Living_Oracles(i) 1 On the Sabbath called second prime, as Jesus was passing through the cornfields, his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and rubbed them in their hands and eat them. 2 And some Pharisees said to them, Why do you that which it is not lawful to do on the Sabbath? 3 Jesus replying, said to them, Did you never read what David and his attendants did, when they were hungry; 4 how he entered the mansion of God, and took and eat the loaves of the presence, and gave also of this bread to his attendants; though it can not be lawfully eat by any but the priests? 5 He added, The Son of Man is master even of the Sabbath. 6 It happened also on another Sabbath, that he went into the synagogue and taught; and a man was there whose right hand was blasted. 7 Now the Scribes and the Pharisees watched, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find matter for accusing him. 8 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to the man, whose hand was blasted, Arise, and stand in the middle. And he arose and stood. 9 Then Jesus said to them, I would ask you, What is it lawful to do on the Sabbath? Good or ill? To save, or to destroy? 10 And, looking around on them all, he said to the man, stretch out your hand; and in doing this, his hand was rendered sound like the other. 11 But they were filled with madness, and consulted together, what they should do to Jesus. 12 In those days, Jesus retired to a mountain to pray, and spent the whole night in an oratory. 13 When it was day, he called to him his disciples; and of them he chose twelve, whom he named Apostles. 14 Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew, his brother, James, and John, Philip, and Bartholomew; 15 Matthew, and Thomas, James, son of Alpheus, and Simon called the Zealous, 16 Judas, brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, who proved a traitor. 17 Afterward, Jesus, coming down with them, stopped on a plain, where a company of his disciples, with a vast multitude from all parts of Judea, Jerusalem, and the maritime country of Tyre and Sidon, 18 were come to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases. Those also who were infested with unclean spirits, came, and were cured. 19 And every one strove to touch him, because a virtue came from him, which healed them all. 20 Then fixing his eyes on his disciples, he said, Happy you poor, for the kingdom of God is yours! 21 Happy you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied! Happy you that weep now, for you shall laugh! 22 Happy shall you be when men shall hate you, and separate your from their society; yes, reproach and defame you, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice on that day, and triumph, knowing that your reward in heaven is great! for thus did their fathers treat the prophets. 24 But alas, for you rich; for you have received your comforts! 25 Alas, for you that are full; for you shall hunger! Alas, for you who laugh now; for you shall mourn and weep! 26 Alas, when all men shall speak well of you; for so did their fathers of the false prophets. 27 But I charge you, my hearers, love your enemies, do good to them who hate you, 28 bless them who curse you, pray for them who traduce you. 29 To him who smites you on one cheek, present the other; and from him who takes your mantle, withhold not your coat. 30 Give to every one who asks you; and from him who takes away your goods, do not demand them back. 31 And as you would that men should do to you, do you likewise to them. 32 For if you love those who love you, what thanks are you entitled to, since even sinners love those who love them? 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks are you entitled to, since even sinners do the same? 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thanks are you entitled to, since even sinners lend to sinners, that they may received as much in return. 35 But love your enemies, do good and lend, nowise despairing; and your reward shall be great; and you shall be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and malignant. 36 Be therefore merciful, as your Father is merciful. 37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged; condemn not, and you shall not be condemned; release, and you shall be released; 38 give, and you shall get: good measure, pressed down and shaken, and heaped, shall be poured into your lap; for the very measure you give to others you yourself shall receive. 39 He also used this comparison: Can the blind guide the blind? Will not both fall into a ditch? 40 The disciple is not above his teacher; but every finished disciple shall be as his teacher. 41 And why do you observe the mote in your brother's eyes; but perceive not the splinter in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brothers, Brother, let me take out the mote which is in your eye, not considering that there is a splinter out of your own eye; then you will see to take out the mote which is in your brother's eyes. 43 That is not a good tree which yields bad fruit; nor is that a bad tree which yields good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered off thorns; nor grapes off a bramble-bush. 45 The good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, brings that which is good: the bad man out of the bad treasure of his heart, brings that which is bad; for it is out of the fulness of the heart that the mouth speaks. 46 But why do you, in addressing me, cry, Master, Master, and obey not my commands! 47 Whoever comes to me and hears my precepts, and practices them, I will show you whom he resembles: 48 he resembles a man who built a house, and digging deep, laid the foundation upon the rock: and when an inundation came, the torrent broke upon that house, but could not shake it; for it was founded upon rock. 49 But he who hears, and does not practice, resembles a man, who, without laying a foundation, built a house upon the earth: which, when the torrent broke against it, fell, and became a great pile of ruins.