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5 which was spoken through the prophet, saying: Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King comes to thee, meek, and mounted upon an ass, and upon 6 a colt the foal of a beast of burden. And the dis7 ciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them; and

brought the ass and the colt, and put on them their 8 garments, and he sat thereon. And most of the multitude spread their own garments in the way; and others cut down branches from the trees, and 9 strewed in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he that comes in 10 the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he had entered into Jerusalem, all the city 11 was moved, saying: Who is this? And the multitudes said: This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth of Galilee.


And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all that sold and bought in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money-changers, and the 13 seats of them that sold doves. And he says to them: It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer; but have made it a den of robbers. 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the 15 temple, and he healed them. But when the chief


priests and scribes saw the wonders that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Ho

V. 9. Hosanna: i. e., Save now!

sanna to the Son of David, they were sore displeased. And they said to him: Hearest thou what these 16 say? And Jesus says to them, Yea; have ye never read: Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast prepared praise?

And he left them, and went forth out of the city 17 into Bethany, and lodged there.

Now in the morning, as he returned into the city, 18 he hungered. And seeing a fig-tree by the way, he 19 came to it, and found nothing thereon but leaves only. And he says to it: Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward, for ever. And immediately the figtree withered away. And the disciples seeing it 20 wondered, saying: How did the fig-tree immediately wither away y? And Jesus answering said to them: 21 Verily I say to you, if ye have faith, and do not doubt, not only shall ye do what is done to the figtree, but even if ye say to this mountain, Be thou taken up and cast into the sea, it shall be done. And all things whatsoever ye ask in prayer, believ- 22 ing, ye shall receive.

And when he had come into the temple, the chief 23 priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said: By what authority doest thou these things? And who gave thee this authority? And Jesus answered and said to them: I 24 also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I too will tell you by what authority I do these things.

25 John's immersion, whence was it? From heaven, or from men? And they reasoned among themselves, saying: If we say, From heaven, he will say 26 to us: Why then did ye not believe him? But if we say, From men, we fear the multitude; for all 27 hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus,


and said: We do not know. And he said to them: Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

But what think ye? A man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said: Son, go work to day 29 in the vineyard. He answered and said, I will not; 30 but afterwards he repented, and went. And he

came to the other, and said likewise. And he an31 swered and said, I will, sir; and went not. Which of the two did the father's will? They say to him, The first. Jesus says to them: Verily I say to you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the king32 dom of God before you. For John came to you in


the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him; and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterwards, that ye might believe him.

Hear another parable. There was a householder, who planted a vineyard, and put a hedge around it, and dug a winepress in it, and built a tower,

V. 30. In some ancient copies: to the second
V. 31. In the oldest copies: they say to him, The tardier

and let it out to husbandmen, and went abroad. And when the season of fruits drew near, he 34 sent his servants to the husbandmen, to receive bis fruits. And the husbandmen taking his ser- 35 vants, beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more 36 than the first; and they did to them likewise. And afterward he sent to them his son, saying: 37 They will reverence my son. But when the hus- 38 bandmen saw the son, they said among themselves: This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance. And they took, and cast him out of 39 the vineyard, and slew him. When therefore the 40 lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those husbandmen? They say to him: He will miser- 41 ably destroy those wicked men, and will let out the vineyard to other husbandmen, who will render to him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus says to them: 42 Did ye never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders disallowed, the same is become the head of the corner; this is from the Lord, and is wonderful in our eyes! Therefore I say to you, 43 that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And he that falls upon this stone will be 44 broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

And the chief priests and Pharisees, hearing his 45 parables, knew that he spake of them. And they 46



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

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 says to him: Friend, how camest thou in

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