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five pounds.'

019:019 "So he said to this one also, "`And you, be the governor
of five towns.'

019:020 "The next came. "`Sir,' he said, `here is your pound,
which I have kept wrapt up in a cloth.

019:021 For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man:
you take up what you did not lay down, and you reap what you
did not sow.'

019:022 "`By your own words,' he replied, `I will judge you, you bad servant.
You knew me to be a severe man, taking up what I did not lay down,
and reaping what I did not sow:

019:023 why then did you not put my money into a bank, that when I
came I might have received it back with interest?

019:024 "And he said to those who stood by, "`Take the pound from him
and give it to him who has the ten pounds.'

019:025 ("They said to him, "`Sir, he already has ten pounds.')

019:026 "`I tell you that to every one who has anything, more shall
be given; and from him who has not anything, even what he has
shall be taken away.

019:027 But as for those enemies of mine who were unwilling that I
should become their king, bring them here, and cut them
to pieces in my presence.'"

019:028 After thus speaking, He journeyed onward, proceeding up to Jerusalem.

019:029 And when he was come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount
called the Oliveyard, He sent two of the disciples on in front,

019:030 saying to them, "Go into the village facing you. On entering it you
will find an ass's foal tied up which no one has ever yet ridden:
untie it, and bring it here.

019:031 And if any one asks you, `Why are you untying the colt?'
simply say, `The Master needs it.'"

019:032 So those who were sent went and found things as He had told them.

019:033 And while they were untying the colt the owners called out,
"Why are you untying the colt?"

019:034 and they replied, "The Master needs it."

019:035 Then they brought it to Jesus, and after throwing their outer
garments on the colt they placed Jesus on it.

019:036 So He rode on, while they carpeted the road with their garments.

019:037 And when He was now getting near Jerusalem, and descending
the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began
in their joy to praise God in loud voices for all the mighty
deeds they had witnessed.

019:038 "Blessed is the King," they cried, "who comes in the name of
the Lord: in Heaven peace, and glory in the highest realms."

019:039 Thereupon some of the Pharisees in the crowd appealed to Him,
saying, "Rabbi, reprove your disciples."

019:040 "I tell you," He replied, "that if *they* became silent,
the very stones would cry out."

019:041 When He came into full view of the city, He wept aloud
over it, and exclaimed,

019:042 "O that at this time thou hadst known - yes even thou -
what makes peace possible! But now it is hid from thine eyes.

019:043 For the time is coming upon thee when thy foes will throw up
around thee earthworks and a wall, investing thee and hemming
thee in on every side.

019:044 And they will dash thee to the ground and thy children within thee,
and will not leave one stone upon another within thee;
because thou hast not recognized the time of thy visitation."

019:045 Then Jesus entered the Temple and proceeded to drive
out the dealers.

019:046 "It is written," He said, "`And My house shall be the House
of Prayer,' but you have made it a robbers' cave."

019:047 And day after day He taught in the Temple, while the High Priests
and the Scribes were devising some means of destroying Him,
as were also the leading men of the people.

019:048 But they could not find any way of doing it, for the people
all hung upon His lips.

020:001 On one of those days while He was teaching the people in the Temple
and proclaiming the Good News, the High Priests came upon Him,
and the Scribes,

020:002 together with the Elders, and they asked Him, "Tell us,
By what authority are you doing these things? And who is it
that gave you this authority?"

020:003 "I also will put a question to you, "He said;

020:004 "was John's baptism of Heavenly or of human origin?"

020:005 So they debated the matter with one another. "If we say `Heavenly,'"
they argued, "he will say, `Why did you not believe him?'

020:006 And if we say, `human,' the people will all stone us;
for they are thoroughly convinced that John was a Prophet."

020:007 And they answered that they did not know the origin of it.

020:008 "Nor will I tell you," said Jesus, "by what authority I
do these things."

020:009 Then He proceeded to speak a parable to the people.
"There was a man," He said, "who planted a vineyard, let it
out to vine-dressers, and went abroad for a considerable time.

020:010 At vintage-time he sent a servant to the vine-dressers,
for them to give him a share of the crop; but the vine-dressers
beat him cruelly and sent him away empty-handed.

020:011 Then he sent a second servant; and him too they beat and ill
treated and sent away empty-handed.

020:012 Then again he sent a third; and this one also they wounded
and drove away.

020:013 Then the owner of the vineyard said, "`What am I to do?
I will send my son - my dearly-loved son: they will
probably respect him.'

020:014 "But when the vine-dressers saw him, they discussed
the matter with one another, and said, "`This is the heir:
let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'

020:015 "So they turned him out of the vineyard and murdered him.
What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?

020:016 He will come and put these vine-dressers to death, and give
the vineyard to others." "God forbid!" exclaimed the hearers.

020:017 He looked at them and said, "What then does that mean which
is written, "`The Stone which the builders rejected has been
made the cornerstone'?

020:018 Every one who falls on that stone will be severely hurt,
but on whomsoever it falls, he will be utterly crushed."

020:019 At this the Scribes and the High Priests wanted to lay hands
on Him, then and there; only they were afraid of the people.
For they saw that in this parable He had referred to them.

020:020 So, after impatiently watching their opportunity, they sent
spies who were to act the part of good and honest men,
that they might fasten on some expression of His, so as to hand
Him over to the ruling power and the Governor's authority.

020:021 So they put a question to Him. "Rabbi," they said,
"we know that you say and teach what is right and that you
make no distinctions between one man and another, but teach
God's way truly.

020:022 Is it allowable to pay a tax to Caesar, or not?"

020:023 But He saw through their knavery and replied,

020:024 "Show me a shilling; whose likeness and inscription does
it bear?" "Caesar's," they said.

020:025 "Pay therefore," He replied, "what is Caesar's to Caesar -
and what is God's to God."

020:026 There was nothing here that they could lay hold of before
the people, and marvelling at His answer they said no more.

020:027 Next some of the Sadducees came forward (who deny that there
is a Resurrection), and they asked Him,

020:028 "Rabbi, Moses made it a law for us that if a man's brother
should die, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall
marry the widow and raise up a family for his brother.

020:029 Now there were seven brothers. The first of them took a wife
and died childless.

020:030 The second and the third also took her;

020:031 and all seven, having done the same, left no children
when they died.

020:032 Finally the woman also died.

020:033 The woman, then - at the Resurrection - whose wife shall she
be? for they all seven married her."

020:034 "The men of this age," replied Jesus, "marry, and the women
are given in marriage.

020:035 But as for those who shall have been deemed worthy to find a place
in that other age and in the Resurrection from among the dead,
the men do not marry and the women are not given in marriage.

020:036 For indeed they cannot die again; they are like angels,
and are sons of God through being sons of the Resurrection.

020:037 But that the dead rise to life even Moses clearly implies
in the passage about the Bush, where he calls the Lord `The God
of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'

020:038 He is not a God of dead, but of living men, for to Him
are all living."

020:039 Then some of the Scribes replied, "Rabbi, you have spoken well."

020:040 From that time, however, no one ventured to challenge Him
with a single question.

020:041 But He asked them, "How is it they say that the Christ is
a son of David?

020:042 Why, David himself says in the Book of Psalms, "`The Lord said
to my Lord, Sit at My right hand

020:043 Until I have made thy foes a footstool under they feet.'

020:044 "David himself therefore calls Him Lord, and how can He
be his son?"

020:045 Then, in the hearing of all the people, He said to the disciples,

020:046 "Beware of the Scribes, who like to walk about in long robes,
and love to be bowed to in places of public resort and to occupy
the best seats in the synagogues or at a dinner party;

020:047 who swallow up the property of widows and mask their wickedness
by making long prayers. They will be punished far more
severely than others."

021:001 Looking up He saw the people throwing their gifts into the Treasury -
the rich people.

021:002 He also saw a poor widow dropping in two farthings,

021:003 and He said, "In truth I tell you that this widow, so poor,
has thrown in more than any of them.

021:004 For from what they could well spare they have all of them
contributed to the offerings, but she in her need has thrown
in all she had to live on."

021:005 When some were remarking about the Temple, how it was embellished
with beautiful stones and dedicated gifts, He said,

021:006 "As to these things which you now admire, the time is coming
when there will not be one stone left here upon another
which will not be pulled down."

021:007 "Rabbi, when will this be?" they asked Him, "and what will be
the token given when these things are about to take place?"

021:008 "See to it," He replied, "that you are not misled;
for many will come assuming my name and professing,
`I am He,' or saying, `The time is close at hand.'
Do not go and follow them.

021:009 But when you hear of wars and turmoils, be not afraid;
for these things must happen first, but the end does
not come immediately."

021:010 Then He said to them, "Nation will rise in arms against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom.

021:011 And there will be great earthquakes, and in places famines
and pestilence; and there will be terrible sights and wonderful
tokens from Heaven.

021:012 "But before all these things happen they will lay hands on you
and persecute you. They will deliver you up to synagogues
and to prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors
for my sake.

021:013 In the end all this will be evidence of your fidelity.

021:014 "Make up your minds, however, not to prepare a defence beforehand,

021:015 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your
opponents will be able to withstand or reply to.

021:016 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives, friends;
and some of you they will put to death.

021:017 You will be the objects of universal hatred because you are
called by my name;

021:018 and yet not a hair of your heads shall perish.

021:019 By your patient endurance you will purchase your lives.

021:020 "But when you see Jerusalem with armies encamping round
her on every side, then be certain that her overthrow is
close at hand.

021:021 Then let those who shall be in Judaea escape to the hills;
let those who are in the city leave it, and those who are
in the country not enter in.

021:022 For those are the days of vengeance and of fulfilling all
that is written.

021:023 "Alas for the women who at that time are with child or who
have infants; for there will be great distress in the land,
and anger towards this People.

021:024 They will fall by the sword, or be carried off into slavery
among all the Gentiles. And Jerusalem will be trampled
under foot by the Gentiles, till the appointed times of
the Gentiles have expired.

021:025 "There will be signs in sun, moon, and stars; and on earth
anguish among the nations in their bewilderment at the roaring
of the sea and its billows;

021:026 while men's hearts are fainting for fear, and for anxious
expectation of what is coming on the world. For the forces
which control the heavens will be disordered and disturbed.

021:027 And then will they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud
with great power and glory.

021:028 But when all this is beginning to take place, grieve no longer.
Lift up your heads, because your deliverance is drawing near."

021:029 And He spoke a parable to them. "See," He said, "the fig-tree
and all the trees.

021:030 As soon as they have shot out their leaves, you know at a glance
that summer is now near.

021:031 So also, when you see these things happening, you may be sure
that the Kingdom of God is near.

021:032 I tell you in solemn truth that the present generation will
certainly not pass away without all these things having
first taken place.

021:033 Earth and sky will pass away, but it is certain that my words
will not pass away.

021:034 "But take heed to yourselves, lest your souls be weighed down with
self-indulgence and drunkenness or the anxieties of this life,
and that day come upon you, suddenly, like a falling trap;

021:035 for it will come on all dwellers on the face of the whole earth.

021:036 But beware of slumbering; and every moment pray that you may
be fully strengthened to escape from all these coming evils,
and to take your stand in the presence of the Son of Man."

021:037 His habit at this time was to teach in the Temple by day, but to go
out and spend the night on the Mount called the Oliveyard.

021:038 And all the people came to Him in the Temple, early in the morning,
to listen to Him.

022:001 Meanwhile the Festival of the Unleavened Bread,
called the Passover, was approaching,

022:002 and the High Priests and the Scribes were contriving how to
destroy Him. But they feared the people.

022:003 Satan, however, entered into Judas (the man called Iscariot)
who was one of the Twelve.

022:004 He went and conferred with the High Priests and Commanders
as to how he should deliver Him up to them.

022:005 This gave them great pleasure, and they agreed to pay him.

022:006 He accepted their offer, and then looked out for an opportunity
to betray Him when the people were not there.

022:007 When the day of the Unleavened Bread came - the day for the Passover
lamb to be sacrificed -

022:008 Jesus sent Peter and John with instructions. "Go," He said,
"and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it."

022:009 "Where shall we prepare it?" they asked.

022:010 "You will no sooner have entered the city," He replied,
"than you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water.
Follow him into the house to which he goes,

022:011 and say to the master of the house, "`The Rabbi asks you,
Where is the room where I can eat the Passover with my disciples?'

022:012 "And he will show you a large furnished room upstairs.
There make your preparations."

022:013 So they went and found all as He had told them; and they got
the Passover ready.

022:014 When the time was come, and He had taken His place at table,
and the Apostles with Him,

022:015 He said to them, "Earnestly have I longed to eat this Passover
with you before I suffer;

022:016 for I tell you that I certainly shall not eat one again till
its full meaning has been brought out in the Kingdom of God."

022:017 Then, having received the cup and given thanks, He said,
"Take this and share it among yourselves;

022:018 for I tell you that from this time I will never drink the produce
of the vine till the Kingdom of God has come."

022:019 Then, taking a Passover biscuit, He gave thanks and broke it,
and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which is being
given on your behalf: this do in remembrance of me."

022:020 He gave them the cup in like manner, when the meal was over.
"This cup," He said, "is the new Covenant ratified by my blood
which is to be poured out on your behalf.

022:021 Yet the hand of him who is betraying me is at the table with me.

022:022 For indeed the Son of Man goes on His way - His pre-destined way;
yet alas for that man who is betraying Him!"

022:023 Thereupon they began to discuss with one another which of them
it could possibly be who was about to do this.

022:024 There arose also a dispute among them which of them should be
regarded as greatest.

022:025 But He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles are their masters,
and those who exercise authority over them are called Benefactors.

022:026 With you it is not so; but let the greatest among you be
as the younger, and the leader be like him who serves.

022:027 For which is the greater - he who sits at table,
or he who waits on him? Is it not he who sits at table?
But my position among you is that of one who waits on others.

022:028 You however have remained with me amid my trials;

022:029 and I covenant to give you, as my Father has covenanted
to give me, a Kingdom -

022:030 so that you shall eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom,
and sit on thrones as judges over the twelve tribes of Israel.

022:031 "Simon, Simon, I tell you that Satan has obtained permission
to have all of you to sift as wheat is sifted.

022:032 But *I* have prayed for *you* that your faith may not fail,
and you, when at last you have come back to your true self,
must strengthen your brethren."

022:033 "Master," replied Peter, "with you I am ready to go both
to prison and to death."

022:034 "I tell you, Peter," said Jesus, "that the cock will not crow
to-day till you have three times denied that you know me."

022:035 Then He asked them, "When I sent you out without purse
or bag or shoes, was there anything you needed?"
"No, nothing," they replied.

022:036 "But now," said He, "let the one who has a purse take it,
and he who has a bag must do the same. And let him who has
no sword sell his outer garment and buy one.

022:037 For I tell you that those words of Scripture must yet find their
fulfilment in me: `And He was reckoned among the lawless';
for indeed that saying about me has its accomplishment."

022:038 "Master, here are two swords," they exclaimed.
"That is enough," He replied.

022:039 On going out, He proceeded as usual to the Mount of Olives,
and His disciples followed Him.

022:040 But when He arrived at the place, He said to them, "Pray that you
may not come into temptation."

022:041 But He Himself withdrew from them about a stone's throw,
and knelt down and prayed repeatedly, saying,

022:042 "Father, if it be Thy will, take this cup away from me;
yet not my will but Thine be done!"

022:043 And there appeared to Him an angel from Heaven, strengthening Him;

022:044 while He - an agony of distress having come upon Him -
prayed all the more with intense earnestness, and His sweat
became like clots of blood dropping on the ground.

022:045 When He rose from his prayer and came to His disciples,
He found them sleeping for sorrow.

022:046 "Why are you sleeping?" He said; "stand up; and pray that you
may not come into temptation."

022:047 While He was still speaking there came a crowd with Judas,
already mentioned as one of the Twelve, at their head.
He went up to Jesus to kiss Him.

022:048 "Judas," said Jesus, "are you betraying the Son of Man
with a kiss?"

022:049 Those who were about Him, seeing what was likely to happen,
asked Him, "Master, shall we strike with the sword?"

022:050 And one of them struck a blow at the High Priest's servant
and cut off his right ear.

022:051 "Permit me thus far," said Jesus. And He touched the ear
and healed it.

022:052 Then Jesus said to the High Priests and Commanders of the Temple
and Elders, who had come to arrest Him, "Have you come out
as if to fight with a robber, with swords and cudgels?

022:053 While day after day I was with you in the Temple, you did
not lay hands upon me; but to you belongs this hour -
and the power of darkness."

022:054 And they arrested Him and led Him away, and brought Him to the
High Priest's house, while Peter followed a good way behind.

022:055 And when they had lighted a fire in the middle of the court
and had seated themselves in a group round it, Peter was
sitting among them,

022:056 when a maidservant saw him sitting by the fire, and, looking fixedly
at him, she said, "This man also was with him."

022:057 But he denied it, and declared, "Woman, I do not know him."

022:058 Shortly afterwards a man saw him and said, "You, too, are one
of them." "No, man, I am not," said Peter.

022:059 After an interval of about an hour some one else stoutly maintained:
"Certainly this fellow also was with him, for in fact
he is a Galilaean."

022:060 "Man, I don't know what you mean," replied Peter.
No sooner had he spoken than a cock crowed.

022:061 The Master turned and looked on Peter; and Peter recollected
the Master's words, how He had said to him, "This very day,
before the cock crows, you will disown me three times."

022:062 And he went out and wept aloud bitterly.

022:063 Meanwhile the men who held Jesus in custody repeatedly beat
Him in cruel sport,

022:064 or blindfolded Him, and then challenged Him. "Prove to us,"
they said, "that you are a prophet, by telling us who it
was that struck you."

022:065 And they said many other insulting things to Him.

022:066 As soon as it was day, the whole body of the Elders,
both High Priests and Scribes, assembled. Then He was brought
into their Sanhedrin, and they asked Him,

022:067 "Are you the Christ? Tell us." "If I tell you," He replied,
"you will certainly not believe;

022:068 and if I ask you questions, you will certainly not answer.

022:069 But from this time forward the Son of Man will be seated
at the right hand of God's omnipotence."

022:070 Thereupon they cried out with one voice, "You, then, are the Son
of God?" "It is as you say," He answered; "I am He."

022:071 "What need have we of further evidence?" they said; "for we
ourselves have heard it from his own lips."

023:001 Then the whole assembly rose and brought Him to Pilate,
and began to accuse Him.

023:002 "We have found this man," they said, "an agitator among
our nation, forbidding the payment of tribute to Caesar,
and claiming to be himself an anointed king."

023:003 Then Pilate asked Him, "You, then, are the King of the Jews?" "It is
as you say," He replied.

023:004 Pilate said to the High Priests and to the crowd, "I can find


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