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The Gospel of St Matthew

(Part Four)


The 23rd Chapter
     Then spoke Jesus to the people, and to his disciples saying: The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses seat. All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do: but after their works do not: For they say, and do not. Ye, and they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on mens shoulders: but they themselves will not heave at them with one of their fingers. All their works they do, for to be seen of men. They set abroad their *phylacteries, and make large borders on their garments, and love to sit uppermost at feasts and to have the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men Rabbi. *phylacteries: either of two leather pouches containing scriptures, one worn on the left arm, the other on the forehead, by these Scribes or Pharisees
     But you shall not suffer (allow) yourselves to be called Rabbi. For one is your master, that is to wit (know) Christ, and all you are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth, for there is but one your father, and he is in heaven. Be not called masters, for there is but one your master, and he is Christ. He that is greatest among you, shall be your servant. But whosoever exalts himself, shall be brought low. And he that humbles himself, shall be exalted. *Woe be unto you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for you shut up the kingdom of heaven before men: you yourselves go not in, neither suffer you them that come, to enter in. *Woe: this woe and the following appear as "bold type" in the text.
     Woe be unto you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: you devour widows houses: and that under a colour of praying long prayers wherefore you shall receive greater damnation.
     Woe be unto you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, which compass sea and land, to bring one in to your belief: and when he is brought, you make him two fold more the child of hell, than you yourselves are.
     Woe be unto you blind guides, which say whosoever swear by the temple: it is nothing: but whosoever swear by the gold of the temple, he offends. you fools and blind: whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold? And whosoever swears by the altar, it is nothing: but whosoever swears by the offering that lies on the altar, offends. you fools and blind: whether is greater the offering, or the altar which sanctifies the offering? Whosoever therefore swears by the altar, swears by it, and by all that thereon is. And whosoever swears by the temple, swears by it, and by him that dwells therein. And he that swears by heaven, swears by the seat of God and by him that sits thereon.
     Woe be to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, which tithe mint, annise and cummin, and leave the weightier matters of the law undone: judgement, mercy, and faith. These ought you to have done, and not to have left the other undone. you blind guides which strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.
     Woe be to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, which make clean the outer side of the cup, and of the platter: but within they are full of bribery and excess. You blind Pharisee, cleanse first, the inside of the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
     Woe be to you Scribes and Pharisees hypocrites, for you are like unto painted tombs which appear beautiful outward: but are within full of dead bones and of all filthiness. So are ye, for outward you appear righteous unto men, when within, you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
     Woe be unto you Scribes and Pharisees hypocrites: you build the tombs of the Prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, and say: If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in the blood of the Prophets. So then you be witnesses unto yourselves, that you are the children of them which killed the Prophets. Fulfil you likewise the measure of your fathers. you serpents and generation of vipers, how should you scape the damnation of hell?
     Wherefore, behold I send unto you, prophets, wise men and scribes, and of them you shall kill and crucify: and of them you shall scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city, that upon you may come all the righteous blood that was shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias the son of Barachias, whom you slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, all these things shall light upon this generation. Jerusalem, Jerusalem which kill Prophets, and stone them which are sent to you: how often would I have gathered your children together, as the hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you would not: Behold your habitation shall be left unto you desolate. For I say to you, you shall not see me from this time, till that you say: blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

The 24th Chapter
     And Jesus went out and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him, for to show him the building of the temple. Jesus said unto them: see you not all these things? Verily I say unto you: there shall not be here left one stone upon another, that shall not be cast down.
     And as he sat upon the mount Olivet, his disciples came unto him secretly saying. Tell us when these things shall be: and what sign shall be of your coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered, and said unto them: take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name saying: I am Christ: and shall deceive many. you shall hear of wars, and of the fame of wars: but see that you be not troubled. For all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and realm against realm: and there shall be pestilence, hunger and earthquakes in all quarters. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
     Then shall they put you to trouble, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my names sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one the other. And many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall have the upper hand, the love of many shall abate. But he that endures to the end, the same shall be safe. And this glad tidings of the kingdom: shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations: and then shall the end come.
     When you therefore shall see the abomination that betokens desolation, spoken of by Daniel the Prophet, stand in the holy place: let him that reads it, understand it. Then let them which be in Jury (Jewry), fly into the mountains. And let him which is on the house top, not come down to fetch anything out of his house. Neither let him which is in the field, return back to fetch his clothes. Woe shall be in those days to them that are with child, and to them that give suck. But pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not from the beginning of the world to this time, nor shall be. you and except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the chosens sake, those days shall be shortened.
     Then if any man shall say unto you: lo, here is Christ, or there is Christ: believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall do great miracles and wonders. In so much that if it were possible, the very elect should be deceived. Take heed, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you: behold he is in the desert, go not forth: behold he is in the secret places, believe not. For as the lightning comes out of the East and shines unto the west: so shall the coming of the son of man be. For wheresoever a dead carcass is, even over there will the eagles resort. Immediately after the tribulations of those days, shall the sun be darkened: and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall move. And then shall appear the sign of the son of man in heaven. And then shall all the kindreds of the earth mourn, and they shall see the son of man come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his Angels with the great voice of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his chosen, from the four winds, and from the one end of the world to the other.
     Learn a similitude of the fig tree: when his branches are yet tender and his leaves sprung, you know that summer is nigh. So likewise ye, when you see all these things, be you sure that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass till all these be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall perish, but my words shall abide. But of that day and hour knows no man, no not the angels of heaven, but my father only.
     As the time of Noe was, so likewise shall the coming of the son of man be. For as in the days before the flood: they did eat and drink, marry, and were married, even unto the day that Noe entered in to the ship, and knew of nothing, till the flood came and took them all away: So shall also the coming of the son of man be. Then two shall be in the fields, the one shall be received, and the other shall be refused, two shall be grinding at the mill the one shall be received, and the other shall be refused. Wake therefore, because you know not what hour your master will come. Of this be sure, that if the good man of the house knew what hour the thief would come: he would surely watch, and not suffer (allow) his house to be broken up. Therefore be you also ready, for in the hour you think he would not: will the son of man come. If there be any faithful servant and wise, whom his master has made ruler over his household to give them meat in season convenient, happy is that servant whom his master (when he comes) shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, my master will defer his coming, and begin to smite his fellows, you and to eat and to drink with the drunken: that servants master will come in a day when he looks not for him, and in an hour that he is not ware of, and will divide him, and give him his reward with hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The 25th Chapter
     Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went to meet the bridegroom: five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The foolish took their lamps, but took none oil with them. But the wise took oil with them in their vessels with their lamps also. While the bridegroom tarried, all slumbered and slept. And even at midnight, there was a cry made: behold, the bridegroom comes, go out against him. Then all those virgins arose, and prepared their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise: give us of your oil, for our lamps go out. But the wise answered saying: Not so, least there be not enough for us and you: but go rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the wedding, and the gate was shut up. Afterwards came also the other virgins saying: Master, master, open to us. But he answered and said: verily I say unto you: I know not you. Watch therefore: for you know neither the day not yet the hour, when the son of man shall come.
     Likewise as a certain man ready to take his journey to a strange country, called his servants and delivered to them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two and to another one: to every man after his ability, and straight way departed. Then he that had received the five talents, went and bestowed them, and won other five talents. Likewise he that received two, gained other two. But he that received the one, went and digged a pit in the earth, and hid his masters money. After a long season the Lord of those servants came and reckoned with them. Then came he that had received five talents, and brought other five talents saying: master, you delivered unto me five talents: behold I have gained with them five talents more. Then his master said unto him: well good servant and faithful. You have been faithful in little, I will make you ruler over much: enter in into your masters joy. Also he that received two talents, came and said: master, you delivered unto me two talents: behold, I have won two other talents with them. And his master said unto him, well good servant and faithful. You have been faithful in little, I will make you ruler over much, go in into your masters joy.
     Then he which had received the one talent came and said: master, I considered that you was an hard man, which reap where you sowed not, and gatherest where you strawedst (strewed) not, and was therefore afraid, and went and hid your talent in the earth: Behold, you have your own. His master answered and said unto him: you evil servant and slothful, you knew that I reap where I sowed not and gather where I strawed not: you ought therefore to have had my money to the changers, and then at my coming should I have received mine own with vantage. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which has ten talents. For unto every man that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance, and from him that has not, shall be taken away, even that he has. And cast that unprofitable servant into utter darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
     When the son of man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the seat of his glory, and before him shall be gathered all nations. And he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats. And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on the left. Then shall the King say to them on his right hand: Come you blessed children of my father, inherit you the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat. I thirsted, and you gave me drink. I was harborless, and you lodged me. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him saying: master, when saw we you an hungered, and fed you? or a thirst, and gave you drink? when saw we you harborless, and lodged you? or naked and clothed you? or when saw we you sick or in prison and came unto you? And the king shall answer and say unto them: Verily I say unto you: in as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it to me.
     Then shall the king say unto them that shall be on the left hand: depart from me you cursed, into everlasting fire: which is prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was an hungered, and you gave me no meat. I thirsted, and you gave me no drink. I was harborless, and you lodged me not. I was naked, and you clothed me not. I was sick and in prison, and you visited me not.
     Then shall they also answer him saying: master, when saw we you an hungered, or a thirst, or harborless, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto you? Then shall he answer them and say: Verily I say unto you, in as much as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me. And these shall go into everlasting pain: And the righteous into life eternal.

The 26th Chapter
     And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples: you know that after two days shall be easter, and the son of man shall be delivered to be crucified.
     Then assembled to gether the chief priests and the scribes and the elders of the people to the palace of the high priest, called Caiphas, and held a counsel, how they might take Jesus by subtlety and kill him. But they said, not on the holy day, least any uproar arise among the people.
     When Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, there came unto him a woman, which had an alabaster box of precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at the board. When his disciples saw that, they had indignation saying: what needed this waste? This ointment might have been well sold, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood that, he said unto them: why trouble you the woman? She has wrought a good work upon me. For you shall have poor folk always with you: but me shall you not have always. And in that she cast this ointment on my body, she did it to bury me with all. Verily I say unto you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout all the world there shall also this that she has done, be told for a memorial of her.
     Then one of the twelve called Judas Iscariot went unto the chief priests, and said: what will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they appointed unto him thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
     The first day of sweet bread the disciples came to Jesus saying unto him: where will you that we prepare for you to eat the *paschal lamb? And he said: Go into the city, unto such a man, and say to him, the master says, my time is at hand, I will keep mine easter at your house with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them, and made ready the easterlamb. *paschal lamb: the lamb sacrificed at the first passover.
     When the evening was come he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, he said: Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him: is it I master? He answered and said: he that dips his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The son of man goes as it is written of him: but woe be to that man, by whom the son of man shall be betrayed. It had been good for that man, if he had never been born. Then Judas which betrayed him, answered and said: is it I master? He said unto him: you have said. As they did eat, Jesus took bread and gave thanks, brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said: Take, eat, this is my body. And he took the cup, and thanked, and gave it them, saying: drink of it every one. For this is my blood of the new testament, that shall be shed for many, for the *remission of sins. I say unto you: I will not drink from this time of this fruit of the vine tree, until that day, when I shall drink it new with you in my fathers kingdom. *remission: the act of forgiving,/ giving up a possession, claim or right.
     And when they had said grace, they went out into mount olivet. Then said Jesus unto them: all you shall be offended by me this night. For it is written: I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galile. Peter answered, into him: though all men should be offended by you, yet would I never be offended. Jesus said unto him: Verily I say unto you, that this same night before the cock crow, you shall deny me three times. Peter said unto him. If I should die with you, yet would I not deny you. Likewise also said all the disciples.
     Then went Jesus with them into a place which is called Gethsemane, and said unto the disciples, sit you here while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebede, and began to wax sorrowful and to be in agony. Then said Jesus unto them: my soul is heavy even unto the death. Tarry here: and watch with me. And he went a little apart, and fell flat on his face, and prayed saying: O' my father, if it possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will. And he came unto the disciples, and found them asleep, and said to Peter: what, could you not watch one hour: Watch: and pray that you fall not into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
     He went away once more, and prayed, saying: O' my father, if this cup cannot pass away from me, but that I drink of it, your will be fulfilled. And he came, and found them asleep again. For their eyes were heavy. And he left and went again, and prayed the third time saying the same words. Then came he to his disciples and said unto them: Sleep from this time and take your rest. Take heed the hour is at hand, and the son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that shall betray me. While he yet spoke: lo, Judas one of the twelve came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, sent from the chief priests and elders of the people. And he that betrayed him, had given them a token, saying: whosoever I kiss, the same is he, lay hands on him. And forth with all he came to Jesus, and said, hail Master: and kissed him. And Jesus said unto him: friend, wherefore are you come? Then came they and laid hands on Jesus and took him.
     And behold, one of them which were with Jesus, stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him: put up your sword into his sheath.
     For all that lay hand on the sword, shall perish with the sword. Either think you that I cannot now pray to my father, and he shall give me more than twelve Legions of angels? But how then should the scriptures be fulfilled: For so must it be. The same time said Jesus to the multitude: you be come out as it were unto a thief, with swords and staves for to take me. I sat daily teaching in the temple among you, and you took me not. All this was done that the scriptures of the Prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him and fled. And they took Jesus and led him to Caiphas the high Priest, where the Scribes and the elders where assembled. And Peter followed him afar off, unto the high priests place: and went in, and sat with the servants to see the end.
     The chief Priests and the elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, for to put him to death, but found none: in so much that when many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, and said: This fellow said: I can destroy the temple of God, and build it again in three days. And the chief Priest arose, and said to him: answer you nothing? How is it that these bear witness against you? But Jesus held his peace. And the chief priest answered, and said to him: I charge you in the name of the living God, that you tell us, whether you be Christ the son of God. Jesus said to him: you have said. Nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall you see the son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and come in the clouds of the sky.
     Then the high priest rent his clothes saying: He has blasphemed: what need we of any more witnesses? Behold now you have heard his blasphemy: what think ye? They answered and said: he is worthy to die. Then spat they in his face, and buffeted him with fists. And other smote him with the palm of their hands on the face, saying: tell us you Christ, who is he that smote you?
     Peter sat without in the palace. And a damsel came to him saying: You also was with Jesus of Galilee: but he denied before them all saying: I wot (know) not what you say. When he was gone out into the porch, another wench saw him, and said unto them that were there: This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath that he knew the man. And after a while came unto him they that stood by and said unto Peter surely you are even one of them, for your speech betrays you. Then began he to curse and to swear, that he knew not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the words of Jesus which said unto him: before the cock crow, you shall deny me three times: and went out at the doors and wept bitterly.

The 27th Chapter
     When the morning was come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people held a counsel against Jesus, to put him to death, and brought him bound and delivered him unto Pontius Pilate the *deputy. * deputy: exact text: debite; from the Latin meaning to keep accounts of debts, today these are kept on the left of the ledger. Official listener to quarrels.
     Then when Judas which betrayed him, saw that he was condemned, he repented himself, and brought again the thirty plates of silver to the chief Priests and elders saying: I have sinned betraying the innocent blood. And they said: what is that to us? See you to that. And he cast down the silver plates in the temple and departed, and went and hung himself.
     And the chief priest took the silver plates and said: it is not lawful for to put them in to the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them a potters field to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field is called the field of blood, until this day. Then was fulfilled, that which was spoken by Jeremy the Prophet saying: and they took thirty silver plates, the price of him that was valued whom they bought of the children of Israel, and they gave them for the potters field, as the Lord appointed me. Jesus stood before the *deputy: and the deputy asked him saying: are you the king of the Jews: Jesus said unto him: You say. And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him: hear you not, how many things they lay against you? And he answered him never a word: in so much that the deputy marvelled greatly.
     At that feast, the deputy was wont to deliver unto the people a prisoner, whom they would desire. He had then a notable prisoner called Barabbas. And when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them: whether will you that I give loose unto you, Barabbas or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew well, that for envy they had delivered him.
     When he was set down to give judgement his wife sent to him saying: have you nothing to do with that just man. For I have suffered many things this day in a dream about him. But the chief priests and the elders had persuaded the people, that they should ask Barabbas, and should destroy Jesus. Then the deputy answered and said unto them: whether of the twain (two) will you that I let loose unto you? And they said, Barabbas. Pilate said unto them: what shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all said to him: let him be crucified. Then said the deputy: what evil has he done? And they cried the more saying: let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he prevailed nothing but that more business was made, he took water and washed his hands before the people saying: I am innocent of the blood of this just person, and that you shall see. Then answered all the people and said: his blood be on us, and on our children. Then let he Barabbas loose unto them, and scourged Jesus, and delivered him to be crucified.
     Then the soldiers of the deputy took Jesus unto the common hall, and gathered unto him all the company. And they stripped him and put on him a purple robe, and *plaited a crown of thorns and put upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and bowed their knees before him, and mocked him, saying: hail king of the Jews: and spitted upon him, and took the reed and smote him on the head. *plaited: braided
     And when they had mocked him, they took the robe off him again, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyren, named Simon: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they came unto the place, called Golgotha (that is to say, a place of dead mens skulls) they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with *gall. And when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. *gall: bitter, poison from the Hebrew.
     When they had crucified him, they parted his garments, and did cast lots: to fulfil that was spoken by the Prophet: They divided my garments among them: and upon my vesture did cast lots. And they sat and watched him there and they set up over his head the cause of his death written: This is Jesus the king of the Jews. And there were two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
     They that passed by, reviled him wagging their heads and saying: You that destroyed the temple of God and builded it in three days, save yourself. If you be the son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the high priests mocking him with the Scribes and elders said: He saved other, him self he cannot save. If he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God, let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the son of God. That same also the thieves which were crucified with him, cast in his teeth.
     From the sixth hour was there darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lama asbathani. That is to say, my God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said: This man calls for Helias (Elias). And straight way one of them ran and took a sponge and filled it full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. Other said, let be: let us see whether Helias (Elias) will come and deliver him. Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up the ghost.
     And behold the veil of the temple did rent in twain (two) from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake, and the stones did rent and graves did open: and the bodies of many saints which slept, arose and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and came into the holy city, and appeared unto many. When the Centurion and they that were with him watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and those things which happened, they feared greatly, saying, Of a surety this was the son of God.
     And many women were there, beholding him afar off, which followed Jesus from Galile, ministering unto him. Among which was Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedes children. When the evening was come, there came a rich man of Arimathia named Joseph, which same also was Jesus disciple. He went to Pilate and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and put it in his new tomb, which he had hewn out, even in the rock, and rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary sitting over against the sepulchre. The next day that follows the day of preparing the Saboth, the high priests and Pharisees got themselves to Pilate and said: Sir, we remember, that this deceiver said while he was yet alive. After three days I will arise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, least peradventure his disciples come and steal him away and say unto the people, he is risen from death, and the last error be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them. Take watchmen: Go, and make it as sure as you can. And they went and made the sepulchre sure with watchmen, and sealed the stone.

The 28th Chapter
     The sabbath day at evening which dawns the morrow after the sabboth, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the sepulchre.
     And behold there was a great earthquake. For the angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.
     And for fear of him the keepers were astunned, and became as dead men.
     The angel answered and said to the women, fear you not. I know that you seek Jesus which was crucified: he is not here: he is risen as he said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was put: and go quickly and tell his disciples that he is risen from death. And behold, he will go before you into Galile, there you shall see him. Lo I have told you.
     And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great Joy: and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples: behold, Jesus met them saying: All hail. And they came and held him by the feet and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them: be not afraid. Go and tell my brethren, that they go into Galile, and there shall they see me. When they were gone: behold, some of the keepers came in to the city, and showed unto the high priests, all the things that were happened. And they gathered them together with the elders, and took counsel, and gave large money unto the soldiers saying: Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while you slept. And if this come to the rulers ears, we will pease him, and save you harmless. And they took the money and did as they were taught. And this saying is noised among the Jews unto this day.
     Then the eleven disciples went away into Galile, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him. But some of them doubted. And Jesus came and spoke unto them saying: All power is given unto me in heaven, and in earth. Go therefore and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the father, and the son, and the holy ghost: Teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I commanded you. And lo, I am with you alway, even until the end of the world.

Here ends the Gospel of St Matthew

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