The Gospel According to Mark


The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ the son of God, 2 as it is written in the prophets:
Behold, I send my messenger before your face
who shall prepare your way ahead of you;

3 A voice shouting in the desert,
prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.

4 John was baptizing in the desert, and preaching a baptism of repentance into the remission of sins. 5 And there went out to him all of the region of Judaea and Jerusalem and all of them were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.

6 Now John was clothed in camel hair and a leather girdle around his waist, and eating locusts and wild honey, 7 and he preached, saying, “There shall come one who is stronger than me after me of whom I am not competent to bend over, that I may unfasten the strap of his sandal. 8 I indeed have baptized you in water, but he shall baptize you in the holy spirit.”

9 And it so happened in those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and he was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And at once when he came up from the water he saw the heavens ripped apart, and the spirit, dovelike, coming down upon him. 11 And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

12 And straightaway the spirit sent him into the desert, 13 and he was in the desert forty days, and tempted by Satan, and he was with the beasts, and angels would minister to him.

14 And after John had been betrayed, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the good news of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is approaching; change your hearts, and believe in the good news.”

16 And walking beside the sea of Galilee, he sees Simon and his brother Andrew, casting nets into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I shall make you become fishers for people.” 18 And at once leaving the nets, they followed him.

19 And moving a little further along, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat adjusting their nets, 20 and at once he called them. And leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired hands, they followed him.

21 And they went into Capernaum, and at once that sabbath entering into the synagogue he would teach. 22 And they were astonished at his doctrine. For he was teaching them as one having power, and not like the scribes.

23 And there was in their synagogue a man in unclean spirit, and shouting, 24 saying, “Ah, what is there between you and us, Jesus the Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know you, who you are—the holy one of God.”

25 And Jesus rebuked him saying, “Hold your tongue and get out of the man.”

26 And the unclean spirit convulsed him, and shouting in a great voice, he left him.

27 And all were awed, so as to discuss among themselves, saying, “What is this? What are these new teachings? For in power he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”

28 And his fame went forth in every place, in the whole region of Galilee.

29 And at once out of the synagogue they came in the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 And the mother-in-law of Simon was bedridden, having a fever; and at once they told him about her. 31 And coming to her he lifted her up, grabbing her hand, and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered to them.

32 And that night when the sun had set, they brought to him to all having evil, and who were troubled by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door, 34 and he would heal many who were ill of various diseases, and many demons he would cast out, and he would not let the demons speak, because they knew him.

35 And in the early morning, the dark of the night, he got up, and went out into a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon tracked him down, and those who were with him. 37 And finding him, they said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”

38 And he said to them, “We shall go out in the nearby towns, so that also there I may preach. For into this I have come out.”

39 And he was preaching in their synagogues, and in all of Galilee, and casting out demons.

40 And there came to him a man with leprosy, and kneeling down before him, and begging him, he said to him, “If you want, you can cleanse me.”

41 And Jesus, feeling compassion for him, held out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do want. Be clean.”

42 And saying this, at once the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

43 And muttering to him, at once, he sent him away, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go forth to the priest, and offer for your cleansing that which prescribed Moses, as a witness to them.”

45 But he went out and began to shout it out very much, and spreading the word, so that he could no longer openly enter into the city, but remained outside in a desert place. And they would come to him from everywhere.


And again a few days later he entered Capernaum. And it was heard that he was in the house, 2 and many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even around the door; and he spoke the word to them.

3 And they came to him bringing a paralytic, who was being carried by four, 4 and not being able to carry him to him because of the crowd, they tore off the roof where he was, and having made a hole, they lowered the bed in which the paralytic was laid. 5 And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven to you.”

6 And there were some of the scribes sitting and thinking in their hearts, 7 “What manner of blasphemies this person speaks! Who can forgive sins, except only God?”

8 And at once Jesus knowing his spirit, that so they thought within themselves, said to them, “Why do you think these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven to you’, or to say, ‘Get up and take your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the son of man has power on earth for forgiving sins,” he said to the paralytic, 11 “I tell you, get up, and take your bed, and go forth into your house.”

12 And at once he arose, and at once picking up his bed he came forth in the sight of all, so that all were amazed, and glorified God, saying, “Such a thing we have never seen.”

13 And he went out again to the sea, and the whole crowd would come to him, and he would teach them.

14 And passing by, Jesus saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the toll, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And getting up, he followed him.

15 And it so happened when he sat down in his house, many publicans and sinners sat down with Jesus and his disciples. For there were many who were following him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw that he was eating with publicans and sinners, they said to his disciples, “Who is this that eats and drinks with publicans and sinners?”

17 Hearing this, Jesus said to them, “Those who are well do not need a doctor, but those who are ill. I did not come to call the righteous, but the sinners, to repentance.”

18 And the disciples of John and the Pharisees were fasting, and they came, and said to him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, and your disciples do not fast?”

19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the sons of the wedding chamber fast, when the groom is still there with them? As long as they have the groom, they cannot fast. 20 But there comes a day when the groom will be taken up from them. And then they will fast in those days.

21 “And no one sews an unshrunken patch onto an old piece of clothing. Otherwise the new piece, the filling would separate from the old, and the rip should be worse. 22 And no one puts new wine in old bottles, otherwise the wine will break the bottles, and the wine will pour out, and the bottles will be lost. But new wine should be put in new bottles.”

23 And it so happened on the sabbath that he was going through the fields, and his disciples began, as they went, to pick the ears of grain, 24 and the Pharisees said to him, “Behold, why do they do on the sabbath what is not permitted?”

25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he had need, and he was hungry, and those who were with him? 26 How he came into the house of God under Abiathar the chief priest, and ate the loaves of the presence, 27 which were not permissible to eat, except for the priests, and gave also to those who were with him?” 28 And he said,

“The sabbath was made because of people,
and not the person because of the sabbath.
29 So the son of man is also the lord of the sabbath.”


And he would go again into the synagogue, and in that place there was a man having a withered hand, 2 and they would watch him, whether on the sabbath he would make him whole, that they might accuse him.

3 And he said to the man having the withered hand, “Rise in the midst.”

4 And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save a life or to slay?” But they were silent. 5 And having looked around them, commiserating indignantly upon the callousness of their heart, he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” And he held it out. And his hand was restored whole as the other.

6 But the Pharisees coming out at once with the Herodians took counsel against him, how they would destroy him.

7 And Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd from Galilee had followed him, and from Judaea, 8 and from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and across the Jordan, and around Tyre and Sidon, a great crowd who, having heard what he was doing, came to him.

9 And Jesus said to his disciples, that a little boat should wait on him, because of the mob, so that they would not crowd him. 10 For he healed many, so that they were falling over him, so that they might touch him, as many of them as had plagues. 11 And unclean spirits, having seen him, fell down before him, and shouted, saying, “You are the son of God”; 12 and he rebuked them mightily, that they should not reveal him.

13 And he went up into a mountain, and he would call to him those whom he wished, and they would come to him. 14 And he selected twelve which he named Apostles, so that they may be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, 15 and to have power to heal the diseased, and to expel demons.

16 And Simon he called Peter, 17 and James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, and he gave them the name Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; 18 and Andrew and Philip and Bartholomew and Matthew and Thomas and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, 19 and Judas Iscariot (who also betrayed him). And they came to the house, 20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread, 21 and those who were with him, hearing, came out to seize him. For they said that he was out of his mind.

22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul, and in the name of the prince of demons he expels demons.”

23 And calling them to him, he would speak to them in parables: “How can Satan expel Satan? 24 And if a kingdom should be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house shall be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan rises up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.

27 “But no one may enter the home of a strong man and plunder his goods without first tying up the strong man. And then he will loot his house.

28 “Amen, I say to you, All sins the son of man shall forgive, and whatever curses they curse. 29 But the one who will curse at the holy spirit, he never will have remission, but he is guilty to eternal judgment.” 30 For they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

31 And his mother and brothers came, and standing outside, they sent to him calling him, 32 and the crowd would sit around him, and said to him, “Behold, your mother and your brothers outside seek you.”

33 And answering them, he said, “Who is my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking around at those who sat next to him, he said, “Behold my mother and my brothers. 35 For whoever shall do the will of God, this is my brother, and my sister, and my mother.”


And again he began to teach beside the sea, and a great crowd gathered to him, so that he went up into a boat and would sit in the sea, and all the crowd was beside the sea on the ground, 2 and he would teach them in many parables, and would say to them as he taught, 3 “Listen. Behold, one went out who sowed seed. 4 And it so happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the roadside, and the birds of the sky came and ate them. 5 And others fell upon rocky ground where there was not much earth, and at once they shot up, because they did not have depth of earth, 6 and when the sun rose, they were scorched, and because they had no root, they withered. 7 And others fell into thorns, and the thorns rose up, and would suffocate them, and they did not bear fruit. 8 And other fell in good earth, and gave fruit rising and growing, and bore one thirty, and one sixty, and one a hundred.”

9 And he would say to them, “Whoever has ears for hearing should hear.”

10 And when it so happened that he was alone, those who were around him with the twelve asked him of the parable, 11 and he would say to them, “To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, all things are done in parables, 12 that

seeing they may see and not perceive,
and hearing they shall hear and not understand,
lest they should turn back,
and their sins would be forgiven.

13 And he said to them, “You do not know this parable, and how will you know all parables?

14 “The sower of the seed is sowing the word. 15 And these are the ones by the road where the word is sown: and when they hear, at once Satan comes and takes away the word which was sown in their hearts.

16 “And these are likewise the ones which were sown upon the rocky ground, which hearing the word, at once with joy receive it, 17 and they do not have root in themselves but are temporary; later, when tribulation or persecution happen because of the word, at once they stumble.

18 “These are the ones which were sown in the thorns: These are those who hear the word, 19 and the worries of this age and the deception of riches, and the lusts of other things go in and suffocate the word, and it becomes fruitless.

20 “And these are the ones which were sown in the good earth: who hear the word and receive it, and bear fruit, one thirty, one sixty, and one a hundred.”

21 And he would say to them, “Does a lamp come, to be placed under a bushel or under a sofa? Should it not be placed on a candlestick? 22 For nothing is hidden which will not be revealed, nor made secret but that it may come into plain sight.

23 “Whoever has ears for hearing should hear.”

24 And he would say to them, “See what you hear. In whatever measurement you measure, another will measure you, and more shall be given to you who hear. 25 For to whomever has, it will be given and to whomever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”

26 And he would say, “Such is the kingdom of God: as if a man throws seed on the earth, 27 and sleeps and wakes night and day, and seed may germinate and grow, but he does not know how. 28 For on its own the earth bears fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 And when the fruit shall have been produced, at once he takes his sickle, for harvest has come.”

30 And he would say, “How shall we liken the kingdom of God, or in what parable do we compare it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard which, when it is sown in the earth, is least of all seeds which are in the earth, 32 and when it has been sown, it rises, and becomes greater than all plants, and makes great branches, so that the birds of heaven are able to nest in its shade.”

33 And in many such parables he would speak the word however they could hear, 34 and without parable he would not speak to them. But when they were alone, to his disciples he would explain everything.

35 And he said to them in that day when evening fell, “We shall cross over to the other side.”

36 And leaving the crowd, they seized him as was in the boat, and there were also other boats with him. 37 And there arose a great windy storm, and the waves threw themselves upon the boat, so that it was just about filled, 38 and he was in the stern, dozing upon a pillow. And they woke him, and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we perish?”

39 And having been awoken, he rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Be silent and stay put”, and the wind calmed down at once and there was made a great quiet. 40 And he said to them, “Why are you so frightened, you still-faithless lot?”

41 And they feared a great fear, and said among themselves, “What kind of person is this, that even the wind and sea obey him!”


And they came across the sea into the region of the Gadarenes. 2 And as he came down from the boat, at once there met him a man from the tombs, in unclean spirit, 3 who had his home among the tombs. And not even with chains could anyone bind him, 4 because many times he was bound with shackles and chains, and he tore the chains apart and smashed the shackles. And there was no one strong enough to tame him. 5 And every day and night, in the hills and in the tombs he was screaming and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran to him and worshiped him, 7 and screaming at the top of his voice he said, “What is it with you and me, Jesus, son of God the Most High? I adjure you by God, do not torture me.” 8 (For he had said to him, “Get out of the man, unclean spirit.”)

9 And he asked him, “What is your name?” And he replied, saying to him, “Legion is my name, for many we are.” 10 And he would beg him much not to send them out of the area.

11 Now there was here near the hills a large herd of hogs grazing, 12 and all the demons would beg him, saying, “Send us into the hogs, that we may go into them.” 13 And at once Jesus permitted them. And the unclean spirits left, and went into the hogs. And the herd charged over a cliff into the sea (and they were about a thousand), and were suffocated in the sea.

14 And those who were grazing the hogs ran and retold it in the city and in the fields. And they went out to see what had happened, 15 and they came to Jesus, and seeing the one who had been vexed by demon sitting and dressed and in his right mind who had had the Legion, and they were frightened. 16 And those who saw it told what had happened to him who had had the demon, and about the hogs. 17 And they began to beg him to leave their district.

18 And when he entered the boat, the one who had had the demons would beg him, that he might be with him. 19 And Jesus did not allow him, but said to him, “Be gone to your house, to your own folk, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how much he has been merciful to you.” 20 And he left and began to proclaim in Decapolis, how much Jesus had done to him, and all marveled.

21 And when Jesus had crossed over in a boat to the far side, many crowds came together to him, and were round about the sea. 22 And behold, there came this ruler of a synagogue named Jairus, and seeing him, fell at his feet, 23 and begged him much, saying, “My little girl is near her end; if but you may come and place your hands upon her, she may become well and live.” 24 And he went with him, and many crowds followed him, and pressed upon him.

25 And this woman who had been having a continual flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered much under many doctors, and spent all she had, and gained nothing, but became much worse— 27 having heard of Jesus, she came in the crowd from behind, and touched his clothing. 28 (For she had said, “If I but touch his clothing I will be whole.”) 29 And the fountain of her blood was at once dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the ailment.

30 And at once Jesus in himself, knowing power that had passed forth from him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 And his disciples would say to him, “You see the crowds pressing around you, and you say, ‘Who touched me?’”

32 And he looked around, and saw the woman who had done this. 33 Now this woman, quaking with fear, knowing what had been done in her, came, and fell down before him, and said to him all the truth. 34 And he said to her, “Miss, your faith makes you whole; go in peace, and be healed of your ailment.”

35 As he was speaking some came to the ruler of the synagogue, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead; why do you vex the master further?”

36 And as Jesus heard the word which they spoke, he said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 And he did not allow anyone to follow him, except Peter, and James, and John James’ brother.

38 And they came into the home of the ruler of the synagogue, and he saw the tumult, and many people mourning and screaming, 39 and coming in, he said to them, “Why do you make such a tumult and cry so? The girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they jeered at him.

40 But he threw them all out, took the girl’s father and mother, and those who were with him, and went in where the girl was laid, 41 and taking the girl’s hand he said to her, “Talitha kum,” that is, if translated, “Girl, (I say to you,) get up.” 42 And at once the girl got up and walked. Now she was twelve years old. And they were at once greatly amazed. 43 And he ordered them strictly that no one know of it, and ordered that they give her something to eat.


And he left from there and came into his home land, and his disciples followed him. 2 And it so happened on the sabbath, that he began to teach in the synagogue, and many, hearing, were astonished, saying, “Where did he get these things? And what is this knowledge, which is given to him, and such powers that are effected by his hands? 3 Is this person not that carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joses, and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they became offended at him.

4 So Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not contempted, except in his fatherland, and among his acquaintances, and in his own family.”

5 And he could not work any power, except a couple sick people he healed by placing hands on them; and he was amazed at their disbelief.

6 And he went around the surrounding villages, teaching.

7 And he called the twelve to him, and began to send them out in pairs. And he gave them power over unclean spirits, 8 and commanded them that they should not take anything with them along the way, except some walking stick; not a coin purse, not bread, nor money in their pockets, 9 but to wear sandals on their feet, and not to don two tunics. 10 And he said to them, “If you people shall enter into a house, remain there until you depart from that place. 11 And whoever shall not receive you or hear you, as you leave that place, shake off the dust which is under your feet, in witness to them. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom or Gomorrah in the day of judgment than that city.”

12 And leaving, they preached the need for a change of heart, 13 and expelled many demons, and anointed many who were unwell with oil and healed them.

14 And King Herod had been hearing (for his name was made manifest), and said, “John, who had been baptizing, has resurrected from the dead, and therefore these powers are done in him.”

15 Others would say, “It is Elijah;” and still others would say, “It is the Prophet, or one of the prophets.”

16 And having heard this, Herod said, “John, whom I have beheaded, has himself been raised from the dead.”

17 Now this Herod had sent someone to lay hands on John and jail him because of Herodias the wife of Philip his brother, for he had married her. 18 For John had said to Herod, “It is not permitted for you to take the wife of your brother.” 19 So Herodias had it in for him, and wanted to kill him, but could not. 20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and would keep him safe. And hearing many things from him, he marveled, and listened to him gladly.

21 And when the opportune day came, when Herod made a birthday dinner for his chiefs and the chiliarchs and the foremost of Galilee, 22 and there entered his and Herodias’ daughter, and she danced about, and pleased Herod, and those who sat at dinner with him, the king said to the girl, “Ask of me what you will, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he swore to her, “Whatever you shall request of me I will give it to you, even so much as half of my kingdom.”

24 And she left and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” And she said, “The head of John the baptist.”

25 And at once she came in diligently to the king, and asked, saying, “I want that this instant you shall give me on a tray the head of John the baptist.”

26 And the king, greatly pained, because of his oath and those who were sitting at dinner with him right then, would not reject her. 27 And at once the king sent the warden, commanding him to bring in his head. 28 And he went out and cut off his head in the jail, and brought over his head on a tray and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.

29 Having heard, his disciples came and took away his corpse, and put it in a tomb.

30 And the apostles gathered together to Jesus and told him everything they did and everything they taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come out by yourselves into a desert place, and rest.” For there were many which came and went, and they had not yet had an opportunity to eat. 32 And they went out in the boat into a desert place by themselves.

33 And they saw them leaving, and many recognized him, and out of all the cities they ran out there and came together to him.

34 And having gone out Jesus saw the many crowds, and was moved by mercy for them, for they were like sheep not having a shepherd. And he began to teach many things.

35 And when already many hours had passed, his disciples came to him saying, “The place is a desert, and it is very late now; 36 dismiss them, that they may go out into the towns and villages round about, and buy themselves loaves of bread, for they have nothing to eat.”

37 And he, answering, said to them, “Give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go out and buy two hundred denarii worth of loaves of bread, and give it to them to eat?”

38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they knew, they said, “Five, and two fish.”

39 And he ordered them all to sit down, group by group, on the green grass. 40 And they sat down, spot by spot, by hundreds and fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves of bread and the two fish, lifting his eyes to heaven, he blessed and tore apart the bread, giving it to his disciples, to pass out to them. And the two fish he divided for all, 42 and they would all eat, and were filled. 43 And they picked up the leftovers, twelve full baskets, and some fish. 44 Now those who ate were five thousand men.

45 And at once he ordered his disciples to get into the boat, that they might go first across the sea toward Bethsaida, while he sent the crowd away. 46 And having sent them away he went up a hill to pray.

47 And when night fell, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and him alone on the land, 48 and he saw them laboring in rowing, for the wind was against them. And sometime in the early morning hours he came to them walking atop the sea, and wanted to pass by them. 49 And seeing him walking atop the sea they figured him to be a ghost and shrieked. 50 For all saw him, and were disturbed. And at once he spoke with them, and said to them, “Be confident, it is I; do not panic.” 51 And he went up to them in the boat, and stopped the wind, and they were greatly stupefied, and marveled among themselves. 52 For they did not understand about the loaves of bread, for their hearts had been calloused.

53 And crossing over, they came into the land of Genessaret, and laid anchor there.

54 As they come out of the boat, right away everyone recognized him, 55 and they ran all around that region, and began to carry around those who were ailed on stretchers, to where they heard him to be, 56 and wherever he went into villages or towns or cities, they set the sick people in the marketplaces, and begged him to let them touch the hems of his clothing. And as many as touched him became whole.


And there gathered together to him Pharisees and some of the scribes who came from Jerusalem. 2 And when they saw some of his disciples with dirty hands—that is, not washed—eating loaves of bread, they took offense, 3 for the Pharisees and all the Jews, unless they should wash their hands with their fists, they do not eat, holding to the traditions of the elders; 4 and coming from the marketplace, without being washed, they do not eat. And there were many other things which they hold to, such as the washing of cups and bowls and copper dishes and tables.

5 And the Pharisees and scribes questioned him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”

6 And he, answering, said to them, “Well prophesied Isaiah of you hypocrites, as it is written,

This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;

7 and in vain they worship me,
teaching as doctrine the precepts of people.

8 You have set aside the commandment of God, that you may hold to people’s traditions, such as washing cups and bowls, and many other things like this you do.” 9 And he said to them: “Well do you reject the precept of God, that you may follow your own traditions. 10 For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother, and whoever curses father or mother shall die the death. 11 But you people say, if a person says to his father or mother, ‘It is corban—that is, an offering—whatever you might have gained benefit from me’, 12 after that you do not let him do anything for his father or his mother, 13 voiding the word of God by the tradition you pass down. And many other similar things you people do.”

14 And having called the whole crowd to him he said to them, “Everyone, listen to me, and understand: 15 Nothing is outside a person going into him which can sully him, but what proceeds from a person, these things are what sully a person. 16 Whoever has ears for hearing should hear.”

17 And when the crowd went into the house his disciples asked him of the comparison. 18 And he said to them, “Do you not have any brains either? Do you not understand that everything from without that goes into a person cannot sully him, 19 for it does not enter in his heart, but in his gut, and come out in the privy purging everything?” 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person, that sullies a person. 21 For within the heart of man, evil cogitations proceed: adultery, fornication, murder, 22 theft, greed, fraud, guile, impudence, the evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and sully a person.”

24 And rising from there, he departed into the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house, and wanted no one to know, but could not hide. 25 For at once a woman, having heard of him, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, came and fell at his feet. 26 Now she was a Greek woman of Syrophoenician descent. And she asked him that he might expel the demon from her daughter.

27 And Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first. For it is not good to take the children’s bread and toss it to puppies.”

28 And she answered and said to him, “Indeed, Lord; though even the puppies eat under my children’s table.”

29 And he said to her, “Because of this word, go; the demon has left your daughter.”

30 And when she had gone to her house, she found the girl tossed upon her bed, and the demon expelled.

31 And again, coming out from the region of Tyre and Sidon, he came to the sea of Galilee, by the borders of Decapolis, 32 and they led to him a deaf man with a stammer, and would beg him that he might place his hands on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd, he put his fingers in his ears, and spitting, touched his tongue, 34 and looking up to heaven, he groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha” (that is, “Open up”). 35 And at once his ears were open and the knot on his tongue untied, and he spoke clearly. 36 And he warned them not to tell anyone; but the more he warned them, the more and more they proclaimed it, and they marveled above all measure, saying, “He has done all things well, and made the deaf hear and the mute speak.”


Now in those days, the crowd being many and not having anything to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him, 2 and said to them, “I feel sorry for the crowd; for now three days they remain with me having nothing to eat, 3 and if I send them home hungry they will pass out along the road. For some of them came from a great distance.”

4 And his disciples replied, “Where can anyone be satisfied with bread in such a desert?”

5 And he asked them, “How many loaves of bread do you have?” And they said, “Seven.”

6 And he commanded the crowd to sit on the ground. And he took the seven loaves of bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples to pass out; and they passed it out to the crowd. 7 And they had a few fish; and having blessed them he said to also pass them out. 8 And they ate and were filled, and they picked up of the leftover pieces seven containers. 9 Now there were about four thousand who ate.

10 And he sent them away, and at once he entered a boat with the disciples, and came into the region of Dalmanutha. 11 And Pharisees came to him and began to dispute with him, wanting to see a sign from heaven, tempting him. 12 And groaning in his spirit, he said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, I shall by no means give this generation a sign!” 13 And he left them, and entered the boat again, and crossed the sea.

14 And they had forgotten to bring bread, and had no more than one loaf with them in the boat, 15 and he commanded them, “Look, beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.”

16 And they argued among themselves, saying, “We do not have any loaves of bread.”

17 And knowing this, Jesus said to them, “Why do you argue because you have no loaves of bread? Do you not perceive or understand, or has your heart been calloused? 18 Having eyes, do you not see, and having ears, do you not hear? 19 And do you not remember when I broke the bread among five thousand people how many baskets full of pieces you took away?” They said to him, “Twelve.”

20 “And with the seven among four thousand: how many containers of leftover pieces did you pick up?” And they said, “Seven.”

21 And he said, “Do you still not understand?”

22 And he came to Bethsaida. And they led to him a blind person, and begged him to touch him. 23 And taking the hand of the blind man he led him outside the village, and spitting in his eyes, he put his hands on them, and asked him if he could see.

24 And looking up, he said, “I see men, as if they were trees walking around.”

25 After that, he again put his hands on his eyes, and made him look up. And he was restored, and once again saw everyone clearly.

26 And he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not yet go into the village, nor speak to anyone in the village.”

27 And Jesus went out with his disciples into the villages of Caesarea, which was known as Philippi. And along the way he would ask his disciples, saying, “Who do people say that I am?”

28 And they replied, “John the baptist; and others, Elijah, and others again, one of the number of the prophets.”

29 And he said to them, “And you, who do you say that I am?” And Peter replied, and said to him, “You are that Christ.”

30 And he warned them not to speak to anyone of him. 31 And he began to teach them the many things the son of man must suffer, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days to rise again. And he spoke these words openly.

32 But Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 And turning and noticing his disciples he rebuked Peter, saying, “Get back, Satan. You do not know the things that are of God, but those that are of people.”

34 And having called the crowd to him with his disciples, he said, “Whoever wants to follow me must deny himself and pick up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to keep his life will lose it, but whoever would lose his life because of me and the good news, he will save it. 36 For what does it profit a person if he has gained the whole world, and his soul shall be condemned? 37 Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever shall be ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the son of man shall also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his father with the holy angels.” 39 And he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, there are some among you standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God come in power.”


And after six days Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them by themselves up a high mountain 2 and was transformed before them, and his clothes were made quite sparkling white such as no fuller on earth can so whiten them. 3 And they saw Elijah, with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 4 And Peter, answering, said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here, and we should make three tabernacles, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 For he did not know what he was talking about; for they were terrified.

6 And there came clouds which overshadowed them, 7 and a voice from a cloud saying, “This is my beloved son; hear him.” 8 And turning, when they looked around, they no longer saw any one but Jesus with them.

9 When they had come down from the mountain, he commanded them to tell no one what they had seen until the son of man resurrected from the dead. 10 And they kept this word with themselves, arguing among themselves, what this was that he was talking about rising from the dead. 11 And they questioned him, saying, “What is this that the scribes said, that Elijah must come first?”

12 Then he replied and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah must come first, and when he does, will restore everything, as it is written of the son of man that he must endure many things and be contempted. 13 But I say to you, Elijah did come; and they did what they wanted with him, as it was written of them.”

14 And having come to his disciples he saw a great crowd around them, and the Pharisees arguing with them. 15 And right then, the whole crowd, seeing him, marveled, and ran to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked the Pharisees, “What are you disputing with them?”

17 And one of the crowd, answering, said, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever it takes him, it cuts him, and he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and goes stiff. And I asked your disciples to expel it, but they could not.”

19 And answering, he said to them, “Unbelieving nation, how long will I be with you? How long must I deal with you! Bring him to me.”

20 And seeing him, at once the spirit convulsed him. And falling on the ground, he rolled about, foaming at the mouth.

21 And he asked his father, “How long ago did this befall him?”

22 And he said, “From childhood. And frequently also it throws him into fire and water to kill him; but if there is any way you can help us, have mercy on us.”

23 And Jesus said this to him: “If you can believe, everything is possible to a believer.”

24 And at once, the boy’s father, full of tears, cried, “I believe, Lord! Help my unbelief!”

25 Then Jesus, seeing that the crowd was mobbing, rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf-mute spirit, I command you: Depart from him, and nevermore enter into him.”

26 And with a shriek, and convulsing him many times, the spirit left, and he became just about dead, to the point that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he got up.

28 And as he entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not expel it?”

29 And he said to them, “There is no way for this type to depart except through prayer and fasting.”

30 And they left, and passed by Galilee, and he did not want anyone to know. 31 For he would teach his disciples and say to them, “The son of man will be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and being killed, on the third day he will rise again.” 32 But they did not understand these words, and were afraid to ask.

33 And he came to Capernaum. And entering a house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way here?”

34 And they shut their mouths, because they had been arguing among themselves along the road who was the greatest.

35 And sitting down, he called the twelve and said to them, “If one wants to be first he shall be the very last of all and servant of all.” 36 And taking a young boy, he stood him in their midst, and taking him in his arms he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one of such children in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives not me but the one who sent me.”

38 And John replied, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone expelling demons in your name, and he will not follow us. And we forbade him because he will not follow us.”

39 But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him. For there is no one who, if he does mighty works in my name, can also right afterward speak evil of me. 40 For whoever is not against us is on our side.

41 “For whoever shall give you so much as a glass of cold water to drink in my name (because you are of Christ) amen, I say to you, in no way will his reward be lost. 42 And whoever shall cause one of these children to stumble who believe in us, it would be better for him if a millstone were placed around his neck and he be left to drown in the sea. 43 And if your hand should be an obstacle to you, cut it off; it is better to enter life mutilated, than having two hands, to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire, 44 where its worm does not die and its fire is not put out. 45 And if your foot should be an obstacle to you, cut it off; it is better to enter life lame, than having two feet, to be thrown into Gehenna, the unquenchable fire, 46 where its worm does not die and its fire is not put out. 47 And if your eye is an obstacle to you, rip it out. It is better to enter the kingdom of God one-eyed, than having two eyes, to be thrown into the fire of Gehenna, 48 where its worm does not die and its fire is not put out. 49 For every person will be salted with fire, as every sacrifice is salted with salt. 50 Salt is good. However, if salt should become unsalty, what use is it? 51 Have salt in yourselves, and live peacefully with each other.”


And from there he got up and came into the borders of Judaea by the region which is beyond Jordan, and the crowds again came together to him, and as usual, again he taught them. 2 And coming to him, Pharisees questioned him: “Is it or is it not allowed for a man to divorce his wife?”, tempting him.

3 And he replied, saying to them, “What did Moses command you?”

4 And they said, “Moses permitted to writing a bill of divorce, for dismissal.”

5 And Jesus, replying, said to them, “To the hardness of your heart he wrote you this command. 6 However, from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. 7 Because of this a man will give up his father and mother and will cling to his wife, 8 and the two will be in one flesh, so now they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, man may not separate.”

10 And again in the house his disciples asked him about this, 11 and he said, “Whoever divorces his wife and takes another commits adultery against her; 12 and if a woman should divorce her husband and marry another, she commits adultery.”

13 And they brought him little children, so that he might touch them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 And Jesus, seeing, became indignant, and said to them, “Let the little children come to me, do not stop them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Amen, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like this little child, shall certainly not enter into it.” 16 And when he began to take them in his arms he placed his hands upon them and blessed them.

17 And when they left on the road, someone came running up to him and fell to his knees and asked him, “Good teacher, what should I do, that I may possess eternal life?”

18 And Jesus said to him, “Who do you call me good? No one is good, except for one, that is, God. 19 You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not slay, do not steal, do not give false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.

20 And he replied and said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all of these since my youth.”

21 And Jesus, intuiting him, had love for him, and said to him, “One thing remains to you: go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me, bearing your cross.”

22 And he became sad because of this word, and went away in sorrow. For he had many possessions.

23 And Jesus, looking around, said to his disciples, “How difficult it is for those who have money to enter into the kingdom of God!”

24 But the disciples were dumbfounded by these words. And Jesus replied again, and said to them, “My sons, how difficult it is for those who trust in wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a needle than for rich people to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 And they wondered all the more, saying among themselves, “Then who can be saved?”

27 And Jesus, having intuited, said to them, “With people it is impossible, not with God. For all things are possible with God.”

28 And Peter began to say to him, “Behold, we have given up everything and followed you.”

29 And Jesus replied and said, “Amen, I say to you, There is no one who has given up home or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake and the good news 30 but will receive a hundred times as much in this time, homes and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and fields with persecutions, and in the coming era, eternal life. 31 And many first will be last, and last first.”

32 And they were in the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus went ahead of them, and they were dumbfounded, and followed him fearfully. And Jesus again, taking the twelve, began to teach them what must come to pass to him: 33 “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the son of man will be betrayed to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and they will hand him over to the nations, 34 and will jeer at him, and they will flay him, and they will spit on him, and they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.”

35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, “Teacher, we want to ask you to do one thing for us.”

36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Give us that one at your right hand and one at your left hand we may sit in your glory.”

38 And Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink of the cup which I drink, and be baptized with the baptism which I will be baptized?” And they said to him, “We can.”

39 And Jesus said to them, “The very cup which I drink you will drink, and the baptism with which I will be baptized, you will be baptized with. 40 However, to sit on my left hand or my right, is not mine to give, but is for whoever it is prepared for.”

41 And the other ten, hearing, became indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus, calling them to him, said to them, “You know that those who would be seen to rule over the nations, exercise lordship against them. And those who are leaders among them exercise power upon them. 43 But it shall not be thus among you; but whichever of you wants to be great among you shall be your servant. 44 And whichever of you wants to be first shall be slave to all. 45 For the son of man himself did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his own life as redemption for many.”

46 And he came to Jericho. And as they left Jericho, with his disciples and the copious crowd, the blind son of Timaeus, Bar Timaeus, sat by the road begging. 47 And hearing that Jesus the Nazarene was there, he began to yell out, saying, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to hold his tongue. And he yelled out much louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 And Jesus stood, and said, “Call him.” And calling the blind man, they said to him, “Be of good spirit; get up, he is calling you.”

50 And he threw off his cloak, got up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus replied and said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”

52 And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you whole.” And that instant he received his sight, and would follow Jesus along the way.


And approaching Jerusalem, near Bethphage and Bethany, beside the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village which is against you, and as soon as you enter, you will find a colt tied up, upon which no one has sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 And if anyone should ask you, ‘Why are you doing this?’, say that the Lord needs it.” 4 And at once he sent them out. And they went and found a colt tied beside a gate outside at a crossroads, and they untied it, 5 and some of those who were standing there said to them, “What are you doing untying the colt?” 6 And they spoke to them as Jesus had instructed them, and they allowed them.

7 And they led the colt to Jesus, and threw down their clothes, and he sat upon it. 8 And many threw their clothes into the street. And others would cut down fronds from trees and throw them into the street, 9 and those before and behind shouted out, saying,

blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord,

10 blessed is the kingdom that has come in the name of our father David;
hosanna in the highest.

11 And the Lord entered Jerusalem and the temple, and having looked about it all, as it was now early evening, he left into Bethany with the twelve.

12 And the next day, leaving from Bethany, he was hungry, 13 and seeing a fig tree from afar having leaves, he came to see if he would find anything on it, and when he came to it he found nothing on it but leaves, for it was not the time for figs. 14 And Jesus, answering, said to the fig tree, “Nevermore from you in eternity shall anyone eat fruit.” And his disciples heard this.

15 And they came into Jerusalem. And Jesus, entering the temple, began to kick out those who were selling and buying in the temple, and the tables of the bankers and the seats of those who sold doves he flipped over, 16 and he did not allow anyone to carry a vessel through the temple. 17 And he taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples? But you have made it a cave of thieves.”

18 And the scribes and chief priests heard, and sought how to destroy him. For they feared him, as he had left the whole crowd speechless with his teaching.

19 And when night fell Jesus left the city, 20 and passing by that morning, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots, 21 and Peter, remembering, said, “Rabbi, behold, the fig tree which you cursed is dried up.”

22 And answering, Jesus said to him, “Have godly faith. 23 Amen, I say to you people that whoever shall tell this here mountain to pick itself up and throw itself into the sea, and not hesitate in his heart but shall believe, what he says will happen; it shall be to him as he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever you ask for, believe that you will receive, and it will be for you. 25 And when you stand praying, remit, if you people have anything against anyone, that your father who is in heaven may also remit you your faults.”

26 And again he came into Jerusalem, and as he was walking in the temple, there came to him chief priests and scribes and elders 27 who said to him, “In what authority do you do this, and who gave you the authority to do these things that you do?”

28 And Jesus, answering, said to them, “I will also ask you one word, and answer me, and I will tell you in what authority I do them. 29 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from the people? Answer me.”

30 And they mused among themselves, saying, “If we say from heaven, he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 31 And if we say from the people, we fear the public, for all hold John to be a true prophet.” 32 And answering, they said to Jesus, “We do not know.”

33 And Jesus, answering, said to them, “Nor will I myself tell you in what authority I do these things.”


And he began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard, and put a fence around it, and dug a wine vat and built a tower and let it out to farmers and left on a journey.

2 “And when the time came, he sent to the farmers a servant to collect from them the fruit of the vineyard. 3 And they seized him, and fell upon him, and sent him home empty-handed. 4 And again he sent them another servant, and they threw rocks at him and wounded him in the head, and sent him back shamefully handled. 5 And again he sent another, and they murdered him, and many others, falling upon some of them and murdering them.

6 “Having still one beloved son, he sent him to them at the end, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

7 “But the farmers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, we will kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 And seizing him, they murdered him and threw him out of the vineyard.

9 “Therefore what will the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the farmers, and give the vineyard to others. 10 Or have you not read this scripture?

The stone that the builders reproved
is made the keystone.

11 This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful in our eyes.

12 And they wanted to seize him, but feared the crowd, for they knew that he spoke the parable against them. And they left him and departed.

13 And they sent him some of the Pharisees and Herodians, to catch him in his words. 14 And when they came, they said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone, for you do not respect the persona of people, but you teach in truth the way of God; is it lawful to give the head tax to Caesar? Shall we give, or not give?”

15 And he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you tempt me? Bring me a denarius so that I may see it.” And they brought it. 16 And he said to them, “Whose is this image and superscription?” And they said to him, “Caesar’s.”

17 And answering, Jesus said to them, “Give what are Caesar’s to Caesar, and what are God’s to God.” And they marveled at him.

18 And there came to him Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection. And they questioned him, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote us that if someone’s brother should die and leave a wife and not leave offspring, that his brother should take his wife and raise offspring to his brother. 20 There were seven brothers, and the first took a wife, and dying, left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, also not leaving offspring; and the third likewise. 22 And the seven took her, not leaving offspring. Eventually the woman herself died. 23 So in the resurrection, when they resurrect, whose wife will she be? (For all seven had her as wife.)”

24 And Jesus, answering, said to them, “Do you not therefore err, who know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For with those who rise from the dead, neither do they contract matrimony, nor are they given in marriage, but are like the angels which are in heaven. 26 Furthermore, regarding the dead, that they will be revived: did you not read in the book of Moses, about the bush, how God himself spoke to him, saying, I am that God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 27 He is not a god of the dead, but God of the living. So you err much.”

28 And a certain of the scribes, coming and hearing them debating together, seeing how he replied well to them, questioned him: “What is the first of all commandments?”

29 And Jesus replied to him, “This is the first of all commandments: Hear, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God from all your heart, and from all your soul, and from all your mind, and from all your strength. 31 And the second is similar to this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than this.”

32 And the scribe said to him, “Good teacher, truthfully you say that God is one and there is no other beside him, 33 and to love him from all one’s heart, and from all one’s mind, and from all one’s soul and from all one’s strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 And Jesus, seeing that he replied with understanding, said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

35 And teaching in the temple Jesus answered and said, “How do the scribes say that Christ is the son of David? 36 For David himself said in the holy spirit,

The Lord said to my lord,
Sit at my right hand,
until I shall place your enemies
as a stool for your feet.
37 So this David called him Lord; and from where is he his son?” And the vast crowd heard him with relish.

38 And as he taught he would say to them, “Beware of scribes who love to walk about in long robes, and greetings in the forum, 39 and the best seats in the synagogues and the first seats at feasts, 40 who devour the homes of widows and under pretexts make long prayers; they will receive the greater judgment.”

41 And when Jesus sat facing the treasury, he saw how the crowd would put money in the treasury box; and many rich people put in much. 42 And there came this one poor widow, putting in two bits, which is a quarter. 43 And calling to him his disciples he said to them, “Amen, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all who put into the treasury box. 44 For all of them put in from their excess; but she, from her poverty, put in everything she had, her whole substance.”


And as he left the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, see such stones and such buildings.”

2 And Jesus, answering, said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There shall not be left stone upon stone, which will not be knocked down.”

3 And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives from the area of the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew would question him secretly: 4 “Tell us when these things will be? And what is the sign when all these things will be completed?”

5 And Jesus, answering them, began to say, “See that no one may deceive you. 6 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘It is I’, and will deceive many. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be disturbed. For these must be, but this is not yet the end. 8 For one nation will rise up against another nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and disturbances; these are the start of the pangs. 9 But beware for yourselves, for they will betray you in sanhedrins, and in synagogues you will be flayed, and to governors and kings they will lead you because of me, for witness to them. 10 And the good news must first be proclaimed to all peoples. 11 And when they will lead you, betraying you, do not think beforehand what you will say, nor meditate; but whatever will be given to you in that hour, that you will speak. For it will not be you who shall speak, but the holy spirit. 12 And brother will betray brother to death, and the father the son, and children will rise up against their parents, and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all because of my name. But whoever will persevere until the end, this one shall be saved. 14 But when you will see the Abomination of Desolation (which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet) standing where it must not be”—the reader will understand—“then whoever may be in Judaea should escape to the mountains, 15 and whoever may be on the roof should not go down into the house nor enter to get something from their house. 16 And whoever may be in the field should not turn back to pick up his cloak. 17 And woe to those who are pregnant and nursing in those days! 18 But pray that your flight not be in the winter. 19 For these days there shall be such affliction as has never been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time nor shall be. 20 And unless the Lord had shortened the day, no flesh would be saved. But because of the chosen whom he has chosen, he has shortened the day.

21 “Then if someone will say to you, ‘Behold, this is Christ’; ‘Behold there’, do not believe it. 22 For there shall arise false christs and false prophets and they will display signs and wonders to deceive, if it were possible, even the chosen ones. 23 And you see, behold, I have foretold you everything.

24 “However, in these days, after that affliction,

the sun shall be darkened,
and the moon shall not give its splendor,

25 and the stars of heaven shall be knocked down,
and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
26 And then they shall see the son of man coming in the clouds, with much power and glory. 27 And then he will send his angels and gather his chosen ones from the four winds, from the far ends of the earth to the far ends of heaven.

28 “But take a comparison from the fig tree: When its branch is already tender, and produce leaves, you know that spring is nearby. 29 Thus also, when you will see these things happen, you will know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Amen, I say to you, that this generation shall not be done away with until all these things have been done. 31 Heaven and earth will become things of the past—but my words will not pass.

32 “However, of that day and time, no one knows—not the angels who are in heaven, not even the son, but only the father. 33 Beware, be watchful, and pray, for you do not know when the time will be.

34 “It is like a man who takes a trip, who leaves his house, who gives his servants their authority, and to each his own work, and commands the gatekeepers to keep watch. 35 Therefore keep watch, for you do not know when the Lord will return to his house, in the evening, or in the middle of the night, or at the call of the rooster, or in the morning, 36 lest if he shall come suddenly, he will find you sleeping. 37 So what I say to you, I say to all: Be watchful.”


And after two days it would be the passover and the days of flat bread. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might shrewdly lay hands on him to kill him. 2 But they said, “Not on the feast day, or the people may riot.”

3 And as he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was sitting, a woman came, holding an alabaster jar of expensive pure nard, and she broke the jar and poured it on his head. 4 And there were some who became indignant among themselves, and they said, “What was this waste of ointment for? 5 This could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.”

6 And Jesus said, “Let her be. Why do you bother her? She has worked a good work upon me. 7 For you will always have poor people with you, and whenever you wish you can benefit them, but me you will not always have. 8 She has done what she could. She came beforehand, so that she might anoint my body for burial. 9 Amen, I say to you, wherever this good news shall be proclaimed in all the world, even this that she did shall be spoken in her memory.”

10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, departed to betray him to the chief priests. 11 Hearing this, they were glad, and they promised to give him money. And he sought how conveniently to betray him.

12 And the first day of flat bread, when the passover was being sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the passover?”

13 And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, “Go into the city and a person will meet you, carrying a water jug. 14 Follow him, and wherever he will have entered, say to the head of the family, ‘The master says, “Where is the guestroom where I may eat the passover with my disciples?”’ 15 And he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there prepare for us.”

16 And his disciples left and came into the city, and found it as he had said to them; and they prepared the passover.

17 And when night fell he came with the twelve. 18 And as they sat down and ate, Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, one of you who eats with me will betray me.”

19 And they grew sad, and said to him, first one, “Is it I?” and another, “Is it I?”

20 But answering, he said to them, “One of the twelve, who dips with me in the dish. 21 For the son of man will go as it is written of him. But woe to that person, by whom the son of man shall be betrayed; it would have been better for that man had he not been born.”

22 And as they ate, Jesus took bread, and giving thanks he broke and gave it to them, saying, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 23 And taking the cup, he gave thanks and gave it to them, and all of them would drink from it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the new testament, which shall flow out for many. 25 Amen, I say to you, after this, I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I shall drink it, new, in the kingdom of God.”

26 And having sung a hymn, they departed to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “Tonight, all of you will be offended at me. For it is written, I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered. 28 But after I shall resurrect I will go to Galilee ahead of you.”

29 And Peter said to him, “Even if everyone shall be offended, I will not.”

30 And Jesus said to him, “Amen, I say to you that today, tonight, before the rooster crows twice, three times you will deny me.”

31 But he said the more greatly, “Even if it must be that I should die with you, I will not deny you.” And all the others spoke similarly.

32 And they came into the place whose name was Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took Peter and James and John with him, and began to be panicked and anguished. 34 And he said to them, “Mightily sorrowed is my soul, to the point of death. Stay here, and keep watch.” 35 And taking a few more steps, he fell prone onto the ground and prayed, that if it were possible, the hour would pass from him, 36 and said, “Abba—Father—all things are possible for you; take away this cup from me—but not what I want, but what you do.”

37 And he came and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “Are you sleeping, Simon? You could not stay awake for one hour? 38 Stay awake and pray that you not come into temptation. For the spirit is indeed ready, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.

40 And returning he found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy, and they did not know how to answer him.

41 And he came back a third time, and said to them, “Go on, sleep—Enough! The hour comes and the son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Get up. We are going. Behold, the one who has betrayed me approaches.”

43 And at once, as he was still speaking, Judas, who was one of the twelve, came, and with him a great crowd with swords and wooden clubs, from the chief priests and scribes and elders. 44 And the one who betrayed him had given a signal to them, saying, “Whomever I shall kiss, it is he; grab him and haul him off securely.” 45 And when he had come, he came up to him, saying, “Rabbi, rabbi”, and kissed him. 46 And they laid hands upon him and grabbed him.

47 And a certain one of the bystanders drew his sword and hit the servant of the chief priest and sliced off his ear.

48 And Jesus, answering, said to them, “Have you come out as if to a thief, with swords and wooden clubs, to take me away? 49 So many days I was with you in the temple teaching and you did not seize me. But it is so that scripture may be fulfilled.” 50 And having left him, everyone ran away.

51 And a certain young boy was following him, having wrapped a linen cloth over his naked body; and they grabbed the boy, 52 but he dropped the linen cloth and fled from them naked.

53 And they led Jesus to the chief priest. And all the chief priests and elders and scribes convened with him.

54 And Peter followed him from a distance, until he came into the atrium of the chief priest, and sat with the servants and warmed himself at the fire.

55 And the chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin sought witness against Jesus so that they might hand him over to be killed; and they did not find any. 56 For many gave false testimony against him, and their witness was not consistent. 57 And a few of them rose up and brought false testimony against him, 58 saying, “We had heard him saying, I will demolish this temple which is made by hands, and in three days, one made without hands I shall build.” 59 But not even this testimony of theirs was consistent.

60 And the chief priest, rising in the midst of them, questioned Jesus, saying, “Do you answer nothing? What is this that they testify against you?” 61 And he kept his mouth shut and answered nothing. Again the chief priests questioned him and said, “Are you that Christ, the son of the blessed one?”

62 And Jesus said, “I am; and you will see the son of man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”

63 And the chief priest cut apart his clothes, saying, “Now what do we need witnesses for? 64 You heard his blasphemy; how do you see it?” And all of them condemned him to be guilty to death. 65 And some began to spit on him, and cover his face, and punch him, and say to him, “Prophesy.” And the deputy slapped him across the face.

66 And as Peter was in the lower atrium, there came a maid of the chief priest. 67 And seeing Peter warming himself, she looked him and said, “You too were with that Nazarene Jesus, were you not?”

68 And he denied it, saying, “I do not know him, nor do I know what you are talking about.” And he went outside into the vestibule, and the rooster crowed.

69 And the maid, seeing him, again began to day to those who were standing nearby, “This one is one of them.” And again he denied.

70 And a little after, again the bystanders said to Peter, “Indeed you are one of them, and are a Galilean, and your accent fits.”

71 And he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak!”

72 And again the rooster crowed, and Peter remembered the words which Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice you will deny me thrice”; and he began to cry.


And at once in the morning the chief priests consulted with the elders and scribes and the whole Sanhedrin, and led Jesus bound and handed him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate questioned him: “Are you that king of the Jews?” And he, answering, said to him, “Whatever you say.”

3 And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And Pilate asked him again, saying, “Do you reply nothing? Behold how many things they witness against you.” 5 And Jesus answered him still nothing, to the point that Pilate would marvel.

6 Now at the feast he would release them one prisoner, whomever they desired. 7 And there was one who was called Barabbas, who was bound together with his fellow rebels, who had committed murder in the rebellion. 8 And the crowd, stepping up, began to demand him to do to them as he had always done. 9 And Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you that king of the Jews?” 10 (For he knew that out of envy the chief priests had handed him over.) 11 But the chief priests worked up the crowd, that he should release Barabbas to them instead.

12 And Pilate, answering again, said to them, “So what do you want me to do with the one who is called the king of the Jews?”

13 And they shouted again, “Crucify him.”

14 And Pilate said to them, “But what has he done wrong?” And they shouted out all the more forcefully, “Crucify him!”

15 And Pilate, wishing to placate the crowd, released Barabbas to them, and having flayed him, handed Jesus over to be crucified.

16 And the soldiers led him away into the atrium which is called the Praetorium, and called together all the cohort. 17 And they dressed him in purple and placed around him a plaited crown of thorns 18 and began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews,” 19 and they hit him on the head with a reed, and spat on him, and bowed their knees to worship him. 20 And having mocked him, they took off from him the purple, and put back on him his own clothes. And they led him away to crucify him, 21 and conscripted a passer-by, a certain Simon, a Cyrenese, who came from the field, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. 22 And they led him to a place, Golgotha, which is, if translated, Skull Place. 23 And they gave him myrrhed wine to drink, but he did not accept it. 24 And when they crucified him, they cut apart his clothes and gambled over them, as to who would take what.

25 And it was mid-morning, and they crucified him. 26 And his case was inscribed as an inscription, KING OF THE JEWS. 27 And with him they crucified two thieves, one on his right, and one on his left. 28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which said, And with sinners he was counted. 29 And the passers-by blasphemed him, shaking their heads 30 and saying, “Aha, you who would demolish the temple, and in three days build it up, save yourself and come down from the cross.”

31 Likewise also the chief priests, jeering with the scribes, said among themselves, “Others he saved; himself he cannot save. 32 Christ the king of Israel should come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” And those who were crucified with him jeered at him.

33 And when it was noon a darkness fell over the whole earth until mid-afternoon. 34 And at mid-afternoon, Jesus screamed at the top of his lungs, saying, “Elohi, elohi, lama sabachthani?” which is, if translated, My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

35 And some bystanders who heard said, “Behold, he calls Elijah.” 36 And one of them ran up to him and filled a sponge with vinegar, and putting it on a reed, offered him it to drink, saying, “Let him be. We will see if Elijah will come and take him away.”

37 And Jesus, screaming at the top of his voice, gave up the spirit. 38 And the veil of the temple was cut in two from top to bottom. 39 And the centurion, standing against him, when he saw how he screamed and died, said, “This man was a true son of God.”

40 And there were also women watching from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary James’ wife and Jose’s mother, and Salome, who had followed him even when he was in Galilee, 41 and many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem at the same time.

42 And night having already fallen (for it was the preparation which came before the sabbath), 43 Joseph came from Arimathaea, an honest senator who himself was awaiting the kingdom of God, and brazenly he went in to Pilate and asked him for the body of Jesus. 44 And Pilate marveled, if he was already dead, and calling to him the centurion he questioned him if he had been dead some time. 45 And knowing the situation from the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.

46 And he bought a linen cloth, took him down and wrapped him in the cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been cut from rock, and he rolled a stone to the mouth of the tomb. 47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the wife of Joses saw where he put him.


And when the sabbath had passed, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the wife of James, and Salome bought perfumes to come and anoint him. 2 And very early in the morning the day after the sabbath they came to the tomb at sunrise 3 and said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone for us, from the mouth of the tomb?”

4 And looking again, they saw that the stone was rolled back. For it was very large. 5 And having entered the tomb, they saw a boy sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they panicked. 6 And he said to them, “Do not panic. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene who was crucified; he has risen, he is not here; behold the place where he had been set down. 7 But go tell his disciples and Peter that he will go ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he said to you.”

8 And coming out, they took off running from the tomb, for they were amazed and shaking, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

9 Now when Jesus arose the day after the sabbath he appeared first to Mary Magdalene from whom he had expelled seven demons. 10 And she left and reported to those who had been with him and were mourning and lamenting. 11 And they, when they heard that he lived and was seen by her, did not believe.

12 After these things, he was revealed in another form to two of them as they walked, going into the countryside. 13 And they went out and told those who remained; they did not believe them either.

14 Afterward as the eleven sat at table he was revealed to them, and reproached them for their disbelief and hardness of heart because they did not believe those who had seen that he had resurrected.

15 And he said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever will believe and be baptized will be saved. But whoever shall not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In my name they will expel demons. They will speak new languages. 18 They will pick up snakes, and if they should drink anything deadly it will not harm them.”

19 Then the Lord, after having spoken to them, was indeed taken up into heaven, and sat at the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the words by the signs that followed.