And it came to pass, in his being in a certain place praying, as he ceased, a certain one of his disciples said unto him, `Sir, teach us to pray, as also John taught his disciples.'
And he said to them, `When ye may pray, say ye: Our Father who art in the heavens; hallowed be Thy name: Thy reign come; Thy will come to pass, as in heaven also on earth;
our appointed bread be giving us daily;
and forgive us our sins, for also we ourselves forgive every one indebted to us; and mayest Thou not bring us into temptation; but do Thou deliver us from the evil.'
And he said unto them, `Who of you shall have a friend, and shall go on unto him at midnight, and may say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves,
seeing a friend of mine came out of the way unto me, and I have not what I shall set before him,
and he from within answering may say, Do not give me trouble, already the door hath been shut, and my children with me are in the bed, I am not able, having risen, to give to thee.
`I say to you, even if he will not give to him, having risen, because of his being his friend, yet because of his importunity, having risen, he will give him as many as he doth need;
and I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you;
for every one who is asking doth receive; and he who is seeking doth find; and to him who is knocking it shall be opened.
`And of which of you -- the father -- if the son shall ask a loaf, a stone will he present to him? and if a fish, will he instead of a fish, a serpent present to him?
and if he may ask an egg, will he present to him a scorpion?
If, then, ye, being evil, have known good gifts to be giving to your children, how much more shall the Father who is from heaven give the Holy Spirit to those asking Him!'
And he was casting forth a demon, and it was dumb, and it came to pass, the demon having gone forth, the dumb man spake, and the multitudes wondered,
and certain of them said, `By Beelzeboul, ruler of the demons, he doth cast forth the demons;'
and others, tempting, a sign out of heaven from him were asking.
And he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, `Every kingdom having been divided against itself is desolated; and house against house doth fall;
and if also the Adversary against himself was divided, how shall his kingdom be made to stand? for ye say, by Beelzeboul is my casting forth the demons.
`But if I by Beelzeboul cast forth the demons -- your sons, by whom do they cast forth? because of this your judges they shall be;
but if by the finger of God I cast forth the demons, then come unawares upon you did the reign of God.
`When the strong man armed may keep his hall, in peace are his goods;
but when the stronger than he, having come upon [him], may overcome him, his whole-armour he doth take away in which he had trusted, and his spoils he distributeth;
he who is not with me is against me, and he who is not gathering with me doth scatter.
`When the unclean spirit may go forth from the man it walketh through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding, it saith, I will turn back to my house whence I came forth;
and having come, it findeth [it] swept and adorned;
then doth it go, and take to it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and having entered, they dwell there, and the last of that man becometh worst than the first.'
And it came to pass, in his saying these things, a certain woman having lifted up the voice out of the multitude, said to him, `Happy the womb that carried thee, and the paps that thou didst suck!'
And he said, `Yea, rather, happy those hearing the word of God, and keeping [it]!'
And the multitudes crowding together upon him, he began to say, `This generation is evil, a sign it doth seek after, and a sign shall not be given to it, except the sign of Jonah the prophet,
for as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also shall the Son of Man be to this generation.
`A queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and shall condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and lo, greater than Solomon here!
`Men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it, because they reformed at the proclamation of Jonah; and lo, greater than Jonah here!
`And no one having lighted a lamp, doth put [it] in a secret place, nor under the measure, but on the lamp-stand, that those coming in may behold the light.
`The lamp of the body is the eye, when then thine eye may be simple, thy whole body also is lightened; and when it may be evil, thy body also is darkened;
take heed, then, lest the light that [is] in thee be darkness;
if then thy whole body is lightened, not having any part darkened, the whole shall be lightened, as when the lamp by the brightness may give thee light.'
And in [his] speaking, a certain Pharisee was asking him that he might dine with him, and having gone in, he reclined (at meat),
and the Pharisee having seen, did wonder that he did not first baptize himself before the dinner.
And the Lord said unto him, `Now do ye, the Pharisees, the outside of the cup and of the plate make clean, but your inward part is full of rapine and wickedness;
unthinking! did not He who made the outside also the inside make?
But what ye have give ye [as] alms, and, lo, all things are clean to you.
`But wo to you, the Pharisees, because ye tithe the mint, and the rue, and every herb, and ye pass by the judgment, and the love of God; these things it behoveth to do, and those not to be neglecting.
`Wo to you, the Pharisees, because ye love the first seats in the synagogues, and the salutations in the market-places.
`Wo to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because ye are as the unseen tombs, and the men walking above have not known.'
And one of the lawyers answering, saith to him, `Teacher, these things saying, us also thou dost insult;'
and he said, `And to you, the lawyers, wo! because ye burden men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves with one of your fingers do not touch the burdens.
`Wo to you, because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
Then do ye testify, and are well pleased with the works of your fathers, because they indeed killed them, and ye do build their tombs;
because of this also the wisdom of God said: I will send to them prophets, and apostles, and some of them they shall kill and persecute,
that the blood of all the prophets, that is being poured forth from the foundation of the world, may be required from this generation;
from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, who perished between the altar and the house; yes, I say to you, It shall be required from this generation.
`Wo to you, the lawyers, because ye took away the key of the knowledge; yourselves ye did not enter; and those coming in, ye did hinder.'
And in his speaking these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began fearfully to urge and to press him to speak about many things,
laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
At which time the myriads of the multitude having been gathered together, so as to tread upon one another, he began to say unto his disciples, first, `Take heed to yourselves of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy;
and there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known;
because whatever in the darkness ye said, in the light shall be heard: and what to the ear ye spake in the inner-chambers, shall be proclaimed upon the house-tops.
`And I say to you, my friends, be not afraid of those killing the body, and after these things are not having anything over to do;
but I will show to you, whom ye may fear; Fear him who, after the killing, is having authority to cast to the gehenna; yes, I say to you, Fear ye Him.
`Are not five sparrows sold for two assars? and one of them is not forgotten before God,
but even the hairs of your head have been all numbered; therefore fear ye not, than many sparrows ye are of more value.
`And I say to you, Every one -- whoever may confess with me before men, the Son of Man also shall confess with him before the messengers of God,
and he who hath denied me before men, shall be denied before the messengers of God,
and every one whoever shall say a word to the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven to him, but to him who to the Holy Spirit did speak evil, it shall not be forgiven.
`And when they bring you before the synagogues, and the rulers, and the authorities, be not anxious how or what ye may reply, or what ye may say,
for the Holy Spirit shall teach you in that hour what it behoveth [you] to say.'
And a certain one said to him, out of the multitude, `Teacher, say to my brother to divide with me the inheritance.'
And he said to him, `Man, who set me a judge or a divider over you?'
And he said unto them, `Observe, and beware of the covetousness, because not in the abundance of one's goods is his life.'
And he spake a simile unto them, saying, `Of a certain rich man the field brought forth well;
and he was reasoning within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where I shall gather together my fruits?
and he said, This I will do, I will take down my storehouses, and greater ones I will build, and I will gather together there all my products and my good things,
and I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast many good things laid up for many years, be resting, eat, drink, be merry.
`And God said to him, Unthinking one! this night thy soul they shall require from thee, and what things thou didst prepare -- to whom shall they be?
so [is] he who is treasuring up to himself, and is not rich toward God.'
And he said unto his disciples, `Because of this, to you I say, Be not anxious for your life, what ye may eat; nor for the body, what ye may put on;
the life is more than the nourishment, and the body than the clothing.
`Consider the ravens, that they sow not, nor reap, to which there is no barn nor storehouse, and God doth nourish them; how much better are ye than the fowls?
and who of you, being anxious, is able to add to his age one cubit?
If, then, ye are not able for the least -- why for the rest are ye anxious?
`Consider the lilies, how do they grow? they labour not, nor do they spin, and I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these;
and if the herbage in the field, that to-day is, and to-morrow into an oven is cast, God doth so clothe, how much more you -- ye of little faith?
`And ye -- seek not what ye may eat, or what ye may drink, and be not in suspense,
for all these things do the nations of the world seek after, and your Father hath known that ye have need of these things;
but, seek ye the reign of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
`Fear not, little flock, because your Father did delight to give you the reign;
sell your goods, and give alms, make to yourselves bags that become not old, a treasure unfailing in the heavens, where thief doth not come near, nor moth destroy;
for where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.
`Let your loins be girded, and the lamps burning,
and ye like to men waiting for their lord, when he shall return out of the wedding feasts, that he having come and knocked, immediately they may open to him.
`Happy those servants, whom the lord, having come, shall find watching; verily I say to you, that he will gird himself, and will cause them to recline (at meat), and having come near, will minister to them;
and if he may come in the second watch, and in the third watch he may come, and may find [it] so, happy are those servants.
`And this know, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief doth come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through;
and ye, then, become ye ready, because at the hour ye think not, the Son of Man doth come.'
And Peter said to him, `Sir, unto us this simile dost thou speak, or also unto all?'
And the Lord said, `Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the lord shall set over his household, to give in season the wheat measure?
Happy that servant, whom his lord, having come, shall find doing so;
truly I say to you, that over all his goods he will set him.
`And if that servant may say in his heart, My lord doth delay to come, and may begin to beat the men-servants and the maid-servants, to eat also, and to drink, and to be drunken;
the lord of that servant will come in a day in which he doth not look for [him], and in an hour that he doth not know, and will cut him off, and his portion with the unfaithful he will appoint.
`And that servant, who having known his lord's will, and not having prepared, nor having gone according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes,
and he who, not having known, and having done things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few; and to every one to whom much was given, much shall be required from him; and to whom they did commit much, more abundantly they will ask of him.
`Fire I came to cast to the earth, and what will I if already it was kindled?
but I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I pressed till it may be completed!
`Think ye that peace I came to give in the earth? no, I say to you, but rather division;
for there shall be henceforth five in one house divided -- three against two, and two against three;
a father shall be divided against a son, and a son against a father, a mother against a daughter, and a daughter against a mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.'
And he said also to the multitudes, `When ye may see the cloud rising from the west, immediately ye say, A shower doth come, and it is so;
and when -- a south wind blowing, ye say, that there will be heat, and it is;
hypocrites! the face of the earth and of the heaven ye have known to make proof of, but this time -- how do ye not make proof of [it]?
`And why, also, of yourselves, judge ye not what is righteous?
for, as thou art going away with thy opponent to the ruler, in the way give diligence to be released from him, lest he may drag thee unto the judge, and the judge may deliver thee to the officer, and the officer may cast thee into prison;
I say to thee, thou mayest not come forth thence till even the last mite thou mayest give back.'