CHAPTER 1 The Parentage and Conception of John the Baptist
1.There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judæa, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, her name was Elisabeth
2.They were both morally observant and correct before God, walking blameless in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord. They had no children, because Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well on in years.
3.It occurred, that while Zacharias availed himself as temple priest, according to the custom of the priest’s office, he burned incense when he went into the temple of JOVA. The multitude was praying outside during his incense offering.
4.There appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing over the altar of incense. When Zacharias saw the angel, he was distressed, and afraid. But the angel said to him, “Don’t be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth will bear you a son, and you will call him John.”
5.”You will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth; for he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and will neither eat flesh meats, nor drink strong drink; and he will be full of the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.”
6.”He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God; and he will go before the Messiah in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to prepare a people to receive the Lord.”
7.And Zacharias said to the angel, “How do I know this is true? I am an old man, and my wife is also well on in years.” The angel answered, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and am sent to speak to announce these glad tidings to you.”
8.”Notice, you are speechless; you will not be able to vocalize until the day that these things will be performed; then your tongue will be released that you may believe my words. My words will be fulfilled in their season.”
9.The people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he remained so long in the temple. When he came out, he could not speak to them. They perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; because he made signs to them, and remained speechless.
10.It occurred, that as soon as his temple rotation was complete, Zacharias returned home. And after those days, his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, “The Lord considered me and dealt with me by taking away my discredit among men.”
CHAPTER 2 The Immaculate Conception of Yeshua the Messiah
1.In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God, to a city in Galilee, named Nazareth; He was sent to a virgin to be given in marriage to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; The virgin’s name was Mary.
2. Now Joseph was a just and rational Mind. He was skilled in all manner of work, in wood and in stone. Mary was a tender and discerning soul. She made veils for the temple. They were both pure before God; of them both was Yeshua who is called the Messiah.
3. The angel came in to her and said, “Hail, Mary, you who are highly favored, for the motherhood of God is with you; blessed are you among women and blessed be the fruit of your womb.
4.When she saw the angel, she was perplexed by what he was telling her. She pondered what kind of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God, behold you will conceive and bring forth a child from your womb, and He will be great and will be called a ‘Son of the Highest’.”
5.”And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; of His kingdom there will be no end.”
6.Then Mary said to the Angel, “How is this going to happen, seeing that I have not had sexual relations with a man?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon Joseph your spouse, and the power of the Highest will over shadow you; Oh Mary, that holy babe born of you will be called the Messiah, the Child of God. His name on earth will be Yeshua. He will save the people from their sins; who so ever repents, and obeys His law, He will save from their sins.”
7.”Therefore, Mary, do not eat any flesh, nor drink strong drink, for the child will be consecrated to God from your womb. He will neither take flesh nor strong drink, nor will he cut his hair.”
8.”Your cousin Elisabeth, has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month of one who was called barren. For with God no thing is impossible.” And Mary said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it happen to me, according to your word.” And the angel left her.
9.On the same day the angel Gabriel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said to him, “Hail, Joseph, you are highly favored, for the fatherhood of God is with you. Blessed are you among men and blessed be the fruit of your generative power.”
10. As Joseph thought about these words he was distressed, and the angel of the Lord said to him, “Don’t be afraid Joseph, son of David, for you have found favor with God. Be aware, you will beget a child; and you will call Him Yeshua, for He will save his people from their sins.”
11.Now all this occurred so that what was written in the prophets might be fulfilled. The prophets wrote, “Behold a maiden will conceive and be with child and will bring forth a son, and He will be called Emmanuel, which means, “God within us.”
12.Joseph, now awake, did as the angel directed him, and went in to Mary his espoused bride. In her womb she conceived the Holy One.
13.And Mary as a result of the occurrences of those days, hurried into the hill country, into a city of Judæa and entered the house of Zacharias where she ceremonially greeted Elisabeth.
14.It occurred that when Elisabeth heard Mary’s salutation, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with spiritual power, and spoke with a clear voice saying, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
15.”Why does the mother of my Lord come to me? I am surprised. As soon as I heard the sound of your voice the babe leaped for joy! Blessed are you for believing the angel; for those things prophesied by the Holy One will happen.”
16.And Mary sang to God, “My soul praises you, the Eternal, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For you take no notice of the low social status of this handmaiden; behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.”
17.” For you, the mighty One, has done great things to me; Holy is your name. Your mercy is with those who revere you from generation to generation.” 18.”You have shown strength with your arm; You have scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.”
19.”You have demoted the mighty from their seats, and exalted the humble and the meek. You fill the hungry with good things and the rich you send away empty.”
20.”You help your servant Israel, with your mercy, according to your covenant with our ancestors, with Abraham and his seed, from generation to generation.” Mary lived with Elisabeth for about three months and then returned to her own house.
21.These are the words that Joseph spoke, saying: “Blessed be the God of our fathers and our mothers in Israel: for at an appropriate time you answered me, and on the day of salvation you helped me.”
22.”For You said, ‘I will make a lasting covenant with you, for the people to renew the face of the earth; and to cause the desolate places to be redeemed from the hands of the spoiler.”
23.”You may say this to the captives: ‘Go forth and be free!’ and to those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves in the light!’ And they will nourish themselves in pleasant ways; they will no longer hunt nor worry the creatures which I have made to rejoice before me.”
24.”They will not hunger nor thirst any longer; neither will the heat injure them nor the cold destroy them. I will make on all my mountains a path for travelers; and my high places will be exalted.”
25.”Sing you heavens! Rejoice you earth! Oh you deserts break forth with song! For You Oh God comfort your people, and console them that have suffered wrong.”
CHAPTER 3 The Nativity of John the Baptist.
1.Now Elisabeth’s full time came; and she birthed a son. Her neighbors and her cousins heard how the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they rejoiced with her.
2.And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; they called him Zacharias, after his father. His mother responded by saying, “Not so! He will be called John. They exclaimed, “None of your family carries that name!”
3.They made signs to his father, asking what name he would choose. Zacharias asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, “His name is John .” They all marveled, for his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue was freed, and he spoke, and praised God.
4.All those who lived around them were awe struck; and all these stories were made known abroad throughout all the hill country of Judæa Those who heard the stories kept them in their hearts, saying, “What manner of child shall this be?” and “The hand of JHWH was with him.”
5.His father, Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit , and prophesied, “Be blessed, Oh God of Israel , for you have visited and redeemed your people; and have raised up a symbol of power and strength for us, in the house of your servant David; as you spoke by the mouth of your holy prophets , who have been since the world began.”
6.”You have spoken through the prophets so that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all those who hate us; You have spoken through the prophets in order to perform the mercy promised to our ancestors, and to remember Your Holy Covenant.”
7.”The covenant! The oath which you swore to our father Abraham, that we, being granted deliverance from the hand of our enemies, might serve you without fear, in holiness and righteousness before you, all the days of our life.”
8.”This child will be called the prophet of the Most High; for He will stand before your face, Oh God, to prepare your ways; to give knowledge of salvation to your people by the remission of their sins.
9.”Through the tender mercy of you, Oh God, the day spring from on high has visited us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
10.And the child grew, and his spirit intensified. His mission was hidden until the day of his presentation to Israel.
CHAPTER 4 The Nativity of Yeshua the Messiah.
1.Now the birth of Yeshua the Messiah was as follows. It came to pass in those days, that a decree was sent from Caesar Augustus , that all the world should be taxed. So all the people of Syria went to be taxed, every one into his own city, and it was midwinter.
2.And Joseph with Mary also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judæa, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem for Joseph was of the house of David. He and Mary, his espoused wife who was great with child, went to be taxed.
3.During their time in Judæa, Mary’s due date arrived. And she birthed her firstborn child in a cave. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger within the cave, because there was no room for them at the Inn. And to their surprise the cave was filled with many lights. It was as bright as the sun in his glory.
4.And there were in the same cave an ox, a horse, an ass, and a sheep; and beneath the manger was a cat with her little ones; there were also doves overhead. Each creature had its mate after its kind, the male with the female.
5.Thus it came to pass that He was born in the midst of the animals which He came to redeem from their sufferings, through the redemption of man from ignorance and selfishness, by the manifestation of the sons and daughters of God.
6.And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And when these shepherds arrived in the field, they were surprised to find an angel of God to greet them. The glory of the Most High shone round about them; and the shepherds were afraid.
7.The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Behold, I bring you a message of great joy for all the people. On this day is born to you, in the city of David a Savior; the Messiah ; the holy One of God. And this will be the sign by which you can identify the newborn Savior: You will find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
8.And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace toward men of goodwill.”
9.And it came to pass, as the angel left the shepherds and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go now to Bethlehem , and see this thing which is come to pass, which our God has made known to us.”
10.They hurried, and found Mary and Joseph in the cave, and the babe lying in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes. When they had seen these things, they told everybody about their angel experience, and what they were told concerning the child. 11.Everyone who heard it, wondered what the shepherds were talking about; but Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen.
12.When eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, He was named Yeshua , as was directed by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were accomplished, they brought the child to Jerusalem , to present it to God, for it is written in the Law of Moses : “Every male that opens the womb will be called holy to the Lord.”
13.There was a man in Jerusalem , whose name was Simeon ; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel ; the Holy Spirit was upon him. It was revealed to him that he should not see death, before he had seen the Messiah of God.
14.Simeon was led by the Spirit into the temple; and when Mary and Joseph brought in the child Yeshua, to offer him to God, according to the custom of the law, he perceived the child to be a pillar of light. Then Simeon picked the child up and held Him in his arms, and blessed God, and said:
15.”Now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all people; to be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of your people of Israel” And His parents marveled at what Simeon said.
16.Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, “Behold, this child is set for the falling and rising again of many in Israel ; His work will be opposed by the power of the sword; a sword will pierce your own soul as well. His birth is a sign of change which will reveal the true thoughts of many hearts.
17.There was one Anna , a prophetess , the daughter of Phanuel , of the tribe of Aser, of a great age, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
18.She gave thanks likewise to God, and spoke of Messiah to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according to the law, Mary and Joseph returned to Galilee , to their own city Nazareth.
CHAPTER 5 The Manifestation of Yeshua to the Magi
1.Now when Yeshua was born in Bethlehem of Judæa, in the days of Herod the king, be aware that certain Magi came; men from the east to Jerusalem, who had purified themselves and had not tasted flesh nor strong drink, so that they might find the Messiah for whom they were looking. And they said, “Where is He that is born king of the Jews? For we in the East have seen His star, and have come to worship Him.
2.When Herod, the king, heard these things, he was distressed, and all the chief priests and political leaders were also upset. When he had gathered together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked where the Messiah should be born.
3.And they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judæa; This is what is written by the prophet: ‘And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judæa, art not the least among the princes of Judah; for out of thee shall come forth a governor, that shall rule my people Israel.”
4.Then Herod, when he had privately called the Magi, diligently inquired of them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, “Go and search for the young child; and when you have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also.”
5.When they had heard the king, they departed; the Magi saw the star of the East and followed it. The angel of the star went before them, till it came and stood over the place where the young child was. The star had the appearance of six rays.
6.As they went on their way with their camels and asses laden with gifts, and were intent on the heavens seeking the child by the star, they forgot for a while their weary beasts who had borne the burden and heat of the day, and were thirsty and fainting. And the star was hidden from the Magi’s sight.
7.In vain they stood and gazed, and looked one upon the other in their trouble. Then they remembered their camels and asses, and hurried to undo their burdens that they might rest.
8.Now by the road near Bethlehem was a well. And as the Magi stooped down to draw water for their beasts, to their surprise the star which they had lost appeared to them. It was reflected in the stillness of the water.
9.When they saw it they felt joy again.
10.And they praised God who had shown his mercy to them even as they showed mercy to their thirsty beasts.
11.And when they came into the house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him; and when they opened their treasures, they presented Him with gifts of gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12.Being warned by God in a dream that they should not return to Herod they departed into their own country another way. They kindled a fire according to their custom and worshipped God in the flame.
13.When they had departed, behold the angel of God appeared to Joseph in a dream , saying, “Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and flee into Egypt . Remain there until I bring you word, for Herod will seek to destroy Him.”
14.And when Joseph arose, he took the young child and His mother by night, and went to Egypt , and was there for about seven years until the death of Herod The prophet, had spoken the word of God saying, “Out of Egypt have I called my son.”
15.Elisabeth too, when she heard it, took her infant son and went up into a mountain and hid him. Herod sent his officers to Zacharias in the temple and said to him, “Where is your child?” Zacharias answered, “I am a minister of God and am continually in the temple. I don’t know where he is.”
16.And Herod demanded again, “Truly, tell me where your son is? Don’t you know that your life is in my hand?” And Zacharias answered, “The Lord is witness if you shed my blood. God will receive my spirit; for you will shed the blood of the innocent.”
17.And they slew Zacharias in the temple between the holy place and the altar; and the people knew it, for a voice was heard, “Zacharias is slain, and his blood will not be washed out until the avenger comes.” After a time the priests cast lots. The lot fell upon Simeon, and he filled Zacharias’ place.
18.Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was furious, and ordered to have all the children age two years and under, living in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, slain. He set the age of the children to be slain, according to the information asked of the wise men.
19.Then were fulfilled he words spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel, weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”
20.But when Herod was dead, an angel of God appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and return into the land of Israel; for they are dead who sought the young child’s life.”
21.He arose, and took the young child and His mother and came into the land of Israel They came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth; and He was called the Nazarene.
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21.And the Lord said, “Out of Egypt have I called my son, who shall be called the Nazirene.” And he arose and took the young child and his mother and came into the land of Israel. And they came and dwelt in the place called Nazireth, where dwelt Nazirites and Essenes; and he was called the Nazirene.
22.It also came to pass that in the second year of Yeshua’ life, a second son was born to Joseph and Mary. His name was called James (meaning ‘one who is just and righteous before the Lord, one who is of the true Israel”). As with Yeshua and John, he was consecrated unto the Lord a Nazirite from his mothers womb, according to The Way.
23.In later years, they would have three more sons, Judah, Justis, and Simeon; and also two daughters, Assia and Lydia.
CHAPTER 6 Childhood and Youth of Yeshua
1.Now, Joseph and Mary His parents, went up to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. There they observed the feast according to their brothers’ tradition. They abstained from bloodshed and the eating of flesh and from strong drink. When Yeshua was twelve years old, He went to Jerusalem with his parents according to the custom of the feast.
2.When Mary and Joseph had completed their stay, and as they returned, the child Yeshua stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it. But they, supposing him to have been in their company, traveled for a day, and then looked for Him among their kinsfolk and companions. When they did not find Him, they turned back to Jerusalem in search of Him.
3.And it came to pass, that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all those who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.
4.When they saw Him, they were amazed; His mother said to Him, “Son, why are you treating us this way? Behold, your father and I searched for you grieving.” And He said “Why are you looking for me? Don’t you know that I must be in my Parents’ house?” They did not understand what He was saying. But His mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
5.And a certain prophet seeing Him, said to Him, “Behold, the Love and the Wisdom of God are one in you, therefore in the age to come you will be called Yeshua; for it is by the Messiah that God will save mankind, which now is truly as the bitterness of the sea. Mankind will yet be turned into sweetness, but to this generation the bride will not be manifest, nor yet to the age to come.”
6.And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And He made wheels, and yokes, and tables also, with great skill. And Yeshua increased in stature, and in favor with God and man.
7.On a certain day the child Yeshua came to a place where a snare was set for birds. There were some boys at that place. Yeshua said to them, “Who has set this snare for the innocent creatures of God? Who ever did this will themselves be caught in a like manner.
8.He beheld twelve sparrows, dead. He moved His hands over them, and said to them, “Go, fly away, and while you live remember me.” And the sparrows arose and fled away making a noise. The Jews, seeing this, were astonished and told it to the priests.
9.And other wonders did the child, and flowers were seen to spring up beneath His feet, where there had been nothing but barren ground before. His companions stood in awe of Him.
10.A certain day after this, the child Yeshua was playing with his companions, younger than himself and they gathered round Him, and chose Him as their king. As He sat they twined an olive branch with flowers and made it into a crown. They placed it on his head, and a reed in his hand for a scepter.
11.And they bowed to him, saying, “Hail, king of Israel!” And He said to them, “Be quiet, you don’t know what you are saying. Don’t tell this to anybody. Such words are not for you to proclaim, but for those to whom it will be given.”
12.They marveled, and one passing by heard it, and he said, “Yes truly, you have chosen well, for He is a good-looking child and of great nobility.”
13.When He was eighteen years old, Yeshua was married to Miriam, a virgin of the tribe of Judah with whom He lived seven years. She died. God took Miriam that Yeshua might go on to do higher things, and to suffer for the sons and daughters of men.
14.Yeshua, after he had finished his study of the law, went down again into Egypt that He might learn the wisdom of the Egyptians, even as Moses did. And going into the desert, he meditated and fasted and prayed, and obtained the power of the Holy Name, by which he brought about many miracles.
15.For seven years he conversed with God face to face, and he learned the language of birds and the beasts, and the healing powers of trees, and of herbs, and of flowers, and the hidden secrets of precious stones, and he learned the motions of the Sun and the Moon and the stars and the powers of the letters, and mysteries of the square and the circle and the transmutation of things, and of forms, and of numbers, and of signs. From there he returned to Nazareth to visit His parents, and He taught there and in Jerusalem as an accepted Rabbi, even in the temple, none hindering Him.
16.And after a time He went into Asyria and India and into Persia and into the land of the Chaldeans. He visited their temples and conversed with their priests, and their wise men for many years, doing many wonderful works, healing the sick as he passed through their countries.
17.The beasts of the field respected Him; and the birds of the air did not fear Him, for He made them not afraid; even the wild beasts of the desert perceived the power of God in Him, and did Him service bearing Him from place to place.
18.The spirit of divine humanity filling Him, filled all things around Him, and made all things subject to Him, and thus were fulfilled, the words of the prophets which said: “The lion shall lie down with the calf, and the leopard with the kid, and the wolf with the lamb, and the bear with the ass, and the owl with the dove. And a child shall lead them.”.
19.”None shall hurt or destroy in my holy mountain. The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the holy One even as the waters cover the bed of the sea. And on that day I will make again a covenant with the beasts of the earth, and the fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea, and with all created things. I will break the bow and the sword. All the instruments of warfare will I banish from the earth. I will make the animals to lie down in safety, and to live without fear.”
20.”I will join you to me for ever in righteousness and in peace and in loving kindness; and you shalt know your God. The earth shall bring forth the corn and wine and the oil; and I will say to those who were not my people, ‘You are my people, and they shall say to me, ‘You are our God’.”
21.. On a certain day as He was passing by a mountain side near the desert, He met with a lion. Many men were pursuing the lion with stones and javelins to slay him.
22.But Yeshua rebuked them, saying, “Why do you hunt these creatures of God, which are more noble than you? By the cruelties of many generations they were made the enemies of man, who should have been the creatures friends.”
23.”If the power of God is shown in them, so also is shown his long suffering and compassion. Cease persecuting this creature who does not desire to harm you. Don’t you see how he flees from you, and is terrified by your violence?”
24.And the lion came and lay at the feet of Yeshua, and showed love to Him; and the people were astonished, and said, “This man loves all creatures and has power to command even these beasts from the desert, and they obey Him.
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Now all the while Yeshua was abroad, his brother James and cousin John were of a purpose to amass and teach The Way to a growing number of followers, each of their own; James being in and around Jerusalem, and John all around and about the outlying and surrounding areas of Judea.
CHAPTER 7 The Preaching of John the Baptist.
1.Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judæa, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee Caiaphas being the high priest, and Annas chief of the Sanhedrim, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias, in the desert near the Dead Sea.
2.John came into all the country around Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. It is written in the prophets, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way before you; the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Prepare the way of the holy One, make straight the paths of the Messiah;”
3.”Every valley shall be filled, every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
4.And John had his clothing of camel’s hair, and a belt of the same about his loins; and his meat was the fruit of the locust tree and wild honey. Then all Jerusalem, and all Judæa, and all the region round about Jordan, went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
5.He said to the multitude that came forward to be baptized “Oh generation of disobedient ones, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Show that your life is changing for the better, and don’t justify your way of being by saying, ‘We have Abraham as our father;”
6.”I am telling you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham. And now also the axe is laid to the root of the trees; therefore every tree which does not bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.”
7.And the wealthier people asked him, “What shall we do then?” He answered them, “He that has two coats, let him impart to him that has none; and he that has food let him do likewise.”
8.Then also came certain tax gatherers to be baptized, and said to him, “Master, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Exact no more than that which is appointed you, and be merciful after your power.”
9.The soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, “And what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with sufficient wages.”
10.To all he spoke, saying, “Keep yourselves from blood and things strangled and from dead bodies of birds and beasts, and from all deeds of cruelty, and from all that is gotten of wrong; Do you think that the blood of beasts and birds will wash away sin! I tell you no! Speak the Truth. Be just, Be merciful to one another and to all creatures that live, and walk humbly with your God.”
11.As the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts about John, whether he was the Messiah or not, John said to them all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I is coming, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose.”
12.”He will also baptize you with water and with fire. His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” And he preached many other things to the people in his discourses.
CHAPTER 8 The Baptism of Yeshua the Messiah
1.And it was in the midst of the summer, the tenth month; then Yeshua came from Galilee to Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. But John forbade him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?” And Yeshua said to him, “Endure it for now; thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness.” And John agreed.
2.And Yeshua, when He was baptized, went up straight way out of the water; and the heavens opened to Him, and a bright cloud stood over Him, and from behind the cloud twelve rays of light, and then in the form of a dove, the spirit of God descending and lighting upon Him. A voice from heaven, sounded, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; this day have I begotten you.”
3.And John was witness for Him, saying, “this is He of whom I said: ‘He that comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me’.” And of His fullness have we all received, and grace for grace. For the law was in part given by Moses, but grace and truth comes in fullness by Yeshua Messiah.”
4.No man has seen God at any time. God is revealed in the Only Begotten which comes from the bosom of the Eternal And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” And he did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”
5.They asked him, “What then? Are you Elias?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you that prophet of whom Moses spoke?” And he answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? That we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say for yourself?” And he said, ” I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Make straight the way of the holy One, as said the prophet Isaiah.”
6.Those who were sent there by the Pharisees asked him, “Why do you baptize then, if you are not that Messiah, nor Elias, neither that prophet of whom Moses spoke?”
7.John answered, “I baptize with water; but there stands one among you, whom you don’t know. He will baptize with water and with fire. It is He who is coming after me, but is preferred before me, He whose shoes’ latchet I am not worthy to untie.”
8.These things were done in Bethabara, beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. And Yeshua was beginning his thirtieth year, being by physical body indeed the Son of Joseph and Mary; but by the spirit, the Messiah, the Son of God, the Father and Mother Eternal, as was declared by the spirit of holiness with power.
9. Joseph was the son of Jacob and Elisheba, and Mary was the daughter of Eli called Joachim and Anna, who were the children of David and Bathsheba, of Judah, of Jacob and Leah, of Isaac and Rebecca, of Abraham an Sarah, of Seth and Maat, of Adam and Eve, who were the Children of God.
CHAPTER 9 The Four Temptations
1.Then Yeshua was led by spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil. And the wild beasts of the desert were around Him, and became subject to Him. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was hungry.
2.When the tempter came to Him, he said, “If you be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread, for it is written, ‘I will feed thee with the finest of wheat and with honey, out of the rock will I satisfy thee’.”
3.But He answered and said, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
4.Then the devil placed before Him a woman, of exceeding beauty and comeliness, and of subtle wit, and a ready understanding withal; and he said to Him, “Take her, for her desire is for you, and you will have love and happiness and comfort all your life, and see your children’s children. Isn’t it written, ‘It is not good for man that he should be alone?’.”
5.And Yeshua said, “Get behind me, for it is written, ‘Be not led away by the beauty of woman, indeed all flesh is as grass and the flower of the field; the grass withers and the flower fade away, but the word of the eternal endures for ever.’ My work is to teach and to heal the children of men, and he that is born of God keeps his seed within him.”
6.And the devil took Him up into the holy city, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple. And said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will put angels in charge of you; and with their hands they will lift you every time you stub your toe against a stone.'”
7.And Yeshua said to him, “It is written again, ‘You will not tempt the Lord your God.'”
8.Then the devil took Him up into an exceedingly high mountain in the midst of a great plain and, round about were twelve cities and their peoples. And from there he showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this power will I give you, and the glory of them; for that is delivered to me; and to whomsoever I will, I give it; for it is written ‘you will have dominion from sea to sea, so you will judge your people with righteousness and your poor with mercy, and make a full end of oppression.’ If you will worship me, all shall be yours.”
9.And Yeshua answered and said to Him, “Get behind me, Satan; for it is written, ‘You will worship your God, and Him only will you serve. Without the power of God, the end of evil cannot come’.”
10.Then the devil having ended all the temptations left Him and departed for a season. And behold, angels of God came and ministered to Him.
CHAPTER 10 Joseph and Mary Make a Feast unto Yeshua.
Andrew & Peter Find Yeshua.
1.And when He had returned from the wilderness, the same day, His parents made Him a feast, and they gave to Him the gifts which the Magi had presented Him in his infancy. And Mary said, “These things have we kept for you even to this day”; and she gave to Him the gold frankincense and myrrh . And He took the frankincense, but the gold he gave to His parents for the poor, and the myrrh He gave to Mary who is called Magdalene.
2.Now this Mary was of the city of Magdala in Galilee. And she was a great sinner, and had seduced many by her beauty and charm. And she came to Yeshua by night and confessed her sins, and He put forth His hand and healed her, and cast out of her seven demons, and He said to her, “Go in peace, your sins are forgiven you.” And she arose and left everything and followed Him, and ministered unto Him with her substance, during the days of His ministry in Israel .
3.The next day John saw Yeshua coming to him, and said, “Behold the Lamb of God , which by righteousness takes away the sin of the world. This is He of whom I said, “He was before me; and I did not know Him;” As He is to be made manifest to Israel, I have come baptizing with water.”
4.And John testified, saying, “I saw the spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained above Him. And I did not know, but He who sent me to baptize with water had said to me, ‘The one upon whom you will see the spirit descending, and remaining, is the one who will baptize with water and with fire, even the spirit.’ And I saw, and declared that this was the Son of God.”
5.The day after, John stood by the Jordan with two of his disciples; and looking upon Yeshua as he walked, he said, “Behold the Messiah, the Lamb of God!” And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Yeshua.
6.Then Yeshua turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi, where do you live?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he lived, and stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
7.One of the two which heard John speak and followed Yeshua was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah, meaning, the Messiah.” And he brought him to Yeshua. And when Yeshua beheld him, He said, “You are Simon Bar Jona; you will be called Kephas, meaning, a rock.”
8.The day following, Yeshua went forth into Galilee, and found Philip, and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, who is called Bar Tholmai, and said to him, “We have found Him, of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets did write. He is Yeshua of Nazareth the son of Joseph and Mary. ” And Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
9.Yeshua saw Nathanael coming to Him and said to him, “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Nathanael said to Him, “From where do you know me?” Yeshua answered and said to him, Before Philip called you, when you were under the Fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael responded, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel. Yes, under the Fig tree did I find you.”
10.Yeshua answered, “Nathanael Bar Tholmai, because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the Fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, hereafter you will see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”