THE TEST OF A FALSE PROPHET
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly
are ravenous wolves.
You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or
figs from thistles?
So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil
A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into
Thus you will know them by their fruits.
 for each tree is known by its
own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked
from a bramble bush.
 "For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad
tree bear good fruit;
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and
the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the
abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
LIKE SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD
SENDING OUT THE TWELVE
 And Jesus went
about all the cities and villages, teaching
in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and
healing every disease and every infirmity.
 When he saw the
crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and
helpless, like sheep
without a shepherd.
 Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful, but the
laborers are few;
 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest
to send out laborers into his harvest.
 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had
compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.
THE MAN WITH THE
 These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and
enter no town of the Samaritans,
 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
 And preach as you go, saying,
`The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
 Heal the sick, raise the
dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying,
give without pay.
 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.
THE LOST SHEEP
 And he went on from
there, and entered their synagogue.
And behold, there was a man with a withered hand. And they asked him,
"Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath?" so that they might accuse him.
He said to them, What man of you,
if he has one sheep and
into a pit on the sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out?
 Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do
good on the sabbath."
 Then he said to the man, Stretch
out your hand. And the man stretched it out, and it was
restored, whole like the other.
 But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to
 Again he entered the
synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand.
 And they watched
him, to see whether he would heal him on the sabbath, so that they
might accuse him.
 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, Come here.
 And he said to them, Is it
lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?
But they were silent.
And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of
heart, and said to the man, Stretch
out your hand. He stretched it
out, and his hand was restored.
 The Pharisees went
out, and immediately held counsel with the Hero'di-ans against him, how
to destroy him.
 On another sabbath,
when he entered the synagogue and taught, a man was there whose right
hand was withered.
 And the scribes and the Pharisees
watched him, to
see whether he would
heal on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him.
 But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man who
had the withered hand, Come and
stand here. And he rose and stood
 And Jesus said to
them, I ask you, is it lawful on
the sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?
 And he looked
around on them all, and said to him, "Stretch out your hand. And he
did so, and his hand was restored.
 But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what
they might do to Jesus.
THE PARABLE OF THE
 And Jesus went away
from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried,
"Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely
possessed by a demon."
 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and
begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us."
 He answered, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
 But she came and
knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me."
 And he answered, It is not fair to take the children's
bread and throw it to the dogs.
 She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall
from their masters' table."
Then Jesus answered her, O woman,
great is your faith! Be it done for
you as you desire.
And her daughter was healed instantly
 And from there he
arose and went away to the region of Tyre
and Sidon. And he entered a house, and would not have any one know it;
yet he could not be hid.
 But immediately a
whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit, heard of him,
and came and fell down at his feet.
 Now the woman was a
Greek, a Syrophoeni'cian by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon
out of her daughter.
And he said to her, Let the
children first be fed, for it is not right
to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
 But she answered
him, "Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's
 And he said to her,
For this saying you
may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.
 And she went home,
and found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone.
THE LAST JUDGMENT
 See that you do not despise one of
these little ones; for
I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my
Father who is in heaven.
 What do you think? If a man
has a hundred sheep, and
one of them has gone astray, does he not leave
the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went
 And if he finds it, truly, I
you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went
 So it is not the will of my
is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
 So he told them this
 What man of
you, having a hundred sheep,
if he has lost one of them, does not leave
the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost,
until he finds it?
 And when he has found it, he
lays it on
his shoulders, rejoicing.
 And when he comes home, he calls
together his friends and his
neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep
which was lost.'
 Just so, I tell you, there will be
more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine
righteous persons who need no repentance.
THE STRICKEN SHEPHERD
 "When the Son of man comes in
his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his
Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them
one from another as a shepherd
separates the sheep
from the goats,
 and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but
the goats at the left.
Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of
my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
 for I was hungry and you gave
me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you
 I was naked and you clothed
me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'
 Then the righteous will
answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or
thirsty and give thee drink?
 And when did we see thee a
stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee?
 And when did we see thee sick
or in prison and visit thee?'
And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to
one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'
Then he will say to those at his left hand, `Depart from me, you
cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
 for I was hungry and you
gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
 I was a stranger and you did
not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and
you did not visit me.'
 Then they also will answer,
`Lord, when did we see thee hungry or
thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not
minister to thee?'
 Then he will answer them,
`Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these,
you did it not to me.'
 And they will go away into
eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
 And when they had
sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Then Jesus said to them, You will
all fall away because of me this
night; for it is written, `I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of
the flock will be scattered.'
 But after I am raised up, I will go
before you to Galilee.
 Peter declared to
him, "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall
 Jesus said to him, Truly, I say to you, this very night,
before the cock crows, you will deny me three times."
 Peter said to him, "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny
you." And so said all the disciples
 And when they had
sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
And Jesus said to them, You will
all fall away; for it is written, `I
will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be
 But after I am raised up, I
will go before you to Galilee.
 Peter said to him,
"Even though they all fall away, I will not."
 And Jesus said to him, Truly,
I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will
deny me three times.
 But he said
vehemently, "If I must die with you, I will not deny you." And they all
said the same.
 And he came out,
and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples