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Chapter 15


Lowering the paralytic youth through the roof – Which is greater: the power to forgive or the power to heal? – Parable: The Unforgiving Servant – Forgiveness: seventy times seven – Setting right your offenses – Love your enemies – Many disciples are offended – Repay to no man evil for evil – Kingdom of Heaven to be established in peace

 

1  Now there gathered in the cool of the day unto the house of the Lord, many of the elders of the people, and there was numbered among them the scribes and the Pharisees.

2  And when the house was full, the Lord began to teach; but there was brought unto the house a certain youth which was paralytic being carried by four of his brethren; for they desired that Yeshua should heal him.

3  And when they were unable to enter the house for the press of the crowd, they went up onto the roof, and tearing it open, they lowered the bed on which the youth lay.

4  When all which were in the house saw this they marveled; and Yeshua, beholding the faith of those which brought him, said unto the paralytic: “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”

5  But the scribes, when they heard this, accused him, saying: “Why will you blaspheme before the people? For there is but one only which forgives sin, and he is God.”

6  When the Lord heard this he spoke unto all the house, saying: “Which is easier to say: ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say instead, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk?’

7  For if the power of God be given to the greater, shall it not also be given to the lesser?

8  But that you may know that I am come unto the earth with power from above to forgive sins, hear you this other also.”

9  And Yeshua, turning to the youth, commanded: “Arise, take up your bed and walk.”

10  And immediately the youth rose from his bed and went out in the presence of the whole house; and all which saw were filled with amazement, and they exclaimed one unto the other, saying: “Behold, what power this man has.”

11  But the Lord, speaking unto all which were in the house, said: “Behold, the kingdom of Heaven is like unto a certain king who desired to settle accounts with his servants.

12  And there was brought before him one which owed ten thousand talents of silver.

13  And when he could not pay, the king commanded that the servant be sold, both he and his wife and children; for he desired that some payment be made.

14  Now when the servant heard this, he fell before the king with many tears, saying: ‘My Lord, be merciful unto me and I will pay you all.’

15  Seeing this the king was moved with compassion and commanding that the servant be released, he forgave him the whole debt.

16  So forgave the king the servant which owed him much; but the servant, when he was gone out from the presence of the king, found a fellow servant which owed him but 100 shekels; and he demanded of him full payment.

17  But when he could not pay, the wicked servant took hold of him by the throat, saying: ‘Pay me what you owe!’

18  And the fellow servant, being fearful, fell down at his feet and begged him, saying: ‘Have mercy and I will pay you all which I owe.’

19  But the wicked servant would not, and he cast the fellow servant into prison until he should pay the whole debt.

20  Now when the other servants saw what the wicked servant had done, they were greatly grieved, and going unto the king, they told him all which they had seen and heard.

21  And the king commanded that the wicked servant should be brought to stand before him, and when he was come, the king said:

22  ‘You wicked and unjust servant! Did I not forgive you all which you owed for mercy’s sake? Why then would you not show mercy unto your fellow servant, even as I had mercy enough for you?’

23  And the king, in his anger, delivered the wicked servant unto the tormentors until he should pay all which he owed.

24  So shall the Father which is in Heaven do unto you if each of you, from the heart, forgives not his brother their trespasses.

25  For if you forgive men their trespasses, even so shall your Heavenly Father forgive you also.

26  But if you will not forgive men their trespasses, then will your Heavenly Father not forgive you your trespasses either.

27  Take heed to yourselves and be you wise: For if your brother sin against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone; and if he will hear you and repent, then shall you forgive him.

28  And if your brother sin against you seven times in a day, and seven times he comes to you, saying: ‘I repent,’ then shall you forgive him.”

29  And one of his disciples, when he heard this, spoke unto Yeshua, saying: “My Lord, how oft then shall I forgive my brother if he sin against me? Shall I forgive him but seven times only?”

30  The Lord, when he heard this, spoke, saying: “Nay, not but seven times only, but seventy times seven.

31  For in such mercy as you will grant unto the repentant shall you draw to your soul the mercies of your Father which is in Heaven.

32  Therefore, if you bring unto the temple a gift to lay upon the altar, and there remember that your brother has taken offense against you;

33  Then leave your gift before the altar and go quickly unto your brother that you may be reconciled unto him; then shall your gift prove acceptable unto God.

34  Therefore, whatsoever you would that others should do unto you, do you even so to them also; for this cause are the laws and the prophets given.

35  And if there arise between you and your neighbor some contention, agree with him quickly lest you be brought before the court and find that you are judged by strangers, being delivered unto prison.

36  For you know yourselves how that you shall not escape until you have paid the last penny.

37  Therefore, if you would stand as justified before your Father which is in Heaven, then be you filled to overflowing with mercy unto the children of men.

38  For you have heard it said from old: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’

39  But I tell you: resist not the evil person. But whosoever would strike you upon the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40  And if there should come before you one which would steal away your raiment, give unto him your cloak also.

41  And he that would compel you to walk with him a mile, go instead with him two.

42  Give to him which asks of you, and whosoever from you would borrow, turn you not away.

43  Is it not said among you also, this saying: ‘You shall love your neighbor, but hate your enemy.’

44  But I say unto you, love your enemies and bless them which curse you; do good to them which hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you and persecute you.

45  By such means shall you prove yourselves the children of God; for even so great a one as the Father in Heaven causes that the sun should shine upon the evil and the good, and unto the just and the unjust alike does he send forth the rain.”

46  Now many which were in the house, when they heard this, were offended; whether elder or scribe, Pharisee or disciple, all did murmur and dispute among themselves concerning the things which Yeshua taught.

47  And a scribe, standing forth to speak, cried in a loud voice, saying: “Did we not tell you from the beginning that this man is possessed of demons?

48  Why will you continue to hear him? For by his doctrine would he make equal unto us the Gentile and the sinner.

49  Which of us would prove unworthy if it so be that we should love our neighbor, but hate the oppressor which rules over us?”

50  And all which heard agreed among themselves concerning this thing; and Yeshua, speaking in a loud voice, said unto them: “Are you offended already?

51  Whosoever has ears to hear, let them hear; for I tell you truly that except your righteousness exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the kingdom of God.

52  For if you love them which love you only, what reward have you? Do not even the publicans and sinners do the same?

53  And if you greet your brethren only, what do you more than others? Do not even publicans and sinners do the same?

54  If you would, therefore, be made heir to the kingdom, then repay to no man evil for evil, lest sorrow be multiplied unto you.

55  And if you would take to your soul the peace which is found in God alone, then live you peaceably with all men.

56  These things take you unto yourselves in much confidence, knowing always that he which promised is ever faithful.

57  For surely is the Father which dwells above made rich in all affection, and whosoever among you shall love even as he loves, even that one, shall abide in me and I in him.

58  And in the perfect day when all things are made to stand before the Father to give account, even then shall they which are filled with love be made rich in blessings, having inherited unto themselves a glory which is beyond all things glorious.”

59  Now after Yeshua had said these things, many went again unto their own place; and certain disciples, being Zealots and filled with wrath against the Romans, came and said to him:

60  “Master, we know that God is with you in all things, for no man can do as you have done except he be given power from above.

61  Therefore, if you will but speak the word, even we shall gather unto you all Israel that you might take unto yourself the throne of David.

62  And when we have cast out the oppressor from among us, then shall we more perfectly love him seeing that he is no longer in the land of our fathers, but is returned again to his own place.”

63  And Yeshua, being filled with sorrow because of these things, said: “Why will you not understand? Behold, I tell you truly, that the kingdom of Heaven cometh not with fire and sword, but in peace and joy shall it spread itself upon the earth.

64  Blessed, therefore, is that one who is not offended because of me, for I shall establish him upon the high places of the earth, and in richness and blessing shall he ever dwell.

65  For I tell you truly, that whosoever is filled with love, notwithstanding their own transgressions, even he shall receive in abundance from the Father which is come from above.”

66  Such were the words which Yeshua taught, and many disciples grew troubled because of them, and among themselves did they ever contend.

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