Testament of Matthew
1. On that day, Jesus left the house and sat by the sea shore.
2. And great crowds gathered to him, so that he got up and sat in a boat, and the whole crowd gathered by the edge of the sea.
3. And he spoke to them a great deal and he said,
"Behold, the sower went out to sow.
4. "And as he sowed, there was some [seed] that fell by the roadside,
and the birds came and ate it.
5. "And some fell on rocky [ground,] where there was not much soil,
and within the hour it shot up, for there was no depth of earth.
6. "Then as the sun settled on it, it heated up,
and as it had no root, it dried up.
7. "And some other fell among thorns,
and the thorns grew out and choked it.
8. "And some other fell on good ground, and it bore fruit,
some hundred fold, and some sixty fold and some thirty fold.
9. "Whoever has ears that hear, listen."
10. And his disciples came to him and said, "Why do you speak through analogies with them?"
11. He then answered and said to them,
"You have been given the doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven;
however, to them it has not been given.
12. "For whoever have it,
it shall be given to them generously.*
And whoever do not have it,
even what they have will be taken from them.
13. "Because of this I speak to them through analogies,
because they are seeing and did not see,
And they are hearing and did not listen,
and did not understand.
14. "And Isaiah's prophesy applies to them,
as he said,
'As for hearing, you do hear,
and [yet] you do not comprehend,
And as for seeing, you do see,
and [yet] you do not understand.
15. " 'For this people's heart has become sluggish*,
and their ears have become hard of hearing.*
And they have squeezed their eyes,
so as not to see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears
and understand in their hearts and repent,
and [so] I may heal them.'
16. "However, as for you, blessed are your eyes that see
and your ears that hear.
17. "For, amen, I am telling you,
that many prophets and saints yearned to see what you see,
and did not see it,
And to hear what you hear
and did not hear it.
18. "You, however, listen to the parable of the sower.
19. "Whoever hears the manifestation of the Kingdom
and does not study it,
The evil one comes along and steals the manifestation
that has been planted in their heart.
This is the one that was sown by the roadside.
"The one that was sown on rocky [land] --
They hear the manifestation,
and in that very hour accept it with joy.
21. "However, they have no roots in it,
except they are seasonal,
And when there is tribulation,
Or rejection because of the manifestation,
quickly they revert.
22. "However, the one that was sown in the thorns,
was the one who hears the manifestation,
And the pressure of this world
and the crushing weight of wealth,
Choke out the manifestation.
And it is left without fruit.
23. "However, that which is sown in good ground,
is the one that hears the manifestation and learns,
And gives out fruit and serves,
some a hundred fold, some sixty and some thirty."
24. He recounted other parables to them, and said,
"The Kingdom of Heaven resembles a man
that planted the good seed in his field.
25. "As the people slept, their enemy came
and planted weeds among the wheat and went.
26. "As the stalk shot up and bore fruit,
then the weeds also became visible.
27. "And the servants of the master of the house
approached him and said to him,
'Our lord, did you not plant the good seed in your field?
Where did the weeds come from?'
28. "He then told them,
'The man who is the enemy did this.'
His servants told him,
'Do you want us to go, pluck them out?'
29. "However, he told them, 'Let it not be,
that as you pluck out the weeds,
That you should also uproot the wheat.
" 'Let them grow up together until the harvest.
And in the harvest season, I will tell the reapers,
first gather the weeds
And tie them up in bundles, to be burned.
The wheat, however, gather those for my barns.' "
31. He related another parable and told them,
"The Kingdom of Heaven resembles a mustard seed,
that a sower plants in his field.
32. "And that seedling is the smallest of all plants,
however, when it grows it grows bigger than all the herbs,
and it becomes a tree,
So that the birds of the sky come, nest in its branches.
33. He told another parable.
"The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast
that the woman took and buried in three measures of flour,
until it was all leavened."
34. All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds through analogies, and without [the use] of analogies, he did not speak to them.
35. So as what the prophet said would be fulfilled, who said,
'I will open my mouth through parables
and spout that which was hidden
from before the foundations of the universe.'
36. Then Jesus left the crowds and came home. And his disciples gathered to him and said to him, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds and the field."
37. He then replied and told them,
"He who planted the good seed would be the Son of Man.
38. "The field is the universe.
The good seed then are the children of the Kingdom.
The weeds, however, would be the children of the Evil one.
39. "The enemy then who planted them would be Satan.
The harvest, however, becomes the conclusion of the universe.
The reapers then are the angels.
40. "Just as they will pluck out the weeds and burn them in the fire,
thus it will be at the end of the universe.
41. "The Son of Man will send his angels
and they shall pluck out of his Kingdom
all blasphemers and workers of abomination.
42. "And they will throw them into the fiery furnace.
There will be crying and gnashing of teeth.
43. "And then the saints will shine like the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ear that hear, let them listen.
The Kingdom of Heaven is like the treasure that is hidden in a field,
that which a man finds and covers up,
And in his joy he goes out and sells everything that he has
and buys that field.
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant man
who searched for beautiful pearls.
46. "As he found one pearl that looked unique,
he went and sold everything that he had and bought it.
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a net cast into the sea,
and it pulls in a varied catch.*
48. "And as it becomes full, they pull it up to the shore.
They sit, picking,
And the good ones they throw into buckets
and the bad ones they throw out.
49. "This is how it will be at the end of the universe.
The angels will go out and pick the evil ones
from between the righteous,
50. "And they will throw them into the fiery furnace,
there will be crying and gnashing of teeth."
51. Jesus told them, "Did you understand all this? They said to him, "Yes, Our Lord."
52. He told them,
"Because of this, every scribe
who is discipled for the Kingdom of Heaven,
Resembles the master of a house,
who brings out of his benefaction* the new and the old covenants."
53. And so as Jesus concluded these parables, he departed from there,
54. And he came to his town. And he taught them in their synagogues, until they were enlightened and said, "
55. "Where did he get his wisdom and powers? Was he not the son of a carpenter, was not his mother called Mary and his brethren Jacob, Joseph, Simon and Judas?
56. "And his sisters, were they not all with us? Where did he come up with all this?"
57. And they challenged him. However, Jesus told them, "No prophet is ever ignored like in his own town and his own house."*
58. And he did not perform great powers there because of their lack of faith.
*13:12 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And it will be augmented."
*13:15.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Water-logged."
*13:15.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Heavy."
*13:47 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Gathers from every origin."
*13:52 Lit. Ar. id.: "Ordination," "consecration," or "treasure."
*13:57 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "There is no prophet that is belittled, except if in his town and his house."
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