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The Gospel of St Matthew

(Part Two)


The 7th Chapter
     Judge not, that you be not judged. For as you judge so shall you be judged. And with what measure you *mete, with the same shall it be measured to you again. Why see you a *mote in your brothers eye, and perceive not the beam in your own eye? Or why say you to your brother: suffer (allow) me to pluck out the mote out of your eye, and behold a beam is in your own eye. Hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye, and then shall you see clearly to pluck out the mote out of your brothers eye. *mete: what ever is used to measure, *mote: a speck
     Give not that which is holy, to dogs, neither cast you your pearls before swine, least they tread them under their feet, and the other turn again and all to rent you.
     Ask and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you. For whosoever asks receives, and he that seeks finds and to him that knocks it shall be opened. Is there any man among you which if his son asked him bread, would offer him a stone? Or if he asked fish, would he proffer him a serpent? If you then which are evil, can give to your children good gifts how much more shall your father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
     Therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, even so do you to them. This is the law and the Prophets.
     Enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction: and many there be which go in thereat. But strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leads unto life: and few there be that find it. Beware of false Prophets, which come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. you shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns? Or figs of briars? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit. But a corrupt tree, brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth bad fruit: nor yet a bad tree can bring forth good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit, shall be hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
     Not all they that say unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter in to the kingdom of heaven: but he that does my fathers will which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not in your name Prophesied? And in your name have cast out devils? And in your name have done many miracles? And then will I knowledge unto them that I never knew them. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity.
     Whosoever hears of me these sayings and does the same, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house on a rock: and abundance of rain descended, and the floods came and the winds blew and beat upon that same house, and it fell not, because it was grounded on the rock. And whosoever hears of me these sayings and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man which built his house upon the land: and abundance of rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. And it came to pass, that when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were *astonied at his doctrine. For he taught them as one having power, and not as the scribes. *astonied: astounded, astonished.

The 8th Chapter
     When he was come down from the mountain, much people followed him. And lo, there came a leper and worshipped him saying: Master, if you will, you can make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand and touched him, saying: I will, be you clean, and immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said unto him. See you tell no man, but go and show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, in witness to them.
     When Jesus was entered into Capernaum there came unto him a certain Centurion, and besought him saying: Master, my servant lies sick at home of the palsy, and is grievously pained. And Jesus said unto him: I will come and heal him. The Centurion answered and said: Sir I am not worthy that you should come under my roof, but speak the word only and my servant shall be healed. For I also myself am a man subject to the authority of another, and have soldiers under me, and I say to 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 that, he marvelled and said to them that followed him: Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith: no, not in Israel. I say therefore unto you that many shall come from the east and west, and shall rest with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven: and the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into utter darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then Jesus said unto the Centurion, go your way, and as you believe so be it unto you. And his servant was healed the self hour.
     And then Jesus went to Peters house, and saw his wifes mother lying sick of a fever, and touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
     When the evening was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils. And he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all that were sick, to fulfil that which was spoken by Esaias the Prophet saying: he took on him our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
     When Jesus saw much people about him, he commanded to go over the water. And there came a Scribe and said unto him: Master, I will follow you *whithersoever you go. And Jesus said unto him: the foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the son of the man has not whereon to rest his head. Another that was one of his Disciples said unto him: master, suffer (allow) me first, to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him: follow me, and let the dead bury their dead. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
     And he entered into a ship, and his Disciples followed him. And behold there arose a great tempest in the sea, in so much that the ship was covered with waves, and he was asleep. And his Disciples came to him, and awoke him saying: Master save us, we perish. And he said unto them: why are you fearful, O you of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there followed a great calm. And the men marvelled and said: what man is this, that both winds and sea obey him?
     And when he was come to the other side, into the country of the Gergesites, there met him two possessed of devils, which came out of the graves, and were out of measure fierce, so that no man might go by that way. And behold they cried out saying: O' Jesu the son of God, what have we to do with you? are you come hither to torment us before the time be come? And there was a good way off from them a great herd of swine feeding. Then the devils besought him saying: if you cast us out, suffer (allow) us to go our way into the herd of swine. And he said unto them: go your ways. Then went they out, and departed into the herd of swine. And behold the whole herd of swine was carried with violence headlong into the sea, and perished in the water. Then the herdsmen fled and went their ways in to the city, and told everything, and what had fortuned unto the possessed of the devils. And behold all the city came out and met Jesus, and when they saw him, they besought him to depart out of their coasts.

The 9th Chapter
     Then he entered into a ship and passed over and came into his own city. And lo, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying in his bed. And when Jesus saw the faith of them, he said to the sick of the palsy: son be of good cheer, your sins be forgiven you. And behold certain of the Scribes said in themselves, this man blasphemes. And when Jesus saw their thoughts, he said: wherefore think you evil in your hearts? Whether is easier to say, your sins be forgiven you, or to say: arise and walk? That you may know that the son of man has power to forgive sins in earth, then said he unto the sick of the palsy: arise, take up your bed, and go home to your house. And he arose and departed to his own house. And when the people saw it, they marvelled and glorified God which had given such power to men.
     And as Jesus passed forth from that place, he saw a man sit a receiving of custom, named Matthew, and said to him: follow me. And he arose and followed him. And it came to pass as he sat at meat in the house: behold many Publicans and sinners came and sat down also with Jesus and his Disciples.
     When the Pharisees saw that, they said to his Disciples: why eats your master with Publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard that, he said unto them: The whole need not the Physician, but they that are sick. Go and learn, what that means: I have pleasure in mercy, and not in offering. For I am not come to call the righteous, but the sinners to repentance.
     Then came the Disciples of John to him saying: why do we and the Pharisees fast oft: but your Disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them: Can the wedding children mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. No man pieces an old garment with a piece of new cloth. For then takes he away the piece again from the garment, and the rent is made greater. Neither do men put new wine into old vessels, for then the vessels break, and the wine runs out, and the vessels perish. But they pour new wine into new vessels, and so are both saved together.
     While he thus spoke unto them, behold there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying: my daughter is even now deceased, but come and lay your hand on her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose and followed him with his disciples. And behold a woman which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him and touched the hem of his vesture. For she said in herself: if I may touch but even his vesture only, I shall be safe. Then Jesus turned him about, and beheld her saying: Daughter be of good comfort, your faith has made you safe. And she was made whole even that same hour.
     And when Jesus came into the rulers house, and saw the minstrels and the people raging, he said unto them: Get you from here, now, for the maid is not dead, but sleeps. And they laughed him to scorn. As soon as the people were put forth, he went in and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And this was noised throughout all that land.
     And as Jesus departed from that place, two blind men followed him crying and saying: O you son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come home, the blind came to him. And Jesus said unto them: Believe you that I am able to do this? And they said unto him: you Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying: according to your faith, be it unto you. And their eyes were opened. And Jesus charged them saying. See that no man know of it. But they, as soon as they were departed, spread abroad his name throughout all the land.
     As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed of a devil. And as soon as the devil was cast out, the dumb spoke. And the people marvelled, saying: it was never so seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said: he casts out devils, by the power of the chief devil. And Jesus went about all cities and towns, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the glad tidings of the kingdom, and healing all manner sickness and disease among the people. But when he saw the people, he had compassion on them, because they were pined away, and scattered abroad, even as sheep having no shepherd.
     Then said he to his disciples: the harvest is great, but the laborers are few. Wherefore pray the Lord of the harvest, to send forth laborers into his harvest.

The 10th Chapter
     And he called his twelve disciples unto him, and gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sicknesses, and all manner of diseases.
     The names of the twelve apostles are these. The first, Simon called also Peter: and Andrew his brother. James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother. Philip and Bartholomew. Thomas and Matthew the Publican. James the son of Alphe, and Lebbeus otherwise called Taddeus. Simon of Cane, and Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him.
     These twelve did Jesus send, and commanded them saying: Go not into the ways that lead to the gentiles, and into the cities of the Samaritans enter you not. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Go and preach saying: that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out the devils. Freely you have received, freely give again. Possess not gold, nor silver, nor brass in your girdles, nor yet scrip towards your journey: neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet a staff. For the workman is worthy to have his meat. Into whatsoever city or town you shall come, enquire who is worthy in it, and there abide till you go from that place. And when you come into an house, salute the same. And if the house be worthy, your peace shall come upon it. But if it be not worthy, your peace shall return to you again.
     And whosoever shall not receive you, nor will hear your preaching: when you depart out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of your feet. Truly I say unto you: it shall be easier for the land of Sodom and Gomorra in the day of judgement, than for that city.
     Behold I send you forth as sheep among wolves. Be you therefore wise as serpents, and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they shall deliver you up to the councils, and shall scourge you in their synagogues. And you shall be brought to the head rulers and kings for my sake, in witness to them and to the Gentiles.
     But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak, for it shall be given you, even in that same hour, what you shall say. For it is not you that speak, but the spirit of your father which speaks in you. The brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son. And the children shall arise against their fathers and mothers, and shall put them to death: and you shall be hated of all men for my name. But he that endures to the end, shall be saved.
     When they persecute you in one city, fly into another. I tell you for a truth, you shall not finish all the cities of Israel, till the son of man be come. The disciple is not above his master: nor yet the servant above his Lord. It is enough for the disciple to be as his master is, and that the servant be as his Lord is. If they have called the Lord of the house Beelzebub: how much more shall they call them of his household so? Fear them not therefore. There is nothing so close, that shall not be opened, and nothing so hid, that shall not be known.
     What I tell you in darkness, that speak you in light. And what you hear in the ear, that preach you on the house tops.
     And fear you not them which kill the body, and be not able to kill the soul. But rather fear him, which is able to destroy both soul and body into hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And none of them does light on the ground, without your father. And now are all the hairs of your heads numbered. Fear you not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.
     Whosoever therefore shall knowledge me before men, him will I knowledge also before my father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my father which is in heaven.
     Think not, that I am come to send peace into the earth. I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law: And a mans foes shall be they of his own household.
     He that loves his father, or mother more than me, is not meet for me. And he that loves his son, or daughter more than me, is not meet for me. And he that takes not his cross and follows me, is not meet for me. He that finds his life, shall lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake, shall find it.
     He that receives you, receives me: and he that receives me, receives him that sent me. He that receives a Prophet in the name of a Prophet, shall receive a Prophets reward. And he that receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man, shall receive the reward of a righteous man. And whosoever shall give unto one of these little ones to drink, a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple: I tell you of a truth, he shall not lose his reward.

The 11th Chapter
     And it came to pass when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, that he departed from that place, to teach and to preach in their cities.
     When John being in prison heard the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said unto him. are you he that shall come: or shall we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them. Go and show John what you have heard and seen. The blind see, the halt go, the lepers are cleansed: the deaf hear, the dead rise again, and the glad tidings is preached to the poor. And happy is he that is not offended by me.
     And as they departed, Jesus began to speak unto the people of John. To see what, went you out into the wilderness? Went you out to see a reed shaken with the wind? other went you out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold they that wear soft clothing, are in kings houses. But what went you out for to see? A Prophet? you I say to you and more than a Prophet. For this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, which shall prepare your way before you.
     Verify I say unto you, among the children of women arose there not a greater than John the Baptist. Notwithstanding he that is less in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he. From the time of John Baptist hitherto the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and they that go to it with violence pluck it unto them. For all the Prophets and the law prophesied unto the time of John. And also if you will receive it, this is Elias (GK of Elijah) which should come. He that has ears to hear let him hear.
     But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children which sit in the market and call unto their fellows, and say: we have piped unto you, and you have not danced? We have mourned unto you, and you have not sorrowed. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, he has the devil. The son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, behold a glutton and drinker of wine, and a friend unto publicans and sinners. Neverthelater wisdom is justified of her children.
     Then began he to upbraid the cities, in which most of his miracles were done, because they mended not. Woe be to you Chorasin. Woe be to you Bethsaida: for if the miracles which were showed in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they had repented long agone in sackcloth and ashes. Nevertheless I say to you: it shall be easier for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgement, than for you. And you Capernaum which are lift up unto heaven, shall be brought down to hell. For if the miracles which have been done in you, had been showed in Sodom: they had remained to this day. Nevertheless I say unto you: it shall be easier for the land of Sodom in the day of judgement, than for you.
     At that time Jesus answered and said: I praise you O' father Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have opened them unto babes: even so father, for so it pleased you. All things are given unto me of my father. And no man knows the son but your father: neither knows any man the father, save the son, and he to whom the son will open him.
     Come unto me all you that labor and are laden, and I will ease you. Take my yoke on you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

The 12th Chapter
     In that time went Jesus on the Sabbath days through the corn and his disciples were an hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. When the Pharisees saw that, they said unto him: Behold, your disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath day. He said unto them: Have you not read what David did, when he was anhungered, and they also which were with him? How he entered into the house of God, and ate the hallowed loaves which were not lawful for him to eat neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests. Or have you not read in the law, how that the priests in the temple break the Sabbath day, and yet are blameless? But I say unto you: that here is one greater than the temple. Wherefore if you had wist (known) what this saying means: I require mercy, and not sacrifice: you would never have condemned innocents. For the son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
     And he departed from that place, and went into their synagogue: and behold there was a man which had his hand dried up. And they asked him, saying: is it lawful to heal upon the Sabbath days? because they might accuse him. And he said unto them: which of you would it be, if he had a sheep fallen into a pit on the Sabbath day, that would not take him and lift him out? And how much is a man better then a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do a good deed on the Sabbath days. Then said he to the man: stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it forth. And it was made whole again like unto the other.
     Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. When Jesus knew that, he departed from that place, and much people followed him, and he healed them all, and charged them that they should not make him known: to fulfil that which was spoken by Esai the Prophet, which says. Behold my child, whom I have chosen, my beloved, in whom my soul delights. I will put my spirit on him, and he shall show judgement to the gentiles. He shall not strive, he shall not cry, neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets, a bruised reed shall he not break, and flax that begins to burn, he shall not quench, till he send forth judgement unto victory, and in his name shall the gentiles trust.
     Then was brought to him, one possessed with a devil which was both blind, and dumb: and he healed him, in so much that he which was blind and dumb, both spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said: Is not this that son of David? But when the Pharisees heard that, they said: This fellow drives the devils no other wise out but by the help of Belzebub the chief of the devils.
     But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them. Every kingdom divided within itself, shall be brought to naught. Neither shall any city or household divided against itself, continue. So if Satan cast out Satan, then is he divided against himself. How shall then his kingdom endure? Also if I by the help of Belzebub cast out devils: by whose help do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out the devils by the spirit of God: then is the kingdom of God come on you?
     Either how can a man enter into a strong mans house, and violently take away his goods: except he first bind the strong man, and then spoil his house? He that is not with me, is against me. And he that gathers not with me, scatters abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy of the spirit, shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaks a word against the son of man, it shall be forgiven him. But whosoever speaks against the holy ghost, it shall not be forgiven him: no, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good also: or else make the tree evil, and his fruit evil also. For the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can you say well, when you yourselves are evil? For of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things. And an evil man out of his evil treasure, brings forth evil things. But I say unto you, that of every idle word that men shall have spoken: they shall give accounts at the day of judgement. For by your words you shall be justified: and by your words you shall be condemned.
     Then answered certain of the Scribes and of the Pharisees saying: Master, we would fain see a sign of you. He answered and said to them: The evil and *advoutrous generation seeks a sign, but there shall no sign be given to them, save the sign of the Prophet Jonas. For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whales belly: so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise at the day of judgement with this nation, and condemn them: for they amended at the preaching of Jonas. And behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise at the day of judgement with this generation, and shall condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the world to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And behold a greater than Solomon is here. *advoutry: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to God, being devoted to something or some one else. see James 2 for adultery
     When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks throughout dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says: I will return again into my house, from where I came out. And when he is come, he finds the house empty and swept and garnished. Then he goes his way, and takes unto him seven other spirits worse then himself, and so enter they in and dwell there. And the end of that man is worse than the beginning. Even so shall it be with this evil nation.
     While he yet talked to the people: behold his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him: behold your mother and your brethren stand without, desiring to speak with you.
     He answered and said to him that told him: Who is my mother? or who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand over his disciples and said: behold my mother and my brethren. For whosoever does my fathers will which is in heaven, the same is my brother, sister and mother.

The 13th Chapter
     The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side, and much people resorted unto him, so greatly that he went, and sat in a ship, and all the people stood on the shore. And he spoke many things to them in similitudes, saying: Behold, the sower went forth to sow. And as he sowed, some fell by the ways side, and the fowls came and devoured it up. Some fell upon stony ground where it had not much earth, and at once it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: and when the *sun was up it caught heat, and for lack of rooting withered away. Some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked it. Part fell in good ground, and brought forth good fruit: some an hundred fold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold. Whosoever has ears to hear, let him hear. *sun: spelled sunne (compare below)
     And the disciples came and said to him: Why speak you to them in parables? He answered and said unto them, it is given unto you to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
     For whosoever has to him shall be given: and he shall have abundance. But whosoever has not: from him shall be taken away even that he has. Therefore speak I to them in similitudes: for though they see, they see not: and hearing they hear not: nether understand. And in them is fulfilled the Prophecy of Esaias, which prophecy says: with the ears you shall hear and shall not understand, and with the eyes you shall see, and shall not perceive. For this peoples hearts are waxed gross, and their ears were dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed least they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their hearts, and should turn, that I might heal them.
     But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. Verily I say unto you, that many prophets, and perfect men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them: and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them. Hear you therefore the similitude of the sower. Whosoever hears the word of the kingdom and understands it not, there comes the evil man and catches away that which was sown in his heart. And this is he which was sown by the way side. But he that was sown in the stony ground, is he which hears the word of God, and at once with joy receives it, yet has no roots in himself, and therefore dureth (endures) but a season: for as soon as tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he falls. He that was sown among thorns, is he that hears the word of God: but the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and so is he made unfruitful. He which is sown in the good ground is he that hears the word and understands it: which also bears fruit and brings forth, some hundred fold, some sixty fold, and some thirty fold.
     Another similitude put he forth unto them saying: The kingdom is like unto a man which sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept there came his foe and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. When the blade was sprung up and had brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. Then came the servants to the householder, and said unto him: Sir sow you good seed in your *close, from where then has it tares? He said to them: the envious man has done this. Then the servants said unto him: will you then that we go and weed them out? But he said, no, least while you go about to weed out the tares, you pluck up also with them the wheat by the roots: let both grow together till harvest come, and in time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, gather you first the tares, and bind them in sheaves to be burnt: but gather the wheat into my barn. *close: to bring in the sides, as when covering seed
     Another parable he put forth unto them saying. The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man takes and sows in his field, which is the least of all seeds. But when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and it is a tree: so that the birds of the air come and build in the branches of it.
     Another similitude said he to them. The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven which a woman takes and hides in three pecks of meal, till all be leavened.
     All these things spoke Jesus unto the people by similitudes, and with out similitudes spoke he nothing to them, to fulfil that which was spoken by the Prophet saying: I will open my mouth in similitudes, and will speak forth things which have been kept secret from the beginning of the world.
     Then sent Jesus the people away, and came home. And his disciples came unto him, saying: declare unto us the similitude of the tares in the field. Then answered he and said to them. He that sows the good seed, is the son of man. And the field is the world. And the children of the kingdom, they are the good seed. And the tares are the children of the wicked. And the enemy that sows them, is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world. And the reapers be the Angels. For even as the tares are gathered and burnt in the fire: be in the end of this world. The son of man shall send forth his Angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire. There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the just men shine as bright as the *son in the kingdom of their father. Whosoever has ears to hear, let him hear. *son: exactly as it appears in the text, sonne, know that sun found above was written as sunne
     Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in the field, which a man finds and hides: and for joy thereof goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.
     Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant that seeks good pearls, which when he had found one precious pearl, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
     Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net cast into the sea, that gathers of all kinds of fishes: which when it is full, men draw to land, and sit and gather the good into vessels, and cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world. The Angels shall come out and sever the bad from the good, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
     Jesus said unto them: Understand you all these things? They said, you Lord. Then said he unto them: Therefore every Scribe which is taught unto the kingdom of heaven is like an householder, which brings forth, out of his treasure, things both new and old.
     And it came to pass when Jesus had finished these similitudes, that he departed from that place, and came in to his own country, and taught them in their synagogues, in so much that they were astonied and said: from where comes all this wisdom and power unto him? Is not this the Carpenters son? Is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren be called James and Joses and Simon and Judas? And are not his sisters all here with us? From where has he all these things. And they were offended by him. Then Jesus said to them, a Prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and among his own kin. And he did not many miracles there, for their unbeliefs sake.

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