Saturday, January 7, 2017

focusing the words of Jesus (3)


A.D. 27. Age 30. Jerusalem: Pool of Bethesda.

John 5, 1-47.

AFTER this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

At Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay
impotent folk: blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel
went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then
first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatever disease
he had.

A certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus
saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto

Wilt thou be made whole?

The impotent man answered, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put
me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus
saith unto him,

Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

Immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the
same day was the sabbath.

¶The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not
lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

He answered, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed,
and walk.

Then they asked him, What man is that? And he that was healed wist not who it was:
for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him,

Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
And the Jews sought to slay Jesus, because he had done these things on the
sabbath day.

¶But Jesus answered them,

My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

The Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath,
but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. Then Jesus
said unto them,

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth
the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he
will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son
quickeneth whom he will.

For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son; that
all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not
the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent him.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from
death unto life.

Verily, verily, I say unto you. The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall
hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath
life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; and hath given him
authority to execute judgment also because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this:
for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and
shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they
that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just;
because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. If I
bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

¶There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he
witnesseth of me is true.

Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony
from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a

shining light: and we were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

¶But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath
given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath
sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye
have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his
word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

¶Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they
which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

I receive not honor from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in
you. I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in
his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honor one of
another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only?

Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even
Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me:

for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?


A.D. 28. Age 31. Nazareth. Capernaum.

Luke 4, 16-31; Mark 1, 15; Matthew 4, 17.

JESUS came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was,
he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. When he
had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

*The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the
gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance
to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are
bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

He closed the book, gave it again to the minister, and sat down. The eyes of all them
that were in the synagogue were fastened on him: and he began to say unto them,

This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears.

And all bare witness, and wondered at the gracious words which pro-ceded out of his
mouth. They said, Is not this Joseph's son? And Jesus said,

Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have
heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

And he said,

Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the
heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout
all the land; but unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of
Sidom, unto a woman that was a widow.

And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet: and none of them
was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

They in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and
rose up, and thrust Jesus out, and led him unto the brow of the hill wheron their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

¶Now Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison; and, passing through the
midst of them, he went his way: and leaving Nazareth, he departed into Galilee: he
came to Capernaum.

Jesus dwelt in Capernaum, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying,

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of heaven is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Repent: for the kingdom of God is at hand.

From that time Jesus began to preach; and he taught them on the sabbath days.

17:* This passage from Luke (4, 18-19) paraphrases verses 1-2 of Isaiah 61, which 
Jesus "stood up for to read."


A.D. 28. Age 31. Galilee: Capernaum.

Mark 1, 16-26; Luke 4, 31 . . . 38 . . . 44; Matthew 4, 17 . . . 25.

NOW as Jesus walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon Peter and Andrew his
brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. He said unto them,

Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. Follow me.

Straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

When he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and
John his brother, who were in a ship with their father, mending their nets. He called
them: and they left their father in the ship with the hired servants, and followed

¶They went into Capernaum; and on the sabbath day Jesus entered into the
synagogue, and taught. They were astonished: for his word was with power: he
taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

There was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Let us
alone, thou Jesus of Nazareth. Art thou come to destroy us? I know who thou art: the
Holy One of God.

Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

When the unclean spirit had thrown the man in the midst, he came out of him, and
hurt him not.

¶Jesus arose, and, when they were come out of the synagogue, entered the house
of Peter and Andrew, with James and John.

¶In the morning, rising up a great while before day, Jesus went out into a solitary
place, and there prayed.

The people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart. He said,

I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.

Simon and they that were with him followed after Jesus, and when they had found
him, they said unto him, *All men seek for thee. He answered,

Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.

¶And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the
gospel of the kingdom. His fame went throughout Syria. And there followed him
multitudes from Galilee, and Decapolis; * from Jerusalem, and Judea; and from
beyond Jordan.

19:* Decapolis: The region bordering the Sea of Galilee eastward, and embracing the adjacent lands in which lay the ten (allied) cities then known collectively as Decapolis.


A.D. 28, Age 31 Near Capernaum.

Matthew 5, 1-48.

SEEING the multitudes, Jesus went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his
disciples came unto him: and he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all
manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so
persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

¶Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be
salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under
foot of men.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men
light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto
all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

¶Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to
destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or
one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach
men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall
do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I
say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

¶Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and
whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: but I say unto you, That
whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the
judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the
council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother
hath aught against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be
reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him; lest at any
time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer,
and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come
out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

¶Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath
committed adultery with her already in his heart.

And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable
for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should
be cast into hell.

And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee, for it is profitable for
thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be
cast into hell.

It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of
divorcement: but I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for
the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry
her that is divorced cornmitteth adultery. *

¶Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not
forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: but I say unto you,
Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: nor by the earth; for it is his
footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou
swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let
your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: 
for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

¶Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but
I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right
cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take
away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a
mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would
borrow of thee turn not thou away.

¶Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine
enemy: but I say unto you,

†Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and
pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the
children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil
and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans
the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not
even the publicans so?

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father, which is in heaven is perfect.

21:* Thus Matthew (5, 31-32).

21:† The spirit of the Golden Rule.


A.D. 28, Age 31 Near Capernaum.

Matthew 6, 1-34.

TAKE heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them; otherwise ye
have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine
alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues
and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have
their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right
hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret
himself shall reward thee openly.

¶And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hyprocites are: for they love to
pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be
seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou
prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father
which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they
shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your
Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will
be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but
if ye forgive not men their trespasses, 
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

¶Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they
disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you,
They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy
face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret:
and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

¶Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in
heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break
through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall
be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If
therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

¶No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other:
or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye
shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat,
and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do
they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not
much better than they?

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubic unto his stature? And why take ye
thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not,
neither do they spin; and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was
not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field,
which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe
you, O ye of little faith?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or,
Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (for after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for
your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things
shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

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