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5 1 Now it came to pass, while the crowd were pressing on him and listening to the word of God, that he was standing beside the lake of

2 Gennesaret; and he saw two boats lying beside the lake, but the fisher

3 men had disembarked from them, and were washing their nets. And he entered one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to push out a short distance from the land. And he sat down and proceeded

4 to teach the crowds out of the boat. And when he stopped speaking, he said to Simon, " Push out into the deep water, and lower your nets for a

"» take." And Simon answered and said, "Chief, we have toiled the whole night long, and got nothing!—still, at thy word I will lower the nets."

6 And when they did so, they enclosed a huge shoal of fish. And their

7 nets began to break, and they made signs to their comrades in the other boat to come and assist them. And they came and filled both the boats,

8 so that they began to sink. Now when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down

9 at the knees of Jesus, saying, " Lord, leave me; I am a sinful man!" For wonder had seized him and all his companions at the take of fish which

10 they had caught; and this was the case also with James and John, Zebedee's sons, whom Simon had as partners. And Jesus said to Simon,

11 "Fear not, from this time thy captures shall be men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left all, and followed him.

12 And it came to pass, when he was in one of the cities, a man was there full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and entreated him,

13 saying, "Sir, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." And stretching out his hand he touched him, saying, "I will: be clean." And im

14 mediately the leprosy left him. And he charged him to tell no one; "Go away," said he, "show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing

15 as Moses commanded—as a proof to men." But the news about him spread all the more, and large crowds kept gathering to hear and to be

16 healed of their illnesses. But he used to withdraw into the deserts and

17 pray. And it came to pass on one of those days that he was teaching, while Pharisees and doctors of the law were sitting near who had come out of every village of Galilee and Judaea and Jerusalem; and the power

18 of the Lord was there, so that he could cure. And behold some men bring on a bed a man who was paralysed; and they tried to bring him

19 in and lay him before him. And as on account of the crowd they could not find any way of bringing him in, they got up on the house-top, and let him down through the tiles of the roof, couch and all, into the midst in

20 front of Jesus. And on seeing their faith, he said, "Man, thy sins are

21 forgiven thee." And the scribes and the Pharisees began to argue, "Who is this fellow that talks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins, except God

22 only?" Now on understanding their thoughts, Jesus answered and said

23 to them, "What are you arguing about in your hearts 1 Which is easier,

24 to say, 'Thy sins are forgiven thee,' or to say, ' Rise and walk'? But, to let you know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins "—he said to the paralysed man—" I ■say to thee, 'Rise, and take up

25 thy couch and go home.'" And instantly he rose before them, took up

26 what he was lying on, and went away home magnifying God. And amazement took hold of them all, and they continued to magnify God, and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen incredible things

27 to-day." And after this he went out, and observing a tax-gatherer, named Levi, who sat at the tax-office, he said to him, "Follow me."

28, 29 And leaving all, he rose and followed him. And Levi gave a great

banquet for him in his house; and there was a large throng of tax

30 gatherers and of others who were reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, " Why

31 are you eating and drinking with the tax-gatherers and sinners? And in answer Jesus said to them,

"The healthy need not a physician, but those who are ill:

32 I have not come to call upright men but sinners to repentance."

33 And they said to him, "The disciples of John fast frequently and offer prayers, as also do the disciples of the Pharisees ; but thy disciples eat and

34 drink." And Jesus said to them,

"Can you make the sons of the bride-chamber fast,
While the bridegroom is with them?

36 But days will come, days when the bridegroom shall be taken away

from them, Then will they fast in those days." 3G Also he told them a parable:

"No man tears a piece from a new cloak and sews it on an old cloak: Otherwise, he will tear the new,

Nor will the new piece match with the old.

37 And no man pours fresh wine into old wine-skins:

Otherwise, the fresh wine will burst the wine-skins,
It will be spilt itself, and the wine-skins lost.

38 No, fresh wine must be poured into new wine-skins.

39 Besides, no man who has drunk old wine wants fresh.

[['The old,' says he, 'is excellent."]!" 6 1 Now it came to pass on a sabbath-day 1 that he was passing through the cornfields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn and ate them,

2 rubbing them in their hands. But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are

3 you doing what it is wrong to do upon the sabbath 1" And in answer Jesus said to them, "Have you not read even this deed of David when he

4 was hungry, he and his companions 1 How he went into the house of God and took and ate the show-bread, and gave it to his companions—bread

5 which no one except the priests has any right to eat?" And he said to them, "The Son of man is lord even of the sabbath." [[On the same day, observing a man at work on the sabbath, he said to nim, "Man, if thou knowest what thou art doing, happy art thou; but if thou knowest

6 not, thou art cursed, and a transgressor of the law."]]2 And it came to pass on another sabbath-day that he entered the synagogue and taught.

7 And a man was there, and his right hand was withered. And the scribes and the Pharisees were watching him narrowly to see if he would heal on

8 the sabbath, that they might discover something to accuse him of. But, aware of their thoughts, he said to the man who had the withered hand,

9 "Rise and stand forward." And he got up and stood forward. And Jesus said to them, "I ask you, is it right to help or to harm upon the

10 sabbath-day? to save life or to destroy it?" And after looking round upon them all, he said to him, "Stretch out thy hand." He did so, and

11 his hand was restored. But they became filled with rage, and began to confer with one another about what they should do to Jesus.

12 Now it came to pass in these days that he went out to the mountain to

13 prav; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day broke he summoned his disciples, and from them he chose twelve, whom

14 he also named "apostles": Simon (whom he also named Peter) and Andrew

15 his brother, and James and John, and Philip and Bartholomew, and

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16 called "the Zealot"), and Judas the son of James and Judas of Kerioth

17 (who turned traitor). And he wentdown with them and stood on a level spot, with a large throng of his disciples and a large multitude of the people from all Judaea and Jerusalem and the sea-coast of Tyre and

18 Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. And

19 those who were vexed with unclean spirits were healed. And all the crowd made efforts to touch him, because power kept issuing from him

20 and curing all. Then, lifting up his eyes on his disciples, he said:

"Happy ye who are poor!
For yours is the reign of God.

21 Happy ye who are hungry now!

For you shall be filled.
Happy ye who are weeping now!
For you shall laugh.

22 Happy are you when men shall hate you, and when they shall expel

you and denounce you and reject your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of man.

23 Rejoice in that day and leap! for behold, great is your reward

in heaven.
For even so dealt their fathers with the prophets.

24 But woe to you who are rich!

For you are getting all your comfort.

25 Woe to you who are satisfied now!

For you shall hunger.
Woe, you who are laughing now!
For you shall mourn and weep.

26 Woe, when all men shall speak well of you!

For even so dealt their fathers with the false prophets.

27 But I tell you who are listening:

Love your enemies, do good to these who hate you,

28 Bless those who curse you, pray for those who ill-treat you.

29 To him who strikes thee on the one cheek,

Offer the other also;
And from him who takes thy cloak away,
Keep not back thy tunic also.

30 Give to every one who asks thee;

And from him who takes away thy goods, ask them not again.

31 Yea, even as you would have men to do to you,

So do to them also, yourselves.

32 And if you love those who love you, what recompense is yours?

Why, even sinners love those who love them.

33 And if you help those who help you, what recompense is yours?

Why, even sinners do that.

34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what

recompense is yours?
Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back as much in return.

35 Rather, love your enemies and help and lend, looking for no return,

Then shall your reward be great,
And you shall be sons of the most High,
For he is kind to the ungrateful and evil.

36 Be pitiful,

Even as your Father is pitiful.

37 Also : judge not, and you shall not be judged;

Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned;
Release, and you shall be released;

38 Give, and it shall be given you—

Ample measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over,
shall they pour into your bosom.
For with what measure you measure,
It shall be measured to you in return."

39 Now he also told them a parable:

"Can a blind man guide a blind man 1
Shall they not both fall into a ditch?

40 A pupil is not above his teacher:

Yet every finished pupil shall be like his teacher.

41 Why look at the splinter in thy brother's eye,

And mark not the beam in thine own eye?

42 How canst thou say to thy brother, 'Come, brother I let me pull out

the splinter in thine eye,'
When thou thyself dost not look at the beam in thine eye?
Hypocrite 1 pull the beam out of thine own eye first,
Then indeed snalt thou see clearly to pull out the splinter in thy

brother's eye.

43 For there is no sound tree that brings forth rotten fruit,

Nor again is there a rotten tree that brings forth sound fruit:

44 Each tree is known by its own fruit. Men do not gather figs from thorns,

Nor do they pluck grapes from a bramble-bush.

45 The good man from the good storehouse of his heart brings out what

is good,

And the bad man from the bad storehouse brings out what is bad:
For out of the heart's abundance the mouth of man speaks.—

46 Why call me 1 Lord, Lord!' and do not what I say?

47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and obeys them,

48 I will let you know whom he is like.

He is like a man building a house, who dug and deepened and laid a

foundation upon the rock; And when a flood came, the stream broke against that house and had

no power to shake it, because it was well built.

49 But he who hears and obeys not,

Is like a man who built a house upon the earth without a foundation, Against which the stream broke, and immediately it collapsed; and the ruin of that house was great." 7 1 When he had ended all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he

2 entered Kapharnahum. Now a centurion's slave, whom he

3 greatly valued, was ill and at the point of death. So when he heard about Jesus, he despatched some elders of the Jews to him asking him to

4 come and restore his slave. And on reaching Jesus they earnestly

5 besought him, saying, "He is worthy to have this boon from thee, for he

6 loves our nation, and has built the synagogue for us, himself." So Jesus went with them. And when he was by this time not far from the house, the centurion sent some friends to tell him, "Do not trouble thyself, sir.

7 I am not fit to have thee come under my roof; hence I did not even consider myself worthy to come to thee. Say but the word, and let my

8 servant be cured. For indeed I am myself a man placed under authority,

with soldiers under me: and I say to this man, 'Go,' and he goes; to

another, 'Come,' and he comes; to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it."

9 Now when Jesus heard this, he marvelled at him; and turning to the

crowd that followed him, he said, "I tell you, not even in Israel have I

10 found such faith as this!" And when the messengers went back to the

11 house, they found the slave in sound health. And it came to pass shortly afterwards that he journeyed to a city called Nain; and his d is

12 ciples journeyed with him, and a large crowd. Now when he came near to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother—and she was a widow. And a considerable crowd from

13 the city accompanied her. So when the Lord saw her, he was moved with

14 compassion for her, and said to her, "Weep not." Then he went up and touched the bier; and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man,

15 I say to thee, Rise I" And the corpse sat up and began to speak. And

16 he gave him to his mother. And fear took hold of all, and they began to magnify God, saying, "A great prophet has risen among us!" and " God

17 has visited his people!" And this story about him spread through the whole of Judaea and all the surrounding country.

18,19 And John had all this reported to him by his disciples. So calling two of his disciples to him, he sent them to the Lord with the question,

20 " Art thou he 'who is to come'? or are we to expect another?" And when the men reached him, they said, "John the baptizer has sent us to thee with the question, 'Art thou he " who is to come "? or are we to

21 expect another?" At that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and hurtful spirits, and bestowed sight on many blind people.

22 And in answer he said to them, "Go and report to John what you have seen and heard:

The blind regain their sight, the lame walk,

The lepers are cleansed, the deaf1 hear,

The dead are raised, the poor have glad tidings preached to them.

23 And happy is he who is repelled by nothing in me."

24 Now when the messengers had gone away, he began to speak about John to the crowds:

"What did you go out into the wilderness to view? A reed being shaken by the wind?

25 Nay, what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft robes?

Lo, those who live in splendid apparel and luxury are in king's palaces.

26 Nay, what did you go out to see? A prophet?

Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet.

27 This is he of whom it is written,

Lo, I send my messenger before thy face,
Who shall prepare thy way before thee.

28 I tell you, among those born of women, none is greater than John;

Yet he who is least in the realm of God is greater than he."

29 (And on hearing it all the people and the tax-gatherers acknowledged

God was right,
As they had received the baptism of John.

30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers frustrated God's purpose for

themselves,
As they did not get baptized by him.)

31 "To what then shall I compare the men of this generation?

And to what are they like?

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