ARAMAIC MATTHEW

The Old Syriac Aramaic version of the Gospel of Matthew
English translation by Dr. F. C. Burkitt (Cambridge University Press, 1904)
 

Chapters 8 to 14





 

Chapter 8

8:1 And when he came down from the hill, great multitudes were coming after him.
2 And lo, a certain man, a leper, came and fell down and worshipped him, and said to him "My Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst cleanse me"
3 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him: "I will, be thou cleansed." And in the same hour his leprosy was cleansed from him.
4 And Jesus said to him: "Beware lest thou say it to any man, but go shew thyself to the priests, and offer an offering as Moses commanded, that it should be for them for witness."

5 After these things, when he entered Kapharnahum, there drew near to him a certain centurion, and was beseeching him,
6 and entreating him and saying: "My slave is paralysed and lying down in the house in great torment."
7 Jesus saith to him, "I will come and heal him."
8 The centurion answered and said to him: "My Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my dwelling, but only say with a word and my lad will he healed.
9 For I also am a man under authority, and I have authority myself also, and there are soldiers under my hand; and I say to this one 'Go,' and he goeth, and to another 'Come,' and he cometh, and to my slave I say 'Do so much,' and he doeth it."
10 Now, when Jesus heard, he wondered, and said to the folk coming after him: "Amen, I say to you, that not even in any one of the House of Israel have I found aught like this faith.
11 But I say to you that many shall come from the East and from the West, and shall sit down to meat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,
12 and the sons of the kingdom shall go forth into the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth!"
13 Then said Jesus to that centurion: "Go, as thou hast believed it shall be unto thee;" and in the same hour his lad was healed.

14 And Jesus came to the house of Simon Kepha, and he saw his mother-in-law lying down and a fever holding her.
15 And he touched her hand, and in the same hour the fever left her, and she arose and was serving them.

16 Now, at sunset, they brought near before him all those that had devils, and he cast them out by his word, and those that were ill he healed,
17 that that might be fulfilled which was said by the mouth of Isaiah the prophet, who had said, "He shall take our pains and shall bear our infirmities."

18 Now when Jesus saw the great multitude that was round him, he commanded his disciples that they should go away to the other side yonder.
19 And a certain scribe drew near, and said to him, "Teacher, I will come after thee wherever thou goest"
20 Jesus saith to him: "The foxes -- they have dens, and the birds of the heaven a dwelling; but the Son of Man, he hath not where to rest his head."
21 Now another of the disciples said to him: "My Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father, and I will come."
22 Jesus saith to him "Leave the dead to bury their dead [Curetonian MS breaks here; Sinaiticus MS begins], and thou come after me.

23 And our Lord went up into a boat, and his disciples were coming after him, and there was a storm [of the sea, and the boat] was near to be broken in the waves.
25 Now he was asleep; and his disciples drew near and awoke him, and say to him: "Our Lord, save our lives, because lo, we are perishing!"
26 He saith [to them "O, lacking in faith,] wherefore are ye fearful?" Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm.
27 But those folk were astonished and say: "Who is this, that the sea and the wind obey him?"

28 And when he came to the country of the Gadarenes, there met him two men on whom were devils; and they were evil exceedingly, and they used to come forth from the graves -- that no one could pass by that way.
29 And they cried out with a loud voice and say, "What have we to do with thee, Son of God? Hast thou come [hither before the time to torment us?"
30 And a great herd of swine] was feeding beyond them,
31 and those devils were beseeching him and saying, "If thou dost cast us out, send us to that herd of swine."
32 He saith to them: "Go." Now, they went forth and entered into the swine, and all that herd ran to a steep place and fell into the midst of the sea.
33 And the herdsmen fled, and entered the city, and declared everything that he did, and those things concerning the devils.
34 And all the city went forth to meet our Lord and, when they saw him, they besought him that he would remove from their neighbourhood.
 


Chapter 9

9:1 [And he went up] to the boat and crossed over ... [illegible] ...
2 [they brought to him] a paralytic lying down on a bed and, when our Lord saw their faith, he said [to that] paralytic: "Be not [afraid,] ... "
3 ... [illegible] ...
4 ... he said to them: "What [think] ye evil in your heart? Which is the easier, to say 'Thy sins are forgiven thee,' or to say 'Arise and walk '?
6 But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath authority on earth to forgive sins" -- then said he to that paralytic -- "Arise, take up thy bed, and go to thy house!"
7 And he arose, and took up his bed, and went to his house.
8 And when the multitudes saw, they were afraid, and they were glorifying God who gave this authority to men.

9 And he removed from thence. And as our Lord passed by, he saw a certain man that was sitting at the toll-gatherers' place, whose name was Matthew, and he said to him: "Come after me"; and he arose and came after him.
10 And, when [they were sitting at meat in the house, many toll-gatherers and sinners had sat down to meat by] our Lord, and by his disciples.
11 Then, when the Pharisees see it, they say to his disciples: ["Wherefore with toll-gatherers and sinners] are ye eating [and drinking]?"
12 Now he, when he heard, said: "The whole have no need of a physician, but they that are ill.
13 But go, learn what is meant by 'Mercy I seek and not sacrifice,' for I came not that I might call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
14 Then came the disciples of John, and say: "Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast eagerly, and thy disciples fast not?"
15 Our Lord saith to them: "The sons of the bride-chamber cannot keep a time of mourning as long as the bridegroom is with them; but the days will come, that the bridegroom will be taken up from them, and then they will fast."

16 "No man putteth a new patch on a worn-out garment, else the fullness of the new pulleth away the weakness of the worn-out part, and the rent becometh worse than the former one.
17 Neither do they put new wine into worn-out wine-skins, else the wine teareth the wine-skins, and the wine is spilt, and the wine-skins perish; but they put new wine into new wine-skins, and both are preserved."
18 Now when he was speaking with them, lo, a certain ruler of their synagogue came and fell down and worshipped him, and said: "My daughter now hath died, but lay thy hand and she will live."
19 And our Lord arose and went with him, he and his disciples.
20 And lo, a woman whose blood had been issuing for twelve years, and she came and touched the skirt of his cloak;
21 for she was saying within herself, "Even if his garments I should touch, I should be healed."
22 Now, he turned round to her, and said to her: "... [illegible] ... my daughter, thy faith hath saved thee alive." And from that hour the woman was made whole.
23 And when our Lord came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and he saw the singers and the multitude that was making a noise,
24 he said to them: "Remove ye yonder, for the girl hath not died, but is indeed sleeping." Now, they were laughing at him.
25 But, when he had put forth that multitude outside, he came and touched her hand, and straightway she arose.
26 And this tale went forth in all that land.
27 And when our Lord passed by, two blind men clave to him, and cry out with a loud voice: "Have compassion on us, son of David!"
28 And when he came to the house, those blind men drew near to him. He saith to them: "Believe ye that I can do this?" They say to him "Yea, our Lord, we believe."
29 Then he touched their eyes, and said: "As ye have believed, shall it be to you."
30 And in the same hour, their eyes were opened; and our Lord rebuked them, and said to them: "Lo, see that ye say it not to any man."
31 But they, when they went forth, published it to every one in that same land.
32 And after they had gone forth, they brought near to him a certain deaf-mute, that was devil-ridden,
33 and when the devil had gone forth from him, that deaf-mute spake. And the multitudes were wondering and saying: "Never has it been seen thus in the House of Israel."
34 [omission]

35 And our Lord was walking in the cities and in the villages, and was teaching in their synagogues and was preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and was healing every pain and every infirmity.
36 Now, when he saw the multitudes, he had compassion upon them, in that they were weary, and let loose as a flock that hath no shepherd.
37 Then said he to his disciples: "The harvest is much, and the labourers few;
38 beseech ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he should send forth labourers for his harvest."
 


Chapter 10

10:1 And he called his Twelve, and gave them authority to cast out unclean spirits, and to heal every pain and infirmity.

2 And these are the names of his twelve disciples: first, Simon Kepha, and Andrew, his brother, and James and John, the sons of Zebedee,
3 and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Thomas, and Matthew, the toll-gatherer, and James, the son of Halphaeus,
4 and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas, the son of James, and Judas Scariot, who himself was the betrayer.
5 And our Lord sent these his twelve disciples, and commanded them, and said to them: "In the way of the peoples ye shall not go, and into a town of the Samaritans ye shall not enter,
6 but go to the flock that hath strayed from the House of Israel.
7 And what time ye go, preach and say: 'The kingdom of heaven hath drawn nigh.'
8 Heal the infirm, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out the devils; freely ye have received, freely give.
9 Get not for yourselves gold nor silver, nor even copper in your purses,
10 and no wallet for the way, and not two coats and no shoes and no staff, for the labourer is worthy of his food.
11 Into whatever town ye enter, be asking who is worthy, and there be until ye go forth.
12 And, what time ye enter the house, give a greeting to that house,
13 and, if it be that that house is worthy, your greeting shall be upon it; and if not, your greeting upon you shall return.
14 Whosoever receiveth you not, and heareth not your words, what time ye go forth from that house, or from that city, be shaking off the dust of your feet;
15 and amen, I say to you that for the land of Sodom and of Gomorra it shall be tolerable in the day of judgement, rather than for that town.
16 Lo, I send you as lambs among wolves; be therefore cunning as serpents, and simple as doves.

17 "Beware of men, who will deliver you up to courts of justice, and who shall scourge you in their synagogues.
18 And before kings and governors ye shall stand for my name's sake, and for a witness unto them, even to them and the peoples.
19 What time they bring you up, be not anxious what ye shall say, for it is given you in that hour what ye shall say;
20 for not ye are speaking, but the Spirit of your Father is speaking in you.
21 For the brother will deliver up his brother to death, and the father will deliver up his son to death, and the sons will rise up against their fathers, and will put them to death.
22 And men will be hating you for my name's sake; but he which shall endure unto the last, he shall live.

23 "What time they persecute you in this town, flee ye from it to another, and if in the other they persecute you, flee ye to another; for amen, I say to you, Ye will not even finish all the towns of  the House of Israel until the Son of Mail come.
24 There is no disciple that is more than his Rabbi;
25 it is enough for the disciple that he should be as his Rabbi, and the slave as his master. And if the master of the house they have called Beelzebub, his household how shall they call them?
26 Be not therefore afraid of them, for there is nothing secret that shall not be revealed, nor aught concealed that shall not be known.
27 That which I say to you in the darkness, say it yourselves in the light, and that which ye hear in your ears, preach on the roofs.
28 And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but the soul they have not authority to kill; but be afraid rather of him who can cast body and soul into Gehenna.
29 Two sparrows are sold for a farthing, and one of them apart from your Father falleth not on the earth;
30 and *even* the locks of your hair are all of them numbered.
31 Be not therefore afraid, because ye are more than many sparrows. [Curetonian MS begins again here]
32 Every man therefore that shall confess me before men, I myself also will confess him before the Father in heaven;
33 and whosoever shall deny me before men, I myself also will deny him before my Father in heaven, and before his angels.
34 I have not come to lay tranquillity in the earth, but division of minds and a sword.
35 For I have come to divide the son against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the bride against her mother in-law;
36 and the enemies of a man shall be his household.

37 "Now, he that loveth his father or his mother more than me, he is not worthy of me; and he that loveth his son or his daughter more than me, he is not worthy of me.
38 And every one that doth not take up his Cross and come after me is not worthy of me.
39 For he that findeth his life shall lose it, and he that shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.
40 He that receiveth you, me it is he receiveth; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.
41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet taketh the reward of a prophet, and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man, taketh the reward of a righteous man.
42 And whosoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water in the name of discipleship -- amen, I say to you that his reward shall not perish."
 


Chapter 11

11:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished commanding his twelve disciples, he removed from thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

2 Now John, when he heard in prison the deeds of Jesus, despatched his disciples and sent word to him:
3 "Art thou he that cometh, or for another is it that we are waiting?"
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: "Go and shew John that which ye see and that which ye hear;
5 for lo, the blind see, and the lame walk, and the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the poor are sustained, and the dead arise,
6 and happy is it for him except he be offended in me!"

7 Now, after these went away, Jesus had begun to say to the multitudes concerning John: "What went ye forth to the desert to see? -- a reed that by the wind is shaken?
8 But if not, what went ye forth to see? -- a man that with soft garments is clothed? Lo, they that with soft things are clad are in kings' houses.
9 But if not, what went ye forth to see? -- a prophet? Yea, I say to you that he is more than the prophets.
10 This is he of whom it is written, 'Lo, I send my messenger before thy countenance, that he may prepare a way before thee!'
11 Amen, I say to you, There hath not arisen among them that are born of women one greater than John the Baptist, but he that is little in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12 But from the days of John the Baptist, even until now, the kingdom of heaven is oppressed, and they that oppress it snatch it away.
13 For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John.
14 And if ye wish to receive it, he is Elijah that is about to come;
15 he that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

16 "Now to whom shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children that sit in the street, and send word to their fellows,
17 and say: 'We have sung to you and ye have not danced, and we have wailed to you and ye have not lamented.'
18 For there came unto you John, neither eating nor drinking, and ye say: 'A devil in him!'
19 And there came the Son of Man, eating and drinking, and ye say: 'Lo, a man who is an eater and a drinker, and a friend of toll-gatherers and of sinners!' And wisdom hath been justified from her sons."

20 Then began Jesus to reproach cities in which he shewed many mighty works, and they repented not.
21 And he said: "Woe to thee, Korazin! woe to thee, Beth Saida! for if in Tyre and in Sidon had happened the mighty works that have happened in you, then perchance in sackcloth and in ashes they had repented;
22 therefore I say to you that for Tyre and for Sidon it shall be easy in the day of judgement rather than for you.
23 And thou, Kapharnahum! not unto heaven shalt thou be uplifted, but unto Sheol shalt thou go down; for if in Sodom had happened the mighty works that have happened in thee, it had been standing until to-day.
24 Therefore, I say that for the land of Sodom it shall be easy in the day of judgement rather than for thee."

25 Now, at that time, Jesus answered and said: "I give thanks to thee, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, that thou hast kept secret these things from the wise and hast revealed them to children;
26 yea, my Father, that so was the will before thee.
27 Everything hath been delivered unto me from my Father, and no one knoweth the Son save the Father, neither the Father save the Son, and he to whom the Son shall be willing to reveal it.

28 "Come unto me, all ye toilers and bearers of heavy burdens, and I will ease you.
29 And bear my yoke upon you, and learn from me that I am easy and meek in my heart, and ye shall find  ease for your souls.
30 For my yoke is gentle and my burden light."
 


Chapter 12

12:1 And, at that time, Jesus was walking on the sabbath in the cornfields, and his disciples were hungry, and they began pulling the ears of corn, and rubbing them in their hands and eating.
2 When the Pharisees saw them, they say to him: "Why are thy disciples doing that which is not lawful to do?"
3 He saith to them: "Have ye not read what David did when he was hungry, and they that were with him,
4 how he entered the house of God, and ate of the Shewbread, that for him was not lawful to eat, nor for them that were with him, but for the priests only?
5 Or have ve not read in the Law that the priests in the Temple -- they profane the sabbath, and are without sins?
6 For I say to you, Lo, a greater than the Temple is here;
7 and if ye had known what is meant by 'Mercy I seek, and not sacrifice,' ye would not have condemned the innocent.
8 For the Lord of the sabbath is the Son of Man."

9 And when he removed from thence, and came to their synagogue,
10 and lo, a certain man, whose right hand was withered, and they were asking him and saying, "If so be it were lawful on the sabbath-day to heal?" -- that they might be able to accuse him.
11 He saith to them: "What man is there of you that hath a sheep, and it fall into a pit on the sabbath-day, and doth not draw and take it up?
12 How much more therefore is a man than a sheep! Hence, it is lawful on the sabbath to do well."
13 Then saith he to that man: "Stretch forth thy hand;" and he stretched forth his hand, and it was restored like its fellow.

14 And when the Pharisees went forth, they took against him counsel, so that they might destroy him.
15 But Jesus knew, and removed from thence, and there went after him many folk, and he healed them all.
16 And he rebuked them that they to no man should reveal him,
17 that, that might be fulfilled, which was said by the mouth of Isaiah the prophet, who had said,
18 "Lo, my slave in whom I have been pleased, and my beloved in whom my soul hath delighted; my spirit will I put upon him, that he should preach judgement to the peoples.
19 He shall not cry out nor strive, neither shall any man hear his voice in the street.
20 The bruised reed shall not be broken, and the lamp that smouldereth shall not he quenched, until he send forth the judgement for victory;
21 and for his name the peoples shall hope."

22 Then they brought near before him a certain man, that had a devil upon him, and was blind and deaf, and he healed him, and the deaf-mute spake, and saw and heard.
23 And all the multitudes were wondering, and were saying, "Can then this be the son of David?"
24 But the Pharisees, when they heard, said: "This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the chief of the demons."
25 Now, when he saw their mind, he said to them: "Every kingdom that shall be divided against itself shall be desolated, and every house and city that shall be divided against itself shall not stand.
26 And if Satan doth cast out Satan, against himself he is divided; how therefore will his kingdom stand?
27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils from your sons, your sons -- by what do they cast them out? Therefore they shall be for you judges.
28 But if I by the Spirit of God cast out devils, henceforth the kingdom of God hath drawn nigh upon you.
29 For how can anyone enter the house of the strong man, and spoil his things, except first he bind the strong man himself, and then spoil his house?
30 He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathereth not with me scattereth indeed.
31 Therefore, I say to you, All sins and blasphemies shall be forgiven to men, but every one that against the Holy Spirit shall blaspheme, it shall not be forgiven him.
32 And every one that shall say a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but every one that against the Holy Spirit shall blaspheme, it shall not be forgiven him, not in this world, nor in the world that is to be.
33 Either make a good tree, and then its fruits are good; or make an evil tree, and then its fruits are evil; but from its fruits is the tree known.
34 Offspring of vipers, how can ye speak good things, ye that are evil? For from the superfluities of the heart doth the mouth bring forth;
35 and the good man from the good treasures in his heart bringeth forth good things, and the evil man from the evil treasures in his heart evil things doth speak.
36 But I say to you, Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give for it an answer in the day of judgement.
37 For from thy words thou shalt be justified, and from thy words thou shalt be condemned."

38 Then drew near unto him some of the scribes and Pharisees, and they say to him: "Teacher, we wish to see from thee some sign."
39 But he answered and said to them: "This generation evil and adulterous -- a sign it seeketh, and a sign shall not be given to it, save the sign of Jonah the prophet.
40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man also shall be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.
41 The men-folk of Nineve will stand up in judgement with this generation, and will make it guilty, in that they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and lo, a greater than Jonah is here.
42 The queen of the South will stand up in judgement with this generation, and will make it guilty, in that she came from the other sides of the earth, that she might hear the wisdom of Solomon, and lo, a greater than Solomon is here.

43 "Now the unclean spirit, what time it hath come forth from a man, goeth travelling about in places where there is no water, that it may find for itself ease; and what time it hath found none for itself, then it saith:
44 'I will return, and go to my house from where I came forth.' And if it hath come, and found it empty, and brushed and garnished,
45 then it goeth and taketh with itself seven other spirits worse than itself, and they enter and dwell therein, and the last state of that man becometh worse than his first state. So shall it be to this same evil generation."

46 And when he was speaking to the multitude, lo, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, and were seeking to speak with him.
47 [omission]
48 But he answered and said to that one which told him: "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"
49 And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples and said: "Lo, my mother; and lo, my brothers!
50 For every one which doeth the will of my Father in heaven, this one is my brothers and my sisters and my mother."
 


Chapter 13

13:1 And on that day, Jesus went forth from the house, and sat down by the side of the lake.
2 And there were gathered unto him great multitudes, and he went up and sat down in the boat, and all the multitude was standing on the sea shore.
3 And he spake with them much in parables, and said: "Lo, the sower went forth to sow;
4 and when he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and the birds of the heaven came and ate it.
5 Now, other fell on the rock, and there was not much earth, and in the same hour it sprouted, because there was no depth of much earth;
6 and with the shining of the sun, that was upon the land, it dried up, and because it had not cast a root in the land it withered.
7 Other fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up with it and choked it.
8 Now other fell in the good land, and gave fruit, and they grew up, and gave some an hundred, some sixty, and some thirty.
9 Every one that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

10 And his disciples drew near, and say to him: "Wherefore in parables speakest thou with them?"
11 And he answered and said to them: "Because to you is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of heaven, but to them -- it is not given to them to know.
12 For he that hath, it shall be given to him, and it shall be added to him; and he that hath not, even that also which he hath shall be taken from him.
13 Therefore in parables do I speak with them, that what they see they may not see, and what they hear they may not hear, and may not understand, that in no wise they should turn round.
14 And the prophecy of Isaiah the prophet shall be accomplished, who had said, 'Ye shall hear indeed, and shall not understand, and a vision ye shall see, and shall not see;
15 for the heart of this people is become gross, and their ears they have made heavy, that they should not hear, and their eyes they have closed, that they should not see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn round, and I should heal them.'
16 But as for yours, happy is it for your eyes that see; and happy for your ears that hear!
17 For amen, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men have longed that they might see that which ye see, and they have not seen; and to hear that which ye hear, and they have not heard,
18 But ye, hear ye the similitude of the sower.
19 Every man that heareth the word of the kingdom and understandeth not, the Evil One cometh and snatcheth away the seed from his heart; this is that which was sown by the way-side.
20 And that which was sown on the rock, this is he which heareth the word, and with joy hastily receiveth it.
21 And because it hath no root, a little while it remaineth in him, but, what time there is distress or persecution because of the word, quickly he is offended.
22 And that which fell among the thorns, this is he which heareth the word, and is with the care of this world, and with the deceitfulness of riches, and they choke him, and he becometh without fruit.
23 And that which fell in the good land, that is he which heareth the word and attendeth to it, and giveth fruit, some an hundred, and some sixty, and some thirty."
24 Now, another similitude he added, and said to them: "Like is the kingdom of heaven to a man that sowed good seed in his field;
25 and when folk slept, the enemy came, and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.
26 And when the green blade grew, and brought forth fruit, then the tares were seen.
27 And the slaves of the master of the house drew near, and say to him: 'Our lord, was it not good seed thou sowedst in thy field? Whence are there in it tares?'
28 Now, he said to them: 'A man that is an enemy did this.' His slaves say to him: 'If thou wilt, we will go and pluck them.'
29 He saith to them : 'Nay, lest when ye are plucking the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them;
30 but leave them growing up together until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest, I will say to the reapers: Pluck first the tares and bind them into bundles as for the fire, and the wheat gather into barns of mine.'"

31 And he was saying to them another similitude: "Like is the kingdom of heaven to a grain of mustard, that a man took and sowed it in his field.
32 And it is the least of all seeds, and what time it had grown up, it is greater than all herbs, and becometh a tree, and the winged fowl of the heaven come and settle in its branches."

33 Another similitude: "Like is the kingdom of heaven to leaven, which a wise woman took up, and hid in meal until all of it was leavened."

34 All these things spake Jesus in parables to the multitudes, and without parables he was not speaking with them;
35 and the word was accomplished that was said by the prophet, who had said: "I will open my mouth in similitudes, and I will speak things secret from of old."

36 Then he left the multitudes, and came to the house, and his disciples drew near before him, and say to him: "Explain to us that similitude of the tares of the field."
37 Now he answered and said to them: "The sower of the good seed is the Son of Man,
38 and the field is the world, but the good seed -- they are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the Evil One,
39 and the sower is the Evil One, and the harvest is the conclusion of the world, and the reapers are the angels.
40 Just therefore as the tares are plucked, and burn in the fire, so shall it be in the conclusion of the world:
41 the Son of Man will send his angels, that they may choose out from the place of the kingdom all offences, and all that do wickedness,
42 and they shall cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth!
43 Then the righteous shall gleam as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

44 "Like is the kingdom of heaven to treasure that is laid in a field; and when a man found it, he hid it, and out of his joy he went and sold everything that he had, and bought himself that field.

45 "Again, like is the kingdom of heaven to a man, a merchant, that was seeking good pearls;
46 and, when he found a pearl good and of great price, he went and sold everything that he had, and came and bought it for himself.

47 "Again, like is the kingdom of heaven to a great net that fell into the sea, and of every kind it gathered.
48 Now, when it was full, they took it up on the sea shore, and sat and chose out the fishes -- the good as good, and those that were bad they threw out.
49 So shall it be in the end of the world: the angels will go forth, and will separate the evil from among the righteous,
50 and shall cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth!"

51 Saith to them Jesus, to the disciples: "Have ye understood these things, all of them?"
52 They say to him: "Yea." He saith to them: "Therefore, every scribe that is instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like to a man, the master of a house, who bringeth forth from his treasures the new and the old."

53 And when Jesus finished these similitudes, he removed from thence, and came to his own city.
54 And Jesus was teaching them in their synagogues, so that they were astonished; and they say: "Whence cometh to this one this wisdom and this power?
55 Is not this Joseph's son, the carpenter? And the name of his mother, Mary? And his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
56 And his sisters, all of them are with us. Whence come all these things to this one?"
57 And they were offended at him. Now Jesus said to them: "There is not a prophet who is insulted, save in his city and in his house."
58 And he did not there many mighty works, because of the lack of their faith.
 


Chapter 14

14:1 Now, at that time, Herod the Tetrarch heard the rumour of Jesus,
2 and he said to his slaves: "This is John the Baptist, he hath risen from among the dead, therefore great is his power."
3 For Herod had seized John, and bound him, and cast him into prison because of Herodia, the wife of Philip, his brother;
4 for John had been saying to him: "It is not lawful for thee that she should be a wife of thine."
5 And he was wishing to kill him, and was afraid of the people, because as a prophet they were holding John.

6 And when it was the birth-day of Herod, the daughter of Herodia entered, and danced in the midst of the entertainment, and pleased Herod;
7 therefore, he promised her with an oath that all what she should ask him he would give her.
8 Now she, because she had been taught by her mother, said: "Give me here in a dish the head of John the Baptist".
9 And it grieved the king, but for the oath's sake, and for the sake of them that sat at meat, he commanded that it should be given to her.
10 And he sent and cut off the head of John in the prison,
11 and they brought the head of John in a dish, and it was given to the girl, and the girl carried it away to her mother.
12 And the disciples of John drew near, and took up his corpse, and buried him, and they came and shewed Jesus.
13 Now, Jesus, when he heard, departed from thence to a desert place with them alone. And when the multitudes from the cities and from the villages heard, they went away after him on foot,
14 and when he saw the many multitudes, he had compassion upon them, and their infirm he healed.

15 And, when it was evening, his disciples drew near and say to him: "The place is desert, and the time is past; dismiss those multitudes, that they may go to the villages, and buy for themselves food."
16 And he saith to them: "It is not required for them to go; give ye them to eat."
17 They say to him: "We have not here but five loaves and two fishes."
18 He saith to them: "Bring them to me."
19 And he commanded the multitudes to sit down to meat on the green grass; and he took up these five loaves and two fishes, and looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake bread, and gave to his disciples, and they, his disciples, gave to the multitudes.
20 And they all ate and were satisfied, and they took up of the superfluity of the fragments from before them twelve baskets full.
21 And those folk that ate were five thousand men, besides women and children.
22 And he commanded his disciples that they should sit in the ship, and go before him to the other side, until he should dismiss these multitudes.
23 And, when he dismissed them, he went up to the hill alone to pray and, when it was evening, he alone was there.
24 And the boat was distant from the land many stadia, and they were being tormented by the waves, because the wind was against them.
25 But, in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came unto them walking on the water,
26 and when his disciples saw him, that he was walking on the waves of the sea, they were troubled, and were saying, "It is a devil"; and from their fear they gave a cry.
27 And, in the same hour, he spoke with them: "Take courage; it is I, be not afraid!"
28 Saith to him Simon Kepha: "My Lord, if it be thou, permit me that I come unto thee upon the water."
29 He saith to him: "Come." And Simon Kepha came down from the boat, and was walking on the water, and came unto Jesus.
30 And, when he saw the wind, that it was strong, he was afraid, and began to sink; and he called with a loud voice and said: "My Lord, save my life!"
31 And, in the same hour, Jesus put forth his hand, and took hold of him, and he said to him: "O, lacking in faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"
32 And when he went up into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 And those in the boat came near and worshipped him, and say: "Truly thou art the Son of God!
34 And when he went up to the dry land, they came to Gennesar.
35 And the people of that place recognised him, and they sent to all their region; and they brought near before him all those that were ill,
36 and they were beseeching him that they might touch only the fringe of his mantle, and those that had touched had been healed.
 


Transcribed for the WWW by Yuri Kuchinsky.

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