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‘To thee will I give the keys of the kingdom’ Besorot 4 The Gospels



Isaiah 22,22 The Key

The Preaching Of Mathai The Apostle – Chapter 13 -16

XXXI. 13:1

IN that day Jeshu went forth from the house and sat by the sea-side;1 and great multitudes gathered near him, so that he went up and sat in a vessel; and all the multitude were standing on the shore of the sea.

And he discoursed largely to them in parables, and said:
Behold, there went forth a sower to sow; and as he sowed, some fell by the road-side, and the fowl came and devoured it.

Another (portion) fell upon the rock, where there was not much soil; and immediately 2 it sprung up, because there was no depth of earth.

But when the sun was risen, it burned, and, because it had no root, it withered away.

And another fell among the thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked it.

And another fell into good earth, and gave fruits, this a hundred, another sixty, and another thirty.

He who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

And his disciples approached, saying to him,
Why dost thou speak to them in parables ?

He replied and said to them,
Because unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of heaven, but unto them it is not given.

For unto him who hath, it shall be given, and it shall be increased to him:
but [as] to him who hath not, that also which he hath shall be taken from him.

On this account I speak to them in parables.

Hence they see, and (yet) see not; and they hear, and (yet) hear not, neither understand; and accomplished in them is the prophecy of Eshaia, who said, that hearing they should hear, but not understand, and seeing they should see, but not know.

For the heart of this people is become gross, and with their ears they have heard heavily, and their eyes they have shut, that they may not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor understand with their hearts, and be converted, and I heal them.

But blessed are your eyes which see, and your ears which hear: for, Amen I say unto you, that many prophets and just ones have desired to behold what you see, and have not beheld, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard.

You, then, attend to the comparison of the seed:
(When) any one who heareth the doctrine of the kingdom doth not understand it, there cometh the evil (one), and snatcheth away the doctrine that was sown in his heart:
this is what by the road-side was sown.

But that which was sown upon the rock is he who heareth the word, and at once with joy apprehendeth it.

Yet hath he no root in him, but is (only) for a time; and when affliction or persecution occurs on account of the doctrine, he is quickly offended.

That sown [in] the place of thorns, is he who heareth the word, but the anxious thought of this world and the illusions of riches stifle the word in him, and he is without fruits.

But that which upon good ground was sown is he who heareth my doctrine, and understandeth (it), and giveth fruits, and produceth, whether a hundred, or sixty, or thirty fold.

XXXII. 13:24

ANOTHER comparison he allegorized unto them, and said:
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a man who sowed good seed in his field.

And while men slept, came his adversary, and sowed zizania among the wheat, and went.

And when the plant sprang up and produced fruit, then appeared the zizania.

And the labourers of the house-lord drew near and said to him,
Our lord, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field ?

From whence then is the zizania in it?

But he said to them,
A foeman hath done this.

The labourers say to him,
Art thou willing that we go and gather them?

But he said to them,
(No,) lest, when ye gather the zizania, you root out with them the wheat also.

Leave (them), that both may grow together till the harvest; and in the season of harvest I will say to the reapers,
Gather first the zizania, and bind them (together in) bundles, that they may burn; but the wheat collect into my barns.

Another comparison allegorized he to them, and said:
The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard, which a man took and sowed in his field.

This is less than all other seeds; but when it has grown, it is greater than all herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the fowl of the heavens come (and) build in its branches.

Another parable he spake to them:
The kingdom of heaven resembles that leaven which a woman took and hid in three satas 3 of meal, until the whole was leavened.

All these spake Jeshu in parables to the multitude; and without a parable he did not speak with them.

That there should be fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet, who said, I will open my mouth in comparisons, and pour forth things hidden from before the foundation of the world.

Then Jeshu dismissed the multitudes, and came into the house; and his disciples drew near him, and said to him,
Expound to us the comparison of the zizania of the field.

He answered and said to them,
He who sowed the good seed is the Son of man.

The field is the world.

Now, the good seed are the sons of the kingdom, but the zizania are the sons of the evil one.

The adversary who sowed them is Satana; the harvest is the consummation of the world; the reapers are the angels.

As, therefore, the zizania are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the completion of this world.

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall collect from his kingdom all those who cause offence, and all (who) work iniquity, and shall throw them into a furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Then the just shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

He who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure which was hidden in a field, (and) which a man found and concealed, and from joy went and sold all that he had, and bought that field.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man a merchant, who sought goodly pearls; but who, when he had found one pearl of exceeding price, went, sold all that he had, and bought it.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, which was thrown into the sea, and from every kind collected.

And when it was full, they drew to the shore, and sat down, and selected; and the good they threw into vessels, and the bad they cast without.

Thus shall it be at the consummation of the world.

The angels shall go forth, and separate the evil from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth !

Jeshu said to them,
Have you understood all these ?

They say to him,
Yes, our Lord.

He saith to them,
On this account every scribe who is learned in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a man a house-lord, who bringeth forth from his treasuries the new and the old.

XXXIII. 13:53

AND when Jeshu had finished these parables, he passed from thence, and came to his city, and taught them in their synagogues, so that they were astounded and said,
Whence hath he (Whence to him) this wisdom and these powers ?

Is not this the son of the carpenter ?

Is not his mother called Mariam, and his brothers, Jakub, and Josi, and Shemun, and Jehuda? and his sisters, all, are they not with us?

Whence to this one all these?

And they were offended with him.

But Jeshu said to them,
No prophet is contemned except in his own city, and in his own house.

And he did not many miracles there on account of their unbelief.

1 By the hand of the sea.
2 Bar-shoteh, ” the son of its hour.”
3 The seä, or sata, was the third of an ephah.

The Preaching Of Mathai The Apostle – Chapter 14

In that time Herodes Tetrarka heard the rumour concerning Jeshu; and he said to his servants,
This is Juchanon the baptizer:
he hath risen from the house of the dead, therefore powerful works are wrought by him.

For he, Herodes, had seized Juchanon, and bound him, and cast him (into) the house of the chained, because of Herodia the wife of Philip his brother.

For Juchanon had said to him,
It is not lawful that she should be to thee a wife.

And he would have killed him, but he feared the people, because as a prophet they held him.

But at the birth-day of Herodes, the daughter of Herodia danced before those who reclined, and she pleased Herodes; wherefore with an oath he sware to her to give her whatever she should demand.

Then she, because instructed by her mother, said,
Give me here in a dish the head of Juchanon the Baptizer.

And the king sickened, yet, on account of the oath and the guests, he commanded that it should be given to her.

And he sent [and] cut off the head of Juchanon in the house of the chained.

And his head was brought in a dish, and given to the girl, and she carried it herself to her mother.

And his disciples came near, took up his corpse, buried (it), and came and showed Jeshu.

Then Jeshu, when he heard, removed from thence by ship to a desert place by himself; and when the multitude heard it, they came after him on dry land from the cities.

And Jeshu came forth, and saw great multitudes, and felt compassion for them, and healed their diseases.

XXXIV. 14:15

BUT when it was eventide, his disciples approached him, and said to him,
The place is desert, and the time passed over; send away these multitudes of men, that they may go to the villages, and buy for themselves food.

But he said to them,
It is not needful that they should go; give you them to eat.

They said to him,
We have nothing here but five cakes and two fishes.

Jeshu said to them,
Bring them hither to me.

And he directed the multitudes to recline upon the ground; and he took the five loaves and two fishes, and looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples themselves placed (it) before the multitudes.

And all did eat, and were satisfied; and they took up, of the abundance of the fragments, twelve baskets when full.

Now those men who had eaten were five thousand, besides women and children.

And immediately he constrained his disciples to ascend into the bark, and proceed before him to the other shore, while he was dismissing the crowds.

And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up to a mountain by himself, to pray.

XXXV. 14:24

AND when it was dark, he alone was there.

But the vessel was distant from the land many stadia, being greatly beaten with the waves, for the wind was against them.

But in the fourth watch of the night, Jeshu came to them, walking upon the waters.

And the disciples beheld him walking on the waters, and they were troubled, saying,
That it was a spectre; 4 and from fear they cried out.

But Jeshu at once spoke to them, and said,
Take courage, I am, fear not !

And Kipha answered, and said to him,
My Lord, if it be thou, command me to come to thee upon the waters.

Jeshu said to him,

And Kipha descended from the ship, and walked on the waters to go to Jeshu.

But when he saw the furious wind, he feared, and began to sink; and he lifted up his voice, and said,
My Lord, deliver me!

And immediately our Lord reached forth his hand, and seized him, and said to him,
Little of faith, why art thou divided (in mind) ?

And when they had ascended into the ship, the wind was tranquil.

And they who were in the ship, came and adored him, and said,
Truly the Son thou art of Aloha.

And they rowed, and came to the land of Genésar; and the men of that country recognized him, and sent to all the villages that were about them, and they brought to him all those who were grievously afflicted, and besought from him that they might touch only the border of his mantle; and those who touched were healed.

4 Or, a false vision.

The Preaching Of Mathai The Apostle – Chapter 15
XXXVI. 15:1

THEN came to Jeshu Pharishee and Sophree, 5 who were from Urishlem, saying,
Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders, and wash not their hands when they eat bread?

Jeshu answered, and said to them,
Why also do ye transgress the commandment of Aloha for the sake of your tradition?

For Aloha hath said,
Honour thy father and thy mother; and whoso curseth his father or his mother, to die he shall die:
but ye say, Every one who shall say to a father, or to a mother, (It is) my oblation whatever thou wouldst be profited by me, and shall not honour his father or his mother (shall be guiltless).

Thus you have abolished the word of Aloha for the sake of your tradition.

Ye hypocrites! rightly prophesied concerning you Eshaia the prophet, and said,
This people with the lips honour me, but their heart (is) very far from me.

But in vain they reverence me, while they teach the doctrines of the commandments of men.6

And he called to the multitudes, and said to them,
Hear, and understand:
It is not that which, entering the mouth, contaminates a man; but that which shall come from the mouth, that contaminates a man.

Then drew near his disciples, saying to him,
Knowest thou that the Pharishee who heard this word were offended?

But he answered, and said to them,
Every plantation which my Father who is in heaven hath not planted shall be rooted up.

Leave them:
they are blind leaders of the blind; but if a blind man shall lead a blind man, both shall fall into the ditch.

And Shemun Kipha answered and said,
My Lord, expound to us this parable.

But he said to them,
Do you also not yet understand?

Know you not that whatsoever entereth the mouth, goeth into the belly, and from thence in purification it is cast without ?

But whatsoever from the mouth shall come forth, from the heart cometh forth, and this [it is that] contaminates a child of man.

For from the heart proceed evil thoughts, adultery, murder, fornication, robbery, false witness, blasphemy.

These are they which defile a man; but if any one eat when his hands are not washed, he is not defiled.

XXXVII. 15:21

AND Jeshu went forth from thence, and came to the borders of Tsur and Tsaidon.

And, beheld, a Canaanite woman from those coasts came forth crying, and saying,
Have mercy upon me, my Lord, son of David ! my daughter is grievously possessed with the demon !

But he did not return her an answer.

And the disciples approached and requested from him, saying,
Dismiss her, for she crieth after us.

But he answered and said to them,
I am not sent but to the sheep which have wandered from the house of Israel.

Then she came, worshipped him, and said,
My Lord, help me !

Jeshu said to her,
It is not proper to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.

But she said,
Even so, my Lord; yet the dogs eat from the crumbs that fall from the tables of their masters, and live.

Then said Jeshu to her,
O woman, great is thy faith ! be it to thee as thou wilt!

And healed was her daughter from that hour.

And Jeshu passed from thence, and came near the sea of Galila; and he ascended the mountain and sat there.

And there drew near to him great gatherings (of people), and with them there were the lame, and the blind, and the dumb, and the mutilated, and many others; and they cast them at the feet of Jeshu, and he healed them.

So that those multitudes were astounded as they beheld the dumb speaking, and the mutilated made whole, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the Aloha of Isroel.

XXXVIII. 15:32

BUT Jeshu himself called his disciples, and said to them,
I have pity for this multitude, who, behold, for three days have continued with me, but there is nothing for them to eat; and to send them away fasting, I am unwilling, lest they should faint in the way.

The disciples say to him,
Whence can we have bread in the wilderness, that we may satisfy this whole multitude ?

Jeshu saith to them,
How many loaves have you ?

They say to him,
Seven, and a few small fishes.

And he directed that the multitudes should recline upon the ground.

And he took those seven loaves and the fishes, and offered praise, and brake, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes; and they all did eat and were satisfied:
and they took up of the abundance of fragments seven baskets full.

And they who had eaten, were four thousand men, besides women and children.

And when he had dismissed the multitudes, he ascended into a ship, and came to the coasts of Magodu.

5 Scribes.
6 Sons of men.

The Preaching Of Mathai The Apostle – Chapter 16

And there came Pharishee and Zadukoyee, tempting him, and demanding that he would show them a sign from heaven.

But he answered and said to them,
When it is evening, you say, It will be serene weather, for the heaven hath reddened.

And in the early morning you say, To-day will be tempestuous, for the heaven hath reddened gloomily.

Hypocrites ! the aspect of the heaven you are skilful to discriminate, (but) the signs of this time you know not how to distinguish.

A depraved and adulterous race requireth a sign, but a sign shall not be given to it, save the sign of Jaunon the prophet; and he left them, and went away.

And when his disciples had come to the opposite [shore], they had forgotten to take bread with them.

But he said to them,
Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharishee and Zadukoyee.

But they thought within themselves, saying, (It is) because bread we have not taken.

But Jeshu knew, and said to them,
Why reason you within yourselves, little in faith, because bread you have not brought ?

Have you not yet understood ?

Do you not remember those five loaves for the five thousand, and how many panniers you took up ?

Or those seven loaves and the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up ?

Why do you not understand that it was not concerning bread I spoke to you, but that you should beware of the leaven of the Pharishee and of the Zadukoyee ?

Then they understood that he did not say that they should beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharishee and of the Zadukoyee.

XXXIX. 16:13

NOW when Jeshu had come to the place of Cesarea of Philipos, he questioned his disciples, saying,
What do men say concerning me who am the Son of man ?

They said to him,
Some say that thou art Juchanon the Baptizer, but others Elia, and others Eramia, or one from the prophets.

He saith to them,
But you, whom say you that I am ?

Shemun Kipha answered and said,
Thou art the Meshicha, Son of Aloha the Living.

Jeshu responded and said to him,
Blessed art thou, Shemun-bar-Jona; because flesh and blood have not revealed (this) to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.

Also I say unto thee, that thou art Kipha, and upon this rock will I build my community, and the gates of Sheul shall not prevail against her.

To thee will I give the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.

Then he commanded his disciples that no man they should tell that he was the Meshicha.

XL. 16:21

AND from that time began Jeshu to show to his disciples that it was to be that he should go to Urishlem, and suffer much from the elders and the chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and the third day arise again.

Then Kipha took him (apart ?) and began to expostulate with him, and said,
Far be it from thee, my Lord, that this should be to thee !

But he turned and said to Kipha,
Get thee behind me, Satana ! thou art a stumbling-block to me, because thou thinkest not from Aloha, but from the sons of men !

Then said Jeshu to his disciples.

Whosoever willeth to come after me, let him deny himself, and let him take up his cross and follow me.

For whosoever willeth to save his life, shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it.

For what shall a man be profited, if the whole world he shall acquire, and his soul shall perish? or what equivalent shall a man give for his soul?

For it is to be, that the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his holy angels, and then shall he render unto every man according to his works.

XLI. 16:28

AMEN, I say unto you, There are men standing here who shall not taste death, until they shall have seen the Son of man coming in his kingdom.


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