Luke, chapter 1
Inasmuch as many have undertaken
to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among
2: just as they were delivered to us by those who from the
beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,
3: it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely
for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent
4: that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you
have been informed.
5: In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named
Zechari'ah, of the division of Abi'jah; and he had a wife of the
daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6: And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the
commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7: But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both
were advanced in years.
8: Now while he was serving as priest before God when his
division was on duty,
9: according to the custom of the priesthood, it fell to him by
lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
10: And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at
the hour of incense.
11: And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on
the right side of the altar of incense.
12: And Zechari'ah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell
13: But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid,
Zechari'ah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear
you a son, and you shall call his name John.
14: And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at
15: for he will be great before the Lord, and he shall drink no
wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even
from his mother's womb.
16: And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their
17: and he will go before Him in the spirit and power of Eli'jah,
to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient
to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people
18: And Zechari'ah said to the angel, "How shall I know
this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years."
19: And the angel answered him, "I am Gabriel, who stand in
the presence of God; and I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you
this good news.
20: And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the
day that these things come to pass, because you did not believe My
words, which will be fulfilled in their time."
21: And the people were waiting for Zechari'ah, and they wondered
at his delay in the temple.
22: And when he came out, he could not speak to them, and they
perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he made signs to
them and remained dumb.
23: And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.
24: After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five
months she hid herself, saying,
25: "Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when He looked
on me, to take away my reproach among men."
26: In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a
city of Galilee named Nazareth,
27: to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the
house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28: And He came to her and said, "Hail, O favored one, the
Lord is with you!"
29: But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in
her mind what sort of greeting this might be.
30: And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for
you have found favor with God.
31: And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall call His name Jesus.
32: He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most
High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of his father David.
33: And He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of
His kingdom there will be no end."
34: And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I
have no husband?"
35: And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come
upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore
the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
36: And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also
conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called
37: For with God nothing will be impossible."
38: And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord;
let it be to me according to Thy word." And the angel departed from
39: In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill
country, to a city of Judah,
40: and she entered the house of Zechari'ah and greeted
41: And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe
leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42: And she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you
among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43: And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should
come to me?
44: For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears,
the babe in my womb leaped for joy.
45: And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment
of what was spoken to her from the Lord."
46: And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,
47: and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48: for He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden. For
behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
49: For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy
is His name.
50: And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to
51: He has shown strength with His arm, He has scattered the
proud in the imagination of their hearts,
52: He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted
those of low degree;
53: He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He
has sent empty away.
54: He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His
55: as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity
56: And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned
to her home.
57: Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave
birth to a son.
58: And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown
great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
59: And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and
they would have named him Zechari'ah after his father,
60: but his mother said, "Not so; he shall be called
61: And they said to her, "None of your kindred is called by
62: And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would
have him called.
63: And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, "His name
is John." And they all marveled.
64: And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed,
and he spoke, blessing God.
65: And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things
were talked about through all the hill country of Judea;
66: and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying,
"What then will this child be?" For the hand of the Lord was
67: And his father Zechari'ah was filled with the Holy Spirit,
and prophesied, saying,
68: "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited
and redeemed his people,
69: and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of
his servant David,
70: as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old,
71: that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand
of all who hate us;
72: to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember
His holy covenant,
73: the oath which He swore to our father Abraham,
74: to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our
enemies, might serve Him without fear,
75: in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our
76: And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways,
77: to give knowledge of salvation to His people in the
forgiveness of their sins,
78: through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn
upon us from on high
79: to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow
of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
80: And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and He was in
the wilderness till the day of His manifestation to Israel.
Luke, chapter 2
1: In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all
the world should be enrolled.
2: This was the first enrollment, when Quirin'i-us was governor
3: And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city.
4: And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of
Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem,
because He was of the house and lineage of David,
5: to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
6: And while they were there, the time came for her to be
7: And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in
swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place
for them in the inn.
8: And in that region there were shepherds out in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
9: And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of
the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.
10: And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold,
I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.
11: For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.
12: And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped
in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."
13: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the
heavenly host praising God and saying,
14: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among
men with whom He is pleased!"
15: When the angels went away from them into heaven, the
shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see
this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us."
16: And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the
babe lying in a manger.
17: And when they saw it they made known the saying which had
been told them concerning this child;
18: and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told
19: But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.
20: And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for
all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
21: And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was
called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the
22: And when the time came for their purification according to
the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the
23: (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male
that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord")
24: and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law
of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."
25: Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and
this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of
Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26: And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he
should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27: And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when
the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the
custom of the law,
28: he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29: "Lord, now let now Thy servant depart in peace,
according to Thy word;
30: for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation
31: which Thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Thy
33: And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about
34: and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
"Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in
Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against.
35: (And a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that
thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."
36: And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan'u-el,
of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her
husband seven years from her virginity,
37: and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart
from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.
38: And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and
spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39: And when they had performed everything according to the law
of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.
40: And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and
the favor of God was upon him.
41: Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of
42: And when He was twelve years old, they went up according to
43: and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy
Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it,
44: but supposing Him to be in the company they went a day's
journey, and they sought Him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances;
45: and when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem,
46: After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting among
the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions;
47: and all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and
48: And when they saw Him they were astonished; and his mother
said to Him, "Son, why has Thou treated us so? Behold, Thy father
and I have been looking for Thee anxiously."
49: And He said to them, "How is it that you sought Me? Did
you not know that I must be in My Father's house?"
50: And they did not understand the saying, which He spoke to
51: And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was
obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
52: And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor
with God and man
Luke, chapter 3
1: In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiber'i-us Caesar,
Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of
Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturae'a and
Trachoni'tis, and Lysa'ni-as tetrarch of Abile'ne,
2: in the high-priesthood of Annas and Ca'iaphas, the word of God
came to John the son of Zechari'ah in the wilderness;
3: and He went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
4: As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the
prophet, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the
way of the Lord, make His paths straight.
5: Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill
shall be brought low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the
rough ways shall be made smooth;
6: and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."
7: He said therefore to the multitudes that came out to be
baptized by Him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from
the wrath to come?
8: Bear fruits that befit repentance, and do not begin to say to
yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father'; for I tell you, God is able
from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
9: Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree
therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the
10: And the multitudes asked him, "What then shall we
11: And He answered them, "he who has two coats, let him
share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do
12: Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him,
"Teacher, what shall we do?"
13: And He said to them, "Collect no more than is appointed
14: Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what shall we
do?" And He said to them, "Rob no one by violence or by false
accusation, and be content with your wages."
15: As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in
their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ,
16: John answered them all, "I baptize you with water; but
He who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not
worthy to untie; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
17: His winnowing fork is in His hand, to clear His threshing
floor, and to gather the wheat into His granary, but the chaff He will
burn with unquenchable fire."
18: So, with many other exhortations, he preached good news to
19: But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for
Hero'di-as, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things that Herod
20: added this to them all, that he shut up John in prison.
21: Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also
had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened,
22: and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form, as a
dove, and a voice came from heaven, "Thou art My beloved Son; with
Thee I am well pleased."
23: Jesus, when He began His ministry, was about thirty years of
age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
24: the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the
son of Jan'na-i, the son of Joseph,
25: the son of Mattathi'as, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum,
the son of Esli, the son of Nag'ga-i,
26: the son of Ma'ath, the son of Mattathi'as, the son of Sem'e-in,
the son of Josech, the son of Joda,
27: the son of Jo-an'an, the son of Rhesa, the son of
Zerub'babel, the son of She-al'ti-el, the son of Neri,
28: the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son
of Elma'dam, the son of Er,
29: the son of Joshua, the son of Elie'zer, the son of Jorim, the
son of Matthat, the son of Levi,
30: the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the
son of Jonam, the son of Eli'akim,
31: the son of Me'le-a, the son of Menna, the son of Mat'tatha,
the son of Nathan, the son of David,
32: the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Bo'az, the son
of Sala, the son of Nahshon,
33: the son of Ammin'adab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the
son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
34: the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the
son of Terah, the son of Nahor,
35: the son of Serug, the son of Re'u, the son of Peleg, the son
of Eber, the son of Shelah,
36: the son of Ca-i'nan, the son of Arphax'ad, the son of Shem,
the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,
37: the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared,
the son of Maha'lale-el, the son of Ca-i'nan,
38: the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of
Luke, chapter 4
1: And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan,
and was led by the Spirit
2: for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And He
ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, He was hungry.
3: The devil said to Him, "If Thou are the Son of God,
command this stone to become bread."
4: And Jesus answered him, "It is written, `Man shall not
live by bread alone.'"
5: And the devil took Him up, and showed Him all the kingdoms of
the world in a moment of time,
6: and said to Him, "To Thee I will give all this authority
and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom
7: If Thou, then, will worship me, it shall all be Thine."
8: And Jesus answered him, "It is written, `You shall
worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.'"
9: And he took Him to Jerusalem, and set Him on the pinnacle of
the temple, and said to Him, "If Thou are the Son of God, throw
Thyself down from here;
10: for it is written, `He will give His angels charge of Thee,
to guard Thee,'
11: and `On their hands they will bear Thee up, lest Thou strike
Thy foot against a stone.'"
12: And Jesus answered him, "It is said, `You shall not
tempt the Lord Thy God.'"
13: And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed
from Him until an opportune time.
14: And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee,
and a report concerning Him went out through all the surrounding
15: And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
16: And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and He
went to the synagogue, as His custom was, on the sabbath day. And He
stood up to read;
17: and there was given to Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He
opened the book and found the place where it was written,
18: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has
anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim
release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at
liberty those who are oppressed,
19: to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."
20: And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant,
and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
21: And He began to say to them, "Today this scripture has
been fulfilled in your hearing."
22: And all spoke well of Him, and wondered at the gracious words
which proceeded out of His mouth; and they said, "Is not this
23: And He said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to Me
this proverb, `Physician, heal Thyself; what we have heard Thou did at
Caper'na-um, do here also in Thine own country.'"
24: And He said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is
acceptable in his own country.
25: But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in
the days of Eli'jah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six
months, when there came a great famine over all the land;
26: and Eli'jah was sent to none of them but only to Zar'ephath,
in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
27: And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the
prophet Eli'sha; and none of them was cleansed, but only Na'aman the
28: When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with
29: And they rose up and put Him out of the city, and led Him to
the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might
throw Him down headlong.
30: But passing through the midst of them He went away.
31: And He went down to Caper'na-um, a city of Galilee. And He
was teaching them on the sabbath;
32: and they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was
33: And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an
unclean demon; and He cried out with a loud voice,
34: "Ah! What have Thou to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have Thou come to destroy us? I know who Thou are, the Holy One of
35: But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out
of him!" And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he
came out of him, having done him no harm.
36: And they were all amazed and said to one another, "What
is this word? For with authority and power He commands the unclean
spirits, and they come out."
37: And reports of Him went out into every place in the
38: And He arose and left the synagogue, and entered Simon's
house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they
besought Him for her.
39: And He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her;
and immediately she rose and served them.
40: Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any that were
sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on
every one of them and healed them.
41: And demons also came out of many, crying, "Thou art the
Son of God!" But He rebuked them, and would not allow them to
speak, because they knew that He was the Christ.
42: And when it was day He departed and went into a lonely place.
And the people sought Him and came to Him, and would have kept Him from
43: but He said to them, "I must preach the good news of the
kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this
44: And He was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
Luke, chapter 5
1: While the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He
was standing by the lake of Gennes'aret.
2: And He saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone
out of them and were washing their nets.
3: Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, He asked him
to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the people
from the boat.
4: And when He had ceased speaking, He said to Simon, "Put
out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."
5: And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took
nothing! But at Thy word I will let down the nets."
6: And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of
fish; and as their nets were breaking,
7: they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and
help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began
8: But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees,
saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord."
9: For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the
catch of fish which they had taken;
10: and so also were James and John, sons of Zeb'edee, who were
partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid;
henceforth you will be catching men."
11: And when they had brought their boats to land, they left
everything and followed Him.
12: While He was in one of the cities, there came a man full of
leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and besought him,
"Lord, if Thou will, Thou can make me clean."
13: And He stretched out His hand, and touched him, saying,
"I will; be clean." And immediately the leprosy left him.
14: And He charged him to tell no one; but "go and show
yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as
Moses commanded, for a proof to the people."
15: But so much the more the report went abroad concerning Him;
and great multitudes gathered to hear and to be healed of their
16: But He withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.
17: On one of those days, as He was teaching, there were
Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come from every
village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the
Lord was with Him to heal.
18: And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was
paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus;
19: but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd,
they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles
into the midst before Jesus.
20: And when He saw their faith He said, "Man, your sins are
21: And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying,
"Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God
22: When Jesus perceived their questionings, He answered them,
"Why do you question in your hearts?
23: Which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven you,' or to
say, `Rise and walk'?
24: But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on
earth to forgive sins" -- He said to the man who was paralyzed --
"I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home."
25: And immediately he rose before them, and took up that on
which he lay, and went home, glorifying God.
26: And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and
were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen strange things
27: After this He went out, and saw a tax collector, named Levi,
sitting at the tax office; and He said to him, "Follow Me."
28: And he left everything, and rose and followed Him.
29: And Levi made Him a great feast in his house; and there was a
large company of tax collectors and others sitting at table with them.
30: And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against his
disciples, saying, "Why do Thou eat and drink with tax collectors
31: And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no
need of a physician, but those who are sick;
32: I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to
33: And they said to Him, "The disciples of John fast often
and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but Thine eat and drink."
34: And Jesus said to them, "Can you make wedding guests
fast while the bridegroom is with them?
35: The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from
them, and then they will fast in those days."
36: He told them a parable also: "No one tears a piece from
a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; if he does, he will tear
the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.
37: And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the
new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will
38: But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
39: And no one after drinking old wine desires new; for he says,
`The old is good.
Luke, chapter 6
1: On a sabbath, while He was going through the grainfields, His
disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their
2: But some of the Pharisees said, "Why art Thou doing
what is not lawful to do on the sabbath?"
3: And Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did
when He was hungry, He and those who were with Him:
4: how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the bread of
the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and
also gave it to those with him?"
5: And He said to them, "The Son of man is Lord of the
6: On another sabbath, when He entered the synagogue and taught,
a man was there whose right hand was withered.
7: And the scribes and the Pharisees watched Him, to see whether
He would heal on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation
8: But He knew their thoughts, and He said to the man who had the
withered hand, "Come and stand here." And he rose and stood
9: And Jesus said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful on the
sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?"
10: And He looked around on them all, and said to him,
"Stretch out your hand." And he did so, and his hand was
11: But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another
what they might do to Jesus.
12: In these days He went out to the mountain to pray; and all
night He continued in prayer to God.
13: And when it was day, He called His disciples, and chose from
them twelve, whom He named apostles;
14: Simon, whom He named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James
and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew,
15: and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and
Simon who was called the Zealot,
16: and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a
17: And He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a
great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all
Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear
Him and to be healed of their diseases;
18: and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.
19: And all the crowd sought to touch Him, for power came forth
from Him and healed them all.
20: And He lifted up His eyes on His disciples, and said:
"Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21: "Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be
satisfied. "Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh.
22: "Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they
exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account
of the Son of man!
23: Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your
reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
24: "But woe to you that are rich, for you have received
25: "Woe to you that are full now, for you shall hunger.
"Woe to you that laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
26: "Woe to you, when all men speak well of you, for so
their fathers did to the false prophets.
27: "But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good
to those who hate you,
28: bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
29: To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also;
and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.
30: Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes
away your goods do not ask them again.
31: And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.
32: "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to
you? For even sinners love those who love them.
33: And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit
is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
34: And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what
credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much
35: But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting
nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons
of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.
36: Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
37: "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and
you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
38: give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed
down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the
measure you give will be the measure you get back."
39: He also told them a parable: "Can a blind man lead a
blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
40: A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is
fully taught will be like his teacher.
41: Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but
do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
42: Or how can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take out
the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log
that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your
own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in
your brother's eye.
43: "For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad
tree bear good fruit;
44: for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not
gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.
45: The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces
good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out
of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
46: "Why do you call Me `Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell
47: Every one who comes to Me and hears My words and does them, I
will show you what he is like:
48: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep, and laid the
foundation upon rock; and when a flood arose, the stream broke against
that house, and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
49: But he who hears and does not do them is like a man who built
a house on the ground without a foundation; against which the stream
broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was
Luke, chapter 7
1: After He had ended all his sayings in the hearing of the
people He entered Caper'na-um.
2: Now a centurion had a slave who was dear to him, who was sick
and at the point of death.
3: When he heard of Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews,
asking Him to come and heal his slave.
4: And when they came to Jesus, they besought Him earnestly,
saying, "He is worthy to have Thou do this for him,
5: for he loves our nation, and he built us our synagogue."
6: And Jesus went with them. When He was not far from the house,
the centurion sent friends to him, saying to Him, "Lord, do not
trouble Thyself, for I am not worthy to have Thou come under my roof;
7: therefore I did not presume to come to Thee. But say the word,
and let my servant be healed.
8: For I am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me:
and I say to one, `Go,' and he goes; and to another, `Come,' and he
comes; and to my slave, `Do this,' and he does it."
9: When Jesus heard this He marveled at him, and turned and said
to the multitude that followed Him, "I tell you, not even in Israel
have I found such faith."
10: And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they
found the slave well.
11: Soon afterward He went to a city called Na'in, and His
disciples and a great crowd went with Him.
12: As He drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who
had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was
a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her.
13: And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said
to her, "Do not weep."
14: And He came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood
still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise."
15: And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And He gave him
to his mother.
16: Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A
great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited His
17: And this report concerning Him spread through the whole of
Judea and all the surrounding country.
18: The disciples of John told him of all these things.
19: And John, calling to him two of his disciples, sent them to
the Lord, saying, "Are Thou He who is to come, or shall we look for
20: And when the men had come to him, they said, "John the
Baptist has sent us to Thee, saying, `Are Thou He who is to come, or
shall we look for another?'"
21: In that hour He cured many of diseases and plagues and evil
spirits, and on many that were blind He bestowed sight.
22: And He answered them, "Go and tell John what you have
seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are
cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good
news preached to them.
23: And blessed is He who takes no offense at Me."
24: When the messengers of John had gone, He began to speak to
the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the
wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind?
25: What then did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft
clothing? Behold, those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury
are in kings' courts.
26: What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you,
and more than a prophet.
27: This is he of whom it is written, `Behold, I send My
messenger before Thy face, who shall prepare Thy way before Thee.'
28: I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than
John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than
29: (When they heard this all the people and the tax collectors
justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John;
30: but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God
for themselves, not having been baptized by Him.)
31: "To what then shall I compare the men of this
generation, and what are they like?
32: They are like children sitting in the market place and
calling to one another, `We piped to you, and you did not dance; we
wailed, and you did not weep.'
33: For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no
wine; and you say, `He has a demon.'
34: The Son of man has come eating and drinking; and you say,
`Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and
35: Yet wisdom is justified by all her children."
36: One of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him, and He went
into the Pharisee's house, and took His place at table.
37: And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she
learned that He was at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an
alabaster flask of ointment,
38: and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to
wet His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head,
and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39: Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw it, he said to
himself, "If this man were a prophet, He would have known who and
what sort of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a
40: And Jesus answering said to him, "Simon, I have
something to say to you." And he answered, "What is it,
41: "A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five
hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
42: When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of
them will love him more?"
43: Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave
more." And He said to him, "You have judged rightly."
44: Then turning toward the woman He said to Simon, "Do you
see this woman? I entered your house, you gave Me no water for My feet,
but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
45: You gave Me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not
ceased to kiss My feet.
46: You did not anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My
feet with ointment.
47: Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven,
for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."
48: And He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
49: Then those who were at table with Him began to say among
themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?"
50: And He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go
Luke, chapter 8
1: Soon afterward He went on through cities and villages,
preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the
twelve were with Him,
2: and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and
infirmities: Mary, called Mag'dalene, from whom seven demons had gone
3: and Joan'na, the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna,
and many others, who provided for them out of their means.
4: And when a great crowd came together and people from town
after town came to Him, He said in a parable:
5: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some
fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the
air devoured it.
6: And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered
away, because it had no moisture.
7: And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and
8: And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a
hundredfold." As He said this, He called out, "He who has ears
to hear, let him hear."
9: And when His disciples asked Him what this parable meant,
10: He said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets
of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that
seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
11: Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12: The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the
devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not
believe and be saved.
13: And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the
word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a
while and in time of temptation fall away.
14: And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who
hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and
riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
15: And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing
the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth
fruit with patience.
16: "No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel,
or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may
see the light.
17: For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor
anything secret that shall not be known and come to light.
18: Take heed then how you hear; for to him who has will more be
given, and from him who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be
19: Then His mother and His brothers came to Him, but they could
not reach Him for the crowd.
20: And He was told, "Thy mother and Thy brothers are
standing outside, desiring to see Thee."
21: But He said to them, "My mother and My brothers are
those who hear the word of God and do it."
22: One day He got into a boat with His disciples, and He said to
them, "Let us go across to the other side of the lake."
they set out,
23: and as they sailed He fell asleep. And a storm of wind came
down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger.
24: And they went and woke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we
are perishing!" And He awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging
waves; and they ceased, and there was a calm.
25: He said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they
were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, "Who then is
this, that He commands even wind and water, and they obey Him?"
26: Then they arrived at the country of the Ger'asenes, which is
27: And as He stepped out on land, there met Him a man from the
city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes, and he
lived not in a house but among the tombs.
28: When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before Him, and
said with a loud voice, "What have Thou to do with me, Jesus, Son
of the Most High God? I beseech Thee, do not torment me."
29: For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the
man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and
bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by
the demon into the desert.)
30: Jesus then asked him, "What is your name?" And he
said, "Legion"; for many demons had entered him.
31: And they begged Him not to command them to depart into the
32: Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside;
and they begged Him to let them enter these. So He gave them leave.
33: Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine,
and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
34: When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled, and told
it in the city and in the country.
35: Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came
to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at
the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
36: And those who had seen it told them how he who had been
possessed with demons was healed.
37: Then all the people of the surrounding country of the
Ger'asenes asked Him to depart from them; for they were seized with
great fear; so He got into the boat and returned.
38: The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be
with Him; but He sent him away, saying,
39: "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done
for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city
how much Jesus had done for him.
40: Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed Him, for they
were all waiting for Him.
41: And there came a man named Ja'irus, who was a ruler of the
synagogue; and falling at Jesus' feet he besought Him to come to his
42: for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and
she was dying. As He went, the people pressed round Him.
43: And a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years and
could not be healed by any one,
44: came up behind Him, and touched the fringe of His garment;
and immediately her flow of blood ceased.
45: And Jesus said, "Who was it that touched Me?" When
all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the multitudes surround Thee
and press upon Thee!"
46: But Jesus said, "Some one touched Me; for I perceive
that power has gone forth from Me."
47: And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came
trembling, and falling down before Him declared in the presence of all
the people why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately
48: And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you
well; go in peace."
49: While He was still speaking, a man from the ruler's house
came and said, "Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher
50: But Jesus on hearing this answered him, "Do not fear;
only believe, and she shall be well."
51: And when He came to the house, He permitted no one to enter
with Him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of
52: And all were weeping and bewailing her; but He said, "Do
not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping."
53: And they laughed at Him, knowing that she was dead.
54: But taking her by the hand He called, saying, "Child,
55: And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and He
directed that something should be given her to eat.
56: And her parents were amazed; but He charged them to tell no
one what had happened.
Luke, chapter 9
1: And He called the twelve together and gave them power and
authority over all demons and to cure diseases,
2: and He sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal.
3: And He said to them, "Take nothing for your journey, no
staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.
4: And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there
5: And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town
shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them."
6: And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the
gospel and healing everywhere.
7: Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done, and he was
perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from
8: by some that Eli'jah had appeared, and by others that one of
the old prophets had risen.
9: Herod said, "John I beheaded; but who is this about whom
I hear such things?" And he sought to see him.
10: On their return the apostles told Him what they had done. And
He took them and withdrew apart to a city called Beth-sa'ida.
11: When the crowds learned it, they followed Him; and He
welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and cured those
who had need of healing.
12: Now the day began to wear away; and the twelve came and said
to him, "Send the crowd away, to go into the villages and country
round about, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a lonely
13: But He said to them, "You give them something to
eat." They said, "We have no more than five loaves and two
fish -- unless we are to go and buy food for all these people."
14: For there were about five thousand men. And He said to His
disciples, "Make them sit down in companies, about fifty
15: And they did so, and made them all sit down.
16: And taking the five loaves and the two fish He looked up to
heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to
set before the crowd.
17: And all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was
left over, twelve baskets of broken pieces.
18: Now it happened that as He was praying alone the disciples
were with Him; and He asked them, "Who do the people say that I
19: And they answered, "John the Baptist; but others say,
Eli'jah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen."
20: And He said to them, "But who do you say that I
am?" And Peter answered, "The Christ of God."
21: But He charged and commanded them to tell this to no one,
22: saying, "The Son of man must suffer many things, and be
rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and
on the third day be raised."
23: And He said to all, "If any man would come after Me, let
him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
24: For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever
loses his life for My sake, He will save it.
25: For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and
loses or forfeits himself?
26: For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words, of him will the
Son of man be ashamed when He comes in His glory and the glory of the
Father and of the holy angels.
27: But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will
not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."
28: Now about eight days after these sayings He took with Him
Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.
29: And as He was praying, the appearance of His countenance was
altered, and His raiment became dazzling white.
30: And behold, two men talked with Him, Moses and Eli'jah,
31: who appeared in glory and spoke of His departure, which He
was to accomplish at Jerusalem.
32: Now Peter and those who were with Him were heavy with sleep,
and when they wakened they saw His glory and the two men who stood with
33: And as the men were parting from Him, Peter said to Jesus,
"Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one
for Thee and one for Moses and one for Eli'jah" -- not knowing what
34: As he said this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they
were afraid as they entered the cloud.
35: And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My
Son, My Chosen; listen to Him!"
36: And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And
they kept silence and told no one in those days anything of what they
37: On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a
great crowd met Him.
38: And behold, a man from the crowd cried, "Teacher, I beg
Thee to look upon my son, for he is my only child;
39: and behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out;
it convulses him till he foams, and shatters him, and will hardly leave
40: And I begged Thine disciples to cast it out, but they could
41: Jesus answered, "O faithless and perverse generation,
how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son
42: While He was coming, the demon tore him and convulsed him.
But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him
back to his father.
43: And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they
were all marveling at everything He did, He said to His disciples,
44: "Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man
is to be delivered into the hands of men."
45: But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed
from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask
Him about this saying.
46: And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the
47: But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, He took
a child and put him by His side,
48: and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in my
name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for
he who is least among you all is the one who is great."
49: John answered, "Master, we saw a man casting out demons
in Thy name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with
50: But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him; for he that
is not against you is for you."
51: When the days drew near for Him to be received up, He set His
face to go to Jerusalem.
52: And He sent messengers ahead of Him, who went and entered a
village of the Samaritans, to make ready for Him;
53: but the people would not receive Him, because His face was
set toward Jerusalem.
54: And when His disciples James and John saw it, they said,
"Lord, do Thou want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume
55: But He turned and rebuked them.
56: And they went on to another village.
57: As they were going along the road, a man said to Him, "I
will follow Thee wherever Thou go."
58: And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of
the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay His
59: To another He said, "Follow Me."
But he said,
"Lord, let me first go and bury my father."
60: But He said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own
dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
61: Another said, "I will follow Thee, Lord; but let me
first say farewell to those at my home."
62: Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow
and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."
Luke, chapter 10
1: After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on
ahead of Him, two by two, into every town and place where He himself was
about to come.
2: And He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the
laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out
laborers into his harvest.
3: Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of
4: Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the
5: Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!'
6: And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon
him; but if not, it shall return to you.
7: And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they
provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to
8: Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is
set before you;
9: heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has
come near to you.'
10: But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go
into its streets and say,
11: `Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe
off against you; nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has
12: I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on that day for Sodom
than for that town.
13: "Woe to you, Chora'zin! woe to you, Beth-sa'ida! for if
the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would
have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
14: But it shall be more tolerable in the judgment for Tyre and
Sidon than for you.
15: And you, Caper'na-um, will you be exalted to heaven? You
shall be brought down to Hades.
16: "He who hears you hears Me, and he who rejects you
rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me."
17: The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the
demons are subject to us in Thy name!"
18: And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning
19: Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and
scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt
20: Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are
subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
21: In that same hour He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
"I thank Thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou hast
hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to
babes; yea, Father, for such was Thy gracious will.
22: All things have been delivered to Me by my Father; and no one
knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the
Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him."
23: Then turning to the disciples He said privately,
"Blessed are the eyes which see what you see!
24: For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see
what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not
25: And behold, a lawyer stood up to put Him to the test, saying,
"Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
26: He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you
27: And He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with
all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and
with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
28: And He said to him, "You have answered right; do this,
and you will live."
29: But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And
who is my neighbor?"
30: Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to
Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and
departed, leaving him half dead.
31: Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he
saw him he passed by on the other side.
32: So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him,
passed by on the other side.
33: But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and
when he saw him, he had compassion,
34: and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and
wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and
took care of him.
35: And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the
innkeeper, saying, `Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I
will repay you when I come back.'
36: Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the
man who fell among the robbers?"
37: He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And
Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
38: Now as they went on their way, He entered a village; and a
woman named Martha received Him into her house.
39: And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet
and listened to His teaching.
40: But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to
Him and said, "Lord, do Thou not care that my sister has left me to
serve alone? Tell her then to help me."
41: But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are
anxious and troubled about many things;
42: one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which
shall not be taken away from her."
Luke, chapter 11
1: He was praying in a certain place, and when He ceased, one of
His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught
2: And He said to them, "When you pray, say: "Father,
hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come.
3: Give us each day our daily bread;
4: and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one
who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation."
5: And He said to them, "Which of you who has a friend will
go to him at midnight and say to him, `Friend, lend me three loaves;
6: for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have
nothing to set before him';
7: and he will answer from within, `Do not bother me; the door is
now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give
8: I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything
because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise
and give him whatever he needs.
9: And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you
will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
10: For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and
to him who knocks it will be opened.
11: What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will
instead of a fish give him a serpent;
12: or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
13: If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to
your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy
Spirit to those who ask Him!"
14: Now He was casting out a demon that was dumb; when the demon
had gone out, the dumb man spoke, and the people marveled.
15: But some of them said, "He casts out demons by
the prince of demons";
16: while others, to test Him, sought from Him a sign from
17: But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every
kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household
18: And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his
kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Be-el'zebul.
19: And if I cast out demons by Be-el'zebul, by whom do your sons
cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
20: But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons,
then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
21: When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his
goods are in peace;
22: but when one stronger than he assails him and overcomes him,
he takes away his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoil.
23: He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not
gather with Me scatters.
24: "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he
passes through waterless places seeking rest; and finding none he says,
`I will return to my house from which I came.'
25: And when he comes he finds it swept and put in order.
26: Then he goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than
himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man
becomes worse than the first."
27: As He said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and
said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore Thee, and the breasts
that Thou sucked!"
28: But He said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word
of God and keep it!"
29: When the crowds were increasing, He began to say, "This
generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be
given to it except the sign of Jonah.
30: For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nin'eveh, so will
the Son of man be to this generation.
31: The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with the
men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of
the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater
than Solomon is here.
32: The men of Nin'eveh will arise at the judgment with this
generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah,
and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
33: "No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or
under a bushel, but on a stand, that those who enter may see the light.
34: Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound,
your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound, your body is
full of darkness.
35: Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.
36: If then your whole body is full of light, having no part
dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you
37: While He was speaking, a Pharisee asked Him to dine with him;
so He went in and sat at table.
38: The Pharisee was astonished to see that He did not first wash
39: And the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees cleanse the
outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of extortion
40: You fools! Did not He who made the outside make the inside
41: But give for alms those things which are within; and behold,
everything is clean for you.
42: "But woe to you Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue
and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God; these you ought
to have done, without neglecting the others.
43: Woe to you Pharisees! for you love the best seat in the
synagogues and salutations in the market places.
44: Woe to you! for you are like graves which are not seen, and
men walk over them without knowing it."
45: One of the lawyers answered Him, "Teacher, in saying
this Thou reproach us also."
46: And He said, "Woe to you lawyers also! for you load men
with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens
with one of your fingers.
47: Woe to you! for you build the tombs of the prophets whom your
48: So you are witnesses and consent to the deeds of your
fathers; for they killed them, and you build their tombs.
49: Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, `I will send them
prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,'
50: that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation
of the world, may be required of this generation
from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechari'ah, who perished between
the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it shall be required of
52: Woe to you lawyers! for you have taken away the key of
knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were
53: As He went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees
began to press Him hard, and to provoke Him to speak of many things,
54: lying in wait for Him, to catch at something He might say.
Luke, chapter 12
1: In the meantime, when so many thousands of the multitude had
gathered together that they trod upon one another, He began to say to
his disciples first, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which
2: Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden
that will not be known.
3: Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in
the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be
proclaimed upon the housetops.
4: "I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the
body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5: But I will warn you whom to fear: fear Him who, after He has
killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!
6: Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of
them is forgotten before God.
7: Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not;
you are of more value than many sparrows.
8: "And I tell you, every one who acknowledges Me before
men, the Son of man also will acknowledge before the angels of God;
9: but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the
angels of God.
10: And every one who speaks a word against the Son of man will
be forgiven; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be
11: And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers
and the authorities, do not be anxious how or what you are to answer or
what you are to say;
12: for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you
ought to say."
13: One of the multitude said to Him, "Teacher, bid my
brother divide the inheritance with me."
14: But He said to him, "Man, who made Me a judge or divider
15: And He said to them, "Take heed, and beware of all
covetousness; for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his
16: And He told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich
man brought forth plentifully;
17: and he thought to himself, `What shall I do, for I have
nowhere to store my crops?'
18: And he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and
build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
19: And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up
for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.'
20: But God said to him, `Fool! This night your soul is required
of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'
21: So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich
22: And He said to His disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do
not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body,
what you shall put on.
23: For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
24: Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have
neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more
value are you than the birds!
25: And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his span
26: If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why
are you anxious about the rest?
27: Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor
spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like
one of these.
28: But if God so clothes the grass which is alive in the field
today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe
you, O men of little faith!
29: And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to
drink, nor be of anxious mind.
30: For all the nations of the world seek these things; and your
Father knows that you need them.
31: Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things shall be yours as
32: "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good
pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33: Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with
purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does
not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
34: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
35: "Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning,
36: and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home
from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he
comes and knocks.
37: Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when
he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at
table, and he will come and serve them.
38: If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds
them so, blessed are those servants!
39: But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour
the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken
40: You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an
41: Peter said, "Lord, art Thou telling this parable for us
or for all?"
42: And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise
steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their
portion of food at the proper time?
43: Blessed is that servant whom his master when He comes will
find so doing.
44: Truly, I say to you, He will set him over all his
45: But if that servant says to himself, `My master is delayed in
coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to
eat and drink and get drunk,
46: the master of that servant will come on a day when he does
not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and
put him with the unfaithful.
47: And that servant who knew his master's will, but did not make
ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating.
48: But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating,
shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him
will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will
demand the more.
49: "I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it
were already kindled!
50: I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am
constrained until it is accomplished!
51: Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I
tell you, but rather division;
52: for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three
against two and two against three;
53: they will be divided, father against son and son against
father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother,
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against
54: He also said to the multitudes, "When you see a cloud
rising in the west, you say at once, `A shower is coming'; and so it
55: And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, `There will
be scorching heat'; and it happens.
56: You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of
earth and sky; but why do you not know how to interpret the present
57: "And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
58: As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an
effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and
the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in
59: I tell you, you will never get out till you have paid the
very last copper."
Luke, chapter 13
1: There were some present at that very time who told him of the
Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2: And He answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans
were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered
3: I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise
4: Or those eighteen upon whom the tower in Silo'am fell and
killed them, do you think that they were worse offenders than all the
others who dwelt in Jerusalem?
5: I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise
6: And He told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted
in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
7: And he said to the vinedresser, `Lo, these three years I have
come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why
should it use up the ground?'
8: And he answered Him, `Let it alone, sir, this year also, till
I dig about it and put on manure.
9: And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, Thou can cut it down.'"
10: Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
11: And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for
eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten
12: And when Jesus saw her, He called her and said to her,
"Woman, you are freed from your infirmity."
13: And He laid His hands upon her, and immediately she was made
straight, and she praised God.
14: But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had
healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on
which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not
on the sabbath day."
15: Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not
each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger, and
lead it away to water it?
16: And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan
bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath
17: As He said this, all His adversaries were put to shame; and
all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by
18: He said therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like? And
to what shall I compare it?
19: It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed
in his garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air
made nests in its branches."
20: And again He said, "To what shall I compare the kingdom
21: It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three
measures of flour, till it was all leavened."
22: He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching, and
journeying toward Jerusalem.
23: And some one said to him, "Lord, will those who are
saved be few?" And He said to them,
24: "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell
you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
25: When once the householder has risen up and shut the door, you
will begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, `Lord,
open to us.' He will answer you, `I do not know where you come from.'
26: Then you will begin to say, `We ate and drank in Thy presence, and
Thou taught in our streets.'
27: But He will say, `I tell you, I do not know where you come
from; depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity!'
28: There you will weep and gnash your teeth, when you see
Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves thrust out.
29: And men will come from east and west, and from north and
south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God.
30: And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are
first who will be last."
31: At that very hour some Pharisees came, and said to him,
"Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill Thee."
32: And He said to them, "Go and tell that fox, `Behold, I
cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day
I finish my course.
33: Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the
day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from
34: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning
those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children
together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!
35: Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not
see Me until you say, `Blessed is He who comes in the name of the
Luke, chapter 14
1: One sabbath when He went to dine at the house of a ruler who
belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him.
2: And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy.
3: And Jesus spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is
it lawful to heal on the sabbath, or not?"
4: But they were silent. Then He took him and healed him, and let
5: And He said to them, "Which of you, having a son or an ox
that has fallen into a well, will not immediately pull him out on a
6: And they could not reply to this.
7: Now He told a parable to those who were invited, when He
marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them,
8: "When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do
not sit down in a place of honor, lest a more eminent man than you be
invited by him;
9: and he who invited you both will come and say to you, `Give
place to this man,' and then you will begin with shame to take the
10: But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so
that when your host comes he may say to you, `Friend, go up higher';
then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with
11: For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who
humbles himself will be exalted."
12: He said also to the man who had invited him, "When you
give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers
or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return,
and you be repaid.
13: But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the
lame, the blind,
14: and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You
will be repaid at the resurrection of the just."
15: When one of those who sat at table with him heard this, said
to him, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of
16: But He said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet,
and invited many;
17: and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to
those who had been invited, `Come; for all is now ready.'
18: But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to
him, `I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you,
have me excused.'
19: And another said, `I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go
to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.'
20: And another said, `I have married a wife, and therefore I
21: So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the
householder in anger said to his servant, `Go out quickly to the streets
and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and
22: And the servant said, `Sir, what you commanded has been done,
and still there is room.'
23: And the master said to the servant, `Go out to the highways
and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.
24: For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall
taste my banquet.'"
25: Now great multitudes accompanied him; and He turned and said
26: "If any one comes to Me and does not hate his own father
and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even
his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
27: Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me, cannot
be my disciple.
28: For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first
sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
29: Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to
finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
30: saying, `This man began to build, and was not able to
31: Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will
not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand
to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32: And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends
an embassy and asks terms of peace.
33: So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he
has cannot be my disciple.
34: "Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall
its saltness be restored?
35: It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill; men
throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Luke, chapter 15
1: Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to
2: And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This
man receives sinners and eats with them."
3: So He told them this parable:
4: "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost
one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go
after the one which is lost, until he finds it?
5: And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders,
6: And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his
neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep
which was lost.'
7: Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one
sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no
8: "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one
coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently
until she finds it?
9: And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and
neighbors, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I
10: Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God
over one sinner who repents."
11: And He said, "There was a man who had two sons;
12: and the younger of them said to his father, `Father, give me
the share of property that falls to me.' And he divided his living
13: Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and
took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his
property in loose living.
14: And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in
that country, and he began to be in want.
15: So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that
country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16: And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate;
and no one gave him anything.
17: But when he came to himself he said, `How many of my father's
hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with
18: I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him,
"Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;
19: I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one
of your hired servants."'
20: And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at
a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced
him and kissed him.
21: And the son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against
heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
22: But the father said to his servants, `Bring quickly the best
robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his
23: and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and
24: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost,
and is found.' And they began to make merry.
25: "Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and
drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26: And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant.
27: And he said to him, `Your brother has come, and your father
has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.'
28: But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out
and entreated him,
29: but he answered his father, `Lo, these many years I have
served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a
kid, that I might make merry with my friends.
30: But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living
with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!'
31: And he said to him, `Son, you are always with me, and all
that is mine is yours.
32: It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your
brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"
Luke, chapter 16
1: He also said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who
had a steward, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting
2: And he called him and said to him, `What is this that I hear
about you? Turn in the account of your stewardship, for you can no
longer be steward.'
3: And the steward said to himself, `What shall I do, since my
master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not strong enough to
dig, and I am ashamed to beg.
4: I have decided what to do, so that people may receive me into
their houses when I am put out of the stewardship.'
5: So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the
first, `How much do you owe my master?'
6: He said, `A hundred measures of oil.' And he said to him,
`Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'
7: Then he said to another, `And how much do you owe?' He said,
`A hundred measures of wheat.' He said to him, `Take your bill, and
8: The master commended the dishonest steward for his shrewdness;
for the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own
generation than the sons of light.
9: And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of
unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the
10: "He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in
much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in
11: If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon,
who will entrust to you the true riches?
12: And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's,
who will give you that which is your own?
13: No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the
one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
14: The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and
they scoffed at him.
15: But He said to them, "You are those who justify
yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts; for what is exalted
among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
16: "The law and the prophets were until John; since then
the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and every one enters it
17: But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for
one dot of the law to become void.
18: "Every one who divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband
19: "There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and
fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
20: And at his gate lay a poor man named Laz'arus, full of sores,
21: who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's
table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22: The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's
bosom. The rich man also died and was buried;
23: and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and
saw Abraham far off and Laz'arus in his bosom.
24: And he called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and
send Laz'arus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue;
for I am in anguish in this flame.'
25: But Abraham said, `Son, remember that you in your lifetime
received your good things, and Laz'arus in like manner evil things; but
now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
26: And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has
been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not
be able, and none may cross from there to us.'
27: And he said, `Then I beg you, father, to send him to my
28: for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they
also come into this place of torment.'
29: But Abraham said, `They have Moses and the prophets; let them
30: And he said, `No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to
them from the dead, they will repent.'
31: He said to him, `If they do not hear Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the
Luke, chapter 17
1: And He said to His disciples, "Temptations to sin are
sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come!
2: It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his
neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of
these little ones to sin.
3: Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and
if he repents, forgive him;
4: and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns
to you seven times, and says, `I repent,' you must forgive him."
5: The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
6: And the Lord said, "If you had faith as a grain of
mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, `Be rooted up, and be
planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
7: "Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or
keeping sheep, say to him when he has come in from the field, `Come at
once and sit down at table'?
8: Will he not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, and
gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you
shall eat and drink'?
9: Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?
10: So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you,
say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our
11: On the way to Jerusalem He was passing along between Sama'ria
12: And as He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who
stood at a distance
13: and lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master,
have mercy on us."
14: When He saw them He said to them, "Go and show
yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed.
15: Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned
back, praising God with a loud voice;
16: and he fell on His face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks.
Now he was a Samaritan.
17: Then said Jesus, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the
18: Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this
19: And He said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith
has made you well."
20: Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was
coming, He answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with
signs to be observed;
21: nor will they say, `Lo, here it is!' or `There!' for behold,
the kingdom of God is in the midst of you."
22: And He said to the disciples, "The days are coming when
you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will
not see it.
23: And they will say to you, `Lo, there!' or `Lo, here!' Do not
go, do not follow them.
24: For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one
side to the other, so will the Son of man be in His day.
25: But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this
26: As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of
the Son of man.
27: They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in
marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came
and destroyed them all.
28: Likewise as it was in the days of Lot -- they ate, they
drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built,
29: but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur
rained from heaven and destroyed them all --
30: so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed.
31: On that day, let him who is on the housetop, with his goods
in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who
is in the field not turn back.
32: Remember Lot's wife.
33: Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever
loses his life will preserve it.
34: I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed; one
will be taken and the other left.
35: There will be two women grinding together; one will be taken
and the other left."
37: And they said to him, "Where, Lord?" He said to
them, "Where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered
Luke, chapter 18
1: And He told them a parable, to the effect that they ought
always to pray and not lose heart.
2: He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither
feared God nor regarded man;
3: and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and
saying, `Vindicate me against my adversary.'
4: For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself,
`Though I neither fear God nor regard man,
5: yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or
she will wear me out by her continual coming.'"
6: And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says.
7: And will not God vindicate His elect, who cry to him day and
night? Will he delay long over them?
8: I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless,
when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
9: He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves
that they were righteous and despised others:
10: "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee
and the other a tax collector.
11: The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, `God, I
thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortionists, unjust,
adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
12: I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.'
13: But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift
up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, `God, be merciful to
me a sinner!'
14: I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather
than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he
who humbles himself will be exalted."
15: Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might
touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
16: But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children
come to Me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of
17: Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of
God like a child shall not enter it."
18: And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to
inherit eternal life?"
19: And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one
is good but God alone.
20: You know the commandments: `Do not commit adultery, Do not
kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and
21: And he said, "All these I have observed from my
22: And when Jesus heard it, He said to him, "One thing you
still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you
will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
23: But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich.
24: Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who
have riches to enter the kingdom of God!
25: For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a
needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
26: Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
27: But He said, "What is impossible with men is possible
28: And Peter said, "Lo, we have left our homes and followed Thee."
29: And He said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there is no
man who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for
the sake of the kingdom of God,
30: who will not receive manifold more in this time, and in the
age to come eternal life."
31: And taking the twelve, He said to them, "Behold, we are
going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written of the Son of man
by the prophets will be accomplished.
32: For He will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked
and shamefully treated and spit upon;
33: they will scourge him and kill him, and on the third day He
34: But they understood none of these things; this saying was hid
from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
35: As He drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the
36: and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this
37: They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
38: And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on
39: And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be
silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on
40: And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him;
and when He came near, He asked him,
41: "What do you want Me to do for you?"
"Lord, let Me receive my sight."
42: And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith
has made you well."
43: And immediately he received his sight and followed him,
glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to
Luke, chapter 19
1: He entered Jericho and was passing through.
2: And there was a man named Zacchae'us; he was a chief tax
collector, and rich.
3: And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account
of the crowd, because he was small of stature.
4: So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see
him, for he was to pass that way.
5: And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to
him, "Zacchae'us, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your
6: So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully.
7: And when they saw it they all murmured, "He has gone in
to be the guest of a man who is a sinner."
8: And Zacchae'us stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord,
the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one
of anything, I restore it fourfold."
9: And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this
house, since He also is a son of Abraham.
10: For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost."
11: As they heard these things, He proceeded to tell a parable,
because He was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the
kingdom of God was to appear immediately.
12: He said therefore, "A nobleman went into a far country
to receive a kingdom and then return.
13: Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten pounds, and
said to them, `Trade with these till I come.'
14: But his citizens hated him and sent an embassy after him,
saying, `We do not want this man to reign over us.'
15: When he returned, having received the kingdom, he commanded
these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him,
that he might know what they had gained by trading.
16: The first came before him, saying, `Lord, your pound has made
ten pounds more.'
17: And he said to him, `Well done, good servant! Because you
have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten
18: And the second came, saying, `Lord, your pound has made five
19: And he said to him, `And you are to be over five cities.'
20: Then another came, saying, `Lord, here is your pound, which I
kept laid away in a napkin;
21: for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man; you
take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.'
22: He said to him, `I will condemn you out of your own mouth,
you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking up what I
did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?
23: Why then did you not put my money into the bank, and at my
coming I should have collected it with interest?'
24: And he said to those who stood by, `Take the pound from him,
and give it to him who has the ten pounds.'
25: (And they said to him, `Lord, he has ten pounds!')
26: `I tell you, that to every one who has will more be given;
but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
27: But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to
reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.'"
28: And when he had said this, He went on ahead, going up to
29: When He drew near to Beth'phage and Bethany, at the mount
that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples,
30: saying, "Go into the village opposite, where on entering
you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat; untie it
and bring it here.
31: If any one asks you, `Why are you untying it?' you shall say
this, `The Lord has need of it.'"
32: So those who were sent went away and found it as He had told
33: And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them,
"Why are you untying the colt?"
34: And they said, "The Lord has need of it."
35: And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their garments on
the colt they set Jesus upon it.
36: And as He rode along, they spread their garments on the road.
37: As He was now drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of
Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise
God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen,
38: saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of
the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
39: And some of the Pharisees in the multitude said to him,
"Teacher, rebuke Thy disciples."
40: He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very
stones would cry out."
41: And when He drew near and saw the city He wept over it,
42: saying, "Would that even today you knew the things that
make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes.
43: For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast
up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side,
44: and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you,
and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did
not know the time of your visitation."
45: And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who
46: saying to them, "It is written, `My house shall be a
house of prayer'; but you have made it a den of robbers."
47: And He was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests
and the scribes and the principal men of the people sought to destroy
48: but they did not find anything they could do, for all the
people hung upon His words.
Luke, chapter 20
1: One day, as He was teaching the people in the temple and
preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders
2: and said to him, "Tell us by what authority Thou do these
things, or who it is that gave Thee this authority."
3: He answered them, "I also will ask you a question; now
4: Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?"
5: And they discussed it with one another, saying, "If we
say, `From heaven,' He will say, `Why did you not believe him?'
6: But if we say, `From men,' all the people will stone us; for
they are convinced that John was a prophet."
7: So they answered that they did not know whence it was.
8: And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what
authority I do these things."
9: And He began to tell the people this parable: "A man
planted a vineyard, and let it out to tenants, and went into another
country for a long while.
10: When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, that
they should give him some of the fruit of the vineyard; but the tenants
beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.
11: And he sent another servant; him also they beat and treated
shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.
12: And he sent yet a third; this one they wounded and cast out.
13: Then the owner of the vineyard said, `What shall I do? I will
send my beloved son; it may be they will respect him.'
14: But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, `This
is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'
15: And they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. What
then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16: He will come and destroy those tenants, and give the vineyard
to others." When they heard this, they said, "God
17: But He looked at them and said, "What then is this that
is written: `The very stone which the builders rejected has become the
head of the corner'?
18: Every one who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces;
but when it falls on any one it will crush him."
19: The scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on him
at that very hour, but they feared the people; for they perceived that
He had told this parable against them.
20: So they watched him, and sent spies, who pretended to be
sincere, that they might take hold of what He said, so as to deliver him
up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.
21: They asked him, "Teacher, we know that Thou speak and
teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God.
22: Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?"
23: But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them,
24: "Show Me a coin. Whose likeness and inscription has
it?" They said, "Caesar's."
25: He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that
are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
26: And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch
him by what He said; but marveling at His answer they were silent.
27: There came to him some Sadducees, those who say that there is
28: and they asked him a question, saying, "Teacher, Moses
wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife but no
children, the man must take the wife and raise up children for his
29: Now there were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and
died without children;
30: and the second
31: and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no
children and died.
32: Afterward the woman also died.
33: In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be?
For the seven had her as wife."
34: And Jesus said to them, "The sons of this age marry and
are given in marriage;
35: but those who are accounted worthy to attain to that age and
to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in
36: for they cannot die any more, because they are equal to
angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
37: But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the
passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and
the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.
38: Now He is not God of the dead, but of the living; for all
live to him."
39: And some of the scribes answered, "Teacher, Thou have
40: For they no longer dared to ask him any question.
41: But He said to them, "How can they say that the Christ
is David's son?
42: For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, `The Lord said
to my Lord, Sit at my right hand,
43: till I make Thy enemies a stool for Thy feet.'
44: David thus calls him Lord; so how is He his son?"
45: And in the hearing of all the people He said to His
46: "Beware of the scribes, who like to go about in long
robes, and love salutations in the market places and the best seats in
the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,
47: who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long
prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation."
Luke, chapter 21
1: He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the
2: and He saw a poor widow put in two copper coins.
3: And He said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put
in more than all of them;
4: for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out
of her poverty put in all the living that she had."
5: And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with noble
stones and offerings, He said,
6: "As for these things which you see, the days will come
when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not
be thrown down."
7: And they asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what
will be the sign when this is about to take place?"
8: And He said, "Take heed that you are not led astray; for
many will come in my name, saying, `I am He!' and, `The time is at
hand!' Do not go after them.
9: And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified;
for this must first take place, but the end will not be at once."
10: Then He said to them, "Nation will rise against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom;
11: there will be great earthquakes, and in various places
famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from
12: But before all this they will lay their hands on you and
persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you
will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake.
13: This will be a time for you to bear testimony.
14: Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand
how to answer;
15: for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your
adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
16: You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and
kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death;
17: you will be hated by all for My name's sake.
18: But not a hair of your head will perish.
19: By your endurance you will gain your lives.
20: "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then
know that its desolation has come near.
21: Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and
let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out
in the country enter it;
22: for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill
all that is
23: Alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck
in those days! For great distress shall be upon the earth and wrath upon
24: they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive
among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles,
until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25: "And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and
upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the
sea and the waves,
26: men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming
on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
27: And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with
power and great glory.
28: Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise
your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
29: And He told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and
all the trees;
30: as soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and
know that the summer is already near.
31: So also, when you see these things taking place, you know
that the kingdom of God is near.
32: Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till
all has taken place.
33: Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass
34: "But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed
down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that
day come upon you suddenly like a snare;
35: for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the
36: But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to
escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the
Son of man."
37: And every day He was teaching in the temple, but at night He
went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet.
38: And early in the morning all the people came to him in the
temple to hear him.
Luke, chapter 22
1: Now the feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called
2: And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put
him to death; for they feared the people.
3: Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the
number of the twelve;
4: he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers
how he might betray him to them.
5: And they were glad, and engaged to give him money.
6: So he agreed, and sought an opportunity to betray him to them
in the absence of the multitude.
7: Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.
8: So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the
Passover for us, that we may eat it."
9: They said to him, "Where will Thou have us prepare
10: He said to them, "Behold, when you have entered the
city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the
house which he enters,
11: and tell the householder, `The Teacher says to you, Where is
the guest room, where I am to eat the Passover with my disciples?'
12: And he will show you a large upper room furnished; there make
13: And they went, and found it as he had told them; and they
prepared the Passover.
14: And when the hour came, He sat at table, and the apostles
15: And He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat
this Passover with you before I suffer;
16: for I tell you I shall not eat it until it is fulfilled in
the kingdom of God."
17: And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He said,
"Take this, and divide it among yourselves;
18: for I tell you that from now on I shall not drink of the
fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
19: And He took bread, and when He had given thanks He broke it
and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for
you. Do this in remembrance of Me."
20: And likewise the cup after supper, saying, "This cup
which is poured out for you is the new covenant
in my blood.
21: But behold the hand of him who betrays Me is with Me on the
22: For the Son of man goes as it has been determined; but woe to
that man by whom He is betrayed!"
23: And they began to question one another, which of them it was
that would do this.
24: A dispute also arose among them, which of them was to be
regarded as the greatest.
25: And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise
lordship over them; and those in authority over them are called
26: But not so with you; rather let the greatest among you become
as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.
27: For which is the greater, one who sits at table, or one who
serves? Is it not the one who sits at table? But I am among you as one
28: "You are those who have continued with Me in my trials;
29: and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to Me, a kingdom,
30: that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit
on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31: "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that
he might sift you like wheat,
32: but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and
when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren."
33: And he said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with Thee to
prison and to death."
34: He said, "I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this
day, until you three times deny that you know Me."
35: And He said to them, "When I sent you out with no purse
or bag or sandals, did you lack anything?" They said,
36: He said to them, "But now, let him who has a purse take
it, and likewise a bag. And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and
37: For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in Me,
`And He was reckoned with transgressors'; for what is written about Me
has its fulfillment."
38: And they said, "Look, Lord, here are two swords."
And He said to them, "It is enough."
39: And He came out, and went, as was His custom, to the Mount of
Olives; and the disciples followed him.
40: And when He came to the place He said to them, "Pray
that you may not enter into temptation."
41: And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt
down and prayed,
42: "Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me;
nevertheless not my will, but Thine, be done."
45: And when He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and
found them sleeping for sorrow,
46: and He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray
that you may not enter into temptation."
47: While He was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man
called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus
to kiss him;
48: but Jesus said to him, "Judas, would you betray the Son
of man with a kiss?"
49: And when those who were about him saw what would follow, they
said, "Lord, shall we strike with the sword?"
50: And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut
off his right ear.
51: But Jesus said, "No more of this!"
And He touched
his ear and healed him.
52: Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the
temple and elders, who had come out against him, "Have you come out
as against a robber, with swords and clubs?
53: When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not
lay hands on Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness."
54: Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the
high priest's house. Peter followed at a distance;
55: and when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the
courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.
56: Then a maid, seeing him as he sat in the light and gazing at
him, said, "This man also was with him."
57: But he denied it, saying, "Woman, I do not know
58: And a little later some one else saw him and said, "You
also are one of them." But Peter said, "Man, I am not."
59: And after an interval of about an hour still another
insisted, saying, "Certainly this man also was with him; for he is
60: But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are
saying." And immediately, while he was still speaking, the cock
61: And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered
the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, "Before the cock
crows today, you will deny Me three times."
62: And he went out and wept bitterly.
63: Now the men who were holding Jesus mocked him and beat him;
64: they also blindfolded him and asked him, "Prophesy! Who
is it that struck you?"
65: And they spoke many other words against him, reviling him.
66: When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people
gathered together, both chief priests and scribes; and they led him away
to their council, and they said,
67: "If Thou art the Christ, tell us." But He said to
them, "If I tell you, you will not believe;
68: and if I ask you, you will not answer.
69: But from now on the Son of man shall be seated at the right
hand of the power of God."
70: And they all said, "Art Thou the Son of God, then?"
And He said to them, "You say that I am."
71: And they said, "What further testimony do we need? We
have heard it ourselves from His own lips."
Luke, chapter 23
1: Then the whole company of them arose, and brought him before
2: And they began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man
perverting our nation, and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and
saying that He himself is Christ a king."
3: And Pilate asked him, "Are Thou the King of the
Jews?" And He answered him, "You have said so."
4: And Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes,
"I find no crime in this man."
5: But they were urgent, saying, "He stirs up the people,
teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place."
6: When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a
7: And when he learned that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction,
he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time.
8: When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long
desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to
see some sign done by him.
9: So he questioned him at some length; but he made no answer.
10: The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently
11: And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and
mocked him; then, arraying him in gorgeous apparel, he sent him back to
12: And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very
day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.
13: Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers
and the people,
14: and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who
was perverting the people; and after examining him before you, behold, I
did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him;
15: neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Behold,
nothing deserving death has been done by him;
16: I will therefore chastise him and release him."
18: But they all cried out together, "Away with this man,
and release to us Barab'bas" --
19: a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection
started in the city, and for murder.
20: Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus;
21: but they shouted out, "Crucify, crucify him!"
22: A third time he said to them, "Why, what evil has He
done? I have found in him no crime deserving death; I will therefore
chastise him and release him."
23: But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that He
should be crucified. And their voices prevailed.
24: So Pilate gave sentence that their demand should be granted.
25: He released the man who had been thrown into prison for
insurrection and murder, whom they asked for; but Jesus he delivered up
to their will.
26: And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyre'ne,
who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry
it behind Jesus.
27: And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and
of women who bewailed and lamented him.
28: But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem,
do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
29: For behold, the days are coming when they will say, `Blessed
are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that
never gave suck!'
30: Then they will begin to say to the mountains, `Fall on us';
and to the hills, `Cover us.'
31: For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen
when it is dry?"
32: Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put
to death with him.
33: And when they came to the place which is called The Skull,
there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on
34: And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not
what they do." And they cast lots to divide His garments.
35: And the people stood by, watching; but the rulers scoffed at
him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself, if He is the
Christ of God, His Chosen One!"
36: The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him
37: and saying, "If Thou are the King of the Jews, save
38: There was also an inscription over him, "This is the
King of the Jews."
39: One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying,
"Are Thou not the Christ? Save Thyself and us!"
40: But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God,
since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
41: And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of
our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong."
42: And he said, "Jesus, remember me when Thou come into
43: And He said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will
be with Me in Paradise."
44: It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over
the whole land until the ninth hour,
45: while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple
was torn in two.
46: Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father,
into Thy hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this He
breathed His last.
47: Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised
God, and said, "Certainly this man was innocent!"
48: And all the multitudes who assembled to see the sight, when
they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts.
49: And all His acquaintances and the women who had followed him
from Galilee stood at a distance and saw these things.
50: Now there was a man named Joseph from the Jewish town of
Arimathe'a. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man,
51: who had not consented to their purpose and deed, and he was
looking for the kingdom of God.
52: This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
53: Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud, and
laid him in a rock-hewn tomb, where no one had ever yet been laid.
54: It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning.
55: The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and
saw the tomb, and how His body was laid;
56: then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the
sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
Luke, chapter 24
1: But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to
the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared.
2: And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3: but when they went in they did not find the body.
4: While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by
them in dazzling apparel;
5: and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the
ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the
6: Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee,
7: that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful
men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise."
8: And they remembered His words,
9: and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven
and to all the rest.
10: Now it was Mary Mag'dalene and Jo-an'na and Mary the mother
of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles;
11: but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not
13: That very day two of them were going to a village named
Emma'us, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
14: and talking with each other about all these things that had
15: While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus
himself drew near and went with them.
16: But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
17: And He said to them, "What is this conversation which
you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still,
18: Then one of them, named Cle'opas, answered him, "Art Thou the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have
happened there in these days?"
19: And He said to them, "What things?" And they said
to Him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in
deed and word before God and all the people,
20: and how our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to be
condemned to death, and crucified Him.
21: But we had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel. Yes,
and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened.
22: Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at
the tomb early in the morning
23: and did not find His body; and they came back saying that
they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive.
24: Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it
just as the women had said; but him they did not see."
25: And He said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart
to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
26: Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these
things and enter into His glory?"
27: And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted
to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28: So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He
appeared to be going further,
29: but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it
is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So He went in to
stay with them.
30: When He was at table with them, He took the bread and
blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them.
31: And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He
vanished out of their sight.
32: They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within
us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the
33: And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and
they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them,
34: who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared
35: Then they told what had happened on the road, and how He was
known to them in the breaking of the bread.
36: As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them.
37: But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they
saw a spirit.
38: And He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do
questionings rise in your hearts?
39: See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle Me, and
see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have."
41: And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, He
said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?"
42: They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
43: and He took it and ate before them.
44: Then He said to them, "These are my words which I spoke
to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in
the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be
45: Then He opened their minds to understand the scriptures,
46: and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ
should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,
47: and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be
preached in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
48: You are witnesses of these things.
49: And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but
stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high."
50: Then He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His
hands He blessed them.
51: While He blessed them, He parted from them, and was carried
up into heaven.
52: And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
53: and were continually in the temple blessing God.