Bible: Matthew 13-28
The Parable of the Sower
13:1 On that day after Jesus went out of the house, he sat by the lake. 13:2 And such a large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat to sit while 1 the whole crowd stood on the shore. 13:3 He 2 told them many things in parables, 3 saying: “Listen! 4 A sower went out to sow. 5 13:4 And as he sowed, some seeds 6 fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 13:5 Other 7 seeds fell on rocky ground 8 where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly because the soil was not deep. 9 13:6 But when the sun came up, they were scorched, and because they did not have sufficient root, they withered. 13:7 Other seeds fell among the thorns, 10 and they grew up and choked them. 11 13:8 But other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. 13:9 The one who has ears had better listen!” 12
13:10 Then 13 the disciples came to him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 13:11 He replied, 14 “You have been given 15 the opportunity to know 16 the secrets 17 of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not. 13:12 For whoever has will be given more, and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 18 13:13 For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand. 13:14 And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
‘You will listen carefully 19 yet will never understand,
you will look closely 20 yet will never comprehend.
13:15 For the heart of this people has become dull;
they are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes,
so that they would not see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’ 21
13:16 “But your eyes are blessed 22 because they see, and your ears because they hear. 13:17 For I tell you the truth, 23 many prophets and righteous people longed to see 24 what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
13:18 “So listen to the parable of the sower: 13:19 When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one 25 comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; 26 this is the seed sown along the path. 13:20 The 27 seed sown on rocky ground 28 is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. 13:21 But he has no root in himself and does not endure; 29 when 30 trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. 13:22 The 31 seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth 32 choke the word, 33 so it produces nothing. 13:23 But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.” 34
The Parable of the Weeds
13:24 He presented them with another parable: 35 “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field. 13:25 But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds 36 among the wheat and went away. 13:26 When 37 the plants sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared. 13:27 So the slaves 38 of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’ 13:28 He said, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So 39 the slaves replied, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’ 13:29 But he said, ‘No, since in gathering the weeds you may uproot the wheat with them. 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At 40 harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then 41 gather 42 the wheat into my barn.”’”
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
13:31 He gave 43 them another parable: 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed 45 that a man took and sowed in his field. 13:32 It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest garden plant and becomes a tree, 46 so that the wild birds 47 come and nest in its branches.” 48
The Parable of the Yeast
The Purpose of Parables
13:34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds; he did not speak to them without a parable. 13:35 This fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet: 52
“I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.” 53
Explanation for the Disciples
13:36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 13:37 He 54 answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 13:38 The field is the world and the good seed are the people 55 of the kingdom. The weeds are the people 56 of the evil one, 13:39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 13:40 As 57 the weeds are collected and burned with fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 13:41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather from his kingdom everything that causes sin as well as all lawbreakers. 58 13:42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, 59 where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13:43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. 60 The one who has ears had better listen! 61
Parables on the Kingdom of Heaven
13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field.
13:45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. 13:46 When he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it.
13:47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea that caught all kinds of fish. 13:48 When it was full, they pulled it ashore, sat down, and put the good fish into containers and threw the bad away. 13:49 It will be this way at the end of the age. Angels will come and separate the evil from the righteous 13:50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, 62 where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13:51 “Have you understood all these things?” They replied, “Yes.” 13:52 Then he said to them, “Therefore every expert in the law 63 who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his treasure what is new and old.”
Rejection at Nazareth
13:53 Now when 64 Jesus finished these parables, he moved on from there. 13:54 Then 65 he came to his hometown 66 and began to teach the people 67 in their synagogue. 68 They 69 were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and miraculous powers? 13:55 Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother named Mary? 70 And aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? 13:56 And aren’t all his sisters here with us? Where did he get all this?” 71 13:57 And so they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own house.” 13:58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
The Death of John the Baptist
14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch 72 heard reports about Jesus, 14:2 and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead! And because of this, miraculous powers are at work in him.” 14:3 For Herod had arrested John, bound him, 73 and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 14:4 because John had repeatedly told 74 him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 75 14:5 Although 76 Herod 77 wanted to kill John, 78 he feared the crowd because they accepted John as a prophet. 14:6 But on Herod’s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, 14:7 so much that he promised with an oath 79 to give her whatever she asked. 14:8 Instructed by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” 14:9 Although it grieved the king, 80 because of his oath and the dinner guests he commanded it to be given. 14:10 So 81 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. 14:11 His 82 head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 14:12 Then John’s 83 disciples came and took the body and buried it and went and told Jesus.
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
14:13 Now when Jesus heard this he went away from there privately in a boat to an isolated place. But when the crowd heard about it, 84 they followed him on foot from the towns. 85 14:14 As he got out he saw the large crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 14:15 When evening arrived, his disciples came to him saying, “This is an isolated place 86 and the hour is already late. Send the crowds away so that they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 14:16 But he 87 replied, “They don’t need to go. You 88 give them something to eat.” 14:17 They 89 said to him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” 14:18 “Bring them here to me,” he replied. 14:19 Then 90 he instructed the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He gave them to the disciples, 91 who in turn gave them to the crowds. 92 14:20 They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, twelve baskets full. 14:21 Not counting women and children, there were about five thousand men who ate.
Walking on Water
14:22 Immediately Jesus 93 made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he dispersed the crowds. 14:23 And after he sent the crowds away, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. 14:24 Meanwhile the boat, already far from land, 94 was taking a beating from the waves because the wind was against it. 14:25 As the night was ending, 95 Jesus came to them walking on the sea. 96 14:26 When 97 the disciples saw him walking on the water 98 they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” and cried out with fear. 14:27 But immediately Jesus 99 spoke to them: 100 “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” 14:28 Peter 101 said to him, 102 “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you on the water.” 14:29 So he said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. 14:30 But when he saw the strong wind he became afraid. And starting to sink, he cried out, 103 “Lord, save me!” 14:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 14:32 When they went up into the boat, the wind ceased. 14:33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
14:34 After they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 104 14:35 When the people 105 there recognized him, they sent word into all the surrounding area, and they brought all their sick to him. 14:36 They begged him if 106 they could only touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Breaking Human Traditions
15:1 Then Pharisees 107 and experts in the law 108 came from Jerusalem 109 to Jesus and said, 110 15:2 “Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their 111 hands when they eat.” 112 15:3 He answered them, 113 “And why do you disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition? 15:4 For God said, 114 ‘Honor your father and mother’ 115 and ‘Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’ 116 15:5 But you say, ‘If someone tells his father or mother, “Whatever help you would have received from me is given to God,” 117 15:6 he does not need to honor his father.’ 118 You have nullified the word of God on account of your tradition. 15:7 Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said,
15:8 ‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart 119 is far from me,
15:9 and they worship me in vain,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” 120
15:10 Then he called the crowd to him and said, 121 “Listen and understand. 15:11 What defiles a person is not what goes into the mouth; it is what 122 comes out of the mouth that defiles a person.” 15:12 Then the disciples came to him and said, “Do you know that when the Pharisees 123 heard this saying they were offended?” 15:13 And he replied, 124 “Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. 15:14 Leave them! They are blind guides. 125 If someone who is blind leads another who is blind, 126 both will fall into a pit.” 15:15 But Peter 127 said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” 15:16 Jesus 128 said, “Even after all this, are you still so foolish? 15:17 Don’t you understand that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach and then passes out into the sewer? 129 15:18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person. 15:19 For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 15:20 These are the things that defile a person; it is not eating with unwashed hands that defiles a person.” 130
A Canaanite Woman’s Faith
15:21 After going out from there, Jesus went to the region of Tyre 131 and Sidon. 132 15:22 A 133 Canaanite woman from that area came 134 and cried out, 135 “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is horribly demon-possessed!” 15:23 But he did not answer her a word. Then 136 his disciples came and begged him, 137 “Send her away, because she keeps on crying out after us.” 15:24 So 138 he answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 15:25 But she came and bowed down 139 before him and said, 140 “Lord, help me!” 15:26 “It is not right 141 to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs,” 142 he said. 143 15:27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, 144 “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 15:28 Then 145 Jesus answered her, “Woman, 146 your faith is great! Let what you want be done for you.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.
Healing Many Others
15:29 When he left there, Jesus went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up a mountain, where he sat down. 15:30 Then 147 large crowds came to him bringing with them the lame, blind, crippled, mute, and many others. They 148 laid them at his feet, and he healed them. 15:31 As a result, the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing, and they praised the God of Israel.
The Feeding of the Four Thousand
15:32 Then Jesus called the 149 disciples and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days and they have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry since they may faint on the way.” 15:33 The disciples said to him, “Where can we get enough bread in this desolate place to satisfy so great a crowd?” 15:34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven – and a few small fish.” 15:35 After instructing the crowd to sit down on the ground, 15:36 he took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples, who then gave them to the crowds. 150 15:37 They 151 all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 15:38 Not counting children and women, 152 there were four thousand men who ate. 153 15:39 After sending away the crowd, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan. 154
The Demand for a Sign
16:1 Now when the Pharisees 155 and Sadducees 156 came to test Jesus, 157 they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 158 16:2 He 159 said, “When evening comes you say, ‘It will be fair weather, because the sky is red,’ 16:3 and in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, because the sky is red and darkening.’ 160 You know how to judge correctly the appearance of the sky, 161 but you cannot evaluate the signs of the times. 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Then 162 he left them and went away.
The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees
16:5 When the disciples went to the other side, they forgot to take bread. 16:6 “Watch out,” Jesus said to them, “beware of the yeast of the Pharisees 163 and Sadducees.” 164 16:7 So 165 they began to discuss this among themselves, saying, “It is because we brought no bread.” 16:8 When Jesus learned of this, 166 he said, “You who have such little faith! 167 Why are you arguing 168 among yourselves about having no bread? 16:9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up? 16:10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand and how many baskets you took up? 16:11 How could you not understand that I was not speaking to you about bread? But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” 16:12 Then they understood that he had not told them to be on guard against the yeast in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
16:13 When 169 Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, 170 he asked his disciples, 171 “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 16:14 They answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, 172 and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16:16 Simon Peter answered, 173 “You are the Christ, 174 the Son of the living God.” 16:17 And Jesus answered him, 175 “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood 176 did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven! 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades 177 will not overpower it. 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.” 16:20 Then he instructed his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ. 178
First Prediction of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
16:21 From that time on 179 Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem 180 and suffer 181 many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, 182 and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 16:22 So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him: 183 “God forbid, 184 Lord! This must not happen to you!” 16:23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.” 185 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, 186 he must deny 187 himself, take up his cross, 188 and follow me. 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life 189 will lose it, 190 but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 16:26 For what does it benefit a person 191 if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life? 16:27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. 192 16:28 I tell you the truth, 193 there are some standing here who will not 194 experience 195 death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” 196
17:1 Six days later 197 Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, 198 and led them privately up a high mountain. 17:2 And he was transfigured before them. 199 His 200 face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 17:3 Then Moses 201 and Elijah 202 also appeared before them, talking with him. 17:4 So 203 Peter said 204 to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make 205 three shelters 206 – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 17:5 While he was still speaking, a 207 bright cloud 208 overshadowed 209 them, and a voice from the cloud said, 210 “This is my one dear Son, 211 in whom I take great delight. Listen to him!” 212 17:6 When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground. 213 17:7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Do not be afraid.” 17:8 When 214 they looked up, all they saw was Jesus alone.
17:9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, 215 “Do not tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” 17:10 The disciples asked him, 216 “Why then do the experts in the law 217 say that Elijah must come first?” 17:11 He 218 answered, “Elijah does indeed come first and will restore all things. 17:12 And I tell you that Elijah has already come. Yet they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted. In 219 the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.” 17:13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.
The Disciples’ Failure to Heal
17:14 When 220 they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, 17:15 and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, because he has seizures 221 and suffers terribly, for he often falls into the fire and into the water. 17:16 I brought him to your disciples, but 222 they were not able to heal him.” 17:17 Jesus answered, 223 “You 224 unbelieving 225 and perverse generation! How much longer 226 must I be with you? How much longer must I endure 227 you? 228 Bring him here to me.” 17:18 Then 229 Jesus rebuked 230 the demon and it came out of him, and the boy was healed from that moment. 17:19 Then the disciples came 231 to Jesus privately and said, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” 17:20 He told them, “It was because of your little faith. I tell you the truth, 232 if you have faith the size of 233 a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing 234 will be impossible for you.”17:21 [[EMPTY]] 235
17:22 When 236 they gathered together in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. 237 17:23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.” And they became greatly distressed.
The Temple Tax
17:24 After 238 they arrived in Capernaum, 239 the collectors of the temple tax 240 came to Peter and said, “Your teacher pays the double drachma tax, doesn’t he?” 17:25 He said, “Yes.” When Peter came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, 241 “What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly kings collect tolls or taxes – from their sons 242 or from foreigners?” 17:26 After he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons 243 are free. 17:27 But so that we don’t offend them, go to the lake and throw out a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth, you will find a four drachma coin. 244 Take that and give it to them for me and you.”
Questions About the Greatest
18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 18:2 He called a child, had him stand among them, 18:3 and said, “I tell you the truth, 245 unless you turn around and become like little children, 246 you will never 247 enter the kingdom of heaven! 18:4 Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 18:5 And whoever welcomes 248 a child like this in my name welcomes me.
18:6 “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, 249 it would be better for him to have a huge millstone 250 hung around his neck and to be drowned in the open sea. 251 18:7 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! It 252 is necessary that stumbling blocks come, but woe to the person through whom they come. 18:8 If 253 your hand or your foot causes you to sin, 254 cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than to have 255 two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 18:9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than to have 256 two eyes and be thrown into fiery hell. 257
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
18:10 “See that you do not disdain one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. 18:11 [[EMPTY]] 258 18:12 What do you think? If someone 259 owns a hundred 260 sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go look for the one that went astray? 261 18:13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, 262 he will rejoice more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 18:14 In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that one of these little ones be lost.
Restoring Christian Relationships
18:15 “If 263 your brother 264 sins, 265 go and show him his fault 266 when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother. 18:16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you, so that at the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. 267 18:17 If 268 he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If 269 he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like 270 a Gentile 271 or a tax collector. 272
18:18 “I tell you the truth, 273 whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven. 18:19 Again, I tell you the truth, 274 if two of you on earth agree about whatever you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 275 18:20 For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them.”
18:21 Then Peter came to him and said, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother 276 who sins against me? As many as seven times?” 18:22 Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, I tell you, but seventy-seven times! 277
The Parable of the Unforgiving Slave
18:23 “For this reason, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 278 18:24 As 279 he began settling his accounts, a man who owed ten thousand talents 280 was brought to him. 18:25 Because 281 he was not able to repay it, 282 the lord ordered him to be sold, along with 283 his wife, children, and whatever he possessed, and repayment to be made. 18:26 Then the slave threw himself to the ground 284 before him, saying, 285 ‘Be patient with me, and I will repay you everything.’ 18:27 The lord had compassion on that slave and released him, and forgave him the debt. 18:28 After 286 he went out, that same slave found one of his fellow slaves who owed him one hundred silver coins. 287 So 288 he grabbed him by the throat and started to choke him, 289 saying, ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ 290 18:29 Then his fellow slave threw himself down and begged him, 291 ‘Be patient with me, and I will repay you.’ 18:30 But he refused. Instead, he went out and threw him in prison until he repaid the debt. 18:31 When 292 his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were very upset and went and told their lord everything that had taken place. 18:32 Then his lord called the first slave 293 and said to him, ‘Evil slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me! 18:33 Should you not have shown mercy to your fellow slave, just as I showed it to you?’ 18:34 And in anger his lord turned him over to the prison guards to torture him 294 until he repaid all he owed. 18:35 So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if each of you does not forgive your 295 brother 296 from your heart.”
Questions About Divorce
19:3 Then some Pharisees 299 came to him in order to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful 300 to divorce a wife for any cause?” 301 19:4 He answered, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female, 302 19:5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 303 19:6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 19:7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her?” 304 19:8 Jesus 305 said to them, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of your hard hearts, 306 but from the beginning it was not this way. 19:9 Now I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another commits adultery.” 19:10 The 307 disciples said to him, “If this is the case of a husband with a wife, it is better not to marry!” 19:11 He 308 said to them, “Not everyone can accept this statement, except those to whom it has been given. 19:12 For there are some eunuchs who were that way from birth, 309 and some who were made eunuchs 310 by others, 311 and some who became eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to accept this should accept it.”
Jesus and Little Children
19:13 Then little children were brought to him for him to lay his hands on them and pray. 312 But the disciples scolded those who brought them. 313 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 314 19:15 And he placed his hands on them and went on his way. 315
The Rich Young Man
19:16 Now 316 someone came up to him and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to gain eternal life?” 19:17 He said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 19:18 “Which ones?” he asked. Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19:19 honor your father and mother, 317 and love your neighbor as yourself.” 318 19:20 The young man said to him, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed 319 all these laws. 320 What do I still lack?” 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go sell your possessions and give the money 321 to the poor, and you will have treasure 322 in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 19:22 But when the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he was very rich. 323
19:23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, 324 it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven! 19:24 Again I say, 325 it is easier for a camel 326 to go through the eye of a needle 327 than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.” 19:25 The 328 disciples were greatly astonished when they heard this and said, “Then who can be saved?” 329 19:26 Jesus 330 looked at them and replied, “This is impossible for mere humans, 331 but for God all things are possible.” 19:27 Then Peter said 332 to him, “Look, 333 we have left everything to follow you! 334 What then will there be for us?” 19:28 Jesus 335 said to them, “I tell you the truth: 336 In the age when all things are renewed, 337 when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging 338 the twelve tribes of Israel. 19:29 And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much 339 and will inherit eternal life. 19:30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
Workers in the Vineyard
20:1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner 340 who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 20:2 And after agreeing with the workers for the standard wage, 341 he sent them into his vineyard. 20:3 When it was about nine o’clock in the morning, 342 he went out again and saw others standing around in the marketplace without work. 20:4 He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and I will give you whatever is right.’ 20:5 So they went. When 343 he went out again about noon and three o’clock that afternoon, 344 he did the same thing. 20:6 And about five o’clock that afternoon 345 he went out and found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why are you standing here all day without work?’ 20:7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go and work in the vineyard too.’ 20:8 When 346 it was evening 347 the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and give the pay 348 starting with the last hired until the first.’ 20:9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each received a full day’s pay. 349 20:10 And when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each one also received the standard wage. 20:11 When 350 they received it, they began to complain 351 against the landowner, 20:12 saying, ‘These last fellows worked one hour, and you have made them equal to us who bore the hardship and burning heat of the day.’ 20:13 And the landowner 352 replied to one of them, 353 ‘Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn’t you agree with me to work for the standard wage? 354 20:14 Take what is yours and go. I 355 want to give to this last man 356 the same as I gave to you. 20:15 Am I not 357 permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 358 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”
Third Prediction of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
20:17 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, 359 he took the twelve 360 aside privately and said to them on the way, 20:18 “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the experts in the law. 361 They will condemn him to death, 20:19 and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged severely 362 and crucified. 363 Yet 364 on the third day, he will be raised.”
A Request for James and John
20:20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling down she asked him for a favor. 365 20:21 He said to her, “What do you want?” She replied, 366 “Permit 367 these two sons of mine to sit, one at your 368 right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 20:22 Jesus 369 answered, “You don’t know what you are asking! 370 Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?” 371 They said to him, “We are able.” 372 20:23 He told them, “You will drink my cup, 373 but to sit at my right and at my left is not mine to give. Rather, it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
20:24 Now 374 when the other ten 375 heard this, 376 they were angry with the two brothers. 20:25 But Jesus called them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. 20:26 It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, 20:27 and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave 377 – 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom 378 for many.”
Two Blind Men Healed
20:29 As they were leaving Jericho, 379 a large crowd followed them. 20:30 Two 380 blind men were sitting by the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, 381 “Have mercy 382 on us, Lord, Son of David!” 383 20:31 The 384 crowd scolded 385 them to get them to be quiet. But they shouted even more loudly, “Lord, have mercy on us, 386 Son of David!” 20:32 Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” 20:33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 20:34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
The Triumphal Entry
21:1 Now 387 when they approached Jerusalem 388 and came to Bethphage, 389 at the Mount of Olives, 390 Jesus sent two disciples, 21:2 telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you. 391 Right away you will find a donkey tied there, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 21:3 If anyone says anything to you, you are to say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ 392 and he will send them at once.” 21:4 This 393 took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: 394
21:5 “Tell the people of Zion, 395
‘Look, your king is coming to you,
unassuming and seated on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” 396
21:6 So 397 the disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 21:7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks 398 on them, and he sat on them. 21:8 A 399 very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 21:9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those following kept shouting, 400 “Hosanna 401 to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 402 Hosanna in the highest!” 21:10 As he entered Jerusalem the whole city was thrown into an uproar, 403 saying, “Who is this?” 21:11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth 404 in Galilee.”
Cleansing the Temple
21:12 Then 405 Jesus entered the temple area 406 and drove out all those who were selling and buying in the temple courts, 407 and turned over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. 21:13 And he said to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ 408 but you are turning it into a den 409 of robbers!” 410
21:14 The blind and lame came to him in the temple courts, and he healed them. 21:15 But when the chief priests and the experts in the law 411 saw the wonderful things he did and heard the children crying out in the temple courts, 412 “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became indignant 21:16 and said to him, “Do you hear what they are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of children and nursing infants you have prepared praise for yourself’?” 413 21:17 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and spent the night there.
The Withered Fig Tree
21:18 Now early in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry. 21:19 After noticing a fig tree 414 by the road he went to it, but found nothing on it except leaves. He said to it, “Never again will there be fruit from you!” And the fig tree withered at once. 21:20 When the disciples saw it they were amazed, saying, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” 21:21 Jesus 415 answered them, “I tell you the truth, 416 if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, if you believe, 417 you will receive.”
The Authority of Jesus
21:23 Now after Jesus 418 entered the temple courts, 419 the chief priests and elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority 420 are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 21:24 Jesus 421 answered them, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 21:25 Where did John’s baptism come from? From heaven or from people?” 422 They discussed this among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 21:26 But if we say, ‘From people,’ we fear the crowd, for they all consider John to be a prophet.” 21:27 So 423 they answered Jesus, 424 “We don’t know.” 425 Then he said to them, “Neither will I tell you 426 by what authority 427 I am doing these things.
The Parable of the Two Sons
21:28 “What 428 do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 21:29 The boy answered, 429 ‘I will not.’ But later he had a change of heart 430 and went. 21:30 The father 431 went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered, 432 ‘I will, sir,’ but did not go. 21:31 Which of the two did his father’s will?” They said, “The first.” 433 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, 434 tax collectors 435 and prostitutes will go ahead of you into the kingdom of God! 21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe. Although 436 you saw this, you did not later change your minds 437 and believe him.
The Parable of the Tenants
21:33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner 438 who planted a vineyard. 439 He put a fence around it, dug a pit for its winepress, and built a watchtower. Then 440 he leased it to tenant farmers 441 and went on a journey. 21:34 When the harvest time was near, he sent his slaves 442 to the tenants to collect his portion of the crop. 443 21:35 But the tenants seized his slaves, beat one, 444 killed another, and stoned another. 21:36 Again he sent other slaves, more than the first, and they treated them the same way. 21:37 Finally he sent his son to them, 445 saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 21:38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and get his inheritance!’ 21:39 So 446 they seized him, 447 threw him out of the vineyard, 448 and killed him. 21:40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 21:41 They said to him, “He will utterly destroy those evil men! Then he will lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him his portion at the harvest.”
21:42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 449
This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? 450
21:43 For this reason I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people 451 who will produce its fruit. 21:44 The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” 452 21:45 When 453 the chief priests and the Pharisees 454 heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 21:46 They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowds, because the crowds 455 regarded him as a prophet.
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
22:1 Jesus spoke 456 to them again in parables, saying: 22:2 “The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 22:3 He sent his slaves 457 to summon those who had been invited to the banquet, but they would not come. 22:4 Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look! The feast I have prepared for you is ready. 458 My oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.”’ 22:5 But they were indifferent and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. 22:6 The 459 rest seized his slaves, insolently mistreated them, and killed them. 22:7 The 460 king was furious! He sent his soldiers, and they put those murderers to death 461 and set their city 462 on fire. 22:8 Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but the ones who had been invited were not worthy. 22:9 So go into the main streets and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 22:10 And those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all they found, both bad and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 22:11 But when the king came in to see the wedding guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 22:12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But he had nothing to say. 463 22:13 Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!’ 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Paying Taxes to Caesar
22:15 Then the Pharisees 464 went out and planned together to entrap him with his own words. 465 22:16 They sent to him their disciples along with the Herodians, 466 saying, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful, and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 467 You do not court anyone’s favor because you show no partiality. 468 22:17 Tell us then, what do you think? Is it right 469 to pay taxes 470 to Caesar 471 or not?”
22:18 But Jesus realized their evil intentions and said, “Hypocrites! Why are you testing me? 22:19 Show me the coin used for the tax.” So 472 they brought him a denarius. 473 22:20 Jesus 474 said to them, “Whose image 475 is this, and whose inscription?” 22:21 They replied, 476 “Caesar’s.” He said to them, 477 “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 478 22:22 Now when they heard this they were stunned, 479 and they left him and went away.
Marriage and the Resurrection
22:23 The same day Sadducees 480 (who say there is no resurrection) 481 came to him and asked him, 482 22:24 “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and father children 483 for his brother.’ 484 22:25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children he left his wife to his brother. 22:26 The second did the same, and the third, down to the seventh. 22:27 Last 485 of all, the woman died. 22:28 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her.” 486 22:29 Jesus 487 answered them, “You are deceived, 488 because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God. 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels 489 in heaven. 22:31 Now as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, 490 22:32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 491 He is not the God of the dead but of the living!” 492 22:33 When the crowds heard this, they were amazed at his teaching.
The Greatest Commandment
22:34 Now when the Pharisees 493 heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, 494 they assembled together. 495 22:35 And one of them, an expert in religious law, 496 asked him a question to test 497 him: 22:36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 498 22:37 Jesus 499 said to him, “‘Love 500 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 501 22:38 This is the first and greatest 502 commandment. 22:39 The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 503 22:40 All the law and the prophets depend 504 on these two commandments.”
The Messiah: David’s Son and Lord
22:41 While 505 the Pharisees 506 were assembled, Jesus asked them a question: 507 22:42 “What do you think about the Christ? 508 Whose son is he?” They said, “The son of David.” 509 22:43 He said to them, “How then does David by the Spirit call him ‘Lord,’ saying,
22:44 ‘The Lord said to my lord, 510
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”’? 511
23:1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 23:2 “The 514 experts in the law 515 and the Pharisees 516 sit on Moses’ seat. 23:3 Therefore pay attention to what they tell you and do it. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they teach. 517 23:4 They 518 tie up heavy loads, hard to carry, and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing even to lift a finger to move them. 23:5 They 519 do all their deeds to be seen by people, for they make their phylacteries 520 wide and their tassels 521 long. 23:6 They 522 love the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues 523 23:7 and elaborate greetings 524 in the marketplaces, and to have people call them ‘Rabbi.’ 23:8 But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers. 23:9 And call no one your ‘father’ on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 23:10 Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one teacher, the Christ. 525 23:11 The 526 greatest among you will be your servant. 23:12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
23:13 “But woe to you, experts in the law 527 and you Pharisees, hypocrites! 528 You keep locking people out of the kingdom of heaven! 529 For you neither enter nor permit those trying to enter to go in.23:14 [[EMPTY]] 530
23:15 “Woe to you, experts in the law 531 and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You cross land and sea to make one convert, 532 and when you get one, 533 you make him twice as much a child of hell 534 as yourselves!
23:16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple is bound by nothing. 535 But whoever swears by the gold of the temple is bound by the oath.’ 23:17 Blind fools! Which is greater, the gold or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 23:18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar is bound by nothing. 536 But if anyone swears by the gift on it he is bound by the oath.’ 23:19 You are blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 23:20 So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 23:21 And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and the one who dwells in it. 23:22 And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and the one who sits on it.
23:23 “Woe to you, experts in the law 537 and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You give a tenth 538 of mint, dill, and cumin, 539 yet you neglect what is more important in the law – justice, mercy, and faithfulness! You 540 should have done these things without neglecting the others. 23:24 Blind guides! You strain out a gnat yet swallow a camel! 541
23:25 “Woe to you, experts in the law 542 and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, 543 so that the outside may become clean too!
23:27 “Woe to you, experts in the law 544 and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs that look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of the bones of the dead and of everything unclean. 545 23:28 In the same way, on the outside you look righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
23:29 “Woe to you, experts in the law 546 and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You 547 build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves 548 of the righteous. 23:30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, 549 we would not have participated with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 23:31 By saying this you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 23:32 Fill up then the measure of your ancestors! 23:33 You snakes, you offspring of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 550
23:34 “For this reason I 551 am sending you prophets and wise men and experts in the law, 552 some of whom you will kill and crucify, 553 and some you will flog 554 in your synagogues 555 and pursue from town to town, 23:35 so that on you will come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, 556 whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 23:36 I tell you the truth, 557 this generation will be held responsible for all these things! 558
Judgment on Israel
23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 559 you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! 560 How often I have longed 561 to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but 562 you would have none of it! 563 23:38 Look, your house is left to you desolate! 23:39 For I tell you, you will not see me from now until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” 564
The Destruction of the Temple
24:1 Now 565 as Jesus was going out of the temple courts and walking away, his disciples came to show him the temple buildings. 566 24:2 And he said to them, 567 “Do you see all these things? I tell you the truth, 568 not one stone will be left on another. 569 All will be torn down!” 570
Signs of the End of the Age
24:3 As 571 he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things 572 happen? And what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 24:4 Jesus answered them, 573 “Watch out 574 that no one misleads you. 24:5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ 575 and they will mislead many. 24:6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come. 576 24:7 For nation will rise up in arms 577 against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines 578 and earthquakes 579 in various places. 24:8 All 580 these things are the beginning of birth pains.
Persecution of Disciples
24:9 “Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations 581 because of my name. 582 24:10 Then many will be led into sin, 583 and they will betray one another and hate one another. 24:11 And many false prophets will appear and deceive 584 many, 24:12 and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. 24:13 But the person who endures to the end will be saved. 585 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, 586 and then the end will come.
The Abomination of Desolation
24:15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation 587 – spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 24:16 then those in Judea must flee 588 to the mountains. 24:17 The one on the roof 589 must not come down 590 to take anything out of his house, 24:18 and the one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 24:19 Woe 591 to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! 24:20 Pray 592 that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 24:21 For then there will be great suffering 593 unlike anything that has happened 594 from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. 24:22 And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 24:23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ 595 or ‘There he is!’ do not believe him. 24:24 For false messiahs 596 and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 24:25 Remember, 597 I have told you ahead of time. 24:26 So then, if someone 598 says to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ 599 do not go out, or ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. 24:27 For just like the lightning 600 comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 24:28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures 601 will gather. 602
The Arrival of the Son of Man
24:29 “Immediately 603 after the suffering 604 of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. 605 24:30 Then 606 the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, 607 and 608 all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They 609 will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven 610 with power and great glory. 24:31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven 611 to the other.
The Parable of the Fig Tree
24:32 “Learn 612 this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 24:33 So also you, when you see all these things, know 613 that he is near, right at the door. 24:34 I tell you the truth, 614 this generation 615 will not pass away until all these things take place. 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 616
24:36 “But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven 617 – except the Father alone. 24:37 For just like the days of Noah 618 were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 24:38 For in those days before the flood, people 619 were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. 24:39 And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. 620 It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. 621 24:40 Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. 622 24:41 There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; 623 one will be taken and one left.
24:42 “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day 624 your Lord will come. 24:43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief 625 was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. 24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 626
The Faithful and Wise Slave
24:45 “Who then is the faithful and wise slave, 627 whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves 628 their food at the proper time? 24:46 Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work 629 when he comes. 24:47 I tell you the truth, 630 the master 631 will put him in charge of all his possessions. 24:48 But if 632 that evil slave should say to himself, 633 ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 24:49 and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, 24:50 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, 24:51 and will cut him in two, 634 and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
25:1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 25:2 Five 635 of the virgins 636 were foolish, and five were wise. 25:3 When 637 the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take extra 638 olive oil 639 with them. 25:4 But the wise ones took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. 25:5 When 640 the bridegroom was delayed a long time, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 25:6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is here! Come out to meet him.’ 641 25:7 Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 25:8 The 642 foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 25:9 ‘No,’ they replied. 643 ‘There won’t be enough for you and for us. Go instead to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 25:10 But while they had gone to buy it, the bridegroom arrived, and those who were ready went inside with him to the wedding banquet. Then 644 the door was shut. 25:11 Later, 645 the other virgins came too, saying, ‘Lord, lord! Let us in!’ 646 25:12 But he replied, 647 ‘I tell you the truth, 648 I do not know you!’ 25:13 Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour. 649
The Parable of the Talents
25:14 “For it is like a man going on a journey, who summoned his slaves 650 and entrusted his property to them. 25:15 To 651 one he gave five talents, 652 to another two, and to another one, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 25:16 The one who had received five talents went off right away and put his money to work 653 and gained five more. 25:17 In the same way, the one who had two gained two more. 25:18 But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it. 25:19 After 654 a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled his accounts with them. 25:20 The 655 one who had received the five talents came and brought five more, saying, ‘Sir, 656 you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 25:21 His master answered, 657 ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 25:22 The 658 one with the two talents also came and said, ‘Sir, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more.’ 25:23 His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 25:24 Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, 25:25 so 659 I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 25:26 But his master answered, 660 ‘Evil and lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter? 25:27 Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, 661 and on my return I would have received my money back with interest! 662 25:28 Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. 663 25:29 For the one who has will be given more, 664 and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 665 25:30 And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
25:31 “When 666 the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 25:32 All 667 the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 25:33 He 668 will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 25:34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 25:36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 25:37 Then the righteous will answer him, 669 ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 25:38 When 670 did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you? 25:39 When 671 did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 25:40 And the king will answer them, 672 ‘I tell you the truth, 673 just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters 674 of mine, you did it for me.’
25:41 “Then he will say 675 to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! 25:42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not receive me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 25:44 Then they too will answer, 676 ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not give you whatever you needed?’ 25:45 Then he will answer them, 677 ‘I tell you the truth, 678 just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ 25:46 And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
The Plot Against Jesus
26:1 When 679 Jesus had finished saying all these things, he told his disciples, 26:2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over 680 to be crucified.” 681 26:3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people met together in the palace of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas. 26:4 They 682 planned to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 26:5 But they said, “Not during the feast, so that there won’t be a riot among the people.” 683
26:6 Now while Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 26:7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar 684 of expensive perfumed oil, 685 and she poured it on his head as he was at the table. 686 26:8 When 687 the disciples saw this, they became indignant and said, “Why this waste? 26:9 It 688 could have been sold at a high price and the money 689 given to the poor!” 26:10 When 690 Jesus learned of this, he said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She 691 has done a good service for me. 26:11 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me! 692 26:12 When 693 she poured this oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 26:13 I tell you the truth, 694 wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
The Plan to Betray Jesus
26:14 Then one of the twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 26:15 and said, “What will you give me to betray him into your hands?” 695 So they set out thirty silver coins for him. 26:16 From that time 696 on, Judas 697 began looking for an opportunity to betray him.
26:17 Now on the first day of the feast of 698 Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and said, 699 “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 700 26:18 He 701 said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near. I will observe the Passover with my disciples at your house.”’” 26:19 So 702 the disciples did as Jesus had instructed them, and they prepared the Passover. 26:20 When 703 it was evening, he took his place at the table 704 with the twelve. 705 26:21 And while they were eating he said, “I tell you the truth, 706 one of you will betray me.” 707 26:22 They 708 became greatly distressed 709 and each one began to say to him, “Surely not I, Lord?” 26:23 He 710 answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me 711 will betray me. 26:24 The Son of Man will go as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if he had never been born.” 26:25 Then 712 Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus 713 replied, “You have said it yourself.”
The Lord’s Supper
26:26 While 714 they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” 26:27 And after taking the cup and giving thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, 26:28 for this is my blood, the blood 715 of the covenant, 716 that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 26:29 I 717 tell you, from now on I will not drink of this fruit 718 of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 26:30 After 719 singing a hymn, 720 they went out to the Mount of Olives.
The Prediction of Peter’s Denial
26:31 Then Jesus said to them, “This night you will all fall away because of me, for it is written:
‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 721
26:32 But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 26:33 Peter 722 said to him, “If they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away!” 26:34 Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, 723 on this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 26:35 Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will never deny you.” And all the disciples said the same thing.
26:36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 26:37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and became anguished and distressed. 26:38 Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” 26:39 Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, 724 “My Father, if possible, 725 let this cup 726 pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 26:40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He 727 said to Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with me for one hour? 26:41 Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, 728 “My Father, if this cup 729 cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will must be done.” 26:43 He came again and found them sleeping; they could not keep their eyes open. 730 26:44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same thing once more. 26:45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is approaching, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 26:46 Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer 731 is approaching!”
Betrayal and Arrest
26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, 732 one of the twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and elders of the people. 26:48 (Now the betrayer 733 had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man. 734 Arrest him!”) 735 26:49 Immediately 736 he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed him. 737 26:50 Jesus 738 said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and took hold 739 of Jesus and arrested him. 26:51 But 740 one of those with Jesus grabbed 741 his sword, drew it out, and struck the high priest’s slave, 742 cutting off his ear. 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place! 743 For all who take hold of the sword will die by the sword. 26:53 Or do you think that I cannot call on my Father, and that he would send me more than twelve legions 744 of angels right now? 26:54 How then would the scriptures that say it must happen this way be fulfilled?” 26:55 At that moment Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? 745 Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet 746 you did not arrest me. 26:56 But this has happened so that 747 the scriptures of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.
Condemned by the Sanhedrin
26:57 Now the ones who had arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, in whose house 748 the experts in the law 749 and the elders had gathered. 26:58 But Peter was following him from a distance, all the way to the high priest’s courtyard. After 750 going in, he sat with the guards 751 to see the outcome. 26:59 The 752 chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to find false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 26:60 But they did not find anything, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally 753 two came forward 26:61 and declared, “This man 754 said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” 26:62 So 755 the high priest stood up and said to him, “Have you no answer? What is this that they are testifying against you?” 26:63 But Jesus was silent. The 756 high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, 757 the Son of God.” 26:64 Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand 758 of the Power 759 and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 760 26:65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, 761 “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now 762 you have heard the blasphemy! 26:66 What is your verdict?” 763 They 764 answered, “He is guilty and deserves 765 death.” 26:67 Then they spat in his face and struck him with their fists. And some slapped him, 26:68 saying, “Prophesy for us, you Christ! 766 Who hit you?” 767
26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A 768 slave girl 769 came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 26:70 But he denied it in front of them all: 770 “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” 26:71 When 771 he went out to the gateway, another slave girl 772 saw him and said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.” 26:72 He denied it again with an oath, “I do not know the man!” 26:73 After 773 a little while, those standing there came up to Peter and said, “You really are one of them too – even your accent 774 gives you away!” 26:74 At that he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment a rooster crowed. 775 26:75 Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. 776
Jesus Brought Before Pilate
27:1 When 777 it was early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people plotted against Jesus to execute him. 27:2 They 778 tied him up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate 779 the governor. 780
27:3 Now when 781 Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus 782 had been condemned, he regretted what he had done and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders, 27:4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood!” But they said, “What is that to us? You take care of it yourself!” 27:5 So 783 Judas threw the silver coins into the temple and left. Then he went out and hanged himself. 27:6 The 784 chief priests took the silver and said, “It is not lawful to put this into the temple treasury, since it is blood money.” 27:7 After 785 consulting together they bought the Potter’s Field with it, as a burial place for foreigners. 27:8 For this reason that field has been called the “Field of Blood” to this day. 27:9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah 786 the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty silver coins, the price of the one whose price had been set by the people of Israel, 787 27:10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.” 788
Jesus and Pilate
27:11 Then 789 Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, 790 “Are you the king 791 of the Jews?” Jesus 792 said, “You say so.” 793 27:12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he did not respond. 27:13 Then Pilate said to him, “Don’t you hear how many charges they are bringing against you?” 27:14 But he did not answer even one accusation, so that the governor was quite amazed.
27:15 During the feast the governor was accustomed to release one prisoner to the crowd, 794 whomever they wanted. 27:16 At that time they had in custody a notorious prisoner named Jesus 795 Barabbas. 27:17 So after they had assembled, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus 796 Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Christ?” 797 27:18 (For he knew that they had handed him over because of envy.) 798 27:19 As 799 he was sitting on the judgment seat, 800 his wife sent a message 801 to him: 802 “Have nothing to do with that innocent man; 803 I have suffered greatly as a result of a dream 804 about him today.” 27:20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. 27:21 The 805 governor asked them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas!” 27:22 Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?” 806 They all said, “Crucify him!” 807 27:23 He asked, “Why? What wrong has he done?” But they shouted more insistently, “Crucify him!”
Jesus is Condemned and Mocked
27:24 When 808 Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but that instead a riot was starting, he took some water, washed his hands before the crowd and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. You take care of it yourselves!” 809 27:25 In 810 reply all the people said, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!” 27:26 Then he released Barabbas for them. But after he had Jesus flogged, 811 he handed him over 812 to be crucified. 813 27:27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s residence 814 and gathered the whole cohort 815 around him. 27:28 They 816 stripped him and put a scarlet robe 817 around him, 27:29 and after braiding 818 a crown of thorns, 819 they put it on his head. They 820 put a staff 821 in his right hand, and kneeling down before him, they mocked him: 822 “Hail, king of the Jews!” 823 27:30 They 824 spat on him and took the staff 825 and struck him repeatedly 826 on the head. 27:31 When 827 they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then 828 they led him away to crucify him.
27:32 As 829 they were going out, they found a man from Cyrene named Simon, whom they forced 830 to carry his cross. 831 27:33 They 832 came to a place called Golgotha 833 (which means “Place of the Skull”) 834 27:34 and offered Jesus 835 wine mixed with gall to drink. 836 But after tasting it, he would not drink it. 27:35 When 837 they had crucified 838 him, they divided his clothes by throwing dice. 839 27:36 Then they sat down and kept guard over him there. 27:37 Above 840 his head they put the charge against him, 841 which read: 842 “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.” 27:38 Then two outlaws were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 27:39 Those 843 who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads 27:40 and saying, “You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! 844 If you are God’s Son, come down 845 from the cross!” 27:41 In 846 the same way even the chief priests – together with the experts in the law 847 and elders 848 – were mocking him: 849 27:42 “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! He is the king of Israel! If he comes down 850 now from the cross, we will believe in him! 27:43 He trusts in God – let God, if he wants to, deliver him now 851 because he said, ‘I am God’s Son’!” 27:44 The 852 robbers who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him. 853
27:45 Now from noon until three, 854 darkness came over all the land. 855 27:46 At 856 about three o’clock Jesus shouted with a loud voice, 857 “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 858 27:47 When 859 some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” 27:48 Immediately 860 one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, 861 put it on a stick, 862 and gave it to him to drink. 27:49 But the rest said, “Leave him alone! Let’s see if Elijah will come to save him.” 863 27:50 Then Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up his spirit. 27:51 Just then 864 the temple curtain 865 was torn in two, from top to bottom. The 866 earth shook and the rocks were split apart. 27:52 And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had died 867 were raised. 27:53 (They 868 came out of the tombs after his resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.) 27:54 Now when the centurion 869 and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what took place, they were extremely terrified and said, “Truly this one was God’s Son!” 27:55 Many 870 women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and given him support 871 were also there, watching from a distance. 27:56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
27:57 Now 872 when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 873 27:58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 874 Then Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 27:59 Joseph 875 took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 876 27:60 and placed it 877 in his own new tomb that he had cut in the rock. 878 Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance 879 of the tomb and went away. 27:61 (Now Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there, opposite the tomb.)
The Guard at the Tomb
27:62 The 880 next day (which is after the day of preparation) the chief priests and the Pharisees 881 assembled before Pilate 27:63 and said, “Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 27:64 So give orders to secure the tomb until the third day. Otherwise his disciples may come and steal his body 882 and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.” 27:65 Pilate said to them, “Take 883 a guard of soldiers. Go and make it as secure as you can.” 27:66 So 884 they went with the soldiers 885 of the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.
28:1 Now after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 28:2 Suddenly there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of the Lord 886 descending from heaven came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. 28:3 His 887 appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 28:4 The 888 guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him. 28:5 But the angel said 889 to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know 890 that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 891 28:6 He is not here, for he has been raised, 892 just as he said. Come and see the place where he 893 was lying. 28:7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He 894 is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you!” 28:8 So 895 they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 28:9 But 896 Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They 897 came to him, held on to his feet and worshiped him. 28:10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”
The Guards’ Report
28:11 While 898 they were going, some 899 of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. 28:12 After 900 they had assembled with the elders and formed a plan, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 28:13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came at night and stole his body 901 while we were asleep.’ 28:14 If 902 this matter is heard before the governor, 903 we will satisfy him 904 and keep you out of trouble.” 905 28:15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story is told among the Jews to this day. 906
The Great Commission
28:16 So 907 the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated. 28:17 When 908 they saw him, they worshiped him, 909 but some doubted. 910 28:18 Then Jesus came up and said to them, 911 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 28:19 Therefore go 912 and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 913 28:20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, 914 I am with you 915 always, to the end of the age.” 916