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life more than food, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air, that they sow not, nor
reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Fa
ther feeds them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought.can add one cubit 28 to his stature? And why take ye thought for rai
ment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they 29 grow. They toil not, nor spin; and I say to you,
that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed 30 like one of these. And if God so clothes the grass
of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast
into the oven, will he not much more you, O ye of 31 little faith? Take not thought therefore, saying,
What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, 32 Wherewith shall we be clothed ? (For after all
these do the Gentiles seek.) For your heavenly 33 Father knows that ye have need of all these. But seek
first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness ; 34 and all these shall be added to you. Take not
thought, therefore, for the morrow; for the morrow will take thought for itself Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.
1 VII. JUDGE not, that ye be not judged. For with 2 what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged ; and
with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to 3 you. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in
V. 27. or, to his age
thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy 4 brother: Let me cast out the mote from thine eye; and, behold, the beam is in thine own eye? Hypo- 5 crite! first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Give not that which is holy to the dogs, nor cast 6 your pearls before the swine; lest they trample them with their feet, and turn and rend you.
Ask, and it shall be given you ; seek, and ye shall 7 find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For 8 every one that asketh receiveth ; and he that seeketh findeth ; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, of whom if his son ask 9 bread, will he give him a stone ? And if he ask a 10 fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being 11 evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore 12 all things whatsoever ye would that men should do
you, so also do ye to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
Enter in through the strait gate; for wide is the 13 gate, and broad the way, that leads to destruction, and many are they that go in thereat. For strait 14
V. 14. In some ancient copies : How strait
is the gate, and narrow the way, that leads to life,
and few are they that find it. 15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in
sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them from their fruits. Do men 17 gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles ? So every
good tree brings forth good fruit; but the corrupt 18 tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree can not
bring forth evil fruit, nor a corrupt tree bring forth 19 good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good 20 fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. So then,
from their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not
every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth 22 the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will
say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in thy name, and in thy name cast out 23 deyils, and in thy name done many miracles ? And
then will 1 profess to them, I never knew you; de
part from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore every one that hears these sayings of
mine, and doeth them, I will liken him to a wise 25 man, that built his house on the rock. And the
rain descended, and the streams came, and the winds
blew, and fell upon that house ; and it did not fall, 26 for it had been founded on the rock. And every one
that hears these sayings of mine, and doeth them
- V. 24. In some ancient copies : my sayings
not, shall be likened to a foolish man, that built his house on the sand. And the rain descended, and 27 the streams came, and the winds blew, and beat upon' that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these 28 sayings, that the multitudes were astonished at his teaching. For he taught them as having authori. 29 ty, and not as the scribes.
VIII. . WHEN he had come down from the moun- 1 tain, great multitudes followed him. And, behold, 2 there came a leper and bowed down to him, saying : Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst cleanse me. And he 3 put forth his hand, and touched him, saying : I will; be thou cleansed. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus says to him: See thou 4 tell no man; but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.
And when he had entered into Capernaum, there 5 came to him a centurion, beseeching him, and saying : Lord, my servant lies at home palsied, grievous- 6 ly tormented. And Jesus says to bim : I will come 7 and heal him. The centurion answered and said : 8 Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof; but only say in a word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under au- 9 thority, having soldiers under me, and I say to this one, Go, and he goeth ; and to another, Come, and
he cometh ; and to my servant, Do this, and he 10 doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and
said to them that followed : Verily I say to you, I 11 have not found so great faith even in Israel. And
I say to you, that many shall come from the east and west, and shall recline at table, with Abraham,
and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out
into the outer darkness; there shall be weeping and 13 gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said to the centuri
on : Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, be it done to thee. And his servant was healed in that hour.
14 And Jesus, having come into the house of Peter,
saw his mother-in-law lying, and sick of a fever. 15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her ; 16 and she arose, and ministered to him. When even
ing was come, they brought to him many that were
possessed with devils ; and he cast out the spirits 17 with a word, and healed all that were sick. That
it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: Himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses.
18 And Jesus, seeing great multitudes' about him, 19 commanded to depart to the other side. And a
certain scribe came, and said to him : Teacher, I 20 will follow thee withersoever thou goest. And Jesus says to him : The foxes have holes and the