {4:14} He who sows, sows the word.  {4:15} Now there are those who are along the way, where the word is sown. And when they have heard it, Satan quickly  comes and takes away the word, which was sown in their  hearts. {4:16} And similarly, there are those who were sown upon stony ground. These, when they have heard the word,  immediately accept it with gladness. {4:17} But they have no root in themselves, and so they are for a limited time. And  when next tribulation and persecution arises because of the  word, they  quickly fall away. {4:18} And there are others who are sown among thorns. These are those who hear the word, {4:19} but worldly tasks, and the deception of riches,  and desires about other things enter in and suffocate the word,  and it is effectively without fruit. {4:20} And there are those  who are sown upon good soil, who hear the word and accept  it; and these bear fruit: some thirty, some sixty, and some one hundred.” {4:21} And he said to them: “Would someone enter with a lamp in order to place it under a basket or under  a bed? Would it not be placed upon a lampstand? {4:22} For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. Neither was  anything done in secret, except that it may be made public.  {4:23} If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” {4:24} And  he said to them: “Consider what you hear. With whatever  measure you have measured out, it shall be measured back to  you, and more shall be added to you. {4:25} For whoever has, to him it shall be given. And whoever has not, from him even  what he has shall be taken away.” {4:26} And he said: “The  kingdom of God is like this: it is as if a man were to cast seed on the land. {4:27} And he sleeps and he arises, night and day. And the seed germinates and grows, though he does not know it. {4:28} For the earth bears fruit readily: first the plant,  then the ear, next the full grain in the ear. {4:29} And when the fruit has been produced, immediately he sends out the  sickle, because the harvest has arrived.” {4:30} And he said:  “To what should we compare the kingdom of God? Or to what parable should we compare it? {4:31} It is like a grain of  mustard seed which, when it has been sown in the earth, is  less than all  the seeds which are in the earth. {4:32} And  when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all the  plants, and it produces great branches, so much so that the  birds of the air are able to live under its shadow.” {4:33} And  with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as much  as they  were  able to hear.  {4:34} But he did not speak to  them without a parable.  Yet separately, he explained all  things to his disciples. {4:35} And on that day, when evening  had arrived, he said to them, “Let us cross over.” {4:36} And dismissing the crowd, they brought him, so that he was in  one boat, and other boats were with him. {4:37} And a great  wind storm occurred, and the waves broke over the boat, so that the boat was being filled. {4:38} And he was in the stern  of the boat, sleeping on a pillow. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, does it not concern you that we are perishing?” {4:39} And rising up, he rebuked the wind, and  he said to the sea: “Silence. Be stilled.” And the wind ceased.  And a great tranquility occurred. {4:40} And he said to them:  “Why are you afraid? Do you still lack faith?” And they were  struck with a great fear. And they said to one another, “Who  do you think this is, that both wind and sea obey him?” 
[Mark 5] {5:1} And they went across the strait of the sea into the region of the Gerasenes. {5:2} And as he was departing  from the boat, he  was immediately  met, from  among the tombs, by a man with an unclean spirit, {5:3} who had his dwelling place with the tombs; neither had anyone been able  to bind him, even with chains. {5:4} For having been bound  often with shackles and chains, he had broken the chains and  smashed the shackles; and no one had been able to tame him.  {5:5} And he was always, day and night, among the tombs, or in the  mountains,  crying out and cutting himself with  stones. {5:6} And seeing Jesus from afar, he ran and adored him. {5:7} And crying out with a loud voice, he said: “What  am I to you, Jesus, the Son of the Most High God? I beseech you by God, that you not torment me.” {5:8} For he said to him, “Depart from the man, you unclean spirit.” {5:9} And  he questioned him: “What is your name?” And he said to  him, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” {5:10} And he  entreated him greatly, so that he would not expel him from the region. {5:11} And in that place, near the mountain, there  was a great herd of  swine,  feeding. {5:12} And  the  spirits  entreated him, saying: “Send us into the swine, so that we may enter into them.” {5:13} And Jesus promptly gave them  permission. And the unclean spirits, departing, entered into  the swine. And the herd of about two thousand rushed down  with great force into the sea, and they were drowned in the  sea. {5:14} Then those who pastured them fled, and they  reported it in the city and in the countryside. And they all went out to see what was happening. {5:15} And they came  to Jesus. And they saw the man who had been troubled by  the demon, sitting, clothed and with a sane mind, and they were afraid. {5:16} And those who had seen it explained to  them how he had dealt with the man who had the demon,  and about the swine. {5:17} And they began to petition him,  so that he would withdraw from their borders. {5:18} And as he was climbing into the boat, the man who had been  troubled by the demons began to beg him, so that he might be  with him. {5:19} And he did not permit him, but he said to him,  “Go to your own  people, in your own house, and announce to them how  great are the things that Lord has  done for you, and how he has taken pity on you.”  {5:20} And he went away and began to preach in the Ten  Cities, how great were the things that Jesus had done for him. And everyone wondered. {5:21} And when Jesus had crossed in the boat, over the strait again, a great crowd came together  before him. And he was near the sea. {5:22} And one of the rulers of the synagogue,  named Jairus, approached. And  seeing him,  he fell prostrate at his feet. {5:23} And he beseeched him greatly, saying: “For my daughter is near the  end. Come and lay your  hand  on her, so that she  may be healthy and may live.” {5:24} And he went with him. And a  great crowd  followed him, and they pressed upon  him.  {5:25} And there was a woman who had a flow of blood for  twelve years. {5:26} And she had endured much from several physicians, and she had spent everything she owned with no  benefit at all, but instead  she became  worse.  {5:27} Then,  when she had heard  of Jesus, she approached through the  crowd behind him, and she touched his garment. {5:28} For  she said:  “Because if I touch even  his garment, I  will be  saved.” {5:29} And immediately, the source of her bleeding  was dried up, and she sensed in her body that she had been healed from the wound. {5:30} And immediately Jesus, realizing within himself that power that had gone out from  him, turning to the crowd, said,  “Who touched my garments?” {5:31} And his disciples said to him,  “You see  that the crowd presses around you, and yet you say, ‘Who  touched me?’ ” {5:32} And he looked  around to see the  woman who had done this. {5:33} Yet truly, the woman, in  fear and trembling, knowing what had happened within her, went and fell  prostrate before him, and she told him the  whole truth. {5:34} And he said to her: “Daughter, your faith  has saved you. Go in peace, and be  healed from  your  wound.” {5:35} While he  was still speaking, they arrived  from the ruler of the synagogue, saying: “Your daughter is  dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” {5:36} But Jesus, having heard the word  that was  spoken, said  to the  ruler of the synagogue:  “Do not be afraid. You need only believe.” {5:37} And he would not permit anyone to follow  him, except Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.  {5:38} And they went to the house  of the ruler  of the  synagogue. And he saw a tumult, and weeping, and much wailing. {5:39} And entering, he said to them: “Why are you disturbed and weeping? The girl is not dead, but is asleep.”  {5:40} And they derided him. Yet truly, having put them all  out, he took the father and mother of the girl, and those who  were with him, and he entered to where the girl was lying. {5:41} And taking the girl by the hand, he said to her,  “Talitha koumi,”  which means,  “Little girl, (I say to you) arise. {5:42} And  immediately the young girl rose up and  walked.  Now she was twelve years old. And they were  suddenly struck with a  great astonishment. {5:43} And he  instructed them sternly, so that no one would know about it.  And he told them to give her something to eat. 
[Mark 6] {6:1} And departing from there, he went away to his own country; and his disciples followed him. {6:2} And  when the Sabbath arrived, he began to teach in the synagogue. And many, upon hearing him, were amazed at his doctrine, saying: “Where did this one get all these things?” and, “What  is this wisdom, which has been given to him?” and, “Such powerful deeds, which are wrought by his hands!” {6:3} “Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James,  and Joseph, and Jude, and Simon? Are not his sisters also  here with us?” And they took great offense at him. {6:4} And  Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except  in his own country, and in his own house, and among his own  kindred.” {6:5} And  he was not able to perform any miracles there, except that he cured a few of the infirm by laying his hands on them. {6:6} And he wondered, because  of  their unbelief,  and he traveled around in the villages,  teaching. {6:7} And he called the twelve. And he began to  send them out in twos, and he gave them authority over  unclean spirits. {6:8} And  he instructed them not to take  anything for the journey, except a staff: no traveling bag, no bread, and no money belt, {6:9} but to wear sandals, and not to wear two tunics. {6:10} And he said to them: “Whenever  you have entered into a house, stay there until you depart from that place. {6:11} And whoever will neither receive you, nor listen to you, as you go away from there, shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” {6:12} And  going out, they were preaching, so that people would repent.  {6:13} And they cast out many demons, and they anointed many of the sick with oil and healed them. {6:14} And king  Herod heard of it, (for his  name had become well-known)  and he said: “John the Baptist has risen again from the dead,  and because of this, miracles are at work in him.” {6:15} But others were saying, “Because it is Elijah.” Still others were  saying, “Because he is a prophet, like one of the prophets.”  {6:16} When  Herod had heard it, he said, “John  whom  I  beheaded, the same has risen  again from the  dead.” {6:17} For Herod himself had sent to capture John, and had chained him in prison, because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip; for he had married her. {6:18} For John was  saying to Herod,  “It  is not lawful for you to have your  brother’s wife.” {6:19} Now Herodias was devising treachery  against him; and she wanted to kill him, but she was unable.  {6:20} For Herod was apprehensive of John, knowing him to be a just and holy man, and so he guarded him. And he heard  that he was accomplishing many things, and so he listened to him  willingly. {6:21} And when an opportune time had  arrived, Herod held a feast on his birthday, with the leaders,  and the tribunes, and the first rulers of Galilee. {6:22} And  when the daughter of the same Herodias had entered, and danced, and pleased Herod, along with those who were at table with him, the king said to the girl, “Request from me  whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” {6:23} And he  swore to her, “Anything that you request, I will give to you,  even up to half my kingdom.” {6:24} And when she had  gone out, she said to her mother, “What shall I request?” But  her mother said, “The head of John the Baptist.” {6:25} And  immediately, when she had entered with haste to the king,  she petitioned him, saying: “I want you to give me at once  the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” {6:26} And the king was greatly saddened. But because of his  oath, and  because of those who were sitting with him at table, he was not willing to disappoint her. {6:27} So, having sent an  executioner,  he instructed that his head be brought on  a  platter. {6:28} And he beheaded him  in prison, and he  brought his head on a platter. And he gave it to the girl, and  the girl gave it her mother. {6:29} When his disciples heard  about it, they came and took his body, and they placed it in a tomb. {6:30} And the Apostles, returning to Jesus, reported  to him everything that they had done and taught. {6:31} And  he said to them, “Go out alone, into a deserted place, and rest for a little while.” For there were so  many  who were  coming and going, that they did not even have time to eat.  {6:32} And climbing into a boat, they went away to a deserted place alone. {6:33} And they saw them going away,  and many knew about it. And together they ran by foot from all the cities, and they arrived before them. {6:34} And Jesus,  going out, saw a great multitude. And he took pity on them,  because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things. {6:35} And when many  hours had now passed, his disciples drew near to him, saying:  “This is a  deserted place, and the hour is now late.  {6:36} Send them away, so that by going out to nearby  villages and towns, they might buy provisions for themselves to eat.” {6:37} And responding, he said to them, “Give them  something to eat yourselves.” And they said to him, “Let us  go out and buy bread for two hundred denarii, and then we will give them something to eat.” {6:38} And he said to them:  “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when  they had found out, they said,  “Five, and two  fish.” {6:39} And he instructed them to make them all sit down in  groups  on the green grass. {6:40} And they sat down in divisions by  hundreds and by fifties. {6:41} And having received the five loaves and the two fish, gazing up to heaven,  he blessed and broke the bread, and he gave it to his disciples  to set before them. And the two fish he divided among them  all. {6:42} And they all ate and  were satisfied. {6:43} And they brought together the remainder: twelve baskets full of fragments and of fish. {6:44} Now those who ate were five thousand men. {6:45} And  without  delay he urged his disciples to climb into the boat, so that they might precede  him across the sea to  Bethsaida, while he dismissed the people. {6:46} And when he had dismissed them, he went to the mountain to pray. {6:47} And when it was late, the boat was in the midst of the sea, and he was alone on the land. {6:48} And seeing them struggling to row, (for the wind was  against them,) and about the fourth watch of the night, he  came to them, walking upon the sea. And he intended to pass by them. {6:49} But when they saw him walking upon the  sea, they thought it was an apparition, and they cried out.  {6:50} For they all saw him, and they were very disturbed.  And immediately he spoke with them, and he said to them:  “Be strengthened in faith. It is  I.  Do not be afraid.” {6:51} And he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind  ceased.  And they became even more astonished within  themselves. {6:52} For they did not understand about the bread. For their heart had been blinded. {6:53} And when  they had crossed over, they arrived in the land of Genesaret,  and they reached the shore.  {6:54} And when they had  disembarked from the boat, the people immediately  recognized him. {6:55} And running throughout that entire region, they began to carry on beds those who had maladies,  to  where they heard that he  would  be. {6:56} And in whichever place he entered, in towns or villages or cities, they  placed the infirm in the main streets, and they pleaded with  him that they might touch even the hem of his garment. And  as many as touched him were made healthy. 
[Mark 7] {7:1} And the Pharisees and some of the scribes,  arriving from Jerusalem,  gathered together before him.  {7:2} And when they had seen certain ones from his disciples  eating bread  with common hands, that is, with unwashed  hands, they disparaged them. {7:3} For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat without repeatedly washing their hands,  holding to the tradition  of the elders. {7:4} And  when  returning from the market, unless they wash, they do not eat.  And there are many other things which have been handed  down to them to observe: the washings of cups, and pitchers, and bronze containers, and beds. {7:5} And so the Pharisees and the scribes questioned him: “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the  elders, but they eat  bread with common hands?” {7:6} But in response, he said to  them: “So well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, just  as it has been written: ‘This people honors me with their lips,  but their heart is far from me. {7:7} And in vain  do they  worship me, teaching  the doctrines and precepts  of men.’  {7:8} For abandoning the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men, to the washing of pitchers and cups. And you do many other things similar to these.” {7:9} And  he said to them: “You effectively nullify the precept of God, so that you  may  observe your own  tradition. {7:10} For  Moses said:  ‘Honor your father and  your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever will have cursed father or mother, let him die a  death.’ {7:11} But you say, ‘If a man will have said to his father or mother: Korban, (which is a gift) whatever is from me will be to your benefit,’ {7:12} then you do not release  him to do anything for his father or mother, {7:13} rescinding  the word of  God through your tradition, which you have handed down. And you do many other similar things in this  way.” {7:14} And again, calling the crowd to him, he said to  them: “Listen to me,  all of you, and understand.  {7:15} There is nothing  from  outside a man which, by entering into him, is able to defile him. But the things which  procede from a man, these are what pollute a man.  {7:16} Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.” {7:17} And  when he had entered into the house, away from the crowd, his disciples questioned him about the parable. {7:18} And he said to them: “So, are you also without prudence? Do you  not understand that everything entering to  a man from  outside is not able to pollute him? {7:19} For it does not enter  into his heart, but into the gut, and it exits into the sewer, purging all foods.” {7:20} “But,” he said “the things which go out from a man, these pollute a man. {7:21} For from within, from the heart  of men, proceed evil thoughts,  adulteries, fornications,  murders, {7:22} thefts, avarice, wickedness,  deceitfulness, homosexuality, an evil eye,  blasphemy, self-exaltation, foolishness. {7:23} All these evils  procede from within and pollute a man.” {7:24} And rising  up, he went from there to the area of Tyre and Sidon. And  entering into a house, he intended no one to know about it,  but he was not able to remain hidden. {7:25} For a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit, as soon as she heard  about him, entered and fell prostrate at his feet. {7:26} For  the woman was a Gentile, by birth a Syro-Phoenician. And  she petitioned him, so that he would cast the demon from her  daughter. {7:27} And he said to her: “First allow the sons to  have their fill. For it is not good to take away the bread of the sons and throw it to the dogs.” {7:28} But she responded by  saying to him: “Certainly, Lord. Yet the young dogs also eat,  under the table, from the crumbs of the children.”  {7:29} And he said to her, “Because of this saying, go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” {7:30} And when she  had gone to her house, she found the girl lying on the bed; and the demon had gone away. {7:31} And again, departing from the borders of Tyre, he went by way of Sidon to the sea  of Galilee, through the midst of the area of the Ten Cities.  {7:32} And they brought someone who was deaf and mute to him. And they begged him, so that he would lay his hand  upon him. {7:33} And taking him away from the crowd, he put his fingers into his ears;  and spitting, he touched his  tongue. {7:34} And gazing up to heaven, he groaned and said  to  him: “Ephphatha,” which  is, “Be opened.”  {7:35} And  immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his  tongue was released, and he spoke correctly. {7:36} And he  instructed them not to tell anyone. But as much as he  instructed them, so much  more did they preach about it.  {7:37} And so much more did they wonder, saying: “He has  done all things well. He has caused both the deaf to hear and  the mute to speak.”
[Mark 8] {8:1} In those days, again, when there was a great  crowd, and they did not have anything to eat, calling together his disciples, he said to them: {8:2} “I have compassion for the multitude, because, behold, they have persevered with me  now for three days, and they do not have anything to eat.  {8:3} And if I were to send them away fasting to their home,  they might faint on the way.” For some of them came from far away.  {8:4} And his disciples answered him,  “From  where would anyone be able to obtain enough bread for them in the wilderness?” {8:5} And  he questioned them,  “How  many loaves do you have?” And they said,  “Seven.” {8:6} And he instructed the crowd to sit down to eat on the  ground. And taking the seven loaves, giving thanks, he broke  and gave it to his disciples in order to place before them. And  they placed these before the crowd. {8:7} And they had a few  small fish. And he blessed them, and he ordered them to be placed before them. {8:8} And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up what had been leftover from the fragments: seven baskets. {8:9} And those who  ate were about four thousand.  And he dismissed them. {8:10} And promptly  climbing into a boat with his disciples, he went into the parts  of Dalmanutha. {8:11} And the Pharisees went out and  began to contend with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, testing him. {8:12} And sighing deeply in spirit, he said: “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, if  only a sign  will be given to this generation!” {8:13} And sending them  away, he  climbed into the boat again, and he went away across the sea. {8:14} And they  forgot to take bread. And they did not have any with them in the boat, except one loaf. {8:15} And  he instructed them,  saying: “Consider and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the leaven of Herod.” {8:16} And they discussed this with one another, saying, “For we have no bread.”  {8:17} And Jesus, knowing this, said to them: “Why do you consider that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet  know  or understand?  Do  you still have blindness in your  heart? {8:18} Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears,  do you not hear? Do you not remember, {8:19} when I broke  the five loves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments you took up?” They said to him, “Twelve.”  {8:20} “And when the seven loaves were among the four  thousand, how many baskets of fragments did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” {8:21} And he said to them,  “How is it that you do not yet understand?” {8:22} And they went to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to him.  And they  petitioned him, so that he  would touch him.  {8:23} And taking the blind man by the hand, he led him  beyond the village. And putting spit on his eyes, laying his  hands on him, he asked him if  he  could see anything.  {8:24} And looking up, he said, “I see men but they are like  walking trees.” {8:25} Next he placed his hands again over  his eyes, and he began to see. And he was restored, so that he could see everything clearly. {8:26} And he sent him to his house, saying, “Go into your own house, and if you enter  into the town, tell no one.” {8:27} And Jesus departed with his disciples into the towns of Caesarea Philippi. And on the  way, he questioned his disciples, saying to them, “Who do  men say that I am?” {8:28} And they  answered him by saying: “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others perhaps  one of the prophets.” {8:29} Then he said to them, “Yet truly, who do you say that I am?” Peter responded by saying to him,  “You are the Christ.” {8:30} And he admonished them, not  to tell anyone about him. {8:31} And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected  by the elders, and by the high priests, and the scribes, and be  killed, and after three days rise again. {8:32} And he spoke  the word openly. And Peter,  taking him aside, began to correct  him. {8:33} And  turning away and  looking at  his disciples, he admonished  Peter, saying, “Get behind me,  Satan, for you do not prefer the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.” {8:34} And calling together the crowd with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone chooses  to follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. {8:35} For whoever will have chosen to save his life, will lose it. But whoever will have lost his life, for my sake and for the Gospel, shall save it. {8:36} For how does it benefit a man, if he gains the whole world, and yet causes  harm to his soul? {8:37} Or, what  will a man  give in exchange for his soul? {8:38} For whoever has been ashamed  of me and of my words, among this adulterous and sinful  generation, the Son of man also will be ashamed  of him,  when he will arrive in the glory of his Father, with the holy  Angels.” {8:39} And he said to them, “Amen I say to you,  that there are some among those standing here who shall not taste death until they see  the kingdom  of God arriving in  power.” 
[Mark 9] {9:1} And after six days, Jesus took with him Peter,  and James, and John; and he led them separately to a lofty  mountain alone; and he  was transfigured before them.  {9:2} And his  vestments became radiant and exceedingly white like snow, with such a brilliance as no fuller on earth is able to achieve.  {9:3} And there appeared to them  Elijah  with Moses; and they were speaking with Jesus. {9:4} And in  response, Peter said to Jesus: “Master, it is good for us to be  here. And so let us make three tabernacles, one for you, and  one for Moses, and  one for Elijah.” {9:5} For he did not know what he was saying. For they were overwhelmed by fear. {9:6} And there was a cloud overshadowing them. And  a voice came from the cloud, saying:  “This is my  most beloved Son. Listen to him.” {9:7} And immediately, looking around, they no longer saw anyone, except Jesus alone with them. {9:8} And as they were descending from the mountain,  he instructed them not to relate to anyone what they had seen,  until after the Son of man will have risen again from the dead. {9:9} And they kept the word to themselves, arguing about  what “after he will have risen from the dead” might mean.  {9:10} And they questioned him, saying: “Then why do the  Pharisees and the scribes say that Elijah must arrive first?”  {9:11} And in response, he said to them: “Elijah, when he  will arrive first, shall restore all things. And in the manner  that it has been written about the Son of man, so must he  suffer many things and be  condemned. {9:12} But I say to  you, that Elijah also has arrived, (and they have done to him whatever they wanted) just as it has been written about him.”  {9:13} And approaching his disciples, he saw a great crowd  surrounding them, and the scribes were arguing with them. {9:14} And soon all the people, seeing Jesus, were astonished and struck with fear, and hurrying to him, they greeted him. {9:15} And he questioned  them, “What are you arguing  about among yourselves?” {9:16} And  one from the crowd responded by saying: “Teacher, I have brought to you my son,  who has a mute spirit. {9:17} And whenever it takes hold of him, it throws him down, and he foams and gnashes with his  teeth, and he becomes unconscious.  And I asked your disciples to cast him out, and they could not.” {9:18} And  answering them, he said:  “O unbelieving generation, how  long must I be with you? How long shall I endure you? Bring  him to me.” {9:19} And they brought him. And when he had  seen him, immediately the spirit disturbed him. And having been thrown to the ground, he rolled around foaming. {9:20} And he questioned  his  father, “How long has this  been happening to him?” But he said:  “From infancy.  {9:21} And often it casts him into fire or into water, in order  to destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, help us and take pity on us.” {9:22} But Jesus said to him, “If you  are able to  believe: all things are possible to  one who  believes.” {9:23} And immediately the father of the boy,  crying  out with tears, said: “I  do believe, Lord.  Help my unbelief.” {9:24} And when Jesus saw  the crowd rushing  together, he  admonished the unclean spirit, saying to  him,  “Deaf and mute spirit, I command you, leave him; and do not enter into him anymore.” {9:25} And crying out, and  convulsing him greatly, he departed from him. And he became like one who is dead, so much so that many said,  “He is dead.” {9:26} But Jesus, taking him by the hand, lifted  him up. And he arose. {9:27} And when he had entered into  the house, his disciples questioned him privately, “Why were  we unable to cast him  out?”  {9:28} And he said to  them,  “This kind is able to be expelled by nothing other than prayer and fasting.” {9:29} And setting out from there, they passed  through Galilee. And he intended that no one know about it. {9:30} Then  he taught his disciples,  and he said to  them, “For the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and having been killed, on the third  day he will rise again.” {9:31} But they did not understand  the word. And they were afraid to question him. {9:32} And  they went to Capernaum. And when they were in the house,  he questioned them,  “What did you discuss on the way?” {9:33} But they were silent. For indeed, on the way, they had disputed among themselves as to which of them was greater.  {9:34} And sitting down, he called the twelve, and he said to  them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be the last of all and the minister of all.” {9:35} And taking a child, he set him in their midst. And when he had embraced him, he said to them: {9:36} “Whoever receives one such child in my name,  receives me. And whoever receives me, receives not me, but him who sent me.” {9:37} John responded to him by saying, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name;  he does not follow us, and so we prohibited him.” {9:38} But Jesus said: “Do not prohibit him. For there is no one who  can act with virtue in my name and soon speak evil about me. {9:39} For whoever is not against you is for you. {9:40} For whoever, in my name, will give you a cup of water to drink,  because you belong to Christ: Amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward. {9:41} And whoever will have scandalized  one of these little ones who believe in me: it would be better for him if a great millstone were placed around his neck and  he were thrown into the sea. {9:42} And if your hand causes  you to sin, cut it off: it is better for you to enter into life  disabled, than having two  hands to go into Hell, into the  unquenchable fire, {9:43} where  their worm does  not die,  and the fire is not extinguished. {9:44} But if your foot causes you to sin, chop it off: it is better for you to enter into eternal life lame, than having two feet to be cast into the Hell of unquenchable fire, {9:45} where  their worm does  not die,  and the fire is not extinguished. {9:46} But if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out: it is better for you to enter into the  kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into the Hell of fire, {9:47} where their worm does not die, and the fire is not extinguished. {9:48} For all shall be salted with fire, and every victim shall be salted with salt.  {9:49} Salt is good: but if  the salt has become bland, with what will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace among yourselves.” 
[Mark 10] {10:1} And rising up, he went from there into the area of Judea beyond the Jordan. And again, the crowd came together before him. And just as he was accustomed to do, again he taught them. {10:2} And approaching, the Pharisees  questioned him, testing him: “Is it lawful for a man to dismiss  his wife?” {10:3} But in response, he said to them, “What did  Moses instruct you?” {10:4} And they  said,  “Moses gave permission to write a bill  of divorce and to dismiss  her.”  {10:5} But Jesus responded by saying:  “It was  due  to the  hardness of your heart that he wrote that precept for you. {10:6} But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. {10:7} Because of this, a man shall leave  behind his father and mother, and he shall cling to his wife.  {10:8} And these two shall be one in flesh. And so, they are  now, not two, but one flesh. {10:9} Therefore, what God has  joined together, let no man separate.” {10:10} And again, in  the house, his disciples questioned him about the same thing.  {10:11} And he said to them: “Whoever dismisses his wife,  and marries another, commits adultery against her.  {10:12} And if a wife dismisses her husband, and is married  to another, she commits adultery.” {10:13} And they brought  to him the little children, so that he might touch them. But the disciples admonished those who brought them. {10:14} But when Jesus saw this, he took offense, and he said to them: “Allow the little ones to come to me, and do not prohibit them. For of such as these is the kingdom of God.  {10:15} Amen I say to you, whoever will not accept the  kingdom of God like a little child, will not enter into it.” {10:16} And  embracing them, and laying his hands upon them, he blessed them. {10:17} And when he had departed  on the way, a certain one, running up and kneeling before  him, asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do, so that I may secure  eternal life?” {10:18} But Jesus said to him,  “Why call me good? No one is good except the one God. {10:19} You know  the precepts: “Do  not commit adultery. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not speak false testimony. Do  not deceive. Honor your father and mother.” {10:20} But in response, he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.” {10:21} Then Jesus, gazing at him, loved  him, and he said to him: “One thing is lacking to you. Go,  sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and then you will have treasure in heaven.  And come, follow me.” {10:22} But  he went away grieving, having been greatly  saddened by the word.  For  he had many  possessions.  {10:23} And  Jesus, looking around, said to his  disciples,  “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into the  kingdom of God!” {10:24} And the disciples were astonished  at his words. But Jesus, answering again, said to them: “Little  sons, how difficult it is for those who trust in money to enter  into the kingdom of God! {10:25} It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for the rich to enter  into the kingdom of God.” {10:26} And they wondered even  more, saying among themselves, “Who, then, can be saved?” {10:27} And  Jesus, gazing at them, said: “With men it is impossible; but not with God. For with God all things are possible.” {10:28} And Peter began to say to him, “Behold, we have left all things and have followed you.” {10:29} In  response, Jesus said: “Amen I say to you, There is no one who has left behind house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or land, for my sake and for the Gospel,  {10:30} who  will not receive  one hundred times as  much,  now in this  time: houses, and brothers, and sisters, and  mothers, and children, and land, with  persecutions,  and in the future age eternal life. {10:31} But many of the first shall  be last, and the last shall be first.” {10:32} Now they were on the way ascending to Jerusalem. And Jesus went ahead  of  them, and they were astonished.  And those following him were afraid. And again, taking aside the twelve, he began to  tell them what was about to happen to him. {10:33} “For  behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man  will be handed over to the leaders of the priests, and to the  scribes, and the elders. And they will condemn him to death,  and they  will hand him over  to the Gentiles. {10:34} And  they will mock him, and spit on him, and scourge him, and put him to death. And on the third day, he will rise again.” {10:35} And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, drew near to him, saying, “Teacher, we wish that whatever we will ask,  you would do for us.” {10:36} But he said to them, “What do  you want me to do for you?” {10:37} And they said, “Grant  to us that we may sit, one at your right and the other at your  left, in your glory.” {10:38} But Jesus said to them: “You do  not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink from the chalice from which I  drink,  or to be baptized with the  baptism with which I am to be baptized?” {10:39} But they  said to him, “We can.” Then Jesus said to them: “Indeed,  you shall drink from the chalice, from which I drink; and you  shall be baptized with the baptism, with which I am to be  baptized. {10:40} But to sit at my right, or at my left, is not mine to give to you, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” {10:41} And the ten, upon hearing this, began to be indignant toward James and John. {10:42} But Jesus,  calling them, said to them: “You know that those who seem  to be leaders among the Gentiles dominate them, and their  leaders exercise authority over them. {10:43} But it is not to be this way among you. Instead, whoever would become  greater shall be your minister; {10:44} and whoever will be first among you shall be the servant of all. {10:45} So, too,  the Son of man has not come so that they would minister to  him, but so that he would minister and would give his life as a redemption for many.” {10:46} And they went to Jericho. And as he was setting out from Jericho with his disciples and  a very numerous multitude, Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus,  a blind man, sat begging beside the way. {10:47} And when  he had heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry  out and to say, “Jesus, Son  of David, take pity on me.”  {10:48} And many admonished him to be quiet. But he cried  out all the  more,  “Son  of David, take pity on me.” {10:49} And Jesus, standing still, instructed him to be called.  And they called the blind man, saying to him: “Be at peace.  Arise. He is calling you.” {10:50} And casting aside his garment, he  leapt up and went to him. {10:51} And in response, Jesus said to him,  “What  do you want, that  I  should do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, that I may see.” {10:52} Then Jesus said to him, “Go, your  faith has made you whole.” And immediately he saw, and he  followed him on the way. 
[Mark 11] {11:1} And as they were approaching Jerusalem and Bethania, toward the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, {11:2} and he said to them: “Go into the village  that is opposite you, and immediately upon entering there,  you  will find a colt tied,  on which no man has yet sat.  Release him and bring him. {11:3} And if anyone will say to you: ‘What are you doing?’ Say that the Lord has need of  him. And he will immediately send him here.” {11:4} And  going out, they found the colt tied before the outer gate, at  the meeting of two ways. And they untied him. {11:5} And  some of those who were standing there said to them, “What are you doing by releasing the colt?” {11:6} And they spoke to them just as Jesus had instructed them. And they permitted them. {11:7} And they led the colt to Jesus. And they placed  their garments on it; and he sat upon it. {11:8} Then many spread their  garments along the  way; but others  cut  down  leafy branches from trees and scattered them  on the way.  {11:9} And those who went ahead, and those who followed,  cried out saying: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who has arrived in the name of the Lord. {11:10} Blessed is the advent of the  kingdom of our father David. Hosanna in the highest!” {11:11} And he entered into Jerusalem, into the temple. And  having looked around at  everything, since it was now the evening hour, he  went out to Bethania with the twelve.  {11:12} And  the next day, as they  were departing  from Bethania, he was hungry. {11:13} And when he had seen a  fig tree with leaves in the distance, he went to it, in case he  might find something on it. And when he had gone to it, he  found nothing but leaves. For it was not the season for figs.  {11:14} And in response, he said to it, “From now on and  forever, may no  one eat fruit from you again!”  And his disciples heard this. {11:15} And they  went to Jerusalem.  And when he had entered into the temple, he began to cast out the sellers and the  buyers in the temple. And he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the chairs of the vendors of  doves. {11:16} And he would not  permit  anyone to carry goods through the temple. {11:17} And he  taught them, saying: “Is it not written: ‘For my house shall be called the house of prayer for all nations?’ But you have made it into a den of robbers.” {11:18} And when the leaders of the priests, and the scribes, had heard this, they sought a means  by which they might  destroy him. For they feared him,  because  the entire  multitude  was in admiration over  his  doctrine. {11:19} And when evening had arrived, he departed from the city. {11:20} And when they passed by  in the  morning, they saw that the fig tree had  dried up from the roots. {11:21} And Peter, remembering, said to him, “Master,  behold, the fig tree that you cursed has  withered.”  {11:22} And in response, Jesus said to them: “Have the faith  of God. {11:23} Amen I say to you, that whoever will say to  this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and who will not have hesitated in his heart, but will have believed:  then whatever he has said be done, it shall be done for him.  {11:24} For this reason, I say to you, all things whatsoever that you ask for when praying: believe that you will receive  them, and they will happen for you. {11:25} And when you stand to pray, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your sins. {11:26} But if you will not forgive, neither will your Father, who is in heaven, forgive you your sins.” {11:27} And they went again to Jerusalem. And when he was  walking in the temple, the leaders of the priests, and the  scribes, and the elders approached him. {11:28} And they said to him: “By what authority do you do these things? And who has given you this authority, so that you would do these things?” {11:29} But in response, Jesus said to them: “I also  will ask you one word, and if you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I do these things. {11:30} The baptism of  John:  was it from heaven or from  men? Answer me.”  {11:31} But they discussed it among themselves, saying: “If  we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ {11:32} If we say, ‘From men,’  we fear the people. For they all hold  that John was a true prophet.”  {11:33} And  answering,  they  said to Jesus, “We  do not  know.” And in response, Jesus said to them, “Neither will I  tell you by what authority I do these things.”
[Mark 12] {12:1} And he began to speak to them in parables: “A man dug a vineyard, and surrounded it with a hedge, and  dug a pit, and built a tower, and he loaned it out to farmers,  and he set out on a long journey. {12:2} And in time, he sent a servant to the farmers, in order to receive some of the fruit  of the  vineyard from the farmers. {12:3} But they, having apprehended  him, beat him and sent him away empty. {12:4} And again, he sent another servant to them. And they wounded him on the head,  and they treated him with  contempt. {12:5} And again, he sent another, and him they killed,  and many  others: some they beat, but others they killed. {12:6} Therefore,  having still one son, most dear to  him, he sent him also to them, at the very end, saying, ‘For  they will reverence my son.’ {12:7} But the settlers said one  to another: ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him. And then the inheritance will be ours.’ {12:8} And apprehending him,  they killed him.  And they cast him out of the  vineyard. {12:9} Therefore, what will the lord of the vineyard do?” “He  will come  and  destroy the settlers. And he will  give the  vineyard to others.” {12:10} “And so, have you not read this scripture?: ‘The stone which the builders have rejected, the  same has been made the head of the corner. {12:11} By the  Lord has this been done, and it is wondrous in our eyes.’ ”  {12:12} And they sought to take hold of him, but they feared  the crowd. For they knew that he had spoken this parable about them.  And leaving him behind, they went  away.  {12:13} And they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians  to him, so that they might trap him with words. {12:14} And  these, arriving, said to him: “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and that you do not favor anyone; for you do not consider the appearance of men, but you teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to give the tribute to Caesar,  or should we not give it?” {12:15} And knowing their skill in  deception, he said to them: “Why do you test me? Bring me a  denarius, so that I may see it.” {12:16} And they brought it to  him. And he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” {12:17} So in response,  Jesus said to them, “Then render to Caesar, the things that  are of Caesar; and to God, the things that are of God.” And  they wondered over him. {12:18} And the Sadducees, who  say there is no resurrection, approached him. And they  questioned him, saying: {12:19} “Teacher, Moses wrote for  us that if any man’s brother will have died and left behind a  wife, and not have left behind sons, his brother should take  his wife to himself and should raise up offspring for his  brother. {12:20} So then, there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and he died without leaving behind offspring. {12:21} And the second took her, and he died. And neither  did he leave behind offspring. And the third acted similarly.  {12:22} And in like manner, each of the seven received her and did not leave behind offspring. Last of all, the woman  also died. {12:23} Therefore, in the resurrection, when they  will rise again, to which of them will she be a wife? For each of the seven had her as wife.” {12:24} And Jesus responded  by saying to them: “But have you not gone astray, by knowing neither the scriptures, nor the power  of  God? {12:25} For  when they will be resurrected from the dead,  they shall neither marry, nor be given in marriage, but they  are like the Angels in heaven. {12:26} But  concerning the  dead who rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses,  how God spoke to him from the bush, saying: ‘I am the God  of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’ {12:27} He is not the God of the  dead, but of the living.  Therefore, you have gone far astray.” {12:28} And one of the scribes, who had heard them arguing, drew near to him. And  seeing that he had answered them well, he questioned him as  to which was the first commandment of all. {12:29} And  Jesus answered him: “For the first commandment of all is  this: ‘Listen,  O Israel. The Lord your God is  one God. {12:30} And you shall love the Lord your God from your whole heart, and from your whole soul, and from your whole mind, and from your whole strength. This is the first commandment.’ {12:31} But the second is similar to it: ‘You  shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no other  commandment greater than these.” {12:32} And the  scribe  said to him: Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth  that there is one God, and there is no other beside him;  {12:33} and that he should be loved from the whole heart,  and from the whole understanding, and from the whole soul,  and from the whole strength. And to love one’s neighbor as one’s self is greater than all holocausts and sacrifices.”  {12:34} And Jesus, seeing that he had responded wisely, said  to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And  after that, no one dared to question him. {12:35} And while  teaching in the temple, Jesus said in answer: “How is it that  the scribes say that the Christ is the son  of  David?  {12:36} For David himself said in the Holy Spirit: ‘The Lord  said to  my  Lord: Sit  at  my right hand, until I set your enemies as your footstool.’ {12:37} Therefore, David himself calls him Lord, and so how can he be his son?” And a great multitude listened to him willingly. {12:38} And he said to them in his doctrine: “Beware of the scribes, who prefer to walk in long robes and to be greeted in the marketplace,  {12:39} and to sit in the first chairs in the synagogues, and to have the first seats at feasts, {12:40} who devour the houses of widows under the pretense of long  prayers.  These shall  receive the more extensive judgment.” {12:41} And  Jesus,  sitting opposite the offertory box, considered the way in  which the crowd cast coins into the offertory, and that many  of the wealthy cast in a  great deal. {12:42} But  when one  poor widow had arrived, she put in two small coins, which is  a quarter. {12:43} And calling together his disciples, he said  to them: “Amen I say to you, that this poor widow has put in  more than  all those who contributed to the offertory.  {12:44} For they all gave from their abundance, yet truly, she  gave from  her scarcity, even all that she had, her  entire  living.” 
[Mark 13] {13:1} And as he was departing from the temple,  one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, observe these fine  stones and fine structures.” {13:2} And in response, Jesus said to him: “Do you see all these great buildings? There shall not be left stone upon stone,  which is not torn  down.”  {13:3} And as he sat at the Mount of Olives, opposite the temple, Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew questioned  him privately. {13:4} “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things will begin to be fulfilled?” {13:5} And Jesus, answering, began to say to them: “See to it that no one leads you astray. {13:6} For many will  come in my name, saying, ‘For I am he,’ and they will lead many astray. {13:7} But when you will have heard of wars and rumors  of wars, you should not  be afraid. For these  things must be, but the end is not so soon. {13:8} For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom over kingdom, and there shall be earthquakes  in  various places, and famines.  These are but the beginning of the sorrows. {13:9} But see to  yourselves. For they will hand you over to councils, and in the synagogues you will be beaten, and you shall stand before  governors and kings because of me, as a testimony for them. {13:10} And the Gospel must first be preached to all nations.  {13:11} And  when they have seized you and handed you over, do not consider in advance what to say. But whatever  will be given you in that hour, say that. For you will not be speaking, but the Holy Spirit. {13:12} Then brother will betray brother to death, and the father, a son; and children  will rise up against their parents and will bring about their  death. {13:13} And you will be hated by all for the sake of my name. But whoever will have persevered unto the end, the same will be saved. {13:14} Then, when you have seen  the abomination of desolation, standing where it ought not to be, let the reader understand: then let those who are in Judea  flee to the mountains. {13:15} And let  whoever is on the  rooftop not descend to the house, nor enter so as to take anything from the house. {13:16} And let whoever may be in the field not return to take his garment. {13:17} But woe to those who are pregnant or nursing in those days. {13:18} Truly, pray that these things  may not happen in winter. {13:19} For those days shall have such tribulations as  have not been since the beginning of the creation that God  founded, even until now, and shall not be.  {13:20} And  unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would be saved. But, for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened the days. {13:21} And then, if anyone will  have said to you: ‘Behold, here is the Christ. Behold, in that  place.’ Do not believe it. {13:22} For false Christs and false prophets will rise up, and they will present signs and wonders,  so as to lead astray, if  it were  possible, even the elect.  {13:23} Therefore,  you  must  take heed. Behold, I have  foretold all to you. {13:24} But in those days,  after that  tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not  give her splendor. {13:25} And the stars of heaven will be  falling down, and the powers that are in heaven  will be  moved. {13:26} And then  they shall see the Son  of man  arriving on the clouds, with  great power  and glory.  {13:27} And  then he will send his Angels, and  gather together his elect, from the four winds, from the limits of the  earth, to the limits of heaven. {13:28} Now from the fig tree  discern a parable. When its branch becomes tender and the foliage has been formed, you know that summer is very near. {13:29} So also, when you will have seen these things happen, know that it is very near, even at the doors. {13:30} Amen I say to you, that this lineage shall not  pass away, until all these things have happened. {13:31} Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word  shall not pass away. {13:32} But concerning that day  or hour, no  one knows, neither the  Angels in heaven,  nor the Son, but  only the Father.  {13:33} Take heed, be  vigilant, and pray. For you  do not know when the time may be. {13:34} It is like a man who,  setting out on a sojourn, left behind his house, and gave his servants authority  over every work,  and instructed the  doorkeeper to stand watch. {13:35} Therefore, be vigilant, for  you do not know when the lord of the house may arrive: in  the evening, or in the middle of the night, or at first light, or in the morning. {13:36} Otherwise, when he will have arrived unexpectedly, he may find you sleeping. {13:37} But what I say to you, I say to all: Be vigilant.” 
[Mark 14] {14:1} Now  the feast of Passover and of Unleavened Bread was two days away. And the leaders of the priests, and the scribes, were seeking a means by which they might deceitfully seize him and kill him. {14:2} But they said, “Not  on the feast day, lest perhaps there may be a  tumult among the people.” {14:3} And when he was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the leper, and was reclining  to eat, a woman arrived  having an alabaster container of ointment,  of precious spikenard.  And breaking open the  alabaster container, she poured it over his head. {14:4} But there were some who became indignant within themselves and who were saying: “What is the reason for this waste of  the ointment? {14:5} For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and been given to the poor.” And they murmured against her. {14:6} But Jesus said: “Permit her. What is the reason that you trouble her? She has  done a good deed for me. {14:7} For the poor, you have with  you always. And whenever you wish, you are able to do good to them. But you do not have me always. {14:8} But she has  done what she could. She has arrived in advance to anoint  my body for burial. {14:9} Amen I say to you, wherever this  Gospel shall  be preached throughout the entire world, the  things she has done also shall be told, in memory of her.”  {14:10} And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went away, to the leaders of the priests, in order to betray him to them.  {14:11} And they, upon hearing it, were gladdened. And they  promised him that they  would give  him money.  And he  sought an opportune means by which he might betray him.  {14:12} And  on the first day of Unleavened Bread,  when  they immolate the Passover,  the disciples said to him,  “Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the  Passover?” {14:13} And he sent two of his disciples, and he  said to them: “Go into the city. And you will meet a man  carrying a  pitcher of water; follow  him. {14:14} And  wherever he will have entered, say to the owner of the house,  ‘The Teacher says: Where is my dining room, where I may eat the Passover  with  my disciples?’ {14:15} And he will show you a large cenacle, fully furnished. And there, you  shall prepare  it for us.” {14:16} And his disciples departed  and went into the city. And they found it just as he had told them. And they prepared the Passover. {14:17} Then, when  evening came, he arrived with the twelve. {14:18} And while  reclining and eating with them at table, Jesus said, “Amen I  say to you, that one of you, who eats with me, will betray  me.” {14:19} But they began to be sorrowful and to say to  him, one at a time: “Is it I?” {14:20} And he said to them: “It  is one of the twelve, who dips his hand with me in the dish. {14:21} And indeed, the Son of man goes, just as it has been  written of him. But woe to that man by whom the Son of man will be betrayed. It would be better for that man if he  had never been born.” {14:22} And while eating with them,  Jesus took bread. And blessing it, he broke it and gave it to them, and he said:  “Take. This is  my  body.” {14:23} And  having taken the chalice, giving thanks, he gave it to them.  And they all  drank from it. {14:24} And he said to them:  “This is my blood of the new covenant, which shall be shed  for many. {14:25} Amen I say to you, that I will no longer  drink from this fruit of the vine, until that day when I will drink it new in the kingdom of God.” {14:26} And having sung  a  hymn, they went  out to the Mount of  Olives.  {14:27} And Jesus said to them: “You will all fall away from  me in this night. For it has been written: ‘I will strike the  shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ {14:28} But after I  have risen  again, I will go before you to Galilee.”  {14:29} Then Peter said to him, “Even if all will have fallen away from you, yet I will not.” {14:30} And Jesus said to him, “Amen I say to you, that this day, in this night, before the rooster has uttered its voice twice, you will deny me three  times.”  {14:31} But he spoke further,  “Even if I must die along with you, I will not deny you.”  And they all spoke  similarly also. {14:32} And they went to a country estate, by  the name of Gethsemani. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I pray.” {14:33} And he took Peter, and James, and John with him. And he began to be afraid and wearied. {14:34} And  he said to them:  “My soul is sorrowful, even unto death. Remain here and be vigilant.” {14:35} And when  he had proceeded  on a little ways,  he fell prostrate on the ground.  And he prayed that, if it  were possible, the hour might  pass  away from him. {14:36} And he said: “Abba,  Father, all things are possible to you. Take this chalice from  me. But let it be, not as I will, but as you will.” {14:37} And  he went and found them sleeping.  And he said to Peter: “Simon, are you sleeping? Were you not able to be vigilant  for one hour? {14:38} Watch and pray, so that you may not  enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing,  but the  flesh is weak.” {14:39} And  going away again, he  prayed, saying the same words. {14:40} And upon returning, he found them sleeping yet again, (for their eyes were heavy)  and they did not know how to respond to him. {14:41} And he arrived for the third time, and he said to them: “Sleep now, and take rest. It is enough. The hour has arrived. Behold, the  Son of man will be betrayed  into the hands  of sinners.  {14:42} Rise up, let us go. Behold, he who will betray me is  near.” {14:43} And while he was still speaking, Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, arrived, and with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, sent from the leaders of the priests,  and the scribes, and the elders. {14:44} Now his betrayer had  given them a sign, saying: “He whom I shall kiss, it is he.  Take hold  of him, and lead him  away  cautiously.”  {14:45} And when he had arrived, immediately drawing near to him, he said:  “Hail,  Master!” And he kissed him.  {14:46} But they laid hands  on him and held him.  {14:47} Then a certain one of those standing near, drawing a sword, struck a servant of the high priest and cut off his ear.  {14:48} And in response, Jesus said to them: “Have you set out to apprehend me, just as if to a robber, with swords and clubs? {14:49} Daily, I was with you in the temple teaching,  and  you did  not take hold of me. But  in  this way,  the  scriptures are fulfilled.” {14:50} Then his disciples, leaving  him behind, all fled away. {14:51} Now a certain young man  followed him, having nothing  but a fine linen cloth over  himself. And they took hold of him. {14:52} But he, rejecting  the fine linen cloth, escaped from them naked. {14:53} And  they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the priests and the  scribes and the elders came together. {14:54} But Peter  followed him from a distance, even into the court of the high  priest. And he sat with the servants at the fire and warmed  himself. {14:55} Yet truly, the leaders of the priests and the  entire council sought testimony  against Jesus, so that they  might deliver him to death, and  they found none.  {14:56} For  many spoke  false testimony against him, but their testimony did not agree. {14:57} And certain ones, rising up,  bore false  witness against him, saying:  {14:58} “For we heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple, made with hands, and within three days I will build another,  not made with hands.’ ” {14:59} And their testimony did not agree. {14:60} And the high priest, rising up in their midst, questioned Jesus, saying,  “Do you have nothing to say in answer to the things that are brought against you by  these ones?” {14:61} But he was silent and gave no answer. Again, the high priest questioned him, and he said to him, “Are you  the Christ, the Son of the Blessed God?” {14:62} Then Jesus said to him: “I am. And you shall see the Son of man sitting  at the right hand of the power of God and arriving with the  clouds of heaven.” {14:63} Then the high priest, rending his garments, said: “Why do  we still require witnesses?  {14:64} You have heard the blasphemy. How does it seem to  you?” And they all condemned him, as guilty unto  death.  {14:65} And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face and to strike him with fists, and to say to him, “Prophesy.”  And the servants struck him with the  palms their hands.  {14:66} And while Peter was in the court below, one of the maidservants of  the high priest  arrived. {14:67} And when she had seen Peter warming himself, she stared at him, and  she said: “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.”  {14:68} But he  denied it,  saying, “I  neither know nor  understand what you saying.” And he went outside, in front of the court; and a rooster crowed. {14:69} Then again, when  a maidservant had seen  him, she began to say to the bystanders, “For this is one of them.” {14:70} But he denied  it again. And after a little while, again those standing near  said to Peter: “In truth, you are one of them. For you, too,  are a Galilean.” {14:71} Then he began to curse and to swear, saying, “For I do not know this man, about whom you are speaking.” {14:72} And immediately the rooster crowed  again. And Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three  times.” And he began to weep. 
[Mark 15] {15:1} And immediately in the morning, after the  leaders of the priests had taken counsel with the elders and  the scribes and the entire council, binding Jesus, they led him  away and delivered him to Pilate.  {15:2} And  Pilate  questioned him,  “You are the king of the Jews?” But in  response, he said to him, “You are saying it.” {15:3} And the leaders of the priests accused him in  many things.  {15:4} Then Pilate again questioned him, saying: “Do you not have any response? See how greatly they accuse you.”  {15:5} But Jesus continued to give no response, so that Pilate  wondered. {15:6} Now on the feast day, he was accustomed  to release to them one of the prisoners, whomever they  requested. {15:7} But there was  one called Barabbas, who  had committed  murder in the sedition, who was confined with those of the sedition. {15:8} And when the crowd had ascended, they began to petition him to do as he always did for them. {15:9} But Pilate answered them and said, “Do you  want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” {15:10} For he knew that it was out of envy that the leaders of the priests had betrayed him. {15:11} Then the chief priests incited the  crowd, so that he would release Barabbas to them instead.  {15:12} But  Pilate,  responding again, said to them: “Then  what  do you want me to do with the king of the  Jews?”  {15:13} But again they cried out, “Crucify him.” {15:14} Yet  truly, Pilate said to them: “Why? What evil has he done?”  But they cried out all the more, “Crucify him.” {15:15} Then  Pilate,  wishing to satisfy the people, released Barabbas to  them, and he delivered Jesus, having severely scourged him,  to be crucified. {15:16} Then the soldiers led him away to the  court of the praetorium. And they called together the entire cohort. {15:17} And they clothed him with  purple. And  platting a crown of thorns, they placed it on him. {15:18} And  they began to salute him: “Hail, king  of the  Jews.” {15:19} And they struck his head with a reed, and  they spit on him. And kneeling down, they reverenced him.  {15:20} And after they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple, and they clothed him in his own garments. And  they led him away, so that they  might  crucify him.  {15:21} And they compelled a certain passerby, Simon the Cyrenian, who was arriving from the countryside, the father  of Alexander and Rufus, to take up his cross. {15:22} And  they led him through to the  place called  Golgotha, which means, ‘the Place of Calvary.’ {15:23} And they gave him  wine with  myrrh to  drink. But he  did not  accept it.  {15:24} And while crucifying him, they divided his garments,  casting lots  over them, to see  who  would take what.  {15:25} Now it was the third hour. And they crucified him. {15:26} And the title of his case was written as: THE KING  OF THE JEWS. {15:27} And with him they crucified two  robbers:  one at his right, and the  other at his left.  {15:28} And  the scripture was  fulfilled, which says: “And  with the iniquitous he  was reputed.” {15:29} And the passersby blasphemed him, shaking their heads and saying, “Ah, you who would destroy the temple of God, and in three days rebuild it, {15:30} save yourself by descending from the  cross.” {15:31} And similarly the leaders of the  priests, mocking him with the scribes, said to one another: “He saved  others. He is not able to save himself. {15:32} Let the Christ, the king of Israel, descend now from the cross, so that we  may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him  also insulted him. {15:33} And when the sixth hour arrived, a darkness occurred over the entire earth, until the ninth hour. {15:34} And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani?” which means,  “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” {15:35} And some of those standing near, upon hearing this, said,  “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” {15:36} Then one of them, running and filling a sponge with vinegar, and placing  it around a reed, gave it to him to drink, saying: “Wait. Let  us see if Elijah will come to take him down.” {15:37} Then Jesus, having emitted a loud cry, expired. {15:38} And the  veil of the temple was torn in two, from the top to the bottom.  {15:39} Then the centurion who stood opposite him, seeing that he had expired while crying out in this way, said: “Truly,  this man was the Son of God.” {15:40} Now there were also  women watching from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome, {15:41} (and while he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him) and many other women, who had ascended along with him to Jerusalem.  {15:42} And when evening had now arrived (because it was the Preparation Day, which is before the Sabbath) {15:43} there arrived Joseph of Arimathea, a noble council member, who himself was also awaiting the kingdom of God. And he boldly entered to Pilate and petitioned for the body of Jesus. {15:44} But Pilate wondered if he had already died.  And  summoning a centurion,  he questioned  him as  to whether he was already dead. {15:45} And when he had been informed by  the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.  {15:46} Then Joseph, having bought a fine linen cloth, and  taking him down, wrapped him in the fine linen and laid him  in a sepulcher, which was hewn from a rock. And he rolled a stone to the entrance  of the tomb.  {15:47} Now Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph observed where  he was laid. 
[Mark 16] {16:1} And when the Sabbath had passed, Mary Magdalene, and  Mary the mother  of James, and Salome bought aromatic spices, so that when they arrived they could  anoint Jesus. {16:2} And very early in the morning, on the  first of the Sabbaths, they went to the tomb, the sun having  now risen. {16:3} And they said to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us, away from the entrance  of the  tomb?” {16:4} And looking, they saw  that the stone was rolled back. For certainly it was very large. {16:5} And upon entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right  side, covered with a white robe, and they were astonished.  {16:6} And he said to them, “Do not become frightened. You  are seeking Jesus of Nazareth, the Crucified One.  He has  risen. He is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him.  {16:7} But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is  going before you into Galilee. There you shall see him, just as he  told you.” {16:8} But they, going out, fled from the tomb.  For trembling and fear had overwhelmed them. And they  said nothing to anyone. For they were afraid. {16:9} But he,  rising early on the first  Sabbath,  appeared first to Mary  Magdalene,  from whom he had cast out seven demons. {16:10} She went and announced it to those who had been with him, while they  were mourning  and weeping. {16:11} And they, upon hearing that he was alive and that he  had been seen by her, did not believe it. {16:12} But after  these events,  he was shown in another  likeness to two  of  them walking, as they were going out to the countryside.  {16:13} And they, returning, reported it to the others; neither did they believe them. {16:14} Finally, he appeared to the  eleven, as they sat at table. And he rebuked them for their  incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen that he had risen  again. {16:15} And he said to them: “Go forth to the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature. {16:16} Whoever  will have believed and been baptized will be saved. Yet truly,  whoever  will not have  believed will be condemned. {16:17} Now these signs will accompany those who believe.  In my name, they shall cast out demons. They will speak in  new languages. {16:18} They will take  up serpents,  and, if  they drink anything deadly, it will not harm them. They shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they will be well.”  {16:19} And indeed, the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to  them, was taken up into heaven, and he sits at the right hand of God. {16:20} Then they, setting out, preached everywhere,  with the Lord cooperating and confirming the word by the  accompanying signs. 
** The Gospel of Luke **
[Luke 1] {1:1} Since, indeed, many have attempted to set in  order  a narrative of the things that have been completed among us, {1:2} just as they have been handed on to those of us who from the beginning saw the same and were ministers  of the word, {1:3} so it seemed good  to me also,  having diligently followed everything from the beginning, to write to  you, in  an  orderly manner, most excellent Theophilus,  {1:4} so that you might know the truthfulness of those words  by which you have been instructed. {1:5} There was, in the  days  of  Herod, king of Judea, a certain priest named  Zechariah, of the section of Abijah, and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. {1:6} Now  they were both just before God,  progressing in  all  of the  commandments and the justifications  of the Lord without  blame. {1:7} And they had no child, because Elizabeth was  barren, and  they both had become  advanced in years.  {1:8} Then it happened that, when he  was exercising the priesthood before God,  in the order of his section, {1:9} according to the custom of the priesthood, the lot fell so that he would offer incense, entering into the temple of the  Lord. {1:10} And the entire multitude of the people was praying outside, at the hour of incense. {1:11} Then there appeared to him an Angel of the Lord, standing at the right of  the altar of incense. {1:12} And upon seeing him, Zechariah  was disturbed, and fear fell over him. {1:13} But the Angel  said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer  has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth shall bear a son to you. And you shall call his name John. {1:14} And there will be joy and exultation for you, and many will rejoice in his nativity. {1:15} For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. {1:16} And he will convert many of the sons of Israel to the  Lord their God. {1:17} And he will go before him with the  spirit and power of Elijah, so that he may turn the hearts of  the fathers to the sons, and the incredulous to the prudence of the just, so as to prepare for the Lord a completed people.” {1:18} And Zechariah said to the Angel: “How may I know  this? For I am elderly, and my wife is advanced in years.”  {1:19} And in response, the Angel said to him: “I am Gabriel,  who stands before God, and I have been sent to speak to you,  and to proclaim these things to you. {1:20} And behold, you  will be silent and unable to speak, until the day on which these things  shall be, because you have not believed my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” {1:21} And the people were waiting for Zechariah. And they wondered why he was being delayed in the temple. {1:22} Then, when he  came out, he was unable to speak to them. And they realized  that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he was making  signs to them, but he remained mute. {1:23} And it happened  that, after the days  of his  office were completed, he went  away to his  house. {1:24} Then, after those days, his wife  Elizabeth conceived, and she hid herself for five months,  saying:  {1:25} “For the  Lord  did this for me, at the time  when he decided to take away my reproach among men.” {1:26} Then, in the sixth month, the Angel Gabriel was sent by God, to a city  of Galilee named Nazareth, {1:27} to a  virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary. {1:28} And upon entering, the Angel said to her: “Hail, full  of grace. The Lord  is with you.  Blessed are you among women.” {1:29} And when she had heard this, she was  disturbed by his words, and she considered what kind of greeting this might be. {1:30} And the Angel said to her: “Do  not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace with  God. {1:31} Behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and you shall bear a son, and you shall call his name:  JESUS.  {1:32} He will be great, and he will be called the Son of the  Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. And he will reign in the house of Jacob for eternity. {1:33} And his kingdom shall have no end.”  {1:34} Then Mary said to the Angel, “How shall this be done,  since I do not know man?” {1:35} And in response, the  Angel said to her: “The Holy Spirit will pass over you, and  the power of the Most High will  overshadow you. And  because of this also, the Holy One who will be born of you shall be called the Son  of God. {1:36} And behold, your cousin Elizabeth has herself also conceived a son, in her old  age. And this is the sixth month for her who is called barren.  {1:37} For no word  will  be impossible with God.”  {1:38} Then Mary said: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” And the Angel departed from her. {1:39} And in those days, Mary,  rising up, traveled quickly into the hill country, to a city of Judah. {1:40} And she entered into the house of Zechariah,  and she greeted Elizabeth. {1:41} And it happened that, as  Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the infant leaped in her  womb, and  Elizabeth was filled with the Holy  Spirit.  {1:42} And she cried out with a loud voice and said: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  {1:43} And how does this concern me, so that the mother of my Lord would come to me? {1:44} For behold, as the voice  of your  greeting came to my ears, the infant in my  womb leaped for joy. {1:45} And blessed are you who believed, for the things that were spoken to you by the Lord shall be  accomplished.” {1:46} And Mary said: “My soul magnifies  the Lord. {1:47} And my spirit leaps for joy  in God  my  Saviour. {1:48} For he has looked with favor on the humility  of his handmaid. For behold, from this time, all generations  shall call me  blessed. {1:49} For he  who is great has  done great things for me, and holy is his name. {1:50} And his mercy is from generation to generations for those who fear  him.  {1:51} He has accomplished powerful deeds  with his arm. He has scattered the arrogant in the intentions of their heart. {1:52} He has deposed the  powerful from their  seat,  and he has  exalted the humble. {1:53} He has filled the  hungry with  good things,  and the rich he has sent away empty. {1:54} He has taken up his servant Israel, mindful of  his mercy, {1:55} just as he spoke to our fathers: to Abraham  and to his offspring forever.” {1:56} Then Mary stayed with  her for about three months. And she returned to her own house. {1:57} Now the time for Elizabeth to give birth  arrived, and she brought forth a son. {1:58} And her  neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had magnified his  mercy with her, and so they congratulated her. {1:59} And it happened that, on the eighth day, they arrived to circumcise  the boy, and they called him by his father’s name, Zechariah.  {1:60} And in response, his mother said: “Not so. Instead, he  shall be called John.” {1:61} And they said to her, “But there  is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.” {1:62} Then they made signs to his father, as to  what he wanted  him to be called.  {1:63} And requesting a  writing tablet, he wrote, saying: “His name is John.” And they all wondered. {1:64} Then, at once, his mouth was opened, and  his tongue loosened, and he spoke, blessing God. {1:65} And fear fell upon all of their neighbors. And all these words were  made known throughout all the hill country of Judea.  {1:66} And all those who heard it stored it up in their heart, saying: “What do you think this boy will be?” And indeed,  the hand  of the Lord was with him. {1:67} And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit. And he prophesied,  saying: {1:68} “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel. For he has  visited and has wrought the redemption  of his  people. {1:69} And he has raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the  house  of David his servant, {1:70} just as he spoke by the  mouth  of his holy  Prophets, who are from  ages past:  {1:71} salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all  those who hate us, {1:72} to accomplish mercy with  our fathers, and to call to mind his holy testament, {1:73} the oath, which he swore to Abraham, our father, that he would grant to us, {1:74} so that, having been freed from the hand  of  our enemies, we  may serve him without fear, {1:75} in holiness and in justice before him, throughout all our days.  {1:76} And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High. For you will go before the face of the Lord: to prepare  his ways, {1:77} to give knowledge of salvation to his people for the remission of their sins, {1:78} through the heart of the mercy of our God, by which, descending from on high, he has visited us, {1:79} to illuminate those who sit in darkness  and in the shadow of death, and to direct our feet in the way of peace.”  {1:80} And the child grew, and he was  strengthened in spirit. And he was in the wilderness, until the  day of his manifestation to Israel. 
[Luke 2] {2:1} And it happened in those days that a decree went out from Caesar  Augustus, so that the whole world  would be enrolled. {2:2} This was the first enrollment; it was made by the ruler of Syria, Quirinius. {2:3} And all went to  be declared, each one to his own city. {2:4} Then Joseph also ascended from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, {2:5} in order to be declared, with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.  {2:6} Then it happened that, while they were there, the days were completed, so that she would give birth. {2:7} And she  brought forth her firstborn son.  And she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there  was no room for them  at the inn. {2:8} And there were  shepherds in the same region, being  vigilant and keeping  watch  in the night over their flock. {2:9} And behold,  an Angel  of the Lord stood near them,  and the brightness of God shone around them, and they were struck with a great  fear. {2:10} And the Angel said to them: “Do not be afraid.  For, behold, I proclaim to you a great joy, which will be for  all the people. {2:11} For today a Saviour has been born for  you in the city of David: he is Christ the Lord. {2:12} And  this will be a sign for you: you will find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying  in  a manger.” {2:13} And  suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the celestial  army, praising God and saying, {2:14} “Glory to God in the  highest, and on earth peace to men of good will.” {2:15} And  it happened that, when the Angels had departed from them  into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us cross  over to Bethlehem and see this word, which has happened,  which the Lord has revealed to us.” {2:16} And they went  quickly. And they found Mary and Joseph; and the infant was lying in a manger. {2:17} Then, upon seeing this, they  understood the word that had been spoken to them about this boy. {2:18} And all who heard it were amazed by this, and by those things which were told to them by the shepherds.  {2:19} But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her  heart. {2:20} And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen,  just as it was told to them. {2:21} And after eight days were  ended, so that the boy would be circumcised, his name was  called JESUS, just as he was called by the Angel before he was conceived in the womb. {2:22} And after the days of her purification were fulfilled, according to the law of Moses,  they brought him to Jerusalem, in order to present him to the  Lord, {2:23} just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “For every male opening the womb  shall be called holy to the Lord,” {2:24} and in order to offer a sacrifice, according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or  two young pigeons.” {2:25} And behold, there was a man in  Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was just  and God-fearing, awaiting the consolation of Israel. And the Holy Spirit  was with him. {2:26} And he had received an  answer from the Holy Spirit: that he would not see his own  death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. {2:27} And  he went with the Spirit to the temple. And when the child  Jesus was brought in by his parents, in order to act on his behalf according to the custom of the law, {2:28} he also took him up, into his  arms, and he blessed God and  said:  {2:29} “Now you may dismiss your servant in peace, O Lord,  according to your word. {2:30} For my eyes have seen your  salvation, {2:31} which you have prepared before the face of all peoples: {2:32} the light of revelation to the nations and  the glory of your people Israel.” {2:33} And his father and  mother were wondering  over these things,  which were  spoken about him. {2:34} And Simeon blessed them, and he said to his mother Mary: “Behold, this one has been set for  the ruin and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and as a  sign which will be contradicted. {2:35} And a sword will pass through your own soul, so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” {2:36} And there was a prophetess, Anna,  a daughter of Phanuel, from the tribe of Asher. She was very  advanced in years, and she had lived with her husband for  seven years from her  virginity. {2:37} And then she was a  widow, even to  her eighty-fourth year.  And without  departing from the temple, she was a servant to fasting and prayer, night and day. {2:38} And entering at the same hour, she confessed to the Lord. And she spoke about him to all  who were awaiting the redemption of Israel. {2:39} And after  they had performed all things according to the law of the  Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their city, Nazareth.  {2:40} Now the child grew, and he was strengthened with the fullness of wisdom.  And  the grace  of God was in him.  {2:41} And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the  time of the solemnity of Passover. {2:42} And when he had become twelve years  old, they ascended to Jerusalem,  according to the custom of the feast day. {2:43} And having completed the days,  when they returned, the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem. And his parents did not realize this.  {2:44} But, supposing that he was in the company, they went  a  day’s journey, seeking him among their relatives and  acquaintances. {2:45} And not finding him, they returned to  Jerusalem, seeking him. {2:46} And it happened that, after  three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, listening  to them and questioning them.  {2:47} But all who listened to him were astonished over his prudence  and his responses. {2:48} And upon seeing him,  they wondered. And his mother said to him: “Son, why have you acted this way toward us? Behold, your father and I were  seeking you in sorrow.” {2:49} And he said to them: “How is  it that you were seeking me? For did you not know that it is  necessary for me to be in these things which are  of my  Father?” {2:50} And they did not understand the word that  he spoke to them. {2:51} And he descended with them and  went to Nazareth. And he was subordinate to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. {2:52} And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and in age, and in grace, with God and  men. 
[Luke 3] {3:1} Then, in the fifteenth year of the reign  of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being procurator  of Judea,  and Herod tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch  of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and  Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, {3:2} under the high priests Annas and Caiaphas: the word  of the Lord came to John, the son  of Zechariah, in the wilderness. {3:3} And he went into the  entire region of the Jordan, preaching a baptism  of repentance for the remission of sins, {3:4} just as it has been written in the book of the sermons  of the prophet Isaiah:  “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight his paths. {3:5} Every valley  shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low. And what is crooked shall be made straight. And the rough paths shall be made into level ways. {3:6} And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” {3:7} Therefore, he said to the crowd that went out in order to be baptized by him: “You progeny of vipers! Who told you to flee from the approaching  wrath? {3:8} So then, produce fruits worthy of repentance.  And do not begin to say, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’  For I tell you that God has the power to raise up sons to Abraham from these stones. {3:9} For even now the axe has  been placed at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that does not produce good fruit shall be cut down and cast into  the fire.” {3:10} And the crowed was questioning him, saying, “What then should we do?” {3:11} But in response, he said  to them: “Whoever has two coats, let him give to those who  do not have. And whoever has food, let him act similarly.” {3:12} Now the tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” {3:13} But he said to them, “You should do nothing more than what has  been appointed to you.” {3:14} Then the soldiers also  questioned him, saying, “And what should we do?” And he  said to them: “You should strike no one, and you should not make false accusations. And be  content with your  pay.”  {3:15} Now all were thinking about John in their hearts, and  the people were supposing that perhaps he might be the Christ. {3:16} John responded by saying to everyone:  “Indeed, I baptize you with water. But there will arrive one  stronger than me, the laces of whose shoes I am not worthy  to loosen. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit, and with  fire. {3:17} His winnowing fan is in his hand. And he will  purify his threshing floor. And he will gather the wheat into the barn. But the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”  {3:18} Indeed, he also  proclaimed many  other things,  exhorting the people. {3:19} But Herod the tetrarch, when he  was corrected by him concerning Herodias, his brother’s wife, and concerning  all the evils that Herod had  done,  {3:20} added this also, above all else: that he confined John  to prison. {3:21} Now it happened that, when all the people  were being baptized, Jesus was baptized; and  as he was praying, heaven was opened. {3:22} And the Holy Spirit, in a corporal appearance like a dove, descended upon him. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my beloved Son. In you, I  am well pleased.” {3:23} And Jesus himself was beginning to  be about thirty years old, being (as it was supposed) the son  of Joseph, who was of Heli, who was of Matthat, {3:24} who  was of Levi, who was of Melchi, who was of Jannai, who  was of Joseph, {3:25} who was of Mattathias, who was of  Amos, who was of Nahum, who was of Esli, who was of Naggai, {3:26} who was of Maath, who was of Mattathias, who was of Semein, who was of Josech, who was of Joda, {3:27} who was of Joanan, who was of Rhesa, who was of Zerubbabel,  who  was of Shealtiel, who  was of Neri,  {3:28} who was of Melchi, who was of Addi, who was of Cosam, who was of Elmadam, who was of Er, {3:29} who  was of Joshua, who was of Eliezer, who was of Jorim, who  was of Matthat, who was of Levi, {3:30} who was of Simeon, who was of Judah, who was of Joseph, who was of Jonam, who was of Eliakim, {3:31} who was of Melea, who was of Menna, who was of Mattatha, who was of Nathan, who was  of David, {3:32} who was of Jesse, who was of Obed, who  was  of  Boaz, who  was of Salmon, who  was of Nahshon, {3:33} who was of Amminadab, who was of Aram, who was  of Hezron, who was of Perez, who was of Judah, {3:34} who  was of Jacob, who was of Isaac, who was of Abraham, who was of Terah, who was of Nahor, {3:35} who was of Serug,  who was of Reu, who was of Peleg, who was of Eber, who  was  of Shelah, {3:36} who  was of Cainan, who  was  of  Arphaxad, who was of Shem, who was Of Noah, who was of Lamech, {3:37} who was of Methuselah, who was of Enoch, who was of Jared, who was of Mahalalel, who was of Cainan, {3:38} who was of Enos, who was of Seth, who was of Adam, who was of God. 
[Luke 4] {4:1} And Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit,  returned from the Jordan. And  he was urged by the Spirit into the wilderness {4:2} for forty days, and he was tested by  the devil. And he ate nothing in those days. And when they  were completed, he was hungry. {4:3} Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, speak to this stone, so that it  may be made into bread.” {4:4} And Jesus answered him, “It  is written: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’  ” {4:5} And the devil led him onto a high mountain, and he showed him all the kingdoms of the world  in a moment of time, {4:6} and he said to him: “To you, I will give all this power, and its glory. For they have been  handed over to me, and I give them to whomever I wish.  {4:7} Therefore, if you will worship before  me, all will be  yours.” {4:8} And in response, Jesus said to him:  “It is written: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall  serve him alone.’ ” {4:9} And he brought him to Jerusalem,  and he set him on the parapet of the temple, and he said to  him: “If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here. {4:10} For  it is written that he has given his Angels  charge over you, so that they may guard you, {4:11} and so that they may take you into their hands, lest perhaps you may  hurt your foot against a stone.” {4:12} And in response, Jesus  said to him, “It is said: ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your  God.’ ” {4:13} And when all the temptation was completed, the devil withdrew from him, until a time. {4:14} And Jesus returned, in the power of the Spirit, into Galilee. And  his  fame spread  throughout the entire region. {4:15} And he  taught in their synagogues, and he was  magnified by everyone. {4:16} And he  went to Nazareth, where he had  been raised. And he entered into the synagogue, according to his custom, on the Sabbath day. And  he rose up to read.  {4:17} And the book of the prophet Isaiah  was handed to him. And as he unrolled the book, he found the place where  it was written: {4:18} “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me;  because of this, he has anointed me. He has sent me to  evangelize the poor, to heal the contrite of heart, {4:19} to  preach forgiveness to captives and sight to the blind, to  release the broken into forgiveness, to preach the acceptable year of the  Lord and the day of retribution.” {4:20} And  when he had rolled up the book, he returned it to the minister, and he sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him. {4:21} Then he began to say to them, “On this day, this scripture has been fulfilled  in your hearing.”  {4:22} And everyone gave testimony to him. And they  wondered at  the words  of grace that  proceeded from his  mouth. And  they said,  “Is this not the son of Joseph?”  {4:23} And he said to them: “Certainly, you will recite to me  this saying, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ The many great things  that we have heard were done in Capernaum, do here also in your own country.” {4:24} Then he said: “Amen I say to you, that no prophet is accepted  in his own country.  {4:25} In  truth, I say to you, there were many widows in the days of Elijah in Israel, when the heavens were closed for three years  and six months, when a great famine had  occurred  throughout the entire land. {4:26} And to none of these was Elijah sent, except to Zarephath of Sidon, to a woman who  was a widow. {4:27} And there were many lepers in Israel  under the prophet Elisha. And none of these was cleansed,  except Naaman the Syrian.” {4:28} And all those  in the synagogue, upon hearing these things, were filled with anger.  {4:29} And they rose up and drove him beyond the city. And  they brought him all the way to the edge of the mount, upon which their city had been built, so that they might thrown him down violently. {4:30} But passing through their midst,  he went away. {4:31} And he descended to Capernaum, a  city of Galilee. And there he taught them on the Sabbaths. {4:32} And they were astonished at his doctrine, for his word was spoken  with authority. {4:33} And in the synagogue,  there was a man who had an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, {4:34} saying: “Let us alone. What are  we to you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?  I know you who you are: the Holy One of God.” {4:35} And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and depart from him.” And when the demon had thrown him into their midst, he departed from him, and he no longer harmed him.  {4:36} And fear fell over them all. And they discussed this  among themselves, saying: “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and  they depart.” {4:37} And his fame spread to every place in  the region. {4:38} Then Jesus, rising up from the synagogue,  entered into the house of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law  was in the grip of a severe fever. And they petitioned him on her behalf. {4:39} And standing over her, he commanded the  fever, and it left her. And promptly rising up, she ministered to them. {4:40} Then, when the sun had set, all those who  had anyone afflicted with various diseases brought them to  him. Then, laying his hands on each one of them, he cured  them. {4:41} Now  demons departed from many of them, crying  out and saying, “You  are the son of God.”  And  rebuking them, he would not permit them to speak. For they  knew him to be the Christ. {4:42} Then, when it was daytime,  going  out, he went to a deserted place. And the crowds  sought him,  and they  went all the way to him.  And they  detained him, so that he would not depart from  them. {4:43} And he said to them, “I must also preach the kingdom  of God to other cities, because it was for this reason that I was sent.” {4:44} And he was preaching in the synagogues of  Galilee. 
[Luke 5] {5:1} Now  it happened that, when the crowds pressed toward him, so that they might hear the word of God, he was standing beside the lake of Genesaret. {5:2} And he saw two boats standing beside the lake. But the fishermen  had climbed  down, and they  were  washing their nets.  {5:3} And so, climbing into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, he asked him to draw back a little from the land. And sitting  down, he taught the crowds from the boat.  {5:4} Then, when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, “Lead us into deep water, and release your nets for a catch.”  {5:5} And in response, Simon said to him: “Teacher,  working throughout the night, we  caught nothing. But on your word, I will release the net.” {5:6} And when they had  done this, they enclosed such a copious multitude of fish that their net was rupturing. {5:7} And they signaled to their associates, who were in the other boat, so that they would  come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so  that they  were nearly submerged. {5:8} But when Simon Peter had seen this, he fell down at the knees of Jesus, saying,  “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” {5:9} For astonishment had enveloped him, and all who were with him,  at the catch of fish that they had taken. {5:10} Now the same  was true of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were  associates of Simon. And Jesus said to Simon: “Do not be afraid. From now on, you will be catching men.” {5:11} And  having led their boats to land, leaving behind everything, they  followed him. {5:12} And it happened that, while he was in a  certain  city,  behold, there was a man full of leprosy who, upon seeing  Jesus and falling to his face,  petitioned him,  saying: “Lord, if you are willing, you are able to cleanse me.”  {5:13} And extending his hand, he touched him, saying: “I am willing. Be cleansed.” And at once, the leprosy departed from him. {5:14} And he instructed him that he should tell  no one, “But go, show yourself to the priest, and make the  offering for your cleansing, just as Moses has commanded, as a testimony for them.” {5:15} Yet word of him traveled  around all the more. And great crowds came together, so that  they might listen and be cured by him from their infirmities.  {5:16} And  he withdrew into the desert and prayed.  {5:17} And it happened, on a certain day, that he again sat down, teaching. And there were Pharisees and doctors of the  law sitting nearby, who had come from every town of Galilee  and Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was  present, to heal them. {5:18} And behold, some men were  carrying in the bed of a man who was paralyzed. And they  sought a way to bring him in, and to place him before him. {5:19} And not finding a way by which they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they climbed up to the roof, and  they let him down through the roof tiles with his bed, into their midst, in front of Jesus. {5:20} And when he saw his faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” {5:21} And  the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: “Who is this, who is speaking blasphemies? Who is able to forgive sins,  except God  alone?” {5:22} But when Jesus realized their  thoughts, responding, he said to them: “What  are you  thinking in your hearts? {5:23} Which is easier to say: ‘Your  sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up  and  walk?’ {5:24} But so that you may know that the Son of man has  authority on earth to forgive sins,” he said to the paralytic, “I say to you to: Rise up, take up your bed, and go into your house.” {5:25} And at once, rising up in their sight, he took up the bed on which he was lying, and he went away to his own house, magnifying God. {5:26} And astonishment took  hold of everyone, and they were magnifying God. And they  were filled with fear, saying:  “For we have seen miracles  today.” {5:27} And after these things, he went out, and he saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the customs office.  And he said to him, “Follow me.” {5:28} And leaving behind everything, rising up, he  followed him. {5:29} And Levi  made a great feast for him in his own house. And there was a  large crowd of tax collectors and others, who were sitting at  table with them. {5:30} But the Pharisees and scribes  were  murmuring, saying to his disciples,  “Why do you eat and  drink with tax collectors and sinners?” {5:31} And  responding, Jesus said to them: “It is not those who are well  who need a doctor, but those who have maladies. {5:32} I have not come to call the just, but sinners to repentance.”  {5:33} But they said to him, “Why do the disciples of John  fast  frequently, and make supplications, and  those of the Pharisees act similarly,  while yours eat and  drink?”  {5:34} And he said to them: “How can you cause the sons of the groom to fast,  while the groom  is still with  them?  {5:35} But the days will come when the groom will be taken  away from them, and then they will fast, in those  days.” {5:36} Then he also made a comparison for them: “For no one sews a patch from a new garment onto an old garment.  Otherwise, he both disrupts the new one, and the patch from the new one does not join together with the old one. {5:37} And no one puts  new wine into old  wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine ruptures the wineskins, and it will be poured out, and the wineskins will be lost. {5:38} Instead,  the new wine is put into new wineskins, and both are  preserved. {5:39} And no one who is drinking the old, soon wishes for the new. For he says, ‘The old is better.’ ”  [Luke 6] {6:1} Now it happened that,  on the second first Sabbath, as he passed through the grain field, his disciples were separating the ears of grain and eating them, by rubbing  them in their hands. {6:2} Then certain Pharisees said to  them, “Why are you  doing what is  not lawful on the Sabbaths?” {6:3} And responding to them, Jesus said: “Have you not read this, what David did when he was hungry, and  those who  were with him? {6:4} How he entered into the  house of God, and took the bread of the Presence, and ate it,  and gave it to those who  were with him, though it is not  lawful for anyone to eat it, except the priests  alone?”  {6:5} And he said to them, “For the Son of man is Lord,  even of the Sabbath.” {6:6} And it happened that, on another  Sabbath, he entered into the synagogue, and he taught. And there was a  man there, and his right  hand  was  withered.  {6:7} And the scribes and Pharisees observed whether he  would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might thereby find an  accusation against  him. {6:8} Yet truly, he knew their  thoughts, and so he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Rise up and stand in the middle.” And rising up, he stood still. {6:9} Then Jesus said to them: “I ask you if it is lawful on the Sabbaths to do good, or to do evil? To give health to a life, or to destroy it?” {6:10} And looking around at everyone, he said to the man, “Extend your hand.” And he  extended it.  And his hand was restored.  {6:11} Then they  were filled  with madness, and they  discussed with  one another, what, in  particular, they might do about  Jesus. {6:12} And it happened that, in those days, he went out to a mountain to pray. And  he was in the prayer  of God  throughout the night. {6:13} And when daylight had arrived,  he called his disciples.  And he chose twelve out of them (whom he  also named Apostles): {6:14} Simon, whom he  surnamed Peter, and Andrew his brother, James and John,  Philip and  Bartholomew, {6:15} Matthew and Thomas, James of Alphaeus, and Simon  who is called the Zealot,  {6:16} and Jude of James, and Judas  Iscariot, who  was a traitor. {6:17} And descending with them, he stood in a level  place with a multitude  of his disciples, and a  copious multitude of people from all of Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast, and Tyre and Sidon, {6:18} who had come so that they might listen to him and be healed of their diseases. And  those who were troubled  by unclean spirits were cured. {6:19} And the entire crowd  was trying to touch him,  because power went out from him and healed all. {6:20} And  lifting up his eyes to his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you  poor, for yours is the kingdom  of God. {6:21} Blessed  are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed  are you who are weeping now, for you shall laugh. {6:22} Blessed shall you be when men will have hated you, and when they will have separated you and reproached you,  and thrown out your name as if evil, because of the Son of  man. {6:23} Be glad in that day and exult. For behold, your reward is great in heaven. For these same things their fathers did to the prophets. {6:24} Yet truly,  woe to you  who are wealthy, for you have your consolation. {6:25} Woe to you  who are satisfied, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who  laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. {6:26} Woe to you  when men will have blessed you. For these same things their  fathers did to the false prophets. {6:27} But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. {6:28} Bless  those who  curse you, and pray for those  who slander you. {6:29} And to him who strikes you on the  cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your coat,  do not withhold even your tunic. {6:30} But distribute to all who ask of you. And do not ask again of him  who takes away what is  yours. {6:31} And exactly  as you would want people to treat you, treat them also the same.  {6:32} And if you love those who love  you,  what  credit is due to you?  For even sinners love those who love them. {6:33} And if you will do good to those who do good to you, what credit is due to you? Indeed, even sinners behave this  way. {6:34} And if you will loan to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is due to you? For even sinners  lend to sinners, in  order  to receive the same  in return.  {6:35} So truly, love your enemies. Do good, and lend,  hoping for nothing in return. And then your reward will be  great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is  kind to the ungrateful and to the wicked. {6:36} Therefore, be  merciful, just as your Father is also merciful. {6:37} Do not  judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be  condemned. Forgive,  and you  will be forgiven. {6:38} Give,  and it  will be given to you: a good measure,  pressed down and shaken together and overflowing, they will  place upon your lap. Certainly, the same measure that you use to measure out, will be used to measure back to you  again.” {6:39} Now he told them another comparison: “How can the blind lead the blind? Would they not both fall into a  pit? {6:40} The disciple is not above his teacher. But each one will be perfected, if he is like his teacher. {6:41} And why do  you see the straw that is in your brother’s eye, while the log  that is in your own eye, you do not consider? {6:42} Or how  can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, allow me to remove  the straw from your eye,’ while you yourself do not see the log  in your  own eye? Hypocrite, first remove the log from your own eye, and then will you see clearly, so that you may  lead out the straw from your brother’s eye. {6:43} For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor does an evil tree  produce good fruit. {6:44} For each and every tree is known  by its fruit. For they do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather the grape from the bramble bush. {6:45} A good man, from the good storehouse of his  heart, offers  what is  good. And an evil man, from the evil storehouse, offers what  is evil. For  out of the  abundance of the heart, the mouth  speaks. {6:46} But why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not  do what I say? {6:47} Anyone who comes to me, and listens  to my words, and does them: I will reveal to you what he is like. {6:48} He is like a man building a house, who has dug  deep and has laid the foundation upon the rock. Then, when  the floodwaters came, the river was rushing against that  house, and it was not able to move it. For it was founded  upon the rock. {6:49} But whoever hears and does not do: he is like a man building his house upon  the soil, without a foundation. The river rushed against it, and it soon fell down, and the ruin of that house was great.” 
[Luke 7] {7:1} And when he had completed all his words in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. {7:2} Now  the servant of a certain centurion was dying, due to an illness.  And he was very dear to him. {7:3} And when he had heard  about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, petitioning  him, so that he would come and heal his servant. {7:4} And  when they had come to Jesus, they petitioned him anxiously,  saying to him: “He is worthy that you should provide this to him. {7:5} For he loves our nation,  and he has  built a  synagogue for us.” {7:6} Then Jesus went with them. And  when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent  friends to him, saying: “Lord, do not trouble yourself. For I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof.  {7:7} Because of this, I also did not consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant shall be  healed. {7:8} For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;  and to another, ‘Come,’ and he  comes; and to my  servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” {7:9} And upon hearing this, Jesus was amazed. And turning to the multitude following him, he said, “Amen I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” {7:10} And those who  had been sent, upon returning to the house, found that the  servant, who had been sick, was now healthy. {7:11} And it happened afterwards that he went to a city, which is called  Nain. And his disciples, and an abundant crowd, went with  him. {7:12} Then, when he had drawn near to the gate of the  city, behold,  a deceased person was being carried  out, the  only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. {7:13} And when the Lord  had seen her, being moved by mercy over her, he said to her,  “Do not weep.” {7:14} And he drew near and touched the coffin.  Then those who carried it stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” {7:15} And the dead youth  sat up and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.  {7:16} Then fear fell over all of them. And they magnified  God, saying: “For a great prophet has risen up among us,”  and, “For God has visited his people.” {7:17} And this word about him  went out to all  of Judea and to the entire surrounding region. {7:18} And  the disciples  of John reported to him concerning all these things. {7:19} And John called two of his disciples, and he sent them to Jesus, saying,  “Are you he who is to come, or should we wait for another?”  {7:20} But when the men had come to him, they said: “John  the Baptist has sent us to you, saying: ‘Are you he who is to come, or should we wait for another?’ ” {7:21} Now in that same hour, he cured many of their diseases and wounds and  evil spirits;  and to  many of the blind, he gave sight.  {7:22} And responding, he said to them: “Go and report to  John what you have heard and seen: that the blind see, the  lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead  rise again, the poor are evangelized. {7:23} And blessed is  anyone who has not taken offense at me.” {7:24} And when  the messengers of John had withdrawn, he began to speak about John to the crowds. “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind? {7:25} Then what did you  go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, those  who are in costly apparel and finery are in the houses of kings.  {7:26} Then  what did you go out to see? A prophet?  Certainly, I tell you, and more than a prophet. {7:27} This is he of whom it is written: “Behold, I send my Angel before your face, who shall prepare your way before you.”  {7:28} For I say to you, among those born of women, no one is greater than the prophet John the Baptist. But he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” {7:29} And upon hearing this,  all the people and the tax  collectors justified God, by being baptized  with the baptism of John. {7:30} But the Pharisees and the experts in the law despised the counsel of God concerning themselves, by not being  baptized by him. {7:31} Then the Lord said: “Therefore, to  what shall I compare the  men of this  generation? And to what are they similar? {7:32} They are like children sitting in  the marketplace, talking with one another, and saying: ‘We sang to you, and you did not dance. We lamented, and you did not  weep.’ {7:33} For John the Baptist came, neither  eating bread  nor drinking  wine,  and you say,  ‘He has a  demon.’ {7:34} The Son of man came, eating and drinking,  and you say, ‘Behold, a voracious man and a drinker of wine, a friend of tax collectors and of sinners.’ {7:35} But wisdom is justified by all her children.” {7:36} Then certain Pharisees petitioned him, so that they might eat with him. And he went  into the house of the Pharisee, and he reclined at table.  {7:37} And behold, a woman who was in the city, a sinner, found out that he was reclining at table in the house of the Pharisee, so she brought an alabaster container of ointment.  {7:38} And standing behind him, beside his feet, she began to wash his feet with tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head, and she kissed his feet, and she anointed them with  ointment. {7:39} Then the Pharisee, who had invited him, upon seeing this, spoke within himself, saying, “This man, if  he were a prophet, would certainly know who and what kind  of woman is this, who is touching him: that she is a sinner.”  {7:40} And in response, Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have  something to say to you.” So he said, “Speak, Teacher.”  {7:41} “A certain creditor  had two  debtors:  one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. {7:42} And since they did not have the ability to repay him, he forgave them both.  So then, which of them loves him more?” {7:43} In response,  Simon said, “I suppose that it is he to whom he forgave the most.”  And  he said to him,  “You have judged correctly.” {7:44} And turning to the woman, he  said to  Simon: “Do  you see this woman? I entered into your house. You gave me  no water for my feet. But she has washed my feet with tears,  and has wiped them with her hair. {7:45} You gave no kiss to  me. But she, from the time that she entered, has not ceased to  kiss my feet. {7:46} You did not anoint my head with oil. But  she has anointed my feet with ointment. {7:47} Because of this, I tell you: many sins are forgiven her, because she has  loved  much. But  he who  is forgiven less, loves  less.”  {7:48} Then  he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven you.”  {7:49} And those who sat at table  with him began to say  within themselves, “Who  is this,  who  even forgives sins?”  {7:50} Then he said to the woman: “Your faith has brought  you salvation. Go in peace.” 
[Luke 8] {8:1} And it happened afterwards that he was making a journey through the  cities and towns,  preaching  and evangelizing the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, {8:2} along with certain women who  had  been  healed of evil spirits  and  infirmities: Mary, who is  called  Magdalene,  from whom seven demons had  departed, {8:3} and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many other women, who were ministering to  him from their resources. {8:4} Then, when a very numerous crowd was gathering together and hurrying from the cities to him, he spoke using a comparison: {8:5} “The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell beside the  way; and it was trampled and the birds of the air devoured it.  {8:6} And some fell upon rock; and having sprung up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. {8:7} And some fell among thorns; and the thorns, rising up with it, suffocated it. {8:8} And some fell upon good soil; and having  sprung up, it produced fruit one hundredfold.” As he said these things, he cried out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let him  hear.” {8:9} Then his disciples questioned him as to what this  parable might mean. {8:10} And he said to them: “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God. But to the rest, it is in parables, so that: seeing, they may not  perceive, and hearing, they may not understand. {8:11} Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. {8:12} And those beside the way are those who hear it, but then the devil  comes and takes the word from their heart, lest by believing it  they may be saved. {8:13} Now those upon rock are those who, when they hear it, accept the word with joy, but these  have no roots. So they believe for a time, but in a time of testing, they fall away. {8:14} And those which fell among  thorns are those who have heard it, but as they go along, they  are suffocated by the concerns and riches and pleasures of this life,  and so they do  not yield fruit. {8:15} But those which were on good soil are those who, upon hearing the  word with a good and noble heart, retain it, and they bring forth fruit in patience. {8:16} Now no one, lighting a candle, covers it with a container, or sets it under a bed. Instead, he places it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. {8:17} For there is nothing secret, which will not be  made clear, nor is there anything hidden, which will not be  known and be brought into plain sight. {8:18} Therefore, take  care how you listen. For whoever has, it will be given to him;  and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will  be taken away from him.” {8:19} Then his mother and  brothers came to him; but they were not able to go to him because of the crowd. {8:20} And it was reported to him, “Your mother and your  brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” {8:21} And in response, he said to them,  “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” {8:22} Now it happened, on a certain day, that he climbed into a little boat with his disciples. And he said to them, “Let us make a crossing over the lake.” And  they embarked. {8:23} And as they  were sailing, he slept.  And a windstorm descended over the lake. And they were taking on water and were in danger. {8:24} Then, drawing near, they  awakened him, saying,  “Teacher,  we are perishing.” But as he rose up, he rebuked the wind and the raging water, and they ceased. And a tranquility occurred.  {8:25} Then  he said to them, “Where  is your faith?” And  they, being  afraid, were amazed, saying to  one another, “Who do you think this is, so that he commands both wind  and sea, and they obey him?” {8:26} And they sailed to the  region of the Gerasenes, which  is opposite Galilee.  {8:27} And when he had gone out to the land, a certain man  met him, who had now had a demon for a long time. And he  did not wear clothes, nor did he stay in a house, but among the sepulchers. {8:28} And when he saw Jesus, he fell down  before him. And crying out in a loud voice, he said: “What is there between me and you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you not to torture me.” {8:29} For he was ordering the  unclean spirit to  depart from the man. For on many  occasions, it would seize him, and he was bound with chains  and held by fetters. But breaking the chains, he was driven by  the demon into deserted places. {8:30} Then Jesus  questioned him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said,  “Legion,” because  many demons had entered into him.  {8:31} And they petitioned him not to order them to go into the abyss. {8:32} And in that place, there was a herd of many swine, pasturing on the mountain. And they petitioned him  to permit them to enter into them. And he permitted them.  {8:33} Therefore, the demons departed from  the man,  and they entered into the swine. And the herd rushed violently down a  precipice into the lake, and they were drowned. {8:34} And when those who were pasturing them had seen  this, they fled and reported it in the city and the villages.  {8:35} Then they went out to see what was happening, and  they came to Jesus. And they found the man, from whom the demons had departed, sitting at his feet, clothed as well as in a sane mind, and they were afraid. {8:36} Then those who  had seen this also reported to them how he had been healed from the legion. {8:37} And the entire multitude from the  region  of the Gerasenes pleaded with  him to depart from  them. For they were seized by a great fear. Then, climbing into the boat, he went back again. {8:38} And the man from whom the demons had departed pleaded with him, so that he might be with him. But Jesus sent  him away, saying,  {8:39} “Return to your house and explain to them what great  things God has done for you.” And he traveled through the  entire city,  preaching  about the great things that Jesus had  done for him. {8:40} Now it happened that, when Jesus had  returned, the crowd received him. For they were all waiting  for him. {8:41} And behold, a man came, whose name was  Jairus, and he was a leader of the synagogue. And  he fell  down at the feet of Jesus, asking him to enter into his house.  {8:42} For he had an only daughter, nearly twelve years old,  and she was dying. And it happened that, as he was going there, he was hemmed in by the crowd. {8:43} And there was  a certain woman, with a flow of blood for twelve years, who  had paid  out all her substance  on  physicians, and she was unable to be cured by any of them. {8:44} She approached him from behind, and she touched the hem of his garment.  And at once the flow of her blood stopped. {8:45} And Jesus  said, “Who is it that touched me?” But as everyone was denying it,  Peter, and those who were with him, said: “Teacher, the crowd hems you in and presses upon you, and  yet you say,  ‘Who touched me?’  ” {8:46} And Jesus said:  “Someone has touched me. For I know that power has gone  out from me.” {8:47} Then the woman, upon seeing that she  was not hidden, came forward, trembling, and she fell down before his feet. And she  declared before all the  people the  reason that she had touched him, and  how she had been immediately healed. {8:48} But he said to her: “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” {8:49} While he was still speaking, someone came to the ruler of the synagogue,  saying to him: “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble him.” {8:50} Then  Jesus, upon hearing this  word, replied to the father of the girl: “Do not be afraid. Only believe, and she will be saved.” {8:51} And when he had arrived at the house,  he would not permit anyone to enter with him, except Peter and James and John, and the father and mother of the girl.  {8:52} Now all were weeping and mourning for her. But he  said: “Do not weep. The girl is not dead, but only sleeping.”  {8:53} And they derided  him, knowing that she had  died. {8:54} But he, taking her  by the hand, cried  out, saying,  “Little girl, arise.” {8:55} And her spirit returned, and she  immediately rose up.  And he ordered them to give her  something to eat. {8:56} And her  parents were stupefied. And he instructed them not to tell anyone what had  happened. 
[Luke 9] {9:1} Then calling together the twelve Apostles, he  gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. {9:2} And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the infirm. {9:3} And he said to them: “You should take nothing for  the  journey, neither staff, nor traveling bag, nor  bread, nor money;  and you should not have two tunics.  {9:4} And  into whatever house you shall  enter, lodge  there, and do not move away from there. {9:5} And  whoever will not  have received you, upon departing from that city, shake off even the dust on your feet, as a testimony against them.” {9:6} And going forth, they  traveled around, through the towns, evangelizing and curing  everywhere. {9:7} Now  Herod the tetrarch heard about all  the things that were being done by him, but he doubted,  because it was said {9:8} by some, “For John has risen from  the dead,” yet truly, by others, “For Elijah has appeared,” and by still others, “For one of the prophets from of old has  risen  again.” {9:9} And Herod  said: “I beheaded John. So then, who is this, about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him. {9:10} And when the Apostles returned,  they explained to him all the things that they had done. And taking them with him, he withdrew to a deserted place apart,  which belongs to Bethsaida. {9:11} But when the crowd had  realized this, they followed him. And he received them and  spoke to them about the kingdom of God. And those who  were in need of cures, he healed. {9:12} Then the day began to decline.  And  drawing near, the twelve said to him: “Dismiss the crowds, so that, by going into the surrounding towns and villages, they may separate and find food. For we are here in a deserted place.” {9:13} But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said, “There is with us no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps  we are to go and buy food for this entire multitude.” {9:14} Now there were about five thousand men. So he said  to his disciples, “Have them recline to eat in groups of fifty.” {9:15} And they did so. And they caused them all to recline  to eat. {9:16} Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish,  he gazed up to heaven,  and he blessed and broke and distributed them to his disciples, in order to set them before  the crowd. {9:17} And they all ate and were satisfied. And  twelve baskets of fragments were taken up, which were left  over from them. {9:18} And it happened that, when he was praying alone, his disciples also were  with him,  and he  questioned them, saying: “Who do the multitudes say that I  am?” {9:19} But they answered by saying: “John the Baptist. But some say Elijah. Yet truly, others say that one of the  prophets from before has risen again.” {9:20} Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” In response, Simon  Peter said, “The Christ of God.” {9:21} But speaking sharply  to them, he instructed them not to  tell this to anyone,  {9:22} saying, “For the Son of man must suffer many things,  and be rejected by the elders and the leaders of the priests and  the scribes, and be killed, and on the third day rise again.”  {9:23} Then  he said to everyone: “If anyone is  willing to  come after me: let him deny himself, and take up his cross every day,  and follow me. {9:24} For whoever will have saved his life, will lose it. Yet whoever will have lost his life for  my sake, will save it. {9:25} For  how  does it benefit a  man, if he were to gain the whole world, yet lose himself, or cause himself harm? {9:26} For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words: of him the Son of man will be ashamed,  when he will have  arrived in his majesty and that  of his  Father and of the holy Angels. {9:27} And yet, I tell you a  truth: There are some standing here who shall not taste death,  until they see the kingdom of God.” {9:28} And it happened that, about eight days after these words, he took Peter and James and John, and he ascended onto a mountain, so that  he might pray. {9:29} And while he was praying, the  appearance of his countenance was altered, and his vestment  became white and shining. {9:30} And behold, two men were  talking with him.  And  these were  Moses and  Elijah,  appearing in majesty. {9:31} And they spoke of his departure, which he would accomplish at Jerusalem. {9:32} Yet truly,  Peter and those who were with him were weighed down by sleep. And becoming alert, they saw his majesty and the two men who were standing with him. {9:33} And it happened  that, as these were departing from him, Peter said to Jesus:  “Teacher, it is good for us to be here. And so, let us make  three tabernacles: one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what he was saying. 
{9:34} Then, as  he was saying these things,  a  cloud came and overshadowed them. And as these were entering into the  cloud, they were afraid. {9:35} And a voice came from the  cloud, saying: “This  is my beloved son. Listen to  him.”  {9:36} And  while the  voice was being uttered, Jesus was found to be alone. And they were silent and told no one, in those days,  any  of these things,  which they had seen. {9:37} But it  happened on the following day that,  as they  were descending from the mountain, a great crowd met him.  {9:38} And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, saying, “Teacher, I beg you, look kindly on my son, for he is my only  son. {9:39} And behold, a spirit takes hold of him, and he suddenly cries out, and it throws him down and convulses  him, so that  he foams. And though  it tears him  apart, it leaves him  only with difficulty. {9:40} And I asked your  disciples to cast him out, and they were unable.” {9:41} And  in response, Jesus said: “O unfaithful and perverse generation! How long will I be with you and endure you? Bring your son  here.” {9:42} And as  he was approaching him, the  demon threw him  down and convulsed him. {9:43} And Jesus  rebuked the unclean spirit, and he healed the boy, and he  restored him to his father. {9:44} And all were astonished at the greatness of God. And as everyone was wondering over  all that he was doing, he said to his disciples: “You must set these words in your hearts. For it shall be that the Son of man  will be delivered into the hands of men.” {9:45} But they did  not understood this word, and it was concealed from them,  so that they  did not  perceive it. And they were afraid to question him about this word. {9:46} Now an idea entered  into them, as to which of them was greater. {9:47} But Jesus, perceiving the thoughts of their hearts, took a child and stood  him beside him. {9:48} And he said to them: “Whoever will  receive this child in my name, receives me; and  whoever  receives me, receives him who sent me. For whoever is the  lesser among you all, the same is greater.” {9:49} And  responding, John said: “Teacher, we saw a certain  one  casting out demons in your name. And we prohibited him, for he does not follow with us.” {9:50} And Jesus said to him:  “Do not prohibit him. For whoever is not against you, is for you.”  {9:51} Now it happened that,  while the days of his  dissipation were being completed, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem. {9:52} And he sent messengers before his face. And going on, they entered into a city of the Samaritans,  to prepare for him. {9:53} And they would not receive him,  because his face  was going toward Jerusalem. {9:54} And  when his disciples, James and John, had seen this, they said,  “Lord, do you want us to call for fire to descend from heaven and consume them?” {9:55} And turning, he rebuked them,  saying: “Do you not know of whose spirit you are?  {9:56} The Son of man came, not to destroy lives, but to save  them.”  And  they went into another town.  {9:57} And  it  happened that, as they were walking along the way, someone  said to him, “I  will follow  you, wherever you  will go.”  {9:58} Jesus said to him: “Foxes have dens, and the birds of  the air have nests. But the Son of man has nowhere to lay his  head.” {9:59} Then he said to another, “Follow me.” But he  said,  “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”  {9:60} And Jesus said to him: “Let the dead bury their dead.  But you go and announce the kingdom of God.” {9:61} And  another said: “I will follow you, Lord. But permit me first to  explain this to those of my house.” {9:62} Jesus said to him,  “No one who puts his hand to the plow, and then looks back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
[Luke 10] {10:1} Then, after these things, the Lord also  designated another seventy-two. And he sent them in pairs before his face, into every city and place where he was to  arrive. {10:2} And he said to them: “Certainly the harvest is great, but the workers are few. Therefore, ask the Lord of the  harvest to send workers into his harvest. {10:3} Go forth.  Behold, I send you out like lambs among wolves. {10:4} Do  not choose to carry a purse, nor provisions, nor shoes; and you shall greet no one along the way. {10:5} Into whatever  house you will have entered, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ {10:6} And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. {10:7} And remain in the same house, eating and drinking the things that are with them. For the worker is worthy  of his pay. Do not  choose to pass from house to house. {10:8} And into whatever city you have entered and they have received you,  eat what they set before you. {10:9} And cure the sick who  are in that place, and  proclaim to them, ‘The kingdom of God has drawn near to you.’ {10:10} But into whatever city you have entered and they have not received you, going out  into its main streets, say: {10:11} ‘Even the dust which clings  to us from your city, we wipe away against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has drawn near.’ {10:12} I say to  you, that in that day, Sodom will be forgiven more than that city will be.  {10:13} Woe  to  you, Chorazin!  Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that have been wrought in you, had been wrought in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in haircloth and ashes. {10:14} Yet  truly, Tyre and Sidon will be forgiven more in the judgment  than you will be. {10:15} And as for you, Capernaum, who  would be exalted even up to Heaven: you shall be submerged  into  Hell. {10:16} Whoever hears you, hears me. And  whoever despises you, despises me. And  whoever  despises me, despises him who sent me.” {10:17} Then the seventytwo returned with gladness, saying, “Lord, even the demons  are subject to us, in your name.” {10:18} And he said to them: “I was watching  as Satan fell like lightning  from heaven. {10:19} Behold, I have given you authority to tread  upon serpents and scorpions, and upon all the powers of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. {10:20} Yet truly, do not  choose to rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in  heaven.” {10:21} In  the same hour, he exulted in the Holy Spirit, and he said: “I confess to  you, Father,  Lord  of heaven  and earth, because  you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent,  and have revealed them to little ones. It is so, Father, because  this way was pleasing before  you.  {10:22} All things have  been delivered to me by my Father. And no one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and those to whom the Son has chosen to reveal  him.” {10:23} And turning to his disciples, he said: “Blessed  are the eyes that see what you see. {10:24} For I say to you, that many prophets and kings wanted to see the things that  you see, and they did not see them, and to hear the things  that you hear, and they did not hear them.” {10:25} And behold, a certain expert in the law rose up, testing him and  saying, “Teacher, what must I  do to  possess eternal life?”  {10:26} But he said to him: “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” {10:27} In response, he said: “You shall love the Lord your God from your whole heart, and from your whole soul, and from all your strength, and from all your  mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” {10:28} And he said to him:  “You have  answered correctly.  Do this, and you  will  live.” {10:29} But since he wanted to justify himself, he said to Jesus,  “And who is my neighbor?”  {10:30} Then Jesus, taking  this up,  said: “A certain  man descended  from Jerusalem to  Jericho, and  he happened  upon robbers, who  now  also plundered him.  And inflicting him  with wounds, they went away, leaving him behind, half-alive. {10:31} And  it happened that a  certain  priest was descending along the  same way.  And seeing  him, he passed by. {10:32} And  similarly a Levite, when he was near the place, also saw him, and he passed by. {10:33} But a certain Samaritan, being on  a journey, came near him. And seeing him, he was moved by  mercy.  {10:34} And approaching him, he bound  up  his  wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. And setting him on his pack animal, he brought him to an inn, and he took care of him. {10:35} And the next day, he took out two denarii, and he gave them to the proprietor, and he said: ‘Take care of him. And whatever extra you will have spent, I will repay to you at my return.’ {10:36} Which of these three, does it seem to you, was a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?” {10:37} Then he said,  “The one who acted with mercy  toward him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go, and act similarly.” {10:38} Now it happened that, while they were traveling, he  entered  into a  certain town. And a certain woman, named  Martha, received him into her home. {10:39} And she had a  sister, named Mary, who, while sitting beside the Lord’s feet, was listening to his word. {10:40} Now Martha was  continually busying herself with serving. And she stood still  and said: “Lord, is it not a concern to you that my sister has  left me to serve alone? Therefore, speak to her, so that she may help me.” {10:41} And the Lord responded by saying to her: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious  and troubled  over  many things.  {10:42} And  yet only one thing is necessary.  Mary has chosen the best portion, and it shall not be taken away from her.” 
[Luke 11] {11:1} And it happened that, while he was in a  certain place praying, when he ceased, one of his disciples  said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” {11:2} And he said to them:  “When you are praying, say: Father, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom  come. {11:3} Give us this day our  daily bread. {11:4} And forgive us our sins, since we also forgive all who  are indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation.”  {11:5} And he said to them: “Which of you will have a friend  and will go to him in the middle of the night, and will say to him: ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, {11:6} because a friend of mine has arrived from a journey to me, and I do not have anything to set before him.’  {11:7} And from within, he would  answer by saying: ‘Do not disturb me. The door is closed now, and my children and I are in bed. I cannot get up and give it to you.’ {11:8} Yet if he will persevere in knocking, I tell you that, even though he would not get up and give it to  him because he is a friend, yet due to his continued insistence,  he will get up and give him whatever he needs. {11:9} And so  I say to you: Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened to you. {11:10} For everyone who asks, receives. And whoever seeks, finds. And whoever knocks, it shall be opened to him. {11:11} So then,  who among you, if he asks his father for bread, he would give  him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he would give him a  serpent, instead of a fish? {11:12} Or if he will ask for an egg,  he would offer to him a scorpion? {11:13} Therefore, if you, being evil, know how to give good things to your sons, how much more will your Father give, from heaven, a spirit of goodness to those who ask him?” {11:14} And he was casting  out a demon, and the man was mute. But when he had cast out the demon, the mute man spoke, and so the crowds were  amazed. {11:15} But some of them said, “It is by Beelzebub, the leader of demons, that he casts out demons.” {11:16} And others, testing him, required a sign from heaven  of him. {11:17} But when he perceived their thoughts, he said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself will become  desolate, and house will fall upon house. {11:18} So then, if Satan is also divided against himself, how will his kingdom  stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebub that I cast out demons. {11:19} But if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your own sons cast them out? Therefore, they shall  be your judges. {11:20} Moreover, if it is by the finger of God  that I cast out demons, then certainly the kingdom of God  has  overtaken you. {11:21} When a strong  armed man guards his entrance, the things that he possesses are at peace.  {11:22} But if a stronger one,  overwhelming him, has  defeated him, he will take away all his weapons, in which he  trusted, and he will distribute his spoils. {11:23} Whoever is  not with me, is against me. And whoever does not gather  with me, scatters. {11:24} When an unclean spirit has  departed from a  man, he walks through  waterless places,  seeking rest. And not finding any, he says: ‘I will return to my house, from which I departed.’ {11:25} And when he has  arrived, he finds it swept clean and decorated. {11:26} Then he goes, and he takes in seven other spirits with him, more  wicked than himself, and they enter and live there. And so,  the end of that man is made worse the beginning.” {11:27} And  it happened that, when he was saying these  things, a certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice,  said to him,  “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the  breasts that nursed you.” {11:28} Then  he said, “Yes, but  moreover: blessed are those who hear the word of God and  keep it.” {11:29} Then, as the crowds were quickly gathering,  he began to say: “This generation is a wicked generation: it  seeks a sign. But no sign will be given to it, except the sign of  the prophet Jonah. {11:30} For just as Jonah was a sign to  the Ninevites, so also  will the Son of man be to this generation. {11:31} The queen of the South will rise up, at  the judgment, with the men of this generation, and she will  condemn them. For she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom  of Solomon. And behold, more than Solomon is here. {11:32} The men of Nineveh will rise up, at the judgment, with this generation, and they will condemn it. For at the preaching of Jonah, they repented. And behold,  more than Jonah is here. {11:33} No one lights a candle and  places it in hiding, nor under a bushel  basket, but upon a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.  {11:34} Your eye is the light of your body. If your  eye is  wholesome, your entire body will be filled with light. But if it  is wicked, then even your body will be darkened.  {11:35} Therefore, take care, lest the light that is within you become  darkness. {11:36} So then, if your entire body  becomes filled with light,  not having  any part in darkness, then it will be entirely light, and, like a shining lamp, it will  illuminate you.” {11:37} And as he was speaking, a certain  Pharisee asked him to eat with him. And going inside, he sat down to eat. {11:38} But the Pharisee began to say, thinking  within himself: “Why might it be that  he has not washed  before eating?” {11:39} And the  Lord said to him:  “You Pharisees today clean what is outside the cup and the plate,  but what is inside  of you is full of plunder and iniquity.  {11:40} Fools! Did not he who made what is outside, indeed also make what is inside? {11:41} Yet  truly, give what is above as alms, and behold, all things  are clean for you. {11:42} But woe to you, Pharisees! For you tithe mint and  rue and every herb, but you ignore judgment and the charity  of God. But these things you ought to have done, without  omitting the others. {11:43} Woe to you, Pharisees! For you  love the first  seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the  marketplace. {11:44} Woe to  you! For  you are like  graves that are not noticeable, so that men walk over them without  realizing it.” {11:45} Then one of the experts in the law, in  response, said to him, “Teacher, in saying these things, you bring an insult against us as well.” {11:46} So he said: “And woe to you experts in the law! For you weigh men down with burdens which they are not able to bear, but you yourselves do not touch the weight with even one of your fingers.  {11:47} Woe to you, who build the tombs of the prophets,  while it is your fathers who killed them! {11:48} Clearly, you are testifying that you consent to the actions of your fathers,  because even though they killed them, you build their  sepulchers. {11:49} Because of this also, the wisdom of God  said: I will send to them Prophets and Apostles, and some of these they will kill or persecute, {11:50} so that the blood of  all the Prophets, which has been shed since the foundation of  the world, may be charged  against this generation: {11:51} from the blood  of Abel, even to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.  So  I say to you: it will be  required of this  generation! {11:52} Woe to you, experts in the law! For you have taken  away the key of knowledge. You yourselves do not enter, and  those who  were entering, you would  have prohibited.”  {11:53} Then, while he was saying these things to them, the  Pharisees and the experts in the law began to insist strongly that he restrain his mouth about many things. {11:54} And  waiting to ambush him,  they sought something from his mouth that they might seize upon, in order to accuse him. 
[Luke 12] {12:1} Then, as great crowds were standing so close that they were stepping on one another, he began to say  to his disciples: “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which  is hypocrisy. {12:2} For there is nothing covered, which will  not be revealed, nor anything hidden, which will  not be known. {12:3} For the things that you have spoken in darkness will be declared in the light. And what you have said in the ear in bedrooms  will be proclaimed from the housetops. {12:4} So I say to you, my friends:  Do not be fearful of those who kill the body, and afterwards have no more that they can do. {12:5} But I will reveal to you whom you should fear. Fear him who, after he will have killed, has the power to cast into Hell. So I say to you: Fear him. {12:6} Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? And  yet not one of these is forgotten in the sight of God. {12:7} But even the  very hairs  of your head have  all been numbered. Therefore, do not be afraid. You are worth more  than many sparrows. {12:8} But I say to you: Everyone who will have confessed me before men, the Son of man will also  confess him before the Angels of God. {12:9} But everyone who  will have denied  me before men, he will be  denied  before the Angels of God. {12:10} And everyone who speaks  a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven of him. But of him who will have blasphemed against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven. {12:11} And when they will lead you to  the synagogues, and to magistrates and authorities, do not choose to be worried about how or what you will answer, or about what you might say. {12:12} For the Holy Spirit will teach you, in the same hour, what you  must say.”  {12:13} And someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher,  tell my brother to share the inheritance with  me.”  {12:14} But he said to him, “Man, who has appointed me as  judge or arbitrator over you?” {12:15} So he said to them: “Be cautious and wary of all avarice. For a person’s life is not found in the abundance  of the things that he  possesses.” {12:16} Then he spoke to them using a comparison, saying:  “The fertile land of a certain wealthy man produced crops.  {12:17} And he thought within himself, saying: ‘What should I  do? For I  have nowhere to gather together my  crops.’  {12:18} And he said: ‘This is what I will do. I will tear down my barns and build larger ones. And into these, I will gather  all the things that have been grown for me, as well as my goods.  {12:19} And I will  say to my soul: Soul, you have  many goods, stored up for many years. Relax, eat, drink, and be cheerful.’ {12:20} But God said to him: ‘Foolish one, this  very night they require your soul of you. To whom, then, will  those things belong, which you have prepared?’ {12:21} So it is with him  who stores up for himself, and is not  wealthy  with God.” {12:22} And he said to his disciples: “And so I  say to you: Do not choose to be anxious about your life, as to what you may eat, nor about your body, as to what you will wear. {12:23} Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. {12:24} Consider the ravens. For they neither sow nor reap; there is no storehouse or barn for them. And  yet God pastures them. How much more are you, compared  to them? {12:25} But which of you, by thinking, is able to  add one cubit to his stature? {12:26} Therefore, if you are not capable, in what is so little, why be anxious about the rest?  {12:27} Consider the lilies,  how  they grow. They neither  work nor weave. But I say to you, not even Solomon, in all his glory, was clothed like one of these. {12:28} Therefore, if God so  clothes the grass,  which  is in the field today and  thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more you, O  little in faith? {12:29} And so, do not choose to inquire as to  what you will eat, or what you will drink. And do not choose to be lifted up on high. {12:30} For all these things are sought  by the Gentiles of the  world. And your Father knows that you have need of these things. {12:31} Yet truly, seek first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be  added to you. {12:32} Do not be afraid, little flock; for it has  pleased your Father to  give you the kingdom. {12:33} Sell  what you possess, and give alms. Make for yourselves purses  that will not wear out, a treasure that will not fall short, in  heaven,  where no thief approaches,  and no moth corrupts.  {12:34} For where your treasure is, there will your heart be  also. {12:35} Let your  waists be girded, and let lamps be burning  in your hands. {12:36} And let you yourselves be  like men awaiting their lord, when he will return from the wedding; so that, when he arrives and knocks, they may open to him promptly. {12:37} Blessed are those servants whom the Lord, when he returns, will find being vigilant. Amen I say to you, that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, while he, continuing on, will  minister to them.  {12:38} And if he will return in the second watch, or if in the  third watch, and if he will find them to be so: then blessed are those servants. {12:39} But know this: that if the father of the  family knew at what hour the thief would arrive, he would  certainly stand watch, and he would not permit his house to  be broken into. {12:40} You also must be prepared. For the  Son of man will return at an hour that you will not realize.”  {12:41} Then Peter said to him, “Lord, are you telling this  parable to us, or also to everyone?” {12:42} So the Lord said:  “Who do you think is the faithful and  prudent steward,  whom his Lord has  appointed over his family, in  order to give them  their measure of wheat in  due time?  {12:43} Blessed is that servant if, when his Lord will return,  he will find him acting in this manner. {12:44} Truly I say to  you, that he  will appoint him  over all that he possesses. {12:45} But if that servant will have said in his heart, ‘My  Lord has made a delay in his return,’ and if he has begun to  strike the men and women servants, and to eat and drink, and to be inebriated, {12:46} then the Lord of that servant will return on a day which he hoped not, and at an hour which he knew not. And he will separate him, and he will place his  portion with that of the unfaithful. {12:47} And that servant,  who knew the will of his Lord, and who did not prepare and  did not act according to his will, will be beaten many times  over. {12:48} Yet he who did not know, and who acted in a  way that deserves a beating, will be beaten fewer times. So  then, of all to whom much has been given, much will be required. And of those to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be asked. {12:49} I have come to cast a fire upon the earth. And what should I desire, except that it may be kindled? {12:50} And I have a baptism, with which I am to be baptized. And how I am constrained, even until it may be accomplished! {12:51} Do you think that I have come to  give peace to the earth? No, I tell  you, but  division.  {12:52} For from this time on, there will be five in one house:  divided as three against two, and as two against  three.  {12:53} A father will be divided  against a son, and  a son  against his father; a mother against a daughter and a daughter  against a mother; a mother-in-law against her daughter-inlaw, and a  daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” {12:54} And  he also said to the  crowds: “When you  see a  cloud rising from the setting of the sun, immediately you say, ‘A rain cloud is coming.’ And so it does. {12:55} And when a  south wind is blowing, you say, ‘It will be hot.’ And so it is.  {12:56} You hypocrites! You discern the face of the heavens,  and of the earth, yet how is it that you do not discern this time? {12:57} And why do you not, even among yourselves, judge what is just? {12:58} So, when you are going with your  adversary to the ruler, while you are on the way, make an  effort to be freed from him, lest perhaps he may lead you to the judge, and the judge may deliver you to the officer, and  the officer may cast you into prison. {12:59} I tell you, you will not depart from there, until you have paid the very last  coin.”
[Luke 13] {13:1} And there were present, at that very time,  some who were reporting about the Galileans, whose blood  Pilate mixed with their sacrifices. {13:2} And responding, he said to them: “Do you think that these Galileans must have sinned more than all other Galileans, because they suffered so  much? {13:3} No, I tell you. But unless you repent, you will  all perish similarly. {13:4} And those eighteen upon whom the tower of Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that  they also were greater transgressors than all the men living in  Jerusalem? {13:5} No, I tell you. But if you do not repent, you will all perish similarly.” {13:6} And he also told this  parable: “A certain man had a fig tree, which was planted in  his vineyard. And he came seeking fruit on it, but found none.  {13:7} Then he said to the cultivator of the vineyard: ‘Behold, for these three years I came seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I  have found none. Therefore, cut it down. For why should it even occupy the land?’ {13:8} But in response, he said to him:  ‘Lord, let it be for this year also, during which time I will dig around it  and add fertilizer. {13:9} And, indeed, it  should bear fruit. But if not, in the future, you shall cut it down.’ ”  {13:10} Now he was teaching in their synagogue  on the  Sabbaths. {13:11} And behold, there was a woman who had  a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years. And she was bent over;  and she was unable to look upwards at all. {13:12} And  when Jesus saw her, he called her to himself, and he said to  her, “Woman, you are  released from your infirmity.”  {13:13} And  he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was straightened, and she glorified God. {13:14} Then,  as a result, the ruler of the synagogue became angry that  Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, and he said to the crowd: “There are six days on which you ought to work. Therefore, come and be cured  on those,  and not on the day  of the Sabbath.” {13:15} Then the Lord said to him  in response:  “You hypocrites! Does not each one of you, on the Sabbath,  release his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it to water?  {13:16} So then, should  not this daughter of Abraham,  whom Satan has bound for lo  these eighteen years, be released from this restraint on the  day of the Sabbath?”  {13:17} And as he was saying these things, all his adversaries were ashamed. And all the people rejoiced in everything that  was being done gloriously by him. {13:18} And so he said:  “To what is the kingdom of God similar, and to what figure  shall I compare it? {13:19} It is like a grain of mustard seed,  which a man took and cast into his garden. And it grew, and  it became a great tree, and the birds of the air rested in its  branches.” {13:20} And again, he said: “To what figure shall  I compare the kingdom of God? {13:21} It is like leaven,  which a woman took and hid in three measures of fine wheat  flour,  until  it was entirely leavened.”  {13:22} And he was traveling through the cities and towns, teaching and making  his way to Jerusalem. {13:23} And someone said to him, “Lord, are they few who are saved?” But he said to them:  {13:24} “Strive to enter through the narrow gate. For many, I  tell you, will seek to enter and not be able. {13:25} Then,  when the father of the family will have entered and shut the  door, you will begin to stand outside and to knock at the door,  saying, ‘Lord, open to us.’ And in response, he will say to  you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ {13:26} Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and  you taught in our streets.’ {13:27} And he will say to you: ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity!’ {13:28} In that  place, there  will be  weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, and  Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, yet you yourselves are expelled outside. {13:29} And they  will arrive from the East, and the West, and the North, and the South; and they will recline at table in the kingdom of God. {13:30} And  behold, those who  are last will be first, and those who are first will be last.” {13:31} On the same day, some of the Pharisees approached, saying to him: “Depart,  and go away from here.  For Herod wishes to kill  you.”  {13:32} And he said to them: “Go and tell that fox: ‘Behold, I  cast out demons and accomplish healings,  today  and  tomorrow. And on the third day I reach the end.’ {13:33} Yet truly, it is necessary for me to walk today and tomorrow and  the following day. For it does not fall to a prophet to perish  beyond Jerusalem. {13:34} Jerusalem,  Jerusalem! You kill the prophets, and you stone those who are sent to you. Daily,  I wanted to gather together your children, in the manner of a bird with her nest under her wings, but you were not willing!  {13:35} Behold, your house will be left desolate for you. But I  say to you, that you shall not see me, until it happens that  you say: ‘Blessed is he who has arrived in the name of the  Lord.’ ” 
[Luke 14] {14:1} And it happened that, when Jesus entered  the house of a certain leader of the Pharisees on the Sabbath  to eat bread, they were observing him. {14:2} And behold, a  certain man before him was afflicted with edema. {14:3} And  responding, Jesus spoke to the experts in the law and to the Pharisees, saying, “Is  it lawful to cure on the Sabbath?”  {14:4} But they kept silent. Yet truly, taking hold of him, he healed him and sent him  away. {14:5} And responding to them, he said, “Which of you will have a donkey or an ox fall into a pit, and will not promptly pull him out, on the day of the Sabbath?” {14:6} And  they were unable to respond to  him about these things. {14:7} Then he also told a parable, to  those who were invited, noticing how they chose the first  seats at the table, saying to them: {14:8} “When  you are invited to a wedding, do not sit down in the first place, lest  perhaps someone more honored than yourself may have been invited by him. {14:9} And then he who called both you and  him, approaching, may say to you, ‘Give this place to him.’  And then you would begin, with shame, to take the last place. {14:10} But when you are invited, go, sit down in the lowest  place, so that, when he who invited you arrives, he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the sight of those who sit at table together with you.  {14:11} For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled,  and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” {14:12} Then he also said to the one who had invited him:  “When you prepare a lunch or dinner, do not choose to call  your friends, or your brothers, or your relatives, or your wealthy neighbors, lest perhaps they might then invite you in  return and repayment would made to you. {14:13} But when  you prepare a feast, call the poor, the disabled, the lame, and  the blind. {14:14} And you will be blessed because they do  not have a way to repay you. So then, your recompense will be in the resurrection of the just.” {14:15} When someone sitting at table with him had heard these things, he said to  him,  “Blessed is he who will eat bread  in the kingdom  of  God.” {14:16} So he said to him: “A certain man prepared a great feast, and he invited many. {14:17} And he sent his  servant, at the hour of the feast, to tell the invited to come; for  now everything was ready. {14:18} And  at  once they all  began to make excuses. The first said to him: ‘I bought a farm,  and I need to go out and see it. I ask you to excuse me.’  {14:19} And another said: ‘I bought five yoke of oxen, and I  am going to examine them. I ask you to excuse me.’  {14:20} And another said, ‘I have taken a wife, and therefore  I am not able to go.’  {14:21} And returning, the servant  reported these things to his lord. Then the father of the family,  becoming angry, said to his servant: ‘Go out quickly into the  streets and neighborhoods of the city. And lead here the poor, and the disabled, and the blind, and the lame.’ {14:22} And  the servant said: ‘It has been done, just as you ordered, lord,  and there is still room.’  {14:23} And the lord said  to the  servant: ‘Go out to the highways  and  hedges, and compel them to enter, so that my house may be filled. {14:24} For I  tell you, that none of those men who were invited will taste of  my  feast.’  ” {14:25} Now great  crowds traveled with  him.  And turning  around, he said to them:  {14:26} “If  anyone  comes to me, and does not hate his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, and yes, even his  own life, he is not able  to be my disciple. {14:27} And  whoever does not bear his cross and come after me, is not  able to be my disciple. {14:28} For who among you, wanting  to build a tower, would not first sit down and determine the  costs that are required, to see if he has the means to complete  it? {14:29} Otherwise, after he will have laid the foundation  and not been able to finish it, everyone who sees it may begin  to mock him, {14:30} saying: ‘This man began to build what he was not able to finish.’ {14:31} Or, what king, advancing  to engage in war  against another king,  would not first sit down  and consider whether  he may be able, with ten  thousand, to meet one who comes against him with twenty thousand? {14:32} If not, then while the other is still far away, sending a delegation, he would ask him for terms of peace.  {14:33} Therefore, everyone of you who does not renounce all that he possesses is not able to be my disciple. {14:34} Salt  is good. But if the salt has lost its flavor, with what will it be  seasoned? {14:35} It is useful neither in soil, nor in manure,  so instead, it shall be thrown away. Whoever has ears to hear,  let him hear.” 
[Luke 15] {15:1} Now tax collectors and sinners were  drawing near to him, so that they might listen to him. {15:2} And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying,  “This one accepts sinners and eats with them.” {15:3} And  he told this  parable to them, saying:  {15:4} “What man among you, who has one hundred sheep, and if he will have  lost  one  of them,  would  not leave the ninety-nine in the  desert and go after the one whom he had lost, until he finds it?  {15:5} And  when he has found it,  he places it  on  his  shoulders, rejoicing. {15:6} And returning home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them:  ‘Congratulate me! For  I have found  my sheep, which had  been lost.’ {15:7} I say to you, that there will be so much more joy in heaven over one sinner repenting, than over the  ninety-nine just, who do not need to repent. {15:8} Or what  woman, having ten drachmas, if she will have lost one drachma, would not light a candle, and sweep the house, and  diligently search until she finds it? {15:9} And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying:  ‘Rejoice with me! For I have found the drachma, which I had  lost.’ {15:10} So I say to you, there will be joy before the  Angels of God over even one sinner  who is repentant.” {15:11} And he said: “A  certain man had two sons.  {15:12} And the younger of them said to the father, ‘Father, give me the portion of your estate which would go to me.’ And he divided the estate between them. {15:13} And after not many days, the younger son, gathering it all together, set  out on a long journey to a  distant region. And there, he dissipated his substance, living in luxury. {15:14} And after  he had consumed it all, a great famine occurred in that region, and he began to be in need. {15:15} And he  went and  attached himself to one of the citizens of that region. And he sent him to his farm, in order to feed the swine. {15:16} And  he wanted to fill his belly with the scraps that the swine ate.  But no one would give it to him. {15:17} And returning to his senses, he said: ‘How many hired hands in my father’s house  have abundant bread, while I perish here in famine! {15:18} I shall rise up  and  go to my father, and I will say to him:  Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. {15:19} I am not worthy to be called your son. Make me one  of your hired hands.’ {15:20} And rising up, he went to his  father. But while he was still at a distance, his father saw him, and he was moved with compassion, and running to him, he fell upon his neck and kissed him. {15:21} And the son said  to him: ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.  Now I am not worthy to be called your son.’ {15:22} But the  father said to his servants: ‘Quickly! Bring out the best robe,  and clothe him with it. And put a ring on his hand and shoes  on his feet. {15:23} And bring the fatted calf here, and kill it.  And let us eat and hold a feast. {15:24} For this son of mine  was dead, and has revived; he was lost, and is found.’ And  they began to feast. {15:25} But his elder son was in the field. And when he returned and drew near to the house, he heard  music and dancing. {15:26} And he called one of the servants,  and he questioned him as to what these things meant.  {15:27} And he said to him: ‘Your brother has returned, and  your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received  him safely.’ {15:28} Then he became indignant, and he was  unwilling to enter. Therefore, his father, going out, began to plead with him. {15:29} And in response, he said to his father:  ‘Behold, I have been serving you for so many years. And I  have never transgressed your commandment. And yet, you have never given me even a young goat, so that I might feast  with my friends. {15:30} Yet after this son of yours returned,  who has devoured his substance with loose women, you have  killed the fatted calf for him.’  {15:31} But he said to him: ‘Son, you are with me always, and all that I have is yours. {15:32} But it was necessary to feast and to rejoice. For this brother of yours was dead, and has revived; he was lost, and is found.’ ” 
[Luke 16] {16:1} And he also said to his disciples: “A certain man was wealthy, and he had a steward of his estate. And  this man was accused to him of having dissipated his goods. {16:2} And he called him and said to him: ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship. For you can no longer be my steward.’ {16:3} And the steward  said within himself: ‘What shall I do? For my lord is taking the stewardship away from me. I am not strong enough to dig. I am too ashamed to beg. {16:4} I know what I will do so that, when I have been removed from the stewardship, they  may receive  me into their houses.’ {16:5} And so, calling  together each one of his lord’s debtors, he said to the first,  ‘How much do you owe my lord?’ {16:6} So he said, ‘One hundred jars of oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your invoice,  and quickly, sit down and write fifty.’ {16:7} Next, he said to another,  ‘In truth, how much  do you owe?’ And he said,  ‘One hundred measures of wheat.’ He  said to him,  ‘Take your record books, and write eighty.’ {16:8} And the lord  praised the iniquitous steward, in that he had acted prudently.  For the sons of this age are more  prudent with  their generation than are the sons of light. {16:9} And so I say to  you, make friends for yourself using iniquitous mammon, so that, when you will have passed away, they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles. {16:10} Whoever is faithful in  what is least, is also faithful in what is greater. And whoever is unjust in what is small, is also unjust in what is greater. {16:11} So then, if you have not been faithful with iniquitous mammon, who will trust you with what is true? {16:12} And  if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another,  who will give you what is yours? {16:13} No servant is able  to serve two lords. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will cling to the one and despise the other. You cannot  serve God and mammon.” {16:14} But the Pharisees, who were greedy, were listening to all these things. And they ridiculed him. {16:15} And he said to them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of men. But God knows your hearts. For what is lifted up by men is an abomination in the sight of God. {16:16} The law and the prophets were until John. Since then, the kingdom of God is  being evangelized, and everyone acts with violence toward it.  {16:17} But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one dot of the law to fall away. {16:18} Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery. And whoever marries her  who has been divorced by her  husband commits adultery. {16:19} A certain man was wealthy, and he was clothed in purple and in fine linen. And he feasted splendidly every day. {16:20} And there was  a  certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, covered  with sores, {16:21} wanting to be filled with the  crumbs which were falling from the wealthy man’s table. But no one gave it to him. And even the dogs came and licked his sores.  {16:22} Then it happened that the beggar died, and he was  carried by the Angels into the bosom of Abraham. Now the  wealthy man also died, and he was entombed in Hell.  {16:23} Then lifting up his eyes, while he was in torments, he  saw  Abraham far away, and  Lazarus in his bosom.  {16:24} And crying out, he said: ‘Father Abraham, take pity on me and send Lazarus, so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to refresh my tongue. For I am tortured in this  fire.’ {16:25} And Abraham said to him: ‘Son, recall that you received good things in your life, and in comparison, Lazarus received bad things. But now he is consoled, and truly you are tormented. {16:26} And besides all this, between us and  you a great  chaos has been established, so that those who  might want to cross from here to you are not able, nor can  someone cross from there to here.’  {16:27} And he said:  ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house, for  I have five brothers, {16:28} so that he may testify to them,  lest they also come into this place of torments.’ {16:29} And  Abraham said to him: ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ {16:30} So  he said: ‘No, father  Abraham. But if someone were to go to them from the dead, they would repent.’ {16:31} But he said to him: ‘If they will  not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe  even if someone has resurrected from the dead.’ ”
[Luke 17] {17:1} And he said to his disciples:  “It  is impossible for scandals not to occur. But woe to him through  whom they  come! {17:2} It would be better for him if  a  millstone were placed around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than to lead astray  one  of these little  ones.  {17:3} Be attentive to yourselves. If your brother has sinned  against you, correct him. And if he has repented, forgive him. {17:4} And if he has sinned against you seven times a day, and seven times a day has turned back to you, saying, ‘I am sorry,’ then forgive him.” {17:5} And the Apostles said to the  Lord, “Increase our faith.” {17:6} But the Lord said: “If you  have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you may say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be transplanted into the sea.’ And it would  obey you. {17:7} But  which of  you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, would say to him,  as he was returning from the field, ‘Come in immediately; sit  down to eat,’ {17:8} and would not say to him: ‘Prepare my dinner; gird yourself and minister to me, while I eat and drink; and after these things, you shall eat and drink?’ {17:9} Would  he be grateful to that servant, for doing what he commanded  him to do? {17:10} I think not. So too, when you have done all these things that have been taught to you, you should say: ‘We are useless servants. We have done what we should have  done.’ ” {17:11} And it happened that, while he was traveling to  Jerusalem, he passed through the midst  of Samaria and Galilee. {17:12} And as  he was entering a  certain town, ten leprous men met him, and they stood at a distance. {17:13} And they lifted up their voice, saying,  “Jesus, Teacher, take pity on us.” {17:14} And when he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And it  happened that, as they  were going, they were cleansed.  {17:15} And one of them, when he saw that he was cleansed,  returned, magnifying God with a loud voice. {17:16} And he fell face down before his feet, giving thanks. And this one was a Samaritan. {17:17} And in response, Jesus said: “Were not  ten made clean? And so where are the nine? {17:18} Was no one found who would return and give glory to God, except this foreigner?” {17:19} And he said to him:  “Rise  up, go  forth. For your faith has saved you.” {17:20} Then he was questioned by the Pharisees: “When  does the kingdom of God arrive?” And in response, he said to them:  “The kingdom of God  arrives unobserved. {17:21} And so, they  will not say, ‘Behold, it is here,’ or ‘Behold, it is there.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” {17:22} And he said to his disciples:  “The time will come when you will  desire to see one day of the Son of man, and you will not see  it. {17:23} And they will say to you, ‘Behold, he is here,’ and ‘Behold, he is there.’ Do not choose to go out, and do not  follow them. {17:24} For just as lightning flashes from under  heaven and shines to whatever is under heaven, so also will the Son of man be in his day. {17:25} But first he must suffer  many things and be rejected by this generation. {17:26} And  just as it happened in the days of Noah, so also will it be in  the days of the Son of man. {17:27} They were eating and  drinking; they were taking wives and being given in marriage, even until the day that Noah entered the ark. And the flood came and destroyed them all. {17:28} It shall be similar to  what happened in the days of Lot. They were eating and  drinking; they were buying and selling; they were planting and building. {17:29} Then, on the  day that  Lot departed  from Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and it destroyed them all. {17:30} According to these things, so  shall it be in the day when the Son of man will be revealed.  {17:31} In that hour, whoever will be on the rooftop, with his goods in the house, let him not descend to take them. And whoever will be in the field, similarly, let him not turn back.  {17:32} Remember Lot’s wife. {17:33} Whoever has sought  to save his life, will lose it; and whoever has lost it, will bring  it back to life. {17:34} I say to you, in that night, there will be  two in one bed. One will be taken up, and the other will be left behind. {17:35} Two will be at the grindstone together.  One will be taken up, and the other will be left behind. Two  will be in the field. One will be taken up, and the other will be left behind.” {17:36} Responding, they said to him, “Where,  Lord?” {17:37} And he said to them, “Wherever the body will be, in that place also, the eagles shall be gathered  together.”
[Luke 18] {18:1} Now he also told them a parable, that we should continually pray and not cease, {18:2} saying: “There  was a certain judge in a certain city, who did not fear God and  did  not respect man. {18:3} But there was a certain  widow in that city, and she went to him, saying, ‘Vindicate  me from my adversary.’ {18:4} And he refused to do so for a  long time.  But afterwards, he said within himself:  ‘Even  though I  do not fear God, nor respect man, {18:5} yet  because this widow is pestering me, I will vindicate her, lest  by returning, she may, in the end, wear me  out.’ ”  {18:6} Then the Lord said: “Listen to what the unjust judge said. {18:7} So then, will not God grant the vindication of his elect, who cry out to him day and night? Or will he continue  to endure them? {18:8} I tell you that he will quickly bring  vindication to them. Yet truly, when the Son of man returns,  do you think that he will find faith on earth?” {18:9} Now  about certain persons  who consider themselves to be just,  while disdaining  others, he told  also this  parable:  {18:10} “Two men ascended to the temple, in order to pray.  One was a  Pharisee, and the other  was a tax collector.  {18:11} Standing, the Pharisee prayed within himself in this  way: ‘O God, I give thanks to you that I am not like the rest of men: robbers, unjust, adulterers, even as this tax collector chooses to be. {18:12} I fast twice between Sabbaths. I give tithes from all that I possess.’ {18:13} And the tax collector,  standing at a distance, was not willing to even lift up his eyes to heaven.  But he struck his chest, saying:  ‘O God, be  merciful to  me, a sinner.’ {18:14} I say to you, this one  descended to his house justified, but not the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled; and whoever  humbles himself will be exalted.”  {18:15} And they were  bringing little children to him, so that he might touch them.  And  when the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.  {18:16} But Jesus, calling  them together, said:  “Allow the  children to come to me, and do not be an obstacle to them.  For of such is the kingdom of God. {18:17} Amen, I say to  you, whoever will not accept the kingdom of God like a child, will not enter into it.” {18:18} And a  certain leader  questioned him, saying: “Good teacher, what should I do to possess eternal life?” {18:19} Then Jesus said to him: “Why  do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. {18:20} You  know the commandments: You shall not kill.  You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall  not  give false testimony.  Honor your father and mother.”  {18:21} And he said, “I have kept all these things from my  youth.” {18:22} And when Jesus heard this, he said to him:  “One thing is still lacking for you. Sell all the things that you have, and give to the poor. And then you will have treasure  in heaven. And come, follow me.” {18:23} When he heard this, he became very sorrowful. For he was  very  rich.  {18:24} Then Jesus, seeing him brought to sorrow, said:  “How difficult it is for those who have money to enter into  the kingdom of God! {18:25} For it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a wealthy man to  enter into the kingdom of God.” {18:26} And those who were listening to this said, “Then who is able to be saved?”  {18:27} He said to them,  “Things that are impossible with  men are  possible with  God.” {18:28} And Peter said,  “Behold, we have left everything, and we have followed you.” {18:29} And he said to  them:  “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has left behind home, or  parents, or brothers, or a wife, or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, {18:30} who will not receive much more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.” {18:31} Then Jesus took the twelve aside,  and he  said to them: “Behold, we are  ascending to Jerusalem, and everything shall  be completed which was written by the  prophets about the Son  of man.  {18:32} For he will be handed over to the Gentiles, and he will be mocked and scourged and spit  upon. {18:33} And  after they have scourged him, they will kill him. And on the  third  day, he will rise again.” {18:34} But they understood  none of these things. For this word was concealed from them,  and they  did not understand the things that were said.  {18:35} Now it happened that,  as he was approaching Jericho,  a certain blind man was sitting beside the  way,  begging. {18:36} And when he heard the multitude passing  by, he asked what this was. {18:37} And they told him that  Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. {18:38} And he cried out,  saying, “Jesus, Son of David, take pity on me!” {18:39} And  those who were passing by rebuked him, so that he would be silent. Yet truly, he cried out all the more, “Son of David,  take pity on me!” {18:40} Then Jesus, standing still, ordered  him to be brought to him. And when he had drawn near, he questioned him, {18:41} saying, “What do you want, that I might  do for you?” So he said,  “Lord, that I may see.”  {18:42} And Jesus said to him: “Look around. Your faith has  saved you.” {18:43} And immediately he saw.  And he  followed him, magnifying God. And all the people,  when they saw this, gave praise to God.
[Luke 19] {19:1} And having entered, he walked through Jericho. {19:2} And behold, there  was a man named  Zacchaeus. And he was the leader of the tax collectors, and he was wealthy. {19:3} And he sought to see Jesus, to see  who he was. But he was  unable to do so, because  of the  crowd, for he was small in stature. {19:4} And running ahead, he climbed up a sycamore tree, so that he might see him. For he was to pass near there. {19:5} And when he had arrived at the place, Jesus looked up and saw him, and he said to him:  “Zacchaeus, hurry down. For today, I should lodge in your house.” {19:6} And hurrying, he came down, and he received him joyfully. {19:7} And  when they all saw this,  they murmured, saying that he had turned aside to a sinful  man. {19:8} But Zacchaeus, standing still, said to the Lord:  “Behold, Lord, one half of my goods I give to the poor. And  if I have cheated  anyone in any matter, I will repay him fourfold.” {19:9} Jesus said  to him:  “Today, salvation has come to this house; because of this,  he too is a  son  of Abraham. {19:10} For the Son of man has come to seek and  to save what had been lost.” {19:11} As they were listening  to these things, continuing on, he spoke a parable, because he  was nearing  Jerusalem, and because they guessed that the  kingdom of God might be manifested without delay.  {19:12} Therefore, he said: “A certain man  of nobility traveled to a far away region, to receive for himself a  kingdom, and to return. {19:13} And calling his ten servants,  he gave them ten pounds, and he said to them: ‘Do business  until I return.’ {19:14} But his citizens hated him. And so they sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this one to reign over us.’ {19:15} And it happened that he  returned, having received the kingdom. And he ordered the  servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called so  that he would know how much each one had earned by  doing business. {19:16} Now the first approached, saying:  ‘Lord, your one pound has earned ten pounds.’ {19:17} And  he said to him:  ‘Well  done,  good servant. Since you have been faithful in a small matter, you will hold authority over ten cities.’ {19:18} And the second came, saying: ‘Lord, your  one pound has earned five pounds.’ {19:19} And he said to him, ‘And so, you shall be over five cities.’ {19:20} And  another approached, saying: ‘Lord, behold your one pound, which  I kept stored  in a cloth. {19:21} For I feared you,  because you are an austere man. You take up what you did not lay down, and you  reap what you did not  sow.’ {19:22} He said to him: ‘By your own mouth, do I judge you,  O wicked servant. You knew that I  am an austere man,  taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did  not sow. {19:23} And so, why did you not give my money to  the bank, so that, upon my return, I might have withdrawn it with interest?’ {19:24} And he said to the bystanders, ‘Take the pound away from him, and give it to him who has ten  pounds.’  {19:25} And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten  pounds.’ {19:26} So then, I say to you, that to all who have,  it shall be given, and he will have in abundance. And from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken from  him. {19:27} ‘Yet truly, as for those enemies of mine, who  did not want me to reign over them, bring them here, and put them to death before me.’ ” {19:28} And having said these  things, he went ahead, ascending to Jerusalem. {19:29} And  it happened that, when he had drawn near to Bethphage and  Bethania, to the mount which is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, {19:30} saying: “Go  into the  town which  is opposite you. Upon entering it, you  will find the colt of a  donkey, tied, on which no man has ever sat. Untie it, and  lead it here. {19:31} And if anyone will ask you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this to him: ‘Because the Lord has requested its service.’ ” {19:32} And those who were sent  went out, and they found the colt standing, just as he told  them. {19:33} Then, as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why  are you untying the colt?” {19:34} So they said, “Because the Lord has  need of it.” {19:35} And they led it to Jesus. And casting their garments on the colt,  they helped Jesus onto it. {19:36} Then, as he was traveling, they were laying  down their garments along the way.  {19:37} And when he was now drawing near to the descent  of Mount Olivet, the entire crowd of his disciples began to praise God joyfully, with a loud voice, over all the powerful  works which they had seen, {19:38} saying: “Blessed is the  king  who has arrived in the name of the Lord! Peace in  heaven  and  glory on high!” {19:39} And certain Pharisees  within the  crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” {19:40} And he said to them, “I tell you, that if these will keep silent, the stones themselves will cry  out.”  {19:41} And  when he drew near, seeing the city, he wept  over it, saying: {19:42} “If only you had known, indeed even  in this your day, which things are for your peace. But now they are hidden from your eyes. {19:43} For the days will  overtake you. And your enemies will encircle you  with a valley. And they will surround you and hem you in on every side. {19:44} And they will knock you down to the ground,  with your sons who are in you. And they will not leave stone  upon stone within you, because you  did not recognize the  time of your visitation.”  {19:45} And  entering into the  temple, he began to cast out those who sold in it, and those  who bought, {19:46} saying to them:  “It  is  written: ‘My house is a house of prayer.’ But you have made it into a den  of robbers.” {19:47} And he was teaching in the temple daily.  And the leaders of the priests, and the scribes, and the leaders of the people were seeking to destroy him. {19:48} But they  could not find what to do to him. For all the people were  listening to him attentively. 
[Luke 20] {20:1} And it happened that, on one of the days when he was teaching the people in the temple and preaching  the  Gospel, the leaders  of the priests, and the scribes,  gathered together with the elders, {20:2} and they spoke to him, saying:  “Tell us, by what authority do you do these  things? Or,  who  is it that has given you this authority?”  {20:3} And in response, Jesus said to them: “I will also  question you about one word. Respond to me: {20:4} The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?” {20:5} So  they discussed it among  themselves, saying: “If we say,  ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe  him?’ {20:6} But if we say, ‘Of men,’ the whole people will  stone us. For they are certain that John was a  prophet.”  {20:7} And so they responded that they did not know where it was from. {20:8} And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I  tell you by what authority I do these things.” {20:9} Then he  began to tell the people this parable:  “A man  planted a  vineyard, and he loaned it to settlers, and he was on a sojourn  for a long time. {20:10} And in due time, he sent a servant to the farmers, so that they would give to him from the fruit of the vineyard. And they beat him and drove him away, emptyhanded. {20:11} And he continued to send another servant. But beating  him and treating him with contempt, they likewise sent him  away, empty-handed. {20:12} And he  continued to  send a third.  And wounding him also, they drove him away. {20:13} Then the lord of the vineyard said:  ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Perhaps when  they have seen him, they  will respect him.’ {20:14} And  when the settlers had seen him, they  discussed it among themselves, saying: ‘This one is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance will be ours.’ {20:15} And forcing him  outside of the vineyard, they killed him. What, then, will the  lord of the vineyard do to them?” {20:16} “He will come and  destroy those settlers, and he will give the vineyard to  others.” And upon hearing this, they said to him, “Let it not be.” {20:17} Then, gazing at them, he said: “Then what does  this mean, which is written: ‘The stone which the builders  have rejected, the same has become the head of the corner?’  {20:18} Everyone who falls on that stone will be shattered.  And  anyone upon whom it falls will be crushed.”  {20:19} And the leaders of the priests, and the scribes, were  seeking to lay hands  on him in that same hour, but they  feared the people. For they realized that he had spoken this  parable about them. {20:20} And being attentive, they sent  traitors, who would pretend that they were just, so that they  might catch him in his words and then hand him over to the  power  and authority  of the procurator. {20:21} And they questioned him, saying: “Teacher, we know that you speak  and teach correctly, and that you do not consider anyone’s status, but you teach the way of God in truth. {20:22} Is it lawful  for us  to pay  the  tribute to Caesar, or not?”  {20:23} But realizing their deceitfulness, he said to them: “Why do you test me? {20:24} Show me a denarius. Whose  image and inscription does it have?” In response, they said to  him, “Caesar’s.” {20:25} And  so, he said to them: “Then  repay the things that are Caesar’s, to Caesar, and the things  that are God’s, to God.” {20:26} And they were not able to contradict his word before the people. And being amazed at his answer, they were silent. {20:27} Now some of the  Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, approached  him.  And they questioned him, {20:28} saying:  “Teacher,  Moses  wrote for us:  If any man’s brother will have died,  having a wife, and if he does not have any children, then his  brother should take her as his wife, and he should raise up  offspring for his brother. {20:29} And so there were  seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and he died without sons.  {20:30} And  the next one married her, and he also died  without a son. {20:31} And the third married her, and similarly all seven,  and none of  them left  behind any  offspring, and they each died. {20:32} Last of all, the woman also died. {20:33} In the resurrection, then, whose wife will  she be? For certainly all seven had her as a  wife.”  {20:34} And so, Jesus said to them: “The children of this age marry  and are given in marriage. {20:35} Yet truly,  those  who shall be held worthy of that age, and of the resurrection from the dead, will neither be married, nor take wives. {20:36} For they can no longer die. For they are equal to the  Angels, and they are children of God, since they are children  of the resurrection. {20:37} For in truth, the  dead  do rise  again, as Moses also showed beside the bush, when he called  the Lord: ‘The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ {20:38} And so he is not the God of the  dead, but of the living. For all are alive to  him.”  {20:39} Then some of the scribes, in response, said to him,  “Teacher, you have spoken  well.”  {20:40} And they no  longer dared to question him about anything. {20:41} But he  said to them: “How can they say that the Christ is the son of David? {20:42} Even David himself says, in the book of Psalms: ‘The  Lord said to my Lord, sit  at my right hand,  {20:43} until I set your enemies as your footstool.’  {20:44} Therefore, David calls him Lord. So how can he be  his son?” {20:45} Now in the hearing of all the people, he  said to his disciples: {20:46} “Be cautious of the scribes, who  choose to walk in long robes, and who love greetings in the marketplace, and the first chairs in the synagogues, and the  first places at table during feasts, {20:47} who devour the  houses of widows, feigning long prayers. These will receive  the greater damnation.”
[Luke 21] {21:1} And looking around, he saw the wealthy  putting their donations into the offertory. {21:2} Then he also  saw a certain widow, a pauper, putting in two small brass  coins. {21:3} And he said: “Truly, I say to you, that this poor widow has  put in more than  all the others. {21:4} For  all  these, out of their abundance, have added to the gifts for God. But she, out of what she needed, has put in all that she had to live on.” {21:5} And when some of them were saying, about  the temple, that it was adorned with excellent stones and gifts,  he said, {21:6} “These things that you see, the  days will arrive when there will not be left behind stone upon stone,  which  is not thrown down.” {21:7} Then they questioned him, saying: “Teacher, when will these things be? And what  will be the sign when these things will happen?” {21:8} And  he said: “Be cautious, lest you be seduced. For many will come in my name, saying: ‘For I am he,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ And so,  do not choose to go after them.  {21:9} And when you will have heard of battles and seditions,  do not be terrified. These things must happen first. But the end is not so soon.” {21:10} Then he said to them: “People  will rise up against people, and kingdom against kingdom. {21:11} And there will be great earthquakes in various places,  and pestilences, and famines, and terrors from heaven; and  there will be great signs. {21:12} But before all these things,  they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, handing  you  over to synagogues and into custody,  dragging you before kings and  governors, because of my  name.  {21:13} And  this will be  an opportunity for you to give  testimony. {21:14} Therefore, set this in your hearts: that you should not consider in advance how you might respond. {21:15} For I will give to you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries will not be able to resist or contradict.  {21:16} And you will be handed over by your parents, and  brothers, and relatives, and friends. And they will bring about  the death of some of you. {21:17} And you will be hated by  all because of my name. {21:18} And yet, not a hair of your  head will perish. {21:19} By your patience, you shall possess  your souls. {21:20} Then, when you will have seen Jerusalem encircled by  an army, know then that its desolation has  drawn near. {21:21} Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and those who are in its midst withdraw, and  those who are in the  countryside not enter into it.  {21:22} For these are the days of retribution, so that all things may be fulfilled, which have been written. {21:23} Then woe  to those who are pregnant or nursing in those days. For there  will be great distress upon the land and great wrath upon this  people. {21:24} And they will fall by the edge of the sword.  And they will be led away as captives into all nations. And  Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles, until the times of  the nations are fulfilled. {21:25} And there will be signs in  the sun and the moon and the stars. And there will be, on earth, distress among the Gentiles, out of confusion at the  roaring of the sea and of the waves: {21:26} men withering  away out of fear and out of apprehension over the things that will overwhelm the whole world. For  the powers  of the  heavens will be moved. {21:27} And then they will see the  Son of man coming on a cloud, with great power and majesty.  {21:28} But when these things begin to happen, lift up your heads and look around you, because your redemption draws near.” {21:29} And he told them a comparison: “Take notice of the fig tree and of all the trees. {21:30} When presently they produce fruit from themselves, you know that summer is  near. {21:31} So you also,  when you  will have seen these  things happen, know that the kingdom  of God is near.  {21:32} Amen I say to you, this lineage shall not pass away,  until all these things happen. {21:33} Heaven and earth shall  pass away. But my words shall not pass away. {21:34} But be  attentive to yourselves, lest  perhaps your hearts may be  weighed down by self-indulgence and  inebriation and the cares of this  life. And then that day  may overwhelm you  suddenly. {21:35} For like a snare it will overwhelm all those who sit upon the face of the entire earth. {21:36} And so, be  vigilant, praying at all times, so that you may be held worthy to escape from all these things, which are in the future, and to stand before the Son of man.” {21:37} Now in the daytime,  he was teaching  in the temple. But truly,  departing in the evening, he lodged on the mount that is called Olivet. {21:38} And all the people arrived in the morning to listen to  him in the temple. 
[Luke 22] {22:1} Now the days of the Feast of Unleavened  Bread,  which is called Passover,  were approaching. {22:2} And the leaders of the priests, and the scribes, were  seeking a way to execute Jesus. Yet truly, they were afraid of the people. {22:3} Then Satan entered into Judas, who was surnamed Iscariot, one of the twelve. {22:4} And he went out and was speaking  with the leaders of the priests,  and the magistrates,  as to how he might hand him over to  them. {22:5} And they were glad, and so they made an agreement  to give him money. {22:6} And he made a promise. And he was seeking an opportunity to hand him over, apart from the  crowds. {22:7} Then the day of Unleavened Bread arrived,  on which it was necessary to kill the Pascal lamb. {22:8} And  he sent Peter and John, saying,  “Go  out, and prepare the  Passover for us, so that we may eat.” {22:9} But they said,  “Where do you want us to prepare it?” {22:10} And he said  to them: “Behold, as you are entering into the city, a certain  man will meet you, carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him  to the house into which he enters. {22:11} And you shall say to the father  of the household: ‘The  Teacher says to you:  Where is the guestroom, where I may eat the Passover with  my disciples?’ {22:12} And he will show you a large cenacle,  fully furnished. And so, prepare it there.” {22:13} And going out, they found it to be just as he had told them. And they  prepared the Passover. {22:14} And when the hour had  arrived, he sat down at table, and the twelve Apostles with  him. {22:15} And he said  to them:  “With longing have I desired to eat this  Passover with you, before I  suffer. {22:16} For I say to you, that from this time, I will not eat it,  until it is fulfilled in the  kingdom of  God.” {22:17} And  having taken the chalice, he gave thanks, and he said: “Take this and share it among yourselves. {22:18} For I say to you, that I will not drink from the fruit of the vine, until the  kingdom of God arrives.” {22:19} And taking bread, he gave  thanks and broke it and gave it to them, saying: “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this as a commemoration of me.” {22:20} Similarly also, he took the chalice, after he had eaten the meal, saying: “This chalice is the new covenant in  my blood, which will be shed for you. {22:21} But in truth,  behold, the  hand  of my betrayer is with me at table. {22:22} And indeed, the Son of man goes according to what has been determined. And yet, woe to that man by whom he  will be betrayed.” {22:23} And they began to inquire among  themselves, as to which of them might do this. {22:24} Now  there was also a contention among them, as to which of them  seemed to be the greater. {22:25} And he said to them: “The kings  of the Gentiles dominate them;  and those  who hold  authority over them are called beneficent. {22:26} But it must not be so with you. Instead, whoever is greater among you, let him become the lesser. And whoever is the leader, let him  become the server. {22:27} For who is greater: he who sits at  table, or he who serves? Is not he who sits at table? Yet I am  in your midst as one who serves. {22:28} But you are those who have remained with me during my trials. {22:29} And I dispose to you, just as my Father has disposed to me, a  kingdom, {22:30} so that you may eat and drink at my table  in  my kingdom, and so that you may sit upon thrones,  judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”  {22:31} And the Lord  said: “Simon, Simon! Behold, Satan has asked for you, so that he may sift you like wheat. {22:32} But I have prayed for you, so that your faith may not fail, and so that you, once converted, may confirm your brothers.” {22:33} And he said to him, “Lord, I am prepared to go with you, even to prison and to death.” {22:34} And he said, “I say to you, Peter, the  rooster will not crow this  day, until you have three  times  denied that you know me.” And he said to them, {22:35} “When I sent you without money  or provisions  or shoes,  did you lack anything?” {22:36} And they said,  “Nothing.” Then he said to them: “But now, let whoever has  money take it, and likewise with  provisions.  And  whoever  does not have these, let him sell his coat and buy a sword.  {22:37} For I say to you, that what has been written must still  be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was esteemed with the wicked.’  Yet even these things about me have an end.” {22:38} So  they said, “Lord, behold, there are two swords here.” But he said to them, “It is sufficient.” {22:39} And departing, he went out, according to his custom, to the Mount of Olives.  And his disciples also followed him. {22:40} And when he  had arrived at the place, he said to them: “Pray, lest you enter into temptation.” {22:41} And he was separated from them  by about a stone’s throw.  And kneeling  down, he prayed,  {22:42} saying: “Father, if you are willing, take this chalice  away from me. Yet truly, let not my will, but  yours, be done.” {22:43} Then an Angel appeared to him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in agony, he prayed more  intensely; {22:44} and so  his sweat became like  drops of blood, running down to the ground. {22:45} And when he  had risen up from prayer and had gone to his disciples, he  found them sleeping out of sorrow. {22:46} And he said to them: “Why are you sleeping? Rise up, pray, lest you enter  into temptation.” {22:47} While he was still speaking, behold, a crowd arrived. And he  who is  called Judas,  one  of the twelve, went ahead of them and approached Jesus, in order  to kiss him. {22:48} And Jesus said to him, “Judas, do you  betray the Son of man with a kiss?” {22:49} Then those who  were around him, realizing what was about to happen, said to him: “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” {22:50} And  one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. {22:51} But  in  response,  Jesus said, “Permit even this.” And when he had touched his ear, he healed him.  {22:52} Then Jesus said to the leaders of the priests, and the  magistrates of the temple, and the elders, who had come to  him: “Have you gone out, as if against a thief, with swords and clubs?  {22:53} When I was with you each day  in the  temple, you did not extend your hands against me. But this is  your hour and that of the power of darkness.” {22:54} And apprehending him, they led him to the house of the high  priest. Yet truly, Peter followed at a distance. {22:55} Now as  they were sitting around a fire, which had been kindled in the  middle of the atrium, Peter was in their midst. {22:56} And  when a certain woman servant  had seen him sitting in its  light, and had looked at him intently, she said, “This one was also with him.” {22:57} But he denied him by  saying,  “Woman, I  do not know him.” {22:58} And after a little  while, another one, seeing him, said, “You also are one of them.” Yet Peter said, “O man, I am not.” {22:59} And after  the interval of about  one  hour had passed, someone else  affirmed it, saying: “Truly, this one also was with him. For  he is also a Galilean.” {22:60} And Peter said: “Man, I do  not know what you are saying.” And at once, while he was  still speaking, the rooster  crowed.  {22:61} And the Lord  turned around and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered  the word of the Lord that he had said: “For before the rooster  crows, you will deny me three times.” {22:62} And going out, Peter wept bitterly. {22:63} And the men who were holding  him ridiculed him and beat him. {22:64} And they  blindfolded him and repeatedly struck his face. And they questioned him, saying:  “Prophesy! Who is  it that  struck  you?” {22:65} And  blaspheming in many other  ways, they spoke against him. {22:66} And when it  was daytime,  the  elders of the people, and the leaders of the priests, and the scribes convened. And they led him into their council, saying,  “If you are the Christ, tell us.” {22:67} And he said to them:  “If I tell you, you will not believe me. {22:68} And if I also question you, you  will not answer me. Neither will you  release me. {22:69} But from this time, the Son of man will be sitting  at the right  hand  of the power  of God.” {22:70} Then they all said, “So you are the Son  of God?”  And he said. “You are saying that I am.” {22:71} And they  said: “Why do we still require testimony? For we have heard  it ourselves, from his own mouth.” 
[Luke 23] {23:1} And the entire multitude of them, rising up, led him to Pilate. {23:2} Then they began to accuse him, saying,  “We found this one  subverting our nation, and  prohibiting giving tribute to Caesar, and saying that he is Christ the king.” {23:3} And Pilate questioned him, saying:  “You are the king of the Jews?” But in response, he said:  “You are saying it.” {23:4} Then Pilate said to the leaders of the priests and to the crowds, “I find  no case against this man.” {23:5} But they continued more intensely, saying: “He  has stirred up the people, teaching throughout all of Judea,  beginning from Galilee, even to this place.” {23:6} But Pilate,  upon hearing Galilee, asked if the man were  of Galilee.  {23:7} And  when he realized that he  was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him away to Herod, who was himself  also at Jerusalem in those days. {23:8} Then Herod, upon seeing Jesus, was very glad. For he had been wanting to see  him for a long time, because he had heard so many things  about  him, and he was hoping to see some kind  of sign wrought by him. {23:9} Then he questioned him with many words. But he gave him no response at all. {23:10} And the  leaders of the priests,  and the scribes, stood firm in  persistently accusing him. {23:11} Then Herod, with his soldiers, scorned him. And he ridiculed him, clothing him in  a white garment. And  he sent him back to  Pilate. {23:12} And Herod and Pilate became friends on that day. For  previously they were enemies to  one another.  {23:13} And Pilate, calling together the leaders of the priests, and the magistrates, and the people, {23:14} said to  them:  “You have brought before me this man, as one who disturbs  the people. And behold, having questioned him before you, I find no case against this man, in those things about which you accuse him. {23:15} And neither did Herod. For I sent you all to him, and behold, nothing deserving of death was  recorded about him. {23:16} Therefore, I will chastise him  and release him.” {23:17} Now he was  required to release  one person for them on the feast day. {23:18} But the entire crowd exclaimed together, saying: “Take this one, and  release to us Barabbas!” {23:19} Now he had been cast into  prison because of a certain sedition that occurred in the city and for murder. {23:20} Then Pilate spoke to them again,  wanting to release Jesus. {23:21} But they shouted in response, saying: “Crucify him! Crucify him!” {23:22} Then  he said to them a third time: “Why? What evil has he done? I  find no case against him for death. Therefore, I will chastise him and release him.” {23:23} But they persisted, with loud  voices, in demanding that he be crucified. And their voices  increased in intensity. {23:24} And so Pilate issued a  judgment granting their petition. {23:25} Then he released for them the one who had been cast into prison for murder  and sedition, whom they were requesting. Yet truly, Jesus he  handed over to their will. {23:26} And as they were leading  him away, they apprehended a certain one, Simon of Cyrene, as he was returning from the countryside. And they imposed the cross on him to carry after Jesus. {23:27} Then a great crowd of people followed  him, with women who  were mourning and lamenting him. {23:28} But Jesus, turning to them, said: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep over me.  Instead, weep over yourselves and over your  children.  {23:29} For behold, the days will arrive in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the breasts that have not nursed.’ {23:30} Then  they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall over us,’ and to  the hills, ‘Cover us.’ {23:31} For if they do these things with green wood, what will be done with the dry?” {23:32} Now they also led out two other criminals with him, in order to  execute them. {23:33} And when they arrived at the place  that is called Calvary, they crucified him there,  with the  robbers, one to the right and the other to the left. {23:34} Then Jesus said,  “Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do.” And truly, dividing his garments,  they cast lots. {23:35} And  people were standing near,  watching. And the leaders among them derided him, saying: “He saved  others. Let him save himself, if this  one is the  Christ, the elect of God.” {23:36} And the soldiers also ridiculed him, approaching him  and  offering him vinegar,  {23:37} and saying, “If you are the king of the Jews, save  yourself.” {23:38} Now there was also an inscription written  over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.  {23:39} And one of those robbers who were hanging blasphemed him, saying, “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us.” {23:40} But the other  responded by rebuking him, saying: “Do you have no fear of  God, since you are  under the same condemnation?  {23:41} And  indeed, it is just for us. For we are receiving what our deeds deserve. But truly, this one has done nothing  wrong.” {23:42} And he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” {23:43} And Jesus said  to him, “Amen I say to you, this day you shall be with me in Paradise.” {23:44} Now it was nearly the sixth hour, and a  darkness occurred over the entire earth, until the ninth hour.  {23:45} And  the sun was obscured.  And the veil  of the  temple was torn down the middle. {23:46} And Jesus, crying  out with a loud  voice, said:  “Father, into your hands  I commend my spirit.”  And upon saying this, he expired. {23:47} Now, the centurion,  seeing what had happened,  glorified God, saying, “Truly, this man was the Just One.”  {23:48} And the entire crowd of those who came together to  see this spectacle also saw  what had  happened, and they returned, striking their breasts. {23:49} Now all those who  knew him, and the  women who had followed him from  Galilee, were standing at a distance, watching these things.  {23:50} And behold, there was a man named Joseph, who  was a councilman, a good and just man, {23:51} (for he had  not consented to their decision or their actions). He was from Arimathea, a city  of Judea. And he was himself also  anticipating  the kingdom of God.  {23:52} This man approached Pilate and petitioned for the body of Jesus.  {23:53} And taking  him down,  he wrapped him in a fine  linen cloth, and he placed him in a tomb hewn from rock, in which no one had ever been placed. {23:54} And it was the  day of Preparation, and  the Sabbath was drawing near.  {23:55} Now the women who had come with him from Galilee, by following, saw the tomb and the manner in which  his body was placed. {23:56} And upon returning, they  prepared aromatic spices and ointments. But on the Sabbath,  indeed, they rested, according to the commandment. 
[Luke 24] {24:1} Then, on the first Sabbath, at very first light,  they went to the tomb, carrying the aromatic spices that they  had prepared. {24:2} And they found the stone rolled back from the tomb. {24:3} And upon entering, they did not find  the body of the Lord Jesus. {24:4} And it happened that,  while their minds were still confused about this, behold, two  men stood beside them, in shining apparel. {24:5} Then,  since they were afraid and were turning their faces toward the  ground, these two said to them: “Why do you seek the living  with the dead? {24:6} He is not here, for he has risen. Recall  how he spoke to you,  when he was still in Galilee,  {24:7} saying: ‘For the Son of man must be delivered into the  hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’  ” {24:8} And  they called  to mind his words.  {24:9} And returning from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven, and to all the others. {24:10} Now it was  Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary of James, and the other women who were with them, who told these things to  the Apostles. {24:11} But these words seemed to them a  delusion.  And so they did not believe them. {24:12} But Peter, rising up, ran to the tomb. And stooping down, he saw  the linen cloths  positioned  alone, and  he went away  wondering to himself  about what had happened.  {24:13} And behold, two of them went out, on the same day,  to a town named Emmaus, which was the distance of sixty  stadia from  Jerusalem. {24:14} And they spoke to one another about all of these things that had occurred.  {24:15} And  it happened that, while they were speculating  and questioning  within themselves, Jesus himself,  drawing  near, traveled with them. {24:16} But their eyes were restrained, so that they would not recognize  him. {24:17} And he said to them, “What are these words, which  you  are discussing with one another, as you walk and  are  sad?” {24:18} And one of them, whose name was Cleopas, responded by saying to him, “Are you the only one visiting  Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened  there in these days?” {24:19} And he said to them,  “What  things?” And they said, “About Jesus of Nazareth, who was a noble prophet, powerful in works and in words, before God  and  all the people. {24:20} And how our high  priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death. And they crucified him. {24:21} But we were hoping that he would be  the Redeemer of Israel. And now, on top of all this, today is  the third day since these things have happened. {24:22} Then,  too, certain women from among us terrified us. For before  daytime, they were at the tomb, {24:23} and, having not  found his body, they returned, saying that they had even seen  a vision  of Angels, who said that he is alive.  {24:24} And  some of us went out to the tomb. And they found it just as  the women had said. But truly, they did not find him.” {24:25} And he said to them: “How foolish and reluctant in heart you are, to believe everything that has been spoken by the Prophets! {24:26} Was not the Christ required to suffer these things, and so enter into his glory?” {24:27} And  beginning from Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for  them, in all the Scriptures, the things that were about him. {24:28} And  they drew near to the town where they were going.  And he conducted  himself so  as to go  on further.  {24:29} But they were insistent with him, saying, “Remain  with us, because it is toward evening  and  now  daylight  is  declining.”  And so he entered with them. {24:30} And it happened that, while he was at table with them, he took bread,  and he blessed and broke it, and he extended it to them. {24:31} And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.  And he vanished from their eyes.  {24:32} And they said to one another, “Was not our heart  burning within us, while he was speaking on the way, and  when he opened the Scriptures to us?” {24:33} And rising up  at that same hour, they returned to Jerusalem.  And they  found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with  them, {24:34} saying: “In truth, the Lord has risen, and he has appeared to Simon.”  {24:35} And  they explained the  things that were done on the  way,  and how they had recognized him at the breaking of the bread. {24:36} Then,  while they  were talking  about these things, Jesus stood in  their midst, And he said to them: “Peace be with you. It is I.  Do not be  afraid.” {24:37} Yet truly, they were very disturbed  and terrified, supposing that  they saw a spirit. {24:38} And he said to them: “Why are you disturbed, and  why do these thoughts rise up in your hearts? {24:39} See my  hands  and feet, that it is I myself. Look and touch.  For a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.”  {24:40} And  when he had said this, he showed them his hands  and feet. {24:41} Then, while they were still in  disbelief and in wonder out of joy, he said, “Do you have anything here to eat?” {24:42} And they offered him a piece of roasted fish and a honeycomb. {24:43} And when he had  eaten these in their sight, taking up what was left, he gave it  to them. {24:44} And he said to them: “These are the words  that I spoke to you when I was still  with you, because all things must be fulfilled which are written in the law of Moses,  and  in the  Prophets, and in the Psalms about  me.”  {24:45} Then  he opened their mind, so that they  might understand the Scriptures. {24:46} And he said to them: “For so it is  written, and so it  was necessary, for the Christ to  suffer and to rise up from the dead  on the third day,  {24:47} and, in his name, for repentance and the remission of sins to be preached, among  all the nations, beginning  at  Jerusalem. {24:48} And you are  witnesses of these things.  {24:49} And I am sending the Promise of my Father upon  you. But you must stay in the city, until such time as you are  clothed with power from on high.” {24:50} Then he led them out as far as Bethania. And lifting up his hands, he blessed  them. {24:51} And it happened that, while he was blessing  them, he withdrew from them, and he was carried up into heaven. {24:52} And worshiping, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy. {24:53} And they were always in the temple,  praising and blessing God. Amen. 
** The Gospel of John **
[John 1] {1:1} In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word. {1:2} He was with  God in the beginning. {1:3} All things were made through Him, and nothing that was made was made without Him. {1:4} Life was in Him,  and  Life was the light of men.  {1:5} And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness  did not comprehend it. {1:6} There was a man sent by God, whose name was John. {1:7} He arrived as a witness to offer  testimony about the Light, so that all would believe through  him. {1:8} He was not the Light, but he was to offer  testimony about the Light. {1:9} The  true Light,  which  illuminates every man, was  coming into this  world. {1:10} He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world did not recognize him. {1:11} He went to his  own, and  his  own  did not accept him. {1:12} Yet whoever did accept him, those who believed in his name, he  gave them the power to become the sons of God. {1:13} These are born, not of blood, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. {1:14} And the Word became flesh, and he lived among us, and we saw his glory, glory like that of an only-begotten son from the Father, full of grace and truth. {1:15} John offers testimony about him, and  he cries out, saying: “This is the one about whom I said: ‘He  who  is to come after me, has been placed  ahead of me,  because he existed before me.’ ” {1:16} And from his fullness, we all have received, even grace for grace. {1:17} For the law  was given though Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. {1:18} No one ever saw God; the only-begotten  Son, who is in the bosom  of the Father, he himself has described  him. {1:19} And this is the testimony  of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to him, so that they might ask him, “Who are you?” {1:20} And he  confessed it and did not deny it; and what he confessed was: “I am not the Christ.”  {1:21} And they questioned him:  “Then what are you? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am  not.”  “Are you the  Prophet?” And he answered,  “No.”  {1:22} Therefore, they said to him: “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” {1:23} He said, “I am a voice crying out in  the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ just as the  prophet Isaiah said.” {1:24} And some of those who had been sent were from among the Pharisees. {1:25} And they  questioned him and said to him, “Then why do you baptize,  if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the  Prophet?” {1:26} John answered them by saying: “I baptize  with water. But in your midst stands one, whom you do not know. {1:27} The same is he who is to come after me, who  has been placed ahead of me, the laces of whose shoes I am  not worthy to loosen.” {1:28} These things happened in  Bethania, across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.  {1:29} On the next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him,  and so he said: “Behold, the Lamb of God. Behold, he who takes away the sin of the world. {1:30} This is the one about  whom I said, ‘After me arrives a man, who has been placed ahead of me, because he existed before me.’ {1:31} And I did  not know him. Yet it is for this reason that I come baptizing  with  water: so that he may be made manifest in Israel.”  {1:32} And John offered testimony, saying: “For I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove; and he remained upon him. {1:33} And I did not know him. But he who sent me to baptize with water said to me: ‘He over whom you will  see the Spirit descending and remaining upon him, this is the  one  who baptizes with the  Holy Spirit.’ {1:34} And I saw,  and I gave testimony: that this  one is the Son of God.” {1:35} The next day again, John was standing with two of his disciples. {1:36} And catching sight of Jesus walking, he said,  “Behold, the Lamb of God.” {1:37} And two disciples were  listening to him speaking. And they followed Jesus.  {1:38} Then Jesus, turning around and seeing them following  him, said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to  him, “Rabbi (which means in translation, Teacher), where do  you live?” {1:39} He said to them, “Come and see.” They  went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. Now it was about the tenth hour. {1:40} And  Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who  had heard  about him from John and had followed him.  {1:41} First, he found his brother Simon, and he said to him, “We have found the Messiah,” (which  is translated as the  Christ). {1:42} And he led him to Jesus. And Jesus, gazing at  him, said: “You are Simon, son of Jonah. You shall be called  Cephas,” (which is translated as Peter). {1:43} On the next  day, he wanted to go into Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” {1:44} Now Philip was from  Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. {1:45} Philip found Nathanael,  and he said to him, “We have found the one  about whom Moses wrote in the Law and the Prophets: Jesus,  the son  of Joseph, from Nazareth.” {1:46} And Nathanael  said to him, “Can anything good be from Nazareth?” Philip  said to him,  “Come and see.” {1:47} Jesus saw  Nathanael coming toward him, and  he said  about him,  “Behold, an  Israelite in whom truly there is no deceit.” {1:48} Nathanael  said to him, “From  where do you  know me?”  Jesus responded and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree,  I saw you.” {1:49} Nathanael  answered him and said: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You  are the King of Israel.” {1:50} Jesus responded and said to him: “Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, you believe. Greater things than these, you  will see.” {1:51} And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you  will see heaven opened,  and the  Angels of God ascending  and descending over the Son of man.”
[John 2] {2:1} And on the third day, a wedding was held in Cana  of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was  there. {2:2} Now Jesus was also invited to the wedding, with his disciples. {2:3} And when the wine was failing, the mother of  Jesus said to him, “They  have no wine.” {2:4} And  Jesus said to her: “What is that to me and to you, woman? My  hour has not yet arrived.” {2:5} His mother said  to the  servants,  “Do whatever he tells you.”  {2:6} Now  in that place, there  were six stone water jars,  for the purification ritual  of the Jews, containing two  or three measures  each.  {2:7} Jesus said to them, “Fill the water jars with water.”  And they filled them to the very top. {2:8} And Jesus said to them, “Now draw from it, and carry it to the chief steward of  the feast.” And they took it to him. {2:9} Then, when the chief steward had tasted the water made into wine, since he  did not know where it was from, for only the servants who  had drawn the water knew, the  chief  steward called the groom, {2:10} and he said to him: “Every man offers the good wine first, and then, when they have become inebriated,  he offers what is worse. But you have kept the good wine  until now.” {2:11} This was the beginning of the signs that  Jesus accomplished in Cana of Galilee, and it manifested his  glory, and his disciples believed in him. {2:12} After this, he descended to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers  and his disciples, but they did not remain there for many days.  {2:13} And the Passover of the Jews was near, and so Jesus  ascended to Jerusalem. {2:14} And he found, sitting in the  temple, sellers of oxen and sheep and  doves, and the moneychangers. {2:15} And when he had made something  like a whip out of little cords, he drove them all out of the  temple, including the sheep and the oxen. And he poured out the brass  coins  of the moneychangers,  and he overturned  their tables. {2:16} And to those who were selling doves, he  said: “Take these things out of here, and do not make my  Father’s house into a house of commerce.” {2:17} And truly, his disciples were reminded that it is written: “Zeal for your house consumes me.” {2:18} Then the Jews responded and  said to him, “What sign can you show to us, that you may do these things?”  {2:19} Jesus responded  and said to  them,  “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” {2:20} Then the Jews said,  “This temple has been built up  over forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?”  {2:21} Yet he was speaking about the Temple of his body.  {2:22} Therefore, when he had resurrected from the dead, his  disciples were reminded that he had said this,  and they  believed in the Scriptures and in the  word that Jesus had  spoken. {2:23} Now while  he was at Jerusalem during the  Passover, on the day of the feast, many trusted in his name,  seeing his signs that he was accomplishing. {2:24} But Jesus  did not trust himself to them, because he himself had  knowledge of all persons, {2:25} and because he had no need  of anyone to offer testimony about a man. For he knew what was within a man. 
[John 3] {3:1} Now there was a man among the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. {3:2} He went to  Jesus at night, and he said to him: “Rabbi, we know that you have arrived as a teacher from God. For no one would be  able to accomplish these signs, which you accomplish, unless  God were with him.” {3:3} Jesus responded and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one has been reborn anew,  he is not able to see the kingdom of God.” {3:4} Nicodemus  said to him:  “How  could  a man be born when he is old?  Surely, he  cannot enter  a second time into his  mother’s womb to be reborn?” {3:5} Jesus responded: “Amen, amen, I  say to you, unless one has been reborn by water and the Holy Spirit, he is  not able to enter into the kingdom  of God.  {3:6} What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of  the Spirit is spirit. {3:7} You should not be amazed that I said to you: You must be born anew. {3:8} The Spirit inspires  where he wills. And you hear his voice, but you do not know where he comes from, or where he is going. So it is with all  who are born of the Spirit.” {3:9} Nicodemus responded and  said to him, “How are these things able to be accomplished?”  {3:10} Jesus responded and said to him: “You are a teacher in Israel, and you are ignorant of these things? {3:11} Amen,  amen, I say to you, that we speak about what we know, and  we testify about what we have seen. But you do not accept  our testimony. {3:12} If I have spoken to you about earthly things, and you have not believed, then how will you believe,  if I will speak to you about heavenly things? {3:13} And no one has ascended to heaven, except the one who descended  from heaven: the Son of man who is in heaven. {3:14} And  just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so also must  the Son of man be lifted up, {3:15} so that whoever believes  in him may not perish, but may have eternal life. {3:16} For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,  so that all who believe in him may not perish, but may have  eternal life. {3:17} For God did not send his Son  into the  world, in order to judge the world, but in order that the world may be saved through him. {3:18} Whoever believes in him is not judged. But whoever does not believe is already judged,  because he does not believe in the name of the only-begotten  Son of God. {3:19} And this is the judgment: that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness more than light. For their works  were evil. {3:20} For everyone who  does evil hates the Light and does not go toward the Light, so  that his works may not be corrected. {3:21} But whoever acts  in truth goes toward the Light, so that his works  may be manifested, because they have been accomplished in God.”  {3:22} After these things, Jesus and his disciples went into  the land of Judea. And he was living there with them and  baptizing.  {3:23} Now John was also baptizing, at  Aenon near Salim, because there was much water in that place. And they were arriving and being baptized. {3:24} For John had  not yet been cast into prison. {3:25} Then a dispute occurred  between the disciples  of John and the Jews, about  purification. {3:26} And they went to John and said to him: “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, about  whom you  offered testimony: behold, he is baptizing and  everyone is going to him.” {3:27} John responded and said: “A man is not able to receive anything, unless it has been given to him from heaven. {3:28} You yourselves offer  testimony for me that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but that I  have been sent before him. {3:29} He who holds the bride is the groom.  But the friend of the groom, who stands and  listens to Him, rejoices joyfully at the voice of the groom.  And so, this, my joy, has been fulfilled. {3:30} He must increase, while I must decrease. {3:31} He who comes from above, is above everything. He who is from below, is of the  earth, and he speaks about the earth. He who comes from heaven is above everything. {3:32} And what he has seen and heard, about this he testifies. And no one accepts his  testimony. {3:33} Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified that God is truthful. {3:34} For he whom God has  sent speaks the words of God. For God does not give the Spirit by measure. {3:35} The Father loves the Son, and he  has given everything into his hand. {3:36} Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. But whoever is unbelieving toward  the Son shall not see life; instead the wrath of God remains  upon him.” 
[John 4] {4:1} And so, when Jesus realized that the Pharisees  had heard that Jesus made more disciples and baptized more than John, {4:2} (though Jesus himself was not baptizing, but only his disciples) {4:3} he left behind Judea, and he traveled  again to Galilee. {4:4} Now he needed to cross through  Samaria. {4:5} Therefore,  he went into a city  of Samaria  which is called Sychar, near the estate which Jacob gave to  his son Joseph. {4:6} And  Jacob’s well was there. And so  Jesus, being tired from the journey, was sitting in a certain way on the well. It was about the sixth hour. {4:7} A woman  of Samaria arrived to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me to drink.” {4:8} For his disciples had gone into the city in  order to buy food. {4:9} And so, that Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, are requesting a drink from me, though I am a Samaritan woman?” For the Jews do not associate with the Samaritans. {4:10} Jesus  responded and said to her: “If you knew the gift of God, and  who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give me to drink,’ perhaps  you would have made a request of him, and he would have  given you living water.”  {4:11} The  woman said to  him: “Lord, you do not have anything with which to draw water,  and the well is deep. From where, then, do you have living water? {4:12} Surely, you  are not  greater than our father  Jacob, who gave us the well and who drank from it, with his sons and his cattle?” {4:13} Jesus responded and said to her:  “All who drink from this water will thirst again. But whoever  shall drink from the water that I will give to him will not  thirst for eternity. {4:14} Instead, the water that I will give to  him will become in him a fountain of water, springing up into  eternal life.” {4:15} The woman said to him, “Lord, give me this water, so that I may not thirst and may not come here to draw water.” {4:16} Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband,  and return  here.” {4:17} The woman responded  and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her: “You have  spoken well, in saying, ‘I have no husband.’ {4:18} For you have had five husbands, but he whom you have now is not  your husband. You have spoken this in truth.”  {4:19} The woman said to him:  “Lord, I  see that you are  a Prophet.  {4:20} Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you say  that Jerusalem is the place where  one ought to worship.” {4:21} Jesus said to her:  “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you shall worship the Father, neither on this  mountain, nor in Jerusalem. {4:22} You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know. For salvation is from the Jews. {4:23} But the hour is coming, and it is now, when true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and  in truth. For  the Father also seeks such persons who may worship him. {4:24} God is Spirit. And so, those who  worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” {4:25} The woman said  to him:  “I know that the Messiah is  coming  (who is called the Christ). And then, when he will have  arrived, he will announce everything to us.” {4:26} Jesus said  to her:  “I am he, the  one who is speaking with you.”  {4:27} And then his disciples arrived.  And they wondered  that he was speaking with the woman. Yet no  one said:  “What are you seeking?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” {4:28} And so the woman left behind her water jar and went into the city. And she said to the men there: {4:29} “Come  and see a man who has told me all the things that I have done. Is he not the Christ?” {4:30} Therefore, they went out of the city and came to him. {4:31} Meanwhile, the disciples  petitioned him, saying,  “Rabbi,  eat.”  {4:32} But he said to  them, “I have food to eat which you do not  know.” {4:33} Therefore, the disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought him something to eat?” {4:34} Jesus  said to them: “My food is to do the will of the One who sent  me, so that I may perfect his work. {4:35} Do you not say,  ‘There are still four months,  and then the harvest arrives?’  Behold, I say to you:  Lift up your eyes and look at the  countryside; for it is already ripe for the harvest. {4:36} For he who reaps, receives wages and gathers fruit unto eternal  life, so that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice  together. {4:37} For in this the word is  true: that it is one who sows,  and it is another who reaps.  {4:38} I have sent  you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” {4:39} Now  many  of the Samaritans  from that city believed in him,  because of the word of the woman who  was offering  testimony: “For he told me all the things that I have done.”  {4:40} Therefore, when the Samaritans had come to him,  they petitioned him to lodge there. And he lodged there for  two days. {4:41} And many more believed in him, because of  his own word. {4:42} And they said to the woman: “Now we  believe, not because of your speech, but because we ourselves have heard him, and so we know that he is truly the Savior of the world.” {4:43} Then,  after two  days, he departed from  there, and he traveled into Galilee. {4:44} For Jesus himself offered testimony that a  Prophet has no honor in his own  country. {4:45} And so, when he had arrived in Galilee, the  Galileans received him, because they had seen all that he had  done at Jerusalem, in the day of the feast. For they also went  to the feast day. {4:46} Then he went again into Cana of Galilee, where he made water into wine. And there was a certain ruler, whose son was sick at Capernaum. {4:47} Since he had heard that Jesus came to Galilee from Judea, he sent to him and begged him to come down and heal his son. For he was beginning to die. {4:48} Therefore, Jesus said to him, “Unless you have seen signs and wonders, you do not believe.” {4:49} The ruler  said to him,  “Lord, come down before my son dies.” {4:50} Jesus said to him, “Go, your son  lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and so he went away. {4:51} Then, as he was going down, his servants met him. And they reported to him, saying that his son was alive. {4:52} Therefore, he asked them at which  hour he had become better. And they said to him, “Yesterday,  at the seventh hour, the fever left him.” {4:53} Then the  father realized that it was at the same hour that Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And both he and his entire household  believed. {4:54} This next sign was the second that Jesus  accomplished, after he had arrived in Galilee from Judea. 
[John 5] {5:1} After these things, there was a feast day of the  Jews, and so Jesus ascended to Jerusalem. {5:2} Now  at Jerusalem is the Pool of  Evidence, which in  Hebrew is known as the Place  of Mercy; it has five  porticos.  {5:3} Along these lay a great multitude of the sick, the blind, the lame, and the withered, waiting for the movement of the  water. {5:4} Now at times an  Angel  of the Lord would  descend  into the pool,  and so the water was moved. And  whoever descended first into the pool, after the motion of the  water, he was healed  of whatever infirmity held him.  {5:5} And there was a certain man in that place, having been in his infirmity for thirty-eight years. {5:6} Then, when Jesus  had seen him reclining, and when he realized that he had  been afflicted for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want  to be healed?” {5:7} The invalid answered him: “Lord, I do not have any man to put me in the pool, when the water has  been stirred. For as I am going, another descends ahead of me.” {5:8} Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your stretcher, and walk.” {5:9} And immediately the man was healed. And  he took up his stretcher and walked. Now this day was the  Sabbath. {5:10} Therefore, the Jews said to the one who had  been healed: “It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to take  up your stretcher.” {5:11} He answered them, “The one who  healed me, he said to me, ‘Take up your stretcher and  walk.’ ” {5:12} Therefore, they questioned him, “Who is that  man, who said to you, ‘Take up your  bed and walk?’ ”  {5:13} But the one who had been given health did not know who it was.  For Jesus had turned aside from the crowd  gathered in that place. {5:14} Afterwards, Jesus found him in the temple, and he said to him: “Behold, you have been healed.  Do not choose to  sin further,  otherwise something  worse may happen to you.” {5:15} This man went away, and  he reported to the Jews that it was Jesus who had given him  health. {5:16} Because  of  this, the Jews were persecuting  Jesus, for he was doing these things on the Sabbath. {5:17} But Jesus answered them, “Even now, my Father is  working, and I am working.” {5:18} And so, because of this,  the Jews were seeking to kill him even more so. For not only  did he break the Sabbath, but he even said that God was his Father, making himself equal  to God. {5:19} Then Jesus responded and said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son is not able to do anything of himself, but only what he  has seen the Father doing. For whatever he does, even this does the Son do, similarly. {5:20} For the Father loves the  Son, and he shows him all that he himself does. And greater  works than these will he show him, so much so that you shall wonder. {5:21} For just as the Father raises the  dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wills.  {5:22} For the Father does not judge anyone. But he has  given all judgment to the Son, {5:23} so that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father.  Whoever does not honor the Son, does not  honor the Father who sent him.  {5:24} Amen, amen, I say to you, that whoever hears my word, and believes in him who sent me, has eternal life, and he does not  go into judgment, but instead he  crosses from death into  life.  {5:25} Amen,  amen, I say to you, that the  hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead shall hear the  voice of the Son of God; and those who hear it shall live. {5:26} For just as the Father has life in himself, so also has he granted to the Son to have life in himself. {5:27} And he has given him the authority to accomplish judgment. For he is the Son of man. {5:28} Do not be amazed at this. For the  hour is coming in which all who are in the grave shall hear the voice of the Son of God. {5:29} And those who have done good shall go forth to the resurrection of life. Yet truly,  those who have  done evil shall go to  the resurrection  of judgment. {5:30} I am not able to do anything of myself. As I hear, so do I judge. And my judgment is just. For I do not seek my own will, but the will of him who sent me. {5:31} If  I offer testimony about  myself, my testimony is not true. {5:32} There is another who offers testimony about me, and I know that the testimony  which he offers about me is true.  {5:33} You sent to John,  and he  offered testimony to the truth. {5:34} But I  do not accept testimony from  man.  Instead, I say these things, so that you may be  saved.  {5:35} He was a burning and shining light. So you were  willing, at the time, to exult in his light. {5:36} But I hold a  greater testimony than that of John. For the works which the Father has given to me, so that I may complete them, these works themselves that I do, offer testimony about me: that  the Father has sent me. {5:37} And the Father who has sent me has himself offered testimony about me. And you have never heard his voice, nor have you beheld his appearance.  {5:38} And you do not have his word abiding in you. For the  one  whom  he sent, the same you  would not believe.  {5:39} Study the Scriptures. For you think that in them you  have eternal life. And yet they also offer testimony about me.  {5:40} And you are not willing to come to me, so that you  may have life. {5:41} I  do not  accept glory from  men.  {5:42} But I know you, that you do not have the love of God within you. {5:43} I have come in the name of my Father,  and you do not accept me. If another will arrive in his own  name, him you  will accept. {5:44} How are you able to  believe, you who accept glory from one another and yet do not seek the  glory that  is  from God alone? {5:45} Do not consider that I might accuse you with the Father. There is  one who accuses you, Moses, in whom you hope. {5:46} For if you were believing in Moses, perhaps you would believe in me also. For he wrote about me. {5:47} But if you do not  believe by his writings, how will you believe by my words?” 
[John 6] {6:1} After these things, Jesus traveled across the sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. {6:2} And a great multitude was following him, for they saw the signs that he was accomplishing  toward  those who were  infirm.  {6:3} Therefore, Jesus went onto a mountain, and he sat  down there with his disciples. {6:4} Now the Passover, the  feast day of the Jews, was near. {6:5} And so, when Jesus  had lifted up his eyes and had seen that a very great multitude came to him, he said to Philip, “From where should we buy bread, so that these may eat?” {6:6} But he said this to test  him. For he himself knew what he would do. {6:7} Philip  answered him, “Two hundred denarii of bread would not be sufficient for each of them to receive even a little.” {6:8} One  of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him: {6:9} “There is a certain boy here, who has five barley  loaves and two fish. But what are these among so many?”  {6:10} Then  Jesus said, “Have the  men sit down to eat.”  Now, there was much grass in that place. And so the men, in  number about five thousand, sat down to eat.  {6:11} Therefore, Jesus took the bread, and when he had  given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting down  to eat; similarly also, from the fish, as much as they wanted.  {6:12} Then, when they were filled, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments that are left over, lest they be lost.”  {6:13} And so they gathered, and they filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which were left  over from those who had eaten. {6:14} Therefore, those men,  when they had seen that Jesus had accomplished a sign, they  said, “Truly, this one is the Prophet who is to come into the  world.” {6:15} And so,  when he realized that they were  going to come and take him away and make him king, Jesus  fled back to the mountain, by himself alone.  {6:16} Then,  when evening  arrived, his  disciples  descended to the sea.  {6:17} And when they had climbed into a boat, they went across the sea to Capernaum. And darkness had now arrived, and Jesus had not returned to them. {6:18} Then the sea was  stirred up by a great wind that was blowing. {6:19} And so, when they had rowed about twenty-five or thirty stadia, they  saw Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing near to the boat,  and they were afraid. {6:20} But he said to them: “It is I. Do not be afraid.” {6:21} Therefore, they were willing to receive him into the boat. But immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going. {6:22} On the next day, the crowd  which was standing across the sea saw that there were no  other small boats in that place, except one, and that Jesus had not entered into the boat with his  disciples, but that his  disciples had departed alone.  {6:23} Yet truly, other boats came over from Tiberias, next to the place where they had  eaten the bread after the Lord gave thanks. {6:24} Therefore,  when the crowd had seen that Jesus was not there, nor his  disciples, they climbed into the small boats, and they went to  Capernaum, seeking Jesus. {6:25} And when they had found him across the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” {6:26} Jesus answered them and said: “Amen,  amen, I say to you, you seek me, not because you have seen signs, but because you have eaten from the bread and were  satisfied. {6:27} Do not work for food that perishes, but for  that which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him.” {6:28} Therefore, they said to him, “What should we do, so that we may labor  in the works  of  God?” {6:29} Jesus  responded and said to them, “This is the work of God, that  you believe in him whom he sent.” {6:30} And so they said  to him: “Then what sign will you do, so that we may see it  and believe in you? What will you work? {6:31} Our fathers  ate manna in the desert, just as it has been written, ‘He gave  them bread from heaven to eat.’  ” {6:32} Therefore,  Jesus said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, Moses did not give you bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. {6:33} For the bread of God is he who  descends from heaven and gives life to the  world.”  {6:34} And so they said to him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” {6:35} Then Jesus said to them: “I am the bread of  life. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and  whoever  believes in me shall never thirst. {6:36} But I say to you, that even though you have seen me, you  do not believe.  {6:37} All that the Father gives to me shall come to me. And  whoever comes to me, I will not cast out. {6:38} For I  descended from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will  of him who sent me. {6:39} Yet this is the will of the Father  who sent me: that I should lose nothing out of all that he has given to me, but that I should raise them up on the last day.  {6:40} So then, this is the will of my Father who sent me: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life,  and I  will raise him up on the last day.”  {6:41} Therefore, the Jews murmured about him, because he  had said: “I am the living bread, who  descended from heaven.” {6:42} And they said: “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? Then how can he  say: ‘For I descended from heaven?’ ” {6:43} And so Jesus  responded and said to them:  “Do not choose to murmur  among yourselves. {6:44} No  one is able to come to me, unless the Father, who has sent me, has drawn him. And I will raise him up on the last day. {6:45} It has been written in the Prophets: ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone  who has listened and learned from the Father comes to me.  {6:46} Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is  from God; this one has seen the Father. {6:47} Amen, amen,  I say to you, whoever believes in me has eternal life. {6:48} I  am the bread of life. {6:49} Your fathers ate manna in the desert, and  they died. {6:50} This is the bread  which descends from heaven, so that if anyone will eat from it, he may not die. {6:51} I am the living bread,  who  descended from heaven. {6:52} If anyone eats from this bread, he shall  live in eternity. And the bread that I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world.” {6:53} Therefore, the Jews debated among themselves, saying, “How can this man give  us his  flesh to eat?” {6:54} And so, Jesus said to them: “Amen,  amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man  and drink his blood, you will not have life  in you. {6:55} Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has  eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. {6:56} For my flesh  is true food, and  my blood is true  drink. {6:57} Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in  me, and I in him. {6:58} Just as the living Father has sent me  and I live because of the Father, so also whoever eats me, the  same shall live because of me. {6:59} This is the bread that  descends from heaven. It is not like the manna that your fathers ate, for they died. Whoever eats this bread shall live forever.” {6:60} He said these things when he was teaching  in the synagogue at Capernaum. {6:61} Therefore, many of his  disciples, upon hearing this, said:  “This saying  is  difficult,” and, “Who is able to listen to it?” {6:62} But Jesus,  knowing  within himself that his  disciples were murmuring  about this, said to them: “Does this offend you? {6:63} Then  what if you were to see the Son of man ascending to where he  was before? {6:64} It is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh  does not offer anything  of benefit. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. {6:65} But there are some  among you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the  beginning who were unbelieving and which one would betray  him. {6:66} And so he said, “For this reason, I said to you that no one is able to come to me, unless it has been given to  him by my Father.” {6:67} After this, many of his disciples  went back, and they no longer walked with him.  {6:68} Therefore, Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” {6:69} Then Simon Peter answered him: “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. {6:70} And we have believed, and we recognize that you are  the Christ, the Son  of God.” {6:71} Jesus answered  them:  “Have I not chosen you twelve? And yet one among you is a  devil.” {6:72} Now he was speaking about Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. For this one, even though he was one of the  twelve, was about to betray him. 
[John 7] {7:1} Then, after these things, Jesus was walking in  Galilee. For he was not willing to walk in Judea, because the  Jews were seeking to kill him. {7:2} Now the feast day of the Jews, the Feast of Tabernacles, was  near. {7:3} And his brothers said  to him:  “Move  away from here and  go  into  Judea, so that your disciples there may also see your works  that you do. {7:4} Of course, no one does anything in secret, but he himself seeks to be in the public view. Since you do these things, manifest yourself to the world.” {7:5} For  neither did his brothers believe in him. {7:6} Therefore, Jesus said to them: “My time has not yet come; but your time is  always at hand. {7:7} The world cannot hate you.  But it  hates me, because I offer testimony about it, that its works are  evil. {7:8} You may go up to this feast day. But I am not going up to this feast day, because my time has not yet been fulfilled.” {7:9} When he had said these things, he himself  remained in Galilee. {7:10} But after his brothers went up, then he also went up to the feast day, not openly, but as if in  secret. {7:11} Therefore, the Jews were seeking him on the  feast day, and they were saying, “Where is he?” {7:12} And  there was much  murmuring in the crowd concerning him.  For certain ones were saying, “He is good.” But others were  saying, “No, for he seduces the crowds.” {7:13} Yet no one was speaking openly  about him, out of fear  of the Jews.  {7:14} Then, about the middle of the feast, Jesus ascended  into the temple, and he was teaching. {7:15} And the Jews wondered, saying: “How does this one know letters, though he has not been taught?” {7:16} Jesus responded to them and said: “My doctrine is not of me, but of him who sent me. {7:17} If anyone has chosen to  do  his will, then he will  realize, about the doctrine, whether it is from God,  or  whether I am speaking from myself. {7:18} Whoever speaks from himself seeks his own glory.  But whoever seeks the glory of him who sent him, this one is true, and injustice is  not in him. {7:19} Did not Moses give you the law? And yet  not  one  among you keeps the law!  {7:20} Why are you  seeking to kill me?” The crowd responded and said: “You must have  a demon.  Who  is seeking to kill you?”  {7:21} Jesus responded and said to them: “One work have I done, and you all  wonder. {7:22} For Moses gave you circumcision, (not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers) and  on the Sabbath you circumcise a man. {7:23} If a man can receive circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the law of Moses  may not be broken, why are you indignant toward me, because I have made a man whole on the Sabbath? {7:24} Do  not judge according to appearances, but instead judge a just  judgment.” {7:25} Therefore, some of those from Jerusalem  said: “Is he not  the one whom  they are  seeking  to  kill?  {7:26} And behold, he is speaking  openly, and they say nothing to him. Could the leaders have decided that it is true  this one is the Christ? {7:27} But we know him and where he  is from. And when the Christ has arrived, no one will know where he is from.” {7:28} Therefore, Jesus cried out in the  temple, teaching and saying: “You know me, and you also  know where I am from. And I have not arrived of myself, but he who sent me is true, and him you do not know. {7:29} I know him. For I am from him, and he has sent me.”  {7:30} Therefore, they were seeking to apprehend him, and  yet no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet  come. {7:31} But many  among the crowd  believed in him, and they  were saying,  “When  the Christ arrives,  will he perform more signs than this man  does?” {7:32} The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things about him. And the leaders and the Pharisees sent attendants to apprehend him. {7:33} Therefore, Jesus said to them: “For a  brief time, I am still with you, and then I am going to him  who sent me. {7:34} You shall seek me, and you will not find  me. And where I am, you are not able to go.” {7:35} And so  the Jews said among themselves: “Where is this  place to which he will go, such that we will not find him? Will he go  to those dispersed among the Gentiles and teach the Gentiles? {7:36} What is this word that he spoke, ‘You will seek me  and you will not find me; and where I am, you are not able to go?’ ” {7:37} Then, on the last great day of the feast, Jesus was standing and crying out, saying: “If anyone thirsts, let  him come to me and drink: {7:38} whoever believes in me, just as Scripture says,  ‘From his  chest shall flow rivers  of  living water.’ ” {7:39} Now he said this about the  Spirit,  which those who believe in him would soon be receiving. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet  been glorified. {7:40} Therefore, some from that crowd,  when they had heard these words of his, were saying, “This one truly is the Prophet.” {7:41} Others were saying, “He is the Christ.” Yet certain ones were saying: “Does the Christ come from Galilee? {7:42} Does Scripture not say that the Christ comes from the  offspring of David and from Bethlehem, the town where David was?” {7:43} And so there  arose a dissension  among the multitude because of him.  {7:44} Now certain ones among them wanted to  apprehended him, but  no one laid hands upon him.  {7:45} Therefore, the attendants went to the high priests and  the Pharisees. And they said  to them, “Why have you not  brought him?” {7:46} The attendants responded, “Never has a man spoken like this man.” {7:47} And so the Pharisees  answered them: “Have you also been seduced? {7:48} Have any of the leaders believed in him, or any of the Pharisees? {7:49} But this crowd, which does not know the law, they are  accursed.” {7:50} Nicodemus, the one who came to him by night and who was one of them, said to them, {7:51} “Does  our law judge a man, unless it has first heard him and has  known what he has done?” {7:52} They responded and said to him: “Are you also a Galilean? Study the Scriptures, and  see that a prophet does not arise from Galilee.” {7:53} And each one returned to his own house. 
[John 8] {8:1} But Jesus continued on to the Mount of Olives.  {8:2} And early in the morning, he went again to the temple;  and all the people came to him. And sitting down, he taught them. {8:3} Now the scribes and Pharisees brought forward a woman caught in adultery, and they stood her in front of them. {8:4} And they said to him: “Teacher, this woman was just now caught in adultery. {8:5} And  in the law,  Moses  commanded us to stone such a one. Therefore, what do you say?” {8:6} But they were saying this to test him, so that they  might be able to  accuse him.  Then Jesus bent down and  wrote with his finger on the earth. {8:7} And then, when they persevered in questioning him, he stood upright and said to  them, “Let whoever is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her.” {8:8} And bending down again, he wrote on the earth. {8:9} But upon hearing this, they went away,  one by one, beginning with the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, with the woman standing in front  of him. {8:10} Then Jesus, raising himself up, said to her: “Woman,  where are those who accused you? Has no one condemned you?” {8:11} And she said, “No one, Lord.” Then Jesus said:  “Neither will I condemn you. Go, and now do not choose to  sin anymore.” {8:12} Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying:  “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me does not  walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” {8:13} And  so the Pharisees said to him,  “You  offer testimony  about  yourself; your testimony is not true.” {8:14} Jesus responded  and said to them:  “Even  though I offer testimony about  myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from  and where I am going.  {8:15} You judge according to the  flesh. I do not judge anyone. {8:16} And when I do judge,  my judgment is true. For I am not alone, but it is I and he who sent me: the Father. {8:17} And it is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. {8:18} I am one who offers testimony about myself, and the Father who sent me  offers testimony about me.” {8:19} Therefore, they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered: “You know  neither me, nor my Father. If you did know me, perhaps you would know my Father also.” {8:20} Jesus spoke these words  at the treasury, while teaching in the temple. And  no one apprehended  him, because his hour had not yet  come.  {8:21} Therefore, Jesus again  spoke  to them: “I am going,  and you shall seek me. And you will die in your sin. Where I  am going, you are not able to go.” {8:22} And so the Jews said, “Is he going to kill himself, for he said: ‘Where I am going, you are not able to go?’ ” {8:23} And he said to them:  “You are from below. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world. {8:24} Therefore, I said to you, that you will die in your sins. For if you will not believe that I am, you will die in your sin.” {8:25} And so they said to him,  “Who are you?” Jesus said to them: “The Beginning, who is also speaking to you. {8:26} I have much to say about you and to judge. But he who sent me is true. And what I have  heard from him, this I speak within the world.” {8:27} And  they did not realize that he was calling God his Father.  {8:28} And so Jesus said to them: “When you will have lifted  up the Son of man, then you shall realize that I am, and that I  do nothing of myself, but just as the Father has taught me, so do I speak. {8:29} And he who sent me is with me, and he has not abandoned me alone. For I  always  do  what  is  pleasing to him.”  {8:30} As he was speaking these things,  many believed in him. {8:31} Therefore, Jesus said to those  Jews who believed in him: “If you will abide in my word, you will truly be my disciples. {8:32} And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” {8:33} They answered him: “We are the offspring of Abraham, and we have never  been a slave to anyone. How can you say, ‘You shall be set free?’ ” {8:34} Jesus answered them: “Amen, amen, I say to  you, that everyone who  commits sin is a slave of sin.  {8:35} Now the slave does not abide in the house for eternity.  Yet the Son does abide in eternity. {8:36} Therefore, if the  Son has set you free, then you will truly be free. {8:37} I  know that you are sons of Abraham. But you are seeking to kill me, because my word has not taken hold in you. {8:38} I speak what I have seen with my Father. And you do what  you have seen with your father.” {8:39} They responded and  said to him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them: “If you are the sons of Abraham, then do the works of Abraham. {8:40} But now you are seeking to kill me, a man who has spoken the truth to you, which I have heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. {8:41} You do the works of your  father.” Therefore, they said to him: “We were not born out  of fornication. We have one father: God.” {8:42} Then Jesus  said to them: “If God were your father, certainly you would love me. For I proceeded and came from God. For I did not come from myself, but he sent me. {8:43} Why do you not  recognize my speech? It is because you are not able to hear  my word. {8:44} You are of your father, the devil. And you  will carry out the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning. And  he did not stand in the truth,  because the truth is not in him.  When  he speaks a lie, he  speaks it from his own self. For he is a liar, and the father of lies. {8:45} But if I speak the truth, you do not believe me. {8:46} Which of you can convict me of sin? If I speak the  truth to you, why do you not believe me? {8:47} Whoever is of God, hears the words of God. For this reason, you do not hear them: because you are not of God.” {8:48} Therefore, the Jews responded and said to him, “Are we not correct in  saying that  you are a Samaritan, and that you have a  demon?” {8:49} Jesus responded: “I do not have a demon. But I honor my Father, and you have dishonored me.  {8:50} But I am not seeking my own glory. There is One who seeks and judges. {8:51} Amen, amen, I say to you, if anyone  will have kept my word, he will not see death for eternity.”  {8:52} Therefore, the Jews said:  “Now  we know that you  have a demon. Abraham is dead, and the Prophets; and yet  you say, ‘If anyone will have kept my word, he shall not taste death for eternity.’ {8:53} Are you greater than our  father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. So who  do you make yourself to be?” {8:54} Jesus responded: “If I glorify  myself, my glory  is nothing.  It is my Father  who  glorifies me. And you say about  him that he is your God. {8:55} And yet you have not known him. But I know him.  And if I were to say that I do not know him, then I would be like you,  a liar. But I know him, and I keep his word.  {8:56} Abraham, your father, rejoiced that he might see my day; he saw it and was glad.” {8:57} And so the Jews said to  him, “You have not yet reached fifty years, and you have seen Abraham?” {8:58} Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I  say to you, before Abraham was made, I am.”  {8:59} Therefore, they took up stones to cast at him. But  Jesus hid himself, and he departed from the temple. 
[John 9] {9:1} And Jesus, while passing by, saw a man blind  from birth. {9:2} And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who  sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” {9:3} Jesus responded:  “Neither this man nor his parents  sinned, but it was so that the works of God would be made manifest in him. {9:4} I must work the works of him who  sent me, while it is day: the night is coming, when no one is  able to work. {9:5} As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” {9:6} When he had said these things, he  spat on the ground, and he made clay from the spittle, and he  smeared the clay over his eyes. {9:7} And he said to him:  “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated as: one who has been sent). Therefore, he went away and washed,  and he returned, seeing.  {9:8} And so the bystanders and those who had seen him before, when he was a beggar, said,  “Is this not the one who was sitting and begging?” Some said,  “This is he.” {9:9} But others said, “Certainly not, but he is  similar to him.” Yet truly, he himself said, “I am he.”  {9:10} Therefore, they said to him, “How  were your eyes opened?” {9:11} He responded:  “That man who is  called  Jesus made clay, and he anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’  And I  went,  and  I washed, and I see.” {9:12} And they said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.” {9:13} They brought the one who had been blind to the Pharisees. {9:14} Now it was the  Sabbath,  when Jesus  made the clay and opened his eyes.  {9:15} Therefore, again the Pharisees questioned him as to how he had seen. And he said to them, “He placed clay over  my eyes, and I washed, and I  see.” {9:16} And so certain  Pharisees said: “This man, who does not keep the Sabbath, is not from God.” But others said, “How could a sinful man accomplish these signs?”  And there was a schism  among  them. {9:17} Therefore, they spoke again to the blind man,  “What do you say about him who opened your eyes?” Then  he said, “He is a Prophet.” {9:18} Therefore, the Jews did  not believe, about him, that he had been blind and had seen,  until they called the parents of him who had seen. {9:19} And they questioned them, saying: “Is this your son, whom you say was born blind? Then how is it that he now  sees?” {9:20} His parents responded to them and said: “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. {9:21} But how it is that he now sees, we do not know. And  who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him. He is old  enough. Let him speak for himself.” {9:22} His parents said  these things because they were afraid of the Jews. For the Jews had already conspired, so that if anyone were to confess  him to be the Christ, he would be expelled from the synagogue. {9:23} It was for this reason that his parents said: “He is old enough. Ask him.” {9:24} Therefore, they again called the man who had been blind, and they said to him: “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.”  {9:25} And so he said to them: “If he is a sinner, I do not know it. One thing I do know, that although I was blind, now I see.” {9:26} Then they said to him: “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” {9:27} He answered them: “I have already told you, and you heard it. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?”  {9:28} Therefore,  they  cursed him and said: “You be his  disciple. But we are disciples of Moses. {9:29} We know that God spoke to Moses. But this man, we do not know where he is from.” {9:30} The man responded and said to them: “Now in this is a wonder: that you do not know where he is from, and yet he has opened my eyes. {9:31} And we know that  God does not hear sinners. But if anyone is a worshipper of  God and  does his will, then he heeds him. {9:32} From  ancient times, it has not been heard that anyone has opened  the eyes of someone born blind. {9:33} Unless this man were of God, he would not be able to do any such thing.” {9:34} They responded and said to him, “You were born entirely in sins, and you would teach us?” And they cast him  out. {9:35} Jesus heard that they had cast him out. And when he had found him, he said to him, “Do you believe in the Son  of God?” {9:36} He responded and said, “Who is he, Lord, so that I may believe in him?” {9:37} And Jesus said to him,  “You have both seen him, and he is the one who is speaking  with you.” {9:38} And he said, “I believe, Lord.” And falling  prostrate,  he worshipped him. {9:39} And Jesus said,  “I  came into this world in judgment, so that those who do not see, may see; and so that those who see, may become blind.” {9:40} And certain Pharisees, who were with him, heard this,  and they said to him, “Are we also blind?” {9:41} Jesus said  to them: “If you  were blind, you would not have sin. Yet  now you say, ‘We see.’ So your sin persists.” 
[John 10] {10:1} “Amen, amen, I say to you, he who does  not enter through the  door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up by another way, he is a thief and a robber.  {10:2} But he who enters through the door is the shepherd of the sheep. {10:3} To him  the doorkeeper opens,  and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name,  and he leads them out. {10:4} And when he has sent out his sheep, he goes before them,  and the sheep follow him,  because they know his voice. {10:5} But they do not follow a  stranger; instead they flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” {10:6} Jesus spoke this proverb to them. But they did not understand what he was saying to them. {10:7} Therefore, Jesus spoke to them again: “Amen, amen, I say to you, that I am the  door of the  sheep.  {10:8} All others, as many as have  come, are thieves and robbers, and the sheep did not listen to them. {10:9} I am the  door. If anyone has entered through me, he will be saved.  And he shall go in and go out, and he shall find pastures. {10:10} The thief does not come, except so that he may steal and slaughter and destroy. I have come so that they may have life, and  have it  more abundantly. {10:11} I am the good  Shepherd.  The good Shepherd  gives his life for his sheep.  {10:12} But the hired hand, and whoever is not a shepherd, to whom the sheep do not belong, he sees the wolf  approaching, and he departs from the sheep and flees. And  the wolf ravages and scatters the sheep. {10:13} And the hired hand flees, because he is a hired hand and there is no  concern for the sheep within him. {10:14} I  am the good Shepherd, and I know my  own,  and  my  own know  me,  {10:15} just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father.  And I lay down my life for my sheep. {10:16} And I have other sheep that are not of this fold, and I must lead them.  They shall hear my voice, and there shall be one sheepfold  and one shepherd. {10:17} For this reason, the Father loves  me: because I lay down my life, so that I may take it up again.  {10:18} No one takes it away from me. Instead, I lay it down of my own accord. And I have the power to lay it down. And  I have the power to take it up  again. This  is the  commandment that I have received from my Father.” {10:19} A dissension occurred again among the Jews because  of these words. {10:20} Then many of them were saying: “He has a  demon  or he is insane. Why do you listen him?”  {10:21} Others were saying: “These are not the words of someone who has a demon. How would a demon be able to open the eyes of the blind?” {10:22} Now it was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem, and it was winter. {10:23} And  Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. {10:24} And so the Jews surrounded him and said to him: “How long will you hold our souls in suspense? If you are the  Christ, tell us plainly.” {10:25} Jesus  answered them:  “I  speak to you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in the name of my Father, these offer testimony about me.  {10:26} But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep. {10:27} My sheep hear my voice. And I know them, and they follow me. {10:28} And I give them eternal life, and they shall not perish, for eternity. And no  one shall seize  them from my hand. {10:29} What my Father gave to me is  greater than all, and no one is able to seize from the hand of my Father. {10:30} I and the Father are one.”  {10:31} Therefore, the Jews took up stones, in order to stone  him. {10:32} Jesus answered them: “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do  you stone me?” {10:33} The Jews answered him: “We do not  stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy and because,  though you are a man, you make yourself God.”  {10:34} Jesus responded to them: “Is it not written in your  law, ‘I said:  you  are gods?’ {10:35} If  he called those to  whom the word of God was given gods, and Scripture cannot be broken, {10:36} why do you say,  about him whom the  Father has sanctified and  sent into the world,  ‘You have blasphemed,’ because I  said, ‘I am  the Son  of God?’  {10:37} If I do not do the works of my Father, do not believe  in me. {10:38} But if I do them, even if you are not willing to  believe in me, believe the works, so that you may know and  believe that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”  {10:39} Therefore, they sought to  apprehend him, but he  escaped from their hands. {10:40} And he went again across the Jordan, to that place where John first was baptizing. And  he lodged there. {10:41} And many went out to him. And  they were saying:  “Indeed, John accomplished no signs.  {10:42} But all things whatsoever that John said about this man were true.” And many believed in him. 
[John 11] {11:1} Now there was a certain sick man, Lazarus  of Bethania, from the town of Mary and her sister Martha.  {11:2} And Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with  ointment  and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was sick. {11:3} Therefore, his sisters sent to him,  saying: “Lord, behold,  he whom you love is sick.”  {11:4} Then, upon hearing this, Jesus said to them:  “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, so that  the Son of God may be glorified by it.” {11:5} Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister Mary, and Lazarus. {11:6} Even  so, after he heard that he was sick, he then still remained in the same place for two days. {11:7} Then, after these things,  he said to his disciples,  “Let us go  into Judea again.”  {11:8} The disciples said to him: “Rabbi, the Jews are even  now seeking to stone you. And would you go there again?”  {11:9} Jesus responded: “Are there not twelve hours in the  day? If anyone walks in the daylight, he does not stumble,  because he sees the light of this world. {11:10} But if he  walks in the nighttime, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” {11:11} He said these things, and after this, he said  to them: “Lazarus our friend is sleeping. But I am going, so that I may awaken him from sleep.”  {11:12} And  so his disciples said, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he shall be healthy.”  {11:13} But Jesus had spoken about his death. Yet they  thought that he spoke about the repose  of sleep.  {11:14} Therefore, Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus  has died. {11:15} And I am glad for your sake that I was not  there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” {11:16} And then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us go, too, so that we may die with him.” {11:17} And so Jesus went. And he found that he had  already been in the tomb for four days. {11:18} (Now  Bethania  was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia.) {11:19} And  many of the  Jews had come to  Martha  and  Mary, so as to console them over their brother.  {11:20} Therefore, Martha, when she heard that Jesus was  arriving, went out to meet him. But Mary was sitting at home.  {11:21} And then  Martha said  to Jesus:  “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. {11:22} But even now, I know that whatever you will request from God, God  will give to you.” {11:23} Jesus said to her, “Your brother  shall rise again.” {11:24} Martha said to him, “I know that  he shall rise again, at the resurrection on the last day.”  {11:25} Jesus said to her: “I am the Resurrection and the Life.  Whoever believes in me, even though he has died, he shall  live. {11:26} And everyone who lives and believes in me shall  not die for eternity. Do you believe this?” {11:27} She said to  him: “Certainly, Lord. I have believed that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God, who has come into this world.”  {11:28} And when she had said these things, she went and  called her sister Mary quietly, saying, “The Teacher is here,  and he is calling you.” {11:29} When she heard this, she rose  up quickly and went to him. {11:30} For Jesus had not yet  arrived in the town. But  he was still at that place where  Martha had met him. {11:31} Therefore, the Jews who were with her in the house and who were consoling her, when they had seen that Mary rose up quickly and went  out, they followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb, so that she may weep there.” {11:32} Therefore, when Mary had arrived  to where Jesus was, seeing him, she fell down at his feet, and  she said to him.  “Lord,  if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” {11:33} And then, when Jesus saw her  weeping, and the Jews who had arrived with her weeping, he  groaned in spirit and became troubled. {11:34} And he said,  “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” {11:35} And Jesus wept. {11:36} Therefore, the  Jews said, “See how much he loved him!” {11:37} But some of them said, “Would not he who  opened the eyes of one born blind have been  able  to cause this  man not to  die?” {11:38} Therefore, Jesus, again groaning from within himself,  went to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone had been  placed over  it. {11:39} Jesus said,  “Take away the stone.”  Martha, the sister of him who had died, said to him, “Lord, by now it will smell, for this is the fourth day.” {11:40} Jesus  said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you  shall see the glory  of God?” {11:41} Therefore, they took away the stone. Then, lifting up his eyes, Jesus said: “Father,  I give thanks to you  because you have heard me. {11:42} And I know that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the people who are standing nearby, so  that they may believe that you have sent me.” {11:43} When he had said these things, he cried in a loud voice, “Lazarus,  come out.” {11:44} And immediately, he who had been dead  went forth, bound at the feet and hands with winding bands. And his face was bound with a separate cloth. Jesus said to them, “Release him and let him go.” {11:45} Therefore,  many of the Jews, who had come to Mary and Martha, and  who had seen the things that  Jesus  did, believed in him.  {11:46} But certain ones among them went to the Pharisees and told them the things that Jesus had done. {11:47} And so,  the high priests and the Pharisees gathered a council, and  they were saying:  “What can we  do? For this man  accomplishes many signs. {11:48} If we leave him alone, in this way all will believe in him. And then the Romans will come and take  away our place and  our nation.” {11:49} Then one of them, named Caiaphas, since he was the high priest that year, said to them: “You do not understand anything. {11:50} Nor do you realize that it is expedient for  you that one man should die for the people,  and that the entire nation should not perish.” {11:51} Yet he did not say this from himself, but since he was the high priest that year,  he prophesied that Jesus would  die for the nation.  {11:52} And not only for the nation, but in order to gather  together as one the children of God who have been dispersed. {11:53} Therefore, from that day, they planned to put him to  death. {11:54} And so, Jesus no longer walked in public with  the Jews. But he went into a region near the desert, to a city  which is called Ephraim. And he lodged there with his  disciples. {11:55} Now the Passover  of the Jews was  near.  And many from the countryside ascended to Jerusalem  before the Passover, so that they might sanctify themselves. {11:56} Therefore, they  were seeking Jesus. And they  conferred  with one  another, while standing in the temple:  “What do you think? Will he come to the feast  day?” {11:57} And  the high priests and  Pharisees had given an  order, so that if anyone would know where he may be, he  should reveal it, so that they might apprehend him. 
[John 12] {12:1} Then six days before  the Passover, Jesus  went to Bethania,  where Lazarus had  died, whom Jesus  raised up. {12:2} And they made a dinner for him there. And  Martha was ministering. And truly, Lazarus was one of those who were sitting at table with him. {12:3} And then Mary  took twelve ounces of pure spikenard ointment, very precious,  and she anointed the feet of Jesus, and she wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of  the ointment. {12:4} Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who  was soon to betray him, said, {12:5} “Why  was this  ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the needy?” {12:6} Now he said this, not out of concern for the needy, but because he was a thief and, since he held the purse,  he used to carry what was put into it. {12:7} But Jesus said: “Permit her, so that she may keep it against the day of my  burial. {12:8} For the poor, you have with you always. But me, you do always not have.” {12:9} Now a great multitude  of the Jews knew that he was in that place, and so they came, not  so much because of Jesus,  but so that they might see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. {12:10} And  the leaders of the priests planned to put Lazarus to death also. {12:11} For many of the Jews, because of him, were going  away and were believing in Jesus. {12:12} Then, on the next  day, the great crowd that had come to the feast day, when  they had heard that Jesus was  coming to Jerusalem,  {12:13} took branches of palm trees, and they went ahead to  meet him. And they were crying out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he  who arrives in the name  of the Lord,  the king  of Israel!”  {12:14} And Jesus found a small donkey, and he sat upon it,  just as it is written: {12:15} “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Behold, your king arrives, sitting on the colt of a  donkey.” {12:16} At first, his disciples did not realize these  things. But when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered  that these things were written about him, and that these things happened to him. {12:17} And so the crowd that had been with him, when he called Lazarus from the tomb and  raised him from the dead, offered testimony. {12:18} Because  of this, too, the crowd went out to meet him. For they heard that he had  accomplished this sign. {12:19} Therefore, the  Pharisees said among themselves: “Do you see that we are  accomplishing nothing? Behold, the entire world has gone after him.” {12:20} Now there were certain Gentiles among those who went up so that they might worship on the feast  day. {12:21} Therefore, these approached Philip, who was  from Bethsaida of Galilee, and they petitioned him, saying:  “Sir, we  want to see Jesus.”  {12:22} Philip  went and told  Andrew. Next, Andrew  and Philip told  Jesus. {12:23} But Jesus answered them by saying: “The hour arrives when the  Son of man shall be glorified. {12:24} Amen, amen, I say to  you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,  {12:25} it remains alone. But if it dies, it yields much fruit.  Whoever loves his life, will lose it. And whoever hates his life  in this world, preserves it unto eternal life. {12:26} If anyone serves me, let him follow me. And where I am, there too my  minister shall be. If anyone has served me, my Father will honor him. {12:27} Now  my soul is troubled.  And  what  should I say? Father, save me from this hour? But it is for this reason that I came to this hour. {12:28} Father, glorify your  name!” And then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified  it, and I will glorify it again.” {12:29} Therefore, the crowd, which was standing near and had heard it, said that it was like thunder. Others were saying, “An Angel was speaking  with him.” {12:30} Jesus responded and said:  “This  voice  came, not for my sake, but for your sakes. {12:31} Now is the  judgment of the world. Now will the prince of this world be cast out. {12:32} And when I have been lifted up from the earth, I will draw all things to myself.” {12:33} (Now he said  this, signifying  what kind of death he would  die.)  {12:34} The crowd answered him: “We have heard, from the law, that the Christ remains forever. And so how can you say, ‘The Son  of  man must  be lifted up?’  Who is this  Son  of man?” {12:35} Therefore, Jesus said to them: “For a  brief  time, the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light,  so that the darkness may  not overtake  you.  But whoever  walks in darkness does  not know where is he going.  {12:36} While you have the Light, believe in the  Light, so  that you may be sons of the Light.” Jesus spoke these things,  and then he went away and hid himself from them.  {12:37} And although he had done such great signs in their  presence, they did not believe in him,  {12:38} so that the  word of the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled, which says: “Lord, who has believed in our hearing? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” {12:39} Because of this,  they were not  able to believe, for Isaiah said again: {12:40} “He has blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart, so that they may not see with their eyes, and understand with  their heart, and be converted: and then I would heal them.”  {12:41} These things Isaiah said, when he saw his glory and  was speaking about him.  {12:42} Yet truly, many  of the  leaders also believed in him. But  because of the Pharisees, they did not confess him, so that they would not be cast out of the synagogue. {12:43} For they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God. {12:44} But Jesus cried out and  said: “Whoever believes in me, does not believe in me, but in  him who sent me. {12:45} And whoever sees me, sees him who sent me. {12:46} I have arrived as a light to the world,  so that all who believe in me might not remain in darkness. {12:47} And  if anyone has heard my  words  and not kept  them, I do not judge him. For I did not come so that I may judge the  world, but so that I may save the  world. {12:48} Whoever despises me and does not accept my words has one who judges him. The word that I have spoken, the  same shall judge him on the last day. {12:49} For I am not speaking from myself, but from the Father who sent me. He  gave a commandment to me as to what I should say and how I should speak. {12:50} And I know that his commandment  is eternal life. Therefore, the things that I speak, just as the  Father has said to me, so also do I speak.” 
[John 13] {13:1} Before the feast day of the Passover, Jesus knew that the hour was approaching when he would  pass  from this world to the Father. And since he had always loved  his own who were in the world, he loved them unto the end. {13:2} And when the meal had taken place, when the devil  had now put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray him, {13:3} knowing that the Father had  given all things into his hands and that he came from God  and was going to God, {13:4} he rose up from the meal, and  he set aside his vestments, and when he had received a towel,  he wrapped it around himself. {13:5} Next he put water into  a shallow bowl, and he began to wash the feet of the disciples and to wipe them with the towel with which he was wrapped. {13:6} And then he came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to  him,  “Lord, would you wash my feet?” {13:7} Jesus responded and said to him: “What I am doing, you do not now understand. But you shall understand it afterward.”  {13:8} Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet!”  Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you will have no place with me.” {13:9} Simon Peter said to him, “Then Lord,  not  only my feet, but also my hands and my head!”  {13:10} Jesus said to him: “He who is washed need only  wash his feet, and then he will be entirely clean. And you are  clean, but not all.” {13:11} For he knew which one would  betray him. For this reason, he said, “You are not all clean.”  {13:12} And so, after he washed their feet and received his  vestments, when he had sat down at table again, he said to  them: “Do you know what I have done for you? {13:13} You call me Teacher and Lord, and you speak well: for so I am. {13:14} Therefore, if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash the feet of one another.  {13:15} For I have given you an example, so that just as I have done for you, so also should you do. {13:16} Amen,  amen, I say to you, the servant is not greater than his Lord, and the  apostle is not  greater than  he who sent him.  {13:17} If you understand this, you shall be blessed if you will do it. {13:18} I am not speaking about all of you. I know  those whom I have chosen. But this is so that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with me shall lift up his  heel against me.’ {13:19} And I tell you this now, before it happens, so that when it has happened, you may believe that  I am. {13:20} Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives  anyone whom I send, receives me. And whoever receives me,  receives him who sent me.” {13:21} When Jesus had said  these things, he was troubled in spirit. And he bore witness  by saying: “Amen, amen, I say to you, that one among you  shall betray  me.” {13:22} Therefore, the disciples looked around at one another, uncertain about whom he spoke. {13:23} And leaning against the bosom of Jesus was one of  his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved. {13:24} Therefore, Simon Peter motioned to this one and said to him, “Who is it that he is speaking about?” {13:25} And so, leaning against  the chest  of Jesus, he said to him, “Lord, who  is it?” {13:26} Jesus responded, “It is he to whom I shall extend the dipped bread.” And when he had dipped the bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. {13:27} And after the morsel,  Satan entered into him. And Jesus said to him, “What you  are going to  do,  do quickly.” {13:28} Now none  of those  sitting at table knew why he had said this to him. {13:29} For some were thinking that, because Judas held the purse, that Jesus had told him, “Buy those things which are needed by us for the feast  day,” or that he might give something to the  needy. {13:30} Therefore, having accepted the morsel, he went out immediately. And it was night. {13:31} Then, when  he had gone out, Jesus said: “Now the Son of man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. {13:32} If God  has been glorified in him, then God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him without delay. {13:33} Little  sons, for a brief while, I am with you. You shall seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you are not able to go,’ so also I say to you now. {13:34} I give you a new  commandment: Love one another. Just as I have loved you,  so also must you love one another. {13:35} By this, all shall recognize that you are my disciples: if you will have love for one another.” {13:36} Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus responded: “Where I am going, you are not able to follow me now. But you shall  follow  afterward.” {13:37} Peter said to him: “Why am I unable to  follow  you now? I will  lay  down  my life for you!”  {13:38} Jesus answered him: “You will lay down your life for me? Amen,  amen, I say to you, the rooster will not  crow,  until you deny me three times.” 
[John 14] {14:1} “Do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in God. Believe  in  me  also. {14:2} In my Father’s  house, there are many dwelling places. If there were not, I  would have told you. For I go to prepare a place for you.  {14:3} And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will return again, and then I will take you to myself, so that where I am, you also may be. {14:4} And you know where I am going.  And you know the way.” {14:5} Thomas said to him, “Lord,  we do not know where you are going, so how can we know  the way?” {14:6} Jesus said to him: “I am the Way, and the  Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father, except through  me.  {14:7} If you had known me,  certainly you would also have known my Father. And from now on, you shall know him, and you have seen him.” {14:8} Philip said  to him, “Lord, reveal the Father to us, and it is enough for us.” {14:9} Jesus said to him: “Have I been with you for so  long, and you have not known me? Philip, whoever sees me,  also sees the Father. How can you say, ‘Reveal the Father to us?’ {14:10} Do you not believe that I am in the Father and  the Father is in me? The words that I am speaking to you, I  do not speak from myself. But the Father abiding in me, he  does these works. {14:11} Do you not believe that I am in the  Father and the Father is  in me? {14:12} Or else, believe  because of these same works. Amen,  amen, I say to you,  whoever believes in me shall also do the works that I do. And  greater things than these shall he do, for I go to the Father. {14:13} And whatever you shall ask the Father in my name,  that I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  {14:14} If you shall ask anything of me in my name, that I will do. {14:15} If you love me, keep my commandments.  {14:16} And I will ask the Father, and he will give another  Advocate to you, so that he may abide with you for eternity:  {14:17} the Spirit of Truth, whom the world is not able to  accept, because it neither perceives him nor knows him. But you shall know him. For he will remain with you, and he will  be in you. {14:18} I will not leave you orphans. I will return to you. {14:19} Yet a little while and the world will not see  me any longer. But you will see me. For I live, and you shall  live. {14:20} In that day, you shall know that I am in my Father, and you are  in me, and I am in you. {14:21} Whoever holds to my commandments and keeps them: it is he who loves me. And whoever loves me shall be  loved by my Father. And I will love him, and I will manifest  myself to him.” {14:22} Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him: “Lord, how does it happen that you will manifest yourself to  us and not to the world?” {14:23} Jesus responded and said to him: “If anyone loves me, he shall keep my word. And my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and we will make our  dwelling place  with him.  {14:24} Whoever does  not love me, does not keep not my words. And the word that  you have heard is not of me, but it is of the Father who sent  me. {14:25} These things I have spoken to you, while abiding  with you. {14:26} But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and  will suggest to you everything whatsoever that I have said to  you. {14:27} Peace I leave for you; my Peace I give to you. Not in the way that the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, and let it not fear. {14:28} You have heard that I said to you: I am going away, and I am returning to you. If you loved me, certainly you would be  gladdened, because I am going to the Father. For the Father  is greater than I.  {14:29} And now I have told you this,  before it happens, so that, when it  will happen, you may believe. {14:30} I will not now speak at length with you. For  the prince of this world is coming, but he does not have anything in me. {14:31} Yet this is so that the world may  know that I love the Father, and that I am acting according to the commandment that the Father has given to me. Rise up,  let us go from here.”
[John 15] {15:1} “I am the true vine, and my Father is the  vinedresser. {15:2} Every branch  in  me  that does not bear fruit, he will take away. And each one that does bear fruit, he will cleanse, so that it may bring forth more fruit. {15:3} You are clean now, because of the word that I have spoken to you.  {15:4} Abide in me, and I in you. Just as the branch is not able to bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so also are you unable, unless you abide in me. {15:5} I am the vine;  you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without me, you are able to do nothing. {15:6} If anyone does not abide in me, he will be cast away, like a branch, and he will wither, and they will gather him  and cast him into the fire, and he burns. {15:7} If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, then you may ask for  whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. {15:8} In this, my Father is glorified: that you should bring forth very much  fruit and become my  disciples. {15:9} As the Father has  loved me, so I have loved you. Abide in my love. {15:10} If you keep my precepts, you shall abide in my love, just as I  also have kept my Father’s precepts and I abide in his love.  {15:11} These things I have spoken to you, so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be fulfilled. {15:12} This is my precept: that you love one another, just as I have loved you. {15:13} No one has a greater love than this: that he lay down his life for his friends. {15:14} You are my friends, if you do what I instruct you. {15:15} I will no longer call you  servants, for  the servant does not know what his  Lord is doing.  But I have called you  friends, because everything  whatsoever that I have heard from my Father, I have made known to you. {15:16} You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you. And I have appointed you, so that you may go forth and bear fruit, and so that your fruit may last.  Then  whatever you have asked of the Father in my name, he shall  give to you. {15:17} This I command you: that you love one another. {15:18} If the  world  hates you, know that it has  hated me before you. {15:19} If you had been of the world, the world would love what is its own. Yet truly, you are not  of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world; because of this, the world hates you. {15:20} Remember my saying  that I told you: The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they have kept my word, they will keep yours also. {15:21} But all  these things they will do to you because of my name, for they  do not know him who sent me. {15:22} If I had not come and had not spoken to them, they would not have sin. But  now they have no excuse for their sin. {15:23} Whoever hates me, hates my Father also. {15:24} If I had not accomplished among them works that no other person has  accomplished, they would not have sin. But now they have  both seen  me, and they  have hated  me and my  Father. {15:25} But this is so that the word may be fulfilled which was written in their law: ‘For they hated me without cause.’ {15:26} But  when the Advocate has arrived, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds  from the Father, he will offer testimony about me.  {15:27} And you shall offer testimony, because you are with me from the beginning.” 
[John 16] {16:1} “These things I have spoken to you, so that you would not stumble. {16:2} They will put you out of the  synagogues. But the hour is coming when everyone who puts  you to death will consider that  he is offering an excellent  service to God. {16:3} And they will do these things to you  because they have not known the Father, nor me. {16:4} But these things I have spoken to you, so that, when the hour for  these things will have arrived, you may remember that I told you. {16:5} But I  did not tell you these things from the  beginning, because I was with you. And now I am going to him who sent me. And no one among you has asked me, ‘Where are you  going?’  {16:6} But because I have spoken  these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. {16:7} But I  tell you the truth: it is expedient for you that I am going. For  if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But when I  will have gone away, I will send him to you. {16:8} And  when he has arrived, he will argue against the world, about  sin and about justice and about judgment: {16:9} about sin,  indeed, because they have not believed in me; {16:10} about  justice, truly, because I am going to the Father, and you will not see me any longer; {16:11} about judgment, then,  because the prince  of this world has  already been judged.  {16:12} I still have many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them now. {16:13} But when the Spirit of truth has arrived, he will teach the whole truth to you. For he will not be speaking from himself. Instead, whatever he will hear,  he will speak. And he will announce to you the things that are to come. {16:14} He shall glorify me. For he will receive  from what is mine, and he will announce it to you.  {16:15} All things whatsoever that the Father has are mine.  For this reason, I said that he will receive from what is mine and that he will announce it to you. {16:16} A little while,  and then you will not see me. And again a little while, and  you will see me. For I am going to the Father.” {16:17} Then some of his disciples said to one another: “What is this, that  he is saying to us: ‘A little while, and you will not see me,’ and ‘Again a little while, and you will see me,’ and, ‘For I am going to the Father?’ ” {16:18} And they said: “What is this,  that he is saying, ‘A little while?’ We do not understand what he is saying.” {16:19} But Jesus realized that they wanted to  question him, and so he said to them: “Are you inquiring among yourselves about this, that I said: ‘A little while, and  you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see  me?’ {16:20} Amen,  amen, I say to you, that you  shall  mourn and weep, but the world will rejoice. And you shall be  greatly saddened, yet your sorrow shall be turned into joy.  {16:21} A woman, when she  is giving birth, has sorrow,  because her hour has arrived. But when she has given birth to the child, then she no longer remembers the difficulties,  because of the joy: for a man has been born into the world. {16:22} Therefore, you also, indeed, have sorrow now. But I  will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice. And no one  will take away your joy from you. {16:23} And, in that day, you will not petition me for anything. Amen, amen, I say to  you, if you ask the Father for anything in my name, he will  give it to you. {16:24} Until now, you have not requested anything in my name. Ask, and you shall receive, so that your joy may be full. {16:25} I have spoken these things to you in proverbs. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in proverbs; instead, I will announce to you  plainly from the Father. {16:26} In that day, you shall ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father for you. {16:27} For the Father himself loves you, because  you have loved  me,  and because you  have believed  that I went forth from God. {16:28} I went forth from the Father,  and I have come into the world. Next I am leaving the world, and I am going to the Father.” {16:29} His disciples said to  him: “Behold, now you are speaking plainly and not reciting  a proverb. {16:30} Now we know that you know all things, and that you have no need for anyone to question you. By this, we believe that you went forth from God.” {16:31} Jesus  answered them: “Do you believe now? {16:32} Behold, the  hour is coming, and it has now arrived, when you will be  scattered, each one on his own, and you will leave me behind,  alone. And yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.  {16:33} These things I have spoken to you, so that you may  have peace in me. In the world, you will have difficulties. But  have confidence: I have overcome the world.” 
[John 17] {17:1} Jesus said these things, and then, lifting up  his eyes toward heaven,  he  said:  “Father, the hour has  arrived: glorify your Son, so that your Son may glorify you, {17:2} just as you have given authority over all flesh to him,  so that he may give eternal life to all those whom you have given to him. {17:3} And this is eternal life: that they may  know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. {17:4} I have glorified you on earth.  I have completed the work that you  gave me to accomplish.  {17:5} And now Father, glorify me within yourself, with the  glory that I had with you before the world ever was. {17:6} I have manifested your name to the men whom you have given  to me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me.  And  they have kept  your word. {17:7} Now they  realize that all the things that you have given me are from  you. {17:8} For I have given them the words that you gave to me. And they have accepted these words, and they have truly understood that I went forth from you,  and they have believed that you sent me. {17:9} I pray for them. I do not  pray for the world, but for those whom you have given to me.  For they are yours. {17:10} And all that is mine is yours, and all that is yours is  mine, and I  am glorified in this.  {17:11} And though I am not in the world, these are in the  world, and I am coming to you. Father most holy, preserve them in your name, those whom you have given to me, so that they may be one, even as we are one. {17:12} While I  was with them, I preserved them in  your name. I have guarded those whom you have given to me, and not one of them is lost, except the son of perdition, so that the Scripture  may be fulfilled. {17:13} And now I am coming to you. But I am speaking these things in the world, so that they may have the fullness of my joy within themselves. {17:14} I have given them your word, and the world has hated them. For they are not of the world, just as I, too, am not of the world. {17:15} I  am not praying that you would take them out of the world,  but that you would preserve them from evil. {17:16} They are  not  of the  world, just as I also am not  of the  world. {17:17} Sanctify them in truth. Your word is truth. {17:18} Just as you have sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. {17:19} And it is for them that I  sanctify myself, so that they, too, may be sanctified in truth.  {17:20} But I am not praying for them only, but  also for  those who through their word shall believe in me. {17:21} So may they all be one. Just as you, Father, are in me, and I am  in you, so also may they be one in us: so that the world may believe that you have sent me. {17:22} And the  glory that you have given to me, I have given to them, so that they may  be one, just as we also are one. {17:23} I am in them, and you are in me. So may they be perfected as one. And may the  world know that you have sent me and that you have loved them, just as you have also loved me. {17:24} Father, I will that where I am, those whom you have given to me may also be with me, so that they may see my glory which you have given to me. For you loved me before the founding of the  world.  {17:25} Father most just, the world has not known you. But I have known you. And these have known that you  sent me. {17:26} And I have  made known your  name to  them, and I will make it known, so that the love in which you have loved  me may be in them, and so that I may  be in them.”
[John 18] {18:1} When Jesus had said these things, he  departed with his  disciples across the Torrent of Kidron, where there was a garden, into which  he entered with his  disciples. {18:2} But Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the  place, for Jesus had frequently met with his disciples there. {18:3} Then Judas, when he had received a cohort from both the high priests and the attendants of the  Pharisees,  approached the place with lanterns and torches and weapons.  {18:4} And so Jesus, knowing all that was about to happen to  him, advanced and said to them, “Who are you seeking?” {18:5} They answered him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus said  to them, “I am he.” Now Judas, who betrayed him, was also  standing with them. {18:6} Then, when he said to them, “I am he,” they moved back and fell to the ground. {18:7} Then  again he questioned them: “Who are you seeking?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” {18:8} Jesus responded: “I told you that I am he. Therefore, if you are seeking me, permit these others to go away.” {18:9} This was so that the word might be fulfilled, which he said, “Of those whom you have  given to me, I have not lost any  of them.” {18:10} Then  Simon  Peter, having a sword, drew it, and he struck the  servant of the high priest, and he cut off his right ear. Now  the name of the servant  was Malchus. {18:11} Therefore,  Jesus said to Peter:  “Set  your sword into the scabbard.  Should I not drink the chalice which my Father has given to  me?” {18:12} Then the  cohort, and the tribune, and the attendants of the Jews apprehended Jesus and bound him.  {18:13} And they led him away, first to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was the high priest that  year. {18:14} Now  Caiaphas was the one who had  given counsel to the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die  for the people. {18:15} And Simon Peter was following Jesus with another disciple. And that disciple was known to the high priest, and so he entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest. {18:16} But  Peter was standing outside at the  entrance. Therefore, the other disciple, who was known to  the high priest, went out and spoke to the woman who was  the doorkeeper, and he led in Peter. {18:17} Therefore, the woman servant keeping the door said to Peter, “Are you not  also among the disciples of this man?” He said, “I am not.”  {18:18} Now the servants and attendants were standing  before burning coals, for it was cold, and they were warming  themselves. And Peter was standing with them also, warming  himself. {18:19} Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his doctrine. {18:20} Jesus responded  to him: “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in the synagogue and in the temple, where all the Jews meet. And I have said nothing in secret. {18:21} Why do you question me? Question those who heard what I said to them. Behold, they know these things that I have said.” {18:22} Then, when he had said this,  one the attendants  standing nearby struck Jesus, saying:  “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” {18:23} Jesus answered him: “If I  have spoken wrongly, offer testimony about the wrong. But if I have spoken correctly,  then why do you strike  me?”  {18:24} And Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas, the high  priest. {18:25} Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. Then they said to him, “Are you not also one of his disciples?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” {18:26} One of the servants of the high priest (a relative of him whose ear  Peter had cut off) said to  him,  “Did I  not see you in the  garden with him?” {18:27} Therefore, again, Peter denied it. And immediately the rooster crowed. {18:28} Then they led Jesus from  Caiaphas into the  praetorium.  Now it was morning, and so they did not enter into the praetorium, so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover.  {18:29} Therefore, Pilate went outside to them, and he said,  “What  accusation are you bringing against this  man?”  {18:30} They responded and said to him, “If he were not an  evil-doer,  we would not have handed him  over you.”  {18:31} Therefore, Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves  and judge him according to your own law.” Then the Jews  said to him, “It is not lawful for us to execute anyone.”  {18:32} This was so that the word of Jesus would be fulfilled,  which he spoke signifying what kind of death he would die. {18:33} Then Pilate entered  the  praetorium again, and he  called Jesus and said to him, “You are the king of the Jews?”  {18:34} Jesus responded, “Are you saying this of yourself, or have others spoken to you  about me?” {18:35} Pilate  responded:  “Am I  a Jew? Your  own nation and the high  priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?”  {18:36} Jesus responded: “My kingdom is not of this world.  If my kingdom were of this world, my ministers  would certainly strive so that I  would  not  be handed over to the  Jews. But my kingdom is not now from here.” {18:37} And  so Pilate said to him, “You are a king, then?” Jesus answered,  “You are saying that I am a king. For this I was born, and for  this I came into the world: so that I may offer testimony to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.”  {18:38} Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” And when he  had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and he said to  them, “I find no case against him. {18:39} But you have a  custom, that I should release someone to you at the Passover.  Therefore, do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” {18:40} Then they all cried  out repeatedly, saying:  “Not this one, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber. 
[John 19] {19:1} Therefore, Pilate then took Jesus into custody and scourged him. {19:2} And the soldiers, plaiting a crown  of thorns, imposed  it on his head. And they put a purple garment around him. {19:3} And they were  approaching him and saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And  they struck him repeatedly. {19:4} Then Pilate went outside  again, and he said to them: “Behold, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may realize that I find no case against  him.” {19:5} (Then Jesus went out, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment.) And he said to them,  “Behold the man.” {19:6} Therefore, when the high priests and the attendants  had seen him, they cried out, saying:  “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them: “Take him  yourselves and crucify him. For I find no case against him.” {19:7} The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to the law, he ought to die, for he has made himself the Son of God.” {19:8} Therefore, when Pilate had heard  this word, he was more fearful. {19:9} And he entered into the praetorium again. And he said to Jesus. “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no response. {19:10} Therefore,  Pilate said to him: “Will you not speak to me? Do you not  know that I have authority  to  crucify you, and  I have  authority to release you?” {19:11} Jesus  responded,  “You would not have any authority over me, unless it were given to  you from above. For this reason, he who has handed me over  to you has the greater sin.” {19:12} And from then on, Pilate was seeking to release him. But the Jews were crying out, saying: “If you release this man, you are no friend of Caesar.  For anyone who makes himself a king contradicts Caesar.”  {19:13} Now when Pilate had heard these words, he brought  Jesus outside, and he sat down in the seat of judgment, in a place which is called the Pavement, but in Hebrew, it is called  the Elevation. {19:14} Now it was the preparation day of the  Passover, about the sixth hour.  And he said to the Jews,  “Behold your king.” {19:15} But they were crying out: “Take  him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your king?” The high priests responded, “We have no king except Caesar.” {19:16} Therefore, he then  handed him over to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus  and led him away. {19:17} And carrying his own cross, he  went forth to the place  which is called Calvary, but in Hebrew it is called the Place of the Skull. {19:18} There they  crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side, with Jesus in the middle. {19:19} Then Pilate also wrote a title, and he set it above the cross. And it was written: JESUS THE NAZARENE, KING OF THE JEWS. {19:20} Therefore, many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was close to the city. And it was written in Hebrew, in Greek, and in Latin. {19:21} Then the high priests of the Jews said to Pilate: Do not write, ‘King of the Jews,’ but that he said,  ‘I am King of the Jews.’ {19:22} Pilate  responded,  “What I have written, I  have written.” {19:23} Then the soldiers, when they had crucified  him, took his garments, and they made four parts, one part to each soldier, and the tunic. But the tunic  was seamless, woven from above throughout the whole. {19:24} Then they said to one another, “Let us not cut it, but instead let us cast  lots over it, to see whose it will be.” This was so that the  Scripture would be fulfilled, saying: “They have distributed  my garments among themselves, and for  my  vesture they  have cast lots.” And indeed, the soldiers did these things.  {19:25} And  standing beside the cross of Jesus were his  mother, and his mother’s sister, and Mary of Cleophas, and  Mary Magdalene. {19:26} Therefore, when Jesus had seen  his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he  said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.” {19:27} Next,  he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” And from that hour, the disciple accepted her as his own. {19:28} After this,  Jesus knew that all had been accomplished, so in order that the Scripture might be  completed, he said,  “I thirst.”  {19:29} And  there was  a container placed there, full of vinegar. Then, placing a sponge full of vinegar around hyssop, they brought it to his mouth. {19:30} Then Jesus, when he  had received  the vinegar, said:  “It is  consummated.” And  bowing  down his head, he surrendered his spirit.  {19:31} Then the Jews, because it was the preparation day,  so that the bodies would not remain upon the cross on the  Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a great day), they petitioned  Pilate in order that their legs might be broken, and they might  be taken away. {19:32} Therefore, the soldiers approached,  and, indeed, they broke the legs of the first one, and of the  other who was crucified with him. {19:33} But after they had  approached Jesus, when they saw that he was already dead,  they did not break his legs. {19:34} Instead,  one of the soldiers opened his side with a lance, and immediately there went out blood and water. {19:35} And he who saw this has offered testimony, and his testimony is true. And he knows that he speaks the truth, so that you also may believe.  {19:36} For these things  happened so that the Scripture  would be fulfilled:  “You shall not break a bone  of  him.” {19:37} And again, another Scripture says: “They shall look upon him, whom they have  pierced.”  {19:38} Then, after  these things,  Joseph from Arimathea, (because he  was  a  disciple  of Jesus, but a secret one for  fear of the Jews)  petitioned Pilate so that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave permission. Therefore, he went and took away the body  of Jesus. {19:39} Now Nicodemus also  arrived, (who had gone to Jesus at first by night) bringing a  mixture of myrrh and aloe, weighing about seventy pounds.  {19:40} Therefore, they took the body of Jesus, and they bound it with linen cloths and the aromatic spices, just as it is the manner of the Jews to bury. {19:41} Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden  there was a new tomb, in which no one had yet been laid. {19:42} Therefore, because of the preparation day of the Jews,  since the tomb was nearby, they placed Jesus there. 
[John 20] {20:1} Then on the first Sabbath, Mary Magdalene  went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and she saw that the stone had been rolled away from the  tomb.  {20:2} Therefore, she ran and went to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and she said to them,  “They have taken the Lord away from the tomb, and we do  not know where they have laid him.” {20:3} Therefore, Peter departed with the other disciple, and they went to the tomb.  {20:4} Now they both ran together, but the other disciple ran  more quickly, ahead of Peter, and so he arrived at the tomb  first. {20:5} And  when he bowed  down, he saw the linen  cloths lying there, but he did not yet enter. {20:6} Then  Simon Peter arrived, following him, and he entered the tomb, and he saw  the linen cloths lying there, {20:7} and the  separate cloth which had been over his head, not placed with the linen cloths, but in a separate place, wrapped up by itself. {20:8} Then the other disciple, who had arrived first at the tomb, also entered. And he saw and believed. {20:9} For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that it was  necessary for him to rise again from the dead. {20:10} Then  the disciples went away again, each by himself. {20:11} But Mary was standing outside the tomb, weeping. Then, while she was weeping, she bowed down and gazed into the tomb. {20:12} And she saw two Angels in white, sitting where the  body of Jesus had been placed, one at the head, and one at  the feet. {20:13} They say to her,  “Woman, why  are you  weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have placed him.”  {20:14} When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.  {20:15} Jesus said to her: “Woman, why are you weeping?  Who are you seeking?” Considering that it was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have moved him, tell me where  you have placed  him, and I will take him away.”  {20:16} Jesus said to her, “Mary!” And turning, she said to  him, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). {20:17} Jesus said  to her: “Do not touch me. For I have not yet ascended to my  Father. But go to my brothers and tell them: ‘I am ascending  to my Father and to your Father, to my God and to your  God.’ ” {20:18} Mary Magdalene went, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord, and these are the things that he said to me.” {20:19} Then, when it was late on the same day, on the first of the Sabbaths, and the doors were closed where the disciples were gathered, for fear of the Jews, Jesus  came and stood in their midst, and he said to them: “Peace to you.” {20:20} And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and side. And the disciples were gladdened when  they saw the Lord. {20:21} Therefore, he said to them again: “Peace to you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  {20:22} When he had said this, he breathed on them. And he said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. {20:23} Those whose  sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them, and those  whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” {20:24} Now  Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus arrived. {20:25} Therefore, the other  disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I will see in his hands the mark of the nails and place my finger into the place of the nails, and place my  hand into his side, I will not believe.” {20:26} And after eight  days, again his disciples were within, and Thomas was with  them. Jesus arrived, though the doors had been closed, and he stood in their midst and said,  “Peace to you.”  {20:27} Next, he said to Thomas: “Look at my hands, and  place your finger here; and bring your hand close, and place  it at my side. And  do not choose to  be unbelieving, but faithful.” {20:28} Thomas responded and said to him, “My Lord and my God.” {20:29} Jesus said to him: “You have seen me, Thomas, so you have believed. Blessed are those  who have not seen and yet have believed.” {20:30} Jesus also  accomplished many other signs in the sight of his disciples.  These have not been written in this book. {20:31} But these  things have been written, so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and so that, in believing, you may have life in his name. 
[John 21] {21:1} After this, Jesus manifested himself again to the disciples  at the Sea of Tiberias.  And he manifested  himself in this way. {21:2} These were together: Simon Peter  and Thomas, who is called the Twin, and Nathanael, who  was from Cana of Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. {21:3} Simon Peter said to them, “I  am going fishing.” They said to him, “And we are going with  you.” And they went and climbed into the ship. And in that night, they caught nothing. {21:4} But when morning arrived, Jesus stood on the shore. Yet the disciples did not realize that  it was Jesus. {21:5} Then Jesus said to them, “Children, do  you have any food?” They answered him, “No.” {21:6} He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the ship, and  you will find some.” Therefore, they cast it out, and then they  were not able to draw it in, because of the multitude of fish.  {21:7} Therefore, the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter,  “It is the Lord.” Simon Peter, when he had heard that it was the Lord, wrapped his tunic around himself, (for he was  naked) and he cast himself into the sea. {21:8} Then the other  disciples arrived in a boat, (for they were not far from the land, only about two hundred cubits) dragging the net with the fish. {21:9} Then, when they climbed down to the land  they saw burning coals  prepared,  and fish already  placed  above them, and bread. {21:10} Jesus said to them, “Bring  some of the fish that you have just now  caught.”  {21:11} Simon Peter climbed up and drew in the net to land: full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them. And  although there were so many, the net was not  torn.  {21:12} Jesus said to them, “Approach and dine.” And not  one of them sitting down to eat dared to ask him, “Who are you?” For they knew that it was the Lord. {21:13} And Jesus approached, and he took bread, and he gave it to them, and similarly with the fish. {21:14} This was now the third time that Jesus was manifested to  his disciples, after he had  resurrected from the  dead. {21:15} Then, when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do  you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said  to him, “Feed my lambs.” {21:16} He said to him again: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” {21:17} He said to him a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love  me?” Peter was very grieved that he had asked him a third  time, “Do you love me?” And so he said to him: “Lord, you  know all things. You know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my sheep. {21:18} Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked wherever  you wanted. But when you are older, you will extend your hands, and another shall gird you and lead you where you do not want to go.” {21:19} Now he said this to signify by what  kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said  this, he said  to him, “Follow  me.”  {21:20} Peter, turning around, saw  the disciple  whom Jesus loved following, the  one who  also  had  leaned on his chest at  supper and  said,  “Lord, who is it who shall betray you?” {21:21} Therefore,  when Peter had seen him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, but what  about this one?” {21:22} Jesus said to him: “If I want him to remain until I return, what is that to you? You follow me.”  {21:23} Therefore, the saying went out among the brothers  that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, “If I want him to remain  until I return, what is that to you?” {21:24} This is the same  disciple  who  offers testimony about these things, and who has written these things. And we know that his testimony is true. {21:25} Now there are also many other things that Jesus  did, which, if each of these were written down, the  world  itself, I suppose, would not be able to contain the books that  would be written. 
** The Acts of the Apostles **
[Acts 1] {1:1} Certainly, O Theophilus, I composed the first  discourse about everything that Jesus began to do  and to teach, {1:2} instructing the Apostles, whom he had chosen  through the Holy Spirit, even until the day on which he was taken up. {1:3} He also presented himself alive to them, after  his Passion, appearing to them throughout forty  days and  speaking about the kingdom of God with many elucidations.  {1:4} And  dining with them, he instructed them that they  should not depart from Jerusalem, but that they should wait  for the Promise of the Father, “about which you have heard,” he said, “from my own  mouth.  {1:5} For John, indeed,  baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit, not many days from now.” {1:6} Therefore, those who  had assembled together questioned him, saying, “Lord, is this the time when you will  restore the kingdom  of Israel?” {1:7} But he said to them: “It is not yours to know the times  or the moments, which the Father has set by his own authority. {1:8} But you shall receive the power of the Holy  Spirit, passing over you, and you shall be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,  and even to the  ends of the earth.” {1:9} And when he had said these things,  while they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. {1:10} And while they were watching him going up to heaven, behold, two men stood near them in white vestments. {1:11} And they said: “Men of Galilee, why  do you stand here looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, shall return in just the same way that you have seen him going  up to  heaven.” {1:12} Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain, which is called Olivet, which is next to Jerusalem, within a Sabbath day’s journey. {1:13} And when they had entered into the cenacle, they ascended to the place where  Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alphaeus and Simon  the Zealot, and Jude of James, were staying. {1:14} All these  were persevering with one accord in prayer with the women,  and with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. {1:15} In those days,  Peter, rising up in the midst of the brothers, said (now the crowd of men altogether was about one hundred and twenty): {1:16} “Noble brothers, the Scripture must be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit predicted by the mouth of David about Judas, who was the leader of those who  apprehended Jesus.  {1:17} He had been numbered  among us,  and he was chosen by lot for this  ministry.  {1:18} And this man certainly possessed an estate from the  wages of iniquity, and so, having been hanged, he burst open  in the middle and all his internal organs poured out. {1:19} And this became  known to all the inhabitants of  Jerusalem, so that this field  was called in their language,  Akeldama, that is, ‘Field of Blood.’ {1:20} For it has been  written in the book of Psalms: ‘Let their dwelling place be desolate and may there be no one who dwells within it,’ and  ‘Let another take his episcopate.’  {1:21} Therefore, it is necessary that, out of these men who have been assembling  with us throughout the entire time that the Lord Jesus went  in and out among us, {1:22} beginning from the baptism of John, until the day when he was taken up from us, one of these be made a witness with us  of his Resurrection.”  {1:23} And they appointed two: Joseph, who was  called  Barsabbas,  who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.  {1:24} And praying, they  said:  “May you, O  Lord, who  knows the heart of everyone, reveal which one of these two  you have chosen, {1:25} to take a place in this ministry and  apostleship, from which Judas prevaricated, so that he might  go to his own place.” {1:26} And they cast lots concerning  them, and the lot fell upon Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven Apostles. 
[Acts 2] {2:1} And when the days  of Pentecost were  completed, they were all together in the same place.  {2:2} And suddenly, there came a sound from heaven, like  that of a wind approaching violently, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. {2:3} And there appeared to them separate tongues, as if of fire, which settled upon each one of them. {2:4} And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. And they began to speak in various languages, just as  the Holy Spirit bestowed eloquence to them. {2:5} Now there  were Jews staying in Jerusalem, pious men from every nation that is under heaven. {2:6} And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together  and was confused in mind,  because each one was listening to them speaking in his own  language. {2:7} Then all were astonished, and they wondered, saying: “Behold, are not all  of these who are speaking  Galileans? {2:8} And how is it that we have each heard them  in  our  own language, into which we  were born? {2:9} Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and those who inhabit Mesopotamia,  Judea  and Cappadocia,  Pontus and Asia, {2:10} Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya which are around Cyrene, and new arrivals of the  Romans, {2:11} likewise Jews and new converts, Cretans and  Arabs: we have heard them speaking in our own languages the mighty  deeds  of God.” {2:12} And they were all  astonished, and they wondered, saying to one another: “But what  does this mean?” {2:13} But others mockingly said, “These men are full of new wine.” {2:14} But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and he spoke to them:  “Men of Judea, and all those who are staying in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and incline your ears to my words. {2:15} For these men are not inebriated, as you suppose, for  it is the third hour of the day. {2:16} But this is what was spoken of by the prophet Joel: {2:17} ‘And this shall be: in  the last days, says the Lord, I will pour out, from my Spirit,  upon all flesh. And your sons  and your  daughters shall  prophesy. And your youths shall see visions, and your elders  shall dream dreams. {2:18} And certainly, upon my men and women servants in those days, I will pour out from my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. {2:19} And I will bestow wonders in  heaven above, and signs on earth below: blood and fire and  the vapor  of smoke. {2:20} The sun shall be turned into  darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord  arrives. {2:21} And this shall be:  whoever shall invoke the name of the Lord will be saved.’  {2:22} Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus the Nazarene is  a man confirmed by God among you through the miracles  and wonders and signs that God accomplished through him in your midst, just as you also know. {2:23} This man, under the definitive plan and foreknowledge of God, was delivered by the hands of the unjust, afflicted, and put to  death.  {2:24} And he whom God has  raised up has broken the sorrows of Hell, for certainly it was impossible for him to be held by it. {2:25} For David said about him: ‘I foresaw the Lord always in my sight, for he is at my right hand, so that I  may not be moved.  {2:26} Because  of  this, my heart has  rejoiced, and my tongue  has  exulted. Moreover, my flesh  shall also rest in hope. {2:27} For you will not abandon my soul to Hell, nor will you allow your Holy One to see  corruption. {2:28} You have made known to me the ways of life. You will completely fill me  with  happiness by your presence.’ {2:29} Noble brothers, permit me to speak freely to you about the Patriarch David: for he passed away and was buried, and his sepulcher is with us, even to this very day.  {2:30} Therefore, he was a prophet, for  he knew that God  had sworn an oath to him about the fruit of his loins, about the One who would sit upon his throne. {2:31} Foreseeing this, he was speaking about the Resurrection of the Christ.  For he was neither left behind in Hell, nor did his flesh see  corruption. {2:32} This Jesus, God raised up  again, and of this we are all witnesses. {2:33} Therefore, being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father  the Promise of the Holy Spirit, he poured this out, just as you  now see and hear. {2:34} For  David did not ascend into  heaven. But he himself said: ‘The Lord said to my Lord: Sit  at my right  hand, {2:35} until I make your enemies your footstool.’ {2:36} Therefore, may the entire house of Israel  know most  certainly that  God has made this same Jesus,  whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” {2:37} Now when they had heard these things, they were contrite in heart, and they said to Peter and to the  other Apostles: “What should we do, noble brothers?” {2:38} Yet truly, Peter said to them: “Do penance; and be baptized, each one of you, in the  name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins. And you  shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. {2:39} For the  Promise is for you and for your sons, and for all who are far  away: for  whomever the  Lord our God will have called.” {2:40} And then, with very many other words, he testified  and he exhorted them, saying,  “Save yourselves from this depraved generation.” {2:41} Therefore, those who accepted  his discourse were baptized. And about three thousand souls were added on that day. {2:42} Now they were persevering in the doctrine of the Apostles, and in the communion of the  breaking  of the bread, and in the prayers. {2:43} And fear  developed in every soul. Also, many miracles and signs were  accomplished by the Apostles in Jerusalem. And there was a  great awe in everyone. {2:44} And then all who believed were together, and they held all things  in common. {2:45} They  were selling their possessions and belongings,  and  dividing  them to all, just as any of them had  need.  {2:46} Also, they continued, daily, to be of one accord in the  temple and to break bread among the houses; and they took their meals with exultation and simplicity of heart,  {2:47} praising God greatly, and holding favor with all the  people. And every day, the Lord increased those who were  being saved among them. 
[Acts 3] {3:1} Now Peter and John went up to the temple at  the ninth hour of prayer. {3:2} And a certain man, who was  lame from his mother’s womb, was being carried in. They would lay him every day at the gate of the temple, which is  called the Beautiful, so that he might request alms from those  entering into the temple. {3:3} And this man, when he had seen Peter and John beginning to enter the temple, was begging, so that he might receive alms. {3:4} Then Peter and  John, gazing at him, said, “Look at us.” {3:5} And he looked intently at them, hoping that he might receive something from them. {3:6} But Peter said: “Silver and gold is not mine. But what I have, I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ  the Nazarene, rise up and walk.” {3:7} And taking him by  the right hand, he lifted him up. And immediately his legs and feet were strengthened. {3:8} And leaping up, he stood  and walked  around. And he entered  with them into the  temple, walking and leaping and praising God. {3:9} And all  the people saw him walking and praising God. {3:10} And  they recognized him, that  he was the same one  who was  sitting for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. And they  were filled with awe and amazement at what had happened  to him. {3:11} Then, as he held on to Peter and John, all the  people ran to them at the portico, which is called Solomon’s,  in astonishment. {3:12} But Peter, seeing this, responded to  the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this? Or  why do you stare at us, as if it were by our own strength or power that we caused this man to walk? {3:13} The God of  Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, the  God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus, whom you, indeed, handed over and  denied before the face of Pilate,  when he was giving judgment  to release him. {3:14} Then  you  denied the Holy and Just One,  and petitioned for a  murderous man to be given to you. {3:15} Truly, it was the Author of Life whom you put to death, whom God raised  from the dead, to whom we are witnesses. {3:16} And by faith in his name, this man, whom you have seen and known,  has confirmed his name.  And  faith through him has given this man complete health in the sight of you all. {3:17} And  now, brothers, I know that you did this through ignorance,  just as your leaders also did. {3:18} But in this way God has fulfilled the things that he announced beforehand through the  mouth of all the  Prophets: that his Christ would suffer.  {3:19} Therefore, repent and be converted, so that your sins  may be wiped away.  {3:20} And then, when the time of  consolation will have arrived from the presence of the Lord, he will send the One who was foretold to you, Jesus Christ,  {3:21} whom heaven certainly must take up, until the time of the restoration of all things, which God has spoken of by the mouth of his holy prophets, from ages past. {3:22} Indeed,  Moses said: ‘For the Lord your God shall raise up a Prophet  for you from your brothers, one like me; the same shall you listen to according to everything  whatsoever that he shall  speak to you. {3:23} And this shall be: every soul who will not listen to that Prophet  shall be exterminated from the people.’ {3:24} And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and thereafter, have announced these days.  {3:25} You are sons of the prophets and of the testament  which God has appointed for our fathers, saying to Abraham:  ‘And by your offspring all the families of the earth shall be  blessed.’ {3:26} God raised up his Son and sent him first to  you, to bless you, so that each one may turn himself away from his wickedness.” 
[Acts 4] {4:1} But while they were speaking to the people, the priests and the magistrate of the temple and the Sadducees overwhelmed them, {4:2} being grieved that they  were teaching the  people and  announcing in Jesus the  resurrection from the  dead. {4:3} And they laid hands  on  them, and they placed them under guard until the next day.  For it was now evening. {4:4} But many of those who had  heard the word believed. And the number of men became  five thousand. {4:5} And it happened on the next day that their leaders  and elders and scribes gathered together in  Jerusalem, {4:6} including Annas, the high priest, and  Caiaphas, and John and Alexander, and as many as were of  the priestly family. {4:7} And stationing them in the middle, they questioned them: “By what power, or in whose name,  have you done this?” {4:8} Then Peter, filled with the Holy  Spirit, said to them: “Leaders of the people and elders, listen.  {4:9} If we today  are judged by a good deed done to an  infirm man, by which he has been made whole, {4:10} let it  be known to all of you and to all of the people of Israel, that in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom  you crucified, whom God has raised from the dead, by him, this man stands before you, healthy. {4:11} He is the stone,  which was rejected by you, the builders, which has become  the head of the corner. {4:12} And there is no salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, by which it is necessary for  us to be saved.”  {4:13} Then, seeing the constancy of Peter and John, having  verified that they were men without letters or learning, they wondered.  And they recognized that they had been with  Jesus. {4:14} Also, seeing  the man who had been  cured  standing  with them, they were unable to say anything to  contradict them. {4:15} But they ordered them to withdraw  outside, away from the council, and they conferred among  themselves, {4:16} saying: “What shall we do to these men?  For certainly a public sign has been done through them,  before all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. It is manifest, and we cannot deny it. {4:17} But lest it spread further among the  people, let us threaten them not to speak anymore in this  name to any man.” {4:18} And calling them in, they warned them not to  speak or teach at all in the name of  Jesus.  {4:19} Yet truly, Peter and John said in response to them:  “Judge whether it is just in the sight of God to listen to you, rather than to God. {4:20} For we are unable to refrain from speaking the things that we have seen and heard.” {4:21} But they, threatening them, sent them away, having not found a  way that they might punish them because of the people. For  all were glorifying the things that had been done in these  events. {4:22} For the man in whom this sign of a cure had  been accomplished was more than forty years old. {4:23} Then, having been released, they went to their own,  and they reported in full what the leaders of the priests and  the elders had said to them. {4:24} And when they had heard it, with one accord, they lifted up their voice to God, and  they said: “Lord,  you are the One who made heaven and  earth, the sea and all that is in them, {4:25} who, by the Holy  Spirit, through the mouth of our father David, your servant,  said: ‘Why have the Gentiles been seething, and why have the people been pondering nonsense? {4:26} The kings of the  earth have stood up, and the leaders have joined together as  one, against the Lord and against his Christ.’ {4:27} For truly  Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, joined together in this city against your holy servant  Jesus, whom you anointed {4:28} to do what your hand and  your counsel had decreed would be done. {4:29} And now,  O Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to your servants that they may speak your word with all confidence, {4:30} by  extending your hand in cures and signs and miracles, to be  done through the name of your holy Son, Jesus.” {4:31} And  when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered was moved. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.  And they were speaking the Word of God with confidence.  {4:32} Then the multitude of believers were of one heart and  one soul. Neither did anyone say that any of the things that  he possessed were his own, but all things were common to them. {4:33} And with great power, the Apostles were rendering testimony to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. And great grace was in them all. {4:34} And neither  was  anyone  among them in need. For as many  as were  owners of fields or houses, selling these, were bringing the  proceeds of the things that they were selling, {4:35} and were  placing it before the feet of the Apostles. Then it was divided  to each one, just as he had need. {4:36} Now Joseph, who  the Apostles surnamed Barnabas (which is translated as ‘son  of consolation’), who was a Levite of Cyprian  descent, {4:37} since  he had land, he sold it,  and he brought the  proceeds and placed these at the feet of the Apostles. 
[Acts 5] {5:1} But a certain man named Ananias, with his  wife Sapphira, sold a field, {5:2} and he was deceitful about the price of the field, with his wife’s consent. And bringing only  part  of it, he placed it at the feet of the Apostles. {5:3} But Peter said: “Ananias, why has Satan tempted your heart, so that you would lie to the Holy Spirit and be deceitful about the price of the land? {5:4} Did it not belong to you  while you retained it? And having sold it, was it not in your  power? Why have you set this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God!” {5:5} Then Ananias, upon hearing these words, fell down and expired. And a great fear  overwhelmed all who heard of it. {5:6} And the young men  rose up and removed him; and carrying him out, they buried  him. {5:7} Then about the space of three hours passed, and his wife entered, not knowing what had happened. {5:8} And  Peter said to her, “Tell me, woman, if you sold the field for  this amount?” And she  said,  “Yes, for that amount.”  {5:9} And Peter said to her: “Why have you agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who  have buried  your husband are at the  door, and they shall  carry you out!” {5:10} Immediately, she fell down before his feet and expired. Then the young men entered and found her dead. And they carried her out and buried her next to her husband. {5:11} And a  great fear came over the entire  Church and  over all who heard these things. {5:12} And  through the hands of the Apostles many signs and wonders  were accomplished among the people. And they all met with  one accord at Solomon’s  portico. {5:13} And among the others, no one dared to join himself to them. But the people  magnified them. {5:14} Now the multitude  of men and  women who believed in the Lord was ever increasing,  {5:15} so much so that they laid the infirm in the streets,  placing them on beds and stretchers, so that, as Peter arrived,  at least his shadow might fall upon any one of them, and they  would be freed from their infirmities. {5:16} But a multitude  also hurried to Jerusalem from the neighboring cities,  carrying the sick and those troubled by unclean spirits, who  were all healed. {5:17} Then the high priest and  all those  who were  with him, that is, the heretical sect  of the  Sadducees, rose up and were filled with jealousy. {5:18} And  they laid hands on the Apostles, and they placed them in the common prison. {5:19} But in the night, an Angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison and led them out, saying, {5:20} “Go and stand in the temple, speaking to the people all these words of life.” {5:21} And when they had heard this,  they entered the temple at first light, and they were teaching.  Then the high  priest, and those who were  with  him, approached, and they called together the council and all the  elders of the sons of Israel. And they sent to the prison to have them brought. {5:22} But when the attendants had  arrived, and, upon opening the prison, had not found them,  they returned and reported  to them, {5:23} saying: “We  found the prison certainly locked up with all diligence, and  the guards standing before the door. But upon opening it, we found no one within.” {5:24} Then, when the magistrate of  the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were  uncertain about them, as to what should happen. {5:25} But  someone arrived and reported to them, “Behold, the men  whom you placed in prison are in the temple, standing and  teaching  the people.” {5:26} Then  the magistrate, with  the attendants, went and brought them without force. For they were afraid  of the people,  lest they be stoned. {5:27} And  when they had brought them, they stood them before the  council. And the high priest  questioned them, {5:28} and  said: “We strongly order you not to teach in this name. For  behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and  you wish to bring the blood of this man upon us.” {5:29} But  Peter and the Apostles responded by saying: “It is necessary  to obey God, more so than men.  {5:30} The God  of our fathers has raised up Jesus, whom you put to death by  hanging him on a tree. {5:31} It is he whom God has exalted  at his right  hand as Ruler and Savior, so as to offer  repentance and the remission of sins to Israel. {5:32} And we are witnesses of these things,  with the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to all who are obedient to him.” {5:33} When they had heard these things, they were deeply wounded, and  they were planning to put them to death. {5:34} But someone  in the council, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the  law honored by all the people, rose up and ordered the men to be put outside briefly. {5:35} And he said to them: “Men  of Israel, you should be careful in your intentions about these  men. {5:36} For before these days, Theudas stepped forward,  asserting himself to be someone, and a number of men, about  four hundred, joined with him. But he was killed, and all who  believed  in him  were scattered, and they were reduced to nothing. {5:37} After this  one, Judas the Galilean stepped  forward, in the days of the enrollment, and he turned the  people toward himself. But he also perished, and all of them,  as many as had joined with him, were dispersed. {5:38} And  now therefore, I say to you, withdraw from these men and  leave them alone. For if this counsel or work is of men, it will be broken. {5:39} Yet truly, if it is of God, you will not be  able to break it, and  perhaps you might be found to have fought against God.” And they agreed with him. {5:40} And  calling in the Apostles, having beaten them, they warned  them not to  speak  at all in  the name  of Jesus. And they dismissed them. {5:41} And indeed, they went forth from the  presence of the council, rejoicing that they were considered  worthy to suffer insult on behalf of the name  of Jesus.  {5:42} And every day, in the temple and among the houses,  they did not cease to teach and to evangelize Christ Jesus. 
[Acts 6] {6:1} In those days, as the number of disciples was  increasing, there occurred a murmuring of the Greeks against  the Hebrews, because their widows were treated with disdain in the daily  ministration.  {6:2} And so the twelve,  calling  together the multitude of the disciples, said: “It is not fair for  us to leave behind the Word of God to serve at tables also.  {6:3} Therefore, brothers, search among yourselves for seven  men of good testimony, filled with the Holy Spirit and with  wisdom, whom we may appoint over this work. {6:4} Yet  truly, we will be continually in prayer and in the ministry of  the Word.” {6:5} And the plan pleased the entire multitude.  And they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and with the  Holy Spirit, and Philip  and Prochorus and Nicanor and  Timon and  Parmenas and Nicolas, a new arrival from Antioch. {6:6} These they set before the sight of the Apostles,  and while praying, they imposed hands on them. {6:7} And  the Word of the Lord was increasing, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem was multiplied exceedingly. And even  a large group of the priests were obedient to the faith.  {6:8} Then Stephen, filled with grace and fortitude, wrought  great signs and miracles among the people. {6:9} But certain ones, from the synagogue of the so-called Libertines, and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those who  were from Cilicia and Asia rose up and were disputing with Stephen. {6:10} But they were not able to resist the wisdom  and the Spirit with which he was speaking. {6:11} Then they  suborned men who were to claim that they had heard him  speaking words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.  {6:12} And thus did they stir up the people and the elders  and the scribes. And hurrying together, they seized him and brought him  to the council. {6:13} And they set up false witnesses, who said:  “This man  does not cease to speak words against the holy place and the law. {6:14} For we have heard him saying that this Jesus the Nazarene will destroy  this place and will  change the traditions, which  Moses handed down to us.” {6:15} And all those who were sitting  in the council, gazing at him, saw his face, as if it had become  the face of an Angel. 
[Acts 7] {7:1} Then the high priest said, “Are these things so?” {7:2} And Stephen said:  “Noble brothers and fathers,  listen. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham,  when he was in Mesopotamia, before he stayed in Haran.  {7:3} And God said to him, ‘Depart from your country and  from your kindred, and go into the land that I will show to you.’ {7:4} Then he went away from the land of the  Chaldeans, and he lived at Haran. And later, after his father was dead, God brought him into this land, in which you now dwell. {7:5} And he gave him no inheritance in it, not even the space of one step. But he promised to give it to him as a  possession, and to his offspring after him, though he did not have a son. {7:6} Then God told him that his offspring would  be a settler in a foreign land, and that they would subjugate  them, and treat them badly, for four hundred  years.  {7:7} ‘And the nation whom they will serve, I will judge,’ said the Lord. ‘And after these things, they shall depart and  shall serve me in this  place.’ {7:8} And he gave him the covenant  of circumcision. And so he  conceived Isaac and circumcised him  on the eighth day.  And Isaac conceived Jacob,  and Jacob, the twelve Patriarchs. {7:9} And the  Patriarchs, being jealous, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God  was with him. {7:10} And he rescued him from all his  tribulations. And he gave him grace and wisdom in the sight  of Pharaoh, the king  of Egypt.  And he appointed him as governor over Egypt and over all his house. {7:11} Then a  famine  occurred in all of Egypt and Canaan, and a great  tribulation.  And our fathers did not find food.  {7:12} But  when Jacob had heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent  our fathers first. {7:13} And on the second occasion, Joseph  was recognized by his brothers, and his ancestry was made manifest to  Pharaoh. {7:14} Then Joseph sent for and  brought his father Jacob,  with  all his kindred, seventy-five  souls. {7:15} And Jacob descended into Egypt, and he passed  away, and so did our fathers. {7:16} And they crossed over into Shechem, and they were placed in the sepulcher which Abraham bought for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor,  the son of Shechem. {7:17} And when the time of the  Promise that God had revealed to Abraham drew near, the  people increased and were multiplied in Egypt, {7:18} even until another king,  who did not know  Joseph, rose  up in Egypt. {7:19} This one, encompassing our kindred, afflicted  our fathers, so that they would expose their infants, lest they be kept alive. {7:20} In the same time, Moses was born. And  he was in the grace of God, and he was nourished for three  months in the house of his father. {7:21} Then, having been  abandoned, the daughter of Pharaoh took him in, and she raised him as her own son. {7:22} And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. And he was mighty in his  words and in his deeds. {7:23} But when forty years of age were completed in him, it rose up in his heart that he should visit his brothers, the sons of Israel. {7:24} And when he had  seen a certain one suffering injury, he defended him.  And  striking the Egyptian, he wrought a retribution for him who  was enduring the  injury. {7:25} Now he supposed that his brothers would understand that God  would grant them  salvation through his hand. But they did not understand it.  {7:26} So truly,  on the following day, he appeared before  those who were arguing, and he would have reconciled them  in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. So why would you harm one another?’ {7:27} But he who was causing the injury to his neighbor rejected him, saying: ‘Who has appointed you as leader and judge over us? {7:28} Could it be that you want  to kill  me,  in the same way that you  killed the Egyptian  yesterday?’ {7:29} Then, at this word,  Moses fled.  And he  became a foreigner in the land of Midian, where he produced two sons. {7:30} And when forty years were completed, there  appeared to him, in the desert of Mount Sinai, an Angel, in a  flame of fire in a bush. {7:31} And upon seeing this, Moses  was amazed at the sight. And as he drew near in order to gaze at it, the voice  of the Lord came to him,  saying:  {7:32} ‘I am the God of your fathers: the God of Abraham,  the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses, being  made to tremble, did not dare to look. {7:33} But the Lord said to him: ‘Loosen the shoes from your feet. For the place in which you stand is holy ground. {7:34} Certainly, I have  seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning. And so, I am coming down to free them.  And now, go forth and I will send you  into Egypt.’  {7:35} This Moses, whom they rejected by saying, ‘Who has appointed you as leader and judge?’ is the one God sent to be leader and redeemer, by the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the bush. {7:36} This man led them out,  accomplishing signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and at the Red Sea, and in the desert, for forty years. {7:37} This is Moses, who said to the sons of Israel: ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own brothers. You shall  listen to him.’ {7:38} This is he who was in the Church in the  wilderness, with the Angel who  was speaking to him  on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. It is he who received the  words of life to give to us. {7:39} It is he whom our fathers were not willing to obey. Instead, they rejected him, and in  their hearts they turned away toward Egypt, {7:40} saying to Aaron: ‘Make gods for us, which may go before us. For this  Moses, who led us away from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.’ {7:41} And so they  fashioned a calf in those days, and they offered sacrifices to  an idol, and they rejoiced in the works of their own hands.  {7:42} Then  God turned, and he handed them  over, to  subservience to the armies of heaven, just as it was written in  the Book of the Prophets: ‘Did you not offer  victims and  sacrifices to me for forty years in the desert, O house of Israel? {7:43} And yet you took up for yourselves the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of your god Rephan, figures which you yourselves formed in order to adore them. And so I will carry  you away, beyond Babylon.’ {7:44} The tabernacle of the  testimony was with our fathers in the desert, just as God  ordained for them, speaking to Moses, so that he would make  it according to the form that he had seen. {7:45} But our  fathers, receiving it, also  brought it, with Joshua, into the  land of the Gentiles, whom God expelled before the face of our fathers, even until the days of David, {7:46} who found  grace before God  and  who asked that  he might obtain a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. {7:47} But it was Solomon  who built a house for him. {7:48} Yet the Most High does  not live in houses built by hands, just as he said through the  prophet: {7:49} ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house would you build for me? says  the Lord. And which is my resting place? {7:50} Has not my hand made all these  things?’ {7:51} Stiff-necked and  uncircumcised  in heart and ears, you ever resist the Holy Spirit. Just  as your fathers did, so also do you do.  {7:52} Which of the  Prophets have your fathers not  persecuted? And they killed those who foretold the advent of the Just One. And you have now become the betrayers and  murderers of him. {7:53} You received the law by the actions  of Angels, and yet you have not kept it.” {7:54} Then, upon hearing these things, they were  deeply wounded in their  hearts, and they gnashed their teeth at him. {7:55} But he,  being filled with the Holy Spirit, and gazing intently toward heaven, saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right  hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened,  and the Son  of man standing at the right hand of God.”  {7:56} Then they, crying out with a loud voice, blocked their  ears and, with  one accord, rushed  violently toward him.  {7:57} And driving him out, beyond the city, they stoned him. And  witnesses placed their garments beside the feet of a  youth, who was called Saul. {7:58} And as they were stoning Stephen, he  called  out and said,  “Lord Jesus, receive my  spirit.” {7:59} Then, having been brought to  his knees, he  cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep  in the Lord. And Saul was consenting to his murder. 
[Acts 8] {8:1} Now in those days, there occurred a great persecution against the Church at Jerusalem. And they were  all dispersed throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the Apostles. {8:2} But God-fearing men arranged for  Stephen’s funeral, and they made a great mourning over him.  {8:3} Then Saul was laying waste to the Church by entering  throughout the houses, and dragging away men and women, and committing them to prison. {8:4} Therefore, those who  had been dispersed were traveling around, evangelizing the  Word of God.  {8:5} Now Philip, descending to a  city of Samaria, was preaching Christ to them. {8:6} And the crowd  was  listening intently  and with one accord  to those things  which were being said by Philip, and they were watching the signs which he was accomplishing. {8:7} For many of them had unclean spirits, and, crying out with a loud voice, these  departed from them. {8:8} And many of the paralytics and the lame were cured. {8:9} Therefore, there was great gladness in that city. Now there was a certain man named  Simon, who  formerly had been a magician  in that city,  seducing the people of Samaria, claiming himself to be someone great. {8:10} And to all those who would listen, from the least even to the greatest, he was saying: “Here is  the power of God, which is called great.” {8:11} And they  were attentive to him because, for a  long time, he had deluded them with his magic. {8:12} Yet truly, once they had believed Philip, who was evangelizing the kingdom of God,  both men and women were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. {8:13} Then Simon himself also believed and, when  he had been baptized, he adhered to Philip. And now, seeing also the greatest signs and miracles being wrought, he was  amazed and stupefied. {8:14} Now when the Apostles who were in Jerusalem had heard that Samaria had received the Word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. {8:15} And when they had arrived, they prayed for them, so that they  might receive the Holy Spirit. {8:16} For he had not yet come to any among them, since they were  only baptized in the  name of the Lord Jesus. {8:17} Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. {8:18} But when  Simon had seen that, by the imposition of the hands of the Apostles, the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,  {8:19} saying, “Give this power to me also, so that on whomever I  will lay  my  hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him: {8:20} “Let your money be  with you in perdition, for you have supposed that a gift of God might be possessed by money. {8:21} There is no part or place for you in this matter. For your heart is not upright in the sight  of God. {8:22} And so, repent from this, your wickedness, and beg God, so that perhaps this plan of your heart might be forgiven you. {8:23} For I perceive you to be  in the gall  of bitterness and  in the bond of iniquity.”  {8:24} Then Simon responded by saying, “Pray for me to the  Lord, so that nothing of what you have said may happen to me.” {8:25} And indeed, after testifying  and speaking the Word of the  Lord, they  returned to Jerusalem, and they  evangelized the many regions of the Samaritans. {8:26} Now an Angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Rise up and go toward the south, to the way which descends from Jerusalem  into Gaza, where there is a desert.” {8:27} And rising up, he  went. And behold, an Ethiopian  man, a eunuch,  powerful under Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasures, had arrived  in Jerusalem to worship.  {8:28} And while returning, he was sitting upon his chariot and reading from the prophet Isaiah. {8:29} Then the Spirit  said to Philip, “Draw near and join yourself to this chariot.”  {8:30} And Philip, hurrying, heard him reading from the  prophet Isaiah, and he said, “Do you think that you understand what you are reading?” {8:31} And he said, “But  how can I, unless someone will have revealed it to me?” And he asked Philip to climb up and sit with him. {8:32} Now the  place in Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep  he was led to the slaughter. And like a lamb silent before his shearer, so he opened not his mouth. {8:33} He endured his judgment with humility. Who of his generation shall describe  how his life was taken away from the earth?” {8:34} Then the eunuch responded to Philip, saying: “I beg you, about whom  is the prophet saying this? About himself, or about someone  else?” {8:35} Then Philip, opening his mouth and beginning  from this Scripture, evangelized Jesus to him. {8:36} And  while they were going along the way, they arrived at a certain  water source. And the eunuch said: “There is water. What  would prevent me from being baptized?” {8:37} Then Philip  said, “If you believe from your whole heart, it is permitted.”  And he responded by saying, “I believe the Son of God to be  Jesus the Christ.” {8:38} And he ordered the chariot to stand  still. And  both Philip and the eunuch descended into the water. And he  baptized him. {8:39} And when  they  had  ascended from the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip  away, and the eunuch did not see him anymore.  Then he  went on his way, rejoicing. {8:40} Now Philip was found in Azotus.  And continuing  on, he evangelized all the cities, until he arrived in Caesarea. 
[Acts 9] {9:1} Now Saul, still breathing threats and beatings  against the disciples  of the Lord, went  to the high priest,  {9:2} and he petitioned him for letters to the synagogues in  Damascus, so that, if he found any men or women belonging  to this Way, he could lead them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 
{9:3} And as he made the journey, it happened that he was  approaching Damascus. And suddenly, a light from heaven shone around him. {9:4} And falling to the ground, he heard  a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting  me?” {9:5} And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he: “I  am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to  kick  against the goad.” {9:6} And  he, trembling and  astonished, said, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” {9:7} And the Lord said to him, “Rise up and go into the city,  and there you will be told what you ought to do.” Now the  men who were accompanying him were standing stupefied,  hearing indeed a voice, but seeing no one. {9:8} Then Saul rose up from the ground. And upon opening his eyes, he saw  nothing. So leading him by the hand, they brought him into  Damascus. {9:9} And in that place, he was without sight for  three days, and he neither ate nor drank. {9:10} Now there  was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias!” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” {9:11} And the Lord said to him: “Rise up and  go into the street that is called Straight, and seek, in the house  of Judas, the one named Saul of Tarsus. For behold, he is praying.” {9:12} (And Paul saw a  man named  Ananias entering and  imposing hands upon him, so that he  might receive his sight.) {9:13} But Ananias responded:  “Lord, I  have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to  your saints in Jerusalem. {9:14} And he has  authority here from the leaders of the priests to bind all who invoke your name.” {9:15} Then the Lord said to him: “Go, for this one is an instrument chosen by me to convey my name before nations and kings  and the sons  of Israel. {9:16} For I will reveal to him how much he must suffer on behalf of my name.” {9:17} And Ananias departed. And he entered the house. And laying his hands upon him, he said: “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, he who appeared to you on the way by which you arrived, sent me so that you would  receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” {9:18} And immediately, it was as if scales had fallen from  his eyes, and he received his sight. And rising up,  he was baptized. {9:19} And  when he had taken a meal, he was strengthened. Now he  was with the disciples who  were at  Damascus for some days.  {9:20} And he was continuously  preaching Jesus in the synagogues: that he is the Son of God. {9:21} And all who heard him were astonished, and they said,  “Is this not the one who, in Jerusalem, was fighting against those invoking this name, and who came here for this: so that he might lead them away to the leaders of the  priests?” {9:22} But Saul was increasing to a greater extent in ability,  and so he was confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus,  by affirming that he is the Christ. {9:23} And  when  many  days were completed, the Jews took counsel as one, so that they might put him to death. {9:24} But their treachery  became known to Saul.  Now they were also watching the  gates, day and night, so that they might put him to death. {9:25} But the disciples, taking him away by night, sent him  over the wall by letting him down in a basket. {9:26} And  when he had arrived in Jerusalem, he attempted to join  himself to the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, not  believing that he  was a disciple.  {9:27} But Barnabas took him aside and led him to the Apostles. And he explained to them how he had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken to him, and how, in Damascus, he had acted faithfully in the  name of Jesus. {9:28} And he was with them, entering and 
departing Jerusalem, and acting faithfully in the name of the  Lord. {9:29} He also was speaking  with the Gentiles and  disputing with the Greeks. But they were seeking to kill him.  {9:30} And when the brothers had realized this, they brought him to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus. {9:31} Certainly, the Church had  peace throughout all of Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and it was being built up, while walking in the fear of the Lord, and it was being filled  with the consolation of the Holy Spirit. {9:32} Then it  happened that Peter, as he traveled around everywhere, came  to the saints who were living at Lydda. {9:33} But he found there a certain man, named Aeneas, who was a  paralytic,  who had lain in bed for eight years. {9:34} And Peter said to him: “Aeneas, the Lord Jesus Christ heals you. Rise up and  arrange your bed.” And immediately he rose up. {9:35} And  all who were living in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they  were converted to the Lord. {9:36} Now in Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which in translation is called Dorcas. She was filled with the good works and almsgiving that she was accomplishing. {9:37} And it happened that, in those days, she became ill and  died. And  when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper  room. {9:38} Now  since Lydda was close to Joppa, the disciples, upon hearing  that Peter was there, sent two men to him, asking him: “Do  not be slow in coming to us.” {9:39} Then Peter, rising up,  went with them. And when he had arrived, they led him to  an upper room. And all the widows were standing  around him, weeping and showing him the tunics and garments that  Dorcas had made for them. {9:40} And when they had all been sent outside, Peter, kneeling down, prayed. And turning  to the body, he said: “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her  eyes and, upon seeing  Peter, sat up again. {9:41} And  offering her his hand, he lifted her up.  And  when he had  called in the saints and the widows, he presented her alive. {9:42} Now this became known throughout all  of Joppa.  And many believed in the Lord. {9:43} And it happened that  he resided for many days in Joppa, with a certain Simon, a  tanner. 
[Acts 10] {10:1} Now there was a certain man in Caesarea, named Cornelius, a centurion of the cohort which is called  Italian, {10:2} a devout man, fearing God with all his house,  giving many alms to the people, and  praying to God  continually. {10:3} This man saw in a vision clearly, at about the ninth hour of the day, the Angel of God entering to him  and saying to him:  “Cornelius!”  {10:4} And he,  gazing at him, was seized by fear, and he said, “What is it, lord?” And  he said to him: “Your  prayers and your almsgiving have ascended as a memorial in the sight of God. {10:5} And now, send men to  Joppa and summon a certain Simon,  who  is surnamed Peter. {10:6} This man is a guest with a certain Simon, a tanner, whose house is beside the sea. He will tell you what you must do.” {10:7} And when the Angel who was speaking to him had departed, he called, out of those who were subject to him, two of his household servants and a  soldier who  feared the Lord. {10:8} And  when he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.  {10:9} Then, on the following day, while they were making  the journey and approaching the city, Peter ascended to the  upper rooms, so that he might pray, at about the sixth hour.  {10:10} And since he was hungry, he wanted to enjoy some food. Then, as they were preparing it, an ecstasy of mind fell  over him. {10:11} And he saw heaven opened, and a certain  container descending, as if a great linen sheet were let down, by its four corners, from heaven to earth, {10:12} on which were all four-footed beasts, and the crawling things  of the earth and the flying things of the air. {10:13} And a voice came to him: “Rise up, Peter! Kill and eat.” {10:14} But  Peter said: “Far be it from me, lord. For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.” {10:15} And the voice, again a second time to him: “What God has purified, you shall not  call common.” {10:16} Now this was done three times. And  immediately the container was taken up to heaven.  {10:17} Now while Peter was still hesitant within himself as  to what the vision, which he had seen, might mean, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius stood at the gate,  inquiring about Simon’s house. {10:18} And when they had  called out, they asked if Simon, who is surnamed Peter, was a guest in that place. {10:19} Then, as Peter was thinking about  the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men seek  you. {10:20} And so, rise  up, descend, and go with  them, doubting nothing. For I have sent them.” {10:21} Then Peter, descending to the men, said: “Behold, I am the one whom you seek. What is the reason for which you have arrived?”  {10:22} And  they said: “Cornelius, a centurion,  a just and  God-fearing man, who  has  good testimony from the entire  nation of the Jews, received a message from a holy Angel to  summon you to his house and to listen to words from you.” {10:23} Therefore, leading them in, he received them as  guests. Then, on following the day, rising up, he set out with them. And some  of the brothers from Joppa accompanied  him. {10:24} And on the next day, he entered Caesarea. And truly, Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together  his family and closest friends. {10:25} And it happened that,  when Peter had entered, Cornelius went to meet him. And  falling before his feet, he reverenced. {10:26} Yet truly, Peter,  lifting him up, said: “Rise  up,  for I  also am  only a  man.”  {10:27} And  speaking with him, he entered,  and he found many who had gathered together. {10:28} And he said to them: “You know how abominable it would be for a Jewish  man to be joined with, or to be added to, a foreign people.  But God has revealed to  me to call no man common or unclean. {10:29} Because of this and without doubt, I came when summoned. Therefore, I ask you, for what reason have you summoned me?” {10:30} And Cornelius said: “It is now the fourth day, to this very hour, since I was praying in my  house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me  in a white  vestment, and  he said: {10:31} ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard  and  your almsgiving has been  remembered in the sight of God. {10:32} Therefore, send to  Joppa and summon Simon, who is surnamed Peter. This man is a guest in the house of Simon, a tanner, near the sea.’  {10:33} And so, I promptly sent for you. And you have done well in coming here. Therefore, all of us are now present in  your sight to hear all the things that were taught to you by the  Lord.” {10:34} Then, Peter, opening his mouth, said: “I have concluded  in  truth that God is not a respecter of persons.  {10:35} But  within every nation, whoever fears him and  works justice is acceptable to him. {10:36} God sent the  Word to the sons  of Israel,  announcing the  peace through  Jesus Christ, for he is the Lord of all. {10:37} You know that the Word has been made known throughout all Judea. For beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached, {10:38} Jesus  of Nazareth, whom God anointed  with the Holy Spirit and with power, traveled around doing  good and healing all those oppressed by the devil. For God was with him. {10:39} And we are witnesses of all that he did  in the region of Judea and in Jerusalem, he whom they killed  by hanging him on a tree. {10:40} God raised him up on the  third day and permitted him to be made manifest, {10:41} not to all the people, but to the witnesses preordained  by God, to those of us who ate and drank with him after he rose again from the dead.  {10:42} And  he instructed  us to  preach to the people, and to testify that he is the One who  was appointed by God to be the judge of the living and of the  dead. {10:43} To him all the Prophets  offer testimony that  through his name all who believe in him receive the remission of sins.” {10:44} While Peter  was still  speaking  these words, the Holy Spirit fell over all of those who were listening to the Word. {10:45} And the faithful of the circumcision,  who had arrived with Peter, were  astonished that the grace of the Holy Spirit was also poured out upon the Gentiles. {10:46} For they heard them speaking  in tongues  and magnifying God. {10:47} Then Peter responded, “How could anyone prohibit water, so that those who have received the Holy Spirit would not be baptized, just as we also have been?” {10:48} And he ordered them to be baptized in the  name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then they begged him to remain with them for some days. 
[Acts 11] {11:1} Now the Apostles and brothers who were in  Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the Word of God. {11:2} Then, when Peter  had  gone up to Jerusalem,  those who  were of the  circumcision argued  against him, {11:3} saying, “Why  did you enter to uncircumcised  men,  and why did you eat with them?” {11:4} And Peter began to explain to them, in an orderly manner, saying: {11:5} “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and I saw, in an ecstasy of mind, a  vision: a  certain container descending, like a great linen  sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners. And it  drew near to me. {11:6} And looking into it, I considered and saw the four-footed beasts of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the reptiles, and the flying things of the air. {11:7} Then I  also heard a voice saying to me: ‘Rise up, Peter. Kill and eat.’ {11:8} But I  said: ‘Never, lord! For  what is common or unclean has never entered into my mouth.’ {11:9} Then the  voice responded a second time from heaven, ‘What God has  cleansed, you shall not call common.’ {11:10} Now this was done three times. And then everything was taken up again into  heaven. {11:11} And behold, immediately there  were  three men standing near the house where I was, having been  sent to me from Caesarea. {11:12} Then the Spirit told me  that I should go with them, doubting nothing. And these six  brothers went with me also. And we entered into the house of the man. {11:13} And he described for us how he had seen an Angel in his house, standing and saying to him: ‘Send to  Joppa and  summon Simon,  who is surnamed Peter.  {11:14} And he shall speak to you words, by which you shall  be saved with your whole house.’ {11:15} And when I had  begun to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, just as upon us also,  in the beginning.  {11:16} Then I remembered the words  of the Lord, just as he himself said: ‘John, indeed,  baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ {11:17} Therefore, if God gave them the same grace,  as also to us, who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who  was I, that I would be able to prohibit God?”  {11:18} Having heard these things, they were silent. And  they glorified God, saying: “So has God also given  to the Gentiles repentance unto life.” {11:19} And some of them,  having been dispersed by the persecution that had occurred under Stephen, traveled around, even  to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the Word to no one, except to  Jews only. {11:20} But some of these men from Cyprus and  Cyrene, when they had entered into Antioch, were speaking  also to the Greeks, announcing the Lord Jesus. {11:21} And the hand of the Lord was with them. And a great number believed and were converted to the Lord. {11:22} Now the news came to the ears of the Church at Jerusalem about these things, and they sent Barnabas  as far as  Antioch. {11:23} And  when he had arrived there and had seen the  grace of God, he was gladdened. And he exhorted them all to continue in the Lord with a resolute heart. {11:24} For he  was a good man, and he was filled with the Holy Spirit and  with faith. And  a great multitude was added to the Lord.  {11:25} Then Barnabas set out for Tarsus, so that he might seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to  Antioch. {11:26} And they were  conversing there in the  Church for an entire year. And they taught such a  great  multitude, that it was at Antioch that the disciples were first  known by the name of Christian. {11:27} Now in these days,  prophets from Jerusalem went over to Antioch. {11:28} And  one of them, named Agabus, rising up, signified through the  Spirit that there was going to be a great famine over the entire  world, which did happen under Claudius. {11:29} Then the disciples declared, according  to what  each one  possessed,  what they would  offer to  be sent to the brothers living  in  Judea. {11:30} And so they did, sending it to the elders by  the hands of Barnabas and Saul. 
[Acts 12] {12:1} Now at the same time, king Herod extended  his hand, in order to afflict some from the Church.  {12:2} Then he killed James, the brother of John, with the  sword. {12:3} And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he set out next to apprehend Peter  also.  Now it was the days of Unleavened Bread. {12:4} So when he had apprehended him,  he sent him into prison, handing him over into the custody of  four groups of four soldiers, intending to produce him to the  people after the Passover. {12:5} And so Peter was detained in prison. But prayers were being made without ceasing, by the Church, to God on his behalf. {12:6} And when Herod was ready to produce him, in that same night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, and was bound with two  chains. And there were guards in front of the door, guarding the prison. {12:7} And behold, an Angel of the Lord stood  near, and a light shined forth in the cell. And tapping Peter  on the side, he awakened him, saying, “Rise up, quickly.”  And the chains fell from his hands. {12:8} Then the Angel said to him: “Dress yourself, and put on your boots.” And he did so. And  he said to him,  “Wrap your garment around  yourself and follow me.” {12:9} And going out, he followed him. And he did not know this truth: that this was being done  by an Angel. For he thought that he was seeing a vision.  {12:10} And  passing by the first and second guards, they  came to the iron gate which leads into the city; and it opened  for them by itself. And departing, they continued on along a  certain side street. And suddenly the Angel withdrew from  him. {12:11} And Peter, returning to himself, said: “Now I  know, truly, that the Lord sent his Angel, and that he rescued  me from the hand of Herod and from all that the people of the Jews were anticipating.” {12:12} And as he was considering this, he arrived at the house of Mary, the mother of John, who was surnamed Mark, where many were  gathered and were praying. {12:13} Then, as he knocked at the door of the gate, a girl went out to answer, whose name was Rhoda. {12:14} And when she recognized the voice of Peter, out  of joy, she did not  open the gate, but instead, running in, she reported that Peter stood before the gate.  {12:15} But they said to  her,  “You are crazy.”  But she  reaffirmed that this was so. Then they were saying, “It is his  angel.” {12:16} But Peter was persevering in knocking. And  when they had opened, they saw him and were astonished.  {12:17} But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he  explained how the Lord had led him away from prison. And he said, “Inform James and those brothers.” And going out,  he went away to another place. {12:18} Then, when daylight  came, there was no small commotion among the soldiers, as  to what had happened concerning Peter. {12:19} And when Herod had requested him and did not obtain him, having had  the guards interrogated, he ordered them led away. And descending from Judea into Caesarea, he lodged there. {12:20} Now he was angry with those of Tyre and Sidon. But  they came to him with one accord, and, having persuaded  Blastus, who was over the bedchamber of the king, they  petitioned for peace, because their regions were supplied with  food by him. {12:21} Then, on the appointed day, Herod was clothed in kingly apparel, and he sat in the judgment seat,  and he gave a speech to them. {12:22} Then the people were crying out, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” {12:23} And immediately, an Angel of the Lord struck him down, because he had not given honor to God. And having been consumed by worms, he expired. {12:24} But the word of the Lord was increasing and multiplying. {12:25} Then  Barnabas and Saul, having completed the ministry, returned from Jerusalem, bringing with them John, who was  surnamed Mark. 
[Acts 13] {13:1} Now there were, in the Church at Antioch, prophets and teachers,  among whom were Barnabas, and  Simon, who was called the Black, and Lucius of Cyrene, and  Manahen, who was the foster brother of Herod the tetrarch,  and Saul. {13:2} Now as they were ministering for the Lord  and fasting, the Holy Spirit said to them: “Separate Saul and Barnabas for me, for the work for which I have  selected  them.” {13:3} Then, fasting and praying and imposing their  hands upon them, they sent them away. {13:4} And having been sent by the Holy Spirit, they went to Seleucia. And from  there they sailed to Cyprus. {13:5} And when they had  arrived at Salamis, they were preaching the Word of God in  the synagogues of the Jews. And they also had John in the  ministry. {13:6} And when they had traveled throughout the  entire island, even to Paphos, they found a certain man, a  magician, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-Jesu. {13:7} And he was  with the proconsul, Sergius  Paulus, a prudent man. This man,  summoning  Barnabas and Saul,  wanted to hear the Word of God. {13:8} But Elymas the  magician (for so his name is translated) stood against them,  seeking to turn the proconsul  away from the  Faith.  {13:9} Then Saul, who is also called Paul, having been filled  with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him, {13:10} and he said: “So full of every deceit and of all falsehoods, son of the devil, enemy  of all justice, you never cease to subvert the  righteous  ways of the  Lord! {13:11} And now, behold, the  hand of the Lord is upon you. And you will be blinded, not seeing the sun for a length of time.” And immediately a fog  and a darkness fell over him. And wandering around, he was  seeking someone who  might lead him by the hand.  {13:12} Then the proconsul, when he had seen what was  done, believed, being in wonder over the doctrine of the Lord. {13:13} And when Paul and those who were with him had  sailed from Paphos, they arrived at Perga in Pamphylia. Then John  departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. {13:14} Yet truly, they, traveling on from Perga, arrived at Antioch in Pisidia. And upon entering the synagogue on the  Sabbath day, they sat down. {13:15} Then, after the reading  from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent to them, saying: “Noble brothers, if there is in you any word of exhortation to the people, speak.” {13:16} Then Paul, rising up and motioning for silence with his hand, said: “Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen closely. {13:17} The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people, when they were settlers in the land of Egypt. And with  an exalted arm, he led them away from there. {13:18} And  throughout a time of forty years, he endured  their behavior in the desert. {13:19} And by destroying seven  nations in the land of Canaan, he divided their land among them by lot, {13:20} after about four hundred and fifty years.  And after these things, he gave them judges, even until the  prophet Samuel. {13:21} And later on, they petitioned for a  king. And God gave them Saul, the son of Kish, a man from  the tribe of Benjamin, for  forty years. {13:22} And having removed him, he raised up for them king David. And offering  testimony about him, he said, ‘I have found David, the son of Jesse, to be  a man  according to my own heart, who  will  accomplish all that I will.’ {13:23} From his offspring,  according to the Promise, God has brought Jesus the Savior to Israel. {13:24} John was preaching, before the face of his  advent, a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.  {13:25} Then, when John completed  his course, he was saying: ‘I am not the one you consider me to be. For behold, one arrives after me, the shoes of whose feet I am not worthy  to loosen.’ {13:26} Noble brothers, sons of the stock  of  Abraham, and those among you who fear God, it is to you the Word of this salvation has been sent. {13:27} For those  who were living in Jerusalem, and its rulers, heeding neither  him, nor the voices of the Prophets that are read on every  Sabbath, fulfilled these  by judging  him. {13:28} And  although they found no case for death  against him, they  petitioned Pilate, so that  they might put him to death.  {13:29} And when they had fulfilled everything that had been written about him, taking him down from the tree, they placed him in a tomb. {13:30} Yet truly, God raised him up from the dead on the third day. {13:31} And he was seen for many days by those who went up with him from Galilee to  Jerusalem, who even now are his witnesses to the people.  {13:32} And  we are announcing to you that the Promise, which was made to our fathers, {13:33} has been fulfilled by God for our children by raising up Jesus, just as it has been written in the second Psalm also: ‘You are my Son. This day I have begotten you.’ {13:34} Now, since he raised him from  the dead, so as to no longer return to corruption, he has said  this: ‘I will give to you the holy things of David, the faithful  one.’ {13:35} And also then, in another place, he says: ‘You will not allow your Holy One to see corruption.’ {13:36} For David,  when he had ministered to  his generation in accordance  with the  will  of God, fell asleep, and he was placed next to his fathers, and he saw corruption. {13:37} Yet  truly, he whom God has raised from the dead has not seen  corruption. {13:38} Therefore, let it be known to you, noble  brothers, that through him is announced to you remission from sins and from everything by which you were not able to  be justified in the law of Moses. {13:39} In  him, all who  believe are justified. {13:40} Therefore, be careful, lest what was said by the Prophets may overwhelm you: {13:41} ‘You  despisers! Look, and wonder,  and  be scattered! For I am working a deed in your days, a deed which you would not  believe, even if someone were to explain it to you.’  ” {13:42} Then, as they were departing, they asked them if, on the following Sabbath, they might speak these words to them.  {13:43} And when the synagogue had been dismissed, many  among the Jews and the new worshipers were following Paul  and Barnabas. And they, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. {13:44} Yet truly, on the  following Sabbath, nearly the entire city came together to  hear the  Word of God. {13:45} Then the Jews, seeing the crowds,  were filled with envy,  and  they, blaspheming, contradicted  the things that were being said by  Paul.  {13:46} Then Paul and  Barnabas said firmly:  “It was  necessary to speak the Word of God first to you. But because you reject it, and so judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life,  behold, we turn to the Gentiles. {13:47} For so has the Lord instructed us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, so that  you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”  {13:48} Then the Gentiles, upon hearing this, were gladdened, and they were glorifying the Word of the Lord. And  as  many as believed were preordained to eternal life.  {13:49} Now the word  of the Lord was disseminated  throughout the entire region. {13:50} But the Jews incited some devout and honest women, and the leaders of the city.  And they stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas.  And they drove them away from their parts. {13:51} But they,  shaking the  dust from their feet against them, went  on to  Iconium. {13:52} The  disciples were likewise filled with gladness and with the Holy Spirit. 
[Acts 14] {14:1} Now it  happened in  Iconium that they  entered together into the synagogue  of the Jews, and they  spoke in such a way that a copious multitude of both Jews and Greeks believed. {14:2} Yet truly, the Jews who were  unbelieving had incited and  enflamed the  souls of  the  Gentiles against the brothers. {14:3} And so, they remained  for a long time, acting faithfully in the Lord,  offering  testimony to  the Word  of his grace,  providing signs and  wonders done by their hands. {14:4} Then the multitude of the city was divided. And certainly, some were with the Jews, yet truly others were with the Apostles. {14:5} Now when an  assault had been planned by the Gentiles and the Jews with  their leaders,  so that they  might treat them with contempt  and stone them, {14:6} they, realizing this, fled together to  Lystra and  Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the entire surrounding region. And they were evangelizing in that place. {14:7} And a certain man was sitting at Lystra, disabled in his feet, lame from his  mother’s  womb, who had never  walked. {14:8} This man heard  Paul speaking.  And  Paul,  gazing at him intently, and perceiving that he had faith, so that he might be healed,  {14:9} said with a loud voice, “Stand upright upon your feet!” And he leaped up and  walked around. {14:10} But when the crowds had seen what Paul had done, they lifted  up their voice in the Lycaonian language, saying, “The gods, having taken the likenesses of  men, have descended to us!”  {14:11} And they called  Barnabas, ‘Jupiter,’ yet truly they called  Paul,  ‘Mercury,’  because he was the lead speaker. {14:12} Also, the priest of Jupiter, who was  outside the city, in front of the gate,  bringing in oxen and garlands, was willing to offer sacrifice  with the people. {14:13} And  as soon as the Apostles, Barnabas and Paul, had heard this, tearing their tunics, they  leapt into the crowd, crying out {14:14} and saying: “Men,  why would you  do this?  We also are mortals,  men like yourselves, preaching to you to be converted, from these vain  things, to the living God, who made heaven and earth and  the sea and all that  is in them. {14:15} In previous generations, he  permitted all  nations to walk in their own  ways. {14:16} But certainly, he did not leave himself without  testimony, doing good from heaven, giving rains and fruitful  seasons, filling their hearts with food and gladness.” {14:17} And by saying these things, they were barely able to  restrain the crowds from immolating to them. {14:18} Now certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived there. And having persuaded the crowd, they stoned Paul and dragged  him outside of the city, thinking him to be dead. {14:19} But  as the disciples were standing around him, he  got up and  entered the city. And the next day, he set out with Barnabas  for Derbe. {14:20} And when they had evangelized that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra and to  Iconium and to Antioch, {14:21} strengthening the souls of the disciples,  and exhorting them that they should remain  always in the faith, and that it is necessary for us to enter into  the kingdom of God through many tribulations. {14:22} And  when they had established priests for them in each church,  and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the  Lord, in whom they believed. {14:23} And traveling by way of Pisidia, they arrived in Pamphylia. {14:24} And having spoken the word of the Lord in Perga, they went down into  Attalia. {14:25} And from there, they  sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had now accomplished. {14:26} And when  they had arrived and had gathered together the church, they  related what great things God had done with them, and how  he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. {14:27} And they remained for no small amount of time with the disciples. 
[Acts 15] {15:1} And certain ones, descending from Judea, were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised  according to  the custom  of Moses, you cannot be saved.”  {15:2} Therefore, when  Paul and Barnabas made no small  uprising against them, they decided that Paul and Barnabas,  and some from the opposing side, should go up to the Apostles and priests in Jerusalem concerning this question. {15:3} Therefore, being led by the church, they traveled  through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles. And they  caused great joy  among  all the brothers. {15:4} And when they had arrived in Jerusalem,  they were received by the church and the Apostles and the elders, reporting what great things God had done with them. {15:5} But some from the sect of the Pharisees, those who were believers, rose up saying, “It is necessary for them to be circumcised and to be instructed to keep the Law of Moses.” {15:6} And the Apostles and elders came together to take care of this matter. {15:7} And after a great contention had taken place, Peter rose up and said to them: “Noble brothers,  you know that, in recent days, God has chosen from among us, by my mouth, Gentiles to hear the word of the Gospel  and to believe. {15:8} And God, who knows hearts, offered testimony, by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as to us. {15:9} And he distinguished nothing between us and them,  purifying their hearts by faith. {15:10} Now therefore, why  do you tempt God to impose a yoke upon the necks of the  disciples, which neither our fathers nor we have been able to  bear? {15:11} But by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we  believe in order to be saved, in the same manner  also  as  them.” {15:12} Then the  entire multitude was silent. And  they were listening to Barnabas and Paul, describing what great signs and wonders God had  wrought among the  Gentiles through them. {15:13} And after they had been  silent, James responded by saying: “Noble brothers, listen to  me. {15:14} Simon has explained in what manner God first  visited, so as to take from the Gentiles a people to his name.  {15:15} And the words of the Prophets are in agreement with  this, just as it was written: {15:16} ‘After these things, I will  return, and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down. And I will rebuild its ruins, and I will raise it up,  {15:17} so that the rest of men may seek the Lord, along with  all the nations over whom my name has been invoked, says  the Lord, who does these things.’ {15:18} To the Lord, his  own work has been known from eternity. {15:19} Because of  this, I judge  that those who were converted to God from among the  Gentiles are not to be  disturbed, {15:20} but  instead that  we write to them, that they should keep themselves from the defilement of idols, and from fornication, and from  whatever has been  suffocated, and from blood. {15:21} For Moses, from ancient times, has had in each city  those who preach him in the synagogues, where he is read on every Sabbath.” {15:22} Then it pleased the  Apostles and elders, with the whole Church, to choose men from among  them, and to send to Antioch, with Paul and Barnabas, and  Judas, who was surnamed Barsabbas, and Silas, preeminent men among the brothers, {15:23} what was written by their  own hands: “The Apostles and elders, brothers, to those who are at Antioch and  Syria and Cilicia, brothers from the  Gentiles, greetings. {15:24} Since we have heard that some,  going  out from among us, have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, to whom we gave no commandment, {15:25} it pleased us, being assembled as one, to choose men  and to send them to you, with our most beloved Barnabas and Paul: {15:26} men who have handed over their lives on behalf of the name of our Lord Jesus  Christ.  {15:27} Therefore, we have sent Judas and Silas, who  themselves also will, with the spoken word, reaffirm to you  the same things. {15:28} For it has seemed good to the Holy  Spirit and to us to impose no further burden upon you, other than these necessary things: {15:29} that you abstain from  things immolated to idols, and from blood, and from what has been suffocated, and from fornication. You will do well to keep yourselves from these things. Farewell.” {15:30} And  so, having been dismissed, they went down to Antioch. And  gathering the multitude together, they delivered the epistle.  {15:31} And when they had read it, they were gladdened by this consolation. {15:32} But Judas and Silas, being also prophets themselves, consoled the brothers with many words,  and they were strengthened.  {15:33} Then, after spending  some more time there, they were dismissed with peace, by  the brothers, to those  who had sent them. {15:34} But it seemed good to Silas to remain there. So Judas alone departed  to Jerusalem.  {15:35} And Paul and  Barnabas  remained at Antioch,  with many  others, teaching and  evangelizing the Word of the Lord. {15:36} Then, after some  days, Paul said to Barnabas,  “Let us return to  visit the  brothers throughout all the cities in which we have preached  the Word of the Lord, to see how they are.” {15:37} And  Barnabas wanted to take John, who was surnamed  Mark,  with them also. {15:38} But Paul was saying that he ought not to be received, since he withdrew from them at  Pamphylia,  and he had not  gone with them in the work. {15:39} And there occurred a dissension, to such an extent that they departed from one another. And Barnabas, indeed taking Mark, sailed to Cyprus. {15:40} Yet truly,  Paul,  choosing Silas, set out, being delivered by the brothers to the grace of God. {15:41} And he traveled through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the Churches, instructing them to keep the precepts of the Apostles and the elders. 
[Acts 16] {16:1} Then he arrived at Derbe and Lystra. And  behold, a certain disciple named Timothy was there, the son  of a faithful Jewish woman, his father a Gentile. {16:2} The brothers who were at Lystra and Iconium rendered good testimony to him. {16:3} Paul wanted this man to travel with him, and taking him, he circumcised him, because  of the  Jews who were in those places. For they all knew that his  father was a Gentile. {16:4} And as they were traveling  through the cities, they delivered to them the dogmas to be kept, which were decreed by the Apostles and elders who  were at Jerusalem. {16:5} And certainly, the Churches were  being strengthened in faith and were increasing in number  every day. {16:6} Then, while crossing through Phrygia and  the region of Galatia, they were prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the Word in Asia. {16:7} But when they had  arrived in Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not permit them. {16:8} Then, when they had crossed through Mysia, they descended to Troas. {16:9} And a vision in the night was revealed to Paul of a  certain man of Macedonia, standing and pleading with him, and saying: “Cross into Macedonia and help us!” {16:10} Then, after he saw the vision, immediately we sought to set out for Macedonia, having been assured that God had called us to evangelize to them. {16:11} And sailing from Troas, taking a direct path, we arrived at Samothrace, and on the following  day, at Neapolis, {16:12} and from there to  Philippi,  which is the preeminent city in the area of  Macedonia, a colony. Now we were in this city some days,  conferring together. {16:13} Then, on the Sabbath day, we  were walking  outside the  gate, beside a river, where there  seemed to be a prayer gathering. And sitting down, we were speaking with the women who had assembled. {16:14} And a  certain woman, named Lydia, a seller of purple in the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened. And the Lord opened her heart to be receptive to what  Paul was saying.  {16:15} And when she had been baptized,  with her  household, she pleaded with us, saying: “If you have judged  me to be faithful to the Lord, enter into my house and lodge  there.” And she convinced us. {16:16} Then it happened that, as we were going out to prayer, a certain girl, having a spirit of divination, met with us. She was a source of great profit to  her masters, through her divining. {16:17} This girl,  following Paul and us, was crying out, saying: “These men are servants of the Most High God! They are announcing to  you the way of salvation!” {16:18} Now she behaved in this way for many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said  to the spirit, “I command you, in the name of Jesus Christ, to go  out from  her.” And it went away  in that same hour. {16:19} But her masters, seeing that the hope of their profit  went away, apprehended Paul and Silas, and they brought them to the rulers at the courthouse. {16:20} And presenting  them to the magistrates, they said: “These men are disturbing  our  city, since they are Jews. {16:21} And they are announcing a way which is not lawful for us to accept or to  observe, since we are Romans.” {16:22} And the people  rushed together against them.  And the  magistrates, tearing  their tunics, ordered them to be  beaten with staffs.  {16:23} And when they had inflicted many scourges on them,  they cast them into  prison, instructing the guard to  watch them diligently. {16:24} And since he had received this kind of order, he cast them into the interior prison cell, and he restricted their feet with stocks. {16:25} Then, in the middle  of the night, Paul and Silas were praying and praising God. And those who were also in custody were listening to them.  {16:26} Yet truly, there was a sudden earthquake, so great  that the foundations  of the prison were moved. And  immediately all the doors were opened, and the bindings of everyone were released. {16:27} Then  the prison guard, having been jarred awake, and seeing the doors of the prison open, drew his sword and intended to kill himself, supposing  that the prisoners had fled. {16:28} But Paul cried out with a  loud voice, saying: “Do no harm to yourself, for we are all  here!” {16:29} Then calling for a light, he entered. And trembling, he fell before the feet of Paul  and  Silas.  {16:30} And bringing them outside, he said, “Sirs, what must I do, so that I may be saved?” {16:31} So they said, “Believe  in the Lord Jesus, and then you will be saved,  with  your  household.” {16:32} And they spoke the Word of the Lord to him, along  with all those who were in his house.  {16:33} And he, taking them in the same hour of the night, washed their scourges. And he was baptized, and next his entire household. {16:34} And when he had brought them  into his own house, he set  a table for  them. And he was  joyous, with his entire household, believing in God. {16:35} And when daylight had arrived, the magistrates sent the attendants, saying, “Release those men.” {16:36} But the prison guard reported these words to Paul: “The magistrates  have sent to have you released. Now therefore, depart. Go in  peace.” {16:37} But Paul said to them: “They have beaten us publicly, though we were not condemned. They have  cast men who are Romans into prison. And now they would drive  us away secretly? Not so. Instead, let them come forward,  {16:38} and let us  drive them  away.”  Then the attendants  reported these words to the magistrates. And upon hearing  that they were Romans,  they were afraid. {16:39} And arriving, they pleaded with them, and leading them out, they  begged them to depart from the city. {16:40} And they went  away from the prison and entered into the house of Lydia. And having seen the brothers, they consoled them, and then  they set out. 
[Acts 17] {17:1} Now  when they had  walked  through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they arrived at Thessalonica,  where there was a synagogue of the Jews. {17:2} Then Paul,  according to custom, entered to them. And for three Sabbaths he disputed with them about the Scriptures, {17:3} interpreting and concluding that it was necessary for  the Christ to suffer and to rise again from the dead, and that “this is the Jesus Christ, whom I am announcing to you.”  {17:4} And some of them believed and were joined to Paul  and Silas, and a  great  number of these were from the  worshipers and the Gentiles, and not a few were noble women. {17:5} But the Jews, being jealous, and joining with  certain evildoers  among the  common men, caused  a  disturbance, and they stirred up the city. And taking  up a position near the house of Jason, they sought to lead them  out to the people. {17:6} And when they had not found them,  they dragged Jason and certain brothers to the rulers of the city, crying out: “For these are the ones who have stirred up  the city. And they came here, {17:7} and Jason has received  them. And all these men act contrary to the decrees of Caesar,  saying that there is  another king, Jesus.” {17:8} And they  incited the people. And the rulers of the city, upon hearing  these things, {17:9} and having received an explanation from Jason and the others, released them. {17:10} Yet truly, the  brothers promptly sent Paul and Silas away by night to  Beroea. And when they had  arrived, they entered the synagogue of the Jews. {17:11} But these were more noble  than those who were at Thessalonica. They received the Word with all enthusiasm, daily examining the Scriptures to  see if these  things were  so. {17:12} And indeed, many believed  among them, as well as not a few among the honorable Gentile men and women. {17:13} Then, when the  Jews of Thessalonica had realized that the Word of God was  also preached by Paul at Beroea, they went there also, stirring  up  and  disturbing the multitude. {17:14} And then the brothers quickly sent Paul away, so that he might travel by  sea. But Silas and  Timothy remained there. {17:15} Then those who were leading Paul brought him as far as Athens. And having received an order from him to Silas and Timothy,  that they should come to him  quickly, they set out.  {17:16} Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred up within  him, seeing the city given over to  idolatry. {17:17} And so, he was disputing with the Jews in  the synagogue, and with the worshipers, and in public places, throughout  each day, with whomever  was there. {17:18} Now certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were  arguing with him. And some were saying, “What does this  sower of the Word want to say?” Yet others were saying, “He  seems to be  an  announcer for new  demons.” For he was announcing to them Jesus and the Resurrection. {17:19} And  apprehending him, they  brought him to the  Areopagus, saying: “Are  we able to know what this new  doctrine is, about which you speak? {17:20} For you bring certain new  ideas to our ears. And so we would like to know what these  things mean.” {17:21} (Now all the Athenians, and arriving visitors, were occupying themselves with nothing other than  speaking or hearing  various new  ideas.) {17:22} But Paul,  standing  in the middle of the Areopagus, said:  “Men of  Athens, I perceive that in all things you are rather  superstitious. {17:23} For as I was passing by and noticing  your idols, I also found an altar, on which was written: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, what you worship in  ignorance, this is what I am preaching to you: {17:24} the God who made the world and all that is in it, the One who is the Lord of heaven and earth, who does not live in temples  made with hands. {17:25} Neither is he served by the hands  of men, as if in need of anything, since it is he who gives to  all things life and breath and  all else. {17:26} And he has  made, out of one, every family of man: to live upon the face  of the entire earth, determining the appointed seasons and the  limits of their habitation, {17:27} so as to seek God, if  perhaps they may consider him or find him, though he is not  far from each one of us. {17:28} ‘For in him we live, and  move, and exist.’ Just as some of your own poets have said.  ‘For we are also of his family.’ {17:29} Therefore, since we  are of the family of God, we must not consider gold or silver or  precious stones, or the engravings of art and  of the  imagination of man, to be a representation of what is Divine.  {17:30} And  indeed, God, having looked down to see the ignorance of these times, has now announced to men that  everyone everywhere should do penance. {17:31} For he has  appointed a day on which he will judge the world in equity,  through the man whom he has appointed, offering faith to all,  by raising him from the dead.” {17:32} And when they had  heard about the Resurrection of the dead, indeed, some were derisive, while others said, “We will listen to you about this  again.” {17:33} So  Paul departed from their  midst. {17:34} Yet truly, certain men, adhering to him, did believe. Among these were also Dionysius the Areopagite, and  a woman named Damaris, and others with them. 
[Acts 18] {18:1} After these things, having  departed from Athens, he arrived  at Corinth. {18:2} And upon finding a  certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently  arrived from Italy with Priscilla his wife, (because Claudius had  ordered  all Jews to depart from Rome,) he met with them. {18:3} And because he was  of the same trade, he lodged with them and  was working. (Now they were  tentmakers by trade.) {18:4} And he  was arguing  in the  synagogue on every Sabbath, introducing the name  of the  Lord Jesus.  And he was persuading Jews and Greeks. {18:5} And  when Silas  and  Timothy had arrived from  Macedonia, Paul stood firm  in  the Word, testifying  to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. {18:6} But since they were  contradicting him and blaspheming,  he shook  out his  garments and said to them:  “Your blood is on your  own heads. I am clean. From now on, I will go to the Gentiles.” {18:7} And  moving from that  place,  he entered into the  house of a certain man, named Titus the Just, a worshiper of God, whose house was adjoined to the synagogue. {18:8} Now Crispus, a leader of the synagogue, believed in  the Lord, with his entire house. And many of the Corinthians, upon hearing, believed and were baptized. {18:9} Then the  Lord said to Paul, through a vision in the night: “Do not be afraid. Instead, speak out and do not be silent. {18:10} For I am with you. And no one will take hold of you, so as to do  you harm. For many of the people in this city are with me.” {18:11} Then he settled there for a year and six  months,  teaching the Word of God among them. {18:12} But when  Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews rose up with one  accord against Paul. And they brought him to the tribunal,  {18:13} saying, “He persuades men to worship God contrary  to the law.” {18:14} Then, when Paul was beginning to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews: “If this were some matter of injustice, or a wicked deed, O noble Jews, I would support  you, as is proper. {18:15} Yet if truly these are questions about a word and names and your law, you should see to it yourselves. I will not be the judge of such things.”  {18:16} And he ordered them from the tribunal. {18:17} But they, apprehending Sosthenes, a leader of the synagogue, beat him in front of the tribunal. And Gallio showed no concern for these things. {18:18} Yet truly, Paul, after he had  remained for many more days, having said goodbye to the  brothers, sailed into Syria, and with him were Priscilla and  Aquila. Now he had shaved his head in Cenchreae, for he had made a vow. {18:19} And he arrived at Ephesus, and he  left them behind there. Yet truly, he himself, entering into the synagogue,  was disputing with the Jews. {18:20} Then, although they were asking him to remain for a longer time, he would not agree. {18:21} Instead, saying  goodbye and  telling them, “I will return to you again, God willing,” he set out from Ephesus. {18:22} And after going down to Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem, and he greeted the Church there, and then he descended to Antioch. {18:23} And having spent  some length of time there, he set out, and he walked in order  through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. {18:24} Now a certain Jew named Apollo, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man who was powerful with the  Scriptures, arrived at Ephesus. {18:25} He was learned in the Way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching the things that are of Jesus, but knowing only  the baptism  of John. {18:26} And so, he began to act faithfully in the synagogue. And when Priscilla and Aquila  had heard him, they took him aside and expounded the Way  of the Lord to him more thoroughly. {18:27} Then, since he wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers wrote an exhortation to  the disciples, so that they might accept him. And when he  had arrived, he held many discussions with those who had  believed. {18:28} For he was  vehemently and publicly reproving the Jews, by revealing through the Scriptures that  Jesus is the Christ. 
[Acts 19] {19:1} Now it happened that, while Apollo was at  Corinth,  Paul, after he had journeyed  through the  upper  regions, arrived at Ephesus. And he met with certain disciples.  {19:2} And he said to them,  “After believing, have you received the Holy Spirit?” But they said to him, “We have  not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” {19:3} Yet truly,  he said, “Then with what have you been baptized?” And they  said, “With the baptism of John.”  {19:4} Then Paul said: “John baptized the people with the baptism of repentance,  saying that they should believe in the One who is to come  after him, that is, in Jesus.” {19:5} Upon hearing these things,  they were baptized in the name  of the Lord Jesus.  {19:6} And when Paul had imposed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came over them. And they were speaking in tongues and prophesying. {19:7} Now the men were about  twelve in all. {19:8} Then, upon entering the synagogue, he  was speaking faithfully for three months, disputing and  persuading them about the kingdom of God. {19:9} But when certain ones became hardened and would not believe,  cursing the Way of the Lord in the presence of the multitude,  Paul, withdrawing from them, separated the  disciples,  disputing daily in a certain school of Tyrannus. {19:10} Now  this was done throughout two years, so that all who were  living in Asia listened to the Word of the Lord, both Jews  and Gentiles. {19:11} And God was accomplishing powerful  and uncommon miracles  by the hand  of  Paul, {19:12} so  much so that even when small cloths and wrappings were  brought from his body to the sick, the illnesses withdrew from  them and the wicked spirits departed.  {19:13} Then, even  some  of the traveling Jewish exorcists had attempted to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I bind you by oath through Jesus, whom Paul preaches.” {19:14} And there were certain Jews, the seven  sons of Sceva, leaders among the priests, who were acting in  this way. {19:15} But a wicked spirit responded by saying to them: “Jesus I know, and Paul I know. But who are you?”  {19:16} And the man, in whom there was a wicked spirit, leaping at them and getting the better of them both, prevailed  against them, so that they fled from that house, naked and wounded. {19:17} And so, this became known to all the Jews  and Gentiles who were living at Ephesus. And a fear fell over them all. And the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.  {19:18} And  many believers were arriving, confessing, and  announcing their deeds. {19:19} Then  many of those who had followed odd sects brought together their books, and they  burned them in the sight of all. And after determining the  value  of these, they found the price to be fifty thousand  denarii. {19:20} In this way, the Word of God was increasing  strongly and was being confirmed. {19:21} Then, when these  things were  completed, Paul  decided in the Spirit, after  crossing through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “Then, after I have been there, it is necessary for me to see Rome also.” {19:22} But sending two of those who  were ministering to him, Timothy  and Erastus, into Macedonia,  he himself remained for a time in Asia.  {19:23} Now at that time, there occurred no small  disturbance concerning the Way of the Lord. {19:24} For a  certain man named Demetrius,  a silversmith making silver shrines for Diana, was providing no small profit to craftsmen. {19:25} And  calling them  together, with those who were employed in the same way, he said: “Men, you know that  our income is from this craft. {19:26} And you are seeing and  hearing that this man Paul, by persuasion, has turned away a  great multitude, not only from Ephesus, but from nearly all of Asia, saying, ‘These things are not gods which have been  made by hands.’ {19:27} Thus, not  only is this, our  occupation, in danger of being brought into repudiation, but also the temple of the great Diana will be reputed as nothing!  Then even her majesty, whom all  of Asia and the world worships, will begin to be destroyed.” {19:28} Upon hearing  this, they were filled with anger, and they cried out, saying,  “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” {19:29} And the city was filled with  confusion.  And having seized Gaius and  Aristarchus of Macedonia, companions of Paul, they rushed  violently, with one accord,  into the amphitheatre.  {19:30} Then, when Paul wanted to enter to the people, the  disciples would not  permit him. {19:31} And some  of the  leaders from Asia, who were his friends, also sent to him, requesting that he not present himself in the amphitheatre.  {19:32} But others were crying out various things. For the  assembly was in confusion,  and most did not know the reason they  had been called together. {19:33} So  they dragged Alexander from the crowd,  while the Jews were  propelling him forward. And Alexander, gesturing with his  hand for silence, wanted to give the people an explanation. {19:34} But as soon as they realized him to be a Jew, all with one voice, for about two hours, were crying out, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” {19:35} And when the scribe had  calmed the crowds, he said:  “Men of Ephesus, now what  man is there who does  not know that the city  of the  Ephesians is in the service of the great Diana and  of the  offspring of Jupiter? {19:36} Therefore, since these things are  not able to be contradicted, it is necessary for you to be calm and to do nothing rash.  {19:37} For  you have brought  forward these men, who are neither sacrilegious nor  blasphemers against your goddess. {19:38} But if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him  have a case against  anyone, they can convene in the courts, and there are proconsuls. Let them accuse one another. {19:39} But if you would inquire about  other  things, this can be decided in a lawful assembly. {19:40} For now  we  are in peril  of being  convicted of sedition over today’s  events,  since there is no one guilty (against whom we are able to provide evidence) in  this gathering.” And when he had said this, he dismissed the  assembly. 
[Acts 20] {20:1} Then, after the tumult ceased, Paul, calling  the disciples  to himself and exhorting them, said farewell. And he set  out, so that he might go into Macedonia.  {20:2} And when he had walked through those areas and had  exhorted them with  many sermons, he went into Greece. {20:3} After  he had spent three months there, treacheries were planned against him by the Jews, just as he was about to sail into Syria. And having been advised of this, he return through Macedonia. {20:4} Now those accompanying him were Sopater, the son of Pyrrhus from Beroea; and also the  Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and also Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia. {20:5} These, after they had gone ahead, waited for us  at Troas. {20:6} Yet truly, we sailed from Philippi, after the  days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we went to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days. {20:7} Then, on the first Sabbath, when we had assembled together to break  bread, Paul discoursed with them, intending to set out the next day. But he prolonged his sermon into the middle of the  night. {20:8} Now there were plenty of lamps in the upper  room,  where we  were gathered. {20:9} And a  certain adolescent named Eutychus, sitting on the window sill, was being weighed  down by  a heavy drowsiness (for  Paul was preaching at length). Then, as he went to sleep, he fell from  the third floor room downward. And when he was lifted up,  he was dead. {20:10} When Paul had gone down to him, he laid himself over him and,  embracing  him, said, “Do not worry, for his soul is still within him.” {20:11} And so, going up, and breaking bread, and eating, and having spoken well on until daylight, he then set out. {20:12} Now they had  brought the boy in alive, and they were more than a little consoled. {20:13} Then we climbed aboard the ship and  sailed to Assos, where we were to take in Paul. For so he  himself had  decided, since he was making the journey by land. {20:14} And when he had joined us at Assos, we took him in, and we went to Mitylene. {20:15} And sailing from there, on the following day, we arrived opposite Chios. And  next we landed at Samos. And on the following day we went  to Miletus. {20:16} For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not be delayed in Asia. For he was hurrying so that, if it were possible for him, he might observe the day of  Pentecost at Jerusalem.  {20:17} Then, sending from Miletus to Ephesus, he called those greater by birth in the  church. {20:18} And when they had come to him and were  together, he said to them: “You know that from the first day  when I entered into Asia, I have been with you, for the entire time, in this manner: {20:19} serving the Lord,  with all  humility and despite the tears and trials which befell me from the treacheries of the Jews, {20:20} how I held back nothing  that was of value, how well I have preached to you, and that I have taught you publicly and throughout the houses,  {20:21} testifying both to Jews and  to Gentiles about repentance in God and faith in our Lord Jesus  Christ.  {20:22} And now, behold, being obliged in spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what  will happen to me  there, {20:23} except that the Holy Spirit, throughout every city,  has cautioned me, saying that chains and tribulations await me at Jerusalem. {20:24} But I dread none of these things.  Neither do I consider my life to be more precious because it is  my own, provided that in some way I may complete my own course and that of the ministry of the Word, which I received  from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the Gospel of the grace of God. {20:25} And now, behold,  I know that you  will no  longer see my face, all of you among whom I have traveled,  preaching the kingdom of God. {20:26} For this reason, I call you as witnesses on this very day: that I am clean from the blood of all. {20:27} For I have not turned aside in the least  from announcing every counsel of God to you. {20:28} Take care of yourselves and of the entire flock,  over  which the  Holy Spirit has stationed you as Bishops to rule the Church  of God, which he has purchased by his own blood. {20:29} I know that after my  departure ravenous wolves  will  enter  among you, not sparing the flock. {20:30} And from among  yourselves, men will rise  up, speaking perverse things in  order to entice disciples after them. {20:31} Because of this, be vigilant, retaining in memory that throughout three years I  did not cease, night and day, with tears, to admonish each  and every one of you. {20:32} And now, I commend you to God and to the Word of his grace. He has the power to build up, and to  give an inheritance to all who are sanctified.  {20:33} I have coveted neither silver and gold, nor apparel,  {20:34} as you yourselves know. For that which was needed  by me  and by those  who are with me, these hands have provided. {20:35} I have revealed all things to you, because by laboring in this way, it is necessary to support the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said,  ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” {20:36} And  when he had said these things, kneeling down, he  prayed  with all  of them. {20:37} Then a great weeping  occurred among them all. And, falling upon the neck of Paul, they kissed him, {20:38} being grieved most of all over the word which he had said, that they would never see his face again. And they brought him to the ship. 
[Acts 21] {21:1} And after these  things had happened, having reluctantly parted from them, we sailed a direct course,  arriving at Cos, and on following the day  at Rhodes, and  from there to Patara. {21:2} And when we had found a ship  sailing across to  Phoenicia, climbing  aboard,  we set sail.  {21:3} Then, after we had caught sight of Cyprus, keeping it to the left, we sailed on to Syria, and we arrived at Tyre. For  the ship was going to unload its cargo there. {21:4} Then,  having found the disciples, we lodged there for seven days.  And they were saying to  Paul, through the Spirit, that he  should  not  go up to Jerusalem. {21:5} And when the days  were completed, setting out, we  went on;  and they all accompanied us with their wives and children, until we were  outside of the city. And we kneeled down at the shore and prayed. {21:6} And when we had said farewell to one  another, we climbed aboard the ship. And they returned to their own. {21:7} Yet truly, having completed our journey by  boat from Tyre, we descended to Ptolemais. And greeting the brothers, we lodged with them for  one day. {21:8} Then,  after setting out the next day, we arrived at Caesarea. And upon entering into the house of Philip the  evangelist,  who  was one of the seven, we stayed with him. {21:9} Now this  man had four daughters,  virgins, who  were prophesying.  {21:10} And while we were delayed for some days, a certain  prophet from Judea, named Agabus, arrived. {21:11} And he, when he had come to us, took Paul’s belt, and binding his own feet and hands, he said: “Thus says the Holy Spirit: The  man  whose  belt this is, the Jews will bind in this way at  Jerusalem. And they will deliver him into the hands of the  Gentiles.” {21:12} And when we had heard this, both we and  those who were from that place begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. {21:13} Then  Paul responded by saying: “What  do you accomplish by weeping and afflicting my heart? For I am  prepared, not  only to be bound,  but also to die in Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus.” {21:14} And  since we were not able to persuade him, we quieted, saying:  “May the  will of the  Lord be  done.” {21:15} Then,  after those days,  having made preparations, we ascended to  Jerusalem. {21:16} Now some of the disciples from Caesarea also went  with us, bringing with them a  certain  Cypriot  named Mnason, a very old disciple, whose guests we would  be. {21:17} And when we had arrived  at Jerusalem, the  brothers received us willingly. {21:18} Then, on the following day, Paul entered with us to James. And all the elders were  assembled. {21:19} And when he had greeted them, he  explained each thing that God had accomplished among the  Gentiles through his ministry. {21:20} And they, upon hearing it, magnified God and said to him: “You understand,  brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law.  {21:21} Now they have  heard about you, that you are teaching those Jews who are among the Gentiles to withdraw from Moses, telling  them  that they should not circumcise  their sons, nor act according to custom. {21:22} What is next? The multitude ought to be convened. For they will hear that you have arrived. {21:23} Therefore, do this thing that we ask  of you:  We have four men, who  are under a vow.  {21:24} Take these and sanctify yourself with them,  and  require them  to shave their heads. And  then everyone will  know that the things that they have heard about you are false,  but that you yourself walk in keeping with the law.  {21:25} But,  about those  Gentiles who have believed, we  have written a judgment that they should keep themselves  from what has been immolated to idols, and from blood, and  from what has been suffocated, and from fornication.”  {21:26} Then Paul, taking the men on the next  day, was  purified with them, and he entered the temple, announcing  the process of the days of purification, until an oblation would be offered on behalf of each one of them. {21:27} But when the seven days were reaching completion, those Jews  who were from Asia, when they had seen him in the temple,  incited all the people, and they laid hands on him, crying out: {21:28} “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching, everyone, everywhere, against the people and the law and  this place. Furthermore, he has even brought Gentiles into  the temple, and he has violated this holy place.” {21:29} (For they had seen Trophimus, an Ephesian, in the city with him,  and they supposed that  Paul had brought him  into the temple.) {21:30} And the entire city was stirred up. And it happened that the people ran together.  And apprehending Paul, they dragged him outside of the temple. And  immediately the doors were closed. {21:31} Then,  as they  were seeking to kill him, it was reported to the tribune of the  cohort:  “All  Jerusalem is in confusion.” {21:32} And so, immediately taking soldiers and centurions, he rushed down  to them. And when they had seen the tribune and the soldiers,  they ceased to strike Paul. {21:33} Then the tribune, drawing near, apprehended him and ordered that he be bound with two chains. And he was asking who he was and what he had  done. {21:34} Then they were crying out various things  within the crowd.  And  since he could not understand  anything clearly because of the noise, he ordered him to be brought into the fortress. {21:35} And when he had arrived at  the stairs, it happened that he was carried up by the soldiers,  because of the threat of violence from the people. {21:36} For the multitude of the people were following and crying out,  “Take him away!” {21:37} And as Paul was beginning to be brought into the fortress, he said to the tribune, “Is it  permissible for me to say something to you?” And he said,  “You know  Greek? {21:38} So then,  are you not that  Egyptian who before these days incited a rebellion and led out into the desert four thousand  murderous men?” {21:39} But Paul said to him: “I am a man, indeed a Jew,  from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of a well-known city. So I  petition you, permit me to speak to the people.” {21:40} And  when he had given him  permission, Paul, standing  on the stairs, motioned with his hand to the  people.  And  when a  great silence  occurred, he spoke to them in the Hebrew  language, saying: 
[Acts 22] {22:1} “Noble brothers and fathers, listen to the  explanation that I now give to you.” {22:2} And when they  heard him speaking to them in the Hebrew language, they  offered a greater silence. {22:3} And he said: “I am a Jewish  man, born at Tarsus in Cilicia, but raised in this city beside  the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the truth of the law of the fathers, zealous for the law, just as all of you also are to this day. {22:4} I  persecuted this Way, even unto death,  binding and delivering into custody both men and women, {22:5} just as the high priest and all those greater by birth bear witness to me. Having received letters from them to the brothers, I journeyed to Damascus, so that I might lead them  bound from there to Jerusalem, so that they might be punished. {22:6} But it happened that, as I was traveling and  was approaching  Damascus at midday, suddenly from  heaven a great light shone around me. {22:7} And falling to  the ground, I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are  you persecuting me?’ {22:8} And I responded, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’ {22:9} And those who were with me, indeed, saw the light, but they did not hear the voice of him who  was speaking with  me. {22:10} And  I said,  ‘What  should I do, Lord?’ Then the Lord said to me: ‘Rise up, and go to Damascus. And there, you shall be told all that you  must do.’ {22:11} And since I could not see, because of the  brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by my companions, and I went to Damascus. {22:12} Then a  certain Ananias, a man in accord with the law, having the  testimony  of all the Jews who  were living there,  {22:13} drawing near to me and standing close by, said to me,  ‘Brother Saul, see!’  And in that same hour, I looked upon him. {22:14} But he said: ‘The God  of our fathers has  preordained you, so that you would come to know his will  and would see the Just One, and would hear the voice from his mouth. {22:15} For you shall be his witness to all men about those things  which you have seen and heard. {22:16} And  now, why do you  delay? Rise up, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, by invoking his name.’  {22:17} Then it happened that, when I returned to Jerusalem  and was praying in the temple, a mental stupor came over me,  {22:18} and I saw him saying to me: ‘Hurry! Depart quickly  from Jerusalem! For they  will not  accept your testimony about me.’ {22:19} And I said: ‘Lord, they know that I am beating and enclosing in prison, throughout every synagogue, those who have believed in you. {22:20} And when the blood  of your witness Stephen was poured out, I stood nearby and  was consenting, and I watched over  the  garments of those who put him to death.’ {22:21} And he said to me, ‘Go forth.  For I am sending you to far away nations.’ ” {22:22} Now  they were listening to him, until this word, and then they  lifted up their voice, saying: “Take this kind away from the  earth! For it is not fitting for him to live!” {22:23} And while they were shouting, and tossing aside their garments, and  casting dust into the air, {22:24} the tribune ordered him to be brought into the fortress, and to be scourged and tortured,  in order to discover the reason that they were crying out in  this way against him. {22:25} And when they had tied him with straps, Paul said to the centurion who was standing near him, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman and has not been condemned?” {22:26} Upon hearing this,  the centurion went to the tribune and  reported it to him, saying: “What do you intend to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.” {22:27} And the tribune, approaching, said to him: “Tell me. Are you a Roman?”  So he said, “Yes.”  {22:28} And the tribune responded, “I  obtained this citizenship at great cost.” And Paul said, “But I was born to  it.” {22:29} Therefore, those who were going to torture him, immediately withdrew from him. The tribune was similarly afraid, after he realized that he was a Roman citizen, for he  had bound him. {22:30} But on the next day,  wanting to  discover more diligently what the reason was that he was  accused by the Jews, he released him, and he ordered the priests to convene, with the entire council. And, producing  Paul, he stationed him among them. 
[Acts 23] {23:1} Then Paul, gazing intently at the council,  said, “Noble brothers, I have spoken with all good conscience before God, even to this present day.” {23:2} And the high priest, Ananias, instructed those who were standing nearby to  strike him on the mouth. {23:3} Then Paul said to him: “God  shall strike you, you whitewashed wall! For would you sit and judge me according to the law, when, contrary to the law, you  order me to be struck?” {23:4} And those who were standing nearby said, “Are you speaking evil about the high  priest of God?” {23:5} And  Paul said: “I did not know, brothers, that he is the high priest. For it is written: ‘You shall not speak evil of the leader of your people.’ ” {23:6} Now  Paul, knowing that one group were Sadducees and the other  were Pharisees, exclaimed in the council: “Noble brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees! It is over the hope and  resurrection of the dead that I am being judged.” {23:7} And  when he had said this, a  dissension occurred between the  Pharisees and the Sadducees. And the multitude was divided. {23:8} For the Sadducees claim that there is no resurrection,  and neither angels, nor spirits. But the Pharisees confess both of these. {23:9} Then there  occurred a  great clamor.  And  some of the Pharisees, rising up, were fighting, saying: “We  find nothing evil in this man. What if a spirit has spoken to  him, or an angel?” {23:10} And since a great dissension had  been made, the tribune, fearing that Paul might be torn apart by them, ordered the soldiers to descend and to seize him from their  midst,  and to bring him into the fortress. {23:11} Then, on the following night, the Lord stood near him and said: “Be constant. For just as you have testified  about me  in  Jerusalem, so also it is necessary for you to  testify at Rome.” {23:12} And when daylight arrived, some  of the Jews gathered together and bound themselves with an  oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they  had killed Paul. {23:13} Now there were more than  forty  men who had taken this oath together. {23:14} And they  approached the leaders of the priests, and the elders, and they  said: “We have sworn ourselves by an oath, so that we will  taste nothing, until we have killed Paul. {23:15} Therefore,  with the council, you should now give notice to the tribune,  so that he may bring him to you, as if you intended to  determine something else about him. But before he approaches, we have made preparations to put him to death.”  {23:16} But when Paul’s sister’s son had heard of this, about their treachery, he went and entered into the fortress, and he  reported it to Paul. {23:17} And Paul, calling to him one of  the centurions, said: “Lead this young man to the tribune.  For he has something to tell him.” {23:18} And indeed, he took him and led him to the tribune, and he said, “Paul, the  prisoner, asked me to lead this young man to you, since he has something to say to  you.” {23:19} Then the tribune,  taking him by the hand, withdrew with him by themselves,  and he asked him: “What is it that you have to tell me?”  {23:20} Then he said:  “The Jews have met to ask  you to bring Paul tomorrow to the council, as if they intended to  question him about something else. {23:21} But truly, you  should not believe them, for they would ambush him with  more than forty men from among them, who have bound  themselves by an oath neither to eat, nor to drink, until they have put him to death. And they are now prepared, hoping for an affirmation from you.” {23:22} And then the tribune  dismissed the young man, instructing him not to tell anyone  that he had made known these things to him. {23:23} Then,  having called two centurions, he said to them: “Prepare two  hundred soldiers, so that they may go as far as Caesarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen, for the third hour of the night. {23:24} And prepare beasts of burden to carry  Paul, so that they  may lead him safely to Felix, the governor.” {23:25} For he was afraid, lest perhaps the Jews  might seize him and kill him, and that afterwards he would  be falsely accused, as if he had accepted a bribe. And so he  wrote  a letter containing the following: {23:26} “Claudius Lysias, to the most excellent governor, Felix: greetings.  {23:27} This man, having been apprehended by the Jews and  being about to be put to death by them, I rescued,  overwhelming them with soldiers, since I realized that he is a  Roman. {23:28} And wanting to know the reason that they  objected to him, I brought him  into their council.  {23:29} And I discovered him to be accused about questions  of their law. Yet truly, nothing  deserving of death or imprisonment was within the accusation. {23:30} And when  I had been given news of ambushes, which they had prepared  against him, I sent him to you, notifying his accusers also, so  that they may plead their accusations before you. Farewell.”  {23:31} Therefore the soldiers, taking Paul according to their  orders, brought him by night to Antipatris. {23:32} And the  next day, sending the horsemen to go with him, they returned  to the fortress. {23:33} And when they had arrived at  Caesarea and had delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented Paul before him. {23:34} And when he had  read it and had asked which province he was from, realizing that he was from Cilicia, he said: {23:35} “I will hear you, when your accusers have arrived.” And he ordered him to be kept in the praetorium of Herod.
[Acts 24] {24:1} Then,  after five days, the high priest Ananias came down with some of the elders and a certain  Tertullus, a speaker. And they went to the governor against  Paul. {24:2} And having summoned Paul, Tertullus began to accuse him,  saying:  “Most excellent Felix, since we have much peace through you, and many things may be corrected  by your providence, {24:3} we acknowledge this, always and  everywhere, with acts  of thanksgiving for everything.  {24:4} But lest I speak at too great a length, I beg you, by  your clemency, to listen to us briefly. {24:5} We have found this man to be pestilent, to be inciting seditions among all the Jews in the entire world, and to be the author of the sedition  of the sect of the Nazarenes. {24:6} And he has even been  attempting to violate the temple. And  having apprehended  him,  we wanted him to be judged according to our law.  {24:7} But Lysias, the tribune, overwhelming us with great  violence, snatched him away from our hands, {24:8} ordering his accusers to come to you. From them, you yourself will  be able, by judging about all these things, to  understand the reason that we accuse him.” {24:9} And then the Jews interjected, saying that these things were so.  {24:10} Then, since the governor had motioned for him to speak, Paul responded: “Knowing that you have been the judge over this nation for  many years, I will give an explanation of myself with an honest soul. {24:11} For, as  you may realize, it has only been twelve days since I went up  to worship in Jerusalem. {24:12} And they did not find me in  the temple arguing with anyone, nor causing a rally of the  people: neither in the synagogues,  nor in the city.  {24:13} And  they are not  able to prove to you the things  about which they now accuse me. {24:14} But I confess this  to you, that according to that sect, which they call a heresy, so do I serve my God and Father, believing all that is written  in the Law and the Prophets, {24:15} having a hope in God, which these others themselves also expect, that there will be a  future resurrection of the just and the unjust. {24:16} And in  this, I myself always strive to have a conscience that is lacking in any  offence toward God  and toward men. {24:17} Then, after many years, I went to my  nation,  bringing alms and offerings and vows, {24:18} through which I obtained purification in the temple: neither with a crowd, nor with a commotion. {24:19} But certain Jews out of Asia are the ones who should have appeared before you to accuse me, if they have anything against me. {24:20} Or let these  ones here say if they have found in me any iniquity, while  standing before the council. {24:21} For  while standing  among them, I spoke out solely about this one matter: about the resurrection of the dead. It is about this that I am being  judged today by you.” {24:22} Then  Felix, after  having ascertained  much knowledge  about this Way,  kept them waiting, by saying, “When Lysias the tribune has arrived, I  will give you a hearing.” {24:23} And he ordered a centurion  to guard him, and to take rest, and not to prohibit any of his own from ministering to him. {24:24} Then, after some days,  Felix, arriving with his wife Drusilla who was a Jew, called  for Paul and listened to him about the faith that is in Christ Jesus. {24:25} And  after he discoursed about justice and chastity, and about the future judgment, Felix was trembling, and he responded: “For now, go, but remain under guard. Then, at an opportune time, I will summon you.” {24:26} He  was also hoping that money might be given to him by Paul,  and because of this, he frequently summoned him and spoke with him. {24:27} Then, when two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Portius Festus. And since Felix wanted to show particular favor to the Jews, he left Paul behind as a  prisoner. 
[Acts 25] {25:1} And so,  when Festus had arrived in the  province, after three days, he  ascended to Jerusalem from Caesarea. {25:2} And the leaders of the priests, and  those  first among the Jews, went to him against Paul. And they were petitioning him, {25:3} asking for favor against him, so that he would order him to be led to Jerusalem, where they were maintaining an ambush in order to kill him along the  way. {25:4} But Festus responded that Paul was to be kept in Caesarea, and that he  himself would soon go there. {25:5} “Therefore,” he said, “let those among you who are  able, descend at the same time, and if there is any guilt in the  man, they may accuse him.” {25:6} Then, having  stayed  among them no more than eight or ten days, he descended to Caesarea. And on the next day, he sat in the judgment seat, and he ordered Paul to be led in. {25:7} And when he had been brought, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem  stood around him, throwing out many serious accusations, none of which they were able to prove. {25:8} Paul offered this defense: “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the  temple, nor against Caesar,  have I offended in  any  matter.” {25:9} But Festus, wanting to show greater favor to the Jews, responded to Paul by saying: “Are you willing to  ascend to Jerusalem and to be judged there about these things  before me?”  {25:10} But  Paul said:  “I stand in Caesar’s  tribunal, which is where I ought to be judged. I have done no  harm to the Jews, as you well know. {25:11} For if I have  harmed them, or if I have done anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying. But if there is nothing to these things about which they accuse me, no one is able to deliver me to  them. I appeal to Caesar.” {25:12} Then Festus, having spoken with the council, responded: “You have appealed to Caesar, to Caesar you shall go.”  {25:13} And when some  days had passed, king Agrippa and  Bernice descended to Caesarea, to greet Festus. {25:14} And since they remained  there for many days, Festus spoke to the king about Paul,  saying: “A certain man was left behind as a prisoner by Felix.  {25:15} When I was at Jerusalem, the leaders of the priests and the elders of the Jews came to me about him, asking for  condemnation against him. {25:16} I answered them that it is  not the custom of the Romans to condemn any man, before he who is being accused has been confronted by his accusers and has received the opportunity to defend himself, so as to clear himself  of the  charges. {25:17} Therefore, when they  had arrived here, without any delay, on the following day, sitting in the judgment seat, I ordered the man to be brought.  {25:18} But  when the accusers had stood up, they  did not  present any  accusation about him from  which I would  suspect evil. {25:19} Instead, they brought  against him certain  disputes about their own superstition  and about a certain Jesus, who had died, but whom Paul asserted to be  alive. {25:20} Therefore, being  in  doubt  about this kind  of question, I asked him if he was willing go to Jerusalem and to  be judged there about these things. {25:21} But since Paul  was  appealing to be kept for a decision before Augustus, I ordered him to be kept, until I might send him to Caesar.”  {25:22} Then Agrippa said to Festus: “I myself also want to  hear the man.” “Tomorrow,” he said, “you shall hear him.”  {25:23} And on the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice had  arrived  with great ostentation and  had entered into the auditorium with the tribunes and the principal men of the city, Paul was brought in, at the order of Festus. {25:24} And  Festus said: “King Agrippa, and all who are present together  with us, you see this man, about whom all the multitude of  the Jews disturbed me at Jerusalem, petitioning and  clamoring that he should not be allowed to live any longer.  {25:25} Truly, I have  discovered nothing brought  forth  against him that is worthy of death. But since he himself has  appealed to  Augustus, it  was  my judgment to send him.  {25:26} But I have not  determined what to write  to the  emperor  about him.  Because of this, I have brought him  before you all, and especially before you, O king Agrippa, so  that, once an inquiry has occurred, I may have something to  write. {25:27} For  it seems to me unreasonable to send a  prisoner and not to indicate the accusations set against him.” 
[Acts 26] {26:1} Yet truly, Agrippa said to Paul, “It is  permitted for you to speak for yourself.” Then Paul,  extending his hand, began to  offer his defense. {26:2} “I consider myself blessed, O king Agrippa, that I am to give my defense today before you, about everything of which I am accused by the Jews, {26:3} especially since you  know everything that pertains to the Jews,  both customs and questions. Because of this, I beg you to listen to me patiently.  {26:4} And certainly, all the Jews know about my life from my youth, which had its beginning among my own people in Jerusalem. {26:5} They knew me well from the beginning, (if they would be willing to offer testimony) for I lived according  to the most determined sect of our religion: as a Pharisee. {26:6} And now, it is in the hope of the Promise which was made by God to our fathers that I stand subject to judgment. {26:7} It is the Promise that our twelve tribes, worshiping night and day, hope to see. About this hope, O king, I am  accused by the Jews. {26:8} Why should it be judged so unbelievable  with you all that God might raise the  dead? {26:9} And certainly, I  myself formerly considered that I  ought to act in many ways which are contrary to the name of Jesus the Nazarene. {26:10} This is also how I acted  at  Jerusalem. And so, I enclosed many holy persons in prison,  having received authority from the leaders of the priests. And  when they were to be killed, I brought the sentence.  {26:11} And in every synagogue, frequently while punishing  them, I compelled them to blaspheme. And being  all the  more  maddened against them, I persecuted them, even to  foreign cities. {26:12} Thereafter, as I was  going to  Damascus,  with authority and permission from the high  priest, {26:13} at midday, O king, I and those who were also  with  me, saw along the  way  a light from heaven shining  around me with a splendor greater than that  of the sun.  {26:14} And when we had all fallen down to the ground, I  heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew language: ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goad.’ {26:15} Then I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  {26:16} But rise up and stand on your feet. For I appeared to  you for this reason: so that I may establish you as a minister and a witness concerning the things that you have seen, and  concerning the things that I will show to you: {26:17} rescuing you from the people  and the nations to  which I am now sending you, {26:18} in order to open their  eyes, so that they may be converted from darkness to light,  and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive the remission of sins and a place among the saints, through  the faith that is in me.’  {26:19} From then on, O king Agrippa, I was not unbelieving to the heavenly  vision.  {26:20} But I preached, first to those who are at Damascus and at Jerusalem, and then to the entire region of Judea, and  to the Gentiles, so that they would repent and convert to God, doing the works that are worthy of repentance. {26:21} It was  for this reason that the Jews, having apprehended me when I  was in the temple, attempted to kill me. {26:22} But having been aided by the help  of God, even to this  day, I stand  witnessing to the small and the great, saying nothing beyond what the Prophets and  Moses have said would be in the  future: {26:23} that the Christ would suffer, and that he would be the first from the resurrection of the dead, and that  he would bring light to the people  and to the nations.”  {26:24} While he was speaking these things and presenting  his  defense, Festus said with a loud  voice:  “Paul, you are insane! Too  much studying has turned you to insanity.” {26:25} And Paul  said: “I am not insane, most excellent Festus, but rather I am speaking words of truth and sobriety. {26:26} For the king knows about these things. To him also, I am speaking with constancy. For I think that none of these  things are unknown to him. And neither were these things  done in a  corner. {26:27} Do you believe the Prophets, O  king Agrippa? I know that you believe.”  {26:28} Then  Agrippa said to Paul, “To some extent, you persuade me to  become a Christian.” {26:29} And Paul said, “I hope to God that, both to a small extent and to a great extent, not only you, but also all those who hear me this day will become just as I  also am, except for these chains.” {26:30} And the king rose  up, and the governor, and Bernice, and those who were sitting with them. {26:31} And when they had withdrawn,  they were speaking among themselves, saying, “This man has done nothing worthy of death, nor of imprisonment.”  {26:32} Then Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been released, if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
[Acts 27] {27:1} Then it was decided to send him by ship to Italy, and that Paul, with the others in custody, should be delivered to  a centurion  named Julius, of the cohort  of  Augusta. {27:2} After climbing  aboard a ship from Adramyttium, we set sail and began to  navigate along the  ports of Asia,  with Aristarchus, the Macedonian from  Thessalonica, joining us. {27:3} And on the following day, we arrived at Sidon.  And  Julius, treating Paul humanely, permitted him to go to his friends and to look after himself. {27:4} And when we had set sail from there, we navigated  below Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. {27:5} And  navigating though the sea  of Cilicia  and Pamphylia, we arrived  at  Lystra, which is in Lycia. {27:6} And there the  centurion found a ship from Alexandria sailing to Italy, and  he transferred us to it. {27:7} And when we had sailed slowly  for many days and had barely arrived opposite Cnidus, for the wind was hindering us, we sailed to Crete, near Salmone.  {27:8} And barely being able to sail past it, we arrived at a certain  place, which is called Good Shelter, next to  which was the  city  of Lasea. {27:9} Then,  after much time had  passed, and since sailing would no longer be prudent because the Fast Day had now passed, Paul consoled them, {27:10} and  he said to them: “Men,  I perceive that the  voyage is now in  danger  of injury and much  damage, not  only to the cargo and the ship, but also to our own lives.” {27:11} But the centurion put more trust in the captain and the navigator of the ship, than in the things being said by Paul. {27:12} And since it was not a fitting port in which to winter, the majority opinion was to sail from there, so that somehow  they might be able to arrive at Phoenicia, in order to winter there, at a  port of Crete, which looks out toward the southwest and northwest. {27:13} And since the south wind  was blowing gently, they thought that they might reach their goal. And after they had set out from Asson, they weighed  anchor at Crete. {27:14} But not long afterward, a violent wind came against them, which is called the Northeast Wind. {27:15} And once the ship had been caught in it and was not  able to strive against the  wind, giving over the ship to the  winds, we were driven along.  {27:16} Then, being  forced  along a certain island, which is called  the Tail, we were  barely able to hold on to the ship’s lifeboat. {27:17} When  this was taken up, they used it to assist in securing the ship.  For they were afraid that they might run aground. And  having lowered the sails, they were being driven along in this  way.  {27:18} Then, since we were being tossed  about  strongly by the tempest, on the following day, they threw the  heavy items overboard. {27:19} And on the third day, with  their own hands, they threw the equipment of the ship  overboard. {27:20} Then, when neither sun  nor stars  appeared for many days, and no end to the storm was imminent, all hope for  our safety was now taken  away.  {27:21} And  after they had fasted for  a long time, Paul, standing in their midst, said: “Certainly, men, you should  have listened to me and not set out from Crete, so as to cause  this injury and loss. {27:22} And now, let me persuade you  to be courageous  in soul.  For there shall be no loss  of life among you, but only of the ship. {27:23} For an Angel of  God, who is assigned to me and whom I serve, stood beside me this night, {27:24} saying: ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! It is necessary for you to stand before Caesar. And behold, God  has given to you all those who are  sailing with you.’  {27:25} Because of this, men, be courageous in soul. For I  trust God that this will happen in the same way that it has been told to me. {27:26} But it is necessary for us to arrive at a certain island.” {27:27} Then,  after the fourteenth night arrived, as we were navigating in the sea of Adria, about the  middle of the night, the sailors believed that they saw some portion  of the land. {27:28} And upon dropping a  weight,  they found a depth of twenty paces. And some distance from there, they found a  depth of fifteen paces.  {27:29} Then,  fearing that we might happen upon rough places, they cast  four anchors out  of the stern, and they were hoping for  daylight to  arrive soon. {27:30} Yet truly, the sailors were seeking a way to flee from the ship, for they had lowered a  lifeboat into the sea, on the pretext that they were attempting  to cast anchors from the bow of the ship.  {27:31} So Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these men  remain in the ship, you will not be  able to be saved.”  {27:32} Then the soldiers cut the ropes to the lifeboat, and  they allowed it to fall. {27:33} And when it began to be light, Paul requested that they all take food, saying: “This is the  fourteenth day that you have been waiting and continuing to fast, taking nothing. {27:34} For this reason, I beg you to accept food for the sake of your health. For not a hair from the head of any of you shall perish.” {27:35} And when he  had said these things, taking bread, he gave thanks to God in  the sight of them all. And when he had broken it, he began to eat. {27:36} Then they all became more peaceful in soul. And they also took food. {27:37} Truly, we were two hundred and  seventy-six souls on the ship.  {27:38} And having been nourished  with food, they lightened the ship, casting the  wheat into the sea. {27:39} And when day had arrived, they  did not recognize the landscape. Yet truly, they caught sight  of a certain  narrow inlet  having a shore, into which they thought it might be possible to force the ship. {27:40} And  when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves to the sea, at the same time loosing the restraints  of the rudders. And so, raising the  mainsail to the gusting wind, they pressed on toward the shore. {27:41} And when  we happened upon a place open to two seas, they ran the ship aground. And indeed, the bow, being immobilized, remained fixed, but truly the stern was broken by the violence of the sea.  {27:42} Then the soldiers were in agreement that they should kill the prisoners, lest anyone, after escaping by swimming,  might flee. {27:43} But the centurion, wanting to save Paul,  prohibited it from being done.  And he ordered those who  were able to swim to jump in first, and to escape, and to get to the land. {27:44} And as for the others, some they carried on boards, and others on those things that belonged to the  ship. And so it happened that every soul escaped to the land. 
[Acts 28] {28:1} And after we had escaped, we then realized  that the island was called Malta. Yet truly, the natives offered us no small amount of humane treatment. {28:2} For they  refreshed us all by kindling a fire, because rain was imminent  and because of the cold. {28:3} But when Paul had gathered  together a bundle of twigs, and had placed them on the fire, a  viper, which had been drawn to the heat, fastened itself to his  hand. {28:4} And truly, when the natives saw the  beast  hanging from his hand, they were saying to  one another:  “Certainly, this man must be a murderer, for though he  escaped from the sea, vengeance will not permit him to live.”  {28:5} But shaking off the creature into the fire, he indeed  suffered no ill effects. {28:6} But they were supposing that he would soon swell up, and then would suddenly fall down and die. But having waited a long time, and seeing no ill effects in  him, they changed their minds and were saying that he was a  god. {28:7} Now among these places were estates owned by the ruler of the island, named Publius. And he, taking us in,  showed us kind hospitality for three days. {28:8} Then it  happened that the father of Publius lay ill with a fever and with dysentery. Paul entered to him, and when he had prayed and had laid his hands on him, he saved him. {28:9} When  this had been done, all  who had diseases on the island approached and were cured. {28:10} And then they also presented us with many honors. And when we were ready to  set sail, they gave us whatever we needed. {28:11} And so, after three months, we sailed in a ship from  Alexandria, whose name was ‘the Castors,’ and which had wintered at  the island. {28:12} And when we had arrived at Syracuse, we were delayed there for three days. {28:13} From there, sailing  close to the shore, we arrived at Rhegium. And after one day,  with the south wind blowing, we arrived on the second day at  Puteoli. {28:14} There, after locating the brothers, we were asked to remain with them for seven days. And then we went  on to Rome. {28:15} And there, when the brothers had heard  of us, they went to meet us as far as the Forum of Appius and  the  Three Taverns. And  when  Paul had seen them, giving thanks to God, he took courage. {28:16} And when we had  arrived at Rome,  Paul was given  permission to stay by himself, with a soldier to guard him. {28:17} And after the  third day, he called together the leaders of the Jews. And  when they had convened, he said to them: “Noble brothers, I  have done nothing against  the people, nor against the  customs of the fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from  Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. {28:18} And after they held a hearing about me, they would have released me,  because there was no case for death against me. {28:19} But with the Jews speaking against me, I was constrained to  appeal to Caesar, though it was not as if I had any kind of accusation against my own nation. {28:20} And so, because of this, I requested to see you and to speak to you. For it is because of the hope of Israel that  I  am encircled with this  chain.” {28:21} But they said to him: “We have not received  letters about you from Judea, nor have any of the other new  arrivals among the brothers reported or spoken anything evil  against you. {28:22} But we are asking to hear your opinions from you, for concerning this sect, we know that it is being spoken against  everywhere.” {28:23} And when  they  had  appointed a day for him, very many persons went to him at his guest quarters. And he discoursed, testifying  to the kingdom of God, and persuading them about Jesus, using the law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning until evening.  {28:24} And some believed the things that he was saying, yet  others did not believe. {28:25} And when they could not agree among themselves, they  departed,  while  Paul was speaking this one word: “How well did the Holy Spirit speak to our fathers through the prophet Isaiah, {28:26} saying: ‘Go to this people and say to them: Hearing, you shall hear  and not understand, and seeing, you shall see and not  perceive. {28:27} For the heart of this people has grown dull, and they have listened with reluctant ears, and they have closed their eyes tightly, lest perhaps they might see with the  eyes, and hear with the ears, and understand with the heart, and so be converted, and I would heal  them.’  {28:28} Therefore, let it be known to you, that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they shall listen to  it.” {28:29} And  when he had said these things, the Jews went away from him, though they still had many questions  among themselves. {28:30} Then he remained for two whole  years in his own rented lodgings. And he received all who went in to him, {28:31} preaching the kingdom of God and  teaching the things  which  are from the  Lord Jesus Christ,  with all faithfulness, without prohibition. 
** The Letter to the Romans **
[Romans 1] {1:1} Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called as an Apostle, separated for the Gospel of God, {1:2} which he had promised beforehand, through his Prophets, in the Holy  Scriptures, {1:3} about his Son, who was made for him from  the offspring of David according to the flesh, {1:4} the Son of God, who was predestined in virtue according to the Spirit of  sanctification from the resurrection  of the dead, our Lord Jesus Christ,  {1:5} through whom we have received  grace  and Apostleship, for the sake of his name, for the obedience  of faith among all the Gentiles, {1:6} from whom you also  have been called by Jesus Christ: {1:7} To  all who  are at Rome, the beloved of God, called as saints. Grace to you,  and peace, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus  Christ. {1:8} Certainly, I give thanks to my God, through Jesus Christ, first for all of you, because your faith is being  announced throughout the entire world. {1:9} For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit by the Gospel of his Son,  that without  ceasing I have kept a remembrance of you {1:10} always in my prayers, pleading that in some way, at some time, I may have a prosperous journey, within the will  of God, to come to you. {1:11} For I long to see you, so that I may impart to you a certain spiritual grace to strengthen  you, {1:12} specifically, to be consoled together with you through that which is mutual: your faith and  mine.  {1:13} But I want you to know, brothers, that I have often  intended to come to you, (though I have been hindered even  to the present time) so that I might obtain some fruit among you also, just as also among the other Gentiles. {1:14} To the  Greeks and to the uncivilized, to the wise and to the foolish, I  am in  debt.  {1:15} So within me there is a  prompting to  evangelize to you also who are at Rome. {1:16} For I am not ashamed of the Gospel. For it is the power  of God unto salvation for all believers, the Jew first, and the Greek. {1:17} For the justice of God is revealed within it, by faith  unto faith, just as it was written: “For the just one lives by  faith.” {1:18} For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven over every impiety and injustice among those men who fend off the truth of God with injustice. {1:19} For what is known  about God is manifest in them. For God has manifested it to  them. {1:20} For unseen things about him have been made conspicuous, since the creation of the world, being understood by the things that  were  made; likewise his everlasting virtue and divinity, so much so that they have no excuse. {1:21} For although they had known God, they did  not glorify  God, nor give thanks.  Instead, they became weakened in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was  obscured. {1:22} For, while proclaiming themselves to be  wise, they became foolish. {1:23} And they exchanged the  glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man,  and  of flying things,  and of four-legged  beasts, and of serpents. {1:24} For this reason, God handed them over to the desires of their own heart for impurity, so that they afflicted their  own bodies  with indignities among themselves. {1:25} And they exchanged the truth of God for  a lie. And they worshipped and served the creature,  rather than the Creator, who is blessed for all eternity.  Amen.  {1:26} Because of this, God handed them over to shameful passions. For example, their  females have exchanged the  natural use of the body for a use  which is against  nature.  {1:27} And similarly, the males also, abandoning the natural  use of females, have burned in their desires for one another: males doing  with males what is disgraceful, and receiving within themselves the recompense that necessarily results from their error. {1:28} And since they did not prove to have God by knowledge, God handed them over to a  morally  depraved way of thinking, so that they might do those things  which are not fitting: {1:29} having been completely filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness; full  of envy,  murder, contention,  deceit, spite, gossiping; {1:30} slanderous, hateful toward God,  abusive, arrogant,  self-exalting, devisers of evil, disobedient to parents,  {1:31} foolish, disorderly; without affection, without fidelity,  without mercy. {1:32} And these, though they  had  known the justice of God, did not understand that those who act in  such a manner are deserving of death,  and not only those who do these things, but also those who consent to what is done.
[Romans 2] {2:1} For this reason, O man, each one of you  who judges is inexcusable. For by that which you judge another, you condemn yourself. For you do the same things that you judge. {2:2} For we know that the judgment of God is in accord with truth  against those  who  do such things.  {2:3} But, O man, when you judge those who do such things as you yourself also do, do you think that you will escape the  judgment of God? {2:4} Or do you despise the riches of his goodness and patience and forbearance? Do you not know that the kindness of God is calling you to repentance? {2:5} But in accord with your hard and impenitent heart, you store up wrath for yourself, unto the day of wrath  and  of  revelation by the just judgment of God. {2:6} For he will render to each one according  to his works: {2:7} To those  who, in accord  with  patient good  works, seek glory and  honor and incorruption, certainly, he will render eternal life.  {2:8} But to those who  are contentious and  who  do not acquiesce to the truth, but instead trust in iniquity, he will  render wrath and indignation. {2:9} Tribulation and anguish  are upon every soul of man that works evil: the Jew first, and  also the Greek. {2:10} But glory and honor and peace are for  all who do what is good: the Jew first, and also the Greek. {2:11} For there is no favoritism  with God.  {2:12} For whoever had sinned without the law, will perish without the  law. And whoever had sinned in the law, will be judged by  the law. {2:13} For it is not the hearers of the law who are just before God, but rather it is the doers of the law who shall be justified. {2:14} For when the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature those things which are of the law, such  persons, not having the law,  are a law unto themselves.  {2:15} For they reveal the work of the law written in their  hearts, while their conscience renders testimony about them, and their thoughts within  themselves also accuse or even  defend them, {2:16} unto the day when God shall judge the  hidden things of men, through Jesus Christ, according to my Gospel. {2:17} But if you are called by name a Jew, and you rest upon the law, and you find glory in God, {2:18} and you have known his will, and you demonstrate the more useful  things, having been instructed by the law: {2:19} you become  confident within yourself that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, {2:20} an instructor to the foolish, a teacher to children, because you have  a type of knowledge and truth in the law. {2:21} As a result, you teach  others, but you do not teach yourself. You preach that men  should not steal, but you  yourself steal. {2:22} You  speak against adultery, but you commit adultery. You abominate  idols, but you commit sacrilege. {2:23} You would glory in the law, but through a betrayal of the law you dishonor God. {2:24} (For  because of you the name of God  is  being  blasphemed among the Gentiles, just as it  was written.) {2:25} Certainly,  circumcision  is beneficial, if you  observe  the law. But if you are a betrayer of the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. {2:26} And so, if the  uncircumcised keep the justices of the law, shall not this lack  of circumcision be counted as circumcision? {2:27} And that  which is by nature uncircumcised, if it fulfills the law, should  it not judge you, who by the letter and by circumcision are a  betrayer of the law? {2:28} For a Jew is not he who seems so outwardly. Neither is circumcision that which seems so outwardly,  in the flesh. {2:29} But a Jew is he who is so inwardly. And circumcision of the heart is in the spirit, not in the letter. For its praise is not of men, but of God.
[Romans 3] {3:1} So then, what more is the Jew, or what is the usefulness of circumcision? {3:2} Much in every way:  First of all,  certainly, because the eloquence of God was  entrusted to them. {3:3} But what if some of them have not believed? Shall their unbelief nullify the faith of God? Let it not be so! {3:4} For God is truthful,  but every man is deceitful; just as it was written: “Therefore, you are justified  in your words, and you will prevail when you give judgment.” {3:5} But if even our injustice points to the justice  of God, what shall we say? Could God be unfair for inflicting  wrath? {3:6} (I am speaking in human terms.) Let it not be so!  Otherwise, how would God judge this world? {3:7} For if the truth of God has abounded, through my falseness, unto his glory, why should I still be judged  as such a sinner?  {3:8} And should we not do evil, so that good may result? For so we have been slandered, and so some have claimed we said; their condemnation is just. {3:9} What is next? Should  we try to excel ahead of them? By no means! For we have accused all Jews and Greeks to be under sin, {3:10} just as it was written: “There is no one who is just. {3:11} There is no one who understands.  There is no one who seeks God.  {3:12} All have  gone astray; together  they have become  useless. There is no one who does good; there is not even one.  {3:13} Their throat is an open sepulcher. With their tongues,  they have been acting deceitfully. The venom of asps is under  their lips. {3:14} Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.  {3:15} Their feet are swift to shed blood. {3:16} Grief and  unhappiness are in their ways. {3:17} And the way of peace  they have not known. {3:18} There is no fear of God before  their eyes.” {3:19} But we know that whatever the law speaks,  it speaks to those who are in the law, so that every mouth  may be silenced and the entire world may be subject to God. {3:20} For in his presence no flesh shall be justified by the  works of the law. For knowledge of sin is through the law.  {3:21} But now, without the law, the justice of God, to which the law and the prophets have testified, has been made manifest. {3:22} And the justice of God, though the faith of Jesus Christ, is in all those and over all those who believe in him. For there is no distinction. {3:23} For all have sinned and all are in need of the glory of God. {3:24} We have been justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in  Christ Jesus, {3:25} whom God has offered as a propitiation,  through faith in his blood, to reveal his justice for the  remission of the former offenses, {3:26} and by the forbearance of God, to reveal his justice in this time, so that  he himself might be both the Just One  and the Justifier of anyone who is of the faith of Jesus Christ. {3:27} So then,  where is your self-exaltation? It is excluded. Through what law? That of works? No, but rather through the law of faith.  {3:28} For we judge a man to be justified by faith, without the works of the law. {3:29} Is God of the Jews only and not also of the Gentiles? On the contrary, of the Gentiles also.  {3:30} For One is the God who justifies circumcision by faith  and uncircumcision through faith. {3:31} Are we then  destroying the law through faith? Let it not be so! Instead, we  are making the law stand.
[Romans 4] {4:1} So then, what shall we say that Abraham  had achieved, who  is  our father according to the flesh? {4:2} For if Abraham was justified by works, he would have glory, but not with God. {4:3} For what does Scripture say? “Abram believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice.” {4:4} But for  he who  works, wages are not accounted  according to  grace, but according to debt. {4:5} Yet truly, for he who does not work, but who believes  in him  who justifies the impious, his faith is reputed  unto  justice, according to the purpose  of the grace  of God. {4:6} Similarly, David also declares the blessedness of a man,  to whom God brings justice without works: {4:7} “Blessed  are they whose iniquities have been forgiven and whose sins  have been covered. {4:8} Blessed is the man to whom the  Lord has not imputed sin.” {4:9} Does this blessedness, then,  remain  only in the  circumcised, or is it even in the  uncircumcised? For we say that faith was reputed to Abraham unto justice. {4:10} But then how was it reputed?  In circumcision or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. {4:11} For he received the sign  of circumcision as a symbol of the justice of that faith which exists apart from circumcision, so that he might be the father of all those who believe while uncircumcised, so that it might also be reputed to them unto justice, {4:12} and he might be  the father of circumcision, not only for those who are of circumcision, but even for those who follow the footsteps of  that faith which is in the uncircumcision  of  our  father  Abraham. {4:13} For the Promise to  Abraham,  and to his posterity, that he would inherit the world, was not through the law, but through the justice of faith. {4:14} For if those  who are of the law are the heirs, then faith becomes empty  and the Promise is abolished. {4:15} For the law works unto wrath. And where there is no law, there is no law-breaking. {4:16} Because of this, it is from faith according to grace that  the Promise is ensured for all posterity, not only for those who are of the law, but also for those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all before God, {4:17} in whom he believed, who revives the dead and who calls those things that do not exist into existence. For it is written: “I have established you as the father  of many nations.”  {4:18} And he believed, with a hope beyond hope, so that he  might become the father of many nations, according to what  was said to him:  “Thus shall your  posterity shall be.” {4:19} And he was not  weakened in faith, nor  did he  consider his own body to be dead (though he was then almost  one hundred years old), nor the womb of Sarah to be dead.  {4:20} And then, in the Promise of God, he did not hesitate out of  distrust, but instead he was strengthened in faith,  giving glory to God, {4:21} knowing most fully that whatever  God has promised, he is also able to accomplish. {4:22} And  for this reason, it was  reputed to  him unto justice.  {4:23} Now this has been written, that it was reputed to him unto justice, not only for his sake, {4:24} but also for our sake.  For the same shall be reputed to us, if we believe in him who  raised up our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, {4:25} who  was handed over because of our offenses, and who rose again for our justification. 
[Romans 5] {5:1} Therefore, having been justified by faith,  let us be at peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.  {5:2} For through him we also have access by faith to this grace, in which we stand firm, and to glory, in the hope of the  glory of the sons of God. {5:3} And not only that, but we also find glory in tribulation, knowing that tribulation exercises patience, {5:4} and patience leads to proving, yet truly proving leads to hope, {5:5} but hope is not unfounded,  because the love of God is poured forth in our hearts through  the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. {5:6} Yet why did  Christ, while we were still infirm, at the proper time, suffer  death for the impious? {5:7} Now someone might barely be  willing to die for the sake of justice, for example, perhaps  someone might dare to die for the sake of a good man. {5:8} But God demonstrates his love for us in that, while we were yet sinners, at the proper time, {5:9} Christ died for us.  Therefore, having  been justified now by his blood, all the more so shall we be saved from wrath through him.  {5:10} For if we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, while we were still enemies, all the more so, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. {5:11} And not  only that, but we also glory in God through our Lord Jesus  Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.  {5:12} Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into  this world,  and through  sin, death; so also death was  transferred to all men, to  all who have sinned. {5:13} For even before the law, sin was in the world, but sin was not  imputed while the law did not exist. {5:14} Yet death reigned  from Adam until Moses, even in those who have not sinned, in the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a figure of him who was to come. {5:15} But the gift is not entirely  like the offense. For though by the offense of one, many died,  yet much more so, by the grace of one man, Jesus Christ, has  the grace and gift of God abounded to many. {5:16} And the sin through one is not entirely like the gift. For certainly, the  judgment of one was unto  condemnation, but the grace toward many offenses is unto justification. {5:17} For though, by the one offense, death reigned through one, yet so much more so shall those who receive an abundance of grace, both  of the gift and of justice, reign in life through the one Jesus  Christ. {5:18} Therefore, just as through the offense of one,  all men fell under condemnation, so also through the justice  of one, all men fall under justification unto life. {5:19} For, just as through the disobedience of one man, many were  established as sinners, so also through the obedience of one  man, many shall be established as just. {5:20} Now the law entered in such a way that offenses would abound. But where  offenses were abundant, grace was superabundant. {5:21} So  then, just as sin has reigned unto death, so also may grace reign through justice unto eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
[Romans 6] {6:1} So what shall we say? Should we remain in sin, so that grace may abound? {6:2} Let it not be so! For how can we who have died to sin still live in sin? {6:3} Do  you not know that those of us who have been baptized in  Christ Jesus have been baptized  into his death? {6:4} For through baptism we have been buried with him into death, so  that, in the manner that Christ rose from the dead, by the glory of the Father, so may we also walk in the newness of life. {6:5} For if we have been planted together, in the  likeness of his death, so shall we also be, in the likeness of his resurrection. {6:6} For we know this: that our former selves have been crucified together with him, so that the body which is of sin may be destroyed, and moreover, so that we may no longer serve sin. {6:7} For he who has died has been justified  from sin. {6:8} Now if we have died with Christ, we believe  that we shall also live together with Christ. {6:9} For we  know that Christ, in rising up from the dead, can no longer  die: death no longer has dominion over him. {6:10} For in as  much as he died for sin, he died once. But in as much as he lives, he lives for God. {6:11} And so, you should consider  yourselves to be certainly dead to sin, and to be living for  God in Christ Jesus our Lord. {6:12} Therefore, let not sin  reign in your mortal body, such that you would obey its desires. {6:13} Nor should you offer the parts of your body as instruments of iniquity for sin. Instead, offer yourselves to God, as if you were living after death, and offer the parts of your body as instruments of justice for God. {6:14} For sin should not have dominion over you. For you are not under  the law, but under grace. {6:15} What is next? Should we sin  because we are not under the law, but under grace? Let it not  be so! {6:16} Do you not know to whom you are offering yourselves as servants under obedience? You are the servants of whomever you  obey: whether of sin, unto death,  or of obedience, unto justice. {6:17} But thanks be to God  that,  though you used to be the servants of sin, now you have been obedient from the heart to the very form of the doctrine into which you have been received. {6:18} And having been freed  from sin, we  have become servants  of justice. {6:19} I  am speaking in human terms because of the infirmity of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of your body to serve impurity and iniquity, for the sake of iniquity, so also have you now yielded the parts of your body to serve justice, for  the sake of sanctification. {6:20} For though you were once the servants of sin, you have become the children of justice. {6:21} But what fruit did  you hold at  that time, in those  things about which you are now ashamed? For the end of  those things is death. {6:22} Yet truly, having been freed now  from sin, and having been made servants of God, you hold your fruit in sanctification, and truly its end is eternal life.  {6:23} For the wages of sin is death. But the free gift of God  is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
[Romans 7] {7:1} Or do you not know, brothers, (now I am  speaking to those who know the law) that the law has  dominion  over a man only so long as  he lives? {7:2} For example, a woman who is subject to a husband is obligated  by the law while her husband lives. But when her husband  has died, she is released from the law  of her husband.  {7:3} Therefore, while her husband lives, if she has been with  another man, she should be called an adulteress. But when her husband  has died, she is  freed from the law of her  husband, such that, if she has been with another man, she is not an adulteress. 
{7:4} And so, my brothers, you also have become dead to  the law, through the body of Christ, so that you  may be another one who has risen from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. {7:5} For when we were in the flesh,  the passions  of sins, which were under the law, operated within our bodies, so as to bear fruit unto death. {7:6} But  now we have been released from the law of death, by which  we were being held, so that now  we may serve  with a renewed spirit, and not in the old  way, by the letter.  {7:7} What should we say next? Is the law sin? Let it not be  so! But I do not know sin, except through the law. For example, I would not have known about coveting, unless the  law said: “You shall not covet.” {7:8} But sin, receiving an  opportunity through the commandment, wrought in me all  manner of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.  {7:9} Now I  lived for some time  apart  from the law. But when the commandment  had  arrived, sin was revived, {7:10} and I died. And the commandment, which was unto  life, was itself found to be unto death for me. {7:11} For sin,  receiving an opportunity  through the commandment,  seduced me, and, through the law, sin killed me. {7:12} And  so, the law itself is indeed holy, and the commandment is  holy and just and good. {7:13} Then was what is good made into death for me? Let it not be so! But rather sin, in order  that it might be known as sin by what is good, wrought death  in me; so that sin, through the commandment, might become sinful beyond measure. {7:14} For we know that the law is  spiritual.  But I am  carnal, having been sold under sin.  {7:15} For I do things that I do not understand. For I do not do the good that I want to do. But the evil that I hate is what I do. {7:16} So, when I do what I do not want to do, I am in  agreement with the law, that the law is good. {7:17} But I am  then acting not according to the law, but according to the sin  which lives within me. {7:18} For I know that what is good  does not live within me, that is, within my flesh. For the  willingness to do good lies close to me, but the carrying out  of that good, I cannot reach. {7:19} For I do not do the good that I want to do. But instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do. {7:20} Now if I do what I am not willing to do, it is no  longer I who am doing it, but the sin which lives within me. {7:21} And  so, I discover the  law,  by wanting to do good  within myself, though evil lies close beside me. {7:22} For I am delighted with the law of God, according to the inner  man. {7:23} But I perceive another law  within my body, fighting against the law of my mind, and captivating me with  the law of sin which is in my body. {7:24} Unhappy man that  I am, who will free me from this body of death? {7:25} The  grace of God, by Jesus Christ our Lord! Therefore, I serve the  law of God with my own mind; but with the flesh, the law of sin. 
[Romans 8] {8:1} Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who are not walking  according to the flesh. {8:2} For the law of the Spirit of life in  Christ Jesus  has freed  me from the law  of sin and death.  {8:3} For though this was impossible under the law, because  it was weakened by the flesh, God sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and because  of sin, in order to  condemn sin in the flesh, {8:4} so that the justification of the law might be fulfilled in us. For we are not walking according to the flesh, but according to the spirit. {8:5} For those who are in agreement with the flesh are mindful of the things of the flesh. But those who are in agreement with the spirit are  mindful of the things of the spirit. {8:6} For the prudence of the flesh is death. But the prudence of the spirit is life and peace. {8:7} And the wisdom of the flesh is inimical to God.  For it is not subject to the law of God, nor can it be. {8:8} So those who are in the flesh are not able to please  God. {8:9} And you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if it is true that the Spirit of God lives within you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to  him.  {8:10} But if  Christ is within you, then  the body is  indeed  dead,  concerning sin, but the spirit truly lives, because of justification. {8:11} But if the Spirit of  him who raised up Jesus from the dead lives within you, then he who raised up  Jesus Christ from the  dead shall also enliven your mortal  bodies, by  means of his Spirit living within you.  {8:12} Therefore, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, so as to live according to the flesh. {8:13} For if  you live according to the flesh, you will die. But if, by the Spirit, you mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live. {8:14} For all  those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. {8:15} And you have not received, again, a spirit of servitude in fear, but you have received the Spirit of the adoption of sons, in whom we cry out: “Abba, Father!” {8:16} For the Spirit himself renders testimony to our spirit that we are the  sons of God. {8:17} But if we are sons, then we are also heirs: certainly heirs of God, but also co-heirs with Christ, yet in  such a way that, if we suffer with him, we shall  also be glorified with him. {8:18} For I consider that the sufferings of  this time are not worthy  to be compared with that  future  glory which shall be revealed  in  us. {8:19} For the  anticipation of the creature anticipates the revelation of the  sons of God. {8:20} For the creature was made subject to emptiness, not willingly, but for the sake of the One who  made it subject, unto hope. {8:21} For the creature itself shall also be delivered from the servitude of corruption, into the liberty of the glory of the sons of God. {8:22} For we know that every creature groans inwardly, as if giving birth, even until now; {8:23} and not only these, but also ourselves, since we hold the first-fruits of the Spirit. For we also groan within ourselves, anticipating our adoption as the sons of God, and  the redemption of our body. {8:24} For we have been saved by hope. But a hope which is seen is not hope. For when a  man sees something, why would he hope? {8:25} But since  we hope for  what we do  not see, we wait with  patience.  {8:26} And similarly, the Spirit also helps our weakness. For we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself asks on our behalf with ineffable sighing. {8:27} And  he who examines hearts knows what the Spirit seeks, because  he asks on behalf of the saints in accordance with God. {8:28} And we know that, for those who love God, all things work together unto good, for those who, in accordance with  his purpose, are called to be saints. {8:29} For those whom he foreknew,  he also  predestinated, in conformity with the  image of his Son, so that he might be the Firstborn among  many brothers. {8:30} And those whom he predestinated, he also called. And those whom he called, he also justified. And  those whom he justified, he also glorified. {8:31} So, what  should we say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? {8:32} He who did not spare even his own Son, but handed him over for the sake of us all, how could he not  also,  with him, have  given us all things? {8:33} Who  will  make an accusation against the elect of God? God is the One who justifies; {8:34} who is the one who condemns? Christ  Jesus who has died, and who has indeed also risen again, is  at the right hand of God, and even now he intercedes for us. {8:35} Then  who will separate us from the love  of  Christ? Tribulation? Or anguish? Or famine? Or nakedness? Or peril?  Or persecution? Or the sword? {8:36} For it is as it has been written:  “For your sake, we are being put to  death  all  day  long. We are being treated like sheep  for the slaughter.”  {8:37} But in all these things we overcome, because of him who has loved us. {8:38} For I am certain that neither death,  nor life, nor Angels, nor Principalities, nor Powers, nor the  present things, nor the future things, nor strength, {8:39} nor the heights, nor the depths, nor any other created thing, will  be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ  Jesus our Lord. 
[Romans 9] {9:1} I am speaking the truth in Christ; I am not lying. My conscience offers testimony to me  in the  Holy  Spirit, {9:2} because the sadness within me is great, and there  is a continuous sorrow in my heart. {9:3} For I was desiring that I myself might be anathemized from Christ, for the sake  of my brothers, who are my kinsmen according to the flesh.  {9:4} These are the Israelites, to whom belongs adoption as  sons, and the glory and the testament,  and the giving and following of the law, and the promises. {9:5} Theirs are the  fathers, and from them, according to the flesh, is the Christ,  who is over all things, blessed God, for all eternity. Amen.  {9:6} But it is not that the Word of God has perished. For not  all those who are Israelites are of Israel. {9:7} And not all  sons are the offspring of Abraham: “For your offspring will be invoked in Isaac.” {9:8} In other words, those who are the  sons of God are not those who are sons of the flesh, but those who are sons of the Promise; these are considered to be the  offspring. {9:9} For the word of promise is this: “I will return  at the  proper time. And there shall be a son for Sarah.” {9:10} And she was not alone. For Rebecca also,  having conceived by Isaac our father, from one act, {9:11} when the  children had not yet been born, and had not yet done  anything good or bad (such that the purpose of God might be  based on their choice), {9:12} and not because of deeds, but  because of a calling, it was said to her: “The elder shall serve  the younger.” {9:13} So also it was written: “I have loved  Jacob, but I have hated Esau.” {9:14} What should we say  next? Is there unfairness with God? Let it not be so!  {9:15} For to Moses he says: “I will pity whomever I pity.  And I will  offer mercy to  whomever I will pity.”  {9:16} Therefore, it is not based on those who choose, nor on those who excel, but  on God who takes pity. {9:17} For  Scripture says to the Pharaoh: “I have raised you up for this  purpose, so that I may reveal my power by you, and so that my name  may be announced to all the earth.”  {9:18} Therefore, he takes pity on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills. {9:19} And so, you would say to me: “Then why does he still find fault? For who can resist his  will?” {9:20} O man, who are you to question God? How can the thing that has been formed say to the One who formed  him: “Why have you made me this way?” {9:21} And does not the potter have the authority over the clay to make, from the same material, indeed, one vessel unto honor, yet truly  another unto disgrace? {9:22} What if God, wanting to reveal  his wrath and to make his power known, endured, with much patience, vessels deserving  wrath, fit to be destroyed, {9:23} so that he might reveal the wealth of his glory, within  these vessels of mercy, which he has prepared unto  glory?  {9:24} And so it is with those of us whom he has also called, not  only from among the Jews, but even from among the  Gentiles, {9:25} just as he says in Hosea: “I will call those  who were not my people, ‘my people,’ and she who was not  beloved, ‘beloved,’  and she who had not obtained mercy,  ‘one who has obtained mercy.’ {9:26} And this shall be: in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they shall be called the sons  of the living God.”  {9:27} And Isaiah cried out on behalf of Israel: “When the  number of the sons of Israel is like the  sand of the sea, a  remnant shall be saved.  {9:28} For he shall complete his word, while abbreviating it out of equity. For the Lord shall  accomplish a brief word upon the earth.” {9:29} And it is just  as Isaiah predicted: “Unless the Lord of hosts had  bequeathed offspring, we  would have become like Sodom, and we would have been made similar to Gomorrah.” {9:30} What should we say next? That the Gentiles who did  not follow justice have attained justice, even the justice that is  of faith. {9:31} Yet truly, Israel, though following the law of justice, has not arrived at the law of justice. {9:32} Why is  this? Because they did not seek it from faith, but as if it were from works.  For they stumbled over  a stumbling  block, {9:33} just as it was written: “Behold, I am placing a  stumbling block in Zion, and a rock of scandal. But whoever believes in him shall not be confounded.” 
[Romans 10] {10:1} Brothers, certainly the will of my heart, and my prayer to God, is for them unto salvation. {10:2} For  I offer testimony to them, that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. {10:3} For, being ignorant of the justice of God, and seeking to establish their own justice, they have not subjected themselves to the justice  of God. {10:4} For the end of the law, Christ, is unto justice for all  who believe. {10:5} And Moses wrote, about the justice that  is of the law, that the man who will have done justice shall  live by justice. {10:6} But the justice that is of faith speaks in  this way: Do not say in your heart: “Who shall ascend into  heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ  down); {10:7} “Or who  shall descend into the abyss?” (that is,  to  call  back Christ  from the  dead). {10:8} But what does  Scripture say? “The  word is near, in your mouth and in your heart.” This is the  word of faith, which we are preaching. {10:9} For  if you  confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and if you believe in your heart that God has raised him up from the dead, you shall be saved. {10:10} For with the heart, we believe unto  justice; but  with the mouth, confession is unto salvation.  {10:11} For Scripture says: “All those  who believe in him shall not be confounded.” {10:12} For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. For the same Lord is over all, richly in all  who call upon him.  {10:13} For  all those who  have called  upon the name of the  Lord shall be saved.  {10:14} Then in what way will those who have not believed  in him call upon him? Or in what way will those who have  not heard of him believe in him? And in what way will they  hear of him without preaching? {10:15} And truly, in what  way will they preach, unless they have been sent, just as it has  been written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who  evangelize peace, of  those who evangelize what is good!” {10:16} But not  all are obedient to the Gospel. For Isaiah says: “Lord, who has believed our report?” {10:17} Therefore, faith is from hearing, and  hearing is through the Word  of  Christ. {10:18} But I say: Have they not heard? For certainly:  “Their sound has gone forth throughout all the earth, and  their words unto the limits of the whole world.” {10:19} But I  say: Has Israel not known? First, Moses says: “I will lead you into a rivalry with those who are not a nation; in the midst of a foolish nation, I will send you into wrath.” {10:20} And  Isaiah dares to say: “I was discovered by those who were not  seeking me. I appeared openly to those who were not asking about me.” {10:21} Then to Israel he says: “All day long I have stretched out my hands to a people who do not believe  and who contradict me.”
[Romans 11] {11:1} Therefore, I say: Has God driven away  his people? Let it not be so! For I, too, am an Israelite of the  offspring  of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.  {11:2} God  has not  driven away his people, whom he  foreknew.  And  do  you not know  what Scripture says in  Elijah, how he calls upon God against Israel? {11:3} “Lord,  they have slain your Prophets. They have overturned your altars. And I alone remain, and they are seeking my life.”  {11:4} But what is the Divine response to him?  “I have retained for myself seven thousand men, who have not bent  their knees before Baal.” {11:5} Therefore, in the same way,  again in this time, there is a remnant that has been saved in accord with the choice of grace. {11:6} And if it is by grace, then it is not now by works; otherwise grace is no longer free. {11:7} What  is next?  What Israel  was seeking, he has not obtained. But the elect have obtained it. And truly, these others have been blinded, {11:8} just as it was written: “God  has given them a spirit  of reluctance: eyes that do not  perceive, and ears that do not hear, even until this very day.”  {11:9} And David says: “Let their table become like a snare,  and a deception, and a scandal, and a retribution for them. {11:10} Let their eyes be obscured, so that they may not see, and so that they may bow  down their backs always.”  {11:11} Therefore, I say: Have they stumbled in such a way that they should fall? Let it not be so! Instead, by their offense,  salvation is with the Gentiles, so that they may be a rival to  them. {11:12} Now if their offense is the riches of the world,  and if their  diminution is the  riches  of the Gentiles, how  much more is their fullness? {11:13} For I say to you Gentiles: Certainly, as long as I am an Apostle to the Gentiles, I will  honor my  ministry, {11:14} in such a way that I might provoke to rivalry those who are my own flesh, and so that I may save some of them. {11:15} For if their loss is for the reconciliation of the world, what could their return be for,  except life out of death? {11:16} For if the first-fruit has been  sanctified, so also has the whole. And if the root is holy, so  also are the branches. {11:17} And if some of the branches  are broken, and if you, being a wild olive branch, are grafted  on to them, and you become a partaker of the root and of the fatness of the olive tree, {11:18} do not glorify yourself above  the branches. For though you glory, you do not support the  root, but the root supports you. {11:19} Therefore, you would say: The branches were broken off, so that I might be  grafted  on.  {11:20} Well  enough. They were broken off because of unbelief. But you stand on faith. So do not choose  to savor what is exalted, but instead be afraid. {11:21} For if  God has not spared the natural branches, perhaps also he  might not spare you. {11:22} So then,  notice the goodness  and the severity of God. Certainly, toward those who have fallen, there is severity; but toward you, there is the goodness of God, if you remain in goodness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. {11:23} Moreover, if they do not remain in  unbelief, they will be grafted  on. For God  is  able to graft  them on again. {11:24} So if you have been cut off from the  wild  olive tree, which  is natural to you, and, contrary to  nature, you are grafted on to the good olive tree, how much  more shall those who are the natural branches be grafted on to their own olive tree? {11:25} For I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of this mystery (lest you seem wise only to  yourselves) that a certain blindness has occurred in Israel,  until the fullness of the Gentiles has arrived. {11:26} And in  this way, all of Israel may be saved, just as it was written: “From Zion shall arrive he who delivers, and he shall turn  impiety away from Jacob. {11:27} And this will be my  covenant for them,  when I  will take away their sins.”  {11:28} Certainly, according to the Gospel, they are enemies  for your sake. But according to the election, they are most  beloved for the sake of the fathers. {11:29} For the gifts and  the call of God are without regret. {11:30} And just as you  also, in times past, did not believe in God, but now you have  obtained  mercy because  of their unbelief, {11:31} so also have these now not believed, for your  mercy, so that they might obtain mercy also. {11:32} For God has enclosed  everyone in unbelief, so that he may have mercy on everyone.  {11:33} Oh, the depths of  the richness of the wisdom and  knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments,  and how unsearchable are his  ways!  {11:34} For who has  known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?  {11:35} Or who first gave to him, so that repayment would  be owed?  {11:36} For from him,  and through him,  and in him are all things. To him is glory, for all eternity. Amen. 
[Romans 12] {12:1} And  so, I beg you, brothers,  by the  mercy of God, that you offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, with the subservience of your mind. {12:2} And do not choose to be conformed to this age, but instead choose to be reformed in the newness of your mind,  so that you may demonstrate what is the will of God: what is good, and  what is  well-pleasing, and  what is perfect.  {12:3} For I say, through the grace that has been given to me,  to all who are among you: Taste no more than it is necessary  to taste, but taste unto  sobriety and just as God has  distributed a share of the faith to each one. {12:4} For just as,  within one body, we have many parts, though all the parts do  not have the same role, {12:5} so also we, being many, are  one body in Christ, and each one is a part, the one of the  other. {12:6} And we each have different gifts, according to  the grace that has been given to us: whether prophecy, in  agreement with the reasonableness of faith;  {12:7} or ministry, in  ministering;  or he who teaches, in doctrine; {12:8} he who exhorts,  in exhortation; he who gives, in  simplicity; he who  governs,  in solicitude; he who  shows mercy, in cheerfulness. {12:9} Let love be without falseness:  hating evil, clinging to what is good,  {12:10} loving one another  with fraternal charity, surpassing  one  another in honor: {12:11} in solicitude, not lazy; in spirit, fervent; serving the Lord; {12:12} in hope, rejoicing; in tribulation, enduring; in prayer, ever-willing; {12:13} in the difficulties of  the saints, sharing; in hospitality, attentive.  {12:14} Bless  those who are persecuting you: bless,  and  do  not curse. {12:15} Rejoice with those who are rejoicing. Weep with those who are weeping. {12:16} Be of the same mind toward one another: not savoring what is exalted, but consenting in  humility.  Do not  choose to seem  wise to yourself.  {12:17} Render to no one harm for harm.  Provide good  things, not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all  men. {12:18} If it is possible, in so far as you are able, be at  peace with all men. {12:19} Do not defend yourselves, dearest ones. Instead, step aside from wrath. For it is written: “Vengeance is mine. I shall give retribution, says the Lord.”  {12:20} So if an enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty,  give him a drink. For in doing so, you will heap burning coals  upon his head. {12:21} Do not allow evil to prevail, instead  prevail over evil by means of goodness. 
[Romans 13] {13:1} Let every soul be subject to higher authorities. For there is no authority except from God and  those who have been ordained by God.  {13:2} And so, whoever resists authority, resists what has been ordained by  God. And those who resist are acquiring  damnation for themselves. {13:3} For leaders are not  a source of fear to  those who work good, but to those who work evil. And would you prefer not to be afraid of authority? Then do what is good, and you shall have praise from them. {13:4} For he is a minister of God for you unto good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid. For it is not without reason that he carries a  sword. For he is a minister of God; an avenger to execute wrath upon whomever does evil. {13:5} For this reason, it is  necessary to be subject, not solely because of wrath, but also  because of conscience. {13:6} Therefore, you must also offer  tribute. For they are the ministers of God, serving him in this.  {13:7} Therefore, render to all whatever is owed. Taxes, to  whom taxes is due; revenue, to whom revenue is due; fear, to whom fear is due; honor, to whom honor is due. {13:8} You  should owe  nothing to anyone, except so as to love one  another. For whoever loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.  {13:9} For example: You shall not commit adultery. You shall not kill. You shall not steal. You shall not speak false  testimony. You shall not  covet. And if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this word: You shall love  your neighbor as yourself. {13:10} The love of neighbor does  no harm. Therefore, love is the plenitude of the law.  {13:11} And we know the present time, that now is the hour for us to rise up from sleep. For already our salvation is closer than when we first believed. {13:12} The night has passed,  and the day draws near. Therefore, let us cast aside the works  of darkness, and be clothed with the armor  of light. {13:13} Let us walk honestly, as in the daylight, not in carousing and  drunkenness, not in promiscuity and  sexual  immorality, not in contention and envy. {13:14} Instead, be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in its desires. 
[Romans 14] {14:1} But accept those who are weak in faith, without disputing about ideas. {14:2} For one person believes that he may eat all things, but if another is weak, let him eat plants. {14:3} He who eats should not despise him who does  not eat. And he who does not eat should not judge him who eats. For God has accepted him. {14:4} Who are  you to judge the servant of another? He stands or falls by his own Lord. But he shall stand. For God is able to make him stand.  {14:5} For one person discerns one age from the next. But another  discerns unto every age. Let each  one increase according to his own mind. {14:6} He who understands the  age, understands for the Lord. And he who eats, eats for the Lord; for he gives thanks to God. And he who does not eat, does not eat for the  Lord, and he gives thanks to God. {14:7} For none of us lives for himself, and none of us dies  for himself. {14:8} For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. {14:9} For Christ died and rose again for this purpose: that he might be the ruler of both the dead  and the living. {14:10} So then, why  do you judge your  brother? Or why do you despise your brother? For we shall  all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. {14:11} For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” {14:12} And so,  each one of us shall offer an explanation of himself to God. {14:13} Therefore, we should no longer judge one another.  Instead, judge this to a greater extent: that you should not  place an obstacle before your brother, nor lead him astray. {14:14} I know, with confidence in the Lord Jesus, that  nothing is unclean in and of itself. But to him who considers  anything to be unclean, it is unclean to him. {14:15} For if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are not now  walking according to love. Do not allow your food to destroy  him for whom Christ died. {14:16} Therefore, what is good  for us should not be a cause of blasphemy. {14:17} For the  kingdom of God is not food and drink, but rather justice and  peace and joy, in the Holy Spirit. {14:18} For he who serves  Christ in this, pleases God  and  is proven before men.  {14:19} And so, let us pursue the things that are of peace, and let us keep to the things that are for the edification of one another. {14:20} Do not be willing to  destroy the work of God because of food. Certainly, all things are clean. But there  is harm for a man who offends by eating. {14:21} It is good to refrain from eating meat and from drinking wine, and from anything by which your brother is offended, or led astray, or  weakened. {14:22} Do you have faith? It belongs to you, so  hold it before God. Blessed is he who does not judge himself  in that by which he is tested. {14:23} But he who discerns, if he eats, is condemned, because it is not of faith. For all that is not of faith is sin. 
[Romans 15] {15:1} But we who are stronger must bear with the feebleness of the weak, and not so as to please ourselves. {15:2} Each one of you should please his neighbor unto good,  for edification. {15:3} For even Christ did not please himself, but as it was written:  “The reproaches of those who  reproached you fell upon me.” {15:4} For  whatever was  written, was written to teach us, so that, through patience and  the consolation of the Scriptures, we might have hope.  {15:5} So may the God of patience and solace grant you to be of one mind toward one another, in accord  with  Jesus  Christ, {15:6} so that, together with one mouth, you may  glorify the God and Father of our  Lord Jesus  Christ.  {15:7} For this reason, accept one another, just as Christ also  has accepted you, in the honor of God. {15:8} For I declare  that Christ Jesus was the minister of circumcision because of the truth of God, so as to confirm the promises to the fathers, {15:9} and that the Gentiles are to honor God because of his  mercy, just as it was written: “Because of this, I will confess  you  among the Gentiles, O Lord, and I will sing to your name.” {15:10} And  again, he says:  “Rejoice, O Gentiles, along with his people.” {15:11} And again:  “All Gentiles, praise the Lord; and all peoples, magnify him.” {15:12} And  again, Isaiah says: “There shall be a root of Jesse, and he shall rise up to rule the Gentiles, and in him the Gentiles shall  hope.” {15:13} So may the God of hope fill you with every  joy and with peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope and in the virtue of the Holy Spirit. {15:14} But I am  also certain about you, my brothers, that you also have been  filled with love, completed with all knowledge, so that you are able to admonish one another. {15:15} But I have written  to you, brothers, more boldly than to the others, as if calling  you to mind again, because of the grace which has been given  to me from God, {15:16} so that I may be a minister of Christ  Jesus among the Gentiles, sanctifying the Gospel of God, in  order that the oblation of the Gentiles may be made acceptable and may be sanctified in the Holy Spirit. {15:17} Therefore, I have glory in Christ Jesus before God. {15:18} So I dare not speak  of  any of those things which Christ does not effect through me, unto the obedience of the  Gentiles, in word and deed, {15:19} with the power of signs  and wonders, by power of the Holy Spirit. For in this way,  from Jerusalem, throughout its surroundings, as  far as Illyricum, I have replenished the Gospel of Christ.  {15:20} And  so I have preached this  Gospel, not where  Christ was known by name, lest I build upon the foundation  of another, {15:21} but just as it was  written: “Those to  whom he was not announced shall perceive, and those who  have not heard shall understand.” {15:22} Because of this  also, I was greatly hindered in coming to you, and I have been prevented until the present time. {15:23} Yet truly now,  having no other destination in these regions, and having already had a great desire to come to you over the past many  years, {15:24} when I begin to set out on my journey to Spain,  I hope that, as I pass by, I may see you, and I may be guided from there by you, after first having borne some fruit among  you. {15:25} But next I will set out for Jerusalem, to minister to the saints. {15:26} For  those of Macedonia and Achaia have decided to make a  collection for those of the poor  among the saints who are at Jerusalem. {15:27} And this has pleased them, because they are in their debt. For, since the  Gentiles have become partakers of their spiritual things, they also ought  to minister to them  in worldly  things.  {15:28} Therefore, when I have completed this task, and  have consigned to them this fruit, I shall set out, by way of you, to Spain. {15:29} And I know that when I come to you I  shall arrive with an abundance of the blessings of the Gospel  of Christ. {15:30} Therefore, I beg you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ and though the love of the Holy Spirit, that you  assist me with your  prayers to God on my behalf, {15:31} so that I may be freed from the unfaithful who are in  Judea, and so that the  oblation of my service may be acceptable to the saints in Jerusalem. {15:32} So may I come  to you with joy, through the will of God, and so may I be  refreshed with you. {15:33} And may the God of peace be with you all. Amen. 
[Romans 16] {16:1} Now I  commend to you our sister  Phoebe,  who is in the ministry of the  church,  which is at Cenchreae, {16:2} so that you may receive her in the Lord  with the worthiness of the saints, and so that you may be of assistance to her in whatever task she will have need of you.  For she herself has also  assisted many, and myself also.  {16:3} Greet Prisca and Aquila, my helpers in Christ Jesus,  {16:4} who have risked their own necks on behalf of my life,  for whom I give thanks, not I alone, but also all the churches  of the Gentiles; {16:5} and greet the church at their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is among the first-fruits of Asia in Christ. {16:6} Greet Mary, who has labored much among you. {16:7} Greet  Andronicus and Junias, my  kinsmen and fellow captives, who are noble among the  Apostles, and who were in Christ prior to me. {16:8} Greet  Ampliatus, most beloved to me in the  Lord. {16:9} Greet Urbanus, our helper in Christ Jesus, and Stachys, my beloved.  {16:10} Greet Apelles, who has been tested in  Christ.  {16:11} Greet those  who are from the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodian, my kinsman. Greet those who are of the household  of Narcissus, who are in the Lord.  {16:12} Greet Tryphaena and  Tryphosa, who labor in the  Lord. Greet Persis, most beloved, who has labored much in the Lord. {16:13} Greet  Rufus, elect in the  Lord, and his  mother and mine. {16:14} Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon,  Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brothers who are with them. {16:15} Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.  {16:16} Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches  of Christ greet you. {16:17} But I beg you, brothers, to take  note of those who cause dissensions and offenses contrary to the doctrine that you have learned, and to turn away from them. {16:18} For ones such as these do not serve Christ our  Lord, but their inner selves, and, through pleasing words and  skillful speaking, they seduce the hearts of the innocent.  {16:19} But your obedience has been made known in every  place. And so, I rejoice in you. But I want you to be wise in  what is good, and simple in what is evil. {16:20} And may the God of peace quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. {16:21} Timothy,  my fellow laborer, greets you,  and Lucius and Jason and  Sosipater, my kinsmen. {16:22} I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord. {16:23} Gaius, my host, and  the entire church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city,  greets you, and Quartus, a brother. {16:24} The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. {16:25} But to him  who is able to confirm you according to my Gospel and the  preaching of Jesus Christ, in accord with the revelation of the  mystery which has been  hidden from time immemorial,  {16:26} (which now has been made  clear through the  Scriptures of the Prophets, in accord with the precept of the  eternal God,  unto the obedience of faith)  which has been  made known among all the Gentiles: {16:27} to God, who alone is wise, through Jesus Christ, to  him be honor and  glory forever and ever. Amen. 
** The First Letter to the Corinthians **
[1 Corinthians 1] {1:1} Paul, called as an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God; and Sosthenes, a brother: {1:2} to  the Church of God which is at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints with all who are invoking the  name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place of theirs and of ours. {1:3} Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. {1:4} I give thanks to my God continuously for you because of the grace of God that has  been given to you in Christ Jesus. {1:5} By that grace, in all things, you have become wealthy in him, in every word and  in all knowledge. {1:6} And so, the testimony of Christ has  been strengthened in you. {1:7} In this way, nothing is  lacking to you in any grace, as you await the revelation of our  Lord Jesus Christ. {1:8} And he, too,  will strengthen you,  even until the end, without guilt, until the day of the advent  of our Lord Jesus Christ. {1:9} God is faithful. Through him, you have been called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. {1:10} And so, I beg you, brothers, by the  name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that every one of you speak in  the same way, and that there be no schisms among you. So may you become perfect, with the same mind and with the  same judgment. {1:11} For it has been indicated to me, about you, my brothers, by those who are with Chloes, that there are contentions among you. {1:12} Now I say this because  each of you is saying: “Certainly, I am of Paul;” “But I am of Apollo;”  “Truly, I am  of Cephas;”  as well as: “I  am  of Christ.” {1:13} Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified  for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? {1:14} I give thanks to God that I have baptized none of you, except  Crispus and Gaius, {1:15} lest anyone say that you have been baptized  in  my name. {1:16} And I also baptized the  household of Stephanus. Other than these, I do not recall if I  baptized  any others. {1:17} For Christ did not send  me to  baptize, but to evangelize: not through the wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ become empty. {1:18} For the Word of the Cross is  certainly foolishness  to those who  are perishing. But to those who have been saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God. {1:19} For it has been written: “I will perish the wisdom  of the wise, and I will reject the  discernment  of the prudent.” {1:20} Where are the wise?  Where are the scribes? Where are the truth-seekers of this age?  Has not God made the wisdom of this world into foolishness?  {1:21} For the world  did  not know God through wisdom, and so, in the wisdom of God, it pleased God to accomplish  the salvation of believers, through the foolishness  of  our preaching. {1:22} For the Jews ask for signs, and the Greeks seek wisdom. {1:23} But we are preaching Christ crucified.  Certainly, to the Jews, this is a scandal, and to the Gentiles,  this is foolishness. {1:24} But to those who have been called, Jews as well as Greeks, the Christ is the virtue of God and  the wisdom of God. {1:25} For what is foolishness to God is considered wise by men, and that which is weakness to God  is considered strong by  men. {1:26} So take care of your vocation, brothers. For not many are wise according to the  flesh, not many are powerful, not many are noble. {1:27} But  God has  chosen the foolish of the  world, so that he may confound the wise.  And  God has  chosen the weak of the world, so that he may confound the strong. {1:28} And God has chosen the ignoble and contemptible of the world, those  who are nothing, so that he may reduce to nothing those who  are something. {1:29} So then, nothing  that is of the flesh should glory in his sight. {1:30} But you are of him in Christ Jesus, who was made by God to be our wisdom and justice  and sanctification and redemption. {1:31} And so, in the same way, it was written: “Whoever glories, should glory in  the Lord.” 
[1 Corinthians 2] {2:1} And so, brothers, when I came to  you, announcing to you the testimony of Christ, I did not  bring exalted words or lofty wisdom. {2:2} For I did not judge myself to know  anything among you, except Jesus  Christ, and  him crucified. {2:3} And  I was with  you  in weakness, and in fear, and with much trembling. {2:4} And  my words and preaching were not the persuasive words of  human wisdom, but were a manifestation of the Spirit and of  virtue, {2:5} so that your faith would not be based  on the  wisdom of men, but on the virtue of God. {2:6} Now, we do  speak wisdom among the perfect, yet truly, this  is not the  wisdom of this age, nor that of the leaders of this age, which shall be reduced to nothing. {2:7} Instead, we speak of the wisdom of God in a mystery which has been hidden, which  God  predestined before this age for  our glory,  {2:8} something that none of the leaders of this world have known. For if they had known it, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory. {2:9} But this is just as it has been  written: “The eye has not seen, and the ear has not heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, what things God has prepared for those  who  love him.” {2:10} But God has  revealed these things to us through his Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. {2:11} And who  can know the things that are of a man, except the spirit which  is within that man? So also, no one knows the things which  are of God, except the Spirit of God. {2:12} But we have not  received the spirit of this world, but the Spirit who is of God, so that we may understand the things that have been given to  us by God. {2:13} And we are also speaking of these things,  not in the learned words of human  wisdom, but in the  doctrine of the Spirit, bringing spiritual things together with spiritual things. {2:14} But  the animal nature of man does  not perceive these things that are of the Spirit of God. For it  is foolishness to him, and he  is not  able to  understand it,  because it must be examined spiritually. {2:15} But the  spiritual nature of man judges all things, and he himself may be judged by no man. {2:16} For who has known the mind of  the Lord, so that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 
[1 Corinthians 3] {3:1} And so, brothers, I was not able to  speak to you as if to those who are spiritual, but rather as if to  those who  are carnal. For you are like infants in Christ.  {3:2} I gave you milk to drink, not solid food. For you were not yet able. And indeed, even now, you are not able; for you  are still  carnal. {3:3} And since there is still envy and  contention among you, are you not carnal, and are you not  walking according to man? {3:4} For if one says, “Certainly,  I am of Paul,” while another says, “I am of Apollo,” are you not men? But what is Apollo, and what is Paul? {3:5} We are  only the ministers of him in whom you have believed, just as  the Lord has granted to each of you. {3:6} I planted, Apollo watered, but God provided the growth. {3:7} And so, neither  he who plants, nor he who waters, is anything, but only God,  who provides the growth. {3:8} Now he who plants, and he  who waters, are one. But each shall receive his proper reward,  according to  his labors. {3:9} For we are God’s assistants.  You are God’s cultivation;  you are God’s construction. {3:10} According to the grace of God, which has been given  to me, I have laid the foundation like a wise architect. But another builds upon it. So then, let each one be careful how he builds upon it. {3:11} For no one is able to lay any other  foundation, in place of that which has been laid, which is Christ Jesus. {3:12} But if  anyone builds upon this foundation, whether gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay,  or stubble, {3:13} each one’s work shall be made manifest.  For the day of the Lord shall declare it, because it will be  revealed by fire. And this fire will test each one’s work, as to  what kind it is. {3:14} If anyone’s work, which he has built  upon  it, remains, then he will receive  a reward. {3:15} If  anyone’s work is burned up, he  will suffer its loss, but he himself will still be saved, but only as through fire. {3:16} Do  you not know that you are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God lives within you? {3:17} But if anyone violates  the Temple of God, God will destroy him. For the Temple of God is holy,  and you are that Temple. {3:18} Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in  this age, let him become foolish, so that he may be truly wise.  {3:19} For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. And so it has been written: “I will catch the wise in their own astuteness.” {3:20} And again: “The Lord  knows  the  thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.” {3:21} And so, let  no one glory in men. {3:22} For all is yours: whether Paul, or  Apollo,  or Cephas, or the world,  or life, or death,  or the present, or the future. Yes, all is yours. {3:23} But you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. 
[1 Corinthians 4] {4:1} Accordingly, let man consider us to be ministers of Christ and attendants of the mysteries of God. {4:2} Here and now, it is required of attendants that each one  be found to be faithful. {4:3} But as for me, it is such a small  thing to be judged by you, or by the age of mankind. And  neither do I judge myself. {4:4} For I have nothing on my conscience. But I am not justified by this. For the Lord is the  One who judges me. {4:5} And so, do not choose to judge before the time, until the Lord returns. He will illuminate the  hidden things of the darkness, and he will make manifest the decisions of hearts. And then each one shall have praise from  God. {4:6} And so, brothers, I have presented these things in myself and in Apollo, for your sakes, so that you may learn,  through us, that no one should be inflated against one person  and for another, not beyond what has been written. {4:7} For what distinguishes you from another? And what do you have  that you have not received? But if you have received it, why  do you glory, as if you had not received it? {4:8} So, now you  have been filled, and now you have been made wealthy, as if to reign without us? But I wish that you would reign, so that we, too, might reign with you! {4:9} For I think that God has presented us as the last Apostles, as those destined for death.  For we have been made into a spectacle for the world, and  for Angels, and for men. {4:10} So we are fools because of  Christ, but you are discerning in Christ? We are weak, but  you are strong? You are noble, but we are ignoble? {4:11} Even to this very hour, we hunger and thirst, and we are naked and repeatedly beaten, and we are unsteady.  {4:12} And we labor, working with our own hands. We are  slandered, and so we bless. We suffer and endure persecution.  {4:13} We are cursed, and so we pray. We have become like  the refuse of this world, like the reside of everything, even  until now. {4:14} I am not writing these things in order to  confound you, but in order to admonish you, as my dearest sons. {4:15} For you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, but not so many fathers. For in Christ Jesus, through the Gospel, I have begotten you. {4:16} Therefore, I beg you,  be imitators  of me, just as I am  of Christ. {4:17} For this  reason, I have sent you Timothy, who is my dearest son, and  who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways, which are in Christ Jesus, just as I teach everywhere, in every church. {4:18} Certain  persons have become inflated in thinking that  I  would not return to you. {4:19} But I will  return to you soon, if the Lord is willing. And I will consider, not the words of those who are inflated, but the virtue.  {4:20} For the kingdom of God is not in words, but in virtue.  {4:21} What would you prefer? Should I return to you with a  rod, or with charity and a spirit of meekness? 
[1 Corinthians 5] {5:1} Above all else, it is being said that  there is fornication among you, even fornication of a such kind that is not among the Gentiles, so that someone would  have the wife of his father. {5:2} And yet you are inflated, and you have not instead been grieved, so that he who has  done this thing would be taken away from your  midst.  {5:3} Certainly, though absent in body, I am present in spirit. Thus, I have already judged, as if I were present, him who has done this. {5:4} In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you have been gathered together with my spirit, in the power  of our Lord Jesus, {5:5} to hand over such a one as this to Satan, for the destruction of the flesh, so that the spirit may  be saved in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. {5:6} It is not good for you to glory. Do you not know that a little leaven  corrupts the entire mass? {5:7} Purge the old leaven, so that  you may become the new bread, for you are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover, has now been immolated. {5:8} And so, let us feast, not with the old leaven, not with the leaven of malice and  wickedness, but with the unleavened bread  of sincerity and truth. {5:9} As I have  written to you in an  epistle: “Do not associate with fornicators,” {5:10} certainly  not with the fornicators of this world, nor with the greedy, nor with robbers, nor with the servants of idolatry. Otherwise,  you ought to depart from this world. {5:11} But now I have written to you: do not associate with anyone who is called a  brother and yet is a fornicator,  or greedy, or a servant of idolatry, or a slanderer, or inebriated, or a robber. With such  a one as this, do not even take food. {5:12} For what have I  to do with judging those who are outside? But do not even you yourselves judge those who are inside? {5:13} For those  who are outside, God will judge. But send this evil person away from yourselves. 
[1 Corinthians 6] {6:1} How is it that anyone of you, having a dispute against another, would dare to be judged before the  iniquitous, and not before  the saints? {6:2} Or  do you not know that the saints from this age shall judge it? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you unworthy, then, to judge even the smallest matters? {6:3} Do you not know that  we shall judge angels? How much more the things of this age?  {6:4} Therefore, if you have matters to judge concerning this  age, why not appoint those who are most contemptible in the  Church to judge these things! {6:5} But I am speaking so as to shame you. Is there no one among you wise enough, so  that he might be able to judge between his brothers? {6:6} Instead, brother contends against brother in court, and  this before the unfaithful!  {6:7} Now there is certainly an offense among you, beyond everything else, when you have  court cases against one another. Should you not accept injury instead? Should you not endure being cheated instead? {6:8} But you are doing the injuring and the cheating, and  this toward brothers! {6:9} Do you  not know that the  iniquitous  will not possess the kingdom of God?  Do not choose to wander astray. For neither fornicators, nor servants of idolatry, nor  adulterers, {6:10} nor the effeminate, nor males who sleep with males, nor thieves, nor the avaricious,  nor the inebriated, nor slanderers, nor the rapacious shall  possess the kingdom of God. {6:11} And some of you were  like this. But you have been absolved,  but you have been  sanctified, but you have been justified: all in the name of our  Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. {6:12} All is lawful to me, but not all is expedient. All is lawful to me, but I will not be driven back by the authority of  anyone.  {6:13} Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food.  But God shall destroy both the stomach and food. And the body is not for fornication, but rather for the Lord; and the Lord is for the body. {6:14} Truly, God has raised up the Lord, and he will raise us up by his power. {6:15} Do you not know that your bodies are a part of Christ? So then, should I take a part of Christ and make it a part of a harlot?  Let it not be so! {6:16} And do you not know that whoever is joined to a harlot becomes one body? “For the two,” he said, “shall be as one flesh.” {6:17} But whoever is joined to the  Lord is  one  spirit. {6:18} Flee from fornication. Every sin whatsoever that a man commits is outside of the body, but whoever fornicates, sins against his own body. {6:19} Or do  you not know that your bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and that  you are not your own? {6:20} For you have been bought at a  great price. Glorify and carry God in your body. 
[1 Corinthians 7] {7:1} Now  concerning the things about  which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. {7:2} But, because of fornication, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.  {7:3} A husband should fulfill his obligation to his wife, and  a wife should also act similarly toward her husband. {7:4} It is not the wife, but the husband, who has power over her body. But, similarly also, it is not the husband, but the wife,  who has power over his body. {7:5} So, do not fail in your obligations to one another, except perhaps by consent, for a limited time, so that you may empty yourselves for prayer.  And then, return together again, lest Satan tempt you by  means of your abstinence. {7:6} But I am saying this, neither  as an indulgence, nor as a commandment. {7:7} For I would prefer it if you were all like myself. But each person has his proper gift from God: one in this way, yet another in that  way. {7:8} But I say to the unmarried and to widows: It is good for them, if they would remain as they are, just as I also am. {7:9} But if they cannot restrain themselves, they should  marry. For it is better to marry, than to be burned. {7:10} But to those who have been joined in matrimony, it is not I who  commands you, but the Lord: a wife is not to separate from her husband. {7:11} But if she has separated from him, she  must  remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband.  And a husband should not divorce his wife. {7:12} Concerning the rest, I am speaking, not the Lord. If  any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she consents to live with him, he should not  divorce her.  {7:13} And if any woman has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce her husband. {7:14} For the  unbelieving  husband has been sanctified through the  believing wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified  through the  believing husband. Otherwise, your children  would be unclean, whereas instead they are holy. {7:15} But if the unbeliever  departs, let him  depart. For a brother or sister cannot be made subject to servitude in this way. For  God has called us to peace. {7:16} And how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband,  whether you will save your wife?  {7:17} However, let each  one walk just as the Lord has  distributed to him, each one just as God has called him. And  thus do I teach in all the churches. {7:18} Has any circumcised  man been called? Let him not cover his  circumcision. Has any uncircumcised man been called? Let  him not be circumcised. {7:19} Circumcision is nothing, and  uncircumcision is nothing; there is only the observance of the commandments of God. {7:20} Let each and every one remain in the same calling to which he was called.  {7:21} Are you a servant who has been called? Do  not be  concerned about it. But if you ever have the ability to be free,  make use of it. {7:22} For any servant who has been called in the Lord is free in the Lord. Similarly, any free person who has been called is a servant in Christ. {7:23} You have been  bought with a price. Do not be willing to become the servants of men. {7:24} Brothers, let each one, in whatever state he  was  called, remain  in that state with God. {7:25} Now, concerning virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord. But I give counsel, as one who has obtained the mercy of the Lord, so as to be faithful. {7:26} Therefore, I consider this to be good, because of the present necessity: that it is good for a  man to be such as I am. {7:27} Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be freed. Are you free of a wife? Do not seek a  wife. {7:28} But if you take a wife, you have not sinned. And  if a virgin has married, she has not sinned. Even so, such as these will have the tribulation of the flesh. But I would spare you from this. {7:29} And so, this is what I say, brothers: The time is short. What remains of it is such that: those who have wives should be as if they had none; {7:30} and those who  weep, as though they were not weeping; and those who  rejoice, as if they were not rejoicing; and those who buy, as if they possessed nothing; {7:31} and those who use the things  of this world, as if they were not using them. For the figure of this world is passing away. {7:32} But I would prefer you to  be without worry. Whoever is  without a wife is  worried  about the things of the Lord, as to how he may please God. {7:33} But whoever is with a wife is worried about the things  of the world, as to how he may please his wife. And so, he is  divided.  {7:34} And the unmarried woman and the virgin think about the things that are of the Lord, so that she may be  holy in body and in spirit. But she who is married  thinks  about the things that are of the world, as to how she may  please her husband. {7:35} Furthermore, I am saying this for your own benefit, not in order to cast a snare over you, but toward whatever is honest and  whatever may provide you  with the ability to be without hindrance, so as to worship the  Lord. {7:36} But if  any  man  considers himself to seem  dishonorable, concerning a virgin who is of adult age, and so  it ought to be, he may do as he wills. If he marries her, he  does not sin. {7:37} But if he has decided firmly in his heart, and he does not have any obligation, but only the power of his free will, and if he has judged this in his heart, to let her remain a virgin, he does well. {7:38} And so, he who joins  with his virgin in matrimony does well, and he who does not  join with her does better. {7:39} A woman is bound under the law for as long as her husband lives. But if her husband  has died, she is free. She may marry whomever she wishes,  but only in the Lord. {7:40} But she will be more blessed, if she remains in this state, in accord with my counsel. And I think that I, too, have the Spirit of God.
[1 Corinthians 8] {8:1} Now concerning those things that are sacrificed to  idols: we know that  we  all have knowledge. Knowledge  puffs up, but charity builds up. {8:2} But if  anyone considers himself to know anything, he does not yet  know in the way that he ought to know. {8:3} For if anyone loves God, he is known by him. {8:4} But as to the foods that are immolated to idols, we know that an idol in the world is nothing, and that no one is God, except One. {8:5} For  although there are things that are called gods, whether in  heaven or on earth, (if one even considers there to be many  gods and many lords) {8:6} yet we know that there is only one God, the Father, from whom all things are, and in whom we are, and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom all things  are, and by whom we  are. {8:7} But knowledge is not in everyone. For some persons, even now, with consent to an  idol, eat  what has been sacrificed to an idol. And  their conscience, being infirm, becomes polluted. {8:8} Yet food  does not commend us to God. For if we eat, we will not have more, and if we do not eat, we will not have less. {8:9} But be careful not to let your liberty become a cause of sin to  those who are weak. {8:10} For if anyone sees someone with  knowledge sitting down to eat in idolatry, will not his own  conscience, being infirm, be emboldened to eat what has been  sacrificed to idols? {8:11} And should  an infirm brother  perish by your knowledge, even though Christ died for him?  {8:12} So when you sin in this way against the brothers, and  you harm their weakened conscience, then you sin against Christ. {8:13} Because of this, if food leads my brother to sin, I will never eat meat, lest I lead my brother to sin. 
[1 Corinthians 9] {9:1} Am I not free? Am I not an Apostle?  Have I not seen Christ Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? {9:2} And if I am not an Apostle to others, yet  still I am to you. For you are the seal of my Apostleship in  the Lord. {9:3} My defense with those who question me is  this: {9:4} Do we not have the authority to eat and to drink?  {9:5} Do we not have the authority to travel around with a  woman who is a sister, just as do the other Apostles, and the  brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? {9:6} Or is it only myself  and Barnabas who do not have the authority to act in this  way?  {9:7} Who has ever served  as  a soldier and  paid his  own stipend? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat from  its produce? Who pastures a flock and does not drink from  the milk of the flock?  {9:8} Am I  saying these things  according to man? Or does the law not also say these things? {9:9} For it is written in the law of Moses: “You shall not  bind the mouth of an ox, while it is treading out the grain.” Is God here concerned with the oxen? {9:10} Or is he saying  this, indeed, for our sake? These things  were  written  specifically for us, because he who plows, ought to plow in hope, and he who threshes, too, in hope of receiving the produce. {9:11} If we have sown spiritual things in you, is it important if we harvest from your worldly things? {9:12} If others are sharers in this authority over you, why are we not more entitled? And yet we have not used this  authority.  Instead, we bear all things, lest we give any hindrance to the  Gospel of Christ. {9:13} Do you not know that those who work in the  holy  place eat the  things that are for the holy place, and that those who serve at the altar also share with  the altar? {9:14} So, too,  has the  Lord ordained that those who announce the Gospel should live by the Gospel.  {9:15} Yet I have used none of these things. And I have not  written so that these things may be  done for me. For  it is better for me to die, rather than to let anyone empty out my glory. {9:16} For if I preach the Gospel, it is not glory for me.  For an obligation has been laid upon me. And woe to me, if I do not preach the Gospel. {9:17} For if I do this willingly, I  have a reward. But if I do this reluctantly, a dispensation is granted to me. {9:18} And what, then, would be my reward? So, when preaching the Gospel, I should give the Gospel  without taking, so that I may not misuse my authority in the  Gospel. {9:19} For  when I was a free man to all, I made myself the servant of all, so that I might gain all the more.  {9:20} And so, to the Jews, I became like a Jew, so that I might gain the Jews. {9:21} To those who are under the law, I became as if I were under the law, (though I was not under  the law) so that I might gain those who were under the law. To those who were without the law, I became as if I were  without the law, (though I was not without the law of God, being in the law of Christ) so that I might gain those who were without the law. {9:22} To the weak, I became weak, so  that I might  gain the weak. To  all, I became all, so that I  might save all. {9:23} And I do everything for the sake of the  Gospel, so that I may become its partner. {9:24} Do you not  know that, of those who run in a race, all of them, certainly, are runners, but only one achieves the prize. Similarly, you  must run, so that you may achieve. {9:25} And  one who  competes in a contest abstains from all things. And they do  this, of course, so that they may achieve a corruptible crown. But we do this, so that we may achieve what is incorruptible.  {9:26} And so I run, but not with uncertainty. And so I fight,  but not by flailing in the  air. {9:27} Instead, I  chastise my  body, so as to redirect it into servitude. Otherwise, I might  preach to others, but become myself an outcast. 
[1 Corinthians 10] {10:1} For I do  not  want you to be  ignorant, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud,  and they all went across the sea. {10:2} And in Moses, they  all were baptized, in the cloud and in the sea. {10:3} And  they all ate of the same spiritual food. {10:4} And they all drank of the same spiritual  drink.  And so, they all were  drinking of the spiritual rock seeking to obtain them; and that  rock was Christ. {10:5} But with most of them, God was not well-pleased.  For they  were struck  down in the  desert. {10:6} Now these things were done as an example for us, so  that we might not desire  evil things, just as they  desired.  {10:7} And so, do not take part in idolatry, as some of them did, just as it was written: “The people sat down to eat and to  drink,  and then they rose up to amuse themselves.”  {10:8} And let us not commit fornication, as some of them fornicated, and so twenty-three thousand fell  on one day.  {10:9} And let us not tempt Christ, as some of them tempted, and so they perished by serpents. {10:10} And you should  not murmur, as some of them murmured, and so they perished by the destroyer.  {10:11} Now  all of these things  happened to them as an example,  and so they have been  written for our correction, because the  final age has fallen  upon us. {10:12} And so, whosoever considers himself to be standing, let him be careful not to fall. {10:13} Temptation should not take hold of you, except what is human. For God  is faithful, and he will not permit you to be tempted beyond  your  ability.  Instead, he will effect his Providence, even  during temptation, so that you  may be able to bear it.  {10:14} Because of this, most beloved of mine, flee from the  worship of idols. {10:15} Since I am speaking to those who  are prudent, judge what I say for yourselves. {10:16} The cup  of benediction that we bless, is it not a communion in the  Blood  of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not a participation in the Body of the Lord? {10:17} Through the one bread, we, though many, are one body: all of us who are partakers  of the one  bread. {10:18} Consider  Israel, according to the flesh. Are not those who eat from the  sacrifices partakers of the altar? {10:19} What is next? Should I say that what is immolated to idols is anything? Or that the  idol is anything? {10:20} But the things that the Gentiles immolate, they immolate to demons, and not to God. And I  do not want you to become partakers with demons.  {10:21} You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of demons. You cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and partakers of the table of demons. {10:22} Or should we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he is? All  is lawful to me, but not all is expedient. {10:23} All is lawful  to me, but not all is edifying. {10:24} Let no one seek for  himself, but  for  others. {10:25} Whatever is sold in the  market, you may eat, without asking questions for the sake of conscience. {10:26} “The earth and all its fullness belong to  the Lord.” {10:27} If you are invited by any unbelievers, and  you are willing to go, you may eat whatever is set before you, without asking questions for the sake of conscience.  {10:28} But if anyone says, “This has been sacrificed to idols,” do not eat it, for the sake of the one who told you, and for the sake of conscience. {10:29} But I am referring to the conscience of the other person, not to yours. For why should my liberty be judged by the conscience of another? {10:30} If I partake with thanksgiving, why should I be slandered over  that for which I give thanks? {10:31} Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever else you may do, do everything for the glory of God. {10:32} Be without offense toward the Jews,  and toward the Gentiles,  and toward the Church of God,  {10:33} just as I also, in all things,  please everyone, not  seeking what is best for myself, but what is best for many  others, so that they may be saved. 
[1 Corinthians 11] {11:1} Be imitators of me, as I also am of  Christ. {11:2} Now I praise you, brothers, because you are  mindful of me in everything, in such a way as to hold to my precepts as I have handed them down to you. {11:3} So I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ. But  the head of woman is man. Yet truly, the head of Christ is God. {11:4} Every man praying or prophesying with his head  covered disgraces his head. {11:5} But every woman praying  or prophesying with her head not covered disgraces her head.  For it is the same as if her head were shaven. {11:6} So if a woman is not veiled, let her hair be cut off. Truly then, if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off, or to have her  head shaven, then she should  cover her head.  {11:7} Certainly, a man ought not to cover his head, for he is  the image and glory of God. But woman is the glory of man.  {11:8} For man  is not of woman,  but woman  is of man.  {11:9} And indeed, man was  not created for woman, but  woman was created for man. {11:10} Therefore, a woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the  Angels. {11:11} Yet truly, man  would not exist without woman, nor would woman exist without man, in the Lord.  {11:12} For just as woman came into existence from man, so also does man exist through woman. But all things are from God. {11:13} Judge for yourselves. Is it proper for a woman  to pray to God unveiled? {11:14} Does not even  nature herself teach you that, indeed, if a man grows his hair long, it is a disgrace for him? {11:15} Yet truly, if a woman grows her hair long, it is a glory for her, because her hair has been given to her as a covering. {11:16} But if anyone has a mind  to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor does the  Church of God. {11:17} Now I caution you, without praising,  about this: that you assemble together, and not for better, but  for worse. {11:18} First of all, indeed, I hear that when you  assemble together in the church, there  are schisms  among  you. And I believe this, in part. {11:19} For there must also  be heresies, so that those who have been tested may be made manifest among you. {11:20} And so,  when you  assemble  together as one, it is no longer in  order to eat the Lord’s supper. {11:21} For each one first takes his own supper to eat.  And as a result, one person is hungry,  while  another is inebriated. {11:22} Do you not have houses, in which to eat and drink? Or do you have such contempt for the Church of God that you would confound those who do not have such  contempt? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I  am not praising you in this. {11:23} For I have received from the Lord  what I  have also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus, on the same night that he was handed over, took bread,  {11:24} and giving thanks, he broke it, and said: “Take and  eat. This is my body, which shall be given up for you. Do this  in remembrance of me.” {11:25} Similarly also, the cup, after he had eaten supper, saying: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance  of me.” {11:26} For whenever you eat this bread and drink  this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord, until he returns. {11:27} And so, whoever eats this bread, or drinks from the  cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be liable of the body and  blood of the Lord. {11:28} But let a man examine himself,  and, in this way, let him eat from that bread, and drink from that cup. {11:29} For whoever eats and drinks unworthily,  eats and drinks a sentence against himself, not discerning it to  be the body of the Lord. {11:30} As a result, many are weak  and  sick among you, and many have fallen asleep.  {11:31} But if we ourselves were discerning, then certainly we would not be judged. {11:32} Yet when we are judged,  we are being corrected by the Lord, so that we might not be condemned  along with this world. {11:33} And so, my brothers, when you assemble together to eat, be attentive to one another. {11:34} If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home,  so that you may not assemble together unto judgment. As for  the rest, I will set it in order when I arrive.
[1 Corinthians 12] {12:1} Now concerning spiritual things, I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers. {12:2} You know  that when you were Gentiles, you approached mute  idols,  doing what you were led to do. {12:3} Because  of this, I would have you know that no one speaking in the Spirit of  God utters a curse against Jesus. And no one is able to say  that Jesus is Lord, except in the Holy Spirit. {12:4} Truly, there are diverse graces, but the same Spirit. {12:5} And there are diverse ministries, but the same Lord. {12:6} And there are diverse works, but the same God, who works everything  in everyone. {12:7} However, the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each  one toward what is beneficial.  {12:8} Certainly, to one, through the Spirit, is given words of  wisdom; but to another, according to the same Spirit, words  of knowledge; {12:9} to another, in the same Spirit, faith; to  another, in the one Spirit, the gift of  healing; {12:10} to  another, miraculous works; to another, prophecy; to another,  the discernment of spirits; to another, different kinds of languages; to another, the interpretation of words. {12:11} But one and the same Spirit works all these things,  distributing to each one according to his will. {12:12} For just  as the body is one, and yet has many parts, so all the parts of the body, though they are many, are only one body. So also  is Christ. {12:13} And indeed, in one Spirit, we were all  baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether  servant or free. And we all  drank  in the one  Spirit.  {12:14} For the body, too, is not  one part, but  many.  {12:15} If the foot were to say, “Because I am not the hand, I  am not of the body,” would it then not be of the body? {12:16} And if the ear were to say, “Because I am not the eye,  I am not of the body,” would it then not be of the body? {12:17} If the whole body were the eye, how would it hear? If the whole were hearing, how  would it  smell? {12:18} But instead, God has placed the parts, each one of them, in the  body, just as it has pleased him. {12:19} So if they were all  one part, how would it be a body? {12:20} But instead, there  are many parts, indeed, yet one body. {12:21} And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need for your works.” And again, the head cannot say to the feet, “You are of no use to me.”  {12:22} In fact, so much more necessary are those parts  of the body which seem to be weaker.  {12:23} And though we consider certain parts of the body to be less noble, we surround these with more abundant dignity,  and so, those parts which are less presentable end up with  more abundant respect. {12:24} However, our presentable  parts have no such need, since God has tempered the body together, distributing the more abundant honor to that which  has the need, {12:25} so that there might be no schism in the  body, but instead the parts themselves might take care of one another. {12:26} And so, if one part suffers anything, all the  parts suffer with it. Or, if one part finds glory, all the parts  rejoice with it. {12:27} Now you are the body of Christ, and  parts like any part. {12:28} And indeed, God has established a certain order in the Church: first Apostles, second Prophets,  third Teachers, next miracle-workers, and then the grace of healing, of helping others, of governing, of different kinds of languages, and of the interpretation of words. {12:29} Are all  Apostles? Are all Prophets? Are all Teachers? {12:30} Are all  workers of miracles? Do all have the grace of healing? Do all  speak in tongues? Do all interpret? {12:31} But be zealous for the better charisms. And I reveal to you a yet more excellent way. 
[1 Corinthians 13] {13:1} If I were to speak in the language  of men, or of Angels, yet not have charity, I would be like a  clanging bell or a  crashing cymbal. {13:2} And if I have prophecy, and learn every mystery, and obtain all knowledge,  and possess all faith, so that I could move mountains, yet not  have charity, then I am nothing. {13:3} And if I distribute all my goods in order to feed the poor, and if I hand over my  body to be burned, yet not have charity, it offers me nothing.  {13:4} Charity is patient, is kind. Charity does not envy, does  not act wrongly, is not inflated. {13:5} Charity  is not ambitious, does not seek for itself, is not provoked to anger,  devises no evil. {13:6} Charity does not rejoice over iniquity,  but rejoices in truth. {13:7} Charity suffers all, believes all,  hopes all, endures all. {13:8} Charity is never torn  away, even if prophecies pass away, or languages  cease, or knowledge is destroyed.  {13:9} For we know  only in part,  and we prophesy only in part. {13:10} But when the perfect  arrives, the imperfect passes away. {13:11} When I was a  child, I spoke like a child, I understood like a child, I thought like a child. But when I became a man, I put aside the things  of a child. {13:12} Now we see through a glass darkly. But then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I  shall know, even as I am known. {13:13} But for now, these  three continue: faith, hope, and charity. And the greatest of  these is charity. 
[1 Corinthians 14] {14:1} Pursue charity. Be zealous for spiritual things, but  only so that you may prophesy.  {14:2} For whoever speaks in tongues,  speaks not to men,  but to God. For no one understands. Yet by the Spirit, he speaks mysteries. {14:3} But  whoever prophesies speaks to men for edification  and exhortation and  consolation. {14:4} Whoever speaks in tongues edifies himself. But  whoever prophesies edifies the Church. {14:5} Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but more so to prophesy. For he who prophesies is greater  than he who speaks  in tongues,  unless perhaps he interprets, so that the Church may receive edification. {14:6} But now, brothers, if I were to come to  you speaking in tongues, how would it benefit you, unless  instead I speak to you in revelation, or in knowledge, or in  prophecy, or in doctrine? {14:7} Even those things that are  without a soul can make sounds, whether it is a wind or a stringed instrument. But unless they present a  distinction  within the sounds, how will it be known which is from the  pipe and which is from the string? {14:8} For example, if the  trumpet made an uncertain sound, who  would prepare himself for battle? {14:9} So it is with you also, for unless you utter with the tongue in plain speech, how will it be known what is said? For then you would be speaking into the air. {14:10} Consider that there are so many different kinds  of languages in  this world, and yet none  is without  a  voice. {14:11} Therefore, if I do not understand the nature of the voice, then I shall be like a foreigner to the one with whom I am speaking; and he who is speaking will be like a foreigner  to me. {14:12} So it is  with you also.  And since you are zealous for  what is spiritual, seek the edification of the Church, so that you may abound. {14:13} For this reason,  too, whoever speaks  in tongues, let  him  pray for the  interpretation. {14:14} So, if  I pray in tongues,  my spirit  prays, but my mind is without fruit. {14:15} What is next? I  should pray with the spirit, and also pray with the mind. I should sing psalms with the spirit, and also recite psalms with the mind. {14:16} Otherwise, if you have blessed only with the spirit, how can someone, in a state of ignorance, add an “Amen” to your blessing? For he does not know what you are saying.  {14:17} In this case, certainly, you  give thanks well, but the other person is not edified. {14:18} I thank my God that I speak in tongues for all of you. {14:19} But in the Church, I prefer to speak five words from my mind, so that I  may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in  tongues. {14:20} Brothers, do not choose to have the minds of children. Instead, be free of malice like infants, but be  mature in your minds. {14:21} It is written in the law: “I will  speak to this people with other tongues and other lips, and even so, they will not heed me, says the Lord.” {14:22} And  so, tongues are a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers;  and prophecies are not for unbelievers, but for believers.  {14:23} If then, the entire Church were to gather together as one, and if all were to speak in tongues, and then ignorant or  unbelieving persons were to enter, would they not say that  you were insane? {14:24} But if everyone prophesies, and  one  who is ignorant  or unbelieving enters, he may be  convinced by it all, because he understands it all. {14:25} The secrets of his heart are then made manifest. And so, falling to his face, he would adore God, proclaiming that God is truly  among you.  {14:26} What is next, brothers? When you gather together, each  one  of you may  have a psalm, or a doctrine, or a revelation, or a language, or an interpretation, but let everything be done for edification. {14:27} If anyone  is speaking in tongues, let there be only two, or at most three, and then in turn, and let someone interpret. {14:28} But if there is no one to interpret, he should remain silent in the church, then  he may speak when he  is alone  with  God. {14:29} And let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the others discern. {14:30} But then, if something is revealed to  another who is sitting, let the first  one become silent.  {14:31} For you are all able to prophesy one at a time, so that  all may learn and all may be encouraged. {14:32} For the  spirits  of the prophets  are subject to the prophets.  {14:33} And God is not of dissension, but of peace, just as I also teach in all the churches of the saints. {14:34} Women  should be silent in the churches. For it is not permitted for them to speak; but instead, they should be subordinate, as the law also says. {14:35} And if they want to learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is disgraceful for a  woman to speak in church. {14:36} So now, did the Word of God proceed from you?  Or was it sent to you  alone?  {14:37} If anyone seems to be a prophet or a spiritual person,  he should understand these things which I am writing to you, that these things are the commandments of the Lord. {14:38} If anyone does not recognize these things, he should not be recognized. {14:39} And so, brothers, be zealous to  prophesy, and  do not prohibit speaking in tongues.  {14:40} But let everything be done respectfully and according to proper order. 
[1 Corinthians 15] {15:1} And so I make known to you, brothers, the Gospel that I preached to you, which you also  received, and on which you stand. {15:2} By the Gospel, too, you are being saved, if you hold to the understanding that I  preached to you, lest you believe in vain. {15:3} For I handed  on to you, first of all, what I also received: that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures; {15:4} and that he was buried;  and that he rose again  on the third day, according to the Scriptures; {15:5} and that he was seen by  Cephas, and after that by the eleven. {15:6} Next he was seen by more than five hundred brothers at one time, many  of whom remain, even to the present time, although some have fallen asleep. {15:7} Next, he was seen by James, then by all  the Apostles. {15:8} And last of all, he was seen also by me,  as if I were someone born at the wrong time. {15:9} For I am the least of the Apostles.  I am not worthy to be called an  Apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God. {15:10} But, by the grace of God, I am what I am. And his  grace in me has not been empty, since I have labored more abundantly than all of them. Yet it is not I, but the grace of God within me. {15:11} For whether it is I or they: so we preach, and so you have believed. {15:12} Now if Christ is  preached, that he rose again from the dead, how is  it that  some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  {15:13} For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ  has not risen. {15:14} And if Christ has not risen, then our preaching is useless, and your faith is also useless. {15:15} Then, too, we would be found to be false witnesses of God, because we would have given testimony against God, saying that he had raised up Christ, when he had not raised  him up, if, indeed, the dead do not rise again. {15:16} For if the dead do not rise again, then neither has Christ risen again. {15:17} But if Christ has not risen, then your faith is vain; for you would still be in your sins. {15:18} Then, too, those who  have fallen asleep in Christ would have perished. {15:19} If  we have hope in Christ for this life only, then we are more  miserable than all men. {15:20} But now Christ has risen again from the dead, as the first-fruits of those who sleep.  {15:21} For certainly, death came through a man. And so,  the resurrection of the dead came through a man {15:22} And just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be brought to life, {15:23} but each one in his proper order: Christ, as the first-fruits, and next, those who are of Christ,  who have believed in his advent. {15:24} Afterwards is the end, when he will have handed over the kingdom to God the  Father, when he will have emptied all principality, and  authority, and power. {15:25} For it is necessary for him to reign, until  he has set  all his enemies under his feet. {15:26} Lastly, the enemy called  death shall be  destroyed.  For he has subjected all things under his feet. And although  he says, {15:27} “All things have been subjected to him,”  without doubt he does not include the One who has subjected all things to him. {15:28} And when all things will have been  subjected to him, then even the Son himself will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to him, so that God may  be all in all. {15:29} Otherwise, what will those  who  are  being baptized for the dead do, if the dead do not rise again at  all? Why then are they being baptized for them? {15:30} Why also do we endure trials every hour? {15:31} Daily I die, by  means of your boasting, brothers: you whom I have in Christ  Jesus our Lord. {15:32} If, according to man, I fought with the beasts at Ephesus, how would that benefit me, if the dead  do not rise again? “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we  shall die.” {15:33} Do not be led astray. Evil communication corrupts good morals. {15:34} Be vigilant, you just ones, and  do not be  willing to sin.  For certain persons have an ignorance of God. I say this to you with respect. {15:35} But someone may say, “How do the dead rise again?” or, “What  type of body do they return with?” {15:36} How foolish! What you sow cannot be brought back to life, unless it first dies. {15:37} And what you sow is not the body that will be  in the future, but a bare grain, such as of wheat, or of some  other grain. {15:38} For God gives it a body according to his will, and according to each seed’s proper body. {15:39} Not  all flesh is the same flesh. But one is indeed of men, another  truly is of beasts, another is of birds, and another is of fish. {15:40} Also, there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies.  But while the one,  certainly, has the glory  of heaven, the other has the glory of earth. {15:41} One has the brightness of the sun, another the brightness of the moon, and another the brightness of the stars. For even star differs from star in  brightness. {15:42} So it is also with the resurrection of the  dead. What is sown in corruption shall rise to incorruption. {15:43} What is sown in dishonor shall rise to glory. What is sown in weakness shall rise to power. {15:44} What is sown  with an animal body shall rise with a spiritual body. If there  is an animal body, there is also a spiritual one. {15:45} Just as it was written that the first man, Adam, was made with a living soul, so shall the last Adam  be  made  with  a spirit  brought back to life. {15:46} So what is, at first, not spiritual,  but animal, next becomes  spiritual. {15:47} The first  man,  being earthly, was of the earth; the second  man,  being  heavenly, will be of heaven. {15:48} Such things as are like  the earth are earthly; and such things as are like the heavens  are heavenly. {15:49} And so, just as  we have carried the  image of what is earthly, let us also carry the image of what is heavenly. {15:50} Now I say this, brothers, because flesh and  blood is not able to possess the kingdom of God; neither will  what is corrupt possess what is incorrupt. {15:51} Behold, I  tell you a mystery. Certainly, we shall all rise again, but we shall not  all  be transformed:  {15:52} in a  moment, in the  twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will rise up, incorruptible. And we shall  be transformed. {15:53} Thus, it is necessary for this corruptibility to be clothed with incorruptibility, and for this  mortality to be clothed with immortality. {15:54} And when this mortality has been  clothed with immortality, then the  word that was written shall occur: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” {15:55} “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” {15:56} Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. {15:57} But thanks be to God, who has given us victory  through  our  Lord Jesus Christ.  {15:58} And  so, my beloved brothers, be steadfast and  unmovable, abounding always in the work  of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not useless in the Lord. 
[1 Corinthians 16] {16:1} Now concerning the  collections  which are made for the saints: just as I have arranged for the  churches of  Galatia, so should it also be done with you.  {16:2} On the first day of the week, the Sabbath, let each one  of you take from himself, setting aside  what will be  wellpleasing to him, so that when I arrive, the collections will not have to be made then.  {16:3} And  when I am  present, whomever you shall approve through letters, these I  shall  send to bear your gifts to Jerusalem. {16:4} And if it is fitting for me to go too, they shall go with me. {16:5} Now I will  visit you after I have passed through Macedonia. For I will pass through Macedonia. {16:6} And perhaps I will stay with  you, and even spend the winter, so that you may lead me on my way, whenever I depart. {16:7} For I am not willing to see you now only in passing, since I hope that I may remain with you for some length  of time,  if  the  Lord  permits.  {16:8} But I must remain at Ephesus, even until Pentecost. {16:9} For a door, great and unavoidable, has opened to me,  as well as many adversaries. {16:10} Now if Timothy arrives,  see to it that he may be among you without fear. For he is doing the work  of the Lord, just as I also do. {16:11} Therefore, let no one despise him. Instead, lead him  on his way in peace, so that he may come to me. For I am awaiting him with the brothers. {16:12} But concerning our brother, Apollo, I am letting you know that I pleaded with him greatly to go to you with the brothers, and clearly it was not his will to go at this time. But he will arrive when there is  a space of time for him. {16:13} Be vigilant. Stand with faith. Act manfully and be strengthened. {16:14} Let all  that is yours be immersed in charity. {16:15} And I beg you,  brothers: You know the house  of Stephanus,  and of  Fortunatus, and of Achaicus, that they are the first-fruits of Achaia, and that they have dedicated themselves to the ministry of the saints. {16:16} So you should be subject also  to persons such as this, as well as to all who are cooperating  and  working with them. {16:17} Now I rejoice  in the  presence of Stephanus and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because  what  was lacking  in you, they have supplied.  {16:18} For they have refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore, recognize  persons such as this. {16:19} The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you greatly in the Lord, with the church of their household, where I  also am  a  guest. {16:20} All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a  holy kiss. {16:21} This is a greeting from my own hand, Paul.  {16:22} If  anyone does not love  our Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema! Maran Atha. {16:23} May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. {16:24} My charity is with all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen. 
** The Second Letter to the Corinthians **
[2 Corinthians 1] {1:1} Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ by  the will of God, and Timothy, a brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all of Achaia: {1:2} Grace and peace to you from God our Father  and from the Lord Jesus Christ. {1:3} Blessed be the God and  Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and  the God of all consolation. {1:4} He consoles us in all our tribulation, so that we too may be able to console those who  are in any kind of distress, through the exhortation by which we also are  being exhorted by God. {1:5} For just  as the  Passion of Christ abounds in us, so also, through Christ, does  our consolation abound. {1:6} So, if we are in tribulation, it  is for your  exhortation and salvation, or  if we  are in  consolation, it is for your consolation, or if we are exhorted,  it is for your exhortation and salvation, which results in the  patience endurance of the same passion which we also endure. {1:7} So may our hope for  you be  made firm,  knowing that, just as you are participants in the suffering, so  also shall you be participants in the consolation. {1:8} For we  do not  want you to be ignorant, brothers, about our  tribulation, which happened to us in Asia. For we were weighed down beyond measure, beyond our strength, so that we became weary, even of life itself. {1:9} But we had within  ourselves the response to death, so that we would not have faith in ourselves, but in God, who raises the dead. {1:10} He  has rescued us, and he is rescuing us, from great peril. In him,  we hope that he will continue to rescue us. {1:11} And you are assisting,  with your  prayers for us,  so that from  many  persons, by that which is a gift in us, thanks may be given through many persons, because of us. {1:12} For our glory is  this: the testimony of our conscience, which is found  in  simplicity of heart and in sincerity toward God. And it is not with worldly wisdom, but in the grace of God, that we have conversed with this world, and more abundantly toward you. {1:13} For we write nothing else to you other than what you have read and understood. And I hope that you will continue to understand, even unto the end. {1:14} And just as you  have acknowledged us in our role, that we are your glory, so also you  are ours, unto the day of our Lord Jesus  Christ.  {1:15} And with this confidence, I wanted to come to you  sooner, so that you might have a second grace, {1:16} and  through you to pass into Macedonia, and to return to you  again from Macedonia, and so be led by you on my way to Judea. {1:17} Then, although I had intended this, did I act  lightly? Or in the things that I consider,  do I consider  according to the flesh, so that there would be, with me, both Yes and No? {1:18} But God is faithful, so our word, which  was set before you, was  not, in him,  both Yes and No.  {1:19} For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached  among you through us, through  myself and Sylvanus and  Timothy, was not Yes, and No; but was simply Yes in him.  {1:20} For whatever promises are of God are, in him, Yes.  For this reason, too, through him: Amen to God for our glory. {1:21} Now the One who confirms us with you in Christ, and  who has anointed us, is God. {1:22} And he has sealed us,  and he has placed the pledge  of the Spirit in our hearts.  {1:23} But I call God as a witness to my soul, that I was lenient with  you, in that I  did not return to Corinth:  {1:24} not because we have dominion over your faith, but because we are assistants of your joy. For by faith you stand. 
[2 Corinthians 2] {2:1} But I determined this within myself, not to return again to you in sorrow. {2:2} For if I make you sorrowful, then who is it that can make me glad, except the  one who is made sorrowful by me? {2:3} And so, I wrote this  same thing to you, so that I might not, when I arrive, add  sorrow to sorrow for those with whom I  ought to rejoice, having confidence in you in all things, so that my joy may be  entirely yours. {2:4} For with much tribulation and anguish of heart, I wrote to you with many tears: not so that you  would be sorrowful, but so that you might know the charity  that I have more abundantly toward you. {2:5} But if anyone has brought sorrow, he has not sorrowed me. Yet, for my part, this is so that I might not burden all of you. {2:6} Let  this rebuke be sufficient for someone like this, for it has been brought by many. {2:7} So then, to the contrary, you should  be more forgiving and consoling, lest perhaps someone like  this may be overwhelmed with excessive sorrow.  {2:8} Because of this, I beg you to  confirm your charity toward him. {2:9} It was for this reason, also, that I wrote, so  that I might know, by testing you,  whether you would be obedient in all things. {2:10} But anyone whom you have forgiven of anything, I also forgive. And then, too, anyone I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, it was done in the  person of Christ for your sakes, {2:11} so that we would not be circumvented by Satan. For we are not ignorant  of his  intentions. {2:12} And when I had arrived at Troas, because of the Gospel of Christ, and a door had opened to me in the  Lord, {2:13} I had no rest within my spirit, because I was not  able to find Titus, my brother. So, saying goodbye to them, I set out for Macedonia. {2:14} But thanks be to God, who always brings triumph to us in Christ Jesus, and who  manifests the fragrance of his knowledge through us in every place. {2:15} For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ for  God, both  with those  who are being saved and  with those  who are perishing. {2:16} To the one, certainly, the fragrance  is of death unto death. But to the other, the fragrance is of life unto life.  And concerning  these things,  who is so suitable? {2:17} For we are not like many others, adulterating the  Word of God. But instead, we speak  with sincerity: from  God, before God, and in Christ. 
[2 Corinthians 3] {3:1} Must we begin again to commend  ourselves? Or are we  in need (as some are) of epistles of commendation for you, or from you? {3:2} You  are our  Epistle, written in our hearts, which is known and read by all  men. {3:3} It has been made manifest that you are the Epistle  of Christ, ministered by us, and written down, not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, and not on tablets of stone, but on the fleshly tablets of the heart. {3:4} And we have such faith, through Christ, toward God. {3:5} It is not that we are  adequate to think anything  of ourselves,  as if  anything was from us.  But our adequacy  is from God. {3:6} And he has made us suitable ministers of the New  Testament, not in the letter, but in the Spirit. For the letter  kills, but the Spirit gives life. {3:7} But if the ministration of death, engraved with letters upon stones, was in glory, (so  much so that the sons of Israel were not able to gaze intently  upon the face of Moses, because of the glory  of his countenance) even though this ministration was ineffective,  {3:8} how could the  ministration of the Spirit not  be in  greater glory? {3:9} For if the ministration of condemnation is with glory, so much more is the ministration  of justice abundant in glory. {3:10} And  neither was it glorified  by means of an excellent glory, though it was made illustrious in  its own way. {3:11} For if even what was temporary has its glory, then  what is lasting has  an even greater  glory. {3:12} Therefore, having such a hope,  we act with  much  confidence,  {3:13} and not as Moses did, in placing a  veil over his face, so that the sons of Israel would not gaze intently at his face.  This  was ineffective, {3:14} for  their  minds were obtuse. And, even until this present day, the very same veil, in the readings from the Old Testament, remains  not taken away (though, in Christ, it is taken  away).  {3:15} But even until today, when Moses is read, a veil is still  set over their hearts. {3:16} But when they will have been  converted to  the Lord, then the veil shall be taken  away.  {3:17} Now the Spirit is Lord. And wherever the Spirit of the  Lord is, there is liberty. {3:18} Yet truly, all of us, as we gaze  upon the unveiled glory of the face of the Lord, are transfigured into the same image, from one glory to another. And this is done by the Spirit of the Lord. 
[2 Corinthians 4] {4:1} Therefore, since we have this  ministry, and  in as much as we  have obtained mercy  for  ourselves, we are not  inadequate.  {4:2} For we renounce  dishonorable and hidden acts, not walking by craftiness, nor by adulterating the Word of God. Instead, by the  manifestation of truth, we commend ourselves  to the  conscience of each man before God. {4:3} But if our Gospel  is in some way hidden, it is hidden to those who are perishing. {4:4} As for them, the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, would not shine in them.  {4:5} For we are not preaching about  ourselves, but about Jesus Christ our Lord. We are merely your servants through Jesus. {4:6} For God,  who told the light to shine out  of  darkness, has shined a light into our hearts, to illuminate the  knowledge of the splendor of God, in the person of Christ Jesus. {4:7} But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, so  that what is sublime may be of the power of God, and not of us. {4:8} In all things, we endure tribulation, yet we are not in anguish. We are constrained, yet  we are not destitute. {4:9} We suffer persecution, yet we have not been abandoned.  We are thrown down, yet we do not perish. {4:10} We ever carry around the mortification of Jesus in our bodies, so that the life of Jesus may  also be manifested in our bodies.  {4:11} For we who live are ever handed over unto death for  the sake  of  Jesus, so that the life  of Jesus may also be manifested in our mortal flesh. {4:12} Therefore, death is at  work in us, and life is at work in you. {4:13} But we have the  same Spirit of faith. And just as it is written, “I believed, and  for that reason I spoke,” so we  also believe, and for that reason, we also speak. {4:14} For we know that the One who  raised up Jesus will raise us up also with Jesus and will place  us with you. {4:15} Thus, all is for you, so that grace,  abounding through many in thanksgiving, may abound to the  glory of God. {4:16} For this reason, we are not insufficient. But it is as though our outer man is corrupted, while our inner man is renewed from day to day. {4:17} For though our tribulation is, at the  present time, brief and light, it accomplishes in us the weight of a sublime eternal glory,  beyond measure. {4:18} And we are contemplating, not the things that are seen, but the things that are unseen. For the  things that are seen are temporal, whereas the things that are  not seen are eternal. 
[2 Corinthians 5] {5:1} For we know that, when our earthly  house of this habitation is dissolved, we have a building of God,  a house not made with hands,  eternal in heaven.  {5:2} And for this reason also,  we groan,  desiring to be  clothed from above with our habitation from heaven. {5:3} If we are so clothed, then we will not be found to be naked. {5:4} Then too, we who are in this tabernacle groan under the burden, because we do not want to be stripped, but rather to be clothed from above, so that what is mortal may be absorbed by life. {5:5} Now the One who accomplishes this  very thing in us is God, who has given us the pledge of the  Spirit. {5:6} Therefore, we are ever confident, knowing that,  while we are in the body, we are on a pilgrimage in the Lord. {5:7} For  we walk by means of faith, and not by sight. {5:8} So we are confident, and we have the good will to be on a pilgrimage in the body, so as to be present to the Lord.  {5:9} And thus we struggle, whether absent or present, to  please him. {5:10} For it is necessary for us to be manifested before the judgment seat  of Christ, so that each  one may receive the proper things  of the body, according to his behavior, whether it was good  or evil. {5:11} Therefore, having knowledge of the fear of the Lord, we appeal to men, but we are made manifest before God. Yet I hope, too, that  we may be  made manifest in your  consciences. {5:12} We are not commending ourselves again to you, but rather we  are presenting you with an opportunity to glory because of us,  when you deal with those who glory in face, and not in heart. {5:13} For if we are excessive in mind, it is for God; but if we  are sober, it is for you. {5:14} For the charity of Christ urges  us on, in consideration of this: that if one died for all, then all  have died. {5:15} And Christ died for all, so that even those  who live might not now live for themselves, but for him who  died for them and who rose again. {5:16} And so, from now  on, we know no one according to the flesh. And though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him in this  way no longer. {5:17} So if anyone is a new  creature in Christ, what is old has passed away. Behold, all  things have been made new. {5:18} But all is of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and  who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. {5:19} For certainly  God was in  Christ, reconciling the  world to himself, not charging them with their sins. And he has placed in us the Word of reconciliation. {5:20} Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, so that God is exhorting through us.  We beseech you for Christ: be reconciled to God. {5:21} For  God made him who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the justice of God in him. 
[2 Corinthians 6] {6:1} But, as a help to you, we exhort you not to receive the grace of God in vain. {6:2} For he says: “In  a favorable time, I heeded you; and on the day of salvation, I  helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. {6:3} May we never give offense to anyone, so that our ministry may  not be disparaged. {6:4} But in all things, let us exhibit ourselves as ministers of  God with great patience: through tribulation, difficulties, and distress; {6:5} despite wounds, imprisonment, and rebellion; with hard work,  vigilance, and fasting; {6:6} by chastity,  knowledge,  and longsuffering;  in  pleasantness, in the Holy Spirit, and in unfeigned charity; {6:7} with the Word of truth, with the power of God, and with the armor of justice to the right and to the left; {6:8} through honor  and  dishonor,  despite good reports and bad, whether seen as deceivers or  truth-tellers, whether ignored  or acknowledged; {6:9} as if  dying and yet truly alive; as if chastised and yet not subdued;  {6:10} as if sorrowful and yet always rejoicing; as if needy  and yet enriching many; as if having nothing and possessing everything. {6:11} Our mouth is open to you, O Corinthians;  our heart is enlarged. {6:12} You are not narrowed by us, but it is by your own inner selves that you are narrowed. {6:13} But since we have the same recompense, (I am speaking as if to my own sons), you, too, should be enlarged. {6:14} Do not choose to bear the yoke with unbelievers. For how can justice be a participant with iniquity? Or how can the fellowship  of light be a  participant with darkness? {6:15} And how can Christ join together with Belial? Or what part  do the faithful have with the unfaithful? {6:16} And  what consensus does the temple of God have with idols? For you are the temple of the living God, just as God says: “I will dwell with them, and I will walk among them. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  {6:17} Because of this, you must depart from their midst and be separate, says the Lord. And do not touch what is unclean.  {6:18} Then I will accept you. And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
[2 Corinthians 7] {7:1} Therefore, having these promises, most beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear  of God. {7:2} Consider us. We have injured no one; we have corrupted no one; we have defrauded no one. {7:3} I am not saying this to your condemnation. For we have told you  before that you are in our hearts: to die together and to live together. {7:4} Great is my confidence in you. Great is my  glorying over you. I have been filled with consolation. I have a superabundant joy throughout all our tribulation. {7:5} Then, too,  when we had arrived  in  Macedonia,  our flesh had no rest. Instead, we suffered every tribulation:  exterior conflicts, interior fears. {7:6} But God, who consoles the humble, consoled us by the arrival of Titus, {7:7} and not only by his arrival, but also by the consolation with which he was consoled among you. For he brought to us your desire,  your weeping, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced all the more.  {7:8} For though I made you sorrowful by my epistle, I do  not repent. And if I did repent, but only for a time, having  realized that the same epistle made you sorrowful, {7:9} now I am glad: not because you were sorrowful, but because you were sorrowful unto repentance. For you became sorrowful  for God, so that you might not suffer any harm from us.  {7:10} For the sorrow that is according to God accomplishes  a repentance which is steadfast unto salvation. But the sorrow  that is of the world accomplishes death. {7:11} So consider this same idea, being sorrowful according to God, and what great solicitude it accomplishes in you: including protection, and  indignation, and fear, and  desire, and zeal, and  vindication. In all things, you have shown yourselves to be uncorrupted by this sorrow. {7:12} And so, though I wrote to  you, it was not because of him who caused the injury, nor because of him who suffered from it, but so as to manifest our  solicitude,  which we have for you before God.  {7:13} Therefore, we have been consoled. But in our  consolation, we have rejoiced even more abundantly over the  joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by all of you. {7:14} And if I have gloried in anything to him about you, I have not been put to shame. But, just as we have spoken all things to you in truth, so also our glorying before Titus has been the truth. {7:15} And  his feelings are now more  abundant toward you, since he remembers the obedience of you all, and how you received him with fear and trembling. {7:16} I rejoice that in all things I have confidence in you.
[2 Corinthians 8] {8:1} And so we are making known to you, brothers, the grace of God that has been given in the churches  of Macedonia. {8:2} For within a  great experience of  tribulation, they have had  an  abundance of joy, and  their  profound poverty has only increased the richness of their  simplicity. {8:3} And I bear witness to them, that they were  willing to accept what was in accord with their ability, and  even what was beyond their ability. {8:4} For they  were  begging us,  with great exhortation, for the grace and the  communication  of the ministry that is with the saints.  {8:5} And this is beyond what we had hoped, since they gave themselves, first of all to  the Lord, and then also to us,  through the will of God, {8:6} so much so that we petitioned  Titus, that in the same manner as he had begun, he would  also complete in you this same grace. {8:7} But, just as in all things you abound in faith and in  word and in  knowledge  and in all solicitude, and even more so in your charity toward us, so also may you abound in this grace. {8:8} I am speaking, not commanding. But through the solicitude of others, I  approve of the good character of your charity. {8:9} For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was  rich, he became poor for  your sakes, so that through his poverty, you might become rich. {8:10} And about this, I  give my counsel. For this is useful to those of you who, only a year earlier, had just begun to act, or even to be willing to act. {8:11} So, truly now, accomplish this in deed, so that, in the same manner as your willing mind is prompted, you may  also act,  out  of that which you have. {8:12} For when the  will is prompted, it receives according to what that person has, not according to what that person does not have. {8:13} And it is not that others should be relieved, while you are troubled,  but that there should be  an equality. {8:14} In this present time, let your abundance  supply their  need, so that their  abundance may also supply your need, in order that  there  may be an equality, just as it was written: {8:15} “He with more did not have too much; and he with less did not have too little.” {8:16} But thanks be to God, who has granted to  the heart  of Titus, this same solicitude for you. {8:17} For certainly, he accepted the exhortation. But since he was more solicitous, he went to you of his own free will. {8:18} And we  have even sent with him a brother whose praise accompanies  the Gospel throughout all the churches. {8:19} And not only  that, but he was also chosen by the churches to be a  companion for our sojourn in this grace, which is ministered by us with our determined will, to the glory  of the Lord.  {8:20} So let us avoid this, lest anyone disparage us over the  abundance that is ministered by us. {8:21} For we provide for  what is good, not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of men. {8:22} And we have also sent with them our brother, whom we have proven to be frequently solicitous in  many matters. But now there is a greater solicitousness,  which is greatly entrusted to you; {8:23} and whether it concerns Titus, who is a companion to me and a helper to you, or whether it concerns our brothers, the Apostles of the  churches, it is to the glory of Christ. {8:24} Therefore, in the  sight of the churches, show them the proof of your charity  and of our glorying about you. 
[2 Corinthians 9] {9:1} Now, concerning the ministry that is  done toward the saints, it is not necessary for me to write to  you. {9:2} For I know your willing mind. I glory about you,  concerning this, to the Macedonians. For  Achaia has also  been prepared, for the  past year. And your example has  inspired  very many others. {9:3} Now I have sent the  brothers, so that what we glory about concerning you might  be not be empty in this matter, in  order that (as I have explained) you may be  prepared.  {9:4} Otherwise, if the  Macedonians arrive with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you) would be ashamed  in this  matter. {9:5} Therefore, I considered it necessary to ask the brothers to go to you in advance and to  prepare this blessing as  promised, and in this way, you may be ready as a blessing, not as an excess. {9:6} But I say this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. And whoever sows with  blessings shall also reap from blessings: {9:7} each one giving,  just as he has determined in his heart, neither out of sadness,  nor  out of obligation. For God loves a cheerful giver. {9:8} And God is able to make every grace abound in you, so that, always having what you need in all things, you may abound unto every good work, {9:9} just as it was written: “He has  distributed widely, he has given to the poor; his  justice remains from age to age.” {9:10} And he who  ministers seed to the sower will offer you bread to eat, and will multiply your seed, and will increase the growth of the  fruits of your justice. {9:11} So then, having been enriched in  all  things, you  may abound in all  simplicity, which works thanksgiving to God through us. {9:12} For the ministration  of this office not only supplies whatever the saints need, but also abounds through many thanksgivings in the  Lord. {9:13} And so, through the evidence of this ministry,  you  glorify God by the obedience of your confession in the  Gospel of Christ, and by the simplicity of your communion with them and with everyone, {9:14} and they offer prayers  for you, being solicitous about you, because of the excellent grace of God within you. {9:15} Thanks be to God for his ineffable gift. 
[2 Corinthians 10] {10:1} But  I  myself, Paul, am begging  you, through the meekness and  modesty of Christ. I am certainly, by appearances, lowly among you, yet I have confidence in you, even while I am absent. {10:2} So I am  petitioning you, lest I be bold, when present, with that bold confidence that I am considered to have by certain ones who  judge us as if we were  walking according to the flesh.  {10:3} For though  we walk in the flesh, we  do not  battle according to the flesh. {10:4} For the weapons of our battles are not carnal, yet still they are powerful with God, unto the  destruction of  fortifications:  tearing down  every counsel  {10:5} and height that extols itself contrary to the wisdom of God, and leading every intellect into the captivity  of  obedience to Christ, {10:6} and standing ready to repudiate every disobedience,  when your  own  obedience has been fulfilled. {10:7} Consider the things that are in accord with  appearances. If anyone trusts that by these things he belongs to Christ, let him reconsider this within himself. For just as  he belongs to Christ, so also do we. {10:8} And if I were even  to glory somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord has given to us for your edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed. {10:9} But let it not be  said that I am scaring you by means of epistles. {10:10} For they say: “His epistles, indeed, are weighty and strong. But his bodily presence is weak, and his speech is contemptible.”  {10:11} Let someone like this realize that whatever we are in word through epistles, while absent: we are much the same in deed, while present.  {10:12} For we would  not dare  to  interpose or compare  ourselves with certain ones who  commend themselves. But we measure ourselves by ourselves,  and we compare ourselves with ourselves. {10:13} Thus, we  will not glory beyond our measure, but rather according to  the measure of the limit which God has measured out to us, a  measure which extends even to you. {10:14} For we are not  overextending ourselves, as if we are not able to reach as far as you are able. For we have gone even as far as you have in the Gospel of Christ. {10:15} We are not glorying  immeasurably over the labors of others. Instead, we hold on to the hope of your growing faith, so as to be magnified in  you, according to  our  own limits,  but in  abundance,  {10:16} and even so as to evangelize in those places that are beyond you, not in order to glory in the measure of others,  but rather in those things which have already been prepared.  {10:17} But whoever glories, let him glory in the Lord. {10:18} For  it is not he  who commends himself who  is  approved, but rather he whom God commends. 
[2 Corinthians 11] {11:1} I wish that you would endure a  small amount of  my foolishness, so as to bear with me.  {11:2} For I am jealous toward you, with the jealousy of God.  And I have espoused you to one husband, offering you as a  chaste virgin  to Christ. {11:3} But I am afraid lest, as the  serpent led astray Eve by his cleverness, so your minds might be corrupted and might fall away from the simplicity which is  in Christ. {11:4} For if anyone arrives preaching another Christ, one whom we have not preached; or if you receive another Spirit, one whom you have not received; or another  Gospel, one  which you have not been given: you might  permit him to guide you. {11:5} For I consider that I have  done nothing less than the great Apostles. {11:6} For  although I may be unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in knowledge. But, in all things, we have been made manifest to  you. {11:7} Or did I commit a sin by humbling myself so that  you would be exalted? For I preached the Gospel of God to you freely. {11:8} I have taken from other churches, receiving a stipend from them to the benefit  of your ministry.  {11:9} And  when I  was with  you and in need, I  was burdensome to  no  one. For the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied whatever was lacking to me. And in all things, I have kept myself, and I will keep myself, from being  burdensome to you. {11:10} The truth of Christ is in me, and  so this glorying shall not be broken away from  me in the  regions of Achaia. {11:11} Why so? Is it because I do not love you? God knows I do. {11:12} But what I am doing, I will continue to do, so that I may take away an opportunity from those who  desire an  opportunity by which they may glory, so as to be considered to be like us. {11:13} For false  apostles, such as these deceitful workers, are presenting  themselves as if they were Apostles of Christ. {11:14} And no wonder, for  even Satan presents himself as if he were an  Angel of light. {11:15} Therefore, it is no great thing if his  ministers present themselves as  if they were  ministers of justice, for their end shall be according to their works. {11:16} I say again. And let no one consider me to be foolish. Or, at least, accept me as if I were foolish, so that I also may glory a small amount. {11:17} What I am saying is not said  according to God, but as if in foolishness, in this matter of  glorying. {11:18} Since so many glory according to the flesh,  I will glory also. {11:19} For you freely accept the foolish,  though you yourselves claim to be wise. {11:20} For you  permit it when someone guides you into servitude, even if he  devours you, even if he takes from you, even if he is extolled, even if he strikes you repeatedly on the face. {11:21} I speak  according to disgrace, as if we had been weak in this regard. In this matter, (I speak in foolishness) if anyone dares, I dare also. {11:22} They are Hebrews; so am I. They are Israelites; so am I. They  are  the offspring of Abraham;  so am  I.  {11:23} They are the ministers of Christ (I speak as if I were less wise); more so am I: with  many  more labors, with numerous imprisonments, with wounds beyond measure,  with frequent mortifications. {11:24} On five  occasions, I received forty stripes, less one, from the Jews. {11:25} Three times, I was beaten with rods. One time, I was stoned. Three  times, I was shipwrecked. For a night and a day, I was in the  depths  of the sea. {11:26} I  have made frequent journeys,  through  dangerous waters, in danger of robbers, in  danger from my own nation, in danger from the Gentiles, in danger  in the city, in danger in the wilderness, in danger in the sea,  in  danger from false brothers, {11:27} with hardships and  difficulties, with much vigilance, in hunger and thirst, with frequent fasts, in  cold and nakedness, {11:28} and,  in  addition to these things, which are external: there is my daily  earnestness and solicitude for all the churches. {11:29} Who  is weak, and I am not weak? Who is scandalized, and I am not being burned? {11:30} If it is necessary to glory, I will glory of the things that concern my weaknesses. {11:31} The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed  forever, knows that I am not lying. {11:32} At Damascus, the governor of the nation under Aretas the king, watched over  the city of the Damascenes, so as to apprehend me.  {11:33} And, through a window, I was let down along the  wall in a basket; and so I escaped his hands. 
[2 Corinthians 12] {12:1} If it is necessary (though certainly not expedient) to glory, then I will next tell of visions and  revelations from the Lord. {12:2} I know a man in Christ,  who, more than fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I do not know, or out of the body, I do not know: God knows), was enraptured to the third heaven.  {12:3} And I know a  certain man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I do not know: God knows), {12:4} who was enraptured into Paradise.  And he heard words of mystery, which it is not permitted for man to speak. {12:5} On behalf of someone like this, I will glory. But on behalf of myself, I will not glory about anything,  except my infirmities. {12:6} For even though I am willing to  glory, I will not be foolish. But I will speak the truth. Yet I  will do so sparingly, lest  anyone may  consider me  to be  anything more than what he sees in me, or anything more than what he hears from me. {12:7} And lest the greatness of the revelations should extol me, there  was  given to me  a  prodding in  my flesh: an angel  of Satan, who struck me repeatedly. {12:8} Because  of this, three times I petitioned  the Lord that it might be taken away from me. {12:9} And he said to me:  “My grace is sufficient for  you. For  virtue is perfected in weakness.” And so, willingly shall I glory in my weaknesses, so that the virtue of Christ may live within me.  {12:10} Because of this, I am pleased in my infirmity: in reproaches, in difficulties, in persecutions, in distresses, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am powerful.  {12:11} I have become foolish; you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you. For I have been nothing less than those who claim to be above the measure of Apostles, even though I am nothing. {12:12} And the seal of my Apostleship has been set over you, with all patience, with  signs and wonders and miracles. {12:13} For what is there  that you have had which is less than  the other churches, except that I myself  did not burden you? Forgive me this injury. {12:14} Behold, this is the third time I have prepared  to come to you, and yet I will not be a burden to you. For I  am seeking not the things that are yours, but you yourselves.  And neither should the children store up for the parents, but the parents for the children. {12:15} And so, very willingly, I  will spend and exhaust myself for the sake  of your souls,  loving you more, while being loved less. {12:16} And so be it. I have not burdened you, but instead, being astute, I obtained  you by guile. {12:17} And yet, did I defraud you by means of  any of those whom I sent to you? {12:18} I asked for Titus, and I sent a brother with him. Did Titus defraud you? Did we not walk with the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps? {12:19} Have you ever thought that we should explain ourselves to you? We speak in the sight of God, in Christ. But all things, most beloved, are for your edification. {12:20} Yet  I fear, lest perhaps, when I have arrived, I might not find you such as I would want, and I might be found by you, such as  you would not want. For perhaps there may be among you:  contention, envy, animosity, dissension, detraction, whispering, self-exaltation, and rebellion. {12:21} If so, then,  when I have arrived, God may again humble me among you.  And so, I mourn for the many who sinned beforehand, and  did not repent, over the lust and fornication and homosexuality, which they have committed. 
[2 Corinthians 13] {13:1} Behold, this is the third time that I  am coming to you. By the mouth of two or three witnesses,  every word shall stand. {13:2} I have preached when present, and I will  preach now while absent, to those  who sinned  before, and to all the others, because, when I arrive again, I will not be lenient with you. {13:3} Do you seek evidence  that it is Christ who speaks in me, who is not weak with you,  but is powerful with you? {13:4} For although he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by the power of God. And  yes, we are weak in him. But we shall live with him by the  power  of God among you. {13:5} Test yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you yourselves not know whether Christ Jesus is in you? But  perhaps you are reprobates. {13:6} But I hope you know that we ourselves are not reprobates. {13:7} Now we pray to God  that you shall do nothing evil, not so that we may seem to be  approved, but so that you may do what is good, even if we seem like reprobates. {13:8} For we cannot  do anything  against the truth, but only for the truth. {13:9} For we rejoice that we are weak, while you are strong. This is also what we pray for: your perfection.  {13:10} Therefore, I write  these things while absent, so that, when present, I may not have to  act more harshly, according to the authority which the Lord  has given to me, for edification and  not for  destruction. {13:11} As to the rest,  brothers, rejoice, be  perfect, be  encouraged, have the same mind, have peace.  And  so the  God of peace and love will be with you. {13:12} Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. {13:13} The  grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the charity of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. 
** The Letter to the Galatians **
[Galatians 1] {1:1} Paul, an Apostle, not from men and not  through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father,  who raised him from the dead, {1:2} and all the brothers who  are with me: to the churches of Galatia. {1:3} Grace and  peace to you from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus  Christ, {1:4} who gave himself on behalf of our sins, so that  he might deliver us from this present wicked age, according  to the will of God our Father. {1:5} To him is glory forever  and ever.  Amen. {1:6} I wonder that you have been so quickly transferred, from him who called you into the grace of Christ, over to another gospel. {1:7} For there is no other,  except that there are some persons who disturb you and who  want to overturn the Gospel of Christ. {1:8} But if anyone,  even we ourselves or an Angel from Heaven, were to preach  to you a gospel other than the one that we have preached to  you, let him be anathema. {1:9} Just as we have said before,  so now I say again: If anyone has preached a gospel to you, other than that which you have received, let him be anathema. {1:10} For am I now persuading men, or God? Or, am I seeking to please men? If I still were pleasing men, then  I would not be a servant of Christ. {1:11} For I would have you understand, brothers, that the Gospel which has been preached by me is not according to man. {1:12} And I did  not receive it from man, nor did I learn it, except through the  revelation of Jesus Christ. {1:13} For you have heard of my former behavior within Judaism: that,  beyond measure, I  persecuted the Church  of God and fought against Her.  {1:14} And  I advanced in Judaism beyond  many of  my  equals among my own kind, having  proven to be more  abundant in zeal toward the traditions  of my  fathers. {1:15} But, when  it pleased  him who, from my mother’s  womb, had set me apart, and who has called me by his grace,  {1:16} to reveal his Son within me, so that I might evangelize  him among the Gentiles, I did not next seek the consent of flesh and blood. {1:17} Neither did I  go to Jerusalem, to those who  were Apostles before me. Instead, I went into Arabia, and next I returned to Damascus. {1:18} And then,  after three years, I went to Jerusalem to see  Peter;  and I  stayed with him for fifteen days. {1:19} But I saw none of the  other Apostles, except James, the brother of the Lord. {1:20} Now what I am writing to you: behold, before God, I am not lying. {1:21} Next, I went into the regions of Syria  and Cilicia. {1:22} But I was  unknown by face  to the churches of Judea, which were in Christ. {1:23} For they had only heard that:  “He, who formerly  persecuted us, now  evangelizes the faith which he once fought.” {1:24} And they  glorified God in me. 
[Galatians 2] {2:1} Next,  after fourteen years, I  went up  again to Jerusalem, taking with me Barnabas and  Titus.  {2:2} And I went up according to revelation, and I debated with them about the Gospel that I am preaching among the Gentiles, but away from those  who were  pretending to  be  something, lest perhaps I might run, or have run, in vain.  {2:3} But even Titus,  who was with me, though he was  a Gentile, was not compelled to be circumcised, {2:4} but only  because of false brothers, who were brought in unknowingly. They entered secretly to spy on our liberty, which we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might reduce us to servitude. {2:5} We did not yield to them in subjection, even for an hour, in order that the truth of the Gospel would remain with you, {2:6} and away from those who were pretending to be something. (Whatever they might have been once, it means  nothing to me. God does not accept the reputation of a man.)  And those who were claiming to be something had nothing to offer me. {2:7} But it was to the contrary, since they had  seen that the Gospel to the uncircumcised was entrusted to me, just as the Gospel to the circumcised was entrusted to  Peter. {2:8} For he who was working the Apostleship to the  circumcised in Peter, was also working in me among the  Gentiles. {2:9} And so, when they had acknowledged the  grace that  was given to me, James and Cephas and  John, who seemed like pillars, gave to me and to Barnabas the right  hand of fellowship, so that we would go to the Gentiles, while they went to the circumcised, {2:10} asking only that we should be mindful of the poor, which was the very thing that I also was solicitous to do. {2:11} But when Cephas had  arrived at Antioch, I stood against him to his face, because he  was blameworthy. {2:12} For before certain ones arrived  from James,  he ate with the Gentiles.  But when they had arrived, he drew apart and separated himself, fearing those  who  were of the circumcision.  {2:13} And the other Jews  consented to his pretense, so that even Barnabas was led by  them into that falseness.  {2:14} But when I had seen that  they were not walking correctly, by the truth of the Gospel, I  said to Cephas in front of everyone: “If you, while you are a Jew, are living like the Gentiles and not the Jews, how is it that you  compel the Gentiles to keep the customs  of the Jews?” {2:15} By nature, we are Jews, and not of the  Gentiles, sinners. {2:16} And  we know that man is not justified by the works of the law, but only by the faith of Jesus  Christ. And so we believe in Christ Jesus, in order that we  may be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law. For no flesh will be justified by the works of the  law. {2:17} But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves are also found to be sinners, would then Christ be  the minister of sin? Let it not be so! {2:18} For if I rebuild the things that I have destroyed, I establish myself as a  prevaricator. {2:19} For through the law, I have become dead  to the law, so that I may live for God. I have been nailed to  the cross with Christ. {2:20} I live; yet now, it is not I, but  truly Christ, who lives in me. And though I live now in the flesh, I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and  who delivered himself for me. {2:21} I do not reject the grace of God. For if justice is through the law, then Christ died in  vain. 
[Galatians 3] {3:1} O senseless Galatians, who has so  fascinated you that you  would not obey the truth, even  though Jesus Christ has been presented before your eyes,  crucified among you? {3:2} I wish to know only this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? {3:3} Are you so foolish that, though you began with the Spirit, you would now end with the flesh?  {3:4} Have you been suffering so much without a reason? If  so, then it is in vain. {3:5} Therefore, does he who distributes  the Spirit to you, and who works miracles among you, act by the works of the law, or by the hearing of the faith? {3:6} It is just as it was written: “Abraham believed God, and it was  reputed to him unto justice.” {3:7} Therefore, know that those who are of faith, these are the sons  of Abraham.  {3:8} Thus Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the  Gentiles by faith, foretold to Abraham: “All nations shall be blessed in you.” {3:9} And so, those who are of faith shall be blessed with faithful Abraham. {3:10} For as many as are of  the works of the law are under a curse. For it has been written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the things that have been written in the book of the Law, so as to do them.” {3:11} And, since in the law no one is justified with  God, this is  manifest: “For the just man lives by faith.”  {3:12} But the law is not of faith; instead, “he who does these  things shall live by them.” {3:13} Christ has redeemed us  from the curse of the law, since he became a curse for us. For  it is written:  “Cursed  is anyone who hangs from a tree.”  {3:14} This was so that the blessing of Abraham might reach  the Gentiles through  Christ Jesus, in  order that we  might  receive the promise  of the Spirit through faith.  {3:15} Brothers (I speak  according to man),  if a man’s testament has been confirmed, no one would reject it or add to it. {3:16} The promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. He did not say, “and to descendents,” as if to many, but instead, as if to one, he said, “and to your offspring,” who is Christ. {3:17} But I say this: the testament confirmed by God, which, after four hundred and thirty years became the  Law,  does not nullify, so as to make  the promise  empty.  {3:18} For if the inheritance is of the law, then it is no longer  of the promise. But God bestowed it to Abraham through the  promise. {3:19} Why, then, was there a law? It was established because of transgressions, until the offspring  would arrive, to whom he made the promise, ordained by Angels through the hand of a mediator. {3:20} Now a  mediator is not of one, yet God is one. {3:21} So then, was  the law contrary to the promises of God? Let it not be so! For  if a law had been given, which was able to give life, truly justice would be of the law. {3:22} But Scripture has enclosed  everything under sin, so that the promise, by the faith of Jesus Christ, might be given to those who  believe. {3:23} But  before the faith arrived, we were preserved by being enclosed under the law, unto that faith which was to be revealed. {3:24} And so the law was our guardian in Christ, in order  that we might be justified by faith. {3:25} But now that faith  has arrived, we are no longer under a guardian. {3:26} For you are all sons of God, through the faith which is in Christ  Jesus. {3:27} For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ have become clothed  with Christ. {3:28} There is  neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither servant nor free; there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. {3:29} And if you are Christ’s, then are you the offspring of Abraham, heirs according to the promise. 
[Galatians 4] {4:1} But I say that, during the time an heir is a  child, he is no different from a servant, even though he is the  owner of everything. {4:2} For he is under tutors and  caretakers, until the time which  was  predetermined by the father. {4:3} So also  we, when we  were children,  were  subservient to the influences of the world. {4:4} But when the  fullness of time arrived,  God sent his Son, formed from a woman, formed under the law, {4:5} so that he might redeem  those who were under the law, in order that we might receive  the adoption of sons. {4:6} Therefore, because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying out: “Abba, Father.” {4:7} And so now he is not a servant, but a  son. But if he is a son, then he is also an heir, through God. {4:8} But then, certainly, while ignorant of God, you served those who, by nature, are not gods. {4:9} But now, since you have known God, or rather, since you have been known by God: how can you turn away again, to weak and destitute  influences, which you desire to serve anew? {4:10} You serve  the days,  and months, and times, and  years. {4:11} I am afraid for you, lest perhaps I may have labored in vain among you. {4:12} Brothers, I beg you. Be as I am. For I, too, am like you. You have not injured me at all. {4:13} But you know that, in the weakness of the flesh, I have preached the  Gospel to you for a long time, and that your trials are in my  flesh. {4:14} You did not despise or reject me. But instead,  you accepted me like an Angel of God, even like Christ Jesus.  {4:15} Therefore, where is your happiness? For I offer to you testimony that, if it could be done, you would have plucked  out your  own eyes and  would have given them to me. {4:16} So then, have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? {4:17} They are not imitating you well. And they are willing to exclude you, so that you  might imitate them. {4:18} But be imitators of what is  good, always in  a  good  way, and not only when I am present with you. {4:19} My  little sons, I am giving birth to you  again, until Christ is  formed in you. {4:20} And I would willingly be present with you, even now. But I would alter my voice: for I am ashamed  of you. {4:21} Tell me, you who desire to be under the law,  have you not read the law? {4:22} For it  is  written that Abraham had two sons: one by a servant woman, and one by  a free woman. {4:23} And  he who was of the servant was  born according to the flesh. But he who was  of the free woman was  born by the promise. {4:24} These things are said through an allegory. For these represent the two testaments. Certainly the  one, on Mount Sinai,  gives birth  unto servitude, which is Hagar. {4:25} For Sinai is  a mountain in Arabia, which is related to the Jerusalem of the  present time, and it serves with her sons. {4:26} But that  Jerusalem which is above is free; the same is  our mother.  {4:27} For it  was written: “Rejoice, O  barren one, though you do not conceive. Burst forth and cry out, though you do  not give birth. For many are the children of the desolate, even  more than  of her  who has a husband.” {4:28} Now  we,  brothers, like Isaac, are sons of the promise. {4:29} But just  as then, he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. {4:30} And what does Scripture say? “Cast out the woman servant and her son. For the son of a servant women shall not  be an heir  with the son  of a free woman.” {4:31} And so,  brothers, we  are not the sons  of the servant  woman, but rather of the free woman. And this is the freedom with which Christ has set us free. 
[Galatians 5] {5:1} Stand firm, and do not be willing to be  again held by the yoke of servitude. {5:2} Behold, I, Paul, say  to you, that if you have been circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. {5:3} For  I again testify, about every man circumcising himself, that he is obligated to act according to  the entire law. {5:4} You are being emptied of Christ, you  who are being justified by the law. You have fallen from  grace. {5:5} For in spirit, by faith, we await the hope of  justice. {5:6} For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision prevails over anything, but only faith which works through charity. {5:7} You have run well. So what has impeded you, that you would not obey the truth? {5:8} This kind of influence is not from him who is calling you. {5:9} A little leaven corrupts the whole mass. {5:10} I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will accept nothing  of the kind.  However, he who disturbs  you shall bear the  judgment, whomever he may be.  {5:11} And as for me, brothers, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still suffering persecution? For  then  the  scandal  of the Cross would be made empty. {5:12} And I wish that those who disturb you  would be torn away. {5:13} For you,  brothers, have been  called to liberty. Only you must not  make liberty  into an occasion for the flesh, but instead, serve one another through the charity of the Spirit. {5:14} For the entire law is fulfilled  by one  word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  {5:15} But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that  you are not consumed by one another! {5:16} So then, I say:  Walk in the spirit, and you will not fulfill the desires of the  flesh. {5:17} For the flesh desires against the spirit, and the  spirit against the flesh. And since these are against one  another, you may not do whatever you want. {5:18} But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  {5:19} Now the works of the flesh are  manifest; they are: fornication, lust, homosexuality, self-indulgence,  {5:20} the  serving of idols, drug use, hostility, contentiousness, jealousy,  wrath, quarrels, dissensions, divisions, {5:21} envy, murder,  inebriation, carousing, and similar things. About these things,  I continue to preach to you, as I have preached to you: that those who act in this way shall not obtain the kingdom of  God. {5:22} But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, forbearance, {5:23} meekness,  faith, modesty, abstinence, chastity. There is no law against such things. {5:24} For those who are Christ’s have crucified  their flesh, along with its vices and desires. {5:25} If we live  by the Spirit, we should also walk by the Spirit. {5:26} Let us  not become desirous of empty glory, provoking one another, envying one another. 
[Galatians 6] {6:1} And, brothers, if a man has been  overtaken by any offense, you who are spiritual should instruct someone like this with  a spirit  of leniency,  considering that you  yourselves might also be tempted. {6:2} Carry one another’s burdens, and so shall you fulfill the  law  of Christ. {6:3} For if anyone considers himself  to be  something, though he may be nothing, he deceives himself. {6:4} So let each one prove his own work. And in this way, he shall have glory  in himself only, and not in another.  {6:5} For each one shall carry his own burden. {6:6} And let  him who is being taught the Word discuss it with him who is  teaching it to him, in every good way. {6:7} Do not choose to wander astray. God is not to be ridiculed. {6:8} For whatever  a man will have sown, that also shall he reap. For whoever  sows in his flesh, from the flesh he shall also reap corruption.  But whoever sows in the Spirit, from the Spirit he shall reap  eternal life. {6:9} And so,  let us not be deficient in  doing  good. For in due time, we shall reap without fail. {6:10} Therefore, while we have time, we should do good works toward everyone, and most of all toward those who  are of the household of the faith. {6:11} Consider what kind  of letters I have written to you with my own hand. {6:12} For as many  of you as they desire to please in the flesh, they  compel to be circumcised, but only so that they might not  suffer the persecution of the cross of Christ. {6:13} And yet,  neither do they themselves, who are circumcised, keep the  law. Instead, they want you to be circumcised, so that they may glory in your flesh. {6:14} But far be it from me to glory,  except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. {6:15} For in  Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision prevails in any way, but  instead there is a new creature.  {6:16} And whoever follows this rule: may peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel  of God. {6:17} Concerning other matters, let no one trouble me. For I carry the stigmata of the Lord Jesus in my body. {6:18} May  the grace of  our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit,  brothers. Amen. 
** The Letter to the Ephesians **
[Ephesians 1] {1:1} Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, to all the saints who are at Ephesus and to  the faithful in Christ Jesus. {1:2} Grace and peace  to you  from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus  Christ.  {1:3} Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing  in the  heavens, in Christ, {1:4} just as he chose us in him before the  foundation of the world,  so that we would be holy and  immaculate in his sight, in charity. {1:5} He has predestined us to adoption as sons, through Jesus  Christ, in himself, according to the purpose of his will, {1:6} for the praise of the  glory of his grace, with which he has gifted us in his beloved Son. {1:7} In him, we have redemption through his blood: the remission of sins in accord with the riches of his grace,  {1:8} which is superabundant in us,  with all wisdom and  prudence. {1:9} So does he make known to us the mystery of  his will, which he has set forth in Christ, in a manner wellpleasing to him, {1:10} in the dispensation of the fullness of time, so as to renew in Christ everything that exists through him in heaven and on earth. {1:11} In him, we too are called  to our portion, having been predestined in accord with the  plan of the One who accomplishes all things by the counsel of his will. {1:12} So may we be, to the praise of his glory, we who have hoped beforehand in Christ. {1:13} In him, you  also, after you heard and believed the Word of truth, which is the Gospel of your salvation, were sealed with the Holy Spirit  of the Promise. {1:14} He is the pledge of our inheritance,  unto the acquisition of redemption, to the praise of his glory. {1:15} Because of this, and hearing of your faith that is in the  Lord Jesus, and of your love toward all the saints, {1:16} I have not ceased giving thanks for you, calling you to mind in  my prayers, {1:17} so that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,  the Father of glory,  may give a spirit of wisdom and  of revelation to you, in knowledge of him. {1:18} May the eyes of your heart be illuminated, so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and the wealth of the glory of his  inheritance with the saints, {1:19} and the preeminent magnitude of his virtue toward us, toward we who believe in  accord with the work of his powerful virtue, {1:20} which he wrought in Christ, raising him from the dead and establishing him at his right hand in  the heavens,  {1:21} above  every principality and power and virtue and dominion, and above every name that is given, not only in this age, but even in the  future age. {1:22} And he has subjected all things under his feet, and he has made him the head over the entire Church,  {1:23} which is his body and  which is the fullness of him who accomplishes everything in everyone. 
[Ephesians 2] {2:1} And you were once dead in your sins  and  offenses, {2:2} in which you walked in times past,  according to the age of this world, according to the prince of  the power of this sky, the spirit who now works in the sons of distrust. {2:3} And we too were all conversant in these things, in times past, by the desires of our flesh, acting according to  the will of the flesh and according to our own thoughts. And  so we were, by nature, sons of wrath, even like the others.  {2:4} Yet still, God, who is rich in mercy, for the sake of his exceedingly great charity with which he loved us, {2:5} even when we were dead in our sins, has enlivened us together in  Christ, by whose grace you have been saved. {2:6} And he  has raised us up together, and he has caused us to sit down together in the heavens, in Christ Jesus, {2:7} so that he may display, in the ages soon to arrive, the abundant wealth of his grace, by his goodness toward us in Christ Jesus. {2:8} For by grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not  of yourselves, for it is a gift of God. {2:9} And this is not of works, so that no  one  may glory. {2:10} For we are his  handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works which God has prepared and in which we should walk. {2:11} Because of this, be mindful that, in times past, you were Gentiles in the flesh, and that you were  called uncircumcised by those who are called circumcised in the  flesh, something done by man, {2:12} and that you were, in that time, without Christ, being foreign to the way of life of  Israel, being visitors to the testament, having no hope of the  promise, and being without God  in this world. {2:13} But  now, in Christ Jesus, you, who were in times past far away, have been brought near by the blood of Christ. {2:14} For he is our peace. He made the two into one, by dissolving the  intermediate wall of separation, of opposition, by his flesh,  {2:15} emptying the law of commandments by decree, so that  he might join these two, in himself, into one new man,  making peace {2:16} and reconciling both to God, in one  body, through the cross, destroying this opposition in himself. {2:17} And upon arriving, he evangelized peace to you who  were far away, and peace to those who were near. {2:18} For by him, we both have access, in the one Spirit, to the Father.  {2:19} Now, therefore, you are no longer visitors and new arrivals. Instead, you are  citizens among the saints in the  household  of God, {2:20} having been built upon the  foundation of the Apostles and of the Prophets, with Jesus Christ himself as the preeminent cornerstone. {2:21} In him, all that has been built is framed together, rising up into a holy temple in the Lord. {2:22} In him, you also have been built  together into a habitation of God in the Spirit. 
[Ephesians 3] {3:1} By reason of this grace, I, Paul, am a prisoner  of Jesus Christ, for the sake of you Gentiles. {3:2} Now certainly, you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which has been given to me among you: {3:3} that, by means of revelation, the mystery was made known to me, just as I have written above in a few words. {3:4} Yet, by reading this closely, you might be able to understand my prudence in the mystery of Christ. {3:5} In  other generations, this was unknown to the sons of men, even as it has now been revealed to his holy Apostles and Prophets  in the Spirit, {3:6} so that the Gentiles would be co-heirs, and  of the same body, and partners together, by his promise in Christ Jesus, through the Gospel. {3:7} Of this Gospel, I  have been made a minister, according to the gift of the grace  of God, which has been given to me by means of the operation of his virtue. {3:8} Although I am the least of all the saints, I have been given this grace: to evangelize among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, {3:9} and to enlighten everyone concerning the  dispensation of the  mystery, hidden before the ages  in God  who created  all  things, {3:10} so that the manifold wisdom  of God  may  become well-known to the principalities and powers in the heavens, through the Church,  {3:11} according to that timeless purpose, which he has formed in Christ Jesus our Lord. {3:12} In him we trust, and so  we approach with confidence, through his faith. {3:13} Because  of this, I  ask  you not to be weakened by my tribulations on your behalf; for this is your glory. {3:14} By reason of this grace, I bend  my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, {3:15} from whom all paternity in heaven and on earth takes its name. {3:16} And I ask him to grant to you to be strengthened in  virtue by his Spirit, in accord with the wealth of his glory, in the inner man, {3:17} so that Christ may live in your hearts through a faith rooted in, and founded on, charity. {3:18} So  may you be able to embrace, with all the saints, what is the  width and length and height and depth {3:19} of the charity  of Christ, and even be able to know that which surpasses all  knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. {3:20} Now to him who is able to do all things, more abundantly than we could ever ask or understand, by means  of the virtue which is at work in us: {3:21} to him be glory, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, throughout every generation,  forever and ever. Amen. 
[Ephesians 4] {4:1} And so, as a prisoner in the Lord, I beg  you to walk in a manner worthy of the vocation to which you  have been called: {4:2} with all humility and meekness, with  patience, supporting one another in charity. {4:3} Be anxious to preserve the unity of the Spirit within the bonds of peace.  {4:4} One body and one Spirit: to this you have been called  by the one hope of your calling: {4:5} one Lord, one faith,  one baptism, {4:6} one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all. {4:7} Yet to each one of us  there has been given grace according to the measure allotted by Christ. {4:8} Because of this, he says: “Ascending on high,  he took captivity  itself captive; he gave gifts to men.”  {4:9} Now that he has ascended, what is left except for him  also to descended, first to the lower parts of the earth?  {4:10} He who descended is the same one who also ascended above all the heavens, so  that he might fulfill everything.  {4:11} And the same one granted that some would be  Apostles, and some Prophets, yet truly others evangelists, and others pastors and teachers, {4:12} for the sake of the perfection of the saints, by the work of the ministry, in the edification of the body of Christ, {4:13} until we all meet in  the unity of faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as  a perfect man, in the measure of the age of the fullness of Christ. {4:14} So may we then no longer be little children,  disturbed and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the wickedness of men, and by the craftiness which deceives unto  error. {4:15} Instead, acting according to truth in charity, we should increase in everything, in him who is the head, Christ  himself. {4:16} For in him, the whole body is joined closely together, by  every underlying joint, through the function allotted to each part, bringing improvement to the body,  toward its edification in charity. {4:17} And so, I say this,  and I testify in the Lord: that from now on you should walk,  not as the Gentiles also walk, in the vanity of their mind, {4:18} having their intellect obscured, being alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance that is within them,  because of the blindness of their hearts. {4:19} Such as these,  despairing, have given themselves over to sexual immorality,  carrying out every impurity with rapacity. {4:20} But this is  not what you have learned in Christ. {4:21} For certainly,  you have listened to him, and you have been instructed in  him, according to the truth that is in Jesus: {4:22} to set aside your earlier behavior, the former man, who was corrupted, by  means of desire, unto error, {4:23} and so be renewed in the  spirit of your mind, {4:24} and so put on the new man, who,  in accord with God, is created in justice and in the holiness of  truth. {4:25} Because  of this, setting  aside lying, speak the  truth, each one with his neighbor. For we are all part of one another. {4:26} “Be angry, but do not be willing to sin.” Do not let the sun set over your anger. {4:27} Provide no place  for the devil. {4:28} Whoever was stealing, let him now not  steal, but rather let him labor, working with his hands, doing  what is good, so that he may have something to distribute to  those who suffer need. {4:29} Let no evil words proceed from  your mouth, but only what is good, toward the edification of faith, so as to bestow grace upon those  who listen.  {4:30} And do not be willing to grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you have been sealed, unto the day of redemption. {4:31} Let all bitterness and anger and indignation and  outcry and blasphemy be taken away from you, along with  all malice. {4:32} And be kind and merciful to one another,  forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you in Christ. 
[Ephesians 5] {5:1} Therefore, as most beloved sons, be  imitators of God. {5:2} And walk in love, just as Christ also  loved us and delivered himself for us, as an oblation and a sacrifice to God, with a fragrance of sweetness. {5:3} But let  not any kind of fornication, or impurity, or rapacity so much  as  be named  among you, just as is worthy of the saints,  {5:4} nor any indecent, or foolish, or abusive talk, for this is  without purpose; but instead, give thanks. {5:5} For know  and understand this: no one who is a fornicator, or lustful, or rapacious (for these are a kind of service to idols) holds an  inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. {5:6} Let no one seduce you with empty words. For because of these  things, the wrath of God was sent upon the sons of unbelief. {5:7} Therefore, do not choose to become participants with  them. {5:8} For you were darkness, in times past, but now  you are light, in the Lord. So then, walk as sons of the light.  {5:9} For the fruit of the light is in all goodness and justice  and truth, {5:10} affirming what is well-pleasing to  God. {5:11} And so, have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead, refute them. {5:12} For the things  that are done by them in secret are shameful, even to mention.  {5:13} But all things that are disputed are made manifest by  the light. For all that is made manifest is light.  {5:14} Because of this, it is said:  “You who are sleeping: awaken, and rise up from the dead, and so shall the Christ enlighten you.” {5:15} And so, brothers, see to it that you walk cautiously, not like the foolish, {5:16} but like the wise:  atoning for this age, because this is an evil time. {5:17} For this reason,  do not choose to be imprudent. Instead, understand what is the will of God.  {5:18} And do not choose to be inebriated by wine, for this is self-indulgence. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, {5:19} speaking among  yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual canticles,  singing and  reciting psalms to the Lord  in your  hearts,  {5:20} giving thanks always for everything, in the name of  our Lord Jesus Christ, to God the Father. {5:21} Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. {5:22} Wives should be submissive to their husbands, as to the Lord. {5:23} For the  husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the Church. He is the Savior of his body. {5:24} Therefore, just as the Church is subject to Christ, so also should wives be  subject to their husbands in all things. {5:25} Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and handed himself over  for her, {5:26} so that he  might sanctify her,  washing her clean by water and the Word of life, {5:27} so that he might offer her to himself as a glorious Church, not having any spot or wrinkle or any such thing, so that she  would be holy and immaculate. {5:28} So, too, husbands  should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. {5:29} For no man has ever hated his own flesh, but instead he nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ also  does to the Church. {5:30} For we are a part of his body, of his flesh and  of his bones. {5:31} “For  this reason, a man shall leave behind his father and mother, and he shall cling to his wife; and the two shall be as one flesh.” {5:32} This is a  great Sacrament. And I am speaking in Christ  and in the  Church. {5:33} Yet truly, each and every one of you should  love his wife as himself. And a wife should fear her husband. 
[Ephesians 6] {6:1} Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is just. {6:2} Honor your father and your  mother.  This is the first commandment with a promise: {6:3} so that it may be well with you, and so that you may have a long life  upon the earth. {6:4} And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but educate them with the discipline and correction of the Lord. {6:5} Servants, be obedient to your  lords according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the simplicity of your heart, as to Christ. {6:6} Do not serve only when seen, as if to please men, but act as servants of Christ,  doing the will of God from the heart. {6:7} Serve with good  will, as to the Lord, and not to men. {6:8} For you know that  whatever  good each one  will  do, the same  will he receive  from the Lord, whether he is servant or free. {6:9} And you, lords,  act similarly toward  them, setting aside threats,  knowing that the Lord of both you and them is in heaven. For with him there is no favoritism toward anyone.  {6:10} Concerning the rest, brothers, be strengthened in the  Lord, by the power  of his virtue. {6:11} Be clothed in the armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the  treachery of the devil. {6:12} For our struggle is not against  flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against  the directors of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in high places. {6:13} Because of this, take up the armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand the evil  day and remain perfect in all things. {6:14} Therefore, stand  firm, having  been girded about your waist with truth, and  having been clothed with the breastplate of justice,  {6:15} and having feet which have been shod by the preparation of the Gospel of peace. {6:16} In all things, take  up the shield of faith,  with which you may be  able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the  most wicked one.  {6:17} And take up the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God). {6:18} Through every  kind of prayer and supplication, pray at all times in spirit, and  so be vigilant with every kind of earnest supplication, for all  the saints, {6:19} and  also for  me, so that words may be  given to me, as I open my mouth with faith to make known the mystery of the Gospel, {6:20} in such a manner that I may dare to speak exactly as I ought to speak. For I act as an ambassador in chains for  the Gospel. {6:21} Now, so that  you also may know the things that concern me and what I  am doing, Tychicus, a most beloved brother and a faithful minister in the Lord, will  make known  everything to you.  {6:22} I have sent him to you for this very reason, so that you may know the things that concern us, and so that he may  console your hearts. {6:23} Peace to the brothers, and charity  with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. {6:24} May grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus  Christ, unto incorruption. Amen. 
** The Letter to the Philippians **
[Philippians 1] {1:1} Paul and Timothy, servants  of Jesus  Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi,  with the bishops and deacons. {1:2} Grace and peace to you, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. {1:3} I give thanks to my God, with every remembrance  of you,  {1:4} always, in all my prayers, making supplication for all of you with joy, {1:5} because of your communion in the  Gospel of Christ, from the first day even until now. {1:6} I am confident of this very thing: that he who has begun this  good work in you will perfect it, unto the day of Christ Jesus. {1:7} So then, it is right for me to feel this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, and because,  in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel,  you all are partakers of my joy. {1:8} For God is my witness how, within the heart of Jesus Christ, I long for all of you.  {1:9} And this I pray: that your charity may abound more  and more,  with knowledge  and with all understanding, {1:10} so that you may be confirmed in what is better, in  order that you may be sincere and without offense on the day  of Christ: {1:11} filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, in the glory and praise of God. {1:12} Now, brothers, I want you to know that the things concerning me happened  for the advancement of the Gospel, {1:13} in such a way that my chains have become manifest in Christ in every place of judgment and in all other such places. {1:14} And many from  among the brothers in the Lord, becoming confident through my chains, are now much bolder in speaking the Word of  God without fear. {1:15} Certainly, some do so even because  of envy and contention; and others, too, do so because of a  good will to preach Christ. {1:16} Some act out of charity,  knowing that I have been appointed for the defense of the  Gospel. {1:17} But others, out of contention,  announce  Christ insincerely, claiming that their difficulties lift them up to my chains. {1:18} But what does it matter? As long as, by every means, whether under pretext or in truthfulness, Christ  is announced. And about this, I rejoice, and moreover, I will continue to rejoice. {1:19} For I know that this will bring me to salvation, through your prayers and under the ministration of the Spirit  of Jesus Christ, {1:20} by  means of my own expectation and hope. For in nothing shall I be confounded.  Instead, with all confidence, now just as always, Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life  or by death. {1:21} For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. {1:22} And while I live in the flesh, for me, there is the fruit of works. But I do not know which I would  choose. {1:23} For I am constrained between the two: having a desire  to be dissolved and to be with Christ, which is the far better thing, {1:24} but then to remain in the flesh is necessary for your sake. {1:25} And having this confidence, I know that I shall remain and that I shall continue to remain with all of  you, for your advancement and for your joy in the faith, {1:26} so that your rejoicing may abound in Christ Jesus for  me, through my return to you again. {1:27} Only let your  behavior be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that, whether I  return and see you, or whether, being absent, I hear about you, still you may stand firm with one spirit, with one mind, laboring together for the faith of the Gospel. {1:28} And in  nothing be terrified by the adversaries. For what is to them is  an occasion of perdition, is to you an occasion of salvation,  and this is from God. {1:29} For this has been given to you on behalf of Christ, not only so that you may believe in him, but even so that you may suffer with him, {1:30} engaging in the same struggle, of a kind which you also have seen in me,  and which you now have heard from me. 
[Philippians 2] {2:1} Therefore, if there is any consolation in Christ, any solace of charity, any fellowship of the Spirit, any feelings of commiseration: {2:2} complete my joy by having the same understanding, holding to the same charity, being of one  mind, with the same sentiment. {2:3} Let nothing be  done by contention, nor in vain glory. Instead, in humility, let each  of you esteem  others to be better than himself. {2:4} Let each of you not consider anything to be your own, but rather to belong to others. {2:5} For this understanding in  you was also in Christ Jesus: {2:6} who, though he was in the  form of God, did not consider equality with God something  to be seized.  {2:7} Instead, he emptied himself, taking the  form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and  accepting the state of a  man. {2:8} He humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, even the death of the Cross. {2:9} Because of this, God has also exalted him and  has given him a name which is above every name, {2:10} so  that, at the name of Jesus, every knee would bend, of those in  heaven, of those on earth, and of those in hell, {2:11} and so that every tongue would confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is  in the glory  of God the  Father. {2:12} And so,  my most  beloved, just as you have  always  obeyed, not  only in my  presence, but even more so now in my absence: work toward your salvation with fear and trembling. {2:13} For it is God  who works in you, both so as to choose, and so as to act, in  accord with his good will. {2:14} And do everything without  murmuring or hesitation.  {2:15} So may you be  without  blame, simple sons of God, without reproof, in the midst of a depraved and perverse nation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, {2:16} holding to the Word of Life, until  my glory in the day of Christ. For I have not run in vain, nor have I labored in vain.  {2:17} Moreover, if I am to be  immolated because of the sacrifice and service of your faith, I  rejoice and give thanks with all of you. {2:18} And over this  same thing, you also should rejoice and give thanks, together  with me. {2:19} Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send  Timothy to you soon, in order that I  may be encouraged, when I know the things concerning you. {2:20} For I have no  one else with such an agreeable mind, who, with sincere  affection, is solicitous for you. {2:21} For they all seek the  things that are of themselves, not the things that are of Jesus  Christ. {2:22} So know this evidence of him: that like a son with a father, so has he served  with  me in the Gospel.  {2:23} Therefore, I hope to send him to you immediately, as  soon as I see what will happen concerning me. {2:24} But I  trust in the Lord that I myself will also return to you soon.  {2:25} Now I have considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and co-worker, and fellow soldier,  and an attendant to my needs, but your Apostle. {2:26} For certainly,  he has desired  all  of you, and he  was saddened  because you had heard that he was sick. {2:27} For he was  sick, even unto death, but God took pity on him, and not only on him, but truly on myself also, so that I would not  have sorrow upon sorrow. {2:28} Therefore, I sent him more readily, in order that, by seeing him again, you may rejoice,  and I may be without sorrow. {2:29} And so, receive him  with every joy in the Lord, and treat all those like him with  honor. {2:30} For he was brought close even to death, for the sake of the work of Christ, handing over his own life, so that  he might fulfill what was lacking from you concerning my service. 
[Philippians 3] {3:1} Concerning other things, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. It is certainly not tiresome for me to write  the same things to you,  but for you,  it is not necessary.  {3:2} Beware of dogs; beware of those who work evil; beware  of those who are divisive. {3:3} For we are the circumcised,  we who serve God in the Spirit and who glory in Christ Jesus, having no confidence in the flesh. {3:4} Nevertheless, I might  have confidence also in the flesh, for if anyone else seems to  have confidence in the flesh, more so do I. {3:5} For I was circumcised on the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, from the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew among Hebrews. According to  the law, I was a Pharisee; {3:6} according to zeal, I  persecuted the Church of God; according to the justice that is  in the law, I lived without blame. {3:7} But the things which  had been to my gain, the same have I considered a loss, for  the sake of Christ. {3:8} Yet truly, I consider everything to be  a loss, because of the preeminent knowledge of Jesus Christ,  my Lord, for whose sake I have suffered the loss of  everything, considering it all to be like dung, so that I may  gain Christ, {3:9} and so that you may be found in him, not having my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, the justice within faith, which is of  God. {3:10} So shall I know him, and the power of his  resurrection, and the fellowship of his Passion, having been  fashioned according to his death, {3:11} if, by some means, I  might attain  to the resurrection  which is from the dead. {3:12} It is not  as though I have  already received this,  or were already perfect. But rather I pursue, so that by some means I  might attain, that in which I have already been attained by Christ Jesus. {3:13} Brothers, I do not consider that I have already  attained this. Instead, I  do one thing:  forgetting those things that are behind, and extending myself toward those things that  are  ahead, {3:14} I pursue the  destination, the prize of the heavenly calling of God in Christ  Jesus. {3:15} Therefore, as many of us as are being perfected, let us agree about this. And if in anything you disagree, God will reveal this to you also. {3:16} Yet truly, whatever point  we reach, let us be of the same mind, and let us remain in the same rule. {3:17} Be imitators of me, brothers, and observe  those who are walking similarly, just as you have seen by our example. {3:18} For many persons, about whom I have often  told you (and now tell you, weeping,) are walking as enemies  of the cross of Christ. {3:19} Their end is destruction; their  god is their belly; and their glory is in their shame: for they  are immersed in earthly things. {3:20} But our way of life is  in heaven. And from heaven, too, we await the Savior, our  Lord Jesus Christ, {3:21} who will transform the body of our lowliness, according to the form of the body of his glory, by  means of that power by which he is even able to subject all things to himself. 
[Philippians 4] {4:1} And so, my  most beloved and most desired brothers, my joy and my crown: stand firm in this  way, in the Lord, most beloved. {4:2} I ask Euodia, and I beg Syntyche, to have the same  understanding  in the Lord. {4:3} And I also ask you, as my genuine companion, to assist  those women who have labored with me in the Gospel, with  Clement and the rest of my assistants, whose names are in the Book of Life. {4:4} Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say, rejoice. {4:5} Let your modesty be known to all men.  The Lord is near. {4:6} Be anxious about nothing. But in all  things,  with prayer and supplication, with acts of thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God.  {4:7} And so shall the  peace  of God, which exceeds all  understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. {4:8} Concerning the rest, brothers,  whatever is true, whatever is chaste, whatever is just, whatever is holy, whatever is worthy to be loved, whatever is of good repute, if there is any virtue, if there is any  praiseworthy  discipline: meditate on these. {4:9} All the things that you have learned  and accepted and heard and seen in me, do these. And so  shall the God of peace be with you. {4:10} Now I rejoice in  the Lord exceedingly, because finally, after some time, your  feelings for me have flourished again, just as you formerly felt. For you had been preoccupied. {4:11} I am not saying this as if out of need. For I have learned that, in whatever state I am, it is sufficient. {4:12} I know how to be humbled, and I know  how to abound. I am prepared for anything, anywhere: either  to be full or to be hungry, either to have abundance or to endure scarcity. {4:13} Everything is possible in him who has strengthened me. {4:14} Yet truly, you have done well by  sharing in  my tribulation. {4:15} But you also know, O Philippians, that at the beginning of the Gospel, when I set  out from Macedonia, not a single church shared with me in  the plan of giving and receiving, except you alone. {4:16} For  you even sent to Thessalonica, once, and then a second time,  for what was useful to me. {4:17} It is not that I am seeking a gift. Instead,  I seek the fruit  that  abounds to your benefit.  {4:18} But I have everything in abundance. I have been filled up, having received from Epaphroditus the things that you  sent; this is an odor of sweetness, an acceptable sacrifice,  pleasing to God.  {4:19} And may my  God fulfill all your desires, according to his riches in glory in Christ  Jesus. {4:20} And to God  our Father be glory forever and ever.  Amen. {4:21} Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. {4:22} The brothers who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you,  but especially those who are  of Caesar’s household. {4:23} May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your  spirit. Amen. 
** The Letter to the Colossians **
[Colossians 1] {1:1} Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy, a brother, {1:2} to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ Jesus who are at Colossae.  {1:3} Grace and  peace to you, from God our Father and  from the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus  Christ,  praying for you always. {1:4} For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of  the love that you have toward all the saints, {1:5} because of the hope that has been stored up for you in heaven, which you have heard through the Word of Truth in the Gospel.  {1:6} This has reached you, just as it is present in the whole  world, where it grows and bears fruit, as it has also done in you, since the day when you first heard and knew the grace  of God in truth, {1:7} just as you learned it from Epaphras,  our most beloved fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ Jesus. {1:8} And he has also manifested to  us your love in the Spirit. {1:9} Then, too, from the day when  we first heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and  requesting that you be filled with the knowledge of his will,  with all wisdom and spiritual understanding, {1:10} so that you may walk in a manner worthy of God, being pleasing in all things, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in  the knowledge of God, {1:11} being strengthened in every  virtue, in accord with the power of his glory, with all patience and longsuffering, with joy, {1:12} giving thanks to God the  Father, who  has made us worthy to have  a share  in the  portion of the saints, in the light. {1:13} For he has rescued  us from the power of darkness, and he has transferred us into  the kingdom of the Son of his love, {1:14} in whom we have redemption through his  blood, the remission  of sins. {1:15} He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature. {1:16} For in him was created everything in  heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones,  or dominations, or principalities, or powers. All things were  created through him and in him. {1:17} And he is before all,  and in him all things continue. {1:18} And he is the head of his body, the Church. He is the beginning, the first-born from  the dead, so that in all things he  may hold primacy. {1:19} For the Father is well-pleased that all fullness reside in him, {1:20} and that, through him, all things be reconciled to  himself, making peace through the blood of his cross, for the things that are on earth, as well as the things that are in heaven. {1:21} And you, though you had been, in times past,  understood to be foreigners and enemies, with works of evil,  {1:22} yet now he has reconciled you, by his body of flesh,  through death, so as to offer you, holy and immaculate and blameless, before him. {1:23} So then, continue in the faith:  well-founded and steadfast and immovable, by the hope of  the Gospel that you have heard, which has been preached  throughout all creation under heaven, the Gospel of which I,  Paul, have become a minister. {1:24} For now I rejoice in my passion on your behalf, and I complete in my flesh the things that are lacking in the Passion of Christ, for the sake of his  body, which is the Church. {1:25} For I have become a minister of the Church, according to the dispensation of God  that has been given to me among you, so that I may fulfill the Word of God, {1:26} the mystery which had remained  hidden  to past  ages  and generations, but  which now is  manifested to his saints. {1:27} To them, God willed to made known the riches of the glory  of this  mystery among the  Gentiles, which is Christ and the hope of his glory within you. {1:28} We are announcing him, correcting every man and  teaching every man, with all wisdom, so that we may offer  every man perfect in Christ Jesus. {1:29} In him, too, I labor,  striving according to his action within me, which he works in virtue. 
[Colossians 2] {2:1} For I want you to know the kind of solicitude that I have for  you,  and for those who are at  Laodicea, as well as for those who have not seen my face in the flesh. {2:2} May their hearts be consoled and instructed in charity, with all the riches of a plenitude of understanding, with knowledge of the mystery of God the Father and of Christ Jesus. {2:3} For in him are hidden all treasures of  wisdom and knowledge. {2:4} Now I say this, so that no one may deceive you with grandiose words. {2:5} For though I may be absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit. And I  rejoice as I gaze upon your order and its foundation, which is in Christ, your faith. {2:6} Therefore, just as you have received the Lord Jesus Christ, walk in him. {2:7} Be rooted  and continually built up in Christ. And be confirmed in the  faith, just as you have also learned it, increasing in him with  acts of thanksgiving. {2:8} See to it that no one deceives you  through  philosophy and empty falsehoods, as found in the  traditions of men, in accord with the influences of the world,  and not in accord with Christ. {2:9} For in him, all the  fullness of the Divine  Nature dwells bodily. {2:10} And in  him, you have been filled; for he is the head of all principality  and power. {2:11} In him also, you have been circumcised with a circumcision not made by hand, not by the despoiling of the body  of flesh, but by the circumcision  of Christ.  {2:12} You have been buried with him  in baptism. In him also, you have risen again through faith, by the work of God, who raised him up from the dead. {2:13} And when you were dead in your transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he enlivened you, together with him, forgiving  you  of all transgressions, {2:14} and  wiping away the  handwriting of the decree which was against us, which was  contrary to us. And he has taken this away from your midst,  affixing it to the Cross. {2:15} And so, despoiling principalities and powers, he has led them away confidently  and  openly, triumphing over them in himself. {2:16} Therefore, let no one judge you as concerns food or drink, or a particular feast day, or feast days of new moons, or of Sabbaths. {2:17} For these are a shadow of the future,  but the body is  of Christ. {2:18} Let no one seduce you, preferring base things and a religion of Angels, walking  according to what he has not seen, being vainly inflated by the sensations of his flesh, {2:19} and  not holding  up the  head, with which the whole body, by its underlying joints and  ligaments, is joined together and grows with an increase that  is of God. {2:20} So then, if you have died with Christ to the  influences of this world, why do you still make decisions as if you were living in the world? {2:21} Do not touch, do not  taste, do not  handle these  things, {2:22} which all lead to destruction by their very use, in accord with the precepts and  doctrines of men. {2:23} Such ideas have at least an intention  to attain to wisdom, but through superstition and debasement, not sparing the body, and they are  without any honor  in  satiating the flesh. 
[Colossians 3] {3:1} Therefore, if you  have risen together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is  seated at the right hand of God. {3:2} Consider the things  that are above, not the things that are upon the  earth. {3:3} For you have  died, and so your life is hidden with Christ in God. {3:4} When Christ, your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. {3:5} Therefore,  mortify your body, while it is upon the earth. For because of fornication, impurity, lust, evil desires,  and avarice,  which  are a kind  of service to idols,  {3:6} the wrath  of God has  overwhelmed the sons of unbelief. {3:7} You, too, walked in these things, in times past, when you were living among them.  {3:8} But now you must set aside all these things:  anger,  indignation, malice, blasphemy, and indecent speech from your mouth. {3:9} Do not lie to one another. Strip yourselves of the old man, with his deeds, {3:10} and clothe yourself  with the new man, who has been renewed by knowledge, in  accord with the image  of the One who created him,  {3:11} where there is neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian nor Scythian, servant nor free. Instead, Christ is everything, in everyone. {3:12} Therefore,  clothe yourselves like the elect of God: holy and beloved, with  hearts of mercy,  kindness, humility, modesty, and  patience. {3:13} Support one another, and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive one another. For just as  the Lord has forgiven you, so also must you do. {3:14} And  above all these things have charity,  which is the bond  of  perfection. {3:15} And let the peace  of Christ lift up your hearts. For in this peace, you have been called, as one body.  And be thankful. {3:16} Let the word of Christ live in you in  abundance,  with all wisdom, teaching and correcting one another, with psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing to God with the grace in your hearts. {3:17} Let everything  whatsoever that you do, whether in word or in deed, be done  all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God  the Father through him. {3:18} Wives, be submissive to your  husbands,  as  is proper in the Lord.  {3:19} Husbands, love your  wives, and do not be bitter toward them.  {3:20} Children, obey your parents in all things. For this is  well-pleasing  to the Lord.  {3:21} Fathers, do not  provoke  your  children to indignation, lest they lose heart.  {3:22} Servants, obey, in all things, your lords according to  the flesh, not serving only when seen, as if to please men, but serving in simplicity of heart, fearing God. {3:23} Whatever  you do, do it from the heart, as for the Lord, and not for men. {3:24} For you know that you will receive from the Lord the  repayment  of an inheritance. Serve Christ the Lord.  {3:25} For whoever causes injury shall be repaid for what he  has wrongfully done. And there no favoritism with God. 
[Colossians 4] {4:1} You masters, supply your servants with what is just  and equitable, knowing that you, too, have  a Master in heaven. {4:2} Pursue prayer. Be watchful in prayer with acts of thanksgiving. {4:3} Pray together, for us also, so that God may open a door of speech to us, so as to speak the  mystery of Christ, (because of which,  even now, I  am in  chains) {4:4} so that I may manifest it in the manner that I ought to speak. {4:5} Walk in wisdom toward those who are  outside, redeeming this age. {4:6} Let your speech be ever  graceful, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to respond to each person. {4:7} As for the things that  concern me, Tychicus, a most beloved brother and faithful  minister and fellow servant in the Lord, will make everything  known to you. {4:8} I have sent  him to you for this very  purpose, so that he may know the things that concern you, and may console your hearts, {4:9} with Onesimus, a most beloved and faithful brother, who is from among you. They  shall make known to you everything that is happening here.  {4:10} Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, greets you, as does  Mark, the near cousin of Barnabas, about whom you have  received  instructions, (if he comes to  you, receive  him) {4:11} and Jesus, who is called Justus, and those who are of  the circumcision.  These alone are my  assistants, unto the  kingdom of God; they have been a consolation to me.  {4:12} Epaphras greets you, who  is from among you, a servant of Christ Jesus, ever solicitous for you in prayer, so  that you may stand, perfect and complete, in the entire will of God. {4:13} For I offer testimony to him, that he has labored  greatly for you, and for those who are at Laodicea, and for  those at Hierapolis. {4:14} Luke, a most beloved physician,  greets you, as does Demas. {4:15} Greet the brothers who are  at Laodicea, and Nymphas, and those who are at his house, a  church. {4:16} And when this epistle has been read among you, cause it to be read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and you should read that which is from the Laodiceans.  {4:17} And tell Archippus: “See to the ministry that you have received  in the Lord, in order to fulfill it.”  {4:18} The greeting of Paul by my  own hand. Remember my  chains.  May grace be with you. Amen. 
** The First Letter to the Thessalonians **
[1 Thessalonians 1] {1:1} Paul and Sylvanus and Timothy,  to the church of the Thessalonians, in God the Father and the  Lord Jesus Christ. {1:2} Grace and peace to you. We give  thanks to God always for all of you, keeping the memory of you in our prayers without ceasing, {1:3} remembering your  work of faith, and hardship, and charity, and enduring hope, in our Lord Jesus Christ, before God our Father. {1:4} For we know, brothers, beloved  of God, of your election. {1:5} For our Gospel has not been among you in word alone, but also in virtue, and in the Holy Spirit, and with a great  fullness, in the same manner as you know  we have  acted  among you  for your sake. {1:6} And so, you became imitators of us and of the Lord, accepting the Word in the midst of great tribulation, but with the joy of the Holy Spirit.  {1:7} So have you become a pattern for all who believe in  Macedonia and in Achaia. {1:8} For from you, the Word of the Lord was spread, not only in Macedonia and in Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith, which is toward God, has  advanced so much so that we do not need to speak to you about anything. {1:9} For others are reporting among us of  the kind of  acceptance we had  among  you, and how you were converted from idols to God, to the service of the living and true God, {1:10} and to the expectation of his Son from  heaven (whom he raised up from the dead), Jesus, who has rescued us from the approaching wrath. 
[1 Thessalonians 2] {2:1} For you yourselves know, brothers, that our acceptance among you was not empty. {2:2} Instead,  having previously suffered  and been treated shamefully, as you know, at Philippi, we had confidence in our God, so as  to speak the  Gospel of God to you with much solicitude. {2:3} For our exhortation was not in error, nor from impurity,  nor with deception. {2:4} But, just as we have been tested by God, so that the Gospel would be entrusted to us, so also did  we speak, not so as to please men, but rather to please God, who tests our hearts. {2:5} And neither did we, at any time,  become flattering in speech, as you know, nor did we seek an  opportunity for avarice, as God is witness. {2:6} Nor did we  seek the glory of men, neither from you, nor from  others.  {2:7} And although we could have been a burden to you, as Apostles of Christ, instead we became like little ones in your midst, like a nurse cherishing her children. {2:8} So desirous  were we for you that we were willing to hand over to you, not only the Gospel of God, but even our own souls. For you  have become most beloved to us. {2:9} For you remember,  brothers, our hardship and  weariness. We  preached the Gospel of God among you, working night and day, so that we would not be burdensome to any of you. {2:10} You are  witnesses, as is God, of how holy and just and blameless we  were with you who have believed. {2:11} And you know the manner, with each one of you, like a father with his sons,  {2:12} in which we were pleading with you and consoling you, bearing witness, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of God, who has called you into his kingdom and  glory.  {2:13} For this reason also,  we  give thanks to God  without ceasing: because, when you had accepted from us the  Word of the hearing of God, you accepted it not as the word of men, but (as it truly is) as the Word of God, who is  working in you who have believed. {2:14} For you, brothers,  have become imitators of the churches of God which are at  Judea, in Christ Jesus. For you, too, have suffered the same  things from your fellow countrymen as  they have suffered from the Jews, {2:15} who also killed both the Lord Jesus,  and the Prophets, and who have persecuted us. But they do not  please God, and so they are adversaries to  all men.  {2:16} They prohibit us to speak to the Gentiles, so that they may be saved, and thus do they continually add to their own  sins. But the wrath of God will overtake them in the very end. {2:17} And we, brothers, having been deprived of you for a  short time,  in sight, but not  in heart, have hurried  all the  more  to see your  face, with  a great desire.  {2:18} For we  wanted to come to you, (indeed, I, Paul, attempted to do so once,  and then again,) but Satan impeded  us. {2:19} For  what is our hope, and our joy, and our crown of glory? Is it not you, before  our  Lord Jesus Christ at his return?  {2:20} For you are our glory and our joy.
[1 Thessalonians 3] {3:1} Because of this, willing to wait no  longer, it was pleasing to us  to remain at  Athens, alone. {3:2} And we sent Timothy, our brother and a minister of God in the Gospel of Christ, to confirm you and to exhort  you, on behalf of your faith, {3:3} so that no one would be disturbed during these tribulations. For you yourselves know that we have been appointed to this. {3:4} For even while we  were with you, we  predicted  to you that we would suffer tribulations, even as it has happened, and  as you know. {3:5} For this reason also, I was not  willing to wait any  longer, and I sent to find out about your faith, lest perhaps he  who tempts may have tempted you, and our labor might have been in vain. {3:6} But then, when Timothy arrived to us from you, he reported to us your faith and charity, and that you keep a good remembrance of us always, desiring to see  us, just as we likewise desire to see you. {3:7} As a result, we  were consoled in you, brothers, in the midst of all our difficulties and tribulations, through your faith. {3:8} For we now live so that you may stand firm in the Lord. {3:9} For what thanks would we be able to repay to God because of you, for all the joy with which we rejoice over you before our God? {3:10} For night and day, ever more abundantly, we are praying that we may  see your face, and that we may complete those things that are lacking in your faith.  {3:11} But may God our Father himself, and our Lord Jesus  Christ,  direct our way to you. {3:12} And may the Lord multiply you, and make you abound in your charity toward one another and toward all, just as we also do toward you, {3:13} in order to confirm your hearts  without blame, in  sanctity, before God our Father, unto the return of our Lord  Jesus Christ, with all his saints. Amen. 
[1 Thessalonians 4] {4:1} Therefore, concerning other things,  brothers, we ask and beg you, in the Lord Jesus, that, just as  you have received from us the way in which you ought to  walk and to please God, so also may you walk, in order that  you may  abound all the  more. {4:2} For you know what precepts I have given to you through the Lord  Jesus.  {4:3} For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from fornication, {4:4} that each one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and  honor, {4:5} not in passions of lust, like the Gentiles who do  not know God, {4:6} and that no one should overwhelm or circumvent his brother in business. For the Lord is the  vindicator of all these things, just as we have preached and  testified to you. {4:7} For God has not called us to impurity,  but to sanctification. {4:8} And so, whoever despises these  teachings, does not despise man, but God, who has even  provided his Holy Spirit within us. {4:9} But concerning the  charity of brotherhood, we have no need to write to you. For you yourselves have learned from God that you should love one another. {4:10} For indeed, you act in this way with all  the brothers in all of Macedonia. But we petition you,  brothers, so that you  may abound all the more, {4:11} to  choose work that allows you to be tranquil, and to carry out  your business and to do your work with your own hands, just  as we have instructed you, {4:12} and to walk honestly with those who are outside, and to desire nothing belonging to another. {4:13} And  we do not want you to be ignorant,  brothers, concerning those who are sleeping, so as not to be sorrowful, like these others who do not have hope.  {4:14} For if we believe that Jesus has died and risen again,  so also will God bring back with Jesus those who sleep in him. {4:15} For we say this to you, in the Word of the Lord: that we who are alive, who remain until the return of the  Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. {4:16} For the Lord himself, with a command and with the  voice  of an Archangel and with a trumpet  of God, shall descend from heaven. And the dead, who are in Christ, shall  rise up first. {4:17} Next, we who are alive,  who are remaining, shall be taken up quickly together with them into  the clouds to meet Christ in the air. And in this way, we shall be with the  Lord always. {4:18} Therefore, console one  another with these words. 
[1 Thessalonians  5] {5:1} But concerning dates and times, brothers, you do not need us to write to you. {5:2} For you  yourselves thoroughly understand that the day of the Lord  shall arrive much like a thief in the night. {5:3} For when they will say, “Peace  and security!” then destruction will suddenly overwhelm them, like the labor pains of a woman  with child, and they will not escape. {5:4} But you, brothers, are not in darkness, so that you would be overtaken by that  day as by a thief. {5:5} For all of you are sons of light and  sons of daytime; we are not of nighttime, nor of darkness. {5:6} Therefore, let us not sleep, as the rest do. Instead, we should be vigilant and sober. {5:7} For those who sleep, sleep  in the night; and those who are inebriated, are inebriated in  the night. {5:8} But we, who are of the daylight, should be sober, being clothed  with the breastplate of faith  and of charity  and  having, as a helmet, the hope of salvation. {5:9} For God has not appointed us for wrath, but for the acquisition of salvation through our Lord Jesus  Christ,  {5:10} who died for us, so that, whether we watch, or whether we sleep, we  may live in union with him.  {5:11} Because of this, console one another and build up one another, just as you  are  doing. {5:12} And we ask you, brothers, to recognize those who labor among you, and who  preside over  you in the  Lord, and who admonish you,  {5:13} so that you may consider them with an abundance of  charity, for the sake of their work. Be at peace with them.  {5:14} And  we ask you, brothers: correct the disruptive,  console the weak-minded, support the sick, be patient with  everyone. {5:15} See to it that no one repays evil for evil to  anyone. Instead, always pursue whatever is good, with one another and  with all.  {5:16} Rejoice always. {5:17} Pray without ceasing. {5:18} Give thanks in everything. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for all of you. {5:19} Do not  choose to extinguish the Spirit. {5:20} Do not spurn prophecies. {5:21} But test all things. Hold on to whatever is good.  {5:22} Abstain from every kind of evil. {5:23} And  may the God of peace himself sanctify you through all things,  so that your whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved  without blame unto the return of  our Lord Jesus Christ. {5:24} He who has called you is faithful. He shall act even now. {5:25} Brothers,  pray for us. {5:26} Greet all the  brothers with a holy kiss. {5:27} I bind you, through the Lord, that this epistle is to be  read to all the holy brothers. {5:28} May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. 
** The Second Letter to the Thessalonians **
[2 Thessalonians 1] {1:1} Paul and Sylvanus and Timothy,  to the church of the Thessalonians, in God our Father and  the Lord Jesus Christ. {1:2} Grace and peace to you, from  God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. {1:3} We ought to give thanks always to God for you, brothers, in a fitting manner, because your faith is increasing greatly, and  because the charity of each of you toward one another is  abundant, {1:4} so much so that we ourselves even glory in you among the churches of God, because of your patience and faith in all of your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, {1:5} which are a sign of the just judgment of God, so that you may be held worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer. {1:6} For certainly, it is just for God to repay trouble to those who trouble you, {1:7} and to repay you, who are being troubled, with a repose with us, when the  Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with the Angels of his virtue, {1:8} granting vindication, by a flame of fire, against  those who do not know God and who are not obedient to the  Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. {1:9} These shall be given the eternal punishment of destruction, apart from the face of  the Lord and apart from the glory of his virtue, {1:10} when he arrives to be glorified  in his saints, and to become a  wonder in all those who have believed, in that day, because our testimony has been believed by you. {1:11} Because of this, too, we pray always for you, so that our God may make  you worthy of his calling and may complete every act of his goodness,  as  well as his work  of faith in virtue, {1:12} in order that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you,  and you in him, in accord with the grace of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
[2 Thessalonians  2] {2:1} But  we  ask you, brothers,  concerning the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ and of our  gathering to him, {2:2} that you not be readily disturbed or terrified in your minds, by any spirit,  or word,  or epistle, supposedly sent from us, claiming that the day of the Lord is  close by. {2:3} Let no one deceive you in any way. For this cannot be, unless the apostasy will have arrived first, and the man  of sin  will have been revealed, the son  of perdition,  {2:4} who is an adversary to, and who is lifted up above, all  that is called God or that is worshipped, so much so that he sits in the temple of God, presenting himself as if he were God. {2:5} Do you not recall that, when I was still with you, I told you these things? {2:6} And now you know what it is that holds him back, so that he may be revealed in his own time. {2:7} For the mystery of iniquity is already at work. And only one now holds back, and will continue to hold back, until he is taken from  our  midst.  {2:8} And then that iniquitous  one shall be revealed, the one whom the Lord  Jesus shall bring to ruin with the spirit of his mouth, and shall  destroy at the brightness of his return: {2:9} him  whose  advent is  accompanied by the works  of Satan,  with every  kind of power and signs and false miracles, {2:10} and with every seduction of iniquity, toward those who are perishing  because they have not accepted the love of truth, so that they  may be saved. For this reason, God will send to them works  of deception, so that they may believe in lies, {2:11} in order  that all those who have not believed in the truth, but who have consented to iniquity, may be judged. {2:12} Yet we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers, beloved of God, because God has chosen you as first-fruits for salvation, by the sanctification of the Spirit and by faith in the truth. {2:13} He has also called you into truth through our Gospel,  unto the acquisition of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  {2:14} And so, brothers,  stand firm,  and hold to the  traditions that you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle. {2:15} So may  our Lord Jesus  Christ himself, and  God our Father, who has loved us and who has given us an  everlasting consolation and  good hope in grace, {2:16} exhort your hearts  and confirm  you in every good  word and deed. 
[2 Thessalonians 3] {3:1} Concerning other things, brothers,  pray for us, so that the Word of God may advance and be glorified, just as it is among you, {3:2} and so that we may be  freed from pertinacious and evil men. For not everyone is faithful. {3:3} But God is faithful. He will strengthen you, and he  will guard you from evil.  {3:4} And we have  confidence about you in the Lord, that you are doing, and  will continue to  do, just as  we have  instructed. {3:5} And  may the Lord direct your hearts, in the charity of God and  with the  patience of  Christ. {3:6} But we strongly caution  you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to draw  yourselves away from every brother  who is walking  in disorder and not according to the tradition that they received  from us. {3:7} For you yourselves know the manner in which you ought to imitate us. For we were not disorderly among you. {3:8} Nor did we eat bread from anyone for free, but  rather, we worked night and day, in hardship and weariness, so as not to be burdensome to you. {3:9} It was not as if we had no authority, but this was so that we might  present  ourselves as  an example to you, in  order to imitate us. {3:10} Then, too, while we were with you, we insisted on this  to you: that if anyone was not willing to work, neither should  he eat. {3:11} For we have heard that there are some among  you  who act disruptively, not working at  all, but eagerly meddling. {3:12} Now we charge those who act in this way, and we beg them in the Lord Jesus Christ, that they work in silence and eat their own bread. {3:13} And you, brothers, do  not grow weak in doing good. {3:14} But if anyone does not obey our word by this epistle, take note of him and do not  keep company with him, so  that he may be ashamed.  {3:15} But do not be willing to consider him as an enemy;  instead, correct him as a brother. {3:16} Then may the Lord of peace himself give you an everlasting peace, in every place.  May the Lord be with all of you. {3:17} The greeting of Paul  with my own hand, which is the seal in every epistle. So do I write. {3:18} May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with  you all. Amen. 
** The First Letter to Timothy **
[1 Timothy 1] {1:1} Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the  authority  of God our Savior and Christ Jesus our hope, {1:2} to Timothy, beloved son in the faith. Grace, mercy, and  peace, from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord.  {1:3} Now I asked you to remain at Ephesus, while I went  into  Macedonia, so that you  would speak strongly against certain ones who have  been teaching a  different way,  {1:4} against those who have been paying attention to fables and endless genealogies. These things present questions as if they were greater than the edification that is of God, which is in faith. {1:5} Now the goal of instruction is charity from a pure heart, and a good conscience, and an unfeigned faith.  {1:6} Certain persons,  wandering away from these things,  have been turned aside to empty babbling, {1:7} desiring to be teachers of the law, but understanding neither the things that they themselves are saying, nor what they are affirming  about these things. {1:8} But we know that the law is good, if one makes use of it properly. {1:9} Knowing this, that the  law was not set in place for the just, but for the unjust and the insubordinate, for the impious  and sinners, for the  wicked  and the defiled, for those who commit patricide, matricide, or homicide, {1:10} for fornicators, for males who sleep with males, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, {1:11} which is in accord with the Gospel of the glory of the blessed God, the Gospel  which has been entrusted to me. {1:12} I give thanks to him  who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he  has considered me faithful, placing me in the ministry,  {1:13} though previously I was a blasphemer, and a  persecutor, and contemptuous. But then I obtained the mercy of God. For I had been acting ignorantly, in unbelief. {1:14} And so the grace of our Lord has abounded greatly,  with the faith and love that is in Christ Jesus. {1:15} It is a  faithful saying, and worthy of acceptance by everyone, that  Christ Jesus came into this world to bring salvation to sinners,  among whom I am first. {1:16} But it was for this reason that  I obtained mercy, so that in me as first, Christ Jesus would  display all patience, for the instruction of those who would  believe in him unto eternal life. {1:17} So then, to the King of ages, to the immortal, invisible, solitary God, be honor and  glory forever and ever. Amen. {1:18} This precept I  commend to you, my son Timothy, in accord with the  prophets who preceded you: that you serve among them like a soldier in a good war, {1:19} holding to faith and good  conscience, against those who, by rejecting these things, have  made a shipwreck  of the faith. {1:20} Among these are  Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they may learn not to blaspheme. 
[1 Timothy 2] {2:1} And so I beg you, first of all, to make  supplications, prayers,  petitions, and thanksgivings for all men, {2:2} for kings, and for all who are in high places, so  that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all piety and  chastity. {2:3} For this is good and acceptable in the sight of  God our Savior, {2:4} who wants all men to be saved and to  arrive at an acknowledgment of the truth. {2:5} For there is  one God, and one mediator of God and of men, the man Christ Jesus, {2:6} who gave himself as a redemption for all,  as a testimony in its proper time. {2:7} Of this testimony, I have been appointed a preacher and an Apostle, (I speak the truth, I do not lie) as a teacher of the Gentiles, in faith and in truth. {2:8} Therefore, I want men to pray in every  place,  lifting up pure hands,  without anger or dissension.  {2:9} Similarly also, women should be dressed fittingly,  adorning themselves with compunction and restraint, and not with plaited  hair, nor gold, nor pearls, nor costly  attire,  {2:10} but in a manner proper for women who are professing piety by means of good works. {2:11} Let a woman learn in  silence with  all subjection. {2:12} For I do  not  permit a  woman to teach, nor to be in authority over a man, but to be  in silence. {2:13} For Adam  was formed first, then  Eve.  {2:14} And Adam was not seduced, but the woman, having been seduced, was in transgression. {2:15} Yet she  will be saved by bearing children, if she has continued in faith and  love, and in sanctification accompanied by self-restraint. 
[1 Timothy 3] {3:1} It is a faithful saying: if a man desires the episcopate, he desires a good work.  {3:2} Therefore, it is necessary for a bishop to be beyond reproach, the husband of one  wife, sober, prudent, gracious, chaste, hospitable, a teacher, {3:3} not a drunkard, not combative but restrained,  not quarrelsome, not covetous; {3:4} but a man who leads his  own house well, having children who are subordinate with all  chastity. {3:5} For if a man does not know how to lead his own house,  how  will he take care of the Church of God? {3:6} He must not be a new convert, lest, being elated by pride, he may fall under the sentence of the devil. {3:7} And  it is necessary for him also to have good testimony from those who are outside, so that he may not fall into disrepute and  the snare of the devil. {3:8} Similarly, deacons must be chaste,  not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not pursuing  tainted profit, {3:9} holding to the mystery of the faith with a  pure conscience. {3:10} And these things should be proven  first, and then they may  minister, being without  offense. {3:11} Similarly, the women must be chaste, not slanderers,  sober, faithful in all things. {3:12} Deacons should be the  husband of one wife, men who lead their own children and  their own houses well. {3:13} For those who have ministered well will acquire for themselves a good position, and much confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. {3:14} I am writing these things to you, with the hope that I will come to  you soon. {3:15} But, if I am delayed, you should know the  manner in which it is necessary to conduct yourself in the  house of God, which is the Church of the living God, the  pillar  and the foundation of truth. {3:16} And it is clearly  great, this mystery of piety, which was manifested in the flesh, which was justified in the Spirit, which has appeared to Angels, which has been preached to the Gentiles, which is believed in the world, which has been taken up in glory. 
[1 Timothy 4] {4:1} Now the Spirit has clearly said that, in the end times, some persons will depart from the faith, paying  attention  to spirits of error and  the doctrines of devils, {4:2} speaking lies in hypocrisy, and having their consciences seared, {4:3} prohibiting marriage, abstaining from foods, which God has created to be accepted with thanksgiving by the faithful and by those  who have understood the  truth.  {4:4} For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be  rejected which is received with thanksgiving; {4:5} for it has been sanctified by the Word of God and by prayer. {4:6} By  proposing these things to the brothers, you will be a good  minister of Christ Jesus, nourished by words of faith, and by  the good doctrine that you have secured. {4:7} But avoid the  silly fables of old women. And exercise yourself so as to  advance in piety. {4:8} For the exercise of the body is  somewhat useful. But piety is useful in all things, holding the promise of life, in the present and in the future. {4:9} This is a faithful saying and worthy of full acceptance. {4:10} For this reason we labor and are maligned: because we hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, most especially  of the faithful. {4:11} Instruct and teach these things.  {4:12} Let no one despise  your  youth,  but be an example  among the faithful in word, in behavior, in charity, in faith,  in  chastity. {4:13} Until I  arrive, attend to reading, to exhortation, and  to doctrine.  {4:14} Do not  be willing  to  neglect the grace that is within you, which was given to you through prophecy, with the imposition of the hands of the  priesthood. {4:15} Meditate on these things, so that your  progress may be  manifest to all. {4:16} Pay  attention to  yourself and to doctrine. Pursue these things. For in doing so,  you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.
[1 Timothy 5] {5:1} You should not rebuke an old man, but rather plead with him, as if he were your father; with young  men, like brothers; {5:2} with old women, like mothers; with young women, in all chastity, like sisters. {5:3} Honor those  widows who are true widows. {5:4} But if any widow has  children or grandchildren, let her first learn to manage her  own household, and to fulfill, in turn, her own obligation to her parents; for this is acceptable before God. {5:5} But she who is truly a widow and is destitute, let her hope in God,  and let her be urgent in supplications and prayers, night and  day. {5:6} For she who is living in pleasures is dead, while  living. {5:7} And give instruction in this, so that they may be  beyond reproach. {5:8} But if anyone has no concern for his  own, and especially for those of his own household, he has  denied the faith,  and he is worse than  an unbeliever.  {5:9} Let a widow be chosen who is no less than sixty years  of age, who was the wife of one husband, {5:10} who has testimony  of her good works:  whether she has educated  children, or has provided hospitality, or has washed the feet  of the saints, or has ministered to those suffering tribulation,  or has pursued any kind of good work. {5:11} But avoid the younger  widows. For  once they have flourished in Christ,  they will  want to marry, {5:12} resulting  in damnation, because they have disregarded the  primacy of faith.  {5:13} And being at the same time also idle, they learn to go  from house to house, being not only idle, but also talkative  and curious, speaking of things which do not concern them.  {5:14} Therefore, I want the  younger women  to marry,  to procreate children, to be mothers of families, to provide no ready opportunity for the adversary to speak evil. {5:15} For  certain ones  have already  been turned back to  Satan.  {5:16} If any among the faithful have widows, let him  minister to them and not burden the Church, so that there may  be enough for those who are true widows. {5:17} Let priests who lead  well be  held  worthy of twice the  honor, especially those who labor in the  Word and in doctrine.  {5:18} For Scripture says: “You shall not muzzle an ox as it is treading out the grain,” and, “The worker is worthy of his pay.” {5:19} Do not be  willing to accept an accusation against a priest, except under two or three witnesses.  {5:20} Reprove sinners in the sight of everyone, so that the others may have fear. {5:21} I testify before God and Christ  Jesus and the elect Angels, that you should  observe  these  things without prejudgment, doing nothing which  shows favoritism to either side. {5:22} You should not be quick to impose hands on anyone, nor should you take part in the sins of outsiders. Keep yourself chaste. {5:23} Do not continue to  drink only water, but make use of a little wine, for the sake of your stomach and your frequent infirmities. {5:24} The sins  of some men have been made manifest, preceding them to judgment, but those of others are manifested later.  {5:25} Similarly, too, good deeds have been made manifest, but even when they are not, they cannot remain hidden. 
[1 Timothy 6] {6:1} Whoever are servants under the yoke, let  them consider their masters to be worthy of every honor, lest the name and doctrine of the Lord be blasphemed. {6:2} But those who have believing masters, let them not despise them  because they are brothers, but rather serve them all the more because they are believing and beloved, participants of the  same service. Teach and exhort these things. {6:3} If anyone  teaches otherwise, and does not consent to the sound words  of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to that doctrine which is in accord with piety, {6:4} then he is arrogant, knowing nothing, yet languishing amid the  questions and quarrels  of  words.  From these arise envy, contention, blasphemy, evil suspicions: {6:5} the conflicts of men who have been corrupted in mind  and  deprived of truth, who consider profit to be piety.  {6:6} But piety with sufficiency is great gain. {6:7} For we brought nothing into this world, and there is no doubt that we  can take nothing away. {6:8} But, having nourishment and  some kind of covering, we should be  content with  these. {6:9} For those who want to become rich fall into temptation and into the snare of the devil and into many useless and  harmful desires, which submerge men in destruction and in perdition. {6:10} For desire is the root of all evils. Some  persons, hungering in this way, have strayed from the faith and have entangled themselves in many sorrows. {6:11} But you, O man of God, flee from these things, and truly pursue justice, piety, faith, charity, patience, meekness. {6:12} Fight  the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which  you have been called, and make a good profession of faith in the sight of many witnesses. {6:13} I charge you, in the sight of God, who enlivens all things, and in the sight of Christ  Jesus, who gave the testimony of a good profession under  Pontius Pilate,  {6:14} to  observe the commandment,  immaculately, irreproachably, unto the return of our  Lord Jesus Christ. {6:15} For at the proper time, he shall reveal the  blessed and only Power, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, {6:16} who alone holds immortality, and who inhabits  the inaccessible light, whom no man has seen, nor even is  able to see, to whom is honor and everlasting  dominion.  Amen. {6:17} Instruct the wealthy of this age not to have a  superior attitude, nor to hope in the uncertainty of riches, but  in the living God, who offers us everything in abundance to  enjoy, {6:18} and to do good, to become rich in good works,  to donate readily, to share, {6:19} to gather for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they  may obtain true life. {6:20} O Timothy, guard what has been  deposited with you, avoiding the voice of profane novelties  and of opposing ideas, which are falsely called knowledge. {6:21} Certain persons, promising these things, have perished  from the faith. May grace be with you. Amen. 
** The Second Letter to Timothy **
[2 Timothy 1] {1:1} Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, in accord with the promise of the life which  is in Christ Jesus, {1:2} to Timothy, most beloved son. Grace,  mercy, peace, from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our  Lord.  {1:3} I give thanks to God,  whom I serve, as my  forefathers did, with a pure conscience. For without ceasing I hold the remembrance of you in my prayers, night and day,  {1:4} desiring to see you, recalling your tears so as to be filled  with joy, {1:5} calling to mind the same faith, which is in you unfeigned, which also first dwelt in your grandmother, Lois,  and in your mother, Eunice, and also, I am certain, in you. {1:6} Because of this, I admonish you to revive the grace of God, which  is in you by the imposition  of my hands.  {1:7} For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of virtue,  and of love,  and of self-restraint. {1:8} And so,  do not be  ashamed of the testimony  of our Lord, nor of me,  his prisoner. Instead, collaborate with the Gospel in accord with  the virtue of God, {1:9} who has freed us and has called us to his holy vocation, not according to our works, but according  to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in  Christ Jesus, before the ages of time. {1:10} And this has now been made manifest by the illumination of our Savior Jesus  Christ, who certainly has destroyed death, and who has also  illuminated life and incorruption through the Gospel.  {1:11} Of this Gospel, I have been appointed a preacher, and  an Apostle, and a teacher  of the Gentiles. {1:12} For this  reason, I also suffer these things. But I am not confounded.  For I know in whom I have believed, and I am certain that he has the power to preserve what was entrusted to me, unto  that day. {1:13} Hold to the kind of sound words that you  have heard from me in the faith and love which is in Christ  Jesus. {1:14} Guard the good entrusted to you through the Holy Spirit, who lives within us. {1:15} Know this: that all those who are in Asia have turned away from me, among whom are Phigellus and Hermogenes. {1:16} May the Lord have mercy on the house  of Onesiphorus, because he has  often refreshed me,  and he has not been ashamed  of my  chains. {1:17} Instead, when he had arrived in Rome, he anxiously sought me and found me.  {1:18} May the Lord grant to him to obtain mercy from the Lord in that day. And  you know well in how many ways he has ministered to me at Ephesus. 
[2 Timothy 2] {2:1} And as for you, my son, be strengthened by the grace which is in Christ Jesus, {2:2} and by the things  which you have heard from me through many witnesses. These things encourage faithful men,  who shall then be  suitable to teach others also. {2:3} Labor like a good soldier  of Christ Jesus. {2:4} No man, acting as a soldier for God,  entangles himself in worldly matters, so that he  may be  pleasing to him for whom he has proven himself. {2:5} Then,  too, whoever strives in a competition is not crowned, unless  he has competed lawfully. {2:6} The farmer who labors  ought to be the first to share in the produce.  {2:7} Understand what I am saying. For the Lord will give  you understanding in  all things. {2:8} Be mindful that the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the offspring of David, has risen again from the dead, according to my Gospel. {2:9} I labor in this Gospel,  even while chained like an evildoer. But the  Word of God is not bound. {2:10} I endure all things for this  reason: for the sake of the elect, so that they, too, may obtain  the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory. {2:11} It is a faithful saying: that if we have died with him, we will also live with him. {2:12} If we suffer, we will also  reign with him. If we  deny him, he  will also  deny us.  {2:13} If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful: he is not able  to  deny himself. {2:14} Insist on these things, testifying  before the Lord. Do not be contentious about words, for this  is useful for nothing but the subversion of listeners. {2:15} Be  solicitous in the task of presenting yourself before God as a  proven and unashamed worker who has handled the Word of Truth correctly. {2:16} But avoid profane or empty talk. For these things advance one greatly in impiety. {2:17} And their  word spreads like a cancer: among these are Hymenaeus and  Philetus, {2:18} who have fallen away from the truth by saying that the resurrection is already complete. And so they have subverted the faith of certain persons. {2:19} But the  firm foundation of God remains standing, having this seal: the Lord knows those who are his own, and all who know  the name of the Lord depart from iniquity. {2:20} But, in a large house, there are not only vessels of gold and of silver,  but also those of wood and of clay; and certainly some are  held in honor, but others in dishonor. {2:21} If anyone, then,  will have cleansed himself from these things, he shall be a  vessel held in honor, sanctified and useful to the Lord,  prepared for every good work. {2:22} So then, flee from the desires of your youth, yet truly, pursue justice, faith, hope,  charity, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord from a pure heart. {2:23} But avoid foolish and undisciplined questions, for you know that these produce strife. {2:24} For  the servant of the Lord must not be contentious, but instead  he must be meek toward everyone, teachable,  patient,  {2:25} correcting with self-restraint those who resist the truth. For at  any time God may give them repentance, so  as to  recognize the truth, {2:26} and then they may recover from the snares of the devil, by whom they are held captive at his  will. 
[2 Timothy 3] {3:1} And know this: that in the last days perilous times will press near.  {3:2} Men will be lovers of themselves, greedy, self-exalting, arrogant, blasphemers,  disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, {3:3} without  affection, without peace,  false accusers, unchaste, cruel,  without kindness, {3:4} traitorous, reckless, self-important,  loving  pleasure more than God, {3:5} even having the appearance of piety while rejecting its virtue. And so, avoid  them. {3:6} For among these are ones who penetrate houses  and lead away, like captives, foolish women burdened with  sins, who are led away by means of  various desires, {3:7} always learning, yet never achieving knowledge of the truth. {3:8} And  in the same manner that Jannes and  Jambres resisted  Moses, so also will these resist the truth,  men corrupted in mind, reprobates from the faith. {3:9} But they will not advance beyond a certain point. For the folly of the latter shall be made manifest to all, just as that  of the  former. {3:10} But you have fully comprehended my doctrine, instruction,  purpose, faith, longsuffering, love,  patience, {3:11} persecutions,  afflictions; such things as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; how I endured persecutions, and how the Lord rescued me from everything.  {3:12} And all those who willingly live the piety in Christ  Jesus will suffer persecution. {3:13} But evil  men and  deceivers will advance in evil, erring and sending into error. {3:14} Yet truly, you should remain in those things which you have learned and which have been entrusted to you. For  you know from whom you have learned them. {3:15} And,  from your infancy, you have known the Sacred Scriptures, which are able to instruct you toward salvation, through the  faith which is in Christ Jesus. {3:16} All Scripture, having  been divinely inspired, is useful for teaching, for reproof, for  correction, and for instruction in justice, {3:17} so that the  man of God may be perfect, having been trained for every good work. 
[2 Timothy 4] {4:1} I testify before God, and before Jesus  Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead through his  return and  his kingdom: {4:2} that you should  preach the  word urgently, in season and out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke, with all patience and doctrine. {4:3} For there shall  be a time when they will not endure  sound doctrine, but  instead, according to their own desires, they will gather to themselves teachers, with itching ears, {4:4} and certainly,  they will turn their hearing away from the truth, and they will  be turned toward fables.  {4:5} But as  for you, truly, be vigilant, laboring in all things. Do the work of an Evangelist,  fulfilling your ministry. Show  self-restraint. {4:6} For I am already being worn away, and the time of my dissolution presses close. {4:7} I have fought the  good fight. I have completed the course. I have preserved the faith. {4:8} As for  the remainder, a crown of justice has been reserved for me,  one which the Lord, the just judge, will render to me in that day, and not only to me, but also to those who look forward  to his return. Hurry to return to me soon. {4:9} For Demas  has abandoned me, out of love for this age,  and he has departed for Thessalonica. {4:10} Crescens has gone to  Galatia;  Titus to Dalmatia. {4:11} Luke  alone is with me. Take Mark and bring him with you; for he is useful to me in  the ministry. {4:12} But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.  {4:13} When you return, bring with you the supplies that I left with Carpus at Troas, and the books, but especially the  parchments.  {4:14} Alexander the  coppersmith has shown  me much evil; the Lord will repay him according to his works. {4:15} And you should also avoid him; for he has strongly resisted our words. {4:16} At my first defense, no one stood  by me, but everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted  against them! {4:17} But  the Lord stood with me and  strengthened me, so that through me the preaching would be  accomplished, and so that all the Gentiles would hear. And I  was freed from the mouth of the lion. {4:18} The Lord has  freed me from every evil work, and  he will accomplish salvation by his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen. {4:19} Greet Prisca, and Aquila,  and the  household  of Onesiphorus. {4:20} Erastus remained at Corinth. And Trophimus I left sick at Miletus. {4:21} Hurry  to arrive before winter. Eubulus, and Pudens, and Linus, and  Claudia, and all the brothers greet you. {4:22} May the Lord  Jesus Christ  be with your spirit. May  grace be  with you. Amen. 
** The Letter to Titus **
[Titus 1] {1:1} Paul,  a servant  of God  and an Apostle of  Jesus Christ, in accord with the faith of God’s elect and in  acknowledgment of the truth which is accompanied by piety, {1:2} in the hope of the eternal life that God, who does not lie, promised before the ages of time,  {1:3} which,  at the  proper time, he has manifested by his Word, in the preaching  that has been entrusted to me by the command of God our  Savior; {1:4} to Titus, beloved son according to the common faith. Grace and peace, from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Savior. {1:5} For this reason, I left you behind in  Crete: so that those things which are lacking, you  would  correct,  and  so that you would ordain, throughout the  communities, priests, (just as I  also  ordained you)  {1:6} if such a man is without  offense, the husband of one wife,  having faithful children, not accused of self-indulgence, nor of insubordination. {1:7} And a bishop, as a steward of God, must be without offense: not arrogant, not short-tempered,  not a  drunkard, not  violent, not  desiring tainted profit,  {1:8} but instead: hospitable, kind, sober, just, holy, chaste, {1:9} embracing faithful speech which is in agreement with doctrine, so that he may be able to exhort in sound doctrine and to argue against those who contradict. {1:10} For there  are, indeed,  many who are disobedient, who speak empty  words,  and  who deceive, especially those who are  of the  circumcision. {1:11} These must be reproved, for they subvert entire houses, teaching things which should not be taught, for the favor of shameful gain. {1:12} A certain one of these, a prophet of their own kind, said: “The Cretans are  ever liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” {1:13} This testimony is true. Because of this, rebuke them sharply, so that they may  be sound in the faith, {1:14} not paying attention to Jewish  fables, nor to the rules of men who have turned themselves away from the truth. {1:15} All things are clean to those who  are clean. But to those who are defiled, and to unbelievers,  nothing  is clean; for both  their mind and their  conscience  have been polluted. {1:16} They claim that they know God. But, by their  own works, they deny him, since they are abominable,  and unbelieving, and reprobate, toward every  good work. 
[Titus 2] {2:1} But you  are to speak the things that befit sound  doctrine. {2:2} Old men should be sober, chaste,  prudent, sound in faith, in love, in patience. {2:3} Old women, similarly, should be in holy attire, not false accusers,  not given to  much  wine, teaching well, {2:4} so that they  may teach prudence to the young women, so that they may  love their husbands, love their children, {2:5} be sensible,  chaste, restrained, have concern for the household, be kind,  be subordinate to their husbands: so that the Word of God  may be not blasphemed. {2:6} Exhort young men similarly,  so that they may show  self-restraint. {2:7} In all things,  present yourself as an example of good works: in doctrine, with integrity, with seriousness, {2:8} with sound  words, irreproachably, so that he who is an opponent may dread that  he has nothing evil to say about us. {2:9} Exhort servants to  be submissive to their masters, in  all things  pleasing, not contradicting, {2:10} not cheating, but in all things showing good fidelity, so that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. {2:11} For the grace of God our Savior has appeared to all men, {2:12} instructing us to  reject  impiety and worldly desires, so that we may live soberly and  justly and piously in this age, {2:13} looking forward to the  blessed hope and the advent of the glory of the great God and of our Savior Jesus Christ. {2:14} He gave himself for our sake, so that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and might  cleanse for himself an acceptable people, pursuers of good works. {2:15} Speak and exhort and argue these things with all authority. Let no one despise you.
[Titus 3] {3:1} Admonish them to be subordinate  to the  rulers and authorities, to obey their dictates, to be prepared  for every good work, {3:2} to speak evil of no one, not to be  litigious, but to be reserved, displaying all meekness toward  all men. {3:3} For, in times past, we  ourselves were also  unwise, unbelieving, erring, servants of various desires and  pleasures, acting  with malice and envy, being hateful and  hating one  another. {3:4} But then the kindness and  humanity of God our Savior appeared. {3:5} And he saved us, not by works of justice that we had done, but, in accord with his mercy, by the washing of regeneration and by the  renovation of the Holy Spirit, {3:6} whom he has poured out upon us in abundance, through Jesus Christ  our  Savior,  {3:7} so that, having been justified by his grace,  we may become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. {3:8} This is a faithful saying. And I want you to confirm these things,  so that those who believe in God may take care to excel in  good works. These things are good and useful to men.  {3:9} But avoid foolish  questions, and genealogies, and contentions, as well as arguments against the law. For these  are useless and empty. {3:10} Avoid a man who is a heretic,  after the first and second correction, {3:11} knowing that one  who is like this has been subverted, and that he offends; for  he has been condemned by his own judgment. {3:12} When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, hurry to return to me at Nicopolis. For I have decided to winter there. {3:13} Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollo ahead with care, and let nothing be lacking to them. {3:14} But let our men also learn to excel  in good works pertaining to the necessities of life, so that they  may not be unfruitful. {3:15} All those who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. May the grace of God be with you all. Amen. 
** The Letter to Philemon **
[Philemon 1] {1:1} Paul,  a prisoner  of Christ Jesus, and  Timothy, a brother, to Philemon, our beloved fellow laborer,  {1:2} and to Apphia, most beloved sister, and to Archippus, our fellow soldier, and to the church which is in your house.  {1:3} Grace and  peace to you, from God our Father and  from the Lord Jesus Christ. {1:4} I give thanks to my God, always keeping remembrance of you in my prayers, {1:5} (for I am hearing of your charity and faith, which you have in the  Lord Jesus  and with all the saints) {1:6} so that the participation  of your faith  may become evident by the  recognition  of every good  work which is in you in Christ  Jesus. {1:7} For I have found great joy and consolation in  your charity, because the hearts  of the saints have been  refreshed by you, brother. {1:8} Because of this, I have  enough  confidence in Christ Jesus to  command you concerning certain things, {1:9} but I beg you instead, for the  sake of charity, since you are so much like Paul: an old man and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. {1:10} I beg you, on behalf of my son, whom I  have begotten in my chains,  Onesimus. {1:11} In times past, he was useless to you, but now he is useful both to me and to you. {1:12} So I have sent  him back to  you.  And may you receive him like my own heart. {1:13} I myself wanted to retain him with me, so that  he might minister to me, on your behalf, while I am in the  chains of the Gospel. {1:14} But I was willing to do nothing  without your counsel, so as not to make use of your good  deed as if out of necessity, but only willingly. {1:15} So perhaps, then, he departed from you for a time, so that you  might receive him again for eternity, {1:16} no longer as a  servant, but, in place of a servant, a most beloved brother,  especially to me: but how much so more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord! {1:17} Therefore, if you hold me to be a companion, receive him as you would me. {1:18} But if he  has harmed you in any way, or if he is in your debt, charge it  to me. {1:19} I, Paul, have written this with my own hand: I  will repay. And I need not tell you, that you are also in debt yourself, to me. {1:20} So it is, brother. May I delight with you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ. {1:21} I have  written to you, trusting in your obedience, knowing, too, that you will do even more than what I say. {1:22} But also, at once, prepare a lodging for me. For I am hoping, through your  prayers, to present myself to you. {1:23} Greet Epaphras, my fellow captive in Christ Jesus, {1:24} and  Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my helpers.  {1:25} May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your  spirit. Amen. 
** The Letter to the Hebrews **
[Hebrews 1] {1:1} In many places and in many ways, in past  times, God spoke to the fathers through the Prophets; {1:2} lastly, in these days, he has spoken to us through the Son,  whom  he appointed as the heir of all things, and through whom he made the world. {1:3} And since the Son is the brightness of his glory, and the figure of his substance, and is carrying all things by the Word of his virtue, thereby  accomplishing a purging of sins, he sits at the right hand of  Majesty on  high. {1:4} And having been made so much  better than the Angels, he has inherited a name so much greater than theirs. {1:5} For to which of the Angels has he ever said: “You are my Son; today have I begotten you?” Or again: “I will be a Father to him, and he shall be a Son to  me?” {1:6} And again, when he brings the only-begotten Son into the world, he says: “And let all the Angels of God adore him.” {1:7} And about the Angels, certainly, he says: “He makes his Angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.”  {1:8} But about the Son: “Your throne, O God, is forever  and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of equity.  {1:9} You have loved justice, and you have hated iniquity.  Because of this, God, your God, has anointed you with the  oil of exultation, above your companions.” {1:10} And: “In the beginning, O  Lord, you founded the earth. And the  heavens are the work of your hands. {1:11} These shall pass away, but you will remain. And all  will grow  old  like a  garment. {1:12} And you will change them like a cloak, and  they shall be changed. Yet you are ever the same, and your  years will not diminish.” {1:13} But to which of the Angels  has he ever said: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your  enemies your footstool?” {1:14} Are they not all spirits of  ministration, sent to minister for the sake of those who shall  receive the inheritance of salvation? 
[Hebrews 2] {2:1} For this reason, it is necessary for us to  observe more thoroughly the things that we have heard, lest  we let them slip away. {2:2} For if a word that was spoken  through the Angels has been made firm, and every  transgression and disobedience has received the recompense  of a just retribution, {2:3} in what way might we escape, if  we neglect such a great salvation? For though initially it had begun to be described by the Lord, it was confirmed among us by those who heard him, {2:4} with God testifying to it by signs and wonders, and by various  miracles, and by the  pouring out of the Holy Spirit, in accord with his own will. {2:5} For God did not subject the future world, about which  we are speaking, to the  Angels. {2:6} But someone, in a certain place, has testified, saying: “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the Son of man, that you visit him?  {2:7} You have reduced him to a little less than the Angels.  You have crowned him with glory and honor, and you have  set him over the works  of your hands. {2:8} You have subjected all things under his feet.” For in as much as he has  subjected all things to him, he has left nothing not subject to  him. But in the present time, we do not yet perceive that all  things have been made subject to him. {2:9} Yet we  understand that Jesus, who was reduced to a little less than  the Angels, was crowned with glory and honor because of his  Passion and  death, in order that, by the grace  of God,  he might taste death for all. {2:10} For it was fitting for him,  because of whom and through whom all things exist, who had led many children into glory, to complete the authorship of their salvation through his Passion.  {2:11} For he who  sanctifies, and those who are sanctified, are all from One. For this reason, he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying:  {2:12} “I will announce your name to my brothers. In the  midst of the Church, I will praise you.” {2:13} And again: “I will be faithful in him.”  And again: “Behold, I and  my children,  whom God has  given to me.” {2:14} Therefore,  because children have a common flesh and blood, he himself  also, in like manner, has shared in the same, so that through  death, he might destroy him who held the dominion of death, that is, the devil, {2:15} and so that he might free those who, through the fear of death, had been condemned to servitude  throughout their entire life. {2:16} For at no time did he take  hold of the Angels, but instead he took hold of the offspring  of Abraham. {2:17} Therefore, it is fitting for him to be made similar to his brothers in all things, so that he might become a  merciful and faithful High Priest before God, in order that he might bring forgiveness to the  offenses of the people.  {2:18} For in as much as he himself has suffered and has  been tempted, he also is able to assist those who are tempted.
[Hebrews 3] {3:1} Therefore, holy brothers, sharers in the  heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our  confession: Jesus. {3:2} He is faithful to the One who made him, just as Moses also was, with his entire house. {3:3} For this Jesus was considered worthy of greater glory than Moses, so much so that the house which he has built holds a greater honor than the former one. {3:4} For every house is built by  someone, but God is the  One who has created all things.  {3:5} And certainly Moses was faithful, with his entire house,  like any servant, as a testimony to those things that would  soon be said. {3:6} Yet truly, Christ is like a Son in his own  house. We are that house, if we firmly retain the faithfulness and the glory of hope, even unto the end. {3:7} Because of this, it is just as the Holy Spirit says: “If today you hear his voice, {3:8} harden not your hearts, as in the provocation,  the very day of temptation, in the desert, {3:9} where your  fathers tested me, even though they had seen and examined  my works for forty years. {3:10} For this reason,  I was  enraged  against this generation, and I said: They always  wander astray in heart. For they have not known my ways.  {3:11} So it is as I swore in my wrath: They shall not enter  into my rest!” {3:12} Be cautious, brothers, lest perhaps there  may be, in any of you, an evil heart of unbelief, turning aside from the living God. {3:13} Instead, exhort  one another  every day, while it is still called ‘today,’ so that none of you may become hardened through the falseness of sin.  {3:14} For we have been made participants in Christ. This is only so, if we firmly retain the beginning of his substance, even unto the end. {3:15} For it has been said: “If today you  hear his voice, harden not your hearts, in the same manner as  in the former provocation.” {3:16} For some of those listening did provoke him. But not all of these had set forth from Egypt through Moses. {3:17} So against whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not those who had sinned,  whose dead bodies lay prostrate in the desert? {3:18} But to whom did he swear that they would not enter into his rest, except to those who were incredulous? {3:19} And  so, we perceive that they were not able to enter because of unbelief. 
[Hebrews 4] {4:1} Therefore, we should be afraid, lest the  promise of entering into his rest may be relinquished, and  some of you may be judged to be lacking. {4:2} For this was announced to us in a similar manner as to them. But the mere  hearing of the word did not benefit them, since it was not  joined together with a faith in those things that they heard. {4:3} For we who have believed shall enter into rest, in the  same manner as he said: “So it is as I have sworn in my wrath: They shall not enter into my rest!” And certainly, this is when the works from the foundation of the world have been finished. {4:4} For, in a certain place, he spoke about the  seventh day in  this manner: “And God  rested  on  the  seventh day from all his  works.” {4:5} And in this  place  again: “They shall not enter into my rest!” {4:6} Therefore, this is because certain ones remain who are to enter into it, and those to whom it was announced first did not enter into it,  because of unbelief. {4:7} Again, he  defines a certain day, after so much time, saying in David, “Today,” just as it was  stated above, “If today you hear his voice, harden not your  hearts.” {4:8} For if Jesus had offered them rest, he would  never have spoken, afterward, about another day. {4:9} And  so, there remains a Sabbath of rest for the people of God.  {4:10} For whoever has entered into his rest, the same has also rested from his works,  just as  God did from his.  {4:11} Therefore, let us hasten to enter into that rest, so that no one may fall  into the same example  of unbelief.  {4:12} For the Word of God is living and effective:  more piercing than any two-edged sword, reaching to the division even between the soul and the spirit, even between the joints  and the marrow, and so it discerns the thoughts and intentions of the heart. {4:13} And there is no created thing that is invisible to his sight. For all things are naked and open  to the eyes of him, about whom we  are speaking.  {4:14} Therefore, since we have a great High Priest, who has pierced the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, we should hold to our confession. {4:15} For we do not have a high priest who  is unable to have compassion on our infirmities, but rather  one who was tempted in all things, just as we are, yet without  sin. {4:16} Therefore, let us go forth with confidence toward the throne of grace, so that we may obtain mercy, and find grace, in a helpful time. 
[Hebrews 5] {5:1} For every high priest, having been taken from among men, is appointed on behalf of men toward the things which pertain to God, so that he may offer gifts and  sacrifices on behalf of sins; {5:2} he is able to commiserate  with those who are ignorant and who wander astray, because  he himself is also encompassed by infirmity. {5:3} And  because of this, he also must make such offerings for sins even for himself, in the same manner as for the  people.  {5:4} Neither  does anyone take up this honor himself, but rather he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.  {5:5} Thus, even Christ did not glorify himself, so  as to become High Priest, but instead, it was God who said to him: “You are my Son. Today I have begotten you.” {5:6} And  similarly, he says in another place: “You are a priest forever,  according to the order  of  Melchizedek.” {5:7} It is  Christ  who, in the days of his flesh, with a strong cry and tears, offered prayers and supplications to the One who was able to save him from death, and who  was heard because  of his  reverence. {5:8} And although,  certainly, he  is the  Son  of God, he learned  obedience by the things that he suffered. {5:9} And having reached his consummation, he was made,  for all who are obedient to him, the cause of eternal salvation,  {5:10} having been called  by God to be the High  Priest, according to the order of Melchizedek. {5:11} Our message  about him is great, and difficult to explain when speaking,  because you have been made feeble when listening.  {5:12} For even though it is the time when you ought to be  teachers, you are still lacking, so that you must be taught the things that are the basic elements of the Word of God, and so  you have been made like those who are in need of milk, and  not of solid food. {5:13} For anyone who is still feeding on milk is still unskillful in the Word of Justice; for he is like an  infant. {5:14} But solid food is for those who are mature, for  those who, by practice, have sharpened their mind, so as to  discern good from evil. 
[Hebrews 6] {6:1} Therefore, interrupting an explanation of the basics of Christ, let us consider what is more advanced,  not  presenting again the fundamentals  of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, {6:2} of the doctrine of baptism, and also of the imposition of hands,  and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. {6:3} And we shall do this, if indeed God  permits it. {6:4} For it is  impossible for those who were once illuminated, and have even tasted of the heavenly gift, and have become sharers in  the Holy Spirit, {6:5} who, despite having tasted the good  Word of God and the virtues of the future age, have yet fallen away, {6:6} to be renewed again to penance, since they are  crucifying again in themselves the Son of God and are still maintaining pretenses. {6:7} For the earth accepts a blessing  from God, by drinking in the rain that often falls upon it, and  by producing plants that are useful to those by whom it is  cultivated. {6:8} But whatever brings forth thorns and briers  is rejected,  and is closest to what  is accursed; their  consummation is in combustion. {6:9} But from you, most beloved, we are confident that there will be things better and  closer to salvation; even though  we  speak in this way.  {6:10} For God is not unjust, such that he would forget your  work and the love that you have shown in his name. For you  have ministered, and you continue to minister, to the saints.  {6:11} Yet we desire that each one of you display the same  solicitude toward the fulfillment of hope, even unto the end, {6:12} so that you may not be slow to act, but instead may be  imitators of those who, through faith  and  patience, shall  inherit the promises. {6:13} For God, in making promises to  Abraham, swore by himself, (because he had no one greater by whom he might swear), {6:14} saying: “Blessing, I shall  bless you, and multiplying, I shall multiply you.” {6:15} And  in this way, by enduring patiently, he secured the promise.  {6:16} For men swear by  what is  greater than themselves,  and an oath as confirmation is the end of all their controversy.  {6:17} In this matter, God, wanting to reveal  more  thoroughly the immutability of his counsel to the heirs of the  promise, interposed an oath, {6:18} so that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have  the strongest solace: we who have fled together so as to hold  fast to the hope set before us. {6:19} This we have as an  anchor of the soul, safe and sound, which advances even to  the interior of the  veil,  {6:20} to the place where the forerunner Jesus has entered on our behalf, so as to become  the High Priest for eternity, according to the order of Melchizedek.
[Hebrews 7] {7:1} For this Melchizedek, king  of  Salem,  priest of the Most High God, met Abraham, as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him. {7:2} And Abraham divided to him a tenth part of everything.  And in translation his name is first, indeed, king of justice, and next also king of Salem, that is, king  of peace.  {7:3} Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, he is thereby likened to the Son of God, who remains a priest continuously.  {7:4} Next, consider how great this man  is, since the  Patriarch Abraham even gave tithes to him from the principal  things. {7:5} And  indeed,  those who  are from the sons of  Levi, having received the priesthood, hold a commandment  to take tithes from the people in accord with the law, that is,  from their brothers, even though they also went forth from the loins of Abraham. {7:6} But this man, whose lineage is  not enumerated with them, received tithes from Abraham,  and he blessed even the one who held the promises. {7:7} Yet this is without any contradiction, for what is less should be  blessed by what is better. {7:8} And certainly, here, men who  receive tithes still die; but there, he bears witness that he lives.  {7:9} And so it may be said that even Levi, who received  tithes, was himself a tithe through Abraham. {7:10} For he  was still in the loins of his father, when Melchizedek met him.  {7:11} Therefore, if consummation had occurred through the  Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law),  then what further need would there be for another Priest to rise up according to the order of Melchizedek, one who was  not called according to the order of Aaron? {7:12} For since the priesthood has been transferred, it is necessary that the  law also be transferred. {7:13} For he about whom these  things have been spoken is from another tribe, in which no one attends before the altar. {7:14} For it is evident that our  Lord arose out of Judah, a tribe about which Moses said nothing concerning  priests. {7:15} And yet it is far more evident that, according to the likeness of Melchizedek, there  rises up another priest, {7:16} who was made, not according to the law of a carnal commandment, but according to the  virtue of an indissoluble life. {7:17} For he testifies: “You are  a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” {7:18} Certainly, there is a setting aside of the former  commandment, because  of its weakness and lack  of  usefulness. {7:19} For the law led no one to perfection, yet  truly it introduced a better hope, through which we draw near to God.  {7:20} Moreover, it is not without an oath. For  certainly, the others were made priests without an oath. {7:21} But this man was made a priest with an oath, by the  One who said to him: “The Lord has sworn and he will not  repent. You are a priest forever.” {7:22} By so much, Jesus  has been made the sponsor of a better testament. {7:23} And  certainly, so many of the others became priests because, due  to death, they were prohibited from continuing. {7:24} But  this man, because he continues forever,  has an everlasting  priesthood. {7:25} And  for this reason, he is able, continuously, to save those who approach God through him, since he is ever  alive to  make intercession on our  behalf.  {7:26} For it  was fitting that we should have such  a High  Priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, set apart from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens. {7:27} And he has no need,  daily, in the manner of other priests, to offer sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people. For he has  done this  once, by  offering himself.  {7:28} For the law  appoints men as priests, though they have infirmities. But, by the word of the oath that is after the law, the Son has been  perfected for eternity. 
[Hebrews 8] {8:1} Now the main  point in the things that  have been stated is this: that we have so great a High Priest,  who is seated at the right hand of the throne of Majesty in the heavens, {8:2} who is the minister of holy things, and of the  true tabernacle, which was established by the Lord, not by man. {8:3} For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts  and sacrifices. Therefore, it is necessary for him also to have something to offer. {8:4} And so, if he were upon the earth,  he would not be a priest, since there would be others to offer  gifts according to the law, {8:5} gifts  which serve as mere  examples and shadows of the heavenly things. And so it was  answered to Moses, when he was about to complete the tabernacle: “See to it,” he said, “that you make everything  according to the example which was revealed to you on the  mountain.” {8:6} But now he has been granted a  better ministry, so much so that he is also the Mediator of a better testament, which has been confirmed  by better promises.  {8:7} For if the former one had been entirely without fault,  then a place certainly would not have been sought for a  subsequent one. {8:8} For, finding fault with them, he says: “Behold, the days shall  arrive, says the Lord, when I will consummate a New Testament over the house of Israel and  the house of Judah, {8:9} not according to the testament  which I made with their fathers, on the day when I took them  by the hand, so that I might lead them away from the land of Egypt. For they did not remain in my testament, and so I disregarded them, says the Lord. {8:10} For this  is the  testament which I will set before the house of Israel, after  those days, says the Lord. I will instill my laws in their minds, and I will inscribe my laws on their hearts. And so, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. {8:11} And they will  not teach, each one his neighbor, and each one his brother,  saying:  ‘Know the Lord.’  For all shall  know me, from the least, even to the greatest of them. {8:12} For I will forgive  their iniquities, and I will  no longer remember their sins.”  {8:13} Now in saying something new, he has made the  former old. But that which decays and grows old is close to passing away.
[Hebrews 9] {9:1} Certainly, the former also had the  justifications  of  worship and a holy  place for that age. {9:2} For a tabernacle was made at first, in which were the  lampstand, and the table, and the bread of the Presence,  which is called Holy. {9:3} Then, beyond the second veil, was the tabernacle, which is called the Holy of  Holies,  {9:4} having a golden censer, and the ark of the testament, covered all around and on every part with gold, in which was a golden urn containing manna, and the rod of Aaron which had blossomed, and the tablets of the testament. {9:5} And over the ark were the Cherubim of glory, overshadowing the propitiatory. There is not enough time to speak about each of these things. {9:6} Yet truly, once such things were placed together, in the first part of the tabernacle, the priests were,  indeed, continually entering, so as to carry out the duties of the sacrifices. {9:7} But into the second part, once a year, the  high priest alone entered,  not without blood,  which he  offered on behalf of the neglectful offenses of himself and of the people. {9:8} In this way, the Holy Spirit is signifying that  the way to what is most holy was not yet made manifest, not  while the first tabernacle was still standing. {9:9} And this is  a parable for the present time. Accordingly, those gifts and  sacrifices that are offered are not able, as concerns the  conscience, to make perfect those things that serve only as food and drink, {9:10} as well as the various washings and  justices of the flesh, which were imposed upon them until the  time of correction. {9:11} But Christ, standing as the High  Priest  of future good things, through a greater and  more  perfect tabernacle, one not made by hand, that is, not of this creation, {9:12} entered once into the Holy of Holies, having  obtained eternal redemption, neither by the blood of goats, nor of calves, but by his own blood. {9:13} For if the blood of goats and oxen, and the  ashes of a calf, when these are sprinkled, sanctify those who have been defiled, in order to cleanse the flesh, {9:14} how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the  Holy Spirit has offered himself,  immaculate, to God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, in order to serve the living God? {9:15} And thus he is the  Mediator  of the new testament, so that, by his  death, he  intercedes for the redemption of those transgressions which  were under the former testament, so that those who have been called may receive the promise of an eternal inheritance.  {9:16} For where there is a testament, it is necessary for the death  of the  one  who testifies to intervene. {9:17} For a testament is confirmed by death. Otherwise, it as yet has no  force, as long as the one who testifies lives. {9:18} Therefore,  indeed, the first was not dedicated without blood. {9:19} For  when every  commandment of the law had been read by  Moses to the entire people, he took up the blood of calves and goats, with water and with scarlet wool and hyssop, and  he sprinkled  both the book itself and  the entire people,  {9:20} saying: “This is the blood of the testament which God  has commanded for you.” {9:21} And even the tabernacle,  and all the vessels for the ministry, he similarly sprinkled with  blood. {9:22} And nearly everything, according to the law, is to be cleansed with blood. And without the shedding of blood, there is no remission. {9:23} Therefore, it is necessary for the examples of heavenly things to be cleansed, just as, indeed,  these things  were. Yet the heavenly things are themselves better sacrifices than these. {9:24} For Jesus did not enter by  means of holy things made with hands, mere examples of the true things, but he entered into Heaven itself, so that he may  appear now before the face of God for us. {9:25} And he did not enter so as to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest  enters into the Holy of Holies each year, with the blood of another. {9:26} Otherwise, he would need to have suffered repeatedly since the beginning of the world. But now, one time, at the consummation of the ages, he has appeared in  order to destroy sin though his own sacrifice. {9:27} And in  the same manner as it has been appointed for men to die one  time, and after this, to be judged, {9:28} so also Christ was offered, one time, in order to empty the sins of so many. He shall appear a second time without sin, for those who await him, unto salvation. 
[Hebrews 10] {10:1} For  the law contains the shadow of  future good things, not the very image of these things. So, by  the very same sacrifices which they offer ceaselessly each year, they can never cause these to approach perfection.  {10:2} Otherwise, they would  have ceased to be  offered, because the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longer be  conscious  of any sin. {10:3} Instead,  in these things, a  commemoration of sins is made every year. {10:4} For it is impossible for sins to be taken away by the blood of oxen and  goats. {10:5} For this reason, as Christ enters into the world,  he says: “Sacrifice and oblation, you did not want. But you  have fashioned a body for me. {10:6} Holocausts for sin were  not pleasing to you. {10:7} Then I said, ‘Behold, I  draw near.’ At the head of the book, it has been written of me that  I should  do  your will, O God.” {10:8} In the above, by  saying, “Sacrifices, and oblations, and holocausts for sin, you did not want, nor are those things pleasing to you, which are offered according to the law; {10:9} then I said, ‘Behold, I  have come to do your will, O God,’ ” he takes away the first,  so that he may establish what follows. {10:10} For  by this will, we have been sanctified, through the one time oblation of the body of Jesus  Christ. {10:11} And  certainly, every  priest stands by, ministering daily, and frequently offering the  same sacrifices, which are never able to take away sins.  {10:12} But this man, offering one sacrifice for sins, sits at the  right hand of God forever, {10:13} awaiting that time when  his enemies will be made his footstool. {10:14} For, by one oblation, he has brought to fulfillment, for all time, those who  are sanctified. {10:15} Now the Holy Spirit also testifies for us about this. For afterward, he said: {10:16} “And this is the testament which I will commit to them after those days, says the Lord.  I  will instill my laws in their hearts, and I will inscribe my laws  on their minds.  {10:17} And I  will no  longer remember their sins and iniquities.” {10:18} Now,  when there is a remission of these things, there is no longer  an oblation for sin. {10:19} And so, brothers, have faith in  the entrance into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Christ,  {10:20} and in the new and living Way, which he has  initiated for us by the veil, that is, by his flesh, {10:21} and in  the Great Priest over the  house  of God. {10:22} So,  let us  draw near with a true heart, in the fullness of faith, having  hearts cleansed from an evil conscience, and bodies absolved with clean water. {10:23} Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope,  without wavering, for he who has  promised is  faithful. {10:24} And let us be considerate of one another, so  as to  prompt ourselves to charity and to good  works, {10:25} not deserting our assembly, as some are accustomed to do, but consoling one another, and even more so as you  see that the day is approa