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And as they came down out of the mountain, Jesus 9 charged them, saying: Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is risen from the dead.

And his disciples asked him, saying: Why then 10 say the scribes that Elijah must first come? And 11 he answering said: Elijah indeed comes, and shall restore all things. But I say to you, that Elijah is 12 already come, and they knew him not, but have done with him whatever they would. So also is the Son of man about to suffer by them.

Then the disciples understood that he spake to 13 them of John the Immerser.

And when they were come to the multitude, there 14 came to him a man, kneeling down to him, and saying: Lord, have mercy on my son; for he is lu- 15 natic, and is sorely afflicted; for ofttimes he falls into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought 16 him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. And Jesus answering said: O faithless and perverse 17 generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked him; and the devil went out 18 from him, and the child was cured from that hour.

Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said: 19 Why could not we cast him out? And he said to 20 them: Because of your want of faith. For verily I say to you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard, ye shall say to this mountain, remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall

21 be impossible to you. But this kind goes not forth, except by prayer and fasting.


And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said to them: The Son of man is about to be delivered into 23 the hands of men; and they will put him to death, and he will rise the third day. And they were exceeding sorry.


And when they had come to Capernaum, they that received the half-shekel came to Peter, and said : 25 Does not your teacher pay the half-shekel. He says, Yes. And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying: What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth take customs, or 26 tribute? Of their sons, or of strangers? He says to him: Of strangers. Jesus said to him: Then 27 are the sons free. But that we may not offend them,

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go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the fish that first comes up; and opening its mouth thou wilt find a shekel; that take, and give to them for me and thee

XVIII. AT that time came the disciples to Jesus, saying: Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

And Jesus called a little child to him, and set him 3 in the midst of them, and said: Verily I say to you, if ye do not turn and become as the little children,

V. 25. half-shekel; See Exodus xxx. 13, 15.

ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.“ Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little 4 child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little 5 child, in my name, receives me. But whoso shall 6 cause one of these little ones that believe in me to offend, it were better for him that an upper millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were plunged in the depth of the sea.

Woe to the world, for causes of offense! For it 7 must needs be that causes of offense come; but woe to that man, through whom the cause of offense comes! But if thy hand or thy foot cause thee to 8 offend, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to enter into life lame or maimed, than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if thine eye cause thee to offend, pluck 9 it out and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell-fire.

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little 10 ones; for I say to you, that their angels in heaven do always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven. For the Son of man came to save that 11 which was lost.

What think ye? If a man has a hundred sheep, 12 and one of them is gone astray, does he not leave the ninety and nine upon the mountains, and go and seek that which is gone astray? And if it be that 13

he find it, verily I say to you, he rejoices over it more, than over the ninety and nine that went not 14 astray. So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones perish. 15 But if thy brother shall sin against thee, go show him his fault between thee and him alone. If he shall

16 hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

But if he hear not, take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may 17 be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them,

tell it to the church; and if he neglect to hear the church also, let him be to thee as a heathen and a pub18 lican. Verily I say to you: Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.


Again I say to you, that if two of you shall agree on earth, concerning any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in 20 heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.


Then came Peter to him, and said: Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? 22 Until seven times? Jesus says to him: I say not to thee, until seven times, but until seventy times



Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a certain king, who desired to make a reckoning with 24 his servants. And when he had begun to reckon,

there was brought to him one, who owed ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his 25 lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant, therefore, falling prostrated 26 himself before him, saying: Have patience with me,

and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that ser- 27 vant, moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. But that servant went out, and 28 found one of his fellow-servants, who owed him a hundred denáries; and laying hold of him he took him by the throat, saying: Pay me that thou owest. Therefore his fellow-servant fell down and besought 29 him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee. And he would not; but went and cast him 30 into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when 31 his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told to their lord all that was done. Then having called him, his lord says to 32 him: Thou wicked servant; I forgave thee all that debt, because thou besoughtest me. Shouldest not 33 thou also have had pity on thy fellow-servant, as I too had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and 34 delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due to him. So also will my heavenly 35 Father do to you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother.

V. 28. Denáry, 7 d. sterling, or 15 cents.

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