Testament of Luke
1. And Jesus told his disciples. "It cannot be avoided that betrayals* will come, but woe to him by whose hand they come.
2. "He would be better off that a donkey's millstone were hung on his head* and for him to be thrown into the sea, rather than he should betray even one of these little ones.
3. "Guard yourselves. If your brother sins, cry out to him. And if he repents, forgive him.
4. "And if seven times a day he fools with you and seven times he explains to you and asks forgiveness, forgive him."
5. And the apostles said to the Lord. "Give us more faith."
6. Jesus told them. "If you had faith, like a grain of mustard, you could tell this berry plant to uproot itself and plant itself in the sea and it would listen to you.
7. "Which one of you then, who has a servant that takes care of the plowing or tends sheep, and if he comes from the field, says to him at once, 'I wish to dine?'
8. "Except he tells him. 'I would like some supper, and get dressed* so you can serve me when I eat and drink, and afterwards you too eat and drink.'
9. "Does he receive blessings from that servant that performed the service which he commanded? I do not expect that.
10. "Likewise, you also, when you do all the things that I command you, say that we are free to perform duty,* that which we were obligated to do, we did."
11. And it happened as Jesus went to Jerusalem, he passed the home of Samaritans toward Galilee.
12. And as he neared one of the villages, ten lepers saw him and rose up from afar.
13. And they raised their voices and called out. "Our Master Jesus, have mercy on us."
14. And as he saw them, he declared. "Go show yourselves to the high priests." And as they went they were cleansed.
15. One of them, as he saw that he was healed, came back and in a loud voice, glorified God.
16. And he fell on his face before the feet of Jesus, as he confessed him.*
17. Jesus replied and declared. "Was it not ten that were healed? Where are the other nine?
18. "For what [reason] they refused to come and give glory to God, except for this one who is from a foreign nation."
19. And he told him. "Get up [and] go, your faith has given you Life."
20. And from among the Pharisees, they asked Jesus, "When will the Kingdom of God come?" He replied and told them. "The Kingdom of God will not come through observances [of the Law].
21. "And they will not say, 'Here it is, and behold, it has always been there!' For, behold, the Kingdom of God is among you."
22. And he told his disciples. "There will come days when you will yearn to see one of the days with the Son of Man and you will not see one.
23. "And if they tell you, 'Here he is and, behold, he has always been there,' do not go.
24. "For that is when lightening will strike from heaven and brighten everything below the sky, such will the Son of Man be in his Day.
25. "From before he was destined to receive great sorrow and be rejected by this generation.
26. "And just as it was in the days of Noah, such will it be in the days of the Son of Man.
27. "When they ate and drank and engaged women and married, until the day Noah entered the ark and the flood came and annihilated every human being.
28. "And again so it was in the days of Lot, that they ate and drank and bought and sold and planned and built.
29. "On the day that Lot went out of Sodom, the Lord raised fire and brimstone from heaven and annihilated them.
30. "Such will it be on the day when the Son of Man shall be revealed.
31. "On that day, whoever is on the roof and their clothes are in the house, they will not go down to take them. And whoever is in the field, they will not turn back.
32. "Remember Lot's wife.
33. "Whoever desires to preserve his being, loses it. And whoever loses his being attains Life.
34. "I am telling you, in that night, two will be in one bed. One is raised and the other forsaken.
35. "And two [women] were grinding together, one was fetched and the other abandoned.
36. "Two were in the field, one was taken and the other left."
37. They replied and told him. "Wither, our Lord?" He told them, "Where the body is, there the eagles gather."
*17:1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Blasphemies."
*17:2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Countenance."
*17:8 Lit. Ar. expression: "Tie your back." Get cleaned up.
*17:10 Lit. Ar. expression: "We are idle." We are ready.
*17:16 Lit. Ar. expression retained: "He accepted Jesus Christ."
1. He told them also a parable that in every situation they should pray and not quit.
2. "There was a judge in a certain town, who did not submit to God and was not under the authority of any people.
3. "There was a widow in that town, and she came to him and said, 'Relieve me of my enemy.'
4. "And he did not wish to do anything for a long time. Then later he said to himself, 'If I do not submit to God and I am not under authority of people,
5. " 'Even though this widow is irritating me, I will give her relief, so she does not always come and bother me.' "
6. And the Lord said, "Listen to what the judge of abomination said!
7. "Then, will God not do more for his chosen ones, who call on him day and night, and shed His Grace upon them?*
8. "I am telling you, he will [rule in their favor] quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?"
9. And he told a parable about the persons that imagine themselves righteous and malign everyone else.
10. "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a treasury clerk.
11. "And the Pharisee stood by himself in the midst of them and this is what he prayed, 'God, I confess to you, I am not like all the other people, a robber, a cheater and a fornicator, and not like this treasurer.
12. " 'Except, I fast twice a week and tithe from anything I earn.'
13. "Then the treasury clerk stood up from afar, and he would not even lift his eyes to heaven, except he pounded his chest and said, 'God, have mercy on a sinner.'
14. "I am telling you, he went down more blessed to his home than that Pharisee. Whoever exalt themselves, will be humbled, and whoever humble themselves will be exalted."
15. They brought near to him also children to receive his blessings*. And the disciples saw them and yelled at them.
16. However, Jesus called them and said to them, "Let the children come to me and do not stop them, for the Kingdom of Heaven is for such as these.
17. "Amen, I say to you, that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a child, will not enter it."
18. And one of the leaders asked him, saying, "Benevolent educator, what shall I do to attain eternal life?*
19. Jesus told him, "Why did you call me benevolent? No one is benevolent except for one--God?
20. "You know the commandments, do not kill and do not fornicate and do not steal and do not give false testimony*, honor your father and mother."
21. He said to him, "These I obey since my childhood."
22. As Jesus heard this, he told him, "You have one thing lacking. Go sell everything you have and give it to the poor and you will have a place in heaven and come follow me."
23. As he heard these things he became disappointed, for he was very rich.
24. And as Jesus saw that he was disappointed, he said, "How hard it is for those that have financial wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!
25. "It is easier for the camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God."
26. Those who heard him, said, "And who can attain eternal life?"
27. Then Jesus said, "These cannot be found from among the people, they can only come from God."
28. Simon the Rock [Peter] said to him, "Behold, we have left everything and followed you."
29. Jesus told him, "Amen, I say to you, that there is no human being who leaves their home or parents or siblings or wives or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God,
30. "Who will not receive great blessings in this age, and in the realm to come, life everlasting.*"
31. And Jesus rounded up his twelve and told them, "Behold, I go up to Jerusalem, and everything shall be fulfilled that was written through the prophets regarding the Son of Man.
32. "For he will be delivered to the nations,* and they will mock him and spit in his face.
33. "And torture him and curse him and kill him, and on the third day he shall rise."
34. These things, however, not one of them comprehended, except this manifestation was hidden from them and they did not understand these things that were spoken of among them.
35. And as he approached Jericho, a blind person sat on the side of the road begging.
36. And he heard the sound of the crowd passing by and he asked who it was.
37. They told him, Jesus the Nazarene* is passing.
38. And he cried out saying, "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!"
39. And those who went before Jesus, yelled at him to shut up. But he cried out even louder, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
40. Jesus stood still and commanded them to call him over to him. And as he approached him, he put the question to him.
41. And he told him, "What would you like me to do for you?" He said then, "My Lord, so I can see."
42. And Jesus said to him, "See then, your faith has given you Life."
43. And in that very hour he saw and followed him and glorified God, and all those people who saw, gave glory to God.
*18:7 Lit. Ar. expression: "Pour out His Spirit over them."
*18:15 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Proffer" or "touch" them.
*18:18 Lit. Ar. id.: "To the end of the universe."
*18:20 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Testify the testimony of falsehood."
*18:30 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And who will not receive many folds in this season and in the coming universe."
*18:32 Lit. Ar. expression: "To foreigners."
*18:37 Lit. Ar. id.: "The victorious."
1. And as Jesus set off and entered Jericho,
2. There was a man by the name of Zachaeus, who was very rich and was the head of the treasury.
3. And he wanted to see who Jesus was and he could not because of the crowd, for Zachaeus was short of stature.
4. And he ran ahead of Jesus and climbed a berry tree in bloom to see him, for he was destined to pass that way.
5. And when Jesus came to that place, he saw him and told him. "Come on down, Zachaeus, for today it is my duty to stay at your home."
6. And he came down and received him joyfully.
7. As they saw it, they grumbled outwardly. "With a sinner man he enters to have the supper after the fast!"
8. Zachaeus stood up and said to Jesus, "Behold, my Lord, half of my cash I shall give out to the poor, and whatever I have overcharged from anyone I will repay fourfold."
9. And Jesus told him. "On this day, this house has been granted eternal life, for here too abides a child of Abraham.
10. "For the Son of Man came to seek and give Life to that which was lost."
11. And as they heard these things, he elucidated* with a parable, for they were expecting at that very hour, it was destined that the Kingdom of God would be revealed.
12. And he declared. "There was a man from a big tribe, who went to a distant country to set up a colony* and return.
13. "And he called ten of his servants and he gave them four sums [of money] and told them, 'Engage in trade until I return.'
14. "However, the town people hated him and they sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We do not want him to be king over us.'
15. "And as he set up the colony and returned, he told them to call in those servants to whom he had given the money, to learn how each one of them did in their trading.
16. "And the first one came and said, 'My master, I have added ten sums to your money.'
17. "And he told him, 'O, good servant, you were found faithful with little, take charge of ten mills.'
18. "And the second one came and told him. 'My master, I made you five sums.'
19. "He said also to this one, 'You too, take authority over five mills.'
20. "And there came the other one and told him. 'My master, behold, here is what you had with me, as I have tied it securely in knots.
21. " 'I was afraid of you, for you are a hard man, and you take what you do not invest* and you harvest what you did not plant.'
22. "He told him, 'According to your own words,* I judge you, wicked servant! You knew that I was a hard man and I took what I did not invest and harvest what I did not plant.
23. " 'Why did you not give my money to the [table of] offering and I would come and ask for it with its bounties?'
24. "And to the ones who stood before him, he said, 'Take from him the sum [of money] and give it to [the one] who had ten [times the] amount.'
25. "They said to him, 'Our master, [but] he has ten times the amount.'
26. "He told them. 'I am telling you that whoever has it, will be given [more.] And whoever has it not, even that which he has will be taken away from him.
27. " 'As for those enemies of mine that did not wish I should be king over them, bring them and kill them before me.' "
28. And as Jesus said these things, he went on ahead to Jerusalem.*
29. And as he arrived at Bethphage and Bethany,* by the slope of the mountain called Mount* of Olives, he sent two of his disciples.
30. And he told them. "Go to the village opposite us, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied down that no one* has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it.
31. "And if anyone asks you, 'Why do you untie it?' Tell them like this, 'It is requested by our Lord.' "
32. And those who were sent went and found what he had told them.
33. And as they untied the colt, its owners told them. "Why do you untie this colt?"
34. They told them, "It is requested by our Lord."
35. And they brought it to Jesus and they threw their cloaks over the colt and they raised Jesus to ride on it.
36. As he proceeded, they spread their cloaks on the road.
37. And as he approached the descending slope of Mount Olives, the entire crowd of the disciples began to rejoice, and they began glorifying God in a loud voice, regarding all the Powers* that they had seen.
38. And they said,
"Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord,
Peace in Heaven and Glory in the Highest."
39. Some of the Pharisees, from among the crowd, told him. "Rabbi, tell* your disciples to be quiet."
40. He told them. "I am telling you, if they be quiet, the stones will cry out."
41. And as he neared the city, he wept over it.
42. And he said, "If you only knew these events that were for your peace, even on this, your day. However, now they are hidden from your eyes.
43. "There shall come days when your enemies will surround you and they will torment you from every place,
44. "And they will lay you in ruins and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone on top of another in you, for the sake of [your refusal] to acknowledge the hour* of your destiny."
45. And as he entered the temple, he began to throw out those who sold and bought in it.
46. And he told them. "It is written that my house shall be the house of prayer. You however have turned it into a cave of savages."
47. And he taught in the temple daily. The high* priests and scribes and priests of the people wanted to destroy* him,
48. And could not find what to do to him, for all the people were hanging on his every word.*
*19:11 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Added."
*19:12 Lit. Ar. id.: "Kingdom."
*19:21 Lit. Ar. id.: "Consecrate."
*19:22 Lit. Ar. expression: "From your own mouth I judge you."
*19:28 Lit. Ar. expression: "He exited before himself to go..."
*19:29.1 Lit. Ar. meaning of the two names: "... at the stables of the house of Annia."
*19:29.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "House of."
*19:30 Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
*19:30 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Miraculous deeds."
*19:39 Lit. Ar. "Yell at them."
*19:44 Lit. Ar. id.: "Season."
*19:47.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Rabbi."
*19:48 Lit. Ar. expression: "Were hung by his [words] to hear him."
*19:47.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Lose."
1. And it happened on one of those days as Jesus taught the people in the temple and proffered to them salvation, there rose against him the chief high priests and scribes, together with priests,
2. And they told him. "Tell us by what authority you do all these things. And who is the one who gives you this power here?"
3. Jesus replied and told them. "I will also ask you regarding a manifestation and you tell me.
4. "The baptism of John was from Heaven, or by human beings?"
5. They thought to themselves, however, saying, "If we say that it was from Heaven, he will tell us, 'And why did you not believe him?'
6. "And if we say, 'By human beings,' all the people will stone us," for they were certain that John was a Prophet.
7. And they said to him, "We do not know from where that is."
8. Jesus told them. "Neither will I tell you by what power I perform these things."
9. And he began to tell the people the following parable. "A man planted a vineyard and he entrusted it to workers and a long time passed.
10. "And at the [harvest] season he sent his servant so that they would give him from the fruit of the vineyard. However, the workers beat him and sent him empty [-handed].
11. "And he recovered and sent another servant. However, they also beat him and cursed him and sent him empty.
12. "And he recovered and sent a third one. But they also brutalized him and threw him out.
13. "And the owner of the vineyard declared. 'What shall I do? I shall send my beloved son, maybe they will see him and be embarrassed."
14. "Then as the workers saw him, they thought to themselves and said. 'Here is the heir. Let us kill him and the inheritance will be ours.'
15. "And they took him outside of the vineyard and killed him. What will then the owner of the vineyard do to them?"
16. "He will come and annihilate such workers and give the vineyard to others," those that heard [this parable] said. "This is unacceptable!"*
17. [Jesus] gazed at them and said, "What is that which is written,
'The stone that was rejected by the builders,
...is the very one that became the cornerstone?'*
18. "And whoever falls over that rock will be ruined and whoever it falls on will be shattered."
19. The chief Rabbis and scribes wanted then to throw their hands on him at that very time, but* they feared the people,
for they understood that this parable was about them.
20. And they sent to him spies impersonating pious men to trick him with words and deliver him to the judge and the
21. And they asked him, telling him. "Educator, we know that you speak truthfully and you teach and you do so without
any hypocrisy, except you teach Godliness* earnestly.
22. "Is it rightful that we pay Caesar the head tax or not?"
23. But he was wise to their intentions and declared. "Why, are you testing me?
24. "Show me a dinar, whose image and inscriptions are on it?" They said, "Those of Caesar's."
25. Jesus told them. Give that which belongs to Caesar to Caesar and [what belongs] to God to God."
26. And they could not take away anything* from him, before the people, and they were amazed at his explanation and remained silent.
27. Then some Sadducees approached him, those who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him,
28. And they told him. "Educator, Moses wrote for us, that if a man* dies, his brother, who has a wife without children,
marries her and raises offspring for his brother.
29. "There were, however, seven brothers, and the first one married her and died childless.
30. "And the second one married and he died without children.
31. "And the third also married her, and so likewise all seven of them, and they all died, leaving no children.
32. "And later the wife died also.
33. "Thus at the resurrection whose wife will she be? For all seven of them married her."
34. Jesus told them. "Sons of this world marry women, and women marry men.
35. Those who are judged worthy to enter [heaven,] (and) at the resurrection of the dead, they neither marry women, nor women marry men.
36. "Neither will they ever die, for they are like angels, and children of God they are, since they became Children of the Resurrection.
37. "That they will be resurrected, also Moses mentions specifically while in Sinai, as he declared, 'The Lord God of
Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.'
38. "God was not then [the God] of the dead, except of the living, for to him they are all alive."
39. And some* of the scribes replied and told him. "Educator, you put* it beautifully."
40. And they did not dare ask him anything else.
41. And he told them. "How can the scribes say regarding the Anointed One [Messiah] that He is the son of David?
42. "And David himself proclaimed in the Book of Psalms, that
'The Lord declared to my Lord, sit from my right,
43. " 'While I set your enemies below your feet.'
44. "If David calls him Lord in this manner, how can He be his son?"
45. And as all the people heard, he told his disciples.
46. "Beware of the scribes who like to go around in robes, and desire salutations* in the market places and leadership of the councils in synagogues, and [to sit at] the head of table* of banquets.
47. "Those who devour the houses of widows, for the sake of extending their prayers. They shall receive a great judgment."
*20:15 Lit. Ar. expression: "This will not be!"
*20:17 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Becomes the very one at the corner's tip?"
*20:19 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*20:21 Lit. Ar. expression: "Way of God."
*20:26 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Take away manifestation."
*20:27 Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
*20:38 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Some of the human [beings.]"
*20:39 Lit. Ar. id.: "Say."
*20:46.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Peace."
*20:46.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Dinners."
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