Bible: Matt. 4:12-9:38
Preaching in Galilee
4:12 Now when Jesus 1 heard that John had been imprisoned, 2 he went into Galilee. 4:13 While in Galilee, he moved from Nazareth 3 to make his home in Capernaum 4 by the sea, 5 in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, 4:14 so that what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled: 6
4:15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way by the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles –
4:16 the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
and on those who sit in the region and shadow of death a light has dawned.” 7
4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach this message: 8 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
The Call of the Disciples
4:18 As 9 he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). 10 4:19 He said to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.” 11 4:20 They 12 left their nets immediately and followed him. 13 4:21 Going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in a boat 14 with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. Then 15 he called them. 4:22 They 16 immediately left the boat and their father and followed him.
Jesus’ Healing Ministry
4:23 Jesus 17 went throughout all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, 18 preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of disease and sickness among the people. 4:24 So a report about him spread throughout Syria. People 19 brought to him all who suffered with various illnesses and afflictions, those who had seizures, 20 paralytics, and those possessed by demons, 21 and he healed them. 4:25 And large crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, 22 Jerusalem, 23 Judea, and beyond the Jordan River. 24
5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 32
5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger 33 and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children 34 of God.
5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
5:11 “Blessed are you when people 35 insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely 36 on account of me. 5:12 Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.
Salt and Light
5:13 “You are the salt 37 of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, 38 how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 5:15 People 39 do not light a lamp and put it under a basket 40 but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.
Fulfillment of the Law and Prophets
5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them. 41 5:18 I 42 tell you the truth, 43 until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter 44 will pass from the law until everything takes place. 5:19 So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others 45 to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 5:20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law 46 and the Pharisees, 47 you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Anger and Murder
5:21 “You have heard that it was said to an older generation, 48 ‘Do not murder,’ 49 and ‘whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.’ 5:22 But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother 50 will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults 51 a brother will be brought before 52 the council, 53 and whoever says ‘Fool’ 54 will be sent 55 to fiery hell. 56 5:23 So then, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 5:24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother and then come and present your gift. 5:25 Reach agreement 57 quickly with your accuser while on the way to court, 58 or he 59 may hand you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the warden, and you will be thrown into prison. 5:26 I tell you the truth, 60 you will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny! 61
5:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 62 5:28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 63 5:30 If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into hell.
5:31 “It was said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a legal document.’ 64 5:32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
5:33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to an older generation, 65 ‘Do not break an oath, but fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ 66 5:34 But I say to you, do not take oaths at all – not by heaven, because it is the throne of God, 5:35 not by earth, because it is his footstool, and not by Jerusalem, 67 because it is the city of the great King. 5:36 Do not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. 5:37 Let your word be ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no.’ More than this is from the evil one. 68
5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 69 5:39 But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. 70 But whoever strikes you on the 71 right cheek, turn the other to him as well. 5:40 And if someone wants to sue you and to take your tunic, 72 give him your coat also. 5:41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, 73 go with him two. 5:42 Give to the one who asks you, 74 and do not reject 75 the one who wants to borrow from you.
Love for Enemies
5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ 76 and ‘hate your enemy.’ 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemy and 77 pray for those who persecute you, 5:45 so that you may be like 78 your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors 79 do the same, don’t they? 5:47 And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? 5:48 So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 80
6:1 “Be 81 careful not to display your righteousness merely to be seen by people. 82 Otherwise you have no reward with your Father in heaven. 6:2 Thus whenever you do charitable giving, 83 do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in synagogues 84 and on streets so that people will praise them. I tell you the truth, 85 they have their reward. 6:3 But when you do your giving, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 6:4 so that your gift may be in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 86
6:5 “Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues 87 and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 6:6 But whenever you pray, go into your room, 88 close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 89 6:7 When 90 you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. 6:8 Do 91 not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 6:9 So pray this way: 92
6:10 may your kingdom come, 95
may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
6:11 Give us today our daily bread, 96
6:12 and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves 97 have forgiven our debtors.
6:14 “For if you forgive others 100 their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 6:15 But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.
6:16 “When 101 you fast, do not look sullen like the hypocrites, for they make their faces unattractive 102 so that people will see them fasting. I tell you the truth, 103 they have their reward. 6:17 When 104 you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 6:18 so that it will not be obvious to others when you are fasting, but only to your Father who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
6:19 “Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth 105 and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 6:20 But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 6:21 For where your 106 treasure 107 is, there your heart will be also.
6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If then your eye is healthy, 108 your whole body will be full of light. 6:23 But if your eye is diseased, 109 your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Do Not Worry
6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry 113 about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? 6:26 Look at the birds in the sky: 114 They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds 115 them. Aren’t you more valuable 116 than they are? 6:27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? 117 6:28 Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers 118 of the field grow; they do not work 119 or spin. 6:29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 6:30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, 120 which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 121 won’t he clothe you even more, 122 you people of little faith? 6:31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 6:32 For the unconverted 123 pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 6:33 But above all pursue his kingdom 124 and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 6:34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. 125
Do Not Judge
7:1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 126 7:2 For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive. 127 7:3 Why 128 do you see the speck 129 in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 130 the beam of wood 131 in your own? 7:4 Or how can you say 132 to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own? 7:5 You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 7:6 Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces. 133
Ask, Seek, Knock
7:7 “Ask 134 and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door 135 will be opened for you. 7:8 For everyone who asks 136 receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 7:9 Is 137 there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 138 7:11 If you then, although you are evil, 139 know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts 140 to those who ask him! 7:12 In 141 everything, treat others as you would want them 142 to treat you, 143 for this fulfills 144 the law and the prophets.
The Narrow Gate
7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 7:14 But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
A Tree and Its Fruit
7:15 “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. 145 7:16 You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered 146 from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? 147 7:17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad 148 tree bears bad fruit. 7:18 A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 7:20 So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.
Judgment of Pretenders
7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ 149 will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 7:22 On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do 150 many powerful deeds?’ 7:23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’ 151
Hearing and Doing
7:24 “Everyone 152 who hears these words of mine and does them is like 153 a wise man 154 who built his house on rock. 7:25 The rain fell, the flood 155 came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. 7:26 Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 7:27 The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed!” 156
Cleansing a Leper
8:1 After he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 8:2 And a leper 160 approached, and bowed low before him, saying, 161 “Lord, if 162 you are willing, you can make me clean.” 8:3 He stretched out his hand and touched 163 him saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 8:4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you do not speak to anyone, 164 but go, show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 165 that Moses commanded, 166 as a testimony to them.” 167
Healing the Centurion’s Servant
8:5 When he entered Capernaum, 168 a centurion 169 came to him asking for help: 170 8:6 “Lord, 171 my servant 172 is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible anguish.” 8:7 Jesus 173 said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8:8 But the centurion replied, 174 “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Instead, just say the word and my servant will be healed. 8:9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. 175 I say to this one, ‘Go’ and he goes, 176 and to another ‘Come’ and he comes, and to my slave 177 ‘Do this’ and he does it.” 178 8:10 When 179 Jesus heard this he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “I tell you the truth, 180 I have not found such faith in anyone in Israel! 8:11 I tell you, many will come from the east and west to share the banquet 181 with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 182 in the kingdom of heaven, 8:12 but the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 183 8:13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; just as you believed, it will be done for you.” And the servant 184 was healed at that hour.
Healings at Peter’s House
8:14 Now 185 when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying down, 186 sick with a fever. 8:15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then 187 she got up and began to serve them. 8:16 When it was evening, many demon-possessed people were brought to him. He drove out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. 188 8:17 In this way what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet was fulfilled: 189
“He took our weaknesses and carried our diseases.” 190
Challenging Professed Followers
8:18 Now when Jesus saw a large crowd 191 around him, he gave orders to go to the other side of the lake. 192 8:19 Then 193 an expert in the law 194 came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 195 8:20 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky 196 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 197 8:21 Another 198 of the 199 disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 8:22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” 200
Stilling of a Storm
8:23 As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 201 8:24 And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep. 8:25 So they came 202 and woke him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die!” 8:26 But 203 he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked 204 the winds and the sea, 205 and it was dead calm. 8:27 And the men 206 were amazed and said, 207 “What sort of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him!” 208
Healing the Gadarene Demoniacs
8:28 When he came to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, 209 two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were extremely violent, so that no one was able to pass by that way. 8:29 They 210 cried out, “Son of God, leave us alone! 211 Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 212 8:30 A 213 large herd of pigs was feeding some distance from them. 8:31 Then the demons begged him, 214 “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 8:32 And he said, 215 “Go!” So 216 they came out and went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned in the water. 8:33 The 217 herdsmen ran off, went into the town, 218 and told everything that had happened to the demon-possessed men. 8:34 Then 219 the entire town 220 came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.
Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic
9:1 After getting into a boat he crossed to the other side and came to his own town. 221 9:2 Just then 222 some people 223 brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. 224 When Jesus saw their 225 faith, he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, son! Your sins are forgiven.” 226 9:3 Then 227 some of the experts in the law 228 said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!” 229 9:4 When Jesus saw their reaction he said, “Why do you respond with evil in your hearts? 9:5 Which is easier, 230 to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 9:6 But so that you may know 231 that the Son of Man 232 has authority on earth to forgive sins” – then he said to the paralytic 233 – “Stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 234 9:7 And he stood up and went home. 235 9:8 When 236 the crowd saw this, they were afraid 237 and honored God who had given such authority to men. 238
The Call of Matthew; Eating with Sinners
9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax booth. 239 “Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 9:10 As 240 Jesus 241 was having a meal 242 in Matthew’s 243 house, many tax collectors 244 and sinners came and ate with Jesus and his disciples. 9:11 When the Pharisees 245 saw this they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 246 9:12 When 247 Jesus heard this he said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 248 9:13 Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ 249 For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The Superiority of the New
9:14 Then John’s 250 disciples came to Jesus 251 and asked, “Why do we and the Pharisees 252 fast often, 253 but your disciples don’t fast?” 9:15 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests 254 cannot mourn while the bridegroom 255 is with them, can they? But the days 256 are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 257 and then they will fast. 9:16 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, because the patch will pull away from the garment and the tear will be worse. 9:17 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; 258 otherwise the skins burst and the wine is spilled out and the skins are destroyed. Instead they put new wine into new wineskins 259 and both are preserved.”
Restoration and Healing
9:18 As he was saying these things, a ruler came, bowed low before him, and said, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her and she will live.” 9:19 Jesus and his disciples got up and followed him. 9:20 But 260 a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 261 for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge 262 of his cloak. 263 9:21 For she kept saying to herself, 264 “If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 265 9:22 But when Jesus turned and saw her he said, “Have courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well.” 266 And the woman was healed 267 from that hour. 9:23 When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the disorderly crowd, 9:24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but asleep.” And they began making fun of him. 268 9:25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and gently took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 9:26 And the news of this spread throughout that region. 269
Healing the Blind and Mute
9:27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, shouting, 270 “Have mercy 271 on us, Son of David!” 272 9:28 When 273 he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus 274 said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 9:29 Then he touched their eyes saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” 9:30 And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about this.” 9:31 But they went out and spread the news about him throughout that entire region. 275
9:32 As 276 they were going away, 277 a man who could not talk and was demon-possessed was brought to him. 9:33 After the demon was cast out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel!” 9:34 But the Pharisees 278 said, “By the ruler 279 of demons he casts out demons.” 280
Workers for the Harvest
9:35 Then Jesus went throughout all the towns 281 and villages, teaching in their synagogues, 282 preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness. 283 9:36 When 284 he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, 285 like sheep without a shepherd. 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 9:38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 286 to send out 287 workers into his harvest.”