September 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 Sister Michele, a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth
September 2007

Here are collected the utterances of Jesus that incorporate the NT Greek word (and its forms) for repent.  The Greek words are Metanoeo and Metanoia.
The definitions, as given by Thayer1 are:

  1. to change one's mind, i.e. to repent
  2. to change one's mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins
1. a change of mind, as it appears to one who repents, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done
The corresponding English word is colored in PURPLE where it occurs in the English text below.
The Words of Jesus are highlighted in RED.

1. Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, by Joseph H. Thayer
Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.
P. O. Box 3473
Peabody, Massachusetts 01961-3473
First Printing, June 1996

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From the Synoptic Gospels

Preaching in Galilee

Matthew 4

Mark 1
12 But having heard that John had been delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee.
13 And having left Nazareth, having come he dwelt in Capernaum by the sea in the environs of Zebulun and Nephtali,
14 in order that what was said through Isaiah the prophet be fulfilled saying:
15 Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
Of the nations,
road of the sea,
Across the Jordan, Galilee:
16 The people sitting in darkness saw [a] great light,
And to those sitting in the land and darkness of death [a] light has arisen for them.

17 From then on Jesus began preaching and saying: Be repenting, for the kingdom of the heavens is at hand.

14 And after John was handed over, Jesus came to Galilee preaching the good news of the kingdom of God,
15 and saying: The time has been completed and the kingdom of God is at hand. Be repenting and be believing in the good news.

Woes on Unrepentant Cities

Matthew 11

Luke 10

20 Then he began to be reproaching the cities in which had come to pass the most of his miracles, because they had not repented:
21 Woe to you Chrazin! Woe to you Bethsaida! Because if the miracles that came to pass in you had come to pass in Tyre and Sidon, long ago they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes.
22 Moreover I say to you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
23 And you Capernaum, aren't you exalted to the heavens? You will go down to Hades; because if the miracles that came to pass in you had come to pass in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 Moreover I say to you that it will be more bearable for [the] land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.
10 But into whatever city you enter and they receive you not, going out into the streets of it say:
11 Even the dust having clung to us from your city to [our] feet do we wipe off to you. Nevertheless this you know, that the kingdom is at hand.
12 I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than that city.

13 Woe to you, Chorazin, woe to you, Bethsaida; for if in Tyre and Sidon had come to pass the powers that came to pass among you, long ago having sat in sackcloth and ashes would they have repented. 
14 Nevertheless for Tyre and Sidon will it be more tolerable in the judgment than for you
15 And you, Capernaum, Not until heaven is exalted? Until Hades is brought low.
16 The [one] hearing [of you] hears of me, and the [one] rejecting you rejects me; but the [one] rejecting me rejects the [one] having sent me.

The Sign of Jonah

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.

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 Parable of the Two Sons

Matthew 21

28 But how does it seem to you? [a] man had two sons. Coming to the first he said: Son, be going today, be working in the vineyard.
29 But answering he says: I will not, but later repenting he went.
30 Coming to the second he said likewise. And answering he said: I will Lord, and went not.
31 Which of the two did the will of his father? They say: The first. Jesus says to them: Truly I say to you that the tax-collectors and the harlots will precede you into the kingdom of God.
32 For John came to you in the way of justice and you believed him not, but the tax-collectors and the harlots believed him. But you when you saw neither repented later that [You] might believe in him.

The Call of Levi; eating with Sinners

Luke 5

27 And after these [things] he went out, and behold [a] tax collector Levi by name sitting in the tax office, and he said to him: Be following me.
28 And having left all, having stood up, he followed him.

29 And Levi gave [a] great banquet in his house, and there was [a] great crowd of tax gatherers and others who were with them being seated. 
30 And the Pharisees and scribes were murmuring of them to his disciples saying: Why do you eat and drink with tax gatherers and sinners? 
31 And answering Jesus said to them: The healthy have no need of [the] physician, but those having [it] evil-ly. 
32 I am not sent to call [the] just but sinners to repentance.

A Call to Repent

Luke 13

1 Now there were at hand some in that opportune-time reporting to him concerning the Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with their sacrifice.
2 And answering he said to them: Do you suppose that these Galileans were sinners more than all the Galileans because of these [things] that they suffered?
3 No, I say to you, but if you do not repent, you will all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen upon whom fell the tower in Siloam and killed them, do you suppose them to have been debtors more than all the men inhabiting Jerusalem?
5 No, I say to you, but if you do not repent, you will all likewise perish.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Coin

Luke 15

1 Now all the tax gatherers and sinners were drawing nigh to him to be hearing him.
2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were complaining saying that: This [one] welcomes sinners and eats with them.

3 But he said to them this parable saying: 
4 What man among you having [a] hundred sheep and having lost of them one does not leave the ninety nine in the wilderness and proceed to the lost until he find it? 
5 And when he finds [it] he will place [it] upon his shoulders rejoicing, 
6 and having come to his house he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them: Rejoice with me, for I found my sheep that [was] lost. 
7 I say to you that there will be likewise joy in heaven over one sinner repenting than over the ninety nine just [ones] who have no need of repentance.
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.

Sin, Forgiveness, Faith, and Service

Luke 17

1 But he said to his disciples: It is impossible for stumblings not to come, but woe through whom they come.
2 It is better for him if [a] millstone is placed around his neck and he is hurled into the sea, than that he stumble one of these little [ones].
3 Be paying heed to yourselves. If your brother sin, rebuke him, and if he repent, forgive him.
4 And if seven times during the day he sin against you and seven times he return to you saying: I repent, forgive him.

Jesus's Final Commission

Luke 24

44 So he said to them: these [are] my words that I spoke to you while yet being with you, because it is necessary all the [things] written in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms concerning me be fulfilled.
45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.
46 And he said to them that: It is likewise written that the Christ suffer and arise from [the] dead on the third day,
47 and [that] repentance for forgiveness of sins be preached upon his name to all the nations—beginning from Jerusalem.
48 You [are] witnesses of these [things].
49 And behold I send out the good news of the father upon you. But you remain in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.
50 So he led them out to Bethany, and having lifted up his hands he blessed them.
51 And it came to pass when he was blessing them he withdrew from them.
52 And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
53 and they were through everything in the temple blessing God.

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