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great prophet has arisen among us; and, God has visited his people. And this report went forth in 17. all Judea concerning him, and in all the country around.

And the disciples of John reported to him con- 18 cerning all these things. And John calling to 19 him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying: Art thou he that cometh, or look we for another? And coming to him, the men said: John 20 the Immerser has sent us to thee, saying, Art thou he that cometh, or look we for another? And in 21 that very hour he cured many, of diseases and plagues, and evil spirits; and on many blind he bestowed sight. And answering he said to them: Go, 22 and report to John what ye have seen and heard : that the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are ráised, the poor have good tidings preached to them. And happy is he, whoever shall not be offended at 23


And when the messengers of John had departed, 24 he began to say to the multitudes concerning John: What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind?

But what went ye out to see? A man clothed 25 in soft raiment? Behold, they who are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in kings' palaces.

But what went ye out to see? A prophet? Yea, 26 I say to you, and much more than a prophet. This 27

is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send forth my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy 28 way before thee. For I say to you, among those


born of women, no one is a greater prophet than John; but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

And all the people, hearing it, and the publicans, justified God, having been immersed with John's .30 immersion. But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the counsel of God towards themselves, not having been immersed by him.

31 To what then shall I liken the men of this gen32 eration? And to what are they like? They are

like to children sitting in the market, and calling to one another, saying: We piped to you, and ye danced not; we sang the lament to you, and ye wept 33 not. For John the Immerser has come, neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He has a 34 devil. The Son of man has come eating and drinking ;

and ye say, Behold a glutton, and a wine-drinker, a 35 friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified on the part of all her children.


And one of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him. And entering into the house of the Pharisee, 37 he reclined at table. And, behold, a woman who was a sinner in the city, learning that he is reclining at table in the house of the Pharisee, brought 38 an alabaster box of ointment; and standing be

hind at his feet weeping, began to wet his feet with tears, and wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

And seeing it, the Pharisee who had bidden him 39 spake within himself, saying: This man, if he were a prophet, would know who and what sort of woman this is that touches him; for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said to him: Simon, I have 40 somewhat to say to thee. And he says: Teacher, say on. A certain money-lender had two debtors. 41 The one owed five hundred denáries, and the other fifty. And they having nothing to pay, he forgave 42 them both. Which of them therefore, tell me, will love him most? Simon answered and said, I sup- 43 pose he to whom he forgave most. And he said to him, Thou hast rightly judged. And turning to the 44 woman, he said to Simon: Seest thou this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet; but she has wet my feet with tears, and wiped them with her hair. Thou 45 gavest me no kiss; but she, from the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss my feet. My head 46 with oil thou didst not anoint; but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say to thee: 47 Her many sins are forgiven; for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.

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And he said to her, Thy sins are forgiven. And 49 they that reclined with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that also forgives sins? 50 And he said to the woman: Thy faith has saved thee go in peace.

1 VIII. AND it came to pass afterward, that he journeyed through every city and village, preaching, and publishing the good news of the kingdom of 2 God; and the twelve with him, and certain women, who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called the Magdalene, from whom had gone 3 out seven devils, and Joanna wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, who ministered to them of their substance.


And a great multitude coming together, of those also who came to him out of every city, he spake by 5 a parable: The sower went forth to sow his seed. And as he sowed, one fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured 6 it. And another fell upon the rock; and when it had sprung up, it withered away, because it had no 7 moisture. And another fell among the thorns; and 8 the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And another fell into the good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit a hundredfold.


And when he had said these things, he cried: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

And his disciples asked him, what this para


ble was? And he said: To you it is given to 10 know the mysteries of the kingdom of God; but to the rest in parables, that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of 11 God. Those by the way side are they that hear; 12 after that comes the Devil, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rock are they who, when they 13 hear, with joy receive the word; and these have no root, who for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among the thorns, 14 these are they who have heard, and going forth are choked with the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that in 15 the good ground, these are they who, in an honest and good heart, having heard hold fast the word, and bring forth fruit with patience.

No one, when he has lighted a lamp, covers it 16 with a vessel, or puts it under a bed; but puts it on a lightstand, that they who enter in may behold the light. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made 17 manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how ye hear. 18 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, even what he seems to have shall be taken from him.

And his mother and his brothers came to him; 19 and they could not come near him on account of the

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