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

20:1¤ The kingdom of heaven is like to an householder, who went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

20:2And having agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

20:3And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing in the marketplace idle.

20:4And he said to them: Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give you what shall be just. And they went their way.

20:5And again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did in like manner.

20:6But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he saith to them: Why stand you here all the day idle?

20:7They say to him: Because no man hath hired us. He saith to them: Go ye also into my vineyard.

20:8And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward: Call the labourers and pay them their hire, beginning from the last even to the first.

20:9When therefore they were come that came about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

20:10But when the first also came, they thought that they should receive more: And they also received every man a penny.

20:11And receiving it they murmured against the master of the house,

20:12Saying: These last have worked but one hour, and thou hast made them equal to us, that have borne the burden of the day and the heats.

20:13But he answering said to one of them: friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny?

20:14Take what is thine, and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee.

20:15Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Is thy eye evil, because I am good?

20:16So shall the last be first and the first last. For many are called but few chosen.

20:17And Jesus going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples apart and said to them:

20:18Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be betrayed to the chief priests and the scribes: and they shall condemn him to death.

20:19And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified: and the third day he shall rise again.

20:20Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, adoring and asking something of him.

20:21Who said to her: What wilt thou? She saith to him: say that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom.

20:22And Jesus answering, said: You know not what you ask. Can you drink the chalice that I shall drink? They say to him: We can.

20:23He saith to them: My chalice indeed you shall drink; but to sit on my right or left hand is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared by my Father.

20:24And the ten, hearing it, were moved with indignation against the two brethren.

20:25But Jesus called them to him and said: You know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them; and that they that are the greater, exercise power upon them.

20:26It shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be the greater among you, let him be your minister.

20:27And he that will be first among you shall be your servant.

20:28Even as the Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a redemption for many.

20:29And when they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.

20:30And behold two blind men sitting by the way side heard that Jesus passed by. And they cried out, saying: O Lord, thou son of David, have mercy on us.

20:31And the multitude rebuked them that they should hold their peace. But they cried out the more, saying: O Lord, thou son of David, have mercy on us.

20:32And Jesus stood and called them and said: What will ye that I do to you?

20:33They say to him: Lord, that our eyes be opened.

20:34And Jesus having compassion on them, touched their eyes. And immediately they saw and followed him.

21:1¤ And when they drew nigh to Jerusalem and were come to Bethphage, unto mount Olivet, then Jesus sent two disciples,

21:2Saying to them: Go ye into the village that is over against you: and immediately you shall find an ass tied and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to me.

21:3And if any man shall say anything to you, say ye that the Lord hath need of them. And forthwith he will let them go.

21:4Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

21:5Tell ye the daughter of Sion: Behold thy king cometh to thee, meek and sitting upon an ass and a colt, the foal of her that is used to the yoke.

21:6And the disciples going, did as Jesus commanded them.

21:7And they brought the ass and the colt and laid their garments upon them and made him sit thereon.

21:8And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way: and others cut boughs from the trees and strewed them in the way.

21:9And the multitudes that went before and that followed cried, saying: Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

21:10And when he was come into Jerusalem, the whole city was moved, saying: Who is this?

21:11And the people said: This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.

21:12And Jesus went into the temple of God and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple and overthrew the tables of the money changers and the chairs of them that sold doves.

21:13And he saith to them: It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.

21:14And there came to him the blind and the lame in the temple: and he healed them.

21:15And the chief priests and scribes, seeing the wonderful things that he did and the children crying in the temple and saying: Hosanna to the son of David, were moved with indignation,

21:16And said to him: Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus said to them: Yea, have you never read: Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

21:17And leaving them, he went out of the city into Bethania and remained there.

21:18And in the morning, returning into the city, he was hungry.

21:19And seeing a certain fig tree by the way side, he came to it and found nothing on it but leaves only. And he saith to it: May no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And immediately the fig tree withered away.

21:20And the disciples seeing it wondered, saying: How is it presently withered away?

21:21And Jesus answering, said to them: Amen, I say to you, if you shall have faith and stagger not, not only this of the fig tree shall you do, but also if you shall say to this mountain, Take up and cast thyself into the sea, it shall be done.

21:22And all things whatsoever you shall ask in prayer believing, you shall receive.

21:23And when he was come into the temple, there came to him, as he was teaching, the chief priests and ancients of the people, saying: By what authority dost thou these things? And who hath given thee this authority?

21:24Jesus answering, said to them: I also will ask you one word, which if you shall tell me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.

21:25The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from men? But they thought within themselves, saying: If we shall say, from heaven, he will say to us: Why then did you not believe him?

21:26But if we shall say, from men, we are afraid of the multitude: for all held John as a prophet.

21:27And answering Jesus, they said: We know not. He also said to them: Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

21:28But what think you? A certain man had two sons: and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work to day in my vineyard.

21:29And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went.

21:30And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering said: I go, Sir. And he went not.

21:31Which of the two did the father's will? They say to him: The first. Jesus saith to them: Amen I say to you that the publicans and the harlots shall go into the kingdom of God before you.

21:32For John came to you in the way of justice: and you did not believe him. But the publicans and the harlots believed him: but you, seeing it, did not even afterwards repent, that you might believe him.

21:33Hear ye another parable. There was a man, an householder, who planted a vineyard and made a hedge round about it and dug in it a press and built a tower and let it out to husbandmen and went into a strange country.

21:34And when the time of the fruits drew nigh, he sent his servants to the husbandmen that they might receive the fruits thereof.

21:35And the husbandmen laying hands on his servants, beat one and killed another and stoned another.

21:36Again he sent other servants, more than the former; and they did to them in like manner.

21:37And last of all he sent to them his son, saying: They will reverence my son.

21:38But the husbandmen seeing the son, said among themselves: This is the heir: come, let us kill him, and we shall have his inheritance.

21:39And taking him, they cast him forth out of the vineyard and killed him.

21:40When therefore the lord of the vineyard shall come, what will he do to those husbandmen?

21:41They say to him: He will bring those evil men to an evil end and will let out his vineyard to other husbandmen that shall render him the fruit in due season.

21:42Jesus saith to them: Have you never read in the Scriptures: The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? By the Lord this has been done; and it is wonderful in our eyes.

21:43Therefore I say to you that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you and shall be given to a nation yielding the fruits thereof.

21:44And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it shall grind him to powder.

21:45And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they knew that he spoke of them.

21:46And seeking to lay hands on him, they feared the multitudes, because they held him as a prophet.

22:1¤ And Jesus answering, spoke again in parables to them, saying:

22:2The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king who made a marriage for his son.

22:3And he sent his servants to call them that were invited to the marriage: and they would not come.

22:4Again he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my beeves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come ye to the marriage.

22:5But they neglected and went their ways, one to his farm and another to his merchandise.

22:6And the rest laid hands on his servants and, having treated them contumeliously, put them to death.

22:7But when the king had heard of it, he was angry: and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers and burnt their city.

22:8Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they that were invited were not worthy.

22:9Go ye therefore into the highways; and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage.

22:10And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good: and the marriage was filled with guests.

22:11And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment.

22:12And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent.

22:13Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

22:14For many are called, but few are chosen.

22:15Then the Pharisees going, consulted among themselves how to insnare him in his speech.

22:16And they sent to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying: Master, we know that thou art a true speaker and teachest the way of God in truth. Neither carest thou for any man: for thou dost not regard the person of men.

22:17Tell us therefore what dost thou think? Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

22:18But Jesus knowing their wickedness, said: Why do you tempt me, ye hypocrites?

22:19Shew me the coin of the tribute. And they offered him a penny.

22:20And Jesus saith to them: Whose image and inscription is this?

22:21They say to him: Caesar's. Then he saith to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God, the things that are God's.

22:22And hearing this, they wondered and, leaving him, went their ways.

22:23That day there came to him the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection; and asked him,

22:24Saying: Master, Moses said: If a man die having no son, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up issue to his brother.

22:25Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first having married a wife, died; and not having issue, left his wife to his brother.

22:26In like manner the second and the third and so on, to the seventh.

22:27And last of all the woman died also.

22:28At the resurrection therefore, whose wife of the seven shall she be? For they all had her.

22:29And Jesus answering, said to them: You err, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.

22:30For in the resurrection they shall neither marry nor be married, but shall be as the angels of God in heaven.

22:31And concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken by God, saying to you:

22:32I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.

22:33And the multitudes hearing it were in admiration at his doctrine.

22:34But the Pharisees, hearing that he had silenced the Sadducees, came together.

22:35And one of them, a doctor of the law, asked him, tempting him:

22:36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

22:37Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul and with thy whole mind.

22:38This is the greatest and the first commandment.

22:39And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

22:40On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets.

22:41And the Pharisees being gathered together, Jesus asked them,

22:42Saying: What think you of Christ? Whose son is he? They say to him: David's.

22:43He saith to them: How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying:

22:44The Lord said to my Lord: Sit on my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool?

22:45If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

22:46And no man was able to answer him a word: neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

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