Section 3, Chapter 20
Zacheus entertains Christ. The parable of the pounds. Christ rides upon an ass and weeps over Jerusalem.
19:1. And entering he walked through Jericho.
19:2. And behold, there was a man named Zacheus, who was the chief of the publicans: and he was rich.
19:3. And he sought to see Jesus who he was: and he could not for the crowd, because he was low of stature.
19:4. And running before, he climbed up into a sycamore tree, that he might see him: for he was to pass that way.
19:5. And when Jesus was come to the place, looking up, he saw him and said to him: Zacheus, make haste and come down: for this day I must abide in thy house.
19:6. And he made haste and came down and received him with joy.
19:7. And when all saw it, they murmured, saying, that he was gone to be a guest with a man that was a sinner.
19:8. But Zacheus standing, said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wronged any man of any thing, I restore him fourfold.
19:9. Jesus said to him: This day is salvation come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.
19:10. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
19:11. 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 should immediately be manifested.
19:12. He said therefore: a certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.
19:13. And calling his ten servants, he gave them ten pounds and said to them: Trade till I come.
He gave them ten pounds. . .In the original, what is here translated a pound, is in Latin, mina, in value of our coin, three pounds two shillings and sixpence.
19:14. But his citizens hated him and they sent an embassage after him, saying: We will not have this man to reign over us.
19:15. And it came to pass that he returned, having received the kingdom: and he commanded his servants to be called, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading,
19:16. And the first came saying: Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
19:17. And he said to him: Well done, thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful in a little, thou shalt have power over ten cities.
19:18. And the second came, saying: Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
19:19. And he said to him: Be thou also over five cities.
19:20. And another came, saying: Lord, behold here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin.
19:21. For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up what thou didst not lay down: and thou reapest that which thou didst not sow.
19:22. He saith to him: Out of thy own mouth I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down and reaping that which I did not sow.
19:23. And why then didst thou not give my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have exacted it with usury?
19:24. And he said to them that stood by: Take the pound away from him and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
19:25. And they said to him: Lord, he hath ten pounds.
19:26. But I say to you that to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: and from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him.
19:27. But as for those my enemies, who would not have me reign over them, bring them hither and kill them before me.
19:28. And having said these things, he went before, going up to Jerusalem.
19:29. And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethania, unto the mount called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples,
19:30. Saying: Go into the town which is over against you, at your entering into which you shall find the colt of an ass tied, on which no man ever hath sitten: loose him and bring him hither.
19:31. And if any man shall ask you: Why do you loose him? You shall say thus unto him: Because the Lord hath need of his service.
19:32. And they that were sent went their way and found the colt standing, as he said unto them.
19:33. And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said to them: Why loose you the colt?
19:34. But they said: Because the Lord hath need of him.
19:35. And they brought him to Jesus. And casting their garments on the colt, they set Jesus thereon.
19:36. And as he went, they spread their clothes underneath in the way.
19:37. And when he was now coming near the descent of Mount Olivet, the whole multitude of his disciples began with joy to praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works they had seen,
19:38. Saying: Blessed be the king who cometh in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory on high!
19:39. And some of the Pharisees, from amongst the multitude, said to him: Master, rebuke thy disciples.
19:40. To whom he said: I say to you that if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.
19:41. And when he drew near, seeing the city, he wept over it, saying:
19:42. If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are to thy peace: but now they are hidden from thy eyes.
19:43. For the days shall come upon thee: and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee and compass thee round and straiten thee on every side,
19:44. And beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee. And they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone: because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation.
19:45. And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein and them that bought.
19:46. Saying to them: It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves.
19:47. And he was teaching daily in the temple. And the chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people sought to destroy him.
19:48. And they found not what to do to him: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.