Testament of Luke
1. In that season, there came people who told him about the Galileans, those whom Pilate had slaughtered together with their sacrifices.*
2. And Jesus replied and told them, "Did you presume* that these Galileans sinned more than all [other] Galileans, that such [a thing] happened to them?
3. "No. But, I tell you, that you too, if you do not repent, such [slaughter] you will do.
4. "Or those eighteen that the tower of shiloah fell upon and killed them, did you presume that they sinned more than all the people that live in Jerusalem?
5. No. But, I tell you, that if you do not repent, all of you shall do like them."
6. And he told them this parable. "There was a fig tree planted for a man on his orchard and he came looking for its fruit and found none.
7. "And he said to the worker, 'Behold, I have been coming three years looking for fruit on this fig tree and find nothing. Cut it down. Why waste the soil?'
8. "The worker told him, 'Lord, leave it alone this year also, while I work it and fertilize it.
9. " 'Perhaps* it will produce fruit, and if not, strike it down.' "
10. As Jesus taught on the Sabbath at one of the synagogues,
11. There was a woman there, who had been ill* eighteen years and she was crippled* and was not able to attain health.
12. When Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, I release you from your sickness."
13. And he placed a hand over her and at once she straightened out and glorified God.
14. Then the head of the synagogue replied angrily regarding the healing Jesus did on the Sabbath, and he told the congregation, "There are six days that it is Lawful to work. In those [days] come and be healed and not on the Sabbath."
15. Jesus then replied and told him, "Hypocrite, everyone of you on the Sabbath, do you not untie your bull or your donkey from the stable and go to the stream?
16. "This then is the daughter of Abraham, and behold the devil has bound her these eighteen years, was it not Lawful that she be unbound from this bondage on the Sabbath day?"
17. And as he said these things, all those who opposed him were embarrassed and all the people were gladdened by the miracles that were performed by his hand.
18. Then Jesus said, "What does the Kingdom of God resemble? And what shall I liken it to?
19. "It's like the mustard seed, that a man decides to sow in his garden, and it grows and becomes large, and the birds of the sky make their nests in its branches."
20. Again Jesus said, "To what shall I liken the Kingdom of God?
21. "It is like the yeast that a woman decides to bury in three measures of flour, until it all leavens."
22. And he went around the villages and towns teaching on his way* to Jerusalem.
23. Then a person* asked him, "Are they the small those who shall Live*? Jesus then told them.
24. "Strive to enter through the narrow door. For I tell you there are many who will want to enter but cannot.
25. "From the hour that the master of the house rises and secures the door, and you are standing outside and knocking on the door and begin saying, 'Our Lord, our Lord, open for us.' And there will answer he and say, 'I tell you. I do not know who you are.'
26. "And you will begin saying, 'We ate and drank before you and in the market places we taught.'
27. "And he will tell you that, 'I do not know who you are. Depart from me disloyal* workers.'
28. "There will be crying and gnashing of teeth, as you will see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, and all the saints in the Kingdom of God, and you will be thrown outside.
29. "And they will come from the East and the West and the South and the North, and will feast in the Kingdom of God.
30. "And, behold, there will be those last who will be first and there will be those who were first who will be last."
31. On that day, some* of the Pharisees came near and said to him, "Go depart from here, because Herod wants to have you killed."
32. Jesus told them, "Go tell this fox that, behold, I am casting out demons, and healings I perform daily and continuously, and on the third day I shall fulfill it!
33. "Thus is my duty, that on this day and the following I journey and on the next day to go. For no prophet was found that did anything after Jerusalem.
34. "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killer of prophets and stoner of the apostles that were sent to her, how many times* I wished to gather your children, like a hen that gathers her chicks under her wings but you did not want it.
35. "Behold, your house will be left in ruins. For I tell you, you will not see me until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.' "
*13:1 Lit. Ar. expression: "...had mixed or mistook their blood with their offerings or sacrifices."
*13:2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Expect."
*13:9 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "And if it did it."
*13:11.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Had the spirit of sickness."
*13:11.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Bent."
*13:22 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "As he [teaching] and went."
*13:23.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
*13:23.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Live eternally."
*13:27 Lit. Ar. id.: "Workers of obligatory work."
*13:31 Lit. Ar. id.: "Some human beings."
*13:34 Lit. Ar. id.: "Seasons."
1. And there it happened that he entered the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees to eat food* on the Sabbath, and they kept an eye on him.*
2. And, behold, a man who had the dropsy* was before him.
3. And Jesus responded and said to the scribes and Pharisees that, "Is it allowed to heal on the Sabbath?"
4. They however kept quiet, and he took him and healed him and set him free.
5. And he told them. "Which one of you whose child or bull falls in the well on the Sabbath day, who at once does not pull him out?"
6. And they could not find an argument against this.
7. And he told a parable for those who were invited there, as he saw that they liked places at the head of the feast.
8. "When you are invited by a person to a place of celebration, do not go feasting at the head of the banquet. In case there is a more honored guest than you there.*
9. "And there comes [the person] who invited you and the [other person] and says to you, 'Give your place to this one,' and you will get embarrassed as you rise and take another place.
10. "Except when you are invited, go and feast at the end, so that when your host* comes, he tells you. 'Kinsman, come up here and feast. And so you may be glorified before all those who feast with you.
11. "For whoever exalt* themselves are humbled and whoever humble themselves are exalted."
12. He said also concerning the host, "When you hold the supper of dinner, neither be it that you call your kinsmen or your brothers or brethren, and nor your rich neighbors, so that they also invite you and therefore you will be repaid here.
13. "Except when you give a reception, call the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.
14. "And you are blessed that they have nothing to repay you [with.] For then your recompense will be at the resurrection of the righteous."
15. As one of those who partook of the feast heard these, he said to him, "Blessed is he who eats in the Kingdom of God."
16. Jesus said to him, "There was a man who gave a great dinner and invited many.
17. "And he sent his servant at the time of the dinner to tell those invited, 'Behold, everything that you desire, come!'
18. "And they started from the beginning to excuse themselves. The first one told him. 'I have bought a country home and I am anxious to see it. I beg you, allow me to excuse myself.'
19. "The other one declared. 'I have bought five pairs of oxen and I will go and secure them. I beg you, allow me to excuse myself.'
20. And the other one said, ‘I have consecrated for myself a wife, that is why I cannot come.’
21. "And that servant came and told all these things to his master. Then the master of the house was upset and told his servant. 'Go out quickly to the market places and the outskirts of towns, and bring here the poor, and the handicapped and the outcasts and the blind.
22. "And the servant declared. 'Master, may it be as you command. There is a lot of country.'*
23. "And the master told the servant. 'Go out on the roads and to great many houses and urge them to come so that my house becomes full.'
24. " 'For I am telling you, not one human being of those I invited will taste my dinner.' "
25. And as great crowds went along with him, he explained and told them.
26. "Whoever comes to me and does not hate his father and mother and his brothers and sisters and his wife and children and also himself, my disciple he cannot be.
27. "And whoever does not pick up his cross and follow me, my disciple he cannot be.
28. "For who among those that desire to build a tower does not from the start sit down and consider his expenditures?
29. "[And] not while laying the foundation and as he cannot complete it, so that everyone who sees him laughs at him.
30. "And they say, 'Here is a man who begins to build and cannot complete it.'
31. "Or who is the king who goes to war to fight another neighboring* king, and does not first consider, if he can with ten thousand [troops] do battle with the one who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32. "And then if not, while still far from him, he will send a delegation and seek for peace.
33. "Thus everyone of you, if you do not leave everything*, you cannot become my disciple.
34. "Like that beautiful salt. Then if salt becomes flat, with what is it salted?
35. "It is of no use for the ground or the field.* It is cast out. Whoever have ears that hear, listen!"
*14:1.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Eat bread."
*14:1.2 Lit. Ar. expression: "Guarded him."
*14:2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Gathered water."
*14:8 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "That not should happen there be invited there a person that honors [more] than you."
*14:10 Lit. Ar. id.: "That called you."
*14:11 Lit. Ar. id.: "Raise."
*14:22 Lit. Ar. expression: "And again there is country."
*14:30 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Companion."
*14:33 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Cattle," or "assets."
*14:35 Lit. Ar. expression: "Neither on ground, nor fertilizer goes."
1. The treasury workers and sinners were drawing near to him to hear him.
2. And the scribes and Pharisees complained and declared. "This one receives sinners and eats with them."
3. And Jesus told them this parable.
4. "Which man among you who has one hundred sheep, and if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine outside and goes looking for the lost one until he finds it?
5. "And when he finds it, becomes glad and lifts it over his shoulders.
6. "And comes to his home and calls his kin and his neighbors and tells them. 'Rejoice with me that I have found my sheep that was lost.'
7. "I tell you, that such will be the joy in heaven over one sinner that repents, rather than over the ninety-nine righteous ones that need no repenting.
8. "Or when a woman who has ten coins and loses one of them, and does not light a lamp and clean the house and look for it, to the exclusion of all else until she finds it?
9. "And when she finds it, calls her [female] kinfolk and neighbors and tells them. They rejoice with her, that she found the money that was lost.
10. "I am telling you, that such will be the joy before the Kingdom of God, over one sinner who repents.
11. And again Jesus told them. "A man had two sons.
12. "The younger one said to him, 'My father, give me my share of your house. And let us divide the cattle."
13. "And after a few days, the younger son gathered everything that was his due and he went to a far country, and there he scattered his cattle, as he lived a flighty life.
14. "And when he had depleted everything that he had, there was a great famine in that country that he was in and he began losing.
15. "And he went out to one of the townsmen of that country and he sent him to the village house to be a swineherd.
16. "And he yearned to fill his stomach with the spoilage that the pigs ate and no one gave it to him.
17. "And as he came to himself, he said. 'How many employees at my father's house now have bread, more than enough to eat, while I am about to perish of hunger like this.
18. " 'I will rise and go to my father and say to him, My father, I have sinned before heaven and before you.
19. " 'And I do not deserve to be called your son. Make me like one of your employees.' "
20. "And he rose and came to his father. And while he was still far off, his father saw him and took pity on him and he ran up to him, moved by compassion at his appearance,* and kissed him.
21. "And his son told him. 'My father, I have sinned before heaven and before you, and I do not deserve to be called your son.'
22. "His father then told his servants. 'Take out the best robe and put it on him and place a ring on his hand and make him a pair of sandals.
23. " 'Go and kill the fatted calf, eat and rejoice.*
24. " ' That this son of mine was dead and is alive and was lost and is found.' And they began to celebrate.
25. "But the older brother was in the country place. And as he came and neared his home, he heard the sound of great singing.
26. "And he called one of the boys and asked him that who is this.
27. "He told him. 'Your brother has come and your father killed the fatted calf so he gets well.'
28. "And he became angry and did not wish to enter, and his father came out and begged him.
29. "He told his father. 'Behold, how many years I have performed my duty to you and never once did I forego your wishes and never once did you give me [even] a goat so I may celebrate with my kinsmen.
30. " 'But for this son of yours then, having squandered your assets* with prostitutes and who has come [now,] for him you have slaughtered the fatted calf.'
31. "His father told him. 'My son, you are with me always,* and everything that is mine is yours.
32. " 'To celebrate is our duty then and be happy. That here your brother was dead and is alive and was lost and is found.' "
*15:20 Lit. Ar. expression: "...and he ran falling over his visage."
*15:23 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And come and kill the mangered bull and eat and rejoice."
*15:30 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Cattle."
*15:31 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "You in every season, are with me, you."
1. And he told a parable to his disciples. "There was a rich man and he had a caretaker. And they accused him of squandering property.
2. "And his master called him in and told him. 'What is this I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your stewardship. For as of now you cannot be caretaker of my house.'
3. "The caretaker said to himself. 'What shall I do, now that my position is being taken away by my master?* I cannot hide what I have done,* and I am too embarrassed to pretend* I was doing something else.
4. " 'I know what to do, so as not to be fired from being caretaker of the house and be accepted in their house.'
5. "And he called one by one those who were obligated to his master, and he told the first one. 'What do you owe my master?'
6. "He said to him, 'One hundred liters oil.' He said to him, 'Get your book and instead quickly write fifty liters.'
7. "And he told the other one. 'And you, what do you owe my master?' He told him, 'One hundred bushels of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your book and instead write eighty bushels.' "
8. And the Lord praised the wicked* caretaker for his wisdom. "For the children of the world are smarter than the children of the light in this generation."
9. "And so I tell you also, form yourselves ties of kinship to the abominable security of this world. So that when it shrinks, they will accept you in their eternal tents.
10. "Whoever is faithful with little, is also faithful with much. And whoever is dishonest with little, is also dishonest with much.
11. "If thus you are not faithful with the wealth of abomination, who will entrust you with the truth?
12. "And if in your turn you were not found faithful, who will entrust you in their turn?
13. "There is no servant who works for two masters. Or then he will hate the one and be faithful* to the other, or he will respect the one and criticize the other. You cannot work for God and wealth of this world.*"
14. The Pharisees, as they heard these things, since they loved money, they sneered at him.
15. Jesus then told them, "You are those that present themselves as righteous before humanity. However, God knows your hearts. That which is lofty before humanity is unsightly before God.
16. "The Law and the Prophets [worked] until John. From now on the Kingdom of God is your only hope and everyone must struggle to get in.
17. "Then it is clear that heaven and earth will pass away, rather than one letter of the Law will pass.
18. "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and whoever marries a divorcee commits adultery.
19. "There was a rich man and he wore fine linens and purple and everyday he thoroughly enjoyed himself.
20. "And there was a poor man, whose name was Lazarus, and he threw himself at the door of the rich man, his body covered with sores,*
21. "And he yearned to fill his stomach with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's bread. Even dogs came and licked his sores.
22. "It then came to pass that the poor man died. And the angels carried him to the bosom of Abraham. Then the rich man also died and was buried.
23. "And as he was tormented in sheol, he raised his eyes from afar, and saw Abraham and Lazarus in his bosom.
24. "And he cried out in a loud voice and said, 'My father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in the waters and wet my tongue, that behold, I am being tormented by these flames.'
25. "Abraham told him, 'My son, remember you received your blessings during your lifetime and Lazarus [received] ordeals*, and, behold, from now on he will be comforted and you will be agonized.
26. " 'And besides all this, a great chasm exists between us and you, so those who wish to pass from here to you cannot do it and nor those who are there can pass over to us.'
27. "He told him, 'In that case, I beg you, my father, that you send him to my father's house.
28. " For I have five brothers. Let him go down and testify to them, so they not also come to this place of torment.'
29. "Abraham told him, 'They have Moses and the prophets to listen to.'
30. "He, however, said, 'No, my father Abraham. Only exception is if someone from the dead goes to them will they repent.'
31. "Abraham told him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe even if a man rises from the dead.' "
*16:3.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "That my master takes away from me lordship of the house."
*16:3.2 Lit. Ar. expression: "To dig it."
*16:3.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Turn it into something else."
*16:8 Lit. Ar. id.: "Abominable."
*16:13.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Merciful."
*16:13.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Material security."
*16:20 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "While he was struck with sores."
*16:25 Lit. Ar. id.: "Wickedness."
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