Testament of Luke
1. Then Jesus saw those rich that threw in their [temple] contributions so as to be seen.
2. And he saw also one poor widow, who threw in two coins.
3. And he said, "I am tellling you truly, this poor widow threw in more than everyone.
4. "For they all threw in from their abundance in offering to God. But she, at her loss, threw in everything she had earned."
5. And as people spoke about the temple, how it was erected with beautiful stones and offerings, Jesus told them.
6. "This that you see, there will come days when no stone shall remain upon another without it being torn down."
7. And they asked him and said [to him.] "Educator, when will these [events] occur? And what are the signs when these things will happen?"
8. Then he told them. "Look at what you are seeking, for many will come in my name, saying that I am the Christ. And the Age is approaching. Do not follow them.
9. "And when you hear [of] wars and turmoil, do not succumb. They are bound to happen first. Except you have not reached the end.
10. "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,
11. "And there will be great earthquakes in one place after another,* and famines and dying, and there will be submission and interrogations, and you shall see great signs from heaven and the winters will be long*.
12. "But before all these, they will throw on you their hands and they will reject you and deliver you to councils* and prisons, and they will deliver* you before kings and governments because of my name.
13. "This then will become your testimony!
14. "Put* it in your hearts, do not practice learning how to manifest the spirit.
15. "For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, that all your enemies cannot stand in their way.
16. "They will betray you then, your parents, and your brothers and brethren, and your kinsmen, and some of you will die.
17. "And you will be hated by every person because of my name.
18. "And grace will never desert you.*
19. "By the hope that you proffer then, you shall earn your salvation.
20. "When you see Jerusalem surrounded by power, know then that its desolation is near.*
21. "Those who are in Judea will run to the mountain, and those within her will flee and those from the villages will not enter her.
22. "These are the Days of Destiny, so as everything that has been written be fulfilled.
23. "And woe to those who are with child and those who are suckling in those days. For there will be great persecution on the earth and wrath against this nation.
24. "And they shall fall in harm's way and be taken captive to every country. And Jerusalem shall be trampled by nations until the days of world empire* come to an end.
25. "And there will be signs on the sun and moon and stars and on earth the persecution of nations and you will be disoriented because of the roaring sea waves.
26. "And the quaking that took the lives of people from the fear of what was about to occur on the earth, and the powers of heaven were shaken.
27. "And then you will see the Son of Man who comes in the clouds, with great power and great glory.
28. "When these events begin to occur, take heart and raise your heads, for your salvation has approached."
29. And he told them a parable, "Look at the fig tree and all the other trees.
30. "When they bloom, at once you understand that summer is near. 31. "And so you too, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is approaching.
32. "Amen, I am telling you, this generation will not pass away until all these things occur.
33. "Heaven and earth will pass away and my words will not pass away.
34. "Beware inside yourselves, that you never trouble your hearts, by wasteful living, drunkenness and the cares of this world, and out of the calm [before the storm] that day shall come upon you.
35. "For it will drench everyone like a downpour, all those who inhabit the face of the earth.
36. "Be thus vigilant in every season, in prayer, to be worthy in escaping these things that are destined to occur and to stand up before the Son of Man."
37. In the daytime he taught at the temple and at night he went out to stay in the mountain that is called Mount* Olives.
38. And all the people came up to him in the temple to hear his word*.
*21:11.1 Lit. Ar. expression: "In one place place."
*21:11.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Great."
*21:12.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Synagogues."
*21:12.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Sacrifice you."
*21:13 Lit. Ar. id.: "Consecrate."
*21:18 Lit. Ar. expression: "And gratitude will not leave your head."
*21:20 Lit. Ar. expression: "Desolation is nearing it."
*21:24 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Season of nations."
*21:37 Lit. Ar. id.: "House of."
*21:38 Lit. Ar. id.: "Manifestation."
1. The Feast of Bread Offerings*, which is called the Passover* was drawing near.
2. And the chief high priests and scribes were seeking a way to kill him, for they feared the people.
3. Then Satan entered into Judas who is called Iscariot, who was from the number of the Twelve.
4. And he went and talked to the chief high priests and scribes, and the chief powers of the temple, as to betray him to them.
5. And they were delighted and rose to give him money.
6. And he vowed to them, and he sought an opportunity to deliver him without the knowledge of the congregation.
7. And there arrived the Day of Bread Offerings, during which is commemorated the killing of the [Passover] Lamb.
8. And Jesus sent Kepa [Peter] and John and told them, "Go provide us with some Passover Lamb."*
9. They told him however, "Where do you wish to have it?"
10. He told them. "Behold, when you enter the city, a man will meet you who carries a jar of water, follow him and where he enters,
11. "Tell the owner of the house. 'Our Lord said. Which is the inn where he shall eat the [Passover] Lamb together with his disciples?'
12. "And behold, he will show you the upper room that is highly suitable, there you shall provide [the meal.]"
13. And they went and found [everything] as he had said. And they provided the Passover [meal.]
14. And when the time came, Jesus came to dine and the twelve apostles with him.
15. And he told them.
"This desire I have desired,
...that this Lamb* I partake with you,
......before I sorrow.
16. "For I am telling you,
...as of now we shall not eat it,
......until it is consecrated in the Kingdom of God."
17. And he consecrated the cup in commemoration and said,
"Take this and divide it between yourselves.
18. "For I am telling you,
...I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine,
......until the Kingdom of God has come."
19. And he consecrated the bread and pledged it and broke it and gave it to them and declared.
"This is my body that I give on your behalf.
This is what you shall be doing* in your Offerings* to me.
20. And likewise also the cup, after they ate, he declared.
"This is the cup of the new covenant* in my blood
...that will be spilt on your behalf.
21. "However, behold, the hand that delivers me for the sacrifice.
22. "And the Son of Man goes where he will be slaughtered. But, woe to the man who betrays him."
23. And they began to argue among themselves as to which one of them was destined to commit the betrayal.
24. There was also something else involved between them, regarding who was the greatest among them.
25. However, Jesus told them. "The kings of the nations are their lords and [those who] have authority over them are called the Benefactors*.
26. "But you, not like this, except whoever is great among you, should become like the small one. And the chief, [should become like] the servant.
27. "For who is greatest, the one who eats or the one who serves? Was it not the one who ate? However, I came among you as the one who serves.
28. "You are the ones that stuck with me through my trials.
29. "And I dedicate you, as my Father dedicated me the Kingdom,
30. "So you may eat and drink of the Offerings of my Kingdom, and sit up on the thrones, and judge the twelve tribes of Israel."
31. And Jesus told Simon. "Simon, behold, Satan has asked to sift you like wheat.
32. "And I want for you not to lose your faith. And in time you will also fight back and affirm your brothers' [faith.]"*
33. Simon then told him. "Lord. I am within your Grace and with you to prison and to death.
34. And Jesus told him. "I am telling you, Simon, that the rooster will not crow [at the dawn of] the day until you have blasphemed three times that you did not know me."
35. And he said to them, "As I sent you without sacks and without [water] jars and shoes, were you lacking anything?"
36. He said to them, "From now on, whoever has a sack [take it along,] and likewise the [water] jar, and whoever has no sword, should sell his new [garments] and buy himself a sword.
37. "For I am telling you, that even this that was written about shall be fulfilled, that he will be counted among the outlaws*. For everything has been fulfilled in me."
38. And they told him. "Lord, we already have two swords." He said to them, "They will suffice."
39. And he went out and proceeded as was his habit to the Mount of Olives, and also his disciples followed him.
40. And as he arrived to the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."
41. And he left them, like a stone's throw, and stopped on the road and prayed,
42. And he fetched* himself an angel from heaven to give him strength.
43. And he said, "Father, if it was your will this cup would pass from me. However, let it not be my will, except your will."
44. And as he was in submission, he prayed sacrificially*, and his sweat poured like blood from him and he fell to the ground.
45. And he rose up from prayer and came to his disciples and found them sleeping because of their depressed state.
46. And he said to them, "Why are you sleeping. Get up and pray so as you do not enter into temptation."
47. And as he spoke, behold, a crowd and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, coming before them, and he approached Jesus and kissed him. For this was the sign that he had given them, that whom he kissed would be him.
48. Jesus told him, "Judas, you deliver the Son of Man with a kiss?"
49. As those who were with him saw what happened, they said to him, "Our Lord, shall we strike them with the swords?"
50. And one of them struck the servant of the chief high priest and cut his right ear in two.
51. Jesus then replied and said, "This is enough." And he approached the ear of the injured and healed him.
52. And Jesus said to those who came out against him, chief high priests and priests and chief powers of the temple, "You came out at me like I were a criminal, with swords and clubs, to arrest me?
53. "Every day I was with you in the temple and you did not stretch your hands against me. Except this is your hour and the power of darkness."
54. And they took him and brought him to the house of the chief high priest. And Simon followed him at a distance.
55. And they took [and made] a fire in the middle of the yard and they sat around it, and there also sat Simon among them.
56. And one young girl saw that he sat with them, and she gazed at him and said, "This one also was with him."
57. Then he blasphemed and said, "Woman, I do not know him."
58. And after a little [while] someone else saw him and said to him, "You too are with him, you." Simon however told him, "I am not."
59. And after one hour, another one remembered him and said, "Truly, this one was with them too, for he is Galilean also."
60. Simon declared. "Man, I do not know what you are talking about!" And suddenly while he spoke, the rooster crowed.
61. And Jesus turned and looked at Simon. And Simon remembered the words* of the Lord, who told him that before the rooster crows you will blaspheme against me three times.
62. And Simon went outside and wept bitterly.
63. And the men that arrested Jesus, ridiculed him,
64. And they hit him from the blind side,* and slapped his face and said, "Prophesy, who hit you."
65. And many other blasphemies they said and did against him.
66. And as they had succeeded, the priests and chief high priests and scribes gathered and went up with him to their synagogue.
67. And they told him. "If you are that Messiah*, tell us." He told them. "If I tell you, you will not believe me.
68. "And if I ask you, you will not return me an explanation or release me.
69. "From now on the Son of Man sits from the right of the Power of God."
70. "They all said then, "Are you such the Son of God?" Jesus said to them, "You say yourself that I am he."
71. They said, "What more* do we need witnesses? For we have heard it from his own mouth."
*22:1.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic name retained: "Feast of Unleavened Bread."
*22:1.2 Lit. Ar. name: "Passover Lamb."
*22:8 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Go set us up with some [Passover] Lamb to chew on."
*22:15 Lit. Ar. id.: "Passover."
*22:19.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Practice henceforth."
*22:19.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sacrifice."
*22:20 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction. Or: "New Testament."
*22:25 Lit. Ar. id.: "Servants of goodness."
*22:32 Lit. Ar. expression: "Argue back and corroborate the truth," or "reply and confirm."
*22:37 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Abominable."
*22:43 Lit. Ar. id.: "Saw to it."
*22:44 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "With the fervor of one to be sacrificed."
*22:61 Lit. Ar. id.: "Manifestations."
*22:64 Lit. Ar. id.: "Ambushed."
*22:67 Lit. Ar. id.: "Anointed One," or "Christ."
*22:71 Lit. Ar. id.: "Again."
1. And there rose their entire synagogue and came to Pilate.
2. And they commenced making their false testimony and saying. "We have found this one to be a deceiver of our nation and he opposes the payment of the head tax to Caesar and calls himself Christ the King."
3. Then Pilate asked him and told him. "Are you that King of the Jews?" [Jesus] said, "You said it."
4. And Pilate told the chief high priests and the crowd. "I did not find anything* against this man."
5. But they yelled and demanded. "He has stirred up our nation, as he has taught in all of Judea and he began in Galilee until he [came] here."
6. When Pilate heard the name Galilee, he asked if the man is Galilean.
7. And as he knew that [Galilee] was under the authority of Herod, he sent [Jesus] to Herod, because [the latter] was in Jerusalem in those days.
8. Herod, as he saw Jesus, was well pleased. For he had wished to see Jesus for a long time, because he had heard a great deal about him and expected to see some miracles from him.
9. And he asked him to perform a great many things.* Jesus did not give any demonstrations.
10. And the chief high priests and scribes rose up and angrily made accusations against him.
11. Herod and his soldiers [joined in,] and as he mocked him, he dressed him up in new garish robes and sent him to Pilate.
12. And on that day Pilate and Herod healed the rift between themselves, for there was an old enmity between them.*
13. And then Pilate called the chief high priests and leaders of the nation.
14. And he said to them, "You presented* me this man as one who turns your people around and, behold, I have prosecuted him before your eyes and I have not found any fault with him, from all the innuendoes of which you have accused him.
15. "Neither did Herod. For I sent him to [Herod] and, behold, nothing deserving of death he has found him worthy of.
16. "I will scourge him* and release* him."
17. For it was a holiday and he released one to them according to custom.
18. Then the whole crowd cried out and said, "Hold* this one and release us Barabas."
19. He had been thrown in prison because of the robbery and murder that had occured in the city.
20. Again Pilate spoke with them, as he wished to release Jesus.
21. They however cried out and said, "Crucify him, crucify him."
22. He told them for the third time, however, "What evil has he committed? Nothing deserving of death I have found in him. Therefore, I will scourge him and release him."
23. They however screamed in a loud voice and asked him to crucify [Jesus.] And their voices prevailed and those of the chief high priests'.
24. Pilate then ordered it to be according to what they asked.
25. And he released to them he who was thrown in prison because of robbery and murder, for whom they had asked. To Jesus he delivered according to their desire.
26. And as they took him, they got hold of Simon the Cyrenian, who came from the village and they set the cross upon him to carry behind Jesus.
27. And there came after him most of the people, and women who wailed and lamented* over him.
28. And Jesus turned to them and said,
"Daughters of Jerusalem, do not cry over me.
Instead cry for yourselves and your children.
29. "For, behold, there will come days when you will say,
'Blessed are the barren and the wombs that did not conceive,
...and the breasts that did not nurse.'
30. "That is when you will begin to tell the mountains,
'Fall on us,' and the hills, 'Cover us!'
31. "For if they do this to the Living Branch, what will they do with a dead one?"*
32. And there came with him two more evil doers, to be killed.
33. And as they came to a place that is called the Skull, they crucified him there, and the evil doers [also,] one from his right and one from his left.
34. However, Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." And they divided his garments and they cast lots over them.
35. However, the people stood and watched, and the leaders of the nation ridiculed him, saying, "Others he brought back to life, let him bring himself back to life, if he was the Anointed One chosen of God."
36. And the soldiers jeered him also, as they approached him and offered him vinegar.
37. And they said to him, "If you are that King of the Jews, bring yourself back to life."
38. There was also an inscription written above him, in Greek and Roman and Hebrew. "This is the King of the Jews."
39. However, one of the evil doers who were on the cross like* him, blasphemed against him and said, "If you are that Anointed One, deliver yourself and deliver us too."
40. And his companion yelled at him and told him, "Do you not even fear God, as you are also condemned like him?
41. "For we egotistically became what we are and according to our deeds we are being repaid. However, him, he did not do anything hateful."
42. And he said to Jesus, "Remember me, my Lord, when you come in the [Glory of] Your Kingdom."
43. Jesus told him, "Amen, I am telling you, that on this day you are with me in Paradise."
44. It was however about the sixth hour, and it became dark over all the earth until the ninth hour.
45. And the sun darkened, and the front* of the temple doors were torn down from the middle.*
46. And Jesus cried out in a high voice and said, "My Father, into your hands I consecrate my Spirit." This he said and concluded.
47. As the centurion saw what happened, he glorified God and said, "Truly, this man was a holy man."
48. And all the crowds that had gathered to see this, as they saw what happened, went back beating their breasts.
49. And there stood from a distance all who knew Jesus and the women who came with him from Galilee, and they saw all this.
50. There was a man whose name was Joseph, a steadfast, good and holy man from Arimathea, town of Judah,
51. He did not concede to the wishes [of the Jewish leaders] and accept their destiny, and he held on fast to the Kingdom of God.
52. He approached Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus,
53. And he brought him down and wrapped him in strips of cotton and consecrated him in a dug tomb in which no human being was consecrated.*
54. And it was Friday and the Sabbath was approaching.
55. Those people who had come with him from Galilee, approached and saw the grave and where his body was consecrated.
56. And they returned to consecrate incense and spices and on the Sabbath they rested as is commanded.
*23:2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "That King He is, the Anointed One."
*23:4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Any cause."
*23:8 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And many manifestations he asked of him."
*23:12 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And on that day mercies Pilate and Herod together with each other, for enmity was there from old between them."
*23:14 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Offered."
*23:16.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Scatter him."
*23:16.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Forgive."
*23:18 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Take him."
*23:27 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Were writhing."
*23:31 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "That by the moist wood these they do, by the withered what will happen?"
*23:39 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "With."
*23:45.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Faces."
*23:45.2 Lit. Ar. expression: "The temple became completely
*23:53 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction retained.
1. On Sunday, however, at dawn, while it was still dark, they came to the tomb and brought the spices that they had consecrated, and there came with them other women.
2. And they found the stone removed* from the tomb,
3. And they entered, and could not find the body of Jesus,
4. And it happened, as they were amazed at this, behold, two men stood above them and their clothes were shining,
5. And they were in [a state of] fear and they lowered their faces to the ground, and they said to [the women,] "Why are you seeking the living among the dead?
6. "He is not here, he has risen. As he used to speak to you while he was in Galilee,
7. "And say that the Son of Man was destined to be delivered into the hands of sinners and he would be [put] on the cross and on the third day he would rise."
8. And they remembered his words.
9. And they headed back from the tomb, and described it all to the eleven disciples and everyone else.*
10. These were the women, Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and others who were with them, who told the apostles.
11. And they saw these words as swooning [of the women] and they did not believe them.
12. Simon got up and ran to the tomb, and carefully observed the cotton strips having been laid on the side, and he went off wondering to himself about what had occurred.
13. And behold two of them were going on that day to the village by the name of Emmaus, and were out of* Jerusalem sixty stadia.
14. And they spoke one to another* about all the things that happened.
15. And as they spoke and asked each other, Jesus came and caught up with them and he went along with them.
16. And their eyes were closed, such that* they did not recognize him.
17. And he told them, "What are these words that you speak one to the other, as you go about sadly?"
18. And one of them, whose name was Cleopas, replied and told him, "Are you the only foreigner from Jerusalem that does not know what happened in it these days?"
19. He said to them, "To whom?" They said to him, "To Jesus, who was of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet, and mighty in word and deed before God and before all the people.
20. "And the chief high priests and priests delivered him to a sentence of death and crucified him.
21. "We had hoped that he was destined to save Israel. And behold, it is three days since all these things happened.
22. "Except also some of our women have astonished us, for they had been at the tombs,
23. "And as they did not find his body, came and told us that they had seen angels there and that they had said regarding him that he is alive.
24. "And so also some of our men went to the tomb and found it to be as the women had said; however, they did not see him."
25. Then Jesus told them, "O, dim sighted and slow hearted* in believing all that was spoken by the prophets.
26. "Was it not these things that the Anointed One was destined to profess and enter into his Glory?"
27. And he began from Moses and from all the Prophets and explained about himself from all the Books [of Scripture.]
28. And they approached the village where they were going and he gave them to understand* as though he was going to a distant place.
29. And they pressed him and said to him, "Stay with us, for it is almost dark"* And he entered to stay with them.
30. And it happened as he dined with them, he set the bread and blessed it and broke it and gave it to them.
31. And at once their eyes were opened and they recognized him. And he was taken from them.
32. And they said one to the other*, "Was not our heart dull* within us, while he spoke with us on the road and explained the Books [of Scripture?]"
33. And they got up in that very hour and set off for Jerusalem, and they found the eleven gathered and the others with them.
34. They were also* saying that, truly, our Lord has risen and was seen by Simon.
35. And they also reported the things that happened on the road and how he made himself known to them as he broke the bread.
36. And as they spoke these things, Jesus stood between them and said to them, "Peace be unto you, it is I, do not be afraid."
37. And they were startled and became afraid, for they expected that they were seeing a spirit.
38. Jesus told them, "Why are you shook up? And why are doubts rising up in your hearts?
39. "Look at my hands and feet, it is I. Examine me and learn, that the spirit has no flesh or bones, as you can see I have."
40. And as he said these things, he showed them his hands and feet.
41. And as they did not believe until then, from their joy and amazement, he said to them, "Do you have anything to eat?"
42. They gave him some broiled fish and honey*.
43. And he sat down and ate before their eyes.*
44. And he told them, "These are the words that I spoke to you while I was with you, that everything must be duly fulfilled, that which is written in the Law of Moses, and of the Prophets and Psalms, concerning* me."
45. Then he unlocked their capacity to learn and understand the Books [of Scripture,]
46. And he told them, "Thus it was written and thus it was consecrated, that the Anointed One would [receive] sorrow and would rise from the dead on the third day.
47. "And Grace shall be preached in his name for the forgiveness of sins to all the nations, and the start will be from Jerusalem.
48. "And I shall send you the Rule of my Father. You, however, stay in Jerusalem city, until you are arrayed in Power from the Highest.
50. And he took them out until Bethany, and he raised his hands and blessed them,
51. And it happened as he blessed them, he separated from them and rose to heaven.
52. Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem in great joy.
53. And they were always in the temple, as they glorified and blessed God. Amen.
*24:2 Lit Ar. id.: "Uncovered."
*24:9 Lit Ar. idiomatic construction: "And returning from the tombs and telling these all to the eleven and others."
*24:13 Lit Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Finished from."
*24:14 Lit Ar. id.: "One."
*24:16 Lit. idiomatic expression: "So as not."
*24:25 Lit Ar. idiomatic figures of speech: "Short of vision and hard of heart."
*24:28 Lit Ar. expression: "He gave them the hope."
*24:29 Lit Ar. expression: "Because the day almost is ending to get dark."
*24:32.1 Lit Ar. id.: "One."
*24:32.2 Lit Ar. id.: "Heavy."
*24:34 Lit Ar. idiomatic expression: "While."
*24:42 Lit Ar. idiomatic construction: "From the honeycomb."
*24:43 Lit Ar. expression: "And he set and ate to their eyes."
*24:44 Lit Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Over."
*24:45 Lit Ar. idiomatic construction: "Then he opened their cognition to learn the Books."
Translated by Victor Alexander ©1998
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