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Saturday, June 23, 2018
The Gospels & Early History
II Kings 16-20
And having looked up, he saw those who did cast their gifts to the treasury -- rich men,
and he saw also a certain poor widow casting there two mites,
and he said, `Truly I say to you, that this poor widow did cast in more than all;
for all these out of their superabundance did cast into the gifts to God, but this one out of her want, all the living that she had, did cast in.'
And certain saying about the temple, that with goodly stones and devoted things it hath been adorned, he said,
`These things that ye behold -- days will come, in which there shall not be left a stone upon a stone, that shall not be thrown down.'
And they questioned him, saying, `Teacher, when, then, shall these things be? and what [is] the sign when these things may be about to happen?'
And he said, `See -- ye may not be led astray, for many shall come in my name, saying -- I am [he], and the time hath come nigh; go not on then after them;
and when ye may hear of wars and uprisings, be not terrified, for it behoveth these things to happen first, but the end [is] not immediately.'
Then said he to them, `Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,
great shakings also in every place, and famines, and pestilences, there shall be; fearful things also, and great signs from heaven there shall be;
and before all these, they shall lay on you their hands, and persecute, delivering up to synagogues and prisons, being brought before kings and governors for my name's sake;
and it shall become to you for a testimony.
`Settle, then, to your hearts, not to meditate beforehand to reply,
for I will give to you a mouth and wisdom that all your opposers shall not be able to refute or resist.
`And ye shall be delivered up also by parents, and brothers, and kindred, and friends, and they shall put of you to death;
and ye shall be hated by all because of my name --
and a hair out of your head shall not perish;
in your patience possess ye your souls.
`And when ye may see Jerusalem surrounded by encampments, then know that come nigh did her desolation;
then those in Judea, let them flee to the mountains; and those in her midst, let them depart out; and those in the countries, let them not come in to her;
because these are days of vengeance, to fulfil all things that have been written.
`And wo to those with child, and to those giving suck, in those days; for there shall be great distress on the land, and wrath on this people;
and they shall fall by the mouth of the sword, and shall be led captive to all the nations, and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by nations, till the times of nations be fulfilled.
`And there shall be signs in sun, and moon, and stars, and on the land [is] distress of nations with perplexity, sea and billow roaring;
men fainting at heart from fear, and expectation of the things coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
`And then they shall see the Son of Man, coming in a cloud, with power and much glory;
and these things beginning to happen bend yourselves back, and lift up your heads, because your redemption doth draw nigh.'
And he spake a simile to them: `See the fig-tree, and all the trees,
when they may now cast forth, having seen, of yourselves ye know that now is the summer nigh;
so also ye, when ye may see these things happening, ye know that near is the reign of God;
verily I say to you -- This generation may not pass away till all may have come to pass;
the heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my words may not pass away.
`And take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts may be weighed down with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day may come on you,
for as a snare it shall come on all those dwelling on the face of all the land,
watch ye, then, in every season, praying that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that are about to come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.'
And he was during the days in the temple teaching, and during the nights, going forth, he was lodging at the mount called of Olives;
and all the people were coming early unto him in the temple to hear him.
And the feast of the unleavened food was coming nigh, that is called Passover,
and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they may take him up, for they were afraid of the people.
And the Adversary entered into Judas, who is surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve,
and he, having gone away, spake with the chief priests and the magistrates, how he might deliver him up to them,
and they rejoiced, and covenanted to give him money,
and he agreed, and was seeking a favourable season to deliver him up to them without tumult.
And the day of the unleavened food came, in which it was behoving the passover to be sacrificed,
and he sent Peter and John, saying, `Having gone on, prepare to us the passover, that we may eat;'
and they said to him, `Where wilt thou that we might prepare?'
And he said to them, `Lo, in your entering into the city, there shall meet you a man, bearing a pitcher of water, follow him to the house where he doth go in,
and ye shall say to the master of the house, The Teacher saith to thee, Where is the guest-chamber where the passover with my disciples I may eat?
and he shall show you a large upper room furnished, there make ready;'
and they, having gone away, found as he hath said to them, and they made ready the passover.
And when the hour come, he reclined (at meat), and the twelve apostles with him,
and he said unto them, `With desire I did desire to eat this passover with you before my suffering,
for I say to you, that no more may I eat of it till it may be fulfilled in the reign of God.'
And having taken a cup, having given thanks, he said, `Take this and divide to yourselves,
for I say to you that I may not drink of the produce of the vine till the reign of God may come.'
And having taken bread, having given thanks, he brake and gave to them, saying, `This is my body, that for you is being given, this do ye -- to remembrance of me.'
In like manner, also, the cup after the supping, saying, `This cup [is] the new covenant in my blood, that for you is being poured forth.
`But, lo, the hand of him delivering me up [is] with me on the table,
and indeed the Son of Man doth go according to what hath been determined; but wo to that man through whom he is being delivered up.'
And they began to reason among themselves, who then of them it may be, who is about to do this thing.
And there happened also a strife among them -- who of them is accounted to be greater.
And he said to them, `The kings of the nations do exercise lordship over them, and those exercising authority upon them are called benefactors;
but ye [are] not so, but he who is greater among you -- let him be as the younger; and he who is leading, as he who is ministering;
for who is greater? he who is reclining (at meat), or he who is ministering? is it not he who is reclining (at meat)? and I -- I am in your midst as he who is ministering.
`And ye -- ye are those who have remained with me in my temptations,
and I appoint to you, as my Father did appoint to me, a kingdom,
that ye may eat and may drink at my table, in my kingdom, and may sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.'
And the Lord said, `Simon, Simon, lo, the Adversary did ask you for himself to sift as the wheat,
and I besought for thee, that thy faith may not fail; and thou, when thou didst turn, strengthen thy brethren.'
And he said to him, `Sir, with thee I am ready both to prison and to death to go;'
and he said, `I say to thee, Peter, a cock shall not crow to-day, before thrice thou mayest disown knowing me.'
And he said to them, `When I sent you without bag, and scrip, and sandals, did ye lack anything?' and they said, `Nothing.'
Then said he to them, `But, now, he who is having a bag, let him take [it] up, and in like manner also a scrip; and he who is not having, let him sell his garment, and buy a sword,
for I say to you, that yet this that hath been written it behoveth to be fulfilled in me: And with lawless ones he was reckoned, for also the things concerning me have an end.'
And they said, `Sir, lo, here [are] two swords;' and he said to them, `It is sufficient.'
And having gone forth, he went on, according to custom, to the mount of the Olives, and his disciples also followed him,
and having come to the place, he said to them, `Pray ye not to enter into temptation.'
And he was withdrawn from them, as it were a stone's cast, and having fallen on the knees he was praying,
saying, `Father, if Thou be counselling to make this cup pass from me --; but, not my will, but Thine be done.' --
And there appeared to him a messenger from heaven strengthening him;
and having been in agony, he was more earnestly praying, and his sweat became, as it were, great drops of blood falling upon the ground.
And having risen up from the prayer, having come unto the disciples, he found them sleeping from the sorrow,
and he said to them, `Why do ye sleep? having risen, pray that ye may not enter into temptation.'
And while he is speaking, lo, a multitude, and he who is called Judas, one of the twelve, was coming before them, and he came nigh to Jesus to kiss him,
and Jesus said to him, `Judas, with a kiss the Son of Man dost thou deliver up?'
And those about him, having seen what was about to be, said to him, `Sir, shall we smite with a sword?'
And a certain one of them smote the servant of the chief priest, and took off his right ear,
and Jesus answering said, `Suffer ye thus far,' and having touched his ear, he healed him.
And Jesus said to those having come upon him -- chief priests, and magistrates of the temple, and elders -- `As upon a robber have ye come forth, with swords and sticks?
while daily I was with you in the temple, ye did stretch forth no hands against me; but this is your hour and the power of the darkness.'
And having taken him, they led and brought him to the house of the chief priest. And Peter was following afar off,
and they having kindled a fire in the midst of the court, and having sat down together, Peter was sitting in the midst of them,
and a certain maid having seen him sitting at the light, and having earnestly looked at him, she said, `And this one was with him!'
and he disowned him, saying, `Woman, I have not known him.'
And after a little, another having seen him, said, `And thou art of them!' and Peter said, `Man, I am not.'
And one hour, as it were, having intervened, a certain other was confidently affirming, saying, `Of a truth this one also was with him, for he is also a Galilean;'
and Peter said, `Man, I have not known what thou sayest;' and presently, while he is speaking, a cock crew.
And the Lord having turned did look on Peter, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he said to him -- `Before a cock shall crow, thou mayest disown me thrice;'
and Peter having gone without, wept bitterly.
And the men who were holding Jesus were mocking him, beating [him];
and having blindfolded him, they were striking him on the face, and were questioning him, saying, `Prophesy who he is who smote thee?'
and many other things, speaking evilly, they spake in regard to him.
And when it became day there was gathered together the eldership of the people, chief priests also, and scribes, and they led him up to their own sanhedrim,
saying, `If thou be the Christ, tell us.' And he said to them, `If I may tell you, ye will not believe;
and if I also question [you], ye will not answer me or send me away;
henceforth, there shall be the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power of God.'
And they all said, `Thou, then, art the Son of God?' and he said unto them, `Ye say [it], because I am;'
and they said, `What need yet have we of testimony? for we ourselves did hear [it] from his mouth.'
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