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Chapter 9


Healing the man with a withered hand – Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath? –
Parable: The Sower – Yeshua explains the parable – Parable: Hidden Treasure – Yeshua invites all to follow him – Healing the son of a Greek – Parable: The Mustard Seed – Parable: The Two Planters – False disciples – “Be you doers of the word, and not hearers only”

 

1  Now when it was Sabbath, Yeshua went unto the synagogue to teach the people; and when he was entered in, he saw a man with a withered hand.

2  And there was in the synagogue certain scribes and Pharisees which were come up from Jerusalem to watch him, for they desired to bring against him some accusation.

3  But Yeshua, knowing the intent of their heart, called unto the man with the withered hand and standing him in the midst where all could see, he said:

4  “Come now and answer rightly: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or evil, to save life or destroy it?”

5  And there answered him no man of the scribes and Pharisees, but another answered, saying: “To do good is always lawful.”

6  And Yeshua, hearing this, commanded that the man should stretch forth his withered hand, and, behold, it was healed in the very moment.

7  When they saw these things, they were astonished, and the scribes and Pharisees conspired continually on how they might kill him; for in Yeshua was the priesthood made insecure, and all Jerusalem of no effect.

8  And Yeshua spoke unto them in parable, saying: “Unto what shall the Son of Man be likened to?

9  For he is like a sower that went forth to sow in the earth living grains of wheat. And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds of the air came and gathered them up.

10  And other seeds fell on stony places where they had but little soil, and when they were sprung up and the sun was hot upon the land, they withered, having no deepness in the earth.

11  And some seed fell among thorns, and when they were come up, behold, the thorns choked them and they perished.

12  But other seeds fell upon good ground, being rich and deep, and when they were sprung up, they brought forth fruit in abundance, some a hundredfold, some sixty fold, and some thirty fold.”

13  And one of the Pharisees, being angry at the words of the Lord, spoke, saying: “Why will you speak to us in parables? Tell us plainly what you mean.”

14  And he answered, saying: “Whosoever has ears to hear, let them hear and be wise. For well was it spoken of this generation by the prophet Isaiah, saying:

15  For you indeed hear, but you understand not; you see, but perceive little. For the heart of all this people is fat with pride; they have made their ears dull of hearing and have shut their eye lest they see, and their ears lest they hear and understand with their hearts and turn again unto the Lord and be healed.

16  But blessed are the eyes which see and the ears which hear, for I tell you truly that many prophets desired to see those things which you have seen and have not seen them;

17  And to hear those things which you have heard, and have not heard them.

18  For these righteous ones having neither seen with their eyes, nor heard with their ears believed already. But you, though seeing and hearing, believe not; therefore, your desolation is complete.

19  Open now the ears of your understanding and hear what the parable of the sower means, and be wise.

20  For when one hears the preaching of the word of God and understands it not, then come others, full of wickedness, to snatch away the seed which was sown in his heart. This then is the seed which fell by the wayside.

21  But the one that received the word in stony places, he it is that hears the word of God and with joy receives it;

22  Yet has he no root in himself, being tossed about in every wind, and when tribulations and persecutions arise because of the word, he is offended against God, and he goes his own way.

23  And he that received the seed in the midst of thorns, even he it is that received the word; but there came tempting the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches did choke the word, and he perished pierced by a multitude of cares.

24  But he that received the word in good ground, he it is that hears the word, understanding always the mystery within.

25  And bearing righteous fruit only, he brings forth an abundance of harvest, some a hundredfold, some sixty fold, and some thirty fold.

26  Whosoever has ears to hear let them hear, that you may be worthy of harvest when God shall send forth his angels unto the earth to separate the righteous from the unrighteous.

27  Beware, therefore, the righteousness of scribes and Pharisees, for when one is awake in the darkness, the other is asleep in the light.

28  Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, blind guides are you become; for you are become the children of shadows, perceiving not the light when it is come to dwell among you.

29  For you are ever seeking in the sky, signs and portents, yet in your hearts are you made base, being empty of the signs within, for you are without understanding.

30  Hear now and ponder deeply, for the kingdom of Heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field, for which a man, when he finds it, leaps for joy; and selling all which he has to purchase the field, takes the treasure unto himself.

31  Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking goodly pearls, and finding one of great price, he went and sold all which he had, and bought it.

32  You are the treasure hid in the earth, you are the pearl beyond price or measure, for I tell you truly, that the kingdom of Heaven is within you and you are unable to perceive it.

33  For this cause is the Son of Man come unto the earth, that you may be brought out of the darkness and into the light, that you may possess yourselves anew.

34  Whosoever would come after me, let him deny himself daily, and come follow me.

35  For whosoever shall prefer the things of this life, the same shall lose it; but whosoever shall forsake his life for my sake, the same shall have life abundant.

36  For I am come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly.

37  For what shall it profit a man to take unto himself the whole world, and yet lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

38  Now when the Master had finished speaking, he went unto the shore of the sea, and many followed after him; and there came unto him a certain Greek whose name was Zorakis.

39  And kneeling before Yeshua, he said: “My Lord, have mercy upon me and my house, for I know that you are come from God.”

40  And the Master taking pity upon him, said: “What would you have me do?”

41  He answered, saying: “My son is sick and near dying. I beg you, therefore, give answer to my prayer and heal him, for he is my only child and in him have I found great joy.”

42  When he heard this, Yeshua took from among his disciples a small cloak, finely made, and anointing it with precious oil, gave it unto him, saying:

43  “Go and place this about your son.” And the man hearing this, went speedily unto his son, and he was healed in the very hour.

44  And all who beheld these things were filled with wonder concerning him. And he spoke unto them, saying: “Why will you marvel because of these things? Is it not the Father’s will to do good unto the children of men?

45  For if you would have faith unto good works, nothing shall be impossible to you. Come now and hear this parable:

46  For the kingdom of Heaven is like unto a mustard seed which a man sowed in the earth. And notwithstanding that it is the smallest of seeds, yet when it is grown it did become the greatest of herbs;

47  Evensomuch that the birds of the air would come and dwell in the branches thereof, being made safe and all secure.

48  In like manner is faith apportioned unto all men. For I tell you truly that if you should have faith like unto a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain: ‘Be you moved to yonder place’, and it shall be moved.

49  Or, yet shall you say unto this sea: ‘Be you dried up’, and it shall become as dry ground.

50  For whosoever would have faith, let them doubt not, that in your patience you might prove profitable unto God.

51  And whatsoever you shall ask the Father in faith, believing that you shall receive, even that shall he grant unto you for righteousness sake.

52  Hear now this parable and be wise: For there were two men who thought to plant in each their own fields, golden grains of wheat, that they might have plenty in abundance.

53  And the first went forth to sow, and after the first day when he was completed, he sat himself down to wait the harvest;

54  And on the morrow he came unto the field and seeing nothing growing up already, he grew angry and he plowed up the whole field to plant again; and when he was done on the second day, he awaited again the harvest.

55  But likewise, on the morrow, he went forth to see, and when he saw that the seeds were not come up already again, he cursed God and tearing up the ground, he would no more plant but went his own way instead.

56  And when there came a famine upon the land, he perished, being in want.

57  Now the second man took great care and plowing up the earth, he went forth to sow; and when he was finished he went again unto his house.

58  And on the morrow, he went forth to see, and walking about the field, he dressed the earth and watered it all about.

59  Again on the third day did the man go forth to see, and finding in the field noxious weeds, he pulled them up by the root and cast them away; and when he had done this, he went again to dress the field and to water it.

60  Thus did the second man work the earth wherein he planted, nothing doubting. And when there came the season of harvest, he took unto himself an abundance of goodly things.

61  And when there came a drought upon the land, he perished not, having made secure his whole house.

62  Whosoever, therefore, would come after me let them take care concerning that faith unto which they are called:

63  For not every one that saith unto me: ‘Lord, Lord’, shall come into the kingdom of my Father; but he that does the will of the Lord, even he shall go in.

64  In that day shall many speak unto me this saying: ‘My Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and in your name cast out many devils, and in your name done many mighty works.’

65  Then will I speak to them, saying: ‘Depart from me, you that work iniquity, for I never knew you.’

66  Be you doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For why will you call me: ‘Lord, Lord’, and do not the things which I say?

67  Or, why will you not learn wisdom seeing that I am come to walk among you? For except your righteousness exceed that of scribes and Pharisees, you shall in nowise enter the kingdom of God.”

68  Now when the Lord had said these things, he gathered about him his disciples, and going into a solitary place, he rested there.

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