Forty-ninth Day of Zadeeg
 Now the feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover.
 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death; for they feared the people.
 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve;
 he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them.
 And they were glad, and engaged to give him money.
 So he agreed, and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of the multitude.
 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the passover lamb had to be sacrificed.
 So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the passover for us, that we may eat it.”
 They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?”
 He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house which he enters,
 and tell the householder, `The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?’
 And he will show you a large upper room furnished; there make ready.”
 And they went, and found it as he had told them; and they prepared the passover.
 And when the hour came, he sat at table, and the apostles with him.
 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer;
 for I tell you I shall not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves;
 for I tell you that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
 And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
 But behold the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table.
 For the Son of man goes as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!”
 And they began to question one another, which of them it was that would do this.
 A dispute also arose among them, which of them was to be regarded as the greatest.
 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors.
 But not so with you; rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.
 For which is the greater, one who sits at table, or one who serves? Is it not the one who sits at table? But I am among you as one who serves.
 “You are those who have continued with me in my trials;
 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom,
 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
 After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews; and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brethren, though I had done nothing against the people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
 When they had examined me, they wished to set me at liberty, because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case.
 But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar — though I had no charge to bring against my nation.
 For this reason therefore I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.”
 And they said to him, “We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of the brethren coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you.
 But we desire to hear from you what your views are; for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.”
 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in great numbers. And he expounded the matter to them from morning till evening, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the law of Moses and from the prophets.
 And some were convinced by what he said, while others disbelieved.
 So, as they disagreed among themselves, they departed, after Paul had made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:
 `Go to this people, and say,
You shall indeed hear but never understand,
and you shall indeed see but never perceive.
 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and their ears are heavy of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed;
lest they should perceive with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and turn for me to heal them.’
 Let it be known to you then that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
 And he lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him,
 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ quite openly and unhindered.
 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
 they said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”
 It is these who set up divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.
 But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit;
 keep yourselves in the love of God; wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
 And convince some, who doubt;
 save some, by snatching them out of the fire; on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
 Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing,
 to the only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and for ever. Amen.
 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of man glorified, and in him God is glorified;
 if God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.
 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, `Where I am going you cannot come.’
 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now; but you shall follow afterward.”
 Peter said to him, “Lord, why cannot I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the cock will not crow, till you have denied me three times.
 “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.
 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
 And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
 And you know the way where I am going.”
 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”
 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.
 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.”
 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.”
 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, `Show us the Father’?
 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves.
 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.
 Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son;
 Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple.
 But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down.”
 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?”
 And Jesus answered them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray.
 For many will come in my name, saying, `I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.
 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places:
 all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs.
 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.
 And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another.
 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.
 And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold.
 But he who endures to the end will be saved.
 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.
 “So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains;
 let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house;
 and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle.
 And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days!
 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath.
 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.
 And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
 Then if any one says to you, `Lo, here is the Christ!’ or `There he is!’ do not believe it.
 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
 Lo, I have told you beforehand.
 So, if they say to you, `Lo, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; if they say, `Lo, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.
 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man.
 Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken;
 then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory;
 and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.
 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place.
 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.
 As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man.
 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark,
 and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man.
 Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left.
 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left.
 Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
 But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into.
 Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?
 Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing.
 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.
 But if that wicked servant says to himself, `My master is delayed,’
 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken,
 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know,
 and will punish him, and put him with the hypocrites; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;
 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.
 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
 But at midnight there was a cry, `Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’
 Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps.
 And the foolish said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
 But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’
 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut.
 Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, `Lord, lord, open to us.’
 But he replied, `Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
 “For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property;
 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more.
 So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more.
 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, `Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’
 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’
 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, `Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’
 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’
 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, `Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow;
 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’
 But his master answered him, `You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed?
 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.
 For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’
 “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,
 and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.
 Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
 Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?
 And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee?
 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’
 And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’
 Then he will say to those at his left hand, `Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’
 Then they also will answer, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’
 Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’
 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
 When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples,
 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
 It was now two days before the Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth, and kill him;
 for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be a tumult of the people.”
 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.
 But there were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment thus wasted?
 For this ointment might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and given to the poor.” And they reproached her.
 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you will, you can do good to them; but you will not always have me.
 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burying.
 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.
 And when they heard it they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.
 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the passover?”
 And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him,
 and wherever he enters, say to the householder, `The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?’
 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.”
 And the disciples set out and went to the city, and found it as he had told them; and they prepared the passover.
 And when it was evening he came with the twelve.
 And as they were at table eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.”
 They began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?”
 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me.
 For the Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
 And as they were eating, he took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”
 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.
 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
 Truly, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
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