He who is overcoming -- this one -- shall be arrayed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the scroll of the life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before His messengers.
1 At which time the myriads of the multitude having been gathered together, so as to tread upon one another, he began to say unto his disciples, first, 'Take heed to yourselves of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy;
2 and there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known;
3 because whatever in the darkness you said, in the light shall be heard: and what to the ear you spake in the inner-chambers, shall be proclaimed upon the house-tops.
4 'And I say to you, my friends, be not afraid of those killing the body, and after these things are not having anything over to do;
5 but I will show to you, whom you may fear; Fear him who, after the killing, is having authority to cast to the gehenna; yes, I say to you, Fear you Him.
6 'Are not five sparrows sold for two assars? and one of them is not forgotten before God,
7 but even the hairs of your head have been all numbered; therefore fear you not, than many sparrows you are of more value.
8 'And I say to you, Every one -- whoever may confess with me before men, the Son of Man also shall confess with him before the messengers of God,
9 and he who has denied me before men, shall be denied before the messengers of God,
10 and every one whoever shall say a word to the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven to him, but to him who to the Holy Spirit did speak evil, it shall not be forgiven.
11 'And when they bring you before the synagogues, and the rulers, and the authorities, be not anxious how or what ye may reply, or what you may say,
12 for the Holy Spirit shall teach you in that hour what it is necessary foryou to say.'
13 And a certain one said to him, out of the multitude, 'Teacher, say to my brother to divide with me the inheritance.'
14 And he said to him, 'Man, who set me a judge or a divider over you?'
15 And he said unto them, 'Observe, and beware of the covetousness, because not in the abundance of one's goods is his life.'
16 And he spake a simile unto them, saying, 'Of a certain rich man the field brought forth well;
17 and he was reasoning within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where I shall gather together my fruits?
18 and he said, This I will do, I will take down my storehouses, and greater ones I will build, and I will gather together there all my products and my good things,
19 and I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many good things laid up for many years, be resting, eat, drink, be merry.
20 'And God said to him, Unthinking one! this night your soul they shall require from you, and what things you did prepare -- to whom shall they be?
21 sois he who is treasuring up to himself, and is not rich toward God.'
22 And he said unto his disciples, 'Because of this, to you I say, Be not anxious for your life, what you may eat; nor for the body, what you may put on;
23 the life is more than the nourishment, and the body than the clothing.
24 'Consider the ravens, that they sow not, nor reap, to which there is no barn nor storehouse, and God does nourish them; how much better are you than the fowls?
25 and who of you, being anxious, is able to add to his age one cubit?
26 If, then, you are not able for the least -- why for the rest are you anxious?
27 'Consider the lilies, how do they grow? they labour not, nor do they spin, and I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these;
28 and if the herbage in the field, that to-day is, and to-morrow into an oven is cast, God does so clothe, how much more you -- you of little faith?
29 'And you -- seek not what you may eat, or what you may drink, and be not in suspense,
30 for all these things do the nations of the world seek after, and your Father has known that you have need of these things;
31 but, seek you the reign of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
32 'Fear not, little flock, because your Father did delight to give you the reign;
33 sell your goods, and give alms, make to yourselves bags that become not old, a treasure unfailing in the heavens, where thief does not come near, nor moth destroy;
34 for where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.
35 'Let your loins be girded, and the lamps burning,
36 and you like to men waiting for their lord, when he shall return out of the wedding feasts, that he having come and knocked, immediately they may open to him.
37 'Happy those servants, whom the lord, having come, shall find watching; verily I say to you, that he will gird himself, and will cause them to recline (at meat), and having come near, will minister to them;
38 and if he may come in the second watch, and in the third watch he may come, and may findit so, happy are those servants.
39 'And this know, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief does come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through;
40 and you, then, become you ready, because at the hour you think not, the Son of Man does come.'
41 And Peter said to him, 'Sir, unto us this simile do you speak, or also unto all?'
42 And the Lord said, 'Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the lord shall set over his household, to give in season the wheat measure?
43 Happy that servant, whom his lord, having come, shall find doing so;
44 truly I say to you, that over all his goods he will set him.
45 'And if that servant may say in his heart, My lord does delay to come, and may begin to beat the men-servants and the maid-servants, to eat also, and to drink, and to be drunken;
46 the lord of that servant will come in a day in which he does not look forhim, and in an hour that he does not know, and will cut him off, and his portion with the unfaithful he will appoint.
47 'And that servant, who having known his lord's will, and not having prepared, nor having gone according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes,
48 and he who, not having known, and having done things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few; and to every one to whom much was given, much shall be required from him; and to whom they did commit much, more abundantly they will ask of him.
49 'Fire I came to cast to the earth, and what will I if already it was kindled?
50 but I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I pressed till it may be completed!
51 'Think you that peace I came to give in the earth? no, I say to you, but rather division;
52 for there shall be henceforth five in one house divided -- three against two, and two against three;
53 a father shall be divided against a son, and a son against a father, a mother against a daughter, and a daughter against a mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.'
54 And he said also to the multitudes, 'When you may see the cloud rising from the west, immediately you say, A shower does come, and it is so;
55 and when -- a south wind blowing, you say, that there will be heat, and it is;
56 hypocrites! the face of the earth and of the heaven you have known to make proof of, but this time -- how do you not make proof ofit?
57 'And why, also, of yourselves, judge ye not what is righteous?
58 for, as you are going away with your opponent to the ruler, in the way give diligence to be released from him, lest he may drag you unto the judge, and the judge may deliver you to the officer, and the officer may cast you into prison;
59 I say to you, you may not come forth thence till even the last mite you may give back.'
Put on, therefore, as choice ones of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humble-mindedness, meekness, long-suffering,
'Because of this I say to you, be not anxious for your life, what you may eat, and what you may drink, nor for your body, what you may put on. Is not the life more than the nourishment, and the body than the clothing?
in like manner also the women, in becoming apparel, with modesty and sobriety to adorn themselves, not in braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or garments of great price,
but -- which becomes women professing godly piety -- through good works.
'But, take heed of the false prophets, who come unto you in sheep's clothing, and inwardly are ravening wolves.
for nothing did we bring into the world -- it is manifest that we are able to carry nothing out;
but having food and raiment -- with these we shall suffice ourselves;
for you are all sons of God through the faith in Christ Jesus,
for as many as to Christ were baptized did put on Christ;
whose adorning -- let it not be that which is outward, of plaiting of hair, and of putting around of things of gold, or of putting on of garments,
but -- the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible thing of the meek and quiet spirit, which is, before God, of great price,
And this John had his clothing of camel's hair, and a girdle of skin round his loins, and his nourishment was locusts and honey of the field.