23:1Then Jesus spake to the multitudes, and to his disciples,
23:2saying, `On the seat of Moses sat down the scribes and the Pharisees;
23:3all, then, as much as they may say to you to observe, observe and do, but according to their works do not, for they say, and do not;
23:4for they bind together burdens heavy and grievous to be borne, and lay upon the shoulders of men, but with their finger they will not move them.
23:5`And all their works they do to be seen by men, and they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the fringes of their garments,
23:6they love also the chief couches in the supper, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
23:7and the salutations in the market-places, and to be called by men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
23:8`And ye -- ye may not be called Rabbi, for one is your director -- the Christ, and all ye are brethren;
23:9and ye may not call any your father on the earth, for one is your Father, who is in the heavens,
23:10nor may ye be called directors, for one is your director -- the Christ.
23:11And the greater of you shall be your ministrant,
23:12and whoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled, and whoever shall humble himself shall be exalted.
23:13`Wo to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye shut up the reign of the heavens before men, for ye do not go in, nor those going in do ye suffer to enter.
23:14`Wo to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye eat up the houses of the widows, and for a pretence make long prayers, because of this ye shall receive more abundant judgment.
23:15`Wo to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye go round the sea and the dry land to make one proselyte, and whenever it may happen -- ye make him a son of gehenna twofold more than yourselves.
23:16`Wo to you, blind guides, who are saying, Whoever may swear by the sanctuary, it is nothing, but whoever may swear by the gold of the sanctuary -- is debtor!
23:17Fools and blind! for which is greater, the gold, or the sanctuary that is sanctifying the gold?
23:18`And, whoever may swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever may swear by the gift that is upon it -- is debtor!
23:19Fools and blind! for which is greater, the gift, or the altar that is sanctifying the gift?
23:20`He therefore who did swear by the altar, doth swear by it, and by all things on it;
23:21and he who did swear by the sanctuary, doth swear by it, and by Him who is dwelling in it;
23:22and he who did swear by the heaven, doth swear by the throne of God, and by Him who is sitting upon it.
23:23`Wo to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye give tithe of the mint, and the dill, and the cumin, and did neglect the weightier things of the Law -- the judgment, and the kindness, and the faith; these it behoved you to do, and those not to neglect.
23:24`Blind guides! who are straining out the gnat, and the camel are swallowing.
23:25`Wo to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye make clean the outside of the cup and the plate, and within they are full of rapine and incontinence.
23:26`Blind Pharisee! cleanse first the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside of them also may become clean.
23:27`Wo to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye are like to whitewashed sepulchres, which outwardly indeed do appear beautiful, and within are full of bones of dead men, and of all uncleanness;
23:28so also ye outwardly indeed do appear to men righteous, and within ye are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
23:29`Wo to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and adorn the tombs of the righteous,
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.
23:31So that ye testify to yourselves, that ye are sons of them who did murder the prophets;
23:32and ye -- ye fill up the measure of your fathers.
23:33`Serpents! brood of vipers! how may ye escape from the judgment of the gehenna?
23:34`Because of this, lo, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes, and of them ye will kill and crucify, and of them ye will scourge in your synagogues, and will pursue from city to city;
23:35that on you may come all the righteous blood being poured out on the earth from the blood of Abel the righteous, unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the sanctuary and the altar:
23:36verily I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation.
23:37`Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that art killing the prophets, and stoning those sent unto thee, how often did I will to gather thy children together, as a hen doth gather her own chickens under the wings, and ye did not will.
23:38Lo, left desolate to you is your house;
23:39for I say to you, ye may not see me henceforth, till ye may say, Blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord.'
24:1And having gone forth, Jesus departed from the temple, and his disciples came near to show him the buildings of the temple,
24:2and Jesus said to them, `Do ye not see all these? verily I say to you, There may not be left here a stone upon a stone, that shall not be thrown down.'
24:3And when he is sitting on the mount of the Olives, the disciples came near to him by himself, saying, `Tell us, when shall these be? and what is the sign of thy presence, and of the full end of the age?'
24:4And Jesus answering said to them, `Take heed that no one may lead you astray,
24:5for many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ, and they shall lead many astray,
24:6and ye shall begin to hear of wars, and reports of wars; see, be not troubled, for it behoveth all these to come to pass, but the end is not yet.
24:7`For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places;
24:8and all these are the beginning of sorrows;
24:9then they shall deliver you up to tribulation, and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated by all the nations because of my name;
24:10and then shall many be stumbled, and they shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another.
24:11`And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray;
24:12and because of the abounding of the lawlessness, the love of the many shall become cold;
24:13but he who did endure to the end, he shall be saved;
24:14and this good news of the reign shall be proclaimed in all the world, for a testimony to all the nations; and then shall the end arrive.
24:15`Whenever, therefore, ye may see the abomination of the desolation, that was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever is reading let him observe)
24:16then those in Judea -- let them flee to the mounts;
24:17he on the house-top -- let him not come down to take up any thing out of his house;
24:18and he in the field -- let him not turn back to take his garments.
24:19`And wo to those with child, and to those giving suck in those days;
24:20and pray ye that your flight may not be in winter, nor on a sabbath;
24:21for there shall be then great tribulation, such as was not from the beginning of the world till now, no, nor may be.
24:22And if those days were not shortened, no flesh would have been saved; but because of the chosen, shall those days be shortened.
24:23`Then if any one may say to you, Lo, here is the Christ! or here! ye may not believe;
24:24for there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and they shall give great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, also the chosen.
24:25Lo, I did tell you beforehand.
24:26`If therefore they may say to you, Lo, in the wilderness he is, ye may not go forth; lo, in the inner chambers, ye may not believe;
24:27for as the lightning doth come forth from the east, and doth appear unto the west, so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man;
24:28for wherever the carcase may be, there shall the eagles be gathered together.
24:29`And 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 the heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken;
24:30and then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in the heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth smite the breast, and they shall see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of the heaven, with power and much glory;
24:31and he shall send his messengers with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the heavens unto the ends thereof.
24:32`And from the fig-tree learn ye the simile: When already its branch may have become tender, and the leaves it may put forth, ye know that summer is nigh,
24:33so also ye, when ye may see all these, ye know that it is nigh -- at the doors.
24:34Verily I say to you, this generation may not pass away till all these may come to pass.
24:35The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
24:36`And concerning that day and the hour no one hath known -- not even the messengers of the heavens -- except my Father only;
24:37and as the days of Noah -- so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man;
24:38for as they were, in the days before the flood, eating, and drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, till the day Noah entered into the ark,
24:39and they did not know till the flood came and took all away; so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man.
24:40Then two men shall be in the field, the one is received, and the one is left;
24:41two women shall be grinding in the mill, one is received, and one is left.
24:42`Watch ye therefore, because ye have not known in what hour your Lord doth come;
24:43and this know, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief doth come, he had watched, and not suffered his house to be broken through;
24:44because of this also ye, become ye ready, because in what hour ye do not think, the Son of Man doth come.
24:45`Who, then, is the servant, faithful and wise, whom his lord did set over his household, to give them the nourishment in season?
24:46Happy that servant, whom his lord, having come, shall find doing so;
24:47verily I say to you, that over all his substance he will set him.
24:48`And, if that evil servant may say in his heart, My Lord doth delay to come,
24:49and may begin to beat the fellow-servants, and to eat and to drink with the drunken,
24:50the lord of that servant will arrive in a day when he doth not expect, and in an hour of which he doth not know,
24:51and will cut him off, and his portion with the hypocrites will appoint; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.
25:1`Then shall the reign of the heavens be likened to ten virgins, who, having taken their lamps, went forth to meet the bridegroom;
25:2and five of them were prudent, and five foolish;
25:3they who were foolish having taken their lamps, did not take with themselves oil;
25:4and the prudent took oil in their vessels, with their lamps.
25:5`And the bridegroom tarrying, they all nodded and were sleeping,
25:6and in the middle of the night a cry was made, Lo, the bridegroom doth come; go ye forth to meet him.
25:7`Then rose all those virgins, and trimmed their lamps,
25:8and the foolish said to the prudent, Give us of your oil, because our lamps are going out;
25:9and the prudent answered, saying -- Lest there may not be sufficient for us and you, go ye rather unto those selling, and buy for yourselves.
25:10`And while they are going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those ready went in with him to the marriage-feasts, and the door was shut;
25:11and afterwards come also do the rest of the virgins, saying, Sir, sir, open to us;
25:12and he answering said, Verily I say to you, I have not known you.
25:13`Watch therefore, for ye have not known the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man doth come.
25:14`For -- as a man going abroad did call his own servants, and did deliver to them his substance,
25:15and to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his several ability, went abroad immediately.
25:16`And he who did receive the five talents, having gone, wrought with them, and made other five talents;
25:17in like manner also he who received the two, he gained, also he, other two;
25:18and he who did receive the one, having gone away, digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
25:19`And after a long time cometh the lord of those servants, and taketh reckoning with them;
25:20and he who did receive the five talents having come, brought other five talents, saying, `Sir, five talents thou didst deliver to me; lo, other five talents did I gain besides them.
25:21`And his lord said to him, Well done, servant, good and faithful, over a few things thou wast faithful, over many things I will set thee; enter into the joy of thy lord.
25:22`And he who also did receive the two talents having come, said, Sir, two talents thou didst deliver to me; lo, other two talents I did gain besides them.
25:23`His lord said to him, Well done, servant, good and faithful, over a few things thou wast faithful, over many things I will set thee; enter into the joy of thy lord.
25:24`And he also who hath received the one talent having come, said, Sir, I knew thee, that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering from whence thou didst not scatter;
25:25and having been afraid, having gone away, I hid thy talent in the earth; lo, thou hast thine own!
25:26`And his lord answering said to him, Evil servant, and slothful, thou hadst known that I reap where I did not sow, and I gather whence I did not scatter!
25:27it behoved thee then to put my money to the money-lenders, and having come I had received mine own with increase.
25:28`Take therefore from him the talent, and give to him having the ten talents,
25:29for to every one having shall be given, and he shall have overabundance, and from him who is not having, even that which he hath shall be taken from him;
25:30and the unprofitable servant cast ye forth to the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.
25:31`And whenever the Son of Man may come in his glory, and all the holy messengers with him, then he shall sit upon a throne of his glory;
25:32and gathered together before him shall be all the nations, and he shall separate them from one another, as the shepherd doth separate the sheep from the goats,
25:33and he shall set the sheep indeed on his right hand, and the goats on the left.
25:34`Then shall the king say to those on his right hand, Come ye, the blessed of my Father, inherit the reign that hath been prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
25:35for I did hunger, and ye gave me to eat; I did thirst, and ye gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and ye received me;
25:36naked, and ye put around me; I was infirm, and ye looked after me; in prison I was, and ye came unto me.
25:37`Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see thee hungering, and we nourished? or thirsting, and we gave to drink?
25:38and when did we see thee a stranger, and we received? or naked, and we put around?
25:39and when did we see thee infirm, or in prison, and we came unto thee?
25:40`And the king answering, shall say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye did it to one of these my brethren -- the least -- to me ye did it.
25:41Then shall he say also to those on the left hand, Go ye from me, the cursed, to the fire, the age-during, that hath been prepared for the Devil and his messengers;
25:42for I did hunger, and ye gave me not to eat; I did thirst, and ye gave me not to drink;
25:43a stranger I was, and ye did not receive me; naked, and ye put not around me; infirm, and in prison, and ye did not look after me.
25:44`Then shall they answer, they also, saying, Lord, when did we see thee hungering, or thirsting, or a stranger, or naked, or infirm, or in prison, and we did not minister to thee?
25:45`Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of these, the least, ye did it not to me.
25:46And these shall go away to punishment age-during, but the righteous to life age-during.'