Bible: Luke 9:51-24:53

Rejection in Samaria

9:51 Now when 1  the days drew near 2  for him to be taken up, 3  Jesus 4  set out resolutely 5  to go to Jerusalem. 6  9:52 He 7  sent messengers on ahead of him. 8  As they went along, 9  they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance 10  for him, 9:53 but the villagers 11  refused to welcome 12  him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. 13  9:54 Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume 14  them? 15  9:55 But Jesus 16  turned and rebuked them, 17  9:56 and they went on to another village.

Challenging Professed Followers

9:57 As 18  they were walking 19  along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 20  9:58 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky 21  have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 22  9:59 Jesus 23  said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, 24 Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 9:60 But Jesus 25  said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, 26  but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 27  9:61 Yet 28  another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” 29  9:62 Jesus 30  said to him, “No one who puts his 31  hand to the plow and looks back 32  is fit for the kingdom of God.” 33 

The Mission of the Seventy-Two

10:1 After this 34  the Lord appointed seventy-two 35  others and sent them on ahead of him two by two into every town 36  and place where he himself was about to go. 10:2 He 37  said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 38  to send out 39  workers into his harvest. 10:3 Go! I 40  am sending you out like lambs 41  surrounded by wolves. 42  10:4 Do not carry 43  a money bag, 44  a traveler’s bag, 45  or sandals, and greet no one on the road. 46  10:5 Whenever 47  you enter a house, 48  first say, ‘May peace 49  be on this house!’ 10:6 And if a peace-loving person 50  is there, your peace will remain on him, but if not, it will return to you. 51  10:7 Stay 52  in that same house, eating and drinking what they give you, 53  for the worker deserves his pay. 54  Do not move around from house to house. 10:8 Whenever 55  you enter a town 56  and the people 57  welcome you, eat what is set before you. 10:9 Heal 58  the sick in that town 59  and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God 60  has come upon 61  you!’ 10:10 But whenever 62  you enter a town 63  and the people 64  do not welcome 65  you, go into its streets 66  and say, 10:11 Even the dust of your town 67  that clings to our feet we wipe off 68  against you. 69  Nevertheless know this: The kingdom of God has come.’ 70  10:12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom 71  than for that town! 72 

10:13Woe to you, Chorazin! 73  Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if 74  the miracles 75  done in you had been done in Tyre 76  and Sidon, 77  they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 10:14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you! 10:15 And you, Capernaum, 78  will you be exalted to heaven? 79  No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 80 

10:16The one who listens 81  to you listens to me, 82  and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects 83  the one who sent me.” 84 

10:17 Then 85  the seventy-two 86  returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to 87  us in your name! 88  10:18 So 89  he said to them, “I saw 90  Satan fall 91  like lightning 92  from heaven. 10:19 Look, I have given you authority to tread 93  on snakes and scorpions 94  and on the full force of the enemy, 95  and nothing will 96  hurt you. 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that 97  the spirits submit to you, but rejoice 98  that your names stand written 99  in heaven.”

10:21 On that same occasion 100  Jesus 101  rejoiced 102  in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise 103  you, Father, Lord 104  of heaven and earth, because 105  you have hidden these things from the wise 106  and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 107  10:22 All things have been given to me by my Father. 108  No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides 109  to reveal him.”

10:23 Then 110  Jesus 111  turned 112  to his 113  disciples and said privately, “Blessed 114  are the eyes that see what you see! 10:24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings longed to see 115  what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

10:25 Now 116  an expert in religious law 117  stood up to test Jesus, 118  saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? 119  10:26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you understand it? 120  10:27 The expert 121  answered, “Love 122  the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, 123  and love your neighbor as yourself.” 124  10:28 Jesus 125  said to him, “You have answered correctly; 126  do this, and you will live.”

10:29 But the expert, 127  wanting to justify 128  himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor? 10:30 Jesus replied, 129 A man was going down 130  from Jerusalem 131  to Jericho, 132  and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat 133  him up, and went off, leaving him half dead. 134  10:31 Now by chance 135  a priest was going down that road, but 136  when he saw the injured man 137  he passed by 138  on the other side. 139  10:32 So too a Levite, when he came up to 140  the place and saw him, 141  passed by on the other side. 10:33 But 142  a Samaritan 143  who was traveling 144  came to where the injured man 145  was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him. 146  10:34 He 147  went up to him 148  and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil 149  and wine on them. Then 150  he put him on 151  his own animal, 152  brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 10:35 The 153  next day he took out two silver coins 154  and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever else you spend, I will repay you when I come back this way.’ 155  10:36 Which of these three do you think became a neighbor 156  to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers? 10:37 The expert in religious law 157  said, “The one who showed mercy 158  to him.” So 159  Jesus said to him, “Go and do 160  the same.”

Jesus and Martha

10:38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus 161  entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. 162  10:39 She 163  had a sister named Mary, who sat 164  at the Lord’s feet 165  and listened to what he said. 10:40 But Martha was distracted 166  with all the preparations she had to make, 167  so 168  she came up to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care 169  that my sister has left me to do all the work 170  alone? Tell 171  her to help me.” 10:41 But the Lord 172  answered her, 173 Martha, Martha, 174  you are worried and troubled 175  about many things, 10:42 but one thing 176  is needed. Mary has chosen the best 177  part; it will not be taken away from her.”

Instructions on Prayer

11:1 Now 178  Jesus 179  was praying in a certain place. When 180  he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John 181  taught 182  his disciples.” 11:2 So he said to them, “When you pray, 183  say:

Father, 184  may your name be honored; 185 

may your kingdom come. 186 

11:3 Give us each day our daily bread, 187 

11:4 and forgive us our sins,

for we also forgive everyone who sins 188  against us.

And do not lead us into temptation.” 189 

11:5 Then 190  he said to them, “Suppose one of you 191  has a friend, and you go to him 192  at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 193  11:6 because a friend of mine has stopped here while on a journey, 194  and I have nothing to set before 195  him.’ 11:7 Then 196  he will reply 197  from inside, ‘Do not bother me. The door is already shut, and my children and I are in bed. 198  I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 199  11:8 I tell you, even though the man inside 200  will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s 201  sheer persistence 202  he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

11:9So 203  I tell you: Ask, 204  and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door 205  will be opened for you. 11:10 For everyone who asks 206  receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door 207  will be opened. 11:11 What father among you, if your 208  son asks for 209  a fish, will give him a snake 210  instead of a fish? 11:12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 211  11:13 If you then, although you are 212  evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit 213  to those who ask him!

Jesus and Beelzebul

11:14 Now 214  he was casting out a demon that was mute. 215  When 216  the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute began to speak, 217  and the crowds were amazed. 11:15 But some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, 218  the ruler 219  of demons, he casts out demons.” 11:16 Others, to test 220  him, 221  began asking for 222  a sign 223  from heaven. 11:17 But Jesus, 224  realizing their thoughts, said to them, 225 Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 226  and a divided household falls. 227  11:18 So 228  if 229  Satan too is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I ask you this because 230  you claim that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 11:19 Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 231  cast them 232  out? Therefore they will be your judges. 11:20 But if I cast out demons by the finger 233  of God, then the kingdom of God 234  has already overtaken 235  you. 11:21 When a strong man, 236  fully armed, guards his own palace, 237  his possessions are safe. 238  11:22 But 239  when a stronger man 240  attacks 241  and conquers him, he takes away the first man’s 242  armor on which the man relied 243  and divides up 244  his plunder. 245  11:23 Whoever is not with me is against me, 246  and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 247 

Response to Jesus’ Work

11:24When an unclean spirit 248  goes out of a person, 249  it passes through waterless places 250  looking for rest but 251  not finding any. Then 252  it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 253  11:25 When it returns, 254  it finds the house 255  swept clean and put in order. 256  11:26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 257  the last state of that person 258  is worse than the first.” 259 

11:27 As 260  he said these things, a woman in the crowd spoke out 261  to him, “Blessed is the womb 262  that bore you and the breasts at which you nursed! 263  11:28 But he replied, 264 Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey 265  it!

The Sign of Jonah

11:29 As 266  the crowds were increasing, Jesus 267  began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, 268  but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 269  11:30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, 270  so the Son of Man will be a sign 271  to this generation. 272  11:31 The queen of the South 273  will rise up at the judgment 274  with the people 275  of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, 276  something greater 277  than Solomon is here! 11:32 The people 278  of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 279  – and now, 280  something greater than Jonah is here!

Internal Light

11:33No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a hidden place 281  or under a basket, 282  but on a lampstand, so that those who come in can see the light. 11:34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, 283  your whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased, 284  your body is full of darkness. 11:35 Therefore see to it 285  that the light in you 286  is not darkness. 11:36 If 287  then 288  your whole body is full of light, with no part in the dark, 289  it will be as full of light as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” 290 

Rebuking the Pharisees and Experts in the Law

11:37 As he spoke, 291  a Pharisee 292  invited Jesus 293  to have a meal with him, so he went in and took his place at the table. 294  11:38 The 295  Pharisee was astonished when he saw that Jesus 296  did not first wash his hands 297  before the meal. 11:39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean 298  the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 299  11:40 You fools! 300  Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well? 301  11:41 But give from your heart to those in need, 302  and 303  then everything will be clean for you. 304 

11:42But woe to you Pharisees! 305  You give a tenth 306  of your mint, 307  rue, 308  and every herb, yet you neglect justice 309  and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others. 310  11:43 Woe to you Pharisees! You love the best seats 311  in the synagogues 312  and elaborate greetings 313  in the marketplaces! 11:44 Woe to you! 314  You are like unmarked graves, and people 315  walk over them without realizing it! 316 

11:45 One of the experts in religious law 317  answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things you insult 318  us too.” 11:46 But Jesus 319  replied, 320 Woe to you experts in religious law as well! 321  You load people 322  down with burdens difficult to bear, yet you yourselves refuse to touch 323  the burdens with even one of your fingers! 11:47 Woe to you! You build 324  the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors 325  killed. 11:48 So you testify that you approve of 326  the deeds of your ancestors, 327  because they killed the prophets 328  and you build their 329  tombs! 330  11:49 For this reason also the wisdom 331  of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ 11:50 so that this generation may be held accountable 332  for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning 333  of the world, 334  11:51 from the blood of Abel 335  to the blood of Zechariah, 336  who was killed 337  between the altar and the sanctuary. 338  Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against 339  this generation. 11:52 Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away 340  the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered 341  those who were going in.”

11:53 When he went out from there, the experts in the law 342  and the Pharisees began to oppose him bitterly, 343  and to ask him hostile questions 344  about many things, 11:54 plotting against 345  him, to catch 346  him in something he might say.

Fear God, Not People

12:1 Meanwhile, 347  when many thousands of the crowd had gathered so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus 348  began to speak first to his disciples, “Be on your guard against 349  the yeast of the Pharisees, 350  which is hypocrisy. 351  12:2 Nothing is hidden 352  that will not be revealed, 353  and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 12:3 So then 354  whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered 355  in private rooms 356  will be proclaimed from the housetops. 357 

12:4I 358  tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, 359  and after that have nothing more they can do. 12:5 But I will warn 360  you whom you should fear: Fear the one who, after the killing, 361  has authority to throw you 362  into hell. 363  Yes, I tell you, fear him! 12:6 Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? 364  Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. 12:7 In fact, even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; 365  you are more valuable than many sparrows.

12:8I 366  tell you, whoever acknowledges 367  me before men, 368  the Son of Man will also acknowledge 369  before God’s angels. 12:9 But the one who denies me before men will be denied before God’s angels. 12:10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the person who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit 370  will not be forgiven. 371  12:11 But when they bring you before the synagogues, 372  the 373  rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you should make your defense 374  or what you should say, 12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment 375  what you must say.” 376 

The Parable of the Rich Landowner

12:13 Then 377  someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell 378  my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 12:14 But Jesus 379  said to him, “Man, 380  who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two? 381  12:15 Then 382  he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from 383  all types of greed, 384  because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 12:16 He then 385  told them a parable: 386  “The land of a certain rich man produced 387  an abundant crop, 12:17 so 388  he thought to himself, 389 What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 390  12:18 Then 391  he said, ‘I 392  will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 12:19 And I will say to myself, 393 You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ 12:20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life 394  will be demanded back from 395  you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 396  12:21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, 397  but is not rich toward God.”

Exhortation Not to Worry

12:22 Then 398  Jesus 399  said to his 400  disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry 401  about your 402  life, what you will eat, or about your 403  body, what you will wear. 12:23 For there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing. 12:24 Consider the ravens: 404  They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds 405  them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! 12:25 And which of you by worrying 406  can add an hour to his life? 407  12:26 So if 408  you cannot do such a very little thing as this, why do you worry about 409  the rest? 12:27 Consider how the flowers 410  grow; they do not work 411  or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 12:28 And if 412  this is how God clothes the wild grass, 413  which is here 414  today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 415  how much more 416  will he clothe you, you people of little faith! 12:29 So 417  do not be overly concerned about 418  what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things. 419  12:30 For all the nations of the world pursue 420  these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 12:31 Instead, pursue 421  his 422  kingdom, 423  and these things will be given to you as well.

12:32Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased 424  to give you the kingdom. 12:33 Sell your possessions 425  and give to the poor. 426  Provide yourselves purses that do not wear out – a treasure in heaven 427  that never decreases, 428  where no thief approaches and no moth 429  destroys. 12:34 For where your treasure 430  is, there your heart will be also.

Call to Faithful Stewardship

12:35Get dressed for service 431  and keep your lamps burning; 432  12:36 be like people 433  waiting for their master to come back from the wedding celebration, 434  so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 12:37 Blessed are those slaves 435  whom their master finds alert 436  when he returns! I tell you the truth, 437  he will dress himself to serve, 438  have them take their place at the table, 439  and will come 440  and wait on them! 441  12:38 Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night 442  and finds them alert, 443  blessed are those slaves! 444  12:39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief 445  was coming, he would not have let 446  his house be broken into. 12:40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” 447 

12:41 Then 448  Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone? 449  12:42 The Lord replied, 450 Who then is the faithful and wise manager, 451  whom the master puts in charge of his household servants, 452  to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? 12:43 Blessed is that slave 453  whom his master finds at work 454  when he returns. 12:44 I tell you the truth, 455  the master 456  will put him in charge of all his possessions. 12:45 But if 457  that 458  slave should say to himself, 459 My master is delayed 460  in returning,’ and he begins to beat 461  the other 462  slaves, both men and women, 463  and to eat, drink, and get drunk, 12:46 then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, 464  and assign him a place with the unfaithful. 465  12:47 That 466  servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or do what his master asked 467  will receive a severe beating. 12:48 But the one who did not know his master’s will 468  and did things worthy of punishment 469  will receive a light beating. 470  From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, 471  and from the one who has been entrusted with much, 472  even more will be asked. 473 

Not Peace, but Division

12:49I have come 474  to bring 475  fire on the earth – and how I wish it were already kindled! 12:50 I have a baptism 476  to undergo, 477  and how distressed I am until it is finished! 12:51 Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 478  12:52 For from now on 479  there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. 12:53 They will be divided, 480  father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Reading the Signs

12:54 Jesus 481  also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, 482  you say at once, ‘A rainstorm 483  is coming,’ and it does. 12:55 And when you see the south wind 484  blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. 12:56 You hypocrites! 485  You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how 486  to interpret the present time?

Clear the Debts

12:57And 487  why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 12:58 As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, 488  make an effort to settle with him on the way, so that he will not drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, 489  and the officer throw you into prison. 12:59 I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the very last cent!” 490 

A Call to Repent

13:1 Now 491  there were some present on that occasion who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 492  13:2 He 493  answered them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners 494  than all the other Galileans, because they suffered these things? 13:3 No, I tell you! But unless you repent, 495  you will all perish as well! 496  13:4 Or those eighteen who were killed 497  when the tower in Siloam fell on them, 498  do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem? 499  13:5 No, I tell you! But unless you repent 500  you will all perish as well! 501 

Warning to Israel to Bear Fruit

13:6 Then 502  Jesus 503  told this parable: “A man had a fig tree 504  planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 13:7 So 505  he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, ‘For 506  three years 507  now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it 508  I find none. Cut 509  it down! Why 510  should it continue to deplete 511  the soil?’ 13:8 But the worker 512  answered him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer 513  on it. 13:9 Then if 514  it bears fruit next year, 515  very well, 516  but if 517  not, you can cut it down.’

Healing on the Sabbath

13:10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues 518  on the Sabbath, 13:11 and a woman was there 519  who had been disabled by a spirit 520  for eighteen years. She 521  was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely. 522  13:12 When 523  Jesus saw her, he called her to him 524  and said, “Woman, 525  you are freed 526  from your infirmity.” 527  13:13 Then 528  he placed his hands on her, and immediately 529  she straightened up and praised God. 13:14 But the president of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, “There are six days on which work 530  should be done! 531  So come 532  and be healed on those days, and not on the Sabbath day.” 13:15 Then the Lord answered him, 533 You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from its stall, 534  and lead it to water? 535  13:16 Then 536  shouldn’t 537  this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan 538  bound for eighteen long 539  years, be released from this imprisonment 540  on the Sabbath day? 13:17 When 541  he said this all his adversaries were humiliated, 542  but 543  the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things 544  he was doing. 545 

On the Kingdom of God

13:18 Thus Jesus 546  asked, 547 What is the kingdom of God 548  like? 549  To 550  what should I compare it? 13:19 It is like a mustard seed 551  that a man took and sowed 552  in his garden. It 553  grew and became a tree, 554  and the wild birds 555  nested in its branches.” 556 

13:20 Again 557  he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? 558  13:21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with 559  three measures 560  of flour until all the dough had risen.” 561 

The Narrow Door

13:22 Then 562  Jesus 563  traveled throughout 564  towns 565  and villages, teaching and making his way toward 566  Jerusalem. 567  13:23 Someone 568  asked 569  him, “Lord, will only a few 570  be saved?” So 571  he said to them, 13:24 Exert every effort 572  to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 13:25 Once 573  the head of the house 574  gets up 575  and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, 576  let us in!’ 577  But he will answer you, 578 I don’t know where you come from.’ 579  13:26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 580  13:27 But 581  he will reply, 582 I don’t know where you come from! 583  Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ 584  13:28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth 585  when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, 586  and all the prophets in the kingdom of God 587  but you yourselves thrown out. 588  13:29 Then 589  people 590  will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table 591  in the kingdom of God. 592  13:30 But 593  indeed, 594  some are last 595  who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Going to Jerusalem

13:31 At that time, 596  some Pharisees 597  came up and said to Jesus, 598 Get away from here, 599  because Herod 600  wants to kill you.” 13:32 But 601  he said to them, “Go 602  and tell that fox, 603 Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day 604  I will complete my work. 605  13:33 Nevertheless I must 606  go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible 607  that a prophet should be killed 608  outside Jerusalem.’ 609  13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 610  you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! 611  How often I have longed 612  to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but 613  you would have none of it! 614  13:35 Look, your house is forsaken! 615  And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” 616 

Healing Again on the Sabbath

14:1 Now 617  one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine 618  at the house of a leader 619  of the Pharisees, 620  they were watching 621  him closely. 14:2 There 622  right 623  in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. 624  14:3 So 625  Jesus asked 626  the experts in religious law 627  and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath 628  or not? 14:4 But they remained silent. So 629  Jesus 630  took hold of the man, 631  healed him, and sent him away. 632  14:5 Then 633  he said to them, “Which of you, if you have a son 634  or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out? 14:6 But 635  they could not reply 636  to this.

On Seeking Seats of Honor

14:7 Then 637  when Jesus 638  noticed how the guests 639  chose the places of honor, 640  he told them a parable. He said to them, 14:8 When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, 641  do not take 642  the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host. 643  14:9 So 644  the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, 645  you will begin to move to the least important 646  place. 14:10 But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host 647  approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ 648  Then you will be honored in the presence of all who share the meal with you. 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but 649  the one who humbles 650  himself will be exalted.”

14:12 He 651  said also to the man 652  who had invited him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, 653  don’t invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors so you can be invited by them in return and get repaid. 14:13 But when you host an elaborate meal, 654  invite the poor, the crippled, 655  the lame, and 656  the blind. 657  14:14 Then 658  you will be blessed, 659  because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid 660  at the resurrection of the righteous.”

The Parable of the Great Banquet

14:15 When 661  one of those at the meal with Jesus 662  heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone 663  who will feast 664  in the kingdom of God! 665  14:16 But Jesus 666  said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet 667  and invited 668  many guests. 669  14:17 At 670  the time for the banquet 671  he sent his slave 672  to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ 14:18 But one after another they all 673  began to make excuses. 674  The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, 675  and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ 676  14:19 Another 677  said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, 678  and I am going out 679  to examine them. Please excuse me.’ 14:20 Another 680  said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ 681  14:21 So 682  the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious 683  and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly 684  to the streets and alleys of the city, 685  and bring in the poor, 686  the crippled, 687  the blind, and the lame.’ 14:22 Then 688  the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ 689  14:23 So 690  the master said to his 691  slave, ‘Go out to the highways 692  and country roads 693  and urge 694  people 695  to come in, so that my house will be filled. 696  14:24 For I tell you, not one of those individuals 697  who were invited 698  will taste my banquet!’ 699 

Counting the Cost

14:25 Now large crowds 700  were accompanying Jesus, 701  and turning to them he said, 14:26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate 702  his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, 703  he cannot be my disciple. 14:27 Whoever does not carry his own cross 704  and follow 705  me cannot be my disciple. 14:28 For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down 706  first and compute the cost 707  to see if he has enough money to complete it? 14:29 Otherwise, 708  when he has laid 709  a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, 710  all who see it 711  will begin to make fun of 712  him. 14:30 They will say, 713 This man 714  began to build and was not able to finish!’ 715  14:31 Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down 716  first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose 717  the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 14:32 If he cannot succeed, 718  he will send a representative 719  while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. 720  14:33 In the same way therefore not one of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions. 721 

14:34Salt 722  is good, but if salt loses its flavor, 723  how can its flavor be restored? 14:35 It is of no value 724  for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. 725  The one who has ears to hear had better listen! 726 

The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Coin

15:1 Now all the tax collectors 727  and sinners were coming 728  to hear him. 15:2 But 729  the Pharisees 730  and the experts in the law 731  were complaining, 732 This man welcomes 733  sinners and eats with them.”

15:3 So 734  Jesus 735  told them 736  this parable: 737  15:4 Which one 738  of you, if he has a hundred 739  sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture 740  and go look for 741  the one that is lost until he finds it? 742  15:5 Then 743  when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 Returning 744  home, he calls together 745  his 746  friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 15:7 I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner 747  who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people 748  who have no need to repent. 749 

15:8Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins 750  and loses 751  one of them, 752  does not light a lamp, sweep 753  the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? 15:9 Then 754  when she has found it, she calls together her 755  friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice 756  with me, for I have found the coin 757  that I had lost.’ 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels 758  over one sinner who repents.”

The Parable of the Compassionate Father

15:11 Then 759  Jesus 760  said, “A man had two sons. 15:12 The 761  younger of them said to his 762  father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate 763  that will belong 764  to me.’ So 765  he divided his 766  assets between them. 767  15:13 After 768  a few days, 769  the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered 770  his wealth 771  with a wild lifestyle. 15:14 Then 772  after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need. 15:15 So he went and worked for 773  one of the citizens of that country, who 774  sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 775  15:16 He 776  was longing to eat 777  the carob pods 778  the pigs were eating, but 779  no one gave him anything. 15:17 But when he came to his senses 780  he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food 781  enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger! 15:18 I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned 782  against heaven 783  and against 784  you. 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me 785  like one of your hired workers.”’ 15:20 So 786  he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home 787  his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; 788  he ran and hugged 789  his son 790  and kissed him. 15:21 Then 791  his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven 792  and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 793  15:22 But the father said to his slaves, 794 Hurry! Bring the best robe, 795  and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger 796  and sandals 797  on his feet! 15:23 Bring 798  the fattened calf 799  and kill it! Let us eat 800  and celebrate, 15:24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ 801  So 802  they began to celebrate.

15:25Now his older son was in the field. As 803  he came and approached the house, he heard music 804  and dancing. 15:26 So 805  he called one of the slaves 806  and asked what was happening. 15:27 The slave replied, 807 Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf 808  because he got his son 809  back safe and sound.’ 15:28 But the older son 810  became angry 811  and refused 812  to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 15:29 but he answered 813  his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave 814  for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet 815  you never gave me even a goat 816  so that I could celebrate with my friends! 15:30 But when this son of yours 817  came back, who has devoured 818  your assets with prostitutes, 819  you killed the fattened calf 820  for him!’ 15:31 Then 821  the father 822  said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. 15:32 It was appropriate 823  to celebrate and be glad, for your brother 824  was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’ 825 

The Parable of the Clever Steward

16:1 Jesus 826  also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations 827  that his manager 828  was wasting 829  his assets. 16:2 So 830  he called the manager 831  in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? 832  Turn in the account of your administration, 833  because you can no longer be my manager.’ 16:3 Then 834  the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position 835  away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, 836  and I’m too ashamed 837  to beg. 16:4 I know 838  what to do so that when I am put out of management, people will welcome me into their homes.’ 839  16:5 So 840  he contacted 841  his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 16:6 The man 842  replied, ‘A hundred measures 843  of olive oil.’ The manager 844  said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ 845  16:7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man 846  replied, ‘A hundred measures 847  of wheat.’ The manager 848  said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 849  16:8 The 850  master commended the dishonest 851  manager because he acted shrewdly. 852  For the people 853  of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries 854  than the people 855  of light. 16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, 856  so that when it runs out you will be welcomed 857  into the eternal homes. 858 

16:10The one who is faithful in a very little 859  is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 16:11 If then you haven’t been trustworthy 860  in handling worldly wealth, 861  who will entrust you with the true riches? 862  16:12 And if you haven’t been trustworthy 863  with someone else’s property, 864  who will give you your own 865 ? 16:13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate 866  the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise 867  the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 868 

More Warnings about the Pharisees

16:14 The Pharisees 869  (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed 870  him. 16:15 But 871  Jesus 872  said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, 873  but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized 874  among men is utterly detestable 875  in God’s sight.

16:16The law and the prophets were in force 876  until John; 877  since then, 878  the good news of the kingdom of God 879  has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. 880  16:17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter 881  in the law to become void. 882 

16:18Everyone who divorces his wife and marries 883  someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

16:19There was a rich man who dressed in purple 884  and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously 885  every day. 16:20 But at his gate lay 886  a poor man named Lazarus 887  whose body was covered with sores, 888  16:21 who longed to eat 889  what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs 890  came and licked 891  his sores.

16:22Now 892  the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. 893  The 894  rich man also died and was buried. 895  16:23 And in hell, 896  as he was in torment, 897  he looked up 898  and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. 899  16:24 So 900  he called out, 901 Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus 902  to dip the tip of his finger 903  in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish 904  in this fire.’ 905  16:25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, 906  remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. 907  16:26 Besides all this, 908  a great chasm 909  has been fixed between us, 910  so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 16:27 So 911  the rich man 912  said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus 913  to my father’s house 16:28 (for I have five brothers) to warn 914  them so that they don’t come 915  into this place of torment.’ 16:29 But Abraham said, 916 They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to 917  them.’ 16:30 Then 918  the rich man 919  said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead 920  goes to them, they will repent.’ 16:31 He 921  replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to 922  Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ 923 

Sin, Forgiveness, Faith, and Service

17:1 Jesus 924  said to his disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe 925  to the one through whom they come! 17:2 It would be better for him to have a millstone 926  tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea 927  than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 928  17:3 Watch 929  yourselves! If 930  your brother 931  sins, rebuke him. If 932  he repents, forgive him. 17:4 Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive 933  him.”

17:5 The 934  apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith! 935  17:6 So 936  the Lord replied, 937 If 938  you had faith the size of 939  a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry 940  tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ 941  and it would obey 942  you.

17:7Would any one of you say 943  to your slave 944  who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal? 945  17:8 Won’t 946  the master 947  instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready 948  to serve me while 949  I eat and drink. Then 950  you may eat and drink? 17:9 He won’t thank the slave because he did what he was told, 951  will he? 952  17:10 So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; 953  we have only done what was our duty.’ 954 

The Grateful Leper

17:11 Now on 955  the way to Jerusalem, 956  Jesus 957  was passing along 958  between Samaria and Galilee. 17:12 As 959  he was entering 960  a village, ten men with leprosy 961  met him. They 962  stood at a distance, 17:13 raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy 963  on us.” 17:14 When 964  he saw them he said, “Go 965  and show yourselves to the priests.” 966  And 967  as they went along, they were cleansed. 17:15 Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising 968  God with a loud voice. 17:16 He 969  fell with his face to the ground 970  at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. 971  (Now 972  he was a Samaritan.) 973  17:17 Then 974  Jesus said, 975 Were 976  not ten cleansed? Where are the other 977  nine? 17:18 Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner? 978  17:19 Then 979  he said to the man, 980 Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you well.” 981 

The Coming of the Kingdom

17:20 Now at one point 982  the Pharisees 983  asked Jesus 984  when the kingdom of God 985  was coming, so he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs 986  to be observed, 17:21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is 987  in your midst.” 988 

The Coming of the Son of Man

17:22 Then 989  he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days 990  of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 17:23 Then people 991  will say to you, ‘Look, there he is!’ 992  or ‘Look, here he is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. 993  17:24 For just like the lightning flashes 994  and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 995  17:25 But first he must 996  suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 17:26 Just 997  as it was 998  in the days of Noah, 999  so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. 17:27 People 1000  were eating, 1001  they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then 1002  the flood came and destroyed them all. 1003  17:28 Likewise, just as it was 1004  in the days of Lot, people 1005  were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; 17:29 but on the day Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 1006  17:30 It will be the same on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 17:31 On that day, anyone who is on the roof, 1007  with his goods in the house, must not come down 1008  to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back. 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife! 1009  17:33 Whoever tries to keep 1010  his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life 1011  will preserve it. 17:34 I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 1012  17:35 There will be two women grinding grain together; 1013  one will be taken and the other left.”

17:36 [[EMPTY]] 1014 

17:37 Then 1015  the disciples 1016  said 1017  to him, “Where, 1018  Lord?” He replied to them, “Where the dead body 1019  is, there the vultures 1020  will gather.” 1021 

Prayer and the Parable of the Persistent Widow

18:1 Then 1022  Jesus 1023  told them a parable to show them they should always 1024  pray and not lose heart. 1025  18:2 He said, 1026 In a certain city 1027  there was a judge 1028  who neither feared God nor respected people. 1029  18:3 There was also a widow 1030  in that city 1031  who kept coming 1032  to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 18:4 For 1033  a while he refused, but later on 1034  he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, 1035  18:5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out 1036  by her unending pleas.’ 1037  18:6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! 1038  18:7 Won’t 1039  God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out 1040  to him day and night? 1041  Will he delay 1042  long to help them? 18:8 I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. 1043  Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith 1044  on earth?

The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

18:9 Jesus 1045  also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down 1046  on everyone else. 18:10 Two men went up 1047  to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee 1048  and the other a tax collector. 1049  18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: 1050  ‘God, I thank 1051  you that I am not like other people: 1052  extortionists, 1053  unrighteous people, 1054  adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 1055  18:12 I fast twice 1056  a week; I give a tenth 1057  of everything I get.’ 18:13 The tax collector, however, stood 1058  far off and would not even look up 1059  to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful 1060  to me, sinner that I am!’ 1061  18:14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified 1062  rather than the Pharisee. 1063  For everyone who exalts 1064  himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Jesus and Little Children

18:15 Now people 1065  were even bringing their babies 1066  to him for him to touch. 1067  But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them. 1068  18:16 But Jesus called for the children, 1069  saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God 1070  belongs to such as these. 1071  18:17 I tell you the truth, 1072  whoever does not receive 1073  the kingdom of God like a child 1074  will never 1075  enter it.”

The Wealthy Ruler

18:18 Now 1076  a certain ruler 1077  asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? 1078  18:19 Jesus 1079  said to him, “Why do you call me good? 1080  No one is good except God alone. 18:20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’ 1081  18:21 The man 1082  replied, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed 1083  all these laws 1084  since my youth.” 1085  18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have 1086  and give the money 1087  to the poor, 1088  and you will have treasure 1089  in heaven. Then 1090  come, follow me.” 18:23 But when the man 1091  heard this he became very sad, 1092  for he was extremely wealthy. 18:24 When Jesus noticed this, 1093  he said, “How hard 1094  it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 1095  18:25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle 1096  than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 18:26 Those who heard this said, “Then 1097  who can be saved? 1098  18:27 He replied, “What is impossible 1099  for mere humans 1100  is possible for God.” 18:28 And Peter said, “Look, we have left everything we own 1101  to follow you! 1102  18:29 Then 1103  Jesus 1104  said to them, “I tell you the truth, 1105  there is no one who has left home or wife or brothers 1106  or parents or children for the sake of God’s kingdom 18:30 who will not receive many times more 1107  in this age 1108 and in the age to come, eternal life.” 1109 

Another Prediction of Jesus’ Passion

18:31 Then 1110  Jesus 1111  took the twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, 1112  and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 1113  18:32 For he will be handed over 1114  to the Gentiles; he will be mocked, 1115  mistreated, 1116  and spat on. 1117  18:33 They will flog him severely 1118  and kill him. Yet 1119  on the third day he will rise again.” 18:34 But 1120  the twelve 1121  understood none of these things. This 1122  saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp 1123  what Jesus meant. 1124 

Healing a Blind Man

18:35 As 1125  Jesus 1126  approached 1127  Jericho, 1128  a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 18:36 When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was going on. 18:37 They 1129  told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is passing by.” 18:38 So 1130  he called out, 1131 Jesus, Son of David, 1132  have mercy 1133  on me! 18:39 And those who were in front 1134  scolded 1135  him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted 1136  even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me! 18:40 So 1137  Jesus stopped and ordered the beggar 1138  to be brought to him. When the man 1139  came near, Jesus 1140  asked him, 18:41 What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, 1141 Lord, let me see again.” 1142  18:42 Jesus 1143  said to him, “Receive 1144  your sight; your faith has healed you.” 1145  18:43 And immediately he regained 1146  his sight and followed Jesus, 1147  praising 1148  God. When 1149  all the people saw it, they too 1150  gave praise to God.

Jesus and Zacchaeus

19:1 Jesus 1151  entered Jericho 1152  and was passing through it. 19:2 Now 1153  a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector 1154  and was rich. 19:3 He 1155  was trying to get a look at Jesus, 1156  but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. 1157  19:4 So 1158  he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree 1159  to see him, because Jesus 1160  was going to pass that way. 19:5 And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up 1161  and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, 1162  because I must 1163  stay at your house today.” 1164  19:6 So he came down quickly 1165  and welcomed Jesus 1166  joyfully. 1167  19:7 And when the people 1168  saw it, they all complained, 1169 He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 1170  19:8 But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give 1171  to the poor, and if 1172  I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much! 19:9 Then 1173  Jesus said to him, “Today salvation 1174  has come to this household, 1175  because he too is a son of Abraham! 1176  19:10 For the Son of Man came 1177  to seek and to save the lost.”

The Parable of the Ten Minas

19:11 While the people were listening to these things, Jesus 1178  proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, 1179  and because they thought 1180  that the kingdom of God 1181  was going to 1182  appear immediately. 19:12 Therefore he said, “A nobleman 1183  went to a distant country to receive 1184  for himself a kingdom and then return. 1185  19:13 And he summoned ten of his slaves, 1186  gave them ten minas, 1187  and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ 19:14 But his citizens 1188  hated 1189  him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man 1190  to be king 1191  over us!’ 19:15 When 1192  he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned 1193  these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted 1194  to know how much they had earned 1195  by trading. 19:16 So 1196  the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir, 1197  your mina 1198  has made ten minas more.’ 19:17 And the king 1199  said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful 1200  in a very small matter, you will have authority 1201  over ten cities.’ 19:18 Then 1202  the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’ 19:19 So 1203  the king 1204  said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 19:20 Then another 1205  slave 1206  came and said, ‘Sir, here is 1207  your mina that I put away for safekeeping 1208  in a piece of cloth. 1209  19:21 For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe 1210  man. You withdraw 1211  what you did not deposit 1212  and reap what you did not sow.’ 19:22 The king 1213  said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, 1214  you wicked slave! 1215  So you knew, did you, that I was a severe 1216  man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow? 19:23 Why then didn’t you put 1217  my money in the bank, 1218  so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’ 19:24 And he said to his attendants, 1219 Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’ 1220  19:25 But 1221  they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’ 1222  19:26 I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, 1223  but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 1224  19:27 But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, 1225  bring them here and slaughter 1226  them 1227  in front of me!’

The Triumphal Entry

19:28 After Jesus 1228  had said this, he continued on ahead, 1229  going up to Jerusalem. 1230  19:29 Now 1231  when he approached Bethphage 1232  and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, 1233  he sent two of the disciples, 19:30 telling them, 1234  “Go to the village ahead of you. 1235  When 1236  you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. 1237  Untie it and bring it here. 19:31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs 1238  it.’ 19:32 So those who were sent ahead found 1239  it exactly 1240  as he had told them. 19:33 As 1241  they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, 1242 Why are you untying that colt? 19:34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 19:35 Then 1243  they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks 1244  on the colt, 1245  and had Jesus get on 1246  it. 19:36 As 1247  he rode along, they 1248  spread their cloaks on the road. 19:37 As he approached the road leading down from 1249  the Mount of Olives, 1250  the whole crowd of his 1251  disciples began to rejoice 1252  and praise 1253  God with a loud voice for all the mighty works 1254  they had seen: 1255  19:38 Blessed is the king 1256  who comes in the name of the Lord! 1257  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! 19:39 But 1258  some of the Pharisees 1259  in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 1260  19:40 He answered, 1261 I tell you, if they 1262  keep silent, the very stones 1263  will cry out!

Jesus Weeps for Jerusalem under Judgment

19:41 Now 1264  when Jesus 1265  approached 1266  and saw the city, he wept over it, 19:42 saying, “If you had only known on this day, 1267  even you, the things that make for peace! 1268  But now they are hidden 1269  from your eyes. 19:43 For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build 1270  an embankment 1271  against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. 19:44 They will demolish you 1272 you and your children within your walls 1273  – and they will not leave within you one stone 1274  on top of another, 1275  because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.” 1276 

Cleansing the Temple

19:45 Then 1277  Jesus 1278  entered the temple courts 1279  and began to drive out those who were selling things there, 1280  19:46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ 1281  but you have turned it into a den 1282  of robbers! 1283 

19:47 Jesus 1284  was teaching daily in the temple courts. The chief priests and the experts in the law 1285  and the prominent leaders among the people were seeking to assassinate 1286  him, 19:48 but 1287  they could not find a way to do it, 1288  for all the people hung on his words. 1289 

The Authority of Jesus

20:1 Now one 1290  day, as Jesus 1291  was teaching the people in the temple courts 1292  and proclaiming 1293  the gospel, the chief priests and the experts in the law 1294  with the elders came up 1295  20:2 and said to him, 1296 Tell us: By what authority 1297  are you doing these things? 1298  Or who it is who gave you this authority? 20:3 He answered them, 1299 I will also ask you a question, and you tell me: 20:4 John’s baptism 1300 was it from heaven or from people? 1301  20:5 So 1302  they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 20:6 But if we say, ‘From people,’ all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 20:7 So 1303  they replied that they did not know 1304  where it came from. 20:8 Then 1305  Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you 1306  by whose authority 1307  I do these things.”

The Parable of the Tenants

20:9 Then 1308  he began to tell the people this parable: “A man 1309  planted a vineyard, 1310  leased it to tenant farmers, 1311  and went on a journey for a long time. 20:10 When harvest time came, he sent a slave 1312  to the tenants so that they would give 1313  him his portion of the crop. 1314  However, the tenants beat his slave 1315  and sent him away empty-handed. 20:11 So 1316  he sent another slave. They beat this one too, treated him outrageously, and sent him away empty-handed. 1317  20:12 So 1318  he sent still a third. They even wounded this one, and threw him out. 20:13 Then 1319  the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my one dear son; 1320  perhaps they will respect him.’ 20:14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir; let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours!’ 20:15 So 1321  they threw him out of the vineyard and killed 1322  him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 20:16 He will come and destroy 1323  those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” 1324  When the people 1325  heard this, they said, “May this never happen! 1326  20:17 But Jesus 1327  looked straight at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone? 1328  20:18 Everyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, 1329  and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” 1330  20:19 Then 1331  the experts in the law 1332  and the chief priests wanted to arrest 1333  him that very hour, because they realized he had told this parable against them. But 1334  they were afraid of the people.

Paying Taxes to Caesar

20:20 Then 1335  they watched him carefully and sent spies who pretended to be sincere. 1336  They wanted to take advantage of what he might say 1337  so that they could deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction 1338  of the governor. 20:21 Thus 1339  they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, 1340  and show no partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 1341  20:22 Is it right 1342  for us to pay the tribute tax 1343  to Caesar 1344  or not? 20:23 But Jesus 1345  perceived their deceit 1346  and said to them, 20:24 Show me a denarius. 1347  Whose image 1348  and inscription are on it?” 1349  They said, “Caesar’s.” 20:25 So 1350  he said to them, “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 1351  20:26 Thus 1352  they were unable in the presence of the people to trap 1353  him with his own words. 1354  And stunned 1355  by his answer, they fell silent.

Marriage and the Resurrection

20:27 Now some Sadducees 1356  (who contend that there is no resurrection) 1357  came to him. 20:28 They asked him, 1358  “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies leaving a wife but no children, that man 1359  must marry 1360  the widow and father children 1361  for his brother. 1362  20:29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman 1363  and died without children. 20:30 The second 1364  20:31 and then the third married her, and in this same way all seven died, leaving no children. 20:32 Finally the woman died too. 20:33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? 1365  For all seven had married her.” 1366 

20:34 So 1367  Jesus said to them, “The people of this age 1368  marry and are given in marriage. 20:35 But those who are regarded as worthy to share in 1369  that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 1370  20:36 In fact, they can no longer die, because they are equal to angels 1371  and are sons of God, since they are 1372  sons 1373  of the resurrection. 20:37 But even Moses revealed that the dead are raised 1374  in the passage about the bush, 1375  where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 1376  20:38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, 1377  for all live before him.” 1378  20:39 Then 1379  some of the experts in the law 1380  answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well! 1381  20:40 For they did not dare any longer to ask 1382  him anything.

The Messiah: David’s Son and Lord

20:41 But 1383  he said to them, “How is it that they say that the Christ 1384  is David’s son? 1385  20:42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms,

The Lord said to my 1386  lord,

Sit at my right hand,

20:43 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ 1387 

20:44 If David then calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son? 1388 

Jesus Warns the Disciples against Pride

20:45 As 1389  all the people were listening, Jesus 1390  said to his disciples, 20:46 Beware 1391  of the experts in the law. 1392  They 1393  like walking around in long robes, and they love elaborate greetings 1394  in the marketplaces and the best seats 1395  in the synagogues 1396  and the places of honor at banquets. 20:47 They 1397  devour 1398  widowsproperty, 1399  and as a show make long prayers. They will receive a more severe punishment.”

The Widow’s Offering

21:1 Jesus 1400  looked up 1401  and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box. 1402  21:2 He also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 1403  21:3 He 1404  said, “I tell you the truth, 1405  this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 1406  21:4 For they all offered their gifts out of their wealth. 1407  But she, out of her poverty, put in everything she had to live on.” 1408 

The Signs of the End of the Age

21:5 Now 1409  while some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned 1410  with beautiful stones and offerings, 1411  Jesus 1412  said, 21:6 As for these things that you are gazing at, the days will come when not one stone will be left on another. 1413  All will be torn down! 1414  21:7 So 1415  they asked him, 1416 Teacher, when will these things 1417  happen? And what will be the sign that 1418  these things are about to take place? 21:8 He 1419  said, “Watch out 1420  that you are not misled. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ 1421  and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them! 21:9 And when you hear of wars and rebellions, 1422  do not be afraid. 1423  For these things must happen first, but the end will not come at once.” 1424 

Persecution of Disciples

21:10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise up in arms 1425  against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, and famines 1426  and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights 1427  and great signs 1428  from heaven. 21:12 But before all this, 1429  they will seize 1430  you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues 1431  and prisons. You 1432  will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 21:13 This will be a time for you to serve as witnesses. 1433  21:14 Therefore be resolved 1434  not to rehearse 1435  ahead of time how to make your defense. 21:15 For I will give you the words 1436  along with the wisdom 1437  that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 21:16 You will be betrayed even by parents, 1438  brothers, relatives, 1439  and friends, and they will have some of you put to death. 21:17 You will be hated by everyone because of my name. 1440  21:18 Yet 1441  not a hair of your head will perish. 1442  21:19 By your endurance 1443  you will gain 1444  your lives. 1445 

The Desolation of Jerusalem

21:20But when you see Jerusalem 1446  surrounded 1447  by armies, then know that its 1448  desolation 1449  has come near. 21:21 Then those who are in Judea must flee 1450  to the mountains. Those 1451  who are inside the city must depart. Those 1452  who are out in the country must not enter it, 21:22 because these are days of vengeance, 1453  to fulfill 1454  all that is written. 21:23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! For there will be great distress 1455  on the earth and wrath against this people. 21:24 They 1456  will fall by the edge 1457  of the sword and be led away as captives 1458  among all nations. Jerusalem 1459  will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 1460 

The Arrival of the Son of Man

21:25And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, 1461  and on the earth nations will be in distress, 1462  anxious 1463  over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. 21:26 People will be fainting from fear 1464  and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 1465  21:27 Then 1466  they will see the Son of Man arriving in a cloud 1467  with power and great glory. 21:28 But when these things 1468  begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption 1469  is drawing near.”

The Parable of the Fig Tree

21:29 Then 1470  he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the other trees. 1471  21:30 When they sprout leaves, you see 1472  for yourselves and know that summer is now near. 21:31 So also you, when you see these things happening, know 1473  that the kingdom of God 1474  is near. 21:32 I tell you the truth, 1475  this generation 1476  will not pass away until all these things take place. 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 1477 

Be Ready!

21:34But be on your guard 1478  so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap. 1479  21:35 For 1480  it will overtake 1481  all who live on the face of the whole earth. 1482  21:36 But stay alert at all times, 1483  praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must 1484  happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

21:37 So 1485  every day Jesus 1486  was teaching in the temple courts, 1487  but at night he went and stayed 1488  on the Mount of Olives. 1489  21:38 And all the people 1490  came to him early in the morning to listen to him in the temple courts. 1491 

Judas’ Decision to Betray Jesus

22:1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, 1492  which is called the Passover, was approaching. 22:2 The 1493  chief priests and the experts in the law 1494  were trying to find some way 1495  to execute 1496  Jesus, 1497  for they were afraid of the people. 1498 

22:3 Then 1499  Satan 1500  entered Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. 1501  22:4 He went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers of the temple guard 1502  how he might 1503  betray Jesus, 1504  handing him over to them. 1505  22:5 They 1506  were delighted 1507  and arranged to give him money. 1508  22:6 So 1509  Judas 1510  agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus 1511  when no crowd was present. 1512 

The Passover

22:7 Then the day for the feast 1513  of Unleavened Bread came, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 1514  22:8 Jesus 1515  sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover 1516  for us to eat.” 1517  22:9 They 1518  said to him, “Where do you want us to prepare 1519  it? 22:10 He said to them, “Listen, 1520  when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water 1521  will meet you. 1522  Follow him into the house that he enters, 22:11 and tell the owner of the house, 1523 The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 22:12 Then he will show you a large furnished room upstairs. Make preparations there.” 22:13 So 1524  they went and found things 1525  just as he had told them, 1526  and they prepared the Passover.

The Lord’s Supper

22:14 Now 1527  when the hour came, Jesus 1528  took his place at the table 1529  and the apostles joined 1530  him. 22:15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired 1531  to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 22:16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again 1532  until it is fulfilled 1533  in the kingdom of God.” 1534  22:17 Then 1535  he took a cup, 1536  and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves. 22:18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit 1537  of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 1538  22:19 Then 1539  he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body 1540  which is given for you. 1541  Do this in remembrance of me.” 22:20 And in the same way he took 1542  the cup after they had eaten, 1543  saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant 1544  in my blood.

A Final Discourse

22:21But look, the hand of the one who betrays 1545  me is with me on the table. 1546  22:22 For the Son of Man is to go just as it has been determined, 1547  but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed! 22:23 So 1548  they began to question one another as to which of them it could possibly be who would do this.

22:24 A dispute also started 1549  among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 1550  22:25 So 1551  Jesus 1552  said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 1553  22:26 Not so with you; 1554  instead the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader 1555  like the one who serves. 1556  22:27 For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table, 1557  or the one who serves? Is it not 1558  the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one 1559  who serves.

22:28You are the ones who have remained 1560  with me in my trials. 22:29 Thus 1561  I grant 1562  to you a kingdom, 1563  just as my Father granted to me, 22:30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit 1564  on thrones judging 1565  the twelve tribes of Israel.

22:31Simon, 1566  Simon, pay attention! 1567  Satan has demanded to have you all, 1568  to sift you like wheat, 1569  22:32 but I have prayed for you, Simon, 1570  that your faith may not fail. 1571  When 1572  you have turned back, 1573  strengthen 1574  your brothers.” 22:33 But Peter 1575  said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death! 1576  22:34 Jesus replied, 1577 I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow 1578  today until you have denied 1579  three times that you know me.”

22:35 Then 1580  Jesus 1581  said to them, “When I sent you out with no money bag, 1582  or traveler’s bag, 1583  or sandals, you didn’t lack 1584  anything, did you?” They replied, 1585 Nothing.” 22:36 He said to them, “But now, the one who 1586  has a money bag must take it, and likewise a traveler’s bag 1587  too. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. 22:37 For I tell you that this scripture must be 1588  fulfilled in me, ‘And he was counted with the transgressors.’ 1589  For what is written about me is being fulfilled.” 1590  22:38 So 1591  they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” 1592  Then he told them, “It is enough.” 1593 

On the Mount of Olives

22:39 Then 1594  Jesus 1595  went out and made his way, 1596  as he customarily did, to the Mount of Olives, 1597  and the disciples followed him. 22:40 When he came to the place, 1598  he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 1599  22:41 He went away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 22:42 Father, if you are willing, take 1600  this cup 1601  away from me. Yet not my will but yours 1602  be done.” 22:43 [Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 22:44 And in his anguish 1603  he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.] 1604  22:45 When 1605  he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, exhausted 1606  from grief. 22:46 So 1607  he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation! 1608 

Betrayal and Arrest

22:47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd appeared, 1609  and the man named Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He walked up 1610  to Jesus to kiss him. 1611  22:48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss? 1612  22:49 When 1613  those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should 1614  we use our swords? 1615  22:50 Then 1616  one of them 1617  struck the high priest’s slave, 1618  cutting off his right ear. 22:51 But Jesus said, 1619 Enough of this!” And he touched the man’s 1620  ear and healed 1621  him. 22:52 Then 1622  Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, 1623  and the elders who had come out to get him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs like you would against an outlaw? 1624  22:53 Day after day when I was with you in the temple courts, 1625  you did not arrest me. 1626  But this is your hour, 1627  and that of the power 1628  of darkness!

Jesus’ Condemnation and Peter’s Denials

22:54 Then 1629  they arrested 1630  Jesus, 1631  led him away, and brought him into the high priest’s house. 1632  But Peter was following at a distance. 22:55 When they had made a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 22:56 Then a slave girl, 1633  seeing him as he sat in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man was with him too! 22:57 But Peter 1634  denied it: “Woman, 1635  I don’t know 1636  him! 22:58 Then 1637  a little later someone else 1638  saw him and said, “You are one of them too.” But Peter said, “Man, 1639  I am not! 22:59 And after about an hour still another insisted, 1640  “Certainly this man was with him, because he too is a Galilean.” 1641  22:60 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” At that moment, 1642  while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 1643  22:61 Then 1644  the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, 1645  how he had said to him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 22:62 And he went outside and wept bitterly. 1646 

22:63 Now 1647  the men who were holding Jesus 1648  under guard began to mock him and beat him. 22:64 They 1649  blindfolded him and asked him repeatedly, 1650 Prophesy! Who hit you? 1651  22:65 They also said many other things against him, reviling 1652  him.

22:66 When day came, the council of the elders of the people gathered together, both the chief priests and the experts in the law. 1653  Then 1654  they led Jesus 1655  away to their council 1656  22:67 and said, “If 1657  you are the Christ, 1658  tell us.” But he said to them, “If 1659  I tell you, you will not 1660  believe, 22:68 and if 1661  I ask you, you will not 1662  answer. 22:69 But from now on 1663  the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand 1664  of the power 1665  of God.” 22:70 So 1666  they all said, “Are you the Son of God, 1667  then?” He answered 1668  them, “You say 1669  that I am.” 22:71 Then 1670  they said, “Why do we need further testimony? We have heard it ourselves 1671  from his own lips! 1672 

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

23:1 Then 1673  the whole group of them rose up and brought Jesus 1674  before Pilate. 1675  23:2 They 1676  began to accuse 1677  him, saying, “We found this man subverting 1678  our nation, forbidding 1679  us to pay the tribute tax 1680  to Caesar 1681  and claiming that he himself is Christ, 1682  a king.” 23:3 So 1683  Pilate asked Jesus, 1684 Are you the king 1685  of the Jews?” He replied, “You say so.” 1686  23:4 Then 1687  Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation 1688  against this man.” 23:5 But they persisted 1689  in saying, “He incites 1690  the people by teaching throughout all Judea. It started in Galilee and ended up here! 1691 

Jesus Brought Before Herod

23:6 Now when Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 23:7 When 1692  he learned that he was from Herod’s jurisdiction, 1693  he sent him over to Herod, 1694  who also happened to be in Jerusalem 1695  at that time. 23:8 When 1696  Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform 1697  some miraculous sign. 1698  23:9 So 1699  Herod 1700  questioned him at considerable length; Jesus 1701  gave him no answer. 23:10 The chief priests and the experts in the law 1702  were there, vehemently accusing him. 1703  23:11 Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, 1704  dressing him in elegant clothes, 1705  Herod 1706  sent him back to Pilate. 23:12 That very day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other, 1707  for prior to this they had been enemies. 1708 

Jesus Brought Before the Crowd

23:13 Then 1709  Pilate called together the chief priests, the 1710  rulers, and the people, 23:14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading 1711  the people. When I examined him before you, I 1712  did not find this man guilty 1713  of anything you accused him of doing. 23:15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, he has done nothing 1714  deserving death. 1715  23:16 I will therefore have him flogged 1716  and release him.”

23:17 [[EMPTY]] 1717 

23:18 But they all shouted out together, 1718 Take this man 1719  away! Release Barabbas for us! 23:19 (This 1720  was a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection 1721  started in the city, and for murder.) 1722  23:20 Pilate addressed them once again because he wanted 1723  to release Jesus. 23:21 But they kept on shouting, 1724 Crucify, crucify 1725  him! 23:22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What wrong has he done? I have found him guilty 1726  of no crime deserving death. 1727  I will therefore flog 1728  him and release him.” 23:23 But they were insistent, 1729  demanding with loud shouts that he be crucified. And their shouts prevailed. 23:24 So 1730  Pilate 1731  decided 1732  that their demand should be granted. 23:25 He released the man they asked for, who had been thrown in prison for insurrection and murder. But he handed Jesus over 1733  to their will. 1734 

The Crucifixion

23:26 As 1735  they led him away, they seized Simon of Cyrene, 1736  who was coming in from the country. 1737  They placed the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus. 1738  23:27 A great number of the people followed him, among them women 1739  who were mourning 1740  and wailing for him. 23:28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, 1741  do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves 1742  and for your children. 23:29 For this is certain: 1743  The days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore children, and the breasts that never nursed!’ 1744  23:30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 1745 Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ 1746  23:31 For if such things are done 1747  when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry? 1748 

23:32 Two other criminals 1749  were also led away to be executed with him. 23:33 So 1750  when they came to the place that is called “The Skull,” 1751  they crucified 1752  him there, along with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 23:34 [But Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”] 1753  Then 1754  they threw dice 1755  to divide his clothes. 1756  23:35 The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed 1757  him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save 1758  himself if 1759  he is the Christ 1760  of God, his chosen one! 23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 1761  23:37 and saying, “If 1762  you are the king of the Jews, save yourself! 23:38 There was also an inscription 1763  over him, “This is the king of the Jews.”

23:39 One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at him, saying, “Aren’t 1764  you the Christ? 1765  Save yourself and us! 23:40 But the other rebuked him, saying, 1766 Don’t 1767  you fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 1768  23:41 And we rightly so, for we are getting what we deserve for what we did, but this man has done nothing 1769  wrong.” 23:42 Then 1770  he said, “Jesus, remember me 1771  when you come in 1772  your kingdom.” 23:43 And Jesus 1773  said to him, “I tell you the truth, 1774  today 1775  you will be with me in paradise.” 1776 

23:44 It was now 1777  about noon, 1778  and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 1779  23:45 because the sun’s light failed. 1780  The temple curtain 1781  was torn in two. 23:46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit! 1782  And after he said this he breathed his last.

23:47 Now when the centurion 1783  saw what had happened, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent! 1784  23:48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 1785  23:49 And all those who knew Jesus 1786  stood at a distance, and the women who had followed him from Galilee saw 1787  these things.

Jesus’ Burial

23:50 Now 1788  there was a man named Joseph who was a member of the council, 1789  a good and righteous man. 23:51 (He 1790  had not consented 1791  to their plan and action.) He 1792  was from the Judean town 1793  of Arimathea, and was looking forward to 1794  the kingdom of God. 1795  23:52 He went to Pilate and asked for the body 1796  of Jesus. 23:53 Then 1797  he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, 1798  and placed it 1799  in a tomb cut out of the rock, 1800  where no one had yet been buried. 1801  23:54 It was the day of preparation 1802  and the Sabbath was beginning. 1803  23:55 The 1804  women who had accompanied Jesus 1805  from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 23:56 Then 1806  they returned and prepared aromatic spices 1807  and perfumes. 1808 

On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. 1809 

The Resurrection

24:1 Now on the first day 1810  of the week, at early dawn, the women 1811  went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices 1812  they had prepared. 24:2 They 1813  found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, 1814  24:3 but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 1815  24:4 While 1816  they were perplexed 1817  about this, suddenly 1818  two men stood beside them in dazzling 1819  attire. 24:5 The 1820  women 1821  were terribly frightened 1822  and bowed 1823  their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living 1824  among the dead? 24:6 He is not here, but has been raised! 1825  Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 1826  24:7 that 1827  the Son of Man must be delivered 1828  into the hands of sinful men, 1829  and be crucified, 1830  and on the third day rise again.” 1831  24:8 Then 1832  the women remembered his words, 1833  24:9 and when they returned from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven 1834  and to all the rest. 24:10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, 1835  Joanna, 1836  Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. 24:11 But these words seemed like pure nonsense 1837  to them, and they did not believe them. 24:12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. 1838  He bent down 1839  and saw only the strips of linen cloth; 1840  then he went home, 1841  wondering 1842  what had happened. 1843 

Jesus Walks the Road to Emmaus

24:13 Now 1844  that very day two of them 1845  were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles 1846  from Jerusalem. 1847  24:14 They 1848  were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 24:15 While 1849  they were talking and debating 1850  these things, 1851  Jesus himself approached and began to accompany them 24:16 (but their eyes were kept 1852  from recognizing 1853  him). 1854  24:17 Then 1855  he said to them, “What are these matters 1856  you are discussing so intently 1857  as you walk along?” And they stood still, looking sad. 24:18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, 1858 Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know 1859  the things that have happened there 1860  in these days? 24:19 He 1861  said to them, “What things?” “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied, “a man 1862  who, with his powerful deeds and words, proved to be a prophet 1863  before God and all the people; 24:20 and how our chief priests and rulers handed him over 1864  to be condemned to death, and crucified 1865  him. 24:21 But we had hoped 1866  that he was the one who was going to redeem 1867  Israel. Not only this, but it is now the third day since these things happened. 24:22 Furthermore, some women of our group amazed us. 1868  They 1869  were at the tomb early this morning, 24:23 and when they did not find his body, they came back and said they had seen a vision of angels, 1870  who said he was alive. 24:24 Then 1871  some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see him.” 1872  24:25 So 1873  he said to them, “You 1874  foolish people 1875 how slow of heart 1876  to believe 1877  all that the prophets have spoken! 24:26 Wasn’t 1878  it necessary 1879  for the Christ 1880  to suffer these things and enter into his glory? 24:27 Then 1881  beginning with Moses and all the prophets, 1882  he interpreted to them the things written about 1883  himself in all the scriptures.

24:28 So they approached the village where they were going. He acted as though he wanted to go farther, 1884  24:29 but they urged him, 1885 Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.” So 1886  he went in to stay with them.

24:30 When 1887  he had taken his place at the table 1888  with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, 1889  and gave it to them. 24:31 At this point 1890  their eyes were opened and they recognized 1891  him. 1892  Then 1893  he vanished out of their sight. 24:32 They 1894  said to each other, “Didn’t 1895  our hearts 1896  burn within us 1897  while he was speaking with us on the road, while he was explaining 1898  the scriptures to us? 24:33 So 1899  they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem. 1900  They 1901  found the eleven and those with them gathered together 24:34 and 1902  saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon! 1903  24:35 Then they told what had happened on the road, 1904  and how they recognized him 1905  when he broke the bread.

Jesus Makes a Final Appearance

24:36 While they were saying these things, Jesus 1906  himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 1907  24:37 But they were startled and terrified, thinking 1908  they saw a ghost. 1909  24:38 Then 1910  he said to them, “Why are you frightened, 1911  and why do doubts 1912  arise in your hearts? 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet; it’s me! 1913  Touch me and see; a ghost 1914  does not have flesh and bones like you see I have.” 24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 1915  24:41 And while they still could not believe it 1916  (because of their joy) and were amazed, 1917  he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat? 1918  24:42 So 1919  they gave him a piece of broiled fish, 24:43 and he took it and ate it in front of them.

Jesus’ Final Commission

24:44 Then 1920  he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me 1921  in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms 1922  must be fulfilled.” 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, 1923  24:46 and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ 1924  would suffer 1925  and would rise from the dead on the third day, 24:47 and repentance 1926  for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed 1927  in his name to all nations, 1928  beginning from Jerusalem. 1929  24:48 You are witnesses 1930  of these things. 24:49 And look, I am sending you 1931  what my Father promised. 1932  But stay in the city 1933  until you have been clothed with power 1934  from on high.”

Jesus’ Departure

24:50 Then 1935  Jesus 1936  led them out as far as Bethany, 1937  and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 24:51 Now 1938  during the blessing 1939  he departed 1940  and was taken up into heaven. 1941  24:52 So 1942  they worshiped 1943  him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 1944  24:53 and were continually in the temple courts 1945  blessing 1946  God. 1947 

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