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The Gospel of St Luke

(Part Two)


The 5th Chapter
     It came to pass as the people pressed upon him, to hear the word of God, that he stood by the lake of Gennezareth: and saw two ships stand by the lake side, but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which pertained to Simon, and prayed him, that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people out of the ship. When he had left speaking, he said unto Simon: Launch out into the deep, I and let slip your nets to make a draught. And Simon answered and said to him: Master, we have laboured all night, and have taken nothing. Neverthelater at your word I will loose forth the net. And when they had so done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes. And their net brake: but they made signs to their fellows which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came: and filled both the ships that they sunk again. When Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus knees saying: Lord go from me, for I am a sinful man. For he was utterly astonied and all that were with him, at the draught of fish which they took: and so was also James and John the sons of Zebede which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon: fear not, from now on you shall catch men. And they brought the ships to land, and forsook all, and followed him.
     And it fortuned as he was in a certain city: behold, there was a man full of leprosy: and when he had spied Jesus, he fell on his face, and besought him saying: Lord, if you will, you can make me clean. And he stretched forth the hand, and touched him saying: I will, be you clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. And he warned him, that he should tell no man: but that he should go and show himself to the Priest, and offer for his cleansing according as Moses commandment was, for a witness unto them.
     But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him, and much people came together to hear, and to be healed of him, of their infirmities. And he kept himself apart in the wildernesses, and gave himself to prayer.
     And it happened on a certain day, that he taught: and there sat the Pharisees: and doctors of law, which were come out of all the towns of Galile, Jurie (Jewry), and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was to heal them. And behold, men brought a man lying in his bed which was taken with a palsy: and sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the press, they went up on the top of the house, and let him down through the tiling, bed and all, in the midst before Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said unto him: man, your sins are forgiven you. And the Scribes and the Pharisees began to think saying: What fellow is this which speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God only?
     When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered and said unto them: What think you in your hearts? Whether is easier to say, your sins are forgiven you, or to say: rise and walk? But that you may know that the son of man has power to forgive sins on earth, he said unto the sick of the palsy: I say to you, arise, take up your bed and go home to your house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up his bed where on he lay, and departed to his own house praising God. And they were ail amazed and they lauded God, and were filled with fear saying: We have seen strange things today.
     And after that he went forth and saw a publican named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him: follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him. And that same Levi made him a great feast at home in his own house. And there was a great company of publicans and of other that sat at meat with him. And the Scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples saying: Why eat you and drink you with publicans and sinners? Jesus answered and said unto them: They that are whole need not of the physician: but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
     Then they said unto him: Why do the disciples of John fast often and pray, and the disciples of the Pharisees also: and your eat and drink? And he said unto them: Can you make the children of the wedding fast, as long as the bridegroom is present with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them: then shall they fast in those days.
     Then he spoke unto them in a similitude: No man puts a piece of a new garment, into an old vesture: for if he do: then breaks he the new, and the piece that was taken out of the new, agrees not with the old. Also, no man pours new wine into old vessels. For if he do, the new wine breaks the vessels, and runs out it self, and the vessels perish: But new wine must be poured into new vessels, and both are preserved. Also, no man that drinks old wine, straight way can away with new, for he says the old is pleasanter.

The 6th Chapter
     It happened on an after Sabbath, that he went through the corn field, and that his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and ate, and rubbed them in their hands. And certain of the Pharisees said unto them: Why do you that which is not lawful to do on the Saboth days? And Jesus answered them and said: Have you not read what David did, when he himself was an hungered and they which were with him: how he went into the house of God, and took and ate the loaves of hallowed bread, and gave also to them which were with him: which was not lawful to eat, but for the Priests only. And he said unto them: The son of man is Lord of the Saboth day.
     And it fortuned in another Saboth also, that he entered into the synagogue and taught. And there was a man whose right hand was dried up. And the Scribes and Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Saboth day, that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand: Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stepped forth. Then said Jesus unto them: I will ask you a question: Whether is it lawful on the Saboth days to do good or to do evil? to save life or for to destroy it? And he beheld them all in compass, and said unto the man: Stretch forth your hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored, and made as whole as the other. And they were filled full of madness, and communed one with another, what they might do to Jesu.
     And it fortuned in those days, that he went out into a mountain for to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And as soon as it was day, he called his disciples, and of them he chose twelve, which also he called Apostles. Simon whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother. James and John, Philip and Bartlemew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alpheus and Simon called Zelotes, and Judas James son, and Judas Iscarioth, which same was the traitor.
     And he came down with them and stood in the plain field with the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all parts of Jurie (Jewry) and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases: and they also that were vexed with foul spirits, and they were healed. And all the people pressed to touch him: for there went vertue (virtue) out of him, and healed them all.
     And he lifted up his eyes upon the disciples, and said: Blessed be you poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now: for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and thrust you out of their company, and rail, and abhor your name as an evil thing, for the son of mans sake. Rejoice you then, and be glad: for behold, your reward is great in heaven. After this manner their fathers entreated the Prophets.
     But woe be to you that are rich: for you have therein your consolation. Woe be to you that are full: for you shall hunger. Woe be to you that now laugh: for you shall wail and weep. Woe be to you when all men praise you: for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
     But I say unto you which hear: Love your enemies. Do good to them which hate you. Bless them that curse you. And pray for them which wrongfully trouble you. And unto him that smites you on the one cheek, offer also the other. And him that takes away your gown, forbid not to take your coat also. Give to every man that asks of you. And of him that takes away your goods, ask them not again. And as you would that men should do to you: so do you to them likewise.
     If you love them which love you: what thank are you worthy of? For the very sinners love their lovers. And if you do for them which do for you: what thank are you worthy of? For the very sinners do even the same. If you lend to them of whom you hope to receive: what thank shall you have: For the very sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. Wherefore, love you your enemies, do good and lend, looking for nothing again: and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the highest: for he is kind unto the unkind and to the evil.
     Be you therefore merciful, as your father is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not: and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven. Give, and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, shall men give into your bosoms. For with what measure you mete, with the same shall men mete to you again.
     And he put forth a similitude unto them: Can the blind lead the blind? Do they not both then fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master. Every man shall be perfect, even as his master is. Why see you a mote in your brothers eye, and consider not the beam that is in your own eye? Either how can you say to your brother: Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in your eye: when you perceive not the beam that is in your own eye? Hypocrite, cast out the beam out of your own eye first, and then shall you see perfectly, to pull out the mote out of your brothers eye.
     It is not a good tree that brings forth evil fruit: neither is that an evil tree, that brings forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his fruit. Neither of thorns gather men figs, nor of bushes gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart, brings forth that which is good. And an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart, brings forth that which is evil. For of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks.
     Why call you me Master, Master: and do not as I bid you? whosoever comes to me, and hears my sayings, and does the same, I will show you to whom he is like. He is like a man which built an house: and digged deep and laid the foundation on a rock. When the waters arose, the flood beat upon that house, and could not move it. For it was grounded upon a rock. But he that hears and does not, is like a man that without foundation built an house upon the earth, against which the flood did beat: and it fell by and by. And the fall of that house was great.

The 7th Chapter
     When he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. And a certain Centurions servant was sick and ready to die, whom he made much of. And when he heard of Jesu, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. And they came to Jesus and besought him instantly saying: He is worthy that you should do this for him. For he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue. And Jesus went with them.
     And when he was not far from the house, the Centurion sent friends to him: saying unto him Lord trouble not yourself: for I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof. Wherefore I thought not myself worthy to come unto you: but say the word, and my servant shall be whole. For I likewise am a man under power, and have under me soldiers, and I say unto one: go, and he goes. And to another, come: and he comes. And to my servant, do this: and he does it. When Jesus heard this, he marvelled at him, and turned him about and said to the people that followed him: I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And they that were sent, turned back home again, and found the servant that was sick, whole.
     And it fortuned after that, that he went into a city called Naim, and many of his disciples went with him and much people. When he came near to the gate of the city: behold, there was a dead man carried out which was the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her: weep not. And he went and touched the coffin, and they that bare him, stood still. And he said: Young man, I say unto you, arise. And the dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on them all. And they glorified God saying: a great Prophet is risen among us, and God has visited his people. And this rumor of him went forth throughout all Jurie (Jewry), and through out all the regions which lie round about.
     And the disciples of John showed him of all these things. And John called unto him two of his disciples, and sent them to Jesus saying: are you he that shall come: or shall we look for another? When the men were come unto him they said: John Baptist sent us unto you saying: are you he that shall come: or shall we wait for another? And at the same time he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits, and unto many that were blind he gave sight. And Jesus answered, and said unto them: Go your ways and show John what things you have seen and heard, how that the blind see, the halt go, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead arise, to the poor is the glad tidings preached, and happy is he, that is not offended by me.
     When the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people of John. What went you out into the wilderness for to see? Went you to see a reed shaken with the wind? But what went you out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings courts. But what went you forth to see? A Prophet? Yea I say to you, and more than a Prophet. This is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my messenger before your face, to prepare your way before you. For I say unto you: a greater Prophet than John among womens children is there none. Nevertheless one that is less in the kingdom of God, is greater than he. And all the people that heard, and the publicans, justified God, and were baptised with the baptism of John. But the Pharises and Scribes despised the counsel of God against themselves, and were not baptised of him.
     And the Lord said: Whereunto shall I liken the men of this generation, and what thing are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and crying one to another, and saying: We have piped unto you, and you have not danced: we have mourned to you, and you have not wept. For John Baptist came, neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say: he has the devil. The son of man is come and eats and drinks, and you say: behold a man which is a glutton, and a drinker of wine, a friend of publicans and sinners. Yet is wisdom justified of all her children.
     And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharises house, and sat down to meat. And behold a woman in that city, which was a sinner, as soon as she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharises house, she brought an alabaster box of ointment, and she stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with ointment.
     When the Pharise which bade him, saw that, he spoke within himself, saying: If this man were a prophet, he would surely have known who and what manner woman this is which touches him, for she is a sinner. And Jesus answered and said unto him: Simon, I have somewhat to say unto you. And he said, master say on. There was a certain lender which had two debtors, the one owed five hundred pence and the other fifty. When they had nothing to pay, he forgave them both. Which of them tell me, will love him most? Simon answered and said: I suppose, that he to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him: You have truly judged.
     And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon: See you this woman? I entered into your house, and you gave me no water to my feet: but she has washed my feet with tears and wiped them with the hairs of her head. You gave me no kiss: but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss my feet. Mine head with oil you did not anoint: but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto you: many sins are forgiven her: for she loved much. To whom less is forgiven, the same does less love. And he said unto her, your sins are forgiven you. And they that sat at meat with him, began to say within themselves: Who is this which forgives sins also? And he said to the woman: your faith has saved you, Go in peace.

The 8th Chapter
     And it fortuned after that, that he himself went throughout cities and towns, preaching, and showing the kingdom of God, and the twelve with him. And also certain women, which were healed of evil spirits, and infirmities: Mary called Magdalen, out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herods steward, and Susanna and many other: which ministered unto them of their substance. When much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of all cities, he spoke by a similitude. A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and it was trodden under feet, and the fowls of the air devoured it up. And some fell on stone, and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moistness. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And some fell on good ground and sprang up, and bare fruit, an hundred fold. And as he said these things, he cried: He that has ears to hear, let him hear.
     And his disciples asked him saying: what manner similitude is this? And he said: unto you is it given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God: but to other in similitudes, that when they see, they should not see, and when they hear they should not understand.
     The similitude is this. The seed is the word of God. Those that are beside the way, are they that hear, and afterward comes the devil and takes away the word out of their hearts least they should believe and be saved. They on the stones, are they which when they hear, receive the word with joy. But these have no roots, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation go away. And that which fell among thorns, are they which hear, and go forth, and are choked with cares and with riches, and voluptuous living, and bring forth no fruit. That in the good ground, are they which with a good and pure heart, hear the word and keep it and bring forth fruit with patience.
     No man lights a candle, and covers it under a vessel, neither puts it under the table, but sets it on a candlestick, that they that enter in, may see the light. Nothing is in secret that shall not come abroad: Neither any thing hid, that shall not be known, and come to light. Take heed therefore how you hear. For whosoever has, to him shall be given: And whosoever has not, from him shall be taken, even that same which he supposes that he has.
     Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for press. And they told him saying: your mother and your brethren stand without, and would see you. He answered and said unto them: my mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God and do it.
     And it chanced on a certain day that he went into a ship and his disciples also, and he said unto them: Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. And as they sailed, he fell asleep, and there arose a storm of wind in the lake, and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they went to him and awoke him saying: Master, Master, we are lost. Then he arose and rebuked the wind and the tempest of water, and they ceased, and it waxed calm. And he said unto them: where is your faith? They feared and wondered saying one to another: what fellow is this? for he commands both the winds and water, and they obey him? And they sailed unto the region of the Gaderenites, which is over against Galile.
     And as he went out to land, there met him a certain man out of the city, which had a devil long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house: but among graves. When he saw Jesus, he cried, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said: What have I to do with you Jesus the son of the God most highest? I beseech you torment me not. Then he commanded the foul spirit to come out of the man. For often times he caught him, and he was bound with chains, and kept with fetters: and he brake the bonds, and was carried of the fiend, into wilderness.
     And Jesus asked him saying: what is your name? And he said: Legion, because many devils were entered into him. And they besought him, that he would not command them to go out into the deep. And there was there by an herd of many swine, feeding on an hill and besought him, that he would allow them to enter into them. And he suffered (allowed) them. Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: And the herd took their course and ran headlong into the lake, and were choked. When the herdsmen saw what had chanced, they fled and told it in the city and in the villages.
     And they came out to see what was done: and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devil, was healed. And all the whole multitude of the country of the Gaderenites, besought him that he would depart from them: for they were taken with great fear. And he got him into the ship and returned back again. Then the man out of whom the devils were departed, besought him that he might be with him. But Jesus sent him away saying. Go home again into your own house, and show what great things God has done to you. And he went his way, and preached throughout all the city what great things Jesus had done unto him.
     And it fortuned when Jesus was come again that the people received him. For they all waited for him: And behold there came a man named Jairus (and he was a ruler of the synagogue) and he fell down at Jesus feet, and besought him that he would come into his house, for he had but a daughter only, upon a twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. And as he went the people thronged him.
     And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years (which had spent all her substance among Physicians, neither could be helped of any) came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment, and immediately her issue of blood *staunched. And Jesus said: Who is it that touched me? when every man denied, Peter and they that were with him, said: Master, the people thrust you and vex you: and say you who touched me? And Jesus said: Somebody touched me. For I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. When the woman saw, that she was not hid, she came trembling, and fell at his feet, and told him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her: Daughter be of good comfort. your faith has made the whole, go in peace. *staunch: steadfast faith, stanched: to stop
     While he yet spoke, there came one from the rulers of the synagogues house which said to him: your daughter is dead, disease not the master. When Jesus heard that, He answered the father, saying: Fear not, believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came to the house he allowed no man to go in with him, save Peter, James and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. Everybody wept and sorrowed for her. And he said: Weep not: for she is not dead, but sleeps. And they laughed him to scorn. For they knew that she was dead. And he thrust them all out, and caught her by the hand: and cried saying: Maid arise. And her spirit came again, and she rose straight way. And he commanded to give her meat. And the father and the mother of her were astonied. But he warned them that they should tell no man, what was done.

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