Matthew (Author Matthew)

23:1Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples,

23:2saying, The scribes and the Pharisees have set themselves down in Moses' seat:

23:3all things therefore, whatever they may tell you, do and keep. But do not after their works, for they say and do not,

23:4but bind burdens heavy and hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of men, but will not move them with their finger.

23:5And all their works they do to be seen of men: for they make broad their phylacteries and enlarge the borders of their garments,

23:6and love the chief place in feasts and the first seats in the synagogues,

23:7and salutations in the market-places, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

23:8But *ye*, be not ye called Rabbi; for one is your instructor, and all *ye* are brethren.

23:9And call not any one your father upon the earth; for one is your Father, he who is in the heavens.

23:10Neither be called instructors, for one is your instructor, the Christ.

23:11But the greatest of you shall be your servant.

23:12And whoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled, and whoever shall humble himself shall be exalted.

23:13But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for ye shut up the kingdom of the heavens before men; for *ye* do not enter, nor do ye suffer those that are entering to go in.


23:15Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for ye compass the sea and the dry land to make one proselyte, and when he is become such, ye make him twofold more the son of hell than yourselves.

23:16Woe to you, blind guides, who say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor.

23:17Fools and blind, for which is greater, the gold, or the temple which sanctifies the gold?

23:18And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gift that is upon it is a debtor.

23:19Fools and blind ones, for which is greater, the gift, or the altar which sanctifies the gift?

23:20He therefore that swears by the altar swears by it and by all things that are upon it.

23:21And he that swears by the temple swears by it and by him that dwells in it.

23:22And he that swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him that sits upon it.

23:23Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for ye pay tithes of mint and anise and cummin, and ye have left aside the weightier matters of the law, judgment and mercy and faith: these ye ought to have done and not have left those aside.

23:24Blind guides, who strain out the gnat, but drink down the camel.

23:25Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but within they are full of rapine and intemperance.

23:26Blind Pharisee, make clean first the inside of the cup and of the dish, that their outside also may become clean.

23:27Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for ye are like whited sepulchres, which appear beautiful outwardly, but within are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.

23:28Thus also *ye*, outwardly ye appear righteous to men, but within are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

23:29Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets and adorn the tombs of the just,

23:30and ye say, If we had been in the days of our fathers we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

23:31So that ye bear witness of yourselves that ye are sons of those who slew the prophets:

23:32and *ye*, fill ye up the measure of your fathers.

23:33Serpents, offspring of vipers, how should ye escape the judgment of hell?

23:34Therefore, behold, *I* send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes; and some of them ye will kill and crucify, and some of them ye will scourge in your synagogues, and will persecute from city to city;

23:35so that all righteous blood shed upon the earth should come upon *you*, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

23:36Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

23:37Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those that are sent unto her, how often would I have gathered thy children as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

23:38Behold, your house is left unto you desolate;

23:39for I say unto you, Ye shall in no wise see me henceforth until ye say, Blessed be he that comes in the name of the Lord.

24:1And Jesus went forth and went away from the temple, and his disciples came to him to point out to him the buildings of the temple.

24:2And he answering said to them, Do ye not see all these things? Verily I say to you, Not a stone shall be left here upon a stone which shall not be thrown down.

24:3And as he was sitting upon the mount of Olives the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be, and what is the sign of thy coming and the completion of the age?

24:4And Jesus answering said to them, See that no one mislead you.

24:5For many shall come in my name, saying, *I* am the Christ, and they shall mislead many.

24:6But ye will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that ye be not disturbed; for all these things must take place, but it is not yet the end.

24:7For nation shall rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places.

24:8But all these are the beginning of throes.

24:9Then shall they deliver you up to tribulation, and shall kill you; and ye will be hated of all the nations for my name's sake.

24:10And then will many be offended, and will deliver one another up, and hate one another;

24:11and many false prophets shall arise and shall mislead many;

24:12and because lawlessness shall prevail, the love of the most shall grow cold;

24:13but he that has endured to the end, *he* shall be saved.

24:14And these glad tidings of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole habitable earth, for a witness to all the nations, and then shall come the end.

24:15When therefore ye shall see the abomination of desolation, which is spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in what is a holy place, (he that reads let him understand,)

24:16then let those who are in Judaea flee to the mountains;

24:17let not him that is on the house come down to take the things out of his house;

24:18and let not him that is in the field turn back to take his garment.

24:19But woe to those that are with child, and those that give suck in those days.

24:20But pray that your flight may not be in winter time nor on sabbath:

24:21for then shall there be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall be;

24:22and if those days had not been cut short, no flesh had been saved; but on account of the elect those days shall be cut short.

24:23Then if any one say to you, Behold, here is the Christ, or here, believe it not.

24:24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall give great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

24:25Behold, I have told you beforehand.

24:26If therefore they say to you, Behold, he is in the desert, go not forth; behold, he is in the inner chambers, do not believe it.

24:27For as the lightning goes forth from the east and shines to the west, so shall be the coming of the Son of man.

24:28For wherever the carcase is, there will be gathered the eagles.

24:29But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.

24:30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the land lament, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

24:31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the one extremity of the heavens to the other extremity of them.

24:32But learn the parable from the fig-tree: When already its branch becomes tender and produces leaves, ye know that the summer is near.

24:33Thus also *ye*, when ye see all these things, know that it is near, at the doors.

24:34Verily I say to you, This generation will not have passed away until all these things shall have taken place.

24:35The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my words shall in no wise pass away.

24:36But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of the heavens, but my Father alone.

24:37But as the days of Noe, so also shall be the coming of the Son of man.

24:38For as they were in the days which were before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day on which Noe entered into the ark,

24:39and they knew not till the flood came and took all away; thus also shall be the coming of the Son of man.

24:40Then two shall be in the field, one is taken and one is left;

24:41two women grinding at the mill, one is taken and one is left.

24:42Watch therefore, for ye know not in what hour your Lord comes.

24:43But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched and not have suffered his house to be dug through into.

24:44Wherefore *ye* also, be ye ready, for in that hour that ye think not the Son of man comes.

24:45Who then is the faithful and prudent bondman whom his lord has set over his household, to give them food in season?

24:46Blessed is that bondman whom his lord on coming shall find doing thus.

24:47Verily I say unto you, that he will set him over all his substance.

24:48But if that evil bondman should say in his heart, My lord delays to come,

24:49and begin to beat his fellow-bondmen, and eat and drink with the drunken;

24:50the lord of that bondman shall come in a day when he does not expect it, and in an hour he knows not of,

24:51and shall cut him in two and appoint his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

25:1Then shall the kingdom of the heavens be made like to ten virgins that having taken their torches, went forth to meet the bridegroom.

25:2And five of them were prudent and five foolish.

25:3They that were foolish took their torches and did not take oil with them;

25:4but the prudent took oil in their vessels with their torches.

25:5Now the bridegroom tarrying, they all grew heavy and slept.

25:6But in the middle of the night there was a cry, Behold, the bridegroom; go forth to meet him.

25:7Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their torches.

25:8And the foolish said to the prudent, Give us of your oil, for our torches are going out.

25:9But the prudent answered saying, We cannot, lest it might not suffice for us and for you. Go rather to those that sell, and buy for yourselves.

25:10But as they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and the ones that were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut.

25:11Afterwards come also the rest of the virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us;

25:12but he answering said, Verily I say unto you, I do not know you.

25:13Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour.

25:14For it is as if a man going away out of a country called his own bondmen and delivered to them his substance.

25:15And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to each according to his particular ability, and immediately went away out of the country.

25:16And he that had received the five talents went and trafficked with them, and made five other talents.

25:17In like manner also he that had received the two, he also gained two others.

25:18But he that had received the one went and dug in the earth, and hid the money of his lord.

25:19And after a long time the lord of those bondmen comes and reckons with them.

25:20And he that had received the five talents came to him and brought five other talents, saying, My lord, thou deliveredst me five talents; behold, I have gained five other talents besides them.

25:21His lord said to him, Well, good and faithful bondman, thou wast faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things: enter into the joy of thy lord.

25:22And he also that had received the two talents came to him and said, My lord, thou deliveredst me two talents; behold, I have gained two other talents besides them.

25:23His lord said to him, Well, good and faithful bondman, thou wast faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

25:24And he also that had received the one talent coming to him said, My lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hadst not sowed, and gathering from where thou hadst not scattered,

25:25and being afraid I went away and hid thy talent in the earth; behold, thou hast that which is thine.

25:26And his lord answering said to him, Wicked and slothful bondman, thou knewest that I reap where I had not sowed, and gather from where I had not scattered;

25:27thou oughtest then to have put my money to the money-changers, and when I came I should have got what is mine with interest.

25:28Take therefore the talent from him, and give it to him that has the ten talents:

25:29for to every one that has shall be given, and he shall be in abundance; but from him that has not, that even which he has shall be taken from him.

25:30And cast out the useless bondman into the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

25:31But when the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit down upon his throne of glory,

25:32and all the nations shall be gathered before him; and he shall separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;

25:33and he will set the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on his left.

25:34Then shall the King say to those on his right hand, Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the world's foundation:

25:35for I hungered, and ye gave me to eat; I thirsted, and ye gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in;

25:36naked, and ye clothed me; I was ill, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came to me.

25:37Then shall the righteous answer him saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungering, and nourished thee; or thirsting, and gave thee to drink?

25:38and when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in; or naked, and clothed thee?

25:39and when saw we thee ill, or in prison, and came to thee?

25:40And the King answering shall say to them, Verily, I say to you, Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me.

25:41Then shall he say also to those on the left, Go from me, cursed, into eternal fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

25:42for I hungered, and ye gave me not to eat; I thirsted, and ye gave me not to drink;

25:43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye did not clothe me; ill, and in prison, and ye did not visit me.

25:44Then shall *they* also answer saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungering, or thirsting, or a stranger, or naked, or ill, or in prison, and have not ministered to thee?

25:45Then shall he answer them saying, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye have not done it to one of these least, neither have ye done it to me.

25:46And these shall go away into eternal punishment, and the righteous into life eternal.

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