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31 numbered. Fear not therefore; ye are of more value than many sparrows..

32 Every one, therefore, who shall acknowledge me

before men, him will I also acknowledge before 33 my Father who is in heaven. But whoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.

34 Think not that I came to send peace on the earth; 35 I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man at variance with his father, and a daughter with her mother, and a bride with her 36 mother-in-law; and a man's foes will be they of his household.


He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he that loves son or 38 daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that does not take his cross and follow after me, 39 is not worthy of me. He that finds his life shall lose it; and he that loses his life for my sake shall ⚫ find it.

40 He that receives you receives me; and he that 41 receives me receives him that sent me. He that

receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall 42 receive a righteous man's reward. And whoever

shall give to drink a cup of cold water only to one of these little ones, in the name of a disciple, verily I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.

XI. AND it came to pass, when Jesus had made 1 an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

Now when John had heard in the prison the 2 works of the Christ, he sent by his disciples, and said to him: Art thou he that cometh, or look we for 3 another?

And Jesus answering said to them: Go and re- 4 port to John what ye hear and see. The blind re- 5 ceive sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good tidings preached to them. And happy 6 is he, whoever shall not be offended at me.

And as these were departing, Jesus began to say 7 to the multitudes concerning John out into the wilderness to behold? by the wind?

What went ye
A reed shaken

But what went ye out to see? A man clothed 8 in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

But what went ye out to see? A prophet? Yea, 9 I say to you, and more than a prophet. For this 10 is he of whom it is written: Behold, I send forth my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say to you, Among them that 11 are born of women, there has not risen a greater

V. 9. In some ancient copies: But why went ye out? To see a prophet?


than John the Immerser. But he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

And from the days of John the Immerser until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the vio13 lent seize upon it. For all the prophets and the And if ye are willing to 15 receive it, he is the Elijah that should come. that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

14 law prophesied until John.



But whereto shall Į liken this generation? It is like to children sitting in the markets, who call 17 to their fellows, and say: We piped to you, and ye danced not; we sang the lament, and ye beat not 18 the breast. For John came neither eating nor drink19 ing, and they say, He has a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a glutton and a wine-drinker, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified on the part of her children.

20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his miracles were done, because they repented not. 21 Woe to thee, Chorazin! woe to thee, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that have been done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have re22 pented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment, than for you.

V. 15. In some ancient copies: He that hath ears, let him hear.

And thou, Capernaum, that wast exalted to heaven, 23 shalt go down to the underworld. For if the miracles that have been done in thee had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But 24 I say to you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

At that time Jesus answered and said: I thank 25 thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and discerning, and hast revealed them to babes; yea, O Father, 26 that so it seemed good in thy sight! All things 27 are delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son but the Father; nor does any one know the Father but the Son, and he to whom the Son is pleased to reveal him.

Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy 28 laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon 29 you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest for your souls. For 30 my yoke is easy, and my burden light.

XII. Ar that time Jesus went on the sabbath 1 through the grain fields; and his disciples hungered, and began to pluck ears of grain, and to eat. And 2 the Pharisees seeing it said to him: Behold, thy dis

V. 23. In the oldest copies: shalt thou be exalted to heaven? Thou shalt go down to the underworld.

ciples are doing that which it is not lawful to do on 3 the sabbath. And he said to them: Have ye not

read what David did, when he hungered, himself and 4 those with him; how he entered into the house of God, and ate the showbread, which it was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those with him, but for 5 the priests alone? Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane 6 the sabbath, and are blameless? But I say to you, 7 that a greater than the temple is here. But if ye

had known what this means, I desire mercy and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the blameless. 8 For the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath.

9 And departing from thence, he went into their 10 synagogue. And behold there was a man having

his hand withered. And they asked him, saying: Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath? that they might 11 accuse him. And he said to them: What man shall there be of you, that shall have one sheep, and if this fall into a pit on the sabbath, will not lay 12 hold of it, and raise it up? How much better then So that it is lawful to do Then says he to the man:

is a man than a sheep! 13 well on the sabbath. Stretch forth thy hand. and it was restored whole, as the other

And he stretched it forth;

14 Then the Pharisees went out, and took counsel 15 against him, how they might destroy him. But Jesus knowing it, withdrew himself from thence;

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