The Proclamation of John the Herald – Chapter 12
1 And six days before the passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where was that Lazarus whom Jesus raised from the dead.
2 And they made a supper for him there:
and Martha served, and Lazarus was one of the guests with him.
3 And Mary took an alabaster box of perfume of choice spikenard, of great price; and anointed the feet of Jesus; and she wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the odor of the perfume.
4 Then said Judas Iscariot, one of the disciples, he that was about to betray him:
5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor ?
6 And this he said, not be cause he cared for the poor, but because he was thief, and held the purse, and carried what was put in it.
7 But Jesus said:
Let her alone; she hath kept it for the day of my burial.
8 For the poor are always with you, but I am not with you always.
9 And great multitudes of the Jews heard that he was there:
and they came, not only on account of Jesus, but also that they might see Lazarus, whom he raised from the dead.
10 And the chief priests deliberated about killing even Lazarus:
11 because many of the Jews, on his account, went and believed in Jesus.
12 And the next day, a great multitude who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
13 took boughs of palm-trees, and went out to meet him. And they cried, and said:
Hosanna, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel !
14 And Jesus found an ass, and sat upon it; as it is written
15 Fear not, daughter of Sion. Behold, thy king cometh to thee; and he rideth upon a colt, the foal of an ass.
16 These things understood not his disciples, at that time; but when Jesus was glorified, then his disciples remembered that these things were written of him, and that they did them to him.
17 And the multitude that had been with him, testified that he had called Lazarus from the grave, and raised him from the dead.
18 And for this reason, great multitudes went out to meet him, as they had heard that he wrought this sign.
19 But the Pharisees said, one to another:
Do ye see, that ye are gaining nothing? For, lo, the whole world is going after him.
20 And there were also among the people, some who had come up to worship at the feast.
21 These came, and approached Philip, who was of Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him:
My lord, we are desirous to see Jesus.
22 Philip came and told Andrew; and Andrew and Philip told Jesus.
23 And Jesus answered, and said to them:
The hour is come that the Son of man should be glorified.
24 Verily, verily, I say to you, That a kernel of wheat, unless it fall and die in the ground, remaineth alone; but if it die, it produceth numerous fruits.
25 He that loveth his life, will lose it; and he that hateth his life, in this world, will preserve it unto life everlasting.
26 If any one is servant to me, he will come after me; and where I am, there also will my servant be. Him that serveth me, will the Father honor.
27 Behold, now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say ? My Father, deliver me from this hour ? But for this very cause, came I to this hour.
28 Father, glorify thy name! And a voice was heard from heaven:
I have glorified [it]; and I will glorify [it] again.
29 And the multitude standing by, heard [it]; and they said:
There was thunder.
But others said:
An angel spoke with him.
30 Jesus answered, and said to them:
This voice was not for my sake, but for yours.
31 Now is the judgment of this world:
now the ruler of this world is cast out.
32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to me.
33 And this he said, to show by what manner of death, he was to die.
34 The multitude said to him:
We have heard from the law, that the Messiah abideth for ever:
[and] how sayest thou, that the Son of man is to be lifted up? Who is this Son of man?
35 Jesus said to them:
A short time longer, the light is with you. Walk, while ye have the light, lest the darkness overtake you. He that walketh in the dark, knoweth not whither he goeth.
36 While the light is with you, confide in the light; that ye may be children of the light. These things said Jesus, and departed, and concealed himself from them.
37 And although he wrought all these signs before them, they believed him not;
38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, who said:
My Lord; who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed ?
39 For this reason they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:
40 They have blinded their eyes, and darkened their hearts; that they might not see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and be converted; and I should heal them.
41 These things spake Isaiah, when he saw* his glory, and spoke of him.
42 And of the chiefs also, many believed on him; but on account of the Pharisees, they did not confess [him], lest they should be put out of the synagogue;
43 for they loved the praise of men, more than the praise of God.
44 And Jesus cried, and said:
He that believeth in me, believeth not in me, but in him that sent me.
45 And he that seeth me, seeth him that sent me.
46 I have come into the world, a light, that whoever believeth in me, might not abide in darkness.
47 And whoever shall hear my words, and not observe them, I judge him not; for I did not come to judge the world, but to vivify the world.
48 Whoever rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, there is one to judge him; the word which I speak, will judge him, at the last day.
49 For I have not spoken from myself; but the Father who sent me, he gave me commandment, what I should speak, and what I should say.
50 And I know that his commandment is life eternal. Therefore, these things which I speak, as my Father hath said to me, so I speak.
* v. 41 Did the Prophet Isaiah see JESUS ? When ? See Isaiah ch.6
1 Maccabees 14 KJVA
1 Now in the hundred threescore and twelfth year king Demetrius gathered his forces together, and went into Media to get him help to fight against Tryphon. 2 But when Arsaces, the king of Persia and Media, heard that Demetrius was entered within his borders, he sent one of his princes to take him alive: 3 Who went and smote the host of Demetrius, and took him, and brought him to Arsaces, by whom he was put in ward. 4 As for the land of Judea, that was quiet all the days of Simon; for he sought the good of his nation in such wise, as that evermore his authority and honour pleased them well. 5 And as he was honourable in all his acts, so in this, that he took Joppa for an haven, and made an entrance to the isles of the sea, 6 And enlarged the bounds of his nation, and recovered the country, 7 And gathered together a great number of captives, and had the dominion of Gazera, and Bethsura, and the tower, out of the which he took all uncleanness, neither was there any that resisted him. 8 Then did they till their ground in peace, and the earth gave her increase, and the trees of the field their fruit. 9 The ancient men sat all in the streets, communing together of good things, and the young men put on glorious and warlike apparel. 10 He provided victuals for the cities, and set in them all manner of munition, so that his honourable name was renowned unto the end of the world. 11 He made peace in the land, and Israel rejoiced with great joy: 12 For every man sat under his vine and his fig tree, and there was none to fray them: 13 Neither was there any left in the land to fight against them: yea, the kings themselves were overthrown in those days. 14 Moreover he strengthened all those of his people that were brought low: the law he searched out; and every contemner of the law and wicked person he took away. 15 He beautified the sanctuary, and multiplied vessels of the temple. 16 Now when it was heard at Rome, and as far as Sparta, that Jonathan was dead, they were very sorry. 17 But as soon as they heard that his brother Simon was made high priest in his stead, and ruled the country, and the cities therein: 18 They wrote unto him in tables of brass, to renew the friendship and league which they had made with Judas and Jonathan his brethren: 19 Which writings were read before the congregation at Jerusalem. 20 And this is the copy of the letters that the Lacedemonians sent; The rulers of the Lacedemonians, with the city, unto Simon the high priest, and the elders, and priests, and residue of the people of the Jews, our brethren, send greeting: 21 The ambassadors that were sent unto our people certified us of your glory and honour: wherefore we were glad of their coming, 22 And did register the things that they spake in the council of the people in this manner; Numenius son of Antiochus, and Antipater son of Jason, the Jews’ ambassadors, came unto us to renew the friendship they had with us. 23 And it pleased the people to entertain the men honourably, and to put the copy of their ambassage in publick records, to the end the people of the Lacedemonians might have a memorial thereof: furthermore we have written a copy thereof unto Simon the high priest. 24 After this Simon sent Numenius to Rome with a great shield of gold of a thousand pound weight to confirm the league with them. 25 Whereof when the people heard, they said, What thanks shall we give to Simon and his sons? 26 For he and his brethren and the house of his father have established Israel, and chased away in fight their enemies from them, and confirmed their liberty. 27 So then they wrote it in tables of brass, which they set upon pillars in mount Sion: and this is the copy of the writing; The eighteenth day of the month Elul, in the hundred threescore and twelfth year, being the third year of Simon the high priest, 28 At Saramel in the great congregation of the priests, and people, and rulers of the nation, and elders of the country, were these things notified unto us. 29 Forasmuch as oftentimes there have been wars in the country, wherein for the maintenance of their sanctuary, and the law, Simon the son of Mattathias, of the posterity of Jarib, together with his brethren, put themselves in jeopardy, and resisting the enemies of their nation did their nation great honour: 30 (For after that Jonathan, having gathered his nation together, and been their high priest, was added to his people, 31 Their enemies prepared to invade their country, that they might destroy it, and lay hands on the sanctuary: 32 At which time Simon rose up, and fought for his nation, and spent much of his own substance, and armed the valiant men of his nation and gave them wages, 33 And fortified the cities of Judea, together with Bethsura, that lieth upon the borders of Judea, where the armour of the enemies had been before; but he set a garrison of Jews there: 34 Moreover he fortified Joppa, which lieth upon the sea, and Gazera, that bordereth upon Azotus, where the enemies had dwelt before: but he placed Jews there, and furnished them with all things convenient for the reparation thereof.) 35 The people therefore sang the acts of Simon, and unto what glory he thought to bring his nation, made him their governor and chief priest, because he had done all these things, and for the justice and faith which he kept to his nation, and for that he sought by all means to exalt his people. 36 For in his time things prospered in his hands, so that the heathen were taken out of their country, and they also that were in the city of David in Jerusalem, who had made themselves a tower, out of which they issued, and polluted all about the sanctuary, and did much hurt in the holy place: 37 But he placed Jews therein. and fortified it for the safety of the country and the city, and raised up the walls of Jerusalem. 38 King Demetrius also confirmed him in the high priesthood according to those things, 39 And made him one of his friends, and honoured him with great honour. 40 For he had heard say, that the Romans had called the Jews their friends and confederates and brethren; and that they had entertained the ambassadors of Simon honourably; 41 Also that the Jews and priests were well pleased that Simon should be their governor and high priest for ever, until there should arise a faithful prophet; 42 Moreover that he should be their captain, and should take charge of the sanctuary, to set them over their works, and over the country, and over the armour, and over the fortresses, that, I say, he should take charge of the sanctuary; 43 Beside this, that he should be obeyed of every man, and that all the writings in the country should be made in his name, and that he should be clothed in purple, and wear gold: 44 Also that it should be lawful for none of the people or priests to break any of these things, or to gainsay his words, or to gather an assembly in the country without him, or to be clothed in purple, or wear a buckle of gold; 45 And whosoever should do otherwise, or break any of these things, he should be punished. 46 Thus it liked all the people to deal with Simon, and to do as hath been said. 47 Then Simon accepted hereof, and was well pleased to be high priest, and captain and governor of the Jews and priests, and to defend them all. 48 So they commanded that this writing should be put in tables of brass, and that they should be set up within the compass of the sanctuary in a conspicuous place; 49 Also that the copies thereof should be laid up in the treasury, to the end that Simon and his sons might have them.1 Maccabees 14 KJVA