Bible: Matthew 14-28

The Death of John the Baptist

14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch 1  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, 2  and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 14:4 because John had repeatedly told 3  him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 4  14:5 Although 5  Herod 6  wanted to kill John, 7  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 8  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, 9  because of his oath and the dinner guests he commanded it to be given. 14:10 So 10  he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. 14:11 His 11  head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 14:12 Then John’s 12  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, 13  they followed him on foot from the towns. 14  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 15  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 16  replied, “They don’t need to go. You 17  give them something to eat.” 14:17 They 18  said to him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” 14:18 Bring them here to me,” he replied. 14:19 Then 19  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, 20  who in turn gave them to the crowds. 21  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 22  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, 23  was taking a beating from the waves because the wind was against it. 14:25 As the night was ending, 24  Jesus came to them walking on the sea. 25  14:26 When 26  the disciples saw him walking on the water 27  they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” and cried out with fear. 14:27 But immediately Jesus 28  spoke to them: 29  “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” 14:28 Peter 30  said to him, 31 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, 32 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. 33  14:35 When the people 34  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 35  they could only touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

Breaking Human Traditions

15:1 Then Pharisees 36  and experts in the law 37  came from Jerusalem 38  to Jesus and said, 39  15:2 Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their 40  hands when they eat.” 41  15:3 He answered them, 42 And why do you disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition? 15:4 For God said, 43 Honor your father and mother 44  andWhoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’ 45  15:5 But you say, ‘If someone tells his father or mother, “Whatever help you would have received from me is given to God,” 46  15:6 he does not need to honor his father.’ 47  You have nullified the word of God on account of your tradition. 15:7 Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said,

15:8This people honors me with their lips,

but their heart 48  is far from me,

15:9 and they worship me in vain,

teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 49 

True Defilement

15:10 Then he called the crowd to him and said, 50 Listen and understand. 15:11 What defiles a person is not what goes into the mouth; it is what 51  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 52  heard this saying they were offended? 15:13 And he replied, 53 Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. 15:14 Leave them! They are blind guides. 54  If someone who is blind leads another who is blind, 55  both will fall into a pit.” 15:15 But Peter 56  said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” 15:16 Jesus 57  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? 58  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.” 59 

A Canaanite Woman’s Faith

15:21 After going out from there, Jesus went to the region of Tyre 60  and Sidon. 61  15:22 A 62  Canaanite woman from that area came 63  and cried out, 64 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 65  his disciples came and begged him, 66 Send her away, because she keeps on crying out after us.” 15:24 So 67  he answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 15:25 But she came and bowed down 68  before him and said, 69 Lord, help me! 15:26 It is not right 70  to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs,” 71  he said. 72  15:27 Yes, Lord,” she replied, 73 but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masterstable.” 15:28 Then 74  Jesus answered her, “Woman, 75  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 76  large crowds came to him bringing with them the lame, blind, crippled, mute, and many others. They 77  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 78  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. 79  15:37 They 80  all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 15:38 Not counting children and women, 81  there were four thousand men who ate. 82  15:39 After sending away the crowd, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan. 83 

The Demand for a Sign

16:1 Now when the Pharisees 84  and Sadducees 85  came to test Jesus, 86  they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 87  16:2 He 88  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.’ 89  You know how to judge correctly the appearance of the sky, 90  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 91  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 92  and Sadducees.” 93  16:7 So 94  they began to discuss this among themselves, saying, “It is because we brought no bread.” 16:8 When Jesus learned of this, 95  he said, “You who have such little faith! 96  Why are you arguing 97  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.

Peter’s Confession

16:13 When 98  Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, 99  he asked his disciples, 100 Who do people say that the Son of Man is? 16:14 They answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, 101  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, 102 You are the Christ, 103  the Son of the living God.” 16:17 And Jesus answered him, 104 You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood 105  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 106  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. 107 

First Prediction of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

16:21 From that time on 108  Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem 109  and suffer 110  many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, 111  and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 16:22 So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him: 112  “God forbid, 113  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.” 114  16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, 115  he must deny 116  himself, take up his cross, 117  and follow me. 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life 118  will lose it, 119  but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 16:26 For what does it benefit a person 120  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. 121  16:28 I tell you the truth, 122  there are some standing here who will not 123  experience 124  death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” 125 

The Transfiguration

17:1 Six days later 126  Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, 127  and led them privately up a high mountain. 17:2 And he was transfigured before them. 128  His 129  face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 17:3 Then Moses 130  and Elijah 131  also appeared before them, talking with him. 17:4 So 132  Peter said 133  to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make 134  three shelters 135 one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 17:5 While he was still speaking, a 136  bright cloud 137  overshadowed 138  them, and a voice from the cloud said, 139 This is my one dear Son, 140  in whom I take great delight. Listen to him! 141  17:6 When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground. 142  17:7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Do not be afraid.” 17:8 When 143  they looked up, all they saw was Jesus alone.

17:9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, 144 Do not tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” 17:10 The disciples asked him, 145 Why then do the experts in the law 146  say that Elijah must come first? 17:11 He 147  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 148  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 149  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 150  and suffers terribly, for he often falls into the fire and into the water. 17:16 I brought him to your disciples, but 151  they were not able to heal him.” 17:17 Jesus answered, 152 You 153  unbelieving 154  and perverse generation! How much longer 155  must I be with you? How much longer must I endure 156  you? 157  Bring him here to me.” 17:18 Then 158  Jesus rebuked 159  the demon and it came out of him, and the boy was healed from that moment. 17:19 Then the disciples came 160  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, 161  if you have faith the size of 162  a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing 163  will be impossible for you.”

17:21 [[EMPTY]] 164 

17:22 When 165  they gathered together in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. 166  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 167  they arrived in Capernaum, 168  the collectors of the temple tax 169  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, 170  “What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly kings collect tolls or taxes – from their sons 171  or from foreigners? 17:26 After he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons 172  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. 173  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, 174  unless you turn around and become like little children, 175  you will never 176  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 177  a child like this in my name welcomes me.

18:6But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, 178  it would be better for him to have a huge millstone 179  hung around his neck and to be drowned in the open sea. 180  18:7 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! It 181  is necessary that stumbling blocks come, but woe to the person through whom they come. 18:8 If 182  your hand or your foot causes you to sin, 183  cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than to have 184  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 185  two eyes and be thrown into fiery hell. 186 

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

18:10See 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]] 187  18:12 What do you think? If someone 188  owns a hundred 189  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? 190  18:13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, 191  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

18:15If 192  your brother 193  sins, 194  go and show him his fault 195  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. 196  18:17 If 197  he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If 198  he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like 199  a Gentile 200  or a tax collector. 201 

18:18I tell you the truth, 202  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, 203  if two of you on earth agree about whatever you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 204  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 205  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! 206 

The Parable of the Unforgiving Slave

18:23For this reason, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 207  18:24 As 208  he began settling his accounts, a man who owed ten thousand talents 209  was brought to him. 18:25 Because 210  he was not able to repay it, 211  the lord ordered him to be sold, along with 212  his wife, children, and whatever he possessed, and repayment to be made. 18:26 Then the slave threw himself to the ground 213  before him, saying, 214 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 215  he went out, that same slave found one of his fellow slaves who owed him one hundred silver coins. 216  So 217  he grabbed him by the throat and started to choke him, 218  saying, ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ 219  18:29 Then his fellow slave threw himself down and begged him, 220 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 221  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 222  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 223  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 224  brother 225  from your heart.”

Questions About Divorce

19:1 Now when 226  Jesus finished these sayings, he left Galilee and went to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan River. 227  19:2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

19:3 Then some Pharisees 228  came to him in order to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful 229  to divorce a wife for any cause? 230  19:4 He answered, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female, 231  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? 232  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? 233  19:8 Jesus 234  said to them, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of your hard hearts, 235  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 236  disciples said to him, “If this is the case of a husband with a wife, it is better not to marry! 19:11 He 237  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, 238  and some who were made eunuchs 239  by others, 240  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. 241  But the disciples scolded those who brought them. 242  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.” 243  19:15 And he placed his hands on them and went on his way. 244 

The Rich Young Man

19:16 Now 245  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, 246  and love your neighbor as yourself.” 247  19:20 The young man said to him, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed 248  all these laws. 249  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 250  to the poor, and you will have treasure 251  in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 19:22 But when the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he was very rich. 252 

19:23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, 253  it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven! 19:24 Again I say, 254  it is easier for a camel 255  to go through the eye of a needle 256  than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.” 19:25 The 257  disciples were greatly astonished when they heard this and said, “Then who can be saved? 258  19:26 Jesus 259  looked at them and replied, “This is impossible for mere humans, 260  but for God all things are possible.” 19:27 Then Peter said 261  to him, “Look, 262  we have left everything to follow you! 263  What then will there be for us? 19:28 Jesus 264  said to them, “I tell you the truth: 265  In the age when all things are renewed, 266  when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging 267  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 268  and will inherit eternal life. 19:30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Workers in the Vineyard

20:1For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner 269  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, 270  he sent them into his vineyard. 20:3 When it was about nine o’clock in the morning, 271  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 272  he went out again about noon and three o’clock that afternoon, 273  he did the same thing. 20:6 And about five o’clock that afternoon 274  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 275  it was evening 276  the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and give the pay 277  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. 278  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 279  they received it, they began to complain 280  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 281  replied to one of them, 282 Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn’t you agree with me to work for the standard wage? 283  20:14 Take what is yours and go. I 284  want to give to this last man 285  the same as I gave to you. 20:15 Am I not 286  permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 287  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, 288  he took the twelve 289  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. 290  They will condemn him to death, 20:19 and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged severely 291  and crucified. 292  Yet 293  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. 294  20:21 He said to her, “What do you want?” She replied, 295 Permit 296  these two sons of mine to sit, one at your 297  right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 20:22 Jesus 298  answered, “You don’t know what you are asking! 299  Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?” 300  They said to him, “We are able.” 301  20:23 He told them, “You will drink my cup, 302  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 303  when the other ten 304  heard this, 305  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 306  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 307  for many.”

Two Blind Men Healed

20:29 As they were leaving Jericho, 308  a large crowd followed them. 20:30 Two 309  blind men were sitting by the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, 310 Have mercy 311  on us, Lord, Son of David! 312  20:31 The 313  crowd scolded 314  them to get them to be quiet. But they shouted even more loudly, “Lord, have mercy on us, 315  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 316  when they approached Jerusalem 317  and came to Bethphage, 318  at the Mount of Olives, 319  Jesus sent two disciples, 21:2 telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you. 320  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,’ 321  and he will send them at once.” 21:4 This 322  took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: 323 

21:5Tell the people of Zion, 324 

Look, your king is coming to you,

unassuming and seated on a donkey,

and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” 325 

21:6 So 326  the disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 21:7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks 327  on them, and he sat on them. 21:8 A 328  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, 329 Hosanna 330  to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 331  Hosanna in the highest! 21:10 As he entered Jerusalem the whole city was thrown into an uproar, 332  saying, “Who is this? 21:11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth 333  in Galilee.”

Cleansing the Temple

21:12 Then 334  Jesus entered the temple area 335  and drove out all those who were selling and buying in the temple courts, 336  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, 337  but you are turning it into a den 338  of robbers! 339 

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 340  saw the wonderful things he did and heard the children crying out in the temple courts, 341 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’?” 342  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 343  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 344  answered them, “I tell you the truth, 345  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, 346  you will receive.”

The Authority of Jesus

21:23 Now after Jesus 347  entered the temple courts, 348  the chief priests and elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority 349  are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority? 21:24 Jesus 350  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?” 351  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 352  they answered Jesus, 353 We don’t know.” 354  Then he said to them, “Neither will I tell you 355  by what authority 356  I am doing these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

21:28What 357  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, 358 I will not.’ But later he had a change of heart 359  and went. 21:30 The father 360  went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered, 361 I will, sir,’ but did not go. 21:31 Which of the two did his father’s will?” They said, “The first.” 362  Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, 363  tax collectors 364  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 365  you saw this, you did not later change your minds 366  and believe him.

The Parable of the Tenants

21:33Listen to another parable: There was a landowner 367  who planted a vineyard. 368  He put a fence around it, dug a pit for its winepress, and built a watchtower. Then 369  he leased it to tenant farmers 370  and went on a journey. 21:34 When the harvest time was near, he sent his slaves 371  to the tenants to collect his portion of the crop. 372  21:35 But the tenants seized his slaves, beat one, 373  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, 374  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 375  they seized him, 376  threw him out of the vineyard, 377  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. 378 

This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes? 379 

21:43 For this reason I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people 380  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.” 381  21:45 When 382  the chief priests and the Pharisees 383  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 384  regarded him as a prophet.

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

22:1 Jesus spoke 385  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 386  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. 387  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 388  rest seized his slaves, insolently mistreated them, and killed them. 22:7 The 389  king was furious! He sent his soldiers, and they put those murderers to death 390  and set their city 391  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. 392  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 393  went out and planned together to entrap him with his own words. 394  22:16 They sent to him their disciples along with the Herodians, 395  saying, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful, and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 396  You do not court anyone’s favor because you show no partiality. 397  22:17 Tell us then, what do you think? Is it right 398  to pay taxes 399  to Caesar 400  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 401  they brought him a denarius. 402  22:20 Jesus 403  said to them, “Whose image 404  is this, and whose inscription? 22:21 They replied, 405 Caesar’s.” He said to them, 406 Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 407  22:22 Now when they heard this they were stunned, 408  and they left him and went away.

Marriage and the Resurrection

22:23 The same day Sadducees 409  (who say there is no resurrection) 410  came to him and asked him, 411  22:24 Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and father children 412  for his brother.’ 413  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 414  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.” 415  22:29 Jesus 416  answered them, “You are deceived, 417  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 418  in heaven. 22:31 Now as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, 419  22:32 I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 420  He is not the God of the dead but of the living! 421  22:33 When the crowds heard this, they were amazed at his teaching.

The Greatest Commandment

22:34 Now when the Pharisees 422  heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, 423  they assembled together. 424  22:35 And one of them, an expert in religious law, 425  asked him a question to test 426  him: 22:36 Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? 427  22:37 Jesus 428  said to him, “‘Love 429  the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 430  22:38 This is the first and greatest 431  commandment. 22:39 The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 432  22:40 All the law and the prophets depend 433  on these two commandments.”

The Messiah: David’s Son and Lord

22:41 While 434  the Pharisees 435  were assembled, Jesus asked them a question: 436  22:42 What do you think about the Christ? 437  Whose son is he?” They said, “The son of David.” 438  22:43 He said to them, “How then does David by the Spirit call him ‘Lord,’ saying,

22:44The Lord said to my lord, 439 

Sit at my right hand,

until I put your enemies under your feet’? 440 

22:45 If David then calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son? 441  22:46 No one 442  was able to answer him a word, and from that day on no one dared to question him any longer.

Seven Woes

23:1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 23:2 The 443  experts in the law 444  and the Pharisees 445  sit on Mosesseat. 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. 446  23:4 They 447  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 448  do all their deeds to be seen by people, for they make their phylacteries 449  wide and their tassels 450  long. 23:6 They 451  love the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues 452  23:7 and elaborate greetings 453  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 ‘fatheron 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. 454  23:11 The 455  greatest among you will be your servant. 23:12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

23:13But woe to you, experts in the law 456  and you Pharisees, hypocrites! 457  You keep locking people out of the kingdom of heaven! 458  For you neither enter nor permit those trying to enter to go in.

23:14 [[EMPTY]] 459 

23:15Woe to you, experts in the law 460  and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You cross land and sea to make one convert, 461  and when you get one, 462  you make him twice as much a child of hell 463  as yourselves!

23:16Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple is bound by nothing. 464  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. 465  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.

23:23Woe to you, experts in the law 466  and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You give a tenth 467  of mint, dill, and cumin, 468  yet you neglect what is more important in the law – justice, mercy, and faithfulness! You 469  should have done these things without neglecting the others. 23:24 Blind guides! You strain out a gnat yet swallow a camel! 470 

23:25Woe to you, experts in the law 471  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, 472  so that the outside may become clean too!

23:27Woe to you, experts in the law 473  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. 474  23:28 In the same way, on the outside you look righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

23:29Woe to you, experts in the law 475  and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You 476  build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves 477  of the righteous. 23:30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, 478  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? 479 

23:34For this reason I 480  am sending you prophets and wise men and experts in the law, 481  some of whom you will kill and crucify, 482  and some you will flog 483  in your synagogues 484  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, 485  whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 23:36 I tell you the truth, 486  this generation will be held responsible for all these things! 487 

Judgment on Israel

23:37O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 488  you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! 489  How often I have longed 490  to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but 491  you would have none of it! 492  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!’” 493 

The Destruction of the Temple

24:1 Now 494  as Jesus was going out of the temple courts and walking away, his disciples came to show him the temple buildings. 495  24:2 And he said to them, 496 Do you see all these things? I tell you the truth, 497  not one stone will be left on another. 498  All will be torn down! 499 

Signs of the End of the Age

24:3 As 500  he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things 501  happen? And what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age? 24:4 Jesus answered them, 502 Watch out 503  that no one misleads you. 24:5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ 504  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. 505  24:7 For nation will rise up in arms 506  against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines 507  and earthquakes 508  in various places. 24:8 All 509  these things are the beginning of birth pains.

Persecution of Disciples

24:9Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations 510  because of my name. 511  24:10 Then many will be led into sin, 512  and they will betray one another and hate one another. 24:11 And many false prophets will appear and deceive 513  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. 514  24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, 515  and then the end will come.

The Abomination of Desolation

24:15So when you see the abomination of desolation 516 spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 24:16 then those in Judea must flee 517  to the mountains. 24:17 The one on the roof 518  must not come down 519  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 520  to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! 24:20 Pray 521  that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 24:21 For then there will be great suffering 522  unlike anything that has happened 523  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!’ 524  or ‘There he is!’ do not believe him. 24:24 For false messiahs 525  and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 24:25 Remember, 526  I have told you ahead of time. 24:26 So then, if someone 527  says to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ 528  do not go out, or ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. 24:27 For just like the lightning 529  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 530  will gather. 531 

The Arrival of the Son of Man

24:29Immediately 532  after the suffering 533  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. 534  24:30 Then 535  the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, 536  and 537  all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They 538  will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven 539  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 540  to the other.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

24:32Learn 541  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 542  that he is near, right at the door. 24:34 I tell you the truth, 543  this generation 544  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. 545 

Be Ready!

24:36But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven 546  – except the Father alone. 24:37 For just like the days of Noah 547  were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 24:38 For in those days before the flood, people 548  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. 549  It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. 550  24:40 Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. 551  24:41 There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; 552  one will be taken and one left.

24:42Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day 553  your Lord will come. 24:43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief 554  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. 555 

The Faithful and Wise Slave

24:45Who then is the faithful and wise slave, 556  whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves 557  their food at the proper time? 24:46 Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work 558  when he comes. 24:47 I tell you the truth, 559  the master 560  will put him in charge of all his possessions. 24:48 But if 561  that evil slave should say to himself, 562 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, 563  and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25:1At 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 564  of the virgins 565  were foolish, and five were wise. 25:3 When 566  the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take extra 567  olive oil 568  with them. 25:4 But the wise ones took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. 25:5 When 569  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.’ 570  25:7 Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 25:8 The 571  foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 25:9 No,’ they replied. 572 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 573  the door was shut. 25:11 Later, 574  the other virgins came too, saying, ‘Lord, lord! Let us in!’ 575  25:12 But he replied, 576 I tell you the truth, 577  I do not know you!’ 25:13 Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour. 578 

The Parable of the Talents

25:14For it is like a man going on a journey, who summoned his slaves 579  and entrusted his property to them. 25:15 To 580  one he gave five talents, 581  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 582  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 583  a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled his accounts with them. 25:20 The 584  one who had received the five talents came and brought five more, saying, ‘Sir, 585  you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 25:21 His master answered, 586 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 587  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 588  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, 589 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, 590  and on my return I would have received my money back with interest! 591  25:28 Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. 592  25:29 For the one who has will be given more, 593  and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 594  25:30 And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Judgment

25:31When 595  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 596  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 597  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, 598 Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 25:38 When 599  did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you? 25:39 When 600  did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 25:40 And the king will answer them, 601 I tell you the truth, 602  just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters 603  of mine, you did it for me.’

25:41Then he will say 604  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, 605 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, 606 I tell you the truth, 607  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 608  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 609  to be crucified.” 610  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 611  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.” 612 

Jesus’ Anointing

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 613  of expensive perfumed oil, 614  and she poured it on his head as he was at the table. 615  26:8 When 616  the disciples saw this, they became indignant and said, “Why this waste? 26:9 It 617  could have been sold at a high price and the money 618  given to the poor! 26:10 When 619  Jesus learned of this, he said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She 620  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! 621  26:12 When 622  she poured this oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 26:13 I tell you the truth, 623  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?” 624  So they set out thirty silver coins for him. 26:16 From that time 625  on, Judas 626  began looking for an opportunity to betray him.

The Passover

26:17 Now on the first day of the feast of 627  Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and said, 628 Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover? 629  26:18 He 630  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 631  the disciples did as Jesus had instructed them, and they prepared the Passover. 26:20 When 632  it was evening, he took his place at the table 633  with the twelve. 634  26:21 And while they were eating he said, “I tell you the truth, 635  one of you will betray me.” 636  26:22 They 637  became greatly distressed 638  and each one began to say to him, “Surely not I, Lord? 26:23 He 639  answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me 640  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 641  Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus 642  replied, “You have said it yourself.”

The Lord’s Supper

26:26 While 643  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 644  of the covenant, 645  that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 26:29 I 646  tell you, from now on I will not drink of this fruit 647  of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 26:30 After 648  singing a hymn, 649  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. 650 

26:32 But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 26:33 Peter 651  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, 652  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.

Gethsemane

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, 653 My Father, if possible, 654  let this cup 655  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 656  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, 657 My Father, if this cup 658  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. 659  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 660  is approaching!

Betrayal and Arrest

26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, 661  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 662  had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man. 663  Arrest him!”) 664  26:49 Immediately 665  he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed him. 666  26:50 Jesus 667  said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and took hold 668  of Jesus and arrested him. 26:51 But 669  one of those with Jesus grabbed 670  his sword, drew it out, and struck the high priest’s slave, 671  cutting off his ear. 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place! 672  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 673  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? 674  Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet 675  you did not arrest me. 26:56 But this has happened so that 676  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 677  the experts in the law 678  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 679  going in, he sat with the guards 680  to see the outcome. 26:59 The 681  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 682  two came forward 26:61 and declared, “This man 683  said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ 26:62 So 684  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 685  high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, 686  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 687  of the Power 688  and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 689  26:65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, 690 He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now 691  you have heard the blasphemy! 26:66 What is your verdict?” 692  They 693  answered, “He is guilty and deserves 694  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! 695  Who hit you? 696 

Peter’s Denials

26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A 697  slave girl 698  came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 26:70 But he denied it in front of them all: 699  “I don’t know what you’re talking about! 26:71 When 700  he went out to the gateway, another slave girl 701  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 702  a little while, those standing there came up to Peter and said, “You really are one of them too – even your accent 703  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. 704  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. 705 

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

27:1 When 706  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 707  tied him up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate 708  the governor. 709 

Judas’ Suicide

27:3 Now when 710  Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus 711  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 712  Judas threw the silver coins into the temple and left. Then he went out and hanged himself. 27:6 The 713  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 714  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 Bloodto this day. 27:9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah 715  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, 716  27:10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.” 717 

Jesus and Pilate

27:11 Then 718  Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, 719 Are you the king 720  of the Jews?” Jesus 721  said, “You say so.” 722  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, 723  whomever they wanted. 27:16 At that time they had in custody a notorious prisoner named Jesus 724  Barabbas. 27:17 So after they had assembled, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus 725  Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Christ? 726  27:18 (For he knew that they had handed him over because of envy.) 727  27:19 As 728  he was sitting on the judgment seat, 729  his wife sent a message 730  to him: 731  “Have nothing to do with that innocent man; 732  I have suffered greatly as a result of a dream 733  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 734  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?” 735  They all said, “Crucify him! 736  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 737  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! 738  27:25 In 739  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, 740  he handed him over 741  to be crucified. 742  27:27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s residence 743  and gathered the whole cohort 744  around him. 27:28 They 745  stripped him and put a scarlet robe 746  around him, 27:29 and after braiding 747  a crown of thorns, 748  they put it on his head. They 749  put a staff 750  in his right hand, and kneeling down before him, they mocked him: 751  “Hail, king of the Jews! 752  27:30 They 753  spat on him and took the staff 754  and struck him repeatedly 755  on the head. 27:31 When 756  they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then 757  they led him away to crucify him.

The Crucifixion

27:32 As 758  they were going out, they found a man from Cyrene named Simon, whom they forced 759  to carry his cross. 760  27:33 They 761  came to a place called Golgotha 762  (which means “Place of the Skull) 763  27:34 and offered Jesus 764  wine mixed with gall to drink. 765  But after tasting it, he would not drink it. 27:35 When 766  they had crucified 767  him, they divided his clothes by throwing dice. 768  27:36 Then they sat down and kept guard over him there. 27:37 Above 769  his head they put the charge against him, 770  which read: 771  “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 772  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! 773  If you are God’s Son, come down 774  from the cross! 27:41 In 775  the same way even the chief priests – together with the experts in the law 776  and elders 777 were mocking him: 778  27:42 He saved others, but he cannot save himself! He is the king of Israel! If he comes down 779  now from the cross, we will believe in him! 27:43 He trusts in God – let God, if he wants to, deliver him now 780  because he said, ‘I am God’s Son! 27:44 The 781  robbers who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him. 782 

Jesus’ Death

27:45 Now from noon until three, 783  darkness came over all the land. 784  27:46 At 785  about three o’clock Jesus shouted with a loud voice, 786 Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 787  27:47 When 788  some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” 27:48 Immediately 789  one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, 790  put it on a stick, 791  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.” 792  27:50 Then Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up his spirit. 27:51 Just then 793  the temple curtain 794  was torn in two, from top to bottom. The 795  earth shook and the rocks were split apart. 27:52 And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had died 796  were raised. 27:53 (They 797  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 798  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 799  women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and given him support 800  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.

Jesus’ Burial

27:57 Now 801  when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 802  27:58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 803  Then Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 27:59 Joseph 804  took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 805  27:60 and placed it 806  in his own new tomb that he had cut in the rock. 807  Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance 808  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 809  next day (which is after the day of preparation) the chief priests and the Pharisees 810  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 811  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 812  a guard of soldiers. Go and make it as secure as you can.” 27:66 So 813  they went with the soldiers 814  of the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

The Resurrection

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 815  descending from heaven came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. 28:3 His 816  appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 28:4 The 817  guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him. 28:5 But the angel said 818  to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know 819  that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 820  28:6 He is not here, for he has been raised, 821  just as he said. Come and see the place where he 822  was lying. 28:7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He 823  is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you! 28:8 So 824  they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 28:9 But 825  Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They 826  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 827  they were going, some 828  of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. 28:12 After 829  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 830  while we were asleep.’ 28:14 If 831  this matter is heard before the governor, 832  we will satisfy him 833  and keep you out of trouble.” 834  28:15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story is told among the Jews to this day. 835 

The Great Commission

28:16 So 836  the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated. 28:17 When 837  they saw him, they worshiped him, 838  but some doubted. 839  28:18 Then Jesus came up and said to them, 840 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 28:19 Therefore go 841  and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 842  28:20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, 843  I am with you 844  always, to the end of the age.” 845 

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