Slave for people and God

Excerpts from the Book of Matthew:

from “The Holy Peshitta of the Assembly of Jerusalem.”

Matthew 6:24:

   24“No man is able to serve two masters, for he will either hate one and he will love the other; or he will honour one and he will treat the other with disrepute. You are not able to serve both God and money.

12: 9-21:

9 Departing from there Yeshua came to their assembly. 10 And a certain man was there, with a hand that was withered.  The man said: “Mari, I was a stone-cutter using my hands to provide food for my household; I beg of you, Yeshua, to heal me, so that I no longer walk in shame begging for food.” And they were asking him saying: “Is it lawful to heal on Shabbat?” that they might accuse him [[of wrong doing]]. 11 And he said to them: “Who among you men, having a sheep that falls into a pit on the day of Shabbat, does not grab it and lift it out? 12 Now, how much important is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do that which is good on Shabbat.” 13 Then he said to that man: “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched out his hand and it was restored like the other.

14 And the Pharisees went out taking counsel together concerning him, that they might destroy him. 15 But Yeshua knew this, and he withdrew himself from there. And large crowds followed after him and he healed all of them. 16 And he instructed them that they should not reveal him,

17 so that it might be fulfilled that which was spoken through the prophet Isaiah, saying:

18 Behold my servant! I am pleased with my beloved, my soul rejoices.

I will place my spirit upon him; and he shall declare judgment to all the peoples.

19 He will not argue, nor be boisterous, and no man will hear his voice in the street.

20 The crushed reed he will not break and the lamp that is flickering he will not extinguish until he brings justice to victory. 21 And in his name the peoples will have hope.

24:45- 51: 45 “Who then is that faithful and wise servant, whom his master has appointed over his household, to provide to them food in due time? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom, when his master comes, he will find so doing. 47 Truly I say to you, that he will appoint him over all that he possesses. 48 But if a servant, being full of wickedness, says in his heart: ‘My master will be delayed in coming;’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with drunkards; 50 the master of that servant will come in a day that he does not expect, and during an hour he does not know, 51 and will cut him in two, and will give to him his portion among the hypocrites; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

16: 24-27:

24 Then Yeshua said to his talmidim: “He who wishes to follow after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow after me. 25 For, he who desires to save his life shall lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul? What will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 It is necessary for the Son of Man is to come in the glory of his Father, with all his holy angels; and then he will reward every man according to his works.

18: 1-7:

1 At that moment the talmidim drew near to Yeshua, and said: “Who is, in fact, the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” 2 And Yeshua called a child and had him stand their midst, 3 and said: “Truly I say to you, that unless you change*, and become like children, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore he who humbles himself like this child, he will be great in the Kingdom of heaven. 5 And he who receives one who is like this child in my name, he receives me. 6 Anyone who stumbles* one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for him that a millstone of a donkey were hung on his neck, and that he were sunk into the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of offenses*! For it is necessary that offenses should come, but woe to the man by whose means the offenses come.


10 Make sure you do not despise one of these little ones; for I say to you, that their angels in heaven are beholding at all times the face of my Father who is in heaven. 11 For the Son of Man, has come to save that which was lost.

19: 13- 15:

13 Then children drew near to him, that he might lay his hand upon them and pray. And his talmidim rebuked them. 14 But Yeshua said to them: “Allow the children to come to me, and do not hinder them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such.” 15 And he laid his hand on them, and departed from there.


21 Yeshua said to him: “If you desire to obtain eternal life then you must fulfil the Torah and the Prophets.”  He answered him saying: “This I (have) done.”  Yeshua then said to him: “Go and sell everything that you possess and give it over to those who are without; and come, and follow me.”  This word distressed the man and he was not pleased.  And Yeshua said to him: “Have you not read in the Torah, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself?’  How is it that you say you have fulfilled the Torah and the Prophets, when in fact your very kinsmen, being B’nai Avraham, thirst and hunger, yet your storehouses are full?  Go and sell your possessions, and give to those who are without, and you will have treasure in heaven.” 22 And upon hearing this word the young man became saddened and went away, for he had many possessions.

23 And Yeshua turned to Shimon and then said to his talmidim: “Truly I say to you, it is difficult for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of heaven. 24 And again, I say to you: It is easier for a rope to enter the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.” 25 And when the talmidim heard this, they were especially amazed, saying: “Indeed, who then is able to gain life!” 26 Yeshua looked at them, and said to them: “With men this is not possible, but with God every thing is possible.”

20: 20-28:

20 Then the mother of the sons of Zavddai came to him, she and her sons; and she worshipped him, and was asking something from him. 21 And he said to her: “What do you desire?” And she said to him: “Say, that these my two sons will sit, the one on your right hand and the other on your left, in your kingdom.” 22 And Yeshua answered and said: “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink of the cup, of which I am to drink? Or be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with? Or enter the place that I enter?*” They said to him: “We are able.”

23 He said to them: “You will drink my cup, and will be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with, but that you should sit at my right hand and at my left, is not mine to give, except to those for whom it is prepared by my Father.” 24 And when the ten heard this they became angry with those two brothers. 25 And Yeshua called them, and said to them: “You know that the princes of the gentiles are their masters, and their nobles exercise authority over them. 26 Do not permit it to be this way among you. But whoever among you desires to be great, let him be a minister to you; 27 and he who desires to be first among you, let him be a servant to you; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for the sake of many.”


33 And when the crowds heard this they were amazed, because of his teaching. 34 And when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they assembled together, 35 and asked one of them, who knew the Torah, to test him: 36 “Rabbi, which mitzvah is the greatest in the Torah?” 37 Yeshua said to him: “You shall love Mar-Yah your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and first mitzvah. 39 And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. 40 On these two mitzvoth hang the Torah and the Prophets.”

23: 8-12:

8 But you should not be called “my great one”; for one is your Great One, and you are all brothers. 9 And you should not call yourselves ‘father’ on earth as do these, for one is your Father, who is in heaven. 10 And you should not be called ‘leaders’ as do these, for one is your Leader, the Mshikha. Do not consider anyone such as these as your father or your leader. 11 But he who is greatest among you, let him be to you as a minister. 12 For whoever exalts himself, will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself, will be exalted.


45 “Who then is that faithful and wise servant, whom his master has appointed over his household, to provide to them food in due time? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom, when his master comes, he will find so doing. 47 Truly I say to you, that he will appoint him over all that he possesses. 48 But if a servant, being full of wickedness, says in his heart: ‘My master will be delayed in coming;’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with drunkards; 50 the master of that servant will come in a day that he does not expect, and during an hour he does not know, 51 and will cut him in two, and will give to him his portion among the hypocrites; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

25: 31-46:

31 And when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all his holy angels with him, then will he sit upon the throne of his glory. 32 And he will gather before him all the nations; and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd who separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will set the sheep at his right hand, and the goats at his left. 34 Then the King will say to those who are at his right: ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; inherit the Kingdom that has been prepared for you from the foundations of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in; 36 I was naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me.’

37 Then the tzadikim will say to him: ‘Maran, when did we see you hungry, and feed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick, or in prison, and came to you?’ 40 And the King will answer, and say to them: ‘Truly I say to you, that inasmuch as you have done it to one of these my least brothers, you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will also say to those that are at his left: ‘Go away from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire, which is prepared for the adversary and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you did not give me food to eat; and I was thirsty, and you did not give me drink; 43 and I was a stranger, and you did not take me in; and I was naked, and you did not clothe me; and I was sick and in prison, and you did not visit me. 44 Then they will also answer and say: ‘Maran, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer and say to them: ‘Truly I say to you, that inasmuch as you did not do to one of these little ones, also you did not do to me. 46 And these will leave into everlasting torment, and the tzadikim into everlasting life.’”

From the The Holy Peshitta of the Assembly of Jerusalem – Assembly of Jerusalem’s targums.


“O Yahweh, truly I \@am\@ your servant; I \@am\@ your servant, \@and\@ the son of your handmaid: you have loosed my bonds.” (Psalms 116:16 KJBPNV)

“And said unto me, You \@are\@ my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” (Isaiah 49:3 KJBPNV)

“He shall see of the labor of his soul, \@and\@ shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11 KJBPNV)

“Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you, and your fellows that sit before you: for they \@are\@ men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.” (Zechariah 3:8 KJBPNV)

“Truly, truly, I say to you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.” (John 13:16 KJBPNV)

“By stretching forth your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of your holy child Yahshua.” (Acts 4:30 KJBPNV)

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in the Messiah Yahshua.” (Galatians 3:28 KJBPNV)


John 13:1-19:

1 – NOW before the feast of the passover, Jesus knew the hour had come to depart from this world to his Father. And he loved his own who were in this world, and he loved them unto the end. 2 – During supper, Satan put into the heart of Judas, son of Simon of Iscariot, to deliver him 3 – But Jesus, because he knew that the Father had given everything into his hands, and that he came from God, and was going to God,  4 – He rose from supper and laid aside his robes; and he took an apron and tied it around his loins. 5 – Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the feet of his disciples, and to wipe them with the apron which was tied around his loins. 6 – When he came to Simon Peter, Simon said to him, You, my Lord, are you going to wash my feet? 7 – Jesus answered and said to him, What I am doing, you do not know now, but later you will understand. 8 – Then Simon Peter said to him, You will never wash my feet. Jesus said to him, If I do not wash you, you have no part with me. 9 – Simon Peter said to him, Then, my Lord, wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head. 10 – Jesus said to him, He who has bathed does not need except to wash his feet only, for he is already all clean; so you are all clean, but not everyone of you. 11 – For Jesus knew him who was to betray him; therefore he said, Not everyone of you is clean. 12 – When he had washed their feet, he put on his robes and sat down; and he said to them, Do you know what I have done to you? 13 – You call me, our Teacher and our Lord; and what you say is well, for I am. 14 – If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, how much more should you wash one another’s feet? 15 – For I have given you this as an example, so that just as I have done to you, you should also do. 16 – Truly, truly, I say to you, There is no servant who is greater than his master; and no apostle who is greater than he who sent him. 17 – If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18 – I do not say this concerning all of you, for I know those whom I have chosen; but that the scripture might be fulfilled, He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me. 19 – I tell you now before it happens, that when it happens, you may believe that I am he 20 – Truly, truly, I say to you, He who receives him whom I send, receives me; and he who receives me receives him who sent me. (Lamsa)

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      Yeshua came to be immersed by John in the wilderness at about the age of 30 and was proclaimed by John to be the “lamb” of Isaiah 53:7 (John 1:29). Certain of John’s students then became students of Yeshua (John 1:35-51). Yeshua then began to proclaim, as John had proclaimed: “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is offered.” (Matthew 3:17). Later He sent his twelve students out with the same proclamation (Matthew 10).
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      “This is the rule for the session of the general membership, each man being in his proper place. The priest shall sit in the first row, the elders in the second, the rest of the people, each in his proper place…. So that each man may state his opinion to the society of the Yahad. None should interrupt the words of his comrade, speaking before his brother finishes what he has to say. Neither should anyone speak before another of higher rank.”
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      They are to sit be[fore him] by rank. Then the [Mess]iah of Israel may en[ter], and the heads of the th[ousands of Israel] are to sit before him by rank. … all the heads of the congregation’s cl[ans], together with [their] wis[e and knowledgeable men]. Shall sit before them by rank. (1Qsa 2, 11-22)

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