24:1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared.
24:2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
24:3 They entered in, and didn't find the Lord Jesus' body.
24:4 It happened, while they were greatly perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling clothing.
24:5 Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth. They said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
24:6 He isn't here, but is risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee,
24:7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again?"
24:8 They remembered his words,
24:9 returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest.
24:10 Now they were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them told these things to the apostles.
24:11 These words seemed to them to be nonsense, and they didn't believe them.
24:12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. Stooping and looking in, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he departed to his home, wondering what had happened.
24:13 Behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about 7 miles from Jerusalem.
24:14 They talked with each other about all of these things which had happened.
24:15 It happened, while they talked and questioned together, that Jesus himself came near, and went with them.
24:16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
24:17 He said to them, "What are you talking about as you walk, and are sad?"
24:18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who doesn't know the things which have happened there in these days?"
24:19 He said to them, "What things?" They said to him, "The things concerning Jesus, the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people;
24:20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
24:21 But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.
24:22 Also, certain women of our company amazed us, having arrived early at the tomb;
24:23 and when they didn't find his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
24:24 Some of us went to the tomb, and found it just like the women had said, but they didn't see him."
24:25 He said to them, "Foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
24:26 Didn't the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter into his glory?"
24:27 Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
24:28 They drew near to the village, where they were going, and he acted like he would go further.
24:29 They urged him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is almost evening, and the day is almost over." He went in to stay with them.
24:30 It happened, that when he had sat down at the table with them, he took the bread and gave thanks. Breaking it, he gave to them.
24:31 Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished out of their sight.
24:32 They said one to another, "Weren't our hearts burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?"
24:33 They rose up that very hour, returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them,
24:34 saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!"
24:35 They related the things that happened along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
24:36 As they said these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, "Peace be to you."
24:37 But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
24:38 He said to them, "Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts?
24:39 See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit doesn't have flesh and bones, as you see that I have."
24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
24:41 While they still didn't believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"
24:42 They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.
24:43 He took them, and ate in front of them.
24:44 He said to them, "This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled."
24:45 Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures.
24:46 He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,
24:47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
24:48 You are witnesses of these things.
24:49 Behold, I send forth the promise of my Father on you. But wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high."
24:50 He led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
24:51 It happened, while he blessed them, that he withdrew from them, and was carried up into heaven.
24:52 They worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
24:53 and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
3:1 Let not many of you be teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive heavier judgment.
3:2 For in many things we all stumble. If anyone doesn't stumble in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.
3:3 Indeed, we put bits into the horses' mouths so that they may obey us, and we guide their whole body.
3:4 Behold, the ships also, though they are so big and are driven by fierce winds, are yet guided by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires.
3:5 So the tongue is also a little member, and boasts great things. See how a small fire can spread to a large forest!
3:6 And the tongue is a fire. The world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by hell.
3:7 For every kind of animal, bird, creeping thing, and thing in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by mankind.
3:8 But nobody can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
3:9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the image of God.
3:10 Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
3:11 Does a spring send out from the same opening fresh and bitter water?
3:12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, yield olives, or a vine figs? Thus no spring yields both saltwater and freshwater.
3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good conduct that his deeds are done in gentleness of wisdom.
3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don't boast and don't lie against the truth.
3:15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic.
3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed.
3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
3:18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
4:1 Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Don't they come from your pleasures that war in your members?
4:2 You lust, and don't have. You kill, covet, and can't obtain. You fight and make war. You don't have, because you don't ask.
4:3 You ask, and don't receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it for your pleasures.
4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, don't you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
4:5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously"?
4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
4:7 Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
4:9 Lament, mourn, and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to gloom.
4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.
4:11 Don't speak against one another, brothers. He who speaks against a brother and judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge.
4:12 Only one is the lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge another?
4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow let's go into this city, and spend a year there, trade, and make a profit."
4:14 Whereas you don't know what your life will be like tomorrow. For what is your life? For you are a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.
4:15 For you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will both live, and do this or that."
4:16 But now you glory in your boasting. All such boasting is evil.
4:17 To him therefore who knows to do good, and doesn't do it, to him it is sin.