The Gospel of St Matthew

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 A 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 fulfill that which was spoken by Esai the A 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 A 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: without devotion; plain hearted to God, being devoted to something or some one else. see James 2 for adultery...AND SEE that here Jesus is speaking about the "day of Judgement" and he is of Prophesy saying "this "nation" Isreal ...will so be judged Israel has not existed untill 1948 a nation ...and judgement day is yet to come ...
     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 A 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 fulfill that which was spoken by the A 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. 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, ye 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 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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