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to him, Yea, Lord. Then said he to them: There- 52 fore every scribe, instructed in the kingdom of heav

en, is like to a householder, who brings forth out of his treasure new and old.

And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished 53 these parables, that he departed thence. And coming 54 into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue; so that they were astonished, and said: Whence has this man this wisdom, and the miracles? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother 55 called Mary, and his brothers, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they 56 not all with us? Whence then has this man all these things? And they were offended at him. But Je- 57 sus said to them: A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house. And 58 he did not many miracles there, because of their unbelief.

XIV. AT that time Herod the tetrarch heard the fame of Jesus. And he said to his servants: This is John the Immerser; he is risen from the dead, and therefore do these powers work in him.



For Herod had laid hold of John, and bound him 3 and put him in prison, for the sake of Herodias his brother Philip's wife. For John said to him: It is not lawful for thee to have her. And he desired to 5

V. 55. In some ancient copies: Joses

V. 2. or, the powers


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put him to death, but feared the multitude, because 6 they held him as a prophet. But when Herod's birth-day was kept, the daughter of Herodias danc7 ed before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath, to give her whatever she 8 should ask. And she, being urged on by her mother, says: Give me here, on a platter, the head of John 9 the Immerser. And the king was sorry; but for the sake of the oath, and of thom that reclined at table 10 with him, he commanded it to be given. And he 11 sent, and beheaded John in the prison. And his

head was brought on a platter, and was given to the 12. damsel, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took up the body, and buried it; and they went and reported it to Jesus.


And when Jesus heard it, he withdrew from thence by ship into a desert place apart. And the multitudes hearing of it, followed him on foot from the 14 cities. And going forth he saw a great multitude, and had compassion on them, and he healed their sick.


And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying: This is a desert place, and the time is now passed; dismiss the multitudes, that they may go away into the villages, and buy themselves vict16 uals. But Jesus said to them: They need not go 17 away; give ye them to eat. And they say to him: 18 We have here but five loaves and two fishes. He said, 19 Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the

multitudes to lie down on the grass, and took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes. And they all ate, and were filled; and they took up 20 of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that ate were about five thousand men, 21 besides women and children.

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And straightway he constrained his disciples to 22 enter into the ship, and to go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the multitudes.

And when he had dismissed the multitudes, he 23 went up into the mountain apart to pray; and when evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship 24 was now in the midst of the sea, vexed by the waves; for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watchTM 25 of the night he went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, 26 they were troubled, saying: It is a spectre; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake to 27 them, saying: Be of good cheer; it is I, be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said: Lord, if it be 28 thou, bid me come to thee on the water. And he 29 said, Come. And coming down from the ter walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But see- 30 ing the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying: Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand and 31

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took hold of him, and said to him: O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

And when they had entered into the ship, the 33 wind ceased. Then those in the ship came and worshipped him, saying: Of a truth, thou art the Son of God.

34 And passing over, they came into the land of Gen35 nesaret. And the men of that place, knowing him,

sent out into all that country round, and brought to 36 him all that were diseased; and besought him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched were made whole.


XV. THEN came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees 2 from Jerusalem, saying: Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they wash 3 not their hands when they eat bread. And he answering said to them: Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God, for the sake of your tra4 dition? For God commanded, saying: Honor thy father and mother; and he that curses father or 5 mother, let him surely die. But ye say: Whoever says to his father or his mother, It is a gift, whatsoever thou mightest be profited with from me, 6 shall not honor his father or his mother; and ye

V. 33. or, bowed down to him

V. 4. In the oldest copies: God said

have made the word of God of no effect, for the sake of your tradition.



Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying: This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. But in vain they wor- 9 ship me, teaching as doctrines commandments of


And he called the multitude, and said to them: 10 Hear, and understand. Not that which goes into 11 the mouth defiles the man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles the man.

Then came his disciples, and said to him: Know- 12 est thou that the Pharisees, when they heard the saying, were offended And he answering said: 13

Every plant, which my heavenly Father has not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone; they 14 are blind leaders of the blind; and if the blind lead

the blind, both will fall into the ditch.

And Peter answering said to him: Explain to us 15 this parable. And he said: Are ye also even yet 16 without understanding? Do ye not yet understand, 17 that whatever enters in at the mouth goes into the belly, and is cast out into the drain? But the things 18 that proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the 19 heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false-witnessings, blasphemies.

V. 6. In some ancient copies: the commandment of God

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