[Matthew 1]



    {NOTES: If your plans are to read the entire N.T., start in Mark. Please read the Preface and other non-bible sections. * is our universal footnoting for words contained in the 'Definitions' section. These words are NOT the same Greek word as the non-asterisk form; i.e. *FOR is different from FOR* is different from FOR. In this translation Old Testament names will be in their Old Testament form.}



     1:1 The book of lineage of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham: 1:2 Abraham fathered Isaac; and Isaac fathered Jacob; and Jacob fathered Judah and his brethren; 1:3 and Judah fathered Perez and Zerah from Tamar; and Perez fathered Hezron; and Hezron fathered Ram; 1:4 and Ram fathered Amminadab; and Amminadab fathered Nahshon; and Nahshon fathered Salmon; 1:5 and Salmon fathered Boaz from Rahab; and Boaz fathered Obed from Ruth; and Obed fathered Jesse; 1:6 and Jesse fathered David, the king.



     And David, the king, fathered Solomon from the widow of Uriah; 1:7 and Solomon fathered Rehoboam; and Rehoboam fathered Abijah; and Abijah fathered Asa; 1:8 and Asa fathered Jehoshaphat; and Jehoshaphat fathered Jehoram; and Jehoram fathered Uzziah; 1:9 and Uzziah fathered Jotham; and Jotham fathered Ahaz; and Ahaz fathered Hezekiah; 1:10 and Hezekiah fathered Manasseh; and Manasseh fathered Amon; and Amon fathered Josiah; 1:11 and Josiah fathered Jechoniah and his brethren, at the time of the exile of Babylon.



     1:12 And after the exile of Babylon, Jechoniah fathered Shealtiel; and Shealtiel fathered Zerubbabel; 1:13 and Zerubbabel fathered Abiud; and Abiud fathered Eliakim; and Eliakim fathered Azor; 1:14 and Azor fathered Sadoc; and Sadoc fathered Achim; and Achim fathered Eliud; 1:15 and Eliud fathered Eleazar; and Eleazar fathered Matthan; and Matthan fathered Jacob; 1:16 and Jacob fathered Joseph, the husband of Mary, from whom was born Jesus, who is called* the Christ.



     {Mat 1:1-17 & Luk 3:23-28 Mary's Genealogy.}


     1:17 Therefore, all the generations from Abraham until David were fourteen generations; and from David until the exile of Babylon, were fourteen generations; and from the exile of Babylon until the Christ, were fourteen generations.



     {Mat 1:18-25 Nazareth 5 BC; no parallel.}


     1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was thus: for* when* his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be pregnant {Greek: in womb holding} from the Holy Spirit. 1:19 Now Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man and not willing to disgrace her, planned to divorce her secretly. 1:20 But when* he was contemplating these things, behold, a messenger of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary to you, as your wife for* what was born {Or: conceived} in her is from the Holy Spirit. 1:21 Now she will be bearing a son, and you will call his name Jesus, for* he will be saving his people from their sins. 1:22 Now this whole thing has happened, in order that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 1:23 'Behold, the virgin will be pregnant, and will be bearing a son, and they will call his name Immanuel'; which is, after being translated, 'God with us.' {Isa 7:14, 8:8, 10} 1:24 Now having been aroused from his sleep, Joseph did as the messenger of the Lord commanded him and took his wife to him; 1:25 and did not know her intimately until she bore her firstborn son, and he called his name Jesus.



[Matthew 2]



     {Mat 2:1-12 Jerusalem & Bethlehem 4 BC; no parallel.}


     2:1 Now when* Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise-men {Persian Magi; v7 & v16} from the east came into Jerusalem, 2:2 saying, Where is he who has been born the King of the Jews? For* we saw his star in the east and have come to worship him. 2:3 Now when* Herod the king heard it, he was disturbed and everyone in Jerusalem with him. 2:4 And having gathering together all the high-priests and scribes of the people, he inquired from them where the Christ should be born.


     2:5 Now they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judea; for* thus it has been written through the prophet, 2:6 'And Bethlehem, a land of Judah, you are by no means least among the governors of Judah; for* a leader will be coming forth from you, who will be shepherding my people Israel.' {Mic 5:2, 2Sam 5:2}



     2:7 Then Herod, having called the wise-men secretly, ascertained accurately from them the time of the star's appearing. 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, While* you° are traveling, probe° out accurately the things concerning the young child. And whenever you° have found him, report° to me, *that I may also come and may worship him. 2:9 Now having heard the king, they traveled away. And behold, the star, which they saw in the east, was preceding them until it came and stood above where the young child was. 2:10 Now having seen the star, they rejoiced with extremely great joy. 2:11 And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother. They fell down and worshiped him. Opening their treasures, they offered gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh to him. {Isa 60:6, Psa 72:10, 15} 2:12 And having been divinely-warned in a dream not to revisit Herod, they departed into their own region through another way.



     {Mat 2:13-18 Leaving for Egypt 4 BC; no parallel.}


     2:13 Now when* they had departed, behold, a messenger of the Lord appears to Joseph in a dream, saying, When* you arise, take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be there until I should speak to you again, because Herod is about to seek the young child to destroy him. 2:14 Now he arose, and took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt; 2:15 and they were there until the end of Herod; in order that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 'Out of Egypt I called my son.' {Hos. 11:1} 2:16 Then Herod, having seen that he was mocked by the wise-men, was exceedingly furious, and sent forth soldiers and assassinated all the boys who were in Bethlehem, and in all her borders, from two years and downward, according to the time which he had ascertained accurately from the wise-men. 2:17 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying, 2:18 'A voice was heard in Ramah, mourning, and weeping, and much anguish, Rachel weeping for her children. And she did not wish to be comforted, because they are not there.' {Jer 31:15}



     {Mat 2:19-23 & Luk 2:39b Egypt & Nazareth 4 BC.}


     2:19 But when* Herod was dead*, behold, a messenger of the Lord appears in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 2:20 saying, When* you arise, take the young child and his mother, and travel into the land of Israel, for* those seeking the young child's life have died. 2:21 Now he arose and took the young child and his mother and entered into the land of Israel. 2:22 But when* he heard that Archelaus is reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and having been divinely-warned in a dream, he departed into the parts of Galilee, 2:23 and he came and dwelt in a city called* Nazareth; *that what was spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, that he will be called a Nazarene.



[Matthew 3]



     {Mar 1:1-8 & Mat 3:1-12 & Luk 3:1-18. Judea near Jordan River 25 or 26 AD.}


     3:1 Now in those days John the Immerser* comes, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 3:2 and saying, Repent°; for* the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near. 3:3 For* this one is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, 'A voice is crying in the wilderness, prepare° the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' {Isa 40:3} 3:4 Now John himself had his outer clothing made of camel's hair and a leather belt around his loin, and his nourishment was locusts and wild honey. 3:5 Then Jerusalem and everyone in Judea and everyone from the region around the Jordan were traveling out to him. 3:6 And they were being immersed* by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 3:7 But when* he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his immersion*, he said to them, Offspring of vipers, who warned you° to flee from the future wrath? 3:8 Therefore produce° fruit worthy of repentance. 3:9 Do° not think to say among yourselves, We have Abraham for our father; for* I say to you°, that God is able to lift up children out of these stones for Abraham. 3:10 But even already, the ax is laid to the root of the trees, because every tree which is not producing good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.


     3:11 I indeed immerse* you° in water toward repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not sufficient to bear. He will immerse* you° in the Holy Spirit; 3:12 whose winnowing fan is in his hand, and he will be thoroughly cleansing his threshing floor, and he will be gathering his grain into the barn, but the chaff he will be burning up with unquenchable fire.



     {Mar 1:9-11, Mat 3:13-17, Luk 3:21-22, Joh 1:29-34? Jordan east of Jericho, Spring 27 AD.}


     3:13 Then Jesus comes from Galilee to John, to be immersed* by him in the Jordan. 3:14 But John was preventing him, saying, I have need to be immersed* by you and you are coming to me?


     3:15 But Jesus answered and said to him, Allow it now; for* thus it is suitable for us to fulfill every righteousness. Then he allows him.


     3:16 And Jesus when* he was immersed*, came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down, like a dove, and coming upon him; 3:17 and behold, a voice came out of the heavens, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am delighted.



[Matthew 4]



     {Mar 1:12-13 & Mat 4:1-11 & Luk 4:1-13.}


     4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 4:2 And having fasted forty days and forty nights, later he hungered. 4:3 And the Tempter came and said to him, If you are the Son of God, speak, in order that these stones may become bread.


     4:4 But he answered and said, It has been written, 'Man will not be living on bread alone, but upon every declaration that travels through the mouth of God!' {Deu 8:3}


     4:5 Then the devil takes him into the holy city. And he stands him upon the pinnacle of the temple, 4:6 and says to him, If you are the Son of God, cast yourself downward; for* it has been written, 'He will be commanding the messengers concerning you, and they will be lifting you up upon their hands, lest you hit your foot against a stone.' {Psa 91:11-12}


     4:7 Jesus said to him, Again it has been written, 'Do not test the Lord, your God.' {Deu 6:16}


     4:8 Again, the devil takes him to an exceedingly high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 4:9 and I will be giving you all these things, if you fall down and worship me.


     4:10 Then Jesus says to him, Go behind me, Adversary! For* it has been written, 'You will worship the Lord your God and you will give-divine service to him only.' {Deu 6:13} 4:11 Then the devil leaves him, and behold, messengers came and were serving him.



     {Mar 1:14a & Mat 4:12 & Luk 3:19-20 & Joh 4:1-4 Judea to Galilee.}


     4:12 Now Jesus, having heard that John was given up, departed into Galilee.


     {Mat 4:13-16 Capernaum.}


     4:13 And having left Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali; 4:14 in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 4:15 'The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond-that of the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, 4:16 the people who sit in darkness saw a great light and to those who sit in the region and shadow of death, light has risen for them.' {Isa 9:1-2}



     {Mar 1:14b-15 & Mat 4:17 & Luk 4:14b-15.}


     4:17 From then onward, Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent°; for* the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.



     {Mar 1:16-20 & Mat 4:18-22 & Luk 5:1-11 Sea of Galilee near Capernaum.}


     4:18 Now walking beside the sea of Galilee, he saw two brethren, Simon who is called* Peter and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for* they were fishermen. 4:19 And he says to them, Come-here° after me and I will make* you° fishermen of men. 4:20 Now immediately, they left the nets and followed him. 4:21 And having advanced from there, he saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee and John, his brother, in the ship with Zebedee, their father, mending their nets. And he called them. 4:22 Now immediately they followed him having left the ship and their father.



     {Mar 1:35-39 & Mat 4:23-25 & Luk 4:42-44 Preaching through Galilee.}


     4:23 And Jesus was going around the whole of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good-news of the kingdom and healing every kind of disease and every kind of illness among the people. 4:24 And the report of him went forth into the whole of Syria and they brought to him all who were ill, held by various diseases and torments and demon-possessed and epileptic and paralytics, and he healed them. 4:25 And large crowds followed him from Galilee and Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and beyond-that of the Jordan.



[Matthew 5]



     {Mat 5:1 & Luk 6:17-20. Sermon on the mountain.}


     5:1 Now having seen the crowds, he went up into the mountain and having sat down, his disciples came to him.


     {Mat 5:2-12 & Luk 6:20-26.}


     5:2 And he opened his mouth and was teaching them, saying: 5:3 The poor in spirit are fortunate, because theirs is the kingdom of the heavens. 5:4 Those who are mourning are fortunate, because they will be comforted. 5:5 The meek are fortunate, because they will inherit the earth. 5:6 Those who hunger and are thirsty for righteousness are fortunate, because they will be fed. 5:7 The merciful are fortunate, because they will be shown-mercy. 5:8 The clean in heart are fortunate, because they will be seeing God. 5:9 The peacemakers are fortunate, because they will be called sons of God. 5:10 Those who have been persecuted because of righteousness are fortunate, because theirs is the kingdom of the heavens. 5:11 You° are fortunate whenever they reproach and persecute you° and say every evil word against you°– lying, because of me. 5:12 Rejoice° and be° glad, because your° reward is much in the heavens; for* thus, they persecuted the prophets who were before you°.


     {Mat 5:13-16; no parallel.}


     5:13 You° are the salt of the earth, but if the salt is flavorless, then with* what shall it be salted? It is still not strong-enough to be used *for anything, except to be cast outside and trampled by men. 5:14 You° are the light of the world. A city laying upon a mountain is not able to be hid. 5:15 Nor are they burning a lamp and placing it under a peck container, but upon the lamp-stand, and it is shining to all who are in the house. 5:16 So let your° light shine before men, *that they may see your° good works and may glorify your° Father, the one in the heavens.



     {Mat 5:17-48 & Luk 6:27-36.}


     5:17 Do° not suppose that I came to tear-down the law or the prophets; I did not come to tear-down, but to fulfill. 5:18 For* assuredly I am saying to you°, Until heaven and earth should pass away, one iota or one serif may never* pass away from the law, until all things should become fulfilled.


     5:19 Therefore, whoever loosens one of these least commandments and may teach men to do so, will be called least in the kingdom of the heavens, but whoever practices and should teach them, he will be called great in the kingdom of the heavens. 5:20 For* I am saying to you°, that if your° righteousness is not abounding more-than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you° may never* enter into the kingdom of the heavens.



     5:21 You° have heard that it was said to the ancients, 'Do not murder,' but 'whoever murders will be liable to the judgment.' {Exo 20:13 & Deu 5:17} 5:22 But I say to you°, that everyone who is vainly angry toward his brother will be liable to the judgment, and whoever says to his brother, You, empty-head, will be liable to the council, but whoever says, You fool, will be liable to the hell of fire.


{Vainly can be: with emptiness (without cause or reason; i.e. to further one's own vanity)}


    {Empty-head is an expression of contempt. The Greek here could be simply 'fool' said as an expression of condemnation or could be a transliteration of 'Moreh' which is a Hebrew expression of condemnation. In Mat 5:22 the wording doesn't matter; it's the way it is said or meant.}



     5:23 Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar, and while you are there, you should remember that your brother has something against you, 5:24 leave your gift there before the altar and go away. First be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift. 5:25 Be agreeable with your opponent quickly, until which time you are with him on the road; lest the opponent should give you to the judge and the judge should give you to the attendant and you will be cast into prison. 5:26 Assuredly I am saying to you, You may never* come out from there, until you should have repaid the last copper coin.



     5:27 You° have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' {Exo 20:14 & Deu 5:18} 5:28 But I say to you°, that everyone who is looking at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 5:29 Now if your right eye is offending you, pluck it out and cast it from you°; for* it is advantageous for you, that* one of your members should perish and not that* your whole body should be cast into hell. 5:30 And if your right hand is offending you, cut it off and cast it away from you°; for* it is advantageous for you, that* one of your members should perish and not that* your whole body should be cast into hell.


     5:31 It was also said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a document of divorcement.' {Deu 24:1, 3} 5:32 But I say to you°, that whoever divorces his wife, except-for the reason of fornication, is making* her commit adultery and whoever marries her who has been divorced is committing adultery. {Mat 19:9, Luk 16:18}



     5:33 Again, you° have heard that it was said to the ancients, 'You will not perjure yourself, but will be giving your oaths to the Lord.' {Lev 19:12, Num. 30:2, Deu 23:21} 5:34 But I am saying to you°, Not to swear in anyway; neither by the heaven, because it is the throne of God; 5:35 nor by the earth, because it is the footstool of his feet; nor in Jerusalem, because it is the city of the Great King, 5:36 nor should you swear by your head, because you are unable to make* one hair white or black. 5:37 But let your° word be, a Yes, yes; a No, no; and whatever is more-than these, is from the evil one.



     5:38 You° have heard that it was said, An eye in exchange-for an eye and a tooth in exchange-for a tooth. {Exo 21:24, Lev 24:20, Deu 19:21} 5:39 But I am saying to you°, Not to stand against an evil man, but whoever slaps you upon your right jaw, turn also the other to him. 5:40 And to him, who is willing to have a lawsuit against you and wants to take away your tunic, then also allow for him to take your° outer garment. 5:41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 5:42 Give to the one who asks you and do not turn away from the one who wishes to borrow from you.



     5:43 You° have heard that it was said, 'You will love* your neighbor and hate your enemy.' {Lev 19:18} 5:44 But I am saying to you°, Love your° enemies, speak° well of those who curse you°, do° good things to those who hate you° and pray° on behalf of those who are railing at you° and are persecuting you°. 5:45 Do this *that you° may become sons of your° Father who is in the heavens, because his sun rises upon the evil and the good and it rains upon the righteous and the unrighteous. 5:46 For* if you° love* those who love* you°, what reward do you° have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 5:47 And if you° only greet your° friends, what are you° doing more-than others? Are not even the tax collectors doing so? 5:48 Therefore you° will be complete, just-like your° Father is complete, the one in the heavens.



[Matthew 6]



     {Mat 6:1-34; no parallel.}


     6:1 Take-heed° not to do your° charity before men, to be seen by them, otherwise you° have no reward from your° Father, the one in the heavens.


     6:2 Therefore, whenever you are doing charity, do not sound a trumpet before you just-like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the lanes, *that they may be glorified by men. Assuredly I am saying to you°, They are having their reward. 6:3 But when you are doing charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 6:4 *that your charity may be in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will be repaying you openly.



     6:5 And whenever you° pray, do not be just-like the hypocrites, because they love to pray, standing in the synagogues and at the street corners, *that they may appear devout to men. Assuredly I am say to you°, that they are having their reward. 6:6 But you, whenever you pray, enter into your storeroom, and when* you have locked your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will be repaying you openly. 6:7 And while praying, do° not be repetitious just-like the Gentile; for* they think that they will be heard in their many words. 6:8 Therefore, do° not be similar to them, for* your° Father knows what things you° have need of before you° ask him. 6:9 Therefore pray° thus: our Father, the one in the heavens, let your name be made holy. 6:10 Let your kingdom come. Let your will happen as in heaven, also upon the earth. 6:11 Give our {F} needful bread to us today. 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. 6:13 And do not bring us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one, because yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen. 6:14 For* if you° forgive men their trespasses, your° heavenly Father will also be forgiving you°. 6:15 But if you° do° not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your° Father be forgiving your° trespasses.


     {Footnotes: Mat 6:11, no one knows for sure what the original word means. It is only in the N.T. twice and no where else.}



     6:16 Now whenever you° fast, do° not become just-like the hypocrites, with a gloomy face; for* they disfigure their faces, *that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly I am saying to you°, They are having their reward. 6:17 But as for you, when you are fasting, anoint your head and wash your face 6:18 *that you do not appear to be fasting to men, but to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will be repaying you.



     6:19 Do° not store up treasures for you upon the earth, where moth and rust ingest, and where thieves burrow through your° wall and steal. 6:20 But store° up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust ingest, and where thieves do not burrow through or steal. 6:21 For* where your° treasure is, your° heart will also be there.


     6:22 The lamp of the body is the eye, because if your eye is clear, your whole body will be radiant. 6:23 But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be dark. Therefore, if the light which is in you is darkness, how much greater is the darkness!


     6:24 No one is able to serve* two lords, for* either he will hate the one and will love* the other; or he will hold to one and will despise the other. You° are not able to serve* God and {F} money.


    {Mat 6:24, or: Money as in your 'God of Money,' or 'The Almighty Dollar.'}


     6:25 Because of this, I am saying to you°, Do° not be anxious for your° life, what you° may eat and what you° may drink; nor for what you° may clothe your° body with. Is not the life worth more-than the nourishment and the body worth more-than the clothing? 6:26 Look° at the birds of the heaven, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and your° heavenly Father is nourishing them. Are you° not carrying much more-value than them? 6:27 Now which one out of you° is able to add one cubit upon his stature by being anxious? 6:28 And why are you° anxious concerning clothing? Learn° from the lilies of the field, somehow they are growing; they are not laboring, nor spinning. 6:29 Yet I say to you°, that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 6:30 But if God so dresses-up the grass of the field, which is here today and the next-day is cast into the oven, will he not much more clothe you°? You° of small faith!


     6:31 Therefore do° not be anxious, saying, What should we eat? or, What should we drink? or, What should we dress ourselves with? 6:32 For* the Gentiles are seeking after all these things; for* your° heavenly Father knows that you° have needs of all these things. 6:33 But first seek° the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you°. 6:34 Therefore do° not be anxious *for the next-day; for* the next-day will be anxious enough for the things of itself. Its evil is enough for the one day.



[Matthew 7]



     {Mat 7:1-6 & Luk 6:37-42; similar Joh 5:30, 7:24.}


     7:1 Do° not judge, in order that you° might not be judged! 7:2 For* in what judgment you° judge, you° will be judged and in what measure you° measure, it will be measured to you°. 7:3 And why are you looking at the speck, the one in your brother's eye, but do not consider the beam in your own eye? 7:4 Or how will you say to your brother, Allow me, that I may cast out the speck from your eye, and behold, the beam in your own eye? 7:5 You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see precisely to cast out the speck from your brother's eye.



     7:6 Do° not give the holy things to the dogs, nor cast your° pearls before the swine, lest they trample them down with* their feet and having turned, they may rip at you°.



     {Mat 7:7-11; no parallel.}


     7:7 Ask° and it will be given to you°; seek° and you° will be finding; knock° and it will be opened to you°. 7:8 For* everyone who is asking, receives; and the one who is seeking, finds; and to the one who is knocking, it will be opened. 7:9 Or what man is there out of you°, who, if his son asks him for a loaf he will not give him a stone, will he? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a serpent, will he? 7:11 Therefore if you°, being evil, know how to give good presents to your° children, how much more will your° Father, the one in the heavens, be giving good things to those who are asking him?



     {Mat 7:12 & Luk 6:31.}


     7:12 Therefore, all things, as many as you° would wish that* men should do for you°, so do° also to them; for* this is the law and the prophets.



     {Mat 7:13-23 & Luk 6:43-45.}


     7:13 Enter° in through the narrow gate, because wide is the gate and broad is the way, which leads to destruction and there are many who are entering through it. 7:14 Why is it? Narrow is the gate and pressed is the way, which is leading to life and few are those who are finding it.



     7:15 But take-heed°, stay away from false prophets, who are coming to you° in sheep's clothing, but inside are ravenous wolves. 7:16 You° will fully know them from their fruits. They do not collect a grape-cluster from thorns or figs from thistles, do they? 7:17 Thus every good tree produces good fruit, but the rotten tree produces evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree is not able to produce evil fruit, nor is a rotten tree able to produce good fruit. 7:19 Every tree which is not producing good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. 7:20 Consequently*, you° will fully know them from their fruits. 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but he who is practicing the will of my Father, the one in the heavens. 7:22 Many will be saying to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not: prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and practice many miracles in your name? 7:23 And then I will confess to them, I never* knew you°. Depart° from me, you° who are working lawlessness.


     {Mat 7:24-29 & Luk 6:46-49.}


     7:24 Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and practices them, he will be similar to a prudent man, who built his house upon the rock; 7:25 and the rain came down and the rivers came up and the winds blew and fell down upon that house, and it did not fall; for* it had been founded upon the rock. 7:26 And everyone hearing these words of mine and who is not doing them, will be similar to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand; 7:27 and the rain came down and the rivers came up and the winds blew and hit that house and it fell and great was its fall.



     7:28 And it happened, when Jesus had completed with these words, the crowds were being astounded at his teaching; 7:29 for* he was teaching them like one having authority and not like the scribes.



[Matthew 8]



     {Mat 8:1, 8:5-13 & Luk 7:1-10 Capernaum.}


     8:1 Now he came down from the mountain; large crowds followed him.



     {Mar 1:40-45 & Mat 8:2-4 & Luk 5:12-16.}


     8:2 And behold, a leper came to him, was worshiping him, saying, Lord, if you are willing, you are able to cleanse me.


     8:3 And Jesus, having stretched out his hand, touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 8:4 And Jesus says to him, See that you speak to no one, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, *for a testimony to them. {Lev 13:49, 14:2-4}



     {Mat 8:1, 8:5-13 & Luk 7:1-10 Capernaum.}


     8:5 Now when* Jesus entered into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, pleading with him, 8:6 and saying, Lord, my young-servant, a paralytic, has been put in the house, terribly tormented.


     8:7 And Jesus says to him, I will come and will heal him.


     8:8 And the centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not sufficient that* you should come under my roof, but only speak by word and my young-servant will be healed. 8:9 For* I am a man also under authority, having soldiers under me and I say to this one, Travel on and he travels on, and to another, Come and he comes, and to my bondservant, Do this and he does it.


     8:10 Now when* Jesus heard it, he marveled and said to those who followed, Assuredly I am saying to you°, I have not found so-great a faith, not even in Israel. 8:11 But I am saying to you°, that many will be coming from the east and the west, and will be reclining with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens; 8:12 but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness– the weeping and the gnashing of teeth will be there. 8:13 Now Jesus said to the centurion, Go, and as you have believed, let it happen for you. And his young-servant was healed in that hour.



     {Mar 1:29-34 & Mat 8:14-17 & Luk 4:38-41 Capernaum.}


     8:14 And when* Jesus had come into Peter's house, he saw that his mother-in-law had been put in bed and fevered. 8:15 And he touched her hand and the fever left her, and she arose and was serving him. 8:16 Now when* it became evening, they brought to him many demon-possessed and he cast out the spirits by word and healed all who were ill; 8:17 *that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 'He himself took our weaknesses and bears our diseases.' {Isa 53:4}



     {Mar 4:35-41 & Mat:8:18-27 & Luk 8:22-25 Sea of Galilee.}


     8:18 Now when* Jesus saw large crowds around him, he gave commands to go away beyond-that area. 8:19 And one scribe came to him, and said, Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.


     8:20 And Jesus says to him, The foxes have burrows and the birds of the heaven have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere he may bow his head.


     8:21 Now a different one of his disciples said to him, Lord, permit me first to go away and bury my father.


     8:22 But Jesus said to him, Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.



     8:23 And having stepped into the ship, his disciples followed him. 8:24 And behold, a great squall happened in the sea, so-that the ship was hidden by the waves, but he was sleeping. 8:25 And the disciples came to him and aroused him, saying, Save us Lord! We are perishing!


     8:26 And he says to them, Why are you° cowardly? You° of small faith! Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there became a great calm.


     8:27 Now the men marveled, saying, What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea are obeying* him?



     {Mar 5:1-21 & Mat 8:28-34 & Luk 8:26-40 Gergesa.}


     8:28 And he came to the area beyond-that into the region of the Gergesenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming forth out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so-that not anyone was strong-enough to pass through that way. 8:29 And behold, they cried out, saying, What is this thing with us and with you, Jesus, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time? 8:30 Now a herd of many swine was being fed from afar, away from them. 8:31 And the demons were pleading with him, saying, If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.


     8:32 And he said to them, Go° away! Now they came out and went into the herd of swine and behold, all the herd of swine rushed down the cliff into the sea and died in the waters. 8:33 Now those who are feeding them fled and went away into the city and reported all things and what had happened to those who were demon-possessed. 8:34 And behold, all the city came out *for a meeting with Jesus and when* they saw him, they pleaded with him *that he should proceed from their borders.



[Matthew 9]



     9:1 And he stepped into the ship and ferried over and came into his own city.



     {Mar 2:1-12 & Mat 9:2-8 & Luk 5:17-26.}


     9:2 And behold, they were bringing a paralytic to him, having been put upon a cot, and Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, Child, have courage; your sins have been forgiven to you.


     9:3 And behold, some of the scribes said among themselves, This one is blaspheming.


     9:4 And Jesus, having seen their contemplations said, Why are you° contemplating evil in your° hearts? 9:5 For* what is easier, to say, Your sins have been forgiven; or to say, Arise and walk? 9:6 But in order that you° may know that the Son of Man has authority upon the earth to forgive sins (then he says to the paralytic), While* you are arising, lift up your cot and go away to your house. 9:7 And having arisen, he went away to his house. 9:8 Now when* the crowds saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.



     {Mar 2:13-14 & Mat 9:9 & Luk 5:27-28 At or near Capernaum.}


     9:9 And passing by from there, Jesus saw a man, called* Matthew, sitting at a tax-office and he says to him, Follow me. And he stood up and followed him.



     {Mar 2:15-22 & Mat 9:10-17 & Luk 5:29-39 Capernaum.}


     9:10 And it happened, while he was reclining at a meal in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and reclined together with Jesus and his disciples. 9:11 And when* the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, Why is your° teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?


     9:12 But Jesus having heard it, said to them, Those who are strong have no need of a physician, but those who are ill. 9:13 Now when* you° travel on, learn° what is meant by, 'I will to have mercy and not sacrifice.' {Hos 6:6} For* I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.



     9:14 Then the disciples of John come near to him, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?


     9:15 And Jesus said to them, The sons of the bridal-party {companions or guests} are not able to mourn, inasmuch as the bridegroom is with them, are they? But the days will come, whenever the bridegroom is taken away from them and then they will be fasting. 9:16 But no one puts a patch of unshrunk fabric upon an old garment; for* its fullness shrinks and lifts away from the garment and a worse split happens. 9:17 Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst and the wine is poured out and the wineskins will be destroyed, but they put new wine into new wineskins and both are protected together.



     {Mar 5:22-43 & Mat 9:18-26 & Luk 8:41-56 Capernaum.}


     9:18 While speaking these things to them, behold, one ruler came to him and was worshiping him, saying, My daughter is just now dead*, but come and lay your hand upon her and she will live. 9:19 And Jesus and his disciples arose and followed him.


     9:20 And behold, a woman, having had a flow of blood for twelve years, came behind him and touched the hem of his garment; 9:21 for* she was saying to herself, 'If only I touch his garment; I will be cured.


     9:22 Now Jesus having turned, saw her, and said, Daughter, have courage; your faith has saved you. And the woman was cured from that hour.



     9:23 And when* Jesus came into the ruler's house and saw the flute-players and the crowd being in an uproar, 9:24 he says to them, Depart°; for* the girl is not dead, but is sleeping. And they were laughing at him. 9:25 But when* the crowd was cast out, having entered, he took-hold of her hand, and the girl arose. 9:26 And this fame went forth into that whole land.



     {Mat 9:27-34 Probably Capernaum; no parallel.}


     9:27 And Jesus passing by from there, two blind men followed him, crying out and saying, Show-mercy to us, son of David.


     9:28 Now he came into the house, the blind men came to him and Jesus says to them, You° believe that I am able to do this?


     They say to him, Yes, Lord.


     9:29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, Let it happen for you° according to your° faith. 9:30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus scolded them, saying, See° that you° let no one know it. 9:31 But they went forth and broadcasted about him in that whole land.



     9:32 Now when* they are going forth, behold, they brought a demon-possessed mute man to him. 9:33 And when* the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke and the crowds marveled, saying, This was never* so seen in Israel.


     9:34 But the Pharisees were saying, He is casting out demons by the ruler of the demons.



     {Mar 6:6b-13 & Mat 9:35-10:42 & Luk 9:1-6 Third circuit of Galilee.}


     9:35 And Jesus was going around all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good-news of the kingdom and healing all kinds of disease and all kinds of illness among the people. 9:36 But when* he saw the crowds, he had compassion concerning them, because they were fainting in spirit and were being tossed about, like sheep not having a shepherd. 9:37 Then he says to his disciples, The harvest is indeed large, but the workers are few. 9:38 Therefore beseech° from the Lord of the harvest, *that he should put out workers into his harvest.



[Matthew 10]



     10:1 And having called his twelve disciples, he gave to them authority over unclean spirits, so-that they are able to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of illness.



     10:2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: the first is Simon, who is called* Peter and Andrew his brother; James and John his brother, the sons of Zebedee; 10:3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus and Lebbaeus who was surnamed Thaddaeus; 10:4 Simon the Canaanite {Or: zealot. See Luk 6:15, Acts 1:13.} and Judas the Iscariot, who gave him up to the Jews.



     10:5 Jesus sent forth these twelve apostles and commanded them, saying, Do° not go into any road of the Gentiles and do° not enter into any city of the Samaritans; 10:6 but travel° rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 10:7 Now while* you° are traveling, preach°, saying, The kingdom of the heavens has drawn near. 10:8 Heal° the sick; cleanse° the lepers; cast° out demons; freely you° received, freely you° give. 10:9 Do° not procure gold, nor silver, nor brass coins *for your° money belts; 10:10 no knapsack *for your° journey, neither two tunics nor shoes nor staffs; for* the worker is worthy of his nourishment. 10:11 Now into whatever city or village you° enter, probe° out who is worthy in it, and abide° there until you° should go. 10:12 Now while entering into the house, greet° it. 10:13 And if indeed the house is worthy, let your° peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your° peace return to you°. 10:14 And whoever did not accept you°, nor heard your° words, when* you° go forth from that house or that city, shake-off° the dust from your° feet. 10:15 Assuredly I am saying to you°, It will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.



     10:16 Behold, I am sending you° forth like sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore, become° prudent like serpents and harmless like doves. 10:17 But take-heed°, stay away from men; for* they will be giving you° up to councils, and they will be scourging you° in their synagogues; 10:18 and you° will also be led in front of governors and kings because of me, *for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 10:19 But whenever they give you° up, do° not be anxious how or what you° should speak; for* it will be given to you° in that hour what you° will be speaking. 10:20 For* it is not you° who speaks, but the Spirit of your° Father who speaks in you°. 10:21 Now brother will be giving up brother to death and the father his child and children will be standing up against parents and will be slaying them. 10:22 And you° will be hated by all men because of my name. But he who has endured to the end, this one will be saved. 10:23 But whenever they persecute you° in this city, flee° into another; for* assuredly I am saying to you°, You° may never* complete the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man should come.



     10:24 A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a bondservant above his lord. 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that* he should become like his teacher and the bondservant like his lord. If they have called the householder Beelzebub, how much more the kinfolk! 10:26 Therefore do° not fear them; for* there is nothing hidden, which will not be revealed, and nothing secret, which will not be known. 10:27 What I am speaking to you° in the darkness, speak° in the light, and what you° hear in your° ear, preach° upon the housetops. 10:28 And do° not be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 10:29 Are two sparrows not sold for a copper coin? And not one out of them will be falling to the earth without your° Father knowing it; 10:30 but even the hairs of your° head are all numbered. 10:31 Therefore do° not fear, because you° are carrying more-value than many sparrows. 10:32 Therefore, everyone who will confess to be in me before men, I will also confess to be in him before my Father, who is in the heavens. 10:33 But whoever denies me before men, I will also be denying him before my Father who is in the heavens.



     10:34 Do° not suppose that I came to cast peace upon the earth; I did not come to cast peace, but a sword. 10:35 For* I came to pit man against his father and the daughter against her mother and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 10:36 and, 'A man's enemies will be his own kinfolk.' {Mic 7:6} 10:37 He who loves his father or mother above me is not worthy of me, and he who loves his son or daughter above me is not worthy of me. 10:38 Now he who is not taking up his cross and following after me, is not worthy of me. 10:39 He who has found his life will be losing it, and he who has lost his life because of me will be finding it.



     10:40 He who accepts you°, accepts me; and he who receives me, receives the one who sent me. 10:41 He who accepts a prophet in the name of a prophet, will be receiving a prophet's reward, and he who accepts a righteous man in the name of a righteous man, will be receiving a righteous man's reward. 10:42 And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to drink to one of these little ones, in the name of a disciple, assuredly I am saying to you°, He may never* lose his reward.



[Matthew 11]



     11:1 And it happened when Jesus had completed commanding his twelve disciples, he proceeded from there to teach and to preach in their cities.



     {Mat 11:2-30 & Luk 7:18-35 Galilee.}


     11:2 Now when* John heard the works of the Christ while in prison, he sent two of his disciples 11:3 and said to him, Are you the one who is coming, or should we expect a different one?


     11:4 And Jesus answered and said to them, When* you° travel back, report° to John what you° hear and see: 11:5 the blind recover their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the poor have the good-news proclaimed to them. 11:6 And whoever is not offended at me is fortunate.



     11:7 Now while* these disciples are traveling on, Jesus began to say to the crowds concerning John, What did you° come out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 11:8 But what did you° go out to see? A man who has been dressed-up in soft garments? Behold, those who are wearing soft garments are in royal houses. 11:9 But why did you° go out? To see a prophet? I say to you°, Yes, and one who is more-than a prophet. 11:10 For* this is he, concerning whom it has been written, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will be preparing your way before you.' {Mal 3:1} 11:11 Assuredly I am saying to you°, A greater man has not arisen among those born from women than John the Immerser*. But he who is least in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he. 11:12 But from the days of John the Immerser* until now the kingdom of the heavens suffers-violently and the violent ones seize it. 11:13 For* all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 11:14 And if you° are willing to accept it, this is Elijah, who is the one about to come. 11:15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.



     11:16 But to what shall be similar to this generation? It is similar to children sitting in the marketplaces and shouting to their comrades 11:17 and saying, We piped to you° and you° did not dance. We mourned for you° and yet you° did not grieve for yourselves. 11:18 For* John came neither eating nor drinking and they say, He has a demon. 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they say, Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners! And wisdom was made righteous from her children.



     11:20 Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his miracles had happened, because they did not repent. 11:21 Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! Because if the miracles had happened in Tyre and Sidon which have happened in you°, they would have repented long-ago in sackcloth and ashes. 11:22 However I say to you°, It will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you°. 11:23 And you, Capernaum, who has been exalted to heaven, you will be stepping down to Hades, because if the miracles had happened in Sodom which have happened in you, it would have remained till today. 11:24 However I say to you°, that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.



     11:25 Jesus answered and said at that time, I profess you, O Father, Lord of heaven and the earth, that you hid these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants. 11:26 Yes, Father, because thus it became a delight before you. 11:27 All things have been given to me by my Father and no one fully knows the Son, except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father fully, except the Son and he to whomever the Son wills to reveal him. 11:28 Come-here° to me, all you° who labor and have been loaded down, and I will be giving-rest to you°. 11:29 Take° my yoke upon you° and learn° from me, because I am meek and humble in heart and you° will be finding rest for your° souls. 11:30 For* my yoke is easy and my load is light.



[Matthew 12]



     {Mar 2:23-28 & Mat 12:1-8 & Luk 6:1-5 Jerusalem to Galilee.}


     12:1 Jesus traveled on the Sabbath day through the grain-fields at that time, and his disciples were hungry and began to pluck the tops and to eat them. 12:2 But the Pharisees, having seen it, said to him, Behold, your disciples are doing what is not legal to practice upon the Sabbath.


     12:3 But he said to them, Have you° not read what David did, when he himself was hungry and those with him; 12:4 how he entered into the house of God and ate the showbread, which was not legal for him to eat, nor those with him, unlawful except for the priests only? 12:5 Or have you° not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and yet are crimeless? {1Sam 21:6} 12:6 But I saying to you°, that a greater thing than the temple is here. 12:7 But if you° had known what is meant by this, 'I will to have mercy and not sacrifice,' {Hos 6:6} You° would not have sentenced the crimeless. 12:8 For* the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.



     {Mar 3:1-6 & Mat 12:9-14 & Luk 6:6-11 Probably Galilee.}


     12:9 And having proceeded from there, he went into their synagogue. 12:10 And behold, there was a man who had a dried up hand. And they asked him, in order that they might accuse him, saying, Is it legal to heal on the Sabbath day?


     12:11 But he said to them, What man shall there be out of you°, who shall have one sheep and if this one falls into a ditch on the Sabbath day, shall he not take-hold of it and lift it up? 12:12 Therefore how much more-value does a man carry than a sheep? So-then is it legal to do good on the Sabbath day?


     12:13 Then he says to the man, Stretch out your hand. And he stretched it out, and it was restored as healthy as the other. 12:14 But the Pharisees having gone out, took counsel against him, *that they should destroy him.



     {Mar 3:7-12 & Mat 12:15-21 Sea of Galilee.}


     12:15 But Jesus having known it, departed from there and large crowds followed him, and he healed them all, 12:16 and rebuked them, in order that they should not make* him apparent; 12:17 *that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 12:18 'Behold, my young-servant whom I selected. My beloved in whom my soul is delighted. I will be placing my Spirit upon him and he will be proclaiming judgment to the Gentiles.' 12:19 'He will not have selfish ambition, nor will he cry-out; nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. 12:20 He will not fracture a bruised reed and he will not quench a smoking wick, until he should cast out the judgment to victory. 12:21 And the Gentiles will hope in his name.' {Isa 42:1-3}



     {Mar 3:19b-30 & Mat 12:22-37.}


     12:22 Then a demon-possessed man was brought to him, blind and mute and he healed him, so-that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 12:23 And all the crowds were astonished and were saying, This is not the son of David, is it?


     12:24 But when* the Pharisees heard it, they said, This one is not casting out demons, except in Beelzebub the ruler of the demons.


     12:25 But Jesus knowing their contemplations said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is made desolate, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 12:26 And if the Adversary casts out the Adversary, he is divided against himself. Therefore how will his kingdom stand? 12:27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, in whom do your° sons cast them out? They will be your° judges because of this. 12:28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God; consequently*, the kingdom of God has arrive-unexpectedly upon you°. 12:29 Or how is anyone able to enter into the house of the strong man, and plunder his goods, if he does not first bind the strong man? And then he will be plundering his house. 12:30 He who is not with me is against me and he who is not gathering with me scatters. 12:31 Because of this, I am saying to you°, Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven to men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit will not be forgiven to men. 12:32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, not in the age which is now, nor in the future one. 12:33 Either make the tree good and its fruit good; or make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten; for* the tree is known from its fruit. 12:34 Offspring of vipers! How are you°, being evil, able to speak good things? For* out of the abundance of the heart the mouth is speaking. 12:35 The good man out of his good treasure is casting out good things and the evil man out of his evil treasure is casting out evil things. 12:36 But I am saying to you°, that every idle declaration, whatever men speak, they will be giving an account in the day of judgment concerning it. 12:37 For* you will be made righteous from your words and you will be sentenced from your words.



     {Mat 12:38-45; no parallel.}


     12:38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.


     12:39 But he answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous generation is seeking after a sign, and a sign will not be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet; 12:40 for* just-as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea-creature; so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.


     12:41 The men of the Ninevites will be standing up with this generation in the judgment and will be condemning it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, more-than Jonah is here. 12:42 The queen of the south will be arisen with this generation in the judgment and will be condemning it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, more-than Solomon is here.


     12:43 But the unclean spirit, whenever it has gone out of the man, goes through waterless places, seeking rest and does not find it. 12:44 Then it says, I will return into my house from where I came out, and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, having been swept and adorned. 12:45 Then it travels and takes with itself seven other spirits more evil than itself and they enter and dwell there and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So it will also be to this evil generation.



     {Mar 3:31-35 & Mat 12:46-50 & Luk 8:19-21.}


     12:46 But while he is still speaking to the crowds, behold, his mother and his brethren stood outside, seeking to speak to him. 12:47 Now someone said to him, Behold, your mother and your brethren are standing outside, seeking to speak to you.


     12:48 But he answered and said to the one who spoke to him, Who is my mother? And who are my brethren? 12:49 And he stretched out his hand toward his disciples and said, Behold, my mother and my brethren! 12:50 For* whoever practices the will of my Father who is in the heavens, he is my brother and sister and mother.



[Matthew 13]



     {Mar 4:1-25 & Mat 13:1-23 & Luk 8:4-18 Sea of Galilee.}


     13:1 Now in that day, Jesus went out of the house and was sitting beside the sea. 13:2 And large crowds were gathered to see him, so-that he stepped onto a ship and was sitting, and all the crowd stood upon the beach.


     13:3 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying: Behold, the sower went forth to sow; 13:4 and while* he sowed, some fell beside the road and the birds came and devoured them.


     13:5 Now others fell upon the rocky-areas, where they did not have much soil and immediately they rose up because they had no depth of soil; 13:6 and when* the sun rose, they were burnt, and they dried up because they had no root.


     13:7 Now others fell upon the thorns, and the thorns shot up and choked them.


     13:8 But now, others fell upon the good soil and were giving fruit, which some was a hundred times, but some was sixty, but some thirty.


     13:9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.



     13:10 And the disciples came and said to him, Why do you speak to them in parables?


     13:11 But he answered and said to them, It has been given to you° to know the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens, but it has not given to those men. 13:12 For* whoever has, to him will be given and he will abound, but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13:13 Because of this, I speak to them in parables, because seeing, they do not see, and hearing, they do not hear, nor do they understand. 13:14 And the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled in them, which says, 'In hearing you° will hear and may never* understand, and seeing you° will see and may never* know; 13:15 for* the heart of this people has become-callous and they have selectively heard with the ears and they have closed their eyes; lest they should see with their eyes and should hear with their ears and should understand with their heart and should turn again and I will be healing them.' {Isa 6:9-10} 13:16 But your° eyes are fortunate, because they are seeing, and your° ears, because they are hearing. 13:17 For* assuredly I am saying to you°, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things you° are seeing and did not see them, and to hear the things you° are hearing and did not hear them.



     13:18 Therefore you°, hear° the parable of the sower: 13:19 everyone hearing the word of the kingdom and not understanding it, then the evil one comes and takes away what has been sown in his heart. This is he who was sown beside the road.


     13:20 And he who was sown upon the rocky-areas, this is he who hears the word and immediately is receiving it with joy; 13:21 but he does not have root in himself, but is temporary, and when* affliction or persecution has happened to him because of the word, immediately he stumbles.


     13:22 And he who was sown among the thorns, this is he who hears the word, and the anxiety of this age and the deception of riches, choke the word and he becomes unfruitful.


     13:23 Now he who was sown upon the good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; who bears-fruit and produces some a hundred times, and some sixty, and some thirty!


          {Mat 13:24-30; no parallel.}


     13:24 He placed another parable with them, saying: The kingdom of the heavens is similar to a man who sows good seed in his field; 13:25 but while* the men slept, his enemy came and sowed darnels between the stalks of the wheat and went away. 13:26 But when the blade sprouted and produced fruit, then the darnels also appeared. 13:27 Now the bondservant of the householder came and said to him, Lord, did you not sow good seed in your field? Therefore from where have the darnels come?


     13:28 Now he said to them, A man, an enemy, did this.


     Now the bondservants said to him, Therefore do you wish that we go and collect them?


     13:29 But he said, No; lest while collecting up the darnels, you° may uproot the wheat at the same time with them. 13:30 Allow° both to be grown together till the harvest, and I will be saying to the reapers in the time of the harvest, Collect° first the darnels and bind° them in bundles to burn them, but gather° the wheat into my barn.



     {Mar 4:30-34 & Mat 13:31-35.}


     13:31 He placed another parable before them, saying: The kingdom of the heavens is similar to a kernel of a mustard-seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 13:32 which indeed is least compared to all of the other seeds, but whenever it is grown, it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so-that the birds of the heaven come and nest in its branches.



     13:33 He spoke another parable to them: The kingdom of the heavens is similar to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three three-gallon containers of flour, until it was entirely leavened.



     13:34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds, and he was not speaking to them without a parable; 13:35 *that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 'I will open my mouth in parables. I will be uttering things which have been hidden from the conception of the world.' {Psa 78:2}



     {Mat 13:36-53; no parallel.}


     13:36 Then Jesus, having left the crowds, went into the house and his disciples came to him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the darnels of the field.


     13:37 Now he answered and said to them, He who is sowing the good seed is the Son of Man; 13:38 and the field is the world, and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom, and the darnels are the sons of the evil one; 13:39 and the enemy that sowed them is the devil and the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are messengers. 13:40 Therefore, just-like the darnels is collected and burned in fire; so it will be in the end of this world. 13:41 The Son of Man will be sending forth his messengers and they will be collecting out of his kingdom all the offenses and those who are practicing lawlessness, 13:42 and will be casting them into the furnace of fire– the weeping and the gnashing of teeth will be there. 13:43 Then the righteous will be shining out like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.



     13:44 Again, the kingdom of the heavens is similar to a treasure that has been hidden in the field; which a man found and hid, and he goes and sells all his things in his joy, as many things as he has and buys that field.



     13:45 Again, the kingdom of the heavens is similar to a man, who is a merchant, seeking beautiful pearls; 13:46 who found one very precious pearl, went and sold* all his things, as many things as he had, and bought it.



     13:47 Again, the kingdom of the heavens is similar to a dragnet, that was cast into the sea and gathered fish of every variety; 13:48 which, when* it was filled, having hauled it up upon the beach, and having sat down, they collected the good into containers, but they cast the rotten outside. 13:49 So it will be in the end of the world; the messengers will be going out and separate* the evil from the midst of the righteous, 13:50 and will be casting them into the furnace of fire– the weeping and the gnashing of teeth will be there.



     13:51 And Jesus says to them, Have you° understood all these things?


     They say to him, Yes, Lord.



     13:52 Now he said to them, Because of this, every scribe who has been made a disciple to the kingdom of the heavens is similar to a man who is a householder, who casts forth out of his treasure, new and old things.



     13:53 And it happened, when Jesus had completed these parables, he took off from there.



     {Mar 6:1-6a & Mat 13:54-58 Nazareth.}


     13:54 And when* he came into his fatherland, he was teaching them in their synagogue, so-that they were astounded and said, From where did this one receive the wisdom and the miracles? 13:55 Is this not the carpenter's son? Is his mother not called* Mary? And his brethren, James and Joses and Simon and Jude? 13:56 And are they not all his sisters with us? Therefore from where did this one receive all these things? 13:57 And they were being offended at him.


     But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor, except in his fatherland and in his own house. 13:58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.



[Matthew 14]



     {Mar 6:14-29 & Mat 14:1-12 & Luk 9:7-9.}


     14:1 Herod the Tetrarch heard the report of Jesus at that time, 14:2 and said to his young-servants, This is John the Immerser*; he was raised from the dead, and because of this, these powers are working in him. 14:3 For* Herod had took-hold of John, and bound him, and placed him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.


     14:4 For* John said to him, It is not legal for you to have her.


     14:5 And wishing to kill him, but he feared the crowd, because they held him as a prophet.


     14:6 Now when* Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst of the court and pleased Herod; 14:7 from where he confessed with an oath to give her whatever she asks of him.


     14:8 Now being pushed forward by her mother, she says, Give me the head of John the Immerser* upon a platter here.


     14:9 And the king was sorrowful, but because of his oaths and of those who reclined at the meal together with him, he commanded it to be given. 14:10 And he sent and beheaded John in the prison. 14:11 And his head was carried upon a platter, and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 14:12 And his disciples came and lifted up the body, and buried it, and they went and reported to Jesus.



     {Mar 6:30-32 & Mat 14:13 & Luk 9:10 & Joh 6:1 East shore of Galilee.}


     14:13 And when* Jesus heard it, he departed from there in a ship, privately to a desolate place, and when* the crowds heard of it, they followed him on foot from the cities.



     {Mar 6:33-44 & Mat 14:14-21 & Luk 9:11-17 & Joh 6:2-14.}


     14:14 And when* Jesus went out, he saw a large crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 14:15 Now when* it became evening, his disciples came to him, saying, The place is desolate and the hour has already passed away; dismiss the crowds, in order that they may go away into the villages and buy food for themselves.


     14:16 But Jesus said to them, They have no need to go away; you°, give° them food to eat!


     14:17 But they say to him, We do not have anything here except five loaves and two fish.


     14:18 Now he said, Bring° them here to me. 14:19 And he commanded the crowds to recline upon the grass, and he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he gave-thanks and broke them, and he gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples then gave to the crowds. 14:20 And they all ate and were fed, and they took up what was leftover of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 14:21 Now those eating were approximately five thousand men, plus women and children.



     {Mar 6:45-56 & Mat 14:22-36 & Joh 6:15-21.}


     14:22 And immediately, Jesus urged the disciples to step into the ship, and to precede him to the area beyond-that, until he should dismiss the crowds. 14:23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up into the mountain privately to pray. Now when* it became evening, he was alone there. 14:24 But the ship was already in the midst of the sea, was being tormented by the waves; for* the wind was adverse. 14:25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking upon the sea. 14:26 And when* the disciples saw him walking upon the sea, they were disturbed, saying, It is an apparition, and they cried out from their fear.


     14:27 But Jesus immediately spoke to them, saying, Have° courage; it is I; do° not be afraid.


     14:28 Now Peter having answered to him, said, Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you upon the waters.


     14:29 Now he said, Come.


     And Peter went down from the ship, and walked upon the waters to go toward Jesus. 14:30 But he was afraid, seeing the strong wind, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me.


     14:31 Now Jesus immediately stretched out his hand, and grabbed him, and says to him, You of small faith, why were you skeptical?


     14:32 And when* they stepped into the ship, the wind pauses. 14:33 Now those in the ship came to him and, worshiped him, saying, You are truly the Son of God.



     14:34 And having ferried over, they came to the land of Gennesaret. 14:35 And when* the men of that place recognized him, they sent word into the whole region around and brought to him all those who have an illness, 14:36 and they were pleading with him in order that they might only touch the hem of his garment and as many as touched it, were cured.



[Matthew 15]



     {Mar 7:1-23 & Mat 15:1-20 & Joh 7:1 Galilee, probably Capernaum Spring 29 AD.}


     15:1 Then the scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem come to Jesus, saying, 15:2 Why are your disciples transgressing the tradition of the elders? For* they do not wash their hands whenever they eat bread.


     15:3 But he answered and said to them, Why do you° also transgress the commandment of God because of your° tradition? 15:4 For* God commanded, saying, 'Honor your father and your mother.' {Exo 20:12 & Deu 5:16} And, 'He who is speaking evil of their father or mother, let him be ended by the sentence of death.' {Exo 21:17 & Lev 20:9} 15:5 But you° say, Whoever says to his father or his mother, in whatever you might have been profited from me, it is a gift to God, 15:6 and then should never* honor his father and mother, and thus you° invalidated the commandment of God because of your° tradition. 15:7 You° hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied well concerning you°, saying, 15:8 'These people are drawing near to me with their mouth, and are honoring me with their lips, but their heart is faraway from me. 15:9 But they are worshiping me in futility, teaching as their teachings– the commandments of men.' {Isa 29:13}


     15:10 And he called to him the crowd and said to them, Hear° and understand°! 15:11 Not what enters into the mouth desecrates the man, but what is traveling from the mouth, this desecrates the man.



     15:12 Then the disciples came to him and said, Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when* they heard this speech?


     15:13 He answered and said, Every plant which my heavenly father did not plant will be uprooted. 15:14 Leave° them! They are blind guides of the blind. Now if the blind guide the blind, both will be falling into a ditch.


     15:15 Now Peter answered and said to him, Explain to us the parable.


     15:16 Now Jesus said, Are you° also without understanding at this point? 15:17 Are you° not yet perceiving, that whatever travels into the mouth makes room in the belly, and is cast out into the sewer? 15:18 But these things which are traveling from the mouth, come out from the heart, and they desecrate the man. 15:19 For* out of the heart comes forth evil reasonings, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. 15:20 These things are what desecrate the man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not desecrate the man.



     {Mar 7:24 & Mat 15:21.}


     15:21 And Jesus went out from there, and departed into the parts of Tyre and Sidon.



     {Mar 7:25-30 & Mat 15:22-28 Tyre and Sidon.}


     15:22 And behold, a woman from Canaan came out from those borders, and cried-out to him, saying, Show-mercy to me, O Lord, you the son of David. My daughter is evilly demon-possessed. 15:23 But he answered her not a word.


     And his disciples came and asked him, saying, Dismiss her, because she is crying behind us.


     15:24 But he answered and said, I was not sent, except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.


     15:25 But she came and worshiped him, saying, Lord, help me.


     15:26 Now he answered and said, It is not good to take the children's bread and cast it to the puppies.


     15:27 But she said, Yes, Lord; for* even the puppies eat from the crumbs which are falling from the table of their lords.


     15:28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your faith. Let it happen for you as you will it. And her daughter was healed from that hour.



     {Mar 7:31 & Mat 15:29 Avoiding Herod's territory.}


     15:29 And Jesus, having proceeded from there, went beside the sea of Galilee, and he went up into the mountain and was sitting there.


     {Mar 7:32-37 & Mat 15:30-31 Magadan and Bethsaida Summer 29 AD.}


     15:30 And large crowds came to him there, having the lame, blind, mute, crippled and many others with them. They tossed them beside the feet of Jesus, and he healed them; 15:31 so-that the crowds marveled, seeing the mute speaking; the crippled healthy; the lame walking; and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.



     {Mar 8:1-8:9 & Mat 15:32-38.}


     15:32 Now Jesus called his disciples to him, and said, I have compassion upon the crowd because they already remain with me three days, and do not have anything that they might eat, and I am not willing to dismiss them starving, lest they might faint on the road.


     15:33 And his disciples say to him, From where can we buy so-many loaves for us in the wilderness, so-then to feed so-great a crowd?


     15:34 And Jesus said to them, How many loaves do you° have?


     But they said, Seven and a few small-fish.


     15:35 And he commanded the crowd to lean-back upon the soil. 15:36 And he took the seven loaves and the few fish, and he gave-thanks and broke them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples gave to the crowds. 15:37 And they all ate and were fed, and they took up what was leftover of the broken pieces, seven baskets full. 15:38 Now those eating were approximately four thousand men, plus women and children.



     {Mar 8:10-26 & Mat 15:39-16:12 Near Caesarea Philippi Summer 29 AD.}


     15:39 And he dismissed the crowds, and stepped into the ship, and went into the borders of Magadan.



[Matthew 16]



     16:1 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, testing him, and asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 16:2 But having answered, he said to them, When* it becomes evening, you° say, It will be fair-weather; for* the heaven is red. 16:3 And in the morning, There will be a storm today; for* the heaven is red and dismal. Hypocrites! You° indeed know how to discern the face of the heaven, but you° are not able to discern the signs of the times. 16:4 An evil and adulterous generation is seeking after a sign, and no sign will be given to it, except the sign of Jonah the prophet. And he left them and went away.



     16:5 And his disciples came to the area beyond-that, and forgot to take bread. 16:6 Now Jesus said to them, Behold° and take-heed°, stay away from the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees!


     16:7 Now they were reasoning among themselves, saying, It is because we took no bread.


     16:8 Now Jesus having known it, said to them, You° of small faith, why are you° reasoning among yourselves, because you° took no bread? 16:9 Do you° not yet perceive, nor remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you° took up? 16:10 Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you° took up? 16:11 How is it that you° do not perceive that I did not speak to you° concerning bread, but to take-heed, stay away from the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees? 16:12 Then they understood that he did not say to take-heed, stay away from the leaven of bread, but stay away from the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.



     {Mar 8:27-30 & Mat 16:13-20 & Luk 9:18-21 Caesarea Philippi.}


     16:13 Now when* Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say the Son of Man is?


     16:14 Now they said, Some say John the Immerser*; others, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.


     16:15 He says to them, But who do you° say that I am?


     16:16 Now Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.


     16:17 And Jesus answered and said to him, You are fortunate, Simon, Son of Jonah, because flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father, the one in the heavens. 16:18 But I also say to you, that you are {F} Peter and upon this, {F} the rock, I will be building my congregation* of believers, and the gates of Hades will not be prevailing against her. 16:19 I will be giving to you the keys of the kingdom of the heavens, and whatever you bind upon the earth will have already been bound in the heavens, and whatever you loose upon the earth will have already been loosed in the heavens. 16:20 Then he ordered the disciples in order that they should speak to no one that he was Jesus, the Christ.


     {Footnotes: Mat 16:18, these words are different in Greek. Peter translated is a 'pebble' and the other word is 'rock' as in 'a massive rock or rock foundation,' the kind of rock that the wise man built his house on in Mat 7:24-25.}



     {Mar 8:31-9:1 & Mat 16:21-28 & Luk 9:22-27 Caesarea Philippi.}


     16:21 Jesus began to show to his disciples from then on, that it is essential for him to go to Jerusalem and to suffer many things from the elders and high-priests and scribes, and to be killed, and to arise in the third day. 16:22 And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, God will be lenient to you, Lord. This will never* be happening to you.


     16:23 But he turned and said to Peter, Go behind me, adversary! You are an offense to me, because you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.


     16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, If anyone is willing to come after me, let him deny himself and lift up his cross and follow me. 16:25 For* whoever wishes to save his life, will be losing it, and whoever loses his life because of me will be finding it. 16:26 For* what is a man profited, if he gains the whole world, and should forfeit his soul? Or what shall a man give as an exchange for his soul? 16:27 For* the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of his Father with his messengers, and then he will be giving to each one according to his practice. 16:28 Assuredly I am saying to you°, Some of those who are standing here may never* taste of death, until they should see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.



[Matthew 17]



     {Mar 9:2-13 & Mat 17:1-13 & Luk 9:28-36 Caesarea Philippi.}


     17:1 And after six days Jesus takes with him Peter and James and John his brother, and privately brings them up into a high mountain. 17:2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shined like the sun, and his garments became white like the light. 17:3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, speaking together with him.


     17:4 Now Peter answered and said to Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you will it. Should we make* three tabernacles here; one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah?


     17:5 While he is still speaking, behold, a radiant cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am delighted; hear° him!


     17:6 And when* the disciples heard it, they fell upon their face, and were extremely afraid. 17:7 And Jesus came and touched them and said, Arise° and do° not be afraid. 17:8 Now they saw no one, having lifting up their eyes, except Jesus only.


     17:9 And while coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, Tell the vision to no one, until the Son of Man should rise* from the dead.


     17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Therefore why do the scribes say that it is essential for Elijah to come first?


     17:11 Now Jesus answered and said to them, Indeed Elijah comes first and will be restoring all things. 17:12 But I am saying to you°, that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did as many things as they wished to him. So the Son of Man is also about to suffer by them. 17:13 Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them concerning John the Immerser*.



     {Mar 9:14-29 & Mat 17:14-21 & Luk 9:37-43 Region of Caesarea Philippi.}


     17:14 And having gone to the crowd, a man came to him, kneeling down to him, and saying, 17:15 Lord, show-mercy to my son, because he is epileptic, and suffers evilly; for* he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 17:16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they were not able to heal him.


     17:17 But Jesus answered and said, O unbelieving and perverse generation, until when shall I be with you°? Until when shall I tolerate you°? Bring° him here to me. 17:18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon went out of him, and the boy was healed from that hour.


     17:19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, Why were we not able to cast it out?


     17:20 Now Jesus said to them, Because of your° unbelief. For* assuredly I am saying to you°, If you° have faith like a kernel of a mustard-seed, you° will say to this mountain, Proceed from here to over there, and it will proceed, and nothing will be impossible for you°. 17:21 But this variety of demon does not travel out except in prayer and fasting.



     {Mar 9:30-32 & Mat 17:22-23 & Luk 9:43-45 Return to Galilee.}


     17:22 Now while conducting work in Galilee, Jesus said to them, The Son of Man is about to be given up into the hands of men; 17:23 and they will be killing him, and he will be arisen in the third day. And they were extremely sorrowful.



     {Mat 17:24-27 Capernaum Sept. 29 AD; no parallel.}


     17:24 Now they came to Capernaum, those who receive the four-denarii tax came to Peter and said, Does your° teacher not pay the four-denarii tax?


     17:25 He says, Yes.


     And when he entered into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, What do you think, Simon? The kings of the earth, from whom do they receive taxes or tribute? From their sons or from the aliens?


     17:26 And Peter says to him, From aliens.


     Jesus said to him, Consequently*, the sons are free. 17:27 But in order that we might not offend them, you travel to the sea and cast a fishhook, and lift out the fish that ascends first, and when* you have opened its mouth, you will find a four-denarii coin. Take that, and give it to them in exchange-for you and me.



[Matthew 18]



     {Mar 9:33-50 & Mat 18:1-14 & Luk 9:46-50 Sept. 29 AD.}


     18:1 The disciples came to Jesus in that hour, saying, Who then is greater in the kingdom of the heavens?


     18:2 And Jesus, having called to him a child, stood it in the midst of them, 18:3 and said, Assuredly I am saying to you°, If you° do not turn and become like little children, you° may never* enter into the kingdom of the heavens. 18:4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child, this one is the greater one in the kingdom of the heavens. 18:5 And whoever accepts one such child in my name, accepts me. 18:6 But whoever offends one of these little ones who believes in me, it is more advantageous for him that* a millstone, the ones rotated by a donkey, should be hung at his neck, and that* he should be sunk in the depths of the sea.


     18:7 Woe to the world from the coming offenses! For* it is a necessity for the offenses to come; however, woe to that man through whom the offense comes! 18:8 Now if your hand or your foot is offending you, cut both of them off and cast them from you. It is good for you to enter into life lame or crippled, rather than to be cast into the everlasting fire, having two hands or two feet. 18:9 And if your eye is offending you, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is good for you to enter into life one-eyed, rather than having two eyes, and to be cast into the hell of fire.


     18:10 See° that you° do not despise one of these little ones; for* I say to you°, that in the heavens their messengers are always looking at the face of my Father who is in the heavens. 18:11 For* the Son of Man came to save what has been lost.


     {Similar: Mat 18:12-14, Luk 15:3-7}


     18:12 What are you° thinking? If there should happen to be any man who has a hundred sheep, and one out of them might be misled, does he not leave the ninety nine and travel on the mountains, and seek the one which is misled? 18:13 And if he happens to find it, assuredly I am saying to you°, He rejoices over it more than over the ninety nine which have not been misled. 18:14 So it is also not the will before your° Father who is in the heavens, that* one of these little ones should perish.



     {Mat 18:15-35; no parallel.}


     18:15 Now if your brother sins against {Greek: at or toward} you, go and reprove him, the sin is between you and him only; if he hears you, you have gained your brother. 18:16 But if he does not hear you, take with you one or two more, in order that, 'at the mouth of two or three witnesses every declaration should be established.' {Deu 19:15} 18:17 But if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the congregation*, and if he also refuses to hear the congregation*, let him be just-like the Gentile and the tax collector to you.


     18:18 Assuredly, I am saying to you° again, As many things as you° may bind upon the earth will have already been bound in heaven, and as many things as you° may loose upon earth will have already been loosed in heaven. 18:19 Assuredly I say to you° again, that if two of you° agree together upon the earth concerning any matter, whatever they ask, it will happen for them from my Father who is in the heavens. 18:20 For* where two or three have been gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.



     18:21 Then Peter came near to him and said, Lord, how-often will my brother sin against {Greek: at or toward} me and I forgive him? Until seven-times?


     18:22 Jesus says to him, I do not say to you, Until seven times, but, until seventy-times seven-times. 18:23 Because of this, the kingdom of the heavens has been similar to a certain king who wished to settle the account with his bondservants. 18:24 Now having begun to settle the account, one man was brought to him, a debtor of ten-thousand silver talants {$10 billion total}. 18:25 But he did not have anything to repay him with, so his lord commanded him and his wife and children and all things, as many things as he was holding, to be sold* and the money to be repaid to him.


     18:26 Therefore the bondservant falling down, was worshiping him, saying, Lord, have patience upon me, and I will be repaying all of it to you. 18:27 But the lord of that bondservant, having compassion on him, released him and forgave him the loan.


     18:28 But that bondservant went out and found one of his fellow bondservants who owed him a hundred denarii, and he took-hold of him, and was choking him, saying, Repay if you are owing me anything.


     18:29 Therefore his fellow bondservant, falling down at his feet, was pleading with him, saying, Have patience upon me and I will be repaying you. 18:30 But he did not wish to, but went and cast him into prison, until he should repay what is owed. 18:31 But his fellow bondservants, having seen the things which had happened, were extremely sorrowful. And they came to their own lord, and they told all the things which had happened.


     18:32 Then his lord called him, and says to him, You evil bondservant, I forgave you all that debt, since you pleaded with me. 18:33 It was essential for you to have shown-mercy also on your fellow bondservant, like I also had shown-mercy to you. 18:34 And his lord, was angry and gave him to the torturers until he should repay everything which is owed to him. 18:35 So my heavenly Father will also be doing to you°, if each of you° does not forgive his brother his trespasses from your° hearts.



[Matthew 19]



     {Mar 10:1-12 & Mat 19:1-12.}


     19:1 And it happened, when Jesus had completed these words, he took off from Galilee and came into the borders of Judea beyond-that of the Jordan; 19:2 and large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.



     19:3 And the Pharisees came to him, testing him and saying to him, If it is legal to a man to divorce his wife according to every cause.


     19:4 But he answered and said to them, Have you° not read, He who made* them, made* them male and female from the beginning. {Gen 1:27, 5:2} 19:5 And said, Because of this, a man will be leaving his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will be jointed into one flesh. {Gen 2:24} 19:6 So-that they are no more two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has yoked together; let man not separate.


     19:7 They say to him, Therefore why did Moses command us to give a document of divorcement and to dismiss her? {Deu 24:1-4}


     19:8 He says to them, Moses permitted you° to divorce your° wives for your° hardness of heart, but from the beginning it has not become so. 19:9 But I am saying to you°, Whoever divorces his wife not over {Greek: upon. Or: upon the basis of} fornication, and should marry another, is committing adultery, and he who marries her who has been divorced is committing adultery. {Mat 5:32, Luk 16:18}


     19:10 His disciples say to him, If thus is the case of the man with his wife, it is not advantageous to marry.


     19:11 But he said to them, Not all people will make room for this word in their hearts, but they to whom it has been given: 19:12 for* there are eunuchs who were born so out of their mother's womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs because of the kingdom of the heavens. He who is able to make room in his heart {i.e. accept this} for it, let him make room for it.



     {Mar 10:13-16 & Mat 19:13-15 & Luk 18:15-17 Peraea.}


     19:13 Then little children were brought to him, in order that he might lay his hands on them and might pray for them, and the disciples rebuked them. 19:14 But Jesus said, Allow° the little children, and do° not forbid them to come to me; for* of such is the kingdom of the heavens. 19:15 And having laid his hands on them, he traveled from there.



     {Mar 10:17-31 & Mat 19:16-20:16 & Luk 18:18-30 Peraea.}


     19:16 And behold, one man came to him and said to him, Good teacher, what good thing should I practice in order that I may have everlasting life?


     19:17 Now he said to him, Why do you call* me good? No one is good except one– God, but if you wish to enter into everlasting life, keep the commandments.


     19:18 He says to him, What ones?


     Now Jesus said, Do not murder; Do not commit adultery; Do not steal; Do not falsely testify, 19:19 Honor your father and mother. {Exo 20:12-16 & Deu 5:16-20} And, You will love* your neighbor like yourself. {Lev 19:18}


     19:20 The young-man says to him, I have observed all these things from my youth. So what am I still lacking?


     19:21 Jesus said to him, If you are willing to be complete, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven and come-here. Follow me. 19:22 But when* the young-man heard the word, he went away and was sorrowing; for* he had many properties.



     19:23 Now Jesus said to his disciples, Assuredly I am saying to you°, A rich man will hardly enter into the kingdom of the heavens. 19:24 But again I am saying to you°, It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.


     19:25 Now when* his disciples heard it, they were being extremely astounded, saying, Who then is able to be saved?


     19:26 But Jesus, looked at them and said to them, This is impossible with men, but all things are possible with God.


     19:27 Then Peter answered and said to him, Behold, we have left all and followed you; what then will be left for us?


     19:28 But Jesus said to them, Assuredly I am saying to you°, that you° who have followed me, whenever the Son of Man sits upon the throne of his glory in the regeneration*, you° will also sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brethren or sisters, or their father or mother or wife, or children or fields, because of my name, will be receiving a hundred-times that, and will be inheriting everlasting life. 19:30 But many will be last who are first, and first who are last.



[Matthew 20]



     20:1 For* the kingdom of the heavens is similar to a man who is a householder, who went out at the same time every morning to hire workers into his vineyard. 20:2 And having agreed together with the workers for a denarius a day {a standard day's pay}, he sent them into his vineyard. 20:3 And he went out around the third hour {i.e. 9:00 AM} and saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 20:4 and he said to those men, You° also, go° into the vineyard and I will be giving you° whatever is just. And they went. 20:5 Again, they went out around the sixth {i.e. Noon} and the ninth hour; {i.e. 3:00 PM} and he did likewise*. 20:6 Now around the eleventh hour, {i.e. 5:00 PM} he went out and found others standing idle, and he says to them, Why are you° standing here idle the whole day?


     20:7 They say to him, Because no one has hired us.


     So he says to them, You° also, go° into the vineyard and I will be giving you° whatever is just. 20:8 Now when* it became evening, the lord of the vineyard says to his commissioner, Call the workers and give to them their wages, begin from the last to the first. 20:9 And when* those hired around the eleventh hour {i.e. 5:00 PM} came, they each received a denarius apiece. 20:10 Now when* the first came, they supposed that they will be receiving more, but they themselves also received a denarius apiece.


     20:11 But having received it, they were murmuring against the householder, 20:12 saying, These last ones have only done one hour of work, and you have made* them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the burning heat.


     20:13 But he answered and said to one of them, Comrade, I am not wronging you. Did you not agree together with me for a denarius? 20:14 Take up the thing which is yours and go away. It is my will to give to this last one, as I also did to you. 20:15 Or is it not legal for me to do what I will in the things which are mine? Or is your eye evil, because I am good? 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last; for* many are invited but few are chosen.



     {Mar 10:32-45 & Mat 20:17-28 & Luk 18:31-34; Peraea or Judea, near Jordan.}


     20:17 And while going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the twelve disciples privately by the road and he said to them, 20:18 Behold, we go into Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be given up to the high-priests and scribes, and they will be condemning him to death, 20:19 and they will be giving him to the Gentiles, *that* they should mock and scourge and crucify him, and in the third day he will rise* again.



     20:20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee, with her sons, came to him, worshiping him, and asking something from him. 20:21 But he said to her, What do you wish?


     She says to him, Say that* these, my two sons, may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left hand in your kingdom.


     20:22 But Jesus answered and said, You° do not know what you° ask. Are you° able to drink the cup which I am about to drink, or to be immersed* with the immersion* to which I am about to be immersed*?


     They say to him, We are able.


     20:23 And he says to them, Indeed, you° will be drinking my cup and you° will be immersed* with the immersion* to which I am immersed*, but to sit at my right and at my left, is not mine to give, but it is for them for whom it has been prepared by my Father. 20:24 And having heard this, the ten were indignant concerning the two brothers.


     20:25 But Jesus called them and said, You° know that the rulers of the Gentiles are lording it over them, and their great ones wield authority over them. 20:26 But it will not be so among you°, but whoever wishes to become great among you°, he will be your° servant; 20:27 and whoever wishes to be first among you°, let him be your° bondservant; 20:28 just-like the Son of Man did not come to be served to, but to serve and to give his life as a redemption in exchange-for many.



     {Mar 10:46-52 & Mat 20:29-34 & Luk 18:35-43; Jericho.}


     20:29 And while traveling out from Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 20:30 And behold, two blind men sitting beside the road, having heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, saying, Lord, son of David, show-mercy to us! 20:31 But the crowd rebuked them, in order that they should be silent, but they were crying out the greatest, saying, Lord, son of David, show-mercy to us!


     20:32 And Jesus stood and summoned them, and said, What do you° will that I might do for you°?


     20:33 They say to him, Lord, that* our eyes might be opened. 20:34 Now Jesus, having compassion, touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes recovered their sight and they followed him.



[Matthew 21]



          {The week of Jesus' crucifixion. Mar 11:1-11 & Mat 21:1-12, 14-17 & Luk 19:29-44 & Joh 12:12-19 Bethany to Jerusalem and back Sun., April 2, 30 AD.}


     21:1 And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, toward the Mountain of Olives, Jesus then sent two disciples, 21:2 saying to them, Travel° into the village which is in front of you°, and immediately you° will be finding a donkey that has been tied and a colt with her. After having loosed them, lead° them to me. 21:3 And if anyone says anything to you°, You° will say, The Lord has need of them, and immediately he will be sending them. 21:4 Now this whole thing has happened, in order that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 21:5 'Say° to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King is coming to you, meek and has been mounted upon a donkey and a colt, the son of a donkey.' {Isa 62:11 & Zec 9:9} 21:6 Now the disciples having traveled and having done just-as Jesus commanded them, 21:7 they led the donkey and the colt and placed their garments upon them, and he sat upon them. 21:8 But most of the crowd spread their garments in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road.


     21:9 Now the crowds who precede him and who are following him, were crying, saying, 'Hosanna to the son of David. He who is coming in the name of the Lord has been blessed.' Hosanna in the highest.' {Psa 118:25-26} 21:10 And having entered into Jerusalem, all the city was shaken up, saying, Who is this?


     21:11 But the crowds were saying, This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.



     {Mar 11:12-18 & Mat 21:18, 19, 12, 13 & Luk 19:45-48 Road from Bethany to Jerusalem Mon.}


     21:12 And Jesus entered into the temple of God, and cast out all those who are selling and buying in the temple, and turned over the tables of the brokers and the chairs of those selling the doves; 21:13 and he says to them, It has been written, My house will be called a house of prayer, but you° made* it a den of robbers. {Isa 56:7 & Jer 7:11}


     21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 21:15 But when* the high-priests and the scribes saw the marvelous things which he did, and the children crying in the temple and saying, Hosanna to the son of David.


     They were indignant, 21:16 and said to him, Do you hear what they are saying?


     But Jesus says to them, Yes. Have you° never* read, 'You have matured praise out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies.' {Psa 8:2} 21:17 And having left them, he went forth outside the city to Bethany, and camped there.



     21:18 Now in the morning, while leading them back to the city, he hungered. 21:19 And having seen a fig tree upon the road, he came upon it and found nothing in it, except leaves only, and he says to it, Let it happen that there is no fruit from you any longer, forever. And instantly the fig tree dried up.



     {Mar 11:19-26 & Mat 21:20-22 & Luk 21:37-38 Road from Bethany to Jerusalem Tues.}


     21:20 And when* the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, How did the fig tree instantly dry up?


     21:21 Now Jesus answered and said to them, Assuredly I am saying to you°, If you° have faith and do not doubt, you° will not only be doing the miracle of the fig tree, but even if you° say to this mountain, Be lifted up and cast yourself into the sea, it will happen. 21:22 And all things, as many things as you° may ask in prayer, and believing, you° will be receiving.



     {Mar 11:27-33 & Mat 21:23-27 & Luk 20:1-8 Courtyard of the Temple, Tues.}


     21:23 And having come to him in the temple, the high-priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, saying, By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?


     21:24 But Jesus answered and said to them, I will also ask you° one question, which if you° tell me, then I will also tell you° by what authority I am doing these things. 21:25 The immersion* of John, where was it from, from heaven or from men?


     Now they were reasoning with themselves, saying, If we say, From heaven; he will say to us, Therefore why did you° not believe him? 21:26 But if we say, From men; we fear the crowd; for* all are holding John up like a prophet. 21:27 And they answered Jesus and said, We do not know.


     He also said to them, Nor do I tell you° by what authority I am doing these things.



     {Mat 21:28-32; no parallel.}


     21:28 But what do you° think? A man had two children, and he came to the first and said, Child, go work today in my vineyard.


     21:29 But he answered and said, I am not willing, but later he regretted it and went.


     21:30 And he came to the second and said likewise*. But he answered and said, I will go lord, and did not go. 21:31 Which one out of the two did the will of his father?


     They say, The first.


     Jesus says to them, Assuredly I am saying to you°, that the tax collectors and the prostitutes will precede you° into the kingdom of God. 21:32 For* John came to you° in the way of righteousness, and you° did not believe in him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed in him, and then having seen it, you° did not even regret it later, that you° might believe in him.



     {Mar 12:1-12 & Mat 21:33-46 & Luk 20:9-19.}


     21:33 Hear° another parable: there was a certain man, a householder, who planted a vineyard and placed a fence around it, and shoveled a winepress in it, and built a tower and rented it out to farmers, and went-abroad. 21:34 Now when the time of the fruits drew near, he sent his bondservants to the farmers, to receive his fruits. 21:35 And then the farmers took his bondservants and whipped one, and killed one and stoned one. 21:36 Again, he sent other bondservants, more-than the first, and they did to them likewise*. 21:37 But later he sent to them his son, saying, They will be revering my son. 21:38 But the farmers, when* they saw the son, said among themselves, This is the heir. Come-here°. We should kill him, and we might hold-onto his inheritance. 21:39 And having taken him, they cast him forth outside the vineyard, and killed him. 21:40 Therefore, whenever the lord of the vineyard comes, what shall he do to those farmers?


     21:41 They say to him, He will evilly destroy those evil men, and will be renting the vineyard to other farmers, who will be giving to him the fruits at their seasons.


     21:42 Jesus says to them, Have you° never* read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected*, this has become the head of the corner; this has become from the Lord and it is marvelous in our eyes? {Psa 118:22-23} 21:43 Because of this, I am saying to you°, The kingdom of God will be taken away from you°, and will be given to a nation producing the fruits of it. 21:44 And he who falls upon this stone will be shattered, but upon whomever it falls, it will be smashing him. 21:45 And when* the high-priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he is speaking concerning them. 21:46 And seeking to take-hold of him, but they feared the crowds, since they were holding him up like a prophet.



[Matthew 22]



     {Mat 22:1-14; no parallel.}


     22:1 And Jesus answered and spoke again to them in parables, saying: 22:2 The kingdom of the heavens is similar to a certain king, who made* a marriage-feast for his son, 22:3 and sent forth his bondservants to call to those who have been invited to the marriage-feast, and they were not willing to come. 22:4 Again he sent forth other bondservants, saying, Say° to those who have been invited, Behold, I prepared my meal; my oxen and my fattened calves have been sacrificed, and all things are prepared. Come-here° to the marriage-feast. 22:5 But they neglecting it, went away, one to his own field, another to his merchandise; 22:6 and the rest took-hold of his bondservants, and abused them and killed them. 22:7 And that king, having heard it, was angry, and he having sent his armies, destroyed those murderers and incinerated their city.


     22:8 Then he says to his bondservants, The wedding is prepared, but those who have been invited were not worthy. 22:9 Therefore, travel° on the thoroughfares of the roads, and as many as you° may find, invite° to the marriage-feast. 22:10 And those bondservants, having gone out into the roads, gathered together all things, as many people as they found, both evil and good and the wedding was filled with people reclining at the table.


     22:11 But when* the king came in to look at those reclining at the table, he saw a man there who has not clothed himself in wedding attire; 22:12 and he says to him, Comrade, how did you come in here not having on your wedding attire? Now he was dumbfounded. 22:13 Then the king said to the servants, When* you° bind him hand and foot, take° him away and cast° him out into the outer darkness– the weeping and the gnashing of teeth will be there. 22:14 For* many are invited, but few are chosen.



     {Mar 12:13-17 & Mat 22:15-22 & Luk 20:20-26 Courtyard of the Temple, Tues.}


     22:15 Then the Pharisees traveled away and took counsel on how they might ensnare him in his speech. 22:16 And they send their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God in truth, and do not care concerning anyone's appearance; for* you do not look at the countenance of men. 22:17 Therefore tell us, What do you think? Is it legal to give tribute to Caesar or not?


     22:18 But Jesus, having known their wickedness, said, Why are you° testing me, you° hypocrites? 22:19 Show° me the tribute coin. Now they brought to him a denarius. 22:20 And he says to them, Whose face is this image and inscription? 22:21 They say to him, Caesar's. Then he says to them, Therefore give° to Caesar, the things which are Caesar's, and to God, the things which are God's. 22:22 And having heard it, they marveled, and went away, leaving him.


          {Mar 12:18-27 & Mat 22:23-33 & Luk 20:27-39.}


     22:23 In that day, the Sadducees came to him, saying that there is no resurrection, and they asked him, 22:24 saying, Teacher, Moses said, If anyone dies, having no children, his brother will marry his wife and will be raising* up seed to his brother. {Deu 25:5} 22:25 Now seven brethren were with us, and the first having married, but after he was dead*, his wife had no seed left to his brother; 22:26 likewise also the second and the third, until the seventh. 22:27 But after them all, the woman also died. 22:28 Therefore, whose wife will she be of the seven in the resurrection? For* they all had her as a wife.


     22:29 But Jesus answered and said to them, You° are being misled, by not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God. 22:30 For* they neither marry, nor are betrothed in the resurrection, but are like messengers of God in heaven. 22:31 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you° not read what has been said to you° by God, saying, 22:32 I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? {Exo 3:6} God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 22:33 And when* the crowds heard it, they were being astounded by his teaching.



     {Mar 12:28-34 & Mat 22:34-40 & Luk 20:40.}


     22:34 But the Pharisees, having heard that he had hushed the Sadducees, were gathered together on the same ground. 22:35 And one out of them, a professor of the law, asked a question, testing him and saying, 22:36 Teacher, what is the great commandment in the law?


     22:37 Now Jesus said to him, You will love* the Lord your God in your whole heart and in your whole soul and in your whole mind. {Deu 6:5} 22:38 This is the first and the great commandment. 22:39 And the second commandment is similar to it, You will love* your neighbor like yourself. {Lev 19:18} 22:40 In these two commandments hangs the whole law and the prophets.



     {Mar 12:35-37 & Mat 22:41-46 & Luk 20:41-44.}


     22:41 Now the Pharisees having been gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 22:42 saying, What do you° think concerning the Christ? Whose son is he?


     They say to him, David's.


     22:43 He says to them, Therefore how does David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying, 22:44 The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right, until I should place your enemies as the footstool of your feet? {Psa 110:1} 22:45 Therefore, if David calls him Lord, how is he his son? 22:46 And no one was able to answer him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day forth to ask him anymore questions.



[Matthew 23]



     {Mar 12:38-40 & Mat 23:1-39 & Luk 20:45-47 Courts of the Temple, Tues.}


     23:1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, 23:2 saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit upon the seat of Moses. 23:3 Therefore, as many things as they may say for you° to keep, keep° and do°, but do° not do them according to their works; for* they say and are not doing. 23:4 For* they bind burdensome and unbearable loads, and place them upon men's shoulders, but they are not willing to move them even with their finger. 23:5 And they are practicing all their works to be seen by men. And they widen their phylacteries and magnify the hems of their garments, 23:6 and they love the foremost-place in the suppers and the foremost seats in the synagogues, 23:7 and the greetings in the marketplaces and to be called by men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 23:8 But do° not be called Rabbi; for* only one is your° leader, the Christ, and you° are all brethren. 23:9 Now do° not call anyone your° father upon the earth; for* only one is your° Father, the one in the heavens; 23:10 nor be called leaders; for* only one is your° leader– the Christ. 23:11 But the greater of you° will be your° servant. 23:12 But whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.



     {Footnotes: Mat 23:13 & 23:14 are flipped in various Greek texts.}


     23:13 Woe to you°, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you° are devouring widows' houses, and praying long prayers for a pretext, because of this, you° will be receiving even-more condemnation.


     23:14 But woe to you°, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you° lock the kingdom of the heavens before men; for* you° are not entering in yourselves, nor are you° allowing those who are entering in, to enter either.


     23:15 Woe to you°, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you° go all around the sea and the dry land to make* one Jewish-convert, and whenever he has become one, you° are making* him double the son of hell as you° are yourselves.


     23:16 Woe to you°, you° blind guides, that say, Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obligated. 23:17 You are foolish and blind; for* which is greater, the gold, or the temple that makes the gold holy? 23:18 And, Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing, but whoever swears by the gift which is upon it, he is obligated. 23:19 You° are foolish and blind; for* which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift holy? 23:20 Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it, and by all things upon it. 23:21 And he who swears by the temple, swears by it, and in the one who has dwelt in it. 23:22 And he who has sworn by the heaven, swears by the throne of God, and in the one who is sitting upon it.


     23:23 Woe to you°, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you° tithe mint and dill and cumin, and yet have left behind the weighty things of the law: justice and mercy and faith. You° ought to do these, and not to have left behind those other things. 23:24 You° blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!


     23:25 Woe to you°, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you° cleanse the outside of the cup and the plate, but they are full from swindling and unrighteousness inside. 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First cleanse the cup from within and the plate, in order that the outside of them might also become clean.


     23:27 Woe to you°, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you° are similar to whitewashed burial chambers, which on the outside indeed appear beautiful, but inside are full of dead men's bones, and full of all uncleanness. 23:28 So on the outside you° indeed appear also righteous to men, but inside, you° are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.


     23:29 Woe to you°, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you° build the burial chambers of the prophets and adorn the tombs of the righteous, 23:30 and say, If we were in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in the blood of the prophets. 23:31 So-then you° are testifying to yourselves, that you° are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 23:32 And you°, fill° up the measure of your° fathers. 23:33 Serpents, offspring of vipers! How may you° flee from the judgment of hell? 23:34 Because of this, behold, I am sending to you° prophets and wise men and scribes, and out of them you° will be killing and will be crucifying, and some of them you° will be scourging in your° synagogues and will be persecuting from city to city, 23:35 so *that upon you° may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous {Gen 4:8} to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you° murdered between the temple and the altar. {Zec 1:7 (?)} 23:36 Assuredly I am saying to you°, All these things will be coming upon this generation.



     23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who have been sent to her! How-often I willed to have gathered together your children in the manner a bird gathers together her brood under her wings, and you° did not will it! 23:38 Behold, your° house is left to you° desolate; 23:39 for* I say to you°, You° may never* see me from now on, until you° should say, He who is coming in the name of the Lord has been blessed. {Psa 118:26}



[Matthew 24]



     {It is best to always read Luke 21 first. See also: Luk 19:41-44 & Luk 23:28-31. Mat 24:1-26, 28 & Mar 13:1-23 & Luk 21:5-24 Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.}


     24:1 And Jesus, coming out, was traveling away from the temple, and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. 24:2 But Jesus said to them, Do you° not see all these things? Assuredly I am saying to you°, One stone may not be left here upon another stone, which will not be torn-down.


    


     24:3 Now when* he sat upon the Mountain of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of your presence and of the end of the world?


     24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them, Beware°, do° not let anyone mislead you°. 24:5 For* many will be coming in my name, saying, I am the Christ, and will be misleading many. 24:6 But you° are about to hear of wars and reports of wars; behold°, do° not alarmed; for* it is essential for all these things to happen, but the end is not yet. 24:7 For* nation will arise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and plagues and earthquakes in different places. 24:8 But all these things are the beginning of travail. 24:9 Then they will be giving you° up to affliction and will be killing you°, and you° will be hated by all the nations because of my name. 24:10 And then many will be offended, and will be giving up one another and will be hating one another. 24:11 And many false prophets will arise and will be misleading many. 24:12 And because lawlessness will be multiplied, the love* of the many will be cold. 24:13 But he who has endured to the end, this one will be saved. 24:14 And this good-news of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited-earth, *for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will be coming.


     24:15 Therefore, whenever you° behold the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, (let the one who is reading perceive), {Da 9:27 & 11:31 & 12:11 the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, see Luke 21.} 24:16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; 24:17 let the one who is upon the housetop not go down to take the things out of his house, 24:18 and let the one who is in the field not turn behind to take his garments. 24:19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing in those days! 24:20 But pray° in order that your° flight might not happen in the winter, nor on a Sabbath. 24:21 For* then will be great affliction, such-as has not happened from the beginning of the world until now, nor may never* happen again. 24:22 And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved, but because of the chosen, those days will be shortened. 24:23 Then if anyone says to you°, Behold, here is the Christ; or, over here is the Christ. Do° not believe it. 24:24 For* false Christs and false prophets will arise and will be giving great signs and wonders; so-then to mislead, if possible, even the chosen. 24:25 Behold, I have spoken to you° beforehand. 24:26 Therefore if they say to you°, Behold, he is in the wilderness; do° not go. Behold, he is in the storerooms; do° not believe it.


     24:27 For* just-like the lightning comes from the east and appears even to the west; so also will be the presence of the Son of Man.


     24:28 For* wherever the corpse is, the vultures will be gathered together there.



     {Mat 24:27, 24:29-31 & Mar 13:24-37 & Luk 21:25-28 & 2Th 1:7-9 & 1Co 15:51-15:58 & Rev 1:7 Second Coming.}


     24:29 But immediately after the affliction of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not be giving her radiance, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; 24:30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will be appearing in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will be grieving, and they will be seeing the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and with much glory. 24:31 And he will be sending forth his messengers with a loud voice of a trumpet, and they will be gathering together his chosen from the four winds, from the tip of the heavens to the tip of their four winds.



     {Mat 24:32-35 & Mar 13:28-31 & Luk 21:29-33 Destruction of Jerusalem AD 70.}


     24:32 Now learn° from the fig tree its parable: whenever its branch has already become tender and its leaves spring forth, you° know that the summer is near; 24:33 so also you°, whenever you° behold all these things, know° that it is near, even at the doors. 24:34 Assuredly I am saying to you°, This generation may never* pass away, until all these things should happen. 24:35 The heaven and the earth will be passing away, but my words may never* pass away.



     {Mat 24:36-44 & Mar 13:32-37 & Luk 21:34-36 Second Coming.}


     24:36 But concerning that day and the hour, no one knows, neither the messengers of the heavens, except my Father only. 24:37 But just-as the days of Noah were, so will the presence of the Son of Man also be. 24:38 For* just-as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and being betrothed, till the day that Noah entered into the ark, 24:39 and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away; so the presence of the Son of Man will also be. 24:40 Then two men will be in the field; the one is taken and the one is left. 24:41 Two women will be grinding in the mill-house; the one is taken and the one is left. 24:42 Therefore watch°, because you° do not know in what hour your° Lord is coming. 24:43 But know° this, that if the master of the house knew in what watch the thief is coming, he would have watched and would have not permitted his house roof to be burrowed through. 24:44 Because of this, you° also, become° prepared, because the Son of Man is coming in an hour you° do not think.



     {Mat 24:45-51 & Luk 21:37.} {Mat 25:1-46 Mountain of Olives, Tues.}


     24:45 Who then is the faithful and prudent bondservant, whom his lord has designated over his bondservants, to give them their nourishment in season? 24:46 That fortunate bondservant, whom, when* his lord comes will find him doing so. 24:47 Assuredly I am saying to you°, that he will be designating him over all his possessions. 24:48 But if that evil bondservant says in his heart, My lord is delaying to come; 24:49 and may begin to beat his fellow bondservants and to eat and drink with the drunken; 24:50 the lord of that bondservant will be coming in a day in which he is not expecting him, and in an hour which he does not know, 24:51 and will flog him, and will place his part with the hypocrites– the weeping and the gnashing of teeth will be there.



[Matthew 25]



     25:1 Then the kingdom of the heavens will be similar to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went forth to the encounter of the bridegroom. 25:2 Now five out of them were prudent and five were foolish. 25:3 Those who were foolish, having taken their lamps, took no oil with them; 25:4 but the prudent took oil in their containers with their lamps. 25:5 Now the bridegroom while he was delaying, they all slumbered and were sleeping. 25:6 But in the middle of the night, there has become an outcry, Behold, the bridegroom is coming! Go° forth to the encounter of him. 25:7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 25:8 Now the foolish said to the prudent, Give° us some oil from your° oil, because our lamps are quenched. 25:9 But the prudent answered, saying, No, lest it might not be enough for us and you° too, but rather, travel° to those who sell and buy° for yourselves. 25:10 But while going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were prepared entered with him to the marriage-feast, and the door was locked. 25:11 Later the rest of the virgins also came, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 25:12 But he answered and said, Assuredly I am saying to you°, I do not know you°. 25:13 Therefore watch°, because you° do not know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.



     25:14 For* it is just-like a man, going-abroad, who called his own bondservants and gave to them his possessions. 25:15 And to one he gave five silver talants {5 x $1 million}, but to another two, and to another one; to each according to his own ability, and immediately went-abroad. 25:16 Now he who received the five talants traveled, and took them and worked with* them, and made* another five talants. 25:17 Likewise*, he who also received the two also gained another two. 25:18 But he who received the one, having gone away, shoveled in the soil and hid his lord's silver. 25:19 Now after a long time, the lord of those bondservants comes back, and settles the account with them. 25:20 And he who received the five talants came and brought the other five talants, saying, Lord, You gave to me five talants. Behold, I have gained in addition to them, another five talants.


     25:21 But his lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful bondservant. You were over a few things, I will be designating you over many things; enter into the joy of your lord.


     25:22 Now he who also received the two talants came and said, Lord, You gave to me two talants. Behold, I have gained in addition to them, another two talants.


     25:23 His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful bondservant. You were faithful over a few things, I will be designating you over many things; enter into the joy of your lord.


     25:24 Now he who also had received the one talant came and said, Lord, I knew you, that you are a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering from where you did not scatter; 25:25 and I was afraid and went away and hid your talant in the soil. Behold, you have your own.


     25:26 But his lord answered and said to him, You evil and lazy bondservant, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather from where I did not scatter? 25:27 Therefore, you ought to have put my silver with the bankers, and when* I came, I might get back my own together with interest. 25:28 Therefore, take° away the talant from him and give° it to the one who has the ten talants. 25:29 For* to everyone who has, will be given more, and he will abound, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 25:30 And cast° out the useless bondservant into the outer darkness– the weeping and the gnashing of teeth will be there.


     25:31 But whenever the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the holy messengers with him. Then he will be sitting upon the throne of his glory; 25:32 and all the nations will be gathered before him, and he will be separating* them one from another, like the shepherd separates* the sheep from the goats; 25:33 and he will indeed stand the sheep at his right, but the goats at the left. 25:34 Then the King will be saying to those at his right, Come-here°, those who have been blessed from my Father, inherit° the kingdom which has been prepared for you° from the conception of the world: 25:35 for* I was hungry and you° gave me food to eat; I was thirsty and you° gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you° led me in; 25:36 I was naked and you° dressed me; I was sick and you° visited me; I was in prison and you° came to me.


     25:37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry and nourish you? Or thirsty and gave you a drink? 25:38 But when did we see you as a stranger and lead you in? Or naked and dressed you? 25:39 But when did we see you sick or in prison and came to you?


     25:40 And when* the King answers, he will say to them, Assuredly I am saying to you°, Inasmuch as you° did it to one of these, my brethren, even the least, you° did it to me. 25:41 Then he will also say to them at the left, Travel° away from me, you° those who have been cursed into the everlasting fire which has been prepared for the devil and his messengers: 25:42 for* I was hungry and you° did not give me anything to eat; I was thirsty and you° gave me nothing to drink; 25:43 I was a stranger and you° did not lead me in; naked and you° did not dress me; sick and in prison and you° did not visit me.


     25:44 Then they will also answer, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, or as a stranger or naked, or sick or in prison, and did not serve you?


     25:45 Then he will answer them, saying, Assuredly I am saying to you°, Inasmuch as you° did it not to one of these, the least, neither did you° do it to me. 25:46 And these will be going away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.



[Matthew 26]



     {Mar 14:1-2 & Mat 26:1-5 & Luk 22:1-2 mountain Olives, Bethany, Jerusalem, Tues Evening, Wed. for the Jews.}


     26:1 And it happened, when Jesus had completed all these words, he said to his disciples, 26:2 You° know that after two days the Passover happens and the Son of Man is given up, *that* he might be crucified.


     26:3 Then the high-priests and the scribes and the elders of the people were gathered together to the courtyard of the high-priest, who was called* Caiaphas; 26:4 and they counseled together in order that they might take-hold of Jesus with treachery, and might kill him. 26:5 But they were saying, Not at the feast, in order that an uproar among the people might not happen.



     {Mar 14:3-9 & Mat 26:6-13.}


     26:6 Now when* Jesus happened to be in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 26:7 a woman came to him, having an alabaster flask of precious perfume, and she poured it upon his head when he was reclining at the table. 26:8 But when* his disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 26:9 For* this perfume was able to be sold* for much and given to the poor.


     26:10 But Jesus knowing it, said to them, Why are you° harassing the woman? For* she has worked a good work *for me. 26:11 For* you° always have the poor with you°, but you° do not always have me. 26:12 For* in that she put this perfume upon my body, she did it *that* she might bury me. 26:13 Assuredly I am saying to you°, Wherever this good-news is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of *for a memorial of her.



     {Mar 14:10-11 & Mat 26:14-16 & Luk 22:3-6 & Joh 12:2-8.}


     26:14 Then one of the twelve, who was called* Judas Iscariot, traveled to the high-priests 26:15 and said, What are you° willing to give me and I will be giving him to you°? Now they weighed out thirty pieces of silver for him. 26:16 And he was seeking an opportunity from then onward in order that he might give him to them.



     {Mar 14:12-17 & Mat 26:17-20 & Luk 22:7-18, 22:24-30 Bethany to Jerusalem Thur. Evening.}


     26:17 Now on the first day of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying to him, Where do you wish that we prepare for you to eat the Passover?


     26:18 Now he said, Go° into the city to a certain-person, and say° to him, The Teacher says, My time is near. I will make* the Passover with you at your house with my disciples. 26:19 And the disciples did as Jesus commanded them, and they prepared the Passover.



     {Mar 14:18-21, 14:27-31 & Mat 26:21-25, 26:31-35 & Luk 22:21-23, 22:31-38 & Joh 13:21-38.}


     26:20 Now when* it became evening, he was reclining at the table with the twelve.


     26:21 And while eating with them, he said, Assuredly I am saying to you°, that one out of you will be giving me up.


     26:22 And they were extremely sorrowful, and each of them began to say to him, It is not me Lord, is it?


     26:23 But he answered and said, He who dipped his hand with me in the dish, this one will be giving me up to the Jews. 26:24 The Son of Man indeed is going, just-as it has been written concerning him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is given up! It was {i.e. would be} good for him if that man had not been born. {Psa 22:1-31?}


     26:25 Now Judas, (who is giving him up to the Jews), answered and said, It is not me, is it Rabbi?


     He says to him, You have said so.



     {Mar 14:22-25 & Mat 26:26-29 & Luk 22:19-20, 1Co 11:23-26.}


     26:26 Now while eating, Jesus, having taken the bread, and having given-thanks, broke it, and was giving it to the disciples and said, Take°, eat°; this is my body. 26:27 And having taken the cup and given-thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink° from it, all of you°; 26:28 for* this is my blood of the new covenant*, which is poured out on behalf of many into the forgiveness of sins. 26:29 But I am saying to you°, I may never* drink from this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day whenever I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.



     {Mar 14:26, 14:32-42 & Mat 26:30, 26:36-46 & Luk 22:39-46 & Joh 18:1 Garden between Stream of Kidron and Mountain of Olives, Late Thur. night.}


     26:30 And having sung a hymn, they went out to the Mountain of Olives.



     {See Mat 26:31-35 above.}


     26:31 Then Jesus says to them, All of you° will be offended at me this night; for* it has been written, I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. {Zec 13:7} 26:32 But after I arise, I will be preceding you° into Galilee.


     26:33 But Peter answered and said to him, If all will be offended at you; but I will never* be offended.


     26:34 Jesus said to him, Assuredly I am saying to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will be denying me three-times.


     26:35 Peter says to him, Even if it is essential for me to die together with you, I may never* deny you. And all the disciples said likewise.



     {See Mat 26:30 above.}


     26:36 Then Jesus comes to a parcel of ground with them, called* Gethsemane, and says to his disciples, Sit° over there, until I go over there* and might pray. 26:37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and began to be sorrowful and disheartened. 26:38 Then he says to them, My soul is very sorrowful until death. Remain° here and watch° with me.


     26:39 And when* he went a little more, he fell upon his face and prayed, saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; however, not as I will, but as you will.


     26:40 And he comes to the disciples and finds them sleeping and says to Peter, What, were you° not strong-enough to watch with me one hour? 26:41 Watch° and pray°, in order that you° may not enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed eager, but the flesh is weak.


     26:42 Having gone away again a second-time, he prayed, saying, My Father, if this cup is not able to pass from me, if I do not drink it– let your will happen.


     26:43 And he came again and finds them sleeping, for* their eyes were heavy. 26:44 And he left them again and went away and prayed a third-time, saying again the same words.


     26:45 Then he comes to his disciples and says to them, Furthermore, are you° sleeping and resting yourselves? Behold, the hour has drawn near, and the Son of Man is given up into the hands of sinners. 26:46 Arise°, we should be going. Behold, he who is giving me up to the Jews has drawn near.


     {Mar 14:43-52 & Mat 26:47-56 & Luk 22:47-53 & Joh 18:2-11 Gethsemane, Fri. a few hours before dawn.}


     26:47 And while still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came and with him a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the high-priest and elders of the people. 26:48 Now he who is giving him up, gave them a sign, saying, Whomever I kiss; he is the one; take-hold° of him. 26:49 And immediately he came to Jesus and said, Hail, Rabbi. And he kissed him.


     26:50 But Jesus said to him, Comrade, to what purpose are you here? Then they came and put hands upon Jesus and took-hold of him. 26:51 And behold, one of those who was with Jesus stretched out his hand and pulled his sword, and struck the bondservant of the high-priest, and took off his ear.


     26:52 Then Jesus says to him, Return your sword into its place; for* all those who take up the sword will be perishing with* the sword. 26:53 Or do you think that I am not able now to plead with my Father and he will not stand beside me with more than twelve legions of messengers? 26:54 Therefore how might the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it is essential to happen as thus?


     26:55 Jesus said to the crowds in that hour, Why have you° come out with swords and clubs, like against a robber, to take me? I was sitting daily with you° in the temple, teaching, and you° did not take-hold of me. 26:56 But this whole thing has happened, in order that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left him and fled.



     {Mar 14:53 & Mat 26:57 & Luk 22:54a & Joh 18:24 Palace of Caiaphas, before dawn.}


     26:57 Now those who had taken-hold of Jesus led him away to the house of Caiaphas the high-priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.



     {Mar 14:54 & Mat 26:58 & Luk 22:54b-62 & Joh 18:15-18 Courtyard of High Priest's residence, Fri. around dawn.}


     26:58 But Peter was following him from afar to the courtyard of the high-priest, and entered inside, and was sitting with the attendants, to see the end.



     {Mar 14:55-65 & Mat 26:59-68 & Luk 22:63-65.}


     26:59 Now the high-priests and the elders and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus, how they might slay him; 26:60 and they did not find any, even though many false witnesses came. Still, they did not find any. 26:61 But later, two false witnesses came and were saying, This one said, I am able to tear-down the temple of God and to build it again in three days.


     26:62 And the high-priest, having stood up, said to him, Are you answering nothing? What are these witnesses testifying against you? 26:63 But Jesus was silent. And the high-priest answered and said to him, I implore you by the living God, in order that you should tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God?


     26:64 Jesus said to him, You have said so. However I am saying to you°, From now on, you° will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming upon the clouds of heaven.


     26:65 Then the high-priest ripped his garments, saying, He has blasphemed. Why do we still have need of witnesses? Behold, now you° have heard his blasphemy. 26:66 What are you° thinking?


     They answered and said, He is liable for death. 26:67 Then they spat at his face and battered him, and some slapped him, 26:68 saying, Prophesy to us, you Christ. Who is he who struck you?



     {Mar 14:66-72 & Mat 26:69-75 & Luk 22:55-62 & Joh 18:25-27.}


     26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a maidservant came to him, saying, You were also with Jesus the Galilean.


     26:70 But he denied it before them all, saying, I do not know what you are saying.


     26:71 Now having gone out into the gate area, another one saw him, and says to those who were there, This one was also with Jesus the Nazarene.


     26:72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.


     26:73 Now after a little while, those who are standing by, came near and said to Peter, You truly also are one out of them; for* even your speech makes* it evident.


     26:74 Then he began to curse and to swear, I do not know the man. Now immediately, the rooster crowed. 26:75 And Peter was reminded of the declaration which Jesus had said to him, Before the rooster crows, you will be denying me three-times. And having gone outside, he wept bitterly.



[Matthew 27]



     {Mar 15:1 & Mat 27:1-2 Luk 22:66-23:1 Joh 18:28a Jerusalem early Fri. morning.}


     27:1 Now when* it became morning, all the high-priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus so-that they might slay him; 27:2 and they bound him and led him away and gave him to Pontius Pilate the governor.



     {Mat 27:3-10 & Acts 1:18-19 Fri. morning and toward the future.}


     27:3 Then Judas, (the one giving him up), when* he saw that he was condemned, regretted and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the high-priests and the elders, 27:4 saying, I have sinned, giving up innocent blood.


     But they said, What is that to us? You will see to it. 27:5 And tossing the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed. And having gone away, he hanged himself.


     27:6 Now the high-priests took the pieces of silver and said, It is not legal to put them into the depository, since it is the price of blood. 27:7 Now they took counsel and bought from them the potter's field, *for the burial of strangers. 27:8 Hence until today, the field was called, The Field of Blood. 27:9 Then what was spoken through the prophet was fulfilled, saying, 'And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one who has been priced, whom some of the sons of Israel priced for themselves; 27:10 and they gave them *for the potter's field, just-as the Lord commanded me.' {Jer 32:6-9}



     {Mar 15:2-5 & Mat 27:11-14 & Luk 23:2-5 & Joh 18:28b-38 Jerusalem early Fri. morning.}


     27:11 Now Jesus stood before the governor and the governor asked him, saying, Are you the King of the Jews?


     Now Jesus said to him, You speak it correctly. 27:12 And while* he was accused by the high-priests and the elders, he answered nothing.


     27:13 Then Pilate says to him, Do you not hear how many things they are testifying against you? 27:14 And he did not answer him, not even one word; so-that the governor marveled exceedingly.



     {Mar 15:6-19 & Mat 27:15-30 & Joh 18:39-19:16 Fri., April 7, 30AD.}


     27:15 Now the governor had been accustomed at the feast to release one prisoner to the crowd, whom they willed. 27:16 Now then they were holding a notable prisoner called* Barabbas. 27:17 Therefore, having been gathered together, Pilate said to them, Whom do you° wish that I may release to you°? Barabbas or Jesus who is called* Christ? 27:18 For* he knew that they had given him up because of envy.


     27:19 Now while sitting upon the judicial-seat, his wife sent to him, saying, Have nothing between you and that righteous man; for* I have suffered many things today in a dream because of him.


     27:20 Now the high-priests and the elders persuaded the crowds in order that they should ask for Barabbas and should destroy Jesus. 27:21 But the governor answered and said to them, Whom do you° will that I may release to you° from the two?


     But they said, Barabbas!


     27:22 Pilate says to them, Therefore what should I do to Jesus who is called* Christ?


     They all say to him, Let him be crucified!


     27:23 But the governor said, For* what evil has he done?


     But they were crying out even-more, saying, Let him be crucified!


     27:24 Pilate seeing he profited nothing, but rather that an uproar is happening, took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man; you° will see to it.


     27:25 And all the people answered and said, His blood is upon us and upon our children.


     27:26 Then he released to them Barabbas, but having scourged Jesus, he gave him up in order that he should be crucified.



     27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the palace and gathered together the whole cohort {600 soldiers} upon him. 27:28 And having stripped him, they placed a scarlet cloak around him. 27:29 And they braided a crown from thorns and placed it upon his head and a reed upon his right hand, and they knelt down before him and were mocking him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 27:30 And having spit at him, they took the reed and were beating it into his head.


     {Mar 15:20-23 & Mat 27:31-34 & Luk 23:26-33 & Joh 19:17 Road to the Cross, Fri. morning.}


     27:31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped the cloak off him and clothed him with his own garments and led him away, *that* they should crucify him.



     27:32 Now while going out, they found a man from Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this one to go with them, in order that he might lift up his cross.



     27:33 And they came to a place called* Golgotha, which is to say, the place of a skull, 27:34 they gave him vinegar to drink, having been mixed with gall and having tasted it, he was not willing to drink it.



     {Mar 15:24-32 & Mat 27:35-44 & Luk 23:33-43 & Joh 19:18-27 9:00 until Noon, Fri.}


     27:35 Now having crucified him, 'they divided his garments among them, casting a lot'; {T} in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which says, 'They divided my garments among them and they cast a lot for my garment.' {Psa 22.18} 27:36 And sitting down, they were guarding him there. 27:37 And they placed above his head an accusation that had been written, This Jesus is the King of the Jews. 27:38 Then two robbers are crucified together with him, one at the right and one at the left. 27:39 Now those who traveled by were blaspheming him, wagging their heads, 27:40 and saying, He who tears-down the temple and builds it in three days, save yourself. If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.


     27:41 Now likewise, also the high-priests with the scribes and elders and Pharisees, mocking him, and were saying, 27:42 He saved others, yet he is not able to save himself. If he is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross and we will believe in him. 27:43 He has confidence upon God. Let him rescue him now, if he is willing to save him; for* he said, I am the Son of God. 27:44 Now the robbers who were also crucified together with him were reproaching him with the same thing.



     {Mar 15:34 & Mat 27:45 & Luk 23:44 around Noon.}


     27:45 Now there became darkness upon all the earth from the sixth hour until the ninth hour {i.e. Noon until 3:00 PM; Amos 8:8–9?}.



     {Mar 15:34-41 & Mat 27:46-56 & Luk 23:45-49 & Joh 19:28-30 around 5:00 PM.}


     27:46 Now around the ninth hour {i.e. 3:00 PM} Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' {Psa 22:1}


     27:47 But some of them standing there, when* they heard it, were saying, This one is summoning Elijah. 27:48 And immediately one out of them ran, taking a sponge and filled it with vinegar and placed it around a reed and was giving it to him to drink.


     27:49 But the rest were saying, Allow it, that we may see if Elijah comes; he will save him.


     27:50 Now Jesus, having cried again with a loud voice, his spirit leaves. 27:51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was split-apart into two pieces, from the top to the bottom, and the earth shook, and the rocks were split-apart; 27:52 and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the holy-ones who had fallen-asleep were raised.


     27:53 And coming forth out of the tombs after his awakening, they entered into the holy city and were appearing to many.


     27:54 Now the centurion and those guarding Jesus with him, having seen the earthquake and the things which happened, were extremely afraid, saying, This one truly was the Son of God. 27:55 Now many women were there viewing from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, serving him: 27:56 among whom was Mary the Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joses and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.



     {Mar 15:42-47 & Mat 27:57-66 & Luk 23:50-56 & Joh 19:31-42 Before The Sabbath.}


     27:57 Now when* it became evening, a rich man came from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also made himself a disciple to Jesus. 27:58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given up. 27:59 And Joseph took the body and entwined it in a clean linen cloth, 27:60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewed out in the rock and he rolled a great stone against the door of the tomb and went away. 27:61 Now Mary the Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting in front of the burial chamber.



     27:62 Now on the next-day, which is the day after the Preparation, the high-priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate, 27:63 saying, Lord, we remember what that misleader said, while still living, I will arise after three days. 27:64 Therefore, command that the burial chamber be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples coming by night, might steal him away and might say to the people, He was raised from the dead and the last deceit will be worse than the first.


     27:65 Pilate said to them, You° have a sentry. Go°, make° it as secure as you° know how. 27:66 So they traveled and secured the burial chamber, sealing the stone, with the sentry.



[Matthew 28]



     {Mar 16:1-8 & Mat 28:1-8 & Luk 24:1-8, 12 & Joh 20:1-10 Dawn and very early Sun.}


     28:1 Now after the Sabbath day, as it was dawning toward the first daylight of the week, Mary the Magdalene and the other Mary came to view the burial chamber. 28:2 And behold, there became a great earthquake; for* a messenger of the Lord, having come down from heaven, came and rolled away the stone from the door and was sitting upon it. 28:3 His form was like lightning and his clothing was white like snow; 28:4 and those who are guarding the door, shook out of fear of him and became like dead men.


     28:5 Now the messenger answered and said to the women, Do° not be afraid; for* I know that you° are seeking Jesus, who has been crucified. 28:6 He is not here; for* he was raised, just-as he said. Come-here°, behold° the place where the Lord was laying. 28:7 And when* you° have traveled quickly, say to his disciples, He was raised from the dead, and behold, he is preceding you° into Galilee; you° will be seeing him there. Behold, I have said this to you°.


     28:8 And having gone out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to report to his disciples.


     {Mar 16:9-11 & Mat 28:9-10 & Luk 24:9-11 & Joh 20:11-18.}


     28:9 Now as they were traveling to also report it to his disciples, behold, Jesus encountered them, saying, Rejoice°! But they came and took-hold of his feet and worshiped him. 28:10 Then Jesus says to them, Do° not be afraid. Go°; report° to my brethren in order that they might go into Galilee and they will be seeing me there.



     {Mat 28:11-15 Sun. Morning; no parallel.}


     28:11 Now while traveling, behold, some of the sentries came into the city and reported to the high-priests all the things which had happened. 28:12 And having been gathered together with the elders and having taken counsel, they gave a considerable amount of silver to the soldiers, 28:13 saying, Say°: when* we fell-asleep, his disciples came by night and stole him away. 28:14 And if this is heard by the governor, we will be persuading him and will be making* you° carefree. 28:15 So they took the silver and did like they were taught and this speech was broadcasted with the Jews and is continuing till today.



     {Mat 28:16-17 & 1Co 15:6 Mountain in Galilee.}


     28:16 But the eleven disciples traveled into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had appointed to them. 28:17 And seeing him, they worshiped him, but some were skeptical.



     {Mar 16:15-18 & Mat 28:18-20 & Luk 24:46-47 Mountain in Galilee; The Great Commission.}


     28:18 And Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to me in heaven and upon earth.


     28:19 When* you° travel, make disciples of all the nations, immersing* them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 28:20 teaching them to observe all things, as many things as I have commanded you°, and behold, I am with you° all the days until the end of the earth.


     Amen.







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