And◦ it came··to··pass on▵ a second-first* Sabbath, that He went through the grain◦; and His disciples plucked the ears◦ of grain, and did-eat◦, rubbing them with their hands.
And◦ certain of the Pharisees said◦ to them, Why do you do what is not permitted▵ to do on the Sabbaths?
And Jesus answering said to them, Have you not read this which David did, when he hungered, he and they who were with him;
when◦ he came into the house of God, and took the bread that was set··out, and ate, and gave also to those who were with him; which it is not permitted▵ to eat, except for the priests alone?
And He said to them that the Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath.
And◦ it came to pass on another Sabbath, that He entered into the synagogue and taught; and there was a man there, and his right hand was withered.
And◦ the scribes and Pharisees watched· Him ·closely, whether He would cure on▵ the Sabbath, that◦ they might find an accusation against Him.
But◦ He saw◦ their reasonings, and said to the man who had the withered hand, Arise, and stand forth in the midst; and standing up he stood forth.
Then said Jesus to them, I will ask you: Is it permitted▵ on the Sabbaths to do good, or to do··evil? to save the soul, or to destroy it?
And looking··around··at them all, He said◦ to the man, Stretch··out thy hand; and◦ he did so; and his hand was restored, whole◦ as the other.
And◦ they were filled with madness, and talked one with another of what they might do to Jesus.
And◦ it came to pass in those days that He went out into a mountain to pray, and passed the night in prayer to God.
And when it was day, He summoned His disciples, and chose twelve of them, whom 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 Alpheus and Simon called Zealot;
Judas the brother of James and Judas Iscariot, who also became the traitor.
And coming··down with them, He stood in the plain; and a crowd of His disciples, and a multitude of many people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases;
and they who were vexed with unclean spirits; and they were cured.
And all the crowd sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him, and healed all.
And He, lifting··up◦ His eyes on His disciples, said, Happy are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Happy are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Happy are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Happy are you when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and shall cast out your name as wicked, for the Son of Man’s sake.
Rejoice ye in that day and leap for joy; for behold◦, your reward is much in heaven; for so did their fathers to the prophets.
But▵ woe to you who are rich! For you have your consolation.
Woe to you who are full! For you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now! For you shall mourn and weep.
Woe to you when all men shall speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets.
But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do well to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you, and pray for▫ those who injure you.
And to him who strikes thee on the one cheek-bone, offer also the other; and him who takes away thy garment, forbid not to take thy tunic also.
And◦ give to everyone who asks thee; and of him who takes away the things that are thine, seek them not again.
And as you will that men should do unto you, do you also unto them likewise.
And if you love those who love you, what grace have you? For sinners also love those who love them.
And if you do good◦ to those who do good◦ to you, what grace have you? For sinners also do the same.
And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive back, what grace have you? For sinners also lend to sinners to receive back the equal amount.
Nevertheless love your enemies, and do··good, and lend, hoping··for· nothing◦ ·back, and your reward shall be much, and you shall be the sons of the Highest; for He is kind◦ to the ungrateful and to the wicked.
Therefore be◦ merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
And judge not, and you shall not be judged; do not damn, and you shall not be damned; release, and you shall be released.
Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall they give into your bosom. For with what measure you measure, it shall be measured··back to you.
And◦ He spoke a parable to them, Can the blind guide the blind? Shall they not both fall into the pit?
The disciple is not above his teacher; but◦ every one who is perfected shall be as his teacher.
And◦ why lookest· thou ·at the bit··of··straw* that is in thy brother’s eye, but◦ considerest not the beam that is in thine··own▵ eye?
Or how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me cast out the bit··of··straw that is in thine eye, when thou thyself lookest not at the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou look··carefully to cast out the bit··of··straw that is in thy brother’s eye.
For a good tree brings not forth rotten fruit, neither does a rotten tree bring forth good fruit.
For◦ every◦ tree is known from◦ its··own▵ fruit; for◦ from◦ thorns they do not collect figs, nor from◦ a bramble do they pick a grape.
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good, and the wicked man out of the wicked treasure of his heart brings forth that which is wicked; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
And◦ why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which I say?
Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and does them, I will show you to whom◦ he is like.
He is like a man who, building a house, dug◦ and made· it ·deep, and put the foundation on a rock; and◦ when the flooding◦ came··to··pass, the river burst··upon that▵ house, and had· not the ·strength to shake it, for◦ it was founded on a rock.
But◦ he who hears and doeth not, is like a man who built a house upon the earth without a foundation, against which the river tore, and straightway it fell; and the tearing apart of that▵ house was◦ great.