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Hebrew Gospel of Matthew


Compare to other versions/translations.  Note passages of support from OT.


Chapter 1


  1.  These are the generations of Jesus, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

  2. Abraham begot Isaac and Isaac begot Jacob; Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.

  3. Judah begot Pere and Zarah from Tamar; Pere begot Hezron; Hezron begot Ram.

  4. Ram begot Amminadab; Amminadab begot Nahshon; Nahshon begot Salmon.

  5. Salmon begot Boaz from Rahab the harlot; Boaz begot Obed from Ruth and Obed begot Jesse.

  6. Jesse begot David; David begot (Solomon) from the wife of Uriah.

  7. Solomon begot Rehoboam; Rehoboam begot Abria; Abia begot Asa.

  8. Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram; Joram begot Uzziah.

  9. Uzziah begot (Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, Ahaz begot) Hezekiah.

  10. Hezekiah begot Manasseh; Manasseh begot Amon; Amon begot Josiah.

  11. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers in the Babylonian exile.

  12. (After the Babylonian exile) Jeconiah begot Shealtiel; Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel.

  13. Zerubbabel begot Abihud; Abihud begot (Eliakim; Eliakim begot Azor.

  14. Azor begot Zadok; Zadok begot) Achim; Achim begot Elihud.

  15. Elihud begot Eleazar; Eleazar begot Mattan; Mattan begot Jacob.

  16. Jacob begot Joseph.  This Joseph was the husband of Mary (the mother of Jesus) who is called the Messiah, that is, Christ.

  17. (So all the generations from Abraham unto David were fourteen generations and from David unto the Babylonian exile were fourteen generations and from the Babylonian exile unto Jesus were fourteen generations. (Genealogy was given to establish him to be the “shoot” arising out of the root of the tribe of Judah and David  that was prophesied)

  18. The birth of Jesus was in this way:) It came to pass when his mother was betrothed to Joseph, before he knew her, she was found pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

  19. Joseph was a righteous man and did not wish to dwell with her nor expose her by bringing her to shame or to bind her over to death.  He rather wished to conceal her.

  20. While he thought on this matter in his heart, behold and angel ((messenger)) appeared unto him in a dream and said: Joseph son of David do not fear to take your wife Mary because she is pregnant by the Holy Spirit. ((of the seed of the woman and the offspring of David))

  21. She will bear a son and you will call his name Jesus because he will save my people from their sins. ((The name “Yeshua” means “salvation” – to turn His people away from their iniquity (Lawlessness) to do what God had instructed (Torah/instruction in righteousness) – bringing them to repent from their heart to then live justly and rightly))

  22. All this was to complete what was written by the prophet according to the Lord:

  23. Behold the young woman is conceiving and will bear a son and you will call his name Emmanuel, that is, God with us. ((Isaiah gave no prophecy of human sacrifice by the Messiah to cover the sins of Israel or the nations – Isaiah did prophecy of one who was going to make the Torah honorable for Gentiles to also keep – Isaiah 42)(( David’s son of Isaiah 7 was never noted for doing anything – thereby the prophecy remained unfulfilled of the one to whom it would be considered “God with us” – the unique Prophet that Moses foretold to come and hear “whatsoever he saith unto you”.  If Jesus spoke the words of God as no other prophet – and was directly inspired in his teachings as no other prophet – by the direct indwelling of the Spirit to speak what God declared to him – this could be the correct understanding of his role and substantiate the need to know and do whatever he taught)))

  24. Then Joseph awoke from his sleep and did according to all which the angel of the Lord commanded him and took his wife.

  25. But he did not know her until she bore her firstborn son and he called his name Jesus.


((If Yeshua means “Salvation”, could any other passages in the Hebrew Scripture that use the word “salvation” be considered prophecy of Yeshua?))


 


 


Chapter 2


  1. It came to pass when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judah in the days of Herod the king, behold astrologers came from the East to Jerusalem saying:

  2. Where is the king of the Jews who has been born.  We have seen in the East and  have come with important gifts to worship him.

  3. Herod the king heard and was dismayed and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him.

  4. So he gathered all his nobles and inquired from them if they knew where the Messiah would be born.

  5. They answered him: In Bethlehem Judah, as it is written according to the prophet:

  6. You Bethlehem Judah, Ephrathah, land of Judah, behold you are insignificant among the clans of Judah; from you shall come forth to me one to be ruler in Israel.

  7. Then King Herod called the magicians in secret and asked them well concerning the time the star (appeared) to them.  ((Prophecy in Daniel was known to them, and they knew the timing and had come to seek him out.  To date Daniel is in the “writings” of the Hebrew Scripture – not the “Prophets”  Isaiah was also altered in the MT))

  8. He sent them to Bethlehem and said unto them: Go and inquire well concerning the child and when you find him inform me.  I also will go to him to worship.

  9. They harkened unto the king and went and behold the star which they saw in the East was going before then until they came to the place.  When they entered Bethlehem, it stopped before the place where the child was.

  10. When they saw the star they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.

  11. They (came) into the house, found him  and his mother Mary, knelt before him, worshipped him, opened their sacks, and brought to him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, that is, mira. (coming king, role to “My people”, foretold death on the cross, and one who was to “ascend to the Ancient of Days and return in judgment/rule[see 1 Enoch and the three parables – starting at 1 Enoch 38] Daniel 7:9, 13, 14; 9-11; Mt. 25:31; 26:64;)

  12. Then they were commanded in a dream by the angel who spoke to them not to return to Herod; so they returned to their land by another route.

  13. As they were going, behold the angel of the Lord appeared unto Joseph (saying:) Arise, take the boy and his mother, flee to Egypt and stay there until I tell you, because Herod will seek the boy to kill him.

  14. So he took the boy and his mother

  15. And was there until Herod died, to fulfill [complete]what was spoken by the prophet: Out of Egypt I called my son. (Israel was said to be “My son,”(Ex. 4:22) but Yeshua as the unique “son” was proven by God through his Testimony/Teachings, miracles, resurrection and ascension to the “Ancient of Days”- thereby making the prophecy complete – fulfilled of Isaiah 11:1-4 = Israel first as a nation (Ex. 4:22), then Deut. 18:15-18 in a specific person to “complete”, “that prophet,”  the Torah and Prophets foretelling.)

  16. Then Herod saw that the magicians had (mocked) him and was very displeased.  Being grieved at heart, he commanded that word be sent to all his princes to kill all the male children who were in Bethlehem and its borders who had been born from the time when the magicians spoke to him concerning the birth of the boy. ((note difference between astrologers and magicians))[[the telling about Moses, the telling about Jesus – complete]]

  17. Then was fulfilled that which Jeremiah the prophet spoke:

  18. A voice was heard in Rama, lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, etc.  ((it appears that Shem-Tob took liberty with the text before him))

  19. It came to pass when King Herod died, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt

  20. Saying: Arise, take the boy and his mother and go to the land of Israel, because those who were seeking the boy to kill him are dead.

  21. So he arose, took the boy and his mother, and they returned to the land of Israel.

  22. Then he heard that Horeanus, his name is Argelaus, reigned in Judah in the place of Herod his father, and he feared to go there.  So the angel of the Lord urged him in a dream that he should turn unto the land of Gilgal.

  23. He came and dwelt in a city called Nazarith in order to fulfill what the prophet said: He shall be called Nazareth.  ((see footnotes in the AENT of the relationship of the word for shoot – netzer – being at the root, and the point being Jesus was the shoot out of the stem of Jessee.  Possibly the text Shem-Tob had was already mistranslated or altered.  This should also be considered to view Yeshua’s teaching to them and being a great light to them to be the literal completion of the prophecy in Isaiah 11: 1-5.)

    Chapter 3


    1. In those days came John the Baptizer preaching in the wilderness of Judah.

    2. He said: Turn in repentance, for the kingdom of heaven is about to come,

    3. To fulfill what was said by Isaiah the prophet: A voice of one crying in the desert prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the wilderness a path for our God.          ((Is. 40:3; then followed to Yeshua in chapter 42))

    4. Behold John was clothed with the hair of camels and black leather girded his loins and his food was locust ((AENT turnips)) and the honey of the forest. ((more evidence on the text Shem-Tob was using, but it has no impact on the Teachings of Yeshua (Salvation)))

    5. Then they came out to him from Jerusalem, from all Judah, and from all the kingdom round about the Jordan, ((note it does not say river – it was the river valley area to the South, near the wilderness – near Quamran))

    6. And at that time were confessing their sin and were baptizing in the Jordan because of his word. (Does not say Jordon River – Quamran and large spring was likely the place Jesus was baptized by John, and links Quamran scrolls to community John was from.)

    7. He saw that many of the Pharisees, that is, Pharizei, and (Sadducees) came to his baptism and he said to them, (Offspring of serpents, who taught you) to flee from the wrath to come from God?

    8. Produce the fruit of perfect repentance. (see DSS separation from Jerusalem due to what they saw as apostacy and the need to separate themselves in preparation for the “teacher of righteousness” the believed soon to some – and testimony of John to Jesus (Yeshua))

    9. Do not say in your heart: Abraham is our father.  Truly I say to you that God is able to raise up his son Abraham from these stones.  (( in the regeneration God does not require bones to resurrect even Abraham – the valley of dry bones is a prophecy of the nation of Israel )) [God had already told Israel of their false security in blood sacrifices if they were not living as He instructed and decreed. Not living as He taught them - ignoring living by His justice and mercy - made their sacrifice and prayers a stench in His nose that He hated.  See the minor prophets also.]

    10. (Already the axe has reached the root of the tree; the one which does not produce good fruit will be cut down and burned in the fire.  The crowds asked him: if so what shall we do?  John answered them: He who has two shirts let him give one to him who has none.  So the people came to be baptized.) Many asked him: “What shall we do?  And he answered them: Be anxious for (no) man and do not chastise them, and be pleased with your lot.  And all the people were thinking and reckoning in their circumcised heart: John is Jesus ((“that prophet” foretold by Moses in Deut. 18:15))(minor alteration?).

    11. John answered all of them: Behold I truly baptize you in the days of repentance; but another comes mightier than I, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to unfasten.  He will baptize you with the fire of the Holy Spirit. ((not by fire and the Holy Spirit)) [[See the reason God said He would send His Spirit – Ezekiel 37.  It was to write His word on the heart to cause doing what He instructed – not to feign miracles and speaking in tongues as the end of Mark says – Matthew and Mark teach different gospels]]

    12. His winnowing fork is in his hand to fan his threshing floor and he will gather the grain into his granary and the straw (he will burn with fire which is not quenched). ((Mal. 3:3))

    13. Then came Jesus from Galilee the Jordan to be baptized by John.

    14. But John was doubtful about baptizing him and said: I should be baptized you you, and you come to me?

    15. Jesus answered and said to him: Permit it, because we are obliged to fulfill all righteousness; then (John baptized him).

    16. Immediately when he came up from the water, the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and it dwelt upon him.  Then behold a voice from heaven was saying: This is my son, my beloved, he is loved very very much and my pleasure is in him. ((Psalm 2:7; Isaiah 42:1))[[Jesus received the Spirit at baptism, a foretelling of the promise recorded in Acts 2:38 by Peter – that the disciples of Jesus would also receive the Spirit to comfort and guide them in the truth and righteousness God desires of “My people” – the Spirit and the Word work together to both elevate and create what God knows we can become – those who are truly His people who do His works as light and salt – to give and preserve life as God has always instructed from the beginning.  Jesus taught sanctification was by the word of God – not by his blood – his unjust death should cause us to repent to do justice and mercy;  to turn us from iniquity]


    Chapter 4


    1. Then Jesus was taken by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan.

    2. He fasted forty days and forty nights and afterwards was hungry. ((Satan means “the accuser))

    3. The tempter drew near and said to him: if you are the Son of God say that these stones should turn into bread.

    4. Jesus answered and said to him: It is written: not by bread alone, etc. [ ((here we see the text was cut short by Shem-Tob – for the sake of continuing the narrative the AENT is supplied)) “It is written that the son of man does not live by bread alone, but by all the Words that proceed from the mouth of Elohim.” (Deut. 8:3)]

    5. Then Satan took him to the holy city, placed him on the highest point in all the temple

    6. And said to him: If you are God, jump down, for it is written: he has commanded his angels in regard to you to keep you in all your ways, etc. [[It appears Shem-Tob was having issue to even copy the foundational Teachings as it existed in the Hebrew Matthew – again he cuts it short – and even inserted the idea of “if you are God”, which was never claimed by Jesus or Psalm 91:11-12 – but was claimed by Paul and his disciples who hi-jacked the faith as taught by Jesus.  This is one to be careful with the words of God that one does not pit one of His instructions against another.  The point is to be within the parameters of the word of God that we not live outside His instruction and declaration.  For the sake on continuing the narrative of his teachings, the AENT is supplied to maintain the Testimony of Jesus:]  …6. And said to him, “If you are the son of Elohim, cast yourself down for it is written that his Messengers he commands concerning you, and upon their hands they will bear you up that your foot should not strike upon a rock.]]

    7. Jesus answered him again: You shall not tempt the Lord your God. [Deut. 6:16]

    8. So Satan took him to an exceedingly high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the earth and their glory

    9. And said to him: All these things I will give to you if you bare your head to me. [submit to Satan’s ways of twisting the words of God?]

    10. Then Jesus answered him: Go Satan, that is Satanas, for it is written: “I will pray to the Lord and him only you will serve. [[Again, questionable account by Shem-Tob, so the AENT is supplied: Then Y’shua said to him “Leave enemy, for it is written that you will worship Master YHWH your Elohim and Him alone you will serve.” Deut. 6:13]]

    11. Then Satan left him and behold angels drew near to him and (ministered) to him.

    12. It came to pass in those days Jesus heard that John had been delivered up to prison, so he went into Gilgal.

    13. He passed by Nazeral and dwelt in Capernaum-Raithah, that is Maritima, on the outskirts of the Land of Zebulun.

    14. In order to fulfill that which Isaiah the Prophet said:

    15. Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way of the Sea, beyond the Jordon, Galillee of the gentiles.

    16. The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light, those who dwell in the land of deep darkness a light has shined upon them. [Isaiah 9:1 (8:23) 9:3 (9:2) 9:10] [[Some Jews claim Jesus only went to the Jews, but this proves early on that he went to the Gentiles.  Isaiah 42 also speaks of one who was to be a light to the Gentiles to show them it is honorable to keep the Torah (instruction in righteousness) of God – of which the Ten Declarations were given for all men – as were the standards of right and wrong;  justice and mercy; knowing who He shows kindness towards (My people VS My enemies) and knowing what God declared Holy VS common.]]

    17. Henceforth Jesus began to preach and to say: Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near. [God was to be their King, but Israel spurned God and wanted an earthly king as the other nations.  God had told them His Kingdom was near them – not some distant place – if they would simply and faithfully seek to do His will, as did Abraham – recall the words of God on this vital point: Psalm 91 and Deuteronomy 30:14.  There is no need to bother with the twisting of Romans 10:8 by the false apostle.][[Jewish folk should look into the alterations of the words throughout Isaiah evidenced as the DSSB footnotes]]

    18. Jesus went along the shore of the sea of Galilee and saw two brothers, Shimon, who is called Simon, also called Petros, and Andrea his brother casting their nets into the sea because they were fishermen.

    19. He said to them come after me and I will make you fish for men.

    20. So they left their nets in that hour and went after him.

    21. He turned from there and saw two other brothers, James and John, brothers who were sons of Zebedeel, that is Zabadao and Zabadah, and their father in a boat setting up their nets and he called them.

    22. They hastened and left their nets and their father and followed after him.

    23. Then Jesus went around the land of Galilee teaching their assemblies and preaching to them the good gift, that is, mavangeleo, of the kingdom of heaven and healing all the sick and every disease among the people.

    24. So a report about him went into all the land Syria and they brought unto him all those who were sick from various kinds of deceases, those possessed by demons, those who were terrified by and evil spirit and those who shook, and he healed them. [Jesus did more works than all the previous prophets of God – healing physical decease, demon possession, control over nature, raising the dead, and raising from the dead himself, and finally, ascending to the Ancient of Days as he prophesied he would – the claim he made later in Matthew that the Jews considered blasphemy and who gathered false witnesses to say he claimed to be the Son of God – in Matthew was said to be the false charge – not the prophecy to be fulfilled. Jesus mainly came to call us from iniquity to do the will of God, which is why he emphasized his Teachings being from God, - Isaiah 42.  Pay very close attention to this – did Jesus teach the need for faithfulness to God through living rightly – or did he teach the Law was done away with because He fulfilled it and became to once for all human sacrifice to pay the price of sin for all men? (works or faith alone)]

    25. Many followed him from Kapoli and Galilee, from Jerusalem, Juda, and across the Jordan.

    ***Supporting passages for teachings in Chapter 5 to show his teachings are according to the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.


    Chapter 6


    1.  Beware lest you do your righteousness before men that they might praise you; if you do, you will have no rewawrd from your father who is in heaven.

    2. Again Jesus said to them; When you do righteousness do not wish to make a proclamation or (sound) trumpets before you as the hypocrites, that is, ipocrates, who do their righteousness in the streets and in the marketplaces in order that men might see them.  Truly I say to you, they have received their reward already.

    3. But you when you do righteousness, let not your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

    4. In order that your gift might be in secret and your father who sees hidden things will reward you.

    5. At that time Jesus said to his disciples: When you pray do not raise your voice and do not be like the sad hypocrites who love to pray in the synagogues and in the corner of the courtyards and pray with haughty speech that men might hear and praise them.  Truly I say to you,k they have received their reward already.

    6. But you, when you pray, go to your couch, close your doors upon you, and pray to your father in secret, and your father who sees in secret will reward you.

    7. So you, when you pray, do not multiply words as the heretics who think that by the multitude of words they will make them heard.

    8. Do you not see that your father who is in heaven knows your words before you ask from him?’

    9. But thus you shall pray: Our father, may your name be sanctified.

    10. May your kingdom be blessed; may your will be done in heaven and on earth.

    11. Give our bread continually.

    12. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us,

    13. And do not lead us into the power of temptation but keep us from all evil, amen.

    14. If you forgive men their sins your father who is in heaven will forgive your sins.

    15. But if you do not forgive them he will not forgive you your sins.

    16. Again he said to them: When you fast do not be as the sad hypocrites who make themselves appear sad and who change their faces to show their fasting before men; truly I say to you, they have received their reward already

    17. But you when you fast, wash your heads

    18. That you might not appear to men to be fasting but (to) your father who is in secret, and your father who is in secret will reward you.

    19. Again he said to them: Do not keep on heaping up treasures on earth so that decay and the grub devour it or thieves dig through and steal them.

    20. Make for yourselves treasures in heaven where the worm and the grub do not devour them and where thieves do not dig through and steal.

    21. In the place where your treasure is (there will be your heart).

    22. The lamp of your body is your eyes. If your eyes look straight ahead your body shall not be dark.

    23. (If your eyes grow dim your whole body will become dark)  and if the light which is in you becomes dark, all your ways will be dark.

    24. At that time Jesus said to his disciples: No one is able to serve two masters except he hates the one and loves the other, or he honors the one and despises the other; you cannot serve God and the world

    25. Therefore I say to you; do not be anxious for the food of your souls nor for the clothing for your body, because the soul is more precious than food and the body than clothing.

    26. Behold the birds of the sky which sow nor reap nor gather into barns, but your exalted Father fees (them).  Are you not more precious than they?

    27. Who among you of those who are anxious is able to add to his height one cubit?’

    28. If this is the case, by are you anxious for clothes?  Behold the lilies of Sharon, that is, “Gilyon,”(in rowing they neither spin nor weave).

    29. But I say to you that King Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like these.

    30. If God clothes the straw which is left in the standing grain, that is, penon, which is fresh today and tomorrow is dried up and is placed into the oven, so much more (will he clothe) (you) who are little of faith.

    31. If God so thinks of you, do not be anxious saying what shall we eat and what shall we drink, because all these things the bodies seek.  But your Father knows that you need all these things.

    32. Seek firstr the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you.

    33. Do not be anxious for tomorrow because tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for itself is today with its trouble

       

      Chapter 7


    1. Judge not lest you be judged.

    2. With what judgment you judge and with what measure you use, it will be measured to you. [God already gave standards for living and justice and commanded “My people” to live by them.  In proper context, this teaching deals with judging by your own standards and placed above what God Declared, in effect to either add to or take away from His given standards.  To deny this principle would be to reject the Declarations and standards of Truth and Grace.]

    3. Why do you see the straw in the eye of the other person but not see the beam in your own eyes?

    4. How is it that you say to the other person: Wait for me a while and I will cast the straw out of your eyes, (and) behold the beam in your own eyes?

    5. Hypocrite, first cast the beam out of your eyes and afterwards you will cast the straw out of the eye of your fellowman.

    6. Again he said to them: Do not give holy flesh to dogs nor place your (pearls) before swine lest (they) chew (them) before you and turn to rend you.

    7. Ask from God and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.

    8. Everyone who asks will receive, by the one who seeks it will be found, and to the one who calls it will be opened.

    9. Who is there among you whose son asks him for a piece of bread and he gives him a stone?

    10. Or if he should ask for a fish, he gives (him) a snake?

    11. But if you being evil come to place good gifts before yourselves, so much the more your father who is in heaven will give his good spirit to those who seek him.

    12. Everything you wish that men should do to you, do to them; this is the Torah and the words of the prophets. [This is the principle taught in the Torah and Prophets – since Jesus upheld every word of God and said to live by every word of God – this should not be twisted to think we can set aside what God said and then just do what we see expedient – God is Judge, and He already declared what His standards and judgments are – from the first of the Ten Declarations.]  [[It may also be observed that other nations treatment of Israel during the Exodus and taking possession of the Land of Promise also examples their treatment of Israel to be reflected back upon themselves]]

    13.   At that time Jesus said to his disciples: Enter in the narrow gate because the gate of destruction is wide and deep and many are going through it.

    14. How narrow is the gate and grievous the way (that leads straight) to life and few are those who find it.

    15. Again he said to them: Beware of false prophets who come to you in wool clothing like sheep, but inside are tearing wolves.

    16. By their deeds you will know them.  Does a man gather grapes from thorns or figs from briars?

    17. Every good tree makes good fruit and every bad tree makes bad fruit.

    18. The good tree cannot make bad fruit, nor can the bad tree make good fruit.

    19. Every tree which does not make good fruit ( is to be burned by fire).

    20. Therefore it is according to fruits, that is, by their deeds, you will know them.

    21. Because not everyone who says unto me, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter the kingdom of heaven.

    22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name cast out demons and do many signs in your name.

    23. Then I will say to them: I never knew you.  Depart from me all you workers of iniquity. [those who were not living by the word of God] (Ps 6:8-9; Mt 7:21; 12:50)

    24. Again he said to them: Everyone who hears these words and does them is like a wise man who built (his) house on a rock.

    25. The rain came down against it and the winds beat it and it did not fall because its foundation was a rock.

    26. Everyone who hears these my words and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand.

    27. The rains came down, the floods came and fell against it, (and it fell) with a great fall.

    28. While Jesus was speaking these words all the people were greatly astonished at his conduct,

    29. Because he was preaching to them with great power, not as the rest of the sages.


    Chapter 8


    1. It came to pass when Jesus came down from the mountain that a great crowd (came) after him.

    2. Then behold a leper came and worshipped him saying: Lord, are you able to heal me?

    3. Jesus stretched forth his hand and touched him saying: I wish that you be cleansed, and in that hour the leper was cleansed from his leprosy.

    4. Then Jesus said to him: Be careful lest you tell any man, but go to the priest to offer your gifts as Moses commanded in your law. [Lev. 13:2, 49; 14:2]

    5. It came to pass when he entered into Capernaum – hamartha that a captain of hundreds came to him and implored him,

    6. Saying, Lord, my son lies in my house with the sickness of contraction, that is, (paralanko) and he is weak with the illness.

    7. Jesus said to (him): I will go and heal him.

    8. The captain of hundreds answered and said to him: Lord (I) am not worthy that you should come under my roof; only make the decision that he might be healed.

    9. I am a sinful man and I have authority under the Pharisees and (I have) horses and riders and I say to one of them go and he goes, come and he comes, and to my servants do this and they do it.

    10. Jesus heard and was amazed and said to those who were following him: Truly I say to you, I have not found a great faith in Israel (like this).

    11. (I say) to you that many will come from the East and from the West and will rest with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; [The kingdom is in the regeneration of all things – a hope not yet seen – but foretold – that God is the God of the living – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.]

    12. But, the sons of the kingdom (will be cast) into the darkness of Gehenna; there will be weeping and (gnashing) of teeth. (Job 16:9; Ps 35:16; 37:12; 112: 10; Jer. 9:9-14; Mt 22:13; 24:51; 25:30) [God was to be King; Israel rejected Him and wanted their own earthly king, as other nations.  The comparison is that of secular or religious – being a Jew didn’t save – living by the authority of God – living as He decreed and desires is what separates the feigned religion to the true faith of Jesus, to all who would be his disciples indeed and who do the will of God – faith alone – or faithfulness to the Instructions in Righteousness given by God.]

    13. Then Jesus said to the captain of hundreds: Go; as you have believed, it will be done to you.  So the lad was healed at that time. [God answers prayers of those whose life and trust reside with Him, but each of us is appointed a time by God – even Jesus died.  My experiences with Lynne’s trials showed many answered prayers at dire times, but the mercy and love of God is to do what is best for us – body, soul and spirit – not to sustain us to the point of destruction of our heart and soul or beyond the ability of the body to function – God preserves the life of His saints till His time – whether we recognize it at that time or not.  The LORD giveth, and the LORD taketh away.]

    14. At that time, Jesus went into the house of Peter and behold his mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever. [If Peter was married, and Catholics hold onto the pretention of Peter as the first Pope – why are they forbidden to marry? Note later the instruction of Jesus regarding NOT having men rule over others – that such a practice has no support in what Jesus clearly taught.]

    15. He touched her hand, and the fever left her.  Then she arose and ministered to him.

    16. At the time of evening they brought to him those seized by demons and (he) healed them by his word alone and he healed every sickness.  [The works of Jesus show that God was with him, the teachings of Jesus show that he was giving the Doctrine (Teachings) of God.  Many people followed him because of the miracles, but his teachings all had to do with the coming kingdom of God and the life lived that gives hope in the promises and faithfulness of God.]

    17. To complete what was said by Isaiah the prophet, of blessed memory: Surely our sicknesses he bore and our pains he suffered.  (Is. 53:4)  [Carefully note the prophecy is about his ministry of healing – not his death of the cross – being unjustly “cut-off” from among the living and being without descendent.]

    18. It came to pass after this Jesus saw many crowds around him and he commanded to go across the sea.

    19. Then a sage came to him and said to him: Master I will follow you wherever you go.

    20. Jesus answered him: The foxes have holes and the birds have nests, but the Son of Man, the son of the virgin, has no place to enter his head.

    21. One of his disciples said to him: Allow me to go and bury my father.

    22. Jesus said to him: Follow me and let the dead bury their dead.

    23. It came to pass when Jesus entered a boat, his disciples followed him.

    24. A great storm came on the sea, and the waves were coming on excessively, and the boat was thought to be breaking up.

    25. His disciples came to him and begged him saying: O our master save us lest we perish.

    26. He said to them: Why do you look at one another, O you little of faith?  He arose and commanded the sea and the winds that they should be quiet and immediately they became quiet.

    27. When the men who were there saw, they marveled and said: Who is this that the winds and the sea do his will? (Jesus was unique to speak the word of God – so directly that even the winds and waves obeyed – see Psalm 89:9; 107: 28-29)

    28. It came to pass when he crossed over the sea and passed by the region beyond the sea into the realm of the (Gaderi), that is Ginitraros, there met him two demon possessed men coming out of the tombs, raging until no man could pass by that way.

    29. They cried out to him saying: What is between you and us, Jesus son of God?  Have you come before the time to grieve us and to destroy us?  Jesus said to them: Come out of them, evil host. [Son of God – “that prophet”, the unique anointed one to come – first with authority and power to tell the word of God – the suffering or bruised servant – later to return in judgment upon the earth – the demons recognized Jesus for who he was – and testified to his authority on earth and in the coming judgment of the cursed and the wicked.]

    30. There near them were herds of many swine feeding.

    31. So the demons entreated him: Since we have to go out from here, grant us authority to go into these swine.

    32. He said to them: Go.  The demons went out from the men and entered the swine, and all the herd went in sudden haste, slipped off into the sea and died in the water.

    33. Those who were feeding (them) feared, fled, and told everything in the city.  So the whole city was frightened.

    34. They went out to meet Jesus.  They saw them and entreated him not to pass over into their border.


    Chapter 9