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II: 9.

Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
For this is he of whom it is written :
Behold! I send my messenger before thy face.

He shall prepare thy way before thee.
To tell you the truth :
Among those born of women,
There has not risen a greater than John the

Baptist. Yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven, Is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist till now The Kingdom of Heaven is being taken by

force, And those who are taking it by force are seiz

ing it.
For all the prophets and the law
Prophesied till John,
And if you will receive it,
This is Elijah who is to come.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

But to what shall I compare this generation ?

It is like children sitting in the public squares,
Calling to their fellows :

We piped unto you,
You did not dance.


We mourned,

You did not lament. For John came neither eating nor drinking, And they say: He has a demon. The Son of man came eating and drinking And they say: A glutton! A wine-bibber! A friend of tax-collectors and immoral people ! But wisdom is shown to be right by her deeds.

Then he began to upbraid the cities in which most of his mighty works were done, because they did not repent :

Woe to you, Chorazin !
Woe to you, Bethsaida!

For if the mighty works done in you,
Had been done in Tyre and Sidon
They would have repented long ago,
In sackcloth and ashes.

But I tell you :
It will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon
At the day of judgment than for you.
And you, Capernaum, shall you be exalted to

You will be brought down to hades,

For if the mighty works done in you,
Had been done in Sodom,
It would have remained
To this day.

II: 24

But I tell

you: It will be more tolerable for the land of

In the day of judgment, than for you.

At that time Jesus answered and said : “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and

earth, Because thou hast hid these things from the

wise and prudent, And hast revealed thein unto babes. Yes, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Everything was delivered to me by my Father. And no one fully knows the Son except the

Father. Nor does any fully know the Father except the

Son, And he to whomever the Son wishes to re

veal him. Come to me all you who are laboring and are

heavy laden, And I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me. For I am meek and lowly in heart. And you will find refreshing rest for your

souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.


At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath through the wheat fields; and his disciples were hungry and began to pick and eat some heads of wheat.

But the Pharisees saw it:

'Look," they said to him. “Your disciples are doing what it is not right to do on the Sabbath."

“ Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those with him : how he went into the house of God, and ate the shew-bread, which it was not right for him to eat, nor for those with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the law, how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless ? But I tell you, one greater than the temple is here. But if


had known what this means :

I desire mercy

And not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

He left ere and went into their synagogue, and a man with a withered hand was there. And they asked him :

“ Is it right to cure on the Sabbath ?”

They asked this that they might have occasion to accuse him. And he said to them :


“What man of you, who shall have a sheep, if this falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not lay hold of it and lift it out?

How much, then, is a man of more value than a. sheep? So it is right to do good on the Sabbath."

Then he said to the man: “ Stretch out your hand.”

He stretched it out and it was restored as the other.

But the Pharisees went out and plotted against him to destroy him.

Jesus saw it and withdrew from there. And many followed him and he cured them all, and charged them not to make him known; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet:

Behold, my servant, whom I have chosen,
My beloved in whom my soul is well pleased,
I will put my spirit upon him.
And he shall declare judgment to the Gentiles.

He shall not strive nor cry,
No one shall hear his voice in the streets,
A bruised reed shall he not break,
Smoking flax shall he not quench,

Till he send forth judgment unto victory.
In his name shall the Gentiles trust."

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