The Truth Maketh Free
1. THEN said Jesus to those
Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples
indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
2. They answered him, We be
Abrahamís seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou,
Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth
not in the house for ever: but the Son even the Daughter abideth ever.
3. If the Son therefore shall
make you free, ye shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham's seed
after the flesh; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place
4. I speak that which I have
seen with my Parent and ye do that which ye have seen with your parent.
They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus said unto
them, If ye were Abrahamís children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
5. But now ye seek to kill
me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this
did not Abraham. YE do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him,
We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
6. Jesus said unto them, If
God were your Parent, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came
from God; neither came I of myself, but the All Holy sent me. Why do ye
not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
7. Ye are of your father the
devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from
the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in
8. When he speaketh a lie,
he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because
I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
9. As Moses lifted up the
Serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son and Daughter of man be lifted
up, that whosoever gazeth, believing should not perish, but have everlasting
10. Which of you convicteth
me of sin ? And if I say, the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that
is of God heareth Godís words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are
not of God.
11. Then answered the Jews,
and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hath
a demon ? Jesus answered, I have not a demon; but I honour the All Holy,
and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory, but the glory of
God. But there is One who judgeth.
12. And certain of the Elders
and Scribes from the Temple came unto him saying, Why do thy disciples
teach men that it is unlawful to eat the flesh of beasts though they be
offered in sacrifice as by Moses ordained.
13. For it is written, God
said to Noah, The fear and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of
the field, and every bird of the air, and every fish of the sea, into your
hand they are delivered.
14. And Jesus said unto them,
Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias speak of you, and your forefathers, sayings
This people draweth nigh unto Me, with their mouths, and honour me with
their lips, but their heart is far from me, for in vain do they worship
Me teaching and believing, and teaching for divine doctrines, the commandments
of men in my name but to satisfy their own lusts.
15. As also Jeremiah bear
witness when he saith, concerning blood offerings and sacrifices I the
Lord God commanded none of these things in the day that ye came out of
Egypt, but only this I commanded you to do, righteousness, walk in the
ancient paths, do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.
16. But ye did not hearken
to Me, Who in the beginning gave you all manner of seed, and fruit of the
trees and seed having been for the food and healing of man and beast. And
they said, Thou speakest against the law.
17. And he said against Moses
indeed I do not speak nor against the law, but against them who corrupted
his law, which he permitted for the hardness of your hearts.
18. But, behold, a greater
than Moses is here! and they were wrath and took up stones to cast at him.
And Jesus passed through their midst and was hidden from their violence.
The Pre-Existence Of Christ
1. ANOTHER time Jesus said,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never
see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a demon.
2. Abraham is dead, and the
prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste
of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead ? and
the Prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself ?
3. Jesus answered, If I honour
myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom
ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I now him:
and if I should say I know him not I shall be a liar like unto you; but
I know the All Holy and am known of the Eternal.
4. Your father Abraham rejoiced
to see my day; and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him,
Thou art not yet forty five years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
5. Jesus said unto them, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.
6. And he said unto them,
The All Holy hath sent you many prophets, but ye rose against them that
were contrary to your lusts, reviling some and slaying others.
7. Then took they up stones
to cast at him: but Jesus was hidden, and went out of the temple, through
the midst of them, and so again passed unseen by them.
8. Again when his disciples
were with him in a place apart, one of them asked him concerning the kingdom,
and he said unto them:
9. As it is above, so it is
below. As it is within, so it is without. As on the right hand, so on the
left. As it is before, so it is behind. As with the great so with the small.
As with the male, so with the female. When these things shall be seen,
then ye shall see the kingdom of God.
10. For in me there is neither
Male nor Female, but both are One in the All perfect. The woman is not
without the man, nor is the man without the woman.
11. Wisdom is not without
love, nor is love without wisdom. The head is not without the heart, nor
is the heart without the head, in the Christ who atoneth all things. For
God hath made all things by number, by weight, and by measure, corresponding,
the one with the other.
12. These things are for them
that understand, to believe. If they understand not, they are not for them.
For to believe is to understand, and to believe not, is not to understand.
Healeth The Blind On The Sabbath
Jesus At The Pool Of Siloam
1. AND at another time as Jesus
passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples
asked him saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he
was born blind?
2. Jesus answered, To what
purport is it, whether this man sinned, or his parents, so that the works
of God are made manifest in him? I must work the works of my Parent who
sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work. As long
as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.
3. When he had thus spoken,
he spat on the ground, and mingled clay with the spittle, and he anointed
the eyes of the blind man with the clay And said unto him, Go, wash in
the pool of Siloam (this meaneth by interpretation, Sent.) He went his
way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
4. The neighbours therefore,
and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this
he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like
him: but he said, I am he.
5. Therefore said they unto
him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called
Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool
of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
6. Then said they unto him,
Where is he? He said, I know not where he is, that made me whole.
7. Then came to Him certain
of the Sadducces, who deny that there is a resurrection, and they asked
him saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, if any manís brother die having
a wife and leaving no children, that his brother should take his wife and
raise up seed to his brother.
8. Now there were six brethren,
and the first took a wife and he died childless: And the second took her
to wife and he died childless: And the third, even unto the sixth, and
they died also leaving no children Last of all the woman died also.
9. Now in the resurrection,
whose of them is she, for the six had her to wife.
10 And Jesus answered them saying, whether a
woman with six husbands, or a man with six wives, the case is the same.
For the children of this world marry and are given in marriage.
11. But they, which being
worthy, attain to the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are
given in marriage, neither can they die any more, for they are equal to
the angels and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
12. Now that the dead are
raised even Moses shewed at the bush, when he called the Lord, the God
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, for he is not the God of the dead, but of the
living, for all live unto Him.
The Examination of the Blind Man
A Living Type of the House of God
1. THEN they brought to the
Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the Sabbath day when
Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
2. Then again the Pharisees
also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put
clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
3. Therefore said some of
the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath
day. Others said, how can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And
there was a division among them.
4. They say unto the blind
man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He
said, He is a prophet.
5. But the Jews did not believe
concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they
called the parents of him that had received his sight.
6. And they asked them, saying,
Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that
he was born blind; but by what means he now seeth we know not; nor who
hath opened his eyes; he is of age; ask him, he shall speak for himself.
7. These words spake his parents,
because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had agreed already, that if
any man did confess that he was the Christ he should be put out of the
synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age? ask him.
8. Then again called they
the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know
that this man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner
or no, I know not; one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
9. Then said they to him again,
What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? He answered them, I have
told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again?
will ye also be his disciples?
10. Then they reviled him,
and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Mosesí disciples. We know that
God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
11. The man answered and said
unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence
he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not
12. But if any man be a worshipper
of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it
not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this
man were not of God, he could do nothing.
13. They answered and said
unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And
they cast him out.
14. Jesus heard that they
had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou
believe on the Son of God ? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that
I might believe on him.
15. And Jesus said unto him,
Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said,
Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
16. And Jesus said, For judgment
I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that
they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were
with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
17. AND Jesus, when he came
to a certain place where seven palm trees grew, gathered his disciples
around him, and to each he gave a number and a name which he only knew
who received it. And he said unto them, Stand ye as pillars in the House
of God, and shew forth the order according to your numbers which ye have
18. And they stood around
him, and they made a body four square, and they counted the number, and
could not. And they said unto him, Lord we cannot. And Jesus said, Let
him who is greatest among you be even as the least, and the symbol of that
which is first be as the symbol of that which is last.
19. And they did so, and in
every way was there equality, and yet each bore a different number and
the one side was as the other and the upper was as the lower, and the inner
as the outer. And the Lord said, It is enough. Such is the House of the
wise Master Builder. Foursquare it is, and perfect. Many are the Chambers,
but the House is One.
20. Again consider the Body
of man, which is a Temple of the Spirit. For the body is one, united to
its head, which with it is one body. And it has many members, yet, all
are one body and the one Spirit ruleth and worketh in all; so also in the
21. And the head doth not
say to the bosom, I have no need of thee, nor the right hand to the left,
I have no need of thee, nor the left foot to the right, I have no need
of thee; neither the eyes to the ears, we have no need of you, nor the
mouth to the nose, I have no need for thee. For God hath set in the one
body every member as is fitting.
22. If the whole were the
head, where were the breasts? If the whole were the belly, where were the
feet? yea, those members which some affirm are less honourable, upon them
hath God bestowed the more honour.
23. And those parts which
some call uncomely, upon them hath been bestowed more abundant comeliness,
that they may care one for the other; so, if one member suffers, all members
suffer with it, and if one member is honoured all members rejoice.
24. Now ye are my Body; and
each one of you is a member in particular, and to each one of you do I
give the fitting place, and one Head over all, and one Heart the centre
of all, that there be no lack nor schism, that so with your bodies, your
souls and your spirits ye may glorify the All Parent through the Divine
Spirit which worketh in all and through all.
Christ The Good Shepherd
One With The Father
1. AT that time there
passed by the way a shepherd leading his flock to the fold; and Jesus took
up one of the young lambs in his arms and talked to it lovingly and pressed
it to his bosom. And he spake to his disciples saying:
2. I am the good shepherd
and know my sheep and am known of mine. As the Parent of all knoweth me,
even so know I my sheep, and lay down my life for the sheep. And other
sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also must I bring, and they
shall hear my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
3. I lay down my life, that
I may take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.
I have power to lay my body down and I have power to take it up again.
4. I am the good shepherd;
the good shepherd feedeth his flock, he gathereth his lambs in his arms
and carrieth them in his bosom and gently leadeth those that are with young,
yea the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
5. But he that is an hireling,
and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming
and leaveth the sheep and fleeth, and the wolf catcheth them and scattereth
the sheep. The hireling fleeth because he is an hireling and careth not
for the sheep.
6. I am the door: by me all
who enter shall be safe, and shall go in and out and find pasture. The
evil one cometh not but for to steal and to kill and destroy; I am come
that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
7. He that entereth in by
the door, is the shepherd of the sheep, to whom the porter openeth, and
the sheep hear his voice, and he calleth his sheep by name, and leadeth
them out, and he knoweth the number.
8. And when he putteth forth
his sheep he goeth before them and the sheep follow him for they know his
voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him, for
they know not the voice of strangers.
9. This parable spake Jesus
unto them, but they understood not what things they were which he spake
unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, My sheep hear my voice, and
I know them, and they follow me and I give unto them eternal life and they
shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
10. My Parent who gave them
me, is greater than all and no man is able to pluck them out of my Parentís
hand. I and my Parent are One.
11. Then the Jews took up
stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I
shewed you from my Parent, for which of those works do ye stone me?
12. The Jews answered him,
saying, For a good work we stone thee not, but for blasphemy, because that
thou being a man maketh thyself equal with God. Jesus answered them, Said
I that I was equal to God? nay, but I am one with God. Is it not written
in the Scripture, I said, Ye are gods?
13. If he called them gods,
unto whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken, say
ye of him, whom the Parent of all hath sanctified and sent into the world.
Thou blasphemest; because I said I am the Son of God, and therefore One
with the All Parent?
14. If I do not the works
of my Parent believe me not, but if I do, though ye believe not me, believe
the works, that ye may know and believe that the Spirit of the great Parent
is in me, and I in my Parent.
15. Therefore they sought
again to take him, but he escaped out of their hands and went away again
beyond Jordan, into the place where John at first baptized and there he
16. And many resorted unto
him, and said, John, indeed did not miracle, He is the Prophet that should
come. And many believed on him.
The Raising of Lazarus
From His Sleep In The Tomb
1. Now a certain man was sick, named
Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that
Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair,
whose brother Lazarus was sick).
2. Therefore his sisters sent
unto him saying, Lord, behold he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard
that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but that the glory of God
might be manifest in him. Now Jesus loved Mary and her sister and Lazarus.
3. When he heard that he was
sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Then after
that, saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judea again.
4. His disciples said unto
him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee and goest thou thither
again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man
walketh in the day he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this
5. But if a man walk in the
night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. These things said
he, and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth, but
I go that I may awake him out of sleep.
6. Then said his disciples,
Lord if he sleep, he shall do well. And a messenger came unto him saying,
Lazarus is dead.
7. Now when Jesus came, he
found that he had lain in the grave four days already (Bethany was nigh
unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off). And many of the Jews came
to Martha and Mary to comfort them concerning their brother.
8. Then Martha, as soon as
she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him, but Mary sat still in
the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord if thou hadst been here my
brother had not died. But I know that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask
of God, God will give it thee.
9. Jesus saith unto her, Thy
brother sleepeth, and he shall rise again. Martha said unto him, I know
that he shall rise again, at the resurrection at the last day.
10. Jesus said unto her, I
am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were
dead yet shall he live. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and whosoever
liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
11. She saith unto him, Yea,
Lord : I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should
come into the world. And when she had so said she went her way and called
Mary her sister secretly saying, The Master is come and calleth for thee.
As soon as she heard that she arose quickly and came unto him.
12. Now Jesus was not yet
come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews
then which were with her in the house and comforted her, when they saw
Mary that she arose up hastily and went out, followed her saying, She goeth
unto the grave to weep there.
13. Then when Mary was come
to where Jesus was, and saw him she fell down at his feet, saying unto
him, Lord if thou hadst been here my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore
saw her weeping and the Jews also weeping that came with her, he groaned
in the spirit and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They
said unto him, Lord, come and see, and Jesus wept.
14. Then said the Jews, Behold,
how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man which opened
the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
Jesus therefore groaning again in himself (for he feared that he might
be already dead) cometh to the grave. It was a cave and a stone lay upon
15. Jesus said, Take ye away
the stone. Martha, the sister of him supposed to be dead, saith unto him,
Lord by this time he stinketh, for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith
unto her, Said I not unto thee, that if thou wouldest believe thou shouldst
see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where
Lazarus was laid.
16. And Jesus lifted up his
eyes and chanting, invoked the great Name, and said, My Parent, I thank
Thee that thou has heard me. And I know that Thou hearest me always, but
because of the people which stand by I call upon Thee that they may believe
that Thou hast sent me. And when he had thus spoken he cried with a loud
voice, Lazarus come forth.
17. And he that was as dead
came forth bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was: bound
about with a napkin.
18. Jesus said unto them,
Loose him and let him go. When the thread of life is cut indeed, it cometh
not again, but when it is whole there is hope. Then many of the Jews which
came to Mary and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
Concerning Little Children
The Forgiveness Of Others
Parable Of The Fishes
1. AT the same time came the
disciples unto Jesus, saying, who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?
And Jesus called a little child unto him and set him in the midst of them
and said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become innocent
and teachable as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of
2. Whosoever therefore shall
humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom
of Heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth
3. Woe unto the world because
of offenses! for it must needs be that offences come, but woe to that man
by whom the offence cometh. Wherefore if thy lust, or thy pleasure do offend
others, cut them off and cast them from thee, it is better for thee to
enter into life without, rather than having that which will be cast into
4. Take heed that ye neglect
not one of these little ones, for I say unto you, That in heaven their
angels do always behold the Face of God. For the Son of man is come to
save that which was lost.
5. How think ye? if a man
have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave
the ninety and nine and go into the mountains and seek that which is gone
astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth
more over that sheep than over the ninety and nine which went not astray.
6. Even so it is not the will
of your Parent, Who is in heaven, that one of these little one should perish.
7. AND there were certain
men of doubtful mind, came unto Jesus, and said unto him: Thou tellest
us that our life and being is from God, but we have never seen God, nor
do we know of any God. Canst thou shew us Whom thou callest the Father-Mother,
one God? We know not if there be a God.
8. Jesus answered them, saying,
Hear ye this parable of the fishes. The fishes of a certain river communed
with one another, saying, They tell us that our life and being is from
water, but we have never seen water, we know not what water is. Then some
among them, wiser than the rest, said: We have heard there dwelleth in
the sea a wise and learned Fish, who knoweth all things. Let us journey
to him, and ask him to shew us what water is.
9. So several of them set
out to find this great and wise Fish and they came at last to the sea wherein
the wise Fish dwelt, and they asked of him.
10. And when he heard them
he said unto them, O ye foolish fish that consider not! Wise are ye, the
few, who seek. In the water ye live, and move, and have your being; from
the water ye came, to the water ye return. Ye live in the water, yet ye
know it not. In like manner, ye live in God, and yet ye ask of me, ďShew
us God.Ē God is in all things, and all things are in God.
11. AGAIN Jesus said unto
them, If thy brother or sister shall trespass against thee, go and declare
the fault between thee and thy brother or sister alone; if they shall hear
thee, thou hast gained them. But if they will not hear thee, then take
with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses
every word may be established.
12. And if they shall neglect
to hear them, tell it unto the church, but if they neglect to hear them,
tell it unto the church, but if they neglect to hear the church, let them
be unto thee as those that are outside the church. Verily I say unto you,
Whatsoever ye shall justly bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven, and
whatsoever ye shall justly loose in earth, shall be loosed in heaven.
13. Again I say unto you,
That if seven, or even if three of you shall agree on earth as touching
anything that they ask, it shall be done for them of my Father-Mother Who
is in heaven. For where even three are gathered together in my name there
I am in the midst of them, and if there be but one, I am in the heart of
14. THEN came Peter to him
and said, Lord, how oft shalt my brother sin against me and I forgive him?
till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven
times, but until seventy times seven. For in the Prophets likewise unrighteousness
was found, even after they were anointed by the Holy Spirit.
15. And he spake this parable,
saying, There was a certain king who would take account of his servants,
and when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him which owed him
ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded
him to be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, and payment
to be made.
16. The servant therefore,
fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me and I
will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion
and loosed him, and forgave him his debt.
17. But the same servant went
out and found one of his fellow-servants which owed him a hundred pence,
and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that
18. And his fellow-servant
fell down at his feet and besought him, saying, Have patience with me and
I will pay thee all. And he would not, but went and cast him into prison
till he should pay the debt.
19. So when his fellow-servants
saw what he had done they were very sorry, and came and told unto their
lord all that was done.
20. Then his lord, after he
had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee
all that debt because thou desiredst me; shouldst not thou also have had
compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee. And his lord
was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all
that was due unto him.
21. So likewise shall the
heavenly Parent judge you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one,
his brother or sister, their trespasses. Nevertheless, let every man see
that he pay that which he oweth, for God loveth the just.
Divine Love To The Repentant
1. Jesus said unto the disciples
and to the multitude around them, Who is the son of God? Who is the daughter
of God? Even the company of them who turn from all evil and do righteousness,
love mercy and walk reverently with their God. These are the sons and the
daughters of man who come up out of Egypt, to whom it is given that they
should be called the sons and the daughters of God.
2. And they are gathered from
all tribes and nations and peoples and tongues, and they come from the
East and the West and the North and the South, and they dwell on Mount
Zion, and they eat bread and they drink of the fruit of the vine at the
table of God. and they see God face to face.
3. Then drew near unto him
all the taxgatherers and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and
Scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners and eateth with them.
4. AND he spake this parable
unto them, saying, What man of you having an hundred sheep, if he lose
one of them doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go
after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it he
layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
5. And when he cometh home,
he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice
with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that
likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than
over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance.
6. Either what woman having
ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece doth not light a candle and
seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it she calleth
her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me, for I
have found the piece of silver which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you,
there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that
7. AND he also spake this
parable, A certain man had two sons, and the younger of them said to his
parents, Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And they divided
unto him their living. And not many days after the younger son gathered
all together and took his journey into a fair country, and there wasted
his substance with riotous living.
8. And when he had spent all,
there arose a mighty famine in that land, and he began to be in want. And
he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him
into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his body with
the husks that the swine did eat, and no man gave unto him.
9. And when he came to himself
he said, How many hired servants of my fatherís have bread enough and to
spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father and mother,
and will say unto them. My father and my mother, I have sinned against
Heaven and before you, and am no more worthy to be called your son, make
me as one of your hired servants.
10. And he arose and came
to his parents. But when he was a great way off, his mother and his father
saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
And the son said unto them, My father and my mother, I have sinned against
Heaven and in your sight, and am no more worthy to be called your son.
11. But the father said to
his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring
on his hand and shoes on his feet, and bring hither the best ripe fruits,
and the bread and the oil and the wine, and let us eat and be merry; for
this my son was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found. And
they began to be merry.
12. Now his elder son was
in the field, and as he came and drew nigh to the house he heard music
and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things
meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother who was lost is come back, and
thy father and thy mother have prepared the bread and the oil and the wine
and the best ripe fruits, because they have received him safe and sound.
13. And he was angry and would
not go in, therefore came his father out and entreated him. And he answering,
said to his father, Lo, these many years have I served thee, neither transgressed
I at any time thy commandments, and yet thou never gavest me such goodly
feast that I may make merry with my friends.
14. But as soon as this thy
son is come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou preparest
for him a feast of the best that thou hast.
15. And his father said unto
him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet,
therefore, that we should be merry and be glad, for this thy brother was
dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.
Jesus Forewarneth His Disciples
Glad Tidings to Zaccheus
1. AND Jesus went up into a
mountain and there he sat with his disciples and taught them, and he said
unto them, Fear not, little flock, for it is your Fatherís good pleasure
to give you the kingdom.
2. Sell that ye have and do
that which is good, for them which have not; provide yourselves bags which
wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief
approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there
will your heart be also.
3. Let your loins be girded
about, and your lights burning, and ye yourselves like unto men that wait
for their lord, when he will return from the wedding that when he cometh
and knocketh they may open unto him immediately.
4. Blessed are those servants
whom the lord, when he cometh, shall find watching; verily I say unto you
that he shall gird himself and make them to sit down at his table, and
will come forth and serve them.
5. And if he shall come in
the second watch, or come in the third watch and find them so, blessed
rare those servants.
6. And this know, that the
guardian of the house not knowing what hour the thief would come, would
have watched and not have suffered his house to have been broken through.
Be ye therefore ready also, for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye
7. Then Peter said unto him,
Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord
said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make
ruler over his household, to give them who serve their portion in due season?
8. Blessed is that servant
whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto
you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
9. But and if that servant
say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming and shall begin to beat the
menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and to be drunken, the
lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and
at an hour when he is not aware and will appoint him his portion with the
10. And that servant which
knew his lordís will and prepared not himself, neither did according to
his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and
did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.
For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall they much require the less.
11. For they who know the
Godhead, and have found in the way of Life the mysteries of light and then
have fallen into sin, shall be punished with greater chastisements than
they who have not known the way of Life.
12. Such shall return when
their cycle is completed and to them will be given space to consider, and
amend their lives, and learning the mysteries, enter into the kingdom of
13. AND Jesus entered and
passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zaccheus, which
was the chief among the collectors of tribute, and he was rich.
14. And he sought to see Jesus
who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for
he was to pass that way.
15. And when Jesus came to
the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacheus, make
haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made
haste and came down, and received him joyfully.
16. And when they saw it,
they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that
is a sinner.
17. And Zachaeus stood, and
said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor;
and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore
18. And Jesus said unto him,
This day is salvation come to thine house, forsomuch as thou art a just
man, thou also art a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek
and to save that which ye deem to be lost.
Jesus Rebuketh Hyprocrisy
1. THEN spake Jesus to the
multitude, and to his disciples, saying. The scribes and the Pharisees
sit in Mosesís seat. All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that
observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say and do not.
For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on menís
shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
2. But all their works they
do for to be seen of men; they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge
the borders of their garments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts,
and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and
to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
3. But desire not ye to be
called Rabbi: for one is your Rabbi, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
And call not any one father on earth, for on earth are fathers in the flesh
only; but in Heaven there is One Who is your Father and your Mother, Who
hath the Spirit of truth, Whom the world cannot receive.
4. Neither desire ye to be
called masters, for one is your Master, even Christ. But they that are
greatest among you shall be your servants. And whosoever shall exalt themselves
be abased; and they that are humble in themselves shall be exalted.
5. Woe unto you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of Heaven against men:
for ye neither go in yourselves neither suffer ye them that are entering,
to go in,
6. Woe unto you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocritesĒ for ye devour widowsí houses, and for a pretence
make long prayer; therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
7. Woe unto you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte;
and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
8. Woe unto you, ye blind
guides, who say, Whosoever shall swear by the Temple, it is nothing, but
whosoever shall swear by the gold of the Temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools
and blind; for whether is greater, the gold, or the Temple that sanctifieth
9. And, Whosoever shall swear
by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is
upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the
gift, or the altar, that sanctifieth the gift?
10. Whoso therefore shall
swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso
shall swear by the Temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
And he that shall swear by Heaven sweareth by the throne of God, and by
the Holy One that sitteth thereon.
11. Woe unto you, scribes
and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin,
and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and
faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Ye blind guides! for ye strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel.
12. Woe unto you, scribes
and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and
of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou
blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter,
then the outside of them that they may be clean also.
13. Woe unto you, scribes
and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which
indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of the bones of the
dead and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous
unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and make believe.
14. Woe unto you, scribes
and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets,
and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in
the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in
the blood of the prophets.
15. Wherefore ye be witness
unto yourselves, that ye do as the children of them which killed the prophets.
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
16. Wherefore saith holy Wisdom,
behold I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of
them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your
synagogues, and persecute them from city to city. And upon you shall come
all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous
Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, who was slain between
the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall
come upon this generation.
17. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee,
how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth
her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
18. Behold, now your house
is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth,
till ye shall say, Holy, Holy, Holy, Blessed are they who come in the Name
of the Just One.
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