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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.

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 watch 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 ship, Peter 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

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

32 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.

1 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, 7 saying: This people honors me with their lips, but 8 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

20 These are the things that defile the man; but to eat

with unwashen hands defiles not the man.

21 Then Jesus went forth from thence, and withdrew 22 into the parts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan, coming out from those borders, cried to him, saying: Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is grievously possessed 23 with a devil. But he answered her not a word.

And his disciples came and besought him, saying: 24 Dismiss her; because she cries after us. But he an

swered and said: I was not sent except to the lost 25 sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and 26 bowed down to him, saying: Lord, help me. But

he answered and said: It is not good to take the 27 children's bread, and cast it to the dogs. And she

said: Yea, Lord; for the dogs also eat of the crumbs 28 that fall from their master's table. Then Jesus answered and said to her: O woman, great is thy faith; be it done to thee as thou wilt. And her daughter was healed from that hour.


And Jesus departed from thence, and came near to the sea of Galilee; and he went up into the moun30 tain and sat down there. And great multitudes came to him, having with them lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and laid them down at his 31 feet, and he healed them. So that the multitudes

wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

And Jesus having called to him his disciples, said: 32 I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and I will not dismiss them fasting, lest they faint in the way. And his disciples say to him : 33 Whence should we have so many loaves in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? And Jesus 34 says to them: How many loaves have ye? And they said: Seven, and a few little fishes. And he 35 commanded the multitudes to lie down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and 36 gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they all ate, 37 and were filled. And they took up of the fragments that remained seven baskets full. And they that 38 ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. And dismissing the multitudes, he entered 39 into the ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.

XVI. AND the Pharisees and Sadducees came, 1 and tempting desired him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them: When it 2 is evening, ye say, Fair weather! for the sky is red. And in the morning, Foul weather to day! for the 3 sky is red and lowering. Ye know how to discern the face of the sky, but can ye not the signs of the times?

An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a 4

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