Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a
declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were
eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all
things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most
That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou
hast been instructed.
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest
named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the
daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the
commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they
both were now well stricken in years.
And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office
before God in the order of his course,
According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn
incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the
time of incense.
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the
right side of the altar of incense.
And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is
heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt
call his name John.
And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his
For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink
neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy
Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their
And he shall go before him 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.
And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I
am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in
the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee
these glad tidings.
And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day
that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my
words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so
long in the temple.
And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they
perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned
unto them, and remained speechless.
And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration
were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself
five months, saying,
Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me,
to take away my reproach among men.
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a
city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of
David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly
favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her
mind what manner of salutation this should be.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found
favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son,
and shalt call his name JESUS.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and
the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his
kingdom there shall be no end.
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come
upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:
therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be
called the Son of God.
And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in
her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called
For with God nothing shall be impossible.
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me
according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with
haste, into a city of Juda;
And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of
Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the
And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among
women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to
For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears,
the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of
those things which were told her from the Lord.
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold,
from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in
the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent
He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own
Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she
brought forth a son.
And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed
great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise
the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his
And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.
And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called
by this name.
And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is
John. And they marvelled all.
And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he
spake, and praised God.
And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these
sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.
And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying,
What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with
And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed
And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since
the world began:
That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all
that hate us;
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his
The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand
of our enemies might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou
shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on
high hath visited us,
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of
death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the
deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from
Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth,
into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem;
(because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were
accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling
clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them
in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the
Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which
is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly
host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into
heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto
Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord
hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe
lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which
was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told
them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the
things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the
child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.
And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses
were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to
(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the
womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law
of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and
the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of
Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not
see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents
brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken
And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this
child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for
a sign which shall be spoken against;
(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the
thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the
tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband
seven years from her virginity;
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed
not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night
And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord,
and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
And when they had performed all things according to the law of the
Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom:
and the grace of God was upon him.
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the
And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the
custom of the feast.
And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child
Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not
But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's
journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem,
And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the
temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and
asking them questions.
And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and
And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto
him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I
have sought thee sorrowing.
And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that
I must be about my Father's business?
And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject
unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius
Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee,
and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of
Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,
Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto
John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism
of repentance for the remission of sins;
As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet,
saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way
of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be
brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough
ways shall be made smooth;
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him,
O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to
say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto
you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree
therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast
into the fire.
And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him
impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do
Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master,
what shall we do?
And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we
do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any
falsely; and be content with your wages.
And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their
hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;
John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water;
but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not
worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with
Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and
will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn
with fire unquenchable.
And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people.
But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his
brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done,
Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.
Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus
also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him,
and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in
thee I am well pleased.
And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as
was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,
Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was
the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of
Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was
the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of
Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which
was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son
Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was
the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the
son of Neri,
Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the
son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er,
Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was
the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of
Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the
son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of
Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the
son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of
Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the
son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of
Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was
the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of
Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the
son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of
Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was
the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of
Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was
the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech,
Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was
the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of
Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the
son of Adam, which was the son of God.
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was
led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat
nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this
stone that it be made bread.
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him
all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the
glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I
will I give it.
If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for
it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only
shalt thou serve.
And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the
temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself
down from hence:
For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep
And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou
dash thy foot against a stone.
And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt
the Lord thy God.
And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him
for a season.
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there
went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his
custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood
up for to read.
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And
when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering
of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat
down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were
fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled
in your ears.
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which
proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb,
Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum,
do also here in thy country.
And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own
But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of
Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when
great famine was throughout all the land;
But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of
Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet;
and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were
filled with wrath,
And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the
brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast
him down headlong.
But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the
And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an
unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,
Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of
Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the
Holy One of God.
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him,
and hurt him not.
And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a
word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean
spirits, and they come out.
And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round
And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house.
And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they
besought him for her.
And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and
immediately she arose and ministered unto them.
Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers
diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of
them, and healed them.
And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art
Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to
speak: for they knew that he was Christ.
And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and
the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he
should not depart from them.
And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other
cities also: for therefore am I sent.
And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the
word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone
out of them, and were washing their nets.
And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed
him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down,
and taught the people out of the ship.
Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into
the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the
night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let
down the net.
And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of
fishes: and their net brake.
And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship,
that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both
the ships, so that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart
from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of
the fishes which they had taken:
And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were
partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from
henceforth thou shalt catch men.
And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and
And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full
of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him,
saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou
clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the
priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded,
for a testimony unto them.
But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great
multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their
And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there
were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out
of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of
the Lord was present to heal them.
And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy:
and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.
And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in
because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him
down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is
this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them,
What reason ye in your hearts?
Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise
up and walk?
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to
forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee,
Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he
lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled
with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.
And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi,
sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.
And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a
great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.
But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples,
saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a
physician; but they that are sick.
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and
make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine
eat and drink?
And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber
fast, while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from
them, and then shall they fast in those days.
And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a
new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a
rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with
And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will
burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he
saith, The old is better.
And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he
went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of
corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.
And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is
not lawful to do on the sabbath days?
And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what
David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him;
How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the
shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not
lawful to eat but for the priests alone?
And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the
And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the
synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was
And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on
the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the
withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose
and stood forth.
Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on
the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to
And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch
forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the
And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what
they might do to Jesus.
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain
to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he
chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and
John, Philip and Bartholomew,
Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called
And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was
And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company
of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea
and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came
to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;
And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.
And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue
out of him, and healed them all.
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye
poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are
ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate
you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your
name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is
great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the
But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that
laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their
fathers to the false prophets.
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them
which hate you,
Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use
And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other;
and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away
thy goods ask them not again.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners
also love those that love them.
And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye?
for sinners also do even the same.
And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have
ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing
again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children
of the Highest: for he is kind unto 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 unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.
For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to
And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall
they not both fall into the ditch?
The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect
shall be as his master.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but
perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out
the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the
beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the
beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull
out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a
corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not
gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that
which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart
bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart
his mouth speaketh.
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I
will shew you to whom he is like:
He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the
foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat
vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was
founded upon a rock.
But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a
foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream
did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that
house was great.
Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people,
he entered into Capernaum.
And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick,
and ready to die.
And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews,
beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying,
That he was worthy for whom he should do this:
For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the
house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord,
trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter
under my roof:
Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say
in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers,
and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he
cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him
about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I
have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant
whole that had been sick.
And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called
Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a
dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a
widow: and much people of the city was with her.
And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto
her, Weep not.
And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still.
And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him
to his mother.
And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a
great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his
And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and
throughout all the region round about.
And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things.
And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus,
saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us
unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues,
and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what
things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk,
the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the
poor the gospel is preached.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto
the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for
to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment?
Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately,
are in kings' courts.
But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and
much more than a prophet.
This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before
thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a
greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the
kingdom of God is greater than he.
And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God,
being baptized with the baptism of John.
But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against
themselves, being not baptized of him.
And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this
generation? and to what are they like?
They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling
one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not
danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and
ye say, He hath a devil.
The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a
gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
But wisdom is justified of all her children.
And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And
he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.
And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew
that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster
box of ointment,
And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet
with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed
his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within
himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who
and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a
And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto
thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five
hundred pence, and the other fifty.
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell
me therefore, which of them will love him most?
Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.
And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this
woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my
feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the
hairs of her head.
Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath
not ceased to kiss my feet.
My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed
my feet with ointment.
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven;
for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth
And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves,
Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.