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62 NOW on the morrow,, he is risen, as he said: come, see the place where the Lord lay,* 7 and depart quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead: and, lo! he will go before you into Galilee; there ye shall see him. Lo! I have told you." 8 And they went out in haste from the tomb with fear and great joy; and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And [as they went to tell his disciples], lo! Jesus met them, saying, from the dead:' for this last" Peace be to you." And they imposture would be worse than came near, and taking hold of the first." 65 Pilate said to his feet, they did him obeisance. them, Take a guard: go, 10 Then Jesus said to them, secure it as well as ye can." "Fear not: go, tell my brethren 66 So they went and secured the that they may go into Galilee; tomb; sealing the stone, and and there they shall see me." posting the guard.

being the day after the preparation, the chief-priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate, 63 saying, "Sir, we remember that this deceiver said, while he was yet alive, 'Within three days I will rise again.' 64 Command therefore that the tomb be made secure, till the third day; lest his disciples come and steal him away, and say to the people, He is risen


CH. XXVIII. 1 BUT after the sabbath, as it began to dawn, toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, to view the tomb. 2 And, lo! there had been a great disturbance: for a messenger of the Lord, having descended from heaven, came and rolled back the stone [from the entrance], and was sitting upon it.


11 NOW, as they were going, lo! some of the guard came into the city, and told the chiefpriests all the things which had been done. 12 These having assembled with the elders, and taking counsel, gave much money to the soldiers, 13 saying, "Tell the people, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we were asleep. 14 And if this be heard of by the governor, we will appease him, and indemnify you.' 15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught and this report is spread abroad among the Jews to this day.


3 Now his appearance was as lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 and for fear of him, the keepers trembled, and became as dead men. 5 But the angel speaking to the women, said, "Fear not: for I know that ye seek Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here: for

16 NOW the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to a mountain which Jesus had appointed to them. 17 And on seeing him,

*The reading of the Vat. MS. and of the Ethiopie and some other ancient versions, is

"where he lay."

they did him obeisance: but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came, and spake to them, saying, "All power is given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go ye and make disciples of all nations,


CHAP. I. 1 THE beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy spirit; 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo! I am with you always, to the end of the age.

down and unloose. 8 I indeed have baptized you in water: but he will baptize you in a holy spirit."

9 AND it came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John, in Jordan. 10 And immediately going up, out of the water, he saw the heavens part asunder, and the spirit, as

2 As it is written, in the prophet Isaiah, "Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who will prepare thy way: 3 The voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight;' 4 thus John came bap-a tizing in the desert, and proclaiming the baptism of reformation, for the remission of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea, and all they of Jerusalem, went out to him, and were baptized by him, in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

dove, descending upon him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, saying, "Thou art my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased."

12 AND immediately the spirit sendeth him forth into the desert. 13 And he was tempted by the adversary forty 6 Now John was clothed with days;* and was with the wild camel's hair, and with a leath-beasts; and the angels minisern girdle about his loins; and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he proclaimed, saying, "One mightier than I cometh after me; the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop

tered to him.

14 NOW after John had been delivered up to prison, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the glad tidings [of the reign] of God, 15 [and] saying, “ The

i.e. he was exposed to various trials for the discipline of his mind. See note on Matt.

iv. 1.

time is fulfilled and the reign" What is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority he commandeth even the impure spirits, and they obey him." 28 And his fame soon spread abroad through the whole country of Galilee.

29 AND going immediately out of the synagogue, they went, with James and John, into the house of Simon and Andrew. 30 Now the mother of Simon's wife lay sick of a fever; and immediately they told him of her. 31 And approaching, he took her by the hand, and raised her up: and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered to them.

of God approacheth: reform, and believe the good tidings.'

16 Now, walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 17 And Jesus said to them, "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." 18 And immediately, leaving [their] nets, they followed him.

19 Passing on a little further [thence], and seeing James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in a ship, mending their their nets, 20 he immediately called them: whereupon, leaving their father Zebedee in the ship, with the hired servants, they followed him.

32 Now in the evening, about sunset, they brought to him, all that were sick, and the demoniacs. 33 And the whole city was

21 AND they went to Caper-assembled at the door. 34 And naum; and [going] directly to he cured many that were sick the synagogue, on the sabbath, of various diseases, and cast he taught the people. 22 And out many demons: and sufferthey were amazed at his doc-ed not the demons to say that trine: for he ght them as they knew him. having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an impure spirit; and he cried out, saying, 24" [Ah !] Jesus! Nazarene! what hast thou to do with us? art thou come to destroy us? I know who thou art, the holy one of God." 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of of him." 26 And the impure spirit, having convulsed him,and having cried with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And all were amazed, so that they reasoned amongst themselves, saying,

35 And in the morning, having risen before day, he went out, and departed into a desert place, and there prayed. 36 And Simon, and his company, went in search of him. 37 And having found him, they said to him, "They all seek thee." 38 And he said to them, "Let us go into the neighbouring towns, that I may preach there, also: for I came forth with this design." 39 And he preached in their synagogues, throughout all Galilee; and cast out demons.

40 AND a leper came to him,


beseeching him, and kneeling | who were present, reasoned thus in their hearts, 7"How doth he speak such blasphemies? who can forgive sins, but God alone ?" 8 Now Jesus, immediately perceiving, in his spirit, that they reasoned thus within themselves, said to them, "Why reason ye thus in your hearts? 9 Which is easier? to say to the paralytic, Thy sins are forgiven thee?' or, to say, Arise, take up thy couch, and walk ? 10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power, on earth, to forgive sins, (he said to the paralytic,) I say to thee, 11 Arise, take up thy couch, and go home. 12 And immediately he arose, took up his couch, and went out before them all; so that all were amazed, and glorified God, saying, "We never saw thus !"

down to him, saying, "If thou wilt, thou canst cleanse me." 41 And Jesus, being moved with compassion, extended his hand, touched him, and said, "I will; be thou cleansed." 42 And [on his speaking], the leprosy, immediately departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43 And having strictly charged him, he immediately sent him away; 44 and said to him, "See thou tell no one any thing: but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing what Moses commanded; for a testimony to them." 45 But going out, he began to publish much, and to spread abroad the report; so that Jesus could no more, openly, enter into the city, but was without, in desert places and they came to him from all parts.




CH. II. 1 AND after some days, he again entered into Capernaum; and it was known that he was in a house. 2 And immediately, many were assembled; so that not even the parts about the door could any longer contain them: and he preached to them the word.

S And they came to him, bringing a paralytic, carried by four. 4 And not being able to approach him, because of the

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ing where he was: and through the opening, let down the couch on which the paralytic lay. 5 Now Jesus perceiving their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, thy sins are forgiven thee."

6 But some of the scribes,

15 And it came to pass, that, as he was eating in this man's house, many publicans and sinners placed themselves at tacrowd, they removed the cover-ble, with Jesus and his disciples: for many of these people followed him. 16 And the scribes and the Pharisees seeing him eating with the publicans and sinners, said to his disciples, "Wherefore doth he eat and drink with the publicans

13 AND he went out again, towards the sea : and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them.

14 And passing on, he saw Levi, the son of Alpheus, sitting at the toll-office, and said to him, "Follow me." And rising up, he followed him.

and sinners ?" 17 But on hearing this Jesus said to them, " The whole need not a physician, but the sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."


18 NOW the disciples of John, and the Pharisees, were accustomed to fast and they came and said to him, Why do the disciples of John, and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?" 19 And Jesus said to them, "Can the companions of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them? [As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.] 20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom will be taken from them; and then, in that day, they will fast. 21 No one seweth a piece of undressed cloth upon an old garment: otherwise, the new piece which filleth it up, taketh from the old, and a worse rent is made. 22And no one putteth new wine into old leathern bottles:

entered the house of God, [in the days of Abiathar the high-priest,] and ate the loaves of the presence, which none but the priests could lawfully eat, and gave, also, to those with him?" 27 And he said to them, "The sabbath was made for man; not man for the sabbath. 28 So that the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath."

CH. III. 1 AND he entered again into the synagogue; and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 And they watched him, whether he would cure on the sabbath; that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand," Stand up in the midst." 4 Then he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill?" But they kept silent. 5 And looking round on them, with anger, being grieved at the hardness of their hearts, he said to the man,

otherwise, the [new] wine" Stretch forth thy hand." And bursteth the bottles, and the he stretched it forth: and his wine is spilled, and the bottles hand was restored. 6 And the are destroyed: but new wine Pharisees, with the Herodians, must be put into new bottles." going immediately out, conspir ed against him, how they might destroy him.

23 AND it came to pass, that he went through the corn-fields on the sabbath; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. 24 And the Pharisees said to him, "See, why do they, [on] the sabbath, that which is not lawful?" 25 And he said to them, "Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, when both he himself, and those with him, hungered? 26 how he

7 BUT Jesus with his disciples, withdrew to the sea: and a great multitude [followed] [him] from Galilee, and from Judea, and from Jerusalem, 8 and from Idumea, and from beyond Jordan; they also about Tyre and Sidon, even a great multitude, having heard what great things he did, came to him. 9 And he spake to his

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