Thematic Bible




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Take heed then, that this come not upon you, which is spoken by the prophets;




Wo unto you ye blind guides! who say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, it is binding.

Then Jesus said to them, Beware and abstain from the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. So they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have not taken bread. But when Jesus knew it, he said unto them, Why are ye reasoning among yourselves, O ye of little faith, because ye have not taken bread? read more.
Do you not consider, nor remember the five loaves among the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Nor the seven loaves among the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? How is it that ye do not understand, that I spake not to you of bread, to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they, that he spake about abstaining not from the leaven in the bread, but from the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.





And just so, ye without indeed appear to men righteous, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.








And he earnestly charged them, saying, Beware, take heed of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.


Then Jesus said to them, Beware and abstain from the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. So they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have not taken bread. But when Jesus knew it, he said unto them, Why are ye reasoning among yourselves, O ye of little faith, because ye have not taken bread? read more.
Do you not consider, nor remember the five loaves among the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Nor the seven loaves among the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? How is it that ye do not understand, that I spake not to you of bread, to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they, that he spake about abstaining not from the leaven in the bread, but from the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.


And great multitudes came to him, bringing with them the lame, blind, dumb, cripples, and many others, and cast them down at the feet of Jesus; and he cured them all:


And the multitude came together again, so that they were not able even to eat bread.

And great multitudes followed him from Galilee, and Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judea, and from beyond Jordan.

And vast multitudes were gathered together unto him, insomuch that he entered into a vessel to be seated; and all the multitude stood on the beach.


And the whole city was gathered together about the door;

And he went forth again to the sea side; and all the people came unto him; and he taught them.



And when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, affecting a gloomy look: for they disfigure their visages, that they may make a shew of fasting to men. Verily I say unto you, That they have their reward. But when thou keepest a fast, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou mayest not make a shew of fasting to men, but to thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Hear another parable: There was a certain man, the master of a family, who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge about it, and digged in it a wine-press, and built a tower, and hired it out to husbandmen, and went into a distant country. But when the season for fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen to receive his fruits. And the husbandmen took his servants, one they beat, and another they killed, and a third they stoned. read more.
Again he sent other servants more than the first, and they treated them in the same manner. Then at last he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But the husbandmen, when they saw the son, said among themselves, This is the heir, come let us kill him, and let us seize on the inheritance. And they took him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When therefore the master of the vineyard cometh, what will he do with these husbandmen? They say unto him, He will dreadfully destroy those wicked wretches, and will let out his vineyard to other husbandmen, who will render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye not read in the Scriptures, "The stone, which the builders rejected; the same is become the head of the corner; this is done by the Lord, and it is wonderful in our eyes." Therefore I tell you, That the kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and given to a nation, producing the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone, shall be broken in pieces, but on whomsoever it shall fall, it shall grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking concerning them. And they sought to apprehend him; but were afraid of the people, for they held him as a prophet.

Therefore when thou givest alms, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do, in the synagogues, and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Verily I say unto you, They receive their reward. But when thou givest alms, let not thy right hand know what thy left is doing: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret, will himself reward thee openly. read more.
And when thou prayest, be not as the hypocrites: for they love standing in the synagogues and at the corners of the streets, to pray, that they may make a shew to men. Verily I say unto you, That they have their reward. But when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and shut thy door, to pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. And when thou art at prayer, use not vain repetitions, like the heathen: for they imagine that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like them: for your Father knoweth of what things ye have need, before you ask him.

THEN came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread? And he answering said to them, And why do you transgress the command of God, by your tradition? read more.
For God commanded, saying "Honour thy father and thy mother:" and, He that curseth father or mother, let him surely die. But ye say, If any man declare to his father or mother, This is a [devoted] gift, which else might have been employed by me for thy advantage; then he shall not with it honour his father and mother: so have ye vacated the command of God by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well hath Isaiah prophesied concerning you, saying, This people draweth nigh to me with their mouths, and honoureth me with the lips, but their heart is far distant from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines the commandments of men.

AND the Pharisees and the Sadducees came to him, and, to make trial of him, desired him to shew them a sign from heaven. And he answering, said unto them, When evening comes, ye say, Fair weather, for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be tempestuous to-day, for the sky is gloomy and fiery red. Ye hypocrites, do ye know how to discern the appearance of the sky, and are ye unable to discern the signs of the times? read more.
A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh a sign; and no sign shall be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah. And he left them, and departed. And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said to them, Beware and abstain from the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. So they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have not taken bread. But when Jesus knew it, he said unto them, Why are ye reasoning among yourselves, O ye of little faith, because ye have not taken bread? Do you not consider, nor remember the five loaves among the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Nor the seven loaves among the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? How is it that ye do not understand, that I spake not to you of bread, to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they, that he spake about abstaining not from the leaven in the bread, but from the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.

saying, The scribes and Pharisees are seated on the chair of Moses; all things therefore which they prescribe for you to observe, observe and practise; but do not according to their works, for they say, yet do not practise. For they bind burdens grievous, and difficultly borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they will not move them with a finger of their own. read more.
And all their works they do to be seen of men: they make their phylacteries broad, and deepen the fringes of their garments, and love the principal couch at suppers, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the places of public concourse, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi, for one is your leader, the Messiah; and ye all are brethren. And call no man your father upon earth; for one is your father, who is in heaven. And be not called leaders; for one is your leader, the Messiah. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and whosoever abaseth himself shall be exalted. Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye shut up the kingdom of heaven from men; for ye yourselves enter not in, and those who were coming in, ye suffer not to enter. Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: wherefore ye shall receive greater condemnation. Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is gained, ye make him doubly more the child of hell than yourselves. Wo unto you ye blind guides! who say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, it is binding. Ye fools and blind! for which is the greater, the gold, or the temple which consecrates the gold? And again, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gift that is upon it, it is binding. Ye fools and blind! which is the greater, the gift, or the altar which consecrates the gift? Whosoever therefore sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things that are upon it. And whosoever sweareth by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him also who dwelleth in it. So he that sweareth by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him who is seated upon it. Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithes of mint, and anise, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier precepts of the law, judgment, and mercy, and fidelity: these thing ought ye to have done, and not to leave the others undone. Ye blind guides! who strain out a gnat, but gulp down a camel. Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye cleanse the outside of the cup, and of the dish, but within they are full of rapacity and intemperance. Thou blind Pharisee! cleanse first the inside of the cup and dish, that their outside may become clean also. Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye resemble tombs whitewashed, which outwardly indeed appear specious, but within are full of dead men's bones, and all manner of impurity. And just so, ye without indeed appear to men righteous, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye build the tombs of the prophets, and adorn the sepulchres of the just, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye bear a testimony to yourselves, that ye are the children of those who killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye broods of vipers! how can ye escape from the damnation of hell?

And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb person spake, and the people marvelled. But some of them said, He casteth out devils by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. But others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. read more.
But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house against a house, falleth. And if Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom be established? because ye say, that I cast out devils by Beelzebub. But if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if with the finger of God I cast out devils, then, verily the kingdom of God is come unto you. When a strong man, in complete armour, guards his palace, his goods are in peace. But when a stronger person than he coming, vanquisheth him, he takes away his suit of armour in which he confided, and distributes the spoils. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad. When the unclean spirit goeth out of a man, he passes through places destitute of water, seeking repose; and not finding it, saith, I will go back to my habitation from whence I came out: and coming, he findeth it swept and furnished. Then goeth he, and taketh seven other spirits, more wicked than himself; and they entering in, take up their abode there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. And it came to pass as he was speaking these words, a certain woman from among the multitude lift up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the breasts which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and observe it. Then the multitudes thronging around him, he began to say, This is a wicked generation: it seeketh a sign, and no sign shall be given it, but the sign of Jonah the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign to the Ninevites, so shall the Son of man also be to this generation. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment against the men of this generation, and shall condemn them: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh shall rise up in judgment against this generation, and shall condemn it, for they repented on the preaching of Jonah, and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here. But no man lighting a lamp putteth it in a concealed place, or under a bushel, but on a stand, that they who are coming in, may see the light. The lamp of the body is the eye: when therefore thine eye is clear, thy whole body will be luminous, but if it be vitiated, thy whole body will be darkened. Let it be thy aim then, that the light which is in thee do not become darkness. If then thy whole body be illuminated, not having any dark part, it will be wholly luminous, as a lamp by its brightness diffuseth light. Now as he was speaking, a certain Pharisee invited him to dine with him; and going in with him, he sat down. But the Pharisee seeing it, marvelled, that he had not washed before dinner. Then said the Lord unto him, Now ye Pharisees make the outside of the cup and of the dish clean, but your inward parts are full of extortion and wickedness. Ye senseless men! did not he who made that which is without, make also that which is within? But give what is within them for alms; and, lo! all will be pure unto you. But wo to you, Pharisees, because ye tithe mint, and rue, and every herb, and pass by judgment and the love of God. These ought ye to have done, and not to have omitted the other. Wo unto you, Pharisees, for ye love the first seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the places of public concourse. Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves concealed, which men, while walking over them, see not. Then one of the doctors of the law addressing him, said, Master, thus speaking, thou reproachest us also. And he said, Wo also to you, teachers of the law! for ye load men with burdens hardly bearable, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. Wo unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. Ye do indeed bear witness to, and with pleasure concur in your fathers' deeds; for they truly killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also the wisdom of God hath said, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall kill, and shall persecute: that the blood of all the prophets, which hath been shed since the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation: from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who was slain between the altar and the temple: verily I tell you, It shall be required of this generation. Wo unto you, teachers of the law! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge; ye yourselves enter not in, and those who were entering ye have hindered. And as he was saying these things unto them, the scribes and Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to extort answers from him respecting many things; laying snares for him, and seeking to catch hold of something from his mouth, that they might accuse him.

THEN drew nigh unto him all the tax-farmers and the sinners to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man entertains sinners, and eateth with them. Then spake he unto them this parable, saying, read more.
What man is there of you, possessing an hundred sheep, though he lose but one of them, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? and when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And coming home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Congratulate me; for I have found that sheep of mine which was lost. I tell you, that just so will there be joy in heaven over one repentant sinner, more than over ninety-nine righteous persons, who hold not their need of repentance. Or what woman having ten pieces of silver coin, if she lose one of them, doth she not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and make diligent search until she find it? And having found it, she calleth her female friends and neighbours together, saying, Congratulate me; for I have found the silver piece I had lost.


And great multitudes came to him, bringing with them the lame, blind, dumb, cripples, and many others, and cast them down at the feet of Jesus; and he cured them all:


And the multitude came together again, so that they were not able even to eat bread.

And great multitudes followed him from Galilee, and Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judea, and from beyond Jordan.

And vast multitudes were gathered together unto him, insomuch that he entered into a vessel to be seated; and all the multitude stood on the beach.


And the whole city was gathered together about the door;

And he went forth again to the sea side; and all the people came unto him; and he taught them.





And just so, ye without indeed appear to men righteous, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.









Take heed then, that this come not upon you, which is spoken by the prophets;