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|Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic|
 And having stepped into the boat, he crossed over and came to his own city.
 And behold they were bringing to him [a] paralytic lying on [a] bed. And Jesus having seen their belief he said to the paralytic: Be taking courage, child, your sins are forgiven you.
 And behold some of the scribes said among themselves: This [man] slanders [God].
 And Jesus having known their thoughts said: For what reason do you think wicked [things] in your hearts?
For which is easier, to say: Your sins are forgiven, or to say: Be rising and be walking?
 But that you may see that the son of man has authority on the earth to be forgiving sins—then he says to the paralytic: Be rising, carry your bed and be going to your own house.
 And having arisen, he departed to his own house.
 And having seen [this], the crowd was afraid and glorified God who gave such authority to men.
 And having entered again into Capernaum during the day it was heard that he is home.
 And many were gathered so as no longer to be having space for holding [any] not even at the door, and he was speaking the word to them.
 And [some] come bearing to him [a] paralytic being carried by four.
 And not being able to bring [him] to him because of the crowd they unroofed the roof where he was, and having dug [it] out they lower the stretcher on which the paralytic was lying sick.
 And Jesus having seen their belief he says to the paralytic: Child, your sins are forgiven.
 But some of the scribes were there sitting and reasoning in their hearts: What does this [one] speak in this manner?
 [God] slanderer! Who is able to be forgiving sins except one: God?
 And immediately Jesus having known in his spirit they are reasoning in this manner among themselves, he says to them: Why do you reason these [things] in your hearts?
 What is easier to say to the paralytic: Your sins are forgiven, or to say: Rise and take up your stretcher and be walking?
 But in order that you may know that the son of man has authority to be forgiving sins upon the land—he says to the paralytic:
 To you I say, Arise, take up your stretcher and be departing to your house.
 And he was raised and immediately having taken up the stretcher he went out in front of all so that all were amazed and were glorifying God saying that: We never saw [anything] like this!
 And it came to pass in one of [those] days he also was teaching, and there were seated Pharisees and law-teachers who were come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem. And power of the Lord was to him to be healing.
 And behold men having brought upon [a] stretcher [a] man who was paralytic, and they were seeking to bring him in and place him before him.
 And not having found by what way they may bring him in through the crowd, having gone up upon the roof they let him down with the stretcher through the roof-tiles into the midst before Jesus.
 And having seen their belief he said: Friend, your sins have been forgiven you.
 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to be reasoning saying: Who is this who speaks [God]-slander? Who is able to forgive sins except God only?
 But Jesus having known their reasonings, answering he said to them: Why do you reason in your hearts?
 Which is easier, to say: Your sins have been forgiven you, or to say: Be rising and be walking?
 But in order that you may know that the son of man has authority upon earth to forgive sins—he said to the paralytic: I say to you: Be rising and having taken your stretcher be going to your house.
 And immediately having stood up before them, having taken [that] upon which he laid, he departed to his house glorifying God.
 And astonishment seized all, and they were glorifying God, and were filled with fear saying that: We have seen wonderful [things] today.
|Who Is Greater|
 But Jesus having called them said: You know that the rulers of the nations Lord it over them, and they exercise great authority over them.
 It will not be thus among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you, he will be your servant,
 And whoever wishes to be first among you, he will be your slave,
 Just as the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his psyche-life [as] ransom for many.
 So [a] dispute also came to pass among them, who of them seems to be greater.
 But he said to them: The kings of the nations lord over them, and those having authority over them are called benefactors.
 But you [are] not thus, but the [one] greater among you let him become as the least, and the [one] leading as the [one] serving.
 For who is greater, the [one] reclining or the [one] serving? Is it not the [one] reclining? But I am in your midst as the [one] serving.
|The Authority of Jesus|
 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?
 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:
 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?
 But if we say: From man, we fear the crowd, for all hold John as prophet.
 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].
 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.
 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]?
 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].
 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men? Answer me.
 And they were reasoning among themselves saying: If we say: From heaven, he will say, Why then did you not believe him?
 But if we say: From men—they were fearing the crowd. For all were having John that truly he was [a] prophet.
 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].
| 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],
 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?
 But answering he said to them: I will also ask you [a] word, and you tell me:
 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?
 But they reasoned among themselves saying that: If we say: From heaven, he will say: Why did you not believe him?
 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.
 And Jesus said to them: Neither do I tell you in what sort of authority I do these [things].
The Great Commission
 But the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain Jesus designated [to] them.
 And when they saw him they worshipped before [him], but some doubted.
 And having come Jesus spoke to them saying: All authority in heaven and on [the] earth has been given me.
 Having gone therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit,
 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you. And behold I am with you all the days until the completion of the age.
 Concerning that day or that hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven nor the son, except the father.
 Be looking, be being alert and be praying, for you know not when is the time.
 As [a] man away on [a] journey having left his house and having given to his slaves the authority, [and] to each his work, also commanded the doorkeeper that he should be staying awake.
 Be staying awake therefore, for you know not when the lord of the house comes, either late or [at] midnight or [at] the crowing of the cock or early,
 lest having come suddenly he find you sleeping.
 But what I say to you, I say to all: Be staying awake.
Power of the Enemy
 Now the seventy returned with joy saying: Lord, even the demons were subject to us in your name.
 So he said to them: I have beheld Satan as lightning having fallen from heaven.
 Behold to you twelve [is] the authority to trample over snakes and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy, and NOTHING will do you any injustice.
 Nevertheless in this be not glorying that the spirits are subordinate to you, but be rejoicing that your names are written in the heavens.
Fear God, Not people
 When the myriads of the crowd were gathered, so as to be trampling each other, he began to be saying to his disciples first: Be guarding yourselves from the leaven, which is hypocrisy, of the Pharisees.
 For nothing is covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not become known.
 Rather whatever you say in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you say into the ear in the storehouse will be preached on the houses.
 But I say to you my friends, do not fear those who kill the body and after this are having nothing more to do.
 But I will show you whom you should fear; fear the [one] having authority after killing to throw [you] into Gehenna. Yes, I say to you, fear this [one].
 Do not five sparrows sell for two farthings? And one of them does not escape notice before God.
 But even all the hairs [of your] head are numbered. Be not fearing, you are worth many sparrows.
|The Parable of the Ten Minas|
 Now when they were hearing these [things] placed before [them] he spoke [a] parable, because of his being near Jerusalem and [because of] their supposing that immediately the kingdom of God is [about] to be hearing.
 He said therefore, A certain nobleman proceeded to [a] far country to receive to himself [a] kingdom and to return.
 So having called his ten slaves he gave to them ten minas and said to them: Make more when I come.
 Now his citizens were hating him, and sent ambassadors after him saying: We do not wish this [one] to be king over us.
 And it came to pass when he returned having received the kingdom he said these slaves be called to him whom he has given silver, in order that he might know who made what more.
 So the first came by saying: Lord, your mina has made you ten minas more.
 And he said to him: Excellent, O good slave, because you were become trustworthy in [the] least, be placed having authority over ten cities.
 And the second came saying: Your mina, O lord, made five minas.
 And he said also to this one: And you become over five cities.
 And the other came saying: Lord, behold your mina, which I have, put away, in [a] handkerchief.
 For I feared you, that you are [a] severe man, taking what you did not put, and reaping what you did not sow.
 He says to him: Out [of your] mouth will I judge you, O wicked slave. Had you not known that I am [a] severe man, taking what I did not put, and reaping what I did not sow?
 And why did you not give my silver to the bank? And I having come would have accomplished it with interest.
 And to those having stood by he said: Take from the mina and give it to the [one] having ten minas.
 And they say to him: Lord, he has ten minas.
 I say to you that to everyone having it will be given, but from the [one] not having, even what he has will be taken.
 Nevertheless these, my enemies having not wanted me to be king over them, lead here and slaughter them before me.
Betrayal and Arrest
 While he was yet speaking behold [a] crowd, and the [one] being called Judas one of the twelve, came before them, and he drew near to Jesus to kiss him.
 But Jesus said to him: Judas, would you deliver up the son of man with [a] kiss?
 But when they saw what will be concerning him they said: Lord, do we strike with the sword?
 And [a] certain one among them struck the slave of the chief priest, and took of his right ear.
 But answering Jesus said: Permit until this; and having touched his earlet he healed him.
 But Jesus said to the chief priests and soldiers of the temple and elders having come to be upon him: As upon [a] robber do you come out with swords and clubs?
 When I was daily with you in the temple you did not stretch out your hands upon me. But this is your hour and the authority of darkness.
|The One Hearing My Word|
 Truly truly I say to you that the [one] hearing my word and believing the [one] having sent me has eternal zoe-life, and does not come into judgment, but is moved out of death into zoe-life.
 Truly truly I say to you that [the] hour comes and now is when the dead will hear the cry of the son of God and those having heard will zoe-live.
 For as the father has zoe-life in himself, likewise also to the son he has given zoe-life to be having in himself.
 And he gave him authority to be doing judgment, because he is [a] son of man.
The Good Shepherd
 I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me,
 just as the father knows me, and I know the father, and I lay down my psyche-life in behalf of the sheep.
 And I have other sheep that are not of this sheep-pen, and I must lead [these], and they will hear my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd.
 Because of this the father agape-loves me, because I lay down my psyche-life, in order that I again receive it.
 No one takes it from me, but I dedicate it myself. I have authority to dedicate it, and I have authority to again receive it; this commandment I received from my father.
|Jesus' Parting Words to His Disciples|
 Let not your heart be being troubled. Be believing in God and be believing in me.
 In my father's house[hold]* are many dwelling-places. If [it were] not [so], I would have told you,
 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.
 And where I go you know the way.
*Literally "house": In the Hebrew scriptures and Judaic practice, "house" never means a building per se but always refers to the people who live within the care and authority of the father: the wife, sons, daughters, slaves, in-laws, grandchildren: "So Joseph said to his brothers and to his father�s house, �I will go and tell Pharaoh and say to him, My brothers and my father�s house have come to me� (Gen 46:31). (See also Gen 24:38; 28:21; Josh 2:13; Judg 6:15; 9:18; 16:31; 1Sam 22:15; 2Sam 14:9; 1Chron 28:4) This would suggest that the emphasis is on having a permanent place in the Household of the Father, being a member of that Great Family.
Jesus Prays for the Father to Glorify Him
 Jesus spoke these [things], and having lifted up his eyes to heavens he said: Father, the hour is come. Glorify your son, in order that the son glorify you.
 Just as you gave to him authority over all flesh, in order that all that you gave to him, he give to them eternal zoe-life.
 This is eternal zoe-life, that they know you the only true God and whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
 I glorified you upon the earth, having completed the work that you gave me in order that I do [it];
 and now glorify me, father, in your presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world was.
|Pilate Tries to Release Jesus|
 Then therefore Pilate took Jesus and flogged him.
 And the soldiers having woven [a] crown from thorns placed it upon his head and put [a] purple robe around him,
 and they were coming to him and saying: Hail king of the Jews, and they gave him blows.
 And Pilate again went out and says to them: Behold I bring him out, in order that you know that I find nothing blameworthy in him.
 So Jesus came out, wearing the thorny crown and the purple robe. And he says to them: Behold the man.
 When therefore the chief-priests and the officers saw him, they cried out saying: Crucify him, crucify him! Pilate says to them: You take him and crucify him, for I found in him no blame.
 The Jews answered him: We have law, and according to the law he ought to die, because he makes himself son of God.
 When therefore Pilate heard this word, he feared greatly,
 and went in to the Praetorium again and says to Jesus: From where are you? But Jesus did not give him answer.
 Pilate therefore says to him: To me do you not speak? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and I have authority to crucify you?
 Jesus answered: You have no authority over me unless it was given to you from above. Because of this the [one] having delivered me up has greater sin.
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