m'gilta d'ulpaneyh `eyta dišúa‘ bar yosef

ha-m’gillat ha-musar y’shúa` ben yoseif

(THE SCROLL OF THE PREACHING OF YESHUA` SON OF YOSEF)



1. 1These are the words of the preaching of Yeshua` son of Yosef of Nazareth.

2. 1How fortunate are you who are humble in spirit, because yours is the kingdom of God;

2How fortunate are you who mourn now, because you will be comforted;

3How fortunate are you who are meek, because you shall inherit the Land;

4How fortunate are you who hunger now, because you shall be well fed;

5How fortunate are you who weep now, because you will laugh.

6How fortunate are you who are merciful, because you shall obtain mercy;

7How fortunate are you who are innocent of heart, for you shall be shown into the presence of God;

8How fortunate are you who create peace, because you shall be called the children of God.

 

3. 1How fortunate are you when people hate you and exclude you,

When they revile you and rebuke you,

2because of the good news of God’s Kingdom.

3Rejoice! Leap for joy!

Because your reward is great in heaven.

4For that is how our ancestors treated the prophets.

 

4. 1I tell you, love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
2and pray for those who insult you.

 

5. 1If someone strikes you on the right cheek,
present them with your left cheek as well!
2If someone demands your mantle as a pledge,
give them your tunic as well!

3And if someone conscripts you to go one mile,

go with them two!

 

6. 1Give to anyone who asks you for something on loan;
2don’t turn away someone who wishes to borrow from you.

 

7. 1Whatsoever you would wish other people to do for you,
do so for them as well.

 

8. 1For if you love only those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
Because even tax collectors do the same!
2And if you do good only to those who do good to you,
what more are you doing than others?
Don’t even Gentiles do the same?
3And if you give to those from whom you hope to receive,
what reward are you expecting?
Even moneylenders give to others to receive as much again.

 

9. 1So I tell you, do good,

expecting nothing in return,
and your reward will be great.
2Because God is kind even to the ungrateful and the selfish.

 

10. 1Be perfect therefore,
Just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

11. 1Don’t judge,
and you won’t be judged.

2Don’t condemn,

and you won’t be condemned.

3Forgive,

and you’ll be forgiven.

4Give,

And the same will be given to you.

 

12. 1In the same way that you judge others,
you’ll be judged,
2and the measure you use
will be the same measure you get.

 

13. 1If a blind man leads a blind man,
they’ll both fall into a pit.

 

14. 1A student isn’t greater than his teacher.
2It’s enough for a student to be like his teacher.

 

15. 1Why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but don’t notice the plank in your own eye?
2Or how can you say to your brother,
“Let me remove the splinter in your eye,”
when you don’t see the plank in your own eye?
3You hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye,
and then you’ll see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.

 

16. 1A bad tree does not bear good fruit,
any more than a good tree can bear bad fruit.

 

17. 1Each tree is known by its fruit;
2Are figs gathered from thistles?
Or grapes picked from a thornbush?

 

18. 1The good person out of the storehouse of good in their heart
brings forth good,
2and the evil person out of the storehouse of evil in their heart
brings forth evil;
3because from the abundance of plenty in the heart,
the mouth speaks.

 

19. 1Why do you call me ‘Master’,
and yet do nothing that I say?

 

20. 1Everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice,
I’ll show you to whom they are like:
2They’re like someone who built a house on rock.
3The heavy rains came down,
the flash rivers struck,
and the winds blew and beat against that house;
but it didn’t fall,
because it had been founded on solid rock.
4But everyone who hears my words and ignores them,
I’ll show you to whom they are like:
5They’re like someone who built a house on sand.
6The heavy rains came down,
the flash rivers struck,
and the winds blew and beat against that house,
and it fell down with an almighty crash!

 

21. 1A sower went out to sow his seed.
2As he scattered the seed, some fell by the path,
and little birds came and devoured them.
3Some fell on rocky ground,
and they grew, but they withered away
because they didn’t have much root.
4And some fell among thorns,
and as they grew, the thorns choked them.
5And some fell on good soil, and yielded a good harvest,

producing one hundred and twenty times their original measure.

 

22. 1As Yeshua` was going along the road,
someone said to him,
‘Master, I’ll follow you wherever you go.’
2But Yeshua` said to him,
‘Foxes have holes,
and the birds of the sky have nests,
but this son of man has nowhere to lay his head.’

 

23. 1Another said to him,

‘Master, I’ll follow you,
but first let me go and bury my father!’
2But Yeshua` said to him,
‘Follow me,

and leave the Dead to bury their own dead!’

 

24. 1Indeed, the harvest is great,
but the labourers are few.
2Therefore beg the One in charge of the harvest
that He’ll rush out labourers into his harvest.

 

25. 1Go, for behold, I’m sending you like lambs in the midst of wolves.

2So be as cunning as snakes,

and as innocent as doves.

 

26. 1Don’t carry any money,
or take a side-bag,
or spare sandals

or an extra tunic;
2And don’t greet anyone on the road.

 

27. 1Whatever house you enter, first say,
“Peace be upon this house!”
2And if a welcoming person is there,
your blessing of peace will remain on that household;
but if not, withdraw your blessing and move on.
3Remain in the same house,
eating and drinking whatever they provide,
4for “The worker deserves his wages”!
5Don’t go from house to house.

 

28. 1Whatever town you enter,
and they welcome you,
Eat the things they set before you.

 

29. 1Minister to the sick and say,
‘The kingdom of God is with you!’

 

30. 1If you enter a town, and they don’t welcome you,
Go into the streets of that town and say,
2‘The dust of your town that clings

like ashes to our feet,
we shake off in witness against you.
3But know this:
The kingdom of God is with you.’

 

31. 1Blessed are your eyes, for they see,
and your ears, for they hear!
2Let me tell you,
many sages and kings have longed to see what you see, but couldn’t,
and hear what you hear, but couldn’t.

32. 1Be careful not to perform your acts of charity in front of others

in order to be seen by them.

If you do, your reward won’t be from your Father in heaven!

2Instead, when you give alms,

don’t make a fanfare about it,

like religious phonies do in synagogues and in the streets,

so that they may be praised by others.

3Believe me, I tell you,

that’s all the reward they’re going to get!

4But when you give alms,

don’t let your left hand know what your right hand’s doing,

so that your almsgiving may be in secret.

5Then your Father in heaven,

who sees what’s done in secret,

will reward you.

33. 1When you fast,

don’t look sombre like religious phonies do,

for they put ash on their head,

and dirty their face,

in order to show others they’re fasting

and so gain their respect.

2Believe me I tell you,

thats all the reward theyre going to get!

3But when you fast,

put oil on your head,

and wash your face,

so that it won’t be obvious to others that you’re fasting,

4but only to your Father in heaven,

who sees what’s hidden;

and your Father in heaven,

who sees what’s done in secret,

will reward you.

 

34. 1And when you pray,

don’t be like the religious phonies,

for they love to pray rocking in synagogues

and on street corners

in order to be seen by others,

and so gain their respect.

2Believe me I tell you,

that’s all the reward they’re going to get!

3But when you pray,

go into your room,

close the door,

and pray to your Father who is in secret places.

4Then your Father in heaven,

who sees what’s done in secret,

will reward you.

 

35. 1And when you pray,

don’t babble over and over like pagans do,

2for they think they’ll be heard because of their many words.

3Don’t be like them,

for your heavenly Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

 

36. 1When you pray each morning, say,
2‘Our Father who is in heaven,
may your Name be sanctified!
3May your kingdom be fulfilled;

may your will be realised,

4just as it is in heaven,

so also upon the earth.
5Our bread, which is from the earth,
give us day by day;
6and forgive us our sins,
just as we should forgive our debtors;
7and don’t bring us to trial,

rather deliver us from the accuser.’

 

37. 1I tell you, ask, and it’ll be given to you;
look, and you’ll find;
knock, and it’ll be opened to you.
2Because everyone who asks receives,
and whoever looks finds,
and to whomever knocks it’ll be opened.

 

38. 1What father is there among you, whose son will ask him for a fish,
and instead of a fish, will hand him a snake?
2Or if he asks for an egg,
will hand him a scorpion?
3Therefore, if you who are imperfect,
know how to give good things to your children,
4how much more so will your Father in heaven, who is perfect,

give you good things
when His children ask Him.

 

39. 1Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste,
and every house divided falls.

 

40. 1Whoever isn’t against you is for you.

 

41. 1A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

 

42. 1No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket,

nor in a place where it will be hidden.
2Instead, they put it on a stand,

so that everyone who comes in will see its light.

 

43. 1The eye is the lamp of the body.
2So if you’ve got a good eye,
your whole body’s full of light,
and your good eye becomes a source of light to everyone around you.
3But if you’ve got a bad eye,
your whole body’s full of darkness,
and your bad eye spreads only darkness around you.

 

44. 1It isn’t what goes into your mouth that will defile you,

but what comes out of your mouth –

2that’s what will defile you.

45. 1Beware of religious phonies,

for they clean the outside of the cup and the dish,

but inside they are full of greed and wickedness!

2What blind fools!

Did not the one who made the outside make the inside as well?

3First clean the inside,

and behold,

the outside will be clean as well.

 

46. 1Nothing’s so covered up that it won’t be revealed,
or so hidden that it won’t be made known.

 

47. 1Whatever I tell you privately in the darkness,

go say openly in daylight.

2And whatever you hear whispered in your ear,

go proclaim publicly upon the housetops.

 

48. 1Don’t fear those who kill the body,
because after that there’s nothing more they can do.

 

49. 1Aren’t five sparrows sold for two assaria?
And not one of them is abandoned by God!
2Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
3So don’t be afraid;
you’re worth more than many sparrows!

 

50. 1Someone said to Yeshua,
‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide our father’s inheritance with me!’
2But Yeshua` said to him,
‘Look Mister, who appointed me as judge or arbiter over you?’

 

51. 1The estate of a certain rich man produced a plentiful crop.
So he thought to himself and said,
2“I sow, I plant and reap, and as a result I want for nothing.
3But what shall I do,

because I haven’t anywhere to gather all of my produce in one place?”

4So he thought further and said,

“This is what I’ll do:

I’ll pull down my storehouses,

and I’ll build bigger ones!

I’ll gather up all my wheat and goods there,

5and I’ll say to myself,

‘Self, you have enough laid by for many years.
Take it easy, eat, drink and enjoy yourself.’ ”
6Such were his intentions, but that same night he died.
7Of what service was his wealth to him then?

 

52. 1Believe me I tell you, don’t worry about your life,
about what you’ll eat or drink,
or about your body,
about what you’ll wear.
2Because life’s more than just food and drink,
and the body more than just clothes.

 

53. 1Look at the birds of the sky;
they neither sow nor reap,
nor gather their grain into barns,
and yet our heavenly Father feeds them.
2How much more so will God feed you!

 

54. 1Who of you by worrying can add a single cubit to the length of their days?
2If you aren’t able to do as small a thing as that,
why be anxious about greater things?

 

55. 1Why worry about clothes?
See the wild flowers, how they clothe the grass.
2The grass neither cards nor spins,
yet I tell you,
not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like that!
3So if that’s how God clothes the wild grass,
which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,
4how much more so will God clothe you!

 

56. 1Don’t be anxious, saying,
“What will we eat?”
or “What will we drink?”
or “What will we wear?”
2Because even the Gentiles look for these things,
and yet your heavenly Father knows that they need them all.

 

57. 1Look for the kingdom of God, and you’ll see,

all these things will be yours as well.

 

58. 1Don’t build up storehouses,
nor put away treasures for yourselves on earth,
2where moth and maggot eat away,
and thieves dig through and steal.
3Rather, build up storehouses
and put away treasures for yourselves in heaven,
4where neither moth nor maggot can eat away,
nor thieves dig through and steal.

 

59. 1What you treasure is also a good indication of where your heart lies.

 

60. 1Unless your righteousness goes beyond that of those who are merely observant,

you’ll never find the Kingdom of God.

 

61. 1You all know how it’s written,

You shall not commit murder’,

and anyone who commits murder will be brought to judgment.

2But this is what I say to you:

anyone who is unjustly angry with their neighbour

shall be subject to judgment.

3Furthermore, anyone who calls someone, ‘Worthless moron!’

shall be answerable to the Great Sanhedrin,

4And anyone who says, ‘Fool!’

Shall be cast into the outer darkness.

 

62. 1If you’re bringing your sin offering to the Temple,

and there you remember that you have some disagreement with your neighbour,

2leave your offering there in the Temple.

3First make peace with your neighbour,

and then return and make your sin offering.

 

63. 1When you go through a lawsuit,
along the way try your hardest to settle matters with your accuser,
2in case your accuser drags you off to the judge,
and the judge hands you over to the bailiff,
and the bailiff throws you into prison.
3Let me tell you:
There’s no way you’re getting out of there

until you’ve paid back the very last prutah.

 

64. 1You have all seen where it’s written,

You shall not commit adultery’,

And anyone who commits adultery will be taken for judgment.

2But this is what I say to you:

Anyone who leers at another person with lustful intent

shall be brought before the Great Sanhedrin for judgment!

 

65. 1You all know where it’s written,

When anyone makes an oath, they must not break their word, but must do everything they vowed in the name of Adonai.’

2But this is what I say to you:

Don’t swear oaths at all,

3neither by heaven, because it’s God’s throne;

nor by the earth, because it’s God’s footstool.

4And don’t swear by your head,

since you can’t make even one hair white or black.

5Simply let your “Yes” mean “Yes”,

and your “No” mean “No”.

 

66. 1The kingdom of God is like a hoard of money hidden in a field.
2While ploughing, a man found it.
He immediately covered it up again,
and then in his joy went and sold every last possession
in order to buy that field.

 

67. 1The kingdom of God is like a pearl of great value,
which a merchant found while examining a consignment of goods.
2He went and sold everything he owned.
3Then he came back and bought the whole consignment,
in order that he might have the one pearl.

 

68. 1Those who reckon themselves first will be last,
2and those whom others reckon last, will be first
in the kingdom of God.

 

69. 1Whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
2and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

 

70. 1Whoever humbles himself like a child

is the greatest in the Kingdom of God.

Believe me, I tell you,

unless you change and become like children,

you will never find the Kingdom of God.

 

71. 1The greatest among you should become as the least,

2and the one who rules should be as the one who serves.

72. 1A king ordered a great wedding feast to be prepared,
and when it was finished, he sent his servants to call the wedding guests to the feast. But they did not wish to come.
2So he sent them back, saying,

“Tell those who have been invited that I’ve prepared my table for them;
my oxen and fattened livestock have been butchered,
and everything’s ready.

Come to the feast.”
3So his servants went and did as the king had commanded them.
They went to the first and said,
“Come, my master invites you.”
4But this one said, “I’ve got claims against some merchants.
They’re coming to me this evening,
and I must go to give them my orders.
I ask to be excused from the feast.”
5So the servants went to a second, and said to him,
“Come, my master’s invited you.”
6But this one said, “I’ve just bought a house,
and I’m required for the day.
I won’t have any spare time.”
7So the servants went to a third, and said to him,
“Come, my master invites you.”
8But this one said, “I’ve leased out a farm,
and I’m on my way to collect the rent.
I won’t be able to come. I ask to be excused.”
And so it was with all the others.
9So the servants returned to their king, and said,
“Those whom you invited asked to be excused.”
10And the king said to them, “Go then to the street corners,
and invite anyone you find,
so that they might come instead.”
11So the servants went to the street corners, and called to all to come -
the poor and the lowly, the blind and the lame
and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
12Believe me I tell you,
the rich and the wealthy are too busy for the kingdom of God.’

 

73. 1 You are the salt of the Land,
but if salt becomes useless,
how will you salt it again?
2Then it’s not fit for anything,

except to be thrown away,

and trampled underfoot.

 

74. 1Suppose a man has a hundred sheep,
and one of them goes astray,
2doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine on the hillside,
and go in search of the one that went astray?
3And when he finds it,
he lays it across his shoulders,
4and I tell you he rejoices over it more
than the other ninety-nine that never went astray.

 

75. 1No servant can serve two masters;
because they’ll either hate the first and love the second,
or they’ll be devoted to the first and despise the second.
2In the same way you can’t serve both God and wealth.

 

76. 1If your brother or sister sins,
point out their fault privately,
2and if they repent,
you must forgive them.

 

77. 1Someone said to Yeshua`,
‘Master, how often shall my brother or sister sin against me,
and I forgive them?’
2Yeshua` said,
‘If they sin against you seven times and say to you,
“I’m sorry”,
you must forgive them.’

 

78. 1Let me say this to you:
If two make peace with one another,
they can say to this mountain,
“Move from here to there!”
and it’ll move.
2Or they can say to this fig tree,
“Uproot yourself and plant yourself in the sea!”
and it’ll obey them.
3Nothing will be impossible for you.

 

79. 1To what shall I compare the kingdom of God?
2It’s like the tiny mustard seed,
which a man took and sowed in his field.
3It grew and became a bush,
and little birds sheltered under its branches.

 

80. 1Someone said to Yeshua`,
‘How will the kingdom of God come?’
2And Yeshua` said to them,
‘The kingdom of God is like a little yeast,
which a woman took and hid in three sata of flour.
3Eventually all the flour was leavened.’

 

81. 1The Kingdom of God is spread out over the earth,

and people dont see it.

 

82. 1People asked Yeshua`,
‘When will the kingdom come?’
2But Yeshua` said to them,
‘The kingdom of God won’t come by watching and waiting for it.
3Nor will people say,
“Here it is!”
or “There it is!”
4Because the kingdom of God is within you.’

 

 

This reconstruction represents the original Q1 layer of the so-called 'Q-Gospel', referred to in the 'Ascents of James' as the 'Scroll of the Preaching'. There have been many attempts to reconstruct this; in accordance with the emphasis of Talmidi theology, I have concentrated on the ethical teaching of the prophet Yeshua` over everything else. Other passages from the final redaction of the Q-Gospel can be found in the Book of Yochanan the Immerser (mostly Q-sayings concerning Yochanan the Immerser [John the Baptist]), and in the Book of the Prophet Yeshua` (mostly warnings about the imminent destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem, calls to repentance, criticism of the Oral Law etc).

The Jul 2000 edition had 67 passages; this revised translation has 15 additional passages (3, 32-35, 44-45, 60-62, 64-65, 70-71 & 81). Consequently, all existing passages have had to be renumbered.

If you have any comments or questions, please email: talmidi@hotmail.com

 

Table of sources for ‘The Scroll of the Preaching’

Preaching’ passage number

Mark

Matthew

Luke

Thomas

1

(reconstructed introduction)

 

 

 

2

 

5:3-9

6:20-21

54:1, 69:2

3

 

5:11-12

6:22-23

68:1

4

 

5:44

6:27-28

 

5

 

5:39-40

6:29

 

6

 

5:42

6:30

 

7

 

7:12

6:31

6:3

8

 

5:46-47

6:32-34

95:1

9

 

5:45

6:35

95:1-2

10

 

5:48

6:36

 

11

 

7:1

6:37

 

12

 

7:2

6:38

 

13

 

15:14

6:39

34:1

14

 

10:24-25

6:40

 

15

 

7:3-5

6:41-42

 

16

 

7:17

6:43

 

17:1

 

12:33

6:44a

 

17:2

 

7:16

6:44b

45:1

18

 

12:35

6:45

45:2-4

19

 

 

6:46

 

20

 

7:24-27

6:47-49

 

21

4:3-8

13:3-8

8:5-8

9:1-5

22

 

8:19

9:57-58

86:1-2

23

 

8:21-22

9:59-60

 

24

 

9:37-38

10:2

73:1

25

 

10:16

10:3

39:3

26

6:8-9

10:9-10

10:4

 

27

6:10

10:11-13

10:5-7

 

28

 

 

10:8

14:4a

29

 

 

10:9

14:4b

30

6:11

10:14

10:10-11

 

31

 

13:16-17

10:23-24

 

32

 

6:1-4

 

6:1 (cf), 62:2

33

 

6:16-18

 

6:1 (cf)

34

 

6:5-6

 

6:1 (cf)

35

 

6:7-8

 

 

36

 

6:9-13

11:2-4

 

37

 

7:7-8

11:9-10

2:1, 92:1, 94:2

38

 

7:10-11

11:11-13

 

39

 

12:25

11:17

 

40

9:40

 

9:50

 

41

 

5:14

 

32:1

42

4:21

5:15

11:33

33:2-3

43

 

6:22-23

11:34-35

24:3

44

7:15

15:11   14:5
45
 

23:25-26

11:39-41

22:4b, 89:1-2

46

4:22

10:26

12:2

5:2, 6:5-6

47

 

10:27

12:3

 

48

 

10:28

12:4

 

49

 

10:29-31

12:6-7

 

50

 

 

12:13-14

72:1-2

51

 

 

12:16-20

63:1-3

52

 

6:25

12:22-23

36:1a

53

 

6:26

12:24

 

54

 

6:27

12:25-26

 

55

 

6:28-30

12:27-28

36:1b

56

 

6:31-32

12:29-30

 

57

 

6:33

12:31

 

58

 

6:19-20

12:33

76:3

59

 

6:21

12:34

 

60

 

5:20

 

 

61

 

5:21-22

 

 

62

 

5:23-24

 

 

63

 

5:25-26

12:58-59

 

64

 

5:27-28

 

 

65

 

5:33-37

 

 

66

 

13:44

 

109:1

67

 

13:45-46

 

76:1-2

68

10:31

19:30, 20:16

13:30

4:2

69

 

23:12

14:11, 18:14

70

10:15

18:3-4

18:17

22:2

71

10:43-44

20:26-27

22:26

81:1-2

72

 

22:1-10

14:16-24

64:1-12

73

9:50a

5:13

14:34-35

 

74

 

18:12-13

15:3-5

107:1-3

75

 

6:24

16:13

47:2

76

 

18:15

17:3

 

77

 

18:21-22

17:4

 

78:1

11:23

17:20

 

48:1, 106:2

78:2-3

 

21:21

17:6

 

79

4:30-32

13:31-32

13:18-19

20:2-4

80

 

13:33

13:20-21

96:1-2

81

 

 

 

113:4

82:1-3

 

 

17:20-21a

113:1-3

82:4

 

 

17:21b

3:3

 

 

© Shmu’eil ben Naftali

‘Megillat ha-Musar’

(International Talmidi Version,

First edition published July 2000

Revised and augmented Jan 2009)

   
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