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

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

23:2Saying: The scribes and the Pharisees have sitten on the chair of Moses.

23:3All things therefore whatsoever they shall say to you, observe and do: but according to their works do ye not. For they say, and do not.

23:4For they bind heavy and insupportable burdens and lay them on men's shoulders: but with a finger of their own they will not move them.

23:5And all their works they do for to be seen of men. For they make their phylacteries broad and enlarge their fringes.

23:6And they love the first places at feasts and the first chairs in the synagogues,

23:7And salutations in the market place, and to be called by men, Rabbi.

23:8But be not you called Rabbi. For one is your master: and all you are brethren.

23:9And call none your father upon earth; for one is your father, who is in heaven.

23:10Neither be ye called masters: for one is your master, Christ.

23:11He that is the greatest among you shall be your servant.

23:12And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled: and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

23:13But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men: for you yourselves do not enter in and those that are going in, you suffer not to enter.

23:14Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour the houses of widows, praying long prayers. For this you shall receive the greater judgment.

23:15Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you go round about the sea and the land to make one proselyte. And when he is made, you make him the child of hell twofold more than yourselves.

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

23:17Ye foolish and blind: for whether is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifieth 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.

23:19Ye foolish and blind: for whether is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

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

23:21And whosoever shall swear by the temple sweareth by it and by him that dwelleth in it.

23:22And he that sweareth by heaven sweareth by the throne of God and by him that sitteth thereon.

23:23Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you tithe mint and anise and cummin and have left the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and faith. These things you ought to have done and not to leave those undone.

23:24Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.

23:25Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you make clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but within you are full of rapine and uncleanness.

23:26Thou blind Pharisee, first make clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, that the outside may become clean.

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

23:28So you also outwardly indeed appear to men just: but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

23:29Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, that build the sepulchres of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the just,

23:30And 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.

23:31Wherefore you are witnesses against yourselves, that you are the sons of them that killed the prophets.

23:32Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

23:33You serpents, generation of vipers, how will you flee from the judgment of hell?

23:34Therefore behold I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes: and some of them you will put to death and crucify: and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city.

23:35That upon you may come all the just blood that hath been shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the just, even unto the blood of Zacharias the son of Barachias, whom you killed between the temple and the altar.

23:36Amen I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation.

23:37Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldst not?

23:38Behold, your house shall be left to you, desolate.

23:39For I say to you, you shall not see me henceforth till you say: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

24:1¤ And Jesus being come out of the temple, went away. And his disciples came to shew him the buildings of the temple.

24:2And he answering, said to them: Do you see all these things? Amen I say to you, there shall not be left here a stone upon a stone that shall not be destroyed.

24:3And when he was sitting on mount Olivet, the disciples came to him privately, saying: Tell us when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the consummation of the world?

24:4And Jesus answering, said to them: Take heed that no man seduce you.

24:5For many will come in my name saying, I am Christ. And they will seduce many.

24:6And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that ye be not troubled. For these things must come to pass: but the end is not yet.

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

24:8Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows.

24:9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted and shall put you to death: and you shall be hated by all nations for my name's sake.

24:10And then shall many be scandalized and shall betray one another and shall hate one another.

24:11And many false prophets shall rise and shall seduce many.

24:12And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold.

24:13But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.

24:14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world, for a testimony to all nations: and then shall the consummation come.

24:15When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand.

24:16Then they that are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains:

24:17And he that is on the housetop, let him not come down to take any thing out of his house:

24:18And he that is in the field, let him not go back to take his coat.

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

24:20But pray that your flight be not in the winter or on the sabbath.

24:21For there shall be then great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be.

24:22And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the elect those days shall be shortened.

24:23Then if any man shall say to you, Lo here is Christ, or there: do not believe him.

24:24For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.

24:25Behold I have told it to you, beforehand.

24:26If therefore they shall say to you, Behold he is in the desert: go ye not out. Behold he is in the closets: believe it not.

24:27For as lightning cometh out of the east and appeareth even into the west: so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

24:28Wheresoever the body shall be, there shall the eagles also be gathered together.

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

24:30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven. And then shall all tribes of the earth mourn: and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with much power and majesty.

24:31And he shall send his angels with a trumpet and a great voice: and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the farthest parts of the heavens to the utmost bounds of them.

24:32And from the fig tree learn a parable: When the branch thereof is now tender and the leaves come forth, you know that summer is nigh.

24:33So you also, when you shall see all these things, know ye that it is nigh, even at the doors.

24:34Amen I say to you that this generation shall not pass till all these things be done.

24:35Heaven and earth shall pass: but my words shall not pass.

24:36But of that day and hour no one knoweth: no, not the angels of heaven, but the Father alone.

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

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

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

24:40Then two shall be in the field. One shall be taken and one shall be left.

24:41Two women shall be grinding at the mill. One shall be taken and one shall be left.

24:42Watch ye therefore, because ye know not what hour your Lord will come.

24:43But know this ye, that, if the goodman of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would certainly watch and would not suffer his house to be broken open.

24:44Wherefore be you also ready, because at what hour you know not the Son of man will come.

24:45Who, thinkest thou, is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath appointed over his family, to give them meat in season?

24:46Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come he shall find so doing.

24:47Amen I say to you: he shall place him over all his goods.

24:48But if that evil servant shall say in his heart: My lord is long a coming:

24:49And shall begin to strike his fellow servants and shall eat and drink with drunkards:

24:50The lord of that servant shall come in a day that he hopeth not and at an hour that he knoweth not:

24:51And shall separate him and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

25:1¤ Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins, who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride.

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

25:3But the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them.

25:4But the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps.

25:5And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept.

25:6And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh. Go ye forth to meet him.

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

25:8And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out.

25:9The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell and buy for yourselves.

25:10Now whilst they went to buy the bridegroom came: and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage. And the door was shut.

25:11But at last came also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us.

25:12But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you not.

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

25:14For even as a man going into a far country called his servants and delivered to them his goods;

25:15And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey.

25:16And he that had received the five talents went his way and traded with the same and gained other five.

25:17And in like manner he that had received the two gained other two.

25:18But he that had received the one, going his way, digged into the earth and hid his lord's money.

25:19But after a long time the lord of those servants came and reckoned with them.

25:20And he that had received the five talents coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents. Behold I have gained other five over and above.

25:21His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

25:22And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me. Behold I have gained other two.

25:23His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

25:24But he that had received the one talent, came and said: Lord, I know that thou art a hard man; thou reapest where thou hast not sown and gatherest where thou hast not strewed.

25:25And being afraid, I went and hid thy talent in the earth. Behold here thou hast that which is thine.

25:26And his lord answering, said to him: Wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sow not and gather where I have not strewed.

25:27Thou oughtest therefore to have committed my money to the bankers: and at my coming I should have received my own with usury.

25:28Take ye away therefore the talent from him and give it to him that hath ten talents.

25:29For to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: but from him that hath not, that also which he seemeth to have shall be taken away.

25:30And the unprofitable servant, cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

25:31And when the Son of man shall come in his majesty, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit upon the seat of his majesty.

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

25:33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.

25:34Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

25:35For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in:

25:36Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.

25:37Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry and fed thee: thirsty and gave thee drink?

25:38Or when did we see thee a stranger and took thee in? Or naked and covered thee?

25:39Or when did we see thee sick or in prison and came to thee?

25:40And the king answering shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.

25:41Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels.

25:42For I was hungry and you gave me not to eat: I was thirsty and you gave me not to drink.

25:43I was a stranger and you took me not in: naked and you covered me not: sick and in prison and you did not visit me.

25:44Then they also shall answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister to thee?

25:45Then he shall answer them, saying: Amen: I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me.

25:46And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.

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