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15. Jesus Ministers Beyond The Jordan
and Eastern Judea
Jesus Leaves Jerusalem to Beyond the Jordan
Returning Toward Jerusalem, Jesus is Warned that Herod Wants to Kill Him
He went away again beyond the
Jordan into the place where John was baptizing at first, and
there he stayed. Many came to him. They said, "John indeed did no sign, but
everything that John said about this man is true." Many believed in him there.
With a Chief Pharisee, Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
He went on his way through
cities and villages, teaching, and traveling on to Jerusalem. One said to him, "Lord, are they few who are saved?"
He said to them, "Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you,
will seek to enter in, and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen up, and has shut
the door, and you begin to stand outside, and to knock at the
door, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' then he will answer and
tell you, 'I don't know you or where you come from.' Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in your
presence, and you taught in our streets.' He will say, 'I tell you, I don't know where you come from.
Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.' There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets, in the Kingdom of
God, and yourselves being thrown outside. They will come from the east, west, north, and south, and
will sit down in the Kingdom of God. Behold, there are some who are last who will be first, and
there are some who are first who will be last."
On that same day, some Pharisees came, saying to him, "Get
out of here, and go away, for Herod wants to kill you." He said to them, "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out
demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I
complete my mission. Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the
next day, for it can't be that a prophet perish outside of
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets, and stones
those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your
children together, like a hen gathers her own brood under her
wings, and you refused! Behold, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you
will not see me, until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the
name of the Lord!'"
Whoever Does Not Bear His Own Cross,
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. Behold, a certain man who had dropsy was in front of him. Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying,
"Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
But they were silent.
He took him, and healed him, and let him go. 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
They couldn't answer him regarding these things.
He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed
how they chose the best seats, and said to them, "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, 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. 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. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever
humbles himself will be exalted."
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. But when you make a feast, ask the poor, the maimed, the
lame, or the blind; 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."
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!"
But he said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and
he invited many people. He sent out his servant at supper time to tell those who were
invited, 'Come, for everything is ready now.' 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.'
"Another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must
go try them out. Please have me excused.'
"Another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I can't
"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.'
"The servant said, 'Lord, it is done as you commanded, and
there is still room.'
"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. For I tell you that none of those men who were invited will
taste of my supper.'"
and Follows Me Cannot be my Disciple
Jesus Receives Sinners!
Now great multitudes were
going with him. He turned and said to them, "If anyone comes to me, and doesn't disregard his own father,
mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own
life also, he can't be my disciple. Whoever doesn't bear his own cross, and come after me, can't
be my disciple. 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? Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to
finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him, saying, 'This man began to build, and wasn't able to finish.' 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? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an
envoy, and asks for conditions of peace. So therefore whoever of you who doesn't renounce all that he
has, he can't be my disciple. Salt is good, but if the salt becomes flat and tasteless,
with what do you season it? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is
thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, The Lost Son
Jesus Stopped the Multitude from Making Him King
Now all the tax collectors and
sinners were coming close to him to hear him. The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man
welcomes sinners, and eats with them."
He told them this parable. "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? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders,
rejoicing. 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!' 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. 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? 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.' Even so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the
angels of God over one sinner repenting."
He said, "A certain man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me my
share of your property.' He divided his livelihood between them. 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. When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in
that country, and he began to be in need. He went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that
country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs. He wanted to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate,
but no one gave him any. 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! I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him,
"Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of
your hired servants."'
"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.
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.'
"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. Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat, and
celebrate; for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost,
and is found.' They began to celebrate.
"Now his elder son was in the field. As he came near to the
house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the servants to him, and asked what was
going on. 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.' But he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore his father
came out, and begged him. 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. But when this, your son, came, who has devoured your living
with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'
"He said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that
is mine is yours. But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this,
your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
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. 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.'
"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. I know what I will do, so that when I am removed from
management, they may receive me into their houses.' Calling each one of his lord's debtors to him, he said to the
first, 'How much do you owe to my lord?' He said, 'A hundred batos of oil.' He said to him, 'Take your
bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' Then he said to another, 'How much do you owe?' He said, 'A
hundred cors of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and
"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. 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. 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. If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous
mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? If you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who
will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the
one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and
despise the other. You aren't able to serve God and mammon."
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these
things, and they scoffed at him. 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. The law and the prophets were until John. From that time the
Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is
forcing his way into it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for
one tiny stroke of a pen in the law to fall. Everyone who divorces his wife, and marries another, commits
adultery. He who marries one who is divorced from a husband
"Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in
purple and fine linen, living in luxury every day. A certain beggar, named Lazarus, was laid at his gate, full
of sores, 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. 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. In Hades, he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw
Abraham far off, and Lazarus at his bosom. 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.'
"But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that you, in your lifetime,
received your good things, and Lazarus, in the same way, bad
things. But now here he is comforted and you are in anguish. 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.'
"He said, 'I ask you therefore, father, that you would send
him to my father's house; for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, so
they won't also come into this place of torment.'
"But Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets.
Let them listen to them.' "He said, 'No, father Abraham, but if one goes to them from
the dead, they will repent.'
"He said to him, 'If they don't listen to Moses and the
prophets, neither will they be persuaded if one rises from the
He said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no occasions
of stumbling should come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his
neck, and he were thrown into the sea, rather than that he
should cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be careful. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If
he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times
returns, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."
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. 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,' 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'? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were
commanded? I think not. Even so you also, when you have done all the things that are
commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy servants. We have done our
The Reaction of Lazarus' Raising From the Dead
Now a certain man was sick,
Lazarus from Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister,
Martha. It was that Mary who had anointed the Lord with ointment, and
wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother, Lazarus, was sick. The sisters therefore sent to him, saying, "Lord, behold, he
for whom you have great affection is sick." 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." Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When therefore he heard that he was sick, he stayed two days
in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let's go into Judea
The disciples told him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to
stone you, and are you going there again?"
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. But if a man walks in the night, he stumbles, because the
light isn't in him." 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."
The disciples therefore said, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep,
he will recover."
Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he
spoke of taking rest in sleep. So Jesus said to them plainly then, "Lazarus is dead. I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you
may believe. Nevertheless, let's go to him."
Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow
disciples, "Let's go also, that we may die with him."
So when Jesus came, he found that he had been in the tomb
four days already. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away. Many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary,
to console them concerning their brother. Then when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and
met him, but Mary stayed in the house. Therefore Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you would have been
here, my brother wouldn't have died. Even now I know that, whatever you ask of God, God will give
you." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the
resurrection at the last day."
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He
who believes in me will still live, even if he dies. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you
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."
When she had said this, she went away, and called Mary, her
sister, secretly, saying, "The Teacher is here, and is calling
When she heard this, she arose quickly, and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was in the
place where Martha met him. 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." 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."
When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews weeping
who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, and said, "Where have you laid him?"
They told him, "Lord, come and see."
The Jews therefore said, "See how much affection he had for
Some of them said, "Couldn't this man, who opened the eyes of
him who was blind, have also kept this man from dying?"
Jesus therefore, again groaning in himself, came to the tomb.
Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 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."
Jesus said to her, "Didn't I tell you that if you believed,
you would see God's glory?"
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. 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." When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus,
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."
Jesus Heals the 10 Lepers,
Therefore many of the Jews, who
came to Mary and saw what Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went away to the Pharisees, and told them
the things which Jesus had done. The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a
council, and said, "What are we doing? For this man does many
signs. If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in
him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and
But a certain one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that
year, said to them, "You know nothing at all, 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." Now he didn't say this of himself, but being high priest that
year, he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but that he might also gather
together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. So from that day forward they took counsel that they might
put him to death. 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.
What is the Kingdom of God?
Two Parables on Prayer
It happened as he was on his
way to Jerusalem, that he was passing along the borders of
Samaria and Galilee. As he entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers
met him, who stood at a distance. They lifted up their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have
mercy on us!"
When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to
the priests." It happened that as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back,
glorifying God with a loud voice. He fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks; and he
was a Samaritan. Jesus answered, "Weren't the ten cleansed? But where are the
nine? Were there none found who returned to give glory to God,
except this stranger?" Then he said to him, "Get up, and go your way. Your faith has
Being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would
come, he answered them, "The Kingdom of God doesn't come with
observation; neither will they say, 'Look, here!' or, 'Look, there!' for
behold, the Kingdom of God is within you."
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. They will tell you, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Don't go
away, nor follow after them, 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. But first, he must suffer many things and be rejected by this
generation. As it happened in the days of Noah, even so will it be also
in the days of the Son of Man. They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in
marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ship, and the
flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise, even as it happened in the days of Lot: they ate,
they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire
and sulfur from the sky, and destroyed them all. It will be the same way in the day that the Son of Man is
revealed. 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. Remember Lot's wife! Whoever seeks to save his life loses it, but whoever loses
his life preserves it. 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. There will be two grinding grain together. One will be taken,
and the other will be left." Two men will be in the field, the one will be taken, and the
other left. They, answering, asked him, "Where, Lord?"
He said to them, "Where the body is, there will the vultures
also be gathered together."
Is it Lawful for a Man to Divorce His Wife for Just any Reason?
He also spoke a parable to them
that they must always pray, and not give up, saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn't fear
God, and didn't respect man. A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying,
'Defend me from my adversary!' He wouldn't for a while, but afterward he said to himself,
'Though I neither fear God, nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else
she will wear me out by her continual coming.'"
The Lord said, "Listen to what the unrighteous judge says. Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him
day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them? I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless,
when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
He spoke also this parable to certain people who were
convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all
others. "Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee,
and the other was a tax collector. 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. I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.' 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!' 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."
Let the Little Children Come to Me,
He arose from Galilee 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. Great multitudes followed him, and
he healed them there.
Pharisees came to him, testing him, and saying, "Is it lawful
for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?"
He answered, "Haven't you read that he who made them from the
beginning made them male and female, 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?' So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore
God has joined together, don't let man tear apart."
They asked him, "Why then did Moses command us to give her a
bill of divorce, and divorce her?"
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. 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.
What therefore God has joined
together, let no man separate."
the house His
disciples said to him, "If this is the case of the man with his
wife, it is not expedient to marry."
So He said to them, "Whoever
divorces his wife, and marries another, commits adultery against
her. If a woman herself divorces her husband, and marries another,
she commits adultery."
But he said to
them, "Not all men can receive this saying, but those to whom it
is given. 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
For Such is the Kingdom of Heaven
The Rich Young Ruler
Then little children and infants were
brought to him, that he should lay his hands on them and pray;
and the disciples rebuked those
who were bringing them. 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. Most certainly, I tell you,
whoever doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a little child,
he will in no way enter into it." He took them in his arms, and
blessed them, laying his hands on them and then
What Do I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?
Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard
As he was going out into the
way, one ran to him, knelt before him, and asked him, "Good
good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" Jesus asked him, "Why do you
call me good? No one is good, except one-God. But
if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."
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
not defraud,' 'Honor
your father and mother.' And, 'You shall love your neighbor as
yourself.'" The young man said to Him, "Teacher, all
these things I have observed from my youth. What do I still
Jesus looking at him, loved him,
and said to him, "One thing you lack. If
you want to be perfect, Go
your way, Sell
all that you have and
give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven: and
come, take up the cross and follow me." But when the young man heard the
saying, he went away sad, for he was one who had great
possessions. Jesus, seeing that he became
very sad, looked
around, then Jesus
said to his disciples, "How
hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom
of God. Most certainly I say to
you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with
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! Again I tell you, 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." When the disciples heard it,
they were exceedingly astonished, saying to
who can be saved?"
Looking at them, Jesus said, "With men this is impossible,
with God; for with
God all things are possible." Then Peter answered, "Behold, we have left everything, and
followed you. What then will we have?"
Jesus said to them, "Most certainly 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. Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or
father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's
for the sake of the Good News, will
receive one hundred times now
in this time, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and
land, with persecutions; and
will inherit in
the age to come, eternal
life. But many will be last who are first; and first who are last.
Jesus Tells the Disciples About His Death and Resurrection
"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. When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he
sent them into his vineyard. He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle
in the marketplace. To them he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever
is right I will give you.' So they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did
likewise. About the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing
idle. He said to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?'
"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.' When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his
manager, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning
from the last to the first.'
"When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came,
they each received a denarius. When the first came, they supposed that they would receive
more; and they likewise each received a denarius. When they received it, they murmured against the master of
the household, 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
"But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no
wrong. Didn't you agree with me for a denarius? Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to
give to this last just as much as to you. 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?' So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are
called, but few are chosen."
James and John Want to be Great in the Kingdom
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. "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. And
the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and
scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and will hand him over to the Gentiles to mock and
spit on, to
scourge and kill
the third day he will be raised up." They understood
none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they
didn't understand the things that were said.
Jesus Heals Bartimaeus and his Companion
Then the mother of James
and John, the sons of Zebedee, came
to him with her sons, kneeling and asking a certain thing of
him. And He said to her, "What do you want me
to do for you?" 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." 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."
said to them, "You
will indeed drink my cup, that
I drink, 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." When the ten heard it, they
began to be indignant towards James and John.
Jesus summoned them, and said to them, "You know that they
who are recognized as rulers over the nations lord it over them,
and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you,
but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your
servant. Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your
bondservant, For even the
Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his
life as a ransom for many."
Jesus Visits Zacchaeus in His Home
came to Jericho. As
they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. Behold, two blind men, Bartimaeus,
the son of Timaeus, and
his companion, They were sitting
by the road begging. Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant. They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. When
they heard that they began
to cry out, "Have
mercy on us, Jesus, O
Lord, Son of David!"
The multitude rebuked them, telling them that they should be
quiet, but they cried out even more,
"Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!" and Jesus
stood still, and said, "Call them.
They called the blind men, saying
to him, "Cheer up! Get up. He is calling you!"
And casting away their garments, they sprang
up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?"
They told him, "Lord, that our
eyes may be opened." Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and said
to him, "Go your way. Receive
your sight; Your
faith has made you well." Immediately they received their sight,
and followed Jesus in the way, glorifying
God. All the people, when they saw it, praised God.
Jesus Visits Lazarus in Bethany
Jesus entered and passed
through Jericho. There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector,
and he was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn't because of
the crowd, because he was short. He ran on ahead, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see
him, for he was to pass that way. 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." He hurried, came down, and received him joyfully. When they saw it, they all murmured, saying, "He has gone in
to lodge with a man who is a sinner."
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."
Jesus said to him, "Today, salvation has come to this house,
because he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was
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. He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far
country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins,
and told them, 'Conduct business until I come.' But his citizens hated him, and sent an envoy after him,
saying, 'We don't want this man to reign over us.'
"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. The first came before him, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made
ten more minas.'
"He said to him, 'Well done, you good servant! Because you
were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority
over ten cities.'
"The second came, saying, 'Your mina, Lord, has made five
"So he said to him, 'And you are to be over five cities.' Another came, saying, 'Lord, behold, your mina, which I kept
laid away in a handkerchief, 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
"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. Then why didn't you deposit my money in the bank, and at my
coming, I might have earned interest on it?' He said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina away from him,
and give it to him who has the ten minas.'
"They said to him, 'Lord, he has ten minas!' '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. But bring those enemies of mine who didn't want me to reign
over them here, and kill them before me.'" Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to
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Now the Passover of the Jews
was at hand. Many went up from the country to Jerusalem before
the Passover, to purify themselves. 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?" Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had commanded that if
anyone knew where he was, he should report it, that they might
Then six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom he raised from the
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. But the chief priests conspired to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and
believed in Jesus.
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