BIBLE40 Gospel according to Matthew Accurate Bible Version aka ABV 2014 @ CristianPaduraru.com on Relate4ever.com Publishing – Hear IT http://relate4ever.com/matthew-abv/
ABV40MAT01 – The genealogy record of Jesus the Annointed One, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac was the father of Jacob, Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez was the father of Hezron, Hezron was the father of Aram,
Aram was the father of Aminadab, Aminadab was the father of Nahshon, Nahshon was the father of Salmon,
Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, Obed was the father of Jesse,
and Jesse was the father of King David. Then David was the father of Solomon by Uriah’s wife,
Solomon was the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam was the father of Abijah, Abijah was the father of Asa,
Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat was the father of Joram, Joram was the father of Uzziah,
Uzziah was the father of Jotham, Jotham was the father of Ahaz, Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh, Manasseh was the father of Amon, Amon was the father of Josiah,
and Josiah was the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
Then after the exile to Babylon Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, Salathiel was the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud, Abiud was the father of Eliakim, Eliakim was the father of Azor,
Azor was the father of Zadok, Zadok was the father of Achim, Achim was the father of Eliud,
Eliud was the father of Eleazar, Eleazar was the father of Matthan, Matthan was the father of Jacob,
and Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus who is called the Anointed One.
So all the generations from Abraham to David were 14 generations; and 14 generations from David until the exile to Babylon; and 14 generations from the
exile to Babylon until the Anointed One.
The birth of Jesus the Anointed One was as follows: When His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, before they came together, it was found that she
was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
Then her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to send her away secretly.
Yet after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take
Mary as your wife, for the Child who has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”
Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet Isaiah:
Behold, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they shall name Him Emmanuel, which is translated “God with us.”
When Joseph got up from his sleep, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him and he married her.
Yet did not know her intimately until she gave birth to a son and he named Him Jesus.
ABV40MAT02 – After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem,
saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
When King Herod heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
He gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Anointed One would be born.
They told him: “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is what was written by the prophet Micah:
And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah: because out of you will come a leader who will shepherd My
Then Herod secretly called the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report back to me so that I too can come and worship
After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was, the star they had seen in the east! It went on before them until it came and stopped above
the place where the Child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
Coming into the house, they saw the child with Mary, His mother, and falling down, they worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented
Him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And being warned in a dream to avoid going back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another way.
After they were gone, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and
remain there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to destroy Him.”
So he got up, took the Child and His mother during the night, and departed to Egypt.
He remained there until Herod’s death, so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet Hosea might be fulfilled: Out of Egypt I called My Son.
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became very enraged. He gave orders to slew all the male children in and around
Bethlehem who were two years old and under, according with the time he had learned from the wise men.
Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:
A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she refused to be comforted, because they were no more.
After Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
aying, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and go to the land of Israel, because those who sought the Child’s life are dead.”
So he got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.
Yet when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned in a dream, he withdrew
to the region of Galilee.
Then he went and lived in a town called Nazareth to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets, that He will be called a Nazarene.
ABV40MAT03 – In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Wilderness of Judea
and saying, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!”
For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way for the Lord; make His
John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him,
and they were immersed by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.
When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his immersion, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming
Therefore bear fruit keeping with repentance;
and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham
from these stones!
Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
“I immerse you in water for repentance, yet the One who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to take off His sandals. He Himself will
immerse you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing shovel is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn, yet the chaff He will burn up with fire that
never goes out.”
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be immersed by him.
Yet John tried to stop Him, saying, “I need to be immersed by You, and yet You come to me?”
Jesus answered him, “Allow now, for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.
After Jesus was immersed, He went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a
dove, lighting on Him.
And there came a voice from heaven: This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!
ABV40MAT04 – Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry.
Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Yet He answered, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Then the devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple,
and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you and, they will support you
with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.”
Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.”
Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and began to serve Him.
When He heard that John had been arrested, He withdrew into Galilee.
He left Nazareth behind and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali.
To fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, along the sea road, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles!
The people who sat in darkness saw a great light, and for those living in the shadow of death, light has dawned.
From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!”
As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea, since
they were fishermen.
And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers for people!”
Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their
nets, and He called them.
Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.
Jesus was going all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the
Then the news about Him spread throughout Syria. So they brought to Him all those who were afflicted, those suffering from various diseases and intense
pains, the demon-possessed, the epileptics, and the paralytics; and He healed them.
Large crowds followed Him from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.
ABV40MAT05 – When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.
When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.
Then He opened His mouth and teach them, saying,
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the gentle, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, because theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
Rejoice and jump for joy, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
You are the salt of the earth. Yet if the salt have lost its taste, how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled
under foot by men.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Do not assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
For truly I say to you: until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all are accomplished.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches people the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. Yet
whoever practices and teaches them the same, will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, Do not murder, and whoever murders shall be in danger of the judgment.
Yet I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, You are worthless! will be subject to the
council. Yet whoever says, You fool! will be subject to hellfire.
So if you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you,
leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Reach a settlement quickly with your adversary while you’re on the way with him, or your adversary will hand you over to the judge, the judge to the officer,
and you will be thrown into prison.
Truly I say to you: You will not get out of there until you have paid the last penny!
You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery.
Yet I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body
to be thrown into hell.
And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; for it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to
go into hell.
It was also said, Whoever sends his wife away must give her a written notice of divorce.
Yet I tell you, everyone who divorces his wife, except in a case of sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced
woman commits adultery.
Again, you have heard that it was said to our ancestors, You shall not make false vows, yet you must fulfill your oaths to the Lord.
Yet I tell you, do not take an oath at all: either by heaven, because it is God’s throne;
or by the earth, because it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King.
Neither should you swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black.
Yet let in your communication, ‘yes’ to be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ to be ‘no.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.
You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
Yet I tell you, do not resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat as well.
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two.
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
Yet I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on evil and good, and sends rain on righteous and unrighteous.
For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
ABV40MAT06 – Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them; otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in
So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by people.
Truly I say to you, they’ve got their reward!
Yet when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
so that your giving may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
When you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by
people. I say to you, truly they’ve got their reward!
Yet when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
When you pray, do not babble vain repetitions like the heathen, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words.
do not be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him.
Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.
Yet if you do not forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.
Whenever you fast, do not be sad-faced like the hypocrites. For they disfigure their faces so their fasting is obvious to people. I say to you: They’ve got
Yet when you fast, put oil on your head, and wash your face,
so that you do not show your fasting to people but to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
do not collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
Yet collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
Yet if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and of
This is why I tell you: do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food
and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the sky: they do not sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they?
Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying?
And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow: they do not toil or spin thread;
yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these!
If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you, you of little faith?
So do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
For the heathen eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
Yet seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
ABV40MAT07 – Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.
For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye yet do not notice the log in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye?
Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.
Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, it will be opened.
What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it.
For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few find it.
Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing yet inwardly are ravaging wolves.
You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, and a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
So you’ll recognize them by their fruits.
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’
Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’
Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house. Yet it didn’t fall, because its foundation was on the rock.
Yet everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
The rain fell, the floods came, the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell. And great was the fall of it!
When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were astonished at His teaching,
for He was teaching them as having authority, and not like their scribes.
ABV40MAT08 – When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.
And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Then Jesus told him, “See that you tell no one; yet go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed, as a testimony to them.”
When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him,
and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, terribly tormented.”
Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
The centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have You come under my roof; yet only say the word, and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and to my slave,
‘Do this!’ and he does.”
When Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.
I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven;
yet the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Then Jesus told the centurion, Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that moment.
When Jesus went into Peter’s house, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever.
So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and began to serve Him.
When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. He cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick,
to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: He Himself took our weaknesses and carried our diseases.
When Jesus saw large crowds around Him, He gave the order to go to the other side.
A scribe approached Him and said, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go!”
Jesus told him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the sky nests, yet the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
Another of His disciples said, “Lord, first let me go bury my father.”
Yet Jesus told him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.
Suddenly, a great storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves. Yet Jesus was sleeping.
So the disciples came and woke Him up, saying, “Lord, save us! we perish!”
Yet He said to them, “Why are you fearful, you of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey Him!”
When He had come to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met Him as they came out of the tombs. They were so
violent that no one could pass that way.
And, behold, they shouted, “What do You have to do with us, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”
Now a long way off from them, a large herd of pigs was feeding.
The demons begged Him, “If You drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
“Go!” He told them. So when they had come out, they entered the pigs. And suddenly the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and
perished in the water.
The herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, including what had happened to those who were demon-possessed.
And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region.
ABV40MAT09 – Jesus got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own town.
Just then some men brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Take courage, son, your sins are forgiven.”
And, behold, some of the scribes said among themselves, “He’s blaspheming!”
Yet knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why are you thinking evil things in your hearts?
For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?
Yet so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”, then He told the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed, and go home.”
And he got up and went home.
When the crowds saw this, they marveled and gave glory to God who had given such authority to men.
As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s custom, and He said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and
While He was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down to eat with Jesus and His disciples.
When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Yet when Jesus heard this, He said, “Those who are healthy do not need a doctor, yet the sick do.
Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Then John’s disciples came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, yet Your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn while the groom is with them? The days will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and
then they will fast.
No one patches an old garment with unshrunk cloth, because the patch pulls away from the garment and makes the tear worse.
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Yet they put new wine into fresh
wineskins, and both are preserved.”
While He was saying these things to them, one of the leaders came and bowed down before Him, saying: My daughter has just died, yet come and lay
Your hand on her, and she will live.
So Jesus and His disciples got up and followed him.
And behold, a woman who had suffered from bleeding for 12 years approached from behind and touched the margin on His robe,
for she said to herself: if I can just touch His garment, I will get well.
Yet Jesus turned and saw her. Have courage, daughter; your faith has made you well. And the woman was made well from that moment.
When Jesus came to the leader’s house, He saw the flute players and a crowd lamenting loudly.
He said, “Leave; for the girl has not died, but is asleep.” And they laughed at Him.
Yet when the crowd had been put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up.
And this news spread throughout that whole area.
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
When He entered the house, the blind men approached Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they answered Him.
Then He touched their eyes, saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith!”
And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: “See that no one knows!”
Yet they went out and spread the news about Him throughout that whole area.
Just as they were going out, a mute demon-possessed man was brought to Him.
When the demon had been cast out, the man spoke. And the crowds were amazed, saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel!”
Yet the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons!”
Then Jesus went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every
When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered abroad, like sheep without a shepherd.
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, yet the workers are few.
Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
ABV40MAT10 – Jesus summoned His 12 disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal every disease and sickness.
These are the names of the 12 apostles: First, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.
Jesus sent out these 12 after giving them instructions: “Do not go into the way of Gentiles, and do not enter any Samaritan town.
Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, preach, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.
Do not take along gold, silver, or copper for your money-belts,
or a bag for journey, or even two coats, sandals, or a walking stick, for the worker is worthy of his food.
When you enter any town or village, find out who is worthy, and stay there until you leave.
Greet a household when you enter it,
and if the household is worthy, let your peace be on it. Yet if it is unworthy, let your peace return to you.
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that house or town.
I assure you: It will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
Look, I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as serpents and as harmless as doves.
Yet beware, because people will hand you over to sanhedrins and flog you in their synagogues;
you will even be brought before governors and kings because of Me, to bear witness to them and to the Gentiles.
Yet when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you should speak; for you will be given what to say at that hour,
because you are not speaking, but the Spirit of your Father is speaking through you.
Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will even rise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death.
You will be hated by all because of My name; yet the one who endures to the end will be saved.
When they persecute you in one town, flee to another; for I assure you: you will not have gone over the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
A disciple is not above his teacher, or a slave above his master.
It is enough for a disciple to become like his teacher and a slave like his master. If they called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more the
members of his household!
Therefore, do not be afraid of them, since there is nothing covered that won’t be uncovered, and nothing hidden that will not be known.
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; what you hear in your ear, proclaim on the housetops.
Do not fear those who kill the body yet are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent.
Yet even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Therefore, everyone who will confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in heaven.
Yet whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven.
Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I came to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.
The one who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; the one who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
And whoever does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
Anyone finding his life will lose it, and anyone losing his life because of Me will find it.
The one who welcomes you welcomes Me, and the one who welcomes Me welcomes Him who sent Me.
Anyone who welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and anyone who receives a righteous man in the name of a
righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.
ABV40MAT11 – When Jesus had finished giving orders to His 12 disciples, He moved on from there to teach and preach in their towns.
When John heard in prison what the Anointed was doing, he sent 2 of his disciples
and asked Him, “Are You the One who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
Jesus replied to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see:
the blind see and lame walk, lepers are cleansed and deaf hear, dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news.
And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.
As these men departed, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothes? Look, those who wear soft clothes are in kings’ palaces.
Yet what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.
This is the one it is written about: Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You; he will prepare Your way before You.
I assure you: among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has arisen, yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been suffering violence, and the violent have been take it by force.
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John;
if you’re willing to accept, he is the Elijah who is to come.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
To what should I compare this generation? It’s like children sitting in the markets who call out to each other:
We played the flute for you, yet you didn’t dance; we sang a lament, yet you didn’t mourn!
For John did not come eating or drinking, and they say: he has a demon!
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say: look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners! Yet wisdom is vindicated by
Then He began to denounce the towns where most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent:
Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long
ago in sackcloth and ashes!
Yet I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, it
would have remained until today.
Yet I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.
At that time Jesus said, I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from wise and learned and revealed them to
Yes, Father, because this was Your good pleasure.
All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; and no one knows the Father except the Son, and
anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal.
Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take up My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
ABV40MAT12 – At that time Jesus passed through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick and eat some heads of
When the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!”
He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry;
how he entered the house of God, and they ate the sacred bread, which was not lawful for him or for those with him to eat, but only for the priests?
Or have you not read in the Law that on Sabbath days the priests in the temple violate the Sabbath and are innocent?
Yet I say to you that something greater than the temple is here!
If you had known what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent.
For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Moving on from there, He entered their synagogue.
There He saw a man who had a paralyzed hand. And in order to accuse Him they asked Him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
Yet He said to them, “What man among you, if he had a sheep that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, wouldn’t take hold of it and lift it out?
A man is worth far more than a sheep, so it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Then He told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and it was restored whole, like the other.
Yet the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.
When Jesus became aware of this, He withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all;
and warned them not to make Him known,
so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
Here is My Servant whom I have chosen, My beloved in whom My soul delights; I will put My Spirit on Him, and He will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not argue or shout, and no one will hear His voice in the streets.
He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick, until He has led justice to victory.
The Gentiles will put their hope in His name.
Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Him. He healed him, so that the man could both speak and see.
And all the crowds were amazed and said: Is not this the Son of David?
When the Pharisees heard this, they said: The man casts out demons only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.
Knowing their thoughts, Jesus told them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and no city or house divided against itself will
If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast out? For this reason they will be your judges.
If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
How can someone enter a strong man’s house and steal his property unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.
Anyone who is not with Me is against Me, and anyone who does not gather with Me, scatters.
Therefore I say to you, people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy, yet the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him. Yet whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this
age or in the one to come.
Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
A good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.
I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”
He answered them: An evil and adulterous generation demands a sign, yet no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah;
for as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish 3 days and 3 nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth 3 days and 3 nights.
The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at Jonah’s proclamation; and look,
something greater than Jonah is here!
The queen of the south will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom
of Solomon; and look, something greater than Solomon is here!
When an unclean spirit is gone out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest yet does not find any.
Then it says, I will go back to my house that I came from; and when it arrives, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
Then it goes and takes along with it 7 other spirits more wicked than itself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse
than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.
While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside wanting to speak to Him.
Someone told Him, Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.
Yet He replied to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”
And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, Here are My mother and My brothers!
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven, that is My brother and sister and mother.
ABV40MAT13 – On that day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat down, while the whole crowd stood on the shore.
Then He told them many things in parables, saying: “Behold, the sower who went out to sow.
As he was sowing, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate them up.
Others fell on rocky ground, where there wasn’t much soil, and they sprang up quickly since the soil wasn’t deep.
Yet when the sun came up they were scorched, and since they had no root, they withered.
Others fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them.
Still others fell on good ground, and produced a crop: some 100, some 60, and some 30 times.
Anyone who has ears, let him hear!”
Then the disciples came up and asked Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
Jesus answered them, “Because the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, yet it has not been given to them.
For whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have more than enough. Yet whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
For this reason I speak to them in parables, because looking they do not see, and hearing they do not listen or understand.
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: You will listen and listen, yet never understand; and you will look and look, yet never perceive.
For this people’s heart has become dull; their ears are hard of hearing, and they have closed their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear
with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn back, and I would heal them.
“Yet your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear!
For I assure you: many prophets and righteous people longed to see the things you see yet have not seen; to hear the things you hear yet have not heard.
“Listen then the parable of the sower:
When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the
one sown along the path.
And the one sown on rocky ground, this is one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
yet he has no root in himself, and endures for a while; when pressure or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away.
Now the one sown among the thorns, this is one who hears the word, yet the worries of this age and the seduction of wealth choke the word, and it
And the one sown on the good ground, this is one who hears and understands the word, who does bear fruit and yields: some 100, some 60, some 30
Jesus presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
Yet while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, then went away.
When the plants sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared.
The servants of the landowner came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’
“And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’
“‘No,’ he said. ‘When you gather up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I will say to the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, yet store the
wheat in my barn. ‘
He presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.
This is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when grown, it is taller than the vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 3 measures of flour until it spread through all of it.”
Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables, and He would not speak anything to them without a parable,
so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: I will open My mouth in parables; I will declare things kept secret from the foundation of the
Then He dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He replied: “The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man;
the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil,
and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Therefore just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those who commit lawlessness.
They will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Anyone who has ears, let him listen.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, hidden in a field, that a man found and hid. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in seeking fine pearls;
when he found one pearl of great price, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a large net cast into the sea, and gathered every kind of fish,
and when it was full, they dragged it ashore, sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, yet threw out the worthless ones.
So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the evil people from the righteous,
and throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood all these things?” They *said to Him, “Yes.”
And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his
treasure things new and old.”
When Jesus had finished these parables, He left there.
He went to His hometown and teach them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these
Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
And they were offended by Him. Yet Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his household.”
And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
ABV40MAT14 – At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus;
and he told his servants, “This is John the Baptist!”; “he has risen from the dead, and that’s why miraculous powers are at work in him.”
For Herod had arrested John, chained him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip,
since John had been telling him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”
Though he wanted to kill him, he feared the crowd, since they regarded him as a prophet.
Yet when Herod’s birthday celebration came, Herodias’ daughter danced before them and pleased Herod.
So he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
And prompted by her mother, she answered, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter!”
Although the king regretted it, he commanded to be granted because of his oaths and his guests.
So he sent and had John beheaded in the prison.
His head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
Then his disciples came and took away the body and buried it; then went and reported to Jesus.
When Jesus heard about it, He withdrew from there by boat to a remote place to be alone. When the crowds heard this, they followed Him on foot from the
As He stepped ashore, He saw a large crowd, felt compassion for them, and healed their sick.
When it was evening, the disciples approached Him and said, “This place is a wilderness, and it is already late. Send the crowds away so they can go into
the villages and buy food for themselves.”
Yet Jesus told them, “They don’t need to go away, you give them to eat.”
They said to Him, “We only have 5 loaves and 2 fish here.”
And He said, “Bring them here to Me.”
Then He commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the 5 loaves and the 2 fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and breaking
the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowds.
Everyone ate and was filled. Then they picked up 12 baskets full of leftover pieces!
Now those who ate were about 5,000 men, besides women and children.
Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.
After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone.
Yet the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves, because the wind was against them.
And in the 4th watch of the night, He came toward them walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.
Immediately Jesus spoke to them; “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.”
Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
“Come!” He said. And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
Yet when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, “Truly You are the Son of God!”
Once they crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.
When the men of that place recognized Him, they sent into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick;
and they were begging Him that they might only touch the margin on His robe; and as many as touched it were cured.
ABV40MAT15 – Then some Pharisees and scribes came from Jerusalem to Jesus and asked,
“Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
For God said: Honor your father and your mother; and, The one who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death.
Yet you say, ‘Whoever tells father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given,”
he does not have to honor his father or his mother.’ And you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said:
These people honor Me with their lips, yet their heart is far from Me.
They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men.”
After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, “Hear and understand:
It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”
Then the disciples came up and told Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?”
He answered, “Every plant that My heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted.
Leave them alone! They are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
Then Peter replied to Him, “Explain this parable to us.”
And Jesus said, “Are even you still lacking in understanding?”
“Do you not understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is eliminated?
Yet what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man.
For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies.
These are the things that defile a man, yet eating with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”
When Jesus left there, He withdrew to the area of Tyre and Sidon.
Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came and kept crying out, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly tormented by a
Yet He did not say a word to her. And His disciples approached Him and urged Him, “Send her away because she cries out after us.”
He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Yet she came and bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
He answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to their dogs.”
“Yes, Lord,” she said, “yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table!”
Then Jesus replied to her, “O, woman, your faith is great. Let it be done for you as you want.” And from that moment her daughter was cured.
Departing from there, Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee. He went up on a mountain and sat there,
and large crowds came to Him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, those unable to speak, and many others. They put them at His feet,
and He healed them.
So the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they gave glory to the
God of Israel.
Now Jesus called His disciples and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they’ve already remained with Me 3 days and have nothing to eat. I
will not send them away hungry; otherwise they might faint on the way.”
The disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in this desolate place to fill such a crowd?”
“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked them. “7,” they said, “and a few small fish.”
After commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground,
He took the 7 loaves and the fish, and He gave thanks, broke them, and kept on giving them to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowds.
They all ate and were filled. Then they collected the leftover pieces, 7 large baskets full.
And those who ate were 4,000 men, besides women and children.
After dismissing the crowds, He got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.
ABV40MAT16 – The Pharisees and Sadducees approached, and as a test, asked Him to show them a sign from heaven.
He answered them: “When evening comes you say, ‘It will be good weather because the sky is red.’
And in the morning, ‘Today will be stormy because the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to discern the appearance of the sky, yet you cannot the
signs of the times.
An evil and adulterous generation wants a sign, yet no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Then He left them and went away.
The disciples reached the other shore, and they had forgotten to take bread.
Then Jesus told them, “Watch out and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
And they discussed among themselves, “We didn’t bring any bread.”
Aware of this, Jesus said, “You of little faith! Why are you discussing among yourselves that you do not have bread?
Do you not yet understand or remember the 5 loaves for the 5,000 and how many baskets you collected?
Or the 7 loaves for the 4,000 and how many baskets you collected?
“How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? Yet beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the yeast in bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“Yet you,” He asked them, “who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Anointed One, the Son of the living God!”
And Jesus responded, “Simon son of Jonah, you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven.
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already
loosed in heaven.”
And He gave the disciples orders to tell no one that He was the Anointed One.
From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and
be killed, and be raised up on the 3rd day.
Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, “Oh no, Lord! This shall never happen to You!”
Yet He turned and told Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, yet whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
For what will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will reward each according to his deeds.
I assure you: There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
ABV40MAT17 – After 6 days Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.
He was transfigured in front of them, and His face shone like the sun. Even His garments became as white as the light.
And, behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here! If You want, I will make 3 tabernacles here: 1 for You, 1 for Moses, and 1 for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said: This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased;
listen to Him!
When the disciples heard it, they fell facedown and were terrified.
Then Jesus came up, touched them, and said, “Get up; and do not be afraid.”
When they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Do not tell anyone about this vision until the Son of Man is raised from the
So the disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
Jesus replied, “Elijah is coming and will restore everything,
yet I tell you: Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him. On the contrary, they did whatever they wished to him. In the same way the Son of
Man is going to suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them about John the Baptist.
When they reached the crowd, a man approached and knelt down before Him, and he said,
“Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and suffers severely. He often falls into the fire and often into the water.
I brought him to Your disciples, yet they could not heal him.”
Jesus answered, “You unbelieving and perverse generation! How long shall I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.”
Then Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and from that moment the boy was healed.
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
He told them, “Because of your little faith, for I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to
there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
(However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.)”
As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.
They will kill Him, and on the 3rd day He will be raised up.” And they were deeply distressed.
When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the double-drachma tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the double-drachma
“Yes,” he said. When he went into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs
or poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?”
“From strangers,” Peter said. “Then the sons are free,” Jesus told him.
“Yet, so we do not offend them, go to the sea, throw in a fishhook, and catch the first fish that comes up. When you open its mouth you will find a coin.
Take it and give it to them for Me and you.”
ABV40MAT18 – At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them.
He said, “”I assure you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child, this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me.
“Yet whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck,
and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses must come, yet woe to that man by whom the stumbling block comes!
If your hand or your foot causes your downfall, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have 2 hands or 2 feet
and be thrown into the eternal fire.
And if your eye causes your downfall, pluck it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with 1 eye, rather than to have 2 eyes and be thrown
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of My Father who is in heaven.
(For the Son of Man has come to save which was lost.)
What do you think? If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them goes astray, won’t he leave the 99 on the mountains and go and search for the stray?
And if he finds it, I assure you: He rejoices over that sheep more than over the 99 that did not go astray.
In the same way, it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones perish.
“If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother.
Yet if he won’t listen, take 1 or 2 more with you, so that by the testimony of 2 or 3 witnesses every fact may be established.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.
Again I say to you, that if 2 of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.
For where 2 or 3 are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.”
Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as 7 times?”
Jesus said to him, “I tell you, not as many as 7, but 70 times 7.
For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves.
When he began to settle accounts, one who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him.
Since he had no way to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt.
“At this, the slave fell facedown before him and said, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything!’
Then the master of that slave had compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
“Yet that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him 100 denarii. He grabbed him, and choke him, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’
“At this, his fellow slave fell down and implored him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you back.’
Yet he was unwilling and went and threw him into prison until he should pay back what was owed.
When the other slaves saw what had taken place, they were deeply distressed and went and reported to their master everything that had happened.
“Then, after he had called him, his master said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’
And his master got angry and handed him over to the torturers until he could pay everything that was owed.
So My heavenly Father will also do to you if each of you does not forgive his brother from his heart.”
ABV40MAT19 – When Jesus had finished this instruction, He departed from Galilee and went to the region of Judea across the Jordan.
Large crowds followed Him, and He healed them there.
Some Pharisees approached Him to test Him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife on any reason?”
And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female,
and He also said: For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the 2 will become 1 flesh?
So they are no longer 2, but 1 flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate.”
They asked Him, “Why then did Moses command to give divorce papers and to send her away?”
He told them, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of the hardness of your hearts. Yet it was not like that from the beginning.
And I tell you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”
His disciples said to Him, “If the relationship of a man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry!”
Yet He told them, “Not all can accept this saying, but only those it has been given to.
For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, there are eunuchs who were made by men, and there are eunuchs who have
made themselves that way because of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.”
Then children were brought to Him so He might lay His hands on them and pray. Yet the disciples rebuked them.
Then Jesus said, “Leave the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.
Just then someone came to Him and asked, “Teacher, what good shall I do to have eternal life?”
He said to him, “Why do you ask Me about what is good? There is One who is good. If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
“Which ones?” he asked Him. Jesus answered, Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as yourself.
The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?”
Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and asked, “Then who can be saved?”
Yet Jesus looked at them and said, “With men this is impossible, yet with God all things are possible.”
Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You. So what will there be for us?”
And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you
also shall sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has left houses, brothers or sisters, father or mother, children, or fields for My name’s sake, will receive 100 times more, and will inherit
Yet many who are first will be last, and the last, first.
ABV40MAT20 – “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with the workers on 1 denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.
When he went out about 9 in the morning, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace.
And said to those men, ‘You also go to my vineyard, and I will give you whatever is right.’ And they went.
About 12 and at 15 hour, he went out again and did the same thing.
Then about 17 hour he went and found others standing, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day long?’
“‘Because no one hired us,’ they said to him. “‘You go to my vineyard too,’ he told them.
When evening came, the owner of the vineyard told his foreman, ‘Call the workers and give them their pay, starting with the last and ending with the first.’
“When those who were hired about 17 hour came, they each received 1 denarius.
So when the 1st ones came, they assumed they would get more, yet they also received a denarius each.
When they received it, they began to complain to the landowner:
‘These last men put in 1 hour, and you made them equal to us who bore the burden and the heat of the day!’
“He replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me on a denarius?
Take what is yours and go, yet I want to give this last man the same as I gave you.
Do I not have the right to do what I want with my own? Are you jealous because I am generous?’
“So the last will be first, and the first last.”
While going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the 12 disciples aside and said to them on the way:
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death.
Then they will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged, and crucified, and on the 3rd day He will be resurrected.”
Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons approached Him with her sons. She knelt down to ask Him for something.
“What do you want?” He asked her. She said to Him, “Command, that in Your kingdom, these 2 sons of mine may sit, one on Your right and the other on
Yet Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” “We are able,” they said to Him.
He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup. Yet to sit at My right and left is not Mine to give; instead, it belongs to those for whom it has been
prepared by My Father.”
When the 10 heard this, they became indignant with the 2 brothers.
Yet Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles dominate them, and the men of high position exercise authority over them.
It must not be like that among you, but whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant,
and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave;
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as ransom for many.”
As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him.
And 2 blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”
The crowd rebuke them to keep quiet, yet they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”
Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
They said to Him, “”Lord, open our eyes!”
Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight, and they followed Him.
ABV40MAT21 – When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus then sent 2 disciples,
telling them, “Go into the village ahead of you. At once you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to Me.
If anyone says anything to you, you should say that the Lord needs them, and immediately he will send them.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Zechariah:
Say to the daughter of Zion, “See, your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”
The disciples went and did just as Jesus instructed them,
and they brought the donkey and the colt; then they laid their robes on them, and He sat on them.
A very large crowd spread their robes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road.
Then the crowds who went ahead of Him and those who followed kept shouting: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the
Lord! Hosanna in the highest!
When He entered Jerusalem, the whole city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
And the crowds kept saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Jesus went into the temple and drove out all those buying and selling in the temple. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of
those selling doves.
And He said to them, “It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer; yet you are making it a den of thieves!”
The blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.
When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that He did and the children in the temple cheering, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they became
and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus told them. “Have you never read: You have prepared praise from the mouths of
children and nursing infants?”
Then He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.
Early in the morning, as He was returning to the city, He was hungry.
Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He went up to it and found nothing on it except leaves. And He said to it, “Let no fruit ever come from you again!” At
once the fig tree withered.
When the disciples saw it, they were amazed and said, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?”
Jesus answered them, “Truly I say to you: If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you tell this
mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will be done.
And if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
When He entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to Him as He was teaching and said, “By what authority are You
doing these things? Who gave You this authority?”
Jesus answered them, “I will also ask you one question, and if you answer it for Me, then I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
Where did John’s immersion come from? From heaven or from men?” They began to argue among themselves, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us,
‘Then why did you not believe him?’
Yet if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the people, for everyone regard John was a prophet.”
So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And He said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
“Yet what do you think? A man had 2 sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’
“He answered, ‘I don’t want to!’ Yet later he changed his mind and went.
Then the man went to the other and said the same thing. “‘I go, sir,’ he answered. Yet he did not go.
“Which of the 2 did the will of his father?” “The first,” they said. Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you: Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the
kingdom of God before you!
For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. Tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him, yet you, when you saw it,
did not even repented then and believe him.
“Listen to another parable: There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower. He
leased it to tenant farmers and went away.
When the grape harvest drew near, he sent his slaves to the farmers to collect his fruit.
Yet the farmers took his slaves, beat one, killed another, and stoned a 3rd.
Again, he sent other slaves, more than the first group, and they did the same to them.
Finally, he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
“Yet when the tenant farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance!’
So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?”
“He will completely destroy those wicked men,” they told Him, “and lease his vineyard to other farmers who will give him his fruits at the harvest.”
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This came from the Lord and
is wonderful in our eyes?
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruit.
Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; yet on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder!”
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.
Although they were looking for a way to seize Him, they feared the crowds, because they regarded Him as a prophet.
ABV40MAT22 – Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He sent out his slaves to call those invited to the feast, yet they were unwilling to come.
Again, he sent out other slaves, and said, ‘Tell those who are invited: Look, I’ve prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered,
and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast. ‘
“Yet they paid no attention and went away, one to his own farm, another to his business.
And the others seized his slaves, mistreated them and killed them.
The king was enraged, so he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned down their city.
“Then he told his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, yet those who were invited were not worthy.
Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding feast.’
So those slaves went out on the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding banquet was filled with guests.
Yet when the king came in to look over the guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes.
So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless.
“Then the king told the servants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
“For many are called, yet few chosen.”
Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to trap Him by what He said.
They sent their disciples to Him, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth. You defer to no
one, for You do not show partiality.
Tell us, therefore, what You think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
Yet perceiving their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing Me, hypocrites?
Show Me the coin for the tax.” So they brought Him a denarius.
“Whose image and inscription is this?” He asked them.
“Caesar’s,” they said to Him. Then He said to them, “Therefore, give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left Him and went away.
The same day Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came up to Him and questioned Him:
“Teacher, Moses said, if a man dies, having no children, his brother is to marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
Now there were 7 brothers among us. The 1st got married and died. Having no offspring, he left his wife to his brother.
The same happened to the 2nd also, and the 3rd, and so to all 7.
Then last of all the woman died.
Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the 7? For they all had her.”
Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.
For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage yet are like angels in heaven.
Now concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God:
I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
And when the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.
When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together in the same place.
And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him:
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and most important commandment.
The 2nd is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
All the Law and the Prophets depend on these 2 commandments.”
While the Pharisees were together, Jesus questioned them,
“What do you think about the Anointed One? Whose Son is He?” “David’s,” they told Him.
He asked them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls Him ‘Lord':
The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, until I put Your enemies under Your feet’?
“If David calls Him ‘Lord,’ how then can He be his Son”
No one was able to answer Him a word, and from that day no one dared to question Him any more.
ABV40MAT23 – Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples:
“The scribes and the Pharisees are seated in the chair of Moses.
Therefore do whatever they tell you and observe. Yet do not do what they do, because they do not practice what they teach.
They tie up heavy burdens that are hard to carry and put them on people’s shoulders, yet they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them.
They do all their deeds to be noticed by others; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
They love the place of honor at banquets, the front seats in the synagogues,
greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by people.
“Yet as for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi,’ because you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
Do not call anyone on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is in heaven.
And do not be called masters either, because you have one Master, the Anointed One.
The greatest among you shall be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
“Yet woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you
allow those who are entering to go in.
[“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows’ houses and make long prayers just for show. This is why you will receive a greater
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for you travel over land and sea to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice
as much a son of hell as yourselves.
“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it means nothing; yet whoever takes an oath by the gold of the temple is bound by
Blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?
Also, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, is nothing. Yet whoever takes an oath by the gift that is on it is bound by his oath.’
Blind people! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, takes an oath by the altar and by everything on it.
The one who takes an oath by the sanctuary takes an oath by it and by Him who dwells in it.
And whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law:
justice, mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others.
Blind guides! You strain out a gnat, yet gulp down a camel!
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, yet inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so the outside of it may also become clean.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, yet inside are full of dead men’s
bones and all uncleanness.
In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, yet inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous,
and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’
You therefore testify against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers!
“Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell?
This is why I am sending you prophets, wise men and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will flog in your synagogues
and persecute from town to town.
So all the righteous blood shed on the earth will be charged to you, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you
murdered between the temple and the altar.
Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen
gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.
See, your house is left to you desolate.
For I tell you, you will never see Me again until you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”
ABV40MAT24 – As Jesus left and was going out of the temple, His disciples came up and called His attention to show the temple buildings.
Then He replied to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”
While He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached Him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what is the
sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”
Then Jesus replied to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you.
For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Anointed One,’ and they will deceive many.
You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for these things must take place, but the end is not yet.
For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
All these events are the beginning of birth pains.
“Then they will hand you over for persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of My name.
Then many will take offense, betray one another and hate one another.
Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold.
Yet the one who endures to the end will be saved.
This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come.
“So when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place,
then those in Judea must flee to the mountains!
Whoever is on the housetop must not come down to get things out of his house.
Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his clothes.
Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days!
Pray that your escape may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.
For at that time there will be great tribulation, the kind that hasn’t taken place from the beginning of the world until now and never will again!
Unless those days were limited, no one would survive; yet those days will be limited because of the elect.
“If anyone tells you then, ‘Look, here is the Anointed One!’ or, ‘Over here!’ do not believe it!
False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Behold, I have told you in advance.
So if they tell you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness!’ do not go out; ‘Look, he’s in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.
For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Wherever the carcass is, there the vultures will gather.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days: The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the
heavens will be shaken.
“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the peoples of the earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the
clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the 4 winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.
Likewise, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, at the door.
Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.
“Now concerning that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, except the Father only.
As the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be.
For in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and swept them all away. So this is the way the coming of the Son of Man will be:
Then 2 men will be in the field: 1 will be taken and 1 left.
2 women will be grinding at the mill: 1 will be taken and 1 left.
Therefore be alert, since you do not know what day your Lord is coming.
Yet know this, if the head of the house had known what time the thief was coming, he would have stayed alert and not let his house be broken into.
This is why you also must be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not think.
“Who then is a faithful and sensible slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give them food at the proper time?
Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
Yet if that wicked slave says in his heart, ‘My master delayed is coming,’
and starts to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards,
that slave’s master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know.
He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
ABV40MAT25 – “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.
5 of them were foolish and 5 were wise.
When the foolish took their lamps, they did not take oil with them.
Yet the prudent ones took oil in their flasks with their lamps.
Since the groom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
“In the middle of the night there was a shout: ‘Here’s the groom! Come out to meet him.’
“Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the sensible ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
“The sensible ones answered, ‘No, there won’t be enough for us and for you. Go instead to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
“When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived. Then those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut.
“Later the rest of the virgins also came and said, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us!’
“Yet he replied, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you!’
“Therefore be alert, because you do not know either the day or the hour.
“For just like a man going on a journey. He called his own slaves and turned over his possessions to them.
To one he gave 5 talents; to another, 2; and to another, 1, to each according to his own ability. Then he went on a journey.
Immediately the man who had received 5 talents went, put them to work, and earned 5 more.
In the same way the man with 2 earned 2 more.
Yet the man who had received 1 went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.
“After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.
The one who had received 5 talents approached, presented 5 more talents, and said, ‘Master, you gave me 5 talents. Look, I’ve earned 5 more talents.’
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of
“Then the man with 2 talents also approached. He said, ‘Master, you gave me 2 talents. Look, I’ve earned 2 more talents.’
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of
“Then the man who had received 1 talent also approached and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown and gathering
where you have not scattered.
So I was afraid and went off and hid your talent in the ground. Look, you have what is yours.’
“Yet his master replied to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave! If you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered,
then you should have deposited my money with the exchangers. And when I returned I would have received my money back with interest.
“‘So take the talent from him and give it to the one who has 10 talents.
For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. Yet from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
And throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
For I was hungry and you gave Me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You to drink?
When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?’
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, as much as you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’
Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!
For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink;
I was a stranger and you did not took Me in; I was naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
“Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, and not serve You?’
“Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.’
“And they will go away into eternal punishment, yet the righteous into eternal life.”
ABV40MAT26 – When Jesus had finished saying all this, He told His disciples,
“You know that the Passover takes place after 2 days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered together in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
and they plotted to arrest Jesus in a deceitful way and kill Him.
They were saying, “Not during the festival, otherwise a riot might occur among the people.”
While Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper,
a woman approached Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive fragrant oil. She poured it on His head as He was reclining.
When the disciples saw it, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked.
“This might have been sold for a great deal and given to the poor.”
Yet Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing for Me.
You always have the poor with you, yet you do not always have Me.
By pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she has prepared Me for burial.
Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.
Then 1 of the 12, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?” So they weighed out 30 pieces of silver for him.
And from that time he sought for a opportunity to betray Him.
On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do You want us to prepare the Passover so You may eat it?”
And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My
So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
When evening came, He sat down with the 12 disciples.
While they were eating, He said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.”
Deeply distressed, each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?”
He replied, “The one who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl, is the one who will betray Me.
The Son of Man will go just as it is written about Him, yet woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if
he had not been born.”
Then Judas, His betrayer, replied, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” “You have said it,” He told him.
As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat it; this is My body.”
Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you;
for this is My blood of the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Yet I tell you, from this moment I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new way with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Then Jesus said to them, “Tonight all of you will run away because of Me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be
Yet after I have been resurrected, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”
Peter told Him, “Even if everyone runs away because of You, I will not run away!”
Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me 3 times.”
“Even if I have to die with You,” Peter told Him, “I will not deny You!” And all the disciples said the same thing.
Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He told the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
And He took with Him Peter and the 2 sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply in sorrow, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”
Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter. “So, you could not keep watch with Me for 1 hour?
Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, yet the flesh is weak.”
Again, a 2nd time, He went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
And He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
After leaving them, He went away again and prayed a 3rd time, saying the same thing once more.
Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the time is near. The Son of Man is being betrayed into the
hands of sinners.
Get up; let’s go! Behold, My betrayer is near.”
While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the 12 disciples, came up accompanied by a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and
elders of the people.
His betrayer had given them a sign: “The One I kiss, He’s the One; hold Him fast!”
So he went right up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.
Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came up, took hold of Jesus, and seized Him.
At that moment one of those with Jesus reached out his hand and drew his sword. He struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his ear.
Then Jesus told him, “Put your sword back in place because all who take up a sword will perish by a sword.
Or do you think that I cannot pray to My Father, and He will give Me at once more than 12 legions of angels?
How, then, would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen this way?”
At that time Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs, as if I were a criminal, to capture Me? Every day I used to sit, teaching
in the temple, and you did not seize Me.
Yet all this has happened so that the prophetic Scriptures would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted Him and ran away.
Those who had arrested Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.
Peter was following Him at a distance right to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and was sitting with the temple police to see the outcome.
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false testimony against Jesus so they could put Him to death.
Yet they could not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. Finally, 2 who came forward
stated, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in 3 days.'”
The high priest then stood up and said to Him, “Don’t You have an answer to what these men are testifying against You?”
Yet Jesus kept silent. Then the high priest said to Him, “By the living God I place You under oath: tell us if You are the Anointed One, the Son of God!”
Jesus told him. “You have said it, yet I tell you, in the future you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of
Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Look, now you’ve heard the blasphemy!
What do you think?” They answered, “He deserves death!”
Then they spit in His face and beat Him; others slapped Him
and said, “Prophesy to us, Anointed One! Who hit You?”
Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant came to him and she said, “You were with Jesus the Galilean too.”
Yet he denied it in front of everyone: “I do not know what you’re talking about!”
When he had gone out to the gateway, another saw him and told those who were there, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth!”
And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man!”
After a little while those standing there approached and said to Peter, “You certainly are one of them, for even the way you talk gives you away.”
Then he started to curse and to swear with an oath, “I do not know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed,
and Peter remembered the words Jesus had spoken, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me 3 times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
ABV40MAT27 – When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people plotted together against Jesus to put Him to death;
and they bound Him, and led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate the governor.
Then Judas, His betrayer, saw that He had been condemned, was full of remorse and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself!”
So he threw the silver into the temple sanctuary and departed. Then he went and hanged himself.
The chief priests took the silver and said, “It is not lawful to put it into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood.”
So they conferred together and bought the potter’s field with it as a burial place for strangers.
Therefore that field has been called “the Field of Blood” to this day.
Then what was spoken through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: They took the 30 pieces of silver, the price of Him whose price was set by the sons of
and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.
Jesus stood before the governor. “Are You the King of the Jews?” the governor asked Him. Jesus answered, “You have said it.”
And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He did not answer.
Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?”
Yet He did not answer him on even 1 charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
At the festival the governor’s custom was to release to the crowd a prisoner they wanted.
At that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.
So when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Anointed
For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over.
While he was sitting on the judge’s bench, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for today I’ve suffered terribly in a dream
because of Him!”
The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death.
The governor asked them, “Which of the 2 do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”
Pilate asked them, “What should I do then with Jesus, who is called the Anointed One?” They all answered, “Crucify Him!”
Then he said, “Why? What has He done wrong?” Yet they kept shouting all the more, “Crucify Him!”
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, yet that a riot was starting instead, he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “I
am innocent of this man’s blood. See to it yourselves!”
All the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”
Then he released Barabbas to them; and after having Jesus flogged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into common hall and gathered the whole company around Him.
They stripped Him and dressed Him in a scarlet robe.
They twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and placed a reed in His right hand. And they knelt down before Him and mocked Him: “Hail,
King of the Jews!”
Then they spit at Him, took the reed, and kept hitting Him on the head.
When they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the robe, put His clothes on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
As they were going out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, and they forced this man to carry His cross.
When they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Skull Place,
they gave Him wine mixed with gall to drink; yet when He tasted it, He would not drink it.
After crucifying Him they divided His clothes by casting lots.
Then they sat down and were guarding Him there.
Above His head they put up the charge against Him in writing: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Then 2 thieves were crucified with Him, 1 on the right and 1 on the left.
Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads
and saying, “The One who would demolish the temple and rebuild it in 3 days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!”
In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked and said,
“He saved others, yet He cannot save Himself! He is the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him.
He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now, if He wants Him! For He said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”
In the same way even the thieves who were crucified with Him kept insulting Him.
From noon until 3 in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land.
At about 3 in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling for Elijah!”
Immediately 1 of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, fixed it on a reed, and gave Him to drink.
Yet the rest said, “Let’s see if Elijah comes to save Him!”
Jesus shouted again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit.
Suddenly, the veil of the temple sanctuary was split in 2 from top to bottom; the earth quaked and the rocks were split.
The tombs also were opened and many bodies of the saints who had gone to their rest were raised.
And they came out of the tombs after His resurrection, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.
When the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they were terrified and said,
“This man really was the Son of God!”
Many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and ministered to Him were there, looking on from a distance.
Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of sons of Zebedee.
When it was evening, a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph came, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.
He approached Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Then Pilate ordered that it be given.
So Joseph took the body, wrapped it in clean, fine linen cloth,
and placed it in his new tomb, which he had cut into the rock, and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb, then went away.
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were seated there, facing the tomb.
The next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate
and said, “Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive, He said, ‘After 3 days I will rise again.’
Therefore give orders that the tomb be made secure until the 3rd day. Otherwise, His disciples may come, steal Him, and tell the people, ‘He has been
raised from the dead.’ Then the last deception will be worse than the first.”
Pilate told them, “You have a guard; go, and make it as secure as you know how.”
Then they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting the guard.
ABV40MAT28 – After the Sabbath, as the 1st day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.
Suddenly there was a strong earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came, and rolled back the stone and was sitting on it.
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.
The guards were so shaken from fear of him that they became like dead men.
Yet the angel told the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here! For He has been risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where the Lord lay.
Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him.’ Listen, I
have told you.”
So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell the news to His disciples.
Just then Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.
Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there.”
As they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.
After the priests had assembled with the elders and had taken counsel, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money
and told them, “Say this, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole Him while we were sleeping.’
If this reaches the governor’s ears, we will persuade him and keep you out of trouble.”
So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this story has been spread among Jewish people to this day.
The 11 disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them.
When they saw Him, they worshiped, yet some doubted.
Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”