The Holy Bible – Knox Translation
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Matthew
And the Pharisees and Sadducees came and put him to the test, asking him to shew them a sign from heaven.
But he answered them, When evening comes, you say, It is fair weather, the sky is red;✻
or at sunrise, There will be a storm to-day, the sky is red and lowering. You know, then, how to read the face of heaven; can you not read the signs of appointed times?
It is a wicked and unfaithful generation that asks for a sign; the only sign that will be given to it is the sign of the prophet Jonas. And so he went on his way and left them.
And they crossed the sea, and his disciples found that they had forgotten to take bread with them.
So, when Jesus said to them, See that you have nothing to do with the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees,
they were anxious in their minds; We have brought no bread, they said.
Jesus knew it, and said to them, Men of little faith, what is this anxiety in your minds, that you have brought no bread with you?
Have you no wits even now, or have you forgotten the five thousand and their five loaves, and the number of baskets you filled?
Or the four thousand and their seven loaves, and the number of hampers you filled then?
How could you suppose that I was thinking of bread, when I said, Have nothing to do with the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees?
Then they understood that his warning was against the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees, not against leavened bread.
Then Jesus came into the neighbourhood of Caesarea Philippi; and there he asked his disciples, What do men say of the Son of Man? Who do they think he is?
Some say John the Baptist, they told him, others Elias, others again, Jeremy or one of the prophets.
Jesus said to them, And what of you? Who do you say that I am?
Then Simon Peter answered, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.✻
And Jesus answered him, Blessed art thou, Simon son of Jona; it is not flesh and blood, it is my Father in heaven that has revealed this to thee.
And I tell thee this in my turn, that thou art Peter, and it is upon this rock that I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it;
and I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Then he strictly forbade them to tell any man that he, Jesus, was the Christ.
From that time onwards Jesus began to make it known to his disciples that he must go up to Jerusalem, and there, with much ill usage from the chief priests and elders and scribes, must be put to death, and rise again on the third day.
Whereupon Peter, drawing him to his side, began remonstrating with him; Never, Lord, he said; no such thing shall befall thee.
At which he turned round and said to Peter, Back, Satan; thou art a stone in my path; for these thoughts of thine are man’s, not God’s.
Jesus also said to his disciples, If any man has a mind to come my way, let him renounce self, and take up his cross, and follow me.
The man who tries to save his life shall lose it; it is the man who loses his life for my sake that will secure it.
How is a man the better for it, if he gains the whole world at the cost of losing his own soul? For a man’s soul, what price can be high enough?
The Son of Man will come hereafter in his Father’s glory with his angels about him, and he will recompense everyone, then, according to his works.
Believe me, there are those standing here who will not taste of death before they have seen the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.✻
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