In the order in which they were written, chapters 1 through 4:
Jesus test prep
THE GOSPEL OF MARK..
I came not to call the righteous, but to call sinners to repentance..
Then Jesus said to them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill? But they remained silent.
Jesus looked at them with anger and was grieved for the hardness of their hearts.
But he that blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. He said this because they said, He has an unclean spirit.
Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.When affliction or persecution arises for the word's sake, they are offended. And these are also the seed sown among the thorns of the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things. All these thorns enter in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
Those who are sown on good ground. In hearing the word, they receive it and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundredfold.
The disciples went out and preached that men should repent.
This people honor me with their lips but their heart is far from me.
In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
In laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups and many other things that ye do.
And He said to them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God in order to keep your own tradition.
The things which come out of him are those that defile the man. It is from inside, out of the heart of men, that proceed: evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness,wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile the man.
Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, I have compassion on the multitude because they have been with me three days and they have nothing to eat.
Have ye still hardened hearts? Having eyes, see ye not? And having ears, hear ye not?
He rebuked Peter saying, Get behind me, Satan. Thou savor not the things of God, but the things of men.
Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it. Whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receives me. And whosoever shall receive me, receives not me, but Him that sent me.
If thy hand offend thee, cut it off. It is better for thee to enter into life maimed than to have two hands and go into hell where the worm does not die and the fire is never quenched.
And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off. It is better for thee to enter halt into life than to have two feet to be cast into hell where the worm does not die and the fire is never quenched.
And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out. It is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
What, therefore, God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
Verily I say to you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall not enter in.
Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor thy father and mother.
Go and sell whatever thou has and give the proceeds to the poor. Thou shall have treasure in heaven. How hard it shall be for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Anyone who has left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake and the gospel's, shall receive a hundredfold now and in eternal life.
But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
Whosoever will be great among you shall be your minister. Whosoever will be your master shall be servant to all.
Even the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give His life as a ransom for many.
They came to Jerusalem and Jesus went into the temple. He cast out those who sold and bought in the temple. He overthrew the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves. He would not allow any man to carry any vessel through the temple. Jesus said to them all, It is written: My house shall be called, by all nations, the house of prayer but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Forgive, if ye have anything against anyone, so that your Father which is in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. If ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Finally, the man sent his only son whom he loved very much. He reasoned, They will respect my son. But the husbandmen said, This is the heir; come, let us kill him and the inheritance shall be ours.
We know that thou art true, and regard not the person of men, but teach the way of God.
When they rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are give in marriage. They are as the angels who are in heaven.
The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel. The Lord our God is one Lord. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. This is the first commandment. The second is, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
To love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love thy neighbour as thyself is worth more than all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices. Jesus saw that he answered discreetly.
Beware of the scribes, who love to go in flowing robes, and love salutations in the marketplace, and the best seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts. These same devour widows' houses, and, for a pretence, make long prayers. They shall receive greater damnation.
This poor widow has cast more in than all the resthave cast into the treasury. They gave out of their abundance; but she cast in what she had to live upon.
It is not ye that speak, but the Holy Spirit.
Ye shall be hated by all men for my name's sake. But he that shall endure to the end shall be saved.
What I say to you, I say to all, Watch.
THE GOSPEL OF LUKE
There was a priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia. His wife was of the daughters of
Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord.
He shall be great in the sight of the Lord. He shall not drink wine or strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.
He shall turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord, their God. He shall go in the spirit and power of Elias to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest, for thou shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways; to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God;
Whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet in the way of peace.
A sword shall pierce thy soul that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
The child grew, became strong in spirit, and was filled with wisdom and the grace of God.
Stop saying to yourselves, We have our father, Abraham: for I tell you, God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree which does not bring forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.
It is written: Thou shall worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shall thou serve.
Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? To save life, or to destroy it?
Jesus lifted His eyes to His disciples and said, Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who are hungry, for you shall be filled.
Blessed are you who weep, for you shall laugh.
Blessed are you when others hate you, separate you from their company, reproach you, and denounce your name as evil for the Son of man's sake.
But woe to you who are rich! You have already received your consolation.
Woe to you who are full! Later you be hungry.
Woe to you who now laugh! You will mourn and weep.
Woe to you, when everyone speaks well of you, because the ancestors treated the false prophets in the same way.
Love your enemies.
Do good to those who hate you.
Bless them that curse you.
Pray for those who use you and treat you badly.
To one who strikes you on the one cheek, offer also theother.
To one who takes away your cloak let him take away your coat also.
Give to everyone who asks.
From one who takes your goods do not ask for them back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
If ye love only those who love you, what thanks have ye? Sinners also love those who love them.
If ye do good only to those who do good to you, what thanks have ye? Sinners do even the same also.
And if ye lend only to those from whom ye expect to receive back, what thanks have ye?
Sinners also lend to sinners to receive as much again.
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return and your reward shall be great.
Ye shall be the children of the Highest for He is kind to the unthankful and to the evil.
Be ye therefore merciful as your Father also is merciful.
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged.
Condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned.
Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.
Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall men give into your bosom.
With the same measure that ye mete it shall be measured to you again.
The disciple is not above his master; but everyone that is perfect shall be as his master.
And why behold the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but not perceive the beam that is in thine own eye.
For a good tree does not bring forth corrupt fruit; and a corrupt tree does not bring forth good fruit.
A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, brings forth that which is good.
An evil man, out of the evil of his heart, brings forth that which is evil.
Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
An evil man, out of the evil of his heart, brings forth that which is evil.
Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
And why call me, Lord, Lord, and not do the things I say?
Whoever come to me, hears my sayings, and does them, I will tell you who he is like: He is like a man who built a house on a deep foundation of rock. When the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently on that house and could not shake it for it was founded upon a rock.
But he that hears and does not do the things I say is like a man thatis without a foundation for he built a house upon the earth against which the stream beat vehemently. Immediately it fell and the ruin of that house was great.
To the poor the gospel is preached.
So I say to thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven for she loved much; But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. Jesus said to her, Thy sins are forgiven.
Other seed fell on good ground. It sprang up and bore fruit a hundredfold.
Then He finished by saying, He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
The seed is the word of God.
Those by the wayside are they that hear; then the devil comes and takes the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Those on the rock are they, who, when they hear, receive the word with joy. They have no root. For a while they believe but in time of temptation they fall away.
The seed which fell among thorns are they, who, when they have heard, they go forth. But they are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life; and they bring no fruit to perfection.
The seed on the good ground are they, who with an honest and good heart, have heard the word. They keep it and bring forth fruit with patience.
No man, when he has lighted a candle, covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed. Instead he sets it on a candlestick so those who enter in may see the light.
For whoever has understanding, to him more shall be given; and whoever has not, from him shall be taken even that which he seems to have.
My mother and my brethren are those who hear the word of God, and do it.
He sent them to preach the kingdom of God,
Give ye them to eat.
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Whoever will save his life shal llose it. Whoever will lose his life for my sake, shall save it.
For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
Whoever shall receive this child in my name receives me. Whoever shall receive me, receives Him that sent me: for he that is least among you all shall be great.
Lord, if you will, command that we send fire to come down from heaven and consume them as Elias did? Jesus turned and rebuked them. He said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. The Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay His head.
Let the dead bury their dead but you go and preach the kingdom of God.
Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid farewell to those at my house. Jesus said, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Into whatever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. If the Son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon it; if not, it shall return to you.
Remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give; for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Do not go from house to house.
They would have, long ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me. He that despises me despises Him that sent me.
Then a lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus said to him, What is written in the law?
How readest thou? The lawyer answered, Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. Jesus said to him, Thou has answered right. Do this and you shall have life.
Then, wanting to justify himself, the lawyer asked Jesus, And who is my neighbor? Jesus answered this way, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves who stripped him, wounded him, and left him half dead. By chance, a priest came by. When he saw him, he crossed to the other side. Then, likewise, a Levite came by and looked at him. He also passed by on the other side. Finally a Samaritan came up and, when he saw him, he had compassion and went to him. He bound up his wounds, pouring oil and wine, and set him on his own beast. He brought him to an inn and took care of him.When he departed the next morning, he took out some money, gave it to the host, and said, Take care of him.Whatever more you spend, I will repay you on my way back. Now which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell among the thieves? The lawyer answered, He that showed mercy on him. Then Jesus said to him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Martha, Martha, thou art concerned and troubled about so many things. But only one thing is needful and Mary has chosen that good part which shall not be taken away from her.
When ye pray, say, Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us, day by day, our daily bread. Forgive our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. Let us not fall into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
If you, who are sinners, know how to give good gifts to your children,vhow much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?
Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.
When your eye is single, your whole body is also full of light. But when your eye is evil, your body is full of darkness.Take heed, therefore, that the light that is in you be not darkness. If thy whole body is full of light, with no dark parts, the whole shall be full of light, and, like the bright shining of a candle, it gives off the light.
Pharisee who had invited Him to dinner marvelled that He had not first washed before sitting at the meal.You Pharisees make the outside of the cup and the platter clean; but inside they are full of poison and wickedness.
Fools, did not He who made what is on the outside, make what is inside also?
Give of what you have, then all things will be clean to you.
You Pharisees make the outside of the cup and the platter clean; but inside they are full of poison and wickedness.
Fools, did not He who made what is on the outside, make what is inside also? Give of what you have, then all things will be clean to you.
You tithe mint and rue and all kinds of herbs, and ignore judgment and the love of God. These you ought to have done without ignoring the others also.
Woe to you also, ye lawyers! You load men with unbearable burdens and you yourselves do not so much as lay a finger on one of these burdens.
You build shrines to the prophets and your fathers killed them. You bear witness that you sanction the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them and you build their shrines.
Woe to you, lawyers! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You entered not in yourselves but prevented any others from entering in.
Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven.
Take heed, and beware of covetousness. A man's life does not consist of the abundance of things he possesses.
The ground of a rich man yielded a plentiful harvest. He wondered and said, What shall I do? I have no room to store my fruit. Finally he said, I will pull down my barns and build larger ones and there will I store my fruit and all my goods. I will say to my soul, Thou has enough goods laid up to last many years. It is time to take ease; eat, drink, and be merry. But God said to him, Thou fool, tonight thy soul shall be required of thee; then to whom shall all those things belong which thou has stored away?
So it is with whoever lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.
Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; or for the body, what ye shall put on. Life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
Seek not what ye shall eat or drink. Neither be of a doubtful mind.
it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Sell what you have and give alms.
Provide yourselves with purses that do not wear out, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches, nor moth corrupts.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Blessed are those servants, who, when the lord comes, He finds ready and waiting.
Be ready because the Son of man comes at an hour when you think not.
But if a servant says in his heart, My lord delays his coming; and so begins to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink to excess; the lord of that servant will come in a day when the servant does not look for him and at an hour when he is not aware. His lord will cast him aside and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
That servant, who knew his lord's will but did not prepare or act according to his lord's will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that did not know and committed things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten lightly.
To whomever much is given, of him much is required.
To whomever much is entrusted, of him even much more will be demanded.
I came to set the earth on fire; and I wish it was already kindled.
Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, No; but rather division. From now on there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her motheri n law.
Why do you not judge, within yourselves, what is right?
When you go with your adversary to court, settle along the way so you may be delivered from him.
Do you suppose these Galilaeans were sinners above all other Galilaeans because they suffered such things? I tell you, No: but, unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish.
Unless you repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard. He came out to get some fruit and found none. He said to the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and found none. Cut it down; why have it take up space? His dresser said to him, Lord, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit, all is well, and, if not, then afterward it shall be cut down.
And a follower came forward and asked, Lord, are there only a few that can be saved? Jesus looked out on the group and replied, Strive to enter in at the strait gate. Many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou has taught in our streets. But He shall say, I tell you, I do not know you; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth when ye see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you are left outside.
The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.
He said, When you are invited to a wedding, do
not sit down in the highest room; lest one more honorable than you has been invited. The host would have to come and tell you the room was for someone else and, with shame, you move to the lowest room. Instead, sit down in the lowest room. Then the host may come to you and say, Friend, go up higher. You will, then, have the respect of the other guests.
Whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.
Then Jesus said to his host, When you make a dinner or a supper, do not call your friends, or your brethren, or kinsmen, or rich neighbors; lest they also invite you in return, and you incur an obligation. When you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. You will be blessed because they cannot repay you; you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.
A man made a great supper and invited many people. When it was supper time he sent his servant to say to those who were invited, Come. All things are now ready. One after another, each one made an excuse. The first said, I have bought some land and I must go to see it. Please have me excused. Another said, I just purchased five yoke of oxen and I must go to claim them. Please have me excused. Another said, I have just married and cannot come.Then the master of the house became angry and said, Go out into the streets and lanes of the city. Gather the poor, the maimed, the halt, and the blind and bring them here.The servant returned and said, Lord, it is done as you commanded, andthere is still room. The lord said, Go out, then, into all the highways and compel them to come in so my house may be filled. For I say to you, None of those who were invited shall taste of my supper.
If any man comes to me, and does not forsake his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yes, and his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not bear his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, to see whether you have what is needed to finish it?Lest, after you have laid the foundation, and are not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock you and say, This man began to build but was not able to finish.Or what king, contemplating war against another king, does not first sit and consult whether he is able, with ten thousand, to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand? If not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends his ambassadors to discuss conditions of peace.
So likewise, any of you that does not forsake all he has, cannot be my disciple.
I say to you, there is more joy in heaven over
one sinner that repents, than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.
When he came to his senses, he said, How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee. I am no longer worthy to be called thy son; but make me one of thy hired servants.
He arose and went to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion. He ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. The son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am not worthy to be called thy son.
But the father said to his servants, Bring out the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. Butcher the fatted calf. Let us eat and be merry for my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to celebrate.The father said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was fitting for us to celebrate and be glad for this, thy brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost and now is found.
Use what you have wisely and do good with it and you shall find favor in heavenly houses.
No servant can serve two masters: either he will hate the one, and love the other; or he will cleave to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Ye are they who justify yourselves before men
but God knows your hearts.
That which is highly esteemed among men is
abomination in the sight of God.
The law and the prophets lasted up until John. From that time the kingdom of God is proclaimed and every man presses into it.
There was a rich man who wore clothes of purple and fine linen, and who dined sumptuously each day. Lying at his gate, was a poor man named Lazarus. He was covered with sores, and often the dogs came and licked them. He would gladly accept the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table.cWhen the poor man died, he was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and, from hell, he lifted his eyes, in torment, and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his bosom. He cried out, Father Abraham, have mercy on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that you received your good things during your lifetime and Lazarus got the evil things. Now he is comforted, and you are tormented. And, beside all this, there is a great gulf between us that cannot be crossed from either side. Abraham answered, They have Moses and the prophets. Let them hear them. Then Abraham said to him, If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded by one who rose from the dead.
It is certain that offences must come: but woe to him, through whom they come! It would be better for him that a millstone were hung around his neck and he be cast into the sea, than to have offended one of these little ones.
If thy brother trespasses against thee, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. If he trespasses against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day, repents; forgive him.
Who among you, when your servant comes in from plowing or feeding cattle, will say, Go and sit down to eat? Instead, you say to him, Wash yourself and change your clothes; prepare and serve me my supper; and then you shall eat and drink. Does the servant deserve thanks because he did what he was obliged to do? Likewise, when you have done all the things which are required of you, say, I am an unprofitable servant. I have done that which was my duty to do.
When one of them, a Samaritan, saw that he was healed, he turned back, and with a loud voice, glorified God. He fell down at Jesus' feet and thanked Him. Jesus said, Were there not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Of the ten, the only one to return thanks to God is the foreigner. Jesus said to him, Arise and go thy way. Thy faith has made thee whole.
When the Pharisees demanded to know when the kingdom of God should come, He answered, The kingdom of God does not come by observation. No one will say, Look here! or, look there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Know the commandments. Do not commit adultery. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not bear false witness. Honor thy father and thy mother. Yet you lack one thing. Sell all you have and give to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.
When he heard this, he was very sorrowful because he was very rich and had many possessions. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, He said, How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
There is no one who has left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, who shall not receive a great reward in this present time and in life everlasting.
When the people saw this, they all murmured and said that Jesus was gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.
Then Zacchaeus said, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have taken anything from any one by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. Jesus said to him, Today salvation comes to this house, for now you are also a son of Abraham.
The Son of man is come to seek and to save those who were lost.
After he received the kingdom, he returned and called the servants to him for an accounting of what they had done with the talents. The first servant said, Lord, thy talent has gained ten more. He said to him, Very good. Because you have been faithful in this little matter, you now have authority over ten cities. The second servant said, Lord, the talent has gained another five. He said likewise to him, You now have authority over five cities. Then came another servant who said, Lord, here is your talent which I have kept tied up in a cloth for I feared thee because thou art a hard man. You take up what you have not laid down and reap what you have not sown. He said to this servant, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. If you knew that I was a hard man, taking up what I laid not down, and reaping what I did not sow, why, then, did you not put the talents in the bank, that, on my return, I would get my own back with interest? Give this talent to the servant who gained ten more. To every one who has, more shall be given. And from him who has not, even the little he has shall be taken away from him.
Jesus went into the temple and began to cast out those who sold and those who bought; saying to them, It is written: My house is the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves.A man planted a vineyard, then let it out to husbandmen, and he went into a far country for a long time. At the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen to get the fruit of the vineyard, but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. Again he sent another servant. They beat him also, and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. And again he sent a third servant. They wounded him and cast him out. Then the lord of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. They will respect him when they see him. But, when the husbandmen saw him, they said, This is the heir. Let us kill him so the inheritance will be ours. So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
Beware of the scribes who like to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief roomsftat feasts. They devour widows' houses, and, for a show, make long prayers. They shall receive greater damnation.
Jesus watched as the rich men cast their gifts into the treasury. Then He noticed a poor widow casting in two small coins. He said to His disciples, this widow has cast in more than all the rest put together. The rich have given out of their abundance, but she, out of her poverty, cast in all the living she had.
Watch, therefore, and pray always, so you may be counted worthy to escape these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But, among you this shall not be so for he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, let him be as he that serves. Which is greater, he that sits at the table or he that serves? Is it not he that sits at the table? Yet I am among you as He that serves.
Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
THE GOSPEL OF MATHEW
Lol, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
It is also written, Thou shalt not test the Lord thy God.
Then Jesus said, Get thee hence, Satan, for it is written, Thou shal worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve.
His teaching of repentance because the kingdom of God is at hand.
Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.
Preaching the gospel of the kingdom.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad. Great is your reward in heaven. And, likewise, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Let your light so shine that others see your good works reflecting only your Father in heaven.
Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you shall enter the kingdom of heaven.
Whoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment.
Whoever shows contempt toward his brother shall be in danger of the council.
But whosoever curses his brother is in danger of hell fire.
Whoever looks on a woman in lust has already committe adultery in his heart.
Do not resist evil.
Whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
And, if any one lawfully sues you and takes away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
Whoever compels you to go a mile, go with him two.
Give to him who asks of you.
From him who would borrow from you, do not turn away.
Love your enemy.
Bless those who curse you.
Do good to those who hate you.
Pray for those who spitefully use and persecute you.
Bless those who curse you.
Do goodto those who hate you.
Pray for those who spitefully use and persecuteyou.
Do this that ye may be the children of your Father in heaven.
He make His sun rise on the evil and on the good.
He sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
If ye love only those who love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans do this?
And if ye greet your friends only, what do ye do more than others? Do not even the publicans do this?
Instead be ye as perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.
When you pray, enter into your closet. When you shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret. Thy Father, who sees in secret, shall reward you openly.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
But if ye do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
No one can serve two masters. He will either hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon.Take no concern for your life: what ye shall eat, what ye shall drink; nor for your body: what ye shall put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than raiment?
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Judge not that ye be not judged,
Why behold the mote in thy brother's eye, but not consider the beam in thine own eye? How can you say to thy brother, Let me pull the mote out of thine eye when, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite. First, cast out the beam from thine own eye, then thou shall see clearly enough to cast the mote from thy brother's eye.
All things ye would have others do to you, do so to them. This is the law and the meaning of the prophets.
Only he who does the will of my Father in heaven shall enter.
Whoever hears these sayings and does them, I liken to a wise man who built his house upon a rock.
The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has no place to lay His head.
But Jesus replied, Follow me and let the dead bury their dead.
Those who are well do not need a physician, but those who are sick do.
I will have mercy and not revenge because I have not come to call the righteous, but to call sinners to repentance.
No one uses a piece of new cloth to patch an old garment for the piece that is put in to cover the space takes from the garment and the rent is worse than before.
As ye go, preach that the kingdom ofheaven is at hand.
Into whatever city or town ye enter, enquire who in it is worthy.
It is not ye that will speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks through you.
Whoever confesses me before all, I will confess him before my Father in heaven.
Anyone who loves a father or mother more than me is not worthy of me.
Anyone who loves a son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me, is not worthy of me.
I am meek and lowly in heart.
So, I say to you, all kinds of sin and blasphemy against men will be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, will not be forgiven; not in this world and not in the world to come.
Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.
They do not see or hear for fear they will be converted and have to change their hearts.
Too much ensnared by things of this world and the deceitfulness of riches.
They will clear His kingdom of all that offends and does iniquity.
Then the righteous will shine as bright as the sun in the kingdom of theirFather.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man discovers it, he buries it again. Then, joyfully, he goes and sells all he has in order to buy that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of good pearls. When he finds even one pearl of great price, he gladly sells all he has to buy it.
The angels will come and sever the wicked from the just and cast them into the furnace.
He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Well did Isaiah prophesy: This people draw nigh unto me qwith their mouth, and honor me with their lips. But their hearts are far from me.
In vain do they worship me. They teach the commandments of men as doctrines.
Every plant that was not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted.
Ignore them. But those things which come out of the mouth come from the heart. They defile the man because out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies.
These are the things that defile a man. To eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.
Jesus said to His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
Whoever saves his life shall lose it. Whoever loses his life, for my sake, shall find it.
What is a man profited if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? What can a man give in exchange for his soul?
He shall reward every man according to his works.
Then Jesus added, Nonetheless, so we do not offend them, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up.
Unless you are converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this little child, is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
The servant fell down and worshipped him saying, Lord, have patience with me and I will pay it all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
His lord was angry and delivered him to the tormentors until he paid all that was due. So also shall my heavenly Father do to you if ye do not forgive other's trespasses.
Allow thes little children and do not forbid them to come to me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus answered, If you will enter into life, keep the commandments. The young man asked, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt not murder. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Honor thy father and thy mother. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
The young man said, I have kept all these from my youth up. What do I yet lack? Jesus answered, If thou will be perfect, go and sell what you have and give to the poor. Thou shalt have treasure in heaven.
Then said Jesus to His disciples, Hardly a rich man shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.
Everyone who has forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
Whoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. Whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give His life as a ransom for many.
My house shall be called a house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, Son, today go to work in my vineyard. The son answered, I will not. But, afterward he repented and went to work. Then the man went to the second son and said the same thing. The second son said, I will go, sir; but he did not go. Which of these two did the will of his father? They answered, The first son.
JCesus said, Verily I say, The publicans and the harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. John came to you in the way of righteousness and ye believed him not. But the publicans and the harlots believed him. And yet, even after you had seen, you did not repent that you believed him.
There was a householder who planted a vineyard. He hedged it all around, dug a winepress in it, and built a tower.
One went out to his farm. Another attended to his merchandise.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments rests all the law and the prophets.
Only one is your teacher, even Christ; and ye are all brethren.
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees. Hypocrites! Ye shut men out of the kingdom of heaven. Yet, you do not enter in yourselves, and you do not allow others to attempt to enter.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees. Hypocrites! Ye devour widows' houses and, for a pretence, make long prayers. Therefore, you will receive the greater damnation.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees. Hypocrites! You venture over land and sea for one proselyte. Then, when you have him, you make him two times more the child of hell than yourselves.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees. Hypocrites! Ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, but ye have ignored the weightier matters of the law; judgment, mercy, and faith.
Ye blind guides who strain from your drink a gnat and swallow a camel.
First clean the inside of the cup and platter, so the outside may be clean also.
Even if, on the outside, you appear righteous to others, inside you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees. Hypocrites! Ye build the tombs for the prophets and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous.Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
I send prophets, wise men, and scribes. Some of them ye shall kill and crucify. Some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues and persecute them from city to city.
But those who endure until the end will be saved.
It is an evil servant who says, My lord delays his coming so I shall take advantage. He smites his fellowservants and eats and drinks until drunken. The lord of that servant shall come in a day when the servant does not expect him. At a time when the servant is unaware, he shall be put asunder and thrown out with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who travels into a far country. Before he leaves, he calls his servants and turns his goods over to them. To one he gives five talents. To another he gives two talents. To another he gives one. He gives to every man according to his ability. The unprofitable servant shall be cast into outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Then the King shall say to those on His right, Come, ye blessed of my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. For I was hungry and ye gave me food. I was thirsty and ye gave me a drink. I was a stranger and ye took me in. I was naked and ye clothed me. I was sick and ye visited me. I was in prison and ye came to me. Then the righteous shall ask Him, Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee? Or thirsty and gave thee drink? When did we see thee a stranger and take thee in? Or naked and clothe thee? When did we see thee sick, or in prison and come to thee? The King shall answer, Verily, I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of my brethren, ye have done it to me.
Then He shall say to those on the left, Depart from me into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. I was hungry and ye gave me no food. I was thirsty and ye gave me no drink. I was a stranger and ye did not take me in. I was naked and ye did not clothe me. I was sick and in prison and ye did not visit me.Then they shall also ask Him, Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and not minister unto thee? He shall answer them, Inasmuch as ye did not do these things to one of the least of my brethren, ye did not do it to me. These shall go to everlasting punishment. And the righteous shall have life eternal.
When they took hold of Jesus, all the disciples left Him and fled.
Teach them to observe all the things I have commanded you.
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
John was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light. That was the true light, which enlightens everyone who comes into the world.
Only he who does the will of my Father in heaven shall enter.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the children of God, even to those who believe in His name; those who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Whoever hears these sayings and does them, I liken to a wise man who built his house upon a rock.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Light came into the world and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light and does not come into the light lest his deeds be exposed. But whoever lives the truth, comes to the light that his deeds may be shown as a reflection of God.
But the hour comes, and is now, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father seeks such people to worship Him. God is a Spirit. Those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to complete His work.
Sin no more lest a worse thing comes to you.
He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me.
Have the love of God in you.
It is the spirit that is life. The flesh means nothing.
I testify that the ways of the world are evil.
If any man does His will he will know whether the doctrine is from God or whether I speak on my own.
Do not judge by appearances, but judge by what is just.
He stood upand said to them, He who is without sin, let him cast a stone at her. Then He stooped down again and wrote on the ground. Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.
I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
You judge according to the flesh. But I judge no man. And yet, if I judge, my judgment is true because I am not alone, but I and the Father who sent me are one.
You neither know me nor my Father. If you had known me you would have known my Father also.
The Father has not left me alone because I always do what pleases Him.
If you remain in my word, then you are my disciples indeed.
Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin.
If you were Abraham's children you would do the works of Abraham.
You do the wicked deeds of your ancestors.
If God were your Father you would love me because I proceeded forth and came from God.
You are of your father the devil and you will do the wicked deeds of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning.
Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone. But if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.
He who loves his life in this world will lose it; and he who hates his life will have life eternal.
If any man will serve me, let him follow me. Where I am, there also will my servant be. If any man serves me, my Father will honor him.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. If you love me, keep my commandments.
A little while the world will see me no more. But you will see me because I will live and you will live also.
On that day you will kno that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you.
He who has my commandments and keeps them, loves me.
If a man loves me, he will keep my words and my Father will love him. I love the Father and do as the Father commanded me.
Continue in my love.
If you keep my commandments you will abide in my love as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in His love.
This is my commandment, That you love one another as I have loved you.
Greater love has no man than that he lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends. If you do what I command you, I do not call you servants. The servant does not know what his lord does. But I call you friends because all that I have heard from my Father, I have made known to you.
These things I command you, that you love one another.
You are not of the world.The time will come when whoever kills you will think that he does God a service.
I am going to my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
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