17[1-10] Then Yeshua said to the followers, “It would be impossible for abuses not to happen: but sorrow will surely come to those who abuse others! It would better for them to have a large stone hung around their neck, and be drowned in the sea, than to abuse one of these little ones. Watch out for yourselves: If someone sins against you, confront them; and if they change their evil ways, forgive them. And if they sin against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn back to you, saying, I will change my evil ways; forgive them.” And the followers said to Christ, “Help us to have more faith.” So Christ said, “If you have faith even as small as a grain of mustard seed, if you said to this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea;’ it would obey you. But which of you, having a worker plowing or feeding cattle, would say to them, when they’ve come in from the field, ‘Go and sit down to eat?’ But wouldn’t you say to them instead, ‘Get my supper ready, and get ready to serve me, till I’ve finished my meal; and then you can eat’? Would you thank that worker because they did what they were told? I don’t think so. So it’s the same with you, when you’ve done all that you’re told, say, ‘We’re worthless workers: we’ve only done what was our duty to do.’”
[11-19] And then, as they went on to Jerusalem, they passed through the middle of Samaria and Galilee. And as they came to a certain town, ten lepers met them, who stood off away from them: And they hollered out, saying, ‘Yeshua, Christ, have mercy on us.’ And when Yeshua saw them, the Christ answered, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And then, as they went, they were healed. And one of them, who saw that he was healed, turned back, and praised God with a loud voice, and fell face down at Yeshua’s feet, giving thanks: and it was a Samaritan of mixed race. So Yeshua said, “Weren’t there ten healed? So where are the other nine? Didn’t any come back to give praise to God, except this stranger?” And the Christ said, “Get up, and go: your faith has healed you.”
[20-37] Now when the religious leaders asked the Christ when the realm of God would come, Yeshua answered, “The realm of God isn’t something you see: Nor will people say, Look here! or, Look there! because the realm of God is what’s inside you.” And the Christ said to the followers, “The time will come, when you’ll wish to see one of these days with Me, but you won’t see it. And people will say to you, ‘Look here;’ or, ‘Look there:’ but don’t go with them, nor follow after them, because I will be like the lightning that flashes from one side heaven and shines to the other side of heaven in the day of My return. But first I must suffer many things, and be rejected by the people. And just as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the day of My return. People ate and drank, and were married and were given in marriage, until the day that Noah went in the ark, and the flood came, and killed them all. The same also as it was in the days of Lot; they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, and they built; But the very day that Lot went out of Sodom, God rained fire and sulfur from heaven, and killed them all. In the same way, it will also be this way on the day when I am revealed. In that day, whoever is on the rooftop, and their stuff is in the house, don’t go down to get it: and whoever is in the field, don’t go back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever tries to save their life will lose it; and whoever is willing to lose their life will save it. I tell you, on that night there will be two people on one bed; and one will be taken, and the other left behind. Two women will be working together; and one will be taken, and the other left behind. Two men will be out in the field; and one will be taken, and the other left behind.” And they asked, “Where, Christ?” And Yeshua answered, “Wherever the body is, the birds of prey will be gathered together there.”
18[1-8] And Yeshua told a story to them so that people would always pray, and not give up hope; So the Christ said, “There was a judge in a city, who wasn’t afraid of God, nor cared about what people think either: And there was a widow in that city, who came to the judge, saying, ‘Punish my enemy.’ And the judge wouldn’t for a while: but later thought, ‘Though I’m not afraid of God, nor do I care what anyone thinks; Yet because this widow bothers me, I’ll get justice for her, or by her continually coming, she’ll wear me out.’” And then Yeshua said, “Listen to what the evil judge said. Won’t God do justice for the chosen ones, who cry out to God day and night, though God waits along time to answer them? I tell you that God will bring justice for them suddenly. And yet, when I come, will I find any faith left on the earth?”
[9-14] And the Christ spoke this story to certain people who trusted in themselves that they were good, but hated others: “Two people went into a place of worship to pray; One was a religious leader, and the other a tax collector. The religious leader stood and prayed to himself, ‘God, I thank you, that I am not like others are, cheats, evil ones, sexually unfaithful, or like this tax collector. I go without food twice a week, I always give a part of what I have.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, wouldn’t even look up to heaven, but hit himself on the chest, saying, ‘God, be compassionate to me a sinner.’ I tell you, this person went home made right instead of the other because everyone who exalts themselves will be ashamed; and whoever humbles themselves will be praised.”
[15-17] And the people brought to the Christ infants also, hoping that the Christ would bless them: but when the followers saw it, they scolded them. But Yeshua called them over, saying, “Let the little children to come to Me, and don’t forbid them because the realm of God is filled with such as these. The truth is, whoever won’t come into the realm of God with the undoubting faith of a little child, won’t come in at all.”
[18-30] Then a certain ruler asked Yeshua, saying, “Good Christ, what do I need to do to inherit everlasting life?” And Yeshua said, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good, except One, and that is God. You know the Words of the Law: Don’t do any sexual sin, Don’t kill, Don’t steal, Don’t lie about someone, Honor your parents.” And the ruler said, “I’ve done all this from my youth up.” Now when Yeshua heard this, the Christ said, “Yet still, you lack one thing: sell everything you own, and give to the poor, and you’ll have wealth in heaven: and come, follow Me.” And the ruler, hearing this, was very sorrowful because he was very rich. And Yeshua saw that he was very sorrowful, and said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to come into the realm of God! It’s easier for a camel to be completely unloaded and squeeze through the eye of a needle, that is, the smallest gate, than for a rich person to come into the realm of God.” And those who heard it said, “Who can be saved then?” And the Christ said, “The things that are impossible for people, are possible with God.” Then Peter said, “Look, we’ve left everything, and followed you.” And Yeshua answered, “The truth is, there’s not one of you who has left a house, or parents, or siblings, or a spouse, or children, for the realm of God’s sake, who won’t get much more in this life, and in the world to come, everlasting life.”
[31-34] Then the Christ took the twelve away from the others, saying to them, “We’re going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the great preachers about Me will happened. I will be handed over to the other peoples, and will be mocked, and treated hatefully, and spit on: And they’ll beat Me, and put Me to death: and the third day I will come to life again.” But they didn’t understand any of this: the Christ’s words were unclear to them, and they didn’t remember any of what the Christ had said.
[35-43] And then as they came near Jericho, a certain blind person sat begging beside the road. Hearing the crowd pass by, the blind person asked what it meant. And the people told him, that Yeshua of Nazareth was passing by. So he hollered out, saying, “Yeshua, Child of David, have mercy on me.” And those who were ahead of him scolded him, telling him to be quiet: but he hollered out all the more, “Child of David, have mercy on me.” And Yeshua stood still, and told the people to bring the person who was blind there: and when he came near, the Christ asked, “What do you want Me to do to you?” And he said, “Christ, that I can have my sight.” And Yeshua said, “Accept your sight: your faith has saved you.” And suddenly, he got his sight back and followed along, worshipping God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
19[1-10] Then Yeshua came and passed through Jericho. And there was someone named Zaccaeus, which was the leader among the tax collectors, and who was rich. And Zaccaeus looked for a way to see who Yeshua was; but couldn’t for the crowd, because he was short. So he ran, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Yeshua, because the Christ was about to pass by that way. And when Yeshua came to that place, the Christ looked up, and saw him, saying, “Zaccaeus, come down quickly; I want to stay at your house today.” And he quickly came down, and welcomed Christ joyfully. And when the people saw it, they all spoke against it, saying, “The Christ has gone to be the guest of a sinner!” And Zaccaeus stood up, saying, “Christ, I will give half of everything I own to the poor; and if I’ve taken anything from anyone by false claim, I will give them back four times as much.” And Yeshua said, “Today, you and your family are saved, because you also are a child of Abraham. This is why I’ve come to find and save those who are lost.”
[11-27] As they heard this, Yeshua told another story, because Jerusalem was near by, and because they thought that the realm of God was just about to happen. So the Christ said, “Someone of great respect went far away to accept the rule of a country, and to return. And called ten workers, and gave them ten coins, saying to them, do business till I come back. But the citizens hated this person, and sent a message, saying, ‘We won’t have you reign over us.’ And then the ruler came back, having taken rule over the country, and called the workers to whom he had given the money, in order to know how much each had gained by trading. Then the first came, saying, ‘Ruler, your coin has gained ten more.’ And the Ruler said, ‘Well done, you’re a good worker, and because you’ve been faithful in a very little, you will have power over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Ruler, your coin has gained five coins.’ And the Ruler said the same to this one, ‘You also will be over five cities.’ And another came, saying, ‘Ruler, here is your coin, which I’ve saved wrapped in a napkin because I was afraid of you, because you’re a harsh person: you take what you didn’t put down, and reap what you don’t plant.’ And the Ruler said, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you evil worker. You knew that I was a harsh person, taking what I haven’t put down, and reaping what I didn’t plant: Why then didn’t you put my money into the bank, so that at my coming I might have gotten my own back with interest?’ And the Ruler said to those who stood by, ‘Take the coin, and give it to the one who has ten coins.’ (And they said, ‘Ruler, he has ten coins already.’) I tell you, that everyone which has something will be given more; and those who haven’t got much, even what they have will be taken away from them. And all my enemies, who didn’t want me to reign over them, bring them here to me, and kill them.”
[28-40] And when Yeshua had said this, the Christ went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. And then the Christ came near Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount called the Mount of Olives, and sent two of the followers, saying, “Go into the town up ahead of you; and when you get there, you’ll find a foal tied up, on which no one has ever sat before. Untie it, and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ Say to them, ‘because the Christ needs it.’” And those who were sent left, and found it just as the Christ had told them. And as they were untying the foal, the owners of it asked, “Why are you untying the foal?” And they said, “The Christ has need of it.” And they brought it to Yeshua: and laid some of their clothes on the foal, and Yeshua sat on it. And as the Christ went, they spread their clothes down on the road. And when the Christ came near the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of followers began to celebrate and praise God with a loud voice for all the amazing things that they had seen; saying, “May the One who is coming be blessed, a Ruler that comes in the Name of Yahweh God: peace in heaven, and victory to the highest.” And some of the religious leaders from among the crowd said, “Christ, tell your followers not to do that.” But the Christ answered them, saying, “I tell you that if these were to be quiet, the stones would cry out.”
[41-48] And Yeshua came near, and saw the city, and cried over it, saying, “If you had only known, even in this your time now, the things which would give you peace! But now they’re hid from you. The time will come, that those who come against you will put a siege around you, and surround you, and keep you closed off from every direction, and will level you to the ground, along with your people; and they’ll not leave in you one stone in its place; because you didn’t know it when I visited you.” And as they went into the place of worship, the Christ began to throw out all those who were buying and selling in it; saying to them, “It’s written, ‘My house is the house of prayer’: but you’ve made it a place of thieves.” So the Christ taught daily in the place of worship. And the leading priests, the religious leaders, and the leaders of the people looked for a way to kill Yeshua; but they couldn’t find a way to do it, because all the people came to hear the Christ.
20[1-8] And then on one of those days, as the Christ taught the people in the place of worship, and preached the New Word, the leading priests and the religious leaders, along with the elders, came and asked the Christ, saying, “Tell us, by what right do you do this? Who gave you this right?” So the Christ answered them, saying, “I’ll ask you something, too; and you tell Me: Was the baptism of John from heaven, or of human origin? And they argued among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven;’ then Yeshua will say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin;’ all the people will stone us because they believe that John was a great preacher.” So they said that they didn’t know. And Yeshua answered, “Then neither will I tell you by what right I do this.”
[9-18] Then the Christ began to tell the people this story; “Someone planted a garden, and rented it out to farmers, and went into a far off country for a long time. And at the end of the season the owner sent a worker to the farmers, to collect the fruit of the garden: but the farmers beat and sent the worker away empty-handed. And again the owner sent another worker: and they beat, treating shamefully, and sent this one away empty-handed, too. And again the owner sent a third: and they wounded and put this one out, too. Then the owner of the garden said, ‘What will I do? I’ll send my own child, who I love: it may be that when they see the heir, they’ll show respect.’ But when the farmers saw the heir, they argued among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir: come, if we kill the heir, the inheritance will be ours.’ So they went outside of the garden, and killed the heir. So what will the owner of the garden do to them? The owner will come and kill these farmers, and will give the garden to others.” And when they heard it, they said, “Never!” And watching them, the Christ said, “Then what is this that is written, the same stone which the builders rejected will become the first cornerstone? And whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but whoever it falls on, will be ground to dust.”
On Paying Taxes and Tithes
[19-26] So the leading priests and the religious leaders began that very time, to look for a way to take the Christ; but they were afraid of the people because they realized that the Christ had told this story about them. So they watched the Christ, and sent out spies, who would pretend to be good people, in order to hear some word, that they might use to hand over the Christ to the power and control of the governor. And they asked Yeshua, saying, “Christ, we know that you say and teach what is right, nor do you care what anyone says, but teach us the way of God: Is it right for us to give taxes to the ruling government, or not?” But the Christ realized their craftiness, and answered, “Why do you try to tempt Me? Show Me a coin. Whose picture and name does it have?” And they answered, “Caesar’s.” Then the Christ answered, “So pay your taxes to the government, and give the part of your money to God that belongs to God.” And they couldn’t grasp the Christ’s words in front of the people: and were amazed at the answer, and didn’t say anything.
No Sexuality or Marriage in the Afterlife
[27-38] Then some of the religious sects came, which don’t believe that there’s any afterlife; and asked, saying, “Christ, Moses wrote to us, ‘If someone dies, having a spouse, and they die without children, that another should take their spouse, and give them children.’ There were seven brothers: and the first took a spouse, and died without children. And the second took her as a spouse, and died childless. And the third took her; and in this same way all seven also: and they left no children, and died. Last of all the woman died also. So when they come to life again whose spouse will she be because all seven had her in marriage?” So Yeshua answered, “The people of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But those who are thought worthy to obtain that world, and the coming to life again from the dead, won’t be sexual or live in marriage: Neither will they die any more because they’ll be like the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the new life. And as to those who are dead coming to life again, even Moses showed at the bush, when God was called the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, that God isn’t a God of the dead, but of the living because all live to God.”
Christ David’s Descendant
[39-44] Then some of the religious leaders asked, “Christ, you’ve answered well.” And after that they dared not ask any more questions at all. So Yeshua asked them, “How do they say that Christ is David’s descendant? When David himself said in the book of Psalms, Yahweh God said to My Christ, sit beside Me, till I make those who come against you a place to rest your feet. So then, if David called the Christ, Christ, how is the Christ David’s descendent?”
False Religious Leaders
[45-47] Then in the presence of all the people the Christ said to the followers, “Beware of the religious leaders, which want to walk around dressed in impressive clothing, and love greetings in the shopping centers, and the best seats in the places of worship, and the best places at celebration dinners; which take widows’ money, and for a show make long prayers: these will get the greater punishment.”