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

Chapters 15 to 21


Chapter 15

15:1 Then drew near unto Jesus scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem, and say unto him:
2 "Wherefore do thy disciples transgress the commandments of our ancients? for they wash not their hands what time they eat bread."
3 Now he answered and said to them: "Wherefore do ye also yourselves transgress the commandment of God, because ye will set up your commandments?
4 For God said: Honour thy father and thy mother, and he that curseth his father or his mother shall be killed.
5 But ye say each to his father and his mother: 'My offering -- thou shalt be profited from me!'
6 This one hath not honoured his father. And ye have made idle the word of God, because ye will set up your commandments.
7 Ye, respecters of persons, well prophesied of you Isaiah the prophet, who said:
8 'This people with their lips honoureth me, and their heart is far from me;
9 but in vain do they fear me, and teach teachings of the commandments of men.'"

10 And he called the multitude and said to them: "Hear and understand,
11 that not that which entereth the mouth defileth the man, but that which cometh forth from the mouth, that defileth the man."
12 Then drew near his disciples and say to him: "Knowest thou that the Pharisees, when they heard this word, were offended?"
13 But he answered and said to them: "Every plant that my Father in heaven hath not planted shall be rooted up.
14 Let them be, they are leaders of the blind; but the blind man that leadeth the blind man with him falleth in the ditch."
15 Simon Kepha answered and said to him: "Explain to us this similitude."
16 He saith to him: "Do not even ye yet understand?
17 Do ye not know that everything which entereth the mouth, to the belly it goeth, and from thence is thrown away in the cleansing.
18 But that which cometh forth from the mouth, from the heart it cometh forth, and it is that defileth the man.
19 For from the  heart come forth evil thoughts of murder and of adultery, and of fornication, and of theft, and false witness, and blasphemy;
20 these are they that defile the man. For when any one shall eat bread with unwashen hands, he is not defiled."

21 And Jesus came forth from thence, and went away to the border of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And lo, a certain woman, a Canaanite, came forth from those same borders, and was crying out and saith: "Have compassion on me, my Lord, son of David! my daughter is evilly entreated at the hands of a devil."
23 And he gave her no answer. And his disciples drew near, and were beseeching him and were saying to him: "Dismiss her, for lo, she crieth out and cometh after us."
24 But he answered and said to them: "I have not been sent save after the flock, which hath strayed from the House of Israel."
25 Then she, herself, drew near and worshipped him, and saith to him: "My Lord, help me!"
26 But he answered and said to her: "It is not fitting to take the sons' bread and to cast it to the dogs."
27 She saith to him: "Yea, my Lord, for even the dogs eat of the morsels that fall from the tables of their masters and live."
28 And he answered and said to her: "Oh, woman, great is thy faith! It shall be to thee as thou wilt." And her daughter was healed from that hour.

29 And Jesus removed from thence, and came by the side of the lake of Galilee.
30 And he went up, and sat in the hill, and there drew near to him great multitudes, there being with them the lame and the blind and the deaf and the maimed, and many with other pains, and they cast them at his feet, and he healed them.
31 And those multitudes were wondering, when they were seeing the deaf speaking, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they were glorifying the God of Israel.
32 Now, Jesus called his disciples and said to them: "I have compassion on this multitude, for lo, three days they have remained by me, and they have not what they may eat, and that I should dismiss them without a meal I am not willing, that they faint not by the way."
33 His disciples say to him: "From whence is it, for us, in a desert place, with bread to satisfy all this multitude?"
34 Jesus saith to them: "How many pieces of bread are there by you?" They say to him: "Seven pieces of bread and a few fishes."
35 And he commanded the multitudes that they should sit down to meat on the ground.
36 And he took up the seven pieces of bread, and the fishes, and glorified God, and brake, and gave to his disciples, and his disciples gave to the multitudes.
37 And they all ate and were satisfied, and they took up from before them the superabundance of the fragments, full seven panniers full.
38 And the folk which ate were four thousand men, besides children and women.

39 And, when he dismissed the multitude, he went up and sat in the boat, and went away to the border of Magedon.

Chapter 16

16:1 And there drew near the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and were tempting him, and asking him for a sign from heaven that he should shew them.
2 But he said to them:
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4 "A generation evil and adulterous -- a sign it seeketh, and a sign shall not be given to it, save the sign of Jonah the prophet." And he left them and went away.
5 And when he came to the other side, his disciples forgot to carry for themselves bread.
6 Jesus saith to them: "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
7 And they were thinking among themselves that they had not taken for themselves bread.
8 But Jesus knew and said to them: "Why think ye among yourselves, O, lacking in faith, in that ye have not carried for yourselves bread?
9 Until now do ye not understand? and do ye not recollect the five pieces of bread, and the five thousand, also, that ate of them, and how many baskets ye took up from before them?
10 Neither also those seven pieces of bread that four thousand ate of, and how many panniers ye took up?
11 How is it ye do not understand, that not concerning bread said I to you, 'Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?'"
12 Then understood they, that not concerning the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees said he to them 'Beware,' but of the teaching of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

13 Now, when Jesus came to the country of Caesarea of Philip, he was asking his disciples and saying: "What say folk of me that I am? 'Who is this Son of Man?'"
14 His disciples say to him: "There are that say 'It is John the Baptist'; others say 'It is Elijah'; others say, 'It is Jeremiah'; others say, 'It is one of the prophets.'"
15 He saith to them: "And ye, what say ye that I am?"
16 Simon Kepha answered and said: "Thou art the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!"
17 Jesus saith to him: "Happy is it for thee, Simon son of Jona, to whom flesh and blood hath not revealed it, but my Father in heaven!
18 I also say to thee, that thou art Kepha, the Stone, and on this stone I will build my Church, and the doors of Sheol shall not overpower it.
19 To thee I will give the keys of the doors of the kingdom of heaven, and everything which thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and that which thou shalt remit on earth shall be remitted in heaven."
20 Then he rebuked these same disciples of his, that to no one should they say of him that he was the Messiah.

21 From then, had Jesus begun to shew his disciples that he was about to go to Jerusalem, and endure much, and suffer from the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and they will kill him, and the third day he will rise.
22 And Simon Kepha drew near and said: "Be it far from thee, my Lord! This shall not be!"
23 But Jesus turned round and rebuked him, even Simon, and said to him: "Get thee behind me, Satan, a stumbling-block art thou to me, in that thou dost not consider the things of God, but of men."
24 Then said Jesus to his disciples: "He that willeth to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and come after me.
25 For he that willeth to save his life shall lose it, and he that shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he should get the whole world and lack his life? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his life?
27 For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he shall repay each man according to his deeds.
28 Amen, I say to you that there are some of these that stand here, that shall not taste death until they see the Son or Man coming in his kingdom and in his glory."

Chapter 17

17:1 After six days, Jesus took Simon Kepha, and James, and John, his brother, and brought them up to a high hill alone.
2 And the appearance of his face was transfigured before their eyes, and his countenance shone as the sun, and his garments became white as the snow;
3 and there appeared to them Moses and Elijah speaking with him.
4 Saith Simon Kepha to Jesus: "It is well for us that we should be here; if thou wilt, we will make here three dwellings, for thee one and for Moses one and for Elijah one."
5 And while yet he was speaking, lo, a cloud of light overshadowed them, and a voice was heard from that cloud, saying: "This is my son and my beloved, in whom I am pleased; hear ye him!"
6 And when his disciples heard, they were afraid exceedingly, and fell on their faces.
7 And Jesus drew near and raised them up, and said to them: "Be not afraid!"
8 And they lifted up their eyes, and saw no one, save Jesus alone.
9 And while they were coming down from the hill, Jesus was commanding them, and saying to them: "Beware lest to any one ye say the vision, until the Son of Man should arise from among the dead."

10 And his disciples were asking him and saying: "Wherefore say the scribes that Elijah cometh first?"
11 He saith to them: "Elijah cometh that he may prepare everything.
12 But I say to you that Elijah hath come, and they knew him not, but did with him all that they would; so also the Son of Man is about to endure from them."
13 Then understood his disciples that of John the Baptist he said to them so.
14 And when Jesus came unto the multitude, a certain man came and fell on his knees, and was beseeching him and saying to him:
15 "My Lord, have compassion on me! My son -- a demon of lunacy he hath, and evils he endureth, for how many times he falleth in the fire, and how many times in the water!
16 And I brought him near to thy disciples, and they were not able to heal him."
17 Jesus answered and said to them: "Ah, generation perverse and without faith! until when shall I be with you and endure you? Bring me thy son here."
18 And Jesus chid him, and there came forth from him the devil, and from that hour was that lad healed.
19 Then drew near unto Jesus his disciples, and say to him between themselves and him: "Wherefore were we ourselves not able to cast it out?"
20 He with to them: "Because of the littleness of your faith; for amen, I say to you, If so be that there be in you faith as a grain of mustard, ye shall say to this hill that it should remove from hence, and it will remove, and nothing shall overpower you."

22 And when they were abiding in Galilee, Jesus said to them: "Now the Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men,
23 and they will kill him, and the third day he will rise." And it grieved them exceedingly.

24 And when they came to Kapharnalium, there came those that collect the two drachmas a head unto Simon, and they say to him "Thy Rabbi -- doth he not give his two drachmas?"
25 And Simon saith: "Yes." And when they entered the house, Jesus met him and saith to him: "What seemeth to thee, Simon? The kings of the earth -- from whom do they collect toll and head-money? From their sons, or from strangers?"
26 Simon saith to him: "From strangers." Jesus saith to him: "Why then the sons are freemen;
27 but that we may not offend them, go to the sea, and cast the hook, and the first fish that cometh up take, and open its mouth, and thou shalt find there a stater -- take it, and give it for me and for thee."

Chapter 18

18:1 And, on that day, had the disciples of Jesus drawn near, and they say to him: "Who then shall be greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
2 And Jesus called a certain lad, and made him stand among them,
3 and said: "Amen, I say to you, If ye turn not yourselves, and become as one of these children, ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 For he that humbleth himself as this lad, he is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And every one that shall receive as it were one of these children in my name, me it is he receiveth.
6 And every one that shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were profitable for him that an ass's millstone should be hanged about his neck, and he be sunk in the depths of the sea.
7 Woe to the world from the offences that come! For it is necessary that offences should come, but woe to the man by whose hand the offences come!
8 But if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut it off, and throw it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that thou shouldest come unto life being lame or being mutilated, and not having two hands and two feet fall into the Gehenna of fire.
9 And if so be that thine eye offend thee, pluck it out and throw it from thee; it is profitable for thee that thou shouldest enter life having one eye, and not having two eyes go to the Gehenna of fire.
10 See lest ye disdain one of these little ones which believe in me; for I say to you that their angels do in heaven always see the countenance of my Father in heaven,
11 and that the Son of Man came that he might save alive that which was lost.

12 "But how seemeth it to you? If any one shall have an hundred sheep, and one of them be strayed, doth he not leave the ninety and nine on the hill, and go seek the one that is strayed?
13 And what time he hath found it, amen, I say to you that he rejoiceth over it more than over those ninety and nine which were not strayed.
14 So your Father in heaven willeth not that one of these little ones should be lost.

15 "But if thy brother hath trespassed against thee, reprove him between thyself and him only; if he hath heard thee, thou hast inherited thy brother.
16 And if he will not hear thee, take with thee again one or two, that on the mouth of two and three witnesses may every word stand.
17 But if he will not hear them, say it to the Church, and if the Church he will not hear, he shall be accounted by thee as the pagan and as the toll-gatherer.
18 And amen, I say to you, All that ye shall bind in earth shall be bound in heaven, and that which ye shall remit in earth shall be remitted in heaven.

19 "Again, amen, I say to you, If two of you shall consent in earth on what they shall ask, it shall be to them from my Father in heaven.
20 For wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in their midst."

21 Then drew near unto him Simon Kepha and said to him: "My Lord, how many times, if so be that my brother trespass against me, shall I forgive him? Until seven times?"
22 He saith to him: Not seven, but for seventy sevens.

23 "Therefore, like is the kingdom of heaven to a man, a king, that wished to take a reckoning from his slaves.
24 And when he began to take the reckoning, there drew near before him one of them, that owed him ten thousand talents.
25 And when he had not aught to repay, he commanded that he should be sold, he and his wife and his sons, and that all that he had should be taken.
26 And that slave fell down and worshipped his lord, and said: 'Be lenient with me, and everything will I repay thee.'
27 And his lord had compassion on him, and dismissed him, the debt too he forgave him.
28 And that slave went forth, and found one of his fellow-servants, that had owed him an hundred denars, and he took hold of him, and was strangling him, and was saying to him: 'Repay me that which thou owest me'.
29 And that fellow-servant of his fell down, and was beseeching him, and was saying to him: 'Be lenient with me, and I also will repay'.
30 Now, he did not receive his supplication, but went and cast him into prison, until he should repay him that which he owed.
31 Now, when his fellow-servants saw what things had happened, it grieved them exceedingly, and they went and shewed to their lord everything which had happened.
32 Then his lord called him and said to him: 'Evil slave, all that debt I forgave thee, because thou didst beseech me;
33 oughtest not thou also to have been merciful to thy fellow servant, even as I myself was merciful to thee?'
34 And his lord was wroth with him, and delivered him up that he might be scourged until he should repay all the debt.
35 So will my Father in heaven do to you, except ye forgive each one his brother from your hearts."

Chapter 19

19:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus finished these words, he removed from Galilee, and came to the border of Judea, to the other side of Jordan.
2 And there came after him a great multitude, and he healed them there.

3 And there drew near unto him the Pharisees, and they were tempting him and were saying, "Tell us if so be that it is lawful for a man to dismiss his wife for every cause."
4 But he answered and said to them: "Have ye not read that He, that made the male, from the beginning the female also made,
5 and said, 'Therefore shall the man leave his father and his mother, and shall attach himself to his wife, and the two of them shall become one flesh'?
6 Henceforth, they have become not two, but are one flesh; that which God therefore hath coupled let not man separate."
7 They say to him: "Why therefore did Moses command that he that would dismiss his wife should give her a letter of divorce?"
8 He saith to them: "Moses -- it is because of the hardness of your heart he permitted you to dismiss your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
9 But I say to you, He that leaveth his wife without a word of adultery, and taketh another, doth indeed commit adultery against her."
10 His disciples say to him: "If so there is blame between man and wife, it is not profitable to take a wife."
11 Jesus saith to them: "Not every one is sufficient for this word, but they to whom it is given from God.
12 For there are eunuchs that from their mother's womb were eunuchs, and there are eunuchs that men have made, and there are those that have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. But he that is capable in power to endure, let him endure."

13 Then they brought near to him children, that he should lay his hand on them and pray; and his disciples rebuked them.
14 Jesus saith to them: "Suffer the children to come unto me, and forbid them not that they should come unto me; for they that are such as these, theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
15 And he laid his hand on them, and went from thence.

16 And a certain man drew near and said to him: "Good teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit life eternal?"
17 Jesus saith to him: "why dost thou ask me about the Good One? for one is good, -- God. Now if thou dost wish to enter life, keep the commandments."
18 He saith to him: "Which?" Jesus saith to him: "'Thou shalt not kill,' and 'Thou shalt not commit adultery,' and 'Thou shalt not thieve,' and 'Thou shalt not bear false witness,'
19 'Honour thy father and thy mother,' and 'Be loving to thy neighbour as thyself.'"
20 That youth  saith to him: "These all -- I have kept them, lo, from when I was a child!; What yet lack I?"
21 Jesus saith to him: "If thou dost wish to become perfect, go sell thy property and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and take thy Cross, and come after me."
22 And when that youth heard this word, he went away grieved, because he had much property.
23 Now, Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, I say to you, It is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
24 Now, again, I say to you, It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man into the kingdom of heaven.
25 Now, again, when his disciples heard, they were astonished, and were afraid exceedingly, and were saying: "Who then can live?"
26 Jesus looked upon them and said to them: "This among men cannot be, but God everything can do."
27 Then answered Simon Kepha and said to him: "Lo, we have left everything, and have come after thee; what then shall we have?"
28 Jesus saith to them: "Amen, I say to you, Ye that have come after me, in the new birth, what time the Son of Man sitteth on the Throne of his glory, ye shall sit yourselves also upon twelve thrones, and shall judge the twelve families of the House of Israel.
29 And every man that hath left houses, and brothers, or sisters, or mother, or wife, or sons, or fields, for my sake, even mine, shall receive an hundredfold, and in the world to come shall inherit life eternal.
30 But there are many first that shall be last, and last that shall be first.

Chapter 20

20:1 "Now, like is the kingdom of heaven to a man, the master of a house, that went forth at dawn to hire labourers for his vineyard;
2 and he settled with those same labourers for one denar to one labourer for one day; and he sent them to his vineyard.
3 And he went forth at the third hour, and saw others standing in the street and idling,
4 and he said to them: 'Go ye also to the vineyard, and that which it is fitting I will give you.' And they went;
5 and he went forth again at the sixth hour, and at the ninth hour, and did likewise.
6 And he went forth at the eleventh hour, and found others standing, and he said to them: 'Why are ye standing and idling all the day?'
7 They say to him: 'No man hath hired us.' He saith to them: 'Go ye also to the vineyard, and what is right I will give you.'
8 And when it was evening, the lord of the vineyard said to his steward: 'Call those labourers, and give them their hire, and begin from the last until the first.'
9 Now, when there came those of the eleventh hour, they took up a denar each.
10 And when the first came they were supposing that to them he would give more, -- and they also took a denar each.
11 And, when they saw, they murmured against the master of the house, and they say to him: 'These last -- one hour have they tilled, and thou hast made them equal with us, that have borne the weight of the whole day, and the heat.'
13 But he answered and said to one of them: 'My friend, do not injure me; was it not for a denar thou didst settle with me?
14 Take thine own and go, and if I am willing that I should give to this last as to thee, have I not authority to do with mine own that which I will?
15 Or perchance thine eye is evil, that I am good?'
16 So shall the last be first, and the first shall he last, for many are the called and few the chosen."

17 And, when Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he had taken with him his Twelve in the way, and said to them between himself and them:
18 "Lo, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man is delivered up to the chief priests and to the scribes, and they will condemn him to death,
19 and will deliver him up to the peoples, and they will mock at him, and scourge him, and crucify him, and the third day he will rise."

20 Then drew near unto him the mother of the sons of Zebedee, she and her sons, and she fell down and worshipped him, and was asking him a thing.
21 But he said to her: "What wouldest thou?" She saith to him: "My Lord, that these my two sons may sit one on thy right, and one on thy left in thy kingdom and in thy glory."
22 Jesus answered and said to her: "Ye know not what ye are asking. Are ye able to drink this cup that I am about to drink?" They say: "We are able."
23 Jesus saith to them: "That ye should drink this cup ye are able; but that ye should sit one on my right, and one on my left, this is not mine that I should give it to you, but to those for whom it hath been made ready by my Father."
24 And when the Ten heard, they were wroth against those two brothers.
25 And Jesus called them and said to them: "Ye know that the chiefs of the peoples are their lords, and their nobles have authority over them.
26 Now, among you it shall not be so, but he that would with you be the great one, shall be to you a servant,
27 and he that would with you be first shall be to you a slave;
28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and give his life to be a redemption for many.

[But ye, seek ye that from littleness ye may increase, and not from greatness become little.

"What time ye are bidden to a supper-party, be not sitting down to meat in an honourable place, that there may not come one more honourable than thou, and the lord of the supper say to thee, 'Bring thyself down,' and thou be confounded in the eyes of the guests. But if thou sit down to meat in a lesser place, and there come one less than thou, and the lord of the supper say to thee, 'Bring thyself and come up and sit down to meat,' then thou shalt have more glory in the eyes of the guests."]

29 And, when they were going forth from Jericho, a great multitude was coming after him,
30 and two blind men were sitting by the wayside; and, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they were crying out and saying: "Have compassion on us, son of David!"
31 And those multitudes were rebuking them that they should be silent, but they lifted up their voice, and say: "Have compassion on us, our Lord, son of David!"
32 And Jesus stood and called them, and said: "What would ye that I should do for you?"
33 They say to him: "Our Lord, that our eyes may be opened, and we may see thee."
34 And he had compassion on them, and he touched their eyes, and in the same hour they saw and went after him.

Chapter 21

21:1 And when he drew near to Jerusalem, and came to Beth Phagge, by the side of the Mount of the Olive-orchard, then sent Jesus two of his disciples,
2 and said to them: "Go to this village over against you. Lo, ye will find a certain ass tied and her colt by her side; loose and bring them to me.
3 And if anyone say to you aught, say to him, 'For their Lord are they required,' and immediately he will send them."
4 Now, this that came to pass happened that that might be fulfilled which was said by the prophet, who had said:
5 "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Lo, thy king cometh to thee, righteous and meek, and riding on an ass and on a colt, the foal of a she-ass.'"
6 And those disciples of his went and did as Jesus commanded them,
7 and they brought the ass and the colt, and they had spread their cloaks, and Jesus rode upon them.
8 And a number of that multitude had strewn their cloaks in the way, but others were cutting branches from the trees, and were casting them in the way.
9 And those multitudes that were going before him and with him were crying out and saying: "Osanna to the son of David! Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the LORD! Osanna in the highest!" And many went forth to meet him, and they were rejoicing and glorifying God for all that they saw.

10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was troubled, and they say: "Who is this?"
11 Those multitudes say to them: "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee."
12 And Jesus entered the Temple of God, and put forth from the Temple of God all the buyers and the sellers; and Jesus overturned the tables of the money-changers, and the thrones of those selling doves,
13 and he said to them: "It is written 'My House a House of Prayer shall be called for all the peoples,' but ye have made it a den of pirates."
14 And there drew near to him in the Temple the blind and the deaf, and he healed them.
15 And when the scribes and the chief priests saw the wonders that he did, and the children that were crying out in the midst of the Temple and were saying: "Osanna to the son of David!", it displeased them,
16 and they say: "Dost thou not hear what these are saying?" Jesus saith to them: "Yes; have ye never read, 'Out of the mouth of children and of infants I will make praise'?"
17 And he left them, and went forth out from the city to Beth Ania, that he might be there.
18 Now, in the morning, when he was crossing over to the city, he hungered,
19 and he saw a certain fig-tree in the way, and he came unto it, and did not find on it anything save leaves only, and he said to it: "No more fruit will be on thee for ever!" And in the same hour that fig-tree withered.
20 And when his disciples saw it, they wondered, and were saying: "How this fig-tree straightway withered!"
21 Jesus answered and said to them: "Amen, I say to you, If there be in you faith and ye doubt not, not only as this thing of the fig-tree shall ye do, but if ye shall say to this hill, 'Be taken up and fall into the sea,' it shall be to you thus;
22 and everything which ye shall ask in prayer, and shall believe, ye shall receive."
23 And when he came to the Temple, there drew near to him the chief priests and the elders of the people, and they say to him: "By what authority doest thou these things, and who gave thee this authority?"
24 Jesus answered and said to them: "I also will ask you this word, that ye shall say to me, and I will say to you by what authority I do these things;
25 the baptism of John, from whence was it? From heaven, or from men?" Now they were considering among themselves, and were saying, "If we say to him that it is from heaven, he will say to us, 'And wherefore did ye not believe in him?'
26 -- and if we say that it is from men, we are afraid of the multitude," for all the folk as to a prophet were holding to John.
27 And they say to him: "We do not know." Jesus saith to them "And neither do I say to you by what authority I do these things.

28 "Now how seemeth it to you? A certain man, he had two sons; he saith to the first: 'Go, my son, to-day; do work in the vineyard.'
29 He saith to him: 'I will not'; but lastly he changed his mind and went to the vineyard.
30 And he said to the other likewise, and he answered and said: 'Yea, my lord'; and went not.
31 Which out of these twain seemeth it to you that he did the will of his father?" They say to him: "That first one." Jesus saith to them "Amen, I say to you, that the toll-gatherers and the harlots go before you into the kingdom of God.
32 For there came unto you John in the way of uprightness, and ye did not believe him; but the toll-gatherers and the harlots believed in him, but ye -- not even when ye saw it have ye changed your mind lastly, that ye should believe him!

33 "Hear another similitude. A certain man was the master of a house; he planted a vineyard, and surrounded it with a hedge, and digged in it a wine-press, and built in it a tower, and he delivered it over to husbandmen and went away.
34 And when the time of fruits drew near, he sent his slaves unto the hushandmen, that they should send him the fruits;
35 and those husbandmen took hold of his slaves, one they beat, and one they stoned, and one they killed.
36 Again, he sent other slaves of his, more than the first, and they did to them likewise.
37 But, at the last, he sent unto them his son, and said: 'Perhaps they will have reverence for my son.'
38 But those husbandmen, when they saw his son, said among themselves: 'This is his heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
39 And they took hold of him, and put him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him.
40 When, therefore, the lord of the vineyard shall come, what will he do to those same husbandmen?"
41 They say to him, "Miserably will he destroy them, and the vineyard he will deliver over to other husbandmen, who give the fruits in their season."
42 Jesus with to them "Have ye never read in Scripture, 'The stone which the builders rejected, it hath become the head of the corner; from the Lord this came to pass, and it is a wonder in our eyes'?
43 Therefore I say to you, The kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and shall he given to a people that bringeth forth fruits.
44 For every one that falleth on that stone shall be broken; and every one whom it shall fall upon, it shall crush him."
45 Now, the chief priests and the Pharisees, when they heard the parable, knew that against them he said it.
46 And they had sought to take hold of him, and were afraid of the people, because as to a prophet they were holding to him.

Transcribed for the WWW by Yuri Kuchinsky.

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