Chapter 5

  1. And it came to pass in those days that he went out into a mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day he called his disciples and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles. Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, and Simon called Zelotes. And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, who also was the traitor. And he came down with them and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases, and they who were vexed with unclean spirits, and they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch him for there went virtue out of him and healed them all.
  2. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of God. Blessed are they who hunger now, for they shall be filled. Blessed are they who weep now, for they shall laugh. Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from among them, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil for the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward shall be great in heaven, for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. But woe unto you that are rich, for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you who are full, for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you who laugh now, for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you. For so did their fathers to the false prophets.
  3. But I say unto you who hear my words, Love your enemies, do good to them who hate you. Bless them who curse you and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you. And unto him who smiteth thee on the cheek, offer also the other, or, in other words, it is better to offer the other than to revile again. And him who taketh away thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also. For it is better that thou suffer thine enemy to take these things than to contend with him. Verily I say unto you, Your heavenly Father who seeth in secret shall bring that wicked one into judgment. Therefore give to every man who asketh of thee and of him who taketh away thy goods, ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them only who love you, what reward have you? For sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what reward have you? For sinners also lend to sinners to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again, and your reward shall be great,and ye shall be the children of the Highest, for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not and ye shall not be judged, condemn not and ye shall not be condemned, forgive and ye shall be forgiven. Give and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
  4. And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch? A disciple is not above his master; but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote which is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam which is in thine own eye? Again, how canst thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye when thou thyself beholdest not the beam which is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite. Cast out first the beam out of thine own eye and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote which is in thy brother's eye. For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit, neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit; for every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good. And an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil; for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
  5. And why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me and heareth my sayings and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like. He is like a man who built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock, and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house and could not shake it,for it was founded upon a rock. But he who heareth and doeth not is like a man that without a foundation built a house upon the earth against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell and the ruin of that house was great.
  6. Now when he had ended all these sayings in the audience of the people he entered into Capernaum. And a certain centurion's servant who was dear unto him was sick and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying that he was worthy for whom he should do this, for he loveth our nation and he hath built us a synagogue. Then Jesus went with them, and when he was now not far from the house the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself, for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof. Wherefore, neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee, but say the word and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about and said unto the people who followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And they who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole who had been sick.
  7. And it came to pass the day after that he went into a city called Nain, and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and many people of the city were with her. And now the Lord saw her and had compassion on her, and he said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier and they who bare it stood still, and he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he who was dead, sat up and began to speak, and he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all and they glorified God, saying that a great prophet is risen up among us and that God hath visited his people. And this rumor of him went forth throughout all Judea and throughout all the region round about.
  8. And the disciples of John showed him of all these things. And John, calling two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come or look we for another? When the men were come unto him they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he who should come or look we for another? And in the same hour he cured many of infirmities, and plagues, and of evil spirits, and unto many blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way and tell John what things ye have seen and heard, how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and to the poor the gospel is preached; and blessed are they who shall not be offended in me.
  9. And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? Or a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they who are gorgeously appareled and live delicately are in king's courts. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, And much more than a prophet. This is the one of whom it is written, Behold I send my messenger before thy face who shall prepare thy way before thee. For I say unto you, Among those who are born of women, there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist, but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. And all the people who heard him and the publicans justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees, and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, not being baptized of him.
  10. And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? And to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped for you and ye have not danced, we have mourned for you and ye have not wept. For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine and ye say he hath a devil. The Son of Man is come, eating and drinking and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of all her children.
  11. And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house and sat down to meat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at his feet weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had bidden him saw this, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who or what manner of woman this is who toucheth him, for she is a sinner.
  12. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he said, Master, say on. And Jesus said, There was a certain creditor who had two debtors; the one owed five hundred pence and the other fifty. And when he found they had nothing to pay he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose the man to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet, but she hath washed my feet with tears and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss, but this woman, since the time I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint, but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins which are many are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they who sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

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