Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple
upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.
But you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.
But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him.
“Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because it towered high and set its top among the clouds, and its heart was proud of its height,
Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.
By your great wisdom in your trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth—
“Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God: “Because your heart is proud, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,’ yet you are but a man, and no god, though you make your heart like the heart of a god—
You have wrapped yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low;
When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.