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The Feast of Dedication. Last missionary trip
(Dec 29-Mar 30)
Jesus returns to Jerusalem to attend the Feast of Dedication (Dec 29); he disputes with the Jews and claims "I and the Father are one".
Thereafter he undertakes his last pastoral journey, preaching in Perea, at the places where John the Baptist baptized. He is invited to dinner at a pharisee's house ; on this occasion he cures a dropsy man and tells the parable of the last seat and the parable of the great supper. He continues his journey and exhorts the people to leave everything to follow him. The pharisees despise Jesus because he eats with sinners; hence he teaches the parables of the mercy: the parable of the lost sheep, the lost drachma and the parable of the prodigal son. About this time he also tells the parable of the dishonest manager , the parable about the rich man and Lazarus and the parable of the good servant.
Jesus leaves Perea and returns to Bethany (Jan 30), where he raises Lazarus from death. The Jews conspire to stop him, and Caiphas prophesies: "that one man should die for the people...". Jesus visits Ephraim ; there is much expectation in face of the next coming Passover, as the confrontation between Jesus and the pharisees has grown in violence. Jesus travels to Samaria, (Feb 30) where he cures the ten lepers, he warns about the Day of the Son of Man. He tells the parable of the widow and the judge and compares the pharisee and the tax collector. Travelling through Perea, he is asked about divorce: he states that marriage is indissoluble ("What God has joined together, let no man separate") It follows Jesus' blessing of the little children ("Let the children come to me") and the episode of the rich young man, which gives him an opportunity to prevent against the danger of riches and to promise the reward of self-denial. He tells the parable of the vineyard laborers ("the last will be first, and the first last"), and predicts again his death and resurrection; it follows then the request of the two Zebedee. Entering Jericho (Mar 30) he cures a blind man and then stays at Zacchaeus' house ("the Son of Man came to save that which was lost"). He teaches the parable of the mina coins In Bethany, Mary Magdalen anoints Jesus; this action is criticized by many people, but approved by Jesus. The Passover is few days ahead, and Jesus prepares his entry into Jerusalem (Mar 30).
|At Jerusalem: Feast of Dedication|
|"I and the Father are one"|
|10:22 It was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem.
10:23 It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon's porch.
10:24 The Jews therefore came around him and said to him, "How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."
10:25 Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you don't believe. The works that I do in my Father's name, these testify about me.
10:26 But you don't believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I told you.
10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
10:28 I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father's hand.
10:30 I and the Father are one."
10:31 Therefore Jews took up stones again to stone him.
10:32 Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?"
10:33 The Jews answered him, "We don't stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy: because you, being a man, make yourself God."
10:34 Jesus answered them, "Isn't it written in your law, 'I said, you are gods?'
10:35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture can't be broken),
10:36 Do you say of him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You blaspheme,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God?'
10:37 If I don't do the works of my Father, don't believe me.
10:38 But if I do them, though you don't believe me, believe the works; that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."
10:39 They sought again to seize him, and he went out of their hand.
|Jesus preaches in the places where John the Baptist baptized|
|19:1 It happened when Jesus had finished these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the borders of Judea beyond the Jordan.
19:2 Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there.
|10:1 He arose from there and came into the borders of Judea and beyond the Jordan. Multitudes came together to him again. As he usually did, he was again teaching them.
||10:40 He went away again beyond the Jordan into the place where John was baptizing at first, and there he stayed.
10:41 Many came to him. They said, "John indeed did no sign, but everything that John said about this man is true."
10:42 Many believed in him there.
|Eating at the house of a pharisee|
|a. Healing a dropsy man on the Sabbath day|
|14:1 It happened, when he went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees on a Sabbath to eat bread, that they were watching him.
14:2 Behold, a certain man who had dropsy was in front of him.
14:3 Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
14:4 But they were silent. He took him, and healed him, and let him go.
14:5 He answered them, "Which of you, if your son or an ox fell into a well, wouldn't immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?"
14:6 They couldn't answer him regarding these things.
|b. Parable of the last seat|
|14:7 He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the best seats, and said to them,
14:8 "When you are invited by anyone to a marriage feast, don't sit in the best seat, since perhaps someone more honorable than you might be invited by him,
14:9 and he who invited both of you would come and tell you, 'Make room for this person.' Then you would begin, with shame, to take the lowest place.
14:10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes, he may tell you, 'Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.
14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."
|c. The host and the guests|
|14:12 He also said to the one who had invited him, "When you make a dinner or a supper, don't call your friends, nor your brothers, nor your kinsmen, nor rich neighbors, or perhaps they might also return the favor, and pay you back.
14:13 But when you make a feast, ask the poor, the maimed, the lame, or the blind;
14:14 and you will be blessed, because they don't have the resources to repay you. For you will be repaid in the resurrection of the righteous."
|d. Parable of the great supper|
|22:1 Jesus answered and spoke again in parables to them, saying,
22:2 "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son,
22:3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come.
22:4 Again he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "Behold, I have made ready my dinner. My oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast!"'
22:5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise,
22:6 and the rest grabbed his servants, and treated them shamefully, and killed them.
22:7 When the king heard that, he was angry, and he sent his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
22:8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited weren't worthy.
22:9 Go therefore to the intersections of the highways, and as many as you may find, invite to the marriage feast.'
22:10 Those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. The wedding was filled with guests.
22:11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who didn't have on wedding clothing,
22:12 and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here not wearing wedding clothing?' He was speechless.
22:13 Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him into the outer darkness; there is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.'
22:14 For many are called, but few chosen."
|14:15 When one of those who sat at the table with him heard these things, he said to him, "Blessed is he who will feast in the Kingdom of God!"
14:16 But he said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and he invited many people.
14:17 He sent out his servant at supper time to tell those who were invited, 'Come, for everything is ready now.'
14:18 They all as one began to make excuses. "The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please have me excused.'
14:19 "Another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go try them out. Please have me excused.'
14:20 "Another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I can't come.'
14:21 "That servant came, and told his lord these things. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor, maimed, blind, and lame.'
14:22 "The servant said, 'Lord, it is done as you commanded, and there is still room.'
14:23 "The lord said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
14:24 For I tell you that none of those men who were invited will taste of my supper.'"
|To be Jesus' disciple|
|10:37 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isn't worthy of me.
10:38 He who doesn't take his cross and follow after me, isn't worthy of me.
10:39 He who finds his life will lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
|14:25 Now great multitudes were going with him. He turned and said to them,
14:26 "If anyone comes to me, and doesn't hate his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can't be my disciple.
14:27 Whoever doesn't bear his own cross, and come after me, can't be my disciple.
|Leaving everything to follow Jesus|
|14:28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?
14:29 Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him,
14:30 saying, 'This man began to build, and wasn't able to finish.'
14:31 Or what king, as he goes to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
14:32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an envoy, and asks for conditions of peace.
14:33 So therefore whoever of you who doesn't renounce all that he has, he can't be my disciple.
|The anger of the pharisees|
|15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him.
15:2 The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them."
|Parables about mercifulness|
|a. The lost sheep|
|15:3 He told them this parable.
15:4 "Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it?
15:5 When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
15:6 When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
15:7 I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.
|b. The lost drachma|
|15:8 Or what woman, if she had ten drachma coins, if she lost one drachma coin, wouldn't light a lamp, sweep the house, and seek diligently until she found it?
15:9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the drachma which I had lost.'
15:10 Even so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting."
|c. The prodigal son|
|15:11 He said, "A certain man had two sons.
15:12 The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of your property.' He divided his livelihood between them.
15:13 Not many days after, the younger son gathered all of this together and traveled into a far country. There he wasted his property with riotous living.
15:14 When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need.
15:15 He went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.
15:16 He wanted to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any.
15:17 But when he came to himself he said, 'How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough to spare, and I'm dying with hunger!
15:18 I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight.
15:19 I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants."'
15:20 "He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
15:21 The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
15:22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.
15:23 Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat, and celebrate;
15:24 for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.' They began to celebrate.
15:25 "Now his elder son was in the field. As he came near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
15:26 He called one of the servants to him, and asked what was going on.
15:27 He said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and healthy.'
15:28 But he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore his father came out, and begged him.
15:29 But he answered his father, 'Behold, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, but you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.
15:30 But when this, your son, came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'
15:31 "He said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
15:32 But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.'"
|Parable of the dishonest manager|
|16:1 He also said to his disciples, "There was a certain rich man who had a manager. An accusation was made to him that this man was wasting his possessions.
16:2 He called him, and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be manager.'
16:3 "The manager said within himself, 'What will I do, seeing that my lord is taking away the management position from me? I don't have strength to dig. I am ashamed to beg.
16:4 I know what I will do, so that when I am removed from management, they may receive me into their houses.'
16:5 Calling each one of his lord's debtors to him, he said to the first, 'How much do you owe to my lord?'
16:6 He said, 'A hundred batos of oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'
16:7 Then said he to another, 'How much do you owe?' He said, 'A hundred cors of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.'
16:8 "His lord commended the dishonest manager because he had done wisely, for the children of this world are, in their own generation, wiser than the children of the light.
16:9 I tell you, make for yourselves friends by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when you fail, they may receive you into the eternal tents.
16:10 He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. He who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
16:11 If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
16:12 If you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?
|The pharisees: those who justify yourselves|
|16:14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they scoffed at him.
16:15 He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
|Parable of the rich man and Lazarus|
|16:19 "Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, living in luxury every day.
16:20 A certain beggar, named Lazarus, was laid at his gate, full of sores,
16:21 and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. Yes, even the dogs came and licked his sores.
16:22 It happened that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried.
16:23 In Hades, he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far off, and Lazarus at his bosom.
16:24 He cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue! For I am in anguish in this flame.'
16:25 "But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that you, in your lifetime, received your good things, and Lazarus, in like manner, bad things. But now here he is comforted and you are in anguish.
16:26 Besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that those who want to pass from here to you are not able, and that none may cross over from there to us.'
16:27 "He said, 'I ask you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house;
16:28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, so they won't also come into this place of torment.'
16:29 "But Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.'
16:30 "He said, 'No, father Abraham, but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
16:31 "He said to him, 'If they don't listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if one rises from the dead.'"
|To increase one's faith : "If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed..."|
|17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."
17:6 The Lord said, "If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, 'Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
|Parable of the good servant|
|17:7 But who is there among you, having a servant plowing or keeping sheep, that will say, when he comes in from the field, 'Come immediately and sit down at the table,'
17:8 and will not rather tell him, 'Prepare my supper, clothe yourself properly, and serve me, while I eat and drink. Afterward you shall eat and drink'?
17:9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded? I think not.
17:10 Even so you also, when you have done all the things that are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.'"
|Jesus, ressurrection and life|
|a. Death of Lazarus|
|11:1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus from Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister, Martha.
11:2 It was that Mary who had anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother, Lazarus, was sick.
11:3 The sisters therefore sent to him, saying, "Lord, behold, he for whom you have great affection is sick."
11:4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that God's Son may be glorified by it."
11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
11:6 When therefore he heard that he was sick, he stayed two days in the place where he was.
11:7 Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let's go into Judea again."
11:8 The disciples told him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and are you going there again?"
11:9 Jesus answered, "Aren't there twelve hours of daylight? If a man walks in the day, he doesn't stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
11:10 But if a man walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light isn't in him."
11:11 He said these things, and after that, he said to them, "Our friend, Lazarus, has fallen asleep, but I am going so that I may awake him out of sleep."
11:12 The disciples therefore said, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."
11:13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he spoke of taking rest in sleep.
11:14 So Jesus said to them plainly then, "Lazarus is dead.
11:15 I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe. Nevertheless, let's go to him."
11:16 Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let's go also, that we may die with him."
|b. Jesus with Martha and Mary|
|11:17 So when Jesus came, he found that he had been in the tomb four days already.
11:18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away.
11:19 Many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother.
11:20 Then when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary stayed in the house.
11:21 Therefore Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn't have died.
11:22 Even now I know that, whatever you ask of God, God will give you."
11:23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
11:24 Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he die, yet will he live.
11:26 Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
11:27 She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, God's Son, he who comes into the world."
11:28 When she had said this, she went away, and called Mary, her sister, secretly, saying, "The Teacher is here, and is calling you."
11:29 When she heard this, she arose quickly, and went to him.
11:30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was in the place where Martha met him.
11:31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and were consoling her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there."
11:32 Therefore when Mary came to where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying to him, "Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn't have died."
|c. Resurrection of Lazarus|
|11:33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
11:34 and said, "Where have you laid him?" They told him, "Lord, come and see."
11:35 Jesus wept.
11:36 The Jews therefore said, "See how much affection he had for him!"
11:37 Some of them said, "Couldn't this man, who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have also kept this man from dying?"
11:38 Jesus therefore, again groaning in himself, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
11:39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days."
11:40 Jesus said to her, "Didn't I tell you that if you believed, you would see God's glory?"
11:41 So they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, "Father, I thank you that you listened to me.
11:42 I know that you always listen to me, but because of the multitude that stands around I said this, that they may believe that you sent me."
11:43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
11:44 He who was dead came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Free him, and let him go."
|The Jews conspire and Caiphas prophesies: "that one man should die for the people..."|
|11:45 Therefore many of the Jews, who came to Mary and saw what Jesus did, believed in him.
11:46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees, and told them the things which Jesus had done.
11:47 The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, "What are we doing? For this man does many signs.
11:48 If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."
11:49 But a certain one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all,
11:50 nor do you consider that it is advantageous for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish."
11:51 Now he didn't say this of himself, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,
11:52 and not for the nation only, but that he might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
11:53 So from that day forward they took counsel that they might put him to death.
|Jesus at Ephraim: expectation among the people|
|11:54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews, but departed from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim. He stayed there with his disciples.
11:55 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand. Many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.
11:56 Then they sought for Jesus and spoke one with another, as they stood in the temple, "What do you think--that he isn't coming to the feast at all?"
11:57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had commanded that if anyone knew where he was, he should report it, that they might seize him.
|The ten lepers|
|17:11 It happened as he was on his way to Jerusalem, that he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee.
17:12 As he entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers met him, who stood at a distance.
17:13 They lifted up their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
17:14 When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." It happened that as they went, they were cleansed.
17:15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice.
17:16 He fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan.
17:17 Jesus answered, "Weren't the ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
17:18 Were there none found who returned to give glory to God, except this stranger?"
17:19 Then he said to him, "Get up, and go your way. Your faith has healed you."
|The day of the Son of Man|
|17:20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, he answered them, "The Kingdom of God doesn't come with observation;
17:21 neither will they say, 'Look, here!' or, 'Look, there!' for behold, the Kingdom of God is within you."
17:22 He said to the disciples, "The days will come, when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.
17:23 They will tell you, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Don't go away, nor follow after them,
17:24 for as the lightning, when it flashes out of the one part under the sky, shines to the other part under the sky; so will the Son of Man be in his day.
17:25 But first, he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
17:26 As it happened in the days of Noah, even so will it be also in the days of the Son of Man.
17:27 They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
17:28 Likewise, even as it happened in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
17:29 but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from the sky, and destroyed them all.
17:30 It will be the same way in the day that the Son of Man is revealed.
17:31 In that day, he who will be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away. Let him who is in the field likewise not turn back.
17:32 Remember Lot's wife!
17:33 Whoever seeks to save his life loses it, but whoever loses his life preserves it.
17:34 I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed. The one will be taken, and the other will be left.
17:35 There will be two grinding grain together. One will be taken, and the other will be left."
17:37 They answering, asked him, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the body is, there will the vultures also be gathered together."
|Parable of the widow and the judge|
|18:1 He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,
18:2 saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn't fear God, and didn't respect man.
18:3 A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, 'Defend me from my adversary!'
18:4 He wouldn't for a while, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God, nor respect man,
18:5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.'"
18:6 The Lord said, "Listen to what the unrighteous judge says.
18:7 Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?
18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
|The pharisee and the tax collector|
|18:9 He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.
18:10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector.
18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: 'God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
18:12 I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.'
18:13 But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'
18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
|Marriage and divorce: "What God has joined together, let no man separate"|
|19:3 Pharisees came to him, testing him, and saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?"
19:4 He answered, "Haven't you read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,
19:5 and said, 'For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall join to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?'
19:6 So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, don't let man tear apart."
19:7 They asked him, "Why then did Moses command us to give her a bill of divorce, and divorce her?"
19:8 He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it has not been so.
19:9 I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries her when she is divorced commits adultery."
19:10 His disciples said to him, "If this is the case of the man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry."
19:11 But he said to them, "Not all men can receive this saying, but those to whom it is given.
19:12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven's sake. He who is able to receive it, let him receive it."
|10:2 Pharisees came to him testing him, and asked him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
10:3 He answered, "What did Moses command you?"
10:4 They said, "Moses allowed a certificate of divorce to be written, and to divorce her."
10:5 But Jesus said to them, "For your hardness of heart, he wrote you this commandment.
10:6 But from the beginning of the creation, 'God made them male and female.
10:7 For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will join to his wife,
10:8 and the two will become one flesh,' so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.
10:9 What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."
10:10 In the house, his disciples asked him again about the same matter.
10:11 He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife, and marries another, commits adultery against her.
10:12 If a woman herself divorces her husband, and marries another, she commits adultery."
|16:18 Everyone who divorces his wife, and marries another, commits adultery. He who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.
|Blessing of the children: "Let the children come to me"|
|19:13 Then little children were brought to him, that he should lay his hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them.
19:14 But Jesus said, "Allow the little children, and don't forbid them to come to me; for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven."
19:15 He laid his hands on them, and departed from there.
|10:13 They were bringing to him little children, that he should touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who were bringing them.
10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said to them, "Allow the little children to come to me! Don't forbid them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
10:15 Most assuredly I tell you, whoever will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it."
10:16 He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
|18:15 They were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
18:16 Jesus summoned them, saying, "Allow the little children to come to me, and don't hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
18:17 Most assuredly, I tell you, whoever doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it."
|The rich young man|
|19:16 Behold, one came to him and said, "Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"
19:17 He said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."
19:18 He said to him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "'You shall not murder.' 'You shall not commit adultery.' 'You shall not steal.' 'You shall not offer false testimony.'
19:19 'Honor your father and mother.' And, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"
19:20 The young man said to him, "All these things I have observed from my youth. What do I still lack?"
19:21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
19:22 But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sad, for he was one who had great possessions.
|10:17 As he was going out into the way, one ran to him, knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"
10:18 Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except one-- God.
10:19 You know the commandments: 'Do not murder,' 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not give false testimony,' 'Do not defraud,' 'Honor your father and mother.'"
10:20 He said to him, "Teacher, I have observed all these things from my youth."
10:21 Jesus looking at him loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me, taking up the cross."
10:22 But his face fell at that saying, and he went away sorrowful, for he was one who had great possessions.
|18:18 A certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
18:19 Jesus asked him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one--God.
18:20 You know the commandments: 'Don't commit adultery,' 'Don't murder,' 'Don't steal,' 'Don't give false testimony,' 'Honor your father and your mother.'"
18:21 He said, "I have observed all these things from my youth up."
18:22 When Jesus heard these things, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me."
18:23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was very rich.
|Danger of riches|
|19:23 Jesus said to his disciples, "Most assuredly I say to you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty.
19:24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."
19:25 When the disciples heard it, they were exceedingly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?"
19:26 Looking at them, Jesus said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
|10:23 Jesus looked around, and said to his disciples, "How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!"
10:24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answered again, "Children, how hard is it for those who trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!
10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."
10:26 They were exceedingly astonished, saying to him, "Then who can be saved?"
10:27 Jesus, looking at them, said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God."
|18:24 Jesus, seeing that he became very sad, said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!
18:25 For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."
18:26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
18:27 But he said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
|The reward of self-denial|
|19:27 Then Peter answered, "Behold, we have left everything, and followed you. What then will we have?"
19:28 Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly I tell you that you who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
19:29 Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, will receive one hundred times, and will inherit eternal life.
19:30 But many will be last who are first; and first who are last.
|10:28 Peter began to tell him, "Behold, we have left all, and have followed you."
10:29 Jesus said, "Most assuredly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or land, for my sake, and for the gospel's sake,
10:30 but he will receive one hundred times more now in this time, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land, with persecutions; and in the age to come eternal life.
10:31 But many who are first will be last; and the last first."
|18:28 Peter said, "Look, we have left everything, and followed you."
18:29 He said to them, "Most assuredly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for the Kingdom of God's sake,
18:30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life."
|Parable of the vineyard laborers: "the last will be first..."|
|20:1 "For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
20:2 When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
20:3 He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace.
20:4 To them he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went their way.
20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.
20:6 About the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?'
20:7 "They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' "He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.'
20:8 When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his steward, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.'
20:9 "When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius.
20:10 When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius.
20:11 When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household,
20:12 saying, 'These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat!'
20:13 "But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn't you agree with me for a denarius?
20:14 Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you.
20:15 Isn't it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?'
20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen."
|New prediction of Jesus' death and resurrection|
|20:17 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them,
20:18 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death,
20:19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to mock, to scourge, and to crucify; and the third day he will be raised up."
|10:32 They were on the way, going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus was going in front of them, and they were amazed; and those who followed were afraid. He again took the twelve, and began to tell them the things that were going to happen to him.
10:33 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes. They will condemn him to death, and will deliver him to the Gentiles.
10:34 They will mock him, spit on him, scourge him, and kill him. On the third day he will rise again."
|18:31 He took the twelve aside, and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be completed.
18:32 For he will be delivered up to the Gentiles, will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit on.
18:33 They will scourge and kill him. On the third day, he will rise again."
18:34 They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn't understand the things that were said.
|The request of the two Zebedee|
|20:20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, kneeling and asking a certain thing of him.
20:21 He said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Command that these, my two sons, may sit, one on your right hand, and one on your left hand, in your kingdom."
20:22 But Jesus answered, "You don't know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to him, "We are able."
20:23 He said to them, "You will indeed drink my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with, but to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it is for whom it has been prepared by my Father."
20:24 When the ten heard it, they were indignant with the two brothers.
20:25 But Jesus summoned them, and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
20:26 It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.
20:27 Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant,
20:28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
|10:35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came near to him, saying, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we will ask."
10:36 He said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?"
10:37 They said to him, "Grant to us that we may sit, one at your right hand, and one at your left hand, in your glory."
10:38 But Jesus said to them, "You don't know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?"
10:39 They said to him, "We are able." Jesus said to them, "You shall indeed drink the cup that I drink, and you shall be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with;
10:40 but to sit at my right hand and at my left hand is not mine to give, but for whom it has been prepared."
10:41 When the ten heard it, they began to be indignant towards James and John.
10:42 Jesus summoned them, and said to them, "You know that they who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
10:43 But it shall not be so among you, but whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant.
10:44 Whoever of you wants to become first among you, shall be bondservant of all.
10:45 For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
|Blind men healed near Jericho|
|20:29 As they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
20:30 Behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, you son of David!"
20:31 The multitude rebuked them, telling them that they should be quiet, but they cried out even more, "Lord, have mercy on us, you son of David!"
20:32 Jesus stood still, and called them, and asked, "What do you want me to do for you?"
20:33 They told him, "Lord, that our eyes may be opened."
20:34 Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received their sight, and they followed him.
|10:46 They came to Jericho. As he went out from Jericho, with his disciples and a great multitude, the son of Timaeus, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the road.
10:47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, and say, "Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!"
10:48 Many rebuked him, that he should be quiet, but he cried out much more, "You son of David, have mercy on me!"
10:49 Jesus stood still, and said, "Call him." They called the blind man, saying to him, "Cheer up! Get up. He is calling you!"
10:50 He, casting away his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
10:51 Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "Rhabboni, that I may see again."
10:52 Jesus said to him, "Go your way. Your faith has made you well." Immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
|18:35 It happened, as he came near Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road, begging.
18:36 Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant.
18:37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
18:38 He cried out, "Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!"
18:39 Those who led the way rebuked him, that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "You son of David, have mercy on me!"
18:40 Standing still, Jesus commanded him to be brought to him. When he had come near, he asked him,
18:41 "What do you want me to do?" He said, "Lord, that I may see again."
18:42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you."
18:43 Immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it, praised God.
|Jesus and Zacchaeus: "the Son of Man came to save that which was lost"|
|19:1 He entered and was passing through Jericho.
19:2 There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
19:3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn't because of the crowd, because he was short.
19:4 He ran on ahead, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way.
19:5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house."
19:6 He hurried, came down, and received him joyfully.
19:7 When they saw it, they all murmured, saying, "He has gone in to lodge with a man who is a sinner."
19:8 Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much."
19:9 Jesus said to him, "Today, salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.
19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost."
|Parable of the mina coins|
|19:11 As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God would be revealed immediately.
19:12 He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
19:13 He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins, and told them, 'Conduct business until I come.'
19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent an envoy after him, saying, 'We don't want this man to reign over us.'
19:15 "It happened when he had come back again, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by conducting business.
19:16 The first came before him, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made ten more minas.'
19:17 "He said to him, 'Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'
19:18 "The second came, saying, 'Your mina, Lord, has made five minas.'
19:19 "So he said to him, 'And you are to be over five cities.'
19:20 Another came, saying, 'Lord, behold, your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief,
19:21 for I feared you, because you are an exacting man. You take up that which you didn't lay down, and reap that which you didn't sow.'
19:22 "He said to him, 'Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn't lay down, and reaping that which I didn't sow.
19:23 Then why didn't you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming, I might have earned interest on it?'
19:24 He said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina away from him, and give it to him who has the ten minas.'
19:25 "They said to him, 'Lord, he has ten minas!'
19:26 'For I tell you that to everyone who has, will more be given; but from him who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away from him.
19:27 But bring those enemies of mine who didn't want me to reign over them here, and kill them before me.'"
19:28 Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
|Mary Magdalen anoints Jesus|
|26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
26:7 a woman came to him having an alabaster jar of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table.
26:8 But when his disciples saw this, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste?
26:9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor."
26:10 But Jesus, knowing this, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? Because she has done a good work for me.
26:11 For you always have the poor with you; but you don't always have me.
26:12 For in pouring this ointment on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.
26:13 Most assuredly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of as a memorial of her."
|14:3 While he was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster jar of ointment of pure nard-- very costly. She broke the jar, and poured it over his head.
14:4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, saying, "Why has this ointment been wasted?
14:5 For this might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and given to the poor." They grumbled against her.
14:6 But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me.
14:7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want to, you can do them good; but you will not always have me.
14:8 She has done what she could. She has anointed my body beforehand for the burying.
14:9 Most assuredly I tell you, wherever this gospel may be preached throughout the whole world, that which this woman has done will also be spoken of for a memorial of her."
|12:1 Then six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
12:2 So they made him a supper there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him.
12:3 Mary, therefore, took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.
12:4 Then Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, one of his disciples, who would betray him, said,
12:5 "Why wasn't this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?"
12:6 Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and having the money box, used to steal what was put into it.
12:7 But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She has kept this for the day of my burial.
12:8 For you always have the poor with you, but you don't always have me."
|The chief priests conspire to kill Lazarus|
|12:9 A large crowd therefore of the Jews learned that he was there, and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
12:10 But the chief priests conspired to put Lazarus to death also,
12:11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.
|Preparing Jesus' entry into Jerusalem|
|21:1 When they drew near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethsphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
21:2 saying to them, "Go into the village that is opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them, and bring them to me.
21:3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and immediately he will send them."
21:4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,
21:5 "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King comes to you, Humble, and riding on a donkey, On a colt, the foal of a donkey."
21:6 The disciples went, and did just as Jesus commanded them,
21:7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their clothes on them; and he sat on them.
|11:1 When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
11:2 and said to them, "Go your way into the village that is opposite you. Immediately as you enter into it, you will find a young donkey tied, on which no one has sat. Untie him, and bring him.
11:3 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord needs him;' and immediately he will send him back here."
11:4 They went away, and found a young donkey tied at the door outside in the open street, and they untied him.
11:5 Some of those who stood there asked them, "What are you doing, untying the young donkey?"
11:6 They said to them just as Jesus had said, and they let them go.
11:7 They brought the young donkey to Jesus, and threw their garments on it, and Jesus sat on it.
|19:29 It happened, when he drew near to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the mountain that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples,
19:30 saying, "Go your way into the village on the other side, in which, as you enter, you will find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat. Untie it, and bring it.
19:31 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' say to him: 'The Lord needs it.'"
19:32 Those who were sent went away, and found things just as he had told them.
19:33 As they were untying the colt, the owners of it said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?"
19:34 They said, "The Lord needs it."
19:35 They brought it to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Jesus on them.
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Hernán J. González
Buenos Aires, Argentina - March 2001
Last revision: 08/09/2001