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The Gospel of Thomas
Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin
 
The Epistle to the Hebrews
King James Version

These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.



The living Jesus spoke

Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down


[1:1] God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
[1:2] Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

God... spake... spoken unto us by his Son

By the prophets


(1) And he said, "Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death."


The interpretation of these sayings

Experience death


[1:3] Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins,

The express image of his person... the word

Purged our sins

(2) Jesus said, "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All."


He will rule over the All




sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
[1:4] Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
[1:5] For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

He shall be to me a Son

(3) Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty."


The birds of the sky

The kingdom is inside of you

The sons

The living father

The kingdom... the kingdom

[1:6] And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
[1:7] And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
[1:8] But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.







The angels of God

The firstbegotten into the world

The Son

O God

Thy kingdom

(4) Jesus said, "The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same."




The man

Old

First

The place of life
[1:9] Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
[1:10] And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
[1:11] They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;


Thy fellows

Old

The beginning

The earth; and the heavens

(5) Jesus said, "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you . For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest."





What is in your sight

Hidden... become manifest

Your... you... you

[1:12] And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
[1:13] But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
[1:14] Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?


A vesture

Be changed

Thou... thou... thy... thine

(6) His disciples questioned him and said to him, "Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?"
Jesus said, "Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of heaven. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered."

Jesus said... do not do what you hate

Become manifest... being uncovered


[2:1] Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

[2:2] For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
[2:3] How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
[2:4] God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?


Salvation... spoken by the Lord

Signs and wonders, and with divers miracles

(7) Jesus said, "Blessed is the lion which becomes man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man."


The lion... 
the lion

The man... man... man

[2:5] For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
[2:6] But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
[2:7] Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
[2:8] Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.


The angels... the angels

Man... the son of man... him... him... him...him... him... him


(8) And he said, "The man is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish. Among them the wise fisherman found a fine large fish. He threw all the small fish back into the sea and chose the large fish without difficulty. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear."


A wise fisherman... the wise fisherman

Into the sea

The sea full of small fish

Whoever has ears

[2:9] But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
[2:10] For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
[2:11] For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
[2:12] Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.


Jesus... the captain of their salvation... he that sanctifieth


The suffering of death...
sufferings

Every man... many sons... they who are sanctified are all of one

I will declare


(9) Jesus said, "Now the sower went out, took a handful (of seeds), and scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came and gathered them up. Others fell on the rock, did not take root in the soil, and did not produce ears. And others fell on thorns; they choked the seed(s) and worms ate them. And others fell on the good soil and it produced good fruit: it bore sixty per measure and a hundred and twenty per measure."

The sower... seeds

Choked the seed

The birds

[2:13] And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
[2:14] Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
[2:15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
[2:16] For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed




I and the children... the children... he also himself

Death... death... death... the seed

Angels

(10) Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes."

The world

of Abraham.
[2:17] Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

[2:18] For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

Abraham... his brethren... the people

(11) Jesus said, "This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. In the days when you consumed what is dead, you made it what is alive. When you come to dwell in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?"

This heaven

Dwell in the light

[3:1] Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
[3:2] Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
[3:3] For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
[3:4] For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.



The heavenly

House... the house... the house... every house... all things

(12) The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you will depart from us. Who is to be our leader?"
Jesus said to them, "Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being."

Who is to be our leader

James the righteous

Came into being
[3:5] And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
[3:6] But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.


Moses... a servant

Christ as a son over his own house

The end

(13) Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to someone and tell me whom I am like."
Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a righteous angel."
Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher."
Thomas said to him, "Master, my mouth is wholly incapable of saying whom you are like."
Jesus said, "I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring which I have measured out."
And he took him and withdrew and told him three things. When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, "What did Jesus say to you?"
Thomas said to them, "If I tell you one of the things which he told me, you will pick up stones and throw them at me; a fire will come out of the stones and burn you up."

Jesus said... tell me whom I am like

[3:7] Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,













The Holy Ghost saith... if ye will hear his voice

(14) Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will give rise to sin for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned; and if you give alms, you will do harm to your spirits. When you go into any land and walk about in the districts, if they receive you, eat what they will set before you, and heal the sick among them. For what goes into your mouth will not defile you, but that which issues from your mouth - it is that which will defile you."

Harm to your spirits

Will defile you

Go into any land
[3:8] Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
[3:9] When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
[3:10] Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
[3:11] So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
[3:12] Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.




Harden not your hearts... an evil heart of unbelief

Err in their heart

Enter into my rest

(15) Jesus said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship him. That one is your father."

One who was not born of woman


[3:13] But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
[3:14] For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;


Christ


(16) Jesus said, "Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to cast upon the world. They do not know that it is dissension which I have come to cast upon the earth: fire, sword, and war. For there will be five in a house: three will be against two, and two against three, the father against the son, and the son against the father. And they will stand solitary."

Dissension

Stand solitary
[3:15] While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
[3:16] For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
[3:17] But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
[3:18] And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
[3:19] So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.


Provocation provoke

Carcases fell

(17) Jesus said, "I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind."


I shall give you

Heard




[4:1] Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
[4:2] For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.


The gospel preached... the word preached... profit

Heard

(18) The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us how our end will be."
Jesus said, "Have you discovered, then, the beginning, that you look for the end? For where the beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning; he will know the end and will not experience death."

Tell us how our end will be

You look for the end... know the end

Take his place in the beginning... will not experience death

[4:3] For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
[4:4] For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

[4:5] And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.


They shall enter into my rest... the works were finished

God did rest the seventh day


Enter into my rest

(19) Jesus said, "Blessed is he who came into being before he came into being. If you become my disciples and listen to my words, these stones will minister to you. For there are five trees for you in Paradise which remain undisturbed summer and winter and whose leaves do not fall. Whoever becomes acquainted with them will not experience death."

Listen to my words


Not experience death
[4:6] Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
[4:7] Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
[4:8] For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
[4:9] There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
[4:10] For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

Hear his voice


Rest... rest... rest... ceased from his own works

(20) The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us what the kingdom of heaven is like."
He said to them, "It is like a mustard seed. It is the smallest of all seeds. But when it falls on tilled soil, it produces a great plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky."

It is like a mustard seed

Tilled soil

[4:11] Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
[4:12] For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The... example of unbelief

Dividing asunder of soul and spirit



(21) Mary said to Jesus, "Whom are your disciples like?"
He said, "They are like children who have settled in a field which is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, 'Let us have back our field.' They (will) undress in their presence in order to let them have back their field and to give it back to them. Therefore I say, if the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming, he will begin his vigil before he comes and will not let him dig through into his house of his domain to carry away his goods. You, then, be on your guard against the world. Arm yourselves with great strength lest the robbe
rs find a way to come to you, for the difficulty which you expect will (surely) materialize. Let there be among you a man of understanding. When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear."

They are like children who have settled in a field

Undress

A man of understanding

Arm yourselves with great strength... for the difficulty which you expect will (surely) materialize.

[4:13] Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
[4:14] Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
[4:15] For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
[4:16] Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
















Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight

Naked

A great high priest... Jesus the Son of God

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need


(22) Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples, "These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom."
They said to him, "Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?"
Jesus said to them, "When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter the kingdom."

Infants... who enter the kingdom

[5:1] For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
[5:2] Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
[5:3] And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.













Every high priest taken from among men

(23) Jesus said, "I shall choose you, one out of a thousand, and two out of ten thousand, and they shall stand as a single one."


I shall choose you

A single one
[5:4] And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
[5:5] So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.


Called of God

My Son

(24) His disciples said to him, "Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek it."
He said to them, "Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness."

Show us the place where you are

Seek

Hear

A man of light

[5:6] As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
[5:7] Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
[5:8] Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
[5:9] And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
[5:10] Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

His flesh

Prayers and supplications

Heard... learned... hearing

An high priest

(25) Jesus said, "Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye."

Your eye

Love your brother

[5:11] Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
[5:12] For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
[5:13] For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
[5:14] But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Seeing ye

Be teachers... teach you

(26) Jesus said, "You see the mote in your brother's eye, but you do not see the beam in your own eye. When you cast the beam out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to cast the mote from your brother's eye."

Eye... eye... eye... eye

[6:1] Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
[6:2] Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
[6:3] And this will we do, if God permit.
[6:4] For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,

Enlightened

(27) <Jesus said,> "If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath, you will not see the father."

Fast as regards the world

The world

Observe... see

The father

and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
[6:5] And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
[6:6] If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.


Tasted of the heavenly gift

The world

Seeing

Son of God

(28) Jesus said, "I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent."

The world... flesh... the world... the world

Empty they came

When they shake off their wine, then they will repent

My soul became afflicted for the sons of men

[6:7] For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
[6:8] But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
[6:9] But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
[6:10] For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.




The earth


That (ie. the earth) which beareth thorns

We are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation

Your work and labour of love... to the saints


(29) Jesus said, "If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty."







The flesh...
the body... poverty

Spirit... spirit

Great wealth

[6:11] And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
[6:12] That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
[6:13] For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
[6:14] Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
[6:15] And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
[6:16] For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

Abraham... men

The promises... promise... the promise

Inherit... blessing... blessing... multiplying... multiply

(30) Jesus said, "Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him."


Gods... gods

I am with him

[6:17] Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
[6:18] That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:


God... God

A strong consolation

(31) Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him."

Accepted in his own village

Physician

[19] Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
 [20] Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Jesus... entereth... within the veil... entered

High priest

(32) Jesus said, "A city being built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."

A city

A high mountain

[7:1] For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
[7:2] To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
[7:3] Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.


Salem (Genesis 14:18)

The most high God

(34) Jesus said, "If a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into a pit."










Blind man... blind man

A pit

[7:4] Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
[7:5] And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
[7:6] But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
[7:7] And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

Levi... the people

The loins of Abraham... descent

(35) Jesus said, "It is not possible for anyone to enter the house of a strong man and take it by force unless he binds his hands; then he will (be able to) ransack his house."



A strong man

Binds his hands

The house.... his house

[7:8] And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
[7:9] And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
[7:10] For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.


Abraham

Receiveth tithes, payed tithes

In the loins of his father

(36) Jesus said, "Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear."

Morning... morning

What you will wear

[7:11] If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
[7:12] For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
[7:13] For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

Rise

Changed... a change

(37) His disciples said, "When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see you?"
Jesus said, "When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then will you see the son of the living one, and you will not be afraid"

Revealed to us... we see you... see the son

The living one

[7:14] For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
[7:15] And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
[7:16] Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.





It is evident... far more evident


An endless life

(38) Jesus said, "Many times have you desired to hear these words which I am saying to you, and you have no one else to hear them from. There will be days when you will look for me and will not find me."

You desired

Hear these words... hear them

Look for me... find me

[7:17] For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
[7:18] For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
[7:19] For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.



A better hope

He testifieth

Draw nigh unto God


(39) Jesus said, "The pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves."

The pharisees and the scribes

Knowledge (gnosis)... hidden

You... be... wise

Innocent (harmless) as doves

[7:20] And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
[7:21] (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
[7:22] By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
[7:23] And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
[7:24] But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
[7:25] Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
[7:26] For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Those priests... many priests

By reason of death

This man... is able... to save

Harmless

(40) Jesus said, "A grapevine has been planted outside of the father, but being unsound, it will be pulled up by its roots and destroyed."




A grapevine

Unsound

Destroyed
[7:27] Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
[7:28] For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.


Those high priests

Infirmity

Sacrifice... offered up himself

(41) Jesus said, "Whoever has something in his hand will receive more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little he has."

Whoever has

Has something

Something in his hand

Has nothing

[8:1] Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
[8:2] A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
[8:3] For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
[8:4] For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
[8:5] Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
[8:6] But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

We have

Have somewhat

Offer gifts... offer... offer gifts

Shadow

(42) Jesus said, "Become passers-by."

Become

Passers-by

Become passers-by

[8:7] For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
[8:8] For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
[8:9] Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.

Come

No place... sought

I took them... out of the land

(43) His disciples said to him, "Who are you, that you should say these things to us?"
<Jesus said to them,> "
You do not realize who I am from what I say to you, but you have become like the Jews, for they (either) love the tree and hate its fruit (or) love the fruit and hate the tree."

You do not realize who I am from what I say to you

Realize

The Jews

[8:10] For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
[8:11] And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.



I will put... into their mind, and write... in their hearts: and I will be to them a God

Know... know

The house of Israel

(44) Jesus said, "Whoever blasphemes against the father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit will not be forgiven either on earth or in heaven."

Whoever blasphemes against the father will be forgiven

Earth or in heaven

[8:12] For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
[8:13] In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.



I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more

That which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away

(45) Jesus said, "Grapes are not harvested from thorns, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they do not produce fruit. A good man brings forth good from his storehouse; an evil man brings forth evil things from his evil storehouse, which is in his heart, and says evil things. For out of the abundance of the heart he brings forth evil things."

A good man

His storehouse... storehouse...
his heart

Fruit... good... things... things... things

[9:1] Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
[9:2] For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
[9:3] And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
[9:4] Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
[9:5] And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.


A tabernacle... the tabernacle

A worldly sanctuary... 
the sanctuary

The golden censer, and the ark of the covenant... the golden pot... Aaron's rod... the tables... the cherubims of glory

(46) Jesus said, "Among those born of women, from Adam until John the Baptist, there is no one so superior to John the Baptist that his eyes should not be lowered (before him). Yet I have said, whichever one of you comes to be a child will be acquainted with the kingdom and will become superior to John."

Adam... John the Baptist... John the Baptist

Whichever one of you

Be acquainted with the kingdom



[9:6] Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
[9:7] But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
[9:8] The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:



The priests... the high priest

The people... the... tabernacle

The way... (made manifest)... into the holiest of all

(47) Jesus said, "It is impossible for a man to mount two horses or to stretch two bows. And it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters; otherwise, he will honor the one and treat the other contemptuously. No man drinks old wine and immediately desires to drink new wine. And new wine is not put into old wineskins, lest they burst; nor is old wine put into a new wineskin, lest it spoil it. An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, because a tear would result." 

Old wine

Old wineskins... An old patch

New wine...

New wineskin... 
a new garment

[9:9] Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
[9:10] Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
[9:11] But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;



The time then present

Meats... drinks... washings... carnal ordinances

The time of reformation

Good things... a greater and more perfect tabernacle

(48) Jesus said, "If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move Away,' and it will move away."  




If two make peace... 

One house

[9:12] Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
[9:13] For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
[9:14] How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
 [9:15] And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, 

He is the mediator

The holy place...
the flesh... your conscience

(49) Jesus said, "Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you will find the kingdom. For you are from it, and to it you will return."

The solitary and elect

The kingdom

that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.


They which are called

The promise of eternal inheritance


(50) Jesus said, "If they say to you, 'Where did you come from?', say to them, 'We came from the light, the place where the light came into being on its own accord and established itself and became manifest through their image.' If they say to you, 'Is it you?', say, 'We are its children, we are the elect of the living father.' If they ask you, 'What is the sign of your father in you?', say to them, 'It is movement and repose.'"





Say to you... say to you... If they ask you

Say to them... say...
say to them



[9:16] For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
[9:17] For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

[9:18] Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
[9:19] For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
[9:20] Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
[9:21] Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
[9:22] And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

The first testament... Moses had spoken... the testament...

A testament...
the testator... a testament is of force after men are dead

(51) His disciples said to him, "When will the repose of the dead come about, and when will the new world come?"
He said to them, "What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it."

When... will the new world come?

What you look forward to has already come



[9:23] It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
[9:24] For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
[9:25] Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
[9:26] For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Now once in the end of the world

Now to appear

(52) His disciples said to him, "Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel, and all of them spoke in you."
He said to them, "You have omitted the one living in your presence and have spoken (only) of the dead."

The dead

You have omitted the one living in your presence

[9:27] And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
[9:28] So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.




Die


Unto them that look for him shall he appear

(53) His disciples said to him, "Is circumcision beneficial or not?"
He said to them, "If it were beneficial, their father would beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become completely profitable."

Circumcision... circumcision

Become completely profitable
[10:1] For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.








The law


Make the comers... perfect

(54) Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven."

The poor

The kingdom of heaven

[10:2] For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.


The worshippers

No more conscience of sins

(55) Jesus said, "Whoever does not hate his father and his mother cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not hate his brothers and sisters and take up his cross in my way will not be worthy of me."

Cross

Be worthy

[10:3] But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
[10:4] For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.





Sacrifices

Take away sins

(56) Jesus said, "Whoever has come to understand the world has found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world."

The world... the world

A corpse... a corpse

[10:5] Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:




The world

A body

(57) Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a man who had good seed. His enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the good seed. The man did not allow them to pull up the weeds; he said to them, 'I am afraid that you will go intending to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them.' For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be plainly visible, and they will be pulled up and burned."

The father

Good seed

Intending... they will be

[10:6] In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
[10:7] Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.








O God

The book

Do thy will

(58) Jesus said, "Blessed is the man who has suffered and found life."

Suffered

Found

[10:8] Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
[10:9] Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

Sacrifice

Taketh away... establish

(59) Jesus said, "Take heed of the living one while you are alive, lest you die and seek to see him and be unable to do so."

The living one

Lest you die

Unable to... see him

[10:10] By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
[10:11] And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
[10:12] But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
[10:13] From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
[10:14] For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
[10:15] Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

The body of Jesus Christ

Offering... one sacrifice

The Holy Ghost... is a witness

(60) <They saw> a Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to Judea. He said to his disciples, "That man is round about the lamb."
They said to him, "So that he may kill it and eat it."
He said to them, "While it is alive, he will not eat it, but only when he has killed it and it has become a corpse."
They said to him, "He cannot do so otherwise."
He said to them, "You too, look for a place for yourself within repose, lest you become a corpse and be eaten."


Kill it and eat it

A lamb... the lamb

Alive... a corpse

Look for a place... within repose

Lest you become a corpse

[10:16] This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
[10:17] And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
[10:18] Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
[10:19] Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
[10:20] By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
[10:21] And having an high priest over the house of God;
[10:22] Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

The covenant

Offering for sin

His flesh... the house of God

Enter into... draw near with a true heart in full assurance

Our bodies washed with pure water

(61) Jesus said, "Two will rest on a bed: the one will die, and the other will live."
Salome said, "Who are you, man, that you ... have come up on my couch and eaten from my table?"
Jesus said to her, "I am he who exists from the undivided. I was given some of the things of my father."
<...> "I am your disciple."
<...> "Therefore I say, if he is destroyed, he will be filled with light, but if he is divided, he will be filled with darkness."

Two will rest on a bed

ome up on my couch

I am he who exists from the undivided

Filled with darkness

[10:23] Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
[10:24] And let us consider one another to
provoke unto love and to good works:
[10:25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
[10:26] For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
[10:27] But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.





Let us.. provoke unto love

Assembling of ourselves together

The knowledge of the truth

Judgment and fiery indignation

(62) Jesus said, "It is to those who are worthy of my mysteries that I tell my mysteries. Do not let your left (hand) know what your right (hand) is doing."

Worthy

My mysteries... my mysteries

[10:28] He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
[10:29] Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant,


Worthy

The Son of God... the covenant

(63) Jesus said, "There was a rich man who had much money. He said, 'I shall put my money to use so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouse with produce, with the result that I shall lack nothing.' Such were his intentions, but that same night he died. Let him who has ears hear."

There was a rich man

Much money... my money

He died

Let him who has ears hear

wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
[10:30] For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
[10:31] It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
[10:32] But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

He was sanctified

The Spirit of grace

Vengeance... recompense... judge

Ye were illuminated

(64) Jesus said, "A man had received visitors. And when he had prepared the dinner, he sent his servant to invite the guests.
He went to the first one and said to him, 'My master invites you.' He said, 'I have claims against some merchants. They are coming to me this evening. I must go and give them my orders. I ask to be excused from the dinner.'
He went to another and said to him, 'My master has invited you.' He said to him, 'I have just
bought a house and am required for the day. I shall not have any spare time.'
He went to another and said to him, 'My master invites you.' He said to him,
'My friend is going to get married, and I am to prepare the banquet. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused from the dinner.'
He went to another and said to him, 'My master invites you.' He said to him, 'I have just
bought a farm, and I am on my way to collect the rent. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused.'
The servant returned and said to his master, 'Those whom you invited to the dinner have asked to be excused.' The master said to his servant, 'Go outside to the streets and bring back those whom you happen to meet, so that they may dine.'
Businessmen and merchants will not enter the places of my father."

Visitors... guests... My friend

My orders... bought a house... the rent

Businessmen and merchants will not enter

[10:33] Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
[10:34] For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have 
in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
[10:35] Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
[10:36] For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.


















Companions

Your goods

In heaven... recompence of reward...
the promise


(65) He said, "There was a good man who owned a vineyard. He leased it to tenant farmers so that they might work it and he might collect the produce from them. He sent his servant so that the tenants might give him the produce of the vineyard. They seized his servant and beat him, all but killing him. The servant went back and told his master. The master said, 'Perhaps he did not recognize them.' He sent another servant. The tenants beat this one as well. Then the owner sent his son and said, 'Perhaps they will show respect to my son.' Because the tenants knew that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they seized him and killed him. Let him who has ears hear."

Went back

Respect to my son

The owner sent his son
[10:37] For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
[10:38] Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
[10:39] But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.














Draw back... draw back

Pleasure in him

He that shall come will come

(66) Jesus said, "Show me the stone which the builders have rejected. That one is the cornerstone."

The stone... the cornerstone

The builders

[11:1] Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
[11:2] For by it the elders obtained a good report.


The substance

The elders

(67) Jesus said, "If one who knows the all still feels a personal deficiency, he is completely deficient."

Knows the all

[11:3] Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.



Understand... the worlds

(68) Jesus said, "Blessed are you when you are hated and persecuted. Wherever you have been persecuted they will find no place."

Hated and persecuted... find no place

[11:4] By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.


Abel... Cain

(69) Jesus said, "Blessed are they who have been persecuted within themselves. It is they who have truly come to know the father. Blessed are the hungry, for the belly of him who desires will be filled."

Know the father

[11:5] By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
[11:6] But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


Pleased God... please him

(70) Jesus said, "That which you have will save you if you bring it forth from yourselves. That which you do not have within you will kill you if you do not have it within you."

That which you have

Will save you

Will kill you

[11:7] By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

An ark


The saving of his house

Condemned the world

(71) Jesus said, "I shall destroy this house, and no one will be able to build it [...]."

This house

[11:8] By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.


A place


(72) A man said to him, "Tell my brothers to divide my father's possessions with me."
He said to him, "O man, who has made me a divider?"
He turned to his disciples and said to them, "I am not a divider, am I?"

Brothers

Divide my father's possessions
[11:9] By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:





Isaac and Jacob

Heirs with him... the land of promise

(73) Jesus said, "The harvest is great but the laborers are few. Beseech the Lord, therefore, to send out laborers to the harvest."

The harvest... the harvest

The Lord

[ 11:10 ] For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
[11:11] Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

A city

God

(74) He said, "O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern."

Many

[11:12] Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

Many

(75) Jesus said, "Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber."

Many

The solitary

The bridal chamber

[11:13] These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.


These all

Strangers and pilgrims

The earth

(76) Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a merchant who had a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a pearl. That merchant was shrewd. He sold the merchandise and bought the pearl alone for himself. You too, seek his unfailing and enduring treasure where no moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys."

Seek... treasure

[11:14] For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.










Seek a country

(77) Jesus said, "It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the all. From me did the all come forth, and unto me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."

Did the all come forth... did the all extend
[11:15] And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.





They might have... returned

(78) Jesus said, "Why have you come out into the desert? To see a reed shaken by the wind? And to see a man clothed in fine garments like your kings and your great men? Upon them are the fine garments, and they are unable to discern the truth."


The desert

Your kings and your great men

[11:16] But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
[11:17] By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,




A better country... a city

Abraham... Isaac

(79) A woman from the crowd said to him, "Blessed are the womb which bore you and the breasts which nourished you."
He said to her, "Blessed are those who have heard the word of the father and have truly kept it. For there will be days when you will say, 'Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not given milk.'"

The womb which bore you

The word of the father

[11:17] By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
[18] Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed
be called:






His only begotten son

Thy seed


(80) Jesus said, "He who has recognized
the world has found the body, but he who has found the body is superior to the world."

The world

Found the body
[11:19] Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.


The dead

Received him
(81) Jesus said, "Let him who has grown rich be king, and let him who possesses power renounce it."

Him who has grown rich... renounce it
[11:20] By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.


Jacob

(82) Jesus said, "He who is near me is near the fire, and he who is far from me is far from the kingdom."

He who is near me

near the fire

[11:21] By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
[11:22] By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

When he was a dying

When he died

(83) Jesus said, "The images are manifest to man, but the light in them remains concealed in the image of the light of the father. He will become manifest, but his image will remain concealed by his light."

Concealed

He will become manifest

[11:23] By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
[11:24] By faith Moses, when 
he was come to years,



Hid

He was a proper child... he was come to years

(84) Jesus said, "When you see your likeness, you rejoice. But when you see your images which came into being before you, and which neither die not become manifest, how much you will have to bear!"

See your likeness

See your images

To bear

refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
[11:25] Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;




The son of Pharaoh's daughter

The people of God

To suffer

(85) Jesus said, "Adam came into being from a great power and a great wealth, but he did not become worthy of you. For had he been worthy, he would not have experienced death."

A great wealth

[11:26] Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.



Gr
eater riches than the treasures in Egypt

(86) Jesus said, "The foxes have their holes and the birds have their nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head and rest."


The foxes

[11:27] By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king:



The king

(87) Jesus said, "Wretched is the body that is dependant upon a body, and wretched is the soul that is dependent on these two."

The soul

for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.



Him who is invisible

(88) Jesus said, "The angels and the prophets will come to you and give to you those things you (already) have. And you too, give them those things which you have, and say to yourselves, 'When will they come and take what is theirs?'"

The angels... will come to you

[11:28] Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.






He that destroyed the firstborn

(89) Jesus said, "Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you not realize that he who made the inside is the same one who made the outside?"

Wash the outside of the cup

The inside is the same... the outside

[11:29] By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
[11:30] By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.


Passed through the Red sea... the Egyptians... were drowned

The walls... fell down

(90) Jesus said, "Come unto me, for my yoke is easy and my lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves."

Come unto me, for my yoke is easy

[11:31] By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

The harlot Rahab... received the spies with peace

(91) They said to him, "Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you."
He said to them, "You read the face of the sky and of the earth, but you have not recognized the one who is before you, and you do not know how to read this moment."

Tell us

This moment

[11:32] And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:






Tell of

The time

(92) Jesus said, "Seek and you will find. Yet, what you asked me about in former times and which I did not tell you then, now I do desire to tell, but you do not inquire after it."

Seek and you will find

[11:33] Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises,





Obtained promises


(93) <Jesus said,> "Do not give what is holy to dogs, lest they throw them 
the dung-heap. Do not throw the pearls to swine, lest they [...] it [...]."

Dogs

The dung-heap

Swine

stopped the mouths of lions,
[11:34] Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.


Lions

The violence of fire

The armies of the aliens

(94) Jesus said, "He who seeks will find, and he who knocks will be let in."

Be let in

[11:35] Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
[11:36] And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

Not accepting deliverance... bonds and imprisonment
(95) Jesus said, "If you have money, do not lend it at interest, but give it to one from whom you will not get it back."

Give... you will not get it back
[11:37] They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

Being destitute

(96) Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman. She took a little leaven, concealed it in some dough, and made it into large loaves. Let him who has ears hear."



Concealed it in some dough

[11:38] (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered
in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.




Wandered... in dens and caves of the earth

(97) Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman who was carrying a jar full of meal. While she was walking on the road, still some distance from home, the handle of the jar broke and the meal emptied out behind her on the road. She did not realize it; she had noticed no accident. When she reached her house, she set the jar down and found it empty."


Emptied out 

Found it (the jar) empty

[11:39] And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
[11:40] God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.









Received not the promise

Not be made perfect


(98) Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a certain man who wanted to kill a powerful man. In his own house he drew his sword and stuck it into the wall in order to find out whether his hand could carry through. Then he slew the powerful man."

A certain man

Drew his sword and stuck it into the wall

Slew the powerful man

[12:1] Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
[12:2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
[12:3] For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
[12:4] Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Jesus the author and finisher of our faith

Resisted unto blood

Endured the cross

(99) The disciples said to him, "Your brothers and your mother are standing outside."
He said to them, "Those here who do the will of my father are my brothers and my mother. It is they who will enter the kingdom of my father."

Your brothers and your mother... my brothers... my mother

My father... my father

[12:5] And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
[12:6] For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
[12:7] If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
[12:8] But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Children, My son... son... sons... son... sons

The father

(100) They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, "Caesar's men demand taxes from us."
He said to them, "Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give God what belongs to God, and give me what is mine."



Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar

Men demand taxes from us

[12:9] Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
[12:10] For they verily for a few days 
chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
[12:11] Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby

We gave them reverence

Chastened us after their own pleasure

(101) <Jesus said,> "Whoever does not hate his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not love his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. For my mother [...], but my true mother gave me life."

Hate his father and his mother

Love his father and his mother

[12:12] Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
[12:13] And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
[12:14] Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
[12:15] Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;



Any root of bitterness

Follow peace with all men

(102) Jesus said, "Woe to the pharisees, for they are like a dog sleeping in the manger of oxen, for neither does he eat nor does he let the oxen eat."

Dog does (not) eat... oxen eat

The manger of oxen

[12:16] Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
[12:17] For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.


Who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright

Place of repentance

(103) Jesus said, "Fortunate is the man who knows where the brigands will enter, so that he may get up, muster his domain, and arm himself before they invade."

The brigands will enter... before they invade

[12:18] For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
[12:19] And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
[12:120] (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
[12:21] And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)


The sound of a trumpet


(104) They said to Jesus, "Come, let us pray today and let us fast."
Jesus said, "What is the sin that I have committed, or wherein have I been defeated? But when the bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber, then let them fast and pray."


Come


The bridal chamber
[12:22] But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
[12:23] To
the general assembly, and church of the firstborn which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
[12:24] And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

Come

The city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem... the general assembly, and church of the firstborn

(105) Jesus said, "He who knows the father and the mother will be called the son of a harlot."

The father

The mother

[12:25] See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
[12:26] Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Heaven...
heaven

Earth... earth... earth

(106) Jesus said, "When you make the two one, you will become the sons of man, and when you say, 'Mountain, move away,' it will move away."

Make the two one

Mountain, move away,' it will move

[12:27] And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
[12:28] Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
[12:29] For our God is a consuming fire.

Once

Things that are shaken... be shaken... be moved


(107) Jesus said, "The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety-nine sheep and looked for that one until he found it. When he had gone to such trouble, he said to the sheep, 'I care for you more than the ninety-nine.'"

I care for you

Gone to such trouble
[13:1] Let brotherly love continue.
[13:2] Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.







Brotherly love

Entertained angels

(108) Jesus said, "He who will drink from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him."

The things that are hidden

I myself shall become he

[13:3] Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
[13:4] Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Being yourselves also in the body

Marriage is honourable in all

(109) Jesus said, "The kingdom is like a man who had a hidden treasure in his field without knowing it. And after he died, he left it to his son. The son did not know (about the treasure). He inherited the field and sold it. And the one who bought it went plowing and found the treasure. He began to lend money at interest to whomever he wished."

A man... had a... treasure... without knowing it

After he died, he left

He began to lend money at interest to whomever he wished

[13:5] Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
[13:6] So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
[13:7] Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.



Be content with such things as ye have

I will never leave thee

them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God

(110) Jesus said, "Whoever finds the world and becomes rich, let him renounce the world."

Whoever... becomes rich

[13:8] Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
[13:9] Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

Profited them

(111) Jesus said, "The heavens and the earth will be rolled up in your presence. And the one who lives from the living one will not see death." Does not Jesus say, "Whoever finds himself is superior to the world?"

The heavens and the earth

The living one will not see death

Whoever finds himself is superior to the world

[13:10] We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
[13:11] For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
[13:12] Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
[13:13] Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
[13:14] For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

An altar... the tabernacle.... the sanctuary... the camp

Jesus... suffered

We seek one (continuing city) to come

(112) Jesus said, "Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh."







The flesh... the flesh

Soul... soul

Woe... woe
[13:15] By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
[13:16] But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
[13:17] Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Our lips

Souls

Grief

(113) His disciples said to him, "When will the kingdom come?"
<Jesus said,> "It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying 'here it is' or 'there it is.' Rather, the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it."


When will the kingdom come?

Men do not see it

[13:18] Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
[13:19] But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
[13:20] Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
[13:21] Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

I may be restored to you the sooner

Working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight

(114) Simon Peter said to him, "Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life."
Jesus said, "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven."

Is set at liberty... I myself shall lead her

The kingdom of heaven

[13:22] And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
[13:23] Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
[13:24] Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
[13:25] Grace be with you all. Amen.



Our brother Timothy is set at liberty

The rule over you






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