he will rouse himself and give him as many as he requires.
011:009 "So I say to you, `Ask, and what you ask for shall be given
to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door shall
be opened to you.'
011:010 For every one who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds;
and to him who knocks, the door shall be opened.
011:011 And what father is there among you, who, if his son asks
for a slice of bread, will offer him a stone? or if he asks
for a fish, will instead of a fish offer him a snake?
011:012 or if he asks for an egg, will offer him a scorpion?
011:013 If you then, with all your human frailty, know how to give
your children gifts that are good for them, how much more
certainly will your Father who is in Heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask Him!"
011:014 On once occasion He was expelling a dumb demon;
and when the demon was gone out the dumb man could speak,
and the people were astonished.
011:015 But some among them said, "It is by the power of Baal-zebul,
the Prince of the demons, that he expels the demons."
011:016 Others, to put Him to the test, asked Him for a sign in the sky.
011:017 And, knowing their thoughts, He said to them, "Every kingdom
in which civil war rages goes to ruin: family attacks family
and is overthrown.
011:018 And if Satan really has engaged in fierce conflict with himself,
how shall his kingdom stand? - because you say that I expel
demons by the power of Baal-zebul.
011:019 And if it is by the power of Baal-zebul that I expel the demons,
by whom do your disciples expel them? They therefore shall
be your judges.
011:020 But if it is by the power of God that I drive out the demons,
it is evident that the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
011:021 "Whenever a strong man, fully armed and equipped, is guarding
his own castle, he enjoys peaceful possession of his property;
011:022 but as soon as another stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him,
he takes away that complete armour of his in which he trusted,
and distributes the plunder he has collected.
011:023 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever is not
gathering with me is scattering abroad.
011:024 "When a foul spirit has left a man, it roams about in the Desert,
seeking a resting-place; but, unable to find any, it says,
`I will return to the house I have left;"
011:025 and when it comes, it finds the house swept clean and
in good order.
011:026 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more
malignant than itself, and they enter and dwell there;
and in the end that man's condition becomes worse than it
was at first.
011:027 As He thus spoke a woman in the crowd called out in a loud voice,
"Blessed is the mother who carried you, and the breasts
that you have sucked."
011:028 "Nay rather," He replied, "they are blessed who hear God's Message
and carefully keep it."
011:029 Now when the crowds came thronging upon Him, He proceeded
to say, "The present generation is a wicked generation:
it requires some sign, but no sign shall be given to it except
that of Jonah.
011:030 For just as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nineveh,
so the Son of Man will be a token to the present generation.
011:031 The Queen of the South will awake at the Judgement together
with the men of the present generation, and will condemn them;
because she came from the extremity of the earth to hear the wisdom
of Solomon; but mark! One greater than Solomon is here.
011:032 There will stand up men of Nineveh at the Judgement
together with the present generation, and will condemn it;
because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and mark!
One greater than Jonah is here.
011:033 "When any one lights a lamp, he never puts it in the cellar
or under the bushel, but on the lampstand, that people who come
in may see the light.
011:034 The lamp of the body is the eye. When your eyesight is good,
your whole body also is lighted up; but when it is defective,
your body is darkened.
011:035 Consider therefore whether the light that is in you is anything
but mere darkness.
011:036 If, however, your whole body is penetrated with light,
and has no part dark, it will be so lighted, all of it,
as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light."
011:037 When He had thus spoken, a Pharisee invited Him to breakfast
at his house; so He entered and took His place at table.
011:038 Now the Pharisee saw to his surprise that He did not wash His
hands before breakfasting.
011:039 The Master however said to him, "Here we see how you Pharisees
clean the outside of the cup or plate, while your secret
hearts are full of greed and selfishness.
011:040 Foolish men! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?
011:041 But as to what is within, give alms, and instantly all is
clean in you.
011:042 "But alas for you Pharisees! for you pay tithes on your mint
and rue and every kind of garden vegetable, and are indifferent
to justice and the love of God. These are the things you
ought to have attended to, while not neglecting the others.
011:043 Alas for you Pharisees! for you love the best seats in the synagogues,
and you like to be bowed to in places of public resort.
011:044 Alas for you! for you are like the tombs which lie hidden,
and the people who walk over them are not aware of their existence."
011:045 Hereupon one of the expounders of the Law exclaimed, "Rabbi,
in saying such things you reproach us also."
011:046 "Alas too for you expounders of the Law!" replied Jesus,
"for you load men with cumbrous burdens which you yourselves
will not touch with one of your fingers.
011:047 Alas for you! for you repair the tombs of the Prophets,
whom your forefathers killed.
011:048 It follows that you bear testimony to the actions of
your forefathers and that you fully approve thereof.
They slew, you build.
011:049 "For this reason also the Wisdom of God has said, `I will send
Prophets and Apostles to them, of whom they will kill some
and persecute others,'
011:050 so that the blood of all the Prophets, that is being shed
from the creation of the world onwards, may be required
from the present generation.
011:051 Yes, I tell you that, from the blood of Abel down to the blood
of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the House,
it shall all be required from the present generation.
011:052 "Alas for you expounders of the Law! for you have taken away
the key of knowledge: you yourselves have not entered,
and those who wanted to enter you have hindered."
011:053 After He had left the house, the Scribes and Pharisees commenced
a vehement attempt to entangle Him and make Him give off-hand
answers on numerous points,
011:054 lying in wait to catch some unguarded expression from His lips.
012:001 Meanwhile the people had come streaming towards Him by tens
of thousands, so that they were trampling one another under foot.
And now He proceeded to say to His disciples first,
"Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is to say,
beware of hypocrisy.
012:002 There is nothing that is covered up which will not be uncovered,
nor hidden which will not become known.
012:003 Whatever therefore you have said in the dark, will be heard
in the light; and what you have whispered within closed doors
will be proclaimed from the house-tops.
012:004 "But to you who are my friends I say, "`Be not afraid of those
who kill the body and after that can do nothing further.
012:005 I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who after killing has
power to throw into Gehenna: yes, I say to you, fear him.
012:006 Are not five sparrows sold for a penny? and yet not one of them
is a thing forgotten in God's sight.
012:007 But the very hairs on your heads are all counted. Away with fear:
you are more precious than a multitude of sparrows.'
012:008 "And I tell you that every man who shall have acknowledged
me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before
the angels of God.
012:009 But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before
the angels of God.
012:010 "Moreover every one who shall speak against the Son of Man,
may obtain forgiveness; but he who blasphemes the Holy Spirit
will never obtain forgiveness.
012:011 And when they are bringing you before synagogues and magistrates
and governors, do not anxiously ponder the manner or matter
of your defence, nor what you are to say;
012:012 for the Holy Spirit shall teach you at that very moment
what you must say."
012:013 Just then a man in the crowd appealed to Him. "Rabbi," he said,
"tell my brother to give me a share of the inheritance."
012:014 "Man," He replied, "who has constituted me a judge or
arbitrator over you?"
012:015 And to the people He said, "Take care, be on your guard
against all covetousness, for no one's life consists in
the superabundance of his possessions."
012:016 And He spoke a parable to them. "A certain rich man's lands,"
He said, "yielded abundant crops,
012:017 and he debated within himself, saying, "`What am I to do?
for I have no place in which to store my crops.'
012:018 "And he said to himself, "`This is what I will do:
I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and in them
I will store up all my harvest and my wealth;
012:019 and I will say to my life, "`Life, you have ample possessions
laid up for many years to come: take your ease,
eat, drink, enjoy yourself.'
012:020 "But God said to him, "`Foolish man, this night your life
is demanded from you; and these preparations - for whom
shall they be?'
012:021 "So is it with him who amasses treasure for himself, but has
no riches in God."
012:022 Then turning to His disciples He said, "For this reason
I say to you, `Dismiss all anxious care for your lives,
inquiring what you are to eat, and for your bodies, what you
are to put on.'
012:023 For life is a greater gift than food, and the body is a greater
gift than clothing.
012:024 Observe the ravens. They neither sow nor reap, and have
neither store-chamber nor barn. And yet God feeds them.
How far more precious are you than the birds!
012:025 And which of you is able by anxious thought to add a moment
to his life?
012:026 If then you are unable to do even a very little thing,
why be over-anxious about other matters?
012:027 Observe the lilies, how they grow. They neither labour nor spin.
And yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour
was as beautifully dressed as one of these.
012:028 But if God so clothes the vegetation in the fields, that blooms
to-day and to-morrow will be thrown into the oven, how much
more certainly will He clothe you, you men of feeble faith!
012:029 "Therefore, do not be asking what you are to eat nor what you
are to drink; and do not waver between hope and fear.
012:030 For though the nations of the world pursue these things,
as for you, your Father knows that you need them.
012:031 But make His Kingdom the object of your pursuit, and these things
shall be given you in addition.
012:032 "Dismiss your fears, little flock: your Father finds a pleasure
in giving you the Kingdom.
012:033 Sell your possessions and give alms. Provide yourselves with purses
that will never wear out, a treasure inexhaustible in Heaven,
where no thief can come nor moth consume.
012:034 For where your wealth is stored, there also will your heart be.
012:035 "Have your girdles on, and let your lamps be alight;
012:036 and be yourselves like men waiting for their master -
on the look-out till he shall return from the wedding feast -
that, when he comes and knocks, they may open the door instantly.
012:037 Blessed are those servants, whom their Master when He comes
shall find on the watch. I tell you in solemn truth,
that He will tie an apron round Him, and will bid them recline
at table while He comes and waits on them.
012:038 And whether it be in the second watch or in the third that He
comes and finds them so, blessed are they.
012:039 Of this be sure, that if the master of the house had known
what time the robber was coming, he would have kept awake
and not have allowed his house to be broken into.
012:040 Be you also ready, for at an hour when you are not expecting
Him the Son of Man will come."
012:041 "Master," said Peter, "are you addressing this parable to us,
or to all alike?"
012:042 "Who, then," replied the Lord, "is the faithful and intelligent
steward whom his Master will put in charge of His household
to serve out their rations at the proper times?
012:043 Blessed is that servant whom his Master when He comes shall
find so doing.
012:044 I tell you truly that He will put him in authority over
all His possessions.
012:045 But if that servant should say in his heart, `My Master is a long
time in coming,' and should begin to beat the menservants
and the maids, and to eat and drink, drinking even to excess;
012:046 that servant's Master will come on a day when he is not expecting
Him and at an hour that he knows not of, and will punish
him severely, and make him share the lot of the unfaithful.
012:047 And that servant who has been told his Master's will
and yet made no preparation and did not obey His will,
will receive many lashes.
012:048 But he who had not been told it and yet did what deserved
the scourge, will receive but few lashes. To whomsoever
much has been given, from him much will be required;
and to whom much has been entrusted, of him a larger amount
will be demanded.
012:049 "I came to throw fire upon the earth, and what is my desire?
Oh that it were even now kindled!
012:050 But I have a baptism to undergo; and how am I pent up till
it is accomplished!
012:051 Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? No, I tell
you that I came to bring dissension.
012:052 For from this time there will be in one house five persons
split into parties. Three will form a party against two
and two will form a party against three;
012:053 father against son and son against father; mother attacking daughter
and daughter her mother, mother-in-law her daughter-in-law,
and daughter-in-law her mother-in-law."
012:054 Then He said to the people also, "When you see a cloud rising
in the west, you immediately say, `There is to be a shower;'
and it comes to pass.
012:055 And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, `It will be
burning hot;' and it comes to pass.
012:056 Vain pretenders! You know how to read the aspect of earth and sky.
How is it you cannot read this present time?
012:057 "Why, too, do you not of yourselves arrive at just conclusions?
012:058 For when, with your opponent, you are going before the magistrate,
on the way take pains to get out of his power; for fear that,
if he should drag you before the judge, the judge may hand
you over to the officer of the court, and the officer lodge
you in prison.
012:059 Never, I tell you, will you get free till you have paid
the last farthing."
013:001 Just at that time people came to tell Him about the Galilaeans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
013:002 "Do you suppose," He asked in reply, "that those Galilaeans
were worse sinners than the mass of the Galilaeans,
because this happened to them?
013:003 I tell you, certainly not. On the contrary, if you are not
penitent you will all perish as they did.
013:004 Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell, do you
suppose they had failed in their duty more than all the rest
of the people who live in Jerusalem?
013:005 I tell you, certainly not. On the contrary, if you do not
repent you will all perish just as they did."
013:006 And He gave them the following parable. "A man," He said,
"who had a fig-tree growing in his garden came to look
for fruit on it and could find none.
013:007 So he said to the gardener, "`See, this is the third year I have
come to look for fruit on this fig-tree and cannot find any.
Cut it down. Why should so much ground be actually wasted?'
013:008 "But the gardener pleaded, "`Leave it, Sir, this year also,
till I have dug round it and manured it.
013:009 If after that it bears fruit, well and good; if it does not,
then you shall cut it down.'"
013:010 Once He was teaching on the Sabbath in one of the synagogues
013:011 where a woman was present who for eighteen years had been
a confirmed invalid: she was bent double, and was unable
to lift herself to her full height.
013:012 But Jesus saw her, and calling to her, He said to her, "Woman,
you are free from your weakness."
013:013 And He put His hands on her, and she immediately stood upright
and began to give glory to God.
013:014 Then the Warden of the Synagogue, indignant that Jesus
had cured her on a Sabbath, said to the crowd, "There are
six days in the week on which people ought to work.
On those days therefore come and get yourselves cured,
and not on the Sabbath day."
013:015 But the Lord's reply to him was, "Hypocrites, does not each of you
on the Sabbath untie his bullock or his ass from the stall
and lead him to water?
013:016 And this woman, daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan
had bound for no less than eighteen years, was she not to be
loosed from this chain because it is the Sabbath day?"
013:017 When He had said this, all His opponents were ashamed,
while the whole multitude was delighted at the many glorious
things continually done by Him.
013:018 This prompted Him to say, "What is the Kingdom of God like?
and to what shall I compare it?
013:019 It is like a mustard seed which a man drops into the soil
in his garden, and it grows and becomes a tree in whose
branches the birds roost."
013:020 And again He said, "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?
013:021 It is like yeast which a woman takes and buries in a bushel
of flour, to work there till the whole is leavened."
013:022 He was passing through town after town and village after village,
steadily proceeding towards Jerusalem,
013:023 when some one asked Him, "Sir, are there but few who are
to be saved?"
013:024 "Strain every nerve to force your way in through the narrow gate,"
He answered; "for multitudes, I tell you, will endeavour
to find a way in and will not succeed.
013:025 As soon as the Master of the house shall have risen and shut the door,
and you have begun to stand outside and knock at the door
and say, "`Sir, open the door for us' - "`I do not know you,'
He answers; `you are no friends of mine.'
013:026 "Then you will plead, "`We have eaten and drunk in your company
and you have taught in our streets.'
013:027 "But He will reply, "`I tell you that you are no friends of mine.
Begone from me, all of you, wrongdoers that you are.'
013:028 "There will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see
Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the Prophets in the Kingdom
of God, and yourselves being driven far away.
013:029 They will come from east and west, from north and south,
and will sit down at the banquet in the Kingdom of God.
013:030 And I tell you that some now last will then be first,
and some now first will then be last."
013:031 Just at that time there came some Pharisees who warned Him,
saying, "Leave this place and continue your journey;
Herod means to kill you."
013:032 "Go," He replied, "and take this message to that fox:
"`See, to-day and to-morrow I am driving out demons and
effecting cures, and on the third day I finish my course.'
013:033 "Yet I must continue my journey to-day and to-morrow and
the day following; for it is not conceivable that a Prophet
should perish outside of Jerusalem.
013:034 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou who murderest the Prophets
and stonest those who have been sent to thee, how often
have I desired to gather thy children just as a hen gathers
her brood under her wings, and you would not come!
013:035 See, your house is left to you. But I tell you that you will
never see me again until you say, `Blessed is He who comes
in the name of the Lord!'"
014:001 One day - it was a Sabbath - He was taking a meal at the house
of one of the Rulers of the Pharisee party, while they were
closely watching Him.
014:002 In front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy.
014:003 This led Jesus to ask the lawyers and Pharisees, "Is it
allowable to cure people on the Sabbath?"
014:004 They gave Him no answer; so He took hold of the man, cured him,
and sent him away.
014:005 Then He turned to them and said, "Which of you shall have
a child or an ox fall into a well on the Sabbath day,
and will not immediately lift him out?"
014:006 To this they could make no reply.
014:007 Then, when He noticed that the invited guests chose the best seats,
He used this as an illustration and said to them,
014:008 "When any one invites you to a wedding banquet, do not take
the best seat, lest perhaps some more honoured guest than you
may have been asked,
014:009 and the man who invited you both will come and will say to you,
`Make room for this guest,' and then you, ashamed, will move
to the lowest place.
014:010 On the contrary, when you are invited go and take the lowest place,
that when your host comes round he may say to you, `My friend,
come up higher.' This will be doing you honour in the presence
of all the other guests.
014:011 For whoever uplifts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles
himself will be uplifted.
014:012 Also to His host, who had invited Him, He said, "When you
give a breakfast or a dinner, do not invite your friends
or brothers or relatives or rich neighbours, lest perhaps
they should invite you in return and a requital be made you.
014:013 But when you entertain, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame,
and the blind;
014:014 and you will be blessed, because they have no means of requiting you,
but there will be requital for you at the Resurrection
of the righteous."
014:015 After listening to this teaching, one of His fellow guests said
to Him, "Blessed is he who shall feast in God's Kingdom."
014:016 "A man once gave a great dinner," replied Jesus, "to which
he invited a large number of guests.
014:017 At dinner-time he sent his servant to announce to those who had
been invited, "`Come, for things are now ready.'
014:018 "But they all without exception began to excuse themselves.
The first told him, "`I have purchased a piece of land,
and must of necessity go and look at it. Pray hold me excused.'
014:019 "A second pleaded, "`I have bought five yoke of oxen, and am
on my way to try them. Pray hold me excused.'
014:020 "Another said, "`I am just married. It is impossible for
me to come.'