The Annunciation of Luke the Evangelist – Chapter 6
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1 And on a sabbath it occurred, as Jesus walked among the tilled grounds, that his disciples plucked ears, and rubbed them in their hands and ate.
2 And some of the Pharisees said to them:
Why do ye that, which it is not lawful to do on the sabbath ?
3 Jesus replied, and said to them:
Have ye not read what David did, when he was hungry, he and those with him?
4 How he entered into the house of God, and took and ate the bread of the Lord’s table, and gave [it] to those that were with him; which it was not lawful, except for the priests only, to eat ?
5 And he said to them:
The Son of man is lord of the sabbath.
6 And on another sabbath, he entered a synagogue and taught. And a man was there, whose right hand was withered.
7 And the Scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath; that they might be able to accuse him.
8 And as he knew their thoughts, he said to the man with a withered hand:
Rise and come into the midst of the congregation.
And when he came and stood [there],
9 Jesus said to them:
I ask you, What is it lawful to do on the sabbath ? that which is good ? or that which is evil ? to save life or to destroy [it] ?
10 And he looked upon them all; and [then] said to him, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched out his hand, and it was restored like the other.
11 And they were filled with envy; and they conferred one with another, what they should do to Jesus.
12 And in those days, Jesus retired to a mountain to pray; and he passed the night there, in prayer to God.
13 And when the day dawned, he called his disciples, and selected from them twelve, whom he named Legates :
14 Simon whom he named Cephas, and Andrew his brother, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew,
15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alpheus, and Simon who was called Zelotes,
16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
17 And Jesus descended with them, and stood in the plain; and a great company of his disciples, and a multitude of assembled people, from all Judaea, and from Jerusalem and from the seashore of Tyre and Sidon; who came to hear his discourse, and to be healed of their diseases;
18 and they who were afflicted by unclean spirits:
and they were healed.
19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him; for there went a virtue out of him and healed them all.
20 And he lifted his eyes upon his disciples, and said:
Blessed are ye poor; for the kingdom of God is yours.
21 Blessed are ye that hunger now; for ye will be satisfied. Blessed are ye that weep now; for ye will laugh.
22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and repel you, and revile you, and cast out your names as base, for the Son of man’s sake.
23 Rejoice in that day and exult, for your reward is great in heaven; for so did their fathers to the prophets.
24 But, woe to you that are rich; for ye have received your consolation.
25 Woe to you that are full; for ye will hunger. Woe to you that laugh now, for ye will weep and mourn.
26 Woe to you, when men shall speak your praise; for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
27 And to you who hear, I say: Love your enemies; and do favors to them that hate you;
28 and bless them that curse you; and pray for them that drag you with violence.
29 To him that smiteth thee on thy cheek, offer the other:
and from him that taketh away thy cloak, keep not back thy tunic.
30 To every one that asketh of thee, give thou:
and from him that taketh thy property, demand it not.
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, so do ye also to them.
32 For, if ye love them that love you, what goodness is it in you ? For even sinners love those that love them.
33 And if ye do good to them that do good to you, what goodness is it in you? For even sinners do the same.
34 And if ye lend to one from whom ye expect recompense, what goodness is it in you ? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive adequate recompense.
35 But love ye your enemies, and do them good; and lend ye, and disappoint the hopes of no one:
and great will be your reward, and ye will be children of the Highest; for he is kind to the evil, and to the unthankful.
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as also your Father is merciful.
37 Judge not, and ye will not be judged:
condemn not, and ye will not be condemned:
release, and ye will be released.
38 Give ye, and it will be given to you; in good measure, pressed down, and running over, will they cast into your lap. For, with what measure ye measure, it will be measured to you.
39 And he spake a similitude to them:
Can a blind man lead a blind? Will not both fall into the ditch?
40 No disciple is better than his teacher ; for whoever is perfect, will be like his teacher.
41 And why observest thou the straw that is in thy brother’s eye, but regardest not the beam that is in thy own eye?
42 Or how canst thou say to thy brothers, My brother, allow me to pluck the straw from thy eye; when, lo, the beam that is in thy own eye, thou regardest not. Hypocrite! first cast the beam out thy eye, and then thy vision will be clear to pluck the straw from thy brother’s eye.
43 There is no good tree, that beareth bad fruits; nor a bad tree, that beareth good fruits.
44 For every tree is known by its fruits. Do men gather figs from thorn-bushes ? So, neither do they pluck grapes from brambles.
45 A good man, from the good treasure that is in his heart, bringeth out good things:
and a bad man, from the bad treasure that is in his heart, bringeth out bad things. For, from the abundance of the heart, the lips speak.
46 And why call ye me, My Lord, my Lord; while ye do not that which I command you ?
47 Every one that cometh to me, and heareth my words, and doeth them, I will show to whom he is like:
48 He is like a man that built a house; and he dug and went deep, and laid the foundations on a rock:
and when a flood occurred, the flood rushed upon that house, and could not move it, for its foundation rested on a rock.
49 But he that heareth and doeth not, is like a man that built his house upon the earth, without a foundation; and when the torrent rushed upon it, it fell immediately, and the ruin of that house was great.