La lecture en ligne est gratuite
Le téléchargement nécessite un accès à la bibliothèque YouScribe
Tout savoir sur nos offres
Télécharger Lire

The Gospel of Matthew for Readers

93 pages
The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Gospel of Matthew for Readers, by Lightheart** This is a COPYRIGHTED Project Gutenberg eBook, Details Below ** ** Please follow the copyright guidelines in thisfile. **Copyright (C) 2002 by LightheartThis header should be the first thing seen when viewing this Project Gutenberg file. Please do not remove it. Do notchange or edit the header without written permission.Please read the "legal small print," and other information about the eBook and Project Gutenberg at the bottom of thisfile. Included is important information about your specific rights and restrictions in how the file may be used. You can alsofind out about how to make a donation to Project Gutenberg, and how to get involved.**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts****eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971*******These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!*****Title: The Gospel of Matthew for ReadersAuthor: LightheartRelease Date: August, 2004 [EBook #6356] [Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule] [This file was firstposted on November 29, 2002]Edition: 10Language: English*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK, THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW FOR READERS ***Copyright (C) 2002 by Lightheart.The Gospel of Matthew for ReadersEditor's PrefaceWhat is God's will for us? The answer can be found in the pages of the Gospel of Matthew, a rich source of informationdetailing the Son of God's instructions from ...
Voir plus Voir moins
The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Gospel ofMatthew for Readers, by Lightheart** This is a COPYRIGHTED Project GutenbergeBook, Details Below ** ** Please follow thecopyright guidelines in this file. **Copyright (C) 2002 by LightheartThis header should be the first thing seen whenviewing this Project Gutenberg file. Please do notremove it. Do not change or edit the headerwithout written permission.Please read the "legal small print," and otherinformation about the eBook and ProjectGutenberg at the bottom of this file. Included isimportant information about your specific rights andrestrictions in how the file may be used. You canalso find out about how to make a donation toProject Gutenberg, and how to get involved.**Welcome To The World of Free Plain VanillaElectronic Texts****eBooks Readable By Both Humans and ByComputers, Since 1971*******These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousandsof Volunteers!*****Title: The Gospel of Matthew for Readers
Author: LightheartRelease Date: August, 2004 [EBook #6356] [Yes,we are more than one year ahead of schedule][This file was first posted on November 29, 2002]Edition: 10Language: English*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERGEBOOK, THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW FORREADERS ***Copyright (C) 2002 by Lightheart.The Gospel of Matthew for ReadersEditor's PrefaceWhat is God's will for us? The answer can befound in the pages of the Gospel of Matthew, arich source of information detailing the Son ofGod's instructions from Our Father to us. Here welearn, through Jesus' teachings and actions, whatwe must keep of the old. We find what must bereplaced. We see what has been fulfilled and hascome full circle. We discover the new material andthe new message. The Gospel of Matthew holdsout the keys to "this generation's" entry into the
kingdom of heaven … if we have ears to hear andeyes to see.This edition of the Gospel of Matthew is designedfor easy reading and is presented in chapter andparagraph style. The first chapter begins with thebirth of Jesus rather than the geneological listingwhich can easily be found at the beginning of othereditions. edited by LightheartPracticeGodsPresence.com1 The birth of Jesus Christ was thus: When Mary,His mother, was espoused to Joseph, and beforethey came together, she was found with child ofthe Holy Spirit. Joseph, a just man, not willing tomake her a public example, decided to put heraway privately. But while he thought about thesethings an angel of the Lord appeared to him in adream and said, Joseph, thou son of David, do notfear to take Mary as thy wife. The one who isconceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She shallbring forth a son and thou shall call Him Jesus. Hewill save His people from their sins.All this was done so that what was spoken of theLord by the prophet might be fulfilled: Behold, avirgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth ason, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, Godwith us. Then Joseph awoke and did as the angelof the Lord told him and took unto him his wife. Heknew her not until she brought forth her firstbornson, Jesus.2 When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea,
in the days of King Herod, wise men from the eastwent to Jerusalem. They said, Where is He that isborn King of the Jews for we have seen His star inthe east and go to worship Him. When Herodheard these things, he was troubled as was allJerusalem. Herod gathered all the chief priests andscribes together and demanded to know whereChrist would be born. They said, In Bethlehem ofJudaea. It is written by the prophet: And thouBethlehem, in the land of Juda, the least amongthe princes of Juda, yet out of thee shall come aGovernor that shall rule my people.Herod called the wise men to enquire about thetime the star would appear. He sent them toBethlehem and said, Go and search diligently forthe young child. When ye have found Him bring meword that I may come and worship Him also. Afterthey met with the king they departed; and, lo, thestar which they saw in the east went before themuntil it stood over the young child.When they saw the star they rejoiced. The wisemen came to the place and saw the young childwith Mary, His mother. They bowed down andworshipped Him. They presented Him with gifts ofgold, and frankincense and myrrh. Since they werewarned by God in a dream that they should notreturn to Herod, they departed into their owncountry by another way.After they departed, behold, an angel of the Lordappeared to Joseph in a dream and said, Arise andtake the young child and His mother and flee into
Egypt. Stay there until I bring thee word for Herodwill seek the young child to destroy Him. Josephtook the young child and His mother, by night, anddeparted into Egypt. There they remained until thedeath of Herod. This was so it might be fulfilledwhat was spoken of the Lord by the prophet: Outof Egypt have I called my son.Herod realized he was mocked by the wise menand was exceedingly wrathful. He ordered that allthe children that were in Bethlehem and in all thecoasts two years old and under be slayed. Thiswas based on what he was told by the wise men.Then that which was spoken by Jeremy theprophet was fulfilled: In Rama there was heard thesound of lamentation, weeping, and greatmourning. Rachel was weeping for her children andwould not be comforted because they are nolonger.When Herod died an angel of the Lord appeared ina dream to Joseph in Egypt. The angel said, Ariseand take the young child and His mother and gointo the land of Israel. They are now dead whosought the young child's life. Joseph took theyoung child and His mother and started towardIsrael. Along the way Joseph heard that Archelausreigned in Judaea in the place of his father, Herod.Joseph was afraid to go there. Despite beingwarned by God in a dream, he turned towardGalilee. He came to dwell in a city called Nazareththat it might be fulfilled what was spoken by theprophets: He shall be called a Nazarene.
3 In those days John the Baptist preached in thewilderness of Judaea. He message was, Repent,for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. John is theone that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias: Thevoice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare yethe way of the Lord. Make His paths straight.The same John wore camel's hair and a leatherngirdle around his loins.His food was locusts and wild honey. He went outto Jerusalem. allJudaea, and all the region round Jordan. Manypeople were baptized byhim and confessed their sins.But when he saw many of the Pharisees andSadducees come to his baptism, he said to them,O generation of vipers, who has warned you to fleefrom the wrath to come? Bring forth fruits fit forrepentance. Do not say, We have Abraham for ourfather, because I say to you, God is able to raiseup children to Abraham with these stones. The axeis now laid to the root of the trees. Every treewhich does not bring forth good fruit is hewn downand cast into the fire.I baptize you with water for repentance but He thatcomes after me is mightier than I. His shoes I amnot worthy to bear. He shall baptize you with theHoly Ghost and with the fire whose fan is in Hishand. He will throughly purge His floor and gatherHis wheat into the garner. He will burn up the chaffwith unquenchable fire.
When Jesus came from Galilee to Jordan to bebaptized by him, John forbad Him. He said, Whycome to me? I should be baptized by thee. Jesusanswered, For now, suffer it to be so because itbecomes us to fulfill all righteousness.When Jesus was baptized He came up out of thewater and the heavens opened to Him. John sawthe Spirit of God descend like a dove and lightupon Him. A voice from heaven said, This is mybeloved Son in whom I am well pleased.4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into thewilderness to be tempted by the devil. After Hefasted forty days and forty nights He was hungry.The tempter came to Him and said, If thou be theSon of God, command that these stones be madebread. Jesus answered, It is written, Man shall notlive by bread alone but by every word thatproceeds out of the mouth of God. The devil thentook Him up into the holy city and sat Him on apinnacle of the temple. He said, If thou be the Sonof God, cast thyself down, for it is written, He shallgive His angels charge concerning thee and in theirhands they shall bear thee up lest at any time thoudash thy foot against a stone. Jesus counteredHim saying, It is also written, Thou shalt not testthe Lord thy God.Next, the devil took Him up into an exceedinglyhigh mountain. He showed Him the kingdoms ofthe world in all their glory. He said, All these thingsI will give thee if thou will bow down and worshipme. Then Jesus said, Get thee hence, Satan, for it
is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God andHim only shalt thou serve. Then the devil left Him.And, behold, angels came and ministered to Him.When Jesus heard that John was cast into prison,He departed into Galilee. And, leaving Nazareth,He dwelt in Capernaum on the sea coast, in theborders of Zabulon and Nephthalim. This He did sothat what was spoken by Esaias the prophet mightbe fulfilled: In the land of Zabulon, and the land ofNephthalim by the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee ofthe Gentiles, the people which sat in darkness sawgreat light. And to those who sat in the region andshadow of death, light is sprung up. From this timeforward Jesus began His teaching of repentancebecause the kingdom of God is at hand.As Jesus walked by the sea of Galilee, He sawSimon, called Peter, andAndrew, his brother. They were fishers and werecasting a net into thesea. He said to them, Follow me and I will makeyou fishers of men.They left their nets and followed Him.Going on from there, Jesus saw two otherbrethren, James, the son of Zebedee, and John.They were in a boat, mending their nets, withZebedee, their father. Jesus called them and theyimmediately left the boat and their father andfollowed Him. Then Jesus went all about Galilee,teaching in the synagogues, preaching the gospelof the kingdom, and healing all manner of sicknessand disease among the people.
His fame spread throughout all Syria. They broughtto Him sick people who were taken with diversediseases, torments, and those who werepossessed with devils. They brought those whowere lunatic, and those who had palsy. He healedthem. Great multitudes of people from Galilee, andfrom Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and fromJudaea, and from beyond Jordan followed Him. 5Seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountainand sat. His disciples came and He taught them:Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is thekingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mournfor they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meekfor they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are theywho hunger and thirst after righteousness for theyshall be filled.Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtainmercy. Blessed are the pure of heart for they shallsee God. Blessed are the peacemakers for theyshall be called the children of God. Blessed arethey who are persecuted for righteousness' sakefor theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are yewhen men revile and persecute you, and say allmanner of evil against you falsely for my sake.Rejoice and be exceedingly glad. Great is yourreward in heaven. And, likewise, they persecutedthe prophets who were before you.Ye are the salt of the earth. If the salt loses itssavour it is good for nothing except to be cast outand walked on. Ye are the light of the world. A citythat is set on a hill cannot be hidden. A candle isnot lighted to be put under a bushel, but on a
candlestick. This way it gives light to all in thehouse. Let your light so shine before men that theysee your good works reflecting only your Father inheaven.Do not think that I came to destroy the law or thewords of the prophets. I did not come to destroybut to fulfill. For verily I say, Until heaven and earthpass away, not one jot or one tittle shall pass fromthe law until all is fulfilled. Whoever breaks one ofthese least commandments, and teaches others todo likewise shall be called the least in the kingdomof heaven. But whoever shall keep these leastcommandments and teach them shall be calledgreat in the kingdom of heaven. Unless yourrighteousness exceeds the righteousness of thescribes and Pharisees, there is no way ye shallenter the kingdom of heaven.Ye have heard it was said of old time, Thou shaltnot kill; and whoever shall kill shall be in danger ofthe judgment. But I say to you, Whoever is angrywith his brother shall be in danger of the judgment.Whoever shows contempt toward his brother shallbe in danger of the council. But whosoever curseshis brother is in danger of hell fire.So, if thou bring a gift to the altar and thenremember that thy brother has something againstthee, leave the gift before the altar. Be reconciledto thy brother first. Then come back and offer thygift. Agree with thine adversary quickly while thouart with him; lest, at any time, thy adversary deliverthee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the