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Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech, Matthew

Third Edition 1913


R. F. Weymouth




Book 40 Matthew

001:001 The Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

001:002 Abraham was the father of Isaac; Isaac of Jacob; Jacob of Judah
and his brothers.

001:003 Judah was the father (by Tamar) of Perez and Zerah; Perez
of Hezron; Hezron of Ram;

001:004 Ram of Amminadab; Amminadab of Nahshon; Nahshon of Salmon;

001:005 Salmon (by Rahab) of Boaz; Boaz (by Ruth) of Obed; Obed of Jesse;

001:006 Jesse of David - the King. David (by Uriah's widow)
was the father of Solomon;

001:007 Solomon of Rehoboam; Rehoboam of Abijah; Abijah of Asa;

001:008 Asa of Jehoshaphat; Jehoshaphat of Jehoram; Jehoram of Uzziah;

001:009 Uzziah of Jotham; Jotham of Ahaz; Ahaz of Hezekiah;

001:010 Hezekiah of Manasseh; Manasseh of Amon; Amon of Josiah;

001:011 Josiah of Jeconiah and his brothers at the period of the
Removal to Babylon.

001:012 After the Removal to Babylon Jeconiah had a son Shealtiel; Shealtiel
was the father of Zerubbabel;

001:013 Zerubbabel of Abiud; Abiud of Eliakim; Eliakim of Azor;

001:014 Azor of Zadok; Zadok of Achim; Achim of Eliud;

001:015 Eliud of Eleazar; Eleazar of Matthan; Matthan of Jacob;

001:016 and Jacob of Joseph the husband of Mary, who was the mother
of JESUS who is called CHRIST.

001:017 There are therefore, in all, fourteen generations from Abraham
to David; fourteen from David to the Removal to Babylon;
and fourteen from the Removal to Babylon to the Christ.

001:018 The circumstances of the birth of Jesus Christ were these.
After his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they
were united in marriage, she was found to be with child
through the Holy Spirit.

001:019 But Joseph her husband, being a kind-hearted man and unwilling
publicly to disgrace her, had determined to release her
privately from the betrothal.

001:020 But while he was contemplating this step, an angel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to bring home your wife Mary, for she is
with child through the Holy Spirit.

001:021 She will give birth to a Son, and you are to call His name
JESUS for He it is who will save His People from their sins."

001:022 All this took place in fulfilment of what the Lord had spoken
through the Prophet,

001:023 "Mark! The maiden will be with child and will give birth to a son,
and they will call His name Immanuel" - a word which signifies
`God with us'.

001:024 When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded,
and brought home his wife,

001:025 but did not live with her until she had given birth to a son.
The child's name he called JESUS.

002:001 Now after the birth of Jesus, which took place at Bethlehem
in Judaea in the reign of King Herod, excitement was produced
in Jerusalem by the arrival of certain Magi from the east,

002:002 inquiring, "Where is the newly born king of the Jews? For we
have seen his Star in the east, and have come here to
do him homage."

002:003 Reports of this soon reached the king, and greatly agitated
not only him but all the people of Jerusalem.

002:004 So he assembled all the High Priests and Scribes of the people,
and anxiously asked them where the Christ was to be born.

002:005 "At Bethlehem in Judaea," they replied; "for so it stands
written in the words of the Prophet,

002:006 "`And thou, Bethlehem in the land of Judah, by no means the least
honorable art thou among princely places in Judah! For from
thee shall come a prince - one who shall be the Shepherd
of My People Israel.'"

002:007 Thereupon Herod sent privately for the Magi and ascertained
from them the exact time of the star's appearing.

002:008 He then directed them to go to Bethlehem, adding, "Go and make
careful inquiry about the child, and when you have found him,
bring me word, that I too may come and do him homage."

002:009 After hearing what the king said, they went to Bethlehem, while,
strange to say, the star they had seen in the east led them
on until it came and stood over the place where the babe was.

002:010 When they saw the star, the sight filled them with intense joy.

002:011 So they entered the house; and when they saw the babe with His
mother Mary, they prostrated themselves and did Him homage,
and opening their treasure-chests offered gifts to Him -
gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

002:012 But being forbidden by God in a dream to return to Herod,
they went back to their own country by a different route.

002:013 When they were gone, and angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph
in a dream and said, "Rise: take the babe and His mother
and escape to Egypt, and remain there till I bring you word.
For Herod is about to make search for the child in order
to destroy Him."

002:014 So Joseph roused himself and took the babe and His mother
by night and departed into Egypt.

002:015 There he remained till Herod's death, that what the Lord had
said through the Prophet might be fulfilled, "Out of Egypt I
called My Son."

002:016 Then Herod, finding that the Magi had trifled with him, was furious,
and sent and massacred all the boys under two years of age,
in Bethlehem and all its neighbourhood, according to the date
he had so carefully ascertained from the Magi.

002:017 Then were these words, spoken by the Prophet Jeremiah, fulfilled,

002:018 "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and bitter lamentation:
It was Rachel bewailing her children, and she refused to be
comforted because there were no more."

002:019 But after Herod's death an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream
to Joseph in Egypt, and said to him,

002:020 "Rise from sleep, and take the child and His mother, and go
into the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child's
life are dead."

002:021 So he roused himself and took the child and His mother and came
into the land of Israel.

002:022 But hearing that Archelaus had succeeded his father Herod
on the throne of Judaea, he was afraid to go there; and being
instructed by God in a dream he withdrew into Galilee,

002:023 and went and settled in a town called Nazareth, in order that
these words spoken through the Prophets might be fulfilled,
"He shall be called a Nazarene."

003:001 About this time John the Baptist made his appearance,
preaching in the Desert of Judaea.

003:002 "Repent," he said, "for the Kingdom of the Heavens is now
close at hand."

003:003 He it is who was spoken of through the Prophet Isaiah when he said,
"The voice of one crying aloud, `In the desert prepare ye
a road for the Lord: make His highway straight.'"

003:004 This man John wore a garment of camel's hair, and a loincloth
of leather; and he lived upon locusts and wild honey.

003:005 Then large numbers of people went out to him - people from Jerusalem
and from all Judaea, and from the whole of the Jordan valley -

003:006 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, making full confession
of their sins.

003:007 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming
for baptism, he exclaimed, "O vipers' brood, who has warned
you to flee from the coming wrath?

003:008 Therefore let your lives prove your change of heart;

003:009 and do not imagine that you can say to yourselves, `We have
Abraham as our forefather,' for I tell you that God can raise
up descendants for Abraham from these stones.

003:010 And already the axe is lying at the root of the trees,
so that every tree which does not produce good fruit will
quickly be hewn down and thrown into the fire.

003:011 I indeed am baptizing you in water on a profession of repentance;
but He who is coming after me is mightier than I: His sandals
I am not worthy to carry for a moment; He will baptize you
in the Holy Spirit and in fire.

003:012 His winnowing-shovel is in His hand, and He will make a thorough
clearance of His threshing-floor, gathering His wheat into
the storehouse, but burning up the chaff in unquenchable fire."

003:013 Just at that time Jesus, coming from Galilee to the Jordan,
presents Himself to John to be baptized by him.

003:014 John protested. "It is I," he said, "who have need to be
baptized by you, and do you come to me?"

003:015 "Let it be so on this occasion," Jesus replied; "for so we
ought to fulfil every religious duty." Then he consented;

003:016 and Jesus was baptized, and immediately went up from the water.
At that moment the heavens opened, and he saw the Spirit
of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him,

003:017 while a voice came from Heaven, saying, "This is My Son,
the dearly loved, in whom is My delight."

004:001 At that time Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the Desert
in order to be tempted by the Devil.

004:002 There He fasted for forty days and nights; and after that He
suffered from hunger.

004:003 So the Tempter came and said, "If you are the Son of God,
command these stones to turn into loaves."

004:004 "It is written," replied Jesus, "`It is not on bread alone
that a man shall live, but on whatsoever God shall appoint.'"

004:005 Then the Devil took Him to the Holy City and caused Him to stand
on the roof of the Temple,

004:006 and said, "If you are God's Son, throw yourself down; for it
is written, "`To His angels He will give orders concerning thee,
and on their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any moment
thou shouldst strike thy foot against a stone.'"

004:007 "Again it is written," replied Jesus, "`Thou shalt not put
the Lord thy God to the proof.'"

004:008 Then the Devil took Him to the top of an exceedingly lofty mountain,
from which he caused Him to see all the Kingdoms of the world
and their splendour,

004:009 and said to Him, "All this I will give you, if you will kneel
down and do me homage."

004:010 "Begone, Satan!" Jesus replied; "for it is written,
`To the Lord thy God thou shalt do homage, and to Him alone
shalt thou render worship.'"

004:011 Thereupon the Devil left Him, and angels at once came and
ministered to Him.

004:012 Now when Jesus heard that John was thrown into prison,
He withdrew into Galilee,

004:013 and leaving Nazareth He went and settled at Capernaum,
a town by the Lake on the frontiers of Zebulun and Naphtali,

004:014 in order that these words, spoken through the Prophet Isaiah,
might be fulfilled,

004:015 "Zebulun's land and Naphtali's land; the road by the Lake;
the country beyond the Jordan; Galilee of the Nations!

004:016 The people who were dwelling in darkness have seen a brilliant light;
and on those who were dwelling in the region of the shadow
of death, on them light has dawned."

004:017 From that time Jesus began to preach. "Repent," He said,
"for the Kingdom of the Heavens is now close at hand."

004:018 And walking along the shore of the Lake of Galilee He saw
two brothers - Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew -
throwing a drag-net into the Lake; for they were fishers.

004:019 And He said to them, "Come and follow me, and I will make you
fishers of men."

004:020 So they immediately left their nets and followed Him.
As He went further on,

004:021 He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zabdi and his
brother John, in the boat with their father Zabdi mending
their nets; and He called them.

004:022 And they at once left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

004:023 Then Jesus travelled through all Galilee, teaching in their
synagogues and proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom,
and curing every kind of disease and infirmity among the people.

004:024 Thus His fame spread through all Syria; and they brought all
the sick to Him, the people who were suffering from various
diseases and pains - demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics;
and He cured them.

004:025 And great crowds followed Him, coming from Galilee,
from the Ten Towns, from Jerusalem, and from beyond the district
on the other side of the Jordan.

005:001 Seeing the multitude of people, Jesus went up the Hill.
There He seated Himself, and when His disciples came to Him,

005:002 He proceeded to teach them, and said:

005:003 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for to them belongs the Kingdom
of the Heavens.

005:004 "Blessed are the mourners, for they shall be comforted.

005:005 "Blessed are the meek, for they as heirs shall obtain possession
of the earth.

005:006 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be completely satisfied.

005:007 "Blessed are the compassionate, for they shall receive compassion.

005:008 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

005:009 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for it is they who will be
recognized as sons of God.

005:010 "Blessed are those who have borne persecution in the cause
of Righteousness, for to them belongs the Kingdom of the Heavens.

005:011 "Blessed are you when they have insulted and persecuted you,
and have said every cruel thing about you falsely for my sake.

005:012 Be joyful and triumphant, because your reward is great in the Heavens;
for so were the Prophets before you persecuted.

005:013 "*You* are the salt of the earth; but if salt has
become tasteless, in what way can it regain its saltness?
It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown away
and trodden on by the passers by.

005:014 *You* are the light of the world; a town cannot be hid if built
on a hill-top.

005:015 Nor is a lamp lighted to be put under a bushel, but on the lampstand;
and then it gives light to all in the house.

005:016 Just so let your light shine before all men, in order that they
may see your holy lives and may give glory to your Father
who is in Heaven.

005:017 "Do not for a moment suppose that I have come to abrogate
the Law or the Prophets: I have not come to abrogate them
but to give them their completion.

005:018 Solemnly I tell you that until Heaven and earth pass away,
not one iota or smallest detail will pass away from the Law
until all has taken place.

005:019 Whoever therefore breaks one of these least commandments and teaches
others to break them, will be called the least in the Kingdom
of the Heavens; but whoever practises them and teaches them,
he will be acknowledged as great in the Kingdom of the Heavens.

005:020 For I assure you that unless your righteousness greatly surpasses
that of the Scribes and the Pharisees, you will certainly
not find entrance into the Kingdom of the Heavens.

005:021 "You have heard that it was said to the ancients, `Thou shalt
not commit murder', and whoever commits murder will be answerable
to the magistrate.

005:022 But I say to you that every one who becomes angry with his
brother shall be answerable to the magistrate; that whoever says
to his brother `Raca,' shall be answerable to the Sanhedrin;
and that whoever says, `You fool!' shall be liable to the
Gehenna of Fire.

005:023 If therefore when you are offering your gift upon the altar,
you remember that your brother has a grievance against you,

005:024 leave your gift there before the altar, and go and make
friends with your brother first, and then return and proceed
to offer your gift.

005:025 Come to terms without delay with your opponent while you
are yet with him on the way to the court; for fear
he should obtain judgement from the magistrate against you,
and the magistrate should give you in custody to the officer
and you be thrown into prison.

005:026 I solemnly tell you that you will certainly not be released
till you have paid the very last farthing.

005:027 "You have heard that it was said, `Thou shalt not commit adultery.'

005:028 But I tell you that whoever looks at a woman and cherishes
lustful thoughts has already in his heart become guilty
with regard to her.

005:029 If therefore your eye, even the right eye, is a snare to you,
tear it out and away with it; it is better for you that one
member should be destroyed rather than that your whole body
should be thrown into Gehenna.

005:030 And if your right hand is a snare to you, cut it off and away with it;
it is better for you that one member should be destroyed
rather than that your whole body should go into Gehenna.

005:031 "It was also said, `If any man puts away his wife, let him
give her a written notice of divorce.'

005:032 But I tell you that every man who puts away his wife except
on the ground of unfaithfulness causes her to commit adultery,
and whoever marries her when so divorced commits adultery.

005:033 "Again, you have heard that it was said to the ancients,
`Thou shalt not swear falsely, but shalt perform thy vows
to the Lord.'

005:034 But I tell you not to swear at all; neither by Heaven,
for it is God's throne;

005:035 nor by the earth, for it is the footstool under His feet;
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the City of the Great King.

005:036 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair
white or black.

005:037 But let your language be, `Yes, yes,' or `No, no.'
Anything in excess of this comes from the Evil one.

005:038 "You have heard that it was said, `Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.'

005:039 But I tell you not to resist a wicked man, but if any one strikes
you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.

005:040 If any one wishes to go to law with you and to deprive you
of your under garment, let him take your outer one also.

005:041 And whoever shall compel you to convey his goods one mile,
go with him two.

005:042 To him who asks, give: from him who would borrow, turn not away.

005:043 "You have heard that it was said, `Thou shalt love thy neighbour
and hate thine enemy.'

005:044 But I command you all, love your enemies, and pray
for your persecutors;

005:045 that so you may become true sons of your Father in Heaven;
for He causes His sun to rise on the wicked as well as the good,
and sends rain upon those who do right and those who do wrong.

005:046 For if you love only those who love you, what reward have you earned?
Do not even the tax-gatherers do that?

005:047 And if you salute only your near relatives, what praise is due
to you? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?

005:048 You however are to be complete in goodness, as your
Heavenly Father is complete.

006:001 "But beware of doing your good actions in the sight of men,
in order to attract their gaze; if you do, there is no reward
for you with your Father who is in Heaven.

006:002 `When you give in charity, never blow a trumpet before you
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and streets in order
that their praises may be sung by men. I solemnly tell you
that they already have their reward.

006:003 But when you are giving in charity, let not your left hand
perceive what your right hand is doing,

006:004 that your charities may be in secret; and then your Father - He who
sees in secret - will recompense you.

006:005 "And when praying, you must not be like the hypocrites.
They are fond of standing and praying in the synagogues or at
the corners of the wider streets, in order that men may see them.
I solemnly tell you that they already have their reward.

006:006 But you, whenever you pray, go into your own room and shut
the door: then pray to your Father who is in secret,
and your Father - He who sees in secret - will recompense you.

006:007 "And when praying, do not use needless repetitions as the
Gentiles do, for they expect to be listened to because of their
multitude of words.

006:008 Do not, however, imitate them; for your Father knows what things
you need before ever you ask Him.

006:009 "In this manner therefore pray: `Our Father who art in Heaven,
may Thy name be kept holy;

006:010 let Thy kingdom come; let Thy will be done, as in Heaven
so on earth;

006:011 give us to-day our bread for the day;

006:012 and forgive us our shortcomings, as we also have forgiven
those who have failed in their duty towards us;

006:013 and bring us not into temptation, but rescue us from the Evil one.'

006:014 "For if you forgive others their offences, your Heavenly Father
will forgive you also;

006:015 but if you do not forgive others their offences, neither will
your Father forgive yours.

006:016 "When any of you fast, never assume gloomy looks as the
hypocrites do; for they disfigure their faces in order
that it may be evident to men that they are fasting.
I solemnly tell you that they already have their reward.

006:017 But, whenever you fast, pour perfume on your hair and
wash your face,

006:018 that it may not be apparent to men that you are fasting,
but to your Father who is in secret; and your Father - He who
sees in secret - will recompense you.

006:019 "Do not lay up stores of wealth for yourselves on earth,
where the moth and wear-and-tear destroy, and where thieves
break in and steal.

006:020 But amass wealth for yourselves in Heaven, where neither the moth
nor wear-and-tear destroys, and where thieves do not break
in and steal.

006:021 For where your wealth is, there also will your heart be.

006:022 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If then your eyesight is good,
your whole body will be well lighted;

006:023 but if your eyesight is bad, your whole body will be dark.
If however the very light within you is darkness, how dense
must the darkness be!

006:024 "No man can be the bondservant of two masters; for either
he will dislike one and like the other, or he will attach
himself to one and think slightingly of the other.
You cannot be the bondservants both of God and of gold.

006:025 For this reason I charge you not to be over-anxious about your lives,
inquiring what you are to eat or what you are to drink, nor yet
about your bodies, inquiring what clothes you are to put on.
Is not the life more precious than its food, and the body
than its clothing?

006:026 Look at the birds which fly in the air: they do not sow or reap
or store up in barns, but your Heavenly Father feeds them:
are not you of much greater value than they?

006:027 Which of you by being over-anxious can add a single foot
to his height?

006:028 And why be anxious about clothing? Learn a lesson from the
wild lilies. Watch their growth. They neither toil nor spin,

006:029 and yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his magnificence
could array himself like one of these.

006:030 And if God so clothes the wild herbage which to-day flourishes
and to-morrow is thrown into the oven, is it not much more
certain that He will clothe you, you men of little faith?

006:031 Do not be over-anxious, therefore, asking `What shall we eat?'
or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?'

006:032 For all these are questions that Gentiles are always asking;
but your Heavenly Father knows that you need these things -


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