The Gospel according to St. Matthew

Matthew wrote this book to persuade the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah. He used numerous quotes from the Old Testament to show this.
"Christ" is derived from the Greek christós, meaning the "Anointed One." This title corresponds to the Hebrew-derived "Messiah."
Chapter 1
Matthew teaches that Jesus Christ is the "son of David, the son of Abraham."
Matthew gives the genealogy from Abraham to Joseph, who was Mary's husband.
Mary's father was named Jacob, who was also Joseph's uncle.
[18] Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
[19] Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
[20] But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
[21] And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
[22] Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
[23] Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Cross reference with Isaiah 7:14.
Chapter 2

Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king.
The wise men saw the star in the east and came to worship Jesus.
The wise men met with Herod. Herod was very concerned. The chief priests and scribes told Herod the prophecy:
[6] And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Cross-reference with Micah 5
[2] But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
The wise men gave gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus.
The wise men were warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, so they traveled back to the their country another way.
An angel warned Joseph in a dream to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt because Herod sought to destroy Jesus. Joseph did so.
[15] And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
Cross-reference with Hosea 11
[1] When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
Herod slew all the children in Bethlehem. Herod died.
Joseph, Mary and Jesus left Egypt and moved to Nazareth.
 Chapter 3
John the Baptist preaches in the wilderness of Judea, saying "Repent ye: for the king of heaven is at hand."
Cross-reference with Isaiah 40:3,
[3] The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
John the Baptist calls the Pharisees and Sadducess a "generation of vipers."
"Every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."
John the Baptist baptizes Jesus Christ.
[13] Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
[14] But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
[15] And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
[16] And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
[17] And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Chapter 4
Jesus went to the wilderness where he fasted for forty days and forty nights.
Satan tempted him "If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread."
Jesus answered "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Cross-reference with Deuteronomy 8:3.
Satan also tempted to Jesus to "cast thyself down" from the pinnacle of the temple. Jesus replied "It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."
Satan also showed Jesus the glory of the kingdoms of the world. He said that he would give these to Jesus if he would worship him.
[10] Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Jesus walked by the sea of Galilee and saw Peter and his brother Andrew who were casting a net into the sea.
[19] And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
[20] And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
Jesus also called unto James and John to follow him. Both of these sons of Zebedee followed Jesus.
Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom and healed the sick.
Chapter 5
Jesus gives the Sermon on the Mount.
[1] And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
[2] And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
[3] Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
[4] Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
[5] Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
[6] Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
[7] Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
[8] Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
[9] Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
[10] Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
[11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
[12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Jesus came to fulfill the law.
Love your enemies. Do good to them that hate you.
Chapter 6
Jesus continues the Sermon on the Mount. "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men."
Lord's Prayer:
[9] After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
[10] Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
[11] Give us this day our daily bread.
[12] And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
[13] And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Jesus teaches about wealth
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Chapter 7
Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount. He warns against judging others
[1] Judge not, that ye be not judged.
[2] For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
[3] And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
[4] Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
[5] Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Jesus give the Golden Rule
[12] Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Chapter 8
Jesus heals a leper, a centurion's servant, and Peter's mother-in-law.
[23] And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
[24] And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
[25] And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
[26] And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
[27] But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
Chapter 9
Jesus calls Matthew to be his disciple.
Jesus raises Jarius' daughter to life.
[10] And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
[11] And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
[12] But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
[13] But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Chapter 10
Jesus instructs, empowers, and send the Apostles to preach, minister, and heal the sick.
The Twelve are:
1.  Simon Peter Bar-jona or son of Jonas
2.  Andrew, the brother of Peter
3.  James, the son of Zebedee (or Boanerges)
4.  John, the brother of James
5. Philip 
6.  Bartholomew
7. Thomas Didymus
8.  Matthew
9.  James, the son of Alpahaeus
10.  Lebbaeus Thaddeus
11.  Simon, the Canaanite (Simon, the Zealot)
12.  Judas Iscariot
Boanerges means "The Sons of Thunder" per Mark 3:17.
Batholomew is probably also know as Nathaniel of Cana. See John 1:45-50 and 21:2.
There is also a "Judas not Iscariot" mentioned in John 14:22. This Judas may have been Lebbaeus Thaddeus.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16.
Chapter 11
John the Baptist is imprisoned.
Jesus said
[7] And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
[8] But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
[9] But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
[10] For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
[11] Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Jesus pronounces woe upon the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum for their wickedness and unbelief. Each of these cities was near the northern section of the Sea of Galilee.
Chapter 12
Jesus proclaims that he is the Lord of the Sabbath, and he heals a man on the sabbath day.
Jesus heals others and casts a devil out of a man.
Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost "shall not be forgiven."
Jesus compares his death and resurrection to Jonas or Jonah whos was "three nights in the whale's belly."
[20] A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
A bruised reed and a smoking flax are metaphors for saints who are stuggling with weaknesses and sin. Verse 20 refers to Jesus Christ's compassion for sinners.
Cross reference with Isaiah 42:1-4.
Chapter 13
Jesus teaches using parables.
He gives the parables of
1. The sower
2. The wheat and tares
3. The mustard seed
4. The leaven
5. The treasure in the field
6. The pearl of great price
7. The net cast into the sea
Jesus taught the people in his own country in the synagogue.
[57] And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
[58] And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Chapter 14
John the Baptist is beheaded. John the Baptist had told Herod that it was unlawful for him to marry his brother's wife.
Jesus feeds the five thousand with five loaves and two fishes.
Jesus sends the disciples out on a ship while he went to pray on a mountain. A severe wind arose which tossed the ship upon the waves. Jesus walked out to the ship on the water.
[26] And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
[27] But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
[28] And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
[29] And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
[30] But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
[31] And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
[32] And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
[33] Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Chapter 15
Matthew 15
[1] Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
[2] Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
[3] But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
[4] For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
[5] But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
[6] And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
The Jewish people of Jesus’ day had a way to get around the command to honor your father and mother. They could then say that their resources were unavailable to help their parents if they declared that all their possessions or savings were a gift to God, specially dedicated to Him,
Jesus condemns their hollow tradition as hypocrisy.
Matthew 15
[7] Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
[8] This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
[9] But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Cross-reference: Isaiah 29:13
Jesus also heals the daughter of a Gentile woman, and he feeds the four thousand.
Chapter 16
Jesus warns the disciples against the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Jesus asks a question of his disciples that he in essence also asks of us.
[13] When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
[14] And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
[15] He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
[16] And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
[17] And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
[18] And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
[19] And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Jesus begins to teach the disciples about his upcoming death and resurrection.
Chapter 17
Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James, and John on the mount.
[1] And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
[2] And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
[3] And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
[4] Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
[5] While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Elias is John the Baptist.
Jesus fortells his own betrayal, death and resurrection.
Jesus teaches the disciples that they must pray and fast in order to have the power to cast out evil spirits.
Chapter 18
Jesus teaches about forgiveness.
[21] Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
[22] Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Chapter 19
A young man asks Jesus what he must do to have eternal life. Jesus recites the Ten Commandments. He also tells the man to sell his property and to give the money to poor and follow him. The man went away sorrowful, however, because he had great possesions.
[23] Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
[24] And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Chapter 20
Jesus gives the parable of the laborers of the vineyard. Every worker received the same wages regardless of the hours that he worked.
Jesus fortells his betrayal, crucifiction and resurrection. Jesus gave his life as a ransom for many.
Jesus heals two blind men.
Chapter 21
Jesus rides an ass in triumph into Jerusalem.
[9] And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
Jesus casts out the moneychangers from the Temple.
Jesus uses parables to rebuke the chief priest and elders for their unbelief.
Chapter 22
Jesus gives teh parable of the king's son, which concludes "many are called but few are chosen."
Jesus teaches the Pharisees "Render therefore unto Caeser the things which are Caeser's; and unto God the things that are God's."
The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection.
[34] But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
[35] Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
[36] Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
[37] Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
[38] This is the first and great commandment.
[39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
[40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Chapter 23
Jesus strongly condemns the self-righteousness and hypocrisy of the scribes and pharisees. He calls them "fools and blind." They are the "children of them that killed the ancient prophets." They are "serpents" and "vipers."
Jesus Christ is our Master (verse 10).
[11] But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
[12] And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Jesus laments
[37] O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
[38] Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
[39] For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Chapter 24
Jesus fortells the destruction of the temple.
The disciples ask Jesus about the "sign of thy coming" and of "the end of the world."
[6] And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
[7] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
False prophets and Christs shall arise.
The Son of man will come "in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. "
Chapter 25
Jesus gives the parable of the Ten Virgins and of the talents.
Jesus teaches
[31] When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
[32] And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
[33] And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
[34] Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
[35] For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
[36] Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
[37] Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
[38] When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
[39] Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
[40] And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Chapter 26
A woman anoints Jesus with oil.
Judas agrees with the chief priests to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
Jesus has the passover meal with his disciples.
[26] And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
[27] And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
[28] For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins
Jesus tells peter that "thou shalt deny me thrice."
Jesus prays at the Garden of Gethsemane.
[37] And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
[38] Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
[39] And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
[40] And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
[41] Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
[42] He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
[43] And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
[44] And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
[45] Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Jesus is led as a prisoner to Caiaphas, the high priest. The high priests and elder condemn Jesus.
Peter denies knowing Jesus three times.
Chapter 27
The chief priests and elders delivered Jesus to Pontius Pilate. Judas hanged himself.
Pilate ask the people whether he should release Jesus or Barabbas. The people demand that Barabbas be released and that Jesus be crucified. Pilate washes his hands before the multitude.
Simon of Cyrene carries the cross. (Cyrene was an ancient Greek city in present-day Libya.)
Jesus is taken to Golgotha where he was crucified.
Jesus cried with a loud voice "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Jesus "yielded up the ghost."
[51] And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
[52] And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
[53] And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
[54] Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, buried Jesus in his own tomb.
Chapter 28
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the sepulchre. The angel of the Lord rolled back the stone from the door of the sepulchre. The angel said that Jesus is risen. Jesus then met the women.
Jesus met the disciples in a mountain at Galilee.
[18] And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
[19] Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
[20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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