Monday, 18 December 2017

Day 293: Matthew 25 - 26


Chapter 25

The Parable of the Ten Virgins
1: "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 
2: Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 
3: When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 
4: but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 
5: As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 
6: But at midnight there was a shout, "Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 
7: Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 
8: The foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 
9: But the wise replied, "No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' 
10: And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 
11: Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, "Lord, lord, open to us.' 
12: But he replied, "Truly I tell you, I do not know you.' 
13: Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
The Parable of the Talents
14: "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 
15: to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 
16: The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 
17: In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 
18: But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. 
19: After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 
20: Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, "Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' 
21: His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' 
22: And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, "Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.' 
23: His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' 
24: Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, "Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 
25: so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' 
26: But his master replied, "You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 
27: Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 
28: So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 
29: For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 
30: As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
The Judgment of the Nations
31: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 
32: All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 
33: and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 
34: Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 
35: for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 
36: I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' 
37: Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 
38: And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 
39: And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' 
40: And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' 
41: Then he will say to those at his left hand, "You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 
42: for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 
43: I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' 
44: Then they also will answer, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' 
45: Then he will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' 
46: And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Chapter 26
The Leaders Plot against Jesus
1: When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 
2: "You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified." 
3: Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 
4: and they conspired to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 
5: But they said, "Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people."
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
6: Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 
7: a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. 
8: But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, "Why this waste? 
9: For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor." 
10: But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. 
11: For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 
12: By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial. 
13: Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her."
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
14: Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 
15: and said, "What will you give me if I betray him to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 
16: And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
Jesus Eats the Passover with His Disciples
17: On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?" 
18: He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, "The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.' " 
19: So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal. 
20: When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; 
21: and while they were eating, he said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me." 
22: And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, "Surely not I, Lord?" 
23: He answered, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 
24: The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born." 
25: Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" He replied, "You have said so."
26: While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." 
27: Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; 
28: for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29: I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."
Peter's Denial Foretold
30: When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
31: Then Jesus said to them, "You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, "I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' 
32: But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee." 
33: Peter said to him, "Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you." 
34: Jesus said to him, "Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times." 
35: Peter said to him, "Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you." And so said all the disciples.
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
36: Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." 
37: He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. 
38: Then he said to them, "I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me." 
39: And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want." 
40: Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, "So, could you not stay awake with me one hour?
41: Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." 
42: Again he went away for the second time and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done." 
43: Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 
44: So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. 
45: Then he came to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 
46: Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand."
The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
47: While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 
48: Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him." 
49: At once he came up to Jesus and said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him. 
50: Jesus said to him, "Friend, do what you are here to do." Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. 
51: Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 
52: Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 
53: Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? 
54: But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?" 
55: At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. 
56: But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled." Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
Jesus before the Council
57: Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered. 
58: But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end. 
59: Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death,
 60: but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward 
61: and said, "This fellow said, "I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.' " 
62: The high priest stood up and said, "Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?" 
63: But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, "I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God." 
64: Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, From now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven." 
65: Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. 
66: What is your verdict?" They answered, "He deserves death." 
67: Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, 
68: saying, "Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?"
Peter Denies Jesus
69: Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said, "You also were with Jesus the Galilean." 
70: But he denied it before all of them, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about." 
71: When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth." 
72: Again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man." 
73: After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, "Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you." 
74: Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, "I do not know the man!" At that moment the cock crowed. 
75: Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: "Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Day 292: Matthew 22 - 24


Chapter 22

The Parable of the Marriage Feast
1: Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 
2: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 
3: He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 
4: Again he sent other slaves, saying, "Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.' 
5: But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 
6: while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 
7: The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 
8: Then he said to his slaves, "The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 
9: Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.' 
10: Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. 
11: "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 
12: and he said to him, "Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?' And he was speechless.
13: Then the king said to the attendants, "Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 
14: For many are called, but few are chosen."
Paying Taxes to Caesar
15: Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 
16: So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 
17: Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" 
18: But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 
19: Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius.
 20: Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?"
 21: They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." 
22: When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
The Question about the Resurrection
23: The same day some Sadducees came to him, saying there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying, 
24: "Teacher, Moses said, "If a man dies childless, his brother shall marry the widow, and raise up children for his brother.' 
25: Now there were seven brothers among us; the first married, and died childless, leaving the widow to his brother. 
26: The second did the same, so also the third, down to the seventh. 
27: Last of all, the woman herself died. 
28: In the resurrection, then, whose wife of the seven will she be? For all of them had married her." 
29: Jesus answered them, "You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God. 
30: For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 
31: And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, 
32: "I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is God not of the dead, but of the living." 
33: And when the crowd heard it, they were astounded at his teaching.
The Great Commandment
34: When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 
35: and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 
36: "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" 
37: He said to him,  "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 
38: This is the greatest and first commandment.
39: And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 
40: On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
The Question about David's Son
41: Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 
42: "What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David." 
43: He said to them, "How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, 
44: "The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet" '? 
45: If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?" 46: No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Chapter 23

Jesus Denounces the Scribes and Pharisees
1: Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples,
2: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat;
 3: therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. 
4: They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them 
5: They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. 
6: They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, 
7: and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. 
8: But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students.
 9: And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father-the one in heaven. 
10: Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. 
11: The greatest among you will be your servant. 
12: All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
13: "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven.
14:  For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them. 
15: Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. 
16: "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, "Whoever swears by the sanctuary is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by the oath.' 
17: You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that has made the gold sacred? 
18: And you say, "Whoever swears by the altar is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gift that is on the altar is bound by the oath.' 
19: How blind you are! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred 
20: So whoever swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it; 
21: and whoever swears by the sanctuary, swears by it and by the one who dwells in it 
22: and whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by the one who is seated upon it.
 23: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.
 24: You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel! 
25: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 
26: You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean. 
27: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 
28: So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 
29: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, 
30: and you say, "If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.' 
31: Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 
32: Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors. 
33: You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell?
34: Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, 
35: so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 
36: Truly I tell you, all this will come upon this generation
Jesus Laments over Jerusalem
37: "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 
38: See, your house is left to you, desolate. 
39: For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, "Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.' "

Chapter 24

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End
1: As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 
2: Then he asked them, "You see all these, do you not? Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down." 
3: When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"
4: Jesus answered them, "Beware that no one leads you astray. 
5: For many will come in my name, saying, "I am the Messiah!' and they will lead many astray. 
6: And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 
7: For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 
8: all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs. 
9: "Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name.
10: Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. 
11: And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 
12: And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. 
13: But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 
14: And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come. 
15: "So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken of by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), 
16: then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; 
17: the one on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house; 
18: the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat. 
19: Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! 
20: Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath. 
21: For at that time there will be great suffering, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 
22: And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 
23: Then if anyone says to you, "Look! Here is the Messiah!' or "There he is!'-do not believe it. 
24: For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 
25: Take note, I have told you beforehand. 
26: So, if they say to you, "Look! He is in the wilderness,' do not go out. If they say, "Look! He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 
27: For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 
28: Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
The Coming of the Son of Man
29: "Immediately after the suffering of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. 
30: Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see "the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven' with power and great glory. 
31: And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32: "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 
33: So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 
34: Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 
35: Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
No Man Knoweth the Day and Hour
36: "But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 
37: For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 
38: For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 
39: and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 
40: Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 
41: Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42: Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 
43: But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 
44: Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
The Unfaithful Servant
45: "Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? 
46: Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. 
47: Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. 
48: But if that wicked slave says to himself, "My master is delayed,' 
49: and he begins to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, 
50: the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know. 
51: He will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.