Thematic Bible: Jesus Christ


Thematic Bible




Then what if you see the Son of Man go up where he was before?




It was little by little and in different ways that God spoke in old times to our forefathers through the prophets, but in these latter days he has spoken to us in a Son, whom he had destined to possess everything, and through whom he had made the world.



But of the Son he says, "God is your throne forever and ever! And a righteous scepter is the scepter of his kingdom! You have loved right and hated wrong! That is why God, your God, has anointed you with exhilarating oil beyond all your comrades." And "You, Lord, in the beginning founded the earth, And the sky is the work of your hands! read more.
They will perish, but you continue! And they will all wear out like a coat, And you will fold them up like a mantle, And change them as one changes his coat. But you are always the same, and your years will have no end!"

For from him everything comes; through him everything exists; and in him everything ends! Glory to him forever! Amen.


In the beginning the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was divine. It was he that was with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through him, and apart from him nothing came to be.

Your forefather Abraham exulted at the thought of seeing my coming. He has seen it, and it has made him glad." The Jews said to him, "You are not fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?" Jesus said to them, "I tell you, I existed before Abraham was born!"

Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he possessed the nature of God, he did not grasp at equality with God, but laid it aside to take on the nature of a slave and become like other men.

He is a likeness of the unseen God, born before any creature, for it was through him that everything was created in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen, angelic thrones, dominions, principalities, authorities??ll things were created through him and for him. He existed before all things and he sustains and embraces them all.

Therefore since these children referred to have the same mortal nature, Jesus also shared it, like them, in order that by his death he might dethrone the lord of death, the devil, and free from their slavery men who had always lived in fear of death. For of course it was not angels but the descendants of Abraham that he came to help.

For if Joshua had really brought them rest God would not afterward have spoken of another day.






Jesus said, "Let her alone; let her keep it for the day of my funeral,

Why, a time is coming??t has already come!??hen you will all be scattered to your homes and will leave me alone. And yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.

"We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the high priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the heathen to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and on the third day he will be raised to life."

But he answered, "Only a wicked and faithless age insists upon a sign, and no sign will be given it but the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was in the maw of the whale for three days and nights, the Son of Man will be three days and nights in the heart of the earth.

As they were going about in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be handed over to men, and they will kill him, but on the third day he will be raised to life again." And they were greatly distressed.

"You know that in two days the Passover Festival will come, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified."


He answered, "The man who just dipped his hand in the same dish with me is going to betray me. The Son of Man is to go away as the Scriptures say of him, but alas for the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born!"

Then he came back to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the time has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to wicked men! Get up! Let us be going! Look! Here comes my betrayer!"

for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, and they will kill him, and three days after he is killed he will rise again."

As they went on their way up to Jerusalem, Jesus walked ahead of them, and they were in dismay, and those who still followed were afraid. And he took the Twelve aside again and began to tell them what was going to happen to him. "See!" he said, "we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the high priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and hand him over to the heathen and they will ridicule him and spit on him and flog him and kill him; and three days after he will rise again."

and said, "The Son of Man must endure great suffering and be refused by the elders, the high priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and be raised to life on the third day." And he said to everyone, "If anyone wants to go with me, he must disregard himself, and take his cross day after day and follow me. For whoever wants to preserve his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for me will preserve it.

And he took the Twelve aside and said to them, "See! we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything written in the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. For he will be handed over to the heathen, and ridiculed and insulted and spat upon, and they will flog him and kill him, and on the third day he will rise again."

I do not mean all of you; I know whom I have chosen; but let the Scripture be fulfilled: " 'He who is eating my bread Has raised his heel against me.' From now on I will tell you things before they happen, so that when they do happen you may believe that I am what I say. I assure you, whoever welcomes any messenger of mine welcomes me and whoever welcomes me welcomes him who has sent me." read more.
After Jesus had said this he was greatly moved and said solemnly, "I tell you, it is one of you that will betray me!" The disciples looked at one another in doubt as to which of them he meant. Next to Jesus, at his right at the table, was one of his disciples whom Jesus especially loved. So Simon Peter nodded to him and said to him, "Tell us whom he means." He leaned back from where he lay, on Jesus' breast, and said to him, "Master, who is it?" Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I am going to give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish." So he dipped the piece of bread and took it and gave it to Judas, Simon Iscariot's son. After he took the bread, Satan took possession of him. Then Jesus said to him, "Be quick about your business."

Simon Peter said to him, "Master, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "I am going where you cannot follow me now, but you will follow me later." Peter said to him, "Master, why cannot I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you." Jesus answered, "You will lay down your life for me? I tell you, before a cock crows, you will disown me thrice over!



Then Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which the Father has offered me?"




who does not need, as the old high priests did, to offer sacrifices every day, first for his own sins and then for those of the people??or this last he has done once for all, in offering up himself.

This is why the Father loves me, because I am giving my life, but giving it to take it back again. No one has taken it from me, but I am giving it of my own accord. I have power to give it, and I have power to take it back again. These are the orders I have received from my Father."


for then he would have had to suffer death over and over, ever since the creation of the world. But, as it is, once for all at the close of the age he has appeared, to put an end to sin by his sacrifice.




He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it cannot pass by me without my drinking it, your will be done!"

Jesus answered, "I have told you that I am he, so if you are looking for me, let these men go."

And he said to them, "I have greatly desired to eat this Passover supper with you before I suffer.

The Son of Man is to go away as the Scriptures say of him, but alas for the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born!"

Do you suppose I cannot appeal to my Father, and he would at once furnish me more than twelve legions of angels? But then how are the Scriptures to be fulfilled, which say that this must happen?"

He went away again and prayed in the same words as before.

As the time approached when he was to be taken up to heaven, he set his face toward Jerusalem,

They answered, "Jesus of Nazareth." He said to them, "I am he." Judas who betrayed him was standing among them.



When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were really a prophet, he would know who and what the woman is who is touching him, for she leads a wicked life."


and they wanted to have him arrested, but they were afraid of the people, for the people considered him a prophet.

And they were all overcome with awe, and they praised God, and said, "A great prophet has appeared among us!" and "God has not forgotten his people!"

But I must go on today and tomorrow and the next day, for it is not right for a prophet to die outside Jerusalem.'

And he said, "What is it?" They said to him, "About Jesus of Nazareth, who in the eyes of God and of all the people was a prophet mighty in deed and word,


When the people saw the signs that he showed, they said, "This is really the Prophet who was to come into the world!"

So some of the people, when they heard these words, said, "This is certainly the Prophet!"

So they asked the blind man again, "What have you to say about him, because he has made you able to see?" He said, "He is a prophet!"

This man went to Jesus one night, and said to him, "Master, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can show the signs that you do, unless God is with him."


This was the Moses who said to the descendants of Israel, 'God will make a prophet rise from among your brothers to teach you, just as he made me rise.'

Anyone that will not listen to that prophet will be annihilated from among the people.'

how can we escape if we pay no attention to such a salvation as this? It was first proclaimed by the Lord himself, and it was guaranteed to us by those who heard him,

Moses said, 'The Lord God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, as he raised me up. You must listen to everything that he tells you. Anyone that will not listen to that prophet will be annihilated from among the people.'


When he said this, one of the attendants who stood near struck him and said, "Is that the way you answer the high priest?" Jesus replied, "If I have said anything wrong, testify to it; but if what I have said is true, why do you strike me?"

When Jesus had said all this he raised his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the time has come. Do honor to your son, that your son may do honor to you, just as you have done in giving him power over all mankind, so that he may give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And eternal life means knowing you as the only true God, and knowing Jesus your messenger as Christ. read more.
I have done honor to you here on earth, by completing the work which you gave me to do. Now, Father, do such honor to me in your presence as I had done me there before the world existed. "I have revealed your real self to the men you gave me from the world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have obeyed your message. Now at last they know that all that you have given me comes from you, for I have given them the truths that you gave me, and they have accepted them and been convinced that I came from you, and they believe that you sent me. I have a request to make for them. I make no request for the world, but only for those whom you have given me, for they are yours??10 all that is mine is yours and what is yours is mine??nd they have done me honor. Now I am to be no longer in this world, but they are to remain in the world, while I return to you. Holy Father, keep them by your power which you gave me, so that they may be one just as we are. As long as I was with them I kept them by your power which you gave me, and I protected them, and not one of them was lost (except the one who was destined to be lost), so that what the Scripture says might come true. But now I am coming to you, and I say this here in this world in order that they may have the happiness that I feel fully realized in their own hearts. I have given them your message, and the world has come to hate them, for they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.


For he whom God has sent speaks God's words, for God gives him his Spirit without measure. The Father loves his Son, and has put everything in his hands.

They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Why do I even talk to you at all? I have a great deal to say about you and to condemn in you, yet he who sent me is truthful, and the things that I say to the world are things that I have learned from him." They did not understand that he was speaking to them of the Father. read more.
So Jesus said, "When you lift the Son of Man up in the air, then you will know that I am what I say, and that I do nothing of my own accord, but speak as the Father has instructed me. And he who has sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."

But Jesus cried loudly, "Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who has sent me; and whoever sees me, sees him who has sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me may have to remain in darkness. read more.
If anyone hears my words and disregards them, it is not I that judge him, for I have not come to judge the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and refuses to accept my teachings is not without his judge; the very message I have given will be his judge on the Last Day, for I have not spoken on my account, but the Father who has sent me has himself given me orders what to tell and what to say. And I know his orders mean eternal life. So whatever I say, I say only as the Father has told me."

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the cultivator. Any branch of mine that does not bear fruit he trims away, and he prunes every branch that bears fruit, to make it bear more. You are pruned already because of the teaching that I have given you. read more.
You must remain united to me and I will remain united to you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains united to the vine, you cannot unless you remain united to me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Anyone who remains united to me, with me united to him, will be very fruitful, for you cannot do anything apart from me. Anyone who does not remain united to me is thrown away like a branch and withers up, and they gather them and throw them into the fire and burn them. If you remain united to me and my words remain in your hearts, ask for whatever you please and you shall have it. When you are very fruitful and show yourselves to be disciples of mine, my Father is honored. I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. You must retain my love. If you keep my commands you will retain my love, just as I have observed the Father's commands and retain his love. I have told you all this so that you may have the happiness that I have had, and your happiness may be complete. The command that I give you is to love one another just as I have loved you. No one can show greater love than by giving up his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you to do. I do not call you slaves any longer, for a slave does not know what his master is doing, but now I call you friends, for I have made known to you everything that I have learned from my Father.

His disciples said, " Why, now you are talking plainly and not speaking figuratively at all. Now we know that you know everything and do not need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you have really come from God." Jesus answered, "Do you believe that now? read more.
Why, a time is coming??t has already come!??hen you will all be scattered to your homes and will leave me alone. And yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have told you all this, so that through me you may find peace. In the world you have trouble; but take courage! I have conquered the world."

In my first volume, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when through the holy Spirit he gave the apostles he had chosen their instructions, and was taken up to heaven. He had shown himself alive to them after he had suffered, in many convincing ways, appearing to them through forty days, and telling them about the Kingdom of God.


for he taught them like one who had authority and not like their scribes.

In my first volume, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning

But you must not let people call you 'Rabbi,' for you have only one teacher, and you are all brothers.


And he taught in their synagogues, and was honored by them all.

This man went to Jesus one night, and said to him, "Master, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can show the signs that you do, unless God is with him."

On another Sabbath he happened to go to the synagogue and teach. There was a man there whose right hand was withered.

So they sent their disciples to him with the Herodians, to say to him, "Master, we know that you tell the truth, and teach the way of God with sincerity, regardless of the consequences, for you are impartial.

When he had entered the Temple, and was teaching, the high priests and the elders of the people came up to him, and said, "What authority have you for doing as you do, and who gave you this authority?"

And they came up and said to him, "Master, we know that you tell the truth regardless of the consequences, for you are not guided by personal considerations, but teach the way of God with sincerity. Is it right to pay the poll tax to the emperor or not?

And they asked him, "Master, we know that you are right in what you say and teach, and that you show no favor, but teach the way of God in sincerity.

When he saw the crowds of people he went up on the mountain. There he seated himself, and when his disciples had come up to him,

When Jesus had finished giving his twelve disciples these instructions, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns.

At that same time Jesus said to the crowd, "Have you come out to arrest me with swords and clubs, as though I were a robber? Day after day I have sat in the Temple preaching, and you never seized me.

Then he began again to teach by the seashore. And a crowd gathered around him so great that he got into a boat and sat in it, a little way from the shore, while all the people were on the land close to the water.

But they persisted and said, "He is stirring up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He began in Galilee and he has come here."


Then he poured water into the basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, wiping them with the towel that was about his waist.




I appeal to you personally, by the gentleness and forbearance of Christ??he Paul who is so humble when face to face with you, but so bold in dealing with you when he is far away!


but laid it aside to take on the nature of a slave and become like other men. When he had assumed human form, he still further humbled himself and carried his obedience so far as to die, and to die upon the cross.

For which is greater, the man at the table, or the servant who waits on him? Is not the man at the table? Yet I am like a servant among you.

While Jesus was at home at table, a number of tax-collectors and irreligious people came in and joined Jesus and his disciples at table.

After this he went out, and he saw a tax-collector named Levi sitting at the tollhouse, and he said to him, "Follow me!" And he left everything and got up and followed him.

If I then, your Master and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another's feet too.

This was the passage of Scripture that he was reading: "Like a sheep he was led away to be slaughtered, And just as a lamb is dumb before its shearer, He does not open his mouth. His sentence ended in his humiliation. Who will tell the story of his posterity? For his life is perished from the earth."



They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Why do I even talk to you at all? I have a great deal to say about you and to condemn in you, yet he who sent me is truthful, and the things that I say to the world are things that I have learned from him." They did not understand that he was speaking to them of the Father. read more.
So Jesus said, "When you lift the Son of Man up in the air, then you will know that I am what I say, and that I do nothing of my own accord, but speak as the Father has instructed me. And he who has sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."


But he answered them, "My Father is still at work, and I work too." On account of this the Jews were all the more eager to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath but actually called God his Father, thus putting himself on an equality with God. So Jesus answered them, "I tell you, the Son cannot do anything of his own accord, unless he sees the Father doing it. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does. read more.
For the Father loves the Son and lets him see everything that he himself is doing, and he will let him see greater deeds than these, to make you wonder.

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread that gives life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty. But as I have told you, although you have seen me, you will not believe. All that my Father gives to me will come to me, and I will never refuse anyone who comes to me, read more.
for I have come down from heaven not to do what I please but what pleases him who has sent me.

Jesus answered, "It was neither for his own sin nor for that of his parents, but to let what God can do be illustrated in his case. We must carry on the work of him who has sent me while the daylight lasts. Night is coming, when no one can do any work.

Jesus answered, "Anyone who loves me will observe my teaching, and my Father will love him and we will come to him and live with him. No one who does not love me will observe my teaching, and yet the teaching you are listening to is not mine but is that of him who has sent me. "I have told you this while I am still staying with you, read more.
but the Helper, the holy Spirit which the Father will send in my place, will teach you everything and remind you of everything that I have told you. I leave you a blessing; I give you my own blessing. I do not give it to you as the world gives. Your minds must not be troubled or afraid. You have heard me say that I am going away and am coming back to you; if you loved me you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And I have told you of it now before it happens, in order that when it happens you may believe in me. I shall not talk much more with you, for the evil genius of the world is coming. He has nothing in common with me, but he is coming that the world may know that I love the Father and am doing what he has commanded me to do. Come, let us go away.

When Jesus had said all this he raised his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the time has come. Do honor to your son, that your son may do honor to you, just as you have done in giving him power over all mankind, so that he may give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And eternal life means knowing you as the only true God, and knowing Jesus your messenger as Christ. read more.
I have done honor to you here on earth, by completing the work which you gave me to do.

for bulls' and goats' blood is powerless to remove sin. That is why the Christ, when he was coming into the world, said, "You have not wished sacrifice or offering, but you have provided a body for me. You never cared for burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin! read more.
So I said, 'See, I have come! as the Book of the Law says of me, O God, to do your will!' " At first he says, "You never wished or cared for sacrifices or offerings, or burnt-offerings or sacrifices for sin"??ll of which the Law prescribes??9 and then he adds, "See, I have come to do your will!" He is taking away the old to put the new in its place. And it is through his doing of God's will that we have been once for all purified from sin through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ in sacrifice.


Then Jesus said to them, "I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no self-existent life. Whoever lives on my flesh and drinks my blood possesses eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the Last Day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. read more.
Whoever lives on my flesh and drinks my blood remains united to me and I remain united to him.

My dear children, I am writing you this so that you may not sin; yet if anyone does sin, we have in Jesus Christ one who is upright and will intercede for us with the Father. He is himself an atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the whole world. This is how we can be sure that we know him??y obeying his commands. read more.
Whoever says, "I know him," but does not obey his commands, is a liar, and there is no truth in his heart; but whoever obeys his message really has the love of God in perfection in his heart. This is the way we can be sure that we are in union with him; whoever says, "I am always in union with him" must live just as he lived.

Philip said to him, "Master, let us see the Father, and it will satisfy us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you, Philip, have not recognized me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Let us see the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in union with the Father and the Father is in union with me? I am not the source of the words that I say to you, but the Father who is united with me is doing these things himself. read more.
You must believe that I am in union with the Father and that the Father is in union with me, or else you must believe because of the things themselves. I tell you, whoever believes in me will do such things as I do, and things greater yet, because I am going to the Father. Anything you ask for as followers of mine I will grant, so that the Father may be honored through the Son. I will grant anything you ask me for as my followers. "If you really love me, you will observe my commands. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Helper to be with you always. It is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot obtain that Spirit, because it does not see it or recognize it; you recognize it because it stays with you and is within you. I am not going to leave you friendless. I am coming back to you. In a little while the world will not see me any more, but you will still see me, because I shall live on, and you will live on too. When that day comes you will know that I am in union with my Father and you are with me and I am with you.

For consider, brothers, what happened when God called you. Not many of you were what men call wise, not many of you were influential, not many were of high birth. But it was what the world calls foolish that God chose to put the wise to shame with, and it was what the world calls weak that God chose to shame its strength with, and it was what the world calls low and insignificant and unreal that God chose to nullify its realities, read more.
so that in his presence no human being might have anything to boast of. But you are his children, through your union with Christ Jesus, whom God has made our wisdom??ur uprightness and consecration and redemption,

Take care that nobody exploits you through the pretensions of philosophy, guided by human tradition, following material ways of looking at things, instead of following Christ. For it is in him that all the fulness of God's nature lives embodied, and in union with him you too are filled with it. He is the head of all your principalities and dominions. read more.
Through your relation to him you have received not a physical circumcision, but a circumcision effected by Christ, in stripping you of your material nature, when in your baptism you were buried with him, and raised to life with him through your faith in the power of God who raised him from the dead.

Dear friends, if our consciences do not condemn us, we approach God with confidence, and we obtain from him whatever we ask for, because we are obeying his commands and doing the things that please him. His command is this??hat we are to believe in his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he has commanded us to do. read more.
All who obey his commands keep in union with him, and he does with them; and this is how we know that he keeps in union with us??y the Spirit which he has given us.

We know that we are children of God, while the whole world is under the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us power to recognize him who is true; and we are in union with him who is true, through his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.


Jesus said to her, "You must not cling to me, for I have not yet gone up to my Father, but go to my brothers and say to them that I am going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God."

So the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was caught up into heaven and took his seat at God's right hand.

Then he opened their minds to the understanding of the Scriptures, and said to them, "The Scriptures said that Christ should suffer as he has done, and rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance leading to the forgiveness of sins should be preached to all the heathen in his name. read more.
You are to be witnesses to all this, beginning at Jerusalem. And I will send down upon you what my Father has promised. Wait here in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." And he led them out as far as Bethany. Then he lifted up his hands and blessed them. And as he was blessing them, he parted from them.

Yet no one has gone up into heaven except the Son of Man who came down from heaven. And just as Moses in the desert lifted the serpent up in the air, the Son of Man must be lifted up,

Before the Passover Festival began, Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father, but he had loved those who were his own in the world, and he loved them to the last. So at supper??he devil having by this time put the thought of betraying Jesus into the mind of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son??3 Jesus, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God,

But each one of us has been given mercy in Christ's generous measure. So it says, "When he went up on high, he led a host of captives, And gave gifts to mankind." What does "he went up" mean, except that he had first gone down to the under parts of the earth? read more.
It is he who went down who has also gone up above all the heavens, to fill the universe.

Baptism, which corresponds to it, now saves you also (not as the mere removing of physical stain, but as the craving for a conscience right with God)??hrough the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone to heaven and is at God's right hand, with angels, hierarchies, and powers made subject to him.


They are the men who have not been defiled by relations with women; they are celibates. It is they who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been ransomed from among men as the first-fruits for God and the Lamb,






Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke to me. "Come," he said, "I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."

When he took the roll, the four animals and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each with a harp and gold bowls full of incense, that is, of the prayers of God's people.


and they were singing the song of Moses, the slave of God, and the song of the Lamb: "Great and marvelous are your doings, Lord God Almighty! Upright and true are your ways, King of the Ages!


The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the Lamb's twelve apostles.

And they said to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us, and conceal us from the sight of him who is seated on the throne, and from the anger of the Lamb,


Then I saw standing in the center of the throne and of the four animals and of the elders a Lamb which seemed to have been slaughtered. He had seven horns and seven eyes; these are the seven spirits of God, which are sent on errands to all parts of the earth.

Then I saw another animal come up out of the land. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon.

After that I saw a great crowd which no one could count from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and they cried in a loud voice, "Our deliverance is the work of our God who is seated on the throne, and of the Lamb!"

I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun nor the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God lighted it, and the Lamb is its lamp.















There is but one body and one Spirit, just as there is but one hope that belongs to the summons you received. There is but one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above us all, pervades us all, and is within us all.

Jesus answered, "I have told you so, and you will not believe it. The things I have been doing by my Father's authority are my credentials, but you do not believe it because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them and they follow me, read more.
and I give them eternal life, and they shall never be lost, and no one shall tear them out of my hands. What my Father has intrusted to me is of more importance than everything else, and no one can tear anything out of the Father's hands.

Jesus answered, "Anyone who loves me will observe my teaching, and my Father will love him and we will come to him and live with him. No one who does not love me will observe my teaching, and yet the teaching you are listening to is not mine but is that of him who has sent me. "I have told you this while I am still staying with you, read more.
but the Helper, the holy Spirit which the Father will send in my place, will teach you everything and remind you of everything that I have told you. I leave you a blessing; I give you my own blessing. I do not give it to you as the world gives. Your minds must not be troubled or afraid. You have heard me say that I am going away and am coming back to you; if you loved me you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.


I appreciate your always remembering me, and your standing by the things I passed on to you, just as you received them. But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, while a woman's head is her husband, and Christ's head is God.

And when everything is reduced to subjection to him, then the Son himself will also become subject to him who has reduced everything to subjection to him, so that God may be everything to everyone.


It is what existed from the beginning, that we announce; what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes, what we have beheld, and touched with our hands; it is the very message of life??2 for life has been revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it and announce to you that eternal life that was with the Father and has been revealed to us??3 it is what we have seen and heard that we announce to you also, so that you may share our fellowship, for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ,



and you will thank the Father who has entitled you to share the lot of God's people in the realm of light. He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us into the realm of his dear Son, by whom we have been ransomed from captivity through having our sins forgiven. read more.
He is a likeness of the unseen God, born before any creature, for it was through him that everything was created in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen, angelic thrones, dominions, principalities, authorities??ll things were created through him and for him. He existed before all things and he sustains and embraces them all.

When Jesus had said all this he raised his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the time has come. Do honor to your son, that your son may do honor to you, just as you have done in giving him power over all mankind, so that he may give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And eternal life means knowing you as the only true God, and knowing Jesus your messenger as Christ. read more.
I have done honor to you here on earth, by completing the work which you gave me to do. Now, Father, do such honor to me in your presence as I had done me there before the world existed.

In the beginning the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was divine. It was he that was with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through him, and apart from him nothing came to be. read more.
It was by him that life came into existence, and that life was the light of mankind.


Then great crowds came to him bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, or dumb, and many others. And they laid them down at his feet, and he cured them,

Just then he cured many of diseases and ailments and evil spirits, and he gave sight to many who were blind.

This man went to Jesus one night, and said to him, "Master, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can show the signs that you do, unless God is with him."

So when he got out of the boat he found a great crowd gathered, and his heart was touched at the sight of them, and he cured those of them that were sick.

Then he went all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing any disease or sickness among the people. Word went all through Syria about him, and people brought to him all who were suffering with any kind of disease, or who were in great pain??emoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics??nd he cured them.

And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and drove out many demons, and he would not let the demons speak, because they knew that he was Christ.

Now when he was at Jerusalem, at the Passover Festival, many, when they saw the signs that he showed, came to believe in him.

And he came down with them and took his stand on a level place with a great throng of his disciples, and a large number of people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and the seacoast district of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. And those who were troubled with foul spirits were cured. And all the people tried to touch him, because power went forth from him and cured them all.


and he said, "I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven at all. Anyone, therefore, who is as unassuming as this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven,

He said to them, "You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not belong to this world.

Another figure which he used in speaking to them was this: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while people were asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. And when the wheat came up and ripened, the weeds appeared too. read more.
And the owner's slaves came to him and said, 'Was not the seed good that you sowed in your field, sir? So where did these weeds come from?' He said to them, 'This is some enemy's doing.' And they said to him, 'Do you want us to go and gather them up?' But he said, 'No, for in gathering up the weeds you may uproot the wheat. Let them both grow together until harvest time, and when we harvest I will direct the reapers to gather up the weeds first and tie them up in bundles to burn, but get the wheat into my barn.' " Another figure which he used in speaking to them was this: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it is grown it is the largest of plants and grows into a tree, so that the wild birds come and roost in its branches." Another figure which he used with them was this: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast, which a woman took and buried in a bushel of flour until it had all risen." Jesus said all this to the crowds in figures, and told them nothing except in figures, to fulfil what was said by the prophet, "I will open my mouth in figures, I will utter things that have been hidden since the creation." Then he left the crowds and went into his house. And his disciples came up to him and said, "Explain to us the figure of the weeds in the field." He answered, "The sower who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world. The good seed is the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the wicked. The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. So just as the weeds are gathered up and burned, this is what will happen at the close of the age; the Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather up out of his kingdom all the causes of sin and the wrongdoers and throw them into the blazing furnace; there they will wail and grind their teeth. Then the upright will shine out like the sun, in their Father's kingdom. Let him who has ears listen! "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a hoard of money, buried in a field, which a man found, and buried again. And he was overjoyed, and went and sold everything he had and bought the field. "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dealer in search of fine pearls. He found one costly pearl, and went and sold everything he had, and bought it. "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net that was let down into the sea, and inclosed fish of all kinds. When it was full, they dragged it up on the beach, and sat down and sorted the good fish into baskets and threw the bad away. That is what will happen at the close of the age. The angels will go out and remove the wicked from among the upright, and throw them into the blazing furnace. There they will wail and grind their teeth. "Do you understand all this?" They said to him, "Yes."

and people will not say, 'Look! here it is!' or 'There it is!' for the Kingdom of God is within you."

Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not a kingdom of this world. If my kingdom were a kingdom of this world, my men would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom has no such origin." Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" Jesus answered, "As you say, I am a king. It was for this that I was born and for this that I came to the world, to give testimony for truth. Everyone who is on the side of truth listens to my voice."

So from that time on, I have estimated nobody at what he seemed to be outwardly; even though I once estimated Christ in that way, I no longer do so. So if anyone is in union with Christ, he is a new being; the old state of things has passed away; there is a new state of things.

For though I do live an earthly life, I am not carrying on an earthly war, for the weapons I use are not earthly ones, but divinely strong for destroying fortresses. I destroy arguments and every obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God, and I take captive every thought and make it obey Christ,



But it is you who have stood by me in my trials.


The spirit immediately drove him out into the desert. And he remained in the desert for forty days, and Satan tried to tempt him there; and he was among the wild animals; but the angels waited on him.


Then Jesus was guided by the Spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and nights, and after it he was famished. And the tempter came up and said to him, "If you are God's son, tell these stones to turn into bread!" read more.
But he answered, "The Scripture says, 'Not on bread alone is man to live, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God!' " Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the summit of the Temple, and said to him, "If you are God's son, throw yourself down, for the Scripture says, " 'He will give his angels orders about you, And they will lift you up with their hands So that you may never strike your foot against a stone!' " Jesus said to him, "The Scripture also says, 'You shall not try the Lord your God.' " Again the devil took him to a very high mountain, and he showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor, and said to him, "I will give all this to you, if you will fall on your knees and do homage to me." Then Jesus said to him, "Begone, Satan! For the Scripture says, 'You must do homage to the Lord your God, and worship him alone!' " Then the devil left him, and angels came and waited on him.

Jesus returned from the Jordan full of the holy Spirit, and he was led about in the desert for forty days by the Spirit, and was tempted by the devil. In all those days he ate nothing, and when they were over he was famished. And the devil said to him, "If you are God's son, tell this stone to turn into bread!" read more.
Jesus answered, "The Scripture says, 'Not on bread alone is man to live!' " And he took him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, "I will give you all this power and their splendor, for it has been turned over to me, and I can give it to anyone I please. If you will do homage before me, it shall all be yours." Jesus answered, "The Scripture says, 'You must do homage before the Lord your God, and worship him alone.' " And he took him to Jerusalem, and made him stand on the summit of the Temple, and said to him, "If you are God's son, throw yourself down from here, for the Scripture says, 'He will give his angels orders about you, to protect you,' and, 'They will lift you up with their hands, so that you may never strike your foot against a stone.' " Jesus answered, "We have been told, 'You shall not try the Lord your God.' " When the devil had tried every kind of temptation he left him till another time.


Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a maid came up to him, and said, "You were with Jesus the Galilean, too!" But he denied it before them all, and said, "I do not know what you mean." And he went out into the gateway, and another maid saw him, and said to the men there, "This fellow was with Jesus the Nazarene!" read more.
He denied it again, with an oath, and said, "I do not know the man!" A little while after the bystanders came up to Peter and said, "You are certainly one of them too, for your accent shows it!" Then he started to swear with the strongest oaths, "I do not know the man!" And at that moment a cock crowed. And Peter remembered Jesus' words when he had said, "Before a cock crows, you will disown me three times!" And he went outside and wept bitterly.

The men who had seized Jesus took him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, at whose house the scribes and elders had gathered. And Peter followed him at a distance as far as the courtyard of the high priest's house, and he went inside and sat down among the attendants to see how it came out.

While Peter was down in the courtyard, one of the high priest's maids came up, and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You were with this Jesus of Nazareth too!" But he denied it, saying, "I do not know or understand what you mean." He went out into the gateway. read more.
And the maid saw him there and began again to tell the bystanders, "This fellow is one of them!" But he denied it again. And again a little while after, the bystanders said to Peter, "You certainly are one of them, for you are a Galilean!" But he began to swear with the strongest oaths, "I do not know this man that you are talking about!" At that moment for the second time a cock crowed. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, "Before the cock crows twice, you will disown me three times!" And at that, he wept aloud.

But Simon Peter still stood warming himself. So they said to him, "Are you also one of his disciples?" He denied it and said, "No, I am not." One of the high priest's slaves, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, "Did I not see you with him in the garden?" Peter again denied it, and at that moment a cock crowed.

They took Jesus away to the high priest, and all the high priests, elders, and scribes came together. And Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest and sat down with the attendants and warmed himself at the fire.

Then they arrested him and led him away and took him to the house of the high priest. And Peter followed at a distance. And they kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat about it, and Peter sat down among them. A maid saw him sitting by the fire and looked at him and said, "This man was with him too." read more.
But he denied it, and said, "I do not know him." Shortly after, a man saw him and said, "You are one of them too!" But Peter said, "I am not!" About an hour later, another man insisted, "This man was certainly with him too, for he is a Galilean!" But Peter said, "I do not know what you mean." And immediately, just as he spoke, a cock crowed. And the Master turned and looked at Peter, and Peter remembered the words the Master had said to him??"Before the cock crows today, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.

and they took him first to Annas. For he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. Now it was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it was for their interest that one man should die for the people. But Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. This other disciple was an acquaintance of the high priest, and he went on with Jesus into the high priest's courtyard, read more.
while Peter stood outside at the door. So this other disciple, the acquaintance of the high priest, went out and spoke to the woman at the door and brought Peter in. The maid at the door said to Peter, "Are you also one of this man's disciples?" He said, "No, I am not." As it was cold the slaves and attendants had made a charcoal fire, and stood about it warming themselves. And Peter also was among them, standing and warming himself.


Jesus said to them, "I am the bread that gives life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty. But as I have told you, although you have seen me, you will not believe. All that my Father gives to me will come to me, and I will never refuse anyone who comes to me, read more.
for I have come down from heaven not to do what I please but what pleases him who has sent me.

Yet no one has gone up into heaven except the Son of Man who came down from heaven. And just as Moses in the desert lifted the serpent up in the air, the Son of Man must be lifted up,

But each one of us has been given mercy in Christ's generous measure. So it says, "When he went up on high, he led a host of captives, And gave gifts to mankind." What does "he went up" mean, except that he had first gone down to the under parts of the earth? read more.
It is he who went down who has also gone up above all the heavens, to fill the universe.

Then he said to them again, "I am going away, and you will look for me, but you will die in the midst of your sin. You cannot come where I am going." So the Jews said, "Is he going to kill himself, and is that why he says, 'You cannot come where I am going'?" He said to them, "You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not belong to this world.



Then Jesus said to them, "I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no self-existent life. Whoever lives on my flesh and drinks my blood possesses eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the Last Day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. read more.
Whoever lives on my flesh and drinks my blood remains united to me and I remain united to him.

When Jesus had said all this he raised his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the time has come. Do honor to your son, that your son may do honor to you, just as you have done in giving him power over all mankind, so that he may give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And eternal life means knowing you as the only true God, and knowing Jesus your messenger as Christ. read more.
I have done honor to you here on earth, by completing the work which you gave me to do. Now, Father, do such honor to me in your presence as I had done me there before the world existed. "I have revealed your real self to the men you gave me from the world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have obeyed your message. Now at last they know that all that you have given me comes from you, for I have given them the truths that you gave me, and they have accepted them and been convinced that I came from you, and they believe that you sent me. I have a request to make for them. I make no request for the world, but only for those whom you have given me, for they are yours??10 all that is mine is yours and what is yours is mine??nd they have done me honor. Now I am to be no longer in this world, but they are to remain in the world, while I return to you. Holy Father, keep them by your power which you gave me, so that they may be one just as we are. As long as I was with them I kept them by your power which you gave me, and I protected them, and not one of them was lost (except the one who was destined to be lost), so that what the Scripture says might come true. But now I am coming to you, and I say this here in this world in order that they may have the happiness that I feel fully realized in their own hearts. I have given them your message, and the world has come to hate them, for they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask you to take them away from the world, but to keep them from evil. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them by truth. Your message is truth. Just as you sent me to the world, I have sent them to the world. And it is for their sake that I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated by truth. "It is not for them only that I make this request. It is also for those who through their message come to believe in me. Let them all be one. Just as you, Father, are in union with me and I am with you, let them be in union with us, so that the world may believe that you sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, so that they may be one just as we are, I in union with them and you with me, so that they may be perfectly unified, and the world may recognize that you sent me and that you love them just as you loved me. Father, I wish to have those whom you have given me with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me, for you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world did not know you, I knew you, and these men knew that you had sent me. I have made your self known to them and I will do so still, so that the love which you have had for me may be in their hearts, and I may be there also."

Philip said to him, "Master, let us see the Father, and it will satisfy us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you, Philip, have not recognized me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Let us see the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in union with the Father and the Father is in union with me? I am not the source of the words that I say to you, but the Father who is united with me is doing these things himself. read more.
You must believe that I am in union with the Father and that the Father is in union with me, or else you must believe because of the things themselves. I tell you, whoever believes in me will do such things as I do, and things greater yet, because I am going to the Father. Anything you ask for as followers of mine I will grant, so that the Father may be honored through the Son. I will grant anything you ask me for as my followers. "If you really love me, you will observe my commands. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Helper to be with you always. It is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot obtain that Spirit, because it does not see it or recognize it; you recognize it because it stays with you and is within you. I am not going to leave you friendless. I am coming back to you. In a little while the world will not see me any more, but you will still see me, because I shall live on, and you will live on too. When that day comes you will know that I am in union with my Father and you are with me and I am with you.

Dear friends, if our consciences do not condemn us, we approach God with confidence, and we obtain from him whatever we ask for, because we are obeying his commands and doing the things that please him. His command is this??hat we are to believe in his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he has commanded us to do. read more.
All who obey his commands keep in union with him, and he does with them; and this is how we know that he keeps in union with us??y the Spirit which he has given us.

Even if he was crucified through weakness, by the power of God he is alive. For we are weak as he was, but you will find that by the power of God we will be alive as he is. It is yourselves you must test, to see whether you are holding to the faith. It is yourselves you must examine. Do you not know that Jesus Christ is within you? Unless you fail to stand the test!



But you must not let people call you 'Rabbi,' for you have only one teacher, and you are all brothers. And you must not call anyone on earth your father, for you have only one father, your heavenly Father. And you must not let men call you master, for you have only one master, the Christ.

if it is for a benefit conferred upon a helpless man, and as to how he was cured, that we are called to account here today, you and the people of Israel must all know that it is through the power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that he stands here before you well. He is the stone that you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone. read more.
There is no salvation through anyone else, for there is no one else in the world who has been named to men as their only means of being saved."

As to eating things, then, that have been offered to idols, we all know that no idol has any real existence, and that there is no God but one. For supposing there are so-called gods in heaven or on earth??nd indeed there are plenty of such gods and lords??6 yet for us there is just one God, the Father, who is the source of all things, and for whom we live, and just one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom everything was made and through whom we live.


For some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be a person of importance, and a group of men numbering some four hundred joined him. But he was killed and all his followers were dispersed and disappeared. After him, at the time of the census, Judas of Galilee appeared, and raised a great following, but he too perished, and all his followers were scattered.

Jesus answered, "Take care that no one misleads you about this. For many will come under my name, and say, 'I am the Christ,' and many will be misled by them.

"If anyone says to you at that time, 'Look! here is the Christ!' or 'There he is!' do not believe it, for false Christs and false prophets will appear, and they will show great signs and wonders to mislead God's chosen people if they can. Here I have told you beforehand. read more.
So if they say to you, 'There he is, in the desert!' do not go out there; 'Here he is, in a room in here!' do not believe it.

And Jesus said to them, "Take care that no one misleads you about this. Many will come under my name and say 'I am he,' and many will be misled by them.

If anyone says to you at that time, 'Look! Here is the Christ!' or 'Look! There he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear, and they will show signs and wonders to mislead God's chosen people if they can. But you must be on your guard; I have told you all about it beforehand.

Men will say to you, 'Look! There he is!' or, 'Look! Here he is!' Do not go off in pursuit of him, for just as when the lightning flashes, it shines from one end of the sky to the other, that will be the way with the Son of Man.

And he said, "Take care not to be misled. For many will come under my name, and say, 'I am he,' and 'The time is at hand.' Do not follow them.


A discussion arose among them as to which of them would be the greatest. But Jesus knew the question that was in their minds and he took a child and made him stand by his side, and said to them, "Whoever welcomes this child on my account is welcoming me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes him who has sent me. For it is the lowliest among you all who is really great."

So Jesus, seeing that they meant to come and carry him off to make him king, retired again to the hill by himself.

Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came up to him with her sons, bowing low, to ask a favor of him. He said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Give orders that these two sons of mine sit one at your right and one at your left, when you are king!" But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking for! Can you drink what I am going to drink?" They answered, "Yes, we can." read more.
He said to them, "Then what I drink you shall drink, but as for sitting at my right or my left, that is not mine to give, but belongs to those for whom it is destined by my Father."

Just at that time the disciples came up and asked Jesus, "Who is really greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" He called a child to him and had him stand among them, and he said, "I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven at all.

So those who were present asked him, "Master, is this the time when you are going to re-establish the kingdom for Israel?" He said to them, "It is not for you to know times and dates which the Father has fixed by his own authority,

And those in front and those behind shouted, "God bless him! Blessed be he who comes in the Lord's name! Blessed be the reign of our father David which is coming! God bless him from on high!"


Take care that nobody exploits you through the pretensions of philosophy, guided by human tradition, following material ways of looking at things, instead of following Christ. For it is in him that all the fulness of God's nature lives embodied, and in union with him you too are filled with it. He is the head of all your principalities and dominions. read more.
Through your relation to him you have received not a physical circumcision, but a circumcision effected by Christ, in stripping you of your material nature, when in your baptism you were buried with him, and raised to life with him through your faith in the power of God who raised him from the dead. Yes, you who were dead through your misdeeds and physically uncircumcised, God raised to life with Christ. He forgave us all our misdeeds, canceled the bond which stood against us, with its requirements, and put it out of our way when he nailed it to the cross. He disarmed the principalities and dominions and displayed them openly, triumphing over them through him.

For that reason I am ready to submit to anything for the sake of those whom God has chosen, so that they too may gain the salvation that comes through Christ Jesus and brings eternal glory.


nor any supernatural forces either of height or depth will be able to separate us from the love God has shown in Christ Jesus our Lord!


"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: " 'The Amen, the true and faithful witness, the origin of God's creation, speaks thus:




and making clear how the secret purpose is to be worked out which has been hidden away for ages in God the creator of all things,



for it was through him that everything was created in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen, angelic thrones, dominions, principalities, authorities??ll things were created through him and for him. He existed before all things and he sustains and embraces them all.


Pilate summoned the high priests and the leading members of the council and the people, and said to them, "You brought this man before me charged with misleading the people, and here I have examined him before you and not found him guilty of any of the things that you accuse him of. Neither has Herod, for he has sent him back to us. You see he has done nothing to call for his death. read more.
So I will teach him a lesson and let him go." OMITTED TEXT But they all shouted out, "Kill him, and release Barabbas for us!" (He was a man who had been put in prison for a riot that had taken place in the city and for murder.) But Pilate wanted to let Jesus go, and he called out to them again. But they kept on shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" And he said to them a third time, "Why, what has he done that is wrong? For I have found nothing about him to call for his death. So I will teach him a lesson and let him go." But they persisted with loud outcries in demanding that he be crucified, and their shouting won. And Pilate pronounced sentence that what they asked for should be done. He released the man they asked for, who had been put in prison for riot and murder, and handed Jesus over to their will.

Now at festival time the governor was accustomed to release for the people any prisoner whom they chose, and at this time there was a notorious prisoner named Barabbas. So when they gathered to ask this, Pilate said to them, "Which one do you want me to release for you, Barabbas, or Jesus, the so-called Christ?" read more.
For he knew that they had handed him over to him out of envy. Now while he was on the bench his wife sent to him to say, "Do not have anything to do with that upright man, for I have just had a painful experience in a dream about him." But the high priests and the elders prevailed on the crowd to ask for Barabbas, and to have Jesus put to death. And the governor answered, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" They said, "Barabbas!" Pilate said to them, "Then what am I to do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?" They all said, "Have him crucified!" He said, "Why, what has he done that is wrong?" But they shouted all the louder, "Have him crucified!" When Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing but that a riot was beginning instead, he took some water and washed his hands in the presence of the crowd, saying, "I am not responsible for this man's death; you must see to it yourselves." And all the people answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!" Then he released Barabbas for them, and he had Jesus flogged and handed him over to be crucified.

Now at festival time he used to set free for them one prisoner, whom they petitioned for. There was in prison a man called Barabbas, among some revolutionaries who in their outbreak had committed murder. And a crowd of people came up and started to ask him for the usual favor. read more.
Pilate asked them, "Do you want me to set the king of the Jews free for you?" For he knew that the high priests had handed him over to him out of envy. But the high priests stirred up the crowd to get him to set Barabbas free for them instead. And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man you call the king of the Jews?" They shouted back, "Crucify him!" And Pilate said to them, "Why, what has he done that is wrong?" But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!" And as Pilate wanted to satisfy the crowd, he set Barabbas free for them, and after having Jesus flogged handed him over to be crucified.

But it is your custom to have me release one man for you at Passover time. Do you want me therefore to release the king of the Jews for you?" Then they shouted back, "No! Not him, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a robber.

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers made a wreath out of thorns and put it on his head, and put a purple coat on him, and they marched up to him, saying, "Long live the king of the Jews!" each one giving him a blow. read more.
And Pilate went outside again and said to the Jews, "See! I will bring him out to you, to show you that I can find nothing to charge him with." So Jesus came out, still wearing the wreath of thorns and the purple coat. And Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!" When the high priests and their attendants saw him, they shouted, "Have him crucified! Have him crucified!" Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and have him crucified, for I can find nothing to charge him with." The Jews answered, "We have a law, and by our law he deserves death, for declaring himself to be a son of God." When Pilate heard that, he was more frightened than before and he went back into the governor's house and said to Jesus, "Where do you come from?" But Jesus made no answer. Then Pilate said to him, "Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that it is in my power to release you or to have you crucified?" Jesus answered him, "You would have no power at all over me, if it were not given to you from above. So you are less guilty than the man who betrayed me to you." This made Pilate try to find a way to let him go, but the Jews shouted, "If you let him go, you are no friend of the emperor's! Anyone who calls himself a king utters treason against the emperor!" When Pilate heard that, he had Jesus brought out and had him sit in the judge's seat in the place they call the Stone Platform, or in Hebrew, Gabbatha. It was the day of Preparation for the Passover, and it was about noon. And Pilate said to the Jews, "There is your king!" At that they shouted, "Kill him! Kill him! Have him crucified!" Pilate said to them, "Am I to crucify your king?" The high priests answered, "We have no king but the emperor!" Then Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus,


Some people came bringing to him on a bed a man who was paralyzed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, "Courage, my son! Your sins are forgiven."



But I would have you know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, pick up your bed and go home!"

But to let you know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth," turning to the paralytic he said,

But to let you know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth"??urning to the man who was paralyzed he said to him??"I tell you, get up, pick up your mat, and go home!"



Therefore, I tell you, her sins, many as they are, are forgiven, for she has loved me so much. But the man with little to be forgiven loves me but little." And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven!" The men at table with him began to say to themselves, "Who is this man, who even forgives sins?" read more.
But he said to the woman, "It is your faith that has saved you. Go in peace."


While Peter was down in the courtyard, one of the high priest's maids came up, and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You were with this Jesus of Nazareth too!" But he denied it, saying, "I do not know or understand what you mean." He went out into the gateway. read more.
And the maid saw him there and began again to tell the bystanders, "This fellow is one of them!" But he denied it again. And again a little while after, the bystanders said to Peter, "You certainly are one of them, for you are a Galilean!" But he began to swear with the strongest oaths, "I do not know this man that you are talking about!" At that moment for the second time a cock crowed. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, "Before the cock crows twice, you will disown me three times!" And at that, he wept aloud.

Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, came up, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the high priests and the elders of the people. Now the man who betrayed him gave them a signal, saying, "The one I kiss is the man. Seize him!" And he went straight up to Jesus and said, "Good evening, Master!" and kissed him affectionately. read more.
Jesus said to him, "My friend, what are you here for?" Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and secured him. One of the men with Jesus put out his hand and drew his sword, and striking at the high priest's slave, cut his ear off. Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back where it belongs! For all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you suppose I cannot appeal to my Father, and he would at once furnish me more than twelve legions of angels? But then how are the Scriptures to be fulfilled, which say that this must happen?" At that same time Jesus said to the crowd, "Have you come out to arrest me with swords and clubs, as though I were a robber? Day after day I have sat in the Temple preaching, and you never seized me. But this has all taken place in fulfilment of the writings of the prophets." Then all the disciples left him and made their escape.

Just at that moment, while he was still speaking, Judas, who was one of the Twelve, came up, and with him a crowd of men with swords and clubs, from the high priests, scribes, and elders. Now the man who betrayed him had given them a signal, saying, "The one I kiss is the man. Seize him and take him safely away." So when he came he went straight up to Jesus and said, "Master!" and kissed him affectionately. read more.
And they laid hands on him and seized him. But one of the bystanders drew his sword and struck at the high priest's slave and cut his ear off. And Jesus spoke and said to them, "Have you come out to arrest me with swords and clubs, as though I were a robber? I have been among you day after day in the Temple teaching, and you never seized me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled!" Then all the disciples left him and made their escape. And a young man followed him with nothing but a linen cloth about his body; and they seized him, but he left the cloth behind and ran away naked. They took Jesus away to the high priest, and all the high priests, elders, and scribes came together. And Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest and sat down with the attendants and warmed himself at the fire.

While he was still speaking, a crowd of people came up, with the man called Judas, one of the Twelve, at their head, and he stepped up to Jesus to kiss him. Jesus said to him, "Would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?" Those who were about him saw what was coming and said, "Master, shall we use our swords?" read more.
And one of them did strike at the high priest's slave and cut his right ear off. But Jesus answered, "Let me do this much!" And he touched his ear and healed him. And Jesus said to the high priests, captains of the Temple, and elders who had come to take him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as though I were a robber? When I was among you day after day in the Temple you never laid a hand on me! But you choose this hour, and the cover of darkness!"

Judas who betrayed him also knew the place, for Jesus often met his disciples there. So Judas got out the garrison and some attendants from the high priests and Pharisees, and came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Then Jesus, as he knew everything that was going to happen to him, came forward and said to them, "Who is it you are looking for?" read more.
They answered, "Jesus of Nazareth." He said to them, "I am he." Judas who betrayed him was standing among them. When Jesus said to them, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground. Then he asked them again, "Who is it you are looking for?" They said, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus answered, "I have told you that I am he, so if you are looking for me, let these men go." This was to fulfil the saying he had uttered, "I have not lost one of those whom you have given me." Then Simon Peter, who had a sword with him, drew it and struck at the high priest's slave and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus. Then Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which the Father has offered me?" So the garrison and the colonel and the attendants of the Jews seized Jesus and bound him,




"John's baptism was a baptism in token of repentance," said Paul, "and he told the people to believe in him who was to follow him, that is, in Jesus."





Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you that are in union with Christ.


The Spirit is what gives life; flesh is of no use at all. The things that I have said to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who will not believe." For Jesus knew from the first who would not believe, and who was going to betray him.

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the cultivator. Any branch of mine that does not bear fruit he trims away, and he prunes every branch that bears fruit, to make it bear more. You are pruned already because of the teaching that I have given you.

I know that you are descended from Abraham, yet you want to kill me, because there is no room in your hearts for my teaching. It is what I have seen in the presence of my Father that I tell, and it is what you have heard from your father that you do." They answered, "Our father is Abraham." Jesus said to them, "If you are Abraham's children, then do what Abraham did. read more.
But instead you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth he has heard from God. Abraham would not have done that. You are doing as your father does." They said to him, "We are not illegitimate children. We have one father, God himself." Jesus said to them, "If God were your father, you would love me, for I have come from God. I have not come of my own accord, but he has sent me. Why is it that you do not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my message. The devil is the father you are sprung from, and you want to carry out your father's wishes. He was a murderer from the first, and he has nothing to do with the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in his true character, for he is a liar and the father of them. But because I tell the truth you will not believe me. Who among you can prove me guilty of sin? But if I tell you the truth, why do you refuse to believe me? Whoever is sprung from God listens to God's words. The reason you refuse to listen is that you are not sprung from God."

But Jesus cried loudly, "Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who has sent me; and whoever sees me, sees him who has sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me may have to remain in darkness. read more.
If anyone hears my words and disregards them, it is not I that judge him, for I have not come to judge the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and refuses to accept my teachings is not without his judge; the very message I have given will be his judge on the Last Day,

Jesus said to him, "I am Way and Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you knew me, you would know my Father also. From now on you do know him and you have seen him." Philip said to him, "Master, let us see the Father, and it will satisfy us." read more.
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you, Philip, have not recognized me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Let us see the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in union with the Father and the Father is in union with me? I am not the source of the words that I say to you, but the Father who is united with me is doing these things himself. You must believe that I am in union with the Father and that the Father is in union with me, or else you must believe because of the things themselves.


Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the product of my work in the Lord's service?

and finally he was seen by me also, as though I were born at the wrong time.

and he said, 'The God of our forefathers has appointed you to learn his will and to see his Righteous One and hear him speak,

But get up and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for the express purpose of appointing you to serve me and to testify to what you have seen and to the visions you will have of me.

On the following night the Lord stood beside him and said, "Courage! For just as you have testified for me in Jerusalem, you must testify in Rome also."

But on his journey, as he was approaching Damascus, a sudden light flashed around him from heaven, and he fell to the ground. Then he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?" "Who are you, sir?" he asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," said the voice. read more.
"But get up and go into the city, and there you will be told what you ought to do." Saul's fellow-travelers stood speechless, for they heard the voice but could not see anyone. When he got up from the ground and opened his eyes he could see nothing. They had to take him by the hand and lead him into Damascus, and for three days he could not see, and neither ate nor drank. There was at Damascus a disciple named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias!" And he answered, "Yes, Lord!" The Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called the Straight Street, and ask at the house of Judas for a man named Saul, from Tarsus, for he is there praying. He has had a vision and seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, to restore his sight." But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard many people tell of this man, and the harm he has done to your people in Jerusalem. He is here with authority to arrest everyone who calls upon your name." The Lord said to him, "Go! This man is the means I have chosen for carrying my name among the heathen and their kings, and among the descendants of Israel. For I am going to show him what he will have to endure for my sake." Ananias set out and went to the house, and there he laid his hands upon Saul, and said to him, "Saul, my brother, I have been sent by the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your journey, so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the holy Spirit."


and saw him saying to me, 'Make haste and leave Jerusalem at once, for they will not accept your evidence about me.'



When that time comes you will ask as my followers, and I do not promise to intercede with the Father for you,




When that time comes, you will not ask me any questions; I tell you, whatever you ask the Father for, he will give you as my followers. Hitherto you have not asked for anything as my followers, but now ask, and you will receive, so that your happiness may be complete.


When Jesus had said this, he went out with his disciples to the other side of the Ravine of the Cedars where there was a garden, and he went into it with his disciples.

After singing the hymn, they went out of the city and up the Mount of Olives.

After singing the hymn they went out of the city and up the Mount of Olives.

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to the disciples, "Sit down here while I go over yonder and pray." And he took Peter and Zebedee's two sons with him, and he began to show grief and distress of mind. Then he said to them, "My heart is almost breaking. You must stay here and keep watch with me." read more.
And he went on a little way, and threw himself on his face, and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass by me. Yet not as I please but as you do!" When he went back to the disciples he found them asleep. And he said to Peter, "Then were you not able to watch with me for one hour? You must all watch, and pray that you may not be exposed to trial! One's spirit is eager, but flesh and blood are weak!" He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it cannot pass by me without my drinking it, your will be done!" When he came back he found them asleep again, for they could hardly keep their eyes open. And he left them and went away again and prayed a third time, in the same words as before. Then he came back to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the time has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to wicked men! Get up! Let us be going! Look! Here comes my betrayer!"

They came to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit down here while I pray." And he took Peter, James, and John along with him, and he began to feel distress and dread, and he said to them, "My heart is almost breaking. You must stay here and keep watch." read more.
And he went on a little way and threw himself on the ground and prayed that if it were possible he might be spared the hour of trial, and he said, "Abba!" that is, Father, "anything is possible for you! Take this cup away from me! Yet not what I please but what you do!" When he went back he found them asleep and he said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Were you not able to watch for one hour? You must all watch, and pray that you may not be subjected to trial. One's spirit is eager, but human nature is weak." He went away again and prayed in the same words as before. When he came back he found them asleep again, for they could hardly keep their eyes open; and they did not know what answer to make to him. When he came back for the third time, he said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough of this! The time has come. See! the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of wicked men. Get up, let us be going. Look, here comes my betrayer!"

And he went out of the city and up on the Mount of Olives as he was accustomed to do, with his disciples following him. And when he reached the spot, he said to them, "Pray that you may not be subjected to trial." And he withdrew about a stone's throw from them, and kneeling down he prayed read more.
and said, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. But not my will but yours be done!" OMITTED TEXT OMITTED TEXT When he got up from his prayer, he went to the disciples and found them asleep from sorrow. And he said to them, "Why are you asleep? Get up, and pray that you may not be subjected to trial!"





and he said, 'The God of our forefathers has appointed you to learn his will and to see his Righteous One and hear him speak,

Now while he was on the bench his wife sent to him to say, "Do not have anything to do with that upright man, for I have just had a painful experience in a dream about him."



Even as he spoke someone came from the house of the leader of the synagogue and said, "Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Master any more." But Jesus heard it and said to him, "Do not be afraid; just have faith, and she will get well." When he got to the house, he let no one go in with him but Peter, John, and James, and the child's father and mother. read more.
And they were all wailing and beating their breasts for her. But he said, "Stop wailing! For she is not dead, she is asleep." And they laughed at him, for they knew that she was dead. But he grasped her hand and called out, "Get up, my child!" And her spirit returned and she stood up immediately, and he directed them to give her something to eat. And her parents were amazed, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

When Jesus reached the official's house, and saw the flute-players and the disturbance the crowd was making, he said, "You must go away, for the girl is not dead; she is asleep." And they laughed at him. But when he had driven the people out, he went in and grasped her hand, and the girl got up. read more.
And the news of this spread all over that part of the country.

Just as he said this to them, an official came up and bowing low before him said to him, "My daughter has just died. But come! Lay your hand on her and she will come to life!" And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples.

And a man named Jairus, the leader of a synagogue, came up and seeing him threw himself at his feet, and appealed to him, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come, lay your hands on her, so that she may get well and live!" So he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and pressed around him.

Even as he spoke people came from the house of the leader of the synagogue and said, "Your daughter is dead. Why should you trouble the Master any further?" But Jesus paid no attention to what they said, but said to the leader of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid, just have faith." He let no one go with him but Peter, James, and James's brother John. read more.
They came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, and there he found everything in confusion, and people weeping and wailing. And he went into the house and said to them, "What is the meaning of all this confusion and crying? The child is not dead, she is asleep." And they laughed at him. But he drove them all out, and took the child's father and mother and the men who were with him and went into the room where the child was lying. And he grasped her hand and said to her, "Taleitha, koum!"??hat is to say, "Little girl, I tell you, get up!" And the little girl immediately got up and walked about, for she was twelve years old. The moment they saw it they were utterly amazed. And he strictly forbade them to let anyone know of it, and told them to give her something to eat.

And a man named Jairus came up??e was leader of the synagogue??nd he fell down at Jesus' feet and begged him to come to his house, because he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. As he was going, the crowds of people almost crushed him.


and "A stone to stumble over, and a rock to trip them up." They stumble over the message because they will not obey it; that is their destiny.










In the evening a rich man named Joseph, from Arimathea, who had himself been a disciple of Jesus, came. He went to Pilate and asked him for Jesus' body. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a piece of clean linen, read more.
and laid it in a new tomb that belonged to him, that he had cut in the rock, and he rolled a great stone over the doorway of the tomb, and went away. And Mary of Magdala and the other Mary remained there, sitting before the tomb. On the next day, that is, the day after the Preparation Day, the high priests and Pharisees went in a body to Pilate and said, "Sir, we remember that when this impostor was alive he said, 'After three days I will rise again!' Give orders, therefore, to have the tomb closely guarded till the third day, so that his disciples cannot come and steal him, and then tell the people that he is risen from the dead, and that delusion be worse than the other was." Pilate said to them, "Take a guard of soldiers, and go and make it as secure as you can." And they went and set the guard and put a seal on the stone.

Although it was now evening, yet since it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a highly respected member of the council, who was himself living in expectation of the reign of God, made bold to go to Pilate and ask for Jesus' body. Pilate wondered whether he was dead already, and he sent for the captain and asked whether he was dead yet, read more.
and when he learned from the captain that he was, he gave Joseph permission to take the body. And he bought a linen sheet and took him down from the cross and wrapped him in the sheet, and laid him in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the doorway of the tomb. And Mary of Magdala and Mary, Joses' mother, were looking on and saw where he was put.

Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the council, a good and upright man, who had not voted for the plan or action of the council. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea and lived in expectation of the Kingdom of God. He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. read more.
Then he took it down from the cross and wrapped it in linen and laid it in a tomb hewn in the rock, where no one had yet been laid. It was the Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was just beginning. The women who had followed Jesus from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was put there. Then they went home, and prepared spices and perfumes. On the Sabbath they rested in obedience to the commandment,

As it was the day of Preparation for the Passover, in order that the bodies might not be left on the crosses over the Sabbath, for that Sabbath was an especially important one, the Jews asked Pilate to have the men's legs broken and the bodies removed. So the soldiers went and broke the legs of the first man and then of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus they saw that he was dead already, and they did not break his legs, read more.
but one of the soldiers thrust a lance into his side, and blood and water immediately flowed out. The man who saw it testifies to it??is testimony is true; he knows that he is telling the truth??o lead you also to believe. For this happened to fulfil what the Scripture says: "Not one of its bones will be broken." Moreover, it says in another place, "They shall look at the man whom they pierced." After this, Joseph, of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one, because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him remove Jesus' body, and Pilate gave him permission. So Joseph went and took the body down. And Nicodemus also, who had first come to Jesus at night, went, taking a roll of myrrh and aloes weighing about a hundred pounds. So they took Jesus' body, and wrapped it with the spices in bandages, in the Jewish way of preparing bodies for burial. There was a garden at the place where Jesus had been crucified, and in the garden was a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because it was the Jewish Preparation day, and the tomb was close by, they put Jesus there.


And as they were eating, he said, "I tell you, one of you will betray me!" They were deeply hurt and began to say to him one after another, "Can it be I, Master?" He answered, "The man who just dipped his hand in the same dish with me is going to betray me. read more.
The Son of Man is to go away as the Scriptures say of him, but alas for the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born!" Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Can it be I, Master?" He said to him, "You are right!"

And when they were at the table eating, Jesus said, "I tell you, one of you is going to betray me??ne who is eating with me." And they were hurt, and said to him one after another, "Can it be I?" He said to them, "It is one of the Twelve, who is dipping his bread in the same dish with me. read more.
For the Son of Man is indeed to go away as the Scriptures say of him, but alas for the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born."

Yet look! The hand of the man who is betraying me is beside me on the table! For the Son of Man is going his way, as it has been decreed, but alas for the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!" And they began to discuss with one another which of them it was who was going to do this.

After Jesus had said this he was greatly moved and said solemnly, "I tell you, it is one of you that will betray me!" The disciples looked at one another in doubt as to which of them he meant. Next to Jesus, at his right at the table, was one of his disciples whom Jesus especially loved. read more.
So Simon Peter nodded to him and said to him, "Tell us whom he means." He leaned back from where he lay, on Jesus' breast, and said to him, "Master, who is it?" Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I am going to give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish." So he dipped the piece of bread and took it and gave it to Judas, Simon Iscariot's son. After he took the bread, Satan took possession of him. Then Jesus said to him, "Be quick about your business." But no one else at the table knew what he meant by telling him this, for some of them thought that as Judas had the purse Jesus meant to say to him, "Buy what we need for the festival," or to have him give something to the poor. So immediately after taking the piece of bread he went out. It was then night.


And when they had finished making sport of him, they took off the cloak, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to be crucified. As they went out of the city they came upon a Cyrenian named Simon, and they forced him to carry Jesus' cross. When they came to a place called Golgotha, which means the Place of the Skull, read more.
they offered him a drink of wine mixed with gall, and when he tasted it he would not drink it.

When they had finished making sport of him, they took off the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they took him out of the city to crucify him. And they forced a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross??ne Simon, a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus. And they took him to the place called Golgotha, which means the Place of the Skull. read more.
They offered him drugged wine, but he would not take it.

As they led Jesus away, they seized a man named Simon, from Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and put the cross on his back, for him to carry behind Jesus. He was followed by a great crowd of people and of women who were beating their breasts and lamenting him. But Jesus turned to them and said, "Women of Jerusalem, do not weep for me but weep for yourselves and for your children, read more.
for a time is coming when they will say, 'Happy are the childless women, and those who have never borne or nursed children!' Then people will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us up!' For if this is what they do when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?" Two criminals were also led out to execution with him.

Then Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and he went out carrying the cross by himself to a spot called the Place of the Skull, or in Hebrew, Golgotha.


When it was morning, all the high priests and elders of the people held a consultation about Jesus, with a view to putting him to death. And they bound him and led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus said, "Yes." And while the high priests and elders were making their charges against him, he made no answer. Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear what evidence they are bringing against you?" read more.
And he made him no reply to even a single accusation, so that the governor was greatly surprised.

As soon as it was daylight, the high priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes, and they and the whole council bound Jesus and took him away and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He answered, "Yes." And the high priests kept heaping accusations upon him. read more.
But Pilate again asked him, "Have you no answer to make? See what charges they are making against you." But Jesus made no further answer at all, so that Pilate wondered.

Then they arose in a body and took him to Pilate, and they made this charge against him: "Here is a man whom we have found misleading our nation, and forbidding the payment of taxes to the emperor, and claiming to be an anointed king himself." And Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He answered, "Yes." read more.
And Pilate said to the high priests and the crowd, "I cannot find anything criminal about this man." But they persisted and said, "He is stirring up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He began in Galilee and he has come here."

Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to the governor's house. It was early in the morning, and they would not go into the governor's house themselves, to avoid being ceremonially defiled and to be able to eat the Passover supper. So Pilate came outside to them, and said, "What charge do you make against this man?" They answered, "If he were not a criminal, we would not have turned him over to you." read more.
Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves, and try him by your law." The Jews said to him, "We have no authority to put anyone to death." This was to fulfil what Jesus said when he declared how he was to die. So Pilate went back into the governor's house and called Jesus and said to him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Did you think of that yourself, or has someone else said it to you about me?" Pilate answered, "Do you take me for a Jew? Your own people and the high priests handed you over to me. What offense have you committed?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not a kingdom of this world. If my kingdom were a kingdom of this world, my men would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom has no such origin." Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" Jesus answered, "As you say, I am a king. It was for this that I was born and for this that I came to the world, to give testimony for truth. Everyone who is on the side of truth listens to my voice." Pilate said to him, "What is truth!" With these words he went outside again to the Jews, and said to them, "I can find nothing to charge him with.


Now the high priests and the whole council were trying to get false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put him to death. And they could not, although many false witnesses presented themselves. But finally two came forward and said, "This man said, 'I can tear down the sanctuary of God, and build it up in three days.' " read more.
And the high priest got up and said to him, "Have you no answer to make? What about their evidence against you?" But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, "I charge you, on your oath, by the living God, tell us whether you are the Christ, the son of God." Jesus said to him, "It is true. But I tell you you will soon see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty and coming upon the clouds of the sky!" Then the high priest tore his clothing and said, "He has uttered blasphemy! What do we want of witnesses now? Here you have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?" They answered, "He deserves death." Then they spat in his face and struck him, and others slapped him, saying, "Show us you are a prophet, you Christ! Who was it that struck you?"

The high priests and the whole council tried to get evidence against Jesus in order to put him to death, and they could find none, for while many gave false testimony against him their evidence did not agree. Some got up and gave false testimony against him to this effect: read more.
"We ourselves have heard him say, 'I will tear down this sanctuary built by men's hands, and in three days I will build another, made without hands.' " And even then their evidence did not agree. Then the high priest got up and came forward into the center and asked Jesus, "Have you no answer to make? What about their evidence against you?" But Jesus was silent and made no answer. The high priest again questioned him and said to him, "Are you the Christ, the son of the Blessed One?" But Jesus said, "I am! and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty and coming in the clouds of the sky!" Then the high priest tore his clothing, and said, "What do we want of witnesses now? Did you hear his blasphemy? What is your decision?" And they all condemned him as deserving to be put to death. And some started to spit at him and to blindfold him and strike him, and say to him, "Now show that you are a prophet!" And the attendants slapped him as they took charge of him.

The men who had Jesus in custody flogged him and made sport of him, and they blindfolded him, and asked him, "Show that you are a prophet! Who was it that struck you?" And they said many other abusive things to him. read more.
As soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the high priests and scribes assembled, and brought him before their council, and said to him, "If you are the Christ, tell us so." But he said to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I ask you a question, you will not answer me. But from this time on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of God Almighty!" And they all said, "Are you the Son of God then?" And he said to them, "I am, as you say!" Then they said, "What do we want of testimony now? We have heard it ourselves from his own mouth!"

Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered, "I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues or in the Temple where all the Jews meet together, and I have said nothing in secret. Why do you question me? Ask those who have heard me what it was that I said to them. They will know what I have said."


And they crucified him and divided up his clothes among them by drawing lots, and sat down there to keep watch of him. They put above his head the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus, the king of the Jews." read more.
There were two robbers crucified with him at the time, one at his right and one at his left. And the passers-by jeered at him, shaking their heads and saying, "You who would tear down the sanctuary, and build one in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!" And the high priests, too, made sport of him with the scribes and elders, and said, "He saved others, but he cannot save himself! He is King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him if he cares for him, for he said he was God's son." Even the robbers who were crucified with him abused him in the same way. Now from noon there was darkness over the whole country until three o'clock. And about three, Jesus called out loudly, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?" Some of the bystanders when they heard it said, "The man is calling for Elijah!" And one of them ran off at once and got a sponge and soaked it in sour wine and put it on the end of a stick and held it up to him to drink. But the others said, "Let us see whether Elijah will come to save him." But Jesus cried out again loudly, and gave up his spirit. And at once the curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split, the tombs opened, and many of the saints who had fallen asleep rose and left their tombs and after his resurrection went into the holy city and showed themselves to many people. And the captain and the men with him who were watching Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and all that was happening, were dreadfully frightened and said, "He surely must have been a son of God!" There were several women there watching from a distance who had followed Jesus from Galilee to wait upon him, among them Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.

Then they crucified him, and divided up his clothes, drawing lots for them to see what each of them should have. It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. And the notice of the charge against him read, "The king of the Jews." read more.
They crucified two robbers along with him, one at his right and one at his left. OMITTED TEXT And the passers-by jeered at him, shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! you who would tear down the sanctuary and build one in three days! Come down from the cross and save yourself!" The high priests too made sport of him to one another with the scribes and said, "He saved others, but he cannot save himself! Let this Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see it and believe!" And the men who were crucified with him abused him. At noon darkness spread over the whole country, and lasted until three in the afternoon. And at three o'clock Jesus called out loudly, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Some of the bystanders, when they heard it, said, "See! He is calling for Elijah!" One man ran off and soaked a sponge in common wine, and put it on the end of a stick and held it up to him to drink, saying, "Let us see whether Elijah does come to take him down!" But Jesus gave a loud cry, and expired. And the curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the captain who stood facing him saw how he expired he said, "This man was certainly a son of God!" There were some women also watching from a distance, among them Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joses, and Salome, who used to accompany him and wait on him when he was in Galilee??esides many other women who had come up to Jerusalem with him.

When they reached the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, with the criminals one at his right and one at his left. And they divided up his clothes among them by drawing lots for them, while the people stood looking on. Even the leading councilors jeered at him, and said, "He has saved others, let him save himself, if he is really God's Christ, his Chosen One!" read more.
The soldiers also made sport of him, coming up and offering him sour wine, saying, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!" For there was a notice above his head, "This is the king of the Jews!" One of the criminals who were hanging there, abused him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us too!" But the other reproved him and said, "Have you no fear even of God when you are suffering the same penalty? And we are suffering it justly, for we are only getting our deserts, but this man has done nothing wrong." And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!" And he said to him, "I tell you, you will be in Paradise with me today!" It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole country, and lasted until three in the afternoon, as the sun was in eclipse. And the curtain before the sanctuary was torn in two. Then Jesus gave a loud cry, and said, "Father, I intrust my spirit to your hands!" With these words he expired. When the captain saw what had happened he praised God, and said, "This man was really innocent!" And all the crowds that had collected for the sight, when they saw what happened, returned to the city beating their breasts. And all his acquaintances and the women who had come with him from Galilee, stood at a distance looking on.

There they crucified him, with two others, one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had written a placard and had it put on the cross; it read "Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews." Many of the Jews read this placard, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. read more.
So the Jewish high priests said to Pilate, "Do not write 'The king of the Jews,' but write 'He said, I am the king of the Jews.' " Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written!" When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier, besides his shirt. Now his shirt had no seam; it was woven in one piece from top to bottom. So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but let us draw for it, to see who gets it." This was to fulfil what the Scripture says: "They divided my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots." This was what the soldiers did. Near Jesus' cross stood his mother and her sister Mary, the daughter of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. So Jesus, seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near, said to his mother, "There is your son!" Then he said to his disciple, "There is your mother!" And from that time his disciple took her into his home. After that, Jesus, knowing that everything was now finished, to fulfil the saying of Scripture, said, "I am thirsty." A bowl of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge soaked in the wine on a pike and held it to his lips. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, "It is finished!" Then bowing his head he gave up his spirit.


When they were getting near Jerusalem, and had come to Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples on ahead, and said to them, "Go to the village that lies in front of you, and as soon as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. And if anybody says to you, 'Why are you doing that?' say, 'The Master needs it, and will send it back here directly.' " read more.
And they set off and found a colt tied in the street at the door of a house, and they untied it. Some of the bystanders said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?" But they answered them as Jesus had told them to do, and the men let them take it. So they brought the colt to Jesus, and they threw their coats over it and Jesus mounted it. And many of the people spread their coats in the road, and others cut straw from the fields and scattered it in his path. And those in front and those behind shouted, "God bless him! Blessed be he who comes in the Lord's name! Blessed be the reign of our father David which is coming! God bless him from on high!" And he came into Jerusalem and into the Temple, and looked it all over; then, as it was already late, he went out with the Twelve to Bethany.

When they were near Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage and the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples on ahead, saying to them, "Go to the village that lies in front of you, and you will at once find an ass tied there, and a colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you are to say, 'The Master needs them'; then he will send them at once." read more.
Now this happened in fulfilment of what was said by the prophet, "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Here is your king coming to you, Gentle, and riding on an ass, And on the foal of a beast of burden.' " So the disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the ass and the colt, and laid their coats upon them, and Jesus seated himself upon them. And most of the crowd spread their coats in his way, and others cut branches from the trees and scattered them before him. And the crowds that went in front of him and that followed him shouted, "God bless the Son of David! Blessed be he who comes in the Lord's name. God bless him from on high!" When he came into Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred, and everyone asked, "Who is he?" The crowd answered, "It is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth in Galilee!"

When he was near Bethphage and Bethany by the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go to the village that lies in front of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you why you are untying it, you are to say, 'The Master needs it.' read more.
And the messengers went and found it just as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?" And they said, "The Master needs it!" And they brought it to Jesus. And they threw their coats on the colt and mounted Jesus on it. And as he went on, people spread their coats in the road. Just as he was coming down the Mount of Olives and approaching the city, the whole throng of his disciples began to praise God loudly and joyfully, for all the wonders they had seen, and to say, "Blessed is the king who comes in the Lord's name, Peace be in heaven and glory on high!" Some Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Master, reprove your disciples!" And he answered, "I tell you, if they keep silence, the stones will cry out!" As he approached the city and saw it, he wept over it, and said, "If you yourself only knew today the conditions of peace! But as it is, they are hidden from you. For a time is coming upon you when your enemies will throw up earthworks about you and surround you and shut you in on all sides, and they will throw you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not know when God visited you!"

On the following day the crowds that had come up to the festival, hearing that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, got palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "God bless him! God bless him who comes in the Lord's name! Blessings on the king of Israel!" And Jesus found a young ass and mounted it, in accordance with the Scripture, read more.
"Do not be afraid, Daughter of Zion! See, your king is coming mounted on an ass's colt!" His disciples did not understand this at the time but after Jesus was glorified they remembered that this was said of him in Scripture and that it had happened to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead was telling about it. That was why the crowd went out to meet him, because they heard that he had showed that sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, "You see, you cannot do anything! The whole world has run after him!"


And when it was evening, the disciples came up to him and said, "This is a lonely place and the day is over. Send the crowds off to the villages to buy themselves food." But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. Give them food yourselves." They said to him, "We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish." read more.
He said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and he took the five loaves and the two fish and looked up to heaven and blessed them, and he broke the loaves in pieces and gave them to the disciples and they gave them to the people. And they all ate and had enough. And the pieces left over that they gathered up filled twelve baskets. There were about five thousand men who were fed, besides women and children.

When it grew late his disciples came up to him and said, "This is a lonely place and it is getting late. Send the people off to the farms and villages around to buy themselves something to eat." But he answered, "Give them food yourselves." They said to him, "Can we go and buy forty dollars' worth of bread and give it to them to eat?" read more.
But he said to them, "How many loaves have you? Go and see." They looked, and told him. "Five, and two fish." And he directed them all to sit down in parties on the fresh grass. And they threw themselves down in groups, in hundreds and in fifties. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish and looked up to heaven and blessed the loaves and broke them in pieces and gave them to the disciples to pass to the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and had enough. And the pieces they gathered up filled twelve baskets, besides the pieces of the fish. There were five thousand men who ate the loaves.

When the day began to decline, the Twelve came up and said to him, "Send the crowd away to the villages and farms around to find food and shelter, for we are in a lonely place here." But he said to them, "Give them food yourselves!" And they said, "We have only five loaves and two fish, unless we go ourselves and buy food for all these people." For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each." read more.
And they did so, and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish and looked up to heaven and blessed them, and he broke them in pieces and gave them to the disciples to pass to the people. And they all ate and had enough, and the pieces left over that were gathered up filled twelve baskets.

So Jesus, raising his eyes and seeing that a great crowd was coming up to him, said to Philip, "Where can we buy food for these people to eat?" Now he said this to test him, for he knew what he meant to do. Philip answered, "Forty dollars' worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to have even a little." read more.
Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, another of his disciples, said to him, "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and a couple of fish, but what is that among so many people?" Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." There was plenty of grass there, so the men threw themselves down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the loaves, and gave thanks, and distributed them among the people who were resting on the ground, and in the same way as much of the fish as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he said to his disciples, "Pick up the pieces that are left, so that nothing may be wasted." So they picked them up, and they filled twelve baskets with pieces of the five barley loaves that were left after the people had eaten. When the people saw the signs that he showed, they said, "This is really the Prophet who was to come into the world!"


And he told them many things in figures, and said to them, "A sower went out to sow, and as he was sowing, some of the seed fell by the path and the birds came and ate it up, and some fell on rocky ground where there was not much soil and it sprang up at once, because the soil was not deep, read more.
but when the sun came up it was scorched and withered up, because it had no root. And some of it fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it out. And some fell on good soil, and yielded some a hundred, some sixty, and some thirty-fold. Let him who has ears listen!"

"A sower went out to sow his seed. As he was sowing, some of the seed fell by the path and was trodden on, and the wild birds ate it up. And some of it fell upon the rock, and when it sprang up it withered, because it had no moisture. And some fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. read more.
And some fell on good soil, and grew up and yielded a hundred fold!" As he said this he called out, "Let him who has ears to hear with, listen!"

"You must listen closely then to the figure of the sower. When anyone hears the teaching of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and robs him of the seed that has been sown in his mind. That is what was sown along the path. And what was sown upon the rocky soil means the man who hears the message and at once accepts it joyfully, read more.
but it takes no real root in him, and lasts only a little while, and when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, he gives it up at once. And what was sown among the thorns means the man who listens to the message, and then the worries of the time and the pleasure of being rich choke the message out, and it yields nothing. And what was sown in good ground means the man who listens to the message and understands it, and yields one a hundred, and another sixty, and another thirty-fold."

Then he began again to teach by the seashore. And a crowd gathered around him so great that he got into a boat and sat in it, a little way from the shore, while all the people were on the land close to the water. He taught them many lessons in figures, and said to them in the course of his teaching, "Listen: A sower went out to sow, read more.
and as he was sowing, some of the seed chanced to fall by the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some of it fell on rocky ground, and where there was not much soil, and it sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, but when the sun came up, it was scorched, and withered up, because it had no root. Some of the seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it out, and it yielded no grain. And some fell on good soil, and came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, even a hundredfold." And he said, "Let him who has ears be sure to listen!"

What the sower sows is the message. The ones by the path are those into whose hearts the message falls, and as soon as they hear it Satan comes and carries off the message that has been sown in their hearts. It is so too with the ones sown on the rocky ground; they gladly accept the message as soon as they hear it, read more.
but it takes no real root in them and they last only a little while; then when trouble or persecution comes because of the message they give it up at once. It is different with those sown among the thorns. They are people who listen to the message, but the worries of the time and the pleasure of being rich and passions for other things creep in and choke the message out and it yields nothing. And the ones sown in good ground are the people who listen to the message and welcome it and yield thirty, sixty, even a hundredfold.

This is what the figure means. The seed is God's message. The ones by the path are those who hear, and then the devil comes and carries off the message from their hearts, so that they may not believe it and be saved. The ones on the rock are those who receive the message joyfully when they first hear it, but it takes no real root. They believe for a little while, and then in the time of trial they draw back. read more.
And what falls among the thorns means those who listen and pass on, and the worries and wealth and pleasures of life stifle them and they yield nothing. But the seed in the good soil means those who listen to the message and keep it in good, true hearts, and yield unfailingly.


When Jesus heard it, he quietly retired by boat to a secluded place. And the crowds heard of it and followed him on foot from the towns. So when he got out of the boat he found a great crowd gathered, and his heart was touched at the sight of them, and he cured those of them that were sick. And when it was evening, the disciples came up to him and said, "This is a lonely place and the day is over. Send the crowds off to the villages to buy themselves food." read more.
But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. Give them food yourselves." They said to him, "We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish." He said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and he took the five loaves and the two fish and looked up to heaven and blessed them, and he broke the loaves in pieces and gave them to the disciples and they gave them to the people. And they all ate and had enough. And the pieces left over that they gathered up filled twelve baskets. There were about five thousand men who were fed, besides women and children.

The apostles rejoined Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to some quiet place, and rest a little while." For people were coming and going in large numbers, and they had no time even for meals. So they set off by themselves in their boat for a secluded place. read more.
And many people saw them start and knew of it, and hurried around by land from all the neighboring towns, and got ahead of them. So when he got out of the boat, he found a great crowd gathered, and his heart was touched at the sight of them, because they were like sheep that have no shepherd; and he proceeded to teach them a great deal. When it grew late his disciples came up to him and said, "This is a lonely place and it is getting late. Send the people off to the farms and villages around to buy themselves something to eat." But he answered, "Give them food yourselves." They said to him, "Can we go and buy forty dollars' worth of bread and give it to them to eat?" But he said to them, "How many loaves have you? Go and see." They looked, and told him. "Five, and two fish." And he directed them all to sit down in parties on the fresh grass. And they threw themselves down in groups, in hundreds and in fifties. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish and looked up to heaven and blessed the loaves and broke them in pieces and gave them to the disciples to pass to the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and had enough. And the pieces they gathered up filled twelve baskets, besides the pieces of the fish. There were five thousand men who ate the loaves.

Then the apostles came back and told Jesus what they had done. And he took them and quietly retired to a town called Bethsaida. But the crowds learned of it and followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them about the Kingdom of God, and he cured those who needed to be cured. When the day began to decline, the Twelve came up and said to him, "Send the crowd away to the villages and farms around to find food and shelter, for we are in a lonely place here." read more.
But he said to them, "Give them food yourselves!" And they said, "We have only five loaves and two fish, unless we go ourselves and buy food for all these people." For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each." And they did so, and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish and looked up to heaven and blessed them, and he broke them in pieces and gave them to the disciples to pass to the people. And they all ate and had enough, and the pieces left over that were gathered up filled twelve baskets.

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, or Tiberias, and a great crowd followed him, because they could see the signs he showed in what he did for the sick. But Jesus went up on the hill, and sat down there with his disciples. read more.
Now the Jewish festival of the Passover was coming. So Jesus, raising his eyes and seeing that a great crowd was coming up to him, said to Philip, "Where can we buy food for these people to eat?" Now he said this to test him, for he knew what he meant to do. Philip answered, "Forty dollars' worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to have even a little." Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, another of his disciples, said to him, "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and a couple of fish, but what is that among so many people?" Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." There was plenty of grass there, so the men threw themselves down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the loaves, and gave thanks, and distributed them among the people who were resting on the ground, and in the same way as much of the fish as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he said to his disciples, "Pick up the pieces that are left, so that nothing may be wasted." So they picked them up, and they filled twelve baskets with pieces of the five barley loaves that were left after the people had eaten. When the people saw the signs that he showed, they said, "This is really the Prophet who was to come into the world!"


And there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and went and rolled the stone back and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was as white as snow. The men on guard trembled with fear of him, and became like dead men. read more.
And the angel said to the women, "You need not be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, he has risen, as he said he would do. Come and see the place where he was lying. Now go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has risen from the dead, and is going back to Galilee before you. You will see him there.' Now I have given you my message." And they hurried away from the tomb frightened and yet overjoyed, and ran to tell the news to his disciples. And Jesus himself met them, and said, "Good morning!" And they went up to him and clasped his feet, and bowed to the ground before him. Jesus said to them, "You need not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee and they will see me there." While they were on their way, some of the guard went into the city and reported to the high priests all that had happened. And they got together and consulted with the elders, and gave the soldiers a large sum of money, and said to them, "Tell people that his disciples came in the night and stole him away while you were asleep. And if news of it reaches the governor, we will satisfy him, and see that you do not get into trouble." So they took the money and did as they were told. And this story has been current among the Jews ever since.

When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary, James's mother, and Salome bought spices, in order to go and anoint him. Then very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb, when the sun had just risen. And they said to one another, "Who will roll the stone back from the doorway of the tomb for us?" read more.
And they looked up and saw that the stone had been rolled back, for it was very large. And when they went into the tomb they saw a young man in a white robe sitting at the right, and they were utterly amazed. But he said to them, "You must not be amazed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here. See! This is where they laid him. But go and say to his disciples and to Peter, 'He is going before you to Galilee; you will see him there, just as he told you.' " And they fled out of the tomb, for they were all trembling and bewildered, and they said nothing about it to anyone, for they were afraid to do so. AN ANCIENT APPENDIX But they reported briefly to Peter and his companions all they had been told. And afterward Jesus himself sent out by them from the east to the west the sacred and incorruptible message of eternal salvation. \b ANOTHER ANCIENT APPENDIX Now after he had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary of Magdala, from whom he had driven out seven evil spirits. She went and told it to his old companions, while they were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and that she had seen him, they would not believe it.

but on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking spices they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled back from the tomb, and when they went inside they could not find the body. read more.
They were in great perplexity over this, when suddenly two men in dazzling clothing stood beside them. The women were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look among the dead for him who is alive? Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee, when he said that the Son of Man must be handed over to wicked men and be crucified and rise again on the third day." Then they remembered his words, and they went back from the tomb and told all this to the eleven and all the rest. They were Mary of Magdala and Joanna and Mary, James's mother; and the other women also told this to the apostles. But the story seemed to them to be nonsense and they would not believe them. OMITTED TEXT

On the day after the Sabbath, very early in the morning while it was still dark, Mary of Magdala went to the tomb, and she saw that the stone had been removed from it. So she ran away and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple who was dear to Jesus, and said to them, "They have taken the Master out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have put him." So Peter and the other disciple went out of the city and started for the tomb. read more.
And they both ran, and the other disciple ran faster than Peter and got to the tomb first. And he stooped down and saw the bandages lying on the ground, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came up behind him, and he went inside the tomb, and saw the bandages lying on the ground, and the handkerchief that had been over Jesus' face not on the ground with the bandages, but folded up by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first went inside too, and saw and was convinced. For they did not yet understand the statement of Scripture that he must rise from the dead. So the disciples went home again. But Mary stood just outside the tomb, weeping. And as she wept she looked down into the tomb, and saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus' body had been, one at his head and one at his feet. And they said to her, "Why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken my Master away, and I do not know where they have put him." As she said this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was he. Jesus said to her, "Why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?" She, supposing that he was the gardener, said to him, "If it was you, sir, that carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him away." "Mary!" said Jesus. She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" which means Master. Jesus said to her, "You must not cling to me, for I have not yet gone up to my Father, but go to my brothers and say to them that I am going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." Mary of Magdala went and declared to the disciples, "I have seen the Master!" and she told them that he had said this to her.


for I have given them the truths that you gave me, and they have accepted them and been convinced that I came from you, and they believe that you sent me.

"Why do I even talk to you at all? I have a great deal to say about you and to condemn in you, yet he who sent me is truthful, and the things that I say to the world are things that I have learned from him."

Do you not believe that I am in union with the Father and the Father is in union with me? I am not the source of the words that I say to you, but the Father who is united with me is doing these things himself.

No one who does not love me will observe my teaching, and yet the teaching you are listening to is not mine but is that of him who has sent me.


I have made your self known to them and I will do so still, so that the love which you have had for me may be in their hearts, and I may be there also."

for I have not spoken on my account, but the Father who has sent me has himself given me orders what to tell and what to say. And I know his orders mean eternal life. So whatever I say, I say only as the Father has told me."

So Jesus said, "When you lift the Son of Man up in the air, then you will know that I am what I say, and that I do nothing of my own accord, but speak as the Father has instructed me.




After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming the good news from God,

When the two days were over, Jesus went on to Galilee, for he himself declared that a prophet is not honored in his own country. So when he reached Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, for they had seen everything he had done at Jerusalem, at the festival, for they too had gone to the festival.


This man went to Jesus one night, and said to him, "Master, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can show the signs that you do, unless God is with him."

It was little by little and in different ways that God spoke in old times to our forefathers through the prophets, but in these latter days he has spoken to us in a Son, whom he had destined to possess everything, and through whom he had made the world.

"I have revealed your real self to the men you gave me from the world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have obeyed your message.

Yet no one has gone up into heaven except the Son of Man who came down from heaven.



I have made your self known to them and I will do so still, so that the love which you have had for me may be in their hearts, and I may be there also."



And he got into the boat, and his disciples went with him. And suddenly a terrific storm came up on the sea, so that the waves broke over the boat, but he remained asleep. And they came and woke him up, saying, "Save us, sir! We are lost!" read more.
And he said to them, "Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!" Then he got up and reproved the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men were amazed and said, "What kind of man is this? For the very winds and sea obey him!"

That same day when it was evening he said to them, "Let us cross to the other side." So they left the crowd and took him away in the boat in which he was sitting. There were other boats with him. And a heavy squall of wind came on and the waves dashed into the boat, so that it was beginning to fill. read more.
He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him up and said to him, "Master, does it make no difference to you that we are sinking?" Then he awoke and reproved the wind, and said to the sea, "Hush! Silence!" And the wind went down and there was a great calm. And he said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were very much frightened, and said to one another, "Who can he be? For even the wind and the sea obey him."

It happened one day that he got into a boat with his disciples, and said to them, "Let us cross to the other side of the lake." So they set sail. As they sailed along, he fell asleep. And a squall of wind came down upon the lake, and they were being swamped and were in peril. And they went to him and woke him up, and said to him, "Master! Master! We are lost!" Then he awoke and reproved the wind and the rough water, and they ceased, and there was a calm. read more.
And he said to them, "Where is your faith?" But they were frightened and amazed, and said to one another, "Who can he be? For he gives orders even to the winds and the water, and they obey him!"







Then Jesus said to them, "You will all desert me tonight, for the Scriptures say, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'


At that time some people brought to him a man blind and dumb, who was possessed by a demon, and he cured him, so that the dumb man could speak and see. And all the crowds of people were astounded, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?" But when the Pharisees heard of it they said, "This man cannot drive out demons except by the aid of Beelzebub, the prince of the demons." read more.
But he knew what they were thinking, and he said to them, "Any kingdom that is disunited is on the way to destruction, and any city or household that is disunited cannot last. If Satan is driving Satan out, he is disunited, and so how can his kingdom last? And if I am driving the demons out by Beelzebub's aid, by whose aid do your sons drive them out? Therefore let them be your judges. But if I am driving the demons out by the aid of God's Spirit, then the Kingdom of God has overtaken you. How can anyone get into a strong man's house and carry off his property unless he first binds the strong man? After that he can plunder his house. Anyone who is not with me is against me, and anyone who does not join me in gathering, scatters. Therefore, I tell you, men will be forgiven for any sin or abusive speech, but abusive speech about the Spirit cannot be forgiven. And whoever speaks against the Son of Man will be forgiven for it, but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit cannot be forgiven for it, either in this world or in the world to come. "You must either make the tree sound and its fruit sound, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; a tree is judged by its fruit. You brood of snakes! how can you, bad as you are, utter anything good? For the mouth says only what the heart is full of. A good man, out of the good he has accumulated, brings out things that are good, and a bad man, out of what he has accumulated that is bad, brings out things that are bad. But I tell you, for every careless word that men utter they will have to answer on the Day of Judgment. For it is by your words that you will be acquitted, or by your words that you will be condemned."

and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Then he went home. And again the crowd gathered in such numbers that there was no chance for them even to have their meals. His relatives heard of it and came over to stop him, for they said that he was out of his mind. read more.
And the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said that he was possessed by Beelzebub and drove out demons by the help of the prince of demons. So he called them to him and spoke to them in figures, saying, "How can Satan drive Satan out? If a kingdom is disunited, that kingdom cannot last. And if a household is disunited, that household cannot last. And if Satan has rebelled against himself and become disunited, he cannot last but is coming to his end. But no one can go into a strong man's house and carry off his property unless he first binds the strong man; after that he can plunder his house. I tell you, men will be forgiven for everything, for all their sins and all the abusive things they say. But whoever reviles the holy Spirit can never be forgiven, but is guilty of an unending sin." This was because they said, "He is possessed by a foul spirit."

Once he was driving out a dumb demon, and when the demon was gone the dumb man spoke. And the people were amazed. But some of them said, "It is with the aid of Beelzebub, the prince of the demons, that he drives the demons out."

But he knew what they were thinking, and he said to them, "Any kingdom that is disunited is on the way to destruction, and one house falls after another. And if Satan is disunited, how can his kingdom last? Because you say that I drive out demons with Beelzebub's aid. But if it is with his aid that I drive out demons, by whose do your sons drive them out? Therefore, they shall be your judges. read more.
But if it is with the finger of God that I am driving the demons out, then the Kingdom of God has overtaken you. When a strong man fully armed guards his own dwelling, his property is undisturbed. But when somebody stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he strips him of the arms that he relied on, and divides up the spoils. Anyone who is not with me is against me, and anyone who does not join me in gathering, scatters.


At that time, Herod the governor heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, "This man must be John the Baptist. He has risen from the dead, and that is why wonderful powers are working through him."

But when Herod's birthday came, Herodias' daughter danced before the company. And Herod was delighted with her, and swore that he would give her anything she asked for. But she, at her mother's instigation, said, "Give me John the Baptist's head here on a platter!" read more.
And the king was sorry, but because he had sworn to do it, and because of the guests who were present, he ordered it to be given to her. And he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. And his head was brought back on a platter and given to the girl, and she took it to her mother. John's disciples came and took his body away, and buried him, and then they went and reported it to Jesus.

King Herod heard of him, for his name was now well known, and people were saying that John the baptizer had risen from the dead, and that that was why he was endowed with these extraordinary powers. But others said he was Elijah, and still others that he was a prophet of the old prophetic kind. But when Herod heard of him he said, "John, whom I beheaded, has risen from the dead."

When a holiday came and Herod on his birthday gave a banquet to his courtiers and officers and to the leading men of Galilee, Herodias' own daughter came in and danced for them. And Herod and his guests were delighted, and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for anything you like and I will give it to you." And he made oath to her, "I will give you whatever you ask me for, up to half my kingdom." read more.
When she had left the room she said to her mother, "What shall I ask him for?" But she said, "The head of John the baptizer." And she hurried back at once to the king and asked him for it, saying, "I want you right away to give me John the Baptist's head on a platter." The king was exceedingly sorry, but on account of his oath and his guests he did not like to break his word to her, and he immediately sent one of his guard with orders to get John's head. And he went off and beheaded him in the prison and brought back his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard of it they came and took his body away and put it in a tomb.

Herod the governor heard of all that was happening, and he was perplexed because some people said that John had risen from the dead, and some that Elijah had appeared, and others that one of the ancient prophets had come back to life. But Herod said, "John I have beheaded, but who can this be about whom I hear such reports?" And he endeavored to see him.


He answered, "The man who just dipped his hand in the same dish with me is going to betray me.



And when they were at the table eating, Jesus said, "I tell you, one of you is going to betray me??ne who is eating with me." And they were hurt, and said to him one after another, "Can it be I?" He said to them, "It is one of the Twelve, who is dipping his bread in the same dish with me. read more.
For the Son of Man is indeed to go away as the Scriptures say of him, but alas for the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born."








I charge you in the sight of God and Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom,









So if God had given them the same gift that we received when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, to be able to interfere with God?"


My children, I am to be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, but, as I said to the Jews, where I am going you cannot follow,



Then he said to them again, "I am going away, and you will look for me, but you will die in the midst of your sin. You cannot come where I am going."

Jesus said, "I am to be with you a little while longer, and then I am going to him who has sent me. You will look for me and you will not find me, and you will not be able to go where I shall be."

for you always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."


And he said to them, "I tell you, some of you who stand here will certainly live to see the reign of God come in its might."

It was then that Jesus Christ for the first time explained to his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and endure great suffering there at the hands of the elders, high priests, and scribes, and be killed, and be raised to life on the third day. And Peter took him aside and began to reprove him for it, saying, "God bless you, Master! that can never happen to you!" But he turned and said to Peter, "Get out of my sight, you Satan! You hinder me, for you do not side with God, but with men!" read more.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone wants to go with me, he must disregard himself and take his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to preserve his own life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for me will find it. For what good will it do a man if he gains the whole world but parts with his life? What can a man give to buy back his life? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in his Father's glory, and then he will repay everyone for what he has done. I tell you, some of you who stand here will certainly live to see the Son of Man come to reign!"

Then he explained to them for the first time that the Son of Man must go through much suffering, and be refused by the elders and the high priests and the scribes, and be killed, and rise again three days after. He told them this plainly. And Peter took him aside, and began to reprove him for it. But turning and seeing his disciples he reproved Peter, and said, "Get out of my sight, you Satan! for you do not side with God, but with men." read more.
And he called the people and his disciples to him and said to them, "If anyone wants to go with me, he must disregard himself, and take his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to preserve his own life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for me and for the good news will preserve it. For what good does it do a man to gain the whole world and yet part with his life? For what can a man give to buy back his life? For if anyone is ashamed of me and my teachings in this unfaithful and sinful age, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of him, when he comes back in his Father's glory, with the holy angels."

and said, "The Son of Man must endure great suffering and be refused by the elders, the high priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and be raised to life on the third day." And he said to everyone, "If anyone wants to go with me, he must disregard himself, and take his cross day after day and follow me. For whoever wants to preserve his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for me will preserve it. read more.
What good does it do a man to gain the whole world and lose or forfeit himself? For if anyone is ashamed of me and my teaching the Son of Man will be ashamed of him, when he comes with all the glory of his Father and of the holy angels. I tell you, some of you who stand here will certainly live to see the Kingdom of God!"


"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: " 'The Amen, the true and faithful witness, the origin of God's creation, speaks thus:



for I have given them the truths that you gave me, and they have accepted them and been convinced that I came from you, and they believe that you sent me.

has been to the God who appointed him, just as Moses was, in all the house of God.


He is not here, he has risen, as he said he would do. Come and see the place where he was lying.

But he said to them, "You must not be amazed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here. See! This is where they laid him.

Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee,

On the day after the Sabbath, very early in the morning while it was still dark, Mary of Magdala went to the tomb, and she saw that the stone had been removed from it. So she ran away and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple who was dear to Jesus, and said to them, "They have taken the Master out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have put him." So Peter and the other disciple went out of the city and started for the tomb. read more.
And they both ran, and the other disciple ran faster than Peter and got to the tomb first. And he stooped down and saw the bandages lying on the ground, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came up behind him, and he went inside the tomb, and saw the bandages lying on the ground, and the handkerchief that had been over Jesus' face not on the ground with the bandages, but folded up by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first went inside too, and saw and was convinced. For they did not yet understand the statement of Scripture that he must rise from the dead. So the disciples went home again. But Mary stood just outside the tomb, weeping. And as she wept she looked down into the tomb, and saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus' body had been, one at his head and one at his feet. And they said to her, "Why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken my Master away, and I do not know where they have put him." As she said this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was he. Jesus said to her, "Why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?" She, supposing that he was the gardener, said to him, "If it was you, sir, that carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him away." "Mary!" said Jesus. She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" which means Master. Jesus said to her, "You must not cling to me, for I have not yet gone up to my Father, but go to my brothers and say to them that I am going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." Mary of Magdala went and declared to the disciples, "I have seen the Master!" and she told them that he had said this to her.


Still later he appeared to the Eleven themselves when they were at table, and reproached them for their obstinacy and want of faith, because they had not believed those who had seen him after he had been raised from the dead. And he said to them, "Go to the whole world and proclaim the good news to all the creation. He who believes it and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe it will be condemned. read more.
And signs like these will attend those who believe: with my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in foreign tongues; they will take snakes in their hands, and if they drink poison it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well."

While they were still talking of these things, he himself stood among them. They were startled and panic-stricken, and thought they saw a ghost. But he said to them, "Why are you so disturbed, and why do doubts arise in your minds? read more.
Look at my hands and feet, for it is I myself! Feel of me and see, for a ghost has not flesh and bones, as you see I have." OMITTED TEXT But they could not yet believe it for sheer joy and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it before their eyes. Then he said to them, "This is what I told you when I was still with you??hat everything that is written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must come true." Then he opened their minds to the understanding of the Scriptures, and said to them, "The Scriptures said that Christ should suffer as he has done, and rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance leading to the forgiveness of sins should be preached to all the heathen in his name. You are to be witnesses to all this, beginning at Jerusalem. And I will send down upon you what my Father has promised. Wait here in the city until you are clothed with power from on high."

When it was evening on that first day after the Sabbath, and the doors of the house where the disciples met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came in and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you!" Then he showed them his hands and his side, and the disciples were full of joy at seeing the Master. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you! Just as my Father sent me forth so I now send you." read more.
As he said this he breathed upon them, and said, "Receive the holy Spirit! If you forgive any men's sins, they are forgiven them, and if you fix any men's sins upon them, they will remain fixed."














For he says in another passage, "You are a priest forever of the priesthood of Melchizedek."

The point is still more clear in view of the fact that the appointment of the new priest resembles that of Melchizedek,

For the psalm bears witness, "You are a priest forever, of the priesthood of Melchizedek!"


And they came to Jericho. As he was leaving the town with his disciples and a great crowd, Timaeus' son Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting at the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth he began to cry out, "Jesus, you son of David, take pity on me!" Many of the people rebuked him and told him to be still. But he cried out all the louder, "You son of David, take pity on me!" read more.
Jesus stopped and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man and said to him, "Courage now! Get up, he is calling you!" And he threw off his coat and sprang to his feet and went up to Jesus. Jesus spoke to him and said, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "Master, let me regain my sight!" Jesus said to him, "Go your way. Your faith has cured you." And he immediately regained his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

As they were going out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. And two blind men sitting by the roadside, hearing that it was Jesus who was passing, called out, "You Son of David! Take pity on us, sir!" The crowd told them to be still, but they called all the louder, "You Son of David! Take pity on us, sir!" read more.
And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, "What do you want me to do for you?" They said to him, "Sir, have our eyes opened!" And Jesus took pity on them and touched their eyes, and they immediately regained their sight, and followed him.

As he approached Jericho, a blind man happened to be sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by he asked what it meant. They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was coming by. read more.
And he shouted, "Jesus, you Son of David, take pity on me!" And those who were in front reproved him and told him to be quiet, but he cried out all the louder, "You Son of David, take pity on me!" And Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came up, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He answered, "Master, let me regain my sight!" And Jesus said to him, "Regain your sight! Your faith has cured you!" And he regained his sight immediately, and followed Jesus, giving thanks to God. And all the people saw it and praised God.


Then the Pharisees went and made a plot to entrap him in argument. So they sent their disciples to him with the Herodians, to say to him, "Master, we know that you tell the truth, and teach the way of God with sincerity, regardless of the consequences, for you are impartial. So give us your opinion: Is it right to pay the poll-tax to the emperor, or not?" read more.
But he saw their malice, and said, "Why do you put me to such a test, you hypocrites? Show me the poll-tax coin!" And they brought him a denarius. And he said to them, "Whose head and title is this?" They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Then pay the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and pay God what belongs to God!" And when they heard it they were amazed, and they went away and left him.

They sent some Pharisees and Herodians to him to entrap him in argument. And they came up and said to him, "Master, we know that you tell the truth regardless of the consequences, for you are not guided by personal considerations, but teach the way of God with sincerity. Is it right to pay the poll tax to the emperor or not? Should we pay it, or refuse to pay it?" But he saw through their pretense, and said to them, "Why do you put me to such a test? Bring me a denarius to look at." read more.
And they brought him one. He said to them, "Whose head and title is this?" And they told him, "The emperor's." And Jesus said, "Pay the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and pay God what belongs to God!" And they were astonished at him.

So they kept watch of him and set some spies who pretended to be honest men to fasten on something that he said, so that they might hand him over to the control and authority of the governor. And they asked him, "Master, we know that you are right in what you say and teach, and that you show no favor, but teach the way of God in sincerity. Is it right for us to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" read more.
But he detected their trickery, and said to them, "Show me a denarius. Whose head and title does it bear?" They said, "The emperor's." He said to them, "Then pay the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and pay God what belongs to God!" So they could not fasten on what he said before the people, and they were amazed at his answer, and said nothing more.


A man came up to him and said, "Master, what good deed must I do to obtain eternal life?" But he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. But if you want to enter that life, keep the commandments." He said to him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "These: 'You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, read more.
Honor your father and mother,' and 'You shall love your neighbor as you do yourself.' " The young man said to him, "I have obeyed all these commandments. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go! Sell your property and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come back and be a follower of mine." But when the young man heard that, he went away much cast down, for he had a great deal of property.

As he was starting again on his journey, a man came running up to him, and knelt at his feet and asked him, "Good master, what must I do to make sure of eternal life?" But Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God himself. You know the commandments??Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.' read more.
But he said to him, "Master, I have obeyed all these commandments ever since I was a child." And Jesus looked at him and loved him, and he said to him, "There is one thing that you lack. Go, sell all you have, and give the money to the poor, and then you will have riches in heaven; and come back and be a follower of mine." But his face fell at Jesus' words, and he went away much cast down, for he had a great deal of property.

A member of the council asked him, "Good master, what must I do to make sure of eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God himself. You know the commandments, 'Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.' " read more.
And he said, "I have obeyed all these commandments ever since I was a child." When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "There is one thing that you still lack. Sell all that you have, and divide the money among the poor, and then you will have riches in heaven; and come back and be a follower of mine." But when he heard that, he was much cast down, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw it, he said, "How hard it will be for those who have money to get into the Kingdom of God!


On the same day some Sadducees came up to him, claiming that there is no resurrection, and they asked him this question: "Master, Moses said, 'If a man dies without children his brother shall marry his widow, and raise up a family for him.' Now there were seven brothers among us. The first of them married and died, and as he had no children, he left his wife to his brother; read more.
so did the second, and the third, and the rest of the seven. After them all the woman died. At the resurrection which one's wife will she be? For they all married her." Jesus answered them, "You are wrong, because you do not understand the Scriptures nor the power of God. For after the resurrection there is no marrying or being married, but they live as angels do in heaven. But as to the resurrection of the dead, did you never read what was said to you by God, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of dead men but of living!" When the crowd heard this, they were astounded at his teaching.

Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question. "Master," they said, "Moses made us a law that if a man's brother died, leaving a wife but no child, the man should marry the widow and raise up a family for his brother. There were once seven brothers. And the eldest married a wife and died, leaving no child. read more.
And the second married her, and died without leaving any child, and so did the third. And none of the seven left any child. Finally, the woman died too. At the resurrection, which one's wife will she be? For all seven of them married her." Jesus said to them, "Does not this show that you are wrong, and do not understand either the Scriptures or the power of God? For when people rise from the dead, there is no marrying or being married, but they live as angels do in heaven. But as to the dead being raised, have you never read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not God of dead men but of living! You are entirely wrong."

Then some of the Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection, came up and asked him, "Master, Moses made us a law that if a man's brother die leaving a wife but no children, the man should marry the widow and raise up a family for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. And the eldest married a wife and died childless. read more.
And the second married her, and the third, and all the seven married her and died without leaving any child. After ward the woman died too. Now at the resurrection, which one's wife will the woman be? For all seven of them married her." Jesus said to them, "The people of this world marry and are married, but those who are thought worthy to attain that other world and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are married. For they cannot die again; they are like the angels, and through sharing in the resurrection, they are sons of God. But that the dead are raised to life, even Moses indicated in the passage about the bush, when he calls the Lord 'the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' He is not the God of dead men but of living, for all men are alive to him." Some of the scribes replied, "Master, that was a fine answer!" For they did not dare to ask him any more questions.


As they went on their way up to Jerusalem, Jesus walked ahead of them, and they were in dismay, and those who still followed were afraid. And he took the Twelve aside again and began to tell them what was going to happen to him. "See!" he said, "we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the high priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and hand him over to the heathen and they will ridicule him and spit on him and flog him and kill him; and three days after he will rise again."

When Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve off by themselves, and said to them as they were on the way, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the high priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the heathen to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and on the third day he will be raised to life."

And he took the Twelve aside and said to them, "See! we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything written in the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. For he will be handed over to the heathen, and ridiculed and insulted and spat upon, and they will flog him and kill him, and on the third day he will rise again." read more.
And they did not understand any of this; the words were obscure to them, and they did not know what he meant.


And people brought children to him to have him touch them, but the disciples reproved them for it. When Jesus saw it, he was indignant, and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not try to stop them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as they. I tell you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all." read more.
And he took the children in his arms and laid his hands on them and blessed them.

Then some children were brought up to him so that he might lay his hands on them and pray, but his disciples reproved the people for it. But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not try to keep them from coming to me, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as they are." And he laid his hands on them and went on.

People brought babies to him to have him touch them, but the disciples, when they saw it, reproved them for it. But Jesus called them up to him and said, "Let the children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as they. I tell you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all."


As they were going out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. And two blind men sitting by the roadside, hearing that it was Jesus who was passing, called out, "You Son of David! Take pity on us, sir!" The crowd told them to be still, but they called all the louder, "You Son of David! Take pity on us, sir!" read more.
And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, "What do you want me to do for you?" They said to him, "Sir, have our eyes opened!" And Jesus took pity on them and touched their eyes, and they immediately regained their sight, and followed him.

As he approached Jericho, a blind man happened to be sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by he asked what it meant. They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was coming by. read more.
And he shouted, "Jesus, you Son of David, take pity on me!" And those who were in front reproved him and told him to be quiet, but he cried out all the louder, "You Son of David, take pity on me!" And Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came up, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He answered, "Master, let me regain my sight!" And Jesus said to him, "Regain your sight! Your faith has cured you!" And he regained his sight immediately, and followed Jesus, giving thanks to God. And all the people saw it and praised God.

And they came to Jericho. As he was leaving the town with his disciples and a great crowd, Timaeus' son Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting at the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth he began to cry out, "Jesus, you son of David, take pity on me!" Many of the people rebuked him and told him to be still. But he cried out all the louder, "You son of David, take pity on me!" read more.
Jesus stopped and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man and said to him, "Courage now! Get up, he is calling you!" And he threw off his coat and sprang to his feet and went up to Jesus.



That is why God has so greatly exalted him, and given him the name above all others,




And he immediately made his disciples get into the boat and cross before him to the other side while he dismissed the crowds. After he had dismissed them he went up the hill by himself to pray. And when evening came on he was there alone, but the boat was by this time a long way from shore, struggling with the waves, for the wind was against them. read more.
Toward morning he went out to them, walking on the sea. And the disciples saw him walking on the sea, and they were terrified and said, "It is a ghost!" And they screamed with fear. But Jesus immediately spoke to them and said, "Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid." Peter answered, "If it is you, Master, order me to come to you on the water." And he said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and went to Jesus. But when he felt the wind he was frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Master, save me!" Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and caught hold of him, and said to him, "Why did you waver? You have so little faith!" When they got into the boat, the wind went down. And the men in the boat fell down before him and said, "You are certainly God's Son!"

He immediately had his disciples get into the boat and cross before him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he was dismissing the crowd. When he had taken leave of the people he went up the hill to pray. When evening came on, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he was alone on shore. read more.
And he saw that they were straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, and toward morning he went out to them, walking on the sea, and was going to join them. They saw him walking on the sea, and thought it was a ghost and screamed aloud, for they all saw him and were terrified. But he immediately spoke to them and said, "Take courage, it is I. Do not be afraid." Then he went up to them and got into the boat. And the wind fell. And they were perfectly beside themselves, for they had not understood about the loaves, but their minds were blinded.

When the people saw the signs that he showed, they said, "This is really the Prophet who was to come into the world!" So Jesus, seeing that they meant to come and carry him off to make him king, retired again to the hill by himself. But in the evening his disciples went down to the sea read more.
and got into a boat and started across the sea for Capernaum. By this time it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them; a strong wind was blowing and the sea was growing rough. When they had rowed three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and approaching the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid!" Then as soon as they consented to take him into the boat, the boat was at the shore they had been trying to reach.


Another figure which he used in speaking to them was this: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it is grown it is the largest of plants and grows into a tree, so that the wild birds come and roost in its branches."

He said, therefore, "What is the Kingdom of God like, and to what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and dropped in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the wild birds roosted on its branches."

"How can we find any comparison," he said, "for the reign of God, or what figure can we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown in the ground, though it is the smallest of all the seeds in the world, yet once sown, comes up and grows to be the largest of all the plants, and produces branches so large that the wild birds can roost under the shelter of it."


On the first day of the festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Where do you wish us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover supper?" And he said, "Go into the city, to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Master says, "My time is near. I am going to keep the Passover at your house with my disciples." ' " So the disciples did as Jesus directed them, and prepared the Passover supper. read more.
When evening came, he took his place at table with the twelve disciples. And as they were eating, he said, "I tell you, one of you will betray me!" They were deeply hurt and began to say to him one after another, "Can it be I, Master?" He answered, "The man who just dipped his hand in the same dish with me is going to betray me. The Son of Man is to go away as the Scriptures say of him, but alas for the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born!" Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Can it be I, Master?" He said to him, "You are right!" As they were eating Jesus took a loaf and blessed it, and he broke it in pieces and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take this and eat it. It is my body!" And he took the wine-cup and gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, "You must all drink from it, for this is my blood which ratifies the agreement, and is to be poured out for many people, for the forgiveness of their sins. And I tell you I will never drink this product of the vine again till the day when I shall drink the new wine with you in my Father's kingdom!" After singing the hymn, they went out of the city and up the Mount of Olives.

On the first day of the festival of Unleavened Bread, on which it was customary to kill the Passover lamb, Jesus' disciples said to him, "Where do you wish us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover supper?" So he sent away two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go into the city, and you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him, and whatever house he goes into, say to the man of the house, 'The Master says, "Where is my room where I can eat the Passover supper with my disciples?" ' read more.
And he will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make your preparations for us there." So the disciples started and went into the city, and found everything just as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover supper. When it was evening he came with the Twelve. And when they were at the table eating, Jesus said, "I tell you, one of you is going to betray me??ne who is eating with me." And they were hurt, and said to him one after another, "Can it be I?" He said to them, "It is one of the Twelve, who is dipping his bread in the same dish with me. For the Son of Man is indeed to go away as the Scriptures say of him, but alas for the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born." As they were eating, he took a loaf and blessed it, and he broke it in pieces and gave it to them saying, "Take this. It is my body." And he took the wine cup and gave thanks and gave it to them and they all drank from it. And he said to them, "This is my blood which ratifies the agreement, and is to be poured out for many people. I tell you, I will never drink the product of the vine again till the day when I shall drink the new wine in the Kingdom of God."

When the day of Unleavened Bread came, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed, Jesus sent Peter and John, saying to them, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover." They said to him, "Where do you want us to prepare it?" read more.
He said to them, "Just after you enter the city, you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him to the house to which he goes, and say to the man of the house, 'Our Master says to you, "Where is the room where I can eat the Passover supper with my disciples?" ' And he will show you a large room upstairs with the necessary furniture. Make your preparations there." So they went and found everything just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover supper. When the time came, he took his place at the table, with the apostles about him. And he said to them, "I have greatly desired to eat this Passover supper with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will never eat one again until it reaches its fulfilment in the Kingdom of God." And when he was handed a cup, he thanked God, and then said, "Take this and share it among you, for I tell you, I will not drink the product of the vine again until the Kingdom of God comes." And he took a loaf of bread and thanked God, and broke it in pieces, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body. OMITTED TEXT


At that time some people brought to him a man blind and dumb, who was possessed by a demon, and he cured him, so that the dumb man could speak and see. And all the crowds of people were astounded, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?" But when the Pharisees heard of it they said, "This man cannot drive out demons except by the aid of Beelzebub, the prince of the demons." read more.
But he knew what they were thinking, and he said to them, "Any kingdom that is disunited is on the way to destruction, and any city or household that is disunited cannot last. If Satan is driving Satan out, he is disunited, and so how can his kingdom last? And if I am driving the demons out by Beelzebub's aid, by whose aid do your sons drive them out? Therefore let them be your judges. But if I am driving the demons out by the aid of God's Spirit, then the Kingdom of God has overtaken you. How can anyone get into a strong man's house and carry off his property unless he first binds the strong man? After that he can plunder his house. Anyone who is not with me is against me, and anyone who does not join me in gathering, scatters. Therefore, I tell you, men will be forgiven for any sin or abusive speech, but abusive speech about the Spirit cannot be forgiven. And whoever speaks against the Son of Man will be forgiven for it, but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit cannot be forgiven for it, either in this world or in the world to come. "You must either make the tree sound and its fruit sound, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; a tree is judged by its fruit. You brood of snakes! how can you, bad as you are, utter anything good? For the mouth says only what the heart is full of. A good man, out of the good he has accumulated, brings out things that are good, and a bad man, out of what he has accumulated that is bad, brings out things that are bad. But I tell you, for every careless word that men utter they will have to answer on the Day of Judgment. For it is by your words that you will be acquitted, or by your words that you will be condemned."

and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Then he went home. And again the crowd gathered in such numbers that there was no chance for them even to have their meals. His relatives heard of it and came over to stop him, for they said that he was out of his mind. read more.
And the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said that he was possessed by Beelzebub and drove out demons by the help of the prince of demons. So he called them to him and spoke to them in figures, saying, "How can Satan drive Satan out? If a kingdom is disunited, that kingdom cannot last. And if a household is disunited, that household cannot last. And if Satan has rebelled against himself and become disunited, he cannot last but is coming to his end. But no one can go into a strong man's house and carry off his property unless he first binds the strong man; after that he can plunder his house. I tell you, men will be forgiven for everything, for all their sins and all the abusive things they say. But whoever reviles the holy Spirit can never be forgiven, but is guilty of an unending sin." This was because they said, "He is possessed by a foul spirit."

Once he was driving out a dumb demon, and when the demon was gone the dumb man spoke. And the people were amazed. But some of them said, "It is with the aid of Beelzebub, the prince of the demons, that he drives the demons out." Others to test him asked him for a sign from heaven. read more.
But he knew what they were thinking, and he said to them, "Any kingdom that is disunited is on the way to destruction, and one house falls after another. And if Satan is disunited, how can his kingdom last? Because you say that I drive out demons with Beelzebub's aid. But if it is with his aid that I drive out demons, by whose do your sons drive them out? Therefore, they shall be your judges. But if it is with the finger of God that I am driving the demons out, then the Kingdom of God has overtaken you. When a strong man fully armed guards his own dwelling, his property is undisturbed. But when somebody stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he strips him of the arms that he relied on, and divides up the spoils. Anyone who is not with me is against me, and anyone who does not join me in gathering, scatters. When a foul spirit goes out of a man, it roams through deserts in search of rest, and when it finds none, it says, 'I will go back to my house that I left.' And it goes and finds it unoccupied, cleaned, and all in order. Then it goes and gets seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there, and in the end the man is worse off than he was before."


And he immediately made his disciples get into the boat and cross before him to the other side while he dismissed the crowds. After he had dismissed them he went up the hill by himself to pray. And when evening came on he was there alone, but the boat was by this time a long way from shore, struggling with the waves, for the wind was against them. read more.
Toward morning he went out to them, walking on the sea. And the disciples saw him walking on the sea, and they were terrified and said, "It is a ghost!" And they screamed with fear. But Jesus immediately spoke to them and said, "Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid." Peter answered, "If it is you, Master, order me to come to you on the water." And he said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and went to Jesus. But when he felt the wind he was frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Master, save me!" Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and caught hold of him, and said to him, "Why did you waver? You have so little faith!" When they got into the boat, the wind went down. And the men in the boat fell down before him and said, "You are certainly God's Son!" And they crossed over to the other side and came to Gennesaret. And the men of the place recognized him, and sent all over that district and brought to him all who were sick, and they begged him to let them touch just the tassel of his cloak, and all who touched it were cured.

He immediately had his disciples get into the boat and cross before him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he was dismissing the crowd. When he had taken leave of the people he went up the hill to pray. When evening came on, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he was alone on shore. read more.
And he saw that they were straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, and toward morning he went out to them, walking on the sea, and was going to join them. They saw him walking on the sea, and thought it was a ghost and screamed aloud, for they all saw him and were terrified. But he immediately spoke to them and said, "Take courage, it is I. Do not be afraid." Then he went up to them and got into the boat. And the wind fell. And they were perfectly beside themselves, for they had not understood about the loaves, but their minds were blinded. They crossed over to the other side and came to Gennesaret and moored the boat. As soon as they came ashore, the people recognized Jesus, and they hurried all over the countryside and began to bring the sick to him on their mats, wherever they heard he was. And whatever village or town or farm he went to, they would lay their sick in the market-place and beg him to let them touch just the tassel of his cloak, and all who touched it were cured.

So Jesus, seeing that they meant to come and carry him off to make him king, retired again to the hill by himself. But in the evening his disciples went down to the sea and got into a boat and started across the sea for Capernaum. By this time it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them; read more.
a strong wind was blowing and the sea was growing rough. When they had rowed three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and approaching the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid!" Then as soon as they consented to take him into the boat, the boat was at the shore they had been trying to reach.



After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming the good news from God,

But when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he retreated to Galilee.

So when the Lord learned that the Pharisees had been told that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John??2 though it was not Jesus himself who baptized them, but his disciples??3 he left Judea and went back again to Galilee.


And they were all so amazed that they discussed it with one another, and said, "What does this mean? It is a new teaching! He gives orders with authority even to the foul spirits, and they obey him!"

and went to his own part of the country. And he taught the people in their synagogue in such a way that they were astonished, and said, "Where did he get this wisdom, and the power to do these wonders?

The attendants answered, "No man ever talked as he does!"



When they came to the people again, a man came up to him and fell on his knees, saying, "Master, take pity on my son, for he has epilepsy, and is very wretched; he often falls into the fire or into the water. And I brought him to your disciples and they have not been able to cure him." read more.
Jesus answered, "O you unbelieving, obstinate people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!" And Jesus reproved the demon and it came out of him, and from that moment the boy was cured. Afterward, when he was alone, the disciples went to Jesus and said to him, "Why could we not drive it out?" He said to them, "Because you have so little faith. For I tell you, if you have faith the size of a grain of mustard, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here over to there!' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you." OMITTED TEXT

When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. And all the people were amazed when they saw him, and they ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, "What are you discussing with them?" read more.
One of the crowd answered, "Master, I brought my son to you, for he is possessed by a dumb spirit, and wherever it seizes him it convulses him, and he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth; and he is wasting away. I told your disciples to drive it out, and they could not do it." He answered them and said, "O you unbelieving people, how long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!" And they brought the boy to him. As soon as the spirit saw him, it convulsed the boy, and he fell down on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?" And he said, "From his childhood, and many a time it has thrown him into the fire or into the water, to put an end to him. But if there is anything you can do, take pity on us and help us!" Jesus said to him, " 'If there is anything I can do!' Everything is possible for one who has faith!" The boy's father immediately cried out, "I have faith! Help my want of faith!" Then Jesus, seeing that a crowd was rapidly gathering, reproved the foul spirit and said to it, "You deaf and dumb spirit, get out of him, I charge you, and never enter him again!" And it gave a cry and convulsed him terribly, and went out of him. And the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said that he was dead. But Jesus grasped his hand and made him rise, and he stood up. When he had gone home, and his disciples were alone with him, they asked him, "Why could not we drive it out?" He said to them, "This kind of thing can be driven out only by prayer."

The next day, when they had come down from the mountain, it happened that a great crowd met him. And a man in the crowd shouted, "Master, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child, and all at once a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out, and it convulses him until he foams at the mouth, and it leaves him, after a struggle, badly bruised. read more.
And I begged your disciples to drive it out, and they could not." Jesus answered, "O you unbelieving, obstinate people! How long must I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here!" Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him, but Jesus reproved the foul spirit and cured the boy and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the power of God. While everybody was full of wonder at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples,


Then he began to speak to them in figures. "A man once planted a vineyard and fenced it in and hewed out a wine-vat and built a watch tower, and he leased it to tenants and left the neighborhood. At the proper time he sent a slave to the tenants to get from them a share of the vintage. And they took him and beat him and sent him back empty-handed. read more.
And again he sent another slave to them. And they beat him over the head and treated him shamefully. And he sent another; and him they killed; and so with many others, some they beat and some they killed. He still had one left to send, a dearly loved son. He sent him to them last of all, thinking, 'They will respect my son.' But the tenants said to one another, 'This is his heir! Come on, let us kill him, and the property will belong to us!' So they took him and killed him, and threw his body outside of the vineyard. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come back and put the tenants to death and give the vineyard to others. Did you never read this passage of Scripture: " 'That stone which the builders rejected Has become the cornerstone; This came from the Lord And seems marvelous to us'?" And they tried to have him arrested, but they were afraid of the people, for they knew that the illustration was aimed at them. And they left him and went away.

"Listen to another figure. There was a land owner who planted a vineyard and fenced it in, and hewed out a wine-vat in it, and built a watch-tower, and leased it to tenants, and left the neighborhood. When the time for the vintage approached he sent his slaves to the tenants to receive his share. But the tenants took his slaves and beat one and killed another and stoned a third. read more.
Again he sent other slaves and more of them than he had sent at first, and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw his son, they said to one another. 'This is his heir! Come on, let us kill him, and get his inheritance!' So they took him and drove him out of the vineyard and killed him. When the owner of the vineyard comes back, therefore, what will he do to these tenants?" They said to him, "He will put the wretches to a miserable death, and let the vineyard to other tenants who will give him his share of the vintage when it is due." Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, " 'That stone which the builders rejected Has become the cornerstone; This came from the Lord, And seems marvelous to us'? "That, I tell you, is why the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and given to a people that will produce its proper fruit. Whoever falls on that stone will be shattered, but whoever it falls upon will be pulverized."

Then he went on to give the people this illustration: "A man once planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went away for along absence. And at the proper time he sent a slave to the tenants to have them give him a share of the vintage, but the tenants beat him, and sent him back empty-handed. And again he sent another slave, and they beat him also and mistreated him and sent him back empty-handed. read more.
And again he sent a third, but they wounded him too, and threw him outside. Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What can I do? I will send them my dear son; perhaps they will respect him.' But when the tenants saw him, they argued with one another, 'This is his heir! Let us kill him, so that the property will belong to us!' So they drove him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and put those tenants to death, and give the vineyard to others." When they heard this they said, "Heaven forbid!" He looked at them and said, "Then what does this saying of Scripture mean, "'That stone which the builders rejected Has become the cornerstone'? Whoever falls on that stone will be shattered, but whoever it falls upon will be pulverized."





If you knew me, you would know my Father also. From now on you do know him and you have seen him." Philip said to him, "Master, let us see the Father, and it will satisfy us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you, Philip, have not recognized me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Let us see the Father'? read more.
Do you not believe that I am in union with the Father and the Father is in union with me? I am not the source of the words that I say to you, but the Father who is united with me is doing these things himself.



As they were going about in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be handed over to men, and they will kill him, but on the third day he will be raised to life again." And they were greatly distressed.

And they left that place and made their way through Galilee, and he did not wish anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, and they will kill him, and three days after he is killed he will rise again." But they did not understand what he meant, and they were afraid to ask him about it.

And they were all amazed at the power of God. While everybody was full of wonder at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, "You must store up these teachings in your minds, for the Son of Man is going to be handed over to men." But they did not understand what he meant, indeed it was concealed from them, in order that they might not comprehend it, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.


When they came to the people again, a man came up to him and fell on his knees, saying, "Master, take pity on my son, for he has epilepsy, and is very wretched; he often falls into the fire or into the water. And I brought him to your disciples and they have not been able to cure him." read more.
Jesus answered, "O you unbelieving, obstinate people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!" And Jesus reproved the demon and it came out of him, and from that moment the boy was cured. Afterward, when he was alone, the disciples went to Jesus and said to him, "Why could we not drive it out?" He said to them, "Because you have so little faith. For I tell you, if you have faith the size of a grain of mustard, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here over to there!' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you." OMITTED TEXT

When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. And all the people were amazed when they saw him, and they ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, "What are you discussing with them?" read more.
One of the crowd answered, "Master, I brought my son to you, for he is possessed by a dumb spirit, and wherever it seizes him it convulses him, and he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth; and he is wasting away. I told your disciples to drive it out, and they could not do it." He answered them and said, "O you unbelieving people, how long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!" And they brought the boy to him. As soon as the spirit saw him, it convulsed the boy, and he fell down on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?" And he said, "From his childhood, and many a time it has thrown him into the fire or into the water, to put an end to him. But if there is anything you can do, take pity on us and help us!" Jesus said to him, " 'If there is anything I can do!' Everything is possible for one who has faith!" The boy's father immediately cried out, "I have faith! Help my want of faith!" Then Jesus, seeing that a crowd was rapidly gathering, reproved the foul spirit and said to it, "You deaf and dumb spirit, get out of him, I charge you, and never enter him again!" And it gave a cry and convulsed him terribly, and went out of him. And the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said that he was dead. But Jesus grasped his hand and made him rise, and he stood up. When he had gone home, and his disciples were alone with him, they asked him, "Why could not we drive it out?" He said to them, "This kind of thing can be driven out only by prayer."

The next day, when they had come down from the mountain, it happened that a great crowd met him. And a man in the crowd shouted, "Master, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child, and all at once a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out, and it convulses him until he foams at the mouth, and it leaves him, after a struggle, badly bruised. read more.
And I begged your disciples to drive it out, and they could not." Jesus answered, "O you unbelieving, obstinate people! How long must I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here!" Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him, but Jesus reproved the foul spirit and cured the boy and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the power of God. While everybody was full of wonder at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples,


So the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was caught up into heaven and took his seat at God's right hand. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed their message by the signs that attended it.

And he led them out as far as Bethany. Then he lifted up his hands and blessed them. And as he was blessing them, he parted from them. And they went back with great joy to Jerusalem, read more.
and were constantly in the Temple, blessing God.

As he said this, he was caught up before their eyes and a cloud took him up from their sight. And while they were gazing after him into the sky, two men dressed in white suddenly stood beside them, and said to them, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into the sky? This very Jesus who has been caught up from you into heaven will come in just the way that you have seen him go up to heaven." read more.
Then they went back to Jerusalem from the hill called the Olive-orchard, which is near Jerusalem, half a mile away.


Then he began to speak to them in figures. "A man once planted a vineyard and fenced it in and hewed out a wine-vat and built a watch tower, and he leased it to tenants and left the neighborhood. At the proper time he sent a slave to the tenants to get from them a share of the vintage. And they took him and beat him and sent him back empty-handed. read more.
And again he sent another slave to them. And they beat him over the head and treated him shamefully. And he sent another; and him they killed; and so with many others, some they beat and some they killed. He still had one left to send, a dearly loved son. He sent him to them last of all, thinking, 'They will respect my son.' But the tenants said to one another, 'This is his heir! Come on, let us kill him, and the property will belong to us!' So they took him and killed him, and threw his body outside of the vineyard. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come back and put the tenants to death and give the vineyard to others. Did you never read this passage of Scripture: " 'That stone which the builders rejected Has become the cornerstone; This came from the Lord And seems marvelous to us'?" And they tried to have him arrested, but they were afraid of the people, for they knew that the illustration was aimed at them. And they left him and went away.

"Listen to another figure. There was a land owner who planted a vineyard and fenced it in, and hewed out a wine-vat in it, and built a watch-tower, and leased it to tenants, and left the neighborhood. When the time for the vintage approached he sent his slaves to the tenants to receive his share. But the tenants took his slaves and beat one and killed another and stoned a third. read more.
Again he sent other slaves and more of them than he had sent at first, and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw his son, they said to one another. 'This is his heir! Come on, let us kill him, and get his inheritance!' So they took him and drove him out of the vineyard and killed him. When the owner of the vineyard comes back, therefore, what will he do to these tenants?" They said to him, "He will put the wretches to a miserable death, and let the vineyard to other tenants who will give him his share of the vintage when it is due." Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, " 'That stone which the builders rejected Has become the cornerstone; This came from the Lord, And seems marvelous to us'? "That, I tell you, is why the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and given to a people that will produce its proper fruit. Whoever falls on that stone will be shattered, but whoever it falls upon will be pulverized." When the high priests and the Pharisees heard his figures, they knew that he was speaking about them, and they wanted to have him arrested, but they were afraid of the people, for the people considered him a prophet.

Then he went on to give the people this illustration: "A man once planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went away for along absence. And at the proper time he sent a slave to the tenants to have them give him a share of the vintage, but the tenants beat him, and sent him back empty-handed. And again he sent another slave, and they beat him also and mistreated him and sent him back empty-handed. read more.
And again he sent a third, but they wounded him too, and threw him outside. Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What can I do? I will send them my dear son; perhaps they will respect him.' But when the tenants saw him, they argued with one another, 'This is his heir! Let us kill him, so that the property will belong to us!' So they drove him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and put those tenants to death, and give the vineyard to others." When they heard this they said, "Heaven forbid!" He looked at them and said, "Then what does this saying of Scripture mean, "'That stone which the builders rejected Has become the cornerstone'? Whoever falls on that stone will be shattered, but whoever it falls upon will be pulverized." And the scribes and high priests wanted to arrest him then and there, but they were afraid of the people, for they knew that he had aimed this illustration at them.


Jesus answered, "Is it not declared in your Law, 'I said, "You are gods" '? If those to whom God's message was addressed were called gods??nd the Scripture cannot be set aside??36 do you mean to say to me whom the Father has consecrated and made his messenger to the world, 'You are blasphemous,' because I said, 'I am God's Son'? If I am not doing the things my Father does, do not believe me. read more.
But if I am doing them, then even if you will not believe me, believe the things I do, in order that you may realize and learn that the Father is in union with me, and I am in union with the Father."

Jesus said to him, "I am Way and Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you knew me, you would know my Father also. From now on you do know him and you have seen him." Philip said to him, "Master, let us see the Father, and it will satisfy us." read more.
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you, Philip, have not recognized me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Let us see the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in union with the Father and the Father is in union with me? I am not the source of the words that I say to you, but the Father who is united with me is doing these things himself. You must believe that I am in union with the Father and that the Father is in union with me, or else you must believe because of the things themselves.

When Jesus had said all this he raised his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the time has come. Do honor to your son, that your son may do honor to you, just as you have done in giving him power over all mankind, so that he may give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And eternal life means knowing you as the only true God, and knowing Jesus your messenger as Christ. read more.
I have done honor to you here on earth, by completing the work which you gave me to do. Now, Father, do such honor to me in your presence as I had done me there before the world existed. "I have revealed your real self to the men you gave me from the world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have obeyed your message. Now at last they know that all that you have given me comes from you, for I have given them the truths that you gave me, and they have accepted them and been convinced that I came from you, and they believe that you sent me. I have a request to make for them. I make no request for the world, but only for those whom you have given me, for they are yours??10 all that is mine is yours and what is yours is mine??nd they have done me honor. Now I am to be no longer in this world, but they are to remain in the world, while I return to you. Holy Father, keep them by your power which you gave me, so that they may be one just as we are. As long as I was with them I kept them by your power which you gave me, and I protected them, and not one of them was lost (except the one who was destined to be lost), so that what the Scripture says might come true. But now I am coming to you, and I say this here in this world in order that they may have the happiness that I feel fully realized in their own hearts. I have given them your message, and the world has come to hate them, for they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask you to take them away from the world, but to keep them from evil. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them by truth. Your message is truth. Just as you sent me to the world, I have sent them to the world. And it is for their sake that I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated by truth. "It is not for them only that I make this request. It is also for those who through their message come to believe in me. Let them all be one. Just as you, Father, are in union with me and I am with you, let them be in union with us, so that the world may believe that you sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, so that they may be one just as we are, I in union with them and you with me, so that they may be perfectly unified, and the world may recognize that you sent me and that you love them just as you loved me.



For wherever two or three are gathered as my followers, I am there among them."