The New Word According to Matthew
The Marriage Supper
22[1-10] And Yeshua spoke to them again with stories, saying, “The realm of heaven is like a certain ruler, who planned a supper for a child, who was to be married. The ruler sent out workers to call those who were asked to the wedding, but none of them would come. So once again, the ruler sent out other workers, saying, ‘Tell those who have been asked, I’ve prepared my dinner: the meat is done, and everything is ready: come to the marriage, now.’ But they made excuses, and left, one going to their farm, and another to their sales goods. Some even took the workers, and treated them cruelly, and killed them. But the ruler heard it, and was angry: and sent out guards to kill those murderers, and burn up their city. Then the ruler said to the workers, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were asked weren’t worthy. So go into the streets, and call to the marriage as many as you find. So those workers went out into the streets, and gathered together all that they found, both bad and good. So the wedding had many guests.
[11-14] And when the ruler came in to see the guests, and seeing some there which didn’t have on the wedding clothing, the ruler said, ‘Friends, how did you come in here, not having on the wedding clothing?’ And they were speechless. Then the ruler said to the workers, ‘Tie up their hands and feet, and take them away, and put them into the darkness outside; where they’ll be crying and clenching their teeth,’ because many are invited, but few are chosen.”
On Paying Taxes and Tithes
[15-22] Then the religious leaders left and planned together how to confuse Yeshua’s words. So they sent out their own followers along with Herod’s people to Yeshua, saying, “Christ, we know that you’re honest, and teach the way of God in truth, nor do you care what anyone thinks because you don’t consider what others say. So tell us, what do you think about this? Is it right to give taxes to the ruling government, or not?” But Yeshua knew their evil plan, saying, “Why do you tempt Me, you fakes? Show me the money. So they showed Yeshua a coin. Then Yeshua asked them, “Whose picture and name is this?” And they answered, “Caesar’s.” Then Yeshua answered them back, “So pay your taxes to the government; and pay to God the part of your money that belongs to God.” And they were amazed, and left when they heard what Yeshua said.
No Sexuality in the Afterlife
[23-33] This same day the religious sects came, who say that there’s no afterlife, and asked, “Christ, Moses said, if someone dies, having no children, another will marry their spouse, and give her children. Now there were with us seven brothers: and the first, who had gotten married, died, and having no child, left his spouse to another. It was the same way with the second also, and the third, up to the seventh. And last of all, the woman died also. So when we come to life again, whose spouse will she be of the seven, because they all had her? So Yeshua answered them, “You’re wrong, not knowing the Words, or the power of God, because when we come to life again, we won’t be sexual and live in marriage, but we’ll be neither male, nor female, as the angels of God in heaven. But speaking of the coming to life again of the dead, haven’t you read what was spoken to you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God isn’t the God of the dead, but God is the God of the living.” And when the crowds heard this, they were amazed at this teaching.
The Greatest Rule
[34-40] But when the religious leaders had heard that Yeshua had put the religious sects to silence, they gathered together. Then one of them, which was a student of the law, asked a question to tempt Yeshua, saying, “Christ, what is the greatest rule in the Word of God?” And Yeshua said, “’Love Yahweh, your God, with all your spirit, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest rule. And the second is very much like it, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ All of the Word of God and the Words of great preachers are based on these two rules.”
Christ David’s Descendant
[41-46] While the religious leaders were gathered together, Yeshua asked them, “What do you think of the Christ? Whose descendant is the Christ?” And they said to Yeshua, ‘The descendant of David.” So Yeshua asked, “How then did David in spirit call the Christ, Christ, saying, Yahweh God said to my Christ, sit beside Me, till I make those who come against you a place to rest Your feet? So if David called the Christ, Christ, how is the Christ David’s descendant?” And no one was able to answer a word, nor did anyone dare ask Yeshua any more questions from that day on.
Yeshua Tells of the Guilt of the False Religious Leaders
23 [1-12] Then Yeshua spoke to the crowd, and to the followers, saying, “The religious leaders and those in the religious sects sit in the judgment seat of Moses, so whatever they tell you to do, do it; but don’t do what they do, because they tell you to do it, but don’t do it themselves. They make rules that are very hard to follow, and order others to follow them; but they themselves won’t even try to follow them. But everything they do, they do to be seen by others: they wear ornamental religious jewelry and impressive religious clothing, and love the best places at the dinners of religious celebrations, and the best seats in the places of worship, and greetings in the shopping centers, and to be called Rabbi, Rabbi by others. But don’t be called Rabbi because only One is your Teacher, even Christ; and you’re all are equals. And don’t call any religious leader Father on earth because the One who is in heaven is who we come from. And don’t be called Teacher because I, the Christ am your only Teacher. But whoever wants to be greatest among you must be willing to work the hardest. And whoever wants to be praised must become the lowest worker; and whoever puts themself in the lowest position will be raised to a higher position.
[13-15] But you’ll be sorry, all you religious leaders and those in the religious sects, you fakes! You slam heaven’s doors in the face of others because you won’t even go in yourselves, nor will you let those who are trying to go in, get in. Yes, you’ll be sorry you religious leaders and those in the religious sects, you’re all fakes! You take a poor widows’ money, and say long prayers just for show: so you’ll surely get the greater punishment. Yes, you’ll be sorry you religious leaders and those in the religious sects, you fakes! You’ll travel over land and sea to get one convert, and when they’re converted, you make them two times as much a child of hell than you yourselves are.
[16-22] Yes, you’ll be sorry you, you blind leaders, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the place of worship, hasn’t done anything wrong; but whoever swears by the offering of the place of worship, is responsible for their oath!’ You’re thoughtless and blind leaders because which is greater, the offering, or the place of worship that blesses the offering? And you say, ‘Whoever swears by the altar hasn’t done anything wrong; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, is guilty.’ You’re thoughtless and blind leaders because which is greater, the gift, or the altar that blesses the gift? So whoever swears by the altar, swears by it, and by everything on it. And whoever swears by the place of worship, swears by it, and by the God who’s Spirit is in it. And whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by the God who sits on it.
[23-33] Yes, you’ll be sorry you religious leaders and those in the religious sects, you fakes! You pay a part of even the smallest amount of spices, and have left out doing the most important things, like making right judgments, having mercy, and being faithful. You should do this, but not leave the other things undone. You blind leaders, who won’t break the least important rule in the least way, and yet you ignore all the most important ones. Yes, you’ll be sorry you religious leaders and those in the religious sects, you fakes! You obey the Word of God outwardly, but inside you’re full of lies and selfishness. You blind religious leaders, first obey the Word of God inwardly, and then you’ll appear to do it outwardly, as well. Yes, you’ll be sorry you religious leaders and those in the religious sects, you fakes! You’re like the beautiful grave markers of a burial place, which appear very beautiful, but are only markers of graves full of dead peoples’ bones, and rotting corpses. Just like this, you, too, appear good to others outwardly, but you’re full of lies and sin inside. Yes, you’ll be sorry you religious leaders and those in the religious sects, you fakes! Because you build great memorial places for all the great preachers, and decorate the graves of those who’ve done great things, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we wouldn’t have killed the great preachers.’ You then are witnesses yourselves, that you’re the children of those who killed the great preachers. And you certainly measure up to your ancestors. You snakes, you bunch of snakes, how can you ever escape the punishment of hell?
[34-39] I’ll send you great preachers, and wise ones, and writers of the Words: and some of them you’ll kill and torture; and some of them will you beat in your places of worship, and chase them like criminals from city to city, so that all the guilt of the blood shed on the earth of those who followed God can come on you, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, child of Barachias, who was killed between the place of worship and the altar. The truth is, all this guilt will come on this generation of people. Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill all the great preachers, and murder those who are sent to warn you! How often I wanted to gather your children together, like a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you wouldn’t let me! So you see your house is now empty. I tell you, I won’t come to you again, till you say, ‘Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of Yahweh.’”
Destruction of the Temple Foretold
24 [1-2] And Yeshua went out, and left the place of worship: and as they left, the followers pointed out the great buildings of the place of worship. And Yeshua answered, “Do you see this? The truth is, there won’t be one stone left on another, that won’t be out of place.”
The End Times
[3-14] And as they sat on the Mount of Olives, the followers came secretly, asking the Christ, “Tell us when this will happen and how will we know of your second coming, and of the end of the world?” So Yeshua answered them, “Be sure that no one misleads you, because many will come in My Name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ misleading many people. And you’ll hear of wars and reports of more wars, but don’t be uneasy because all this must happen. It’s not the end of time yet. Nation will come against nation, and land against land. There will be a great lack of food, and deadly diseases, and natural disasters, in many different places. All this is just the beginning of trouble. Then they’ll arrest you to be punished, and will kill you, and you’ll be hated by all nations because of My Name. At that time, many will be offended by Christianity, and will lie to one another, and will hate one another. And many untruthful preachers will come, misleading a great many people. And because wrongs will be greatly increased, many people won’t know how to love others. But whoever doesn’t give up, even to the end of time, those are the ones who will be saved. Then when this New Word of the realm of God is told in the whole world for a witness to all nations; the end of time will come.
[15-28] So when you see the antichrist, spoken of by Daniel, the great preacher, standing in the holy place, (whoever reads, let them understand), then let those who are in Israel escape into the mountains of Judea, and let those who are on the roof not come down to get anything out of their homes, nor let those who are in the field go back to get their clothes. And those who are pregnant with babies, and those who are breastfeeding in those days will have great sorrow! But pray that you don’t have to run in the winter, nor on a Day of Worship, because at that time great troubles will come, like there’s never been since the beginning of time till now, no, nor ever will. And unless those days are stopped short, no one would be saved: but for the sake of the chosen ones those days will be shortened. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ’, or ‘The Christ is there’; don’t believe it, because false Christs, and false teachers will come and do many amazing things; so that they would even mislead the chosen Ones of God, if it were possible. But listen, I’ve told you the truth. So if they say to you, ‘The Christ is in the desert’; don’t go: or ‘The Christ is in a secret place’; don’t believe it, because as you see the lightning strike in the east, and flash even to the west; so you’ll see My coming. And when you see all the dead, you’ll see the buzzards gather.
The Powers of Heaven Shaken
[29-35] And right after all these troubles, the sun will become dark, and the moon won’t have any light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and all the heavenly bodies will be shaken out of place: And then the sign of My coming will appear in heaven, and all the families of the earth will cry, and they’ll see Me coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and bright light. And I will send My angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they’ll gather together My chosen ones from every direction, from one end of heaven to the other. And now learn what the story of the fig tree means; When the branch of the fig tree is still tender, and puts out leaves, you know that summer is near: So you, too, when you see all this happening, know that the time of My coming is near, so very near. The truth is, the generation that this happens in won’t pass, till everything I said will happen. Heaven and earth will come to an end, but My Words won’t ever die out.
Like a Thief in the Night
[36-51] But no one knows of that day and hour, no, not even the angels of heaven, but only Yahweh, My God. But as the days of Noah were, so too will My coming be. Just like the days before the flood, they were eating, drinking, and getting married, until the day that Noah went into the ark, and they didn’t know a thing until the flood came, and drowned them all. So too will My coming be. Then two people will be working in the field; One will be taken up, and the other left behind. Two others will be working at the plant; one will be taken up, and the other left behind. So watch, because you don’t know when your Christ will come! If the owners of a house had known the time the thief would come, they would have watched, and wouldn’t have let their house be broken into. So be ready, too, because I am coming when you least expect it. So then, who is a faithful and wise worker, who has been made overseer of the household, to give those of the household food at just the right time? Blessed is that worker, who when I come, I find doing My work. The truth is, that I will make them overseer over all My goods. But if there are workers who are evil and say in their hearts, the time is not yet; And begin to abuse their coworkers, and to eat and drink with the drunks; The Owner will come in a day when their not watching, and at a time that they won’t know of, and will cut them off, and will give them their due punishment in Hell with the other fakes: where they’ll be crying and clenching their teeth.