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Gospel according to Matthew.

Proclaiming: Christ as "King"

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Accredited to Matthew one of the 12 disciples, a tax collector, (Mark 2:14). Matthew's gospel account of the ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus's ministry began at age thirty, ending with His crucifixion approximately three years later. Over His three year ministry, Jesus healed many. He taught the people of His day, and spoke in parables of many things, including the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven. Matthew's gospel proclaims Jesus Christ as King, written primarily to the Jewish nation.
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Verse by verse, account of the book of Matthew.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 1

1The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

The birth of Jesus Christ,   Luke 2:1.

18The birth of Jesus Christ is as follows, after His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they had married and come together, Mary was found to be with child, of the Holy Spirit. 19Joseph, being a just man, not wishing to publicly expose and shame Mary, planned to separate and dismiss her in secret. 20But while Joseph was thinking of this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. Saying; do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21She shall bring forth a Son and His name shall be called Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins. 22This fulfilled the prophecy that was spoken by the prophet Isaiah 23A virgin shall bear a Son and His name shall be called, Emmanuel, which is translated, God with us, Isaiah 7:14 24After awaking from the dream, Joseph did as the angel had commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25And he did not know Mary until she had brought forth her Firstborn Son, Jesus.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 2

1Now, Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judah, during the reign of Herod the king. And soon after the birth, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem. 2Asking the towns people; Where is He is who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him. 3When king Herod heard of this, he was greatly disturbed, along with the whole city of Jerusalem. 4So Herod called all the chief priests and scholars together, to inquire of them, where the Christ was to be born. 5And they told him; the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, for this was written by the prophet Micah. 6In Bethlehem of Judah, the land that is the least within the land of Judah, from it shall come a Leader, who will rule My people of Israel, Micah 5:2. 7Herod then secretly called for the wise men and determined when the star had appeared. 8Then Herod instructed them to search diligently for the young child and when you find him, bring back word so that I can also go and worship Him.

9So the wise men departed and the star in the east went before them, until it came to and stood over where the young child was. 10And seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11And when they had come into the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary and they fell down and worshiped Him. Presenting treasures of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12Then being divinely warned in a dream, not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

Joseph, Mary & Jesus escaped into Egypt.

13After the wise men had departed, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying; Take the young Child and His mother and go to Egypt and stay there until I bring you word, for Herod will seek to destroy the Child. 14When Joseph had risen, he took his family and they departed by night into Egypt. 15And they dwelt in Egypt until the death of Herod, fulfilling the prophecy spoken by Hosea, saying; Out of Egypt, I have called My Son, Hosea 11:1.

16When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the wise men, he was filled with rage. Sending forth a decree to put to death all the male children in Bethlehem and its neighboring districts, under two years of age, according to the times that he had determined from the wise men. 17This fulfilled scripture that was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying; 18A voice was heard, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children for they are no more Jeremiah 31:15.

Joseph, Mary & Jesus return to Nazareth.

19Now when Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. 20Saying to him; Take the young Child and His mother and go to Israel, for those who sought the Child's life are dead. 21So Joseph took the young Child and His mother and came into the land of Israel. 22But when Joseph found out that Herod's brutal son was now ruling, he was afraid to go there. And being warned in a dream by God, Joseph turned to a region called Galilee. 23And he dwelt in a city called Nazareth, to fulfill what was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 3
The ministry of John the Baptist,   Mark 1:2Luke 3:3John 1:19.

1In those days, a man called John the Baptist was preaching in the wilderness of Judea. 2Saying; Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!. 3For the prophet Isaiah spoke of John the Baptist, saying; The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare the way of the LORD, make His path straight, Isaiah 40:3. 4John himself was clothed in camel's hair pulled together by a leather belt around his waist and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5And people from Jerusalem, Judea and all the regions around the Jordan river came out to see him. 6To be baptized by him in the Jordan river and to confess their sins.

7Now when John saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he spoke to them harshly, saying; you brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8Therefore prove yourself by having a life and a heart that is consistent with repentance. 9And do not assume that, just because Abraham was your forefather you are chosen. I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones. 10Even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees, every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. 11I baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to wear, He will baptize you with the fire of the Holy Spirit. 12The sifting has already begun, He will sift the chaff from the wheat. The wheat He will gather into the storehouse, but the chaff, He will burn up with fire.

13After this, Jesus came to John by the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14But John was hesitant, saying; I need to be baptized by You, yet You come to me? 15but Jesus replied; Permit this to be for now, for it is fitting for both of us to fulfill all righteousness. 16As Jesus was being baptized and coming up out of the water, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descended on Him like a dove. 17At that moment, a voice came from heaven, saying; This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 4

1Jesus was then led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2And after He had fasted forty days, He hungered, then the tempter came to Him with three temptations:

  • 3If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.
    4Jesus answered; It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God, Deuteronomy 8:3.
  • 5Then the tempter took Him to Jerusalem and set Him on the highest peak of the temple. 6And said; If you are the Son of God, Throw yourself off this high place, for it is written; Angels shall bear You up, lest You bruise Your foot against a stone, Psalm 91:11-12.
    7Jesus answered; It is also written; You shall not tempt the Lord your God, Deuteronomy 6:16.
  • 8Again the tempter took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9And said; I will give You all these things, if You fall down and worship me.
    10To which Jesus turned to him and said; Away with you, Satan! For it is written; you shall worship and serve the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve, Deuteronomy 6:13-14.

11Then the devil left Jesus and angels came and ministered to Him.

12Now when Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been put into prison, He left Nazareth to go to Galilee. 13Jesus then passed through and dwelt in Capernaum. 14This fulfilled the prophecy spoken by Isaiah, saying; 15The land of the Gentiles, 16where the people have sat in darkness, they have now seen a great Light, Isaiah 9:2.

The start of Jesus's earthly ministry.

17From that time on, Jesus begin to preach, saying; Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 18Walking by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers, Simon-Peter and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen. 19Jesus called to them and said; Follow Me, for I will make you fishers of men. 20And they immediately left their nets and followed Him. 21Going on from there, He saw two more brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee in a boat with their father mending their nets and Jesus called to them. 22And immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him.

23Jesus, then went about all of Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom and healing all kinds of sickness and disease among the people. 24And the report of Him became known and His fame spread throughout all of Syria. And the people brought to Him all of their sick, diseased, demon-possessed, epileptic's, paralytics and He healed them. 25Great multitudes then began to follow Him, from place to place.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 5

1Seeing the multitudes that followed Him, Jesus went up on a mountain, sat down and His disciples came to Him. 2There He began to teach them, saying;

  1. 3Blessed are the poor, in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  2. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
  3. 5Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
  4. 6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
  5. 7Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
  6. 8Blessed are the pure in heart, (having a single Godly focus), for they shall see God.
  7. 9Blessed are the peacemakers, (bringing peace to all relationships), for they shall be called sons of God.
  8. 10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11Blessed are you when you are falsely persecuted and spoken evil of for My sake. 12Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for they also persecuted the prophets that were before you.

(Blessed also means happy in the Hebrew and Greek).

13You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavor, (its strength), how can it be restored? It is then good for nothing, but to be thrown out and trampled on by men. 14You are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand so all in the house may see by it. 18Thus let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

The law and the prophets

17Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets, but rather I have come to complete and fulfill the law and what was spoken by the prophets. 18Truly I tell you that heaven and earth shall not pass away until the smallest letter of the law is fulfilled. 19Therefore, whoever shall break the least of these commandments and teaches other men to also do so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But, he who practices them and teaches them to others shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20I tell you that, unless your righteousness exceeds the self-righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

NOTE: therefore, we must walk in the Father's righteousness and not our own righteousness.
Anger and murder, (thoughts of the heart)

21You have heard it said, don't murder or you shall be in danger of judgment. 22But I say to you, if you are angry at your brother, without a cause, you are in danger of the judgment and if you mock and demean your brother you shall be in danger of the council. And whoever says, you "cursed fool!" shall be in danger of hell fire. 23So when you bring your gift to the altar and if all is not right with your brother. 24Leave your gift at the altar, go and be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift. 25Agree with your adversary quickly, before tension mounts up, least he delivers you to the judge and you are thrown into prison. 26Assuredly I tell you, you will not be released until you have paid all.

Adultery, lust of the eyes and thoughts of the heart.

27You have heard it said, don't commit adultery. 28But I say to you, if you even look upon a woman with lust, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If a part of your body causes you to sin, deal with it harshly, for it is better for one of your members to perish, then for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30Likewise if your right hand offends you, cut it off. For it is better for you that one of your members perishes, then your whole body be thrown into hell.

Only one cause for divorce.

31It has been said, that he who divorces his wife, needs just to give her a certificate of divorce. 32But I tell you, that whoever divorces his wife for any reason other than sexual immorality, that man causes her to commit adultery and whoever marries a divorced woman also commits adultery.

Taking oaths.

33You have heard it said that one should not swear falsely, but perform his oath to the Lord. 34I tell you, do not bind yourself to an oath at all, neither by heaven, for it is God's throne. 35Nor by the earth for it is God's footstool. 36Nor by your own life, for you are not able to change, destiny. 37But be true to your speech, let your Yes be Yes and your No be No, for whatever is more than these is from the wicked one.

Do good and love those who hate you.

38You have heard it said, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, Exodus 21:24, Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21. 39But I tell you not to resist an evil person, whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other cheek to him also. 40If anyone sues you and takes away your shirt, give him your coat as well. 41If anyone compels you to go one mile with him, go with him two. 42Give to him who asks of you and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

43You have heard it said; love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44But I tell you, love your enemies, bless them who curse you, do good for them that hate you and pray for those who persecute you. 45Proving that you are sons of your Father in heaven, for the sun and the rain falls on both the evil and the good, the unjust and the just. 46For if you love only those who love you, what does that prove, even the unjust do that. 47And if you greet only your brethren, have you done any more than the unjust? 48Therefore do these things and you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 6
Giving, and doing charitable deeds.

1Do not perform your charitable deeds in public that you may gain acknowledgement among men, for these men have their earthly reward, however they have no reward from their Father in heaven. 2Thus when you do a charitable deed, do not boast to others of your great deed as the hypocrites do, so that they may archive glory from other men, truly I tell you they have their reward. 3But when you do a charitable work, do not boast and brag about your work. 4Rather let your deed be done in secret and your Father, who sees in secret will reward you openly.

5When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites who love to make grand public displays, I tell you they have their earthly reward. 6But when you pray, go to a private place and when you are alone, pray to your Father, who is in the secret place and your Father, who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as some do, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8For your Father knows the things that you are in need of, even before you ask of Him. 9Therefore, pray in this manner.

Our Father in heaven, Holy is Your name. 10Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Teaching on forgiveness.

14If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15However if you do not forgive men their wrongs against you, neither will your Father in heaven forgive you of your wrongs.

Teaching of fasting

16When you fast, do not go around with a sad countenance, appearing to other men that you are fasting, as some people do. Truly, these people have their reward here on the earth. 17but when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face. 18So that you do not appear to be fasting to other men and your Father, who is in the secret place will reward you openly.

Teaching on money.

19Do not store up, for yourself, treasure here on earth, where it can so easily slip away or be stolen from you. 20But store up treasure in heaven where it will be eternally secure. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22The light of the body is the eye. Therefore, if your eye is good, your whole body will be filled with light and truth. 23But if the eye is bad, the whole body will be filled with great darkness.

Divided loyalty cannot be! Either, one serves God or serves the world.

24No one can serve two masters, you cannot serve God and the world. Being loyal to the one and despising the other, you cannot serve God and deceitful gain. 25Therefore, do not worry about your life, what you eat, drink or the clothes you put on, for life is more than these things. 26Consider the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap, nor store up into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them and you are of much more value than they are!

The cares of this world.

27Can anyone add to their life through worrying or being anxious? Why then worry! 28Consider the flowers of the field in all their spender, they do not worry. 29Yet I tell you that not even the greatest of you is arrayed as one of these. 30And I tell you if God clothes the grass of the fields that is here today and gone tomorrow, will He not much more clothe you, oh you of little faith, (lacking confidence in God)? 31Therefore do not worry for food or clothing. 32For the world seeks after these things and your heavenly Father knows that you also need these things too. 33But seek first the kingdom of heaven and His righteousness and all these things shall be given to you. 34Don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow shall bring its own troubles, it is enough to meet the troubles of each day.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 7

1Judge not, so that you shall not be judged. 2For by the judgment and measure you make against others, you shall be judged by your own judgment and its measure. 3You see your brother's shortcomings, but you do not consider your own faults. 4How can you then dare say to your brother, let me help you correct your minor problem, when you are blinded to your own shortcomings? 5You hypocrite! First set your own affairs in order and then you shall see clearly to help your brother.

Teachings on godly wisdom.

6Don't give holy things to depraved men, nor cast godly wisdom before them, least they trample your words and turn upon you.

Ask, seek, pursue and you shall have.

7Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. 8For everyone who persists in their asking receives, he who continually seeks, finds and he who keeps on knocking, it shall be opened to him. 9For is there a man among you that if your child asks for bread will he turn a deaf ear to him. 10Or would he turn and harm his own child for asking. 11For even evil men know how to give good gifts to their children. How much more then will the Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask of Him. 12Therefore, as you want men to treat you, also treat them, for this is the law and the prophets..

13Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the path that leads to destruction and many go in by it. 14For narrow is the gate and difficult is the path that leads to life and there are few that find it.

Beware of false prophets.

15Beware of false prophets for they come to you disguised as men of God, but on the inside, they are worldly con-artists. 16You will know them by their fruits. 17Every good tree bears good fruit and a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19Every tree that bears bad fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Enter into the kingdom of heaven.

21Not everyone who says to Me Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. But, only they that do the will of the Father. 22In that day many will say to Me, Lord did we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons and performed miracles in Your name? 23But I shall say to them, I never knew you, depart from Me, you worker of iniquity.

24Therefore, whoever hears and practices these teachings, I will liken him to a wise man, having his house built upon a solid foundation. 25And when the floods and winds came, the house stood firm for it was founded on the rock 26But the man who hears Me, yet does not do these things, he is like a foolish man, with his house built on unstable ground. 27And when the floods and winds came, the house fell and great was its destruction.

28When Jesus finished these teachings, the people marveled at His teachings. 29For he taught them as One having authority and not as the scribes.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 8

1When Jesus came down from the mountain many followed Him. 2And a leper came and worshiped Him, saying; Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean. 3Jesus moved with compassion, touched the man and said; I am willing, be clean and immediately the man was healed. 4Jesus then instructed him to; Tell no one, but go to the priests and offer the gifts that Moses commanded.

5As Jesus entered Capernaum, a Centurion came to Him (a captain of one hundred men), pleading and 6Saying; my servant lies at home, tormented and paralyzed. 7Jesus replied; I will come and heal him. 8But the Centurion replied; Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof, but only speak a Word and my servant shall be healed. 9For I am also a man under authority, having soldiers under me, that come and go, doing as I command. 10When Jesus heard this, He marveled at the Centurion's great faith and said to those around Him; I have not found so great a faith, (a moral conviction and belief in God) in all of Israel! 11And I say to you that many Gentiles will come from the east and west into the kingdom of heaven. 12While many of the Israelites, will be cast out into darkness and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13He then said to the Centurion; Go your way, it shall be done as you have believed. And his servant was healed that very hour.

14When Jesus came into Peter's house, He saw Peter's mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. 15So Jesus touched her hand and the fever left her. She then rose up and served them.

16At evening time, many were brought to Him that were demon-possessed and He cast out the demons with a Word and healed all who were sick. 17That it might be fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah; He, Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses, Isaiah 53:4.

18Now when Jesus saw great numbers of people around Him, He instructed His disciples to depart for the other side of the lake. 19Then one of the learned men came up to Jesus and said; Teacher, I will follow You wherever you go. 20But Jesus said to him; Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. 21Just then another one within the multitude, a follower of His came up and said; Lord, let me first go and bury my father. 22But Jesus, said; Follow Me and let the dead bury their own dead. {Let the dead in Christ, (the un-saved), bury their own dead}.

23As Jesus got into a boat, His disciples then followed Him. 24And suddenly a very forceful storm came up and the waves began coming over the side of the boat. However, Jesus was now fast asleep. 25His disciples fearing for their lives woke Him up, saying; Lord, save us for we are perishing! 26But Jesus said to them; Why are you so fearful, you of little faith, (lacking confidence in God)? He then rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm. 27All the men marveled at this, wondering who this could be, for even the winds and the sea obey Him?

28When Jesus had come to the country of Gergesenes on the other side of the lake. He was met by two demon-possessed men, coming out of a tomb. Exceedingly fierce so that no one dared to pass that way. 29And the men cried out, saying; What have we to do with You, Jesus, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before our time? 30Now, a far distance away, there was a large herd of swine, feeding. 31And the demons pleaded with Jesus, that If He cast them out, they would be allowed to enter into the herd of swine. 32And Jesus said to them; Go! And when the demonic-spirits had come out of the men, they went into the herd of swine. And the entire herd violently ran off a cliff and perished into the sea. 33Now when the men who kept the herd, reported this in the town, including what happened to the demon-possessed men. 34The whole city then came out to meet Jesus and when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 9

1Jesus, then got in the boat and crossed over and came into His own city. 2There they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, (a moral conviction and belief in God). He said to the paralytic; Son, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you. 3Immediately, the learned men of the scriptures, (Scribes and Pharisees), thought within themselves, this Man blasphemes! 4But Jesus knowing their thoughts, said; Why do you men think evil in your hearts? 5which is easier to say, your sins are forgiven or to say, rise and walk? 6But so you know the Son of Man has the power on earth to forgive sins, I say to the paralytic; Rise, take up your bed and walk. 7And the paralytic, got up and departed to his own home. 8When the multitudes saw this great miracle they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

9As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at a tax office. And He called to him, saying; Follow Me and Matthew got up and followed Him. 10Now as Jesus was sitting at a table in the house, many other tax collectors and less than reputable people were sitting at the table with Him and His disciples. 11And when the Pharisees and learned men saw this, they asked His disciples; why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? 12But Jesus over-hearing this replied; Those who are well, have no need of a physician, but only the sick. 13Learn what this scripture means; I will show mercy, not requiring sacrifice. For I have come not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.. 14Then the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked the question; why don't your disciples follow the tradition of fasting, that we and the Pharisees follow? 15Jesus answered; As long as I, the bride groom am with them, how can they mourn? But, the day will come when I will no longer be with them and then they will fast.

16No one patches an old garment, (the old ways), with a new piece of un-shrunken material, (new ways). For the patch will pull away from the material and the tear will be made worse. 17Nor do men put new wine, (the new covenant) into old wineskins, (the structure of the law). For the wineskins will burst and the wine will be lost and the wineskins will be ruined. But, they put new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved.

18As He spoke, a ruler came up and worshiped Him. saying; my daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hands on her and she will live. 19So Jesus got up and followed him and so did His disciples.

20Now a woman having internal bleeding for twelve years, came up from behind Him and touched the hem of His garment. 21For she kept saying within herself, that if she could but touch His garment, she would be made well. 22But Jesus turned around and saw her and said; Be of good cheer, your faith, (a moral conviction and belief in God), has made you well and she was made well from that very hour.

23When Jesus came to the ruler's house, He saw the noisy crowd and the mourners. 24He said to them; Go away, for the girl is not dead but is sleeping and they ridiculed Him. 25But when the crowd was put outside of the house. Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand and she arose. 26And the report of this spread throughout that region.

27As Jesus left there, two blind men followed Him, Crying out, Son of David, have mercy on us! 28And when Jesus had come into the house, the blind men also came to Him in. And Jesus asked them; Do you believe I am capable of doing this? And they answered, Yes, Lord. 29Then He touched their eyes, saying; According to your faith, (a moral conviction and belief in God), let it be done unto you. 30And their eyes were opened and Jesus sternly told them not to tell a soul. 31But after they had departed, they publicized it in all that country.

32The multitudes then brought to Jesus a man who was mute and demon-possessed. 33And when the demon was cast out, the man spoke and the multitude marveled, saying; we have not seen anything like this in all of Israel. 34However the Pharisees said; He casts out the demons through the ruler of the demons.

35Then Jesus went around all the cities and villages, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every kind of sickness and disease among the people. 36And looking at the multitude, He was moved with compassion, for they were weary and scattered, as sheep having no shepherd. 37He then said to His disciples; The harvest is plentiful, but the labors are few. 38Therefore pray, that God would send out labors into His harvest.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 10

1When Jesus had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal all kinds of sickness and disease. 2And the names of the twelve apostles are these: Simon-Peter and Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother. 3Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector, James the son of Alpheus and Thaddeus; 4Simon the Canaanite and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him. 5These are the twelve that Jesus sent out, commanding them, saying;

Do not go to the Gentiles or enter into their cities. 6But rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7And as you go preach that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8Heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead. Freely, you have received, freely give. 9Take neither gold or silver, 10knapsack for your journey nor change of clothes, for the worker is worthy of his wages.

11Whatever town or city you enter, inquire who is worthy of your stay and stay with them until you leave. 12When you go into a household, wish it well. 13And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, otherwise let your peace return back to you. 14Whoever will not receive you or hear your words, when you depart from that house or city shake off the dust from your feet as your leaving. 15Truly, I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.

16I am sending you out as sheep among wolves, therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17But be on guard of men whose nature is against God's, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their holy places. 18They will deliver you up before rulers on My behalf, for a testimony against them and the nations. 19But when they deliver you up, do not be anxious for the words of which to plead your defense, for what you are to speak will be given to you by the Spirit in the last hour. 20For it's really not you who speaks, but the Spirit of your Father, who speaks within you. 21Brothers will deliver up each other and family members will be against each other, even to the point of death. 22You will be hated for My name's sake, but he who endures until the end will be saved. 23When you are persecuted in one city, flee to the next. For I tell you the truth, In no way shall you have gone through all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

24A disciple is not above his teacher just as a servant is not above his master. 25It is enough that a disciple be like his teacher and a servant be like his master. For if the Pharisees have said that I am demon-possessed, how much more will they accuse His followers of this. 26But have no fear of them, for even hidden and covered things will be revealed and made known. 27Whatever things I tell you in secret and those things you have heard, proclaim openly. 28Do not fear those who kill only the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear God, who can destroy both the body and soul in hell. 29When a sparrow, that is sold for a penny, falls to the ground, the Father knows of it. 30Even the very hairs of your head are numbered. 31Therefore do not fear, for you are far more valuable than many sparrows.

32Whoever confesses Me before men, I shall also confess before My Father in heaven. 33But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven. 34Do not think I have come to bring peace to the earth, but rather a sword. 35For I have come to divide loyalties of a man against his father and a daughter against her mother. 36A man's enemies shall be those of his own household. 37For he who loves his earthly family relations more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38Also he who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. 39The man who finds his purpose in this earthly life shall lose it in the life to come. And he who surrenders his earthly life for My sake shall find it in the life to come. 40Anyone who receives you receives Me and the Father, who sent Me. 41Whomever receives you as a prophet or a just one, shall also receive a like reward 42And whoever does the smallest deed of kindness to any of these of Mine, he shall in no way lose his reward.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 11

1When Jesus had finished instructing His twelve disciples, He departed to teach and preach in the cities.

2When John the Baptist, (whom was now in prison), heard of the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples. 3To ask Jesus if He was the One who is to come or should we look for another? 4Jesus answered and said; Tell John the things that you see and have heard. 5The blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the poor in spirit have the gospel preached to them. 6Blessed is he who is not offended by Me, (this shows the fulfillment of Isaiah 29:18-19).

7After John's disciples departed, Jesus, speaking of John, spoke to the multitude and said; What did you go out in the desert to see? The scenery? 8Or perhaps a man clothed in royal garments? Those who wear royal clothing are in king's houses. 9No, you went out to see a prophet and I tell you more than a prophet. 10For this is written about John; I will send My messenger before you, to prepare the way, Malachi 3:1. 11I tell you the truth, among men, there is none greater than John the Baptist, yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12And from the days of John until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force. 13For until John, the law and the prophets were in effect. 14And if you are willing to receive it, John has come in the same way as the prophet Elijah came to prepare the way before the kingdom comes, Malachi 4:5. 15He who hears, let him understand. 16For this generation is like children saying to their companions, 17we played wedding and you did not dance and we played funeral and you did not mourn. 18For John came neither eating nor drinking and they said, he had a demon. 19The Son of Man came both eating and drinking and they called Him a gluttonous man, a drunk and a friend of tax collectors.

20Then Jesus begin to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done in, because they did not repent. 21Woe to you Chorazin! Woe to you Bethsaida! For if the signs and wonders done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23And you Capernaum, who exalted yourself to the heaven, you shall be brought down to hell. For if the signs that had been done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24It shall also be more tolerable for Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.

25Then replying to the Father, Jesus said; I thank You Father, that You have hidden these things from the wise and clever but have revealed these things to the simple and unlearned. 26For it was Your good pleasure to do so. 27All things have been delivered to Me by the Father and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal the Father to. 28Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. 29Keep My doctrine and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your soul. 30For My yoke, (doctrine) is easy and My burden is light.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 12

1At that time Jesus was crossing through the grain fields, on the Sabbath and His disciples being hungry, begun to eat some of the heads of grain. 2When the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him; Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath! 3But Jesus replied; Have you not read the scripture about what David did when he was hungry and those who were with him? 4How they entered the house of God and ate the showbread which according to the law only the priests may partake of, 1st Samuel 21:1-6. 5Or have you not read that the priests profane the Sabbath, by working at the altar that day and yet they are blameless. 6I tell you that, God is greater than the temple, 7If you had known that, He desires mercy rather than sacrifice. You would not be condemning the guiltless. 8Therefore the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.

9When Jesus had departed from there, He went into their temple. 10There was a man with a withered hand. The Pharisees then asked Jesus, (that they might be able to accuse Him), if it is lawful to heal on the Sabbath? 11Jesus answered; What man among you, if he has but one sheep and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, would not rescue it from the pit? 12A man is of much more value than a sheep. Therefore, is it right and lawful to do good on the Sabbath? 13Jesus then said to the man, Stretch out your hand and as the man did so, his hand was restored whole like the other. 14Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot against Jesus, as how they might destroy Him.

15But when Jesus became aware of their plot, He departed from there and great multitudes of people followed Him and He healed all of them. 16Yet He told them, not to make Himself known. 17This fulfilled what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet; 18My servant whom I have chosen, My beloved in whom My soul takes pleasure in. My Spirit is upon Him and He will declare justice to the Gentiles. 19He does not quarrel or cry out, nor does He promote Himself. 20The weak, He does not abuse, nor quench the smallest hope, until justice and victory triumph. 21And in His name the Gentiles do trust, Isaiah 42:1.

22Then a man who was demon-possessed, blind and mute was brought to Jesus and He healed him, so that the man both spoke and saw. 23When the multitudes saw this, they were amazed and wondered, if this could be the Son of David? 24But when the Pharisees heard about this, they said; this man cast out demons by the power of the prince of the demons. 25However, Jesus knowing their thoughts, said to them; Every kingdom or house divided against itself, will be brought to desolation and fall. 26If Satan's kingdom is divided against itself, how then will it stand? 27If I cast out demons by the ruler of the demons, by who do your sons cast them out? Because of this they shall be your judges. 28But, I tell you that if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, the kingdom of God has surely come upon you. 29How else could one enter into a strong man's house and take his goods, unless he first binds the strong one within the house. 30He who is not with Me is against Me and he who is not with Me, hinders Me.

31Therefore, I tell you; every sin or blasphemy word spoken will be forgiven man, but whoever speaks against and blasphemies the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him. 32Whoever speaks a word of doubt against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him. But, whoever speaks doubt against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world nor in the world to come. 33A tree is known by its fruit, either the tree is good and bears good fruit or it is bad and bears bad fruit. 34How can you men being evil, speak what is good? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. 35Whatever is in a mans heart is what he brings forth. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart speaks good things and an evil man out of the evil treasure stored in his heart speaks forth evil things. 36I tell you that men shall give an account of every idle word that they speak in the day of judgment. 37By your words you shall be justified and by your words you shall be condemned.

38Then the learned men and Pharisees, said to Jesus; Teacher, we wish to see a sign from You. 39But Jesus answered them and said; An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign and no sign will be given, except for the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40Just as Jonah was three days in the belly of a fish, so will the Son of Man also be three days in the heart of the earth. 41Even the men of Nineveh shall condemn this generation in judgment, because they repented through Jonah's message and now One greater than Jonah is here. 42Even the Gentiles who have traveled far to hear the wisdom of Solomon will rise up in judgment of this generation and now One greater than Solomon is here.

43When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, it searches through dry places seeking rest and finding none. 44It returns to the dwelling from which he had come out of and finding it empty, swept clean and put in order. 45Then he brings with him seven other unclean spirits, even more wicked than he is and they all dwell there. And the final state of that man is worse than the former, so shall it be with this wicked generation.

46While Jesus was still talking to the multitudes, His mother and brothers were outside seeking to speak with Him. 47When Jesus was told of this, that they wished to speak with Him. 48He replied to the one who had told Him; Who is My mother and who are My brothers? 49And stretching out His hands towards the multitude, He said; Here is My mother and My brothers! 50For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother, sister and mother.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 13

1That same day, Jesus went out and sat by the sea. 2And a great multitude gathered together, to such an extent that He got into a boat, while the multitude stood on the shore. 3He then spoke many things to them in parables;

A sower went out to sow:

  • 4Some seed fell on the wayside and the birds came and ate it up.
  • 5Some seed fell on stony places, where there was not much earth and because it was shallow ground, it immediately sprang up. 6But when the sun came out it was scorched, withered and died, because it had no root.
  • 7Some seed fell among thorns and as the thorns grew, they choked out the seed.
  • 8But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop of thirty, sixty and one-hundred fold.

9When He had spoken this parable, He said to the people; He who has ears to hear, (willing to hear and listen), let him hear and understand. 10The disciples then came to Jesus in private and asked, why He spoke to the people in parables? 11And He answered; It has been given to you to understand the mysteries of heaven. But, to the multitudes it has not been given. 12For he that has spiritual understanding, even more will be given to him in abundance, but he that is not willing to listen and does not understand, even what little he has, will be taken away from him. 13Therefore I speak in parables, because yet they see they do not perceive and though they hear they do not understand. 14Through the use of parables the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, that says; through hearing they shall not understand and by seeing they shall not perceive; 15For these people's hearts have grown cold, their ears are dull of hearing and they have shut their eyes. Lest at any time they should see, hear and understand with their heart, be converted and I should heal them., Isaiah 6:9 16But blessed are your eyes and ears, for they both see and hear. 17For I tell you truly that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see and hear what you have seen and heard, yet they have not seen nor heard.

18Therefore, hear the parable of the sower.

  • 19When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the wicked one has come and snatched away what was sown in their heart. This is he who has received seed sown by the wayside.
  • 20He who receives the Word and immediately welcomes it with great joy, is he who receives the seed sown on stony places. 21And since he has no root in himself, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the Word, he immediately stumbles.
  • 22He who receives the Word and allows the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches to rule his heart and becomes unfruitful. Is he who received seed sown among the thorns.
  • 23But he who receives the seed on good ground, is he who hears the Word and understands it and produces fruit of a hundred, sixty or thirty fold.

24The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25But as he slept, the enemy came and sowed tares among the good seed. 26When the good seed came up, so also did the tares. 27The servants of the household then questioned the master, saying; did you not sow good seed in your field, why are there tares in the field? 28He said to them, An enemy has done this. The servants then asked; if they should go and gather up the tares? 29And the master replied; No, least you also uproot the good seed. 30Let both grow together until the time of harvest, at that time I will instruct the reapers to first gathered up the tares and burn them, but gather and stored the wheat in my barns.

31The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, that a man took and sowed in his field. 32Which is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it is grown it becomes greater than the herbs and becomes a tree. So that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.

33The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, hid in three measures of meal until it was all leavened.

34Jesus now spoke all things to the multitude in parables, otherwise He did not speak to them. 35That it might be fulfilled, which was spoken by the prophet, saying; I will speak in parables, telling of things that have been kept secret from the foundation of the world, Psalm 78:2. 36Jesus then sent the multitude away and went into a house. And His disciples came to Him and asked Him to explain the parable of the wheat and the tares.

The parable of the wheat and the tares, explained.

37Jesus answered them and said; He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world and the good seeds represents the sons of the kingdom and the tares represents the children of the wicked one. 39He who sows the bad seed is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age and the reapers are the angels. 40So shall it be at the end of the age, that the tares will be gathered and burnt. 41The Son of Man shall send out His angels, they shall gather the lawless and they who offend. 42Casting them into the fire, in that day there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father in heaven. He who has ears let him hear!

44The kingdom of heaven is as a great treasure that a man found in a field and afterwards he hid it again and for joy he sold all that he had and bought the field.

NOTE: (the kingdom of heaven must be acquired justly, it cannot be stolen).

45Again the kingdom of heaven is as a merchant seeking beautiful pearls. 46When he finds that one great pearl, he went out and sold all that he had and bought it.

NOTE: (the kingdom of heaven costs everything).

47The kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet, cast into the sea and gathered fish of every type. 48And when the net was filled, The good were gathered into vessels, but the bad was thrown away. 49So will it be at the end of the age, the angels will separate the wicked from the just. 50And will cast them into the fire, in that day, there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Parable of the householder.

51Jesus said to them; Have you understood all these things? They said to Him; Yes, Lord. 52He then said to them; Therefore, every learned man in the scriptures and instructed in the kingdom of heaven is as a householder who brings out his treasures, both old and new.

NOTE: (Both the Old and the New Testament have treasures).

53When Jesus finished speaking these parables, He departed from there. 54When He had come into His own country of Nazareth, He taught them in their synagogues and they were amazed and astonished. Saying where did this Man get this great wisdom and these mighty powers. 55For this is the carpenter's son, His mother is Mary and His brothers James, Joses, Simon and Judas. 56His sisters are with us, so where did this Man get all these things? 57And they were offended by Him, but Jesus said to them; Only in His own community is a prophet without honor. 58And Jesus could not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 14
Herod put John the Baptist in prison and beheads him,   Mark 6:14.

1Around this time, Herod, the governor heard reports concerning Jesus. 2Reasoning to himself, he believed this to be John the Baptist, risen from the dead. 3For earlier Herod had put John in prison, for the sake of his brother's wife. 4Because John had said to him; it is not proper that you should have your brother's wife. 5Although Herod wanted to put John to death, He feared the vast number of people that counted John as a prophet. 6However, at Herod's birthday celebration, his brother's wife's daughter danced for them and pleased Herod. 7Therefore Herod gave her his promise with an oath of whatever she might ask. 8And having been prompted by her mother, she asked for John's head on a platter. 9Even though, Herod regretted fulfilling her request, because of his oath and to keep face with those who sat with him, he commanded it to be given her. 10So Herod had John beheaded in the prison. 11And John's head was brought to the girl on a platter and the girl brought it to her mother. 12Then John's disciples came and buried the body and they went and told Jesus. 13When Jesus heard of this, He departed by boat to a deserted place by Himself. However, when the people heard of Jesus departing, they followed Him on foot to the place where He went.

14When Jesus saw the great multitude of people that had followed Him there, He was moved with compassion for them and healed their sick. 15When evening had come, His disciples came to Him and urged Him to send the multitude away so that they could go in the towns and buy food. 16But Jesus told His disciples; There is no need for them to go away, you give them something to eat. 17But they replied; all we have is five loafs of bread and two fish. 18Jesus, then said; Bring them to Me. 19And He then ordered the people to sit down on the grass. And taking the five loaves and two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke them. Then giving the food to His disciples and the disciples then distributed the food to the multitudes. 20And each person ate until they were filled. And the disciples filled twelve baskets full with the food that remained. 21Now the number that had eaten was about five thousand men, plus woman and children.

22Immediately afterwards, Jesus directed His disciples to go to the other side of the lake, while He sent the multitude away. 23After He had sent the people away, Jesus then went up on a mountain to pray and when evening had come He was alone there. 24The boat the disciples were in was now in the middle of the sea, being tossed by the winds and the waves.

25Now about four in the morning, Jesus came to His disciples walking on the water. 26When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and were terrified and cried out in fright. 27But Jesus immediately spoke to them, saying; Be of good cheer, it is I, do not be afraid. 28Then Peter spoke and said; Lord, if it is You, tell me to come to You on the water. 29And Jesus replied; Come. And Peter came out of the boat, walking on the water to Jesus. 30But when he saw the winds and the waves he began to sink and cried out; Lord, save me! 31Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught Peter. Saying to Him, You of little faith, (lacking confidence in God), why did you doubt? 32As soon as they got into the boat, the winds ceased. 33Then the men in the boat worshiped Him, saying; You are truly the Son of God.

34When they had crossed over to the other side, they came to the land of Gennesaret. 35And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out word to all the surrounding regions and brought to Him all their sick. 36Begging Him that they might but just touch His garment and as many that touched it were made perfectly well.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 15

1Now the Scribes and the Pharisees that were from Jerusalem came to Jesus and said to Him; 2Why do Your disciples transgress our traditional customs? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread. 3But Jesus answered and said; Why do you also transgress the commandments of God because of your own tradition? 4For the commandments say; honor your mother and father and he who curses mother or father shall be put to death, Exodus 21:17. 5But you have given what is rightfully due to your parents, as a sacrifice to God. Therefore, justifying the commandment and believing you are no longer under the obligation. 6Thus you have made the commandment of no effect by your tradition. 7Hypocrites! This is what the prophet Isaiah said concerning you; 8these people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. 9They worship Me in vain, teaching doctrines and commandments of men, Isaiah 29:13.

10When Jesus had called the multitude of people to Him, He said; Hear this and understand. 11It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth that defiles a man. 12When the Pharisees heard this saying, they told His disciples they were offended. 13But Jesus replied; Every plant that is not of My Father, will be uprooted. 14Leave them be. They are as the blind leading the blind and when this happens both will fall into the ditch.

15Then Peter said to Him, explain this parable to us. 16And Jesus said; Are you also yet without understanding? 17What ever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated, 18but what comes out of the mouth, comes from the heart and defiles a man. 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness and blasphemies. 20These things defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man..

21Then Jesus left there and departed to the land of Tyre and Sidon. 22A Canaan woman came to Him and cried out saying; have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David, my daughter is severely demon-possessed. 23But He did not answer her and even His disciples urged Him to send her away, saying; she also cries out after us too. 24But Jesus answered and said; I was only sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25But the woman came and further worshiped Him, saying; Lord, help me! 26But Jesus replied; It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs. 27But she answered Him; Yes Lord, but even the little dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table. 28Then Jesus said; Woman, great is your faith, (a moral conviction and belief in God)! May it be as you desire and her daughter was healed from that very hour.

29Jesus then departed from there by boat, traveling across the coast of Galilee and went up on a mountain and sat down. 30And a great multitude came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed and they laid them down at Jesus' feet and He healed them all. 31And when the multitude saw the mute - speaking, the lame - walking, the blind - seeing and the maimed - made whole, they marveled and glorified the God of Israel.

32Jesus then called His twelve disciples and said; I have compassion on the people. For they have been with Me three days now and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away fasting, least they faint on the way. 33And the disciples said to Him; where could we get enough food in this wilderness to feed such a great multitude? 34But Jesus asked them; What food do you have? And they said; seven loaves and a few small fish. 35Jesus then commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36He took the food, gave thanks and broke it and gave it to the disciples and the disciples distributed it among the people. 37All the people ate and were filled and seven large baskets of fragments were taken up. 38And those who ate were four thousand men, plus woman and children. 39Jesus then sent away the multitude, He got into a boat and came to the region of Magdala.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 16

1The Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Him, asking if He would show them a sign from heaven. 2But Jesus said to them; When the sky is red in the evening, you say it will be far weather. 3And if it is red in the morning, you say it will be foul weather. You hypocrites! You know how to determine weather conditions, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4A wicked generation seeks after a sign, no sign will be given except for the sign of the prophet Jonah, and He left them and departed.

5Now when His disciples had come to the other side, they forgot to take bread. 6Jesus then said to them; Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. 7The disciples reasoned that this was because they had forgotten to bring bread with them. 8But, Jesus knowing their thoughts, said to them; You of little faith, (lacking confidence in God), why do you reason that it is because you have brought no bread? 9do you not yet understand? Have you forgotten the feeding of the five thousand and how many baskets were taken up? 10Or the feeding of the four thousand and how many baskets you took up? 11I did not speak to you concerning bread, but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12Then they understood that He was telling them to beware of the (spreading growth) doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

13When Jesus had entered into Philippi, He asked His twelve; Who do men say that I, the Son of Man am?. 14His disciples replied, some say You are, John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or a prophet. 15But Jesus asked; Who do you say that I am? 16Peter answered; You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17Jesus then said; Blessed are you, Peter, for this was not revealed to you by men, but rather by My Father in heaven. 18And I say to you Peter, that on this rock I will build My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19I shall give you the keys of heaven and whatsoever you shall bind here on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 20Then He commanded His disciples, that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

21From that time on, Jesus begin to show His disciples that He had to go to Jerusalem and would suffer many things from the elders and chief priests, they would kill Him and He would be raised up on the third day. 22When Peter heard this, he took Jesus aside and begin to rebuke Him, saying; Lord, this shall not happen to You. 23But Jesus turned and said to Peter; Get behind Me Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but of the things of men. 24Then He said to His disciples; If anyone desires to come after Me, let him lose sight of himself, taking up his cross and follow Me. 25For whoever desires to save his earthly life, shall lose it and whoever loses his life here on earth for My sake, shall find it. 26For what does it gain a man if he wins the whole world and loses his own soul? For what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

27For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of His Father with the angels and each one shall be rewarded according to his works. 28And I tell you, that there are some standing here who shall not taste of death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 17

1Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, up on a high mountain. And there He was transfigured before them, His face shone like the sun and His clothes became white as snow. 3Then Moses and Elijah appeared to them and were talking with Jesus. 4Peter, then spoke up and said; Lord, it is good that we are here, if You wish, I will put up three booths here, one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah. 5While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud came over them and a voice came from it and said; This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, listen to Him. 6And when the disciples heard this, they fell on their face and were seized with fear. 7But Jesus came to them, touched them and said; Arise and do not be afraid. 8And when they got up, they saw no one but Jesus. 9Now as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them; Do not speak of this vision to anyone until the Son of Man has risen from the dead. 10His disciples then asked Him, why the learned men say that Elijah must come first? 11Jesus answered; Elijah shall come first and restore all things. 12And Elijah has come first, but they did not know him and they did to him as they wished. Also, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands. 13Then the disciples understood, He was speaking of John the Baptist.

14After this, when they came back to the multitude, a man came up to Him and knelt down before Him and said; 15Lord have mercy on my son. He is an epileptic and suffers much, often times he falls and stumbles into harmful ways. 16I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him. 17Jesus answered and said; This faithless and morally corrupted generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring the boy here to Me. 18Jesus then rebuked the demon and it came out of the boy and the boy was cured that very hour. 19His disciples then in private came to Jesus, asking why they could not cast him out? 20And Jesus said to them, It is because of your unbelief! For I tell you that, if you have the smallest measure of faith, (a moral conviction and belief in God). You can say to an obstacle, be removed and it shall be removed and nothing shall be impossible for you. 21However, this situation required both prayer and fasting.

22As they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to His disciples; The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men. 23They will kill Him and on the third day, He shall be raised up. Upon hearing this, His disciples were exceedingly sorrowful.

Jesus pays the temple tax.

24Now when they had come into Capernaum, the tax collectors asked Peter if His teacher plans to pay temple tax? 25Peter replied, Yes. And when Peter had come into the house, Jesus having anticipated this, said to Peter; From whom do the kings of this earth take taxes from, their sons or from strangers? 26Peter replied; from strangers. Jesus then said to him; Then the sons are free. 27Nevertheless, so not to offend, we shall pay their tax. Go and cast your line into the sea and take the first fish you catch. Open its mouth and there will be a piece of money. Take it and give it to them, for us.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 18

1The disciples then came to Jesus asking Him, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2And Jesus call a little child to Him and set him in the midst of them. 3Then speaking to His disciples, He said; Unless you become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoever receives a little child in My name also receives Me. 6But whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in Me to lose their faith, it would be better for him if he were destroyed. 7Woe to the world because of the offenses! The offense will come, but woe to that man whom brings it!

8If a part of your body causes you to enter into sin, be rid of it and cast it far from you. It is better to enter into eternal life lame or maimed, than being wholly cast into the everlasting fire. 9Likewise if your eye causes you to lust after sin, be rid of it and cast it far from you. It is better to enter into eternal life lame or maimed, than being wholly cast into the everlasting fire. 10See that you do not despise any of these little ones, for their angels in heaven have constant access to the Father. 11For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

12Do you not know, that if a man loses one sheep out of one hundred, he leaves the ninety-nine and searches for the one. 13And if he should find it, he rejoices over that one sheep more than the ninety-nine, that did not go astray. 14Even so, it is the will of the Father in heaven, that not one of these little ones should perish.

15Moreover, if a fellow believer wrongs you, go to him in private to resolve the matter. If he hears you, you have won your brother. 16If he refuses to hear you, take with you two or three witnesses. 17If he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. And if he still refuses to hear the church, let him be to you as a pagan. 18Truly, I say to you, Whatever you shall bind here on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on anything that they ask, it shall be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20For wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the mist of them.

21Then Peter came and asked Jesus; Lord how often shall my brother sin against me, that I should forgive him? seven times? 22Jesus replied; Not seven times, but seventy times seven.

23Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like, a king who settled accounts with his servants. 24He brought in a servant who owed him billions of dollars, (a sum of money so large, it could not even be paid back). 25Since the servant was not able to pay, the king ordered that he and his family and all his possessions be sold, so that some form of payment might be made. 26The servant, therefore, fell down before the king, begging the king to be patient with him, saying that he would pay everything back. 27When the master heard this, he was moved with compassion, released the servant and forgave him the entire debt. 28Afterwards, this servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a few hundred dollars. And he laid hands on the man, took him by the collar, saying, pay me what you owe! 29And his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying; have patience with me and I will pay you everything back. 30But he had him thrown in prison, until the debt would be paid off. 31When the other servants saw what had been done, they were grieved and told their master of what had happened. 32The master then called this servant back in and said to him. You wicked servant! I forgave you all your debt, because you begged me. 33Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you? 34Therefore, his lord in anger, delivered him to the tormentors until he should pay everything that was due to him. 35Likewise, My Father in heaven will also do unto you, if you do not from your heart forgive your brother his trespasses.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 19

1When Jesus had finished these sayings and teachings, He departed from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2A great many people followed Him and He healed them there.

Teaching on divorce.

3Again the Pharisees came to Him testing Him, asking; Is it lawful for a man, to divorce his wife, for any reason? 4Jesus answered them and said; Have you not read that God, whom made them in the beginning, made them male and female? Genesis 1:27. 5Because of this a man shall leave his mother and father and be joined to his wife and they shall become one flesh. 6They are no longer two, but one flesh, therefore, let not man separate what God has joined together. 7The Pharisees then said; Why then did Moses command us to give her a certificate of divorce and to put her away? 8Jesus replied, Moses did this because of the hardness of your hearts, but from the beginning it was not so. 9I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality and marries another, commits adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. 10When hearing this, His disciples said to Him, If this is the case in marriage, then it is better not to marry.

11Jesus replied; All people cannot accept this, but only those to who it has been given. 12There are some who were born to remain celibate, some were made to be celibate by other men and some have chosen to remain celibate, for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let him whom is able to accept this, do so.

13Little children were then brought to Him, that He might lay His hands on them and pray, but His disciples were rebuking them that brought them to Him. 14But Jesus said; Do not forbid the little children from coming to Me, for such is the kingdom of heaven. 15And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

16As Jesus departed from there, a man came up to Him and said; Good teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? 17Jesus replied; Why do you call Me good? There is only One whom is good and that is God. Now if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments. 18Then the man asked, which ones? Jesus said; Do not murder(6), or commit adultery(7), do not steal(8) or bear false witness(9), 19honor your mother and father(5) and love your neighbor as yourself. 20The young man replied; All these things I have done from my youth, what do I still lack? 21Jesus said to him; If you wish to be perfect, (mature), sell what you have, give it to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven, then come and follow Me. 22When the man heard this, he went away very sad, for he had great possessions.

23Jesus then turned to His disciples and said; I tell you truly, it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25When His disciples heard this, they were astonished and replied; who then can be saved? 26But Jesus answered and said; With men it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. 27To this Peter replied; We have left all to follow You, therefore, what shall we receive? 28Jesus answered; Truly, I tell you, that in the new age, when the Son of Man sits on the throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones. 29And everyone who has left house, brothers, sisters, father, mother or wife, for My sake. Shall receive a hundred fold and shall inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last and the last shall be first.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 20

1The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers to work in his vineyard. 2And when he agreed with the labors to pay them a denarius for the days work, he sent them out into his fields. 3The owner of the field went out two hours later and saw other workers standing idle in the marketplace. 4And told them to also go work in his vineyard and I will pay you a fair wage. 5Twice more on the sixth and the ninth hour of the day, he went out and hired labors. 6Also about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle and said to them, Why have you been standing here all day idle? 7And they said to him, because no one has hired us. The landowner said to them, you also go into my vineyard and you shall receive whatever is fair.

8When evening had come the owner called in the labors and gave them their wages, starting with the ones he had hired last to the first. 9And those who had been hired the eleventh hour each received a wage of a denarius. 10When the labors who had worked the entire day saw this, they supposed they would receive more, but they also received a denarius. 11And when they received it, they complained against the landowner. 12Saying; these last men have only worked one hour and you have made them equal with us, for we have bore the burden and worked through the heat of the day. 13But the landowner, replied; Friend, I am not doing you wrong, you agreed with me for a denarius. 14Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give this last man the same as you. 15Can I not do with my own as I wish, or is your eye evil because I am generous? 16So the last will be first and the first last, for many are called but few are chosen.

17As they were going up to Jerusalem, Jesus spoke to the twelve disciples and said; 18In Jerusalem the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the religious leaders and they will condemn Him to death. 19They will deliver Him to the Gentiles to be mocked, scourge and they will crucify Him, but on the third day, He will rise from the dead.

20Then the mother of Zebedee's sons, (James and John), came to Jesus with both her sons and kneeling down before Him, she worshiped Him. 21Jesus asked her; What do you wish? And she replied; Grant that my two sons may sit, one on Your right and the other on Your left, when You come into Your kingdom. 22But Jesus answered and said; You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They said to Him, We are able. 23And He said to them; You shall indeed drink of My cup and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with. But, to sit on My right and My left is not Mine to give, rather it is for them that My Father has prepared it for.

24When the other ten heard of the two brothers plea, they were very displeased with James and John. 25But Jesus called them to Himself and said; You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over those who are beneath them. 26Yet it shall not be so among you, whoever wishes to become great among you, let him be a minister. 27And whoever wishes to be chief among you, let him be a servant; 28For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many.

29As they left Jericho, a great number of people followed Him. 30As they walked, there were two blind men sitting by the side of the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David! 31Even though the multitude reproved them, telling them to keep quiet, they cried out all the more. 32So Jesus stood still and called them, asking them: What do you wish Me to do for you? 33They replied; Lord, that our eyes might be opened. 34Jesus then with compassion, touched their eyes and immediately their eyes received sight and they followed Him.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 21

1As they drew near to Jerusalem at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of His disciples, 2Telling them; Go into the village and you will find a donkey tied with a new colt, untie them and bring them to Me. 3If you are asked what you are doing, say; the Lord has need of them. 4This was done to fulfill what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet; 5Tell the people of Jerusalem, that their king is coming to them, humbly sitting on a donkey, Zechariah 9:9.

6So the disciples did as Jesus had commanded them. 7And when they returned with the donkey and the colt, they put their clothes on them and Jesus sat on them. 8As Jesus and His disciple went into town, a great multitude of people spread their clothes or spread branches on the road. 9And the multitude that went ahead and they who followed behind, cried out saying; Hosanna, to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD! Hosanna in the highest, (Hosanna means; save us now) Psalm 118:25. 10When Jesus had come into Jerusalem, the whole city wondered, who this was? 11And the crowds replied, this is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.

12Jesus then went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple. Overturning the tables of the money changers and of those who sold doves. 13Saying to them; It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it into a den of thieves, Isaiah 56:7, Jeremiah 7:11 14Afterwards, the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple and He healed them. 15But when the chief priests saw the wonderful things that He did and how the people cried out after Him, Saying, Hosanna to the Son of David, they were indignant. 16And they questioned Jesus of the praises the people were giving Him, but Jesus replied; Have you not read, out of the mouth of babes you have perfected praise? Psalm 8:2. 17He then left them, going out of the city and He stayed the night in Bethany.

18In the morning as Jesus returned to the city, He was hungry. 19Seeing a fig tree, He went up to it, but found nothing on it but leaves. At this, He said to the tree; Let no fruit grow on you ever again. And immediately the fig tree withered away. 20When the disciples saw this, they marveled, saying to Him; why has the fig tree withered away so quickly? 21But Jesus said to them; Truly, I tell you that if you have faith, (a moral conviction and belief in God) and do not doubt, you will not only do this. But, can also say to an obstacle be removed and it shall be done for you. 22And whatever things you ask in prayer, believe that you shall receive them.

23As Jesus was teaching in the temple, the chief priests and elders confronted Him. Asking Him, by what authority are You doing these things and who gave You this authority? 24But Jesus answered them; I will also ask you a question; if you answer Mine, I will likewise, tell you by what authority I do these things. 25The baptism of John the Baptist, was it of heaven, or of men? And they reasoned among themselves, figuring that if they said, from heaven, He would in turn say; why then did you not believe him. 26But if we say, of men, we fear the people, for they all count John as a prophet. 27So they answered saying; we don't know and Jesus replied; Nether then will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

28What do you think, a man had two sons and he came to the first son and said; Go work today in my vineyard. 29And the son said, I will not, but afterwards he changed his mind and went. 30Then he went to the second son and said likewise and the son said; I will go sir, but did not. 31Jesus then asked the Pharisees, Which of the two did the will of the Father? They said to Him, The first. To this Jesus replied; Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and harlots will enter into the kingdom of God before you. 32For John the Baptist came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him or repent, but tax collectors and harlots believed him. Nor when you saw this, did you repent afterwards.

33Hear yet another parable; A landowner planted a vineyard, he set a hedge around it, dug a winepress, built a tower and then leased it out to vinedressers' to operate it and he went to a far country. 34When the harvest time drew near, he sent his servants, that they might receive its fruit. 35But the hired men took his servants and either beat, stoned or killed them. 36Again he sent more servants, but they treated them likewise. 37Last of all he sent his son, thinking they will respect my son. 38But when the hired men saw the son, they plotted to kill him and seize his inheritance. 39taking him and casting him out of the vineyard.

40Jesus then asked the Pharisees; Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do with those hired men? 41And the Pharisees replied; he will destroy those wicked men and find men who will give to the owner his fruits. 42Jesus then said to them; Have you not read in scripture? The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone, this was the Lords doing and it has become marvelous in our eyes, Psalm 118:22. 43Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation that bears its fruits. 44Whoever falls on this stone will be broken, but whoever this stone falls upon will be crushed. 45When the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they knew that He had spoken of them. 46And they wished to seize Him, but they feared the people because they held Jesus as a prophet.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 22

1And Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again in parables and said; 2The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son. 3And He sent out servants to call in those who were invited to the wedding, but they were not willing to come. 4He then sent out more notable servants telling those who were invited to come in, for the wedding feast is prepared. 5However the guests made light of it, some going their own way, one to his farm and the other to his business. 6While the rest seized his servants, treating them badly and even killing them. 7When the king heard about this, he was furious and sent out his armies to destroy them. 8Then he said to his servants, all is ready, but they who were invited were not worthy. 9Therefore go into the towns and invite all that you find into the wedding. 10So the servants gathered together as many as they could find, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11But when the king came down to see the guests and saw a man there who was not wearing the {provided} wedding garment. 12He asked the man, how he had come in without a wedding garment? And the man had no answer. 13Then the king had his servants, bind the man, remove him from the hall and had him cast out into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14For many are called, but few are chosen.

The Pharisees attempt to test Jesus,   Mark 12:14Luke 20:22.

15The Pharisees then plotted together of how they might ensnare Jesus in His own words. 16And sent to Him some of their disciples with yet other disciples of a differing religious belief, saying to Him; Teacher, we know that You teach the true way of God and that You do not give undue favor to any man. 17So give us your opinion; is it right to pay taxes to Caesar? 18But Jesus perceived their wicked plot to trap Him and said to them; Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19Show Me the money used for taxes! When they had brought Him a coin, 20Jesus asked them; Whose image and inscription is on here? 21And they said to Him Caesar's. Jesus then replied; Give to Caesar, what is Caesar's and to God the thing that are God's. 22And when they heard these words they marveled and went their way.

23The same day the Sadducees, (who say there is no resurrection), came and asked Jesus this question; 24Moses said that if a married man dies having no children, his brother is then to marry his wife and raise up an offspring for his brother, Deuteronomy 25:5-10. 25Now there were seven brothers and the first brother died after he had married having no offspring, his brother then took her as his wife. 26Likewise the second brother also died having no offspring, the third and even up to the seventh brother died having no offspring. 27Last of all the woman also died. 28Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife will she be, since all seven had been with her?

29Jesus answered them and said; You are mistaken, not knowing the scriptures or the power of God. 30In the resurrection, they do not marry or are they given in marriage, but are like the angels of God in heaven. 31Concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read the scriptures of God, saying; 32I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? God is not the God of the dead but the living. 33When the multitudes heard this, they were astonished by His teaching.

34Now when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together and put yet another plot together. 35One of them, a learned man in the scriptures, asked Him a question, to trap Him, saying; 36Teacher, what is the greatest commandment of the law? 37Jesus replied; You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul and mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. 41While the Pharisees were yet gathered together. Jesus asked them a question; 42What do you think concerning the Christ, whose Son is He? They answered Him; the Son of David. 43Then Jesus said to them; David in the Spirit call Him Lord, for he said; 44the LORD said to my Lord, Sit on My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool, Psalm 110:1. 45If David calls Him, Lord, how then can He be his Son? 46And none of them were able to answer Him. And from that day on, no one dared to ask Him anymore questions.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 23

1Jesus, then spoke to both the multitudes of people and His disciples, saying; 2The Scribes and Pharisees sit in seats of authority. 3Therefore whatever they tell you to do, observe and do it. But, do not do according to their works; for they say one thing and do another. 4They place many burdens upon others, yet they themselves will not be burdened. 5all the works they do are so that men will see them and give them praise. 6They love to take seats of honor in the synagogues 7and be addressed as Rabbi in the market place. 8But do not let other people call you Rabbi, for you have one teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. 9Do not call anyone on earth, father, for you have one Father in heaven. 10And do not let others call you teacher, for you have but one Teacher and that is the Christ. 11But let him who is greatest among you be your servant. 12For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.

13Woe to the scribes and Pharisees, they are hypocrites! For they shut up the kingdom of heaven for all men, neither do they themselves go into it, nor do they allow those that are seeking to enter into it, enter in. 14They make long prayers to impress people, while taking advantage of widows, therefore they shall receive a greater condemnation. 15Woe to them, for they go to great lengths to convert one and when he is won, they make him twice the child of hell as they are. 16Woe to the blind guides, who think it is nothing to swear by the temple, but they believe swearing by gold and riches will obligate them to perform it. 17They are fools, is not the one who sanctifies the gold greater than the gold itself? 18For they say, swearing by the altar is nothing; but the person who swears by the gift on the altar is bound. 19They are blind fools! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 20Therefore whoever swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. 21And if he shall swear by the temple, he swears by it and by Him who dwells in it. 22Likewise if he swears by Heaven, he swears by God's throne and by Him who sits on it.

23Woe to them, for they give offerings on the smallest thing that they have, yet they neglect the weightier matters of the law, such as justice, mercy and faith, (a moral conviction and belief in God). This they should have done first, without neglecting the other. 24They are blind guides, who strain out a gnat yet swallow a camel. 25Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For they cleanse the outward appearance, but inwardly are full of exhortations and self-indulgences. 26If they would first clean the inside of the vessel, the outside would also comply. 27Woe to those hypocrisies! They are like whitewashed tombs, that appear beautiful on the outside, but are full of dead mans bones. 28Even though they appear righteous to men outwardly, yet inside they are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29Woe to them, for they build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteousness. 30And they say; if we had lived back then, we would not have killed these righteous men. 31Saying this alone gives witnessed against them, for they are the sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32They partake in their father's sin to the full measure. 33Serpents! Offspring of vipers! How can they escape the condemnation of hell? 34Therefore, the prophets and wise men the Father sends, some of them, they will scourge or kill in their synagogues, even persecuting others from city to city. 35Laying on themselves all the righteous blood shed on the earth. From the righteous blood of Abel (the very first person killed), to the very last righteous prophet that you murdered. 36Truly, I say to you that all these things will come upon this generation.

37Jerusalem, the one who has killed the prophets and stoned the messengers! How often I have wanted to gather you together, as a good shepherd, but you were not willing. 38Now their house is desolate 39and they shall see Me no longer, until you say; Blessed is the man who comes in the name of the Lord.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 24

1Jesus then departed from the temple and His disciples came to Him wishing to give Him a tour of the impressive building and its furnishings. 2But Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, all these things you see, not even one stone shall be left upon another, all shall be thrown down.

3As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples asked Him in private; what is the sign of Your coming and the end of the age, when will these things be? 4Jesus answered them and said; Be careful that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in My name and say, they are the Christ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, however, do not be troubled, for they must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7Nations will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes. 8This is the beginning of sorrows. 9They shall then deliver you up and persecute you and you shall be hated by all nations for My sake. 10Many will take offense, hate and betray one other. 11Many false prophets will rise and deceive many. 12And because lawlessness abounds, the love of many will grow cold. 13But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached throughout the world, as a witness to all nations and then the end will come.

15Therefore, when you see the appalling sacrilege and the mockery, that was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place. 16Let those in Judea flee into the mountains. 17Neither shall he in the house take anything out of his house, 18nor shall the worker turn back to gather his goods, 19and woe to those who are pregnant or with dependent children in those days. 20And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21For there shall be great tribulation in those days, such as not has ever been seen before or will ever be again. 22The tribulation shall be so great, that if the days had not been shortened for the elects sake, nobody would be saved. 23In those days, if anyone says to you; here is the Christ or there is the Christ, do not believe them. 24For false christ's and prophets will rise up, having great power, with signs and wonders, deceiving many, even the elect if possible. 25I am telling you this beforehand. 26Therefore do not be deceived.

27Just as the lightning flashes from the east and is seen even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be widely seen. 28And just as widely as His coming will be seen, so will His judgment be, For wherever the carcase is, there will the fowls be gathered together. 29Immediately after the tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, the moon will not shine, the stars shall fall from the heavens and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30Then the sign of the Son of Man shall appear and all the people of the earth shall mourn. And they shall see Him appear in the heavens with power and great glory. 31The angels shall precede Him with a great trumpet sound and they shall gather His elect from all the earth.

32Learn this parable from the fig tree. When its branches begin to sprout with leaves, you know that summer is near. 33Likewise, when you see all these things, know that it is also near. 34Truly I tell you, this generation shall not pass away, until all these things have taken place. 35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Word shall last forever. 36But, no one knows the day or hour, only My Father in heaven. 37Just as in the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38People will be preoccupied with eating, drinking, marrying and given in marriage, until that great day. 39The day of the coming of the Son of Man will take them completely by surprise. 40Two men shall be in the field, one shall be taken and the other left. 41Two woman shall be grinding at the mill, one shall be taken and the other left. 42Therefore, watch and be prepared, for you do not know what hour the Son of Man is coming. 43But know that if the owner of the house had known the hour the thief would come, he would have watched and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44Likewise you be ready, for in the hour you least expect, the Son of Man will come. 45Be then faithful and wise servants, trustworthy and accountable over his master's household. 46For blessed is the servant that the master finds doing so when He comes. 47I tell you that his master will make him ruler over all his goods. 48But the wicked servant says in his heart, my master is delaying his coming. 49And thus begins to abuse his fellow servants, while living a riotous lifestyle. 50The master of that servant will come when the servant is not expecting. 51And that servant shall be cut off and appointed with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 25

1The kingdom of heaven is likened to ten virgins who each took their lanterns and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Now five of them were wise and five were foolish. 3The foolish ones took only their lamps with them and no extra oil. 4But the wise brought extra oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5While the bridegroom was delayed, all ten slumbered and slept. 6At midnight, the call went out that the bridegroom is coming, to go out and meet him. 7And the ten virgins each trimmed their lamps. 8But the five foolish virgins, asked the others if they could have some of their oil, for our lamps are going out. 9But the wise virgins answered; No, least there not be enough for the both of us, rather go into the market place and buy for yourself. 10While the five were away, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding and the door was closed behind them. 11Afterwards the other five virgins returned. Knocked on the door and said; Lord, open the door for us! 12But he replied; Truly, I do not know you. 13Therefore, I tell you to watch, for you know not the day or the hour when the Son of Man will come.

14The kingdom of heaven is like a man who left for a far country and entrusted his goods to his servants. 15To one servant he gave five talents, to another servant he gave two and to another servant he gave one, each according to their own abilities. 16The servant given five talents, made another five talents, through trading. 17And likewise, the servant with two talents also doubled his two talents. 18But the servant who had one talent went and buried his talent in the earth.

19After a long time, the master came back to settle accounts with his servants. 20The servant who had received five talents, brought to his master five more talents. 21And the master said; Well done, good and faithful servant, you have been faithful in little, I will make you ruler over many things, enter into the joy of your lord. 22The servant who had received two talents, brought to his master two more talents. 23And the master said; Well done, good and faithful servant, you have been faithful in little, I will make you ruler over many things, enter into the joy of your lord. 24Then he who had received the one talent, said to the master; I knew you were a hard and stern man, taking gain wherever you could that was not rightfully yours. 25And I was afraid, so I went and hid your talent in the earth. Here is your talent that you left with me. 26But the master replied; You wicked and lazy servant, if you had perceived me as a hard man, taking gain wherever I could that was not rightfully mine. 27You should have at least deposited my money with the bankers, and I would have had some interest from it. 28Then he took the one talent from the servant and gave it to the servant who had ten. 29For everyone who has, much more shall be given to him. But, he who is not faithful, even what little he has shall be taken away from him. 30Then the master had the unprofitable servant cast into outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

31When the Son of Man comes in His glory with the angels, He will then sit on the throne of His glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will set the sheep on His right, but the goats shall be on the left. 34The king will then say to them on His right, You are blessed of My Father, come and inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you from the foundation of the world, 35For when I was hungry you gave Me food. When I was a stranger you took Me in. 36When I was in need you clothed and cared for Me, when I was in prison you visited Me. 37Then the righteous will say; Lord, when did we see You hungry? 38Or as a stranger in need of care? 39Or when did we see You in prison and visit You? 40And the King will answer; Truly, I tell you, that insomuch as you did for the least of My brethren, you did it to Me.

41He will then say to them on His left, depart from Me, you are cursed into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42For when I was hungry you gave Me no food. 43When I was a stranger you did not take Me in, when I was in need you did not clothe or care for Me, nor did you visit Me in prison. 44They will also answer; Lord, when did we see You hungry or in need and did not minister to You? 45And the Lord will answer them; that which you did not do for the least of My brethren, you also did not do it for Me. 46And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous will enter into eternal life.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 26

1When Jesus finished these sayings, He said to His disciples. 2The Passover is in two days, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified. 3At that time, Caiaphas, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders were all assembling together at the palace of the high priest. 4And they were plotting to trap Jesus and kill Him. 5But they did not wish to do so during the feast day, least there be a riot among the people.

6Now as Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper. 7A woman came up to Him with an alabaster bottle of very costly oil, and poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. 8However, when His disciples saw this, they were indignant, questioning the great waste. 9Wondering why this costly oil was not sold and the money given to the poor? 10When Jesus perceived their thoughts, He said to them; Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a wonderful work to Me. 11For the poor will be with you always, but you shall not always have Me. 12By putting ointment on My body, she did it for My burial. 13Truly I say to you, Wherever in the world this gospel is proclaimed, this which she has done will also be spoken of as a memorial of her.

14After that, Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went out to the chief priests. 15And asked them what they would give him for delivering Jesus to them? And they counted out thirty pieces of silver. 16So from that time on Judas, sought opportunity to betray Jesus.

17On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples asked Jesus, where they should prepare the Passover meal? 18And Jesus told them to; Go into the city to a certain man. And say to him; The Master said His time is at hand, and that He shall keep the Passover at your house with His disciples.

19So they did as they were told and prepared the Passover. 20When evening had come Jesus sat with the twelve disciples. 21And as they were eating, He said; Truly, I say that one of you will betray Me. 22This pained the twelve and each one begin to ask, if it were they. 23Jesus answered and said; The one who dips his bread in the dish with Me, will betray Me. 24The Son of Man indeed will fulfill prophecy, but woe to the man that betrays Him, it would have been better for that man if he had not been born. 25At that, Judas, His betrayer spoke up and said; Is it I? Jesus replied; You have said it.

26As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it, giving it to the disciples. Saying; Take eat, this is My body. 27Then He took the cup, gave thanks and gave it to them, saying; Drink this all of you. 28For this is My blood of the New Covenant, that is shed for many for the remission of sins.

29For I tell you, I will not partake again of the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it anew with you in My Father's kingdom. 30After they had all sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

31Then Jesus said to them; This night all of you shall be offended, stumble and fall away because of Me, for it is written; I shall strike the shepherd and the sheep shall be scattered, Zechariah 13:7. 32And after I have been raised, I will go before you into Galilee. 33However, Peter responded, Even if all stumble because of You, I will not. 34But Jesus replied to him; Truly, I say to you, that this night before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times. 35But Peter again replied; even if I must die with You, I will not deny You and all the disciples agreed.

36Jesus then came to a place called Gethsemane and told the disciples to; Sit here, while I go over there and pray. 37And He took with Him, Peter, John and James and as He walked He became deeply distressed. 38He said to the three; My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to the point of death, stay here and watch with Me. 39Then He went a little ways, fell on His face and prayed; My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me, nevertheless, not as I desire, but as You will. 40Jesus then returned to the three and found them asleep, He spoke to Peter, saying; Could you not have watched with Me for one hour? 41Watch and pray, least you enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. 42Again, He went away to pray, saying; Father, if this cup cannot pass from Me, unless I drink of it, may Your will be done. 43As He returned to the three and they were again asleep, for their eyes were heavy. 44So He left them sleep and went and prayed a third time saying the same words. 45When He came to the disciples, He said to them; Are you still sleeping? The hour is at hand and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of Godless and wicked men. 46Rise, let us be going, My betrayer is at hand.

47While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve having been commissioned by the chief priests and elders came. Leading a great multitude armed with swords and clubs. 48Now the sign that Judas had given to the multitude was this; the one that I kiss, He is the one and you are to seize Him. 49And immediately Judas went up to Jesus, called Him, Rabbi and greeted Him with a kiss. 50But, Jesus said to him; Friend, why have you come? Then the multitude came, laid hands on Jesus and arrested Him. 51Then suddenly one who was with Him, (Peter, John 18:10), drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest cutting off his ear. 52But Jesus said to him; Put your sword away, for all who live by the sword, shall die by the sword. 53Do you not know that I could pray to My Father and He could provide Me an escape. 54But how then would scriptures be fulfilled?

55Jesus then said to the multitude; Have you come out with swords and clubs, to take Me as you would come against a robber? I taught you dally in the temple and you did not seize Me. 56But all of this has been done to fulfill prophecy. Then all of His disciples forsook Him and fled. 57Jesus was led away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where also the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58And Peter followed at a distance, into the courtyard of the high priest and sat with the servants, to see the outcome. 59Now the plan of the chief priests, the elders and the council, was to find false testimony against Jesus, so as to put Him to death. 60And even though many false witnesses came forth they found none. But, last of all two false witnesses came forward. 61Saying; this Man said; I am able to tear down this temple of God and build it up again in three days.

62The high priest then said to Him, Do you not answer, what these men have testified against You? 63But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to Him, I put You under oath by the living God, tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God? 64Jesus replied; It is as you said, nevertheless, I say to you, you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the power of God and coming on the clouds of heaven. 65When the high priest heard this, he tore his clothes, (in anger) and said; We do not need to hear any more, He has spoken blasphemy! You have also heard His blasphemy. 66What do you think? And they all agreed that He was deserving of death. 67Then they spat on Him and beat Him. 68Mocked Him by saying; prophesy to us, thou Christ, who is the one who stuck you?

69Now Peter was outside in the courtyard and a servant girl came to him, saying you had also been with Jesus of Galilee. 70But Peter pretended not to understand what the girl was talking about and said; I do not know what you are saying. 71Then when Peter walked out into the gateway, another servant girl announced to everybody there that; This man was also with Jesus of Nazareth. 72But he denied it, with an oath, saying; I do not know the Man. 73A little while later, those who stood near Peter, said to him; You must be one of them, for your speech gives you away. 74Then Peter began to curse and swear, again saying; I don't know the Man. And immediately a rooster crowed. 75Right then, Peter remembered the words of Jesus, who had said; before the rooster crows, you will have denied Me three times, and Peter went outside and wept bitterly.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 27
Jesus Christ delivered over to Pontius Pilate,   Mark 15:1Luke 23:1John 18:28.

1When morning had come, all the chief priests and elders plotted against Jesus to have Him put to death. 2After having bound Him, they delivered Him to Pontius Pilate, who was the governor.

3Now, when Judas, His betrayer, saw that Jesus had been condemned, he was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. 4Saying; I have sinned by betraying innocent blood. But, they replied to him; What is that to us? You deal with your own sin. 5Judas then threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and went out and hung himself. 6The chief priests gathered up the money, realizing they could not put it back into the treasury, for it was now blood money. 7So after consulting together, they bought with it potters field, to bury strangers. 8And that field has been called the field of blood ever since. 9This fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet; And they, the children of Israel, set a price on Him of thirty pieces of silver. 10And they bought the potter's field with it, as the Lord had directed, Zechariah 11:12-13.

11As Jesus stood before the governor, Pontius Pilate asked Him if He was the king of the Jews? And Jesus replied; It is as you have said. 12But as the charges were coming against Him by the chief priests and elders, He spoke not a word. 13Then Pilate said to Him, are You not aware of all the things that are being testified against You? 14But Jesus remained silent, answering not a word, so that even the governor marveled. 15Now at the Passover Feast, the governor had a custom of releasing one prisoner that the multitude wished. 16And at that time there was a very well known prisoner called Barabbas. 17Therefore, when the multitude had gathered, Pilate asked them who they wanted him to release; Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Christ?

18For Pilate knew they had handed Jesus over to him because they were envious. 19Now as Pilate was presiding over the court, his wife sent word to him, to have nothing to do with that righteous Man. For today in a dream, I have suffered much because of Him. 20Now the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude to ask for the release of Barabbas and to have Jesus destroyed. 21And when the governor asked again, which of the two he should release? The crowd said Barabbas. 22Pilate then asked what he should do with Jesus, who is called the Christ? And the entire crowd responded; let Him be crucified! 23Pilate then asked the multitude, "what evil has He done?", yet the people cried out all the more, saying; let Him be crucified! 24When Pilate saw that he could not prevail and that a riot was near breaking out. He washed his hands with water, in the presence of the people, saying before the multitude; I am innocent of this righteous Man's blood, you are responsible. 25And to this the people replied; May His blood be on us and our children.

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ,   Mark 15:15Luke 23:26John 19:17.

26Pilate then, released Barabbas to the people and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him up to be crucified. 27The governor's soldiers then brought Jesus into an open area and the whole garrison of solders came out to mock Him. 28They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29They made a crown of thorns and put it on His head and a reed in His hand. Then they bowed down before Him, saying; Hail, king of the Jews! 30They spat on Him, took the reed from His hand and struck Him on the head with it. 31After they had mocked Him, they put His own clothes back on Him and led Him away to be crucified.

32Now when they had come out, they forced a man named Simon of Cyrene to carry His cross. 33And when they had come to an area known as Golgotha, also called skull hill. 34They offered Jesus a bitter drink of vinegar and myrrh, but when He tasted it, He wouldn't drink it. 35Then they crucified Him, dividing and casting lots for His garments. That the prophecy might be fulfilled; They divided My garments among them and cast lots for My clothing, Psalm 22:18.

36The solders then sat down to keep watch over Him. 37And on the cross was put a sign over His head, with the accusation held against Him that read, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

38Also two robbers were crucified with Him, one on either side of Him. 39Even as Jesus hung on the cross, those who passed by blasphemed Him and mocked Him. 40You who say You can build the temple in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41Likewise the chief priests, scribes and elders also mocked Him, saying; 42He saved others, but He cannot save Himself, let Him come down from the cross and we shall believe Him then. 43He trusted in God, let His God deliver Him now. If His God will even have Him, for He said; I am the son of God. 44And even the robbers who were crucified with Him, made sport of Him.

45That day, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm darkness fell upon the land. 46Now at about 3:00pm Jesus cried out, saying; My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? 47Some who stood there when they heard it said he is calling for Elijah. 48Immediately one ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put the sponge on a reed and lifted it up to Him to drink. 49However the rest of the onlookers said, Let Him be and let us see if Elijah will come to save Him? 50Jesus then cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit.

51Right at that time, the veil within the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth quaked and the rocks split. 52The graves opened and many of the bodies of the saints were raised back to life. 53And coming out of the tombs, after His resurrection, they went into Jerusalem and appeared to many. 54Now when the solders who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and the things that followed, they greatly feared and said; surly this was the Son of God! 55Many women who had followed Jesus and had ministered to Him were there looking on from a distance. 56Among these were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses (the wife of Clopas) and the mother of John and James His disciples.

57Now when evening had come, Joseph of Arimathea, who was rich and had become a disciple of Jesus. 58Went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus and it was granted him. 59Joseph then took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth. 60Laid it in a new tomb and rolled a large stone against the opening and departed. 61Now Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, were there sitting across from the tomb.

62The next day, the chief priests and the Pharisees assembled before Pilate. 63Saying to him; Sir, while that deceiver was still living, He said; "After three days, I will rise again". 64Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come and steal the body, telling everyone that He has risen from the dead, causing the last error to be worse than the first. 65Pilate said to them, take a guard of solders, go and make the tomb as secure as you know how. 66Thus they secured the tomb, sealing the stone and placing guards there.

Gospel of Matthew: Chapter 28

1After the Sabbath, on the first day of the week, early in the morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the tomb. 2Right then there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, rolled back the stone in front of the tomb and sat on it. 3The appearance of the angel was as lighting and his clothing as white as snow. 4And the guards stationed at the tomb shook with fear, becoming as dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, whom was crucified. 6He is not here, for He has risen. Come see the place where the Lord laid. 7Then go and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead and will go before them into Galilee.

8They then left the tomb and ran to tell His disciples, both being filled with fear and with great joy. 9As they were on their way, Jesus met them, saying; Rejoice! And they worshiped at His feet. 10Jesus then said, Do not be afraid, go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee, there they shall see Me.

11As the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests what had happened. 12After consulting among themselves, the chief priests then came up with a plan, to give the solders a large sum of money. 13That they should tell the people that; His disciples came during the night and took the body away while they were sleeping. 14And if the governor should hear about this, (sleeping on your post) we will take care of the entire matter and you shall be secure. 15The guards then agreed and took the money and widely spread the report, to where this is commonly reported among the Jews today.

16The eleven disciples then went into Galilee, to a mountain that Jesus had told them of. 17When they saw Him there, they worship Him, but some of them doubted. 18Jesus then came and spoke to them, saying; All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on the earth. 19Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing the people in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20Teaching them to keep all things that I have commanded of you, remembering that I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Amen.