XXI . Parable of the Tares
ANOTHER parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom
of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good
seed in his field.
2. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares
among the wheat, and went his way.
3. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit,
then appeared the tares also.
4. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him,
Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field ? from whence then
hath it tares?
5. He said unto them, An. enemy hath done this. The servants
said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up ?
6. But he said, Nay ; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root
up also the wheat with them.
7. Let both grow together until the harvest : and in the time of
harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the
tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them : but gather the
wheat into my barn.
8. Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the
house : and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us
the parable of the tares of the field.
9. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good
seed is the Son of man,
10. The field is the world ; the good seed are the children of
the kingdom ; but the tares are the children of the wicked one,
11. The enemy that sowed them is the devil ; the harvest is the
end of the world ; and the reapers are the angels.
12. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire,
so shall it be in the end of this world.
13. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall
gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which
14. And shall cast them into a furnace of fire : there shall be
wailing and gnashing of teeth.
15. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom
of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
16. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid
in a field, the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for
joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that
17. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant
man, seeking goodly pearls :
18. Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went
and sold all that he had, and bought it.
19. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was
cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind ;
20. Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down,
and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
21. So shall it be at the end of the world : the angels shall come
forth and sever the wicked from among the just,
22. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire : there shall be
wailing and gnashing of teeth.
23. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these
things ? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
24. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is
instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is
an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things
new and old.
XXII . Precepts
AND he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast
seed into the ground,
2. And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed
should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
3. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself, first the blade,
then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
4. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth
in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
5. And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of
God ? or with what comparison shall we compare it ?
6. It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in
the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth :
7. But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater
than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls
of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
8 . And with many such parables spake he the word unto
them, as they were able to hear it.
9. But without a parable spake he not unto them; and when
they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
10. And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man
said unto him. Lord, I will follow thee withersoever thous goest.
11. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of
the air have nests
; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his
12. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord,
suffer me first to go and bury my father.
13. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead : but go
thou and preach the kingdom of God.
14. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee ; but let me
first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
15. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to
the plough and looking back, as fit for the kingdom of God.
16. And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican
named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom : and he said
unto him, Follow me.
17. And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
18. And Levi made him a great feast in his own house ; and it
came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans
and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples :
for there were many, and they followed him.
19. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with
publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that
he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners ?
20. When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are
whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick : I
came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
XXIII . Parable of New Wine in Old Bottles
AND he spake also a parable unto them ; No man putteth a
piece of a new garment upon an old ; if otherwise, then both
the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken
out of the
new agreeth not with the old.
2. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new
wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled and the bottles shall
3. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are
4. No man also having drunk old wine
new: for he saith, The old is better.
XXIV . A Prophet Hath no Honor in his Own Country
AND it came to pass, that
when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
2. And when he was come into his own country, he taught
them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished
and said, Whence hath this man
this wisdom, and these
3. Is not this the carpenters son ? is not his mother called
Mary ? and his brethren James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas ?
4. And his sisters, are they not all with us ? Whence then hath
all these things ?
5. And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them,
A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in
his own house.
XXV . Mission Instructions, Return of Apostles
BUT when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion
on them, because they fainted and were scattered
abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
2. And he called unto him
the twelve, and began to send
them forth by two and two ; and gave them power over unclean
3. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying
Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any
city of the
Samaritans enter ye not:
4. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
5. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
6. Nor scrip for your
journey, neither two coats, neither
shoes, nor yet starves; for the workman is worthy of his meat.
7. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire
who in it is worthy ; and there abide till ye go thence.
8. And when you come into an house, salute it.
9. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it:
but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
10. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words,
when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of
11. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the
land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for
12. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves :
be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
13. But beware of men : for they will deliver you up to the
councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues ;
14. And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for
my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
15. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into
another ; for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the
cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
16. Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered,
that shall not be revealed, and hid, that shall not be known.
17. What I tell you in darkness, that
speak ye in light : and
what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
18. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to
kill the soul : but rather fear him which is able to destroy both
soul and body in hell.
19. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing ? and one of them
shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
20. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
21. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many
22. And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
23. And the apostles gathered themselves together unto
Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and
what they had taught.
XXVI . Precepts
AFTER these things Jesus walked in Galilee : for he would not
walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.
2. Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of
the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
3. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with
defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
4. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their
hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
5. And when they come
from the market, except they wash,
they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have
received to hold, as
the washing of cups and pots, brazen vessels, and of tables.
6. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not
thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat
bread with unwashen hands?
7. And when he had called all the people unto him,
unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you,
and understand :
8. There is nothing from without a man, that entering into
him can defile him : but the things which come out of him, those
are they that defile the man.
9. If any man have ears to hear let him hear.
10. And when he was entered into the house from the people,
his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
11. And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding
also ? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without
entereth into the man, it
cannot defile him ;
12. Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly,
it and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats ?
13. And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that
defileth the man.
14. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil
thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
15. Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness,
an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness :
16. All these evil things come from within, and defile the
17. And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of
Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no
man know it: but he could not be hid.
18. At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying,
Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven ?
19. And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the
midst of them,
20. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted,
and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom
21. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little
child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
22. Woe unto the world because of offences ! for it must
needs be that offences come ; but woe to that man by whom the
offence cometh !
23. Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them
off, and cast them
from thee : it is better for thee to enter into
life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to
be cast into everlasting fire.
24. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it
thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather
than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
25. How think ye ? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one
of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine,
and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone
26. And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he
rejoiceth more of that sheep,
than of the ninety and nine which
went not astray.
27. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven,
that one of these little ones should perish.
28. Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and
tell him his fault between thee and him alone : if he shall hear
thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
29. But if he will not hear thee, then
take with thee one or two
more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word
may be established.
30. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it
church : but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto
thee as an heathen man and a publican.
31. Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall
my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till. seven times ?
32. Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven
times : but, Until seventy times seven.
XXVII . Parable of the Wicked Servant
THEREFORE is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain
king, which would take account of his servants.
2. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto
him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
3. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded
him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had,
and payment to be made.
4. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying,
Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
5. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion,
and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
6. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-
servants, which owed him an hundred pence : and he laid hands
on him, and took him
by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou
7. And his fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and besought
him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
8. And he would not : but went and cast him into prison, till he
should pay the debt.
9. So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were
very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
10. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him,
O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because
thou desiredst me ;
11. Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy
fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee ?
12. And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors,
till he should pay all that was due unto him.
13. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you,
if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their
XXVIII . Mission of the Seventy
AFTER these things the Lord appointed other seventy also,
and sent them two and two before his face into every city
and place, whither he himself would come.
2. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but
the labourers are few : pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
3. Go your ways : behold, I send you forth as lambs among
4. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no
man by the way.
5. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to
6. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon
it ; if not, it shall turn to you again.
7. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such
things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not
from house to house.
8. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat
such things as are set before you ;
9. But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not,
go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
10. Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we
do wipe off against you : notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that
the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
11. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that
day for Sodom, than for that city.
XXIX . The Feast of the Tabernacles
NOW the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.
2. His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence,
and go into Judea, that thy disciples also may see the works that
3. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret and he
himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things,
shew thyself to the world.
4. For neither did his brethren believe in him.
5. Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but
your time is always ready.
6. The world cannot hate you ; but me it hateth, because I testify
of it, that the works thereof are evil.
7. Go ye up unto this feast : I go not up yet unto this feast ; for
my time is not yet full come.
8. When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in
9. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also
up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
10. Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is
11. And there was much murmuring among the people concerning
him : for some said, He is a good man : others said, Nay ;
but he deceiveth the people.
12. Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.
13. Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the
temple, and taught.
14. And the Jews marveled, saying, How knoweth this man
letters, having never learned ?
15. Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine,
but his that sent me.
16. Did not Moses give you the law, and yet
none of you keepeth
the law ? Why go ye about to kill me ?
17. The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who
goeth about to kill thee ?
18. Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one
work, and ye all marvel.
19. Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because
it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.
20. If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the
law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because
I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day ?
21. Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
22. Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he,
whom they seek to kill ?
23. But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto
him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
24. The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such
things concerning him ; and the Pharisees and the chief priests
sent officers to take him.
25. So there was a division among the people because of him.
26. And some of them would have taken him ; but no man laid
hands on him.
27. Then came the officers to the chief priests and
Pharisees ; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought
28. The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
29. Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived ?
30. Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on
31. But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.
32. Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by
night, being one of them,)
33. Doth our law judge any
man, before it hear him, and
know what he doeth?
34. They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of
Galilee ? Search, and look ; for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.
35. And every man went unto his own house.
XXX . The Woman Taken in Adultery
JESUS went unto the mount of Olives.
2. And early in the morning he came again into the temple,
and all the people came unto him ; and he sat down, and taught
3. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman
taken in adultery ; and when they had set her in the midst,
4. They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery,
in the very act.
5. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be
stoned; but what sayest thou ?
6. This they said, tempting him, that they might have to
accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his
on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself,
and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him
first cast a stone at her.
8. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9. And they which heard it,
being convicted by their own
went out one by one beginning at the eldest, even
the last : and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the
10. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the
woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine
accusers ? hath no man condemned thee ?
11. She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither
do I condemn thee ; go, and sin no more.
XXXI . To be Born Blind No Proof of Sin
AND as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from
2. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin,
this man, or his parents, that he was born blind ?
3. Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents : but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
XXXII. The Good Shepherd
VERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the
door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way,
the same is a thief and a robber.
2. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the
3. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice :
l and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before
them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice.
5. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him :
for they know not the voice of strangers.
6. I am the good shepherd : the good shepherd giveth his life
for the sheep.
7. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own
the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep,
and fleet h: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the
8. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth
not for the sheep.
9. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am
known of mine.
10. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold : them
also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall
be one fold, arid one shepherd.
XXXIII . Love God and Thy Neighbour ; Parable of the Samaritan
AND, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him,
saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life ?
2. He said unto him, What is written in the law ? how readest
3. And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength,
and with all thy mind ; and thy neighbour as thyself.
4. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right : this do,
and thou shalt live.
5. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who
is my neighbour ?
6. And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from
Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped
him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving
him half dead.
7. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way :
and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.
8. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and
looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
9. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he
was : and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
10. And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil
and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an
inn, and took care of him.
11. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two
pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care
of him ; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again,
I will repay thee.
12. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour
unto him that fell among the thieves ?
13. And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said
Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
XXXIV . Form of Prayer
AND it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place,
when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord,
teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father
which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3. Give us day by day our daily bread.
4. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that
is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us
5. And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend,
and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend,
lend me three loaves ;
6. For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I
have nothing to set before him ?
7. And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not;
the door is now shut ; and my children are with me in bed; I cannot
rise and give thee.
8. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him
because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will
rise and give him as many as he needeth.
9. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and
ye shall find ; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10. For every one that asketh receiveth ; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will
he give him a stone ? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him
a serpent ?
12. Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion ?
13. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto
your children; how much more shall your heavenly Father give
the Holy Spirit to them that ask him ?
XXXV . The Sabbath
AND it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the
chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they
2. And, behold, there was a certain man before him which
had the dropsy.
3. And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees,
saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day ?
4. And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed
him, and let him go ;
5. And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass
or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out
on the sabbath day ?
6. And they could not answer him again to these things.