THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, According to St. Matthew (Author Matthew)

12:1¤ At that time Jesus went through the corn on the sabbath: and his disciples being hungry, began to pluck the ears, and to eat.

12:2And the Pharisees seeing them, said to him: Behold thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days.

12:3But he said to them: Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and they that were with him:

12:4How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the loaves of proposition, which it was not lawful for him to eat, nor for them that were with him, but for the priests only?

12:5Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple break the sabbath, and are without blame?

12:6But I tell you that there is here a greater than the temple.

12:7And if you knew what this meaneth: I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: you would never have condemned the innocent.

12:8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath.

12:9And when he had passed from thence, he came into their synagogues.

12:10And behold there was a man who had a withered hand, and they asked him, saying: Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

12:11But he said to them: What man shall there be among you, that hath one sheep: and if the same fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not take hold on it and lift it up?

12:12How much better is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do a good deed on the sabbath days.

12:13Then he saith to the man: Stretch forth thy hand; and he stretched it forth, and it was restored to health even as the other.

12:14And the Pharisees going out made a consultation against him, how they might destroy him.

12:15But Jesus knowing it, retired from thence: and many followed him, and he healed them all.

12:16And he charged them that they should not make him known.

12:17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaias the prophet, saying:

12:18Behold my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom my soul hath been well pleased. I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

12:19He shall not contend, nor cry out, neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

12:20The bruised reed he shall not break: and smoking flax he shall not extinguish: till he send forth judgment unto victory.

12:21And in his name the Gentiles shall hope.

12:22Then was offered to him one possessed with a devil, blind and dumb: and he healed him, so that he spoke and saw.

12:23And all the multitudes were amazed, and said: Is not this the son of David?

12:24But the Pharisees hearing it, said: This man casteth not out devils but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

12:25And Jesus knowing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself shall be made desolate: and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.

12:26And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself: how then shall his kingdom stand?

12:27And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.

12:28But if I by the Spirit of God cast out devils, then is the kingdom of God come upon you.

12:29Or how can any one enter into the house of the strong, and rifle his goods, unless he first bind the strong? and then he will rifle his house.

12:30He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.

12:31Therefore I say to you: Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven.

12:32And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him neither in this world, nor in the world to come.

12:33Either make the tree good and its fruit good: or make the tree evil, and its fruit evil. For by the fruit the tree is known.

12:34O generation of vipers, how can you speak good things, whereas you are evil? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

12:35A good man out of a good treasure bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of an evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

12:36But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment.

12:37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

12:38Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying: Master, we would see a sign from thee.

12:39Who answering said to them: An evil and adulterous generation seeketh a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

12:40For as Jonas was in the whale's belly three days and three nights: so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

12:41The men of Ninive shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they did penance at the preaching of Jonas. And behold a greater than Jonas here.

12:42The queen of the south shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold a greater than Solomon here.

12:43And when an unclean spirit is gone out of a man he walketh through dry places seeking rest, and findeth none.

12:44Then he saith: I will return into my house from whence I came out. And coming he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

12:45Then he goeth, and taketh with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is made worse than the first. So shall it be also to this wicked generation.

12:46As he was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold his mother and his brethren stood without, seeking to speak to him.

12:47And one said unto him: Behold thy mother and thy brethren stand without, seeking thee.

12:48But he answering him that told him, said: Who is my mother, and who are my brethren?

12:49And stretching forth his hand towards his disciples, he said: Behold my mother and my brethren.

12:50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father, that is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.

13:1¤ The same day Jesus going out of the house, sat by the sea side.

13:2And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went up into a boat and sat: and all the multitude stood on the shore.

13:3And he spoke to them many things in parables, saying: Behold the sower went forth to sow.

13:4And whilst he soweth some fell by the way side, and the birds of the air came and ate them up.

13:5And other some fell upon stony ground, where they had not much earth: and they sprung up immediately, because they had no deepness of earth.

13:6And when the sun was up they were scorched: and because they had not root, they withered away.

13:7And others fell among thorns: and the thorns grew up and choked them.

13:8And others fell upon good ground: and they brought forth fruit, some an hundred fold, some sixty fold, and some thirty fold.

13:9He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

13:10And his disciples came and said to him: Why speakest thou to them in parables?

13:11Who answered and said to them: Because to you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven: but to them it is not given.

13:12For he that hath, to him shall be given, and he shall abound: but he that hath not, from him shall be taken away that also which he hath.

13:13Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

13:14And the prophecy of Isaias is fulfilled in them, who saith: By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive.

13:15For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears they have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

13:16But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.

13:17For, amen, I say to you, many prophets and just men have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them: and to hear the things that you hear and have not heard them.

13:18Hear you therefore the parable of the sower.

13:19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, there cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart: this is he that received the seed by the way side.

13:20And he that received the seed upon stony ground, is he that heareth the word, and immediately receiveth it with joy.

13:21Yet hath he not root in himself, but is only for a time: and when there ariseth tribulation and persecution because of the word, he is presently scandalized.

13:22And he that received the seed among thorns, is he that heareth the word, and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choketh up the word, and he becometh fruitless.

13:23But he that received the seed upon good ground, is he that heareth the word, and understandeth, and beareth fruit, and yieldeth the one an hundredfold, and another sixty, and another thirty.

13:24Another parable he proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field.

13:25But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat and went his way.

13:26And when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle.

13:27And the servants of the good man of the house coming said to him. Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? Whence then hath it cockle?

13:28And he said to them: An enemy hath done this. And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?

13:29And he said: No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it.

13:30Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.

13:31Another parable he proposed unto them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field.

13:32Which is the least indeed of all seeds; but when it is grown up, it is greater than all herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come, and dwell in the branches thereof.

13:33Another parable he spoke to them: The kingdom of heaven is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened.

13:34All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes: and without parables he did not speak to them.

13:35That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.

13:36Then having sent away the multitudes, he came into the house, and his disciples came to him, saying: Expound to us the parable of the cockle of the field.

13:37Who made answer and said to them: He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man.

13:38And the field is the world. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom. And the cockle are the children of the wicked one.

13:39And the enemy that sowed them, is the devil. But the harvest is the end of the world. And the reapers are the angels.

13:40Even as cockle therefore is gathered up, and burnt with fire: so shall it be at the end of the world.

13:41The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity.

13:42And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

13:43Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

13:44The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

13:45Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls.

13:46Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it.

13:47Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kinds of fishes.

13:48Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore, they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth.

13:49So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just.

13:50And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

13:51Have ye understood all these things? They say to him: Yes.

13:52He said unto them: Therefore every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a man that is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old.

13:53And it came to pass: when Jesus had finished these parables, he passed from thence.

13:54And coming into his own country, he taught them in their synagogues, so that they wondered and said: How came this man by this wisdom and miracles?

13:55Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brethren James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Jude:

13:56And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence therefore hath he all these things?

13:57And they were scandalized in his regard. But Jesus said to them: A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

13:58And he wrought not many miracles there, because of their unbelief.

14:1¤ At that time Herod the Tetrarch heard the fame of Jesus.

14:2And he said to his servants: This is John the Baptist: he is risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works shew forth themselves in him.

14:3For Herod had apprehended John and bound him, and put him into prison, because of Herodias, his brother's wife.

14:4For John said to him: It is not lawful for thee to have her.

14:5And having a mind to put him to death, he feared the people: because they esteemed him as a prophet.

14:6But on Herod's birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before them: and pleased Herod.

14:7Whereupon he promised with an oath, to give her whatsoever she would ask of him.

14:8But she being instructed before by her mother, said: Give me here in a dish the head of John the Baptist.

14:9And the king was struck sad: yet because of his oath, and for them that sat with him at table, he commanded it to be given.

14:10And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.

14:11And his head was brought in a dish: and it was given to the damsel, and she brought it to her mother.

14:12And his disciples came and took the body, and buried it, and came and told Jesus.

14:13Which when Jesus had heard, he retired from thence by boat, into a desert place apart, and the multitudes having heard of it, followed him on foot out of the cities.

14:14And he coming forth saw a great multitude, and had compassion on them, and healed their sick.

14:15And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying: This is a desert place, and the hour is now past: send away the multitudes, that going into the towns, they may buy themselves victuals.

14:16But Jesus said to them, They have no need to go: give you them to eat.

14:17They answered him: We have not here, but five loaves, and two fishes.

14:18He said to them: Bring them hither to me.

14:19And when he had commanded the multitude to sit down upon the grass, he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.

14:20And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up what remained, twelve full baskets of fragments.

14:21And the number of them that did eat, was five thousand men, besides women and children.

14:22And forthwith Jesus obliged his disciples to go up into the boat, and to go before him over the water, till he dismissed the people.

14:23And having dismissed the multitude, he went into a mountain alone to pray. And when it was evening, he was there alone.

14:24But the boat in the midst of the sea was tossed with the waves: for the wind was contrary.

14:25And in the fourth watch of the night, he came to them walking upon the sea.

14:26And they seeing him walking upon the sea, were troubled, saying: It is an apparition. And they cried out for fear.

14:27And immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying: Be of good heart: it is I, fear ye not.

14:28And Peter making answer, said: Lord, if it be thou, bid me come to thee upon the waters.

14:29And he said: Come. And Peter going down out of the boat walked upon the water to come to Jesus.

14:30But seeing the wind strong, he was afraid: and when he began to sink, he cried out, saying: Lord, save me.

14:31And immediately Jesus stretching forth his hand took hold of him, and said to him: O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?

14:32And when they were come up into the boat, the wind ceased.

14:33And they that were in the boat came and adored him, saying: Indeed thou art the Son of God.

14:34And having passed the water, they came into the country of Genesar.

14:35And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent into all that country, and brought to him all that were diseased.

14:36And they besought him that they might touch but the hem of his garment. And as many as touched, were made whole.

15:1¤ Then came to him from Jerusalem scribes and Pharisees, saying:

15:2Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the ancients? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

15:3But he answering, said to them: Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for your tradition?

15:4For God said: Honour thy father and mother: And: He that shall curse father or mother, let him die the death.

15:5But you say: Whosoever shall say to father or mother, The gift whatsoever proceedeth from me, shall profit thee.

15:6And he shall not honour his father or his mother: and you have made void the commandment of God for your tradition.

15:7Hypocrites, well hath Isaias prophesied of you, saying:

15:8This people honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me.

15:9And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and commandments of men.

15:10And having called together the multitudes unto him, he said to them: Hear ye and understand.

15:11Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man: but what cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

15:12Then came his disciples, and said to him: Dost thou know that the Pharisees, when they heard this word, were scandalized?

15:13But he answering, said: Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

15:14Let them alone: they are blind, and leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the pit.

15:15And Peter answering, said to him: Expound to us this parable.

15:16But he said: Are you also yet without understanding?

15:17Do you not understand, that whatsoever entereth into the mouth, goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the privy?

15:18But the things which proceed out of the mouth, come forth from the heart, and those things defile a man.

15:19For from the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies.

15:20These are the things that defile a man. But to eat with unwashed hands doth not defile a man.

15:21And Jesus went from thence, and retired into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

15:22And behold a woman of Canaan who came out of those coasts, crying out, said to him: Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David: my daughter is grievously troubled by a devil.

15:23Who answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying: Send her away, for she crieth after us:

15:24And he answering, said: I was not sent but to the sheep, that are lost of the house of Israel.

15:25But she came and adored him, saying: Lord, help me.

15:26Who answering, said: It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to cast it to the dogs.

15:27But she said: Yea, Lord; for the whelps also eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters.

15:28Then Jesus answering, said to her: O woman, great is thy faith: be it done to thee as thou wilt: and her daughter was cured from that hour.

15:29And when Jesus had passed away from thence, he came nigh the sea of Galilee: and going up into a mountain, he sat there.

15:30And there came to him great multitudes, having with them the dumb, the blind, the lame, the maimed, and many others: and they cast them down at his feet, and he healed them:

15:31So that the multitudes marvelled seeing the dumb speak, the lame walk, the blind see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

15:32And Jesus called together his disciples, and said: I have compassion on the multitudes, because they continue with me now three days, and have not what to eat, and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.

15:33And the disciples say unto him: Whence then should we have so many loaves in the desert, as to fill so great a multitude?

15:34And Jesus said to them: How many loaves have you? But they said: Seven, and a few little fishes.

15:35And he commanded the multitude to sit down upon the ground.

15:36And taking the seven loaves and the fishes, and giving thanks, he brake, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the people.

15:37And they did all eat, and had their fill. And they took up seven baskets full, of what remained of the fragments.

15:38And they that did eat, were four thousand men, beside children and women.

15:39And having dismissed the multitude, he went up into a boat, and came into the coasts of Magedan.



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