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The Gospel of St Matthew

(Part Three)


The 14th Chapter
     At that time Herod the Tetrarcha heard of the fame of Jesu, and said unto his servants: this is John the Baptist. He is risen again from death and therefore are such miracles wrought by him. For Herod had taken John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias sake, his brother Philips wife. For John said unto him: It is not lawful for you to have her. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the people, because they counted him as a Prophet.
     But when Herods birthday was come the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Wherefore he promised with an oath, that he would give her whatsoever she would ask. And she being informed of her mother before, said: give me here John Baptists head in a platter. And the King sorrowed. Nevertheless for his oaths sake, and for their sakes which sat also at the table, he commanded it to be given her: and sent and beheaded John in the prison, and his head was brought in a platter and given to the damsel, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took up his body, and buried it: and went and told Jesus.
     When Jesus heard that, he departed from that place by ship into a desert place out of the way. And when the people had heard thereof, they followed him afoot out of their cities. And Jesus went forth and saw much people, and his heart did melt upon them, and he healed of them those that were sick. When evening was come, his disciples came to him saying: this is a desert place, and the day is spent: let the people depart, that they may go into the towns, and buy them victuals. But Jesus said to them: They have no need to go away. Give you them to eat. Then said they unto him: we have here but five loaves and two fishes. And he said: bring them hither. And he commanded the people to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looked up to heaven and blessed, and brake and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. And they did all eat, and were sufficed. And they gathered up of the gobbets (bit or morsel) that remained twelve baskets full. And they that ate, were in number about five thousand men, beside women and children.
     And straight way Jesus made his disciples enter into a ship, and to go over before him, while he sent the people away. And as soon as he had sent the people away, he went up into a mountain alone to pray. And when night was come, he was there himself alone. And the ship was now in the midst of the sea, and was tossed with waves, for it was a contrary wind. In the fourth watch of the night Jesus came unto them walking on the sea. And when his disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying: it is some spirit, and cried out for fear. And straight way Jesus spoke unto them saying: be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid.
     Peter answered him, and said: master, if you be he, bid me come unto you on the water. And he said, come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw a mighty wind, he was afraid. And as he began to sink, he cried saying: master save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him: O you of little faith, wherefore did you doubt? And as soon as they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship, came and worshipped him, saying: of a truth you are the son of God. And when they were come over, they went in to the land of Genazareth. And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were sick, and besought him, that they might touch the hem of his vesture only. And as many as touched it were made safe.

The 15th Chapter
     Then came to Jesus Scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem saying: why do your disciples transgress the traditions of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. He answered and said unto them: why do you also transgress the commandment of God, through your traditions? For God commanded saying: honour your father and mother and he that curses father or mother shall suffer death. But you say, every man shall say to his father or mother: that which you desire of me to help you with: is given God: and so shall he not honour his father or his mother. And thus have you made, that the commandment of God is without effect, through your traditions. Hypocrites, well prophesied of you Esaias saying: This people draws near unto me with their mouths, and honors me with their lips, how be it their hearts are far from me: but in vain they worship me teaching doctrines, which are nothing but mens precepts.
     And he called the people unto him, and said to them: hear and understand. That which goes into the mouth, defiles not the man: but that which comes out of the mouth, defiles the man.
     Then came his disciples, and said unto him. Perceive you not, how that the Pharisees are offended in hearing this saying? He answered and said: all plants which my heavenly father has not planted, shall be plucked up by the roots. Let them alone, they be the blind leaders of the blind. If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
     Then answered Peter and said to him: declare unto us this parable. Then said Jesus: are you yet without understanding? perceive you not, that whatsoever goes in at the mouth, descends down into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth, come from the heart, and they defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, breaking of wedlock whoredom, theft, false witnessbearing, blasphemy. These are the things which defile a man. But to eat with unwashen hands, defiles not a man.
     And Jesus went from that place, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a woman which was a Canaanite came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying: have mercy on me Lord you son of David, my daughter is piteously vexed with a devil. And he gave her never a word to answer. Then came to him his disciples, and besought him saying: send her away, for she follows us crying. He answered, and said: I am not sent, but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then she came and worshipped him, saying: master help me. He answered and said: it is not good, to take the childrens bread, and to cast it to dogs. She answered and said: truth Lord, nevertheless the dogs eat of the crumbs, which fall from their masters table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her. O woman great is your faith, be it to you, even as you desirest. And her daughter was made whole even at that same hour.
     Then Jesus went away from that place, and came near unto the sea of Galilee, and went up in to a mountain and sat down there. And much people came unto him, having with them, halt, blind, dumb, maimed, and other many: and cast them down at Jesus feet. And he healed them, in so much that the people wondered, to see the dumb speak, the maimed whole, the halt to go, and the blind to see. And they glorified the God of Israel.
     Then Jesus called his disciples to him, and said: I have compassion on the people because they have continued with me now three days, and have nought to eat: and I will not let them depart fasting, least they perish in the way. And his disciples said unto him: from where should we get so much bread in the wilderness, as should suffice so great a multitude? And Jesus said unto them: how many loaves have ye? And they said: seven, and a few little fishes. And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and took the seven loaves, and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. And they did all eat and were sufficed. And they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. And yet they that ate were four thousand men, beside women and children. And he sent away the people, and took ship and came into the parts of Magdala.

The 16th Chapter
     Then came the Pharisees and Sadducees, and did tempt him, desiring him to show them some sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them. At evening you say, we shall have fair weather, and that because the sky is red: and in the morning you say, today shall be foul weather, and that because the sky is cloudy and red. O you hypocrites, you can discern the fashion of the sky: and can you not discern the signs of the times? The froward nation and *advoutrous seeks a sign, and there shall none other sign be given unto them but the sign of the Prophet Jonas. So left he them and departed. *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
     And when his disciples were come to the other side of the water, they had forgotten to take bread with them. Then Jesus unto them: Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they thought in themselves saying: because we have brought no bread with us. When Jesus understood that, he said unto them. O you of little faith, why are your minds cumbered because you have brought no bread? Do you not yet perceive, neither remember those five leaves when there were five thousand men, and how many baskets took you up? Neither the seven loaves, when there were four thousand and how many baskets took you up? Why perceive you not then, that I spoke not unto you of bread, when I said, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they, how that he bade not them beware of the leaven of bread: but of the doctrine of the Pharisees, and of the Sadducees.
     When Jesus came into coasts of the city which is called Cesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples saying: whom do men say that I the son of man am? They said, some say that you are John Baptist, some Helias (Elias), some Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He said unto them: but whom say you that I am? Simon Peter answered and said: You are Christ the son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said to him: happy are you Simon the son of Jonas, for flesh and blood has not opened unto you that, but my father which is in heaven. And I say also unto you that you are Peter: and upon this rock I will build my congregation. And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto you, the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you bind upon earth, shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you *loose on earth, shall be *lowsed in heaven. *loosest: open from the Hebrew(see below) same word. lowsed: exactly as it is written. low from the Hebrew is "humbled"
     Then he charged his disciples, that they should tell no man, that he was Jesus Christ. From that time forth, Jesus began to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders, and of the high Priests, and of the Scribes, and must be killed, and rise again the third day. But Peter took him aside, and began to rebuke him saying: master, favour yourself, this shall not come unto you. Then turned he about, and said unto Peter: come after me Satan you offend me, because you savour not godly things, but worldly things.
     Jesus then said to his disciples. If any man will follow me let him forsake himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall *loose it. And whosoever shall *loose his life for my sake, shall find it. What shall it profit a man, though he should win all the whole world if he *loose his own soul? Or else what shall a man give to redeem his soul again with all? For the son of man shall come in the glory of his father, with his angels: and then shall he reward every man according to his deeds. Verily I say unto you, some there be among them that here stand, which shall not taste of death, till they shall have seen the son of man come in his kingdom. *loose: exactly as it appears: loose from the Hebrew is to "open".

The 17th Chapter
     And after six days Jesus took Peter and James and John his brother, and brought them up into an high mountain out of the way, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his clothes were as white as the light. And behold there appeared unto them, Moses and Helias (Elias), talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said to Jesus: master here is good being for us. If you will, let us make here three tabernacles, one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Helias (Elias). While he yet spoke, behold a bright cloud shadowed them. And behold there came a voice out of the cloud saying: this is my dear son, in whom I delight, hear him. And when the disciples heard that, they fell on their faces, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said: arise and be not afraid. And when they looked up, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
     And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them saying: see that you show the vision to no man, until the son of man be risen again from death. And his disciples asked of him, saying: Why then say the Scribes, that Helias (Elias) must first come? Jesus answered, and said unto them: Helias (Elias) shall first come, and restore all things. And I say unto you that Helias is come already, and they knew him not: but have done unto him whatsoever they lusted. In like wise shall also the son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples perceived that he spoke unto them of John Baptist. And when they were come to the people, there came to him a certain man, and kneeled down to him, and said: Master have mercy on my son for he is lunatic: and is sore vexed. And often times he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him. Jesus answered and said: O generation faithless and crooked: how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil, and he came out of him. And the child was healed even that same hour.
     Then came the disciples to Jesus secretly, and said: Why could not we cast him out? Jesus said unto them: Because of your unbelief. For I say verily unto you: if you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you should say unto this mountain, remove from here, now to yonder place, and he should remove: neither should any thing be unpossible for you to do. How be it this kind goes not out, but by prayer and fasting. As they passed the time in Galilee, Jesus said unto them: the son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall kill him, and the third day he shall rise again. And they sorrowed greatly.
     And when they were come to Capernaum, they that were wont to gather poll money, came to Peter and said: does your master pay tribute? He said: ye. And when he was come into the house, Jesus spoke first to him, saying: what think you Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take tribute or poll money? of their children, or of strangers? Peter said unto him: of strangers. Then said Jesus unto him again: Then are the children free. Nevertheless: least we should offend them: go to the sea and cast in your angle (hook), and take the fish that first comes up: and when you have opened his mouth, you shall find a piece of twenty pence: that take and pay for me and you.

The 18th Chapter
     The same time the disciples came unto Jesus saying: who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Jesus called a child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said: Verily I say unto you: except you turn, and become as children, you cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore humble himself as this child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whosoever receives such a child in my name, receives me. But whosoever offend one of these little ones, which believe in me: it were better for him, that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe be unto the world because of offenses. How be it, it cannot be avoided but that offences shall be given. Nevertheless woe be to the man, by whom the offense comes.
     Wherefore if your hand or your foot offend you, cut him off and cast him from you. It is better for you to enter into life halt or maimed, rather then you should having two hands or two feet, be cast into everlasting fire. And if also your eye offend you, pluck him out and cast him from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. See that you despise not one of these little ones. For I say unto you, that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my father, which is in heaven. Ye, and the son of man is come to save that which is lost. How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, does he not leave ninety and nine in the mountains, and go and seek that one which is gone astray? If it happen that he find him, verily I say unto you: he rejoices more of that sheep, then of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your father in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. *hit: exactly as written hit: from the Hebrew meaning to "find"
     Moreover if your brother trespass against you. Go and tell him his fault between him and you alone. If he hear you, you have won your brother: But if he hear you not, then take yet with you one or two, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses, all things may be established. If he hear not them, tell it unto the congregation. If he hear not the congregation, take him as an heathen man and as a publican. Verily I say unto you, whatsoever you bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven. And whatsoever you *lowse on earth, shall be *lowsed in heaven. Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree in earth upon any manner thing, whatsoever they shall desire: it shall be given them of my father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. *lowse: again as above; low from the Hebrew is to humble.
     Then came Peter to him, and said: master, how often shall I forgive my brother, if he sin against me, seven times? Jesus said unto him: I say not unto you seven times: but seventy times seven times. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take accounts of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents: whom because he had nought to pay, his master commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant fell down and besought him saying: Sir, give me respite (reprieve), and I will pay it every whit. Then had the lord pity on that servant, and *lowsed him, and forgave him the debt. *lowse: again as above; low from the Hebrew is to humble.
     And the said servant went out and found one of his fellows, which owed him an hundred pence, and laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying: pay me that you owest. And his fellow fell down and besought him saying: have patience with me, and I will pay you all. And he would not but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. When his other fellows saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their Lord all that had happened. Then his Lord called him, and said unto him. O evil servant I forgave you all that debt, because you prayed me: was it not *mete (measured) also that you should have had compassion on your fellow, even as I had pity on you? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all that was due to him. So likewise shall my heavenly father do unto you, except you forgive with your hearts, each one to his brother their trespasses.

The 19th Chapter
     And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished those sayings, he got him from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Jewry beyond Jordan, and much people followed him, and he healed them there.
     Then came unto him the Pharisees tempting him, and saying to him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for all manner of causes? He answered and said unto them: Have you not read, how that he which made man at the beginning, made them man and woman and said: for this thing, shall a man leave father and mother and cleave unto his wife, and they twain (two) shall be one flesh. Wherefore now are they not twain, but one flesh: Let not man therefore put asunder, that which God has coupled together. Then said they to him: why did Moses command to give a testimonial of divorcement and to put her away? He said unto them: Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered (allowed) you to put away your wives: But from the beginning it was not so. I say therefore unto you, whosoever puts away his wife (except it be for fornication) and marries another breaks wedlock. And whosoever marries her which is divorced, does commit *advoutry.*advoutry: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to God, being devoted to something or someone else. see James 2 for adultery
     Then said his disciples to him: if the matter be so between man and wife, then is it not good to marry. He said unto them: all men cannot *away (Hebrew: endure it or allow it) with that saying save they to whom it is given. There are chaste, which were so born out of their mothers belly. And there are chaste, which be made of men. And there be chaste, which have made themselves chaste for the kingdom of heavens sake. He that can take it, let him take it. Then were brought to him young children, that he should put his hands on them and pray. And the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said: suffer (allow) the children and forbid them not to come to me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And when he had put his hands on them he departed from that place.
     And behold one came, and said unto him: good master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? He said unto him: why call you my good? there is none good but one, and that is God. But if you will enter into life, keep the commandments. The other said to him: Which? And Jesus said: break no wedlock, kill not: steal not: bear not false witness: honour father and mother: and love your neighbor as your self. And the young man said unto him: I have observed all these things from my youth, what lack I yet? And Jesus said unto him if you will be perfect, go and sell that you hast, and give it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven, and come and follow me. When the young man heard that saying, he went away mourning. For he had great possessions.
     Then Jesus said unto his disciples: Verily I say unto you: it is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. And moreover I say unto you: it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, then for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard that, they were exceedingly amazed, saying: who then can be saved: Jesus beheld them, and said unto them: with men this is unpossible, but with God all things are possible.
     Then answered Peter, and said to him: Behold, we have forsaken all and followed you, what shall we have? Jesus said unto them: verily I say to you: when the son of man shall sit in the seat of his majesty, you which follow me in the second generation shall sit also upon twelve seats, and judge the twelve tribes of Israel. And whosoever forsakes houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my names sake, the same shall receive an hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life. Many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first.

The 20th Chapter
     For the kingdom of heaven is like unto an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. And he agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, and sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw other standing idle in the marketplace, and said unto them, go you also into my vineyard: and whatsoever is right, I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And he went out about the eleventh hour and found other standing idle, and said unto them: Why stand you here all the day idle? They said unto him: because no man has hired us. He said to them: go you also into my vineyard, and whatsoever is right, that shall you receive.
     When evening was come, the Lord of the vineyard said unto his steward: call the laborers, and give them their hire, beginning at the last, till you come to the first. And they which were hired about the eleventh hour, came and received every man a penny. Then came the first, supposing that they should receive more: and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house saying: These last have wrought but one hour, and you have made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
     He answered to one of them saying: friend I do you no wrong: did you not agree with me for a penny? Take that which is your duty, and go your way. I will give unto this last, as much as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do as me lists ( inclined to do) with mine own? Is your eye evil because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first shall be last. For many are called and few be chosen. And Jesus ascended to Jerusalem and took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said to them. Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and the son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief Priests, and unto the Scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the gentiles, to be mocked, to be scourged, and to be crucified: and the third day he shall rise again.
     Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her: what will you have? She said unto him: Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on your right hand, and the other on your left hand in your kingdom.
     Jesus answered and said: you wot (know) not what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptised with the baptism that I shall be baptised with? They answered to him, that we are. And he said unto them: you shall drink of my cup, and shall be baptised with the baptism that I shall be baptised with. But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand, is not mine to give: but to them for whom it is prepared of my father.
     And when the ten heard this, they disdained at the two brethren: But Jesus called them unto him and said: you know that the lords of the gentiles have domination over them. And they that are great, exercise power over them. It shall not be so among you. But whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister: and whosoever will be chief, let him be your servant, even as the son of man came, not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life for the redemption of many.
     And as they departed from Hericho (Jericho), much people followed him. and behold two blind men sitting by the wayside, when they heard Jesus pass by, cried saying: You Lord the son of David have mercy on us. And the people rebuked them, because they should hold their peace. But they cried the more saying: have mercy on us you Lord which are the son of David. Then Jesus stood still, and called them, and said: what will you that I should do to you? They said to him: Lord that our eyes may be opened. Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes and immediately their eyes received sight. And they followed him.

The 21st Chapter
     When they drew near unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto mount Olivet: then sent Jesus two of his disciples, saying to them: Go into the town that lies over against you, and at once you shall find an ass bound, and her colt with her: loose them and bring them unto me. And if any man say anything unto you, say you that the Lord has need of them: and straight way he will let them go. All this was done, to fulfil that which was spoken by the prophet, saying: Tell you the daughter of Sion: behold your king comes unto you, meek, and sitting upon an ass and a colt, the foal of an ass used to the yoke. The disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them, and brought the ass and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and set him thereon. And many of the people spread their garments in the way. Other cut down branches from the trees, and strawed (strewed) them in the way. Moreover the people that went before, and they also that came after, cried saying: Hosanna to the son of David. Blessed be he that comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest.
     And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved saying: who is this? And the people said: this is Jesus the Prophet of Nazareth a city of Galilee. And Jesus went in to the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said to them: It is written, my house shall be called the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves. And the blind and the halt came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
     When the chief Priests and Scribes saw the marvels that he did, and the children crying in the temple and saying: Hosanna to the son of David, they disdained, and said unto him: hear you what these say? Jesus said unto them yes: have you never read, of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have ordained praise? And he left them, and went out of the city unto Bethany, and had his abiding there.
     In the morning as he returned into the city again, he hungered, and spied a fig tree in the way, and came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said to it, never fruit grow on you from now on forward. And at once the fig tree withered away. And when his disciples saw that, they marvelled saying. How soon is the fig tree withered away? Jesus answered, and said unto them: Verily I say unto you, if you shall have faith and shall not doubt, you shall not only do that which I have done to the fig tree: but also if you shall say unto this mountain, take yourself away, and cast yourself into the sea, it shall be done. And whatsoever you shall ask in prayer (if you believe) you shall receive it.
     And when he was come in to the temple, the chief Priests and the elders of the people, came unto him as he was teaching, and said by what authority do you these things? and who gave you this power? Jesus answered, and said unto them: I also will ask of you a certain question, which if you *assoil (answer, pardon, atone, absolve) me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptime (baptism) of John: from where was it? from heaven or of men? Then they reasoned among themselves saying: if we shall say from heaven, he will say unto us: why did you not then believe him? But and if we shall say of men, then fear we the people. For all men held John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus and said: we cannot tell. And he likewise said unto them: neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. What say you to this? A certain man had two sons, and came to the elder and said: son go and work today in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward repented and went. Then came he to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said: I will sir: yet went not. Whether of them twain (two) did the will of the father? And they said unto him: the first. Jesus said unto them: verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots shall come into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and you believed him not. But the publicans and the harlots believed him. And yet you (though you saw it) were not yet moved with repentance, that you might afterward have believed him.
     Hearken another similitude. There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and made a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went in to a strange country. And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen to receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen caught his servants, and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants, more than the first: and they served them likewise. But last of all, he sent unto them his own son saying: they will fear my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves. This is the heir: come, let us kill him, and let us take his inheritance to ourselves. And they caught him and thrust him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the Lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do with those husbandmen? They said unto him: he will cruelly destroy those evil persons, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall deliver him the fruit at times convenient. Jesus said unto them: did you never read in the scriptures? The stone which the builders refused the same is set in the principal part of the corner: this was the Lords doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. Therefore say I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to the Gentiles, which shall bring forth the fruits of it. And whosoever shall fall on this stone, he shall be broken, but on whosoever it shall fall upon, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief Priests and Pharisees heard these similitudes, they perceived that he spoke of them. And they went about to lay hands on him, but they feared the people, because they took him as a Prophet.

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     And Jesus answered and spoke unto them again, in similitudes, saying. The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain King, which married his son, and sent forth his servants, to call them that were bid to the wedding, and they would not come. Again he sent forth other servants, saying. Tell them which are bidden (moved, invited, called): behold I have prepared my dinner, mine oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready, come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways: one to his *firm (business) place, another about his merchandise, the remnant took his servants and intreated them ungodly and slew them. When the king heard that, he was wroth, and sent forth his warriors and destroyed those murderers, and burnt up their city. *firm: original text: ferme
     Then said he to his servants: the wedding was prepared. But they which were bidden (moved, invited, called), were not worthy. Go you therefore out into the highways, and as many as you find, bid them to the marriage. The servants went out into the highways, and gathered to gether as many as they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding was furnished with guests. Then the king came in, to visit the guests, and spied there a man which had not on a wedding garment, and said unto him: friend, how fortuned it that you came in hither and have not on a wedding garment? And he was even speechless. Then said the king to his ministers: take and bind him hand and foot, and cast him into utter darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called and few be chosen.
     Then went the Pharisees and took counsel how they might tangle him in his words. And they sent unto him their disciples with Herods servants saying: Master, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truly, neither care for any man, for you consider not mens estate. Tell us therefore: how think you? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar or not? Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said: Why tempt you me you hypocrites? Let me see the tribute money. And they took him a penny. And he said unto them: whose is this Image and superscription? They said unto him: Caesars. Then said he unto them: Give therefore to Caesar, that which is Caesars: and give unto God, that which is Gods. When they heard that, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
     The same day the Sadducees came to him (which say that there is no resurrection) and asked him saying: Master, Moses bade, if a man die having no children, that the brother marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. There were with us seven brethren, and the first married and deceased without issue and left his wife unto his brother. Like wise the second and the third, unto the seventh. Last of all the woman died also. Now in the resurrection, whose wife shall she be of the seven? For all had her. Jesus answered and said unto them you are deceived and understand not the scriptures, nor yet the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are married: but are as the Angels in heaven.
     As touching the resurrection of the dead: have you not read what is said unto you of God, which says: I am Abrahams God, and Isaacs God, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead: but of the living. And when the people heard that, they were astonied at his doctrine.
     When the Pharisees had heard, how that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they drew to gether, and one of them which was a doctor of law, asked a question tempting him and saying: Master, which is the chief commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and the chief commandment. And there is another like unto this. Love your neighbor as yourself. In these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets.
     While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them saying: what think you of Christ? Whose son is he? They said unto him, the son of David. He said unto them: how then does David in spirit, call him Lord saying: The Lord said to my Lord, sit on my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool. If David call him Lord: how is he then his son? And none could answer him again one word: neither durst any from that day forth, ask him any more questions.

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