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XXXVI . The Bidden to a Feast
AND he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when
he marked how they chose out the chief rooms ; saying unto
2. When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not
down in the highest room ; lest a more honourable man than
thou be bidden of him ;
3. And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give
this man place ; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest
4. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest
room ; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee,
thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the
presence of them that sit at meat with thee.
5. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased ; and he that
humbleth himself shall be exalted.
6. Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest
a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren,
neither by kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours ; lest they also bid
thee again, and a recompense be made thee.
7. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed,
the lame, the blind :
8. And thou shalt be blessed ; for they cannot recompense
thee : for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the
9. And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard
these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread
in the kingdom of God.
10. Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
11. And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that
were bidden, Come ; for all things are now ready.
12. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The
first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must
needs go and see it : I pray thee have me excused.
13. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I
go to prove them : I pray thee have me excused.
14. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I
15. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things.
Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go
out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in
hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
16. And the servant said, Lord it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
17. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways
and hedges, and compel them
to come in, that my house
may be filled.
18. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were
bidden shall taste of my supper.
XXXVII . Precepts
FOR which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not
down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it ?
2. Otherwise, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able
to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
3. Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
4. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth
not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten
thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty
5. Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth
an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
XXXVIII . Parables of the Lost Sheep and Prodigal Son
THEN drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for
to hear him.
2. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man
receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3. And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4. What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one
of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness,
and go after that which is lost, until he find it ?
5. And when he hath found ii, he layeth it on his shoulders,
6. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends
and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have
found my sheep which was lost.
7. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one
sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons,
which need no repentance.
8. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose
one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and
seek diligently till she find it ?
9. And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her
neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found
the piece which I had lost.
10. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of
the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
11. And he said, A certain man had two sons :
12. And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give
me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto
them his living.
13. And not many days after the younger son gathered all
together and took his journey into a far country, and there
wasted his substance with riotous living.
14. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine
in that land; and he began to be in want.
15. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country ;
and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that
the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired
servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I
perish with hunger !
18. I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him,
Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19. And am no more worthy to be called thy son : make me as
one of thy hired servants.
20. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet
a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and
ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against
heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy
22. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best
robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes
on his feet :
23. And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it ; and let us eat,
and be merry :
24. For this my son was dead, and is alive again ; he was lost,
and is found. And they began to be merry.
25. Now his elder son was in the field ; and as he came and
drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these
27. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come ; and thy father
hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe
28. And he was angry, and would not go in : therefore came his
father out, and intreated him.
29. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years
do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment :
and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might
make merry with my friends :
30. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath
devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all
that I have is thine.
32. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad; for
this thy brother was dead, and is alive again ; and was lost, and is
XXXIX . Parable of the Unjust Steward
AND he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich
man, which had a steward ; and the same was accused unto
him that he had wasted his goods.
2. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear
this of thee ? give an account of thy stewardship ; for thou mayest
be no longer steward.
3. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do ? for
my lord taketh away frcm me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to
beg I am ashamed.
4. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the
stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
5. So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him,
said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord ?
6. And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto
him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
7. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou ? And
he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him,
Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
8. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he
had done wisely ; for the children of this world are in their generation
wiser than the children of light.
9. And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon
of unrighteousness ; that, when ye fail, they may receive
you into everlasting habitations.
10. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in
much; and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
11. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteousness
mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches
12. And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another
man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
13. No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate
the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
14. And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all
these things : and they derided him.
15. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves
before men ; but God knoweth your hearts : for that which
is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of
XL . Parable of Lazarus
THERE was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple
and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day:
2. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was
laid at his gate, full of sores,
3. And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the
rich man's table : moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
4. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried
by the angels into Abraham's bosom : the rich man also died, and
was buried ;
5. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments and seeth
Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
6. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me,
and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water,
and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.
7. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime
receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil
things : but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
8. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf
fixed : so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot ;
neither can they pass to us, that would come
9. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou
wouldest send him to my fathers house :
10. For I have five brethren ; that he may testify unto them,
lest they also come into this place of torment.
II. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the
prophets ; let them hear them.
12. And he said, Nay, father Abraham : but if one went unto
them from the dead, they will repent.
13. And he said unto them, If they hear not Moses and the
prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from
XLI . Precepts to be Always Ready
THEN said he unto the disciples, it is impossible but that
offences will come : but woe unto him,
through whom they
2. It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about
his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one
of these little ones.
3. Take heed to yourselves : If thy brother trespass against
thee, rebuke him, and if he repent, forgive him.
4. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and
seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou
shalt forgive him.
5. But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle,
will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field,
Go and sit down to meat ?
6. And will not rather say unto him,
Make ready wherewith I
may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and
drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink ?
7. Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that
were commanded him? I trow not.
8. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things
which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants :
we have done that which was our duty to do.
9. And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the
kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The
Kingdom of God cometh not with observation.
10. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the
days of the Son of man.
11. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were
given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
12. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot ; they did eat, they
drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded ;
13. But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire
and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them
14. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is
15. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his
staff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he
that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
16. Remember Lot's wife.
17. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and
whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
18. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed;
t the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
19. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be
taken, and the other left.
20. Two men shall be in the field ; the one shall be taken, and
the other left.
XLII . Parables of the Widow and Judge, the Pharisee and Publican
AND he spake a parable unto them to this end,
that men ought
always to pray, and not to faint ;
2. Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God,
neither regarded man :
3. And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him,
saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within
himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man,
5. Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest
by her continual coming she weary me.
6. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and
night unto him, though he bear long with them ?
8. I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless
when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth ?
9. And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in
themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10. Two men went up into the temple to pray ; the one a
Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I
thank thee that I am not as other men are,
adulterers, or even as this publican.
12. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so
much as his
eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather
than the other : for every one that exalteth himself shall be
abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
XLIII . Precepts
NOW it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a
certain village ; and a certain woman named Martha
received him into her house.
2. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus'
feet, and heard his word.
3. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came
to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left
me to serve alone ? bid her therefore that she help me.
4. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha,
thou art careful and troubled about many things:
5. But one thing is needful : and Mary hath chosen that good
part, which shall not be taken away from her.
6. And it came to pass, that
when Jesus had finished these sayings,
he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of
Judea beyond Jordan ;
7. And great multitudes followed him ; and he healed them
8. The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying
unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every
9. And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read,
that he which made them,
at the beginning made them male and
10. And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and
mother, and shall cleave to his wife : and they twain shall be one
11. Wherefore, they are no more twain, but one flesh. What
therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
12. They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give
a writing of divorcement, and to put her away ?
13. He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of
your hearts suffered you to put away your wives : but from the
beginning it was not so.
14. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife,
except it be
for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth
adultery : and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
15. His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so
wife, it is not good to marry.
16. But he said unto them, All men
cannot receive this saying,
to whom it is given.
17. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from
mothers womb : and there are some eunuchs, which were
made eunuchs of men ; and there be eunuchs, which have made
themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heavens sake. He that
is able to receive it,
let him receive it.
18. Then were there brought unto him little children, that he
should put his hands on them, and pray : and the disciples
19. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not,
to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
20. And he laid his
hands on them, and departed thence.
21. And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master,
what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life ?
22. And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is
none good but one, that is,
God : but if thou wilt enter into life,
keep the commandments.
23. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no
murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal,
Thou shalt not bear false witness,
24. Honour thy father and thy
mother : and, Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself.
25. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I
kept from my youth up : what lack I yet ?
26. Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and
that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure
in heaven : and come and
27. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away
sorrowful : for he had great possessions.
28. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you,
That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
29. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the
kingdom of God.
30. When his disciples heard it,
they were exceedingly
amazed, saying, Who then can be saved ?
31. But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this
is impossible ; but with God all things are possible.
XLIV . Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard
FOR the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an
householder, which went out early in the morning to hire
labourers into his vineyard.
2. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a
day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others
standing idle in the marketplace,
4. And said unto them : Go ye also into the vineyard, and
whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
5. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did
6. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others
standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the
day idle ?
7. They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith
unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard ; and whatsoever is right,
shall ye receive.
8. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto
his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their
from the last unto the first.
9. And when they came that were hired
about the eleventh
hour, they received every man a penny.
10. But when the first came, they supposed that they should
have received more ; and they likewise received every man a
11. And when they had received it,
they murmured against
the goodman of the house,
12. Saying, These last have wrought but
one hour, and thou
hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden
and heat of the day.
13. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee
no wrong, didst thou not agree with me for a penny ?
14. Take that
and go thy way : I will give unto this last,
even as unto thee.
15. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own ? Is
thine eye evil, because I am good ?
16. So the last shall be first, and the first last : for many be
called, but few chosen.
XLV . Zacchaeus, and the Parable of the Talents
AND Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2. And, behold, there was
a man named Zacchaeus, which
was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3. And he sought to see Jesus who he was ; and could not for
the press, because he was little of stature.
4. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to
see him; for he was to pass that way.
5. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw
him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come
down ; for today I must abide at thy house.
6. And he made haste, and came down, and received him
7. And when they saw it,
they all murmured, saying, That he
was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord ; Behold, Lord,
the half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have taken anything
from any man by false accusation, I restore him
9. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this
house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which
11. And as they heard these things, he added and spake a
parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they
thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
12. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far
country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten
pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
14. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him,
saying, We will not have this man
to reign over us.
15. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having
received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be
called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might
know how much every man had gained by trading.
16. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained
17. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because
thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over
18. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath
gained five pounds.
19. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
20. And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here
pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin :
21. For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou
takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst
22. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I
judge thee, thou
wicked servant. Thou knowest that I was an
austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I
did not sow :
23. Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank,
that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury ?
24. And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the
pound, and give it
to him that hath ten pounds.
25. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
26. For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall
be given ; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be
taken away from him.
27. But those mine enemies which would not that I should
reign over them, bring hither, and slay them
28. And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending
up to Jerusalem.
XLVI . Goes to Jerusalem and Bethany
AND when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to
Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two
2. Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and
straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her : loose
and bring them
3. And if any man
say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord
hath need of them ; and straightway he will send them.
4. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
5. And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their
clothes, and they set him
6. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the
way ; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them
in the way.
7. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was
moved, saying, Who is this ?
8. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive
ye how ye prevail nothing ? behold, the world is gone after him.
9. And there were certain Greeks among them that came up
to worship at the feast :
10. The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida
of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
11. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew : and again Andrew and
Philip tell Jesus.
12. And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that
the Son of man should be glorified.
13. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall
into the ground and die, it abideth alone : but if it die, it bringeth
forth much fruit.
I4. And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany ;
and he lodged there.
XLVII . The Traders Cast Out from the Temple
AND on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he
was hungry :
2. And they came to Jerusalem : and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the
seats of them that sold doves ;
3. And would not suffer that any man should carry any
through the temple.
4. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My
house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer ? but ye
have made it a den of thieves.
5. And the scribes and chief priests heard it,
and sought how
they might destroy him : for they feared him, because all the
people was astonished at his doctrine.
6. And when even was come, he went out of the city.
XLVIII . Parable of the Two Sons
AND they came again to Jerusalem ; and as he was walking in
the temple, there came to him the chief priests, and the
scribes, and the elders,
2. And they answered Jesus and said, We cannot tell. And he
said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these
3. But what think ye ? A certain
man had two sons; and he
came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard.
4. He answered and said, I will not : but afterward he
repented, and went.
5. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he
answered and said I go,
sir; and went not.
6. Whether of them twain did the will of his
father ? They say
unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you,
That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God
XLIX . Parable of the Vineyard and Husbandmen
HEAR another parable : There was a certain householder,
which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and
digged a wine-press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen,
and went into a far country:
2. And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant,
that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the
3. And they caught him,
and beat him, and sent him
4. And again he sent unto them another servant ; and at him
they cast stones, and wounded him
in the head, and sent him
away shamefully handled.
5. And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many
others, beating some, and killing some.
6. Having yet therefore one son, his well-beloved, he sent him
also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
7. But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the
heir ; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
8. And they took him, and killed him
and cast him
out of the
9. What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do ? he will
come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard
10. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his
parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
11. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the
multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
L . Parable of the King and the Wedding
AND Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables,
2. The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which
made a marriage for his son ;
3. And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to
the wedding ; and they would not come.
4. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which
are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and
killed, and all things are
ready : come unto the
5. But they made light of it
, and went their ways, one to his
farm, another to his merchandise :
6. And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them
spitefully, and slew them.
7. But when the king heard thereof
he was wroth ; and he sent
forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up
8. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but
they which were bidden were not worthy.
9. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall
find, bid to the marriage.
10. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered
together all as many as they found, both bad and good; and
the wedding was furnished with guests.
11. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there
a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12. And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither
not having a wedding garment ? And he was speechless.
13. Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and
foot, and take him away and cast him
into outer darkness : there
shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14. For many are called, but few are
LI . Tribute, Marriage, Resurrection
THEN went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might
in his talk.
2. And they sent out unto him their disciples with the
Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and
teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any
man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
3. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou ? Is it lawful to give
tribute unto Caesar, or not ?
4. But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt
ye me, ye
5. Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a
6. And he saith unto them, Whose is
this image and superscription?
7. They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them,
Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesars ;
and unto God the things that are God's.
8. When they had heard these words,
they marvelled, and left
him and went their way.
9. The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that
there is no resurrection, and asked him,
10. Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his
11. Now there were with us seven brethren : and the first,
when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left
his wife unto his brother :
12. Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
13. And last of all the woman died also.
14. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of
the seven ? for they all had her.
15. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing
the scriptures, nor the power of God.
16. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given
in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
17. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not
read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,
18. I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac and the
God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
19. And when the multitude heard this,
they were astonished
at his doctrine.
LII . The Two Commandments
AND one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning
together, and perceiving that he had answered them
well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all ?
2. And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments
is, Hear, O Israel ; The Lord our God is one Lord ;
3. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength :
this is the first commandment.
4. And the second is like, namely
this, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment
greater than these.
5. On these two commandments hang all the law and the
6. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said
the truth : for there is one God ; and there is none other but he :
7. And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding,
and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to
neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt
offerings and sacrifices.
LIII . Precepts, Pride, Hypocrisy, Swearing
THEN spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2. Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat :
3. All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that
and do ; but do not ye after their works : for they say, and do not.
4. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and
on men's shoulders ; but they themselves
will not move
them with one of their fingers.
5. But all their works they do for to be seen of men : they
make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their
6. And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats
in the synagogues,
7. And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men,
8. But be not ye called Rabbi ; for one is your Master, even
Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9. And call no man
your father upon the earth ; for one is your
Father, which is in heaven.
10. Neither be ye called masters : for one is your Master, even
11. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he
that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
13. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for
ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men : for ye neither go
neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
14. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye
devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer :
therefore ye shall. receive the greater damnation.
15. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye
make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
16. Woe unto you, ye
blind guides, which say, Whosoever
shall swear by the temple, it is nothing ; but whosoever shall
swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor !
fools and blind : for whether is greater, the gold, or the
temple that sanctifieth the gold ?
18. And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing ; but
whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
19. Ye fools and blind : for whether is greater, the gift, or the
altar that sanctifieth the gift ?
20. Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it,
and by all things thereon.
21. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and
by him that dwelleth therein.
22. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne
of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.
23. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye
pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the
of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith ; these
ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a
25. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye
make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within
they are full of extortion and excess.
blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which
is within the
cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye
are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful
outward, but are within full of dead men's
bones, and of all
28. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but
within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
29. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! because
ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres
of the righteous,
30. And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we
would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the
31. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are
the children of them which killed the prophets.
32. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
generation of vipers, how can ye escape
the damnation of hell?
LIV . The Widow's Mite
AND Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the
people cast money into the treasury ; and many that were
rich cast in much.
2. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two
mites, which make a farthing.
3. And he called unto him
his disciples, and saith unto them,
Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in,
than all they which have cast into the treasury:
4. For all they
did cast in to their abundance ; but she of her
want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.