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The Gospel of St Luke

(Part Five)


The 21st Chapter
     As he beheld, he saw the rich men, how they cast in their offerings into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow, which cast in over there two mites. And he said: of a truth I say unto you, this poor widow has put in more than they all. For they all have of their superfluity (excess) added unto the offering of God: but she, of her penury, has cast in all the substance that she had.
     As some spoke of the temple, how it was garnished with goodly stones and Jewels, he said. The days will come, when of these things which you see, shall not be left stone upon stone, that shall not be thrown down. And they asked him saying: Master when shall these things be, and what sign will there be, when such things shall come to pass.
     And he said: take heed, that you be not deceived. For many will come in my name saying: I am he: and the time draws near. Follow you not them therefore. But when you hear of war and of dissension: be not afraid. For these things must first come: but the end follows not by and by. Then said he unto them: Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and great earthquakes shall be in all quarters, and hunger, and pestilence: and fearful things. And great signs shall there be from heaven.
     But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the Synagogues and into prison, and bring you before kings and rulers for my names sake. And this shall chance you for a testimonial. Let it stick therefore fast in your hearts, not once to study before, what you shall answer: for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, where against, all your adversaries shall not be able to speak nor resist. you and you shall be betrayed of your fathers and mothers, and of your brethren, and kinsmen, and lovers, and some of you shall they put to death. And hated shall you be of all men for my names sake. Yet there shall not one hair of your heads perish. With your patience possess your souls.
     And when you see Jerusalem besieged with an host, then understand that the desolation of the same is nigh. Then let them which are in Jewrye fly to the mountains. And let them which are in the midst of it, depart out. And let not them that are in other countries, enter therein. For these be the days of vengeance, to fulfil all that are written. But woe be to them that be with child, and to them that give suck in those days: for there shall be great trouble in the land, and wrath over all this people. And they shall fall on the edge of the sword, and shall be led captive, into all nations. And Jerusalem shall be trodden under foot of the gentiles, until the time of the gentiles be fulfilled.
     And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars: and in the earth the people shall be in such perplexity, that they shall not tell which way to turn themselves. The sea and the waters shall roar, and mens hearts shall fail them for fear, and for looking after those things which shall come on the earth. For the powers of heaven shall move. And then shall they see the son of man come in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to come to pass: then look up, and lift up your heads for your redemption draws nigh.
     And he showed them a similitude: behold the fig tree, and all other trees, when they shoot forth their buds, you see and know of your own selves that summer is then near at hand. So like wise you (when you see these things come to pass) understand, that the kingdom of God is nigh. Verily I say unto you: this generation shall not pass, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass: but my words shall not pass.
     Take heed to yourselves, least your hearts be overcome with *surfeiting and drunkenness and cares of this world: and that, that day come on you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that sit on the face of the earth. Watch therefore continually and pray, that you may obtain grace to fly all this that shall come, and that you may stand before the son of man. *surfeiting : abundance: as for me this would be having a heart for the ungodly spiritual wickedness that is so much in excess these days; as there is all manner of spiritual wicknesses offered to the people. RN
     In the day time, he taught in the temple and at night, he went out, and had abiding in the mount olivete. And all the people came in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.

The 22nd Chapter
     The feast of sweet bread drew near which is called *ester, and the high Priests and Scribes sought how to kill him, but they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas, whose sur name was Iscariot (which was of the number of the twelve) and he went his way and communed with the high priests and officers how he might betray him to them. And they were glad: and promised to give him money. And he consented, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them, when the people were away. *ester: exactly as it appears
     Then came the day of sweet bread, when of necessity the esterlamb must be offered. And he sent Peter and John saying: Go and prepare us the esterlamb, that we may eat. They said to him. Where will you, that we prepare? And he said unto them. Behold when you be entered into the city, there shall a man meet you bearing a pitcher of water, him follow into the same house that he enters in, and say unto the good man of the house. The master says unto you: where is the guest chamber, where I shall eat mine esterlamb with my disciples? And he shall show you a great parlour paved. There make ready. And they went and found as he had said unto them: and made ready the esterlamb.
     And when the hour was come, he sat down and the twelve Apostles with him. And he said unto them: I have inwardly desired to eat this esterlamb with you before that I suffer. For I say unto you: from now on I will not eat of it any more, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup and gave thanks, and said. Take this, and divide it among you. For I say unto you: I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God be come.
     And he took bread, gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: This is my body which is given for you. This do in the remembrance of me. Likewise also, when they had supped, he took the cup saying: This cup is the new testament in my blood, which shall for you be shed.
     Yet behold, the hand of him that betrays me, is with me on the table. And the son of man goes as it is appointed: But woe be to that man by whom he is betrayed. And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it should be, that should do that.
     And there was a strife among them, which of them should be taken for the greatest. And he said unto them: the kings of the gentiles reign over them, and they that bear rule over them, are called gracious lords. But you shall not be so. But he that is greatest among you, shall be as the youngest: and he that is chief, shall be as the minister. For whether is greater, he that sits at meat: or he that serves? Is not he that sits at meat? And I am among you, as he that ministers. you are they which have bidden (remained moved, invited, called) with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my father has appointed to me: that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on seats, and judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
     And the Lord said: Simon, Simon behold Satan has desired you, to sift you, as it were wheat: but I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not. And when you are converted, strengthen your brethren. And he said unto him. Lord I am ready to go with you into prison, and to death. And he said: I tell you Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, till you have three times denied that you knew me.
     And he said unto them: when I sent you without wallet and scrip and shoes, lacked you anything? And they said, no. And he said to them: but now he that has a wallet let him take it up, and likewise his scrip. And he that has no sword, let him sell his coat and buy one. For I say unto you, that yet that which is written, must be performed in me: Even with the wicked was he numbered. For those things which are written of me, have an end. And they said: Lord, behold here are two swords. And he said unto them: it is enough.
     And he came out, and went as he was wont (as usual) to mount Olivete. And the disciples followed him. And when he came to the place, he said to them: pray, least you fall into temptation.
     And he got himself from them, about a stones cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying: Father if you will, withdraw this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but your be fulfilled. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, comforting him. And he was in agony, and prayed somewhat longer. And his sweat was like drops of blood, trickling down to the ground. And he rose up from prayer and came to his disciples, and found them sleeping for sorrow, and said unto them: Why sleep ye? Rise and pray, least you fall into temptation.
     While he yet spoke: behold, there came a company, and he that was called Judas one of the twelve, went before them, and pressed near unto Jesus to kiss him. And Jesus said unto him: Judas, betray you the son of man with a kiss? When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him. Lord, shall we smite with sword. And one of them smote a servant of the highest priest of all, and smote off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said: Suffer you thus far forth. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
     Then Jesus said unto the high priests and rulers of the temple and the elders which were come to him. Be you come out, as unto a thief with swords and staves? When I was daily with you in the temple, you stretched not forth hands against me. But this is even your very hour, and the power of darkness. Then took they him, and led him, and brought him to the high Priests house. And Peter followed afar off.
     When they had kindled a fire in the midst of the palace, and were set down together Peter also sat down among them. And one of the wenches, beheld him as he sat by the fire, and set good eye sight on him and said: this same was also with him. Then he denied him saying: woman I know him not. And after a little while, another saw him and said: you are also of them. And Peter said: man I am not. And about the space of an hour after, another affirmed saying: verily even this fellow was with him, for he is of Galile, and Peter said: man I wot (know) not what you say. And immediately while he yet spoke, the cock crew. And the Lord turned back and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the words of the Lord, how he said unto him, before the cock crow, you shall deny me three times. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
     And the men that stood about Jesus, mocked him, and smote him, and blindfolded him, and smote his face. And asked him saying: arede (make known,guess), who it is that smote you? And many other things despitefully said they against him.
     And as soon as it was day the elders of the people and the high Priests and Scribes, came together, and led him into their council saying: are you very Christ? tell us. And he said unto them: if I shall tell you, you will not believe. And if also I ask you, you will not answer me or let me go. Hereafter shall the son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. Then said they all: are you then the son of God? He said to them: you say that I am. Then said they: what need we any further witness? We ourselves have heard of his own mouth.

The 23rd Chapter
     And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him saying: We have found his fellow perverting the people, and forbidding to pay tribute to Cesar: saying, that he is Christ a king. And Pilate opposed him saying: are you the king of the Jews? He answered him and said: you say it. Then said Pilate to the high Priests, and to the people: I find no fault in this man. And they were the more fierce saying. He moves the people, teaching throughout Jewry, and began at Galile, even to this place.
     When Pilate heard mention of Galile he asked whether the man were of Galilee. And as soon as he knew that he was of Herodes jurisdiction he sent him to Herode, which was also at Jerusalem in those days. And when Herode saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad. For he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him, and trusted to have seen some miracle done by him. Then questioned he with him of many things. But he answered him not one word. The high Priests and Scribes, stood forth and accused him straitly. And Herod with his men of war, despised him, and mocked him, and arrayed him in white, and sent him again to Pilate. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together. For before they were at variance.
     And Pilate called together the high Priests and the rulers, and the people, and said unto them: you have brought this man unto me, as one that perverted the people. And behold I have examined him before you, and have found no fault in this man, of those things whereof you accuse him. No nor yet Herode. For I sent you to him: and lo nothing worthy of death is done to him. I will therefore chasten him and let him loose. For of necessity, he must have let one loose unto them at that feast.
     And all the people cried at once saying: away with him, and deliver to us Barabbas: which for insurrection made in the city, and murder, was cast into prison. Pilate spoke again to them willing to let Jesus loose. And they cried saying: Crucify him, Crucify him. He said unto them the third time. What evil has he done? I find no cause of death in him. I will therefore chasten him, and let him loose. And they cried with loud voice, and required that he might be crucified. And the voice of them and of the high Priests prevailed.
     And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required, and let loose unto them, him that for insurrection and murder, was cast into prison, whom they desired: and delivered Jesus to do with him what they would. And as they led him away, they caught one Simon of Syrene, coming out of the field: and on him laid they the cross, to bear it after Jesus.
     And there followed him a great company of people and of women, which women bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turned back unto them, and said: Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me: but weep for your selves, and for your children. For behold, the days will come, when men shall say: happy are the barren and the wombs that never bare and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, fall on us: and to the hills, cover us. For if they do this to a green tree, what shall be done to the dry?
     And there were two evil doers led with him to be slain. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the evil doers, one on right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus: father forgive them, for they wot (know, aware) not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood and beheld.
     And the rulers mocked him with them saying he help other men, let him help himself, if he be Christ the chosen of God. The soldiers also mocked him, and came and gave him vinegar and said: if you be that king of the Jews save your self. And his superscription was written over him, in Greek, in Latin, and Hebreu: This is the king of the Jews.
     And one of the evil doers which hanged, railed on him saying: If you be Christ save your self and us. The other answered and rebuked him saying, Neither fear you God because you are in the same damnation? We are righteously punished, for we receive according to our deeds: But this man has done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus: Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom. And Jesus said unto him: Verily I say unto you, today shall you be with me in Paradise.
     And it was about the sixth hour. And there came a darkness over all the land, until the ninth hour, and the sun was darkened. And the veil of the temple did rent even through the midst. And Jesus cried with a great voice and said: Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. And when he thus had said he gave up the ghost. When the Centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God saying: Of a surety this man was perfect. And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done: smote their breasts, and returned home. And all his acquaintance, and the women, that followed him from Galile, stood afar off beholding these things.
     And behold there was a man named Joseph, a councillor, and was a good man and ajust, and did not consent to the counsel and deed of them, which was of Aramathia, a city of the Jews: which same also waited for the kingdom of God: he went unto Pilate and begged the body of Jesus, and took it down, and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in an hewn tomb, wherein was never man before laid. And that day was the Saboth evening, and the Saboth drew on. The women that followed after which came with him from Galile, beheld the sepulchre and how his body was laid. And they returned and prepared odours and ointments: but rested the Saboth day, according to the commandment.

The 24th Chapter
     On the morrow after the Saboth, early in the morning, they came unto the tomb and brought the odours which they had prepared and other women with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, and went in: but found not the body of the Lord *Jesu. And it happened, as they were amazed thereat: behold two men stood by them in shining vestures. And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said to them: why seek you the living among the dead? He is not here: but is risen. Remember how he spoke unto you, when he was yet with you in Galile, saying: that the son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. *Jesu: exact spelling
     And they remembered his words, and returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven and to all the remnant. It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary Jacobi, and other that were with them, which told these things unto the Apostles, and their words seemed unto them feigned things, neither believed they them. Then arose Peter and ran unto the sepulchre, and stooped in and saw the linen clothes laid by them self, and departed wondering in himself at that which had happened.
     And behold, two of them went that same day to a town which was from Jerusalem about three score furlongs, called Emaus: and they talked together of all these things that had happened. And it chanced, as they communed together and reasoned, that Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden, that they could not know him. And he said unto them: What manner of communications are these that you have one to another as you walk, and are sad? And the one of them named Cleopas, answered and said unto him: are you only a stranger in Jerusalem, and have not known the things which have chanced therein in these days? To whom he said: what things?
     And they said unto him: of Jesus of Nazareth which was a Prophet, mighty in deed and word before God, and all the people. And how the high Priests, and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death: and have crucified him. But we trusted that it should have been he that should have delivered Israel. And as touching all these things today is even the third day, that they were done.
     Ye, and certain women also of our company made us astonied, which came early unto the sepulchre, and found not his body: and came saying, that they had seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us, went their way to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
     And he said unto them: O' fools and slow of heart to believe all that the Prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And he began at Moses, and at all the Prophets, and interpreted unto them in all scriptures which were written of him. And they drew near unto the town which they went to. And he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him saying, abide with us, for it draws towards night, and the day is far passed. And he went in, to tarry with them.
     And it came to pass as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, blessed it, brake and gave to them. And their eyes were opened and they knew him: and he vanished out of their sight. And they said between them selves: did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and as he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up the same hour, and returned again to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered to gether, and them that were with them which said: the Lord is risen in deed, and has appeared to Simon. And they told what things was done in the way, and how they knew him in breaking of bread.
     As they thus spoke Jesus him self stood in the midst of them, and said unto them: peace be with you. And they were abashed and afraid, supposing that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them: Why are you troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is even my self. Handle me and see: for spirits have not flesh and bones, as you see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy and wondered, he said unto them: Have you here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honey comb. And he took it, and ate it before them.
     And he said unto them. These are the words which I spoke unto you while I was yet with you: that all must be fulfilled which were written of me in the law of Moses and in the Prophets, and in the Psalmes:
     Then opened he their wits, that they might understand the scriptures, and said unto them: Thus is it written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise again from death the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, and must begin at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. And behold, I will send the promise of my father upon you. But tarry you in the city of Jerusalem, until you be endued with power from on high.
     And he led them out into Bethany, and lift up his hands and blessed them. And it came to pass, as he blessed them, he departed from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and lauding God: Amen.

Here ends the Gospel of Saint Luke


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