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sought to lay hands on him, but feared the multi. tudes, because they held him as a prophet.


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XXII. AND Jesus answered and spake to them again in parables, saying:

The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, 3 who made a marriage for his son. And he sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to 4 the wedding; and they would not come. Again he sent forth other servants, saying: Tell them that are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things 5 are ready; come to the marriage. But they made light of it, and went away, one to his farm, another 6 to his merchandise. And the rest laid hold of his 7 servants, and ill-treated and slew them. And the king hearing it was wroth, and sent forth his armies and destroyed those murderers, and burned 8 up their city. Then says he to his servants: The

wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were 9 not worthy. Go therefore into the thorough

fares, and as many as ye find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and


gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good; and the wedding was furnished with guests.

And the king, coming in to view the guests, saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment ; 12 and savs to him: Friend, how camest thou in

hither, not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attend- 13 ants: Bind him hand and foot, and cast him forth into the outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called. but 14 few are chosen.

Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how 15 they might ensnare him with a word. And they 16 send out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying: Teacher, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth; neither carest thou for any one, for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, what thinkest 17 thou? Is it lawful to give tribute to Cæsar, or not? But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said: Why 18 tempt ye me, hypocrites! Show me the tribute 19 money. And they brought to him a denáry. And 20 he says to them: Whose is this image, and the inscription? They say to him, Cæsar's. Then says 21 he to them: Render therefore to Cæsar the things that are Cæsar's, and to God the things that are God's. And hearing it they wondered, and left him 22 and went away.

On that day came to him Sadducees, who say that 23 there is no resurrection, and asked him, saying: Teacher, Moses said, If any one die having no chil- 24 dren, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed to his brother. Now there were with us seven 25 brothers; and the first married and died, and having

26 no seed left his wife to his brother. Likewise the 27 second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And 28 last of all the woman died also. In the resurrec


tion therefore, of which of the seven shall she be wife? For they all had her.

Jesus answered and said to them: Ye err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are

given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in 31 heaven. But concerning the resurrection of the

dead, have ye not read that which was spoken to 32 you by God, saying: I am the God of Abraham, and

the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is 33 not the God of the dead, but of the living. And when the multitude heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.

34 Now the Pharisees, hearing that he had put the 35 Sadducees to silence, collected together; and one

of them, a lawyer, asked, tempting him and saying: 36 Teacher, what commandment is great in the law? 37 Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy

God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and 38 with all thy mind. This is the great and first com39 mandment. And the second is like to it: Thou 40 shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. 41 While the Pharisees were collected together, 42 Jesus asked them, saying: What think ye concerning the Christ? Of whom is he the son? They say


to him: Of David. He says to them: How then 43 does David, in the Spirit, call him Lord, saying: The Lord said to my Lord, sit thou on my right 44 hand, till I put thine enemies under thy feet? If 45 then David calls him Lord, how is he his son? And no one was able to answer him a word; nor 46 durst any one from that day question him any more.

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XXIII. THEN spake Jesus to the multitudes, 1 and to his disciples, saying: The scribes and the 2 Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. All, therefore, whatso- 3 ever they bid you, do and observe; but do not according to their works, for they say and do not. For they 4 bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders, but will not move them with their finger. But all their works they do to 5 be seen by men; they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the fringes; and love the first place at 6 feasts, and the first seats in the synagogues, and the 7 greetings in the markets, and to be called by men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi; for 8 one is your Teacher, and all ye are brethren. And 9 call not any your father on the earth; for one is your Father, he who is in heaven. Neither be called 10 leaders; for one is your leader, the Christ. But the 11 greatest of you shall be your servant. And who- 12

V. 7. Rabbi (my Master), a Jewish title of respect, given to a teacher.



ever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for ye go not in, nor suffer them that are entering to go in.

15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more a child of hell than yourselves.


Woe to you, blind guides, who say: Whoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a 17 debtor. Fools and blind; for which is greater, the 18 gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold? And,

Whoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever shall swear by the gift that is upon it, 19 he is a debtor. Fools and blind; for which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift?

20 He therefore that swears by the altar, swears by 21 it, and by all things thereon. And he that swears

by the temple, swears by it, and by him that dwells 22 therein. And he that swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him that sits thereon. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!


V. 14. is wanting here, in the oldest copies; it belongs to 'Mark 12: 40, and Luke 20: 47.

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