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XIX.  And having entered in, he was passing through Jericho.

2And behold, there was a man named Zaccheus, and he was a chief publican; and this man was rich.

3And he sought to see Jesus, who he was; and he could not on account of the multitude, because he was small in stature.

4And running before, he climbed up into a sycamore-tree to see him; because by that way he was to pass through.

5And Jesus, when he came to the place, looked up and saw him, and said to him: Zaccheus, make haste and come down; for to-day I must abide at thy house.

6And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

7And seeing it, they all murmured, saying that he went in to be a guest with a sinner.

8And Zaccheus stood up, and said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I took aught from any one by false accusation, I restore fourfold.

9And Jesus said to him: This day is salvation come to this house, inasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

10For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost.

11And as they were hearing these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God would immediately appear.

12He said therefore: A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

13And having called his ten servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them: Traffic, till I come.

14But his citizens hated him, and sent an embassy after him, saying: We will not have this man to reign over us.

15And it came to pass, when he had returned, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants to be called to him, to whom he gave the money, that he might know what each gained by trading.

16And the first came, saying: Lord, thy pound gained ten pounds.

17And he said to him: Well done, good servant; because thou wast faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

18And the second came, saying: Lord, thy pound made five pounds.

19And he said also to this man: And be thou over five cities.

20And another came, saying: Lord, behold thy pound, which I kept laid up in a napkin.

21For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man; thou takest up what thou layedst not down, and reapest what thou didst not sow.

22And he says to him: Out of thy mouth will I judge thee, wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down, and reaping what I did not sow?

23Why then didst thou not put my money into the bank? and I, at my coming, should have required it with interest.

24And he said to those standing by: Take from him the pound, and give it to him that has the ten pounds.

25And they said to him: Lord, he has ten pounds.

26For I say to you, that to every one that has shall be given; and from him that has not, even what he has shall be taken away.

27But those my enemies, who would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

28And having spoken these things, he went before, going up to Jerusalem.

29And it came to pass, as he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called Olivet, that he sent forth two of his disciples,

30saying: Go into the opposite village, in which as ye are entering ye will find a colt tied, whereon no man ever sat; loose and bring him.

31And if any one ask you, why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say to him: Because the Lord has need of him.

32And they that were sent forth departed, and found even as he said to them.

33And as they were loosing the colt, its owners said to them: Why loose ye the colt?

34And they said: The Lord has need of him.

35And they brought him to Jesus; and having cast their garments upon the colt, they set Jesus thereon.

36And as he went, they spread their garments in the way.

37And as he was drawing near, just at the descent of the mount of the Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice, and praise God with a loud voice for all the miracles which they saw;

38saying: Blessed be the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!

39And some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him: Teacher, rebuke thy disciples.

40And answering he said to them: I tell you that if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.

41And when he came near, as he saw the city, he wept over it,

42saying: If even thou hadst known, at least in this thy day, the things that belong to thy peace! But now they are hidden from thine eyes.

43For days will come upon thee, that thine enemies will cast up a mound about thee, and compass thee round, and shut thee in on every side,

44and will level thee with the ground, and thy children within thee, and will not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

45And entering into the temple, he began to cast out those who sold;

46saying to them: It is written, And my house shall be a house of prayer; but ye made it a den of robbers.

47And he was teaching daily in the temple; and the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people were seeking to destroy him,

48and could not find what they might do; for all the people hung, listening, upon him.