Teaching from the Mount of Olives – Beware of lawyers – Parable: The Rich Fool –
Caiaphas questions Yeshua – Yeshua poses a question – Parable: The Two Sons – The
people turn against Caiaphas – On Solomon’s porch with the Sadducees – An attempted
stoning – Pharisees counsel caution
1 Now Yeshua taught daily from the Mount of Olives, and from all Judea and Perea,
from Samaria and Galilee did the people come to both hear and to see him.
2 And there came unto the Lord, certain of the scribes seeking to mock him before
3 But the Lord spoke unto the multitude, saying: “Guard yourselves well because
of scribes and lawyers; for they love to go about dressed in long robes with broad
hems upon their garments.
4 For they love greetings in the market place, and the best seats in the synagogue,
and the uppermost rooms at feasts.
5 But these are they which devour widow’s houses and for a pretense make long prayers
before the temple: these shall receive the greater condemnation.”
6 And the Lord, turning his face against the scribes, spoke tenderly unto his disciples,
saying: “Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consists of more
than the things which he possesses.
7 Come now and hear this parable: for there was a certain rich man that owned great
lands which brought forth an abundance of plenty.
8 And he thought to himself, saying: What shall I do, for my harvest is greater
than I have room?
9 Behold, I will pull down my old barns and build yet greater ones, and therein
shall I make secure all my harvest and all my goods.
10 And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have laid up a great many goods these many
years; therefore, live at ease and rest awhile: eat, drink, and be merry.’
11 But in the night as he lay upon the floor, drunken and asleep, there came an
angel of the Lord which spoke unto him, saying:
12 ‘Poor fool! Did you not know that this very night your soul is required of God?
Then whose things shall these things be which you have gathered these many years?’
13 So shall it be unto him which lays up for himself an abundance of treasure, but,
who, in his soul, is found not rich toward God.”
14 Now in the autumn of the year there came upon all Israel the Feast of Tabernacles,
and Yeshua went walking near the temple.
15 And as he went about with his disciples teaching, it so happened that Caiaphas,
the High Priest, was entering in; and with him were many of the elders.
16 And seeing the multitudes gathered about the Lord to hear him, the High Priest
went and spoke unto him, saying: “Tell me by what authority you do these things before
the people? Who gave it unto you?”
17 Yeshua spoke unto Caiaphas, saying: “I, too, will ask you a question, which if
you answer rightly, then I likewise will tell you by whose authority I do these things.
The baptism of John, from whence did it come: from Heaven, or of men?
18 Now when the Lord said this, there arose a great murmuring among the people,
and Caiaphas and the elders reasoned thus among themselves, saying:
19 “How shall we answer him? For if we say: from Heaven, then he will ask why we
didn’t believe him. And if we say of men, then the multitude shall rush upon us;
for all Israel believes that John was a prophet.”
20 So reasoned they among themselves, and Caiaphas, turning again unto the Lord,
answered him, saying: “We cannot tell from whence it came.”
21 And again the Lord said: “Neither will I tell from whence I do these things.”
22 Now when the multitude heard this, they all laughed against the High Priest and
the elders; and Caiaphas, being angry against the Lord, spoke unto him, saying:
23 “If you are from God, why then will you give yourself unto this rabble, for they
are all sinners?”
24 And lifting his voice, the Lord said: “What think you of this thing: for there
was a certain man which had two sons;
25 And he came unto the first, saying: ‘Son, go and work today in my vineyard, for
the harvest is great and the laborers are few.’
26 But he answered his father, saying: ‘I will not’, but afterward he repented and
he labored all that day and the next also in his father’s vineyard.
27 Likewise, the father went unto the second son and said: ‘Son, go and work today
in my vineyard, for the harvest is great and the laborers are few.’
28 And the second son answered: ‘Father, I go’, but he went not; neither did he
turn again unto his father to repent.
29 Which of these two sons did the will of his father?” And they which were of the
multitude, shouted: “The first! The first!”
30 Now when the Lord heard how the people answered, he spoke unto Caiaphas, saying:
“I tell you truly, that sinners and harlots will go into the kingdom of God before
you yourselves enter in.
31 For John came unto you in righteousness, but you believed him not; but they which
are but sinners and harlots, even they believed in him from the first.
32 And when you saw how the people loved him, you turned hard against him, and in
your conspiracy slew him unjustly.”
33 Now when the people heard this, they grew exceedingly angry against the High
Priest and the elders, and would that they might lay hands upon them.
34 But when the guards of the temple saw how the people were angry, they rushed
forth unto Caiaphas and brought him and the elders unto the sanctuary; and all that
day were the gates of the temple closed against the people.
35 On the morrow, Yeshua went walking at the temple, in Solomon’s Porch, and there
came unto him the Sadducees, saying:
36 “How long will you cause us to doubt? If you are the Messiah of whom the prophets
write, then tell us plainly.”
37 And the Lord answered them, saying: “I told you and you believed not: the works
that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
38 But you believe not because you are not my sheep, even as I said unto you before;
for my sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow after me.”
39 And the Sadducees said unto him: “Show us the Father and we will believe.” He
answered them, saying: “How shall I show you the Father, for I and my Father are
40 Now when the Sadducees heard this, they picked up stones whereby they might kill
the Lord. But the Master, being all calm within, spoke unto them, saying:
41 “Many good works have I shown you from my Father; for which of those good works
will you now stone me?”
42 They answered him, saying: “For a good work we stone you not; but for blasphemy;
for you, being but a man, have made yourself equal unto God.”
43 Yeshua answered, saying: “Is it not written in the scriptures this saying: ‘I
have declared from the beginning, saying: Behold, you are gods, and all of you are
the children of the Most High.’
44 Now if the Lord called them gods unto whom the word of God was given; and you
know yourselves how that the scriptures cannot be broken;
45 How will you exclaim against him which the Father has sanctified and sent into
the world, saying: ‘You have blasphemed.’ Will you then kill me because I said: ‘I
am the Son of God?’
46 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if my works are true,
though you believe not in me; believe yet the works which you see;
47 Then shall you both know and believe that the Father is in me and I in him.”
48 When the Sadducees heard this, they grew all the more angry against him, and
would that they might stone him unto death.
49 But the Pharisees which sat in authority, spoke unto them, saying: “Take care,
my brethren, what you do against this man.
50 For John did no miracle like unto Yeshua, and in John did all Israel believe;
and all things which John spoke concerning this man have come true.”
51 So Yeshua passed unharmed out of the temple, for no man dared to lay a hand against
him lest the Jews rise up in anger against them.
52 But Caiaphas spoke privily unto the chief priests and elders concerning those
means by which they might take him.
53 And one spoke unto the High Priest, saying: “My lord, how shall we lay hold of
him, for the people are ever with him?”
54 So did they conspire continually against the Master, seeking by some means to