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ing warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and went and dwelt in a city called Nazareth; so that what was

spoken by the prophets was fulfilled: that he should be called

'a Nazarene. III. In those days cometh John the baptist, proclaiming in the

wilderness of Judea, and saying, "Reform; for the reign of the 2 heavens is at hand.” For this is the person spoken of by the 3 prophet Esaias, saying, “A voice of one crying in the wilder

ness, Prepare the way of the Lord: make the roads for him 4 straight. *" Now John had his raiment made of camel's hair,

and a leathern girdle about his waist: and his food was locusts 5 and wild honey: then went out to him Jerusalem and all Ju6 dea and all the country along the Jordan, and by him they were 7 baptized in the Jordan, confessing their sins. And seeing ma

ny of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he

said to them, “Brood of vipers! who hath prompted you to flee 8 from the impending wrath. Produce therefore fruits worthy of 9 this reformation, and presume not to say within yourselves,

We have Abraham for our father! For I say to you, God is 10 able out of these stones to raise up children for Abraham. ,

Now the axe is at the root of the trees. Every tree therefore

which doth not produce good fruit is to be cut down and cast 11 into the fire. I indeed baptize you in water for a reformation;

but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose san

dals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you in a holy 12 spirit and fire. His winnowing instrument is in his hand. He

will thoroughly clean his floor, and gather his wheat for the

granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” 13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee, along the Jordan, to John,

to be baptized by him: but John earnestly opposed him, say. 14 ing, "I have need to be baptized by thee. And thou comest to 15 me!” And Jesus in reply said to him, “Permit this at present:

for thus it becometh us to confirm all righteousness.” Then 16 John permitteth him; and Jesust being baptized was just com

ing up from the water, when lo! the heavens were opened for

* Es. 40. 3, 4, 5. + I have for the sake of perspicuity written John and Jesus: in the text it is he and him.

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him, and John saw the spirit of God descending like a dove 17 and coming upon Jesus; and lo! a voice from heaven said, “This is my son, the Beloved, in whom I am well pleased.”

Then Jesus was led up by the spirit into the wilderness 2 to be tempted by the devil. And having fasted forty days and 3 forty nights, he was at last hungry. Whereupon the tempt4 er coming to him, said, If thou art Son of God, command

these stones to become loaves. In reply to which, Jesus said,

It is written, “Man can live not by bread only, but by any 5 thing which God is pleased to appoint.*" Then the devil taketh

him along to the holy city and placeth him on the battlement 6 of the temple, and saith to him, If thou art Son of God, cast

thyself down; for it is written, “He will give his angels a charge concerning thee, and with their hands they will bear

thee up shouldst thou perchance strike thy foot against a 7 stone.t” Jesus said to him, It is also written, “Thou shalt not 8 try the Lord thy God. I” Again the devil taketh him along

with him to a very high mountain and pointeth out to him all

the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them, and saith to 9 him, All these I will give thee if thou wilt prostrate thyself and 10 worship me. Whereupon Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan:

for it is written, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and 11 serve him alone.j" Then the devil leaveth him, and lo! an

gels came and ministered to him. 12 Now when Jesus heard that John was committed to prison 13 he withdrew into Galilee ; and having left Nazareth he went

and dwelt at Capernaum, a sea port at the confines of Zabu14 lon and Nephthaleim ; so that there was an accomplishment of 15 what was spoken by the prophet Esaias saying, “The land

of Zabulon and the land of Nephthaleim, the sea coast, the

banks of the Jordan, Galilee of the nations—the people who 16 sat in darkness saw a great light; and to them who sat in the 17 region and shadow of death, light is sprung up.//” From that time Jesus began to make proclamation and say,

" Reform ; for the reign of the heavens is at hand.”

* Deut. 8. 3. + Ps. 91. 11, 12. Deut. 6. 16. ☺ Deut. 6. 13. || Es. 9. 1.

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Now as Jesus was walking along the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother,

casting a drag net into the sea; for they were fishermen; and 19 he said to them, Follow me and I will make you fishers of 20 men. Thereupon they immediately left their nets and followed 21 him. And passing on he saw other two brothers, James the

son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the vessel with their 22 father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Where

upon they immediately left the vessel and their father, and

followed him. 23 Then Jesus went through all Galilee teaching in their sy

nagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the reign and

curing every disease, and every malady among the people. 24 And the fame of him spread through all Syria; and they

brought to him all their sick, seized and tormented with va

rious distempers- demoniacs, and lunatics and paralytics, and 25 he cured them. And great multitudes followed him from Ga

lilee, and Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea, and from the

banks of the Jordan. V. On seeing these multitudes he went up to the mount and

sat down, and his disciples came to him, and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying,

Happy the poor in spirit; for the kingdom of the heavens is theirs.

Happy they who mourn; for they shall be comforted.
Happy the meek; for they shall inherit the land.

Happy they who hunger and thirst for righteousness; for they shall be satisfied. 7 Happy the merciful ; for they shall obtain mercy.

Happy the pure in heart; for they shall see God. 9 Happy the peace makers; for they shall be called children

of God. 10 Happy they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake

for the kingdom of the heavens is theirs. 11 Happy are ye when men will revile and persecute you,

and accuse you falsely of every evil thing on my account. 12 Rejoice and exult triumphantly; for great will be your re

ward in heaven : for thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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You are the salt of the earth. Now if the salt become insipid, with what can it be made salt? It is no longer fit for any thing, but to be thrown out of doors, and trampled under

foot by men. 14 You are the light of the world. A city situate on a moun15 tain cannot be hid. A lamp is not lighted and put under the

corn measure, but on the stand, that it may give light to all 16 the family. Thus let your light shine before men, that they

may see your good works and glorify your father who is in

heaven. 17 Do not imagine that I am come to annul the law and the 18 prophets. I am not come to annul, but to confirm them. For

verily I say to you, Until that heaven and this earth shall

have passed away, not one jot nor a tittle of the law shall be 19 anpulled till all be accomplished. Therefore whosoever shall

weaken the force of one of the commandments, were it even the least, and teach men accordingly, he shall be the least esteemed in the reign of the heavens; but whoever shall practise

and teach them, he shall be highly esteemed in the reign of 20 the heavens. For I say to you, Unless your righteousness ex

ceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you can in no wise en

ter the kingdom of the heavens. 21 You have heard that it was said to them of old, “Thou

shalt not commit murder.” And, "Whosoever shall commit 22 murder shall be liable to the sentence of the judges.” But I

say to you, Whosoever is angry with his brother without cause, shall be liable to the sentence of the judges: and whoever shall say to his brother, Raca, [a contemptuous word] shall be liable to the sentence of the Sanhedrim; and whoever

shall say, Moreh, [a reproachful word] shall be liable (to be 23 sentenced) to the vale of fire. * If therefore thou bring thy gift

to the altar and recollect there that thy brother hath ground of

complaint against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar and 24 go away. First of all be reconciled with thy brother, and then

* Literally, to the Gehenna of fire. Gehenna, or the valley of Hinnom, was a place near Jerusalem, where children were formerly sacrificed by fire to Moloch, and where a fire was kept continually burning to consume the filth of the city.

25 come and offer thy gift. Come speedily to a friendly agreement

with thine adversary, whilst thou art on the road with him; lest the adversary deliver thee up to the judge; and the judge

consign thee to the officer, and thou be thrown into prison. 26 Verily I say to thee, thou shalt not be released until thou hast

discharged the last farthing. 27 You have heard that it hath been said to the ancients, “Thou 28 shalt not commit adultery.” But I say to you, whoever look

eth on a married woman so as to lust after her, hath already 29 committed adultery with her in his heart. Therefore if thy

right eye cause thee to stumble, pluck it out and cast it from thee; for it is better for thee to lose one of thy members, than

that thy whole body be cast into a vale of fire.* 30 And if thy right hand causeth thee to stumble, cut it off

and cast it from thee; for it is better for thee to lose one of thy members, than that thy whole body be cast into a vale of

fire.* 31 It hath also been said, Whosoever would put away his wife, 32 let him give her a bill of divorce. But I say to you, Whoso.

ever shall put away his wife, except for whoredom, causeth her to commit adultery: and whoever shall marry her who is

put away, committeth adultery. 33 Again you have heard that it hath been said to the ancients,

Thou shalt not forswear thyself; but shalt perform thine oaths 34 to the Lord. But I say to you, Swear not at all: neither by hea35 ven, for it is God's throne: nor by the earth, for it is his foot36 stool; nor by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great king:

neither shalt thou swear by thy head; for thou canst not make 37 one hair white or black. But let your word yes, be yes; and

your no, no; for whatever exceedeth these, proceedeth from

that which is evil. 38 You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye: and 59 a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Contend not with the

injurious: but if one smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him 40 the other also. And if any determine to sue thee at law for

thy vest, give it up to him, nay were it even thy mantle. 41 And if one press thee to go one mile, go with him two. Give

* Literally, into Gehenna.

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