Date :  April 1, 2007
A Prayer of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and
understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will

by a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth
April 2007
We are to be continually asking, seeking, and knocking.  But for what? What are we to ask for? What are we to be seeking? Where should we be knocking? What should we not be asking, seeking, or knocking for? This compilation explores these questions by going directly to His Word.  The words related to asking, seeking, knocking, requesting, striving, and demanding are all highlighted in blue. His Words are highlighted in red.  May we hear the voice of Jesus and learn the answers to these questions.  

Be asking, and it will be given to you;be seeking and you will find; be knocking, and it will be opened to you. Faithful New Testament Matt. 7:7

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Matthew, Mark and Luke

(Synoptic parallels that include the blue highlighted words are listed only.)

Jesus in the Temple
Luke 2
41 And his parents were proceeding according to [their] custom to Jerusalem to the festival of the Passover.
42 And when twelve years came to pass, they having gone up according to the custom to the festival,
43 and having completed the days, when they turned back, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and his parents knew it not.
44 But having thought him to be in the caravan they came [a few] days way and sought him among their relatives and acquaintances.
45 And not having found him they returned to Jerusalem seeking him.
46 And it came to pass after three days they found him in the temple seated in the midst of the teachers and hearing them and questioning them;
47 and all hearing him were amazed upon his understanding and his answers.
48 And seeing him they were astonished, and his mother said to him: Son, why have you done to us thusly? Behold your father and I suffering pain were seeking you.
49 And he said to them: Why were you seeking me? Do you not know that in the [things] of my father I must be?
50 And they did not understand the word that he spoke to them.
51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was being subordinate to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart.

Retaliation & Loving Your Enemy

Matthew 5 Luke 6
38 You have heard that it was said: Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.
39 But I say to you not to oppose wickedness, but whoever strikes the right [side] of your cheek, turn to him the other also.
40And to the [one] wanting to sue [you] and take your shirt, give up to him your coat also. 
41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
42 Give to whoever requests of you, and from the [one] wanting to borrow from you do not turn away.
27 But I say to those who hear: Be agape-loving your enemies, be doing good to those hating you.
28 Be speaking well of those cursing you, Be praying concerning those mistreating you.
29 To the [one] striking you on the cheek offer the other, and from the [one] taking your garment also do not withhold your tunic.
30 To all asking [of you] be giving, and from the [one] taking your [things] do not ask it back.
31 And just as you are wanting that men be doing to you, be doing likewise to them.

Private Prayer

Matthew 6
5 And when you pray, be not as the hypocrites. For they philia-love to be praying [when] standing in the synagogues and in the street corners, in order that they be manifest to men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward.
6 But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and having closed the door, pray to your father that [is] in secret, and your father who sees in secret will reward you 
7 But when you pray, do not babble like the nations, for they suppose that by their wordiness they will be heard.
8 Be not as they, for your father knows what needs you have before you ask him.  
9 Therefore pray thusly:

Our father in the heavens,
Let your name be holy,
10 Your kingdom come
Your will come to pass
as in heaven, so also on earth.
11 Give us today our bread for the day
12 And forgive us our debts
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into the test,
but rescue us from [the] wicked [one].

14  For if you allow men their shortcomings, your heavenly father will also allow you [yours]. 
15 And if you do not allow men [theirs], neither will your father allow [you] your shortcomings.

Do Not Worry

Matthew 6 Luke 12
25 Because of this I say to you, be not concerning yourself about your psyche-life: what you shall eat, nor with what you will clothe your body. Is not your psyche-life more than food and your body [more] than clothing?
26 Behold the birds of the heavens: that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not more significant than they?
27 And which of you by concern is able to add to his height one cubit?

28 And why do you concern yourself about clothing? Learn from the lilies of the field [how they] grow: They neither toil nor spin. 
29 Yet I say to you that Solomon in all his glory was not adorned as one of these. 
30 Now if God thus clothes the grass of the field which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more you, O little-faiths? 
31 Therefore be not concerned saying: What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? 
32 For the nations strive after all these [things]. For your heavenly father knows that you need all these [things]. 
33 Be seeking first the kingdom and its justice, and all these [things] will be added to you. 
34 Therefore be not concerned with tomorrow, for tomorrow will be concerned with itself. Enough for the day is its [own] evil.

22 But he said to his disciples: Because of this I say to you: Be not being anxious for your psyche-life, what you shall eat, nor for your body what you shall wear.
23 For the psyche-life is more than food and the body [more] than clothing.
24 Consider the ravens that neither sow nor reap, to whom is neither store nor granary, and God feeds them. How much more are you worth than the birds.
25 But who among you being anxious is able upon his stature to add [a] cubit?
26 If therefore you are incapable of the least, why are you anxious concerning the rest?
27 Consider the lily, which neither spins nor weaves, yet I say to you even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed as one of these.
28 So if God thus clothes the grass being in the field today and in the furnace being thrown tomorrow, how much more you, O little-faiths?
29 And you be not seeking what you shall eat and what you shall drink, and be not being anxious.
30 For all these do the nations of the world seek. But your father knows that you need these [things].
31 Rather be seeking his kingdom, and all these [things] will be added.

Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Matthew 7 Luke 11
7 Be asking, and it will be given to you; be seeking, and you will find; be knocking, and it will be opened to you.
8 For everyone asking receives, and [everyone] seeking finds, and to [everyone] knocking it is opened.
9 Or what man is among you whose son asks him for bread, he does not give him [a] stone, [does he]?  
10 Or asks for fish, he does not give him [a] snake, [does he]?
11 If therefore you being wicked know good gifts to be giving to your children, how much more your father in the heavens will give good [things] to those asking him.
12 Therefore everything that you wish that men be doing to you, also be doing to them. For this is the law and the prophets.
9 And I say to you, Be asking, and it will be given you; be seeking, and you will find; be knocking, and it will be opened to you.
10 For everyone asking receives, and [everyone] seeking finds, and to [everyone] knocking it will be opened.
11 But from which father among you will his son request [a] fish, but instead of [a] fish will give him [a] snake?
12 Or he also request [an] egg, will he give him [a] scorpion?
13 If therefore you being wicked know good gifts to give to your children, how much more will the father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those asking him.

Workers for the Harvest

Matthew 9   Luke 10
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and all the towns, teaching in the synagogues and teaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and weakness.
36 And having seen the crowd he had compassion for them, for they were troubled and thrown about as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then he says to his disciples: The harvest is great, but the workers are few.
38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest that he throw workers into his harvest.
1 Now after these [things] the Lord commissioned another seventy and sent them by twos before his face into every city and place where he was [about] to come.
2 But he was saying to them: On the one hand the harvest is great, but on the other the workers are few. Ask therefore of the Lord of the harvest that he throw workers to his harvest.

The Demand for a Sign

Matthew 12 Luke 11
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees distinguished themselves to him saying: O teacher, we desire from you to see [a] sign.
39 But answering them he said to them: [a] wicked and adulterous generation seeks [a] sign, and [a] sign will not be given to [it] except the sign of Jonah the prophet.
40 For just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, thus will the son of man be in the heart of the land three days and three nights.
41 The men of Ninevah will rise up in the judgment against this generation and will bring judgment against it, because they repented in the proclamation of Jonah, and behold here [is] [one] greater than Jonah.
42 [The] queen of [the] south will rise in the judgment against this generation and will bring judgment against it, because she came from the other side of the land to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold here [is] [one] greater than Solomon.
27 Now it came to pass when he was saying these [things a] certain woman having lifted up [her] voice said: Blessed [is] the belly that bore you and the breasts which gave you suck.
28 But he said: On the contrary, blessed are those hearing the word of God and guarding [it].
29 Now when the crowds were gathered even more he began to be saying: This generation is [a] wicked generation, it seeks [a] sign, and [a] sign will not be given it except the sign of Jonah.
30 For just as Jonah became [a] sign to the Ninevites, thus will also the son of man be to this pernicious generation.
31 [the] queen of the south will arise in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold [one] greater than Solomon [is] here.
32 [the] men of Ninevah will arise in the judgment with this generation and condemn them; for they repented upon the preaching of Jonah, and behold [one] greater than Jonah [is] here.

The Return of the Unclean Spirit

Matthew 12 Luke 11
43 But whenever the unclean spirit goes out from the man, it passes through dry regions seeking rest, and it does not find [it].
44 Then he says: I will return to my house from where I came, and having come he finds it vacated and swept and set in order.
45 Then he goes and brings with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and having entered in they set up house there. And the latter state of that man is worse than the first. Thus it will also be for this wicked generation.
24 Whenever the unclean spirit goes out from the man, he goes through dry places seeking rest, and not finding [any] he says: I will return to the house from whence I departed.
25 And having come he finds [it] swept and decorated.
26 Then he goes and gathers seven other demons more wicked than himself, and having entered they set up house there, and the last [state] of that man becomes worse than the first.

Parables on the Kingdom of the Heavens

Matthew 13 
44 The kingdom of the heavens is like [a] treasure hidden in the field, which when [a] man found he hid, and from his joy he goes and sells whatever he has and buys that field.

45 Again the kingdom of the heavens is like [a] traveler seeking beautiful pearls.
46 And when he finds one costly pearl, having gone he has sold all that he had and bought it.

47 Again the kingdom of the heavens is like [a] net having been thrown in the sea and having gathered out of every kind, 
48 which when it was filled they drag [it] to the shore and having sat they gather the good into containers, but the rotten they throw out. 
49 Thus it will be in the completion of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the midst of the just. 
50 And they will throw them into the fiery furnace. There shall there be wailing and grinding of teeth. 
51 Have you understood all these [things]? They say to him: Yes.
52 So he said to them: Because of this every scribe who becomes [a] disciple in the kingdom of the heavens is like [a] man [who is a] householder, who brings out of his treasure new [things] and old.

Seeking/Demanding a Sign Again

Matthew 16 Mark 8
1 And when the Pharisees and Sadducees came to him, testing him, they asked him to show them [a] sign out of heaven.
2 But he answered them saying: When it has become late you say: Fair weather, for the sky is fiery red,
3 And early, Today bad weather, for the sky is fiery red becoming gloomy. On the one hand you know how to discern the face of the sky, but you are unable [to] [discern] the sign of the times.
4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after [a] sign, and [a] sign will not be given to it except the sign of Jonah. And having left them he departed.
11 And the Pharisees came out and began to be debating with him, seeking by him [a] sign from heaven, testing him.
12 And having groaned in his spirit he says: Why does this generation seek [a] sign? Truly I say to you that [a] sign will  be given to this generation.
13 And having again left them having embarked he departed to the other side.

Parable of the Lost Sheep

Matthew 18

12 How does it seem to you? If it should come to pass to [a] certain man one hundred sheep and one of them gone astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and having gone seek the [one] gone astray? 
13 And if it come to pass he finds it, truly I say to you that he rejoices upon it more than upon the ninety-nine that had not gone astray. 
14 Thus it is not [a] wish before your father in the heavens that [one] of these little [ones] be lost.

Gathered In His Name
Matthew 18
18 Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on the earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on the earth will have been loosed in heaven.
19 Again I truly say to you that if two among you be in agreement on the earth concerning any matter that they ask, it will come to pass from my father in [the] heavens.
20 For when two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in their midst.

The Rich Young Man

Matthew 19
16 And behold [one] having come to him said: Good teacher, What good [thing] should I do in order that I have eternal zoe-life?
17 So he said to him: Why do you ask me concerning the good? [Only] one is good. But if you wish to enter into zoe-life, be keeping the commandments.
18 He says to him: Which? So Jesus said: Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness,
19 Honor father and mother, and agape-love your neighbor as yourself.
20 The young man says to him: All these have I kept. What do I yet lack?
21 Jesus said to him: If you wish to be complete, be going, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and Come! Be following me.
22 But when the young man heard this statement he went away troubled, for he was having many possessions.

A Request for James and John

Matthew 20 Mark 10
20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons kneeling before [him] and asking something from him.
21 So he said to her: What do you wish? She says to him: Say that these my two sons shall sit one on your right and one on your left in your kingdom.
22 But Jesus answering said: You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to be drinking? They say to him: We are able.
23 He says to them: Indeed you will drink my cup, but to sit on my right and my left, this is not mine to give, but [is] to be given to those for whom it is prepared by my father.
35 And James and John the sons of Zebedee came to him saying: Teacher, we would that whatever we ask [of you], you do for us.
36 So he said to them: What do you want me to do for you?
37 And they said to him: Give to us that one on your right and one on you left may sit in your glory.
38 But Jesus said to them: You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized in the baptism with which I am baptized?
39 And they said to him: We are able. But Jesus said to them: The cup that I drink you will drink, and the baptism with which I am baptized you will be baptized.
40 But to sit on my right or my left is not mine to give, but [is] for whom it has been prepared.

The Withered Fig Tree

Matthew 21 Mark 11
18 Now returning to the city early, he hungered.
19 And seeing one fig tree on the road he came to it, and found nothing on it except leaves only, and he says to it: No longer shall fruit grow on you for eternity. And immediately the fig tree withered.
20 And when the disciples saw they marveled saying: How is the fig tree immediately withered?
21 Jesus answering said to them: Truly I say to you, If you have belief and do not doubt, not only this of the fig tree will you do, but if you say to this mountain: Be taken and be thrown into the sea, it will come to pass.
22 And everything that you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
20 And passing by early they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.
21 And Peter having remembered says to him: Rabbi, Behold the fig tree that you cursed has withered.
22 And answering Jesus says to them: Be having faith in God.
23 Truly I say to you that whoever says to this mountain: Be taken and be thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be to him.
24 Because of this I say to you, everything whatever you pray and ask, be believing that you have received, and it will be to you.
25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against anyone, in order that your father in the heavens forgive you.
26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your father in the heavens forgive your trespasses.

The Authority of Jesus

Matthew 21
Mark 11
Luke 20
23 And when he came into the temple, while he was teaching the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him saying: By what authority do you do these things? And who gave this authority to you?
24 And answering Jesus said to them: And I will ask you one question that if you tell me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things:
25 Whence was John the Baptist? From heaven or from men? And they considered among themselves saying: If we say: From heaven, he will say to us: Why then did you not believe him?
26 But if we say: From man, we fear the crowd, for all hold John as prophet.
27 And answering Jesus they said: We do not know. And he says to them: Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these [things].
27 And they come again into Jerusalem. And in the temple while he was walking [about] there came to him the scribes and the Pharisees and the elders.
28 And they were saying to him: In what sort of authority do you do these [things] Or who has given you this authority in order that you may do these [things]?
29 But Jesus said to them: I will ask you one statement, and you answer me, and I will tell you in what sort of authority I do these [things].
30 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men? Answer me.
31 And they were reasoning among themselves saying: If we say: From heaven, he will say, Why then did you not believe him?
32 But if we say: From men—they were fearing the crowd. For all were having John that truly he was [a] prophet.
33 And answering Jesus they say: We do not know. And Jesus says to them: Neither do I tell you in what sort of authority I do these [things].  
1 And it came [about] one of the days of his teaching in the temple and good-newsing [that] the chief priests and the scribes with the elders stood against [him],
2 and spoke saying to him: Tell us in what sort of authority you do these [things], or who is the [one] having given to you this authority?
3 But answering he said to them: I will also ask you [a] word, and you tell me:
4 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?
5 But they reasoned among themselves saying that: If we say: From heaven, he will say: Why did you not believe him?
6 But if we say: From men, all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded John is [a] prophet.
7 And they answered [that they] knew not whence.
8 And Jesus said to them: Neither do I tell you in what sort of authority I do these [things].

Healing a Withered Hand
Luke 6
6 Now it came to pass on another Sabbath he entered into the synagogue and was teaching; and [a] man was there and his right hand was withered.
7 And the scribes and the Pharisees were watching him closely if on the Sabbath he heals, in order that they may find [something] to accuse of him.
8 But he had known their reasonings, but he said to the man having the withered hand: Be rising and stand in the middle. And having arisen he stood.
9 So Jesus said to them: I ask you if it is allowed on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save [a] psyche-life or to destroy [it]?
10 And looking around at them all, he said to him: Be stretching out your hand. So he did [so], and his hand was restored.
11 But they were filled with fury, and were discussing among themselves what they might do with Jesus.

The Parable of the Rich Landowner
Luke 12
13 But one out of the crowd said to him: Teacher, tell my brother to divide with me the inheritance.
14 But he said to him: Man, who appointed me judge or divider over you?
15 But he said to him: Be watching and be guarding from all greed, for not in the abundance of anything is your zoe-life, beyond what is sufficient for it.
16 So he spoke to them [a] parable saying: [a] certain rich man's life yielded well.
17 And he was reasoning in himself saying: What will I do, for I do not have anywhere I may gather my fruit?
18 And he said: This will I do: I will tear down the storehouse and will build [a] greater, and I will gather there all my grain and all my good [things],
19 and I will say in my psyche-life: Psyche-Life, you have many good [things] laid up to many years. Be resting, be eating, be drinking, be being glad.
20 But God said to him: Fool, this night your psyche-life is demanded back from you. But what you have gathered, for whom will they be?
21 Thus is the [one] gathering for himself and not being rich to God.

Be Ready!
Luke 12
35 Let your loins be girded and your lamps lit.
36 And you [be] like men expecting their Lord, when he returns from the wedding, that having come and knocked straightway you may open to him.
37. Truly I say to you that he will gird them and make them recline and coming by he will serve them.
38 And if in the second or in the third watch he come and find them thus, blessed are those.
39 But this you know, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief comes, he would not have allowed [him] to dig through his house.
40 And you be becoming ready, for in what hour you suppose not does the son of man come.

Call to Faithful Stewardship

Luke 12
41 But Peter said to him: Lord, do you say to us this parable or to all?
42 And the Lord said: Which therefore is the trustworthy shrewd steward whom the Lord appointed over his servants to be giving in the proper-time their portion?
43 Blessed is that slave whom when his Lord comes finds him thus doing.
44 Truly I say to you that he will appoint him over all his possessions.
45 But if that slave say in his heart: My Lord delays to come, and begin to beat the boys and girls, to be eating and drinking and getting drunk,
46 the Lord of that slave will have come in the day that he does not expect and in the hour which he does not know and will cut him asunder, and his portion will be placed with the unbelieving.
47 But that slave who knows the will of his Lord and not having prepared or done towards his wishes will be beaten much.
48 But the [one] not knowing, but having done worthy of blows, he will be beaten little. For to all to whom much is given, much will be required. And to whom much is entrusted, greater will be asked of him.

Warning to Israel to Bear Fruit

Luke 13
6 But he was saying this parable: A certain man has [a] fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
7 So he said to his vinedresser: Behold from which three years I come seeking fruit on this tree and found none. Cut it down, why also waste the land?
8 But answering he said to him: Lord, leave it even this year, until I dig around it and throw dung,
9 and for result it may give fruit. Otherwise, cut it down.

The Narrow Door

Luke 13
22And he was going through by city and town teaching and doing the journey to Jerusalem.
23 But someone said to him: Lord, [are] few being saved? But he said to him:
24 Be striving to enter through the narrow door, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be strong enough.
25 When the master of the house arises and closes the door, and you begin to stand outside and to be knocking on the door saying: Lord, open to us, and answering he will say to you: I do not know whence you are.
26 Then you will begin to be saying: We ate before you and drank, and in our streets you taught.
27 And he will say to them: I do not know whence you are. Depart from me all [who] do injustice.
28 There will there be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you cast out.
29 And they will come from the east and the west and from north and south, and banquet in the kingdom of God.
30 And behold the last will be first and the first will be last.
The Parable of the Great Banquet
Luke 14
15 But when one of those laying back with him heard these [things] he said to him: Blessed is he who eats bread in the kingdom of God.
16 But he said to him: A certain man was doing [a] big dinner, and invited many.
17 And he sent his slave in the hour of the dinner to say to those invited: Be coming, for already is it prepared.
18 And they were beginning from one all to be excusing [themselves]. The first said to him, I bought [a] field, and I have necessity having gone to be seeing it; I ask you, Be having me excused.
19 And another said: I bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I ask you, Be having me excused.
20 And another said: I married [a] wife, and because of this I am unable to come.
21 And having arrived, the slave reported to his lord these [things]. Then having been angered the master of the house said to his slave: Go swiftly into the streets and alleys of the city, and bring here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.
22 And the slave said: Lord, what you commanded is come to pass, and yet is there place.
23 And the Lord said to the slave: Go out into the roads and hedges and compel [them] to come in, that my house be filled.
24 For I say to you that none of those men invited will taste my dinner.

Counting the Cost

Luke 14
25 But [a] great crowd was going with him, and turning he said to them:
26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yet even his own psyche-life, is not able to be my disciple.
27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me is not able to be my disciple.
28 For who among you wishing to build [a] tower does not first having sat reckon the cost, if he has [enough] for completion?
29 In order that when he having placed [the] foundation and not being able to complete [it] all those beholding begin to be mocking him,
30 saying that: This man began to be building and was not able to complete [it].
31 Or what king when he proceeds to another king to engage in battle does not having sat first resolve if he is able in ten thousand to meet the [one] coming upon him with twenty thousand?
32 But if not, while being afar off having sent [an] ambassador he asks the [terms] for peace.
33 Likewise therefore everyone among you who does not take leave of all his possessions is not able to be my disciple.
34 Good therefore [is] the salt. But if the salt become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?
35 Neither for [the] ground nor for the dung heap is it fit, they throw it out. The [one] having ears to be hearing, let him be hearing.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

Luke 15
8 Or [a] certain woman having ten drachmas, if she lose one drachma, does she not light [a] lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until it be found?
9 And having found [it] she calls together her friends and neighbors saying: Rejoice with me, for I found the drachma that was lost.
10 Likewise, I say to you, Joy comes to pass before the angels of God over one sinner repenting.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16
19 But a certain man was rich, and he had put on purple garments and fine linen enjoying himself each day splendidly.
20 But a certain poor [man] by name Lazarus had been cast to his gate being covered with ulcerous sores.
21 And he was lusting to be filled from that falling from the table of the rich [one]; but even the dogs coming were licking his ulcerous sores.

22 Now it came to pass the poor [man] died and was gathered by the angels to Abraham's lap; but the rich [man] also died and was buried. 
23 And in Hades lifting up his eyes, being in torment, he sees Abraham from afar and Lazarus in his lap, 
24 and having called out he said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus in order that he dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I suffer torment in this flame. 
25 But Abraham said: Child, remember that you received your good [things] in your zoe-life, and likewise Lazarus the evil. But now he is encouraged, and you suffer torment. 
26 And in all those [things] between you [people] and us [a] great chasm is fixed, so that those wishing to go down from here to you be not able, nor from there to us may not cross over. 
27 But he said: I ask you therefore, Father, in order that you may sent him to my fathers house, 
28 for I have five brothers, that he may warn them, that they also not come to this place of torment. 
29 But Abraham says: They have Moses and the prophets, let him hear from them. 
30 But he said: No, father Abraham, but if someone proceed from [the] dead to them: they would repent. 
31 But he said to them: If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither would they be persuaded if someone rise from the dead.

The Great Principle

Luke 17

33 But whoever seeks to save his psyche-life will lose it, and whoever loses [it] will make it zoe-alive

Jesus and Zacchaeus

Luke 19

1 And when he entered he came through Jericho.
2 And behold [there was a] man by name being called Zacharias, and he was chief tax collector, and he was rich.
3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus is, and was not able from the crowd, for he was small in stature.
4 And running before, he climbed up [a] sycamore tree, in order that he see him, for he was [about] to come by that [place].
5 And as he came to the place, having looked up, Jesus said to him: Zachariah, having made haste come down, for today I must remain in your house.
6 And having made haste he came down, and he hosted him rejoicing.
7 And when they saw, all grumbled saying that: With [a] sinful man did he enter to lodge.
8 But having stood, Zacharias said to the Lord: Behold half of my possessions, Lord, I give to the poor, and if I accuse something of anyone wrongly, I return fourfold.
9 But Jesus said to him that: Today has deliverance come to this house, although he is [a] son of Abraham.
10 For the son of man came to seek and to deliver the perished.

Preparation for the Triumphal Entry

Luke 19
28 And having said these things he traveled before them, going up into Jerusalem.
29 And it came to pass as he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany towards the mountains being called of Olives, he sent two of disciples saying:
30 Be departing to the opposite village, in which entering you will find [a] colt bound, upon which no one of man ever sat, and having loosed it be bringing [it].
31 And if anyone ask you, Why do you loose [it]? Say thusly: Because the Lord has need of it.

Be Watching!

Luke 21
34 But be attending to yourselves lest your hearts be burdened down in dissipation and drunkenness and [the] cares of daily life, and that day suddenly be present
35 as [a] snare, for it will rush in upon all those sitting on the face of all the earth.
36 So be watching in every opportune-time asking in order that you prevail to flee all these [things] [about] to come to pass, and be stood before the son of man.  

Satan's Request
Luke 22
31 Simon, Simon, behold Satan has requested to sift you [all] as wheat,
32 but I have asked concerning you in order that your faith not give out; and you when you have recovered, strengthen your brothers.
33 But he said to him: Lord, with you am I prepared even to prison and to death to be going.
34 But he said: I say to you, Peter, The cock will not cry today until thrice you will deny knowing me. 

Jesus Questioned On Being The Christ
Luke 22
66 And as it became day, the elders of the people were gathered, both chief priests and scribes, and they led him into their council,
67 saying: If you are the Christ, tell us. But he said to them: If I tell you, you will not believe.
68 And if I ask, you will not answer.
69 But from now will be the son of man sitting at the right of the power of God.
70 So they all said: Are you therefore the son of God? But he said to them: You say that I am.
71 But they said: What further need do we have of witnesses? For we have heard [it] from his mouth.

Disciples Seek & Follow Jesus
John 1
35 On the next day John had again stood, also two out of his disciples.
36 And when [he] looked upon Jesus walking he says: Behold the lamb of God.
37 And the two disciples heard him speaking and they followed Jesus.
38 Now when Jesus turned and saw them following he says to them: What are you seeking? And they said to him: Rabbi, which is saying being translated: Teacher, where are you staying?
39 He says to them: Be coming and you will see. So they came and saw where he stays, and they stayed with him that day, as it was [the] tenth hour.

Ask for Zoe-Living Water
John 4
4 Now it was necessary for him to be going through Samaria.
5 So he comes into [a] city of Samaria, that is being called Suchar, near the piece of land that Jacob gave to Joseph his son.
6 Now the well of Jacob was there. So Jesus having become weary from the journey was sitting by the well. It was [about] [the] sixth [hour].
7 [A] woman from Samaria comes to draw water. Jesus says to her: Give me [some] to drink.
8 For his disciples had departed into the city, that they buy food.
9 So the Samaritan woman says to him: How do you being [a] Jew ask to drink from me who is [a] Samaritan woman? (For the Jews do not have dealings with the Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered and said to her: If you had known the gift of God and who is the [one] saying to you: Give me [some] to drink, you would have asked him and he would have given to you zoe-living water. 
11 She says to him: Lord, you have no bucket and the well is deep; whence then do you get the zoe-living water? 
12 Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave the well to us and he himself drank from it and his sons and his animals? 
13 Jesus answered and said to her: Everyone drinking from this water will thirst again, 
14 but whoever drinks from the water that I will give to him, he will not thirst for eternity, but the water that I will give to him will become in him [a] well of water springing-up to eternal zoe-life. 
15 The woman says to him: Lord, give me this water, that I not be thirsting nor be coming here to be drawing [water]. 
16 He says to her: Be going, call your husband and come here. 
17 The woman answered and said: I do not have [a] husband. Jesus says to her: You said well: I do not have [a] husband. 
18 For you have had five husbands, and whom you now have is not your husband. This truly you have said.
19 The woman says to him: Lord, I perceive that you are [a] prophet. 
20 Our fathers worshipped in these mountains, and you [people] say that in Jerusalem is the place where [one] must be worshipping. 
21 Jesus says to her: Be believing me, lady, that [an] hour comes when neither in these mountains nor in Jerusalem will you [people] worship the father. 
22 You [people] worship what you do not know, we worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. 
23 But an hour comes and now is when the true worshippers will worship the father in spirit and truth, for indeed the father seeks such [to be] his worshipping [ones]. 
24 God is spirit, and [his] worshipping [ones] must be worshipping in spirit and truth. 
25 The woman says to him: We know that [a] Messiah is coming, the [one] being called. When that [one] comes, he will declare to us everything. 
26 Jesus says to her: I am [he], the [one] speaking to you.

Jesus Seeks the Father's Will
John 5
28 Be not marveling at this, that [the] hour comes in which all those in the graves will hear his voice,
29 and those having done good will come out to [the] resurrection of zoe-life, [but] those having done [as a practice] worthless [things] will come out to [the] resurrection of judgment.
30 For I am not able to be doing anything from myself; just as I hear do I judge, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the [one] having sent me.

Testimony about Jesus

John 5 
31 If I witness concerning myself, my witness is not true.
32 Another is witness concerning me, and I know that the witness is true that he witnessed concerning me.
33 You sent to John, and he has witnessed to the truth;
34 but I do not receive witness by man, but I say these [things] that you be saved.
35 That [one] was the burning and shining lamp and you wanted to rejoice for [hour] in his light.

36 But I have [a] witness greater than John; for the works that the father has given me in order that I complete them, these works themselves which I do witness concerning me that the father has sent me. 
37 And the father having sent me, that [one] has witnessed concerning me. Neither his voice have you ever heard nor his visible-form have you ever seen, 
38 and his word you do not have abiding in you, because he whom that [one] has sent, in this [one] do you not believe. 
39 You search the scriptures, because you suppose in them to be having eternal zoe-life, and these are those witnessing concerning me. 
40 And you do not want to come to me in order that you have zoe-life. 
41 I do not receive glory from men, 
42 but I have known you that you do not have the agape-love of God in yourselves. 
43 I am come in the name of my father, and you do not receive me; if another come in his own name, that [one] you will receive. 
44 How are you able to believe, receiving glory from each other, and the glory of the only God you do not seek?

Seek Food Abiding to Eternal Zoe-Life

John 6
25 And having found him on the other side of the sea they said to him, Rabbi, when did you come [here]?
26 Jesus answered them and said: Truly truly I say to you, you seek me not because you see signs, but because you ate of the bread and were filled.
27 Be working not for the perishing food, but for the food abiding to eternal zoe-life, which the son of man will give to you; for God the father has sealed this [one].

You Can Know If His Teaching Is From God

John 7
14 Now the festival being already in the middle Jesus went up to the temple and was teaching.
15 So the Jews were marveling saying: How does this [one] know letters, not having been taught?
16 So Jesus answered them and said: My teaching is not mine but of the [one] having sent me.
17 If anyone wills to be doing his will, he shall know concerning the teaching, whether it is from God or [if] I speak from myself.
18 The [one] speaking from himself seeks his own glory. But the [one] seeking the glory of the [one] having sent him, this [one] is true and injustice is not in him.
19 Has not Moses given you the law? And no one [of you] does the law. Why do you seek to kill me?

Questions About Jesus' Identity

John 7
25 So, certain of the Jerusalemites were saying: Is not this [one] whom they seek to kill?
26 And behold he speaks in public, and they say nothing to him. The rulers haven't truly known that this [one] is the Christ, [have they]?
27 But we know from where is this [one]; but when the Christ comes, no one knows from where he is.

28 So Jesus cried out in the temple teaching and saying: You know me and you know from where I am, and I have not come from myself, but the [one] having sent me is true, whom you do not know. 
29 I know him, because I am from him and that [one] sent me.
30 So they were seeking to arrest him, and no one laid [a] hand upon him, because his hour was not yet come. 
31 But many of the crowd believed in him, and were saying: When the Christ has come, will he do more signs than this [one] has done? 
32 The Pharisees heard of the people grumbling these [things] concerning him, and the chief-priests and Pharisees sent officers in order that they arrest him. 
33 So Jesus said, Yet [a] little time am I with you and I depart to the [one] having sent me. 
34 You will seek me and you will not find me, and where I am you are not able to come.
35 Then the Jews said among themselves: Where is this [one] about to go that we will not find him? Is he about to go into the dispersion of the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 
36 What is this word that he said: You will seek me and you will not find [me], and where I am you are not able to come?

Where Jesus Came From and Where He is Going

John 8
21 So he said to them again: I depart and you will seek me, and you will die in your sins; where I depart you are not able to come.
22 So the Jews were saying: Will he not kill himself, because he says: Where I depart you also are not able to come?
23 And he was saying to them: You are of the below, I am of the above. You are of this world, I am not of this world.
24 So I said to you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am [he], you will die in your sins.

25 So they were saying to him, Who are you? Jesus said to them: What I told you from the beginning. 
26 I have many [things] concerning you to be saying and to be judging. But the [one] having sent me is true, and I, what I heard from him, these [things] I speak to the world. 
27 They did not know that he was speaking [about] the father.
28 So Jesus said: When you have lifted up the son of man, then you will know that I am [he], and [that] from myself I do nothing, but just as the father taught me, these [things] I speak. 
29 And the [one] having sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do the [things] pleasing to him. 
30 Speaking these [things], many believed in him.

Abraham's Children and the Devil's Children

John 8
31 So Jesus was saying to the Jews having believed in him: If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.
32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
33 They answered him: We are Abraham's seed, and to no one have we ever been enslaved. How do you tell us that: You will become free?
34 Jesus answered them: Truly truly I say to you that everyone doing sin is [a] slave of sin.
35 Now the slave does not dwell in the house[hold] to eternity, the son abides to eternity.
36 So if the son set you free, you will be free indeed.
37 I know that you are Abraham's seed, but you seek to kill me, because my word does not have room in you.
38 What I have seen beside the father I speak, and therefore what you heard from your father you do.

39 They answered and said to him: Our father is Abraham. Jesus says to them: If you are children of Abraham, you would have done the works of Abraham. 
40 But now you seek to kill me [a] man who has spoken to you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 
41 You do the works [of your] father.
They said to him: We were not born out of fornication, We have one father—God. 
42 Jesus said to them: If God were your father, you would have agape-loved me, for I have gone out from God and have come. For neither am I come from myself, but that [one] sent me. 
43 Why do you not know my speech? Because you are not able to be hearing my word. 
44 You are from your father the devil and you want to be doing the desires [of your] father. That [one] was murderer from the beginning, and he has not stood in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the "lie", he speaks from his own [self], because he is [a] liar and the father [of them]. 
45 But because I tell you the truth, you do not believe me. 
46 Who among you convicts me of sin? If I say [the] truth, why do you not believe me? 
47 The [one] being from God hears the words of God; because of this you do not hear [me], because you are not from God.
48 The Jews answered and said to him: Did we not well say that you are [a] Samaritan and you have [a] demon? 
49 Jesus answered: I do not have [a] demon, but [rather] I honor my father, and you dishonor me. 
50 I do not seek my glory; there is the [one] seeking and judging. 
51 Truly truly I say to you, if anyone keep my word, he will not see death to eternity.

Be Agape-Loving One Another

John 13
31 When therefore he went out, Jesus says: Now is the son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
32 [If God is glorified in him] God will also glorify him in himself, and immediately will he glorify him.
33 Children, yet [a] little [while] am I with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews that where I go you are not able to come, I also say to you now.

34 [A] new commandment I give to you, that you be agape-loving one another; just as I agape-loved you, be agape-loving one another. 
35 By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have agape-love for one another.

Jesus' Parting Words to His Disciples

John 14
1 Let not your heart be being troubled. Be believing in God and be believing in me.
2 In my father's house[hold] are many dwelling-places. If [it were] not [so], I would have told you,
3 because I go to prepare [a] place for you. And if I go and prepare [a] place for you, again do I come and will take you to myself, in order that where I am you may be also.
4 And where I go you know the way.

5 Thomas says to him: Lord, we do not know where you are going. How do we know the way? 
6 Jesus says to him: I am the way, the truth and the zoe-life; no one comes to the father except through me. 
7 If you have known me, you will also know my father. And from now [on] you know him and have seen him.
8 Phillip says to him: Lord, show us the father, and it suffices us. 
9 Jesus says to him: So much time I am with you and you have not known me, Phillip? The [one] having seen me has seen the father. How do you say: Show us the father? 
10 Do you not believe that I [am] in the father and the father is in me? The words that I say to you [all] I did not speak from myself, but the father dwelling in me does his works. 11 Be believing me that I [am] in the father and the father [is] in me. But if not, be believing on account of the works themselves. 
12 Truly truly I say to you, the [one] believing in me, the works that I do, that [one] also will do, and greater than these will do, because I go to the father. 
13 And whatever you ask in my name, this will I do, in order that the father be glorified in the son. 
14 If you ask anything [of] me in my name, I will do [it].

Teaching on the Holy Spirit

John 14
15 If you agape-love me, you will keep my commandments.
16 And I will ask the father and he will give you another advocate, in order that he be with you to eternity—
17 the spirit of truth, whom the world is not able to receive, because it does not behold him nor know [him]. You know him, because he dwells with you and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you orphans, I come to you.
19 Yet [a] little [while] and the world no longer beholds me, but you behold me, because I zoe-live and you will zoe-live.
20 In that day you will know that I [am] in my father and you in me and I in you.
21 The [one] having my commandments and keeping them, that is the [one] agape-loving me; and the [one] agape-loving me will be agape-loved by my father, and I will agape-love him and reveal myself to him.

The Vine and the Branches

John 15
1 I am the true vine, and my father is the vinedresser.
2 Every branch in me not bearing fruit he takes away, and every [branch] bearing fruit, he prunes it in order that it bear more fruit.
3 Already are you clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.
4 Dwell in me, and I in you. Just as the branch is not able to be bearing fruit from itself if it does not dwell in the vine, thus you neither if you do not dwell in me.

5 I am the vine, you are the branches. The [one] dwelling in me and I in him, this [one] bears much fruit, because apart from me you are able to be doing nothing. 
6 If anyone be not dwelling in me, he was thrown out like the branch and was withered, and they gather them and throw [them] into the fire and it is burned
7 If you dwell in me and my words dwell in you, ask whatever you want, and it will come to pass to you. 
8 In this was my father glorified, that you be bearing much fruit and become my disciples.
9 Just as the father agape-loved me, I also agape-loved you. Dwell in my agape-love. 
10 If you keep my commandments you will dwell in my agape-love, just as I have kept my father's commandments and I dwell in [his] agape-love. 
11 This have I spoken to you that my joy be in you and you joy be made full. 
12 This is my commandment: that you be agape-loving one another, just as I agape-loved you. 
13 Greater agape-love no one has than this, that he lay down his psyche-life in his philia-beloveds' behalf. 
14 You are my philia-beloved, if you are doing what I command you. 
15 No longer do I say you [are] slaves, because the slave does not know what his lord does; but I have called you philia-beloved, because everything that I heard from my father I made known to you. 
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you, and dedicated you that you be going and be bearing fruit and your fruit be remaining, in order that whatever you ask the father in my name he give you. 
17 These [things] I command you, in order that you be agape-loving one another.

Jesus Speaks of His Nearing Departure of  This World
John 16
1 These [things] have I spoken to you in order that you not be stumbled.
2 They will have you expelled from the synagogue; but [the] hour comes that everyone having killed you glory to be offering ministry to God.
3 And they will do these [things] because they do not know the father nor me.
4 But I have said these [things] to you in order that when their hour come you be reminded of them, because I have told you.

These [things] I did not tell you from the beginning, because I was with you. 
5 But now I go to the [one] having sent me, and no one among you asks me, Where do you go? 
6 But because I have told you these [things] pain has filled your heart. 
7 But I tell you the truth, it profits you that I depart. For if I do not depart, the advocate does not come to you. 
8 But if I go, I will send him to you. And having come, that [one] will convict the world concerning sin and concerning justice and concerning judgment: 
9 Concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 
10 and concerning justice, because I depart to the father and you no longer behold me: 
11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many [things] to be telling you, but you are not now able to be bearing [them]. 
13 But when that [one] comes, the spirit of truth, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself, but as much as he hears will he speak, and the coming [things] will he disclose to you. 
14 That [one] will glorify me, because he will receive from me and will disclose to you. 
15 All as much as the father has is mine. Because of this I said that he receives from me and he discloses to you. 
16 [A] little [while] and you no longer behold me, and again [a] little [while] and you will see me.
17 They of his disciples therefore said to one another: What is this that he says to us: [a] little while and you do not behold me, and again [a] little [while] and you will see me? And, Because I go to the father? 
18 They were saying therefore: What is this that he says: The little [while]? We do not know what he says.
19 Jesus knew that they were wanting to be asking him, and he said to them: Concerning this do you seek with each other what I said: [a] little [while] and you do not behold me, and again [a] little [while] and you see me? 
20 Truly truly I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be pained, but your pain will become joy. 
21 The woman when she gives birth has pain, because her hour has come, but when the child be born, no longer does she remember the sorrow because of the joy that [a] human has been born into the world
22 And you therefore now indeed have pain. But you will see me again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 
23 And in that day you will ask me nothing. Truly truly I say to you, whatever you request of the father he will give to you in my name. 
24 Until now you requested nothing in my name. Be requesting, and you will receive, in order that your joy be made full.
25 These [things] have I spoken in proverbs to you, [the] hour comes when I will no longer speak to you in proverbs, but I will report to you openly concerning the father. 
26 In that day you will request in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the father concerning you. 
27 For the father himself philia-loves you, because you have philia-loved me and have believed that I have come out from beside the father. 
28 I came from the father and I am come into the world; again I leave the world and go to the father.
29 His disciples say: Behold now he speaks openly, and he no longer speaks in parables. 
30 Now we know that you know everything and you have no need that anyone ask you. In this we believe that you came out from God. 
31 Jesus answered them: You now believe? 
32 Behold the hour comes and is [now] come in order that each be scattered to his own and you leave me alone. And you do not leave me alone, because the father is with me. 33 These [things] have I spoken to you in order that you have peace in me. In the world you have affliction, but be of good courage, I have overcome the world.

Jesus Prays for the Disciples

John 17
6 I revealed your name to the men whom you gave to me out of the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
7 Now they know that all, whatsoever you gave to me, is from you;
8 that the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they received [them] and they knew truly that I came from beside you, and they believed that you sent me.
9 I ask concerning them, not concerning the world do I ask, but concerning whom you have given me, because they are yours,
10 and all mine is yours and yours mine, and I have been glorified by them.
11 And no longer am I in the world, and [yet] they are in the world, and I come to you. Holy father, keep them in your name that you have given to me, in order that they be one just as we [are].
12 When I was with them, I was keeping them in your name that you have given me, and I guarded [them] and no one of them perished except the son of destruction, in order that the scripture be fulfilled.
13 But now I come to you, and I speak these [things] in the world in order that they have my joy made full in them.
14 I have given them your word, and the world hated them, because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the wicked [one].
16 They are not of the world just as I am not of the world.
17 Make them holy in the truth; your word is truth.
18 Just as you sent me into the world, I also sent them into the world.
19 And in their behalf do I make myself holy, in order that they also be made holy in [the] truth.

Jesus Prays for Believers Everywhere

John 17
20 But not concerning these only do I ask, but also concerning those believing in me through their word,
21 in order that they all be one, just as you, father, [are] in me and I in you, in order that they also be in us, in order that the world believe that you sent me.
22 And the glory that you have given to me I have given to them, in order that they be one just as we are one,
23 I in them and you in me, in order that they be completed into one [thing], in order that the world know you sent me and [that] you agape-loved them just as you agape-loved me.

24 Father, whom you have given me, I wish that where I am they also be with me, in order that they behold my glory, which you have given to me, because you agape-loved me before the foundation of the world. 
25 Just father, the world also knew you not, but I knew you, and these [men] knew that you sent me; 
26 and I made known to them your name and I will [continue to] make [it] known, in order that the agape-love with which you agape-loved me be in them and I in them.

Betrayal and Arrest

John 18
1 Having said these [things] Jesus went out with his disciples across the ravine of Kedron where there was [a] garden in which he and his disciples entered.
2 Now Judas the [one] delivering him up also knew the place, because Jesus often was gathered there with his disciples.
3 Judas therefore having received the cohort and [some] officers of the chief-priests and the Pharisees they come there with lanterns and lamps and weapons.
4 Jesus therefore having known everything coming upon him went out and says to them: Whom do you seek?
5 They answered him: Jesus the Nazarene. He says to them: I am he. Now Judas the [one] delivering him up also stood with them.
6 As he said therefore to them: I am he, they moved back and fell to the ground.
7 Again therefore he asked them: Whom do you seek? And they said: Jesus the Nazarene.
8 Jesus answered: I said to you that I am he. If therefore you seek me, allow these [men] to be departing,
9 in order that the word be fulfilled that said that:
Whom you have given me,
I will lose of them not one.

Jesus Questioned by Annas

John 18
19 The chief-priest therefore asked Jesus concerning his disciples and his teaching.
20 Jesus answered him: I have openly spoken to the world. I always taught in the synagogue and in the temple, where the Jews all gather, and I spoke nothing in secret.
21 Why do you ask me? Ask those having heard what I spoke to them. Behold these know what I said to them.
22 But when he spoke these [things] one of the officers standing by gave [a] blow to Jesus saying: Thus do you answer the chief-priest?
23 Jesus answered him: If I spoke evil-ly, testify concerning the evil. But if well, why do you strike me?
24 Annas therefore sent him bound to Caiaphas the chief-priest.

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