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The Gospel according to Saint MATTHEW.


The genealogy of Christ.

20 But while he thought on these things behold, the angel of the Lord appeared THE book of the generation of Jesus to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou Christ, the son of David, the son of son of David, fear not to take unto thee Abraham. Mary thy wife: for that which is con2 Abraham-begat Isaac ; and Isaac be-ceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. gat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;

3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;

4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naas5 son begat Salmon;

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5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; und Obed begat Jesse ;

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph, being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had 7 And Solomon begatRoboam; and Ro- brought forth her first-born son: and boam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; he called his name JESUS. 8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and JosaCHAP. II. phat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;

9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias ;

11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon :

12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;

The wise men worship Christ.

Now when Jesus was born in Beth

lehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people 13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and together, he demanded of them where Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim be-Christ should be born. gat Azor;

14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Elind; 15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea for thus it is written by the prophet,

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall 16 And Jacob begat Joseph the hus-come a Governor, that shall rule my Band of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, people Israel. who is called Christ. 7 Then Herod, when he had privily 17 So all the generations from Abra-called the wise men, inquired of them ham to David are fourteen generations; diligently what time the star appeared. and from David until the carrying away 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and into Babylon are fourteen generations: said, Go, and search diligently for the and from the carrying away into Baby-young child; and when ye have found lon unto Christ are fourteen generations. him, bring me word again, that I may Now the birth of Jesus Christ was come and worship him also.


on this wise: When as his mother Mary 9 When they had heard the king, they was espoused to Joseph, before they departed; and lo, the star, which they came together, she was found with saw in the east, went before them, till it child of the Holy Ghost. came and stood over where the young child was.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into

Herod's cruelty.


John's preaching,

the house, they saw the young child 2 And saying, Repent ye; for the kingwith Mary his mother, and fell down, dom of heaven is at hand. and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths

12 And being warned of God in a straight. dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was lo custs and wild líoney.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his moth-about Jordan, er, and flee into Egypt,and be thou there 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, until I bring thee word: for Herod will confessing their sins.

seek the young child to destroy him. 7 But when he saw many of the 14 When he arose, he took the young Pharisees and Sadducees come to his child and his mother by night, alu de-baptism, he said unto them, O generaparted into Egypt: tion of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

15 And was there until the death of Herod that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my Son.

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our fu 16 ¶ Then Herod, when he saw that ther: for I say unto you, that God is he was mocked of the wise men, was able of these stones to raise up children exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and unto Abraham.

slew all the children that were in Beth- 10 And now also the axe is laid unto lehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from the root of the trees: therefore every two years old and under, according to tree which bringeth not forth good fruit the time which he had diligently in- is hewn down, and cast into the fire. quired of the wise men. 11 I indeed baptize you with water un17 Then was fulfilled that which was to repentance: but he that cometh after spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am 18 In Rama was there a voice heard, not worthy to bear: he shall baptize lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19 But, when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire : 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will turn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. 13 ¶ Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14 But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?"

15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now for thus it be cometh us to fulfil all righteousness, Then he suffered him.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, did reign in Judea in the room of his went up straightway out of the water: father Herod, he was afraid to go thith- and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, er: notwithstanding, being warned of and he saw the Spirit of God descending God in a dream, he turned aside into like a dove, and lighting upon him : the parts of Galilee : 17 And lo, a voice froin heaven, say. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city ing, This is my beloved Son, in whom I called Nazareth: that it might be fulfill-am well pleased. ed which was spoken by the prophets,! He shall be called a Nazarene.

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Christ's fasting and temptation. THEN was Jesus led up of the Spiri into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

2 And when he had fasted forty days

Christ fasteth and is tempted.


and forty nights, he was afterwards a hungered.

His sermon on the mount. (with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and he called them.

3 And when the tempter came to him, 22 And they immediately left the ship, he said, If thou be the Son of God, com- and their father, and followed him. mand that these stones be made bread. 23 T And Jesus went about all Galilee, 4 But he answered and said, It is teaching in their synagogues, and written, Man shall not live by bread preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and alone, but by every word that proceed-healing all manner of sickness, and all eth out of the mouth of God. manner of disease among the people.

5 Then the devil taketh him up into 24 And his fame went throughout all the holy city, and setteth him on a pin-Syria: and they brought unto him all nacle of the temple, sick people that were taken with divers 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the diseases and torments, and those which Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is were possessed with devils, and those written, He shall give his angels charge which were lunatic, and those that had concerning thee: and in their hands the palsy; and he healed them.. they shall bear thee up, lest at any time 25 And there followed him great multhou dash thy foot against a stone. titudes of people from Galilee, and from 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. from Judea, and from beyond Jordan. 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into CHAP. V. an exceeding high mountain, and shew

Who are the blessed.

eth him all the kingdoms of the world, AND seeing the multitudes, he went

and the glory of them,

9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

11 Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

12 T Now, when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee ;

13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea-coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim;

14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: 16 The people which sat in darkness, saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung up.

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"

up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him. 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peace-makers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

18 ¶ And Jesus, walking by the sea of 13 T Ye are the salt of the earth: but Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon call-if the salt have lost his savour, whereed Peter, and Andrew his brother,casting with shall it be salted? it is thenceforth a net into the sea; for they were fishers. good for nothing, but to be cast out, and 19 And he saith unto them. Follow me, to be trodden under foot of men. and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and 21 And going on from thence, he saw put it under a bushel, but on a candleother two brethren, James the son of stick: and it giveth light unto all that Zebedee, and John his brother, in a shiplare in the house.

The law expounded.


Swearing forbidde

16 Let your light so shine before men, 31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall that they may see your good works, and put away his wife, let him give her a glorify your Father which is in heaven. writing of divorcement: 17 T Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

18 For verily, I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced,committeth adultery. 33 ¶ Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou 19 Whosoever therefore shall break shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perone of these least commandments, and form unto the Lord thine oaths: shall teach men so, he shall be called 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all: the least in the kingdom of heaven: but neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: whosoever shall do, and teach them, the 35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footsame shall be called great in the king-stool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is dom of heaven. the city of the great King:

36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one

20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Phari-hair white or black. sees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

21 ¶ Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill, shall be in danger of the judgment:

37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. 38 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye,and a tooth for a tooth. 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist 22 But I say unto you, That whoso- not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee ever is angry with his brother without on thy right cheek, turn to him the other a cause, shall be in danger of the judg-also.

have thy cloak also.

ment: and whosoever shall say to his 40 And if any man will sue thee at the brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the law, and take away thy coat, let him council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell-fire. 23 Therefore, if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee,

24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily, I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

27 ¶ Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

23 But I say unto yon, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell,

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee, turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy:

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he inaketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendetn rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

49 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. CHAP. VI.

Alms, prayers, forgiveness, &e. TAKE heed that you do not your

alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Christ continueth his sermon.


Of worldly care 2 Therefore, when thou doest thine in heaven, where neither moth nor rust alms, de not sound a trumpet before doth corrupt, and where thieves do not thee, as the hypocrites do, in the syna- break through nor steal. gogues, and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily, I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth;

4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret, himself shall reward thee openly.

5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues, and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily, I say unto you, They have their reward.

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be aiso.

22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 ¶ No man 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.

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

7 But when ye pray, use not vain 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they repetitions, as the heathen do for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him.

gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not inuch better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 29 And why take ye thought for raiConsider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hal-ment? lowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be do they spin; done in earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not array.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we for-ed like one of these. give our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you,O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, 14 For, if ye forgive men their tres-What shall we eat? or, what shall we passes, your heavenly Father will also drink? or, wherewithal shall we be forgive you: clothed?


15 But, if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

16 T Moreover, when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, for they disfigure their faces, that they and his righteousness, and all these may appear unto men to fast. Verily, things shall be added unto you. I say unto you, They have their reward. 34 Take therefore no thought for the 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint morrow: for the morrow shall take thy head, and wash thy face; thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. CHAP. VII.

19 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father, which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. 19 T Lay not up for yourselves treas. ures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures

Christ endeth his sermon.

JUDGE not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that


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