ON THE EARTH
Here are collected all utterances of Jesus that incorporate the New Testament Greek word, gh, which is, translated, earth or land, possibly ground or dirt, depending on context.
The definition, as given by Thayer1 is:
gh (prounciation, gay) -- the ground, the earth as a standing place, the earth as a whole, the earth as opposed to the heavens, the world, the inhabited earth, a country, a land enclosed within fixed boundaries, a tract of land, territory, or region.
For such a little word, it has so many different meanings! It is further complicated by the fact that when moderns read one of the English equivalents, earth, very often they understand it to mean "planet." It never meant that to the first disciples of Jesus, who had no planetary conception.
We modern disciples must listen to the Good Shepherd with this in mind, otherwise we will misunderstand him also.
The corresponding English words are colored in blue where it occurs in the English text below.
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 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
|THE SALT OF THE EARTH|
 You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
 Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored?
 It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill; men throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
|THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS
 Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
 The law and the prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and every one enters it violently.
 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one dot of the law to become void.
 Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, `You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.'
 But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
 Let what you say be simply `Yes' or `No'; anything more than this comes from evil.
|THE LORD'S PRAYER
 Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
 And he said to them, When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be thy name.
| Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
|Thy kingdom come.
| Give us this day our daily bread;
|| Give us each day our daily bread;
| And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors;
 And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
| and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation.|
 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal,
| but lay up for yourselves treasures in
heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not
break in and steal.
|| Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.|
| For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.|| For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.|
|HEARERS AND DOERS
 Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them
 Every one who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:
|will be like a wise man who built his
house upon the rock;
 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
| he is like a man building a house, who
dug deep, and laid the foundation upon rock; and when a flood arose,
the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it
had been well built.
| And every one who hears these words of
mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his
house upon the sand;
|| But he who hears and does not do them
is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation;
| and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.||against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.|
|POWER ON EARTH
 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.
 And when he returned to Caper'na-um after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them.
 On one of those days, as he was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.
| And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed;|| And
they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and
they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus;
when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the
roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the
pallet on which the paralytic lay.
but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up
on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the
midst before Jesus.
when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, Take heart, my son; your sins are
 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves,
"This man is blaspheming."
when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, My son, your sins are forgiven.
 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,
 "Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
And when he saw their faith he said, Man, your sins are forgiven you.
 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying,
"Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?"
| But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, Why do you think evil in your hearts?|| And
immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned
within themselves, said to them, Why
do you question thus in your hearts?
|| When Jesus perceived their questionings,
he answered them, Why do you
question in your hearts?
which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Rise and
|| Which is easier, to say to the
paralytic, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Rise, take up your
pallet and walk'?
|| Which is easier, to say, `Your sins are
forgiven you,' or to say, `Rise and walk'?
| But that you may know that the Son of
man has authority on earth
to forgive sins" -- he then said to the paralytic -- "Rise, take up
your bed and go home."
|| But that you may know that the Son of
man has authority on earth
to forgive sins - he said to the paralytic -
 I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.
| But that you may know that the Son of
man has authority on earth
to forgive sins -- he said to the man who was paralyzed -- I say to you, rise, take up your bed
and go home.
he rose and went home.
And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before
And immediately he rose before them, and took up that on which he lay,
and went home, glorifying God.
| When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.||so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"|| And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen strange things today."|
|SENDING OUT OF DISCIPLES
 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it, and stay with him until you depart.
 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road.
you enter the house, salute it.
|| Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!'|
| And if the house is worthy, let your
peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to
if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not,
it shall return to you.
 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house.
| Whenever you enter a town and they
receive you, eat what is set before you;
 heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.'
| And if any one will not receive you or
listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave
that house or town.
|| But whenever you enter a town and they
do not receive you, go into its streets and say,
 `Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off against you; nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.'
| Truly, I say to you, it shall be more
tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomor'rah
than for that town.
|| I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on that day for Sodom than for that town.|
| Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.|| Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.|
|NOT PEACE, BUT A SWORD
 Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
 I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!
 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division;
| For I have come to set a man against
his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law
against her mother-in-law;
|| they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."|
| and a man's foes will be those of his own household.|| for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three;|
|WOE TO THE CITIES OF GALILEE
 Then he began to upbraid the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.
 Woe to you, Chora'zin! woe to you, Beth-sa'ida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
 Woe to you, Chora'zin! woe to you, Beth-sa'ida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
| But I tell you, it shall be more
tolerable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
|| But it shall be more tolerable in the
judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
| And you, Caper'na-um, will you be
exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. For if the
mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained
until this day.
 But I tell you that it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.
| And you, Caper'na-um, will you be
exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.
that time Jesus declared, 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.
that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, 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.
| All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.|| All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.|
|THIS EVIL GENERATION
 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you."
 But he answered them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah.
| For as Jonah was three days and three
nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days
and three nights in the heart of the earth.
|| For as Jonah became a sign to the men
of Nin'eveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation.
| The men of Nin'eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.|| The men of Nin'eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.|
| The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.|| The queen of the South will arise at 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, something greater than Solomon is here.|
|THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER
 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach.
 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.
 And when a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to him,
| And he
told them many things in parables, saying:
A sower went out to sow.
he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to
 Listen! A sower went out to sow.
|he said in a parable:
 A sower went out to sow his seed;
And as he sowed, some seeds
fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and
||and as he sowed,
some fell along the
path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.
Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and
immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,
|| Other seed fell on rocky ground, where
it had not much soil,
and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil;
|| And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up,|
but when the sun rose they
were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away.
|| and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and since it had no root it withered away.
||it withered away,
because it had no moisture.
Other seeds fell upon
thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
|| Other seed fell among thorns and the
thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
And some fell among thorns;
and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
Other seeds fell on good soil and brought
forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some
|| And other seeds fell into
good soil and brought
forth grain, growing up
and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a
|| And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.|
| He who has ears, let him hear.|| And he said, He who has ears to hear, let him hear.||As
he said this, he called out,
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
 Hear then the parable of the sower.
 And he said to them, Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
 Now the parable is this:
any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the
evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is
what was sown along the path.
|| The sower sows the word.
 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown; when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which is sown in them.
|The seed is the word of God.
 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved.
| As for what was sown on rocky ground,
this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
|| And these in like manner are the ones sown upon rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;|| And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy;|
| yet he has no root in himself, but
endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on
account of the word, immediately he falls away.
they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when
tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately
they fall away.
||but these have no root, they believe
for a while and in time of temptation fall away.
| As for what was sown among thorns, this
is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in
riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
|| And others are the ones sown among
thorns; they are those who hear the word,
 but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
| And as for what fell among the thorns,
they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by
the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not
| As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.|| But those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.|| And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.|
 And he said, The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground,
 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how.
 The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.
|PARABLE - THE MUSTARD SEED
 Another parable he put before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field;
 And he said, With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?
 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground,
 He said therefore, What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?
 It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his garden;
| it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.||is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;
 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.
|and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.|
 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare'a Philip'pi, he asked his disciples, Who do men say that the Son of man is?
 And Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesare'a Philip'pi; and on the way he asked his disciples, Who do men say that I am?
 Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, Who do the people say that I am?
And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli'jah, and
others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
And they told him, "John the Baptist; and others say, Eli'jah; and
others one of the prophets."
And they answered, "John the Baptist; but others say, Eli'jah; and
others, that one of the old prophets has risen."
said to them, But who do you say
that I am?
 Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
And he asked them, But who do you
say that I am? Peter answered him, "You are the Christ."
And he said to them, But who do
you say that I am? And Peter answered, "The Christ of God."
Jesus answered him, Blessed
are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and
blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
| Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.|| And he charged them to tell no one about him.|| But he charged and commanded them to tell this to no one,|
|SIGNS OF THE TIMES
 He answered them, When it is evening, you say, `It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.'
 He also said to the multitudes, When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, `A shower is coming'; and so it happens.
| And in the morning, `It will be stormy
today, for the sky is red and threatening.'
|| And when you see the south wind
blowing, you say, `There will be scorching heat'; and it happens.
|You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.|| You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky; but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?|
|ONE MORE CHANCE
 There were some present at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
 And he answered them, Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered thus?
 I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
 Or those eighteen upon whom the tower in Silo'am fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who dwelt in Jerusalem?
 I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
 And he told this parable: A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
 And he said to the vinedresser, `Lo, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why should it use up the ground?'
 And he answered him, `Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure.
 And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"
|THE SONS ARE FREE
 When they came to Caper'na-um, the collectors of the half-shekel tax went up to Peter and said, "Does not your teacher pay the tax?"
 He said, "Yes." And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from others?
 And when he said, "From others," Jesus said to him, Then the sons are free.
 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel; take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.
|BINDING AND LOOSING
 If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
 Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him;
| But if he does not listen, take one or
two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the
evidence of two or three witnesses.
 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
|THE UNJUST JUDGE
 And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.
 He said, In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man;
 and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, `Vindicate me against my adversary.'
 For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself, `Though I neither fear God nor regard man,
 yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming.'"
 And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says.
 And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?
 I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?
|THE FORBIDDEN TITLES
 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren.
 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
 Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ.
 He who is greatest among you shall be your servant;
 whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
|THE FATE OF THAT GENERATION
 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.
 Woe to you! for you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed.
 So you are witnesses and consent to the deeds of your fathers; for they killed them, and you build their tombs.
| You serpents, you brood of vipers, how
are you to escape being sentenced to hell?
Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom
you will kill and crucify, and some you will scourge in your synagogues
and persecute from town to town,
|| Therefore also the Wisdom of God said,
`I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill
| that upon you may
come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of
Abel to the blood of Zechari'ah the son of Barachi'ah, whom you
murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.
|| that the blood of all the prophets,
shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this
 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechari'ah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.
| Truly, I say to you, all this will come upon this generation.||Yes, I tell you, it shall be required of this generation.|
 Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken;
| Mark 13
 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
 And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,
 men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
| then will appear the sign of
the Son of man 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;
|| And then they will see the Son of man
coming in clouds with great power and glory.
|| And then they will see the Son of man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
| 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.|| And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.|
| Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.|
|THE TIME OF THE PAROUSIA|
 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place.
 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away before all these things take place.
 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all has taken place.
| Heaven and earth will pass away, but my
words will not pass away.
|| Heaven and earth will pass away, but my
words will not pass away.
|| Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.|
| But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.|| But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.|
| But take heed to yourselves lest
your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares
of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare;
 for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth.
 But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man."
|THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS
 For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property;
 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
 He said therefore, A nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom and then return.
 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them, `Trade with these till I come.'
 But his citizens hated him and sent an embassy after him, saying, `We do not want this man to reign over us.'
| He who had received the five talents
went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more.
 So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more.
 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.
| Now after a long time the master of
those servants came and settled accounts with them.
 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, `Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.'
| When he returned, having
received the kingdom, he commanded these
servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he
might know what they had gained by trading.
 The first came before him, saying, `Lord, your pound has made ten pounds more.'
| His master said to him,
`Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a
little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.'
|| And he said to him, `Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'|
| And he also who had the two
talents came forward, saying, `Master, you
delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.'
 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.'
the second came, saying, `Lord, your pound has made five pounds.'
 And he said to him, `And you are to be over five cities.'
| He also who had received the one
talent came forward, saying, `Master, I knew you to be a hard man,
reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow;
 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.'
| Then another came, saying, `Lord, here
is your pound, which I kept laid away in a napkin;
 for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man; you take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.'
| But his master answered him,
`You wicked and slothful servant! You knew
that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not
 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
He said to him, `I will condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked
servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking up what I did not lay
down and reaping what I did not sow?
 Why then did you not put my money into the bank, and at my coming I should have collected it with interest?'
| So take the talent from him, and give
it to him who has the ten talents.
|| And he said to those who stood by,
`Take the pound from him, and give it to him who has the ten pounds.'
 (And they said to him, `Lord, he has ten pounds!')
| For to every one who has
will more be given, and he will have
abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken
|| `I tell you, that to every one who has
will more be given; but from him who has not, even what he has will be
| And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.'|| But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.'"|
|THE GREAT COMMISSION
 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
 And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted.
 And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."
|EARTH IN THE FOURTH GOSPEL
The Hour of Glorification
 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.
 So these came to Philip, who was from Beth-sa'ida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."
 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus.
 And Jesus answered them, The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.
 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
 If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.
The Lifting Up From the Earth
 Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? `Father, save me from this hour'? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour.
 Father, glorify thy name. Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."
 The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."
 Jesus answered, This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.
 Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out;
 and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.
 He said this to show by what death he was to die.
 The crowd answered him, "We have heard from the law that the Christ remains for ever. How can you say that the Son of man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of man?"
 Jesus said to them, The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, lest the darkness overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.
 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light. When Jesus had said this, he departed and hid himself from them.