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42 to him who asketh thee. And from him who would borrow of

thee, turn not thou away. 43 You have heard that it was said, “ Thou shalt love thy 44 neighbour and hate thine enemy.” But I say to you, Love

your enemies. Bless them who curse you. Do good to them who hate you : and pray for them who spitefully use you and

persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father in 45 heaven : for he causeth the sun to rise on bad and good, and 46 sendeth the rain on just and unjust. For if you love them

who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the publicans the same? And if you salute your brethren only, wherein do ye excel? Do not even the publicans do the same? You therefore are to be perfect, as your Father, who is in heaven, is

perfect. VI. Take heed not to practise your righteousness before men

in order to be observed by them; otherwise you have no re2 ward from your father who is in heaven. Therefore when thou

dost an act of charity, sound not a trumpet before thee as the

hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets that they 3 may be extolled by men. Verily I say to you, they have

their reward. But when thou art doing an act of charity, let 4 not thy left hand know what thy right hand is doing; that thine

act of charity may be in secret; and thy father who seeth in

secret will himself reward thee openly. 5 And when thou prayest, be not like the hypocrites. Be.

cause they love to pray standing in the synagogues and at the 6 corners of the streets that men may observe them; verily I say

to you, They have their reward. But as for thee, when thou wouldst pray, retire to thy closet, and having shut the door

pray to thy father who is in secret, and thy father who seeth in 7 secret will-reward thee openly. And when you pray, use not a

vain multiplicity of words as the heathen do. For they think 8 they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye there

fore like them; for your father knoweth what things you have 9 need of, before you ask him. In this manner therefore pray ye, 10 “Our Father, who art in the heavens, hallowed be thy name; 11 thy reign come ; thy will be done on the earth, as it is in 12 heaven; give us to day our daily bread; and forgive us our 13 debts, as we do forgive our debtors; and bring us not into


temptation, but deliver us from evil [for thine is the kingdom 14 and the power and the glory for the ages, amen.*] For if you

forgive men their offences, your heavenly father will also for15 give you; but if you do not forgive men their offences, nei

ther will your father forgive your offences. 16 And when you fast, be not like the hypocrites, of a dis

mal countenance; for they disfigure their faces, that men may .17 observe that they are fasting. Verily I say to you, They

have their reward. But when thou keepest a fast, anoint thy 18 head and wash thy face, that thy fasting may not appear to

men, but to thy father who is in secret, and thy father who

seeth in secret will reward thee openly.' 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where

moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and 20 steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where

neither moth nor rust consumeth; and where thieves do not 21 break through and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your

heart also be. 22 The eye is the lamp of the body. If therefore thine eye 23 be sound thy whole body will be enlightened: but if thine eye

be distempered, thy whole body will be dark. If then the light which is in thee be darkness, how great will the dark

ness be!


No man can serve two masters : for he will either hate one and love the other ; or he will attend to one and neglect the 25 other. You cannot serve God and a worldly temper.t There

fore I say to you, Be not anxious about your life, what

you shall eat or what you shall drink; nor about your body, 26 what you shall wear. Is not life a greater gift than food;

and the body, than raiment? Observe those birds of the air : they neither sow nor reap, nor lay up in granaries; yet your

heavenly father feedeth them. Are not you much more valua27 ble than they? Besides, which of you can by his anxiety pro28 long his life one hour? And with respect to raiment, why are

*The words thus inclosed are not in many ancient manuscripts.

A worldly temper, papa-y.svã a mind bent upon the things of this world and wholly engaged in forecasting how to obtain riches, honour or pleasurable enjoyment in this state of being.

29 you anxious? Consider those lilies of the field, how they grow.

They neither toil nor spin: yet I affirm, that even Solomon in all 30 his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God thus

arrayeth the herbage which is to-day in the field, and to-mor

row to be cast into a furnace, will he not much more clothc 31 you, O ye mistrustful? Therefore be not anxious, saying,

What shall we eat; or, what shall we drink; or, with what shall 32 we be clothed? For about all such things the nations are so

licitous : for your heavenly father knoweth that you have 33 need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God,

and the righteousness required by him, and all those things 34 will be superadded to you. Wherefore be not anxious about

the morrow; for the morrow will be anxious about its own

concerns. Sufficient for every day is its own trouble. VII.

Judge not, that you may not be judged; for as you 2 judge, you shall be judged: and the measure which you mete, 3 shall be measured to you again. Now why art thou obsery

ant of the mote in thy brother's eye, and insensible to the 4 splinter in thine own eye? Or, how canst thou say to thy

brother, Hold ! let me take the mote out of thine eye, when lo! 5 there is a splinter in thine own eye? Hypocrite, first take the

splinter out of thine own eye; and then thou wilt see clearly

to remove the mote out of thy brother's eye. 6 Give not that which is holy to dogs ; nor cast your pearls

before swine ; lest they trample them under foot, and turning

tear you. 7 Ask, and ye shall obtain ; seek and ye shall find; knock, 8 and the door will be opened to you. For every one who asketh,

obtaineth ; and he who seeketh, findeth; and to him who 9 knocketh the door will be opened. Is there any man among 10 you, who, when his son asketh bread, will give him a stone; 11 or if he ask for a fish will give him a serpent? If

fore, bad as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father who is in heaven

give good things to them who ask him? 12 Whatsoever therefore you would that men should do to

you, do ye even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets.

you there.

13 Enter in at the strait gate. Because the gate is wide and

the way broad which leadeth to destruction, therefore many 14 there are who go in through it : because the gate is strait and

the way narrow, which leadeth to life, therefore there are few

who find it. 15 Now beware of false teachers, who come to you in sheep's 16 clothing, but are inwardly ravenous wolves. By their fruits

you may know them. Are grapes gathered from thorns? Or 17 figs from thistles ? So every good tree beareth good fruit; 18 and every bad tree beareth bad fruit. A good tree cannot 19 bear bad fruit; nor a bad tree, good fruit. Every tree which 20 beareth not good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. So

then by their fruits you will know them. 21 Not every one who saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter

into the kingdom of heaven, but he who doeth the will of 22 my father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day

Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy 23 name cast out demons, and in thy name done many miracles,

to whom I will then declare, I never acknowledged you ; De24 part from me ye who work iniquity. Therefore whoever hear

eth these words of mine and putteth them in practice, him I

will compare to a prudent man, who built his house upon the 25 rock. When the rain descended, and the floods came, and the

winds blew, and beat upon that house, it did not fall, because 26 it was founded on the rock. But whoever heareth these words

of mine, and doth not put them in practice, may be compared 27 to a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. When the

rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and

beat upon that house ; it fell, and great was the ruin thereof. 28 When Jesus finished this discourse, the crouds were asto29 nished at his manner of teaching; for in teaching them he was VIII. like one having authority, and not like the scribes. And

as he was going down from the mount great multitudes fol2 lowed him. And lo! a leper came and prostrated himself be

fore him, and said, Sir, if thou wilt, thou canst cleanse me. 3 Whereupon Jesus stretched forth his hand and touched him,

saying, I will : Be thou cleansed. And immediately he was 4 cured of his leprosy. Then Jesus saith to him, See thou tell no one ; but go and shew thyself to the priest, and offer the

gift which Moses prescribed, for a testimony to them. 5 And as Jesus was entering Capernaum, a centurion met

him and intreated him, saying, Sir, my servant lieth at home 6 struck with a palsy, in great torture. Thereupon Jesus saith 7 to him, I was coming; I will cure him. In reply to which the 8 centurion said, Sir, I am not worthy that thou shouldst come

under my roof; but only speak a word and my servant will 9 be cured. For even I, who am myself under command,

having soldiers under me, say to one, Go; and he goeth:

and to another, Come; and he cometh : and to my slave, Do 10 this; and he doth it. Upon hearing this Jesus expressed ad

miration, saying to them who followed him, Verily I say to 11 you, I have not found even in Israel such a belief. Now I say to

you that many will come from the east and west, and will be placed at table with Abraham and Isaak and Jacob, in the

kingdom of the heavens, and the children of the kingdom will 12 be cast out into the outer darkness. Weeping and gnashing of 13 teeth will be there. Then Jesus said to the centurion, Go thy

way and be it done for thee as thou hast believed. And that

very instant his servant was cured. 14 Jesus also having gone to Peter's house, saw his wife's 15 mother confined to her bed and sick of a fever, and he touch

ed her hand; thereupon the fever left her and she arose and 16 entertained them. And in the evening there were brought to

him many demoniacs. And he expelled the spirits with a word, 17 and cured all that were sick, so that there was an accomplish

ment of that which was spoken by the prophet Esaias, saying,

“He took our infirmities and bore away our diseases. *" 18 When Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave or19 ders to go over to the opposite shore ; whereupon a certain

scribe accosting him, said, Teacher, I will follow thee whi20 thersoever thou goest. Jesus saith to him, the foxes have holes

and the birds of the air have roosts; but the son of man hath 21 not where to lay his head. Another of his disciples said to 22 him, Master, permit me to go first and bury my father. Ard

*Es. 53. 4.

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